Grorcery Finds #3

Here are a couple of things that I have seen before, but just now getting around to check out the prices:

(This is from Shumaila Hari)

Heinz Soup (canned). At Shumaila Hari they have a lot of varieties.  I saw maybe one or two flavors at City Mart.  This soup is 400 riyals (~2dollars) for a 71 gram can.

Rice Sides from Knorr. Its not very efficient for my large family but I used to buy things like this in the states and so was happy to see them here. It is 600 riyals/bag and they have a wide variety of flavors like chicken broccoli, chicken fried rice, mexican rise, cheddar broccoli, red beans and rice, mushroom, beef, and several more.

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Grocery Finds #2

This week I found eggs for 395 riyals (for a tray of 30) at Shumaila Hari.

Also, they have moved their household appliances upstairs.

Grocery Finds # 1

For those in Sana’a, here are a few new things that I have noticed at Shumaila Hari (off of Haddah Street):

Kraft grated Parmesan Cheese and Kraft Parmesan and Romano grated cheese. (in the green cylinder canister) A little on the expensive side: 1800 riyals. Located in the dairy/juice refrigerated section.

Hershey’s Chocolate Chips Semi Sweet or Milk Chocolate: 1000 riyals. Located in the dairy/juice refrigerated section.

Arm and Hammer Baking Soda: two sizes, the small size (8 oz) was 310 riyals. Located on the tea/coffee aisle but on the end section near the produce.

Rold Gold Pretzels: 1000 riyals (located in the snack aisle). They also have tortilla chips.

These items may be available elsewhere but these are the first time I have personally seen them here.

Living in Sana’a and found some new items in the stores? Let me know and I’ll post them insha Allah.

Still looking for cornmeal. I know its here (a friend once gave me some), but can’t find it. On the Hijrah to Yemen group, a few sisters suggested getting popcorn ground up into cornmeal. One sister said, you have to get creative.

Another sister was looking for grits. I purchased something that resembled grits here a few years back but didn’t really like them. Semolina is sold here and some use that for a breakfast grain/cereal.

Tracking the Rain

Well, on April 1, we got our first rain for the new Gregorian year. I thought’d be interesting for us to track just how much it rains here, which is not a lot. There are about 1-2 rainy seasons per year where it will rain for days and then no rain to be seen for months. Also to note, which I mentioned on my weather page, it typically rains only in the afternoon before/around Asr time. This year, I’ve noticed that it has rained as early as about 11am…..

My intent is to tally up the days of rain that we receive….

April 1, 2008: Light rain/drizzle

April 8, 2008: Thunderstorm, hail.

May 1, 2008: Light rain and light thunder and lightning.

May 2, 2008: Heavier rain than yesterday.

May 3, 2008 Still heavier rain

May 5, 2008 Heavier rain, hail, lightning

May 7, 2008 light to heavy rain

May 8, 2008

May 9, 2008

May 10, 2008

May 11, 2008 started out heavy then lightened up pretty quickly

May 15, 2008

Thought the rain was gone, but it is back:

May 29, 2008

May 30, 2008 Rain, loud crackling thunder, lightning

May 31, 2008 Hail; lightning

June 11, 2008 Light rain, lightning

June 12, 2008

June 26, 2008

July – a few days in the beginning of strong rain and thunder and lightning 

For a little more info on the weather here as well as a video of flooding last year (2007) in Sana’a, please see my weather page.

Re: Glad to be an American

I received a comment on my blog in regards to my Glad to Be an American post, so I wanted to elaborate/clarify a few things in case someone else felt the same as the person who commented/was offended.

A comment was made about surprise being shown that I was glad to be born in a kuffar country:

My reason for writing the “Glad to be an American” post was to simply state that this is the will of Allah that I was born in the United States and that I am not going to deny the benefits that He allowed me to have by virtue of being born there. As I said in the post, I was not encouraging Muslims not to live in a Muslim country, but rather think about the blessings that they had in America and enjoy them while they are in America and one day, insha Allah, Allah would allow them to make hijrah.
A comment was made that I think that I am “better than the Muslims I live with.”
Allah knows best, but I do not think that I am better than anyone else based upon my nationality (or upon anything else for that matter). I was simply trying to show some of the ways that I had benefitted because I was American. I made mentioned of the fact that people at first assumed we were Somalians but once they found out we were American, we received better treatment. I did not mention this because I think that I am better than Somalians, but to show that racism exists outside of the United States. People sometimes think that all Muslims will be treated better (or equal) in a Muslim country and I was also trying to show that that was not necessarily the case.

I also mentioned some of the things that I have seen here in Yemen and was not trying to put down the people or say that I was above this, I was just trying to illustrate some of the conditions that I have seen and was glad that I had not grown up in such impoverished conditions. I am keenfully aware that one or more bad turn of events (authu billah) could turn my life around so that I might find myself possibly in the same conditions or worse regardless of my nationality or financial status.
I apologize if I offended anyone with that post, as that was not my intention, but I do still thank Allah for allowing me to be born in America and not to have had to experience a lot of the hardships that other Muslims around the world may have had to endure.