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Int The last month of 2016 is finally upon us. And what a roller coaster of a year it's been. So many expats have bid goodbye and left Kuwait for good, mainly because of the ever increasing cost of living here, combined with relatively lower salaries compared to the rest of the GCC. At the same time, those who are still here, Kuwaitis and expats alike, have all started paying more attention to their spending habits, and go out less, eat out less, and buy less, adding to the woes of retailers, malls, and restaurants throughout the country. However, let's not fret too much, since as we all know, these things are cyclical and what goes down, must go up eventually (yes oil prices, I'm talking to you), so hopefully 2017 will turn out to be one of those boom years we all miss so dearly.
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Here at bazaar headquarters, positivity levels are high, and now more than ever, we're in the 'feel good' zone, primarily because of the sheer number of interesting people and places we keep finding out about in our beloved K-town. Starting us off, we discovered an incredible mobile boutique that makes fashion that much more accessible! Fashion on Wheels, as it is called, was created by none other than Hind Sanad and we chatted with her to find out what motivated this idea. We also chatted with the founders of Kingdome, an online magazine dedicated to music and the arts, Fay AlHomoud and Adel El-Assaad to kick off our creative collaboration together.
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Our Up Close and Personal feature is a special one this month. To celebrate her fifteenth year in Kuwait’s art community, we spoke to Amira Behbehani about her techniques, her journey and her inspirations. We also caught up with local music sensation, Omar Afuni, to talk about his latest album, Rush. And did you hear about the K20 Expedition taking place? Led by KAYAK4KUWAIT founder Bashar Saleem Al Hunaidi in collaboration with KEPA, the K20 Expedition is raising awareness to protect the beauty and biodiversity of the Arabian Gulf. Read about their kayaking journey and find out how you can support them in this issue.
And because we love our food, we checked out Debs El Reman at the scenic Miral Complex to enjoy their delicious Levantine fusion offerings. At the same time, with the holidays coming up, you can plan a feast without worrying about the dishes by ordering cozy creations from The Kitchen!
On that note, all of us here at bazaar would like to wish every single one of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Happy reading!
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Up Close and Personal, as always, features someone very special this month. We meet self taught artist Amira Behbehani, who recently celebrated fifteen years of art by launching an exhibition highlighting her journey. We enjoyed getting to know the artist in this issue, and we know you will too.
To celebrate the recent release of his album Rush, the effervescent Omar Afuni gives us a visit to talk about the production process of his music, and the hard work he’s put that’s gotten him this far into the game. You won’t want to miss this heartwarming, inspirational interview.
To honor our collaboration with Kingdome, we get to know the two colorful driving forces behind the brand’s operation and inception. Meet Fay Al-Homoud and Adel El-Assaad in this issue, and take a peek at the initiave they’re creating with Kingdome as their supporting factor.
Our Truth or Dare of the month features the quiet, yet recognizable talents of singer/ songwriter/graphic designer Ghaneema AlQudmani. In this issue, Ghaneema opens up about breaking down her barriers, and coming out of her shell to play our favorite game with us!
Considered as the first trip of its kind in the Gulf region, Kayak4Kuwait has launched its K20 Expedition from Kuwait to Oman. This expedition, though of a sporting nature, comes with a brilliant environmental twist. Read about this magical journey in this issue!
Sometimes, you just can’t be bothered with a home-cooked meal, but still crave the effects and comfort that come along with it. We at bazaar know the struggle too well, which is why we would like to turn your attention towards The Kitchen – aka: our lifesavers. Read all about why we love it!
What do you get when you combine a stylish marketing mogul with a love for fashion, and a truck? A mini mobile boutique, right in front of your own home! In this issue, we meet with Hind Sanad, mastermind behind Fashion on Wheels, and she fills us in on how this works.
This intimate eatery might be missed between the hustle and bustle of other options available at Miral Complex, but boy, are we glad we found it! This delicious Levantine fusion restaurant offers an unforgettable menu in a cozy atmosphere. Read all about our experience!
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NAWAF GHERAIBAH Date: December 13th Location: Al-Shaheed Park As part of the show organized by LAPA LOYAC, Nawaf’s concert at Al-Shaheed Park's amphitheater will combine local and global sounds in a dynamic and rousing musical performance, sure to be an evening to remember. Tribal and contemporary instruments fuse together to reflect modern theories of music, poetry and language. The music’s multifaceted nature is testament to the diversity and range of inspiration and influence, ensuring the sounds are unique and yet familiar all at once. The concert at Al-Shaheed Park is poised to present music from Nawaf’s previous project “Samsara”, as well as a performance of two new musical pieces from an upcoming project, sung by a choir of students from the Higher Institute of Musical Arts Kuwait. Performing with Nawaf on stage will be vocalists Noora Kassem, Daffy, Carol Souki, Omar Afuni, Muntaser Al Farsi and Poornima Dominic. Nawaf is a composer who enjoys breaking cultural boundaries through music. With half Kuwaiti, half Indian/ Portuguese roots, Nawaf's music is an expression of his rich multicultural heritage. For more on Nawaf, visit his website www.gheraibah.com. Learn more about Loyac at www.loyac.org. GEORGE AWDE: STILL DEPARTURES Date: December 6th – Janurary 5th Location: Sultan Gallery George Awde’s first solo exhibition in Kuwait chronicles the transitory existence of a group of young men and boys. Many of them are migrant laborers who emigranted from Syria and Syrian Kurdistan and are living in the context of Beirut from 2007-2016. This exhibition considers the embodiment of becoming men, while also appreciating issues of mobility and nationality as we each etch out our place in this world. Awde’s photographs question the relationship between citizenship, masculinity, and the sense of belonging to a place. The work explores the scars of the flesh with those of the soil. As these men grow and change, the photographs capture physical marks – in the form of tattoos and cuts – giving hints of struggle and survival.
Find out more about this and other Sultan events at www.sultangallery.com. SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET Date: December 7th – December 10th Location: Discovery Mall Hamad Al Jenaie and One World Productions present the Stephen Sondheim horror musical, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” with support by Ahmadi Music group. Set in London in the 1800’s it tells the tale of Sweeney Todd, who returns after being banished for 15 years by a corrupt judge. Aided by Mrs Lovett, Todd not only gains revenge - it’s also no coincidence that Lovett’s meat pies are now filled to the brim! Strictly not suitable for children aged 10-years and under. Playing in The Live Theatre, Discovery Mall, Kuwait City. For bookings and information, email email@example.com. OMAR KHAIRAT IN CONCERT Date: December 23rd Location: Kuwait National Concert Hall, Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Centre From the hallowed halls of Cairo's Opera House, Egypt's legendary pianist, composer and conductor Omar Khairat will be performing at Kuwait's very own National Concert Hall for a night of classical Arabic symphonies. Known for his many musical compositions such as The Fortune-teller, The Magic Perfumes (1989), and the Arab Rhapsody (1992), Omar Khairat has also composed for a number of notable international events and festivals over the years such as: The Inauguration Ceremony of Bibliotheca Alexandrina (1996), Carthage Festival in Tunisia, Fine Arts Cycle in Spain (2004), October Celebrations (2000), the Opening of the New Suez Canal (2015), Celebration of the Centennial Anniversary of the Egyptian Cinema, and many more. Omar Khairat has received many regional and International awards for his cinematic soundtrack compositions and continues to create music for both film and television productions in Egypt. Find more details on Facebook: Omar Khairat Concerts and head to the cultural centre's website jacc-kw.com.
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What: @lets_meatkw Info: Smoked brisket and ribs. Editor’s Note: All the meat.
What: @hwkuwait Info: Hovering Wings of Kuwait. Editor’s Note: Beautiful aerial videography!
What: @qoutmarket Info: The favorite outdoor market is back. Editor’s Note: First Qout of the season December 3rd at Shaheed Park!
What: @bakeologykw Info: Baking classes for the masses. Editor’s Note: They offer baking classes for kids!
What: @dailymondo Info: Motivational quotes to get you on the grind. Editor’s Note: Sometimes we all need a little extra help!
What: @lamandekw Info: Freshly made chocolates and éclairs. Editor’s Note: Perfect for holiday gifting!
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What: @foodwithcarmen Info: Healthy vegan recipe ideas. Editor’s Note: Vegans are fun with food, too!
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The K2O Expedition: A trip for sport and the environment By bazaar staff
Considered as the first trip of its kind in the Gulf region, Kayak4Kuwait has launched its K20 Expedition from Kuwait to Oman. This expedition, though of a sporting nature, comes with a brilliant environmental twist. In collaboration with the Kuwait Environmental Public Authority (KEPA), Kayak4Kuwait wants to highlight the biodiversity and beauty of the gulf, and the potential threats to the coastal locations they will encounter along the way. With KEPA’s support and continuous commitment to the protection and improvement of Kuwait’s environment, Kayak4Kuwait hopes to provide potential solutions in order to protect and conserve all the sensitive habitats encountered. Kayak4Kuwait’s K20 Expedition kicked off in early November. Starting from the north of Kuwait through to the Strait of Hormuz, finally ending at the Sultanate of Oman, the expedition is covering a distance of about 2,000 kilometers spanning over 60-70 days in kayaks. Their goal is simple: To raise awareness about the importance of protecting the environment for Kuwait and the Gulf’s future generations. They started their journey through the bay (Joun) by following the coast before heading out towards Kubbar Island. From there, they ended up rejoining the coast at Bnaider before heading towards the Nuweisib coastal border to travel onwards. When we spoke to Kayak4Kuwait’s founder and group leader, Bashar Saleem Al Hunaidi, before his expedition, he said that “This campaign seeks to spread environmental education and awareness among citizens across the Gulf, while identifying the natural resources and their importance in our lives which requires us to give it the care and attention it deserves. This campaign aims to instill and build foundations of an environmentally sustainable approach to the development of the Gulf’s economy.” Bashar then added, “Kuwait’s marine environment as well as the Gulf’s remain under considerable threat due to infringements and lack of public awareness, and we hope this campaign is the starting point in raising this much needed awareness.” The K20 Expedition’s purpose is to create awareness about Arabia’s marine environment. By traveling along the coasts of Kuwait, (possibly) Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE and finally Oman, Kayak4Kuwait hopes to garner support towards the cause. With 70 percent of the 30
Kayak4Kuwait founder and group leader Bashar Saleem Al Hunaidi
Earth’s surface made up of water, Bashar and Kayak4Kuwait believe that it’s crucial to protect this huge part of our world. The Arabian Gulf alone is home to important global populations of endangered species and critical habitats! Dugongs, sharks, whale sharks and sea turtles have all suffered losses to their populations over the years. With the dying sea, the area risks huge disruptions in its multifaceted ecosystem. While the Arabian Gulf has always played a huge role in the region’s economy, culture, history and even local pastimes – there’s a lack of awareness towards its conservation. Knowing and understanding the challenges ahead of them, Kayak4Kuwait plans to raise awareness towards our sea’s present and future by: Contributing towards the enforcement of existing environmental legislations, actively influence those in charge to protect the seas as well as strive towards extensive environmental education in both schools and the workforce. Their mission is to invite everyone out to sea and join the fun! When they’re back, you can join them in this green sport which will surely rekindle your love for the sea. You’ll experience the marine life and the water first hand while
staying in shape! By kayaking around the coast, you’ll get a feel for the reality of the sea’s suffering and how this not only affects society, but can also pose as a threat to the fresh seafood we consume. With this expedition, Kayak4Kuwait is committed to raising bringing people’s attention to the state of the sea. They’re even taking it a step further by inviting local divers, snorkelers and nature enthusiasts to join them on the expedition. By showing them the beauty that is below the surface, as well as above, Kayak4Kuwait hopes more people will join their cause in protecting the sea. You can also get involved by spreading the word, organizing a kayak meet-up and paddle out to show your support as they pass by your coastal town, and in many other ways! Follow the expedition on social media to know what you can do to help and where they’ve gotten to. After all, the sea is worth our time and effort.
To learn more about the activities of the campaign K2O Expedition sports and environmental trip, you can follow Kayak4Kuwait on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat @KAYAK4KUWAIT. For more information, contact them at Kayak4kuwait@gmail.com.
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Breaking barriers with Ghaneema Al-Qudmani By bazaar staff
Whether you’ve had the pleasure of hearing her sing her heart out at several outdoor events, or you’ve collaborated with her as a fellow artist, it’s safe to say that Ghaneema Al-Qudmani is one of the pleasant familiar faces you’re bound to run into and be impressed by in Kuwait’s creative scene. The full-time graphic designer moonlights as a singer/songwriter and performer, most known for her soulful renditions of famous songs like Nancy Sinatra’s “Bang Bang”. Though her professional skill is graphic design, her indie vibes and buttery voice made way for a reputable music career within the community. “Most people know me for my music,” she says of her passion, indicating that the reason why she seems so familiar is due to her regular attendance in Kuwait’s artistic endeavors. Although Ghaneema’s musical presence is avid, the artist claims herself to be shy, and insists that she’s been putting in more of an effort to improve her stage presence as of late, starting with her recent starring role in a local university’s production of Mamma Mia! “I feel like it helped me learn how to interact with an audience more when I’m singing. I tend to put up a barrier between myself and the audience during my performances, and being in a play helped knock that barrier down.” But it’s evident, if you’ve seen her perform, that the barrier only shows focus and intent on the music she, along with her band, guitarist Omar Salem and drummer Abdulrahman Essa create. This journey was a surprising one for Ghaneema, who always loved to sing, and has been drawing all her life, but kept pushing herself to discover aspects of her passion, testing the waters and seeing what she could do. “It all started with a little push,” she says, when asked how it all started. She found herself breaking into Kuwait’s music scene in 2012, when said little push led her to debut her talents at Qout, with the accompaniment of her acoustic guitar. “I actually met my guitarist at that time, and we started jamming, then I was introduced to my drummer, and then along the way, other members of the musical community.” Ghaneema is active in the musical community, holding fellow musicians she’s met over the years close to her heart. “I never would have met a bunch of the great people I know if it wasn’t for the music. They’re all extremely supportive, and I think that we should all come together more often, and collaborate as a whole – help each other, without competition.” The band’s upcoming EP Bad Habits does contain more original work, harmonizing with her illustrations, but we’ll have to wait till 2017 to see what they sound like! “I don’t play originals at shows because I want to release them on my album”, she says slyly, maintaining bits of 32
the mystery her character cannot compromise. And yet, she still manages to break down the barrier enough to play our favorite getting-to-know-you game.
TRUTH OR DARE QUESTIONNAIRE How would your mother describe you in one word? Unique. How would you describe your mother in one word? Queen. What is the most ridiculous question you’ve ever been asked? “How did you learn Arabic so fast?” What is the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done? Going out without a plan. What is your theme song? “Welcome To the Jungle” - Guns and Roses. What word in the English or Arabic language do you wish you had invented? Renegade. Where would you like to live? What is your dream retirement location? Wherever my loved ones are. What is the first famous quote that comes to your mind? “May the Force be with you.” –Star Wars
What animal best describes the kind of partner you’d be interested in? Unicorn. What do you miss about your childhood? Its simplicity. If you could change your name, what would you change it to? Mad Giggles. How would you describe your handshake in one word? Firm. What is the toughest part of your character? My sarcasm. Who is your favorite historical figure? Darth Vader! Realistically speaking, Albert Einstein. What in the world do you least desire? Politics. What do you think is lacking in the world, which if there was more of would make the world a better place? Spreading love and kindness. Why do you think most girls/guys like you? I’m there when someone needs me. Finish this sentence: “Happiness is a thing called…” Pizza. Check out Ghaneema’s online portfolio at www.Ghaneema.weebly.com.
IN A WORLD OF FULL OF NEGATIVITY … Be nice or keep quiet By George Tarabay
As humans and Kryptonians, we are programed to think and assign adjectives in a certain way: Sheep are weak, wolves are bad, men are stronger, and women are more mature (which is partially true, but I digress). This incisive need we built as a populous to say stuff about things, has really begun to avail its over long due bill and the root of all that is: Free Broadcasting Platforms. No this is not another article about “The effects of social media on a society” or “how businesses can strive in the digital realm”, rather it is a plea for people to just…relax. I remember a time when people had to dial seven phone numbers and connect wires together to get a hold of a person, but with today’s platforms and technologies you can reach someone in less than a second. Heck, you can have an AI assistant dial them for you should you find yourself elbows deep in a delicious pizza, and that is why I love technology: It allows me to keep my meal time/connectivity hands free. What I am not a fan off is “the I must” feeling most people get using these platforms. Someone posted a video I do not like “I must tell them it sucks”. Someone posted a tweet I do not agree with “I must tell them they are wrong”. What is 34
even worse is that people think that this is a birth right to voice themselves at every turn of events because they can and not because they have to. What people miss these days is the fact that words are an arrangement of letters in a certain order that we adapted in a way that makes sense. Want to know why words have no real impact? There is a proven theory that if you give a monkey a keyboard and infinite time, at some point, and at random, that monkey will be able to recreate Shakespeare’s entire library by randomly typing. I am not stripping words of their effect, words do have a beautiful sensation if they are nice, however the fact that we allocate so much emotion to negative words is beyond me. Write a big essay in the comment section on someone’s post, depicting the beauty of what they just posted, then have someone else post two words under it, like “this sucks” or “this is just bad” and see the person ignore your essay, and engage in a full on conversation trying to defend themselves. It’s what we do. Sad, but true. That’s why I am writing this piece. I have one small piece of advice for both the content creators and the spectators: relax, it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter Mr. Content Creator, because it is not well constructed. It’s a derivative of hate aimed towards disrupting you. It doesn’t matter Mr. Spectator, because not once did anybody leave an online argument with a different opinion. At the end
of the day, we go online with pre-set opinions and we generally leave with the same ideas. It’s simple. If I like something, I write a nice comment, if not I keep my mouth shut and move on to the next thing. My opinion does not matter, not because I am irrelevant, but because it’s a non-tangible platform with millions of letters inputted to it every second, mostly negative and pure hateful. But what is real, is the person on the other side of my screen, they have feelings and a story that I am not aware of, and one simple word can send them in a downward negative spiral. Even though people might seem happy, remember, we all use a perfect avatar of our real character online. It was defined in philosophy that your conscious is what stops you from pressing a button that would kill a random stranger even if it makes you filthy rich. Today, consider the number of buttons that we do press or tap on that could easily kill strangers without even enriching our lives. Stop it, please…just relax. Oh, and if you don’t like this article just move on to the next one.
George Tarabay is a local radio host, comedian, marketing expert and a self-proclaimed average human being. For his latest updates, follow him on Instagram @GeorgeTarabay.
BARAKAH MEETS BARAKAH: SAUDI FILM SPEAKS TO THE YOUTH By Eman Hussein
Hearing the loud laughter of the audience, you wouldn’t imagine that a Saudi production is screening. But believe it or not, Mahmoud Sabbagh, an independent Saudi filmmaker, has produced a Romantic- Comedy film called Barakah Yukabil Barakah that sold-out theaters. The film, which is a genuine representation of the Saudi society, has been received well by local and international audiences and is now the second Saudi film ever to be submitted to the Oscars for consideration. The film stars Hisham Fageeh and Fatima AlBanawi, both from Saudi Arabia. It follows the love story of Barakah and Bibi in the conservative Saudi society. Barakah works as a civil servant while Bibi is the adopted daughter of a rich couple and is widely recognized for her stylish blog. Together 36
Barakah and Bibi try to overcome not only their class and social differences but also the restrictive traditions of their society. Earlier this year, February 21st, to be exactBarakah Yuqabil Baraka premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival - Berlinale, one of the world’s leading film festivals. And from the beginning, the film caught people’s attention as they gathered to see the promised Saudi production, not expecting that laughter would prevail. Sabbagh ended up winning the prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 66th Berlinale in 2016. After it kicked off at the Berlinale, the film continued receiving positive reviews locally as well as internationally, until it was impossible to overlook it. This meant that entering the 2017 Academy Awards for consideration was certain. The film was submitted for best foreign language film, and its
supporters have high hopes of winning. Commenting on the submission Sabbagh told Stepfeed: “My biggest prize is actually to make a good, genuine film from Saudi: A film that people can watch, relate to, and can be part of the change. Going to the Oscars is a great marketing and publicity step. If we could be able to represent the country later in the shortlist, it would be amazing. If not, we are still very happy!” Barakah Yuqabil Barakah or (Barakah meets Barakah) speaks to the Saudi youth and depicts very serious matters in a very light and humorous manner. The film aims at reflecting normal day-today life in Saudi Arabia and is definitely a hit. Thanks to independent filmmakers like Mahmoud Sabbagh, the film industry that was publicly banned in Saudi Arabia is now revived.
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Fifteen years of art and exploration By bazaar staff
While modern artists are constantly in the public eye, Amira Behbehani prefers to remain in the background. Creating her art in peace, the artist finds that keeping a low profile suits her more. As the creative community celebrated her latest solo exhibition at Kuwaitâ€™s CAP Gallery that marks her fifteen-year journey with art, we spent one morning with Amira at her studio to explore her inspirations, passions, and what it takes to create art.
