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i received this picture from rahul which he took it over eid while traveling to dubai - rahul loved the city view from the top and wanted to share this photo with us - i do agree with rahul, but if i had one wish it would be more greenness.
this is like a colossal wish, but it is not impossible - did you know that back in 2008 and as part of its 100 years of national awakening celebration, indonesia planted 100 million trees across the country? the program lasted for 3 months and the government had prepared Rp280 billion (about KD 8 million) funds to procure 100 million tree seedlings.
so it is not impossible, i am sure kuwait would need a different kind of trees to survive the heat and may be an irrigation plan for that matter, but should someone takes the initiative it can be done - if indonesia can do it, kuwait can.
you can read about indonesia's tree planting scheme here.
thanks rahul for the picture.
i've always wondered why the scientific center tiles were so bumpy and annoying, i often trip as i walk there and once i fell flat on my face - well the secret has finally been unveiled by a friend of mine who knew someone at the national industries, the company who made these tiles - apparently, and according to my source, these were ordered with the sole objective of being bumpy and a custom-made cast has been created for that purpose.
the reason behind this special order was a fear of transforming the parking lot into a hangout for the romantic youth! so if this story is true, and my source swears it is, then why go through all this hassle? instead of dimming the place and putting these dangerous tiles, a couple of bright projectors would have solved the issue!
i received this funny joke and thought how relevant this must be to kuwait as according to the latest reports (and a research conducted by bay.com), kuwait is the most active country on twitter across the middle east.
congratulations to kuwait, just make sure you tweet wisely :)
i came across this CIA world fact-book website that basically covers everything about countries so i was interested to know what was there on kuwait - though the information is a bit outdated as most of the data is from 2009, the "trafficking in persons" report was a shame - this is what it says:
trafficking in persons:
current situation: Kuwait is a destination country for men and women who are subjected to forced labor and, to a lesser degree, forced prostitution; men and women migrate from India, Egypt, Bangladesh, Syria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Nepal, Iran, Jordan, Ethiopia, and Iraq to work in Kuwait, most of them in the domestic service, construction, and sanitation sectors; although most of these migrants enter Kuwait voluntarily, upon arrival some are subjected to conditions of forced labor by their sponsors and labor agents, including nonpayment of wages, long working hours without rest, deprivation of food, threats, physical or sexual abuse, and restrictions on movement, such as the withholding of passports or confinement to the workplace.
i love kuwait and it saddens me to read such reports - i hope that one day this country takes the right steps towards fixing these issues.
i was wondering why most of my zippers carry the YKK logo so i did what most of you would do, i googled it.
i found several articles on the subject and it seems that YKK stands for “yoshida kogyo abushikikaisha" (translated yoshida industries limited) - mr tadao yoshida started YKK in 1934 and his company is now the worlds foremost zipper manufacturer, making about 90% of all zippers in over 206 facilities in 52 countries - YKK in fact not only make the zippers, they also make the machines that make the zippers.
strange how one man can have control over most of our zippers!
if you happen to be in amsterdam, you must visit the van gogh museum – though it is under renovation, if you love the artist like i do you have to pass by - queuing was 10 minutes long but that was just fine, but the way the paintings were displayed was amazing, especially the section that exhibits the new discoveries like hidden images under some exiting paintings as the artist used to recycle canvases to save money – obviously, painters at that time were extremely poor and couldn’t afford new canvases each time they started a project.
what’s also nice, is the preloaded electronic gizmos that give you prerecorded explanations on the paintings – i never knew that van gogh painted his bedroom with the simplicity of japanese art, i.e. no reflections or shadows.
do visit the museum next time you’re in town, you won’t regret it.
during a visit to the al-anba daily a kuwaiti woman said she accidentally overheard a salesman threatening to report to the authorities the manager of a showroom concerning the cameras fixed in ‘trial rooms’ - she added she personally went to check and found a camera, the size of the head of a nail fixed to an electric plug.
the woman then went to a shop that sold such cameras and discovered it cost kd 280 - she criticized the owner of the shop for selling such cameras but did not report the incident to police to avoid police interrogations - however, she added, she preferred to caution the public through a newspaper.
i wish this lady reported the shop to the police, i don't understand why she chickened out - if i were in this fitting room and found that camera i would have made a scene, or at least my husband would have reported the manager to the police - a woman's privacy is sacred and cannot be compromised.
are men or women more likely to cheat? while men have always had a worse reputation for being unfaithful, recent studies in the U.S. show that women are catching up fast.
