Every year our division organizes a Staff Appreciation Day wherein all administrative staff are given the afternoon off to join a lunch and several activities that the division organizes. Last year we had it at the Harbor Sports Club restaurant and people went bowling afterwards. I had work to do so I just went back … Continue reading Asfan Desert Fun
You might have read about the dependent fees that people now have to pay the government of Saudi Arabia for every dependent that they have under their iqama (resident permit). Currently people have to pay 100 SAR for each of their dependents (including maids or drivers). This amount will increase to 200 by July 2018, … Continue reading Times are a-changin’
Remember that nightmare I had about the Houthi rebels a few years ago? Well it hasn’t come true exactly but yesterday, Saudi military intercepted a missile fired from Yemen that was headed to a residential area in Riyadh. This is the second time in a month that they intercepted a missile targeting Riyadh. Thank God … Continue reading Missile targeting Riyadh intercepted
We did it! We finally hired a nanny/helper! It certainly feels like an accomplishment, after years of entertaining the idea, attempting to hire one, giving up on the idea, then starting to entertain the idea again. Jose’s contract was renewed for one more year so right then and there I decided that for the (presumably) … Continue reading We finally hired a nanny!
For one negative here at KAUST there are probably three positives to make up for it. Even though I sometimes hate living and working with the same people, bumping into frenemies at the supermarket more often than I care for or just the general feeling of living in a gilded cage, what I saw tonight … Continue reading KAUST Community Love
Being a working mom with an infant who wakes up five times a night and a super active toddler can be very tiring. I still try to cook dinner for the family every evening and I’ve even started meal planning and prepping on the weekends just to save time and my sanity. Imagine my delight … Continue reading Home-cooked Chinese food
Living here at KAUST made me realize how easy I had it before. Sure I had to drive a car or scooter to get to the embassies or government offices but at least it was accessible. Now every time we want to apply for a passport for the kids or do other important consular tasks … Continue reading A Weekend in Riyadh