The bazaar team... Boss Ahmed El-Adly
Operations Business Development I hab M ok alled
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Staff Writer/Social Media Yasmine El Char if
Staff Writer Kevin Smith
Communications Consultant Hala Y. Sharara
Editor A. Al-Duaij
Contributing Writers Bibi Al-Falah Christopher Hockey
How about we stay away from all that stuff and do what we do best? It seems the end is nowhere in sight when it comes to interesting local stories, and we couldn’t be happier. Get up close and personal with Hamad Al-Tourrah as he walks us through his journey as a filmmaker and his latest endeavor; Playtime. Shabana is back with another one of her inspiring interviews with identical twins Dalal and Alaa Alhomaizi who SPEAK up about the importance of understanding mental health.
It wouldn’t be an issue of bazaar without a little gluttonous indulgence, and boy did we indulge! bazaar goes dining at OFK where we had a lot to eat, and much more to say.We also checked out Pei Wei, the new Asian diner that is creating a buzz all over town with their unique menu. And remember back in March when we reviewed Inspire Pure Fitness? So impressed with this place, Kevin joined the Inspire family and is back with a very impressive progress report.
Last, but definitely not least, as October signals the start of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we bring you as much information about the cause as we can, and will continue to do so on our social media platforms as more information becomes available to us. Remember guys, this isn’t just a girl problem, so make sure you’re well informed! On a final note, we are still on the lookout for new restaurants and cafes to include in the 2013 bazaar dining and delivery guide, so if you have a place that’s opening up soon, or know of a brilliant foodie or chef who we should interview for the guide, please get in touch with us. Happy reading!
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So much is going on this month that I’m not even sure where to start! How about we discuss the ever-worsening traffic problem in Kuwait as every year the locals increase, the expats increase, the number of students in the schools increase, the numbers of cars and drivers increase, but the roads basically stay the same. I remember a time when if I wanted to avoid the traffic, all I had to do was leave my house before 7am and there wouldn’t be a car on the road. Well, it seems that a lot of people have caught on to that trick and now, if you leave your house after 6:15am it’s a jungle out there! Or how about we discuss the new iPhone 5, and all the buzz it has created here, and all over the world as people lined up for days to get it early, and pre-launch orders reached the total number of iPhone 4S’s that were sold in a year. As we go to print, Apple stock has reached a new high of $700 a share and is still climbing. Or how about we delve into politics and discuss how the Arab Spring is turning into an Arab Winter as more and more people shy away from what they thought was the best thing to ever happen to them and their countries since sliced bread. And let’s not forget about the USA and their upcoming elections. Who do you think is going to win, and what does that mean for us Arabs, or does it not mean a thing? Our money is on a definitive Obama win, but you never know. Or do we stay closer to home and brace ourselves for the upcoming parliamentary elections here in K-town? Those are always a fun time (unless you happen to be a camel or sheep).
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Fall in love with the Alazzouni charm, let her floaty, whimsical fashions take you to stylish territories where femininity equates style and effortless chic. Obsessed with fashion since her yonder years, Razan Alazzouni is our October fashionality.
From the funky t-shirt line, The Burger Movement, to the entertaining website, stuffwecomewit.com, Jasem Al Ghanim is a truth or dare you absolutely have to meet! Find out how a case of Multiple Project Disorder can actually be a good thing.
The arrival of the uber smart watch, i’m Watch, to Kuwait has caused frenzy among watch and gadget collectors alike. We interview the management team at Abdulrahman Barrak Al Babtain Establishment to find out more about the world’s smartest watch.
The non-profit organization, Khair Al Kuwait, has been pursuing the humanitarian effort of overhauling the local orphanage in Sulaibikhat. Check out how you can get involved with the Orphanage Wish List Project by making a pledge that goes a long way.
After a six-year absence, Kuwait’s grassroots rap and hiphop group are back! Starting ten years ago, the boys have definitely grown personally and musically. Influenced by Alaa Wardi and Nina Simone, their return with “See Line Woman” marks a new era.
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The designs of this trend-setting duo have finally arrived at our favorite local online fashion spot, Gojiboutique.com. With innovative silhouettes, colors, and shapes, the KAGE vision resonates with the Goji brand, delivering to fashionistas that quite-needed style fix.
AAW & Nike will be the lead sponsor for the annual event, the Kuwait Charity Run. Known for raising donations towards specific causes, KCR aims to focus its initiatives towards the Dasman Diabetes Institute under the ongoing Pump 4 Kids campaign.
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Don’t leave your wardrobe planning for the long-awaited Eid Al Adha break to the last minute! Heed the stylish advice of bazaar fashionista closet Bibi as she takes you through three travel scenarios with their fashionable wardrobes suggestions.
Too many social media accounts and not enough time? Check out our brand new page to show you what’s on, online: we’re liking, tweeting, pinning and sharing, so don’t waste an instant and start sharing with us, you might get a mention next month!
Resident Geek and Gamer Jaye Sonia rounds up this fall’s hottest gadget and tech releases, from the iPhone 5’s latest reviews to technology you wear, enter Neurowear, Sonia will have you maxing out your credit cards to order those digital cat ears in no time.
Sitting pretty on the Mezzanine floor in Salhiya complex is the Kuwait Swiss Center, a boutique that houses some of the world’s most renowned organic beauty products. We explore the many products that preserve your natural beauty with Dr. Ghanima Al-Sharhan.
Estée Lauder Companies chose courage as a central theme for their 2012 Breast Cancer Awareness campaign, part of a 20 year long effort to defeat breast cancer through education and medical research. Get your knowledge in line with Facts About Breast Cancer.
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what's on? ZUMBA INSTRUCTOR TRAINING & MASTERCLASS
With World Renowned Celebrity ZES (Zumba Educational Specialist) Hermann Melo Celebrity Zumba Instructor, Colombian born, Hermann Melo, has brought and lead the education of Zumba to France. Working and living in Paris, and very close to the creator of Zumba, Beto Perez, he is leading the way in Zumba fitness in cities across the world. Hermann Melo will be in Kuwait from the 10th to the 13th of October 2012 to give two Zumba Instructor Trainings which will lead to the certification of New Zumba Instructors in Kuwait and make already existing Zumba Instructors more certified. He will also be giving one of his Legendary Zumba Masterclasses! Zumba Fitness Instructor Trainings in Kuwait The Basic 1 Zumba Fitness Instructor 2-Day Training will take place on: Date: Friday, October 12, 2012 & Saturday, October 13, 2012. Time: From 12.00pm until 8.00pm, Place: AL Corniche club, Gulf Road Instructor Training Cost: $355 for Early Registration and $405 for standard registration. The Basic 2 Zumba Fitness Instructor 1-Day Training will take place on: Date: Thursday, October 11, 2012 Time: From 8.00am until 6.00pm Place: Hilton Kuwait Resort - Fitness Room A Zumba Master class with the Amazing Hermann Melo will follow the training.Time & Place will be announced. If you interested, visit www.zumba. com for registration, click on Instructor Training and choose Kuwait or contact email@example.com or Facebook.com/ruba.moussa. FA GALLERY
In cooperation with the Fa Gallery, Mrs. Fatima Al Sayed, renowned for coordinating abtract art exhibitions, will be hosting Iraqi artist Jaber Alwan in unveiling a special collection of his abstract pieces on the 14th of October, 2012. Born in the historical city of Babylon in 1948, Alwan graduated from the faculty of Arts in the beautiful city of Baghdad in 1970, he then moved to Rome in 1972 where he is presently resides. The established artist’s works have appeared in many exhibitions around the world; Alwan’s works are currently on show at international modern art spaces and his pieces are the object of desire for many art collectors. FA Gallery is located in Sharq, Block 2, Gulf Road, Villa 76, Kuwait. For more information please call 2249 8999.
Courage. Believe in a world without breast cancer. Know we’re here until it’s true Estée Lauder Companies is happy to support Breast Cancer organizations in the Middle East. Through the sale of Pink Ribbon Products, 15% of retail price will go to Brest Friends, Breast Cancer Arabia and Zahra Breast Cancer Association; and 10% of the retail price will go to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
‘OUT OF BRITAIN’: THE EXHIBITION For more information about BCRF, visit: www.bcrfcure.org.
Out of Britain is ongoing until 25th October 2012 at CAP KUWAIT. “LIVE TO GIVE”
“Hayatt”, a part of Ruqayah Abdulwahab Alqatami Breast Cancer Foundation, is partnering with Wataniya to launch the Breast Cancer Charity Drive to raise money for patients suffering from breast cancer and raise awareness. The drive is coinciding with Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October 2012) and will include a charity dinner on 4th October 2012, at Sheraton Kuwait, and hosted by the Syrian Diva Waad Al Bahri. All proceeds and donations will go to “Hayatt”. When: Thursday October 4, at 7:30 pm; Diamond ballroom Sheraton Kuwait They are selling tables of 10 for KD 4,000 or 3,500 or KD 3,000. There are also individuals seats sold for KD 300. Waad Al Baheri the Syrian/Egyptian diva will sing for Asmahan, Oum Keltoum, Fayza Ahmed and more. Dr Luis Campos President of Oncology Consultants Houston USA & Hayatt Scientific Advisory Board President will be in attendance. A raffle draw will also be held during the event. Unable to attend the gala? They are also currently accepting your kind donations to support their worthy charity. For more details, please log onto www.hayatt.org.
THE ESTÉE LAUDER COMPANIES’ 2012 BREAST CANCER AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
up close and personal HAMAD AL-TOURAH Films, coffee and a little bit of Mia Farrow By bazaar staff
Hamad Al-Tourah is a Kuwaiti writer and filmmaker. In 2008, Hamad obtained a dual degree in Cinema Studies and Journalism, with special emphasis on the Middle East in print and film, from New York University. After a year working in post-production and distribution for documentaries, he left for Singapore to complete a three-year master's program in Film and Television at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Asia. During that time, he had his short film, Alice In The Meantime, screen at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, was named a Kuwaiti Merit Scholar, and was announced as one of four filmmakers to receive a production grant from the Doha Film Institute for his short film, Playtime, which is currently in production in Kuwait ahead of a December 2012 release. So let’s get up close and personal with the man behind the filmmaker… 26
bazaar questionnaire: What is your idea of perfect happiness? On a farm in the Adirondacks baking pies, brewing coffee, and being able to leave only when I have a project to film or if I needed a little city time. There’s a spot in the Adirondacks that has a “Dark Sky Index” of 6 to 7.1. This means that you can see everything in the sky - the Milky Way, meteors, satellites passing by... I want to look forward to having that view at the end of every day. What is your greatest fear? Total dependence. I want to be able to be tossed out anywhere in the world and be able to navigate it on my own without having to ask for favors from anyone, even those closest to me. It kills me to think that I’m living
on someone else’s dime or that I need someone to get me from point A to point B. I hate having to ask for help or favors. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? I forget things very easily. It’s especially painful because I’m an extremely nostalgic person. I constantly beat myself up for forgetting details of things past. It makes it hard to be productive, present and focused. I often blank out on what’s just happened or been told to me because I’ll be wandering around in my own head. For me, it’s not “we always want what we don’t have”, but “we always want what we had”. What is the trait you most deplore in others? Name-dropping. Which living person do you most admire? I’m going to go with a public
person since I can’t choose just one between all the people I admire who are close to me. Mia Farrow. I admire how unafraid she is to consistently play such vulnerable characters. She is almost always pigeonholed in film as this needy and feeble housewife, but she manages to balance it somehow with strength and honesty. More recently she’s headed some great humanitarian efforts in Africa without asking for the spotlight in return. I’m completely enamored with her on-screen and public persona. I could watch every film she’s in back-to-back and always find something new to connect to in each one. What is your greatest extravagance? Coffee. I will skip a meal if it means that I can use that money on anything coffee related - brewing mechanisms and coffee paraphernalia, bags of beans, or a slew of drinks from a favorite coffee shop. I can drink a cup and pass out ten minutes later. I worked at a coffee shop for five years, but would often end my shift and stop by another coffee shop to spend my tips there. It wasn’t just the coffee, but the variety of experiences and interactions that revolved around it. I was and am an addict in every sense of the word. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Yes. When were you happiest? I know I should probably answer now or every morning I wake up alive and healthy, but that’s just not true for me. If it is, I’m not totally aware of it. Like I said, I’m cripplingly nostalgic. Definitely my first two years in college in New York. I had worked so hard for so many years to get the scholarship I needed to go out there, live on my own, and quickly get swallowed up in a world I never imagined I’d be a part of. I was just getting into writing non-fiction and had fun meeting new people and writing about their experiences. There was always a new
moment to be had with a new person. The best feeling in the world was stepping out my door by myself late at night and just walking for hours. The further I got from home, the more exciting the walk would become. I would get home and write about all that I had come across. Which talent would you most like to have? A musical one, more likely playing an instrument than singing. I used to play saxophone, but quit even though our high school principal warned me that I’d regret it. I think practicing music at a young age and all the way through adulthood strengthens the mind. Now, that time has passed and it feels like I’ve lost that capacity for good. Maybe I’m being too dramatic, but it’s definitely more difficult to pick up that kind of talent later in life. Being a good musician is one of the very few things that is earned over years, if not decades of serious commitment. I envy musicians more than anyone else for sticking to it. What would you consider your greatest achievement? Relocating to Singapore for three years. Southeast Asia was the place I’d least expect to end up. After being there for a year, I told myself I wouldn’t go back. The climate was exhausting and I had to find a new way to communicate with those around me. I felt like I was compromising myself and the fact that I couldn’t adjust made me question my own resilience. I managed to get through it all and accepted that once I made the decision to go that I had to stick with it all the way through. I proved to myself that I can commit. Where would you most like to live? See “What is your idea of perfect happiness?”
For more information on Hamad AlTourah and his current film project visit: www.indiegogo.com/playtimemovie. 27
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what: run for good! type: fanpage- ‘Kuwait Charity Run’ editor’s note: with AAW, Nike store+more
what: @escapadeq8 type: Tweep, initiative,travel editor’s note: backpacking from Barcelona to St. Petersburg.
what: personal styling service type: IG account, @Posh_Fairy editor’s note: get styled by the pros!
what: a hamburger today, serious eats type: Pinterest account editor’s note: every burger fantasy realized
what: @HomeRepairCo type: Tweep- company,service editor’s note: home repair needs sorted online!
what: Ladaisha.com type: blog editor’s note: an artist’s passionate musings about the art world
what: paws-kuwait.org type: website/organization editor’s note: save the animal shelter! DONATE
LINKS FOR P NK We’ve browsed the world of the mighty Internet lords to bring you the initiatives you need to be supporting. Not only so, there are plenty of amazing ideas to raise awareness in your local community, so check out Links for Pink and get inspired. A simple like, tweet, pin and share go a long way in raising awareness. So let’s go PINK!
what: breast cancer app type: iPhone application by Abu Dhabi Health Authority editor’s note: feel secure with everything you need in an app
what: @DubaiGoesPink type: Tweep- organization, www.dubaigoespink.com editor’s note: organize an event and directly help women
what: facebook.com/HayattCancerKuw type: fanpage- Hayatt Breast Cancer Foundation editor’s note: visit www.hayatt.org to directly make a donation
what: breast cancer type: Pinterest Board, Jennifer Busier editor’s note: filled with ideas for awareness projects
what: pinkribbons.org type: website, initiative, inspiration editor’s note: using the arts to promote breast health and save lives
what: facebook.com/breastcancerarabia type: fanpage- website editor’s note: free, open source, updated regularly
what: The Breast Cancer Site type: Pinterest Account editor’s note: visuals to inspire, advise, products, and more!
what: Movado “Bold” Breast Cancer Research Foundation watch type: product/thefancy.com editor’s note: buy to support, wear to always remember
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MULTIPLE PROJECT DISORDER Jasem Al Ghanim By bazaar staff
When one comes to know Jasem Al Ghanim, they would find it hard to ignore how his mind is in a constant state of motion, yet he will always curtly smile and carry a great conversation, as he tweets a funny picture or jots down a reminder. It took us a great deal to convince this 25-year-old to go for our truth or dare feature. Don’t worry guys; he didn’t think he’s too cool for us, even though in all fairness, Jasem can easily pass for one of the coolest people you will meet. Full of positive vibes, a happy-go-lucky disposition that will leave you smiling, he’s a simple soul with a whole lot of ambition to better himself and those around him. In between at least 4 different projects online, he spends most of his time between managing his personal projects and work, and sees little time to waste on so-called social activities. “Even though I don’t go out as much as I want to, I have a core group of friends, and that’s what matters.” If you’ve lately spotted a t-shirt with a funky burger-inspired print, then you’ve probably come across The Burger Movement, one of the projects Jasem initiated with his friend Hassib Bayerli. He comments, “We wanted to create something with a different perspective, burgers present a universal interest, and let's be honest, who doesn't like burgers?” Inspired by the rags to riches story of US based cult brand, Johnny Cupcakes, Jasem and Hassib see unprecedented opportunity, he adds, “Starting with very little money, Johnny Cupcakes is now a million dollar industry.” This ambition deeply resonates with them to follow in these footsteps, refusing to take money or help from anyone and simply grow a slow but sure following. We can certify that the t-shirt designs are highly addictive, and since these designs are only produced once, if it is sold out, the design doesn't come back to production, so each and every t-shirt is unique and collectible. From The Burger Movement, to the highly addictive blog, stuffwecomeupwit.com, you see a part of Jasem in every thing he does. When it came to the website, Jasem, along with his friend, Fahad Al Sharrah, decided to break the routine of blogging and rather focus on including viral videos and photos to provide viewers with something different, and more importantly amusing. These are videos you want to watch, videos that are random, or inspiring, with a twist of postings about random facts about Kuwait. With more projects in the pipeline (we’ve been sworn to secrecy) his refusal to give in to the routine that society upon us poses as a great example to follow. You can have fun online, and still do something useful with your time. How would your mother describe you in one word? Prankster. How would you describe your mother in one word? Amazing. 32
What is the most insane question you’ve ever been asked? Are you from Singapore? What is the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done? Climbed up a 25,000 feet mountain in 2 days. What word in the English or Arabic language do you wish you had invented? Cheeseburger Where would you like to live? What is your dream retirement location? Beach, beach, beach … Cliche Class 101 What is the first famous quote that comes to your mind? People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily. ~Zig Ziglar What animal best describes the kind of partner you’d be interested in? Not much of animal person, but I’d go with birds. What do you miss about your childhood? A relaxed mind was a daily thing to have! If you could change your name, what would you change it to? Alfalfa How would you describe your handshake in one word? Clean, like always washing my hands clean What is the toughest part of your character? I don’t think tough & me can really go in the same sentence, unless you snatch food away from me..then things really go down. Who is your favorite historical figure? Prophet Muhammed (Pbuh) What in the world do you least desire? Money, it’s like sugar - the more you eat it, the more you crave it. What do you think is lacking in the world, which if there was more of, would make the world a better place? Logic. Why do you think most girls/guys like you? No idea, thats a quesiton you have to ask them Finish this sentence: “Happiness is a thing called…” Joe For more info, log on to stuffwecomeupwit.com and check out theburgermovement.com for their latest designs.
DRESSING FOR YOUR EID DESTINATIONS By Bibi Alfalah
Just on the heels of our Eid Al-Fitr break, we are already in overdrive scanning multiple destinations for the October Eid—but where is the best place to go, and how should we prepare for it? The answers are simple as long as you know what kind of activities you’re looking for. Before opening 10+ tabs on booking.com with multiple hotels and destinations, pick your place first! To make your life easier, here are three sample Eid getaways: CITY LIFE: London. Every Kuwaiti’s go-to destination. If you are a fan of the English capital and most of your BA miles have accumulated from round trips to London Town, then you know exactly where the difficulties lie in dressing for this destination. I have never seen weather as indecisive as London weather – so be prepared to layer! By October’s end the city will be well into wintertime chills so make sure to stock up on thick socks, scarves, a warm coat or two and plenty of sweaters! Don’t forget your fabulous dresses and tights for dinners at Le Petit Maison and Roka – which has some of the best sushi in town! Insider tip: my brother raved about the “Secret Cinema”. He saw a banner for it on Time Out London’s website and apparently this is how it works: you buy a 34
ticket for a movie (you don’t know what movie it is— they are usually classics), then you begin to receive instructions in your e-mail (where to go, what time to be there etc). The instructions also include how to dress – this will have to do with the theme of the movie (this might require an extra trip to a costume store)! Once you get to the location in your attire, there will be a series of fun activities, clues, and tasks that when put together will help you guess the movie. The night ends with the screening of the movie itself and all the clues will finally make sense! BEACHY LIFE: Dubai. You are probably rolling your eyes at this one because of how overdone this destination is, but personally, I love Dubai! It’s so great for a weekend escape and walking through the Dubai Mall is an event in itself. The best part? You don’t have to pack that much because the shopping is phenomenal. Take the basics – a pair of regular and colored jeans, some maxi dresses, sandals, flowy tops and enjoy! No need to worry about the chill in this town. Insider tip: When you go to Zuma for dinner, which you undoubtedly will, order the braised ribs. Everyone focuses on the sushi but after trying this waiter-recommended dish, I cannot wait to go back.
MIX OF BOTH: Barcelona. This Spanish destination is growing in popularity and there are many reasons why. There’s more than just mouth-watering paella in this dynamic city. Barcelona boasts a beautiful coastline, amazing hotels, and architectural wonders by the famous Antoni Gaudi. By October, the weather will have cooled down a great deal, so don’t expect sunny weather all the time. This is a good time to go if you are more interested in exploring the city, fine dining, and going for beautiful walks. Make sure to pack a big variety of layering options as you won’t be able to predict when it will be warm or cold. A light raincoat is a good idea as well as a comfortable pair of walking shoes, a match-everything scarf and some great leather heels for dinners. CAUTION: the streets of Barca are very bumpy so don’t try to walk around much in a pair of high heels. Solution? Wedges! Barcelona is also known to rain in October, so take an umbrella just in case. Insider tip: I have seen several different hotels in this city and by far the best ones are the W and Hotel Arts—they are worth the price tag. Also, be sure to go to CDLC for dinner – the black cod is delicious and they have staff that walk around and give you shoulder massages – now that’s what I call a vacation!
bazaar goes dining b+f OPEN FLAME KITCHEN Still burning brightly By bazaar staff
What’s there to say about Open Flame Kitchen that has not been said before? This place opened to much fanfare, like so many places do here in Kuwait. The hot new spot spreading through word-of-mouth across the country until the new must-be-seen place opens. The thing that sets OFK apart from the rest though is that this is still the place on everybody’s lips when talk arises of the best restaurant in Kuwait. The flame is still burning strong at OFK and 36
it shows no signs of waning. The reason is they haven’t wallowed in their success and remained static. They opened to success and have worked hard to maintain it. So when OFK shook things up and reinvented their menu, we knew we had to swing by 360 Mall and check it out. But changing the items on the menu at a beloved restaurant doesn’t come without its challenges. The restaurant is popular for a reason – people love the food! The new menu is a mix of tweaked dishes, some new items, and things that
simply could not be removed for fear of revolt. The Maple Sticky Buffalo Shrimps are one of those things that they could not even entertain messing with. Some diners order these and instruct the waiter to make sure they don’t run out through the meal. Even though we were there to sample the new menu we, of course, had to order some too - they really are that good! But OFK has a lot more going for it than the menu. The restaurant itself is just as inviting as the food. The brainchild of Basel Al Salem, who’s
also responsible for Cocoa Room, Slider Station and Burger Boutique, OFK is a unique concept as breath-taking in its execution as it is in its ambition. From the custom built open flame grill in the middle of the restaurant, wood burning pizza oven (also custom built) to the chairs and tables, nothing here is prefabricated. Everything follows a theme of a geometry of lines, either crisscrossing or spiralling. The lighting is mellow enough to make you forget that you walked in here from a mall. Settling in to peruse the menu, the thing that will strike you will be the sense of atmosphere this place offers. We were greeted by Burnt Wood
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& Mint either; it’s a classic in Kuwait for a reason. We started with the aptly named ‘Temptations’, OFK’s appetizer section of the menu. We tried the Wood Fired Garlic Flat Bread, which was light and fluffy with a mellow garlic taste, Baja Fish Tacos and of course, those Maple Sticky Buffalo Shrimps! We also tried the Burrata Crostini. The stand-out items were the Smoked Brisket Tacos – the beef is cold smoked for twelve hours to give in an incredible flavor and served in tacos that are made in-house – and the Jalapeno Miso Glazed Black Cod, which is served with crispy lotus roots and needs two days prior preparation. We also got to devour Mushroom Pebbles, breadcrumb-covered bombs of mushroom, cheese and chili, which weren’t on the menu but we’re hoping make it on there soon. Always looking to paint a full picture of the restaurant at hand, we made sure we tried a couple of salads before we got down to the serious work ahead. The Le Verte is crunchy, fresh 38
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and flavorsome and the Golden Beet & Wheat Berry is something a little different, employing golden beets instead of the usual red. Of the two pizzas we tried, the Alpha and The Carnivore, I preferred the former - a twist on the classic margherita which uses whole-wheat dough - for its simplicity and resulting subtle flavors. Meat lovers will rejoice in The Carnivore though. The beauty of the pizzas at OFK is that wood burning oven and the flavor it imparts to the pizza. We then tucked onto a Lasagne Bolognese with a twist- the lasagne sheets are made inhouse and contain saffron. Like everything at OFK, it’s these little extras that set it apart from the rest. This item was also off the menu when we visited (making us feel that little bit extra special). The Blackened Spiced Sea Bream represented the ‘Seafood’ section of the menu with honors and was one our favorite dishes. From ‘The Grill’ we went for an Argentinian Prime Rib with an Argentinian
dry-rub, which is of course, made in-house. Then came the burger parade. It’s what the ‘b’ stands for in b+f open flame kitchen after all (the ‘f ’ would be fries). They offer fourteen burgers in total, that’s not including the ten sliders they also serve, and all the buns are baked in-house. You could be spoilt for choice but that’s overcomplicating things. It’s better to think of it more randomly, just pick one and order it, don’t overthink it; you won’t be disappointed whatever you plump for. Mixing it up to begin with we went for the Shepherd’s Burger, a fire grilled lamb kebab patty served on a ciabatta roll. Kebab plus burger equals a winner for us. Then we went more traditional with The Emperor; this beast of a burger is 8oz of house blend beef that has been slow cooked and topped with wood roasted onions. It’s a lot of burger, but damn tasty! The wagyu burger, known as Roma at OFK, is served with Portobello rosemary cream and topped with Provolone, and the Room 22 is a classic combination of beef patty,
cheddar, tomatoes, onions and lettuce but served on ciabatta with homemade red pepper relish. Normally preferring my burgers simple – bread, meat, cheese – I was surprised that my favorite burger was The Ultimate Sriracha. This is a 6oz special blend patty that has been chargrilled and topped with brie, maple glazed bacon, shaved onions, arugula and sweet sriracha sauce, all on a sesame roll. I think it was the maple glazed bacon that snatched it for me! And who doesn’t love a ‘Happy Ending’? That’s the section of the menu where you’ll find a short. but sweet, dessert listing. Of the seven listed on
the menu, we managed (in the name of good coverage of course) to try three of them. The Mexican Doughnuts are served warm and coated in sugar and cinnamon. Dip in the accompanying dulce de leche sauce, crunch through the sugar and then experience the fluffiest doughnut imaginable. It would have to be a coin toss to decide on our favorite dessert though; Sticky Date Pudding served with homemade French vanilla bean ice cream or Crème Brûlée French Toast served with dulce de leche ice cream? We absolutely loved both but we’ll leave it up to you to break the tie.
In short, the dining experience at b+f Open Flame Kitchen is exceptional. The food, the service, the décor and design – it all adds ups to a meal you won’t be able to forget in a hurry, even when people start talking about the hot new place they heard about.
b+f Open Flame Kitchen is located on the ground floor of 360 Mall. For more information visit www.facebook.com/Openflamekitchen or to make a reservation call 2530 9990. 39
PRETT YGREENBULLET 3 By bazaar staff
Perhaps better known in the art world for her more ‘conventional’ works of acrylic on canvas, three years ago artist Ghadah Alkandari opened up a new window into the way she looks at the world. Since then her blog, PrettyGreenBullet. com, has become an outlet for her creativity, eccentricity, and neurosis. Once a year she takes the blog to a gallery. On November 5th (and for one night only) it’s The Arabana Project’s turn to host PGB3. Here we learn a little about the blog and the forthcoming show. When did you start PrettyGreenBullet? I used to be a major blog hoarder, authoring blogs with different names, testing different servers. So in 2006, I started PrettyGreenBullet but didn’t really commit to it until 2009, as I gradually weaned myself off a previous blog which was quite well-visited but one I wasn’t completely happy with. Why did you start it? Was it in response to something your ‘other’ art wasn’t delivering? I started it because I missed showing my work on a daily basis, like I did in high school and university. 40
Having an audience really drove me to work. I was never as prolific as I have been in the past four years. Has your work on PrettyGreenBullet changed the way you approach your major gallery shows, too? It hasn’t affected my more ‘serious’ shows, like ‘Stories of Eves’, but it has created an opportunity to create the PrettyGreenBullet exhibitions which allow me to cut loose and have a little fun. The PGB exhibitions are also more interactive and involve my visitors. So on that night, anyone can be the focus, not just me and my works. Do you feel freer to express thoughts or images online that you wouldn’t (or couldn’t) deliver in other ways? I don’t know. As open as I like to be, I’m a little hesitant about going all the way with what I show online. My opinions, on the other hand, I like to be completely honest about. How much interaction is there between you and those that follow PrettyGreenBullet? Not as much as I like. One of the things I hoped to achieve with this blog is a forum for discourse. I have received it with my more opinion-centered posts but unfortunately, not with my pen sketches which address a wide array of topics. You post something new virtually every day. Is that something you deliberately set out to do, or is it a compulsion that developed within you? It’s a bit of a compulsion, but I’m also turned off when I visit a blog and it hasn’t been updated for a
while. And I’m hard on myself like that. I’ve eased off a lot though, but I think that’s just because I’m so busy preparing for my upcoming show in November. What can we expect to see at this year’s show? More postcards and drawings. I’ll also be exhibiting my prettied-up lanterns and furniture. And of course, the red polka dots will be featured, too! You’ve chosen an unusual venue. What appealed to you about Arabana? I’ve always loved spaces not intended for exhibitions. This one is perfect because it lends itself to invention and has never been used to host an art exhibition. Which is also the downside of exhibiting in a space like this. In a way, it has become part of a large PGB installation. The online world is constantly evolving. Is there a place for PGB through other social media channels, and how important have they become? Well, I’m sure you’ve heard about a little thing called Instagram. I am a total Instagram maniac (I’m trying hard to avoid the many portmanteaus used to describe us Instagram addicts) and hopefully, this show will make you want to go, ‘Hey, I want to Instagram that’.
