Sunday, July 27, 2014

Shopping with duty-free vouchers at Doha's new airport. And about the wonders of Balqees Sidr Honey



At Doha airport last weekend, on my way home to Asia from Paris, living a Travelife, I had about 90 minutes to kill before boarding my flight.

I also had a bunch of duty free vouchers I was so psyched to spend, having ever so diligently collected these vouchers on two roundtrip flights with Qatar in June and in July.

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A HOLIDAY IN MOROCCO LAST JUNE

In June, the Travel Companion and I went on a holiday to Morocco and we'd passed through Doha on our way to Casablanca.



Doha's new airport had just opened and the business class lounge was not yet fully operational.

It's only been fully opened this weekend, if I'm not mistaken.

So on that trip to Morocco, we were given the equivalent of US$84 each in shopping vouchers as compensation for not being able to use the lounge each way.

VOUCHERS SPENT AND VOUCHERS SAVED



At Doha airport, the Travel Companion spent his vouchers on a lobster but I saved mine as I wanted to buy something substantial with my saved up vouchers.

Then he even gave me the remaining vouchers that he didn't spend on both stopovers in Doha, so I had a nice little pile at the end of our trip.

MY QATAR AIRWAYS VOUCHER WISH LIST



Then earlier this month, I was back in Doha on my way back to Asia from Paris.

So I got a couple of vouchers again as the lounge was not yet ready.




Finally, on this fourth stopover in Doha last weekend, I planned to spend everything on something nice -- like a bag, or a gold bracelet, or a Samsung Galaxy tablet.

Yes, I had actually saved enough vouchers for any of these.


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So while I was in Europe, I kept thinking about what to spend my accumulated vouchers on. And out of everything I thought I wanted to buy, I finally decided to get a Samsung Galaxy tablet. 

I did the maths and I had enough vouchers to basically get the top-of-the-line Samsung Galaxy tablet for free.

IT'S MY LUCKY DAY

But then, lucky me.

The Travel Companion decided to give me a Samsung Galaxy tablet, and so this left me free to spend my vouchers on something else.

Thanks for the Samsung Galaxy tablet, Travel Companion....

I decided to blow all my vouchers on something I ordinarily wouldn't buy with hard-earned cash.

Isn't that what vouchers are for?

A BAG FULL OF HONEY.
BUT IT'S THE BEST IN THE WORLD.


So I spent everything on jars of Balqees Sidr Honey from Yemen, sold at Qatar Airport's duty free shop.

Sidr honey is supposed to be the best honey in the world and Balqees is reportedly the best brand. This particular honey is supposed to be the honey with the highest number of anti-oxidants and it's also supposed to have medicinal properties.

In a way, you might say you're buying a little more good health when you buy this honey.

THE MOST EXPENSIVE HONEY IN THE WORLD

It's also the most expensive honey I've ever encountered. A little jar costs US$40 and the large jar costs US$160.

So, yes, maybe I'll buy a little jar as an occasional treat, but I certainly wouldn't buy an entire shopping bag of honey at a price like that.

In fact, I bought one small jar on my way to Paris and I had one tablespoon full every morning upon waking up for the two weeks I was in Europe. I liked the taste (it's addicting) and I felt it made my skin glow and gave me energy.



So on my return trip from Paris, I decided to spend all my shopping vouchers on Balqees Sidr honey. It was like getting a large shopping bag of the best honey in the world for free. 

Talk about vouchers well spent, especially if it continues to make my skin glow and give me energy.

And now I have enough honey for three years, which is more than enough, even for a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.


ABOUT YEMENI SIDR HONEY

The Sidr tree is referred to as the paradise tree in the Koran and it grows in the mountains around South Yemen's Do'an valley in a remote desert region of the South Arabian peninsula. Here, nomadic beekeepers gather this rare Sidr honey only twice a year.

Sidr honey is supposed to be highly medicinal and beneficial for strengthening the immune system and providing anti-oxidants to the body.




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