Why Do We Avoid the Subject of Saving Money in Kuwait?

By | September 30, 2013

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As September is drawing to a close I sit back and wonder how fast will it feel before we celebrate 2014? I didn’t care much for how 2013 turned out so far but I suppose there is still hope that the last quarter would make up for it. Speaking of which, I came upon something, a discovery if you may, when I was talking to a “friend” a few weeks back that got me pondering the matter of trying to save a bit of money from your income and the response I got from the friend, as if I had grown two heads and began spitting fire like a dragon, left me dumbfounded to say the least.  Read more »

Movie Review: The Call

By | May 5, 2013

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For the past few weeks whenever the Top US Box Office segment comes on TV between programs and I watch the rating of The Call, I tell myself that this sounds like an excellent movie and I must watch it if it ever made it to Kuwait’s cinema. It finally did and I finally did watch it but I cannot say that I watched it indeed for I didn’t even get to understand the ending, thanks be to our MOI censorship. Read more »

When Vitamins Make you Hungry

By | April 21, 2013

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Lately I’ve been having trouble remembering things especially when trying to recall events registered in my short-term memory. Since I’m a fussy vegetarian and can never get enough protein and nutrients in me, I sometimes take supplements and one of which is the Vitamin B Complex pills. They do help in the memory department and the overall wellness thing. However, their side effect is the visible increase in appetite which means you are famished, all day everyday.

I’ve began taking them before going to bed with lots of water, but then I’d wake up ready to devour a small whale. Currently I’m ignoring the hunger pangs and keep drinking water but I’m wondering if there is anything else that would counteract the vitamins open appetite effect? Something to do perhaps or a certain timing or something to eat that won’t make you gain weight like crazy because of the pills? Any suggestions?

Do You Give Out People’s Emails without Permission?

By | March 21, 2013

emarnI once wrote a post about people who give out other people’s phone number’s to anyone who would ask without permission first (post). It’s annoying, vulgar, and every bit an invasion on individual’s privacy especially if it’s not a business phone number. If giving out people’s private phone number’s without permission is bad, giving out their private emails is Read more »

The Ridiculous Prices of Soft Drinks

By | March 19, 2013

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I never really checked a restaurant’s menu for prices before. If I want to get something I get it regardless of the price. The other day I tried to order in lunch from a restaurant that is new to the “home delivery” scene in Kuwait and they took forever to arrive. Read more »

Do you Take Calls After a Certain Hour?

By | March 18, 2013

cmipc-016I remember a time in my life when time made sense to people. There was a certain cutoff time for going out, visiting, sleeping, watching TV, or calling people. Ever since the internet was introduced into our lives and we were taken up by the whirlwind of the smart phone usage time seems to make no sense to Read more »

Help: Can You Fix Scrambled Pictures?

By | February 12, 2013

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One day you are sitting on your computer browsing through your data and then BAM something happens and your hard disk is busted. You take the device to a data recovery specialist, you pay money to have your data back, and most of it is indeed back. Now you plug your recovered data into the computer, from the file viewer you can Read more »

Do You Ask Bloggers to Write About Your Negative Experiences?

By | December 23, 2012

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I keep getting this request from disgruntled people around me – sometimes from people I barely know – “This happened to me, write about them in your blog!”. Sometimes you sympathise with the individuals, other times you can clearly see they are overreacting, nonetheless, they always expect the end of their demanding statement to be “I will post about them and avenge you!”

Excuse me but when did my blog become the venegance capital of the internet? Why do people think its OK to berate a company through my blog just because I’m a blogger? My blog is my own space where I write what I experience, I like, and what I dislike. Using it as a weapon to threaten a company on your behalf is not something that will make me comfortable. Besides, I don’t fancy the reputation of being a sore loser, i.e. attacking company X because company X had just thrown a big fat event and didn’t invite me to it, or distributed some really nice gifts around to all the bloggers out there but didn’t send me. That kind of thing.

