KARZAKAN FOREST

Oh well, actually, you wont believe that there’s a place like this in Bahrain. Haven’t heard of this forest until some of my friends posted this on Facebook.

If you are a nature lover, (living in the desert), you will definitely love to see this one! Karzakan is a village in Bahrain that lies along the western coast of the island, it is about an hour drive from Manama. The weather is nice in this area, I guess not only because we went there in the month of January where the weather is actually cold, but I think this place has a great weather since it is surrounded by tall trees.

Here are some instagrammable photos we have taken during our visit.

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.

For my future memories feed

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Some thoughts to think about:

BH these days

 

Sitting on my office desk contemplating what’s happening around us these days, I decided to write these things down for my future memories feed.

A year from now and every year after, this post will always appear in my memories to look back.

 

✔ We are more than 2 months of social isolation.

✔  All the non- essential shops here are closed for a certain period of time as instructed by the Ministries and only essential business establishments like banks, restaurants, hospitals, pharmacies, optical, cold stores, supermarkets, money transfers,  Administration & Construction offices, are open.

✔ Restaurants are only for delivery or pick up.

✔  All the schools are closed since early March. And I think some of them are doing classes online.

✔ Everyone is required to wear a mask in public at all times, wash hands at all times, be cautious at all times.

✔ Everyone must have alcohol, hand sanitizer, wipes, on hand.

✔ Shortage of masks and alcohol in some pharmacies and supermarkets.

✔ All celebrations, family gatherings, occasions, and traveling are canceled. No cinemas, malls,  swimming pools, entertainment facilities are open,  no walk/in parks are accessible to the public and even you can go,  you must practice social distancing (better to stay at home, much safer)

✔ Never been to the big Supermarket since the beginning of social isolation, but I heard that there are lines in the stores to keep them meters apart- and so are for the other open essential establishments.

✔ We must comply with one meter apart (social distancing) even during the official meetings, no handshakes.

✔ Some people are now sitting idle at home on a no work- no pay policy. Thank God I still have work.

✔ There is no cure/medicine/vaccine yet. (As far as I know)

✔ Everyone worries (almost all countries) about what’s going to happen in the next few days or months or even years, how we can recover all the losses/impact made by this catastrophe.

✔ I worry about my family and Jan Francisrain, who has never gone out to see the beauty of the world since he was born exactly during this time of crisis – aside from the Airport, nearby cold stores (not anymore), daycare (not anymore- before the social isolation) and when he’s going downstairs with me in the morning when I go to work. He got used to it anyways.

 

And that’s it, Next year I’m gonna see this post on my memory status and I hope by that time, everything is gone back to normal. But for now, we have to continue praying for each other, continue to unite, and be grateful for everything as we do not know what will happen in the future.

LOWER MAGAT ECO-TOURISM PARK

Though we didn’t have enough time to roam around that morning as we wanted to reach the Landingan Viewpoint in Nagtipunan Quirino just before mid-noon not too hot to climb the hill, We still managed to visit and took a few photos at the Lower Magat Eco-Tourism Park located in Diadi Nueva Vizcaya.

Ik, I’ve missed a lot of nice views to see in there as we spent only a little later than 30 minutes the early morning of 06.01.2020 as we still have long hours to travel, (all in we spent 12 hours driving from Bayombong to Diadi to Landingan viewpoint to Dinadiawan to Aurora to Cabanatuan City) but then I don’t want to waste time as I do not know when we can get the chance to travel to Phil that long again, I still managed to take some snaps. I’ll promise to come back again and go to a lot more places as soon as we get the vacation again next year!

Here it goes:

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QUIRINO PROVINCE

And so, I’ve been to the magnificent view in Quirino Province, the Landingan Viewpoint.

We drove for about 2 to 3 hours from Bayombong Nueva Vizcaya just to see this beautiful scenery on top of the hill.

It was a sunny day on the 06th of January 2020. Our first out of town-2020 together with my hubby and our newborn baby. We left his hometown at about past 8am and reached Landingan before lunchtime.

Landingan is open to the public. The registration fee is PHP50 per person and that includes entrance to the caves/waterfalls and other tourists/tourism attractions in that area, but in our case, since we have a baby with us, we were not able to go and see those other places where infants and babies are not allowed. No establishment or souvenir giftshop on sight, (as I noticed) not even a restaurant nearby (but some small cafeterias and carinderia’s in the highway below). Also, I haven’t seen any foreigners out there, maybe because the place is not yet known to the public.

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Added to my bucket list! Another province ticked! And not only that, I’ve seen one of the most beautiful God creation! Fantastic view, Instagrammable photos, definitely Landingan Viewpoint is worth a visit!

Some photos taken during our visit to the place:

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On the way to Landingan, we passed by and stopped at some views along the way.

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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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BATAAN

Bataan (/bɑːtɑːˈɑːn/; Tagalog: Lalawigan ng Bataan; Kapampangan: Lalauígan ning Bataan) is a province situated in the Central Luzon region of the Philippines. Its capital is the City of Balanga. Occupying the entire Bataan Peninsula on Luzon, Bataan is bordered by the provinces of Zambales and Pampanga to the north.

I’ve been to Bataan, particularly in Balanga when I had my On-the-job- training during my Caregiving course. It was in Bahay Puso-  Home for the aged located in Sitio Mathay, Upper Tuyo, Balanga City.

It was quite a very memorable OJT as here,  We happened to interact first hand with our Filipino elders. I gained a lot of experience, a real experience dealing with them that is far different and more difficult compared to when you were just doing your demo of Basic life support, First aid, Infant bathing, and others at school using dolls and mannequins.

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So, it was actually not an Out of Town trip from my side, but a part of my studies. But then, I enjoyed a lot and learned a lot during my stay. It’s just bad that I didn’t pursue my career as a caregiver coz I went to a different path to my BS studies.

ISDAAN FLOATING RESTAURANT

Over a year ago, in 2017, during our vacation to the Philippines, We happened to check some of the nice Restaurants within Metro Manila area and near Nueva Ecija. Then, my Grandmother suggested that we should go and try the new branch of Isdaan Floating Restaurant in Talavera Nueva Ecija which is fortunately very near to Cabanatuan City. I had no idea as to when it was first opened in Talavera, but I guess it was sometime in early 2017. I remember when we planned to go to the same branch somewhere in Tarlac a few years ago during my vacation as well but couldn’t able to.

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To refresh with, Isdaan Floating Restaurant is a Theme restaurant that offers homey Filipino food along with a good ambiance that is perfect for family gathering.

There is also “tacsiyapo” wall where you are able to throw mugs, plates, or bowls on a specific part of the wall while shouting “tacsyapo”, which is a great way to vent your emotions and a stress reliever for everyone but unfortunately, it isn’t available that time.

I forgot what we ordered but it is a meal set good for a family of 10  and we had a variety of chicken, fish, pork, vegetable, and dessert for something like PHP5,500++.

We chose the floating dining hut and after the meal, we had the chance to roam around the park and took photos from the sculptures everywhere and the small pond with a lot of fish that you could also feed. But since we went on dinner time, I couldn’t able to snap nice photos from my phone camera and how I wish again that I had a better cam, haha!

Anyways, here are some of our photos taken;

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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.