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Qout Market Tomorrow

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The second Qout Market is coming up and I’m so excited. Last time I went there I got some much food. It was crazy crowded, but extremely fun and the atmosphere was amazing. I have a few pieces of advice for people that are going to go there for the first time.

  1. The only things you should have on you is a carry bag, cash and car keys. Don’t carry a purse because then you will have too many  things to carry. Just put your personal items in your pocket or a carry bag. And don’t forget your debit cards in case you run out of cash and need to withdraw from a cash machine.
  2. Come early! Last time many of the vendors were sold out by 3pm. No wonder they made it this time from 10am-7pm. My suggestion, be there at 10am.
  3. Don’t walk around with a huge group. It’s harder to buy and to be able to get what you want if you’re with a lot of people. If you came as a group, separate and then meet up after a while to see what everyone got!
  4. Get your camera. The setting is really beautiful and worth taking pictures of. However don’t take forever taking pictures of the food because people will be waiting in line.

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And it was nice finally meeting Kulsum from Journey Kitchen. I really recommend passing by her stand. I’m in love with her packaging and her almond butter was heavenly.

Be there tomorrow from 10am-7pm in the last floor of Al Raya’s parking!

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The Conjuring – Movie Review

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I have not seen a good movie in a long time. I have not seen a good scary movie in a very long time.

The Conjuring, directed by James Wan, changed those facts about me because I watched a good scary movie last week. It’s currently number one for the top movies to watch at Cinescape and it really deserves that position. The story was very typical, but the way it was filmed makes you want to watch to know what happens in the end. It made a scream, it made me laugh and it made me think. Watch it before it’s stops showing at the cinemas.

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Walt Disney’s Paperman

This is the cutest Disney animated short film ever. It’s only 6 minutes long, but it’s worth it. It had won an Oscar for the best animated short film in February 2013. It’s a hand drawn/computer animated black and white romantic comedy.

I wanted to upload the original video, but it kept on crashing. The ones on youtube don’t work, so here’s the link to watch the official movie.

Paperman – Full Animated (Short Film) [VO|HD] by addictomovie

And most importantly, enjoy watching it!

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Wonderland by Dana Al Mojil

This short film really took me by surprise. When I first watched it, I hadn’t realized that it’s a Kuwaiti version of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass”. I didn’t read what its about or even read the title of the film, so it was really interesting to watch. It focused on the social and political situation in Kuwait, but in a magical way. Many of the famous characters are portrayed from Carroll’s novels in the film and it’s funny to see them dressing/talking Kuwaiti.

 

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Kindle Paperwhite Review

Other than watching tv shows and stuffing myself with yummy food, I enjoy reading in my free time. I don’t like ordering books online, so I would usually wait until I travel to buy all the books I want. I would always have a long list prepared and then I would spend hours in book shops indulging in the array of books offered. It’s something I enjoy doing, but it causes a problem later on. Books are heavy and since I’m traveling back to Kuwait I need to make sure my luggage isn’t overweight. That is why I decided to start reading ebooks. There are many ebook devices on the market, including Kindle and Kobo.

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed that I was in London during the Christmas break. I got the chance to check out the different ebooks. I ended up choosing the kindle paperwhite.

What really attracted me to get the paperwhite is how much it was in demand. It was sold out in most electronic stores and bookstores, while the Kobo, for example, was always available. I finally got a hold of it in Waterstones. Price wise, it was around 50 KD. I honestly thought it would cost more.

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Another reason why I got it is because it’s only an ebook and not a tablet. It doesn’t have applications and the internet is very limited. I want to be able to read without any distractions from applications. Everything about it was inviting, but when I actually bought it and turned it on I faced an annoying problem. The problem was is that the amazon market has very limited books if you live in the Middle East. I literally couldn’t download anything. I slyly changed my address to the US. I thought that I can outsmart them. The next day I got an email saying that I have to have proof that I live there. I was stuck again. But then I realized I have an address in England that I can use and I wouldn’t be lying.

