April 22, 2014

In honor of Earth Day enjoy a free coffee at Costa in Kuwait


Costa coffee in Kuwait will be posting a picture of one of their locations on Instagram (@CostaKuwait) as part of their 'Follow the Frog KW' campaign. If you go to that branch today and say "I follow the frog" you'll get a free coffee! It's Earth Day and their Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee is kind to the forest and supports farmers and farm workers worldwide who are working to improve their livelihoods and those of their families.

So, in honor of Earth Day, enjoy a coffee on Costa! They will have free coffee at another branch tomorrow, and at a third branch on Thursday. The locations will be revealed on the day, so stay tuned!

* Sorry I'm posting this late but I'm checking blog emails at the airport. :p

 

One night, One chance to see Zahad Sultan in Kuwait


Kuwait - On April 30th 2014, Zahed will be debuting a one of a kind audio-visual performance in 3D to coincide with the release of his second full-length album ‘Eye Am Sound.’ Zahed’s audio-visual performance will include a roster of international and local artists who will be announced in the days to come. Book your tickets from either your PC or Mobile as space is limited. Zahed’s performance is supported by Red Bull and will be held at the Contemporary Art Platform (CAP) Warehouse. Doors open at 7pm.

Reserve
 

Bon Qui Qui feat. Tammy - No Boyfren


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Does this remind you of any Americans in Kuwait? ;p

Thank you HLP <3
 

CHANEL Cruise Show to be held in Dubai on May 13th, 2014

Photo credit: REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

The CHANEL 2014/15 Cruise collection will be held in Dubai on May 13th, 2014 in the presence of Karl Lagerfeld, at the island.

The unique location is situated 650 meters off the coast, a stone's throw from the heart of the city.

Guests will be invited at 6 pm to the invitation only event, viewing the show at sunset against the backdrop of the city's futuristic skyline.

Thank you Farah Abdul Reda at CHANEL Middle East.

"According to WWD, the French house's latest cruise collection will be paraded by models in the Middle Eastern city, fitting for the jet set fashionistas.
The show is set to take place on May 13 on an island less than half a mile off the coast of the futuristic looking Dubai. "The Island," as it's known, is located off of Jumeirah Beach Road.
As for the runway presentation, guests will be treated to a partly indoors, partly outdoors show starting at 6 p.m., just in time to view the Chanel looks and the city's skyline during sunset. 
Given Lagerfeld's love for the dramatics, the designer's latest runway should be nothing short of breathtaking."
 

Moonbathe at Wild Wadi’s ladies’ night in Dubai, every Thursday from 8pm


Ladies let their hair down at Wild Wadi Waterpark

Moonbathe at Wild Wadi’s ladies’ night, every Thursday from 8pm
 
Dubai, 21 April 2014: Enjoy the perfect start to the weekend with an exclusive female only evening at Wild Wadi Waterpark.  
 

Are you looking for alternative to the average 'Ladies Night' in Dubai? Wild Wadi gives them the chance to properly relax and let their hair down. Running through to September 2014, excluding Ramadan, this lively ladies' night includes an all-female crew including a super-cool DJ, lifeguards, waitresses and security staff, to ensure the guests' privacy. Every detail has been accounted for to create a unique opportunity for Arab females to socialise in the company of their friends and to encourage Westerners to try an alternative ladies' night.  
  • General Admission on Ladies Night is AED205 for those 1.1m or more in height. Females below 1.1m only pay AED165. 
  • Wild Wadi’s ladies’ night is every Thursday from 8pm-12pm

This sounds fun and I love how they are bringing Arab and Western females together.  This needs to happen in Kuwait. <3
 

Salsa Dance Classes in Kuwait

 
SALSA DANCE CLASSES
 
Unleash your potential and experience the latino magic in Kuwait.
We teach all levels- Beginners, Intermediate and Advance.
Mixed nationalities in class and individual attention provided.
Partner not mandatory. Age group: 12 and above
For more details contact 55885102/ 99885102
 

April 19, 2014

Happy Easter Kuwait!

I have a Kuwaiti Easter bunny who surprised me with an early Easter basket from Godiva USA online while we are staying at my parent's vacation house in Florida. <3

 
This massive piece of furniture at our river house has been in our family for many generations.
 
LOVE Godiva at Easter! I was so surprised.


Playing with my basket. ;)

Easter swag (niece)

I guess it's the Easter monster instead of the Easter bunny! ;) (Nephew)
 

This kind of customer service is unheard of in Kuwait

 
We exchanged a wedding gift and it was drama free.  Don't you wish Kuwait had this same policy for returns or exchanges?
 
 

April 14, 2014

Florida produce stand stop during our American road trip

 
We're having such a great time and I thought I'd share a few of the fun places we went to while on our American road trip. Everything has pretty much gone as planned with very little hiccups.  The spring weather in America has been amazing! We're so happy here we may never come back to Kuwait. Just kidding! ;p
 
 
 
 

 
 

 

 











 

March 23, 2014

Bye y'all!

