Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Anna's Birthday at Sukura

Anna's Birthday at Sukura
Wednesday, April 14, 2004
8:34:00 AM CDT

11 April 2004

On Sunday night, Rick, Clayton and I went out to the Japanese restaurant Sukura with Rick's girlfriend, Meta and her friend Anna and another frind of theirs from work. Again another seven course meal. Plenty of sushi this time. Anna was having a birthday the next day, so we made a big deal about it and the staff brough out a cake after dinner. Most of the staff was Filipino too, so one of the versus of Happy Birthday was sung in Tagolug. She cried and was very touched. Meta said that it was difficult for Anna since this has been her first time away from her family in the Phillipines and she has only been over here for only one month.

They end up living in some interesting conditions as foreign nationals. The girls have an 1130pm curfew and also live in a dormatory type situation. They are pretty much forbidden to have any boyfriends or they will be booted out of the country. The Qataris pay them about $900 per month and treat them like dogs - no, we treat dogs better than some of the Qataris treat foreign national guest workers. Lord help the unmarried Filipino girl that finds herself pregnant. The Qataris will jail her for having sex outside of marriage *and* take away her child. Do I need to remind you that we are in a Muslim nation? In some countries, sex outside of marriage is treated as a capital offense. Not that it doesn't happen; just don't get caught.
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