Visiting Bait Al-Outhman Museum – Part 1

By | May 6, 2013

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A year ago I’ve been driving in Hawalli when I saw a big old house with men wearing traditional guards costumes standing outside. As I got closer, I could make out the sign over the door, “Bait Al-Outhman Museum” it said in Arabic! I wanted to go inside but back then it was still not open to the public. A year later and finally my lovely friend Pink Girl passed by and reported back to me that it was open indeed and it was breathtaking. I adore everything historical therefore I wasted no time grabbing my camera and visiting the museum to check it out.  Read more »

Bo Teela Drink Shop and Antique Bottles

By | February 3, 2013

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Once upon a time in the old Kuwait town the people of Kuwait drank a soft drink that they called “Namleet Bo Teela”. I’m not sure if they had Cola back then, but I know that the older generations speak fondly of the “Bo Teela”. Bo Teela means “The one with the marble” but I never understood exactly why until I stumbled on a newly opened drinks shop in Read more »

Book Review: The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue

By | January 9, 2013

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The first book I’ve chosen to read for 2013 is “The Sealed Letter” by Emma Donoghue, the author of “Room”. This is the third book I’ve read that’s written by Emma and my second favorite so far.

Ever had a friendship you cherished end up abruptly? Ever wished for friend who had done you wrong to come back and mend everything, to resume where you stopped last and have the good old days back? That’s what happened to  Read more »

Visiting Kuwait as a Tourist – Places of Interest

By | October 8, 2012

To continue my post regarding what should a tourist in Kuwait do and visit when they arrive, this post is about what I think is the most popular places of interest in Kuwait. Not shopping  –previous post– and not restaurants and where to eat -upcoming post-.

Since I’m writing this post because one of my Twitter followers is visiting and Read more »

Picture of the Week: The Old Box

By | September 17, 2012

Old traditional Kuwaiti boxes like the one above come in a variety of sizes and designs. I realized recently that I have a few of this box too many. I wonder what am supposed to hide inside them though. Then it got me wondering: what did Kuwaitis use them for in the olden days? Cooking? The one with the latch doesn’t look like a cooking type of box.

Any ideas?

The run down police station…

By | April 15, 2012

If you follow my blog you might remember the post regarding the old run down police station in Bneid Al-Qar that I saw last year and was Read more »

Picture of the Week: Free Kuwait

By | February 26, 2012

Kuwait is free, was free, and will be free insha2 Allah until the end of days.

Thank god 3la ne3mat el amn wel aman wel 7oryah. We will never forget this date, not 21 years later and not a 100 years later. Ever.

Treasury of the World Exhibition in the Amricani

By | November 30, 2011

Held in Al-Amricani Cultural Center (post) and will be open to the public in February 2012 “Treasury of the World: Jeweled Arts of India in the Age of the Mughals” is one exhibition that took my breath Read more »

Amricani Cultural Center… A Place to be Proud of in Kuwait

By | November 30, 2011

I was invited by the media team of Dar Al-Athar Al-Islamiya (DAI) to attend a special blogger’s night held in the historic Amricani Cultural Center, once known as the Amricani hospital, which has recently transformed by DAI to become a cultural and exhibition space and is Read more »

Childhood in Q8 Means: The Magic House Box

By | October 14, 2011

I was going through a box of my old toys when I saw the house shape plastic box above. I held it gingerly in my hands and smiled fondly, remembering the hundreds of similar boxes we used to buy back when we were children from any ma67ana. I think I must have bought one on weekly basis!

It used to come with some toys inside and some candy and had different colored roofs. It also came with a little Read more »

Guess who performed in Kuwait in 1977?

By | June 29, 2011

Yesterday I was in 360 Cinescape when I saw an exhibition of the Cinema’s History and artifacts in Kuwait. It is so worth a visit and I enjoyed it very much. What caught my attention however is the stars who once sang in cinema Al Andalus. I knew Abdul halim, fairuz,om Kalthom sang there in the golden ages of Kuwait. I didn’t know that bands like Boney M did too! O someone who looks like the Opera’s Pavarotti but I am not sure and that guy who screams in Rocky Movie and sings living in America -dunno his name-!

