Happy Birthday to Me… My 30 Things List

By | July 17, 2013

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I was born in Ramadan 1430 in the hijri, or lunar calendar. The lunar year is now 1434 and today is my birthday again and the first birthday to coincide with my Lunar birth month as well, which is something that occurs once every 33 years only! Happy birthday to me, I’m 19 once more and forever and I have to say being in your 30’s is not bad at all. If anything, somehow it feels better than being in your 20’s. You are much wiser, more accomplished, more confident, less awkward, and people take you more seriously plus you don’t look that old. Read more »

Ramadan Mubarak :)

By | July 9, 2013

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It’s official, the long awaited holy month of Ramadan will start tomorrow! On this blessed occasion, I would like to wish all my blog readers, my family, my friends, my loved ones, and  everyone I’ve met and dealt with through the blog a very blessed Ramadan. Mbarak 3leekom el shahar o 3sakom min 3owaddah insha2 Allah :)

I also would like to point out that I will try to make my “food” posts here and on instagram start by 5 P.M. during Ramadan and I will try to make them healthy and beneficial. Plus, I have a special Twitter Dewaniya announcement: we will start tomorrow dewaniya girls, I’ve missed you and I look forward to tweeting during Ramadan with you since I barely tweet anymore -too much politics-.

Mbarak 3leekom el Shahar once more, I cannot wait for tomorrow <3

New and Unique Ramadan Trays from f2o Designs

By | June 26, 2013

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I’m still in Ramadan preparation mode, I can’t wait till the Holy month of Ramadan is here and I usually celebrate by buying new set of tableware, trays, and tea servers. I’m always  searching for funky tableware and tea/coffee sets that are not overpriced or too fancy for daily use. Lately I’ve had a sneak peek of very different, very funky, quirky, and durable colourful acrylic trays designed for the very first time by f2o designs and I Read more »

New Blog Sponsors: Aqua Tots

By | June 2, 2013

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Please join me in welcoming Aqua Tots as my new blog sponsors and just in time for the summer swimming season! Aqua Tots are an international franchise with more than 30 indoor swimming centers around the world dedicated to providing an ideal environments for teaching children how to swim safely. With 8 swimming levels, they take in children starting at 6 months old up until 12 years-old. Yes, babies can learn to swim to and Aqua Tots is the place to teach them.

For more information about Aqua Tots you can contact them by calling +(965) – 6027711, check their website (link),  follow them on Twitter (@AquaTots_Swim) or on instagram (@AquaTots). Their location is in Khaldiya block 2 St. 29 in the Women’s Cultural and Social Society building.

Alphonso, the King of Mangoes, is BACK!

By | April 18, 2013

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It’s no secret that I’m a star-struck Alphonso mango fan. If you’ve been reading my blog for the past few years you’d know that my love for them is fierce and that I celebrate its arrival every single year. If you follow me on instagram you would have already seen me Read more »

My pictures in Marie Claire Magazine

By | April 9, 2013

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For as long as I can remember I’ve been a fan of Marie Claire magazine. One of the first things I do whenever I land in London is get me the latest issue of Marie Claire UK. Therefore, you can imagine my joy when Marie Claire Kuwait magazine approached me to provide them with the pictures I’ve taken of the Dark Room restaurant when it first opened for a piece about The Dark Room they are writing (post). Read more »

The One Hundred Days Countdown for Ramadan

By | March 31, 2013

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This morning I woke up to a very exciting piece of news: today, Sunday the 31 March 2013, means it’s only 100 more days till the first of day of the Holy month of Ramadan! I read that on instagram and suddenly I could smell Read more »

Review: Capital District’s Store

By | March 10, 2013

cdfsfoiam-044-1Last weekend I went to have breakfast in the Avenues Mall and when I was done I walked around for a bit of shopping. To my delight, I found that the Kuwaiti brand “Capital District” had opened their first branch in the Avenues Souk. I love Capital Read more »

