Expat October in Doha

Oh hot October morning sun,We wait for thy fever to fall;To-morrow's winds, if they ever come,Will be welcomed by all.The pigeons in the towers calland bide time until to-morrow.Oh hot October morning sun,your heat makes all creatures slow,robbing us of our energy like a thief.All hearts hope for summer to be done,for an end to… Continue reading Expat October in Doha

Experiments with Cinemagraphs

Only photography has been able to divide human life into a series of moments, each of them has the value of a complete existence.Eadweard Muybridge Museum of Islamic Art and West Bay at night (Doha, Qatar) Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (Taipei, Taiwan) Overlook at Kenting National Park Forest (Kenting, Taiwan) Dusk at Baisha Beach (Hengchun,… Continue reading Experiments with Cinemagraphs

Song and Dance in Doha

While thinking about what to publish for this week's blog post, by happenstance, I was looking through the few videos that I had saved in Google Photos. It then occurred to me to curate a few of these videos and share them. So, after upgrading my WordPress account, once again, I was able to upload… Continue reading Song and Dance in Doha

Cirque du Soleil in Doha

The band blares,The naphtha flares,The sawdust smells,Showmen ring bells,And oh! right into the circus ringComes such a lovely, lovely thing...."Circus" by Eleanor Farjeon This past Saturday, I was able to watch the penultimate performance of Cirque du Soleil BAZZAR before the start of Ramadan. There was a circus tent set up across the canal from… Continue reading Cirque du Soleil in Doha

Ramadan Kareem! and Other Matters Related to #Ramadan2019

Image source Sunday, May 5th marks the start of Ramadan 2019. Based on the visual sighting of the crescent moon, the month typically lasts 29-30 days. Ramadan is based on the Hijri calendar (a lunar calendar consisting of 12 months of 354 or 355 days), not the Gregorian calendar (a solar calendar of 12 months… Continue reading Ramadan Kareem! and Other Matters Related to #Ramadan2019

Ghazal for Doha: A Blog Poem

Image Source Apologies for the late post. I started to write a rant for this week's blog post about the tax reform that was passed late at night by the Senate Republicans, about the direction that I saw the US heading, and about how I was glad to be outside of the US during the remainder of the… Continue reading Ghazal for Doha: A Blog Poem

First Week, First Observations in Doha

I have been in Doha little over a week. During this time, I have had innumerable experiences that I could discuss at length. However, for the sake of brevity, the following is a list of observations that I have had in the short time that I have been in country. Within 5 minutes of driving… Continue reading First Week, First Observations in Doha