Jun 15, 2017

Khamsa Khamsa Park, Riyadh

Al Haeer Park which is often called by Filipinos as Khamsa Khamsa Park because its entrance fee is 5 SAR ('Khamsa' is the arabic of five) but it's now 10 SAR. This is the go-to place of our Kababayans especially on weekends to relax, cook barbecue, do videoke, etc. It is also a place where women can remove their abaya but make sure you are dressed properly or else the muttawa (religious police) might see you... you know what I mean if you live here. Hahahah! 

There's nothing much especial here in this place but it's good to spend time here with your friends and family. 

One thing I've noticed here in Saudi is that they only have a few different types of trees. If I'm not mistaken, I only saw less than five varieties. You'll see dates trees anywhere just like here in Khamsa Khamsa. 

You can roam around the area by car or you can just walk but the park is really wide so we preferred the first one. 

Vandalizm. Tsk Tsk Tsk.... 

There are some cute structures where you take selfies there. 

What's fun about this place is that there's a hanging bridge that you can cross to. It's a little bit scary because by the looks of it, I feel like can fall off any time soon. Hahaha! 

After checking around the place, you can set-up a table and chairs under the shade of dates tress and take a rest and enjoy the food you've prepared. 

There's actually so much more to explore in this park that we were not able to visit. There are also small cottages that you can rent; it's usually where our fellow Filipinos celebrate birthdays, eat and sing the videoke.

Jun 9, 2017

The Red Sand Dune in Riyadh

In the Philippines, we have famous white sand beaches but here in Saudi, they have famous red sand sans the beaches. The sand is so soft and pure that you want walk barefoot. 

Well, Red Sand is a well-known tourist attraction among Filipinos. It's where most of us go during our free time. It's only about an hour or less away from the main city of Riyadh. It's actually a place where we can ride an ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) along the red sand hills, see camels, or just enjoy the view (or weather during winter) and eat our prepared meal. 

If you love riding ATVs like me, you'll enjoy it but be careful 'coz there are some parts that are steep and you might lose your balance and fall just like what happened to my other workmates. Fortunately, they only had minor injuries. 

When you get tired riding the ATV, you can find a spot to sit down, relax and enjoy the cool breeze of winter. 

Or you can play with the sand like we used to when we were kids. LOL 

Camels! I got a little with them, I thought they will come near me. Hahaha!

The view on top is superb! (The fog was really thick. That's how cold it was that time.)

The best time to come is during winter since summer here is really hot. You can bring your own food/snack just in case because there's no restaurant or any food store here.


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