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BEAUTY 58. The 2018 Beauty Trends ENTERTAINMENT 73. Top Music Charts 74. Top Reading Picks For January 76. Movies FASHION 60. Editorial - Dark Knight 66. Dress For Success In 2018 With Carla And Marie 70. Top Picks By Yasmeen AlSalem
FEATURES 14. New Year 16. The Commercial Bank Of Kuwait 18. Parenting New Year Resolutions 21. متى ينام طفلي في غرفته اخلاصة وكيف أشجعه على ذلك؟ 22. Application Of Punishment ‘Minor Case' 23. ملكة الغرانيق/ رواية 28. A Winter Break Spent In Luxury At Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa FOOD 48. Life With Cake
FOOD 52. Life With Cake HEALTH 36. 7 Skin Care Resolutions For The New Year INTERVIEWS 30. Christine Solomon 44. Priya Jelly NUTRITION 24. The Top 5 Diet Trends That Need To End With The End Of 2017 TECHNOLOGY 78. Cool Gadgets TRAVEL 38. The City Guide 40. Bonus Miles - Disconnect To Reconnect- Detox 50. Something About Rio... 52. Georgia- Your New Home Away From Home 57. Travel In Style- Kenya REGULARS 26. In Permanent Pursuit Of Perfection
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NEW YEAR Naseera Hoorzook
ew Year has come and gone and everyone around you seems to have set off with steam as they enthusiastically rolled out their new planners, created vision boards and clearly marked their goals.
You, on the other hand, may not have done so. Perhaps you weren’t in the right space to create a new chapter in your life; or maybe you were still in holiday mode and somehow didn’t feel the need. You may now feel that because everyone else around you has a plan, you’ve missed that golden opportunity and are wondering if that boat has already sailed. My own year started with a bang with planners filled in, goals for the year jotted down and the beginning stages of implementation underway. As I introspected, I realized that I happened to be in the right frame of mind that coincided with 2018 marking its way. In hindsight, last year turned out to be a wonderful year for me, filled with new challenges and adventure. Yet I hadn’t taken the time, as I did this year, to plan as the year began. I chatted to a colleague whose spirit is always upbeat and one who inspired many when she confessed that she hadn’t planned a thing. She wasn’t ready to begin her 2018 goal setting when the rest of us were. While she was on her own growth path, she felt extremely low, as if she had failed herself for not being part of that big New Year bang. I’d like to remind you, as I reminded her, that there’s no reason to feel despondent. The first day of January is always a great 14
opportunity to start afresh, but it isn’t the one and only day to do so. How blessed are we that opportunities like this can be created at any moment? If 2nd January or 12th January was when you started, have you lost out? If you still haven’t started today does it mean your year will be ruined? Certainly not! So why not decide your own ‘right time’ and follow that? If of course, that’s what you had in mind. We are the creators of our own destinies. We have it within us to start anew at any given moment we feel the time is right for us. And guess what? There are many successful people who don’t start on 1st January. There are many people who start their goal- setting smack in the middle of the year, on their birthdays, or as a result of a need that’s brewing within. So when you are driven by a deeper, innate calling to map your path, the value it will add to your life is far greater than it may have been if you started because it was the trendy thing to do. Find your passion and align it towards an action plan. Dig deep within and begin to carve out the rest of your year when you are ready to run. For some, goals for the year may be measurable and quantifiable. For others it may be innate - an intangible desire to fulfill and practice certain upheld values or development of character. Whatever it is, dwell on it for a while, let it run deep in your bones so that you light a fire within you. Then go out and get it! Wishing you a blessed 2018, filled with all that your heart and soul needs and everything that nurtures who you are.
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THE COMMERCIAL BANK OF KUWAIT PRESENTS A VARIETY OF CARDS AND SERVICES
The Commercial Bank of Kuwait presents a variety of credit cards and other services that facilitate its customersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; daily tasks and fulfill their needs. Here are some of the most important cards and services, along with their benefits. CBK British Airways MarsterCard: As the only British Airways-branded MasterCard credit cards in the Middle East, the products combine a worldleading card concept with a global loyalty program, offering cardholders the opportunity to collect Avios points (the reward currency of the British Airways Executive Club) for every 1KD they spend using their card and redeem them for flights and upgrades. The cards come in 3 types: MasterCard World, MasterCard Platinum and MasterCard Prepaid, and offer several benefits to their holders. Upon card issuance, cardholders will receive an initial bonus Avios as a welcome gift to get them started. The initial bonus Avios can, depending on the card type, reach 12,500 Avios which can be enough for a one-way flight from Kuwait to London. The cards are loaded with benefits such as lounge access, concierge service, global travel insurance (on all 3 cards), free nights in more than 1,200 luxury Starwood hotels around the world (SPG hotels), spa offers, and discounts at luxury serviced apartments, among others. Customers will be 16
able to collect Avios on purchases, from booking flights to paying for dinner or fuel or everyday shopping and spend them to pay for flights worldwide with British Airways and oneworldÂŽ airline partners.
Visa Infinite: Visa Infinite Card is for elite and affluent consumers who view exclusive benefits and excellent customer service as a distinction when choosing a payment product. The card is characterized by a high spending limit, as well as a 24-hour world-wide personal assistant service for booking flights and hotels, unlimited access to more than 750 lounges at airports around the world with Lounge Key, free for the cardholder and one additional guest. Moreover, Visa Infinite cardholders will receive discounts at many restaurants, shops and services in more than 900 hotels in the premium hotel group of Visa, as well as concierge service, purchase protection, extended warranty, and free travel insurance that can reach up to 1 million US Dollars.
Mastercard World, MasterCard Platinum, and MasterCard Titanium cardholders free of charge. Benefits of this service include a list of personal and governmental services. Some of the main benefits are airport transfer/pick up request for just 2.5 KD, pay off electricity/water bills, reservations (airline tickets, hotels, restaurants), delivery services (gifts, flowers, chocolate), organization of events and occasions, car rental services and renewal/transfer of hired help visas, among others. To benefit of the service, customers just need to call the dedicated line for CBK customers 22252230.
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Visa Platinum: The Visa Platinum card is for high salary individuals who can enjoy a high spending limit. Visa Platinum cardholders are eligible for 6 free visits per year to 25 airport lounges across GCC and MENA region as well as some key European destinations. There is no account creation or registration required for accessing the lounges; customers can just present their card to allow access. Cardholders will also benefit from free travel insurance provided by the bank which complies with Schengen requirements and will be able to benefit from Al-Tijari offers as well as the diversified Visa Offers which presents a varied selection of travel, dining, shopping and lifestyle opportunities.
Mastercard Titanium: CBK Mastercard Titanium cards offer its holders the opportunity to access more than 10 airport lounges in the MENA region as well as free local concierge service provided from Yemnak and free travel insurance provided by the bank and which complies with Schengen Visa requirements. On top of these, CBK Titanium cards are part of Al-Tijari offers which grant CBK customers discounts at several prime locations in Kuwait such as restaurants at the Radisson Blu and Symphony Style hotels.
Mastercard Prepaid: The advantage of the new CBK Mastercard Prepaid is that it can be issued instantly at any CBK branch. CBK Mastercard Prepaid is issued without a limit and it can be topped up to any desired amount either through online banking, branch network, or call center. It can be used for online transactions, POS purchases, or ATM cash withdrawals locally and abroad. When shopping online, the card is secured through a passphrase selected by the customer upon card issuance. Just load your card and get access to cash 24-hrs a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year at thousands of sites around the world.
Concierge Service: With Al-Tijari ……. Your Wish Is Our Command CBK understands the requirements of its customers' lifestyle and strives to provide appropriate services to save both time and effort. Therefore, CBK has introduced the Concierge Service in partnership with Public Services Company which introduced the unique concierge service ‘Yemnak’ to Kuwait. The service is available for Visa Infinite, Visa Platinum,
CBK would like to ensure its customers’ safety and the safety of their loved ones while traveling and this is why CBK, along with AIG, has added free travel insurance to all CBK credit cards which also includes coverage for the family. As the minimum requirement for the Schengen Visa is medical coverage for a minimum of up to USD 50,000, the bank made sure to please all customers and it was included in the coverage. The insurance packages reach up to USD 100,000 depending on the card type and the coverage is valid for a maximum of 60 days per trip from date of departure.
