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Expat wanderer

Failure in Kuwait

This morning, as I was getting out sheets for the guest room, I had a happy surprise – one last 10-pack of personal tissue packets, with an Oud scent.

The first time I bought them, it was an accident. Our son and his wife were visiting, she had a cold, so I ran in to the store, grabbed a packet, (paid) and ran back out to the car. Later in the day, I wondered what perfume she was wearing, I could catch a whiff now and then. I asked her, and she said she didn’t have any perfume on, and she couldn’t smell anything.

We finally figured out it was the tissue. It smells like Oud.

From then on, I bought the Oud tissues. When it came time to leave ‘for good,’ I stocked up. A year later, I thought I had used them all, and I searched every store in Kuwait while I was there to stock up on some more, but – alas! – no one had them in stock.

So it was a truly happy surprise this morning when in the very back of my linen closet, I found this one last remaining 10-pack. I will try to stay as healthy as I can, so I don’t have to use them all up before I can figure out where I can find them around here. The package says they come from Dubai and (wooo HOOOO!) there is a website!

March 27, 2011 - Posted by | ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Shopping


  1. lool

    i never knew we had something to stock up on! I never tried them my self but now i am intrigued…

    use them up hon… whenever u need to stock up let me know and i will send you as much as you want 😀

    Comment by Danderma | March 27, 2011 | Reply

  2. I like them because they are subtle, but a surprise pleasure, know what I mean? Little happy surprises can change a bad day, help shift your focus from the annoying to joyful and peaceful. 🙂 You are so sweet, Danderma, and it makes me laugh to think it would cost you about ten times as much to send them as to buy them. And, LOL, you would have to put a CUSTOMS STICKER on them saying ’tissues’ and that just totally cracks me up!

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 27, 2011 | Reply

  3. let me know where i can find them in kuwait and ill send you a few boxes.

    i seriousf

    Comment by Mrm | March 28, 2011 | Reply

  4. I believe you, Mrm. Maybe you could bring some when you come to visit? 😀

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 28, 2011 | Reply

  5. Please send me your address.our coop still sell them.

    Comment by Hayfa Almughni | March 29, 2011 | Reply

  6. LOL, must deiiver in person, Hayfa 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 30, 2011 | Reply

  7. Here is joke about Kleenex in Arabic

    واحد يودي مرته محو الأمية تتعلم عربي

    فلما أخذها بعد الدوام قالها أقرئي المكتوب على هذا الكرتون فقعدت تتهجى وقالت

    كلي كلي كيلنيكس , فقال لها شاطرة
    اليوم الثاني خذاها بعد الدوام وقالها يلا تهجي المكتوب على الكرتون
    فقالت له
    كلي كلي كيلينكس

    فقال لها كلي تبن هذا كرتون فاين


    It is a joke about spelling Kleenex and Fine tissues. A bit mean though.

    Comment by daggero | March 31, 2011 | Reply

  8. I’m going to have to get AdventureMan’s help, and I am not sure if he can even help if it is idiomatic . . . Help me out, Daggero (PLEASE!

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 1, 2011 | Reply

  9. translation

    A man took his illiterate wife to night school to learn Arabic , when he picked her up from school he asked her to read what’s written on the box he has in the car>

    The woman stuttered saying Klee Klee Kleenex .The man was very happy and said well done woman .

    Next time he picked her up said OK can you read whats it says on the box ? So the woman started again Klee klee Kleenex , the man interrupted her and said Klee Tiben (eat hay) it is a Fine tissue box

    Sorry i said it was mean

    Comment by daggero | April 4, 2011 | Reply

  10. I am still looking for the oud tissue, I have been to many co-op. I try to find which company bring it to Kuwait and get you some.

    Comment by Hayfa Almughni | April 20, 2011 | Reply

  11. LOL, Hayfa, Mrm found some and she is mailing it to me, so the pressure is off. When you see some again, think of me and bring it when you come. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 20, 2011 | Reply

  12. Yesterday I spotted Kleenex tissues with Oud Scent in Co – Op Kaifan (in the basement).
    Hope it helps 😉

    Comment by Anne | June 1, 2011 | Reply

  13. I’m about to do a follow-up on that very thing, Anne. Thank you for your sharp eyes 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 1, 2011 | Reply

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