March 30, 2011

"Kol Youm" كل يوم @ Afkari Exhibition


"Kol Youm" كل يوم @ Afkari Exhibition - Al Rai behind Centerpoint on Friday April 1st at 6pm. The designer will be exhibiting fashionable jumpsuits, pants, blouses, bodies, Aladdin outfits, sleeves and more. Take a glimpse at their website to have an idea about the products that will be showcased.

March 28, 2011

Where Were You During the Big Ass Kuwaiti Sandstorm? 25 March 2011 عاصفة الكويت شي من الخيال



I saw this incredible video on Mark ~ 248am and I had to steal it and share it with you. Thanks Mark :*

Where were you during the BIG Mother of Sandstorms? I was in my apartment because of a last minute change of plans. (Thank you God!) I went to open my curtains and window to enjoy my view of the Arabian Gulf when I saw something BIG, black and puffy creeping over the water. I felt immediate fear and I wasn't quite sure what it was. Was it rain? dust? sand? an explosion? The first thing I did was call my Hayati but the line was dead. Then I started taking pictures with my phone. I wish I could tell you that I'm a brave girl but the truth is I'm not at all when it comes to Mother Nature.

When I was a little girl my parents took us out on a typical boat trip that turned ugly. I was downstairs sleeping in the bedroom and the Gulf of Mexico turned ugly in a flash. I think I was around five years old and it was my first experience in treacherous waters. My Father was trying to turn the boat around when he realized the waves were getting too high. My Mother, nanny and siblings were next to him and I was all alone. The water was so rough that it was tossing the boat around and I started screaming and crying for my Mother. I could hear her calling to me but I couldn't make out what she was saying. She couldn't climb down to the bedroom until we escaped the dangerous waters. From that point on I would spend my early childhood terrified of boats, thunderstorms or anything that reminded me of them. My Family spent most of our weekends on the boat and my Father kept forcing me to go back out on the water to overcome my phobia.

If there was any type of Tropical Storm or Hurricane coming close to our house my Father would drive us as far away as possible. Nobody in my family wanted to hear me scream and cry nonstop until the storm was over. If my parents were out to dinner and a thunderstorm hit, they would rush home to be with me because the Nanny couldn't calm me down. I would almost go into shock. Loool, how embarrassing! Thankfully I overcame my fear at around nine years old and I had my first boat at eleven (Boston Whaler) that I would cruise around Destin, Florida with my friends and brother. Of course we didn't go near the Gulf or even the Bay unless we were with my parents.

Back to the Kuwaiti Sandstorm that kind of scared me a little. My Hayati doesn't even know about my childhood phobia but he called me as I was taking pictures out my window with my phone. He sounded terrified and asked me was I safe and where was I. I explained that I was at home and he almost yelled thank God. He said he kept trying to call me but couldn't get through. He was driving home and he couldn't see while he was driving and trying to talk to me. I kept telling him to hang up the phone and concentrate on getting home safe. To call me as soon as he arrived at his house but he wouldn't listen (as usual). It took him an extra 20 - 30 minutes to get home but he arrived safely.

I'm sure this storm isn't that big of a deal to most Kuwaitis but it sure scared this little girl from the south. I sure as hell do not want to experience this in Kuwait again. I am very thankful that I was safe at home and my heart goes out to everyone that was caught in the middle. Especially the people that lost theirs lives, may God bless them in Heaven and take care of their families.

So where were you during the sandstorm and how did it make you feel?

 

March 26, 2011

No Mercy ~ Watching the Dust Storm Slam the Arabian Gulf in Kuwait







Tsunami of sand tortures Kuwait

Dark before sunset at 50 kms per hour

Arab Times, Kuwait City, March 25, 2011: A menacing black dust storm hit the country at a speed of over 50 kms per hour Friday evening, plunging the country into complete darkness before sunset. The storm reduced visibility to almost zero in some areas of the country and disrupted mobile phone services for almost 30 minutes as panicked citizens and residents tried to call to check the safety of their loved ones.