in our region, women cheating on their husbands are catching up fast too - the arab times reported the other day that a new department has been established in kuwait to look into cases filed by husbands who accuse their wives of infidelity – the department is said to have received in 2010 alone 1,679 applications to check on the parentage of their children, reports al-qabas daily (may 2nd) quoting legal sources.
of these, 70 cases have proved to be negative - the sources say this shows a large number of women cheat on their husbands - one of the lawyers disclosed when one man hired him to prepare a DNA test on his son he discovered the child was fathered by someone else.
the lawyer added, it is strange there is no clause in the kuwaiti law to punish the wife who cheats on her husband unless she is caught in the act while committing adultery - to the contrary the husband is forbidden to kill or harm his wife because the law protects the wife and will punish the husband.
according to another news report, a kuwaiti who holds PhD, requested a DNA test on his 8-year-old son and was shocked when the results did not match - an elderly man who has four sons received more shocking news when he discovered each of his sons was fathered by a different man.
meanwhile, lawyer riyadh al-sanea speaking to the al-watan daily said the DNA tests have solved many problems - for example, he said, when an unidentified maid accused her wealthy sponsor of impregnating her, the DNA tests proved she was telling lies - the tests proved the woman became pregnant after she had sex with a man working for the same sponsor.
true women are catching up fast with cheating, but it seems they are a lot more likely to lie about it, and a lot less likely to get caught!
regular grande latte in a paper cup is my favorite starbucks drink – why paper cup? because it keeps the milk hot for a longer period :)
while ordering my starbucks favorite drink the other day I asked the guy about the difference between a latte and a cappuccino and his answer was: latte and cappuccino are the same, the difference in the foam – a latte gets 1/3 foam whereas a cappuccino gets 2/3 foam.
that afternoon, i went home and googled the topic to fully satisfy my curiosity and what i found was quite interesting - while starbucks has imposed rigid standards at every store in its chain, in practice in other coffeehouses and restaurants around the world, these drinks can vary substantially and a cappuccino at one place could be similar to another coffeehouse’s latte, or even weaker!
here’s a recipe that drastically differs from starbucks':
a latte is prepared with 1/4 espresso, 1/2 steamed milk, and 1/4 of milk foam on top.
a cappuccino is prepared with 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk and a 1/3 milk foam - cappuccino's can also be made "wet", meaning with more than the usual amount of steamed milk, or "dry" meaning with more than the usual amount of milk foam.
regardless of the differences in recipes, my favorite is still starbucks' regular grande latte in paper cup.
exciting news from danderma! she's just finished compiling her dathra chronicles into a book that you can buy online here - an e-version is also coming out soon but it is currently under review by amazon as well as apple store.
i always get excited when i hear that someone is publishing a book as our region is not quite famous for that! did you know that the united nations educational, scientific and cultural organization (UNESCO) monitors both the number and type of books published per country per year as an important index of standard of living and education, and of a country's self-awareness?
see the list of countries below taken from wikipedia as they rank in terms of publishing books, it may not be the updated one, but i doubt anything has changed since - unfortunately, kuwait is number 81 on that lit and it makes me sad because i know how much potential this country has - if kuwait wants to advance on that list, then we definitely need more dandermas!
congratulations on your book and best of luck from 965malls.
it was my wife's birthday yesterday, so we decided to go out for dinner at rangoli's - we were excited as we had heard so many positive reviews on that place, in terms of food quality and experience.
so we walked into that absolutely fabulous place built with a sublime interior design that so strongly screams india! the level of details is top notch and the color world is overwhelming - the background music played a nice indian tune and i could see my wife (who loves india and indian food) floating over the romantic indian moon - we picked our table and sat while admiring that beautiful place, and then we ordered the menus...
from that moment onwards, it was a speedy free fall from that romantic indian moon as we learned that rangoli has stopped serving indian food!! apparently, the renovation taking place at the SAS hotel had some serious implications on that place - the sad truth is, the boustan restaurant has taken over rangoli for a period of one year, until the renovation is over!!
why would alboustan take over rangoli? can you imagine having shawarma and chicken fillet in that typical indian set-up? no wonder the place was empty like a shell! i was so pissed off, i was not sure i will even return next year.. next year?? are you kidding me!
however i must admit that the staff were extremely nice - when they heard about our disappointment they brought my wife a slice of cake and wished her happy birthday - that was so nice of them, despite the lousy food! yeah, so lousy we couldn't even go through half of it.. what a disappointment!
apologies hun and happy birthday.