I still wonder what alimentación means till this day...hmm. Google translate gave 'feeding' as result. ^O^ Okay..I get the gist. The word has something to do with food. Hehehe..

Today..I'm gonna write about Hans Alimentacion. A Korean mini-market in the middle of Madrid.

Why do I write about Korean food when I'm here in Madrid?!! I don't know the reason for sure myself but a big part of me still misses Korea and Korean food. Arghh...정말 정말 그립다 한식을..

The reason why is because I want to eat 'Tteokbokki'. I once said to my friend that I will not miss any Korean food in future except this special one. Tteokbokki!!

Well..that craving brought my feet to Hans Alimentacion.

When I stepped into the shop, I said my greeting..Annyeonghaseyo and there were two ahjussis (older men) inside who were surprised at my speech.

My husband urged me to speak Korean with them and I did. The feeling...as if I have met my countrymen, as close as that hahaha. I was so giddy with excitement...반갑다

It is a small mini-market but sufficient to say that I could buy most of the ingredients to make Tteokbokki. The shop also sell Kimchi and the owner offered for 3.50 euros but I am not Korean so I definitely can survive without Kimchi here in Madrid...hehe.

Look at what I bought!

You can substitute 물엿 (corn syrup)
with sugar or honey but I always prefer 물엿.

It was pricey but what the heck! I don't care..I don't buy these everyday.

This is the result. Tadaaaa!!

I followed the recipe from Maangchi.

How to go to Hans Alimentación?

See that ahjussi? Hehe..
Walk out from exit Calle de los Reyes of Plaza de España metro station, Line 3 or 10. It takes about 5-10 minutes from the exit to the shop.

Address: Calle Maestro Guerrero, 6, Madrid 28015 Spain
Phone: 91.559.98.96
Today, I will be answering a question from a blog reader: Mari.

First and foremost, I use the term 'hijabi' as according to what she pointed out in her comment in my recent post 'My Last Spanish Class'.

Frankly, I wonder if the term 'hijabi' is actually a term at all. ^^ This is my first time seeing the term. Please pardon my lack of general knowledge.

Finding ' Hijabi' in Google Search varies in result but one in UrbanDictionary says:

A woman or girl who wears the Islamic head-covering respectfully, called Hijab. This is the Arabic word for headscarf but isn't limited to that. It also means "cover" or "protection" against evil things in the surrounding world. - by God'sent

Back to Mari's comment: "Just a quick question--what is it like as a hijabi in Spain? Would love it if you could write a post about it!! :))) Hasta luego, hermana! :)"
Shades of me in hijab, holding baby Matilda and with my beloved husband.

My answer: I am not considered as a weirdo nor wearing a hijab seems weird in Spain.

¿Por qué ? (Why?)

The main reason being that Islam was here even before Spain becomes a Catholic country. Period.

Citing from Wikipedia:
"Roman Catholicism has long been the main religion of Spain, and although it no longer has official status by law, in all public schools in Spain students have to choose either a religion or ethics class, and Catholicism is the only religion officially taught. According to an April 2012 study by the Spanish Center of Sociological Research about 71% of Spaniards self-identify as Catholics, 2.7% other faith, and about 24% identify with no religion (9.4% of the total are atheists). Most Spaniards do not participate regularly in religious services. This same study shows that of the Spaniards who identify themselves as religious, 59% hardly ever or never go to church, 15% go to church some times a year, 8% some time per month and 14% every Sunday or multiple times per week."

The bad stigma against the Muslim is not felt here or is it only me who is unaware? The Spanish or the society in Spain has an air about them as if they just don't mind other people's business. I somewhat like and somewhat don't. *Wait until I have better hold of Spanish language..this might change after that or... not*

First and foremost, Spain has so many immigrants particularly from the neighboring Islamic countries - Morocco, Algeria, Libya and etc. Moroccan was a part of the Andalus and if you realize, Spanish do carry Arabic blood because of the history although the Spaniards hate to be tied whatsoever with the Arabic culture or history.

Citing from Stormfront:
"Because the Iberian pennisula was occupied by the Moores from north Africa (mainly Morrocco) for thirteen centures, a lot of "white" Spaniards have varying degrees of Moorish blood, which is why some say Spaniards are Arabs. The Moores were basically a mixture of white semite Arab and negro."

