Two years…


Posted on : 15-07-2015 | By : dutdot | In : Expat Blogging

Two years. 1 month.I finally found my way back to my 1st online home.

How I missed blogging here.

In 2013, I thought of exploring Kuwait…but my life in Kuwait has been on a roller coaster mode since 2013…lots of changes in my career, schedule, and priorities.

Today, July 15, 2015, I just changed the theme “Exploring Kuwait” to “When In Kuwait”…

Yeah, I haven’t explored much of Kuwait…as previously intended..but I have explored more about life…

WHEN IN KUWAIT blog aka will be here to stay. Glad that this Web site hasn’t given up on me, yet.

I’m back to what I love doing the most – blogging…connecting with my inner core.






Posted on : 06-06-2013 | By : dutdot | In : Filipino Blogger

This is just a quick post. I finally found the niche for this Web site. I’ll be posting updates soon. For now, I still have to do some readings on how I’m gonna do the changes.

In essence, the theme will be changed (again) from Living in Kuwait to Exploring Kuwait.

The new title says it all.

See you around!

Pinay Expat in Kuwait

new Web site soon!


Posted on : 28-05-2013 | By : dutdot | In : Expat Blogging, Filipino Blogger, Living in Kuwait


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When I started blogging in 2007 as a new expat in Kuwait (the posts were hosted in another site until I transferred here in 2009), it was merely to write about my homesickness, about my rants at the graduate school, and how I thought life in Kuwait would be boring.

After 6 years of living here, I have finally considered this as my ‘home’ because it’s where we have built our family.

I gave birth here for two times.

I realized that calling a place one’s home comes with life’s intricacies and delicacies.  No matter how hard life is, sometimes, there are just a lot of blessings to be thankful for. This is where we have met a set of new friends who have been there for us through thick and thin. This is where our spirituality has been nourished, and this is where our skills and knowledge on financial literacy have been founded and expanded. This is where we have created a new version of ourselves – for the better. Not that I’m saying we weren’t who we were when we were still in our home country. It’s like saying we are blooming where we are currently planted. It could have been the same if we’ve been elsewhere (read: other than Kuwait).

After almost six years of personal blogging here, (I started blogging in 2004 in the Philippines though. I had over 20 blogs/sites in 2004. lol) I thought of revamping the theme of this Web site to something that will be of help to others in knowing how it is to live in Kuwait. This will most probably help our families and friends back home to understand how we are doing here, the places that we are going, the foods and cuisines that we are eating, the malls that we are visiting, and so much more.

I am thinking of buying a new handy cam because I don’t think it would be a good idea to bring along my hubby’s Nikon D700.

Stay tuned for updates!

Update May 29, 2013

Hello! I’ve started to revamp the site. I opted to change the navigation at the header. I hid the previous menu (topics discussed before were about pregnancy, motherhood, letters for my baby, startup experiences, etc). I’ll create a new navigation that will match the new theme of the Web site. I opted not to buy a new domain. Though the new site will be more attuned for public’s consumption, the topics will still revolve about life’s touchpoints in Kuwait as an expat, in particular, and as a human being in general. This (new) site will help others (family members of OFWs or Overseas Filipino Workers) and others who want to explore life in Kuwait.

Virus, virus go away!: Dealing with flu season naturally


Posted on : 27-05-2013 | By : dutdot | In : Health & Beauty, Life's Musings

For five days, hubby had a flu. I got infected, too, because I stayed with him in our room. I knew it was so stup#d of me to stay with him but I was just darned too afraid to sleep alone (other room). My imagination – sometimes I don’t like it.

For the past 5 days, I let our two little girls sleep with their yaya. They’re still sleeping beside their yaya until now, much to my heart getting broken everyday.

It makes my heart break not to be with them at night in our bedroom. Our room, I guess, needs to be disinfected so since I’m still coughing (my hubby still coughs, too), it might need a few more days before the four of us will be reunited (in our bedroom).

The thing is, no matter how much we tried to protect our kids from getting the virus, they, too, got infected. The girls have runny noses, and my eldest daughter has a slight fever at 37.5, if it’s considered a slight fever at all. I am not panicking though because I give them enough vitamin C. But what worries me is that my youngest daughter is kinda sad for not sleeping beside us. It breaks my heart to see her cry. I remember on the first night that they did not sleep beside us, I told my youngest daughter, “It breaks my heart”, when she clung to me, and to which my eldest daughter said, “I’ll help you fix it, Mom”. Oh, and she’s so cute in saying those words. It got me tongue-tied.

