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BEAUTY

28. Intersection 30. Black And White 32. Parenting Tips For 2015 34. Introduction To Hospitality 110. Movies And Their Impact On Society

96. Winter Skin Survival 98. Perfume Extracting

ENTERTAINMENT 106. Music With MJB 107. Top Music Charts 108. January Movie Releases

FASHION

68. Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience 70. Fashion Photo Shoot -Mosaic 90. Fashion Photo Shoot-Winter Desert Rose 130. Fashion News

FEATURE

18. Welcome To Another Effing New Year 20. Festive Day 22. New Year’s Reading Resolutions 24. Rant And Rabbit III 26. ٢٠١٥ ً ‫أهال‬

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FOOD

64. Ditch The Shrink And Gym It Instead To A Better You This 2015! 66. New Year-New Resolutions

84. Nat’s Kitchen Tales. . . With Love


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HEALTH

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INTERVIEW

36. Alessandra Vicedomini 56. Shaima Namovar 100. Maali Al-Oudah 112. Latifa Al-Gallaf 122. One-On-One With Kinda AlFaris

KIDS

154. Kids Pages

114. Short Stories By Nadia AlHassan 116. The Beauty In Quietude 118. Writing Tips By Nada Faris

60. Ways To Keep Your New Year Resolutions

62. Ten New Year Resolutions To Keep For 2015

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TECHNOLOGY

124. Cool New Gadgets 126. Tech Updates & News 128. Three Resolutions To Keep This Year

REGULARS 59. The Color Recipe 86. City Guide 88. Travel With MuzMuz 120. January Book Releases 121. Book Club 136. Diary Of A Citizen Of The World 137. Adopt A Street Princess 139. Events 146. Press 152. Say Cheez With CityPages 156. Homework For Grown Ups 158. Horoscopes


Dear Readers… Dhari Al-Muhareb Editor-in-Chief

Jameel Arif

General Manager & Editor Eng. Homoud AlMuhareb Publishing Director

Abeer Al-Abduljalil Managing Editor

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Creative Director Graphic Designers Mohammed Syed Khaled Al-Enezi Contributing Team Nadia Al-Hassan Abdullah Y. Shams AlDeen Abdulaziz Al-Khamis Nada Soliman Abdalla AlMuzaini Nada Faris Adnan Najeeb Al-Abbar Nour Al-Zaabi Ali - DJ RAVEN Oussama T. Hussein ARTRONAUTS Paul Tunbridge ASAMA Perfumes Reshmi Revi BirthKuwait Deema DeCaux Sanaa Abdul Hamid Dr. Nazia Nausheen Sandra Bakhamian Faisal Al-Dhofari Sherihan A. Hassabo Erika Habig Talah Alabdulaaly John McArthur Tassnim Hassoun Khaled Al-Zawawi Zahra Ashkanani Layla Harmony Zahra Taqi Maha Al-Rashed

Happy 2015! Time flies when you're having fun, they say. Well, we must be having a blast, because we've realized, with a bit of a start, that this is our fifth anniversary issue. 2015 is guaranteed to be an incredible year: We’ve got month after month of blockbuster CityPages lined up for you, each featuring a different theme. The five-year milestone has resulted in my thinking back to our original plans and how they have evolved over the years. The first issue of CityPages made its debut in the January of 2010. Our first cover personality was Manayer Salmeen, who had won the Miss Arab Sport title then. We profiled Faakhir - Pakistan's hottest pop icon as part of a larger story. We also had a very special feature on The Day Spa for Men. Since then, we have been carefully selecting our cover personalities and during this five-year journey, we are lucky to have featured some of the best talented and highly respected people from different industries. We have begun 2015 with a solid start by featuring the first Kuwaiti female fur designer - Maali AlOudah. In this issue, we have experimented with different Kuwaiti and internationally famous photographers and I am sure you will love the cover and the exclusive interview shots of Maali AlOudah that were captured by the lens of Hamad AlQaoud. We are very thankful to the management and staff of THE One for making it happen. We took our fashion photo shoot to a whole new level with the talented photographer Saleh AlSanad which was done at the newly opened authentic Egyptian restaurant - Abou ElSid. Our zest took us further outside Kuwait to the deserts of Dubai where we were lucky to execute a photo shoot with the talented international photographer Bunuel Green and international model Bianca Sutu. Make sure to read our exclusive interview with Shaima Namavar and Latifa AlQallaf in this issue and our special feature on the newly opened The Salhiya Medical Pavilion that promises to redefine your well-being. I would end my letter by sharing a stanza from my favorite poem by Robert Frost: The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.

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#61 JANUARY 2015

Dear CityPages Readers,

Hello Our Beautiful Readers!

Happy New Year! welcome to our 5th Anniversary issue,

Happy New Year.

which I am proud to say is more dense than ever. Packed with

I hope all of you will be enjoying New Year’s celebrations and at

interesting articles, great interviews with wonderful people,

the same made your New Year’s resolutions. Actually January is

while featuring quite a lot of event coverage, I hope this issue

a very good month to take a little pause, have a glance at your

will have you delving back in frequently.

last year achievements and to see what is left to be done.

When I joined forces with our General Manager and Editor

At CityPages, 2014 was a busy and successful year. We went on

I never thought we’d ever reach this far, but I also learned

and on and reached achieved many goals and reached important

the biggest lesson in life (as late as it may have come), is that

milestone. Life is a continuous journey which should keep on.

persistence is key in surviving anything. Persisting in the publishing

We are hoping and expecting your continuous love for CityPages

field here in Kuwait is not as easy as one may think, and requires

will grow more as from time to time we keep bringing for you

effort, hard work and most of all love for the magazine. Nothing

new and interesting topics and segments in the magazine.

ON THE COVER: Maali Al-Oudah

thrills me more than knowing we’ve come this far, and we are

With this saying, enjoy our 5th anniversary issue and get into the

grateful to all of you our readers for supporting us along the way.

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Thank you from the bottom of my heart !

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WELCOME TO ANOTHER EFFING

NEW YEAR! Paul Turnbridge

As I write this, the New Year Celebrations are already a fading memory and, by the time you read this, we’re already full throttle into the year 2015 and wondering how 2014 passed so quickly. Over the years I have come to realize that we all view the transition to a new year in different ways. Although it’s seen as a great time of celebration by many to celebrate and look to the future (the “half glass full” brigade), there are yet others (the “glass half empty” bunch) who do little but bemoan this passing of time. Yet the arguments to support the views of each are much the same, and I believe it’s merely the vision and disposition of individuals that determines their outlook at this time, as in all other aspects of life. A New Year can be seen as an opportunity for new beginnings; a time to make a fresh start. Do YOU view this positively, or with negativity? Using the letter ‘F’ as my inspiration and focus, let’s take alternative looks forward…

First The New Year started on January the first. But there’s a first day to every month. What’s so special about that? There’s a first time for everything! What can I do this month/this year, that I’ve never done before?

Freezing The weather is just so cold at the moment. I simply can’t get warm these days. Have you ever experienced the famous Nordic Ice Hotel? Or have you been skiing in real snow? Or even had a snowball fight? Now’s your big chance to wrap up warmly and enjoy the best of what winter has to offer!

Food I always eat too much over the holidays … I’m already too fat … why is it so difficult to lose weight? And when will McDonalds start home delivery? I’m conscious that I tend to eat too much, but I like food. I shall seek out some new recipes to treat myself to some exciting new flavours with a healthy twist.

Fitness Every year I resolve to lose weight and get fit. I join a gym with best intentions, and start off by putting in every bit of energy that I can muster, but get bored quickly and stop going after the first couple of visits. Why should I even bother? I want to lose weight and improve my fitness, but realise that I have to put my mind in the right place before making the physical effort. Joining a gym is all well and good, but if I’m really determined then I shouldn’t need that as an incentive. I’m going to put on some trainers and start my regime with daily walks ... then jogs ... and then move on to some simple exercises. Once I’ve started to set aside the time to exercise like this, it will be easier to move my regime into a gym occasionally and I will enjoy my exercise time more, by working upscale gradually. citypageskuwait.com

Friends I think the start of a New Year is such an excellent time to go through my address book and social media accounts, and delete all those “socalled” friends in whom I really no longer have any interest. I think the start of a New Year is an excellent time to renew old friendships and make special efforts to contact those with whom I’ve not spoken for far too long!

Family Well, you can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family! I think I shall stick with my friends! Blood is thicker than water ... my family will love and support me through the coming year, and the year after, and the year after that, and.......and let’s face it, I love them too!

Fellowship I don’t go out very much...I much prefer my own company. I like to socialise as much as possible. The prospect of meeting lots of new people in the coming year, and sharing experiences together, is exciting and makes every waking minute worthwhile.

Finally I think you’re getting the picture by now ... but how do you view your life in the coming year? Did you consider that January 1st could have been just the first day of a new adventure or even the continuation of fun journey you’re already enjoying? Or was it just another day of misery in a drab existence. I believe strongly that life is what you make of it, and opportunities are ther to be grasped. But whatever your outlook, I wish each and every one of you the most fabulous year possible, and hope that you will keep CityPages close to you on your journey.


Funny old month, innit? January, I mean. Everybody’s got over stuffing themselves stupid over the winter break, Santa Claus has gone back up to the North Pole or wherever he disappears to for a little well-earned R&R, the reindeer have taken a few weeks off and all the rest of us are reading the weather forecast for entertainment. Except, of course if you live in Australia, in which case you throw another shrimp on the barbie before heading off to the beach. However, for us in the northern hemisphere – I do say this lightly because Kuwait has some terrific weather at this time of the year – most of the rest of us are looking for the odd bolt of sunlight to brighten otherwise grey and uninviting skies.

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So, what do people actually find to celebrate and shout about? For me, it’s easy. Yes, old Perry’s birthday is this month, so any small gifts, especially with designer labels on them, can be dropped off at the office where the house-elves will keep them for me. I’d be particularly interested in receiving a present from any unattached ladies, age and appearance unimportant, with a phone number. At the turn of the year, lots of us are quite unjustifiably pressured to make Resolutions. These are, as we all know, a total waste of time. You decide you’re gonna go sugar-free because you glanced nervously in the bathroom mirror, decided you looked like a hippo and the thought of taking up jogging made you feel nauseous. Or, you’d only have one cheeseburger for lunch. Instead of four. But, just one barely kept the growling demon of impending famine away, so you compromised and didn’t buy fries. Or, for others, you resolve to spend less time on social media. So, you post on Facebook that you’re going to spend less time on social media. It takes three hours to wade through the avalanche of derisory replies you get from, it would seem, almost every


one of your three thousand two hundred friends, eight of whom you’ve actually met. So, what festivals of delight await us all in this, my birthday month. Thought I’d slip a wee reminder in, just in case people didn’t catch it the first time. Early in January, there’s one we might all just miss out on. Festival of Sleep Day is this month, the third, I think. No, you are not dreaming, but perhaps you should be. So, if your copy of CP isn’t in your hand by then, you missed out. This day is an opportunity to sleep in, snooze, doze, nap, and catch a few zees. On mature reflection, early January is the perfect date for Festival of Sleep Day. The holidays are over and how exhausting they were. No more ‘Frosty the Snowman’ in the malls. No more listening to Uncle George banging on about politics, watching the dribble running down his chin. Time to re-charge ze little grey cells. Shakespeare must have known when he came up with this, one of his better one-liners from “The Tempest”. ‘We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep’. Good old Prospero. Couldn’t be better said really, with all that new stuff at school and in the office to worry about. So, there you go. Catchup time. A wee power nap, cosied up in bed or on the couch, perhaps with a favorite stuffed animal. But, a word of caution. Sleeping at work is not recommended, especially if you are a brain surgeon or a taxi driver. The only exception is for mattress testers. After exhaustive research, I have been unable to discover the origins of the Festival of Sleep Day. I suspect this is because the originators were half-asleep when the idea occurred to them and they just forgot to write it down somewhere. Alternatively, I just made the whole thing up. For all the insomniacs, anxious types and what not, the idea of spending a day in bed doing nothing is about as attractive as being run over by a tractor. Conveniently, however, on this very same day, there’s another festival event just for you. Fruitcake Toss Day is your opportunity to finally throw away the

old fruitcake. This has nothing at all to do with mad old Auntie Muriel who’s been developing the habit of wandering around in the wee small hours in her nightgown and being brought home by the police having been caught wheelchair racing on the Fourth Ring. After the holidays are over, it's time to bring in the new, and toss out the old. Today is the day that the fruitcake goes. For those unfamiliar with fruitcake, it’s a cake, surprisingly enough, with fruit that some people make over the winter holiday season. It’s really quite yummy when fresh but gets a bit ripe when old and mouldering, hence this little ritual. There is no established method to toss out the old fruitcake. Some people gather up a few friends who also are fortunate enough to have received a fruitcake for the holidays. They might go out into a large open space; the desert is quite handy, one finds, and see who can toss it the farthest. Caution: it is not recommended to toss the cake at anyone, much as one might be tempted to settle old scores. Its ingredients run to the massive, containing as it does, sugar, flour and various species of fruit. A vertical descent on to the occipital lobe may very well injure someone, in which case either hospitalisation and/or litigation may result. It’s important to bear in mind that Fruitcake Tossing runs counter to the tradition held by many to pass the fruitcake around from one person to the next, like a hot potato. In this tradition, the person who is holding the fruitcake when the music stops, or on the Second Sunday after Epiphany, whichever occurs first, must store it away until next year. Once again, after extensive research, the origins of this all-important event are shrouded in mystery, but see above. A little later on in the month, my sources tell me the tenth, is another vitally important event that is not to be missed. It’s Houseplant Appreciation Day. This is the day when you sit down in front of your African Violet and, well, talk to it a bit. It’s in need of carbon dioxide, you see, so it gets really bucked up if you find a few hours to spend with it, exhaling vigorously. Read to it. Something improving, like a Shakespeare sonnet or the Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Its petals will glow appreciatively and you can leave it with the warm glow of one who has made a small contribution to the ecological balance of Nature. I do rather like the next one, celebrated three

days later after your houseplant has died. It is, of course, International Skeptics Day. Perhaps the earth isn't really round. Maybe, the sky isn't truly blue. Does he or she really love me? For those who don’t know, a skeptic is a person who questions or doubts facts and theories. They are a misbeliever who does not accept the "given", the status quo, the objective fact. For them, it’s not so much whether the glass is full or empty; it’s more that perhaps the glass doesn’t really exist at all. If you are inclined to doubt things that you see or hear then this is your day. An exception being whatever you see on the TV news or read on the Internet because everybody knows that if it’s on TV it must be right. Sometimes, in bleaker moments, I bemoan the fact that very rarely do I have to use a pen any more. The delicious unscrewing of the cap, the sensual feel of ink flowing like liquid velvet over the page, words unravelling in curlicue and apostrophe – Peregrine in poetic vein. Just for people like me, then, is National Handwriting Day, celebrated on the twenty-third, the birthday of John Hancock, who was, apparently, the first signatory to the Declaration of Independence. This was the day when the fledgling United States cast off forever the shackles of the hated colonial imperialist hegemony of the British. Oh, I do like that phrase. I’ve been trying to find somewhere to use it for months. Instead, I tap away like a woodpecker and the words magically form in perfect Times New Roman on the screen and our good friends at CP turn it into art for you to read. D’you know, there are too many special days in January to count. Each seems to have its own special flower and even special recipe. So, I have to remember that on January 23, I must get an aloe vera plant, not forgetting to talk to it, so very handy to treat the bruising when I drop a typewriter on my foot, while eating my Caesar salad. There must be another holiday soon. January, 2015


NEW YEAR’S READING RESOLUTIONS

Happy New Year, dear readers! As is the tradition every year, I’ve gone ahead and made some cool new resolutions. My resolutions were partly inspired by the many book club meetings I’ve attended over the past two years. For those of you who are interested, the club is called Kuwait Bibliophiles. For more details, you can drop us a line at Kuwait. Bibliophiles@gmail.com. Given my infuriating ability to dispense unsolicited advice, I thought of sharing my resolutions with all of you. This year, I’ve decided to stick to reading resolutions because eating healthy & learning a new language can wait. Grab a cup of piping hot tea or coffee and read on: Jade D'costa

Jade is an expat based in Kuwait. She enjoys reading, writing, traveling, hoarding books and people watching. She is a marketer by profession and an accomplished daydreamer.

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Abandon More Books: I am a serial bookabandoner and I wear that title with pride. Life is too short to read tedious books. If a book fails to spark my interest in the first 50 pages, I will gladly abandon it and move on to the next one. Most readers scoff at my ability to drop books. Why waste precious time subjecting yourself to the mind-numbing drudgery of uninteresting books? Where is the fun in that? My advice to you: abandon more books! How else are you going to tackle your massive TBR (To Be Read) pile? Expand Your Literary Horizons: The best way to broaden your literary horizons is to join a book-club. You could also start one on your own. It is a piece of cake. All you need is a nice meeting place and a few willing participants who enjoy reading. Cookies will definitely help. Meeting fellow bookworms & discussing books is a great way to expose yourself to the many genres that make up the reading world. Convert the Non-Readers: ‘I don’t like to read’ is a phrase uttered by lesser mortals who have

not yet discovered the joy of reading. They don’t know the comfort of a good book on a bad day. Surprise them with a book on their birthday or a subscription to audible. Take a Break: Sometimes even the most avid readers need a break from their beloved books. Our batteries need recharging. So why not take a break you’ve been dying for. Try a new hobby, travel or stare intently into oblivion. Try a New Genre: There are so many genres to choose from: historical, fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, memoirs etc. Take your pick & delve into the wonderful world of books. Challenge Yourself: A reading challenge is a great way to keep yourself entertained and on track. It’s a fun way to diversify your reading and have some fun along the way. My favorite challenge is the Goodreads reading challenge because I enjoy checking things off a list. Last year, my goal was to read 40 books and I was successful despite certain hurdles (read: procrastination) along the way. It can be slightly maddening sometimes but it is a fun challenge nonetheless. Happy reading!


RANT AND RABBIT III Paul Turnbridge

When I put pen to paper to write my first set of rants (that were published in November last year) I hadn’t actually anticipated that I would still be ranting three months on! Yet here I am with more to get off my chest. It seems that there’s so much more to moan about than I had expected ... but I don’t want to be considered a total miseryguts so shall make this the final instalment. Definitely! For sure!!

Lighting Up Okay, so I shall start by tackling yet another of the annoyances suffered on local roads. How is it that so many drivers fail to notice when the weather is perhaps a little foggy, or when the natural light has dimmed and visibilty is impaired? During the winter months, daylight hours are slightly reduced but, with working hours unchanged, I find myself driving to and from the office in relative darkness. To compensate for this, I switch on my car’s headlights – this serves two purposes; firstly it helps me to see other obstacles on the road; secondly it helps other drivers to see me (or at least, to see my car). I think these are two pretty important reasons for lighting up, so am amazed that so many other drivers on the roads do not do the same; that there are cars being driven on busy and dangerous roads withoutthe required illumination. This morning I awoke to a blanket of fog, through which it was not easy to see other vehicles on the road, and it was still dark too. Yet I lost count of the number of cars and buses that were being driven without lights! Were drivers ignorant of the added dangers? Or could they not find the light switches in the fog? There’s even a pretty big clue from the local authority as to when you should switch on your lights, people – the streetlights will be glowing too!! To drive in the dark and in times citypageskuwait.com

of poor visibility without lights is dangerous and irresponsible ... why are some drivers still oblivious to this fact?

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I guess it was going to happen eventually. Did you see the headlines? “Maid eaten alive by domestic pet” or something similar? That sounds a bit over-dramatic, of course, but it appears not to be too far from the truth ... except that under no circumstances could the offending creature be described as a domestic pet. It was a wild animal that should never have been allowed to live in the captivity of a residential home! There are seriously disturbed people here in Kuwait who think it’s fun to own wild animals as family pets. But these animals will never lose their wild nature – Lions, Tigers, Cheetahs, Pumas, Jaguars, and the like, should never be considered as docile as other domestic cats; they will always represent a danger to everyone around them. I have seen such wild cats sitting alongside their owners in cars; some of my friends have been sitting with their own pets in Vets’ waiting rooms when wild cats have been brought in for treatment, and do the owners really think they could control their animal on a leash if it decides it wants to get friendly with another owner or their pet in such a confined space? Their presence in Kuwait has long been an accident waiting to happen and, sure enough, the worst scenario has now become a reality. Allowing the captivity of wild animals to continue in private homes is a madness that should be outlawed. It is a danger to the public and to the citizens of Kuwait, and it’s totally unfair to the animals themselves. Enough said? As I conclude this third diatribe and bow out from my terminal rants, I thank you for your patience in reading my moans and for your support in feeding me with subjects about which to moan! Perhaps I shall be back with more at a later date ... but for now I need to take a break and just chill.

I have just moved to a new apartment. I must admit that I hadn’t really wanted to move, because I loved my previous home – it was a lovely villa apartment that I had occupied since it was first built around four years ago, and was in a lovely quiet family neighbourhood. The reason for the move was purely financial. I had been led to believe that rents were fixed for five years by law but, in reality have now found that to be untrue. After three years my landlord notfied me of a rent increase that amounted to more than 11%, and advised that it would increase again after a further year – the reason being that rents had increased in general and that he was therefore “losing money”. The agent though whom I had found the apartment assured me that this was not legal but, at the same time, if I made formal complaint the landlord would simply make an excuse and give me one month’s notice to vacate. And so I decided that, as the rent-rise anniversary approached, I had little option but to find a new home. I have been lucky ... I managed to acquire a great new apartment in a new apartment complex – it’s slightly smaller than my last place but is better equipped with higher quality fittings throughout; it’s also a lower rent than I had been paying, and of course this should be guaranteed for the full 5 years! But this not an isolated case, and I have heard stories of landlords similarly imposing “illegal” rent increases of up to 50%. It is horrifying to think that, even though the law is pretty clear on landlord and tenant rights, in reality the tenant in a villa apartment appears to command no rights whatsoever! I believe I was fortunate in being able to find a great new place so that I could move at a time of my

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‫أه ً‬ ‫ال ‪٢٠١٥‬‬ ‫ها قد غادرنا عام ودخلنا عام جديد‪ ،‬ودعنا فيه أشخاص و أحداث وتعلمنا دروسًا جديدة تظيف لحياتنا خبرة أكثر‪،‬‬ ‫عام حمل بأيام الكثير من األمور الجميلة وغيرها‪ ،‬حققنا أهدافًا ونستعد لتحقيق أهداف أجمل‪ .‬تأكد أن كل ما‬ ‫غادرنا ٍ‬ ‫مررت به كان خيرة واهلل تعالى لن ينساك أبدًا‪ ،‬وابدأ اليوم واآلن بتخطيط حياة جديدة بأهداف جديدة‪ ،‬فإن عشت بال‬ ‫أهداف أصبحت أحد المحققين ألهداف غيرك كما ذكرت إحدى الدراسات األمريكية‪.‬‬ ‫ابدأ اآلن بتحديد أهدافك على جوانب حياتك المتعددة؛ الجانب المالي‪ ،‬المهني أو العملي‪ ،‬الترفيهي‪ ،‬الصحي‪،‬‬ ‫االجتماعي‪ ،‬التطوعي‪ ،‬الشخصي وغيرها من الجوانب‪ .‬و ال تتمسك بجانب وتهمل اآلخر‪ ،‬بل اجعل االتزان اسلوب‬ ‫حياتك‪.‬‬ ‫ابدأ بتحديد هدف لكل جانب وضع له خطة تلتزم بها لتوصلك كل خطوة لذلك الهدف‪ ،‬فمث ً‬ ‫ال‪ :‬ان كان هدفك‬ ‫الصحي تقليل وزنك ‪ ،‬حدد الوزن الذي ترغب بالوصول له‪ ،‬والمدة الزمنية المناسبة للوصول له وابدأ بالعمل لهذه‬ ‫الخطة‪ ،‬كأن تمارس الرياضة وتحدد لها وقت‪ ،‬أو الذهاب الخصائي تغذية أو االستعانة بمدرب شخصي‪.‬‬ ‫تذكر أن خالل ‪ ٦‬شهور يفقد معظم من وضع خطته باهمالها‪ ،‬لذلك عليك بتشجيع نفسك دائمًا‪ ،‬وتواجد في بيئة‬ ‫مشجعة لك‪ ،‬وال تنسى أن تكافئ نفسك كلما أنجزت أمرًا‪.‬‬ ‫ابدأ عامك بطريقتك‪ ،‬واختر الطريق الذي تريده لنفسك‪ ،‬وال تنسى أنك تملك حق اختيار أهدافك‪.‬‬

‫‪Nour AlZaabi‬‬

‫‪Nour holds a Master in Business Administration‬‬ ‫‪and a Bachelor in Marketing and is a Member at‬‬ ‫‪The Kuwait Economic Society and British Council‬‬ ‫‪Entrepreneur Network in Kuwait. Stay tuned for‬‬ ‫‪her articles and features in the CityPages magazine.‬‬

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INTERSECTION Commitment is such a big word that might ring 3 bells: nCommitting suicide nCommitting a crime nAnd committing to a relationship It is been researched and proven that “Fear of Commitment” is psychologically considered as a phobia that refers to avoidance of longterm commitments. And patients with this type of psychological disorder are called “commitmentphobic”. Why does it exist? Imagine you are a bird, free, flying, with your wide spread wings, high in the sky, above the clouds; then you get a proposition: “Quit flying and let me put you in a cage… but the good news is: I will always be with you in that cage. You NEVER have to be alone.” Sherihan A. Hassabo Sherihan A. Hassabo is a passionate writer who started expressing her opinion about controversial subjects when she was 14. When she is not directing events, she likes to investigate the interesting relationships' controversy in our Eastern society. Every month, and from real life experience; Sherihan will share a story, an idea, opinion, or a simple advice for men and women to live happily ever after. citypageskuwait.com

Think about it for a second, process it, digest it... Moving on! The problem with commitment is not that a commitmentphobic wants to keep the options open and never want to “commit” to one person only. I believe this phobia results from the notion of “unification”. Well, let me break it to you. The idea of canceling your own life (and subsequently the partner’s life too) because now it is the time to start a whole new life together, one that is revolved around nothing but being a couple; is socially proven as a “FAILURE”. It is simply not successful. Yes, a couple must share a life but that doesn’t have to be ALL what they do. The way I see it, each person should keep his own life (his own circle), have his own dreams and pursue them. Each should let the other be what they are because changing and changing and changing that person will only result in another person other than the one you fell in love with in the first place – wouldn’t it? When two circles intersect, they meet at a certain point – but the rest of both circles is still there. It is not wiped off! The two circles are

two different lives, two different personalities, two different qualities, two different set of hopes and dreams. The intersection part is the one where those two lives meet and complete one another. There is a pretty fine line between a two separate circles, a two intersecting circles, and a ONE big circle. It is not about being inseparable, and “we go everywhere and we do everything together because we are a couple”… NO! You got it all wrong. Getting into a relationship, a couple should be clear and decisive about their intersection plan. They have to realize there will be no 4th scenario, this is it. They need to think about it and select one that they both believe in. nDo you want to stay in your own circle (alone)? nDo you want to get into a relationship, keep your own circle, and share half of it with someone worthy? nDo you want to forget about your circle and step into a whole new circle and start discovering? This is what “couples” do. Think, plan, and decide together.