What: PrettyGreenBullet- The Third Exhibition When: November 5th, 2012, 6:30-9:30 Where: The Arabana Project, Shuwaikh, behind The Al-Ghanim Showroom, 4th Ring Road.
INSPIRING KUWAIT The most powerful weapon in the world is the human soul on fire. Flame on! By bazaar staff
We practice what we preach here at bazaar. We go out and do the things we write about so we can deliver true accounts to you, our readers. That’s why when I visited Inspire, a boutique personal training gym tucked away in the corner of the Bida’a Strip, back in March to write a review I experienced the most satisfying workout of my life thus far. As I lay in pools of sweat at the end of it though, I had no idea how much they would truly inspire me. Cut to almost six months later, I’m a fully paid-up member and I’m still inspired. Not only by the crème de la crème of personal trainers but also by my fellow members. Seeing the gains people are making pushes me further on my own journey. This is a community of fitness; a community of people who want to use their bodies for what they were designed for, people who respect their bodies, who want to maintain or improve them, people who want to push the limits of what their bodies can do - people who want to know what it feels like to be alive. Over the months I’ve gotten to know these sweaty-faced folks at Inspire. They walk in with a smile, they bound out red-faced and beaming. How can going to the gym have this effect, you may ask? Well, I asked. Omar Al-Othman finds that “Inspire inspires me when I see how it has transformed its members. The dedication and enthusiasm of the trainers has rubbed off on the members, and you see it every day by watching people train.” Reem AlFadala sees the motivation as a trickledown effect, “Everyone at Inspire inspires me in some way or 44
another, from the trainers’ upbeat attitude to the drive and motivation I get from other members. Each and every person inspires me and motivates me to jump a little bit higher, kick a little bit harder and lift a little bit heavier.” Fawaz Al-Qanae believes that “Inspire has the best trainers; combine that with diverse training methods and a sense of community and that’s extremely rare to find.” Omar agrees, “Inspire is a gym that allows its members to learn about their bodies and the best way to work out, which is something most gyms lack in Kuwait.” So it’s a sense of satisfaction that has Inspire’s members smiling every time they leave. Although for Reem she isn’t always happy to leave, “There is so much going on at the gym that it is hard to stay away - training with my PT, then saving some energy for Body Combat, Tabata, Fight Club, and Crossfit. You just want to do them all. Seriously, it's addictive!” But don’t think any of this is easy, the hard work all comes down to the individual in the end. Fawaz cites the handstand walk and human flag (Google it!) as challenges, whereas for Omar it has been more of a mental game, “The hardest challenge since I have joined is believing that I am capable of doing everything that my trainers have asked me to do.” The guys who run Inspire are also pushing it, too. They could have easily rested on their laurels, inspiration spreading through word-of-mouth, success stories abound, and been comfortable. But when you are practising what you preach you’ve got to keep making gains, keep pushing, keep getting
better. They’ve added a multipurpose fitness rig outside in a space which other clubs may have utilised for other purposes. They also just signed a lucrative deal with Nike Store Kuwait to bring their members exclusive deals and a personal shopping service. They also offer holistic approaches to fitness with Yoga classes led by Kuwaitis and have just added a stateof-art pilates reformer in its own dedicated room. I asked my fellow Inspire members for pieces of advice for bazaar’s readers, a little bit of their own inspiration that they’ve taken away from Inspire. Reem believes that “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you” and Fawaz says “That it’s never too late to start, add to that the amazing trainers and encouraging environment and nearly anything is possible. Omar tells me it’s to “Never give up. You are much stronger than you think.” An anonymous post from a member on the Inspire Pure Fitness Facebook group sums it up best; “It's hard to believe that only 5 months ago I was still chain smoking, eating fast food, and just wasting my life away on the couch! I am now surrounded by so many inspiring individuals at Inspire, (who are such an amazing support system and give me constant drive and motivation) that my outlook on life has completely changed.”
Inspire is on the Bida’a Strip at the Al Remal Hotel & Resort. For more information visit www.inspirekw.com or call 2226 3151. You can also be inspired via twitter @InspireQ8.
A LIST FOR CHANGE Finally, a list to make you smile By bazaar staff
All we see in today’s news is one depressing headline after the other. How do we change that, when we’re not powerful politicians or famous persons of interest? We make a pledge to make a difference. Earlier this year, Khair Al Kuwait, the local non-profit charity focused on volunteerism to deploy financial and moral support to those affected with harsh social conditions, initiated their latest project: a complete overhaul of the orphanage compound in Sulaibikhat. To help out, you can easily make a pledge by heading out to Abyat and IKEA, the valued project supporters, and choosing to pledge an item from 46
the list below, also offered at a special discount to complete rebuilding the local orphanage. All you have to do is speak to a sales rep and ask for the Khair Al Kuwait pledge list, pay for an item of your choice, and leave. The rest will be taken care of by the dedicated Khair Al Kuwait team. See, it’s easy! Just make your ordinary day out a more meaningful one. We’ve selected some items from both IKEA and Abyat to get you started, and we’ve also dedicated an album entitled THE ORPHANAGE WISH LIST, on our facebook fan page, www.facebook.com/bazaarmagazine, where you can access all items available for pledging.
Abyat (finishings, fittings) Price Central Water Filter KD120 Tiles for Bathroom One KD125 Tiles for Bathroom Two KD125 Tiles for Bathroom Three KD125 Tiles for Bathroom Four KD125 IKEA (Puzzles Room) MULA 24 BLDG BLOCKS W WAGON MULA ABACUS MULA BLDG BEAKERS MULA CRANE W BLOCKS multicolor MULA TOY HAMMERING BLOCK multi
Quantity 2 2 4 2 2
Price KD3.750 KD3.750 KD0.900 KD5.750 KD2.900
fashionality RAZAN ALAZZOUNI Feminine charm By bazaar staff
We’ve fallen in love with Alazzouni's feminine fashions when we first set eyes on her collections last spring, highlighted by floaty textures, delicate shapes, and soft cuts that grace the wearer with understated elegance. For Razan Alazzouni, pursuing a career path as a fashion designer comes from a deeply rooted passion for the wonderful world of fashion, yet 48
considering art as a formal higher education comes as a natural decision, given her upbringing amidst a family of creative minds consumed with the world of art. Applying to The School of Museum of Fine Arts and TUFTS University in Boston unveiled a period of experimentation with different visual mediums, as she concentrated on sculpture, screen-
printing, and papermaking, yet Alazzouni’s affair with fashion ardently consumed her artistic path, leading her to develop her first clothing line upon graduating, rather than host her first art show. One might consider her decision a diversion, yet this mélange between artistic inspiration and fashion resulted in the defining quality of design that comes across each
item produced under the Alazzouni vision—a studied, structured, and naturally sculpted, vision of femininity. Starting small, Alazzouni considers her family’s unlimited support a key to her success. In a past interview with prominent fashion blogger (and a bazaar fashionality, of course!), Confasions from Kuwait, Alazzouni recounts her start, “I started small, working out of my house.
Threads by Razan Alazzouni
Using and abusing my family’s artistic talents, I employed my younger sister Raya as my graphic designer, my sister Salwa as my business manager, my brother Suleiman as my fashion photographer, and doubling myself as the designer and model until my company grew and gained some recognition in the Middle East.” Today, the Alazzouni name fashionably resounds with the likes of celebrity fashionistas from East to West, including Emma Roberts, Whitney Port, Paris Hilton, and many more. Such success, however, could only be contributed to that defining quality of structured feminine charm, a universal sense of style shared by women all over, as Alazzouni derives most of her inspiration from women themselves and their natural poise. For the autumn/winter season, Alazzouni aims to grace your style in an elegant light that is both stylish and playful, exemplified by incorporating luxurious textiles and the delicate embroidery of fabrics such as chiffons, silks, and organza, to finally allude to your natural feminine charm. If you
can’t wait till Spring Summer 2013, we highly recommend that you rush to the charitable event hosted by Pretty Little Things, featuring renowned American handbag designer Judith Leiber, who has teamed up with Alazzouni’s label, Threads by Razan Alazzouni, to produce an exclusive collection of clothing and bags to benefit children's charities in the region. Does fashion ‘make’ the person or does the person ‘make’ fashion? The person definitely makes Fashion. Every one has their own sense of style and the way they put together articles of clothing and accessories them is what makes fashion. I think fashion is making a statement and showing your personality. It’s not something that can be dictated, it’s definitely something you build up as an individual. How would you describe your style? I think my style leans more towards classical romantic, with a little bit of an edge. How do you get inspiration for your style? My mood usually inspires my style.
Although everything around me from art, the weather, to location, influences my mood. What does it take to become a style innovator? It takes creativity and vision to become a style innovator. What’s exciting right now in fashion? I think bold colors and textured fabric. The mix of both is very exciting! Who or what has been your greatest fashion influence? My mother has been my greatest fashion influence. She taught me that simplicity in elegance is the most important thing in fashion. Who are your favorite emerging designers, and what is it that you love about them? Corrado De Biase is a Parisian brand with amazing taste; she uses prints and bold fabrics to create amazing works of wearable art. What has been the highlight of your career so far? Dressing celebrities in Hollywood and launching our second line threads by Razan Alazzouni in the Middle East. Every fashionality has as a style
obsession, what’s yours? Pearls and embroidery, I am beyond obsessed with embroidery. Do you follow any fashion blogs? If so, what are they and which would you recommend? I follow Confashions from Kuwait and The overdressed. I would recommend them both for their exquisite style and diversity. What item of clothing (if any) do you wish that people wore more often? The pencil skirt; I think it is the one item of clothing that every lady must have in her closet. You can dress it up and play around with it. To be stylish is to be fashionable. True or False and why? False. Style is eternal, fashion changes with the tide.
Razan Alazzouni’s main line is sold at Edge boutique in Burj Jassim. As for the sub line, Threads by Razan Alazzouni, it can be found in Boutique N, also localted at Burj Jassim. For more information, visit www.razanalazzouni.com.
PHONES, TABLETS, AND CAT EARS! Oh my! By Jaye Sonia Well all, it’s October and the weather is finally reasonable, something I’m sure we’re all applauding. Hopefully, you’re getting outside, grilling up something nice, and enjoying the cool nights with friends or family (I know I am). Fall doesn’t bring just cool weather, though. It also brings cool tech, cool games, and the ghosts of 2013 sneaking in early. Exciting stuff, all around. First up – and no, I haven’t bought it just yet – is the iPhone 5. Personally, I’m curious to see how it performs next to the Galaxy S3 or Nokia Lumina, both of which are out and very much competitive. I’m especially interested in seeing how the phone operates with its native Apple Maps, which will replace Google Maps (something I’m sure we’re all used to). Even if Apple Maps does stun users with its ease of use and interface, I have my doubts that it will have full support here in Kuwait. To be honest, I’m not holding my breath it’ll work here (Siri was a good indication that a lot of the Middle East wasn’t getting full support). As much as I like Apple, I think we’ll probably get more mileage out of Google’s global satellite network (and the various Androids still married to Google).
Of course, with Samsung gaining momentum and popularity here in Kuwait (even in light of Apple’s mountain of lawsuits against them), it will be interesting to see just how the iPhone 5 performs come Hala February – will it be on your shopping list? If we look at the long term, then looking at some of the hardware actively married to Google might be in order, as well. With the new Google Glasses slated for late 2013 or early 2014, it might just be smarter to look at devices (phones and tablets) that perform well as part of larger technology nets. If you’re planning on buying the Google Glasses (est $1500 U.S, KD410 when they drop), having the right phone for them, even if its something you’ll pass on to a sibling or loved one, might be smart. And yes, I know you’re probably reading and thinking, “Well, Jaye, by 2014, the Galaxy 3 isn’t going to exactly be current, you know.” You’d be smart to think that, too (not to mention right). But that doesn’t mean it won’t be a great starter phone to hand down to a younger generation. There’s more than one way to recycle, after all. This technology net (hey, that’s what I’m calling it) is something Apple has been doing for a while, too. Regular Mac
users already know how nice the whole cloud-based interface is across multiple devices. It’s easy, intuitive, and smooth – probably one of the iPhone’s (and all of Apple’s products) selling points. Speaking of devices, let’s talk tablets. I’ll admit that I skipped the iPad 2 when it dropped, nursed my iPad 1 for all its worth, and finally grabbed (this summer, in fact) the iPad 3 with some extra airline miles I had laying around (hey, free tech is the best kind). I was hard pressed to make my choice, though. Frequent trips to Best Buy (while I was Stateside) found me looking at both the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Google Nexus 7. Both of these tablets are visually stunning, run smooth, and offer intuitive interfaces that made me very happy. Ultimately, I went with what I know (being a long time Apple user) and I’m happy with the decision (FaceTime!). That said, I’m still eyeballing a second tablet. If I do break down and grab one, I’m sure it’ll be something like the Nexus, especially if a good deal presents itself. We have more than just tablets and phones to consider as 2013 creeps up, though. I’ve already mentioned the Google Glasses, so I’m going to change gears and talk about some of the fun
tech I hope we’re going to see more of in the coming year. I’m just going to say it – Neurowear is the next big thing. What exactly is it? In a nutshell, it’s a device that you wear which interacts with your brain waves (based on technology developed to build better prosthetics for injured soldiers and handicapped - see neuro prosthetics). While it was originally developed for solely practical purposes, it is starting to take a more cosmetic turn. Right now, the most popular device of this type is a set of wearable cat ears! Pioneered by Japanese tech firm Neurowear (www.neurowear.com), these ears are gaining international exposure rather quickly. I got a chance to look at some in the U.S. over the summer (check out the YouTube demo) and was very impressed. They’re not something I’d run around wearing, but they are incredibly cool, especially if you’re looking for something unique and fun. If you don’t feel like ordering them from Neurowear directly, you can pick them up on Amazon.com (for about $110 U.S, KD31). I fully expect to see them in the Avenues no later than January! Well all, that’s enough for now. Next month, let’s chat gaming!!
BORN TO SING: NO PLAN B
PUSH AND SHOVE
by Bob Dylan
by Van Morrison
by No Doubt
Featuring ten new and original Bob Dylan songs, the release of Tempest coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the artist's eponymous debut album, which was released by Columbia in 1962. The new album, produced by Jack Frost, is the 35th studio set from Bob Dylan, and follows 2009's worldwide best-seller, Together Through Life. Dylan wrote all of the songs himself with the exception of the track "Duquesne Whistle", which he co-wrote with Robert Hunter.
Born To Sing: No Plan B indicates the power that music still holds for this living legend. No Plan B means this is not a rehearsal, says Morrison. This sense of absolute conviction, which has defined Morrison’s revolutionary work for almost fifty years, runs throughout the new record, his thirty-fifth as a solo artist. The ten original songs on Born To Sing, his first new album in four years (the longest he has ever gone between recordings), reveal an artist continuing to test his creative parameters.
Push and Shove is the upcoming sixth studio album by American rock band No Doubt, recently released on September 25th. The lead single from the album "Settle Down" debuted on July 16, 2012. The music video, which was shot on the week of June 11, 2012, was directed by Sophie Muller, who has previously directed many of No Doubt's music videos including "Don't Speak" and "Underneath It All".
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MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION
FIGHT OR FLIGHT
Joel Zimmerman, The 28-year-old dance music phenomenon from Toronto, better known as Deadmau5, doesn’t like being called a DJ. Album Title Goes Here is the highly anticipated album from dance music A-lister deadmau5. He overhauled his studio in his hometown of Toronto where he locked himself in and went on a creative spree to finish the album. With plenty of unreleased tracks Album Title Goes Here will easily match the critical acclaim as his other album releases.
Music From Another Dimension presents Aerosmith in ferociously fine form and at the peak of their powers. The album abounds with one highlight after another, including “Oh Yeah”, “Luv XXX”, “Street Jesus” and “Can't Stop Loving You”, on which Tyler duets with Carrie Underwood. The album also includes “Freedom Fighter” which features Johnny Depp on backing vocals. It marks the band's 15th studio album and their first studio album of all-new material in 11 years.
Fight Or Flight, the new album from Hoobastank, marks the beginning of what promises to be a vital new chapter in the nearly two-decade run of the versatile L.A. band. This musically and emotionally intense work is Hoobastank’s initial release on Open E Entertainment following a productive decade on Island Records during which they ruled the modern rock charts, crossed over big-time with the iconic smash The Reason and sold 10 million albums.
CHARLES & KEITH
Goji's Pick LET’S GET
By bazaar staff
Since the inception of the KAGE womenswear fashion label in 2009, the fashion world completely surrendered to the talents of Basma Abu Ghazaleh and Arwa Abdelhadi. This trend-setting designer duo literally places the ‘in’ in innovation; their designs immediately stood out as they smartly combine the androgynous and the playful, the elegant with the versatile, successfully delivering modern chic to wardrobe essentials. KAGE’s success shows no sign of slowing with their most recent A/W12 collection. Lucky for us, our favorite online shopping destination, Goji Boutique, brings us the signature oversized top with back frill, a key item that’s quickly taking center stage in every stylista’s wardrobe, where the designer duo specialized in creating a mélange of innovative silhouettes, colors and shapes. For the fall winter season, don’t miss this key version with a wintery knitted frill. The complete collection has been interspersed with inspirations from magical worlds of deranged fairies to bohemian wealthy socialites; using yards of lace, deep shades of velvet, fuzzy furs, luxurious tweeds and metallic embellishments, the collection incorporates a need to revisit a bygone age when getting dressed up was considered a demanding form of self expression, unlike today. Today, getting dressed is easily translated with effortless style, visualized in the KAGE vision. As part of Goji Boutique’s effort to continue bringing fashionistas the latest brands, KAGE is part of a continued diversification goal filled with fashionable offerings. This is nothing but a natural progression for Goji; tapping into what fashionistas desire to wear: raw and undiscovered brands that are favored by the region’s most stylish bloggers and people in the fashion industry alike. So if you find yourselves wearing new designers that are showcased in blogs and magazines a season later, you’ve probably seen it, and bought it, at Goji.
KAGE is carried online by Goji Boutique. So get online at www.gojiboutique.com and start shopping! 54
I’M WATCH The whole world around your wrist By bazaar staff
I must admit, when I first heard about i’m Watch as the world’s first real smart watch, I was slightly confused—how could a watch be smart? Shouldn’t it simply tell me what time it is? Oddly enough, the team that brought this innovative watch to Kuwait and the GCC fell into fits of laughter upon hearing my question. A young, dynamic team, both Abdulrahman Barrak Al Babtain, Founder/CEO of Abdulrahman Barrak Al Babtain Establishment (ABB), and Rena Sadeghi Vasfi, General Manager, are perfectly suited to explain how this new innovative smart watch is changing the way we communicate. So, what makes i’m Watch a smart watch? AAB: i’m Watch is smart because it is powered by Android technology, making this watch smart and practical. For instance when I'm at a long business meeting, I feel rude when I’m constantly checking my phone for emails and updates. With i'm Watch; I can see notifications silently without disturbing those around me. i'm Watch won innovation and technology awards, signed on with Google to power the downloadable and update-able apps available to enhance the i’m Watch experience. Rena: i'm Watch is connectable with the iPhone, Blackberry, and other Smart Phones with Bluetooth technology. Another special element is the inimitable Italian design that separates this smart watch from its competitors. How does i’m Watch redefine the traditional watch experience? Rena: The Android technology opens up the capabilities of the smart watch experience. i'm Watch 56
is 'social', practical, visually pleasing, and moreover completely synchronized with your phone . What’s your favorite feature about i’m Watch? AAB: I can’t pinpoint one favorite feature, I love the idea behind i’m Watch as it innovates the way we communicate. The design of the smart watch is also a facet of great interest to me—i’m Watch is completely new and stylish. Rena: I love the functionality available with i'm Watch. One of my favorite features is ‘i'm Market’ that is similar to the iTunes store, carrying a large, and expandable, selection of applications that are designed for i'm Watch. Can you give us an example that illustrates how i'm Watch is convenient? AAB: Say you're at the gym; you will need your phone, and your music player. i'm Watch combines all of these options given that you can sync the smart watch with your phone, and download your favorite music onto your wrist. Rena: Say I'm driving, and my phone is in my bag, I can take calls directly on my i'm Watch via connectable headphones, or speakerphone. Can you tell us a little more about the i’m Cloud feature? Rena: If you have a Gmail account, i'm Cloud allows you to fully synchronize the information on your gmail account with your i'm Watch, including scheduled appointments, documents, backup phone numbers, and google apps available. What if I can’t figure out how to configure my i’m Watch to link with my phone? Rena: The website is a great reference, if you don't want to go online, you can have the sales team where
you purchased your i'm Watch assist you with any setup questions you might have. Would I need to charge my i’m Watch? If so, how often? AAB: Like any smart device, you would need to charge your i'm Watch once a day. How is i’m Watch stylish/fashionable? Rena: The fine element of Italian design makes i'm Watch stylish, from trendy colors, to the high-end materials used to create the watch. Different category lines, starting from the fashionable i’m Color, to the interactive designs of i’m Tech especially conceived for people with active lifestyles, and ending up with the luxurious and extravagant i’m Jewel collection offer many different style options. AAB: A customer from Brunei once sent his precious jewels, including emeralds to create a custom made design. For collectors, the different colors and ranges available make for an eclectic collection. The innovative design creates a mélange between the future and the past; at the heart of i'm Watch is the traditional watch that can be classically presented in gold yet it is interchanged with rubber trimmings and the first-ever curved HD touchscreen to hit the market. What’s next for i’m Watch? Rena: Software updates are always released to ensure that your i’m Watch is streamlined. So, unless you are after a specific new design with different structural options, the technology on your i'm Watch is always expandable and updateable. Log onto imwatch.it for more information, or follow i’m Watch GCC on Twitter and IG, @imWatchGCC.
MEET THE S.P.E.A.K. TWINS By Shabana H. Shaikh
â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will keep SPEAK(-ing) until we succeed in promoting respect for people living with mental illnesses, in confirming the importance of mental health, and eliminating the stigma.â&#x20AC;? ~ Alaa & Dalal Alhomaizi, co-founders of SPEAK campaign
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Mental Disorders affect an estimated 450 million people worldwide, including countless Kuwaitis. Five out of ten leading causes of health disability are mental disorders, and by 2020, depression will be the second most disabling health condition in the world! This puts it ahead of heart disease, road traffic accidents, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Yet, mental disorders – which include common disorders like depression and anxiety – and people suffering from them do not get the attention they deserve. In the field of health care, and particularly public health in Kuwait, mental health not only tends to take a back seat, but also a seat of indifference. In fact, public clinics do not even have mental health professionals easily accessible to patients. Twins, Alaa and Dalal Alhomaizi, who are currently studying psychology at Northeastern University in Boston, decided it was time there was some balance. With near perfect grades, the identical twins were easily eligible for a scholarship from the Ministry of Higher Education. However, their selection of Major of psychology lost them that scholarship. “When we went to apply for a scholarship, my father was asked by a prominent official at the Ministry for Higher Education why he would allow his daughters to deal with ‘crazy’ people and if he, or any Kuwaiti for that matter, would ever seek a psychologist. Despite my father jumping to our aid by stating that he thinks there is no shame in seeing a psychologist if they needed to, we never got the scholarship. Not only did they not support our choice and disrespected people with mental illnesses, who should never be called ‘crazy’, they were biased against the
field of psychology in general by claiming it is not needed in Kuwait!" revealed Dalal. "You can only imagine," says Alaa, referring to their disappointing episode with the educational official, "how prejudiced our society is towards people with mental disorders, if they are this prejudiced towards people working in the field of psychology." However, it wasn’t until they attended a class on 'Deviant Behavior and Social Control' at Northeastern University, that they realized how pervasive the problem of stigma really was and that it did not only exist in Kuwait. "We were shocked to learn about the inhumane way people with mental illness are treated in almost all societies of the world at almost every point in human history. The fact that we are in the 21st century, and society still disrespects, dehumanizes, institutionalizes, and looks down upon people with mental illness is just disgraceful. It is unfair, unfounded, and we knew we had to do something about it.” In 2011, the twins initiated an antistigma and mental health advocacy campaign S.P.E.A.K., an acronym for Standing for Psychological Education and Awareness in Kuwait. It is through SPEAK that Alaa and Dalal are aiming to spread awareness by educating people. “It is fundamental to separate the myths from the facts,” explained Alaa, because they believe it’s the stigma attached to mental illnesses, its treatments, as well as the field of psychology, which needs to be eradicated. "With education, we want others to know how they can help or find help, to understand the importance of mental health, and most importantly, we want to promote equality and respect for those individuals suffering from a mental illness," they explained, adding,
"People need to seek treatment instead of refusing or denying it in fear of a judgmental society." So, how does SPEAK help? "We spread the word through popular media, like Twitter and Facebook, and our open online forum (ask.fm/ speakuwait) is both interactive and informative,” explained Dalal, as she proceeded to give me a glimpse of it on her phone. “We help people living with psychological problems by spreading the truth about mental illness and psychology. This campaign was started to be the voice of those who are quieted by society's judgment and rejection. People living with mental illness are fathers, mothers, siblings, friends, and classmates. They are just like you and me; there is absolutely no difference. Somebody had to give voice to this neglected topic, to promote the rights of every Kuwaiti citizen to be aware of and benefit from mental health.” Fortunately, Alaa and Dalal believe Kuwait is eager for this change. Their forum addresses a wide spectrum of questions, which are answered by the girls. Even parents have approached them seeking assistance. SPEAK has held a number of successful events in Kuwait and Boston, including a presentation at the Women’s Cultural Social Society in January 2012. Their work has been featured in National newspapers, magazines, and blogs as well as International media such as the Boston Globe. Alaa and Dalal’s research for SPEAK was featured in the Undergraduate Honors Evening at Northeastern University and will be presented in the National Collegiate Honors Conference this November. What’s next? This fall, on World Mental Health Day, SPEAK will host an unprecedented event, an event unlike any other Kuwait has had before. On October 10 and 11, SPEAK in association with the Ministry of Health will host
a conference featuring leading psychiatrists from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, the Number 1 hospital in the USA. The department of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital has been ranked No.1 for 16 consecutive years! When asked how they were able to convince Harvard doctors into coming to Kuwait for their conference, Alaa responded, “We had been working in this department as research assistants for 4 months when we decided to approach our manager with our idea. We were very prepared and we created a fully developed plan. After 2 months of meetings, the leaders of the department enthusiastically approved and supported our event.” The two-day event will include large public presentations in the evening and seminars for doctors and health professionals in the morning. These two enthusiastic youngsters’ vision for the future is just as clear as their research and statistics were for this interview. The twins plan to change the field of mental health in Kuwait, not only for the public and professionals, but for future generations as well. That might surely take a lot of effort and dedication, but at twentythree, Alaa and Dalal seem to be lacking in neither. They efficiently juggle their advocacy campaign along with their undergraduate honors education and a parttime research internship in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.
For SPEAK’s upcoming events log on to www.facebook.com/speakuwait. You can contact Alaa & Dalal through Twitter@speakuwait and ask.fm/speakuwait, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 59
DAVID BECKHAM The football star and his latest H&M bodywear range By H&M
David Beckham is celebrating the success of his bodywear collection for H&M with a new campaign, focusing on the form and fit of the underwear classics that make up his bodywear range. The powerful new images were shot in Los Angeles by photographer Alasdair McLellan, with David photographed against a black background to show him and the bodywear in stark relief. As David constantly likes to experiment with his look, he unveils a new style for this new H&M campaign. 1. What kind of reactions have you received from the first season? I've had such an incredible reaction since we launched my bodywear range back in February with H&M. The response worldwide has been overwhelming. The launch was such a memorable time for me, from the party in London to the commercial shown during the Super Bowl in the US. Since the launch, it’s been so great to read all the comments from fans on my Facebook page, who always let me know exactly what they think about the bodywear range. Luckily, they love it! 60
2. Did it become what you expected? I'm so happy that men have really understood this isn't a one-off collection. This is a bodywear brand with H&M that is here to stay. It's great that men have been buying pieces to become part of their wardrobe, and are already relying on the comfort and quality of our designs. They know they can come back to H&M and find the same core range of bodywear products that they have come to trust. 3. What has been most surprising since the launch? Before we launched David Beckham Bodywear with H&M, we went through eighteen months of research and development, so it was no surprise to us that there was a gap in the market for affordable bodywear where the focus was on fit, quality and comfort. What has been really pleasing is that my bodywear is being worn by men of all ages, from all walks of life. I hope to be able to continue providing them with the best bodywear available for many seasons to come. 4. Tell us about the new campaign! I love the images we've shot for fall. Once again I've worked with the British photographer Alasdair McLellan who
has such an amazing eye. I really enjoy being photographed by him. His images manage to make men look both classic and contemporary at the same time. For these images, we went for a tougher mood against a black background, with the images shot in a studio so that the focus is truly on the products. The images make the products feel like brand new. I'm really proud of them. 5. Except for great underwear, what are the essential pieces in your wardrobe? I have the same needs in my wardrobe as I do with my bodywear. We designed the bodywear range with the aim of creating new classics that men could come to trust. With clothing, I rely on classic pieces, like great jeans, sweaters or biker jackets for when I'm off duty, or the most perfectly tailored suit when I want to look at my best. My wardrobe has evolved as the years have gone by, and I've learned many lessons about style along the way. 6. What are those lessons in style? I’ve had a lot of fun with fashion over the years, and have come to realise that what is most important is being true to who you are. My life has so many
different facets, from being a sportsman, to a dad and a global ambassador, that I find myself in so many different situations and places around the world. It is good to be able to keep my style a constant, and know that I am always being myself. 7. What do you think are the biggest influences in fashion right now? It’s amazing how fashion now moves so fast, with social media and the Internet. It’s great that fashion is now truly global, and that the whole world can share influences with each other. It’s interesting that as a result of this, personal style has become much more important, with men especially taking much more classic pieces and giving them a contemporary twist of their own. When men talk about style, they talk about quality, and the clothes that have got longevity. 8. Do you have a style icon? I have always admired Steve McQueen who was effortless and natural in his style. The David Beckham Bodywear collection is available at around 1,800 H&M stores in 44 countries worldwide, as well as online.
