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
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
In the past 3 months alone we have lost 3 sets of very good friends because their time at KAUST was up. Two sets of those friends had husbands who worked as postdocs, just like Jose. We have tons of postdoc friends here because we are roughly the same age, have young kids and for … Continue reading Postdoc Life at KAUST
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