Browsing All Posts published on »March, 2009«

Celebrating Water (What’s Left of It) in Melbourne

March 22, 2009


March marks the end of what has been an extremely hot summer in Melbourne, and the city traditionally farewells the scorching season with a festival celebrating water, called the Moomba Festival. It’s quite different from conventional notions of ‘celebration’ where tonnes of the stuff would be carelessly used in lush abundance, such as the tomato-throwing […]

Damascus for Munchers

March 18, 2009


The Old City of Damascus is essentially a tangled network of alleyways criss-crossing and snaking through buildings patched up and conjured through centuries of trade and human settlement. This medieval city feels more like a village that has completely outgrown itself, with no planning or consideration for later, modern inventions such as the private automobile. […]

The Sweet Toothed Guide to Damascus

March 15, 2009


The Middle East’s greatest contribution to the culinary world and global happiness is arguably the baklava, along with its many wonderful variations. These tiny morsels of pleasure, made up of a dense, nutty centre surrounded by flaky phyllo pastry drenched in fragrant syrup, works as a pretty good antidote to ward off afternoon fatigue. Just […]

A Rather Tantalizing Act

March 14, 2009


I usually spend the better part of my weekend late-mornings still asleep, oblivious to the hustle and bustle of those industrious people who wake up at 8 am for a run at the park, a hearty weekend breakfast with friends or grocery shopping at the market. If I feel productive I might while away the […]

Of Facebook and shoe shots

March 8, 2009


I admit that my life too revolves around Facebook. I spend hours each day thinking of what to do so that I could update my status accordingly. I take photos when I go out and I can’t wait to upload them onto my Photo Album. The first thing I do upon waking up and the […]

Walls of Syria

March 7, 2009


Damascus, the capital of Syria, touts itself as “the oldest continually inhabited city in the world”. A mouthful, true, but mind-boggling nonetheless when you are reminded of the many great civilizations that once roamed the land – Arameans, Babylonians, Romans, Umayyads, Mamluks, the Ottomans. Indeed, the whole of Syria simply soaks with history, and no […]

Gaza’s Torment

March 4, 2009


I was in Syria during the onslaught of the Israeli incursion into Gaza. Although Western news agencies were effectively barred by Israel from reporting within the borders, the Arab media were able to receive direct updates through its correspondents living amidst the bombings and shootings. We would watch on the Arabic news channels scenes of […]