Friday, March 14, 2008

Lunch / Dinner at Marjan Island :)



We reached there at about 3.30pm. There were only 2 families having their lunch or dinner, I can't really tell :). It was Thursday and the 2 families decided to go for a picnic when they woke up that day. Funny huh!!


Yes, we didn't plan ahead but Abang did mention he wanted to go to Qatif a day before. His friend (*whisper* he is Syiah... syyyyy..) told him that there is a some kind of flea market in Qatif, that is much better than the one in Dammam. We've been to Dammam flea market. It was okay, not that great. Abang was a bit excited to go when his friend told him the one in Qatif is better (after I went to Qatif today, I think he never been to the one in Dammam hehehee....)


Since a few days ago, Liza did mention to me 'to go jalan jalan' on Thursday, I asked abang to go ahead with the plan. We hadn't had our lunch when we left the house since we had a very late breakfast, errrr... at about 12.20pm!!


Intentionally, I fried a packet of simple (really simple) meehoon for our breakfast and lunch though I actually fried the thing at about 11.40am. Since we wanted to go to Qatif, I rang Liza up to confirm if she wanted to come along. Bla bla bla... she agreed. In addition to Qatif, we planned to go to Marjan Island. I never been there before. In my mind, I was thinking of an Island somewhat like Langkawi or Pangkor.


We dropped at Qatif flea market and noticed the sellers were about to set up their booth. So, we changed plan. We planned to go to Marjan Island first and dropped by at Qatif flea market later.


My comment about Marjan Island - it was not like Pangkor or Langkawi in any way. It was quite a small island, full of grass for the people to sit and having their meal while looking at the sea that they can't even play with or swim. Of course, there was no grass at the parking area :)


We unfolded our plastic mat, put our food and eat while chatting and looking at the kids running here and there. I didn't worry about the kids would get dirty because the land is full of grass and pavement, though I did shout at Sophea and Coan once in a while for pushing Shahmey's stroller like nobody's business.


One thing about the island was, it didn't have a prayer room - both for male and female. Everyone had to pray at the park itself. I could see men were praying in jamaah but not women.
Woman had to pray by herself, some with a shelter, some not. It was quite a troublesome for women. I wonder why the developer never thought of building a prayer room. I could accept this if I were in States but this is Saudi! If I'm not mistaken, there is a hadith that discourage women to pray in a open space. 'Women have to pray in the most inner room' - I'm not able to quote the complete hadith but my husband once recited the hadith for me (I think he read it in Reading in Islam website)


We finished our lunch / dinner at about 5.00pm after getting really fatigue due to hot sun perhaps.


After packing our stuff, we moved on. On our way to find a place for me to pray go back, we were trapped by a group of cars accompanying a newly wed couple. They decorated the car just like some of us in Malaysia did. Not only that. They had many escorts with cars. They moved really slow on the road. Abang said, it was their culture to do that. But of course not many could stand that, including the Saudis. When there was a diverted road, others quickly geared up to overtake the wedding group, including Abang. But, Joe (Liza's husband) was delayed by the traffic. So, we had to wait for them at the road side. I got a chance to snap some pictures of fisherman's boat though hehee...
We dropped by at Qatif. Only the males (Abang and Joe) went to the market as we saw no woman there at all. I thought of snapping a few pictures from the car but not knowing how the Syiah would react to that had stopped me. Qatif is a Syiah area. They have their own mosques there. Sunni are discouraged from praying there, afraid that they would feel insulted. Why? I don't know. I just have no idea. By the way, Abang bought a huge water melon with seeds (heheee... mentang mentang lah kat Malaysia water melon takde seed kebanyakannya).


On our way home, we received a call from our friends. They wanted to come and visit. No doubt, we were really tired but having guests at home is rather hospitable. The moment we reached home, we had to tidy up our house a bit (tetamu nak datang kan... heheheee..).


About an hour later, Shariz, Madina, Amru the kid, Nawal and Hafizah came. Madina bought 2 large boxes of pizza and Hafizah brought a very appetizing no-bake-cheesecake. yummy!!!


