August 27, 2014

Hey ISIS...

Kidnaping a female aid worker. Killing journalists. Pathetic!!!

August 21, 2014

Marrying a Filipina in Kuwait? It's about to get tougher

Gulf News repost [link]: For non-Filipino men, marrying a Filipina may be about to get tougher.

If you're a foreigner planning on tying the knot with a Filipina sweetheart, you will soon need to prove your capacity to support your bride - if Philippine Congress gets its way.
A new legislation passed on second reading in the House of Representatives on Wednesday mandating additional requirements for male foreigners to want to marry Filipinas.
“The bill shall protect Filipino women against exploitation of foreigners who marry without evident means to support a family,” Pangasinan Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas, who chairs the committee, was quoted in a Philippine Star report.
The House Committee on Revision of Laws pushed for House Bill 4828, which substituted House Bill 2387 authored by Cebu Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia against trafficking.

Garcia earlier said some of the foreigners landing in the Philippines to marry Filipino women turn out to be vagabonds or social and moral derelicts in their own country.

“(For some) the real motive for marriage is only to take advantage and exploit our women by making them work for the family and worse, by sending them to prostitution and other degrading and dehumanising occupations,” she said.
“The exploitation of our Filipino women, through the so-called mail-order or pen-pal, Facebook and other Internet-made marriages, has not only caused untold misery and suffering to our Filipino women but it has also brought dishonour and disgrace to the Filipino womanhood,” Garcia added.
Under the measure, the prospective foreign husband will be required to produce a certificate of good moral character and a certificate that he has a gainful trade, business, employment or other lawful source of income to be issued by his country’s diplomatic or consular official, in addition to the usual certificate of legal capacity.

The measure amends Article 21 of Executive Order 209, otherwise known as the Family Code.
Philippine Congress is comprised of the 24-member upper house (Senate) and the 292-member lower house (House of Representatives)
In a Yahoo post, "Cyra" explained why some Filipinas marry foreigners. The post said: "I'm a Filipina married to a foreigner and we live in the Philippines. This (question) is something that has no easy answer and can't be generalised. In my case, we get along very well and have similar values and background."
See the proposed laws here.

August 20, 2014

The FATCA effect: US Citizenship less appealing for some Kuwaitis

Concerns push FACTA to Assembly for approval (Some quit US citizenship)
Arab Times repost: The Cabinet has decided to refer an agreement that it intends to sign with the US Treasury regarding Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), to the National Assembly for approval before it is applied because the agreement will largely impact the aspect of banking confidentiality and expose American citizens who hold dual citizenship, reports Al-Rai daily.
The American law, which came into effect few months ago, obligates banks and financial institutions to provide American authorities with the required information concerning American citizens and their accounts. This law will assist in exposing Kuwaiti citizens who hold American citizenship when the American authorities ask the banks for information regarding their accounts and transactions.
Earlier, Ministry of Finance had indicated its desire to sign the convention with the US Treasury, which will give Kuwaiti banks the legal opportunity to register with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) before the deadline of May 5, 2014 in order to avoid the heavy penalties that the American authorities will impose on the banks that do not cooperate with it.
According to the initial convention, the Kuwaiti banks are obligated to ask their clients if they hold American citizenship when they open bank accounts. These banks will then be responsible for the information they give when the American authorities ask about their clients. However, the recent convention, the conditions of which the Ministry of Finance is negotiating, has bigger and riskier obligations such as the banks’ compliance to FACTA in all other countries, which is why the government perceived the need to obtain approval from the National Assembly before signing it. Sources revealed that thousands of people gave up their American citizenship in order to avoid the FACTA law.

August 13, 2014

Yeeeeeehaaaaaw!!! Expat and the City Blog has over 2 Million Hits!

I've had this ready to post in draft form for over a month and now the day has finally come:
Starting this expat blog in 2010 about my life in Kuwait has been one of the most fun and rewarding experiences of my life.  I truly feel happy, blessed and grateful for all of the wonderful opportunities and friendships this blog has brought me.
Now that blog posting has slowed down the best way to keep up with Expat and the City blog is to sign up for "follow by email" (located on the right side bar) which will alert you whenever there is a new blog post.   Our favorite new museums, art galleries, cultural events, restaurants, cafes, shopping and travel will continue to be posted.  Plus a few personal posts here and there.  I'm posting almost daily on my personal Instagram account (for friends / family) which is a fantastic way to stay in touch while traveling or living abroad.  If you'd like you can follow the blog's Instagram / Twitter accounts: @expatandthecity for more interaction.
We made it to Reykjavik, Iceland after touring Scandinavia and I'm celebrating this 2 million hits achievement with the man 7ayati of my dreams. <3

Thank you again readers for your support and God bless!
Yawn...zzzzzzzzzz back to sleep with my handsome, hairy, Kuwaiti monster. ;)

July 28, 2014

Sh%t Southern Women Say


July 27, 2014

Eid Mubarak Kuwait

 Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Eid.

British Airways documentary on Kuwait

Watch the link: [YouTube]

According to H, this August British Airways will premier a four part documentary on its flights about Kuwait. The film will cover its history, society, economy and politics. This is a preview (part one) of the film from H.  I love it and sent it to my entire family in the US with pride.

July 26, 2014

Ladies beware! If you take your mobile phone or computer for repair in Kuwait

Just a reminder to remove your memory card and photos / videos before you take your device in for repair or to sell while living in Kuwait.  

UAE mobile shop staff sold women clients' pictures and videos to men

Fined up to Dh250,000 for stealing pictures and data 

Khorfakkan Court has fined six Arab staff members of a shop that sells mobile phones between Dh150,000 and Dh250,000 for stealing pictures of women who brought their mobile phones to the shop for repair, and then selling those pictures to men.

The court also sentenced them to one year imprisonment followed by deportation as well as closure of the two mobile phone shops and seizing all the equipment used by the accused and deleting all the data that was stolen from the women.

The incident came to light when Khorfakkan Police received several complaints from victims or their relatives about their personal pictures and videos taken during different occasions, especially wedding parties, being broadcast on mobile phones and social media.

Khorfakkan Police started an investigation, which led them to find out that majority of the victims took their mobile phones for repair to two shops, which coincidentally belonged to the same person.

A source from Khorfakkan Police said that the women took the pictures at parties, and when they took their phones for maintenance or repair, the staff at these shops copied their pictures and videos and sold them later to men. [Reposted from Emirates 24/7]

Please be careful because this happens a lot in Kuwait!