The Proud to be Kuwaiti Village Sneak Peek Tour

By | March 4, 2013

Proud to be Kuwait, also known as P2BK, is a yearly exhibition of Kuwaiti businesses and talents that started six years ago in 2007. Ever since its begging, it began the trend of “exhibitions” in Kuwait and redefined it. Now on its sixth year, they’ve built an Read more »

My “Malsoona” Column in Afaq Newspaper

By | March 3, 2013

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Once upon a time scores of years ago, when I was in student in Kuwait University, I was reading the University’s newspaper “Afaq” when I decided to send in a response or an article. On the next issue, with utter surprise, I saw my article printed and then a request from the editor of Afaq to come to the newspaper urgently.

Surprised, I go to meet with the editor and he tells Read more »

My Wish for 2013…

By | December 31, 2012

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Have you ever heard the saying “wish on something strong enough and it might very well come true?”. I might have my doubts regarding this sentence before but earlier in 2012 I did wish on something strong enough, the wish came from the deepest part within me, so strong I almost felt it emitting in waves “it was scary a bit”, and it happened! It actually Read more »

My Book Featured in a Year of Reading the World Project

By | December 20, 2012

A while back I was contacted by Ann Morgan, a journalist from the UK who working on a project to read a book from differnt countries in around the world in one year. Her project attracted attention from CNN, two newspapers in the UK, and made it to the UNESCO’s list of list of initiatives for World Book Day. Her book reading journey is document on her website www.aYearofReadingtheWorld.com

Guess what book she read and featured from Kuwait? My humble Dathra’s book! Let me tell you this, having my little book read in a worldwide reading project and actually making a good impression was -and still is- a bit surreal. I still cannot believe it but I think it this calls for a little celebration. What a nice way to end 2012 and start 2013!

You can read Ann Morgan’s quest in tracking down a Kuwaiti book written in English to include in her book and her thoughts regarding my book here (link). I’m typing this with a big stupid grin on my face and if you are a Dathra fan, you might feel a nice tingling sensation in your heart as you read Ann Morgan’s words too and see Kuwait featured in the list. Also, I’m interested in the other book from around the world that were read and featured in the project, a nice way to add a few more international books to my shelves.

Thank you Ann Morgan, you totally made my day and the rest of 2012 for me, I’m glad to have been of service. Much obliged :)

Shraykom?

Announcement: Trying LoFat’s Vegetarian Diet Menu for 30 Days

By | December 13, 2012

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LoFat offered me a thirty days trial of their new vegetarian diet menu in exchange to posting about my experince on the blog. I’ve tried LoFat diet for while in 2011 and liked their food alot but their menu wasn’t customized to a vegetarian lifestyle so I had to make the vegetarian choices myself. This time however they have a new menu dedicated solely to vegetarians taking into account the lack of protein in their diet.

Therefore, for the next thirty days on my blog I will be posting about my daily balanced vegetarian diet food from LoFat.. I will take pictures and post on daily basis a summary of my meals of the day which will include my honest  comments on how the food/portion/service was. I will also compare it to my previous experience whenever I retry a dish I’ve tried before.

A very important desclaimer to take into account: I will not be paid for the reviews. I never review anything on my blog in exchange for money, period. The LoFat meals however are free of charge of course since they’ve approached me and not vice versa.

So if you are interested, the next thirty days will have a daily post on my LoFat vegetarian meal experience. One thing I know for sure is that a vegetarian lifestyle is finally getting attention and having their own dedicated menu instead of having dietitians sigh, scratch their heads, and halfheartedly try to accomodate your bizzare diet choices. I wonder if vegans are next!

LoFat’s vegetarian diet menu was delivered to my house, I made my choices for the next two weeks, and my first post on the diet will be tommorow. If you have any questions/complaints/comments/suggestions you are more than welcome to share and comment.

