Where would you escape to if you could?

By | January 30, 2013

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Every once in a while when life gets a little too busy, I have this urge to drop everything, pack a bag, and go AWOL. I fantasize about escaping somewhere where I know no body, see no body, talk to no body, and be totally and 100% on my own. I would take a few Read more »

BooK Review: Men I’ve Loved Before by Adele Parks

By | January 22, 2013

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The story in this novel started out brilliantly, Nat is preparing to celebrate her husband Neil’s 35th birthday with friends and family and a modern restaurant in King’s Road. Life is good for the couple, they live in a small house in London with decent jobs they love and are madly in love with each other. They both want Read more »

Do You Think People Can Change?

By | January 22, 2013

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We have a saying in Kuwait that roughly translates to “The tail of the dog can never go straight”. We also have another saying that also roughly translates to “A person with a habit can never shake it off”. Both saying basically state the Read more »

The 12 Lessons Learned in 2012

By | December 27, 2012

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The count down for the year 2012’s departure has started and this made me reflect on the changes and lessons I’ve learned this past year and I thought I’d share my -err- wisdom with you: Read more »

Picture of the Week: a Time of Day

By | October 1, 2012

My favorite time of day usually falls between very late evening just before dusk and up until the sunset. Usually the house is calm, you are out of work and done having lunch, the dreaded morning rituals are behind you. The nightfall hadn’t set yet and its still light with a tint of bluish orangeness or pink outside.

My favorite thing to do is to grab a hot cup of steaming coffee, sit on the couch, gaze out the window while having an incense burner blowing gusts of smoke besides me. If there is something good on TV I would switch it on but if there isn’t, I switch it off and enjoy the serenity.

What’s your favorite time of day?

Tooth Hurt… Root canal done :(

By | November 16, 2008

My tooth hurt alot today. ALOT ALOT…

I had to drag my self to a dentist, i have not seen one in 5 years… hence im in this much pain.

He takes one look at the tooth, says this needs a root canal without even seeing the Xray, the Xray showed that even though the tooth has a little break on its side, it is really just a shell o all in inside has decayed!!!

So a little strawberry tasting thingy went on my gum… i was out of my mind with fear, he said he will do the root canal now… i would have cried if i had not been embarrased y3ni… he puts a tent into my face after giving me a needle to sedate the operation area… a lot of different sized needles went into my poor tooth after the drill…

By the way, when he was done, he didnt stuff the place of the root with the thing they use the flame for. He just put the white paste and said i should come back on Tuesday to complete it for me? Does any densits out there have any idea why is that? and then another appointment on Thursday to have the crown fitted…

Now the sedative is gone, it hurts ALOT ALOT ALOT… i took antibiotic. I wish i do not have to go to work tommorow :(

I will go to sleep maybe the pain will lessen.

Oh by the way, just removing the nerve or root cost 100 kd… not counting the crown or the filling stuff!!!!

Eshda3wa and Atoona, open up ur own practises, you will become millionaires!!!

Sleeping time… good night …

After 17 years… Playing Golden Axe Warrior… i reached the Last MAZE…. Finally!

By | November 15, 2008

Since i first laid my hands on my first sega console, the Sega Master System, i have played this game, and played and played, wanting to finish it…

Now, 17 years later… with the miracle of emulators, i have FINALLY been able to reach the last stage, the last maze, and the last boss.. Death Adder!!!

This is such a milestone!!! This is has been something i dreamt of from my childhood… and now im about to make it come true!!!

But im not sure… i feel a bit sad. It’s like if i finish it now… it will be a long dragged chapter of my life that i have finished… im afraid i cannot conjure the same feelings i once have had… does anyone know what i am talking about?

But….

There is happy news!!!

It seems several more versions of this Golden Axe Warrior exists!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I will search until i get my hands on one.

Oh and if u are a Zelda fan, waiting patiently for the new Zelda to come out, i suggest this game as a little tasbeera… it reminds me sooo much of zelda. Infact, it is one reason why i am a Zelda maniac…

I hate 3D zelda though. I do not know how to play them… if any one wants the Wii Zelda thing… it’s up for graps…

The WORST Birthday Party EVER!!!

By | November 13, 2008

A little fact about me… im a freak magnet!

No seriously. My friends told me this. They say they never encounter strange things or see strange people unless they are with me. I do not know why.

