Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday

Sunday my FA-3 is starting. I’m just praying it gets over soon. After that we have our winter vacation for which I will be spending my time doing “Aaaaaaagh………” and relaxing.

Now that I have finished ‘Blood of Olympus’ too, I think it’s a bit sad that Leo’s friends never really found out he was alive.

Apparently today is “Black Friday”. If you stand outside a shop in the US, you will probably get trampled.

Last evening at badminton class, our teacher made me and Raksha as team captains. One thing you should take care of- always try to win. Otherwise all the blame goes to you.

But we were able to win 2 games out of 3.

Once, Anne was a captain at school in our group for a project, There were an overall of 4 team captains in the class. Anne had me and Chandana too in her team. We weren’t really worried because we had all this right in the bag, but Anne was a bit nervous when it was time for submission. We didn’t make her feel better when we asked our teacher if Anne was the one who would get the blame instead of us if our project messed up. She said ‘Yes’.

My Dad always tells me that I wait till the last minute to do projects that need his help. But, seriously, is Saturday 10:3 pm that late for remembering something. Is it? Is it?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hello again, AlHokair Land!

Chandana and Nanditha screamed as their ride turned them upside down and continued to whirl. I watched them on it along with some of our other classmates, feeling amused. Chandana had asked me to come on it. I had said ‘no way’ after watching it turn the riders upside down, sideways and still continue whirling. I knew I would puke if I went on it.

Chandana looked just terrified, and she was holding her restraint really tightly, and Nanditha was no more different.

After they got out, they looked like they had been in a mini- tornado that had thrown them off later. Chandana’s hair was looking like she had an electric shock. Nanditha was hugging her stomach.  Terrin nearly fell on me.

Nanditha told me later while we were at the end of the long queue for the boat ride “You can’t be scared of every ride. You could have come with us.” I remembered their frightened expressions and laughed “Yeah, you guys had a lot of fun on that last ride, right?”  

We then went on Hollywood. We had gone on it last time too, and my legs had nearly flown off. I didn’t see why Chandana and Nanditha wanted to go on it so badly again, but I went on it anyway.

This time my legs were no problem but my arm muscles had started to pain. I had grown much taller than the last time, so I didn’t slide off and my legs did not swing that much either. But I had been holding my restraint really tightly.

I really wanted to go on the ghost ride, so we went to “Treasures of Africa.” It was kind of like a circular ride, not like the train we usually see. Each could carry 4 people and it would slowly whirl so that we would be able to see everything from all sides. I, Chandana, Nanditha and Suha went on. I didn’t really see how zombies and mummies could be treasures though. It didn’t scare us at all, but it was actually kind of fun. We laughed at a flamingo that turned suddenly when we got close. We stared at a mummy lying in a swinging hammock. We pointed at a gorilla that jumped up like a jack-in-the-box.

Of course no one could forget the bumper cars either. My car did not go straight, it went reverse because the steering wheel was not right. I bumped other people more than they bumped me.

I had brought 40 riyals I had been saving and used 10 to buy a small pocket fan that really lit up when it worked. I just loved it. Others bought necklaces and other stuff or got temporary tattoos.

We were just goofing around in school today. Tomorrow there is the talent show. Alaina and Nabila were practicing for a song they were doing together. When the microphone was on, I snatched it from Alaina and said ‘Testing  1,2,3….”. Rabia grabbed it and said ‘’Sup’? And when Alaina got it back and said ‘What is wrong with you all?!’ everyone heard it. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

The long haul and lollipop

I am just so happy today!!!!

We went to Jarir bookstore and bought two of some of my top favorite books.

I finished "The Long Haul" and it was really funny. I just want to say that Greg and his family should avoid road trips. I have never heard of such a complicated trip.

When Nida was reading "House of Hades", she did not want anyone to ruin the story for her. She probably should not have said that, 'cause that just made everyone tells her the plot while she plugged her fingers inside her ears. The conversation went something like this:

Manasy:      See, at the end, Percy and Annabeth are…
Nida:          Stop it!
Me:             They get…
Nida:           I hate you!