InstaPay Service: Now, CBK account holders will be able to invoice any local debit cardholder using CBK online/mobile banking services with the Al-Tijari InstaPay service. An SMS request will be generated to the payer to settle the indicated amount for the given description. Upon clicking the link, the payer will be redirected to the Knet Payment Gateway (PG) and the payee will be able to settle from any local debit card. Upon successful transaction, CBK accountholders will be credited instantly. This service is free of charge and features a safe and secure payment method that is available 24 hours a day in Arabic and English language. For more information, visit http://www.cbk.com/MyBanking/Services
Cardless Cash Withdrawal: Now, you don’t need to worry if you leave your wallet at home, with CBK new Cardless Cash Withdrawal service you will be able to withdraw cash without your ATM card! It’s a fast, convenient and simple way to make cash available from your accounts to yourself or family and friends through SMS to any mobile in Kuwait. All you need to do is log in to www.cbk-online.com or CBK mobile App, go to Transfer tab, select Cardless Withdrawals and follow the instructions. For more information, visit http://www.cbk.com/MyBanking/Services
Al Tijari Offers Program: With Al-Tijari Offers Program, customers can enjoy various discounts and privileges at reputable and renowned restaurants and coffee shops in Kuwait when using AlTijari credit and prepaid cards. CBK hopes that Al-Tijari offers attain their customers’ satisfaction and meet their needs as the bank always strives to provide customers with the best banking services at all times. For a list of restaurants and coffee shops participating in Al-Tijari Offers please visit http://www.cbk.com/MyBanking/Cards www.cpmagazine.net
PARENTING NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS
here is something wonderful about starting the New Year; it feels like we have wiped the slate clean and turned a new page in our book of life. In a sense, we get a new chance to start all over again and that is energizing! What is on your list of resolutions? Hitting the gym? Clean eating? De-cluttering? All of those are wonderful resolutions and goals to work towards. While we are building our resolution list, allow me to share a few specifically for parents. Let us make 2018 your best parenting year; the year where you revamp your relationship with your children and hopefully become a happier and more fulfilled parent.
New Year Resolution #1: Commit to your relationship Commit to your parent-child relationship. Spend one-on-one time each day with each child. If you do not make any commitments this year, at least make this one. Spending one-on-one uninterrupted time with each child daily helps build emotional connections, reduces negative behaviors and makes children more cooperative throughout the day.
New Year Resolution #2: Commit to your other relationship When we think of the wellbeing of our families, we almost always think of our kids only and neglect our partners (true for both moms and dads). This year, make sure you commit to your relationship with your partner by making time for each other daily to reconnect, talk and share your thoughts and ideas. Schedule time at least once a month to recharge together. You will both be happier and more energized when caring for your kids.
New Year Resolution #3: Take a mommy time-out If you have been a mother for more than a day, you already know that motherhood is not easy. Actually, despite it being the most rewarding and fulfilling, it is also one of the hardest jobs. There will be times when you will not feel so much love for your kids, when you will simply be tired or even burnt out from all your responsibilities. It is precisely at these moments when you should be taking a mommy time-out. This year make time for yourself; not only will you be happier, but taking some time on your own will help you gain a new perspective on your kids and family. It's a win-win situation.
New Year Resolution #4: Assign chores This year assign a few chores to your kids. Chores will help children cultivate a sense of responsibility. Not convinced? Research has shown that chores not only help kids become more responsible but also increase their self esteem, teach them how to handle frustration effectively and delay gratification, all of which contribute to greater academic success. Wishing you and your families a very happy, healthy and rewarding New Year!
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متى ينام طفلي في غرفته الخاصة وكيف أشجعه على ذلك؟
بعض األمهات صعوبة في فصل الطفل وقت النوم عن غرفتها الخاصة ،إما ألسباب عاطفية أو لعدم قدرتها في التعامل مع هذا الموقف لصغر سنها مثال او قلة خبرتها. يفضل فصل الطفل عن غرفة والديه من عمر الستة أشهر وهناك من يفصل الطفل في أقل من هذا العمر وال مانع إذا كانت الغرفة ملتصقة بغرفة األبوين ،فنوم الطفل في غرفته الخاصة في هذا العمر يغنيك عن مواجهة تلك المشكلة في عمر أ كبر مما يجعل انفصاله عن األم أصعب ،أي كلما تأخرت عزيزتي األم في فصله عنك كلما أصبح الموضوع أ كثر صعوبة وتعقيداً .و لنسهل الموضوع هناك خطوات نذكر بعضها باختصار وهي كالتالي: بداي ًة يجب أن تقرري فصل طفلك عنك دون تردد مهما منعتك عاطفتك حتى ال تتراجعي عن هذا القرار وتبدئين بالتذبذب مما سيصعب األمر أ كثر. أوالً ،يمكن لألم أن تنام في بداية األمر على فراش طفلها أو مالصقة له. ثم بعد فترة تجلسين بجانبه على كرسي أو اريكة. بعد أيام قليلة اجلسي بقرب الغرفة عند الباب مثال. وإذا كان الطفل قد بلغ العام أو أ كثر فأخبريه بأنك موجودة 21
بالمنزل وأخبريه بمكان تواجدك وطمئنيه بقرب المكان من غرفته. وهناك أساليب تحفيزية كثيرة نذكر البعض منها: تدوين ذلك في لوحة المكافآت. تشويق الطفل بأن دبدوبه المفضل سوف ينام بجانبه و قد ينام قبله ،اطلبي من طفلك الهدوء حتى ال يزعج دبدوبه. اوعديه بقراءة قصة كلما نام بغرفته الخاصة. امدحيه أمام األهل المقربين بأنه بدأ ينام في غرفته الخاصة ألنه قد كبر. تذكري عزيزتي األم أن التربية ورعاية األبناء دائما ما تتطلب الصبر والحكمة فال تكلي وال تملي ،سيكبرون في يوم من األيام وتجنين ثمار هذا التعب بإذنه تعالى .لنتذكر جميعا أنه ال ملجأ وال منجا من هللا إال إليه وهذه إنما هي تذكرة بقدرته جل وعال ،لنسبحه كثيرا و نحمده كثيرا. اللهم إني بلغت اللهم فاشهد. حفظنا هللا و إياكم من كل مكروه والحمد لله حمدا كثيرا حتى يبلغ الحمد منتهاه.
APPLICATION OF PUNISHMENT ‘MINOR CASE ‘
nce minors are involved in any kind of accusation, the law differentiates them in terms of penalties by applying different periods of time relating to the criminalized acts that they've taken. No crime will be taken for granted - being a minor doesn’t mean not being charged for committing a crime - but the main difference between a minor and an adult is the will to commit a crime and understanding the consequences. The will and intent of a minor isn't as clear and as conscious as the intent of an adult. The law understands that the minor is at an age where his mind is still growing. Life is still a mystery to him and, maybe, some or all of his acts are taken without prior thinking. Even when committing a crime, he wouldn't think beforehand whether the thing that made him so angry and frustrated was worth beating, slandering, fighting, stealing or committing a crime for. He wouldn't understand how difficult it is to be in jail for a long period of time, or how hard it is to lose his normal life, his family and friends; to live in a jail where there's no entertainment, a different kind of life order, and people who are not friendly with him. A special law for juveniles between 14 and 18 years old was issued under law numbers 19 and 20 of the Kuwaiti penal law regarding penalizing crimes committed by minors. The law has also issued special regulations for minors who commit crimes when aged between 7 and 14. Article number 19 mentions that if a juvenile commits a crime when aged 7 - 14 years old, the judge may order to put him in a juvenile rehabilitation institute instead of having him jailed. The period of time will be decided by the judge but whatever the circumstances, he must be released once he becomes 18 years old. As for juveniles between 14 and 18 years old, law number 20 mentions clearly that the execution penalty will change to imprisonment for a period of time that doesn't exceed 15 years. If the penalty was imprisonment for a period of time that doesn't exceed 15 years, then it shall change to a period of time that doesn't exceed 10 years if a ‘minor case’. If the minor committed a crime that is penalized with imprisonment, then the period of time should not exceed half of the maximum time that is given to the original penalty by the law. Personally, I think that every person should participate in raising awareness between young teens about the criminal law and the consequences that will occur once they commit a crime. There must be an awareness campaign in schools against violence to educate teens about the disadvantages of having a criminal record and how it will have a severe effect on their future. Minors are not only our sons and daughters, they're also the youth of future so enlightening them and guiding them to the right path is our responsibility not only towards them, but also towards future generations.