They had to go back early because Nawal and Hafizah had a curfew and had to be home before 10pm. They're lecturers in the Girls Jubail College but having a curfew?? This is the first time in my life knowing adult had a curfew for no specific reasons. The college really treated them like a student. Pity them...


When the guest went back, Abang helped me to clean all the dishes while I was taking care of little Shahmey and reading online news hehehee... Abang did give me a remark,

"Neeza kan ada maid dalam rumah ni...."

Heheheee... Thank you Abang!

19 sugar & spice:

Ummi said...

Best tak duduk sana Neeza? Dah berapa lama neeza kat sana ya? Best kalau tak keje kan he he he..cheese cake tu nampak sedap..kat blog cat cat pun ada cheesecake semuanya menggiurkanlah..

Neeza Shahril said...

Kak Ummi,

depends la kak Ummi. Ada benda yang best, ada benda tak best. Tapi, bila memikirkan betapa lah tak bestnya terpaksa berjauhan, neeza rasa, duduk sini is much much better hehehee... tak kerja pun takpe.. dapat allowance heheheee..

neeza dah tengok cheesecake cat cat tu.. memang sangat terliur neeza hehehee..

manje said...

akak kenapa dorang kene 'curfew' akak? sian nye dorang kan...

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gmbr tu manje ngah edit bg lawa sket.. ngeh..ngeh.. :p tunggu...

Zabs said...

Salam Neeza,
Di Saudi pun ada flee market juga? Apa mereka jual ya.. Macam car boot sale kat UK tu juga ke?
Apa bangunan dalam gambar pertama tu, menara untuk melihat-lihat pemandangan ke atau rumah api?
Tentu mahal nak employ "maid" di Saudi kan?

Jie said...

Neeza, selalu tgok family kt Saudi tu berpiknik mcm tu..mmg org2 sana suka mcm tu ye?

Tp best kan,pengalaman di tempat org..bukan semua org boleh rasa mcm tu.

pB said...

salam


masuk blog ni dhumoh , baru buleh dengar lagu ....

opeh , tok dengar gapo satu ...

sentimentol value nyor lagu nie ....

ado apo apo ker???

pssttt...sapo nyanyi lagu nie, kak pB lupo doh .....

MAMAMIA said...

Kalau kat Msia, nak piknik makan2 macam ni selalu kat beach aje kan.. Kalau ke taman tu jarang lah nak bentang tikar macam ni...

silversarina said...

neeza,

Tempat arab ni memang tak women's friendly in terms of tempat solat/masjid , memang sukar nak temui tempat solat, sekali fikir macam double standard pulak, dekat masjid hussein , amman toilet dan tempat wuduk wanita pun tak de.... apapun best piknik style arab, musim panas nanti piknik tengah malam sampai ke pagi :P

Neeza Shahril said...

Manje,

diorang ni di hire oleh Royal Comission (macam Majlis Perbandaran la lebih kurang). Diorang di hire dengan single package. Family takde. Kalau family package tak gini. Rules ketat sangat. Dalam contract dah tulis, tak boleh socialize dengan Saudi, tak boleh buat tuition luar and ada lagi akak tak ingat. weekdays diorang kena balik at 8pm. Weekend 10pm. Kesian kat diorang ni...

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Pak Zabs,

haah.. lebih kurang garage sale or car boot sale la jugak. macam macam ada.. cuma, kena tengok betul betul sebab diorang ni main lambak aje. Kalau kat US or UK tu, nampak cantik sikit dia susun kan..

Bangunan tu, untuk lihat pemandangan pun ye (budak-budak arab dok panjat and terjun dari situ.. berni betul), rumah api pun ye rasanya...

huhuu!!! hehehe.. mahal "maid" yang neeza employ tu.. hehehee... nak pinjam?? hehehe...

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Kak Jie,

memula sampai dulu, rasa pelik sangat. Tapi sekarang kami pun buat gitu. Siap solat kat tengah padang.. hehehee...boleh tengok macam macam jenis orang kat padang..

Neeza Shahril said...

Kak pB,

lagu? hehehe.. Spring nyanyi kak pB. lagu ni femes maso neeza form 4.. oghe hok neeza kkenae suko nyanyi lagu nih.. pah tu, neeza slalu skodeng dari hostel.. hehehe.. dulu laaa...

