Sunday, July 28, 2013

Barney and Friends Show in Doha

Barney and friends live show coming to The Gate Mall 

Location: The Gate mall, West Bay Doha
First floor, Multipurpose Hall

Dates: 29th of July to 10th of August

Time of the shows

 during Ramadan 

Show #1: 9 PM 
Show #2: 10 PM
Show #3: 11 PM

during Eid

Show #1: 12PM
Show #2: 4 PM
Show #3: 7 PM
Show #4: 9 PM

Tickets : no need  -it is free

 It is a half -an -hour show  -mainly singing together popular songs . To have a chair and good view to the stage needs to arrive half an hour before the show .Popcorn ,pancake ,cotton candy on sale .

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sports and Ramadan 2013

 Did you know ?

 Aspire Dome can be used as a walking venue every day in Ramadan from 3:30pm to 5:30pm and 8pm to 11pm.


Garangao festival at Katara 2013 - review

It is always nice to walk around the Katara .  Last night  even the weather was nicer than usually . Not so  hot and humid as we were walking among  the buildings  with a  bag collecting sweets and nuts .

As we arrived to the first station of gift collecting  there was a big pushing  crowd made up of adults rather than kids . I was shocked  to see  that  wealthy looking people were ready to  go so low for  obtaining some free nuts and sweets .

 The organizers were scared themselves and they escaped back to a building behind them and locked the  doors .

  I think only kids  should be allowed to go for the gifts and they should have  waited in lines for their turn . It is clear like sun  that people  around  here should be trained  on  how to  form  lines  and wait in lines .

So it was a  suitable occasion to train my kids about it . We did not  join the pushing crowd . We walked on and soon we found another gift collecting  point with a few kids only . After they got their gifts and they wished to have a look at  them and  taste them .

So we sat at  the Karak  &Chapati restaurant and we were relaxing .We were served fast . That was something new there .

 After that I wished to see the exhibitions around us : we saw calligpraphy inspired paintings /antique Qu'ran exhibition and photo exhibition of the Qatar Photographic Society .

 Unexpected  , we got  a box of sweets there and a free professional quality photo of  our kids with Garangao baskets .That was so nice of them ! We did not even have to push in a crowd as only few people came into see the exhibition .

 A lots of pretty traditional  Qatari / other Arab folk costumes that the kids were wearing made this event more colorful . The dunes by the Katara were enlightened by star and crescent shaped lights .

All in all it was a nice experience ...

Squidoo let us down

    The woes  of an online  writer        From time to time I used to  edit /write pages at Squidoo . I heard  something that they are cracking down on spam / duplicate content etc . so I was not worried at all . I do not spam  -my pages are original and if they want less ads from our part - they can tell how many affiliate links were allowed .I can  reedit the page and that  is it .

then I got this  from them " A large number of "nofollowed" links pointing to this lens were found. Avoid linking from blogs or forums where links are nofollowed due to high rates of spam.

Because of the large number of suspicious inbound links on this lens we're locking it. Unfortunately there's no way to fix this problem so the lens will remain locked.

The best advice we can give about suspicious inbound links is to avoid linking from places like forums or blog comments where untrusted links are typically "nofollowed" due to high rates of spam.  "

 Large number of links  pointing to this site ! So far we were advised to leave few links at forums /blogs . Now they say it is not OK  .They close our pages .If I let some links  then they were not spam at all  - they all were related themed and only a few . Now it is called spam by them and our hard work is wasted .

It takes time to write /edit and update and promote those pages . It takes only a minute to delete them .

 Squidoo is in trouble . They lost their high Google ranks with the new algorythm of that big search engine  and they want to get it back .

 I can understand that they want to get rid of the spammy pages  but they are locking and deleting pages which were much praised previously by them .

 Now they write about my pages  "This lens appears to be too commercial, or otherwise low quality "

These lens are personal and original and full of practical information . They gave 100 % on it and wrote on it "Way to go pal !"  plus from time to time they got"blessed by an angel "   by their reviewing system . Now they are thrown out .

I made some money by earning commissions by my 

pages Ieft hundreds of dollars for them  -for they can use it  for charirty . Now they will not get that money . They  cause headache for me  but I will move on to other page where I can set up pages  with clear rules .Plus if any money is made by those pages they do not ask me to leave it with them 'for charity " .

 All of this happened to thousands of online writers . Squidoo you let us down !

Oops! No publishing allowed. This lens is currently locked for a violation of our Terms of Service, as per the email we sent you. You're welcome to a) Grab your content and take it elsewhere, if you'd rather not continue with Squidoo or b) Review your content and make edits here in the Workshop to improve the lens. But you won't be able to Publish the lens live until you can demonstrate that the violation has been addressed. Thanks.

