Sunday, October 29

Goodnight and Goodbye

My last post from Kuwait. Till I blog again. Over and Out.

Wednesday, October 25

Breakfast At The Office




WOW...what a feeling after a looong time

Liban Here I Come

5 more days and I’m off to Liban for 5 weeks, which by the way will be the longest time I have ever spent in Liban. Since this year I’ve only been to Liban for 10 days, and nothing crucial is waiting for me in Dubai, I have decided to treat MOI for a wonderful 5 week vacation in Liban doing nothing except pampering my inner diva.

Sunday, October 22

Recycled Life

Yesterday I realized that my life is a continuous cycle of returning seasons. 3 to be exact. April to July, the High Season. October to January, the Low Season. February and March and then August and September, the Transition Season.

High Season Highlights:
- feeling wonderful from the inside and the outside
- looking great and dynamic
- working out
- eating healthy
- continuous smiling
- motivated, working hard
- social and outgoing

Low Season Highlights:
- total neglect of the soul and body
- unbeatable laziness
- hazy days and uncertain future
- introvert and extremely aggravated
- complete depression

Transition Season Highlights:
- It just involves a lot of waiting and head scratching and soul searching that set the basis of the coming season.

Wednesday, October 18

Ready...Steady...Go

Mentally today i shut down on work. i finished the last pending job and my brain is not taking in any new ones. My advertising related short term memory is also starting to fade away and is currently being replaced with relaxation images and green parks and snowy mountains. I'm officially also done with ramadan as i miss my friday morning breakfasts and my mid day 2 hour lunch breaks. Im also letting go slowly of my ties in the City as I am almost done with my goodbyes. I'm ready to move on.

Only For Me

Yesterday one of my clients organized a farewell dinner for me. Guest of honor was Bashar. Since I came to Kuwait, 2 and a half years ago, and i have been looking for him at every turn I take. If I knew he would be my farewell gift I would have booked my 1 way ticket long time ago.

Now I can leave the City with no regrets.

Tuesday, October 17

Only In Kuwait - The End

This was "MY" Kuwait (based on previous posts)

Valet Parking in a super market
Live strong Cancer Wrist band for 9$ (when it actually costs $1)
Grocery delivery to the car
A ladies hair salon every 5 meters
A Starbucks every 10 meters
Hard Rock Cafe with no alcohol
Petrol cheaper than water yet the queue in the petrol station is endless
A shopping Mall in the Airport (I don’t mean the duty free eh, this is way before passport control)
Left lane of the highway is for slow drivers
Orange Cayenne S Turbo
Smashed cars more than bugs
No Women Queues
Public shelter in the airport
Pink airport
1KD valued/spent like $1 but actually it’s more OH MUCH MORE than $3.5 (so the country is freakin expensive)
Girls in Dior outfits in the coffee shops (inno as Fractallo said, all you need is flip flop and shorts)

In a word I think the City is a hyped members only VIP lounge.

Monday, October 16

A New Beginning

Well I thought, a new country a new me why not a new template.

Sat in bed from 5 to midnight to finish it. It was lost of hard work as i had to change every single thing in it. I'm 100% satisfied. Hope you like it.

Sunday, October 15

Agree/Disagree?

A friend, from the dark side, screamed this in my ear:

MAR YOU QUIT! YOU DO NOT HAVE HOURS! GET THAT INTO YOUR SYSTEM! GO HOME ANYTIME YOU WANT AND GO TO WORK ANYTIME YOU PLEASE.

SOMEONE TAKE HER HOME AND LOCK HER, SHE DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THE TERM QUIT

Saturday, October 14

Internal Export

We've been calling several shipping company to get a quote for moving the house (ya3ni the stuff in the house, and not "the" house) back to Dubai. Everytime I dial a new number I start asking the standard questions. Do you handle personal export? I need to ship my bed to Dubai? Can you please send your estimator to give us a quote? And the answers are usally straight forward either yes or no. But today I faced a bit of a dilemma. I started going through my list of questions when the guy on the phone, from the shipping company, said that they only handle "internal export". Hmmmm i paused for a second trying to put those 2 words in the same sentence.... How can export be internal only???

Wednesday, October 11

Revelation

It only hit me yesterday. Why I’m lost in this uncertainty. Why tomorrow looks hazy with no clear lines, no firm images. Why it’s been a while that I’m struggling with what will be? Why in the first time in my life I can’t decide, I do not know, what’s next. Well now I know. I can explain it in 4 simple words “I did it already”. I never realized this except yesterday that I, at the age of 26, accomplished the entire short and long terms goals that I had put up for me, long before i even remember, to do throughout my entire life. It never crossed my mind for 1 second that it will only take me very few years to go through my list, (work, family, travel, financial, personal). Now I’m happy. Now I’m content. I have lived a full life, with 100% accomplished goals. Now either I die in peace, or start a new list.

