February 6, 2011

My Life Kil Sa3 Mitghayra

Change is a normal part of life but when you work abroad change is constant. When I first came to Kuwait I worked for a company called CSA, Ltd. Combat Support Associates and its principal subcontractor, CSA, Ltd., provide logistical support, training and force protection to U.S. Army troops and Allied Forces at camps located throughout Kuwait. I made a lot of good friends while I was there briefly before transferring to ITT. I left ITT and went to a better company where I remain now. Some of these friends I made along the way have become my family in Kuwait.

Almost every American working here knows that CSA will no longer exist after February 12th. The CSA contract and a few others will go to ITT KBOSSS, SAIC, Triple Canopy, etc. on February 13th. Why should I care since I no longer work for these companies? Well, only a few of my close friends will remain in Kuwait and the rest of them will go home, to Afghanistan, Qatar or U.A.E. This makes me feel really sad because no one could ever replace them.

What does this mean for Kuwait? A LOT of American contractors are going home around February 12th. Maybe the Kuwaiti's will be happy about this? I hope that Kuwaiti building owners will be forced to reduce their inflated rent prices in 'little America" (Fintas, Mahaboula, Abu Halifa, etc.) once CSA is out of the picture. There are only a few US companies / DOD who will pay what CSA did and I feel local landlords may have to charge less in the future. I know of a few buildings already (from friends looking for new apartments) where the prices were decreased.

What will happen to my beloved Egypt? A country that I had the pleasure of being in for quite some time. Will their main source of income, tourism, decrease to 50% or less? Will the country continue to be in a state of chaos which creates the perfect opportunity for an 'Iran like Revolution' to begin? I fear that this is the perfect storm where the East and West could collide and explode. I pray for the people of Egypt that God will protect them from eminent danger and destruction.

One thing that isn’t changing is the love I receive from an amazing Kuwaiti man who adores me. I cannot express in words how wonderful he is to me. I don’t know how I made it in Kuwait before I met him without his constant support and love. He is not pressuring me anymore and gave me all the time I need. He never gets mad at me now, even when I do something to him that should make him furious. He spoils me in every way and I feel like the luckiest girl in this world.

I’ve been working on a project for the past two weeks and the hours I put in are insane. When I get home I just want to fall into bed with my clothes on. The last thing I want to do is see anyone or eat. He is so worried about me and has supported me emotionally every step of the way.  He tells me I'm the most beautiful girl he has ever seen when I don't even have lip gloss on and a sandstorm has kicked my ass and ruined my hair.  He thinks my constant yawns are adorable when I can barely keep my eyes open.  

He has either delivered or sent me food every night from a different place to make sure I have something to eat. Then he brings or sends me enough food for an army. There is no point in resisting because he never takes no for an answer. With his schedule he cannot deliver the food himself every night so he either orders from a restaurant close to where he works or he uses the website 6alabat. This week I’ve had special deliveries from Casper and Gambini’s, The Kitchen (which he sent me two nights in a row because I went on and on about how delicious it was), before that was a Kuwaiti restaurant (forgot the name in English) with traditional dishes and many times from different restaurants at the Crown Plaza. He even sent food for my cleaning lady yesterday because he is so thoughtful.

The Kuwaiti restaurant ~ I'm not sure of the name in English but the local dishes were delicious.

My <3 belongs in The Kitchen!

Artichoke and Spinach dip ~ healthier version than most restaurants and so delicious.  Fahad would love it on cheat meal day.

Chicken Pot Pie ~ nice and hot on a cold winter day.  This isn't TV dinner style (which I would never eat).  You can taste the quality of vegetables and chicken in every mouthwatering bite.

I do love that he treats me like a princess but all that he does cannot compare to the man he is inside. I love him for his soul and the way he is always there for me. His lovely heart earned my love and all this material stuff doesn’t even compare to who he is and what he stands for.

So yes, life is always about change but as long as he is by my side I will be okay here in Kuwait. To my friends who will leave Kuwait, may God bless you and keep you safe.  I will never forget you and all the great times we shared together in this exotic land.  Egypt I wish you peace, prosperity and happiness. Fight the power with nonviolence and continue to love thy neighbor.

My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him. ~ Mohandas Gandhi


  1. This post lifted my spirit :)
    Well said ..

  2. This post made me hungry
    Well pictured...


    someone needs a hug i think

  3. q8thug ~ have you ordered from The Kitchen yet? Looooooooool! I am waiting for my hug you thug. ;P

  4. oh I wish the best luck to both of you my dear Im so happiiiii :D I love Casper and Gambini (a)

  5. Pauline ~ thank you sweetie. :) I like C & G as well. He was a little ticked because it took 1.5 hours for delivery. I had the potato skins, fries, mozzarella triangles, chicken spring rolls, pesto pasta with pine nuts and a brownie with walnuts. I only put a dent in the food because it was waaaaaaay tooooo much.