The Operations Room of the Interior Ministry received more than 200 calls for assistance; the most urgent among them was from a boat stranded in mid-sea. Nearly 100 female students were onboard and were on their way to Failaka Island when the storm came threatening. Security forces and Coast Guard members sprung into action and managed to bring the boat safely to shore.

To add to all the panic, rumors about an enormous fire near the beach spread like wild fire and subsided only when it became evident that the black cloud was a dust blanket and not smoke from a fire.

The dust storm first entered Jahra and moved towards the Capital area and then to the rest of the areas. Meteorologist at the Weather Forecast Department of the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Issa Ramadan said northwesterly winds blowing at a speed of more than 50 kms per hour caused the dust storm. He and astronomer Saleh Al-Ojairi confirmed that there was almost zero visibility in some areas of the country.

Furthermore, Director of Operations Department at the Kuwait International Airport Essam Al-Zamil said due to bad weather conditions, dense dust, and strong winds, all incoming flights were diverted to airports nearby and outbound flights were allowed to take off only after the weather conditions improved.

Meanwhile, security forces, traffic patrols, fire fighters and members of Civil Defense Directorate were mobilized to tackle any accident or emergency. Patrols were deployed on all highways and the Interior Ministry urged all citizens and residents to stay indoors until visibility improves.

There were reports that northern areas of the country witnessed heavy rainfall, which helped in clearing the black dust layer to some extent. Sources say securitymen, even in such adverse conditions, went looking for a Kuwaiti woman in her 60s and her son who got lost in Salmi desert area. Securitymen found their car, but not the occupants until the filing of this report.

The dust storm heightened fear as images of destruction caused by two natural disasters in Japan are still fresh among people. One expatriate who was stuck up in a traffic jam during the ominous storm said he did not think he will reach his destination. He even tried calling his wife to say that if he doesn’t make it, consider the call his last. Fortunately or unfortunately the call didn’t go through and the wife was spared of some agony. He said the visibility was so less that drivers had to be ‘2,000 percent’ sure while driving. At several points, he got down of the vehicle to manually clean the windscreen of his vehicle.
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Article By: Awad Al-Farhan and Mohammad Al-Enezi

WORST SANDSTORM EVER...Camp Arifjan, Kuwait 25 MAR 2011...GOTTA SEE!!!

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March 24, 2011

Southern Women

Gone With The Wind

Southern women know their summer weather report:

Humidity

Humidity

Humidity


Southern women know their vacation spots:

The beach

The rivuh

The crick


Southern women know everybody's first name:

Honey

Darlin'

Shugah


Southern women know the movies that speak to their hearts:

Fried Green Tomatoes

Driving Miss Daisy

Steel Magnolias

Gone With The Wind


Southern women know their religions:

Baptist

Methodist

Football


Southern women know their cities dripping with Southern charm:

Chawl'stn

S'vanah

Foat Wuth

N'awlins

Addlanna


Southern women know their elegant gentlemen:

Men in uniform

Men in tuxedos

Rhett Butler


Southern girls know their prime real estate:

The Mall

The Country Club

The Beauty Salon


Southern girls know the 3 deadly sins:

Having bad hair and nails

Having bad manners

Cooking bad food


Even Southern babies know that "Gimme some sugar" is not a request for the white, granular sweet substance that sits in a pretty little bowl in the middle of the table.


More Suthen-ism's:

Only a Southerner knows the difference between a hissie fit and a conniption fit, and that you don't "HAVE" them, you "PITCH" them.