Aside from her art which has put her in the spotlight, we learned that the causes and charities that Amira is a part of sparked her interest to become more vocal in the public scene. Amira has found herself creating fundraisers and supporting the Hayatt Breast Cancer Foundation, Peace One Day Charity, LOYAC, several animal shelters and charities, KCRS (Kuwait Child’s Rights Society) and Abolish 153: “I can’t say no to something I believe in,” she started. And as a founding member of Abolish 153, Amira and Sheikha Al Nafisi will be organizing a fundraising art event to raise awareness and funds. “Alanoud [Alsharekh] and Sheikha Lulu [Al Sabah] called everyone they know,” Amira recalled, “I remember we met in Sheikha Lulu’s house and they asked us if we knew anything about Article 153 – we didn’t. When they asked us if we were interested in being members in their organization, I couldn’t say no. I really believed in the cause and I blindly said yes to joining, even though I need to be trained in the laws to be capable to answer any questions about it.” If it’s not a charity, then Amira’s focus and belief goes towards the youth. “I always try to support young emerging designers and artists,” Amira explained, “I do what I wish people would have done with me when I first started.” True to the artist’s latest solo exhibition, Amira’s journey through art came about fifteen years ago. She decided to quit her job and join the art movement back in 2001 and hasn’t looked back since. Curating and designing exhibitions for other artists, Amira grew very attached to the world of art. It wasn’t until 2003, however, when she actually picked up a brush and began to paint. In 2004/2005 she had her first exhibition at Dar Al Funoon. While Amira is mostly self-taught, she had taken a few workshops here and there. “But I never follow their rules!” Amira laughed, “I try to experiment on my own. If they tell me, for instance, that this line needs to be drawn from top to bottom, I draw it from the bottom, up just to see how it works. It’s a part of my character. It’s what makes me, me!” “Luckily, I got to experience different types of styles and mediums through my experimentations. I break the rule to find something that maybe someone else didn’t,” Amira smiled. Investing in a lot of materials to experiment with, Amira spends more time on her experiments than on the concept she’s creating. Once she’s honed her technique, Amira then goes on to making the concept as a completed reality. Her 2016 solo exhibition – entitled A Fifteen-year Journey: The Art of Amira Behbehani – could have been filled with all her different techniques and experimentations; but instead, she decided to focus on key pieces instead. “I didn’t want it to look like I was exhibiting all these techniques I know, I would rather use them gradually and in different exhibitions,” she explained.
Amira’s 2016 exhibition brought us pieces that looked nothing alike. Each creation, each painting had its own thought process and own feel. “This exhibition’s theme refers to my journey through art, and fifteen years of references. These references are what influence the artist at the time,” she continued, “They show you that at this specific point of time, the artist was heavily influenced and painted in a technique similar to Picasso, Matisse, Zaha Hadid or Francis Bacon. They aren’t necessarily aware of that at the time, but looking back at it they can see it – and that’s what I wanted
to talk about in particular with this exhibition.” Believing that originality in art doesn’t exist, Amira views that novelty emerges through your technique and how you build and layer the piece to make it truly your own. “Original art is what you can find etched on the walls in caves,” Amira said. Changing from one day to the next, Amira finds herself in all of her practices – “it depends on my mood that day, but I love ink, watercolor and oil.” Bored of repetition, the artist deplores creating the same piece in different styles. She’d rather explore different concepts, “Even [Continued...] 39
[Continued...] if I draw a group of trees I like, I draw them differently each time to show a different side to them.” Unlike many, Amira doesn’t let the material decide what she could paint, she lets the painting tell her which materials to use. “The image itself controls the medium and the technique,” Amira went on, “You can’t force a technique onto a concept, it’s the concept that forces the technique and medium.” With so many techniques up her sleeve, Amira feels the most attached to black and white. “I know how to master black and create paintings with nothing but black!” her eyes sparkled, “But the reason my art keeps changing is because I keep changing. The thoughts and ideas I want to portray force me to change and create different pieces with different mediums and techniques.” “I can’t make copies, even if they’re my own,” she explained, “Even if you ask me to recreate a piece for you, I would do it in a different way to represent who I am now and what I’m influenced by now.” Always changing and always evolving in her style, Amira enjoys sharing her references and can always tell you what influenced a certain style – be it a reference to a specific artist, a mood or thought. With all the different methods she has worked with, Amira prides herself with her familiarity with the 15th Century, silverpoint drawing technique. “None of the artists use it here in Kuwait!” Amira went on to explain, “Basically, you use brass, gold or silver points to draw and it comes off as graphite [on the right surface].” Going around her studio, it becomes clear at just how skilled Amira Behbehani is with so many mediums. Woodcutting, drypoint [etching on plexiglass] and Gelli plate printing are just some of the techniques she uses in her dayto-day creations. “I keep using different materials and mediums until I become aware of what I need and how I need to use it,” she stated. Inspiration comes to her from all over, “anything can trigger me, but if I try to force inspiration, I can’t find it.” While she can go for days, maybe weeks, without inspiration, when it finally hits, Amira finds herself exploding with ideas and concepts that need to be instantly created. “I create my art for me, I don’t care what other people think of it,” she grinned. Amira has a rare ability of separating herself from the art. Once she takes her finished pieces to the gallery to be exhibited, Amira turns from artist to curator. She considers the works as a collective body and evaluates single pieces to find the best ways to exhibit them as though they were someone else’s work. While this might seem to involve endless planning, Amira confesses that the only plans set in stone are the number of pieces that need to be in the show. In always breaking the mold, Amira’s outlook on art transcends what others may conform to, and she concisely concluded, “I don’t follow what people want”. 40
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL QUESTIONNAIRE:
Which talent would you most like to have? Dancing!
What do you most value in your friends? Honesty and dedication.
If you could have any job, what would it be? I don’t want to have a job!
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Good health.
What would you consider your greatest achievement? Being who I am now.
What is your greatest fear? Bad health and the loss of a dear person. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Making promises that I can’t really keep up with. What is the trait you most deplore in others? Brutality and violence. Which living person do you most admire? I admire my kids. What is your greatest extravagance? Exercising, going to the spa, and watching movies and documentaries. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Inshallah! What is it that you most dislike? Lying.
What is your most treasured possession? My kids. What is your most marked characteristic? My eyes – I always get comments on them. Where would you most like to live? I like living in Kuwait – I feel safe in my country. What are your favorite words to live by? Passion, security, love and beauty.
For more information, connect with Amira Behbehani on Facebook: Amira.Behbehani and Instagram @Amira.Behbehani. Photography by Yousef Al Nasser.
FINDING FATMA By Nejoud Al-Yagout
According to her Instagram account, Fatma Abodoma – a unique, talented artist and photographer - is “a human witch who used to be a whale.” Through this wacky and original phrase, Fatma invites us to a world of playfulness and intrigue. Being a sucker for original souls, I knew I had to ask her a few questions! Join me in getting to know a little more about this passionate artist. As a visual artist, you bring the world to life through art and photographs. I noticed you take many portraits. Have you found the gateway to heaven in human faces? Yes, I found the gateway to heaven in human faces. A human face communicates love, hatred, passion, happiness; it shows all the mixed complicated feelings, especially the eyes. The human body is also a gateway to a lot of things, but in a face, feelings are more focused. 42
Tell us a little about your artist-in-residence program at Al Makan Art Studio. Generally, residence programs add something to the artist's world. It is like an adventure. I work on my art outside of my comfort zone and bond with the new energy of the space, exploring different moods, which is very important from time to time. Plus, what is essential is the interaction with people, conversation, communication and exposure. The youth usually come to Al Makan to hang out with friends, not to be introduced to art or artists. But, then, they have access to art when they do come, and, as a result, begin to appreciate art and reach a point of understanding it. The theme I chose for this residence program is the challenges and changes between women and society nowadays. Do you transcend gender, nationality and belief systems in your art, or do you think it is important to reflect your labels in your art? To me, art is a personal expression of an idea, feeling, experience or sometimes an opinion. Therefore, it is a spectrum including both transcendence and labels.
Are there any underlying messages or is your work or do you let the art lead the way? The message in my art is usually not in the artwork itself, but in how my art reaches each person. In a certain sense, we can say that art leads the way. Finally, I have spoken to many people who are afraid of criticism and claim to not be ready to share their art with the world. What would you say to these artists that bury their passions for fear of expressing themselves? Socrates said: "Speak, so that I may see you.” Although art is a personal expression, I feel that the interaction between art and the audience is a cornerstone for its completion. Criticism is one of the natural outcomes of exposure. It expresses the diversity in people and their reactions. This diversity contributes to the artist's evolution and widens the artist’s point of view.
You can follow Fatma Abodoma on her Instagram account: @fatmabodoma or view her work on https://www.behance.net/fatmabodoma.
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DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION – MISUNDERSTOOD? By Sarah Saleh
A common term in today’s digital lexicon is disruptive innovation – a term that has fallen victim to much misunderstanding. Too many people speak of disruption using the term loosely to invoke the concept of innovation, and disruptive innovation to describe any situation in which the industry is shaken and previous bearers of success succumb. Uber would be such an example of where many commentators have gone wrong in their use of the term, or at least according to the father of disruptive innovation himself. The concept was first introduced – and phenomenon analyzed – in 1995 by Harvard professor Clayton M. Christensen, who defined it as an innovation that transforms a historically expensive and complicated product accessed by a few people only, to something more affordable and accessible to a much larger population. Clayton replaced the term disruptive technology with disruptive innovation, recognizing that few technologies are essentially disruptive; it is the business model enabled by the technology which is disruptive. The theory was aimed at well-managed companies and managing executives who overlooked researching the community. Clayton believed that disruptive innovation companies had the power to hurt successful companies by better focusing on the customer, hence tapping into markets highly ignored. Clayton distinguished between low-end disruption that targets customers who are in no need of the full performance expected by high-end customers, and new-market disruption which targets a previously unserved customer base. A classic example of low-end disruption is the personal computer. Prior to personal computers, minicomputers and mainframes were the dominant products in the computing industry, and they required engineering experience to operate. In the late 1970s, Apple began selling computers as toys for children. These products were nowhere near competing with minicomputers in terms of quality, but since the mass could not afford or knew very little as to how to operate the expensive minicomputers, people shifted to purchasing Apple computers as they were better alternatives. Gradually, Apple improved on their innovation and within a few years, their computers were set to do the work of the much more expensive minicomputers. Apple managed to create a huge new market, making personal computers usable by the mass and ultimately changing the existing industry. An example of new-market disruption is the introduction by Ford of Model T in 1908, changing 44
the transportation market. Prior to Ford’s Model T, automobiles were expensive and considered a luxury item, and hence did not disrupt the horsedrawn vehicles market. Thanks to Ford’s innovative approach which led to the development of the assembly line technique of mass production, the company was able to produce cheaper automobiles that inevitably replaced horse-drawn vehicles. A product need not necessarily eliminate industries, but can well improve on existing markets and entail adoption of new business models. For instance, Netflix is a case of a “classically” disruptive model, whose initial service of offering online movie rentals was not as appealing to Blockbuster’s mainstream customers, who were looking for instant gratification as they chose movies. Netflix later adapted by changing their business model and offering streaming on-demand video to customers, which became more appealing to Blockbuster’s customers who eventually transitioned in high numbers, forcing Blockbuster into bankruptcy in 2010. Customers of most disruptive innovations tend to reside at the lower bottom of the market with unrefined products that those on top often fail to recognize as a threat. The disruptive innovation companies then develop their products and start stealing customers or reshaping industries, such as Skype did with respect to telecommunications. As technology advances and knowledge becomes accessible to all, there is fertile ground for many new disruptive innovations to rise. We may see
3D printing disrupting manufacturing industries, or flying vehicles disrupting transportation as we know it. Automakers are staking their claims in the ridesharing world, which may have a huge role to play in shaping the future of mobility. The horizon is endless, and we are in for a ride. In conclusion, and for this article to be fair, let us go back and elaborate further on Clayton’s statement regarding Uber. Now, according to his theory, a disruptive business has to either originate in a low-end market and move upstream, to higher value markets, or it has to create a new market where none existed; Clayton says Uber meets neither of these criteria. Others argue however that Uber did in fact take off from a low-market foothold, with UberX unlocking an entirely new source of supply by allowing anyone who owns a car to drive without certification, and creating a new market within for-hire transportation. The misunderstanding may lie in the fact that Uber, just like Apple, does not follow a linear approach – which is demand-based and with a distinct customer group - but behaves as a platform business. This difference appears to have important implications while some are calling for the theory of disruptive innovation to start accounting for platforms, given they are the dominant business model of the 21st century.
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AMAZING TENT DESIGNED BY JORDANIAN DESIGNER TO FIT THE NEEDS OF THE REFUGEES By Israa Elkhatib
People have roamed the Earth since the beginning of time. The reasons for travel vary from war, weather, or even the hunt for food. The last few years have seen a surge of nomadic movements in the form of refugees fleeing war-torn countries. So what’s the first thing a traveler would need? Shelter, to be more specific a tent. Jordanian-Canadian Abeer Seikaly, a crucial asset to the “Weaving a Home” Project, has designed a tent that provides more than just shelter. With the refugees in mind, her tent merges different combinations from nature into a very awesome tent! The project was a winning entry in the 2013 Lexus Design Awards. The fabric looks woven together, much 46
like the traditional forms of embroidery. It looks very much like the scales of a snake, too! The tent itself does more than just protect. It is designed to keep the cold air out during the winter, but bring it in during the summer. The top of the tent collects rainwater that spirals down through internal pipes in which people could then bring back up for a shower. The tent’s fabric even has strong thermal properties that can convert solar radiation into power for lighting and heat collected water for showering. It’s designed to fold up neatly for travel, making it the invention that could save thousands of lives. Abeer says on her website: “This lightweight, mobile, structural fabric could potentially close the gap between need and desire as people metaphorically weave their lives back together, physically weaving their built environment into a place
both new and familiar, transient and rooted, private and connected. In this space, the refugees find a place to pause from their turbulent worlds, a place to weave the tapestry of their new lives. They weave their shelter into home.” In addition to her independent practice, Abeer is also the production manager of Adel Abidin, the internationally recognized Iraqi-Finnish video artist. The Weaving a Home project is still under development and hopefully, it soon will be available for all refugees. Editor’s Note: Since the publication of this article, The Weaving a Home project is still under development, however we encourage all readers to visit www.abeerseikaly.com/weavinghome.php for more information on the matter and how you can take part in making this design dream a reality.
THE CREATIVE CONSULTANT Dr. Randa Diab and 4R’s Consulting By bazaar staff
Offering exceptional business consulting, research and training services is easier said than done. Sometimes, businesses experience difficulty in achieving success when working with consultants. According to 4R’s Consulting Founder Randa Diab, however, a successful result is feasible when a clear and transparent relationship is established between consultant and client. At 4R’s Consulting, Randa aims to not only dispel clients’ misconceptions about embarking on a consulting contract, she also successfully integrates her expertise in the field along with a wide range of seasoned professionals that are a part of the 4R’s Consulting family. She started off our conversation with a simple yet powerful statement, “If you want to be good at something, you need to have a good personal measure for it. There’s simply no other way to do it. I have a passion for consulting, and after much time and previous experiences, I realized that I should be working in this field.” What first began as a part time experiment quickly evolved into a fully-fledged business. Once upon a time, Randa worked the basic 9-5 grind that most people experience, “This format wasn’t sustainable for me when it came to starting a family. "While I loved all of my previous jobs, a full time job at the time wasn’t the thing for me.” But, due to Randa’s broad expertise in the food and beverage management industry, the work kept coming in, despite her step away from the traditional job format. Randa added, “At first, I handled all of the consulting services myself. As work progressed, I began expanding my network of professionals to work with, to people who also shared my similar circumstances. It’s wonderful to include people who, like me, still wanted to utilize their varied expertise on different projects.” Experience isn’t always equated with quality; it sometimes has its limitations. From Randa’s personal experience as an at home mom, she knew that life is never defined by a certain set of rules, and she is breaking the stigma that undermines the capabilities of other women who share her experience with 4R’s Consulting. “I noticed many, extremely qualified women who wanted to take on different projects.” Today, Randa’s network includes creatives and experts with varying experiences, but at the end of the day, she is a part of every step in 48
the consulting process. “I am obliged to work with different budgets, allowing me to pool in people from various circles but I’m always proctoring the process, especially when more people are involved.” Aside from working with a wide network of professionals, 4R’s Consulting is also planning to give free seminars to further the local youth’s understanding of business and entrepreneurship. For Randa, specializing in the food and beverage industry came as a natural decision. Multifaceted and multitalented, Randa worked with companies like Sultan Center, Alshaya and Acquire foods, and considers each experience as a wonderful opportunity that further honed her consulting skills. Knowing that she was on to something special, Randa explained that, “F&B is what I know best. Combining my experience with my passion for food is truly a blessing. The field is not only fun, it’s extremely challenging.” Armed with a Doctor of Business Administration from Paris Business School and Six Sigma (Green) certifications, Randa’s approach to her business is scientific above all else. She believes in a “tried and tested process, because there are people who study these processes for years proving that consulting should never take on an ad hoc approach.” Randa also highlighted the importance of sustainability, “Sustaining success is difficult, but relying on sustaining a business without proactivity is redundant. Businesses need consistent, realistic plans.” Based on her previous work experience, Randa is naturally able to assess both sustainable and unsustainable practices, and she stated, "Sometimes, you
don't need to face a drastic issue to improve on a business element. Whereas I at times deal with a problem that requires a complete systematic overhaul." Randa first approaches a client in a casual setting, “When I say I’m meeting a client for a diagnostic, that sometimes sounds scary, but it’s really a simple conversation where I learn how I could be of help.” Randa likens her services to a visit to a doctor, “Think of an issue as an ailment, a doctor can’t simply give you medicine without analyzing your symptoms.” The casual conversation is then followed by a second evaluation on the premise or location of a given business, which leads to a diagnostic report and plan that is prepared by Randa. Depending on what diagnostics reveal, why symptoms or issues arise, a refined plan of action is drawn. 4R’s Consulting offer services that are entirely customizable and flexible, and as detailed as dictated by the client’s brief. From clarifying job roles, rebranding, producing websites, and so much more, Randa’s plan for a client is customized and tailored to suit the issues uncovered during the diagnostic phase and the client’s budget. Randa can help you create a concept from scratch, or she could advise an already existing concept based on an agreed upon timeline with the client. Feasibility studies, financial analytics and business plan development—all of these services fall under an umbrella of offerings available through 4R’s Consulting. For more information, please call: 2242 7886/6996 6503 and visit: www.4-rs.com. Find 4R's on Facebook: 4rsConsulting, and Instagram @4rs_consulting_kwt.
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17 YEAR OLD EGYPTIAN SAVES LIVES WITH HER CHEMICAL INVENTION By Eman Hussein
Saving lives is one of the noblest goals out there to pursue. And while you don’t hear often about 17-year-olds preoccupied to achieve such lengths, this became the ultimate objective for Egyptian Deena Mousa when she noticed that excess bleeding is the second cause of death in hospitals. Deena grew up in a household that revolved around science. Her father is a professor and a researcher, and her older siblings were often involved in scientific projects. And so as a child, she followed suite and started her scientific journey. At the age of five, she conducted her first science experiment on how plants grow, after her father gifted her with a plant seed and a pot of soil for her birthday. So it is no surprise that at the age of 17, she would cook up something that will soon revolutionize the medical world. 50
Working for 2 years in the Albany College of Pharmacy in New York, where her father is the chairman of the research institute, Deena ended up developing Hemostat V-Seal- liquid drop, which can stop the bleeding of any major wound within 10 seconds. In simpler terms, her product can stop bleeding in a faster ratio than the products currently used in hospitals, which can take up to 12 seconds. Shortening the time needed for the wound to heal by even seconds means liters of blood will be preserved, which can ultimately save the wounded victim’s life. When approached by Barakabits, Deena explains her product further: “Hemostat V-Seal can stop bleeding in any major wound within 10 seconds – as compared to the current standard of care, which takes 10-12 minutes. Practically, that’s the difference between losing milliliters and liters of blood – the difference between life and death. Hemostat is also anti microbial and has wound healing properties.”
Deena definitely has other impressive achievements on her young resume. She has worked on other projects with other institutions including The Renselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she gained support from other experienced researchers. “My high school [Emma Willard High School] helped me and others identify Labs that matched our interests. Luckily, I have only been met with enthusiasm, scientists who truly believe in the importance of their work and eager to teach others.” Deena has already submitted the necessary patent applications. She’s now seeking the approval of the US Food and Drug Administration and is ready to introduce her product in the market. Currently, Deena is a freshman at Yale University, and plans to study Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. She aspires to conduct more exciting research and to make her product available for all those in need for it.
