The good – Weather is not hot
The bad – Weather is cold
The downright nasty – You can’t feel your fingers
The good – The bouncy castle that T loves at the mall is FREE of charge!!!
The bad – It costs RM100 for a return taxi ride to the mall
The downright nasty – Thug resembling taxi drivers from the mall refuse to put their meters on & try charging you double seeing you’re an easy target
The good – Food is great, with lots of salads & fruit & perfect bread
The bad – A lousy stall hot dog with ketchup and mustard costs RM15 and a steak is RM80
The downright nasty – T did not know how to appreciate expensive Bahraini food
The good – Buildings are beautiful and high-tech giving the impression of an international, modern city
The bad – The taxi drivers give the country away by trying to rip you off charging 3 times more than normal
The downright nasty – You never know when you’re standing beside a terrorist
The good – There is sand all around, lots of beaches and T LOVES sand!
The bad – There is also lots of sand storms, blowing sand into your eyes & we didn’t bring goggles unfortunately
The downright nasty – Bahraini’s are building more & more reclaimed land, piling tons & tons of sand, building new crazy dangerous islands just outside of Bahrain
The good – everyone dresses really well and appears affluent (yes, I know they all look the same in their black robes but they do appear clean, ironed & very well accessorized)
The bad – We may not live to see ourselves that wealthy…….
The downright nasty – If we did become that wealthy & started dressing that way too
The good – Shopping is like shopping in London – every London high street brand is available, it brings back fond memories…….
The bad – the prices are also comparable to London, sometimes more!
The downright nasty – Looking Asian, customers assume you work at the store as you shop with toddler in tow (*Note to self* – time for New Year wardrobe change from sloppy Mom to ‘chic & slick’ Mom)
The good – It’s more liberal than Malaysia, with articles on boob jobs in the newspapers and sexy celebrities publicised everywhere
The bad – women in public are covered from head to toe
The downright nasty – they are really sex sirens underneath
The good – T called out “Mummy! Look Santa Claus!” when she saw the Bahraini King on a billboard
The bad – We had to explain that this King didn’t wear a crown but an Arabic turban instead
The downright nasty – When T pointed to a group of women walking by and asked innocently, “Mummy, where all the ninjas going? Go where?” at which point I wished the floor sucked me up faster than a Dyson super powered hoover.
The good – T got to play sand everyday as the beach was 20 steps away
The bad – T had to play sand in 5 layers of clothing, not exactly our idea of sun, sand & bikini
The downright nasty – With all her little pockets and layers of clothing, comes so much sand back to the bedroom
The good – Our hotel balcony had awesome views of the Bahraini sea with ferries, boats, ducks & seagulls
The bad – The view gets stale after 14 days when you are confined to a hotel room
The downright nasty – Housekeeping got a taste of what kind of tornado a Malaysian kid could whip up
The good – The hotel really knows how to make French toast the way it’s supposed to be (some Malaysian hotels still can’t get this basic skill right)
The bad – The hotel is not so good when it comes to promoting Bahrain tourism i.e. they couldn’t advise us what to see and where to go, maybe because it was winter and there is really nothing much to do!
The downright nasty – Hotel staff get treated snootily by upper crust Middle Eastern patrons, it’s all in their attitude
The good – T got lots of Mothercare clothes on sale PLUS a mobile potty due to bad experiences of rushing frantically in search of mall toilets then having to wait in queue…..enough is enough
The bad – I’ll be carrying a mobile potty from now on *double boo*
The downright nasty – Just wait till the reality of carrying an ‘On-the-Go’ potty in my handbag hits me
The good – people in Bahrain commented how ‘gifted’ T is because she can converse so well and draw amazingly well for a 2 year old, like she can draw a whale, a bicycle, clouds, dinosaurs, some alphabets..
The bad – Her conversation skills also adds to answering back and twisting logic until we have no more answers. What would we have to deal with in the next 20 years when she can already outsmart us now?
The downright nasty – We have a future terrorist on our hands to manage
The good – T looks so cute bundled up in layers like a baby Michelin with ski hat, scarf and gloves
The bad – the cold doesn’t work well with her skin, she breaks out in eczema
The downright nasty – if we stay here much longer, we will have a walking baby crater hulk
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