Posts Tagged ‘Saudi Arabia’


On behalf of Tom and myself, we’d like to wish all our readers a blessed and happy Eid Al Fitr and hope that everyone enjoys this occasion with their families and loved ones 😀

The video below is a lovely advertisement brought to you by Zain, a telecom operator in Saudi Arabia and some Gulf countries, and this has become a sort of tradition for them to come out with a song/ ad for every Eid, mostly targeted to children, but enjoyed by adults too. For those of you who don’t speak Arabic, the tune is about how giving only enhances the spirit of the festivities.

Enjoy! 😀

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As a follow-up to my post, A Tale of Two Cities, I have decided to put together a list of things I’ve learned from all the time I’ve spent in Jeddah. I was supposed to publish this post earlier but then decided that since I’m going back to Beirut in a matter of days, now would be the perfect time. I hope you enjoy reading this list as much as I have putting it together. Here it goes!

Al Baik

Al Baik's Logo

  1. Food, no matter where you get it from, is always great tasting. I’m most partial to Al-Baik, a broasted chicken chain that is deeply associated with Jeddah AND is incredibly delicious.
  1. Wearing the Abayya is not as bad as it sounds. First, you wouldn’t feel like an outsider. Second, you can wear one that’s colorful so you don’t have to worry about conformity. Third, since it covers all your clothes, you don’t have to dress to the nines every time you go out.
  2. Sleeping when the sun comes up is perfectly normal even when you have work in a matter of hours. Day and night have been truly redefined.
  3. Arabic is not the official language, contrary to popular belief. Asian expats don’t speak Arabic, Arab expats have a difficult time understanding different dialects and the locals will only speak in their distinct dialect.
  4. The sheer organization of taxis in this country makes me actually miss the chaos that is Lebanese “service”s.
  5. We’re in the second decade of the 3rd millennium and women still don’t drive, and things don’t seem to be looking up. (more…)

Beirut's Central District (or DT)

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what makes a place a home. Is it having an actual house where you can keep all your things and return to at night? Is it the place where you loved ones live? Is it where in every corner, there’s a fragment of a childhood memory hidden? Is it the place you have a love-hate relationship with? Or better yet, is the place where your ID says you belong to? If the answer is yes to all of these questions, then in my case, I have two homes. Beirut, a city I can never be away from for long, and Jeddah, a city that has always been kind to me, even if I have not felt the same way about it.

To look at it from one perspective, the two cities could not be any more different. Beirut is vibrant, loud, and fast-paced. Beirut is a historical city that is eager to shed this image in favor of evoking comparisons with the greatest cities of the world. Beirut, the charismatic city, is losing its charm, while it’s citizens look on.

Jeddah is not. Jeddah moves at it’s own pace, not caring how anyone views it, never-changing unless it is out of necessity. Jeddah is intriguing. It’s many secrets are well-concealed beneath a dark veil, that even someone who has spent the majority of his live in the city is unable to completely grasp them. (more…)


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That's where I am right now

Hello Everyone! 😀

This is just a really quick post to update you readers on my whereabouts.

As you probably noticed, Tom has been taking care of TnT while I was busy finishing up my summer courses, packing, and getting safely to my other house in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

That’s where I am now and will be for the next month. But don’t worry, I will be blogging more often (whether you like it or not :P) about all things random, music, and probably some TV shows that I will be watching in this “break.”

I had a great flight aboard Middle Eastern Airlines (MEA), even though the plane was small and my claustrophobic tendencies started to kick in. The service was absolutely great- I really had no idea flight attendants could be so nice based on my previous experiences. The movie selection was very limited and the screen that happened to be in front of me was blurry so I switched on my iPod and listened to my regular playlist. But otherwise, it as a smooth flight.

Of course, in true Lebanese fashion, the minute we were on Saudi ground, almost everyone turned on their cellphones and Blackberrys, and hence the *dings* started. Let’s just say it’s a miracle the passenger that was sitting in front of me is still alive.

Then it was time to get through passport-control and baggage claim. We had to wait for around 30 minutes for the baggage to arrive, then wait for it be scanned. I was sort of worried because I was “smuggling” in two magazines that contained beer and girl ads which are a no-no here. Its safe to say that they’re still hidden somewhere in my laptop bag.

And after half an hour in the taxi, I finally got home and the night has just begun!

Thank you for everyone for helping us achieve a record of 2000 (yes, two thousand) views in just one month.

Please keep checking back because we plan on upgrading our content and topics as our readership grows.

Best Wishes,

Tal

PS: The internet connection speed is amazing! Ha ha!

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