Saturday, 16 February 2013



On Thursday 14 February for Valentine's day, my husband took me to Taal Restaurant in Bidaa for dinner. They have introduced a new menu recently. The food and service was wonderful. We really liked the ambiance at Taal. They had decorated the place with red hearts hanging from the ceiling and heart shaped balloons were placed at the windows of every table. It was a candle lit dinner. There was live music by HUE and the lead guitarist sang beautiful songs which we enjoyed so much. At the end of our dinner, we were given a surprise by Taal. They gave us a complimentary heart shaped cake and a red carnation for me. This was given to all the couples who dined there on that day. 

We had a great time. A big thank you to my wonderful husband and Taal for making our day so special. 

Here are some photos I took...(I didn't take too many photos as I was busy enjoying the evening)

Live music by HUE 


Yesterday, we went for the Hala February Carnival around 2.30pm. There were stages set up in a length covering 100 meters. Around 3 pm onwards, there were stage programs being shown - musicals, clown show, magic show, acrobatics and children's songs and dances. There were traditional cultural shows as well. Hala February had an interactive session with the public and they were giving away lots of prizes. The whole of Salem Mubarak Street from a bit beyond Sultan Center right up to Zahra Complex was were the festivities were taking place. There was a huge crowd that came to celebrate the occasion. 

Lots of people, especially children, were dressed up in national flag costumes and head gears that was quite a visual treat. There were stalls selling jewellery and gifts. I liked the embassy stalls of different countries selling clothes, artifacts and souvenirs. Lots of restaurants had their individual stalls. We had chicken shawarma from Kurdos stall. We tried the chicken and meat kebab at the Malaysian food stall (it was more sweet than spicy). We walked around and had a pleasant time. The magic show, clown show and acrobatics were quite entertaining. Plenty of Cartoon characters were walking around interacting with children.