Residence diaries (Page 4)

  Among the many projects I have undertook during my life, this was one quirky yet effective one. So much so, that it got featured in the leading english newspaper in Saudi Arabia. Read on what the writer, Afifa Jabeen QuraishiΒ , had to say about my little escapade! Click here to go to the original post. Second-hand bookstores in KSA can enhance firsthand love for readingΒ  JEDDAH: AFIFA JABEEN QURAISHIΒ |Β Published β€”Β Tuesday 19 March 2013 Almost nonexistent stores for old books and very few avenues to sell and buy used books leave book lovers in the Kingdom unsatiated. Qurratulain Sikander, a thirty something mother of threeRead More →

Thinking about making the dreaded ‘Will’ automatically means to acknowledge the reality of death. Despite all of our religious faith’s acceptance of the finality of death, few of us think beyond what to do tomorrow. I will be honest with you. Growing up in Saudi Arabia, and vacationing in Pakistan, making of a Will was least heard of, let alone, would be considered rather rude. Despite my parents living abroad, the talk about death, and what it would it mean for my family, kind of skipped the table talk. After getting married, and spending a wonderful decade in Saudi Arabia with our 3 little daughters,Read More →

The best things in life are free… or so they say. Having won a family pass for the year of 2014 was my free ticket to the Joso’s Play and Learn Center in Creekside Calgary. Once I took my kids there though, I believe some good things should be paid for! This play area is one of them. The Joso’s is a center which has both a preschool, as well as , as play area. A nice cafe is beside the play area to cater to the loitering parents who bring the kiddies. I liked how the play place, despite being indoors, is perfectly sizedRead More →

Mado ; A guest review on Jeddahfood.com Γ’β‚¬ΛœMadoÒ€ℒ, renowned for its ice cream and bakery products in Turkey has arrived in Jeddah. Located on Prince Sultan Street, friendly staff welcomed me on arrival. Inside is a quite spacious hall, with the bakery section positioned at the front of the store. On your right is an assortment of chocolates, and on your left the ice cream β€˜Dondurma’ station, for which Mado is famous for! Walking further inside, we noticed the large oven, with a showcase of fresh bakery items, ranging from the usual croissant to potato filled baked dough. Here a menu is also available fromRead More →

Originally Posted onΒ Thursday, April 8, 2010 I was thinking how every time there is a review, it is either of a shop or restaurant or a salon….but never of an actual SOUK! Now for the newbie to Saudi, a Souk is an Arabic word for ‘Bazaar’ or Shopping area.One of my recent favorites for shopping is Souk Shatee….a hidden treasure! Now to find Souk Shatee, all you need to do is to take the King’s Road, going west, towards Tahlia, and before you reach Stars Avenue, you should see the backside of the souk. They actually have a huge sign on its back. The bestRead More →

Originally posted on :Thursday, November 19, 2009 This post is about a favorite eatery which was near Palestine road. Despite being shut down due to some issues, it is still alive in my heart and tummy today! All pun aside, the ambiance was soothing and the food was scrumptious! I wrote a review on it on JeddahFood.com . I am posting the review below for you to get a glimpse of what the Jeddah Restaurant scene has lost. By the way, you can still enjoy it at Dubai Mall in Dubai. Driving down Andualus Road, you enter the unofficial Cuisine district of Jeddah! A hiddenRead More →

Considering the limited options of socializing and hanging out publically, couples often run out of options of where to go. Well…I suppose that is true for anyone!! not just couples. So, I would share with you aΒ  nice cafe, which in ambience and service makes you feel as if you are back to your date night;)…. Java Lounge is located off Andulus Road, when you go down towards Jamjoom Center, it should fall to your left. So basically you have to take a u-turn and come back. It is located inside this strip mall arena, where in the fore-front you will find Startbucks and BurgerRead More →

Originally posted on:Β Thursday, November 19, 2009 When time comes to actually choose a destination for Quality Family Bonding time, it may seem that your options are limited!However, once you explore, there is something for every one’s liking. Personally, I miss Bull winkles, which used to be on Tahlia Street. Awesome arcade! However, since now I am a picky mom, I need to know what is best for my 3 year old. This is why I will be writing a series of this topic. This of course being the first one…… My all time favourite place to take my kid is the ‘Vortex’. This is theRead More →

Originally posted onΒ Thursday, November 19, 2009 Just came back from a wonderful dinner party at a friend’s place. There I meet another mother, who has inspired me to write this blog πŸ™‚ While most people consider reading as a skill which will be developed in a child when he/she starts school, it should not be ignored till pre-school age. …. A wonderful way of ensuring that your child will have the love of reading is to first teach them the love of a BOOK! Yes you read me correctly! Reading at an early age is not about just recognizing alphabets and making sense of theRead More →