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A conversation with Fay Al-Homoud and Adel El-Assaad By bazaar staff
The arts, though vast in quantity, genre and practice, fare difficult to access in the region, being scattered within community pockets of each country. We don’t even manage to “catch them all”, and constantly find ourselves wondering how many talented people are really out there? To quote the late Leonard Cohen we “can’t keep track of each fallen robin.” This is where an exclusive to the creative arts online magazine like Kingdome shows its value in a region where art is important, yet not showcased enough. Fay Al-Homoud and Adel El-Assaad were first inspired by plans to conceptualize an event dedicated to bboys and urban street dancing, stating that, “The event meant to take place under a built dome-like structure representing the realm of urban street culture. The dome itself sparked the idea to create our own planet; A kingdom of sorts. Hence the name Kingdome, merging both notions of a KINGDOM and a DOME, perfectly.” From there, they decided to focus on all things representing both regional and international street culture and talent. Kingdome is ultimately an online lifestyle magazine, and poses as the answer to all of Fay and Adel’s questions, giving both artistic souls a platform to spread their love and appreciation for the arts, and equal opportunities for the talented to show the public their capabilities. “We aim to present Kingdome as a showcasing platform and not as a standard content provider.” Fay says of the publication. “We are very interested in the hidden talents and strive to make Kingdome the source for hidden creative. The on-going search for hidden talents is actually what Kingdome was founded on and this limelight is what sets us apart, gaining us recognition so far.” With aiming to showcase rather than merely cover topics, the magazine is exposed to far more opportunities and projects with the global creative communities. Kingdome aims not to limit their interaction as only a media face, but as partners in the community. And as partners in the community, Adel and Fay work hand in hand, building the initiative from the ground up. Fay’s responsibilities as Managing Partner as well as the Editor in Chief of Kingdome include editorial approvals, content coordination, the scout for talent, planning of features and task delegation for the team. She also plays a primary role Kingdome’s business and creative development. 52
As Managing Editor and Creative Director, Adel also acts as a lead in Beirut and the Senior Lifestyle Editor of Kingdome. He plans its creative development, associations and events and collaborations while staying true of his duties in building Kingdome’s Lifestyle Section, editorially. “Adel spends a lot of time in Lebanon, and everyone knows how amazingly creative that country is! The scene
is overflowing with new concepts and creativity is overwhelming. He comes back with great opportunities and we both work on strategically developing the magazine with both our networks and finds.” Fay says of her partner’s work. The duo’s passion for publicizing the arts stems from both of their backgrounds, where their collective expertise lies in the experience they have with showcasing talent. Fay, who is
also the founder of Q8 Street Art, feels that it is crucial for her to remain informed about the growing and ever evolving urban art and culture scene in Kuwait and around the world. “Through my many travels to Paris, London, Malaysia, New York, Belgium and many other countries, I find myself networking and getting to know artists all over. There were so many great stories to tell and my love for supporting the arts has made me even more determined to produce great editorial and features to showcase these creative people and their work.” Even prior to Kingdome’s inception, Fay to this day prides herself in trying to attend as many events as possible, both in Kuwait and abroad, to remain up-to-date on industry news regarding up and coming and established artists, designers, creative news, gallery openings and related happenings. What Adel’s expertise contributes is derived from his understanding of luxury lifestyle, contemporary high fashion marketing, creative communications and building beautiful and effective customer experiences for shoppers. As a founder of his boutique consultancy, A.EL.A Communications, he doesn’t limit himself to brands, and feels that the flexibility of Kingdome introduces him to different networks to work with.
“I have more freedom to explore and innovate with start-up businesses and what better time to do this than now; the age of innovative businesses.” His impressive resume boasts experience with International titles such Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and W Magazine. “Working closely with these publications and their editors for coverage, events, pop-ups and other special operations allowed me to customize and frame my editorial angles, creating experiences for my clients, then and now. I am able to accomplish this fully with Kingdome as the Senior Lifestyle Editor by fusing my love for modern lifestyle editorials with what the scene has to offer.” Kingdome’s appreciation and involvement in the scene is relevant with constant coverage. This vehemence has strengthened the brand’s relationship with local artists, as both Adel and Fay are adamant about keeping in touch with, and keeping updated on [the talent’s] work. Building such rapport results in Kingdome rivaling most online publications in the region with the coverage on local, regional and international Musicians, DJs and Producers, boasting exclusive sets by these artists. “They are asked to produce exclusive sets and tracks just for the magazine and this has done very well for the magazine. Exclusivity is important
for a business like ours.” Kingdome is powered by Monstarium, a 360-degree urban lifestyle brand that is centered around creating trends, and it also functions as home to the Monstarium street fashion Label. As part of this lifestyle brand, Kingdome was conceived as a Monstarium initiative, yet operates as a free-enterprise trademark fueled by the Monstarium label. The brand has big dreams for itself, aspiring towards establishing a fully fledged creative hub, with operations in the worlds leading creative scenes (Dubai, London, Milan, Paris, New York). Kingdome intends on inviting such scenes to celebrating all art forms under Kingdome. “We would ultimately like to become a center for the Arts – a production house that caters to creative production for artists, designers and businesses.” And by the looks of it thus far, they have a great chance of getting to where they want to go.
For more information visit www.kingdome.co. You can follow Kingdome on Facebook and Soundcloud @KingdomeMagazine, Instagram @Kingdome.co, Twitter @KingdomeCo and on YouTube: Kingdome Magazine. Photography by Yousef Al Nasser. 53
STYLE TO GO!
Meeting Fashion on Wheels’ Hind Sanad By bazaar staff
We’ve all been there, and in today’s day and age with the fast paced need to update your look, we understand that the struggle is indeed very real. You want to experience the adrenaline rush of owning something new, which will surely become a staple in your wardrobe, but you don’t want to have to schlep all the way to a mall only to be refused parking and find things that aren’t always as exciting as we envision them to be. If you can relate, then Fashion on Wheels is probably your best solution. Fashion on Wheels is exactly what it sounds like – a service that delivers a mobile boutique to the comfort of your own home, so that you don’t have to leave the house or deal with the inefficiencies of online shopping. Hind Sanad, the creator and curator of the concept introduces this new style of shopping to us with gusto, and confidence. “I noticed that in Kuwait, people like having things delivered to them – you can get your food delivered, you can even have someone come to your house to do your nails, so why not a mobile boutique?” Hind, a marketing genius in her everyday life, decided to use her spare time to create this innovative service, and it all started with an appreciation for style – and a truck. “I always liked casual style,” she smiles. “I’m not too flashy, and I like everyday, stylish items that are modern and trendy, yet timeless at the same time.” And so, with that passion, Hind turned into a buyer, curating pieces from nondescript suppliers abroad to display selections of comfortable yet fashionable pieces that can be worn for any occasion. “I loved the truck as soon as I found it, and I wish I was licensed to drive it,” she laughs. Fortunately, her truck driver Omar is equipped to handle the mobile boutique, and she accompanies him to every requested appointment she has, between the truck’s hours of operation: 5pm-10pm daily. How can one get their hands on this mystical fashion truck? It’s easy as counting to three! All you have to do is contact Hind via Fashion on Wheels’ Instagram page, and she’ll come right over, truck in tow, park in an acceptable spot “we’re very resourceful, and respectful” she says of parking issues – and voila! A mini boutique for you to enjoy, complete with all necessary amenities. The interior of the truck has been decked out with full-length mirrors, racks adorned with clothing, and of course, air conditioning. “The harsh summer season weather in Kuwait can 54
make this a little challenging,” Hind laughs “But with the installed AC, customers can be comfortable taking their time roaming around the truck!” Hind also rolls down the door of the truck to give you privacy to try items on, if you wish, or you could try them on in the comfort of your own home. “I want people to feel comfortable and relaxed enough to enjoy my collections and to take their time looking through them,” she says. For local designers looking to create a popup station, Hind has you covered and will rent a section of the truck for you to display your items for sale. Hind has hosted different local outlets in the truck, some of whom include Walkin Closet Boutique, ByAudreys and Mougah, to name a few of participants from the extensive list on Fashion on Wheel’s resume. And since the weather is cooling down, be sure to keep an eye out for Hind and her truck at future events. She has frequented events in the past, and raves about the exposure she gets when participating as a vendor. Rode
Rush Market, Food Truck Fest, The High Street, Richard’s Coffee and The Yard are other events where she has appeared, just to give you a taste as to where you can expect to see her with her goods again. Fashion on Wheels is designed to meet the needs of the ladies who want to make their lives easier. It truly is an innovative experience that’s sure to revolutionize the way we shop for styles in Kuwait. “The first generation of fast retail was online shopping. Now, fashion immediacy has gone mobile.” Well said, Hind. Now – when can you bring your truck to our office so that we can take the best possible coffee break?
Make your Fashion on Wheels experience happen today! Follow them on Instagram @fashion_onwheels. To schedule an appointment, call 9449 1200, and check out their website at www.fashiononwheels.net for more information.
Examining the future of the traditional workplace By Natasha E. Feghali
Millennials are changing the face of work and the traditional model that exists in the workplace to something much more flexible, flat and drastically different. As millennials move into the 21st Century they are dominating the work force and will not settle for any “old” job or behavior from their superiors at work. More and more businesses are struggling with the millennial work ethic and are having a hard time keeping their employees satisfied. According to Louis Effron in his article Why Millennials don’t want to work for you (2015) for Forbes, “Millennials will represent 40% of the total workforce by 2020”. This change in the workplace should not come as a shock though; millennials are raised in a culture of reward and recognition brought on by home, school and peers. Millennials also grew up as the “selfiekids” with their parents, teachers etc., continuously “snapping” anything they do and showing it off to “the social media” world. Therefore, millennials could be perceived as needing constant support and praise. These “kids” as seen by the baby boomers, view work as a place of work only and favor having a full and enriching life as opposed to the traditional work-life balance. The challenge for employers lies in shifting their workplace policies to reflect the behavior and mindset as millennials continue to replace baby boomers in the workplace. Managers Managers who once used certain tactics to motivate baby-boomers cannot use the same strategies when working with their younger counterparts. One example that has been frequently debated is the notion of feedback by superiors to millennials. Such examples include the traditional semi-annual reviews are too infrequent for millennials and would prefer continuous engagement from superiors. With that being said, millennials respond to a healthier dialogue from a superior; that engages them in a positive way and allows them to be creative. In a 2009 article by Tamara Erickson, a millennial who had been struggling in her role, admitted to peers, “I guess I just expected that I would get to act on more of my ideas, and that the higher ups here would have figured out by now that the model’s changing.” (Gen Y in the Workforce, Tamara Erickson, Harvard Business Review, February 2009). Even Erickson’s use of higher ups indicates that millennials also view superiors and hierarchy as flat and sometimes irrelevant to their success. Many questions arise with this topic and what are the repercussions to this behavior and the 56
workplace shift that is happening? According to some researchers, such as Dan Schawbel in his article Millennials vs. Baby Boomers: Who Would You Rather Hire? (2012) for Time wrote that even though young workers are less likely than previous generations to actually be in the workforce, the youth of today have very strong opinions about the workplace and how it should be run, and what their place should be in it. Millennial babies are not used to receiving critical feedback and may not tolerate workplace hierarchies. After receiving trophies for participation, discussing household issues and decisions with their parents and a community concept in schools, millennials are not going to tolerate a condemning pyramid structure in a work environment. Communication According to Rawan AlMarzouq, a certified stylist and fashion/lifestyle blogger as well as personality in Kuwait and the GCC, “everyone needs to work and communicate positively together which in turn can generate creativity, collaboration and success.” She continues to add, “I was working in a 9-5 job yet I felt the calling to go out on my own and use my skills to create and build my business as well as help other aspiring creatives in my field”. In another attempt to understand the way communication is transforming amongst those in positions of authority and those mentoring under them as AlMarzouq mentions, it is important to continue to understand your role in the system. Because communication is an integral part of the work environment,
learning the etiquette necessary for respectful and appropriate communication is extremely important. Although the non-millennial generation see the dynamics changing, it is very wise to remember that individuals in positions of leadership have worked hard to get there. Keeping that respectful dialogue present whether in person or via on-line medium is important. In conclusion, can it be a career breaker? As Schawbel also mentions in his article cited above, millennials will also reshape the workplace—sooner than later, if they have their way. Among other characteristics that stand out, millennials, who have come of age with the text messages and social media, are an impatient bunch: They’re hyper-connected, tech savvy, entrepreneurial, and collaborative. They also favor fast-paced work environments, want quick promotions, and aren’t fans of traditional office rules and hierarchies. Above all else, are the relationships created in the workplace. It is important to ensure that relationships remain trusting and respectful. Although many working relationships are friendly, it is important to understand that a hierarchy does exist in the workplace and responsible communication, cooperation and collaboration are important. If a millennial does decide to quit their job and become an entrepreneur, one day they may need to look back to their previous peers and therefore keeping those doors open are always best practice in any field of work.
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GIFT VOUCHER ON YOUR SECOND PAIR OF FRAMES OR SUNGLASSES
GREAT RISK, GREATER REWARD By Dr. Susannah-Joy Schuilenberg
Relationships are the source of our greatest pleasure and our greatest pain. Sitting here, looking across the sala at the female members of my family, I am overcome with gratitude for the fortuitous happenstance of my birth. This is the 15th year that my mother, sister, two sistersin-law and I have gotten together for a weekend of …nothing.= No plans, no agenda, no purpose except to spend time in each other’s company. We talk, drink a lot of coffee, try out new restaurants, talk, walk, laugh, cry, play games, and just hang out. These beloved women are fixtures in my life. We need, and crave, relationships. All different kinds of relationships – friendships, family, lovers, partners and colleagues, each different connection enriches our lives, sharpens our intellect, fulfills our need for emotional intimacy, and helps create a sense of connectedness that contributes to the sense of Self we need to be mentally, physically and psychologically healthy. This creates the same dilemma for everyone. Relationships are risky. Sometimes, they don’t work out. They begin, or become, dysfunctional, conflicted, painful or destructive. The very situation that we look to for support, encouragement, safety and companionship, becomes the source of distress in our lives. This risk is inherent in every form of 58
relationship. We may not choose our relatives, but this changes nothing of the truth about the risks and rewards. To have a relationship of choice go awry may feel like more of a betrayal than it does to experience conflict or dysfunction in the family; possibly we make mental allowances for difficult family members because we ‘inherited’ these connections through no choice of our own. The pain, however, of any rupture is the same. We need close connections and relationships of varying degrees of intimacy to be healthy. These foundational connections create safe spaces where who we are and how we are is accepted, loved, nurtured, and held accountable to be the best Self we can be: authentic and real. A wise old man once told me, “Love without truth is worthless; truth without love is ruthless.” Healthy relationships walk that fine line between love and truth, accepting that occasionally, more love is beneficial (it covers many transgressions), but other times, the unvarnished (but kindly spoken) truth is needed. Somewhere in the balanced middle is where we thrive the best. When many of our relationships involve more hurt and wounding than nurturing and encouragement, and when that seems to be the habitual outcome, it may be a signal to stop and look at the Self we bring to the table. Sometimes, we are oblivious to the impact we have on others, sometimes we chronically misread social cues, sometimes we habitually “read” minds, or we unconsciously project our own inner landscape onto the Other, responding in conversation and behaving in ways that are inappropriate or dysfunctional. This typically has a profoundly negative impact on our
opportunities to form the relationships we crave. Self-reflection, talking with a trusted friend or therapist, and spending time identifying the thoughts, attitudes, and behaviours that are contributing to the negative outcomes can bring about a huge shift in the way our connections are formed and function. Why is this important? Because the quality of our adult relationships profoundly impacts health, achievement, potential, and even length of life. If you don’t have two or three relationships in your life which are safe, nurturing, encouraging and positive of YOU as a unique individual, it’s worth taking the time to change that. Take stock of the things that work (and the things that don’t) in current relationships. What needs to be different? What would make the relationship shift from ‘sort-of-okay’ to ‘brilliant?’ Who are the safe/nurturing people in your life? Why are they that way? What’s different about them, and by extension, their interactions with you? To stop and do an inventory for the sake of your future and long-term health is an investment in Self that will pay huge dividends in the long run. If you have experienced the rewards of nurturing and encouraging relationships, take the time to say, “Thank you.” Cultivating a habit of gratitude is also a positive thing to do.
Dr. Susannah is a leading psychologist, registered professional counsellor and Master Practitioner in Clinical Counselling based in Canada. Follow @DrSusannah on Twitter and Instagram.
DJ RELLIK'S MUSICAL JOURNEY By Fay Al-Homoud
Signed to All Star Canadian Record Label BPM Recordz and Civilization Records, DJ Rellik sits down with Kingdome to detail his journey as a young DJ/Producer from Cairo. Residing in Kuwait, he offers the best in Deep House, Tech-House, Nu-Disco, Indie-Dance, Techno and Progressive House Music. How did it all begin? I was given a piano as a birthday gift from my parents when I was seven. I used to listen to the music on TV or radio and try to play what I heard on the piano. Where did the name come from? The name originally was Killer. I realized that it was cheesy so I thought why not try to read it from right to left? With advice from my friends, I finally settled with Rellik. What gave you that initial push to become a DJ? I always felt the need to share the music I love with as many people as possible, and DJing seemed like the perfect choice. What genre would you describe your tracks? I would describe it as EDM (Electronic Dance Music). I try my best to combine different elements from different genres of dance music in one track. Who is your biggest inspiration? Tiesto. His performances gave me the motivation to become the producer I am today. I've seen him perform four times. What subgenre doesn’t get the attention it deserves? Tribal House. What was the first event you ever played at? Club 25 in Cairo. When you play, is it pre-planned or live? Live, of course. I like to improvise. Which other countries have you played? Lebanon and Kuwait. What single night out has been the most memorable for you as a DJ? Definitely my first gig. What is the best event you’ve played at? The Aqua Marine Event here in Kuwait alongside DJ's Kade B, Majed Zane, Amir Sharara (Dubai) and Omar Fayyad. What do you love about the scene? I really like how it is becoming very noticeable in almost all countries in the world. Electronic music started as a fringe subculture, and now it's the biggest youth culture in the world. What is something that bugs you about the DJ scene? Making stupid people famous. If you could eternally be stuck on one year’s music scene, which year would it be and why? The 70’s disco scene. I just love it. What was the first record you brought? 60
Eminem’s “8 Mile.” What is one track that got popular that you can’t stand? PSY’s “Gangnam Style.” What is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it? Linkin Park’s “Somewhere I belong.” Out of all the tunes you have, which one “never fails”? Me & My Toothbrush’s “Gold Member” (the original mix). What is your favorite tune of all time? Bob Marley’s “Is it love.” Are you able to share any of your secret tricks with me? Practice and persistence makes perfect! What is your opinion regarding the difference between old school DJing where everything was restricted to vinyl and modern DJing where most tracks are never put on any physical medium before or after release? Time changes technology. Back in the day, DJ’s weren’t in the media. Dance music wasn’t in sales charts and the DJ was the nerd in the corner. Nowadays, million-dollar stages and venues are built just for DJ's. My point is that now it is easier for me to just get a tune on a USB stick, tour the world and it will pretty much do the same job as
vinyl did back in the day. When all the partying is over how do you like to chill out? The National Geographic Wild Channel on mute with some deep chill out music. What do you do outside the dance music scene? I like to have some quality time with my family and friends. Where do you think the scene is headed? One year from now? Five years from now? The scene will definitely grow bigger and better. This is our time to shine. What is one mistake you see a lot of up and coming DJ’s making? What advice would you give them? My advice is to get your head out of that laptop and stop being a Robo-DJ. Almost every successful artist has this moment where they stop being a fan or admirer and look for their own signature sound. You can follow DJ Rellik on Soundcloud @rrellikkkkk and on Instagram @Djrellik. Originally published on www.kingdome.co. You can follow Kingdome on Facebook and Soundcloud @KingdomeMagazine, Instagram @Kingdome.co, Twitter @KingdomeCo and on YouTube: Kingdome Magazine.
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3 SUBTLE WAYS TO MAKE AN IMPACT WHILE YOU'RE NEW TO THE JOB By Richard Moy
You’d probably be lying to yourself if you said you’ve never gone into a new job and resolved to outperform your team’s expectations. You have plenty of good ideas and want everyone to know that you’re a genius of sorts. Those irritating little projects are the perfect combination of a personal opportunity for you, and a win for the entire team. Most of the time, that mind-set’s great for your career—it pushes you to be your best day in and day out. But the problem is that some people think that motivating themselves this way gives them permission to push their teammates around. While your company hired you because you bring something unique to the table, that doesn’t give you license to be condescending about it. So if you want to convince your coworkers that you perform above your pay grade, here are a few mind-sets you should adopt ASAP. 1. YOU’RE EXCITED TO CHIP IN, BUT YOU’RE WILLING TO LEARN FIRST Whether you’re new or have been on your team for a while, it’s perfectly fine to come out and say that you’re eager to pitch in on initiatives that are outside your realm of responsibilities. However, even if you have a few thoughts about how things could be done differently (or even better), it’s important to take a step back and ask the stakeholders involved to walk you through how they got things done in the past. I’m confident that you can help your (new) teammates do their jobs better, but if you don’t have context for the processes that have worked in the past, you’ll have no clue what elements need optimizing before you dive in. 2. YOU’RE WILLING TO TACKLE PROJECTS YOU HAVEN’T DONE BEFORE Here’s where you should feel free to jump on an opportunity to go above and beyond. How many times have you come across a project that nobody on the team is interested in taking? And how many times have those projects gone undone for extended periods of time, only for the company to figure out that it’s crucial to everyone's success? As annoying as this might sound, those irritating little projects are the perfect combination of a personal opportunity for you, and a win for the entire team. Plus, volunteering to take these bothersome tasks on is an excellent way to build trust with your team—without rubbing anyone the wrong way. And as a bonus, once you've taken care of the less desirable tasks, you can move on to making an even bigger impact through the projects that you were excited about doing when you accepted the job. 62
3. GO OUT OF YOUR WAY TO LEARN HOW YOUR NEW TEAM WORKS TOGETHER In my experience, it takes a lot of confidence for someone on a team to openly ask how people prefer to collaborate—especially when he or she is looking for a way to communicate their ideas to optimize things. It’s never easy in any circumstance to admit that you don’t know something, and it’s particularly tough for someone who wants to go above and beyond to start a conversation with that. However, take these instances as opportunities to show your entire team that you have some ideas to make their lives easier, but that you also want to take the time to learn whether or not those ideas make sense. It’s great that you have a few thoughts about how everyone around you can get things done more efficiently, but before you do that, make sure you have a good understanding of how they’ve done them before.
