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Issue 46, October 2013

Charbel Zoe 100

Winner of the International Fashion Designer Award -Miami Fashion Week

Alia AlJarallah

Know About Your Birthstone





Putting her passions to the test

Exclusive interview



Providing a fresh start for the mind

Sami AlBader "Eat Clean - Train Dirty"

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As we enter the last quarter of the year there is always a certain buzz, and this year is no different. The events calendar fills up quite quickly; there is certainly plenty to keep us occupied this month. October is the Breast Cancer Awareness month and like always, we at CityPages are all set to spread the awareness and play our part in saving lives. This year, we wanted to do something different and decided to take it a step further by not only spreading the awareness but also offering free 15 breast cancer screening tests to those women who have been asked by their doctors to do so. There is so much happening at CityPages and I am really excited about everything. This month, we have a special gift for all our readers - The Medical Supplement. We decided to bring you this special supplement that could stay with you at your home or office and provide you useful health related information whenever you need it. Make sure to read and benefit from it and also spread it to your friends and loved ones. This month, we have two new segments; "Diary of a Nutritionista" by Sana Abdul Hamid and "Know about your birthstone" by Oussama T. Hussein. Both these segments are very interesting and I am sure you will love reading them regularly. We have some very interesting interviews lined up for you in this issue. We have the opportunity to have an exclusive interview with Tahir Sultan on his latest participation at the London Fashion Week. Our team member Abrar AlZenkawi brings you an interview with another interesting fashion designer - Charbel Zoe, who is an upcoming designers to many hollywood celebrities. Also interviewed in this issue is the young Alia AlJarallah who we bring you all the way from New York. Alia is all set to putting her culinary passion to test by working at the best restaurants. Keep with our health and fitness theme for the month, we bring you Sami AlBader - a well know clinical and community dietitian who is also our cover personality this month. We also interviewed Camilla Ayrton who tells us about her outlook on how a gym experience should be. Last but not the least, we also interviewed Dr. Athary AlFadhli - a licensed psychotherapist providing a fresh start for the mind. I leave you with this and wish all of you, your families and loved ones a Blessed Eid AlAdha and promise to come back in November with lots of more interesting interviews and features. Stay Awesome and Enjoy the Read!

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Dear Readers! Eid Mubarak I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ~L.M. Montgomery, With the eve of October now we are in the last quarter of 2013 and I hope and expect that this quarter will be as great as the previous three quarters of this year. During this month plenty of things are happening around. Some of you will be planning to travel during Eid Holidays while some will be happy in nests. For your Eid shopping we have come up with plenty of options for you in our Fashion section. While the weather is changing, it is necessary to keep yourself safe from this change. Take care of your health and keeping this in mind CityPages is having a special supplement with reference to medical and health which I do believe will be really helpful for all of your family. You will have amazing information inside which will enable you to keep yourself and your loved one safe from health complexities. September issue of CityPages was a great success and your encouraging feedback regarding this fashion issue made us proud. We will try our utmost to maintain the same standards in the coming months. October is also marked with “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”. Every one of us should play his/her role in spreading the awareness about this fatal disease. From the platform of CityPages we are always providing it with best coverage. I request to all the Divas especially those who are above 40 should get their check up after every two years. It is good for you and for your loved ones. Last but not the least don’t forget to give your valued feedback regarding October issue and the Medical supplement. Because your words are always precious and inspiring for us.

This month is a very special one for me as it marks my one-year anniversary at CityPages and I have to say it’s been an incredible whirlwind for myself and the entire team which now consists of a fantastic mix of old and new contributors. In just twelve months since the new collaboration between myself, Jameel Arif our CEE and Managing Editor Abeer AbdulJalil, we have managed to create quite the buzz, and am pretty sure that the CP brand name now carries equity. On another note, it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month; thank goodness it exits to remind us special ladies to get checked, and to help refresh our commitment to our health and well being since so many people depend on us in life. Don’t wait, as it really is true that EARLY DETECTION IS THE BEST CURE. We celebrate our commitment by going pink of course, and I must say our logo looks great in feminine colors! Coincidentally it is also our health supplement month, where our contributors went all out with their columns on health and fitness. Our content is always what we are mostly commended on and we remain dedicated to getting the most out of our expert contributors so that you can benefit from reading CityPages. This month led us on various jaunts to events, launches, and interviews and I must say I was quite impressed with Cyrine Abdelnour whom I had a meet and greet with for my monthly segment, what a lovely woman! Read about her rise to fame in her native Lebanon. On the cover this month is the wonderful Sami AlBader who has joined Taiba Hospital’s team, he talks about healthy living, we are always grateful for any information we receive on that subject! I wish everyone a blessed Eid AlAdha, the weather is great, so if you’re staying in Kuwait this time you just might end up having a fantastic break! As for me, I may stay or I may go, my tickets booked just in case. See you in the next issue.

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You Already Have What You Want! I love writing lists. Grocery lists, creative writing lists, daily “to-do” lists. I especially love writing “desire lists” and I encourage my clients to do the same. I tell them that there is nothing wrong with writing a “Want more” list. Articulate it to your self, write it down, pull it out of your heart and gut and write it on paper or screen. There is something magical about the organic task of writing down what you want that makes it just a little more real, more tangible. It turns it from a belief that its impossible, to a feeling that says it is in fact possible! Writing a “desire list” somehow puts your dream right there, on paper, living, breathing in front of you. On that paper, your dream stares back at you with hope and possibility, asking you “can we stay together?” and begging you to “make me happen”. Now that you wrote it down, fold it up, tuck it away, all the while trying to make it happen. Every now and then, take it out again, let it wink at you from that paper and hear your dream talking to you “I am here, make me happen. We are SO meant to be!” Now that you are thinking of your desire list, what would be on it? More money? More love? More time? Compassion? Freedom? Comfort? May be your list looks something like this: “I want to make more money this year and I want to spend more time with my kids”. There is no right or wrong, no one is judging you for what you put on your own paper; it is your dream, your paper and you and only you will decide. Now, just because you wrote it does not mean it will happen, but denying even to your self that you want these things will not help either; so you might as well just enjoy it for what it is and EMBRACE it. Is a desire list all it will take? Is it all rosy and foul proof? No its not. There is actually a twist to it. Being focused on what you want can distract you from what is already working in our life. Take notice of how affluent you already are, doing so will guarantee you to thrive more. With that being said there’s only one kind of list I like more than a desire list: A gratitude list (you should have seen it coming!).

Zahra Taqi Certified Professional Coach President of Milestones Coaching

Gratitude creates more reasons to be grateful, planning for love makes you feel lovable, aiming for power gets your internal power grid charged up. And so it goes, your gratitude list will aid your desire list, and who knows, you might find out you already have what you are looking for! Go through your desire list and next to each one think about where you already have evidence of it in your life. You might have written “I want to earn more money per month”, might look like this: “That 50 KD a month cable plan? I probably don’t need it. I’m going to downgrade to the 20KD a month plan and that will save me at least 30KD! My friend Dana treated for dinner last night and that saved me 40 KD. I started carpooling with my friend Nour and now I save at least 20 KD of gas a month. My favorite shampoo + conditioner was on sale this weekend! Cha-ching! Those pair of shoes I have my eye on just went on sale for Eid – extra money in my wallet!”

P.S. As always, I would love to hear back from you so please feel free to drop me a line on my email: zahrataqi@ or find me on FB: MilestonesCoaching or twitter: @MilestonesCoach

ice cream for dinner on Thursday!” Search the landscape of your life for proof that your desires are already alive and well or easily encouraged. Doing so: 1.Helps you realize that you are already on your way to abundance! 2.Takes the desperate charge out of your goals and desires. Less desperation and more gratitude = more clarity of mind and heart. The ability to recognize what is already working is power playing. The intention to celebrate not only what you want more of, but what you already have is not just where you will be….but who you will be.

Your other desire looked somewhat like this: “I want to spend more time playing with my children this summer.” Gratitude says: Every Friday morning I’m going to let them pick their favorite breakfast and we will make it together. Yousef always wants to read with me at night and too often I rush through it because I’m tired…I will make an effort to clean the dinner dishes AFTER I read with him instead of before. That will guarantee me more energy for our time together! That blanket fort I’ve been promising to make them? This Saturday it’s happening! We’ll go camping in the backyard and eat October 2013





Prepare for a great birth

Sarah Paksima

BirthKuwait is a non-profit organization operating as part of The Voluntary Health Association.For more information, visit their website: or Instagram: @birthkuwait

You are pregnant…Congratulations! As you sift through all of the well-meaning advice you are probably already receiving from family, friends, (and even strangers!), consider the following tips to help you find the resources you need and make preparations for a healthy and satisfying birth.

Attend a Childbirth Preparation Class and write a Birth Plan. Would you run a marathon without preparing for it? Getting some training is essential! In a childbirth class, you will learn about healthy lifestyle changes for pregnancy, learn about and prepare for birth, and build a support network of other couples going through similar experiences. This is also a great place to ask questions (if you don’t know what questions to ask, you will by the end of class!), share experiences, and examine your own thoughts and feelings about pregnancy, birth, and parenthood. Take care of yourself. You are growing a new human being! Eat well, exercise regularly, rest sufficiently, and seek out social support. Women benefit from the social support of other women during this special time. Get to know your birthplace. Take the full hospital tour and ask lots of questions! Visit the labor, delivery, and recovery rooms. Explore. Ask about what resources are available. Do they have a bath or shower to labor in? Do they have birthing balls, birthing stools, or squatting bars? Also ask questions about hospital standard care procedures. What are their routine procedures for laboring mothers - continuous or intermittent fetal monitoring? Heplock or continuous IV fluids? What are their episiotomy or augmentation rates for first time mothers? What are their primary cesarean or VBAC rates? What is their postpartum care and newborn procedures? How do they support breastfeeding - do they have 24-hour lactation consultants available? Do they support mother-baby friendly policies like rooming in or breastfeeding on demand? Also - ask for copies of the pre-admittance papers. Go over them carefully, ask questions, and fill them out before you go into labor. Once you know how your hospital operates, you will be able to work better with your primary care provider and the hospital

staff. Organize your birth team. Labor and childbirth works best when mothers are surrounded by a supportive and cohesive team. Discuss with your husband who do you want to be there with you at the birth. Make sure that everyone there understands your wishes and supports them. Consider hiring a doula - an experienced and trained woman who can provide emotional and physical support for you during labor; in addition, a doula can be an advocate for you and help your husband or other family member know what to do during labor. Review your Birth Plan with your care providers. An obvious member of your team is your doctor (or midwife if you are birthing outside of Kuwait), your pediatrician, and your nurses. Make sure to go over any concerns or questions with your care providers before labor begins so that you are all on the same page. Hopefully, this will be a confidence building interaction as you hear your care providers offer support and encouragement for your wishes. In addition, all hospitals have a “Patient’s Rights and Responsibilities” document. Read through it. It is important for you to understand that you have the right to understand and consent to any procedure before it begins. This is called Informed Consent. You also have the right to hear about any alternative treatments or steps, and the right to refuse any or all of them. This is called Informed Refusal. Ultimately, you are responsible for your own care. Plan to labor at home in addition to the hospital. Most women labor best in the privacy of their own home, so stay home as long as possible before going to the hospital. While at home you can establish an intuitive and trusting rhythm and ritual to your birth that you can take with you when it is time

to transfer to the hospital. You can also ensure that you are in an active labor pattern, and increase your confidence in coping with your labor. Enlist the support of friends and family for your recovery. After your birth, the most important thing is for you and your baby to bond, establish successful breastfeeding patterns, and recover from labor. Parties, receptions, and social obligations should take a back seat. They can wait. Ask your friends and family to help support you and your baby by keeping their visits brief, providing you with privacy as you establish nursing, and offering to do laundry, provide meals, or tidy up so that you can rest. These first few weeks with your baby are precious. Savor them. October 2013



Specialities: Antenatal care for normal and high risk pregnancies, delivery for normal and high risk pregnancies, 2D and 4D obstetrical and gynecologial ultransonograpgy, infertility investigations and treatment, endocrinology, and minor and major gynecological operations.

Human Papillomavirus Vaccines (HPV)

Human papillomaviruses (HPVs) are a group of more than 150 related viruses. They are called papillomaviruses because certain types may cause warts, or papillomas, which are benign (noncancerous) growths. Some types of HPV are associated with certain types of cancer. These are called "high-risk", oncogenic, or carcinogenic HPVs. Of more than 150 types of HPV, more than 40 types can be passed from one person to another. HPV is spread by skin-to-skin contact. Transmission can occur in the genitals, anal, or oral regions. Although HPVs are usually transmitted sexually, we cannot say for certain when or how the infection occurred. Most HPV infections occur without any symptoms and go away without any treatment over the course of a few years. However, HPV infections sometimes persist for many years, with or without causing detectable cell abnormalities. Infection with high-risk HPV is the major cause of cervical cancer. Almost all women will have an HPV infection at some point, but very few will develop cervical cancer. The immune system of most women will usually suppress or eliminate HPVs. Only HPV infections that are persistent (do not go away over many years) can lead to cervical cancer. High-risk HPV types also cause most anal cancers. Infection with highrisk HPV is also known to cause some cancers of the oropharynx, vulva, vagina, and penis. The vaccine (Gardasil) is produced by Merck & Co. Inc. It is called a quadrivalent vaccine because it protects against four HPV types: 6, 11, 16, and 18. Gardasil is given through a series of three injections into muscle tissue over a 6-month period. The other vaccine (Cervarix) is produced by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). It is called a bivalent vaccine because it targets two HPV types: 16 and 18. This vaccine is also given in three doses over a 6-month period. The FDA has approved Cervarix for use in females ages 9 to 25 for the prevention of cervical cancer caused by HPV types 16 and 18. Because the vaccines do not protect against all HPV infections that cause cervical cancer, it is important for vaccinated women to continue to undergo cervical cancer screening. There could be some future changes in recommendations for

vaccinated women. The HPV vaccines work like other immunizations that guard against viral infections. The investigators hypothesized that the unique surface components of HPV might create an antibody response that is capable of protecting the body against infection, and that these components could be used to form the basis of a vaccine. Although HPV vaccines can help prevent future HPV infection, they do not help eliminate existing HPV infections. Both Gardasil and Cervarix are proven to be effective only if given before infection with HPV occurs, so it is recommended that they be given before an individual is sexually active. For females, it is recommended that Gardasil or Cervarix vaccination be given routinely at ages 11 or 12, although the series may be started for girls as early as 9 years of age. Vaccination is also recommended for girls and women ages 13 to 26 who have not been vaccinated already or who did not complete the three-dose series. If a woman reaches the age of 26 before completing the three-dose series, the recommendations say that she can still receive the remaining doses. Although Gardasil and Cervarix have been found to be generally safe when given to people who are already infected with HPV, the vaccines do not treat infection and they provide maximum benefit if a person receives them before he or she is sexually active. If someone infected with HPV will still get residual benefit from vaccination, even if he or she has already been infected with one or more of the types included in the vaccines. These vaccines do not protect against all HPV types that can cause cancer, Pap tests continue to be essential to detect cervical cancers and precancerous changes. In addition, Pap tests are critically important for women who have not been vaccinated or who are already infected with HPV. There could be future changes in screening recommendations for vaccinated women. The vaccination, Pap smear screening is available in Noor clinic. If you have any questions, or you are interested the vaccination, please contact the Noor Clinic, OB/GYN department.

Dr. Zoltan Lengyel Specialist of OB/GYN Noor Clinic



Aviator Glasses

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.

Since their invention in the 1930s, aviator sunglasses have been a prominent figure in the eyewear fashion industry. From Hollywood celebrities to artists and designers, aviator glasses are popular among all generations. However, the famed sunglasses have a more practical and humble beginning. Bausch & Lomb first developed these glasses for World War II pilots of the U.S. Army Air Corps. Although branded as “Ray-Ban”, they quickly earned the moniker “aviator glasses”, a term which today describes all sunglasses with similar designs. The iconic tear-drop frames were made to mimic the shape of the pilot goggles, covering the maximum area around the eye. The glasses incorporate lightweight gold-plated metal with green colored anti-glare lenses, known as the G-15 glass lens. The large lenses are slightly convex, preventing as much light as possible from entering the pilot’s eyes from any angle. The design of the aviator glasses has remained largely unchanged since its introduction in 1937. Due to the versatility of the shape, the sunglasses suit nearly every face, making it an easy choice for sunglass buyers. Over the years, many companies have begun making their own pilot shades and these are now available from almost every brand and no-name label. U.S. General Douglas MacArthur put aviators on the map after he was photographed wearing the shades while landing on the beach in the Philippines. Public popularity continued to broaden in the decades that followed, especially after the sunglasses were spotted on Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Even Freddie Mercury chose to wear the well-known glasses on the cover of his first solo album. And of course, who can forget Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer sporting their aviators in the movie Top Gun. Dark, sleek and mysterious, the aviator glasses have literally taken off. They remain a top style symbol in the highly competitive eyewear fashion industry and will surely outlive many more short-term trends to come. October 2013



Dr. Nazia Nausheen

Breast Cancer

Dr. Nazia Nausheen is a Certified Medical Doctor. She also holds a Masters Degree in Business, Specializing in Sales and Marketing. Disseminates valuable information in her extensive medical seminars and workshops. Readers should look forward to her regular articles on women health and other general health related issues.

Early Detection Can Save Your Life Every year millions of women are affected by breast cancer and its incidence rates have risen globally, with the highest rates in westernized countries. Reasons for this trend include change in reproductive patterns, increased screening, dietary changes, and decreased activity. The majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer will survive their disease because of progress in both earlier detection and improved treatment modalities. Hence, early detection is the best way to prevent death from breast cancer.

Early detection: Self breast exam remains an important part of early detection. Women can take the time to learn careful self-exam techniques. Annual exam with your primary care provider and annual mammogram remain our best screening tools. Annual mammograms are recommended to start at age 40 and may find 90 percent of cancers.

Self breast examination: If you find any of these signs/symptoms you should see your doctor right away. • A lump on or inside the breast • Change in the size or shape of a breast • Long-term dimpling of the breast skin • The nipple becoming inverted • Swelling or a lump in the armpit • Any suspicious nipple discharge

What is a Mammogram? It is an X-ray of the breast. This detects any lumps or dense areas in the breast, which may need further tests. The majority of these lumps or dense areas are not cancers, but they should all be checked. The further tests can

include more x-rays, an ultrasound or a biopsy. 7out of every 8 women sent for further tests do not have breast cancer.

What is a Biopsy? A small tissue sample is taken by inserting a needle into the suspect area of the breast. This is examined under a microscope. The shape and appearance of the cells in the tissue sample reveals whether the lump is benign (i.e. non-cancerous), or cancerous.

Is early diagnosis important? It is extremely important. 6 out of every 7 patients who are diagnosed when their breast cancer is at the early stage can be cured. However, if they are diagnosed when it has become advanced, the cure rate falls to about 1 in 7. It is extremely important to catch breast cancer at an early stage.

Who should have a test? All women over 50 or any woman who finds a lump, or has any other symptoms of breast cancer, or has one or more close relatives diagnosed with breast cancer should be tested for breast cancer.

Myth or Truth: Is the use of deodorants linked to breast cancer? No, there is no good evidence to support this idea. On the contrary: in a large study comparing breast cancer patients and healthy women, there was no difference found at all in their use of underarm deodorants.

Is there any link between diet and breast cancer? Extensive research has failed to find any link between the diet and breast cancer risk, apart from fat. Studies suggest that a diet high in fat carries a slight increase in breast cancer risk.



Sami Al Bader

Sami Al Bader, a well-known clinical and community dietitian with over 10 years of experience in food and nutrition field believes that with healthy diet a better tomorrow starts today. Having faced weight gain problem himself during his freshman year that led him into studying nutrition, Sami al Bader found the solution ‘Eat clean and train dirty’. Here he dispels some of the most common misconceptions about food and explains why he thinks that healthy diet is not just a diet but a lifestyle.

Please introduce yourself to our readers: I am a clinical and community dietitian with 10+ years of experience in the field of food and nutrition. I have held positions in public and private hospitals, as well as private healthy food companies.

Can you please tell us about your education? I have two bachelor degrees from Purdue University in the US, in dietetics and fitness & health. I also hold an MBA from KMBS with a minor in organization leadership and supervision.

Did you always want to be a dietitian? Who inspired you? I was an athlete in high school and a member of the Kuwaiti national squash team. However, during my freshman year in college I gained a lot of weight and that weight gain had led me to taking a nutrition class which I loved and it was then when I decided to switch my major to nutrition.

What are the misconceptions about food that bother you the most? Misconception that bothers me the most is how people underestimate the power of nutrition on preventing major diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.



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What is a common nutrition myth that you can dispel? Nutrition myth: I can go on a diet to lose weight and once the weight is lost then I can go back to my old eating habits...Unfortunately a healthy diet is a lifestyle and not a short term solution so if you go back to your old habits then you will put the weight back on.

What small changes can people make that will have a large impact on their health? According to Pareto law ‘20% of what you do has an 80% impact on you’. So cut out the junk high calorie foods, switch to whole grain fiber foods instead of white refined carbohydrate, skip the soda and opt for water instead, don’t skip your breakfast and eat a healthy dinner.

