Enjoying an Arabian Night in Lima :)

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mmm, what will we do next???
Since the first time we went to this Middle Eastern restaurant, Mal & I were thinking about going to the dance show and organizing an Arabic Night Mini Meet Up. Since Mal is a local now, he was in charge of recruiting the gang. Unfortunately not everyone could come, but the few who attended had a lot of fun. We spent a great time there. We were 5 happy people enjoying a cool night :)

We were supposed to meet at 8pm, but it was early. I was in a family reunion, so wouldn't be able to make it at 8pm. Just gave Mal a call and since the rest of the gang would arrive later, we agreed to meet at 8:20pm straight at the restaurant/mini bar. Before the show started, we got dinner. Always important not having an empty stomach if you are thinking about drinking.
tasty!!!
As usual, we had a lot to talk about and didn't waist any single minute, haha. Last time we were here we saw a dish we wanted to try, so this time we ordered it: "Grilled Veggies Shawerma". It came with hummus and pita bread. The name was veggies shawema, but it had a lot of meat, including lamb and chicken... ufff. No need to say that it was really tasty. But there was something missing for me. And since Mal wanted to cheer me up, we got some falafel too, haha. Yes, he spoils me ;)

Around 9:30pm we started to listen some music upstairs and the waiter came and let us know that the dancer was about starting to perform. Mmm, time to move upstairs. Just paid for the food and took our beers upstairs! It looked different and first time we were there.
Are we in heaven....
Now there was people there, haha. I was expecting to see a girl dancing, but the dancer was a guy. I guess Malvin was expecting a sexy girl dancing there... :( Everything looked so bright and white, haha. I like the decoration on the place, simple but elegant somehow. We found a nice table with confy chairs and had some extra empty chairs for our friends coming. Mal just got a SMS from Raul, telling him that he was in his way. Cool! Since the place is not big, it's familiar in some way. Actually, the owner and friends were partying there too, haha. I think it's a family business. At least they all look alike ;) Nevermind, there were a group of girls sitting there and the dancer asked one of them to dance. The girl was a bit embarrased...

I was laughing about that when the dancer approached to our table and asked me to dance.
aha
What? Actually he didn't ask, just took my hand, OMG! I have never dance Arabic. Would my first time be in public? Ok, just go with the flow... I tried to do it like the dancer as much as possible. Don't know if I succeeded or not, but some guys over there seemed to be amazed about the fact I was doing something good, or was I making a fool of myself? Anyway, I had a blast, haha. When I came back to the table I found that Mal took a lot of pics, hehe.

We were just chatting when we saw that the Arabic guys got a hookah. And we have always talked about smoking a hooka during the "Arabic Nights" so Mal called the waiter and ordered an apple flavoured one. We saw the dancer took a pitcher with beer and we were just wondering. "Is he multitask and also work as a waiter?" haha.
mmm, can't believe I haven't tried this food before, mmm
But, no! He took the pitcher, put it on his head and started to dance all over the place without spilling any single drop. Great job!

Suddenly we saw a cute couple arriving. They were Raul and his girlfriend Claudia. We met her at the Halloween Party. So glad to see them, here!!! It was the first time for both of them there and liked the atmosphere. They were hungry and wanted to get food before dancing, but they didn't know what to order since it was their first time trying Middle Eastern food too, hehe. So, they didn't have any clue about what to order, mmm. Ok, don't worry guys, I'll be your guide ;) They tried it and liked it, yay!!!

Claudia was commenting on the guys smoking the hookah. It was something new for her and was amazed by that.
my first hookah ever!!!
When the waiter came with ours! It smelled like apple... sweet... Mal was the expert here. None of us has done it before. He tried it and I was next. OMG! I have never smoked in my whole life!!! Well, it was time to try something new. That's what life is about, isn't it? Mal gave me advices and I was ready to do it. Well, I have to be honest. I was nervous about doing it, but went for it. I was amazed I liked it. Not only smoking the hookah was so laid back and relaxing, but also the apple flavor was good too. I didn't have an after taste. My throat didn't bother either. Then Raul tried it. He did it like an expert. And finally it was Claudia's turn, hehe.

We were just enjoying the dances, hookah and chilling out when I saw a nice girl approaching to us with a big smile on her face.
haha, so much fun, haha
It was Nelly!!! She joined us and found the hookah hilarious, haha. Well, don't laugh to much; now you have to try it! She wasn't sure, but I told her it was my first time too, so she did it! Cool! We all were having a fun time, haha. The dancer was dancing with a group of people but then he disappeared. Nelly just saw one dance... :(

Was the show over? Well, yes and no. The dancer wasn't there anymore, but we started to listen somebody was singing on Arabic. It was the dancer who changed clothes and was looking normal now, haha. It was so much fun looking at he dancing and doing all the mimic, without understanding any single word of what he was saying, mmm. There was an old guy who seemed to be his friend was singing loud too, haha. Our hookah was getting over and Raul wanted to get another one, but the tall hookah.
ooops, something is moving...
He called the waiter and he said the tall one was being used, so we had to wait. Ok, we can do it...

