i was at 360 mall having coffee with a couple of friends - we asked the waiters at posh if we could smoke and they sat us in a smoking area right at the corner - i had a sweet flavored cigar which i wanted to try so i lit it, the smell was quite good not annoying at all.
after a few minutes, the people behind us left and this bozo sat behind me and lit a cigarette - then he turns towards me and asks me to keep my cigar away! unfortunately i understood something else, i thought he was telling me to move away so i told him that i am not moving tables as i've been at the café for half an hour - he felt offended as that was not what he meant, then told me in a rude way that he wants me to blow my cigar the other way - i said fine politely, as i misunderstood, but he replied "hayyak allah bil kuwait"! (welcome to kuwait)
this misunderstanding could have ended then & there, but this xenophobic a** h**e had to remind me that i am only a stranger in his country! i wanted to make a scene, i really wanted.. but out of respect for my friend and his wife i swallowed my pride and thanked him politely - i don't get it! unless this guy owns posh, or the 360, he and i have the same rights... i was furious, but kept my calm..
a couple of hours later i went to cinescape to watch a movie, as i reached theatre number 7, i spotted a guy standing by the door trying to walk out - but instead, he stood there making way for a couple of guys to walk in first and even waited for me, though i was a bit far back - i stopped at the door and asked him to walk out first, but he insisted i walk in first - i tried again out of courtesy, but he insisted again saying "hayak alla" - i was so touched i wanted to give this guy a hug, he made me forget all about my previous ordeal.
amazing! how can a phrase be said in different situations, by two different people, in different tone of voices and still give you totally opposite emotions!