My point is, if I want to write about a company’s misdeeds, I want to write it because I want to do it. Not because people expect me to show them I’m on their side by posting about it. Not everything is meant to be written, not everything is meant to be complained about. You have to trust that I know my own circumenstances and my own blog better than anyone and that its up to me to want to post about something and demanding it won’t get you anywhere.

Does that happen to you, fellow bloggers? People turning towrads you and expecting you to complain about a company based on their experience? What about you my readers? Do you expect a blogger you know personally to just write up a post on your behalf in case you were angered by a bad service?

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 »

Bs 3ad! Enough Already with Instagram Competitions…

By | July 8, 2012

Since 3/4 of Kuwait are now on instagram, I’m sure all of you had encountered the infamous, most annoying comment of last week: Please like 9orat el3o6or ele eb profily.

Dear companies, we realize that the use of Social media outlets have been great for your business. I personally salute you for being modern and on trend. I don’t blame you for holding out competitions at all but please, for the love of god, I beg of you DO NOT have competitions where people with the most number of likes win. PLEASE!

First, its unfair. Some pictures are truly horrible, simply an eyesore that lacks any creativity. Yet horrible pictures win because the person who submitted it is either very popular, have a huge extended family, or simply a shameless beggar who would stop at nothing to harass people, over an over and over and OVER again, for a like.

Why don’t you choose the best pictures yourself? Its not hard, gather the pictures, have 3-4 people from your management vote on them and announce the winners instead of having us, the poor instragrammers, ruing the day you have decided to hold a competition and counting the day until the competition is up.

And you, you beggars, have you no shame? No dignity? Really wallah? You think your horrible picture deserves to win what exactly? A bottle of perfume? Can’t you go and buy it yourself? Its not a Rolls Royce, or a Park Lane penthouse. Have you no regards to other people’s feeling? A bottle of perfume is the price for your own dignity, now that’s it?

If you’ve been annoyed by those instragrammers asking for votes, don’t be shy let it out here.

Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

By | July 6, 2012

As a big Spider-man fan I’ve been waiting for movie four to come out for sometimes now. Then I learned that the fourth Spider-man movie is NOT the fourth movie in the original Spider-man series. Its a complete reboot of Spider-man on the big screen. Starting all over with all new actors.

I don’t really see why would they do that after three movies of Spider-man. Why the reboot? Why can’t Hollywood make up its mind and stick to something?  Or at least wait a while until they reintroduced the entire thing? Such as the case with Superman y3ni?

Anyway I couldn’t wait to see the movie. The best way, the modern way, to watch it is in 3D on an IMAX screen and so we did and I really enjoyed it. The new Spider-man stars Andrew Garfield as Spider-man instead of Toby Maguire. I like Garfield a lot but I personally think that Maguire was more suitable playing the geeky teenage outcast than  Garfield. Garfield is too cool for the role.

The movie is good, at some point I almost cried (near the end, with the cranes). I missed the angry editor from The Daily Bugle who hated Spider-man. I missed MJ but in this installment of Spider-man they are going with Peter Parker’s first love, Gwen, starring Emma Stone who is actually Garfield’s real life girlfriend. I also missed Harry Osbourne who is said to appear in the sequel of this movie. Aunt May is played by Oscar winning Sally Field! Didn’t see that one coming!

By sheer chance, I was watching Spider-man 1 on OSN and when it ended I went to watch The Amazing Spider-man. I have to say I prefer the first Spider-man triology so far but that doesn’t mean the new thing is not good. Its more modern, more sleek, and barely a repeat of the original. I can now finally buy the first triology as DVD as I was waiting for all 6 promised films to come out and wait out this new Spider-Man collection which I do hope will last more than 3 movies. Highly recommended especially in 3D Imax

Movie Review: Chernobyl Diaries

By | July 3, 2012

Am I the only one who feels that all the movies are boring this summer? Are Hollywood writers out of ideas? Even abroad there is nothing to look forward to except Spiderman and a movie by Adam Sandler that won’t make it to Kuwait for sure.

We really wanted to go to the cinema and watch a movie last week but the choices weren’t that encouraging. We settled on Chernobyl Diaries. The story is about a group of American tourists travelling through Europe who go into an abandoned town which housed the workers of Chernobyl Nuclear Plant and has been deserted since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 where people dropped everything and just left with minutes to spare. Only when the tourists are there, they learn that they are not alone.

