Last year, I remember using the hashtag #eidsnotexpensive to introduce practical ways to spend eid holidays. As many would take a trip to nearby destinations or spend staycation holiday on hotels around the city, there would be some who weren’t able to finalize their activities until the last minute.
I’ve collected several lessons and discoveries over the last few days, and while going back to work still on a vacation mode, i decided to hit the road today and share what we’ve been up to during the last four days.
FREE COMMUNITY EVENTS.
There were lots of events scheduled during Eid Al Adha 2017. From sports to various entertainment shows, we have a lot of choices. Most of all, these events are usually FREE. And we were given an opportunity to help as one of the social media volunteers in promoting and covering Piyestahan 2017 (link to our event PRIMER here). Through INSTA STORIES, our social media followers were able to watch snippets of the ongoing festivities. This is our way of giving back to the community who were also supporting our blogs and our initiatives.
IT'S TIME TO HAVE SOME FUN! This Eid holiday, we are introducing some tips on how to enjoy without breaking the bank. Using the hashtag #EidOnaBudget, Best Life Qatar will be compiling some practical tips to have a memorable holiday (alone, with friends, or with your family). – TIP#1 – ATTEND FREE EVENTS. There are lots of events happening around the city during Eid Adha. Most the schedules are available on social media and are absolutely free! If you still don't have any plans yet, head to @sapphireplazahotel for the Filipino community's PIYESTAHAN 2017. It is a 3day fair with lots of cultural presentations and bazaar. Check out the complete schedule on my blog (link on my bio). – See u there later at 1pm for the Grand Opening! #instablog #eidaladha2017 #freevents #filipinocommunity #piyestahan2017 #sapphireplazahotel #culturalpresentations #foodbazaars #pinoydelicacies #bayanihansaqatar #dohaexpats #pinoyexpatsinqatar #expatlife
ENJOYED OUR VERY OWN “KAKANING PINOY”.
Aside from the regular programming, we usually look forward to those pinoy desserts (kakanin) that are hard-to-find on a regular basis. These delicacies bring back good times and memories of our life back in the Philippines. And what better way to celebrate a long holiday than to take home these goodies while spending lazy days in front of the TV, a book, or while doing our household chores.
#EidOnaBudget TIP#2: HAVE A "KAKANING PINOY" FIESTA. Either you have it home made or bought at the ongoing filipino event. Enjoy these delights that aren't usually available in the market. These native delicacies usually take time to prepare so long break such as this is just the perfect time to have it. Then, call it by some "pa-soshal" names like glutinuous rice cakes, banana fritters and soft tofu with syrup and tapioca pearls – for our non-filipino friends to understand. Nothing beats feeling at home even while being abroad. Share with us your #tipidtips while celebrating #eidaladha2017 and get featured here at BEST LIFE QATAR. #piyestahan2017 #suman #turon #taho #pinoydesserts #instafoodies #dohafoodies #sweettooth #sweetnessoverload #ofwsinqatar #expatpinoys #dohaexpats #pinoybloggers #dohabloggers #qatarbloggersdoha #daddyblogger #bestlifeqatar
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE.
Cleaning up our closets will help us discover that we have collected more items than we actually need. Again we can revisit our way of spending or make use of these items as gifts or even for the purpose where we bought them in the first place. Our busy schedules or unorganized storage areas may even show that we have those things we’ve been looking for in a long time.
#EidOnaBudget TIP#3: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE. As you take advantage of the break to cleanup your room and your cabinets, youll be surprised to see a lot of things that's just collecting dust. #REDUCE wastage by knowing what you already have and avoid buying unnecessary thing, #REUSE things that are still in good condition, and #RECYCLE things originally intended for a specific use but can be transformed for another purpose (repurpose). This way, we make our holiday very productive which will also be cost efficient in the future. Share with us your #tipidtips while celebrating #eidaladha2017 and get featured here at BEST LIFE QATAR. #waystosave #waystoavoidwaste #waystokillboredomonholidays #operationcleanup #keepinganinventory #savemoney #monitorexpenses #ofwsinqatar #expatpinoys #dohaexpats #pinoybloggers #dohabloggers #qatarbloggersdoha #daddyblogger #bestlifeqatar
LOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING.
While some restaurants can look intimidating outside, you’ll be surprised that many of them actually doesn’t cost as much as what we expect them. We would only know by trying it out ourselves or to be safe, checking out their online menu or even calling their numbers for inquiries. We’ve visited a seafood restaurant in Katara for the first time and since we were only guests of the group, we let our friends order the food. We all thought that choosing from the ala carte menu would be less expensive since you get the see the price afront. However, we were told by the waiting staff that we could have actually enjoyed the “fresh market” options at half the price of what we ordered.
#EidOnaBudget TIP#4: READ RESTAURANT REVIEWS AND CHECKOUT MENUS ONLINE. The best recommendation is to always try something new. Our friends invited us to watch the fireworks display in Katara coming from the events at #Piyestahan2017. Feeling hungry, we headed to the nearby resto. Initially we thought that its expensive considering it's a seafood restaurant and the interiors suggest that we need to have our wallets ready. We thought its safer to choose from the ala carte menu but the waiting staff told us that the "market" (fresh seafoods counter) is less expensive and can be cooked the way we want it. And true enough, they got 6 crabs for only QR60 and served stir fried with chilli sauce (sad my fone died we didnt had a shot). We were told that we can even get 6pcs shrimp for only QR20. The staff were very accommodating. Though it's still a bit expensive than the typical seaside resto, but give it to the location and their ambiance… this one's really worth the try. We will comeback to try a full "market" recipe as suggested by one "kabayan" which she said could only cost us a little over QR100. More seafoods for Zeke? Yalah!!! #eidaladha2017 #katara #fireworks #seafoodsrestaurant #dampastyle #dohafoodies #ofwsinqatar #expatpinoys #dohaexpats #pinoybloggers #dohabloggers #qatarbloggersdoha #daddyblogger #bestlifeqatar
FREE LIVE SHOWS AND PERFORMANCES AT THE MALL.
The best spots to go during hot days are the malls. And we are blessed that there are now a lot of great shopping malls to visit in Qatar. And as we always recommend, the opening hours is one of the best times to stroll where there are still less people and we can enjoy peaceful walk while checking out window displays and even taking a snap of the beautiful mall interiors. For families with kids, there are also FREE shows held inside the malls. We don’t actually need to spend more on paid entertainment as they will already be delighted with several shows happening left and right.
#EidOnaBudget TIP#5: WATCH FREE LIVE SHOWS AND PERFORMANCES AT THE MALL. This eid, almost all malls offer free entertainment for all its patrons. Usually held at their open entertainment areas, your kids can see their favorite cartoon characters or be mezmerized by colorful presentations of various themes. Hot summer weather is ideal for a stroll at the mall. #daddyblogger #familyblog #familyentertainment #liveshows #cartooncharacters #tomandjerry @dohafestcity #centercourt #eidaladha2017 #pinoyblogger #bestlifeqatar
Hope that everyone had a blast during the four days break. Feel free to share your Eid Holiday experiences as others are just half way through it. These ideas and tips could help others spend a meaningful vacation without really spending too much.
And when someone would ask “how are we doing here in Qatar?” i would always ask them to checkout my blog posts and social media accounts. We are simply blessed to be in a country where we always feel secured and protected. Amidst all the challenges, we can still confidently say LIFE IS GOOD here in Qatar!