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John McArthur

BLACK AND WHITE

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The British are quite a selfeffacing people. Which means that they tend to apologise when there’s no need and generally take the blame in awkward social situations just in case anybody might for a moment point the finger at them. Most well brought up types do it. They have the gene. They’d apologise to the mugger in the street who has just stolen their wallet at knifepoint for not having enough money in it. This desire not to offend, however, has metamorphosed into the rather more hard-boiled notion of ‘political correctness’. Political correctness, the attitude of being careful not to offend or upset any group of people in society who are believed to be in some way different or indeed disadvantaged is so quintessentially hard-wired into the British psyche that it’s almost painful. Ironically, it was the Communists who first popularised the term, and those who toed the Party line during political debates were derisively referred to as being ‘politically correct’. Communist loyalty overrode compassion and the Socialists who believed so passionately in egalitarian moral ideas could be separated from the Communists who, like Boxer, the carthorse in “Animal Farm”, stubbornly proclaimed that “Napoleon is always right” without really being able to give the matter much critical thought. I sometimes wonder whether we have all apologised ourselves into a corner. Is our desire not to offend or to challenge an opinion with which we disagree in fact contributing to a mainstream culture which has become cautious and sanitised, almost afraid of its own shadow because of "the watchful eye of the PC police", those shadowy arbiters of public consciousness and good taste? The more PC the reader might be, the more he might now be wondering if I am going to offend anybody by saying something outrageous and hurriedly thinking about turning the page. Certainly, it would be possible, but perhaps not expedient. Some cultures are much less happy than others about people who poke their sacred cows with a pointed stick and the thought of – by way of a completely hypothetical example – drawing offensive cartoons could never be contemplated. However, if we must find a scapegoat, a softer target might be, let’s say, global warming. There is a body of thought – perhaps even evidence -, which is unafraid to use heavyweight language in this context. The “propaganda which masquerades as science” – the public pronouncements of scientists who state without real certainty that global warming is a crisis simply peddles fear in fossil fuel hungry countries like the USA. Stanford climatologist Stephen Schneider had this to say: 'We have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have.' Doubts there are, and in abundance. As an example, Hans von Storch a professor of climatology in Germany wrote that “scientific research faces a crisis because its public figures are overselling the issues to gain attention

in a hotly contested market for newsworthy information." "The alarmists think that climate change is something extremely dangerous, extremely bad and that overselling a little bit, if it serves a good purpose, is not that bad." What this really means is that here’s one scientist who knows that rather a lot of the 'science' is nothing more than propagandistic conjecture and hype. He goes on to remark “climatologists tend to 'make only comments that are politically correct' and that their wobbly research is at the service of fear.” “The pattern is always the same: the significance of individual events is processed to suit the media and cleverly dramatised; when prognoses for the future are cited, among all the possible scenarios it is regularly the one with the highest rates of increase in greenhouse gas emissions — and thus with the most drastic climatic consequences — that is chosen. Equally plausible variations with significantly lower emission increases go unmentioned.” Whom does this serve? It is assumed that fear can motivate listeners, but we tend to forget that it mobilises them only in the short term. Each successive claim about the future of the climate and hence the fate of the planet must be ever more dramatic and awe-inspiring than the previous one. Once apocalyptic heat waves have been predicted, the climate-based extinction of animal species no longer attracts as much attention and images of solitary polar bears on ever-shrinking ice floes fails to garner the emotional momentum that it once did. Thus we all get locked in to a spiral of hyperbole. We, as a species, crave a degree of certainty about our future which scientific relativism, much as we might wish it to be otherwise, can frequently fail to adequately provide. The scary, exponentially shaped curves showing runaway global warming in our own lifetime do little to reassure us. If we overnight abandoned fossil fuels, methane generation and all the other chemical mechanisms by which the Sun’s ultraviolet rays were caused to re-radiate back to the surface of the Earth and heat it up, would this of itself make very much difference, either to ourselves or our children? Because of the vast complexity of the problem, plus the multitude of unpredictable and often competing factors like solar activity hence outside of our control, the answer is most likely to be “We don’t really know”. All we can therefore manage is best fit ‘scientific relativism’. Ah. There’s that new phrase again. Just like PC, the notion of “relativism” has pervaded our thinking. It is used to justify so much in the way we interact with the world and with each other. Philosophers would explain it as the theory that value judgments, as of truth, beauty, or morality, have no universal validity but are valid only for the persons or groups holding them, hence may be culturally or geographically variable. Some go further after all, the notion of, for example, beauty, is entirely subjective - and a consensus hard to find at, let’s say a party, as to who might be the most beautiful woman in the room. Moral

philosophers handle the tougher problems and argue about questions like “is any belief is equally as valid as any other?” And it is clear therefore that they have to define exactly what they mean by ‘valid’, also whether consensus is an appropriate yardstick for its measurement. One can’t help but point out that Western democracies have been to some extent overtaken by moral relativism. Roman Catholic and some secular intellectuals attribute the perceived decadence of Europe after the Second World War to the displacement of absolute values. The perception that each follows his or her own version of the truth, selecting from a smorgasbord of morally justifiable offerings on the table, is the norm rather than the exception. Popes have consistently bemoaned the fact that that Europeans have massively abandoned many traditional norms rooted in historical Christianity and replaced them with continuously evolving relative moral rules. The family has been legally redefined by same-sex marriage and some have argued that depopulation in Europe can be ascribed to the decline in what used to be called ‘family values’. Islamic doctrine is by contrast perhaps rather more clear-cut in that it attempts to recapture the absolute, which stand at odds with moral relativism. Just as there are degrees of criminal behavior, there are degrees of punishment, but even this relies on our perception of right and wrong. We no longer hang people for stealing a loaf of bread, but some argue that the slide away from the comforting black and white of our forefathers into a bewildering number of relativistic shades of grey has only one inevitable consequence. Whether we like it or not, we have to define in our own minds whether the grey which we perceive falls closer to white or black, right or wrong. Just as a computer processes millions of whites or blacks, ones and zeroes every second, we to have to ultimately decide. Whether or not we believe that a clerical opinion carries any weight, the following two observations from two different theological traditions make the point well. From one: ‘we have a responsibility to ourselves to challenge the relativism that tells us there is no right or wrong, when every instinct of our mind knows it is not so, and is a mere excuse to allow us to indulge in what we believe we can get away with. A world without values quickly becomes a world without value.’ And, from the other: ‘The relativism which is not willing to speak about truth but only about ‘what is true for me’ is an evasion of the serious business of living. It is the mark of a tragic loss of nerve in our contemporary culture. It is a preliminary symptom of death.” Have we really lost our nerve? Can we still be courageous in the face of obvious injustice and wrong, when everyone around us is telling a different story? I think not. The human condition is to crave the comfort of certainty above almost all else and one day, when the mist has rolled away, we will learn to see things as they are meant to be seen, in black and white. January, 2015


PARENTING TIPS FOR 2015 A new day, a new year and so many new resolutions! We change, we evolve, we try to do our best to be the best version of ourself that we can be. Now that the holidays are over, many parents are thinking of new strategies to try this year to help them as families. Parents are looking for ways to help foster better relationships with their spouses and children. At Milestones Coaching we hear about the daily scuffles of parenting, the temper tantrums, power struggles and sibling bickering. The fact that so many parents are willing to reach out to share their challenges speaks volumes. Families today are committed to build strong bonds and to foster healthy relationships among them. Parenting is not an easy job, but Milestones is committed in helping you make it more manageable. Raising children may feel like a thankless job sometimes but there is a little secret in making it happier and easier: learn new parenting skills and reach out for support! So as we move into the New Year here are a few tips that have been tried and tested in making a difference in families’ lives:

1.Control your response. When we are

encountered with a tough situation or when our children try us and act up, it is easy to lash out and respond with a harsh punishment in the moment. The truth is though, that when you are giving a consequence, it is not about how harsh it is or how much you are inconveniencing your child. It is about how consistent you are with your responses and consequences. Stay focused on what you have control over and that is: your response. Trust this process and as you get more comfortable with it, you will start to see that you are able to achieve two things by controlling your response: you can stay calm and you can remain in your child’s corner (which is where you want to be anyway). 2.Walk away. When parents reach out to our coaching services, they are usually frustrated with the constant power struggles and have reached burn out. The technique that is always recommended by our practice is to set the limits to your child and walk away. By walking away you are showing your child that you are no longer going to engage in their power struggle and will no longer reinforce negative behavior. Walking away allows you to take time to cool down and allows your Zahra Taqi Zahra is a Certified Professional Coach and the President of Milestones Coaching. She would love to hear back from you. So please feel free to drop her a line on her email: zahrataqi@gmail.com or find her on FB: http://www.facebook. com/MilestonesCoaching or twitter: @ MilestonesCoach citypageskuwait.com

child to do the same. This increases the chance that you will have a calm conversation with your child and one that is more effective and productive. 3.One issue at a time. It is natural to be concerned about many issues when it comes to our children like school attendance, grades, temper tantrums, power struggles and more. Trying to tackle all your issues with your child at the same time is both overwhelming and tiring. Neither you nor your child will benefit from this approach. Another way would be to give permission to yourself to tackle one issue at a time, allowing you and your child to be more focused and ensuring that your efforts will be more effective in the long haul.

4.Role model the behavior you want to see. Our kids are constantly

watching us and what we do speaks louder to them than what we say. Sometimes it might seem that our kids are in a world of their own, completely oblivious to what we do. The truth of the matter is though that they are constantly watching us and learning from us. If you want them to display a certain set of behaviors, then make sure that these are the same behaviors you are practicing yourself.

5.Don't

personalize

behavior.

Picture this: you are in the middle of a situation with your child that has escalated beyond your control. At this moment you are unable to look at all sides clearly and might personalize behavior that seems directed at you. One way to help is to try to visualize yourself outside of this situation and base your response that way. Chances are that you would respond almost entirely differently and would implement consequences different than those you might have implemented otherwise and might even be willing to let some things go.

6.Good enough IS good enough. Very often we look at people around us and compare our lives, our kids, our spouses and our parenting styles to them. The problem in comparing is that many times we come short; not because we are any less than those around us but because we never know what actually happens behind those glossy pictures or closed doors. People do not share their struggles and shortcomings with us so don't believe what you see. Everyone struggles, and no one lives a perfect life. Everyone is simply doing the best they can, including you. We try hard to live better lives and create more fulfilling relationships and sometimes we succeed and sometimes we fail. Celebrate your success and your failure as your failure teaches you lessons you would not have learnt otherwise. Embrace yourself, your spouse and your children, shortcomings and all. Remember that while your doing the best you can, so is your child and your spouse. At a young age, our

children don't have all the tools and strategies to manage feelings that come along with being human. Your child – just like you- is doing her best to navigate through life. Now that you have a few new tools and tips up your sleeve, take a moment to acknowledge yourself and all the work that you do. Believe that there are many parents all over the world, doing exactly what you do, struggling just like you and loving their families with all their hearts just like you. As we start 2015 let us all embrace our roles in life with more empathy, more kindness and more compassion to those around us and also to our own families and us. Wishing you all the best this New Year!


January, 2015


INTRODUCTION TO

HOSPITALITY What is Hospitality? Hospitality comes from the Latin words Hostire = equalise and Hospes = stranger / enemy. Hospitality is “The fundamental concept” in the industry, it is essential for every person working in the industry to understand the meaning of the word and to have their own definition of the concept. Many people didn’t really know how wide the specter of the Hospitality industry is. Hospitality includes broad categories such as wellness, tourism, hotels, lodging, event planning, cruise line and many more. Once you choose hospitality as your career you have a choice of being working in different spheres. The hospitality industry's pillar is comprised of customer service and relies heavily on providing an excellent level of service. Now let me brief you with some history. The history of the hospitality industry dates all the way back to the Colonial Period in the

Aigerim Rahmet Born in Kazakhstan, lived in Prague, Czech Republic for more than 10 years, graduated with a HND in Business and BA(hons) in International Management from Teesside University, Aigerim Rahmet is an Assistant Spa Manager at Six Senses Spa. She earned an MBA in Hospitality Management from one of the top hospitality schools-Les Roches International school of Hotel Management and an MAS degree from Les Roches Gruyère University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland. Previously she has worked in tourism and hotel industry, such as Mandarin Oriental, and Relais & Chateaux group. Aigerim recently joined the CityPages team and will be a regular contributor of informative features and articles about hospitality. Follow Aigerim on Instagram at: @a_rahmet

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late 1700s. Nowadays, hospitality industry has experienced major development over the years as it has faced world wars, depression and other social changes. It started to take form from early 1950s and 60s, leading the way for growth into dynamic industry we know today. In most countries there are beautiful stories and myths about hospitality, there are also traditions of hospitality in most countries like in India, Japan, Arab countries, Greece, Scandinavia, Albania and many more. Moreover, there are many famous texts and books about hospitality and religious texts also mention hospitality like in Bible, Koran, Ulysses, Philemon and Baucis. To conclude the introduction, Hospitality is a five stage concept that starts with the 1. perception of the host 2. helping host to cross the threshold 3. restoring the host 4. ensuring security of the host 5. providing direction to the host


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A fresh spin on traditional knitwear

Alessandra Vicedomini is a fashion designer, former model, and daughter of Giuseppe Vicedomini; founder of VICEDOMINI - an Italian based luxury clothing brand established in Milan in 1962. She has today made her mark by reinventing knitwear with a modest twist and her eponymous line has emerged and evolved from a true understanding of and love for fashion. She is an extremely talented fashion designer whose work we value a lot! To share how much we like Alessandra Vicedomini’s designs, we wanted you to step into her world for a few minutes... citypageskuwait.com


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Hi and welcome to Kuwait! Let’s start by telling us a little about the history of the brand. How did a small family-owned brand manage to keep its head above water throughout the century, after the whole fashion world went international? Hi, thank you I am delighted to be here and get to know your country. My family brand has known a strong stability for three decades until the early nineties, with constant distribution through a multitude of high-end stores and a very distinctive well-known product. Talking about the international scene, the beginning of the century marked quite an important turn in fashion. I had the chance to take over my father's guidance and to turn the heritage

I gathered for 20 years into changing the brand's core product into high-end knitwear, creating a capsule collection with a more glamorous target (rather than classic like before). I believe this capacity of focusing of an innovative image enabled VICEDOMINI to step forward. Tell us about the first VICEDOMINI collection and how did it evolve over time? My father's first samples were about a few pieces of embroidered fabric tops. From that moment on the collection evolved into bigger and bigger selection of fatal look sets, including printed silk cocktail dresses, bridal and ready-to-wear jackets and separates.

Tell us a little about your growing up years: I was born and lived in Milan, the worldwide fashion capital and always bathed in this field. I was regularly spending afternoons after school at my parents' style office and showroom. While I was in school I started work as a model and collaborated with the major Italian designers for twenty years. Surrounded with such talents (including their creative teams, their PRs and all kind of suppliers) it has been very easy to develop some technical skills and a taste for elegance. What sparked your interest in fashion and how did you first become part of January, 2015


to fruition of a piece of clothing or an accessory? First I get an inspiration, like a pattern I see during my travels or a keynote, and then I decide about what is going to be the guiding mood in terms of shapes for the collection. After that I select the main 8 colors I am going to use and finally I create special shapes allocating selected color combinations to each theme. How do you choose the colors for your collection? I go to Paris Première Vision which is a professional kind of pre-view about all trends, and then I mold the proposals according to my personal taste and apply the choices to the theme I decided to use as a guideline for the collection. And is it based on the season you are designing for? Yes necessarily. VICEDOMINI?

knitting as your main form of expression?

It is the only surroundings I had, fashion was all my life, my mother was a woman of style, in everything she did not only the way she was dressing or the work she was creating. The attitude she exuded or the way she received guests at home, were simply inspiring. My first interaction for the brand was as a model so far, then I started working for Fendi and I privileged external experiences.

Because it is the most versatile material to work with: you create your own pattern and weave.

What does your role at VICEDOMINI entail? Every single task you may think about. I am a control freak and I supervise all departments. Are you self taught or did you study fashion design? Definitively self taught, I graduated as a lawyer but I couldn't leave fashion once it was time to begin my internships so I totally devoted my time to fashion since the beginning. What are your favorite materials to work with and your favorite color combinations? There is no limit to material combinations and color hues pairing. To be a bit selective, I can say that lace, cashmere, embroideries and fur are very recurrent in my collections, together with a base of stretch viscose which is a very modern fiber to snider as a base of sophistication oriented collections. It is said that you have reinvented knitwear with a modern twist, why did you choose citypageskuwait.com

You also design accessories. What inspires your creativity and designs the most? For me, an accessory is an essential part of a woman's wardrobe so it needs to be impossibly attractive. In my experience being able to turn an accessory into a recurrent basic must-have is the key of long term brand recognition. What is your design process from idea

What in your collections?

life

inspires

your

Everything: my family, the music I listen for, everything I see during my trips, the books I read, the magazines I read, but also people, their styles, their hints for ideas, and most of all nature and ethnic craft. How would you describe your design aesthetic? Simple and essential, elegant and timeless, and very feminine indeed. How would you describe your personal fashion style?


I believe it is no very different from the above! How would you describe VICEDOMINI in just 3 words? GLAMOROUS, MUST HAVE, KNITWEAR What differentiates VICEDOMINI from other brands in the same category? The fact that I just focus on one detail to make the collection desirable, I always focus on one essential element, whereas many collections/ designers want to cover a huge range of products to ensure wider sales. What is the mood of your latest collection for A/W 2014-15? Opulence mixed with easy wearability. What makes your collection stand out from the crowd? The fact that it is essentially eye-catching being super sophisticated and extremely elegant. What is the staple piece that all women should have in their wardrobe? For the winter, the cashmere and fur GILET, and in the summer the fit and flare stretch dress. You are a global brand, how do you accommodate the needs of women all over the world who might have different fashion sensibilities? It is very true, all cultures are different and sometimes some fitting adjustments are requested across the countries we work with, but the fact of being hand finished helps a lot in terms of versatility. Are there any specific designs that you have the brand made for Kuwait market? Yes, long embroidered silk kaftans with jeweled necklaces, longer fur vests, and bespoke couture dresses with luxurious finishing. What do you hope to achieve with VICEDOMINI in the not-too-distant future; Are there any exciting, upcoming plans that you would like to share with us? Yes. After the Milan showroom debut last year, Geneva is opening quite a big Head Quarter to maximize the brand's focus on communication. We are looking to get investors in for a five years expansion plan to bring the brand to the next level. At this very moment the interest in luxury fashion brand has reached quite an interesting peak, so it will be a key year to choose the ideal partners and make the right steps. Your message for us at CityPages magazine: I am honored you have proposed me this wonderful coverage! Thank you so much. I truly believe a lifestyle magazine like yours has a very broad readership and will highlight VICEDOMINI 's debut and future steps in Kuwait. Your influence on the audience will positively affect my first approach to the country, and I hope my fashion message will be well received through your beautiful editorial. I look forward to come back very soon and I thank everybody who has attended the Fashion Show organized by SPF.

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PRESBYOPIA

Even if you’ve never worn glasses before, there’s no escaping presbyopia. Usually beginning around the age of 40, this age-related process causes a person to experience blurred near vision and difficulties when reading or performing any close distance work. Whereas nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism are related to the shape of the eye, as well as genetic and environmental factors, presbyopia is the result of the eye’s natural aging process. With age, the natural lens inside our eye gradually thickens and loses flexibility. This is due to the changes within the proteins in the lens. The muscle fibers surrounding the lens also become harder and less elastic. The loss of elasticity and flexibility of the lens and muscle fibers make it harder for the eye to Erika Habig Erika Habig is an optometrist and contact lens specialist at International Optique. She studied at the Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, Germany and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Optometry and Dispensing Optics. For more information contact International Optique. Tel: 25714007 – 97234787, www.intoptic.com – info@intoptic.com, Instagram: @intoptique citypageskuwait.com

focus on short distances. In the early stages of presbyopia, a person may notice that holding books or mobile phones further away helps them to see clearly. However, as we get older, holding reading material at arm’s length is not sufficient enough to focus properly. Furthermore, performing any near or computer work can cause eye strain, headaches and fatigue. Presbyopia is easily corrected with the use of eyeglasses and in some cases, specialized contact lenses. Reading glasses are a simple choice for correcting presbyopia. However, these single focus glasses are only worn when reading or performing close work at a certain distance. Reading glasses cannot be used to see further than in the prescribed reading range. Better presbyopia correction, especially for patients already wearing glasses to see clearly in the distance, are bifocal and multifocal glasses. The term bifocal means two points of focus; the main part of the lens contains the distance prescription, while the segment at the lower part of the lens holds the prescription needed for reading. Multifocal glasses, however, are the most extensive form of presbyopia correction. These progressive

addition lenses offer a more gradual transition between the far and near distance prescription. They also allow the patient to see clearly at an intermediate distance, although in a narrower field. Today’s active lifestyle requires people to use computers and laptops frequently and for extended periods of time. Although multifocal glasses also allow the wearer to see clearly at an intermediate distance, it is strongly recommended to have a second pair of so-called “office/computer glasses.” These glasses offer the wearer a wider field of vision for computer and near work, but are not suitable for far distance vision and driving. Presbyopia is an ongoing process and the eye will keep aging the older a person becomes. As a result the presbyopic prescription will need to be increased over time to accommodate the continued change of the lens. Visit your eye care practitioner if you are having difficulties focusing close up. Presbyopia is easily determined during a routine eye examination. Your eye care practitioner will advise you on the most suitable glasses based on the exam results and your daily needs and requirements.


