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Sand-storm hit Yanbu

On Thursday - 21st of February, Yanbu was hit by sand-storm... not so sure about other places in KSA... but I am so sure along the way from Yanbu to Mecca, the condition was so bad.
That morning, me and my family were getting ready for our umrah trip. As the house door was opened, we're shocked to see sand all over places.. [view from the front door]

Anyway, since that was our first sand-storm experience, we thought it was nothing... ok, sand everywhere, it must be blown by strong wind... and we started our journey..
[it looked like 'jerubu' in KL, wasn't it]

Not even 5 minutes driving, we saw the difference... It was hazy, a very bad haze... couldn't even see the sunshine.
[sunlight or moonlight?]

Sight vision becoming nearer and nearer... Hyper Panda / Dana Mall which is supposed to be seen clearly from the main road was not seen as usual..
[main road near Hyper Panda]

Then only we realized "OK.. this is for real - the real sand-storm". But being too naive abou…

My First Time

Today I wanna share some 'beautiful' moments that I have for the first time ever, in KSA..
1. sand storm
- yesterday (19 Feb 2008) for the whole day there was a sand storm in Yanbu... they called it storm but it was not like the rain storm we faced in malaysia.. To me, it was more like heavy fog, with short seeing distance (just like the 'jerubu' in Malaysia) .
our car going 'through' the storm sand 'crossing' the road
beautiful view from one of the resort in Yanbu Bharstrong wind with sand2. Rain
- during this winter season, rain pouring in Yanbu quite a few times. The first time it rain, we're not in Yanbu. Nothing weird with the rain but as it is rare in KSA (and we ourselves have not seen rain since arrived..), we capture some photos..view from my apartmentrain drops on the pathway
kids are enjoying the rains3. R n R- on 8 Feb 2008, we went to Madinah with another 2 families. Started journey at 8.00 am, we stopped by the road side to have breakfast. […

My Parents are here..

Finally, after 2 weeks of exhausting process of getting visa from Saudi embassy in KL, my parents are here in Yanbu. They arrived on 14 Feb. 2008, Thursday with Malaysian Airline Systems (MAS), MH 150, at 7.00 pm in King Abdul Aziz International Airport, Jeddah. Seeing them at the arrival terminal gave such a big relieved to me and hubby. You never know how nervous we are from Monday 11/2/08, waiting for the visa to be approved. On Monday, the visa application was rejected because my birth certificate was not included. Birth cert is required to prove the parents-daughter relationship. Tuesday, the form was submitted again and it was ok. Unfortunetly, the officer to sign the approved visa was not in the office, meaning the visa is still partially-approved. Wednesday, same excuse - no officer. It seemed like there was no hope because if need to wait for Thursday and the flight is on the same day!! Praying hard for Allah to help ... and Alhamdulillah, our prayer was answered, the visa wa…

Additional Information (for visa application)

salam all,
since we are still receiving questions about the process coming to Yanbu, here is some additional information that might help you guys... these are the requirements from the Saudi Embassy in KL for the process of applying work visa and residence visa (for family).
By the way, do Bank draft from any banks in KL. We had experienced our application form being rejected just because the bank draft is from Bank Islam Ipoh.

Frustration Day

Frust - that is how I feel today. My parents visa application was not able to be processed today due to the system was down the whole day... Well, that was what we have been told by the travel agency.. Not be able to get visa meaning not be able to catch tomorrow's flight. And since Thursday and Friday are public holidays in Malaysia (Chinese New Year celebration), meaning the embassy's office will be closed until next Monday. That means, have to wait another 4 days.... Isn't that frustrating... !! One more issue need to be looked into is the flight tickets - need to be postponed as well... I was told that next available flight will probably be on coming Wednesday and of course need to pay the penalties due to the postponement.. Another 2 days extra - that will be a total of 6 days delay than original plan.. Double frustration !!! [If only the visa application was submitted earlier...]
.. Manusia hanya merancang, Allah jua yang mengizinkan ..