Hey, I get it. Nobody wants to take a job and just phone it in for the sake of a paycheck (and if you have gotten to that point, it's probably time to start looking for a new job). Take a deep breath and remember that the team was operating fairly well before you arrived. However, this motivation can severely damage your working relationships before you have a chance to make a significant impact on the entire team. While you might want to come in and just blow everything up, take a deep breath and remember that the team was operating fairly well before you arrived. You were brought in because you have some great ideas, but unless you replaced a former CEO, the odds are that the company didn't hire you because everything sucked and you need to save everyone from themselves. So keep these mind-sets in, well, your mind, and you’ll be sure to impress people at your new job without upsetting anyone.
KICKING DOWN THE DOOR
Omar Afuni’s surge in the local music scene By bazaar staff
“Growing up, I would hang posters of my favorite singers on my wall and practically cry myself to sleep because, as an Arab living in Kuwait, I thought I’d never be able to achieve my goal of being an international artist” Omar Afuni opens up as he sits comfortably on our plush, leather couch here at bazaar's headquarters. “I wish I had a role model back in the day to show me that it could be done, that my goals weren’t far-fetched. I didn’t, so I decided to become just that for any kid who has any seemingly unreachable dreams." 64
EARLY BEGINNINGS Born and raised in Kuwait, Omar Afuni discovered his musical inclinations at the young age of five, where he had essentially taught himself to play the keyboard. “I would play songs from the radio by ear on my toy Casio keyboard, and later graduated to a more professional Yamaha keyboard, gifted to me by my uncle.” Initially thinking he would go on to become a pianist, he instead discovered his voice, and taught himself to build on it, and to make sure it was to be heard. From singing and dreaming as a child, Omar found himself crafting his voice as the years passed. His natural talent just about
scored him a spot in The Lion King’s musical choir as he was completing his Masters degree in London, but due to UK regulations (and the fact that he was a non-UK citizen), the opportunity was lost. “I was really upset about it, but that was also validation that I was good enough to really do what I wanted to do.” THE NEW ALBUM ‘RUSH’ And he did move on to follow his dreams, by putting himself out there “I wanted people to get to know me and my voice, and I specifically sang songs from the genre and style that fit the music I wrote.” This genre and style is a mixture between pop, funk, hip-hop – just feel-good
music that everyone relates to, which is exactly what his new album RUSH projects. “RUSH is a fun album,” Omar gushes. With 11 tracks that are guaranteed to make you laugh, smile, dance, cry and sing along, each song is written by Omar himself, both lyrically and melodically. He couldn’t have done it without the help and support of his friends who happen to be some of Kuwait’s most talented musicians. “One of my favorite parts about making this album, and making music in general, was spending so much time with my musician friends –because they all have a great sense of humor and we have a great time exchanging ideas.” CONNECTING WITH AN AUDIENCE RUSH embodies the relationship Omar has with music. “The song itself gives me a rush, and makes me feel as though I’m singing about music in general” he says of the fun title track. This statement also says why, in his music, Omar doesn’t specify gender when professing feelings about love. “I want all my music to be relatable and open to interpretation, depending on how YOU feel and what YOU feel passionate about, and in my case, it’s music.” His seventh track, “Perfect” is a song that he finds especially close to his heart. His hauntingly beautiful voice, mixed with a twinge of soulful fry, his lyrics declare that he might not be what his subject had in mind, but that he’s still perfect for them. “'Perfect' is relatable because I don’t care how confident you appear to be, no matter who you are, we all get insecure sometimes and think that we aren’t good enough for someone or something we really love – but in their eyes, we will always be seen as perfect.” Again, the theme of music being his passion ties into the meaning behind “Perfect”, yet he leaves it open for interpretation to his listeners and fans. THE MUSIC VIDEO “Rush” also has its very own music video! A concept not to be forgotten, this video is the prime example of who Omar is as a musician, and what his musical ethos represents. Poking fun at the difficulties of making a music video, the visual interpretation of “Rush” is a refreshing change that reaps trying to find individuality in a world where everything is done in a traditional, unchanged sense. And what’s even more special about the “Rush” video is that it stars a cast consisting of all of Omar’s friends! “Making the video was tough, and a lot of plans fell through in the process. We had to make the best of the situation. We even learned the choreography the same day on set. When we all let go and had fun with it, it turned out amazing!” With simple choreography and text describing each cliché scene the video included, the result was a quirky feelgood video you’ll find yourself re-watching and dancing to over and over. Perhaps it’s the relatable element that makes it so addictive, coupled with the catchy tune of the song, but
the overall outcome makes for a promising album, if “Rush” is any indication. THE PROVERBIAL DOOR What makes Omar’s music all the more special is his humility: how he never forgets anybody who had contributed anything to his entire journey – and that he still insists, even with his growing popularity, that he wants to help make a difference “This industry is small in the region, but there is a market for it. There are a lot of people who listen to English music, and a lot of talented artists around here. I don’t want to be one of the people just opening the door, I want to kick it down and soar through it, with all of these great people along with me.” But what about all of us who are inhibited, and can’t muster up the courage to follow Omar through the proverbial door? “Don’t be discouraged by failure; embrace it as another step on your path to success. The more times you fail, the closer you become to succeeding.”
RUSH is available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify, Anghami and Apple Music. Follow Omar Afuni on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @omarafuni. Check out his website at www.omarafuni.com and stay tuned for the release of his album in Kuwait! 65
HOW INBOUND IS MAKING INROADS INTO MARKETING (PART 1) By Barr y Rodrigues
Traditional marketing has benefited most marketers that have learnt to do things the right way. For decades we have all been at the mercy of marketers and their messages. Then came the invention of the DVR and ad blockers and marketers were then forced to think of other ways to reach out to their potential customers. In the past few years, inbound marketing has created a new revolution in the way brands communicate with their customers. So what is Inbound marketing? Before I get into that, let me give you some perspective; in the old days (when I mean old, I mean up until five years ago), marketers used to rely on cold-calling, email shots, mass SMS, and other methods of push marketing to reach out to their customers. This is essentially outbound marketing and finding success using this technique can be limited in today’s crowded marketplace. In fact these tactics are all marketercentric and end up being interruptive and annoy prospects instead of appealing to them. The DVR can pause and fast forward through commercials, caller ID can help you avoid coldcallers, and spam filters block unwanted emails from clogging your inbox. Nowadays, people use pop-up killers which are applications that kill pop-ups before they even appear on your PC or smartphones. This means that marketing messages are getting lost and do not reach their intended target audience ultimately costing marketers huge amounts of money. Inbound marketing is a collective set of tactics used by marketers to lure consumers to their brands by providing engaging and helpful content to win the trust and confidence of the prospects before converting them to customers. It is a method that can include SEO, SEM, blogs, landing pages and much more. These are all customer-centric and do not interrupt his or her journey. The key is to have an integrated set of marketing touch-points that pull customers towards your brand and more importantly to have quality content that users are looking for. Inbound marketing predicates the need for brands to get closer to their prospects by influencing them in a subtle way before converting them to buyers. To do this, brands needs to understand a host of things about their prospects like what they are looking for? What are their demographics? What information do they have already? What is their current state of mind? Getting to these prospects when they are in an important phase of the buying process i.e. “opinion building and fact finding” is crucial to converting them to customers. 66
Some of you who have done their Google Certification may find this familiar. This primarily identifies with ZMOT or Zero Moment Of Truth a concept invented by Google a few years ago. It is a practice that teaches users of Google SEO and SEM to apply every day while they set up campaigns on Google. Put simply, ZMOT is the time users spend researching products and services online. This can be via SEO, SEM, blogs, social media, product reviews on websites and more. This time that they spend doing this research is critically the time they form an opinion about a product or service that eventually pushes them to either buy a product or move away from it. Here is a typical example. Let’s say Ahmed is looking to buy a new car and is making a switch from a normal sedan to a performance vehicle. He wants to know if he can have custom modifications done to his air intake system. As he has narrowed his search down to two brands, he looks up their websites, checks out their blogs, and looks at their local Facebook pages to see if he can find answers. He is now in his “opinion building and fact finding” phase. If one of those brands responds to his queries about modifying the air-intake giving him some really good tips and suggestions without even
hinting at a sale, that is one part of inbound marketing done well. Keeping Ahmed happy with the information means that he will now trust that brand more than the one that did not respond to his query and may lean towards buying that particular brand of vehicle. The main principles of inbound marketing are educating customers and building trust so that your brand maintains a top-of-mind retention. Marketers that are embracing inbound have a variety of techniques to master starting from SEO, blogs, social media, landing pages, analytics and more. But trust me, once you learn them, you will find new ways to generate leads, communicate with prospects and win customers. Stick around and next month we will look into inbound marketing even more and see how it can benefit your business. Barry Rodrigues is Head of Marketing & Product Development at Future Communications and an associate advisor with the International Advisors Group in Kuwait. He has worked for industry leaders like Agility and National Aviation Services in various marketing capacities in addition to delivering marketing projects for the banking, hospitality and petrochemical verticals. For comments, please email Barry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THIS FABRIC CAPTURES ENERGY TO POWER YOUR ELECTRONIC DEVICES By Greg Hadley
In the future, your clothes will work for you. A team of scientists led out of the Georgia Institute of Technology has created a fabric that can gather energy from both sunlight and motion, then store it in embedded fibers. The textile, described in Science Advances, could help pave the way for energy-harvesting clothes and new wearable devices. Scientists and engineers have been working for years on creating fabrics that, if worn, could harvest energy for the wearer, said senior author Zhong Lin Wang, a nanotechnologist at Georgia Tech. “The objective was to harvest energy from our living environment, for example, human walking or muscle movement and fabric; the goal is to drive small electronics,” he said. “And this research recently attracted a lot of attention because these days, flexible electronics, wearable electronics, have become very popular and fashionable today. But each of them needs a power source.” It’s not an easy task to make devices that can be flexible enough to create a material that can actually be sewn into shirts, jackets or other garments. Wang’s team, for one, has 68
been working on various aspects of this earlystage technology for 11 years. On top of that, any energy would have to be stored in some way that didn’t involve carrying around a bulky battery. Wang and his team solved these issues by creating a triple-threat (or perhaps, a triplethread) fabric: It uses dye-sensitized solar cells shaped into long fibers to harvest light energy; it uses fiber-shaped triboelectric nanogenerators to harvest electrostatic charge made by normal movement; and it also uses fiber-shaped supercapacitors to store the energy in electrochemical form. Under sunlight, the solar cells provide the majority of the power; but indoors or on a cloudy day, the movement-based fibers pick up the slack, Wang said. (He was quick to add that you don’t need to flap your arms or do anything dramatic; the fibers will gather energy from small, normal movements.) “Our idea is to try to use whatever is available, whenever it’s available,” he said. Currently, the researchers have a roughly 225-square-centimeter (or 35-square-inch) patch of the energy-harvesting fabric; it seems to be roughly as flexible as woven straw. The scientists hope to get it down to the flexibility
of common cloth. The key to that, Wang said, is making the fibers even thinner: Currently they stretch from 15 to 20 centimeters long and about 2 millimeters wide. Once they reach about half a millimeter in width, they will be much more pliant, he added. But that’s if you were to make a device entirely out of these fibers; theoretically, a few of these fibers could also be woven into any kind of textile, such as cotton, and offer some energy-harvesting benefits without sacrificing softness and flexibility, Wang said. While the technology could allow users to charge phones and wearable devices, it could also make interactive garments (a gown with LED lights, for example) more feasible for fashion designers. The research could also prove useful for building flexible screens, designing heart and other health monitors, and may even find applications in robotics. Before the technology gets there, however, Wang ticked off the items on his to-do list. “There’s a lot of things to do: No. 1 is to get the fiber thinner, so more flexible,” he said. “No. 2 is to improve the durability or robustness, so they can last longer. And third is, we have to work on continuing to improve the performance. The more power, the better.”
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WITH PRODUCER, PERISCOPE USERS CAN LIVE-STREAM PROFESSIONAL VIDEO FROM ANYWHERE By Emily Price
Since its launch in early 2015, Periscope has become a go-to app for live content. The Twitter-owned service has hosted live feeds of everything from concerts to breaking news such as the flooding currently happening on the East Coast. Despite the diversity of topics presented on the platform, every live video has had one thing in common: It was shot using a smartphone. Now all that is changing with the launch of Periscope Producer, a new feature in the app that gives news organizations, individuals with their own web shows, and the rest of us the opportunity to stream video on Periscope from somewhere other than their smartphone. It positions service—which also feeds its streams to Twitter—as a stronger player in the growing live video space, and transforms the platform into a more useful tool for professional video creators. "When when we launched Periscope over a year and a half ago our focus was almost exclusively mobile content," says Kayvon Beykpour, CEO of Periscope. "The idea with Producer is, we're taking a big step toward allowing any live broadcast, whether it's captured on a mobile device or otherwise, to be essentially be piped into Periscope and, vicariously, [to] Twitter." PLUG IT IN, STREAM IT LIVE In order to work with Producer, a video just needs to be streamed online somewhere. A link to that content—be it from a studio camera or just your computer's desktop—can be added within your Periscope settings as an additional source. Then it will replace the traditional stream from your smartphone's camera within the app. From there, you can start and stop a broadcast and interact with viewers just like any other Periscope. During a press event, Beykpour showed a demo by Periscoper Alex Pettitt. With the help of a piece of software called OBS Studio, Pettitt was able to create an upperthird overlay where he displayed information about the topic he was talking about—similar to a TV news program—as well as display ads and switch seamlessly between content on his phone and desktop computer, all while maintaining a single Periscope broadcast. And he’s not the only one who has been trying the feature out. Brands such as 70
Xbox, Univision, Disney, ABC News, and Fox have all been test-driving Producer over the past six weeks. You may have even seen a Producer broadcast. Louis Vuitton used it to broadcast its Fashion Week runway show live, and a number of news stations have used the platform to broadcast everything from on-scene coverage to simulcasts of their traditional news programs. Twitter is doing deals to broadcast highprofile events such as the presidential debates and NFL games. Producer opens the door for others to live-stream professional-looking content on . And it can also be used to do things like live-stream gameplay from a console or mobile phone, or virtual reality content from a set of VR goggles. "While we haven't announced anything publicly, we've been behind the scenes getting access to partners," Beykpour says. "We've been working with partners to actually test out how the model works, how the quality of the video works, and all the mechanics around actually making a live stream not from a mobile device come to life." While you can live-stream mobile gameplay
now, Beykpour suggests that in the future developers might choose to enable Periscopespecific game functionality. For instance, giving a heart to someone who is livestreaming a game of Flappy Bird might make the bird move faster, or typing "Bigger" in the comments might make the pipes in the game larger and harder to navigate. "That kind of extends the boundary of what you can do in a live medium," says Beykpour. "The reason why we started Periscope is not just for the novelty of being able to create a live broadcast; that’s interesting but it's been done before. What we found interesting was what can you do with a live audience when you have [a] synchronous group of people watching the broadcaster who can respond to that." Periscope Producer is available now to select Twitter brand partners, video creators, and media organizations and currently requires the feed to be initiated from an iOS device (Producer users can then pull the live feed from any URL). Beykpour says that anyone who want to the opportunity to try the feature out can express interest by filling out an online form.
TOP 5 REASONS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TASTE OF Q8 2017
A call out to restaurant owners! By bazaar staff
Ever wished that more people knew about your restaurant’s signature offerings? Do you think that you make the best homemade brisket that ever came into existence? Well, this bazaar team would like to try said brisket, and sample your restaurant’s latest gourmet offerings! At the Taste of Q8 2017, you can bring your brand even closer to customers. Scheduled to take place next March 16-18, we guarantee you three days filled with food, fun, entertainment and so much more. Read on to learn why you should participate at the ultimate food event of 2017. 1. Promote and Market your restaurant, food & beverage products & services. For restaurant owners, The Taste of Q8 represents a celebration of Kuwait and its evergrowing food industry culture. It is an incredible and rare sight, seeing restaurants that started with humble beginnings flourish into prime success stories. The festival presents an opportunity for restaurants owners and F&B companies to celebrate their growth with the festival’s attendees, and offers them a chance to interact with their loyal customers, as well as extending their palatable dishes to new audiences. Upon participation, you can let your marketing skills take over, and present the most creative ideas! Many restaurants like to test out new dishes, or perhaps promote their live food stations that could easily be arranged for customer banquets and catering services. 2. Reach and identify new customers. The exposure that restaurants gain at the Taste of Q8 is truly valuable. When restaurants directly interact with customers in such a fun and dynamic setting, restaurant owners can directly gauge consumer likes and dislikes, while at the same time utilizing the opportunity to reach a myriad of consumer segments, all in one place! 3. Meet your competitors and network with other professionals. Rather than avoid the competition, think of the potential opportunities your restaurant can benefit from meeting and networking with professionals in your field. Perhaps you’re looking to cross promote your brand with another concept, or see the synergy from using a specific product to become a part of your restaurant’s delicious offerings. You can even streamline your restaurant’s operations further by partnering up with an incredible food supplier 72
you didn’t know about. The benefits here truly outweigh any reservations you could have about meeting the competition. 4. Learn new cooking skills and techniques from renowned chefs and F&B professionals. This is always a treat for visitors and restaurant owners alike! For 2017, the Taste of Q8 plans to include at 16 food shows per day that will be housed in two different tents: The Celebrity Demo Tent, where you can watch celebrity chefs whip up their signature dishes, and the Interactive Cooking School tent, where lucky participants will learn tips and trick firsthand from local culinary experts. Last year, dozens of restaurants, caterers and food companies showcased their signature dishes, and interacted with Celebrity Chefs from Food Network, the BBC and KTV Kuwait. 2017’s Taste of Q8 promises even more Celebrity demos, as well as an increase in interactive cooking classes. 5. Have Fun in a family friendly atmosphere for all ages! The organizers at The Taste of Q8 truly thought of everything, and the little ones are
no exception! Let your children run free at the Kid’s Zone that will have lots of entertaining activities like bouncy castles, face painting, little tots cooking demos and so much more. Rest assured that your booth visitors will not be too busy to sample your delicious food. More importantly, to create the perfect ambience for food tasting, The Taste of Q8 also organizes live music shows at the event’s main stage. We hope you’re excited as we are! We can’t wait to see what The Taste of Q8 has planned this year, so we’ll be updating you throughout the next few months. Stay tuned!
Don’t miss out on showcasing your restaurant's latest and greatest dishes. Contact the organizers today, because space is limited. For more information email info@Q8Productions.com and visit: www.TheTasteofQ8.com. Check out their Instagram at @TheTasteofQ8.
BEHIND THE CHARACTERS WITH GRAFFITI WRITER SPAZ By Fay Al-Homoud
At just 23 years old, SPAZ grew a reputation within the Lebanese graffiti scene as the man behind the characters. As his passion for graffiti grew, he utilized this medium to help him express himself. When did it all begin? And how did you first become interested in street art/graffiti? It all started in school, I used to doodle all the time. During that time, I used to listen to hip-hop music and thought since rappers use words to express themselves and b-boys use dance to interpret their feelings, I would use graffiti for it was the easiest way for me to project my thoughts and feelings. Having graffiti as a medium of expression felt like I was able to speak through painting the streets, especially since I felt part of this community, which makes me easily inspired. Which artist/s influenced you? I got influenced by old-school Bronx legends Cope2, Seen, Phase2 and Futura. From the new-school, there are many artists like Sofles, Hombre, Mr. Wany, Clogtwo and Katun to name a few. What style is your work? I like to create characters because I think everyone can easily understand the piece just by seeing it. What is the source of your inspiration these days? The people I hang out with, the nature that surrounds me, and random people socializing in the streets. It helps me come up with a character by looking at any shape I come across. 74
What do your pieces usually focus on? When I do a piece it naturally varies from older ones I did. It’s all about the energy so it depends on the thing we are focusing and what is happening in the country since we're living in a place full of surprises. What is the riskiest thing you have ever done? By being a street artist you're always at risk. Once I was trespassing a yard late at night and ended up running out while being chased by 20 security dogs, I never thought I could run that fast. Are you generally satisfied with your finished piece? Most of the time I’m satisfied with the outcome, but every time I learn something new I apply it to the next piece I do. Where is your work usually located? All around Lebanon, specifically Beirut, but my aim is to go further and have my pieces abroad. Do you find it difficult to work in the streets? In Lebanon it is way easier to paint than other countries but since Lebanon is a diverse country, some people in the beginning believe that we are painting religious or political related artworks but their thoughts change when they see the final piece. Others believe we are destroying the streets and is a form of vandalism. Have you ever had any problems with authority cause of your work? The same thing happens with authority, they tend to stop us while knowing that there is no law that bans doing graffiti on public properties, but I believe it is way easier in Lebanon than other countries. Do you have a formal art education?
I graduated as a graphic designer and took a master’s degree in multimedia. Currently I am a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. Would you rather paint alone? Or do you prefer collaborate with others? Honestly I would rather paint with crews it’s better than painting alone. It’s more fun with my Rbk and Rek brothers and sister and other mates from ACK and BROS Crew. I have the chance to salute my brothers in paint: SUP-C, EXIST, FISH, KABRIT, EPS, MEUH, BAROK, RILE, WYTE, BOB, PHAT2, CHAD THE MAD, TAZ, ZED, MOE, BH and sister NUSH. What do you see as the future of street art / graffiti? As we see in Lebanon the scene is evolving and getting bigger. More people are getting involved and it is better for the scene, since many people’s perceptions of graffiti have changed. How do you feel about photographers / bloggers in the scene? Nowadays they have a big role representing the real graffiti and street art scene, especially in the region since people are being open to this form of art in hope of understanding it better. It is important however to have the right message sent across that would not harm the scene. You can follow SPAZ on Instagram @SPAZUNO. SPAZ’s photo courtesy of Pierre Paipouse. Originally published on www.kingdome.co. You can follow Kingdome on Facebook and Soundcloud @KingdomeMagazine, Instagram @Kingdome.co, Twitter @KingdomeCo and on YouTube: Kingdome Magazine.
