Back in the day, I used to work in a company located in Shuwaikh.
I spent many years there, enough to notice them emptying the lot, preparing for what was to be a new City Center Hypermarket.
They had already begun the construction work by the time I left.
I switched jobs and consequentially locations, and never got to check out the Shuwaikh branch of City Center… until now.
Truthfully, I was on the hunt for hangers.
My closet was finally finished and I needed a ton of hangers and was looking to buy them in bulk.
While I did not find any decent hangers, I did manage to grab a few “healthy” snacks.
About 2 months ago (August 31) I had the irresistible urge to stock up on some Cookies and Chocolates and Brownies (as shown). It was weird, because as I’ve said multiple times before on this blog, I am not a chocolate-lover. In fact, generally, I believe Chocolate is absolutely vile (too rich, too heavy, too chocolate-y)! However, for whatever reason that day, I was quite clearly (as evident by this haul) craving the stuff. Less than a week later, shark week was upon us (I say us because when it’s “that time of the month”, I make sure that everyone else suffers along with me), which shed light on the driving force (hormones) behind this particular haul.
I was actually at the Homeware section at Debenhams (top floor) to pick up a few Rose Gold Picture Frames for my adorable sister-in-law (my younger brother’s wife). They were going with a specific theme for their Living Room and I was planning on surprising them (well, her, mostly, ‘cuz guys kinda’ aren’t as interested in that kinda’ stuff) with the Photo Frames, later on. I was also starving because I didn’t get a chance to eat earlier. Plus, it was that time of the month, so I was craving some chocolate (which I normally can’t stand). So I grabbed a few snacks and some random items, from The Sultan Center (all the way at the opposite end of Soug Sharq Mall). Remember back in the day when they used to teach kids about Food Pyramids (grains, dairy, veggies, protein)? I managed to grab something from all the necessary food groups; Chocolate, Gummi Candy, Hard Candy, Potato Chips, and Savory Pastries.
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.