zaterdag 25 december 2010
If you face such difficulties that you don’t even know what you will eat tomorrow, then it might be a good tip to spend your money wisely. If you happen to have some money for food, then spend it on dry beans, like chick peas, black- eyed peas, white beans, lentils, etc.
These types of food you can store well for a long long time and it is nutritious food and healthy. Dry beans are also cheap.
Here in Yemen we cook these beans for breakfast and/ or dinner.
dinsdag 14 december 2010
zaterdag 11 december 2010
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donderdag 25 november 2010
dinsdag 23 november 2010
The best way to earn an income in Yemen is by earning it in the rich West and then spend it in Yemen.
The average income in Yemen is very low, but the average income in US, Europe or Canada is much higher. The costs in the US, Europe or Canada is high but the costs in Yemen are very low.
Can you do the math???
So what do you think if you live in Yemen, earn an income in dollars or Euros and then spend it in Yemen where the costs are much lower than these western countries…?
If you are not interested in becoming rich, which of course you could, but you will earn more than enough to take care of all your financial responsibilities and have even an extra!
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What is affiliate marketing?
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You actually don’t even have to sell to people, but if people click on your link (of the product) and then buy it trough that link, you will get paid!
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- By Earning Money in your home country (US, Europe or Canada) and spend it in Yemen!!!
How? Well there are several ways to earn money in The West. You can export products from Yemen to other countries, you can travel for work or... you can Earn Money from the Internet!!!
This last one I think is the best one, because it is easy, fast and convenient. You live in Yemen and you earn your income by working from your home and get paid in $ or €.
Don't forget, if you generate an income from US, Europe or Canada, just a little bit will sufice for you, your family and all your costs and financial responsabilities! Not only sufice you, but even more!!!
Then why earn an income from The West and spend it in Yemen? Well as you red my previous statement, it will not only sufice you, but you will have more then enough. Why? Because the costs in Yemen are of course much less then other countries.
Also, the average income in Yemen is pretty low. Many people have beside their day job another job in order to help themselves and their families financily.
Conclusion: The best way to earn an income is, to earn it from other countries (US, Europe and Canada) and then spend it in Yemen.
woensdag 10 november 2010
• The best place in Sana’a for fruits and vegetables is a marketplace called al- Madbah’. At this marketplace you can buy fruits and vegetables in bulk.
A tip on economizing: buy certain fruits and vegetables during the season when fruits and vegetables are cheap. This is the summer season. Wash them, cut and peel them and then put them in plastic bags and store them in the freezer.
• You can also buy fruit per kilo at other marketplaces or from a truck, which are parked at the side of a road. Merchants happen to sell their fruit from their trucks or cars. At these places you will find fruit much cheaper than at a store.
• The best place for grocery shopping is at a superstore. Superstores are much cheaper then supermarkets and baqaalah’s, which is a grocery store.
• Drinkwater can be bought at a grocery store for 40 Rial per 5 liters, or for economizing, buy water per 10 liters for only 50 Rial.
A tip on economizing: buy yourself a few 10 liter jerry cans and if you happen to be downtown (for work for example) or if you live downtown, fill your jerry cans at a special store for only 50 Rial per jerry can.
• You can buy fresh, hot bread at a bakery. You can also buy bread from a grocery store, but it will not be hot and sometimes not even fresh.
I know 4 types of bread: * roti (baguette)
* roti small
. * khaas (gaas) (round flat bread)
* kudam (whole wheat bread)
I like kudam the most, because it tastes good and is much healthier than the other types of bread. Bread cost about 15 Rial per piece
They also sell mlawah’ (pan bread) and luh’ooh’ (some kind of pancake) but I think at the suq (marketplace).
For questions and comments please feel free to leave a comment.
• Apartment : a small apartment cost between 20.000 to 35.000 or more a month.
• Electricity : 0-200= 6 Rial; 200-350= 9 Rial; 350-700= 12 Rial; 700- ↑= 16 Rial.
• Water : 1200 Rial for 1000 Liters. The average price is about 4000 Rial p/month.
• Rice : 270 Rial p/ kg.
• Flour : 120 Rial p/ kg.
• Sugar : 250 Rial p/ kg.
• Chicken : 1000 Rial for 1 chicken, 1, 5 kg.
• Meat : 1400 Rial for calf p/ kg; 1700 for lamb p/ kg.
• Eggs : 20 Rial p/ egg; 100 Rial p/ 5 eggs; 500 Rial p/ 30 eggs.
