On Saturday, April 9, the overseas absentee voting officially kicked off to a good start. Compared to Philippines where the voting only lasts for one day, on May 9, overseas Filipinos have a chance to vote for their President, Vice President, Senators and Party list organization within a month from April 9 to May 9.
I personally have voted on the first day itself and I was surprised how seamless it went unlike the stories I have heard where there were a lot of difficulties to vote during elections.
The election fever is so infectious as everyone on their social media have utilized their posts to encourage others to further vote as some have not officially voted yet even though they are a registered voter.
As a Filipino it feels great to exercise my right to vote and I do feel everyone should do the same for their own country when they have elections. Best thing about voting is there is no wrong or right answer. What is important is you have practiced your own right to vote.
Here are articles I wrote recently about the current election fever in UAE. Enjoy!
I don’t know if you have noticed but I have been MIA lately. That’s because I now work for a newspaper, Kabayan Weekly. It’s a Filipino English newspaper in the UAE. I write local stories for online and print which is great. I cover events, meet and interview influential people from different industries.
Currently I was able to interview famous PBA stars from Alaska Aces and meet the world boxing champ, Manny Pacquiao. Other than that, I have also met people from the UAE government and from the Philippine government. It was a true honour how my work has led me to meet these people.
This month, Jollibee, a popular fast food chain in the Philippines opened it’s branch in Dubai, UAE. It is located in Dubai Mall. Thousands of Filipinos flocked to the counter to taste their home-away-from-home Pinoy food. Many were willing to wait in line, as long as five to eight hours, just to order their favorite Jollibee food like the Chickenjoy, Jolly Hotdog and the Yum Burger.
Here are some snaps at location. I was patient enough to wait, I didn’t wait that long though, it was around 30 minutes only. I went on a weekday which had less people, which I highly recommend. I was told that they take their last order at 12.30am. To order you had to take a token and then wait for your number to come up from the screen. When your number is on then you can line up.
People lining up for Jollibee at Dubai Mall
My turn to order
I ordered Take out Jollibee. Bought the favorites for my family.