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THE TOP 5 DIET TRENDS THAT NEED TO END WITH THE END OF 2017 2017 was the year of dieting and healthy eating claims. The internet and social media - even actual businesses - were bombarding consumers with messages on how to feel and look healthy since not being fit was the equivalent of not being stylish or trendy. To join the craze, many companies and influencers started delivering promises of healthy and fit bodies through some unrealistic, harmful diet regimens. Below are a few of the worst diets that were very popular in 2017, but need to disappear in 2018. 1. Ketogenic diet Super hot in 2017, the ketogenic diet consists of 75% fats, 20% protein, and only 5% carbohydrates. The metabolic goal is to utilize the fats as energy (and ketones, one of their biochemical byproducts) instead of glycogen (stored glucose or blood sugar). After about four days of inadequate carbohydrate for fuel, the body shifts to a state of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ketosisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (burning fat instead of stored glucose) which can be verified through a simple blood or urine test. Weight loss will occur on a ketogenic diet, but it's not sustainable. Further, multiple nutrient deficiencies (notably fiber, vitamins and minerals) exist on the keto diet and the scientific research just isn't there yet. Ketogenic diets can be used for some medical conditions such as epilepsy but for long-term weight management, this type of diet can't even be tweaked to be healthy.
2. Paleo Diet I don't really know how this diet was still going strong in 2017! The emphasis on meat and avoidance of grains and legumes is unsustainable for the health of people and the planet. Paleo diets encourage the high intake of red meats and animal proteins and the elimination of dairy, grains, legumes and many fruits. Naturally low in calories and carbohydrates, the diet will help with weight loss but there are potential health consequences like fatigue, headache, constipation, mood swings and increased risk of heart disease and certain cancers. It's time to set paleo aside and embrace healthy foods from all food groups.
3. Clean Eating ‘Clean eating’ gets millions of results on Google, but does this mean that some foods are dirty or unhygienic? Although clean eating began with good intentions focusing on whole foods, cooking at home and reading food labels - it has evolved into a fixation with perfection. Part of the problem is that the definition of ‘clean eating’ varies widely. If the goal is back to basics and whole foods, then that's worthwhile, but some clean eating followers take it further and avoid any packaged foods or ingredients they are not familiar with. Perhaps most problematic, clean eating evokes a sense of fear and obsession. Focusing on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and healthy fats rounds out a healthier perspective on eating. It's time to stop believing these popular food myths.
4. Gluten free diet Certainly, a gluten free diet is appropriate for people with celiac disease, but otherwise, it's not necessary. Gluten is a protein naturally found in wheat, barley, rye and some food additives. Eliminating it from your diet doesn't automatically reduce calories and induce weight loss because those calories are typically replaced by other
gluten-free foods. Some gluten-free foods contain more calories than their gluten-full counterparts. In fact, true gluten-free diets need to be monitored with dietitians as they can be deficient in nutrients (many B vitamins, fiber and iron). While it's not a bad idea to steer clear of refined carbohydrates that contain gluten (think cookies, doughnuts and pastries), it's unhealthy to avoid high fiber carbs that contain gluten (such as whole grain breads and cereals). In addition to that, up to date, scientific data does not support gluten-free diets as a treatment of obesity.
5. Apple cider vinegar Popular websites claim apple cider vinegar cures every health issue you can imagine - from obesity to arthritis to chronic fatigue to acne to influenza, and so the list goes on. Claims of apple cider vinegar breaking down fat tissue abound on the internet. Ingesting a spoonful of apple cider vinegar is unlikely to cause any harm, but your gastrointestinal tract isn't where your fat tissue is stored, so dissolving it doesn't make sense. One of the few published scientific studies related to apple cider vinegar and weight reduction included twenty-two other herbal supplements, making it impossible to determine which contributed to the moderate weight loss (3.5 kg) seen among healthy volunteers. Apple cider vinegar is a healthy additive to your salads or meals, but it will not cause you to lose more weight so consume it for its health benefits and not for the obesity-fighting fake promises. Finally, healthy weight is a long-term journey that does not tolerate shortcuts; the success of your diet is measured by sustainable weight loss in terms of time. This should be at least a year and unfortunately, following any of the trends above will cause you to regain your lost weight in a very short period of time, meaning all your time and efforts were in vain.
hen is someone going to invent a toaster that can satisfy the demands of a busy hotel breakfast buffet? It doesn’t matter how luxurious the hotel, the toaster in the breakfast room is always inadequate. Most of them are the ‘conveyor belt’ type where you watch your bread disappear into a black hole at the top of the machine and, if you’re lucky, see it reappear again at the bottom. Chances are, it will barely be toasted and will still be as white as it was when you put it in. The easy answer is to put it in again, right? Wrong. For some reason, despite emerging pale and limp after one loop, it is deposited black and inedible after two. The other problem with these rotating toasters is that someone always tries to steal your toast. If you leave your bread unattended, even for a minute, you will return to find an empty machine and no sign of your toast. In fact, even if you guard the toaster whilst waiting for a miracle to occur between the heating elements, someone else in the queue will claim your toast as their own leaving you empty handed and ever so slightly incensed. I’ve witnessed people arguing over a charred slice of toast on more than one occasion! Then there’s the question of exactly when to start toasting your bread. Do you start the process before you’ve helped yourself from the hot buffet, thus guaranteeing that your toast is cold before you sit down to eat? Or, is it better to gather your hot items first and then watch your breakfast congeal on your plate as you wait in vain for the machine to produce a perfect slice of golden toast? One thing’s for sure, it’s always easy to spot exactly where the toaster is situated - just look for the cloud of smoke! Some people, whether from greed or impatience, insist
on inserting multiple slices of bread into the toaster at the same time. Rather than achieving the desired result of fast food, it clogs up the machine completely, often setting fire to the unfortunate slices of bread jammed midway through the cycle. At best, this results in a large queue of hungry, disgruntled hotel guests. At worst, the fire alarm is activated and breakfast is abandoned. Some establishments choose to use domestic style ‘popup’ toasters. Ordinarily, these are very easy to operate – simply insert the bread in the slots at the top, push down the lever and wait for your toast to automatically pop up. What could possibly go wrong? Well, these machines are designed for bread only. They are not designed for bagels, bread rolls, croissants or any other product from the bakery that’s too wide to fit in the slots. Unfortunately, this doesn’t stop people trying to force unsuitable items into the toaster, thus causing a blockage and jamming the mechanism. Another disadvantage with these contemporary popup toasters is misuse of the control switch. Whilst this is an essential and convenient feature in a domestic environment, it is often subject to abuse in a hotel breakfast room where people think it is funny to switch it to ‘maximum’. Innocent hotel guests are oblivious to the prank and, assuming the switch is set at a suitable level, will watch in horror as their bread is toasted to a darker shade of black. It‘s not too much to ask is it? In this world of modern, seemingly endless technology, why can’t hotels have a toaster that’s easy to use, can cope with high demand, and grills the bread to an attractive, golden brown? I live in hope. Until then, I’ll give the toaster a wide berth and help myself to some cornflakes.
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A WINTER BREAK SPENT IN LUXURY AT JUMEIRAH MESSILAH BEACH HOTEL & SPA
amed the leading Luxury Beach Resort by the World Luxury Hotel Awards and Luxury Hotel of the Year in 2017 by Middle East Hospitality, Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa surely comes as a first choice for families seeking to unwind after a long period of work and studies.
of the royal suites, one would already feel the majesty in the design walking through the corridors and private access, to further discover such grandeur in the comfort of the three-bedroom royal suite and its vast living room space. With beautiful scenery overlooking the wellmaintained hotel gardens and sparkling swimming pools, the Duplex Residences offer comfortable accommodation with special perks even before you check-in – including a private entrance and car park.
