I didn’t really shop online very much before coming to KAUST because I always preferred to touch, taste or try something on before buying. However, living over an hour away from the city and being unfamiliar with what products are available in local stores have helped me open up to online shopping. In general, websites … Continue reading Websites that deliver to KAUST
This past Saturday my friends and I got together for a girls day out on the town. We ordered a taxi to take us around eight hours. I was supposed to book a regular sedan but the taxi company, Hanco, suggested that we take an SUV instead. Why, you ask? First, the driver is a … Continue reading Girls day in Jeddah
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’
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