Chiquitos at Metrocentre


Visited on Friday 19th July 2013

Five years had passed since I last visited Chiquitos the Mexican Restaurant and Bar at Metrocentre.

Chiquitos has always been good and has an amazing atmosphere when you enter the doors and hear the Mexican tunes being played. I really did miss this restaurant and had totally forgot the tasty food, drinks and unique atmosphere it provides.

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I entered the restaurant and was greeted by a friendly waiter who took me to a nice table and recommended what I should try. The first thing I did was open the drinks menu and look for any mocktails they did.

Mocktails Menu

Mocktails Menu

The number of mocktails they do are amazing and my aim is to try all them before 2014. I looked through the list and the ‘Mock-Jito’ caught my eye but there were so many others that looked interesting and will have to be tried in the future.

Mock-Jito

Mock-Jito

The waiter came to the table and gave me some free popcorn and I ordered the drink. Forgot to mention that I had also chosen what I wanted to eat and it was a quick choice because I wanted to eat something healthy. Hot baked wrap was my choice and it was a ‘Goats’ Cheese & Roasted Veg’ with skin on fries, coleslaw and side salad. The assumption was that it would be a small dish with small portions but how wrong was I.

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Drink was amazing and refreshing in the hot weather and the food was tasty but healthy at the same time. I liked how the dish looked and tasted so healthy and the drink had fresh lime and mint leaves mixed into the big glass.

I really recommend this place to anyone who hasn’t tried Chiquitos in Metrocentre (Blue Mall) opposite Pizza Hut. Great Mexican food for all and if you assume it might be spicy place for you to visit then just order something like I did which had no spice at all. Anyways drinks can be tasty and fun to have without alcohol being added so try the mocktails on the drinks menu. I do wish I had some desert but I will next time.

Hard Life


I’ve always had to work hard myself to achieve any goals that I set for myself. They were never easy like it is for some, things always went  bad for me and I had to do stuff the hard way.

Long story but I’m kind of unlucky. But it has made me a strong person and I love to be faced with a challenge now because I feel very satisfied when I work hard and achieve anything.

There are many challenges I face at the moment involving family health problems, personal issues and other unlucky challenges I keep facing. I can never get what I want the easy way like some may be able to. I have to go through a lot before I finally achieve any goals.

I am really happy with the person I am today because having to work hard and not have it handed to me has made me mentally strong, confident, ambitious, enthusiastic and helpful. I feel great satisfaction from helping others who might have issues because I can connect with others and show compassion.

I don’t like to go on about myself so I will talk about something else now.

I believe this World we live in can be much better if we could be patient and not let ourselves become angry over small issues. Everyone has to face some sort of challenge in life to get what they want and there are some who can’t and resort to making others feel bad or taking it from them.

There is still some discrimination in this World and it is not perfect. I never felt any of that in University because of everyone being from different backgrounds. Together we are able to be effective by using the knowledge and advantages from our cultures. Individually we have some weaknesses and that does not help. As I said working together with different people helps us become better.

Most important point I wanted to make is that living in Newcastle for many years I have always felt that my family and myself have never felt accepted by our own kind (Pakistani Community). I don’t know if this is because of wealth, status or what. I hate the fact that many girls who have well off parents consider themselves to be better than others and be stuck up when talking to anyone who isn’t. They forget that at one time their ancestors were living in Pakistan and maybe not well-off. A person should not be like that to others because your fortune in life can change in a second.

I don’t like these divisions we have in our own culture/community. It causes issues between people and makes someone who is less unfortunate for a period to accept the challenge and work hard to show them they are not low class people. This actually is good in some ways because hunger to be someone drives you very hard to achieve your goals. To people like me and others who have that drive actually are put in a situation where they believe anything is possible. Just think of the Rocky movies that show someone who is unfortunate and because of the situation he is in he just has to achieve his goals. The hunger and drive of a person can help achieve anything. When someone is not in a bad situation and is surrounded by a family with no issues they may not feel the urge to achieve that success.

I am not saying people who have a healthy family environment or financial stability do not achieve anything. I am stating that if you are in a family environment where people are depending on your success and drive to bring stability then you will face the impossible to make it possible. We are natural survivors and the situations we are born into or put into can not be helped because we don’t decide the environment. So anyone who looks down upon another or can not even communicate with their own kind (humans, pakistani, british etc) is not a good person at all.

I have experienced it many times when Pakistani girls judge you straight away and don’t communicate in any friendly or human manner. They will see you as some burden if you can not help them gain anything in life, for example many I’ve realised in Newcastle are looking for the rich guy who they can marry and leech off from. At University many of my friends were from different backgrounds but none of the girls were from my own background (Pakistani). Why? Well because they chose very carefully who they wanted to talk to and usually it was the guys who had the expensive car and wealthy family. These kind of differences would hurt me a lot and make me feel as if I had to prove something.

In the end I didn’t bother with them because I would not waste my time on people who are so materialistic and full of pride with no rock solid foundations of life. I just dislike Pakistani girls in Newcastle because they are the most stubborn and stuck-up. You would say “Hi” in person, Facebook or Twitter and you would get this look or reaction as if you’re a piece of garbage. I would rather marry a Pakistani girl from Pakistan any day of the week instead of any Pakistani girl in the UK. They have no consideration for religion, culture or tradition. All they see is how wealthy a guy is and if they can marry him and not have to live any kind of hard life. They want a life full of leisure and no hard work like our Pakistani ancestors had. I would not want a person in my life who raised my/her children to have things handed to them on a plate.

It’s 2012 and I Still Get Called A Paki


The above screenshot is from today (16/07/2012). They thought it was appropriate to call me a Paki because I tweeted them “unfollowing you back” for unfollowing my twitter account. Any other tweet could have been sent but there was no need to bring someone’s race into this. How dare people like this are still allowed to get away with something like this. I don’t go out being racist to people who are not the same colour as me. Somehow in the past and present the ‘white‘ have always thought of themselves superior and made us feel degraded just because of their colour.

I was such a fool to believe things had changed with time but I realise this year that nothing has changed. People with a different colour to the ‘white’ who live in the UK are still made to feel negative for who they are and how they look. Newcastle Upon Tyne is such a diverse place with many different coloured people with different cultures & religions living together. But there some who just like to express their hatred towards someone who has a different skin colour to ‘whiteeven though they get a tan because they hate their own natural skin colour.

Why are we defined by our colour when we are still all human?

I think this is a major weakness we have if we define one another by colour if not anything else like religion and etc. We are still not seen as human beings with feelings even after what people who are not ‘white‘ have been through for 100s of years. For example slavery, direct and indirect racism, violence and much more we have suffered. Many now say they have clean hands now and have a open mind but you can’t erase the past or the present.

To those readers who feel offended with the ‘clean hands‘ remark..I have a question.

Can you forget or erase what happened to you while being targeted as a group in the past?