Sunday, August 29, 2010

Onam Party

“A party? Yeeyyyyy!”

I jumped with delight when I heard there was going to be a poolside Onam party in my compound.

It was Onam that day and I couldn’t help feeling excited. But alas, my joyfulness finished when I saw there was no one to play with except a boy in 8th standard. What a waste of delightfulness!! Everybody had gone on vacation and there were only adults. I was disappointed, but soon it vanished from my face when I saw the food.

Appam, friedrice, vegetable curry, porotas, chicken, prawns and salads. Yum! I am sure this is going to make a smile flicker on my face, I thought. There was also kheer for desert which made my mouth water.




Saturday, August 28, 2010

What a night!


“Kach .. Kch .. Kch” went my brush as I brushed my teeth. I was getting ready for bed. Just as I finished my parents suddenly called me from the drawing room. I groaned and went there. “What?” I asked sleepily. “There was suddenly a strange vibration and the door shook” they replied. “Who would want to go in the dead of the night?”   I muttered under my breath as I went out.

The moon was very bright and I glanced at a helicopter which was flying very low. It also made me jump seeing it had a large flashlight attached to that. “Are they searching for an escaped prisoner?”  I whispered, my heart beating faster than usual. “Maybe” said my Dad excitedly rushing indoors to get his shirt. “What a night!”

Soon the chopper was out of sight. After one final look we went inside.

“Have you locked the door?” I asked nervously, looking at the windows, almost expecting to see a figure jumping in with a gun in its hand.

“Yes” said Mom amused. “Don’t be scared, they are only practicing to drive a helicopter”.

“Oh! OK”  I said, only half-calmed and trembling like the door did.

I went to bed hoping I wouldn’t have nightmares of thieves jumping in and taking jewelry.



Monday, August 23, 2010

Music!

Today I thought I should write about music because there are a lot of things I can write about it. I like songs very much. My Valyachan (uncle) is a famous singer. His name is Sreevalsan J Menon. He sings Carnatic music and had sung in many places like Dubai, UK, Africa, America etc. He sings Bhajans too. My dad has a collection of CDs of his songs. When we go out we listen to these songs in the car.

Valyachan calls me JaJanu. Sometimes when he is on TV we get excited to see him. I have seen him practicing upstairs when me and my brother will be playing downstairs, and when we want to take something from up he would smile at us. He would be singing to the tune of the shruthibox. It looks like a radio which gives us the tune of the song we want, so that we can sing with it.

Miley cyrus (Hannah  Montanna) is my favourite  singer. She lives at Los Angeles. Her father is Billy Ray Cyrus. He too is a singer and plays the guitar. Miley is 18 years old. She is also an actor. My favorite songs of hers are Let’s get crazy and Let’s do this. I always watch Hannah serials when I come home from school and having my lunch. Some children in my class like her too!  Saanchi is an example. Her bag, tiffin box, pouch and bottle all have the picture of Hannah. Her tiffin napkin was also pink in colour. She has now left the school and gone to Canada. 

Another singer is Justin Bieber. I had found him out in an ad on Disney channel. I also showed mom one of his songs in youtube. Dad has promised  me to get some of his songs in my iPod.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Home Sweet Home


“Well, he should be here now”, said my father as we waited at the Jeddah airport on Thursday which was yesterday.

We had returned the car which we rented and the man at the rent-a-car shop drove us to the airport. The airport was very spacious. We were waiting for Samer uncle who works with Dad. “He has small kids” said my Mom to me. Children? That’s good! I could play with them, but will they play with me? 

Soon the uncle came. He had twin babies and a little girl named Zaina. Her brothers are Abdulrahman and Omer. They both are very sweet. One of them smiles very much and the other is serious, only sometimes he smiles.

When Mom and I went to the ladies search room for security check we saw something very very funny. A woman had put her daughter down, so the police could check her. When the police started checking the lady the small girl started jumping “do that to me!”. Me and Mom rushed out giggling since our turn had finished.

When we had to wait for the flight, Samer uncle came and looked us everywhere to spot us. My Dad went and talked to him. Then he came back carrying a small cup of vanilla ice-cream. Yum! My mouth watered as I opened it. “Want some ?” I asked, “No” said Mom, as it is Ramadan adults should fast. “Lucky children!” I said attacking the ice-cream.

Soon it was time for us to go. We went into a bus which took us to the aircraft. There were only two-two seats in the airplane. So Dad sat in the seat in front of us and Mom sat next to me. I played with Zaina and Omer who sat behind me till we reach Riyadh.

Kumar uncle picked us and took us home. After resting for some time, we went to a restaurant and later took a dip in our pool.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Palm Beach Restaurant


Palm Beach is a sandwich shop, but yesterday we discovered that it also has a restaurant on the top of it. 

It is a Lebanese restaurant, this was written on the top of the menu. The food was very tasty there. There was a fish tank with two gold fishes and one black fish. The stair cases were decorated with coral reefs on one side and had covering with clouds painted on it. 

