January 31, 2013

If You Don't Like It Here Then Just GTFO!

Image: Paris Hilton

Yes, I know I'm re-posting a lot lately but this is another good article I read about living in Kuwait.  This is a little off the topic below but how many times have we expats heard, "If you don't like Kuwait then GTFO!" when we simply state the obvious and express our opinion about our expat experiences in Kuwait?

 Well, I LOVE Kuwait and it's my second home but if you do as well then stop throwing trash all over your own country. Show some respect and keep Kuwait beautiful.  That's what I don't understand the most about living here.  Even with full time cleaners on the streets and in the desert Kuwait still has tons of garbage everywhere (beaches, highways, Kuwait City, schools, etc.) because so many people throw trash out of their car window and home. 

There is a lot to do and see here but why should we all have to look at so much trash everywhere we go?

Life in Kuwait May Be Dull - End of the Year Bank Balance is More

Many see situation as a blessing in disguise...

Re-posted from the Arab Times and written by: Valiya S. Sajjad Arab Times Staff [Link]

In this week’s online poll, Arab Times asked readers for their opinion on social life in Kuwait. The responses ranged between the negative and the complacent, with a majority, 40%, stating that there are very few social events organized in the state.

When talking to people on this opinion of voters, most agreed. However, many of them saw it as a blessing in disguise, “because it gives people more time for family, and helps them save money.”

Expatriates who have lived in other Gulf states, before coming to Kuwait, said that life in Kuwait may be dull, “but at the end of the year you have more bank balance which enables you to do more productive things in life, such as making good investments.”

Some of the citizens who spoke to the Arab Times had a dimmer take. The poor social and entertainment scene in Kuwait forces people to indulge in the only available entertainment, eating out. “That’s a big reason why there’s growing obesity in the state.”

About 23% of the voters said that different communities in Kuwait organize their own social events in a private fashion. “Since it’s held behind closed doors, it’s not known widely.” People who supported this view said that such parties and functions make sure there’s community bonding; moreover, they are also cost effective as they are organized not for profits, but for entertainment and socializing.

However, people were wary of parties that go overboard, where immoral activities take place. A particular respondent said that in a neighboring flat on New Year’s eve, a bachelor’s party went so wild that other residents had to intervene and warn them to play down or face police action. There are several social groups operating in Kuwait promoting drug abuse and alcoholism.

Another 23% of the voters said they are happy with the way things are in Kuwait. For them it’s just work and family that matter. As long as they are able to balance their professional and family lives, they are happy. They said that countries that promote too much entertainment and social life also open out venues for moral corruption. “It may be fun to live there, but it could also have too many negative consequences, which may bear upon the next generation.”

Twelve percent of the voters find entertainment in shopping malls and restaurants. For them it’s more about an excuse to go out and hang out somewhere, than actually indulging in some particular activity. Cinemas are also good for some emotional catharsis and to relieve stress, a few interviewees noted.

A very small minority, 1%, said that there’s a lot happening in Kuwait, and there’s no need for more. They ask people who disagree to scan the newspapers every day, and count the number of social and entertainment events that take place here.


Re-posted from the Arab Times and written by: Valiya S. Sajjad Arab Times Staff [Link]

 

January 30, 2013

Serious Allegations Regarding Syrian Orphan Girls in Kuwait


Arab Times re-post. [Link]

Kuwait City, January 29, 2013

Meanwhile, MP Nabil Al-Fadhel submitted a query to the First Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Sheikh Ahmad Al-Humoud regarding the accuracy of the news report about some charitable societies, which are run by the Brotherhood Movement in Kuwait, exploiting Syrian female orphans who are brought into the country under educational sponsorship.

According to the report, a charitable society had rented two buildings in which it accommodated the Syrian orphan girls. The society, which is affiliated to the Brotherhood Movement, gave clothes and gifts to the girls and the members of the movement taught them religious lessons particularly on obedience and submission to husbands and care of children.

The report revealed that bearded men and youths from the movement began visiting the buildings to choose their wives from the Syrian girls, who were forced into marriage due to their tough circumstances. The marriages were reportedly held in the presence of a representative from the society without a legal marriage official and the marriage contracts were retained by the society.

The report indicated that revelation regarding this matter was obtained when one of the young Syrian girls eloped from her aged husband and explained her circumstances to a particular authority.

Report


“Is there truth in the involvement of the society in such a matter as indicated by the news report? If the answer is no, then provide me with appropriate evidences”, insisted MP Al-Fadhel.


