‘Tok-tok’ is the usual familiar sound one hears when visiting the beaches of Israel. It’s Matkot – a game where two players hit a rubber ball with wooden rackets as many times as possible without dropping it. When you’re local, you’re probably used to it. When you’re not a local, you look for nice and quiet ‘tok-tok’-less beaches. Beit Yanai, north from Tel Aviv, is the place to go. Peaceful, absolutely gorgeous beach for collecting seashells and munching some aubergine with tahini and seafood at their cosy beach restaurant.
What I like the most about Israel, is the falafel. It’s juicy, just the right size and it’s green inside. The best falafels I tasted can be found at Jaffa Port in a restaurant called ‘The Old Man and the Sea’. Even better is a falafel at midnight in a kebabs no, with tahini, spicy sauce in a pita bread with a huge selection of salads. Ina city called Akko, a man has managed to make a big name for himself as the best falafel maker in the whole country. Ask for Falafel Arfa when there and you’ll be guided at the right direction by all the locals.
Here’s a little falafel guide.
As I was boarding my flight back from Dubai to London, my eyes glanced over a book that did in face give me an impression of a good mindless read directed towards women. Quite an expensive looking slightly Arab looking lady covering the front page, I read a couple of paragraphs and decide that I might as well buy it to be my companion for my 7-hour trip back to London. What probably drew me to the book was the familiarity as most of the story takes place in Dubai and London. As well the opportunity to take a look behind the veil. The book revolves around the lives of Nadia, a North African lady who followed her husband to Dubai; Sugar, Muslim-Indian-British girl, who has been running away from complicated past; Leila, a Lebanese minx, looking for a rich husband and Lady Luxe, who has it all, but being an Emirati, feels restricted by what is expected from her. By far, Lady Luxe is my favourite character.The pages clearly made me envision her Midnight Oud by Romano Ricci scent, pink Ferrari and her rebellious character. Whilst travelling to Dubai I had the occasion, thanks to my friend, to observe an Emirati wedding and Lady Luxe, in a way, represents these women I saw there. Hidden by their veils in the society, yet underneath wearing the most glamorous gowns and refined hairstyles and witty brains. I’m sure Lady Luxe is an extreme example, but her character will most likely help one understand the realities of Emirati women. The lives of these four women become so intertwined throughout the book, almost feels like watching the multi-narrative movie Babel, but on the pages of a book. All in all, I recommend reading it, especially if you’re opinionated or want to learn more about lives of Arab/Muslim women. Think it could easily be a global bestseller as it’s one of those books you cannot put down once finished.
It sometimes good to read books directed to women, particularly when it’s specially tailored advice for us on how to be ourselves, but become better. Below are some points of advice I picked up on Mrs. Moneypenny’s book, which I do recommend to read.
1. It is important to be to good with numbers;
2. Building a network is essential to ones career;
3. One needs to prioritise and find a balance between personal and professional obligations;
4. Degrees make you confident and more credible;
5. Be useful to others;
6. Keep in touch with people that can be your reference;
7. Have a Third Dimension, something that makes you stand out;
8. Hair matters;
9. Read FT, or at least carry it around with you;
10. It is never too late.
To find out more about the book, do read this article too.
When on Westbourne Grove in London, there is one shop I never seem to walk past without ‘having a quick look.’ It’s Mary’s Giving and Living Shop for Save the Children charity run by volunteers. Based on a study by Harvard Business School, giving indeed does make people happier and this shop is a great combination of the two. In addition to the fact that shopping for charity, gives one the ‘feel-good-factor’, Mary’s shop in my opinion is for individuals, both men and women, who want to find unique pieces without feeling that they’ve been ripped off. On this Saturday stroll I found myself some leather like red jeans(£35), authentic Indiana Jones hat(£35)and Marc Jacobs Recycled statement bag(£45). Like!
Do you know of other places like that in London or elsewhere?
I heard the sound of wings flapping behind me, clumsy steps approaching, suddenly someone was climbing over my shoulder right onto my chest, started crunching her beak and fluffed up her feathers. Being so touched by her signs of affection, I gave her a KISS.