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S as in Saudi – over and out. April 25, 2009

Posted by Aella in Al Khobar, Bahrain, Bahrain Daily, Beirut, Blogroll, Culture, Don't - just don't, Dubai, Food, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Karlskrona, Lebanon, Life, Manama, Music, Pakistan, Palestine, Pictures, Qatar, Quotes, Saudi Arabia, Saudi culture, Sweden, Tool, UAE, War, Whack, Work.
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Seef beach

So.  I have for quite some time been thinking about ending my blogging here at S as in Saudi. I have a lot to say but still nothing interesting to be honest. It has all been said. Been bitchin’, going on my rants, praising, celebrating, crying, whining and shit…
I have recently turned over a new leaf and I can see things quite a bit clearer and more focused when it comes to my life.  I must say that, the years that I have been blogging here has been some of the hardest yet most interesting years of my life. I finally feel I can focus even if I don’t know exactly where I am heading. At least I know where I am not looking to head.

It has been an interesting journey where I started blogging to record the changes in my life and attitude and ended up a truly different person in a situation in which I never thought I would be in.

So I guess this is the last post here. I will keep the blog online for now and I will come back and hopefully read old posts and comments with a smile. It has been great getting all these comments from people all over the place. Some of you which I got to know a little more and some who only came once for whatever reason. I want to thank you all for your presence.

I will eventually be blogging elsewhere but it will be about a topic that  I am passionate about. Who knows,  we might meet again.

love to all of you out there

Sous

Sweet n salty tooth December 26, 2008

Posted by Aella in Bahrain, Culture, Food, Links, Manama, Sweden, Yummies.
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Ugh! This page is just killing me.

http://www.worldofsweets.de/licorice/strong-licorice/?lang=1

I know I shouldn’t browse it but oh my god it had to be done! I miss real licorice soo much. This place has sooo much stuff I have never tried. I should so visit Germany, The Netherlands and Denmark just for this. Licorice tour!

Turkish Pepper - God send me some with DHL!
Turkish Pepper – God please send me some!

chupa chups salmiakChupa Chup people!
You been holding out on me!

I didn’t actually know that the Germans and the Dutch were into salty liquorish. I can honestly say that I can’t find any nice sweets here except for the Danisk Haribo (gummibears but no liquorish of course). The chocolate is the average American and British bars and the sweets ah well….
The pick and mix in the malls is of a sad standard. They all taste the same and just doesn’t do it for me. The often look really juicy and has the same appearance as our brands back home but tastes nothing like them. The only sweet that I have enjoyed is the sour Skittles and Starburst. The crisps and the snacks is a whole other story because you can find some ok brands but that’s another post.
As for pick and mix. Karamellkungen needs to pack a bag and get here (not claiming he is Swedish).
karamellkungen
Karamellkungen to the rescue!
Do check out the site and don’t forget to take a trip to the kings toothbrush school.

lösgodis
yup, we are serious about lösgodis in Sweden

Ikea in Dhahran – Saudi December 4, 2008

Posted by Aella in Al Khobar, Bahrain, Culture, Food, Manama, Pictures, Saudi Arabia, Saudi culture, Sweden.
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So apparently according to a readers comments IKEA in Dhahran has opened. To think that it is only across the border filled with goodies of all kinds kind aaah ticks me off since as we all know Saudi is not a country you can just visit. Sooo another reader asked if there are any delivery services by IKEA to Bahrain. I emailad them and got this answer.

“Morning,
At the moment we can’t do deliveries to Bahrain, there is a lot of things in regard to customs. If you can arrange a driver to come & pick up the goods we can hopefully help you the assembly of the items.

Regards,

Yousef Imad

Customer Service Manager

IKEA-Dhahran, Saudi Arabia”

So there you go folks. IKEA hasn’t figured out how to make money out of us here but I am sure someone with a Bahraini passport surely must come up with the idea to take orders from people here (for a certain charge) and cross the border and pick up the items, since apparently it is not a problem if you send a driver.

I want things 😦 …….now! I want ginger bread, crisp bread, chocolate, this AND that. Sigh…. is this hell? To know that IKEA is so close yet you can’t go there. This is the first time since I left Sweden that I am living kinda close to IKEA. Cyprus, no, Lebanon, no and Saudi well too far to Riyadh. Ah this sucks.

Man I wish I could live in an IKEA showroom. Would have made me happy.