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PODIUM FINISH AND TITLE WIN FOR PORSCHE IN A HIGHLY FIA EMOTIONAL ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP FINALE WEC,WORLD LMP1, ROUND 9, BAHRAIN, RACE For the second consecutive year, Porsche wins all in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC): victory in Le Mans, winning the manufacturers’ world championship in Shanghai and now again the drivers’ world championship at the finale in Bahrain. In the last of nine WEC rounds in 2016 Timo Bernhard (DE), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AU) came third, having started second on the grid with their Porsche 919 Hybrid. The new world champions, Romain Dumas (FR), Neel Jani (CH) and Marc Lieb (DE) only came sixth after contact with another car early in the race. Audi’s dominant one-two race result was an impressive fare-well from the WEC. By bazaar staff
The six-hour race started at 4 p.m. with ambient temperatures near 30 degrees Celsius. After the sun had set at 4:45 p.m., the air cooled down to 24 degrees. How the race went for car number 1: Bernhard starts from second on the grid and lets Jani in the sister car pass him on the first lap. On lap 13, the number 7 Audi also overtakes him, Bernhard is fourth now. After 29 laps he hands over to Webber, who manages to improve to third by overtaking the number 5 Toyota on lap 43. Hartley jumps in after 59 laps, and after 89 laps Bernhard takes over until Hartley is back in the car after 120 laps. Bernhard once again jumps in after 150 laps, before finally, after 180 laps, Webber goes in to enjoy the final stint of his racing career. After a total of 201 laps he brings the 919 home in P3. How the race went for car number 2: Jani improves on lap one from third to second. On lap 15 he is overtaken by the number 7 Toyota. Jani is third now in front of the sister Porsche. After 28 laps he has his first pit stop and continues. One lap later he has contact with a GT car and has to stop again: the damaged tyre and rear bodywork is changed. Now the number 2 Porsche is one lap down. After 60 laps Dumas takes over, after 91 laps it is Lieb’s turn, after 122 laps Jani is back behind the wheel and after 153 laps it is Dumas again. Lieb climbs into the car for the final stint to cross the line some 20 minutes later after 198 laps and becomes a world champion. Quotes after the race: Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1: “Today’s race has shown what characterizes the Porsche Team. It was able to handle a difficult race under huge pressure. I can only say thank you to all six drivers, every single team member and the Porsche board members, who have supported this program right from the beginning. Also today at the track they have personally shown that they absolutely support the project. Congratulations to Audi for a well-deserved victory today, and thanks for the great competition – we will miss you.” Andreas Seidl, Team Principal: “Le Mans winners, manufacturers’ and drivers’ champions – for the second consecutive year we have achieved all our goals. That is an immense joy for us as the Porsche Team. I congratulate our three world champions Marc, Neel and Romain as well as the crew of car number 2. This car has been the only one of all LMP1 entries that hasn’t spent a single second inside the box with technical problems during the 2016 races. We are now looking forward to the celebrations. And, after a short pause for a rest, we will start flat out with the preparations for 2017.”
Porsche 919 Hybrid number 1 Drivers: Timo Bernhard (35, Germany): “My start wasn’t too bad. Neel came on the inside and, of course, I left him room to overtake. We were about the same speed and neither of us was quick enough to catch the Audi, but clearly we beat Toyota. For us it was very important to hand over the car to Mark at the end and enable him to do the last laps, and we wanted to be together with him on the podium for one last time. This was a very emotional day, too much to put it into words.” Brendon Hartley (27, New Zealand): “My first 78
stint after Timo and Mark had been driving went pretty cleanly. I had Kazuki Nakajima behind me and it was a bit tricky with the traffic, but it came out okay. Regarding the Audi, we were hoping to get closer when it was getting cooler, but it didn’t work out today. They deserved the victory in their last race. And for Mark and us it worked out, as we got onto the podium in his last race. We did our maximum today, and it is really very sad to see him go.” Mark Webber (40, Australia): “I was the second and the last driver in the car today, and pretty happy with both stints. Early in the race, I
had a nice little fight with the number 5 Toyota. I managed to get passed him and tried to pull away, but we didn’t have enough pace to fight the Audi. Then, for the final stint, it was pretty emotional putting my helmet on for the last time. I enjoyed the last stint and I got the chance to bring the car to the checkered flag for the top three finish, and this was the maxi-mum we could get today. It has been such an incredible three years for me with Porsche, together with Timo and Brendon and the whole team. Nothing is forever, I’m stopping at a good time and I’m looking forward to seeing everybody again soon.”
Porsche 919 Hybrid number 2 Drivers: Romain Dumas (38, France): “For us, the chance for a podium was over after one hour into the race. After Neel had contact with another car our 919 felt strange. We had a little oversteer everywhere. But, because of the championship situation, we didn’t have to push. For us it was important to finish the race reliably and avoid any mistakes – I’m relieved it worked out.” Neel Jani (32, Switzerland): “It was a promising race start. It was also hard work, because I frequently got into traffic in the worst places, but the strategy and the first pit stop went very 80
well. Then when I was on my out lap a GT car just hit me, which caused damage to a rear tyre and bodywork. After the repairs the car wasn’t great anymore and we had no chance to close the huge gap to the front. All we could do was hope the number 6 Toyota would not win and make sure that we would not take any risks on track.” Marc Lieb (36, Ludwigsburg): “For me it went pretty smoothly, and I was just carrying the car round the track. Since the hit when Neel was driving early in the race, the steering wheel wasn’t straight anymore. Our 919 wasn’t in the
best shape in the end, but we rolled it home, and we just made it.”
For more information about Porsche in Kuwait, visit the Porsche Centre Kuwait, Behbehani Motors Company. Call 1870 870 or visit www.porschekuwait.com for more information. Follow @PorscheCentreKuwait and www.Facebook.com/PorscheCentreKuwait for their latest updates on Instagram and Facebook.
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COZY FOOD FOR THE COZY SOUL
Warming up with Nomad Bistro in the office By bazaar staff
As the weather cools down and we greet winter with open arms, our food choices get – cozier, to put it nicely. Gone are the days of leafy salads and citrus dressings to go with the scorching hot weather. No one cares about tanning anymore, all we want to do is to don huge sweaters and a steaming bowl of something delicious to highlight the tastiness of the season: Eat, sleep, snuggle up in your sweater, repeat. Which brings us to our next point. Packing on pounds in wintertime is inevitable, but if you’re going to do it, make it with optimum taste. That’s exactly what we took away from our Eats In discovery, Nomad Bistro, and believe us when we say that every calorie was worth it. So – who’s tried this tiny place? And why have none of you ever told us about it before? It’s amazing! But before I get too excited, gather ye round and I’ll tell you all about the deliciousness we tucked into. Since only four of us were around that day, our order was simple: two Nomad Burgers, one Portobello Parmigana and a Shrimp Mac ‘n’ Cheese – as well as a quintessential order of fries, please! As we sat patiently and waited for our food, we cruised the menu further, trying to figure this place out. Like its name suggests, it seems to offer different dishes hailing from different parts 82
of the world: from a Singaporean Kale Salad, to a Mexican Barbacoa Taco, to a Japanese inspired Brisket Donbouri bowl, to name a few. The characteristic each dish on offer seems to share, however, is that they all fall under the category of comfort food. Just what we need as we start shivering and turning up the heat in our offices, cars and homes – a bit of comfort! The food arrives, and it’s still hot – which is a huge plus in our book. With that, we dig into our respective dishes, and the ravings thus commence. What poetry can we write about the Nomad Burger? First of all, if you are a burgerholic who finds the thicker patty a blasphemous element, then look away. I, for one, preach the opposite – and this patty is so nicely thick, it gives the euphemism “meat-mountain” a whole new meaning! Seasoned with a natural flavoring that can only be achieved from homemade construction, this patty only heightens the experience the burger brings, escalating its potential from “good” to “ridiculously good”. Complimented beautifully with fried cheese, crisp bacon and caramelized onions, the overall taste is nostalgic and filling. And don’t even get us started on the pillow-soft potato bun soaking in the juices the contents of the sandwich, allowing you to relive the ecstasy of taste with every bite. The Portobello Parmigiana is perfect for those who want to indulge responsibly without going overboard. Presented in the form of a singular, juicy Portobello mushroom, this dish comes encrusted in a light breading throughout the base and oozes with delicious, fresh
parmesan cheese and a beautifully spiced Pomodoro sauce. Don’t be fooled by its size, as this baby is more than just an appetizer – it will indeed leave you satisfied! And lest we forget, the unexpected Shrimp Mac ‘n’ Cheese. Many may feel apprehensive towards this dish, as its unlikely pairing seems unorthodox. But think about it – lobster mac ‘n’ cheese is a thing, so why can’t shrimp be substituted? The nice thing about this dish, besides its consistent stringiness and the tang of parmesan baked in with the breadcrumb topping, is its creaminess melded in with the satisfying bite of shrimp, lingering within the casserole when you least expect it. Shrimp isn’t an overpowering taste in this dish, it only adds to it! Trust me – this mac ‘n’ cheese will meet your standards and remind you that you CAN have a bit of fun with the classics in even the most adventurous of ways. Nomad bistro exudes fun. From its eclectic, albeit small, menu selection, right down to the packaging of the items that make us nothing short of curious as to how the ambiance of their physical location in Sharq fares. Judging by the colorful, nomadic inspired motifs on the cartons containing their goods, we have a feeling it’s indeed as cozy as the food was! Nomad Bistro is located in Sharq, off of Al Shuhada’a Street in Kuwait City. Follow them on Instagram @nomadbistro, and call them at 9607 4744 or get it delivered through the Carriage app!
THE RIGHT WAY TO DISCUSS YOUR FAILURES IN A JOB INTERVIEW By Allen Gannett
In interviewing hundreds of people, I’ve found that the way a candidate answers one key question tells me more about them than any other. I'll usually wait until the candidate has relaxed somewhat and begins to open up. Then, about halfway through the interview, I'll ask, "What has been a moment of significant professional disappointment or failure, and what caused it?" Do they focus on a lost promotion, or a failed project? Do they make it about themselves, or about their company? By asking what caused the failure, the question doesn't require an applicant to take responsibility for it, though they might choose to. In my experience, these are three types of answers I typically hear—with some responses earning better marks than others. THE NON-FAILURE FAILURE I once spent too much time on a project because I refused to hand over something that I couldn’t be proud of. This is the answer that induces silent yawns from hiring managers. It's a candidate’s attempt to convey a strength wrapped in the veneer of a weakness. You'll often get this answer from people early in their careers who aren't yet comfortable with the idea that failure and weakness are part of any job. If a candidate who's still early in their career answers this way, I’ll often give them a second chance: "That could also be interpreted as a moment of strength and having high standards. Do you have another example?" If the candidate is more experienced, though, this answer worries me. It implies they still haven’t learned to be comfortable with their own shortcomings. Acknowledging your weaknesses is critical to making career progress—you first need to know when you mess up and then think critically about why. So as an interviewer, if you can only get a "non-failure failure" from a candidate, it may be time to move on. THE BLAME-IT-ON-OTHERS DISAPPOINTMENT I once was due for a promotion, but my manager didn’t give it to me because there was another candidate who was my boss’s favorite. This answer upsets me the most. It shows that the candidate doesn’t focus quite enough on the things that are actually within in their control, choosing instead to rationalize their disappointments by putting responsibility on 84
someone or something else. This type of employee may not be looking (or ready) to grow outside their current role; they're simply expecting to get promoted just for doing their job and nothing more. But not necessarily. Sometimes life is really is unfair. Maybe they were slighted! While this might be true, when you're hiring, you want to find people who view any situation as an opportunity to assess how they might've done things differently to achieve a better outcome— even if they weren't at fault. You want people who put the burden of responsibility on themselves, even if others may share in it, too. These are likely to be the hires who will surprise you by going above and beyond. COMPLETE OWNERSHIP I was once working on a project, and the client hated the result. I realized that I could've put more effort into the project and worked to better understand their needs up front. It taught me a lot about my approach to kicking off new projects going forward. This is the ideal answer. When someone says this, I often have to stifle a grin. Make no mistake: There are multiple people or systems at fault in pretty much any failure situation. The point isn't to ask a jobseeker to pretend otherwise; in this example, it's more than likely that the client didn't do a perfect job of explaining what they wanted, or maybe they changed the scope of the project after it started. Even so, it's still critical for a candidate to take
complete ownership of a problem. That's the starting point for finding any workable solution. When you're hiring, you want to find people who view any situation as an opportunity to assess how they might've done things differently. Second, they're the ones who are most likely to improve their own skills by choice. Rather than waiting for formal training, they spend their downtime teaching themselves the ins and outs of a new marketing technology, for instance, or how to program in a new language. They're passionate, and they're problem solvers. They realize their own potential and constantly pursue a better version of themselves. Finally, taking complete ownership of your failures shows you're someone who avoids politics. Rather then expending emotional energy complaining about other team members, these people realize their own ability to influence a situation and address interpersonal issues head-on. So while it may seem a little reductive, try testing out this interview question as a hiring manager. It may help you build a team of people who shirk petty politics and are always striving to improve their own skills. And if you're a job seeker and an interviewer asks you to discuss your failures, don't hold back—own up to what went wrong and how the experience taught you to switch up your approach. That just may improve your chances that the interview itself will turn out a success.
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KUWAIT ASSOCIATION FOR LEARNING DIFFERENCES Interview with Chairman Mrs. Amaal Al Sayyer By bazaar staff
Established in 2007 by Chairman Mrs. Amaal Al Sayyer, the Kuwait Association for Learning Differences (KALD) came to being with help from volunteers and funding by Masharaee Al Khair and Kuwait Projects Company (Holding). A social welfare association, KALD collaboratively works towards helping all individuals, especially students in private schools in Kuwait, who have learning differences (LD) and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Through setting up awareness programs, training courses, and other educational activities, KALD has provided a solution to many who had given up in the past. Rather than labeling the students as those with learning difficulties, KALD members have agreed on the term ‘learning difference’. Simply put, KALD believes that the targeted students are intelligent people and the only difference between them and other students is that they have their own way of learning – thus a difference, and not a difficulty. Over the last few years, KALD has held a Distinguished Teachers Award that acknowledges those who teach children with learning difficulties/differences in both public and private schools and presents that best teacher, according to certain criteria, with a monetary and nonmonetary award. We chatted with KALD’s Chairman, Mrs. Amaal Al Sayyer to learn more about KALD, the award and future plans. What first motivated you to establish KALD? In 1999 my son was diagnosed with ADHD. In spite of his intelligence and lovely character, his KG teachers chose to focus on his hyperactivity which annoyed them. As a result, he was kicked out of school at the age of three. Watching him prepare his small bag for the next school day broke my heart. Unfortunately, this scenario was repeated in elementary school: He was suspended from school and had to stay home for three months. Fighting for my son’s right to get an education that accommodated his needs opened my eyes to a scary fact that my son is not alone in this predicament. I vowed then to do something that would help the large number of children and families that are suffering silently. 86
In brief, what are learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? Learning disabilities are neurologically-based processing problems. These processing problems can interfere with learning basic skills such as reading, writing and/or math. They can also interfere with higher level skills such as organization, time management, abstract reasoning, long or short term memory and attention. ADHD is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with function or development. What is KALD’s mission? KALD strives to be the leading institution capable of creating a difference in the lives and education of students with learning disabilities and/or ADHD in private schools in Kuwait. Those two conditions are related since out of every 10 students with a learning disability, 2 of them have ADHD and of every 10 students with ADHD, 2 of them have a learning disability. What do you think is the greatest misconception that people in Kuwait have about students with learning differences? Many people think that students with learning differences are mentally challenged. In fact, the IQ test is the first step in identifying them; they should have average or above average intelligence. Thomas Edison, Richard Branson, Steven Spielberg are examples of geniuses with learning differences.
How does the KALD Distinguished Teachers Award make a difference to KALD’s greater mission? Good teachers can make a difference not only in their students’ education but also in their lives and future. Alexander The Great once said, “I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.” Students with LD and ADHD are intelligent people who need passionate, qualified teachers to help them utilize their points of strength and achieve success. What makes this award special? We like to consider the award as the jewel in the crown of KALD’s activities that aim at fulfilling its mission for many reasons. First, it was launched with the blessings of His Highness, the Amir. The Award ceremony takes place under his patronage. Second, the award is the first of its kind in the Arab world. It celebrates the teachers who are dedicated to students with LD and ADHD. Third, it gives us the chance to show our gratitude to the expiates who left their countries to come to Kuwait and help the development of education in our country. What’s next for KALD? To join efforts with the government and establish a center for the development of education for students with learning differences in private schools in Kuwait, is a goal we would like to achieve. We believe that solutions of many environmental, technological, economical challenges will come out of those beautiful minds. Follow KALD on Instagram @kaldkuwait for more information.
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THE ART OF NINA BERRY By Kuwait Anime Club
An Instagram video shows a woman holding a hair dryer and some crayons in her hand. You’d never think that those two things have something in common, or that it is possible to create anything by using the two together. But as Nina puts the hair dryer near the crayons they begin to spray their hue on a white canvas in a pattern you’d never think was possible. Moments later, there is a white unicorn on that canvas bordered by the hues of the crayons. If you think that’s amazing, more than 140,000 viewers of that video would happily agree with you. You would expect that a Kuwaiti artist with thousands of followers on social media and hundreds of thousands of views for some of her videos would be all ego, but Nina, who excels at balancing between her work as an artist and her responsibilities as an accounting student in AUM, makes you feel like you are speaking to the nicest and most down to earth person in the country. “Nina is my nickname. It’s what my friends used to call me in high school. My real name is Anwar Dashti, and berry is just a random word." After explaining the meaning behind her username on Instagram, @berry_ninaa, Nina continued to explain the reason why most of her drawings seem to be of DC and Marvel heroes, “I got into comics when I was young. I like anime, but I’m not a fan. As for games, I played some PlayStation… a year ago.” Her quirky answers complement her professional demeanor. She mentioned Pikachu as her favorite anime which, if you watch anime, would put a smile on your face. But despite Nina’s simple take on things her take on art and life is far from simple, “Society doesn’t take the arts seriously so I study accounting to become an accountant. I’ll keep drawing as on the side, but my degree is what matters the most.” That statement was particularly shocking not only because of how mature it is but also since artists usually take pride in dedicating themselves completely to their art. While Nina posseses a powerful imagination that is capable of filling the many canvases of those who commission her for work, she keeps a realistic look at life and the future. It makes you wonder; how can someone go so far with such a simple and realistic take on life? Usually it is the risk takers who gain the kind of success Nina has gained with her work. But in her case it wasn’t risk but rather being herself that got her there. “If you want to succeed just be yourself. Be unique. There are those who just follow trends and do what other people do that won’t get you 88
anywhere.” Nina has earned the right to say that. After all, her thoughtful art is anything but usual and that’s what made her go from 2,000 followers to over 10,000 in around one year. “Using unique techniques in creating my art instead of traditional methods is what differentiates me from others. My most requested paintings are ones with lights installed underneath them,” she explains. The execution of her art isn’t the only thing that is thoughtful and unique but the philosophy behind it is just as meaningful, “I don’t do it for the income or the attention, I do it because seeing my art hanging on the walls of the homes of my fans means the world to me.” Despite her positive attitude and thoughtful art she still has to deal with bad people in some occasions. Not only from comments, but from commissions as well. “I had problems with
commissions when it comes to boys.” However, she deals with it the same way she deals with everything else; with a simple approach, “I just ignore them.” You can commission Nina with a direct message on Instagram and if you wish to meet her then you just might see her at one of the many conventions happening in the country. “I’m thinking of participating in one of those conventions in the future,” she says, “I wanted to join an art competition once, but missed it. Maybe next time.”
Follow Kuwait Anime Club on Instagram @kuwaitanimeclub or join the club at kuwaitanimeclub.com/join. Find Nina on Instagram and Twitter @berry_ninaa and on Snapchat @ninadashtiii.
