Paris Series 4

Some pictures from Paris Series 4, 19-25 Nov 2011. This time I managed to “report” to Eiffel Tower, going underground at Les Catacombes, feel the vibe of Champs Elysees and La Defense.

Going underground in Paris's most gruesome and macabre sight: Les Catacombes


Les Catacombes


Arch de Triomphe and Champs Elysees Avenue


Champs Elysees


Champs Elysees Avenue


Grande Arche


My shadow falls on the grass of Eiffel Tower


Let's romantic be in the air ūüôā



Doha Bay and Corniche

Corniche and Doha Bay probably are the most picturesque areas in Doha and the most popular spot for bikers, walkers, and joggers. Doha Corniche is a waterfront promenade extending about 7 kilometers along Doha Bay. The Corniche begins near the newly constructed Museum of Islamic Art, and ends at the Sheraton Park near the distinctive pyramid-shaped Sheraton Hotel. It connects Doha’s emerging West Bay business district with the south of the city and Doha International Airport.

Some of the pictures taken during sunrise of 11 Nov 2011.

Doha Skylines from Dhow Port
a more close-up view of Doha skyscrapers
Dhow meets modern buildings
Doha Museum of Islamic Art silhoutte at sunrise
a closer shot of Museum of Islamic Art (left) and QNB Office (right)
this yellow letter sculpture is Qatar Foundation's ad
I Realize


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We’ve made it red!

We’ve made Al Sadd Stadium red on the World Cup 2014 Qualifiers Qatar versus Indonesia, 11 Nov 2011. Though Qatar finally trashed Indonesia 4:0 (and it means Indonesian does not qualify), we had a good time: singing, yelling, mexican-waving, applauding and jeering. It’s not about the result but about nationalism (ahh that’s probably too much), or may be about the atmosphere.

13,500-capacity Al Sadd Stadium was filled with full of Indonesians in the whole section behind one goal, a half section behind another goal, and a half section on the VIP areas. Meanwhile Qataris (and its supporters including those labors I saw herded to the stadium prior to the match) occupied one whole long sections of the stadium. Though tension was quite warm, the match and the supporters watched very peacefully.

Qatar wanted to become a good host but again it was under a test with a smaller scale of similar¬†Asian Cup¬†consternation on ticketing¬† repeated. A lot of ticket holders couldn’t enter the stadium for a classic reason: stadium is full. Again this was because non-ticket holders were allowed to enter, or two tickets or less for the whole family,¬†while those ticket holders who were coming late rejected. Many were also back home dissappointingly after queueing from 3pm for ticket booth closed earlier. Anyway it’s another lesson learned for Qatar before 11 years to come to host World Cup 2022.

From a credible source I learned that there is a maximum number of spectators from the guest team (8%? means about 1000 out of 13,000) but the organizers, QFA, match commissioners, security agency and Embassy worked together to ensure as many as supporters could watch inside the stadium. The total number of Indonesian supporters was estimated at around 3000, many more should have been able to enter only if Qatar coach did not reject the idea of admitting more Indoensian supporters for valid reason: Qatar is playing home not away!

On that basis, thank you Qatar!

Meanwhile, Qatar national team played with full determination, high stamina and excellent passing and crossing. They deserved winning the match. Mabruk!

We've made it red!
An Indonesian supporter
Another Indonesian supporters
Indonesian National Team players - seen here Christian Gonzales (center)
Qatar's marching band
Singing national anthems
Qatari supporters
Fathan (my son, left) and his friend watched the match

Aqua Park Qatar

Visited Aqua Park Qatar during Eid Adha holiday, first time since its opening in August 2010. Aqua Park, Qatar’s first water park, is located 16km from the Industrial Area roundabout on the Salwa Road (exit through Exit 29 Rawdath Rashid Interchange, 5 km after Messaieed Interchange).

The park, concept and construction of which is being provided by Cyprus-based Aqua Masters, and operation managed by Kuwait-based Al Jazeera Entertainment Enterprises Company features a giant ‚Äúwave pool‚ÄĚ, a ‚Äúlazy river‚ÄĚ, an ‚Äúactivity pool‚ÄĚ, a multiple slides complex, a family pool, an exotic village and a ‚Äúdry‚ÄĚ corner in the first phase. The first phase covers an area of 50,000sqm. Its parking area can accommodate 400 cars.¬† In later phases, more rides and features such as go-carts will be included, I learnt.