On another note. Check out the IKEA hijab in the UK

IKEA HIJAB

I guess this won’t be needed in the islamic country of Saudi Arabia since from what I hear no women are allowed to work in the stores. I hope this is not true because that would be soooo un-Swedish (as I call it). If it is true… it’s time for you guys to let it happen because an IKEA store without women is like hot chocolate without cocoa, useless, so sort it out. And ehm… I’m serious.

Bimbo Noodles September 17, 2008

Posted by Aella in Bahrain, Culture, Food, Manama, Pictures, Whack.
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I present to ye!


That is like so totally hoooot!

Spicy Thai bimbo noodles was found today in a Thai-Filipino-Chinese food store in Hoora.
A must buy for sure.

Indian mornings September 14, 2008

Posted by Aella in Bahrain, Culture, Food, India, Manama, Pictures.
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Do Indians eat curry and onions for breakfast as well as lunch and dinner? Why do I ask? Because every morning (and the rest of the day as well) my whole bathroom smells of Kalpaka ( a Keralite restauant in Hoora). I can smell onions, curry and I don’t know what and it is quite frustrating when you are fasting. Been thinking to put a sign downstairs or in the lift the telling people (that was before Ramadan) that are cooking to drop  some yummy food off at my apartment. I mean what the heck, they are all cooking this mouth watering food so the least they could do is share it.

Ramadan Kareem August 31, 2008

Posted by Aella in Al Khobar, Bahrain, Bahrain Daily, Beirut, Culture, Dubai, Food, India, Indonesia, Iran, Karlskrona, Lebanon, Life, Manama, Pictures, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Saudi culture, Sweden, UAE.
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Ramadan Mubarak to all sisters and brothers out there.
May Allah accept your prayers, fasting and good deeds in this holy month
and may it’s virtues extend to many years to come.
Have a good ‘un!

food and food March 29, 2008

Posted by Aella in Bahrain, Food, India, Manama.
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Remind me not to order Indian food from restaurant Bangkok again…. Drowned in youghurt (and I mean drowned), no distinct flavours and useless garlic nan… yes useless food. Wanted to order from Korma which I really like but I couldn’t find the menu  nor the number so I thought I give Bangkok at try.  Korma is really good though. Good service, great food and good pricing.

Went to Dome today for my first Bahraini bloggers meeting. It was sweet to see the faces behind the texts. All really witty and easy going people. Now, two of them ordered food with bacon and damn the bacon there looks gooood. I will have to go back to eat some breakfast there. The smell of it just killed me.

I’m tired.
I need to go and buy food for the kids lunch boxes.
I don’t want to.
I want to sleep.
Uh.
Please someone do my shopping.

Bahrain Daily 13 November 27, 2007

Posted by Aella in Bahrain, Bahrain Daily, Food, Manama, Pictures.
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Dinner in Salmaniya Medical Complex.
Sahtain!
(and yes this is what it looked like when it was opened)

Ristorante Michelangelo asswipe June 30, 2007

Posted by Aella in Food, Karlskrona, Sweden.
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As I took my son to the hairdresser the other day we passed by a restaurant here in Karlskrona called Michelangelo. They have some black lanterns outside with sharp edges and as my son walked by he hit is forehead on one of the edges. A deep cut immediately appeared and he looked dizzy to say the least. We went into the hairdressers and explained what happened and she went and got a plaster for him and handed it to me. She then shouted something to someone outside (turns out it was the guy next door she spoke to) in her language and then started cutting my sons hair. I was really pissed off with what had happened and after the haircut I went into the empty restaurant to talk to the owners.

In the back of the darkish place sat a creepy queer looking guy eating something and opposite him a blond waitress folding napkins. I told him what happened and he just smiled scornfully back. I told him that perhaps it would be a good idea to do something about it since there are many people passing by there. Aha, he said and raised his eyebrows in a manner that expressed arrogance (I should have just smacked him right there and then in his slimey Albanianbosnianwhateverheis face). I went on and said – So I presume you don’t care about any of this? No, he went and smiled back in an assy way…
He really ticked me off and I left the restaurant and after telling him that, what goes around comes around.. and this will..

We had to spend the next 3 hours waiting (Swedish healthcare at it’s best) at the emergency to clean up the cut and glue it. No clinics were open so the emergency was the only place to go to.
I have been a customer at this place several times and I am amazed as how to this ass behaved. Arrogant c**t

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Karlskrona in pictures June 25, 2007

Posted by Aella in Food, Karlskrona, Pictures, Sweden.
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Brändaholm

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My brothers old school – Tullskolan

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Swedish handcraft at Lövmarknaden (Leaf market :P)

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Sweet, sour and salty yummies

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My daughters first artwork with sand “Sands”