Saturday, May 12, 2007

It's Another Friday -- Souq Wakef

"i don't care if monday's blue, tuesday's grey and wednesday too, thursday i don't care about you, it's friday i'm in love...." The Cure

It's Another Friday and I'm stressed out on how to combat the deadly boredom. After lunch, I told my self better go back to Alfardan Souq and photograph all the street and traffic signs. This idea was good until I went outside my villa and the heat slashed my skin! Bloody Hell!!! So I braved the 10 minute walk to the bus stop (BLOODY HELL!) and waited another 10 minutes (BLOODY HELL!) for freaking Karwa Bus to arrive. QR 2.00 from Matar Qadeem to Alfardan Souq is cheap considering the bus is quite comfortable for a short ride.

This bus stop is very interesting among all the bus stops I passed by on the way to Alfardan. Why? This is the only one with trees planted on the sideway. I remember one movie by Meg Ryan which have the same view and I wanted to capture the same thing. And behold... I saw it here in Qatar! Bloody Hell!



[Note: I'll post the street signs shots I took some other time. I'm still compiling decent pics.]

It's by walking around that I noticed a long line of store that is newly painted. At first I didn't knew that it was the Iranian Souq my Malaysian friends were referring to. I went inside and was surprised and marveled on the design of this market place. Most of it was still under construction or still not yet occupied by merchants.




I think the architect who designed this suoq wants to achieve semi-authenticity of how the souqs look years ago like wood extending from the walls, color of the structures and box type design (am I an architect?! Bloody Hell!!!)






Souq Wakef was built for tourist! Most of the stores sell middle eastern souvenir items. Such as lantern, carpets, shisha, furniture, paintings, etc.








This is the best place to drink tea and smoke. A shaded and open air tea house. Too bad they don't offer beer here... Bloody Hell!!!






These 3 guys spotted me taking shots at one of the stores there and asked me if I can take their picture. They're very friendly considering most of them shy away from my camera.



To end the day, I went inside a restaurant just starting to open. It's already past 4pm and I'm really thirsty and hungry. Really cool and quite, just the way I wanted.


5 comments:

mamerto said...

Perfect shots done on a very clean town. How I wish there's a place like that here in Assaloyeh. I like the tea place a lot. It's very relaxing just by staring at it. The desserted newly constructed buildings makes me lonely though. But is neatly designed. Sure it will attract customers and merchants in the future.

I cannot say much about how the pictures were taken. I'm not a photographer. All I can say is these are certainly a work of a pro.

Keep it up pre!

dinah said...

you have good hands in taking pictures.....i'm not good on photography but looking on your pictures I can say you're a pro already. you improve a lot!

i like your pictures especially the restaurant, it's a good ambiance and very relaxing.

=)

dinah said...

You have good hands in taking pictures.....i'm not good on photography but looking on your pictures I can say you're a pro already. you improve a lot!

I like your pictures especially the restaurant, it's a good ambiance and very relaxing.

I know you love to take pictures and i'm happy you did it well. I'm so proud of you! =)

dinah said...

you have good hands in taking pictures.....i'm not good on photography but looking on your pictures I can say you're a pro already. you improve a lot!

i like your pictures especially the restaurant, it's a good ambiance and very relaxing.

=)

Anonymous said...

is it really in Qatar?! that's the question in my mind when i first saw the pics... it looks like part of Asia in ancient times... i don't know but that's the feeling it gave me... keep up the good works Tito Earl ... from Erlin