Kuwait

Going back

by Reema on October 28, 2006

in Kuwait Affairs, My Kids

So tomorrow I’m heading back to New Jersey, I can’t believe how time flew by so quickly. A month in Kuwait seemed just like a day or two. I haven’t updated my latest activities not that there are many. Two weeks ago I got the flu, and unfortunately Ali also got it. We took my baby to the hospital, he had a slight fever and was very congested. The doctor gave us some drops and oral meds, but his condition got worse to the point that he couldn’t breathe because of the phlem. He was also teething and that didn’t help much. He is doing well now even though he’s coughing a bit, poor baby.

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Sameya

by Reema on October 18, 2006

in Kuwait Affairs, Memoriam, My Poetry,Stories & Thoughts

Sameya, a woman of grace and joy, a woman of strength and gratitude and much more her, kindness was endless. I remember her smile when I was a child, so many years had passed since then. I can’t recall when I last saw her. Sameya, a woman who raised five of her children after cancer took her husband away from them 15 years ago. She gave them her strength her love her very soul. Today this great woman who lived her life to the fullest rests beneath the earth. The women wailed in pain and sorrow, and tears drenched their clothes. Her two boys who are now grown men slowly sunk down to the ground, their hands that covered their faces muffled their anguished cries. I can’t even describe how her daughters suffered their mother’s death because it pains me deeply. It was not enough that cancer took her husband but it came back to take her as well, it invaded her body taking her by surprise. It ate her soul and her strength even though she gave a good fight, at the end cancer won and now she is reunited with her husband in another world in another place far from here. She was a wonderful mother and a good wife, rest in peace aunt Sameya you shall be greatly missed.

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Eye Surgery

by Reema on October 8, 2006

in Events, Kuwait Affairs

At 9 am I was at the hospital, i was worried and a bit scared. Having my husband and dad with me helped alot. At 10 am i was all done and prepared to go into surgery, I’ve always hated operating rooms they are very cold and looks like a clean dungeon with it’s torture instruments. Anyway the anesthesiologist looked down at me and said not to be scared i was going to have a local anathestic. Injecting me in the corner of my eye HURTS LIKE HELL! by the time i took the 2nd shot the area around my eyes were numb. The whole procedure took about 45 minutes i didn’t feeling any pain only tugging and pulling. I had 1 stitch and was sent me home, of course once the numbness started to wear off the pain was unbearable. I had no choice but to break my fast so i could take pain killers. I looked like a pirate and the kids sure had fun laughing at me 🙂

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Me Eye

by Reema on October 7, 2006

in Events, Kuwait Affairs

I got this nasty stye at the corner of my right eye. It started small now it got bigger over the years. It’s damn ugly, it’s not that noticeable only if I pointed it out but it’s sure is irritating. I made my decision and today and made an appointment with my mom’s ophthalmologist, see if he could take it out surgically. The doctor did ask me if i was sure to go ahead with the surgery because it wasn’t that bad, but I insisted. Next morning I have to be at the hospital at 9am and the surgery was at 10 am.

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STD

by Reema on October 4, 2006

in Friends, Kuwait Affairs

My husband and i were invited at my best friend’s house, her mom was there and she couldn’t wait to see baby Ali. We enjoyed the evening i haven’t seen my friend for sometime so we had a lot of catching up to do. Anyway as we were chatting my friend told me something terrible, it seems her youngest 20 years old brother contracted a sexual transmitted disease when he slept with some girl and he’s been treating himself for a year. She told me he’s depressed because this messed up his life (this problem would be a big issue should he decide to get married one day). Her mom was very angry because she’s religious and was shock when she knew the truth about her son. I felt pity for him and it reminded me a while ago when i wrote something about this kind of problem. Poor kid i bet he wished he used protection.