Tuesday, October 10

ENOUGH

TEAM WORK DOES NOT F****** EXIST IN THE CITY. THE NOTION OF COLLABERATION, SHARED VISION AND GOAL IS EXTINCT. LOYALTY, DEPENDABILTY, RELIABILTY ARE NOT HEARD OF. THAT’S WHY THE CITY SUFFERS AND IT WILL KEEP ON SUFFERING AS LONG “THESE” CREATURES WALK IN ITS STREETS AND CONSUME ALL THE GOODNESS THAT HUMANKIND WAS EVER ESTABLISHED ON.

Monday, October 9

Cravings


Sunday, October 8

The Packing

I started packing Friday. This would be my packing number 8 since 1998 (we moved 8 houses in 2 countries in 8 years). By now I can call myself a professional packer.

As I'm sorting and categorizing my junk in the the boxes i am at the same time flipping through the stages of my life. With every packing and as I leave behind some of my junk I also end up leaving behind pieces of my life. And I cant keep myself but wonder what will the unpacking bring along? When, once again it's time to open up the boxes and rearrange my precious belongings. What would the new place bring into my life? What will be the new "junk" that I will pile up till I pack and move again.

PS: I finished packing the office room. Total 15 boxes. Tomorrow I start packing the cloths.

To Do List - UPDATE

Inform friends and entourage - done -
Submit resignation - done -
Sell living room - done -
Sell dining room - done -
Sell kitchen appliances - done -
Sell closets - done -
Sell Gym - done -
Sell Office desk and computer - done -
Coordinate with “pack n’ move” for packing and moving date - done -
Start packing (throwing away/giving away unwanted stuff) - done -
Book tickets - done -

wow that was fast.
Now the only thing left is to consume the food stock in the house and were done.

PS: I also cancelled my residency.

One Way Ticket

I just booked my ticket home. Leaving on the 31st of October.

Thursday, October 5

Nothing More Than Feelings

to love, to miss, to need, to want
“Feelings are not supposed to be logical. Dangerous is the man who has rationalized his emotions.”
to be loved, to be missed, to be needed, to be wanted

Wednesday, October 4

Control Yourself

Have you, and I’m talking to girls here, how men in Ramadan become so obviously horny? It really makes me uncomfortable. Let me elaborate what happened yesterday.

I was visiting one of my clients, unfortunately I had to take the lift, so as the elevator doors were closing this guy jumps right in. I’m going up to the 14th floor he’s going up to the 12th floor. Were alone and the elevator is moving 1 floor up every 5 minutes maybe.

The guy starts looking at me up and down and starts mumbling.

That’s what he says:
Oh God, I thank you for I am fasting
Oh God, please keep temptations away to keep my fast
Oh Dear God, I beg you to keep me from breaking my fast
Oh God I’m surrounded with temptations

I instantly panic. I look around there’s nothing to hit him with. I open my bag take out my knife (hidden in my key chain) and take an attack position. *Ding* door opens on the 12th floor he steps out. Oh Thank God. I’ll live to see yet another day yet another horny fasting man walking.

Tuesday, October 3

Last (A Tag)

was tagged by Ananyah

Last birthday?
December 06, I was 26 or 25 (not sure..)

Last meal?
rice cake with cheese spread

Last spending splurge?
nothing beats my shopping in the US (back in July)

Last time you cried?
probably 3 weeks ago ( I needed to take the rage out)

Last career?
till the end of this month I will be an account manager in an advertising agency. Then I’m off till the end of the year.

Last website visited?
http://ananyah.com/blog/

Last person you spoke to?
fractalllooooo (as always he’s my morning buddy)

Last song you listened to?
I wanna love you forever – Jessica Simpson (what can I say I’m in a loving mood)

Last book you read?
Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life (you don’t have to Plato to be someone)

Last TV show watched?
C.S.I. NY (the one and only)

Last person you IM’d?
HUBBYYYY

Last word you said?
thank you (designer handing over an artwork for proof reading)

Monday, October 2

YABEELA

NBK again and again is making the wrong advertising decisions. Campaign after campaign and this giant bank is creating loop holes and so obvious mistakes.
The last slip that caught my eye is the launch of “Yabeela” campaign in ENGLISH!!!! I mean common the YABEELA offers, promotions campaigns they are all for the locals (ARABS). NOTHING is ever intended for the expats (except for the loans OF COURSE). So why on earth does NBK want to brand YABEELA in our useless expats minds? I can think of 1 thing only. BRANDING. The power of the name. You see it and hear it enough to control you. In a way I agree (if it was really done for the expats) but in other way why the hell I wanna keep on seeing and hearing about YABEELA if 1. I am not and I will never be part of their target market? 2. Every time I do hear it or see it I get even more frustrated that I am counted as a useless minority in the City. YABEELA in ENGLISH is wasted money and a sign of over inflated corporate ego and wrong marketing judgment.

Sunday, October 1

To Do List

Inform friends and entourage - done -
Submit resignation - done -
Sell living room - done -
Sell dining room
Sell kitchen appliances - done -
Sell closets
Sell Gym
Sell Office desk and computer

Coordinate with “pack n’ move” for packing and moving date
Start packing (throwing away/giving away unwanted stuff)
Book tickets

More will come up along the way i'm sure.




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