COSTA DEL SOL
bazaar techno Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. ~ Arthur C. Clarke
CLICK & GROW SMARTPOTS
Sony XBR 4K TV
If your green thumb tends to be a bit brown, Click & Grow Smartpots ($60) can surely help you out. These futuristic planters use smart technology to release precise doses of water, fertilizer, and air to the plant cartridge as needed - all you need to do is pop in some batteries and fill the water reservoir. A light on the front will let you know when it's time to replace the batteries or add water, so the only other thing you need to do is find a sunny spot to set them.
Who cares if you can't find any content to show on it? The new Sony XBR 4K TV ($TBA) will ensure that when the content's ready, you will be, too. Measuring an impressive 84" diagonally, this new flagship set offers a 3840 x 2160, LED-backlit LCD panel, the 4K X-Reality PRO picture engine to seamlessly upscale lower-resolution content, 3D capabilities, a 10 Unit Live Speaker system cranking out virtual 5.1 surround sound, and built-in Wi-Fi for accessing online content.
Getting our Instagram photos off our devices and into the real world is the challenge du jour in the tech world, and Instacube ($150) is the latest - and best? - way to do it yet. This Wi-Fi enabled photo frame sports a 600x600 LCD touch display, three buttons -one for power, one for toggling between feeds, and one for liking the current photo - an internal Lithium Ion battery so you can move it wherever you want, and a dead-simple three-step setup process.
LAPKA PERSONAL ENVIRONMENT MONITOR
NIKON COOLPIX S800C ANDROID CAMERA
The various components that make up the Lapka Personal Environment Monitor ($TBA) are useful they can individually test for radiation, whether food is organic or not, electromagnetic fields, and climate - otherwise known as temperature and humidity. Connects to your iPhone using a headphone cable. But what's really impressive is how they manage to be so stylish while being so small. Coming later this year.
Why should photo apps be limited to the built-in shooter on a phone? That's the question asked during the development of the Nikon Coolpix S800c Android Camera ($350). While it's 10x optical zoom Nikkor lens, 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, and full HD 1080p movie capture are impressive, the S800c's 3.5-inch, WVGA touchscreen and Android 2.3 that steal the show, enabling you to download apps from Google Play.
The Drobo Mini ($650) has you covered. Built from metallic carbon fiber with a soft touch finish, this sandwich-sized box holds up to four 2.5" drives giving you a total possible capacity of 3TB - offers both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectivity, and, like the company's full-sized boxes, uses BeyondRAID technology to ensure that your data is safe, no drive configuration wizardry required.
DEFENDING GRAFFITI And debating the future of Egypt ‘If we give up the graffiti, it would be the first nail in the coffin’ By Sarah El Deeb
Under the cover of darkness, a few municipality workers quietly began to paint over an icon of Egypt’s revolution: a giant mural on the street that saw some of the most violent clashes between protesters and police over the past two years. Stretching three blocks along a wall off Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the mural has been a sort of open-air museum of the history of the revolution – with “martyr” portraits of slain protesters, graffiti, jokes, freedom slogans and pharaonic, Muslim, Christian and nationalist images to show Egypt’s mixed heritage and a history of struggle. Word of the whitewash quickly got out. A number of progressive, young revolutionaries showed up to defend the murals. They began to film the workers as they painted under police guard, hoping to embarrass them. They talked with the painters about what the murals meant. The scene on Mohammad Mahmoud Street in the early hours was a small but telling counterpoint to the recent angry protests at the U.S. Embassy. Those protests took place only a few blocks away on another street off Tahrir. Together, the scenes point to the competition over the identity of the new Egypt, over what the country stands for now and what can be expressed. The mix of largely secular activists who launched the revolt against longtime leader Hosni Mubarak last year say the “revolution” is still continuing, until the country breaks with its authoritarian past and 64
brings freedoms and economic justice. The Islamists, who rode to power after Mubarak’s ouster, have their own vision for Egypt, which they say should adhere to an “Islamic identity” as they define it. The government says it has launched a campaign to beautify Tahrir Square. Activists saw it as a government attempt to blot out the calls for continued revolution and to assert that a new and stable system is now in place, under elected Islamist President Mohammad Mursi. “They are erasing history,” Gamal Abdel-Nasser, the father of a 19-year-old killed during the early days of anti-Mubarak protests, said as he stood at the mural street. “This is not my government. It doesn’t represent me.” For some, repainting the wall just underlined the feeling that the Islamists have snatched the prizes of the revolution. “This is not about the wall. It is about everything happening in Egypt,” said Nazly Hussein, one of the first to arrive at the scene to protest the paint job with a camera, live streaming the workers as they covered murals. “It is about territory they took away from us.” “This is about lowering our ceiling. Our real battle is about freedom. Now we are fighting about the right to insult the president or not,” she said. “All those on the wall died for bread, freedom and social justice.” After the intervention by activists, the municipal workers stopped the whitewashing at daybreak
with only half the mural painted over. Graffiti artists moved in to start putting new images on the now white walls. By late Wednesday night, the municipal workers hadn’t returned to finish their job, amid a media uproar over the mural erasure. The first drawing to go up was a portrait of a young man sticking his green tongue as a taunt. Beneath it as written: “Do it again! Erase, you cowardly regime.” Graffiti artist Ahmed Nadi painted a new caricature of Mursi smiling, with the words, “Happy now, Mursi?” Ali Saleh, a 53-year-old security guard at a nearby school, said the murals must stay as a reminder to authorities of the mistakes they committed. “If we give up the graffiti, it would be the first nail in the coffin,” he said. “We are in for a worse dictatorship than Mubarak’s.” The sense of progressives that the wall is their territory is deepened by its location. Mohammad Mahmoud Street saw dozens killed late last year and early this year as security forces repeatedly tried to crush youth protests. Age can be as much a factor as ideology. A younger man in his 30s with the long beard of an ultraconservative Islamist interjected and moved to defend the murals. “Why the distinction between West and East when it comes to freedom of expression?” he said. “There is no doubt that whoever represses and breaks up protests is a coward.”
LIFE ON A HAWDAJ Shop global style with Ananasa.com By bazaar staff
The discerning fashionista goes to great lengths to achieve inimitable style, even if that means crossing the farthest distances to acquire a specific item that enriches her lifestyle with a culturally inspired edge. Cutting down on your precious travel time (Seriously, who enjoys swollen footsies?), we uncovered the stylings of Jordanian sisters Maysoon and May Haymoor on the online hub for Middle Eastern designers, Ananasa.com, to deliver us with Life on a Hawdaj. Think: collections inspired by the modern girl who is the ultimate global style-trotter. A Hawdaj girl’s style is, in part, defined by incorporating many different cultures, traditions and customs. The 66
Hawdaj, translates from Arabic as the traditional, ornate carriage that bears valuable collectables. Used for transport by Eastern cultures, it is normally positioned on the backs of elephants and other animals when traveling, and this precious chest holds carefully selected pieces that appeal to the most sophisticated of tastes. The Haymoor sisters style is deeply rooted in the essence of the culturally seasoned Hawdaj, as they are intensely committed to an aesthetic ideal born from a respect for all world cultures and, always, innovative and fun design. Empowered by a comical, yet soulful mission that states that the world doesn’t need another fashion designer, they aim to deepen their understanding of the
values of cultural diversity through their designs, hoping that their designs help people ‘live together’ better. Maysoon is an architect, interior and lifestyle designer by training, with a cultural creative side driven by modernity, rich textiles, and a self-confessed addiction to travel. Her sister, May, combines her degree in graphic design with an eternal love affair with fashion seasoned with a multi-cultural flair; both believing that cultures can only realize their further richness by honoring the cultures and traditions of others. With fashion and home décor collections, eclectic style with Life on a Hawdaj tells a story of a faraway land with a whimsical, bohemian edge. Joining Ananasa in May earlier this year,
boho-chic stylings of Life on a Hawdaj are now available for us to enjoy right here in Kuwait. So why did these leading ladies choose Ananasa to transport their vision? The Haymoor sisters felt that the Ananasa brand ethos resounded with their own, “It is the perfect online store for up and coming talents from around the Middle East, it makes it easy for us to reach our clients and fans anywhere in the world, plus all our transactions with Ananasa have been extremely smooth!” Life on a Hawdaj is currently working on launching a capsule collection for fall/ winter 2012, see it soon at: www.Ananasa.com, and find Life on a Hawdaj on facebook: www.facebook. com/pages/Life-On-A-Hawdaj.
PEI WEI ASIAN DINER Foreign yet familiar By bazaar staff
If you’re looking for a fool proof concept; a fast-food style Asian diner with a funky, fresh and unpretentious approach to food brought to you by the masters of the contemporary Chinese bistro, P.F. Chang’s, would be about as fool proof as you can get. Located in Food World in Avenues Phase II, Pei Wei brings a touch of class to the typical food court fare found in this part of the mall. It’s fast food, but don’t even think about comparing it with junk fast food. This is real food, cooked for all to see in the flash of a sizzling 600-degree wok by real people. That’s the beauty of the concept. A lot of Asian food is fast by default. Flash frying, proteins and veggies and adding one of a multitude of sauces takes no time at all. The reduced cooking times even ensures the veggies retain all the goodness in the form of vitamins and minerals that can diminish with overcooking. It also keeps them crunchy which adds so much texture to the dishes. Pei Wei is owned by P.F Chang’s China Bistro and they already boast 175 locations worldwide. They offer wok-seared dishes from five countries – China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea and Thailand. All the dishes are made freshto-order and if you hang around at the counter you can see the dishes 68
being prepared - the chefs working at individual stations, amidst the hiss and flames as they bang out top-notch cuisine in mere minutes. The process itself is simple. As you arrive you’ll be greeted by a friendly
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member of the Pei Wei team who’ll hand you a menu on your way to the counter. The menu is also displayed on flatscreens at the counter so you can take a little time perusing. It is a good length so you won’t be bamboozled with too much choice but don’t feel cheated by a limited menu either. Behind the counter you’ll see the chefs hard at work over those 600-degree woks, and the sizzle of the food cooking will only increase your appetite. First you’ll encounter the Small Plates - Hot & Sour or Wonton Soup, Eggs or Spring Rolls and, my favorite, the Minced Chicken with Cool Lettuce Wraps (these are great for those looking for low-carb options). And who can resist Edamame? Most of these dishes serve as appetizers but could even work as a grab-and-go snack if you’re in a hurry to get back to the sales. They also offer a couple of salads; the Asian Chopped Chicken Salad and the Pei Wei Spicy Chicken Salad and noodle and rice bowls too, such as Lo Mein, Pad Thai and Spice Market Noodles. The idea behind Pei Wei is that customers can ‘dine in five languages’ in a contemporary, dynamic setting. So what does dining in five languages mean? This is where the Pei Wei signature dishes come in. Think of Pei Wei as a place where you can enjoy a kind of flavor-tourism with a different destination each time you visit. The great thing about Pei Wei is its versatility. With the majority of the signature dishes you get to choose your protein— choosing from beef, chicken and shrimp (the menu also offers vegetarian options). Then you choose your destination. Will it be Mandarin Kung Pao, Thai Dynamite, Spicy Korean or even Mongolian? The menu informs you which of the dishes are spicy and which ones will be vegetarian when
ordered with vegetables and tofu through a simple key system. After placing your order and paying, the cashier will hand you a red disc with a number on it. He’ll ask you to place the disc in the holder on your table, a mixture of booths or free standing with chairs, and wait. You won’t be waiting long! The soup was out almost as soon as we sat down and the other items followed at a steady pace, just enough time to eat them and not too much that we felt like we were waiting. The dishes were tasty, and the freshness of the ingredients came through in every bite. The space at Pei Wei is a funky and fresh environment where you can take a break from all the stresses of a busy day shopping at The Avenues and chill out a little. Pei Wei Kuwait is the first branch to open in the Middle East. Vice President of Operations for Pei Wei International, Heather McIntosh states, “With Pei Wei’s first entrance into the Middle East, customers in Kuwait can now eat in five languages, with food made to order using only fresh ingredients and authentic spices from the Asian region.” So give the credit cards, and your feet, a rest the next time you’re indulging in a little retail therapy at The Avenues and drop by Pei Wei. You won’t be disappointed.
Pei Wei is located in Phase II of The Avenues. For more information, visit www.peiweikuwait.com or call 2221 4757. 69
GRAND HAMRA Interview with Jean Ramia, Grand Cinemas CEO and film fanatic By bazaar staff
Set to soon open its doors to cinemagoers, the arrival of the Grand Al Hamra Cinemas in Kuwait mark a new era for what was once the site of Kuwait’s first cinema. The Grand Cinemas reputation strongly stands with more than 100 screens spread throughout more than 23 multiplexes in the Middle East with ongoing projects of expansion. A subsidiary of Gulf Films, the region’s leading film distributer, Grand Cinemas sets a new standard for cinemagoers in the Middle East. Jean Ramia, CEO of Grand Cinemas, started his career with Gulf Films, his family’s distribution company. As an entrepreneur, Jean Ramia further expanded his business interests when he established Fluid Productions in 2002, revolutionising the social entertainment scene in Dubai with the patented ‘Peppermint Experience.’ His current focus involves expansion, seeking to double the number of Grand Cinema screens within the Gulf by 2014, with projects currently underway in Qatar’s Pearl Development and Abu Dhabi’s Deerfields Town Square mall. Grand Cinemas is also exploring new and unique movie-going experiences, such as offering the first dine-in theatre in Abu Dhabi. Before we asked Ramia about what we should expect to see from the new Grand Al Hamra Cinemas, he offers this advice to anyone seeking to enter the film distribution industry: “You have to learn it from scratch, experience it from the floor. You have to mingle with customers, get the feel of working ten hours as a vendor, identify all of the areas where you can improve and where you can deliver a better service. It’s not just parachuting into a desk wearing a suit and giving instructions without knowing their impact.” 70
Tell us a little bit about the Grand Hamra Cinema in Kuwait? Grand Hamra is our first entry into the Kuwait market and we’re very proud of it. There are eight regular screens plus one Grand Class which makes a total of 1450 seats. From the moment consumers enter the spacious, stylish main lobby, they would feel the Grand Cinemas difference. The Grand Class is very special; it has a beautifully decorated lobby and seating area, which really allows cinemagoers to enjoy privacy, drinks and food. In addition, there is a ‘Crostini’ coffee shop serving salads and sandwiches. Crostini was first introduced at Grand ABC Dbayeh in Lebanon, and has proved to be extremely popular. All cinemas are equipped with digital projectors from Barco plus cinema six has a 4K projector, which is a first in Kuwait. Cinemagoers will also enjoy the large lobby plus spacious and beautiful restrooms. Is it significant that this was the site of Kuwait's very first cinema? We chose the site very carefully. It’s a prime location, located in a landmark tower - the highest in Kuwait – with an upper class shopping mall. What does Grand Cinemas offer in the way of a cinema experience? We are offering cinemagoers the Grand experience: beautifully decorated cinemas with comfortable seats from Figueras - the most expensive seats in the business. The Grand Class seats are luxurious leather ‘Lazyboy’ seats equipped with a buzzer that allows the consumer to call the waiter to order food and refreshments, Grand Class tickets include refreshment and food. Your whole life seems to have revolved around
films, how did you first get interested? Being in the film business and cinemas was always my hobby. When I was a child I enjoyed going to the cinema more than three or four times a week. In 1980, film distribution started, then the first cinema was built in 1992 in Dubai when I was co-owner of Gulf Film of Dubai with my partner Ahmed Golchin. We pioneered the cinema business in the UAE and created the market, which is now the biggest market for cinemas in the Middle East. How do you feel the Arabic language film industry is doing right now? Arabic films are really limited to Egyptian movies. Since the Egyptian revolution these are really not up to the standard they were previously. From time to time we have one or two movies produced each year in the Gulf. Why do you think people go to the cinema? In the Gulf area people go more than once to the cinema for lack of other entertainment options available, which is the case in Kuwait plus the hobby became a source of family entertainment all over the Gulf. Of course I have to ask; what is your favorite film? (Arabic and English) I do not watch a lot of Arabic movies but my favorite films are the ones starring Adel Imam. With English, it is difficult to choose a favorite; that would depend on whether they are action, thriller, adventure or drama. And preferred snack when cinema-going? A mixture of salty and caramel popcorn. For more information, please visit: www.grandcinemas.com.
AAW & NIKE TO LAUNCH KUWAIT CHARITY RUN 2ND HALF MARATHON Going the extra mile to support insulin pumps in Kuwait By bazaar staff
On November 17th, Ali Abdulwahab Al Mutawa (AAW) and Nike will be the lead sponsor of Kuwait's 2nd Half Marathon, an annual event organized by the Kuwait Charity Run. Each year, the Kuwait Charity Run (KCR) organizes runs for donation purposes towards a particular humanitarian cause across the country. Last year KCR raised up to 57,000KD in donation for Bayt Abdullah Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospice (BACCH) which helps kids with terminal diseases. This year, KCR has focused its initiatives on the Dasman Diabetes Institute under the Pumps 4 Kids campaign to raise funds and donations in order to provide insulin pumps for the children of Kuwait suffering from Type 1 Diabetes. Statistics reveal that Kuwait is among the highest rated countries holding the 7th highest diabetes rate of children under 14 years of age worldwide with only 5% of them having access to insulin pumps. Due to supply shortage dilemmas, approximately 90% of children in need of insulin pumps do not receive the treatment aid. AAW & Nike by sponsoring this event, aim to ensure the health of young Kuwaiti citizens for future generations as part of sustainable development. Kuwait's 2nd Half Marathon will start and finish at the Marina Crescent on the Gulf Road, a total of 21 Km with the option of participating in only 10 Km. Kuwait Charity Run will cut its ribbons at 8am for the race to begin proceeding 72
a warm up at 7am for the runners to stretch before the half marathon. During the run there will be water and aid stations every few kilometers to ensure safety. In addition, every runner will get a race kit bag which includes: Race bib number, Timing chip, Dry Fit T-shirt from Nike and a Medal. Weekly training for the event will begin September 15th to prepare the runners for the race. Marina Crescent will be the venue for these sessions throughout the month. Registration is already taking place, so be sure to register now at the following locations: Nike Stores: 1804449 C-Club: 2225-3190 Extreme Sports: 2225-4587 A registration fee of 15 KD will be charged for participants. All fees and proceeds will go directly to Pumps 4 Kids for insulin pumps purchases.
For more information about the Kuwait Charity Runâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2nd Half Marathon or online registration, visit www.kuwaitchaityrun.com.
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WHAT SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE DO With the first hour of their work day By Kevin Purdy
How much does the first hour of every day matter? As it turns out, a lot. It can be the hour you see everything clearly, get one real thing done, and focus on the human side of work rather than your task list. Remember when you used to have a period at the beginning of every day to think about your schedule, catch up with friends, maybe knock out a few tasks? It was called home room, and it went away after high school. But many successful people schedule themselves a kind of grown-up home room every day. You should too. The first hour of the workday goes a bit differently for Craig Newmark of Craigslist, David Karp of Tumblr, motivational speaker Tony Robbins, career writer (and Fast Company blogger) Brian Tracy, and others, and they’ll tell you it makes a big difference. Here are the first items on their daily to-do list. Don’t Check Your Email for the First Hour. Seriously. Stop That. Tumblr founder David Karp will “try hard” not to check his email until 9:30 or 10 a.m., according to an Inc. profile of him. “Reading e-mails at home never feels good or productive,” Karp said. “If something urgently needs my attention, someone will call or text me.” Not all of us can roll into the office whenever our Vespa happens to get us there, but most of us with jobs that don’t require constant on-call awareness can trade e-mail for organization and single-focus work. It’s an idea that serves as the title of Julie Morgenstern’s work management book Never Check Email In 76
The Morning, and it’s a fine strategy for leaving the office with the feeling that, even on the most over-booked days, you got at least one real thing done. If you need to make sure the most important messages from select people come through instantly, AwayFind can monitor your inbox and get your attention when something notable arrives. Otherwise, it’s a gradual but rewarding process of training interrupters and coworkers not to expect instantaneous morning response to anything they send in your off-hours. Gain Awareness, Be Grateful One smart, simple question on curated Q & A site Quora asked “How do the most successful people start their day?”. The most popular response came from a devotee of Tony Robbins, the self-help guru who pitched the power of mindful first-hour rituals long before we all had little computers next to our beds. Robbins suggests setting up an “Hour of Power,”“30 Minutes to Thrive,” or at least “Fifteen Minutes to Fulfillment.” Part of it involves light exercise, part of it involves motivational incantations, but the most accessible piece involves 10 minutes of thinking of everything you’re grateful for: in yourself, among your family and friends, in your career, and the like. After that, visualize “everything you want in your life as if you had it today.” Robbins offers the “Hour of Power” segment of his Ultimate Edge series as a free audio stream (here’s the direct MP3 download). Blogger Mike McGrath also wrote a concise summary of the Hour of Power). You can be sure that at least some
of the more driven people you’ve met in your career are working on Robbins’ plan. Do the Big, Shoulder-Sagging Stuff First Brian Tracy’s classic timemanagement book Eat That Frog, gets its title from a Mark Twain saying that, if you eat a live frog first thing in the morning, you’ve got it behind you for the rest of the day, and nothing else looks so bad. Gina Trapani explained it well in a video for her Work Smart series). Combine that with the concept of getting one thing done before you wade into email, and you’ve got a day-to-day system in place. Here’s how to force yourself to stick to it: Choose Your Frog "Choose your frog, and write it down on a piece of paper that you'll see when you arrive back at your desk in the morning, Tripani advises."If you can, gather together the material you'll need to get it done and have that out, too." One benefit to tackling that terrible, weighty thing you don’t want to do first thing in the morning is that you get some space from the other people involved in that thing—the people who often make the thing more complicated and frustrating. Without their literal or figurative eyes over your shoulder, the terrible thing often feels less complex, and you can get more done. Ask Yourself If You’re Doing What You Want to Do Feeling unfulfilled at work shouldn’t be something you realize months too late, or even years. Consider making an earnest attempt every morning at what the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs told a graduating
class at Stanford to do: When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. “Customer Service” (or Your Own Equivalent) Craigslist founder Craig Newmark answered the first hour question succinctly: “Customer service.” He went on to explain (or expand) that he also worked on current projects, services for military families and veterans, and protecting voting rights. But customer service is what Newmark does every single day at Craigslist, responding to user complaints and smiting scammers and spammers. He almost certainly has bigger fish he could pitch in on every day, but Newmark says customer service “anchors me to reality.” Your own version of customer service might be keeping in touch with contacts from year-ago projects, checking in with coworkers you don’t regularly interact with, asking questions of mentors, and just generally handling the human side of work that quickly gets lost between task list items. But do your customer service on the regular, and you’ll have a more reliable roster of helpers when the time comes.
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bazaar goes cruising THE ALL-NEW RANGE ROVER The world’s most refined and capable luxury SUV
The all-new Range Rover is the most capable and most luxurious Land Rover yet. Lighter, stronger and with new levels of refinement, the Range Rover reinforces its position as the world’s finest luxury SUV. The fourth generation of the unique Range Rover line, the all-new model has been developed from the ground up, capturing the innovative spirit and iconic design of the original model which changed the world of motoring when it was launched over 40 years ago. The world’s first SUV with a revolutionary lightweight all-aluminium monocoque body structure is 39 per cent lighter than the steel body in the outgoing model enabling total vehicle weight savings of up to 420kg. The lightweight aluminium platform has delivered significant enhancements in performance and agility, along with a transformation in fuel economy and CO2 emissions. In addition to the strong and rigid lightweight body, an all-new aluminium front and rear chassis architecture has been developed with completely re-engineered fourcorner air suspension. While the luxurious ride has been retained, the vehicle’s handling and agility have been significantly improved. The new suspension architecture delivers flatter, more confident cornering, with natural and intuitive steering feel. 80
John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director, said: “The new Range Rover preserves the essential, unique character of the vehicle – that special blend of luxury, performance and unmatched all-terrain capability. However, its clean sheet design and revolutionary lightweight construction have enabled us to transform the experience for luxury vehicle customers, with a step change in comfort, refinement and handling.” The all-new Range Rover has a clean and elegant shape which is derived from a fresh new interpretation of Range Rover design cues. While instantly recognisable as a Range Rover, the new vehicle takes a significant step forward with a bold evolution of the model’s iconic design language. “Designing the next generation Range Rover, following over forty years of success, came with a huge responsibility to protect the DNA of such an icon,” said Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer. “Our design team worked incredibly hard to capture the elegant proportions and pure surfaces which have been a feature of the best Range Rover designs.” With Land Rover strength at its heart, the new model has been engineered from the ground up to be the most capable, most refined Range Rover ever. Amongst the industry-leading innovations is a ground-breaking next-
generation version of Land Rover’s Terrain Response® system, which analyses the current driving conditions and automatically selects the most suitable vehicle settings for the terrain. To ensure exceptional durability and reliability, the new model has been subjected to Land Rover’s punishing on- and off-road test and development regime, with a fleet of development vehicles covering millions of miles over 18 months of arduous tests in more than 20 countries with extremes of climate and road surfaces. Within the cabin, the all-new Range Rover provides occupants with a sensation of serene isolation, meeting the highest luxury car standards for refinement. Measures like the rigorously optimised body structure and acoustic lamination of the windscreen and side door glass have significantly reduced noise levels, while the new suspension architecture has enabled engineers to achieve even more luxurious ride comfort and refinement. The sumptuous interior incorporates distinctive Range Rover design cues, but executed with a very contemporary treatment, and clean, elegant surfaces which are flawlessly presented using the finest leathers and veneers. With over 118mm more legroom, the rear occupants benefit from vastly increased space and comfort, with the option of a new two-seat Executive Class seating package for
the ultimate in rear-seat luxury. To deliver the model’s characteristic effortless performance, customers have the choice of refined V8 petrol engines and for North Africa, TDV6 and TDV8 diesel engines combining responsive performance with outstanding CO2 emissions. The all-new Range Rover has been engineered with the latest developments in vehicle technologies, from interior luxury features such as exclusive Meridian surround sound music systems and power upper and lower tailgates, to advanced chassis and driver assistance technologies. Designed and engineered at Land Rover’s development centres in the UK, the new Range Rover will be produced in a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Solihull, UK - employing the latest low-energy aluminium body construction technologies.
The all-new Range Rover will be a truly global car, available in over 160 markets worldwide. For more information, please visit Ali Alghanim & Sons Automotive online, www.aas.com and visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AliAlghanimSons and Twitter: @AliAlghanimSons or call 1846 464. 81
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THE OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA
HOW TO TELL IF YOUR CAT IS PLOTTING TO KILL YOU
HELLO GOODBYE HELLO
GOODNIGHT IPAD: A PARODY FOR THE NEXT GENERATION
THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL POLITICS AND ZOMBIES
by Michael Pollan
by The Oatmeal
by Ann Droyd
by Daniel W. Drezner
Pollan (The Botany of Desire) examines what he calls "our national eating disorder" (the Atkins craze, the precipitous rise in obesity) in this remarkably clearheaded book. It's a fascinating journey up and down the food chain, one that might change the way you read the label on a frozen dinner, dig into a steak or decide whether to buy organic eggs. You'll certainly never look at a Chicken McNugget the same way again. Pollan approaches his mission not as an activist but as a naturalist.
Mr. Oats delivers a sidesplitting serving of cat comics in his new book, How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You. If your cat is kneading you, that's not a sign of affection. Your cat is actually checking your internal organs for weakness. If your cat brings you a dead animal, this isn't a gift. It's a warning. A hilarious, brilliant offering of cat comics, facts, and instructional guides from the creative wonderland at TheOatmeal. com. Presenting fan favorites, such as "Cat vs. Internet," "How to Pet a Kitty," and "The Bobcats," plus 17 brand-new, never-before-seen cat jokes.
Brilliant in conception, Hello Goodbye Hello shows how the celebrated and gifted-like the rest of us- got along famously or disastrously or indifferently with one another, but, thanks to Craig Brown, always to our amusement and entertainment. From an opening story in which Adolf Hitler survives being knocked down by a careless English driver in 1931 to the Duchess of Windsorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting with the FĂ&#x153;hrer over tea, and 99 others in between, Hello Goodbye Hello is the perfect example that truth is stranger than fiction (and infinitely more enjoyable).