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Interview with Mijbil Alayoub, Senior Director of Corporate Communications at Ooredoo Kuwait By bazaar staff
Mijbil Alayoub currently holds the position of Senior Director of Corporate Communications at Ooredoo Kuwait. Alayoub has more than 20 years of experience in different establishments such as the Ministry of Information, The Scientific Center, EQUATE, Zain Group, and the Kuwait Fund for the Advancement of Sciences. Alayoub holds a degree in mass communications from Northeastern University in Boston. Today, he leads one of the most active corporate communications departments in Kuwait. The corporate communications department handles public relations, internal communications, crisis communications, social media, corporate social responsibility, and sponsorships. He spoke to bazaar about how he manages such an active team with diverse functions. In a nutshell, how would you describe what your department in the company does? Our role is to communicate all messages to our internal and external customers and relevant stakeholders. Our internal communication team ensures that all key messages are communicated clearly to our employees, ensuring that they are up to date with our latest achievements, policies, products and services. Our public relations team conveys these messages in all external media channels, traditional and otherwise, in addition to managing and enhancing the reputation of the organization. Our social media team manages the interactive social media channels. Our corporate social responsibility and sponsorships department is tasked with translating our company’s vision, mission, and brand core values into tangible initiatives, ensuring that it supports important initiatives for the communities that we interact with. How do you handle such a diverse number of tasks within your department? We have developed proper roles and responsibilities for each member of the team. In addition to the development and adherence to policies, procedures and processes that govern all corporate communications activities. I’m proud of my department’s team members, all of whom are passionate and dedicated Kuwaiti nationals. I believe that our youth have what it takes to become achievers if given the right support and empowerment. This is all thanks to the vision of our CEO Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Thani, 90
Senior Director of Corporate Communications at Ooredoo, Mijbil Alayoub
which focuses on inclusion and open dialogue. My management style is a translation of that vision, and it focuses on mentorship, where I lead by example. I include my team members in all important decision making, and I encourage them to speak up their mind and contribute with ideas and suggestions. Ooredoo strongly believes in the talent and abilities of Kuwait’s youth; we continuously invest in our employees, and have ongoing training courses in cooperation with reputable institutes with international standards, both inside and outside Kuwait. This is to ensure that all employees are up to date with the latest technologies and international trends. In that regards, all employees in Ooredoo are treated equally regardless of their gender. Ooredoo Kuwait also benefits from the exchange of experience between different departments within its operating companies. What is the main objective of your social media channel? We’re proud to have created an environment for the team which is conducive to innovation and free-thinking. Many management traditionalists see this as a threat or a loss of control and power – I view it as a means to ensure creativity, compatibility and cohesiveness. Our social media channels are some of the fastest-growing in Kuwait, where we do more
than just promoting products. We have a team dedicated to answering customers’ queries and solving their problems on all our social media channels. We also actively create competitions and contests for our online audience to ensure engagement. What were your key partnerships on the corporate social responsibility front in recent years? We were fortunate enough to establish connections and partnerships with many reputable organizations across Kuwait. We have recently signed a memorandum of understating with the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs, which further fortifies our tie with the ministry’s goals and youth development initiatives, stemming from our deep-rooted belief in the importance of investing in youth. We had a number of other respectable partners such as Al Nouri Charity Society, with which we worked with to distribute aide to Syrian refugee camps in Jordan. We also have a successful partnership with Spread the Passion, with which we established our Ooredoo volunteer program. This program succeeded in attracting hundreds of Kuwaiti youth, giving them training on essential skills necessary for volunteering before matching them with volunteering opportunities. We have also partnered with Murouj for this year’s season of Murouj Market, which is an
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outdoor entrepreneurs market taking place at their unique venue. It features a wide range of projects such as handcrafts, food, accessories, art, among other projects, all of which are established by Kuwaiti entrepreneurs. Our social responsibility agenda is year-round, and places great importance on empowering youth, enabling women and supporting entrepreneurs with a focus on sustainability. Ooredoo Kuwait is one of three telecom providers in a highly competitive market. What sets you apart from competition in Kuwait? The telecom sector in Kuwait is very challenging and dynamic. In general, telecom is one of the fastest developing sectors around the world. This is especially true in Kuwait and the GCC region, where most customers are tech-savvy and demand international trends to be available in the local market. The challenge today is to keep up with the expectations of customers, providing services and solutions that suit their needs. I’m very fortunate to be working in such a dynamic and challenging environment. Ooredoo Kuwait is part of the international Ooredoo Group, and ranks among the Middle East's leading companies in terms of investment in its network. We’re continuously working to enrich our network even further in order to meet the demands of our customers and give them a
truly enriching experience on our network. Our network in Kuwait is currently undergoing an infrastructure upgrade that began in late 2014 and is scheduled to complete by 2017. Our aim from this is to deploy the latest technologies in order to give our customers the best in-class services. Currently, our LTE network sites cover 100% of the residential areas of Kuwait, and our LTE-A high-speed internet covers over 80% of Kuwait’s residential areas. What are the effects of the network renovation so far? Our network development project had significant impact on our network speed. We recently won the title “Speedtest Awards Winner 2016” by Ookla, the company that operates the famous website Speedtest.net, a tool that measures network speed on users’ devices. The awards are based on speed test results conducted by hundreds of thousands of actual smartphone users in Kuwait. We’re proud of this achievement, which reiterates our belief in our values of caring, connecting and challenging. We have adopted a very customer-centric policy in recent years to enrich their experience and fulfil their needs, and this policy translates in all our efforts and strategies. We regularly benchmark our services in relation to all competition, and results have indicated that our network scores higher than
the competition in terms of speed. The tests were conducted in various locations and under different conditions across Kuwait to better measure the network’s strength. What other achievements have you had this year? We have proudly obtained the latest ISO 9001:2015 certification by UKAS through Bureau Veritas Kuwait. This certification adds to our continuous efforts to maintain internationallyrecognized standards in line with our quality management system. We’re proud to be the first Kuwaiti telecom go get such certification from UKAS. Going forward, we strive to continue improvement initiatives through the application of best internationally-proven practices in every aspect possible. This of course aims to ensure smooth operations and processes within the company, to offer our customers with the best inclass customer experience.
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The home-style feast By bazaar staff
There’s nothing quite like a home-cooked meal! But when life gets a little too hectic and the dishes are the last thing you want to deal with, this bazaarite calls on Kuwait London Company’s The Kitchen for that homey meal – sans dishes. Freshly prepared for each order, their gourmet offerings are heartwarming and perfect for the coming chill of winter – not to mention gatherings! And with the holiday season upon us, there’s no better way to celebrate than with a fully catered meal from The Kitchen! With the many options to pick from, every palate will surely be pleased with their delicious creations. But before I get to their gloriously delectable dishes, let’s talk about their newly launched catering service. ‘Tis the season for gleeful gatherings and meals in abundance! Now the problem with having people over for lunch or dinner is always the dishes you’re stuck with once all the guests have gone, and lest we forget, making sure there’s something to suit your invitee’s tastes. Here to make your meals tastier and your clean-up time down to the basics, The Kitchen’s catering service offers ideal solutions for gatherings with a minimum of 15 people. 92
So if you have an outdoor area that hasn’t been utilized due to the heat, now is the perfect opportunity! Their live cooking stations make the event even more fun, and you can choose from a Grill Station, Burger Station or Pasta Station and enjoy the foods you love made specially for you. You can also be a total rebel and request all three stations for your bigger gatherings. The Kitchen’s ethos is to source the best ingredients to provide you with the highest quality possible. Piping hot, fresh out of the oven food delivered to your doorstep every time, The Kitchen ensures that you get nothing short of the best. Craving some deliciously warming foods at the office, we made an order from The Kitchen and waited excitedly for our food to arrive. Having ordered a salad, three grill options and two pastas – our food was still steaming hot and ready for us to enjoy. The Kitchen’s Pasta Salad was delightfully refreshing. Made with seasoned fusilli pasta, the salad comes with fresh crunchy vegetables, and finished with oregano and their signature honey mustard dressing. From the grills, the Chicken Skewers were tender and flavorful, grilled to perfection and served with a side of tortilla bread and garlic mayo. We also went with their Chicken Fajita and Shrimp Fajita –
in a word, delicious! Flawlessly sizzling and ready to be wrapped, the chicken and shrimp are prepared with sautéed mixed capsicums and onions. Served with flour tortillas, the fajitas come with several sides: mixed cheese, guacamole, sour cream and The Kitchen’s special fajita dip. Satisfied with the grills, we turned our attention to the pasta dishes. Their Penne Arrabbiata is simple but comes with a flavorful kick. The Arrabbiata sauce is delicate and medium spiced and added to the al dente penne pasta, then finished with a generous helping of parmesan. The second pasta we got was the Pappardelle Chicken with Creamy Parmesan. The ribbons of pasta combined with the smooth, light parmesan cream sauce is then finished with slices of grilled chicken. And with that, our feast had come to an end proving to us that no one does home-cooked meals like The Kitchen! The Kitchen is located in Al Shaab Al Bahari (2263 9814/5), Ardhiya (2239 0150) and Mahboula (2239 3037). For delivery please call 2390 1022/33. For more information, follow @TheKitchenKW on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Order online via talabat.com and for catering, check out their menu on bilbayt.com.
FANTASY WORLD’S ‘THE EDGE’ DEPARTMENT A heaven for unique gifting ideas By bazaar staff
It’s gifting season, and finding the ideal gift for the tech-obsessed people in your life has never been easier! With Fantasy World’s The Edge department, you know you’re in good hands. Standing for Eclectic Designer Gifting Excitements, The Edge department is a hub for the most innovative tech gadgets and unique gifting items targeted specifically for at adults. While Fantasy World is the perfect destination to pick out birthday and holiday presents for the little ones in your life, The Edge department is the place to be when shopping for a fellow adult – or yourself! Known as the trendsetter and market leader for gifts and more thanks to the international product range it offers, you’re never at a loss at Fantasy World. The Edge department was developed to give adults and parents something to be excited about while shopping at Fantasy 94
World. Providing them with the most unique gifting options and offering a vast range of products that have been hand-picked from all over the world, The Edge is an adult’s haven. Instead of looking far and wide to find the perfect gift, The Edge has products that aren’t readily available in the local market. Products offered in this department are unique in several ways. While some are technological wonderments, others are state-of-the-art gadgets that are sure to thrill anyone with unique taste. The Edge products are handpicked from around the world keeping in mind the general taste of the Kuwaiti consumer. We told you how incredible The Edge’s products are and about how distinctive some of them are, but we haven’t told you what you can actually find! With a wide range of brands available, you’re sure to find the perfect item! If you’re seeking headsets fit for Virtual Reality, check out their I am Cardboard, Homido, Merge, Fiburm and Oculus Rift range. If drones are more your thing, The Edge provide you with the Parrot Beebop, Skeye Nano Drones, 3DR Solo and the DJI Phantom edition.
Headphones, speakers and action cameras come in a wide range such as Beats Studio, Marshall Speakers and the GoPro or Polaroid Cube models. And if you’re trying to track your fitness and general wellbeing, The Edge makes it easy with FitBit and the H2O Pal product ranges. As far as unique gifts go, they’ve got you covered with gadgets like the Boogie Board, Live Scribe, 3D Doodler, Click’N’Grow, Spero/ Ollie and Book Seat! They also have a wide range of the latest must-have mobile and tabletop accessories as well as home décor. What are you waiting for? Hurry up and visit The Edge at Fantasy World today to find everything you need and more!
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The Promenade Culture Centre is set to be the capitalâ€™s most innovative mixed use space, creating a platform for the arts and cultural activity for the community we live in. The PCC thrives on forging a bond between artists and the audience, and bringing dynamic and original content to the public. Do you have an idea that you want to see grow? Want to share your art with others? Looking to explore new skills in a creative environment? The Promenade Culture Centre provides creative minds with studio and workshop spaces where they can share and learn alike. Contact us now for more information email@example.com
BOLT-68 CHRONO QUARTZ CHROMA II BOMBERG is proud to present two newcomers in the BOLT-68 Chroma family which will brighten your life by bringing on your wrist and in your pocket the multicolor. Do you want to be noticed? Then these colorful timepieces are the perfect choice for you. Elegant yet playful, the two new BOLT-68 CHROMA II will turn heads. Chroma II Ice Brown PVD, vertical gadroons finishing, multicolor printed letters on the strap Chroma II Ice Blue PVD, vertical gadroons finishing, multicolor printed letters on the strap. Not only standing out with design and materials, these new watches are also crafted with an ingenious bayonet system including a trigger guard. Patented by the brand itself, this system makes each piece even more flexible as it doubles as a pocket watch when the time-keeping module is detached from its base and attached to a metal chain. This modern and innovative system is a real development in three aspects of the watch-making : size, engineering and security. For more information visit www.bomberg.ch.
DS PODIUM CHRONOGRAPH The DS Podium is a well-known and quite popular face in the CERTINA line-up. The highly accurate PrecidriveTM quartz movement in the new DS Podium Chronograph brings even greater precision to the product line, with a few exciting variations, for added sportiness. The latest is a PVD all-black-case version with a brown leather strap stitched in contrasting anthracite, further accentuated by those unmistakable large numerals and handsome PVD rose gold detailing. The strong character of the CERTINA DS Podium Chronograph is instantly recognizable. From the earliest days of the product line, its sporty personality struck a chord with active individuals, instantly drawn by its large numerals, contrasting elements, polished bezel and bold design. Now with a Swiss Made ETA PrecidriveTM movement inside its brushed all-black PVD-coated 41mm case, it takes its sporty nature to a new level. The ultra-precise (+/- 10 sec./year) quartz chronograph movement provides 60-sec., 30-min. and 1/10-sec. timing (in real time and visible during the first minute), as well as the standard H, M, small second and date, protected by a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. For more information visit www.certina.com.
CALVIN KLEIN LIGHT Celestial grace. Calvin Klein light. This subtle timepiece fascinates the wearer with its epic lightness and delicacy. Marrying sinuous lines with airy shapes, the watch displays a soft and refined silhouette devoid of excess for a look that is undeniably humble. The Calvin Klein light range is offered with a silver or black dial that is enhanced by a polished stainless steel and polished pink gold PVD bangle. A minimalistic yet sophisticated piece. For more information visit www.calvinklein.us.
BALMAIN REVEALS THE MADRIGAL LADY II – THE IDEAL ACCOMPANIMENT TO CROWNS The 13-member Madrigal Lady II family is music to the ears of modern women who enjoy celebrating their femininity in style. A tapered central attachment between case and bracelet is reminiscent of the curves of a subtle hourglass figure. Some models pay a floral tribute to feminine charm via patterns of interlacing foliage delivered punctually between three and six o’clock and nine and twelve. An array of monochrome and bi-color metal bracelets team up with brown sunbrushed, silver sunbrushed with arabesques or shimmering mother of pearl dials. The broad range of looks echoes the brand’s origins in a famous Parisian fashion house as materials and shapes join forces to applaud aesthetics. For more information visit www.balmainwatches.com.
HUBLOT CLASSIC FUSION CHRONOGRAPH KUWAIT EDITION Hublot prides itself, among others, on its exclusive, special edition watches that were launched as an homage to cities and countries. Many of these timepieces celebrate unique characteristics or landmarks of places around the Middle East. This year, the luxury Swiss watch manufacturer is presenting, once again, a watch dedicated to its collectors and customers in Kuwait: the Classic Fusion Chronograph Kuwait Edition. This new collaboration highlights the brand’s goal of bringing the past to the future, which manifests in the sturdy partnership between Hublot and its partners, Morad Yousuf Behbehani Group. The Classic Fusion Chronograph Kuwait Edition brings a new take to the existing Classic Fusion Kuwait, with a striking blue carbon fiber bezel and a lacquered blue sunray satin-finished dial adorned with the Kuwait “8” logo in the colors of the Kuwait flag. The timepiece was launched during a special dinner in Kuwait with Hublotistas, collectors and loyal customers who gathered for a friendly meal where they discovered the new exclusive edition. The 25 pieces were created by Hublot exclusively for its customers and those of Behbehani Group, and will only be available in Kuwait. Follow Hublot on Instagram & Twitter: @HublotMEA.
INSPIRING EVERYDAY ATHLETES
Whether you want to run around in the city, hang out in the mall, or stand out in the coolest clubs, your look starts at The Athlete’s Foot By bazaar staff
Sport with style - is more than a slogan, more than a claim, more than a pay-off. Sport with style is a philosophy, a behavioral principle and our brand concept which we will ’live’ in everything we do. Sport with style is The Athlete’s Foot’s differentiator from any other athletic-specialty retailer, and it meets their customers’ needs for a stylish way to perform, no matter what activity they partake in - whether it be meeting friends, going to the Diwaniya, skateboarding at Marina Waves, or just hanging out. Sport with style is everything the brand represents, everything The Athlete’s Foot stands for. The Athelete’s Foot believes in sport with style to inspire the athletes of today. And by teaming up with the biggest brands, they offer the widest range of stylish, sports-inspired footwear. This includes the very latest color ranges of only the best styles alongside collaborations and emerging niche products. They also present a selection of apparel to let you add that final flourish. ‘The athlete of…’ is a phrase, a motto. It describes the attitude and the mindset of the consumer rather than their hobby or activity, while sport with style is a concept that appeals to the athlete in all of us. So if sport is what you need and style is what you 98
desire, then The Athlete’s Foot is where it’s at - they are sport with style, storytelling with ‘the athlete of…’. As one of the leaders in agile, dynamic, athletic inspired footwear and apparel in Kuwait, this season The Athlete's Foot is proud to introduce sport with style and the athlete’s of our passion. Collaborating with leading and emerging brands to offer the most inspiring combination of sport and style, The Athlete’s Foot invites us all to explore ‘The Athlete of…’: 1. ...going places while moving laces. 2. ...of your own style. 3. ...the trip called life.
4. ...of your everyday. What are you the athlete of? Want to find out more about The Athlete’s Foot? Follow The Athlete’s Foot on Instagram @TheAthletesFootKuwait, Twitter @TAFkuwait, Facebook /TAFKW, contact their hotline at 1804 449, or visit them in-store at The Avenues Mall, Discovery Mall, Al Fanar Complex, Gate Mall, Marina Mall, Promenade Mall, Sama Sulaiybikhat Mall, Kout Mall, Souq Sharq, Mishref Co-Op and Kuwait International Airport.
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H&M HOME HOLIDAY 2016
Blending natural and festive mixes for a fashionable holiday season By bazaar staff
For the first time ever in Kuwait, H&M Home opens its door to the public proving that, as our closets change with the seasons, so can our homes. H&M believes that your home deserves the same fashionable treatment by offering a whole new collection of décor accessories, stylish bedding, dining room dressing, dinnerware sets, table tops and kitchen linens, bathroom accessories, charming cushions, scented candles and entertaining adornments. 100
The H&M collection is divided into different concepts and rooms: living room, bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. In doing so, H&M Home unites interiors and design with a wide range of fashionable textiles and materials. As the temperature drops, our homes become instantly cozier with soft throw blankets, and with the arrival of the holiday season, the H&M Home Holiday 2016 collection has created items to become treasured parts of your favorite holiday traditions and provide the perfect setting for creating new memories in the most fashionable of ways. This holiday season, it’s all about mixing and blending contrasting materials, combining
different color pairings and, above all, achieving a mix between natural and glamorous aesthetics. “H&M Home is natural and festive this holiday season and it’s all about mixing – to pair the raw with something glamourous. Combining wood with metals, unbleached linen with glitter and heavy knits with sequins gives a traditional yet modern feel. The mood is warm and inviting while black adds drama as dark winter skies sprinkled with stars set the tone,” says Evelina Kravaev Söderberg, Head of Design at H&M Home. As for Evelina’s favorite items from the collection, she says that “There are many. I particularly love the mix of gold, white and black,
like the Christmas ornaments. The gold-weaved jacquards are also a favorite. And also the black, like the stone embroideries and print with star scatterings.â€?
scene, with jacquards and crafted influences as a key trend. H&M Home also introduces comfortable and sophisticated loungewear in a cashmere mix material.
THE COLORS: Combining natural with glamorous is a key trend, like coupling off-white shades with sparkling gold and antique silver or pairing a palette of dark greys with deep ruby red. A touch of black adds drama as the night sky inspires.
THE SYMBOLS: The night sky is a source of inspiration, with stars and the moon as key symbols. Minimalistic fonts offer a new take on ar t deco while the inspiration from the outdoors shows through pine trees and wild animals. Humor is always present at H&M Home and this season, tropical animals in a holiday-setting like a cheetah with red ribbons on a pillow make for the perfect cheeky home accessor y.
THE MATERIALS: Mixing is essential - grouping different types of metals together or pairing wood and concrete with metals, or natural linens with sequins. New types of knits also enter the
THE MOOD: The mix between natural and festive gives a warm and inviting mood. There is also a splash of drama with more somber colors like darker shades of gray and black. And of course the party-mode is on, with luxurious glamor and sparkling details.
H&M Home is located at the 2nd Avenueâ€”The Avenues. For more information, visit www.hm.com and check out @HM_Home on Instagram. 101
A DARKNESS AND LIGHT By John Legend
Darkness and Light is Legend's fifth studio and it centers on the social issues proliferating the world today, an area Legend has long been an advocate for, as evidenced by his roadwork on behalf of democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The singer and new dad also wrote a song titled "Right By You (for Luna)" for the new light of his world, his daughter. For the forthcoming project, Legend teamed up with producers John Ryan (One Direction, Jason Derulo) and Blake Mills, who produced Alabama Shakes' Sound & Color. Chance the Rapper, Miguel and Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard also make guest appearances on the album.
BLUE & LONESOME
The French synth master’s first seminal work, Oxygene was a huge commercial success and has since gone down as one of the most influential ambient electronic albums of all time. The second part of the trilogy Oxygène 7–13, was released 20 years later in 1997. Now, during the recording of his last album Electronica Vol 2: The Heart Of Noise, Jarre was inspired to complete the three-part epic in just six weeks: ‘’I did the first Oxygene on an 8-track tape recorder with very few instruments, with no other choice than being minimalist. I tried to keep this minimalist approach for Oxygene 3.”
Back in March, Libertines frontman Peter Doherty said he was putting the “finishing touches” on his latest record, the follow-up to 2009’s Grace/ Wastelands. It was recorded over six months in Hamburg, with Johann Scheerer on production. The first single, “The Whole World is Our Playground,” was released in April for Record Store Day. Before that, Doherty shared his tribute to Amy Winehouse, “Flags of the Old Regime”. The record also features “Hell To Pay At The Gates Of Heaven,” a song written in light of the Paris attacks, which Doherty debuted last June.