• Milk : 120 Rial p/ half a liter.
• Yoghurt : 120 Rial p/ half a kg.
• Bananas : 100- 150 Rial p/ kg.
• Apples : Yemeni apples 150- 200 p/ kg; American apples 400 p/ kg.
• Bread : 15 Rial per bread.
• Drink water : 40 Rial p/ 5 Liters.
• Cheese : Depends on the brand, you can fine for 10 Rial, 15 Rial and 20 Rial p/ piece.
Like I have mentioned before, the average income for someone with a college degree is about 30.000 Rial, which is about €100, $140 a month.
I know a woman who works as a manager, leading a team of 10 men and women. Her salary is 35.000 Rial. 25.000 Rial of her salary goes to her mother every month, and she keeps 10.000 for herself.
Many help their parents financially, so much so, that they give a great part of their salary to their parents or all of it!
So, keep these figures in mind and start calculating if you are planning to come here and live here in Yemen. It is the best to be prepared, by knowing the average income and expenses and then save up some money.
Really, the expenses here in Yemen are much lower than the other parts of the world, like for example USA, Europe and Canada. So, if you as a foreigner plan to live here in Yemen it will not be a big task to save up some money. But you should be prepared and you should start planning and thinking about How to generate an income when you will be living here.
I have some great ideas and advices about that… so stay tuned…!
donderdag 30 september 2010
Again, these things are My experiences. So others may have experienced them differently. Another point is that some important matters I don’t know of, because I have not experienced them. For example, visa, house renting, jobs, bills, etc. I am a stay at home mom and I don’t have these responsibilities.
But if you do have questions about them, feel free to post your question in the comment box, I can always ask my husband or my family in law about these matters.
• First what I have mentioned many times before, the electricity. It is very common that electricity falls out for an hour, less, a couple of hours, a day and maybe more than a day. The last one I have experienced maybe only once.
• Water. It happens many times that there is no tap water. Secondly, tap water is not suitable to use for drinking. You can drink tap water only when boiled. But we buy “maa kawthar” water that is sold in a jerry can. You buy these jerry cans from the baqalah, a small grocery store. Every time you want to buy water, you take your empty jerry can and then you pay 40 Rial and the shop owner gives you a full one in return. The price for water went up in Ramadan from 30 Rial to 40 Rial.
• The Average income is about 30.000 Rial per month. But you have to take this in consideration, rent for an apartment in Sana’a is also approximately 25.000 30.000.And livelihood expenses per month is also around 30.000 Rial per month. That’s why you see that many men when they get married stay with their parents, take their wife in their parents’ house. Also, the low income compared to the higher expenses is a reason why many women work. Many girls and even married women who work give all their salary or a great part of it to their parents, in order to help them financially.
• We use another washing machine different from the washing machines of Europe. You yourself have to fill it with water by using a bucket. You rinse the wash by hand. This process of washing clothes might be experienced as heavy, especially when you are pregnant.
• Healthcare is of course different from the health care in the west, especially if we talk about hygiene. But it is important, I think, to be patient with that.
• It is important to choose a good and a well known doctor and a clean hospital.
• It is important for you and your kids to take the vaccinations before travelling to Yemen.
• The infrastructure is also different from the west. Not all the roads have asphalt.
This in short are the things I think you should know about before coming to Yemen. If you have any questions, feel free to post your question in the comment box.
It’s up to you to choose…
1. Tip number one. Make sure you always have some candles in your house. Even better if you have a few great flashlights. For men who go out at night, a flash light in the car and a pocket flash light. Or you can buy a lighter which has a small light at the end. I think they cost about 30 Rial, which is about 10 Euro cent.
2. Have at least one big bucket/ basket in your bathroom to store water in case there is no water. If you have kids, please a bucket/ basket with a lit on it and preferable something heavy on it.
3. Don’t spend your money on much unnecessary electric devices. Why? Don’t forget that electricity falls out minimum once a day! An example I can give is an electric kettle. If there is no electricity, how can you boil water? But you use a normal kettle which you put on a stove.
4. Buy if you can electric devises which work on batteries. Rechargeable are even better. Why? For the reason mentioned above.
5. Gas bottle. Have at least two. If one gets empty, you always have another one. These gas bottles are attached to the stove, for cooking.
6. Don’t drink tap water! But buy water. For babies even bottled water is used.
7. Have bicarbonate at home. You should know that white clothes get very dirty because of the dust outside. Bicarbonate is used for white clothing. In the future I will give you some advice about how to wash white clothes.
