A Sea World Themed Mall: Mushrif Mall!

Mushrif Mall in Abu Dhabi. With a sea world theme, its lift is attached to a gigantically tall acquarium. almost as tall as the one at Atlantis at the Palm!

Fish Tank Elevator: http://youtu.be/-gsY3u4kzSg
Mowre (Indians lOlz): http://youtu.be/hnt1WbVMWUo

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My old Political Science (age ~ 70) professor invited me (via SMS!) for a drink at a bar, where we discussed (though it almost felt like a lecture 8p) the universe, human history, religion theories, and the reason for warzez 😯

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An oil barrel costs ~$100, and can be used to create 123 different products, at an ultimate price of ~ $2,000! 😯

I think that apparently at his age, his mind is so open (esp. about religion theories) that he finds it hard to discuss such things with ppl his age 8p

As for religion, I think “God did not create me, I created God” sums up the theory. In my opinion, spiritual teachings (whether true or not) were created to vanquish the devil (ego), and even Islam is meant to imply surrender (ego) to create peace (therefore prosperity).

However, somewhere along the line, it may be that the “devil” took advantage of the popularity of the message in order to control resources by controlling groups of people.

Some people would go as far to say that even the messengers had a political agenda of controlling resources, for themselves. Though they earned command over more resources, I believe that was not the prime motive of their guidance, even though peace does create prosperity. If they were wise enough to say what they said and did, then why would they they be so selfish?

I believe that spiritual teachings (therefore religions without their classifications and many small external differences) united people, which created peace, which meant more resources, which meant more prosperity.

However, what goes wrong is when those teachings are used (by the “devil”) to once again create divisions, which means that once agian, prosperity is gone because resources are less because peace is gone because unity is gone. It’s like going back to the times when people fought amongst themselves for which idol to worship :S

So the problem here is ego (selfishness, the “devil”) which creates segregation, which creates war, which creates less resources, which in turn creates even more war.

Unless people rid of their own selfishness (therefore desire for sensual pleasure and greed, being desire for more than actually needed), people will continue to segregate into groups, and worse yet, into seperate (selfish) individuals.

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Canadians Living Abroad Income Tax!

Income tax in Canada is sow high, that even as a Canadian living abroad, you are still not exempt from paying your income tax!!! Unless …

you are a non-resident.

To be non-resident then you must sever residential ties by not having any property in Canada (especially that is readily avaialble), and not having any spouses or dependants there.

Other than that, it helps NOT to have, Canadian or in Canada: driver’s license, health insurance, bank account, possessions, and memberships, and not to be in Canada more than 5 months in any year.

It also helps to leave Canada, and to have residence elsewhere. Usually to have residence elsewhere is enough.

Either that or the place where you reside should have a tax treaty (made to avoid double taxation). There is a list of countries that Canada has tax treaties with from the CRA website. In that case you would be a ‘deemed non-resident‘.

ACCORDING TO MARIA BORRELLI:
Regarding a bank account, you can hold a bank account and even a credit card but the limit is about 500 dollars (an accountant said so).

You can hold your driving license as well as your health card but they must not be used, The health card must not be used for three months even after you return to Canada.

When you file your taxes, just confirm you have no income in Canada.

It takes 3 weeks to get your passport, and depending on the paper work you show them they will give you a conditional passport or a renewal. You better provide all documents (like citizenship cirtificate / birth certificate), otherwise you will get a conditional passport.

MORE INFO
details: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pub/tp/it221r3-consolid/it221r3-consolid-e.html#P130_22358 OR http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pbg/tf/nr73/README.html
summary: http://blog.taxresource.ca/living-abroad-becoming-a-non-resident
example: http://blog.taxresource.ca/am-i-a-resident-of-canada/

more: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/nnrsdnts/ndvdls/lvng-eng.html
more 2: http://www.expatinfodesk.com/expat-guide/nationality-specific-information/canadian/taxation/
more 3: http://www.canuckabroad.com/international-banking/dealing-with-taxes-when-living-abroad.html

NOTE: CRA = Canadian Revenue Agency

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Abu Dhabi beach, a la F1!

