Monday, August 28, 2017

Extreme shakes from TGI Fridays

I saw this on IG and took the kids to try it out. After finishing our lunch we ordered the chocolate shake. It took 15 mins to prepare and when they brought it to the table it was a a huge dessert.

They tried their best to make it the same as the picture but the whip cream had melted and the brownie bite was inedible, the shake itself was pretty good but it was a one time thing. They had another flavor that had bacon with chocolate included with the shake. I'm still looking for these types of shakes so if anyone has one in mind do let me know.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Thrifty M.E. - Thrift store in Mahboula

I found this place on Instagram and thought I would stop by. After volunteering with Operation Hope for so long I really miss thrift shopping. It's in a little space of a building where the haris has a key and he takes the money and gives you a receipt. I kind of thought I would meet some American lady who would show me around but it wasn't like that.

There are clothes, shoes and some really expensive purses. I get it, they're LV but it's still a thrift shop unless they are consignment then I would understand but 195KD for a used purse is a lot. Some clothing items were 20KD while others were 3KD.

They have pictures on their IG @thriftymekw where you can also find their location. I did pick up some items as I support charity businesses. I will keep watching for more bargains.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Ex MP in illicit affair- similar story happened Before

Ex-MP in illicit affair dumps woman after wedding pledge

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 22: The Public Prosecution Tuesday referred to the Criminal Court a complaint filed by a Kuwaiti woman against a former MP. She accused the former MP of deceiving her into having a sexual affair with him under the promise of official customary marriage thereafter, but he later backed down on his promise after several sexual escapades.

The Public Prosecution filed charges against the suspect after hearing the victim’s side of the story and summoned the former lawmaker for investigations. The legal team of the plaintiff has included charges for which punishment might extend to life imprisonment.

In her complaint, the woman explained that she went to the MP in June 2015 for help with a job. He then took down her mobile number and started sending her love messages. He then expressed his love for her, promising to marry her. An affair began between them and she eventually fell into the trap of the lawmaker who only wanted to sleep with her and nothing more. When she later expressed her readiness for marriage, he refused. This led her to file the lawsuit against him.

By Meshal Al-Sanousi/Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

 -----This is an interesting read as I know someone with a similar story, she had met a Kuwaiti man while visiting Al Hamra mall and gave him her number. When he called she realized he didn't know English and stopped talking to her. A few days later she received a call from an unknown number, when she answered it there was a Kuwaiti guy on the line telling her he had been given her number by his friend. After talking to him for some time he told her he was an ex MP and wanted to get to know her, this was in July 2015.

He invited her to his office in Kuwait City, Kipco Tower I think it was? He told her to act like she was coming for a job interview so no one would get suspicious. She sat at his desk and he began to tell her he was interested in her. He told her he was unhappily married and was looking for a second wife. He requested it be a secret marriage because he would be running for the MP seat again soon and needed his wife to drive the women's campaign. She told him she wasn't interested in anything before marriage but he kept inviting her to his secret apartment.

She used his wasta to help her with some of her documents as she had recently divorced and needed some help. He helped her with her documents but after that he distanced himself from her and disappeared. She figured he didn't want to get involved with her divorce problems. I'm guessing they won't publish his name due to the new rules, does anyone know if his name starts with an 'H'?

The similarities are scary.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

China Hotpot Restaurant

If you're interested in the hot pot trend this restaurant is a good place to visit. It's located in Salmiya and the dishes I tried were really good, it was the first time I tried a hot pot, it was really cool.

One side of the hotpot was spicy and the other a mild flavored broth. You can find them on IG @chinahotpot or call 25713986 for more info. They also deliver.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Hijab discrimination in Kuwait

I've heard all the Americans talk about a certain doctor who they all like to go to for whatever reason. I really want a doctor who can understand my needs so I gave this particular doctor a try. Upon meeting him I told him the basics. He asked me about marriage, kids etc. He asked me about some symptoms, one was if I cry for no reason. I told him I have a lot of pressure in life and sometimes I do as do a lot of people. He told me I need a partner, I was like yeah that's true but a good man is hard to find in Kuwait. He started to say something and then stopped.

He told me I was still beautiful but maybe I should remove my hijab. I know he isn't Muslim but how dare he tell me something like that. I was shocked and saddened at the same time. I told him I wasn't and that a man isn't that important. After the meeting I got in my car and burst into tears. It's not the first time I've been told that I wouldn't find anyone because I wear it. I moved to this country because it's a Muslim country, never would I think that one day I would be discriminated against by fellow Muslims.

When I meet someone online or via internet I have to make sure to say that I wear hijab due to the fact a lot of Muslim men don't like it. I've been asked why I wear it the way I do and when I tried a new style I was told I look like Hamas. My mom's Kuwaiti husband had a discussion with his sister about this subject. She told him that with the marriages today a Kuwaiti guy will meet a girl and tell her that he will marry her if she removes her hijab. It really shocks me when they say that while their mother and sisters are wearing it. What has happened to society? How do Muslim men think it's ok to tell a Muslim woman to remove it? Why do they think it's ok to demand pictures of her without hijab before they marry?

All women see are these so called "fashionistas" flaunting their fake eyes, eyebrows, noses, boobs and lips. Everyone saw the video of Zori Ashkanani saying she wished she didn't wear hijab. I feel sad for my young daughter having to grow up in this society where you have to be a certain way to be accepted.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Good garage in Sharq

A friend of a friend who is Kuwaiti has a partnership with this garage, he's really cool and down to earth. They did an excellent job on my car and my sister's truck for reasonable prices. The shop is around the corner from the Al Ghanim garage in Sharq.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Shakey's Pizza has arrived in Kuwait

It looks as if Shakey's pizza is coming soon, as a native Californian I know Shakey's very well as we used to visit regularly growing up. They had a buffet and round potato mojos. I'm  not sure if the pizza market in Kuwait can handle another franchise but 10 of these are set to open over the next seven years.

This franchise however is not from USA but from the Phillipines.

---MANILA - Shakey's Pizza Asia Venture Inc. is set to pursue its first overseas venture in Kuwait, its president and chief executive Vicente Gregorio said. The company signed on Thursday a franchise agreement with Kuwaiti partners to open 10 Shakeys stores in Kuwait over the next seven years, Gregorio said.

The first store in Kuwait is expected to open next year, he added.Shakey's Pizza Asia Venture also owns perpetual rights to the Shakey's brand for the Middle East, Asia except Japan and Malaysia, China, Australia, and Oceania.

"We will be opportunistic for each of the markets because we need to find the right partner. If don't find the right partner then we don't want to rush it," the company's chairman Christoper Po said.--

Shakey's was established in 1954 in Sacramento California, today there are 51 stores in the US with 47 in California alone and over 500 stores globally.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Dining restaurant Complex

Another restaurant complex has popped up, this one is near Abu Hasania. It only has three open as of now.

 Memes Curry
 Drive-thru Caribou
 Molten Me

The only good thing about these hidden places is that they tend to be less crowded.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Shaab Park Closed

I had heard Shaab had closed down and the rumor is true. There is a fence around it and if I'm not mistaken Sultan Center and the restaurants may close as well soon.

There are green posts around the whole area meaning at some point it will all closed. I have no idea what they will replace the area with.