Are carbs really that bad? Can you clarify Good vs. Bad carbs? Yes, if they come from cheap refined sources such as white rice and white bread. However, if they come from whole grains such as barley, rye, quinoa, millet then No, they are not bad. Good carbs are those that provide essential nutrients and are part of a healthy diet.

What are your thoughts on vitamins and supplements? Some people do need them however they have to be prescribed by a doctor or a dietitian.

Do you have any advice for students interested in studying nutrition? If they love working with people and trying to make a difference in the world then nutrition is the way to go. It’s a job that helps prevent diseases and helps to treat them too.

Do you see a shift happening in public perceptions of nutrition? Yes a major shift, 10 years ago people were less health conscious and were unaware of the role nutrition played in treating and preventing diseases. However, today people are more into losing weight and adopting a healthier lifestyle they are also more into organic foods and quality food ingredients.

If you had to give only one piece of advice to our readers, what would it be? Eat clean and train dirty.

What is your favorite healthy snack? Mixed nuts and dried fruits (almonds, walnuts, goji berry – raisins and strawberries).

Your message for us at CityPages Magazine: Thank you for the interview, keep up the good work and I wish you all the best.

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Reshmi Revi

Certified Professional Trainer

Reshmi Revi is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and holds a Bachelors of Communication Studies degree from the Auckland University of Technology. A fitness enthusiast, she welcomes your queries and comments at rrevi@ Follow her on Twitter & Instagram @Q8MissFit.

It’s never too late to change your fitness fate I’m only 160cm and when you’re at my wee height and you weigh-in at 74KGs with a body fat percentage of 45%, the reality of what I looked like seemed more depressing than me telling you my stats right now. For some individuals, being overweight is a vicious catch-22. You’re unhappy hence why you emotionally-overeat. Post-carbicide (from my own experience, no one ever binges on healthy food, sa7?), you tend to mentally beat yourself up all the more, wondering why did you binge on all that crap. Then you get even more upset at yourself and hence the food-binge ensues again. I remember signing up to Les Mills in Auckland City, New Zealand (Les Mills is an iconic gym in NZ and is the creator of all BodyPump, BodyJam, BodyAttack, BodyCombat, BodyBalance classes) and being so proud that I finally joined a gym. Following that, I remember being oh-so-gleeful that I was attending the gym twice a week. Gradually it progressed to three and then four times until I was pretty much going to the gym every single day. Being in such a positive environment also gave me the opportunity to befriend like-minded individuals who like me, were on a health buzz and were my social support network. It is through them, I learnt a lot about nutrition and taking care of myself from inside out. Yes it is great that I did lose the weight at the end but here’s something only a few people know in this country: Cancer and diabetes camp out in my family tree.

I’m anxious. It’s the eve of the day I fly out to Hungary to participate in my first bodybuilding competition. I’m excited but at this point in time, I’m more stressed than anything. It’s not because I haven’t packed or prepped my plane food (yes, I unfortunately can’t eat the sodium-enriched airplane dishes at the moment as I’m on a strict nutrition regiment). Rather it’s because I haven’t done my weights session for today. Kuwait is the fourth country I’ve lived at in this lifetime (Malaysia-New ZealandLondon-Ktown) and the only thing that seems to be a constant variable in my chaotic world, is the gym. #surprise! Head to any country and pick a random fitness establishment and chances are, you’ll find a free weights area, a bunch of resistance machines, group fitness studios and lately perhaps a little crossfit box or MMA area to boot. Really, nothing changes throughout the continents. Had I always been this disciplined?

Here’s the thing. I can write you an article forcing you to go exercise as logically, it’s the best activity you’ll ever do in your life. It builds bone density, it makes you stronger, zaps bodyfat, boosts your immunity, helps mind-body connection and in a nutshell, improves the quality of your life. It is however, realistically up to you to take that first step, to want to do it. Yes, having a Personal Trainer does help to some degree but your trainer can only push you so far without you wanting to take the lead to change your lifestyle. Perhaps the biggest change in taking the lead of your life, of your fitness fate, is this: You’re happier. Emotionally, socially and mentally.

If you were to follow me on Instagram @Q8MissFit, you’ll see I’ve posted a couple of snapshots of me being previously overweight.

I’ve trained clients now for awhile and the progress and changes I’ve seen in them from these 3 aspects are astounding and well deserved. Gone is the shyness replaced instead with quiet triumph and determination and most importantly the newly-instilled self-belief that:

Overweight and unhappy.

Anything. Is. Possible.

Heck no.


So does mental illness like Alzheimer’s. If I had continued to be in my previous poor state of health at 74KGs today, I probably would be pre-diabetic with Type2 diabetes (Type2 diabetes is more lifestyle-induced) awaiting me with open arms. What’s more horrifying is that if the gym didn’t partially occupy my time and my lifestyle was so sedentary, I wouldn’t be surprised if I too succumbed to some mental psychosis at some point because nothing is stimulating my brain.


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Maha AlRashed CHEK Certified Exercise Coach

Movement that Matters! It's that time of the year again. The time when the weather is the type you wish it would stay at all year long. The time when the athletic gene in you starts kicking in and you start thinking of all the exercises you want to do. All year long we use the excuse of the weather, if only it was nice out I could go walking on the sea road, breathe in the fresh air and get some exercise. Well what are you waiting for? Just keep in mind though that if you haven’t been working out the rest of the year, now is not the time to try and do a 10 Km run on Gulf Road. The principle of movement is the path to optimal health, depending on your lifestyle, the type of movement requirements vary. Athletes train for their sport, while stay at home moms move by simply running around the house after their kids, that in itself is a form of exercise, but what I guarantee that everyone is lacking is some form of stretching. The yogis love to stretch, and the reason for that is that they are good at it, as human beings it is in our nature to migrate towards the activities that we are good at; which should be our first clue that we need to do what we don’t like! Because our day to day jobs require us to mostly sit behind a desk and work on the computer, stretching is a necessity. The lack of stretching in our lives is what is mainly causing all the muscular and postural imbalances in our bodies. I’m sure you all remember as children being told by your parents to stand up straight, believe it or not there was a reason for all of that! Good posture keeps muscles in balance, and it keeps your body well aligned allowing it to perform at its optimal efficiency. While poor posture places unbalanced weight on your joints causing the muscles and tendons to stress eventually leading to you feeling some sort of pain. Also, what we forget to think about is that with poor posture, there is no adequate support to the internals organs, and your circulation becomes compromised making your body the ideal environment for disease and dysfunction! With movement, all these may be avoided. Movement leads to good posture leading to finally a healthy environment in your body. Basically all those times you heard someone saying to you that exercising makes you healthy, they didn’t really mean the weight loss point of that, what they really meant was that you help your body fight off disease! So the weather is nice out, whether you are walking your dog out on the street, having the kids on the bikes and walking with them or just simply stretching at home, there is no excuse for you not to get moving! Start your movement revolution today! And if you don’t know where to start, just simply join a yoga class!



Camilla Ayrton has a new outlook on how a gym experience should be Coming from a troubling fitness and healthy past, Camilla Ayrton shares her experiences and hardships that led her to a better lifestyle, and is now using her knowledge to help others become fit and healthy at RUSH gym.

Tell us a little about yourself and how you got your start as a fitness trainer?

Now can you explain what RUSH gym is, and how this differs from the training programs available at local and chain gyms?

Well, I don’t mean to be pedantic. However, I don’t really see myself as a fitness trainer anymore; I am in the business of relationships. I believe that within my line of work (let’s say the ‘fitness industry’ for simplicity) there is nothing within a gym environment that our client’s love or are emotionally attached to. If I’m being perfectly honest, this place can be intimidating, scary and downright off putting. I believe, therefore, that it is my job to provide a fun environment to which people are drawn to, inside of which they can find education, entertainment and empowerment to make the right decisions about their own health. Where did I come from? Obesity then bulimia followed by a drive to get out of an office environment. I remember one of my friends saying to me once “You’ll love it here (the gym), why don’t you do the course?” Oh! I can do that. I made the decision and took the steps towards it. Since then I have been fortunate enough to work within the UK for council-run gyms, with David Lloyd, doing a mixture of management, classes, sports massage and personal training. I gained valuable insight and drive from my preliminary years and desired to do more. The next logical step, in my mind anyway, was being a personal trainer. I teach and present to other trainers for PTA Global, FitPro, ViPR, FKPro and since I’ve been in the Middle East ME FitPro. I love what I do. It’s awesome!

What an awesome question, thank you so much for asking it! At Rush Gym Women (there is also a male branch) we aim to be innovators. We have a beautiful (even if I do say so myself!) gym that always receives comments about the atmosphere and peacefulness; amidst which you will find personal training memberships and cardio memberships. Cardio memberships entail you being able to use the facilities when you wish and come along to any of our classes. The personal training membership provides the same as the previously mentioned package, plus a certain number of sessions per week. Session length varies but the most common membership is 3 times per week at 40 minutes. When you join Rush you will meet with me so I can ask you a few questions to decide upon the style and level of your sessions that will be directed towards your goal. This is where my passion comes right back in. If you don’t love and enjoy the program, I’ve not done my job properly. I don’t believe in working out, I believe in playing out, it feels so much better and you’re way more likely to come back, remain consistent and therefore achieve your results.

What made you choose being a trainer over other professions? I’ve been there; I have stood in every imaginable position when it comes to health; some great, some terrible and some others somewhat stupid (yes, I will DEFINITELY admit that). I want to share what I have learned along my journey. I want to be like a GPS and guide other people who want my assistance through their journey; make corrections when we come up to obstructions and get you there in a fun and safe way. I have never experienced such a community in which support, motivation, caring and passion have been so abundant. I wanted a piece of it so I took it and ran with it. Now, I love being in Kuwait and run some more.

What is your favorite part of the job? I really am going to grate on some people’s nerves here (classic American Beauty Pageant Answer so look away now if you don’t want it…) I love to help people and see them smile. My mom said to me when I was little: “Smile and the whole world smiles with you, cry and you cry alone.” So true! If I’m smiling I love seeing others smile as they achieve their goals.


Does your fitness program include nutrition as well? Do you set up a specific diet for someone to follow or do you provide foods to eat as part of the program? Your fitness program will include what you want it to include; I will never tell you what to do, period. NEVER. If you don’t want to include a nutrition plan I will not include it, if you want one then sure, I will, but what I ask for before giving any nutritional advise is commitment in the form of a food log in which you register your reaction to the foods you eat. I believe that there is not a “one-fits-all” diet, everybody (every body) is different and needs to be treated as such. As I mentioned before, I’ve been pretty extreme with my weight and followed so many diets I cannot even count them on one hand; we’ve all been there… Mentally frustrated and in so much pain we finally crack, we lose weight through a reduction in food and increase in activity. Brilliant. Well, until the next thing happens, you go to Farah’s birthday party and have a bit of cake after much coercion and inward deliberation as well as feeling totally deprived of tasty treats and starving hungry. The floodgates open! Anything that is edible in near site is in the mouth before it is even acknowledged and before you know it weight has bounced back to where it was, if not more! Uh oh! Best try another diet then (now you can re-read that paragraph). Nutrition at Rush is about gaining mental strength to make the right decisions, balancing hormones and once again having fun with it so it is livable whilst getting you results that you can maintain.


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What is the average time that you spend with one client over the course of the program? What steps are taken to ensure they will still lead a healthy lifestyle when the program is over? All the clients that come through the doors at Rush I see them for an initial consultation then for their monthly reviews. I would love to spend more time with them, but unfortunately the demands of my role will not allow it. The trainers here have one on one time with every client for their sessions and this is really where the rubber hits the road! The trainers here, Sheila, Angel, Debbie, Jhen, Mary Joy, and Tonette are more than I could ever ask for. They spend time with each member, providing service, commitment, education, passion, and empowerment in the form of a fun experience. If it is fun you will come; once again nothing that you have an emotional connection to or are in love with is inside the walls of Rush Gym. We know that so it has to be fun! I love the trainers at Rush so much; they are my family.

Besides losing weight, what have been some reasons people have sought out your help as a trainer? Losing weight may be the solution to a symptom and many people often don’t understand the cause of their symptom to appear in the first instance.



This may sound fairly ambiguous but I believe that most don’t know what they are looking for when they come into my office and that’s what I do pretty well; hold your hand and ask questions to allow you to understand it and make a decision. Those reasons and those decisions are so varied and personal that I couldn’t even relay it here if I wanted to. The bottom line? My help is sought for completely unknown reasons; I help you find them. Another favorite quote of mine: “Find your why, find your way” — Anthony Robbins.

What do you think is the biggest mistake most people make when setting up a workout routine? Do you feel certain tenets of living a healthy life are understated? A common misconception from users in a gym environment is if they attend a gym (or sometimes even if they buy a membership and never attend) they will gain results. This could not be further from the truth. Even if you come consistently to the gym for an hour 3 times per week this is 0.018 of your week (this is considered in the industry as a ‘good client’). The rest of your life matters! One of my mentors, Ian O’Dwyer (OMG check him out if you’re ever in Australia, he will blow your mind!) says: “Motion breeds emotion.” If you do not move, you feel like rubbish, you eat rubbish and you look like rubbish. There are more nerves travelling from your stomach area to your head than the other way around and it produces a LOT of a hormone called serotonin. This is the infamous ‘happy hormone’ and if you sit at a desk all day causing the stomach area to remain sedentary it will not produce enough of this hormone to provide to your brain and will result in you feeling less than your best. The majority of people come to a gym to look and feel good, great! So, in the words of PTA Global, “aside from your time here at the club, how much additional time per day are you willing to engage in activity that will help you to get to your goal?”

Do you have suggestions for simple ways to live a healthier lifestyle, whether it is through diet or exercise? I’m going to ‘KISS’ this question ok? (Keep it Simple Silly) • Move • Play • Smile

• Have Fun

For those who can’t afford a gym membership, what’s a good tip to get a workout in without all the fancy equipment? Interval training (Google it) rocks for speedy results. Here is how to do it at home: Find some crazy young kids (don’t kidnap any though ok?!), grab a ball and play some games; children have an inbuilt desire to run, move and play and what better way to motivate yourself than to provide this to young people that you love. Children move so freely as they haven’t been conditioned by society to think that it is unacceptable to be crazy, hyper and be jovial. Things go grey when we forget how to play and once more if you have fun, you will come! Even in the gym, all strapped up in a heart rate monitor, my heart rate has never gone higher than it has when I’ve played a competitive game but there is an advantage, which is fun so I don’t realize and when I am that tired I can rest and let other people play. There is a reason we, and so many animals play, we just need to remember it. You’ll remember when you have a go so go, go right now!

Was there a notable experience as a trainer that made you realize that what you do is really special and life changing for those you work with? Not so much whilst I’ve been a trainer but whilst I was being trained myself (I hope that counts and doesn’t come across as selfish). From a moment of my own vulnerability and questions I was able to recognize my “WHY.” I didn’t even know I had it! My life changed – BIG STYLE. I had never had a close relationship with my father after he left my family when I was young and quite simply, I yearned for it. This moment of vulnerability that I experienced during a training session with Bobby Cappuccio of PTA Global caused me to gain the courage and strength to speak to my dad more personally and form a great relationship with him. I am so thankful to Bobby for this, I will never forget him and I will never forget the power of what we do. That is unbelievable to me, and once again I feel so lucky and privileged to be a part of what we call the fitness industry. We have the opportunity to provide an experience that can educate and empower one another so greatly and I feel humble for that.

What keeps you motivated? My mom. I’m pretty family orientated, as you may have guessed, and she is the most caring, beautiful and selfless person I know. I aspire to be like her and make her proud. Another friend gave me advice once (and I’m paraphrasing) that when you are making a decision you should ask yourself whether those around you would be proud of your decision despite the consequences. By asking myself whether my mom would be proud with what I decide motivates me more than anything ever could, it is intrinsic.

What are your future goals, dreams and plans? Three simple things, I want to see Rush Gym expand, get more well known for its level of service, commitment, education, and passion. I want to present worldwide at conventions to empower more personal trainers and I want to keep my mom happy, by taking her to the Maldives, she has taken me three times and it is about time I paid her back!

Workout music? – don’t care, or need an MP3 player? This really depends on my mood. Generally if I am training outside I want to hear the natural sound effects and naturally if I am playing I can’t listen to music as I would lose (and I could not condone that) but then when I’m in the gym I love, love, love, pumping out new music fresh from the UK to remind me of home. Right now that is “Bastille” and “The Other Tribe.” With Bastille the whole album rocks because the lead singer’s voice is hauntingly captivating; have a listen to ‘Pompeii’ – it is a stunning track. The Other Tribe are making me sweat right now because whilst I was back home in April I managed to score some tickets to their gig in LandaanTaan (or London darling if you don’t understand my accent) and they were HUGE! I remember being in this crowded, hot sticky room with a friend bouncing like crazy people on po-go sticks whilst everyone around us went crazy. Their music is crazy uplifting and is guaranteed to have you smiling, search for ‘Skirts’ from these guys.

What is the fitness trend for 2013? OMG! that is such a toughy, I’m not sure what everyone else is going crazy about this year, but for me it is definitely “PLAY. If you want to know more I can give you some really cool books on why we should all be building sand castles and eating worms like kids if you like? Or perhaps just pass by Rush and ask me a question, I’ll geek out for hours on this one!

Your message for us at CityPages magazine: Thank you so much for allowing me to share and dump all my thoughts on paper. I’ve really enjoyed sharing my story and I would love to hear more, so for sure I’m getting a copy of CityPages every month to hear from the rest of Kuwait. Since being in Kuwait I have noticed such a high prevalence of community and family. I have never experienced anything like it anywhere. CityPages is a magazine that screams authentically about community here in Kuwait, so once again I am humbled and so thankful to have been a part of it! October 2013



The Artronauts Aspirations.. . . We Artronauts are a group of art enthusiasts from various schools and colleges in Kuwait and outside of Kuwait comprising of a range of nationalities, with a diverse range of skills and a common passion. We strive to create innovative, cultural, social and environmental art based on social design. We aim to bring a change in our environment, our beautiful world, through the medium of art and design by raising awareness in our community and recognizing our social responsibility. Lecturer Roma Soni is the mentor of our group. She infuses her own desire of creating art for the 21st century and making the World a more eco-friendly and a peaceful place to live in, in her students. Alia Al Qabandi: As an ARTronaut, I feel our vision of promoting social and environmental awareness and encouraging the youth to be involved in art is executed by creating art pieces that are different, innovative, and most importantly, have the ability to inspire or affect others in a positive way. As a team, we always look for opportunities that allow us to showcase the wide range and variety of talent that exists in our group. We are also attracted to any social exhibition, event or workshop that aims to improve or give back to our community in some way. Jena Al-Awadhi: As a member of artistic group, it is very important to me to promote peace, and environmental friendly artwork. Also, as an Artronaut, we gather to educate youth about not only the importance of recycling but also the beauty of it. Artronauts members come from different backgrounds and different cultures, but they share the same passion and interest, which is pure art. As a group, we plan and work together to exhibit in many different galleries in Kuwait, and to raise awareness. Lamia Al Salahi: Artronauts is all about sharing ideas and inspirations with young local artists. Being with the team just spark your imagination and remind you that even though throw the hectic work schedules we all have a chance to shine as artist. Bashayer Al Ajaz: As Artronauts members we have successfully shown our talents as individuals. Therefore, our next step is to work as a group to create artwork that represent our goals as a team which include educating people about the importance of environment, and highlighting the main cultural and social issues. Alaa Al Khaleefa: Artronauts, an inspiring group of multicultural artists that came together. In order to make a positive action we must develop here a positive vision. Our positive vision is to inspire people and make a difference. Life is long big road with lots of signs. Don't complicate your mind. Flee from hate, don't bury your thoughts, and put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!



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By: Oussama T. Hussein

Having finished his studies in computer science in mid 90s, He discovered that he also haa a great passion for diamonds and jewelry. Osama decided to go to America where he studied gemology in one of the highly recognized university in terms of gemology GIA. He obtained 8 diplomas throughout his gemology study itinerary and he was lucky enough to immediately work for a pioneer of jewelry in the Middle-East, Mr. Robert Mouawad in Saudi Arabia. His career at Mouawad lasted for around 5 years during which he learned that passion and ambition are the only ways to succeed in the world of jewelry. He moved after that to Qatar and then to Dubai where he had the chance to work in one of the biggest companies of jewelry and watches --Swatch Group International. Osama was appointed as the Regional Brand Manager for MENA and India region of a unique brand called Leon Hatot, an exclusive diamond brand that made a lot of success. He moved to Kuwait a couple of years ago, where he was once again lucky to work with Kallista Holding Company which is in fact one of the biggest Joailliers in Kuwait and practically amongst few jewelers that have their own factory and make their own designs. He is the brand manager at Kallista holding and takes care of developing existing products and new products as well in addition to his managerial role that is to maintain the great image of the company in all ways and to get its customers better services. The jewelry and diamond field is a very sophisticated yet exigent and demanding, it necessitates a lot of hard work and ambition and great skills to keep update with everything going around you and to give your customers the perfect product that will just make them feel special and unique.



