Saturday, October 15, 2005

One Less Thing To Worry About With Women MPs

From The Arab Times:

KUWAIT CITY: An MP whose identity has not been mentioned allegedly attempted to befriend a Kuwaiti girl inside the elevator of Al-Sabah Hospital, reports Al-Rai Al-Aam daily.The MP allegedly passed on his cell phone number to the girl and told her he is visiting a patient on the second floor. The girl allegedly ignored the man and accused him of being impolite and irresponsible. The incident was witnessed by the girl's maid who was accompanying her.

Really, is there anything left to say? Well, I will add one more thing: I hope it was the MP who's initials are W.T and I hope he gets fired for it. Honestly, WTF?

Who's Your Nano Customizing Mac Whore?

(Click on pics for a closer look)

Yup. What you see here is an actual Nano, customized for me by the nice folks at Colorware PC. Unfortunately, they don't ship the customized version overseas, but for those of you in the US, they do really good work. Only thing left to ask is: Who's your Mac-Daddy?!

Friday, October 14, 2005

Oh, Them Erotic Kuwaiti Girls!

I have a confession: I used to read trashy romance novels in high school. I'm not talking about the cutesy little pastel Harlequin books they translated into Arabic. I'm talking about stuff that would set a Censor's beard on fire (good thing not a lot of them knew English back then). Not sure what the situation is now (do they still sell trashy romance novels in Kuwait?), but I do know one book will never make it onto the local bookshelves. Presenting Mystic Visions, co-written by one Ann Jacobs.

It's a steamy tale about forbidden love between a Kuwaiti princess and an American Gulf War vet. Judging from the excerpt given in the website, the writing itself is not that noteworthy. It falls somewhere between being highly offensive, and somewhat close to the truth. Right now, I am choosing to be amused by it. Here's an excerpt from the excerpt:

"Not from my sister, love." Dahoud [the big brother] reached around and pulled Shana[his American wife] to his side. "Father has ordered me to make her behave herself while he attempts to find her a suitable husband. Finding a Kuwaiti man who’s not insistent on having a virgin bride and who’s willing to risk having his ego shredded by her sharp little tongue will not, I’m certain, be an easy task."

Behave herself? Alina[the Kuwaiti princess+protagonist] stopped herself in time to keep from stomping a sandal-clad foot on the gold-flecked white marble floor. Dahoud might think he could rein her in, but she had a mind of her own—and a life she was determined to live her own way.


I've also been tagged, skip this if you're not interested:

1. Last movie you saw? Serenity (loved the series, loved the movie)
2. What book are you reading? Dido's Daughters by M.Ferguson
3. Favorite board game? Does chess count? If not, then Monopoly or Risk.
4. Favorite magazine? T3: Tomorrow's Technology Today.
5. Favorite smell? Freshly washed bedsheets. Clean sweat on little kids when they come in from outside.
6. Favorite food? As long as it's home-cooked, I'll eat it.
7. Favorite sound? A good strong laugh, especially if I'm responsible for it.
8. Worst feeling in the world? Guilt, shame.
9. What is the first thing you think of when you wake up? WTF?! What time is it?!
10. Favorite fast food place? In-N-Out
11. Future child's name? Taiba and Waleed.
12. Finish this statement. If I had a lot of money: Half goes to my parents. Some to siblings and friends. The rest I have fun with.
13. Do you drive fast? Only when I'm not paying attention.
14. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal? My cat wouldn't allow it.
15. Storms, cool or scary? Very cool.
16. What was your first car? Nissan SuperSafari
17. Favorite drink? Sweet mint tea.
18. Finish this statement, "If I had the time I would...": write a book.
19. Do you eat the stems on broccoli? Sure, why not.
20. If you could dye your hair any color, what would be your choice? Red, or blue.
21. Name all the different cities/ towns you have lived in? Kuwait, Antibes, Riverside.
22. Half empty or half full? Always half-full.
23. Favorite sports to watch? Ultimate Fighting Championship!!
24. One nice thing about the person who tagged you? One funny girl, that one :)
25. Morning person, or night owl? Definitely a night owl.
26. Over easy, or sunny side-up? Sunny side up with baked beans on the side.
27. Favorite place to relax? Local coffeeshop I like to walk to.
28. Favorite pie? Pecan pie.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Wanna Get Straight? Get Q8!

That's the tagline of a new hair product being launched in the US. Checking out the website shows that it has nothing to do with Kuwaiti hairstyles, or Kuwait in general for that matter. I'm skipping all the gay jokes (and trust me, I'm showing admirable restraint here) for this little doozy:

Before Q8


After Q8

I think the humor for me stems from the fact that it's pretty much true. While it's no big deal to run around California with a nest on your head, you really can't show up in Kuwait with a 'kisha' and not expect to be teased about it for the next couple of months!