8. Get internet. This is a good way to stay in touch with your friends and family you left behind. Phone calling is expensive.
This is for now what I can think of. Maybe in the future more…
woensdag 29 september 2010
It’s after ‘asr after lunch. The kids are sleeping and for me it’s time for shay h’aleeb and time to spend some good quality time on the internet.
I am thinking about the subjects I want to write about, about my life here in Yemen. Because there is so much you need to know about living in Yemen before considering making hijra (migration) to Yemen or before considering coming here to live here for a few years. Especially if you are from the “rich” west like Europe or USA.
There is a big difference, I think, between life in the west and life here in Yemen. For example, electricity falls out approximately once a day and sometimes more, water can be cut off (and we experience that many times), doctors and healthcare where, what, who is reliable and who not, etc.
But I think that life here for me is different than for those who come here with their family and live on their own. Why? Because they can continue on with their lifestyle like they had in the west with of course some differences.
But for people like me, we live in with Yemeni people, so we really had and have to adapt to their way of living. How they do certain things. How their program looks like. But it is good, even though it was not easy, I really learned a lot. I have learned to live without electricity for a couple of hours or even a day, I have learned to store water in a big basket for if there is no water, I have learned to cook with simple ingredients , I have learned to cook smaller portions, because I was used to cook big meals, served on big plates. First when I saw how Yemeni people served their food, I thought “how can that be enough”. Later on I found out that these smaller portions of food are just enough! It’s not that they let you starve, but they serve on smaller plates and every time if the dish gets empty they fill it again with food, as not to waste!
donderdag 8 juli 2010
It is a common practice for many Yemeni people to serve this thee in the late afternoon, begin evening. They serve this thee especially when they have visitors.
This is how you make it:
· Thee bag (normal black thee)
· 2 cardamom pits
· Sugar to taste
· Coffee creamer or just milk
Boil water in a thee pot together with the cardamom and sugar. Until the water is boiled and the cardamom is smelled, put in the thee bag. Then pour in the creamer or milk and let it heat.
Ready to be served and it tastes even greater with a piece of cake!
This is how you make it:
· Flat bread (or any other type of bread, I prefer bread that is dried out, like gaas, flatbread)
· Samn (ghee) or butter
· Milk (a few tablespoons, it depends on how much bread you use)
Break the bread up into small pieces and put it in a dish that you can put on the stove, or else a pan, put the stove on medium heat. Put some ghee in it and use your hands or a spoon to mix it all well. Pour in a few tablespoons of milk just enough for the bread to become soft. Don’t put too much milk! Then pour honey on top of the bread mixture. Taste if the bread is sweet enough, if not, put some more honey in it. When the bread is soft and warm, it is ready to be served!
Delicious with a cup of thee!
As I have mentioned before, the Yemeni people have many types of fetta. This fetta is to be served at lunch as a side dish. It is made from flat bread that Yemeni women bake in a tenour. A tenour is a round oven with a lit on top of it. The bread is not baked in a dish, rather it is pasted on the inside wall of the oven!
Another point I want to make is that this fetta tastes even more delicious when you use biological ghee. Here we have some people who have friends or family living in town close to farms or are themselves farmers. In these farms they make original biological ghee which tastes sooooo delicious. They call this ghee samn al- baladie.
This recipe is sooo delicious!
This is how you make it:
· Yemeni bread (or any other type of bread, I prefer flat bread )
· Samn (ghee) or butter (samn al- baladie is preferred)
· Maraq (just enough to make this fetta moist)
Break the bread up into small pieces and put it in a dish that you can put on the stove, or else a pan, put the stove on medium heat. Put some ghee in it and use your hands or a spoon to mix it all well. Pour in some maraq, just enough for the bread to become soft and moist. When the bread is soft and it is heated well, it is ready to be served.
Fatoot is plural and singular is called fetta.
Fetta is a dish that is served in a typically Yemeni dish which is called a maqla. A maqla is a original yemeni dish which is a round, deep dish in it is available in various sizes. I think it is made from clay.
Fetta is a dish that is very simple and is made by breaking up flat bread into small pieces and then heated in a maqla.
There are sweet and salty fatoot.
Fetta is also being made if one doesn't know what to cook or if there is not enough food in the house, because fetta is easy and cheap.
Maraq is very famous in Sana’a. When people are sick they serve this soup to them. Also this soup is being served to women who just gave birth in order for her to strengthen. These women must drink this soup for 40 days.
