Recent Posts

The Pearl Tent Library: A New Project

The Pearl Tent Library: A New Project

Being a mom is a hard job. A really hard job. I think we can all agree on that. There’s the endless cycle of poop diapers and feedings and using the washroom with a spectator while cooking and doing the dishes and laundry…. We’re keeping […]

“Stuck in Limbo” (a fictional letter from a Semiahmoo woman) by Zaynab Baksh

“Stuck in Limbo” (a fictional letter from a Semiahmoo woman) by Zaynab Baksh

Canada recently celebrated its 150th anniversary, but the history of this land started thousands of years before that. The relationship between European colonizers and the indigenous peoples of Canada has been filled with years of abuse and suffering. It is only in recent years that […]

Banana Poppers

Banana Poppers

3:30 in the afternoon on weekdays is children happily leaving their day prison aka school, teachers wearily going home for some quiet, and moms or dads rushing to get some food ready for the hungry army thats about to bust down the front door. The […]

Baidaa: Camping…and Jinns

Baidaa: Camping…and Jinns

About a 30 minute drive outside of Madinah, about 60 km from Masjid An-Nabawi, is a stretch of desert known as Wadi-al-Baidaa, which literally translates to the Valley of Baidaa.  Among the local population, it is more commonly known simply as Baidaa. This picturesque area […]

Luqaimat

Luqaimat

Little puffs of melt-in-your-mouth goodness. The golden, crunchy exterior. Then the airy, pillow-y middle. And finally your taste buds are hit by the most exquisite burst of sweetness coupled perfectly with the slightest tangy undertones. Eating one luqaimat is an adventure through the best parts […]

Saffron Rice

Saffron Rice

 Did you know that there are over 40,000 kinds of rice? That it has been part of human diet for over 4,000 years? Or that there is purple rice? How about that saffron is the stigma part of the crocus flower? Or that its value […]

Carrot Spice Cookies

Carrot Spice Cookies

There are two things that send a crisp fall feeling to my taste buds: spiced anything and root vegetables. Spiced lattes or spiced muffins or spiced cobblers and pumpkins, carrots, turnips, squash, etc. That’s how I tell my mouth that the leaves are a rainbow […]

Born in Madinah – Part 2: Canadian Citizenship & Passport

The information in this section is specific to babies born in Saudi Arabia with at least one Canadian parent. If you are from another country, the passport application will be completely different. You can skip ahead to the next section: Part 3: Getting Baby’s Iqamah […]

Born in Madinah – Part 1: Birth Notification & Birth Certificate

Congratulations on the birth of your baby! For expatriate families, the decision to have the baby in Saudi Arabia comes after lots of consideration. Quality of care in the hospitals, doctors, help from family, language barriers, expenses and the list goes on. But now that […]

Eczema…

Eczema is one of those things where everyone is an expert…but none of them have a cure. While your little one is itching and squirming, it is hard not to get frustrated with all the suggestions. Bathe him daily. No only twice a week. Use […]