GPS Cache in Kuwait!

Not sure if many of you know about the World Wide GPS Cache Hunt, but the premise is fairly simple: Somebody hides a cache in a location (usually a few souvenirs in a box or bag) and then uploads the GPS waypoint location into a website, with an added hint or two. You download the numbers on your GPS machine (or enter them manually), go to the site, find the cache, take a souvenir and replace it with another one. It's basically a GPS version of a treasure hunt.

According to this, there's a cache in Kuwait. Now I know at least one of you has a GPS system in the car, see if you can find it, have fun, and report back what you find!
(If you do it I promise to send you a postcard!)

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Kuwait on Ebay

I can hardly think of a better way to waste one's time and money than to get on Ebay. So I did. Among the usual Gulf War memrobilia, I found this:

Cmon, brother. I know it's not Shangri-La down here, but it aint that bad!

(Update: I'm ashamed to say that yours truly has put a bid for the above item, and won it. It will now grace my backpack for the next few years.)

Monday, October 10, 2005

The Most Dangerous Food Is A Wedding Cake

Before I came to the States my mother give me an ultimatum: stay in Kuwait and be married within the year, or go to America to get a PhD and become a spinster. Being the selfish feminazi that I am, I chose option two. It's good to know, however, that I can always rely on sites such as The Muslim Matrimonial to give me hope (while saving my soul at the same time). Here's the obligatory quote:

A free muslim matrimonials service designed to help Muslim Singles to find their Muslim life partner and
complete our Islamic obligation. We do not support Muslim dating, penpal services, friendship between opposite gender - as it is opposed in Islam. InshaAllah, we hope we can able to make better Muslim Matches and earn everyone's Dua.

I'm not sure how being penpals with the opposite sex is unIslamic. It's also not clear how the couple would get know one another before marriage if they can't do any of the things listed above. I suppose saying a Dua has something to do with it; sure seems to be their preferred currency.

I'm definitely going to hell for this one.

All I want for Eid are my two front teeth...

Being on the other side of the world, it's difficult for me to recieve local newspapers such as Kuwait Times and The Arab Times. Good thing I've got 'TEH INTRAW3B!' to help me look up local news articles on their websites, although I'm never sure if these articles actually made it to print or not. That being said, I'm posting part of Ms.Al-Fuzai's article concerning her survey about what would make Kuwaitis happy:

Most of the Kuwaitis wishes were centred on the joy of a good future and appearances.
* A villa for every citizen.
* A good job for every Kuwaiti
* Two wives.
* Higher salaries
* No to privatisation
* No to taxation
* A slimmer body
* A fastfood restaurant in every neighbourhood
* Reducing the working hours into a maximum four hours a day
* Three days off a week
* A maid for every citizen
* An unlimited bank account
* Cancelling all consumer loans (I like this one)
* Free English schools for all
* e-Government and less paperwork and bureaucracy
* New schools
* More free land for construction and development

Dear Ms. Al-Fuzai: asking a few degenerates who hang out at the local shawarma shop about their fantasies does not a survey make. Unless we really are this lazy and shallow. If that's the case, then Kuwait is in more trouble than I originally thought.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Kuwait Towers on Google Earth

I love technology, but am the first to admit that I can't handle most of the hype that comes with it. When Google Earth made its debut on the Google website, the tech blogs would not shut up about it; which was why I refused to touch that little proggie for months and months and months.

Well, it turns out they had every right to rave about this thing: it's bloody brilliant. Not only does it provide plenty of eye candy in terms of graphics and imaging, but it's very useful for getting directions and information for almost any given locale. Here's a picture of the Kuwait Towers from Google Earth, nifty huh?

(Click on the pic to get a bigger version.)

Brad Pitt Makes Me Kuwait

I'm fairly new to the blogging community, but already I have been witness to the sharp humor of Mama Fusla. I suppose it should'nt have come as a surprise, then, to see that she is responsible for the funniest entry concerning Kuwait in

3. kuwait

Having or giving off heat; capable of burning.
-Being at a high temperature.
-Being at or exhibiting a temperature that is higher than normal or desirable
-Causing a burning sensation, as in the mouth; spicy: hot peppers; a hot curry.

Doc: Is your son sweating?
Woman:no but he's Kuwait.

Turn your oven on Kuwait for 35mins before you bake your cookies.

Brad pit makes me Kuwait.

Forgive me if this is old news, but my friends and I still use 'kuwait' the way she defined it. I'm currently watching a rerun of Northern Exposure, and it's John Corbett who's making me a little kuwait right now...