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In these thin-conscious times, many people worry about every extra ripple and bulge, no matter where it shows up. Doctors, however, see things differently. When it comes to your health, there's one place where fat is especially dangerous. Fat above the waist (the “apple” body shape) is much more dangerous than fat in the butt and thighs (the “pear” body shape). In most people, about 90 percent of body fat lies in a layer just beneath the skin. The remaining 10 percent — called visceral fat — lies out of reach, deep within your abdomen. It’s found in the spaces surrounding your liver, intestines and other organs. Visceral fat is a key player in a variety of health problems, including cardiovascular disease, dementia, asthma, and breast and colorectal cancer. What makes visceral fat so dangerous? Research over the past 20 years has completely changed our understanding of what fat is. We’ve always known that fat is composed of billions of cells called fat cells. We used to think that fat was just a layer of insulation to keep heat inside our bodies during cold weather. We didn’t think that fat and fat cells, really did anything more than provide insulation. However, we’ve discovered that fat cells — particularly fat cells inside the abdomen (visceral fat) – are little hormone factories. They are constantly producing substances that get into the blood and travel to other parts of the body, where they can have profound effects. For example, some of the hormones produced by fat cells affect your appetite, your metabolism, even your blood pressure. To keep visceral fat at bay: •Keep moving. Exercise can help you reduce your waist circumference, lose visceral fat and gain muscle mass. Engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity most days. •Eat right. Choose a balanced diet that helps you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Avoid products that encourage belly fat, including fructose-sweetened foods and beverages. •Don’t smoke. The more you smoke, the more likely you are to store fat in your abdomen rather than on your hips and thighs. •Forget the quick fix. Liposuction doesn’t reach inside the abdominal wall to your visceral fat. You may change your appearance with liposuction, but you won’t improve your health. Dr. Nazia Nausheen

Dr. Nazia Nausheen is a certified medical doctor. She also holds a Masters Degree in Business, specializing in Sales and Marketing. Readers should look forward to her regular articles on women health and other general health related issues. citypageskuwait.com

BELLY FAT IS BAD! GUT CHECK You can estimate your visceral fat by measuring your waist circumference. Ideally, waist circumference should be less than 35 inches for women and less than 40 inches for men. A tape measure is your best home option for keeping tabs on visceral fat. Measure your waistline at the level of the navel — not at the narrowest part of the torso — and always measure in the same place. (According to official guidelines, the bottom of the tape measure should be level with the top of the right hip bone, or ilium — see the illustration — at the point where the ilium intersects a line dropped vertically from the center of the armpit.) Don’t suck in your gut or pull the tape tight enough to compress the area. In women, a waist circumference of 35 inches or larger is generally considered a sign of excess visceral fat, but that may not apply if your overall body size is large. For men, a waist circumference of 40 inches or more indicates excess visceral fat. Rather than focus on a single reading or absolute cut-off, keep an eye on whether your waist is growing (are your pants getting snug at the waist?). That should give you a good idea of whether you’re gaining unhealthy visceral fat.


Spotlight On

Recent Developments In

AESTHETIC SURGERY

During the past few years, there was a dramatic increase in the number of plastic surgical procedures all over the world. This was triggered by many factors mainly the huge expansion of the telecommunication services where all movie stars and celebrities were exposed in the media before and after cosmetic procedure. An increasingly aging population and job competitiveness are a major contributing factor as people tend to resist and try to hide the effects of age on their face and over all complexions in a desperate attempt to retain their jobs and social image. Last but not least is the dramatic improvement in surgical techniques and cosmetic products that rendered these procedures safe and easy. It cannot be forgotten that the overall costs of these procedures is becoming within the reach of the population and some banks even go a farther step and given loans for plastic surgical procedures. The domain of plastic procedures is expanding by the day. Broadly speaking, it includes cosmetics minimally invasive procedures and surgical procedures. The first branch is covered by beauticians mostly and includes creams masks and cover up procedures Dr. Sherief Zamer

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that hide fine lines and blemishes to give an ever young healthy look. These can be also a valuable adjunct to surgical procedures where creams can hide scars and minor discrepancies after different surgeries. Noninvasive procedures had the maximum boost over the past two decades. Botox and fillers became common words and lot topics practically in all feminic discussions. These procedures induced a quick fix for minor facial aberrations mainly the frown lines, crow's feet, gummy smile, and neck sagging. A botox injection can take care of these imperfections giving a younger look with no down time and that can last a minimum of six months up to one year. Filler application is one of the most commonly practiced procedures in outpatient services. it has an immediate effect to cover deep nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and jawles. They can be applied also for lip augmentation, cheek lining, jaw line accentuation, and tear touch correction. Other minimally invasive procedures include threads, to lift facial elements & injectable to give a crystal dermabrasion , chemical peeling and different laser machine become an integral part of the plastic services where these procedures can take care of skin resurfacing, getting rid of unneeded pigmentation, naevi, and fine aging lines. Plastic surgical procedures showed a dramatic improvement. Most of them can be done under local anesthesia and even the procedures done under general anesthesia do not require an extended hospital stay with a quick recovery and return to social life. Liposuction is the most commonly practiced

surgical procedure worldwide. It can remove fat from unwanted areas and lately add fat to enhance body contours. It has the advantage of being fast immediately visible and repeatable with minimal down time. Facial plastic surgical procedures include nose jobs ‘’Rhinoplasty’’ to correct humps, broad tips wide aloe, deformed nasal bones, and shortening or lengthening the nose. Eyelid surgery ‘’Blepharoplasty’’ has a marked effect in alleviating baggy or puffy eyelids and eliminates the tired effect by increasing eye opening. Face lift surgery is a rewarding procedure to give a younger athletic face without age lines and with elevated cheek bones and graceful neck and jaw lines. Body surgery has a wide domain involving breast surgery whether reduction, augmentation or elevation. Tummy tuck "Abdominoplasty" is very commonly performed especially by women after multiple child bearing. It retightens the muscles, excises redundant skin and takes away unwanted fat. With the evolution of weight losing surgeries "Bariatric Surgery" a subspecialty in plastic surgery evolution to tackle redundancy in all body areas with sculpturing and lifting of all affected body parts. Finally, it is the ultimate goal of all plastic surgeons to give their customers the ultimate result with the minimum or most hidden scars and the least down time or side effects. It is our goal to pursue all possible avenues to achieve this target.


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EARLY LABOR “How will I know when my body is in labor?” This is the most common question I hear from moms during their prenatal appointments. The reality of how different and varying each woman goes into labor makes it difficult to answer that question with a simple set of checklist symptoms. In addition, the length of early labor varies significantly between women. Here’s what I can say. Early labor often includes at least some of the following: •Regular or frequent contractions (lower abdominal cramping) 5-20 minutes apart lasting anywhere from 30-60 seconds •Breaking or leaking of the bag of waters (amniotic sac) •Cramping or pain in the lower back •Loss of the “cervical plug” (often detected as pink colored mucous while using the toilet) •Nausea (decreased appetite) or an increased appetite •Loose stools

contractions, mild or strong, for several days with little to no cervical change. This is called prodromal labor. It often feels like labor begins, and then stops, and then begins again, and then stops. This can go on for days, keeping a mother and her family on high alert, believing that labor will begin at any moment. For some women, prodromal labor is simply the uterus warming up while the body slowly builds up oxytocin levels. For others, the prodromal labor might be indicative of uterus trying to reposition the baby to facilitate a smoother labor. Whatever the reason, know that labors that start and stop are normal and healthy labors. Knowing that healthy, normal, early labors can start and stop and last for several days up until a mother is dilated to 6cm should impact what you do and the decisions you make during early labor. Most care providers suggest that you come to the hospital when contractions last at least 60-90 seconds, are 3-4 minutes apart, for at least an hour. This is called the 4-1-1 rule. (Unless your water breaks. If your water breaks, call your care provider and follow their instructions).

While these symptoms are fairly standard, the length of early labor varies significantly. In fact, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recently revised their official opinion on the definition of “early labor” and “active labor”. ACOG used to teach that “early labor” included the time it took for the uterus to dilate from 0-3cm. They also believed that labor should progress approximately 1cm/hour. However, according to improved research, ACOG now acknowledges that “early labor” can last anywhere from a few hours to several days as the uterus dilates from 0-6cm. In addition, some women experience frequent

So what do you do during the hours, or perhaps days, until you reach 4-1-1? •Continue with normal everyday activities for as long as possible. •Take a walk outside or wade in the pool. •Practice some gentle yoga, including downward-facing dog pose, cat-cow pose, and child’s pose. •Take a bath or a shower to help you relax. •Do something relaxing, such as baking, watching a favorite movie, or working on a craft. •Get a pedicure or manicure…pamper yourself one last time before active labor. •Take a nap and get some sleep if you can sleep between contractions (Often having someone massage your feet while you lay on your side with many pillows can help you relax enough to doze-off in between. This is important. Labor can test a mother’s stamina). •Lean against a wall, over a table, or on your partner or doula while swaying or rocking your

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hips. •Sit on a birth ball (or physical therapy ball) and roll your hips around in a circle. •Continue to eat light, healthy food and drink plenty of water or herbal tea. Many hospitals send mothers home when they are still in early labor. If for some reason you check into your hospital before 6 cm, remember that it is perfectly normal and healthy for your labor to progress slowly, with occasional “breaks”. Whether you are at home or at the hospital, keep in mind that the uterus is a muscle. After many hours of hard work, it is normal for the uterus to “rest” for a bit, and then restart it’s work. As long as both the mother and the baby are doing well, there is no need to intervene to speed up labor. Just be patient, rest, move around, and stay hydrated and nourished. Although early labor can test your endurance and stamina, with the proper support and attitude, you’ll make it to the fun part of labor…meeting your baby!


January, 2015


THE SALHIYA MEDICAL

PAV I L I O N

Redefining Your Well-Being The Salhiya Medical Pavilion is a world-class multispecialty medical center located on the 2nd floor of Noor Al Salhiya Complex, opposite Salhiya Complex. It provides direct access to the world’s best healthcare and by incorporating multiple specialties into one convenient location helps in reducing the need for patients to travel abroad for care. Multidisciplinary teamwork with coordinated care is The Salhiya Medical Pavilion's distinguishing feature. It ushers in a new era in health care in Kuwait by redefining the well-being and setting global benchmarks in hospitality and through providing a culture of continuous learning, innovation and excellence in healthcare. citypageskuwait.com


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A refuge from the noise and bustle, the comfortable and elegant world-class The Salhiya Medical Pavilion addresses all the senses to grant profound relaxation and well-being. The body, mind and spirit are fully harmonized by the atmosphere where sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste are all awoken and explored. With prominent Western and Kuwaiti physicians, highly educated medical support staff, state-of-the-art medical equipment, and latest technology, The Salhiya Medical Pavilion provides a state of equilibrium of complete physical, mental, and emotional well-being. At The Salhiya Medical Pavilion, they call and treat their customers as their guests rather than their patients. Guests can enjoy a seamless customer experience with an appointment only access, their own Personal Health Concierge, an environment that fosters tranquility, and an experience that is unparalleled in any healthcare facility world-wide. citypageskuwait.com


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Flooded with light and energy to impart a sense of peace and well-being to all who visit, The Salhiya Medical Pavilion is designed by the prominent Lebanese architect, Talal Antar. To craft the guest experience, Ms. Mindy Terry who has more than eighteen years of experience developing, leading and guiding spas to ‘Top Ten’ status was commissioned for her expertise in developing luxury spas and wellness centes. To polish off The Salhiya Medical Pavilion’s modern and stylish image, Ms. Fatima Al Naqi taught staff how to achieve understated, yet elegant beauty through make-up and hair styling instruction. To create a healing environment, The Salhiya Medical Pavilion features an enviable collection of original works by prominent Kuwaiti artists Fareed Abdal and Muneera Al Rumaihi, Syrian artists Adnan Abdulrahman, Refa'e Ahmed, and Mahmoud Majdal, and Iraqi artist Mohammed Al Shammery. And to extend The Salhiya Medical Pavilion’s experience beyond the

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physician’s suite and into the kitchen, a light tasting menu has been solely developed by Chef Nasser AlMukhaizeem that effortlessly imparts a taste of fine dining into the healthcare environment. The Salhiya Medical Pavilion has teamed up with UKbased Patients Know Best (PKB) – the world’s first patient controlled online medical records system. With PKB patients will have the power and means to access their medical records 24/7, the discretion to share the record with physicians from around the world, track their health history, medications, vitals, and have direct online communication with their doctor and care team. At The Salhiya Medical Pavilion, they offer specialized services in Ear, Nose, Throat (E.N.T), Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN), Pediatrics, and soon to be launched Nutrition, Urology, and Bariatric surgery. In addition they have created the services of SIBA - Arabic for 'Youth'- with a focus on aesthetics, laser treatments, and skin care. SIBA utilizes the latest, most effective technologies and procedures from France, Germany, Italy and North America.

Location: Noor Al Salhiya Complex, 2nd floor, opposite Salhiya Complex. Phone 1880881 Working Hours: 9:00am – 1:00pm and 5:00pm – 9:00pm Available by appointments only, No walk-ins accepted

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Shaima Namavar, founder / owner of the British Playhouse nursery and Funhouse club and National Representative at the World Forum Foundation, is one of those individuals whose work has been influential among those concerned with the education, care, and well-being of young children. She believes sustainable societies cannot be built if children are not given the opportunity to develop a strong foundation for development, wellbeing and lifelong learning and it is in the early childhood period that children develop their basic values, attitudes, skills, behaviors and habits, which may be long lasting. Recently we caught up with Shaima Namavar to tell us all about her amazing work in raising awareness about the powerful role of early childhood education and care. Please introduce yourself to our readers: My name is Shaima Namavar, am a mother of two boys Abdulaziz 9yrs old and Mohammed 5yrs old, wife to a supportive husband Nezar Makhseed, and founder / owner of the British Playhouse nursery and Funhouse club. I am also a National Representative and global leader at the World Forum Foundation. I have earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the American University of Sharjah. I also hold many certificates in parenting, early childhood education etc. You are a National Representative at World Forum Foundation. Could you enlighten us briefly on its history, how did it come about, and how did you get involved? The World Forum Foundation was first visualized by Bonnie and Roger Neugebauer and Carmel and Rodney Kenner at a 1998 meeting in Sydney, Australia. It was founded to promote an on-going global exchange of ideas on the delivery of quality services for young children in diverse settings. This mission is accomplished through convening gatherings of early childhood professionals around the world and by promoting the continuing exchange of ideas among participants. The first ever World Forum on Early Care and Education held in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1999. For over 12 years the World Forum Foundation has been building the international network of National Representatives, a key leadership initiative of the World Forum, strengthening commitment to global reach and diversity. Roger Neugebauer the president of the World Forum Foundation chose me to be the National Representative from Kuwait during the World Forum conference May 2014. What are your primary responsibilities as a National Representative? citypageskuwait.com

My primary responsibilities are to attend the World Forum Foundation meetings, to spread the word to as many early childhood professionals, and to share the latest studies regarding early childhood education and development in Kuwait. Tell us about some of your achievements and challenges as a National Representative: As my achievements, I have already started spreading awareness to parents and childminders about the importance of early childhood education and development. It has been few months for me as a National Representative and I have 2 years to work on this position and to be honest the only challenge am facing is lack of data in Kuwait. You are a global leader for young children, advocate and agent to seek for quality in the early childhood development. Please shed some light on the importance of early childhood education: The first 5 years of child’s life are the most critical time of growth and learning. In fact 85% of a child’s brain develops by age 5, before a child even starts school. When children receive good care, nutritious diet & learning opportunities during their earliest years, they have better chance to grow up healthy, to do well at school and reach their highest potential. Research shows that early learning programs for babies and toddlers have positive effect that extend beyond the first years of school, well into adulthood and go on to benefit society as a whole. What are your thoughts on the appropriate and intentional use of technology and digital media in the early years? Technology and interactive media are important tools to promote and support effective learning and development with understanding the limits of technology;

give careful consideration to technology with infants and toddlers. Early education is often discussed as a long-term investment in improving the skills of the future workforce and you are also an advocate of high-quality early education. Could you discuss your work as a Child Advocate? My work involves raising awareness about the powerful role of early childhood education (ECE) and care, and specifically the importance of high quality ECE to support development to the fullest potential through social media, and by giving workshops to parents and teachers. As you survey the landscape of childhood education and development in Kuwait, do you think it is a critical issue and what are some of the key challenges we should be paying particular attention to? It is a critical issue in Kuwait and we should be paying attention to many factors the most important factor being more involvement of parents in their children’s’ lives, to have a law in Kuwait that children start school at the age of 3.5 years and not 6 years, to have more awareness about the importance of childhood education and development to have a better future through media. Children should be the property of the country and the people, and private sector should also take part in this not only the government. Given your hands-on work in improving early childhood education, what do you see as priority steps that the public and private sectors should take to address key needs in this area? The priority step that the public and private sectors should take is to have a national standard for early childhood education and care, either by improving their existing policies and regulations, or by developing a new framework.


Shaima Namavar EMPOWERING OUR YOUNGEST CITIZENS

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You are actively using your influence to advocate for positive change, what kinds of leadership lessons have you learned with regard to moving the needle on important social issues? I think the most important thing I have learned is that people should see the motivation and passion I have for children and that I will not give up easily to achieve my goal of spreading the awareness about the early childhood education and development. I cannot just order and wait for the people to react to my words. In order for them to react, I should help, work and make them involve in my aim. This is leadership, you work and people react with you. How early childhood programs and services can support and benefit children and families around the globe? What is their economic and societal value? Early childhood education has an important role to play in laying the foundations for active and responsible citizenship. Early childhood programs have been founded to generate a return to society. Education is a way to improve the country income. THINK BIG START SMALL. You are also an owner and founder of British Playhouse Nursery. Tell us your vision and mission and what makes your nursery unique? My vision and mission for the British Playhouse Nursery is to implement the national standards and that’s what I am working on with my team. What makes it unique is that we at British Playhouse Nursery make education fun for children and affordable for parents. What would you like British Playhouse Nursery to achieve in the next five years? We are aiming to open more branches in Kuwait and as a part of our community work we are aiming to open a branch in one of the countries that really need childhood programs. Your message for our readers: Childhood is a very special period and children should have the opportunity to enjoy their early years. Children are our future leaders. Let’s all work together to make this happen. Your message for us at CityPages magazine: I would like to thank CityPages for their efforts and support and I wish you success in all your future endeavors.

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HAPPY YEAR OF THE

MAGENTA

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by: Wala'a Al Muhaiteeb In numerology 2015 is a year 8 (2+0+1+5= 8). The vibrations of this number are highly connected with the color magenta in color therapy. The number 8 is associated with success and abundance. Magenta is a mix of red and violet; red is a color of past pain releasing, passion, leadership and masculine action. Violet is highly creative color that connects us to the art, big ideas, soul connections, and feminine wisdom. mix those two colors together and you will get the recipe for 2015. Magenta is a great balance between these two energies and two worlds. It’s a color that is connected to creativity in business, leadership and success. Connecting with magenta is essential for our transformation for 2015. Before I get into how to connect with magenta, lets talk about the magenta personality.

If magenta is your favorite color you are a compassionate and kind person. You always seek to make the people around you feel better and help them with everything you can. You always seek balance in your life and loves balancing extremes; you might be the kind that pursues two completely different hobbies but manage to mix them very well. If you are a person who dislikes magenta you are a person who doesn’t like to stand out from the crowd, a person who would choose to conform to other peoples ideas rather than marching to your own beat. Magenta is a color of change and transformation, it helps release old negative patterns to help us move forward. to connect with magenta; fill your house with vibrant magenta flowers, or put different magenta accessories around your desk at work. Magenta is strong magnetic color, using it to manifest your dreams is the way to go

with magenta. Magenta is spontaneous and impulsive, but resourceful and organized. Make sure you use it to help you in 2015, as this will be a great year if you let it. Also meditating on magenta by taking 10 deep breaths to settle into the body, with every breath after that you are inhaling magenta through your nose and having it expand sideways through your chest. With every breath magenta is filling your body and surroundings. Once you connect with magenta, ask yourself which habits do I want to let go of for 2015 to help me move forward and let the answers come from within you, they will be such unique ideas that you will surprise yourself. Doing this meditation three times a week this month will give you the push you need to start a great 2015. If you want to go deeper with your 2015 transformation contact me at: info@thecolorrecipe.com January, 2015


WAYS TO KEEP YOUR

NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS RANIA JOMAA

Clinical and Community Dietitian

Another year is ending and we ask ourselves: Did we learn anything from our past experiences? How do we make the coming days more successful? It is not as hard as we think.

4.Buy a pedometer and start tracking steps, try to work up to 10.000 steps a day.

5.Connect by instagram or facebook to

networks related to nutrition which can support and encourage you and share your experience and resolutions in public with others, this will motivate you.

People around the world are more interested these days with eating healthier food and changing their lifestyle and bad habits, you may have started before and did not reach your goals. How to make this year different? How to maintain your new year’s resolutions for 2015?

6.Choose your food carefully and eat three main meals and two snacks.

1.Keep your resolutions simple and focus

weight at a certain time. Make that a shortterm goal to a big achievement.

on 2 goals at a time, for example start eating healthy food and exercising before focusing on weight loss.

2.Keep a log especially at the beginning of the day: activity and caloric intake. 3.Stay focused on your actions (eating healthier, spending more time on exercising) and don’t become obsessed only with results. citypageskuwait.com

It is also very important to make the TV room a no food zone, this will help you focus on what you are eating much more than focusing on a TV show.

7.Make realistic goals of reaching a certain 8.Plan a time-frame by using your own calendar for every week. It will include your daily food intake, calories and exercise.

without losing any weight, if you are eating healthy food with normal quantity and exercising, results will surely show.

11.Share your experience but do not listen to people’s advices and over research for information which can be included in non approved resources, always ask a dietitian about your daily caloric needs, body fat and exercise plan. 12.Turn exercise into your daily living need, at least 45 minutes per day and consume a minimum of 8 cups of water. Nutrition is a very big issue and cannot be written in one or two pages, but you have to convince yourself that eating healthy is not only for weight loss, it is an issue that can help you have a better life with a healthier body. It also prevents many chronic obesity related diseases.

9.Do not reward yourself with food and high

Finally, happy 2015! May 2014 go with all our bad habits where we only leave the good times and memories.

10.Do not give up, even if a week passed

Start today, as long as you are alive you can change and take a hold of your life.

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10 NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

TO KEEP FOR 2015 Don't we all love the idea of starting the new year with a bunch of resolutions. Inspiring ourselves yet again to write up resolutions we may or may not follow through. I do however give brownie points to those who do write up their resolutions as these are indications of the changes they do intend on making (some day). If health is a priority for you this year, I am hoping the resolutions below will be of help to you. These 1 to 10 resolutions are simple and doable and each number itself is related to the resolution.

1.Aim to lose 1 kg per week (if overweight or obese) Rome wasn’t built in a day. It is best to gradually lose weight rather than trying to lose excessive weight very quickly. It is well documented that people who try to lose weight quickly tend to gain the lost weight back and in most cases it's more than what they had lost.

2.Eat 2 serves of fruit each day. You can have these in between meals as your snack This should be your go to pharmacy. Fruits are great low calorie, nutrient dense, fiber rich snack options. The natural sugar and nutrients are for elevating your energy levels.

3.Each day, be grateful for any 3 things in your life Sanaa Abdul Hamid Sanaa holds Masters of Clinical Dietetics from University of Queensland, Australia and is a Clinical dietitian and a Certified Yoga Teacher. Sanaa is also a blogger and very active on Instagram. Read more from Sanaa at her Blog: www.balancewithsanaa.com , Instagram: Sanaa_dietitian

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Gratitude is a great practice for psychological well-being. People who are grateful tend to have a higher sense of self-worth. It helps to block out toxic negative emotions that tends to divert us from happiness. Harvesting negative emotions within does more self-harm than good so learn to release any past unresolved emotions and start to focus on all the good things in your life.

4.Dedicate 4% of your day to your exercise. That is only 1 hour from your whole day. We have 24 hours in a day. Pick a time that best suits your lifestyle and try get in some form of physical activity. You can just start off with doing 30 minutes exercise on most days and then build up to 1 hour. You can also split up your time by doing a quick 10 – 15 minutes exercise on waking up and then doing another 15 minutes exercise later in the day. Accidental exercises also count so instead of using the elevator, take the stairs.

5.Eat 5 serves of vegetables each day. Evidence suggests that eating a serve of vegetable each day reduces the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and weight gain. Vegetables are low in calories, great source of minerals and vitamins, dietary fibers and contain a range of phytochemicals including carotenoids. A serve of vegetable equates to 1 cup of green leafy or raw salad vegetables; 1/2 cup cooked green or orange vegetables (such as broccoli, spinach, pumpkin, carrots); 1 medium tomato, ½ cup sweet corn, ½ medium potato or other starchy vegetables.

6.Eat 6 Small meals instead of 3 big meals Eating smaller meals regularly prevents you

from overeating during meal times. You can always carry a piece of fruit with you or a handful of nuts or keep small tub of low fat yoghurt at work to eat in between meals.

7.Sleep at least 7 hours every day That means sleeping at a decent hour to get enough sleep. When you stay awake till late hours, you put yourself at risk of being overweight or obese. Studies conducted have found that people who sleep late tend to eat


more calories (200 – 400 calories) than those who sleep at a decent hour.

8.Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water Water is calorie free and assists in digestion & toxin removal. Being well hydrated reduces the chances of you overeating or craving unhealthy food as it is not uncommon for one to confuse thirst for hunger.

9.After 9 pm practice digital detox

That is, disconnect yourself from any electronic devices. Keep your smart phones away from your bed. Looking at your electronic screens while in bed tends to negatively affect melatonin levels and delay sleep.

10.Meditate for 10 minutes each day There is 1440 minutes in a day. All you need is 10 minutes for yourself. As you get out of bed, take a few minutes to just sit there and notice your breathing. Observe how your belly rises and falls with each breath. Perhaps you can

mentally say the 3 things you are grateful for ( resolution number 3) and then get out of bed. Next, while you are at work, just before you head out for your lunch break, just sit there at your desk, close your eyes and count 10 – 1 mentally and synchronize your breath with each count. Let your mind and body relax. Breathe in positive, relaxing healing energy and breathe out negative energy. Hope you lovely readers have a great year ahead. January, 2015


DITCH THE SHRINK AND GYM IT INSTEAD TO A BETTER YOU THIS 2015!

