Thank You UAE

This song was given as a gift to Kuwait from UAE. The Emirati people want to congratulate us for our National and Liberation days. I honestly think it is a really thoughtful and genuine thing to do. It is also one of the best videos I have seen so far. The video truly felt that it came from the heart. They weren’t forced to make a song, but they did and it really tells a lot about the UAE.

Thank you UAE!

Instagram Is Annoying

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I currently have three Instagram accounts. Anyone that has a business or blog will be able to relate to this post. I am going to rant about Instagram’s lack of a certain option. It does not allow a user to have more than one account singed in at once. For example, Twitter can have many accounts logged in at the same time and you can navigate between them. Thus, you don’t have to keep logging in and out. It also only sends notifications from the last account that you used. With Instagram, I keep on getting notifications from the different accounts, so it really gets confusing. Also, I have to LOG IN and OUT several times a day. It’s so annoying. What usually ends up happening is that one or two of the accounts are neglected for a few days until I realize I should check them. The accounts by the way include my personal one, the blog one and the Nira Concept one. I sort of have to have all three, unless Instagram soon stops being the “it” program (ie, what’s currently happening to Twitter).

February is Here!

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February = best month of the year. Kuwait should be known for this festive month. I keep on hearing that Kuwait wants to increase “tourism” and one of their ways is to do it through February. It’s the shortest month of the year. The weather is perfect in Kuwait and towards the end of the month everyone’s in a good mood. The songs on the radio, the flags, the kids wearing traditional clothing. It makes everyone more positive and patriotic.

Personally, this month is very eventful. Today, I’m going to be in Qout Market for my project Nira Concept. My greeting cards will be available in the K Store. On the 2nd, 3rd and 4th, I’m going to be in Al Mubarakiya Expo. I have been preparing for these two events for the past two weeks and I still have errands to run. It’s been a hectic January, but I think that February is going to pay off. Of course, the last week of February, when the real celebrations begin, I’m going to be spending it with my family in the chalet.

What are your plans for February?

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Going Offline – Is It Possible?

I have read many articles about people going offline (ie, not using the internet for several hours or days). Every single experience involved the expected conclusion that one can survive without internet. We have become so dependent on the internet that it is hard for some to let go. I have a friend who was brave enough to shut off her phone and laptop for an entire weekend. She was actually dared to do it. She survived. She said that it actually felt good and for once she looked at her watch for the time. I have always wanted to do that. I think I would last half a day, but not more because then I would have to get an alarm clock to wake me up in the morning.

Has anyone tried going offline? Is it as easy as it sounds?

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Another New Year

My favorite post of the year is the New Year’s Eve one. I always get super excited when I write it because it feels like such a relief that another year has passed with things going alright. Sometimes one forgets to be thankful for everything around them. Everything becomes special once it’s lost, so why not take a moment and thank God that you have all of these things. It’s time to look back at this eventful year. I honestly think that since 2011, every year has been more eventful than the next. Whether it was personal or general events, the last three years were filled with memories. I don’t know why, but going back to 2010 is quite hard. I don’t remember much happening then. I really hope things are as stable as they are now. I wish that Kuwait stays peaceful. Even with all the recent problems it has been going through, I still believe that Kuwait is fine. However, just one more mistake from higher authorities can take Kuwait down the drain. We’re living on a fine line here. That’s something that scares me sometimes.

But let’s forget that for a moment to say that I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

PS-I love even numbered years.

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Top 10 Google Search Trends in 2013

bye bye 2013

Google released its annual year-end Zeitgeist report, a list of top global search trends for the year.

Notable deaths highlighted the top trending searches this year around the world. The No. 1 spot went to Nelson Mandela, the South African anti-apartheid hero who died in December. He is followed by actor Paul Walker, who died in a tragic car accident, also in early December. No. 4 on the list was Cory Monteith, the Glee actor who passed away from an overdose in July.

But Google’s list isn’t all tragedies. The iPhone 5S nabbed the No. 3 trending search of the year, and the Harlem Shake followed close behind at No. 5.