So yesterday, after posting about my worst lunch experience ever, i remembered this birthday party… it is one freaky one as well…

So lets get back in time … hmmmm … about 14-16 years back… mid 1990’s

Mid teenage years… you know that age when u are pimply with frizzy hair and can’t find clothes that suit you cause you are not a child and not a full grown lady and there was no such thing as teenage clothing?

Ayam il thanawya y3ni…

Anyways, that summer we decided we were only travelling for two weeks late August… Long summer months ahead of us with nothing to do, so we joined KISR training program, me and my school friend F.

Well, i have known that friend ever since i could remember, so i was pretty comfortable with her. Lets call her F. As for myself, i was, and still am, an anti social person. I have zero interest in meeting strangers and talking to them out of the blue, and i have zero tolerance for people. It takes a really really long time to know someone for me and eventually they are either crazy for me or hate me so much they turn against me.

Well anyways, so that summer in KISR was fun. Except that my overly friendly F decided to befriend all of the girls over there! She especially made friends with a group of friends from one school and they were nice people. Just couldnt see us becoming friends in the long run y3ni.

One day, it was July, and time for my birthday. I decided to throw a party since people born in July in Q8 can never really celebrate their birthdays with classmates and all family members and friends present. it really is bad for a child not to experience a birthday party in the middle of the school year. Oh well..

So, I invite people, and F says i must invite those girls from KISR. I was reluctant but she convinced me or made me or whatever. One of them shows up wearing a 7afer dress that is from the same material as the foil wrapper you use for food but even more brighter. Back then girls did not wear 7afer for birthday parties at home. y3ni for a wedding maybe but to go to a stranger girls house birthday party for the first time showing yours goods when you were 7ejab in real life was uncalled for…

Ikhtara3na shway.

Anyways, it seems that girl had soo much fun in my birthday party that, she decided she must must have a birthday party of her own in August. I did not like to go to parties in houses thrown by people i barely knoew. But i was DRAGGED to her birthday party by F who finds it a disgrace to turn peoples invitations down.

My God that was one funny party.

To start off, the house has two entrances, one is their main door which leads to the living room. and another right next to it that leads to a reception/dewaniya. and in that reception dwayniya the party was taking place!

so which door were we, and all other guests let in?!

No, not the logical choice, the other main door which goes to their living room, then walking all the way across to their dewaniya.

We enter the house, and we stop a bit in shock… thinking there must be a mistake.

The TV is on and blaring. Her older brother is sitting very comfortably in his own living room. Nothing major there. Yet, her father was, in his underware faneela (with sleeves thankfully) and either a mkasar sitting on the floor, his big karsha infront of him… he looked up breifly at us, then turned back to the tv?!

I look at F in anger, i whisper to her if she is sure today is the day or this is the HOUSE!! She nods and we are led with the dewaniya. Where only 3 other girls are there.

Apparently we were the last guests to arrive.

We chat awkwardly, we try to play games but it did not work out, it was a flop evening to be frank highlighted by the Birthday Girls little Brat of a Sister and the Exceptional Dinner…

Oh i didnt tell you about the sister?

Birthday Grils Little Brat of a Sister, or just Brat, was about 8 or 9 years old. She was a carbon copy of her older sister. and for some reason, she thought i was really really nice and pretty and she loved me right then and there *She and her sister ARE beautiful! Way out of my leauge!*. She sat between me and F on the couch,which was meant for two, looking at me in awe, wanting me to give her attention. Malaqat yahal y3ni (i hate kids, dont know how to act around them unless they are my cousins or siblings and i get to boss them around) …

Then… she decides she likes my hair. Back then i had been very faithful in hiding my true hair identity being curly. It was always ALWAY straightened. and it was done by me so it was not that great y3ni, compared to the girls silky long mane of hair… my straightened out frizzy grey-black hair looked like a kheesha!

Yet, she loved it, and she decided to run her hands all over my hair and stroked it while she is sitting beside me.

AND HER HANSD HAD HENNA ON THEM G63…

I hate henna, i hate henna smell, i loathe the color and smell of henna on peoples hands and fingers…

and i do not go near people with henna!

Let alone let a brat child of 8 year old who had a stupid crush on me of all people have her henna infected hand run through my hair in a very unexplained gesture.

Then… after me ignoring her and trying to pull away, shooting dagger like glances at F, who was laughing at me of course, the girl decides that im sooo special that she wants to show me what she brought as a birthday gift for her sister…

She finally leaves my side, i take a sigh of relief, how bad can the gift be?!