He added, “Did the Ministry of Interior carry out investigations regarding this matter? If so, provide me with a copy of the related investigation file with the results of the investigations. Did the ministry obtain testimonies of the Syrian girls involved in this matter?”

In another development, former minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Ahmad Baqer revealed that the ministry had issued a fatwa in the past to ban writing-off of loans or accrued interests, indicating that the best solution to the loan issue is the Needy Fund.

Baqer made this statement when he visited the Legislative Committee in the National Assembly.


 

January 26, 2013

Well Behaved Bloggers Rarely Make History


This March will mark the third year anniversary of Expat and the City blog. It seems like yesterday that I started writing my first post and I can't for the life of me remember how I went from two readers to over 60K hits per month.  There used to be this sweet Kuwaiti man who I affectionately called M&A for Married and Anonymous. He barely left his house but loved to read Kuwait blogs. I think I was one of the only blogs that he would comment on. Anyway, he was a nice man with a warped sense of humor.  He used to really make me laugh. I sometimes wonder if he still reads this blog.

M&A: Are you still here after all of these years?

The whole idea of starting this blog was to write about my experiences in Kuwait.  More of an online journal and nothing to do with becoming a famous Kuwait blogger, invitations to the hottest events or making money through advertising. Not that there is anything wrong with that but I wanted to stay anonymous mainly because of my job in Kuwait.

Right away I discovered so many Kuwait blogs that I enjoyed reading and after some time I became friends with many of the Kuwaiti bloggers.  This by far has been the most outstanding part of my blogging experience. Many of the local blogs linked my blog to their blog and I started gaining followers and popularity.  Before I knew it there were invitations, gifts, advertising inquiries, events and even personal invitations to bloggers homes.  It was all very unexpected and flattering.  There are companies that send out flyer's and requests for advertising to every blog and then there are the ones that can pick and choose certain blogs that they feel are the most popular or influential. For some reason Kuwaiti blogs seem to be a popular means of free advertisement compared to blogs in other countries.  

As the number of blog readers grew the harder it was to stay anonymous.  I'm not so concerned with friends or co-workers as I am with upper management and now my fiance's family finding out about the blog.  The more popular the blog grew the more I couldn't write the entire story and I'd have to change things up a bit so I could protect my identity. 

With the long hours I work here in Kuwait I've asked several friends over the years to join me so that the blog would stay fresh and have frequent new posts.  Friends have come and gone on the blog and in Kuwait.  It's hard to find interesting people you trust that have the time and passion to commit to blogging.  It takes a lot of dedication and hard work to keep a blog going.  A big thanks to all of you who help me. :*

Then came along an unexpected romance with an extremely private person you all know as Hayati.  The more involved we became the more I feared he would find out about my secret hobby. There is so many interesting things about my life in Kuwait to write about but I am too scared of getting caught by him or upper management so I usually don't post about them.  Over time the need to stay anonymous has all but ruined the blogging experience for me.  I feel that if this blog had not been so well known that I would have been able to share more of what it's truly like to live here. 

At the risk of becoming another Arab Times / Events blog without a personal touch I think it's best to shut this thing down either right before or after I get married this summer.  I'm not really even sure how many people truly read this blog anymore because they genuinely like it.  There seems to be a lot of jealous or hateful comments that make me laugh but also make me wonder what's the point of sharing my experiences on a blog.  So what if I moved to Kuwait to work here and gain experience and then just happened to get engaged to a very wonderful Kuwaiti guy. Kuwait is full of millionaires so it's not a big deal that I'm about to marry one.  I enjoy sharing some of the romantic things he does for me on the blog but believe me they are only the half of it.  Thankfully I don't have to be with a man for his money as I choose to be with him because he is my soul mate.

I started this blog to write about my experiences living in Kuwait so I am damn well going to write about them (as much as I safely can).  It's not my fault that nobody has ever treated you (the hater's) like a princess but it doesn't mean it doesn't exist or that it could never happen to you.  Jealousy isn't flattering on anyone.  Be happy for others and you'll be blessed to.

I really feel truly happy and in love.  He's the man of my dreams and he makes me want to be a better woman. I'm so thankful for having such an amazing guy in my life who is also my best friend.  When he recently went out of town I thought I'd literally die from missing him so much. He must have spent hundreds of Euros on calling cards because we talked for hours every day he was away.

