It’s the time where you guys decide what language to use for posting on my blog. Honestly speaking, sometimes I have a hard time choosing the right wording for what I post, “Bas amashi el7aal”. I had the idea of this post in mind for some time because I couldn’t come to a decision by myself. So, I would really appreciate answering the poll below.
You have probably heard about the trojan that have recently been hitting Mac personal computers. What’s really comforting, is that the vulnerability is not related to the OS X, but to Java, and is exploited to start a backdoor trojan. I have read this article on Mashable, including a step-by-step guide on how to find out if you’ve been affected, how to fix, and how to immune your beloved mac against this nasty trojan.
I followed the steps and found that my MacBook nor my iMac were affected (Dear Jacqui, It’s still crystal clear with no dead pixels… *yet* ). The checkup process is easy, run two scripts that are available for download (Linked to Mashable’s article). Getting a “does not exist” message means that your mac is fine. And yeah.. Don’t forget to apply the new Mac OS X Java updates to get rid of the Java vulnerability.
A kind invitation that I have received from Ms. Arwa Behbehani to a bloggers night at Q Cafe restaurant at The Village. The way I see it, simplicity is a key comfort factor for any restaurant which is missed by many of the newly opened ones. Yes, Q Cafe is now definitely one of my “fav-listed” comfort places in which I can have great food and enjoy the lovely atmosphere.
The food, desserts, and beverages menus were rich of whatever you might like; “What’s so special here?” a question that popped into the mind of my cousin who joined me yesterday.. It’s those special food recipes of an ordinary dish.. Oh yes! the fries! You have to try the “sprinkled fries”! The very first moment I had one of those, I asked Ms. Arwa about the flavor, and how “NEW” it was. They do actually have a mix of herbs that they sprinkle over the fries which gives the special taste! the same thing goes for the rest of the menu, but with other kinds or special additions, flavors,.. and magical touches! Also to mention, the food was fairly rated.
Here’s a fact, we in Kuwait pioneer Internet spamming in every way possible.. I keep receiving weird stuff on my email everyday from forums or marketing companies that I have never heard of! Take this one for example “thekw.info“, their website has only one page that display and image of Kuwait towers, and lyrics of the national anthem!! But trust me, you don’t want to receive their emails. Below is an example email that I have received today:
How do they reach us?
Here is how: take a walk in “Bin Khaldoun street” in Hawali, you’ll see some ads about sending your promotional messages to over “100,000″ local emails. Go around and ask about the pricing, which will not exceed KD 50 max.
How do they get our emails?
Discussion forum owners do actually sell their user database information (Emails in specific) to different shops in Hawali, for 100 KD/list.
How can we stop it?
Enable spam filters and blacklist any spamming email (make sure to blacklist firstname.lastname@example.org)
Let’s face it.. everyone of us is somehow addicted to a specific category when it comes to shopping regardless of the pricing of the item in mind, But the incredibly “crazy prices” at some electronics stores would really make you consider comparing prices (knowing that they’re not posted somewhere online, you’ll have to stop by every store you may know).. or maybe just forgetting about buying what you’ve been looking for!
Because I multi-task most of the time, it is impossible for me to work with one screen; I work on 2 browsers, Code editor (Multi window; for PHP, JS, CSS, and HTML), phpMyAdmin (MySQL management), and a debugger… all at once! so here comes the need of getting an extra display for my 27″ iMac. I’ll compare the local prices with the original Apple store price:
Apple Thunderbolt display 27″
Apple store (online)
$999 = KD 276
KD 498 KD 399 (discounted)
Have you noticed X-Cite’s pricing? the announced price is KD 498!! Seriously?? This is what exactly happened with me when I went to Alrai showroom and found the display I was looking for, actually couldn’t believe the numbers I was reading on the price tag! KD 498?? Is it gold plated or what!? So I called the salesman who confirmed the price to me, and started calculating the “discounted price”.. “Sir, it’ll be 400 KD after discount” he said.. “400 sharp?” I asked.. “naah, 399 KD something” he replied… woohoo! I feel much better now with the great discount!!!
That got me to think about the profit margin of every single item they sell; if Blink is selling the display for KD 319 with at least KD 30 profit, then X-Cite is making almost KD 110 profit for the same display, which is almost PLUS 40% profit margin if compared to the original Apple store price! And the same goes for iCity with a – sometimes- smaller margin
I was invited last Saturday with some of my fellow bloggers to have a walkthrough in the Avenues Mall phase III…and I gotta say this, this is big and is really awesome! This will turn the concept of local tourism upside-down and will definitely attract visitors to come and shop in Kuwait… and this is only “Phase III”
As we’ve been informed by Ms. Shoa’a Al.Qati (PR & Marketing manager) that phase III will match in size both Phases I & II, will have 400 different stores, 5000 car parkings.. and the most interesting part was that “Phases IV & V” will follow! A soft opening is expected in mid Sept 2012… can’t wait to check it out again.
