Saturday, 8 March 2014


This year's theme for International Women's Day is "Equality for Women is Progress for All"

I have important roles and duties to fulfill each day like so many other women. They are challenging with so much responsibility, yet my greatest joys of  life and the greatest lessons learnt and wisdom gained were from my every day experiences of  my life being a woman, daughter, wife, a mother, and friend. On this day, I can only express how  proud I am for being a woman and grateful for my family and friends. 

Its so important to teach our sons to respect girls and woman in our families, at school, college, work and in our society. Its vital we tell our daughters, that they should be proud of being a girl, or a woman. They have to be bold and strong, yet kind, respectful and productive and not think of themselves any less because of their gender. Women are the embodiment of love, strength, kindness and compassion. They are nurturers and providers. The greatest thing men can do is treat women with respect, not to be intimidated by them, love your mother, your wife, sisters, daughters and sons and be a pillar of support for them. Husbands should consider their wives as equal partners,  greatest friend and ally and work together with her as a team in life's journey, and not to see her as an opponent or control or subdue her. 

I personally feel advertisements on televisions or media should not portray women as sex objects and symbols which really gives a negative and demeaning portrayal of a woman. There is such horrific things happening to girls and women all over the world. The unimaginable ways women are violated and exploited we hear on T.V, or read about in the papers is inhumane. Sometimes you wonder, how can humans be so cruel to fellow humans. Why are women being subjected to such atrocities. There are so many organizations fighting for women's rights and women's safety, that really needs to be heard and stricter laws to be enforced to protect girls and women. 

I would urge women to be sensitive and help and support fellow women in whatever way they can. Through a  kind word, a listening ear, a thoughtful action. Some sort of help goes a long way in making a huge difference and blessing in someone's life. 

Happy Women's Day!

Thursday, 6 March 2014



The Embassy of Thailand  and National Council for Culture Arts and Letters organized Thai Cultural Nights on Tuesday 4th February at Dasma Theatre and Wednesday 5th February at National Museum Theatre. Yesterday, we had the wonderful opportunity to see a splendid performance by the Thai Cultural Troupe of Bunditpattanasilapa Institute, Ministry of Culture Thailand. The program lasted for an hour, and I must say, we enjoyed every moment of it. Outside the auditorium, was a Thai handcrafts demonstration that displayed Praewa silk, fruit and vegetable carving called Chang Khruang Sot and hand made and hand painted bamboo umbrellas besides a lot of handcrafts from Thailand. As we were leaving, I was given a carved and sculpted orange melon that looked like a big rose. 

The performances included:

Khon : Episode of Rama in Pursuit of a Golden Deer, Abduction of Sita followed by episode, Royal Combat

Fon Phang : Performers held a pair of candles while dancing

Long-Tai : meaning 'to travel southwards' that highlighted southern culture, traditions, lifestyle and professions. 

Fon Pootai : Local dance of the ethnic minority group of Pootai

Dung Krong Dung Sak : Rain dance from the north eastern province of Roi Et 

Short Stick Fighting : a form of Thai martial arts

Serng Pong Lang : dance performance to the lively music, Ponglang 

Monday, 3 March 2014



Two week ago, we had passed by P2BK  2014, the annual Proud to be Kuwaiti exhibition when we visited the Remal Festival at the Sand Sculpture Park. P2BK serves as a platform that encourages Kuwaiti businesses. Local talents and entrepreneurs showcased their products, clothing, home accessories, toys, perfumes, jewelry, incense, spices, personal care items, food, beverages and confectionery. It was pretty crowded.  Here are some photos from the event.