Beautiful Madrid

March 5, 2009 at 8:53 am | Posted in Around the World | 5 Comments
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I can’t believe it’s been so long since I last posted.  I’m actually posting today to test if I still remember how to do this.  So many times I’ve wanted to post things but then I was like “what’s the point if I’m only gonna do it every now and then” but maybe every now and then is better than nothing at all.


I just got back from Spain a week ago… Madrid to be specific.  What an amazing city.  That city miraculously combines all the beauties of Europe into one cozy and clean setting.  It has the grand monuments and architecture down to the tiny details of the cobblestone narrow walkways.  The weather is fresh and clean (as compared to other smog filled cities).  The people are very friendly yet don’t speak much english.  Madrid is only a short distance to other beautiful cities like Toledo and Segovia.

On my way back to Kuwait, I stopped in to London in the evening.  And being in the window seat I got to watch in awe at the most breathtaking view of London by night.  The city was so beautifully lit.  And there were literally 10 other planes circling London with us.  Right after we landed we stayed in the plane for a while and I noticed that at any one time, there are three planes in descent to land.  It was amazing to watch.  Every time one plane lands, you look up and 3 are also in the process without fail.  I watched for a good twenty minutes and they just kept coming in every 2 minutes.  I truly wonder how those “Air space” guys manage to keep all those planes safely up in the air.

Anyway I think I spoke enough for now.  Just checking in.   Hope you’re all doing well.


Rotating Towers in Dubai & Moscow

November 6, 2008 at 3:24 pm | Posted in Around the World, Eye on the Gulf | 2 Comments
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Dubai has once again outdone itself and the rest of the world with its new project called Dynamic Architecture  by David Fisher which basically are moving skyscrapers or rotating towers.  Watch the comprehensive Video on this new type of skyscraper and what can be expected from the first project of its kind located in Dubai and Moscow.  You can even visit the website on the link above and reserve your place.

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Middle Eastern vs. Western World

November 2, 2008 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Around the World, Girltalk | 5 Comments
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I recently read a post called Style Battle: Middle East v. Western World  about a picture that doesn’t portray the image of repressed women in the Middle East that most people around the world are used to.  I was so happy when I read that post and it inspired me to write one of my own because I really want to get the message out to as many people as possible. 

Yes there is an issue of repression of women in some areas of Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia and maybe a bit in Iran which has happened in recent years due to fanatacism which is in no way representative of Islam or the Middle East.  On the contrary, women in the Middle East are considered precious and truly valued. Especially the Mother.  Women (most atleast) in the Middle East live the life that most people can only dream of.  Just because a woman wears a veil doesn’t in any way mean that she is repressed.  It may be a religious duty or an obligation but it doesn’t necessarilty deem that woman as repressed and she is usually the one who chooses to be covered.  Actually if you visit the Middle East, you will see some of the most beautiful fabrics in the world worth thousands of dollars which make the Hijab’s that these ladies wear.

From a general view, Life in the rest of the Middle East is fabulous for men and women if you have the means to enjoy it.  I moved to the Middle East with my family when I was 17 and I never moved back to the States eventhough my parents urged me to go back.  But if you ask anyone who has lived in both the ME and the WEST…  you will get a very similar response.  Here’s what I love about the Middle East as a single girl who travels back and forth between Lebanon and Kuwait.

  • I am extremely safe.  If I ever face any problems, I can just scream and every male in a radius of a mile will be at my assistance protecting a woman’s honor.
  • I am just a short flight away from some of the best destinations in the world.  Europe, Far East, Greece, Turkey, Dubai, Lebanon.
  • I have a Great job and I make a ton of Tax free money.
  • I don’t have to pay for anything that requires entertainment.  In most cases, the men pay for everything.  So whether it’s a date or just hanging out as friends, girls are usually spoiled 🙂
  • I don’t have to do any house work.  We pay very good money for maids to do that.  And no they are not repressed either!  They make really good money and have better accomodation and treatment than they do in their home countries. 
  • I almost always have my nails and hair done by a salon because the prices are so cheap… Beauty and fashion is VERY IMPORTANT in the Middle East which is half of the reason that almost any women over here could compete on a celebrity level with perfect bodies and faces.
  • After I get married, whether I work or not is my choice because it’s usually the man’s responsibility to take care of the finances, whereas it’s the woman’s responsibility to take care of the house and kids.  Of course, many women work to entertain themselves and even to assist with support of the family these days so this is not etched in stone.
  • Luxury cars are very accessible.  Me and almost everyone I know has a gorgeous car from a BMW to a MERC to Porsche.
  • Luxurywear is also very accessible… Clothes, bags, glasses, shoes.
  • You can enjoy the best nightlife in the world (especially in Lebanon or Dubai)
  • I dress however I feel like dressing.  Noone obliges me to wear anything.  Most ladies in the middle east are among the most stylish women in the world.  And if this is about skin, then visit Dubai or Lebanon or Egypt or Jordan for an expose of the most beautiful hardly dressed bodies in the world.

