October 30, 2011

I Would Like to Set the Record Straight...

My previous post that some of you thought was meant for Brownsugar of 360Dewan was just a coincidence. It was meant as a joke for someone else *SD* who thought it was really hilarious! Unfortunately some people felt it was about Brownsugar and I want to set the record straight. It wasn't!

October 29, 2011

OH NO!!! Say It's Not So! Ploy to Harass Women in Kuwait...

Bring it!

Arab Times, Kuwait City, October 28, 2011: Young and reckless motorists are said to be indulging in a shameless phenomenon: they write their phone numbers and e-mail addresses on the back bumper of their vehicle just below the number plate, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily.

The daily says this phenomenon has spread in many areas of Kuwait and has been used as a ploy by young motorists to molest women in violation of traffic laws and ethics.

The question is: Can such behavior be tolerated in our conservative society or have we become victims of the general innovations of globalization? How far are efforts being made by our traffic policemen to protect our society or is the behavior looked upon as a kind of prerogative?

We hope the concerned authorities will restore moral discipline in our society.

Article Link

Photo credit: Google Images

October 28, 2011

Expats in Kuwait Frequent the UAE for Some Much Needed R&R

Creamfields 2010 - Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. This is not your Mother's Middle East!

Britney Spears in Abu Dhabi at the Grand Prix on November 11th!

Photo credit: BritneySpears.com

Britney Spears will perform in the UAE in November, it has been confirmed. Paul McCartney, Incubus and FatBoy Slim also coming to UAE.

The US pop princess will appear at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November, along with Beatles star Paul McCartney, US band Incubus and British outfit The Cult.

Britney, who has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, will arrive in the UAE as part of her Femme Fatale concert tour, named after her latest album. She will be performing on Yas Island on November 11.

And the ‘Oops! ... I Did It Again’ singer, 29, is set to perform her “flashiest, fastest moving and most entertaining production yet”, according to Rolling Stone Magazine.

Incubus and The Cult will perform in Yas Arena a day later, before McCartney takes to the stage on the final night on November 13.

Access to the concerts is available to holders of F1 race tickets.

Brit DJ Fatboy Slim, Wyclef Jean and Jay Sean will also appear in Abu Dhabi as part of the Yasalam ‘Beats on the Beach’ entertainment programme, which culminates in a series of free concerts by Arab and International musicians along the Abu Dhabi Corniche.

By Time Out Dubai staff, Article link (here).

October 24, 2011

Hush Hush!

Speaking the truth and sharing your experiences can make some people very uncomfortable.

Last time I checked this blog was called, "Expat and the City" and NOT "Censored and the City"!

Horrible Bosses in Kuwait

I just saw the movie, "Horrible Bosses" and it really made me think about doing this post.  If you're a Western Expat working in Kuwait please comment and tell us what you think about your current or previous Western boss.  What's he like and how does it feel to work for him?

Does your married, American boss return from trips to Dubai with stories of how many hookers he paid to spend time with? (Uh we all know your sweet wife and you're bragging when you had to pay for them?) Does he hang out at American chain restaurants and promise the waitresses jobs on the bases if they #@!*^ him? Is he capable of writing a company email without 99% grammatical errors?

Living far from home can really suck but working for a scumbag can make it worse. So feel free to write in anonymously and share your pain.

Thank goodness my current boss is a wonderful older man but believe me when I say I've had some "real losers" in charge of me. 

October 22, 2011

Sex, Lies and Dishdashas

Photo credit: Daily Mail

Lately I've heard of some heartbreaking true stories from Western ladies that were new to Kuwait and dated Kuwaiti men. Most of this I read through emails that were sent to this blog and they wish to remain anonymous.

I decided to post this so readers can comment with their own experiences and offer advice. It's shocking how incredibly smart expat women move here and suddenly lose their common sense on what is wrong or right when it comes to how a man treats you. Just because they speak another language doesn't give them the right to treat you like a doormat.

I really felt sad reading the last email I received and I hope this post might shed some light on what to look out for when you date a local man.  Not everyone has a circle of friends here to give you the 411 of what the majority (not all) of men are like in Kuwait.  I was lucky because one of my first friends in Kuwait (who is like my second Mom) shared all of her knowledge with us to prevent us from making huge mistakes. 

Anyone can comment on this post and please feel free to do so anonymously. I would appreciate it if some local men could offer their advice.  Share your game player! ;) This might help the female newbie’s in Kuwait so they do not have to learn the hard way.

BB sent me the article below of a case that happened in Kuwait back in 2005.

US Woman Climbs Tower in Kuwait with Suicide Threat Spectacle over Passport and Kuwaiti Boyfriend

October 21, 2011

More Snaps from Our September Trip to Frankfurt, Germany


Imperial Cathedral and Archaeological Garden

Goethehaus is the museum of the greatest writer in the German language, Goethe.

