December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!


I Held a $233,350 (KD 65,000) Hermes Crocodile Birkin with White Gold & Diamond Hardware


I went to Hermes in Kuwait to fill out my paperwork for the "wish list" and there it was...the famous Black Crocodile and Diamond Birkin bag that B said she and her co-worker actually got to examine while they were shopping at Hermes. Knowing that I could never ever afford such a bag I was still so curious of what it looked like up close, inside and how it felt between my fingers. So I asked to see it and within seconds it was on my legs and I was touching it. LOL!

The salesman said it was KD 65,000 and the same price as a Lamborghini. A crocodile Birkin with diamond-encrusted hardware is one of the most elusive and expensive collector’s items in the world. Basically, a well preserved Birkin bag will hold its value better than your luxurious, imported sports car.

It's a beautiful bag and probably the last time I will have the opportunity to hold a $233,350 purse. It kind of makes the bag I ordered from Hermes look like a real bargain. ;P

I was really impressed with their beautiful, spacious store that just opened in Kuwait. Their staff is warm and friendly. You literally just drive up to the front door of Al Hamra and they have valet parking. The only bad thing is when you pick up your car outside they have to drive it on the main road with merging traffic. It's an easy place for a minor car accident. Other than that the location is perfect with easy access for the man in your life to shop. ;)

Photo credit: Purse Blog

Eating at Home in Kuwait: Some of Our Favorite Things

BB brought goodies from Crumb's Bakery

House of Waffle and Steak (Cheese & veggie omelet, beef sausage & bacon)

Fluffy waffles with hot Danish butter and drizzled chocolate

Kiwis were sweet & delicious!

I think my pancakes (from Mornin' & Evenin') are smiling cuz they know I'm going to eat them...

Chef's homemade Fatayer

Nespresso

December 17, 2011

Camp Arifjan, Kuwait at Sunrise and Wandering Desert Camels










For my Mom & Dad :* :* :* I Love you!


Eve Carson Asked Her Captors to 'Pray' With Her Before They Killed Her

20-year-old American Girl Eve Carson

Sometimes you read crime stories in the news and they break your heart.

UNC Student Asked Captors to 'Pray' With Her Before She Was Killed, According to Testimony

A popular North Carolina college student gunned down three years ago pleaded for her life in the moments before her death and asked her assailants to pray with her, according to testimony at the murder trial.

Eve Carson, student body president at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, died from multiple gunshot wounds on March 5, 2008, after she was allegedly kidnapped and robbed by two men.

Prosecutors say 21-year-old Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr. and 25-year-old Demario James Atwater kidnapped Carson from her home sometime after 3:30 a.m., took her in her SUV to withdraw money from ATMs and then shot her five times, WRAL-TV reported.

Atwater pleaded guilty last year to state and federal charges in the case and is serving two life sentences in federal prison. Lovette, who is now on trial, faces life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder. He has pleaded not guilty.

Jayson McNeil, a lifelong friend of Lovette's, testified Tuesday about a conversation he says he had with Lovette about the crime on March 12, 2008. McNeil said Lovette called him the day a warrant was issued for his arrest.

"Before (Lovette) even shot her, he explained, she was saying, 'Let's pray,'" 20-year-old McNeil told the courtroom. "She wanted them to pray together."

McNeil, whose testimony was part of a plea deal in a federal drug case, said Lovette told him that he and Atwater went to Chapel Hill to rob and that they saw Carson getting into her SUV, according to WRAL.

"They rushed her," McNeil testified.

Lovette got into the driver's seat, and Atwater got into the backseat with Carson and held a gun to her head, McNeil told jurors.

"He said the whole time that Eve Carson was in the backseat that she was pleading for her life and explained that they didn't have to do what they were doing," McNeil testified. "Demario was feeling her clothes and touching her in certain parts of her body."

Lovette said they killed her because she had seen their faces.

Carson was shot four times with a .25-caliber to her right cheek, back, right arm and right buttock. She also was shot through her right hand and right temple with a sawed-off shotgun.

The medical examiner who performed an autopsy on Carson testified Tuesday that the young woman could have survived the four handgun wounds with appropriate medical care, according to the station.

"Only one of these wounds was immediately fatal, and that was the shotgun injury to the head," Dr. Cynthia Gardner reportedly told jurors.

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Even with the crazy, near death experience of driving in Kuwait, local terrorists caught within days of wanting to blow up Camp Arifjan and the scary male stalkers I still feel much safer here than I do in America.  Violence and crime in the US makes me afraid when I'm living there.

This story really broke my heart.  The similarities sent chills down my back and brought me to tears . My condolences to her family and may Eve rest in peace in the Kingdom of Heaven.

