It´s been a while since I posted about my artworks. I have been busy as usual juggling everything about life. Actually I have done many paintings nowadays and still so many things are not yet done.Quarantine or not, life for me as an Artist is quite the same. I am so glad that staying at home during the Corona Lockdown has done me good. Time is one of the necessities for me so I am glad that I´ve got it especially when I am driven to create something.
Speaking of creating, I´ve been experimenting a lot with my artwork nowadays, testing new techniques and mediums. I am working a lot with Acrylic nowadays, I do mostly Abstract paintings but this time I am using Nets as as added texture medium. Yes, you heard it right, I am using nets from the packages of onions, garlic and lemons that I buy especially during Corona times. I developed a habit of drinking warm lemonade with ginger every morning so I tell you, I have lots of nets in my kitchen.Bow I have found another worthwhile use for them instead of throwing them in the trash.When life gives you lemons, create a painting inspired by it, as they say.It came true to me at least…
At first I tried only a small cut piece of net and pasted it with modling paste and paints, I waited for it to dry then I started to create layers. I saw that it creates a nice effect on the canvas with all the other layering and textures that I incorporate using paste and Gesso so I continued. I find it so wonderful that I got carried away, then I decided to create a series of paintings! Then that paved way for my series called InfinityNets!
It´s called Infinity because the options are endless, it requires no borders. No single painting is the same as the other. Though I used the same hues, the endpiece is unique from the other.
I am using lots of Aquamarine blues, cream, gold and copper accents, carribean hues and an illusion of oceans and islands in my creation. The sea and tropical hues have a very big impact in my paintings. I think blue is such a dominant color that I always use it in all my work.Without blue, I think a painting can be dull. What about nets? I think the texture of nets against the canvas is perfect to create the gradient that I wanted to achieve.Sometimes I´m thinking that I would want to catch a wave and dive back into my childhood or the other way around.
It is not always easy to create an abstract painting.My friends always asks me why do I keep on painting, what a stupid question ,right? For me, it becomes a second breath, I feel happy when I´m doing it. Personally, I also never know when to start and when to end it. As I start my first coats and layers, adding the textures and painting again, this repeat process is what makes the painting more special to me.I only know that it is time to stop when my senses tells me to do so.Many people I think are intimidated by Abstract art because they fail to understand its course, its meaning and sense. On the other way around, I think we should not try to understand it, rather let your senses perceive as it is.It defies the norm, it is not normal hues, it is an explosion of unreasonable chaos , but in a colorful, defiant way of Art. If an artwork doesnt disturb you then I think it cannot move you.It´s the same thing with me.I love looking at other´s work, but only a few moved me. Every artwork is different as well as it has different impact.
What about you,what is your opinion of Abstract paintings?
Do you like it?
What do you perceive from a first glance?
I would respect your honest opinion about my work.Anyway, this post is not an advertisement or any kind of promotion of my art.It is just a journal of my thoughts on how I create something from nothing, from a blank white canvas into a visual art of my thoughts and emotions.I would appreciate though, if you tell me what you think about it.
In the end, my own mind tells me that my paintings requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy. Sometimes if you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people because it seems repetitive and obvious….I always tried to make it Less, so it can become More.
Thank you once again for dropping by …Until next time, Have a great day, Tschüss!
What do you call the aftermath of a sumptuous meal?
A chaotic & messy sight? I call it simple pleasure . Hunger satisfied. Full tummy. Everybody ate with gusto!
Photo details : This photo was taken in of the unique Seafood restaurant in Kuwait, it’s called ‘ Fish Market’ situated along theArabian Gulfand beside theKuwait Towers. You can choose your type of fish, veggies & other ingredients from the open market inside the restaurant and decide how to cook it.
It is worth the wait since it’s all fresh & unique. We choose this Red snapper to be cooked with sweet & sour sauce and indeed, it was a great meal. Chaotic & Unique.
What type of dishes could make you eat with chaotic delight?
This post is in response to this week’s Photo Challenge | Chaos
Today, Sept. 12, the whole Muslim community around the world is celebrating one of the holy festival in Islam, known as ‘Eid al-Adha’( or the Feast of Sacrifice). Eid -al-Adha is a festival that marks the end of the Hajj -an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia that lasts three to four days. The Koran recommends all Muslims make the journey (or Umrah) at least once in their lifetime. Worshippers typically slaughter an animal like a goat or sheep. Imagine close to 10 million animals are slaughtered in Pakistan on Eid, how about on other countries?