Then we moved to another table, which was in a more private area and got the tall hookah. This time with strawberry flavor. By this time we were experts, haha. Personally I preferred the apple one :P Ok, it was time to dance. The dancer was still dancing there. Although he was just wearing casual clothing, it was a whole show. We all tried to follow him, haha. Then he took a glass, put it on his head and started to dance. I was amazed again.

But the really amazing thing was that Mal did it too!!! Come on! How many times does the dancer see a Singaporean guy dancing Arabic in Lima? haha, so he didn't waist the opportunity, took the glass of his own head and placed it on Mal's.
awww, this is so sweet
OMG! I was expecting the glass falling down any minute, but it didn't happen. Everybody was clapping and cheering. Mal, you did a terrific job!!!! The night was so cool!!!

We went back to our table to rest a bit and relax, haha. Nelly should leave. A family reunion was going own in her house and she left it while nobody was paying attention, but by that time they should have already noticed it, oooops! It was getting late and the place would close soon, so we started to take some pics and ordered the bill. Thinking about all the fun we had, it wasn't expensive, hehe. Raul and Claudia would go to dance, but not me. I had to go back home... Well, I wasn't the only one. Mal would do the same too :)

This was a fun night! Trying something new in life surrounding by friends / TB's, how great!!! I can't ask for anything better :)
yadilitta says:
thank god we met to each other ;)
Posted on: Nov 11, 2008
malvin_soh says:
thanks! and thank god i met a friend like you...wisest thing for me! :)
Posted on: Nov 11, 2008
yadilitta says:
I meant wiser, sorry. You have been traveling much more than I ;)
Posted on: Nov 11, 2008
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mmm, what will we do next???
mmm, what will we do next???
tasty!!!
tasty!!!
Are we in heaven....
Are we in heaven....
aha
aha
mmm, cant believe I havent tried…
mmm, can't believe I haven't trie…
my first hookah ever!!!
my first hookah ever!!!
haha, so much fun, haha
haha, so much fun, haha
ooops, something is moving...
ooops, something is moving...
awww, this is so sweet
awww, this is so sweet
hummus, mmm
hummus, mmm
the first dance we saw
the first dance we saw
ok, move the shoulders...
ok, move the shoulders...
now, going down...
now, going down...
why is he laughing? Am I doing som…
why is he laughing? Am I doing so…
ok, Ill follow you
ok, I'll follow you
mmm
mmm
haha, dont know what Im doing, b…
haha, don't know what I'm doing, …
:)
:)
cool!
cool!
he did a great job!
he did a great job!
:)
:)
it looks difficult...
it looks difficult...
they knew what they were doing...
they knew what they were doing...
a sweet couple: Raul & Claudia
a sweet couple: Raul & Claudia
Or first hookah
Or first hookah
mmm
mmm
trying to improve my skills, hehe
trying to improve my skills, hehe
ok, here I go...
ok, here I go...
Raul trying the hookah
Raul trying the hookah
ok, Ill try it...
ok, I'll try it...
mmm
mmm
keep on dancing
keep on dancing
sharing time with a family
sharing time with a family
:)
:)
:)
:)
Mal was really happy, haha
Mal was really happy, haha
hahaha
hahaha
so happy together!!!
so happy together!!!
mmm, are you sure Ill like it???
mmm, are you sure I'll like it???
ok, Ill try it...
ok, I'll try it...
haha
haha
oh!!!
oh!!!
the whole group: Raul, Claudia, Ya…
the whole group: Raul, Claudia, Y…
Mals drink: Singapur!!!
Mal's drink: Singapur!!!
ohhh! they have a drink for me!!!
ohhh! they have a drink for me!!!
Nelly and Yadi :)
Nelly and Yadi :)
he was a singer too, haha
he was a singer too, haha
a hookah!!!
a hookah!!!
Raul & Mal trying to dance, hehe
Raul & Mal trying to dance, hehe
ok, now with a glass
ok, now with a glass
cool!
cool!
:)
:)
never stopped dancing
never stopped dancing
good job
good job
...
...
impressive!
impressive!
wow!
wow!
:)
:)
haha
haha
:)
:)
Mal dancing with the glass on his …
Mal dancing with the glass on his…
you can do it, Mal!
you can do it, Mal!
Look at me, Im doing it...
Look at me, I'm doing it...
everything is ok
everything is ok
Im succeeding!!! yeah!!!
I'm succeeding!!! yeah!!!
no, its my time!!! hahaha
no, it's my time!!! hahaha
Ok, Ill do it...
Ok, I'll do it...
Im becoming an expert, haha
I'm becoming an expert, haha
yeah! Im improving haha
yeah! I'm improving haha
better and better
better and better
now, shes an expert ;)
now, she's an expert ;)
I might be smoking, but Im a good…
I might be smoking, but I'm a goo…
trying the other flavor, haha
trying the other flavor, haha
Claudia & Raul - happy couple :)
Claudia & Raul - happy couple :)
Lima
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