Notes by Nectar

Your destiny lies in your own hands

Again, I had Arabic every morning from Sunday to Wednesday – we covered:

  • How we find life in Dubai – easy, fun, boring, etc
  • Whether our friends are local or foreigners
  • How to say sentences such as: I see you, he sees me, she helps them, and so on
  • More verbs

After my class I had a session with Randy. I was home for the rest of the day and that night had dinner with my sister at the Dubai Mall. We went to the Outback Steakhouse for an early dinner. We were so early, in fact, that I couldn’t have a baked potato with my steak as they weren’t ready yet.

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On Monday afternoon my sister and I went to Spa Zen at the Radisson Royal for massages. We couldn’t get our appointments at the same time so had to go one after the other. I took my book with me and actually managed to read some of it (even though I wasn’t particularly enjoying it and have put it aside for now).

On Tuesday evening I met a friend for Suhoor. It’s traditionally the pre-dawn meal during Ramadan, but it seems to run on straight after Iftar until the early hours. We went to the Courtyard at the Al Manzil Hotel. I had contemplated getting my hair done but am glad I didn’t as we were sitting outdoors and it was humid. I’d have looked like Chaka Khan by the end of the evening. We met late, at 10.30pm, and got a table. We had some hummus, fatoush, shish taouk, fresh juices (they don’t serve alcohol during Iftar and Suhoor). As we started so late, I didn’t get home until 1am.

On Thursday I had a session with Randy and then went to get my hair done. That night I met up with some friends for drinks at Zuma. One of the girls brought a guy who was a banker by day, magician by night. (Yes, the obvious joke was that during the day he made money disappear.) He asked me what the time was. I told him it was 9:05. He asked me to take my watch off and hold it in my closed right hand. I did. He covered my right hand with both his hands and asked me to think of a number between 20 and 40. I chose 38. He told me to imagine that my watch now said 9:43 (9:05 + 38 minutes). He removed his hands, I opened my palm and looked at my watch. It said 9:40 (close enough)! How did he do that?? (No, he hadn’t been holding my hand for 35 minutes.) He did a few more tricks with someone else’s wedding ring, another person’s 20 dirham note, and someone else’s pair of glasses. I thought he was incredible. Do you believe in magic?

After Zuma we went on to McGettigan’s where we stayed until they closed. Again, it was packed.

On Friday my sister and I had a late lunch at Royal China. Dim sum and Coke suited me just fine! That night I had dinner with a friend at Rivington Grill in Souk Al Bahar (hurrah for Entertainer vouchers). We both had the lamb shoulder which was excellent. For dessert, I had the cheese platter. I love cheese! We joined a couple of friends at McGettigan’s after dinner and had some more wine.

I was home all day on Saturday. That night my sister and I went to PF Chang for dinner. We had the dynamite shrimp, hot and sour soup, Mongolian lamb, and brown rice. And then we noticed their new dessert menu. She ordered the hot chocolate fondant and I ordered the red velvet cheesecake.

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Neither of us finished our dessert. We were both ridiculously full after eating and had to roll ourselves to the taxi queue.

I love my life.

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