Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sex & the City 2



I know its my second post today about movies. You can't blame me though, I just found out about Sex & the city 2. I have not met yet any woman who is not a fan of the series. After all the series represents modern feminism and has kind of set the standard of what todays women really want: Manolos and Vivienne Westwood wedding dresses... and yes families & careers.

To be honest I was only disappointed with one detail I saw in the trailer: 4 Newyorkers go to Dubai on a shopping spree... DUBAI? When did Dubai become the world's number one shopping capital? what happened to LONDON.. PARIS.. MILAN.. HONG KONG.. TOKYO?

Holmes



I watched Sherlock Holmes last night, and I LOVED IT. The 2.5 hour action packed movie is wonderfully directed, the Hans Zimmer sound track is engulfing with signature Guy Ritchie fight scenes. An amazing new interpretation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective Holmes & his sidekick Dr.Watson, and the relationship that binds the two men. A breath taking performance by Downey Jr. & Jude Law..

I strongly suggest you watch it in the movie theaters :D

Friday, December 18, 2009

Istanbul in Blue



My husband and I recently returned from a short trip to the city of Istanbul. Let me just say that the city definitely won us over, and soon we discovered why it was titled “world’s hippest city”. In true tourist fashion, we visited some of its important historic buildings such as Dolmabahce Sarayi and Topkapi Sarayi, Ottoman mosque Hagia Sophia ( all located in the charming quarter of Sultan Ahmet), and the restored and converted 19th-century Ciragan Sarayi of Sultan Abdulaziz, now a modern five-star hotel of the Kempinski Hotels Chain, with magnificent grounds overlooking the Bosphorus.
There’s more than enough to see during the day that I could go on about for pages on end. However, it is at night that the city swings into high-velocity action. We could not help but be affected by the infectious joie de vivre of Istanbulis as they flocked at restaurants, bars and clubs, and two A.M found us strolling the popular Istiklal Street that branches out from Taqsim square, despite the low temperatures and heavy rain.
In Ortakoy, a lively seafront area, popular with young people (and the young-at-heart!), we stumbled across The House Café, a cozy place decorated with dim lights suitable for a romantic evening while sampling delicious Turkish dishes.
For the perfect romantic spot, we made reservations at the 2400 year old Kiz Kulesi (Maiden’s Tower) located on a rock in the middle of the Bosphorus. Legend has it that a king sequestered his fair daughter here to protect her from the world, and particularly from a sorcerer who put a curse on the princess: the princess would die from the bite of a snake. The tower-turned-restaurant provides international and Turkish delicacies. I personally enjoyed a delicious salmon on spinach puree while listening to live Turkish music (which prompted me to buy Istanbul in blue, by Turkish composer and jazz musician Fahir Atakoglu).
You can also climb to the top of the tower where you can enjoy a beverage while overlooking the city from a distance.
P.S. I could not resist attaching a picture of the popular Turkish fast food: Kumpir. It is basically a jacket potato loaded with various fillings topped with chilli sauce, ketchup, couscous, and yoghurt, definitely a must-try!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Colour A Month Daily Planner Box Set from Moleskin Diaries




I was going through pretty point of view and I found that she blogged my favorite brand of planners Moleskin. Moleskine is the legendary notebook that the European artists and intellectuals who made twentieth-century culture used: from Henri Matisse to the turn-of-the-century Parisian avant-garde, from Louis Férdinand Céline to Ernest Hemingway. Writer-traveler Bruce Chatwin picked up this tradition and made it famous.

A simple black rectangle with squared or lined pages, endleaves held by an elastic band, an inside pocket for loose sheets, a binding in 'moleskine' which gives it its name, this trusty, pocket-size traveling companion guarded notes, stories, thoughts and impressions before they turned into the pages of beloved books.

