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Theory of relativity

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Someone told me that as you get older, the passing of time seems a lot quicker, as everything is relative. When you are 60 years old, one year is just one sixtieth of the time span, whereas, when you are 4, one year is a quarter, thus so much longer.

Today, was in those relative terms, a blur! Had a late night even though we arrived pretty early from GRU as the long flight time and sleep changes played havoc with the body clock. But woke up, played with the twins and went for friday prayers.

Came back to have nasi lemak for lunch, Linda is getting really good at this, wonder if we can make money out of it…

Since been away for three days, the twins were a bit manja, so indulged them when they wanted to mandi bubbles.

The twins have always loved water, pretty much from day one. I remember when they were a few days old and being bathed by mum, they loved the water even then.

The twins have always loved water, pretty much from day one. I remember when they were a few days old and being bathed, they loved the water even then.

We then took a nap…was still on a sleep debt, and with the really hot weather outside, it seems like a good idea. The twins are used to going to bed early, at times just after six in the evening. During summer, this makes it difficult for us to do things after the sun goes down. This is generally the best time to go out as the temperature becomes a bit more bearable, often with a gentle breeze to be found occasionally.

We use mum’s room for our naps, and they would tend to sleep easier when I am in bed with them 😉

Have to pin Icad down even during naps, or he will sleepwalk to watch Dexter.

Have to pin Icad down even during naps, or he will sleepwalk to watch Dexter.

We had planned to go out for dinner, but Linda wanted to take a walk around Deira before that. We had got lost there previously and found an area which had lots of toy shops. With that in mind, we set forth, got a parking space nearby the cloth shops and walked.

After a few minutes, Dina started complaining that she did not want to go here, and she wanted a shopping center visit instead. A little longer and Icad complained that the “Air-Con” was not working! Maan, are the twins spoilt!
Icad ponders:wonder why the air-con is not working?

In retrospect, it was not a good idea to be on the streets of Deira on a friday evening. Its the start of the weekend and all the workers get their day off today. The streets were full of Indians, and Dina made some comments which were not too PC!

Lots of people on the street

Lots of people on the street


The were areas where lots of them would gather and do nothing but chit chat and drink chai. I guess its a cheap sort of entertainment and a good way of catching up after a hards week at work. With their families far far away, friends become important.

The were areas where lots of them would gather and do nothing but chit chat and drink chai. I guess its a cheap sort of entertainment and a good way of catching up after a hards week at work. With their families far far away, friends become important.


A nice name for a clothes shop

A nice name for a clothes shop

We had agreed to meet up with Leonard and Rose, who were taking out a friend from MAS who was over on a layover, Ashley. We had agreed that taking him to the Al Tawasool maandi place would be pretty authentic Dubai dinner experince. The place serves the most amazing lamb maandi, the meat which literally melts in the mouth…

We arrived a bit late, having caught up in the jam getting out of Naif road, but got into the eating bit very soon after.

They have this special 'rooms' for families to have thier food in privacy. There is a large eating hall outside where the men would eat. At times they won't even provide plates, you just eat out of the large dish filled with rice and meat. But I guess, they figured that the foreigners would prefer to have individual plates.

They have this special 'rooms' for families to have thier food in privacy. There is a large eating hall outside where the men would eat. At times they won't even provide plates, you just eat out of the large dish filled with rice and meat. But I guess, they figured that the foreigners would prefer to have individual plates.

The food was pretty good as usual. Faiz had introduced me to this type of cooking at Al Rawashah near Ampang, but the general consensus is that the one in Dubai is a lot better…

The best maandi food inDubai, for now la. Still exploring new places!

The best maandi food inDubai, for now la. Still exploring new places!

The evening ended in Uptown Mirdif, Caribou Coffee, before sending Ashley back to Al Bustan.

Seems like a short day, but it had a lot in it!

Author: madnoor

An expat family in Dubai.

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