September 1, 2014

Attention Kuwait Expats: September 2014 events in Kuwait from AWARE



 
Saturday, September 27, 2014 @ 9:30 a.m.
GUIDED TOUR: ARAB ORGANIZATION HEADQUATERS

This tour is a marvel of innovative architecture displaying modern technology combined with traditional artisan craftsmanship from Tunisia, Syria, Morocco, Egypt & contributions from Kuwaiti designers.
This tour meets directly at the Arab Organization Headquarters.
Cameras are welcome.
Limited Seats. Advance reservations are required at joumana@aware.com.kw
Registration Deadline:  Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Children below 14 years & Pets are not allowed.

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Monday, September 29, 2014 @ 5:00 p.m.
GUIDED TOUR: BAIT AL OTHMAN MUSEUM
Fee: KD 2 per person
Inaugurated by the Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, on April 8, 2013, this Museum hosts rare historical items & antiques for old Kuwaiti houses. Decorating the walls of its Art Gallery are paintings & belongings of Kuwaiti Artists. There are also the crafts & Kuwaiti dhow models on display.

Limited Seats. Advance reservations required at joumana@aware.com.kw

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AWARE DIWANIYA
PLACES TO VISIT IN KUWAIT on September 16, at 7pm
 

Kuwait's only good for shopping malls and restaurants, right? Some people say there's nothing to do here! However, may be there are places of interest to visit that you don't know of. Therefore, come along to AWARE's Diwaniya to discover known and hidden places of interests that you could visit after which you could send an Instagram postcard to friends & family saying, "From Kuwait with love.

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AWARE SHORT LECTURE AND DOCUMENTARY

On Tuesday 30, September, 2014
 
 Hajj is an international pilgrimage to Mecca that attracts up to three million Muslims annually.
The speaker will discuss its historical significance, describe the major rites that comprise the pilgrimage, and share some of the sentiments that Muslims experience in this trip of a lifetime.

This 30-minute PowerPoint presentation will be followed by National Geographic's 45-minute documentary film entitled, "Inside Mecca" which presents an intimate look at the annual pilgrimage by following three pilgrims from very different backgrounds as they embark on a spiritual journey that is both deeply personal and widely universal.
 

Arab men, big cats and nice cars

Photo credit: @humaidalbuqaish
 
The Rooster featured the popular Instagram account we follow @humaidalbuqaish in an article [here].  LOL!
 
Photo credit: @humaidalbuqaish
 

August 30, 2014

Geaux Tigers!

 
 
 We won! 28 to 24!
 
 
The game was a little too close for Southern comfort but exciting to say the least.
 
Geaux Tigers!!!
 

August 21, 2014

Marrying a Filipina in Kuwait? It's about to get tougher


Gulf News repost [link]: For non-Filipino men, marrying a Filipina may be about to get tougher.

If you're a foreigner planning on tying the knot with a Filipina sweetheart, you will soon need to prove your capacity to support your bride - if Philippine Congress gets its way.
 
A new legislation passed on second reading in the House of Representatives on Wednesday mandating additional requirements for male foreigners to want to marry Filipinas.
 
“The bill shall protect Filipino women against exploitation of foreigners who marry without evident means to support a family,” Pangasinan Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas, who chairs the committee, was quoted in a Philippine Star report.
 
The House Committee on Revision of Laws pushed for House Bill 4828, which substituted House Bill 2387 authored by Cebu Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia against trafficking.

Garcia earlier said some of the foreigners landing in the Philippines to marry Filipino women turn out to be vagabonds or social and moral derelicts in their own country.

“(For some) the real motive for marriage is only to take advantage and exploit our women by making them work for the family and worse, by sending them to prostitution and other degrading and dehumanising occupations,” she said.
 
“The exploitation of our Filipino women, through the so-called mail-order or pen-pal, Facebook and other Internet-made marriages, has not only caused untold misery and suffering to our Filipino women but it has also brought dishonour and disgrace to the Filipino womanhood,” Garcia added.
 
Under the measure, the prospective foreign husband will be required to produce a certificate of good moral character and a certificate that he has a gainful trade, business, employment or other lawful source of income to be issued by his country’s diplomatic or consular official, in addition to the usual certificate of legal capacity.

 
The measure amends Article 21 of Executive Order 209, otherwise known as the Family Code.
 
Philippine Congress is comprised of the 24-member upper house (Senate) and the 292-member lower house (House of Representatives)
 
In a Yahoo post, "Cyra" explained why some Filipinas marry foreigners. The post said: "I'm a Filipina married to a foreigner and we live in the Philippines. This (question) is something that has no easy answer and can't be generalised. In my case, we get along very well and have similar values and background."
 
See the proposed laws here.
 

August 20, 2014

The FATCA effect: US Citizenship less appealing for some Kuwaitis

 
Concerns push FACTA to Assembly for approval (Some quit US citizenship)
 
Arab Times repost: The Cabinet has decided to refer an agreement that it intends to sign with the US Treasury regarding Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), to the National Assembly for approval before it is applied because the agreement will largely impact the aspect of banking confidentiality and expose American citizens who hold dual citizenship, reports Al-Rai daily.
 
The American law, which came into effect few months ago, obligates banks and financial institutions to provide American authorities with the required information concerning American citizens and their accounts. This law will assist in exposing Kuwaiti citizens who hold American citizenship when the American authorities ask the banks for information regarding their accounts and transactions.
 
Earlier, Ministry of Finance had indicated its desire to sign the convention with the US Treasury, which will give Kuwaiti banks the legal opportunity to register with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) before the deadline of May 5, 2014 in order to avoid the heavy penalties that the American authorities will impose on the banks that do not cooperate with it.
 
According to the initial convention, the Kuwaiti banks are obligated to ask their clients if they hold American citizenship when they open bank accounts. These banks will then be responsible for the information they give when the American authorities ask about their clients. However, the recent convention, the conditions of which the Ministry of Finance is negotiating, has bigger and riskier obligations such as the banks’ compliance to FACTA in all other countries, which is why the government perceived the need to obtain approval from the National Assembly before signing it. Sources revealed that thousands of people gave up their American citizenship in order to avoid the FACTA law.
 

August 13, 2014

Yeeeeeehaaaaaw!!! Expat and the City Blog has over 2 Million Hits!

 
I've had this ready to post in draft form for over a month and now the day has finally come:
Starting this expat blog in 2010 about my life in Kuwait has been one of the most fun and rewarding experiences of my life.  I truly feel happy, blessed and grateful for all of the wonderful opportunities and friendships this blog has brought me.
Now that blog posting has slowed down the best way to keep up with Expat and the City blog is to sign up for "follow by email" (located on the right side bar) which will alert you whenever there is a new blog post.   Our favorite new museums, art galleries, cultural events, restaurants, cafes, shopping and travel will continue to be posted.  Plus a few personal posts here and there.  I'm posting almost daily on my personal Instagram account (for friends / family) which is a fantastic way to stay in touch while traveling or living abroad.  If you'd like you can follow the blog's Instagram / Twitter accounts: @expatandthecity for more interaction.
We made it to Reykjavik, Iceland after touring Scandinavia and I'm celebrating this 2 million hits achievement with the man 7ayati of my dreams. <3

Thank you again readers for your support and God bless!
 
Yawn...zzzzzzzzzz back to sleep with my handsome, hairy, Kuwaiti monster. ;)
 

July 28, 2014

Sh%t Southern Women Say


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