There are huge LCD WiFi HD TVs and Facebook requests and thumbs tapping texts and new viral clips of cats doing flips. Wouldn't it be nice to say goodnight to all that? Like the rest of us who cannot resist just a few more scrolls and clicks, you may find yourself ready for bed while still clinging to your electronics long after dark. This book, which is made of paper, is a reminder for the child in all of us to power down at the end of the day. It will make you laugh, and it will also help you put yourself and your machines to sleep. Don't worry, though. Your gadgets will be waiting for you, fully charged, in the morning.
Drezner's leads a tour through academic Graceland, pretending political theories are serious business, while mocking academia's obsession with political theories, which any person with common sense knows fail to predict real world outcomes. A poli-sci book about zombies is funny not because of the zombies, but because political science treats them like everything else. Correcting the zombie gap in international relations thinking and addressing the genuine but publicly unacknowledged fear of the dead rising, Drezner presents political tactics accessible for any zombie to digest.
FEMALE SAUDI FILM DIRECTOR Breaks taboos By Silvia Aloisi
Saudi Arabia’s first female director has made her debut at the Venice film festival, exploring the limitations placed on women in the conservative Islamic kingdom through the tale of a strong-willed 10-year-old girl living in Riyadh. Wadjda, which the director says is the first to have been shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, follows the everyday life of young Wadjda and her attempts to circumvent restrictions and break social barriers – both at school and at home. Constantly scolded for not wearing hijab, listening to pop music and not hiding in front of men, Wadjda uses guile to get her own way. When she sees a green bicycle for sale that would allow her to race against a male friend, she concocts a plan to raise the money needed to buy it in spite of her mother’s opposition – respectable girls do not cycle in Saudi Arabia. She ends up learning verses from the Quran by heart to enroll in a religious competition at school, hoping to win the cash prize that would pay for the bike, and in the process pretends to have become the model pious girl her teachers want her to be. The film has had critical accolades. “Initially the biggest talking point about ‘Wadjda’ will be that a woman ... has directed the first Saudi Arabian feature shot entirely within the kingdom,” Jay Weissberg wrote in his review for the trade magazine Variety. “Once the novelty is processed, critics and the public will likely agree that the [film] transcends mere surprise value and delivers a winning, handsomely crafted story with a charismatic lead guaranteed to charm international [audiences].” Director Haifaa al-Mansour said Wadjda aims to portray the segregation of 84
women in Saudi Arabia, where they hold a lower legal status to men, are banned from driving and need a male guardian’s permission to work, travel or open a bank account. “It’s easy to say it’s a difficult, conservative place for a woman and do nothing about it, but we need to push forward and hope we can help make it a more relaxed and tolerant society,” she said after her film premiered in Venice. She pointed to signs of change in Saudi society and said younger generations were challenging rigid customs and slowly pushing the boundaries of what is considered acceptable. Under King Abdullah, the Saudi government has pushed for women to have better education and work opportunities and allowed them to vote in future municipal elections. “It’s opening up – there is a huge opportunity for women now,” Mansour said, noting that Saudi Arabia entered female athletes for the first time ever at the Olympics this summer. “It is not like before, although I can’t say it’s like heaven. Society won’t just accept it. People will put pressure on women to stay home, but we have to fight.” Mansour spoke of the difficulties she faced filming in Riyadh, despite having obtained permission from authorities to do so. She occasionally had to hide in a van in some of the more conservative areas where locals disapproved of a female filmmaker mixing with men on set, and at times had to direct her male actors via walkie-talkie. Her film may have a limited audience in Saudi Arabia where movie theatres are banned, but producers hope to distribute it on DVDs and TV channels.
HOW APPLE REALLY INVENTED THE iPHONE By Farhad Manjoo
Like many of Apple's inventions, the iPhone began not with a vision, but with a problem. By 2005, the iPod had eclipsed the Mac as Apple's largest source of revenue, but the music player that rescued Apple from the brink now faced a looming threat: The cellphone. Everyone carried a phone, and if phone companies figured out a way to make playing music easy and fun, "that could render the iPod unnecessary," Steve Jobs once warned Apple's board, according to Walter Isaacson's biography. Fortunately for Apple, most phones on the market stunk. Jobs and other Apple executives would grouse about their phones all the time. The simplest phones didn't do much other than make calls, and the more functions you added to phones, the more complicated they were to use. In particular, phones "weren't any good as entertainment devices," Phil Schiller, Apple's longtime marketing chief, testified during the company's patent trial with Samsung. Getting music and video on 2005-era phones was too difficult, and if you managed that, getting the device to actually play your stuff was a joyless trudge through numerous screens and menus. That was because most phones were hobbled by a basic problem - they didn't have a good method for input. Hard keys (like the ones on the BlackBerry) worked for typing, but they were terrible for navigation. In theory, phones with touchscreens could do a lot more, but in reality they were also a pain to use. Touchscreens of the era couldn't detect finger presses - they needed a stylus, and the only way to use a stylus was with two hands (one to hold the phone and 86
one to hold the stylus). Nobody wanted a music player that required two-handed operation. This is the story of how Apple reinvented the phone. The general outlines of this tale have been told before, most thoroughly in Isaacson's biography. But the Samsung case - which ended last month with a resounding victory for Apple revealed a trove of details about the invention, the sort of details that Apple would ordinarily loathe to make public. We got pictures of dozens of prototypes of the iPhone and iPad. We got internal email that explained how executives and designers solved key problems in the iPhone's design. We got testimony from Apple's top brass explaining why the iPhone was a gamble. Put it all together and you get remarkable story about a device that, under the normal rules of business, should not have been invented. Given the popularity of the iPod and its centrality to Apple's bottom line, Apple should have been the last company on the planet to try to build something whose explicit purpose was to kill music players. Yet Apple's inner circle knew that one day, a phone maker would solve the interface problem, creating a universal device that could make calls, play music and videos, and do everything else, too - a device that would eat the iPod's lunch. Apple's only chance at staving off that future was to invent the iPod killer itself. More than this simple business calculation, though, Apple's brass saw the phone as an opportunity for real innovation. "We wanted to build a phone for ourselves," Scott Forstall, who heads the team that built the phone's operating system, said at the trial. "We wanted to build a phone that we loved." The problem was how to do it. When Jobs unveiled the iPhone in 2007, he showed off a picture of an iPod with a rotary-phone dialer instead of a click wheel. That was a joke, but it wasn't far from Apple's initial thoughts about phones. The click wheel - the brilliant interface that powered the iPod (which was invented for Apple by a firm called Synaptics)-was a simple, widely understood way to navigate through menus in order to play music. So why not use it to make calls, too? In 2005, Tony Fadell, the engineer who's credited with inventing the first iPod, got hold of a high-end desk phone made by Samsung and Bang & Olufsen that you navigated using a set of numerical keys placed around a rotating wheel. A Samsung cell phone, the X810, used a similar rotating wheel for input. Fadell didn't seem to like the idea. "Weird way to hold the cellphone," he wrote in an email to others at Apple. But Jobs thought it could work. "This may be our
answer - we could put the number pad around our clickwheel," he wrote. (Samsung pointed to this thread as evidence for its claim that Apple's designs were inspired by other companies, including Samsung itself.) Around the same time, Jonathan Ive, Apple's chief designer, had been investigating a technology that he thought could do wonderful things someday - a touch display that could understand taps from multiple fingers at once. (Note that Apple did not invent multitouch interfaces; it was one of several companies investigating the technology at the time.) According to Isaacson's biography, the company's initial plan was to the use the new touch system to build a tablet computer. Apple's tablet project began in 2003 - seven years before the iPad went on sale - but as it progressed, it dawned on executives that multitouch might work on phones. At one meeting in 2004, Jobs and his team looked a prototype tablet that displayed a list of contacts. "You could tap on the contact and it would slide over and show you the information," Forstall testified. "It was just amazing." Jobs himself was particularly taken by two features that Bas Ording, a talented user-interface designer, had built into the tablet prototype. One was "inertial scrolling" - when you flick at a list of items on the screen, the list moves as a function of how fast you swipe, and then it comes to rest slowly, as if being affected by real-world inertia. Another was the "rubber-band effect," which causes a list to bounce against the edge of the screen when there were no more items to display. When Jobs saw the prototype, he thought, "My god, we can build a phone out of this," he told the D Conference in 2010. The company decided to abandon the clickwheel idea and try to build a multitouch phone. Jobs knew it was a risk - could Apple get typing to work on a touchscreen? - but the payoff could be huge: If the phone's only interface was a touchscreen, it would be endlessly flexible - you could use it not just for talking and music but for anything else, including lots of third-party applications. In other words, a touchscreen phone wouldn't be a phone but "really a computer in your pocket in some ways," as Forstall said in court. Apple is known for secrecy, but Jobs wanted the iPhone kept under tighter wraps than usual. The project was given a code name - "Project Purple" - and, as Forstall testified, Jobs didn't let the iPhone team recruit anyone from outside the company to work on the device. Instead, Forstall had to make a strange pitch to superstar engineers in different parts of the company:
"We're starting a new project," he'd tell them. "It's so secret I can't even tell you what that project is. I can't tell you who you will work for . . . What I can tell you is that if you accept this project . . . you will work nights, you will work weekends, probably for a number of years." The iPhone team took over an entire building at Apple's Cupertino, Calif., headquarters. "Very much like a dorm, people were there all the time," Forstall said in court. "It smelled something like pizza, and in fact on the front door of the Purple Dorm we put a sign up that said 'Fight Club' because the first rule of that project was to not talk about it outside those doors." (Thanks to The Verge for transcribing Forstall's testimony.) The iPhone team broke down into two separate but closely integrated groups - the guys who were doing the hardware and the guys who were doing the software. (I can't find any evidence that there were any women working on the phone.) The software team's main job was figuring out a way to make a completely novel interface feel intuitive and natural. One way they did this was by creating finger "gestures" that allowed you to get around the phone very quickly. Some of these, like pinch-to-zoom, had been used in multitouch projects in the past (you can see some in Minority Report) but others were Apple's fresh ideas. For instance, Forstall used a prototype iPhone as one of his main computers, and as he used it, he
found that constantly pinching to zoom in on the screen became tedious. In a flash, he thought, why not have the phone figure out how to zoom with a just a double-tap on the screen? This was a difficult gesture to implement - the phone had to "understand the structure" of the document it was zooming in on, he explained - but once engineers got tap-to-zoom to work, Forstall found the phone to be much easier to use. "It allowed me to browse the Web much more fluently," he said. The hardware team, meanwhile, was trying to figure out what the phone would look like. In court, Christopher Stringer, one of the Apple's veteran designers, explained that the company created the phone through a process of rigorous refinement. A group of about 15 designers would regularly assemble around a kitchen table set up in Apple's design studio to review, in painfully fine detail, every idea for various parts of the iPhone's design. Apple has an extensive array of systems to quickly create physical prototypes of digital designs, and the team would handle all of these prototypes and remark on how they felt. "We're a pretty maniacal group of people," Stringer explained, pointing out that they would sometimes review 50 different refinements of a single hardware button. Documents in the trial revealed some of the many iPhone designs that Apple considered. There were thin phones; fat ones; ones with rounded glass on the front and back; some with flat sides and a rounded top and bottom, and others with rounded sides and flat tops and bottoms; and even one with an octagonal shape. Apple also looked to other companies as inspiration. In 2006, design chief Jonathan Ive pulled aside one of his designers, Shin Nishibori, and asked, "If Sony were to make an iPhone, what would it be like? Would you make it for me?" according to Nishibori's deposition. The result was a skinny phone that looks much like today's iPhone, except it had volume buttons on the front, rather than the side, of the phone. (Samsung attempted to argue in court that this design proved Apple copied Sony, but the judge barred that argument, which was bogus anyway - the design didn't look like any actual Sony phone, and was instead only Apple's take on Sony's design aesthetic.) By the spring of 2006, about a year before the iPhone's release, Ive and his team had settled on a design for the iPhone. Their winning prototype looked similar to Apple's 2004-era iPod Mini - it was a metallic device with rounded sides, what designers referred to as "extruded" aluminum. Another prototype looks a lot more like the iPhone that Steve Jobs unveiled in January of 2007.
It seems almost identical to the iPhone 4, which Apple launched in 2010. What happened? Why did Apple go from building one prototype to another? We can't know for sure, but we have some clues. One reason Apple switched the design was that the rounded sides seemed superfluous. "I'm really worried that we're making something that is going to look and be too wide," Apple designer Richard Howarth argued in an email to Ive. Plus, Howarth argued, if Apple cut volume control buttons into the rounded sides, it would remove "the purity of the extrusion idea." There was a bigger problem with the extrudedmetal phone: One morning Jobs came into the office and declared that he just didn't love it. As Isaacson describes it, Jobs realized that the design squeezed the phone's glass display into an aluminum frame - but because the display was the iPhone's only interface, the design had to put the screen on center stage. Ive realized instantly that Jobs was right. "I remember feeling absolutely embarrassed that he had to make the observation," he told Isaacson. So, around the spring of 2006, a few months before the iPhone's public debut, the team decided to start all over with something new. Looking through their old designs, they found a prototype they'd sketched a year earlier. This phone was a plain rectangle with rounded corners, a single button on its face, and a glass panel that covered the entire face of the phone. This was the iconic design that would become the iPhone. Changing the design meant that Apple had to alter all of the phone's internal components in just a few months' time. The team would have to work nights and weekends in complete secrecy, and most of them would never, ever be able to take credit for what they helped accomplish. Of course, none of this is a surprise about Apple. In some ways, the trial only added fresh details to a story about maniacal precision and obsession that has long been clear. On the other hand, the story is a powerful reminder of something you tend to forget when you goof off on your iPhone: Nothing about it was obvious. Stuff that seems really small and intuitive about its design - things like inertial scrolling, the rubber-band effect, the simple idea of making the device a rectangle with rounded corners - only came about because Apple's designers spent years thinking those things up and making them real. As designer Christopher Stringer said during the trial, "Our role is to imagine products that don't exist and guide them to life." 87
Loaay's Two Cents Got business problems or challenges at work? With his Two Cents column, Loaay Ahmed shares his expertise in strategic management consulting to help managers, employees and entrepreneurs thrive.
I run an Art Gallery in the local market. Although we bring high quality art from the region, people with purchase power lost interest in attending since a couple of years ago and as a result our sales have dropped dramatically. I don’t want to showcase affordable art because there’s not much profit in it. Can an art gallery survive in a small market?
LA: Art Galleries can succeed in small markets. The first step is to know who your audience today is. The days of keeping a few art patrons close to your gallery to sell them pieces from every exhibition might not be the safest route to take thanks to the economy. Financial crisis aside, generating income using one product line and from one type of target audience is a dangerous business model. Galleries in large markets might get away with such a risky strategy but you can’t. So, the magic words here are income diversification, social engagement and smart marketing. Attracting new customers and cross selling to existing customers can cost you very little if not be completely free. If you don’t know how, find an artlover with marketing knowledge to volunteer. Yes, it’s an “art” gallery, but it’s also a business after all. The Art World has so much to offer to the public. Examine Art Museums; they need to stay in business too. Museums hold workshops, book-signing events, and charge entrance fees for art that’s not for sale. For example, ask your current VIP list to loan you some valuable pieces of art they collected to put on an exhibition of works that are not usually accessible to the public, and charge for entrance. When people know that buying pressure is off they could be more comfortable to visit. You may consider renting the space for corporate events or host student art shows so you can encourage their parents (new visitors) to discover your gallery. Finally, check with your audience about the artists you invite. If you’re exhibiting works of the same group of artists that could be a turnoff...and that's just my two cents.
Our problem is that we have too many customers (more than our current staff can handle) in our fashion store on the weekends and barely any visitors during the weekdays. If we hire more staff, the increase in cost will affect our profit a great deal. Should we increase prices since customers love the brands we offer? LA: You definitely can increase the prices but ask yourself this: will customers still think of your products as a good value then? Another approach is to consider hiring local students on the weekend, which is acceptable by commercial law. Announce on Facebook and at some schools that you’re looking for students with a passion for fashion and who want to earn some extra cash on weekends. This way, you’re
paying only for the days you need the extra help in and not seven days a week. To make it more engaging, turn the opportunity from a “parttime hire” to a “Weekend Fashion Star Competition!” Test the candidates for their knowledge and passion of the fashion industry. Play it like a reality show with short listing and semi-finals. You’ll have your extra hire, more buzz and increase in sales...and that's just my two cents.
I quit my job as a journalist two years ago to pursue a career in the food business, which is where my heart is. Running my own business is hard. I’m barely breaking even and I spend many nights wondering if I made the right decision. Is this normal for an entrepreneur with a startup or am I going in the wrong direction? LA: Starting a new business takes time. You can’t microwave your success. What you need to examine is whether or not you have the right ingredients. Is your business model sound? Is your marketing strategy in action? Is your structure sustainable? If any of these areas is missing or incomplete your recipe won’t work quite so well. So, let’s break it down. Your business model is a healthy and fresh one if it shows you how to generate income from selected target audiences. Your marketing strategy smells lovely when you have layers of information about your main target audience and know how to surround them with the right aromas to stay close and so you can up-sell, cross-sell to these segments and get them to fall in love with your business. Yes, I wrote “love”; without customers loving your business there’s no loyalty. Sustainability covers mainly three different areas. In one pot you have “Sourcing”, in the oven you’ve got “Environment”, and on the cooling rack “Society”. Find ways in your purchasing where you can source your ingredients fairly and ethically with a focus on quality and the local suppliers. Look into how your purchase decisions and the type of suppliers you’re working with are affecting the environment and work around reducing your environmental footprint. The next step is to see how you’re interacting with customers, employees and the community. Promoting your business realistically and caring for the welfare of everyone who comes across your business from all directions will show that you’re part of society, because you are. Follow all of the above and then let your customers and prospects know your progress. They’ll appreciate it and stick around. Meanwhile, some sleepless nights are part of startups; take a deep breath, tomorrow is another day...and that's just my two cents.
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bazaar a la mode TED BAKER A/W12 Survival of the Fittest The perfect celebration of Great Britain’s Great Outdoors, Ted’s A/W12 Collections feature autumnal tones of burnished berries and earthy hues to create a heart-warming palette that embraces rustic beauty and rural charm. Town meets country with heritage fabrics and classic silhouettes sitting alongside modern pieces that are perfect for any occasion; all cut out for the survival of the fittest this A/W12. On Womenswear, Ted’s signature prints are inspired by botanical vintage finds with the foxglove, sweet pea and decoupage cluster prints cultivated as focus placements or seen to grow all over dresses and separates. Tailoring takes on a natural influence with tweed jackets and trousers furnished with wooden buttons. Berry and nude fur coats and tippits add glamour, whilst boucle jackets offer a touch of heritage luxe. Texture makes an appearance with chunky knitted yarns sitting back with finer rib knits, complete with peplum detailing. Angora blended dresses in simple A-line shapes soften the silhouette. The collar is a key focus, whether plain or embellished, appearing on everything from woven dresses to fine knits. For Menswear, heritage fabrics are mixed with functional materials to create heavily detailed pieces that are second nature to Ted. Suede shooting patches, contrast elbow patches and knitted panels are key on both knitwear and outerwear. Nylon gilets feature tweed shoulder patches with cord collars; puffa jackets are more technical with waxed canvas contrast details or fur linings and herringbone check shoulder patches. For a smarter look, tweed and wool jackets celebrate Britain’s heritage with steam train and pheasant inspired prints and pheasant lapel pins. Slim and classic fit coloured chinos remain important alongside newer, slim fit cords in rich rustic tones of burnt orange, mustard and nettle green. The collection also sees the resurgence of denim with heavy selvedge classic fits styled with statement turn-ups. Layer up with puffa jackets and fur trim parkas teamed with chunky stripe knits or shirts and knitted ties. So it’s survival of the fittest with Ted this Autumn/Winter: the finest menswear, womenswear and accessory collections distinctively designed to ensure you do not blend in with the surroundings.
BAUME & MERCIER UNVEILS NEW HAMPTON WOMEN SMALL WATCHES A series of three elegant Hampton Small Watches dedicated to Women Now, Baume & Mercier reveals the 2012 Hampton Collection for women; a series of three Hampton Women Small watches that offer a classic and refined design. This new more petite size makes a truly feminine statement, and still underscores the chic elegance the Hampton line is renowned for. It was just eighteen years ago, in 1994, that Baume & Mercier first unveiled its Hampton Collection in honor of the elegant Hampton’s spirit. Inspired by a museum piece from the 1940’s, the Hampton collection combines key design elements of the original highly distinctive rectangular case shape with stylish and modern accents. Today’s reinterpretation of this iconic piece in delicate small size gracefully embodies vintage Art Deco styling in a thoroughly modern expression. The new Hampton Women’s small watches are the epitome of the intimate harmony and elegance that reflects the brand’s spirited DNA, and are certain to enjoy the same international acclaim as their larger-sized siblings. The stylish, refined watches in this series reinforce Baume & Mercier’s eternal commitment to design and quality.
BANANA REPUBLIC Fall 2012 As the leaves change their color, the air turns brisk and the calendar percolates with activity, the man about town and the girl on-the-go move forward with a newly reinvigorated sense of momentum. When juxtaposed with lively pops of color and plush tactile finishes, clean multitasking separates balance the charm of the country with the polish of the city. Pretty pleated dresses and cinched-waist coats come together to create a picture of modern ease. Unlined leather totes, ladylike satchels and stacked heel pumps with gold details further enhance this fresh versatility. Meanwhile, handsome sartorial references infuse his wardrobe. Double-breasted town coats, status stripe tattersall and dapper suiting—including tweed, herringbone and heritage plaid—work in harmony, offering a smart solution in the quest for uncomplicated, everyday wear. Moreover Oxford wingtips, lean tablet cases and shawl collar sweaters lend a professorial polish.
MAMAS & PAPAS LAUNCHES AUTUMN COLLECTION FOR LITTLE ONES For girls, gorgeous garments are brought to life with cute embroidery and print detailing making them simply irresistible. Frills and bows adorn pretty dresses, tunics and cardigans, lending that feminine touch for your trendy little princess. For boys, each garment is designed with lots of signature detailing such as oversized pockets, prints and appliqués. Mini fashionistas are sure to stand out in the crowd in the special Limited Edition collection with unique, tailored pieces to suit every occasion. Floral prints mixed with stars and stripes are complemented by exquisite details like crochet trims and embroidery patterns. Cool and quirky little boys can also be spoilt for choice with trendy outfits to choose from the new Autumn Limited Edition Collection. Mamas and Papas offers its signature collection ‘Welcome to the World’ which has a range of beautiful garments, from rompers and all-in-ones to stunning special occasion pieces. Mixing soft tones with luxurious fabrics and exquisite details, tiny tots will look and feel extra special dressed in the new season collection.
JIMMY CHOO Cruise ’13 Collection Jimmy Choo explores modernism for Cruise ’13. Clean and bold silhouettes inspired by ‘60s fashion designers such as Rudi Gernreich, Paco Rabanne and André Courrèges inform the collection, all executed with a signature Jimmy Choo glamour. Creative Directors Sandra Choi and Simon Holloway have imagined a collection that emboldens the Jimmy Choo muse with a world gleaming with possibilities and shimmering with hedonism. Slinky gold and silver chains take a modernist edge with MILLA, a perforated metallic holster bag with geometric chain links. The outlook for this season is optimistic as evinced in LOLITA, a minimal take on a maximalist sandal of metallic gold and glossy patent leather with a chunky Perspex heel.The mod mood plays out further in ladylike dressing with VIPER, a stiletto boasting a graphic interplay of black and white zebra print and patent, trimmed in gold. Kitten heeled MADEEHA is demure but edgy with a ladylike bow detail. Her sexier counterpart, MAYA, is a 120 mm bow-toe stiletto in cosmetic colours of blush, black and citrine. A version in black, studded with nail heads brings a more exaggerated attitude to the classic pointy toe day pump.
PANERAI RADIOMIR 1940 - 47 MM Special Edition RADIOMIR 1940 ORO ROSSO - 47 MM Special Edition A new chapter in the history of the most famous watch designed for underwater military operations lives again in the new Radiomir 1940, two new Special Edition watches which are presented for the first time in a special Panerai case of vintage inspiration. Unlike the prototype and the examples which went into production at the end of the 1930s, some historic Radiomirs made in the 1940s had a distinctive case in which the strap attachments were not made of steel wires welded to the case but were formed out of the same block of steel as the case itself, thus resulting in stronger, more solid lugs. The new Radiomir 1940 watches are offered in this special case in the classic size of 47mm in diameter, and they incorporate other elements inspired by the historic examples: the Plexiglas® crystal protecting the dial, the round, cambered bezel, the cylindrical crown and the screw back. Both the Radiomir 1940 models are produced in limited editions of 100 units each. Officine Panerai has created 50 sets which consist of the two watches in an exclusive box containing the two models with the same millesime numbering (from 1 to 50).
LA MARTINA AUTUMN/WINTER 12 COLLECTION La Martina Kuwait in collaboration with Maserati is proud to announce the launch of its Maserati Limited Edition polo’s at 360 Mall. The polo’s are available at La Martina Stores in Avenues and 360 Mall, which is made of 100% cotton and features embroidered logos of both La Martina and Maserati on the front, while the Italian flag features on the under collar and along the front placket. La Martina has been commissioned by Italan sports car maker Maserati to create a special edition polo shirt intended to celebrate 150 years of the unification of Italy. Thus La Martina, which specializes in the design of polo equipment and clothes and the Modena-based luxury automotive manufacturer have joined forces and created this limited edition polo shirt, featuring their respective logos and something more.
ARMY OF ONE See line woman By bazaar staff
Army Of One are back! Kuwait’s very own grassroots rap and hip-hop group have released a new song and video entitled “See Line Woman”. It’s been six years since their last album, Hush, which was released to excellent reviews in 2006 and they’ve changed things up a bit since then. Army Of One started 10 years ago, in 2002, but only released their first official album Reprezentin in 2004. At that time, they were the first official hip hop and R&B group in the MENA region to have signed a recording contract, when they signed a deal with MegaStar Dubai. 2006 saw them follow up the success of Reprezentin with their second official album, Hush, which cemented their reputation in the region. Since 2006 they have been on somewhat of a hiatus. They parted ways with their label and there have been no official albums or videos released. Until now. In the ten years since their formation, a lot has 92
changed. They have grown, not just with age, but also musically. They are back, and ready to release their third album independently - something that might not have not been possible ten years ago. They see “See Line Woman” as the perfect song to celebrate their ten year union, to come back with a new style and theme. It is the first time they have tried this style and genre of music. The idea of the song was mainly influenced by Alaa Wardi and the legendary Nina Simon; the chorus is a Nina Simon cover (See Line-Woman) and the verses were written and performed by Army Of One. In the song they used their voices, mouths and bodies with sound editing. The song was mixed and engineered by DJ Thunder. The video for the song was shot and edited by Nawaf Al Ali and Shaheen from Mazaj Entertainment. They are currently working on the album and making sure the sound has evolved from their
previous releases, as they are now more open and influenced to infuse their music and style with jazz, house, and Arabic. Lyrically, they say, it’s going to be off the hook. They are also working on side projects such as the “Bija” concert with Nawaf Al Gheraibah and local independent artists. Army Of One have also added to the audio section of their new website and uploaded over a hundred unreleased songs, some old, some new, which were recorded in the past ten years.
All images courtesy of Abdull St. Check out Army of One online: Website: www.armyofoneq8.com Instagram: http://web.stagram.com/n/armyofoneq8 Twitter: www.twitter.com/armyofoneq81 Facebook: www.facebook.com/armyofoneq8 Youtube: www.youtube.com/armyofoneq8.
DIRECTORS FEEL RIGHT AT HOME At Toronto Film Festival By Susan Wloszczyna
If you want your movie to stand out from the nearly 400 titles vying for attention at the 11-day Toronto International Film Festival, it can't hurt to have a huge sign flash on-screen that declares, "Canadians are heroes." Perhaps Ben Affleck didn't intend to cater to the hometown crowd when he shot that scene for Argo, the actor's third directorial effort. After all, the plot does revolve around the true story of how Hollywood had a starring role in covertly rescuing six U.S. diplomats who took refuge at the Canadian ambassador's residence during the 1979-1981 Iran hostage crisis. But if it gets a rise out of the nearly 300,000 fans who will jam North America's biggest celebration of cinema, he won't complain. "Yes, I openly thank Canada," says Affleck, who 96
also takes the lead as the CIA operative behind the caper that passed off the diplomats as a fake film crew scouting desert locales for a Star Wars rip-off. "It is naked pandering." Another smart move: casting a popular Ontario native - Victor Garber, father to Affleck's wife, Jennifer Garner, on TV's Alias - as the country's thenambassador, Ken Taylor. Any trick is fair play, considering he's far from the only brand-name director with Oscar cred (he and Matt Damon took original-screenplay honors for co-writing 1997's Good Will Hunting) who hopes to set off the buzz alarm at an event that just happens to coincide with the start of the awards season. Consider that six out of the seven past best-picture winners (save for 2006's The Departed) flourished in the festival spotlight first.