I know I sound like a spoiled brat right now but why shouldn’t I live it up if it’s right there for the taking?  It doesn’t mean I am not an independent woman because I work for every dollar that I make.  I am sure I am missing a ton of benefits but since I’m at work, I am not giving it my full effort.  But I’m sure any Middle Eastern ladies or any Western ladies living in the Middle East reading this can point out alot more benefits.

Lesson: Don’t always believe what you hear or see on TV especially through the news.  Propaganda is created for political purposes but is not real 80% of the time. 

Bonjour Paris!

October 30, 2008 at 9:57 am | Posted in Around the World | Leave a comment
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I miss Paris.  I can just imagine how beautifully cool the weather is there now.  Winter is my season of choice!  I have been to Paris a couple of times and every time I learn a bit more about this fascinating city.  I would love to take a week off and just explore.  I would make sure to visit EuroDisney for fun, Rue de Passy for shopping, Montmarte for a beautiful view and some sight seeing, Galerie Lafayette for kicks, any bakery for fresh baguettes and the Ritz followed by Buddha Bar in the evening for some Romance with mon amour Hanx. 

Anyone who is planning on going to Paris as well can check out some guides to start them off.

Paris Attractions

50 Things to do in Paris

Paris Guide by Estonian Air

P.s.  Anyone who smokes, beware that there is no smoking throughout the entire premises of Charles Degualle Airport!  Good Luck!

The Italian Police Step Up the “High Speed Chase”

October 27, 2008 at 9:43 pm | Posted in Around the World, The Luxe Life | 1 Comment
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I was shocked to see that Lamborghini has donated a Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 to the Italian Police.  Imagine the next idiot’s surprise that decides to go up against the police in a high speed chase.  According to sources, the car can clock up to 62mph in 3.7seconds and drives up to 203mph at full speed.  That will be the shortest chase in record time.  But here’s my question, how are they gonna end the high speed chase?  I mean who would have the heart to scratch or let alone damage that car trying to stop some lunatic on the road. 

Check out more information about the newest addition to Italian 5.0.  Link 1 / Link 2

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Fly the Skies in Luxury for Cheap(ER)!

October 8, 2008 at 12:20 pm | Posted in Around the World, The Luxe Life | Leave a comment
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LunaJets offers discounted prices on empty returning flights of Private Jets to anyone interested in living it up.  Prices can range from 890Euro for a seat of one hour and up to 50,000 Euro a cabin (of up to 16 passengers) depending on departing city and destination.

The latest offer thats flashing when you enter the site is from Dammam, KSA to Seychelles today at 3:15pm.  You can book the GIII Aircraft (pics below) for 13 seats at 15,000 Euros. 

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Keep an Eye on Worldwide Events

October 7, 2008 at 4:50 pm | Posted in Around the World, Surfin the Web | Leave a comment
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Events Eye is one of the most comprehensive listings of Events (exhibitions, trade shows, etc) that I’ve seen.  It’s helped me out alot so I thought I would post it for all of you who may need it.  You can sort events by Name, Theme, Location, Date and even Organizer. 

If anyone else knows any other sites that are more comprehensive, please drop a comment.

Anyone Up for Dinner in the Sky?!

July 29, 2008 at 4:37 pm | Posted in Around the World, Delicious Delights | 3 Comments
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I just saw the concept of Dinner in the Sky  as a part of Oddee’s post “10 Most Bizarre Restaurants“.  I had no idea they even had a concept like this out.  Apparently its available in many countries including Dubai!  I looked at it for a while and it seems a bit high so I’m not sure if I would be excited about something like that or have a heart attack on the way up.   I would sure as hell never look down which would kind of take away from the whole idea.  But I absolutely loved the creativity in it! 

