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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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Gardening and Composting Workshop

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Get down and dirty with our Gardening & Composting workshops, this Friday and Saturday at #thesecretgardenproject from 4-6pm! #HerbanWorkshops #fromseedtosoil

  

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A different way to celebrate Mothers Day

Yesterday was Mothers Day in the Middle East not to confuse u with the American One. Anyway, I didn’t expect anything special since my husband is traveling and I know that my kids won’t do anything without him. But frankly speaking my daughter surprised me with a lovely gift and a great post on Instagram. I love her so much and she really made my day. 

Knowing that nothing else was expected I planned to go to the Secret Garden as it was the gardening day. I went and there were lots of activities. There was cinemagic filming a documentary movie about the garden while we were all working, then we finished and had tea and delicious brunch and then came one of my friends. While chilling, a lady came and introduced herself as a physiotherapist at Fawzia Sultan Center next door. She showed her respect towards us all for the work done in the garden and that they would love to help us by some excercises that will help us in moving and bending correctly while gardening. We had a free stretching session and will have another one after two weeks with free consultation for any back/neck/knee problems and some treatment. That’s a lovely gift indeed and I guess we need it. It was like another Mothers Day gift/surprise. It was fun at the garden yesterday and actually it is always fun over there. 

   

   

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Bad flu

Yesterday the weather was terrible and dusty, I had to go out and finish my errands and buy some ingredients as I have a cookout on Saturday at the garden. I guess it was a wrong decision to go out yesterday and I should have waited till today, however what happened just happened and I felt a bit tired at night with a soar throat. I only thought it was because is the dust and I could heal it with hot drinks. But I was wrong and woke up this morning not feeling well but also had to go out as I had a photography class. I really really should have rested at home. I still have a big day tomorrow and I’m not even ready. Now I’m worse than yesterday and u have blocked nose, soar throat and some coughing and I guess high fever. Started antibiotic but I don’t think that I will be ok over night. So tired and feeling exhausted that I can’t work or cook. Hope things get better by the morning; just wishful thinking. Good Night

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Yoga at the garden

A couple of days ago I attended a yoga session at the secret garden in salmiya. I actually loved the idea of this kind of session in the open air. The instructor came and told us to do a special exercise of patting the belly for like 10 minutes or more with some inhaling and exhaling and after that she explained her technique and how they can treat people by yoga. I was impressed and decided to continue with her at their center which is right In front of the garden. By the way, this session was free if charge. She also came today to the garden but unfortunately I went a bit late.

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Imitation but in another name

I hate people who imitate and not just imitate but give it another name and think they are the first to do it “whatever it is they’re doing”. For example yesterday I read all over the net/media (Instagram) about the cafe in Bahrain who copied a desert made by a Kuwaiti chef and put it on their menu as if it’s one of their invented dishes. Oh my God, why??? I myself saw this dish made by the kuwaiti chef (nour) in one of the farmers market here a month ago. Anyway, a lot of the bloggers stood up with her yesterday and faced this other cafe with the truth, let’s see if they will answer back or even try to defend themselves. Another blind imitation was done over this weekend when one of the farmers market imitated another by doing a brunch in a farm as to feed people from the ground to their tables. Isn’t it the same as the brunches done in one of the gardens in salmiya? I’m not mentioning names here but it’s quite obvious and people will know who’s idea was it first! Even though they have added some other new ideas like transportation and catering company which was nice of course but not going well with the farm theme at all. Stop imitating people and get your own ideas from scratch.

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Brunch in the Secret Garden

So we had our first Brunch in the Secret Garden last Saturday. Mimi cooked Greek Eggs with fresh herbs that we planted in the garden. Yousra baked yummy cake that unluckily me didn’t have the chance to try this time as it was sold out quickly. Mo and I cooked our delicious Egyptian foul that also was sold out in no time and I prepared some of my vegan healthy bites as well as fresh juice. It was a lovely day and the weather was surprisingly amazing. The crowd was happy and having fun. Kids were enjoying the gardening procedure and the Kuwaiti TV was interviewing them. Lovely Saturday indeed with family and friends in the open air. Hope we do it again soon.

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