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Gergee-an

by Reema on October 3, 2006

in Events, Kuwait Affairs

For those who don’t know what’s a Gergee-an it’s a very old tradition that starts during the holy month of Ramadan it’s similar to “trick or treat” of Halloween the difference is there is no treat, here children wear special nice clothes and they go door to door in their neighborhood chanting Gergee-an songs so they could be rewarded with sweets to fill up their hand bags. Some houses in honor of their children prepare special designs hand bags/boxes filled with sweets to send them out to their friends and families, usually the boxes would have a picture of the boy/girl in it with a small card identifying whom the Gergee-an is from. The sweets doesn’t have to be in handbags or boxes some people get creative and come up with beautiful designs, here are some examples that i received from friends and family:

This one is a beautiful lantern the sweets were placed inside.

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Another beautiful lantern

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This one is different then the others and you could see the bag of sweets.

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My mom decided to prepare a Gergee-an for my baby Ali and since she has a tailor shop she sewed the bags herself.
This evening all of her friends were coming, a women’s gathering if you want to call it. All were eager to see baby Ali the long awaited grandson. One by one they came each with their fancy colorful clothes, their shining diamonds that decorated their necks, ears and hands, and not forgetting their high pitch squeaky Hi’s that would make a deaf man hear again. I sat there holding Ali as one of them greeted me and with a “May I?” she snatched my baby just before i was about to mention that he was allergic to perfumes and scented oil which of course drenched their clothes. Ali was being passed by from one person to the other. I could imagine from a baby’s perspective he would see huge monsters with painted faces laughing wickedly in his face. No sooner was he held by the 18th person did he screamed his protest. One old lady whispered in my ear just before i was about to go to my son “it’s the evil eye i tell you, read some verses of the Quran for protection or he’ll never sleep tonight” i nodded and went to my baby he was so tired he immediately slept in my arms, i went to my room and put him in his crib hoping he won’t dream of monsters with painted faces.

After making sure Ali was sound asleep i put the baby monitor on and went to join them again. The women danced and chatted, the usual gossip i guess, then we had dinner (I’m glad to eat good Kuwaiti food!) afterwards mom gave each guest their Gergee-an each one was different from the other but the sweets inside were the same. It was an enjoyable evening but I’m not sure Ali had fun, poor baby. Here’s the Gergee-an mom made:

That’s from the outside which mom made, it looks like a couch cushion, each one had a different design.

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This is the box inside the cover.

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My favorite part, the pouch of sweets 😀

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My Sister’s Room

by Reema on October 2, 2006

in Creative, Kuwait Affairs

A couple of months ago my sister told me she redesigned her room, and I must say it looks interesting in a horrorish way. For one thing the walls were painted either dark red or black, yes she is a bit in the “dark side” of the force 🙂

That’s the picture on her door, kinda gives you what you’ll be expecting 😀

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Entertainment center.

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Weird tissue box or nose or whatever you call it.

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Some of my sister’s skull collections.

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Here is some of the masks she has.

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This one is my fav cuz if you turn it up or down you’ll have either a smiling or sad face.

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My sister’s collects these metal sculptures that i think are made of car engine parts.

Predator

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Alien

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And finally this is the coolest thing i have ever seen it’s called Snake wine and believe it or not it’s a speciality in Vietnam, if you look closely you could see the snake and black scorpion in there.

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Sightseeing

by Reema on October 1, 2006

in Kuwait Affairs

My best friend came by and we went out for a ride. Kuwait has changed dramatically over the years, most of the places were very new to me. one thing I’ve noticed were the people for example, majority of men had the same hair style, lots of jell to spiken it up, even the Kuwaiti traditional clothes are rarely worn. It seems that’s their way of being “Westernized or Americanized”. As for the girls well the exaggeration of makeup is way to noticeable, add to that the puffed up faces and lips. It looks like cosmetic surgeries (that’s gone bad) is the fashion now. Modified clowns as my friend puts it hehehe not that I’m complaining i admit i find it quite interesting and amusing to observe this transformation in an Arab country.
The positive change is Kuwait grew tremendously, lots of new malls, restaurants, buildings, entertainment places, hospitals and so on. One problem that i noticed people are complaining about is the traffic oh my god! it’s everywhere, for a small country what took a 7-10 min ride is now an hour.

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