It’s Christmas day and there’s nothing to do but yet to discover Doha once again; and so it happened. It was a good thing that one of my colleagues who is likewise celebrating holidays alone hook me up for a quick ride. First location we went is Katara. A combination of enjoying the the beauty of sealine and at the same time its architeture. I am not that sure though if those were originally arabic; however, the place is undeniably awesome for an amateur photographer like me. Only bad thing about the place is there’s not much food option as there are a little variety of restaurants. You may do a tea party if you like for there are tea stalls around the area. The resort? Oh I’m not sure a s I didn’t bother much to go into it.
The Pearl; Who will never knew how and why it get the name until you see it from the top. You may ask Mr Google about it or yeah take a quick look at the snap I got from the plane once. Haha! I never thought it is “The Pearl” at the time I took it.
I should say that the I like it better at night time if I’m taking photos because there’s too much light. I could play with long exposure shots. The place is also perfect if you’re running (not sure how long it’s circumference though). So, there, that’s where I celebrated my Chirstmas; had dinner at Noodle house (I think there’s a limited option too at the area so we went for the more oriental one) walk more after that until we call it a day.
After a couple of visits to Villagio, City Center Doha, Souqs, The Pearl and some places in Doha, I have thought of doing something better. At least try other parts of the state of Qatar; their Desert Safari. For 250 Riyals (Appox 3000 Php) per person, Our gang had managed to book a trip down south of Qatar to appreciate its desert. It ‘was a long drive from Doha going to the boarder of Saudi Arabia, probably 50Km (take or give).
SUVs were all gathered at first and then convoyed for safety purposes and then drove through the desert. Hah, it was a little humid at that time for Ramadan has just ended, anyway, it was not really that bas though… We passed a couple of sand dunes, high stteped ones! It was exhilarating ! How can I describe? Well, say, between a roller coaster and a caterpillar maybe. We were cathing our breath (hope I’m not exaggerating) and even my friends screamed at the top of their lungs (I swear it wasn’t me!).
After that somewhat topsy turvy ride, we went at a camp that is situated along the shore. You can have a swim, sandboard, play volleyball, ride a camel or just simply rest and relax. Refreshments are on the house and good thing we’ve brought some snacks before dinner is served. We call it a day at the after 9PM which is just in time to leave. Others who decided to stay overnight slpet on an airconditioned tent.
Photos of the adventure:
Glad to have experienced this one. Catch a video of my camel ride as well
At last, I was able to join a running event here in Kuwait. A couple of weeks back, A running clinic named We Run Kuwait (Nike Sponsored) was held by AYMSTRONG (an event management enterprises dedicated to delivering events and activities in the fields of health, fitness, and empowerment). Today, a 5K race materialized and attended by running enthusiasts (and that includes me!).
I decided to have a 2.5K warm up to loosen up. In my own opinion, it was cold, maybe less than 10 degreess Celcius, making it my first race to join in a cold climate. Race started at 8:30 AM, at the gunshot, I tried my best on making a good pace and I hit 4:36 min/km. Unfortunately, that good start faded away as I started to breathe hard, I was puffing, and tried to run still until I told myself I need to stop and my throat started to sore. Run and walk until I finish the race.
Below are my laps.
Lap 1 4:36 min
Lap 2 5:56 min (10:32)
Lap 3 6:12 min (16:45)
Lap 4 6:21 min (23:06)
Lap 5 5:55 min (29:00)
Lap 6 1:10 min – extra 230m (30:05)
Still hit a sub 30 though a 5K but I think I still lack something. it’s obvious as well that my extra baggage of weight added to my burden of not hitting at least a sub 25 min mark. Anyway, that’s still a good opportunity giving me a window that I should strive for more.