Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Banks, Bosses & great old Buds.

Today, has been one hell of a day. And it’s not yet 3pm.

Where to start?

We didn’t receive the salary checks last night, and with my rent check due out this morning, I ended up borrowing the money from one of the many angels I know. Unfortunately, by the time I reached Dubai, the banks were closed and since I bank with Emirates Bank there’s no chance you can trust deposit machines to show the money in your account when it’s needed. They’ve proven that time and time again.
I decided to go to the teller this morning on my way to work. Only, when I got there I learned that the systems were down and deposits will not be shown in the account until the systems were back up. Emirates Bank System seems to go down no less than once a month, and always when you need it the most; holidays, etc. I asked whether the check I issued could be processed despite this, and was told that it most probably would. So, then, what’s the solution?

Just wait and see. If the check bounces, I get a wonderful 200Dhs fine because of it. If I have any luck and there’s any logic to their systems, the check shouldn’t be able to go through until the systems are up and the money shows in my account. Why I should be fined for their systems not working; I’m not sure. But it’s just about as logical as in dealing with anything supposedly professional in this country.

I drove the whole way here from Dubai with some guy pretty much on my tail at 200km/h. He wasn’t trying to push me away, and even smiled and waved at me as we reached those speed bumps about half-way here. That was interesting, cause usually guys driving as fast as me along the highway, tell me to slow down, when the get the chance, and not just smile and wave at me. I love the way men here honestly feel its their duty to protect all women from danger; even though they don’t mind putting themselves in the same situation.

When I reached the office I found the Internet cut; good old Etisalat, never willing to explain their fees always willing to cut you off without warning. We just had it installed a month or so ago and found a HUGE unexplained fee on the first bill; thus the delay in payment, we were trying to figure out what it was for. We enquired about the fees prior to installation and were told nothing other than the monthly fee. Sounded too good to be true, but hell, maybe it was their way of making up for the inflated monthly internet rates they’ll charge us for so long as we’ve got the account? Nope, the guy was wrong. There was a fee; for the modem & installation.

Upon sorting that out, I found an email I’ve been hoping for. One of my greatest friends from high-school, that I tried to find a few weeks back finally found one of the emails I sent in hopes or reaching him. I loved the guy then, love him now, and always will admire the person he is. And I’m so damn proud of what he’s made with his life over the last few years; I think despite the fact that the salary checks came (only in partial amounts) today, and the fact that I may get fined for a bounced check I tried so desperately to avoid, the fact that my head feels like it’s three sizes too big and heavy for my shoulders, I’ll smile for the rest of the day knowing he’s doing just fine.

Got a message last night from the ex fiancé. Said he was worried. I’m so proud of myself for replying (to relieve any possible real worry), but doing it in a way that wouldn’t invite further conversation; thus keeping my distance.


Blogger Balushi said...

Try the Dubai Islamic bank! They are really good.

these kind of frustrations exists everywhere, go to berlin or anywhere in europe and you will see it in your daily life.

just to start of, In europe you will de damn lucky if they serve u a coffee with-in 40mins! its like they are doing u a favor by serving you!

3:47 PM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger Harsha said...

Welcome to the Ranting UAE Community!
and you thought u were different.. be it anything, from Etisalat to Emirates Bank, Gulf News to Khaleej Times, traffic to crazy drivers! you're just one of us babe...

3:50 PM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger Tainted Female said...


Balushi, many coffee shops in Abu Dhabi are like that... I swear, once we asked for the bill so many times; after an hour passed we decided they didn't want our money and got up to leave... only when we were half way to the car, did they chase us down with the bill...

And harsha, I never thought I was different... just that I try not to be redundant with what I'm bitching about...

You heard a rant of mine about journalists in the UAE over in Keiffee's place, didn't you?

4:15 PM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger Harsha said...

yep n pointed it out too, lol

4:30 PM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger ahmed said...

I would repeat balushi's advice - try Dubai Islamic Bank's Jawhara service. Its excellent.

I dont know if u wear a scarf, if not just keep one in the car and wear it while you go there, you will certainly not regret it..

The best thing about DIB is they dont have the plastic smiles that others have. If it is a smile, then its original :)

Seems ur mood has improved today - ur last post was scary..

5:52 PM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You seem to put up with a lot of hassle to have this particular job. A REALLY long commute, a boss who thinks paying on-time is optional, and not terribly supportive of your recruiting efforts. Why do you continue to put up with it? Are you options limited or is the money really good?

7:37 PM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger Tainted Female said...

Money's good... and I love the products more than anything actually.

And... I'm under-educated & expereinced for this position... I AM gaining experience here.. and that's a good thing..

And yes, Ahmed, you're right... Today is a much better day for me.

Sorry to have scared you. I do that from time to time. You're just gonna have to learn to ignore it. Or tell me to shut the fuck up cause I'm making too much noise! LOL!


8:48 PM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger Emaraty said...

We will have to cast you in the next King Kong series.

Talking of banks, this month my atm card got lost, and I cant recall my debit card number. Tried it 4 to 5 times and the machine swallowed it in. Went to the cashier and processed a cheque and the guy asks if its my account, I say yes with a wide open mouth, expecting cash in my hands. He hands back the cheque saying the signature differs.
Dont blame him, I do keep changing it every few months. Everytime I scribble a design on a paper, I stick to the new style. But my badluck wasnt as bad as yours. I did leave out the bank with cash.

10:21 PM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Why would you EVER change your signature style?

12:11 AM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


your old highschool friend is doing his homework. ;) check your email!

6:19 AM, April 05, 2006  
Blogger Tainted Female said...

Anon, I LOVE YOU! I LOVE YOU! I LOVE YOU. And always will...

next dedication for you... Umwah!

11:27 AM, April 05, 2006  
Blogger Emaraty said...

"Why would you EVER change your signature style? "

Life always needs some change, living on the same point makes it boring and dull.

4:49 AM, April 06, 2006  

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