So in time of Eid-al-Adha festivity, for our next Expat Mama around the World series, you will get to know more of surprising facts about motherhood in Kuwait especially from a Muslim Expat-mama perspective. Kuwait is a Muslim country where there are 2.4 Million Expats despite that the summer heat could rise up to 50 degrees and where oil is cheaper than water.
There are roughly 180,000 Filipinos living and working as an OFW ( Overseas Contract Worker) ,in Kuwait and Rechiel is one of them. She left the Philippines for work since 2003, so basically, she lived more than a decade in the Middle East, imagine that! Kuwait has been her 2nd home for a long time now. Surprisingly, she and I happen to go at same school in High School. (which I only found out later when she told me) She is a dear friend of mine and here she shares her Expat Mama Story : A Muslim Expat Mama journey to Motherhood in Kuwait.
Rechiel is a Filipino Expat Mama of 3, and working in Kuwait for almost 13 years now in a Shipping/Logistics Company. Unexpectedly, she found love and eventually got married to her Egyptian husband ,Wasim, who is also an Expat in Kuwait. They have 3 beautiful daughters namely Cha, Salma & Maryam. She is an active member of the Anchors Toastmaster’s Club in Al Bader Company. She loves swimming,photography , and Karaoke of course!
On converting to Islam and raising her kids in Islamic faith
Rechiel converted to Muslim faith from the time that she married her Muslim husband. It was not a mandatory requirement, nor a legal prerequisite for marriage of Non-Muslim & Muslim but it is her personal decision to revert from Christianity to Islamic faith. By changing her views on spirituality and faith, she dressed up in modesty as Muslim women should be, she changed her lifestyle and start to wear Hijab. For her, doing this shows her total submission to her husband and abiding the teachings of Allah from Qúran.
Here’s my Interview-Story of her as an example of a down-to-earth Expat-Mama who is raising her children with Filipino, Egyptian and Muslim values in Kuwait.
Tell us About your Background
My name is Rechiel, I’m the from Philippines and came to Kuwait as an OFW ( Overseas Contract Worker) . I got married, and gave birth of my 2 girls in Kuwait. I am literally living for more than a decade in the Middle East now. It’s been a challenge for me to work full-time at the same time being a mother to a teenager, and 2 more girls. It’s like working round-the clock. From the moment I got home, I spend productive time with my kids but cannot spare anything more than an hours’ time. My interest has always been photography but I do not have time on hand to pursue my interest owing to other responsibilities. I do not know when, but one day I definitely will find time to pursue my interest. It is hard being a mother ,that is a fact, but my life is totally rewarding raising them.
Share something about the current country you are living in and notable aspects of life from an Expat Mother point of view.
On Culture Shock and Arabic language
Kuwait is one of the most prominent countries of the GCC and like all other middle eastern countries has a lot of expats from all parts of the world working and living with their families. Culturally , I found Kuwait to have much Asian influences. There are lots of Filipino/Asian stores so when it comes to food, I felt like I am in the Philippines. In my work, there are also plenty of Filipino colleagues, so basically, I didn’t have much hard time adjusting. Believe it or not, I understand Arabic , but up to this time, I know I still need to make great effort to learn it. When you have kids and needs help with their Arabic homework, you just feel motivated to learn. My kids go to International school where different nationalities so there is always a great culture mix-up. At home, we speak English and Arabic so my children are all bilingual.
On the other hand, my husband being from the Mediterranean region (Egyptian) ,He, too feels very much comfortable to be living in Kuwait. But nowadays he too got confused with the living status here.We have plans to move to Alexandria but still the plans are not that concrete. Being an Islamic country Kuwait has a typical living conditions for women outside their homes. We are Muslims, so socializing is restricted when it comes to interacting with other groups of men and women.
On leisure activities for family and Kids in Kuwait
Kuwait is a desert country, with a hot climate.There are not much greenery like in the Philippines or in Egypt. I got used to the living conditions here even when I was still single but as a family ,we make it a point to enjoy the outdoors when it is not too hot. I am thankful that at least we have the beach for us to have picnics & for the kids to play in the sand or swim. As parents, visiting the Aqua parks, amusement parks, public parks, cinemas, shopping malls, museums, science centers and all such institutions are my favorite spots in Kuwait since both me & my kids can enjoy.
