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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

driving me mad April 8, 2009

Posted by Aella in Bahrain, Culture, Don't - just don't, Life, Manama, Whack.
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Summer seems to have made its entrance here and the weather is grand indeed. I so need to find a place where I can go to (outdoors). A not so crowded, clean place by the water. I just need to go out and find it right?

The driving here…well it is getting to me on and off. It is the fact that people seem to lack common sense and instead possessing common asshole attitudes that angers me. They come in all shapes and sizes. For example, you have the young man that needs to drive in 130 the 500 meters between the two traffic lights.  Dude…you don’t get any further than that..  We all have to stop here so you didn’t save any of your precious time. He posses the I-want-to-be-the-only-asshole-on-the-road-attitude. Because God forbid someone else drives like him or gets angry with his shitty driving. Then he lashes out in a retarded rage in order to frighten whoever has the nerve to get upset. This kind is really a nuisance and should be locked up in my opinion. Brain capacity 0%.

Then we have the other annoying personality.  The Bahraini women that in all their holiness think they can park and drive how they want. Their mobile phones are always, and I mean always glued to their ears as they are chattering and laughing driving down the road.  Only. OH!! I missed the exit to wherever I am going oooh I neeed to turn now ! Oh I don’t know how to do this! I will just drive across this narrow street with my big GMC and maybe it will work (still talking on the phone telling her friend how awful people are honking at her – how dare they?? I will tell baba!). My brain capacity isn’t enough for me to understand that I can go to the end of the street/road and do a U-turn like everyone else because I am sooo busy talking to my friend about all the craziness at work!

I am sorry but these women drive me nuts. I mean who the hell stops a big as SUV on a narrow street, blocking the traffic, ordering her shawarma…..fair enough. but then she sits and waits for it as the blocks the traffic (Adliye), talking on the mobile, pretending she doesn’t understand what all the  honking is all about. I mean what the hell is wrong with a person like that? Some parts of the brains are missing or she just wasn’t brought up at all? And this is not a one off. I have seen it plenty of times.

Impulse is the name of the game here.  I want to stop here. So I will do it. I am blocking the traffic but it is my right to do this because I have a license which must mean I am smart or something, anything right?

I want to throw my coke can out of the window now. So I’ll do it. I can’t wait until I come home and throw it in the bin. Now! I need to get rid of it now. Khallas.

I want to talk to my friend standing on the pavement. So, I’ll do it. I am blocking the traffic I know but everyone behind me is an asshole for honking. Can’t they see I am talking to my friend?

I am driving on a road with only one lane and the person in front of me is driving a tad too slow. I am flashing my lights like mad so he can drive to the side and let me pass by! Asshole! Why isn’t he driving to the side?? So what there is only one lane!!! Move asshole!! I need to drive in really fast to the next traffic light! AND I HAVE AN EXPENSIVE CAR,CAN’T YOU SEE?? I AM AN IMPORTANT PERSON!!

Ah well fugg you all. Everyone driving like this is retarded in my opinion. They never understood what traffic is all about. IT ISN’T A FIGHT OR WHO WILL GET THERE FIRST!!! IT’S TEAM WORK AND CONSIDERATION FOR THE BIGGER MASSES! IT ISN’T ABOUT YOU BEING THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON ON THE ROAD!! But then again if people aren’t raised to care for other people (other than their own immediate family) then you really can’t expect them to understand these things. Really. It is boring to see so many people with so little consideration for other people.

Hilarious March 25, 2009

Posted by Aella in Culture, Links, Saudi Arabia, Saudi culture, Whack.
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and well done Aafke!

Aafke is a Dutch artist with a great sense of humor (which I am guessing perhaps has lived in Saudi). While surfing her blog Clouddragon yesterday I bumped into this :

“Do you feel the need to harass others?

Do you despise free will?
Do you want to arrest women and stripsearch them on trumped up charges?
Would you enjoy chasing people to their deaths?
Does beating up people to death sound amusing to you?
Do you agree that cats and dogs are created so men can chat up women?
Are you ready to eradicate happiness?
Are you too disgusted by all the loose women walking around?
Are you willing to put it to a halt?”

It is theeeee Muttawa Compatability Quiz, made by Aafke herself and it can be done here: Muttawa Quiz .

Cracked me up this early, gloomy Wednesday morning. Check her site out, she has a lot of really interesting posts mixed with a great sense of humor and some serious common sense.

Thank God for the days of ignorance February 24, 2009

Posted by Aella in Music, Sweden, Whack.
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For some reason it just hit me that back in high school I used to have a major crush on Johnny Rotten, the singer in the Sex Pistols. Only. The Sex Pistols played in the 70’s so by the time I had a crush….

I don't wanna holiday in the sun!

I dun wan'a holiday in the sun!

…..Johnny probably looked like this.

Not so hot :)

Not so hot 🙂 (who said I had a strange taste in men huh)

Well, thank God there was no internet back then so I didn’t have to see this haha and thank God dreams don’t come true so I never got to meet him.

Yalla bye Bahrain real estate! January 4, 2009

Posted by Aella in Bahrain, Culture, Dubai, India, Lebanon, Manama, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Saudi culture, UAE, Whack, Work.
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Abraj  Lulu Today I resigned from my position as a sales associate in the real estate company that I worked for.  Khallas, I had enough of it and  really can’t run around like a mad person doing it anylonger. The market is down big time but I must say this is not the only reason why I left since the company I worked for has a steady stream of clients wanting to rent apartments, offices and villas.

