Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Booming Economy in Qatar
Mind boggling numbers

Dessert Truffle costs 2000 rial per kilo
and it takes only some hours to sell it here !

The density of the
millionaires population in Qatar is the 5th highest in the world !

Monday, December 29, 2008

I love my bike - I have already told you about that .
Also I have told that it is not very popular thing here . The mean of transportation of some Indian laborers .

Will this ever change here ?
Some people belonging to some sport organization decided to do something about it ! They want to advertise bicycle riding around here .But they admit that it is not an easy mission at all !

Boys tend to refuse riding a bike - so how to make local girls to try it ?

Sunday, December 28, 2008


Messaid in December .23C -wonderful springlike weather at the sealine .

See more photos of Qatar Beaches !

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Knifes Trick In Japanese Restaurant Sakura In Qatar - Click here for more amazing videos

How to make Sashimi ?

A great photo calendar made by a Canadian citizen living in Japan ! It is worth to check it out !

We had this as hors d'oeuvres !
Going to Oshi Sushi restaurant at Eid proved to be a great choice !As it is a new place at the third floor of the Royal plaza we managed to avoid the crowds .Only four five families were having Eid lunch and it was really relaxing there !The music , the beautifully and simply set table , the bento , the sashimi , the miso , the Japanese curry ... all made me feel as I was in Japan ... it was a reaL ESCAPE .
We were using fork and spoon - but also we were trying to use the chopping sticks .The hot, wet towels were meant to clean our hands before and not after eating .I learnt that only later when I was reading more on the Japanese cuisine !
I had the first raw salmon of my life and I survived !

Sunday, November 16, 2008


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Wall clock and pillow with South Hungarian folk art motifs .
Available at my cafepress shop here !

The floral pattern around Kalocsa is the most popular floral folk pattern in Hungary .It's widely used to advertise the country - to sell souvenirs -but it represents only a small area of South Hungary .There 's an area around 120km from the capital,Budapest ,by the Eastern bank of Danube where this style of floral pattern was developed by simple villagers .
Around 150 years ago here the style of embroidery was not so colorful : the wool available for embroidery were of limited color -or faded quickly .Blue and red ,black an red patterns were common in that era.Later when more colors were available then this floral decorations became bigger and multicolor This used to be the wear of the peasants ,farmer women , agricultural laborers in that specific area -and only the Hungarian Catholic peasants used to get dressed this way .It was a cheap solution of having a great Sunday best -as the base material of these clothes was cotton . Having a silk dress used to be a sign of great luxury and these villagers could afford it only once in a lifetime if ever .The bride used to wear a plain black dress made of silk .She used to wear the same dress for funerals and when she died she was buried in this expensive outfit .It used to worth the price of a cow . But her other outfit for her special occasions was embroidered by herself and she could wear it when going to church ,to parties and other special occasions .

Learn more about this style !

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Hungary on Arabic speaking channels : the other day the while we were watching Al- Jazeera children channel -we saw a 15 minute documentary on Hungarian horse riding heritage . All the film was shot in Bugac puszta .I wish they were able to pronounce at least the name of this place ! ( not boo-ghak - but booghats ) Otherwise it was nice .
I do not watch a lots of TV . So I can not mention every occasion when Hungary or Hungarians are on TV around here . There was a documentary on Hungarian ethnic minority The Roma or Gypsy people some six years ago on Al-jazeera . It made me very upset . It spread such lies that " The Hungarians do not let the Roma kids go to school - that is why they needed a grammar School built just for them in Pecs "
The reality is that the Hungarian government , teachers etc beg the Gypsy parents that they send their kids to school . Then I heard such thing from villager Gypsy woman" The Hungarians do not allow me to get potable water - if I am lucky I can drink the water for animals " - and she was pushing the usual blue well - found all over the country in the streets - whose water is drinkable -and used by any villagers who do not have an access to tap water .

I just heard that nowadays on LB EU there is a competition of belly dancers and among a contestants there is a Hungarian girl . I was not surprised as belly dance became very popular form of exercise lately at home .

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Arabic speaking Hungarian cartoon in Doha

The other day I went to Al- Sadd emergency with my kid . I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that in the waiting lounge kids can watch a cartoon . A Hungarian one .VUK
It's about a brave fox .It's about the life from the point of view of a wild animal .It teaches children to care about the nature , the wildlife .It criticizes human practices
threatening the flora and fauna .

Sunday, October 05, 2008


I read the other day that cafepress has got more than 22 .million designs !
No wonder that it is so difficult to generate any sales there from the marketplace !
However I am optimistic as my Hungarian Section is getting more and more popular !A thing that I had not expected .I set it up only to cure my homesickness !

Thursday, September 25, 2008

* Measures 14" in diameter
* Quartz movement
* Aluminum body
* Glass face
* Runs on single "AA" battery (included)


Funny and bold text design in brown . Just to show the world who the boss is !


