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Facets: A Little about who we were in Kuwait

I saved some photos from our Kuwait life to share with you once we were gone. I know some of you think I went overboard with the anonymity thing, but I have had stalkers, even here on this blog, and I would rather error on the side of anonymity than have to deal with people who know too much about me.

We present a single facet, or maybe even a few facets or our multifaceted lives as bloggers. I am just sharing a few more little facets:

Here is where we lived – in Fintas, which means “large water container” from what I have been told. When we first got to Kuwait, and I would tell my new friends where I lived, they would gasp and say “Fintas!” like it was the end of the world. On a good traffic morning, it only took us ten minutes to get from Fintas to Salmiyya, maybe 20 minutes to the airport. It takes a whole lot longer, we have found, just to get out of Jabriyya!


This photo is taken from the pier in Eqaila Family Beach. My apartment was over the park and swimming pool. It was a never-ending source of lost hours for me, watching families, watching the school groups visit. My favorite is the families of ladies in abayas who would bring inner-tubes and float in the shallows on the hot days, keeping cool, keeping covered.

I have a good Kuwaiti friend who would tell me that when he was growing up, Fintas was just a small beach place, a place he and his friends would camp out in the hot Kuwait summers. There was just a tree or two, and a shack on the beach, he told me. He also used to camp on the empty beaches of Salmiyya. (!) I loved listening to his old Kuwait stories.

This was my living room. It had great light from morning ’till night. No, none of this is my furniture, except all the bookcases. πŸ™‚ It was a furnished apartment.


This was my kitchen, which I loved because it was well planned, had great light and great shelf spaces. It also had a great place to store/display all my baskets:


This is Little Diamond’s bedroom, which was also my project room, this is what my project room usually looked like:

Project Room

Here is a photo of one of the best parts – the moon rising over the Gulf, right outside my window, and shimmering over the park:


This is what I look like:


Here is my other blog:
World in Stitches

I haven’t asked my husband if I can share his photo. When I get a chance, I will ask, and if he says OK, I will show you a photo of him, too. πŸ™‚

You know what Pete looks like!

June 4, 2009 - Posted by | Adventure, Biography, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Qatteri Cat


  1. πŸ™‚ good to put a face to a blog.

    By the way, we lived in Tower D of Trust Towers for a year!!! That’s what I call a small world!

    Comment by Bu Yousef | June 4, 2009 | Reply

  2. hmm, and am expected to believe this post? I think it is just a CIA trick ;p

    Comment by Purgatory | June 4, 2009 | Reply

  3. Awww we will miss your kuwaiti posts :<

    Btw u look exactly how i imagined u, except prettier πŸ™‚

    Comment by MiYaFuSHi | June 4, 2009 | Reply

  4. Purgy – It is referred to as “disinformation”. πŸ™‚

    Intlxpatr – cool stuff in your home. I hope that you are taking it all with you. πŸ™‚ No doubt you’ll be back sometime. No one who has ever been here (and liked it) can stay away for forever.

    Comment by Desert Girl | June 4, 2009 | Reply

  5. LLLOOOLL, Bu Yousef, we were neighbors! I wish I had known! Your wife and I would have traded books!

    LLOOLLL, Purg, I should have worn a trench coat and carried a dagger!

    No kidding? MiYaFuSHI, you had an idea what I looked like, and I kind of do look like that? That is amazing. I was always afraid if you guys knew what I looked like, you would be disappointed.

    Desert Girl, we actually have at least one friend in common that I know. She often goes to the Anglican church service I go/went to. Yes, I will be back, thanks to wonderful Jazeera! πŸ˜‰

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 4, 2009 | Reply

  6. “once we were gone”

    Wait, what? :O You’re leaving? 😦

    Comment by 3baid | June 4, 2009 | Reply

  7. Intlxpatr! Loved the post (the baskets are wonderful)! Miss your presence in Kuwait! 😦

    and check you out! your sooo pretty mashallah πŸ™‚

    come visit us soon! Qatar is only an hour away!

    Comment by cixousianpanic | June 4, 2009 | Reply

  8. Thanks for sharing… its weird, but we will miss you! and miss the sunrise photos and the feel of your presence in Kuwait… Thank God for the Internet hehehe πŸ™‚
    I wish you the best, wherever you are! Here, there…. and everywhere πŸ˜€

    Comment by Ansam | June 4, 2009 | Reply

  9. finally put a face to the blog/handle.

    Comment by KTDP | June 4, 2009 | Reply

  10. Oh 3baid, I am so sorry . . . yes, we moved back to Doha, Qatar. You gave me my badge just in time (I thought it was because you knew I was going!)

    Cixousianpanic – I am so glad you love the baskets. I am crazy for local made baskets; most of them are from the mountain area of Saudi Arabia, and the colored ones are woven in Qatar. Kuwait has amazing baskets, too, if you can find them. I’ve been told that merchant Kuwaiti families used to keep their clothing folded neatly in locally hand woven baskets, but they are almost impossible to find now. (Sounds like a book idea, doesn’t it? Take it away, CP!)

    God Bless You, Ansam, for pulling it altogether with H,T&E. πŸ™‚ And yes, thank God for the internet. πŸ™‚

    KTDP – You have a better understanding than most about the need for anonymity, LLOOLLL!

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 4, 2009 | Reply

  11. looool love the photos although they also make me a bit sad. and FYI “my” room in Kuwait is about 10 times posher than any of my actual bedrooms, in NY, Paris, Beirut, etc.

    lots of love and good Doha vibes πŸ™‚

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | June 4, 2009 | Reply

  12. Little Diamond, do you remember that HUGE stack of boxes of all the things you had ordered? I can hardly wait to see you. I can hardly wait for you to see Doha. Pete can hardly wait to see you!