Where did birthstones come from? Some people think that they came from the Bible. Others think that the birthstones are tied to the wisdom of ancient Atlantis where history and myth tell us an advanced race of humans was able to do many things including light and astrology. Finally, some believe that the birthstones were found by the original druidic and pagan religions, where it was learned that all stones have a certain vibration that their chemical composition reacts to and that this vibration resonates with the natural vibrations of people born during each month. The early gem buyers sought advice from astrologers first, in hopes that they could influence the forces that were identified with the planets in their favor because there was no formal classification of gem stones, a gem was assigned to each sign of the zodiac based on a color system. Color was thought to unleash the power attributed to the stone. Theologians debated the importance of these gems, and what they really were. The American National Association of Jewelers made the modern birthstone list public in 1912. Whatever the real origin, we like to assign meanings symbols and signs to our favorite gems. This article offers you a magical interpretation for each and every birthstone according to the month and star sign. Discover yours!

October Birthstone October is another month with two birthstone choices – Tourmaline and Opal.

OPAL Many legends describe opal as sacred, embodying the spirit of truth, honesty and good luck. Opal aids inner beauty faithfulness, and eyesight and helps recall past lives. Opal gives the wearer protection from diseases, a gift of prophecy and foresight. It fosters creativity and originality, and inspires dynamic energy and intensity. The true beauty of the opal is the variety of colors within each stone; it is never just one color. The name Opal derives from the Greek Opallos, meaning to see a change (of color). Opals range in color from milky white to black with flashes of yellow, orange, green, red, and blue. Opal’s beauty is the product of contrast between its color play and its background. Opal is a formation of non-crystalline silica gel that seeped into crevices in the sedimentary strata. Through time and nature’s heating and molding processes, the gel hardened into the form of Opals. The Opal is composed of particles closely packed in spherical arrangements. When packed together in a regular pattern, a three dimensional array of spaces are

created that give Opal its radiance.

TOURMALINE Tourmaline has become a favorite gemstone among jewelry designers and gem collectors the world over. Since it is available in a wide variety of colors, it is ideally suited to almost anyone's taste. Tourmaline also is known for displaying several colors in the same gemstone. These bicolor or tri-color gems are formed in many combinations; gemstones with clear color distinctions are highly prized. One multi-color variety is known as Watermelon Tourmaline, and features green, pink, and white colors bands; to resemble its namesake, the gemstone is cut into thin slices having a pink center, white ring, and green edge. Tourmaline is found in many localities including Brazil, Afghanistan, East Africa, and USA. October 2013




& Cyrine Abdelnour

Kuwait has been receiving a spate of celebrities lately, due to the influx of more foreign brand names than ever, all setting up locations in the major malls. We at CityPages are lucky enough to be invited to their launch events, and hand in hand with that comes the meeting of some of the bigggest celebrity names in whether local or international. This month, the much beloved Lebanese singer and actress Cyrine Abdelnour landed in Kuwait to help Lazurde Jewelers with their grand opening of their new shop in the Gold Souk, Avenues Mall. Cyrine is their brand ambassador. Armed with that information droves of people showed up to Avenues to see her cut the ribbon. I on the other hand was lucky enough to meet and greet her at another secret location where I sat down for a few minutes to talk to her. I must say she is gracious, and every inch the beautiful actress we see on television. I am not big on Arabic television shows but once in a while, I am known to get hooked after a curious attempt at trying to see what the big deal about Arab dramas is. So, I admit to have been glued to the TV this last Ramadan watching Cyrine's latest contribution the show Game of Death, or Lu'bat Al Mawt. The story takes us through the events of a woman who escapes her abusive husband by faking her drowning and swimming to safety, where afterward she moves to another country and finds love.


Cyrine has many talents under her belt. She started our as a model for designers such as Zuhair Murad and Thierry Mugler, and made her way to television much later. However, when she did she made quite the impact, winning the Murex D'or award for her part as Ebnati in the Arabic series Dareb Khwat. She also starred in along side Omar Sharif in the film The Traveller - Al Marouk, which was shown at the Venice Film Festival. Cyrine also had the time to release two albums, although I am not sure how she finds the time, she seemed busy enough as it is the day I met her. Cyrine resides in Lebanon with her husband and daughter, and is currently working on filming her next series.


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t e e r St c! Chi

n Jassim

& Hussai by: Laly

Introducing Abdulrahman Saab About Yourself: I am 25 years old, Lebanese living in Kuwait. I graduated from the American University of Kuwait with a marketing degree. I am interested in travelling, sports, food, style and hanging out with friends and family.

The Outfit: Vest - ZARA Shirt - ZARA Shoes - Milano

Accessories: Glasses - Ray Ban Watch - Spirit Belt - Massimo Dutti

Favorite Designer: Gorgio Armani

Favorite place to shop in Kuwait: Avenues mall

Favorite Shop: Massimo Dutti

Must haves this season: Coats and blazers



t e e r t S ! Chic


ussain Jas

H by: Laly &

Kuwait has currently been growing in terms of individuals, with unique fashion and sense of style. Laly and HJ head out about town to discover the trend setters among you.

Introducing Monira Al Obaidan

About Yourself: I am 30 years old, MBA Degree holder and working as a Career Counselor at MGRP. I am a positive person that loves life and knows how to enjoy it.

The Outfit: Shirt - Burberry Vest - Vintage Pants - Monki Belt - Versace

Accessories: Watch - Rolex Bracelet - Bvlgari, D & G, and Carolina Herrera Bag - Furla

Favorite Brand: I think Burberry can definitely describe me.

Favorite Shop: Nothing specific. Any place where I can find outfit that matches my character and personality.

Favorite place to shop in kuwait: Avenues Mall and 360 Mall.

Must haves this season: Burberry Coats. October 2013



John Peaveler

A monthly article contributed by John Peaveler and Ayeshah AlHumaidhi of K'S PATH

In 2011, there was a meeting held between the Kuwait Society for the Protection of Animals and Their Habitat (K’S PATH) and en.v, a Kuwaiti social responsibility organization. The purpose of that meeting was to discuss how, with limited sponsorship and very limited government support, the two organizations could work together to provide real, tangible, and lasting protection for some of the last remaining coastal habitat areas in Kuwait Bay. The result, after much discussion, was the joint venture Al Yaal, whose mission would be to conduct hands-on conservation in three coastal habitats, document those efforts, and educate the population of Kuwait about the needs of our fragile environment. From the beginning, we didn’t know if the program would work. There was no way to predict whether or not our work would


Our Natural Heritage is Vanishing

be enough to improve the environment we set out to protect, nor whether or not we would be able to engage the community to conserve coastal areas they had never seen before and had no vested interest in. The program was destined from the beginning to be a small, grass-roots effort to protect something we all knew would vanish if no one fought for it. The results would be surprising in more ways than one. K’S PATH has been around now for about ten years, providing animal sheltering, education, lobbying, habitat protection, consultancy, and more. People who interact with us for the first time are often surprised that an organization like ours exists, not just because we help animals, but even more so because we are so professional in the way we work. Their surprise is

understandable, because in general, we don’t make a lot of noise. We are able to do all of the things we do, and do them well, because we invest most of our time and effort into our programs and have very little left over for publicity. We brought this same focus and dedication to the Al Yaal program. There are many organizations that clean beaches in Kuwait, and they all deserve commendation for doing so. What most of them have in common is that they clean beaches humans use for recreation. With our animal and environment-centric focus, we wanted to protect areas that are important coastal habitat, so we started doing some research to see what areas were the most at risk of pollution and encroachment. Through a process of interviews and observation, we selected three beach areas notable for their plant life, their bird


life, their animal life, their lack of development, lack of human visitation, and heavy pollution. Two sites were chosen in Sulaibikhat area, and one in the Doha area. K’S PATH has always operated with a simple philosophy: planning and hard work equals results. Planning for this program included hiring program manager Angelique Bhattacharjie - Jeremiah, purchasing equipment, organizing volunteers, getting ministry permits, and coordinating between the different organizations involved. By April of 2011, planning was complete and the hard work began. Cleaning a beach with the idea of habitat preservation in mind is a meticulous job. Heavy equipment and teams of laborers play no part in removing waste from a sensitive habitat. Each item of waste has to be carefully removed by hand without destroying or even damaging plants or animal dens. The pace is slow, the temperature grueling, and success comes at a snails pace. Despite dozens of bags of garbage collected, it’s difficult to notice any improvement after the first few cleanups. Still, the volunteers kept coming. The Al Yaal concept doesn’t rely upon a single body or group of volunteers. Instead, a different social group, school, or society is involved in each clean up, thereby maximizing the number of people who participate in this important project. After all, participation is an incredibly effective form of education, and engaging so many different people from so many different walks of life helped tremendously in breaking up the tedium of our efforts. K’S PATH staff and dedicated program volunteers in particular deserve a very hearty thank you for their consistent hard work (they were present at nearly every clean up for two years), but even after the first dozen clean ups, nothing much seemed to change. Sans instant gratification, we just kept working. And working. And working. All told, we came back 45 times and cleaned up over 5 tons of waste at Doha beach alone. The task was arduous, but rewarding. What makes picking up garbage rewarding? On paper, we knew it was important to protect our coastline before we ever started this project, and reality in the field was a delightful confirmation of this

foreknowledge. Program participants had the good fortune of seeing a wide range of Kuwaiti and regional wildlife including a host of migratory birds, a large number of local birds (including cormorant), spiny tailed lizards, kangaroo mice, mudskippers, crabs, Ruppells fox, and a variety of beetles and other insects. In short, we had chosen a perfect stretch of coastline to protect; the ecosystem was complete and functioning. It just needed a little help, and the Al Yaal team was there, week after week, month after month, helping the coastal ecosystem do what it was intended to do: provide a habitat for the organisms that play a pivotal role in cleaning coastal waters and nursing our fisheries. It took nearly two years of effort, but at long last, Doha beach was in such good shape that it only needed a little maintenance to remove any new waste. So in late September 2013, our team arrived to prepare for yet another routine clean up. The sight that awaited them, however, was the stuff of environmental nightmares. The entire habitat that had been so carefully and meticulously maintained for two years was gone. Simply vanished. The entire area had been bulldozed in order to build a chalet. The trees used as nesting sites for birds: gone. The dens used by fox, reptiles, and rodents: gone. Nothing now remains but a narrow strip of green along the waters’ edge, hardly enough for the tidal species to survive. All of our passions, sweat, toil and tears were obliterated in a single day. The question we are all asking ourselves now is what’s the point? Al Yaal can, and likely will, continue to protect the remaining beaches we’ve identified as being in the greatest need. In fact, at K’S PATH, we consider it our jobs to make Kuwait a better place, but are we wasting our time? If developers can bulldoze one of Kuwait’s last precious coastal ecosystems, if our fragile islands receive no protection at all, and if poaching continues at its current alarming rate, do nature and wildlife in Kuwait really stand any chance at all? And are we as a nation willing to trade every scrap of habitat for concrete and pasture land? The answers to those questions won’t matter soon; it will simply be our reality if we don’t take rapid and drastic action. There are many good people in Kuwait who want to see a truly healthy environment, and it will take all of us working together to make change happen. K’S PATH needs you, Al Yaal needs you, and most importantly, Kuwait needs you. The time is now. Visit, Facebook: K’S PATH and Al Yaal, Call 6700-1622 or email to find out how you can help.

October 2013



providing a fresh start for the mind Ambitious and amiable, Dr.Athary Al Fadhly is a licensed psychotherapist. She has had years of experience in providing psychological evaluations for children, adolescents and adults. CityPages catches up with her to talk about how she is keeping her sanity intact while tackling the psychological issues of her patients.

Please introduce yourself to our readers:

My name is Dr. Athary Al-Fadhly. I am a clinical psychotherapist, graduated from University of Auckland and currently working at Al-Osra center for psychological and social consultations. I am also a communication skills trainer and have conducted several seminars and workshops on topics like: • Anger management • Pressure and workload in students and how to deal with it • Behavioural problems: lie, steal, aggressive behaviours in students • Violence: is it behavioural or mental disorder • Work burnout and how to overcome it • Best ways to deal with disabilities • Difficulties in learning

Please describe your educational background?

I am a graduate of University of Auckland (UOA), New Zealand, where I earned a Bachelor degree in Psychotherapy and Human Environment. I also hold a PostDiploma in Professional counselling from New Zealand Institute of Professional Counselling. In 2009, I successfully completed the course Region Authentic Counsellor (RAC) from Michigan Academy for Psychological Studies. I have completed several professional development workshops over the years including those related to psychological strategies and up-to-date applied therapies.

What do you think made you want to go into Psychiatry?

My first year at university was the year that made me change my mind from being a general doctor to a psychotherapist. After studying the mind and human thoughts and how Psychotherapist can be a family doctor that helps each of the family member to overcome their negative feelings and negative thoughts to reach their goals and manage life. I enjoy my career because I’m doing something where I can really make a difference in people's lives. Many of my patients are happy about the changes they made after my help and that feeling motivates me to continue my career. It’s a rewarding feeling.

Where did you work before you started Al-Osra Center?

I started my work at Al-Osra straight after my graduation however, I had lots of undergraduate volunteer activities such as counselling in youth center to help the youth overcome lots of their psychological, social and family issues.


What are some of the services offered at Al-Osra Center?

We offer various kinds of services at Al-Osra Center like, adolescents and adults counselling, parent and child counselling, couples and family counselling and apply up-to-dated therapies for their disorders.

What does a typical day consist of for you?

During working days, my day starts as communication skills instructor from 8:00 am to 4:00pm. Then I do some private counselling at Al-Osra Center from 6:00pm - 9:00pm where I receive an average of 4 patients per day. Sometimes I spend a great deal of time in meetings and media interviews (T.V, magazines, newspapers or radio). Sometimes I give lectures at schools and to the undergraduate students, and occasionally I conduct workshops.

Do you ever feel that in your practice there is a sense of repetition? Being a psychotherapist means you meet patients with similar concerns but in every patient the way that they are played out is very different and that's what gets me excited. I hear different stories every day and deal with different backgrounds and mentalities every day but they are never boring!

How have you been able to strike a balance between a career and a personal life? It’s all about managing your time and doing the right thing at the right time! I spend a good amount of time at work during working hours but I get a lot of break minutes during working days for chilling out with friends. I don’t work during weekends so that’s when I spend a good time with my own life and family away from work and patients. I never combined work issues with family times or vice versa!

What has been some of the most difficult cases to deal with?

I would say that the thing I found most difficult in dealing with a patient is when the family just thought to see a psychotherapist after the patient has tried to commit suicide. It is always hard to keep that patient alive and attached to life and away from trying the suicide again! Sometimes it can be difficult when I deal with couple counselling and only one


October 2013


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person attend the counselling sessions while the other refuses to attend the sessions because he/she doesn’t believe in counselling!

What would you say are some notable drawbacks to being a Psychiatrist?

There are a lot like in any other career. But in our career, I would say our image in the society is such that we are always labelled as doctors who deal with retarded patients only and the stereotype that psychiatrist are influenced by their patients and they are retarded as well and that’s due to the drama which biased our image. Other drawback is when you meet people outside your work and they find out that you are a psychiatrist then they have two different sorts of reactions; either they are very wary and run away from you and avoid you because they think you're analyzing them which of course you're not doing because that's work and you're not getting paid and it's tiring so you don't tend to do that in social situations or they are drawn to you like a moth to a flame and want to tell you their life story which you don't necessarily want to hear!

Why do you think that people worry about going into Psychiatry?

They worry because they think whoever goes into psychiatry is crazy! And it is a common belief that the only people who go into Psychiatry are people who are disturbed themselves. It's not true. Of course there are people with personal issues that go into Psychiatry but there are people with personal issues that go into Plastic Surgery. People are people. The other thing that people worry about is that if they go into Psychiatry and they're not crazy then they will become crazy, like it's a virus or something. That's not true either. Most people have no problems and they adjust very well.

What advice do you have for medical students interested in Psychiatry?

We want good people to come into this profession. I think it's really well suited to people who like people, find people interesting, like to help people and are empathic, which is different from being sympathetic, who really feel that they like working with people, their families and their systems and find human behaviour fascinating. I can't imagine that there is anybody who doesn't find it fascinating but apparently there are some people who aren't that interested in it. I love observing human interaction, even foolish things. If you are not interested in this field or think you will not love it then change your major before you graduate because working with people and helping them needs lots of patience and passion.

Your message for us at CityPages Magazine: Thank you so much CityPages for the great interview and thanks for your support in raising awareness in our field and many other different fields in Kuwaiti society. Keep up the good work!

October 2013



Blog Name: Live N Style Started from: 2 years Category: Life Style & Interior design blogger

Please introduce yourself and let our readers know a little bit about where you’re from and say a few words about how you got started in the online world. My name is Nebras. I am 23 years old, wife to a great husband and mother of two angels. My real job is interior designing. I started blogging by the name of CandyCake12 but after 2 years I changed it to Live N Style blog. I am interested in latest trends in interior design and decoration, fashion, makeup, photography, crafts, and food. I love to find new things in Kuwait that I am interested in, and write about them. I love to enjoy every day of my life.

In your view, why do most bloggers fail? Bloggers usually don't receive adequate encouragement. We sometimes get rejection from places where we wish to go and write about and this leads to the surrender of many of the bloggers.

What do you find most challenging about blogging? I am a very shy person. I used to go to almost all events. But my biggest challenge was to introduce myself to other people and those around me like bloggers and to organize my time between my blog and my family.

What methods do you use to make money from your blog? Some Ads. from big companies but I don't get paid for any posts that I do. But I just love blogging!

What is the biggest blogging mistake you have done? It was only and electronic error, but thankfully the graphic designer Imad al-Saadi, the owner of online-kw helped me with my blog.

What methods do you use to drive traffic to your blog? Is there a special meaning behind the Social networking media such as Instagram name of your blog? & Twitter really makes people know my blog Yes, it means living my style and show what I more. love in life. you please give few blogging tips Are you a part time blogger or a full forCan our readers to build a better blog? time blogger? I just blog when I feel I want to say something. Be yourself don’t copy any one, and start your blog with professional people to help you. How much time do you spend on your Your message for our magazine: blog daily and weekly? Maybe 2 to 3 hours daily and I take break Thank you very much for interviewing me. It was an honor. I wish you every success. during weekend.



October 2013



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The Dyson Hard is both a vacuum and a mop. On the head of the 4.7-pound vacuum, a wet pad sits between two channels, through which dust and crumbs are sucked up into a bin. The lithium-ion-powered motor runs for 15 minutes on a charge.

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The Garmin HUD is a portable heads-up display for vehicle navigation. Drivers sync a Bluetooth-enabled phone with the 4.3-inch projector, which displays information—turn arrows, distance to the next turn, time to arrival—onto a transparent film applied to the lower windshield.

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October 2013



RUNQ8 2013

JOIN US AND HELP A CHILD! It’s time to put on your running shoes to help a child! Come join us for the third RunQ8 race on November 2nd to support the Children’s Rehabilitation Initiative which aims to provide free rehabilitative care to children in need in Kuwait. The registration fees from last year’s run are already making it possible for a child suffering from injuries caused by a traffic accident to receive comprehensive rehabilitation services for one full year. With your help and that of our donors, we are making healthcare accessible to all children with a cognitive and/or physical disability. Each year, the RunQ8 10 kilometer, walk/run, organized by Fawzia Sultan Rehabilitation Institute (FSRI) together with Agility, adopts a different health issue to help raise awareness and generate support around it among the local community in Kuwait. This year the run will be raising funds and awareness for FSRI’s new not-for-profit Children’s Rehabilitation Program. Through donations and contributions, we will be able to offer the same professional services that our regular pediatric clients receive to children of families with financial difficulties. The Children’s Rehabilitation Initiative The dynamic of a childhood disability is such that it is seen along a continuum of growth, which means that children require ongoing treatment to ensure that they develop in the correct way. Due to lack of multidisciplinary rehabilitation services in Kuwait, many families must travel abroad to get the quality of care their child needs. More often than not, parents have difficulty in raising a physically challenged child, especially due to the emotional, physical and financial effects it has on both the child and the parents, let alone having to seek treatment far away from their home and the support of their family. Inevitably, the family must return home where the child receives no treatment and his/her health deteriorates. The family then has no option but to find the time and money to travel abroad again, and those who can do so are the “lucky” few. In fact, many families do not have access to proper healthcare facilities, lack insurance and have limited resources to afford ongoing care for a chronically disabled child.