So, let’s begin our tour
Here is where we’ve been briefed about the current and upcoming expansions by Ms. Shoa’a Al.Qati:
Moving to the Grand Avenue, which is a long walk like “Solidere” with palms and stores on both sides, somehow it also reminded of Dubai’s walk aka “The Walk”.
After taking a walk in the grand avenue, we turned right to go to the “Prestige area”, this is where you guys are – willingly- going to surrender to the shopping desires of your wives *bankrupt alert* :p
Getting back to the Grand avenue and taking the other side, to reach to “SoKu; South of Kuwait” which will be “the youth area” to include lots of cafes and some brand names favored by the youth.
“Souk”… my favorite giving the sense of “Souk Almubarakiya”.. a Job well done by The Avenues combining the cultural essence into modern architecture. You can see the old styled ceilings (Chandal wela Danchal? )
The Mall.. and the Bazaar below, including lots of cafes, restaurants, stores, and a huge fountain that will take water up’n'down between both the Mall and the Bazaar.. bleeh, I don’t know how to describe this! it’s just amazing!
I’ll call this area “The Semi-Outdoor”. Remember where Café Blanc used to be? It will re-open again in along with more and more restaurants and cafes. But guess what, the whole area will be covered and air-conditioned.. sweeeet
A one of a kind walkthrough, witnessing an upcoming “icon” that will shine soon gave me the feeling that Kuwait will rise-up again to be “Durrat elkhaleej”. Special thanks to Mr. Rashid Al.Haroun, Mr. Abdullah Al.Baddah, Ms. Alia Al.Ghunaim, & Ms. Shoa’a Al.Qati for a wonderful day that gave me hope of a better Kuwait and a brighter “Cultural & Economical” future.
Here’s the video that has been displayed during the brief
I’m not the talkative type of a person, I’ve always preferred being quite about whatever I may go through.. But I think I have to speak up this time. it’s about a secret that I’ve been carrying for almost seven years now, and I’m still not telling what it is in detail… The thing is that what I’m about to share is somehow the lesson I have learned throughout the past seven years.
I have to confess that I have learned emotional self-control the hard way, and there’s been this really big problem that I had to overcome to be able to live normally. Being hurt by someone close to the extent that you might be physically affected, is hurtful.. way beyond imagination. You won’t really understand how it feels until you experience it personally. I was finally able to get over this problem because of something that has happened few days ago…
Last Thursday, I woke up to find a facebook message from a person that I thought I would never hear from.. again! I had to reply.. I had to ask why.. I had to know why now.. And I finally got the answers I’ve been seeking all those years! Even though the answers (or the reasons) I got didn’t justify what happened back then, I admit that I – somehow- felt comfortable..
It’s weird… seven years, never missed a day thinking about or trying to know the reasons behind what happened in that specific day.. and finally, getting to know EVERYTHING within 10 minutes over facebook messages! seriously!? The most important word that I have really been waiting for was “Sorry”.. and I finally got to have what I’ve waited for seven years.
The lesson I’ve learned.. no matter how long it takes, a day will come at the end where you realize that you’ve been right about something.. never seek an answer, because answers will come to you sooner or later as long as you believe in yourself.
I hate it when I have this seasonal flu… sore throat, clogged ears.. can you believe that my nose actually “whistles” when I catch cold? Anyway.. The door bell rang yesterday while I was napping, and I heard the maid talking to the delivery guy who was saying it’s a gift from diet care. So, I decided to check on this gift when I wake up.
I woke up nearly after two hours, went downstairs to get the gift.. and guess what? this is how it was when I got there…
“3alekom bel3afya” was my immediate reaction… But I didn’t really know how would I blog about this! but I did after all… “it was” the national days healthy snacks basket, and I was lucky enough to have two of those sandwiches.. apparently I missed a lot…Thank you Diet Care for the wonderful gift
Just few hours ago, RIM has officially announced the release of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0. As news confirmed before, the new OS provides an integrated email client with a unified inbox, integrates your social accounts with calendars and contacts, updated BlackBerry Bridge, and now it supports a range of “Android apps”!