Trying to blog about your life here but having to change a few important details about your experiences because of the need to stay anonymous and the censorship in Kuwait takes its toll after time. It's no longer as enjoyable and you don't feel free to write as you please. I never knew why some popular bloggers just stopped blogging but now I think I get it. 

Well, it's late and I'm going to end this now. Not sure that I even made sense but I just want to say that I've enjoyed blogging very much but I also look forward to starting the next chapter of my life.  A new chapter that doesn't involve strangers knowing about 75% of your personal business.  I'm starting to feel it's time to say goodbye to the blog, Twitter and Instagram.  Sometimes I think it would be fun to start a joint blog with my experiences as an American newlywed married to a Kuwaiti man.  But I know that is never going to happen because if I told him he would never approve.  At least he has changed and grown considerably since I first wrote, "His Rules".  He used to lust me and now I know he truly loves me as I do him.

For B and the girls and all my Kuwait blogger friends I love y'all! Thanks to the readers who actually support me and wish me well.  Your comments and encouragement are what keep me going.  And for the haters: thanks for the laughs. <3

 * I'm not going to stop blogging now.  I just feel that it might be best for me to stop right before or after I get married.

Kuwait Car Wash Quickie?


They Found Love at a Kuwait Car Wash Bathroom

Arab Times re-post [Link] Kuwait: Police are looking for an unidentified couple for making love in the rest room at a car wash center in the Shuwaikh Industrial Area, reports Al-Rai daily.

According to the workers both persons came one after the other to wash their cars and after some time exchanged glances and went into the rest room.

As the workers were busy cleaning their cars, one of the workers who happened to enter the room saw the couple making love and raised an alarm.

The lovers then got into their respective cars and escaped from the scene. The workers were so astonished they even forgot to note down the car plate numbers of the vehicles.
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Just in case you read this blog and you are not living in Kuwait you should know that it's illegal to have any relations (yes, even kissing) with someone that is not your spouse. You cannot stay in a hotel with the opposite sex unless you have a valid marriage license.  So all of this segregation between men and women with the threat of hard prison time for just a single kiss inside a car creates one of the horniest places to live on earth.  Often you see things you wish you hadn't that just might scar you for life. :p

January 24, 2013

Madea Needs to Pay Kuwait a Visit


[YouTube]

After reading some of the stories below in the Kuwait local English newspapers lately I feel that Madea needs to pay Kuwait a visit. Grits might just start selling off TSC's shelves faster than you can say kiss my grits y'all!

Arab Times re-post [Link] Woman swindled: A Kuwaiti woman has filed a complaint with the Salmiya Police Station accusing her husband of swindling her, reports Al-Rai daily.

The complainant said her husband wanted to buy a grocery shop and she gave him her jewelry to sell but instead of buying the grocery, he used the money to marry another woman.

Arab Times re-post [Link] Husband assaults wife after she caught him in bed with his lover: A Kuwaiti woman was beaten and injured by the husband when she caught the man in bed with another woman.

The wife filed a case against the husband for assault and explained she was attacked and beaten after catching the husband red-handed with another woman in their matrimonial bed.

In her complaint, the woman narrated she went out with her children and heard strange noise coming from their bedroom when they returned home, so she decided to investigate and found the husband with another woman in their bed.

She also said the husband started beating her when she complained about the incident, and then left the house accompanied by the lady. She provided medical report indicating various injuries she suffered as a result of beating. A case was registered.

 Arab Times re-post [Link] Husband beats Kuwaiti wife mercilessly for not doing dishes: A 25-year-old Kuwaiti woman has filed a complaint with the Jaber Al-Ali police accusing her husband of beating her, reports Annahar daily.

She has submitted a medical report to substantiate her claim.

In her complaint, the woman said she prepared dinner for her husband and after eating the food the husband ordered her to wash the dishes and because she refused, the husband turned violent and beat her mercilessly.

The husband will be summoned for interrogation.


*** Disclaimer: This is a humorous post and I am not telling anyone to commit violence against their cheating no good husband.  However, I highly recommend getting a good detective to gather evidence and then an awesome lawyer to take every penny he has and will ever have.

 

January 21, 2013

Kuwait Fog: The View From My House This Morning


Before

After
 
One of the most frightening experiences I've ever encountered in Kuwait is driving when it's foggy. You cannot see the hood of your car or even the side of the road to pull off to safety.  All you can see are the brief glimpses of flashing hazard lights zooming by as foolish drivers in Kuwait continue to speed. 