Catered to every need and want that could occur to one’s mind, the idyllic resort’s design of both contemporary and traditionally cultural elegance offers a wide variety of 407 Once the visiting families have fully indulged in the luxuries and comforts of the rooms, guests will find that there is rooms including suites, residences and villas. a large diversity of cuisines in six different restaurants offering unique dining concepts for every taste. As luxuriously striking as the variety sounds, it is merely the surface of what Kuwait’s beautiful property has to offer. Stepping into the villas for instance, families get Seafood fans can surely rejoice as Salt Restaurant offers to experience a home away from home feeling in being a globally diverse menu displaying the freshest items provided the conventional necessities found in every meticulously considered by chefs of experience, delivering home. However, beyond home utilities, the convenient mouth-watering internationally-inspired marine treasures luxuries of signature services and Arabian hospitality, leaving those dining in awe of its award-winning the resort’s villas offer access to the private beach, gastronomy and eclectic ambiance. leisure facilities and idyllic surroundings, truly reflecting Jumeirah’s promise to ‘Stay Different’. While seafood fans enjoy their dining experience, meat lovers indulge in the luxury of delicious primemeat cuts Stepping out of the luxury of the villas and into the luxury at Pepper Steakhouse Restaurant on the opposite side. 28
One must also experience the traditional yet elegant flairs of Arabesque Middle Eastern Restaurant. Aromatic spices, herbs and local flavours followed with fragrant quality shisha and the soothing Arabic music in the background evoke the timeless Kuwaiti culinary lifestyle. More dining enjoyment can be experienced at Olio Restaurant with the native chef’s Italian masterpieces. The Italian Chef entices with an emphasis on fresh and seasonal ingredients of his signature dishes. For an overall taste of local and global flavours, the all-day dining restaurant, Garden Café, is a favourite when it comes to breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings amidst charming outdoor vistas. Moreover, each family member gets to experience the resort’s luxurious entertainment and serenity individually. Spa lovers would head into the hotel’s signature Talise Spa, where they will take time out to revitalize from the stresses of daily life in a serene environment with treatments, rituals, massages and therapies using renowned luxury brands handpicked from all over the world. The journey continues in the facilities area, where an exclusive Salt Room lulls you into a state of deep relaxation with its ancient Himalayan crystals. Exclusively available in Talise Spa, the Salt Room promotes better breathing, sounder sleep and overall wellness. You can extend your wellness goals to Talise Fitness as well, where the Hotel’s gymnasium will keep you active with warmups during the cold season. Whether it’s a morning yoga practice, meditation, or relaxing massage in between, Talise proves to be an all-round wellness destination.
Children have their own space as well. They are welcome to enjoy Sinbad’s Kids Club and Teen Scene Club safely in all its supervised activities such as kid’s yoga along with a varied movie programme enjoyed in a private cinema. Much can be said about Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa, but nothing can do an experience justice, except the experience itself. So book your stay and live the experience of a winter break spent in luxury! For more information, guests can reach the Hotel’s room reservation team on 22269601, restaurants team on 22269666, and Talise Spa team on 22269688. For the latest news, follow @JumeirahMB on snapchat and twitter, @JumeirahMessilahBeach on Instagram and Facebook.
About Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa: The Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa is ideally located in a secluded area with easy access to Kuwait’s Central Business District, airport and major attractions. The beachfront resort features 316 rooms and suites, 80 residential suites and 12 villas, six restaurants along with cafés and lounges, a 3500m2 ‘Talise Spa’, a 200-metres private beach, two swimming pools and a children’s play area. Additionally, extensive conference and banqueting facilities are available, including a showpiece 1950m2 Badriah ballroom. www.cpmagazine.net
Crossing Borders With
Award-winning actress, author, business owner and model, Egyptâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Christine Solomon opens up about diversity in Hollywood, the future of the movie industry and the role of women in films. Starting her career at the tender age of five performing across theatres in Cairo, Christine Solomon has since risen to Hollywood stardom. After moving to Canada with her parents in 1988, the multi-talented actress appeared in a series of box office hits, launched a consultancy firm for aspiring actors, and still continued to showcase her talent in critically acclaimed plays across the country. More recently, she has been dividing her time between Los Angeles and Montreal, where she has been found working on a book about acting careers in Canada when she is not in production. The recipient of the Madbakh Women of Torontoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Actress of Empowerment award, Christine is proving to the world that gender and cultural diversity are no longer Hollywood taboos.
Photographer: Efren Beltran (@efrenb) Hairstylist: Denise Madrigal (@glamwithdenise) Haircut: Tauni Dawson (@tauni901) Videographer: Jessie Ochoa Video Editor: Andrew Thabet Location: Los Angeles, California
From Egypt to Hollywood
The last time we spoke was when we interviewed you for the release of Betroit. Tell us what’s been happening in the world of Christine Solomon since then. So much has been happening, Jameel, I’m not sure where to start. Let’s see…After Betroit, I was offered an opportunity to work on a production in the US, which then turned into a whirlwind of projects. In 2015 I starred in What Now directed by Ash Avildsen and also Yasmine by Val Rassi. Not long after, I did Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six: Siege, which also starred Angela Basset. In 2016, I hosted GMC’s campaign, Building for America’s Bravest, with Josh Duhamel. More recently, I performed in two Demetrius Navarro comedies: The Big Shot, distributed by Sony, and Kids Can, a DStreet Films production that will be out in 2018.
That’s a plateful indeed! Oh, 2017 has been crazy busy with work, but also so many events and festivals. Because yes, I forgot to mention, I was also a juror at six different film festivals. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I just love every second of it all.
Please tell me more about The Big Shot. I hear it was showcased on Virgin Airlines, is that correct? Yes, the movie was released worldwide and showcased on Virgin. It’s now been picked up for distribution by Sony Pictures. The movie is about two producers who figure that the best way to ensure the success of their movie is to kill one of the actors. I play the hit man’s critical right hand, Chantal, the one who orchestrates the operation. It was such a fun experience. Working under the direction of Demetrius Navarro is such a thrill. He is a whizz with comedies.
And then there’s Yasmine, which is sort of a Sex and the City with a Middle Eastern twist, right? Yasmine was wonderful. The series is witty and shock-full of humor, but it doesn’t shy away from discussing touchier subjects in relationships. I think the comparison to SATC is because it was about four women and their relationships with men. The series was actually based on Ahlam Mosteghanemi’s book, The Art of Forgetting. I read she’s been named the world's best-known arabophone woman novelist, and I’d have to wholeheartedly agree. Reem (my character in the series) is one of the lead women the series follows. She’s a fun, corky woman, and playing her was an adventure!
You say you collaborated with Josh Duhamel on a GMC campaign? Yes, the campaign was to raise funds to build smart homes for injured veterans. You know, being of Middle Eastern descent and having lived in North America for the greatest part of my life has made me very sensitive to both the differences and similarities between the two cultures. In the end, it’s about love and it’s about acceptance. I’ve always tried, as an actress, to select roles that
allow me to use my voice and my status to help others in need and I got the opportunity to do that with this amazing project. It’s important to laugh, of course, but we shouldn’t shy away from discussing the real issues either.
You’re indeed very well known for being an emblem of diversity. You’ve actually been called ‘a role model of diversity and influence’. You are Canadian but were born in Egypt; you speak multiple languages, including Arabic; you’ve been featured in many Middle Eastern productions, and your career now spreads across theatre, movies, TV and the Internet, including Canada and the United States. Do you find that your multi-racial background affects the type of roles you get? Not at all. It’s quite the opposite. I have a versatile look, which enables me to portray different nationalities. I find that because of the opportunity I’ve had to experience firsthand all these cultural differences in my youth and throughout my life, I’ve gained a tremendous amount of understanding for subtle nuances. I speak several dialects and so I can tweak my accent to fit a given role. It’s also not difficult for me to adapt the way I look and so I get cast in a wide range of roles. In fact, I like to take some liberties and add a few cultural layers to my characters. For instance, I may try to interject Egyptian flair into a North American girl, or vice versa. I think it helps viewers capture the beauty of diversity.
with co-star Aris Alvarado
As a woman in Hollywood, do you ever feel pressured to look a certain way for a movie? No, I haven’t felt any pressure. I mean there’s always an image that the director has in mind when casting a part, and that’s quite normal. But as an actor, I can’t judge the characters. It is part of my job to understand why they are the way they are and how they’ve come to be that way. Then, once I have a full grasp of their essence, that’s when training and experience comes in; it allows you to take some liberties that’ll give your character a more authentic personality. Looks are the last thing on my mind when I take on a role. It’s just too easy to manipulate your look for a movie. I never worry about that, and I think Hollywood and the film industry in general have made tremendous strides in that area. I believe we’ve become a lot more embracing of cultural diversity and less consumed with gender stereotypes. Generations of women have been working very hard to achieve that, and I’m thankful for them because we’ve started to reap the benefits. And not just in Hollywood but across the corporate world. We still have a long way to go, but the ability to get there is within reach. It’s within us. We’ve got to want it bad enough. We can’t turn our backs on history; we have to learn from it and learn to evolve with it. It does no good to be bitter about what happened yesterday. Just like when I study a character, I prefer to try to understand why it happened and how I can move on to a better place with this baggage. I believe this is where Hollywood is heading as well.