Thank you Carolyn :*

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Southern Girls (Urban Dictionary)  Looool

The best girls around. They are always pretty and show themselves well. Normally dressed in their easter colored polos, lacostes, or michael stars. Allways (well, usually) seen wearing there name brand jeans blue cult, 7's, citizens, angel, paper denim, etc...Accesories always consist of them pearl earings. Simple yet ellegant. All southern girls own at least 1 surf shop or restaurant T-shirt from somewhere on the coast, most likely Wrightsville. Found cruising around in their silver or green Range Rovers or Land Rovers, and if not, volvos or station wagons. Hangouts consist of North Hills (if your familliar with Raleigh, NC), or any place that serves fresh ice tea and warm grits. The music they listen to is usually very mellow, like Dave Matthews, OAR, James Taylor, Alanis Morrissette, Hootie, Jack Johnson, Jimmy Buffet, Rascal Flatts, etc...Southern hospitality runs in the family. Southern households are the most generous of them all, which makes southern girls, the sweetest.

Lovely Elizabeth Taylor


Elizabeth Taylor, the legendary actress famed for her beauty, her jet-set lifestyle, her charitable endeavors and her many marriages, has died, her publicist told CNN Wednesday. She was 79.


March 20, 2011

Middle Eastern Fathers ~ It's Never Too Late To Do The Right Thing Until It's Too Late

We all know that Western Fathers are far from perfect and do not always do the right thing for their children. This post is not about them so please know I am not saying one country is better or worse than the other. This post is about Middle Eastern men who studied, worked or traveled abroad and had a relationship with a foreign woman that led to having a child.

When I first wrote this post Half and Half ~ When Your Dad is Kuwaiti and Your Mom is Not I began to receive a few emails from young adults who had Middle Eastern Fathers that abandoned them. They didn't want to comment on the post but they decided to write me their life story. These emails were heartbreaking to say the least and now I am still receiving them. This post is for the children and their Fathers.

I know this subject doesn't have anything to do with me since my Father is American and he is always there for me. Even when I do something wrong he has my back. I might get in trouble or fussed at but I can always turn to him for help and guidance. Before I went to University I was even put on restriction for breaking his rules but he did it out of love and I see that now. The fact is that life is complicated enough but not having a supportive Father due to abandonment is unimaginable.  I felt compelled to write this post after receiving so many emails on this important subject.

Fathers, the children you have left behind need your recognition and love. It's not just about your financial obligation it's about your duty as a Father. You may have made a mistake when you were young but your child is innocent and shouldn't be punished for your actions. The consequences in this culture for having a child out of wedlock are astronomical. It would bring shame on the entire family or worse. I understand this dilemma but the truth is that you can't change the fact that you now have a child.  Your family here might not know about your situation but God knows.

The point of my post is that it's never too late to do the right thing until it's too late. That means that all of us will die one day and meet our maker. When you stand before God what will he say about the child you abandoned? If you can't tell your family here that you have a child abroad you can at least stay in contact with your child. If you are not sure how to reach your child then you can hire an attorney in that country via the Internet to locate them.  Talk to them and let them know about your culture and why you did what you did.  They deserve an explanation so they do not blame themselves.  You can even email, call or visit them and try to rebuild some type of relationship.  It’s never too late while you are still on this earth to show them that you love them.

I dedicate this post to the children of Middle Eastern Fathers that wrote me and shared their story. Please be assured that you have done nothing wrong.  Do not let your Father's cowardly actions define who you are or will become.  I pray that you will find happiness with your Father one day and peace in your heart.


March 19, 2011

Mabrouk Swera!

Bahamas.com image

Mabrouk Swera! This is wonderful news and we look forward to your post about the honeymoon ;)


It's a Gorgeous Morning in Kuwait and I'm Doing Laundry


The Fantasy

Good morning Kuwait :* :* :* Today I am forcing myself to wash clothes because I have piles of dirty laundry that need immediate attention. I'm looking at the beautiful view of the Arabian Gulf from my apartment window and catching up on this blog. Breakfast this morning consists of American coffee with a piece of left over cheesecake from dinner last night. I'm on my first cup of coffee and the delicious cheesecake is almost gone. I woke up around 0900 hrs and decided to get a lot of stuff done around the house this morning and blog in between. I'm just going to post about a little of this and a little of that.