Swimming and getting enough tan in Egypt
Swimming escapades in Egypt
On Arab culture criticism for being Lax at Parenting
I grew up in the Philippines where courtesy & politeness is being taught at a young age. We say “Po & Opo”and respecting the elders is a vital trait. We even have GMRC ( Good Manners & Right Conduct ) subject included in the curriculum. Here in Kuwait,one unusual culture that I don’t like is when an Arab mother tolerate their kids to disrespect them in front of others. Kids are yelling at them if they don’t give something that they wanted. This is very prevalent in malls & restaurants. The teenagers are such a bully . It disturbs me at the same time challenging for me to see that my kids are exposed to multi cultural diversity and how to keep them on the right track.
How is it being pregnant, giving birth and raising your child away from your home country. Or relocating with your kids to another country? What are the adjustments, struggles & rewards you’ve made?
On Pregnancy, Child Birth and Post-Partum Care
For me, It was nothing unusual being pregnant and giving birth to kids in Kuwait as the country has a well-equipped hospitals and gives utmost importance to health care. It is much cheaper and affordable to gave birth here compared to the Philippines. The hospital that I went to was efficient and took care of me during my Caesarean operation up to my post- partum care. I could imagine that if I gave birth in Philippines then this type of service is very expensive. Pregnancy in Kuwait is also different since Kuwait has extensive Prenatal care and taking care of a newborn comes easy for me with the help of my husband and close friends. My work even allowed me to have paid Maternity leave. Vaccination of newborns and toddlers are also within reach, very accessible.
On giving birth alone in the Public Hospital
If you gave birth in a public hospital in Kuwait, you can’t see your husband or others , not right before you gave birth. I feel very blessed to have a very supportive and able husband who arranged everything for me and make it easy for me during the time I was giving birth up to the time I am recovering. It is a normal convenience to have a “Kadama”( maid) in Kuwait so I felt lucky to have such extra help.Even without my immediate families from the Philippines, I did not have a hard time.
On expensive cost of Visa& Residency papers and Tuition fees
Although many things quite cheap in Kuwait, the high cost of living as an Expat family could make a toll on Expats here in Kuwait. The bureaucracy about paper works for a newborn to get residency and visa is quite complicated. It’s a good thing that my husband is well-versed on Arabic and in the in& outs being a Mandoup , ( A liason officer and official representative of a company to transact business & paperworks in the ministries in Kuwait ) so it goes quite easy. For a non-arabic speaker & Expats, this is a big problem and takes time. Aside from the visa fee –100kd ( approx. 300 Euros/ 330 $USD) for 1 year residency plus another 50kd ( 170 $ USD/ 150 Euros ) for Health Insurance, it is costly for an average family with 3 kids that you need to renew every year. Adding up the expenditures are the visa fees for parents, expensive tuition fees, flat rental and utilities. I knew many Expat families chose to let their kids study in Philippines or in their home country instead of expensive schools in Kuwait. Yes, gas is cheap & affordable in Kuwait but maintenance of a car is also costly.This is the reality of the cost of living as an Expat.
On having Fewer friends and Mommy-practicality
When you’re an Expat, got married and have kids– your lifestyle turns 360 degrees change. You have fewer friends, and limited time to socialize because your priorities changed. I knew many friends in Kuwait but being an Expat Mama, my days are filled with family, work & little time for myself. I guess, this is the consequence. I can’t even have the latest fashion & cosmetics out in the market, not because I can’t afford it, but I become practical and go beyond the material value.
What is your say about raising your kid as a third culture kid?
I am raising Filipino-Egyptian kids in a Kuwaiti environment. My kids love Adobo at the same time eat Kubz everyday, adores Kebab,Biryani, and mostly Egyptian dishes. They can speak both Tagalog, English and Arabic. Raising a Third-Culture Kid is both challenging and fascinating because for example, in school they are exposed to different cultures and social media is a big influence too. At their young age, I try my best to teach them important core values we have at home so they remain open-minded & flexible.
The best Title any Mother could have
My daughter’s drawing and perception of a Happy Family
How do you make an impact as an Expat Mama in your country of residence?
I’m thankful that my work have given me the chance & exposure to contribute my views. I feel honored when I got the chance to have a Speech about the role of Women as mothers in the society. It is a great privilege that a Filipino like me could have a chance to make an impact in my work, and being a Muslim now gives me the respect from the community we belong to.When an Arab person approaches me and makes comment about how I am raising such adorable kids, it is more than money can buy. A true happiness any mother wants to have.
Being an Expat-Mama is a privilege. It gives me the chance to raise my child in a competitive world to prepare them in their future. It’s not always a glamorous life, but it sure does the best life I want. Wherever we are, either in Kuwait, Philippines or in Alexandria, home is where me & my family stands close to each other, and that’s what matters most.
