3 years today, we started 965malls, a blog that talks about malls, what's hot and what's not - then the digital scene evolved and every mall started its own social media channels and we learned early on that "malls news" will be redundant so we shifted to story telling, focusing on our lives in kuwait malls, restaurants and what have you - we found our voice, had some fans, we had our ups and downs, but we always avoided redundancy.
for that reason, we decided to stop today, drop the towel and call it a day - simply put, if you have nothing more to say, just say it.
we will miss you all dearly and we will miss writing, but we have to move on - we are getting busier and busier by the day and we better keep up to whatever reputation we have so far built.
when mobile phones were commercialized in the early 90's, i hated the idea and resisted buying a cell phone until 2003! i guess i was the last person in the family to buy one as i was so attached to my privacy.
so much has changed, yesterday i forgot my phone home and left to work, i was completely lost and called the cab to go home and fetch it for me! can you imagine that? what a metamorphose, from complete resistance to complete addiction! i hate this.
my son lost one of his medical glasses pads while at the 360 mall, so we passed by a couple of shops who failed to make that simple repair - finally, someone recommended we pass by that shop across geant called al-liqaa optical - we went in and there was this salesman/repair guy at the counter, he took care of the pads in like 60 seconds and basically did it for free! we insisted to pay the repair fees, but it seems that the policy of the shop is not to be paid for repair, even if you are not the shop's customer!
i found that really awesome! such an excellent customer service, next time i want to buy some specs i will definitely consider that shop!
you must be aware of saudi arabia's women defying the authorities over the female driving ban yesterday - though we are staunch supporters of that cause, we found this youtube video quite amusing - i guess everyone supports the cause his own way :)
a couple of years ago, we had a very bad experience with ladurée and as a result we boycotted the place and shunned from visiting it - last week, we decided to turn the page on a 2 and a half years grudge and decide to try it again - to be fair, it is miles away from what it was when they first opened, the service has greatly improved on several levels - no more waiting for your food, bills or orders and no more orders mix-up.
the food is very good so is the presentation, so if you are in the mood for some french breakfast do not hesitate to visit - one wrinkle still persists, the waiters still can't get the french menu, i would recommend an english menu instead or an intensive crash course french training to the waiters - merci :)
i was at the marina mall the other day so i passed by burger king to grab a sandwich - what drew my attention was the cute animated menus that they have recently installed, the smoke coming out from the apple pie makes it so real and appetizing, so is the fire behind the burger, but the cutest was the animated toys for the kids meal, it really entertains you while you wait for your order.
not sure if with time this animation will drive me crazy - i guess they need to keep refreshing it so it doesn't make me dizzy or even puke! way to go for now :)
back in august, when our son ryan decided to cut his 5-year-old pony tail, he went to this barber in lebanon called jackyo who introduced him to this awesome program called "make the cut" - make the cut is basically about donating your hair to make wigs for women with cancer, this initiative is organized by a group called "one wig stand" and supported by l'oreal.
what a wonderful program! i hope people replicate this here in kuwait as it makes a big difference for people with cancer, and also encourages guys like my son, to cut their hair for a higher purpose.
back in april when smash burger opened in our neighborhood, we were so excited to see a burger joint so close to our home - today, we're even more excited as our favorite burger joint is opening across the street in symphony mall - though johnny rockets has a restaurant at the corner of al fanar mall and another in marina crescent, i'm glad it has become even closer now - good luck johnny!
finally! the road bumps at hamad almubarak street salmiya have completely disappeared on both sides of the road - this is opposite mr baker right before salmiya coop, so glad they are off the street - i broke my car there a couple of times as the bumps had no warning signs or fluorescent paint, you could barely notice them - finally someone took some action, the right action for that matter..
i was having coffee with a friend at jumeirah beach hotel on saturday night and as we walked out i gave the car ticket to the valet parking - the place was packed so we expected a long wait, but what happened was totally unacceptable!
we stood at the exit door for ages waiting for our car to be delivered, meanwhile, there was a large number of people standing in front of us who took delivery of their cars, then another number of people standing behind us took delivery of their cars and we were left alone waiting…
despite several reminders and complaints, our car went missing and it wasn’t until 45 minutes later that we got it delivered!
i investigated the matter with some friends and it seems that valet parking at jumeirah is an issue – you better shape up guys if you want to see me back!
i tried mcarabia sujuk the other day and what a delight that was! i guess this time mcdonalds have hit the jackpot with a product that is unique and different - fast food has been very redundant lately with enhanced flavors and everything seems to be tasting the same, but not sujuk - this has such a unique taste you'd love it from the first bite!
the sujuk patties come with mayo, tomato, red onions, grated carrot and lettuce, it captures the local flavors perfectly - unfortunately this product will be for a limited time and it will disappear soon, so i advise you to try it out now.