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A passionate ,vibrant unique heart mug from Alma Wad aka me .Great for those in love with art -deco .
I fell in love with those new mugs from CP . Drinking had never been as stylish as that !
Love style? Then drink this up, because this eye -catching ceramic tumbler is a work of art. Ideal for hot or cold beverages. Great choice for travel.

* Measures 7" tall
* Holds 15 oz.
* Ceramic outer shell, with stainless steel inner sleeve
* Gasket-sealed lid, with snap tight closure
* Hand wash only

Saturday, September 20, 2008


One may think that there's no laugh during the fasting month here . But the truth is that the Arabic TV channels offer a wide selection of funny TV shows or plays just for this month . It reminds me our New Year's Eve TV shows .
The Qatar TV gives a funny serial made in Kuwait . One can learn a lot about the life of the Arabs nowadays .
The TV play was about marriage in the past and nowadays :
1. scene an oversized wife is having dinner alone - when her well -fed husband arrives it turns out that there's nothing left for him but a cup of tea " say Thanks God " the wife is yelling at her husband - who starts to dream about the " nice old days "
2. scene - the husband dream - he is coming home and a lovely wife is waiting for him offering a tray of delicious food . He is eating alone - it turns out the wife did not have dinner yet " You are my man - how could I eat before you had yourself enough "
-and the touched husband offers some food for his wife who is holding in one hand a flag shaped fan cooling her husband ( that was before the time of AC )

3 . scene of nowadays - the wife is in a boutique shouting at him - because the money she had got for Eid clothes shopping is not enough for her .Quite ashamed he goes to the bank to get more money

4.The wife is in bad mood and shouting at home without reason . The husband asks her to cool down .She gets more furious and wants to call the police - but then rather she calls her family . The husband is terrified " Oh no , all her tribe will come " .
She claims her husband beat her . All the family members came to threaten the husband included the Indian driver and maids and cooks . Nobody listens to him that he is innocent . Finally he is forced to buy a lots of jewels to his wife who " forgives him anyway " but moving home with their sons
5. scene - in the past the man has to go far to find job . The wife is very sad and every day is just talking about her husband while she is having coffee alone . When the husband arrives after two months- it turns out that for some reasons he could not bring any presents to anybody - but the wife is very happy just to see her much beloved husband and doe snot care about presents at all .

Did the life really has changed so much ?


Plain tie in paprika red .For those who love the monochrome style .By the Zazzle tools also you can add some designs of your own .

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

MId- September is the time of harvest festivals all around Hungary .Grapes and paprika harvests are the most popular ones .My mum was last week at her village where she tasted the results of "tripes cooking " competition . Tripes stew in paprika sauce is a popular dish made for great occasions .
Paprika harvest is a busy time in South Hungary -all who is able are on the lands to pick the peppers before the chill of nights would destroy the savor .
So I thought it was high time to collect all the information about this spice I love so much and created a squidoo lens on PAPRIKA .
For the paprika fans : in Qatar you will not find any kind of Hungarian paprika .French paprika is sold instead. They might think that anything from Western Europe is better than from Central Europe .There's a total ignorance here on this spice .So if you are to move to Qatar - you should bring enough with you !

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Send a unique and suitable card this Ramadan with matching stamps also available! This is a photo of Ramadan lanterns in Cairo and is colorful as well as appropriate for all of your Muslim friends.

interested in Ramadan ? Read more about it !

Saturday, August 30, 2008


Beautiful , blue plaid pattern with matching laces and details .Classic ,casual wear .Unique design by Alma Wad .That's me .

Zazzle gave it TBA award - today's best award . Daily around 30 designs get it out of thousands I guess .It's a great honor for me .

Qatar Islamic Cultural Center -near souq Waqif
2 months courses - tel:444 7444
free tuiton

Qatar Guest Center -near Landmark
tel: 486 2390
free tuiton

Qatar University
135 hours QR 4000 evening course
tel : 485 6333

for both English and French speakers
tel :493 0862

CHN Institute
six week courses
tel: 4878288

Berlitz Language Center


Thursday, August 28, 2008

A BOY DID NOT RETURN home from summer vacations .
He had left for England for a five weeks language course .While having his dinner with his friends in a kebab shop he was attacked by a group of drunken youngsters .
he got a punch due to that he got fracture in the skull .Later he died in hospital .
It 's simply terrible !
The kebab shop owner said he had been attacked 25 times since 2005 when he opened his buffet .
Gang attacks are common in England nowadays -I simply do not understand what is going on . This attacks are not necessarily racists - but many times they are .
Anita and me this film showed how just by fun local ,bored teenagers from socially backward families beat to death a Pakistani man waiting for bus
Things are repeating -it seems .

This is one thing .
The other aspect of this case is that some local people feel nowadays entitled to call any ex-pats "racist leech " who dares criticizing the local customs at the local discussion forums.
That is also quite a saddening thing .