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Is the social narrative a criterion when you choose your films? It is. I’ve always had a preference for films that have a positive narrative or convey an important message. Whether it is to bring awareness to a cause or to help move mountains, I think actors play a big role in advancing (or regressing) social issues through the characters they choose to portray. Of course, it’s also fun to have fun once in a while! Comedies can ease the soul too.
If you could make up your dream project, what would it be? It would probably be to play a strong female lead in a musical or autobiographical film. I have an extensive theatre background and have always enjoyed doing musicals. I believe theatre enables actors to showcase their true strengths and talent, ultimately giving us a chance to shine at doing what we do best. And what better way to convey a message than to do it in song!
How do you feel about being on the cover of our 8th anniversary celebration? I hope this doesn’t sound pompous in any way because it’s not intended that way, but I am blessed to have worked in films that starred legends like Brando, DeNiro and Norton, and I cherish the memories of each of those productions, but when you get asked to participate in something like this, it’s a completely different kind of gratification. Your magazine is ground-breaking for women and artists in the Middle East, and to be chosen to help you celebrate this milestone is such an immense honor. In a way, it validates my work and shows me that my actions are indeed having an impact and making a difference in people’s lives, and that’s really the main reason driving me in this passion.
What is your advice to young people considering becoming actors? Be fearless, patient and persistent.
Rapid Fire Questions: 1. All-time favourite movie: Beetlejuice 2. Favourite binge show right now: Stranger Things 3. If you weren't an actress, you'd be: Perhaps an archaeologist 4. Best career advice you've received: Don’t have a plan B otherwise you’ll end up doing it 5. Three qualities that got you where you are today: Persistence, passion and hard work 6. The moment you knew you had made it: I always push and challenge myself. I strive to grow and learn, so my targets are always moving 7. Favourite perk of the job: Seeing new places and meeting talented people 8. Worst pitfall of the job: Schedule can be unpredictable 9. Favourite food: I’m torn between béchamel lasagna and Koshari 10.Favourite activity to stay healthy and fit: Juicing and pilates 11.Book that’s left a lasting impression on you: The Way of the Actor: A Path to Knowledge & Power by Brian Bates. 12.Song that always makes you cry: There are a few actually, but Évangeline by Marie-Jo Thério takes me there every time 13.Name one thing on your bucket list: Perform on Broadway 14.Something every woman should try once in her lifetime: Letting go of inhibitions and just enjoying being. Learning a new language and flaunting it. Leaving a job you don’t enjoy 15.Describe your perfect day: A bright sunny day. I love sunshine. It motivates me. Seeing the sun in the morning and feeling its positive energy fuels me
7 SKIN CARE RESOLUTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR If your skin is feeling a little lackluster this January, never fear. Here are some New Year skincare resolutions for you all to make and follow in 2018: 1.TAKE OFF YOUR MAKEUP AT NIGHT:
5.CONSIDER A WEEKLY FACE MASK:
You've known since middle school that makeup can mix with skin oils and dirt to cause zits. Cosmetics can also trap skindamaging free radicals that float in the air (think: bus exhaust) against your skin. But you've had a long day, and the bathroom sink is 20 feet away... Avoid the situation entirely by washing your face as soon as you get home. At the very least, remove your mascara.
Clay based masks are a great option for oily skin types that are prone to break-outs. Clay is an excellent ingredient at drawing out impurities that can lead to spots. Kaolin in clay absorbs oil and helps mattify skin. Other ingredients that can be helpful include salicylic acid, glycolic acid, tea tree oil, and retinol. For dry skin, look for a mask containing hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is one of the most hydrophilic (or ‘water-loving’) molecules found in cosmetic products and has an enormous water-binding capacity. It therefore acts as the ideal moisturizer, hydrating dry skin and plumping out fine lines and wrinkles in ageing skin.
2.GET YOUR MOISTURE ON: Moisturize every day! For skin that’s as soft and smooth as satin, you’ll want to find a moisturizer that’s just right for your skin. The ideal time to moisturize is immediately following your shower or bath. If your skin is still dry, even with daily moisturizing, don’t be afraid to use moisturizer several times per day.
3.WEAR SUNSCREEN: Just because it is winter don't think you should toss out that bottle of sunscreen! The cold winter weather does not block you from the sun’s UV rays. By not taking proper precautions, it can still leave you with skin damage because the rays can still remain strong throughout the entire year. If you’re going outside, be sure to wear a sunscreen with a broad spectrum, as well as one that has an SPF of 30 or more.
4.DON’T FORGET TO EXFOLIATE: If you have been slacking in this department, a new year’s resolution will help you fall into a good routine. Make an honest effort to exfoliate at least once a week. Doing so will rid yourself of dead skin cells, which makes room for new, fresh skin!
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6.DE-STRESS: This resolution is easier said than done but failing to manage your stress can greatly affect your skin because stress releases hormones such as Cortisol. This hormone can cause a chain reaction of various chemicals in your body, which results in your skin becoming extra sensitive to external irritators. Make a conscious effort to manage your stress this year by developing effective coping strategies. Think about what relaxes you!
7.STICKING TO YOUR RESOLUTIONS: We all love to make New Year's resolutions but it is very hard to actually stick to them. According to a research, it is estimated that only 8% actually stick to their resolution and achieve them. Be part of that 8% this year! Sticking to any kind of resolution is easier when you have an end goal in mind. Remember that by making these lifestyle changes, you can drastically improve the overall health of your skin.
THE CITY GUIDE
WHERE TO DINE Barbarestan
Tbilisi is the capital of the country of Georgia. Its cobblestoned old town reflects a long, complicated history, with periods under Persian and Russian rule. Its diverse architecture encompasses Eastern Orthodox churches, ornate art nouveau buildings and Soviet Modernist structures. Looming over it all are Narikala, a reconstructed 4th-century fortress, and Kartlis Deda, an iconic statue of the “Mother of Georgia.”
WHERE TO STAY
Kakhelebi Courtyard Tbilisi Holiday Inn Tbilisi
Set in a contemporary, glass-fronted building, this upscale hotel is 12 minutes' walk from Tbilisi Zoo, 3 km from the Georgian National Museum and 6 km from Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi.
This upmarket hotel overlooking Freedom Square is 2 minutes' walk from a metro station, 4 minutes' walk from the Georgian National Museum and 8 minutes' walk from the Tbilisi Sioni Cathedral.
Taj Mahal Restaurant Rooms Hotel Tbilisi
This eclectic, refined hotel is situated in a former publishing house; it's 5 km from both the National Botanical Garden of Georgia and Narikala, an ancient fortress.
Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel
This striking hotel with a glass exterior overlooking the Mtkvari River is a 4-minute walk from the Rustaveli metro station and 2.9 km from Narikala Castle.
THINGS TO DO
Old Town Tbilisi
This historic capital city in the heart of Georgia has been built and rebuilt dozens of times—yet the cobblestone streets of its famed Old Town neighborhood have somehow remained untouched. Travelers can wander the back alleyways passed picture-perfect balconies, through winding streets the loop past ancient churches and tiny shops in what feels almost like a walk through time.
Georgian National Museum
The city of Tbilisi is rich with history, but travelers looking to gain a deeper understanding of the nation’s dynamic past should pay a visit to the Georgian National Museum, where impressive galleries are lined with the art and artifacts of this diverse nation, dating back to the 8th millennium BC.
The famous Tbilisi Funicular railroad opened in 1905. Built atop the Mtatsminda Plateau, the main station overlooks Tbilisi and offers up spectacular views of this capital city.
