Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Kuwait, etc.
HI I am Rowella, an expat from Philippines but been in Kuwait for the last 10 years, my whole family is here since my dad is a Kuwaiti national so basically my mom live most of her life In Kuwait than Philippines, I consider Kuwait as my second home, as this is where I started my living and family of my own.
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
Last year, I started to blog about anything there is to share….
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
Well, I love all my entries, especially when I’m down, I wrote almost anything that makes me better, writing is not my passion but my way of expressing my feelings…
Tell us about the ways your new life in Kuwait differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
Definitely! When I came to Kuwait 10 years ago, I was really shocked since I got used to the modern way of dressing up, and seeing the Arab ladies for the first time in full hijab and black dresses makes me feel scared and awkward I feel like I’m naked, but eventually, appreciated how wonderful Kuwait and its people are.
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Kuwait? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
To be honest, I’m not, I was not prepared for anything, I enjoy my life in Philippines and if it’s not my mom and dad I won’t be here, it’s a tough decision and it’s a long learning process before I get use to the lifestyle… bitter sweet indeed, but I never had any regrets not even a single of it!
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
Well, I always have a good laugh when I remember going to one of a hotel in Kuwait for a conference, I went to the toilet to wash my hands and found no handle or switch in the faucet, I stand there for like 10 minutes trying to explore the machine, I waited for someone to come and boom! Another expat came with no knowledge on how to use the faucet, until one Arab lady came in and place her hand in the sensor and the water came out! I & the other expat lady burst in laugher when we finally discover how to use it!
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Kuwait?
- Kuwait is not dangerous like what has been shown in media, actually, Kuwait is one of the safest place to live, no taxes, good medical services and a place of fast modernization
- Always remember that the Middle East is a Muslim country, so dress accordingly and always project yourself in a proper way
- Be a Citizen – Follow the rules!
How is the expat community in Kuwait? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
Not at all! Internet, blogs and social networking site are great tools to connect with people and specific communities in Kuwait.
How would you summarize your expat life in Kuwait in a single, catchy sentence?
To appreciate Kuwait, learn to live and enjoy its wonderful resources.