If I ever get around to going up, I’ll let you know. 

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Zahle: The Beautiful Bride of the Bekaa Valley

July 15, 2008 at 3:16 pm | Posted in Around the World, Eye on Beirut | 4 Comments
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This post is dedicated to Peter Pan – who is one of Zahle’s greatest fans

I’ve been to Zahle a few times and each time was an experience of its own.  Whether it be to visit the famous wineries of Ksara and Kefraya or to eat delicious Lebanese mezzas at the Bardouni Restaurants or to just discover why they call Zahle “The City of Wine & Poetry,” it’s definitly a must see when visiting Lebanon.  Zahle is around 1 hour away from Beirut by car.  For more information on this beautiful city, you can view this link.   I have reposted some of the intereresting excerpts from the article below.


The Bride of the Beqaa
A red-roofed town set among the eastern foothills of Mount Sannine, Zahlé enjoys a prime location in the Beqaa valley. Snowcapped mountains tower above it in winter, while in summer its 945-meter elevation keeps the air light and dry.

The city center spreads along both banks of the Bardouni River, with the older section of town on the upper elevations of the west bank and the shopping district on the east bank.  At the northern end of town is the Bardouni river valley known as Wadi el-Aarayesh (Grape Vine Valley) – the site of Zahlé’s famous outdoor restaurants. Zahlé styles itself “The City of Wine and Poetry”, and with good reason. In this century alone some 50 poets and writers were born here and almost as many wines and araks have been produced in the area.


Zahlé’s Bardouni Restaurants
The Bardouni is a river that flows out of Mount Sannine and down through Zahlé. It is also a name synonymous with Lebanon’s famous mezze and the delights of outdoor dining. The Bardouni restaurant tradition began over a hundred years ago with a few simple riverside cafes. Today it is a virtual bazaar of tree-shaded eating places known as “casinos,” every one more inviting than the next. Not surprisingly, competition is fierce, so each establishment outdoes itself with fountains, pools, and cooling shade to tempt potential customers.Here you can enjoy the traditional Lebanese mezze as it is served nowhere else. To add to the sense of timelessness, delicious mountain bread is baked before your eyes and a man in baggy trousers and fez is on hand to pour Lebanese coffee. He can also provide diners with a hubble-bubble (water pipe).


Wine and Arak
Zahlé’s association with the grape is pervasive, for it lies at the heart of an area that has been making wine since early antiquity. At the city’s southern entrance the statue of a graceful female personifies wine and poetry, but you don’t have to look far to see evidence of the real thing. The hills north of town with names like Wadi Hadi, Harqat, Bir Ghazour and Tell Zeina are covered with the neat rows of vineyards that supply Zahle’s wine and arak industries. A tour of Zahlé’s Ksara winery is a good way to see how wine and arak are made. Of special interest here are the extensive underground caves built around a natural grotto known and enlarged by the Romans.


Local Celebrations
Each year between the 10th and 20th of September Zahlé mounts its week-long ” Festival of the Vine”, a celebration shared with the city’s ” Flower Festival”. In a carnival-like atmosphere “Miss Vine” is elected and cars are decorated with flowers representing national symbols.

The World Map of Happiness

July 7, 2008 at 2:13 pm | Posted in Around the World | 3 Comments
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On a scale of 1 to 10, how happy are you?  My happiness factor can range from a 7 to a 9 depending on the my environment or other factors such as work, family and friends.  I found an interesting article on ” The Science of Happiness” published by the BBC.

It’s interesting to see that a global study being conducted on the “Subjective Well being of the World“.  According to Science Daily, “A University of Leicester psychologist has produced the first ever ‘world map of happiness'” by taking the results of over 100 different studies and over 80,000 participants.

The 20 happiest nations in the World are:
1. Denmark
2. Switzerland
3. Austria
4. Iceland
5. The Bahamas
6. Finland
7. Sweden
8. Bhutan
9. Brunei
10. Canada
11. Ireland
12. Luxembourg
13. Costa Rica
14. Malta
15. The Netherlands
16. Antigua and Barbuda
17. Malaysia
18. New Zealand
19. Norway
20. The Seychelles

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