Given the pedigree of the talent, expectations were decidedly high for the 37th edition of TIFF, the fest's Twitter-friendly acronym. This year's crop of directors is a distinctly impressive if varied bunch. There are revered stalwarts such as Terrence Malick, the elusive auteur who may or may not appear on behalf of To the Wonder, a meditation on love. Relative newcomers, including Lee Daniels, the taboo-breaker behind Precious, who brings The Paperboy, a swampy potboiler. And internationally acclaimed artistes such as Michael Haneke, the German-born Austrian envelope-pusher whose Amour - a stark portrait of aging - was already the toast of Cannes in May. Then there are old hands such as Robert Redford, who won his lone Oscar when he directed 1980's Ordinary People. His more recent efforts
behind the camera quickly faded from view. But the trailer for The Company You Keep, a political thriller in which he stars as a former '60s radical whose cover is blown, shows signs of a return to form. "I don't know if we have ever had a group quite as strong in reputation," festival co-director Cameron Bailey says. There might be a practical reason for their attendance, however. Given summer's disturbing drop in movie attendance, studios are more determined than ever to drum up excitement. And Toronto is the perfect place to do it. Its citizens are famous for their unabashed passion for all things cinematic as well as their civility. Outright booing, commonplace at European festivals, is frowned upon. Instead, discreet walkouts are the Canadian preference. Says Donna Gigliotti, a veteran Oscar campaigner (Shakespeare in Love, The Reader) and producer of offbeat rom-com Silver Linings Playbook from The Fighter's David O. Russell: "Toronto is full of people who genuinely love movies. And we know we have a real crowd-pleaser on our hands." The ultimate goal, even with a title that, like Linings, isn't opening until late November, is to raise awareness, she says. "The fall is always so crowded. September is not too early to get the word out." This is TIFF No. 5 for British director Roger Michell (Notting Hill). He has witnessed firsthand the festival's astonishing growth both in popularity and influence ever since he first attended with his 1995 Jane Austen adaptation Persuasion. "The size is so huge. You feel like one person in a crowded room, waving like mad to be seen," Michell says. His entry this year, Hyde Park on Hudson, featuring Bill Murray as FDR, comes bearing awards intentions. Not that he will be able to view the competition. "There are so many
films here, and I never get a chance to see any." Fellow Brit Joe Wright made quite an impression in Toronto by replacing costume-drama starch with visual swagger in his own Austin adaptation, 2005's Pride &Prejudice, his feature directing debut. He returned again with 2007's war-torn period piece Atonement. Now he is back once more, putting an unusual theatrical twist on Tolstoy's Anna Karenina as he reunites with actress Keira Knightley. Being among such top-notch peers "is incredibly daunting and incredibly exciting," Wright says. He tries to mix promotion with pleasure by taking in the occasional screening. "I can't wait to spend as much time as possible checking it all out. You get to have conversations about filmmaking, rather than just the business." In Toronto, directors are often considered celebrities in their own right. The autograph seekers who circle the red carpets are just as likely to scream for director Paul Thomas Anderson - who follows his 2007 triumph, There Will Be Blood, with the cultthemed The Master - as they are for cast members Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams. "Audiences here are well-informed about movies and develop a relationship with filmmakers," Bailey says. "When Terrence Malick or Paul Thomas Anderson enters a room, they are like rock stars." Even legends can't rest on their laurels, especially if they are attempting a change of pace. That certainly is the case with the Wachowski siblings, Lana and Andy, the forces behind The Matrix trilogy. They, along with German co-director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run), have chosen Toronto for the first unveiling of Cloud Atlas, whose newage message of era-spanning connectivity is at odds with the cyberspace dystopia of their earlier sci-fi blockbusters.
Given the Wachowskis' following and an ensemble that boasts Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Hugh Grant, Cloud Atlas comes into the festival already established as a must-see event. Yet producer Grant Hill insists that even a potential blockbuster benefits from a festival seal of approval. "In many ways, it is an unusual movie in how it is told and the way it came together," he says. "We have had a strong response to the trailer and from the few who have seen it. But we felt it was different enough it would fit the profile of the festival." One Toronto attendee who is no stranger to awards is Dustin Hoffman. Only this time, the man who was The Graduate stayed off-screen while calling the shots with Quartet, his freshman effort as a director. Meanwhile, a dream team of British actors - Maggie Smith, Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay and Billy Connolly - star as quarrelsome opera singers in a retirement home. Told that a cast like that sounds like Oscar catnip, Hoffman, 75, responds, "I will simply say, 'From your lips to God's ears.'" It was Harvey Weinstein, the studio impresario and ace awards campaigner, who suggested going to the festival. (His previous Toronto entries, The King's Speech and The Artist, took best-picture gold.) As Hoffman says, "'Quartet' is not an action movie, it's not an out-and-out comedy. It has a certain gravity." Besides, his cast deserves the recognition. "About 85 percent or 90 percent of the actors are in their 70s, 80s and even 90s," he says. "Many were retired, but not by choice. The energy, stamina and passion they brought was not expected. The single most rewarding thing for me was going to work with them each day." And sometimes rewarding can lead to awarding. 97
FOR EMMA STONE An emotional cause By Andrea Mandell
Stepping into a photographer's lens is old hat for in-demand Emma Stone. Until recently, that is, when The Amazing Spider-Man star sat down to be photographed by famous fashion photographer Steven Klein (a longtime collaborator of Lady Gaga's) and found herself wrapped in her mother Krista's arms. "It was so wonderful and special," says Stone, who shot the black-and-white portrait as a global brand ambassador for Revlon's first public service campaign, "Your Lips Can Save Lives." The PSA emphasizes the importance of talking to loved ones about cancer and promotes early detection. Stone's mother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 48 in 2008, is "about to hit her four-yearclear mark," says Stone, 23. "She still has surgeries to go, and that time period is always kind of present still. So doing that (photo shoot) was just - she's here. We're here together as mother and daughter. It was hugely emotional, and I think everyone on set knew that and was hugely supportive of that." 98
Stone recalls watching her mother brave chemotherapy for 25 weeks as a "really difficult, terrifying time." And it included a major lesson: "To me, as her daughter who was not going through that incredible struggle, I had this insane amount of clarity. My mind is so muddled all the time with the past and the future, that it was like an inexplicable jolt into the 'now' the whole time that she was going through this. Because I realized - all you have is the present." Look closer at photos of Stone and you'll see a small tattoo on her wrist, one she got with her mother to mark beating cancer. "We got blackbird feet. It's from that (Beatles) song 'Blackbird': Take these broken wings and learn to fly. It seemed appropriate for the occasion." Today, Stone is an advocate for "the importance of getting checked every single year, because a year before at her (mother's) mammogram she didn't have the tumor." Mother and daughter walked in the annual EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women in New York in May. These days, Stone has been happily out of the spotlight, "laying low," and hanging out in New
York after wrapping months of promotion for The Amazing Spider-Man, which grossed a staggering $700 million worldwide. What does recovery from a "crazy" global press tour look like? "You freak out for two weeks being in one place," she says with a laugh. "At least that was my experience, just sheer confusion for two solid weeks afterward." Not that she's slowing down. Stone has the period crime drama Gangster Squad opening in January and Spider-Man 2 to make ("that'll be next year"). And recently she signed on to work with one of her idols, Cameron Crowe. "Other than 'SNL,' working with him has been my dream for as long as I can remember," she says. "So it's pretty crazy to hear that out loud." Stone says the idea is based on Deep Tiki, a script Crowe wrote years ago when Ben Stiller was attached to the project. "I don't want to describe it quite yet because I'm a little knockon-wood still. We'll see what the ultimate, final version is. But it's fantastic, I can tell you that."
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حدث في األونة األخيرة انتشار أخبار عن توفر خدمة جديدة لرواد مجمع األفنيوز ألول مرة في الكويت ،و قد قامت مجلة بازار بعمل تحقيق صحفي حول هذا الموضوع و بتواصل مع إدارة المجمع اتضح بأن الخدمة مقدمة من المجمع األفنيوز و شركة األطراف العالمية ،بتقديم اسكوترات و كراسي كهربائية لكبار السن وذوي اإلحتياجات الخاصة بالمجان ، لراحة التسوق بشكل حضاري لهذه الفئة . مجلة بازار قابلت السيد /علي كاظمي مدير التسويق لماركة SHOPRIDER لإلطالع على تفاصيل أكثر من الخدمات المقدمة من قبل شركة األطراف العالمية : س :لماذا و متى تأسست الشركة : ج :تأسيس قسم SHOPRIDERفي شركة األطراف العالمية له قصة طويلة سأرويه لكم بصورة مختصرة وهي :أن مالك و مدير عام الشركة السيد /الحاج مسعود من أقدم التجار في الكويت و هو إنسان عصامي و استقامت شركة األطراف العالمية للتجارة العامة والمقاوالت بجهوده الجبارة منذ عام 1953الى األن .في سنة 2009أصيب السيد حاج مسعود في ركبته عن طريق حادث و مع األسف لم ينجح معه العالج في الكويت فسافر مع إبنه الى الواليات المتحدة األمريكية و خضع لعدة عمليات جراحية الكن دون جدوى .أصيب الحاج مسعود بإإلكتئاب لعدم تمكنه من الحركة ،و في هذه األثناء لمح إبنه جهاز سكوتر في أحد الموالت في مقر إقامتهم في كندا و ابتاع احدى االجهزة لوالده ،بعد
ما جربه الحاج مسعود و تمكن من الحركة بحرية و شفي من اإلكتئاب ،خطر في بال إبنه أن يورد هذه االجهزة الى الكويت وانطالق ًا من حرصه على توفير الراحة ٌ لكل من كبار السن في التنقل والحركة وذووي اإلحتياجات الخاصة ،تأسس قسم SHOPRIDERلدى شركة األطراف العالمية في عام 2010بعد الحصول على التراخيص والوكالة الحصرية من الشركة األم بكندا ، فشركتنا هي الوكيل الحصري في الكويت ودول مجلس التعاون الخليجي لكل منتجات هذه الماركة. س :ما هي خدماتكم : ج :ألول مرة في الكويت و متزامنا و من منطلق المسؤولية اإلجتماعية (Social َ ) Responsibility تَقدم شركة األطراف العالمية خدمة تأجير كراسي و سكوترات كهربائية لكبار السن و ذوي اإلحتياجات الخاصة بدون مقابل و بَدأت فعال هذه الخدمة مع أكبر مجمع في الكويت و هو مجمع األفنيوز و أيضا جاري التفاوض مع المجمعات األخرى مثل سوق شرق ،مجمع ، 360مجمع أولمبيا ،مجمع الكوت وغيره من المجمعات ،على أن تشمل هذه الخدمة ،كل المجمعات التجارية في الكويت. س :ما هي رسوم الخدمة : ج :كما ذكرت سابقا من منطلق المسؤولية اإلجتماعية ،هذه الخدمة ستكون بصورة مجانية و بدون مقابل في مجمع األفنيوز ومستقبال في كل المجمعات التجارية في الكويت باإلشتراك مع إدارة المجمعات .
س :متى بدأت هذه الخدمة في مجمع األفنيوز و ما مدى إقبال الناس على هذه الخدمة؟ ج :نحن بدأنا الخدمة من بداية شهر أغسطس ، 2012و نستقبل كبار السن و ذوي اإلحتياجات الخاصة في األماكن التالية : – 1المرحلة األولى مدخل رقم 5في مواقف السرداب ،تحت محل NEXT – 2المرحلة الثانية مدخل رقم 8في مواقف السرداب ،تحت محل& DEAN DELUCA و نقدم الخدمة مع موديلين مختلفين ضمن باقة من 15موديل بأحجام وأنواع مختلفة من الكراسي و السكوترات الكهربائية ،وبالنسبة القبال رواد المجمع ،بصراحة إقبال غير مسبوق على هذه الخدمة بحيث اكثر من 95%من المستخدمين أبدوا إعجابهم و شكروا القائمين على هذه الخدمة من إداريي مجمع األفنيوز و شركة األطراف العالمية طالبوا بإيجاد هذه الخدمة في المجمعات األخرى. س :من هم المستفيدين من هذه الخدمة ؟ ج :تم اإلتفاق مع إدارة مجمع األفنيوز على أن يكون المستفيدين من هذه الخدمة محصورا على كبار السن و ذوي اإلحتياجات الخاصة و النساء الحوامل و ذوي اإلعاقة المؤقتة ( كسر ) ،و يمنع منعا باتا إستخدامه من قبل الشباب و األطفال تفاديا إلزعاج رواد المجمع و المحالت التجارية .
س :هل لديكم معرض لبيع هذه األجهزة ؟ ج :نعم نحن لدينا معرضا الرئيسي في الشويخ (خلف هارلي ديفيدسون) لبيع موديالت مختلفة من الكراسي والسكوترات الكهربائية و أيضا يمكن الحصول على هذه األجهزة من نادي المعاقين في حولي ،سوق أي جي مارت مقابل الجامعة األمريكية في السالمية و شركة ولدن في حولي شارع بن خلدون .وأيضا لدينا في معرضنا الرئيسي في الشويخ ،مخزن بمساحة 500متر مربع وورشة صيانة مجهزة وفنيين أكفاء لصيانة األجهزة . س :ماهو سعر األجهزة و ما هي مميزاتها؟ ج :تبدأ أسعارنا من 200دينار كويتي و ما فوق ،هذه األسعار تكون في متناول الجميع و كفالتنا على األجهزة سنة كاملة و بصورة شاملة على كل األجهزة ،و بالنسبة لمميزات أجهزة SHOPRIDER هي خفة الوزن ( 30كيلو غرام ) و أيضا قابلية الطي و تحميله في صندوق السيارات الصغيرة و ضمان توفير قطع غيار لمدة عشر سنوات و أيضا ميزات أخري بحيث تجعل أجهزتنا هي الخيار األول في السوق الكويتي. في النهاية نشكر السيد علي كاظمي مدير تسويق قسم SHOPRIDERفي الكويت و نشكر شركة األطراف على مساهمتها في تقديم خدمات لكبار السن و ذوي اإلحتياجات الخاصة في دولة الكويت ونتمنى تعميم هذا الخدمة على كل المجمعات التجارية . 100
THE RESPECT DIALOGUE By Craig Loomis
“My son tells me there is a problem?” “There is?” “Yes? Sad to say, a big problem.” “Please, sit down and tell me,” he says, opening his hands wide to show he is ready to be told. “Yes, thank you,” and folding his dishdasha just right, he slowly lowers himself onto the very edge of the chair, as if there is no need to use the entire chair, taking up all its shiny black leather, because he isn’t staying long. He begins, “Professor, do you know the Arabic word ehteram?” “No, I am afraid I don’t, what does it mean?” “It is a very important word in our culture.” “Yes, and what does it mean?” “This word means everything to us,” placing one hand on his chest to show him where the ‘everything’ lives, while motioning towards the window with the other to show him that ‘us’ is out there, beyond the window. The professor nods to this, and when he does, like a kind of signal, a pigeon comes floating out of the sky to land neatly on the window ledge of his office. When he turns to see, another pigeon follows. He continues to nod as the two pigeons watch one another, and then him, and now one another, and . . . “It means respect.” And with that the professor leans back in his chair, steeples his fingers together under his chin, and shuts his eyes, whispering, “Ah”. He knows what will follow; he’s heard it before, from students, parents, cousins, brothers, assorted sisters and uncles. Ehteram. “Yes, well, before we continue, perhaps, I need to 102
speak to your son, Khalid. Is he here?” “Here? Today? No, he is home. Have you seen the dust and wind today, and they say it will continue until Wednesday. So, no, he is home in bed. The day is terrible.” “I see. I wasn’t aware there was a problem about respect,” says the professor, talking straight into his steepled fingers. Only now does the father, who hasn’t stopped sitting on the edge of the black chair, remove his sunglasses, placing them carefully on the desk top. “But it is very simple, no need for my son to be here to tell you what he has already told me, sah? As the professor waits, the pigeons, tired of watching, flutter away. “Yes, you yelled at him. In class, in front of his classmates, his friends, you yelled at him. This is unacceptable. This is disrespectful. You can see that? Be it professors, students, it does not matter. Respect is for all to enjoy.” The professor turns ever so slightly to stare out the window. The father is not wrong: it is another dusty day that has no sun, just a vast yellowness filling the sky. “Respect.” “Yes,” says the father, as if finally they are getting somewhere. “Mr. Saeed, your son Khalid has a temper. Did you know that?” “Of course,” turning his palms up, as if ‘of course’ were something to hold. “We all do. Sad to say, this is human nature.” “No, Mr. Saeed, your son has a temper, and sometimes, in fact, often, he does not know how to control it. But surely you know this. As his father you know this.” “What is this temper?” Using both hands to mix the air in front of him. “It’s everywhere. We are men, and men are this way, sah. A man without temper is not a man. Everybody knows this.” Like a kind of magic, Mr. Saeed suddenly is holding a cigarette, gently rolling it between his fingertips. His eyebrows are a strange swatch of blackbrownred, as if somewhere, at sometime, someone couldn’t make up his mind. “But never mind, because you are the model,” announces Mr. Saeed with a smile. “As teacher, professor, you are always the role model, and my son-all of them--are watching you to see how to act, how to behave. This, too, is your job, Professor. Yes, your job.” By now his steepled fingers have collapsed, and the professor, leaning over the desk, says, “Yes, but respect runs two ways, and when he throws a pencil in the classroom, at the wall, this is disrespectful towards me, the class.”
“Ah, that is nothing. He is yet a boy, and boys do this. Sad but true.” “Mr. Saeed, Khaled is twenty years old.” He stops rolling the cigarette between his fingertips to ask, “He threw a pencil?” His blackbrownred eyebrows jumping to the center. “He didn’t tell you this part?” “Never mind. You yelled at him in front of his friends, his classmates. This is not right.” This is when a beeping comes from Mr. Saeed’s pocket. It beeps three, four times until finally the professor says, “Maybe you should answer that.” Mr. Saeed pulls out the small machine that is beeping, pokes at it with a finger and places it back in his pocket, announcing, “No, it is nothing.” It beeps three more times before stopping. Finally, Mr. Saeed can wait no longer, and holding up the cigarette for all to see, asks, “May I smoke?” The professor does not hesitate in saying, “No, smoking is not allowed in the building.” “Akeed,” he answers, and returns to rolling the cigarette harder, faster between his fingertips. “So I think we can agree that what happened was wrong, disrespectful, and as you know the best way to solve things like this is to apologize. Sad to say, it has come to this--an apology.” The professor smiles, and after waiting for a small silence to fill, watching the father finger his cigarette, moving his sunglasses across the table, from there to here, he says, “Yes, I agree, and I will gladly accept Khaled’s apology. Class is tomorrow. I look forward to his apology, the entire class does.” “La la,” but even Khalid’s father can only take so much, enough is enough, and slips the cigarette in his mouth. “You have it all wrong. Of course the apology must come from you. You yelled at him in front of his friends, his classmates. We have already established that this is disrespectful. Please do your duty.” “Yes, but what’s to be done with the pencil throwing part? What’s to be done?” Mr. Saeed, his sitting on the edge of the black chair all done, does four things, almost all at the same time: he picks up his sunglasses, puts them on his face, stands and announces, “I think we are done here.” When the professor stands, Mr. Saeed’s machine starts beeping again, and this time he answers. And so, with cigarette in mouth, sunglasses firmly on face, the small machine pressed tight against his ear, Mr. Saeed smiles. The issue of respect, of ehteram, has been dealt with, made clear, demands have been made, and now, he can leave, convinced he has done his fatherly duty, and then some.
NBK ACADEMY A step closer to the career of a lifetime By bazaar staff
From left: Abdulaziz Deyab Haneen Al Mansour Nasser Al Mlaifi Fatimah Haider Mariam Al Khaltan Ahmad Abul.
With the start of a new school year, students are preparing for the next step towards their future, and setting upcoming goals. Fresh high school graduates are now embarking on their first steps towards building the primary milestones in having the right profession. Who wants a career in banking? Start studying and a few years from now the National Bank of Kuwait will have your place ready in the career you want. All fresh university graduates are now welcome to join the NBK family and start their career on the path that shall allow them to excel in the banking industry. NBK academy, a 4 month intensive program designed for fresh grads, allows a chance for new employees to get a jump start into learning what banking is all about. Abdulaziz Deyab, Mariam Al Khatlan, Haneen Al Mansour, Ahmad Abul, Fatimah Haideer, Nasser Al Mlaifi, are five new members of the NBK family, starting their careers with the NBK academy and planning their future towards the professionals they will become. Why NBK? Abdulaziz Deyab “Worked for NBK part-time during my university years. NBK cares for their staff as much as their customers, at NBK, we are considered a family.” Mariam Al Khatlan “The relationship is impossible to ignore, Kuwait goes hand in hand 104
with NBK, working anywhere else means not working in Kuwait.” Haneen Al Mansour “I want a career not a job. NBK is the place to build the perfect career.” Ahmad Abul “I took my internship at NBK. After I graduated I didn’t want to be part of any business except NBK, I saw what unity was all about.” Fatimah Haideer “Why not NBK? The name explains it all; with NBK we have an opportunity as nationals, to assume roles in the private sector.” Nasser Al Mlaifi “I know they will allow me to reach my full potential, and not only locally, NBK allows its staff an international experience in all its branches.” What do you like about NBK? Abdulaziz Deyab “The first thing I learnt, is at the end of the day we are all working towards one goal, and that’s giving the best service possible, NBK is one big family.” Mariam Al Khatlan “Being part of a family, being recognized and appreciated all the time, walking and telling people I am an NBK staff brings such honor.” Haneen Al Mansour “NBK training programs the customized intensive banking curriculum to building all fresh graduates.” Ahmad Abul “The fact that NBK has all these different programs to help build each staff member into the leaders of tomorrow is one of the biggest assets.”
Fatimah Haideer “We are always encouraged to never stop learning, NBK always wants to add to our knowledge and experience.” Nasser Al Mlaifi “NBK’s name hangs as a medal for everyone, that’s what I like, getting in was an achievement, and the encouragement I am constantly given by each person.” What do you want to tell others? Abdulaziz Deyab “Go for it, at NBK everything is exceptional.” Mariam Al Khatlan “This is the place to grow and build my identity.” Haneen Al Mansour “I have not seen a happier environment like NBK, everyone is happy coming to work. I became a morning person because of NBK.” Ahmad Abul “NBK is a family, no boundaries between senior and junior, we are all recognized and appreciated. At NBK our dreams are possible.” Fatimah Haideer “If you want to live the right life, choose NBK.” Nasser Al Mlaifi “NBK is the perfect place to build a career and excel, we are pushed to mature professionally.”
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bazaar around town MAIS ALGHANIM TO GO OPENS NEW BRANCH IN SHUWAIKH Mais Alghanim To Go has opened a new branch in Shuwaikh. Located in Creative Design Complex, it is an important step in expanding its presence in the local market. This branch will be the fourth outlet that operates with the aim of being more accessible to customers, offering them the taste they relish under the slogan ‘Closer and Tastier.’ The Mais Alghanim group is happy to invite its customers to try the new branch in Shuwaikh Industrial Area, Block 1, and enjoy the tasty meals with unique flavors. It offers the best of fresh foods. This branch will serve Shuwaikh and its neighboring areas including Keifan, AlYarmouk and Khaldiya as well as Farwaniya, in addition to some areas in Jahra governorate (Doha, Sulaibikhat and Saad Al-Abdallah). ‘Mais Alghanim To Go’ is renowned for serving Lebanese, Middle Eastern and International cuisine through its free delivery service and strives to guarantee ‘customers’ total satisfaction,’ as it uses the best products of the highest quality, and prepares food according to best health and safety procedures. The rich menu includes unique daily dishes that have been inspired by Arab, Gulf and International kitchens, along with selection of grilled meat, chicken and fish, side dishes, cold and hot mezze evoking memories of the traditional kitchen. It is worth mentioning that Mais Alghanim has introduced a new self-service section in Shuwaikh branch by allocating a dining area to enjoy your favorite food. The new branch offers customers several choices to meet their requests through a free delivery service. They can call hotline 1821155 or place an order through www.6alabat.com ,take away or dine at the branch. Any order can be turned into a lunch box meal by adding KD 0.950 to include two types of salad and a dessert. For more information please visit the website: www.maisalghanim.com.
ACTOR JOEL KINNAMAN MODELS H&M’S MEN’S FASHION THIS AUTUMN Actor Joel Kinnaman plays the lead role in the remake of RoboCop, and will also be showing H&M’s menswear this autumn. Joel, who made his international breakthrough in his role in the US remake of The Killing will appear in an autumn campaign filmed by famed video director Jonas Åkerlund. In the campaign, Joel wears a series of key pieces from H&M’s autumn collection, including a green varsity jacket layered over a navy crewneck and denim shirt. The autumn collection also contains cardigans, corduroy trousers and an updated version of the classic slim overcoat in navy, and a grey single-breasted suit. The full commercial will be available to watch in its entirety on hm.com from October 5, with edited versions used as a TV campaign. “H&M makes it easy for a guy to look great every single day and create a personal style. Their men’s collection always gives me a choice of how I want to dress, whether it be sharp in a suit and poloneck, or more relaxed in jeans and a tweed jacket. That’s why I’m so happy to be the face of H&M this season,” says Joel Kinnaman.
""تونيـنو لومبرغيني إطالق منتج مشـروب الطاقة مغمورين بحفاوية مدراء وأصدقاء شركة البروتين، بحضور ثلة مختارة من الهيئات الصحافية واإلعالنية أستهل اللقاء بكلمة ترحيب. تم إطالق منتج مشروب الطاقة – تونينو لومبرغيني – في الكويت، الكويتية فـادي جبران شارحًا وموضحًا األهداف التسويقية وراء إطالق/من مـدير عام شركة البروتين الكويتية السيد مشروب الطاقة – تونينو لومبرغيني – مؤكداً على الوعي العارم والذوق الرفيع لدى المستهلكين الكويتين والمقيمين في مقاربة المواصفات الصحية ومقاييس الجودة بين المشروبات الطاقوية المتنافسة داخل السوق جبـران "أن أهداف الشركة ترتقي فوق المنافسة العادية والمضاربات السوقية/ هذا ونـوه السيد.الكويتي البيعية ألننا لسنا نسوق مشروب طاقة عادي إنما مشروب األسطورة الخارقة لومبرغيني متجسدة في سالسة جبران مشاركة الهيئات الصحافية/ الطعم اآلخاذ وفرادة الستايل الخالب" وفي الختام وبعدما شكر السيد دعا الجميع إلى تقطيع قالب حلوى مميز تتقدم واجهته، واإلعالنية على تلبيتهم للدعوة وحضورهم المثمر .صورة عبوة تونينو لومبرغيني الخالبة متمنيًا ألصحاب الشركة ومدرائها وموظفيها دوام التقدم والنجاح
KENZO PARIS Since 2011, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim have taken over the creative direction of KENZO. Thanks to their new vision, the label has revived the spirit at the origin of its success. Founders of the concept store « Opening Ceremony », launched in September 2002 in New York and creators of the eponymous label, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim are now at the helm of KENZO, aiming to inject their original energy into Parisian fashion. At the core of their approach, there is a love for travel, culture and fashion that manifests in all that they do. At Opening Ceremony, they successfully combine up-and-coming brands as well as established labels, while defying the standard expectations of the moment.In the image of young Kenzo Takada, who managed to cleverly upset the codes of the 70’s, this new creative duo breaks away from the expected. Driven by the environment of the 21st century, they consider the KENZO style like a game with resolutely personal rules. Originally from Japan, Kenzo dreamed of coming to Paris. His wish became a reality in 1970 when he opened his first boutique, « Jungle Jap », located Galerie Vivienne. Right from the start, he offered a different vision from the establishment of Parisian couture and the closed creative universe at that time. Visionary and surrounded by an exciting group of friends, he anticipated a free global spirit. Both from California with Asian origins, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim want to take advantage of all creative aspects of the world around them. Collaborating with avant-garde artists, musician, actors, designers and many others, they have brought to Paris a unique twist. Their spontaneity and experience are indispensable to fashion at this moment. Their mission at KENZO is to instill a real joy of living and convey a new freshness to the brand, while at the same time continuing to surprise and to shake up the ‘jungle’ of fashion.
FASHION AND DRESS-UP FOR KIDS WITH H&M’S ALL FOR CHILDREN COLLECTION TO BENEFIT UNICEF This October at H&M, a special collection, featuring both fun fashion and playtime dress-up pieces for both boys and girls, will raise funds for H&M´s All for Children initiative to benefit UNICEF’s programmes to improve the lives of children. For girls, the All for Children collection is full of cute pieces like a pink bow detail dress, a fake fur necktie coat, fun Lurex® or polka dot skirts, as well as printed tops and bright pink leggings. For boys there’s the perfect little blazer to wear with matching grey trousers, or colour block sweaters in vivid shades, as well as a baseball jacket, colour block shirts, and jersey pieces printed with friendly characters. Then, for dressing up, there are wizard hats, capes and magic wands, as well a rabbit all-in-one, and friendly heads for polar bears, rabbits and flamingoes. The collection will be available from October 18 at around 300 H&M stores worldwide, as well as online. H&M will donate 25% of the sales price of the All for Children collection to UNICEF’s work in Bangladesh. The collection is a way for customers to contribute to H&M long-term community investments in Bangladesh.
