Cadbury World-Bournville

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So currently, we are enjoying our vacation in the UK, exactly in Cardiff. It’s a beautiful city which I’ll talk about later after I finish exploring it. But now let me tell you more about our first trip.

Jana & I arrived to Cardiff on Saturday 23rd of July and on the same day we booked our tickets to Cadbury World with my brother on the 24th. We took the train to University and then to Bournville . The Factory is just 10 minutes walk from the station. We arrived a little bit early, our tour was supposed to start at 1:50pm so we had 30 minutes to have a quick bite because the journey from Cardiff to Bournville was really long, around 2hrs 15 minutes.

The place is huge, the tour took around 2 hrs inside the factory, after they scanned our tickets, they gave each one of us 3 bars of Cadbury chocolate, even Jana who entered for free because she is under 4.

After that the tour started, we walked inside a Cacao jungle to explore the history of how chocolate came to Bournville. After that we went inside a small theatre where we saw a short movie about the establishing of Cadbury brothers, after that another theatre but with small 4D effects on how Cacao is made, which was a lot of fun.

After that we got inside the factory and it was really hot, and it was not allowed to take photos. After that we took the ride which was fun and Jana enjoyed a lot.

We went inside another part of the factory where they made beautiful chocolate and gave us a lot to try and eat. Sugar overdose hehe🙂

After that we went outside behind the factory where Jana enjoyed playing in the huge playground and then we got inside the 4D cinema which was lots of fun, everybody has to finish their journey in this place, it’s a must.

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Book Review: Jane Steele

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I have to say this … I became a huge fan of Lyndsay Faye’s writing after reading the Timothy Wilde trilogy and she made me love Historical Fiction and can say that I’m addicted to this genre because of her.

Her style in writing, in building up the characters, narrating the story, the events and how the plots develops amazes me. You think you know how it will end but later you find yourself you are wrong for she is no ordinary writer that let you figure out things before the ending.

Jane Steele relates to Jane Eyre’s novel somehow, however you want to see it or relate it it depends on the reader himself. Actually Jane Steele tells her story by addressing the reader every now and then. Whatever Jane does through the story, you can’t but fall in love with her and her unique characters, even when she becomes a criminal killing people who are hurting the people she cares about the most.

She has been sent away from where she used to reside with her aunt to a boarding school where she commits a murder and escape with her school friend to London where her character changes dramatically due to the events she faces with her friend Rebecca Clarke.

Then she learns that the place where used to reside need a governess and applies for the job because her mother once told her that this place belonged to her but her aunt Patience took it from them. She becomes the governess of the residents that now belongs to Charles Thornfield and falls in love with him but he himself has a dark past of his own that we discover at the end.

I myself fell in love with Charles Thornfield with his wittiness and sweet language when addressing Jane, either when comforting her or teasing her, he’s such a magnificent man.

A must read for sure❤

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O Cafe Experience

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Before the beginning of Ramadan, I dropped a visit to O Cafe located in Sha’ab Seaside (Behind Champions men) to try their menu and products. The people of Oishiii Restaurant created a small cafe in the heart of Kuwait where it’s always busy with residence, gymers and more. They thought of giving these people a choice of healthy food and drinks.

Their products are checked everyday regarding its expiry dates and changed accordingly. We tried Matcha Frappaccino, Matcha Latte, Cappuccino, Croissant and 2 other sandwiches which I  can’t remember. Everything was great, loved the cozy cafe with its beautiful atmosphere and I think it will be copier in winter or when the weather starts to change.

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Zain Al-Adghal مسرحيه زين الادغال

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Like every year, before the end of Ramadan, we receive an invitation from the lovely team of the marketing team in Zain Telecom to their final rehearsal of their yearly play.

Every year they come up with new ideas, new decorations, songs, lyrics, plots and so many more that keeps the audience overwhelmed with joy and entertained.

This year was much better than last year, it contained waterfalls, lights, beautiful decoration etc.

One thing I have to talk about which is the words of the play. Every year Heba Hamada comes with a unique way of presenting the story/idea of the play playing with words, her talent is beyond amazing mashallah.

Why I like Zain plays? Because they HAVE a meaning and they teach our kids good things/deeds unlike the other plays.

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Book Review: A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice & Fire)

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I can say that I’m proud of myself for finishing this book in less than a month and I can also say that I’ve enjoyed every word and page of this book. I cannot explain to you how mind-blowing this book was. Probably the best so far, can’t judge for I haven’t completed the series but so far it’s the best. The characters, the scenes, the language used in this book is beyond amazing, I really don’t know how George R. R. Martin comes up with such words and descriptions of characters and events but he’s one hell of a gifted writer.

In this book we come to know more about Lysa, Catelyn’s sister. How they killed her baby from Littlefinger, who did it and why, which made her suffer her whole life until she became pregnant from Jon Arryn.

Sansa being in love with Ser Loras but then she becomes disappointed when she learns that she is to be wedded to Ser Wallis who’s the crippled brother of Loras and Margery. I felt sorry for Sansa in this book for what she has gone through. I wonder how she’s keeping it together with everything that has happened to her and knowing that she’s the reason that King Joeffery is dead, well that was something. I did’t expect Ser Dontos to have a hand in it but he did and the one who was arranging all of this was of course Littlefinger (I hate him).