To learn more about LoFat’s diet menu plans you can call them 22250650 on ,check their website (link), like their facebook page (link), follow them on Twitter (@LoFatGroup), or instagram (@LoFatGroup).

Magnolia Bakery’s Invitation

By | December 13, 2012

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If you thought the cupcake craze was dwindling you might want to hold that thought for a new cupcake bakery in Kuwait is opening its doors next week. Not any cupcake store, mind you, it’s the cupcake bakery, the one is thought responsible for starting the cupcake hoopla in the first place, Magnolia’s Bakery. Read more »

Tasting the New Pinkberry Salted Caramel Flavor

By | November 29, 2012

If you’ve been reading my blog since before the fro yo mania hit Kuwait you would know that I was crazily, madly, head over heels in love with Pinkberry and I still am. Therefore when an email from Pinkberry popped in my inbox asking me to come in and try their newest seasonal flavor before its official launch, I was Read more »

I am Jester, the Online Games Store

By | November 26, 2012

This post is long overdue but the past few days have been quite hectic. A while ago I received an invitation in the form of an ancient scroll. It was quite interesting indeed especially given that I love everything Read more »

Things 2 Do in London: The Cinema Store

By | November 18, 2012

There is this quirky little shop in London I frequent whenever I’m there called the Cinema Store. From its name you’d know what its all about: stocking everything Read more »

The Variation 2012 Nespresso Coffee Flavors are Here

By | November 18, 2012

Last weekend I passed by Nespresso’s Store in 360 Mall to see if they have anything new and they did! They have the new Coffee Variations for 2012 with three new limited edition flavors: Macademia Nut, Hazenult, and Coconut! Read more »

A Sneak Preview of the Opening-Soon Sections in the Avenues Mall

By | November 12, 2012

We were invited by the Avenues to a sneak preview of the soon to be opened new sections of the Avenues: The Prestige Section, The Old Souk Section, and The Soku District section. So on Friday afternoon we were all gathered up in the Grand Avenue and at Read more »

Garrett’s Popcorn Now Open in the Grand Avenue

By | November 6, 2012

Dear fellow Kuwaitis, there is no need to lug tins of Garrett’s Popcorn on the plane home from Dubai for their first branch in Kuwait is now open in The Grand Avenues! I tried to take enough pictures but many Read more »

Lunch at the Cheesecake Factory in Kuwait

By | November 6, 2012

Of course we had to try The Cheesecake Factory yesterday! After all its located right at the entrance of the Grand Avenue and its huge and Read more »

Video: The Kuwaiti Section in King Fahad Academy During the 1990 Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait

By | July 26, 2012

Given that today is the 26th of February which coincides with the 22nd anniversary of the Liberation of Kuwait from the Iraqi invasion, I thought I would share with you this documentary shot in London during the 1990 Iraqi invasion on Kuwait of the Kuwaiti School Section in King Fahad’s Academy.

This is a rare video and many of the students and the teachers appear in the video. I hope you guys, whether you were in London, Kuwait, or students in the Academy, like it… Enjoy and 3ashat el Kuwait 7urra Abya!

f2o’s Mahbooba Cartoon

By | July 24, 2012

Its no secret that I am a big fan of Fatima Al-Othman and her amazing designs “f2o Designs“. I love them so much I’ve had her illustrate my cherished Dathra and her two -and insha2 Allah third- book covers (post). Most of us have seen Read more »

52 Degrees Ramadan Exhibition & Gift

By | July 13, 2012

52 degrees sent out a lovely Ramadan gift plus Ramadan event invitation in this big nostalgic bag. Read more »

Yawmyat Wa7da Q8ya Dathra Volume II is Now on Sale

By | July 11, 2012

 

The book is FINALLY done and out for sale! This time it took almost a month from publishing date to hit the market! Woah! If you are in Kuwait you can find a copy in 52 Degrees for the time being and will be on sale in other places soon. Read more »