The Rainbow Bookshelves

By | September 1, 2016

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For a while now almost every bookworm social media account I’m following was rearranging their collection of books in a colour-coded book theme so the end result would resemble a rainbow. I have an ancient photo of my bookshelves when I was a kid back in the early 90’s, my collection of some magazines were arranged Rainbow style but I have to look for the picture and scan it before I can share it with you, most likely in this post. Anyway, since my bookshelves are overflowing and organising the books in a readable manner became one messy affair, I thought I’d dedicate myself to this task and arrange all my books rainbow-style. After all, how hard can it be, right?  Read more »

Dinner at Eight Restaurant

By | August 25, 2013

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A couple of weeks ago users on instagram began sharing the account and pictures of a new restaurant in Kuwait City that goes by the name of Eight. I saw the pictures and the bio of the restaurant promised an exclusive, luxury, dining experience and I knew I wanted to try it at once. Read more »

How to activate the 4G LTE on your iPhone?

By | March 14, 2013

avfgltepmif3I’ve been hearing amazing things from people in Kuwait who are subscribed to Zain and already are using the 4G LTE technology so when my mobile service provided VIVA enabled their 4G LTE service I called them at once to check how to activate it and if there are any extra charges. The service is for free with no extra charges, all you have to do is send an SMS to activate it and whenever you are within the LTE range you will be connected. These are the steps I followed to enable the 4G LTE on my iPhone 5 in case you didn’t enable it already.  Read more »

My 12 Favorite iPhone Applications

By | December 26, 2012

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One of my friends and the reason why I became a blogger, ex-blogger Yara, thought it was interesting to post a list of my favorite iPhone applications especially since she took my recommednations with the Sleep Cycle app and loved it. As 2012 is about to finish up, I’m looking back and Read more »

Is not following someone on Instagram considered a Personal Insult?

By | September 26, 2012

Is not following someone on Instagram -or any social media application- considered as a personal insult? Should we read too much into it?

I’m not really sure how to answer the above question for I myself have conflicting feelings towards it. Do we expect people to follow us in the virtual world if they knew us in Read more »

My Blog Office Phone Line from Mada Kuwait

By | September 19, 2012

A week after I returned from my vacation in the UK I received a package from Mada company with the words “Danderma’s Blog Office Line”. As I was in the middle of unpacking and Read more »

The First Ramadan Ghabga

By | July 26, 2012

Yesterday we hosted the first Ramadan ghabga in our new apartment and we had so much fun! There is nothing better than a cosey home gathering with good food, good company, and laughter. The best thing is that it didn’t take much effort at all, just place Read more »

Watching Ramadan TV on Your iPad with Shahid.Net

By | July 26, 2012

One of the Ramadan 2012 serieses I’m watching comes at the time where I’m suppose to be out in the evening visiting relatives or running errands. So the other day I was reading Jacquie’s post (link) regarding Shahid.Net’s iPad application that enables you to view episodes of the Ramadan serieses shown on Read more »

Review: Dallah Kuwaiti Bakery

By | July 24, 2012

Imagine someone whose taste buds you trust, you know when they say that someone tastes good, then it does indeed taste good. When they don’t like something, then it will turn out horrible? Imagine then that this someone decides to Read more »

Do I Need a Business Card as a Blogger?

By | July 1, 2012

Yesterday in Zain’s social media event I noticed that many of my fellow bloggers were socializing and exchanging business cards with social media people. I was asked several times about my business card and I shrugged, apologizing for not having one. Then I thought to myself, am I a little backwards here? Don’t I need one?

I’m wondering if its a faux pas not to have a business card if you are a blogger now adays? Now why would I need them exactly? Yesterday, it was a social media event that happens once every once in a while. Its not like we do it every day. Do I need to go through the agony of designing a BC, printing it, carrying it with me, and handing it out for people? I need to google this and see what others worldwide think.

And if so, what on earth would I say on it? Danderma, blogger? Madry I don’t feel inah my “job describtion” is fit for a business card. But maybe I’m wrong? I can’t make up my mind on this one.

Now dear fellow bloggers, do you have business cards? If yes, let me know why. If not, why not? Do share please :)

Video: Celebrating Social Media Day

By | June 30, 2012

Today, 30th of June, we celebrate the Social Media day! Thanks to social media, we are all glued to our tech devices all the time, connecting with everyone everywhere on planet earth. Knowledge is power, and social media made access to knowledge as fast as a click of a button.

In honor of this day the social media club released the video where different people with different experiences in the social media field talk about this day. Your truly is one of them appearing somewhere -I’m too afraid to watch- as well as many of my fellow bloggers like Ansam, His & Hers, Blog 37, Q8 Stig, and Q8 Path. So without further ado watch the video and have a happy social media day -ironically Instagram is down but we can still enjoy it nevertheless-.