When you live in Kuwait you are used to massive dust storms that also restrict visibility.  These frequent dust storms are nothing compared to driving in the thick fog.  If you are not an emergency room nurse or doctor then your job isn't that important. Whenever there are conditions like this in Kuwait it's better to wait it out until its safe enough to drive.  You might just save your life or the life of someone else. 
 

January 18, 2013

How to Flirt in Kuwait: Use Your Helicopter...Duh!

 
Photograph blurred on purpose...
 
 You never know what you might see while driving in the Kuwaiti desert near the US Camps. They came right over our car with their door open and were definitely showing off. I have to admit we were impressed!
 
Hey guys....call me! ;p
 
 

January 17, 2013

Kuwaiti Woman Gives KD 45,000 and Presents to Saudi Man to Marry Her


 Rejected Saudi Man Breaks Into House, Rapes Kuwaiti Woman

Arab Times re-post [link], Jan 16, 2013: Police are looking for a Saudi man for breaking into the home of a 28-year-old Kuwaiti woman in Jabriya and raping her, reports Al-Rai daily.

In her complaint to the Jabriya Police Station, the woman said she befriended the suspect and gave him about KD 45,000 ($159,773) and presents because he promised to marry her.

Later she abandoned him because she discovered he was a liar and a cheat. Because she refused his proposal the angry man broke into her home and raped her.

A travel ban has been imposed on the Saudi.

So the Kuwait wedding theme continues...WTF? Poor girl. :(

Photo Credit: Google Images


January 14, 2013

Being an American Gold Digger in Kuwait ain't easy...


Approval required for mixed marriages in Kuwait


Manama: Foreign women who married Kuwaiti men after January 2010 will need the approval of a special committee to be able to live in Kuwait.

“The interior ministry has stopped stamping residence permits to the foreign wives of Kuwaiti nationals and whose marriage took place after January 1, 2010,” security sources said.

“These couples now need the approval of the committee set up by Interior Minister Shaikh Ahmad Al Humood and which includes representatives from the interior, foreign and justice ministries and the National Security Agency,” the sources told Al Rai daily.

Mixed couples married before 2010 will not be affected by the decision and will continue to submit the wife’s papers to the immigration authorities.

“For the new couples, the committee will be the one to contact the immigration authorities to inform them whether the foreign wife’s papers are accepted or rejected,” the paper reported on Monday.

The sources attributed the move to make the committee decide on the permits to foreign wives to “a need to reduce the number of marriages between Kuwaiti men and expatriate women.”

By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief [Source]

Update: January 15, 2013 Arab Times [Source]

RESIDENCY HOLD ON EXPAT WIVES RECENTLY WED TO KUWAITIS

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 14: The Ministry of Interior has instructed the concerned departments not to issue residential permits to female expatriates, who got married to Kuwaitis after January 2010, unless they obtain permission from the committee formed by Minister Sheikh Ahmad Al-Humoud, reports Al-Rai daily quoting sources.

Sources said the committee members include representatives from the Interior, Foreign Affairs and Justice ministries, as well as the State Security Department.

On the other hand, Kuwaiti men who got married to foreigners before January 2010 must obtain residential permits for their wives from the immigration departments.

Sources explained these procedures are aimed at limiting marriages between Kuwaiti men and expatriate women. This came after the ministry noticed a remarkable increase in the number of such marriages over the last years, especially since there have been suspicions that some expatriate women are eyeing marriage with Kuwaiti men for personal benefits, not to start their own family.



What happened to free will? The right to marry the person you love? Why don't you allow Kuwaiti women to marry expat men and give their children and husbands the same rights as you give Kuwaiti men married to expat women and their children? Kuwaiti spinster problem solved! (cc: Randy)

Even the UAE has the same fear:  Emirati Spinsters Give Cause for Concern in the UAE

January 12, 2013

Getting Engaged in Kuwait


 
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. :)


Now this brings me to the part I want to write about which is the engagement.  This is actually my second time to be engaged to H.  This is the one that counts and has lasted since when we broke up last time and spent a few miserable months apart. Normally in Kuwait you get married soon after the engagement but out of respect for my family and our schedules we will wait until this summer. That's about all I can really write about that in order to protect our privacy.

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.
 

January 11, 2013

How To Take Care of Your Classic Chanel Bags


 I found this amazing post on how to take care of your classic Chanel bags that I have to share with our readers. Your bag doesn't have to be a Chanel for you to want to know how to keep it in tip top shape in Kuwait's extreme weather.