Today, our nanny has clogged nose, too. So everyone of us in the household is now coughing and sneezing. Glad that we don’t have fever though esp. the kids because I just couldn’t stand it when they’re burning with fever, although it’s an indication that their bodies are fighting the infection. The way I see it, they just have runny noses, and a little cough, and it’s still under control because of the green barley drink that I give them. I pray that they’ll feel much better soon. In the past, when we didn’t have green barley at home and the kids weren’t feeling well, they usually ended up with high fevers that we would bring them to the hospital. It would often break my heart to see them with IV drips in their arms /feet, and witnessed the excruciating pains when the antibiotics were given to them via the drips. Ugh. Honestly, I hate medicines. A few hours earlier, hubby insisted that I drink two tablets of panadol 250mg each. I took them, anyway, because right now I don’t have enough supply of green barley with me. I’m awaiting for the next shipment next week from my sister.

Earlier tonight, I grilled one slice of lemon and squeezed the juice and sipped it. That was so therapeutic! I vomited the phlegm afterwards. I remember it’s how my late grandmother was coping with her flu – without doctor’s help, without the need for medication. I secretly scolded myself for not preparing the grilled lemon for my hubby’s fly. I totally forgot about it. He didn’t like it, anyway, when I offered him grilled lemon juice awhile ago.

So how should one naturally cope with the flu season – other than the green barley and grilled lemon?

1) drink ginger tea

2) eat garlic

3) have enough sleep

4) take loads of vitamin C thru oranges

5) drink peppermint tea

6) daily dose of honey on your coffee, tea, or plain water, or by itself

7) gargle salt water for sore throat

8) drink green tea

9) have enough rest

10) eat more protein

There are many other home remedies that you can do/take when flu strikes. The important thing is that you boost your immune system so that you can easily recover.

Yay, for me. I’m taking the night off now but hubby just ordered pizza from Domino’s. It’s what I’ve been craving since this afternoon. I might as well satisfy my taste bud first before I hit the sack. Off to reading a good book while waiting for the delivery guy.

Dear Baby1: First Letter in 2013 for my 1st baby


Posted on : 23-05-2013 | By : dutdot | In : Letters for my 1st baby, Overseas Homeschooling

Dear Baby Ate,

Hello Ate. It’s been quite a long time since I poured my heart out about how you’ve been doing. You’re now 4.2 years old.

Wow. How time flies!

We’re also now formally homeschooling. So sorry about the delay in homeschooling you. But glad though that we sort of waited for the right timing. You’re very much eager to learn now compared to when you’re a bit younger. You can also grab the concepts easily. We started formal homeschooling a day after you turned 4 last March 28. We’re now in lesson 27 of your pre-K curriculum. 133 lessons more and we’re done with your pre-K curriculum. I’m so happy at your rapid development. You know how to tell stories. I’m amazed at how you can easily memorize the lines and the sequence of events. Wow. Though you’re not a reader yet, you love to be read. You also know how to retell the stories. You also know how to write the letters now without assistance.

You’re a good big sister to your baby sister K. Whenever she pinches you, you’d just scream and cry. You never hurt her back. But awhile ago, you hit her head with the block that you were holding. Don’t do that again, Ate. I know that you’re a good sister to your baby sis. Whenever you feel angry at your baby sister because she’s pinching you, just hug her and kiss her. Remember, she’s still a baby, barely 2 years old, and she doesn’t know what’s wrong or right – yet.

Tonight, you and your sister are sleeping beside your yaya because Daddy’s not feeling well. Thank you for understanding. This morning, Daddy was the one who homeschooled you (for the first time) although Dad said you didn’t finish one portion of the lesson. He said that you weren’t that attentive. I told Dad that it’s normal with you so sometimes we need to adjust.

A few days back, it was your first time to attend a movie at the cinema. Oh, how you loved the movie – The Croods. Watching movies at the cinema (movies for kids) will be part of your homeschooling curriculum.

It’s 9minutes before 10p.m. now and I’m off to sleeping early today so that I’ll be able to homeschool you tomorrow morning. This is all for now.

I love you.