It’s the eve of New Years and here I sit pondering on all the mischief and mayhem I personally created in 2014. Personally it’s been quite an amazing year for me. Some of the highlights were: -becoming a sponsored athlete for Evolve Supplements -getting my mother to visit Londontown in May (a place where she visited once some 30 odd years ago!) -vanquishing my stage fright yet again and participating at the prestigious Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding Competition in Madrid, Spain -having a more balanced work-life ratio -adopting my 3rd adorable dog, Theodore. Were these goals of mine set out at the start of 2014? Yes it most certainly was! Personally, I don’t think I would have been able achieve all that I set out to do if it wasn’t for my disciplined nature-an attribute or character of mine newly acquired from when I started, you guessed it, going to the gym. Yes, getting fit definitely benefits you from a physical and mental standpoint (most notably, exercises reduces one’s risk of developing a Reshmi Revi

Reshmi Revi is a NZCF Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Enthusiast and an Evolve Supplements Sponsored Athlete who competes in bodybuilding. Follow her on Instagram: @Q8MissFit

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myriad of cardiovascular diseases and has been known to be more beneficial in treating patients with mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety while stimulating growth of new brain cells) but did you know it also benefits you emotionally and socially too?

Get your emotional rollercoaster under control Whenever you exercise, your brain secretes ‘endorphins,’ which are ‘feel-good’ chemicals. Regular exercisers tend to report feeling happy and less anxious/worried/frustrated post workout. Furthermore research has shown that individuals who exercise frequently and regularly are able to cope better with challenges life throws at them. Maintaining an exercise routine along with a healthy lifestyle teaches you to be disciplined and functioning more on rationality and not in an emotional state. These positive attributes then transfer into other aspects of one’s life such as how one socializes with the rest of society.

A positive social state starts at the gym I only start seriously taking care of myself when I was in Auckland, New Zealand. Freshly graduated from university and working a 9 to 5 role, the gym was a stone’s throw away from my office. In 8 months I committed myself to healthy living and eating, I lost about 25+ kilograms…and most of my toxic friends. I don’t smoke but most of my friends back then were smokers and just hanging around them would trigger my asthma attacks. So you can

imagine how grateful my lungs were when I started going to the gym regularly after work. It was at my gym I befriended the regulars over there and pretty soon, I too wanted to eat well, have better sleeping hours and more energy. I took these positive social norms I witnessed at my gym, remembered it by heart and still practice them today. What’s more, going to the gym not only boosted my immune system but also my self-esteem when I lost all that weight and further cemented my new-found confidence when I took up learning muay thai boxing as a form of self-defense. 2015 awaits with eager anticipation. Instead of making verbal resolutions, my suggestion would be to write them down. I would think of 3 realistic goals I would like to achieve in 2015 and write them down on a post-it note. I would then stick this post-it note at a place that was highly visible. So for example, for me it would be either sticking it on my bathroom mirror, or on my full-length mirror in my study. That way, whenever I passed by, I would see the notes and hence these goals/ resolutions/ selfaffirmations would always subconsciously be in my mind to achieve. T.S Eliot once quipped “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words, await another voice.” If you haven’t achieved what you set out to do, take heart. You have 12 brand new chapters in this year to do something about it. With that said, here’s to all you amazing CityPages readers wishing you a gloriously healthy and prosperous New Year!


NEW YEAR

NEW RESOLUTIONS

The excitement while celebrating New Year takes over your life causing you to make resolutions that are not realistic and maybe even not attainable. But your determination makes you go ahead and announce those resolutions. Fast forward to 2 months later, and there you are still talking about your resolutions but not really doing anything about it, so how do you get yourself to stick to these resolutions? Maha AlRashed

Maha AlRashed is a CHEK Certified Exercise Coach and a regular contributor for CityPages magazine. citypageskuwait.com

Making a realistic resolution is easy to do. Think of ways that you would like to improve your life; a resolution shouldn’t be life changing because that is what makes it so unattainable. We are creatures of habit and with that it is really difficult to convince us to change our ways so why try to dramatically change your life? Just do it in baby steps. The usual suspects when it comes to resolutions are, weight loss and exercise more. This year try something new; try something that you may not have thought is really a resolution. In 2015, I have decided that I am changing my plans on resolutions; I’ve opted to change their name to goals; and these goals may change monthly because I know that I can’t

realistically have one set goal and commit for 12 months to reach that goal. The only goals I think that matter are the ones that have to do with your inner self and those require a lifetime commitment. I suggest that you commit to making each day the best day of the year, commit to making yourself happy, commit to making time for yourself, and finally commit to yourself being the best person you can possibly be. With that positive energy being let out into the world, you will make your environment a better place for you and the people around you. Wishing all the readers of CityPages a very Happy and Prosperous 2015!


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CityPages Staff Shares Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience

I received an invitation from the Government of Dubai Tourism #MyDubai to attend a gathering of fashion bloggers from the Arabian Gulf. It was a wonderful and distinctive experience including discovering Dubai. The experience of attending Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience was really pleasing. It not only provided me the opportunity to attend this amazing event but also provided me the chance to see the world famous designers from very closely. From 30th October 2014 till 1st of November

at Dubai Mall and Armani hotel, I attended "Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience" event and fashion sessions. The Dubai Mall is the world’s most visited shopping place and entertainment destination. In 2013, it welcomed over 75 million visitors. In addition to the 1,200 retailers, the flagship asset of Emaar Malls Group is home to more than 200 F&B outlets and numerous worldclass leisure attractions. This time at 2nd Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience only, it welcomed over 1 million visitors to mark worldwide festivity of fashion. The inaugural fashion show hosted by supermodel Karolina Kurkova and Wissam Hanna which launched the second edition of Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience, organised by Emaar and Vogue Italia, was highlighted by a stellar line-up of global celebrities and a record turn-out of visitors. The in-store activities organised by over 200 fashion retailers in The Dubai Mall also contributed to the significant boost in footfall, further underlining The Dubai Mall’s credentials as the ultimate destination for luxury shopping. It was such a nice and well organized event. The fashion show was an echoing success and stunned the attendees with a creative presentation of the S/S 2015 collections of eight brilliant international designers. The selected brands were: Asudari Studio by Lamia Asudari from Saudi Arabia, Christopher Esber from Australia, J. JS Lee by Jackie JS Lee from South Korea, Madiya Al Sharqi from UAE, Miuniku by Tina Sutradhar and Nikita Sutradhar from India, No3 Design by Bushra Badri and Amira Al Khaja from the UAE, Stella Jean from Italy and Piccione Piccione by Salvatore Piccione from Italy. Like the previous edition, great consideration was focused on designers’ talent. In particular, “The Fashion Catwalk” and “The International Talents Showcase” were among the most anticipated events. The artists did justice with their talent

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and audience could not resist applauding. Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience also featured the International Talents Showcase at Armani Hotel Dubai, which served as an exclusive stage for 20 upcoming designers, selected by Vogue Italia and The Dubai Mall through a scouting contest. The showcase reported vigorous interest from buyers and retailers for the collections and several potential leads for business and marketing collaborations I am really Thankful to the Government of Dubai Tourism #MyDubai for providing me such a wonderful experience.


January, 2015


Looking Glamorous has never been so easy Be fabulous and stylish with our expert’s chosen winter outfits that will make you step out of the crowd and feel original and unique. Shine and have fun with the mix of colors, textures and brands that will make you look chic and trendy this winter. We are thrilled to introduce you in a mystic oriental space, inaugurated by us for a brand new fashion concept- Brille comme une Star de CinÊma!

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Model: Dania from CBS MODELS Agency: www.cbsmodels.com Instagram: @cbsmodelmanagement Art Director: Bianca Sutu Instagram: @Bianca_Sutu Photographer: Saleh Al Sanad Instagram: @AL_SANAD Clothes & Accessories: Mosaic Kuwait - Salhiya M1 Instagram: @mosaickuwait Makeup and Hair: @al_joyeria salon Location: Abou ElSid - Authentic Egyptian Restaurant Instagram: @abouelsid_kw

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Trousers from Narciss Fashion Blouse from Talulah Vest from Peridot London Coat from Narciss Fashion

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Cocktail dress by Veloudakis

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Chic and comfortable with Trousers from Negarin Jacket from Peridot London

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Evening dress

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LAMB GYROS (PRONOUNCED HERO) INGREDIENTS:

For the Gyro Meat: •500 g minced lamb or beef – I prefer lamb •2 teaspoons salt •½ teaspoon dried red chili •2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves or 1 tablespoon dried oregano •½ red onion, cut into 1-inch chunks •1 clove garlic, sliced •5 slices sliced beef or turkey bacon), cut into ½-inch pieces Tzatziki Sauce: •1 cup full fat Greek yoghurt •1 small cucumber grated finely or chopped into small chunks •1 clove garlic – finely crushed •Salt & pepper to taste ( I also add a few sprigs of mint finely chopped up) •Mix all together and refrigerate To Serve: •Pita bread •Tomato, coarsely chopped •Red onion, thinly sliced

METHOD: 1.Make the Gyro Meat: In a medium bowl, combine the ground lamb,

salt, dried chili and oregano with your hands, mixing until all of the seasonings have been evenly distributed. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or overnight.

2.Preheat oven to 180°C. Place the lamb mixture in the bowl of a food processor and add onion, garlic and bacon. Process until a smooth puree is formed, 30 seconds to 1 minute, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. 3.Line a baking sheet (can be a cookie sheet as well) with aluminum foil. With moistened hands, shape the lamb mixture into a rectangle about 8 inches long and 5 inches wide. Bake until the center of the loaf is fully cooked, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 15 minutes. 4.Adjust the oven rack to the highest position (1½ to 2 inches below grill element). Slice the loaf of lamb meat into very thin pieces (they should be about an inch thick; no more than ¼-inch thick). Lay the strips on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and grill until edges are browned and crispy, 2 to 4 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on it, as the grill works quickly! 5.Serve the Gyros: Warm up the bread either in the microwave (30 seconds), on the stovetop or in the oven. Top each one with Tzatziki sauce, chopped tomatoes, sliced onions and gyro meat. Wrap with foil or wax paper and serve.

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GALAKTOBOUREKO Galaktoboureko is a traditional Greek dessert made with a custard in a crispy phyllo pastry shell. I love to serve it with Vanilla ice cream or just some freshly whipped cream…Heavenly delicious…and best served with black coffee… YUM!!!!

INGREDIENTS:

•6 cups full cream milk •1 cup semolina flour •3 ½ tablespoons cornstarch •1 cup white sugar •¼ teaspoon salt •6 eggs •½ cup white sugar •1 teaspoon vanilla extract or fresh vanilla bean – I use half •¾ cup butter, melted •12 sheets phyllo pastry dough •1 cup water •1 cup white sugar

METHOD: 1.Pour milk into a large saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium

heat. In a medium bowl, whisk together the semolina, cornstarch, 1 cup sugar and salt so there are no cornstarch clumps. When milk comes to a boil, gradually add the semolina mixture, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Cook, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens and comes to a full boil. Remove from heat, and set aside. Keep warm.

2.In a large bowl, beat eggs with an electric mixer at high speed. Add ½ cup of sugar, and whip until thick and pale, about 10 minutes. Stir in vanilla. 3.Fold the whipped eggs into the hot semolina mixture. Partially cover the pan, and set aside to cool. 4.Preheat the oven to 175°C. 5.Butter a 9x13 inch baking dish, and layer 7 sheets of phyllo into the pan, brushing each one with butter as you lay it in. Pour the custard into the pan over the phyllo, and cover with the remaining 5 sheets of phyllo, brushing each sheet with butter as you lay it down. 6.Bake for 40 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top

crust is crisp and the custard filling has set. In a small saucepan, stir together the remaining cup of sugar and water. Bring to a boil. When the Galaktoboureko comes out of the oven, spoon the hot sugar syrup over the top, particularly the edges. Cool completely before cutting and serving. Store in the refrigerator and enjoy with loved ones.


GREECE

Greek cuisine makes wide use of olive oil, yoghurt, herbs, fish, and various meats, including lamb. All Mediterranean cuisines have some similarities, and this light and fresh style of cooking is something that I thoroughly enjoy. It is also great for sharing and family style social gatherings. This month we look at the Greek version of the beloved Shawarma and we add a bit of spice to it just for fun and of course a little something for the sweet tooth‌ Enjoy‌. With Love!

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St. Petersburg What to stay

Corinthia Hotel - St. Petersburg

ocated at the heart of the city on the Nevsky prospect – the main historic thoroughfare of St. Petersburg The luxury Corinthia Hotels brand is operated by CHI Hotels & Resorts, a leading hotel management company based in Malta.

Saint Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia, politically incorporated as a federal subject. It is located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. In 1914 the name of the city was changed from Saint Petersburg to Petrograd, in 1924 to Leningrad, and in 1991, back to Saint Petersburg.

What to see

Peter & Paul's Fortress The Peter and Paul Fortress, is the original citadel of St. Petersburg, Russia, founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and built to Domenico Trezzini's designs from 1706-1740. In the early 20th century, it was still used as a prison by the tsarist government.

The Yusupov Palace One of two surviving St. Petersburg residences of the monumentally wealthy Yusupov family, the Yusupov Palace on the Moika River is perhaps most famous as the scene of the assassination of Grigory Rasputin, and is one of the few aristocratic homes in the city to have retained many of its original interiors.

W. Hotel - St. Petersburg

Conceptualized by award-winning architects Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners, W. Hotel, St. Petersburg is located in the center of the historical "Venice of the North" next to St. Isaac's Cathedral, a stone throw from the lavish Winter Palace with the famed Hermitage Museum and a short stroll from the spectacular Neva River.

Russian Museum of Ethnography The Russian Museum of Ethnography is a museum in St. Petersburg that houses a collection of about 500,000 items relating to the ethnography, or cultural anthropology, of peoples of the former Russian Empire and the Soviet Union.

The Summer Palace & Park of Catherine's the Great, Pushkin The Catherine Palace is a Rococo palace located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), 25 km southeast of St. Petersburg, Russia. It was the summer residence of the Russian tsars.

Astoria Hotel

Hotel Astoria is a five-star hotel in Saint Petersburg, Russia that first opened in December 1912. It has 213 bedrooms, including 52 suites and is located on Saint Isaac's Square, next to Saint Isaac's Cathedral

How to go:

The Czars Winter Palace

St. Petersburg's most famous building, the Winter Palace not only physically dominates Palace Square and the south embankment of the Neva River, but also plays a central political, symbolic, and cultural role in the three-century history of the city. citypageskuwait.com

Turkish Airlines Turkish Airlines offers daily flights with the best flight experience and ticket rates for St. Petersburg. Visit their website to get the best offers at: www.turkishairlines.com/ or check with your travel agent.

Bon voyage!


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‫اتصلت مريم علي سعود ما مداها تقوله إن حصة‬ ‫أنخطبت وأنه ‪،،،‬‬ ‫سعود ‪ :‬مبروك اهلل يوفقها خوش بنت مع السالمة‬ ‫( طلع مبتلش فيها وما صدق ينحاش )‬ ‫مريم غشت من الضحك بس ما حبت تقول لحصة‬ ‫خلتها عايشه دور محطمة القلوب‪.‬‬

‫شهر العسل تايالند‪ ..‬مدينه كرابي‬ ‫الساحلية‬ ‫سافروا من الكويت إلي بانكوك ثم إلي مدينه كارابي‬ ‫الساحلية التي تشتهر بالمسلمين عن طريق الطيران‬ ‫الداخلي لمدة ساعة‬ ‫وكانت االقامه في فندق ‪Rayavade Resort in Krabi‬‬ ‫‪Thailand‬‬

‫صار الخميس المنتظر في بيت حصة‬

‫دخل عبد الكريم مع والدته سوالف وضحك إلي أن‬ ‫وصلت العروس حصة محطمة القلوب حصيص‬ ‫تذكر أنها نفس السيالنية أم حنة برأسها اللي‬ ‫فتحت له الباب هذاك اليوم ‪..‬ال ال ما يبيها‬ ‫بعد كم يوم تتصل والدته والتعذر أنه ولدها يبي‬ ‫يكمل دراسته واهلل يوفق حصة بالرجل الصالح‬ ‫انصدمت األم ‪ ،‬حصة أغمي عليها شلون الحين‬ ‫أفلست من سعود وعبدالكريم ؟؟‬ ‫شالحل مالها اإل ترد علي سعود وتقولة أنها تحبه‬ ‫عشان جذي ما قدرت تتزوج غيره ورفضت ولد‬ ‫عمتها عشانه‪.‬‬ ‫بس لألسف لما اتصلت لقت رقمه مفصول من‬ ‫الخدمة نهائيا ‪ ..‬الرجل ما صدق ينحاش‪.‬‬

‫يحتوي علي ‪ 4‬مطاعم متنوعة النكهات ومحاطة بالحدائق‬ ‫االستوائية‬

‫الفندق خمس نجوم له شاطئ خاص جميل جدا ويتميز‬ ‫بالخصوصية‬

‫أفضل األوقات لزيارة كارابي مابين شهر أكتوبر الي‬ ‫نهاية شهر أبريل‪.‬‬

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‫حلمها بسيط تتزوج ويكون لها أسرتها‬ ‫الصغيرة بس‪..‬‬ ‫اتصلت عليها مريم بنت جيرانهم تعزمها علي‬ ‫قهوة عندها بالبيت عشان تغيير نفسيتها ألنها‬ ‫صج محتاجة تطلع من اللي فيه‪.‬‬ ‫توها طالعه من بيتهم وإذا بسليمان رفيج أخوها‬ ‫إبراهيم‬ ‫سليمان ‪ :‬مرحبا حصة عرفتيني أنا سليمان رفيج‬ ‫إبراهيم أخوك هذي بطاقة عرس ‪...‬‬ ‫حصة ‪ :‬زين زين درينا أخذت البطاقة‪ ..‬ورقعت الباب‬ ‫ومشت‪.‬‬ ‫بعد الصدمات والحالة التي يرثي لها حصة مالها‬ ‫خلق احد خالص حاولت أنها تكمل الحياة والظاهر‬ ‫مالها نصيب أنها تتزوج وتمضي األيام‪.‬‬ ‫وفي يوم دخل إبراهيم أخوها ‪:‬‬ ‫حصة رفيجي سليمان بيخطبج ها‪ ..‬تبينه وإال أقوله‬ ‫ال تأخذها تتوهق فيها‪ ..‬هاهاهاهاي‬ ‫حصة‪ :‬إي ‪..‬موافقة وقوله مابي عرس وشهر العسل‬ ‫في سيالن بما أني سيالنيتكم اليديده ‪ ..‬وراحت‬ ‫دارها تبكي علي حظها الردى اللي أخوها إبراهيم‬ ‫يتمسخر عليها ويذكرها أنها عانس ‪.‬‬ ‫من باجر العصر وإال صج أم سليمان عندهم بالبيت‬ ‫تخطب حصة لولدها سليمان ‪.‬‬ ‫كان سليمان صديق إبراهيم منذ الصغر وطلع‬ ‫من زماااان معجب وعاشق حصة من طرف واحد‬ ‫بس كان ينتظر الوقت المناسب ويدعي ربه الليل‬ ‫والنهار أنها تكون من نصيبه‪.‬‬ ‫وكان الفرح من نصيبهم ‪ (..‬حــصـة و سـلـيـمـان )‬

‫بعد ‪ 25‬دقيقة عن ‪ Phi Phi ISLAND‬بالقارب مع تنظيم‬ ‫رحالت بحرية‪.‬‬

‫يضم أجنحة من طابقين وفيالت مع حمام سباحة خاص‬ ‫وخدمة ممتازة مع ترتيبات لشهر العسل‬

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‫‪TRAVEL WITH‬‬ ‫ما يميز كرابي توفر الذبح اإلسالمي والمساجد الن‬ ‫معظم سكانها من المسلمين‬

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‫أبله حصة و رحلة البحث‬ ‫عن معرس‬

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‫أبلة حصة ‪ ،،،‬خوش بنت بس مطفوقه علي الزواج‬ ‫كل ما تنخطب وحده من صديقاتها وخاصة‬ ‫المدرسات اللي معاها بالقسم تصيبها جلطة ‪...‬‬ ‫بذاك اليوم مستأذنة من الدوام بالطريق رايحه‬ ‫لعيادة التجميل تنفخ هالبراطم وتحورف بعمرها‬ ‫عل وعسي تتزوج !!‬ ‫و اإل فجأة تدعم السيارة اللي جدامها واذا بذلك‬ ‫الشاب اللطيف الجنتل ينزل من السيارة يتطمن‬ ‫عليها أو علي سيارته اهلل أعلم‪.‬؟؟‬ ‫الرجل‪ :‬اختي عسي ماصار فيج شئ ؟ تري الدعمه‬ ‫بسيطة وان شا هلل ماكو إال العافية‪.‬‬ ‫حصة بقلبها تقول ليتك داعمني من زمان شهالزين هذا‬ ‫القدر اللي يقولون عنه بس لقيت فارس األحالم‪.‬‬ ‫حصة ‪ :‬أه يارقبتي مادري أحس بفقد الوعي‪.‬‬ ‫الرجل خاف ‪ :‬ما فيج إال العافية ال تحاتين تري الحادث‬ ‫بسيط خليني اكلم اهلك أطمنهم عليج‪.‬‬ ‫في هالوقت حصة وينها وين الحادث اهيه‬ ‫ماصدقت علي اهلل تصيده واالخ يبي يمشي‪ ...‬كال‬ ‫وألف كال‬ ‫حصة‪ :‬أحس الدنيا أدور فيني الظاهر من قوه‬ ‫الحادث يمكن اصير عمياء‪( ..‬بكي وصياح)‬ ‫الرجل خاف وانتظر إلي أن حضروا أهلها وأخذ‬ ‫رقمها عشان يتطمن عليها وهذا هو المطلوب‬ ‫‪ ...‬الـتـواصــل‬

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‫دشت حصة البيت تسوي شقلبه واتكوكس وسري‬ ‫يمين ويسار وتغني يابووه يابووه تراهم يابوه ‪..‬‬ ‫بدت تسولف عن اللي صار علي خواتها فسألوها‬ ‫عن السياره كان رد حصة‪ :‬السيارة يا حلوها ويازينها‬ ‫‪..‬شي شي اه يا قلبي‬ ‫بدأت االتصاالت بين حصه والحبيب الموعود‬ ‫(سعود)‬ ‫عند كل اتصال ليتطمن عليها تعرض له مهامها‬ ‫الوظيفية وشلون اهيه سنعه وتعرف تطبخ‬ ‫وتنظف وراعيه بيت وقنوعة يعني باختصار الزوجة‬ ‫المثالية‬ ‫بعد أيام واشهر قالها سعود انه بخطبها ‪ ،‬دشت‬ ‫حصة علي أمها تبلغها الخبر و اإل تشوفها ماسكه‬ ‫التلفون وتسكتها بلغه االشاره من بعيد أول‬ ‫ماصكت التلفون االم ‪:‬‬ ‫قلولولولولولولوش حصة يا حصيص ما بغي‬ ‫تنخطـبـيـن ‪.‬‬ ‫استغراب شديد من المشهد توها مصكره السماعه‬ ‫من سعود امداه يكلم اهله ويكلمون امها هل كيف؟؟‬ ‫األم ‪( :‬عبدالكريم) ولد عمتج هدي توه راد من‬ ‫امريكا معاه هالشهاده اللي هذا ماكبرها ويزورونا‬ ‫الخميس يخطبونج‪.‬‬ ‫حصة ‪ :‬شنهو أنا حصة اتزوج (عبرالكريم) هالخبل‬ ‫وينه من زمان توه يتكلم ‪ ،،،‬ياهلل ياهلل خل يأخذ له‬ ‫وحده علي مستواه خالص رحت عليه ‪.‬‬ ‫األم تـبقـقــت عيونها من الغضب ‪ :‬انتي القيه احد‬ ‫يأخذج طايحه بجبدي محد طق بابك من سنين ما‬ ‫بقي خطابة معرفتنا الحين يايه تتشرطين‪..‬؟؟‬ ‫واذا بحصة تنفرد بالقصة ‪ :‬هاهاهاي ده كان زمان‬ ‫وجبر ‪ ،،،‬أنا بيخطبني سعود عرفتيه يمه‪.‬‬ ‫االم‪ :‬وصمه ‪ ،،‬اليكون المقرود الللي دعمتي سيارته‬ ‫‪ ،،‬مالت عليج وماكملت الحديث واال‪...‬‬

‫رجاء لو‬ ‫توقف حصة بوسط الصالة بكل شموخ‪:‬‬ ‫ً‬ ‫سمحتي أنا أحبه واهوه يحبني واتفقنا خالص‪.‬‬ ‫وإذا بالنعل تسابق الزمان والمكان لتستقر في‬ ‫ظهر حصه وتسدحها علي االرض‪.‬‬

‫بعد انتهاء حصة من خلطه الحنة اللي حاطتها‬ ‫علي راسها وتفكر شلون اطفش ولد عمتها اللي‬ ‫ماتدري من وين طلع لها ؟؟‬ ‫يرن جرس البيت ومن اللقافه تفتح الباب واذا بشاب‬ ‫مفتول العضالت يـهـبـل‪ ..‬يـهـبـل ‪.‬‬ ‫يقولها روحي نادي بابا سرعة قولي في ولد مال‬ ‫أختي عبد الكريم سرعة‪.‬‬ ‫هذا (عبد الكريم) علي باله سيالنيه يا ربي‬ ‫شهالحظ أنزين أنا اشدراني انه صار جذي يهبل‬ ‫خابرته أثرم وخبل طلع حده وضع ‪.‬‬ ‫ما في غير مـريــوم‪ ..‬رفيجتي تنقذني من هالورطه‬ ‫اتصلت عليها وقالت لها السالفة كلها‪.‬‬ ‫استغربت مريم‪ :‬الحين مو هذا سعود اللي لجيتي‬ ‫رأسنا فيه تحبينه و بتضحين بالعالم و ما تبين‬ ‫ولد عمتك ‪ ..‬من تبين الحين ؟؟‬ ‫حصة ‪ :‬يا ربي ما توقعت سعود يتحطم فيني‬ ‫هالكثر أخاف أقوله إني بتزوج غيرك يصير فيه شي‬ ‫تدرين يموت فيني مريوم عفيه كلميه وقولي له‪.‬‬ ‫مريم‪ :‬قررتي تتزوجين ولد عمتك والحب واللي‬ ‫صدعتي رأسنا فيه !! وكل يوم طباخ ومواعين‬ ‫تودينها لسعود ؟؟‬ ‫حصة‪ :‬شسوي الزم أخضع للقدر و يأختج عبد‬ ‫الكريم زووغه وشهادة ومركز وينه ‪..‬ووين سعود‬ ‫طايح الحظ‪.‬‬


Winter Desert Rose This January CityPages fashion editorial is different. Because our readers are different. We went further for presenting our vision of fashion in an incredible campaign "LeBibi Collection" shot in the marvelous and miracle Dubai's desert. This editorial is about edgy fashion that brings people of different cultures together into a collective conscience and mindset and create marvelous pieces of art. The international model Bianca Sutu collaborates with our fashion team and talented international photographer Bunuel for presenting you our Winter Desert Rose- Chercher la femme!