 They say for pages which got 100 % score from them and Way  to go Pal !   Now it is called not original . This is about my own childhood  and my stories .

Monday, July 22, 2013

Marte Deborah Dalelv ordeal - raped ,sentenced , pardoned in Dubai

This story really made me feel sick .There was a young women from Norway ,Marte Deborah Dalelv working  for Al Mana Interiors  ,who was in Dubai for business meeting .She was raped by a co-worker . Then she was sentenced  for 16 months  jail while the attacker  only for 13 months .

 Now she was pardonned . As she had done something wrong .Pardonned !

What is the message of such stories ?  Shut up if you are raped ! Do not report it ! What a great news for sex offenders !

 I feel I must  quote a person who posted his advice in Dohanews

"Always keep your embassy emergency number on you. Thinking contacting the police or lets contact the local who knows people first is a mistake. When it's something very serious contact your embassy.
Keep in mind, in most places police are more keen on getting rid of you and your problem rather than helping you. In Dubai especially. This may have been their fifth rape case of the night. You hear of horror stories in happening Dubai. For them it is easier if they make both parties agree on conceptual sex then investigate a rape. They file a report and let the courts handle it and onto the filing the next report"

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Garangao Night in Qatar 2013

As every year Garangao is celebrated in mid-Ramadan in Qatar . That will be the 23rd of July .

You can go to the Katara /Aspire park tent/Royal Plaza?City Center /Ezdan Mall /Landmark /Heritage Village to find activities and entertainment for children .

At the Katara you can show your kids some exhibitions as well .You can have some ice cream /cheap chapati and karak .Actually  they are expecting  thousands of visitors with handicraft corner, old traditional games,puppet theatre, reading corner, art workshop, short story writing . They start the programs at 7 pm with a concert  then a lots of activities will take place at building 12. At the Aspire tent various sport activities competitions /games are in focus .
At the Royal plaza kids can meet cartoon characters . Local children go from house to house of their relatives chanting rhymes and collecting sweets . Rarely other kids do the same -some years ago we had some African kids coming and chanting . We had some sweets for them and some small change .Nowadays they do not come .

Be careful when you let your kids out ! I saw at the weekend a little child rushed to the emergency -after playing outside /running and jumping too much in the heat . My kids were also exhausted -it is difficult to tell them that you should do only moderate activities when they are indoors for most of the time .

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Qatar and helium

Helium  - you know this noble gas used for balloons and airships .Qatar has a lots of it as a byproduct of natural gas production .The second plant of helium production was launched some days ago and thus Qatar became the second most important helium producer in the world .
Besides inflating balloons  it is used in rockets /missile /nuclear power plants etc .

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Ramadan - Iftar competition

Would you like to win iftar dinner in a luxury hotel in Doha ? This Ramadan 11 hotel offers  free iftar for the winners  and some hotels offer more than  a meal for two . To enter the competition all you have to do is to answer a simple question about Ramadan /Iftar customs .

If you like dreaming and winning click here for more details . You can read which hotels are participating in the game . While browsing them you can find out about luxurious iftar dinners in town and their prices .At some hotel children up to 12 eat for free  -  in other ones  children bellow 6 do so .

Friday, July 12, 2013

numbers in Qatar 200 billion

200 billion US dollars planned to be spent  for soccer World Cup in 2022

2 million people lives in Qatar

out of them only 225 .000 are Qatari


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Ramadan started

 Ramadan started in Qatar ... It is very hot  and not drinking the whole day is a challenging thing .
 If you are not fasting remember that public eating and drinking is not allowed here during the fasting hours . Even if you suffer from a condition .

Many poor people eat for free for a whole month . Not only Muslims  but poor people of any faith are provided dinners in the evenings . These are usually excellent meals cooked at rich people's private kitchens .

After  sunset eating is allowed . Restaurants become overcrowded . If you wish to have dinner at a less crowded place then plan you dinner two hours after the sunset .

Sunday, July 07, 2013

MY kids questions after returning from summer holidays

Mom - why can we find taxi so easily in Hungary and why is it so difficult in Qatar ,in the richest country in the world ?

Mom -  how comes that Budapest looks so wonderful and well organized full of taxis ,trams , buses ,trolleys when Hungary is a poor country compared to Qatar ?

Well , sweetie money does not buy everything  .

Many people in Hungary work for very little money but they still perform wonderfully though they feel that the  little salary they get is unjust .This is their country and they love it  - they give their experience  knowledge time for a country they love .

In Qatar most of the workers are coming from abroad .This is not their country they are not promised anything just the salary .

Mom -why   are there so many affordable summer camps in Hungary and why summer camps are sooooooooo expensive in Qatar ?

 They might expect the millionaires' kids  mainly ....
expat Qatar