Adjacent to the aqua park will be a 300,000sqm resort as well as a shopping complex, currently under construction and expected to be completed in 2012(?).

The drive to Aqua Park is not an hassle thanks to super highway Salwa Road, and well sign-posted Aqua Park. As I enter the park I am welcomed with a tree-lined entrance road leading to parking lots. After buying tickets, and passing turnstiles, I am now in the water park. To the right is changing rooms, gift shops and and Lagoon, whereas on the left is children activity pool then wave pool. In the middle is an island surrounded by lazy river, housing a performance stage and a fried chicken restaurant. At the back is the Slide Towers and Sports fields.

The pirate-themed Children’s Activity Pool, caters mainly for children ages 4 to 14, is one of the favorites with  its five slides, and the giant dumping bucket which automatically pours 2,000 gallons of water every two minutes.

Children's Activity Pool

But the major attraction and the strongest crowd drawer is Wave Pool. The Wave Pool produces artificial waves in six different patterns and intensity.

Too bad the water is not temperature controlled that it’s too cold during this winter to¬†play with it for long. ¬†

Wave Pool

A 200m-long Lazy River meanders around the park where¬†visitors may lazily ride on their inflatable¬† floats. Well it’s not a river in fact as the water is stagnant (or may be our definition of “lazy” is different?) so unless you do some paddling then you won’t go anywhere. Minus point.

Soooo lazy river

But topping all the rides is the Slides Tower comprising three levels ‚Äď 14m, 16m and 20m with multi-lane slides, the most thrilling of which is the 20m-high slide called ‚Äėboomerango‚Äô.

View to Slide Towers

¬†The¬†good thing in the park is¬†plenty of¬†wooden parasols built all over the area for visitors to take a shade or to do people watching.¬†The park prohibits entry of all kinds of camera and outside food and drinks but as I’ve seen all visitors take their camera in and snap pictures without any reminders. It’s also possible to “smuggle” food and drink though I saw confiscated food and drink near the turnstiles. Restaurants and food kiosks are¬†however available in the park.

If you forgot your swimming gears  a store which sells swimming paraphernalia such as goggles, beach balls, swimwear and other swimming gear is also available.

Sports fields
Another view in Aqua Park
Another view to the Slide Towers

Business hours of the park will be 10am‚Äď10pm seven days a week. Fridays will be earmarked for families. There will also be a ladies‚Äô day on Tuesdays. Entrance fee is QR100, QR60 for people with special needs and QR40 for nannies. Children aged three years and below are free.

Paris Series 3

As I wrote in the previous post, my third visit to Paris last October was so occupied with business-related duties that I couldn’t grasp the chance to have personal leisure activities (that’s why it’s called a business trip, Wahyu!). Nevertheless, I managed to utilize some limited times to some areas within Paris. Here are few photos!

Arts et Metiers metro station


Canal St. Martin


A bit of India at Paris's Passage Brady


Passage Brady


Tour Technip and Tour Egee at La Defense


Louis Vuitton - Champs Elysees

Bird’s-eye view of Doha – Oct 2011

The below bird’s-eye view of Doha were taken during take-off and initial ascending of Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Paris, 10 October 2011.

Doha Bay with Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) and its MIA Park (under construction) as foregrounds


West Bay and its business district, where concentration of skyscrapers located


West Bay, Lagoon and Zig-Zag Tower



The Pearl



Thirst for Entertainment – Top Post Reveals

It is aparent from Top Posts report of this blog that Doha residents are thirst for entertainment. Especially for making the best out of 9 calendar days of Eid Adha Holidays. The three most read destinations are Qatar, UAE, and Istanbul

Here are the Top Posts:

1. French Beach and Fuwairit Beach

2. Purple Island

3. Istanbul – How to Getting Around

4. Dream Park

5. Katara

6. Zekreet and Dukhan Beach, Zekreet, Mystery Village and Film City

7. UAE & Oman Trip – Crossing 16 Borders