I know 2 ways for cooking Maraq. This is the easiest way and the other way I will post in the futur. That one is the most delicious one! But this one taste good too...
This is how you make it:
· 1 onion
· Chicken or meat, about 1 kilo
· Little bit oil
· ½ tbsp peper
· Salt to taste
· 1 tablespoon flour
· Juice of 1 lime
If you use chicken, a normal pan will be used. If meat is being used, it is best to use a pressure cooker.
Cut the onion into small pieces. In a pan fry the meat or chicken in little oil with the sliced onion. Then put salt and pepper and stir well. After the meat is fried on both sides and the color has been changed, pour in enough water. I cannot give you any measure, but I would say a pan ¾ full.
Cook until the meat or chicken is done. If you use meat, I would at least cook it for one full hour, but I even prefer an hour and a half, in order for the meat to be well done and soft. Also make sure you have put enough water in the pressure cooker.
Chicken can be cooked within 45 minutes, maybe even less. After the meat or chicken is done, taste if the soup needs more salt and pepper. Then make from the flour and a little water a paste and pour it into the soup. Cook a few minutes.
Then serve the maraq with lime juice to taste.
This is how you make it (for 60 pieces):
· 1 kg minced meat
· 2 large green onions: leek (or normal onions)
· Ground cumin
· Ground coriander
· 1 packet spring roll (40 sheets)
· Little bit flour
· Little bit water
Cut the onions into small pieces and set aside. In a stir-fry pan cook the minced meat without oil or butter until brown and stir whilst cooking. Then add the onions and let it cook until the onions are soft. Drain the excessive fat. Add salt, ground cumin and ground coriander to taste. Then set aside.
Make from the flour and water a paste, you don’t need a lot, maybe 1 or 2 tbsp flour.
Take the spring roll sheets and cut each sheet into 3 strips. The best way to do this is to divide the staple of 40 sheets into 4, so that you’ll get 10 sheets on top of each other and then cut into 3 strips. Take 1 strip and put some flour water mixture at the end of the strip. Then paste another strip on top of the end of the first strip, so that you will get one large strip. Then start folding from below, the right corner to the middle until you will get a triangle. Then fold the lower left corner to the right and you will end up with a small triangle pocket. Put some flour past under need the triangle pocket to paste it. Then fill it with the meat mixture and then fold tight from left, right, left etc, until you are finished. Then paste the corner with the flour mixture.
It is a little bit difficult to explain by writing, but I will try to find a way to photograph it in order to show it to you.
Deep-fry the sambussa in hot oil until golden brown.
Serve with sah’aawak (see recipe).
This is how you make it:
· 2 Ripe tomatoes
· 1 Green chili pepper (or red chili pepper)
· 2 Garlic cloves
· Little bit fresh coriander
In the blender… ready!
This is how you make it:
· 2 Tablespoons ground fenugreek
· Enough water
· Sah’aawak (see recipe sah’aawak)
· Maraq (see recipe maraq)
Fill a plastic container with enough water; I would say about half full. Carefully sprinkle in the 2 tablespoons ground fenugreek and set a side for about one hour. Then pour out the water. The fenugreek must be swollen up. With a wooden spoon or a mixer, mix the fenugreek until it looks white, foamy and glossy.
Mix in about 7 tablespoons sah’aawak in the fenugreek. Pour in a dish that can hold heat enough maraq and then put it on the stove on medium low. When it is hot enough and the maraq starts boiling, pour on top of the maraq some tablespoons of the fenugreek mixture. Let it heat for a little while, about 1 minute and then take it of the heat.
Now it is ready to be served!
Serve with bread.
One day I was on my way home, walking alone, probably with my mind somewhere else, walking slowly, between houses on a sand road. Until I looked behind me… WHATTT? A herd of Bulls… aaaaaaahhh… quick… run! I tried to walk as fast as I could. “Quick, walk faster!” I was thinking. I tried to reach the houses, so that I could walk at the side of the road. Thank God, I was safe.
The bulls pasted by me, walking slowly, relaxed. Not even thinking about hurting me. At the end of the group, the shepherd.
It is very normal, in the area where I live, to see a herd of bulls passing by or a herd of sheep and goats.
These bulls looked very beautiful. They were grey or light brown and look different from the bulls of Europe. They were not fat and don’t look aggressive, but beautiful natural bulls.
So, Thank God, I was not being chased by Toro!
This is how a normal day looks like in Yemen.
