Al Areen Wildlife Park- Bahrain

I’ve been to this Wildlife Park several times before but the most wonderful time ever was recently when we went with our bebelab, Jan Francisrain!

I happened to take a three days off at work last week, first week of Feb, 2021 (including weekend) to spend some time and sit with Jan Francisrain. The first day of my leave was well spent in Al Areen Wildlife Park located in Sakhir, Bahrain. It is less than an hour drive from the Main City. The park features 100,000 planted flora and trees and more than 45 species of animals, 82 species of birds and 25 species of flora. Species that roam the nature reserve section of the park includes Arabian oryx among others which is extinct in the wild and other endangered species.

Well, it’s bad that we were not able to roam around the park fully since we were only allowed to inside for an hour due to social distancing. It isn’t the same like before where there were mini tour buses inside that will take you to the park animals/ Zafari, with tour guide/speaker that inform/educate us about these wild animals.

Here are some of the photos taken inside the reserve;

Bahrain during Winter

So, I’ve been longing for so long to sit down and start writing my escapades again but I’ve been so busy with a little time left for idleness.

The past 2 years (the birth of our Jan Francisrain) had been the busiest so far and as I always say, If I could only make 24hrs a day to 34hrs a day, I would, so I will have enough time to balance my office work and my mother duties and household duties (certified OCD) and other things (do my regular exercise, to write, and do my other hobbies) all at once.

Living in Bahrain for almost half of my life, I have come to know almost all the things in here. BH has only two weather all through the year, summer and winter, with only little rain showers in between, (the start and end of winter/summer.

As the winter starts late October/early November (the perfect weather for outdoor activities) and ends in March/April, there are so many things to do outdoor to enjoy the nice weather in this small Island.

Here are the things you can do during this time:

It’s nice to go for some outdoor day/night camping near the beach, or walking/running in the parks, picnics or grilling and binge eating, see the historical forts, and deserts as this is the best weather for going out.

People usually put a small food truck/trailers near the seafront (there are a lot here btw) that opens mostly in the evenings and sells a variety of food of different cuisine.

You would love to see group of people sitting outside on these make-shift food trailers, eating street food like hot lugaw (rice porridge) with egg or chicken, or tofu as a side dish, vegetable spring rolls, fish & squid balls, etc.

Location: Busaiteen Seafront.

Or you can visit a lot of seafront, beaches, do some day camping and grilling on the seaside (but couldn’t swim at this time or you will freeze to death).

Location: Northern City

Put out your camping gears, tent, folding table and chair, your cooler with food and drinks inside, your griller stand, a night lamp (in case), pillows and blanket if you want to take a nap, and other camping essentials and enjoy the sun and the cool breeze.

It’s really nice to sit outside preferably wait until noon to see the sun set.

And what about visiting all the Historical forts like the Portuguese fort?

You can also go and visit all the parks that is built particularly with running tracks, these walk-in parks are often family/child friendly. You can bring a take away food and put up a mat under the tree, read a book or listen to music.

Or just long drive in the desert.

These are just a simple life BH can offer for the residents. All in, you will definitely enjoy the winter in Bahrain, yes, without a snow, but really cold you wouldn’t imagine.

Where to go in Bahrain- BH SAILING CLUB

Looking for a  private beach this summer?

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BAHRAIN SAILING CLUB-  Located in Az Zallāq in the Southern Governorate Region, 25 mi from Al Khobar, Bahrain Beach Resort features free WiFi in all areas, a private beach area, and water sports facilities. Bahrain Beach Resort is part of Bahrain Sailing Club.

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The first time I went there was a few years back with my friends on a weekday working day. That’s why as you could see, the beach was empty 🙂 which actually made us feel that we have the beach all by ourselves!

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We stayed here overnight, and we rented a room with full amenities for BHD25 that time…and it feels good as if we rented the whole place!

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The second time around was with a group of friends on a weekend and the beach was a little bit crowded. We stayed there until mid of the night, swim all day, did some grilling and all.

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During our Church get together….and a few more times with friends.

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Steak Lovers

For the record, Steak, medium or well done is my comfort food ever, this is my simple pleasure. Whenever I’m out to reward myself, Steak is always my first option.

