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Valentine's Day IS FORBIDDEN!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday 13 February 2009 (18 Safar 1430)
Red rose ‘price index’ shows Valentine’s spike
Sultan Altamimi & Omar Mohamed | Arab News

RUDDY SEASON: Valentine’s Day flowers and teddy bears are displayed at one of the upmarket gift shops in Jeddah on Thursday. (AN photo)

JEDDAH: The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice intensified its vigilance over flower, chocolate and gift shops to confiscate items related to Valentine’s Day, a perennial crackdown on a holiday perceived by many to be both Western and immoral.

Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, head of the commission’s branch in Makkah province, said the agency has instructions to eliminate any activities aimed at celebrating this event or sell products related to it.

“This is based on the teachings of Shariah. God ordained Muslims to celebrate their own festivals in place of un-Islamic ones,” he said. “So Muslims are not allowed to celebrate any festivals other than Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha.”

Arab News toured a number of shops selling flowers, chocolates and assorted gifts. All but one of the stores avoided any hint in their displays of merchandise that Valetine’s Day is tomorrow.

But money talks even if most shopkeepers don’t: The price of red roses have gone up as much as 10 times the regular price, indicating a demand.

“We ordered thousands of these Indian red roses this morning,” said a Filipino florist in Jeddah who only wanted to be named Armando. “By tonight, the roses will be sold out.”

The price of one red rose is typically SR5, he said. The price starts at SR10 running up to Valentine’s Day. As the stock is depleted, the prices rise to as much as SR50. Armando says he sells full arrangements of 200 roses for SR2,000.

“It is not even Saturday night yet and people are coming in and buying these items,” he said. “This is a season of love and appreciation, so buyers come here to purchase these items for these reasons.”

The religious authorities tend to look out for red items sold in these stores, viewed as an attempt by merchants to market the holiday. However, one shop in Jeddah was found to be openly selling red flowers and stuffed toy animals.

“Red flowers are sold throughout the year,” said the shopkeeper, who only went by the name Fadi.

By tomorrow his roses will be selling for SR50, or 10 times his usual price.

Another flower shop owner said that from his perspective Valentine’s Day is simply one of year’s peak retail seasons. This shopkeeper, who didn’t want his name published, said customers come to him with special requests, or they bring in their own stuffed animals or poems to deliver with the flowers.

In many cases florists keep and arrange bouquets behind the scenes or in separate, undisclosed locations.

Prices of chocolates, too, have risen at specialty shops. At one shop in Jeddah an assorted box of chocolates that normally sells for SR150 was selling for SR200. And though commission members are looking out for signs of Valentine’s Day merchandising, it was possibly to find heart-shaped red boxes of chocolate.

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RWETHAIRYET 2/16/2009 10:21AM

    yup, it is funny how they get around the law!! And guage you at the same time, lol.

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HOPE2BE 2/13/2009 10:32AM

    Wow they get around the govenment like we do. Here's some flowers and hearts for you emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Slow weekend again

Thursday, February 12, 2009

It's my weekend here so no exercise today and I made a boo boo as well. I picked up a tiny plate of Arabic sweets at the grocery store and ate a couple. They were good but I really shouldn't have.
I made whole wheat pita bread pizzas with lots of veggies for supper with a large tossed salad and 1/2 cup of home made beer.

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HOPE2BE 2/12/2009 7:20PM

    Sounds good and I've heard a little bit of sugar won't hurt you that much. Its only when you go overboard that its bad for you. You should be safe. Don't worry about it.

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Feb 11

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

WOW, I'm excited! I got a GREAT walk in today! WOOO HOOOO! it was VERY nice and cool this morning and breezy and NOT humid, only 73F when I walked this morning compared to a HUMID 81F. So I walked, and walked. I ended up walking 2.6 miles for 53 minutes YAY YAY YAY. I know this won't last long, probably only a freak thing today.
Then I did boot camp videos for day 3 & 4 plus an extra dumb bell exercise. Boy do I feel good today!

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HOPE2BE 2/11/2009 10:55PM

    see I told you the weather wouldn't last. YOu got a good day in good.

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A slow day

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I woke up with good intentions, got all prepared to go the distance today. Got my water, my iPod, my phone with a timer and walked out the door. I walked up to the corner, about a 30 second walk, turned the corner to do my laps when it hit me in the face. The humidity was bad again. It was 81F when Istarted my walk but it was very humid again. Some parts of the walk had a breeze and were ok but it was yucky so I only got 2 1/4 laps, 35 minutes or 1.27 miles. So I'll have to get going earlier or start my supper around 3 so I can walk around 4:15/4:30PM when the breeze is back or just suck it up and walk.
I didn't do the boot camp video again today but I DID figure out the stupid MP3 player thing. Now I just have to figure out why some songs skip or don't play.

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HOPE2BE 2/10/2009 10:14PM

    don't worry you'll get there. The humidity won't be there forever.

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Sunday, February 08, 2009

I may be 51 and my Dad may be 89 but I still call him Daddy, and today is his 88/89/90th birthday! He is not in the best of health so I know my Daddy won't be around a whole lot longer but he is still active but doesn't drive a whole lot anymore. My grandsons call him Dear, I am not really sure how that started but when my parents came to visit for a week when my grandson was about 3, he overheard my mother call him Dear a couple times and that just stuck with Tyler. So even now that Tyler is 9 years old he still calls his Great-Grandpa Dear and Dear gets the biggest kick out of that.
So HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADDY! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEBBIEJ67 2/9/2009 3:31PM

    Happy belated birthday to your Dad! emoticon

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HOPE2BE 2/8/2009 6:58AM

    cherish your Dad while you can. I lost mine to Cancer 20 years ago and even though he was only 73 when he died, I missed him so much. We had so much fun together before he left this world. Have fun and take as much time as you can to be with him because you won't regret the time you spend with him.

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