My friend and I decided to check out 360 Mall, it had been more than a year since I last visited there and Marina Mall is rather boring. We wanted lunch and I knew the area had been updated and I must say it is the best looking dining area I've seen lately in Kuwait. The greenery made the place feel as if you were in another country. It was clean and crisp and the restrooms were clean and smelled good as well compared to other malls.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Shakey's is a pizza chain from California and I grew up eating their pizza. The one that was brought here is a Filipino franchise originating in USA. I took my friends and the kiddos to try it out which was a total of nine starving people. The restaurant is located in Salmiya about the new 5 Guys location. You have to go inside the building and up the stairs to reach it.
It was a good visit but not one that I would travel far for to be honest. I might stop by if I was in the neighborhood and wanted pizza but it wasn't exactly like the states.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
A preschool English teacher was told to remove her hijab if she wanted to be hired by a school in Kuwait. The 23-year-old applied for a job in Kuwait’s the English Playgroup. After an interview, she received an email from a school official saying that her new job depended on whether she was OK with teaching without a hijab on.
Fouzia Khatun shared a screenshot of the alleged email on her Instagram page. The email was sent by Caroline Brooks, a human resources employee from the English Playgroup, a prestigious education company dedicated to early childhood education, with over 25 schools throughout the country.
Brooks wrote, “The customer (parents) do not want their children taught by covered teachers. It is an English school.” She continues, “if this isn’t acceptable to you I wish you every success. This is s a non-negotiable.”
Khatun’s post has received nearly 2,000 likes and 1,000 comments. Khatun, who currently lives in the city of Bradford in England, shared a thorough message, reflecting upon the alleged discrimination.
The teacher wrote, “I applied for a job in Kuwait where I felt I would easily fit in due to same religious beliefs and Islamic mind of thoughts, where I thought being a hijabi would be an honour rather than an accepted dress code, where I was hoping to feel free and liberated, only to go and be asked to take off the one piece of clothing that made me want to move to Kuwait in the first place.”
“I find It disgusting that you think it’s acceptable to ask your employees to remove such a personal and important thing for the sake of appearing physically acceptable to parents, when in fact you should be demonstrating to your students’ acceptance of all kinds of people and presenting this with your varied choice of employee.”
She continued, “There is enough discrimination against female Muslims from non-Muslim countries, it’s extremely sad to see that your school in a Muslim country like Kuwait also demonstrates this kind of discrimination and frankly such a superficial judgmental ethos! I am sorry that you have judged the capability of a teacher based on a piece of clothing that covers my hair.”
“Please stop corrupting the minds of innocent angels and let them blossom into beautiful human beings and not the narrow-minded monsters that you are guiding them towards.”
Khatun told Yahoo Lifestyle she is now suing the English playgroup. She declined to comment any further, citing “legal purposes.”
In a comment on her Instagram page, Khatun states that the school denied her allegations at first and said that they didn’t have an employee named Caroline Brooks, but that they then changed their story. She wrote, “If it was a one-man mistake, an apology would have sufficed but they disappeared for a few days then come back saying she doesn’t work for them. Then come back again saying they didn’t accept me because of my social media and that they have taken action against her.”
The statement reads, “The English Playgroup and Primary Schools employ qualified teachers from all nationalities, religions and backgrounds who serve students as excellent and caring teachers. Allegations of discrimination against hijab-wearing staff are untrue. Our schools proudly employ many hijab wearing teachers and administrators across our schools. The allegations against the school have been disseminated by an unsuccessful overseas job applicant who was refused employment because of inappropriate behavior as illustrated on her social media platform. The opinions expressed by a new employee in the HR department are against company policy and necessary disciplinary action has been taken.”
The English Playgroup then released several images on their Instagram of teachers wearing a hijab while on the job. link
WOW! EPG has a PR nightmare!
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Once again here's an episode of 'discrimination of Muslims in a Muslim country' as a British teacher was sent the following emails in regards to her wearing hijab.
It's sad but not the first or last case in Kuwait as it happens all of the time. I was working for a big medical company in Salmiya for the consultant to the CEO who was Tunisian with a French passport. I wasn't wearing hijab at the time but once he found out I was praying he asked me if I was Muslim and I said yes, he then told me he wouldn't have hire me if he knew that as he can't take me out for a drink. He continued to sexually harass the female Lebanese lawyer and myself in front of the Kuwaiti CEO and managers. A female who worked at the school who sent those emails was told not to wear abaya or any 'Arabic' garments while working there, she wears hijab but wasn't told to remove it at that branch.
I will also say shame on the Kuwaiti parents for what they are doing just because they want to westernize their kids doesn't mean they should discriminate towards others.
This was sent out today on their IG account in regards to what happened.
Sunday, October 1, 2017
The newest addition to mall expansions across Kuwait is 89 Mall in Egaila, why they call it that who knows. It's a five level mall that will have non name brand stores again which means it's highly doubtful I will be shopping there and only visiting the gym I signed up with.