It is imperative that there is a better option available to families with financial difficulties. At FSRI, we met with top pediatric professionals in the US and Canada who regularly treat children from Kuwait and have assessed what needs to be done to begin addressing the limited local pediatric healthcare services. Equate generously stepped in and provided initial funding to establish the program. When we began offering Children’s Rehabilitation services, we discovered that not only was there a demand for these services, but sadly, there were many children whose families simply could not afford the cost of continuous care for a severely or chronically challenged child. As we were approached by these families, we began to seek resources to make access to healthcare available for their children. Through the generous donations of several private donors and the proceeds of registration fees from the previous run, we were able to provide year-long comprehensive treatment to some of these children who would otherwise have no access to treatment. Through a cooperative agreement, the Children’s Rehabilitation Program will

also be offering free services for the children at Bayt Abdullah Children’s Hospice. FSRI believes that no child should be left behind just because their families cannot afford quality medical care. In order to best utilize the resources available to us, we screen applicants to select the children who are in desperate need for rehabilitative treatment and those who would benefit the most from it. We prioritize the cases we receive and create programs for each child, providing them with free rehabilitative care up to one year. Your Donations Provide Rehabilitative Care for Children and their Families The Children’s Rehabilitation Program offers comprehensive and multi-disciplinary rehabilitation, which provides parents with a service that is available to them regardless of their financial situation. FSRI fosters communication and co-operation between all practitioners caring for the child in order to work more effectively as one team towards a common goal, both within FSRI and the wider healthcare community in


Kuwait. We involve parents in their child’s rehabilitation sessions to ensure that they better understand their child’s condition and how to best promote his/her wellbeing during daily interactions at home. We also provide parents with the support they need to build more trust in the rehabilitative services and facilities in Kuwait. This consequently eliminates the necessity to seek rehabilitation abroad, giving children the opportunity to engage with their family and peers, and to build the foundations for a brighter future. FSRI consists of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals who come with years of experience in the fields of pediatric rehabilitation, occupational therapy, speech therapy, psychology and physiotherapy, in addition to our international partners such as Glenrose Rehabilitation Center in Canada. Each family has different needs that require medical care, and our rehabilitative programs strive to meet those needs in the most professional, effective and compassionate manner. RUN Q8 2013 Please spread the word and tell your friends, family and colleagues to participate in our third RunQ8 race this year. This is not just an opportunity to have fun and get in shape but also to help your community and the children in need receive better rehabilitative care. Every step you take during the run is a step taken towards helping a child live with less pain, more mobility and a brighter future! So please join us on November 2nd at the Marina Crescent on Gulf Road. For more details about the run, please visit our or email us at, or simply visit our RunQ8 Facebook page. The RunQ8 Organizers FSRI is a non-profit rehabilitation institute established on the pillars of service through clinical care, education, training and research, with the greatest focus being on improving the standards of health care in Kuwait and supporting preventative and rehabilitative health care initiatives targeting the local population. FSRI is committed to offering the finest-quality orthopedic, cardio-pulmonary, neurological and pediatric rehabilitative care in the Gulf. Agility is one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics to businesses and governments. A strong believer in giving back, the company takes its global responsibility seriously. Its main areas of focus are youth and education, disaster response and the environment. Through a corporate grant program, the company enables employees to take the lead on implementing social projects that are meaningful to their local communities.

October 2013



‫تطبيقات‬ ‫الهواتف‬ ‫الذكية‬

‫تطبيقات الهواتف الذكية هي برامج تعمل على الهواتف الذكية باالعتماد على عدد‬ ‫من املزايا التي تقدمها هذه الهواتف بحيث تقدم خدمات عديدة ملستخدميها ‪ ،‬ومن‬ ‫أنواع انظمة تشغيل الهواتف الذكية هي ‪:‬‬ ‫‪ " 1‬أندرويد "‪ Google Android‬هو نظام متلكه شركة جوجل‪ ،‬ومن مميزاته بأنه مفتوح‬‫ألي شركة تطلب تصريحه‪ ،‬فهو يتواجد في شركات كثيرة مثل ‪ :‬اتش تي سي‪،‬‬ ‫سامسوجن‪ ،‬موتوروال‪ ،‬سوني اريكسون‪ ،‬ال جي‪ ،‬ايسر‪ ،‬وغيرهم ‪ .‬انتشر نظام "أندرويد‬ ‫" بشكل سريع وحقق جناحا ً كبيرا ً في فترة قصيرة بسبب دعم شركة " جوجل "‬ ‫باإلضافة ألن النظام مجاني حيث أن الشركات املصنعة حتصل على النظام بشكل‬ ‫مجاني‪ ،‬جعل النظام منتشر في عدد من األجهزة القوية واحلديثة وميكنك الدخول‬ ‫اليه عبر برنامج ال "‪ " Play Store‬من املوبايل وحتميل أي تطبيق تريده‪.‬‬ ‫‪" 2‬آيفون "‪ App store‬هو نظام متلكه شركة أبل وأصدرته في عام ‪ 2007‬ومن مميزاته‬‫بأنه كان سهل االستخدام مقارنة بغيره آنذاك والقى قبوال ً كبيرا ً ملستخدميه ‪ ،‬لكنه‬ ‫يعمل فقط على أجهزة " أبل " مثل ‪ :‬األيفون ‪ ،‬األيباد واأليبود ‪ .‬وميكنك الدخول اليه‬ ‫عبر برنامج ال "‪ " App Store‬من املوبايل لتحميل التطبيقات‪.‬‬ ‫‪" 3‬ويندوز موبايل ‪ " Microsoft windows mobile‬نظام أصدرته شركة مايكروسوفت‬‫ويعتبر أقدم نظام تشغيلي للموبايل وكان هو الوحيد املسيطر على السوق ‪ ،‬لكنه بدأ‬

‫‪Faisal Ben Dhofari‬‬

‫‪General manager / Owner‬‬ ‫‪Click integrated Media Solutions‬‬

‫‪Faisal is a Social Media and‬‬ ‫‪Online Marketing expert. He‬‬ ‫‪established his company a few‬‬ ‫‪years ago and has successfully‬‬ ‫‪implemented several highly‬‬ ‫‪successful online campaigns‬‬ ‫‪for a wide range of clients,‬‬ ‫‪ranging from private business to‬‬ ‫‪government agencies and some‬‬ ‫‪non-profit organizations.‬‬

‫يتراجع في عام ‪ ، 2011‬ومن مميزاته انه ميكن املستخدمني من االستفادة من خدمات‬ ‫مايكروسوفت مثل املاسنجر واألوفيس‪.‬‬ ‫كل هاتف ذكي يعمل على النظام اخلاص به وميكن من خالله حتميل أي تطبيق تريده‬ ‫‪ ،‬ومن التطبيقات التي شدت انتباهي هو " ‪ "Google Map‬فهو يدعم ميزة مشاهدة‬ ‫خرائط العالم والطرق ‪ ،‬ببساطة ميكنك تكبير الصورة على الدولة ثم املنطقة‬ ‫والشارع التي تريد معرفته ‪ ،‬وأقوى ميزة شجعت الكثير من الناس على حتميله أال‬ ‫وهو تنبيه املستخدم على حالة املرور واملواصالت في كل شارع ‪ .‬وهناك تطبيق آخر‬ ‫مفيد للمدخنني لالقالع عنه وهو " ‪ " Get rich or die smoking‬فهو يساعد املدخنني‬ ‫لالقالع عن التدخني تدريجيا ً ويوضح للمدخن ما ميكنه شراءه باألموال التي وفرها بعد‬ ‫االقالع عن التدخني ‪ .‬باالضافة الى أشهر تطبيق للعثور على موبايلك بعد فقدانه‬ ‫وتتبع أثره وهو " ‪ " NQ mobile easy finder‬فهو مخصص لتعقب االجهزة املفقودة‬ ‫الى جانب تصوير السارق وامكانية عمل نسخه احتياطية لبياناتك والتحكم مبسح‬ ‫بياناتك في حال محاولة السارق فك قفل الهاتف ‪ ،‬برنامج مفيد مبعنى الكلمة‪.‬‬ ‫يوجد تطبيقات أخرى ال عدد لها ويجعلك تتعرف على العالم من حولك وتعلم‬ ‫الكثير وصقل موهبتك ومتابعة أعمالك في جهاز واحد ‪.‬‬ ‫‪‬‬



October 2013



Anan Shakhshir 62

Who is Anan Shakhshir? I am the Business Development Manager of the Student Center and Posta Print. I joined the mother company Posta Plus in 2009. I graduatde from Jordan (Applied Science University). I find myself in appropriate & suitable professional position and intend to gain the most and give the best of gained.

strategically located branches all over Kuwait, serving the community sectors since 1992. On the other hand, Posta Print is the corporate arm for the Student Center with exclusive services to fulfill the corporate needs and demand with it owns sales, production and operation teams.

What is Student Center? and what’s the difference between Posta print and Student Center? The Student Center is a digital printing solutions company with 11

What is the secret of the Student Center's success for the past 21 years? The most important factor for the success of the Student Center is the extensive support from the top management to the staff. This enables


the team to be more engaged and motivated which in turn creates highly dedicated loyal employees. Moreover, other factors that contribute to its success are the high quality of services and creativity. How do you assure that the quality of service is maintained? In the Student Center we believe in continuous professional development and ongoing employee training. In the training, the objective is to enhance the employee’s capabilities and improve the Branch Manager’s skills to have up to date knowledge. Apart from investing in the human capital we ensure that all the machines and equipment are well maintained, having the latest technology for digital printing. In your opinion what is the most challenging task in the Student Center? Student Center is second to none in its field and preferred as top choice by people. It becomes essential to continuously strive for the adaptability in meeting customer’s expectations. This can be achieved by better service quality and customized services. What is the advantage of combination between Student Center and Posta plus? In these days customers are looking for integrated solutions or services and from here came the concept of doing it all in one place starting from scratch till you have the document to send all over the world. The Student Center outlets are considered as branches of Posta Plus to give the accessibility to all of our valued customers to all of Posta Plus Services. What are the future plans for the

Student Center? The top most priority is the sustainability and expansion in the current market followed by regional expansion.

What do you do in your free time? I enjoy spending time with my son (Sultan) and family, apart from it I enjoy reading books and watching documentaries which really change my mood and help me gain more knowledge in different sectors of life and profession. October 2013







MAKEUP FOR AUTUMN The mobile eyelid is emphasized with light beige, gold shadow, yellow or light orange depending upon the iris color or upon a tone destined to throw the iris into relief. We blend the external angle of the eyes with dark brownish colors, purplish red or dark orange. The black is used to hollow the orbit; we stump it toward the exterior.

It’s known that autumn colors are characterized by warm colors. That is why we chose for you Madame, range of earthy colors for this year which characterized by the golden and bronze harmony. This group of colors is in line with the nature of our skin and carnation. Most oriental females and especially Kuwaiti women are owners of brownish (brunette) skin. We specialize in the natural and specific make up. All the correction and highlight should be done to obtain an ideal shape of the face (oval). All products are used to precise and to assert the look and increase the contrast with the white of eyes and to put in the value the iris color. Our Foundation from makeup studio can be used as sun block cream. It contains SPF15 (sun protection) water based, very smooth. The loose powder is silky, helps to modify and fix the foundation. Emphasise the cheek bones with dark shadow to accentuate it. We can mix if necessary two colors of foundation. For exaple; dark with normal beige. Apply it with wet sponge or special brush. Eyes makeup: The ideal form is called almond shape eyes. They are naturally elongated without any deformation. They simply should be emphasized.


The cheeks are defined by orange and bronze compact powder, matte and shiny. The eyebrows are accentuated with brown or special compact powder. We define the shade by using light beige pencil or zoom out. For the lips we cover it first with light creamy foundation. For Tanning make up we use as lipstick beige orange, coral, red, brown or light bronze. Top coat we can use from makeup studio - a glossy color, natural to moisturize and keeps the lipstick for much longer time.


October 2013



Six Senses Spa at Hotel Missoni Kuwait

Situated on the second floor of the five-start designer hotel – Missoni Kuwait, the Six Senses Spa is a true oasis for the hotel guests, local residents and city dwellers.



Design & facilities Its design is true to Six Senses’ signature style of natural fabrics and materials. Contemporary to the core but with a nod to Arabic art it provides a luxurious, relaxing environment and blends seamlessly with the hotel's sumptuous public spaces where rich golds, mosaics and subtle textures are punctuated with unmistakable Missoni stripes, zig-zags and bold colours. The spa features 13 treatment rooms including two Hammams, separate areas for men and ladies, and a celebration room including salon, pedicure and manicure areas. It also houses a fitness centre with a mixed and ladies-only gym, yoga studio, experience shower, sauna, steam rooms and luxurious relaxation areas. Six Senses Spas - Philosophy Six Senses Spas help people reconnect with themselves, others and the world around them. For it is only when we reconnect with ourselves that our connections with others become truly meaningful. “We are committed to delivering integrated wellness experiences, and providing guidance and inspiration to allow guests to gain a new perspective and make positive lifestyle changes. These experiences are delivered in some of the most beautiful locations, inspired by our Asian heritage but influenced by the local environment and culture. Our local sensibility is evident in the products we choose, the treatments we design and the sustainable practices we implement. This approach enables us to maintain a closer connection with nature and the surrounding world”, says Anchen Els, Spa Manager of Six Senses Spa at Hotel Missoni Kuwait. The Six Senses Spa philosophy is creatively represented in the spa menu - Six Senses signature treatments, spa journeys and traditional Asian therapies are complemented with locally inspired treatments using organic ingredients such as dates, olives and Arabic spices. There are also specialist programmes for guests wishing to achieve specific wellness goals. Activities such as Pilates, TRX, aqua gym and meditation are available privately, as well as in group sessions, and health retreats may be booked, combining spa treatments with personal training and wellness activities. Spa Memberships Guests wishing to set off on a path to a healthier lifestyle can opt in for a spa membership. One month, threemonths and annual membership programmes are available and assist with attaining specific wellness goals, be they getting back to shape, toning, detox or stress relief. Spa members can benefit from fitness consultations and personal fitness sessions to improve body shape or tone muscles. There is a plethora of group wellness classes on offer, including Pilates, boot camp, TRX and aqua gym which will improve their physical shape and endurance and help to clear mind and regain focus and clarity. In addition, they can join wellness workshops lead by health professionals and learn about a variety of health and wellness issues with like-minded people. There are also special offers on spa treatments such October 2013



as Six Senses Signature treatments which deliver a truly individual spa journey. Whether soothing or rejuvenating, each treatment is delivered with the guests’ specific needs in mind. Furthermore, there are discounts on personalised wellness programmes, Visiting Practitioners, spa retail and restaurants at Hotel Missoni.

New treatments Adding new spa experiences is fundamental to retaining the Six Senses Spa’s reputation for innovation and the launch of Intraceuticals treatments does just that. Used by famous Hollywood celebrities, these treatments deliver instant results and are ideal for those wishing to target the appearance of fine lines, improve hydration and achieve smooth glowing skin and even tone.

Guests can now enjoy the following Intraceuticals treatments: Rejuvenating treatment This skin quenching treatment provides the ultimate in intense hydration. Perfect for all skin types, the Rejuvenate Serum contains vitamins and antioxidants that dramatically lift, tone and hydrate the skin. Results are not only instant but continue to improve in the following days. 50mins / 115KD Course of 6 treatments / 690KD Opulence treatment Reveal a more radiant you! The Opulence Treatment combines botanical brighteners and super concentrated Vitamin C to brighten and balance dull and uneven skin tone. Pigmentation is minimized leaving your skin luminous toned and more radiant. Results are not only instant but continue to improve in the following days. 50mins / 115 KD Course of 6 treatments / 690 KD Rejuvenate anti-ageing treatment Get the best of both worlds! For even more remarkable results, allow the powers of the Rejuvenate and Atoxelene Treatment to combine and instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while tightening and firming for more defined facial contour. 80mins / 150 KD Opulence treatment Combine Botanical brighteners and the Atoxelene Treatment to instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and in the same time brighten and balance dull uneven skin tone. 80mins / 150 KD A touch of Ayurveda Aromatherapy There are also some wonderful facial and body treatments from Subtle Energies. Their Ayurveda Aromatherapy science successfully bridges the gap between these two healing sciences and delivers holistic treatments which balance, nurture and rejuvenate the body and mind. Each treatment incorporates diverse techniques harnessing traditional Ayurveda methods and western massage techniques, including remedial and lymphatic drainage with an emphasis on the Marmas (energetic centres). Ayurveda Aromatherapy treatments use some of the purest essential oils, which are prepared in a unique and different way to the standard Ayurveda herbal oils and the western aromatherapy blends.



October 2013





Sarah M. Al-Hajji Culinary School Graduate

Passionate about healthy cuisine and creating delicious pastries.

Carb Alternatives With cold weather nearing, many of us crave comfort food that is warm and high in carbs. However, sometimes we consume more carbs than our body needs. When we do, we tend to put on some fat, something not many people desire. Therefore, by replacing some of the carbs you eat with carb alternatives you may be able to prevent fat buildup. Carb alternatives are low carb alternatives to the standard carb that satisfies your craving for high carb foods. Rice alternative: Cauliflower: •Wash the cauliflower. •Cut the florets and place into a food processor. •Pulse the florets until they become the size of rice. •Place in a pan with a drizzle of olive oil, and heat it through until translucent.

•Let the squash cool down.

- ¼ of a pumpkin, peeled

•Slice the squash in half lengthwise.

- 1 medium onion

•Using a fork, scrap the flesh of the squash to reveal its spaghetti-like strands.

- ½ a can of corn, drained

•Serve with the sauce of your choosing.


Zucchini: •Wash then remove the top of the zucchini. •Slice the zucchini into long strands lengthwise (about 2 mm thick). •Sautee in a pan with olive oil until tender. •Serve with the sauce of your choosing.

•Wash and peel the potato. •Use the peeler to peel off long thin strands of sweet potato.


Leeks: •Slice the leeks into quarters lengthwise. •Wash the leeks very well. •Toss in olive oil and some seasoning. •Sautee until tender and translucent •Serve with the sauce of your choosing.

Bread alternative: Chickpea and veggie patties: Ingredients:

- 1 can of chickpeas - 1 garlic clove - 3 tablespoons of olive oil

•Sautee the strands in olive oil or boil them for just a few minutes until tender.

- 2 eggs

•Dress with your sauce of choice.

- salt and pepper

Spaghetti Squash:

- 1 large carrot, peeled

•Roast the squash in an oven preheated to 180 degrees celcius until it feels tender to touch.

- 1 zucchini

•In a food processor, process 1 can of chickpeas, 1 garlic clove, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 eggs, a small handfull of parsley, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Process this until the mixture is well blended, but still textured. •Using a grater, grate 1 large carrot, 1 zucchini, and ¼ of a pumpkin. •Finely slice 1 medium sized onion.

•Serve with the sauce of your choosing.

Pasta alternatives: Sweet Potato:

- extra olive oil for frying

- handful of parsley

•Mix the chickpea mixture with the grated veggies, sliced onion, and the corn. •If the mixture is very loose, add a little bit of flour to help in forming it into a patty. •Heat a pan with olive oil, and fry the patties. •Season with salt after frying. •Serve with a patty of meat, or anything savory like cheese or chicken.

Ask The Chefs How can I make homemade Qemar or Clotted cream? It is very easy to make your own qeymar/ clotted cream at home. Simply pour heavy cream into a deep dish and leave it in an 80 degree celcius oven overnight, or until you are left with a thick layer of cream. Serve this thick layer with bread and honey, or better yet, scones.


Photograph by: Yusif Al-Hajji

Plate of the month

Olive Oil Date Cake After all this talk about healthy foods, we deserve something indulgent and sweet for a change. This cake is sweetened with honey and dates. It also uses chestnut flour, or ground almonds instead of plain flour to make it gluten free.



• ¼ cup olive oil

• Mix the wet ingredients (olive oil, honey, vanilla and milk) together.

• 1/2 cup honey

• Mix in the dry ingredients ( baking powder and flour) into the wet.

• 2 ripe bananas

• Fold in the bananas and dates.

• 15 dates-pitted

• Pour into a loaf tin lined with parchment paper or greased with olive oil.

• 1 teaspoon baking powder

• Bake at 175 Degrees Celsius for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

• 2 teaspoons vanilla • 1 ½ cup chestnut or ground almonds • ¼ cup milk • 1 egg

October 2013



Putting her passions to the test She is 24 years old, graduate of Suffolk University with a BSBA in business management, moved to NY to develop and concentrate her skills in the hospitality and culinary field. With a certificate in restaurant management as well as full culinary degree with graduation on the dean’s list from the International Culinary Center NY, and work experience at Blanca - a Michelin star tasting kitchen lead by Chef Carlo Mirarchi under her belt, couldn’t satisfy her needs to develop her skills on the restaurant floor. So she decided to join as a Front of house maÎtre de at Charlie Bird - a recently opened "urban Italian" kitchen owned and lead by Chef Ryan Hardy and is currently studying an intensive restaurant operations course at NYU. Alia wants to expose herself to every aspect of the restaurant and to do it in a city most known for its "chew you up and spit you out" attitude. She wants to challenge herself in a city like this in a hope that in the future it helps prepare her to take on any challenge in the Middle East. She wants to test her own abilities and the passion she has for food and restaurant as she tells CityPages.



October 2013



Please briefly introduce yourself to our readers: Well, I am 24, a business school graduate and a recent graduate of culinary school. My passion for food is my oldest memory. I’ve loved the hospitality and food industry for as long as I can remember, so everything in my life outside of work and studies is connected to that somehow – from attending food fairs to reading about chefs to sampling as many restaurants and cuisines as possible. Essentially, the aim is to challenge myself in as many ways as possible – so far so good! Tell us about your education? In December 2012, I graduated with my BSBA from Suffolk University and then moved to New York to concentrate more deeply on the kitchen side and different elements of the food and hospitality industry. I found that the International Culinary Center offered me the best opportunity to gain that knowledge. I applied to their intensive culinary program as well as their restaurant management certification course. What or who inspired you to get into hospitality and culinary field? My father has been a wonderful inspiration. He has been the greatest support of everything I have wanted to accomplish, and from a business perspective, he never stops reminding me that I am capable of anything I put my mind to and must never give up when things get difficult. The outcome is always the most rewarding when you know you worked your absolute hardest. What further training or experience did you take in the culinary field? After finishing my culinary program and restaurant management course, I dived right into work experience. I got in touch with a wonderful Chef who I admire greatly and asked for an opportunity to work with him. I joined him and his team at Blanca, a Michelin star tasting kitchen in Brooklyn. It was the most enlightening experience. I worked 12 hours a day and left exhausted but it was addicting. I loved every minute and it felt great realizing just how much doing what you love really matters. WOW, I heard that you graduated on the dean's list from the International Culinary Center NY? How was the experience and feeling? Yes, it was a great feeling getting that kind of recognition. The competitiveness in culinary schools is quite intense so it was great to know that I did so well considering how many insanely talented people you see working right next to you. It can be very intimidating but it is also such a humbling experience. What are you currently doing? Currently I am spending my last few months in New York gaining some experience on the dining room floor. I realized that even if I know the kitchen well, from a business standpoint I would love to understand the many other aspects of a restaurant and I realized that working Front of House was a great perspective to have. I am now working at Charlie Bird, a quite new urban Italian restaurant run and owned by Chef Ryan Hardy. It’s a great place to learn as it is extremely high volume and busy every day of the week so it’s a non-stop learning adventure.