By Jean-Michel Jarre
By Pete Doherty
By The Rolling Stones
By The Weeknd
By Neil Young
It's official: The Rolling Stones will put out their first studio record in over a decade in December with the release of new album Blue & Lonesome. Keith Richards said in September that the group had been recording in London, cutting several songs in a rapid period. "It was fun – always is," he said. At the time, he claimed the album would contain "a lot of Chicago blues." Later in the month, Mick Jagger posted a photo of his harmonica case and some guitar picks on Twitter, using the hashtag #PlayingTheBlues.
When the Weeknd and Daft Punk got together in the studio, the result was Starboy, the synth-laden, spicey-lyric smash. It just so happens, there’s more where that came from. The Toronto-born, multiple Grammy-winning R&B artist (real name Abel Tesfaye) and the enigmatic French electronic duo (Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter) hit it off in the studio to create not just one but a pair of new works, including the title track for Tesfaye’s forthcoming album Starboy. “The remarkably spontaneous sessions yielded two songs on the album,” the Weeknd stated.
Although Young has spent the past few years on the road performing with Promise of the Real, the rocker recorded Peace Trail alongside a stripped-down outfit featuring drummer Jim Keltner and bassist Paul Bushnell at Rick Rubin's Shangri-la Studios. The album will also feature the previously released Dakota Access Pipeline protest song "Indian Givers." "AM radio kicked streaming's ass. Analog cassettes and 8 tracks also kicked streaming's ass, and absolutely rocked compared to streaming," Young wrote previously in July 2015.
KILLER CLOWN CHASE
Create your digital magazine and enjoy your coffee! Aiywa carefully curates news from a variety of sources and gives you all the stories you want to read in one single simple app. From more than 300 Arabic and English top local and international sources to categories you’re most interested in such as News, Sports, Tech, Entertainment, Fashion and more! You no longer need to move from app to app to check on the current news updates. Simply select your sources, and create your magazine, and indulge in that cup of coffee.
Giphy Cam is a GIF camera. It allows you to take a series of photographs or video that are then turned into a GIF. You’ll also have a ton of extra features to play with, including stickers, special effects, text, and frames. You can tap the record button to do a burst mode gif or you can hold the button down and record something a little smoother. It’s probably the best GIF camera available in app stores. It’s also completely free.
Ivy is a sidebar app that allows you to quickly see your apps. You can have it launch from either the left or right side depending on your preferences. It is also customizable to suite your individual tastes. On top of that, the app has an RSS feature that can show you news across the bottom of the screen. The RSS feature could use some work, but it could be useful for general stuff. The app itself still needs a bit of work because there are some bugs. On the plus side, it is free to download if you want to check it out.
Marsbot is the latest app out of the developers of Foursquare. It’s a chat bot that recommends places for you to go. Unlike Google Assistant, which resides in Google Allo for most people, Marsbot resides in a text conversation. That means you can use it with whatever SMS app you happen to be using. The app itself will keep an eye on your location so it can recommend the right things. It’s a fairly big drain on the battery if left up to its own devices, but it does work. It’s free to use if you’re into this sort of thing.
Sprayscape is an interesting camera app. The central premise is you have a blank sphere. You then take pictures of your surroundings and it fits into the blank sphere. You wash, rinse, and repeat until the sphere is filled in. There are a number of commands that allow you to fill in the sphere as you see fit. Some people love it, others hate it, but it’s a ton of fun to use once you get passed the bugs. It’s completely free to use if you’re interested.
After the creepy clowns phenomenon swept across the globe over the past few months of course someone was going to make a game about it. To be honest this killer clown craze is probably one of the stupidest ones to hit the internet since planking was a thing. Obviously following on from this utterly terrifying and sensationally stupid sensation, the aim of the game is to get as far as you can by jumping on disappearing bars, cars, and people to get extra points. If you touch the floor however you're dead – so it's kind of like a horrible clown game mixed with 'the floor is lava'.
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bazaar movie night
The latest from the big screen playing in cinemas across Kuwait in December
UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS
BAD SANTA 2
I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER
Release Date: December 1st Theaters: Cinescape Kuwait-wide Genre: Action, Horror Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Alicia Vela-Bailey Synopsis: The next installment in the blockbuster franchise, Underworld: Blood Wars follows vampire death dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) must fend off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Release Date: December 1st Theaters: Cinescape Kuwait-wide Genre: Drama Cast: Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel Synopsis: Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.
Release Date: December 1st Theaters: Cinescape Kuwait-wide Genre: Drama, Thriller Cast: Kate Mara, Shia LaBeouf, Jai Courtney Synopsis: When U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer (Shia LaBeouf) returns from Afghanistan, he finds the place he once called home is no better than the battlefields he fought on overseas. Accompanied by his best friend, a hard-nosed Marine whose natural instinct is to shoot first and ask questions later, Gabriel searches desperately for his estranged son and his wife, leading to a suspect who has vital information about their location.
Release Date: December 1st Theaters: Cinescape Kuwait-wide Genre: Thriller Cast: Christopher Lloyd, Laura Fraser, Max Records Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old John Wayne Cleaver (Max Records, Where the Wild Things Are) is not a serial killer-but he has all the makings of one. Keeping his homicidal tendencies and morbid obsessions with death and murder in check is a constant struggle that only gets harder when a real serial killer begins terrorizing his sleepy Midwestern town. Now, in order to track down a psychopath and protect those around him, John must unleash his darkest inner demons. Based on the cult novel by Dan Wells, this twisted, genre-bending thriller co-stars Christopher Lloyd and Breaking Bad's Laura Fraser.
Release Date: December 1st Theaters: Cinescape Kuwait-wide Genre: Comedy Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Tony Cox Synopsis: Fueled by greed and hatred, Willie Soke (Billy Bob Thornton) teams up with his angry little sidekick, Marcus, to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. Along for the ride is chubby and cheery Thurman Merman, a 250-pound ray of sunshine who brings out Willie's sliver of humanity. Mommy issues arise when the pair are joined by Willie's horror story of a mother, Sunny Soke, who raises the bar for the gang's ambitions, while somehow lowering the standards of criminal behavior.
Release Date: December 12th Theaters: Cinescape Kuwait-wide Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Alan Tudyk, Jemaine Clement Synopsis: An adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity.
For more details on movie timings and the cinema nearest you, visit: Cinescape: www.cinescape.com.kw or Facebook: Cinescape â€“ Kuwait National Cinema Company. *Above programs are subject to change without prior notice. 106
big boys toys
DODGE SHAKEDOWN CHALLENGER
AERIX DUET MUSIC SYSTEM
SEATACI CONCEPT YACHT
NIKON 1 VINTAGE CAMERA
SHINOLA RUNWELL TURNTABLE
Mixing classic style with modern components, the Dodge Shakedown Challenger is a unique hot rod that's more than the sum of its parts. Underneath the slightly modified 1971 Challenger body lies a modern 6.4L HEMI engine from Mopar, delivering 485 hp to the road via a six-speed transmission. The custom suspension is lowered, yet still makes room for the SRT Hellcat 19- and 20-inch wheels, the headlamps and taillamps come from a 2017 Challenger, and the interior has up-to-date gauges with front seats and a steering wheel taken from a Dodge Viper. The concept is clad in "Bitchin' Black" with satin black details.
Offered from the collection of Japanese collector Tad Soto, this Nikon 1 Vintage Camera isn't just "vintage": it's the earliest known surviving production Nikon in the world. Just the third ever made — it dates to April, 1948 — it's in remarkably good condition, arriving with its original Nikkor-H 2/5cm lens and matching cap. It also still has its original shutter, original "Made in Occupied Japan" baseplate, and original double-strap carrying case. An extremely rare piece of still-functional photographic history.
Sporting a simple design that pairs two cubes with a acoustically-designed aluminum baseplate, the Aerix Duet Music System provides outstanding audio in a handsome package. Thanks to 360-degree horns, a down-firing 5.25" subwoofer, and a 200 watt amp, it gives you great sound no matter where it's placed, and support for WiFi streaming from sources like Spotify and Pandora means you can put it anywhere you want. It also has AptX Bluetooth for playing music from your phone or tablet, and a slot-loading CD player gives you a reason to dust off you physical media collection.
Developed in collaboration with Harry Weisfeld, founder of high-end manufacturer VPI, the Shinola Runwell Turntable is the first in a new line of audio products from the Detroit-based brand. The platter and tonearm components are made with precision by MDI in New Jersey, while the electronic components are produced by American Board in New Jersey. The components are then placed in an oak base, and assembled in Detroit under the guidance of former Audeze CEO Alex Rosson. It's finished with a custom leather slipmat and custom-built cartridge, resulting in a new American audio classic that will sound — and look — great for years to come.
Industrial designer Charles Bombardier is known for his outlandish, imaginative designs. The Seataci Concept Yacht is no different. Dreamed up on a trip to Bora-Bora, it has a main hull that can submerge itself using a ballast system, giving passengers inside outstanding underwater views. It would also use a novel propulsion system: a biomimetic oscillating foil that would push water back like a whale's tail, offering greater efficiency while allowing the vessel to operate in shallower waters. Other notable features would include a dozen onboard villas, a main deck with tropical gardens and pool, and a pair of landing pads meant for personal drones, used for travel to and from nearby islands.
Google's G Suite of online tools like Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Drive are designed with collaboration in mind. Yet there's one central point of office collaboration they have yet to touch: the whiteboard. The Google Jamboard is meant to fix this. A 55-inch 4K touchscreen, it links up a companion app running on iOS or Android, letting co-workers see a real-time feed of the board and add their own notes, doodles, and photos. You interact with the board using a passive stylus or your hand, it can change your writing into searchable text and straighten out your shapes and symbols automatically, and everything gets saved up to Google Drive, so Dave from accounting has no excuse when he claims not to remember what you talked about at the last meeting.
bazaar goes dining
THE LEVANT ON YOUR PLATE
Food dreams coming to life at Debs El Reman By bazaar staff
Can you believe that such a little place would house so much magic? With a name paying homage to one of the Levant’s favorite ingredient staples, Pomegranate Molasses, Debs El Reman delivers the promise of taking you back to memories spent in rural areas of Lebanon, eating amazing food in a cozy atmosphere. Nestled within the “basement” level of the outdoor Miral complex in Mahboula, this intimate eatery might be missed between the hustle and bustle of other options available. But not with its vibrant signage! The aquamarine blending with a rosy pomegranate and artful text allow diners to come in with open arms and to settle into the equally colorful and comfortable interior of the place. Adorned with seating boasting communal simplicity, knick knacks of jars lining the walls along with traditional Levantine style jugs and 110
the soft crooning of the beloved Fairuz playing the background. Anyone hailing from the fertile crescent will feel like they’re at home, stepping into their grandmother’s house and about to enjoy a meal of their lifetime. The menu is a storybook in itself, with so many options to choose from. Starting with drinks, I was greeted with not one, but two different concoctions to try. A classic Jullab with lovely pistachios floating atop, and a rosewater cocktail decorated with pretty petals and took me back to the mountains of Lebanon with just one sip. Served in mason jars for a modern touch, both were refreshing and enjoyable. And then, as though my grandmother was in the room, a plate of something marvelous was placed before me. “Shawarma Baklava, ma’am,” the waiter announced proudly. Taken aback, as the two regional favorites are scarcely even spoken of in the same sentence, I was intrigued. And there it was – the first crunch that made me realize that this was my new
favorite way to eat shawarma. Encased in the crunchy dough that is usually used for syrupy sweet baklawa, chunks of tender shawarma meat were expertly filled and accompanied by a classic breadless fattouch salad. Drizzed with the quintessential tahini sauce, this was truly a treat not to be forgotten. A fusion inspired salad was then presented: Halloumi Deyay (chicken) Salad – yet again, an unlikely combination. It works, though, especially with a pesto pairing and the careful, subtle grilling of the chicken. Expert tip: layer this salad on your fork as much as possible when eating, to really experience all the flavors – you won’t be disappointed. Though I was itching to order my main, the chef had to grace me with one of the house specialties – a sample from their wood oven baked manakish. Served in the style of pizza, I was privileged to try both the Jebne Harra (cheese) AND the Sujok. If you’re judging my gluttony, I don’t care. They were both amazing,
giving me the best of both worlds: the presentation of Italian pizza, and the tastes of the Arab Meditterannean, reminding me that as this restaurant reaps, we aren’t so different from our neighbors at the opposite side of the sea after all. This was reaffirmed when a Ftirit Bakleh in the style of an Italian Stromboli was placed before me. Filled with vegetables and presenting wonderfully doughy exterior, I took a bite, allowing the cheese to ooze and the taste of the tangy pomegranate molasses to engulf my palate as a reminder of why this place is named after the beloved Levantine nectar to begin with. Thumbs up, chef. But then, just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, it did. A little clay pot magically appeared without my consent – and boy, was it worth it. Filled to the brim with a ragout of sorts, containing succulent chunks of halloumi cheese, eggplant and - oh wow - kafta? I took a bite and realized I was in trouble. This
fusion dish reminiscent of Lebanon’s Turkish forefathers was so addictive, and gave my own mother’s kafta a run for her money. Don’t tell her I said that. At this point, I was pleading for the food to stop, but was conflicted. It was all so good! So comforting! Fairuz herself was beckoning me to eat more with her soulful words dancing in the background, but I couldn’t. I could, however, do with something sweet. Halva Mousse, or Layale Lebnan? Why choose! I was gifted both, and after coming this far, I didn’t look back. With a bite of the reimagined, traditional Arabic sweet, using a perfect mold of creamy Halva (a sweet sesame paste sweet) encrusted with pistachio and dusted with sneaky chunks of Turkish delight and homemade pomegranate sugar, I was in heaven. Then, I took a bite of the even creamier, fruit filled parfait that is Layale Lebnan, and I had reached absolute Nirvana. Turkish coffee was the only way to end this
experience, and I half expected someone to pop up and offer to read my cup. They never did, but that’s alright. It was relaxing and authentic all the same. Debs El Reman is an absolute example of a gem that should not be overlooked. Their menu is bursting with options from classic indulgent breakfasts, to light sandwiches, and reimagined, deconstructed Shaami favorites hailing from the lands of Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Turkey. This is indeed a beautiful experience and with a touch of the right music and even just one or two of your favorite people, it’s sure to make your list of go-to places. Believe me when I say, city dwellers: it’s worth the visit. Debs El Reman is located on the bottom level of Miral Complex, off the coast of Mangaf past the Hilton Resort. Call them at 2228 2439 for more information and follow them on Instagram @debs_alruman. 111
geeks & gamers
WHY I WOULD CHOOSE OLD TECH OVER NEW By bazaar staff
Last month saw the release of two ‘new’ consoles. I say new but these consoles are three decades apart. We have the PS4 Pro (KD 130) and the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) Classic (KD 20). If you offered me a choice of one, for free, I’d choose the NES. Or I’d take the PS4 Pro, sell it and buy 6 NES Classics, but the point remains, the Nintendo would be my preference. The NES Classic is a miniature version of (arguably) the godfather of games consoles, the NES from the 80s. We covered it briefly in bazaar Tech in the September issue, and now it’s released! It comes preloaded with 30 classic games (mostly killer, a few filler) and connects to HDTV via HDMI. It also has the option to save game progress as you play, like modern gaming and a luxury we never had as kids. The NES Classic sold out instantly once launched, although to be fair that was half down to the awesomeness of the product, and half down to Nintendo’s ridiculous practice of not providing anywhere near enough units to meet demand. This seems to be an ongoing trend for Nintendo, and it makes no sense, especially for a company that hates the idea of others making money from their products (NES Classics are on eBay for anywhere up to $1000 (KD 330) at the time of writing this. 112
The PS4 Pro is an upgrade to the unstoppable PS4. It has some extra power under the hood, and now runs and improved and full resolution on 4K TVs, as well as provides better support for the newly released PSVR. So who on earth would chose 30-year-old technology over shiny new, all singing, all dancing, all immersing 2016 gadgetry? Well, to reiterate the title of this article…me. I would. And it isn’t just a case of preferring retro games to new ones, because as much as I do love me some games from yesteryear, I actually prefer new games. For one thing, if you already own a PS4, there is very little reason to spend the asking price on a PS4 Pro now. Its main draw is that it works with 4K TVs. But the issue with this is that not that many people own a 4K TV. The prices are coming down and I’d guess within the next five years, 4K TV will have replaced our standard HDTVs that we currently have. But that’s a long way from now. Even if you do have a 4K TV, not all games will get this 4K upgrade. That depends on the developer of each game, and if they want to bother making an update especially for the PS4 Pro. If they do, it comes to the console via a downloadable patch. So it’s really hit and miss as to which games will benefit right now. Regarding the PSVR support-if you don’t know yet or can’t admit it, VR is a gimmick, in gaming at least. Something cool to try out, or show friends when they come over, but let’s face it, it isn’t how you’re going to be playing 95% of your games.
Plus, PSVR still works with PS4 so again, no real reason to upgrade. It seems as if Sony rushed it out to be ahead of the Xbox Scorpio. Tech too ahead of its time, in my opinion. On the other hand, with the NES Classic, you have tech that’s way behind. It should stay in the 80s because we have advanced so far now, but we brought it back because NOSTALGIA! Of course, it isn’t made of the same components that the original console was made from, but the games look and run the same. Also, as the games are preinstalled, you don’t get the ultimate feel of getting to blow the dust out of a cart, tap in on your knee for luck, insert and hope it works. It’s cheap, easy to use and fills us with memories of happier and simpler times. I, for one, can’t wait to let my future son or daughter discover it one day and ask what it is, so I can break it out and show them my childhood at the same time as creating a part of theirs. It’s a great gift for anyone even remotely interested in gaming, of any age. Needless to say, I pre-ordered mine months ago and now, amid the thousands of unlucky ones that can’t find one for love nor money, mine arrived and I’m loving it! At this time when technology is racing ahead and beyond of what we actually need, it’s nice to have the option of going back in time to appreciate what we once considered groundbreaking, and pay homage to the things that gave rise to the items we take for granted today.
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BUILD-YOUR-OWN ORGANIC BREAKFAST AT ELEVATION BURGER AL-SEIF Elevation Burger has launched the concept of a customizable, certified organic breakfast in another move toward fulfilling their purpose and broadening awareness for healthier food options in the Kuwaiti market. Elevation Burger was brought to Kuwait with the purpose of empowering the community to make informed daily food choices. Ingredients matter, and so does having the option to eat clean. Customers will be able to pick their base, choose between building a bun or bowl, then layer toppings and organic add-ons. According to the Organic Trade Association, Elevation Burger is the largest provider of USDA organic products in the country. The brand also values elevating local suppliers and homegrown talent. Miguel Costa supplies the brioche buns, veggies come from Kenaneya Farms, the coffee from Jumo, juice from Juiced. A special kind of unsalted halloum was created specifically for the breakfast by Bader of Alban Dairy. The Sadu-inspired interiors of the Seif branch, a departure from the other seven branches, was designed by interior architect Aziz Al Humaidhi. Breakfast is only currently offered at the Seif branch in Kuwait City. Breakfast timings are 4:00am–11:00am Sunday-Thursday and 4:00am–11:00am Friday-Saturday. For more information, as well as locations in Kuwait, visit www.tabcofood.com. Follow Elevation Burger on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @elevationKW. TANGLE TEEZER HELLO KITTY PINK COMPACT STYLER Introducing the limited edition Tangle Teezer in collaboration with Hello Kitty. Featuring the Hello Kitty design with an adorable pink and white polka dot print, this compact styler is an absolute must-have. As seen on Dragon's Den and winner of more than 25 awards in the past few years, this is a beauty must-have. Say goodbye to knots with the Tangle Teezer-the multi award winning professional detangling brush. The award-winning detangling hairbrush, designed by International hairdresser Shaun P, is a must-have accessory for beauty fanatics. Created to reduce the ratchet pulling and breaking of women’s hair, this is the beginning of screamfree brushing and gentle detangling of knots and tangles. Hair Is left preened and polished with a brilliant shine and super smooth. Tangle Teezer is big on style and the removable cover is genius to protect the patented and intricate designed teeth from dust and dirt. The combat brush is simple to hold in the palm of your hand, giving control and ease whilst brushing those knots away. Exclusively distributed by beau-tique cosmetics international. Call 2225 1285 for more info or visit www.beau-tiqueonline.com.
DOUBLE YOUR SALARY WITH ABK'S WEEKLY DRAWS Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait (ABK) announced an extension to their promotion ‘How to double your salary’ that gives existing and new customers the chance to double their salaries on a weekly basis. The promotion, on popular demand has been extended up to the end of June 2017. New customers who transfer their salary to ABK will receive KD 100 and will automatically be entered into the weekly draws to double their salaries. Existing customers will be entered into a separate draw. Commenting on this promotion, Stewart Lockie, General Manager, Retail Banking at ABK said, “We are very excited to engage customers in this new promotion, rewarding both new and existing customers. Research highlighted that our customers want a simple promotion with a high frequency of draws and a high probability of winning. The campaign is a direct response to this feedback. ABK continuously seeks to reward its customers with differentiated services and added value, and we will further enhance our products and services in line with our ‘Simpler Banking’ strategy.” For more information, please visit eahli.com or contact an ABK customer service agent via ‘Ahlan Ahli’ at 1899 899.