تقدم أفضل الخدمات للعمالء في جميع مراكز خدمة هوندا المعتمدة:»«المطوع والقاضي وبوقت قياسي تسعى شركة «المطوع،ألن الجميع يبحثون عن الخدمة األفضل مع الحفاظ على جاهزية السيارة لمدة أطول والقاضي الوكيل المعتمد لهوندا موتورز بالكويت» الى تحقيق ذلك لعمالئها انطالقا من حرصها على تمتين .عالقتها المميزة بهم والقائمة على الثقة المتبادلة وألن الشركة تحرص دائما على طرح كل ما هو جديد وحديث من موديالت هوندا لزبائنها في الكويت فهي تعمل كذلك على تقديم أفضل الخدمات لهم وفي جميع األوقات وبالشكل الذي يلبي احتياجاتهم ومتطلباتهم حيث لدى الشركة عددا من مراكز الخدمة التي تستقبل،ليشعروا بالتميز والخصوصية في تعاملهم مع الشركة ساعة ليتم انجاز صيانة وإصالح أكبر عدد من السيارات و في أسرع وقت12 مالك سيارات هوندا على مدار سيارة شهريا ومن دون أي موعد مسبق حتى يتمكن عمالؤنا4000 حيث تستقبل تلك المراكز أكثر من،ممكن . و في أي وقت يتناسب معهم، من صيانة سياراتهم
HALLOWEEN AT TAAL By Jaida Al Farouqi
It’s that time of year, when people begin to decorate their homes with glowing orange pumpkins; children dress up in frightening grim outfits and horror movies air on every silver screen, as children chant “trick or treat.” As people all around the world get ready to celebrate in spooky style, Taal joins in the fun by creating its own state of the art Halloween theme to offer its customers a night to remember. Last year Taal went all out to celebrate Halloween, creating a truly spine-tingling Halloween atmosphere. Customers were frightened as spooky music and scary decorations filled up the atmosphere, making Indian cuisine dining a whole lot more fun. “It was a total success. All of our staff was dressed up in scary clothing, creating traffic in and out of the restaurant, as children and parents posed to take photos with our staff. At Taal, we are always keen on adding a little twist to our dining experience whenever we get the chance. We look forward to offering another inventive, spine-chilling, spooky Halloween experience this year,” said Nikita Kohli, Hospitality & Marketing Manager. 108
Once again, Taal restaurant will be going the extra mile this Halloween, to send shivers down your spine with its exclusive spooky ambience, guaranteed to create chills, as it prepares for another round of spookiness. Taal will be offering a 20% discount to all customers who are brave enough to dress up in a spooky outfit and showcase their creativity for Halloween at Taal, adding more fun and competitiveness to the pleasurable dining experience and annual occasion. Being one of the top high-end Indian restaurants in Kuwait, Taal offers a fusion of contemporary and traditional Indian cuisine with a signature twist. Operating since 2006, Taal holds a prime location at Al Arjaan Complex, Al-Bidaa, where many come to enjoy its wide array of mouth watering dishes, along with a vibrant colorful atmosphere. “My family and I dined at Taal for Halloween last year. It was great. The kids were thrilled by the spooky costumes and decorations. We will definitely be going again to experience the thrill and fun once more,” said anonymous. Some of the menu additions last year were Halloween-inspired drinks such as Red Vampire Chills, made from mouthwatering ingredients such as orange, cinnamon, cranberry and lemon, as well as the spooky coff-een ( chocolate spiced coffee, made up of coffee, cinnamon, brown sugar, chocolate syrup, vanilla whipped cream, as well as many additional surprises this year. “I was driving by Taal with some friends, and noticed people standing outside dressed in scary costumes, so we decided to have a look. We were thrilled by the creativity of the staff and inventive décor. It was truly an entertaining and unforgettable
Halloween dining experience. Loved it,” said Sarah, a frequent Taal customer. Always eager to keep dining a breathtaking experience, Halloween will be the perfect occasion in which Taal will merge its delicious menu variety with innovative decoration, costumes and much more, catered to those with an exquisite taste for food and fun. Are you ready for a fright? Established in 2006, Taal offers a blend of India’s rich traditional cuisine and Global culinary impressions, inspired by the people of India. Offering an extensive menu with a wide array of classic recipes of Kebabs, fragrant biryanis and trendy Indian desserts along with refreshing mocktails, with an exquisite selection of salads, starters, soups, grills, main dishes and much more, Taal thrives to present diners with stunning signature quality, guaranteeing a meal to remember. Designed to perfection, it justifies its rhythmic theme with a fusion of modern décor and Indian ornamentation, with its inscribed Hindi letters on the ceiling, a backdrop of ancient shields, massive beautiful chandeliers in cut crystal glass, and bangled tubes covering a vibrant spectrum of colors, Taal provides a fusion of visual Indian treat with a perfect ambiance and an extraordinary high level of gourmet selection, giving its diners a perfect balance of luxury and class.
Taal is located in Al Arjan complex, Al Bid’a, Tawa’an Street. For more information please call 2225 3142 /2225 3143 or visit www.taalq8.com. Facebook: www.facebook.com/taalq8 Twitter and Instagram: @Taalq8
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An Arab abroad
THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM By Yara Al-Wazir
With October finally starting, the daunting thought of starting university for the very first time has finally come to an end. The transition from school to something as new and different as university is an overwhelming experience, even if family and friends surround you. For the next few months, I’m going to take you on a journey abroad, chronicling the highs and lows of moving away from anything slightly familiar to England for a degree. I started counting down the days to leave for college before I even started my senior year. I was somehow convinced that the earlier I started applying, the earlier I’d leave to explore every corner of student life that I had ever read, heard, seen, or spoken about. Before I knew it, I was packing my life into a single 23Kg suitcase and boarding a oneway flight to London, terrified of what lies ahead. Within a week of moving into dorms, I realized that given my personal limits and mostly Middle-Eastern upbringing, I’d have to create my own path to explore, one that I’d be safe and comfortable doing. There are a lot of things that I wish I knew when I started last year, and I’ll tell you all about them. I didn’t know how draining and time-consuming the application process was. From mapping out the places I wanted to apply to, to narrowing down the exact course I wanted to study, the application process seemed never-ending, and 110
deciding on a school was becoming harder every day. Eventually, it felt like all the brochures carried the same information. At the end, it was the tiny details that the brochures failed to mention that helped me make my decision - will you be offered accommodation in dorms throughout your entire time at the university, or is accommodation offered for first-year students only? How likely are you to hear Arabic in the city, town, or on campus? Will you be close to an airport? All these questions can help you narrow down your choices, and the answers you’re looking for might be different to what your friends are looking for. The truth is, there aren’t any right or wrong answers – it all depends on what type of experience you want to have. You might want to try something completely new and go to a university that has a low rate of international students, or you might decide to go to the same school as your childhood friends. It doesn’t matter; you’re bound to have a great experience either way. I didn’t know that aptitude tests could be wrong. My parents always told me “University may be four years long, but your degree lasts for a lifetime – go for something you love.” That didn’t really help since I love a lot of things, and back in high school, I couldn’t imagine myself in any given career. I turned to aptitude tests that I found online. They’re brilliant, but they’re not always right. Every aptitude test I took pointed me in the direction of
the liberal arts and social sciences. They suggested everything from anthropology to economics, but at the end of the day when I’d sit down to write my application, I’d hit writers-block. The truth is that I wasn’t passionate about learning to read people’s actions, or how governments control taxes; I was passionate about climate change and environmental technology, and that’s what I went for. As I walked into my first lecture, which happened to be on Fluid Mechanics, I wondered if I made the right decision or if I should have listened to the aptitude test and walked into Macroeconomics 101, instead. But then it hit me, I wouldn’t be having second thoughts if I hadn’t taken the aptitude test that Google suggested, and Google thinks pictures of cats will one day take over the world. If you’re not sure, find a school that offers a double major and go for it. Extra credits may mean extra hours, but speaking from experience, the crossover classes tend to be the most interesting ones. The truth is, I didn’t know a lot of things before I started my first semester, before I moved into dorms, or before my first Eid alone. My first year at Loughborough University was full of ups and downs, doubts, and revelations that you’ll get to know. As international as Kuwait is, and as prepared as I thought I was, nothing quite beats personal experience. Are there any specific issues you want to know about? Tweet me at @YaraWazir
ORGANIC BEAUTY Kuwait Swiss Center By bazaar staff
Home to a hand-picked collection of natural beauty products, the Kuwait Swiss Center carries some of the world’s finest organic beauty products for the discerning woman who cares about her natural beauty, without stressing her skin with harmful chemicals. In our day and age, our lifestyles form as a major stress factor that affect the appearance and behaviour of our bodies and minds, so why not take the advice of certified Dr. Ghanima Al-Sharhan, a pharmaceutical and beauty specialist who has spent her life curating the world’s most refined products to deliver the promise of natural beauty? Located on the mezzanine floor of Al-Salhiya complex, we paid Dr. Al-Sharhan a visit to explore what her beauty haven has to offer. A relaxing space, elegantly decorated by the luxurious beauty products and supplies on display, speaking to Dr. Al-Sharhan about the fine ranges of beauty products was absolutely enlightening, as her selection is purely hand-picked based on her long experience in the beauty and pharamceutical industry. The Kuwait Swiss Center offers high-end skin care products, perfumes, cosmetics and beauty accessories, bath accessories, specialized hair care products, as well as chic jewelry collections and gifts. 112
From handmade Bukhour, or sandalwood, fragrances to other designer perfumes that she’s created and collected herself, Dr. Al-Sharhan’s selection is inimitable. I truly have never smelled such pleasant scents at other department stores. She comments, “My mother used to make her own ‘Teeb’, or ‘Oud’ frangrances, so I definitely picked up her nose for creating signature fragrances. Besides, commercial products rarely employ pure perfumes nowadays. Our selection is sourced from the finest merchants.” Make sure you check out the handbag sized range of frangrances! Also an exclusive agent for brands like Bio Suisse+, La Vallee from Switzerland, the Spanish miracle hair loss range Natur Vital, Greece’s Flax’s Clean Skin range, as well as the Italian Fontana Contarini skin care and cosmetic range, amongst many others, I was obviously spoilt for choice about where to begin! In the middle of the boutique lies a comfy and plush leather sofa set, so one can sit and leisurely chat with the trained staff on hand to help with any inquires. La Vallee, an innovative skin care range based on combining nature’s resources with the latest developments in cosmetic technology, is surely not to be missed, with active elements are sourced from the heart of the Swiss
Alps’ botanical wonders. The patented six elements include natural spring water mineral deposits for improved skin texture and renewal, Natural Spring Spa Water, butterfly tree nectar for absolute skin nourishment, a soothing essential oil complex, The Hexapeptide System, a natural anti-aging ingredient that is likened to Botulinum toxin or Botox, Thymus Vulgaris or thyme that is a catalyst for skin renewal. Dr. Al-Sharhan also holds the Bio Suisse+ range close to her heart and mind, as she has supported this brand since its early beginnings in Kuwait. “The products are truly fantastic, from the organic food supplements that are unmatched in terms of natural ingredients like imporant Omega-3 fatty acids, and the multivitamin A-Z formula found in Maxvita, to the skin treatment ranges focused on eliminating acne and clarifying the skin.” Although all of Dr. Al-Sharhan’s products caught my attention, as I never truly realized the abdundance
of organic beauty products available in Kuwait until I entered the Kuwait Swiss Center, I am so impressed with the Flax Range and the Natur Vital Hair Loss range. With the Greek brand, Flax Clean Skin, an assortment of natural products for the face, hair and body are created from the purest olive oil, grapeseed oil, as well as green tea and other herbal extracts. The Natur Vital range, a complete hair loss system, serves as a credible, and, from what we’ve seen from our friends who have tried the range, successful product. The Kuwait Swiss Center is located on the mezzanine floor in Al-Salhiya Complex. Please call 2249 6470 for more information.
PINK ADVICE KCCC and UHN offer their advice when it comes to Breast Cancer By KCCC and UHN
Among women living in Kuwait, breast cancer continues to be the most frequently diagnosed cancer with as many as 367 new cases diagnosed in 2009, more than twice as many as colorectal cancer. Breast cancer makes up one-fifth of the cancer cases diagnosed in 2009 and is the leading cause of cancer mortality among women as per the Kuwait Cancer Registry’s 2009 Report. Signs and Symptoms If any of these signs or symptoms is detected, a doctor should be seen as soon as possible: • A lump in the breast or under the arm pit • An inverted nipple • Crusting or reddening of the nipple, or patchy areas on the nipple • Discharge or bleeding from the nipple • Changes to the shape and size of the breast • Changes to the skin of the breast • Changes in skin temperature of the breast Screening Experts agree that early detection is the key to cancer survival. Use the following guidelines to develop a screening schedule that is right for you: • Self-examination is another important aspect of early detection. 114
• Clinical examination by an expert (once every two years recommended for women over 40) • Mammography (once every year recommended for women above age 40) Family history can play a role in whether an individual will develop breast cancer. If any immediate family members have been diagnosed with breast cancer before menopause, be sure to alert your physician. He/she may adjust your screening schedule accordingly. Risk Factors No one thing causes breast cancer, but there are a few common factors that seem to increase risk of developing it (please note that having these factors do not mean that you will get breast cancer, they only increase the risk): • Family history of breast or ovarian cancer • Early menstruation • Late menopause • Having taken hormone replacement therapy for more than five years • Never having given birth • Giving birth for the first time over the age of 30 • Dense breast tissue • Radiation treatment to the chest area before age 30
Being over the age of 50 Obesity, alcohol consumption and the use of birth control pills may also slightly increase risk.
Treatment Breast cancer treatment and care today is so customized that a specialized treatment plan is tailored to the needs of the individual patient. Breast cancer treatment may include: • A lumpectomy removes the tumor while conserving most of the breast. • A mastectomy removes the entire breast and sometimes the lymph nodes. • Radiation is used to treat many stages of breast cancer and frequently used after a lumpectomy. • Biological therapy helps the body's immune system fight cancer. • Herceptin is used to treat human epidermal growth factor positive (HER2) tumors. • Hormonal treatment is given to breast cancer patients who have estrogen and progesterone receptors on their cancer cells. Information from the Kuwait Cancer Control Center and University Health Network partnership.
INDOOR GRILL MASTER By Leon Neyfakh
Summer can be a depressing time for food-loving apartment dwellers like me. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, cooking magazines arrive offering "Juicy Grilling Secrets" and "55 Ways To Spice Up Your Grill," while most Food Network programming feels like an anthropological documentary about suburban charcoalworshipping rituals. My heart sinks a little when an otherwise appealing recipe from the newspaper contains some combination of the words build, fire, ash, and coals. To be clear, I enjoy a flame-kissed hunk of protein as much as the next meat eater, but due to the nature of city living, I have very few options when it comes to grilling outdoors. I have neither the stomach nor the competitive nature to duke it out with my neighbors over the squalid public grills in the park. And before you suggest a portable Weber on the fire escape, know that the Fire Department once gave my building a citation for the three small herb plants that were cheerfully growing out there - that trauma killed my dreams of grilling as quickly as it killed my basil. But as these last weeks of summer fade into autumn, I'm determined to do what some have called pointless or even impossible: to translate the rugged mystique of grilling for the climatecontrolled certainty of the indoors. And I'm here to report that it can be done. As long as you are willing to leave silly notions of manliness, rusticity and campfire nostalgia - in a word, the aura of grilling - on the stoop, the flavor will be happy to come on in. First, you need the right equipment. As anyone who has conducted Google research on this issue will know, indoor grill can mean many different things. The one thing it doesn't mean, of course, is bringing an outdoor charcoal or gas grill into the living room - you shouldn't do that, ever. But the range of grill technology that won't asphyxiate your family and burn your building down is still broad: There are George Foreman-type contact grills, special appliances called "open" or "freestanding" grills that sit on your countertop, fancy versions built right into your cooktop, and Space Age devices meant to mimic rotisseries and smokers. Even using the open flame of your oven's broiler kind of counts as grilling - it's the same concept, just upside-down. But the best (and most common) type of indoor grill is the hearty, old-fashioned grill pan. This dependable cast-iron skillet (or griddle) is ridged to mimic the grill-marking power of its outdoor cousins, but it's unfussy enough to only require one 116
or two burners on your stovetop. Grill pans are also relatively cheap, easy to store in a tiny apartment kitchen, simple to clean, and capable of grilling far more than the occasional panini. And real, honest-to-God grilling is what we want, after all - a cooking technique more extreme than the ho-hum pan frying or oven baking with which we usually treat a chicken breast. Food scientists define grilling as cooking food relatively quickly with intense, dry and direct heat and very little additional fat (whether oil or butter). The most noticeable characteristic distinguishing grilled meats and vegetables from foods cooked differently is the crispy crust that forms due to the "Maillard reaction," a process in which amino acids react with sugars to produce browning and a bevy of wonderful and not entirely understood flavor compounds. Grill pans are very good at producing this reaction whereas contact grills and similarly enclosed contraptions often end up steaming the food in its own juices rather than grilling it. Moreover, many specialized machines don't allow for much in the way of temperature control, which makes it difficult to transition from searing a piece of meat over high heat to cooking it through over mellower heat. Not so with grill pans, which are limited only by the thermal nuance of your burners. However, having the right equipment is only half the battle; indoor grilling presents a host of other potential pitfalls that I have selflessly tumbled into for your benefit. For starters, because you're not working in the great outdoors, smoke loses much of the romance it is normally afforded in grilling circles. I learned this lesson the hard way at a recent dinner party when I rounded the corner from kitchen to living room to find that my guests looked like coughing phantoms in a haze of the stuff. To be sure, there is no way to avoid some amount of smoke when working at high temperatures, but there are definitely ways to reduce it. This is where protein prep comes in. By all means marinate, but be sure your meat has been patted very dry with paper towels before putting it on the grill pan. Be especially sure that no bits of minced garlic, onion or ginger remain on the surface of the meat, as they will surely fall into the cracks between the ridges and burn to a bitter crisp. Additionally, avoid recipes that call for coarse rubs containing seeds like mustard, cumin or coriander; these will only serve to coat your pan's valleys with a noxious-smelling black paste. What will work, however, are dry powder rubs, which adhere tightly to meat if you rub it with a few drops of oil first.
Speaking of oil, do not glug it directly into your pan. Instead, take grilling guru Steven Raichlen's advice and use a paper towel to lubricate only the ridges to prevent sticking, as pooled oil in the valleys interferes with the dry part of dry heat and is, in any case, very likely to burn. This is no place for olive oil; canola or grapeseed oil, with their higher smoking points, are better suited to the task. If all these restrictions are starting to sound bland, be comforted: One of the benefits of grilling in a pan is that once your cooked meat is safely resting in a tinfoil nest to the side of the stove, you're welcome to deglaze the pan to make a sauce, at which point you can add all those special spices you avoided in the prep phase. This is the time to bask in feelings of superiority over all those pitiable outdoor grillers who enjoy no such luxuries. (Attempting to deglaze a grill grate will inevitably end in tragedy.) Apart from smoke, indoor grilling's main drawback is splatter. As meat releases its fat and water content on a regular grill, these liquids fall into the heat source and are instantly resurrected as flavor-imparting vapors. On a grill pan, they rudely explode all over your stovetop, counters, cookbooks, pants . . . anything within a 1- to 2-foot radius, really. There's no way to avoid this without making other sacrifices. You could, for instance, loosely cover your grilling meat with aluminum foil, but doing this for too long conjures the dreaded specter of steam. You could also compromise your grilling credentials and finish off the cooking process in the oven after an initial searing. But if you choose to go the distance, be prepared with a damp dishcloth so you can occasionally wipe things down. As for approximating those flavor-giving vapors: Grilling purists will argue that indoor grilling simply cannot compete with the smoky deliciousness that charcoal or wood impart, and they're right to some extent. But that doesn't mean you can't cheat with a little bit of creative spice hacking. Consider adding a pinch or three of smoked paprika (known in Spanish as pimentĂ˛n), chipotle powder, or smoked salt to your rubs or a few drops of natural liquid smoke to your barbecue sauces. These will provide enough sooty notes to satisfy all but the pickiest of diners. And if anyone does give you flack, inform them that they are welcome to go parry with strangers over that rusted public grill in the park. You will be waiting back in the air conditioning with your crisp drink; and perfectly seared steak for when they return with their sweat, warm drinks and precious authenticity.
ST YLE ON DEMAND Topshop Personal Shopper service arrives at Marina Mall By bazaar staff
In celebrating the launch of its Marina Mall store, Topshop is introducing its Personal Shopper service, which will become the second Topshop location in the Middle East to offer this stylish service. Get ready ladies, doors open on October 7th 2012! The new Personal Shopper Service is a hassle-free premium experience; customers will have their own changing room and their personal shopper to help them find exactly what they need. The best part? It’s all free and there is no minimum purchase value. Whether you’re looking for a complete wardrobe overhaul, packing for a holiday getaway, or even a quick lunchtime fashion fix, all you have to do is book your appointment and trust the personal shopping team’s wealth of experience to inspire your sartorial needs. Looking for a fun girl’s day out? Group appointments are available to cater for mother and daughter, brides or a friend with a birthday. Topshop’s team of personal shoppers have been handpicked to represent a wide demographic with someone to suit everyone. Upon calling to speak to the team of bookers, notify them of your requirements and they’ll source the most premium pieces to ensure an unmatched service in style and convenience. You will be greeted with refreshments and cupcakes, taken through the season’s look-books and given an exclusive preview of forthcoming products. Check out the appointment menu below, and remember, it’s completely free of charge, bringing you the fashion you love, your way! The In and Out Know exactly what you want? Want it now? Well 118
this is the appointment for you. Maybe there’s a look that you have seen in our window, or something you’ve spotted in a magazine? All you need to do is tell us what you want and we’ll have it ready and waiting for you. Minimum fuss, maximum style! The Newer than Now! Get your hands on Topshop’s most-wanted, musthave pieces as soon as they arrive (and before they sell out!). Book a “Newer than Now” and we will give you an edit of our straight-off-the-catwalk-into-yourwardrobe trends. With hundreds of new looks landing in store every week, our Personal Shoppers have got it all nailed. The Big Wow If the very thought of your next big event is giving you the fashion jitters, look no further. Our Personal Shoppers are experts at wow dressing. Whether you’re after the perfect piece for a big night out or a weekend away, they will have it covered. The Bags of Appeal We’ve put our best shoppers into sorting out fail-safe holiday wardrobes. All you need to do is tell us where you’re headed and we’ll come up with the packing list. Whether it’s cute outfits and indie-knits for festivals or all the necessaries for poolside chic. The “Spoil Me” Birthday Booking Come in and get spoilt rotten on your birthday. Book a birthday appointment and we’ll give you a blissful birthday treat. Make a day of it on your own, or with family or friends. This is also the perfect gift to let someone know how special they are! The Miracle Worker Ever had that feeling when you wake up in the
morning and haven’t got a thing to wear? Everyday? Okay, so here’s the solution. We’re talking total wardrobe overhaul. Great for anyone stuck in a fashion rut, or who wants to work on a new look but doesn’t have a clue where to start. Get your wardrobe in order and the rest will follow! The Mother and Daughter Not that you needed it, but here’s the perfect excuse for a day out together. We’ll treat you both to irresistible style covering all the latest trends. Girls, spend some quality fashion time hanging out with your mum. Let’s face it she is your best shopping accessory! The None of the Above So, we still haven’t ticked your fashion box? Well, give us a call and we’ll create a made-to-measure appointment especially for you. Come on your own or bring up to 3 friends, whatever. It’s style on demand! The Honeymooner You've slaved away for months (years, even) planning the wedding of your dreams. All you need now is a whole new celebratory wardrobe, think bridal shower, bachelorette party, bridesmaids dresses and the all important honeymoon! Something new is part of the tradition after all. Thankfully, our expert Personal Shoppers will ensure you look stylish as you sail off into the sunset.
The Topshop Personal Shopper Service is completely free and is available exclusively at Topshop’s new store at Marina Mall, Kuwait.
ALACANT ICE CREAM A scoop of the good stuff By bazaar staff
Remember ice cream? It’s what we used to eat before the onslaught of frozen yoghurt places threatened to turn Kuwait into a no-fat zone! Ice cream used to be a simple pleasure. Before guys from Vermont started throwing anything they could find into the mix and coming up with zany names, before American companies hid behind umlauts, pretending to be Scandinavian, to make their products more exotic. Before all that there was simply ice cream. Everybody has a favorite flavor. It can be a defining characteristic of a person. Where others are offering evermore flavors and combinations, Alacant, a premium Spanish artisan ice cream maker, prefers to keep things simple. Their core line consists of fruit 120
ice creams. Fresh, punchy ice creams like lemon, orange, melon, and mango. They also offer chocolate and coconut, too. I avoid using the word flavors here as it doesn’t really hold true of Alacant. This is real ice cream made using traditional methods and ingredients. They have established a rigorous selection process through which only the choicest ingredients providing the greatest guarantee are selected: base products that maintain all their freshness and naturalness without preservatives. But it isn’t just the ice cream itself that sets it apart from the others; the way it is served is also unique. Each ice cream comes packed into its namesake’s fruit. They take the highest quality, freshest fruits, carve them out and load them up with ice cream. The
most impressive of these is the melon ice cream that comes as a wedge of melon with the ice cream replacing the flesh of the fruit. You could almost imagine a full melon, filled with ice cream, was sliced open and served. When you scoop up a spoonful you’ll discover a rich, creamy, but not at all heavy, ice cream with real fruit chunks hidden within. But don’t let that rich creaminess scare you off. Alacant ice cream is made with skimmed milk and is an excellent source of calcium and Vitamin B2. Part of their process is manual, a traditional process that consists of gently whisking at low temperatures to get that texture and creaminess. This avoids ice crystal formation and is characteristic of authentic ice creams. Alacant ice cream is available in
Kuwait though delivery only at the moment. They deliver to the whole of Kuwait (including the chalet areas), and will be available in fine supermarkets and restaurants soon. Future plans also include Alacant ice cream shops here in Kuwait where you can stop by and enjoy some tasty, artisan Spanish ice cream. If you’re bored of the frozen yoghurt scene, sick of overly complicated ice creams and are looking to rediscover one of the simplest pleasures in life, Alacante will help remind you what simplicity means. So go ahead, grab a spoon! For more information on Alacant ice cream visit www.heladosalacant. com To order call 182 2288 EXT: 305 or call the hotline on 97281110.
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DON'T BE A SOCIAL MEDIA PSYCHO By Scott Kleinberg
When word got out of a recent news report that said people who don't use Facebook are often considered suspicious, and possibly even psychopaths, the first thing that came to mind was making sure the coffee I was drinking didn't come out of my nose. Seriously. That much laughter. I know people who don't use Facebook and I wouldn't consider them psychopaths. They're a little odd, maybe, but that's it. But I got to thinking: If even one person compares you to a psychopath for having no social media footprint, then you should have a footprint - even if it's a tiny one. Here are a few really simple ways to do the bare minimum with social media. This way, even if you aren't interested in doing much, no one will assume you don't exist or question your mental health. Claim your Twitter account, fill out your bio and tweet something: This should take you about 10 minutes. Your bio should be Google-friendly, meaning the most important information such as your job title should be focused at the beginning. Tweet something meaningful, though; the Internet can spot a faker a mile away. Bonus points if this isn't the only tweet you ever send, but at least your account will be searchable. Create a Facebook account and fill in your profile: It's no one's business whether you post to your wall, but having a profile means people can search for you. Fill in just enough for people to know it's you and then tweak your privacy settings the way you want them. Sign up for LinkedIn: Even if you never use it again, having a presence on LinkedIn is a good idea. Whenever someone wants to know about where you work and your previous employers, they tend to migrate to LinkedIn. The power lies within networking, but creating a simple profile with your present and past few jobs would be enough to satisfy most. Post five photos to Flickr: On the surface, Flickr seems like just another photo sharing site. Truth is, it's super great for Google power and SEO. Find five photos and post them, making sure you fill in all the fields and tags. And don't upload a photo with a name such as 0001-photo. Change that name to something SEO-friendly before you upload and you'll be good to go. There you go. Four platforms with four simple tasks to get you started. As a social media professional, I always recommend doing more than less. My hope is that these tips have piqued your interest and that the bare minimum just won't do. 122
big boys toys Because grown men still need to play
MCLAREN X-1 CONCEPT
OTTO ESPRESSO MACHINE
Finally, a way to be in two places at once - kind of. The Double Robot ($2,000) is a unique robot that mounts an iPad atop a motorized stand, letting you see, hear, and move about far-away environments using nothing but an iPad on the other end. A touch-based interface makes controlling the Double a breeze, while an accelerometer and gyroscope work to keep the 10"-wide robot stable until you're done moving it, at which point dual kickstands pop out to let the battery take a rest.
Created by McLaren Special Operations for an anonymous client - one who already owned a McLaren F1, a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and a 12C. The X-1 is structurally based on a carbon MonoCell but features a totally unique body that recalls the classic, swooping lines of cars gone by. Otherwise, it's much like the 12C, right down to the twin-turbo 625PS engine which gives it "astonishing" acceleration and top speed.
Brew coffee-house worthy cups of caffeine-laced goodness on your stovetop with the Otto Espresso Machine (AU$800; roughly $850). Designed in Australia, it's based on Giordano Robbiati's classic Atomic, made almost entirely of stainless steel for dependable operation year-in, year-out, can brew two cups at a time at up to three bar of pressure, and includes a built-in steam wand. It doesn't look too shabby, either.
EVANTA 1959 ASTON MARTIN 1:1 SCALE MODEL
The Spy Hawk (roughly $400) is a unique RC glider sports a built-in 5 megapixel camera that streams live feed back to the 3.5" LCD on the controller, also holds an SD card for recording flights. All of that isn't much good if you can't keep the thing in the air, which is where the intelligent autopilot comes in - fly it up to the required height, switch it on, and a built-in gyroscope will work to keep it level, even in gusty winds.
The Evanta 1959 Aston Martin 1:1 Scale Model (TBA; Auction). Included in this kit are four Aston Martin wire wheels with Dunlop race tires, a "Mota Lita" 15" woodrimmed Aston Martin steering wheel, a pair of race seats, an aluminum gear knob and lever, a full dashboard, a replica of the LeMans trophy, and an Aston Martin cap signed by Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby, who drove the original to victory at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans.