I had gotten a red one last year that fits into my bag, so I would take it around wherever I go. To be honest, and don't laugh at me just yet. In my original plan, i was supposed to get more organized in 2009. I was supposed to write down everything and not miss an event nor be late. Well.. that plan did not work out. I barely jotted down anything, but I am still a sucker for cool & pretty things. SO i would definitely want one of these.

Colour A Month Daily Planner Box Set comes with 12 planners each month with a different color, so you won't get bored with the one you carry. Each page is dedicated for one single day , so no worries about squeezing your day into a few lines.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

aha:



Well Maurice IV needs a bed.. so I went out looking for the perfect one. I already knew that i wanted the case to have several compartments to house the charger, my external hard drive, my ipod cables, camera cables and chargers. Basically all the new technology junk we need to carry in these modern times. I also wanted a backpack. I know it does not look as sleek as a sleeve but I wanted it to be practical for traveling. You know while moving all those suitcases I don't want my laptop to keep slipping over my shoulders.

I finally decided on the aha: white rucksack. First it goes with my white ceramic Maurice =D and second of all it fit everything.. and it was great traveling with it. It fit all my accessories as well as my files and magazines. It was super comfy and i am sure glad i got the 13" Macbook. aha: carries a big range of colours & designs. You can get yours from iSTYLE & TCS Jnah.

Maurice IV



Well Maurice III has started to feel weaker lately after all he has been in service for about 4 years and I had finally decided to replace him with a newer model. (I Know I am cruel) Since Maurice III (17" Macbookpro) was the best in the line I was not sure if I wanted to get the same model or get a Macbook.

Apple MacBook
has something for everyone. With a durable polycarbonate unibody enclosure that’s 1.08 inches thin and now only 4.7 pounds, it fits easily into your backpack or briefcase. The built-in battery lasts up to 7 hours on a single charge. Your photos, videos, games, and websites come alive on the new power-efficient, 13-inch LED-backlit widescreen display. And its spacious new trackpad supports two-finger scroll, right-click, and Multi-Touch gestures.

Hmmm... that sounded super cool and the price tag sounded even better. The most important decision was downsizing, and I am glad I did.Maurice III was heavy.. my shoulders thank me everyday for getting a younger and much slimmer guy to carry around. I got mine from iSTYLE - Bliss Street. They are super helpful in the store & definitely helped me with making the decision. Thanks guys you rock!

Welcome Maurice IV.

Friday, December 4, 2009

As Fate Would Have It!




Hi! I'm The Roommate, and I would proudly like to announce that we are now closing in on our 11th friendship anniversary. Funny story how we met, but as The Soapmaker loves to tell the story, I'll leave that task to her :-D

It's true, we did have a lot in common, such as putting off doing our laundry till we were down to the last clean piece of clothing ( we had better things to do !) and, by mere chance, sneaking in animal pets that were not allowed in the building.

Those were some good times, and really good memories, that I will always cherish :-)

The Soapmaker and I still have a lot in common. Both Saggis, we're married to two wonderful men ( whom also happen to be Saggis) and we both moved back to Beirut in 2009!

The Soapmaker has one little advantage over me, in an adorable boy named Leo :-) He's 3 years old now, and I can already see his mother's charm and energy bubbling inside him.

Happy to be aboard friend!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

FREE cookbook from Martha



I know thanksgiving is over.. but hey most of these recipes work great for christmas dinners.. You guys can download an amazing FREE cookbook from Martha Stewart.. Let me know your favourite recipes.. I can't wait to try the appetizers.. and don't ask me to make turkey!!

The Roomate



I would like to welcome to Saboon Baladi THE ROOMATE..

I am sure you will enjoy reading her blogs; as she has a great eye for fashion & design, a wonderful taste in food, and a hilarious sense of humor. We did share much more in common.. a ROOM, a lot of laughter and much gossip.

Welcome aboard my dearest friend..

My NEW emu Boots!



I am going to Park City for a few days :D and I finally got a reason to buy those Ugg Boots.. I always thought they were cool, but never really got myself to buy any. AiZone carries a good collection of emu boots. So I went down with a friend yesterday to get myself a pair.