And since this is my best food, here are the types of steak cut;

  1. Tenderloin- I believe that this is the most expensive cut of steak. This is usually taken under the ribs. The meat is lean and usually cut in thick slices.
  2. Sirloin- Boneless.  Behind the ribs and comes with a little fat throughout the meat.
  3. T-Bone-  Bone-in. Just as its name, it comes in t-shape bone with meat on both sides with fat on the sides of the meat.
  4. Rib Eye- Boneless or bone-in. Lots of fat throughout the meat.

I happened to track down almost all the Steaks-houses within the area. If you are looking for the best steak, here are some places where you can find the best steak ever.

The best I’ve been- Bennigans, Bahrain

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Bennigans

Location: Avenue 22, Bahrain

Phone: 1781 3750

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FRIDAYS

Fridays

Location: Murjan Centre, City Center

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Le Jardin

Location: Ramada Hotel, Adliya

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Chilis

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Le Chocolat

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Sheraton

This may look strange, a steak in a disposable plate, but this is actually in Sheraton Hotel 🙂

 

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Zyara

Zyara is a Local Restaurant in Bahrain, but they served a very nice Steak too.

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Mei N Yu

Mei N Yu, Amwaj Lagoon

Phone: 1601 0160

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My Personal Chef  🙂

And of course, who else wouldn’t love RJ homecooked steak? 🙂

If you are in BH and looking for the best steak, don’t forget to check out these places.

 

What to eat in Bahrain

Food, Drinks, and Dine.

When visiting any country, the very first interesting to know is their Traditional Food. Living in a different Country requires you a lot of adjustments according to their culture and traditions, rules and regulations, and other things particularly food. Living here for more than a decade, I have learned to embrace and mix with the Country’s entire Standard of living according to their norms.

Tbh, you wouldn’t have a hard time blending in the Country and with the people due to the fact that this Island is inhabited by a lot of ex-pats from around the world and since this place is not that very conservative, mingling with the locals is a common practice. In addition to that, you would learn to love their food which is mostly made of spices but quite tasty.

Bahrain Staple Food

  1. Machboos- One of the most famous Bahraini dishes is machboos, which is made up of meat or fish served with rice.

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2. Ghoozi-  This is grilled lamb stuffed with rice, boiled eggs, onions, and spices.

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3. Sambooza-  This is very addictive. This is either cheese or meat or vegetable wrapped to a  triangle shape in spring roll wrapper and deep-fried. This is good for a starter.

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4. Shawarma- Well, shawarma is a very famous Middle Eastern food. Middle Eastern meat preparation based on the döner kebab of Ottoman Turkey. Originally made of lamb or mutton, today’s shawarma may also be chicken, turkey, beef, or veal, cut in thin slices and stacked in a cone-like shape on a vertical rotisserie.

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5. Hummus- Hummus is a Levantine dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas or other beans, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and garlic. It is popular in the Middle East and the Mediterranean, as well as in Middle Eastern cuisine around the globe.

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These are only a few of the Bahrain food you must try. There is still a lot to name with that you would only find here; such as grills, tikka, kebab, lamb chops, broasted, a different selection of sweets and desserts like baklava, halwa, kunafa, umm alli and others.

Whenever you are in the country, don’t ever leave without trying any of these. Definitely, you will love all this food.

Bahrain National Day- 2018

Reposted:

What I did on Holiday?

Oh well, of course, the first night, as usual, was spent with RJ, it’s like we were drinking (moderately) and binge-watching plus a lot of sleeping (and home-food) since Thursday night, 13.12.2018. We were planning to go to the mall on 16.12.2018, the actual first day of the two day National Day but I got a message from my friend Nicole and suggested that we should meet up, have dinner and go for bar-hopping.

Since I don’t get to see much of Nicole these days, haha, (we used to live together in one flat like until mid-2017 until she moved out and I also moved out of my flat of three years to our new flat with RJ) so RJ and I agreed to go out the next day to be able to meet my friend.

She took me to a Chinese Restaurant (Beijing Restaurant) for dinner. Been there a few times years ago (as in really years ago, maybe around 6 years ago). They gave us free Chinese prawn crackers as soon as we arrived and then we ordered dumplings for a starter, iced tea for refreshment, vegetable fried rice, and beef with pepper sauce something (I don’t know the name of the dish). It is beef with oyster sauce topped with a  lot of onions and pepper and red chilis.

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The beef was recommended by Nicole which is tbh, exquisite, and appetizing. The servings are actually good for two to three-person so we didn’t order anything more and in fact, we still have to take away the remaining portion divided to two, (one for Nicole and one for my husband to try).