When do you think will be the right time for you to have gained all the knowledge and experience and move back to Kuwait? After finishing up here in NYC, I would like to get general experience in the Middle East before diving into my own operation. I’m currently exploring options in Dubai, as there are some world renowned, reputable restaurant groups with a presence there. With food, there is so much to learn that I am in no rush just yet. I would really like to be confident in whatever I plan for the future so I hope to take my time to work hard and perfect whatever is to come. What is your favorite part of the restaurant? Kitchen or the floor? That’s a tough one! Problem is that they both have such great factors! I love cooking and being a part of the kitchen more than anything because of the high intensity and pressure you are under. It’s a thrill! and knowing people are enjoying your food is so rewarding and such a great feeling. As for the floor, interacting with guests, touching on the importance and relevance of hospitality is also a great feeling. You never really know what’s going to happen, everyday is different and there is always a rush of excitement when you first open the doors to start service. I love it all! Which cuisines do you like yourself the most? It’s funny, I am always raving about how delicious Khaleeji food is. I can never abandon my love for machboos! It’s the love of my life! haha! Aside from that, I really appreciate great New-England style seafood, Italian, specifically Emilia-Romagna and Tuscan styles of cooking, Spanish tapas, Vietnamese and I have recently found a deep infatuation for Japanese ramen noodles. Delicious! I suppose I cannot give you a simple answer to that one! There’s just too much good food to enjoy!


What are some of the challenges that you are currently facing living away from your parents? Of course I miss food from home as you can imagine! Most of all, I miss just the comfort of being around family and knowing that at the end of everyday you are surrounded by love. Living away just makes you realize how blessed and lucky you are. When you are away, you recognize how people struggle and you can feel the difficulties people go through. It humbles you and reminds you that no matter how challenging things may feel, there are much bigger struggles and we should be thankful. What are your future plans? What will you do when you come back to Kuwait? As I mentioned earlier, I hope to go to Dubai next to gain a better perspective of the Middle East market. Since there are already such established brands there, it’s a good place to take a glance at the market and continue to challenge myself in a busy city with lots of very experienced chefs and recognized restaurants.

What are some of your other hobbies? I love horse riding. It’s something that has been a part of my family forever and I don’t think I could live without it. I can’t wait till I get to settle back home and finally get back into my routine with the horses. I miss it so much! I am also quite an adrenaline junkie so anything to do with water sports, sky diving or anything in that area always appeals to me! What message you have for the youth of Kuwait who are about to making their career choices? Never be afraid to really find out if you love something. Challenge yourself. If something is truly your passion, venture out and discover if it is truly what you want to be doing. Put your passions to the test! Your message for our magazine: Thank you for inspiring Kuwaitis to share their voice and support one another! It’s a beautiful thing to encourage those freedoms! Sending all my love and blessings from New York. October 2013



Sanaa Abdul Hamid Clinical Dietetics and Nutrition, Msc Blogger: Instagram: Sanaa_dietitian

Diary of a


Hello loyal Readers, I would first like to introduce myself since this is my very first contribution to CityPages. My name is Sanaa, and I am an Australian Accredited Clinical dietitian working for a private hospital. In my spare time you will find me in my Kitchen modifying recipes or writing up new healthy recipes which I share on my blog. My passion in life can be described by two F's (Food & Fitness). Being a dietitian, people have this misconception that we love counting calories. But that is definitely not the case. Earlier this year, I came across this quote ' I Count Nutrition, Not Calories' and this pretty much summed up how I feel I practice my field. We want to motivate you to change your lifestyle, not give you a one on one crash course on how to count calories. Having said that, I also believe that one can’t change their life around overnight. This is why if you have ever consulted a dietitian, you always have a few follow-up sessions. Each session might focus on making small changes or retuning your motivation levels etc. The truth is if you want to change your current lifestyle you need to be realistic. You have to make small changes that are not too drastic and can be sustained over a long period of time. One of the major reasons why FAD dieters might lose weight but won’t be able to keep it off for too long is due to the drastic changes they attempt all at once. They will stick to it for X amount of days and then Boom…. Back to square one. Most of the weight lost during that dieting period is all gained back and sometimes even more than what you they lost in the first place. Lifestyle change is a combination of changing your mind and habits slowly and once that is achieved and monitored, I pretty much assure you there will be no relapse.

10 Nutrition related Swaps 1.Swap White Bread for Whole-grain Bread 2.Swap Butter for a thin spread of Avocado 3.Swap a packet of Potato Chips for air popped pop corn 4. Swap Fizzy drinks for Water 5. Swap Fruit Juice for a piece of fruit 6. Swap Fried Eggs for Poached or Boiled eggs 7.Swap Full-fat dairy products for Low-fat dairy products 8.Swap a Large full cream milk Coffee for a Small Skim Milk coffee 9.Swap a Large meal portion for a smaller portion (usually using a small plate in place of a large one does the trick without making you feel there is nothing on your plate) 10.Swap frying for healthier cooking methods (e.g. Grilling, Baking, Stir-frying)

So one of my favorite methods to get people to make changes in their life is by not Quitting their current routine but basically just swapping it. I call it 'Don't Quit it, Swap It'. For example, Kuwait's lifestyle is all about meeting your friends and family out for lunch/dinner. Now instead of quitting that, start thinking like a swapper. When you are trying to pick something from the menu look out for food that either grilled or baked instead of deep fried. Instead of ordering a dessert each, why not share it with your friend. Here are a few tips of how you can become a SWAPPER:

5 Lifestyle related Swaps 1. Instead of trying to find the closest parking to the mall entrance, park your car further away 2. Instead of taking the escalators/lift at work/mall, take the stairs 3. Instead of watching your favorite sport on the sports channel, get outdoor and play that sport 4. Instead of sitting while talking on the phone, walk around the house 5. Instead of catching up with a friend over coffee, ask them to meet you at the beach. Catch up while walking



October 2013



October Movie Releases CARRIE




Director: Alfonso Guillermo del Toro Director: Cuaron

Director: Carlo Gore Carlei Verbinski Director:

Director:Bill James Wan Director: Condon

Director: Brad Robert Schwentke Director: Furman

Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Basher Savage

Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Holly Hunter, Ed Westwick, Kodi SmitMcPhee, Douglas Booth, Paul Wesley

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Dan Stevens, Alicia Vikander, Daniel Brühl, Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie

Starring: Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck, Gemma Arterton, Ben Schwartz, Anthony Mackie, Oliver Cooper

Genres: Horror, Adaptation

Genres: Suspense, Drama, Thriller

Genres: Teen, Drama, Romance

Synopsis: 17 years ago Carrie White's

Synopsis: Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone--tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth...and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

Synopsis: Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare’s epic and searing tale of love, is revitalized on screen by writer Julian Fellowes and director Carlos Carlei . An ageless story from the world’s most renowned author is reimagined for the 21st Century. This adaptation is told in the lush traditional setting it was written, but gives a new generation the chance to fall in love with the enduring legend. With an all-star cast including Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Paul Giamatti and Stellan Skarsgard, it affords those unfamiliar with the tale the chance to put faces to the two names they’ve undoubtedly heard innumerable times: Romeo and Juliet. Every generation deserves to discover this lasting love.

Genres: Sports, Adventure Synopsis: A look at the relationship




Director: Paul Seth Greengrass Rogen, Evan Goldberg Director:

Director: Jeff SethTremainen Rogen, Evan Goldberg Director:

Director: Ridley Seth Rogen, Director: Scott Evan Goldberg

Director:Robert Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg Director: Rodriguez

Director: Mikael Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg Director: Hafstrom

Starring: Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini, Chris Mulkey, Yul Vazquez, Corey Johnson

Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O

Starring: Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, John Leguizamo, Cameron Diaz

Starring: Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Mel Gibson, Jessica Alba, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jim Caviezel, Sam Neill, Vinnie Jones

Genres: True Story Genres: Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure

Genres: Sequel Genres: Comedy, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure Synopsis: 86 year-old Irving Zisman is

Genres: ThrillerAdventure Genres: Drama, Sci-Fi, Action,

Genres: Genres: Action Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure

Genres: Sci-Fi, Thriller,Action, Drama, Action Genres: Adventure

Synopsis: The second film in the Machete

Synopsis: One of the world's foremost

Trilogy finds Machete recruited by the US

authorities on structural security agrees to take on one last job: breaking out of an ultrasecret, high-tech facility.

Director: Kimberly Peirce Starring: Chloe Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday

mother, Margaret White, gave birth to her daughter under circumstances which can only be termed bizarre. A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

Synopsis: Follows the true story of Captain Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.



on a journey across America with the most unlikely companions, his 8 year-old Grandson Billy in Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. This October, the signature Jackass character Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) and Billy (Jackson Nicoll) will take movie audiences along for the most insane hidden camera road trip ever captured on camera. Along the way Irving will introduce the young and impressionable Billy to people, places and situations that give new meaning to the term childrearing. The duo will encounter male strippers, disgruntled child beauty pageant contestants (and their equally disgruntled mothers), funeral home mourners, biker bar patrons and a whole lot of unsuspecting citizens.

Synopsis: Set in the Southwest, a respected lawyer thinks he can dip a toe

between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his early supporter and eventual colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and how the website's growth and influence led to an irreparable rift between the two friends. Following Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Brühl), an early supporter and eventual colleague of Julian Assange (Cumberbatch), The Fifth Estate traces the heady, early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks. The website’s overnight success brought instant fame to its principal architects and transformed the flow of information to news media and the world at large.


Government for a mission which would be

into the drug business without getting sucked

impossible for any mortal man. Machete must

down. It is a bad decision and he tries his

battle his way through Mexico to take down

best to survive it and get out of a desperate

a madman cartel leader and an eccentric


billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war across the planet with a weapon in space. Machete takes on an army in an effort to dismantle a plan for global anarchy.

Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller Synopsis: Princeton grad student Richie (Justin Timberlake), believing he’s been swindled, travels to Costa Rica to confront online gambling tycoon Ivan Block (Ben Affleck). Richie is seduced by Block’s promise of immense wealth, until he learns the disturbing truth about his benefactor. When the FBI tries to coerce Richie to help bring down Block, Richie faces his biggest gamble ever: attempting to outmaneuver the two forces closing in on him.


Ray Breslin (Stallone), the world's foremost authority on structural security, agrees to take on one last job: breaking out of an ultrasecret, high-tech facility called "The Tomb.” But when he is wrongly imprisoned, he must recruit fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) to help devise a daring, nearly impossible plan to escape from the most protected and fortified prison ever built.


Ahmad Al-Raqum

The Emmys 2013

Ahmad is a 28 year old Kuwaiti working in marketing field. He is in love with movies, traveling and football. Follow AlRgum on Instagram and Twitter: @ALRAGUM

If you missed the Emmys 2013 here are the winners List:

(The Host: Neil Patrick Harris)

Best Drama: Breaking Bad Best Comedy: Modern Family Best Miniseries or Movie: Behind the Candelabra Best Reality-Competition Program: The Voice Best Variety Series: The Colbert Report Best Reality Program: Undercover Boss Best Animated Program: South Park Lead Actress, Drama: Claire Danes, Homeland Lead Actor, Drama: Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom Supporting Actor, Drama: Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire Supporting Actress, Drama: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad Lead Actor, Comedy: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory Lead Actress, Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep Supporting Actor, Comedy: Tony Hale, Veep Supporting Actress, Comedy: Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie Guest Actress, Comedy: Melissa Leo, Louie Guest Actor, Comedy: Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory Guest Actress, Drama: Carrie Preston, The Good Wife Guest Actor, Drama: Dan Bucatinsky, Scandal Directing, Comedy: Gail Mancuso, Modern Family Directing, Drama: David Fincher, House of Cards Directing, Variety Series: Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live Director, Miniseries or Movie: Steven Soderbergh, Behind the Candelabra Choreography: Derek Hough, Dancing With the Stars Lead Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter Lead Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum Voice-Over Performance: Lily Tomlin, An Apology to Elephants Host for Reality or Reality-Competition Program: Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway Writing, Comedy: Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield, 30 Rock Writing, Drama: Henry Bromell, Homeland Writing, Variety Series: The Colbert Report Writing, Miniseries or Movie: Abi Morgan, The Hour October 2013



Abdulaziz Al-Khamis

Abdulaziz is a Kuwaiti Film Maker, Visual Artist and a Script Writer. He graduated from the UK, with a passion to mix art and visuals.

The history of

comedy films The history of comedy films is as varied as the technology that has allowed us to watch movies. Ever since movies gained popularity in the early 1900s, filmmakers realized we love to laugh just as much as we love on-screen drama. Early comedy films were silent and relied upon the actors' talents with timing and physical theater to get a rise out of the viewers. As movie technology evolved, so did the comedy. Genres of Comedy Films Comedy has grown into a lush genre of many types of films. Below are the most common sub-genres of the comedy. social class.

In addition to the above sub-genres, comedy is often merged with other types of film to produce sci-fi comedies, action comedies, and the like.

murder or war.

Early History of Comedy Films

a strange environment, such as gender-swapping roles or a rural chap in the big city (Crocodile Dundee).

Comedy films first appeared during the early 1900s when movies were gaining ground in the public eye. In

Comedy of manners: A satire on the lifestyles of the Dark comedy: Based on taboo subjects such as Fish out of water: The main character finds himself in


Gross-out films: Another popular style of comedy film in recent years, these movies focus on toilet humor and are often aimed at younger audiences. Parodies and spoofs: One of the most common types of comedies, these films satirize other genres or classic films with sarcasm and mockery. Romantic comedy: A comedy centered around a developing relationship. Screwball comedy: Most popular in the early days of films, screwball comedies are the most difficult subgenre to define. They usually involve wacky, almost unbelievable situations and include lots of physical humor.

fact, the very first film to be copyrighted in the United States, the five-second-long Fred Ott's Sneeze, is often described as a comedy. Because of limited technology, early films were silent and thus focused on visual humor, especially the slapstick style made popular by Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton. With the rise of sound in movies, comedy films could take their humor in new directions. Scriptwriters could incorporate jokes and craft complex situations that brought comedy to a whole new level. The Marx brothers were one of the first revolutionaries in the talking comedy film world, and their brand of fasttalking humor is still unique today. One of the first new styles that emerged with talkie films was the screwball comedy, illustrated brilliantly by the Three Stooges. Screwball comedies were short and featured over-the-top physical humor more common in cartoons of the day. Modern examples of screwball comedies include Roman Atkinson's Bean.



Royals Lorde





Wrecking Ball



Hold On We're Going Home


Wake Me Up!


The Fox


Blurred Lines


Summertime Sadness


Dark Horse


Katy Perry Miley Cyrus Drake Avicii


Robin Thicke

Lana Del Rey Katy Perry



Clarity Gorilla

Bruno Mars


Sage The Gemini

That's My Kind Of Night


Chris Brown & Nicki Minaj



Macklemore, Ryan Lewis & Ray Dalton


Crooked Smile


I Want Crazy


Love Somebody


Boys 'Round Here


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Maejor Ali, Juicy J & Justin Bieber Luke Bryan

Imagine Dragons J. Cole & TLC Maroon 5


Bruno Mars

Let Her Go


Redneck Crazy

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Cups (Pitch Perfect's When I'm Gone)

Safe And Sound


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Give It 2 U


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We Can't Stop


All Me


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Love More

Can't Hold Us

Hunter Hayes Blake Shelton OneRepublic

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Ariana Grande & Mac Miller

Tyler Farr

Anna Kendrick

Radioactive Baby I

Night Train Jason Aldean

Miley Cyrus Drake

Daft Punk

October 2013



Fame in the Adriatic “Does not communicate his designs to anyone.” Chapter Eight Luciano tugs his chemise from my hand. In my confusion, I drop my bonnet on the ground. He bends to retrieve it, dusting the chapeau with his palms then gently puts it on my head. “I…” Luciano maintains his gaze as he slips into his chemise and ties the drawstring at the neck. He digs into his right pocket and pulls out the silver pendant. He stands so close to me that I can see the engraving now. It is a scallop shell that is surrounded by an elliptic of tiny green and purple gems. He positions it in the middle of his throat between his collarbones then hooks the silver chain behind his neck. “Maria?” he says playfully. “I don’t know, alright? I have no idea what the preacher was talking about. And what… what do you mean by ‘the one.’ You have to propose to me, you know? I’m not… what I did with Giuseppe isn’t… look I am not what you think!” “What I think?” He mocks. “I’m not liberal.” I say the word as though my tongue is dipped in acid and he smiles a condescending smile, a smile that is accompanied by writings on the margins. I want to curse him so badly, to call him a mule as I do with Giuseppe, only if I did I’d contradict myself. Only liberal women beshrew men in public, and calling him a mule would not satiate my craving, he’s more than a mule, more, more than, more…more than… Damn it! “Maria,” he says, his smile slides to one side, exposing the deadliest dimple. “Let’s get one thing clear. You will never apprehend my designs. My brain—how shall I say this without offending you—far supersedes yours,” he looks me dead in the eyes when he concludes his sentence, and whereas it kills me I also get the feeling Giuseppe is not the only trained actor in Benitses, “Yours is but a tiny female brain, Signora.” Blessed Virgin, I think my heart stopped beating. “Now can you answer my questions?” He points his index finger upwards. “One, what do you think of the Jews.” The index is followed by the middle. “Two, what do you think of slavery.” Luciano joins his two fingers with his ring. “Three, why’d you refuse the senator?” I thought I had died, I thought my organs stopped working, but a crowd of rebellious tears coagulate in the corners of my eyes. “What do you want with me?” “Oh come on Maria, can’t you handle a little criticism? You think getting a university degree is going to be a simple task? Has your father—”


