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Game Night

October 20, 2013

Posted by Kanga. Please do not reblog.

We headed over the mountains…

stony mountain

to Dubai…

Dubai skyline including the Emirates Towers

for game night.

pounce card game


card game Quao the ultimate dictatorship card game

Quao (the cow dictator game)

card game laid out on a table

and Elder Sign.

Thanks to our friends for making the evening fun!


Fancy Duds

April 5, 2013

Posted by Kanga.

couple in Indian attire

Photo by Shruti Jagdeesh

Here we are in our Indian attire at the wedding of Mali and Zarina. DaddyBird is wearing a sherwani and I am wearing a salwar kameez.

It was our first Muslim Indian wedding. It was held in a hotel ballroom. Men and women were separated by a partition. The event was scheduled to begin at 8 pm, but most people arrived around 9:30 pm. The bride joined the ladies and sat on a couch where she was greeted and congratulated by the guests. Many pictures were taken. Dinner was served about an hour later. Around 11 pm it was announced that the partition would be taken down so that men and women could come together. The announcement is made to allow the women who cover their hair time to wrap up. This actually happened about 45 minutes later. The groom joined the bride and the speech making by friends and family began. We left at 12:30 am because we had an hour drive ahead and I had to go to work the next morning. Word is that the party continued until 3 am. Sometime after we left there was a Star Wars Death Star wedding cake.

We wish Mali and Zarina all the best. They are wonderful people.

(Our thanks to Shruti for taking our picture!)


Belated Thanksgiving

March 17, 2013

Posted by Kanga.

table full of food

Saturday we finally had our postponed Thanksgiving meal. We shared the traditional meal with our Indian, Pakistani, British and African friends.
There was turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, candied yams, green bean casserole, cornbread dressing, California olives, and dill pickles. Two pumpkin pies and a pecan pie topped it off.

Daddybird orchestrated the cooking. Volunteers were put to work dicing veggies or mashing potatoes.

It was a pleasant evening with good friends and great food.


Al Basha Restaurant

February 20, 2013

Posted by Kanga.

Well, once again, we have a new favorite restaurant. Al Basha Restaurant in the Fujairah Trade Centre Building.

restaurant sign

We met with friends who live here in Fujairah for a belated birthday dinner, since they were not able to attend the one in Dubai. The food was lovely. Lamb chops, mixed grill (chicken tikka, kabab, arayes, etc.) green salad, and arugula salad.

table full of dishes with hummus, bread, and meat

We ordered a LOT of food, but between the five of us, we managed to eat most of it. I did save a little of the mixed grill for lunch the next day.

Once it was cleared away, we broke out our Guillotine card game and played two games. It was a blast.

A pleasant evening eating good food outdoors with good friends.


The Bad Thing About Living Abroad

January 12, 2013

Posted by Kanga.

bright yellow trumpet shaped flowers

The bad thing about living abroad is the transient nature of the expatriate community. One makes friends and then some of them move away, either going back to their home country or to another country. We’ll miss them when we gather with friends at our favorite restaurants. They will miss out on board game tweet ups. We’ll be watching for their cat and baby photos on Facebook. Consolation comes from the fact that we still have friends who have been in country so long that we can count on them staying.

The good thing about this is that we now have friends in multiple countries that we can visit during our vacations.  I wish we had more vacation time.



May 12, 2012

Posted by Kanga.

small rectangular metal containers with burning coals

We recently attended a staff barbecue. Barbecue, Arab style. We’ve eaten this food many times in restaurants, but this was the first time for getting in on some of the preparation ourselves. The meats were already cut, marinated and mixed with appropriate ingredients. All we had to do was put them on the skewers or form it into patties.

meat, tomatoes, onions on skewers

There were lamb chops, kofta, chicken tikka, and lamb tikka. The food was delicious and the company was friendly. A good time was had by all.


Good Friends and Good Food

September 10, 2011

Posted by Kanga.

Look who came to visit us this morning! @DevinaDivecha & ... on Twitpic

Last week, our beautiful friends Devina and Shruti came to Fujairah. We met up at Delhi Darbar Restaurant for breakfast.

plates and bowls of Indian food

The challenge for me at any Indian restaurant is finding something that has no, and I mean NO, chili peppers. DaddyBird prefers food the spicier the better. The bowl at the lower right is vegetable korma and was supposed to be mild, but it was a no go for me. I managed with paratha (bread), green salad, and an omelette. I could see and avoid the peppers in the omelette. Despite my chili aversion, the food was lovely and ridiculously cheap. Four people ate their fill for 53 AED ($14.50).