Many of them (the Moroccans) in Spain; carry dual nationality - Moroccan and Spanish citizenship. Being said..so many Muslimah wearing hijab all about doing their daily chores and some of them are working women in the society.

Second, European society and Asian society has distinguish culture. Asian care more and sometimes are too nosier (showing too much curiosity about other people's affairs). I'm Asian...so I'm nosier..hahaha.

Me? Just a housewife. An envy of many women because many women dream to be a housewife. True? I don't know. Maybe you who read this don't agree. There are pros and cons.

Well...me who wear hijab do get occasional stares.

Not because of my hijab..but because I look different from the normal hijab-wearing-women the people in Spain normally see. My face look different. I totally do not look like Moroccan or the Arabs. I'm Asian but I'm not Chinese; who open many Alimentacions here in Madrid.

I am different so they stare...hehe. A common logic, no?

I'm used to it because I like attention. Hahaha..kidding.

Well..the years in South Korea has toughened me but what the heck. As long as they don't have blazing laser like Iron Man from their eyes, I'm gonna be fine. ^^ I'm not gonna die just because people stare, right?

In Korea, I was approached by the Christian missionary a few times. They could speak Indonesian language.

How about here in Spain? My husband said it is the same thing here. We were approached once by a Spanish Catholic and she preached us in modern standard Arabic.

Well, my hijab (by Allah's will) definitely protects my modesty but it also attracts the Christian or Catholic missionary in Spain. Wallahualam. Allah protects the one He wants to protect.

But there is a stark difference between a Muslimah who wears hijab (appropriately - according to Islamic guidelines) and who doesn't right? You can sense the difference from miles away. Read more here.

Just to make my point..read on.

Last Friday, I walked from Nuevos Ministerios Cercanias station to Estrecho Mosque and on my way, I saw a lady who looks like a Malaysian (I might be wrong), wearing a hijab and she passed me by.

We exchanged smiles and the cool 10% male character in me; held my hand up like a signal for saying 'hi, how are you doing?'. I didn't stop my track though.

My husband asked why I didn't stop and chat with her. I said that we would be late to the mosque for Friday prayer and he said I was ridiculous! I should stop and greet her. Aigoooo...

Well, maybe next time. Insha Allah.
Lights decoration near Puerta del Sol for Christmas.

Yes...I am barely into the language and now I have to end it??!! Really really sad..

Today, there were only 7 students; two Indians, one Bangladeshi, one Romanian, one Chinese, one Brazilian and one Malaysian (me!).

About 30 minutes before the class ended, my teacher informed us that there would be a long holiday and the class will recommence on the 9th of January, 2014.

I was lost...so deep into my thoughts.

That means I had to tell the class that I will not be coming until maybe after summer...o despues de la primavera? No...I'm not going to buy a pair of new shoes in Primavera...not that shop. La Primavera means spring in Spanish.

Yes..I just knew the meaning of primavera now.....hehehe.

Anyway..my teacher asked me my reason, and my shortcut answer was because of my job..partly the tour guide stint in South Korea and partly because of the visa application. Can't avoid it anyway. I will be going back to Malaysia on the 4th January 2014. Alone....T__T

Arghhhhh.....but I just have to  look at everything with a half-glass-is-full mindset. When the class ended I gave my Spanish book away to the Romanian grandmother as an early Christmas gift.

She was touched because she could not afford to buy the book but I couldn't help myself not to give the book to her because she was such a fighter! She was a grandmother of nearly 70 years old and she still has the motivation to learn. What a cool grandmother!

The funny thing was...I speak very little Spanish but every time she sees me entering the class, her face lights up and she happily pulls me aside for a chat in 100% Romanian language. I know nuts of what she talks about but I felt contented when I see her smile.

Oh well..what about my study then?

Hmm...loads of FREE courses like in SpanishPod101 and many other sites to study from so I have little worries. Plus my husband is there to correct my mistakes hehe.

The yellow Christmas tree at Puerta del Sol.

Okay then...Happy Navidad everyone!

Navidad is Christmas in Spanish...I also just learned this word. Hehehe..because I saw many advertisements on the television and our favorite channel is La Sexta.

They spin many ads for four to six minutes for every commercial break and I swear at least 50% was perfume related ads for lalalala surprise..Navidad!