I left work one day much earlier than I thought, having promised a friend I'll drop by his place at 7ish in Mishref for a little chitchat and maybe a few good games of Chess, I had a couple of hours to kill. So i decided to drop into Starbucks Mishref and have a good read of my book ( I think it was Stephen Levitt's 'Freakonomics' at the time )
Bought a White Choco Moca walked over to a free table and sat down. The chairs were comfy, the coffee hit the right spot and the book was as absorbing as a dry sponge on Eva Mendes's back... I leaned over and dragged the adjacent chair closer so i can stretch my legs a little and there it was again, all the eyes in the joint veered my way. It wasn't even just a glance and back to the conversation at hand, they kept checking back, slowly peeling away at me, wondering if my feet are still stretched across the armchair in front.
This, fascinatingly enough, is something that I've noticed repeatedly here and have come to the conclusion that it is the main reason that Kuwait can be a hassle to live in at times. People here can't just be, they need to get into peoples business. Today I received an email at work of a chick dancing as she was listening to an album at Virgin Megastore @ Marina Mall, taken on a mobile camera... WTF!
This sort of attitude removes the de-stress factor from going out. People nowadays are reverting to other means of chilling and spending quality time with friends and family. Going to such places as members clubs, like Palms - Corniche - SAS, and shalehs or home parties and dinners. There seem to be less and less venues around where people can just go and let loose.
Which is a real shame...! We are living in an increasingly complex time and people are dealing with more and more stresses, from work to the home to the family to the ever rising cost of living. With all that on board, people need to enjoy the precious few moments they have to themselves.
Being new to the corporate scene, I even find people take the short blasts to foreign land to relieve their stress and return to face another three to four months before their next excursion.
Why does it need to be so...?!
Personally, this lifestyle is still never ceases to boggle me... What to do though..?!
You can't beat them all... or can you...?!