Important Notice

It is not my intention to denigrate Saudi Arabia or its people. It’s like everywhere else, there is good and there is bad. I would rather focus on the unusual and the humourous. Offence is not intended.

“The country is not perfect. The media cannot be trusted, mistreatment of religious minorities is common and there are some that live in fear.” You can decide for yourself whether that statement is about Saudi Arabia, the UK, or any country for that matter.

To quote the Joker, “Why can’t we all just get along?”

That is all I will say about either subject.

Wednesday, 5 September 2007

RF #3: Chumpoo

This is where stupid people wash their hair.

Badoom tish!


If eating at Villa inspires you to try the same type of cooking at home just wander next door to Chumpoo Food Store as it’s a good place to buy Asian ingredients. In the fridge, you will find a selection of fresh vegetables and herbs including lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, water convolvulus, to name a few. You can also purchase shrimp paste, curry pastes and Asian sauces.

Location: Next to Villa, you can see it on the same map.


Chris said...

Another good tip Margrave. I've been to The Villa several times but never noticed this shop.
...and I'm regularly frustrated by Tamimi's woeful purchasing policy for Kaffir Lime Leaves.

popopsma said...

Thanks so much for the map! Its very timely for a Malaysian like me whose leaving for Riyadh tomorrow!

Carol said...

I've just discovered your delightful blog. It's always nice to read blogs of others (like myself) who write about their experiences and observations in the Kingdom. Your "Riyadh tips" are great and please do keep them up.


Anonymous said...

Still alive ?!!

Nik said...

Come on Margrave. I need my fix. Get blogging again old chap.

BIGBOSS said...

What the? Cool. I've been to Saudi myself and had experienced some of the stuff you posted here. Care to visit my country?

Click on me, I have my blog. Try to compare our culture to that of Saudi...

Kirrus said...

Are you ok, Margrave? said...

i was wondering what you were on about, till i realized it was actually the name of a store and not a badly spelt/prounounced sanitary item

savannah said...

are you still blogging from KSA?

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Hello!!! Wakey-wakey!.....R u OK????

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he is gone

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R u OK? Merry Christmas!

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I had a wonderful time reading your blog having endless cups of tea. It is amusing. I admire your sense of humour. I live in DQ. I would have loved reading more on your page - but I guess you are not blogging anymore here:-)
A big HELLO to other readers.

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Wasta(h) - Having powerful social connections

sad..but true!

u know what in a community like that can seriosly turn u gay!!
Im saudi nd im prod..but thats sucks...big time ma frnd..big time

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Hello,whats happened to you?Its been a long time since we've heard from you.Hope all is well with you and we hear from you soon!

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Dude. You seriously need to post. I even put you on my blog as a link. Post or I'll send Javert after you! ;) - Heather

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where r u now

Anonymous said...

What happened to you? Mutawwa or police did something to you?

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i am afifa jabeen from the saudi gazette.
while surfing fr blogs in the kingdom i came across ur blog...i am doing a feature on local blogs...i thought if u wud be interested i cud feature u in my article. my email is
pls send me ur contact no or email so that i can know more abt the blog and its author.

Anonymous said...

Hello Margrave
it's the 1st time for me to visit ur blog, i think it is a gr8 idea to write about ur experience, though i found very strange stuff which made me think that u've never spoken to a saudi to explain the saudi's point
so as a saudi girl i thought that if u have any question just ask me and i'll be glad to answer u

Fatima said...

interesting work

Mark said...

interesting blog
are you still in Saudi?
all the best

Anonymous said...

i think there is a kind of misunderstandin..!!
i realy do..
i suggest that.. before writin.. u have to have a full knowledge..coz u might b blindfolded..
and as u said u dun want to offense any..
then why r u appologizin!!!
hh odd..
make sense..
saudi gurl

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I think every country has its cultural ethos. The Saudis have theirs. No more no less.

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