Eight years after leaving the country where she spent her childhood, Yasmien Kurdi paid Kuwait a 21-day visit from December 20, 2009 to January 10, 2010.
On top of her to-do list was, of course, bond with her dad Mohammad Ezzedine Kurdi. The First Princess of StarStruck Batch 1 related: "I was born here in the Philippines [January 25, 1989] because nag-aral si Papa ng college dito.
"But nung one year old na ako, nag-migrate na kami to Jabriya and Hawally, Kuwait. We were there during the Gulf War [August 2, 1990 to February 28, 1991]. My dad lives there but he is not Kuwaiti. Lebanese si Papa."
Next was to reunite with her relatives and grade school classmates in Jabriya Indian School, an Indian school in Kuwait that also accepts international students.
Plus, she did some sight-seeing, shopping, and a lot of eating.
Her grandma Leila Ma3mari Kurdi cooked her favorite Lebanese dish Wara3 Enab (stuffed rice covered with grape leaves)—which, according to the actress, has no local counterpart.
"Wala pong closest na Filipino food. Kasi iba po talaga ang lasa niya. Because mahirap gawin ang grape leaves dish kasi maliliit [at] saka it takes hours to steam, and masarap po talaga. Ang lola ko po ang galing gawin niyan," Yas beamed with pride.