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Sitting back here on this comfortable bamboo chair in my balcony sipping my tea with a cigarette in my hand and seeing some smoke not sure if its from the cig or tea or the smoke of fear. I just stood there as relaxed as possible but only physically but not mentally at all. This thought came into my mind “am I really getting old?” I’m not afraid of getting old cause years passing are just numbers I’m counting but deep inside I’m so alive, energetic, loving life and going out and learning and experimenting and reading, etc…. I love Life. 

However I was just thinking that now I’m sitting here all alone enjoying the lovely weather but alone. Where are my children? Where is my husband? Where are my friends? Well, the answer is that I spent all my life just for them. Now my children are not kids anymore. Each of them has his life now. My son got into college and living with his Grand parents cause they are closer to his University. My daughter is always with her friends, not strange at all as she reminds me of myself when I was her age. As for my husband, he comes back home from work late enough to have dinner and just sleep or watch TV for an hour and then sleep. No social life. I can’t reach my friends cause Im too far away from them and they dont want to hang out here in tagamo3 and I can go to them but my timing doesnt suit them unfortunately. So I was fearing that this will be my days till the end, just sitting here alone forever.


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4 I O in Q8

I was having an open day yesterday at my home to sell our furniture, household items, kitchenware, silverware, etc… It was very weird. I had mixed feelings. This wasn’t my first time to organize an open day, but this time it was different, totally different, even though the whole procedure was the same.

We came to Kuwait twelve years ago while my daughter was still a baby. Both my children grew up here and even their teenage hardest stage was also witnessed here. All our good times as well as hard times were here. Kuwait to me and to my children is our second home town, we really love living here and I would do anything just to stay here and I’ve done it before, but this time it’s different. Everything is different, everything is strange and weird, I just don’t get it. However, there’s nothing to be done and we never know whats best for us. I just hope that my kids cope well with the changes and challenges ahead of us. 

Now that all the feelings are mixed up, I started thinking of my journey here and it was like a movie in front of my eyes. I started seeing all that happened to me during the past years, who I met, who I worked with, who were my real friends and who had a real impact on me and the image of four persons popped up in front of me. Yes there are four who I really owe deeply within my journey or stage or chapter in my life.

The first one is Mrs Soheir, my previous neighbour who was like a mother to me during my first four years in Kuwait. At that time I knew no one and didn’t know anything about the country or the people. She was of great help. She taught me everything, gave me a hand and was always there for me. I remember when my car was completely ruined after an accident, she gave me her car to use so that I can go to work everyday for two full weeks. Even though her car was like her third baby, yes she used to clean it herself and take good care of it, but she didn’t hesitate to lend it to me. Oh just remembering all that, it brought a smile to my sad face, oh I love that lady and I will truly miss her and her kindness. I hope she reads this one day. 

Second is my friend Mallika, or if I may say “Angel Mallika”. Oh God, how blessed I am to have known and met such an angel. A true kind person who thinks of others rather than herself, who is always giving and never expecting anything in return. I knew Mallika through work, she taught me a lot. Even though she was so strict at work and straight forward and only works works works and never wastes time or chit chat with others, but she was kind to me and helped me while working with her and even when I left work. She found me another job in just three days. She is a dear sincere friend and we were also neighbors living on the same street. Mallika never stopped surprising me with all the good deeds towards the community. She has a Big Loving Caring HEART. She always supported me and giving me the best advice even relating to my health and body and business. May God Bless you my friend. 

Third one I owe is my dearest friend Amal or I must say “sister” not just a friend. How on Earth can I describe this warm hearted person who stood beside me all the time. I never felt I’m a stranger here, not as an expatriate like the rest. Amal and all her family members starting with Ghadeer her sister and mine too, her mother, father, brothers, grandmother and aunts, they all treated me as one of them as well as my family too. They were there for me during bad times, really bad times (not to mention the bad experience). They helped me a lot to stand back on my feet. I stayed at their home for more than a month and I was not treated as a guest, it was my home and I was among my family. Amal did her best to fulfill my dream of coming back to Kuwait several years ago. She went out of her way and stood beside me regardless I was right or wrong. She bared my terrible mood sometimes and was always pushing me forward. Till now she is still standing beside me. Now I’m thinking what have I done for her and how can I pay her back! I simply love my two sisters Amal and Ghadeer and I can’t think of leaving them and I don’t wish to part. I am a normal, happy, lively, natural person when I am with them. I don’t have to show off or pretend or dress up, I simply be me in front of them. I hope we can see each other regularly offshore. This won’t be easy. 

