Saturday, March 28, 2020

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Kuwait curfew day 3

Not much goes on during the day for me. I did have to make a trip to the supermarket for a few things I forgot on Sunday. After what I saw today there's  no way I will go out again unless I need emergency items and it will be early morning after seeing the lines.

The first video is of the government supermarket where they are taking temperatures of people and making the bachelor men sit and wait for their turn to go inside. I decided to go out to another private chain supermarket as it is a much bigger place to shop. Once again the bachelors are made to wait while families, women and old people are allowed to go inside grab a cart and wait until called.

My advice is start the day off early around 8 am to get things done, any time after 12 is just crazy.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Day 1 of Kuwait Curfew

Day 1: I went to the grocery store for shopping as I didn't do any major shopping since this all began, N95 mask, gloves and hoodie to the store. At the supermarket I went to they were spraying the shopping carts but not practicing the spacing of people. As time went by the amount of people increase and it became a little overwhelming.

Once I got out I took off the mask to breathe, it was so hot and stuffy but with that many people so close to each other it was necessary. Once I reached home I took my clothes to the wash and had a shower before I did anything, that's a daily ritual for me. Everyone was waiting patiently for 4 pm to come as we were supposed to hear a siren or some type of warning message but no one I know heard anything besides some mumbling in a distant area. So we all waited for 5 pm to come as the big announcement made earlier was about sirens going off, that didn't happen either.

Now I just go back and forth from my computer to IG to watch videos of smart people getting arrested. My friend and my sister were watching people continue to walk and drive as if nothing was going on, they can't seem to follow the rules.

Those are a few videos of the day showing people don't take the curfew seriously and in time the military may get involved if people continue to be arrogant.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Lockdown Life in Kuwait

Yeah, not much to post about any more other than things related tot he virus. I am truly blessed to be in Kuwait with my family during this time. I watch on TV how people fight over toilet paper, I see pictures of empty aisles that friends send me from California and how they are running out of money because there is no work.

I worry about my children in California, my daughter told me they couldn't find milk or sanitizing essentials which is truly sad considering they live in America. This is a test for all countries, it shows the greed and anger people truly feel towards one another. I feel for the elderly who are alone and vulnerable, then I see the young generation partying like it's a regular day.

Humanity has lost their core values, respect the elders, be kind to one another, just simple things we used to live by but have been lost by the glitter of money and fame.

With this lockdown my routine is basically sitting at home refreshing IG, checking out Snap, laptop and the daily walk around the neighborhood. I am thankful to be living in Kuwait at this time, we have enough food, everyone who needs to be tested are receiving it. The markets have food, businesses provide gloves and hand washing areas and life is calm here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Lock Down life is getting BORING!

I'm bored from the internet, nothing on Netflix worth watching, I try to take a walk around the neighborhood during the say to get some sun. This is really difficult....

Before and After quarantine

I post more on my IG @kuwait411

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Kuwait on lock Down

'1. All flights to and from Kuwait suspended until further notice (limited trips to Kuwaitis and their family)
2. Public and Pvt sector holidays from 12th Mar till 26th Mar
3. No gatherings/meeting to avoid infection
4. Restaurants, Cafes, halls, shopping centers, Pvt health institute closed
5. Banks closed from 12th Mar till 29th Mar (ATMS will be open)'
Total chaos has hit Kuwait after the above announcement was made, traffic, people running to super markets, massive atm lines and long lines at the gas stations. I tried going to a supermarket but went back home due to the crowds, pushing and ridiculous lines.

For those who didn't have the virus, we should all be checked now after going out to these places. It only takes 1 person to spread the virus like wild fire and this was the perfect storm.

Why was this decision made so suddenly? Is there something going on that we don't know about?
It seems really suspicious that the whole country would be put into hysteria to control the virus when we were doing our daily jobs and hiding in our homes.

 This was the crowd in the supermarket, no thanks, I came back home! What happens when the atms run out of money? Who will refill it if the banks are close?? This is going to get ugly fast!

