Showing posts from January, 2013

Today in Groupon: Fertility tests for men and women!

Group buying in this country has given us discounted STD tests, packs of gold playing cards and large packs of prophylactics. Today we have fertility tests from an Abu Dhabi lab. Eight people have already bought it - the deal is on!

Overheard in the newsroom: The start of a long, wintry week edition

I have a hand crush on her.
Whenever I need to take a taxi someplace, when I don't have the car, I just don't go.
I've got a new wrinkle I'm really upset about.

T Emirates launches in the UAE or Well hello Jude Law

The first issue of the New York Times Style Magazine, Emirates edition, is now on select newsstands for Dh20.

I haven't spotted it yet. If anyone else has given it a flip-through, I'd be eager to hear your thoughts.

Snap caption: Zaatar W Zeit wants to know my marital status to fully appreciate my customer comment card

It also asked my nationality, naturally.

Winter in Abu Dhabi: Scenes from a not very cold place

So, yes, it's winter in Abu Dhabi. But even though I have adjusted my internal thermostat over the four years living here and get colder at higher temperatures (I wear tights and boots now, in January, as opposed to sundresses, and that's a good thing because I looked like a freak the first winter I was here)  it's still amazing to me how other people adapt.

Keeping in mind I get that 65 degrees would be chilly, even with bright sunshine, if you are from a very hot country, and also that people get excited to wear their winter clothes here, and sometimes bring them out when they are not really needed, bundled-up-people-watching remains a constant source of entertainment for me these days.

For example, while driving with the windows open and a T-shirt, three-quarter trousers and sandals on, I saw an Ethiopian woman crossing the street with a knit reggae-coloured hat and a thick, matching scarf wrapped around her neck and face, leaving only her eyes. I can't be sure thi…

Snap caption: I love the smell of fresh-cut grass in the desert

It's one of the very best things about winter here.

Snap caption: Choithram's gets gender-specific about its cashiers

Can you imagine if someone posted a sign like this in Canada?

2013 in a nutshell: "Do Things"

One of my New Year's resolutions is so simple it makes me giggle. "Do things." Seems easy, right? But I, like you, I am sure, get busy and wrapped up in being busy, and although it's ironic that someone who spends all their work time writing about the best of arts and entertainment and food and other lifestyle topics would make a resolution like this - there it is.

Do things. Sometimes, I think, I get so busy writing about the things that there are here to do - and there are so very many, people - that I forget to go. Or rather, I forget to push myself to go. And it's always easier not to go, isn't it? Sometimes I think my life would have been easier if I'd never come to Abu Dhabi. Easier, sure. But about 80 per cent less awesome.

And although I do seem to take advantage of the travel opportunities that exist due to me working here - London, Berlin, Bali, Paris (right now!) and Kish Island, Iran (a blog post is coming up about THAT one, it was a doozy) - …