    I think he is trying to fatten me up. ;)

  6. Change is something we all go through, its a part of life, it may be hard at first but it's usually for the better, ok enough of the pep talk! :P
    You guys are such a cute couple! I love that he sends you food rather than keeps you from eating! Allah y5aleekum 7ag ba3ath;*

  7. Kuwaiti/English title(y) hehe ur on the way in learning the kuwaiti accent:p

    I'm happy for u! Hehe whenever u find someone that cares this much make sure u hold on to him! They're rare:p Goodluck!=)


  8. my life kel sa3a mitghayraa!! CUUUUUUTENESS :D

    and i love casper and gambinni, you should try their pasta, guess i have to post it for you :P

  9. I hope he is a good, honest, serious guy and he's not just messing with you!! Inshallah he's the one (if that's what you want!) Good luck!!

  10. This was a very nice excerpt from your life in Kuwait. Change is the only constant in life. Some change is good while other not so much. That's part of life though. It's always sad to lose friends and the "circle of comfort". Your are losing some friends but at the same time you are gaining a new friend who will be there for the rest of your life :) I don't have the pleasure to know you personally but I do know the "blog" part of you. I can tell that you are a wonderful person and that "he" is very lucky to have you in his life.
    As far as Egypt I am confident that Egyptians will take care of themselves. You need to take care of yourself, get more sleep, and send some leftovers my way Hehehe.

  11. r.alsharif ~ He is a BIG, lovable, Kuwaiti guy and he loves to eat good food. If he keeps feeding me I'm going to explode. ;)

  12. Anonymous ~ thank you. :) Yes, he is very rare and I have never met any guy like him before. He reminds me of my Father and I will try my best to make it work.

  13. Just Noon ~ thank you sweetie. :D I'm waiting for your post. I did have their pesto pasta and it was good. I couldn't eat even have of it because it is very rich.

  14. Snow ~ Thank you. :) I think he is but only time will tell. He keeps getting better and better and I'm enjoying every minute with him. He hasn't tried to mess with me at all. He is pretty religious and is ready to settle down and have children. He is older than me and much more mature. I think I entertain him with my childish ways...

  15. Bananamonkee ~ you are so sweet. Thank you dear. ;)

  16. just like a fairy tale...
    Masallah :)

  17. Girlythings ~ thank you :) He is almost perfect but I'm far from it. I still have a lot of growing up to do. ;) I'm quoting my Father from our telephone conversation this past weekend. heehee

  18. done
    yeah it is rich! i eat half of it and keep the rest for the next day , still good

  19. That's lovely! Men here really think food solves all problems and I guess it does.
    I hope he is the one and you have lovely little half, half babies!

  20. Wow, sending you expensive food from hotels? Is he rich? :p guys like him dont exist at this day.
    I am jealous :p dont want to sound bitter but usually guys who do this, want to mess and play. BE CAREFUL! Tell me, is he hot? if not, then he is nice to balance the lack of looks. Good luck with new job.
    Wish you the best, E&TC.

  21. Just Noon ~ I do the same thing. :)

  22. Babble ~ thank you :)

    Lol! Yes, they do love food. He has excellent taste.

    He thinks we might have blonde, blue-eyed children and I tried to explain that his dark hair and eye genes will overpower mine.

  23. Anonymous ~ Looool. No, he is not hot. When I first met him through friends I didn't even think about him in a romantic way. He was lovestruck (his words) and I didn't notice him.

    He is tall for a Kuwaiti and chubby in the middle. His personality is amazing. We just laugh and laugh together. He makes me feel like the most beautiful girl in this world. To me he is handsome and I love him just the way he is.

    Yes, he is wealthy even by Kuwaiti standards. He is highly educated and has a great job. BUT he works hard for it and doesn't depend on his family. He is a strong, confident man with a lovely soft side. :)

  24. Anonymous ~ thank you but I am not starting a new job. I have been with this company for a while. :)

  25. change is good, u never know . . . beside what's life without some changes?! :)

  26. Swera ~ constant change sucks! Loool. There is nothing I can do about it. I want to stay here so I have to put up with what is thrown my way. I'm just going to miss all of my friends. They are leaving this weekend. :'(


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