It's great having these timeless Chanel beauties but not so great trying to take care of them.  The long heavy chains are a nightmare with the newer second flap classic bags.  If not properly stored they can indent your gorgeous bags for life.  Humidity in the summer is another potential bag killer.  If your bags are left in the box too long or stored in humid conditions they can be ruined forever.


I sent a lot of my older bags home to the USA that I never use and the rest are at Hayati's house where he has tons of air conditioned and almost dust free closet space.  My place is too small and I wanted a clutter free space.  Since I work mostly in the Kuwaiti desert for inspections I carry something simple and weather proof to work. Basically I am the furthest thing from a fashionista you've ever seen.;p

Check out this fabulous and informative post [here] and learn how to preserve your priceless high end bags for generations to come.


                                                                       SHW Jumbo and the GHW Maxi

                                                  One of the sweet & silly cards he writes to me <3

Bazaar Magazine's 2013 Kuwait Dining Guide


The sweet yet feisty Ahmed from Bazaar Magazine asked if we'd post about their exciting news.  They have just released the 2013 Bazaar dining guide and its available in all the 250 locations where they distribute Bazaar as well as in most of the restaurants and cafes that advertised in this years guide.. Also, for the first time ever they have created a digital edition of it which you can read online or download.

The link: Bazaar's 2013 Kuwait Dining Guide and it's optimized for reading on the iPad as well. You can always find the link here on E&TC by looking on our right sidebar K-Town link section.


January 9, 2013

Hayati's Grandpapa Was A Rolling Stone

The Sheik (1921)

I’m going to try and write this post in a way that if H ever reads it he will not hate my guts and never speak to me again. That being said (I can't stand that expression) here it goes…
When H and I were first introduced through mutual friends I asked him the usual stalker questions you ask a Kuwaiti man when you’re an insane Western girl.
1) Are your parents first cousins? Second cousins? Third cousins? The answer was NO to all three. That was a BIG freakin’ whew! We have enough of that relative stuff going on in the South. ;)
 
2) Do you believe in having more than one wife? And if yes, how many do you see yourself with in the future? He said no, of course any smart man would. 

3) Are your parents still married? YES! And they are adorable together.
 
4) Does your Father have more than one wife? He doesn’t!!! Whew! 

5) Is your Father close with the house maids? (LOL! Just teasing…) the real question was does he frequent a diwaniya where there is “entertainment” wink wink…? Nope, just cards and TV with the guys. 

6) Then the same question to H. And the answer was another no. He said he dislikes diwaniya after returning from University abroad and rarely goes. I didn’t believe that one but it’s pretty darn true. I wish he went more often and his Mother claims that (her alone time) is the secret to their marriage.  

7) Are you first Kuwaiti with both parents Kuwaiti? (I was just curious.) He is…
 
8) Are you Hathar or Bedouin? He’s Hathar and Westernized (too much)!  

9) Do you have massive debt with that killer ride? Nope, no debt. Seriously! Nada! Good, old Kuwaiti family, well-educated and a great job.  Yay, he’s responsible and hardworking. 
Well, the questions went on like I was five years old and yet he still continued to court me after my painful interrogation. The one question I forgot to ask was about his Grandfather. He talks so often about his Grandmothers but mentions very little details about his Grandfathers.
So the other night I don’t know why it entered my head to ask if his Grandfather had more than one wife. I figured he had two which was pretty common back then. Well boy did I have the number wrong and incredibly low. His Grandpapa was a rollin’ stone and how many wives he’s had nobody knows. They were from Kuwait, Syria, Lebanon, Morocco and maybe Egypt. H said they still don’t know and that he divorced a lot of them and had to pay lots of alimony.
OMG! Can you imagine telling your parents that little tidbit about your future husband? H has such a great sense of humor (sexiest laugh ever) and he laughed about it with me forever.  I’m guessing this Grandpapa player married just about every girl he fancied that agreed to marry him. I couldn’t help but crack up but I was sure to let H know that we American women get away with murder when our Hubby displays that kind of "bad husband behavior". If his stone goes rollin' I’m going to cut both stones off and leave him stoneless/stickless/penniless. ;p
 

Video credit: YouTube

January 7, 2013

Apparently all the men here are the same...