Eating at Vapiano Italian Restaurant During Our September Trip to Frankfurt

He's reading the menu in English using a funny Kuwaiti accent!

I'm watching the food preparation which was amazingly fast and efficient.

We both ordered the same salad and they were delicious.  My pasta was homemade and out of this world!

His pizza was a little burnt but still pretty good.

Breast Cancer Awareness from Zain

Zain headquarters in Kuwait goes pink for breast cancer awareness month.

Be Fabulous and Take a Transatlantic Cruise Back to the USA in Style

Photo credit: Picturebook.com

If you're planning on departing Kuwait for good why not travel back home to North America in style? You can fly to Europe or the UK and then board a cruise to either New York (Queen Mary 2), Texas or Florida (Holland America, Celebrity cruises, etc.).  The prices are surprisingly low when you compare it to a business or first class ticket one way! Thanks BB! :*

November 2011

November 1: 8-day cruise from New York to France on the Queen Mary 2

November 3: 17-day cruise from Barcelona to Tampa on Holland America

November 4: 14-day cruise from London to Fort Lauderdale on Princess Cruises

November 6: 15-day cruise from Rome to Fort Lauderdale on Holland America

November 7: 14-night cruise from Rome to Fort Lauderdale on Celebrity Cruises

November 7: 20-day cruise from Rome to Fort Lauderdale on Holland America

November 7: 13-night cruise from Malaga to San Juan on Royal Caribbean

November 9: 7-day cruise from Cherbourg to New York on the Queen Mary 2

November 10: 7-day cruise from Southampton to New York on the Queen Mary 2

November 17: 7-day cruise from New York to Southampton on the Queen Mary 2

November 27: 18-day cruise from Rome to Fort Lauderdale on Princess Cruises

This November on Apple.com ~ Buy an iPhone 4S Unlocked and Contract-free!

Photo credit: Mobile.com

 I read on the Apple Store Website today that starting in November you can purchase your unlocked / contract free iPhone 4S directly from their website.  This is really good news because you can get a warranty with your iPhone and it will cost half the price of buying one in Kuwait.

I'm still not sure if I want to just wait for the iPhone 5 to get released which will have a much longer battery life. Inshallah, we will see what I do since I cannot make up my mind.

The price chart for an iPhone 4S Unlocked and Contract-free:

$649 = 16GB
$749 = 32GB
$849 = 64GB

iPhone 5 Release Date a Mystery, Siri iPhone 4S with iOS 5 OK for Now

October 17, 2011 by Bill Palmer

“I’m on Sprint. Should I wait for the iPhone 5 release date, or get the iPhone 4S with iOS 5 now,” one reader asks. The question is the one we get the most often of any tech topic. Regardless of whether the carrier is Sprint or one of its iPhone rivals like Verizon or AT&T, the answer is the same: for most users looking to buy their first iPhone, there’s no quantifiable reason to wait for the iPhone 5 instead of opting for the Siri-enabled iPhone 4S now. However, if you already have an iPhone 4, there are arguments for both sides. Here’s a look.

The rationale for iPhone newbies diving in now as opposed to waiting is multi-pronged. First, the iPhone 5 release date is unknown and could be nine to twelve months away, a long time to continue going without an iPhone if you’ve already decided you want one. Equally important, the iPhone 4S isn’t lacking anything that most users would care about. The iPhone 5 will likely deliver faster 4G LTE networking and at least a slightly larger screen. But there’s little reason to want LTE now, with the networks still only fractionally built. LTE antennas are also oversized and power hungry, leaving the LTE phones currently on the market suffering from being bulky, not having enough room for other hardware features, and having startlingly short battery life. When that all gets straightened out next year, Apple will roll an LTE enabled iPhone 5. In the mean time the iPhone 4S uses 3G which is nearly everywhere and plenty fast for mobile computing while not committing atrocities on the battery. The 4S also offers the iOS 5 operating system, A5 microprocessor, and Siri digital assistant, which would have been the same three headlining features of the iPhone 5 if it had launched this year.

But the real tiebreaker might be that you can in fact have both the iPhone 4S and 5 if you play your cards right. If you’re upgrade eligible now, buy the iPhone 4S for $199. When the iPhone 5 comes out you won’t be upgrade eligible but you’ll be able to buy it for $200-250 above sticker, depending on your carrier. Sell your 4S on eBay at that time and you’ll get at least $300 for it (there’s always someone in a bad contract situation who’s willing to overpay for your used iPhone). Do the math and you got to use the 4S for free in the mean time, or perhaps even came out a little ahead (a dirty secret the carriers would rather you not discover).