I am trying to imagine Kuwaiti men i the 70’s, big hair or long hair with Charleston trousers filing in to Al Andalus cinema and dancing to Daddy Cool and No Woman No Cry! What happened? Why do we have to board a plane to Dubai and Abu Dhabi to listen to good music? In the SIXTIES and SEVENTIES of the past CENTURY we had bands playing in our country… why can’t we have the same in the 2nd decade of the 21st century? He who wants to listen can go listen, he who doesn’t want to can stay at home. Live and let live!

I want to see Ballet, Swan Lake, Lord of the Dance, Opera, Fairuz, something… anything in my own country. It’s not my fault I was born too late in the 80’s y3ni!

Mino hal Dobb? El Mared El Bared?

By | June 5, 2011

As I was driving into work today I saw this white huge bear eating KDD ice cream on the back of the bus. Who the hell is that? Is this the mascot KDD chose to replace el7ajji wel 7ajiya? We are supposed to identify with him y3ni now? You know because Kuwait is filled with white fat ice cream eating bears?

Wallah b3d lo 7a6ee brai39i, namla, 3abbowa momking. Lakin this Bear? Damah theqeel o maleeq. Mo 3ajbne. Too generic and so unoriginal. Meh.

7safa 3la KDD Failaka o Burgan o Columbia wya el 7ajjey wel 7ajjeya :(

No for Blitz Ice Cream, Bring back the old names KDD!

By | May 1, 2011

Dear KDD,

I’ve been a fan of your products for over 30 years now. I grew up drinking KDD Chocolate milk. I memorized the word Columbia as a child even before i spoke English. I was familiar with the names Failaka and Burgan before i knew what they meant and as a result my eyes lit up in recognition in elementry school when we were taught that Filaka was a Kuwaiti island and Burgan was the largest oil field in Kuwait. All thanks to your ice creams.

But a few days back my eyes fell on the poster above and the first response out of me was NO!

I am not sure if you had customer feedback before embarking on the new campaign but frankly you should have had. Changing the design from the cute patriotic little girl and boy we grew up with to a modern design was one blow. Changing all the names of the ice creams and giving them one name that was Blitz was another blow!

Why would you melt the patriotic identity of a product much beloved by almost all of the Kuwaiti population? Why would you choose a name “Blitz” that is not even pronounceable in the Kuwaiti dialect. I cannot pronounce it even though I can speak English. It is a heavy name and not that appetizing. Do you think people would stop asking for Burgan and Failaka now and start using the word Ebletz? Do you really think when i take my future children to the Co-Op i would point at the ice creams of my childhood and tell them to choose what ebletz flavour they would love instead of Burgan, my favourite, or Columbia, their grandfather’s favourite? If they asked me what the name Ebltez mean, what would I answer with? Frankly, I do not know!

Please KDD, please consider giving our beloved ice creams their own names back. We understand the need to update the look, give the girl and boy a more modern look or like you changed the old checkered design of the ice cream covers into the one unified colored ones. Blitz is suffocating me and many other Kuwaitis and residents of Kuwait. I have yet to find one person who thought the new design and name is a good idea. They say if it ain’t broken, do not fix it. But what you did basically was like taking a beloved Kuwaiti item and cremating it.

I really wish that you would reconsider the request above. I am also sad to inform you that until you do so, I am going to stop buying the blitz range of products simply because they make me ache from the inside. It is like losing a part of my life I am familiar with. Yes, that dramatic.

Thank you so much,

Regards,

Danderma.

P.S. Check the customer’s comments on the same topic in those blogs: 248am, ilSul6ana, Bananaq8

Dear readers, what do you think? Leave your comment here or post your opinion on your blog. Let our voice be heard!

The Day of the Royal Wedding…

By | April 29, 2011

I like days like today, where the entire world stops to a halt and join in to watch something together. 2 billion human beings were glued to their TV today.

Now that the hoopla is over and every one is changing their channels, I am writing this post so when the child of Prince William & Catherine is married, and god granted us long life and health by then Insha2 Allah, I would be able to come back and remember what went on today.

