Book Review: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

By | September 1, 2014


Out of the blue, I received an email from my dear friend and fellow blogger Intlexpatr asking after me and telling me about an intriguing book she had read with the book club she is running called Americanah by a Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The name rang a bell, so I got up from my sofa where I was reading the email towards my library and found the book, alongside another book by Adichie titled “Half a Yellow Sun” that is a best seller and turned into a movie. I remember picking both books up in Waterstones when I was last in the UK and now my friend in the USA was gushing about the writer’s style. I knew it was the book to read for that week.  Read more »

Searching for THE Dress

By | August 31, 2014


Now that the rant regarding the lack of size 16 garments is out of my system, and because I’ve been scoring the stores and online websites looking for the perfect dress for the good part of two months now before realising that with my size I do not have the luxury of a choice to start with and that I am supposed to settle for any dress stocked by a kind enough understanding buyers to fit voluptuous figures like mine and leave it at that. I thought I’d show you what my favourite dresses were, what I’d have worn and chosen had I had the luxury of the choice. Read more »

The Dilemma of the Size 16

By | August 31, 2014


I rarely post about fashion, but that doesn’t negate the fact that I am very much interested in the subject itself. Shopping in my ultimate therapy and I love that feeling I get with the first accelerated beat of my heart when my gaze falls upon a piece I like. I have my own unique taste in fashion that doesn’t conform to certain trends or styles and when I decide to dress up I have to dress up in a piece I adore, only the perfect ensemble would do, nothing less.  Read more »

Leaping out of Bed in the Morning

By | August 10, 2014


I was curled up on my couch yesterday, trying to nurse my end of weekend blues by watching the movie Julie & Julia on DVD, when a line from Julia Child’s role made me complain out loud. She was describing her days in Le Cordon Bleu and how she leapt out of bed when every morning the alarm went off at 6:30 A.M. and I was jealous. Yes, I was jealous of Julia leaping out of bed for she couldn’t wait to start her days and do something she absolutely adored and quite enjoyed. I said it out loud to my husband, I was jealous of Julia and why couldn’t I leap out of bed in the morning every morning too?  Read more »

Persian Iftar from Anaar

By | July 20, 2014


For a while now I’ve been hearing a lot of raving reviews about Anaar catering. They’ve been open for about a year and whenever the subject of dishes from Persian cuisine is brought up people ask if I’ve tried Anaar and what was I waiting for? Well, I knew that Anaar is a catering business and not a restaurant and since I have only my vegetarian self and occasionally my husband to feed, it didn’t seem remotely Read more »

My Birthday Weekend

By | July 20, 2014


Last weekend was my birthday and because it was on a Thursday I decided to celebrate early by taking Thursday off work and sleeping in, which is one of the most valuable gifts you could give to yourself especially during the smouldering fasting summer hours of the holy month of Ramadan. Then, I decided to distribute gorgeous flowers all around the house. I adore flowers <3 They bring joy Read more »

The Qerqaia’an of Ramadan 2014

By | July 16, 2014


One of the things many people prepare for, sometimes months in advance, is the celebration of Qerqaia’an and its giveaways. Qerqaia’an is an occasion that falls on the nights of 13, 14, and 15 of Ramadan where children would go from house to house dressed in colourful traditional clothes singing away while collecting candy from the houses they sing for. Also, families tend to send out sweets and nuts for loved ones in dazzling wrapping, the funkier the better, to celebrate the occasion in the name of Read more »

Do You Use Google+ ?