When he mocks my dream I assume he heard me lash out at Antonio Ziani, after all, Vittoria stepped on my hand as she made her way toward him, but when he mentions my father my yellow bile turns choleric and I feel as though my spleen will explode. “Don’t you dare mention my father on your filthy tongue!” “Oh, so my tongue is filthy now? Should I call your heathen to teach me cleansing?” I pull off my bonnet for two reasons: first, I hate the fact that it was this audacious ox that placed it on my head, and second, my blood is boiling to such a degree that even my skull is sweltering. “Your consistent evasions, Signora, indicate a lack of knowledge. Is that really the impression you want me to have? Or are you afraid of me.” Afraid of him? Afraid of him? I dip in the well and pull out the water bucket. I drink directly from the rim to cool my spleen. He eyes me quizzically. I turn around, drop the bucket back in the well, and say, “Signore, I do not consistently evade your questions. I think they are beneath me.” I add the way he raises his eyebrows to the list of things I hate about him. “Even though you are rude, and even though you pick the worst settings to quiz me upon my beliefs and convictions I will answer, not because I care what you think of me, but because I hope you alter your impression of my father. “I have no opinion on the matter of the Jews since I never met any of them. With regards to slavery, I think you, Signore, and your father, are both despicable human beings who sully the status of nobility. What you did to your ‘wild mare’ is nothing short of murder and I care not a fig that slaves have no souls. Books and candles have no souls and they too are possessions purchased for a price. Only raving lunatics demolish them with the level of barbarity you’ve showcased. Finally, if you eavesdropped on my conversation with Signor Ziani then you already possess the answer to the third question.” He surprises me with a tone that is decidedly engaging, not at all condescending. “You mean to tell me that you only refused the nobleman because you think marriage and achieving your dream are mutually exclusive acts?” I nod with pursed lips. “That’s the largest pile of hogwash I have ever come across.” “Signore!” “I mean it. Listen, if you are so smart, as you like to profess, then surely you would have come across Christina de Pizan?” Is this too much to ask for? To know what people are talking about when they drop names left and right. Had someone injected a sharp knife into my eyeballs it would not have hurt as much as not knowing Chirstina de Pizan. I blame this on the invention of printing! It made knowledge so quick to transport that the margins, which were fundamental portions of any manuscript in the past, no longer mattered. When there are five hundred copies of the same book and five hundred different thoughts on different margin, you lose the depth of knowledge you get from the compilation of five hundred views on a single manuscript. “Hm,” Luciano mumbles. “Your eyes suggest a mental stirring, but I’m not quite sure it’s on topic...” “I am not an imbecile,” I snap back, “of course my mind is working. And Christina? Of course I have come across her in my reading, but I fail to recognize the value of the reference, besides, Signore, I answered your questions even though you did not deserve my repartee, so now ciao! May we never cross paths again.” Luciano takes a step closer and I slap his cheek. We stand motionless for a moment, both stunned by my reaction. “You’re mad?” He asks. His hand caresses a reddening cheek. I know I am slow to discern many things, I know I am a social dullard who cannot comprehend norms or conventions, but nobody who has been privy to our conversation can ask this question with a serious face. My chest heaves up and down so strongly that I fear an attack approaching. “Maria, forgive me,” he begins, his voice so soft like a baby’s blanket, soothing, bewitching. I shake my head fervently. “Never.” “I did nothing that warrants this reaction, you have to admit it’s a little over the top.” I am in such a state of shock that I say, “I’m late for tomorrow’s play.” Luciano’s patronizing smile makes another comeback. “You’ll camp at the theater’s


door till morning?” “No!” I am absolutely livid now. “No! I am not an imbecile! I do not camp by a theater’s door till morning! I am going to buy the damn tickets—” he interrupts me to ask the name of the play, and to prove that I am not a dullard who has no idea what goes on around her I tell him, “it’s for ‘The Mandrake’ which is playing tomorrow! So you see, Signore, I will be late for tomorrow’s play if I do not buy the tickets now!” “The Mandrake? You like Machiavelli?” I have no idea who that is. “Of course I like Machiavelli! What do you take me for?” “Well, princess, we have something in common.” “Don’t ever call me a princess or anything else for that matter and we, Signore, have nothing in common.” I turn around to leave. I hear him shuffling, trying to stomp into his riding boots as he takes giant steps behind me. It’s really unfair to be making a departure within Caterina’s dress. It’s so restrictive. There are layers and layers of fabric wrapping my legs, and I can’t simply pull it above my knees and run away as I did with Giuseppe this morning. I still can’t believe this noble donkey was around when Giuseppe and I hectored Caterina. Was he making his way to the village from the harbor? Is this why he reached his house before us? “Maria wait up!” “Go away!” It sickens me how he is able to catch up with me so quickly by virtue of his comfortable attire. Our clothing industry allows men to roam around the republic and discourages women from moving. “I love Machiavelli, Maria.” “Tell it to someone that cares.” “I was hoping you would, Maria.” “Well, I don’t. Signore, just leave me.” “Maria, stop, stop.” He has the audacity to touch my shoulders and spin me around in public. “Let’s start again.” I think I disproved my earlier theory of the candlewick’s flame fizzing out only once. I died God knows how many times today. “Don’t ever—” “Yes, yes, I know, don’t ever lay your hands upon me, or touch me with your filthy fingers. Listen to me. I don’t think you are liberal. I sincerely think you are ‘the one.’” I yell so hard that men on the street stop and stare for a moment. “The one to do what?” If this was Giuseppe, they’d be upon him in an instant, ripping him to shreds, but this is not a nationless wretch, this is a nobleman with a glistening heirloom in the center of his throat, lustrous golden chains on his riding boots, and a gleaming silver knife with a handle made of onyx by his hip. None can hector him. Even Alfonso reserved his chagrin until he was safe in the confines of concrete. “Who will change the world.” I did not predict that answer. “Change the world?” He nods. “You’ll help me become the first Italian woman to gain a university degree?” Luciano’s patronizing smile turns filthy. “Not exactly.” “What does that mean, ‘not exactly’?” “It means you will change the world, princess, but not through academia.” “But that is my dream,” I protest. He squints with one eye and tips his head to one side then sucks on his lips. “Not really.” “Oh you can’t be this arrogant.” His grin expands, engulfing his face. “You can’t assume to know my dream, you, who’ve only spoken to me for ten minutes, more than me, the person who’s been living this desire for sixteen years.” “Sixteen?” He says. “Oh, wonderful. Are you going to call me a spinster now? Go on. Go on Signor Barnabite.”

Nada Faris

Nada Faris is the author of Before Young Adult Fiction, a collection of award-winning short stories, poems and articles that is available at That Al-Salasil (Avenues Mall), Jareer Bookshop, and Kuwait Bookshop (Al-Muthanna Complex). For more of her work, please visit her website:

When I say the last word, and he furrows his eyebrows, his eyes seem a shade darker, and I fear it is due to the coat of malice that shields them. “I’m sorry,” I say quickly. “I didn’t mean it. I just thought you were going to insult me.” “Who taught you that word?” “It’s not my father if this is what you think. It’s… it’s another nobleman.” Luciano broods and we walk side by side. His footsteps match my own, which is to say they’re very, very, slow. “Maria, I want to make you a celebrity.” I blink. “It’s from the Latin verb celebrar, to celebrate… to make famous.” He wants to make me famous? This day, Sunday the 8th of August, 1535, cannot get any stranger. Luciano is oblivious to my expression. “I would like it very much so if you would allow me this liberty. I won’t ask anything of you that would jeopardize your reputation, you can be certain. I just think that you and I can yield an excellent partnership, and you will be famous, Maria, you will be ever so special, you will be a modern day celebrity; the first of a kind.” I stop and face the madman, for he truly is mad, a raving loon, a maniac who ought to be sequestered in our little village hospital in a wing marked “Do Not Enter.” “Signor Luciano, I am sorry for the offense. In fact, I am terribly sorry for everything, especially for my desire to learn the difference between the nature of the scars on your chest and arms. I acknowledge my error for my curiosity has led me to damnation, so I must recant before I make any deals with you,” I almost, almost, call him the devil. “Do us both a favor and disappear from my sight, for if I never see you again it will be too soon.” I walk off as fast as I can muster because his eyes, those deep, blue, penetrating eyes will draw me in the whirlpool of madness that is Luciano de’Pellegrino. Behind me, Luciano stays in place, and I cross myself, caring not to show him the movement of my arm. You never know with these demons whether they burst in flames at the sign of the cross or whether they attack you. When I am maybe ten feet away from the aristocrat I hear him yell, “Funny you should say that Maria Botticelli, cause guess who invited herself over to dinner?” October 2013



OCTOBER Book Releases Here are the books we think you'll fall for this October.


Sycamore Row

Allegiant is the conclusion to Veronica Roth's trilogy, which started withDivergent and Insurgent. The series has been compared to The Hunger Games as it involves teenagers in a dystopian future world.

John Grisham's first and possibly most beloved novel is A Time to Kill. Grisham returned to the setting of A Time to Kill in his collection of short stories, Ford County. Now Grisham gives readers a true sequel withSycamore Row and the return of lawyer Jake Brigance to the courtroom.

Bellman & Black

The Signature of All Things

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield is one of my favorite books of the last decade, so I can't wait for her second novel, Bellman & Black.Bellman & Black is a dark tale of a man haunted by one cruel act he committed as a boy.

Elizabeth Gilbert is best known for her nonfiction memoirs, Eat, Pray, Love and Committed. She was originally a fiction writer, though, and she returns to fiction with her latest novel, The Signature of All Things. The Signature of All Things follows a family in the eighteenth and nineteenth century who make their fortune and live in Philadelphia.The main female protagonist is a botanist who falls in love with an artist, and their story moves the novel forward.

David and Goliath

The Rosie Project

Almost five years after releasing his successful Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell returns with David and Goliath, an examination of why seeming underdogs sometimes win and what truly creates an advantage. Gladwell's books are popular for the way they make the social sciences accessible, explain everyday phenomena, and challenge our expectations.

The Rosie Project has already been a bestseller overseas. This comic novel is the story of a genetics professor, Don, who has never had a second date and who embarks on an experiment to see if he can find a woman who is the perfect match for him through scientific methods. Don's "Wife Project" gets put on the back-burner, though, when he meets Rosie, a woman who needs his help finding her biological father.

The Death of Santini

The Goldfinch

In Pat Conroy's 1974 novel, The Great Santini, he drew on his real relationship with his father to tell a story about a child's conflicting desires in light of an abusive and dangerous father. In The Death of Santini, Conroy does not need any fiction -- he tells the story of his relationship with his father in this memoir that follows his father's death.

The Goldfinch is the story of a thirteen year old boy, Theo Decker, who survives an accident that kills his mother and is then adopted by a friend's wealthy family. He has trouble interacting with others and becomes obsessed with a painting that reminds him of his mother. Ultimately, as an adult, he lives in the world of art and antiques, still trying to relate and find love.

Veronica Roth

Diane Setterfield

Malcolm Gladwell

Pat Conroy


John Grisham

Elizabeth Gilbert

Graeme Simsion

Donna Tartt


Nada Soliman


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.

Thanks for the Memories As promised last month, I will be reviewing a book very dear to my heart; Thanks for the Memories by the great author Cecelia Ahern. She is a famous Irish novelist since 2004, she wrote famous titles such as Ps. I love you (2002) which is now a big motion picture, Love, Rosie (2004) and If You Could See Me Now (2005) which is a work in progress to becoming a motion picture as well as Thanks for the Memories (2008) which is also a work in progress to turning into a movie on the big screen. I have read many different books for her and I loved them all but this one has a special place in my heart. A few years back I had this idea in my head, ‘what happens when people donate blood to someone? What happens in the process?’ and as I sometime know things to be true not by researching just by belief, I believed that you gain people’s experiences and feelings when someone else’s blood goes into your body. After a while I completely forgot about it then, I found this book, and fell in love with the idea all over again.

hours, realize at some point in our lives what really matter to us and what doesn’t. This book will make you trust in yourself, have faith in the divine and know that everything happens for a reason.

Imagine waking up one day after needing blood to find yourself feeling completely different; you like to eat different things than you used to, you know more information about a specific topic that you never found interesting, to have flash backs of a life that doesn’t belong to you and to remember places you never been before. Scientifically, it has been reported that patients who have received blood donations or organ transplant have experienced memories and thoughts of the giving person. Thanks for the Memories is about rediscovering oneself through the memories and experiences of the people around you, how we can all change in a matter of

Cartwheel Jennifer Dubois

Next Month...

I will be covering a very interesting book called Rogue by one of my favorite writers the great Danielle Steel. An unforgettable story of two people pursuing happiness from opposite directions, Rogue is a journey of choices and the amazing opportunities that come together–just when life seems to have been successfully rearranged at last.

Bridget Jones: Mad about the Boy' Helen Fielding

One year after her debut, A Partial History of Lost Causes, created a storm, Jennifer Dubois returns with a second novel. Cartwheel is a novel about an American exchange student in Argentina who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of her roommate. As details emerge, this book keeps readers guessing about the main character and what really happened. This book channels the Amanda Knox story, although it is a work of fiction.

Fourteen years after the last Bridget Jones book, Helen Fielding returns with a new chapter in this saga. Bridget is now in her 40s. What will that mean for plot an character development? Fielding isn't giving many details, but fans of the previous two books and movies seem eager to find out. October 2013



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Love in “Rose”

The Rose is a symbol of beauty & love by its petals, the name Rose comes from French, itself from Latin “Rosa”, which was borrowed from Greek and perhaps it is old Iranian from the beginning. The Rose colors stands for the passion adoration between the humans, pink stands for love hopeful and expectant, white roses are for people that we love that passed away and the red roses are for love victorious. The scent of the Rose or Rosa can remind you of your old parent’s grandmother, and this opinion is one often echoed through perfume discussions. However, if you ask rose lover for his or her favorite rose fragrances that will be hard to know exactly and thinking that the Rose scent is one! This is wrong! The Rose scent depends on the Rose family as follows: - Rosa damascena (damask) - Rosa centafolia (cabbage) - Bulgarian - Moroccan - Iranian - Turkish Where in the fragrance industry you can turn these roses to absolute, soliflores or blends and to the ultimate rose, most rose lovers have the same attitude that there is no such thing as the ultimate rose, it is true with the flower itself there are simply too many perfume variations to ever clear up upon just one. Rose fragrances are simple and in the same time can be complex! Some settle on the skin as if one is wearing a garden smell, while others announce complexity of beautiful scent. The roses are one of the most beautiful and admireable flowers, have been appreciated for centuries in many cultures like Arabs, Western, Persian, Turkish and more. Rose plants range in size from compact, miniature roses, to climbers that can reach 7 meters in height. Species from different parts of the world easily hybridize, which has given rise to the many types of garden roses. Moreover, Rose absolute is the steam extracted essential oil from rose flowers mostly from Rosa


many benefits for the skin, the smell is comforting and relaxing. Fruit salad: Add fresh rose petals to liven-up and balance the fruit salad taste.

damascene that has been used in perfumes and skin care for centuries. Also Rose water made from the rose oil is widely used in GCC counties for the water types of perfumes (Rshoosh). The French are known also for their rose syrup that is mainly made from an extract of rose petals. Also they can drink the rose petals tea! It is extremely delicious. Other than a fragrance, we can use Rose as follows: Rose water: This is an amazing beauty treat, with

Face mask: Rose masks cool and sooth the skin, sheer 10 petals in 4-5 tablespoons of water for 2 hours. Then mash the petals into the water and add 3 tablespoons of honey, mix it well and then apply to entire face. Leave on for 15-30 minutes, then wash and you will feel freshness with the enormous beautiful smell . Bath: fill the bath with rose petals, they are relaxing and luxurious and will make your skin feel silky smooth. Tea: Try Rose petals with your tea or green tea it will add on the flavor .


Nadia AlHassan

Laughter cures everything

Dear old woman, Last year I was seated next to you on the bus. At first you were quiet and we were both in a world of our own. I was having a bad day, in fact – I was having a bad year. I remember you turned to me and the exact words that came out of your mouth were, ‘Don’t ever forget to stop living.’ I don’t know if you could see it on my face or the fact that you had magic powers and knew I was having a hard time, but those words stuck to me. You went on about how the younger generation forget to cherish moments and forget to live life. You told me that at your age, you still love life and you go on all these trips around the world and meet new people all the time. You told me that one of the most beautiful things in life is getting to know new people that live in all parts of the world. You said every person you ever met, you took a part of them with you. I remember how you told me that people look at you and see you as this ‘old’ woman but how you’re really a young girl inside and have never changed. How you learnt that life is too short to give up and miss out on adventures. Even when

Nadia Al-Hassan is a student in Ireland, studying Journalism. She is passionate about writing stories and poetry. Nadia loves helping people with her stories. She believes that words are beautiful and powerful.

you fell ill and broke your back, it still didn’t stop you from exploring. And then you hit me with the greatest advice ever... “Don’t ever stop laughing, laugh whenever you have the chance to, because laughing gets you through everything and vanishes all your worries.” I remember looking at you and I really felt like hugging you because you woke me up. You opened my eyes. You told me about all the adventures you went on and all the countries that you visited. You regretted nothing. You lived your life. You told me how your children would tell you to ‘Slow down’ and you would just laugh and shake your head because you loved life too much to slow down. You want to do everything that life has to offer you while you can. I just wanted to thank you. You showed me how ungrateful we humans can be sometimes and how we ignore the opportunities that life gives us. Most of all, you have reminded me to laugh all the time and have motivated me to explore the world. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with me. I will forever be grateful. October 2013



September marked Tahir Sultan’s third season on the Capitals runway. Having previously worked with fashion heavy weights including Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and Catherine Riviere, Sultan hit the UK again with his latest creations. The Kuwaiti born designer creates timeless silhouettes for the modern woman; his contemporary womenswear line is a mixture of avant-garde dresses and sharp tailoring, embodying the feel of the 1940’s and 50’s, with a modern twist. This season Sultan had teamed up with Kuwaiti based company the Trafalgar Group who was the official sponsors of the show. Sultan says “This season, with the help from the Trafalgar Group Kuwait, we journeyed to the middle earth. Degastan inspired embroideries fused with Rajhistani colours and avant-garde draping which helped create a playful and vibrant collection". Tahir als said that "Modern day silhouettes marred with a touch of old school romanticism, a twist of tribalism and a large dose of glamor. The collection included everything from embroidered suits to cocktail dresses with quirky cuts, colourful prints and flashes of neon. Not forgetting to cater to the ever powerful, suit wearing, empire running, and effeminate Tahir Sultan women. This collection picked up where last season left off with an emphasis on old world charm and new age chic.” Sultan’s designs are available internationally at Harvey Nichols in Kuwait and Dubai, and stocked in boutiques across London, including Wolf & Badger as he continues his worldwide expansion. How was your journey to becoming a this season. The colours of Rajisthan were also an inspiration, and then of course there is my post designer? The journey was really hard, I started by studying architecture and then decided I wanted to study fashion. My parents were not thrilled with my leaving college half way through a degree. But I did it any way. I worked in the Fashion industry in India for two years, then went back to college and studied at Central Saint martins in London. I also interned with Alexander McQueen and John Galliano. A lot of people think fashion is really glamorous but the truth is its not it’s a lot of hard work and a lot of sweat and tears. People only ever see the end product, they base the entire industry on a set of images in a glossy magazine, they don’t understand it takes 11 people to create that shot and a lot of technical know how and money.

What is your creative process like?

It differs from season to season, In December I convinced a really good friend of mine to follow his heart and open an NGO and he did, it’s called I Love Jaiaslmer. We kind of fell into the NGO work together, I handle the village women and the design and production of home wear. He the historical maintenance of the city of Jaisalmer and improvements to the hospital and the infra structure. Any how with all the embroideries I was doing it really helped fuel my creative process with regards to my collection


modernist contemporary deconstructive exploration which I push further and further every season. I guess the short answer to the question above is what ever is going on in my life.

Which are your favorite materials to work with?

I honestly love suiting fabrics and hounds tooth in particular, am not sure why but I have a weakness for it, of late I have fallen in love with really thick linen. But I also love leather and knits, I mean each material is so diverse. And has its own movement and feel. It would be hard to pick just one.

What is your definition of elegance and style?

Elegance and style, starts with who you are and how in touch your are with yourself it's all about self confidence, it's all about how you carry yourself. Once you have that sorted, then everything sort of falls into place. I love the 40’s and fifties as an era, but I also love to de-construct clothes. and I think women who are daring, sophisticated and understated with out revealing too much are the ones that always look the best. When you walk into a room its your personality that lights it up the clothes are secondary.

Who do you admire?

I admire people who are successful and have had to fight to lend a voice to their cause. Like architect Zaha Hadid or Nelson Mandela. People never understand the inner turmoil and struggle one goes through to stick to ones ethos and beliefs, everyone only ever sees what’s on the surface. And what you see is never what you get. My aunt Najat Sultan fought for women’s rights, in Kuwait but never lived to see it happen, because of her efforts it’s a reality today. I admire my father for his pioneering architectural contribution to Kuwait, and his vision and perspicacity to start the art movement in the Gulf, which has mushroomed into a billion dollar industry. He was all about educating people and broadening their horizons, and I always hope he is proud of the work my brothers and I are doing to make a difference to society. I was in the car the other day and I looked at the implications that my father had on this region, and I said to a really close friend of mine, I can’t imagine this country with out my father and his contributions. She turned around to me and said, what about your mother, she single handedly made Kuwait green. She was a pioneer in the field of landscape design that introduced most of the vocabulary of plants we see today in Kuwait. I guess I am really lucky because I come from such a visionary family, Fawzia Sultan pioneered education in Kuwait with Bayan BiLingual School, her son has set


up a fashion scholarship called the Najat, Fawzia Fashion fund which has been of great support to me, and my brother just won a major award from the United States government for his environmental initiatives.

Describe your design studio in 3 words?

Complete and utter chaos ( ok that’s four words but c’mon is “ and” really a word).

What do you love about your work?

I don’t know any more, I think I love that I do something really challenging and at the end of the day I can sit back and say I did it by myself . I am lucky that I get to do something I love , and be the boss of me, and I get to explore so many different vistas and avenues of creativity.

What are some of the challenges that you face?

One of the main challenges is sponsorship for my shows, luckily this season Trafalgar Kuwait sponsored me so that made life much easier. Another challenge is making sure that my quality is up to the mark, meeting deadlines, trying to get people to understand what it is I want. Most of the time they think I am mad, and what I want to achieve just can't be done. Which is not true.

How would you describe your latest collection revealed at LFW 2013?

An explosion of colour, embroidery, and beads. It deals with form, function and practicality yet has a touch of tribalism and romanticism without losing that Tahir Sultan edge.

Tell us about your collaboration/association with Trafalgar Group? What makes you think that this is the perfect teamup? The Trafalgar group is all about luxury. They are understated and old school, which is what my label is all about. I was looking for a Kuwaiti sponsor and am really glad they came along. They are a pleasure to deal with and gave me a lot of freedom and trust which I admire and respect. I think great relationships are built on trust.

What’s next? What can we expect new from Tahir Sultan? Fashion Forward Dubai - My middle eastern line is on the cards. That show cases on October 17th in Dubai.

Where do you take inspiration from?

Everywhere, flea markets old pictures antique stores, art galleries, people on the street, shops, and magazines. Food, everything inspires me. Grace Coddington uber stylist for vogue was given a piece of advice which I hold very true. She was told to never shut her eyes and always observe, what was going on around her.

To date, which collection has left the deepest impression on you?

They have all been challenging, But I think this last one at London fashion week .

Tell us of any awards you have earned and other achievements? Hahah, I have not won any awards yet, my achievement is that I hope I inspire a younger generation to follow their dreams. Fashion is not like art, its fleeting. So is quickly forgotten.

Your personal fashion statement:

I am the reigning king of Adidas T-shirts, Levis jeans and Puma sneakers. When I have to get dressed up I do and God alone knows how I do it – its usually in my own label.

