Monthly Archives: July 2014

Practical info for expats during Ramadan in Abu Dhabi

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Here is some information for non-fasting expats that might be useful to know during Ramadan:

TAXIS AND DRIVING:
– It is harder to get taxis especially just around sunset and two hours afterwards, do give yourself some extra time if you want to go somewhere that time.

– You should always wear a seat belt but this is especially true during Ramadan because driving is even crazier than usual.

– Avoid playing music loudly in your car during Ramadan.

BARS AND LIQUOR:

– Many Ladies nights are canceled during the fasting month. One exception is the Ladies Night at Cristal Salam hotel’s roof top bar, which is on Thursdays. 

– Liquor is sold in hotels and bars only after 7.30PM, but Muslim hotel chains , such as Rotana, doesn’t sell liquor at all during Ramadan.

– Liquor shops are open but might have shorter opening hours.

– Bars are only allowed to play “background” music. There are no…

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Glambox July 2014

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I subscribe to Glambox after more than a year. I stopped subscribing when they the price was increased, almost doubled. But this July they had a tempting offer, a free 3 months subscription offer plus one free box. That was too good to resist, hence I subscribed. 

I received my box (two boxes, as it inlcuded the free box as well) and here is what I found in the box.

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I received my box at work. 

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I got two identical boxes.

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With a three months free subscription voucher. 

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I have yet to try the perfumes. 

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I haven’t had a good experience with Olay products till now but will definitely try this one. 

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Olay again, but a full size pack, which I can never complain about. 

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And this! is the best par to f the box. It doesn’t hurt that I got two of these 🙂 

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I have tried the pantene ampules before, and they didn’t do anything for my severely damaged here. 

I am totally delighted about the two full sized products and the fact that I got two of each 🙂 I tried the Mascara this morning and loved it. 

 

Gur Ka Sharbat

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I had been craving ‘gur ka sharbat’ the past few days.

Do you associate certain foods, certain colors, certain smells or even a certain kind of weather with a person? I associate Gur ka Sharbat with my dad. I remember my dad making a variety of iftaar beverages and the one I remember most vividly is the ‘gur ka sharbat’. 

The memories I am talking about are probably from the late 80s  to 1990, when we used to live in our village, Charsadda. Ramadan was in summers, probably same as now i.e June or July and summers are scorching in most parts of Pakistan, Charsadda being no exception.

The kids didn’t fast, of course. Only my parents did. Or maybe my older two sisters did too. I don’t remember. But I and my brother weren’t fasting yet. However, whenever my dad made the gur ka sharbat, he served us first 🙂 He used to make “Tukhm-e-Malanga” in a separate steel bowl and would serve it in our glasses accordingly. I used to take mine without it. I was never a fan of it, but now as a grownup I would like to try it once more to see if I still don’t like it.

The iftaar was served outdoors, in the courtyard. The kitchen was right next to it, where my mom used to fry pakoras and God knows what else. My dad would fill our glasses with gur sharbat, to the brim, but we waited till we heard the sound of the Adhaan, although we were not fasting. Maybe it was out of respect for ramadan and we were taught to do it that way, or maybe it was more fun that way and that’s why we waited.  

My dad passed away last year. We lost him to cancer. 

But I spotted ‘gur’ at a Pakistani grocery store the other day and haven’t been able to stop thinking about the way my dad made the gur ka sharbat!

So today, I’m going to make it for the first time, sans the Malanga seeds, since I don’t know where can I find those. 

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Gur – melted, + Lemon Juice

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Gur Ka Sharbat – Iftar Drink

I have to wait an hour to know what it tastes like 🙂 

Daily Look – Wearing Lace to Work

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Since hubby dear was still asleep when I was leaving for work, you will have to suffice with bathroom mirror selfies for today 🙂

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Origem Brocade Trousers: AED 275

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Splash Fashions: Full Sleeved Lace Shirt – AED 140 Now on sale at AED 100

 

Full Sleeved Lace Shirt from Splash Fashions: Same here

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Splash Basic V Neck short sleeved T-Shirt – AED 30

 

Short sleeved V neck T from Splash Fashions: Same here

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H&M Off White Blazer – AED 149

H&M Off White Blazer, Similar here

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H&M Necklace – AED 59

H&M Necklace similar here

Hope you like today’s look 🙂

 

 

Of Mothers and Mother in Laws

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My Mom left yesterday morning and my mother in law arrives this afternoon, inshAllah. I miss my mom but I’m looking forward to MiL’s arrival too, however, not the way it’s going to be. 

During Ramadan I get off from work at 3:30PM, but comes the day of MiL’s arrival and I get an email from my boss stating we have a training program on Tuesday, July 15th at 4:00 PM, read, exactly at the time when MiL’s plane lands. Don’t get me wrong, I love my MiL bu I am worried, she may think I am late on purpose for her arrival 😛 so I won’t have to prepare iftaar and dinner for her. Or maybe I am just over thinking it 🙂 And hopefully she will make no such assumptions. Knowing my MiL, the probability is that she will make no such assumptions and won’t even mind fixing something for iftaar for me, but somehow the little worm of worry lurks in my heart 🙂 

 

Brazuca – Made in Pakistan

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FIFA World Cup 2014 tonight. Whether cheering for Argentine or Germany, lets hear cheers for Pakistan one more time, who supplied the official football. Here are Ten facts for you to enjoy;

1) The Brazuca is made in Pakistan by Pakistani women. Ninety percent of those working on the Brazuca were women. The CEO of Forward Sports (company that produced Brazuca for Adidas) said that women were more diligent and meticulous than their male colleagues. The cost of the ball is US $ 160/- each which is more than the monthly salary (US $ 100/-) of the women who made it.

2) The Brazuca was named via online poll in September 2012, with 77% of voters choosing ‘Brazuca’. It’s the first ball to ever be named by the public.

3) Its thermally bonded panels make it virtually waterproof. While FIFA allows for a ball to be up to 10% heaver when wet, the Brazuca increases by only 0.2%

4) The colors were “inspired by vibrant colours, passion and heritage of Brazil.” The term ‘Brazuca’ actually means ‘Brazilian’, and is used to describe the Brazilian way of life.

5) It was tested by 600 players “The Brazuca’s thorough two and a half year testing process involved more than 600 of the world’s top players … the most tested ball ever by Adidas” Competing teams practiced with it for 6 months.

6) It has a windmill design. Instead of having a smooth surface like it’s predecessor the Brazuca has an evenly broken surface with deep seams, which prevents it from swerving in the air

7) Brazuca has a twitter account.Since registering on Twitter in December 2013, the ball has amassed over 130,000 followers. It uses the hashtag ‪#‎ballin‬ with most tweets. As if that wasn’t enough, the ball was given an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican earlier this year

8) All competing teams at the 2014 World Cup received balls from FIFA over the last six months to ensure each team has enough time to train with the new ball

9) The Brazuca is 437 grams in weight and 69 centimetres in circumference

10) The Brazuca is a pride for all Pakistani women but not as beautiful as the hands that made it
Enjoy the World Cup final ans share Pakistan’s contribution to it.

Credit: Desitnation Pakistan On Facebook