Book Review: Ghost in the Wires by Kevin Mitnick

By | June 20, 2012

When I first learned that a book depicting the adventures of one of the most wanted hackers in the world, Kevin Mitnick, I knew I had to read that book. I got it as soon as it was released yet didn’t get around to reading it until last week on my Read more »

Help: How and Where to Convert my VHS tapes into DVD?

By | April 15, 2012

I love my old video, I really do. I have no intention of letting it go anytime soon. However I have several contents on old VHS video tapes that I want to convert into computer friendly format: mp3, mp4, burn on dvd, or maybe upload to youtube and share with others.

There was a store in Jabriya that helped me out last year but they took like 3 KD and one week to convert the one tape I wanted and this year they have closed down. My husband claims we have some sort of device he can connect between the video and the computer which helps in the transformation but he has to “unearth it” and given that I know for sure that such device doesn’t exist in his possessions I am not willing to wait.

Do you have any idea how or where I can get those VHS tapes on my pc ASAP? Help please!

My account on Good Reads

By | April 6, 2012

Many people kept urging me to join good reads and I thought to myself that I have more than enough online accounts and places to check than I could possibly need. Then yesterday I have decided to check it out, which in turn turned into logging in using my Twitter account and now I have my own good read account! 

I have added many books (165 so far), reviewed some (31), and have found some fellow book worms like myself (7 w3liya). I have to say for a book worm who loves nothing more than books in this world, good reads is like my cyber heaven!

I think you know what I mean if you are a fellow book worm :) Now if you are interested you can follow me on Good Reads, just search for Danderma :)

My Picture Won in the Arch of Kuwait Challenge

By | April 5, 2012

ArchofKuwait account on Instagram has a challenge where instagrammers in Kuwait shoot pictures of places in Kuwait and use the hash tag #ArchOfKuwait to enter those pictures into the challenge. Arch of Kuwait then chooses from the best pictures entered and announce them as winners on their Instagram account plus they print them out and hang them in Solo Pizza’s wall!

Guess who was chosen this week? Yes, yours truly! A picture I’ve taken inside Beit 7 while having breakfast there last Saturday!

Thank you ArchofKuwait! You totally made my week for sure! I can’t wait to go to Solo’s and look at my picture of the wall!

You can follow Arch of Kuwait on Instagram on @archofkuwait or view the winners on their website (link).

The Free Kuwait Campaign in London Website

By | March 29, 2012

A few years ago I wanted some picture of Kuwait during the Iraqi invasion of 1990. I searched the internet high and low but to dismay I barely found anything. I was really surprised no one took the initiative to archive that crucial period of Kuwait’s history. Then Mr. Adel Al-Yousifi published his a website named The Evidence (link) which documented that dark time with photographs online.

Now Mr. Adel is back with another website, the Free Kuwait website (link) which documents the events and efforts of the Free Kuwait movement and campaign in London where Mr. Adel was during the invasion. We were in London too. My father helped out by designing many logos and posters used in that time. I wrote about his designs once when they were showcased in an exhibition in the avenues without giving him any credit or mention here (post).

In the Free Kuwait website you will see memorabilia, documents, events, and most importantly pictures of the Kuwaiti in London during the invasion. If you were in London or know someone who was, take a look and browse through the endless pictures. I spent an entire day going through the pictures and checking my family  and even my classmates during the invasion.

So go ahead and take a look. The experience is epic if I may say so. If you recognize someone please email the website admin on  info@freekuwait.org.kw with the picture number and name of the person so they can add the name in the caption. They need to identify as many Kuwaitis as possible.

So go on, check http://freekuwait.org.kw and remember that we will never, never, ever forget. Forgetting is not an option. Read this story on 2:48 AM’s blog and tell me if forgetting is possible (link) wan If you haven’t been around to witness or remember, then you have your chance now.

What is going on?

By | January 18, 2012

I was trying to read something in Wikipedia when all of a sudden this black page comes on and won’t budge! What legislation? What happened? I thought the politic turmoil was concentrated in the Middle East? Has it reached the USA and effecting the internet?!

I am already imagining life with limited internet and I am panicking! What is going on? I don’t want to read on and on of political rubbish. If you can explain it simply to me please do. Should we do something? If it is a US legislation thing can our voices be heard? If not then it is totally unfair for our voices to be cast away when when a decision like that is going to effect every single human being using the internet on the planet!

Bel Q8y elfa9e7: Shel Salfa? Tra mo nag9een!

My olliclip pictures on Instagram

By | January 11, 2012

Today has proven to be a good day from the start! First I appeared in Bazaar Dining Guide. Second I woke up to find that my Instagram followers had reached -and passed- my milestone of Read more »

Review: My new Blackberry Bold 9900

By | August 24, 2011

I’ve got the new blackberry, I’ve got the new blackberry!