It was the same for Manasy while reading "Allegiant".

Me:              Something really big happens at the end.
Manasy:       I don't want to hear about it!
Rakshanda:  Tris dies.
Manasy:       Aaaargh!!
Me:              Its true.
Manasy:       La La La.. I can't hear you!!!

Ever since Dad bought his Nexus 5 with KitKat, he spends his time on it and still he hasn't discovered about all its features. Today morning, he got the new Android “Lollipop".

We are guessing about the next name of android starting with M, and Mom said “Muffin”, I said “Maltesers” or “M&M”, and Dad said “Milkshake”.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Aaahhh! Memories ....

Do you know that we are going to have a trip to Al- Hokair next week? We had gone there before 2 years back .Chandana and I can describe our experience so well and vividly you would think it happened only 2 years ago.

Anne has gone to India this year and joined a school there. We miss her but we still stay in contact through Gmail and Whatsapp. On the previous trip to Al-Hokair, her hands were overflowing with all types of goodies. She had cotton candy, a few roses, some packets of chicken popcorn and a wonky hat and was juggling all of them. She left to buy more but not before she gave me and Chandana two packets of chicken popcorn to hold. She wanted to take everything back home.

But me and Chandana really didn’t get the part of “holding”. So we said a ‘thanks’, and were wolfing down chicken popcorn while watching people scream on a scary ride called Can-Can. It whirls around really fast and the rider’s seats also go way back, so for some time you can see their feet. We waved at them as we watched Aamna, Linda and Avantika scream their heads off.

When Anne came back, she was like “Waaiitt!!” and we looked at her with our mouths full, confused. Then only after she explained did we understand.

And then we had gone on this ride called Hollywood, and it nearly turned our legs into jelly. We all had our arms around each other, not knowing who was supporting whom. A girl’s shoe also had flown off. I was saying “O Hare Krishna! Hare Krishna!”

Chandana says this time she wants to go on the roller coaster. She wants me to try it with her. I said no, I wouldn’t go on the roller coaster even in my dreams. But I would be there to give her my ring which has a picture of Krishna on it, wish her good luck and watch her scream “Stop the ride!!!!”. I am an awesome BFF.

Then again there’s Columbus, which is a pretty common ride. It is a big ship which goes to and fro really high. When Mom and I once went on it in a mall when I was 6, she had never tried another ride again.

I am also going to buy cotton candy. Last time Chandana had bought it. We planned on eating it in the class, but since Aamna felt like she was going to throw up after going on Can-Can, we had to take the cotton candy out of it’s over and give the cover to her.

Once, Chandana’s brother bought a chick from a mall. He wanted to give it some freedom and let it wonder outside their villa in the compound. A few minutes later, the chick, which was outside their  home, was now inside the belly of a vicious cat. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Mansaf for dinner

As Dad opened the front door, I danced around him like an excited puppy. He had bought dinner and I was starving, which was probably my own fault.

We had a traditional Jordanian dish called Mansaf, and it looked beautiful to me. It was delicious too. But Mom did not fall in love with it as much as I did.

In December we are having our annual day, and nobody knows who the chief guest is going to be yet. I want to do a group song, so I am going for song selections.

Since Annual days are important, the school timings are usually extended so that the participating kids can practice. This time, the timings have been extended from 12:40 to 1:00.

Do you remember that Malaysia trip I told you about? Well, now it has been cancelled because very few people are going. So, we get to have a normal trip this year. Everyone is guessing that it will probably be to Al-Hokair again since most of us wanted to go there again. Besides, you don’t get cotton candy at Star City. Nobody wants to go to a mall either.

Now is actually the perfect time for a trip. Since it’s the beginning of winter, the temperature is just right; neither too hot, nor too cold. When we went to Star City, it was so hot, you could have fried an egg on our heads. Out of the 10 riyals I had, I wasted 5 riyals on buying cold water.

The best part of going on trips is that if you carry about a minimum of 10 to 15 riyals with you, you can buy something from the stores, from cotton candy to cocktails to wonky hats and glittery plastic sunglasses. And going on lame shopping is actually kind of fun.