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A Glimpse of Ramadan in Cairo

Hey all, I haven’t written a post in a long time now but that is because I was away visiting family in Egypt. I have now returned home and I am ready to write a few lines about a subject I promised to write about before and about two images that touched my soul during my stay in Egypt. On 6th of July, Ramadan started. Ramdan is still ongoing as I am writing this post. Ramadan is an Islamic celebration observed by Muslims all over the world; it is a month of fasting, one of the Five Pillars of Islam, based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon and...

Citybreak in Athens, Greece

I haven’t written a post for a long time now but that is because I was away on a 3-day citybreak with my husband, in Athens. All our weekends this summer are busy and the weekend of 27th of May until 30th of May was the only free time we could go on a short trip abroad together. So once the decision was made I started looking for something to book last minute, not too expensive, a place where none of us had been before and a place with both things to do and things to visit, to please us both :D. You know, some people prefer relaxation whereas others...

Short Trip to Iasi, Romania

I haven’t written a post in a long time, but here we go :). On Friday, after getting a full tank of gas and equipping our car with a much needed GPS, my husband and I decided to go on an adenture, a short trip and drive to a neighbouring city for the first time alone and by ourselves. The city we visited is called Iași and is about 1 and half – 2 hours drive from our place. I booked us a room at a small hotel and made a short list of objectives, places and things to do there during our stay, 2 days and 1 night. Unfortunately, some of...

The Rice Mother by Rani Manicka – Review

“The Rice Mother” by Rani Manicka is a Malaysian family saga depicting life in Malaysia through the eyes of 4 generations, spanning a period of 85 years. At fourteen, Lakshmi, the central character of the book, as well as the one the title refers to,leaves behind her care-free childhood spent amongst mango trees in Ceylon in order to marry a mature man in Malaysia. This naive young girl is forced to face all the harships life has in store for her from this moment onwards. Tricked into believing that her new husband is rich she soon finds herself struggling to make ends meet and support a family with a man...

Celebrating Easter in Romania

Easter, also called Pascha* or Paşti (in Romanian) is one of the most important yearly Christian celebrations that celebrates the fundamental event of Christianity, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, on the third day after His crucifixion on Great Friday. Easter date is based on two astronomical phenomena: the spring equinox and the rotation of the moon round the Earth. Therefore, Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox. Celebrating Easter is preceeded by a long fasting period that commemorates the events before Christ’s Resurrection. The last week of the Great Fast/Lent (“Postul Mare” in Romanian) called Passion Week/Holy Week (“Saptamâna...

Sequoia – Middle Eastern Restaurant, Greek Restaurant,Barbeque Restaurant – Review

Sequoia is a Middle Eastern, Greek and Barbeque Restaurant located on the side of the Nile, on 53 Abo El Feda Street, Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt. I have only been once to this restaurant, in February 2016 with my husband, family and friends. One of our friends had made a reservation prior to our going there. It was such a cozy delicious and amazing experience that I promised myself to stop by that restaurant again,whenever opportunity arises and to recommend it further to whoever is interested in a classy and chic taste of Egypt! Sequoia is the perfect blend of modern and traditional. From personal experience I recommend Sequoia for the...

Abou Shakra Restaurant in Cairo, Egypt – Review

Abou Shakra was the first restaurant I have been to in July 2015, in Cairo, during Ramadan. My fiance took me there, in one of their branches close to our home, close to a Western Union in Al Haram. The memory of that first visit to Abou Shakra will always stay with me. The place was full, all tables were occupied by large families, grandparents, parents and children, everyone waiting for the sunset in order to have the first bite of food for the day. I was impressed by the traditional yet modern design of the small restaurant, by the waiters dressed up in elegant costumes with neckties and bowties,...

The Beautiful Side of Egypt – Egypt through My Eyes

!! The first photograph in my mini gallery at the bottom of my post was shot and belongs to Stuart Freedman, an extremely talented photographer who was kind enough to let me put this one photo here. The reason I wanted his photograph here is because I feel it expresses so well my love for coffee and it fits the spirit of Khan-el-Khalili (although it wasn’t taken there) and therefore, partially, the spirit of Egypt :). You can find the exact photograph here A man makes coffee and tea behind the bar of the Tahrir Cafe, Cairo, Egypt SFE_130125_226.jpg and more information about mister Stuart Freedman here Stuart Freedman. The photographs under which...

the JAPANESE LOVER by Rani Manicka – Review

A breahtaking story set in Malaysia. Parvathi, the main female character, leaves her native Ceylon for Malaysia in order to marry a rich businessman as part of an arranged marriage. But her father has cheated, providing her future husband with another woman’s photograph, so when finally face to face, Kasu Marimuthu is angry and threatens with sending her back to her family in disgrace. Slowly though, husband and wife get used to one another and the naive girl becomes a sophisticated mistress of the luxurious, misterious, mystical  and out of this world place – Adari – ‘Remember I told you that you have arrived on one of earth’s few power...

My World of Warcraft History and How I Met My Husband

It all started in the summer of 2007. In July-August of that year (after my baccalaureate exam) my little brother asked for my help with installing a new PC game he had received as a gift from some family friends. The game I am talking about was World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade. Only the name was partially familiar to us as we had previously played Warcraft 3. So I proceeded to installing the game, making an account, getting a subscription and letting my little bro enjoy playing the game. Very soon though he abandoned the game as he was not even 9 year old at the time and the...