King Khalid University

Posted: April 14, 2016 in Still Saudi Arabia

My new job…


KKU located in Southern Saudi Arabia in the province of Asir. The city is perched in the mountainous region along the Saudi/Yemen border at an altitude of 2200 metres above sea level

The city is unlike anything I have experienced in Saudi so far. Green mountains, fertile farmland and lots and lots or rain/showers/hail storms! Coming from the sand it is quite a shock.


Pyramids – Giza 2016

Posted: March 18, 2016 in 2015, Egypt

Another tick off the bucket list

A truly breath taking experience – not hard to see why these are one of the seven wonders of the ancient world





Coexistence possible…?

Posted: February 9, 2016 in 2015, 2016

cultural norms meeting head on…






What is going to be the eventual outcome…?

Let’s take a moment to mull over their promises, assessing their assurances for the future as we cast our objective discernment worldwide and closely observe and consider the current situation around the globe:



On the brink of collapse


Bankrupt and confiscated money direct from peoples’ accounts


Bankrupt and defaulting on loans repayments to IMF – expect ‘bail ins’

Puerto Rico

Officially is bankrupt and in default – asking for 50% write down in debts


Officially is bankrupt and in default.. IMF continues to land money <which is illegal and against their own rules!>


35,000,000,000,000 ZD = 1 USD – Germany post WW1 all over again


Official bankrupt and sinking slowly – expect ‘bail ins’

South Africa

Currency collapse and coming collapse – expect total chaos and ‘bail ins’


Oil, corruption and currency collapse – crisis and chaos imminent


Financial collapse imminent, currency devaluation and massive reduction in exports

no problems 😥



Walk like an EGYPTIAN…

Posted: February 2, 2016 in Egypt

Heading home for a much needed long relaxing hiatus from battling against poor punctuality, laxidastical attendance and lacklustre performance…

Many lessons learnt and many decisions made!


Honeymoon coming in 2016…?

Posted: January 25, 2016 in 2015, Norway

Something on my bucket list I have yet to see…

Inshallah 🙂


Apparently a significant cause of  road traffic accidents in the Kingdom are all the ‘dangerously under-qualified’ expatriate drivers…


Of course the tens of thousands accidents are nothing really to do with young wreckless Saudi men who show a complete disregard for road safety, drive around as though they are in a ‘fast and furious’ film and moreover who seem to be totally above the law and are rarely culpable for any of the carnage they cause.


In most cases they seem pose for selfies next to the wreck, thank God for their safety and their fathers buy them a replacement car within a week or so?

Disclaimer: This is my observation based on 100+ traffic accidents I have witnessed around the country and may not be a truly representative demographic of the overall problem

The president of Indonesia Joko Widido last May announced his country would no longer send female Indonesian nationals to countries around the world because of issues including non-payment of wages, abuse, sexual harresssment and general violations or employment contracts…


Notice anything about the 21 countries blacklisted/barred from employing said maids…? Have a think…


Uganda has followed suit


Malaysian Prime Minister has been cleared for committing any crime by receiving a $700 million ‘private donation’ from the Saudi Royal family… Excellent news which I’m sure has no significance in any way, shape or format on anything…






Saudi woman who work

Posted: January 22, 2016 in Still Saudi Arabia


The truth is many Saudi woman have rapidly overtaken men academically and professionally within the Kingdom but they continue to face societal prejudice and barriers which curtail their potential success

One such obstacle is Saudi men refusing to marry successful Saudi woman if the work in non-traditional fields which they deem as inappropriate or unacceptable. This often means that professional woman working in say a hospital who work alongside men and have male patients would exclude themselves from a large number of potential suitors. In essence men will refuse to marry a woman if she comes in to contact with other men….

Protecting your wife from unwanted attention or the height of male insecurity and patriarchal dominantion?

‘Anti-Islamic’: Pakistan rejects bill banning child marriage


They have banned any law that would stop child marriage because the prophet himself married Aisha an 8 year old girl.

Sahih Bukhari volume 5, book 58, number 234),

In Islam girls can be engaged to be married at 8, over the next few years the groom can participate in ‘appropriate sexual behaviour e.g. thighing’ and relationship can be fully consummated at puberty (11years +?)