Heil & Zafa’aran Eid Breakfast Basket

By | August 27, 2013

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Just before the start of the Eid holiday Heil & Zafa’arn, a local bakery selling traditional Kuwaiti desserts and sweets, sent me a big basket filled with their goodies. The basket had a greeting card attached to it with the words “Eid Breakfast” printed on it in Arabic, and a lavish Eid breakfast basket it was indeed! Read more »

Guess who performed in Kuwait in 1977?

By | June 29, 2011

Yesterday I was in 360 Cinescape when I saw an exhibition of the Cinema’s History and artifacts in Kuwait. It is so worth a visit and I enjoyed it very much. What caught my attention however is the stars who once sang in cinema Al Andalus. I knew Abdul halim, fairuz,om Kalthom sang there in the golden ages of Kuwait. I didn’t know that bands like Boney M did too! O someone who looks like the Opera’s Pavarotti but I am not sure and that guy who screams in Rocky Movie and sings living in America -dunno his name-!

I am trying to imagine Kuwaiti men i the 70’s, big hair or long hair with Charleston trousers filing in to Al Andalus cinema and dancing to Daddy Cool and No Woman No Cry! What happened? Why do we have to board a plane to Dubai and Abu Dhabi to listen to good music? In the SIXTIES and SEVENTIES of the past CENTURY we had bands playing in our country… why can’t we have the same in the 2nd decade of the 21st century? He who wants to listen can go listen, he who doesn’t want to can stay at home. Live and let live!

I want to see Ballet, Swan Lake, Lord of the Dance, Opera, Fairuz, something… anything in my own country. It’s not my fault I was born too late in the 80’s y3ni!

Mino hal Dobb? El Mared El Bared?

By | June 5, 2011

As I was driving into work today I saw this white huge bear eating KDD ice cream on the back of the bus. Who the hell is that? Is this the mascot KDD chose to replace el7ajji wel 7ajiya? We are supposed to identify with him y3ni now? You know because Kuwait is filled with white fat ice cream eating bears?

Wallah b3d lo 7a6ee brai39i, namla, 3abbowa momking. Lakin this Bear? Damah theqeel o maleeq. Mo 3ajbne. Too generic and so unoriginal. Meh.

7safa 3la KDD Failaka o Burgan o Columbia wya el 7ajjey wel 7ajjeya :(

Help: Do you know the artist of Cafe Bazza’s paintings?

By | May 29, 2011

I went to try Cafe Bazza the other day and I have to say I had quite an experience. The style is spot on, the food is great -Try their fool and their meatless maraq bamiya!-. The music of their soundtrack was lovely but I hated the way the songs were sung. The TV showing clips from my favourite Kuwaiti shows. Simply sensational.

But the thing that caught my attention the most was this partiacular painting hanging right beside my chair. I was mesmerised with the beauty of its details! It looks traditional yet its as funky and quircky as ever! Little clues to the saying on the painting are scattered here and there! It says ‘Botamba Kasar El Lamba’ i.e. ‘Fat man broke the lamp’ and then inside the vase you see a small portrait of a fat man blowing a lamp! Etyanin!!!

Now this is totally my kind of art! I gazed and gazed at the painting in awe and sadness, I wish my father’s art had been genetically passed to me. He has a masters degree in Arabian Calligraphy Masha2 Allah yet I cannot write two letters in the same size with my horrible handwriting. Had I gotten any sense of art at all I would have been the kind of artist who produced such quirky coded paintings :(

Now, do you know who the amazing artist of those paintings is? I would like to have some of them to hang in my own apartment. Please? Anyone? Help!

P.S. They say boring mona lisa is the most amazing painting. I think this is more amazing than the mona lisa. Kaifi!

No for Blitz Ice Cream, Bring back the old names KDD!

By | May 1, 2011

Dear KDD,

I’ve been a fan of your products for over 30 years now. I grew up drinking KDD Chocolate milk. I memorized the word Columbia as a child even before i spoke English. I was familiar with the names Failaka and Burgan before i knew what they meant and as a result my eyes lit up in recognition in elementry school when we were taught that Filaka was a Kuwaiti island and Burgan was the largest oil field in Kuwait. All thanks to your ice creams.

But a few days back my eyes fell on the poster above and the first response out of me was NO!

I am not sure if you had customer feedback before embarking on the new campaign but frankly you should have had. Changing the design from the cute patriotic little girl and boy we grew up with to a modern design was one blow. Changing all the names of the ice creams and giving them one name that was Blitz was another blow!

Why would you melt the patriotic identity of a product much beloved by almost all of the Kuwaiti population? Why would you choose a name “Blitz” that is not even pronounceable in the Kuwaiti dialect. I cannot pronounce it even though I can speak English. It is a heavy name and not that appetizing. Do you think people would stop asking for Burgan and Failaka now and start using the word Ebletz? Do you really think when i take my future children to the Co-Op i would point at the ice creams of my childhood and tell them to choose what ebletz flavour they would love instead of Burgan, my favourite, or Columbia, their grandfather’s favourite? If they asked me what the name Ebltez mean, what would I answer with? Frankly, I do not know!

Please KDD, please consider giving our beloved ice creams their own names back. We understand the need to update the look, give the girl and boy a more modern look or like you changed the old checkered design of the ice cream covers into the one unified colored ones. Blitz is suffocating me and many other Kuwaitis and residents of Kuwait. I have yet to find one person who thought the new design and name is a good idea. They say if it ain’t broken, do not fix it. But what you did basically was like taking a beloved Kuwaiti item and cremating it.

I really wish that you would reconsider the request above. I am also sad to inform you that until you do so, I am going to stop buying the blitz range of products simply because they make me ache from the inside. It is like losing a part of my life I am familiar with. Yes, that dramatic.

Thank you so much,

Regards,

Danderma.

P.S. Check the customer’s comments on the same topic in those blogs: 248am, ilSul6ana, Bananaq8

Dear readers, what do you think? Leave your comment here or post your opinion on your blog. Let our voice be heard!

Kuwaiti Classics: Mosalsal Ne9eeb

By | March 21, 2011

We used to call this series Lalala… and we LOVED it! It was shown in 1988 and we recorded it. We used to replay the episodes over and over again while we had our lunch or dinner…

It’s about a guy who loves an American girl while studying abroad. When he tells his parents that he wants to marry her after he returned home they refuse and they decide to force him into a marriage to a q8y girl. He gets married 3 times in the process and each wife is more hilarious than the next 😀

Do you remember lalala!?

Kuwaiti Classics: A Censored Part of Masr7iyat Daggat El Sa3a

By | March 10, 2011

Ygolon this part was censored and now shown from Masra7iyat Daggat El Sa3a… My nickname comes up at the minute 4:50 LooooL… if you don’t know what Danderma means yet :p

It is very funny o we can relate to it now adays… given that the play was performed in 1987! Watch, laugh, and have a glorious rainy weekend 😀

Childhood in Kuwait Means: Al-Alamiya Pizza

By | March 29, 2010

As I escaped from my dentist last week, I was feeling so down I needed a nostalgic pick me up. Wandering in Salmiya, I suddenly remembered a dusty childhood memory with a lingering flavor, took a wrong turn, and finally I was there for my nostalgic Read more »