Sunday, July 25, 2010
It's starting early this year....
Western people - beware! This is one of the scariest times of the year in Kuwait! It used to be the week before Ramadan, but it has been extended out to almost 3 weeks (like in the US where they put out the Christmas stuff in October...). People are starting to stock up on food early for Ramadan. Dudes, how much CAN you eat? (Gluttony: the anti-Ramadan)
I was in Rumaithiya co-op last week and I was nearly run down by people collecting discounted food items. I couldn't get out of the parking lot (although I gotta say, Rumaithiya co-op has some of the most polite drivers I've ever seen.)
Has it really come to this in Kuwait? Why not shop out in Shuwaikh if you want really good deals?
If you really want to have the crap scared out of ya, go to the grocery store the night before Ramadan. Wear something padded. Prepare for your personal space to be invaded. It aint pretty.
Ok, and the other scariest time of the year is the week before Eid. Let me just say THANK GOD I MOVED OUT OF SALMIYA! I still don't understand why people can't buy clothes way before Eid or buy over the internet. Granted, it is almost a cultural event to Kuwaitis to go out shopping with the family for Eid, but it has become so commercial that is it really a fun thing to do anymore? I could see how years ago clothes would have been tailor-made, but now - what a farce. The items are all way overpriced and everybody knows where everybody else bought the garment and for how much. What about being unique?
One more thing, let me complain for a minute (or way more) about this year's closure of many Ramadan tents due to the Jahra wedding tent fire. The psycho biotch SET FIRE to the Jahra tent using gasoline. It isn't like that is an every-day occurrance. Do the authorities believe that people are going to run around lighting tents on fire across the country?
(I have given this subject pause as my friends at The Palms tell me they won't have a tent this year. RRRR. They had the best food at the best price in Kuwait. That's just 100% sucky!)
Further, in order to get a permit for ONE GUY to play oud at a Ramadan tent, you need Super Wastah. The amount of paperwork to get a permit is staggering.
When was Kuwait formally annexed by Saudi Arabia?
Ramadan used to be fun/a joyous occassion in Kuwait. Now it sucks. It doesn't have to be that way.
Of note - Sakura has a buffet all month long (sushi) at a good price, and if you can get a table there, Ayam Zaman at the Crowne Plaza is pretty (if not slightly overpriced) during the month. Most hotels will gouge you with Ramadan fixed prices. I won't be here for most of Ramadan, but when I get back, I think I'm just going to go to small restaurants where you can order ala carte.
BTW - if you think you can order pizza or other delivery food during the day; think again. They don't deliver until after sunset and then there is a long wait. The best place for non-fasters is The Sultan Center's hot food counter. If you see Kuwaiti people (men in particular) there buying food at noon, point/whisper/and snicker cause ya just know they aint fastin.