Wednesday 7 April 2010

Filipinos are Everywhere in Kuwait

The Filipinos is a considerable chunk of minorities here in Kuwait. You will see our kababayans literally everywhere. Although with more than 500,000 in population here in Kuwait, the Indian nationals still account for the single largest expatriate community (the State of Kuwait’s current population is estimated at 3 to 3.5 million people only), but you will also find a huge number of Filipinos working in the medical sector (i.e. nurses), IT, restaurants, coffee shops, retail stores and supermarkets.

It’s funny because we were at The Sultan Center (a 24-hour supermarket here in Kuwait) one night and I was really surprised to hear the song playing in store – it was The Day You Said Goodnight by Hale. And just recently we passed by an Italian restaurant at The Avenues (so far my favourite mall in Kuwait), we couldn’t help but smile when we noticed that the song playing there was Love Moves In Mysterious Way, the M.Y.M.P. version.

Really, whenever Harley and I go out we are rarely required to speak in English because almost always the attendant serving us is a kabayan. Well I thought I escaped Manila and would not have to struggle to speak a decent Tagalog anymore. I was so wrong.

A Filipinos corner in Carrefour, a French international hypermarket chain, at The Avenues.

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