Tbilisi Aerial Tramway
Since 2012 the Tbilisi Aerial Tramway has been offering travelers breathtaking bird’s-eye views of stunning Georgian landscapes. Comfortable cable cars with tinted glass windows create the perfect opportunity for cityscape photos in climatecontrolled comfort. The aerial tramway provides easy access to several of Tbilisi’s main attractions, including the Ancient Fortress of Narikala—which dates back to the 4th century, the 300-year-old Botanical Garden, the towering Kartlis Deda and the famed Bridge of Peace. It’s the perfect way to see the sites and take in the beauty of city surroundings!
Currently based in the GCC and exploring the Middle East, I have lived in three continents, four countries and have visited over 250 cities across the world. Join me in this adventure to find out more about the latest and coolest travel recommendations. ‘Embrace new cultures; be inspired; take a technological break; bring out your adventurous side; TRAVEL, it´s fun!’
DISCONNECT TO RECONNECT: DETOX
ow the fun and festivities are over, it is a chance to be indulgent in another way. Would you like to lose a few kilos, increase your fitness, de-stress or simply have some ‘me’ time? You need a detox therapy. Find out a selection of the best detox retreats around the world that pride themselves on amazing food, great results and personalized care. Cleanse your mind, body and soul in the pioneering wellness clinic dedicated to the improvement of people´s wellbeing; realign your mind in a silent meditation in Bali; enjoy a traditional oriental Hamman; jump into hot waters in a ghost town; or spend a few hours relaxing in the famous thermal baths in Budapest. Why not make your next holiday a healthy one?
HOT SPRING IN COLORADO´S GHOST TOWN
Where: Dunton Hot Springs, San Juan Mountains, Colorado Buried in rural and rocky Colorado, Dunton Hot Springs hotel is a mountainsurrounded former mining town, reincarnated in boutique cabin form. The old village Dance Hall, Bath House and Saloon are part of this unique retreat, where soothing springs, majestic mountains and a winding river make up the great outdoors. Each cabin is cosily kitted out with heated slate floors, unique bathtubs and hand-picked antiques. The Spa treatments available at Dunton provide an experience you will not find anywhere else. After a day spent hiking or riding horses, indulge yourself in holistic and therapeutic healing. The Spa specializes in totally natural treatments, in surroundings that can only help to relax and rejuvenate. The treatments include skin care, body wraps and scrubs, and massage. Springs with high mineral content are recommended for various therapeutic uses. In addition to the value of the trace minerals found in most hot springs, and the stimulating benefits of highly mineralized waters, bathing in bicarbonate water assists opening peripheral blood vessels and helps to improve circulation to the body`s extremities and magnesium converts blood sugar to energy and promotes healthy skin. They offer six ways to take to the waters, which range in temperature from 30ºC to 40ºC: inside the restored 19th century bathhouse, under the stars at the original source, in the pool outside the bathhouse, in the pool behind the Dunton Store cabin, inside well house cabin and out on the river (Christoph’s spring). http://duntonhotsprings.com
Where: Bliss Body Retreat, Bali For those who may not be familiar, a Vipassana, which literally means, ‘to see things as they really are’, is a 10-day retreat in which one takes a vow of noble silence and practices meditation for a minimum of 10 hours per day, every day. No use of electronics, reading, writing, exercising, speaking, touching, or even eye contact is permitted during this time. Vipassana is a form of mental training that will teach you to experience the world in an entirely new way. You will learn for the first time what is truly happening to you, around you and within you. It is a process of self-discovery, a participatory investigation in which you observe your own experiences while participating in them as they occur. The practice must be approached with this attitude: ‘Never mind what I have been taught. Forget about theories and prejudices and stereotypes. I want to understand the true nature of life. I want to know what this experience of being alive really is. I want to apprehend the true and deepest qualities of life, and I don´t want to just accept somebody else´s explanation. I want to see it for myself’. https://blissbodyretreat.com/
THE REJUVENATING GEOTHERMAL SPAS OF HUNGARY Where: Géllert Bath, Budapest
Bathing in thermal waters has been part of the culture in Budapest for centuries for two main reasons: One, millions of litres of thermal water is available from underneath the Hungarian capital through hot springs, and two, the medicinal features these waters provide. Founded in 1918, Gellért Bath is the most famous Art Nouveau thermal bath in Hungary as well as in Europe. The building features both elaborately tiled walls and warm water pools that contain calcium, magnesium, hydro carbonate, alkalis, chloride, sulfate and fluoride, which many claim can cure everything from joint pain to respiratory illness. Because the skin is the human body’s largest organ, these minerals are easily absorbed and get directly into the bloodstream and into the body’s myriad of cells. A visit to Gellért Bath is a wonderful way to spend a few hours relaxing in Budapest. Enjoying the warm water surrounded by stunning architecture is simply a must for any visitor to the Hungarian capital. http://www.gellertbath.com
TAILOR-MADE DETOX PROGRAMME OVERLOOKING THE COSTA BLANCA Where: SHA Wellness Clinic, Alicante, Spain
Set in unparalleled surroundings near the beach in Alicante, SHA is a pioneering wellness clinic dedicated to the improvement and notable prolongation of people´s wellbeing through the combination of Oriental disciplines and revolutionary Western techniques. This combination re-establishes a harmonious balance between body, mind and spirit. SHA’s major fields are natural health, anti-ageing and non-invasive Aesthetic medicine. The SHA Method combines the effective elements of modern macrobiotic nutrition and the curative potential of natural therapies with a dynamic and practical educative program, all completely personalised to satisfy the individual´s needs in relation to their health objectives and supervised by internationally renowned experts. This intensive programme is ideal for those looking for evident results in a short period of time. Suited for persons suffering from weight issues, fatigue, stress, depression and anxiety, the SHA method is focused on recovering the ideal state of health and vitality though diet and other therapies to stabilise your metabolism, reduce blood sugar and cholesterol and help you reach your ideal weight. The programme aims to allow you to help you maintain your weight for life and gain health and energy by teaching you how to approach food adequately. The fabulous minimalist architecture, coastline views, outdoor yoga sessions and macrobiotic cooking classes are truly inspiring. http://www.shawellnessclinic.com
THE TRADITIONAL ORIENTAL HAMMAN Where: One & Only Royal Mirage, Dubai
At a hammam, you wash away all your troubles. The dead and dry skin, the tired muscles and the knotted nerves. And when it is done in an oasis, there is a higher level of peace and satisfaction. And the hammam treatment at the One & Only Royal Mirage in Dubai is most certainly a good one. The Traditional Oriental Hammam experience has long played a part in the cultural and social life of eastern cities. An ‘oasis of retreat’ from daily stresses, entering the Hammam is akin to a journey: winding corridors turn this way and that, dramatic archways entice you on; until, suddenly, one enters the heart of Hamman, a haven of space, warmth and comfort. The calming sound of running water echoes from the ornately tiled walls, while the gentle and gracious
attendant completes the sense of escape. Between warm steam sessions, this experience consists of a deep cleansing with traditional black soap, a vigorous ‘loofah’ body scrubbing. A light relaxing massage with various stretching movements in the heart of the Hammam will complete the experience. The One & Only Spa has an extensive menu of services, which include body wraps, body massage, face treatments, sun treatments and men-only treatment too. https://www.oneandonlyresorts.com/one-and-only-royal-mirage-dubai/
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Priya Jelly Owner of Maison Des Fleurs Priya Jelly is not just a budding florist, she’s the founder of Dubai based Maison Des Fleurs, a full scale floral design company giving new meaning to the word luxury. Specializing in weddings, corporate and other bespoke events, Priya has seen MDF blossom into a successful floral brand. But what inspired her to grow her blooming business and what challenges do the delicate stems present?
Please introduce yourself to our readers: My name is Priya and I started Maison Des Fleurs around four years ago. We have worked hard to expand Maison Des Fleurs, offering top-notch services, working on various special occasions and creating beautiful boxes (and soon our delicious chocolates!) Being based in Dubai opens many opportunities and Maison Des Fleurs has had many come its way to expand and cross market borders, doing business in Europe, Asia and the U.S. We aim to take the brand from Dubai and make it global.
Tell us about your education: I have my degree in Fashion and Visual Merchandising from the University of Texas in Arlington. I’ve also done specialization in Business and Administration.