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 4, 2009 | Reply

  13. Maybe πŸ™‚

    Comment by Purgatory | June 4, 2009 | Reply

  14. Oh. This is heart breaking. You put your picture? Wow. You’re so brave. I don’t know what to say.

    I just hope you know how much I admire you. Sensitive, and generous, and insightful, and wise and absolutely brilliant. Wish I could hug you.

    Comment by 1001 Nights | June 4, 2009 | Reply

  15. One more time a dedication to Fintas as your send off song ;

    Oh the coast of Fintas oh the playground of the Gazelles

    but this time the Gazelles were wearing Black Abayas and floating on inner tubes

    Comment by daggero | June 4, 2009 | Reply

  16. Sweet to finally be able to put a face to this awesome blog πŸ™‚

    I’ve never been to the beach in Fintas. Guess I missed something πŸ™‚

    And I love that kitchen!
    I only had a big kitchen with enough room ONCE πŸ™‚
    Missing it πŸ™‚

    Comment by Nicole | June 4, 2009 | Reply

  17. Hi Intlxpatr It’s great to meet you πŸ™‚

    And that kitchen is beautiful! The sunlight shining in the living room is even more beautiful πŸ™‚

    Hope you had a great time in Kuwait πŸ™‚

    Comment by Jacqui | June 5, 2009 | Reply

  18. Purg πŸ™‚

    1001 – Sweetie, you just did send me a hug, with your words. It was wonderful getting to know you, and learning so much from you. I felt like I danced for joy with you when your candidate won. Thank you so much for taking me backstage and sharing the realities.

    Daggero, you made me cry with your comment and video. I totally love it. Over dinner last night, AdventureMan (who was SHOCKED I went public) wondered who you were, and what fun it would be to know you. You have always had the most relevant and insightful comments, even when we disagreed on things.

    LOL, Nicole, I thought you and your doggies had visited EVERY beach! The funny thing about the kitchen is that the one I have now is TWICE as big – but half as effective. There is only one set of electrical outlets (!!!) and the lower cupboards only don’t all have two shelves, so more cupboards but storing less. The Trust Tower kitchen was easy to work in, and – all that sunshine – a happy place to be.

    Jacqui, I had a great time in Kuwait, and thank you. I always looked for you in the banks, and wondered “Is this ‘Jacqui?'” The Trust Tower apartment had great Fung Shui.

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 5, 2009 | Reply

  19. No, far from all beaches. Only Mangaf and Fahaheel. Since I didn’t have a car (nor wanted to drive) and taxi drivers usually haven’t been overly keen to transport the dogs, let alone wet dogs back ;), fat chance on getting anywhere else with the poochies πŸ˜‰

    Oh, that kitchen was planned by a smart man, I bet πŸ˜‰

    Comment by Nicole | June 5, 2009 | Reply

  20. Intlxpatr

    I was surprised that the link to the song became a posted video , i am glad you liked it ,it is really a nice song .
    About your quilting ,did you make one specific Quilt about Kuwait ??

    Adventure Man : Greetings and welcome back to Doha , Wishing you and the Mrs all the best . We will be following your adventures through the Blog .

    Comment by daggero | June 5, 2009 | Reply

  21. Oh Nicole, it never occurred to me the problem with taxi drivers and dogs! We had a similar problem, a long time ago in Tunis, with a cab driver and our cat who needed a health certificate. The cab driver was reluctant, but said OK, and then horrified when our scared kitty pooped in his cat cage – the cab got stunk up in a hurry. We can laugh now, but oh, it was awful at the time.

    Daggero, I think that is a new feature with WordPress, pretty cool, huh? No, I have not made a quilt about Kuwait, but I think I will make one about life in the Gulf. πŸ™‚ I don’t make a lot of wall quilts; most of my quilts are baby quilts or bed quilts or nap/reading quilts – meant to be used. πŸ™‚

    I passed along your greetings to AdventureMan. I dread the thought of you two ever getting together – double trouble!

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 5, 2009 | Reply

  22. Oh shoot – I can imagine how that has smelled πŸ˜€
    If you can transport an animal in a cage it’s alright, but that would work with neither of ours πŸ˜€

    Comment by Nicole | June 5, 2009 | Reply

  23. wow i was about to give you the name of the song oh fintas beach … when i saw the comment! πŸ˜€
    beautiful poem .. hard to translate!

    Comment by Deema | June 5, 2009 | Reply

  24. we will miss the sunrise from your lens..

    Comment by Deema | June 5, 2009 | Reply

  25. Nicole, can you imagine a cat on a leash? We have one, but it means nothing to Pete; we call it “taking the cat for a drag.” Cats pretty much do what they want to do.

    Deema, the song is so charming! Daggero translated a little of it a few months ago. Thank you for your kind comments.

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 6, 2009 | Reply

  26. Yepp, I can imagine πŸ˜€
    Someone in the neighbourhood did it the other day to make a small cat get used to their surroundings I guess πŸ™‚

    And some weeks back I saw someone with a Ferret on a leash πŸ˜€

    Comment by Nicole | June 6, 2009 | Reply

  27. Well, I am so jealous of your beautiful Western kitchen! I loved seeing the photos of who you were and where you lived. Thanks for sharing them.

    Expat 21 (Expat Abroad)

    Comment by expat21 | June 7, 2009 | Reply

  28. Nice post, very personal. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

    Comment by Mathai | June 7, 2009 | Reply

  29. Expat 21, now I have a kitchen twice the size, twice the cupboards, but half the capacity, and dark, and hard to work in. I knew that Trust Tower kitchen was a gem!

    Mathai, ahlen wa sahlen. πŸ™‚

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 7, 2009 | Reply

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