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Mamamia,

ni beach jugak. tapi beach dia memang tanam rumput dan dia buat benteng. Jadi tak leh mandi... dan kebanyakan beach sini memang penuh rumput kecuali betul betul kat gigi air tu...

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Kak Rina,

memang kak Rina. namanya negara arab.. geram gak kadang tu. Dah lah masjid dia takde tempat pompuan.. sabor je laa.. apa la salahnya buat sikit kan...

ramai yang cakap kat neeza musim panas picnic sampai pagi.. nampaknya kami kena beli tent.. so that anak anak boleh tido dalam tu.. hehehee..

~ahni~ said...

Jalan-jalan rupa nyer dia.... gambar yang last sekali tu best, laparlah pulak rasanya....

cikgu jawe said...

wah!. jeles. camnih aku nak gi sana gak la.

Neeza Shahril said...

Ahni,

dah lama tak jalan2 hehee.. nampak pun best. rasa lagi la best :)

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Cikgu,

jom cikgu... nanti akak bawak pergi Island ni jugak.. boleh main bola sepak lagi kat padang tu.. hehehe..

Mak Teh said...

Neeza, kalau tak silap " Marjan " bermakna " batu permata ". Kalau dah berada di tempat orang eloklah pergi berpiknik camtu. Bak kata pepatah Inggris when in " Rome do as the Roman do " Dalam kes ni nak guna pepatah Melayu kurang tepat and tak sedap. Hehe!

Neeza Shahril said...

Mak Teh,

husband neeza kata mutiara. Tapi neeza rasa betul la batu permata.. berlian kot.. betul tu Mak Teh. Bagi neeza la, kalau dok Malaysia, saje nak pergi ke Marjan Island ni, tak la kot.. banyak lagi tempat menarik lain.. heheee.. Ni dah sebab memang duduk sini kan, ambil kesempatan berjalan. Boleh tengok culture diorang jugak.. Banyak berjalan Luas pemandangan.. kan Mak Teh hehee...

Mak Teh said...

Neeza, Marjan tu ada sebut dalam AlQuran. Mak teh tanya orang yg tau skit, dia kata Marjan tu red corals yang arab buat jewelleries. Pergi tengok di kedai Jeweleries arab tu.

neomesuff said...

oh Wow..! what a wonderful trip! and that food makes me hungry!!!..Glad u n family had fun ;-)
and your abang...so sweeeet *smile*

elisataufik said...

Where is Marjan Island? Macmana nak pegi sana, kena pegi to Jubail first ke?

I wonder if this is the same market I went in Qatif. Tapi yang I pegi was more like pasar tani and pagi2 lagi dia dah bukak. Yang tu ada perempuan berniaga lagi (dia jual bakul2), and I bought my niqab there (sebab panas sangat).

I'm kinda confused, so your husband pegi the flea market lepas maghrib lah ya?

Neeza Shahril said...

Mak Teh,

oooo.. ye ke? neeza tak pernah masuk lagi kedai jewelleries Pak Arab ni.. sebab dengar kata mahal kat sini.. hehehe.. dengar je. mungkin neeza kena pergi sendiri dan tengok kan.. thanks Mak Teh ye..

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Neomesuff,

thank you. We did have fun.. about my abang tu, that's 1 of the things that I like about him. If he noticed I was busy with something, he'll give a hand. Tapi, tak boleh suruh suruh.. nanti dia tak buat langsung heheee..

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Elisa,

Marjan tu dekat gak dengan Qatif. Tak payah pergi Jubail dulu sebab direction yang kami ikut memang jalan nak ke Dammam pun. Cuma, from Jubail, we took the exit after the airport exit.

I rasa, that the place. Macam pasar tani, pagi la kot.. Mmg my husband's friend tu kata, dia buka pagi2, then tutup kejap tengahari, then buka balik Asar. Liza, niqab tu yang cover muka nampak mata je ke? hehehe.. I tak tahu niqab heheee..

Memang kami singgah situ during maghrib. The syiah... they don't practise tutup kedai during prayer time. Mungkin that's why they choose to stay at 'their' area... :)