There is one character which I loved in the T.V. show but hated in the books. It’s Robb Stark, God how stupid he was. Doing stupid things just because Jeyne nursed him and not listening to his own mother, no wonder he got killed and Jeyne stayed alive. I wonder if she had a hand in his murder. Hammy well I guess I’ll never know until I read the 4th or 5th book.

The description of Brienne of Tarth is outrageous, I mean how ugly can a woman be hehe. The words said to her or about her are really awful and she doesn’t seem to care. But I loved her more and more in the books and how devoted and honourable she was.

Now, let’s move on to Jaime Lannister who was really awful and wicked in the beginning of this book until the end when his character has changed dramatically after he knew that his sister was sleeping with other men just to get to what she wants. That broke his heart and made him realise the things he’s done in his life and how she wanted to repent or do something honourable which was saving Sansa even after he knew that she killed his son. I also liked how they changed his look in the book, he became bald with a long beard. I kept imagining his face without hair.

Deaneries comes to know of Ser Jorah’s unfaithfulness and banishing him as a punishment. She couldn’t kill him because (from my point of view) she had feelings for him but couldn’t or wouldn’t admit, on the other hand he did admit that he loved her and he wanted her forgiveness but she didn’t grant him that. Poor old man. I love his character a lot.

In this book, we also get to know more about The Night Shift and The Wildlings. How the night shift was created. Who was in control and how it became under Jon Snow’s control. At the end of this book he becomes Lord Commander and thinks of how he’ll fight Stannis Baratheon. I felt sad for him and Ygritte, i think they would have made a great couple if she had survived in this series. She was a wildling by heart, she loved Jon deeply but she couldn’t abandon her people, the same thing applies on Jon Snow. So sad😦

Oh and the ending was WOOOOW. I didn’t see that coming. Now I can’t wait to see/read what will happen or what she’ll do!

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Book Review: A Clash of Kings

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“The roots of the trees go deep, and under the ground The Kings of Winter sit their thrones”

I can’t believe I’ve finished this book. Finally, I’m done with book two and moving to book three. I can say that I’m really proud of myself for reading this great sequel Song of Ice & Fire. It’s not an easy read at all but it’s worth every minute, hour, day, week, and months spent on reading them. From my own personal opinion, these books should be taught as they are considered literary masterpieces.

Book 2 is better than book 1. For I struggled a lot in Book 1 to get to know all the characters, kingdoms and stories connected to families and lands. In book 2 we see a depth for some characters and we learn more about their pasts and what made them the way they are now. I got confused with some characters from the show. In the book Reek is Ramsay but in the show Reek is Theon, I did some googling and it did a lot of explaining. I have to admit, the books are much better than the show, but still the show is amazing.

Now, I’d like to see what will happen to Sansa, Theon, Bran, Rickon, Robb & Arya in Book 3 and I’ve heard that book 3 is totally different than the show.

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Ramadan Kareem & Thank You All

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Received amazing and delicious Ramadan gifts from so many people/companies/restaurants/cafes.

Thank you very much❤

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Book Review: Beside Myself

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This is one of the weirdest and most enjoyable books I’ve ever read so far. It frustrates you, makes you mad, upset, angry and all those awful feelings, you get them for real. The concept of the story is new, or maybe this is my first read for this kind of plot.

The story is about two identical twin sisters that swap places/identities at the age of 7 when they were playing a game, but things find another way when Ellie won’t swap back to her identity and keeps acting as if she is Helen. Helen becomes frustrated and tries to tell her family the truth but everybody thinks that she has mental problems, when Ellie is the one who is having some issues dealing after the death of her father.

At the beginning, you get really confused trying to connect the dots together, who is who. Ellie, Helen, and Smudge. The story goes back in time and then back to real life with different personality. You can see how young Ellie is different from the grown up Ellie and the same goes for Helen. And I was also wondering if the mother herself is suffering from mental illness for not admitting the problems her daughters were going through or when she denied the incident that happened to Helen who’s supposed to be Ellie and called her a MONSTER. It’s a bit confusing, but the ending left me heart broken:/

The plot is really good, the characters are beyond amazing, how she shaped them, from up to low and the other way around. Dealing with mental illness with a family that doesn’t want to admit there is a problem and neglecting it shows that to could lead to many other problems.

Well done Ann Morgan.

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Silk Restaurant Experience @AlthurayaCity Crowne Plaza

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When I stayed in the newly renovated Crwone Plaza located in Farwaniya city, I had the chance to try some delicious dishes in Silk restaurant which is the main restaurant of the hotel and located in the middle just infant of the lobby. I love the design of this hotel, everything is in the open with bright sunlight above you.