Model: Bianca Sutu from CBS MODELS Instagram: @bianca_sutu Agency: www.cbsmodels.com Instagram: @cbsmodelmanagement Photographer: Bunuel Green - www.bunuelphotos.com Instagram: @bunuelphotos Clothes: LeBibi Collection Facebook: LeBibi Collection Instagram: @lebibicollection

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WINTER SKIN SURVIVAL While some love the chilly breezy winds and enjoy the cozy weekends by the fire place, others dread winters due to the stressful changes their body experiences with the fluctuation between overheated rooms and extremely cold weather. Nourishing your facial and body skin is very important during winters to keep your skin soft and supple. SKIN

cannot differentiate between changing seasons and for this reason it undergoes through stressful reactions. As it gets windy and chilly outside, our protective sebum and moisture content in our skin decreases causing dryness, redness, tautness, irritation and some parts of our body experiences cracking and flaking of the skin. Depending on the skin type, our facial skin shows different signs of stress. For this reason, selecting the right skin care products and timely being pampered by a professional

helps you get through the harsh weather conditions. A winter skin survival kit helps to counteract moisture loss, regain skin’s elasticity and protect the skin to combat the external stress.

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Winter Skin Savers

1.Hi Perfection Eye Cream 2.Super Soft Cleanser 3.Herbal Care Lotion 4.Blemish Balm Perfect Beauty Fluid 5.Skin Elixier 6.Sensi Calm Ampoule 7.Hydra Force Mask


LIPS face a constant challenge during winter months as it is directly exposed to the changing cold

to heated environments. For this reason, do not neglect your lips as they need rich care as well. While choosing a moisturizing balm, make sure it has natural ingredients like Beeswax, Shea butter, Jojoba oil, Vitamin E oil, or Almond oil as it penetrates nourishes dry cracked lips and retains moisture. Avoid Vaseline or paraffin oil, as these ingredients only “seals” cracked lips.

EYES have extremely sensitive, delicate and thin skin, making it vulnerable to changes very easily. Dryness,

dark circles, swelling, itchiness, mild flaking of skin at the corner of the eyes; are some visible impact of the stressful winter season. Use eye products formulated with rich ingredients that will help repair, protect and soothe. Choose an oil based eye makeup remover or almond oil to remove your makeup to avoid the burning sensation caused by the regular removers or wipes. Always carry a lubricating eye drop to instantly moisturize and relieve dry, irritated eyes.

DIY BEAUTY Shield your skin with the nature’s moisturizers by preparing your own potions. Massage any of the below mixtures for at least 10 minutes using upward and circular strokes and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse and gently dab to dry. 1.Mix a tbsp of Coconut oil or Almond oil with ½ tspn Honey. 2.Blend Avocado with Milk or Cream to prepare a thick paste. 3.Mix Egg yolk along with tbsp Almond oil and a tspn Honey. 4.Blend Banana with a tbsp of Almond oil with ½ tspn Honey. 5.Mix a few drops of Almond or Vitamin E oil in your night cream or your hands feet cream. 6.Take Almond - Vitamin E oil / chilled Milk on cotton pads and leave it on your eyes for 5 - 10 minutes. Do not rinse. 7.Keep warm Herbal Tea bags for 15 minutes on your eyes for soothing effect.

HANDS & FEET suffer from the cold more than the other parks of the body. After being trapped in gloves, stockings and boots throughout the day our hands and feet tend to get calloused, cracked and itchy due to dryness. Even frequent exposure to water while washing causes the skin to lose its protective layer causing inflammation and irritation. Use a rich cream or body butter on the hands and heels, and cover it up with cotton gloves – socks. Exfoliate and buff your heels regularly while in the shower. When booking for your regular mani-pedi appointments add the luxury of paraffin therapy to your service.

DIET is very essential to keep us healthy inside-out. Incorporate a diet that is rich in nutrients

that will help you fight winter illness and will keep your skin glowing. Avoid junk food, frizzy drinks and smoking that tend to have a negative impact on your skin. You can also include dietary anti-oxidant supplements to your diet that are beneficial for your hair, skin, nails and body. January, 2015


PERFUME

EXTRACTION The word perfume can be split into two parts. The first part, “per” is Latin and means through. The second part, “fume” is also Latin and means smoke. It permeates throughout the air and after it is sprayed or applied, it becomes a part of the atmosphere as does smoke. The use of perfume began during religious ceremonies in the ancient times but soon was used to improve people’s overall smell. The Egyptians used the earliest known extraction method called expression. In this technique, plants are squeezed and compressed until the oils come out of them. Although the Egyptians used this as a primary extraction method, it is only used today for extracting essential oils from the rimes of citrus fruits. King Louis XIV of France bathed in perfume since bathing in water wasn’t very healthy during those times. It was thought that bad smells were the reason people got diseases like the 14th century Black Plague. When doctors treated patients with the plague, they wore masks and lots of perfume to protect ASAMA Perfumes The creative method gave ASAMA Perfumes the time and the opportunity to craft fragrances while working with the highest quality ingredients in a bottle and using Arabic and Western scents as a unique concept point for the fragrances. They welcome your comments at PR@ASAMAPerfumes.com Follow them on Instagram and Twitter: @ASAMAPerfumes citypageskuwait.com

themselves from the disease. The release of fragrances in perfumes is completed in three steps. The first step is usually the very first thing we think of when we smell a fragrance. This is called the top note. The top note will evaporate on the skin within 5 to 30 minutes. The scent of the top note is very fresh and light and smells the most natural. Lemon, orange, and herbs are a few top note scents. The next step is called the heart note. The heart note will form the blended perfume itself and can be smelled for three to four hours. The fragrances from the heart note are usually the more warm scents and take up to thirty minutes to settle in the skin. Some common heart notes are rose and lavender. The final step is the base note, which will form the basis for the perfume and can last up to 24 hours. The base notes last the longest and usually have an intense smell. They are also the heaviest which helps the top and heart notes last a little longer. Examples of base notes are Vanilla and Myrrh. When making perfume, the volatility can vary. Volatility is how a substance evaporates. In the case of a perfume with lavender and vanilla scents, the lavender would be a part of the top note or the heart note and the vanilla would be the base note. This would mean that lavender has a higher volatility than the vanilla since the vanilla is a heavier scent. The lavender would evaporate first and then the vanilla.

Maceration is when the fragrance is extracted through soaking the material in a solvent. Maceration process can take from a few days to a few months. The solvent is usually water or oil. It is also the most commonly used and most economically costly for extraction in the perfume industry. This process became popular in the early 1800s for getting essential oils for curing diseases and healing wounds. In the late 1880s it became less popular in the home and faded away. Enfleurage, on the other hand, is a more costly process, with two parts. In the first part, the scent of the flowers are absorbed by some type of fat or oil. The second part involves extraction with the use of alcohol. The enfleurage process usually “revives” the scent of flowers that have lost their scent by allowing them to soak in a fat that intensely absorbs the fragrance still inside. This method of extraction can be hot or cold. In cold enfleurage, a chassis, or large plate of glass is covered in a fat (usually lard) and left to set. The flowers are then placed on the fat and allowed to sit for 1-3 days which allows the scent to diffuse into the fat. The process is repeated until the desired level of fragrance is achieved. Contrarily, in the hot enfleurage process, the solid fat is heated and into the fat the flowers are stirred. Then the flowers are strained from the fat is saturated with the fragrance of the flowers.


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Maali Al-Oudah Designing fur for chic, trendy and modern women malimo_ Maali Al-Oudah is the first Kuwaiti female fur designer and founder of the label; Mali-Mo – a luxury fur line. Mali-Mo was born out of a love of design and all things beautiful. Designing has always been a part of Maali AlOudah. From a very young age she knew that being a fashion designer was the only career path for her. Maali sees fur as a symbol of luxury, sophistication and elegance and that’s what made her choose fur as the material of choice for her designing process. Her forward-thinking vision and fearless approach to luxe fashion has created its mass cult following. We were lucky enough to interview the very talented Maali Al-Oudah. Read on to find out all about this elegant and stylish designer and her fabulous brand...

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Please introduce yourself to our readers: I'm a very simple woman and complicated at the same time. I appreciate life, love, music, and food. I'm a banker, a business woman & a mother of an amazing son. Tell us about your education: I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from California State University Long Beach. I also hold a diploma from Kuwait Business College and CBBM from IBS Kuwait. What first made you interested in fur? The luxurious look & the softness. It has been my passion since childhood as my father used to go to Moscow and fur coat was my favorite gift item from him. Please takes us on a journey into designing your first fur? I consider myself a very lucky person. My friends are manufacturing furs for more than 5 generation and they helped me with many training courses to know more about fur. My first experience was with Chinchilla Fur. It's very soft & difficult to design. Being creative is a big challenge in fur designing. When did you decide to take it to the next level and come up with your own brand? Since the beginning I wanted to have my signature and touches on each and every piece. All of my collection made with a story and love. Where do you get your inspiration from? I source inspiration from anywhere and everywhere! Every place and culture is an inspiration to me. Who are your key style influences? In the fur world I prefer more courageous designers like Roberto Cavalli and Fendi but I get influenced by everyone. Besides your own fur, which other fur designers do you like the most? Yves Saint Laurent. How and from where did you get your professional experience in designing fur? I have completed few training courses and will further enhance my knowledge and skills in fur designing by signing up for more courses in a small school in Hungary.

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Where do you source your material from and where is the production done? I buy Mu Fur from an auction taking place every year in Helsinki where all the furs come from different countries around the globe. Currently, I am manufacturing it at many different places in Europe depending upon the kind of fur, such as Italy, Madrid, Hungary, and Macedonia. We've been swooning over some of your current styles, do you have a favorite? I prefer Mink & Sable in a practical trendy design. How do you feel as the first Kuwaiti fur designer? Being the first Saudi/Kuwaiti designer in our region makes me feel very special & proud. I am now even more motivated than ever to expand my brand internationally. Did you face any difficulty introducing fur in Kuwait as the winter season in Kuwait is not very long? Actually the response was very good and the people were very encouraging. Where can someone buy your fur from? My winter 2014/15 collection is displayed exclusively at Harvey Nichols Kuwait. What are your future plans? I want Mali-Mo to be in every country in the world and in every woman's closet. Tell us something we don't know about Fur! When you love fur, fur loves you back. Your message for our readers: Wearing fur is not a scary idea, owning a fur is a lifetime investment. GCC's women can wear fur not only for weddings but also as casual and still look elegant. I always advise my customers that if you like it buy it because you will never know when you can get it again. Every piece is different. Your message for us at CityPages magazine: As a reader, a unique magazine like CityPages makes me feel unique! I wish you all the best and continue with the excellent quality.


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GETTING PERSONAL Where were you born? Kuwait

PROFESSION(s):

Banker, business woman, and fur designer.

Birthday: 4th of July.

How would you describe your personal style?

Very simple, classic, practical most of the time, and trendy sometimes.

What are your favorite shoes? Jimmy Choo & Ecco.

What Fashion Tip do you live by? Whatever makes you comfortable, wear it.

Favorite city, and why?

Paris & Hong Kong. Charming, beauty, and the best night walk.

Favorite place to shop? Italy

Favorite vacation spot? Any island.

Favorite Food?

I love & appreciate food. All kind of food has different stories.

Favorite Movie? Sweet November.

Favorite Band? Chambao.

Favorite Book?

I don't have the time to read now.

Favorite Designers?

All of them can find something I like and something I don't.

Style Icon?

I love Sarah Jessica Parker.

First thing you do in the Morning? Do my deep breathing then shower then my coffee.

Last thing you do before bed? Deep breathing & do some meditation.

What are you obsessed with at the moment?

My health & how to maintain my good energy with healthy food and lifestyle.

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Star of the Month QUICK FACTS NAME: Arianna Grande OCCUPATION: Singer actress songwriter

with MJB

BIRTH DATE: June 26, 1993 (age 21) PLACE OF BIRTH: Boca Raton, Florida, U.S. FULL NAME: Ariana Grande-Butera ZODIAC SIGN: Cancer

Here are some albums that you can pre-order on iTunes: Album title: Title. Artist: Meghan Trainor Expected: Jan 13, 2015 Album title: Rebel Heart Artist: Madonna Expected: Mar 10, 2015

Arianna Grande was born on June 26, 1993 in Boca Raton, to a graphic designer father and CEO mother. At a young age, Grande made her way onto the local theatre scene. When she was 15- year-old she landed the role of Charlotte in the Broadway production of 13, a play focusing on life growing up in NYC. Two years later, she appeared in the musical Cuba Libre and had a small role on a TV show called The Battery’s Down. But that was all it took for Grande to land a role on the Nickelodeon series Victorious. In 2011, Grande released her first single “ Put Your Hearts Up,” a pop song aimed at the hearts of her young Victorious audience. After the show Victorious, Grande played acted in the series “Sam and Cat”, however, this show came to an abrupt end after 35 episodes. Meanwhile, Grande’s 2013 single “ The Way” citypageskuwait.com

made it into the top 10 in the U.S. showing that music is the right path for her. “The Way” was the first single from Grande’s album, “Yours Truly” a record that also featured the hits “ Baby I” and “Right There.” The 2014 release “My Everything” sold 169000 copies in the first week of its release, debuting at No. 1. The album was preceded by the single “Problem,” featuring the rapper Iggy Azalea which debuted at No.3 on Billboard’s Hot 100, selling more than 400,000 copies upon its release. “Break Free” and “Love Me Harder” followed, each climbing toward the top of the charts. During the summer of 2014. Grande teamed up with Jesse J and Nicki Minaj on the single “Bang Bang.” A track that debuted at No.6 and peaked at No.3 in the U.S.

Album title: Reflection Artist: Fifth Harmony Expected: Jan 27, 2015

Some interesting facts! 1)Your heartbeats changes with the music you listen to. 2)74% of 16-24 year olds say music is important or very important in their lives. 3)62% of all digital music is bought from iTunes.


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TOP MUSIC CHARTS Blank Space

Take Me To Church

Uptown Funk!

Thinking Out Loud

Lips Are Movin

I'm Not The Only One

The Hanging Tree

7/11

All About That Bass

CoCo

Don't Tell 'Em

Animals

Hold You Down

Don't

The Heart Wants What It Wants

Ed Sheeran

Selena Gomez

Shake It Off

Something In The Water

Habits (Stay High)

I Don't F*** With You

Tuesday

I Love Makonnen & Drake

Night Changes One Direction

Blame

Only

Leave The Night On

Hot Boy

Make It Rain

Love Me Harder

Something In The Water

Baby Don't Lie

I Don't Mind

Taylor Swift

James Newton Howard & Jennifer Lawrence

DJ Khaled

Big Sean & E-40

Bobby Shmurda

Hozier

Beyonce Knowles

Ed Sheeran

Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars

Meghan Trainor

Ariana Grande & The Weeknd

Ed Sheeran

O.T. Genasis

Taylor Swift

Calvin Harris & John Newman

Carrie Underwood

Meghan Trainor

Jeremih & YG

Carrie Underwood

Nicki Minaj

Gwen Stefani

Sam Smith

Maroon 5

Tove Lo

Sam Hunt

Usher & Juicy J

January, 2015


JANUARY Movie Releases PADDINGTON

Director: Paul King Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi Genres: Comedy, Family, Adventure, Kids

JUPITER ASCENDING

Director: Director: Andy Guillermo Wachowski del Toro & Lana Wachowski Starring: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean,. Genres: Action, Sci-Fi Synopsis: Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was

BLACKHAT

SON OF A GUN

Director: Michael Mann Starring: Viola Davis, Chris Hemsworth, Wei Tang, Leehom Wang,

born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along - her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

MORTDECAI

Director:Jeremy James Wan Director: Garelick

Director: David Koepp

Starring: Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown,

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Starring: Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, Michael Byrne, Guy Burnet

Genres: Family, Comedy, Animation

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Synopsis: Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is a

Synopsis: Juggling some angry Russians,

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loveable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy.

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the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.

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Genres: Crime, Thriller

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Genres: Suspense, Thriller, Remake

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Synopsis: Set within the world of global cybercrime, blackhat follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta.

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Synopsis: A brilliant high school student and

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his friends uncover blueprints for a mysterious device with limitless potential, inadvertently putting lives in danger.

star in the tense psychological thriller The Loft, the story of five married guys who conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city-a place where they can carry out hidden affairs and indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realize one of the group must be involved. Paranoia seizes them as everyone begins to suspect one another. Friendships are tested, loyalties are questioned and marriages crumble as the group is consumed by fear, suspicion and murder in this relentless thriller.

Anderson (Costner) who is widowed after the car crash death of his wife. Elliot has raised his bi-racial granddaughter Eloise since his daughter died in childbirth. As he struggles with his grief, Elliot’s world is turned upsidedown when the child’s African American grandmother Rowena (Spencer) demands that Eloise be brought under the care of her father Reggie, a drug addict who Elliot blames for the negligence that led to the death of his own daughter. Elliot finds himself deeply entrenched in a custody battle and will stop at nothing to keep his granddaughter from coming under the watch of his reckless sonin-law. BLACK AND WHITE is a searing portrayal of a broken man caught up in a struggle clouded by bitterness, blame and racial tension who learns to forgive and how to provide for the only family he has left.


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AND THEIR IMPACT ON SOCIETY Movies have become such an inseparable part of our lives, that it is tough to imagine a world without this form of entertainment. Of course, with the advent of newer technology, the number of theater goers has reduced drastically, but the number of movie viewers has sky rocketed. The movie industry is booming and shows no signs of relenting. The reason why movies are so ardently revered is because; they open a window of innumerable possibilities for its viewers. It lets you escape into a world which is far from the daily realities of life.

The Positive Impact of Movies on Society

Gives a Reality Check Certain movies play positive roles as well, and not all movies are bad. It however depends completely on the subject matter of the movie. Some movies try to create awareness about the socioeconomic and political state of affairs of nations. It spreads awareness about the evils of drug abuse, alcoholism, HIV, and the evils of having many sexual partners. Movies create awareness about the importance of education, medicine, art and politics. It also brings us to understand more about the depravity of the homeless, and the plight of underdeveloped countries, and countries stigmatized by years of war. All these movie genres help awaken our sense of responsibly and empathy towards such situations. These socially enlightening movies help us realize the message which was being conveyed. It influences our thought process in a positive way and helps us try to do our bit in order to be of some help to humanity. While the number of people who actually do something is doubtful, there have been cases Abdulaziz AlKhamis

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where people have taken up animal protection and human right activities after being moved by a movie they watched.

Induces Creativity Movies help boost our imagination. We think about the things we saw and then we take our imagination a little further and visualize. This is one of the reasons why the animation industry is gaining more and more enthusiastic entrants, who wish to learn the tricks of the trade. Even young aspiring actors and movie makers are desirous of joining the movie industry, simply because they too will get to explore new horizons of their creativity and produce something new and awe-inspiring. Generates Employment The movie industry has played a massive role in generating employment for people, the world over. Since there are so many people involved in making and producing a movie, it naturally has a wide scope for new job openings. More the people, the better. However, it requires specialized training and knowledge, in order to work for a movie. Movies and Their Impact on Society We are all movie buffs, and there is no denying the fact. Nonetheless, have you ever stopped to wonder about the impact that movies have on our lives and the people around us? When you really think about it, there is a lot more to movies and media, than what meets the eye... Provides Social Entertainment Movies act as an escape hatch for people who wish to forget about all their worries, frustrations and tensions, even if its effects last for a few hours. It entertains them and makes them focus of things which have nothing to do with their own personal lives.

The Negative Impact of Movies on Society

Spreads Propaganda Movies are successfully able to influence its viewers to a very large extent, which is exactly

what the advertising industry capitalizes on. They use a few seconds of movie footage in order to market their products to the whole world. For instance, a new car model, or new designer clothes and accessories, are showcased to the world by the actors enacting their roles. This makes us aware of the new product, makes us curious and interested. This results in us finding out about the new product through the internet and through discussions with friends. This way, the chain of advertising and communication of the information continues in a flow smooth, without making the advertising companies spend a dime.

Affects Lifestyle Everything we watch and listen to, affects and influences us at some level or the other. If not consciously, it leaves its traces in our psyche. Since we consider actors as superiors and almost have god-like devotion for them, whatever they do affects us as well. We try to emulate them and behave like them. We emulate their newest fashion trends, the way they speak, and the lifestyles they lead, both on and off-screen. We are interested in finding out which celeb is dating who, and what all they are up to in their personal and private lives. This is exactly why smoking in movies has been banned, because people watch their favorite actors smoking on-screen and it makes the people of society feel that they too must try it. At some point, we all think that it is the new cool thing to do, and we do it because it makes us feel special. Media affects our culture in many ways. For instance, movies have significantly affected our moral beliefs as well, by seriously jeopardizing the very foundation of marriage. Movies make it seem like it's normal to indulge in extramarital affairs, and polygamous relationships, which in reality might turn out to be an extremely unsafe and detrimental practice for everyone involved. Movies have their own plus and negative points, just like everything else in the world. Nonetheless, movies and their impact on society runs very deep and has become an integral part of our very existence. It affects us in more ways than we can imagine.


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Latifa Al-Qallaf An Industrial Engineering student and a passionate writer, Latifa Al-Qallaf has published a book, Tanadeena Almasha’er, in November 2014. Latifa’s interest in literature peaked at a young age, with a strong desire to write she wasted no time in cultivating her writing skills by reading as much as she could. Tanadeena Almasha’er is a romance/drama novel. The story is a journey embedded with deep romance disclosing the secrets of every couple. It allows you to get an inside view of what it really means to be someone's loved one, wife, sister, mother, father, or any blood-loved relative. Here, Latifa Al-Qallaf shares her thoughts about her writing process, inspiration behind writing such a romantic story and her future projects.