By | July 16, 2014


On the very last page of the #Room753 Bloggers Trip to Queensland, Australia itinerary there were a few conditions regarding the minimum number of posts per day regarding the trip using the proper hashtags across different social media channels. Conditions like “3 posts daily on Instagram, a post daily on twitter and Facebook” were easily met. However, I did notice they had a condition to post daily on a social media channel I’ve never heard of, let alone used before, called “Google+”. Apparently its used widely in Australia and across the world, for the other bloggers of #Room753 were using it to conduct meetings even after the end of their trip experience. Read more »

The King & I at the Qpac, Brisbane

By | July 16, 2014


When I first received the itinerary for my #Room753 bloggers trip to Queensland, Australia I was especially excited by the prospect of one activity that falls at the end of Day 5 of my trip. I was booked tickets to go see the theatre show “The King and I” and there is nothing I like more than shows and performances. My excitement built up with every passing day, especially when I was asked what I was going to do by Australian people -and they are always friendly and asking after your trip even if you are just a stranger walking into a shop- and whenever I’d go “see King and I” they’d gasp and rave about it.  Read more »

Mamma’s Kitchen Kale Ice Cream

By | July 15, 2014


At the start of the holy month of Ramadan I got a call from Mamma’s Kitchen asking me to choose two ice cream flavours from their range of homemade ice creams and they will be sent to me to try. While reciting the flavours, I noticed quite an unusual combination: Kale, banana, and blueberry ice cream! I don’t know about you but I couldn’t miss the chance to try that combination! You wouldn’t think kale would make it into ice cream now, would you? Plus, kale and blueberries together as a flavour would make one hell of a detoxifying ice cream, no? Read more »

Lunch at Aria Restaurant, Brisbane

By | July 15, 2014


The second activity on our #Room753 Bloggers Trip to Queensland itinerary for day 5 was a confirmed lunch at Aria restaurant for 1 P.M. and that’s why I didn’t allow myself to pig out at the Farmers Market earlier that morning. After we browsed the market and picked up our tickets for that very night’s performance of The King & I, post coming soon, we headed back to Sofitel Hotel Brisbane to pray and freshen up before heading back out and walking towards lunch at Aria, a contemporary Australian restaurant co-owned and operated by Chef Matt Moran. Read more »

Ghabgat Ramadan 2014 #غبقةـحضرتنا

By | July 10, 2014


I’ve been intending to post about my very first Ghabga of Ramadan 2014 for a few days now but unfortunately my blog was acting up a bit and I’m finally able to access everything. Anyways, last Friday we decided to gather around my apartment for a relaxed Ramdan ghabga, ghabga being the party Kuwaitis throw between the iftar and suhoor meals where women dress up in their traditional embellished dresses we Read more »

Would You Use a Tester’s Lipstick?

By | July 10, 2014


Though I’m not much of a makeup fan I do stock up on makeup every now on then as the need arises and the trends sway. The latest trend being the Maleficent makeup by Mac which was sold out all over the world and was restocked once by Mac in Kuwait but by the time I went it was all sold out again. If you were lucky you’d come across an almost empty lipstick with a bit of remnant Maleficent red that you could try but that’s about as far as you’d go with trying on Maleficent’s makeup.  Read more »

Brisbane’s Farmers Market

By | July 7, 2014


When we woke up on Day 5 of our #Room753 blogger’s trip to Queensland, Australia we realised we had a busy itinerary for the day and it started early. Because I love farmers markets so much, the first thing I was going to do that morning was to take a stroll in Brisbane’s very own Jan Powers farmers market which is held every Wednesday from 10 A.M. until 6 P.M.  Read more »

The Suhoor Meals of Ramadan 2014

By | July 7, 2014


I once heard a respected Kuwaiti dietitian lecturing about eating the suhoor meal during the holy month of Ramadan and how if you eat a huge meal for suhoor it will somehow make you hungry during your fast while if you eat a really light one you will be much less hungry during your fast. I’ve never Read more »

The Palm Palace Restaurant Iftar

By | July 6, 2014


Remember when I posted about a singing invitation card from The Palm Palace Lebanese restaurant that arrived on the very first days of the holy month of Ramadan? The one that played the jingle from the 80’s ad? Read more »

