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Published: August 5th 2012
Quiet during the day during Ramadan
It was actually a busy weekend. Somehow, we all got out of work early on thursday. Joselet said that everyone had left and I went to go to the main building to see someone and it was locked! Whoohoo! She gave me a ride to the Mall (of course), where I proceeded to do some more shopping before going home. I still just could not find any dishes that hit my fancy.
I came home, threw my stuff down, laid on my couch and passed the heck out. I woke around 10 pm and read my book until about 3 am. The next morning, I alternated between geneaology, finishing my book, and officially unpacking my stuff. It felt good to finally be able to put my suitcases away. I'd been living out of them two months, so now I feel like I actually live here. I was too afraid to go outside (afraid = lazy) in the heat of the day, so I enjoyed my A/C in my living room (keeping my bedroom door shut to keep down my bills) while watching some movies.
I was enjoying my solitude, so I had to force myself to keep my karaoke
date with the girls this evening. Joevet, who was hosting, said to call her from the Noor Islamic Bank Metro station and she'd give the taxi driver directions. It seemed so easy. She lives with a few other people (friends and some family) in a nice two bedroom apartment in a big community - I would definitely be lost in there! It is near the office, but there are no pools, restaurants or grocery stores, or underground parking. However, they had the karaoke machine set up and were singing their hearts out. Joevet had made everything and it was delicious: some fried chicken, chips and homemade salsa, veggie salad, sushi, chocolate cake, and biko (a Phillippine dish of sweet sticky rice). I stayed for a few hours and they tried so hard to get me to sing, but my shyness kicked in... I promised them I would for next time.
The next morning, my new maid came at 10am and I left her alone to do her thing while I tried out the Marina shopping mall. This mall actually seems perfect for me; it is close and touts itself as having all the things you need without having to
go to the bigger malls. Which seems to be the case so far. The mall was virtually empty (remember: Ramadan), so it was pretty pleasant. There are two home furnishing stores there, so I stocked up on more things that I needed: Hand towels, pillows, throw blanket, and dishes!!! I also got some new sheets because I really was unhappy with my mine that I'd previously bought. I brought my new stuff home and the maid was working hard. So, I went to the grocery store to get some more supplies, including a water for her. Soon after I came back, she finished up. She did a good job, but I can't say I was blown away... But definitely worth her coming every couple of weeks.
Later that day I went to the Mall of the Emirates (seriously - second home!) and finally allowed myself to buy some new shoes - three pairs! Then I took myself to a movie: A Lonely Place to Die, which was not too bad, but it was a little strange to me. However, it really really made me want to go to Scotland!
I also checked my bank account and yes, my money was there! PHEW!
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