Thursday, September 21, 2017

Why I have to go to UAE this long weekend...instead of staying in Oman

I promised my kids that when I bought a car that did not have the iffiest-maybe-I-will-start-today-ignition and worst AC ever, that I would take them to Al Ain zoo...because Barka Zoo is kind of sad, and stinky. Don't get me wrong, I think the owner of Barka Zoo does the best he can, and with a little government support, maybe Barka zoo could be something to be proud of and not...ashamed of. But until that day arrives, Al Ain it is. Going to the Zoo is an experience every little kid loves.
 My husband booked us a place with a shared public pool so the kids will like that too. In Oman this costs at least 80 omr a day, and in UAE this costs 80 omr for two days, go figure.
My oldest is looking forward to feeding Giraffes carrots. I am looking forward to cake and hot chocolate at Angelina's in Dubai mall. We have a birthday to celebrate and that is my excuse. I also must get some Moroccan food.
Maybe we'll check out the XVA courtyard cafe in Bur Dubai. I love the old Fahidi street/Bastakia  quarter...although a dinner/dhow cruise is definitely not the thing for my kids.
We'll probably walk through the old souq, and I don't know what else for the kids. There is a coffee house/tea house to find that looks good.
I like the Moroccan/Afghani/Iranian/Egyptian parts of the global market... I also need to eat Moroccan. I miss Moroccan....Oman it is tragically expensive, or a shisha joint so...;). And the majlis gallery in Fahidi has a lot of paintings I like:
Also, I heard that friday the souq in Al Ain is great for locally made handicrafts so we'll see.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

OOTD: An abaya in a different colour, and my Omani husband visits a real garden

...As already mentioned in a previous post somewhere, I bought what appeared to be a navy blue abaya from Lulu. It has a bit of a wider long ruffle at the hem, and the tiniest bit of extra fabric folded into the shoulders just like boutique abayas from brands. I liked it. No one would guess it came from Lulu. It had a navy blue shayla. ...And the navy blue shayla was still navy blue when I left the store.
..But the abaya wasn't. The abaya is perrwinkle. Perriwinkle is purple. Purple is...outgoing for delving into coloured abayas to say the least. I call it my "Princess Jasmine" abaya. I like to pair it with gold sandals and randomly burst into song and dance while wearing it.

Just kidding. Well...kind of. I mostly tone down and restrain that part my personality for Oman, but back home, I am really not the weirdest, most dramatic person's fine. So, I wore it to take my husband and sister to a garden back in the land far and away. Here is my purple abaya...and some of my garden photos.
...Actually, the flower photos are probably mostly my husband's. And the purse was my sister's and they made me carry a lot so my little purple velvet one was not allowed to come, so you have to forgive me for being so girly, and matchy-matchy with the flowers. The dress was from the Dar Al Atta' charity shop in Ruwi. The pearls were from a charity shop called WIN from the land far-and-away. The gold sandals are from Zara. As mentioned, the abaya is from Lulu. And the gardens are called Butchart, in case, you, like me, think the flower photos are more impressive than the ones of my abaya;).