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Do you know the kid in the corner of the room with huge glasses and head in a book? Well that’s me, Latifa. I am an 18 year old Industrial Engineer, who’s in love with something called books. Tell us about your education: I graduated from GES in 2012 and now I am a third year Industrial Engineering student. I always had a passion for writing, but I nurtured my talent on my own with reading as much as possible. At what age you started writing? I have been writing since I was 10 or 11. I always got these hunches where I need to form words to go with my feelings, and slowly with time I got much better. What is different in your book as compared to other local writings? The romance in it and how every girl will get to live in every detail of my book as if it’s her own. Every girl has her mind raided with questions such as, what it means to be married? How am I going to be someone’s wife? What if I don’t love him? What if he hates things about me citypageskuwait.com

how do I deal with that? How can I know him without going into a relationship? If I wanted the guy to marry me instead of only being his girlfriend, how do I do that? I want to show the Kuwaiti society, the ways of the English but I wanted to approach them in their language. I wanted to show what it means to be friends with a guy, and how it would be okay. How to get to know the guy you could be getting married to without violating your traditions. How difficult was it to select the title of the book? That was the hardest part; I actually got help from my friends without them I couldn’t have chosen the name. Why did you decide to write it in Arabic? There are many reasons, I thought of who my audience is and what would be the best for them. There was a certain message I wanted to deliver to them, and I saw that the Arabic language will show them my message in the best ways, easily. What was the inspiration behind writing such a romantic story? Every girl is in love with love, and wonders

what it is, and what it is like. I wanted to show them that. I wanted to live this love story in all its ways. The romance in this story is already in me, I didn’t need to be inspired to write love, I just needed to feel it. Are you working on any other books currently? Yes, actually I’m working on a series. It’s another love story but has no connection with my present story. I might actually publish it in two languages, Arabic and English. Please highlight the concept of ‘True Friendship’ in the light of your book? There is always that one friend, who’s always there, and never ceases not to be there. They are family and more. Each of my main characters had that. Most of the friends mentioned in book are actually present in my life, and without them I couldn’t have finished this book. Who is your literary inspiration? Jude Deveraux, Judith McNaught, Stephanie Lauren, Shakespeare, Lord Byron. Who is your local inspiration in fiction? There are many writers such as Yousif


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WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY? We were sitting at home when my husband asked me these two questions, “What makes you happy, Sara?” I paused and looked at him, my husband was always full of questions that would make you think, he was a very wise man but for some reason I was struggling to answer his question. “You don’t have to answer the question right now, think about it over the next few days,” he said as he watched my face as I struggled to find an answer. Obviously my husband made me happy, he knew that too. But, I couldn’t think of anything else that made me happy. The more I thought about it, the more frustrated I got. Was I happy? “Are things okay between us?” I asked. I was starting to get worried. “Yousef, is there something you’re not telling me?” I said. He just laughed gently and kissed my forehead as he left the room. That night I tossed and turned, my mind was Nadia AlHassan

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spinning and I just couldn’t go to sleep. I was worried about the question he asked, I found it odd that he asked that particular question. Even though he was always asking questions to make me think but this question, well… it was different. But what also bothered me was that I couldn’t find an answer to his question and I didn’t know why I found it so hard to give an answer. The next day, I visited a dear friend in hospital. We spoke for a couple of hours, laughed and cried. “Sara,” she said. I looked at her and nodded my head. “You’re so unbelievably lucky, you are healthy and well. I used to always think that money would make you happy, because if you had lots of money then you could spend it on beautiful clothes and handbags and travel the world and never have to worry about being broke. But, since I got sick last year, it’s made me realise that money isn’t everything. It’s only there to help you through life, but that’s it. And, it’s made me realise that small problems can always be fixed so there’s never any point worrying and getting stressed out, there’s always a solution for everything,” she whispered. Tears filled my eyes and I took my friends hand to comfort her. “As long as you have good health, then you have everything. As long as you have close friends and family, you have everything. I know I’ve been sick for a while and it’s been a long battle but I still have hope and I’m still

happy. The reason I have hope and I am happy is because my family have been there for me every step of the way and so have my friends, and I am so lucky to have you all there for me,” she said. I couldn’t stop crying, she’s been so sick for a long time and yet she’s so positive and hopeful. She’s happy. It made me realise that you can’t buy happiness. You can’t buy love. And, you can’t buy your health. I gave her a tight hug and told her how happy I was to have such an amazing friend like her in my life. I went home that day and told my husband about my visit to the hospital. “I am alive and well, I have my health. And I should appreciate that I am healthy because people are fighting for their lives,” I told him. He smiled at me and waited for me to continue, I could see now that he was trying to teach me a life lesson. My voice was shaky but I wasn’t finished. “Happiness is so easy to find once we stop worrying about the small things in life and focus on our blessings. And I feel so blessed Yousef. I forget how blessed I am sometimes. What also makes me happy is that I have a loving family, caring friends and such a supportive husband and I am healthy. Happiness is there once we open our eyes, some people search for happiness for years, but it’s not something that can be found, it’s always been there, waiting for us to see it. It’s the little things in life.”


January, 2015


THE BEAUTY IN

QUIETUDE

conduits.

On the altar of the temple, out in the altitude of clouds,

so white, as the snow embedding Zagros at mid-winter.

here, and no communication as well, save for the screeching voice of mighty tradition.

On the scales of the mighty Zagros, petals are laid,

The fathers have passed, and only their patrimony remains on smooth inclines; on pink hilltops; on valleys so wide and the vortex therewith; on dunes undisturbed and beaches yet to be turfed; and on passes extending not so long, to local peaks unweathered.

Now, the worth that in which was bestowed upon, (but to whom?), is greater than that of gold, and the value less than that of an ill pig to an iller pig in trade.

Unto what would be the cradle of kings, hospitable to the

Roses are not laid forcibly, yet they do not pretend to accept it as to retain their pride. These aromatic roses stimulate the olfactory desires within the people of Zagros, and tantalize them of flesh so pure and so smooth; Adnan Najeeb Al-Abbar

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Slaves here and there, gathering The reddest of petals, suffering The coldest of weather, preparing A slave to the gods of men, to be. Thoughts run amok in a head, behind a face so pleasing a-sight, and silence is its greatest potential. Once chosen, not even fate interferes. Now, as being prepared, the spirits of quiet haunt the place. No connections are visible

Bring forth the bride. Let fortune bequeath that which we made deserve. And let no mute tell her otherwise, but that the only voice she can produce is approval, out of love and appreciation, for she now pleases more than just the king. The gods are smiling above, can’t you see? And now, never shall we listen to her beautiful sing-song singing in the cold showers echoing through the Zagros, but to, hitherto unheard, songs of her most beautiful daughters. Let there be beauty in quietude, in respect of our king, and the music of skin and bones shall continue for all eternity.


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5 Things to Keep in Mind when Writing in English in the Arab World 5 - On Audience, or Who, How, and Why To Write For Certain Readers Last month, I discussed the prevailing notions associated with writing voice. I warned, in particular, against two prominent trends in the literary world: “The first depoliticizes the work in order to enter into the lucrative mass market; the second aestheticizes its politics in order to be presented to a small elite audience.” In The Event of Literature, Terry Eagleton sheds light upon the historical moment that gave birth to today’s preference for apolitical literature. “One of the most vital functions of the work of art since Romanticism,” he writes, “has been to exemplify that which is gloriously, almost uniquely free of a function, and thus by virtue of what it shows rather than what it says, acts as an implicit rebuke to civilization in thrall to utility, exchange-value and calculative reason.” But the function of art to not have a function and to present itself as abstract, introspective, timeless, part and parcel of eternal values shared across borders, races, genders, classes, and other particularities, is itself bound in space and time. It is further constrained by other conditions such as political and social ideologies that the post-Romantic work of art aspires to quell. Today, spatio-temporal conditions in Kuwait—the rise of ideological systems looking backwards for answers to contemporary problems, globalization’s failure to achieve its promises (fraternity, equality, peace, prosperity, etc.), and the frightening turn technology and digital culture have taken towards spying and manipulating our desires, personas, and online experiences—compels writers, if they were serious about their craft, to reinterpret their social roles and the function of the work of art. Who one writes for, how and why one writes, are critical subjects to examine before embarking on the Anglowaiti text. I mentioned earlier that Anglowaiti writers should not publish “propaganda to serve the status quo” or to produce “commercial goods to grow a writing brand.” I likewise encourage Anglowaiti writers not to focus their efforts on the ivory tower of international literature even though such efforts yield satisfaction Nada Faris Nada Faris is a Kuwaiti who writes poetry, articles, and fiction in English. Her latest book, Before Young Adult Fiction, is a collection of short, award-winning articles, poems, and short stories that shaped her writing voice. Reach her at: www.nadafaris.com or @nadafaris

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and emotional fulfillment from peers and critics. While composed of the crème de la crème of literary experts, the ivory tower of international literature has ossified into exclusionary ghettos. And whereas those who are lucky enough to read and comprehend literature published in the ivory ghetto will experience elevation of consciousness, the ghetto itself entrenches the separation of the artist from his or her society. Thus, the artist of the international elite will reach a public already conditioned to accept his or her work, and this repetitive cycle maintains the status quo. In her essay “Can Poetry Matter?” Dana Gioia writes, “Today most readings are celebrations less of poetry than of the author’s ego. No wonder the audience for such events usually consists entirely of poets, would-be poets and friends of the author.”

the Slovinian philosopher, and becoming “productively eclectic.”

So how can we, as Anglowaiti writers (poets, essayists, novelists, even artists, musicians, dramatists, and so on), reclaim something that was lost in Romanticism in terms of function, and in modernism in terms of narrative or story telling or even mimesis (art as reflection of reality)? How can we write with a function or a goal in mind without reducing the work to utilitarian values, without moralizing, without succumbing to didacticism? How can we create literature that addresses palpable needs today but remains relevant even after our historical epoch has passed? How can we write for a specific audience in mind, about particular grievances, without falling into essentialist or exclusionary representations? And how, after writing for a particular readership, can the work transcend the target and render itself pertinent to other readers across race, nation, class, and gender? And finally, how can we create subversive texts that challenge and question the status quo without suffering political, social, or professional ostracism or censorship, whether in terms of the text itself or via more draconian policies? It is these precise questions that Anglowaiti writers should tackle before sitting down to create their own works of art. After all, the aim is to “create art to elevate social consciousness, to dislodge dogma, and to change the status quo, even if we end up making a living out of our calling.”

6.Form is a fundamental component of any narrative, so structure your stories consciously, bearing in mind that form carries with it as much meaning and significance as content or language.

2.Write for many age groups and communities, but make sure you try to mix them or connect them together; start conversations and dialogues among them that would not have been possible had you subscribed to the divisive standards of the literary market. 3.Write for specific people, a local audience, but understand that the aim is to transcend essentialist or isolationist tendencies, and that no concrete situation appears in a vacuum. 4.Make sure you respect differences, contradictions, and multiplicities located even within specificity. 5.Layer your work.

7.Always deal with dominant culture from the outside. 8.Seek not to fit in and to ascend the ladder of literary evaluative systems, but to shake up the current paradigms themselves and to bridge disparate audiences and communities together. 9.Never compare yourself to any of your peers. Each has his or her own versatile strategy composed of long-term and short-term goals, and you will most likely fail if you judge your peer’s value or talent by utilizing market standards, whether literary or mainstream. 10.Never stop learning and metamorphosing. The best way to avoid reification by a rapidly mutable market is to continue to change yourself.

I suggest below a list of endeavors to help Anglowaiti writers meander aesthetic and political realms, in order to create dynamic literature with a particular function.

This article concludes the five-part series concerning the elements to keep in mind when writing in English in the Arab world. The previous articles, “How to Generate Relevant Writing Ideas,” “How to Use the English Language,” “How to ‘Discover’ Your Writing Voice,” and “How and Why to Write in Genres,” are archived on my blog: www. nadafaris.com/blog.

1.To defy reification into a “brand,” I suggest a prodigious output in various categories, following in the footsteps of Slavoj Žižek,

Happy writing!


January, 2015


JANUARY Book Releases Living Well, Spending Less Ruth Soukup

Living Well, Spending Less is Ruth Soukup s first book, following her wildly successful blog of the same name. She gives her readers even more of what they love about the blog: lots of creative, helpful ideas and advice for moms on a budget along with stories from her own journey to discovering what the Good Life is really all about."

There Will Be Lies Nick Lake

Award-winning author Nick Lake proves his skills as a master storyteller in this heart-pounding new novel. This emotionally charged thrill ride leads to a shocking ending that will have readers flipping back to the beginning.

The Blood of the Fifth Knight

Ella Woodward

From sumptuous desserts, to food on the go, delicious dips, raw treats and rainbow bowls of awesome veggies, Ella's philosophy is all about embracing the natural foods that your body loves and creating fresh, simple dishes which are easy to make and taste amazing. Featuring more than 100 new sugar-free, gluten-free and dairy-free recipes to excite your taste buds, this collection will inspire you to eat for better health, glowing skin and boundless energy. A reformed sugar monster herself, Ella knows just how daunting the idea of changing your diet can be. Her must-read blog, DELICIOUSLY ELLA, which gets two million visitors a month from all over the world, was inspired by her own health adventure and everything she has learned by healing herself simply through diet. It's truly amazing to see what you can do with these simple ingredients and how you can so easily create a deliciously healthy version of your favourite dishes.

Playlist for the Dead Michelle Falkoff

Part mystery, part love story, and part coming-of-age tale in the vein of Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Tim Tharp’sThe Spectacular Now, Playlist for the Dead is an honest and gut-wrenching first novel about loss, rage, what it feels like to outgrow a friendship that's always defined you—and the struggle to redefine yourself. But above all, it's about finding hope when hope seems like the hardest thing to find.

I Was Here

E.M. Powell

Gayle Forman

When mercenary Sir Benedict Palmer agrees to help King Henry II’s knights seize the traitor Archbishop Thomas Becket, what begins as a clandestine arrest ends in cold-blooded murder. And when Fitzurse, the knights’ ringleader, kidnaps Theodosia, a beautiful young nun who witnessed the crime, Palmer can sit silently by no longer. He and Theodosia rely only on each other as they race to uncover the motive behind Becket’s murder— and the truth that could destroy a kingdom.

I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss. When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her deadend small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

Betting on Fate Katee Robert

Penelope Carson loves to steal clients from Will Reaver. Yet something in her business nemesis's icy blue eyes makes Penelope...nervous. It certainly doesn't help that the man is the living embodiment of a Norse god. A controlled, powerful Norse god. Which she really should have remembered before she made a bet with him—because losing means becoming Will's personal submissive for a week. There's nothing Will would like more than to have Penelope kneeling before him in complicit submission, her fiery dark eyes inviting him in. Challenging him. But their bet takes Will and Penelope deeper than either of them have ever been. Where control is an illusion, and boundaries are pushed aside. And where hearts become the stakes in a game that neither Dominant nor submissive can win

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Deliciously Ella:

Awesome Ingredients, Incredible Food That You and Your Body Will Love

The 3 Things That Will Change Your Destiny Today! Paul McKenna

Paul McKenna Ph.D. has helped people from all walks of life and helped them to change their lives for the better. He has investigated nearly every method of therapy, coaching and personal change available, and as a result has recently created an amazing new system that could help you breakthrough in the areas of your life you truly want to!


BOOK CLUB

14,000 THINGS

TO BE HAPPY ABOUT

I would like to wish you all a happy new year and may this 2015 be even more wonderful than 2014. And what a more appropriate note to begin this New Year than a positive note. 14, 000 Things to Be Happy about AKA the Happy Book (1990) written by Barbara Ann Kipfer. Just like its title is an very positive that counts the big and the little things that we forget to be happy about in our life. Barbara Ann Kipfer is an American lexicographer who has authored or compiled more than fifty books, including The Order of Things (1997), How It Happens (2005) and Instant Karma (2003). In 1990 the Happy Book earned a rank of 11th, tied with What to Nada Soliman

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Meet Nada, our team member is simply a book savvy. Every month Nada picks her favourite book and shares with you its review. Please feel free to contact Nada to discuss your opinion or ask her opinion on your favourite book or author.

Expect When You're Expecting, The Pre History of the Far Side, and The Language of Letting Go on the paperback bestseller list. A revised version with 1,500 new entries was published in 2007. The 25th anniversary edition revised and with 4,000 new entries was published in 2014. The 14, 000 things to be happy about include: "Traveling in the off-season Chocolat (the movie and the soundtrack) Swiss cheese Places heavy with history Just a moment Remembering being picked up and rocked to sleep in someone's arms, then carried up to bed Swimming a quarter mile being equal to running one mile Dozens of places to curl up with a book" This book is a perfect gift for a friend as well as a quick read, it keeps you thinking positively and helps you count your blessings. It is a quirky, compulsive, enchanting list of all the little things that make us happy; items, places, thoughts, celebrations and our daily bread. January, 2015


The one thing I find satisfying nowadays is interacting with people who exist and function on a higher vibration than everyone else, because it is a very comforting experience. I've had the opportunity to meet with many different personality types, but not too many who are more spiritually in touch with themselves; maybe one or two. I am very happy to be interviewing Nejoud Al-Yagout, who is one of those people, to ask her a few questions, regarding her book, life and her upcoming plans.

& Introduce yourself please. I’ve always had trouble introducing myself. If I start out by saying my name is Nejoud, it sounds like I’ve been trained by AA. I feel flustered with labels. Let’s proceed. What do you do for a living? I’m a librarian by nature and profession. What drove you to write ‘This is an Imprint’? I had no choice. It had to manifest itself. citypageskuwait.com

Nejoud Al-Yagout

How has writing affected your life? Writing has been my friend in times of suffering. When do you normally like to write poetry? When I’m navigating the darkness. What styles of writing do you lean more towards poetry, fiction, so on. I only write poetry. If I write you a letter or an email, you’re in trouble.


What inspires you generally in life and in your writings? In life, I’m a sucker for kind people who transcend fear to heal the collective consciousness of the world. In writing, love inspires me. Who is/are the author/s whom resonate with you? Richard Brautigan and the Beat Generation poets. Why these particular ones? A part of me is drawn to avant-garde movers and shakers. If you had the option to change one thing in life, what would it be? This question is too difficult. Yikes! Can I skip this? What are you mostly passionate about? Freedom. Love. Spirituality. If you weren’t writing and living in Kuwait, what would you be doing? My pipe dream is to spend a few weeks here, a few weeks there. I would still write though. What is your favorite spot on earth, and would you live there? In the heart-frequency of my beloved. It is no coincidence that earth is an anagram for heart. I would definitely live in the realm of love! Eternally! It’s not a physical place. It merely is… Would you consider yourself more of a city person or a nature lover, beach and sand type? I love forests and mountains. I’m a nature bunny, but cities have

their appeal as well. Maybe a village bordering a city that borders the forest. Yes! How do you spend your days? I work five days a week. Lately, I have been going through a period of spiritual catharsis, so I have to be alone quite a bit. It’s vaster than a choice. Otherwise, I’m out and about connecting with loved ones and creative souls. What a buzz… Are you working on any current projects at the moment? I had the honor of working with Timothy Carr on two new visual poetry videos which will be released soon. Carr and I also have another project coming up – a music video. It will be a new concept for me, so that is always a thrill. I’m also working on a secret project with another filmmaker - Hussein Al-Shammary (aka Slash) - and some very talented artists and another musician. I’m so elated because it is a humanitarian project. The heart of being creative is extending love to others. What are your next steps in life and with your writings? My life mission is to transcend my ego. In terms of my writing, I’m working on another book of poetry. It’s almost completed, but it won’t be launched for a while. I need time to compile it and bring it to life. Give your readers some advice to ponder on and to perhaps also apply. Advice? Me? Well, I suppose I can leave the readers with one piece of advice. Find your Self; not yourself – there is a colossal difference. This can be applied by meditation and moments of solitude. Your life awaits you. Inside of you. See? This is how I get when I spend time alone experimenting with consciousness. You asked! January, 2015


to add to your wishlist Some things are just ... better.

Blade 98S Ryobi Phone Works Infrared Thermometer

Wilson’s Blade series is the first set of tennis rackets to incorporate basalt, a natural shock absorber, into the weave and the base. In tests, the Blade gave players better control over the ball, and it filtered and absorbed forces from impact.

Ryobi’s new tool plugs into a smartphone’s audio jack, allowing it to measure temperatures from -22°F to 662°F—in real time, no less.

Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-I

ButterUp

SanDisk has created the largest-capacity SD card available. To pack a half-terabyte (512 GB) of memory into an object the size of a postage stamp, SanDisk arranged two vertical 16-die stacks side by side.

Sure, it’s the kind of problem you’d see in a late-night infomercial, but spreading cold butter on toast isn’t easy. Struggle no more: Australian industrial design group Design Momentum embedded a grater into a butter knife, turning clumps into thin ribbons.

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EC Lync System

Uncharted Play Pulse

Camera51

Cryptex USB Flash Drive

Filters improve photos only so much. Camera51 helps before the shutter snaps. The Android app analyzes the subject and surroundings, then guides users toward the ideal frame. It will even flag objects that might otherwise ruin a perfect image.

When you have digital information that you want to keep to yourself, it’s best to store it on a flash drive that will only be brought out when necessary. The Cryptex USB flash drive uses a combination lock of rotating rings with digits to stop anyone who doesn’t know the password from being able to see anything. The code is 5 digits

If there’s one thing closets and luggage always need, it’s more space. Eagle Creek solved that conundrum with a full-size rolling suitcase that can collapse—frame, wheels, and all—to a fraction of the size.

NapAnywhere Pillow This is a uniquely portable head support pillow that would function as an alternative to the traditional U-shaped pillows, where it makes comfortable traveling a snap thanks to its portable shape. Since it supports the weight of your head, the NapAnywhere Pillow would provide your neck with an opportunity to relax, perhaps even allowing one to sleep upright for hours.

Soccket Ball inventor Uncharted Play has created a jump rope that turns rotational energy into electricity. Five minutes of jumping powers an LED lamp for an hour.

ResMed S+ Most sleep trackers are mattress pads or wearable devices, which rely on your movement to tell if you’re asleep. They’re uncomfortable and can be inaccurate. S+ sits on a bedside table and uses low-frequency radio waves to measure breathing and determine when you’re actually sleeping or lying awake. January, 2015


Ultrasounds Gestures Coming Soon!

‫قريبا اإليماءات بالموجات فوق الصوتية‬

This input technology from Elliptic Labs will definitely change the way to control everything. Starting from smartphones in the first half of 2015. That is not the only good news, the best news is a feature called “multi layer interaction” which allows to move hand towards and away from the screen. Compared to other technologies, Ultrasound is more suitable for everyday use, thanks to 180-degree active area around the entire face of the the device. Other technologies need your hand to be positioned in front of the camera which is easily missed if you’re not waving carefully. The team in Elliptic Labs say it’s possible to integrate this technology into car dashboards, healthcare equipments, and wearables but for now, they are focusing on smartphones, tablets, and laptops.

‫ تقنية اإلدخال من‬Elliptic Labs .‫ستغير حتمًا طريقة التحكم في كل شيء‬ ‫ ليس هذا الخبر‬.2015 ‫ابتداء من الهواتف الذكية في النصف األول من عام‬ ‫ ولكن الخبر األفضل هي ميزة تسمى “ التفاعل متعدد‬،‫السعيد فحسب‬ ‫ بالمقارنة مع‬.‫الطبقات” والذي يسمح بتحريك اليد لألمام أو بعيدًا عن الجهاز‬ ‫التقنيات اآلخرى فإن التحكم بالموجات الفوق صوتية مالئمة أكثر لإلستخدام‬ ‫ درجة من‬180 ‫ ويرجع الفضل بذلك للمنطقة الفعالة والتي تغطي‬،‫اليومي‬ ‫ التقنيات األخرى تتطلب أن تكون يدك متمركزة أمام‬.‫واجهة الجهاز بالكامل‬ ‫الكاميرا والتي من السهل جدًا فقد حركتها ان لم تقم بتحريكها بشكل‬ ‫ فريق العمل في‬.‫ حذر‬Elliptic Labs ‫يقولون انه من الممكن دمج هذه التقنية‬ ‫ولكنهم اآلن‬، ،‫في لوحة قيادة السيارة والمعدات الصحية والساعات الذكية‬ ‫يركزون على الهواتف الذكية واألجهزة اللوحية والحواسيب المحمولة‬.

Yousif AlSaeed Yousif holds a BSc. in Information Technology & Computing Degree and is a Teacher and Software Developer. He loves sharing the latest technology news and gadgets with people. Yousif believes that behind everything in the tech-world is a great story. He spends most of his time reading technology blogs and self development.

Saad Almseikan A burger lover who works as a Computer Technician during the day. Saad has a curious mind that likes to discover everything new that's related to computers, hardware, gadgets and technology. You'll most probably find him holding a burger while playing with a new gadget. He is 27 years old, loves Mixed Martial Arts. Music is what keeps him going especially Rock & Roll.

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"3DAround" Is Your Next New Favorite 3D Camera App For Your Food The app is yet to be released, but from the video we saw its gonna be a great way to take photos of your food in all angles. The app turns your camera into a 3D scanner. Taking a series of photos and stitched them together to create a 360-degree view of any object. We loved the idea, it's simple and really effective. They will be released soon but no date for an official release date so far. The food on our social media feeds will be more delicious and mouth watering, God help us.

Google's Search Change Search Results To Destroy Pirates Sites Google is changing their search algorithm to demote and destroy pirates sites and put them in the last of the queue. Some top pirate sites report that they have taken huge hits in the traffic coming from google and it's reduced to almost the half. By searching a specific tv show, google will direct you to a legal way to watch the show or to give you the least popular Torrent sites there are. It's a dumb move to be honest, when people want Torrents they know where to search. It is a move copyright owners initiate to reduce their losses. Google removed 223 millions links in 2013.