I spoke to my Father late last night after dinner and he is doing really well. He had a small surgery and it was very successful. Thank you God for taking care of my Daddy. My Mother is nursing him back to health and she said he had just taken a pain pill before I called. They had me on speaker phone and we laughed and laughed. I'm lucky that I have such loving parents and I can tell them ‘almost’ anything.

I'm not that superstitious but a few weeks ago a black cat ran in front of my car. I had a little bad luck surrounded by mostly good luck so I guess I can't complain. Yesterday before work I was starting up my vehicle and guess what animal was pooping in front of my car? Yep, another stray black cat. What does this mean besides...disgusting! Maybe it's good luck?

Yesterday was a gorgeous day as well. I literally drove all over Kuwait for my job in safety and that included the desert past Jahra. It was pretty windy so the sand blew a little but thanks to the rain we had it wasn't too bad. After work I went straight to the salon for my weekly deep conditioning treatment and massage. Kuwait weather is not good for my long hair so the treatments work wonders to keep it soft and shiny. Before I took my profile photo I cut some of my hair off for spring/summer so it wouldn't be too long. It's still long so my Hayati didn't pout.

I love my hair stylist and she has the sweetest disposition. With my busy as hell schedule she stays late just for me and takes her time. The salon is very far from my apartment and the prices are extremely high but I would never go anywhere else. Last night she was upset about her staff and complained the entire time. I don't mind if she shares with me a little but I think she forgets that I am a customer. I have enough stress at work and the salon is where I really go to unwind and relax.

After my hair was done I quickly drove home to get ready for dinner with him. The traffic wasn't too bad once I reached 30 and the cars that were flashing and car hugging gave up long before I reached home. (Mentioned for my favorite American Cougar ;) I looked at your website after not seeing it for a very long time and it looks amazing!)  I ran upstairs and dumped my bags on the chair, tinkled, brushed my teeth, applied some of the MAC Wonder Woman cosmetics I purchased and ran outside. In the elevator I realized I forgot to put on my jewelry. I ran back upstairs and opened the safe and picked out a few things that he bought me. My favorite thing he surprised me with at Christmas never keeps the time or date. If you don't wear it every day then its way off and you have to set it again. I usually put it on and wear it with the wrong time and date. He wants me to wear it every day and enjoy it but I'm afraid the gold will scratch and the diamonds will fall out. The warranty is for two years but I'm sure it doesn't cover everything.  He said he would just buy me a new one if it's broken beyond repair and I believe him. ;) Still, I want to keep it for weekends only and special occasions.

Dinner was great because we were too excited to see each other after suffering from a busy week. He wants to meet every night when he doesn't have to work late. I just don't have the time and I wake up earlier than he does. I keep teasing him that he needs to go to dewaniya like a normal Kuwaiti guy but he isn't typical by any means. He was in an excellent mood and I was wide awake. I asked him if he liked my eye makeup and he frowned. "Why are you wearing makeup when you don't need it?" (Yes, I do with my pale winter skin but you are blinded by love!) I want to wear the new MAC colors and dinner with him isn't just a lip gloss occasion.   

I told him it's the MAC Wonder Woman collection and he laughed at me. We had such a terrific time until he brought up marriage and wanting to start a family. I feel very guilty for continuing to be indecisive.  I'm sure about him but not about spending my life here forever so far from my family.  I always thought I would return to American to start a family.  I pray that I don't lose him.  I just wish we could stay like we are for a while longer and not get pressured into following what society tells us we should do.  He could tell by my silence that what he said hurt me.  I could tell I hurt him too and we started talking about his work again. 

