Disclaimer: I keep all my valuables that I have in Kuwait at his house for security reasons. I had a maid try to steal once so I am very careful and leave everything at his house which has 24/7 security. Expat ladies, I highly recommend that you do not fully trust your maid. I have too many friends that had all of their jewelry stolen from help that they trusted in Kuwait and the USA. Lock your stuff up in a safe or at the bank. It's better to be safe than sorry.
I Instagramed and Tweeted about my engagement news a while back but I never wrote a post about it. So here goes my one and only...
When I moved to Kuwait from America a few years ago the last thing I planned to do was to fall in love and get married to anyone, much less a local. Why not a local? Well, first of all I wanted to continue to travel the world but return to live in the Southern, USA so marriage here was the furthest thing from my mind. Second of all I listened too much to what I heard about them from other Western women that were married, divorced or who dated them. I know not everyone is the same but with the frightening stories I heard at work made me want to stay away from them. Not to mention some of their desperate attention seeking flirting that you are subjected to whenever you leave your apartment here.
Soon I managed to meet the most amazing group of girls that changed my life in Kuwait for the better. We had a blast together (can't write about that part ;p) and I realized how wrong I was to think that all local men here are the same. Eventually I was introduced to H and the rest is history.
I want to say that every Western woman I know that is engaged or married to a local guy that she met while in Kuwait was introduced by trusted friends. None of them met online or by being stalked for their number. I've heard some freaky / creepy stuff about dating online in Kuwait so girls please be careful. I also want to mention that soon after meeting H I did the "pay it forward" move where I introduced one of my gf's to an amazing guy (which I posted about before) and now they are also getting married. So don't forget about your friends when you have already met your Prince. :)
If you are a faithful blog reader then you know about our love story and the break up from previous posts. Meeting and falling in love with H was so unexpected and the last thing on my mind. It is truly the best thing that has ever happened to me in Kuwait and probably in my life. I didn't settle or agree to marry him just because it looked good on paper. I am truly, deeply and madly in love with him. All the good things are there like trust, lust, respect, friendship, common interests, family values, etc. The positive list goes on and on.
Anyway, here are a few pictures of when he gave me three rings for my last birthday (2 regular rings and 1 engagement ring) at the Kuwait Hilton Beach Resort this past summer. He always signs his name with something cute (i.g. The blonde lover, The spoiler, The Kuwaiti Redneck) on the cards and this time it was his nickname that you all know I call him: Hayati. I had no idea he was going to propose to me again so soon after our previous breakup. I had really hurt him and wouldn't have blamed him for never speaking to me again. When I opened the stunner that was my new Cartier engagement ring I was shocked. (Thank you Cartier Kuwait!) They were just supposed to be regular presents for my birthday. He proposed again on one knee but said we'd do everything different this time. He also said he would wait to receive my entire family's blessing without pressuring me. I still had my doubts that we would last because of my family so I told very few people.
I haven't seen any Western bloggers married to locals posting pictures of their wedding or sharing that much about their engagement / wedding experience in Kuwait. It’s different here and you can never be too careful with your privacy when you have an open blog. Then there is the evil eye, hater comments and all it takes is one jealous person to spread false rumors. In Kuwait rumors sometimes reach the families and cause significant problems before the wedding. I don't want any part of that so I've decided not to write too much about it.
This will probably be my last post on the subject but I just wanted to share a little bit of my happiness with you the readers that have supported me throughout my years in Kuwait. Thank you for all of your congratulations on Instagram. I am really excited! :) Not so much about a showy wedding in Kuwait and then the USA but about spending my life with the most amazing man I know. If it ended badly tomorrow I would never regret a minute I spent loving and being loved by him.