Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Jun 03 19, 4:10 am

Filipino dies holding breath underwater to break record

What could have been a happy family outing ended up in tragedy after a man drowned in a dare to hold their breath underwater. The police identified the victim as Vincent  Patalinghug, 27.  The incident happened in a private beach in Sibonga, Cebu during the feast day...

P4 million worth of marijuana plants uprooted by PDEA in Cebu

At least P4.4 million worth of marijuana were uprooted in a far-flung area in the town of Balamban, Cebu on Wednesday June 26. The Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA-7), together with PNP and AFP, raided an area in Barangay Gaas, Balamban where they uprooted...

Did you know Dh2 lang shawarma nun sa Dubai?

by | Feature, Lifestyle

Jun. 03, 19 | 4:10 am

Shawarma, an 18th century Ottoman invention originally called doner kebab to mean “rotating grilled meat,” and which has taken on an Arabic word which means “turn,” is a staple of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the UAE.

The delicacy was introduced to Filipinos in mid-1990s Manila where shawarma stands started popping up across the city at almost every major street corner. In fact, Pinoys, known for their propensity to turn foreign dishes into something that fits their preference – sweet spaghetti, for instance, which has outraged the Italians – has concocted their own version of garlic sauce that goes with the grilled meat wrapped with relish pita bread: mayonnaise!

Shawarma nowadays costs around Dh5 in the UAE, but old-timer OFWs said it used to be Dh2.

Engr. Milo Torres

“Sa maliliit na cafeteria yun. Kung medyo sosyal ay Dh2.50,” said Engr. Milo Torres, who arrived in Dubai in 1993.

Torres said cost of living back then was not too expensive.  “Ang isang malaking room na inu-upahan ko mag-isa ay Dh1,200 at ang share ko sa kuryente at tubig ay Dh100 lang kada isang buwan,” he said. These days a room easily starts at Dh3,000 depending on location.

He added: “Yung normal breakfast na egg omelet paratha roll ay Dh1.5  lang plus Dh.50 fils na tea with milk. Pwedeng pagkasyahin ang Dh300 na budget sa pagkain sa isang buwan kung gusto magtipid, huwag lang mang-chicks.”

There was no metered taxi at the time, said Torres. “Walang metered taxi, Kailangan muna makipag-negotiate sa taxi driver kung may pupuntahan ka na wala sa ruta ng mga sharing taxi or kung nagmamadali ka.

“Normally ay Dh7 ang taxi from Deira to Karama or Bur Dubai, kung sa sharing taxi sasakay Dh2 dirhams lang ang simula Deira (Nasser Square) hanggang Bur Dubai (Ghubaibah) via Al Maktoum bridge,” he said.

Torres said there were only around 40,000 Filipinos in the UAE back then.   

 

Jobs

Editors Choice

LOOK: Cargo vessel capsizes off San Fernando, Cebu

LOOK: Cargo vessel capsizes off San Fernando, Cebu

A cargo vessel capsized off SEDC Port in San Fernando, Cebu at around 4:40 pm, Tuesday, June 25. All of its 12 crew were rescued by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)-Central Visayas. Lt. Jr. Grade Michael John Encina, spokesman of the Philippine Coast Guard in Central...

Biggest PH Independence Day celebration in UAE’s history

Biggest PH Independence Day celebration in UAE’s history

DUBAI: For the first time in UAE’s history, two of the country’s top tourist destinations, namely Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower; and Dubai Festival City Mall, displayed a light show on Philippine Independence Day. For the first time as well, major parks in...

Duterte signs ‘Magna Carta for the Poor’

Duterte signs ‘Magna Carta for the Poor’

DUBAI: Staying true to his campaign promise three years ago on effecting changes for the common good of the Filipino people, President Duterte, who has further consolidated his grip on power with the recently-concluded midterm polls and apparently determined on...

Gazini Ganados removes makeup on TV in reaction to bashers

Newly crowned Miss Universe Philippines Gazini Ganados removed her makeup in reaction to her detractors. In ABS-CBN talk show Tonight With Boy Abunda, Ganados also talked about her “weakness” in public speaking. “I appreciate the criticism because I know there’s so...

Filipino dies holding breath underwater to break record

What could have been a happy family outing ended up in tragedy after a man drowned in a dare to hold their breath underwater. The police identified the victim as Vincent  Patalinghug, 27.  The incident happened in a private beach in Sibonga, Cebu during the feast day...

P4 million worth of marijuana plants uprooted by PDEA in Cebu

At least P4.4 million worth of marijuana were uprooted in a far-flung area in the town of Balamban, Cebu on Wednesday June 26. The Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA-7), together with PNP and AFP, raided an area in Barangay Gaas, Balamban where they uprooted...

Recent posts

We listed over 1,000,000 jobs from United Arab Emirates monthly.

Accomodation option available in the market.

Latest News
Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter and never miss a thing. No spam. Only hand-picked trending news.

THE FILIPINO TIMES is the biggest and most trusted Filipino newspaper in the UAE.

It has a print run of 60,000 copies and 250,000 readership per week; bolstered by 1 million visitors to its website every month. It also has an e-newsletter sent to its 250,000 subscribers every day.

The Filipino Times is FREE and has the widest targeted circulation across the 7 emirates of the UAE.

With more than 2,500 strategic distribution spots, TFT is available where the Filipinos are - at Smart Bus Shelters, Metro Stations, restaurants, supermarkets, schools, airport lounges, Emirates and Etihad Philippine-bound flights, churches, Filipino community events and many more.

THE FILIPINO TIMES. We are where the Filipinos are.

FOLLOW US

SIGN UP FOR NEWSLETTER

THE FILIPINO TIMES is the biggest and most trusted Filipino newspaper in the UAE.

It has a print run of 60,000 copies and 250,000 readership per week; bolstered by 1 million visitors to its website every month. It also has an e-newsletter sent to its 250,000 subscribers every day.

The Filipino Times is FREE and has the widest targeted circulation across the 7 emirates of the UAE.

With more than 2,500 strategic distribution spots, TFT is available where the Filipinos are - at Smart Bus Shelters, Metro Stations, restaurants, supermarkets, schools, airport lounges, Emirates and Etihad Philippine-bound flights, churches, Filipino community events and many more.

THE FILIPINO TIMES. We are where the Filipinos are.

FOLLOW US

SIGN UP FOR NEWSLETTER

© 2018 The Filipino Times. All rights reserved

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

More in Feature, Lifestyle
Filipino community all set for PID 2019
Published On  June 3, 2019
Did Carlo Aquino’s rumored girlfriend throw shade at Angelica Panganiban?
Published On  June 2, 2019
Irma Adlawan earns praise from netizens for portraying abused OFW on MMK
Published On  June 2, 2019
Close