I just had enough. It has been both a great and dreadful year. I met many funny, interesting, sweet and kind people but also many seriously creepy people that wasted plenty of my time and unfortunately I have been blessed with too much patience.

The real estate market in Bahrain is in no way regulated so it is jungle to say the least. I think everyone can agree that anyone and everyone here is as an agent. From the watchman, to grandpa Abdullah, to the stray cat , to the ice cream man.  A client often has many agents and things can get kind of messy in the end of who should have the commission since the same property can be shown by many agents.

There are not such word as ethics, standards or morals in the real estate market here. Agents steal each others clients, companies refuse to pay commission and even fire agents once they realise they have made a lot of sales  for the company (court case – shame on you ), people steal information from each other (clients and property data) and so on. In the middle of all this you got clients noticing the chaos in the market and desperately trying to play agents against each other by bargaining on commission rates (screw you – do you think we are the Red Cross?).  Many people seems to think agents are charity workers that owes them their lives (even if they pay jack-all). Not to mention the owners of property that ask you to sell their property and once you are about to close the deal for them they suddenly increase the price :). That really makes us looks like asses when we tell the clients. Well suckers, you are stuck with your property now :). Can you feel the sweat as you are paying it off not being able to get rid of it as you planned muaahahaha!

There are a few companies that have set standards for how their agents can act and they also back up their agents in times of need. I welcome and applaud this. The market needs some hard ass rules and some serious people backing up agents and kicking their asses if they act irresponsibly.

I have a great interest in the real estate market here but since being a sales associate doesn’t really lead anywhere here and all of the above mentioned, I say yalla byeeeeeeee! Gimme a shout people if you hear of any interesting vacancies 😉 !

Oh, and Happy New Year!
Have a wicked 2009!

1000 Awesome Things October 11, 2008

Posted by Aella in Whack.
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Oh god. This place just made my day!

Check it out:

http://1000awesomethings.com/the-top-1000/

Whore mongers of Hoora October 4, 2008

Posted by Aella in Al Khobar, Bahrain, Culture, Manama, Saudi Arabia, Saudi culture, Whack.
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On my way to work today I realised the whore monging and alcohol business in Hoora is up and running again. Not a minute too late 😛 .  Hoora was full of Saudi and Kuwaitis looking like desperate bears coming out from a period of hibernation. I had the honour of being followed to my office by two jackasses in a GMC. I told them Yalla GOOOO!! and they got the message after a couple of times… but only after one of them asked softly, Where?  I am so happy for all these “tourists” that there has been time to refurbish the “hotels” during Ramadan making sure the guests stay in clean and decent places. Sick how this trade goes on in front our noses…(not the refurbishing 😉 )   but there doesn’t seem to be ANY interest here in stopping it so I am assuming some people up there don’t mind it.

And ok now you will tell me not all people staying for the weekend in Hoora is looking for smut so ok I will give some the benefit of doubt… (cus I’m so kind). I am sure there are decent people staying there too 😛 . Aha, aha.
And please don’t ask me why my office is there…it just happens to be… of all the places they could have chosen huh.

And let me add… Indians here are bad drivers…well many of you anyway…you just drive, you don’t look left or right…you just drive as if you are alone on the road. Pffft! Wake up and smell the curry! You are not alone on the roads!

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.

Don’t…. just don’t… August 8, 2008

Posted by Aella in Culture, Dubai, Music, Pictures, Sweden, Whack.
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whackjobs inc

whackjobs inc

Don’t go and watch the movie Mamma Mia, just don’t…. The cheesiest and tackiets movie I ever encountered… The only time I ever walked out of a movie theater before the movie ended. Terrible, awful and just…fucking appalling.

Sick in the head R us March 28, 2008

Posted by Aella in Culture, Links, Saudi Arabia, Saudi culture, Whack.
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Are these people sick or sick or sick? I know it’s an old article and nothing unusual but it still both upsets me and surprises me that the Saudis let these animals roam around arresting people. I wonder where in our religion it says that they can tell a woman to undress (sick fucks you are – u just wanted a glimpse to save for your evening session).

Really, really upsetting. And to think that they are telling her she will go to hell.

Dudes! You have the grand stand in hell!

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“A 37-year-old American businesswoman and married mother of three is seeking justice after she was thrown in jail by Saudi Arabia’s religious police for sitting with a male colleague at a Starbucks coffee shop in Riyadh.

Yara, who does not want her last name published for fear of retribution, was bruised and crying when she was freed from a day in prison after she was strip-searched, threatened and forced to sign false confessions by the Kingdom’s “Mutaween” police.

Her story offers a rare first-hand glimpse of the discrimination faced by women living in Saudi Arabia. In her first interview with the foreign press, Yara told The Times that she would remain in Saudi Arabia to challenge its harsh enforcement of conservative Islam rather than return to America.

“If I want to make a difference I have to stick around. If I leave they win. I can’t just surrender to the terrorist acts of these people,” said Yara, who moved to Jeddah eight years ago with her husband, a prominent businessman.

Her ordeal began with a routine visit to the new Riyadh offices of her finance company, where she is a managing partner.

The electricity temporarily cut out, so Yara and her colleagues — who are all men — went to a nearby Starbucks to use its wireless internet. She sat in a curtained booth with her business partner in the café’s “family” area, the only seats where men and women are allowed to mix.

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