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)

Sunday, February 26, 2006

I see the sea!

Yesterday I took a trip to a small place called Exmouth (pronounced Ex-mooth) on the South of England, and finally got to see the sea again.

I realized how much I miss living by the sea. Even if I don't hang out or go swimming at the beach every day, knowing it's there, or, in the case of Kuwait, seeing it from the Gulf road everytime I drive by is so nice and calming.

Also, I've never seen blue sea shells before like they have here.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

In the early 80s, when I was still just a baby, we lived in Iraq for a year while my dad's company was building a pipleline somewhere in the desert. Even though I can't remeber anything as I was about 2 years old, we still have a lot of photos that were taken at all sorts of historic places.

There is one picture of my mom and me in a stroller taken in front of a beautiful Mosque with a golden dome. Just last year I spent some time searching on the internet trying to figure out where the picture was taken, and it turned out the Mosque was the Al-Askari Mosque in Samarra.

Yesterday, the beautiful golden dome was blown off this same Mosque...

Sunnis don't regard Shia mosques as mosques? Or it's just ok to blow up mosques in general?

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Don't eat yellow snow!

Today in Arabic we studied imperative and prohibitive sentences. So the teacher asked us to come up with examples. One of the girls in class said:

لا تاكلوا الثلج الاصفر
(Don't eat yellow snow!)

I love British humor. It's so random. Even the teacher (close to 60 Egyptian lady) laughed.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006


Definition: payment which the bride is entitled to receive from the groom in consideration of marriage, according to Islamic laws.

How much is the average mahar in Kuwait these days?
I’ve heard Kuwaiti guys/men complain that even though they’d like to get married they can’t afford to pay the mahar. Is it such a large sum?
And does the groom or the groom’s father pay the mahar usually?
What does the bride spend the money on? Does she even spend it usually, or like put it away in a bank account in case she needs it in the future?
And since we’re discussing marriage, who pays for the wedding expenses (dress, reception, food etc)? How much does a wedding cost in Kuwait these days? Once I was told that wedding cakes alone are in the hundreds.

Happy Valentine's Day! :o)

These gotta be the prettiest flowers I have ever gotten :o)

Monday, February 13, 2006

Do any of these look familiar? :o)

...three signs that I have a lot of OLD clutter in my room! :o)

Wednesday, February 08, 2006


1. You accidentally enter your password on the

2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in

3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your
family of three.

4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to

5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends
and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.

6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell
phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in
the groceries.

7. Every commercial on television has a web site at
the bottom of the

8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which
you didn't have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of
your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn
around to go and get it .

10. You get up in the morning and go on line before
getting your coffee.

11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )

12. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.

13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going
to forward this message.

14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this

15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there
wasn't a #9 on this list.

AND NOW U R LAUGHING at yourself.

Go on, forward this to your friends you know you want to!

Every land is Kerbala, and every day is Ashoora

The concept of Ashoora has long interested me. I have seen pictures, heard rumors, but it was only last year that someone explained to me what it’s all about.

There is one thing, however, that I don’t understand. As far as I know being a descendant of Prophet Mohammed is revered and honored by all Muslims.
But then how come only a fraction of Muslims are upset that Prophet Mohammed’s grandson(s) (and other family members) were not just simply killed, but tortured, tormented and were purposefully eradicated?