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February Friday February 9, 2009

Posted by Aella in Bahrain, Bahrain Daily, Culture, Life, Manama, Pictures, Yummies.
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Yummy!

Yaaa baby!

A new week has started and I feel that time is flying. I am currently teaching and the weeks are passing by way too fast.  On Friday I drove down to Seef beach. I needed to clear my mind and of course I ended up sobbing as I stood there on a rock gazing across the sea. Eating a banana and a bag of Maltezers. A sad sight to see.
It hit me that I’m in a puddle with borders. This sea has no connections with my sea and even if I had superman’s eye sight I wouldn’t be able to see anything even remotely resembling my country across the puddle.
God.
How sad am I on a scale for even thinking that thought?

In any case. I took a walk and ended up next to an Asian (Korean I’m guessing) couple staring into a fishermans hmm well fish box we can call it. He had just arrived back from sea and was proudly showing off his catch. He held this little octopus (I think it is classified as an octopus but I could be wrong) and I asked if I could hold it. He handed it over and  I  grabbed it the way he gestured I should hold it. As expected it was slimey. It curled its tentacles around my arm and fingers and coloured my skin a little dark. Slimey…but hmm I’m sure it made a great meal for the fisherman and his family (he told me they would cook all the fish later).  I must say holding this poor creature made my day.

Light up the barbie!

Light up the barbie!

I love being out there. It’s so quiet yet you can hear sounds in the distance. No buildings in my way, no people, no nothing.

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Quite the opposite of the place where I headed after that. I have since a long time ago gathered a bunch of clothes that I want to make copies out of so I decided to go to the souq for some fabrics and to see if I could find a tailor (don’t ask me why I chose the souq when I already have a tailor and when it’s such a crowded place). Said and done.

Manama souq
No people! I don’t want a singing camel, a pink plastic mosque or a pashmina! And no, I am not a tourist either. I really enjoy walking around the souq, well before it gets too crowded. Only thing is that I feel that I sometimes walk around in circles and end up in the same place again and again. Same guy trying to sell me huge underwear with printed kittens on again and again. Naaa, don’t want those either. In any case. I found some black fabric and I will pick up a dress and a yoga bag tomorrow ( the bag is soo my own design – hope it turns out luukin good).

Manama souq 1
Sorry dude, just had to take a pic.

What else can I say about the souq? Well it’s smelly in some places, dirty in others, I don’t like the idea of eating there and I have a major para about catching germs whilst walking about (TB!), still I go there cus the occasional visit does something for my well being just like my little beach in Seef.

Oh and I almost forgot to mention :)! My mum and her husband are coming here in the beginning of March. I am really looking forward to that. Any suggestions of must go places?

It is Sunday, I still have no visa and I am home sick. When will things look up?

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that sinking feeling January 28, 2009

Posted by Aella in Bahrain, Culture.
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Wow, I just realised that the Life in Bahrain blogged is blocked….blimey… sorry about that guys.

Thanks for all the answers on the previous post. Yes, there are many ways around this block and I guess it’s not worth having a heart attack over but it’s just hmm very frustrating and sad… as if life here isn’t hard as it is.. Why don’t you just go home then you may ask? Ah well I wish I could…

I think it is really immature to block sites to be honest. It’s like a childish way to be in control of other peoples lives when you feel you have no other ways to do it. Petty, pathetic behaviour.

It is 7.17 in the morning and I wish I could go back to bed. Not feeling well really.

Today’s word….conceited.

what the hell!!! January 25, 2009

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Ok, so I’m  a little slow and only realised today that they have started to block sites!!!!

ok here we go

WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU BLOCKING A LAME SITE LIKE ALLPOSTERS.COM . IT’S NOT EXACTLY PORNFLICKS.COM

HOW DO U SELECT SITES??? AND WHY DON’T U GO AND CLEAN UP HOORA BEFORE U START CRYING WHAT KIND OF POSTERS PEOPLE ARE LOOKING AT ONLINE! FUCK SAKE!@!!

I’M SORRY BUT IF LIFE IS GOING TO BE EVEN SHITTER LIVING HERE NO GRRR%#&$# WILL MOVE DOWN HERE AND WHAT WILL YOU DO THEN? WHO WILL YOU CHARGE INSANE RENTS???

FOR GODS SAKE THIS IS ALL I NEEDED!!! TODAY I HAVE HAD AT LEAST 6 BLOCKED SITES…..AND ALL NORMAL SITES….

THIS IS INSANE! IMMENSELY INSANE!! I CAN’T BLOODY BREATHE! THIS IS INSANE!

Protected: Killing me softly January 19, 2009

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Could you boycott Israel? January 11, 2009

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Coca-Cola, Banana Republic, Maggi, KitKat, Perrier, Lindex, Lancome, Johnson&Johnson, Fanta, Sprite,CNN, Nokia, Mc Donalds, Disney, Gap and Starbucks….what do these brands in common? Well, they are a few of many brands mentioned in lists and websites that asks people to boycott these products since purchasing them will somehow benefit Israel.