The blackberry I’ve been using up till yesterday was the first one I bought on the day VIVA launched their Blackberry services and Read more »

July’s Top 100 Kuwaiti Blogs According to Alexa

By | July 31, 2011

Mbarak 3lekom elshahar! O 3asakom min 3owadah!. Lets see how blogs have done over the summer and just a day before Ramadan!

Some blogs did well, some blogs were set back. But then again everyone was travelling and it was quite a hectic summer. I do have the two declaimers like always…

Disclaimer One: The blogs that made it to the list are blogs about Kuwait whether originating from Kuwait or not or whether they are by Kuwaiti nationals or expats living in Kuwait. That’s why I said KUWAITI blog.

Disclaimer Two: I still believe the Alexa rank is way overrated, easily manipulated, and highly volatile. It is not a real measure of how a blog is popular but it doesn’t hurt to check it every once in a while as some sort of measure. Its the only semi-reliable measure I can think of. No fighting please.

Disclaimer Three: DO NOT ASK ME how to calculate the Alexa rating. For the love of god go to Alexa.com and enter your blog URL. If no local rating is there then THAT’s IT!

Disclaimer Four: If you know of a blog I missed or a new blog that is gliding up the top in rocket speed please let me know :)

1

Q8 Ping

105

Same Rank

2

Frankom

193

Up From 6

3

Meenakon

200

Down From 2

4

248am

204

Same Rank

5

Aboflan

229

Same Rank

6

ilsul6ana 

275

Down From 3

7

Ent Ya

282

Same Rank

8

kuwait-music.com

285

Up From 19

9

waw.cc

354

Up From 17

10

Bloglaish.com

375

Up From 11

11

HiKuwait.com

423

Down From 9

12

danderma.co

489

Same Rank

13

hishersq8.com

536

Down From 10

14

360dewan.com

552

Up From 18

15

chraimba.com

565

Down From 8

16

kumailplus.com

576

Up From 20

17

bananaq8.com

582

Down From 15

18

pinkgirlq8.com

645

Down From 13

19

crowsy.com

742

Up From 22

20

omarker.com

765

Down From 16

21

habbatq8ya.com

807

Up From 26

22

fe9l.com

1032

New

23

cakeobake.com

1053

Same Rank

24

965malls.com

1178

Down From 14

25

Ansam518.com

1289

Down From 21

26

kaifan5.com

1291

Up From 30

27

fereej.com

1521

Up From 43

28

7ajidude.com

1531

Up From 29

29

zdistrict.com

1717

Up From 58

30

tryingtobefahad.com

1734

Up From 42

31

p0ach.com

1735

Down From 24

32

kwt-hope.blogspot.com

1811

Up From 82

33

designer-w.blogspot.com

1884

Up From 96

34

buzfairy.com

1960

Up From 68

35

http://bowadh7a.net

1964

Up From 39

36

q8allinone.com

2032

New

37

qortuba.org

2053

Up From 47

38

4thringroad.com

2081

Up From 48

39

http://trendygirl87.blogspot.com/

2114

Up From 65

40

zhgaan.net

2172

Down From 36

41

248pm.com

2187

New

42

thouq.com

2226

Up From 95

43

alblogy.com

2264

Down From 32

44

tafjeer.wordpress.com

2294

Down From 34

45

kuwait10.net

2436

Same Rank

46

http://im-geek.com/

2524

Down From 40

47

salatmaiwa.com

2621

Down From 38

48

shitwecomeupwit.com

2663

Up From 73

49

broadcasti.com

2705

Down From 28

50

q8blend.com

2724

Down From 35

51

http://www.socialslave.com/

2777

Up From 66

52

yosif11.wordpress.com

2816

Up From 67

53

crazyyetwise.com

2834

Up From 72

54

www.ten98.com

2863

New

55

Kuwaitiful.com

2898

Down From 31

56

q8path.com

3019

Down From 52

57

zgrtq8.com

3107

New

58

al-zain.blogspot.com

3221

Down From 57

59

bndq8.blogspot.com

3287

Down From 46

60

http://expatandthecity.blogspot.com/

3477

New

61

newq8bride.com

3541

New

62

6umasha.wordpress.com

3688

Up From 86

63

seeratq8iya.com

3698

New

64

chayaltha7a.blogspot.com

3709

Down From 53

65

aklati.blogspot.com

3764

Up From 79

66

ducatiq8i.blogspot.com

3838

Up From 99

67

http://chuknum.com

3879

New

68

khaleejesque.com

4029

Up From 80

69

13cups.com

4073

Down From 49

70

meblogging.com

4182

Down From 25

71

bintilkuwait.com

4197

Up From 88

72

beetalzain.wordpress.com

4265

Up From 75

73

grapevinekuwait.com

4323

Up From 81

74

auto965.com

4326

Down From 51

75

q8blackmarket.com

4375

Down From 60

76

q8lens.net

4423

Down From 63

77

enter-q8.blogspot.com

4513

New

78

confashionsfromkuwait.com

4556

Up From 92

