Archive for the ‘Your Opinion’ Category

How old is old?

Monday, July 1st, 2013

how-old-is-old

i came across this article on arabtimes online and it took me at least 35 years back - when i was a kid, i used to think of 18-year-old people as being old, of course when you're a kid everything is relative - then when i reached 18 i raised the bar a notch and i started thinking of 30-year-old people as being old and wondered where i would at 30 - when i reached 30 started looking at 50-year-old people and think of them as old people! i am not 50 yet, i still have a few years to go but i no longer think of 50-year-old people as being old - today , old for me means above 70 years and sometimes even more.

the writer of this article referred to a 50-year-old lady as being an old woman and this struck me as an unfair judgment - maybe the writer is quite young, but again how young is young?

Have you tried Camel meat?

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

camel-meat

i was at carrefour the other day where i spotted a camel meat corner at the butcher's fridge - it seems that this corner serves fresh camel meat every day, not sure though if it's baby camel or adult as i've been told that baby camels taste better.

prices range from 2 to 3.2 kd per kilo, so not a big deal - i wanted to buy some and cook them at home, but for some reason i couldn't... do you recommend camel meat and what is the best way to cook it?

Gift opening etiquette: your opinion please

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

we've always wondered what is the gift opening etiquette in our region - sometimes we visit friends in various occasions, a birthday or a simple home visit and we bring a gift for that matter - some of our friends open the gift at once and show excitement and recognition, whilst some others simply take the gift away to open it in discretion.

we used to keep the gifts away to open them in discretion, however a few years back we changed our habit and started opening gifts as we received them - the reason why we changed is that we wanted people to open our gift in front of us, and show us the appreciation, or the disappointment for that matter, that's the only way we could understand & evaluate what people want or like.

we tried to google the subject and it seems that gift opening etiquette varies depending on the culture & the situation - like in japan, it is rude to open a gift in front of the giver as it makes the gift more important than the giver - in birthday parties, it is not practical to open the gifts in front of the giver as it can take a lot time and this can be considered boring for the people attending the event - this can also make people feel awkward if they ended up spending significantly more or less than the other parents - finally gift duplicates can be spotted immediately and put the gift giver in an awkward situation.

we were curious to know if there's anything of that sort related to the middle east culture, but it was hard to find something relevant, so what's your take on this?

What do you think?

Friday, April 6th, 2012

yousef is a university student looking to expand his portfolio, he sent us an email saying that our blog design is a bit outdated, the theme we're using is from 2008 and also the overall look is very bland and dark.

he suggested a new design with the below rationale:

I chose the two sidebars layout because I noticed on your blog you have a lot of widgets on the right side. With this design, you can have your ads on the right side of the page and other information of the left side. I also moved the search bar to the top because it's easier for people to find if they come to your side. 

I retained the black background and white/greyish text already on your blog as it fits with your blog styling. I do have a very subtle background image in the back just as a texture and it looks better than just straight black. 

I created a simple text logo at the top, similar to what you already have. The font chosen for the 965malls part is a high standards kind of font that you would find used by boutique shops and upper class malls. It's simple and elegant. The "whats hot and whats not" part is cursive because it gives the logo a little bit of an edge. 

The fonts in the main content are easy to read and more robust than what you currently have on your blog. This increases readability. The fonts are modern and not old school stuff like verdana. Font choice is really essential to design and the fonts chosen go good with your blog. 

I also attached an image of what it would look like with a single post. It's a full width page, just like how you have it on your blog right now. 

What do you think? I think this design will take your blog out of the mid 2000s styling and into the 2010's. It's modern but simple and easy to read. 

so what do you guys think?

many thanks yousef - if someone is interested in designing a blog you can contact yousef at yah655@gmail.com

New McDonald’s campaign: what do you think?

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

a friend of mine sent me the new mcdonald's "family time forever" campaign - the tvc tells the story of a group of kids stealing their parents away from their work in order to spend time with them, reminding us all to spend more time with our children or families.

i personally love the campaign and as a parent it really touched me - i often stay back at the office especially over the weekends putting work ahead of family and this is quite a strong reminder of what really matters - so what do you think of this campaign?

thanks rasha.

Stay away from my personal space!

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

i once had to let go of a friendship because the guy was persistent in invading my personal space - however this post is not about me, it's about a friend who got caught in a heated argument with a man who invaded her personal space not realizing he's being offensive - though i strongly subscribe to her point of view, i don't fully agree that invading one's personal space is part of a kuwaiti culture - nevertheless here's her story, i will not reveal her name unless she wants to... in this case she can comment on her own story.

The reason why I am telling you this story is to bring up the subject of “Personal Space”.  This is one of my primary battles in Kuwait, we call it ‘Up in ya face’ and when someone is ‘up in ya face’ it means that you want to fight in my culture. I deem there should be an international law specifying that there is a square radius around every individual on earth that in that space in time you own it and no one should bridge that space out of politeness and respect to human dignity.  

I remember walking in the Ginza District in Tokyo with my children, which is probably one of the busiest streets in the world, and stopping abruptly where I turned to my children and stated, “Wow, no one is bumping in to me”.  I love Japan! The Japanese people have a revered respect for personal space and even when you are at a sporting event, and you are holding an umbrella, your umbrella must never touch the other person’s umbrella next to you. That is deemed insulting. I constantly have people in Kuwait bump in to me, why, the aisles in Avenues aren’t big enough? I have gotten in many fights with women who stand behind me in a queue at the store breathing down my neck, hey, you want to get married? They are in my personal space and this is offensive to me. I really don’t have this issue in Dubai, so I really do think that it is a Kuwait issue. I have asked countless women in this country to move away from me and then they think this is an outrageous insulting request. No it is not!

Now getting back to my story… the reason why I am telling you this long drawn out story, is that this Kuwaiti man did not realize that he was ‘up in my face’ when he ‘accosted’ me at the buffet. He does not think he is accosting me, but he is in my mind. He was so close to my face that I could have leaned forward and kissed him and he seemed to not understand why I told him that he was being hostile to me.

When you enter someone’s personal space, you are being hostile to that person, you are waging war against them, you have entered my ‘DMZ’. He did not have to get that close to me, and in the Middle East, isn’t that offensive to get that close to a woman especially in front of her husband?  No coitus is going to happen any time soon, buddy! I will continue to command my ground, I will demand from this society one square radius surrounding me at all times and if you decide to enter my personal space, you better be prepared to fight because after last night I am going to war! The world has become a crowded space, but I believe there is still room for everyone to own some personal space at a given time on earth where you can be respected in your own zone.

We all have a comfort zone, an invisible zone of psychological comfort that we carry with us. It’s the region surrounding each person, or that area which a person considers their domain or territory. It’s the bubble of space that you keep between you and the person standing in front of you. We call it our personal space. How much personal space one needs varies depending on who we are talking to and the situation we are in.

so, what do you think guys?

Does this offend you?

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

this article in yesterday alqabas newspaper cough my attention - oum abdelrahman bought her son abdulaziz some nice manchester united pyjamas, but when she flipped the top, she couldn't but notice the word "allah" formed by the flipped UTD letters - oum abdulrhman sent this picture to alqabas newspaper asking whether there should be censorship over such designs - what do you think? does this offend you?

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Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Eid Mubarak

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

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Sunday, November 14th, 2010