To date, what has been your career highlight? It would definitely be starting Maison Des Fleurs. We started all out, offering all services in the UAE including luxury flower deliveries in a tailor-made signature box, weddings, glamorous private parties, weekly floral installations for offices, hotels, residences and palaces. Starting any business is a daunting task and requires a lot of hard work and consistency.
When and how did you move to Dubai? I moved to Dubai around twelve years ago. This is a city where anything is possible, which is how we came to start a desert floral company that delivers flower arrangements everywhere and to everyone. Dubai has been the leader in on-going growth with mega projects such as the Dubai Water Canal, Dubai Opera House and rising trillion-dollar island city districts and waterfront developments. It’s amazing to see the results of the effort that is put in to the country and its Rulers who have been leading as true and inspiring entrepreneurs.
How and when did you get started in the floral industry? We have only been open for four years, as I mentioned, but we did start with proper research. We discovered there was a lack of niche in the floral industry, 44
even though the region in which we reside has a high potential of growth in luxurious markets. This is when Maison Des Fleurs was launched in Dubai. The demand for luxury products and services has continuously been on the rise. This proves that there is a growth in income levels and customers who are ready to invest in good quality and luxury. These are the potential customers of the luxury market, who are a contributing factor in the growth of this industry.
What attracted you to the flower business? We knew the floral market was vast but it was missing that benchmark; that product that had everyone talking about it. Once I was inspired to create the box, I knew what I wanted to do. The box is actually inspired by a box of hats! We are also known for the French inspired design and almost historic, authentic creations. It’s the beauty of this style that just ensured we had to get into the market and execute our plans.
How did you develop your signature style? Maison Des Fleurs is loved for its modern style with roots in French design that embraces bright colours and seasonal flowers. We believe in quality and luxury. The customers’ emotions are translated into their unique arrangements. It’s truly amazing to feel the happiness from our customers.
When was Maison Des Fleurs established and where is the flagship store? We established Maison Des Fleurs in 2013 and the first branch was in Jumeirah. The flagship store recently opened in Al Ain, a grand 1700 sq ft boutique. The store is the first to introduce a new look to our modern French design. With blacks and golds ruling the interiors, the classic French know-how of creating romantic, whimsical floral creations using peaceful orchids, stunning roses and playful mix of colours in our signature black and white boxes will remain the same.
How many stores do you have in UAE today and how many in the region? We have five in the UAE – Dubai Design District, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai Etihad Mall, Abu Dhabi Town Centre and Al Ain. Also, soon in Sharjah and Dubai Mall. Elsewhere in the region, we have three; in Bahrain, Qatar and Oman, and soon in Beirut. 46
How big is the Floral market in GCC region? We have had a great time working with an amazing team to expand the brand quickly across the Middle East and Europe, opening branches in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Oman, Monaco, Beirut and now in Al Ain. The floral market is very rewarding and yet very smart.
What are some of the services offered by Maison Des Fleurs? We create customized flower arrangements for our clients, luxury flower deliveries in the MDF signature box, weddings, glamorous private parties, weekly floral installations for offices, hotels, residences and palaces.
Who are your main customers - home buyers or corporate clients? It actually depends on the season. Although we have very loyal customers who love their unique customized box and regularly purchase this for their home and office/gifting, we also have seasonal demands for events and weddings. Corporate clients, just like home buyers, are very dedicated and we have government orders pretty often. People love giving gifts and showing their appreciation, especially in a country like UAE, that is known for its hospitality. I think this is why we are very happy to bring something for every customer.
What are some of the top reasons people buy flowers for? Home décor, gifting, wedding décor and just because they love the MDF experience. Truly, we strive to give the customers a real treat and some of our most loyal customers are in love with the floral arrangements!
What is the biggest challenge facing the floral industry in general and in this region? Definitely there are some challenges that most people in the industry will relate to. The logistics and the general operations of a business that deals with such delicate products should be taken care of very well. Everything about flowers is based of their freshness and we work really hard on managing our time and resources well in a way that our flowers are only the best. Another important thing to keep in mind is the seasons, and how customers want everything customized and very precise. Sometimes they have a notion or an image of how they want a certain venue to look and it’s our job to translate it into reality. We do have a lot of expectations and sure, flowers in general are pretty, but it takes a lot more to create a unique concept each time and make it come alive.
What’s your favourite flower and why? I like how flowers are able to convey our emotions. Different flowers have different meanings for every person and they add that special touch for all the occasions that we celebrate. Personally, I loved our coloured long life roses that we arranged in a stunning arrangement showcasing the UAE’s flag. We displayed this at the boutiques recently for the UAE National Day and I know our customers loved it too!
Where do you look for inspiration? Working with flowers has taught me that me that life has its ups and downs – thorns if you will – but it’s beautiful all the same. You have to have hope; as long as you have hope you can handle whatever life throws at you.
What are some of your favourite local spots? I do prefer a quiet night at home cooking dinner, which is very therapeutic for me. Sometimes I do go to my favourite food spots in Dubai - La Petite Maison and La Cantine du Fabourg for their good music and food.
How does social media affect your business? How do you interact with it? Social media is so important these days. People usually check out social media before making any purchases for any products. When it comes to flowers, customers love their bouquets. At MDF, we love customers showing us their wedding décor and the surprises they receive from loved ones. It’s always nice to create a beautiful space on social media and we believe in only that!
If you could travel to any one destination, floral-wise, where would you go? I would definitely visit Japan. My bucket list destination is Japan to see the sakura (cherry blossoms) because usually at that time of year (March) I am swamped and can never get away from work. I haven’t been to the tulip fields in Amsterdam, but that’s on my bucket list too. www.cpmagazine.net
LIFE WITH CAKE
TRES LECHES CAKE Steps: 1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a 9x13'' pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2.In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Separate the eggs into two separate bowls.
t really wouldn’t be a New Year celebration without some Tres Leches Cake! If you’re reading this, then I’m hoping you’ve heard of Tres Leches Cake or ‘three milk’ cake. This classic Mexican cake is one of my favourites of all time!
The cake is similar to angel food cake. The whipped egg whites in the batter make it extra light and spongy. After baking the cake you poke holes in it with a fork and pour three types of milk over the top – evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and whole milk – hence the name ‘tres leches’. You will need: l l l l l l l l l l
1 cup all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 5 large eggs, separated 1 cup sugar, divided 1/3 cup whole milk 1 teaspoon vanilla 12oz can evaporated milk 14oz can sweetened condensed milk 1/4 cup whole milk
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1 pint heavy cream, for whipping 3 tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla ground cinnamon, for topping
3.Add 3/4 cup sugar to the bowl with the egg yolks and mix on high speed until yolks are pale yellow. Add the 1/3 cup milk and vanilla and stir to combine. 4.Pour the egg yolk mixture over the flour mixture and stir gently just until combined (don't over-mix).
5.Use electric beaters to beat the egg whites on high speed. Gradually add the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar as you mix and continue beating until stiff peaks. 6.Fold egg whites into the batter gently, just until combined. Pour batter into prepared pan. Make sure to smooth it into an even layer so your baked cake doesn't have divots in it.
7.Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow cake to cool completely.
8.Combine the evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and whole milk in a small bowl. Once the cake has cooled use a fork to poke holes all over the top of the cake. 9.Slowly pour the milk mixture over the top of the cake, making sure to pour near the edges and all around.
10.Refrigerate the cake for at least 1 hour or overnight, to allow it to soak up the milk. 11.In the meantime, whip the heavy cream, sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks. Smooth over the top of the cake. Sprinkle cinnamon on top. Serve with fresh sliced strawberries, if desired.
This cake is trending all around the world lately. I have seen it on the social media pages of many influencers. I hope you’ll give it a try, the taste is worth it! Remember: Bake for love and bake with love! Let me know how your recipe turns out: www.sherisnovember.wordpress.com Bon appetite!