Your message for us at CityPages magazine:

Watch this space – you will be hearing a lot more from me in the future. October 2013









unveils Tesoros del Imperio

The glorious past of the Spanish Empire shines anew before our eyes in Tesoros del Imperio, the new collection from Carrera y Carrera. Designs, shapes, textures, and patterns, faithfully taken from the paintings, masterpieces of the Museo del Prado, come to life in every jewelry piece. All of the luxury of the Spanish Empire recaptured in the 21st century with master jewelry craftsmanship. Jewels of extraordinary beauty characterized by luxury, exoticism, and color. Exquisitely detail work expressing strong personality in four major creative lines.



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Charbel Zoe

When young, Charbel Zoe was influenced by the couture of his fashion idol, his grandmother. His passion to fashion drove him to copying her style and implementing her fashionable touch into dolls dresses. To pursue his dream, Charbel traveled to Paris and managed to accomplish his studies between France and Lebanon. He then worked for several International and Lebanese fashion houses such as Givenchy and Elie Saab. This year, Charbel was honored to be the winner of "International fashion designer of the year 2013 " at Miami Fashion week. His success has led many international celebrities to endorse his fashion line and among the top of his list is the diva Haifa Wehbe who was the very first icon to wear his creations.



Why did you choose this field?

Since I was young I love everything concerning couture dresses because my grandma used to make a lot of them & I got inspired by her.

How long have you been working in this field?

Started since I was 16 then got trained by Elie Saab then moved to Paris & started working with major designers then moved back to Beirut and opened my shop like a year and a half ago.

Where did you study designing?

In Paris then Beirut

What is your biggest achievement so far, something you are really proud of? Winning an award in the USA for “emerging fashion designer of the year” it was a competition between many designers in the world, I got to the finalists & one of the judges who chose my design was Roberto Cavalli & that’s of course a huge compliment.

What can you advise women when it comes to wearing haute couture?

I would advise her to be herself and to know how to choose the right style for her.

What are your next projects?

What was the biggest challenge when you first started? when

I have a fashion show in Dubai’s Fashion Forward with many other famous designers and I’m really excited about that and I’ll be opening my showroom in LA maybe next year. Still working on it.

Where are your stores located?

Have you achieved your ultimate goal in your field? If not, what is your main goal?

I started, Givenchy chose me to work with them and there were other 100 applicants so that was amazing. Currently only in Kuwait.

Which celebrities did you dress?

Started with Haifa Wehbi, she was my muse actually so I dressed her in many appearances and video clips. I also dressed the Hollywood reality star Lily Galichi and you’ll be very surprised of the celebrities I’ll be dressing soon (let’s keep it a secret for now).

For some people getting to the top is enough but for me that’s not enough. I always want more. I need the “toppest” of the top!

Who is your favorite celebrity from the ones that wore your designs? and why?

It’ll always be Haifa because she’s iconic and so beautiful. She has it all and she’s still my muse! October 2013





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RAPID ROUND What’s your: Favourite food? Corn flakes Favourite Song? Madonna - vogue Favourite Car? Bentley Favourite Color? Purple Most embarrassing situation? My shirt cut off on the red carpet Favourite Country? Italy Favourite Model? Gisele Bundchen-Adriana lima Who’s your idol? My parents Favourite drink? Hot chocolate Favourite Celebrity? Haifa Wehbi Best trait? Ambitious Worst trait? Getting bored quickly



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Hotel Particulier grew from the deep affinity between Eddy Rizal and his wife Roxanne who shared a vision of pureness of style and sensuality. The brand represents elegant simplicity, embracing chic style which incorporates the combination of leather, cashmere and silk into its collections. With strong attention to detail and quality, this Parisian brand produces affordable pieces for all types of women, from looking sharp at the office to having a stylish look for an evening out.

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1-Marc Jacobs floral-print sweater 130K.D, 2-Paul Smith foil-print sweatshirt 85K.D, 3-ACNE leather sleeve biker jacket 325K.D, 4-Marc by Marc Jacobs wool cardigan 90K.D, 5-Raf Simons knit sweater 105K.D, 6-Versace printed sweater 205K.D, 7-Saint Laurent leather trimmed coat 685K.D, 8-Balmain leather biker jacket 885K.D, 9-Burberry trench coat 325K.D, 10-Moncler gilet 230K.D.


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1-Raf Simons printed jacket 365K.D, 2-Burberry trench coat 685K.D, 3-Givenchy printed T-shirt 165K.D, 4-Paul Smith printed shirt 85K.D, 5-Marni printed shirt 105K.D, 6-Brooks Brothers corduroy trousers 30K.D, 7-Black Fleece chinos 140K.D, 8-Christian Louboutin Doc holder 395K.D, 9-Lanvin printed tshirt 95K.D, 10-Moncler coat 275K.D, 11-Balmain suede high-top trainers 250K.D, 12-Alexander McQueen derby shoes 175K.D. October 2013



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FASHION NEWS Happy Sport Medium Automatic - The Chopard icon celebrates its 20th anniversary with a mechanical movement For 20 years, the Happy Sport watches by Chopard have been appealing to devotees of contemporary, daring, and subtly unconventional timepieces. To mark this jubilee year, the iconic collection welcomes a mechanical interpretation in the shape of the new Happy Sport Medium Automatic.

DS-2 Chronograph - Perfect accuracy by design Few chronographs can boast of having the true precision of a chronometer. The new DS-2 Chronograph – with its ETA PRECIDRIVE movement, can make the claim and prove it – with added good looks nothing short of breathtaking. Gorgeous detailing, faultless precision, available in either a standard or Limited Edition version (with COSC certification), to please all watch connoisseurs.



DUNHILL Gift Suggestions for the Man who has Everything Portable Solar Charger Innovation meets travel and practicality meets elegance, created in tough aerospace aluminium with brushed silver finish, the dunhill Solar Charger provides the perfect solution to charging mobile devices on the move. The device’s push button “Power Halo” indicates the power levels of the lithium-ion battery, which can store up to 1800 GHz from either the high powered solar panels or USB connection – impressively delivering 70 hours of phone standby time or 5000 page turns of an e-book. The dunhill Solar Charger comes presented in a carbon fibre effect Chassis Leather carry case.

Mini Stereo Speakers and Case Compact yet powerful, the dunhill Mini Stereo Speakers and Case can link to smart phones, mp3 players and laptops, all 35mm jacks. They offer a 360 degree surround sound, they are very lightweight, have a rechargeable internal battery (of up to 30 hours use) and a high quality output. The speakers are presented in a protective dunhill Chassis Leather Case

Portable Charger and Case This portable charger is a travel essential, offering a battery boost to your phone or tablet on the move. Compatible with most current handsets and tablets, the charger holds a 5000mAh charge, typically providing 2-3 charges of a smartphone and a full charge of a tablet device. It can be charged through a USB port/plug and has a handy battery level indictor. The charger comes in an Chassis leather case.

Laser Projector Keyboard The Alfred Dunhill laser projector keyboard is a compact and sleek product, with mouse, keyboard and multi-touch capability. A laser image of the keyboard projects onto any hard surface for a seamless typing experience. Connecting to any Bluetooth device, and with a sleek and compact design, this is the ideal gift for a regular traveller. The Laser Projector comes with a scratch resistant, compact chassis leather pouch, with a fold away section designed to neatly rest an iPhone when linked to the projector. October 2013



LA MARTINA presents Autumn- Win



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To celebrate Christmas time in a glamorous and refined way, Versace ace – November 2013 creates Vanitas Christmas Edition: a jewellery watch with dazzlingly elebrate Christmas time in a glamorous and refined way, Versace creates Vanitas Christmas precious details. by details. an elegant on: a jewellery watch with dazzlinglyEnhanced precious red touch, the traditional color for this festive period, the Vanitas anced by an elegant red touch, the traditional Christmas has a redcolor for this festive period, the Vanitas enameladial and bezel, a stmas has a red enamel dial and bezel, diamond-studded réhaut and a leather strap that diamond-studded réhaut ches the IP rose gold case. and a leather strap that matches the IP rose gold case.

ything turn around this vibrant monochromatic theme, in a modern interpretation of ition, personalized with symbols expressing Versace’s creativity: the baroque pattern, the dusa head, the Greek key and the studs, all aligned with the Vanitas collection.

duced in a special limited edition of 50 pieces, Vanitas Christmas Edition adds a luxuriously & DAFNE usive detail toAPOLLO the magical Christmas atmosphere.

Versace reinvents the pair watch concept from a contemporary perspective. For couples who want to wear the same watch, Versace has created Apollo & Dafne: two similar models which retain their own innate sense of individuality. They share the same essential mood, without being minimal, and the same confident elegance, but feature distinctive details. nical information:


Lungarno - Salvatore Ferragamo stainless steel IP rose gold - 40 mm Ø Minuetto - Salvatore FerragaTimepieces Red enamel bezel with Greca key mo Timepieces WR: tradition The values of the Swiss watch-making The harmony and precise rhythms of dance 50Florentine mt/5 ATM and the sophisticated design of the provide the inspiration for Minuetto, the new Maison converge to create Lungarno, the Salvatore Ferragamo Timepieces collection for first entirely automatic collection by Salvatore women which debuts at Baselworld 2013. Movement: Ferragamo. Designed for elegant and modern women, quartz Swiss-Made The inspiration for the case design is the (Ronda 762.3) Minuetto is unique with its mobile Gancino Lungarno, which combines architectural on the dial, which has a delicate, harmonious perfection with Florence’s sense of harmonious movement reminiscent of the dance bearing the Dial: beauty. same name. red enamel, relief baroque pattern studded with diamonds (0.038 ct) Réhaut with diamonds (0.19 ct)

Strap: red leather with studs – butterfly buckle


Lungarno Christmas Edition Salvatore Ferragamo Timepieces A harmonious combination of classic style, high performance Swiss watch-making and modern design, inspired by the architectural beauty of Florence, Lungarno Christmas Edition is the perfect gift for lovers of fine mechanical horology. This exclusive limited edition designed for the demanding and dynamic gentleman has a dial opening at 12’oclock revealing the movement within, its balance, and offering glimpses of the finely decorated components.


ARMANI JUNIOR 2013/14 autumn-winter collection

Plan your perfect dream nursery with Mamas & Papas Mamas & Papas brings to you its wood collections such as Rialto, Fern, Orchard, Hayworth and Prairie that are sure to add a lot more charm to your new born’s nursery. Mamas & Papas has everything you need for your dream nursery. Make a statement with a distinct modern feel or create a calm and cosy traditional look. The furniture is thoughtfully designed and beautifully crafted and comes with a promise of quality and durability. The brand not only offers furniture that’s super stylish but its unique and rigorous in-house testing means every piece has proved itself to be truly trustworthy. We also offer a wide choice of mattresses available in store to give your baby the very best in quality and comfort.

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Mohamed Al-Sharrah

Crazy about car racing and tuned sport cars, a photographer and loves traveling. Follow Mohamed on twitter @ alsharrah E-mail alsharrah@

Just after we previewed the upcoming Lamborghini Aventador by Attivo Designs, the car has officially been revealed and it was certainly worth the wait. Dubbed Project Inizio, the Lamborghini Aventador by Attivo Designs features a host of visual upgrades inspired by the F22 Raptor Fighter Jet. What’s likely to immediately catch you attention will be the brand new front end incorporating a modified front bumper with a tow hook and a massive carbon fiber front splitter. The Lamborghini Aventador Project Inizio by Attivo Designs is then rolling on a unique set of ADV.1 wheels complemented nicely by orange calipers.

Lamborghini Aventador Inizio by Attivo


However, we’ve seen customised Lamborghini Aventadors with new front bumpers and wheels before, so what makes this car unique? Well, look no further than the unique window tiny. Attivo Designs fitted their Lamborghini Aventador with bright orange windows giving the car a real Hot Wheels look as well as a similar look to the Lamborghini Egoista! Other interesting aspects of the Lamborghini Aventador Project Inizio by Attivo Design include its matte silver body wrap as well as the numerous smoke grey accents around the car. As if the Lamborghini Aventador wasn’t futuristic enough and the closest production car we have to a spaceship, the Aventador by Attivo Designs takes it up another level! Let us know what you think.


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Diamond Black BMW X6M Wrapped by Cam Shaft

The BMW X6M is mammoth beast of a car, the body of Goliath and the power of Thor. Not aggressive enough? We might just have the tuning package and finish for you. PP-Performance & Cam Shaft Wrapping have created a monster X6M that brings together both companies expertise to create the car see before your. CAM SHAFT, that wrapped this awesome Porsche GT3, has wrapped a BMW X6M into typical for BMW colors: Frozen anthracite matte metallic in combination with diamond black mat metallic. With the unmistakeable characteristics in front, doors and tail, this BMW makes a impression everywhere it goes. The price for wrapping is 2,450.00 Euro. Previously, PP-Performance in Weissbach on the Swabian Weinstrasse had already tinkered with the X6M to vastly improve the epic performance. The installed manifolds and down pipes with racing cats, resulting in an even naughtier exhaust note, as well as the optimization of the manufacturer delivered software gives the car an output of 710bhp, more than a Lamborghini Aventador, and a blistering 1,000 Nm of torque, frankly astronomical figures. For the performance increase named Stage 3 are charged 16,600 Euro including MOT certificate and mounting. Furthermore the two companies worked hand in hand and installed Voersteiner carbon parts. The car has been equipped with a carbon hood and a carbon front spoiler that is follow the identical dimension of the original X6M front bumper, a carbon tail spoiler and a diffuser, also all expertly crafted from carbon fiber. To compliment the visual changes a new variant of rim design the rim tuning team of the Krefeld AGFelgenveredelung. The original BMW M-rims are now presented in gold carbon, paired with glossy graphite metallic. The exclusive two color rim finishing costs another 1,400 Euro including VAT.



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Asnan Tower is proud to launch its first ever "Wedding Package" In a one of its kind celebration and in line with its never ending surprises Asnan Tower launched on Saturday 28/09 its first Wedding Package where a mock wedding was held on its premises, and where 3 traditional wedding music "Zaffah" from 3 different countries (namely Kuwait, Egypt and Lebanon) were displayed. The event was attended by a host of VIP guests and covered by all major media channels including newspapers, magazines and TV not to mention a live coverage from Marina FM radio channel. This is but one of the many surprises Asnan has in store for its Guests, expect many more to come!



CityPages magazine has launched a new section ‘Asnan Live’ in collaboration with Asnan Tower to keep its readers updated with events and social activities organized by Asnan Tower regularly. Asnan Tower, being the biggest dental center in the Middle East, supports the social and cultural life in Kuwait. Hence, its very natural that it organises and sponsors variety of events on a regular basis. You will enjoy exploring exciting life of Asnan Tower and this section will enable you to be a part of Asnan family.

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G-STAR RAW Reveals New Collection

H&M Autumn Collection 2013 at the New H&M Show Room in the Grand Avenue



Piaget Exclusive launching of the Limelight Gala Collection with Lebanese singer Yara

Timex Group Cocktail Press Event To Discover The New Watch Collection

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JUST CAVALLI - New Collection Launch

Official Launch Of Mauboussin First Boutique In Kuwait

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Airport Sheikh Saad Al Abdallah

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TED BAKER - Breakfast and New Collection Launch

LaCoste - 80th Birthday

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LA MARTINA - New Collection Launch

LOUIS VUITTON - First Trunk Show in Kuwait

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NEXT - Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection

The New Nissan TIIDA Launch



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Bentley introduces the New Flying Spur to the Middle East Luxury Automotive manufacturer Bentley Motors last night unveiled the much anticipated New Flying Spur to VIP customers and media at the prestigious five star JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai, UAE. Following its global debut at the Salon International de l’Auto in Geneva earlier this year, Bentley establishes a new luxury performance sedan benchmark. With its unrivalled blend of effortless driveability, exquisite luxury and craftsmanship, sculpted design and state-of-the-art technology, the new Flying Spur takes the worldwide success of its iconic predecessor to another level. Commenting on the new luxury sedan, Bentley Regional Director of the Middle East, Asia Pacific and UK, Mr Geoff Dowding said, “The Flying Spur has long been a favourite for our customers here in the Middle East, a true icon, which has attracted a loyal following. The New Flying Spur is the pinnacle of luxury and refinement with exceptional performance that is synonymous with all Bentley models. This will be an extremely popular model in the region.” Bentley’s styling team has developed an athletic design for the new Flying Spur that combines traditional Bentley styling cues with a sporting stance and contemporary details. Sharp feature lines complements a muscular rear haunch, while LED day-time running lights, dipped headlights and taillights characterise the front and rear profiles. Driver and passengers alike interface with the car and the outside world through touch-screen infotainment, mobile connectivity including Wi-Fi, a Rear Seat Entertainment suite and a new hand-held Touch Screen Remote which allows rear-cabin occupants to control an extensive range of features from the comfort of their seat. An eight-channel, eight-speaker audio system with Balanced Mode Radiators provides high quality sound clarity.

DS Eagle Chronograph - Extremely inspired and totally outstanding The new DS Eagle is a timepiece for watch lovers with a taste for the unique and unusual. With a broad face and solid screwed-on bezel with beautiful carbon-fiber detailing, the chronograph is ready for any extreme situation, in sport or everyday life. Water resistant up to a pressure of 20bar (200m), it is equipped with a textured screw-fastened black rubber strap and red-trimmed push-buttons— very sporty indeed, and its 24h GMT second time-zone will help to keep your work and travel schedule in perfect time. The DS Eagle Chronograph brings extreme-sport inspiration and finish to a timepiece with a fantastic quality/price ratio. Contrasting brushed and polished surfaces in 316L stainless steel, and racing-inspired semi-circular carbon inserts on its screwed-on bezel give it a distinctly modern, sporty character. Behind the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflection coating on both faces, the 12-hour, 60-minute and 60-second chronograph counters are bold and clear against the dial's textured finish, thanks to smart contrasts of red and white against black. All hands other than the central seconds indicator are skeletonised for a stylish design touch, and a large date window is ideally placed at 6 o'clock. Legibility is further enhanced by generous amounts of Superluminova on the large indices and HM hands and in the arrowheads added to both the 24h and the central seconds hand. Black PVD-coated screwed-on side guards neatly frame the design, while also providing additional protection, especially for the red-trimmed push-buttons and screw-in crown—monogrammed with the letters 'DS' to highlight the use of the Double Security Concept. The screw-on case-back brings a further reminder of the DS Eagle's exceptional reliability and water resistance up to a pressure of 20 bar (200m), with the display of the CERTINA turtle logo, a longstanding symbol of great water resistance, robustness and longevity. Black PVD-coated screws fasten a textured, contoured black rubber strap and its sturdy pin-clasp buckle to the beautifully sculptured case. The DS Eagle Chronograph comes in special packaging, and comes in two additional versions: an all-black PVD-coated model and a two-tone black/rose-gold PVD-coated model, both with a black rubber strap.

Teeing Off in Style with Golf Professional Francois Van Coppenhagen at the upcoming MENA Golf Tour Crowne Plaza Kuwait announced at a press conference on 19th Sep 2013, the association between the hotel and Golf Professional Francois Van Coppenhagen. The upscale hotel brand –Crowne Plaza Kuwait will be sponsoring Francois’s stay at various Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts during his entire MENA Golf tour across 7 locations this year. Crowne Plaza Kuwait had organized its first golf tournament in February early this year and has now gone a step further in its association with the sport by sponsoring Francois throughout his upcoming tour. Speaking at the Press Conference Mr Ramy Haykal, General Manager, Crowne Plaza Kuwait expressed, “We are very excited about this association which is all set to look like a very long term partnership in the coming future. Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts has always welcomed guests who are traveling for their success. Our facilities and services ensure that they are able to accomplish and be the best in their mission, be it professionals such as Francois from sports or regular business travelers. He also added,” We will be his partners in his journey towards his personal and professional growth and we wish him all the best in the upcoming Golf Tournament. Francois is a talented and promising golfer all set to achieve great heights and the hotel is confident in backing this winning star.” Francois van Coppenhagen, the 23-year old qualified PGA Professional will be staying at the various Crowne Plaza Hotel properties during his tour starting from Dubai Creek golf club and travelling across different locations across the region including Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Dubai etc. He is also eagerly looking forward to his stay at the properties and is confident that he will have a very comfortable stay after a long tiring day at the greens. This major step of sponsorship by Crowne Plaza Kuwait is also in line and in the same direction with the global brand’s mission in partnering with the sport. Recently The Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts brand had announced the association with PGA TOUR professional Rickie Fowler. IHG, the parent company of the Crowne Plaza brand, is the Official Hotel and Resort Partner of the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Web. com Tour.

