I am still Upset about the (now I’m sure) stolen camera & more importantly the pictures in it! Grrrrr. I know the whole experience & memories are more important, but memories fade and pictures serve as a fantastic physical capture of the moments. Alas, I have to satisfy myself with ‘refurbishing’ my photo album with ‘koped’/’grabbed’ pictures from my friends Facebook. I pray to God that they are as huge camwhores that I think they are and will have more than enough pictures capturing significant moments (like my jumps and poses at the Step Pyramids, Pyramids of Giza, especially the Great Pyramid & Luxor Temple & Karnak Temple in Egypt, and the breathtaking view from the mountain-top at Al Ain in UAE!).
In any case, in my search for photos, I stumbled across a fantastic shot of gorgeously beaded shoes and slippers that can be found in the Middle East.
I tried on a few myself, unfortunately my feet did not find them too comfortable & I was broke. Nonetheless, they are incredibly pretty to look at!
Other buys from Dubai were:
Nine West Ankle Booties & Nine West Strappy Heels (together they cost less than SGD 100)
Forever 21 Oxfords
Pictures courtesy of my phone.
More pics to come as I compile photos from the trip!
Today, I am in Bahrain. No more abaya for me, thank god! Everything is back to normal attire-wise.
The Bahrainis are VERY different from the Saudis. I feel alot more at ease here because they’re more open-minded and liberal. The guys and girls study together in a co-ed school and they are more fluent in English. The University campus is FREAKING HUGE. And (almost) everyone drives here because it is most convenient.
The roads however, are quite haphazardly planned…and the cars get dirty easily because it’s been raining and there are puddles of muddy water everywhere.
We’re staying at Somerset Service Apartments in Bahrain; it is fantastic, we have a jacuzzi!
Meeting the Singaporeans in Bahrain was really interesting; we heard quite a bit about the escapades of the Saudis and the other GCC citizens in Bahrain, which is regarded as the Sin City of the Gulf.
Let’s just say that underneath the repression that they may face in Saudi, they come to Bahrain to let loose in many ways!
Went drinking at a lovely Cuban pub at the Ritz Carton tonight…our Singaporean counterparts here are very friendly, and we had a lovely time talking to them.
Overall, I definitely enjoy Bahrain (more than Saudi) because it is just a more ‘free’ society.
Tired & Good Night!
P.S, in case you’re wondering about the weather, it’s about 20 degrees celsius here tonight. Enough to make a tropical girl like me feel chilly. Brrr.
A country without many pictures due to its strict policies of no photography of its women. Yes, they do wear abayas with only their eyes peeking through. Just now, while at a Mall, I saw a lady with not even her eyes peeking through! I wonder how she walks…
After a day of wearing the abaya (with the headscarf on incorrectly I might add), I REALLY cannot imagine wearing this everyday of my life. Thank goodness I’m only here for a day, although I have to say it’s been a lucky experience to have seen part of a country that is rarely seen by people outside of the GCC.
I am sorry if I look freaking hideous, but that’s what you get when you’ve been travelling on the road for like more than 24 hours, 2 flights, 3 coaches. It’s insane, which is nothing less than an accurate representation of someone else I know on this trip.
Nonetheless, the people can be very hospitable although intimidating because of the way they speak (we’re not used to the way they deliver friendly questions like army commands).
The houses here are HUGE like fortresses. Or palaces. Insanity.
The weather in Saudi is pretty wet (on and off rains) but otherwise windy and cool (about 22 degreecelsius). I don’t like the cold. Have I mentioned that?