Finally, there’s the scenario of the current iPhone 4 user. Upgrading depends on the value you place on the A5 processor speed and Siri; all the rest of the iOS 5 experience will run just fine on your iPhone 4. But for everyone else who’s eyeing the iPhone 4S, it’s almost a no brainer. Here’s more on the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5.

Upcoming Events at Kuwait's Only Used Bookstore with a Cafe

Photo credit: Better Books Kuwait Blog

At Better Book's in Kuwait you can pick up a previously owned (good condition) books and there is always something exciting going on from Salsa to Yoga classes.

Please support this relatively new concept in Kuwait and encourage reading in your community.

Expat Mums Story & Music Time

3-3:45pm Every Thursday

Story Time Fun: 1st & 3rd Thursday
  Salsa Classes

Lose yourself to the Salsa beats!

Mondays and Wednesdays, 8-9 pm.

Details and Registration: 55885102, 99885102
  Where is Better Books and Cafe located?

Take 4th ring road to salmiya, pass 30, pass fire station on right, at light (amman street) take a right, through next light, see al rashid hospital on left, proceed ahead to roundabout where you take a u-turn coming back on amman street the other way, take the first right, another right (see veg store on left), then left, after 100 meters LOOK LEFT to see RED/ORANGE DOOR leading to basement.

What are the store hours?

They are open everyday from 10am - 8pm. In case of public holidays or inclement weather please call them before coming. Their contact number is 66637351.


More Delicious Pieces from Versace for their H&M collection

This fabulous collection will hit select H&M stores on November 17th!

Awesome Website That Offers Bilingual "Kuwaiti Arabic and English" Along with Audio Pronunciation

Photo credit: Taranaki Careers

We were contacted by Dalal to let us know about her website called 7achy.com. It's bilingual "Kuwaiti Arabic and English" along with audio pronunciation.  It's a non-commercial site and her target audience is Expats in Kuwait who want to submerge themselves in the Kuwaiti dialect.  They also feature Kuwaiti traditions, proverbs and tons of words.

I first heard about this amazing website from  my Hayati but I never really checked it out.  Now I'm going to learn some new words thanks to 7achy and hopefully impress him.

Join K'S Path for a Fabulous Evening to Celebrate Animals

Join K'S Path for a fabulous evening to celebrate animals and bring attention to their plight.

Auction in Kuwait ~ Your Deal is a Click Away!

October 16, 2011

LOL! Bid to Stop Kuwaiti Men from Marrying Expat Women #FAIL

Photo credit: Haugens

Well, I don't know where to start........this is just wrong on so many levels! You gotta love the Arab Times.

Govt Fails in Bid to Stop Kuwaiti Men From Marrying Expat Women

Divorce Rate Among Kuwaitis Climbs

Arab Times (link) Kuwait City, Oct 15, 2011: A joint committee comprising representatives from the ministries of Justice and Foreign Affairs failed to accomplish its main goal, according to official records, in curbing the phenomenon of Kuwaiti men marrying non-Kuwaiti women to reduce the number of unmarried Kuwaiti women, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

In 2008, the committee compelled Kuwaitis who wished to marry non- Kuwaitis to seek official approval for registration of the marriage, which was not obtainable in many cases. The situation led many people to seek court rulings against the committee to acknowledge their marriages. Now, statistics from the legal notarization administration indicate the committee’s efforts have failed and the number of Kuwaiti men marrying their women compatriots has fallen steadily since 2007.

The figure was 9,664 in 2007, which reduced to 9,238 in 2008, and 8,516 in 2009, and then it slid to 8,429 in 2010.

Meanwhile, the number of Kuwaiti men marrying non-Kuwaiti women has somewhat increased since 2007 when the figure was only 1,187. A slight decrease was recorded in 2008 with 1,113 marriages, while 2009 witnessed a spike pushing the number to 1,379, which declined to 1,227 by the end of 2010.

It also revealed the number of divorce cases between Kuwaiti couples was considerably higher than marriages between Kuwaiti men and non-Kuwaiti women in 2010, indicating 63 percent of Kuwaiti couples ended up in divorce, even as marriage among Kuwaiti men and non-Kuwaiti women was roughly 13 percent.

My two cents: I say "free will" or is it "free Willy"? Let people marry whoever they want to marry...jeez!

October 8, 2011

Shopping on Goethestrasse and Chillaxing at Nespresso Café in Frankfurt

Where are the bars? ;)

Do I see 5 carat engagement rings? Teeheehee!

Heeeeelllooooo Jimmy!


Hey, I want one of those wigs!

My first Nespresso Café

I added some photographs below of our shopping trip to Zeil Street.