I’m shocked and very sad to hear that Watiniya Airways has closed down. I loved flying with them to Dubai and Bahrain. Their Canadian flight attendants were awesome and so was their first class service. (Minus the missing alcohol.) Before I met him, they used to send a sports car to pick me from my house and take me home which was included in the price. The terminal and lounge was very comfortable but I did miss the main terminal shopping. Kuwaiti customs was extremely relaxed and friendly at their private terminal. And that’s all I can write about that…;P

Farewell Wataniya and I hope you will be able to return again soon. I want to wish all of my readers a lovely weekend with their friends and family.

xoxo E&TC

The Reality

Corbis Image


March 14, 2011

Washington Redskins Cheerleaders Are Back In Kuwait


Dini and the girls

Peeing in Kuwait with the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders Post



Thank you 'R' and 'Dini' for the photo ~ Go Navy! :*

Cruel Intentions

Image from Cityboy

Kuwaiti Woman Blackmails Men with Their Nude Pictures

ARAB TIMES, KUWAIT CITY, March 13, 2011: An unidentified young Kuwaiti woman is being interrogated for involvement in blackmailing public figures including some Members of Parliament and their immediate relatives, reports Al-Shahed daily quoting security sources.

According to reports the woman would lure her ‘victims’ to her apartment in Salmiya and then take their pictures when they were nude.

Security sources say police were tipped off about the dirty game played by the woman and most of them refused to file complaints against the woman for fear of getting involved in a scandal. Police acting on information allegedly set a trap for the woman and caught her red-handed.

They have also seized from her CDs depicting well-known personalities in compromising positions.

Article Link


March 13, 2011

Knockout Oscar De La Hoya in Kuwait


Photo Source: Nnamdi Houdini Emenogu (Thank you Dini :*)


"The Golden Boy"

Credit: Steve Manuel/USO Photo

Olympic gold medalist and 10-time world champion Oscar De La Hoya is currently participating in his first USO tour to the Middle East. On Thursday, De La Hoya (third from right) visited with U.S. soldiers from Area Support Group at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. He was joined by three boxers from his Golden Boy Promotions stable (left to right): Seth Mitchell, Adrien Broner and Danny Jacobs (far right).

Credit: Steve Manuel/USO Photo

We <3 the US NAVY

March 12, 2011

Wow Caterers ~ The Taste of Kuwait is Really WOW!!!

WOW - A Catering Company who produce Cakes, Pastries, Chocolates, Breads, Salads and Parties arrangements in the region of GULF.

Today I received a 'special delivery' from Wow in Kuwait. 'D' & 'M' were waiting for me to get back from my water and pop run at the local Bacala when this showed up at my front door. 'D' said she almost didn't open the door because she heard the bell and looked out the peephole only to see two foreign guys. She didn't see the bags so she rudely asked, "Who are you and what do you want?” They held up the bags and when 'D' saw it was food she opened the door faster than Florida lightening.

My sweetheart knew I had some ladies coming over today so he went all out and sent us these amazing treats. Have you ever tasted food that was so delicious that you start mmmmmmmming when you chew it? We were all making noises while eating because I think we (three little pigs) experienced multiple food orgasms.


 
Elegant Rose Cake ~ made with real rose petals.







The third row has peanut butter inside and I think I died and went to Heaven.

The boxes were so full that the top wouldn't shut properly so I put half of them in a few small containers for work.

I love the Chocolate Kuwait Dinar!

Pecan Tarts dusted with Gold

Fa6ayer that melt in your mouth.

Sammoon with the best bread I've ever tasted in Kuwait.

Chocolate cake

Wow Caterers ~ The Taste of Kuwait

<3 <3 <3

Kuwait Raises $3 Million to Fund Charity Group

Ben Affleck, Rima Al-Sabah and Sen. John McCain at the Kuwait-America gala dinner at the Kuwaiti embassy, 2011. (Vicky Pombo)

WASHINGTON: Kuwait's Ambassador to the US Sheikh Salem Al-Sabah and his wife Sheikha Rima Al-Sabah, with the cooperation of Kuwait-America Foundation held, with the participation of former US President Bill Clinton, a gala dinner entitled 'Enduring Support,' where $3 million was raised to fund USO, an organization that provides many humane services to the US forces and their families in the US and overseas.