We went down from our Royal Suite around 1:30 pm because we were really hungry and started looking at the menu that had a variety of dishes. They also have healthy menu, for those who are dieting! But seriously, who goes on diet when on vacation or relaxation mood?😛

We ordered Lobster Soup and Avocado Shrimp Salad for starters, I have to say both were really amazing but the best is the Avocado Shrimp Salad … HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Main dishes were: Mini Trio Burgers with Brie Cheese, Seas Bass, Mushroom Risotto and Tenderloin Steak (medium well-done) … All these dishes turned out to be really REALLY good. Honestly, I had a hard time deciding which is the best of them all. But my favourite were the Sea Bass served on a bed of sweet potato and the Mini Trio Burgers served with melted Brie cheese …. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. All of them

We ended our feast with Kind Kunafa that had something different in its taste which was really nice and unique. Loved the whole experience.

And at  night, we went back to the restaurant to have light dinner. We ordered Shrimp Mango Pizza and Lobster Dumplings … Oh that Pizza *yumminess*

You have to try the place.

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Crowne Plaza Althuraya City Experience

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I was offered a short stay from the Marketing staff of Althuraya City Crowne Plaza to try The Royal Suite, services, Silk restaurant, the spa and other facilities. This was supposed to happen back in April but for some matters it didn’t happen. But, fortunately I was able to go there last weekend (Friday) and I had to say that i had one of the best weekends ever; from pampering to delicious food etc.

Crowne Plaza has been renovated to a more chick and elegant hotel. It’s more modern and filled with sunlight, unlike the old one. This one is more relaxing, quiet and filled with serenity. I liked the design of the lobby and the restaurant.

We arrived there around 12:40pm, the reception asked us to wait for a while. After few minutes our Royal Suit was read *dances*. I have to say that the room was really really big, I didn’t expect it to be that BIG. It contains; one business room, dining room open to the living room which is larger than my own apartment hehe😛 There’s also a toilet for guests, kitchen, then a dressing room leads to the main bedroom and inside the bedroom there is one of the best bathrooms I’ve ever seen; all black and gold, 2 sinks, jacuzzi, huge shower place and separate toilet. All toilet stuff are from Bulgari, just amazing.

When we went inside the room, we found delicious dates covered with chocolate and pistachio waiting for us yum yum and also there were 2 trays, one filled with mini desserts and the other one filled with finger food *yumminess* We munched on them all day long.

We really enjoyed our time watching TV, surfing the net, ordering coffee and desserts. I have to say that it took them a while to bring the Turkish Coffee but they’ve actually informed us that it will take this certain time to arrive which is acceptable. I liked this about them, giving their guests a timing for their order.

Loved my stay…Posts will be coming about Silk restaurant and Aquatonic Spa.

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BRW Coffee Experience-360 Mall

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A couple of weeks ago I wanted to try the newly opened coffee shop which is part of Open Flame Kitchen restaurant called BRW Coffee.

We went there on Friday afternoon around 5pm and as expected it was crowded but what wasn’t expected is that the staff told us that we have to wait 3 hours for a table just to drink coffee! I was really astonished. I told them it’s just coffee and we want to sit outside not inside the restaurant. They told us the tables outside are part of the restaurant! As if I didn’t know that!!!! Why haven’t they separated the coffee shop from the restaurant?!

Anyways, we left then came back on a weekday which was Monday I believe and they also told me I have to wait 30 minutes until a table is available, I said fine, I can do window shopping in 30 minutes.

I came back and they called me and gave me a table outside the restaurant. I ordered Cortado coffee and Caramel Donuts. The order arrived immediately, it didn’t take time to prepare it. Thank god, the busyness of the place didn’t affect the coffee shop. Then I ordered the Iced Cube Latte.

All in all, I loved the experience, loved the kinds of coffee I tried, loved the service, the atmosphere and the prices were very reasonable. But I wouldn’t come back to enjoy coffee on a table because it will take a lot of time to be seated. I’d go back to have coffee to go.

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Afternoon Tea at @AlthurayaCity Crowne Plaza Hotel

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Today, I was invited to try the newly addition to the menu of Silk restaurant located in Althuraya City Crowne Plaza Hotel (@AlthurayaCity)

Let me give a brief introduction about the hotel. It’s a new modern hotel which opened its doors a couple of months ago. It’s part of 3 hotels; Holiday Inn (The old one), Althuraya City Crowne Plaza (The new one) which I’ll be reviewing and posting about it by the end of May, and Intercontinental Hotel which began construction and will be taking a while till it opens its doors.

Silk restaurant is the main restaurant of the hotel and I’ll be reviewing the menu soon inshallah but today I had the opportunity a selection of fine desserts, scones and sandwiches.

The 3 level tower had amazing desserts, fine delicious scones and light sandwiches. My favourite was the scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, yumminess. Highly Recommended🙂 The salmon sandwich was also yummy and light, totally English style. And mini chocolate desserts with raspberries (my favourite fruit) was enjoyable.

We also had Chocolate Milk Fondue and it was amazing…Loved it with the marshmallow and the fruit. A great side with the tray. And because I’m a coffee person, I had coffee with all those yummy delights.

It was a nice hour spent in the afternoon with the team of Crwone Plaza Hotel and the interior of the hotel at night is so relaxing with all the colours and greens.

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