Well, the movie is very predictable, nothing out of the new. The only thing that makes this movie interesting is the Chernobyl story and the abandoned town otherwise its like every other horror movie. Whenever the group think they found a way out, something goes awry and one of them dies. Yada Yada Yada.

Oh there are plenty of grotesque scenes and blood too. A daloo3a woman in the movie started crying loudly in the middle of the movie. Why she didn’t leave the movie and go cry outside instead of disturbing us all is beyond my comprehension. I don’t see myself buying this movie on DVD anytime soon, nothing worth watching again, but if you want to kill time being a little scared this is the movie to see.

Update: The Stray Cat Situation

By | June 26, 2012

A month ago I wrote a post about a group of stray cats who had taken hold of our doorway (post) and asked for ideas on how to get rid of them. We began spraying the doorway with Clorex and Dettol so they sought refuge on the other side of the house. We could see them playing in the pots and hiding under the table. One weekend however, the small kittens disappeared all together. Read more »

Help: Data Recovery Service Urgently Needed in Kuwait

By | May 23, 2012

My favorite external hard drive, one that had taken many abuse from me over the past year, fell down yesterday. It was a tiny fall, nothing major, like 30 cm from the desk to the carpeted floor. But now it won’t work. Read more »

Book Review: The Two Weeks Wait by Sarah Rayner

By | May 21, 2012

The first book I read by Sarah Rayner, One Moment One Morning, was very good. It was sad but it had a certain type of story that people can identify with. The ending was good and provided a kinda happily ever after ending. Read more »

Help: Stray Cats Invaded my Doorway!

By | May 17, 2012

Since before I was born Kuwait’s streets were infested with scores of stray cats. Everywhere you went, there must be a group of cats sitting around the garbage can tearing it apart to have that Zbaidi leftovers from lunch, a couple of

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Help: What Bag Goes Well with your Camera?

By | May 8, 2012

This question is for my friends or followers who carry both a DSLR and a bag at the same time. How do you do it?

You should have seen me in the latest expo I’ve been to, with the clutch, iphone, and my camera. I wanted to take a picture, the iPhone tedarba7 o went to fall in the middle of the floor and in the way of passers by. You’d think someone would help Read more »

Stealing other people’s work is NOT acceptable!

By | May 6, 2012

When you work hard, for years, to create your own brand and reputation in the market. When you create something out of god given gift. When you are successful and loved, you are bound to find copycats popping Read more »

Instagram’s No-Nos and Etiquette

By | May 2, 2012

1- You saw a picture, you liked it, you are curious, normal mo? Then first read the location, then look at the picture carefully, then read el picture description, then read the comments, then for the love of god if you cannot Google the thing, ask the damned words “Min Wain”.

2- “How much” is a very rude word. A9lan even in life 3aib you ask someone “ebcham this o ebcham that”. Don’t.

3- Instagram is about capturing the moment you are in. Ga6o yetmaqa6, yahel emlaqme6 wayha. Something funny, frustrating, sad, yummy, ele oho. It is not your flickr profile. Its OK for people to mix some pictures here and there, but do not use your Instagram to showcase your “photography talents” then complain to anyone who would listen that no one liked your professional pictures while everyone likes someone else’s iPhone picture and that people obviously have no taste that’s why they didn’t like yours.

4- Don’t preach about religion. I believe we are all grown ups who have been brought up well and know how to worship god by now. Shoving your religious believes down our throats is unacceptable. Say to yourself “Allah yahdeehom” at the comfort of your own home please o bs.

5- Say masha2 Allah! For the love of god thekraw Allah! Not only in instagram, in your daily life too! Everywhere and whatever you see, just say Masha2 Allah! If 3yonkom 7arra y3ni mafrooth min nafskom ter7moon elnass o ma tdahweronhom.

6- If you have nothing good to say, then please don’t say it. You will be blocked and people will see the exact level of class you have. In other words, 7eshmaw nafskom.