Credit Card With Fingerprint Scanner MasterCard is introducing credit cards with fingerprint scanner to secure your payments at stores. This method prevents people from paying for items incase of a stolen card. Specially if the credit card using contact-less payment option which is new method too. Zwipe MasterCard is offered in UK for now with fingerprint scanner that stores your thumbprint when you put your thumb on the scanner, the embedded chip unlocks and you’re able to tap the card to make purchase, as simple as that.

January, 2015


Three Resolutions to Keep This Year Samsung Offers Solutions to the 92% Who Give Up in the New Year Do you find yourself making the same New Year’s resolutions every year? Well, according to The Journal of Clinical Psychology, 92% of people don’t meet their goals by the end of the year. To ensure a successful 2015 and join that elusive 8-percent, read on for three resolutions that Samsung can help you keep.

Get Healthy Resolutions often focus on the “big picture.” “I want to lose weight.” “I want to be fit.” Instead of dwelling on the payoff, think about the actions that you can take to achieve your goals. To get that trim figure, for instance, you’ll need to kick your fried food habit. Air frying is one step in the right direction. Instead of drenching your fries in a vat of hot oil, the Samsung Slim Fry Microwave infuses hot air with a small amount of oil and circulates it,

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preparing flavorful crisps with less fat. The result is food that’s crispy on the outside and moist on the inside.

Get Organized Clutter is a proven source of stress. Messes can be particularly stressful for families. A tried-and-true way to get things back in order is to start small. Reigning in the fridge is a small act with a big impact, especially in large households. That’s the thinking behind Samsung’s approach to organization—“a place for everything and everything in its place.” The Foodshowcase Refrigerator is designed to cut down on clutter with designated areas for kids, ingredients for tonight’s dinner, and solutions for dad and the rest of the family. The Foodshowcase Refrigerator even comes with a Home Bar, uniquely developed to store beverages of varying sizes. The Foodshowcase also stores 23% more food and beverages than a conventional refrigerator, and designated compartments help reinforce good behavior

for the rest of the year.

Spend Less, Save More Trimming the fat from your budget can be hard, but a surefire way to cut down your spending in 2015 is to make smarter choices. It is that simple. A solid investment for the upcoming year is the Samsung’s Crystal Blue WW9000, a high performance washer that preserves your clothing and works remotely with the latest mobile technology. Thanks to the ‘Auto Optimal Wash,’ the WW9000 delivers pristine clothes with less water and energy. Four sensing technologies gather information about the load, including the size and degree of dirt, and determine the amount of water, detergent and length of cycle needed to clean your clothes. You can also stop, start and change the cycle of the WW9000 through a mobile app, helping you to make the most of your time and getting you on your way to your next resolution!


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PRONOVIAS FIESTA 2015 With this special time of year drawing close, PRONOVIAS is presenting a selection of its marvellous designs, perfect choices for any celebration. All the dresses selected are from the new PRONOVIAS FIESTA 2015 collection. This Christmas, PRONOVIAS has some fabulous short dresses in beautiful fabrics, embroidered with lace and jewelled details which make them a superbly elegant option for holiday events. These dresses, which are almost pieces of jewellery, come in shades like gold, silver and black, which all add an extra touch of glitter and glamour: Then there's PRONOVIAS' range of long, flowing dresses in gauze and tulle. With sheer layered necklines, they are sure to be a hit this Christmas. There are also some extremely fashionable dresses in mikado silk. This fabric is a favourite in the PRONOVIAS bridal range, but it is also marvellous for cocktail and evening dresses. Red, green and black are some of the new shades that the firm has selected for its long dresses for the festive season.

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‫‪Dumond celebrates Brazilian women‬‬ ‫‪Straps, gladiator boots and thigh high boots are the‬‬ ‫‪highlights of the collection‬‬

‫في هذا الوقت املميز مع القرب من نهاية العام ‪ ،‬قامت ‪ PRONOVIAS‬بتقدمي‬ ‫مجموعة من التصاميم الرائعة التي تتميز بخياراتها املثالية ألي مناسبة‪ .‬كل‬ ‫الفساتني اخملتارة هي من اجملموعة اجلديدة ‪. PRONOVIAS FIESTA 2015‬‬ ‫مبناسبة األعياد ‪ ،‬قدمت ‪ PRONOVIAS‬بعض الفساتني القصيرة الرائعة من‬ ‫األقمشة املميزة‪ ،‬املطرزة و املرصعة بالكريستال ‪ ،‬كل هذه التفاصيل جتعلها‬ ‫خيارا" أنيقا" للمناسبات ‪ .‬إن هذه الفساتني تشبه في ظاللها الذهبية ‪،‬الفضية‬ ‫والسوداء قطع اجملوهرات ‪ ،‬والتي تضفي لكل سيدة ملسة من اللمعان و البريق‪.‬‬ ‫ايضا هناك مجموعة ‪ PRONOVIAS‬للفساتني الطويلة املصنوعة من أقمشة‬ ‫التول املميزة‪ ،‬و مجموعة أخرى من فساتني احلرير العصرية ‪ ،‬هذا النسيج هو‬ ‫املفضل جملموعة فساتني الزفاف لدى ‪ ، PRONOVIAS‬وهو أيضا رائع حلفالت‬ ‫الكوكتيل و السهرة‪ .‬إن اللون األحمر واألخضر واألسود هي بعض درجات األلوان‬ ‫اجلديدة اخملتارة للفساتني الطويلة لتناسب موسم األعياد‪.‬‬

‫‪Available at The Mall, The Avenues.‬‬

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H&M SPORT SS 2015 collection Now available in stores in Kuwait! citypageskuwait.com


Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn Star in New Burberry Spring/Summer Campaign Burberry unveils its Spring/Summer 2015 campaign starring British icons Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn.

Uniting modern British talent The SS15 Campaign features an eclectic mix of modern British talent: Naomi Campbell: Re-joining the Burberry cast for the first time since her Burberry campaign in 2001, also featuring Kate Moss. Jourdan Dunn: This marks her fourth Burberry campaign, having first appeared in the Spring/Summer 2011 campaign, also featuring Cara Delevingne. George Barnett: British musician (drummer in These New Puritans) and current face of the Burberry Brit Rhythm fragrance campaign. George Le Page: British musician (drummer in Of Empires) – this marks his first campaign for Burberry, having recently opened and closed the Burberry Prorsum Menswear Spring/Summer 2015 show in June 2014. The Collection Customers can shop the Burberry trench coat collection in stores globally and on Burberry.comfrom today with the full Burberry Spring/Summer 2015 collections available globally from 5 January 2015. The campaign will launch in January 2015 across global platforms including outdoor and print advertising, Burberry.com, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Sina Weibo, Youku, and WeChat. January, 2015


Carrera y Carrera launches new advertising visuals

L’OCCITANE Launches Shea Comforting Creams

CLEANSE

1.Cleansing Oil Discover a new way to cleanse your skin with shea… This silky texture enriched with shea oil, leaves skin perfectly cleansed and fresh, with no oily residues. Without disrupting the skin’s moisture balance, it helps remove all impurities and makeup- even waterproof.

2.Cleansing Milk You only need a small amount of this milk to cleanse skin perfectly and gently. Simply apply with the fingertips or a cotton pad. The smooth texture, enriched with shea, feels comfortable on the skin and leaves it soft and serene.

TONE

3.Gentle Toner Cleanse and tone. Enriched with shea, the Gentle Toner soon becomes indispensable to complete your cleansing routine. Free of impurities, skin feels clean, soft andfresh.

MOISTURIZE AND NOURISH 4.Light Comforting Cream Carrera y Carrera presents 5 new visuals with strong Spanish influence, complementing the advertising campaign launched in 2011. Spain is undoubtedly a country of artistic reference due to having one of the best art galleries in the world – the Prado Museum – and also for having in its history some of the greatest painters the art world has seen. Carrera y Carrera once again has been inspired by this rich cultural heritage, creating a picture that is in reality a true portrait as if painted by hand where the woman is the star – she is an icon within an authentic work of art and the jewels become true talismans that frame and beautify that passionate woman, the Spanish woman. The great star of the campaign continues to be international model Alejandra Alonso; once again Carrera y Carrera bets on a Spanish face of singular beauty and much strength. Valencian by birth and residing in New York City, Alonso reached the status of top model before turning 18 years old. Her voluminous hair and light eyes won over Karl Lagerfeld himself, who selected her to star in one of his fashion shows as well as in Chanel’s pre-fall campaign. In 2011 in Spain, she gained even greater recognition by winning the L’Oreal award for best model during Madrid Fashion Week. citypageskuwait.com

The very latest shea butter face cream is the little sister of the Ultra Rich Cream. This lighter version, ideal for normal or combination skin, provides essential hydration and protection. And when the skin longs for sheer textures and comfort, the Light Comforting Cream, can even take its big sister’s place. Now even normal and combination skin can enjoy the benefits of shea butter. (5% shea butter, 48hrs of hydration)

5.Ultra Rich Comforting Cream This newly named, ultra-protective nourishing cream provides a response to the problems associated with dry and very dry skin – especially when extra care is needed due to climatic conditions. One of the secrets to the success of this formula is its absolute richness. As irresistibly smooth and famous as ever, it contains an exceptionally high concentration of shea butter (25%), yet sinks into the skin with an almost disconcerting ease. (25% shea butter, 72 hrs hydration)

6.Lip Balm Made with 10% shea butter, this caring balm helps to nourish, repair and protect the lips, leaving them soft, supple and comfortable.


Official Launch of High-End Jewellery Line “Rock It!” at London Fashion Week AW15 by Ornella Iannuzzi ORNELLA IANNUZZI

This new collection called “ Rock It! ” comes as a continuation of Ornella's famous line “Les Exceptionnelles” which includes truly unique jewellery pieces set with uncut gemstones. Thanks to these, the natural crystallisation of precious stones has become the DNA of the designer's work. Remaining faithful to this principle, Ornella used as the basis of her new range a geometrically correct polygon: the platonic body of a dodecahedron.

L’OCCITANE INTRODUCES WHIPPED SHEA BUTTER A new, light and ultra-nourishing texture that immediately becomes one with your skin

In Burkina Faso, during one of the steps in the production of shea butter, the women whip the paste derived from processing the nuts and obtain a mousse-like texture that is both soft and light. It was this that inspired the L’OCCIATNE laboratory to create Whipped Shea Butter – a stunning combination of maximum nourishment and a sheer, melt-in texture.

adidas Adds Windows Phone Support for its Fit Smart Wrist Based Heart-Rate Coach

adidas announced an update to its miCoach Train and Run app for Windows Phone 8.1 based mobile handsets. Following the update, users will be able to pair, configure and transfer planned and completed miCoach workouts between the Fit Smart wrist based heart rate coach and their Windows Phone. Fit Smart can also be used to send heart rate, speed, distance and stride information in real-time to the Train and Run app, combining the visual coaching guidance from the Fit Smart with audible prompts from the app. miCoach Train and Run is one of the most popular fitness apps available for Windows Phone. With cardio, strength and flexibility training programs developed in partnership with the elite coaches at Exos, it provides real-time coaching guidance to unleash your best performance and achieve your sport and fitness goals.

Olivia Wilde is The Face of H&M's Conscious Exclusive Campaign

H&M is proud to announce that Olivia Wilde, actress and humanitarian, will be the face of H&M's latest Conscious Exclusive campaign. Olivia, well known for her commitment to sustainability and her engagement for environmental causes will appear in the campaign wearing pieces from the collection. Conscious Exclusive will be available in around 200 H&M stores worldwide on April 16, as well as online. January, 2015


ZEN I T I C A F O Y DIAR D L R O W E H T OF (DCW)

CITIZEN'S LIST

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ADOPT A STREET PRINCESS @ADOPT_A_STREET_PRINCESS

Bobby: a pure golden retriever male, 2 years old, loves to play and run. He is confident and he has a great character.

Dear CityPages readers, in our January edition I want to welcome you to read about our lovely new dogs that are available for adoption. Whatever your life situation is, if you are with a big family, a single living person or you are looking for your kids to find the right dog, be sure I have the right “new best friend� for you. Any dog that is presented here in CityPages is a very loving, caring, sensitive and grateful dog that will show you again and again how happy he is to get a second chance through you; a new loving home and family. Our dogs are good with kids, other dogs and also with cats. This month I want to introduce you to:

Sissi: a small female, 1 year old, and white long hair dog. Sissi Laila: a beautiful German Shepard mix, female, and 2 years

old. Running and playing is her favourite activity. Laila is very clever and attentive.

If you are interested in any of these dogs or maybe one of our others, please just follow @adopt_a_street_princess on instagram and contact me by whatsapp or text. After you choose your dog then I will bring him cleaned, vaccinated with new collar and leash direct to your home. January, 2015

Photos by: Witold Wilczynski

loves to get petted and to play. She enjoys to be involved or to relax on a sofa.


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La Boutique Launches Their Exclusive Collection Of Original Fur Winter 2014 -2015

At The Event For The Kuwaiti Society For Guardian Of The Disabled

From The Al-Hamra Thermae Gym

January, 2015


Take a fun ceramic mug home with you and your

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From The Dreame Epo At 360 Mall

At The Launch Of Azumami Sushi Restaurant

At The Opening Of Alfredo's Gallery Express At Souk Salmiya

January, 2015


At The Launch Of Abou El-Sid Restaurant By Sultan Center

At The Preview Of Made-to-Order Service By Jimmy Choo

At the SJP Collection By Sarah Jessica Parker Preview Event

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January, 2015


At The ReOpening Of Dunkin Donuts Branch At 360 Mall

At The ReOpening Of Toys R Us Branch At 360 Mall

At The #BlaqWhiteWinter Event By BLAQ Boutique

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January, 2015


Porsche Kids Driving School Program Comes to Bayt Abdullah Children’s Hospice

FROM THE PRESS EQUATE sponsors Kuwait Dive Team’s project to protect coral reefs

EQUATE Petrochemical Company, Kuwait’s first international petrochemical joint-venture, sponsored a project by Kuwait Dive Team to protect coral reefs in a number of Kuwaiti islands by installing bowing marines. Kuwait Dive Team is part of the Environment Voluntary Foundation. The bowing marines were installed at the islands of Kubbar, Qaroah and Um Al-Maradem. EQUATE Vice President for Technical Services and head of EQUATE Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Team Mohammad Al Benali said, “The environment is a major priority for EQUATE at every level. Therefore, protecting and preserving the environment are pivotal elements of EQUATE CSR Program for the aim of realizing overall sustainability in Kuwait. Such sustainability can only be achieved through establishing and launching partnerships with relevant public and private organizations. This cooperation between EQUATE and Kuwait Dive Team is a prime example of our tagline ‘Partners in Success’ and an extension of our previous efforts to safeguard and protect the environment. Some of our global scale initiatives in this regard include launching the Middle East’s First Plant Water Recycle Project, Kuwait’s First CO2 Recovery Project, and Kuwait’s First Seawater Cooling Towers, as well as other initiatives on the short and long terms.” On his part, Environment Voluntary Foundation Board Chairman and Head of Kuwait Dive Team Waleed Al-Fadhel said, “This sponsorship will play a significant role in protecting and preserving the marine life by installing and maintaining bowing marines around coral reefs, which will contribute to safeguarding the environment as a whole. Much appreciation to EQUATE for its contribution and efforts to preserve the environment by being our partner in this national endeavor.” Established in 1995, EQUATE Petrochemical

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Don’t Just Run, Glide With The New Adidas Supernova Glide Boost™

This season, the legend of adidas Supernova will be told through a design specifically built for the unique fit, look and feel of women. The new adidas Supernova Glide BOOST™ will keep the award-winning* BOOST™ midsole designed to ensure every run feels like gliding. This season, the women’s Supernova Glide BOOST upper receives a facelift that delivers a sleek, slimming and stylish appearance while maintaining the performance integrity of Supernova. To accomplish this, the technical features have been reconstructed throughout the shoe to provide a smoother silhouette that’s more flattering to the female foot. BOOST foam cushioning provides the highest Energy Return in the industry using thousands of durable Energy capsules that maintain their soft cushioning, season after season, so every run with BOOST feels like the first. BOOST cushioning also remains consistently responsive in any weather condition while standard EVA expands and hardens in varying temperatures. And, along with performing in any temperature, Supernova Glide BOOST delivers a neutral ride that’s suited for any runner. Whether you’re heading out for your first leisurely jog or lacing up to leave your mark on race day. Along with BOOST foam cushioning, the new Supernova Glide also features: •Adaptive upper provides a unique fit for varying foot shapes. Techfit on the women’s version and Stretch Mesh on the men’s. •Continental™ rubber outsole ensures the ultimate grip •adidas Torsion System carries your foot through an optimum transition

Porsche Centre Kuwait organised their Porsche Kids Driving School Program at Bayt Abdullah Hospice to educate and entertain the children currently under care at the facility. The Porsche Kids Driving School was brought to Bayt Abdullah Children’s Hospice (BACCH) to raise the spirts of their children and families and was a means for Porsche Centre Kuwait, Behbehani Motors Company to give back to the community. Bayt Abdullah Children’s Hospice provides multi-professional, specialist, paediatric palliative care and support to children and their families with life limiting or life threatening illnesses. The event underscored the mission of Porsche Centre Kuwait, Behbehani Motors Company to bring the Porsche Driving School Program to children all over the country, even those who are facing physical or health challenges. “Porsche Kids Driving School always brings a smile to young children and most importantly it also provides valuable skills on road safety. We are committed to ensuring that as many children as possible have a chance to participate in our programs and we were delighted when Bayt Abdullah Children’s Hospice agreed to host us,” said Mike Finn, director of the Porsche Kids Driving School Program. Through the Porsche Kids Driving School Program, the children at Bayt Abdullah received lessons on road safety before being able to drive 911 pedal cars around a specially designed road circuit. The road circuit featured roundabouts, pedestrian crossings, speed bumps, traffic signals and road signs, all of which were conceived to simulate real road conditions, while also creating an entertaining atmosphere for the children and their parents. The kids were further taught to respect and show consideration for other drivers whilst also following the ‘Golden Rules of Road Safety’. At the conclusion of the event, the children were presented with Porsche driver’s caps, Porsche children’s activity books, Porsche safe driving handbooks for parents and their first driver’s licences.


Dean & Deluca Launches New Healthy Living Campaign

Rapid weight-loss and muscle building revealed as main causes of stretch marks for men

AAW presents “Bio-Oil” to trainers and athletes to prevent and reduce skinlines on men in Kuwait

CARPISA Autumn Winter 2014 Collection All-New 2015 Ford Mustang Is Sport Auto’s Best Sports Car

As men in Kuwait are moving towards bulky and pumped-up bodies, so are the growing concerns of stretch marks that are appearing predominantly on their arms and chests, areas that tend to expand more quickly as a result of muscle building. Stretch marks commonly appear as a result of pregnancy or weight-loss, but it is less wellknown that they also appear on men putting on muscle rapidly – yes, even on athletes that are in great shape. To provide an effective solution to stretch marks resulting from weight-loss and muscle-building, Ali Abdulwahab Al Mutawa Commercial Co. (AAW) today introduced Bio-Oil - the awardwinning specialist skincare oil and the number one scar and stretch mark product in 17 countries - to Kuwait-based trainers, athletes and fitness gurus. Kuwait-based Pharmacist Mohammed AlNadi said: “When trying to lose weight or bulk up, then it is always better to do it slowly and gradually. However, for men who would like to reach their target fast, then it is important to keep skin moisturized before and after every workout. I recommend products that contain Vitamins A and E, especially Bio-Oil as I have seen some great results on my clients who use it.” In addition to its ability to improve the appearance of existing stretch marks formed during pregnancy, Bio-Oil is also an effective solution for men putting on muscle rapidly. The formulation helps maximise the skin’s elasticity and is made of Vitamin A and E with Calendula, Lavender, Rosemary and Chamomile oils, in addition to PurCellin Oil™, an ingredient that ensures all the other ingredients are easilyabsorbed into the skin.

The Autumn/Winter 2014-15 Carpisa collection reconsiders the virtues and the beauty of our Country, and what the world know how the Italian Feeling. The details decorate the bags as well as the monuments and the beauties of our country decorate Italy. The metallic is protagonist in various forms, from the metal decorated connections, to the metal brackets that give light to the bag and the accessory. The rock-chic is one of the main subject of the collection where the black colour is protagonist. There are gold studs opposing to the more romantic matelassé combine to bows details. The textile of the collection is the “Pied de Poule”, both in micro and maxi variation; a classic textile that become minimized and made young to the match with micro studs and chain details; present itself in collection with the “optical” black&white version. A funded must is the animalier subject, present in collection in the coconut print, in the spotted, in the shiny and opaque python leather. Characterized by materials that have an important and luxurious relevance, it refers to the world-known conception of the artisan Italy. The final subject of the collection is the countrychic, bags with soft structures, grainy materials match with the suede and the fur; lines that have a romantic taste and recall to the conception of hill landscape and farmland that characterize the beautiful country. Welcome to Italy, welcome to Carpisa. Treat yourself to the latest collection at The AvenuesThe Mall.

Dean & Deluca, the premier brand for gourmet food and dining, has announced the perfect way to ring in the New Year with the launch of its new Healthy Living menu and retail selections. The new range features a wide variety of premium food that can be found at both the Café and the retail section of its Avenues mall location. The new Healthy Living options kick off in January, just in time for New Year’s resolutions, when many people are looking to eat well and getting in shape. Following a healthier lifestyle begins with making better food choices and healthier eating habits. To maintain health and wellness, it is crucial to have a balanced, nutritious diet that has plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fewer foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar. In keeping with this philosophy, Dean & Deluca has scoured the globe to select the finest array of healthy products that will satisfy the palates of a diverse range of customers and can be enjoyed throughout the day. At the Café, the Healthy Living menu offers an assortment of fresh and light ingredients culminating in colourful dishes. These items are expertly prepared by our chefs at Dean & Deluca, so there is no need to sacrifice tasty meals for eating well, because never before has eating healthy been so delicious. Starting with breakfast, the options include delectable delights such as the Light Labnah, with fresh handpicked mixed berries, nuts and honey. Also new is the savoury Egg White Omelette, with a fusion of onions and mushrooms. Customers with a sweet tooth will salivate over the golden sugarfree waffles and pancakes, drizzled with sugarfree mascarpone cream and topped with fresh red berry puree, maple syrup and fresh berries.

The legendary Ford Mustang received another accolade recently, as the 2015 all-new model grabbed the ‘2015 Best Sports Car’ title from the Middle East’s top motorsports monthly, Sport Auto magazine. The award was presented to William Clay Ford Jr. Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company by Gerard Saunal, editor-in-chief of Sport Auto during the iconic reveal of the all-new Mustang atop Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper in Dubai. The award reflects Mustang’s legacy of 50 years’ continued production as well as its impressive performance. “When the original Mustang debuted in April 1964, it created a great impression and set the tone for what a true muscle car should be like,” said Kalyana Sivagnanam, Marketing, Sales and Service director of Ford Middle East & North Africa. “Today, the all-new 2015 Mustang not only sets the benchmark once again for its segment, but it continues to build on its 50year legacy as a truly iconic muscle car that has captured the hearts and minds of fans around the globe. “We are pleased with Sport Auto’s recognition which joins a very long list of awards and accolades that the Mustang has added to its name over the decades,” he said. For his part, Gerard Saunal said: “The Mustang was selected as the Sport Car of the Year 2015 winner because of Ford’s clever understanding of what a popular sport car should be. Ford has cleverly combined price affordability, ecofriendliness with its 4-cylinder engine, and great road handling with its new rear independent suspension. These are improvements that paid respect with the great heritage of the Mustang’s design and unique presence on the road.”

January, 2015


V-KOOL’s All-Women Racing Team makes history at GulfRun 2014

Sultan Center Group of Restaurants Celebrated the Grand Opening of Wok Hay Restaurant

FROM THE PRESS

Ralph Lauren Corporation

The V-KOOL RACING TEAM™ of 13 Kuwaiti women rocked the racing grounds in their maiden appearance alongside 18 experienced, all-male racing teams and finished the race to the amazement of the cheering fans. The all-women racing team, assembled for the first time in Kuwait and perhaps the GCC, exhibited patience, rigor and stamina in their very first competitive outing. The V-KOOL RACING TEAM™ team was coached and managed by Mubarak Al Rumaidhi, the 2012 Kuwait Drifting Champion and a passionate motorsports professional. The team members led by Captain Najat AlSayegh included Aisha Al-Abdulkareem, Dalal Al-Jassem, Dana Jbara, Fatima Al-Shaya, Haya Al-Eisa, Lulwa Al-Sayegh, Noor Al-Sayegh, Rawya Al-Hajeri, Rabaa Al-Hajeri, Sara AlShaban, Suad Al-Fraih & Shaikha Al-Suraiya The team gave a scintillating performance with 2 individual members Sara Al-Shaban and Dalal Al-Jassem turning in outstanding record performances. Sara Al-Shaban rose up to the challenge and clocked the fastest lap by a woman earning the title of “Miss GulfRun 2014”. She started the race for the V-KOOL RACING TEAM™ team and gained her team a comfortable position throughout her first stint of almost two hours. Dalal Al-Jassem, gave another truly remarkable performance driving for a total of 2 hours and 22 minutes non-stop – an admirable demonstration of endurance and stamina comparable to international standards. Dalal exhibited great skill and concentration and proved to be an extraordinary sportswoman. The enthusiasm, courage, perseverance, teamspirit and determination of this glorious band of thirteen astounded everybody. Rumaidhi remarked, “The endurance race is all about having focus and perseverance and this team has shown it has it all during the long practice sessions.” Rabaa Al-Hajeri, a team member said “although the team is new and had virtually no experience in competitive events, the natural ability of a woman to focus and concentrate for longer time spans and our well-planned approach into this race, allowed us to complete it.” Najat Al-Sayegh the team captain quoted “On behalf of the team I would like to express our joy to be a part of this historical moment, when an all-women team has come to exist and participate in an open competition. We are very thankful to our title sponsors V-KOOL who have believed in our talent and given us a platform to compete in such a physically demanding race. We also thank our gold sponsors NEXEN TIRES, GIORDANO & PASTAMANIA for supporting our initiative.