My Ramadan Tea Time Treats

By | July 3, 2014


If you’ve tried fasting before you’d know that the iftar meal when you break your fast isn’t the real target meal of your long day, rather, its imagining the moment when you finally sit in front of caffeinated drinks alongside desserts that keeps you going throughout the day! Everyone I know mumbles about iftar but raves about their tea time and because I have a tradition of celebrating my “Kubbayat el Shay” time I tend to post about it on daily basis on instagram. Now let me show you who and what sponsored my favourite time of the day during the first week of Ramadan 1435-2014: Read more »

Dinner at The Euro, Brisbinae

By | July 2, 2014


After the exciting and frankly quite exhilarating trip to see the Koalas in Lone Pine Sanctuary, we returned to the Sofitel Brisbane by taxi and spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing. However, our #Room753 blogger’s trip itinerary wasn’t done yet for day four of our visit, for we had dinner reservations at 6:30 P.M. at The Euro, a chic European style brasserie that belongs to the Urban Restaurant family, a renowned and award winning restaurant in Australia.  Read more »

The Gifts of Ramadan 2014

By | July 2, 2014


To celebrate the arrival of the Holy month of Ramadan many people exchange gifts with each other and if not gifts, then at least a food item “neqsa” during the two main meals of the day “iftar” or “suhoor”. When I was a child I lived in a loving neighbourhood where neqsas between neighbours was common and there wouldn’t be a day passing without some neighbour sending out a neqsa in our direction, my favourite Read more »

Ramadan 2014 Preparations

By | July 1, 2014


I’ve been quite busy for the past few days trying to put together what is needed to welcome the arrival of the Holy month of Ramadan. Knowing that once I’m fasting I won’t be able to be as active, the weather was 52 C hot yesterday, I tried to finish up as much as I can before the start of Ramadan with the general idea being to hide at home and never venture out except to go to work and back. Now let me show you around my humble preparations. Read more »

My Personalised Ramadan TV Schedule

By | June 30, 2014


We have a Ramadan tradition of waiting for our dear Jacquies to provide us with a list of all Ramadan TV shows, with timings and broadcasting channels, and this year she didn’t disappoint at all! Not only did she provide everyone with the full Ramadan 2014 TV Schedule on her blog, she even succumbed to my whims twice and made me a 1) iPhone friendly version and 2) my very own Read more »

Ramadan Mubarak!

By | June 29, 2014


Good morning and welcome to my favourite most anticipated month of the year, the blessed holy month of Ramadan! Even though I suspect would be keeling over with thirst by the end of the day -did anyone notice the hair-dryer like outside air this morning?- I am enjoying ever moment of it and I’m very thankful to god for the chance to relive Ramadan again with everyone I know and love alive, happy, well, and in good health <3 Read more »

Ayar Perfumes Ramadan 2014 Gift Box

By | June 26, 2014


The holy month of Ramadan is almost upon us and preparations for its anticipated arrival is on full gear. Part of my Ramadan preparations is making sure I have full stock of my favourite incense and marshoosh -perfusmes- for my after iftar rituals which include my tea time, coffee brewing, and beautiful incense aroma wafting through my little apartment. Two Read more »

The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

By | June 25, 2014


From the moment I announced I was going to Australia almost every comment I got refereed or asked about the one and only cuddly Koala! Everyone on earth, or so it seems, is smitten with the cuddly bears that are not really bears and somehow you cannot say the word Australia without a picture of a cute Koala manifesting in your mind’s eye! Even as I announced I was going to see the Read more »

Red Bananas, Yellow Watermelons!

By | June 24, 2014


I’ve been seeing pictures of tiny red bananas and bright-yellow watermelons on instagram for a while now, apparently they are the current two fruit trends in Kuwait at the moment, Kale and quinoa taking a backseat for the moment. Now, I wasn’t planning on actually pursuing the two fruits who swapped their colours with each other, but I was at Saveco last Saturday shopping for Ramadan supplies when I came upon the Red Bananas and I remembered they are the “it” bananas at the moment.  Read more »