Guest of Honor, former US President Bill Clinton, praised in a speech he delivered at the Gala Dinner the role the Kuwait-America Foundation plays for humanitarian causes, "I am grateful because this Foundation, thanks to the Ambassador and his wife, work on things I care a lot about and some things I have been involved with in the Middle East, including education especially for girls and health care.

I am grateful for the work the Foundation has done in building schools and I am really grateful for your support for building two USO centers," he affirmed. "It's really important to me that America never forgets the long term collateral costs of our commitments beginning with the first Gulf War including the conflict in Iraq and the conflict in Afghanistan," Clinton noted.

Clinton praised Kuwait, "Kuwait has done remarkably well. Kuwait has got a multi-party democracy," and it is "one of the most free places in the Middle East in terms of the press," he affirmed. He shed light on a recent study that shows that the average Kuwaiti spends 20 hours a week using the internet, "there is a studied effort to manage this transition into the future.

He said that he thinks Kuwait, "maybe because it had to fight for its own independence, because it was invaded and occupied, has a really good chance to make the future and the US is a strong and proud ally." He added "what we have to keep doing what this Foundation does. You have to develop the young women as well as the young man. You have to emphasize education and health care.

There has to be a sense that things are moving in the right direction," he stressed. Clinton affirmed that he was 'thrilled' when former President George Bush conferred in 2004 'major non-NATO ally' status on Kuwait, saying "I am actually quite optimistic about the future.

I am here just to say thank you to Kuwait for the example you set and the friendship you have given, to wish you well and say that I think I am not the only American here who considers himself or herself a friend of your country and friend of the process that you have been pursuing for many years now," Clinton remarked.

The former President addressed the Ambassador and his spouse saying "when you do things" like build schools and involve more girls and women in the political and social life of their country and open more, not just educational but economic opportunities that too help to stabilize a society in a positive way so that change can occur. 
Kuwait's Ambassador to the US Sheikh Salem Al-Sabah said that the Embassy has selected the USO for its gala dinner this year as it is a special commemorative year, "as we celebrate Kuwait's 20th anniversary of liberation and due to the major role the US troops played in that regard.

He added that therefore the Embassy focused through its gala dinner this year on the USO, which offers support of the armed American troops, as an initiative from the Embassy to offer gratitude for them." He indicated that he sensed a 'deep appreciation' from several of the top US officials who participated in the Gala for selecting this American organization that provides morale and recreational services to members of the US military.

In his speech, Sheikh Salem said "we're proud to be celebrating the 70th anniversary of the USO, and to support its efforts to care for America's heroic wounded warriors, in a year that also marks the 20th anniversary of Kuwait's liberation." "Twenty years may seem like a long time ago but for Kuwaitis, the events of occupation and liberation are seared forever in our memories," he stressed.

The people of Kuwait will always be grateful to our friends in the United States for the sacrifices they made to stand with us in our hour of need," he remarked. The Ambassador noted, "we honor the US military for their courage and their skill, and for their service-every day-on behalf of security and peace.

We are proud that our close ties with this country have only grown from the opening of the first US consulate in Kuwait, half a century ago to the deep respect and shared sense of duty we feel as major non-NATO allies to the work we do around the world to promote development, stability, and hope," he affirmed.

Sheikha Rima, who is the Gala Founder and Chairman, said that as Kuwait commemorates its 20th anniversary of liberation, the USO has been selected as a gratitude from the Kuwaiti Embassy in Washington to the American troops who played a major role in Kuwait's liberation.

Sheikha Rima stressed that "this year's cause is especially meaningful to me because it coincides with the 20th anniversary of Kuwait's liberation and because we were able through this gala to offer gratitude and appreciation for the American forces." Sheikha Rima said "we who have benefited from others' sacrifice feel a deep responsibility to give back.

What cause could be more appropriate, this year, than to give to the military men and women who give so much of themselves every day and who sometimes return from the battlefield only to face a whole new fight as they struggle to recover from their wounds, and rebuild a normal life," she remarked.