Thank you Rechiel for this wonderful story of your life as an Expat Mama. It is a pleasure being your friend and this post is for you and your family and Eid Mubarak !
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Whenever you think of Desert, it always comes along with Camels. They are prefect combination. If you have ever been to the Middle East then you would exactly know what I mean.
So one fine morning in July , we drive through the Wafra Farms in Kuwait .Wafra is located in the Southern most part of Kuwait which is almost parallel to the Saudi border. It is part of the Al-Ahmadi governorate and ironically it sounds, but this place is actually known for its fertile soil and farms. Yes, there are farms in Kuwait! The farms in Wafra are supplied with water from underground lakes.Many locals & Expats drove to Wafra Market to buy fresh vegetables and have a sidetrip of camel-sightings!
My friend had a Kuwaiti friend that owns a farm in Wafra and we were lucky enough to be invited to visit them. The farm has many animals, not just camels. I was particularly interested only in the camels but I found the other animals quite fascinating too. They have goats, sheeps and horses. When I saw the herds of Camels, I was really in awe. I have seen camels while driving along the Desert through the Tower posts and going through Kabd, but seeing them up close is something.
You’ll never know what kind of surprise you will see. Only if you look closer then you will find it. It is a field full of beauties, but you stand out.In time you will be ready to spread and reveal yourself. Your mystery is about to pop. I am sure you will be a beautiful surprise.
Germany is not only famous for its beautiful nature, dreamy castles & Burgs,UNESCO-world- heritage sites, sausages,Oktoberfest, Football & beer. This country is also a home to many beautiful churches & life-standing Architecture.As I recall my experience while seeing the great DOM Cathedral in Trier, I was in awe seeing another hidden gem in the small city of Ingolstadt,in Bavaria, the Liebfrauenmünster. If you walk into the old city center, you can’t miss not to see its towering beauty.
Last Saturday, I was grateful that finally its open. The first time we visited, it was closed so we tried to visit again. This church was constructed in 1425 and was completed in 1525. The Architectural style is Gothic and it has 2 Towers with heights of 62m & 69m.
I love everything about the facade and exteriors of this church. Its beautiful in the outside but the interior is another thing. As soon I opened the door (photo below ) ,I am perplexed of the harmonious musical chants from the pipe organ (Klais Organ) which has 4 manuals, 106 ranks, 70 stops, 5,436 pipes.
The pipe organ was built in 1928 with 84 Ranks / 61 registers (+ 6 Ext. / Tr.) on 3 manuals reusing many old Bittner register by Steinmeyer (D, Oettingen)
1977 technical properties reusing some Steinmeyer Register from 1928 through Klais (D, Bonn).
The cathedral also has a choir organ with 60 ranks / 44 registers (+ 1 Ext.) On 3 manuals (Wegscheider 2016) and a chamber organ with 6 registers on 1 Manual (Jann, 1986) and an apple shelf.
Another intricate detail is the base of the columns which are quite interesting.
Another remarkable feature of this this beautiful church was its Vaultings.As I did my research, I found out that its included in the listings of the South German LateGothic design & building Praxis which mainly features the selection of finest & complicated parametric modelling study of late Gothic vaults chiefly in Swabia, Bavaria, Saxony & Bohemia.
Begun in 1425 Chapels (c. 1512–1520) by Erhard Heydenreich, Baumeister between 1509–1524 A Staffelhall church (like Dinkelsbühl), certainly most famous for the bizarre, varied, and profuse vaults of its six chapels by Erhard Heydenreich; the most iconic of which is a double-layered vault in which the flying ribs of the lower vault take the shape of branches. Bucher describes these vaults as symbolising “the last stand of a dying style.” “They are still based on a disciplined geometric grid which explodes into fireworks of incredible technical and design sophistry. The Renaissance was to reject these games with a vengeance, very much as the Bauhaus was to obliterate Art Nouveau.
My daughter enjoyed marvelling the inside of this church,although I am not sure if she will behave if we attend the mass here one day. But I am glad to know that they have separate timings for kinder (children) together with their parents .
It was a great afternoon well spent visiting this church and I am looking forward to explore it more. Maybe climb the towers to have a great view of the city someday?
How about you, do you explore the culture & history beyond the sights you see in the places you visited?
For me, I have learned that whenever I looked up into something beautiful, I made sure I got a piece of history of it.Churches may serve its religious functions,but we must learn to appreciate the great effort & artistry of the people who built it , let alone who designed it.
