February 6th, 2013
i am sure you came across this story on news webs, i tried to forget it but i couldn't.. it made me so angry i decided to write about it and vent my anger and frustration..
this father & preacher's crimes and sins are so sick i don't even know where to start... first he accused his kid of not being a virgin and took her to a doctor for virginity inspection! excuse me!! a 5-year-old?? imagine the trauma she went through because of her sick father - then, probably after making sure she was a virgin, he rapes her in every possible and imaginary way, breaking her back and tearing her rectum apart - then, after realizing that she was bleeding beyond repair he tries to burn her rectum in an attempt to close it! but that was not enough, he beat her to death, crushing her skull and breaking her ribs!!
what kind of animals that person is? is he really a preacher or the devils' representative on earth? how can he talk about god when he is capable of such atrocities to an innocent soul?? but that doesn't end here... it seems that the saudi authorities have a different take on this, they just released the monster out of prison after serving just a few months and paying blood money.
i am speechless, my prayers go to that poor angel, i am sure she is in heaven and hope she never sees her father again! for more on this you can read the full story here.
February 5th, 2013
i came across the above ads and found them really weird! the first for fasttelco, though i had seen some good ads produced for them before, this one left me with a negative feeling despite the fact that it should say speed - the girl is so uncomfortable the ad almost say annoying speed - exaggeration is good, but when it is badly produced with "can't act models" and staged photography the results turns out bad, real bad..
the second ad is for gulf bank.. wth??!! seriously! you picked national & liberation day to wrap the kuwaiti flag around the chest of a foreigner's statue!! moreover, the flag looks like a floater and this guy seems to be holding it tight for fear of sinking..
my husband is in advertising, i wonder what he has to say about these ads :)
February 4th, 2013
i received this great news from the body shop, informing us that cruelty free international have confirmed that, from march 11, 2013, the import and sale of animal tested cosmetic products and ingredients is to be completely banned in the european union.
this means that any products or ingredients that are tested on animals cannot be imported, and sold in the european union.
i sometimes wonder on which planet do we live when we are surrounded by so many issues that makes this news so trivial for us - everyday people are being killed in our region, war everywhere, crime on the rise, women being raped, children marriage.. etc... the list goes on..
nevertheless, congratulations to everyone in the body shop community who has supported our long standing campaigns against animal testing and been so instrumental in making this happen.
February 3rd, 2013
the french school has organized a ski vacation for the kids at saint chaffrey france, so we sent our son mark to enjoy a few days at the french alpes - we had never heard of saint chaffrey before, but it seems a nice area for skiing, and the hotel/spa they're staying at is not bad at all, it's called 4 saisons resort - it has nothing to do with the renowned 4 seasons hotels, this one is rather a resort dedicated for families and kids, with a spa, kids' club & family suites.
we're missing mark like crazy, it's the first time he travels alone and he's only 10 years old - the last few days have been quite a drama, but i hope he will enjoy his stay and come back happy and safe.
love you mark & miss you so much..
January 31st, 2013
i read this hilarious story on arabtimes online about this couple who stole gold rings from a jewelery shop by simply eating the rings as the salesman looked away!
however, the salesman was no fool so he calls the cops who basically caught the couple and took them to hospital for x-ray - the rings were identified and the couple were given laxatives to help them exit the rings!
i wonder what happened to the rings after that.. i mean someone at the hospital must have cleaned them up, but then what? did the salesman put them back for sale? well a good salesman would.. "listen lady, i know my shit, trust me this is pure solid gold".
January 30th, 2013
when i was in school, i used to be very honest in tests and exams, i would give a white paper and accept its consequences rather than cheating - however, i was tested by the devil once and i decided to cheat, so i cut this thin and long paper, folded it in an accordion shape, and then filled it with geography data - during the exam, i was so nervous i dropped it on the floor, twice, got caught and kicked out of class - that was it for me, i learned my lesson well and never cheated again...
according to kuwaitiful blog, today's cheating has evolved nowadays along with the evolution of technology - it seems that in one of the exams, a girl was hiding her mobile phone under her veil, getting fed the information through a friend!!
it seems that kuwait is set to combat cheating by banning mobile phones in exam halls, but will they be able to enforce it?
January 29th, 2013
we've always struggled finding a good manakish bakery, though there are many around the neighborhood, few are worth trying - one of the good one, beside zahrit dimashk in restaurants street salmiya, is this one just around the corner, in the vicinity of olympia mall, called arzit lebnan, or lebanese cedar.
we've tried it a few times and it has been consistently good, however when the manakish get cold, they turn dry & crusty.. i am not sure why all the manakish in kuwait don't live in the cold for more than a few minutes, it's like a national issue!
zahrit dimashk is better from that angle, though his manakish are a bit oily - which manakish bakery would you recommend?
January 28th, 2013
i read this interesting report in alqabas yesterday on page 6, it talks about the dangers of going to a mall nowadays especially in the presence of the irresponsible & violent youth - some interesting insights:
- families are reluctant to visit the malls especially over the weekends, they prefer to stay home or go to the chalet
- most of the altercations are caused by a female, it's either someone making a pass at somebody's sister or simply gazing at her
- some fights happen as 2 old rivals meet again, maybe they had fought a year ago but they bump into each other again with different balance of power - if last year's loser has a bigger gang this time around, it is automatic revenge!
- ashtrays are the preferred weapons, they pick them up off a table and plant them on the enemy's head
- some gangs lose their way out and instead of taking an exit door they get into a shop and completely destroy it out of panic
i found these insights quite interesting, as far as we're concerned we prefer smaller malls nowadays to bigger ones, at least they don't have uncontrolled traffic.
January 27th, 2013
sometimes i go pay a visit to some business partners in kuwait city and i park at aldawliya complex - i just love to take a walk in this old mall as it keeps me in touch with reality - the feel is nothing like a walk in the avenues or 360 where everything is so posh, on the contrary, here everything is down to earth and sometimes a bit funny, like this poster above.
i guess the beauty of these old malls lies in their imperfections and they wouldn't be the same without their old signs, their typical cafés, their friendly atmosphere where shop managers have become old time buddies - here, all the international brands step down from their pedestals and meet behind the window display and sometimes they even share the same price, a down to earth one too.
January 26th, 2013
we were at marina mall yesterday and spotted those ministry flyers stuck on new york fries' roll-up door - not sure what the reason is, but the flyer says that the ministry of trade & industry has shut down the restaurant for violation of the law number 62/2007 "suppression of commercial fraud" - i don't know what the hell that means, but i'd appreciate if someone can explain.
anyways, the flyer leaves the period of closure vacant, so it will take some time before the restaurant rolls-up that door again.
January 25th, 2013
there was an update on the avenues' murder on arabtimes online, it seems that the culprit was only defending "his honor" as the doctor had insulted him in the parking lot - the killer bought that knife for revenge and meant not to kill him, he only knew the doctor was dead an hour after he had reached home.
honor... such an elusive, destructive and subjective sentiment! where is honor in killing?
anyways, the hearing is set for january 30th where the culprit will appear before the court, not sure how defending honor will help them in this horrible murder case.
January 23rd, 2013
i read yet another sad story on arabtimes online and this time it's about this poor woman who came back home with her kids to find her husband in her bed, but with another woman - when she complained, she was beaten by the stud, and to add insult to injury, she left the house accompanied by the "woman in bed"..
how insulting is that, leaving your own house accompanied by the woman who was sharing your husband on your own bed? to start with, how did this idiot bring a woman home when his wife and kids are expected to be in? what an animal..
to end this story on a positive note, i found this hilarious billboard on the net, enjoy...