Friday, May 31, 2019

SkyWatch - Ramadan Food Booth

The month of Ramadan will be over in about a week. Ramadan is the one month of the year when Muslims fast during the daylight hours. When they break the fast at the end of each day, one of the most popular traditional foods that Muslims like to eat is called sambusek. Sambusek is a small meat pie that is similar to a chinese egg roll or the Indian samosa.  It is very tasty.  Many restaurants build a booth outside their building to accommodate the sales of this popular Ramadan food.  They can literally sell out of thousands of sambusek in the one to two hour period right before the fast is broken at sundown.   

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Times are Changin'

Many changes are happening rapidly in Saudi Arabia.  It's a very historic and exciting time in the country.  One recent change that I have noticed is women in pictures!  This huge ad inside a mall in Jeddah has four women prominently featured - and their faces are visible! Not pixilated. Not blurred out. Not marked over with a black marking pen. This is a big change! 

The photo below of another large ad inside a mall also has a woman's face showing. This ad is actually advertising for another big change in the kingdom - the arrival of movie theaters!   

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Mall Shop Window Display

I like the look of these 3D flowers behind the headless children mannequins.  I wonder what stores do with all of the graphics they use to decorate shop windows.  Some of them are pretty cool...

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Durian Fruit

I don't believe I've ever seen durian fruit in the US, but it is readily available here in Saudi Arabia. It is very popular in Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia.  Aside from its obviously unusual appearance consisting of a thorn covered outer skin, the smell of the fruit inside is also quite pungent and unpleasant to many. It can grow to be almost as large as a football.  Its strong lingering odor gives the durian the distinction of being banished from many hotels and public transportation in Southeast Asia. 

Monday, May 27, 2019

Our World - Imported Food Products in Jeddah

Here are more imported food products found here in Saudi Arabia, like dried organic fruits from Australia and KitKat chocolates.  

There are many brands of hot sauce to choose from too...

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Let's Go Grocery Shopping

Jeddah has ultra modern supermarkets and imported products available from all over the world. 

Every year it seems more and more brands and products from back home can be found here. 

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Variety of Villas

The above villas are actually the same architectural designs, just reversed, but because of the difference in the color of windows, they don't really look the same.

Not much of the front of this villa is visible because of all the large palm trees outside its walls.

I believe this is a duplex villa.