Thursday, January 31, 2008

Mandala of the day .In cherry colors .

Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Qatar cycling event TOUR DU QATAR from 28th February till
2 February more info

location :Villagio mall
from 30 January to 3 February

Wheels'n heels
cycling ,walking , roller skating all along the Corniche from
the Sheraton till the Village
starting point : Sheraton ,at noon

Sailing Gulf Regatta

from 3 - 9 February
Location: Doha sailing club

Jewelry Fair

until 15th March
location : Hyatt plaza
from 5.30 - 7.15 every night
at weekends there is one more show from 7.45
tickets : fro: 33 QR to 100QR

location :Al Shahaniya (30 km from Doha )
more info :487 20 28

more info
Tickets can be bought ay Virgin book shop at Villagio

from 28 FEbruary -to 6th March

HOrse race
every TUESDAY at 4 pm till March
more info

Saturday, January 26, 2008


La Veranda restaurant + cafe
The largest food court in Qatar .
Location : to the back of Ramada Plaza Hotel
tel: 4411919

private chambers for families
there is a lounge for ladies only

Le Central
Italian ,Japanese + international cooking
location " La Cigale Hotel

Irish Harp pub , restaurant
location : Sheraton Hotel
tel :974.485.4449

Krispy Kreme for doughnut fans
it opens 1 st February in the villagio

CHe bello

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

mandala of the day .
one of my golden mandalas .

Monday, January 21, 2008

If I were a cat

If I were a cat I would like to live a healthy ,free life . Perhaps I would like to have the right for reproduction but surely I would like to be cured if I were ill .
I would be surprised very much if those people who catch me to neutralize called themselves my friends . As it is the case here in Doha – and I guess in many other parts of the world .
And worse than that they condemn me to death if I were ill.( they would kill me softly – this makes them think they are great )
If I were a cat I would run far far away from QCC ( qatar cat friends organisation) !

P.S. And for those Qatari residents who would complain on me that I enter the staircase and I make dirt and noise I would send this message : „ do not kill us – just mend your entrance doors „

If I were a cat ...
Bobby Fischer died some days ago

Telling the truth I have not known too much about him .Thanks to Gulf- times I learnt some interesting facts on his life :
that he lived as refugee in Iceland because his homeland the USA wanted him for his anti- US attitude
having Jewish origins he criticzed the Jews very much
by the age 15 he was the youngest person ever to hold grand master title
at the top of his career he gave up playing
he spent much of the 1990's in Budapest appeared in public baths from time to time -looked like an old hobo ( there are some figures like that in our much beloved capital -and he was right
Budapest is a great place to live especially if one has five million dollars to spend )
he refused to advertise any products inspite of the great sums he had been offered for that
according to him chess as a sport died due to computers
However it is sad I can not feel sorry about that .
Chess will be again a nice recreation and not a political issue .It will be better - I think .
Qpost services

An Indian woman living in Qatar being fed up with te slow post services between Qatar and India -tried to find out why it takes so long .
She went to the main post office in Doha and posted a letter for her own post box which can be found inside the same building .
It took nine days until it was sorted into her post box .

I still did not get my brother's parcel he had posted in mid december .OK , we did not expect it to get here on time for Xmas – but it is really too much !
Once I got a parcel in early June - it had been posted in February in Hungary by ground mail .
It came on foot I guess :))))

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Nemes Nagy Agnes , HUngarian poet and essayist works were translated into English and published in London yesterday . The poems were translated by Zollman Péter and Tom Hubbard made a speech on them .
"It is not easy, you know, to insulate the days one from another, to place the date. I'll go and check if asphalt or snow is melting. This is no more than an early-morning botch of time, it will pass. Though not pass completely, for I was just examining a moment ago my five-year-old right knee and its palm-sized purple scab with the fading blue-and-iodine beach. These bruised and battered children's knees are embossed maps of discovery."

(From The Earth Remembers,

translated by Hugh Maxton)

I like her poems for kids very much . One of her books was in my suitcase when we arrived to Qatar It is a pity that they are not translated .

Monday, January 14, 2008

Word of the Day

Quote of the Day

Today's Birthday

Monday, January 07, 2008

Would you adopt a horse if you could afford it ?

I was a little bit shocked when I visited the Qatarpets site that besides the usual adoptable cats and dogs they also have a horse in need of a master .

Adopt a horse. Have your own horse in a private Stable. Dana is a 7 year old mare. She was rescued about a year ago, and now she is looking for a family to adopt and care for her. Dana is very calm and sweet natured. She requires a medium to fair skilled rider. See poster for more details.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

KHALIL GIBRAN was born 124 years ago as an Arab from Lebanon .Later he emigrated to the USA and wrote his novels in English, in Arabic .

"You ask me how I became a madman. It happened thus: One day, long before many gods were born, I woke from a deep sleep and found all my masks were stolen,—the seven masks I have fashioned an worn in seven lives,—I ran maskless through the crowded streets shouting, “Thieves, thieves, the cursed thieves.”

Men and women laughed at me and some ran to their houses in fear of me.

And when I reached the market place, a youth standing on a house-top cried, “He is a madman.” I looked up to behold him; the sun kissed my own naked face for the first time. For the first time the sun kissed my own naked face and my soul was inflamed with love for the sun, and I wanted my masks no more. And as if in a trance I cried, “Blessed, blessed are the thieves who stole my masks.”

Thus I became a madman.

And I have found both freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us.

But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief."

