Will you ever be a good parent as your parents were?

Hi folks,

I know, I know… The title says it all but bear with me for a bit as I elaborate on this topic, especially if you’re a millennial like me.

A majority of us who grew up in the late 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s had a lot going on growing up. I believe that it’s safe for me to assume we all had different upbringings across different cultures but one thing is for sure, a majority of us all grew being raised by people we call our parents. I myself was lucky enough to be raised by 2 of the strictest yet coolest parents I’ve ever known. They always knew how to keep up with the times. Sadly, I can’t say the same applies to everyone else. Now, let’s summarize the average lifestyle of everyone that grew up or is currently undergoing this life stages (we’ll probably round it off till those who just entered college this year).

First we have infancy to puberty, the time when our parents were really hands on with us, and I just don’t mean giving us a bath, cooking our meals and teaching us how to read and write. This is the stage where they teach us what is right and wrong and instill their own version of principles in us.

Second, puberty but personally I think maybe those development psychologists should have been more accurate and called this the ‘trial and error stage’. I’ll be honest, this stage isn’t really the most crucial part yet but nevertheless our parents are at their most strictest at this stage.

I would like to congratulate all those kids who were able to juggle the numerous life choices, circle of friends, clubs, sports, studies and our very own parents. It was hard but we made it. Now, let’s check back on our parents shall we? From their perspective I bet they were always at the edge of their seats when it came to us and I applaud those who gave it their best and were able to raise their kids either with their own version of what’s right or gave their kids enough leg room to grow right. Us kids may not have known it back then since we had our own thing going but if you realize it now, then I ask that you get up for a bit, go to your folks if they are there near you or call them and tell them you love them and you’ll always appreciate what they went through for us. Because in the end its not about them or us, it’s about the feeling of responsibility.

Third, late teens or the college mode. As much I would like to go into full detail in this…..  I won’t. We all know the memories we made here at this point are still a bit fresh in our minds and again the topic is about ‘parents’. At this point of their kids’ life, our folks  start to realize that we’re starting to build our lives away from them. Make no mistake about it. Not a day goes by where they stare at family pics or our childhood pics, reminiscing about a time where we proved to be a less of a headache and more a cutie little being.

At this point one way or another a majority of us begin to take our parents for granted bit by bit, some of us may not say it but then again who says you need to be vocal when your actions speak louder than words.

Now back to the topic at hand. Now a young adult myself, I have come to realize I will never be like my parents, I could never bring myself to go through what they did. Of course, it goes without saying that I do appreciate what they did for me but saying it doesn’t compare to showing it. I will never have the power to push through family life as my parents did and the patience they had while bringing me up. Maybe I don’t need to yet. At this point of my life I would like to dedicate my life to achieving my dreams and spending time with my parents. I’m going to do this not because I have to but because I finally understand that I will never be as good a parent as my mother and father are. I want anyone who comes across this article to just give your parents that one hug or show your parents how much you love them.

 

Stop contemplating and just act before it’s too late. You never know, maybe this is the first and most crucial stage of your life when you finally realize how to be a good parent.

Keep chillin’

Le Chad

Let’s eat: Beef Chilli Fry and Sheesh Tawook

Hi Folks,


I just wanted to share 2 of my favorite dishes I enjoyed eating when I was a kid here in UAE. I must confess that I still enjoy eating them till now. 


Some things just never grow old and here a few of them;


Beef Chilli Fry – 

  

Growing up eating this dish has always been both a rewarding and guilty pleasure. I remember that whenever we came from the Nakheel (being that this was the town plaza before the place started booming and getting malls) we’d always find time to drop by the Taj Mahal Restaurant and make our usual order. 


The beef chilli fry they make here is well known and sought after in Ras-Al-Khaimah.

 

Sheesh Tawook –

Back in Dubai there’s this regular hole in the wall fast food restaurant located in K.M. Trading, Um Hurair 2, Dubai that I frequented whenever I visited my Aunt’s place. For a cheap price you can get a hearty meal and one of those meals that I usually enjoyed was called sheesh tawook. It’s chicken breast portions, spiced up and accompanied by small portions of fries and salad. Let’s not forget the hummus and kubos that comes along with it.

Always enjoyed dropping by here.

 

Enjoy the pics and if you get the time to drop by UAE make sure you give this dishes a try.

Keep Chillin’

Le Chad

Let’s eat: Biryani & Samosa

Sharing some of my favorite Middle Eastern dishes over here…..

Chicken Biryani –

This flavorful dish right can be bought or made almost anywhere but since I was feeling a bit lazy I bought mine from a local restaurant near our place in RAK.  Biryani is a mixed rice dish originating from India or Persia (Wikipedia doesn’t seem sure yet). It’s popular in the Middle East, Central and South Asia. This dish is usually packed with spices, vegetables, rice and meat.

For the sauce I’m having yogurt.

 

Chicken Samosa –


While outside walking around, I came across on one of my favorite snacks; chicken samosa. Although small this dish packs a flavorful punch. A samosa is a fried or baked dish with fillings, such as spiced potatoes, onions, peas, lentils, macaroni, noodles, and/or minced meat.

Hope you enjoyed staring at these food pics as much as i enjoyed eating them and if you folks want to try making them here are 2 sites that seem to make it easy to make these dishes

http://indianhealthyrecipes.com/chicken-biryani-in-pressure-cooker/

http://www.instructables.com/id/Chicken-Samosa/

Keep chillin’

Le Chad

Choithram, childhood supermarket.

Choithram 2.JPG Choithram 3.JPG

One of the first major supermarkets here in RAK, UAE. One of the few places that celebrated all the cultural holidays. I remember this is where I read my first Archie and Marvel comic, broke a few bottles of ketchup and saw my first Santa Claus actor. The manager was very hands on in this store and always made sure he got to know all the customers in this small town. Now Its moved from its old place in Nakheel to a new building plaza.

You may have grown small but you’ll always be a big part of my life.

Le Chad.