 

Say Anything • In Your Eyes • Peter Gabriel


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                       Classic 80's romantic movie and song.  This is H! <3
 

March 22, 2014

How Muslim Arabs are portrayed in Hollywood Movies and Television Shows


As a Southerner I'm used to the typical stereotypes: ignorant, uneducated, racist, xenophobic, inbred, raised in a trailer, white trash, redneck, unwed mother, having more than one baby's daddy, gold digger, militia supporter, fanatical Christian, etc.  Honestly I have really only seen this on television and almost never in real life.  Well, unless I go to Wal-Mart which literally scares the Hell out of me in every region of America.  Also, I hate to break it to you but there is nothing real about reality TV. It's all fake!!! (Yes, I know people that actually believe it's real and NO they're not Southern. ;p)

I'm well-educated, from a loving family, raised in Southern mansions, well-traveled, definitely not inbred and I adore foreign cultures (especially the men and food :p). It's highly insulting sometimes how Southerners are portrayed in the movies but I usually just laugh at their ignorance.  After all, Hollywood has a stereotype for everyone and not just Muslim Arabs and Southerners. 

I've heard a lot of talk lately from Arab Muslim friends who are upset about their portrayal in Hollywood.  What amazes me is that these same people still flock to the opening night of each new American movie.  Hollywood doesn't respond to "talk" they go where the money is.  Stop buying tickets and put your ticket money towards organized campaigns if you really want to see some changes. Then maybe you might see a difference.
"Alice in Arabia is a planned new US drama series about an American teenage girl who is unknowingly kidnapped by her extended family and forced to live in Saudi Arabia has been panned by some Arab Twitter users for its themes." [Source]
To me this show sounds interesting as I personally met several people that were / are in this situation.  I wrote this recent post called Bring My Children Home: A Plea from an American Mother of three abducted Saudi children which tells the story of an American Mother who had her three children kidnapped by their Saudi Father on US soil.  So this show is not based on something that doesn't happen in real life.  It's hard to judge it before anyone has even seen it but the concept of the show is fresh and definitely controversial.

Then there are the situations like this: Islamophobimania: British police fail to investigate child sex gang for fear of being called racist that shows the other side.  The same thing happened in the case of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.  All the warning signs were ignored because some of the US Military was afraid of being considered racist towards a Muslim in the armed forces.

I know with H that he usually laughs it off when we see the stereotypical Arab Muslim in the movies but if you say something wrong about Kuwait then he gets pissed. He's still mad at Oliver Stone for getting some critical details wrong in his Untold History of the United States documentary about Kuwait being under Iraq until 1961 which means he was misinformed.  

I could go on and on about this interesting topic but unfortunately I have to get back to last minute wedding details.  Squeal!
 

March 21, 2014

Message from the Real Wolf of Wall Street Jordan Belfort to Kuwait


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Jordan Belfort will be in Kuwait on April 12, 2014 at the Regency Hotel.  For tickets to meet the most famous broker in the world call [965] 9800 8088 / 8085.  Email: events@learn2earnq8.com
 

March 20, 2014

Emirates Airline First Class International - Private Suites


                                                [YouTube / homer3152]

Here's homer3152 with what it's like on the flight from Amsterdam to Dubai in an Emirates first class private suite.   In my opinion he could have shown more of the suite, bathroom and the rest of the first class cabin.  Still, his airline travel videos are great.

Most people I know agree that flying Emirates is pure perfection! I've flown their first class several times but never in a suite and never to the US. I don't want to fly more than two flights to the US which leaves me with Lufthansa or United.  (I would never fly Kuwait airways again.) I think the suites are only good for when you are not flying with your family.
 

Lufthansa First Class International


                                             [YouTube / sfflyer123 ]

This is another video from sfflyer123 which shows the exact plane A340-300 (with old seat configuration) that you would fly out of Kuwait on to Frankfurt.

The best part about flying Lufthansa first is their selection of alcohol, food (quality caviar, etc), and service.  Reality check: Their seats are smaller (their business seats suck) than most first class seats (I like to sleep on my side with my knees up) and there is that 7+ hour layover in Frankfurt if you're going to the USA.  If you're in Lufthansa's Frankfurt First Class Terminal (FCT) then they have two sleeping rooms, showers and 5 star dining. Their FCT is an amazing experience in luxury travel.

I'm pretty sure I've flown every airline out of Kuwait in first or business.  The flight from Kuwait to the US and back is too long and miserable to fly economy.  I've flown in on a military charter before and that was a unique (humbling) experience.  Which airline is your favorite?  I usually like / dislike something about each one of them. If only I had a private jet at my disposal to fly back and forth to the US. Wouldn't that be grand? ;)