Saturday, January 05, 2008


I was very disappointed when I found this cafe closed during Eid . Was there a mouse like at the Carrefour in summer ? I have not heard anything - just I saw with sadness that it was closed due to the municipalities order .
This restaurant cafe is so popular and not without merit .
The service is quick and nice .The decor is vintage style - rustic chairs arranged in casual manner.The cakes are tasty ,old fashioned calorie bombs .
When we asked for a kid's meal -first we were given some tasty bread and butter and tapenade .Then came the chicken sandwich which was described as small in the menu - but actually it was large enough for three kids . The ice cream was OK . The cappuccino was a real ,continental hot drink , not a bucket -but a reasonable cup comme il faut .
When sitting at this cafe I got the surrealistic feeling that I just arrived to South France to visit my non-existing French aunt -and this fictive ambiance made me feel so good ..

Cats of Qatar .I like them .I like their aristocratic way as they jump out from the garbage can with pride -as they are lying on the top of cars on some hot afternoons in summer .Friends of all watchmen at sites happiness for us to share with them our daily leftovers .
Learn more about Qatar pets !

Friday, January 04, 2008



New Year - new plans .Getting fit must be always on our agenda .Here are some advice where and how to get physical here :

1.Cheap solution : walk  ! Corniche

advantage : it is free , by the sea you can breathe the fresh air from the seaside
disadvantage : from the road you breathe less fresh air - however at dawn even the city's air is clean

my tips : always take a mobile with you - it is long and in some hours deserted - the public phones are not always working and you need a card to use them .
there's only one public comfort station all along the 6 km path -be aware of that before your start

Aspire Sport city walking - there is a 3 km path for walking, jogging and cycling .

advantages : it is near some shopping malls -so you can arrange the shopping and the fitness at the same time
every 500 m or so you can find boards with instructions about exercise .
there are guards everywhere
you can find restrooms here and there

Mall walking is the perfect workout, alongside controlled temperatures; it provides a clean and safe environment to exercise. Where can you walk?
Al Khor Mall & Hyatt Plaza: 8am-12am Daily
Landmark & Villaggio: Sunday-Wednesday 8am-10pm and Thursday-Saturday 8am–11pm

Cheap solution : some TV channels also have fitness classes .the  Indian  Zee  Tv has yoga sessions  as early as 5:30 every morning  nowadays
Future Tv has yoga classes between 6:30 and 7:00 am

2 .Affordable solution

Ride a bike in the ASPIRE PARK

 there is a  bike track - it is 5 km  

 bring your own 🚲 bike

Doha  Fencing Academy 

"French Fencing School "   style - the coach is  French  Maitre Christophe CLEMENT
 they offer classes for  Specific young age  4 and 5 years old kids
general after-school training for children
 Adults classes, from complete beginners till advance and competitive level
Locations : West Bay:  Lycee Voltaire 
                       Al- Waab 
 Tel: 123-456-7890
Fax: 123-456-7890

Girls Rhythmic Gymnastics for Girls ages 6-15 years
locations : Gharafa /West Bay
once a week training
 for more info  call : 4486 6293

Monkeynastix classes

 fun and challenging non-competitive movement education program for children ages 1 to 6 years  to  improve   not only the fitness level of kids  but  the cognitive and social skills  as well
location ; Al Jazi Village II , Ghraffa

United BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) Qatar

location : Ain Khalid Gate compound/ Al Jazi Compound Gharaffa/

training for adults and children available 

Anytime Fitness

+974 44111999
Fireej Bin Mahmoud, Doha / Al Wakrah Main Street, Oryx Building
Al Wakrah, Al Wakrah 

Open 24 hours

 Aspire Active For women : walking ,spinning ,hatha yoga ,lift and burn ,flex and strength , beauty full workout , prenatal , step core training ,tae bo ,pilates ,diabetes ,latin combo classes
 supposed you can swim - you can take part in  water sport activities as well .

: Aspire sport club . You can join +974 413 6219

Aspire Active for MEn :kung -fu ,group fitness ,boxing fitness ,indoor spin bike ,muay thai boxing classes
Aspire Active for children : sensory motors for babies and moms ,mother and toddler ,kindergarten age school age - these courses are so popular that are sold out very quickly after launching them

 Skill Development Center 

Location : new salata area -  yoga classes

 martial arts  like karate and kick-boxing

Falcon Taek wando Academy  - Location :  new location -call them for more info 

 taekwando ,kick box  , gymnastics for kids
kick -box for men

gold's gym gym tel: 4666622

AL Massa Active (behind Jareer book store )4444 4161 - for ladies 44364850 for men

Sehati Beauty Mall( at the decoration roundabout )
Art of living Qatar : Yoga and breath workshop tel :4671042
Horse Riding : 480 7413 for new or experienced riders also for children
Ice skating : City center Mall , Villagio Mall


 Location : outdoors at the Education City or at the Corniche

one hour long, group fitness class using a range of strength and conditioning techniques to get you to feel fitter than you ever have before.


Fitness Qatar  

 FITLINE SPA  - Location at  Bin Mahmoud
 The Center roundabout   at The Merzam residence
 Learn more at : 4427 4037

clubs and gyms -read reviews on them

more reviews

KALABHAVAN centre -Karate - Yoga
location near Birla School
tel: 4662980

fitness for small children
tel :498 0099

yama yoga studios

Drop in yoga classes 50 QR

10 session pass 450 Q

* validity 3 months on session passes

974-325 1396 (Please call after business hours)

POSH Solutions : golf in Qatar

 Nice outdoors activity .Children from age 3 are welcome , too .
 The tours take place in the mangroves of Qatar ( Al-Khor area)
 200 QR per person
  for more info  call 5549 0895


Regatta Sailing Academy : call 5507846

  VLCC - Doha   they are offering tailor-made fitness and diet plan  -just for you


Gymmito Fitness Club
is a large mixed facility on the Pearl island in Doha

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Tuesday, January 01, 2008


New Year came with spring like weather .WE enjoyed ourselves in the park very much before sunset .

expat Qatar