79

welurk.com

4606

New

80

tidbitdujour.com

4703

Down from 44

81

http://natnot.net/

4707

New

82

http://q8stig.blogspot.com/

4760

New

83

ims85.com

4805

New

84

Jebla

4838

Down from 56

85

Froyo Nation

4848

New

86

Landeni

4852

Down from 33

87

Couch Avenue

4927

Same Rank

88

Blog 37

4943

Down from 64

89

Some Contrast 

4952

Up From 94

90

Moody n cheeky 

4955

New

91

Lady B

4964

Down from 61

92

Eb6ainiya 

5082

New

93

Up till 1 

5151

Down from 77

94

Bint Alshamiya

5218

Up From 98

95

3ateeja

5299

Down from 54

96

Why Not Q8

5528

Up From 97

97

Kuwait’s Blog

5786

New

98

Gate 33

5830

New

99

Chocolate and Chocolate

6131

New

100

Walladah

6173

Down from 41

My interview on Qortuba Valley Blog

By | July 10, 2011

Guess what? My fellow bloggers in Qortuba Valley Blog sent me an email requesting an interview with me for their Interview With a Blogger segment!

Since I am becoming experienced in the art of interviews of course I said yes :) I still can’t wrap my head around why people want to interview me or if there is anyone actually interested in reading my gibberish. But I have a total of 3 interviews under my belt and I think I am getting better at it!

To read my interview please click (here).

Thank you Qortuba Valley for the opportunity! I truly appreciate it :)

Top 20 Kuwaiti Blogs according to Alexa

By | May 11, 2011

Khal enwanes roo7na eshwaya. Even though I believe the Alexa rank is way overrated and is not a real measure of how a blog is popular but it doesn’t hurt to check it every once in a while.

So lets see, according to my calculations on Alexa for May 11 2011 here is today’s top twenty Kuwaiti blogs. By Kuwaiti I mean blogs from Kuwait regardless of their nationality. There are a lot of gaps in the numbers though and most likely there are many blogs that have a better ranking so if you know of any let me know please.

  1. Q8Ping 105
  2. Meenakon 201
  3. Frankom 204
  4. 248am 206
  5. Aboflan 211
  6. ilSul6ana 214
  7. Kumail 445
  8. HiKuwait 489
  9. Chraimba 491
  10. Crowsy 539
  11. Kuwait Music 545
  12. 965malls 576
  13. HisHersq8 620
  14. BananaQ8 751
  15. PinkGirlQ8 811
  16. Hornet 838
  17. Ansam518 840
  18. Danderma 914
  19. 360Dewan 1145
  20. P0ach 1166

New Website: Sikkaa.com

By | March 11, 2011

Sikkaa.com is a social networking website. You start by registering as an amateur football player (play football as a hobby) with your friends. Then create a team with them or join an existing team in the website. The captain of the team is the one who challenges other teams on the website and the team has to have at least 5 players in it. then You, as a team, play football for real. Of course Guys and Girls can use this website with a lot of privacy preferences.

Whats good about the website is that it uses a lot of models that support this service. Such as, Challenge model, Results model and Awards model.

The site has just started and has a lot to go. Never the less, it has more features at the mean time. The goal of the website is to promote these teams and players through the website, through the fan page in facebook “Sikkaa” and through @SikkaaDotCom in twitter.

I know you are interested… and we all love football so head over to Sikkaa.com now and play away 😀


How Do you Introduce Your Blog/Twitter Self?!

By | January 25, 2011

How do you explain your online identity to our society?!

Let me explain… in the Internet world i am known as Danderma. I am known as a blogger and as a tweep. Therefore my fellow bloggers and my fellow tweeps know me as Danderma. and i know them with their own identities as well… such as FourMe or Eshda3wa or Yours Truly etc.

Online we know each other well enough due to our daily interaction with each other. If we happen to meet in person Read more »

Blast 4m the Past: The Dial Up Sound!

By | July 4, 2010

I love this sound! Whenever i heard it meant we had gotten an internet connection after an hour or so of redialling! Excitement starts bubbling  inside my stomach and spreads to tips of my toes, fingers, and hair follicles! I don’t hear it anymore unfortunately, such a pity wallah!

la7agtaw 3la ayam il Dial up and this sound? Don’t you just love it?!