mars 25, 2010

My big plan!

.....was to choose "soup and sallad" at least once a week, remember?
 I failed last week because we were eating at the mall both those days and I couldn't resist my usual cashew chicken and rice - yummi!!!

But today we went to applebees. I ate california soup - delicious, oriental chicken sallad - strange but tasty, and fresh orange juice. That was good right? But we finished the whole meal off with brownie cake and vanilla icecream. Well lets say if I had chosen my usual pasta and cheesesauce + chicken/bacon + brownie that would be much worse. At least I made a good choice concerning the main meal. Right? :)

Tomorrow I'm hoping we go to a mall, I want to eat cashew chicken and rice =)
Or should I try something new?

mars 22, 2010

Read this!

I know I have some girls reading this blog that are living in arab countries and around the world so please give me some advice!
Couple of days ago we had a sandstorm here, maybe you saw it on the news. Well my problem is now that the sandstorm is over,our home is still filled with sanddust and I don't know how to get rid off it. I mean it is everywhere, I can still smell it. It's in the curtains, in the sofa, in the carpets EVERYWHERE and I'm going crazy!
Please advice me on how cleaning my home in the most effective way, including the furnitures!

mars 13, 2010

How to raise a child

Next door we have a family with at least one child. I guess the child is around 2 years old. She cries a lot. When she cries the parents doesn't comfort her and make her stop crying. No because they made up the brilliant method of just putting their daughter in the staircase and closing their door to their apartment. So here we have a toddler sitting outside the home crying for some comfort and love.....She do stop crying pretty quickly so I guess it's a good method. I'm sure it helps her innerself and make her a strong confident humanbeing. Or not......................................

A promise to myself:

To order "soup and sallad" at least once a week if available. Thank God, we are able to eat outside the home twice a week. One day use to be at the mall´s food court and the other day use to be at a restaurant. At the restaurants they usually have something you can order called "Soup and sallad". Yes it is exactly what it sounds like. So instead of ordering pasta smuthered in creamy cheese or wok chicken and fried rice everytime I'll keep it to once a week and choose "Soup and sallad" the other day.

Hopefully I won't regret this promise. But the only one who will be disappointed will be me. So no biggy :P


I've never seen a woman driving a car here (might be because it's prohibited) but yesterday I did see a 10 year old boy driving a car. If it is allowed or not is still a mystery.

mars 03, 2010

Is a promise always a promise?

You know sometimes how you promise things and intend to keep them FOREVER AND EVER? Well, what if things change and you won't be able to keep your promise even if you'd wish you could? What if life takes you to different places in life which makes it impossible for you to keep your promise? Then should we beat ourselves up for not keeping our promise? I believe in keeping promises. If not, then what's the purpose of promising things? None!

But sometimes things happens that makes us not wanting to keep the promises we've made. Is it then okey to break them? If the person in question doesn't deserve what we promised?

I have even made some promises that I've forgot. Promises about small things but yet still promises. I hope I haven't broken too many of them though. That would be horrible!

I have ONE promise that I keep thinking of. Why? Because this promise was made to a person who meant a lot to me at the time and still do till this day. I made a lifetime promise, but Iam breaking it everyday. And yes, Iam beating myself up about it. I feel so bad for breaking it but yet there is nothing I can do about it.

God and my own choices brought me to this place where Iam not able to keep the most important and valuable promise anyone can give. I hope God is hearing my prayers and helping me keeping my promise.

NEVER make promises you might not be able to keep. You might think at the time that surely you'll keep that promise forever, but you don't know what's in God's plan and where you'll end up so be careful!

I sometimes regret for giving such a promise but yet it was the most sincere and important promise I've ever made. I don't think I'll ever make that mistake again.

februari 20, 2010

Knee pads

Yesterday we were walking around in the mall as a homeless couple. Meaning we were walking around for hours without shopping anything. Well as usual we ended up at the baby things section. I love looking at mini baby sneakers and baby socks. I just think they are so incredibly cute! We walked through it and ended up among bottles, mugs, baby hair brushes and combs etc and some other funny items as for example knee pads for crawling babies. My first reaction was: LAUGHTER! I thought it was so funny and silly and wondered who would really buy knee pads to their baby.. Maybe it's just me but at first I thought it was incredibly ridiculous. But then I got reminded of how hard the floors are here. They are hard as stone, I know how it hurts my knees when I kneal down to pray. They make sounds everytime and hurts because of the hard floor. So knee pads, I guess, isn't such a bad idea after all.

