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Kuwaiti Drugged, Robbed in Thailand

Today in the Kuwait Times:

“Thailand/Kuwait. A Kuwaiti claims he was drugged and robbed at a hotel in Thailand. The 45 year old man stumbled from his room at the Marine Palace Hotel in South Patayya, Thailand yesterday morning, telling the reception staff that two women had stolen 10,000 Baht (around KD 82) in cash, a digital camera and a mobile phone.

The women had earlier entered the hotel, telling reception that they were going to the room occupied by the victim. They allowed the reception staff to take photocopies of their civil ID’s, reported local press yesterday. Arrest warrents for both the women, a 20 year old from Bangkok and a 21 year old from Nhakon Sawan Province were issued.”

Comment: I would love to know the rest of THIS story.

December 17, 2006 Posted by | Adventure, Customer Service, Detective/Mystery, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Kuwait, News, Social Issues, Travel | 7 Comments

Circumcision NOT complete protecton against HIV/Aids

One of my favorite source blogs Sociolingo reports the significant news from Africa. On December 14th, he quotes a United Nations report stating that while circumcision halves the risk of HIV infection, it should not be relied upon without condoms.

“Although these results demonstrate that male circumcision reduces the risk of men becoming infected with HIV, the UN agencies emphasize that it does not provide complete protection against HIV infection,” they said. “Circumcised men can still become infected with the virus and, if HIV-positive, can infect their sexual partners.

“Male circumcision should never replace other known effective prevention methods and should always be considered as part of a comprehensive prevention package, which includes correct and consistent use of male or female condoms, reduction in the number of sexual partners, delaying the onset of sexual relations, and HIV testing and counselling,” they added.

December 17, 2006 Posted by | Africa, Blogging, ExPat Life, Family Issues | 2 Comments

Liberation Tower at Night and Qatteri Cat


We love going to Souk Mubarakia. Took this recently on a cool, clear night from the souks


The Qatteri Cat has not lost interest in the tree, but no longer seems interested in pulling it over. The blanket is Masai, from Tanzania. Great Christmas colors!

December 17, 2006 Posted by | Adventure, Africa, Arts & Handicrafts, Christmas, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Lumix, Pets, Photos, Tanzania | 11 Comments

Walnut Mamoul

Earlier in the blog, I gave you the recipe for Russian Tea Cakes. They go by many names, including Swedish Tea Cakes, Mexican Wedding Cakes, Sandies . . . the list is endless.

Yesterday at the Sultan Center, I saw a cookie called Walnut Mamoul. I have made Date Stuffed Mamoul with my friend before – is “mamoul” sort of a generic word for cookie? (biscuit?) The walnut mamoul look almost identical to the Russian Tea Cakes. In the tea cakes, you flatten the top somewhat, and the walnut mamoul had more of a dome shape, but everything else LOOKED identical, and we often make the Russian Tea Cakes with walnuts. I wonder if it is the same cookie?

December 17, 2006 Posted by | Christmas, Cooking, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Holiday, Words | 5 Comments

Time Magazine Person of the Year

Time Magazine announced it’s person of the year – it’s YOU! It’s me! Here is what they had to say:

TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year: You

NEW YORK (Dec. 16) – Congratulations! You are the Time magazine “Person of the Year.”

The annual honor for 2006 went to each and every one of us, as Time cited the shift from institutions to individuals _ citizens of the new digital democracy, as the magazine put it. The winners this year were anyone using or creating content on the World Wide Web.

You can read the rest of the article

December 17, 2006 Posted by | Blogging, News, Social Issues, Uncategorized | 4 Comments