It really seems like a zombie movie is playing.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Rules for teachers, report schools for Threats

KUWAIT: On Thursday Kuwait Times interviewed Sanad Al-Mutairi, Manager of Private Education Department within the Ministry of Education, to clarify some issues related to private schools. Kuwait Times has received many complaints regarding the school closures. One school principal threatened to cut the salaries of any teacher not in Kuwait during the period of the closures.

Other schools have been forcing teachers to meet and come to campus despite the closures. Another concern is that some schools may deduct from their teachers’ salaries due to the two weeks, which was a Cabinet decision to suspend schools for students and administrative bodies working in public and private schools and institutes, starting from March 1, until March 12, 2020.

Replaying to that, Mutairi said, “The decision is due to circumstances and a crisis in the country and based on the decision of the Council of Ministers, no school has the right to deduct the two-week suspension of schools from teachers’ salaries.” He advised any teacher that faces problems in this regard to file a complaint to the Private Education Department in order to do the necessary actions toward these schools.

Regarding E-learning that was implemented in some schools, he revealed that his department did not receive any official decision yet. “Although nothing is official, I believe that e-learning in schools will be activated through the so-called ‘educational television’ to make teachers interact with students, and until this moment we have not received any new instructions regarding that,” he said.

“The schools’ e-learning is optional to parents and students and there is no decision yet to obligate both sides. The e-learning now is an agreement with both sides,” he added. Mutairi added that the decision to extend the school suspension is up to the health ministry to make. “Till now the cases are stable in the country, and it is expected that students will back to schools on March 15. But if the situation worsens and the number of cases rises, it is possible to extend the suspension for the educational institutions,” he said.

Some school are considering canceling the spring break to catch up on what was missed. In this regard, Al-Mutairi told Kuwait Times that: “The school does not have the right to cancel the spring break without the approval of the Ministry of Education, An official circular must be issued to approve that decision, and nothing was released yet.”

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education announced on its official Instagram on Wednesday that teachers and students in Arabic schools (public and private) can use the “Siraj” application to keep on track if they choose to do so. This e-learning platform has not been mandated as a requirement.

The Ministry affirmed that the student and teacher can use the remote study through the educational channel “Siraj” that has been started broadcasting since 2013 where it includes approximately 700 records of reviews and previous exams for high school. Officials from the health and education ministries met to determine the latest preparations for the return to schools, in the context of precautionary measures to counter the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The gatherers agreed to start distributing thermometers to schools from Sunday with two for each school, besides providing nursing bodies for new schools and launching awareness campaigns for students, teachers, and administrative staff to prevent the virus from spreading. LINK

Sunday, March 1, 2020

IKEA and a new extension to 360 Mall

After lunch my friend wanted ice cream so I suggested Marble Slab in 360 so we could get ice cream and check out the new IKEA. It's located in the new extension of 360, you cross over on a covered walkway leading you to an airy mall full of plants and greenery. There are several stores open like Addidas, New Balance, Calvin Klein, Polo and a few cafes and restaurants. The food hall has yet to open so in the future there will be more to choose from. 

The IKEA is a mini one level version with a little coffee shop, unfortunately no restaurant or place to get shawerma and hot dogs which is a bit disappointing.

 There was furniture, rugs and some household items but not much to choose from.
One of the beautifully decorated restaurants was a small extension of Dar Hamad, decorated in wood made to look like the roof of old Kuwaiti houses.

There will be a tennis court and Grand Hyatt Hotel opening soon and will be connected to the mall.
'Grand Hyatt Kuwait will offer its visitors 261 standard rooms of 130 square feet (40 square meters) each and will be designed by RTKL architects who already built the iconic 360 Mall, using sophisticated, innovative and unique design and architecture features.'
 The new leisure of the hotel will also include more than 390,000 square feet (120,000 square meters) of luxury shopping markets facilities and a sports Tennis Complex with more than 7.600 seats arenas, with both indoor and outdoor courts for its guests to enjoy.