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Meet the new Nokia 215, Microsoft’s most affordable Internetready phone

Ralph Lauren and Al Shouhra Trading Co invited guests to a festive celebration of historic automobiles on 9th of December. The exclusive evening, held at the Ralph Lauren store, featured an exhibition of the museum’s finest vintage cars and a selection of exquisite amalgam models showcasing Ralph Lauren’s personal collection. Key notables were in attendance. Guests included: •HE Robert Tyson, The Australian Ambassador to Kuwait •HE Mathew Lodge , the Bristish Ambassador to Kuwait •Mr Dao Lee, Senior commercial officer of the American Embassy •Mr Mostapha Maksheed , Mr Zacharia Dashti, Mr Moath Al kandari, Mr Massod Behbehani, Mr & Mrs Abdulaziz Abul, Mr Mohamad Al-Qassar , Mr Rasheed Al Qassar, Mr & Mrs Elias Jabbour, Mr Fouad Seleem and Mr Ali Rujeeb

The industry-leading Sultan Center Group of Restaurants celebrated the grand opening of the Asian Fresh Dining Restaurant Wok Hay which is considered to be the new addition to TSC Family. The celebration was held in the presence of TSC restaurants marketing manager Mr. Hussein Al Sayed and many social figures of the Kuwait society and local press where they spent an Authentic Asian night in its location at the Arabian Gulf Road, near by the Green Island. TSC took all of the attendees to a virtual journey to the Far East starting from the Asian charming atmosphere and decorations to the taste of the fresh Asian cuisine. Wok Hay is known for serving the Authentic Asian recipes created by the creative Chef. Ahmad Al Bader. It’s listed among Kuwait’s finest restaurants due to its special quality levels. The interior is specially designed to reflect the Asian ambiance. Commenting on the event: Hussein Al Sayed, TSC Restaurants Marketing Manger said: “It’s our utmost pleasure to celebrate the grand opening of Wok Hay restaurant, TSC is always keen to satisfy its loyal customer by offering them different tastes from all around the globe, our main goal is to bring the whole world to our customers here in Kuwait and Wok Hay is considered to be our new surprise for those who crave the Asian Cuisine” “Wok Hay is the perfect destination for food savvy looking to indulge themselves with the original aromas reflecting the spirit of gourmet innovation by all means” Al Sayed Concluded.

Microsoft Devices Group on Monday announced the Nokia 215, its most affordable Internet-ready phone. The Nokia 215 is designed to connect and introduce first-time mobile phone buyers to the Internet and new digital experiences. Available in both Single SIM and Dual SIM models, the Nokia 215 will expand the reach of Microsoft services at more affordable prices. At only $29, the Nokia 215 will allow more people to access popular Web content and digital services, and enable them to do the following: •Enjoy online experiences via Opera Mini browser, Bing search, MSN Weather, Twitter and Facebook. •Stay in touch with friends and family using Facebook and Messenger with instant notifications. •Connect in new ways with SLAM, which enables content to be shared between devices and callers making hands-free calls using Bluetooth 3.0 and Bluetooth audio support for headsets. •Delight in the fresh design, durable quality and outstanding battery life — all the features entrylevel mobile phone owners have come to trust and love. •Enter the mobile-first world with all the everyday essentials, including these: o Built-in torchlight o Up to 20 hours of talk time o Outstanding battery life (up to 29 days of standby time for the Single SIM variant and up to 21 days for the Dual SIM) o MP3 playback of up to 50 hours o FM radio playback of up to 45 hours o VGA camera


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FROM THE PRESS

Behbehani celebrates partnership with Rado at the launch of the Rado DiaMaster Collection in Kuwait

A Wedding to Remember at Marina Hotel Kuwait Mamas and Papas gears up for the Holiday Season

It’s that time of the year again to get all festivelysnug and Mamas and Papas are excited to introduce the 2014 Holiday collection to solve all wardrobe dilemmas for your infants this festive season. With a versatile range of classic causals and formal fashion, the Mamas and Papas Holiday Collection will have children looking fashionably festive. Inspired by the jolly-seasons colors and characters such as snowman’s and cute elves, the new collection spreads from a dreamy selection of fun ‘onesies’ to miniature tuxedos and pretty party dresses. This season, Mamas and Papas are providing parents with a variety of styles for their little ones to suit any and every festive occasion. Available now in stores, the Mamas and Papas Holiday collection offers great quality at an affordable price range.

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Behbehani Group, the exclusive agent for some of the most luxurious watch and jewelry brands, and one of the major retailers in Kuwait, announced their partnership with Rado at a launch event which took place at the Sky Lobby on the 55th floor of Al-Hamra Tower recently. A host of Behbehani executives and Rado representatives were in attendance, joined by VIP guests, media representatives, and watch enthusiasts to witness the launch of the Rado DiaMaster collection. Speaking at the event, Mr. Ali Morad Behbehani, President of the Behbehani Group, noted “We are thrilled to be a part of this occasion, and to be working with one of the world’s most renowned and prestigious watch brands. The Behbehani Group prides itself on its existing array of exclusive partnerships and will do its best to uphold the Rado brand values and ethics, which we already share and protect.” Rado CEO Matthias Breschan added “This partnership exemplifies the potential we see in the Kuwaiti market. We are proud of this partnership which we believe is the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship. Our shared goals will surely materialize into even greater ventures and we look forward to the future.” A globally recognized brand, Rado, is famous for innovative design and its use of revolutionary materials to create some of the world’s most durable watches. Ever since its beginnings, Rado has had a pioneering spirit, with the brand philosophy “if we can imagine it, we can make it” still holding true today. Since its beginnings Rado has aimed to create watches of long lasting beauty. From the first scratch-resistant watch in 1962, the mission evolved to find ever lighter, more durable, scratch-resistant materials that could be shaped for use in watchmaking. From its first foray into the use of ceramic in 1986, Rado has developed the technology to produce new ground-breaking designs with matt finishes, in white or even plasma high-tech ceramic, which transforms white ceramic into a material with a metallic finish, without using any metal. In 2013 Rado introduced touch technology to ceramic watches and then in 2014 pioneered a ceramic touch watch with two times zones. Behbehani Group was formed in 1935 by the late visionary and legendary entrepreneur, Mr. Morad Yousuf Behbehani. In the early stages of development in Kuwait, Mr. Behbehani fueled by a passionate and entrepreneurial spirit, continuously led initiatives to meet the pillars of growth needed to help Kuwait develop as a nation. The first historical and society-changing success story came in 1948 when Mr. Behbehani led the Behbehani Group in becoming the first entity to introduce Radio broadcasting in Kuwait and later in Television broadcasting in 1951.

‫مستشفى رويال حياة‬ MyoSure ‫توفر تقنيات‬ ‫ في قسم‬NovaSure ‫و‬ ‫النساء والتوليد‬

The memories of your wedding day last a lifetime and with Marina Hotel Kuwait, you will ensure that your special day is perfect. The hotel is delighted to offer guests exclusive wedding packages across the year, which include accommodation for one night in a beautiful superior room, and a romantic candle lit dinner and breakfast in the room for the bride and groom. For the wedding celebrations, we offer a custom-made, three-tier wedding cake, creatively decorated buffet floral arrangements, as well as specially designed decorations. The elegant Sheikha Salwa Sabah Al-Ahmad Theater & Hall, with its magnificent seaside location, great layout and capacity up to 500 persons, is the ideal place for your special event. The Sheikha Salwa Sabah Al Ahmad Theater & Hall unravels beauty and flexibility with its expert wedding planning team who devote their attention to every detail, ensuring that your wedding will surpass all expectations. The package is further complemented with an award winning culinary team comprising of dedicated chefs who constantly explore delivering tailor made menus and bringing to the hotel’s guests a wide range of exciting experiences to each event. Combining unparalleled excellence in service and hospitality with outstanding presentation and personal service, the hotel holds a reputation as an expert in turning your wedding celebrations into truly magnificent event. If you are looking for a beautiful wedding ceremony venue, the wedding package at Marina Hotel is available all through the year.

‫أضاف مستشفى رويال حياة لقسم النساء‬ ‫والوالدة بإدارة الدكتور أبو بكر املرضي جهاز‬ ‫ لعالج اللحميات‬NovaSure ‫ و‬MyoSure ‫املوجودة في الرحم مثل األورام الليفية و‬ ‫إضطرابات الدورة الشهرية بعد إكتمال‬ ‫تكوين األسرة وحاالت النزيف قبل وبعد‬ ‫ وهو أحدث ما توصلت اليه‬،‫إنقطاع الطمث‬ ‫التقنيات الطبية في جراحات اليوم الواحد‬ .‫النسائية‬ ‫إن أهمية وفعالية هذا اجلهاز تكمن في أنه‬ ‫ال يتطلب أية عالجات مسبقة وميكن تنفذ‬ ‫العملية في أي وقت وفي وقت قياسي من‬ ‫أجل عالج أعراض األورام الليفية الرحمية‬ ‫أو األورام احلميدة فضالً عن أنه مصمم‬ ‫ألزالة األنسجة داخل الرحم من خالل نظام‬ ‫ميكانيكي وكهربائي فعال ودقيق يضمن‬ ‫ من فوائد هذا‬.‫السالمة وجناح العملية‬ ‫اجلهاز أنه يحافظ على شكل الرحم ويقطع‬ ‫األنسجة املريضة في خطوة واحدة مع‬ .‫احملافظة على األنسجة السليمة‬ ‫ متوفر في‬NovaSure ‫ و‬MyoSure ‫إن جهاز‬ ‫قسم النساء والوالدة في مستشفى رويال‬ ‫حياة للنساء غير احلوامل أو من يعانون من‬ ‫ جتدر اإلشارة‬.‫إلتهابات معدية في احلوض‬ ‫الى أن القسم يضم فريق طبي من النساء‬ ‫املتمرسات واملؤهالت لعالج كافة احلاالت‬ .‫مبهنية وسرية وخصوصية مطلقة‬


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HAPPY 5th

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January, 2015


MATHS QUIZ 1.What is half of nine pounds? 2.Multiply ninety-eight by ten.

FUN FACTS ABOUT MOUNT EVEREST

3.How many sevens are there in eighty-four? 4.What is twenty-five thousand minus six thousand? 5.How many grams are there in six point three kilograms? 6.How many faces has a square-based pyramid? 7.Add together three-quarters and three-quarters. 8.What is the total of three point two and four point five? 9.What is the total of twelve, sixteen and eight? 10.What is eight hundred and twenty-five rounded to the nearest hundred? 9.36, 10.800

ANSWERS: 1.£4.50, 2.980, 3.12, 4.19,000, 5.6300, 6.5, 7.1 ½ or 6/4, 8.7.7,

FUN RIDDLES

1.He shaves multiple times every day and yet he has a beard. Who is he? 2.Why there is no 13th floor in most of the buildings? 3.Which travels faster hot or cold? 4.A father goes bankrupt. The mother has to sell the hotels she had in her possession in order to attain some money. But their daughter is quite happy. How can someone be so heartless and show such boorishness?

JUMBLED WORDS 1 . M N A D E D 2 . T O U H S 3 . I D A S 4 . A A O C C 5 . E S T U Q E R 6 . R E P W I S H 7 . U I R S V 8 . S K E L A F 9 . H C A R E R E S 1 0 . A M E R S C 1 1 . O R T S Y I H 1 2 . L A C X M I E

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5.Can you find out what do lions sing at Christmas? 8.FLAKES, 9.RESEARCH, 10.SCREAM, 11.HISTORY, 12.EXCLAIM ANSWERS: 1. DEMAND, 2.SHOUT, 3.SAID, 4.CACAO, 5.REQUEST, 6.WHISPER, 7.VIRUS,

ANSWERS: 1. He is a barber, 2. Because most of the buildings are not that tall enough, 3. As we can catch 'Cold', 'Hot' is definitely faster, 4. Whole of the family is playing monopoly and the girl is winning the game, 5. Since they live in jungle, they sing Jungle Bells. citypageskuwait.com


1.The tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest sits in the Himalayas in Nepal and is 8,848 meters tall - that's around the height at which passenger planes fly. 2.If that doesn't sound that high to you - imagine 643 double-decker buses stacked on top of each other that's how high the summit is! 3.In 1953, climber Edmund Hillary from New Zealand

and Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first people to reach the summit of Everest.

8.Jordan Romero, from the US became the youngest person to climb Everest aged 13, in 2010. 9.In 1975 Japanese climber Junko Tabei became the first woman to climb Everest. 18 years later Rebecca Stephens, on the right of the picture, became the first British woman to reach the summit. 10.Climbing Everest doesn't come cheap: it can cost around £50,000 to climb to the summit.

4.Around 3,000 people have successfully climbed Mount Everest but 210 people have died during or after climbing the mountain. 5.In 2012, around 240 people reached the summit every day. 6.Although it's the world's highest mountain, it can get crowded. People have reported having to wait in queues to climb certain parts. 7.In May this year, 80-year-old Yuichiro Miura from Japan, became the oldest man to climb Everest.

Build-A-Bear Workshop welcomes super cute furry friends with a New Year!

Build-A-Bear Workshop® - the world’s only global company that offers an interactive make-your-own stuffed animal retail-entertainment experience.

lPop of Colour Panda: 8.8 KWD lRainbow Stripes Tiger: 8.8 KWD lRainbow Glitter Bear: 8.8 KWD lRainbow Hugs Bear: 8.8 KWD

lHuggable Hearts Kitty: 8.8 KWD lHuggable Hearts Puppy: 8.8 KWD lStrawberry Monkey: 7.6 KWD lBananas Monkey: 7.6 KWD

Build-A-Bear store in Kuwait is located in The Avenues Mall January, 2015


HOMEWORK FOR GROWN UPS EVERYTHING YOU LEARNED AT SCHOOL... BUT CAN YOU REMEMBER? 2014 General Knowledge Quiz

Test Your Vocabulary

1. What is the year 2014 in Roman numerals?

Once again the main problem was killing time.

2. Whose name was licensed in 2014 for cannabis products, anticipating a market of $10bn: Marley; Presley; Dylan; or Madonna?

In this sentence, problem means:

5. The velocity of 67P, the first comet to be landed on by an earthly craft in Nov 2014, was approx (what?) km/hr: 135; 1,350; 13,500; or 135,000? 6. What word differentiates the 1990 FIFA World Cup Final from the 2014 'repeat' in which Germany beat Argentina 1-0? 7. In what city did a nurse become the first person outside Africa to be infected by Ebola in the 2014 outbreak?

1. judgment

3. trouble

2. purpose

4. effect

ANSWER: 3. In this question, problem is a noun that means a source of difficulty.

4. Name the actor who died in 2014, star of The Rockford Files and The Great Escape?

If you are facing something that will be difficult to handle, you have a problem on your hands. A problem is a roadblock in a situation, something that sets up a conflict and forces you to find a resolution. The meaning of the Greek word pr贸blema meant "to put forth," which is different from the meaning of problem today, but it reminds you that any problem becomes easier to solve once you have defined it. A math problem is easier once you have the numbers in front of you: that's why word problems can be so difficult. Problem can also be an adjective in rare cases. Once you were a problem child, but now you spend your time listening to everyone else's problems.

3. How many countries competed in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games: 29; 37; 46; or 71?

8. What was Miley Cyrus's award-winning record-breaking 2014 video/hit song, being the thing on which she controversially swung nude? 9. Graffitied and repainted often since 1980, and obliterated in 2014 except from the ironic statement "Wall is over", the 'Freedom Wall' in Prague celebrates whose memory? 10. Which historically contested region did Russia annexe from Ukraine in February 2014? 11. On which planet did NASA's Curiosity rover complete its first year, equal to 687 Earth days, in June 2014? 12. Which city in Russia hosted the XXII Olympic Winter Games? 13. Name the Rolling Stones' saxophonist and session player who died in 2014? 14. The mysteriously lost Malaysia Airlines Flight 37 in March 2014 was bound from Kuala Lumpur to where? 15. Charity executives Justin Forsyth and Jonathan Powell attracted 'crony' jibes when their organization gave a controversial 'global legacy award' to whom, their previous boss? 16. Betty Joan Perske, who died in 2014, was better known as which famous film star, from the 1940s-2000s? 17. In 2014 Belgium became the first country in the world to legalize what controversial treatment of terminally ill people? 18. Which nation in 2014 saw the abdication of Juan Carlos and the ascension of Felipe VI? 19. Name the three previous winners eliminated at the group stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup? 20. According to 2014 market capitalization, Google, Microsoft, Apple and (which oil corporation?) were globally the most valuable companies?

LETTERS & WORDS How many words of four letters or more can you make from the leters shown here? nIn making a word, each letter may be used once only. nEach word must include the centre letter, and there must be at least one nine letter word in the list. nNo words with initial capital; no hyphenated words.

Good: 23 words

Very Good: 34 words

Excellent: 45 words

JUMBLED WORDS V E C O T S E E E G G L A N T E N U T I C D R I D C E N

Italy, 20.ExxonMobil (a lenient quizmaster may accept Exxon as a correct answer) 12.Sochi, 13.Bobby Keys, 14.Beijing, 15.Tony Blair, 16.Lauren Bacall, 17.Euthanasia, 18.Spain (father and son kings), 19.England, Spain, 8. recking Ball, 9.John Lennon (killed in 1980 - one of Lennon's most famous songs is 'Happy Christmas, War is over'), 10.Crimea, 11.Mars,

ANSWERS: COVET, GEESE, TANGLE, INDUCT, CINDER

ANSWERS: 1.MMXIV, 2.Marley, 3.71, 4.James Garner, 5.135,000km/hr, 6.West (West Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in 1990), 7.Madrid,

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January, 2015


JANUARY HOROSCOPES There can be no shortcuts as 2015 begins and the January 4 Full Moon opposes a quartet of no-nonsense Capricorn stars. There's a hint of optimism as Jupiter forms a lucky fated aspect to the cranky stars, allowing you to safely talk yourself out of an upcoming dilemma. Get important papers in a safe place before Mercury turns retrograde on January 21. You'll hold your ground when the Taurus Quarter Moon on January 26 reminds you that you're on the right track. Try not to lose your temper with anyone who disputes that.

ARIES (March 21 - April 19)

The January 4 Full Moon pits family concerns against work demands. Work may be trying to drive you crazy, but you don't have to fall for it. Be calm and clear, and don't get rattled. Wednesday, January 14, and Thursday, January 15, avoid strife or disagreements with a boss or authority figure. Try to see things from their side and let it go. The New Moon on January 20 scrambles your social life and rearranges some alliances or friendships. You may be able to read between the lines and see other people's secret agendas. Don't lose your temper or cling to what's old and stale.

LEO (July 23 - August 22)

Relax and don't let anyone throw you off your game at the Full Moon on January 4. Nerves and emotions may still be roiling from the holidays, and you deserve your downtime at home as much as anyone. Starting Wednesday, January 7, perk up and rediscover some of that personal magic and your usual good luck. Love, romance, or simply lavishing more time on a partner may take precedence around the January 20 New Moon. There's magic in the air, so it's worth your while to see what others are up to. Find some new magic of your own, too, and don't hoard it. It's perishable.

TAURUS

VIRGO

(April 20 - May 20)

(August 23 - September 22)

The urge for quality friend time and the charming distractions of short trips may overtake you with the Full Moon on January 4. Post-holiday fatigue won't slow you down. In fact, bigger trips might beckon. Keep control of your time, money, and real or imagined social obligations. Be ready and willing to take on more at work during the New Moon on January 20. It shouldn't be a challenge, but it might need more time than you have, in which case just say so. Love makes an appearance on Tuesday, January 27. Possible are unexpected affection and a tenderhearted reaction to a tiny kindness.

Friends or associates may want to meet at your place during this Full Moon on January 4. You could be greatly inspired and high on a creative streak that doesn't leave much room for socializing. It's your place - you decide. The weekend of January 10 can be fun and romantic, but unmet expectations and disappointments may follow. Take good care of yourself around the New Moon on January 20, although if one more person tries to tell you how to eat or exercise, you might want to slap them. Redirect that temper and energy into something fun and beautiful - just for you.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21)

Frustrations mount with the Full Moon on January 4. You may feel called to help someone who really doesn't need it as much as you think. Respect your own finances and needs, don't neglect yourself, and everything will be fine. Friends and social groups may tug at you during the January 20 New Moon. Even if you're asked to be an officer in some club, whatever the responsibility or honor, you'll want to know if it's convenient and fun. Save energy for the fun, friend-filled weekend starting Friday, January 30. There could be so many great ideas that it's hard to choose.

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19)

At the January 4 Full Moon you could easily find yourself leaving a party with a total stranger who's utterly intoxicated with you. If not looking for love, try to deflect those affections in another direction and come off looking generous as well as gorgeous. Money and people may come your way with the New Moon on January 20. Be patient and pay attention and you could score big with a better job offer, more work, or simply more income without the extra work. Enjoy the weekend of January 24, but don't tire yourself out. There's no pressure to keep up with anyone.

GEMINI

LIBRA

AQUARIUS

(May 21 - June 20)

(September 23 - October 22)

(January 20 - February 18)

A money matter might get your attention around the Full Moon on January 4. A friend or family member may point it out or perhaps cause it in the first place. It's nothing you can't handle, and it will affect someone else more than you. Be busy and enjoy the January 20 New Moon. You'll have the magic touch at work, and that will leave you plenty of time and energy for a big break or even a getaway. The weekend of January 30 is fun but full of confusion and misunderstandings. Be tolerant and ready for lateness, dropped calls, and lost parked cars.

Work demands may not increase under the January 4 Full Moon, but your reactions might be heightened. Keep a level head and don't let events at home complicate matters. Relax and be your normal, efficient self. As of Monday, January 12, people should become more friendly, agreeable, and less demanding. Maybe make a new friend. The New Moon on January 20 is full of tempting fun and games, invitations, and offers of dates. Pace yourself. Work some personal magic at home and watch a family matter instantly improve or solve itself. You can always be shocking and blow off steam with your special friends.

After all the holiday excitement, your energy isn't at its highest when the January 4 Full Moon strikes, and it might be best to lay low and pamper your health. Stay in, rest, take chicken soup to any ailing friends, but don't linger. The January 20 New Moon belongs to you, and you should prepare to start something new and important. Don't be caught off guard if some new, important opportunity comes your way out of nowhere. The next day, January 21, Mercury turns stationary retrograde in Aquarius. For the rest of the month, use your great people skills to keep and nurture new alliances.

CANCER

SCORPIO

PISCES

(June 21 - July 22)

(October 23 - November 21)

(February 19 - March 20)

The January 4 Full Moon is all yours, so be bold and let people think what they like. You could especially startle a lover or partner, all for the better. Have fun but don't be mean about it. People may try to eat up your time and attention at the New Moon on January 20. Hold your ground and be reassuring. Someone or something that occurs far away could inspire you and expand and improve your world. Don't crawl into your shell now. Saturday January 31 could be emotional and super sensitive. Spend it with someone who understands your moods and knows how to listen.

You may want to do something bigger, grander, and farther away from your usual haunts when the Full Moon shines on January 4. Friends and previous commitments and plans will help keep you grounded and from straying too far afield. Tuesday night, January 13, could get late, with too much to do, and make it hard to get to bed. The January 20 New Moon opens the door for family members to call and visit more than usual. You can be comforting and supportive without getting run over. Life may also look more magical and fun. It's no illusion. Keep this feeling all year long.

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It's a win/win kind of Full Moon on January 4. Fun projects at home could be extra appealing now, but your social life may compete and look like just as much fun. The January 20 New Moon brings you a profound surprise and the chance to break through great secrecy surrounding a relationship or someone's personal, passionate concern. Be thoughtful and treat people gently - you'll have great influence and personal magic now. But don't dally over something important. The magic won't last long. Saturday, January 31, overflows with romantic possibilities, some of them mere fantasy but still sweet. Be gentle and guard against hurt feelings.


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