No, it's not a robotic burrito â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it's even better. The Burritob0t ($TBA) is a robot appliance that's designed to make burritos using tried and true methods of 3D printing, spreading one layer of Mexican goodness on the tortilla at a time until perfection is achieved. How much will it cost? Who knows! All we know for sure is we want one for the Uncrate HQ kitchen, ASAP.
YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG Fish tacos By Rachel Arons
The prototypical fish taco originated in Baja California, Mexico, and the preparation referred to in this country as "Baja-style" is similar to what you might find on the Mexican peninsula. It usually involves deep-fried white-fleshed fish, shredded cabbage and a creamy white sauce. This is the holy fish-taco trinity, and as the dish continues to make its way outside of Mexico and into restaurants all over the United States, one would hope that any departures from this core formula would be made with caution. Why mess with such a good thing? Too often, though, in restaurants and in recipes for home cooks, the key elements of fish tacos get modified and tampered with in ways that dilute the deliciousness of the final product: blackened fish, overpoweringly smoky chipotle sauce, toosweet mango salsa, watery pico de gallo. Worst of all are fancy slaws that crowd out the fish and add too much texture to a taco whose success depends upon a delicate balance of different kinds of crunchiness. So, for several years now, I have resorted to preparing fish tacos myself, and I've developed a set of guidelines that, if followed, yield a taco more satisfying than any of the tequila-marinated, jícama slaw-adorned, roasted pineapple salsatopped options out there. The first rule is that you must beer batter your fish - no grilling, no baking, definitely no blackening. The second is that the cabbage must be shredded extremely fine. If you don't already 126
have a mandolin, it's worth getting one both for this recipe, and for general vegetable slicing purposes. The last element is the most labor intensive but also one of the most important: Press your own tortillas instead of using storebought ones, and make them just 4 inches in diameter. Your tacos should be small enough that the ends of the fried fish strips poke out pleasantly at either end. The other components I add - carefully, restrainedly - are slices of ripe avocado (not guacamole, which is too mushy for this dish) and fresh cilantro. I also add Sriracha to my white sauce for the heat, and for that special half-sweet, halfumami thing that Sriracha dependably brings. The results of this combo are good enough that I once considered starting a fish taco business out of my house to supplement my income, which might say more about my income at the time than about the quality of the tacos. But really - they're better than most of the versions you'll find in restaurants or taquerias. Unless you're in SoCal with a perfect Baja-style joint on every block, in which case you're very lucky and I salute you.
Fish Tacos Yield: 4 servings (about 16 tacos) Time: 1 hour Ingredients 2 cups Maseca or other masa harina used for
making tortillas 1¼ teaspoons salt, plus more for seasoning ½ cup mayonnaise ½ cup Mexican crema or sour cream ¼ cup whole milk 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce, or more to taste 1 small garlic clove, minced 3 limes 1 quart canola or vegetable oil 2 cups all-purpose flour One 12-ounce bottle Negra Modelo or other lager 1 pound firm white fish fillets (such as catfish, cod, halibut, or ¼ small head green cabbage, very finely shredded, preferably on a mandolin 1 ripe avocado, thinly sliced 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves 1. Combine the masa harina, ¼ teaspoon of the salt, and 1¼ cups water in a medium bowl and stir until the mixture comes together. If the dough is dry and crumbly, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it comes together. Knead gently for 2 minutes. Divide the dough into 16 balls, each approximately 1½ inches in diameter. Cover the dough balls with a damp cloth to keep them moist. Line a tortilla press with two sheets of plastic wrap. Place a dough ball between the layers of plastic and press until the tortilla measures 4 inches in diameter, then carefully peel off the plastic wrap. (If you don't have a tortilla press, you can use a heavy book and a little elbow grease to press them between sheets of plastic wrap.) Repeat with the remaining dough balls. 2. Put a large, dry skillet over medium-high heat. When it's hot, cook the tortillas, one at a time, for about 50 seconds on each side. Cover the cooked tortillas with a dishtowel to keep them warm. 3. Make the sauce: Combine the mayonnaise, crema, milk, Sriracha, garlic and the juice of &frac12; lime in a small bowl. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Cut the remaining 2½ limes into wedges. 4. Heat the oil to 350 degrees F in a deep pot over medium-high heat. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, beer, and 1 teaspoon salt; the mixture should have the texture of pancake batter. When the oil is hot (if you don't have a thermometer, you can test it by dropping in a bit of batter and seeing if it sizzles), dip the fish pieces in the batter and fry them in batches until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels and season with salt. 5. Arrange the tortillas on a serving plate and place one piece of fish on each. Top each taco with a large pinch of shredded cabbage, a drizzle of sauce, a slice of avocado, and a few cilantro leaves. Serve immediately with lime wedges and a cold beverage.
bazaar checks it out UPPER CRUST PIZZERIA NOW OPEN AT THE UNITED TOWER – KUWAIT CITY Upper Crust Pizzeria, the award-winning Boston based pizzeria, proudly announced the opening of its second branch in Kuwait at The United Tower in Kuwait City, after The Village, at Abu Al Hassany area. This opening represents an important milestone for the brand already known for offering some of the most unique pizzas in Kuwait. Conveniently located in the heart of the city, the new restaurant proudly serves its signature pizzas and pastas for all those craving for something delicious and extraordinary. Customers may also enjoy from a selection of over forty toppings to add to any pizza or calzone. Upper Crust offers its guests a variety of mouth-watering desserts, irresistible appetizers, freshly tossed signature salads and a wide selection of beverages. All pizza lovers may grab takeout, get delivery or choose to dine in. Upper Crusts’ special architectural spaces include open kitchens, pizza tin-decorated ceilings, all adding up to deliver a truly unique experience that can only be described as Upper Crust. The restaurant’s main goal today is to become a popular neighborhood restaurant where guests would be offered delectable, aesthetically pleasing food in a friendly, unpretentious atmosphere. Proud of having its second location open, the brand is today looking forward to growing with additional openings in Kuwait and the rest of the Gulf over the coming few years. Following Upper Crust’s guiding principles for quality, service and innovation, the restaurant’s management team is confident that the concept will be well received by consumers in the Gulf region. Since 2001, Upper Crust Pizzeria has been serving award-winning pizza to Bostonarea residents craving for the best pizza in town. The concept is simple: use fresh ingredients in traditional and unexpected ways on top of a flavorful crust. The menu has grown from classic combos to more unique and daring pairings - all atop a mouth-watering thin crust pizza.
THE NEW MERCEDES-BENZ GLK Mercedes-Benz Kuwait launches the spirited new GLK compact SUV A.R. Albisher and Z. Alkazemi Co. - the exclusive general distributor for Mercedes-Benz in Kuwait – has launched the new Mercedes-Benz GLK compact SUV. Displaying its full credentials on- and off-road, the new GLK’s claim to leadership of the compact SUV segment is underscored by trailblazing assistance systems, a V6 306hp engine matching efficiency with agility, a new design and an extended range of equipment. The comprehensive range of equipment and appointments for the GLK includes details which are generally the reserve of higher classes of vehicle. The GLK-Class furthermore offers one of the most comprehensive model ranges in the compact SUV segment. The new Mercedes-Benz GLK is available now from A.R. Albisher and Z. Alkazemi Co. Mercedes-Benz Kuwait showrooms now. For more information on Mercedes-Benz products and services in Kuwait, please visit www.mercedes-benz.com.kw or join on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MercedesBenzKuwait or follow them on twitter and Instagram @MercedesBenzKWT.
GAP’S FALL CAMPAIGN SHINES A LIGHT ON MODERN ICONS Signature Pieces Get a Modern Twist for Fall in the “Icon Redefined” Collection Gap’s global marketing campaign for fall—Shine—brings its “Icon Redefined” collection to life by featuring an eclectic mix of musicians and dancers wearing Gap’s signature pieces updated with a modern design point of view and rich fall color palette. For women, the Icon Redefined collection includes the Always Skinny Jean, available in different washes at affordable prices; The Sexy Boyfriend Jean, a must-have fashion fit of the season; The Coloured Corduroy Legging Jean, corduroy updated with an amazing hand feel and texture; the Boyfriend Shirt and Fitted Boyfriend Shirt that offers a feminine twist on menswear inspired shirting available in a variety of fabrics, colours and styles including solid, plaid, ruffle and stripes. For Men, you can step out this ‘Fall’ with unexpected style and comfort with Slim Khakis, the perfect modern casual khaki available in a range of neutrals and colour; the essential Men’s Straight Fit Jeans available in premium indigo washes and the 1969 Modern Cord that offers a new take on cord with the Slim fit option.
تنظيم يوم ترفيهي ألبناء وأبناء, موظفي شركة فولفو موظفي شركة البترول KNPC الوطنيه الكويتية يرجى التكرم بنشر الموضوع المذكور اعاله في مجلتكم الموقرة نظمت, وذلك في اقرب وقت ممكن شركة فولفو للسيارات احدى شركات عبد العزيزالعلي المطوع يوم ترفيهي ألبناء موظفيها و ابناء موظفي شركة البترول الوطنية I" تحت شعارKNPC الكويتية " أنا احب فولفو-LOVE VOLVO تضمن البرنامج زيارة ألقسام, )الشركه (المعرض وورشة الصيانة لتثقيف االطفال بنظم األمن والسالمة بالسيارة وأعطائهم نبذة بسيطة عن الشركه ومؤسسها عبد العزيز العلي المطوع و سنة تأسيس الشركه في الكويت عام والوان شعار سيارات60 منذ ,فولفو هي االزرق والفضي وكان أيضًا يتضمن البرنامج مسابقات وجوائز وشخصيات .كرتونية استمتعوا االطفال كثيرا
ZAFRAN OFFERS A CULINARY JOURNEY ACROSS INDIA With its new menu The new menu at Zafran offers guests an exotic culinary journey across India, adapting classic traditional dishes and complementing the ingredients with the restaurant’s signature contemporary twist. Zafran’s Chef Mohit and Concept Manager Chef Ankur Chakraborty have taken a “back to basics” approach developing authentic recipes from across the Indian subcontinent and preparing them to suit the summer in the Middle East by using fresh seasonal produce. Key summer recipes, which appear in the new menu, emphasize cooking techniques that help to keep the body cool during hot weather using special spices, such as coriander seeds, green chilies, and tamarind, to name a few. The spice levels have also been reduced to suit the seasonal weather. Both Chef Mohit and Ankur continue to use a simplistic cooking approach treating ingredients with care and usethe best-suited cooking techniques. Ensuring the taste of each dish is kept clean and simple, their ground rule is to ensure the spices used are maintained to a level where they can be distinctly identified and enjoyed, and are not over-empowering. Zafran is located in Salmiya. To make a reservation, please call 2575 0647.
G-STAR AUTUMN/WINTER COLLECTION 2012 Women G-Star RAW - RAW Essentials Raw Essentials are limited editions crafted in the G-Star RAW atelier for denim purists. RAW Essentials blends exclusive denim with innovative construction techniques and hand-finished details. One key fabric is Cyber denim, whose canvas-like structure recalls traditional work-wear materials and can be seen in the Coverall and Arc 3D tapered. This season’s collection includes a number of distinctive styles. The Wrap Dress is based on a factory workers dustcoat and can be tied at the waist to create a feminine look. It uses dark aged denim, which is lightly scraped and abraded to bring out the character of the fabric. The dress is 3D crinkled and baked for a worn-in look. Another highlight is the B-coat, inspired by a vintage French naval pea-coat. The coat, with its 3D constructed sleeves, comes in raw Sateen Denim, developed from an old European work wear fabric from the late 19th century. It features a removable hooded quilted liner, whose quilting technique takes inspiration from Scottish guards military jackets and features 5 different indigo fabrics: velvet, wool, chambray, sateen and technical microfiber.
GOOD NEWS For women who want men who cook and clean By Laura Helmuth
What do you want in a mate? If you're a freethinking, independent, feminist woman in a relatively egalitarian society, you might want all kinds of things: a guy with a sense of humor, maybe, or who likes to cook exotic foods. And if you're not overly familiar with certain annoyingly persistent theories of mate selection, you'll be surprised to find out that you're looking for all the wrong qualities, evolutionarily speaking. You're supposed to want someone stronger, smarter and richer than you. Someone who would sire healthy offspring and protect them from saber-toothed cats on the Pleistocene Epoch savanna. And if you're a free-thinking, independent, feminist man in a relatively egalitarian society, you might not realize that you are supposed to prize youth, fertility and chastity (a woman who will birth all those babies you're supposed to protect and let you know they're really yours) over quirky taste in movies or a love of travel. There's nothing inherently wrong with evolutionary psychology - our thoughts and behaviors have been shaped by millions of years of hominid evolutionary history, and it's worth studying how natural selection acted on traits that we still express today. But too often, evolutionary psychology is a force for social conservatism. Researchers identify a pattern of behavior, usually some stereotypical sex difference (in part because it's easy to measure whether men and women score differently on a standardized test), construct a scenario in which that behavior would have been adaptive in the distant past, and say the behavior is therefore evolutionarily selected and encoded in our genes. 130
David Buss, an evolutionary psychologist at the University of Texas, is the worst. He has theorized that women are jealous of pretty rivals and men are jealous of rich ones, that men prefer more sexual variety than women do, that women need to trap a mate and men are motivated to sleep around - and attributes all of these traits to our genetic makeup. Also, you may think your opposite-sex friends are just friends, but he thinks you're fooling yourself. And he's a big proponent of the idea that men and women are seeking fundamentally different qualities in a mate. Because, he says, of evolution - and that's the problem. It's tricky to disprove the notion that some human trait is the result of evolution. The logic is circular: if some trait exists, it must not have been fatal to our ancestors and it may have helped them reproduce. To critique a claim of evolutionary privilege, you have to show that the trait has no genetic component and therefore can't be inherited, or demonstrate that the trait is instilled by culture, not necessarily biology. And that's why my favorite paper of the week is Stepping Out of the Caveman's Shadow: Nations' Gender Gap Predicts Degree of Sex Differentiation in Mate Preferences. Marcel Zentner and Klaudia Mitura of the University of York, Great Britain, asked more than 3,000 people in 10 countries what they valued in a mate. On a four-point scale, people rated the importance of various qualities: chastity, ambition, financial prospects, good looks, etc. - all identified by Buss and his likeminded peers as being qualities that only men or only women are evolutionarily predisposed to seek out. The researchers used a World Economic Forum measure of gender equality to rank the 10 countries
as (a) relatively gender-equal, (b) backwards but improving, or (c) screamingly sexist (my terms, not theirs). And the results were clear: The more egalitarian the country, the less likely men and women were to value traditional qualities that Buss and co. believe to be innate. In Germany, women said they'd very much like a man who is a good housekeeper. In Finland, men were more likely than women to prefer a mate a bit smarter than themselves. In the United States, women ranked chastity as more important than men did. At the other end of the scale, in Turkey and South Korea, women wanted mates with good financial prospects and men valued good cooks. None of this is especially surprising, but there's something so satisfying about having a chart with a straight line and a steep slope showing that the more egalitarian the country, the less constrained people are by stereotyped sex roles. That is progress. The study fits with other recent research showing that supposedly gender-determined cognitive abilities, like math and spatial reasoning, are also a function of culture. The more egalitarian a society, the better girls are at algebra. And that's the real lesson of evolutionary psychology. The main quality evolution acted on over all those millions of years was our ability to adapt. It's possible there are some ugly, geneticallypredisposed legacies of jealousy and mate guarding and sexual deception rattling around in our great ape brains, but they're nothing compared to our capacity to form friendships, value a relationship independent of its ability to produce offspring, and love a highly evolved guy for baking a great loaf of bread.
Be better and more efficient on Twitter By Scott Kleinberg
Let's pretend this column is a college course. Welcome to Advanced Twitter Techniques 302. I'm Professor @scottkleinberg and my goal is to help you be better on Twitter by taking advantage of readily-accessible and easy-to-use tools. A quick refresher. The important things you have learned so far about using Twitter stands, including: - Do engage by responding to tweets. - Do use the rule of thirds to ensure a variety of tweets that keep people coming back for more. - Don't delete tweets. - Don't use automated direct messages to welcome new followers. What you are going to learn now is three ways to take your tweeting to the next level. I use them every day. Buffer: Sign up with your Twitter or Facebook credentials at www.bufferapp.com and you'll be spreading your tweets out each day quickly and efficiently. Add 10 tweets at a time and Buffer automatically spreads them out through the day. You can change the times or not and you can get more space in your Buffer by either getting your friends to try it or paying a monthly or yearly fee. You can add links directly to your buffer from your browser and keep everything updated on the service's iPhone app. The company explains its philosophy eloquently on its website. "We genuinely want to help you create an authentic and honest appearance on social media because we believe that there are no 'short-cuts' to succeeding on a platform where engagement is so crucial." In other words, you can schedule tweets and be a constant source of conversation, but you also have to engage with your followers. You get out of Twitter what you put into it. Crowdbooster: Sign up at crowdbooster.com and in a matter of hours receive a personalized email showing how your tweets are doing, which are being retweeted the most along with your most influential followers. And the best part is Crowdbooster will suggest optimal times to tweet your content based on those interactions. Once you know the optimal times according to Crowdbooster, go back to your Buffer and change the times to reflect the recommendations. Now you aren't only tweeting throughout the day, you're tweeting at the best times based on you and your followers. 132
SocialBro: It does almost everything, from helping you see your most influential followers to the people who have unfollowed you. Also see who isn't following you back, detect bots that follow/unfollow automatically. Plus, you can follow and unfollow right from the dashboard. It looks overwhelming at first, but once you get used to it you'll wonder how you ever tweeted without it_ check it out at socialbro.com. And that's it for today, class. Your homework is to sign up for these three services and let me know how much better your Twitter experience is for it.
STANDING UP To the dangers of sitting down
Being on your butt for fewer than three hours a day could add two years to your life span, according to a 2012 study in the British Medical Journal's BMJ Open. But for office workers, that's easier said than done. Because the mere thought of spending the day upright is exhausting, we asked leading "sitting disease" experts when to stand at work and when to take a load off.. IN A MEETING: STAND "The cultural norm is to sit through those twohour meetings, but we should really be standing up," says David Dunstan, an associate professor at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, in Melbourne, Australia. His studies have shown that breaks from sitting can help control blood sugar. One beneficial side effect: "Shorter meetings." ON THE PHONE: STAND "People are more present during phone calls when they're in a standing position," says Nico Pronk, founding president of the International Association for Worksite Health, who adds that standing during lunch, coffee breaks, and conference calls can easily add up to an extra hour on your feet every day. AT YOUR REVIEW: SIT Though the employees at Caldrea (maker of Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day products) eagerly converted to sit-stand desks for a University of Minnesota study, CEO Kevin Rutherford says he still takes a seat when things get touchy. "Performance reviews are highpressure situations," he says. "When you stand, it looks like you're on a power trip." PROJECT PLANNING: SIT "Thinking big thoughts, organizing a great deal of information, or even writing poetry is the sort of work that is best done sitting down," says Mayo Clinic endocrinologist James Levine, one of the earliest advocates of the treadmill desk. "I wrote my second novel while sittingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;though I did do the editing on a treadmill." Copyright 2012 Fast Company Magazine.
MARINE MUSEUM And The Dickson House Cultural Centre By Christopher Hockey
The success of the shooter, Fuhaid AlDaihani, at the Olympics in London this summer has fostered an increase in patriotic fervour in Kuwait. A nation’s sporting heritage plays an important role in uniting people in today’s globalized world. Over the past few months in bazaar I have been reviewing museums in Kuwait and looking at how the country’s cultural and historical heritage can also help strengthen national identity. This month I have visited two smaller museums, the Marine Museum at the Radission Blu and the Dickson House Cultural Centre, and have thought about the role their subject-matter has played in establishing the Kuwait we see today. These museums can continue to help strengthen and mould Kuwaiti national identity in the future. Marine Museum Many people in Kuwait will know about the Al-Hashemi II dhow that towers over the Salwa coastline. When built, it set the record for the largest wooden ship in the world. Fewer, however, will have visited the Marine Museum housed at the Radisson Blu. This small exhibition represents Kuwait’s seafaring past. A series of large-scale ship reconstructions are spread throughout a large room. There is a water boom, a sambuk, an abreej, a Baglah (like the Hashemi II), a Batteel, a traditional boom, a pearling boom and, intriguingly, a Viking ship. These charming models are beautifully 136
crafted and are finished with great detail. Attached to the side of some of the ships, the small toilet seats used by the sailors were even included. There is useful information about each ship including when they would have been used and what their function was. Around the edge of the room, memorabilia from the manufacture of the great Hashemi II are housed in cabinets and hung on the wall. There are hammers, nails and other tools, as well as wonderful old photographs of the ship’s construction. I found myself (obviously with no prior knowledge of ship construction) fascinated by the varying techniques used to put these vessels together. The beautiful craftsmanship of the carpenters was very impressive. The exhibition also celebrates Kuwait’s ruling family and their
close relationship with Kuwait’s shipping past. A small gift shop section offers curios and books about Kuwaiti shipping. There were a few frustrations. An introductory information board would have been useful in order to highlight the exhibition’s main objectives. Moreover, the museum could have been a bit tidier. Unfortunately, corners were used to store conference furniture and waiters frequently walked through using it as a throughway. Presumably due to the current low visitor numbers, there were no permanent staff based in the museum, although a guide might have been helpful. These issues did detract from the beauty of the ships and the importance of the subject at hand, however, they were minor problems and on the whole the
museum succinctly addressed Kuwait’s marine heritage. Even the décor was complete with early Bedouin textiles. A quick look at the visitors’ book suggested that the museum is not regularly viewed. This is a shame. Kuwait’s marine history makes up a large part of Kuwait’s cultural heritage. The pearl divers, fishermen and traders that used these dhows played an important part in Kuwait’s early economy. If the skill and beauty represented in
the museum do not excite you, the opportunity to visit the Hashemi II, now used as a conference room, next door will surely make the museum worth a visit. Dickson House Cultural Centre In a very different, yet equally significant way, the Dickson House Cultural Centre lets visitors experience a small snippet of Kuwait’s early colonial lifestyle. The building represents something that is rarely celebrated in Kuwait. Following the arrival of the British in what is now Kuwait, they adopted this Arabic style building as an operational headquarters for the British Political Agency prior to the establishment of the British Embassy in Kuwait City. A series of British political envoys lived here before the betterknown H.R.P. Dickson and his wife, Dame Violet Dickson, moved there in 1929. Following her husband’s death in 1959, Dame Violet continued living in the house until 1990 when it was looted by the Iraqis soldiers. Whilst living in the house, she had become well known and well loved to Kuwaiti citizens as Umm Saud. It is said to be one of the last remaining nineteenth century pieces of architecture in Kuwait. The building has been left as a small microcosm of colonialism in Kuwait. Little has been changed and the various rooms remain much as they were when the Dickson’s lived there. The house is impressive but by no means grand, especially by the standards of some of the mansions in Kuwait today. The courtyard outside is especially beautiful
and is overlooked by some of the city’s tallest skyscrapers. There are some extremely interesting old photographs, ornaments (including an Ostrich egg) and furniture around the house. The living room, the office and the family library are all left in situ to be viewed by the visitor. Indeed, parts of the house look like the old lady might have left the day before. However, one should visit the centre with an understanding that there is little on display of great significance, and that the real joy comes from the experience of walking around a beautiful historical building. It is an important reminder of a time that is often forgotten in Kuwait’s past. Continuing a theme seen in many of the museums I have visited, the royal family (and especially their relations with the Dicksons) are given a special degree of prominence. Again there are similar issues to those found at the Marine Museum. There is no information to welcome the visitor and little information to explain the building’s real significance. In order to get the most out of your visit I recommend doing a little research on the Dickson family before going. I understand the centre is also used for temporary exhibitions, so it may be worth timing your visit to coincide with one of these. These two museums are small but important gems. Together they show that Kuwait has a complex historical culture. Kuwait’s seafaring past highlights the ingenuity and skill of people in the region. The country’s colonial beginnings should not be forgotten either. 137
JEFFREY MACDONALD IS BACK With Errol Morris on his side By Maria Puente
Jeffrey MacDonald just won't go away. The ex-Green Beret doctor convicted of killing his pregnant wife and two little daughters at Fort Bragg in 1970 is locked away in federal prison, and under usual circumstances would never be heard from again. But he has been loudly proclaiming his innocence for decades, despite multiple losing appeals. Now he's back again - only this time he has Oscarwinning filmmaker Errol Morris on his side. Having already saved one man from an unjust conviction (The Thin Blue Line), Morris has credibility that demands attention. So once again, America will be arguing about MacDonald - forced to confront a horrifying crime, another court hearing for an unrepentant defendant, a journalism-ethics mess, the release of a new book on the case, and new editions of an old one. Now add a crusading filmmaker who stands athwart the federal criminal justice system and yells, "Corrupt and incompetent!" "We may never be able to prove with absolute certainty that Jeffrey MacDonald is innocent," Morris writes in the epilogue to his new book, A Wilderness of Error: The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald (released Sept. 4 from Penguin Press). "But there are things we do know," such as the trial was rigged, the cops were corrupt, the
evidence lost or ignored, he claims. "We know that Jeffrey MacDonald was railroaded." If the trial were a farce and the police messed up, that doesn't necessarily mean the defendant isn't guilty - it means that under the rules he might have a chance for a new trial or even get off. MacDonald, 68, hopes to get another chance. On Sept. 17, he went back to federal court in North Carolina to argue for new evaluation of old evidence from the case, including DNA testing not available in the 1970s. He has a new ally: the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence, one of a network of attorney groups that have helped hundreds of defendants who argued they were unjustly convicted. Christine Mumma, executive director of the North Carolina center, says the Morris book will not affect the legal proceedings because the judge won't have read it. "(The book) raises great points about how he did not get a fair trial and about the questions in the case, but the evidence in the book is not the new evidence as far as the courts go," she says. "If all the evidence currently available had been presented (to the original jury) he would have been acquitted." Meanwhile, Morris' book will be competing for shelf and media space with an old book, Fatal
Vision, which concluded MacDonald was guilty. A true-crime take on the case by journalist Joe McGinniss, Vision was published in 1983 (with more than 2.5 million copies sold in the U.S.), then became the locus of years of litigation from MacDonald, plus endless journalistic jousting over McGinniss' tactics in reporting it. (Also, it was made into a TV movie.) McGinness, who more recently got into a nasty spat with Sarah Palin when he moved in next door to her in Alaska to write a book about her, says he has not changed his mind about the case. "In all the years since (1979), every court that has considered the case - including the U.S. Supreme Court - has upheld (the guilty) verdict in every respect. MacDonald is guilty not simply beyond a reasonable doubt, but beyond any doubt. No amount of speculation, conjecture and innuendo can change that," McGinniss said in a statement released by his publisher. MacDonald was convicted in 1979 of brutally stabbing and beating wife Colette, 26, and daughters, Kimberley, 5, and Kristen, 2. He blamed drug-crazed "hippies" - three men and a woman in a big floppy hat - who chanted "Acid is groovy, kill the pigs." The crime looked like a copy of the then-recent Manson killings. ÂŠ 2012 USA Today.
bazaar shorts BORN TO KILL By Emma Abdullah
He couldn’t have been any more than fourteen years old. Innocence and confusion burned in his eyes as he stood there, not knowing what had happened to him. I looked at his face and suddenly, I saw myself. It was like staring into a mirror of the past; it was a few years ago, before I became a monster, before I was afraid to stare at my own reflection without hating myself. I will always remember that day: the day they came for me and changed my life forever. I was only a child and I knew not of all the world’s atrocities until I, myself, became a part of them. They came into my house early in the morning, screaming; they destroyed everything. I remember being woken up by the noise and running downstairs inquisitively to check what was going on. There was a bunch of men dressed in black with guns in their hands, holding my mother. Tears streamed down my bright cheeks and I screamed hysterically. My mother begged them not to hurt me; she said they could have anything they wanted. But they wanted me. I didn’t understand or perhaps, I refused to understand; I was only a child, 140
I wasn’t an object! What did they want from me? They left me no time to realize. Two men grabbed my shoulders, despite my frantic kicking and protesting and the pleas of my desperate mother. From under the table, I spotted two teary eyes intently staring at me; those of my little brother. Somewhere in my confusion, I felt relieved that they had not seen him, that he would not have to suffer my same fate. I couldn’t help noticing a little red ball that he was agitating as if to tell me something. It was then that it hit me, we had argued over who should have it the night before and I had been told off by my mother for not being a more responsible and protective older brother and letting the younger one have it. I remember giving in and laughing as I saw that he had slept with his prize to make sure it was not taken away. I died a little inside as I watched him place the ball near his heart. One man put his hand over my mouth to muffle the screams, so that nobody would hear the pleas of an innocent child. I heard a gunshot and a shriek. They took me away. I never saw my mother again. In fact, I never saw anyone I knew ever again. All
I saw every day was the other side of this world, the ugly side that not many people know about. We were twenty two children. Twenty two children who hadn’t smiled for years, twenty two children who had become adults too soon. R.S handed me a gun on my first day. R.S was the leader but no one really knew why he was called that. “‘When I tell you to shoot, you shoot”, he told me, “you kill or you get killed. The choice is yours.” I didn’t know what was happening to me, I didn’t know what I was doing or why. I always hoped I would wake up in the loving arms of my mother and she would comfort me , telling me it had all been just a nightmare. But I never woke up. This nightmare became my reality. At first I cried all the time; the long walks with so much weight on my skeletal back killed me and the short cold nights with the floor as my bed made me ache in the morning. I soon learnt that frail tears would not save me. In fact, nothing can save us from this unpredictable world in which we are all adrift. We were treated like objects; beaten, burnt and thrown around. The rebels who
dared to utter a word were made to pay the price and served as a warning for the rest of us. There was nobody to trust, some were made to kill their families and in the end I began to wonder if I could trust even myself and the demon growing inside me. We weren’t given food or water; we had to find our own when we could. The other children didn’t speak; their bodies were present, but not their souls. They did as they were told and it was as if the beatings no longer hurt them. Soon I became one of them myself. I remember the first time I had to pull the trigger; it was a young boy about my brother’s age, the little brother I was no longer there to protect. He hadn’t done anything, he hadn’t hurt anyone but he was a victim all the same. He was outside playing. I had cried and said I couldn’t do it, but they forced me. It was me or him. If I didn’t kill him, I would be killed so I had to choose my life over his. I despised myself from that day on; I hated all of it. This pointless war that we children were forced to fight for reasons we could not comprehend. The fact that it didn’t matter if you were innocent, it didn’t matter how old you were because war was war. That the biggest battle I fought was with myself because I hated the person they had made me. And for who? For what? What was the point of a war that made children orphans, that left mothers crying? Is this really all there is to this world? How can suffering help things get better? Does a life mean so little? Is that what we are all destined to become as we get older? In my naivety, I had promised myself that once I was old enough I would put an end to it . That I would speak out and make the world a better place. The years passed by, I grew. I became older, tougher and harder to hurt. My heart was cold; I had no mercy—I was like a machine. Not all of us made it though, some didn’t survive. They fell down one day and nobody picked them up. We walked on, it was just another lost life; we had seen it before. R.S handed him a gun. “You kill or you get killed”, he told the young boy. “The choice is yours.”