In the morning, after daily routine of washing yourself, getting dressed and a breakfast:
For mudhafeen (clerk workers) it is time to go to work till about 2 PM and for kids they go to school till 12:30 PM.
Chores in the house:
· Cleaning up the bedroom
· Pick- up
· Cleaning up the kitchen, washing dishes
· Cooking lunch
· Washing clothes
Yes …, about washing clothes I want to tell you something about it.
The ones who have a washing machine use that of course and the ones, who don’t have it, wash with their hands, which is pretty tough.
But, these washing machines cannot be compared to the washing machines of Europe. The European washing machines you just simply put your laundry in it, put the soap in its proper place, and choose the washing program and your laundry is being washed.
But the washing machines in Yemen work differently. They work like this:
You fill up a bucket with water, put the water in the machine. The machine needs about four times a bucket full, it depends on how many laundry you have. Then you pour in the soap in the water and then put the laundry in it. Then you start the machine and it will wash for only 15 minutes. After 15 minutes you come back and you start it again, and again until you have washed the laundry for the time you want. After that you take the laundry out of the machine and rinse it with your hands in a bucket with clean water. After rinsing you put the laundry in the centrifuge, which works so great that after you are ready and put your laundry to get dry, it will dry up so fast!
Then of course the normal chores that every housewife has to do which can vary from day to day. One day it’s ironing, the other day folding the laundry, you name it…
Like I have mentioned in the previous article, the lunch is the main meal of the day. Many Yemeni women might stand for a few hours in the kitchen preparing and cooking the lunch. They might bake bread, cook rice, cook meat or chicken, etc.
Yemeni women bake various types of bread, but my favorite one is that one that they stick to the inside walls of the oven. The oven is called a Tenour. It is a round metal oven with a lit on top of it. On the inside walls they stick the bread, and this is how the bread gets cooked. The bread looks big, round, flat and is crispy!
After lunch it is time for rest or it is time for people to come together. For children it is time for snacking and playing. Many kids you see at that time playing in the streets with candy, chocolate or some other kind of snack in their hands that they just have bought in the baqaalah (small store which sells food, housecleaning products, etc).
Before the evening falls, many women prepare shay h’aleeb (cardamom thee with milk, see recipe) and eat something sweet along with it.
Then the women go back home who were out to visit friends or family.
After that it is time for a simple diner. They might eat foul (black bean dish), fasooliyah (white bean dish), tahini or just an omelet.
After that… bedtime!
dinsdag 6 juli 2010
After waiting for three years the moment was finally there… our Hijra (emigration) to Yemen.
We had packed our bags, booked our ticket and gave up our house and then finally the start of an exciting journey to that country that I only knew from stories and some pictures on the internet. Or better said: a new discovery!
At the airport we said goodbye to our love ones and then it was time to check in. The journey started from Europe to Cairo, Egypt and then to Sana'a.
At the airport of Egypt I already saw the beautiful black pearls, Yemeni women dressed in black. Some of them were wearing the Niqaab (face veil) and some of them didn’t.
Most Yemeni men were wearing a Thawb (an Arabic long shirt- like garment for men) and an ‘Imaamah (a kind of turban). Typically Yemeni style! Yemen came closer and closer….
We arrived at 4 AM and took our drive to our new destination. When we arrived at our new house, there seemed to be no electricity, which is very normal in Yemen. Our hosts welcomed us with a few candles lightening the house.
My experience is that the electricity goes off approximately twice a day. During daytime is not a big problem and during the evening, Thank God, we have our candles and flashlights.
Tip number one: if you are thinking about coming to Yemen, make sure you have some big, bright flashlights with you. You might need them!
Our house looks great; it has many bedrooms and a special guest’s section. Many houses, on the outside, have a natural color, a sand color; it just looks exactly adapted to the environment.
And what I really find so beautiful is that Sana’a is encircled by mountains. Almost everywhere you look you see mountains.
Many people here live a simple life. The average income is about 100 Euro’s per month. In the morning till afternoon, most people work, study and the housewives take care of their chores. Then in the late afternoon it is time for women to visit each other and as for the men, they have their jalsa (gathering) whereby they gather in someone's house in a special men or guest section.
The main meal of the day is the lunch. It exists of rice, tabeekh (meat, chicken or a vegetarian dish), maraq (meat or chicken stock), salta (see recipe Salta), sah’aawak (hot salsa) and salad.
See for more… the recipes!
In the beginning I had to get used to the food, but now I Love It!!!
I live here now for 7 months!