Ford, Lincoln Post Strongest Retail Sales During Ramadan Ford and Lincoln vehicles recorded the best ever retail sales during the Ramadan period (July and August) this year, with nearly 15 per cent increase over the same period last year. The sales boost was largely owed to the growing popularity and show of confidence from consumers on both brands’ nameplates. Year to date August sales for both Ford and Lincoln grew by about 20 per cent. “It’s quite a feat to achieve our best-ever retail sales during this year’s Ramadan season,” said Thierry Sabbagh, Ford Middle East’s regional Sales director. “With such overwhelming confidence from customers around the region, Ford and Lincoln brands are sure to stay on track in achieving continued growth and capturing market share, thanks to our world-class lineup featuring class-exclusive technologies and innovations you wouldn’t normally expect.” Ford Explorer, a consistent favourite among customers in the region, recorded the highest increase with a total 67 per cent versus the previous year. Ford Edge was the second best-seller in the GCC and Levant markets with 41 per cent higher sales. Ford Taurus showed what it takes to be the flagship sedan with a 72 per cent uptick in sales over the same period last year. As for Lincoln, Ford Motor Company’s luxury brand sales have grown by 25 per cent during the July-August period, reiterating the growing demand for its latest models such as the MKS full-size sedan as well as the MKX compact crossover. And with the upcoming launch of the all-new Lincoln MKZ, Lincoln promises to delight its customers as it presents the new generation of the brand, reinvented in every way, from design, to technologies and sporty performance. October 2013



Home Centre Launches Third Season Of Popular ‘Room Makeover’ Competition Giving Away Transformations worth AED 250,000 Home Centre has announced the third edition of its annual ‘Room Makeover’ contest. Featuring a creative twist, this year’s contest will give away transformations worth KD 1000 each. The competition began from 17 September across five GCC countries including Kuwait, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman. Unlike the earlier editions when participants were asked to showcase their poorly made rooms and justify their need for a makeover, this year the entries will be invited to challenge Home Centre to transform their personal spaces to reflect the contestants’ unique personalities. The contest will select 25 winners from across the region that will each be given dramatic room makeovers worth AED10,000 in the UAE, KD1,000 in Kuwait, OMR1,000 in Oman, SAR10,000 in Saudi Arabia, and QAR10,000 in Qatar. Aarti Jagtiani, General Manager, Home Centre, said: “With every passing year, we wish to make the Home Centre Room Makeover competition bigger and better. This year, the contest will give away a larger number of makeovers and add a creative twist to make the activity even more exciting. The competition has garnered vast interest since its launch in 2011, which is reflected in the milestones that Home Centre has achieved. In 2012, Home Centre’s ‘Room Makeover’ contest drew over 3,500 entries from the GCC. In addition to providing home décor expertise, the Home Centre design team made a distinct visual impact by matching colours, lighting, palettes and textures to reflect the needs and personalities of the winners. Home Centre offered all products including furniture, painting and accessories for refurbishing the rooms. Each room makeover is completed in a single day, changing and touching the lives of many.

Kobe - Hublot World Ambassador Golden. During his legendary basketball career 15-time NBA All-Star, Kobe Bryant has struck gold winning five NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVP Awards, and two Olympic Gold Medals, in addition to a long list of accolades that compare to no other current NBA star. Affectionately known as the “Black Mamba,” Bryant’s basketball style mimics the desire of the infamous snake that strikes with accuracy at maximum speed and in rapid succession. His timing…near perfect. His style…timeless. His passion… endless! Kobe Bryant is not only a legend on the court, but an international icon who transcends fashion, luxury, and style and while maintaining a deep commitment to the enriching the lives of others. “Bryant is the perfect choice for Hublot – a brand known for its precision and excellence, traits that have characterized the basketball icon’s celebrated career,” said Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot. “We could not be more excited to add Kobe Bryant to our roster of brand ambassadors, all of whom are living testimonies to athletic superiority and perseverance. Kobe’s achievements are an inspiration to all of us here at Hublot and we look forward to a wonderful partnership,” Guadalupe added. Kobe Bryant said, "I am honored to become the latest brand ambassador for Hublot. I not only admire the timeless style in their designs, but also the wonderful work they do by giving back to various charitable organizations across the world. "

KidZania Kuwait Co-Sponsored FAWSEC/Specialized Solutions Event A tour in the facility gave new teachers a better understanding of the fundamental role KidZania Kuwait plays on the children’s educational journey towards a better world KidZania Kuwait, the child-sized edutainment city, recently sponsored the “Welcome to Kuwait” event at the American University in Kuwait (AUK), which was organized by Fawzia Sultan Educational Company (FAWSEC) and Specialized Solutions. Attending were 200 international teachers and schools’ staff, newly hired in private schools across Kuwait. Fernando Medroa, Vice President of Leisure and Entertainment at M.H. Alshaya Co., delivered a welcome speech during the event providing an overview of KidZania’s concept as an entertainment city with educational activities that allows children to role-play several jobs in a replica of a real-life city. The attendees at the FAWSEC event received an invitation to an exclusive tour of KidZania Kuwait, where they were made familiar with the educational features of the city, and shown how the activities are designed to complement academic curricula. The tour at KidZania Kuwait for the new teachers to Kuwait helped further confirm KidZania’s commitment to engage with educational institutions and organizations in the community. It also helped showcase the important role the fun filled city can play on children’s educational journey towards a better world in a safe and dynamic environment.

Iraqi Director Wins Montblanc Young Directors Project 2013 at Salzburg Festival Talented Iraqi director Mokhallad Rasem has become the first winner from the Middle East to win the prestigious Young Directors Project, an annual competition that has been supported by Montblanc since it began 12 years ago, as part of the Salzburg Festival in Austria. The competition, created in 2002 by Montblanc together with Jürgen Flimm, a former Director of Drama of the Salzburg Festival, aims to promote and celebrate young, emerging theatre directors from around the world. Each year, four young directors are shortlisted to participate at the summer festival with an expert jury honouring the most convincing performance, innovative idea or unconventional approach to the questions of modern society. The winner receives €10,000 in prize money and a Montblanc Limited Edition Mozart Fountain Pen, designed exclusively for the award and only available during the Salzburg Festival. Rasem was joined on this year’s Young Directors Project shortlist by Suzanne Andrade from the UK, Bastian Kraft from Germany, and Jan Mikulšek from the Czech Republic. It was Mokhallad Rasem’s compelling interpretation of the tragedy Romeo & Juliet that earned the judges’ final vote. Presenting three pairs of lovers from three different generations, and including love poems from both European and Arabic traditions, Rasem demonstrates the universal theme of suppressed love that transcends cultures and ages.

Treat your family to an exhilarating weekend at Marina Hotel Kuwait Perfect for a short break or a weekend getaway, Marina Hotel Kuwait has recently rolled out its attractive and indulgent weekend package for residents and locals. Guests can choose from any of the superior rooms for a quick getaway with friends and family to enjoy the state-of-the-art facilities the hotel offers, without missing out on other activities including shopping, wellness, sports and much more. The package offers special rates for weekenders in the superior rooms at a rate starting from KD 88 which include buffet breakfast, free access to the hotel's health club, beach and pool area. Guests and their families can experience a luxurious escape after an exhaustive week, and indulge themselves with a complimentary buffet breakfast for two persons at Six Palms Restaurant. Guests whose taste palettes crave for unique and diverse cuisines can watch authentic innovations spring to life for lunch and dinner at the renowned Atlantis Restaurant with the finest dishes from around the world and views of the Arabian Sea.



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PRESS AutoPacific Names Ram Truck Brand ‘Most Ideal Brand’ for 2013 Ideal Vehicle Awards The Ram Truck brand has been named the “Most Ideal Popular Brand” in AutoPacific’s 2013 Ideal Vehicle Awards based on owners’ ratings of their 2013 cars and trucks. Additionally, the 2013 Jeep® Grand Cherokee, for the third year running, was named “Most Ideal Mid-size SUV”. “For any business, positive recognition from customers is the ultimate compliment and we take their input very seriously,” said Jack Rodencal, Managing Director of Chrysler Group Middle East. “We’re proud to say that Chrysler Group is delivering the most of what consumers are looking for.” The Ideal Vehicle Awards are based on responses to AutoPacific's New Vehicle Satisfaction Survey. AutoPacific asked owners to indicate a desire to change their vehicle in 15 different categories, ranging from power and acceleration to safety features and storage, after having owned and driven their vehicle for 90 days. “The Ideal Vehicle Awards show that marketeers, product planners, researchers and engineers have developed and launched a vehicle executed best for their target market,” said Dan Hall, Vice-President of AutoPacific. Based on a survey of more than 52,000 new car and light truck owners, vehicles with the least amount of desired changes are recognised as ideal.

Salman Khan Loves Splash - Splash unveils 'Love Splash' as the new brand campaign Riding high on signing Salman Khan as the brand ambassador, Splash has unveiled the first leg of its hotly anticipated Autumn Winter’13 campaign featuring the heart-throb in the season’s key trends. Revealing an entirely new concept and moving forward from ‘Fashion 365’, Splash’s new brand campaign plays on the brand's long standing affair with fashion and is titled ‘Love Splash’. The campaign takes inspiration from the 20 years in love with fashion concept that was launched earlier this year as part of the on-going 20 year celebrations at Splash. Building onto this concept, the new campaign will see the heart symbol, a specially designed logo used as a lifeline that runs across all new communication for the brand. Talking about ‘Love Splash’, Raza Beig, CEO Splash & Iconic, said, "The new campaign reinforces our love affair with fashion and brings the entire brand experience of 20 years in love with fashion to life. With Salman at the forefront of our campaign we aim to connect with the sensibilities of the fashion-savvy Middle Eastern consumer and build a positive response.” ‘Love Splash’ comprises of three executions with the first phase aiming to make the maximum impact. Brand imagery featuring Salman Khan in various moods expressing his love for fashion will appear across the Middle East in various outdoor locations, in magazines, on online and social media platforms, and through direct marketing initiatives. Salman’s persona of style will motivate customers and fans alike to create their own memorable fashion moments and all at affordable prices.

Kids play dress up this autumn as H&M raises funds for children’s project with UNICEF

Children love to play dress up. This autumn, H&M is creating a special collection of dress up pieces for boys and girls, with 25% of all sales going directly to All for Children – H&M’s project with UNICEF to promote the rights of children in communities where H&M operates. The collection will be available from October 3. GIRLS: This year’s All for Children collection is like an 18th century masquerade ball, a fairy tale of sailors, mermaids and tattooed pirates. Details are vivid to bring the fantasy alive, such as the flounces on an off-white dress for girls, or the bows on a girl’s pirate top or dress. The accessories are full of special touches, like the seashells and starfish on a mermaid crown, or a bag shaped like Marie Antoinette’s pug. BOYS: For boys, there’s a captain’s coat complete with frogging if he wants to rule the waves, or a tattoo top and trousers if he prefers to be a pirate. There’s a bat cape, and different black and white stripes with a horizontal striped top and vertical stripes on a jacket and trousers. Boys’ accessories include a bat mask, pirate boots and a captain’s hat complete with parrot. Parts of the collection are made from more sustainable materials, such as organic cotton and Tencel. ALL FOR CHILDREN: H&M launched the All for Children initiative with UNICEF in 2009 with a $4.5 million donation to help children in some of the world’s poorest communities. Initially concentrating on southern India, All for Children has so far helped 758,000 children there. This autumn’s All for Children collection is a chance for customers to contribute to the fund, and to help approximately 1 million children around Dhaka in Bangladesh, improving their education, security and rights protection.

Starbucks Brings Back Autumn Favourites

White Chocolate Mocha, White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino and Colombia Coffee return to Kuwait by popular demand As another long summer winds down, Kuwait’s coffee lovers have everything to look forward to with the return of their autumn favourites from Starbucks. Back by popular demand, the White Chocolate Mocha, White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino and Colombia Coffee promise to add that warming kick as customers settle back in. Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha fans will once again indulge in the white chocolate sauce, infusing the bolder espresso tones with a smooth, unbeatable subtlety. There is definitely no better way to savour pure, white chocolate decadence. The White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino comes as another autumn season favourite with white chocolate sauce, smooth coffee blended with ice to bring out even the most shy of flavours. Both milk and white chocolates will delicately envelope taste buds, but white chocolate charms the palate with an extra buttery quality that inspires devotion. To tempt those with more traditional coffee tastes, Starbucks has brought back Colombia Coffee – but there’s nothing conservative about this stupendous blend’s intrepid top notes, or its glorious finish. It’s a testament to its origins high atop the majestic Andes, and how far Starbucks is willing to go in its pursuit of the perfect cup. Rana Shaheen, Starbucks Regional Communications and CSR manager in the MENA region, said: “I am as excited as our customers about the return of our autumn favourites. It’s that time of year when things cool down, people get back to their autumn routines and maybe swap their iced coffee for something warming and invigorating. We are committed to bringing to Kuwait the latest and most exciting flavours, as well as our customers’ personal favourites – that’s why we’re so pleased to bring back the White Chocolate Mocha, White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino and Colombia Coffee, three of our most popular autumn beverages.” The White Chocolate Mocha, White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino and Colombia Coffee will be available in all stores across Kuwait. October 2013





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Kids Pages General Quiz 3. The Beatles music band featured how many members? 4. True or false? Scarlet is a bright red color. 5. What galaxy is Earth located in? 6. What is the first element on the periodic table of elements? 7. True or false? Mickey Mouse's middle name is Fauntleroy. 8. How many sides does a triangle have? 9. True or false? Harry Potter's middle name is James. 10. Bees create what sweet substance?


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Horoscopes The Sun in Libra emphasizes the need to work with others and, above all, be willing to compromise. This is especially evident on October 5. A Lunar Eclipse in reckless Aries on October 18 could see you pushing forward when you should be more of a team player. The Sun moves into sly Scorpio on October 22, shortly after Mercury turns retrograde in that same sign. This retrograde could bring confusion, so let any new idea or project simmer. The Quarter Moon in Leo on October 26 sheds a dramatic light on your embryonic plan, but you may wisely choose to keep it quiet for a few more weeks.



(March 21 - April 19)

(July 23 - August 22)

This month you'll make an effort to be cooperative and diplomatic, especially when dealing with your partner. The Sun will be in Libra, bringing an urge for peace and harmony in personal relations. You'll discover that you can use charm to get your way rather than resort to bullying tactics. A New Moon in Libra on October 4 will also help you use the energy of Libra in a positive way. Uranus in your sign, as well as a Full Moon there on October 18, will make life chaotic. You may feel insecure and unstable for a couple of days.

TAURUS (April 20 - May 20)

Four planets moving through Scorpio this month will bring the urge to improve personal relationships, communicate better with loved ones, and prove that you're committed. You'll make an effort to be a better listener and treat others with respect. The focus will be on pleasing others and restoring harmony. Mars in Leo will stir up passion and excitement in the romance department, but you could be impulsive. Jupiter in the sign of Cancer will bring a desire to help others and be of service. You may lend a hand to a relative, neighbor, or community group.

Neptune in Pisces and your relationship sector may bring confusion and chaos if you have a romantic partner or if you have to deal with the public. This has been an ongoing and troublesome influence and it will continue for a few years. Jupiter in Cancer will bring a desire to be of service to friends and acquaintances. You may join a group that does fundraising or charity work in the community. Four planets will move through Scorpio this month, indicating that you'll be committed to helping others in your extended family and community. You might attend a seminar or commit to taking a short course.


LIBRA (September 23 - October 22)

You'll feel confident and strong with the Sun in your sign this month. A New Moon here on October 4 will help you make a new personal start and use your natural talents and abilities. This would be a good time to focus on artistic projects, decorating, design, or getting a makeover. You'll be charming, attractive, and popular. However, several planets in square or opposition to your sign could make life stressful and difficult. You might feel the pressure in your home life or a relationship, and career matters could be complicated. A Full Moon in Aries may bring a crisis with your partner.

Mars in Leo, another Fire Sign, will bring out passion and excitement over travel or education plans. Also, you could be involved in a project related to writing or teaching. You may make an impulsive decision to go ahead and commit to one of these things. Uranus in Aries will bring instability and change in your love life, but this will make life interesting. A Full Moon in Aries on October 18 will stir things up. Love matters will be uncomfortable for few days, but you'll survive. Friendships will be rewarding this month. You'll discover that you have loyal and supportive people around you.

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19)

This might be a difficult month with three planets in square or opposition to your sign. You could feel stressed and find that others are on a power trip or trying to control you. A Full Moon in Aries on October 18 will further complicate matters. For a few days, life at home will be challenging and there may be sudden, upsetting developments. There will be a New Moon in Libra and your career sector on October 4. All month you can tap into the energy of Libra to help you use your charm and people skills in the workplace and when networking.

AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18)

Mars will be in Leo opposite your sign this month. You'll be argumentative and defensive when dealing with your partner or the public, and you'll have to watch your temper. You'll make plans to further your education or share your knowledge in areas such as art, design, or fashion. You may also look into planning a trip that is relaxing and fun. If you want to progress in your career and take it seriously, you'll have to work hard, connect with others, and reach out to prospective employers. This may include going to networking events or answering job postings.




(June 21 - July 22)

(October 23 - November 21)

(March 21 - April 19)

Jupiter is still in your sign, expanding your natural desire to care for and support others. You may go overboard, however, and end up feeling unappreciated. Pluto, Uranus, and the Sun will be making difficult aspects to your sign this month, so you'll feel tense and experience a lot of frustration over career matters, relationships, and your home life. Even though you have a strong desire to change and grow, there will be challenges to overcome and opposition from others. Your love life will be lively and interesting, but you'll need to be courageous and patient.

VIRGO (March 21 - April 19)

(May 21 - June 20)

Love and romance will be emphasized this month, and if you're single you'll have plenty of chances to meet someone. You can make a new start in this area of your life, whether you're in a committed relationship, starting with someone new, or looking for love. The Sun will be in Libra and your love sector. A New Moon will bring out the ability to attract and charm others. Neptune in Pisces and in square to your sign will bring uncertainty and confusion over career matters. You may feel as if you lack direction in life. You'll work hard and have the support of co-workers.


Mars in your sign will bring drive, ambition, and the need for change. You'll take the initiative and go after what you want with passion. You will be impulsive and headstrong, however. The Sun in Libra will bring positive connections with relatives, neighbors, and people in your community. There will be team spirit and good cooperation. A New Moon here on October 4 will bring a desire to connect with others and be supportive. You'll have a generous spirit and lend your artistic and creative skills to projects. If you live with others or have guests, you'll need to communicate clearly and be cooperative.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21)

Several planets, including the Sun, will be in your sign this month, bringing out your natural qualities, strength, and confidence. Mercury and Venus will help you connect with others and be cooperative. You'll take the time to listen and share your knowledge and experience. Saturn will ensure that you're responsible and serious. A Full Moon in Aries on October 18 will bring unsettling changes at work. It could mean a crisis due to dealing with an overbearing person or mistakes due to haste and poor attention to detail. Jupiter in Cancer will bring an interest in foreign food and culture.

Jupiter in Cancer and your sector of love and romance will expand your opportunities. Whether or not you're with someone, you'll feel more loved and experience more joy. Neptune is still in your sign and is currently retrograde, so you'll probably spend a lot of time alone seeking peace and quiet. You can tap into your intuition when you're by yourself. Work on creative and artistic projects. Take time to write down your thoughts and meditate. Several planets will move through Scorpio, another Water Sign. You may write about your experiences, teach others, or explore further education.



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HOMEWORK FOR GROWN UPS EVERYTHING YOU LEARNED AT SCHOOL... BUT CAN YOU REMEMBER? General Knowledge Quiz 1. Gala, Jonagold and Pink Lady are varieties of which fruit? 2. Who wrote the poem 'The Owl and the Pussycat'? 3. Which country had a secret police force known as the Tonton Macoute? 4. Which organ of the body is affected by Bright's Disease? 5. In which city is the European Parliament based?

Test Your Vocabulary Which of the following is most likely to confine a farm animal? a) a haystack b) a loud noise c) a fence d) a stiff brush

6. What is the boiling point of water using the scientific kelvin scale of temperature measurement were often referred to as a woman's confinement—a time when she couldn't get up or out. examples to ones that you can support with direct evidence. In the 19th century, pregnancy and childbirth

7. What was the 1st human invention that broke the sound barrier?

Confine can be used abstractly as well. In writing a term paper, your teacher might tell you to confine your


c) Confine is a verb that means to close in; darkness enclosed him"

9. What name was given to the Samuri code of honour?

Confine is all about setting limits. If you are confined to the house, it means you can't leave it. If you're really sick, you might be confined to your bed

8. What colour is the bullseye on a standard dartboard?

10. What song does the main character wake up to every morning in Groundhog Day? 11. How many rounds are there in an Olympic boxing match? 12. The highest temperature ever recorded outside in the shade was recorded in Azizah, in Africa. In which country is this city located? 13. What is the largest fresh water lake in North America?

Cool Maths Puzzle A brand new Beats Headphone was on sale at 20% as a promotional offer. By what percent must the headphone price be increased to sell it at the original price again ?

14. Which Hasbro `action figure` got its name from a Robert Mitchum Suppose a $10 item is reduced by 20%, the price will drop to $8. Now to make it the original price we must add $2 more which is 25% of $8. ANSWERS :25%.

film? 15. What is the only Central American country in which baseball, not soccer, is the people's favourite sport? 16. Which South American country was named after the Italian city of Venice? 17. In which country is the highest mountain in South America?


18. How many emirates make up the United Arab Emirates? 19. If you were puting numbers on new changing room lockers to be numbered from 1 to 100, how many times would you use the number 9?


20. How many inner wire rings are there on a dartboard?


ANSWERS: 1.Apple, 2.Edward Lear, 3.Haiti, 4.Kidney, 5.Strasbourg, 6.373k - kelvins, 7.The whip, 8.Red, 9.Bushido, 10.I Got You Babe (by Sonny and Cher), 11.4, 12.Libya, 13.Lake Superior, 14.G.I. Joe, 15.Nicaragua, 16. Venezuela, 17. Argentina, 18.7, 19.20, 20.7





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