Last but not least, the fourth person I owe is Mimi and her team. I don’t call myself a close friend to her but I really thank God that I had the chance to know such a personality and get to know her and work with her closely not just when I was a vendor at Shakshooka Market but also at the Secret Garden Project. Mimi simply changed my life, Really. I started looking to life with a different prospective. I got to know a lot about the food industry but not all who can cook is a chef. I could have gone to other food markets but without learning anything new and some of them don’t care about hygiene . Till now I’m learning from her and I wish to have my own garden at my hometown and maybe I can start an Egyptian Shakshooka or even collaborate together. I started a healthy diet now and I have a healthy menu for customers and all that’s because of Mimi. I have to admit that I always depended on my husband for cooking and that I didn’t like to cook, but now I love my kitchen and love searching for new healthy recipes over the net. I’m honored that she likes one of my treats. 

I simply love her way of thinking, her different concept, her initiatives as well as her warm heart. I wish I’d known her earlier. I will miss her and the whole team and of course the garden, my favorite getaway kinda place. We had so many beautiful mornings together with Mimi, her mother Alaa (Big Kind Sweet Heart and soul), the Grandmother, Lubna (another beautiful person I wished I’ve known earlier), Yusra with her adorable daughter, Dana and Waleed of course. I carry with me so many nice memories from the garden, memories that I won’t ever forget. 

Thank you all for all your love and caring. Thanks for being special people in my journey and I really owe you big time. Love you all.


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Going to Egypt

My cousin is getting married in Egypt in three weeks. I didn’t attend his engagement party as we weren’t there at that time, but now I have to attend the big day. I’m so excited and can’t wait to go. My children are coming with me too, but taking them with me is a bit worrying me as I wanted to spend time with my friends. They don’t have friends there unfortunately and I can’t just keep them at home; it’s their holiday as well. So I really have to make a list of places to visit for them as well. I really hope we all enjoy our holiday there. If it was a bit longer, I could have taken them to Luxor and Aswan, but it’s only five days. Whatever! We will make the best out of it inshallah.

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Eid yummies

Good Morning and Happy Eid everyone. I have a new obsession nowadays which is trying to cook/bake any recipe I see on the Internet or in other blogs. So yesterday night I did a new dessert which is healthy and vegan at the same time. I did it instead of the regular Eid ka7k which is so fattening. It turned out to be just perfect and sweet enough without adding sugar.


As for today, the first day of Eid and while we all woke up early, I thought of making a nice different breakfast and voila I did Benedict eggs with sausages instead of bacon. My hubby liked it and so did my children. It was really yummy.


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A healthy Break

My husband travelled to Egypt a week ago. He had several things to finish there so he decided to go alone and accomplish his mission without the distraction of the kids and their needs and outings. So we stayed here this week and won’t go anywhere during the National Holidays. But ever since he travelled, I go out everyday with my friends. It’s not that I couldn’t do this when he was here, but the feeling that I have nothing to worry about or the rush of going home early as he’s waiting for me is a good feeling. I needed this healthy break. I’m so happy that I enjoyed this past week and now I’m ready for my hubby to come back as I missed him and I missed his presence with us.

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Don’t Worry and Keep Going Shakshooka

Not to go into details of what happened yesterday night in Yarmouk area and not to mention who did what and why? But I just wanna say that Shakshooka group is a family and that no one will stop us and that we will remain and continue as we are healthy organic concept and people demand our products and love it and come every week to purchase them wherever the location is. People can’t wait to have the next challenge to find us as they come along with their families and friends, it’s an environment that suits everyone and full of love and fun and mostly healthy food and a great concept. So, waiting to see you all in our end of month cookout next Friday inshallah. Have a great weekend.


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Family or just Parents Day

Ever since we came here to kuwait we had this habit of going out for lunch on Fridays as a Family gathering. Of course our children grew up into teenagers now and they prefer going out with their friends more. I know that this is normal and that I have to face the fact that they have their own lives now and their own interests as well, but it’s not wrong to hang out with their parents every now and then and chat a little. I’m not asking for much, really. I know that they wouldn’t like to go with us to the movies or BBQ or trips but we can at least hang out in the living room to watch TV or just talk. They agree to go with us to the mall just when they need to buy clothes or shoes but that’s it and a big fullstop. However, we used to be like that when we were their age or a bit older and what goes around,…
So, yesterday was Friday and I went out with my husband for lunch. We decided to explore the Old Souq in the Avenues. First thing we noticed is that it’s a mini Mubarkaia with the same decoration and spirit. I liked the place and we chose a Turkish restaurant which was terrific. It was a great choice for the food and dessert too. After that we walked a little in the Avenues mall and found out that Aishti has a 50% Sale and I know that they sell Burberry bags so we went inside and checked it out and found a perfect bag for summer, and sweet enough my hubby bought it for me as a token of love. Oh my God, how I loved the parents Friday this weekend. It turned out to be perfect after all my concerns. Love you hubby.



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