The food we ordered was chef’s special shrimps and Palm Beach special mixed grill. I liked the shrimps the most. The salad was put in a majestic way, so it looked very beautiful. When Dad put his spoon in it I told him not to spoil the beauty!

Palm Beach was there since 1976, so I think it is one of the oldest restaurants in Jeddah. The funny thing is even if it is a Lebanese restaurant there were two waiters who were Malayalees! They asked us from which part of Kerala we are.

With the shrimps they served a little rice. Mom asked if any of us wanted some. Me and Dad said “No”, “Good” said Mom, “because I want to eat it”. Then she began to gobble down all the rice.

After dinner we went for a walk near the sea, Mom asked Dad to buy a Pepsi because her stomach was so full with rice and she was thirsty.

On the beach there were swings, so I went on one of them.



Monday, August 16, 2010

Dinner at Kanz Obhur


Kanz Obhur is a seaside restaurant in Jeddah. We had dinner there last night.

We have already been there once with Biju uncle and Deepa aunty. The restaurant is very beautiful to see, especially in the night. We sat in a seat near the sea. The water was very clear and clean. I could see many stones underneath. Some little fishes swam here and there. They were gleaming silver colour in the water. There were fountains which bobbed on the water and coconut trees which had red stockings! Next to the coconut trees were lamp posts with lamps which look like fire. I was feeling very happy.

Our waiter was from Kerala. He was very excited to see us and kept asking questions. I thought it was the first time he saw a malayalee in Jeddah!

Before that, we went to the beach (the place which I told you where the rocks were put to stop the waves from coming in). The moonlight was shining on the waves of the red sea. A man went on the rocks to wash his feet and hands, suddenly a wave splashed against him.  



Saturday, August 14, 2010

Crabs, Boomer and Me


It was a beautiful day. We decided to have a picnic. So when I got ready Dad went to buy some food and Mom packed some things. Dad came back and waited for us, and then off we went.

We took a new path, on the way there was the sea. Many people were there. Some were walking and some were sitting on huge boulders which were put to stop the sea from coming in.

We kept our picnic things and food in the car and went down two steps to the beach. My father and I went on the huge boulders and sat on one of them. There were lots of crabs, small and big. The waves were very strong and they splashed against the rock. I was first scared but then I started to enjoy it.

Mom was scared so she did not come but sat on the steps. Dad and I found something small, black moving thing which looks like leeches. They were on some rocks. First Dad went and then I followed, we were looking at them. Then a huge wave splashed against the rocks and came right at us! Dad and me ran, laughing and went back to our place. We were wet, it was a Boomer.

While we were sitting we saw something unusual. A huge crab which was on the rock next to me had seen a sachet of garlic sauce. It opened its cover and started licking the sauce! Some small crabs joined later, we were amazed.

After sometime we had our food, a woman gave us some dates. Later we went home, refreshed and went for a walk in Serrafi mall.


Friday, August 13, 2010

The blue Red Sea !


This is the second time I am in Jeddah and today is the fourth day I am here. 

Now it is Ramadan, Muslims do not eat during daytime. We came here for a business trip. Today as it is Friday, Dad has no office. Red sea is in Jeddah. It is also called ‘city of roundabouts’ as there are lot of roundabouts with statues.

Jeddah also has the tallest Fountain in the world, the King Fahd Fountain. I have seen it 3 times. It starts after sunset.

The red sea doesn’t look red even though everyone tells it does.  Last 2 days we went to see the sea . It was a beautiful sight as it was sunset.  The sea and the sky looked purple, orange, yellow and pink. There were many seagulls. A rat went into a small hole.
The seagulls were heading home in a V-shape. They had a busy day catching fish. I thought how long they would have to fly as the sea is very big.In the night 2 rats came out. They scampered into their holes when they saw me coming. 

We had dinner at Al-Baik , which is a popular restaurant in Jeddah .



                                                                           

Monday, August 9, 2010

The Bird in the Tree

Dear diary,

There was a bird which lived on a tree that is outside of our kitchen window. It had laid 2 eggs. The bird was a bit big and was brown in colour. I used to see it every morning before I went to school. It always stayed in its nest until one day a cat ate it up! I missed the bird very much.

Yesterday was Friday. So it was a holiday for dad. We played badminton, swam and went to visit a new born baby. We had bought dresses for him. The baby s name is Cyril. He is very cute. He was drinking milk when we got there. He loved 2 balloons which were on his bed. He had slept so much. He seemed to be hungry and thirsty for a long time!

I like this diary. It is another one. My cousin gave it to me on her birthday.

Yesterday I had a dream in that I went to a rainforest. It was very beautiful. There was a waterfall and it was very peculiar. You can just slide down the cascade and it was fun, but I slid down only once. 

I could even talk to animals!  There are lots of frogs in a rainforest, so one frog asked me “Can I swim in your swimming pool?”  I said “Yes”. Then an eel and two more animals asked me the same and I replied the same.  There were four types of snakes one was small, the next was big, next was bigger and the last was the biggest. Then I saw grandpa showing some plants to grandma .

Later all the animals I promised to swim in my pool, I and Dad all went take a refreshing dip in our pool and that was the end of my dream.