7- If you read that a person is invited somewhere and being catered food, don’t say “ask the host how much o min wain”. If you are a malgoofa, please don’t expect us to be one also.

8- If you follow a food selling business, you like their food, do not ask for the recipe. Just because you are behind the screen doesn’t give you the right to ask for the recipe y3ni. Wain 9arat hathe?

9- You see someone posting about food? Don’t go “waay basikom 9owar akel eshkether takloon”. Mo sho’3lich. A7ad gallich follow people ‘3asob? Simply unfollow if you cannot control your cravings.

10- We do understand that on Instagram there are competitions where winners with the most likes win some kind of prize. If you participate in one, please do not beg for votes by mentioning every instagram user in your pictures and saying “please vote for me” when we didn’t even know of your existence before. Its simply pathetic. If your picture is actually good, it will win! 3n el6rara!

What about you, fellow instagrammers? What would you like to add to this list?

Picture of the Week: Kiwi

By | April 30, 2012

Though its a “negative calorie” food that aids in weight loss. Though it has a gorgeous green hue that I adore. Though people like it and eat it with a spoon or drink its juice. I cannot stand it.

The taste, and seeds, of the Kiwi scratch at my throat in the exact same way the Kiwi skin scratches against my hand. I love most fruit kinds but I have a really hateful relationship with Kiwi. Its best fruit partner, the pineapple, is my friend though.

Do you like Kiwi? Or does it scratch at your throat as well?

Ten Things I Hate About Kuwaiti Exhibitions

By | April 23, 2012

1- The Salamat: The cause of 90% of the crowding in any expo! Two women with their entourage meet in the middle of the narrow aisle and start kissing and saying hello and exchanging the gist of their past 25 years since they’ve last met while people are trying to walk around them to no avail. You have to wait until they are done. Plus, try and talk to a seller for a complete 5 minutes. You can’t because at every minute and so she will stop, say hello, and chat for a while, then come back and you have to explain what you want all over again. Urrghhh!

2- The Babies: You know an exhibition is already crowded with stampeding women. Why on earth would you bring kokash yahal with you? Its hard enough trying to walk between all these women let alone push your baby in his pram. Also, why do you need two maids for one child? Pushing and shoving the crowds so the baby is safe and unscathed? Can’t the two maids entertain him somewhere else? Bs kafi elnafas on the poor child!

3- Elseller Elmayga: She sits there displaying her stuff but she looks at the crowds with the aloofness of a queen. Whenever you approach and try to make eye contact she pouts, fishes her phone, and pretends to be distracted. Erm why are you here then if you don’t want to sell to customers or interact with them?

4- Eldewaniya Booth: Some sellers will invite their friends and/or family over. Gather inside the booth and turn it into a mini dewaniya: sowalif o 7abb o chai. If you say “law sama7tay” they all stop talking, turn their heads over to you slowly with killer looks, how dare you interrupt their “salfa”. Elsharha mo 3lekom, el sharha 3lay ele bashtere minkom.

5- The Recycler: She buys stuff from all around Kuwait, IKEA for example, knit a crochet net on top of it, and sell it for 10 times its original value! We know it’s available in IKEA for 1 KD! Or a piece of cardboard thay you cut as a door handle and you can do in your local markaz 6ba3a for 10 KD!!! Eshda3wa! I’m all for supporting creative business but some things are just too much.

6- The ATM: Given that we have one million exhibitions held in Kuwait already I wonder why they don’t facilitate payment by Knet or a one stop payment or something. The ATM line is always too long on the lone ATM machine! Maybe they can have a service where they collect your purchases to a collection point where you pay before you exit and take the bags at once. That way you don’t have to carry your bags around b3d, mo?

7- Elmalgoofa: She is a fellow customer who has no respect whatsoever to the conversation you are barely having with the seller. You would be talking and she would interrupt “law sama7tay law sama7tay hatha shinooo” or “ebchaaaam” or 3adi jedan she acts be 9amt but she grabs whatever you are holding or whatever you are standing next to. Why the hell don’t you wait your turn like I’ve waited mine? I always let them get their way because otherwise I’d make a scene and quite possible strangle elmalgoofa ele ma ta9ber!