Very very bad…

As bad as a huge laptop sized real life smelly greenish TURTLE squirming in her hand and thrust in my face?!

I have a phycological fear of all animals. Even aunts and Flies. I cannot stand them. I can look at cats and parrots from a distance and say hello, but the moment they come near me i scream my head off. I never went to arth il ma3areth o bought my self a box of colored kitakeet like all other children my age. In milan i was running through the piazza infront of the duomo screaming like a maniac because a stupid bird decided he wants to see what bread i was eating on my and bu tootee outdoor table.

So to have this SCARY SLIMY TURTLE squirming in her henna hands, holding it up to my face, wanting me to hold it, made me scream and made F intervene.

Yet, you would think people would RESPECT that i was afraid of it? Nooo… she thought it was funny, and the way for me to notice her is to patronize me and taunt me with it by bringing it near me every second …

You would think anyone asked her to stop? Noooooo… scare the guest no problem. Had the driver been outside or had there been mobile phones then i would have ran out of the house back to the comfort of my bed and room.

Then after a loooong time, it was announced that it was dinner time.

So we were, me, F, three girls, birthday girl and Brat, plus her mother… 9 guests in total ok…

We are lead into the kitchen. I had stated how i dsilike kitchens? thankfuly this was not their cooking kitchen this is the kitchen Q8y people think they can pretend they have an unsmelly kitchen to live in like europeans while they keep all the smelly stuff in the outer kitchen.

On the table, there was three plates and a medium cake. and some pepsi.

One plate was a dozen, yes 12 pieces, of pizza gaysar.

One plate was another dozen of pizza gaysar.

The third place was either taboola or kubbeh. I do not eat meat and i do not eat taboola at other peoples houses.

Bsss…

But it was fine. If there is pizza qaysar, every thing will be ok… there is no need to steal its limelight really…

We were about to light the candles when her mom rushes in screaming…

“waiiiiiit… waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaait… dont eat waiiit… ”

we were stumped, wait?!

Oh more food on the way?

Then her mother brings two plates and says … “wait don’t do antying let me first put food for your father and brother o take it to them THEN you can eat”

Huh!?

Awalan 3eeb 3leech ya mara inich itsaween chithee jedam il awadm. wain sarat hathee?

Madry azne6ich ya F?

Thanyan, do you see the amount of food you have spread on the table?!

Do you really THINK it will be enough for 9 people? Oh scratch that, 11 people!!?

You would think hey there are 24 pizzas and 11 persons, each can get two right? enough…

Wrong!

She almost took a dozen to her son and husband, took half of the kobba or the tabooleh, moving verrry slowly in the process, making us look longingly at the food but not allowed to touch it, maybe we will contaminate it if we do?! Ok why cant you act all nonchalant, pretend you are putting food for your self WHILE we take some?!!! Why announce it o make a scene?!

Do not tell me 7ram maybe they they poor. They are not poor. they are just cheap! Why couldnt she give us the party food and cook some fool or beeth o 6ma6 o bosal for her huband lying in the living room in his underware?! G63?!

Then when she had butchered half of the buffet, she proceeds on to the cake… her daughter starts whining Noooo mooooom i want to blow the candles out firrrstt and the mother wants to cut from the cake PRE-Candle Blowing and the girl almost cried a little…

Needless to say it did not take long to finish dinner. Two bites of food and we were done.

Then while we were waiting for the time to pass until it was time for the driver to pick us up, the mother takes a huge interest in me, ignoring completly all the other girls, and the whole party turned into a one on one questioning about my family. She learned who my mother was, said she knew two women who are “Banat Khal Yaddi Obo Ommy” -cousing of my maternal granfather- … and she said oooh now u tell meee… and i was thinking who do you remind me oofff? you look like them! I have never met the women before but my mother says that woman must be crazy cause there is no resemblance whatsover between those woman and me!!!

Then the mother finally goes away. a few peacful dull moments pass while i whisper to F about what lesson im going to teach her for life. When the mother comes back again…

Mother: Excuse me, but i had to lower the temprature a bit, is that ok for you?

Daddy’s Girl: Yes sure khalty.

Mother: Yeah i had to, you know my mother is an old lady who lives with us, and she is in the next room, cold temrpatures are not good for her.

