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, April 29, 2006


If you look closely at the above picture, you can see it's made up of hundreds of tiny pictures. On the following links, you can download programs that enable you to do similar mosaic pictures.
I tried the "Andrea Mosaic," and it's very easy to use. The other one is for Mac Users.

Andrea Mosaic: for PC Users

MacOSaiX: for Mac Users

Have fun, and post it if you made any cool mosaics :o)

Disclaimer: I do not take responsibility for the content of these programs.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Some dreams do come true…

Even though I have written posts in the past implying that I wouldn’t mind getting a Lamborghini, my dream car is actually pretty low key compared to these cars.

I love Ford Mustangs.

Today I got the chance to drive one :o)

I’d like to thank my sweet sweet boyfriend, because he’s the one who found out about it and came along for the ride.

Anyone with similar dreams can test drive one at the Ford dealership in Shuwaikh, every day between 9 and 12 in the morning.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Souq Sharq

Souq Sharq is one of my favorite chill out palces in Kuwait. And any picture I have ever taken there has turned out nice, simply because it's a nice place.
So here's a few, note the amazing full moon on one of them...

By the way, I think whoever allowed this ugly pink/yellow fast food restaurant to be built attached to a beautiful, old Mosque should be beaten up. Everytime I see it I feel like crying, because its so ugly.

A few shots from a balcony in Ras Al-Salmiyah...

To the right...

To the left...

Zoom in...

Nasty smell

So, Friday was the Harley gathering at the Hard Rock Café. We went with my dad to check out the bikes, especially The Don’s.

One thing I’m sure everyone who attended noticed, was the foul smell the wind blew our way from time to time. Is this thing on the picture below like a drain that dumps sewage right into the sea? In the middle of Salmiya? I hope not…although it sure smelled like it, and the fact that it was low tide didn't help at all.

On a brighter note, here’s some bike pictures:

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Friday was a bad day...

...for some kid at the beach...

If this car is yours...

...you know what to do...


Wednesday, April 12, 2006

At the gas station

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

"Isn't it about time you got lucky?"

"Isn't it about time you got lucky?"
I wonder how many guys (and gals) are thinking the exact same thing at any given time in Marina Mall.

A few shots from a balcony in Salmiyah

Slightly different view from this balcony...





Monday, April 10, 2006

A few shots from a balcony in Bneid Al Gar

The Gulf Road

Salmiyah in the distance

Never ending construction

The complete lack of city/urban planning in Kuwait has gotta be No.2 on the list of things I don't like here. Buildings just spring up like mushrooms, with no thought given to whether they fit into their surroundings, or if there will be enough parking spaces for the dwellers or how the skyline will eventually look.

Notice anything weird on this picture??

Friday, April 07, 2006

Southpark / Block 13

I always wondered, did the makers of Block 13 have permission from the makers of Southpark to use their characters?
I personally liked Block 13, but not because I got the message of the episodes (if they even had one), but rather because I used to take notes and write down interesting Kuwaitit expressions, and then made my friends translate them.
I wonder, do they sell them anywhere with English subtitles?
On a similar note, did AlJazeera Airlines (low cost airlines in the Gulf) ask for permission from either the makers of Southpark or the makers of Block 13 to use a character on their ads?

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Bakkala crackdown

Since I've been here I noticed that all of the bakkalas (small convenient stores) close to our house have been shut down. I haven't really looked in other areas, so until I saw an article in the newspaper on the issue, I thought it's just "our" bakkalas.
What I read is that bakkalas are no longer allowed in residential areas. Why?
The only explanation I could come up with is that they might be competition to co-ops maybe?
It's kind of sad. What happened to all the bakkala sales people? My favorite bakkala had at least 3 Iranians working in it (in shifts) and I always had deep, meaningful conversations with them. In Arabic too.
For example: (this is a translation)
Me: Good morning.
Salesperson: Good morning. How are you?
Me: I'm fine thank you, Hamdulillah.
Salesperson: Did you get married yet?
Me: No.
Awkward silence.
Me: But I'm still young. 25.
Awkward silence and pitiful look.

Funny :o)

This is a nice change to the Baby on Board signs :o)

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Kuwaiti statues

Statues are quite uncommon in Kuwait. Religion discourages (or even prohibits?) showing the human form in any way such as statues or paintings. The only portrait seen everywhere is that of the Emir (ruler) and crown prince, and there’s usually a tea pot or sometimes an oil well in the middle of a roundabout, and that’s pretty much it.
After the liberation a few statues sprung up, like the one below with freedom doves. Too bad it’s now full of grafitti.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Living dangerously...

Like driving in Kuwait is not crazy enough as it is... even without these @#$^%s freaking drivers out...

Where is the police when you need them?

Oh, I know...loitering at Messilah Beach cheking out the girls and their bikinis....already! and summer is not even in full swing yet!