Cat-Free in Doha

A few weeks ago, as I was driving my car into the entrance of my apartment building, I noticed a small cat huddled on the front steps. After parking my car, I approached the grey tabby. Hey, kitty! It didn’t flee and allowed me to pet it.  Up close, I noticed that the cat was… Continue reading Cat-Free 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