Friday, November 25, 2011

Philippine Embassy Riyadh Website


I just copied the website of the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and the above is what I got. I was disappointed going to the site because of the loading time. It was very slow. I think the problem is the layout of the site, although I am not a techie to back me up. Anyway, many knew that a colored background makes your site to load slowly. What I do not like in the site is the use of the red color in the background as if the Philippines is at war. Also the use of red texts in most of the posts are also annoying. To the webmaster who maintain the site, please modify it. Your services are slow but please let your site load faster!

Foggy Morning in Jubail, Saudi Arabia


Because the changing of season is about to happen, from spring to summer, I woke up with a foggy morning on 19 November 2011 here in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.


The mist is too thick that visibility is almost zero. You need to light up your headlight to see the coming traffic.


These photos were taken in our Camp.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Sardines or Tamban

Like the Indians here in Saudi Arabia, sardines or tamban in Filipino, is one of the favorite fish of the Filipinos.


I bought this fish because it gives a lot of omega 3. In addition, this is the cheapest fish here in Saudi Arabia. Before, it only costs 2.50 Saudi Riyals a kilo. Nowadays, it costs between 4 - 8 Saudi Riyals depending on the season.


Unlike in the Philippines, the tamban here is quite big. It measures from 7 - 8 inches long and has a width of 2 inches. I cooked my sardines in the turbo to come out with broiled sardines.

Today is 11.11.11

Today is 11 November 2011 or 11.11.11. I photographed myself to have a remembrance on this rare date.





On this day at lunch, I ate rice, broiled sardines (inihaw na tamban), string beans salad and banana.


String or Snake Beans


Sitaw or String/Snake bean is one of the favorite vegetables of the Filipinos. That's why I immediately bought a half kilo when I saw a Bangladeshi selling them outside our Camp. The sitaw costs me 4 Saudi Riyals ( P45 or about $1). String beans are one of the ingredients in making kare-kare. They can also be put in sinigang or made into adobong sitaw. I just steamed mine as a salad and partner to fried or broiled fish.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

My Trek To Jubail Corniche

On the first day of our Eid Al-Adha holiday, 5 November 2011, I trekked to a corniche in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, which is less than 30 minutes from our accommodation.

However, the place was not the same as it used to be when we first visited it with friends.

I wished to get a swim on the water but the coast is rocky.

I ended up watching some Filipinos casting their lines to fish.

This used to have interlocking tiles. 

Because the roots of the trees uprooted the tiles, the administrator removed all of them. 

The place is now under renovation.

The playground seemed abandon.

It needs repair and maintenance.

Benches and tables are needed in these shades.

These flowers saved the day.

I brought these foods as my baon.

And bought this tamis bread along the way home. Tamis is made by mashing flour, water and oil to gain consistency. The dough is made into a ball and flatten to create a round figure. It is then stamped with a round implement with small nails on it to create small holes on the dough.

 It is then whisked with sesame & sugar. It is then sticked on the side of a conventional Arabic/Afghan oven. Tamis with sugar costs 3 Saudi Riyals while tamis with cheese costs 4 Saudi Riyals.

I came home with sore and bruised feet.

Whew! What a holiday trip!

Pinoy Personal Photoblog

To unclog my smorgasbord blog, I created this blog. It will feature mostly photos I took my self in my everyday life. I hope you will enjoy it!