Glowing at Glow American Salon

I always find having to find a new hairdresser a little stressful! You never know what you are going to get and after one to many bad experiences leaving me look more like I had just had a trip to the poodle than a hair salon I get very nervous. Im sure anyone can relate.

Luckily today was not one of those days! I visited Glow American Salon at their new branch in West Bay Lagoon. They are set up in a very new villa – a little difficult to find if you don’t know the area, but that goes for any new villa in Doha! First impressions were great, lovely entrance way and funky gold and silver sleek decor.
Enter the awesome hair stylist Melissa…. She listened intently to everything I had to say about my hair cut and color, added her professional advice and got right down to work.

Magazines in hand I relaxed with a coffee and soaked up the vibes. An hour and a half later, and after a fabulous head massage while rinsing my hair, I was done. What a great job!

The only downside – their coffee, they really need to get a machine and not use what tastes like instant!



Slightly dusty to dusty with high heat

Slightly dusty to dusty with high heat

Yes that is right, 49 degrees Celsius (120 F) outside!


Navigating the Residency Riddle

One would think that with so many expats the residency process would be streamlined and it would be possible to do everything in one place. But NO, this is not the case!!

First Baby J and I had to go for a blood type test at a clinic, it doesn’t matter if you know your blood types or not. I was bracing myself for tears from the little guy, but he didn’t want to let the girls see him cry. A brief wimper and then a big grin for the nurse. I was so stressed for him for nothing! Such a little trooper! Luckily this is the one and only test babies have to do, but its only just begun for me….

Off to the medical centre, what chaos! Nobody spoke enough English to tell me what to do, and because they separate men and woman hubby couldn’t be any help either. At this stage I thought that baby J had to accompany me to register him. But FYI this is not the case, you don’t have to have baby there you just need the Blood Type certificate with you for payment and their passport. After hours of waiting it was finally time for my number to be called…… we were herded off like cattle to line up for blood tests from a not so fabulous nurse – I now have a bruise the size of a tennis ball on my arm! – and chest xrays. Next stop yet another office on the opposite side of town for fingerprinting.

What a day!


A new life in Doha

Doha downtown at night


We’ve made the move, little 3 month old “J”, hubby and I, to the desert. And oh boy is it HOT! Mid 40’s (Celsius) on most days. I have been here before so I knew what I was in for, but now that we have baby in tow it is a whole different experience.

It is amazing how having a baby suddenly changes your prospective on everything! Before I would be fine with spending my days trawling the malls just to stay in the AC, or hanging out at home catching up on movies and tv series while avoiding the midday heat. But now all I am craving is a big patch of green grass and some out-door activities to do with the little guy!

I hope to find that soon…..and I will be sure to let you know if I do.


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