They served us chocolate ice cream (it’s like hot fudge with banana) afterward as a complimentary dessert.

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Address: Villa 576, Road 3819, Block 338. Adliya

Hours
Open ⋅ Closes 3PM ⋅ Reopens 6PM
Phone: 1771 7969
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We had to walk back to the paid car parking after dinner. Check out these nice photos I’ve taken while walking on the streets of Adliya, (I wish I have a better cam). It is a holiday mood so the area is dimmed with beaming lights. There are a lot of people walking along the streets and sitting on the tables outside every restaurant but I wasn’t able to take a lot of snaps.

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We went bar hopping to three bars on an entire night. Our first stop was in Apollo where we had a glass of vodka with pineapple. The place was still empty when we arrive since it’s still early. We stayed for another 30 minutes listening to the music then we moved to Dublin Bar and I had a martini, and another one, margarita. The martini made me feel a little bit tipsy as it is strong for me so I changed to Margarita which is way better. Then our last stop is Dublin (where there is more crowd) and I had three glasses of vodka, two vodkas with pineapple, and one vodka with cranberry).

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Apollo Lounge:  

Located in: Al Safir Hotel & Tower

Address: Building.670 Road.2411 Block.324

Hours
Closed ⋅ Opens 6PM

Dublin Bar:

Building No. 256 Road No-40 Juffair.

The One Bar: 

Address: Alfateh, Manama

Hours
Closed ⋅ Opens 6PM
Phone: 3336 6659

It was getting a little bit late after bar hopping, so we decided to go to Starbucks Diplomat for a quick coffee then go home. But then Nicole’s friend called her and invited us to drop by for a while to Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel where they are staying.

It is something like a few minutes away from Starbucks so we decided to go. We spent about an hour there, laughing and talking with a few cans of beers (I had one full can of Coors light I guess, but I tried a few sips of this unfamiliar Hawaiian beer in a very strange bottle, haha) while playing throw the dice and drink a beer, oh well, I just named it like that where you have to throw the dice and the other person opposite the table should catch it, otherwise he drinks the beer and vice versa.

It was a fun night with Nicole, we never had for a little while since we are both busy at work and we now live in a totally different location unlike before.

It was past 2AM when she dropped me home coz I can’t stay longer than that as my husband won’t sleep until I come home.

That’s how the night ends.

Things to do in Bahrain

The Kingdom of Bahrain is an archipelago made up of 33 islands located in the Arabian Gulf between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Manama is the capital of Bahrain and also its largest city.

Bahrain is a country that prides itself in being a thriving multi-cultural hub which welcomes people from all around the world, thanks to its tolerant attitudes, low cost of living, and abundance of educational and health facilities and services.

The beauty of Bahrain stems beyond its rich culture and pristine shores. It offers a multitude of entertainment, art, shopping, and historical destinations.

Although the things to do in Bahrain can extend over days and weeks, it is possible to get the best of this island nation in a few days.

When you happen to visit Bahrain, here are the Top things you can do:

1. Bahrain National Museum: Step back in time when you step through the doors of the Bahrain National Museum. Get a glimpse of the nation’s rich cultural and historic legacy as you walk through the main halls that hold ancient artifacts, each with a story to tell. From the traditional handicrafts to the local customs and traditions, a tour of the museum will be an enriching experience that proves why the Bahrain National Museum is still the most popular tourist attraction in Bahrain.

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2. Qal’at al-Bahrain: As you walk through the empty hallways of this ancient fort, you are filled with the realization that you are walking among legends. Just a 10-minute drive from the capital city of Manama, the Qal’at al-Bahrain is one of the best-preserved sites of the ancient Dilmun heritage.

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3. Al Fateh Mosque: This beautiful testament to Islamic architecture has been built with marbles from Italy, glass from Austria, teak wood from India and finally crafted to perfection by the local Bahraini artisans. Explore Islamic architecture at its finest at the grandiose Al Fateh Mosque, located in Manama.

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4. Al Areen Wildlife Park & Reserve: When the wild calls, you can’t help but answer. Especially when it’s the Al Areen Wildlife Park and Reserve in Bahrain. This expansive reserve is home to the Arabian Leopard, the Ostrich, the Arabian Gazelle, the Oryx and more. Al Areen is the perfect place to experience Arabian wildlife unlike ever before.