Daddy’s Girl: Ee khalty it’s ok? 3adi!

Mother: Well you see, the cold made her cough and spit a lot of *i tuned out in disgust there… i did not NEED TO HEAR THAT… MY GOD U VULGAR WOMAN… why can’t you turn off the AC without my permission y3ni*

The moment the driver was there, i was out of the house like a flash, thankfully mr. karsha o sal3a o wezar was not sitting on the floor when we left.

and F was taught a valuable lesson that day…

*P.S. by the way, F, my life long best friend and i, who had known me throughout all chidlhood and teenage days, haven’t talked in almost ten years. I will post about it one day…  i wonder if she still remember that day, or did she just block it out of her mind like i did until yesterday?

3nj 3nj 3nj Chak chak chak… Qe6oo il 3elch! Or use a mint! Tra Lawa3taw Chabdi!!!

By | November 5, 2008

People, or girls in Q8 in particular, tend to forget themselves while chewing gum!

Even the classeist girl can fall into this trap. Eating gum, chewing, and forgeting about it. Looking Very vulgar in the process…

Y3ni im standing in starbucks five minutes ago. A nice stylish girl 5 years younger than me, dressed up but casually, y3ni not over the top wala halaheel, just perfect attire for starbucks yet looking very chic… she obviously spent some time groomig her self before coming here. She was standing waiting for her coffee… every thing checks out fine. But no one was looking her way even though she was prettier o more attractive than almost all the girls in the venue…

you know why?

3nj 3nj 3nj… Chak chak chak chak… her jaw is moving furiously while waiting for her order. Chack chack chak 3nj 3nj 3nj… up and down go those lips with the perfect lip tint… chack chack chak… she is seemingly lost in thought… but god does that chak chaking with the gum make her look… well… vulgar… cheap… o some how all you can notice is that annoying chak chak movement.

Now, first off, if you must MUST have something for your breath. There is a little invention called breath mints. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Then do not stick. When you want to dispose of them you just bite them down and crunch them into swallowable pieces. You do not have to scramble for a tissue, or even worse, swallow them!!!!

In my grandmothers 3aza, one of the women sitting there had a gum in her mouth. Quran is being read, people are coming and going, and she, seemingly lost in thought, 3anj 3anj 3anj chak chak chak… tra 3eeb!!!! Halaga

I would rather see a girl smoking a cigarette or a cigar or even sheesha that see a girl doing 3nj 3nj 3nj chak chak with her gum!!

I have learned long ago that gum chewing is kinda vulgar when my father used to be furious when he saw me eating gum and blowing bubbles with it. To him it is a faux pas beyond andy faux pas. I couldnt understand why and i used to have a gum piece inside my mouth from dawn till bed time. until someday i caught my self on tape or something and MY GOD daddy was RIGHT!!! it is very disrespectful o vulgar… i stopped chewing gum furiously since i was in my teenage years. and now, if i have to, if I HAVE TO, i would always stick it somewhere between my teeth and chew on it when i have the piece of mind to concentrate on chewing it properly and  DISCREETLY!!!

Fa plz girls, wallah 7asafa 3leekom ish7elookom met3adleen o mitsan3een o mitkashkheen… banat il q8 a7la minhom mafee… but plz plz PLZ DO NOT EAT GUM ANY MORE PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ … don’t ruin ur looks plzzzzz … or at least, learn to control your selves and how you chew…

VIVA Number Reservations Stampede… Ma itshofoon shar!

By | November 5, 2008

Intaw yanaytaw?

EE intaw yalle ga3deen tegroon!!! Kilokom!!! All of u who are living on Q8y soil and head over heels reserving numbers!!!

3lamkom?

Ma 3ndokom mobile phones?

Ma 3ndokom numbers?

Kil wa7ed o wa7da itha mo one line has two o three, o numbers min a7la ma ykoon…

Eshtaboon b3d?!

Shino hal mania ilee 7ashat kom… min sema3taw reservation o numbers 7ail lab7a o raktha wara il reservations? il site 3alaq minkom!!!!!

I understand the blackberry o iphone trend. Lakin a new line, oh sorry, LINES all together?! 

Y3ni ana 3ndi my mobile line. I can barely remember the number. I do not memorize numbers any mores, like 3/4 of you out there, we rely on the contact list we have on the phone…

So whats soooooo special, sooooooo modern, sooo hip and hot and in now that you must MUST HAVE a viva phone line?

