Initially we planned to go back to Taiwan for the birth of our second child but upon giving it more thought we realized that logistically it would make more sense to do it here. It’s just unfortunate that the Taiwanese embassy in Jeddah had just closed in May so we have to fly to Riyadh … Continue reading Giving Birth in Saudi Arabia — Again
I just wanted to share this photo that a friend had posted online: When we were in high school my best friend, upon seeing a classmate’s mom’s big belly, congratulated her on being pregnant. She was not pregnant. Ooops. Last year, Jose asked our neighbor, whose body was still recovering, “When is the baby coming?” … Continue reading When Is It Okay to Ask a Woman If She Is Pregnant?
One of the good things about living here in KAUST is that we never have to think about watering our plants or trees because the sprinklers come on automatically twice a day. Front yard and back yard. You can literally throw seeds in the dirt and see a fruit tree sprout a week later. We’ve … Continue reading Gardening at KAUST
A friend who is moving away in a few months said one of the things he would miss most about Saudi Arabia was the off-road driving. There is definitely a lot of opportunity for off-road driving around here, especially for people who like to camp or enjoy the outdoors. One afternoon Jose’s friend asked if … Continue reading Thuwal Desert
I am now 30 weeks pregnant and because we wanted a last hurrah before the second baby came, we decided to take a “babymoon” in one of the top destinations on my bucket list-the Seychelles! We first considered going someplace closer like Egypt but the pull of Seychelles was just irresistible. Flying to the Seychelles … Continue reading Seychelles – Paradise on Earth
When we left Taiwan we had brought a lot of our camping gear as well as a brand new tent because we thought that there were a lot of opportunities for outdoor activities in the Kingdom. When we arrived Jose was intimidated by the all the horrendous driving on the highways. Then it got so … Continue reading Camping at Wahbah Crater
I recently finished Ali Al-Naimi’s autobiography, Out of the Desert. It was an interesting read that tells the story of how a he, a lowly Bedouin boy, rose the ranks to become the president of Saudi Aramco and then the minister of petroleum and mineral resources of Saudi Arabia. He is now in his 80s … Continue reading Out of the Desert