That worked out great and from then on I was able to download ebooks! Then I faced another problem. I need a credit card to download books that aren’t free. I can borrow my dads credit card, but I don’t think I can use the Kuwaiti address on it, since I supposedly live in England. No idea what to do now. Any help would be appreciated.

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My Addiction to Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time is a TV show that has been out for quite some time, but only now did I take notice of it. A friend kept on telling me to watch it, but I didn’t think I would like it. At first I saw a few episodes, but I really didn’t have time to watch the rest. Now that time is in my favor, I started watching it again. In a matter of few days I reached episode 16 of the first season. The show reached season 2, episode 12, so I still have a lot of catching up to do.

Here’s a synopsis of the show!

Emma Swan gets the surprise of her life when Henry, the son she gave up 10 years ago, arrives on her doorstep. Returning the boy to his adoptive mother becomes complicated when Henry reveals a stunning theory to Emma. Everyone in Storybrooke, Maine is a fairytale character under a curse, and Emma – as the long lost daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming – is the one who can save them all. The story unfolds; interweaving scenes of the drama in the sleepy New England town and the inhabitants’ past lives in the world of fairy tales. The timeless battle of good vs evil is ready to begin again.

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2012 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 45,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 10 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

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Starbucks Reserve Review

I was recently invited to attend an invite only event to get a tour of the newly opened Starbucks Reserve in Avenues. It is the 3rd Starbucks Reserve in the world alongside Amsterdam and Seattle. The interior gives a cozy and warm feel because the coffee shop is encompassed with wooden ceilings, furniture, and flooring. Not only is it the biggest branch world-wide, but it consists of two floors with a lovely view of Grand Avenue. The atmosphere is just wonderful considering that it is very Arabian. The food display is quite different than the other Starbucks branches we are used to. The great thing about Starbucks Reserve is that it provides customers with a selection of freshly baked goods. In addition, the coffee shop offers 2 new types of black coffee. At the end of the tour, I was given a gift that consisted of a Starbucks notebook, a mug, an exclusive coffee flavor and a coffee plant. I would really like to thank Starbucks Reserve for inviting me to this event!

I urge you to visit soon! You won’t regret it!

Written alongside BNM

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French Toast Waffles – Review

The other day, I was at Sultan Center looking for Eggo’s whole wheat waffles, when my eyes fell on something else. I have never seen it before, but apparently it has been sold there for a really long time. It was Eggo’s French Toast waffles. The name intrigued me and I couldn’t stop looking away from it. Just then I grabbed the box and forgot all about the whole wheat waffles. I couldn’t careless. I WANTED to try the new waffles. By the time I came back home I was too anxious to try it out that I didn’t mind having it as part of my dinner. I got out the toaster and took out a waffle from the box. Seconds later, the smell of waffles filled the air, but it was a new kind of smell. It was cinnamon-y and sweet. I kept telling myself that it’s okay, I can wait for one last minute. A strong feeling of excitement washed over me, the waffle popped out of the toaster and in my plate it fell (yeah right, but you get the picture). I grabbed the syrup and poured some of it on top. I sat down and quickly took a bite. It was heaven in my mouth. I still can’t believe I never heard of this french-toast-waffle-combination before. I devoured the thing so quickly that I ended up toasting another one. The second time I learned my lesson and savored every bite. It’s my latest addiction. The box finished in a matter of days. It’s so incredibly yummy that I can’t stop thinking about it.

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Suburgatory – Review

A small part of my day during Ramadan is spent watching tv shows. Other than the usual Arabic shows, I started watching Suburgatory. It’s about a teenage girl that was forced to move to the suburbs. She used to live in the city and she desperately wants to go back. The show is really well written and quite funny! It explores “the differences between people raised in different ways but also shows, no matter where you grow up, there are certain universal truths that connect us.” Link I really recommend this show for a good laugh. The first season has just finished and the next one will be airing on a yet unannounced date.

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