And while it’s raining cats and dogs in my home country (I faithfully watch Unang Hirit every morning before heading out to work and 24 Oras in the evenings to stay updated what’s going on in the Philippines, the current tropical storm’s name and signal, spill level of dams all over the country, <Keep safe po!> political issues, any developments and op kors, the latest showbiz chismis! hehe)
I’m in the Middle of Summer in the Middle East, in Bahrain, that is.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, that most of my posts (as of date) about Bahrain are island trips and outdoor escapes. However, these trips / activities were usually done during temperate weather (winter period until early summer)
During high summer, it can be unbearable to stay out. Pramis. Try mo tumambay sa labas ng ilang minuto kung hindi ka mahimatay. hehe. peace. 🙂 So, we’ve no choice but to stay indoors.
Here are some of the stuff keeping us busy indoors yet still avoiding the couch.
Yes, Bahrain has an indoor/outdoor water park and better yet, it’s inside the mall for convenience. While I love Lost Paradise Of Dilmun and been there many times, I also like Wahoo as it works both ways – Cool indoor pools during summer (Read: No Sunburn) and heated pools during winter. Wahoo offers a feast of rides for kids and adults alike, a lazy river, a wave pool, and various facilities including a snack bar and venues for private parties.
2. Mall Walkathon + Window Shopping
So we’re babies and we can’t walk/jog outdoors as much as we do during winter, doesn’t stop us and doze off during weekends. We hit the mall! Bahrain City Centre, our favorite mall, is huge enough to work those hamstrings and burn the burger you just had for lunch. We usually do our grocery at Carrefour (i’m a sucker for fresh salmon early offers hehe). After completing our list, we walk and do window shopping, checking out what’s new in stores and sometimes give in to tempting offers, or my brother sweet talking me into buying him some pretty-cool-stuff-totally-necessary, haysusme.
3. Be an Ice Princess
Or at least try not to break your ankles. Just kidding. 🙂 Funland Centre near the Corniche has a skating rink where you can channel you inner Casey Carlyle, wink, wink. I’m no good myself. I’ve tried inline skates during college as we have a rink in the park but that was ages ago hehe! Still, the inviting mood of the place (there’s music and lights) and the youthful laughter all around seems to encourage you to stand up, muster some courage, push, and…. fall, butt first. Now let’s not give up too easily, one more time… 🙂
4. Hit Strike!
Now let’s put to good use all the practice you had with your Wii. And Yes, put down the remote as you need to actually use a real bowling ball. 🙂 Bahrain City Center, Funland Center and Adhari Park are most popular among bowling enthusiasts. NB: There’s also billiards, pool tables and arcade games. 🙂
5. Go on a Movie Date
Just last Thursday we went out to see the new Spider Man movie @ Dana Mall. Okay, I admit I’ve made a resolution to save moolah by switching theater tickets to home movies (I think I’ve done a pretty good job since Feb) but this was an exception as it’s also a bonding date with my girls Aybi & Samantha. 🙂 You can also catch a flick at Bahrain City Centre and Seef Mall cinemas.
6. Get to know more about Bahrain
Visit Bahrain National Museum (near Funland) and learn more about Bahrain’s culture and history. It has a huge collection of archaeological artifacts, art exhibits plus a notable sculpture garden.
7. Pamper Me
Alert! You don’t have to splurge! If you can, you may do so. But as I’m on saving-mode, I’d prefer a DIY mani-pedi-footspa / facials / hair color touch ups @ Home. Or better, invite your girls over and make it a bonding session complete with iced teas.
To the border at least, hehe. Ideally in the late afternoon, head to the Causeway to catch the stunning views of the sunset across turquoise waters and at the top of the restaurant tower. On the way home, when it’s not too humid, you can roll the windows down and feel the breeze against your cheeks. 🙂
9. Culinary exploits
So you went to the grocery? Then let’s try to cook something new! Now we have lots of time to practice and people are actually home for the taste test. Bwahahahaha…(evil laugh)
So hold that Order Menu and whip out a Recipe guide instead. You can always start with a simple one. And when successful, deliciously advance to Martha Stewart levels. 🙂
Recently, I just conquered my fear of baking and started with a moist choco cake then fudge brownies. Will post of these kitchen exploits soon! 🙂
10. Clean your flat.
Nope. Not just doing laundry and cleaning the rice cooker. Get some disinfectant and hand gloves and start scrubbin’ – your room floor, the hall, kitchen tiles, the exhaust and op kors the bathroom. Everything becoming spic and span and sparkly will ultimately leave you smiling happy. 🙂
Let’s enjoy the indoors while waiting for winter! 🙂