What are peoples reactions on these calls for boycotts then? Well many people I have spoken to do it without a problem and they won’t ponder about the possible consequences a boycott would have for local workers. Then there are people claiming that the boycott will only hit back on the local market and that not enough people are doing it anyway so it won’t make a difference. So, let’s say we boycott a brand and that company has hired people in our city or town. The boycott effects the company so they have to make some people redundant and then what? Perhaps later, they won’t bother renew their franchise contract since people are still avoiding to buy their products…and then what? Will it be felt in the pockets of those we are boycotting? And when?

I am all for a boycott if these products are related to  Israel and I have been for a boycott for many years. Unfortunately I haven’t followed it through like I should have. This is the problem. We don’t follow through. We start all fired up just like when we have just signed up for the newest, bestest gym in town thinking we will run a marathon in six months and then because it is actually hard work we fall back into our old habits and nothing actually  does make a difference. We are still unfit as hell.

I was and am quite impressed how muslims down here managed to boycott Danish product in no time and some are still doing it when the whole charicature affair appeared. It was of course for a noble purpose and naturally muslims should stand up for their prophet (pbuh). Now I wonder….if we take the West aside and look at this region.  How come it is so hard for people down here to boycott all the above mentioned brands? Aren’t the Palestinians worth it? Are they not your sisters and brothers worth figthing for just like you did for the Prophet (pbuh)?  Or perhaps it is a matter of which brands we are boycotting?  I guess living without Lurpak and Haribo wasn’t too hard (wow, what an effort when I come to think about it) but tell me, can you not live without your precious Starbucks down here (piece of crap generic place)? Read through the list again….could you live without these products?

Please fill me in on your thoughts of possible effect of boycotting products. I haven’t thought it all through and would love some feedback. Is a boycott right or wrong and would it in your opinion make a difference when it comes to Israel. And ehm, sorry for saying it, but isn’t it times to start making your own brands. It’s not like there is no money down here….just invested in the wrong places perhaps. The Lebanese are quite good at that coming up with brands by the way.

A dear friend of mine sent me the link to the page with all the brands and if you click on them you can read more why they should be boycotted. Please visit the page and make up your own mind:

http://inminds.co.uk/boycott-brands.html

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!

Lights out December 31, 2008

Posted by Aella in Bahrain, Dubai, Israel, Palestine, Pictures.
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The following can be read at Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoums website:

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“In his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has ordered the cancellation of all public New Year’s celebrations in Dubai, due to be held on Wednesday night.

The cancellation comes in solidarity with the Palestinian people, who are currently enduring death, suffering and destruction in Gaza.

Sheikh Mohammed ordered relevant authorities to implement this decision and undertake the necessary steps to make the order known to all concerned parties.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Hats off to you Sheikh Mohammed. It is nice to see this solidaric gesture in times like these when most of the world is merely watching as the blood is flowing on the streets of Gaza. I just heard that Bahrain is also following this example. I am quite impressed and very pleased I must say. More about that can be read here:

http://archive.gulfnews.com/nation/Government/10271419.html

http://www.gulfnews.com/news/gulf/bahrain/10271442.html

(the picture is from Sheikh Mohammeds website)

It has to be said December 30, 2008

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I hate Israel with all my being and all my heart. I hate it’s existence and everything it stands for. It is the sickest nation on this earth and every person living there that claims to be decent should migrate and seek citizenship in other countries. They don’t have any right over this land and never did. People can argue and argue and argue that they built the country they call Israel but it was nothing theft. It sickens me and breaks my heart again and again to see all these innocent people being murdered by the Israelis. Hamas are no angels no and should be held responsible for their actions but should a mother of five daughters have to bury them all because the Israelis are animals? And the Arab nations 🙂 well ah they called in an emergency meeting I heard…for Friday :). That really sounds like an emergency meeting to me. What’s up guys? You busy planning how to spend your New Years Eve?

It has to be said December 30, 2008

Posted by Aella in Israel, Pakistan, Palestine, War.
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I hate Israel with all my being and all my heart. I hate it’s existence and everything it stands for. It is the most brutal nation on the planet and every person living there that claims to be decent should migrate and seek citizenship in other countries. They don’t have any right over this land and never did. People can argue and argue and argue that they built the country they call Israel but it was nothing theft. It sickens me and breaks my heart again and again to see all these innocent people being murdered by the Israelis. Hamas are no angels no and should be held responsible for their actions but should a mother of five daughters have to bury them all because the Israelis are animals? And the Arab nations 🙂 well ah they called in an emergency meeting I heard…for Friday :). That really sounds like an emergency meeting to me. What’s up guys? You busy planning how to spend your New Years Eve(and don’t give me BS that you don’t celebrate it)?

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