Q8Sultana's Blog...

Generally I can be found roaming somewhere in the world. I'm originally from Hungary, I grew up in Kuwait, I did my BA in the States, my MA in the UK, and now work in Hungary, but still return to Kuwait regularly :o)

Saturday, December 31, 2005

HaPpY nEw YeAr!!!

Today I wanted to capture the last sunset of the year over Kuwait, but I dozed off infront of the telly, and only woke up to the muezzin at 5. I rushed up to the roof, but the sun was gone, and this is all I could capture...


Either way, Happy New Year to all bloggers and evryone else :o)

POLL: Where would you rather spend the night?


The Ritz in London....


...or The Ritz in Salmiya?

Hmmmm....tough one...

Friday, December 30, 2005

Random pictures

Thursday, December 29, 2005

View from the Middle of Souq Sharq

Monday, December 26, 2005

Christmas tree TAG

I will start my first tag. Take a picture of your Christams tree (if you have one) and post it.



I tag Will, Stinni and everyone else who has a tree :o)

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Intoxicating or toxic?

I was washing my hands in a ladies’ room in Souq Sharq the other day. There was a girl prettying up besides me. She re-arranged her hejab, fixed her make-up and also decided to freshen up her perfume. I don’t know why, but I counted that she spritsed herself 15 times with her perfume.
Do you think that’s normal?
I kind of thought that’s a little excessive, but maybe I’m just the weird one for not wearing enough perfume. A bottle generally lasts me 9-12 months.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Japanese Printing Exhibition

This is probably old news, but our computer was infected by a virus so I was internet-less for many days.
Anyhow, (or anyhoo as Purg likes it) on Wednesday we did something cultural and attended the opening of a Japanese Printing Exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. It’s on until December 28, so if you’re into modern art, go check it out. If you’re not into modern art, but you’ve never been to the Museum of Modern Art, you should go because their permanent exhibitions are also worth looking at. It’s opposite Souq Shark in the sandy area.


Friday, December 23, 2005

Christmas in Kuwait

When I told people I'll be spending Christmas in Kuwait, some of their reactions were like these:
“Duuuuuh, they don’t celebrate Christmas in Kuwait.” (like I was talking utter nonsense)
“Do they have Christmas trees in Kuwait?”
“Are you allowed to celebrate Christmas in Kuwait?”
Etc etc etc

So here are some pictures taken in public places of Christmasy things, to prove that it’s possible to feel the holiday spirits even in Kuwait. I might add more pictures tomorrow.



Saturday, December 17, 2005

Aloha!

I made it to Kuwait in one piece, hamdullilah. London was awesome, I will put together a post about it in the coming days, with some cool pictures.

I'll be kicking off my stay here with a restaurant review. We ended up going to KON-TIKI with my parents at SAS. It's a Polynesian restaurant. I have definitely never eaten anything Polynesian before, so this was a good experiment.
They had a wide variety of sea-foods, as well as a couple of chicken, beef and duck dishes. I had "wood-fire oven roasted duck," for the main course and it was delicious. They also had an extensive selection of "cocktails" and even though we didn't have dessert they had quite a few of those too.
The waiters/waitresses were very friendly and attentive, and the decoration was cool too. The restaurant is underneath the BOOM restaurant, actually below the ship's bottom. It's pretty neat.

Here's some pictures. It's definitely worth a visit:



Saturday, December 10, 2005

London baby!

Well, my first term at uni came to an end today...hamdulillah

I'm off to London tomorrow, meeting a friend of mine there and sightseeing and shopping for 5 days...
Then I'm flying to Hungary on Thursday, and on to Kuwait on Friday...

I kind of wish I could just hybernate and wake up in my bed in Kuwait next saturday morning. I actually hate travelling...

So, my next post will be from Kuwait :o)

Shoofkum!

Friday, December 09, 2005

The English Bathroom

I've been meaning to write this post for a while...

Bathrooms in England are very peculiar. They are full of curious gadgets. I have taken some pictures to demostrate this:


Figure 1.1: The washbasin has two separate faucets; one for hot water and one for cold water. The cold water facet has freezing cold water coming out of it (especially during winter time); the hot water faucet has burning hot water coming out of it. So it’s pretty much unsuitable for any use…

Figure 1.2: You can find this “thing” in the shower. This is where you can set the water temperature of the shower water. Yes, you turn it on and off with a button (Start/Stop).



Figure 1.3: And finally the stringy thing. The stringy thing is actually a light switch. Yupp, you have to pull it to turn the lights on and off.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Spot the difference

Spot the 3 differences between these two pictures:

http://members.home.nl/saen/Special/Zoeken.swf

I've been trying to for like half an hour but I only found two...
hmmm...

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

AWARE Center

Does any of you have any experience with the AWARE center?
(AWARE = Advocates for Western-Arab Relations)
Their mission statement from their website:
"Our mission is to promote relations between Westerners and Arabs by organizing social activities and information services related to Arab and Islamic culture. The AWARE Center is a non-profit, non-government and non-political organization."

I attended quite a few of their events, such as boat rides around Kuwait bay, visits to places, lectures, Diwaniya visit etc etc, and they were quite nice.
Definitely one of its kind in Kuwait, although somewhat disorganized at times...

But one thing that kind of always bothered me was how they advocate relations between WESTERNERS and Arabs. Westerner is just such a politically incorrect word I think. Let's say if I was from Japan, then Im not welcome? Japan is in the East...
Im Hungarian, technically from Eastern Europe...
I think Expatriate would have been a much better choice. But then of course the acronym AWARE wouldn't work...

Anyway, Im just curious what kind of experiences you guys had with them...

I kind of wish I didn't miss the camel race activity on Dec 15...that will be fun for sure...Ive been dying to see one of those robot camel jokeys...:o)

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Restaurant Recommendations Needed

It'll be my parents' 28th weddig anniversary in two weeks, and since we'll all be in Kuwait, my dad and I thought we should go out to a really nice restaurant and surprise my mom.
Apparantly there are new restaurants springing up in Kuwait every week, so we're not so up to date on the restaurant scene, especially not the really nice restaurant scene.
So if you have any recommendations, plese post it in a comment.
Anything except seafood :o)
Thanks

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Christmas in Mixed Marriages

There's a number of bloggers either married to Kuwaitis or who are only half-Kuwaiti. This blog entry is directed to them.

Do you celebrate Christmas even though you're raising your children as Muslims?
If you do/did, did that create any confusion for you as a child (that you had a Christmas tree while other Kuwaiti families didn't)?
Did your Kuwaiti husband/father ever object to having Christmas? What about his Kuwaiti family?

This is just general wondernment.

New Template :o)

I spent the past few days trying to figure out how these Blog templates work...

This new desing is what I came up with...

My blog will be going trough some more changes...all in due time...

Let me know if this new tamplate works in all browsers and stuff...

*Update: I realized that the Post a comment links didn't work, so I fixed that now :o)