Ramadan Umrah

23 Aug 2010  4 Comments

On the first day of Ramadan, we went to Madina and Mecca for Umrah. It was my first visit to Madina and my first Umrah during the Holy month Ramadan.

The Madinah fotoor was great, I went to the Al-Masjid Al-Nabawi 45 minutes before Maghreb prayer to read some Quran and pray.When I entered and was looking for a place to pray I didn’t find a place at all. At first I thought that it was just the section I’m in, but after walking around for the next half an hour I realized that the whole mosque has been converted to the biggest dining hall ever. I mean the whole time I was walking around looking for a place to pray, I was invited to have a seat and join them for fotoor. With 10 mins left till Maghreb prayer I just gave up and sat in the next available seat. After athan in 10 minutes the place was spotless and there was no sight of anything to do with food and all were ready to pray.

After 1 night at Al-Madina we drove to Mecca for Umrah. It was a 4 hour drive to mecca and could see the huge new clock from a few kilometers away. It was hot and humid but not undoable.

During Friday prayer it was so crowded that people even managed to fill the mall thats in front of Al-Haram. Not just that but all 3 floors of it.

I didn’t know that Taking pictures in both Al-Haram and Al-Masjid Al-Nabawi is not allowed. but there was still people taking pictures. Most of my pics were during night time, I didn’t have any intention of carrying around my camera while the sun was still shining.

8TB of Data Gone?! And A BSOD Just For Kicks

21 Aug 2010  4 Comments

Ever since I got back from the US about a month ago and I’ve been having problems with my gadgets.
When I first arrived I noticed that my SATA tower that is connected to my WHS is not reading any of the 3 HDD that are installed in it. I switched it off and didn’t switch it back on ever since.
This really pissed me off because it has 8TB of data, some of it is irreplaceable like family videos and pictures.

Then a few days later, my PC started to act strangely. I would get BSOD from time to time.I thought it was due to overheating so I opened up the case and did my annual PC cleaning (without the usual formatting) and it worked fine for a while. Then it happened again and couldn’t get it to work after that. This time I suspect that my GPU is fried. I will be going to Hawally tomorrow to check if its really the video card and look for a replacement if needed.

After getting the PC fixed I will look into the server issue, and hope my data is still salvageable.

Lateish but still: مبارك عليكم الشهر

14 Aug 2010  4 Comments

I haven’t been posting for the past few days because I Just came back from Umrah a couple of hours ago. This might be a little late but I wanted to say: “مبارك عليكم الشهر “

I’m Back

27 Jul 2010  7 Comments

I am back in Kuwait, The weather is not that bad here or maybe I just missed the worst part. Anyway its good to be back.

The 24 Hour Journey Back Home

26 Jul 2010  8 Comments

So today is my last day here in the US, I will be heading back to kuwait enshalla. My flight plan is as follows: San Antonio – Dallas – New York – Kuwait. Currently I’m in JFK airport in New York waiting for my Kuwait Airways flight 118 to board. The weather is unstable here in NYC, there was some heavy showers and some thunderstorms when we came in to land. I’m almost halfway through my trip. Hope the second half goes as smoothly as the first half.

The Horseshoe

24 Jul 2010  1 Comment

When I first arrived here in San Antonio. One of the first places that the guys here took me to was “The Horseshoe”. Its a stretch of the Guadalupe river that is known for tubing (aka toobing). The guys had their own tubes so we went directly to the entry point and entered the water were it was FREEZING.

The 1 mile trip took us 2.5 hours to complete. The weather was great and the place was packed, a little too packed actually, going to the horseshoe and back home took 2 hours each way (usually 1 hour) but still, had fun.

Seeing More of Texas

18 Jul 2010  4 Comments

I left Wichita Falls yesterday and went to San Antonio. This time I flew there thank god. I had an issue when I fist saw the airplane but soon I got over m fears. The best thing in Wichita Falls were Ronnie’s Burger. The Theaters were horrible and I only went and saw 2 movies and I have some catching up to do.

The funny thing was, on the flight to Dallas me and my friend were the only 2 people on the plane. Really I’m not joking, they operated the flight just for us and made us sit in the last row too.

The stewardess even suggested that we share a can of coke. The flight was 20 mins to Dallas and then 45 mins from Dallas to San Antonio.

Some Familiar Food

13 Jul 2010  2 Comments

Being in the US for over 10 weeks now, we had a craving for arabian food, and since we were in Dallas, we decided to try out Fadi’s as it was also in Houston but me and Zidaneoo didn’t have time to try it out.
The place is like an open bar, you pick up your plate and start filling it with all types of appetizers. When you get to the meat section you have a single choice if you decided to go with the $13 order, and every extra order of meat (Kebab, grilled chicken, lamp chops…) is for an additional $4. The food was decent and the prices were more than reasonable, the staff were super friendly.

To Dallas and Back

12 Jul 2010  No Comments

I didn’t post the last couple of days because me and the guys decided to go to Dallas for the weekend. We drove there on Saturday morning and came back late Sunday. Its just a 2:30 hour drive from Wichita Falls so it didn’t take much out of the day. We stayed at the Westin Hotel located in the Galleria mall in downtown Dallas, it was a very nice hotel with reasonable prices. We didn’t plan to stay there we decided to just look for a place when we got there and the Westin was the first place we looked at. maybe it was laziness that made us stay there but it was a good choice.

The Other Longish Drive

6 Jul 2010  6 Comments

I drove last week for 15 hours from Albuquerque New Mexico to Houston Texas. This time it was form Houston to Wichita Falls. the drive took almost 7 hours with stops, which isn’t as long as the first one.
I’m getting used to long drives as this drive fools like a trip to the supermarket.


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