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montblanc-meisterstuck-classique-ballpoint-pen-250x250If Saudis would like to show that they made it in this world, it will not be through fancy cars nor expensive watches… it will simply be a pen hanging in their Thoub’s pocket or in case of females it will be in their purse, but wait a minute; it will not be any pen… it will be the famous MontBlanc® pen with its white David star logo sticking out. For Saudis MontBlanc® pens are symbol of wealth, it shows you that this person can offered a 2000 Saudi Riyal pen to just sign bunch of paper or bank cheques not less than one million Riyals, normally this is what its used for ; to showcase your signature, not to write with it…the pen will reduce its value and your value if you write with it. Sometimes people will not realize that you are holding a MontBlanc® so the plan is, you need to make up some story to pull out the pen and show it to your target audience, like for instance, you bought the pen when it was on sale in Germany for a good deal, afterwards you can hold your MontBlanc® high and wave it around as if you are in one of Lionel Richie concerts.

# 78 Giving Advices

how-to-give-advice-in-englishIf Saudis are expert in anything it will be on everything. Saudis love to give advices to each other on different topics and subjects, either on how to manage your personal finance to how to boost your sex drive… and they will be no smooth transition from topic to another when giving an advice, the advice will all come together at once; from money to sex all in one sentence.

So you may wonder, if all Saudis like to give advices, who is listening? No one. Because its not about the person who is receiving the advice, its about my image inside my head, it will make me look more intelligent if I keep giving advice to everyone. The phrase “I don’t know” is not in any Saudi’s dictionary, so don’t worry…you will always get an answer or an advice on a topic that you don’t know about.

Usually the source of those advices comes from social media that people share among each other, so you may hear something that you already know, but please don’t tell the person who is giving the advice that you already knew about what he or she is saying, that will open a pandora’s box, and that’s just an advice!

# 77 Dynamite Shrimp

Dynamite-Shrimp-2-2The most ordered appetizer item in all Saudi Arabia’s restaurants… is none other than Dynamite Shrimp. As I mentioned in previous blogs, Saudis love to smother their food with so many sauces and dressing, and Dynamite Shrimp is the perfect example of  tanginess and sweetness mayo-based sauce that coats every piece of shrimp.

Businesses realized the love of Dynamite Shrimp by all Saudis, now if you walk into any place you will find in their menu Dynamite Shrimp as an appetizer option. Even traditional restaurants that offer typical Saudi food such as Kabsa, you will see Dynamite Shrimp in their menu. And please don’t eat the lettuce that comes with it, you are not a rabbit, its only for presentation.

Athletics - Olympics: Day 9If Saudis like to be the first in anything, it will be on visiting a new place. Whether it’s a new restaurant or a new vacation destination, a Saudi would love to claim that he or she is the first Saudi who discovered that place among all Saudis. The reason behind it goes back to genetics, see Saudis’ DNA contains so many genes that strives for uniqueness and social acceptance; and if you don’t believe me, take a blood sample of any Saudi and test it… its all about science. The feeling when a Saudi tell their friends about a new place that they visited last week or during their summer vacation, is a feeling similar to when DJ Tiesto drops the beat and you are high on ecstasy; it’s not like I know how it feels, but they say it’s a feeling that you are on cloud nine.

I am not against the idea of being the first to visit a new place, but don’t come to me and rub it on my face, telling me that I need to go that place and see this and see that, as if I didn’t visit this country, I will be doomed for life.

arabic-coffee-with-saudi-dates-naif-alowaisThe two most common staple things you will find in any Saudi household are; Arabic coffee and a bowl of fresh dates. Arabic coffee and dates goes together like; Tom and Jerry, Batman and Robin, Captain Majed and Yassen, you can’t have one without the other… the reason behind it, is because the Arabic coffee (which has nothing to do with Arabic, the coffee beans are from Africa and last time I checked it doesn’t speak Arabic) has a bitter taste and the dates are sweet with all those natural sugar that it contains. You sip little bit coffee then right away you chase it with dates, by doing so, your taste buds will jump on one of Six Flags’ roller coaster rides to flavor town.

Let me go back to the “Arabic coffee” and why its called Arabic. The coffee beans are from Africa, the cardamom is either from India or America, the Saffron is from Iran (tough luck), and moreover the cups where they drink the coffee from are from China. Then how in the world Saudis call it Arabic coffee!?

# 74 Winter

winterWinter is coming … the words that every Saudi says when winter season is approaching, the reason Saudis notify each other that winter is coming, is because without knowing once you blink … winter will be already over. During winter, Saudis get excited and start leaving their homes to go out in nature like bunch of ants going out to get their food and brining it back to their casts. And usually you will witness Saudis fashion at its best during winter, you will see jackets, sweaters, and coats and traditional clothing with different style and colors.

Winter also plays a big part in the overall mood level, Saudis usually follow the saying “keep calm and carry on” in those times, since most of the year they are intense and frustrated; not sure why? Don’t be surprised when you see Saudi couples holding hands in public and getting romantic, its the magic of cool weather, and if there is also a little drizzly rain … Man, Saudis will turn into love birds in no time.

# 73 Thursday

sweet-thursday.jpgEven after the weekend days were changed from Thursday and Friday, to Friday and Saturday… for Saudis Thursday will be still a special day and always will have its own good feeling to it. See, for Saudis when Thursday was the first day of the weekend, it was associated with going out spending some quality time with family and friends. In addition, Thursday is where married couples find intimacy and romance, since there is no work that day and both of our love birds are relaxed and in peace; I hope. After Thursday was changed and became the last working day, still Saudis are wired with the old system, therefore, Thursdays will still be a baby-making-day for so many. Saudis love Thursdays so much, they will stay up all night to make sure they spend every minute and fight their body not to go to sleep; eyes are bloodshot red, energy is at its lowest… but still awake for the sake of our beloved Thursday.