8- ElMo7aqeq: She stands by your side patiently waiting her turn, thank god for that, but then she kills the time by holding a mini interrogation session: Sheybe3oon? 7elween moo? Esh sharya? Entay min bentah? Metzawja? 3ndich e3yal? Wain teshta’3lain? Dasha ma3rath ana wella ta7qeeq? Esh hal legafa intay b3d? Wallah 7reem elQ8 could do well working as interrogators!

9- The Stinky Booth: Elnass yayeen embakhereen em3adeleen emzahlegeen, o 7arr, o crowds, o khanga, o you pass by some food booth that cooks the food by the fryer or 7ameesa or displays something so smelly “fish?” that your eyes water and you curse yourself for passing by. Can’t you have done your cooking at home or operated an delivery business mathalan? 9oba’3na!

10- The Parking: Elmoshkila el azaliya everywhere in Kuwait. There is no parking when you try to get in. When you do find a parking you spend an hour trying to get out of the expo. If you go with Valet parking they take one hour to get your car while you are standing there in the lovely weather with your purchases and heels if you are wearing them. Mako fayda :(

What about you? What do you hate about the exhibitions in Kuwait?

When Men Spit During Traffic!

By | April 23, 2012

You know what really makes me go insane with disgust in traffic?

When a car driver opens up his door, leans out, and lets out a big drizzle of saliva araf ya2refah!

Thats even worse that throwing rubbish out of the car window! Is there a particular reason why you cannot keep your act of spitting inside your own bloody car? Why it needs to graze the asphalt of the street in front of all the disgusted commuters out there? Why you need to spit in the first place? Is it a lack of napkins? Is it a manly gesture? What the hell is it you disgusting oaf?

Whenever I see one of those uncivilized drivers I feel like ramming my car against theirs in repercussion! The sad thing is that even Kuwaiti men driving decent cars are doing it, in all ages, and not only Asian drivers!!!  The question remains: WHY!

There should be fines for such vulgar acts in public! 500 KD and above G63! G63 g63 g63 g63 G63!!!!!

The Endless Headache That Won’t Go Away!

By | April 22, 2012

For the past week or so I’ve been plagued by this severe pounding headache that leaves me nauseous and sick. Something like a hammer pounding on my temples mercilessly. It doesn’t matter if I take panadol, or sleep, or eat, or drink plenty of water, or move, or feel warm or whatever. The pain just won’t go away!

Its not only me, my husband is suffering from the same pain as well but a bit less severe. I can’t function properly with this pain when all I want to do is bang my head on the wall. Its so bad that I cannot even sleep and when I do I wake up groggily!

I wonder if anyone else is suffering from the same thing? Do you think its the weather? Maybe the recent tire burning pollution? The dust? OK if so what’s the solution y3ni?

The Man Who Came Knocking on My Door to “Check the Water”

By | April 17, 2012

My husband bid me good buy and went out to meet his friend on Sunday night. I put the news on and snuggled into my warm bisht at home. A few minutes had passed when, at 9:05 PM, an urgent pounding came on Read more »

Picture of the Week: The Mailbox

By | April 16, 2012

Even though the mail service in Kuwait is beyond disgraceful. Even though I’ve never ever received post cards and pen pal letters from friends abroad which I’ve longed for all my life. Even though I know these blue boxes are merely just street decor but I’ve to say that I love them.

I love the sight of them, I love their violent blue color and the little white top area. I think they were designed in the era of the Kuwaiti boom back in the 60’s and somehow they still have that old Kuwaiti air filled with hope of a bright future. Mind you, a country whose mail system is so dysfunctional that even Nigeria has complained about us! Thank god for emails! But there is still hope. Maybe one day, maybe?

Don’t you just love those blue boxes? Have you ever dreamed of walking to that mailbox and dropping a nicely addressed letter to someone and it will actually reach them? Or maybe have a little mailbox at the gate of your home where your mail arrives every morning, maybe even little promotional packages or birthday gifts and cards? Is that so much to dream off?