Picture found on

februari 18, 2010

We had some friends over yesterday

It was pretty nice eventhough the wifey only speaks french and arabic. I don't speak french and I don't like to talk arabic anymore... Or well I haven't been speaking arabic for about 4 months. I almost forgot how :P Not that I was speaking a lot of arabic during my stay in Lebanon, but I did listen to it everyday all day long and I had to speak arabic sometimes. But now, just the thought of having to speak arabic makes me feel awkward. Anyway it was pretty nice and I enjoyed the 2 hours or so visit. When they left they told me to keep in touch and if I ever wanted to go somewhere while my hubby is at work I could just call the wifey and go out with her since she has her own personal driver. If I will take her up on her offer I'd be challenged to talk arabic with her. I'm pretty sure I would, if only me and her around, she would do her best to try to understand me and she would(hopefully) not make fun of me.
Those who make fun of me don't mean to be cruel I understand that but it still makes me hesitate to speak.

The beat-up

Did you hear/read about the beat-up of the 15 year old girl in Seattle? And the 3 security guards not helping her?? I saw it on "Msn today". Google it! here's one link to the video  click here
It's awful how all of those people standing around watching 3-4 other persons beating up a 15 year old and even continuining beating her even as she lies defenceless on the ground.


angie nader said...

oh your in KSA now? do you really feel yourself breathing sand?

Yes I have been here since october. When I first arrived I think it took 2 weeks or so to get used to the dusty air. My nose was bothering me and sometimes even bleeding because of it. Now my nose got used to it and I don't notice that it's sand-dust we are breathing, unless when it's windy and more sand-dust than usual blows into the home through ventilation. I feel the smell of sand and feel the air I'm breathing really thick and dry. It's awful, I hate it!

angie nader sa...

now im reminded of watermelon...and there is none here :(
we all go through uninspiring times... recently ive been feeling so drained and depressed...its trully pathetic! haha
take your time...i love reading your blog!
you always talk about the common things in life and i love it!

Haha batikha/watermelon is my favorite =) I hope you feel better soon, it's difficult times when we are feeling like that but life is a rollercoaster with its ups and downs. Thank you so much for your comment, I'm happy you LOVE it, love is a big word =) I'll try to update more often, if I have something to write about ;)

februari 15, 2010

To Batikha and my other readers

I've lost my inspiration for this blog. It just feels as if I don't want to blog because "I have nothing to say" kind of. But keep visiting me sooner or later it will be filled with new blogposts, God willing =)

februari 07, 2010

It was a tough night

I woke up around 2 from a very familiar sound. The sound of rain smashing on the windows. I woke up with a smile. I went to the livingroom to look out the window, hoping I'll see big raindrops on the window. All I saw was the trees swinging back and forth and no rain. Not even ONE raindrop.

I never could imagine sand on the window could sound so much like raindrops. I went back, disappointed, to my bed. After a while the scent of dust/sand reached my nose. I felt like I was suffocating, I don't want to breathe SAND!!! It was such an awful night, and I hope I'll get to sleep tonight breathing air not sand.... I hope hope hope hope hope hope so.

februari 02, 2010

Windy and sooo much sand everywhere

Ye, I guess you can say that we have sandstorms here. And guess what? Yes exactly, I cleaned the whole home yesterday. Can you tell today? No of course not, there lies cm thick layer of sand on the floor.
Great, just GREAT!!!!!!!!

januari 30, 2010


I got an award from Jigartala. Thank you so much! I have no idea in what category but anyways LOL.

When you get it you're supposed to write 7 things about yourself and also give it away to 7 others and "link them".
So here we go. 7 things about myself:

1. I was dressed in black veil and black abaya for couple of years. Then I stopped and now I'm back in the black abaya-because of where I'm living. I don't wear it because I want too. Nothing wrong with it though, I believe it's everyone's choice to wear what they want.

2. Even though I love reading books I can't remember when I read one last.

3. Some movies I have seen them for about 100 times but still want to watch them if they are on TV. Like "Grease" and "Dirty dancing".

4. When I'm watching a movie on TV and it's commercial time, I change channel with the hopes of "Tom & Jerry" being shown on another channel , hahaha.

5. I HATE commercial breaks.

6. I often take quick decisions even though I really need to think them over. Trying to change that though :)

7. My biggest dream is to live and work in Sweden and spend vacations abroad in let's say: Lebanon.

Here's 7 GREAT bloggers:

My lil'sis

Remember to challenge 7 other bloggers and link them in your blogpost, don't forget to link me too :)

januari 27, 2010


Most women (mostly Saudis but also women from other countries) wear this:
Most don't wear gloves though!
Some doesn't wear the face veil.
I and many other foreigners just wear a black abaya without the veil. No, no one is wearing any other color on the abaya, only black. Some might be decorated with pearls etc but the abaya itself is black.

Most men wear this(mostly Saudis I assume):
Most foreign men wear "normal" clothes such as jeans and shirt.

