So they had this little display set up at Sultan Center (Salmiya). People kept walking into my shot, realizing I was trying to take a pic and stopping halfway through with the deer-in-headlights look on their face. It wasn’t the prettiest display in the world, but it was enough to set off my cousin’s wife who had gone from being a happy-go-lucky Lebanese cutie pie who used to dye her hair regularly and wear jeans and fitted tops, and smoke sheesha in public, to now covering her hair (wearing a hijab) and wearing super loose clothing and being uptight and judgmental about literally everything (after she’d gotten married).
I tried explaining the concept of “live and let live”, but she jumped down my throat and said I was turning my back on my religion so I lost interest in the conversation and instead pointed out other stuff at Sultan Center that she’d find more interesting (to distract her so she’d back off). I really like her, but dang, this us vs them mentality bugs me so much! Moving on to something much lighter…
On Halloween, I found myself at Sultan Center (Souq Sharq) with a few friends, because we needed stuff… for stuff, y’know?
Towards the end of Ramadan, I decided to check out the Salmiya branch of Sultan Center, for a change. Unfortunately, I got a lot of unwanted attention from the younger set (so thirsty!) which just reminded me why I so rarely visit the Salmiya branch. I mean at Souk Sharq, I pretty much shop in peace (bar one or two minor incidents). However, at the Salmiya branch, I’d end up with a few stragglers trailing behind me the whole time I’d be there and they’d be mumbling the most random things at me! Despite getting absolutely ZERO encouragement from me, they’d even feel the need to give me their input! When I grabbed the KitKat Peanut Butter Bar, one guy was like “No, no, you don’t want that. Trust me, go with the Original“, which despite my best efforts, actually made me laugh (because no one had even asked him for his opinion)!
In my efforts to, y’know, live to see another day (full deets here), I managed to snag a few of the more “healthy” snacks (lawl) as you can clearly see. They’ve actually got a ton of cool items over at the Salmiya branch of Sultan Center, but I avoid the place because whenever I do go, it always happens to be crowded, and I personally prefer to
hoard shop in peace.
My bestie and I were supposed to go walking at the beach for some much needed fresh air and exercise… except she just had to make a quick stop at Sultan Center to get a certain powder (that she mixes in with yogurt and uses as potato chip dip) for her weekly gatherings. I wasn’t planning on getting anything except for a can of Pepsi (sweet) and some Pringles (savory) but I couldn’t find the light blue one (Salt & Vinegar) so I opted for a mini tin of the Ketchup flavor… and then I got all the other stuff too since I was going to be standing in line anyway. We went walking on the beach for about all 5 minutes, before we got back in her car and headed towards McDonald’s drive-thru #stayvigilante
It was towards the end of summer…
I was starving and I was in a spend-y mood (deadly combination). Now, despite the huge haulage (as evident by the photo above), I was actually very, very, very disappointed with the Shuwaikh branch of The Sultan Center! There were bugs having a party on all the exposed fruits and veggies, fridge doors were left open (meaning the frozen food items like burger patties, seafood, and whatever else were just left to melt), every single tub of ice-cream I picked up was sticky (gross!), the seal was broken on a lot of food items, other food items (an entire row of Lay’s Forno Lemon & Black Pepper Baked Potato Chips in the smallest size) had expired months ago (yet still remained on the shelves), the whole place was a mess! Some areas (with the most traffic) were relatively alright but for the most part, the entire place looked like a scene from Mad Max… lol imagine how much larger this haul would’ve been if I hadn’t been grossed out.