Posted by: Leap of Faith | May 28, 2010

“A Rad” Day – Farewell, Bahrain!


Early this month, we decided to cross-over to Bahrain to bid our final farewell to this kingdom which has been a crucial part of our life (and survival) here in the Middle East. As much as we enjoyed living here in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia – and are truly appreciative of how our experiences here have enriched our lives in more ways than I could explain – I must admit that Bahrain was instrumental in helping our family cope with the lifestyle changes that we faced when we moved to this part of the world. I know this statement is relative, but for us, this place was a bridge where we could literally re-connect to the life that we left behind.  A haven where we experience normalcy – or life as we know it –  even for just a moment.

Despite its small land size (a little bit smaller than the city-state of Singapore), this kingdom has full of little treasures waiting to be discovered by unsuspecting travellers like us. It never ceases to amaze me how we always end up pleasantly experiencing something different every time we visit – whether it be unearthing a piece of their history and culture or discovering the modern developments that are now shaping the landscape of the city.

In order to enjoy our last moments in the city, we decided to take it slow and just drive around and remember as much as we can of our experience. Fortunately, in the process, we found the Arad Fort – a typical Arab-style ancient fortress located in the island of Muharraq, close to the Bahrain International Airport.  Although little is known about the fortress – unlike the more popular Bahrain Fort – it still gave us a good backdrop for some good family photos and a lot of fun-filled memories!  This was definitely a fitting way to say goodbye to this beautiful kingdom.

The Bahrain flag waving proudly in one of the watch towers.

The main (only) entrance to the fortress.

The size of the fortress is small – this is practically the whole fort already.  What is interesting, though, is that they made it using locally available materials – notice how the top of the structure is fortified with many palm trunks.

These steps (obviously later additions to the structure) lead to the watch tower…

… I required them to pose, though, before they can proceed further up the steps.

A cannon – one of the few remaining relics found in the fort.

Marga gamely trying out a “Samson” pose…

… while our “tween” boys, Rafael and Luigi, were starting to be conscious in hamming it up for the camera.

Good thing my wife, Pinky, showed our boys a lesson or two on how to work it… er, strike a pose. 😉  She definitely raised the temperature higher that day – sizzling hot, hot hot! :mrgreen:

Shukran, Bahrain! We will definitely miss you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. What a great way to bid Bahrain goodbye (*sniff, sniff!*)… I totally agree – this place gave us that much-needed semblance of normalcy and kept us sane when things in our adoptive kingdom got too crazy to handle.

    What can I say? Thank God for Bahrain!

    PS Did you really have to include my “hot” pose? I warned you… my “talent fee” could be steep! Hahaha! 😆

    • Hon, that was the best shot! How can I not include it? You gave new meaning to the word “hot” – whew!

      Yes, Bahrain was a lifesaver. God really is good and we should be grateful since He allowed us access to this city. I can’t imagine how our life must have been without it.

  2. I must say I really enjoyed reading the entry feels like i’m there too.

    Don’t worry i’m not a stalker i’m just an avid fan. 🙂

    Cheers! Sy’s 🙂

    • Maraming salamat Ferdz for following our blogs (Pinky’s too). It is very encouraging to know that other people read this site – mas feel tuloy namin mag share ng mga experiences namin to other people. Hope to see you soon!


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