Below is the top 10 list:

  1. Nelson Mandela
  2. Paul Walker
  3. iPhone 5S
  4. Cory Monteith
  5. Harlem Shake
  6. Boston Marathon
  7. Royal Baby
  8. Samsung Galaxy S4
  9. PlayStation 4
  10. North Korea

The list resembles Google’s top searches from 2012, which was also largely comprised of celebrity deaths, tragedies, royal figures and consumer electronics. Source.

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San Francisco’s Fast Free Wi-Fi

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In many cities around the world, entire streets are being equipped with machines that offer free Wi-Fi for anyone in the area. The latest city that decided to do this is San Fransisco, which will launch a Wi-Fi network through Market Street and will stretch for 3 miles. Any commuter or resident will be able to use the connection, ad-free and without even the need to log in. The future plan is to offer citywide free connection.

I just wish this could somehow be in the future plans for Kuwait. I don’t think there is one, but hypothetically, if you could write up a list of all the things that need to fixed in Kuwait, what would be your top three things on that list?

Here are mine:

  1. Transportation (we need a decent Kuwaiti airline/and internal transportation like buses, taxis that are safer and cleaner than the ones now)
  2. Retirement (the people that served our country for so long end up doing nothing for like the last 30 years of their life, other countries give retirees projects to work on that would help the country and give more meaning to the person’s life)
  3. Entertainment (our city lost it’s sense of how to have fun, it forgot that it is possible to have events that wouldn’t require so much money or censorship, anything is possible if one was just creative).
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Summer By Kenzo

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If I am given a choice to choose from all the perfumes in the world, I would always choose Summer by Kenzo. It is a coincidence that both my blog and the perfume are called Summer. The sad thing is Kenzo stopped selling it a long time ago. I can’t find it anywhere. It came out in 2005 and I was able to find it until around 2010. Now, it’s no where to to be found. I really wish Kenzo sells it again. The best thing about it is that it’s not too strong. It has a floral, powdery smell that doesn’t last long, but it’s so fresh. It’s made up of bergamot and lemon followed by the sensual notes of mimosa and violet with waves of almond milk, musk and amber. If anyone knows where to find it, please do tell.

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Nira Concept

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What I’m about to present can be the reason why I haven’t been updating the blog constantly. I have been working really hard to make this a reality. Here’s to Nira Concept my new project-based approach to creativity. A little something about what Nira’s all about.

Nira concept’s aim is to initiate creative projects that spread positive messages. The projects will be different in styles and concepts. Some projects may be about cooking, others about art, or even about the art of giving. Stamped is the first project and it’s selling greeting cards. The cards are all in Arabic to emphasize how hard it is to find Arabic cards in the market. It brings the usual Western culture of card giving to a whole different level by mixing it with Arabic phrases and Arabic transliterations of English phrases.

Stamped will be available in Khaleejesque’s K Store in QoutMarket on January 4, 2014. Show your support and be there! Don’t forget to follow @Niraconcept on Twitter and Instagram to check out the entire collection.

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Third Qout Market On Its Way

The last time I posted about Qout Market I gave advice for the customers going for the first time. This time I decided to give advice for the organizers. If the January 4th Qout Market remained in the same location as last time, then a few adjustments will surely make it better:

  1. It seems that people don’t listen to the advice of bringing enough cash. Also, very few vendors offer K-net. People then had to go to Al Raya’s ATM machine to get cash. The problem is, the elevators would get even more busy because that means more people are going up and down.  The queue for the ATM machine at one time reached up to 20 people. So my suggestion is to rent an ATM machine and get it upstairs. I recommend to get two.
  2. There should be a vendor that only sells water. Last time, if one was thirsty, you would have to wait in line for 20 minutes to get a bottle of water. Because I was helping out in a booth, I found it easier to get water from Caribou in Al Raya then to wait in line. A simple vending machine, could also be a solution.
  3. Another issue, was the mobile connections. The vendors had their own wifi if they needed it, but what happened is that if people were meeting at the market they were often lost because there’s no connection. Even the internet wasn’t working, but if there was wifi, one could quickly talk on whats app and resolve the problem. Another solution would be to draw some sort of map and distribute it for whoever wants one. That way, it’s possible to meet at a certain point. I got people telling me I’m next to the vendor that’s selling plants-.- you can tell how that went along.
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