Well it doesn't get much more interesting than this. Sorry :)

And ye, both pictures are from google. I didn't take them myself.

A swede in arabia

Hot chocolate and a cheese sandwich.
(Unfortunately we bought the wrong bread this time. Usually we don't eat white bread...)

januari 26, 2010

I got my nachos!

I got my nachos yesterday :) And a plate of fettucine pasta with cajun chicken and shrimps. The person who was sharing with me got all the shrimps, phew!

A post is coming up, soon hopefully, about what is being worn in KSA by women and men.

januari 25, 2010

Wanted to share this with you all

Poem found on someone's blog who found it on someone else's blog...

“Woman was made from the rib of man,

She was not created from his head to top him,

nor from his feet to be stepped upon.

She was made from his side to be close to him,

from beneath his arm to be protected by him,

near his heart to be loved by him.”

januari 24, 2010

I've been thinking

And I can't stop thinking about it....

Please could someone bring me nachos?? The same as we ate in the weekend. Oh it was so tasty, even if it was cheese on them but the salsa was really spicy so in some kind of way it all made sense.

Oh where are my nachos????

Picture borrowed from here

januari 23, 2010

Just thinking...

When I was a teenager I had a dream about adopting a black baby and raise it by myself. I couldn't imagine myself being married. I wanted to be pregnant and have children, but I never wanted to give birth haha.
Okey of course I didn't wish to get pregnant at that age, but it was like a dream of the future for me.

What did you dream about as teenagers?

januari 16, 2010

I don't know...

I closed my swedish blog but somehow I'm missing it, even though I'm not bloggin. I'm not even blogging here. For the moment I'm just feeling tired and feeling as if i have nothing worth reading about. So why blog?

The reason why there is privacy setting for my swedish blog is because I am not ready to delete it but I dont want to keep it open either with all my posts available. So even though it says that you dont have access to "this blog" when you try to go to it doesnt mean someone else has. Because no one but myself got access. It's closed for time being. Knowing myself well enough, I can easily say: the swedish blog will be back. But not now. Maybe tomorrow, maybe next week or maybe next year. I don't know.

januari 12, 2010

Uffff I'm stuffed

Pancakes filled with nutella. 3 of them. And a big glass of orange juice. Aaaaargh 2 pancakes would've been more than enough. I'm so stuffed now

Let me know

Your favorite songs. New and old

januari 11, 2010

How do you eat avocados?

I just ate one. It was delicious. We bought 3 pieces like a week ago. I cut one open too early so I had to throw it away. But this one, mmmm it was so soft and creamy. The best way, the ONLY way, to eat it is with lemon juice and salt. Some may not agree, and that's fine by me...How do you eat avocados?

Now I'm going to put on some music and start cleaning up. I've been so tired lately and household work has been laid aside. By lately I mean for about 2 months.... I hope I'll shapen up soon.

Malcolm X, the movie, is on TV right now. But when it started I had just woken up and wasn't at all in the mood to watch such a "heavy" movie. I wish I'd watched it from the beginning it seems to be an interesting movie. Oh well, I'm sure I'll get another chance someday :)

januari 09, 2010

I know I know

I haven't been updating lately but so many things are happening in my life lately that I've only taken the time to post on my Swedish blog. But soon I'll be translating some of those post and publish them here for all of you to read. Because those posts/subjects are really important to me. It's about friends on the internet and new muslims.
Hang in there!

januari 07, 2010

My year of 2009, month by month

January: my husband comes and visits me in Sweden :)

February: depressed, but finally gets my broadband connected only 2 months delayed:(

March: This was the month when I left my own apartment and moved home to my parents. It wasn't easy moving and get rid of all my stuff. Oh my God how much money I just threw away by giving and selling all my things...:S

April: I jogged everyday and spent a lot of time excercising and trying to handle my extreme.

May: I took walks everyday for at least one hour to "memorize the Swedish nature and my surroundings". I knew I was about to miss it extremely...That was sad...Oh sweet nature of Sweden when am I going to fill my lungs with your almost perfect air and green grass scents? Soon isn't soon enough...

June: Planning for the wedding, we did it in a few days *highfive to my husband*

July: We had our beautiful wedding and later honeymoon in Turkey.

August: I stayed alone in Lebanon with my family-in-law, this was also the month of Ramadan.

September: Ramadan ended and we celebrated. My husband came and visited us. I was happy not to be "alone" anymore. I was missing him so much...

October: I got the flu, fixed papers for my visa application, a stupid hairdresser fixed the ugliest hair do on me(yes with a scissor), and I got depressed because of that LOL(not funny)

November: Me and my husband went back and visited the family in law again and celebrated the new year.

December: celebrated my birthday and I even got a birthday cake with candles and my name on it :)