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Should My Kids Play or Study This Summer? | The Dilemma of Parents About Their Kid’s Education

This summer, technically will be the first summer after a school year of online learning for most kids. This pandemic has brought a lot of ups and downs when it comes to our children’s education and many students, teachers, and parents needed to make adjustments to cope up with the new system of learning we are all experiencing. The New Set-Up The new set-up for schooling, which is mainly virtual, although some have modules at home, brought fears to parents about the amount of learning their kids have…

Five Life Lessons to Learn From The Queen’s Gambit Netflix Series

*This article may contain spoilers The Queen’s Gambit is a Netflix miniseries that focuses on the life of an orphaned chess prodigy Elizabeth “Beth” Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) as she rises to the top in a man’s game while struggling with drug and alcohol dependency.Just like chess, people can sometimes be in a position where they can either be a pawn, the one being sacrificed for the benefit of all, the king, the one being protected at all cost, or the queen, the all powerful one with all the moves…

Passion to Movement: How Huda Merchant moved Jeddawis to Read

If you've been here in Jeddah for more than 10 years, you know how this place has changed when it comes to book loving and reading. I remember in the early 2000, bookstores had very limited books to offer, they did not have the famous books trending around the world. People were not also into reading. In other countries, you are considered a school without a library. Here, schools would provide a tiny room, put two to three shelves with books and call it a library just to say there's a school library, and kids…

Mulan: Breaking Free From Traditions

I’ve recently watched the movie adaptation of Mulan and in this review, I will be putting aside all the differences between the cartoon version and this one, but I’ll give more emphasis on what the movie intended to highlight which was Mulan’s rise to power and her breaking free from China’s conventional role for women by disguising as a male warrior when she joined the imperial army in place of her sick father. Here are some lessons we can learn from Mulan about breaking free from the traditions that…

Everyday Woman Making a Difference| Susie Johnson Khalil

I first read Susie Johnson Khalil's blog back in 2008. I was looking for other bloggers in Jeddah that time and she was one of the few who dared to take photos of Jeddah and post them publicly. She would also post of her life here in Saudi Arabia as an expat and many people all over the world were able to see Saudi Arabia through her eyes. She is one of the women here in Jeddah who has been inspiring women to make their voices heard. Let us learn more from Susie through this short interview Pathways…

Same World, Fresh Perspectives

SAME WORLD, NEW PERSPECTIVES Facing 2021 with Fresh Perspectives 2020 has pushed us to our limits as humans. We thought staying at home was easy as 1-2-3, until our stay took more than six months and we just all wanted to go to the beach, to the park, anywhere outside where we could breathe. We thought spending time with the family was great, until working at home with your husband and kids took all our patience. We thought online education was the next frontier until our connections, social and…

How Saudi Arabia Has Been Successfully Handling COVID-19

Saudi Arabia’s highly commendable approach to handle COVID-19 Saudi Arabia has been quiet the whole time when the news about COVID-19 started, but the way it handled this pandemic is highly commendable. Here are some ways on how Saudi Arabia was able to rise above the pandemic and continued to live “normally.” Lockdown and Google Maps When the outbreak started, strict measures were done in Saudi around March and there was a lockdown for weeks and strict curfew hours that were…

Restaurant Review| Sura Korean Fine Dining

Korean dramas have spread globally that the Korean culture has somehow become of great interest to many viewers especially teenagers to young adults. It was so hard to find Korean products in Jeddah five years ago, but lately the market has been open to it and Pathways Jeddah has recently found out about Sura restaurant which gives you a taste of Korea. You’ll see most of the food they eat on the Korean series in here. The place is a mix of modern and traditional style of Korean dining. They have the usual tables…

2020 Lessons – When the World is Paused

Ola! It is November and the year is almost end. What did we achieve this year? 2020 has been tough for many due to this pandemic around the globe. The anxieties, depressions, uncertainties, and much more live inside us since the last ten months. Every year I wrote about my achievement for that particular year and comparing them on how to make others’ lives better for the following year. Despite what happened in any part the world, I am beyond grateful for my life this year. Why? Never would I thought in…