Posted: April 2, 2009 in Uncategorized

Look who’s baaaaaaaack!

What have you bastards been upto during my little escapade?!
As it turns out, spiritual enlightenment has done nothing good to my potty mouth. 😦

It has been a hectic and adventurous two weeks!
And though it was definitely a case of home sweet home when I landed on SL ground this morning, the mideast has earned a very special spot in my heart, right next to Nutella jars and.. well, Nutella jars.

Journal entry 23/3

The middle east is a beautiful place, its hot afternoons, cold nights, and grandiose mosques as bold and as intimidating as its people.

Lebanese, Iraqis, Americans, Indians, Africans, Pakis, Chinese, Filipinos – a diverse array of people among the Arabs walk around me, all speaking in dialects unheard of and in accents of various strange tones and pitches-
a vibrant cacophony of sound and colour.

Everything seems spotless, smooth.
Speed limit 120.

Levi jeans and turbans and burqas, blacks and whites and hot pink socks, veils and sunglasses.
Red checkered cotton and black-gold silk.
Vertically challenged palm trees and plazas racing to the sky.

Many a surprise lay in wait in the mideast for the foreign visitor – whether it be in the startling green eyed stare of an Iranian man or in the carefree dance of a Somalian beggar girl on the streets.
Pigeons everywhere.

Women selling bird seed.

The clicking of tongues and clearing of throats as Urdu and Arabic rule the hubub.

You may not understand what they are saying but after a while the lilt and sway of the unfamiliar syllables become music to the ears.

Raucous laughter follows an angry yell.
A yemeni boy claps his hands in tune to a popular arabic song.

The muazzin’s call for prayer sends flocks of pigeons leaping into the sky on cue.

Street vendors haggle loudly with prices as blonde haired babes watch on curiously from the hips of their mothers.

And once you leave the place, everything is calm and silent again.
But you miss the music like a homesick child.

The Ka’bah, Mecca

At dawn

Inside Harem Sharif, Mecca
Chandelier on the ceiling

Om nom nom! Feeding camels in Abu Dhabi

Perfume vendors on the streets of Medina

Desert land, Mecca to Medina

Donuts… or turbans?! :O

Art, Mall of Emirates

The Sheikh Zeyed Mosque, Abu Dhabi
the 3rd largest in the world

A dome from the inside

Indoor skiing at Ski Dubai

Abu Dhabi bread, butter and eggs
Freakishly superdelicious. I kid you not.

The world on wheels, car exhibition in Abu Dhabi

Converse sneakers from Dubai! Yay!

Average speed of vehicles on Saudi/UAE highways

Great to be back home, kids!

But I am thoroughly jetlagged, and can promise you that phonecalls or visits within the next one week will have me only slurring incoherently and quite possibly passing out mid-conversation.
You have been warned.

Or is that just me saying do not disturb whilst I selfishly unwrap the boxes full of dutyfree chocolates? πŸ˜‰

  1. PseudoRandom says:

    Yayyyyyyyy!!! I was actually tempted to comment on your last post yesterday to say it’s high time you got back home :DThe journal entry is lovely by the way…makes me want to be there.

  2. Sachintha says:

    WOW!You had a good time!Btw, forgive me my ignorance, but what exactly is inside that black box like thing? I always wondered about that…

  3. Dee says:

    wow so cool! yayy ur back! πŸ˜€ lets party with those sneakers shall we? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ oh and are u gonna cover/abaya after the visit? coz a friend of mine did…just asking πŸ™‚

  4. Azrael says:

    Hey welcome back. Looks like you had a great trip, even if it didn’t improve your potty mouth :PSo you finally got to go skiing did ya? See dreams do come true. Looking forward for more out of your potty brain :PCheers TC

  5. TheWhacksteR says:

    OMG HAI!! nice to have u back. dig that painting… (.pink walls..bday present..what? I didnt say anything!)

  6. Serendib_Isle says:

    Welcome back. You make all those ever-so-familiar surroundings sound so romantic… Nice post.

  7. Makuluwo says:

    @Sach- I’m not sure really, I think it’s just carpeted and stuff with nothing much in it. The Ka’bah is symbolic of the house of god, doesn’t serve any literal purpose. (: @Dee- Well I was wearing the abaya even before the trip. o_O Thanks for the welcome back, guys! ;D

  8. Celestial says:

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay welcome baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaackHUGSHUGSHUGSHUGSHUGSHUGSAnd BTW!!! Nice pics πŸ˜‰

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