Well it's not the local beauty shop in Steele Magnolia's but there’s this wee little salon close to my house that I go to from time to time. There are ladies salons on every corner in Kuwait but I prefer the fancy Western ones where everyone speaks English.  Unfortunately my current favorite is far and so I sometimes choose to save time and money by going local for a quickie wash and blowout.  There's no happy ending but they do a pretty decent job on my long, wet and wild hair.
Recently while I was there having my hair blown stick straight I noticed an older Kuwaiti Bedouin lady staring a hole in my backside.  I would catch her in the mirror yet she wouldn't look away. She kind of looked scary and mean without the slightest smile on her face. I felt intimidated and like I was becoming smaller and smaller in the giant salon chair.  
Well most of the customers speak Arabic all around you and that includes the Filipinos and Lebanese ladies that work there.  I figure it's some sort of juicy local gossip being exchanged while they talk a little hair. Then it happened and everyone started to stare. They were all obviously talking about me and didn’t seem to care.   I suddenly regretted with "pink rosy cheeks" that I was so open about my life with the Lebanese lady that does my hair. 

Then my insecure thoughts were interrupted with very loud laughter clearly at my expense.  The Filipino lady that washes my hair translated in English that the older Bedouin lady said that all foreign women try to steal the local men.  And that all local men here cheat because they are large. YES...LARGE and she meant you know where! Well I laughed myself out of the chair.
And there you have it; apparently all the men here are the same.
 

January 5, 2013

Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa, Kuwait is Opening Soon!

 

Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa, Kuwait



Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa is a luxurious beachfront development that will feature 307 rooms and suites, 80 serviced apartments and 12 chalets. Guests of the hotel will also have access to six distinguished restaurants and lounges, a Talise spa, 200-metre private beach, swimming pool and children’s play area, in addition to extensive conference and banqueting facilities. [Source]

It's "Opening Soon" according to their website [here] but Ali Al Sayer said he believes they will open for the Kuwait Hala February celebrations.
 
I can't wait to stay there and check out the hotel suites, spa, beach and restaurants.  I'll be sure to post all about it on the blog.  If the service and rooms are really good then we will stay there for the first night of our honeymoon before flying out to Greece.

Update: It's finally going to open and the soft opening date is May 7, 2013. You can read all about the hotel in the Kuwait Times [here].  Also Confashion's Blog has a great post on her tour [here]. 
 

Things to do in Kuwait with the AWARE Center: Camel Races, Kuwaiti Traditional Food & Dishdasha Night and The Red Fort Tour


The Aware Center is listed on our blog link section but I often forget to check out their website.  They have some interesting upcoming events that you should be sure not to miss.  They also offer Arabic classes if you would like to learn some Kuwaiti Arabic while you are in Kuwait.

 

RED FORT TOUR

19 Jan 2013, 9:00 a.m.

 

The Red Fort in Jahra is a desolated palace. Built almost 100 years ago it was the desert Palace of the Al-Sabah family. It is also the site of an historical battle in Kuwait's history. Join AWARE’s tour of this desolate fort to gain an insight into Kuwait's history. Bus & refreshments provided by AWARE. Fee: KD 3 per person Meeting at the AWARE Center: 9am. Return Departure: 1pm. Advance reservations are required at joumana@aware.com.kw.

 

CAMEL RACES TOUR

26 Jan 2013, 11:00 a.m.

 

The Kuwait Camel Racing Club opens its season annually from November through April. This rare sport is a 'must-see' for the western expatriate audience. Many owners of the camels import distinctive racing camels & hire coaches to ensure a strong start in this serious competition. With robots mounted on the camels, this is a sport that appeals to all! Join AWARE for an outing we think will add new meaning to your experience of 'living in Kuwait'. After the excitement of watching them cross the finish line you will enjoy a buffet at a nearby desert farm. Departure from AWARE: 11am. Return Departure: 6pm. Fee: KD 6 (AWARE Members), KD 8 (Non-Members) & KD 4 (Children) Limited Seats! Registration is through Cash Payments only.

 

KUWAITI TRADITIONAL FOOD EXHIBITION AND DISHDASHA NIGHT

31 Jan 2013, 7:00 p.m.

 

The AWARE Center invite you to the Kuwaiti Traditional Food Exhibition. The exhibition will offers visitors to the AWARE Center the opportunity to sample the wide variety of Kuwaiti’s traditional foods. Look forward to trying “Margoga”, “Tashriba”, or “Balaleet”. Visitors can also can also try on the traditional clothes on and have their pictures taking. Men can try the “Dishdasha” and women can try the “Darra’a”. Looking forward seeing you on January 31, 2013 For registration, contact 2533-5280 or email info@aware.com.kw [Source]

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