We ate cupcakes, drank coffee I brought from the UK, tweeted, Ma 3jbtne Catherine wala omha wala ekhet.ha wala bedalhom wala elbridal boquet malha. Diana was way more beautiful and much more elegant on her wedding. Bs el 3ebra mo in beauty of how the wedding went. May Catherine’s luck be much better than Diana’s was.

Did you watch the wedding? What did you do and what do you think?

Kuwaiti Classics: Mosalsal Ne9eeb

By | March 21, 2011

We used to call this series Lalala… and we LOVED it! It was shown in 1988 and we recorded it. We used to replay the episodes over and over again while we had our lunch or dinner…

It’s about a guy who loves an American girl while studying abroad. When he tells his parents that he wants to marry her after he returned home they refuse and they decide to force him into a marriage to a q8y girl. He gets married 3 times in the process and each wife is more hilarious than the next 😀

Do you remember lalala!?

Explain this to me: Why Che Guevara Picture?!

By | March 8, 2011

I don’t know much about Che Guevara. All i know about him is that he was a Argentinian Marxist Revolutionary & Rebel who was involved  in a lot of political things including the Cuban revolution and was executed at age 39 in 1967… y3ni senat deqyanoos.

What i do not understand though is why on earth am i seeing the painting above of Che Guevara more and more everyday? on Cars, Avatar, Email Signatures, Shirts, Facebook, Twitter, Etc. Etc. ?!

I don’t think all these sporting Che Guevara’s picture are doing it out of their sheer admiration of Che Guevara or know how to spell his name to start with… so why?! Shel salfa? Why do i keep seeing a picture of a man that died 44 years ago?! Esh3endokom?!

A Stroll in Mubarkiya…

By | March 7, 2011

I love this smeecha painting in the parking lot of Mbarkiya… and i love having a stroll there in early weekend mornings… the smells, the history, the little shops, the quirky merchandise, the old people… it’s amazing!

My Mubarkiya morning routine goes like this usually… first things Read more »

I am still afraid of the Iraqi Mines… 20 years on!

By | February 26, 2011

21 years ago on June 1990 we left Kuwait for our summer vacation in Austria and UK. Planning to return to Kuwait on 2 August 1990.

20 years ago on June 1991 we finally returned back home. It was surreal… returning at last to Read more »

Congratulations to the Egyptian people!

By | February 11, 2011

Today is a historical day when the will of the egyptian people conquered all and will change their destiny! Watching them celebrating in sheer joy warms my heart for tonight they will be the happiest or earth!

Congratulations Egypt :)

A Visit to Einstien’s House in Bern…

By | January 19, 2011

I was browsing through my old pictures yesterday thinking of making them into an album when i found pictures of my trip to Bern, Switzerland… What interested me most is the pictures of my visit to Einstien’s House in Bern!

Of all swiss cities i love Bern the most (post)… the old buildings and the cobbled stone streets… One day i was having lunch when i noticed a commosion across the street… Read more »

Things to do in London: British Museum's Book of the Dead Exhibition!

By | December 19, 2010

One thing i love most about London is the vast amount of interesting exhibitions they have year round! As i am a sucker for anything historic and related to the ancient Egyptian dynasty i couldn’t wait to visit the Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead Exhibition in my favorite museum in London.. The British Mesuem! Read more »

Things 2 Do in London: The Tintanic Artefact Exhibition!

By | December 2, 2010

One great thing about London is the amazing exhibits you get to see every now and then. This year i was lucky enough to be there during a great exhibit, the Titanic Artefacts Exhibition Read more »

La y6oofkom: The Historical, Vintage, Classic and Cars Museum in Q8!

By | October 21, 2010

What are you doing this weekend? Nothing new? Same old same old? I have got just the place for you!

Earlier this week my husband was telling me about a newly opened historical cars museum in Q8 and insisted that we pass by. I thought to my self “How many Historical Cars in Q8 are there anyways? and how far do they go back?” … i thought there would be 2 3 cars maybe and all dating back to the 40’s or something. Little did i know that i would be blown away by those cars… Read more »

Things 2 Do in London: The Monument

By | July 13, 2010

The Monument to the Great Fire of London, or as it’s usually abbreviated as The Monument, is a tall stone column erected in place of the bakery where the great fire of London was started in 1666 that destroyed half of London back then. Read more »