MIDDLE EAST CRISIS IN SPOTLIGHT At Toronto film festival By Julie Gordon
The Palestinian-Israeli conflict has taken a backseat to the Arab Spring recently, but at the Toronto International Film Festival an unusually high number of films shine fresh light on the decades-long conflict. Dramas like The Attack and Out in the Dark explore the human side of the strife, while documentaries such as State 194 and The Gatekeepers offer insight into the politics behind the conflict through interviews with top political and security players. Considered one of the world’s top festivals, Toronto helps kick off the Hollywood awards season, though films on the Middle East could prove too politically sensitive for mainstream audiences. In The Attack, Palestinian actor Ali Suliman plays Amin, a prominent Arab surgeon living a comfortable life in Tel Aviv. Amin’s cozy existence is shattered when he learns his wife is responsible for a suicide bombing that killed 17 people. As his Israeli friends and colleagues turn their backs on him, Amin tries to understand why his wife – well-educated, liberal and Christian – would have committed such an act. Based on the book by Algerian author Yasmina Khadra (the pen name of Mohammed Moulessehoul), The Attack plays on the human aspects of acts of betrayal, while offering insight into how precarious life can be for Arabs living in Israel. “Even if you live in that bubble – trying to pretend that the conflict is far away – eventually the conflict seeps back in,” said Ziad Doueiri, the film’s Lebanese director. “We can get along as much as we can, but when push comes to shove, you’re again an Arab and I’m an Israeli.” Another drama putting a fresh spin on the IsraelPalestine divide is Out in the Dark” a love story by first-time director Michael Mayer that centers on a gay lawyer, Roy, who falls for a Palestinian graduate student, Nimr. The budding relationship is complicated when Nimr’s visa is suddenly revoked and he 142
faces deportation. The film offers a rare glimpse into the risky lives of gay Palestinians living on the fringe in Tel Aviv, while grim shots of the towering West Bank fence aim to bring home the message of a lack of freedom for Palestinians. Israel has imposed a network of checkpoints and built a broad separation barrier across the West Bank after a Palestinian uprising erupted in 2000. Over 1,000 Israelis and several thousand Palestinians died in the violence that petered out midway through the decade. Israel maintains its wall and checkpoints are needed to protect it from attack. Effectively it prevents most West Bankers from entering Israel and reaching other parts of Palestine. “When the politics enter the personal, people get up and fight for it,” said Mayer of his approach to the film. “It feels more compelling to me when it’s told through a personal story.” Dror Moreh’s documentary The Gatekeepers is a riveting inside account of Israel’s intelligence gathering through interviews with six former heads of Shin Bet, Israel’s domestic intelligence agency. Tracing the annals of the agency and how its security tactics have changed in past decades, former security chiefs recall incidents such as the “Bus 300 Affair” in which two Arab bus hijackers were executed in custody. The documentary, which has attracted possible awards buzz for its unusual access to the security chiefs, also offers insight into assassinated leader Yitzhak Rabin and the dangers in Israel’s religious political right. “I don’t take politicians seriously anymore,” one of the chiefs says in the film, suggesting it is political leaders more than violence that acts as a barrier to peace. In the end, most chiefs profess that peace talks, not military action, is the only way forward, and point to a bleak future.
The future is slightly brighter in Dan Setton’s documentary State 194” which follows Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad on his two-year journey to have the nation recognized by the U.N. as an independent state. Featuring interviews with Israel’s former foreign minister Tzipi Livni and numerous activists on both sides, State 194 pushes a two-state solution to end the conflict. Settn said: “The Israelis want quiet, peace. But the Palestinians want freedom. They want to end the occupation. It’s not like they are on the same level.” Numerous other films at this year’s festival focus on the regions and surrounding areas, including Anais Barbeau-Lavalette’s Inch’Allah and Annemarie Jacir’s When I Saw You” Eran Riklis’ Zaytoun examines Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon. Rafea: Solar Mama follows one illiterate Bedouin woman’s struggle to move out of poverty in Jordan. Director Mona Eldaief called Rafea “a very unique, strong character,” and an inspiration for women fighting for rights across the region. Even some of the year’s bigger films jostling for Oscar attention tackle regional politics. Argo, recalls the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, while Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist shows a Pakistani Wall Street analyst whose experience with capitalism and the Sept. 11 attacks propels him toward Islamic fundamentalism. “We’ve had some trepidation about how it would be received in America,” producer Lydia Dean Pilcher said. The broad range of films offer little hope for a political solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict, but numerous directors spoke of changing perspectives on the ground. “On the big thing, it’s hopeless,” said Doueiri. “But I think the fact that I managed to make the film, with Israeli actors and with Palestinian actors ... maybe that is a little glimpse of hope, the fact that we could work together.”
bazaar investigates OREO DAILY TWIST After Draftfcb earned its global acclaim for the cookie’s 100th Birthday “History” print campaign, the agency’s “Daily Twist” effort now underway is taking social media by storm. What a way to keep OREO at the center of countless conversations and entertain millions of their fans while adding more each day! Quite simply Kraft & the agency are committed to produce many more to chronicle and celebrate the most significant news of each day in real time through the lens of OREO. Basically, it’s taking the spirit of the historic print ad campaign, and giving it a more contemporary twist. Each ad is being posted to the OREO Facebook page, which already has more than 27 million likes. Collectively this series has garnered millions of online impressions as OREO’s Facebook likes continue to climb. There has already been a net gain of more than 55,000 fans since the campaign began. Horizon Draftfcb is extending this phenomenon across the Middle East following our daily news, to celebrate & highlight memorable events. You may follow our regions OREO daily twist on the Horizon Draftfcb Facebook page.
BACK TO SCHOOL 2012 WITH MAX MAX has passionately planned and prepared the Back to School merchandise to make your young ones excited for the return to school. The Back to School collection is well coordinated; one can pick up all the necessities in one particular design or color like backpacks, lunch kits, pencil cases, water bottles etc. Focus of this year’s Back to School range is on new movies like ‘The Amazing Spiderman’,’ The Dark Knight Rises ‘(Batman). Also we have included Ben10, Beyblade, Disney Cars and Ferrari themed licensed merchandise; these characters are the hottest and most popular this year so far in the boy’s category. For girls it is always a pride to be called as the prettiest and trendiest of the lot, collections focus is on new Disney/ Pixar movie called ‘Brave’, also spot light is on evergreen Disney Princess, Hello Kitty, Barbie, Strawberry Shortcake, Lulu Caty etc. The collections are exclusive designs specially designed and can be purchased across all MAX stores - Hawally, Fahaheel, Al Rai, Salmiya, Khaitan, The Avenues, Jahra, Kuwait City and Fintas.
STARBUCKS LAUNCHES THE FLAT WHITE ESPRESSO IN KUWAIT Starbucks has raised the bar yet another notch for espresso drinks this autumn by launching its new Flat White across Kuwait. Flat White is Starbucks’ first new core espresso beverage in 15 years. The rich velvety drink will give you the boost you need to start your day. It is expertly handcrafted with premium espresso shots and whole milk steamed to microfoam which creates a glossy finishing touch on its surface and adds a sweet luxurious taste. The full-bodied espresso shots combined with the smooth texture of fresh milk create a unique treat that pays homage to the Italian roots of espresso – exclusively designed to delight coffee lovers. Starbucks is also launching the new Pike Place™ Roast, one of its smoothest coffees ever. Starbucks’ wealth of expertise in sourcing and roasting coffee has resulted in a rich taste, smooth finish and subtle flavours of cocoa and toasted nuts. This roast is a coffee you can enjoy all day, every day. Espresso yourself with the new Flat White offering and Pike Place ™ Roast across all Starbucks stores in Kuwait.
GULF BANK’S RED CUSTOMERS PROMPTLY RECEIVE STUDENT ALLOWANCES Service in line with its ‘We Promise’ program to provide the best and fastest banking service in Kuwait Gulf Bank announced that customers of its red™ program; a unique account designed by the Bank that is tailored specifically for college and university students, will receive their student allowances early the next morning following receipt by the Bank from the competent authorities. The enhancement is in line with Gulf Bank’s ‘We Promise’ program, which is a commitment from Gulf Bank to its customers to deliver the best and fastest banking services in Kuwait in terms of accuracy, quality and timeliness of transactions. Najla Al-Essa, Executive Manager, Consumer Banking Group, at Gulf Bank said: “Ensuring our customers are satisfied with our banking services is our number one priority. We are aware of the importance of our service levels to red™ customers which is why we changed our process to ensure that their allowances are available to them as soon as possible. We invite everyone to make use of this feature by opening a red™ account with Gulf Bank.” Customers wishing to take advantage of this benefit must have Gulf Bank’s red™ account and transfer their student allowance. Any student aged between 17 and 24 years can open a red™ account, which requires no deposit and is available for both current and savings accounts with monthly interest payments. To join the red program, you can visit one of Gulf Bank’s 56 branches or contact its Customer Contact Center on 1805805 for assistance and guidance. You can also log on to www.e-gulfbank.com, Gulf Bank’s website, to find all the information they need regarding the redprogram and its benefits.
i’m WATCH The world’s first real smart watch “i’m Watch” has been launched during a press conference at Hotel Missoni Kuwait by Abdulrahman Barrak Al Babtain Founder/CEO of AbdulrahmanBarrak Al Babtain Establishment (ABB) and the Italian inventors of the first real smart watch, Manuel Zanella, President of I’m Watch and Massimiliano Bertolini, Vice President and CEO of i’m Watch. This event marks the signing of an exclusive distributorship agreement between the Italian company i’m Watch and ABB for i’m Watch smart watch debut in the GCC countries Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Bahrain and Oman bringing a new concept in the telecom industry to foster innovation, creativity and excellence. The smart watch which is currently sold in Eureka Electronics and FASTtelco showrooms has now entered to X-cite Alghanim showrooms to satisfy the increasing demand and will soon be in the prestigious Harvey Nichols Kuwait department stores in Avenues phase III to follow the natural brand development on a high-end segment.
THE ESTÉE LAUDER COMPANIES’ 2012 BREAST CANCER AWARENESS (BCA) CAMPAIGN CELEBRATES ITS 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY The Estée Lauder Companies is proud to announce the 20th Anniversary of its global Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Campaign. The 2012 Campaign theme is Courage. Believe in a world without breast cancer. Know we’re here until it’s true. This year’s bold, empowering message highlights the Company’s 20 year commitment to defeating breast cancer through education and medical research and celebrates the life and legacy of BCA Campaign Founder and Pink Ribbon co-creator, Mrs. Evelyn H. Lauder. In 1992, during a time when thousands were dying from the disease yet it was only spoken about in whispers, she launched The BCA Campaign to raise awareness for the disease, encouraging women everywhere to practice breast health, while working tirelessly to raise funds for the critical research needed to find a cure. Twenty years later, The BCA Campaign continues to carry on Evelyn Lauder’s mission, inspiring women and men alike to find the courage and encourage others to tenaciously fight for a world free of breast cancer. The BCA Campaign is active today in more than 70 countries, has raised more than $35 million to fund 140 Breast.
FROM FBI Hackers obtain millions of Apple users' information By Will Oremus
The hacker group AntiSec claims the FBI has compiled a database of 12 million Apple UDIDs - the unique numbers that identify every Apple device, including iPhones and iPads - many of them complete with the device owner's personal information. To prove it, the Anonymous-affiliated group published one million of the IDs, along with the type (e.g. iPhone) and name (e.g. Jane Doe's iPhone) of each device. In a post accompanying the data dump, the group says it withheld other personally identifying information, including names, mobile phone numbers and addresses. There's no indication that bank account numbers or passwords were included. The group suspects the FBI was using, or planned to use, the information to track Apple users. The FBI has yet to comment on the apparent breach, and it's unclear how it obtained the Apple IDs. In a twist, the agent whose laptop AntiSec claims to have hacked appeared in a 2009 FBI recruiting video, urging hackers to join the bureau as cybersecurity experts. To AntiSec, which views cybersecurity experts as, essentially, tools of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, that makes him an ideal target. Meanwhile, some security researchers are pouncing on Apple for hard-coding unique identifiers onto every device in the first place. Wondering whether your device was among those compromised? The Next Web has built a quick tool that lets you check whether your UDID matches any of the one million that AntiSec included in its data dump. The Next Web assures users that it isn't storing the numbers they enter. Even if yours isn't a match, it could still theoretically be among the other 11 million that AntiSec says it has but didn't publish. 146
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THE PAST RETURNS To haunt Redford By Mike Collett
In All The President’s Men, Robert Redford famously played a reporter hunting clues that led to President Richard Nixon’s downfall. In The Company You Keep, the Oscar winner is the one who is hounded by a journalist, this time played by Shia LaBeouf. A fictional thriller based on a 2003 novel by Neil Gordon, The Company You Keep follows a former leftwing American militant whose past comes back to haunt him. Redford plays Jim Grant, a respectable lawyer and widower with a young daughter whose life is thrown into turmoil when his secret identity, as a member of The Weather Underground decades earlier, is revealed by a tenacious reporter. LaBeouf, one of several up-and-coming stars to feature at this year’s Venice film festival where the movie had its world premiere, appears as Ben Shepard, an ambitious writer working for a struggling local newspaper. When an ex-member of The Weather Underground (Susan Sarandon) gives herself up, he uncovers a network of former militants who went into hiding in the 1970s and are still wanted by the FBI for robbery and murder. One of those is Grant, who is forced to leave his daughter behind to search out the one person who 148
may be able to save him. “Fundamentally, the film is pretty much about what a man will do for a child, what a man will do to have the love of his daughter preserved,” Redford told reporters after the movie was screened to the media ahead of its red carpet premiere at Venice. Also starring Julie Christie, the two-hour movie explores the ideals of youth and whether they should be sacrificed for the sake of love and family. It also touches upon anti-capitalist protests today, which recall demonstrations against the Vietnam War, which spilled into violence in the form of radical splinter cells. The cat-and-mouse nature of Shepard’s pursuit of Grant and original news footage give it a similar to feel to All The President’s Men, and LaBeouf studied Redford’s performance in that movie to research his role. The young actor told reporters in Venice that there were major differences between challenges people faced in the 1960s and 1970s and those they must cope with today. “Bob’s generation, they put a gun in your hand and told you to go and run through the jungle and shoot people,” the 26-year-old said. “You didn’t really have a choice … My generation is very
different. We are not being asked to do the same things. We’re just broke. It’s easier to deal with being broke than being asked to kill.” Despite those differences, Redford said his film should resonate with contemporary audiences who may be tempted to rise up and revolt against a political and financial system he said favored the very wealthy. “Every generation has its moment of rebellion, its moment of discontent and its chance to do something about it,” said Redford, who last directed and starred in a movie in 2007 with Lions for Lambs. “The conditions might be different, the times might be different, but it always comes and it always will,” added the 76-year-old double Oscar winner. “It’s pretty obvious to anybody who’s got half of a brain paying attention in America that the super, super rich are doing just fine and the rest of the country is not … I don’t know if you saw that in America, the Republican convention? It’s really about the 1 percent. It’s very clear.” The Company You Keep has yet to get a North American release date. The Hollywood Reporter reported the U.S. rights to the movie have been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics.
bazaar finds HOLLYWOOD SMILE AT AL MUBARAKIYA DENTAL Have you ever caught yourself staring at the perfect smiles seen on TV, in the movies, and in magazines? The smiles of Hollywood actors and actresses, and models? Have you ever wondered, “How did they get that perfect, white smile?" Odds are, those celebrities were not born with pearly white smiles. These smiles were likely designed and created just for them with the help of a cosmetic dentist. The good news? Anyone can enjoy the perfect Hollywood smile, with the assistance of a cosmetic dentist and porcelain veneers. Veneers are a thin laminate layer of porcelain applied on the front side of the teeth. To correct badly damaged teeth, pure porcelain full crowns or a bridge can be used to reinforce and rebuild the teeth. Zirconia crowns are the strongest yet highly aesthetic crowns available. Porcelain veneers are the quick and reliable solution to close unpleasant gaps – diastema- between the teeth, Teeth that are stained or discolored. Teeth can become stained or discolored from root canal treatment, from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride, or the presence of large resin fillings that have discolored over time, Teeth that are worn down from use or grinding of teeth, Teeth that are broken or chipped, Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped. Porcelain veneers are sometimes referred to as “Instant Orthodontics". Porcelain veneers can be brushed, and flossed just like your own teeth. You should not even know they are in your mouth as they are bonded to your natural tooth structure. Imagine. In just a few short visits, you can have an amazing Hollywood smile . . . a smile that has been custom designed just for you. A smile that is straighter and whiter than you could have imagined. You’ll be looking younger and feeling more confident. And it’s all possible with your cosmetic dentist and porcelain veneers. Written by Dr. Amal Mohsen from the Egaila branch of Al Mubarakiya Dental.
GET READY TO FLY WITH THE 3RD RED BULL FLUGTAG! The 3rd Red Bull Flugtag will take place at the Marina Crescent on Friday October 19 at 1pm. More than 30 teams are putting the final touches on their flying machines. A panel of five judges will rate the flights based on three important criteria: Distance - this is a flying contest after all, creativity of craft – and showmanship. The top three teams will be rewarded with valuable prizes. Recently, Germany has raised the bar for the Kuwaiti Teams by setting a new world record at the Red Bull Flugtag held in Mainz when one of the teams flew 69 meters. This historic flight smashed the previous Red Bull Flugtag world record of 63 meters, which was held for more than two years. All selected teams will fly their planes from a 25 meter long and 6 meters high constructed runway using only human power. Each team, consists of one pilot and 3 assistants, so that he can lead the aircraft while the assistants help to hover as far as possible before landing in the water. While the sky may be the limit on creativity, there are still a few flight regulations. First off, all flying machines must be entirely human-powered (no external energy sources or stored power). Second, no matter what they say, size does matter – all crafts must be less than 8 meters wide and must weigh no more than 180 KGs including the pilot. Safety is paramount; therefore all competitors must wear a life jacket and helmet. For more information, visit www.redbullmea.com/flugtag
bazaar movie night The latest from the big screen playing in cinemas across Kuwait in October
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller Cast: Daniel Craig, Helen McCrory and Javier Bardem
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt
Genre: Horror Cast: Katie Featherston, Kathryn Newton and Matt Shively
Synopsis: An Istanbul operation ends in disaster, James Bond is presumed dead, the identities of every undercover MI6 agent are leaked online, and M becomes the subject of a government review. When the service is attacked, Bond's reappearance gives M the pretext she needs to seek out Silva, a villain claiming a personal connection to them both —Bond finds his loyalty to M challenged over secrets from her past.
Synopsis: In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented - but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a "looper" - a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) - is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good... until the day the mob decides to "close the loop," sending back Joe's future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination.
Synopsis: Paranormal Activity 4 is the upcoming
END OF WATCH
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama Cast: Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña and Anna Kendrick
Genre: Drama, Thriller Cast: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman
Synopsis: A year after Paris’s events, Bryan Mills
Synopsis: End of Watch stars Jake Gyllenhaal and
(Liam Neeson) gets a surprise visit from daughter Kim (Maggie Grace), and wife, Lenore (Famke Janssen). The reunion turns sour when Lenore is taken by Murad (Rade Šerbedžija), the employer of the men in the Paris apartment and father of Hoxha, whom Mills killed in the first film. Mills must use his lethal skills again to track down Lenore and eliminate those standing in his way.
Michael Peña as young Los Angeles police officers Taylor and Zavala patrolling the city's meanest streets of south central. Giving the story a gripping, firstperson immediacy through footage from the handheld HD cameras of the police officers, gang members, surveillance cameras, and citizens caught in the middle creates a riveting portrait of the city's dangerous corners and the cops risking their lives there every day.
Synopsis: Based on true events, Argo chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, set behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis. On November 4, 1979, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. However, six Americans escape and find refuge at the Canadian ambassador’s home. It’s only a matter of time before they’re found out and killed, and CIA specialist Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) has a plan to get them out.
supernatural horror film directed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost, directors of Paranormal Activity 3 written by Zack Estrin. Featuring Katie Featherston, who starred in all previous films, the story takes place five years after Katie killed boyfriend Micah, sister Kristi, husband Daniel, and took their baby, Robbie. The story focuses on Alice and her mom, experiencing weird phenomena since the new neighbors (Katie and Robbie) moved into town.
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HARLEY DAVIDSON 2013 MODELS Freedom on two wheels By bazaar staff
CVO - Breakout
Sportster 1200 Custom
Hard Candy Custom - Sportster 48
V-ROD - Night Rod Special
Harley-Davidson rolls into its 110th model year with a line of authentic American motorcycles that includes 110th Anniversary Editions of select Harley-Davidson motorcycle models and a restyled Dyna Street Bob model. Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) offers two new models, the CVO Breakout, a high-performance Softail model with exciting new finish options, and the CVO Road King, fitted with an innovative vented windshield and highoutput audio system. Also new for 2013, Harley-Davidson launches Hard Candy Custom, a styling movement rooted 154
in themes first seen in the chopper era of the late 1960s that embraces dazzling metal flake paint, brilliant chrome, and styling details in accessories, gear and apparel. Hard Candy Custom elements include â&#x20AC;&#x153;big flakeâ&#x20AC;? paint finishes, three of which will be selectively offered as a solid-color option on four Harley-Davidson production motorcycles for 2013. More than a century of experience, knowledge and riding passion lies behind each 2013 Harley-Davidson. Highlights of the 2013 Harley-Davidson line include: Nine Harley-Davidson models are offered as
110th Anniversary Editions, each serialized and featuring exclusive paint and commemorative solid bronze fuel tank badges. Production will vary by model and will be strictly limited to ensure exclusivity. These models come with all available factory-installed options as standard equipment. The Harley-Davidson Street Bob gets a tougher profile for 2013 with new blacked-out triple clamps and powertrain, and a chopped rear fender with combination stop/turn/tail lights. This rowdy Dyna bobber features a solo seat and mini-ape handlebar mounted on new risers that make it easier to customize the Street Bob. New paint options include
Dyna - Switchback
Touring - Ultra Classic Electra Glide
Hard Candy Custom metalflake and a scalloped twotone option. Hard Candy Custom embraces a trend that’s reemerged from garages around the globe. Now the sparkle of Hard Candy Big Red Flake, Hard Candy Lucky Green Flake and Hard Candy Coloma Gold Flake can be ordered as Original Equipment paint and serve as the foundation for personal customization. At least one Hard Candy Custom color will be offered on these Harley-Davidson motorcycle models: Seventy-Two, Street Bob, Softail Deluxe, and FortyEight. New and recently introduced Genuine Motor Accessory and Harley-Davidson MotorClothes items extend the Hard Candy Custom theme. The 2013 CVO series of limited-production premium custom motorcycles features the new CVO Breakout, a bold Softail model that takes production motorcycle finishes to a new level with two paint schemes that feature hand-polished steel sections on the fuel tank and fenders. The CVO Road King offers the first factory-installed Road King audio
Softail - Slim
system, and the new detachable Vented Wind Splitter windshield. The super-premium touring CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide and shark-nose CVO Road Glide Custom bagger return with new features for 2013. The versatile Harley-Davidson Sportster line includes five models, plus the Sportster 1200 Custom Anniversary Edition. Two new Custom Limited variants join the Sportster family: the XL 1200CA with custom graphics and XL 1200CB with black denim paint. New colors and graphics are offered on all Sportster models. The traditional “hard tail” lines of the HarleyDavidson Softail platform are offered on six models, including the Softail Slim, a back-to-basics 1950’s-style bobber introduce mid-year 2012. The 2013 Fat Boy now features Aluminum Bullet Hole Disc wheels as standard equipment. The Softail line also includes Heritage Softail Classic Anniversary Edition and the Fat Boy Special Anniversary Edition. Five Harley-Davidson Touring models, from the slammed-and-trimmed Street Glide to the fully
flstc - Heritage Softail Classic
equipped Electra Glide Ultra Limited, are ready to tackle the long road with fresh color and graphics options. The Road King Anniversary Edition is available in limited quantities for 2013. The smooth-handling 2013 Dyna line includes the re-styled Street Bob and four more models, plus the Super Glide Custom Anniversary Edition. The aggressive Harley-Davidson V-Rod powercruiser line features the Night Rod Special and V-Rod Muscle, each available in new colors for 2013. Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of HarleyDavidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. The showroom is in Shuwaikh on the corner Ghazali (60) and Canada Dry Street (3rd Ring Rd). For more information, visit Harley-Davidson's Kuwait website at www.harley-davidson-kw.com or call 24823 041/2/3. 155
March 21 - April 19
TAU R U S
April 20 - May 20
May 21 - June 21
Jan 20 - Feb 18
Problems of a financial nature are not as insurmountable as they seem. Seek good advice and then weigh it carefully before striking out on your own. Do not allow others to influence your convictions on moral issues, simply because it would make things neater and easier. On any tough question, the thing that is hardest to do is generally the thing you should do.
June 22 - July 22
Dec 22 - Jan 19
A Q UA R I U S
Estimate your personal worth, as well as financial, and see if you are able to make things balance. If you are found wanting, do something about becoming solvent once again. You would be well advised to seek medical advice about a serious problem. Office politics are definitely not your game and you should avoid playing such a game. Instead, select the most honest of you companions and back him to the hilt.
Getting to the bottom of a mystery may not be as pleasant for you as you think. Sometimes it is best to let sleeping dogs lie. In dealing with fellow workers on an important business deal, don’t allow others to speak for you, especially when the responsibility is yours alone. Keeping commitments may be a chore, but failing to do so could damage your reputation.
Nov 22 - Dec 21
C A P R I CO R N
Make sure that an old debt is paid in full before you go to the well once again. You might also do some serious thinking about your real desires and what it is you want to do with your life. If what you are presently doing is not making you happy — or at least contented — then why are you doing it? Take the advice of a friend seriously and give it a chance to work
A serious and quite disturbing love affair could begin for you now if you respond to the stimulus now being waved before you. If you are free and unattached, it might well be worth riding the whirlwind — because that is what it is likely to be. If already committed, make sure that this is what you really want, because it will probably cause a breaking of all old ties.
July 23 - Aug 22
S A G I T TA R I U S
Romance blossoms in the strangest places, according to the poet, and you could find this out to your utter amazement — and delight. Business problems may seem less if you take time to walk around to the other side so you can gain perspective. The same could be true for a personal matter that has been plaguing you.
A last-minute trip to faraway places could be just what the doctor ordered. Excitement and, very probably, romance could well be the result — but only if you let things move at their own pace. Now might be a good time to begin a serious savings plan. If you wait until all your debts are paid before you begin, you will probably never save anything — and you’ll probably never be out of debt if you don’t.
An upturn in your personal finances is definitely due and could come from a surprising source. Your best bet is to be totally honest and to hide nothing from those who may have a similar interest. If you lose, you won’t have lost your honor — and if you win, you win really big and there will be no carpers. Exercise your right to be heard in matters that are important to you personally.
S CO R P I O
Oct 23 - Nov 21
Climb down from your high horse and write that letter you have been mentally composing for the last few months. If what you feel is real, you would be quite foolish to stand on ceremony. In office matters, make sure you keep your tongue from flapping concerning affairs that should remain private. A slip of the lip could sink more than a ship It could sink your plans for the future.
Aug 23 - Sept 22
Sept 23 - Oct 22
Maintaining the status quo may not solve your problems. You may be called upon to exhibit some independent thinking and some very positive action if you are to come out on top. In romantic affairs, keep things light and don’t go overboard with promises on the first date. Be extremely cautious when dealing with complicated machinery and don’t take unnecessary chances.
Feb 19 - March 20
what’s your sign?
You could gain an important and influential friend simply by speaking your mind and not allowing others to run roughshod over your or someone close to you. Spend a little time with a youngster or an old person who is close to you, even if it means making some personal sacrifices. Hours, not things, are important to those who love you.
Let someone close to you know exactly how you feel about him or her. This is particularly important if there is an adulation on your part. Maybe things won’t work out — but they certainly won’t as long as you keep quiet. Expect proper conduct out of your subordinates and you will get it. A financial opportunity could wither away if you hesitate too long.
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