Ingolstadt is lucky to have this church.It’s a gem. Indeed, something that the locals should be proud of !
This post is in response to today’s photo challenge : Look Up
I’m totally wide awake and my eyes are open. I know I’m not dreaming at all.But the views in front of me are good enough to put me into a trance…
For the past years, a sight of coarse landscape, browns, palm trees and arid desert- like place, now I am walking into a different path. It’s a whole new place. I thought that this green world is gradually sinking into my system. I am in a new place, in a place I have never imagined that I would be. Morning walks have been my refuge for all the metamorphosis of changes that shocking myself for the last days.
We found this field and I call it ‘Field of Dreams‘. This field of dreams is beautiful.Green is beautiful.
Today, I wanted to take a walk. I needed a walk. Just 5 minutes away and we are absorbed already by the green forests, the smell of the woods, the gentle sloshing of waters from the running waters from the River Danube and the orchestral symphonies of chirping birds.Now this has not been my cup of tea from the last 38 years of my life. Nature is a beautiful thing here in Germany I must say.
Everything is just so fresh. My soul is rejuvenated by the wonders of nature in simplest forms of forest, green tall trees, and the peaceful womb within plants, flowers,dancing squirrels, running rabbits, humming birds,and the slow-paced life here in Bavaria.
As I walked through the path with these giant green trees towering above me, I felt that the heavens are hugging me. Never have I have felt so free, so divine, so natural.People walked with their children, cycling, and running with their dogs. the partnership in nature continues.In the forest, the only thing you trust is your gut. You see the path and you just need to go forward.On my first walk in the forest just within Luitpoldpark, I don’t know where the path will lead me. It’s like walking into an unknown territory and your defenses are down. You just let nature guide you.
This feeling is similar when I am facing big changes in my life.Walking further, inhaling the soft winds that blew on my face , taking one step at a time, and allowing my inner spirit that leads me to a wonderful discovery of another beautiful world.This is what I called walking into the field of dreams. It takes courage to take that first step to make it all come true.But this is all worth it.
Have you ever given up on your field of dreams?
Here’s an honest confession , I have never seen a pine tree like this in my whole life.I have always love how we adorn our Christmas tree and I thought, how it would feel to run my fingers through its leaves ? to smell its raw scent? Pine tree with pine cones in it, I thought I would always need to buy it from the shop, painted & with glitters.
Dreaming is something else, but to walked into that dream is another story as well. Seeing these simple things from nature really made me happy. Happiness for simple things, no filters, no explanations needed. It should be like that. It doesn’t need to be complicated to find happiness in everyday life.
During one of my morning walks, I spotted this beauty amongst other weeds and bed of flowers.It stands out,not because of its size but because of its uniqueness & symbolism.Dandelion is a symbol of the return of Summer for me. Even they are flowering from February through to November – It means they welcome in the colder, grimmer months.
We are having a beautiful summer now in Germany. Summer along the banks of Donau & green woods is a pure bliss.Not like in Kuwait that we spent most of the time indoors because its soaring 50 degrees hot outside.Here, we love to connect with nature,the sun & its power.The moment you step into the woods, you feel its power.
Indeed Summer has return, now in a new beginnings.Just like the Dandelions who is resilient to hardships and struggles, I also embrace the changes in my life and not giving up, just moving forward.
The clock has ticked and It’s still season for Dandelions.
What is the season in your life right now? Is it also symbolizing Dandelions?
I read some interesting facts about this flower & I wanna share with you. I personally can relate to its symbolism.The dandelion is the only flower that represents the 3 celestial bodies of the sun, moon and stars. The yellow flower resembles the sun, the puff ball resembles the moon and the dispersing seeds resemble the stars.I had walks around 7pm and I found out that their heads are closed & bowed down, now I knew why.
The dandelion flower opens to greet the morning and closes in the evening to go to sleep.
Every part of the dandelion is useful: root, leaves, flower. It can be used for food, medicine and dye for coloring.
Up until the 1800s people would pull grass out of their lawns to make room for dandelions and other useful “weeds” like chickweed, malva, and chamomile.
The average American recognizes thousands of logos for commercial products, yet recognizes fewer than five plants that grow in his/her area. Dandelions are most likely one of those familiar plants.
Back then in Kuwait, I have the view of the Arabian Gulf from our bedroom window and just 10 minutes, we can dip our feet into its shores. It has become our haven.It was great living so close to the beach.
But how nice it is to live so close to one beautiful River? To gaze at its mellow stream? to gaze at its serene flow? I am so grateful that we have the river Donau (Danube) just 5 minutes away from where we live now .
