Sunday, 24 May 2009

A must-read if you've lived in KSA

This is from the facebook group: ' You know You've Lived in Saudi Arabia When..'

Anyone who has lived in Saudi would be able to relate to all of these im sure :)

Soo true!

You think SR500 is a good price
You enjoy channel 2
Your idea of housework is leaving a list for the housekeeper
You think black is appropriate daytime wear
You wear a jacket inside and take it off when you go out
You know which end of a swarma to unwrap
You think that the further you inch into an intersection the faster the light will turn green
You give directions by landmarks
You have more carpets than floor space
You expect gold for every birthday
You send your friends a map instead of your address
You begin admiring other women's "Designer" abayas
You expect to pay more for water than for petrol
You've heard of or tried "hubbly bubbly."
You get confused because US money isn't color-coded.
You remember not eating in public in the daytime during the holy month of Ramadan.
You know someone is referring to Pepsi when they say "BEBSI".
You have ever had to wait for prayer call to be over to finish shopping.
You have friends from 50 different countries.
Rain is still one of the most wonderful sounds in the world.
You have sat in a "men's" or "women's" section in an airport, hospital, or restaurant.
You think anyone with a cane is out to get you.
You think a desert storm is a war.
You think a red light means "step on it."
You don't think it is ostentatious to own more than one Rolex.
Your school closes early because of sandstorms
You are not surprised to see an 8 year old driving the car next to you
You can't buy anything without asking for a discount
You think cars only come in white


  1. salam,
    thanks for dropping by our blog. indeed that facebook group is interesting.
    Secularism in Saudi is not that strong but there is a strong threat from the upper echelons of society who are Western educated from Ivy Leagues and what not. They probably still consider themselves Muslims but there is a clash between rationalization and traditionalism. They seem to have problems with traditional interpretation of Islam and are willing to rationalize Islam with modernistic thinking. I believe that soon enough this rationalization will turn to secularization as rationalization has no limits. Today it try to rationalize tradition, tomorrow it will want to get rid of it altogether. Our job is to intellectually fight that.

    W salam

  2. This is pretty funny. tells me a little about Saudis, haha. My favorite is this one, "Rain is still one of the most wonderful sounds in the world" because i think so too =]

    And i noticed you have "Reading Lolita in Tehran" in your bookshelf. I've read that book and i've loved every word of it! It's such an amazing book. I wouldn't know a better way to connect literature with present day situations and helping oppressed girls express themselves about what they love =] good book!

  3. looool ..... I laughed at most f them but to tell you the truth .... I find some are offending ..... not that I am mad abut it ..... but I hate stereotypes

  4. AA
    I like your blog.

  5. 8 years old driving a car?? are you serious?? lol my bro is going 2 b 10. n if he thinks of trying 2 drive, he will get a kik at his ass HAHAHA n its from me