Intaw def3aw fowateer ilee 3ndkom maloot zain o wataniya awal!!!!

O wain ilee soog il q8y metshabe3 o doesnt need a third mobile phone company?

Walla 3la hal stampede o il raktha… lazim every area in kuwait has its own mobile company!!!!

o Awalkom Bu Tootee…. ilee sar lah days now going online to reserve numbers… I DO NOT WANT A NEW NUMBER MY GOD!!!!! in the end he reserved for me a number all right online. A number i do not need because im perfectly happy with the one i have now… and a number that I KNOW I WILL NOT USE!!!!! 

Offffff!!!!!!

Raining? it's raining! IT'S RAINING ITS RAINING ITSRAINING….

By | November 2, 2008

AUUUUUUGHHHHHH

Thank you god thank you… FINALLY ITS REALLY RAINING FOR REAL…

I know every one knows it’s raining… but this is for those of us who are Read more »

Buying a Simple Sandwich from Kel7a!!!!

By | November 1, 2008

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I have not eaten much all day. Im so hungry and craving a falafel sandwich from Kel7a… we go by car, bu tootee is about to go inside… all i wanted was one simple falafel sandwich to last me all day and fill me up…

Bu Tootee: What do you want to order? Read more »

The Soo'3a Contents… in pictures

By | October 30, 2008

Gateau Aux Neux, a famous cake from Zurcher Confiserie in Montreux, Montana Honey, two shoes, two YSL socks, a souviner from Cannes, i guess it should be an ashtray but we could use it for pins, and a box of Milka chocolates that Bu Tootee adores

These are the last things he is ever getting from his mom :~(

Well, he had (and still has by the time this post was written) a grin filling his whole face…

I do not know how can he smile regarding this… i was in tears the whole time?

I guess the reality of his mom not being there anymore haven’t sank in yet…

He was smelling the things, everything… taking big deep breaths, as if trying to smell his mom … stroking the bags, smelling each one in turn, making up stories “oh this bag if from the plane for sure… she must have bought somethign onboard” and “oh this one is from the supermarket near home!!!” … etc… There was a wollen vest, he wore it even though it will make him itch & boil, he did not care,he wouldn’t take it off even now that im writing this post and he is having dinner!!!! W3lya maskeen :~(

He couldn’t wait for his dinner to end so we would drink tea with the gateau… I remember him telling her about us nearly missing our train out of montreux last year because we tried to get ourselves a gateau before we left… so we chose interlakken over the gateau! She remembered, of course she would, it was just her kind of thing allah yer7amha… and this year she brought us one… i recall once i had said something about me craving a sugar and spice cake, the next day it was at my door… ordered by her and picked up especially by her and delivered to me… :~(

Allah yer7emich khalty. Mashkoora o ma gasartay… allah ye’3amid roo7ich il janna insha2 allah :~(

Leave you with the pix…

 

The White Shoe

The White Shoe

The Honey...

The Honey...

Milka Chocolate

Milka Chocolate

Cannes Souvenier

Cannes Souvenier

~(

Bu Tootee wearing the wool sweater & looking @ the soo'3a :~(

Gateau Wrapping...

Gateau Wrapping...

Gateau Au Noix Box

Gateau Au Noix Box

The Gateaux...

The Gateaux...

By the way… i don’t know if the cake is edible after two month? Do you think i should tell him gently that we cannot eat it?  

Grilled Veggie Pasta Recipe in Pictures…

By | October 22, 2008

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I got off work early yesterday, went to the co-op to buy the ingredients as i like my food fresh, then went home and made it. and as i promised, i will post how i made it with pictures…

You see, in order to get the best out of this recipe, you need three important Read more »

Tommorows 3azeema…

By | October 20, 2008

Last night *riinggg riiingg…riiingggriinnnnnnggg*

I was eyeing the phone grudgingly, i have just had a nap. I hate it when i nap. I get off work late, so by the time i eat my lunch and settle down on the Read more »

Pictures from Yesterday's BBQ…

By | October 17, 2008

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The BBQ Fever has spread everywhere!

Yesterday we had the most fun BBQ ever…

Lama & AWS were there, plus beauty, my sisters, and our other friends… 😀 we had soooo much fun!!! So now… all im going to do is post the pictures since they amount up to several thousand words… Read more »