December 16, 2011

Santa Claus is Visiting the Sultan Center in Salmiya, Kuwait


I received a text message from the Sultan Center Salmiya that Santa Claus will be there from 6 -  9 PM today.  You can bring your children to have their picture taken with Santa for free! For more info call: 184449

I want to have my picture taken on Santa's lap so I hope they will allow crazy adults.

December 15, 2011

Advice for Kuwaiti Men Who Fall in Love and Want to Marry a Western Woman


About a week ago I received an email from a very sweet Kuwaiti guy who has fallen in love with an American girl while studying in the USA.  (I love receiving emails and this is one of my favorites.) He is madly in love with her but admitted he will have a huge problem 'introducing' all of this to his folks. 

He asked me for advice on how to tackle this complicated situation with his family in Kuwait.  I gave him my best advice but I was hoping to get even better from my readers.  He has asked to remain anonymous so please help him the best you can by commenting below.  Thank you and sweet dreams! :*

Photo credit: Bridal.net

 

December 14, 2011

Make Your Blonde Happy This Christmas in Kuwait


Jessica kissing her Hermès Birkin Bag (this could be you guys ;) on Christmas morning.  In case you have been living under a rock or were just released from prison, Hermès is now open in Kuwait at Al Hamra Tower. 


Kuwait Take Out ~ The Perfect Expat Meal

Hayati went to Spoons in Mahaboula to pick up what I was craving for dinner after a late night at work.

Lobster with creme from The Fish Market ~ <3

Double Cheeseburger with Large Fries from Fat Burger

Chocolate Milkshake from Fatburger

I love the tast of Fatburger's meat and their fat fries.

Balafia!

2010 Miss USA Rima Fakih was HAMMERED when cops arrested her for DUI


2010 Miss USA Rima Fakih was HAMMERED when cops arrested her for DUI this weekend ... this according to Michigan police.

According to the police report, obtained by the AP, Fakih was initially stopped when officers noticed the 26-year-old speeding and weaving through traffic in Detroit early Saturday morning.

Cops say Fakih "immediately identified herself as Miss USA."

According to the report, Fakih took a breathalyzer and blew more than TWICE the legal limit -- once blowing a .19 and then a .20. The legal limit in MI is .08.

Officers claim they also found a half-empty bottle of wine on the floorboard behind the driver's seat.

Fakih was arrested on suspicion of DUI. If convicted, Fakih could face some serious jail time.

Source: TMZ.com
 


Outrage!!! Saudi Woman Beheaded for 'Witchcraft'


A Saudi woman was beheaded after being convicted of practicing "witchcraft and sorcery," according to the Saudi Interior Ministry, at least the second such execution for sorcery this year.

The woman, Amina bint Abdulhalim Nassar, was executed in the northern Saudi province of al-Jawf on Monday.

A source close to the Saudi religious police told Arab newspaper al Hayat that authorities who searched Nassar's home found a book about witchcraft, 35 veils and glass bottles full of "an unknown liquid used for sorcery" among her possessions. According to reports, authorities said Nassar claimed to be a healer and would sell a veil and three bottles for 1500 riyals, or about $400.

According to the ministry, Nassar's death sentence was upheld by an appeals court and the Saudi Supreme Judicial Council.

Philip Luther, the interim direct of Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa program, condemned Nassar's killing, calling it "deeply shocking."

"The charges of 'witchcraft and sorcery' are not defined as crimes in Saudi Arabia and to use them to subject someone to the cruel and extreme penalty of execution is truly appalling," Luther said.

Luther said that a charge of sorcery is often used by the Saudi government as a smokescreen under which they punish people for exercising freedom of speech.

Nassar was not the first person to be executed for alleged witchcraft by the Saudi government this year. In September, a Sudanese man was publicly decapitated with a sword in the city of Medina after he was found guilty of the same crime.

According to Amnesty International, at least 79 people have been executed in Saudi Arabia so far in 2011, more than three times as many as in 2010. The human rights group condemned the kingdom's reliance on capital punishment.

"Where the death penalty is used, under international law it should only be applied to the most serious crimes," Luther said.

The Saudi embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Credit: ABC News Randy Kreider

I've read in the local news many times that men and women were arrested on this exact same charge. I have no idea what the punishment is in Kuwait for these alleged crimes.  I do know that many Muslims believe in Black Magic because it is mentioned in their holy book. 

You can read several articles about Black Magic in Kuwait here:

Arab Times Link ~ Housemaid Arrested for Black Magic

Arab Times Link ~ Police nab young Kuwaiti sorcerer for having sex with female clients

Arab Times Link ~ 1,800 Jewish Maids in Kuwait and Black Magic