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M2R WINS EXCLUSIVE ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE RIGHTS OF GRAND CINEMA IN KUWAIT In a private reception, M2R, the leading advertising representative for commercial centers, announced the signing of an exclusive advertising representation agreement with Grand Cinema, the fastest growing chain of cinemas in the region. The agreement went into effect on September 1st. Held at the Grand Cinema Al Hamra Luxury Center on Monday November 7th, the event was attended by VIPs, top customers, representatives of Kuwaiti advertising agencies, and media representatives. The event was packed with numerous entertaining activities for the pleasure of the attendees, who enjoyed an LED light dancing show, in addition to various activities to spread a smile in the atmosphere. Adding to the excitement and enthusiasm, the event concluded with a screening of the latest 2016 movie Hacksaw Ridge, directed by Mel Gibson with a leading superstar cast. The movie recounts the events of World War II. Grand Cinema is located in Al Hamra Luxury Center- Sharq. It offers 9 screens, as well as 9 other screens at the second branch located in the Gate Mall in Aquila area. The theatre also offers two Grant Class screens, therefore offering a total capacity of 18 display screens and 2200 seats. For more information visit www.grandcinemasme.com. ECCO INSPIRATION LETTER – AUTUMN/WINTER 2016 ECCO welcomes Autumn/Winter 2016 with a collection rooted in ECCO’s Scandinavian design heritage and shaped by eye-catching details and rich materials. This season, the collection takes two main directions: one embracing the simple Scandinavian lifestyle and focusing on the natural world, with an androgynous expression; the other inspired by folklore, with an eclectic and energetic look and feel. For Autumn/Winter 2016, ECCO – one of the world’s leading shoe and leather goods brands – introduces a line-up of footwear, bags and leather goods that brings together new technologies and diverse materials in a soft, faded color palette. As summer breezes turn into autumn winds, prepare to rock the new season in oversized jackets, retro-inspired suits, and a wardrobe infused with casual style and cool colour. For more information, please visit ecco.com or contact on @eccoarabia. CHRISTMAS IS COMING… Lakeland has made their list and checked it twice to ensure that they have everything you'll need for the most magical Christmas ever. Beautiful seasonal decorations, a whole range of party games and crackers to make your celebrations go with a bang, and just the right mix of gifts to suit even the trickiest people on your list. If you're struggling for inspiration this year, you're sure to find something for everyone in Lakeland's Christmas collection in store now. Lakeland is located at Marina Mall and The Avenues. For more information visit www.lakeland.ae. TASTE THE MAGIC OF WINTER IN NEW YORK AT DEAN & DELUCA Winter is always a special time in New York! Now Kuwaiti customers can experience a taste of this season at DEAN & DELUCA, with a fine assortment of international seasonal delicacies and treats. From 14 November to 2 January, store visitors can enjoy a selection of freshly baked goodies, including Panettone sweet bread loafs and their range of tasty fillings, seasonal mince pies stuffed with rich fruits and spices, and Stollen, Germany’s traditional holiday bread loaded with chopped dried fruits, nuts and spices, and dusted in powdered sugar. Celebrate the festivities with a tasty selection of homemade cakes crafted by our pastry artisans - from yule logs and plum puddings, to wholesome pumpkin and apple pies that are simply impossible to resist. Throughout the season, the butchery section will offer the most delicious cuts to complete the holiday feast, including free-range turkeys, Australian lamb legs, American Angus beef and Scottish smoked salmon. DEAN & DELUCA has also put together an extensive selection of prepared foods, with everything from whole roast turkeys to all the delicious fixings needed to ensure your festive gatherings are extra-special. Make sure to head to DEAN & DELUCA at The Avenues this season and taste the magic of winter in New York! For more information, follow @DeanDelucaME on Instagram and DeanDelucaME on Facebook. KIDZANIA SAYS “ZANK-U” TO ITS EDUCATIONAL PARTNERS KidZania Kuwait, the exciting kid-sized metropolis, has highlighted the role that its partners from Kuwait’s educational sector play in its success at its annual Educators Event at KidZania. The event paid tribute to three years of collaboration between KidZania and the Ministry of Education, the Department for Private Education, and educators across schools in the public and private sectors and was attended by representatives from across the local educational sector in Kuwait. It featured a video showcasing children’s testimonials about KidZania, and how the city has helped them on their journey to their future dream jobs. Guests were also treated to a choreographed show by KidZania’s five RightZkeepers, highlighting the rights each one represents and how it helps kids get ready for a better world. The event concluded with an award ceremony to recognize KidZania’s educational partners for their efforts in supporting its development for the past three years through school visits and working with KidZania on educational projects. For more information on KidZania Kuwait, visit www.kidzania.com.kw and @KidZaniaKuwait on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. KidZania Kuwait is located at The Avenues.
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ERMANNO SCERVINO INAUGURATES THE NEW BOUTIQUE IN KUWAIT CITY On Monday October 17th, Ermanno Scervino inaugurated their boutique at Al Thuraya Shopping Mall. The designer, who arrived in Kuwait for the first time in his career, introduced the apparel and accessory creations of the Ermanno Scervino autumn/winter 2016/2017 womenswear collection to the local press. The boutique, located in Thuraya Mall, extends over a surface area of 100 square meters and recalls the Maison’s typical design concept, like grey Venetian style stuccoes, smoked glass walls, hangers and shelves supported by black steel structures. “I am really happy I came to Kuwait to personally introduce my collection to this market, which is so important to me and to my brand. It is a market that loves elegance and that is always very demanding in terms of quality and attention to details. These are the same values I want to transmit with my creations”, Ermanno Scervino declared. For more information please visit www.alostouragroup.com.
LANDMARK GROUP CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY IN KUWAIT Landmark Group, the region’s leading retail and hospitality conglomerate, unveils future plans in Kuwait during a press conference held to commemorate its 20th anniversary celebrations in the country. To mark the celebrations, Landmark Group had launched a special campaign where everyone is a winner. The promotion ran from 25th October–13th November 2016 where customers could win up to KD 20,000 on raffle draw, gift vouchers, instant cash back and much more. Home Centre also had a promotion where customers who shop at Home Centre could avail 20% discount on home furniture. Today Landmark Group operates close to 2,400 stores in over 20 countries, encompassing a wide range of diverse retail and hospitality concepts. The best measure of this success is the 15 million plus Shukran Loyalty Members across the Middle East who choose Landmark brands as their preferred shopping destination. For more information please visit, www.landmarkgroup.com.
PORSCHE CENTRE KUWAIT SUPPORTS RUNQ8 INITIATIVE Porsche Centre Kuwait, Behbehani Motors Company, partnered with RunQ8 for its annual charity initiative organized by the Fawzia Sultan Rehabilitation Institute (FSRI), a non-profit, healthcare institution. The event which took place on Saturday 12th November, helped raise funds to support the treatment and care of children with disabilities referred for rehab at FSRI’s Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Centre (CERC). With the Porsche Cayenne S as a lead car, the race started from the Scientific Centre, Salmiya, where participants either walked or ran to raise awareness for children with disabilities in Kuwait. For the past six years, RunQ8 has raised funds to support the work of CERC, resulting in free healthcare services provided to 20 per cent of the children admitted to the facility, with a further 60 per cent of treatments subsidized by the initiative. Visit the Porsche Center in Al Rai, on the 4th ring road. Call them on 1870 870.
FIRST H&M HOME STORE SOON IN KUWAIT H&M’s new store will bring you the latest fashion and style for you, your home, and your kids, with everything from household essentials to decorative touches. H&M Home brings you a new collection of décor accessories, stylish bedding, dining room dressing, dinnerware sets, table tops, kitchen linens, bathroom accessories, charming cushions, scented candles and entertaining adornments that will be available at the new store. H&M was founded in Sweden in 1947, and now has 4,100 stores worldwide in 62 markets, each with the same mission to offer fashion and quality at the best price. Follow H&M on Facebook and Twitter @HMKUWAIT and Instagram @HM.
FIND THE ONE THAT MAKES YOU FEEL PRETTY Triumph’s Amourette bra has been a favorite since the 1950s. Adored for its timeless stretch lace, perfect ﬁt and outstanding comfort, women globally, young and old, choose the bra for both every day and special occasions. Each Amourette bra is designed to meet every woman’s lingerie needs – everything from support and comfort to conﬁdence and feminity. The Amourette Minimiser bra has smooth, moulded cups that visibly reduce the bust by a cup size. The Amourette 300 Magic Wire features award-winning Magic Wire TM innovation- a ﬂexible wire that replace metal underwire for impeccable comfort and support. The signature, perfectly ﬁtting wired Amourette is everyone’s classic, gently rounding and lifting the bust with no extra padding. Every season, the Amourette is available in classic white, black and skin. This season the bra has been reinvented in sophisticated and Feminine colors – AW16 introduces twilight blue, dust and strawberry pink. Visit Triumph stores at The Avenues , Marina Mall , Promenade and Al Bairaq mall. Follow on @triumpharabia.
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STARBUCKS LAUNCHES ‘KARIZMA’ STORE Leading coffee brand Starbucks recently announced the launch of its first ‘Karizma’ store in Kuwait. The new store fosters the ethnic Kuwaiti culture and ambience, nestled in the heart of Kuwait’s most traditional setting in Kuwait City. Starbucks has taken its passion to create the ultimate customer experience to a whole new level with its new Karizma store. The new location offers a more welcoming, inviting and familiar place for visitors, snugly situated amidst traditional shops that reflect the look and feel of the Arabic culture and traditions. The design and setting of the Starbucks Karizma store is dedicated to the local culture. Using elements from Kuwait’s heritage such as wider and lower seating, natural materials merge with the look and feel of traditional Arabic houses, giving the new store a unique and ethnic appeal. The warm earthy colors take inspiration from nature and aptly define the individual spaces, offering a different ambience and story in each room. To learn more about Starbucks, go to mena.starbucks.com and follow them on Instagram @StarbucksMiddleEast. ICONIC LAUNCHES ITS AUTUMN WINTER 2016 COLLECTION AT YOUTH FASHION SHOW ICONIC, the fashion different haven for the trendiest fashion in the region launched its Autumn Winter 2016 collection at its first ever youth fashion show which saw talent from across schools and universities walking the ramp. The collections showcased key trends from the Winter’16 season and early trends from Spring’17. This included: SARTORIAL CHIC - Contemporary tailoring is the key attitude for the season with clean and simple cut details. FLORA FLADGE - 60s Mod Culture of High life and Glamour. A Semi structured collection fit for a modern day woman, adourn with laces and embellishments that add sophistication. DARK ROMANCE - An eclectic mix of Dark and Victorian Romance. The Printed Rosettes, embellishments, and dramatic mix fabrics make an urban glamarous look. Radical Rustic - A gobal traveler collection fit for adventures and comfortable wardrobe. Catch the latest updates on Instagram @iconicstoreme and on Facebook: at I Am ICONIC. The Latest autumn winter collection available at The Avenues, The Mall, Level 1, Salam Mall in Salmiya and Sama Mall.
MOHAMED NASER AL SAYER AND TOYOTA UNVEIL LIMITED EDITION 2017 PRADO URBAN CRUISER Mohamed Naser AL Sayer (MNSS), one of the Al Sayer Group Holding Companies has announced the arrival of stylishly unique limited edition 2017 Prado Urban Cruiser packed with Toyota approved accessories. The launch press conference was held at Toyota Al Rai showroom. Available in four trendy colors silver, bronze, gray and white pearl, the top quality accessories installed in the limited edition Urban Cruiser include: roof rail, side mirror trim, grill inserts, door handle cover, LED fog lights, bumper protector in chrome finish, rear parking sensors, side doors moulding. In addition to this dual USB adapter, air compressor, combo hook are the interior accessories available. Toyota continues to put the focus on making always better cars. For more information on Toyota in Kuwait, visit www.toyota.com.kw, or call 1803 803 to find your nearest showroom.
AL KOUT BRINGS IN 2017 WITH THE CIRCUS SHOW: TENT OF TALENTS! Al Kout Mall started its Winter season from the beginning of November with weekend surprises and continues to wow its visitors throughout December, culminating with an impressive New Years event, helping Kuwait celebrate the start of 2017. The weekend surprises include live musical performances, a variety of fun kids shows, car and bike shows, and lots of valuable prizes and giveaways help visitors enjoy the beautiful outdoor Winter weather in a fun and festive family atmosphere. The continuing weekend activities will feature The High Street Market on December 2nd and 3rd, will continue until the impressive Tent of Talents show taking place from December 29th till January 1st, with talented acrobats, aerialists and circus performers showing off their adrenaline pumping skills for all to enjoy! You can visit Al Kout Mall at Fahaheel Coastal Road, or call them for more information on 2393 0101.
L’OCCITANE EN PROVENCE BECKONS THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH SCENT OF ADVENTURE December brings with it a flurry of holidays, family time and stockings full of gifts to cherish for the next 365 days. With the New Year at the doorstep, the festive season is suffused with a sense of beginnings, freshness and adventure. Inspired by the season’s celebration of new journeys and spirited living, L’Occitane en Provence has created two new scents – one for him and one for her – that not only makes for memorable tokens but is reminiscent of unique yet evocative moments of joy. Arlésienne celebrates the power of women - arrestingly bold yet undeniably warm; fiercely individualistic yet part of a global sisterhood; sweet with a touch of spice. The Arlésienne and Cédrat ranges can be purchased at all L’Occitane stores across the Middle East. For more information, please visit http://me.loccitane.com.
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BRIDGEWATER CHOCOLATE LAUNCHES FESTIVE SEASON GIFTING Chocoholics in Kuwait are in for a treat as Bridgewater Chocolate, known for award-winning fine chocolates, launches its red gift boxes for the festive season. Located at Grand Avenue -The Avenues, Bridgewater Chocolate is all about passionately handcrafted, American-style chocolates prepared using European-quality ingredients and recipes. Each creation is unique, made using the finest ingredients including high quality cocoa and cocoa butter. Bridgewater Chocolate adds a special touch to symbolic gifting occasions and cherished family moments, from festive gatherings and family luncheons to corporate gifts, weddings, and baby showers. Each box can be personalized to celebrate the holidays. To learn more about Bridgewater Chocolate, follow them on Facebook and Instagram @BridgewaterChocolateME to stay up-to-date with the latest products and news. For enquiries, please call 2228 3806.
AUK HOSTS RENEWABLE ENERGY SYMPOSIUM AND EXHIBITION In collaboration with the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), the American University of Kuwait (AUK), organized the Renewable Energy Symposium and Exhibition at the AUK premises. The event was co-sponsored by the AUK College of Business and Economics, and the College of Arts and Sciences. The symposium featured discussions within three main tracks; the first track examined the technical, management, and economic challenges facing Kuwait to adopt renewable energy, and existing efforts to transfer Kuwait into a country using alternative energy. The second track tackled the vision of the Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC), regarding producing and using renewable energy; while the third track highlighted the role of educational programs in the fields of economic and business markets, in providing an innovative environment for projects, and drafting a research plan to support Kuwait's 2035 sustainable economic development. The American University of Kuwait (AUK) is an independent, private, equal opportunity, and co-educational liberal arts institution of higher education. For more information on AUK, visit www.auk.edu.kw or call 2224 8399.
360 MALL LEAVES VISITORS SPELLBOUND BY THE OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES AT ‘THE GARDENS PERFORM’ 360 MALL, Kuwait’s iconic shopping center, received immense appreciation from visitors who attended the night of prose, poetry and music – ‘The Gardens Perform’. Visitors were able to enjoy an exclusive evening curated by 360 MALL as a collaborative initiative with Nuqat – a non-profit organization aimed at developing Arab creativity. During this event talented writers, musicians and poets from Kuwait and other region showcased their talent and expressed their bespoke creations at the mall’s Vertical Gardens, while complimentary drinks and snacks were offered to the guests from the Meat Co. and Coffee Republic. The initiative was part of the 7th Annual Nuqat Conference, a seven-day symposium, held at various venues in Kuwait from November 11-17, 2016. The event hosted several workshops, seminars and cultural events with an objective of connecting and educating creatives in the Middle East. Participants included organizations and society groups like Kuwait Writing Club, Human Line Organization, Divan and The Afterthought, in addition to poets and writers like Nejoud Al-Yaqout, Fadya Senan, Thurayah Al-Baqsami, Abdullah Al-Failekawi, Yousef Nayef, Abdullah Al-Enizi, Faleh Al-Ajhar and Afra Atiq. 360 Mall is located in Al Zahra. For more information, visit www.360mall.com.
BUSHAIBA AND AL BAZ TEAM WIN RED BULL BAHR BAHR’S TITLE A huge crowd gathered around the Marina Crecsent and cheered on the 16 Quad Bike and Jet Ski riders who competed during the second season of Red Bull Bar Bahr on Friday 11th November afternoon. Deservedly, Meshari Bushaiba and Mohammed Al Baz won the first place, scoring the fastest record and wrapping up the long-awaited Quad Bike and Jet Ski relay race. Stunning shots taken from land, sea and sky captured the breathtaking moments in the event that was organized professionally in line with high safety measures. After two hours of roaring motors on sand and sea, the event was concluded with crowning the top three winning teams on the podium, awarding the winning team two trophies in addition to a Kawasaki 300 LX Jet Ski. Bader Al Qanna’i and Mohammad Al-Ali took the second place while Bader Al Khalfan and Fahad Al Mousallam won the third. As for prizes, gold, silver and bronze medals awarded to the first 3 winning teams; the first team were handed trophies by Ahmad Al Qallaf, Treasurer of Basel Salem Al-Sabah Club, the second team were awarded by Mohammad Burbayea, world Jet Ski champion and Red Bull athlete who won the championship’s first season in 2014. Mohammad Jaffar, Red Bull athlete and motocross champion, was honored to award the third team with medals. Follow Red Bull on Instagram and Twitter @RedBullKuwait or visit www.redbull.com/me. 122
VIRGO AUG 23 – SEP 22
TAURUS APR 20 – MAY 20
Today is well suited for making new friends, Virgo. Your sense of adventure is undoubtedly up to it! You will be your usual confident self, but others will seem to respond to your charisma even more than usual. At a party, you may meet someone who lives far away who invites you to visit at a later date. What a wonderful opportunity for travel!
If you became an animal, you'd be a puppy, Taurus, all frisky and affectionate. By all means, put your passion to good use! Surprise a special someone with a homecooked meal. Set a table in front of the fireplace, light candles, plan a nice dessert. There's wonderful energy flowing between you. The sparks will fly!
LIBRA SEP 23 – OCT 22
GEMINI MAY 21 – JUN 21
This is a very spiritual and creative day for you, Libra. You're especially intuitive. Any creative effort will likely resonate deeply. Even if you don't feel you have the talent for it, why not try some form of artistic expression? You could dabble with a paintbrush or makes notes in a journal. Don't let that pesky internal editor kick in. Create for the sheer joy of it.
You have a creative and artistic nature that you might want to put to good use, Gemini. You could have some good ideas for home improvements. Perhaps you need some bookcases to help you get organized, or maybe you want a complete redecoration. Whatever you do, Gemini, it's bound to look beautiful. When it comes to artistic endeavors, you definitely have the touch.
SCORPIO OCT 23 – NOV 22
CANCER JUN 22 – JUL 22
This month is ideal for romance, Scorpio. It's great for forming new relationships or improving existing ones. If you don't have a special someone, make an effort to expand your social circle. Attend a lecture or take a workshop. If you have a partner, do something different together that helps you get to know one another better. A spiritual retreat might be just the boost your relationship needs.
You may miss friends and family who live far away, Cancer. Why not make yourself a cup of tea and write some letters? It will help you feel connected in a different way than sending an email or making a call. Remember that you're blessed to have these people in your life even if you don't see them as often as you'd like.
CAPRICORN DEC 22 – JAN 19
You may have recently inherited either some money or some free time. This is a real gift, and if invested wisely, it could lead to some important self-discoveries. Perhaps you could use the money to enroll in college, take music lessons, or do something else that makes your heart soar. If you received free time, you could catch up on reading, paint, or try some writing.
You could develop a stomach ache if you try to sort out all the confused issues of the month. There are apt to be too many matters for you to handle alone, so don't even try. It's one of those situations in which you start to untangle one knot only to create another somewhere down the line. It's best to just let the ball of string lie where it is for now.
LEO JUL 23 – AUG 22
SAGITTARIUS NOV 23 – DEC 21
You have a good heart, Sagittarius, and it expands to bestow love on all mankind. You can't help but feel connected in a deep, spiritual way with all who have come before you and all who follow. Even if you don't have a lot of money, consider setting up an annual giving plan that will benefit worthwhile causes. This would be a direct expression of your feelings and could potentially help many people.
AQUARIUS JAN 20 – FEB 18 Your innate talent and conscientious work ethic earn you admiration and respect. Whether you're aware of it or not, others look up to you as someone who has it together. Yet you still have that nagging doubt that you're an impostor. The astral energies ask you to look at where these doubts originate. It's time to get to the source and exorcise the monsters for good! They have nothing to do with your success.
PISCES FEB 19 – MAR 20 It looks as though you're about to hop on the bandwagon, Pisces. Friends will try to get you to support one of their causes. Think carefully. They aren't going to settle for a check. They want your hands-on support. While you might be intimidated by addressing a crowd, you always did want to use a megaphone. Volunteer for a night and see how it goes. You may enjoy it.
ARIES MAR 21 – APR 19 Love and passion are at the forefront of your thoughts this month. Work seems tedious compared to the rich fantasy inside your head! If possible, make a point of getting together tonight with your partner. You two have much to celebrate. The celestial atmosphere is conducive to the deepening of your relationship. www.horoscope.com 124
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