Special guest, Hollywood actor Ben Affleck, who has championed humanitarian issues in the world, said in a speech he delivered at the Gala that many members of his family has served in the military and he has "proudly worked" with the USO.

He shed light on one the trips he has made to the Middle East to visit the American troops. "We all understand that there are people out there who are risking their lives and there are also hundreds of thousands of people for whom this duty has no holiday," he stressed.

He added "I can tell you that there is not one member of the armed forces serving the country overseas who is getting rich doing it." "All they ask of us as civilians is that they be respected, supported, honored and remembered. It is not too much to ask," he remarked.

Affleck indicated that since 2001 nearly two million troops have been sent over to serve under Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, saying "that is one percent of the country risking their lives to secure the liberty and freedom of the other 99 percent of us." "Security matters. It is more than a slogan. It is life and death," he noted.

Meanwhile, USO President Sloan Gibson expressed his gratitude to Sheikh Salem and his wife for organizing and hosting this "extraordinary event," saying "thank you especially for what this evening will do for our wounded warriors and their families." He affirmed that this event "is a celebration on a number of levels," as the USO turned 70 just about a month ago, "but what is more important is that we join you in commemorating the 20th anniversary of the liberation of Kuwait.

We are grateful for this very special relationship," Gibson said. "If our mission is to lift the spirits of America's troops and families, and we're not doing everything possible for our wounded warriors and their families, and our families of the fallen, then, we're simply not doing our job, " he remarked.

This is the seventh gala dinner the Kuwaiti Embassy in Washington holds during which $11 million has been raised for humanitarian, educational, health and environmental causes in the Asian, African and Latin continents. This year's gala dinner is the first of which the amount raised went to an organization within the US.

Several top senior American officials attended the event , including Bill Clinton, Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen, Senators John Kerry, Scott Brown and John McCain, also Ben Affleck, Michael Douglas, in addition to other prominent officials and figures. - KUNA

Kuwait Times Link

Washington Post Link

Thank you Kuwait :*

March 10, 2011

Belly Dance Classes in Kuwait

Belly Dance classes will be held on Saturdays and Tuesdays and only for women. No experience needed!

If you are new to belly dancing, this course is the perfect place to start; just bring a desire to have fun as you learn and develop new skills. One hour full of belly dancing, sure to tighten up the abdominal muscles and core section of the body, including the back. Every age, size, and shape are welcome and respected as we journey into this rich art form. Come with a friend and have some fun this spring! Hurry, since the class is limited!

Cost: 8 KD per one session. The registration is for a 5 week session. For more info & to register please contact: kuwaitbachataclub@gmail.com

Thank You EEK / The Grapevine! :*



March 8, 2011

Learn Arabic in Kuwait ~ A7ibik


AWARE Arabic Language Courses :

March 6th until April 14th, 2011, designed with the expat in mind. The environment is relaxed & courses are designed for those wanting to learn Arabic for travel, cultural understanding, conducting business or simply to become more involved in the community. We cater to teachers, travelers & those working in the private business sector.

Call 25335260/80 ext 105 or 104 or log onto www.aware.com.kw or
e-mail: htaware.hassan@gmail.com

Classes have already started so sign up for their next session.

Thanks EEK / The Grapevine :*


March 5, 2011

Recent Expat and the City Giveaway Winners

MAC Wonder Woman Lipstick and Camp Arifjan Keychain ~ Congratulations NYO22!


Camp Arifjan 2011 Coffee Cup, Keychain and Lanyard ~ Congratulations Moody Panties!


I just sent these little giveaways out today (so late) thanks to my busy schedule and the Kuwaiti holidays. I added one more 'souvenir' for each winner. The Godiva's are not included! ;P I wanted a rich, red background. 

Believe it or not I still have 1/4 of the chocolates left from Valentine's Day. That's not bad considering I rarely share my Godiva’s (selfish when it comes to my chocolate) and there were approximately 72 chocolates in the box.

I want to give a BIG thank you to the readers for their support and congratulations to the fabulous winners!

xoxo E&TC