The emu boots at Aizone range between $ 125 - $ 450. You can get the same model in 2 different price ranges for example EMU Australia Women's Hipperthe merino wool model is for $ 125 and the same model in sheepskin is for $ 320.

I got the cheaper model; since my budget was around $ 150, and they only had the black one in my size. But once I put them on , I did not want to take them off. They are super comfy and keep my feet warm :D they are definitely my favorite pair of boots now. A must try!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Hello Kitty x Mimobot





Mimobot X Hello Kitty


I am not a big fan of Hello Kitty - Although i have to admit that the cat is actually growing on me - but i am a HUGE fan of Mimobots - USB designer flash drives. Mimobots are super sexy USBs they just scream BUY ME - BUY ME - BUY ME. I am so glad you can get them now in Beirut: iSTYLE & VIRGIN

My favorite ones are the Mimobot Pink Meletta USB Flash Drive by Tokidoki
and Mimobot USB Flash Drive Core Series Owsley Owlbert 2.0GB LTD aren't they cute?



pretty point of view




I had totally forgotten why I had started this Blog.. and for several months, this blog remained empty gathering dust with no new posts. Today I received an email from a friend who has started a blog of her own. She reminded me why I got into blogging in the first place.

My mission was to keep in touch with my friends; at the time I was leaving Kuwait and going back to Lebanon. The blog would act as a medium for me to voice out thoughts, news and other stuff to friends who I shared laughs, smiles and love with everyday, and was going to miss them terribly.

I miss you girls.

Thank you LA for making me want to Blog again.

Good Luck with pretty point of view.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Zina's Ups & Downs



My friend Zina has always been very talented in illustrating herself :D Always had a very special sense of humor that made me laugh so many times. Now living in montreal, she started blogging her cartoons finally, and i am sure you would love them :) Wonderful Work Zina.. as always :)

Saturday, June 6, 2009

It's ONLY BANANAS????




I have finally came to terms with my weight problem, i have to admit having it, to actually start thinking of how to get rid of the weight and start trimming down.I decided that its time for me to actually stop making yummy desserts (yes SAY NO TO CUPCAKES) and try and make alternatives - that are actually yummy looking, taste good and have low calories.

In my search for an ice-cream replacement, i came across this recipe from The Last-Minute Party Girl : Fashionable, Fearless, and Foolishly Simple Entertaining Instant Banana Ice-cream takes exactly 5 min to make. All you need is PEELED frozen bananas - (if you don't peel them before you freeze them , they will be impossible to peel later ) and a blender. Optional toppings: toasted pecans /walnuts and Caramel Sauce.

Cut Bananas into blender, and blend on slow speed, in magical seconds the banana will turn into a creamy blend .. Looks just like Ice-cream.. scoop it into bowls , top it with toppings and Serve. :)

Calorie content:
1 Banana 50 Cal.
1.5 Pecans 28 Cal.
1tbspn Smucker's Caramel Flavored Sunday Syrup -FAT FREE- 50 Cal

All in all 128 Calories for 2 scoops of Banana Ice-cream.
AND IT TASTES GREAT.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

cupcake bites


cupcake bites, originally uploaded by Sabooon Baladi.

Okay , so last week i discover this yummy blog Bakerella, and i am hooked... The cupcake pops have been on my mind ever since.

I went ahead yesterday and made some, they are pretty easy to make, although i burned my chocolate while melting.. not good, and had to melt more, and the cookie cutter i had was too big to chape them like a cupcake, so they were actually more like cylinders.. but hey.. its a start, and they were so yummmmmmmmmmyyyyy.. Thanx bakerella!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

RE-DISCOVERING BEIRUT

When people leave they only take good memories with them, and seem to leave behind everything that they hated about a place. Your away , you want to come back. Now that i am here, i have to learn the ropes again, and the Re-discovery begins... Beirut.. ya Beirut..