I have seen the Mosel River but the Danube has its own charm.We fell instantly in love with it.Who doesn’t?
The Danube is the most important stream of Europe. With its 2.857 kilometers from the well in Schwarzwald to the Delta in the Black Sea it is the second largest river of the continent. 2.488 kilometers are navigable and connect 10 neighbor countries namely ; Germany,Austria, Slovakia, Hungrary, Croatia, Serbia,Bulgaria,Romania, Moldavia & Ukraine.
The nature along the Danube changes from hills and wild canyons to flat land. Forests, fields and many river coasts are living space for many animals and plants. Many of the pretty landscapes are verified as National parks and Nature reserves.
I can’t wait to explore more of the wilderness along its banks.
I am not living in the Middle East anymore but I wanted to share with you my wonderful experiences of Ramadan as a Non-Muslim especially in Kuwait.Now that Ramadan season has begun, I suddenly feel nostalgic of its memories in my Expat life.
I must say that I love the overall experience of it. Before, Ramadan is only a word that I associated with Muslims. I never have any real clue what is it really all about and what’s happening during this important month in a Muslim country. I had my first taste of Ramadan when I came to Kuwait last 2008.
So anyway, from the time that our new work timings were announced , a day before Ramadan starts, I was really looking forward to what will happen on the next days.As a Non-Muslim,our working days were shortened and even lesser.We started at 9 o’clock in the morning and ended at 2PM. During this time, Muslims are fasting from sunrise to sundown, praying and do increased devotion of recitation of Q’uran. They are abstaining from smoking, drinking liquids and engaging in sexual acts during the time of fast which is strictly prohibited.
Seriously, If you are caught eating /drinking in public during Ramadan,there’s a legal penalty of 100KD /and jail for 1 month, (This is as per the time that this was imposed) also for anyone who forces or helps anyone to eat or drinks.But when I was pregnant,I was exempted to fast.My Boss told me it’s no problem.Normally I just munch something inside my office and do it discreetly as possible.But the visits to the Doctor during Ramadan was hard for me.I needed to make an appointment usually at night since the shifts were difficult and more flexible at night.
During this time, Kuwait totally changed.A serene peaceful atmosphere during daytime but totally alive at night. Don’t plan to go to Gulf Road during sunsets since real maniacs out there and horrible accidents happens because people are speeding in their cars trying to get home before sunset. There is some kind of Rush!Y ou can really feel that its Ramadan,even the weather changes.Sandstorms and high humidity becomes frequent.The date trees were budding with fruits.Even the decor were changed,you can see traditional colorful lanterns everywhere. All shops,Malls & restaurants are closed during the day so we need to wait until 8 PM to go out to buy something or do errands. Exceptions are some supermarkets who are open.Don’t ever expect that your paperwork in the Ministry will be done as soon as possible.Nope.It won’t be.I observed that Kuwaitis work less on these times.Everything was relaxed.Dressing appropriately is highly recommended.Ladies,be as modest as you can be.Playing loud music is not allowed.
Having an experience of Iftar or the breaking fast after sunset is really great.I love the bond between Muslims who shares meal together. Iftar can be so grand and festive in expensive hotels and restaurants but it can also be as simple as sharing their special meal laid on top of a newspaper after they said their prayers.When we go to Fish Markets,we saw the bunch of Muslim workers sitting in a circle and happily eating together.It is such a warm thing to see.There are so many mouth-watering goodies and sweets to indulge and try.I love how rich and diversified the Arabic selection of Ramadan treats.It is a must to try it when you are in a Muslim country.
It’s a time of reflection,meditation,to do charitable works and to learn something that is different from the usual norms.Everyone seems to be friendlier and kindness overflows.Exchanging Ramadan greetings is always encouraged such as “Ramadan Kareem ” and thinking less of ourselves and more of the less fortunate.Ramadan ends with a holiday celebration” Eid Ul Fitr “.It is a joyous time almost same as Christmas but with more religious significance.People dress up,visiting each other and sharing wonderful meals together and giving meals to the poor.One thing that is really authentic during this End of Ramadan is the mass Lamb murders.Sounds awful…right? but LOTS of lambs were cooked and portions were given to the poor.If you happen to pass by through backside of Friday market,you can see a herd of lambs in a truck,having a road trip for their journey to Butchery.This also marks the travel crazy frenzy season.Most Kuwaitis go out of the country It’s totally chaotic in airport.
Do you have your own story of Ramadan ? How was it?