Gate 4, Al Sahel Beach, Courniche, Abu Dhabi

Gate 4, Al Sahel Beach, Courniche, Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi beach has 2 divisions: Al Sahel and Family.

Al Sahel is Gates 6, 5, 4. Family is Gates 3, 2, 1, of which 3 & 2 are only for families / womenz. They even have a “beach bus” that runs throughout the beach stretch for free every ~ 15 minutes.

All gates have a paid entrance where you can have extra amenities like beach-benches and a counter to keep your stufflez, 1 with water-sports (Gate 1 or 5, sometimes even at 4, depends on events), and less crowd on the toilets, showers, and sea.

Sahil Al Maydan (Gate 4) beach is absolutely packed on weekends before sunset, and it’s full of foreigners, and there is a suprising number of apparently single womenz 8]

Used to be nothing but a boring ol’ corniche where ppl walk, and now is a beautiful lively (with loads of concerts and outdoor movies year-round esp. from October to May) beach stretch with a bicycle lane and underground passages full with parks (and paking lots) across 8]


On October 2011, they had 2 huge-screen F1 movies, some F1 video games (X-Box Kinect and another, 3-screen actual F1 car sim, F1 wheel sim, replace-the-tire time-challenge, 2 remote-control racing circuits, 1 kids F1 go-carting) and an F1 sand-sculpture at Gate 4.

I played all the sims, especially the kids go-carting, the hardest part was getting out 8@

Though F1 cars go at insane speeds, F1 drivers actually need to be very calm because the slightest mistake can send them swirling and out of control especially on a turn.

They also need to be very patient cause they have to drive for 2 hours straight, and they need to loose absolutely all aggression and ego due to time-penalities for bumping into opponents (especially on turns to block them).

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2011 is history, 2013 is a mystery, and 2012 is … a barrage of fireworks!

I watched Burj Khalifa fireworX live and in person for the very first time.


Picture Credit: Mosh Lafuente

The Burj Khalifa fireworX are not only amazing due them coming out the building (in perfect syncrhonization), but due to the blinding brightness displayed using the primary colors, and the multitude of colored fireworks used at the same time, coming out of the tower! 😯

Walked a minimum of 3:30 hours today, to and from JBR twice, and to the restaurants at Souq Al Bahar (nearby Burj Khalifa) from the Business Bay bus stop, and along JBR’s entire beach, before and after sunrise.

Went by car to Business Bay metro station to get to Burj Khalifa while avoiding the traffic and parking woes. The metro would not stop at Burj Khalifa metro station (due to excess crowds they said), so stopped at the next metro station being DIFC. From there the bus took us back to Business Bay, for a half hour walk to Burj Khalifa 8/

Burj Khalifa New Year (2012) fireworks in full

Burj Khalifa New Year (2011) fireworks in full

2011’s Burj Khalifa New Year fireworks had more fire, lasers and fountains than 2012’s, which basically only had fireworks 8S

I wonder how it is like for people staying at Burj Khalifa.

On another note, this year, Dubai Metro operated until 5.30am yesterday. Its stations were packed with huge volumes of commuters.

People were directed by security to head for the Dubai Metro, but allowed entry only from one of the sides. After waiting at the “wrong” side for 30 minutes or more, people had to walk another two to five kilometres [to the other exit].

According to the Roads & Transport Authority, the total number of commuters who used the metro for the New Year was ~ 415,000.

Good thing iZmart and decided to neither rely on the metrow nor on the car by leaving the car within walking distance of Burj K ;D

Mowre @ http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/traffic-transport/commuters-struggle-to-get-home-after-late-night-spectacle-1.959799

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Mowrowy and Shiny Christmas!

An $11 million 43-foot high Christmas tree at Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi is adorned with gold, silver, gems and precious stones including rubies and diamonds 😯

$11 million 43-foot high Christmas tree at Emirates Palace hotel

P.S. This is December 2010 lOl.

Christmas trees were started in the 16th century due to Martin Luther, a German theologian. On a Christmas Eve, he was walking home under a bright, starry sky, which was so beautiful that he wanted to recreate its beauty for his children. ~Care2

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