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5. City Centre Bahrain: No visit to Bahrain is ever complete without spending an evening at the largest shopping, leisure and entertainment destination in Bahrain. Give your children the ride of their lives at Magic Planet, enjoy exciting water rides at Wahooo! Waterpark or watch the latest blockbusters at Cineco20 Cinemas. With over 340 exclusive brands, 60 dining outlets and a million possibilities, you’ll be spoilt for choice at City Centre Bahrain.

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6. The Tree of Life: If you are looking for a miracle in Bahrain, you’ll find it under the shade of this 400-year-old majestic mesquite tree. This tree is believed to be from the Garden of Eden and is a popular tourist destination. The tree has miraculously survived the ravages of time and still stands fresh and green among a sea of sand.

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7. Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park: Discover a refreshing experience amidst your travels in Bahrain at the Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park. Centered on the theme of the Dilmun civilization, this state-of-the-art water park is a fun-packed adventure for adults and kids of all ages.

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8. Al-Jasra: Watch women weave mats from palm fronds both plain and bright, learn basket making, pottery and boat building too while you are at it. At Al-Jasra, a popular handcraft center, get a taste of the local Bahraini life as you stroll past historic homes and tree-lined pathways.

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9. Suq Al-Qaisariya: Explore this ancient marketplace trading in wares of envy for a charming shopping experience. More than 100 years old, it has been recently renovated and has several shops selling traditional wares.

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10. Bahrain International Circuit: Get a taste of the fast life at the Bahrain International Circuit, the Home of Motorsport in the Middle East. The Bahrain International Circuit is open throughout the year and has recently opened a Karting Circuit for the thrill seeker. The Grand Prix week is a yearly event that attracts the who’s who of the racing world and speed enthusiasts from around the world.

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Bahrain National Museum

The Bahrain National Museum is the largest and one of the oldest public museums in Bahrain. It is constructed near the King Faisal Highway in Manama and opened in December 1988.

 It was considered one of the finest museums of its kind in the Gulf region. Today, the Bahrain National Museum is one of the island’s main cultural landmarks.

About Bahrain National Museum:

  1. Hall of Dilmun Graves
  2. Hall of Dilmun
  3. Hall of Tylos and Islam
  4. Hall of Documents and Manuscripts
  5. Hall of Customs and Traditions
  6. Hall of Traditional Trades and Crafts

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Address: Shaikh Hamad Causeway, Manama

Hours
Daily- 8AM-8PM
Founded: 1988
Phone: 1729 8777

Where to eat in Bahrain- BRAZIL GRILL AND LOUNGE

During one of my Birthday Celebration spent with Nicole, we went to one of the coolest bars I’ve ever been, Brazil Lounge, which is familiar with all you can eat and drink dining. Salad, barbecue grills, seafood grills, chicken grills, sweets all in one.

It isn’t my first time in the restaurant as we used to go here with my friends for about twice or thrice already, but it is my first time on the bar upstairs.

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Cozy dim-lit bar. I liked the traces of orange in a slightly-lit bar.

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We had a pitcher of frozen lemon and strawberry margarita and wine.

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Plus they gave us this free 2 shots of Brain damaged.

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With this exquisite mouth-watering scrumptious meal, ( well, that ’s how I want to describe it aside some are a little bit too salty for me), but isn’t that bad after all.

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I would still recommend this cozy restaurant that offers a variety of grills. The price is way much affordable with BHD12 something on Tuesday nights.

Location: Al Mahooz, Bahrain

Phone: 1782 6686

BAMBU

Restaurants in Bahrain

After almost three months, I and my friends decide to meet out for dinner.

It has been a while since the last time we had a get together in a Korean Restaurant, Da Rae Jung, where food is quite expensive I would say but not that exquisite, well from my taste of food.–> Actually, it’s not that bad haha! But the fact that I do not like much of Korean food says it all.

Again, it’s a Monday Club on a Tuesday night dinner! 

After suggesting a lot of options from different fine-dine restaurants, we finally decided to try BAMBU!

It ’s a variety of Chinese, Thai, Vietnam cuisine. If you are craving for Chinese food, definitely I would suggest the superb food of BAMBU.

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From Salt and Pepper prawns to mussels, to prawn toast and chicken rolls, and a variety of others, Beef, and chicken. 

The price is about BD12.500 per head but alcohol is not included if you want to go for with unlimited alcohol, the price would be BD16.

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Mussels and Tempura.

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With free Jasmine-tea after the meal.

Dinner starts from 7PM to 11Pm daily.

Location: Adliya, Bahrain

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