Friday, August 22, 2008

I kept asking myself for longtime .I mean you see a lots of expensive four wheelers but not stylish sport cars .
I know the four wheelers are great for the dessert trips - but here many families can afford a lots of cars .
I think I found the answer -people from Qatar do have elegant cars - just they use them for their European summer vacations .Even they ship them to Europe -even by air .
Check out these photos if you want to see some really stylish vehicles .
Still ,I do not understand where are these cars when they are at home !

Saturday, August 16, 2008

I have just created the first lens of my life at Squidoo .It seems that I am in the mood of trying new things nowadays .

Friday, August 15, 2008

Last week I learned how to design templates in the Zazzle .It was a bit difficult to find out how to design a frame for the pictures in a way that the customer's image would fit into it . The Zazzle June news letter did not give great information on that topic .Finally I found DT's blog on this topic .it was very well explained and I think I would return there later on -for more info on other topics . Here are my first templates :

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Still life in the afternoon

After drinking my tea I am looking out of the window .Doves are flying .Cats are jumping in and out of the garbage can of the street .A pashtu family goes somewhere .A nice looking bus takes the workers home from a nearby construction .Then two men from Nepal are chasing away the cats from the garbage can .They are working very well organized: one of them is looking for the cans of drink -the other is beating them flat by a stone and then collecting them in a bag . Our black garbage bags are opened -they are examining our garbage then choose the cans .Only the cans .They work bare hand .Ten minutes of hard work gives them a bag of metal .
Then they leave .An Indian man is coming with a stick -looking for something he could not find .
The sun is setting .You can hear the call for prayer .

When you look at these snap shots you may think at first glance that they were taken in Europe .
But they are in a mall where they are imitating the Italian architecture .Isn't that miserable? Still it is much beloved and visited place .Like Europe is by the upper ten of Qatar .Yes ,the Arabs adore Europe .

Then there was this dessert pancake with ice cream . Nothing special -you may do better yourself at home .Dulce cafe as well .It is usually packed with Qatari people .Their cook may not know this style of cooking .Otherwise I can not make out what for they are visiting it in large numbers .

Gourmet blogger 2

That was a chicken salad at the dulce cafe at the Villaggio Mall .We had a coupon booklet in which there was this discount" you buy a main course and you get one more free" .So we had this chicken salad .I like the look of that cafe with their vintage advertisement posters and terrace look -but their salad was very plain .It looks so great -it is served in huge and heavy plates -then when you eat it -then you realize that you can make a tastier one at home .

Gourmet Blogger

This cake was one of the best cake I have tasted in Doha .I must say that compared to the Hungarian confectionery here the selection of cakes is poor .This one was really original - not the usual cream sponge cake style .There was a thick base - it was baked with plenty of ricotta -on it there was a thin layer of lemon cream then lemon ice cream at the top .WE had it at the Romano Macaroni Grill at the Villagio Mall .

Sunday, August 10, 2008


2,160,000 weddings YEARLY
$86 Billion SPENT

9,000,000 weddings in China per year
$19,900 per wedding SPENT

Number of weddings in the world around 115,000 per day!

Wedding cities of the world :
1. Las Vegas
2.Istanbul ,Turkey
3.Gatlinburg ,US

Beautiful ,romantic photo of a rose of our times .Some filter was added to the original photo to get this vintage look . R.S.V.P -text design wad added to get a stylish stamp for your invitation card 's envelope .

Sundays were marred, from the troops point of view by church parades:'Totally unnecessary ,really a matter of showing-off to the native population ."

Living in Qatar I also met h some of my compatriots showing themselves as very much Christians - to show off their superiority over the native Muslims .It's just making one feel sick .
Being far for home must have been very tough before the advent of the internet
" You would race back to your bungalow and read those longed-for letters from home .You lived for that letter day "

The hot season in India was easier than here as there were some Hill Stations to escape .
"It's difficult to convey how enormously romantic the atmosphere was in Simla -warm starlit nights and bright ,huge moon those towering hills and mountains stretching away ,silence and strange ,exotic smells ."
" But for most people these sojourns in the Hills were brief and uneventful .Many wives came down to join their husbands in the plains at the earliest opportunity and without waiting for the rains to end ."

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More and more people are planning to come and I get more and more questions about the cost of living here .

flats : 6000 - 12.000 rial
villas :14-20.000 rial

per year : 4000 -36.ooo rial
universities ,colleges : 20.000 -100.000 rial per year

GP - free of charge supposed you have health card( 100 rial per year per person)
specialist:30-50 rial
one day hospital stay :100 rial
( most of the examinations and operations are free of charge )


a kilo fruit : 6-40 rial
a loaf of bread:6-10 rial
a cup of yogurt : 1.50-2 rial

buffet lunch : 30 -100 rial

Entertainment :
cinema : 30- 50 rial
ice rink : 30 -50 rial
zoo ; 5 rial
fun cities : 20 -50 rial
clubs : 11.000 rial per family per year to... the sky

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