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Something About Rio... Gill Sherry
here’s something about Rio that has always captured my imagination. As a youngster I would read about Brazil in my father’s National Geographic and dream of being able to visit the vibrant, South American country. More recently, having seen Rio de Janeiro host the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and Summer Olympics in 2016, it became the number one place on my wish list. The images of endless beaches, mountainous backdrops and iconic landmarks sat stubbornly in my mind and refused to budge until finally, my dream came true. The journey to Rio from the UK is a long one. Not being a fan of long-haul flights I was not looking forward to this particular aspect of the trip but if I wanted to visit this alluring city, I would have to endure the eleven hour flight. The flight from Kuwait is even longer, involving at least one stop and a minimum flight time of seventeen hours. That said, it’s still a trip I would recommend. Our hotel offered breathtaking views of Ipanema Beach, overlooked by the imposing Two Brothers Mountain, the magnificent statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain, plus a number of hillside favelas. Rather than blotting the fabulous landscape, these infamous favelas added colour, light and character to the already captivating scene. Aware of the potential dangers involved in visiting the favelas, we sought the advice of our excellent concierge, Rodrigo. Fluent in English and a previous Rio tour guide, he was able to recommend a tour which gave a percentage of our fee back to the favela community. There are over seven hundred favelas in Rio, each growing in size every year. These densely populated communities sprawl over hills and mountains and are home to Rio’s poorest residents. Many are associated with drugs, violence and hostility but despite the harsh living conditions, over 1.3 million people live in these shanty towns. We visited Santa Marta, one of only two favelas with working transportation i.e. a cable car or funicular. On the day of our visit, a problem with the funicular resulted in us walking part-way up the hillside. The steps were difficult to negotiate and particularly hazardous in places. It was impossible to imagine how expectant mothers, the elderly or disabled would ever be able to manage. We saw cockroaches, rats and raw sewage; the hot climate adding to the stench as well as our exertions. The climb offered a glimpse into the lives of those living in the favela. Most are not there by choice, they are born into families already trapped by the system. They don’t choose to live in such conditions but have been let down by a government ignoring the problem rather than addressing it. Favelas are not slums in the true sense of the word. Most homes have clean drinking water, electricity and satellite dishes. Many of the dwellers have jobs in hotels or restaurants and pay taxes the same as other Rio residents. The insides of their fragile homes are clean and tidy, the outsides boasting elaborate, multi-coloured murals. But basic services such as garbage collection, street lighting, sanitation and general neighbourhood maintenance are sadly lacking. This is something Michael Jackson alluded to in his 1996 hit ‘They Don’t Care About Us’. The accompanying video was filmed in the very favela we visited and highlighted the plight of its residents. As a result, the singer became a local hero and a bronze statue of the pop legend now stands proudly on the hillside. The inhabitants we met were very welcoming. Contrary to what we had read about these inhospitable occupants, they were warm, friendly and genuinely happy to meet us. Some have taken advantage of the touristic opportunities by opening small gift shops or selling refreshments. But they all live with the stigma of a favela address resulting in unjustified suspicion and distain. It was certainly a trip to remember and one I feel glad to have experienced. It’s impossible to get a real feel for a city without digging deep into its soul and our trip to Santa Marta certainly did that. It also made us realise that from their mountainside positions, these favelas can boast the best views of the whole city. 50
The world famous statue of Christ the Redeemer stands high above Rio for all to see. Day or night, this iconic landmark, a symbol of peace and Christianity, looks down over the city from the peak of Corcovado Mountain. Whatever your religion, you can’t fail to be impressed by this imposing statue, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. So eager was I to see the statue up close, I not only made the trip to the top of the mountain, I also took a helicopter ride for a bird’s eye view! This sightseeing flight was unforgettable and provided views of Christ the Redeemer that I shall never forget. It was truly breathtaking and offered endless photograph opportunities as well as a glimpse of areas you wouldn’t usually get to see. The thirty minute tour flew above endless stretches of coastline, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado as well as picturesque lakes, the 2016 Olympic Village, the remote Cagarras Islands and the Maracanã stadium. Not forgetting the tumbling spread of favelas. For a closer look at Brazil’s most famous landmark, we took the train from Corcovado station. The journey took twenty minutes and travelled up through Tijuca National Park. Purchasing tickets wasn’t the easiest of tasks and there was much confusion among visitors but ultimately, it was worth it. There are alternative methods of transport including a tour bus or taxi (or on foot) but the railway is recommended for its scenery. Whichever mode of transport you choose, there are several steps to climb before reaching the statue itself, although there are elevators for the disabled. Only at the top do you appreciate the sheer scale of the statue. It stands thirty metres tall on top of an eight metre pedestal and it’s virtually impossible to get a decent photograph when jostling for space with hundreds of other visitors. Having said that, it’s still a magnificent sight and one not to be missed when visiting Rio. The view over the city is pretty impressive too. Another must-see is the aptly named Sugar Loaf Mountain. Situated in Guanabara Bay it is accessible only by cable car which stops at Mount Urca before rising to Sugar Loaf’s summit. Unfortunately, on the day of our visit, the clouds prevented us from seeing what is usually a spectacular sight. Undeterred, we made ourselves comfortable in the mountain top (ironically titled) Beach Club and enjoyed some Brazilian hospitality before making our descent. We
may not have been blessed with a panoramic view but we enjoyed our trip all the same and can still claim to have sat atop the famous Sugar Loaf Mountain. Perhaps one of the biggest draws when it comes to Rio is its beaches. For Brazilians, the beaches are not just a destination, they’re a way of life. Even on cloudy days, people head to the beach in their droves. If they’re not splashing in the surf, lazing on the sand or walking along the shore, they’re jogging, cycling, roller-skating or skateboarding along the promenade. Whatever the time of day, hundreds of people can be seen keeping fit in their quest for the body beautiful – something you are surrounded by in Rio. If you’re in any way offended by the public display of flesh, then Brazil is definitely not for you. People are not shy when it comes to baring all and their lack of inhibitions is not just reserved for the beach. Men and women alike walk through the city in the skimpiest of swimwear as if it’s the most natural thing in the world. But they’re not doing it for attention. Cariocas, as they like to call themselves, don’t really care what anyone else thinks, they simply live their lives as they see fit and thoroughly enjoy themselves in the process. One thing I learned during my brief visit to Rio is that its people are extremely tolerant and not at all judgemental. They don’t worry about things like fashion, sexual orientation, body image or material possessions, they simply enjoy themselves. Brazil is as extravert as Kuwait is introvert. But whilst they may have a very different viewpoint to that of the Middle East, there are some similarities. One thing the two have in common is their family values. Whether on the beach, in the city or high up in the favelas, their family first attitude is clear to see.
cleaners sweep the sand and collect rubbish throughout the day, ensuring our beach experience was as safe and clean as it could be. Kuwait could learn a few things from Rio! It may come as a surprise to some that Portuguese is the official language of Brazil. Unlike many countries, English is not widely spoken and communication may, therefore, be difficult. Having said that, many restaurants offer an English menu and, as expected, hotel reception staff can usually speak good English. Rodrigo suggested a trip to the Hippie Market. Located in Ipanema, this weekly market is as popular with locals as it is with tourists and sells everything from mugs, belts and T shirts to canvas prints and animal skin rugs. It’s certainly the place to pick up your Brazilian souvenirs. Before leaving on New Year’s Day, we once again made for the beach. Being a public holiday it was particularly crowded but by now we’d adopted the Brazilian laid-back attitude and just got on with enjoying ourselves. I felt like a child again playing in the sea and jumping the waves and was very reluctant to leave. But as the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Until the next time, anyway.
There’s no denying Copacabana is the most famous of Rio’s beaches. Helped by Barry Manilow’s 1978 hit of the same name, its popularity has grown to new levels and it is often cited in the top ten of the world’s best beaches. Stretching 4.5km and flanked by historic forts it is overlooked by many high rise hotels and apartment blocks, as well as the world renowned Copacabana Palace Hotel. It’s also the place to see fabulously intricate sand sculptures (although taking a photograph will cost you a few Brazilian Reals). The promenade is paved in black and white and depicts a geometric wave, a design unique to Copacabana. Whilst Ipanema boasts the same black and white mosaic tiles, its pattern has a different, almost retro, theme. In both cases, the tiles, like the beach, are spotlessly clean. We were lucky enough to spend time enjoying both beaches. Chairs and parasols are available for hire and the sand is dotted with kiosks selling drinks and snacks. That said, you can purchase everything from suntan lotion to bluetooth speakers without even leaving your seat. Vendors weave their way through the crowds selling everything you could possibly need for a day at the beach. Hats, towels, cold drinks, sunglasses, bikinis, cigarettes, selfie-sticks, skewered shrimp and corn on the cob are all available to buy – you can even pay by credit card! It’s also impossible to visit Rio’s beaches without watching (or playing) a game of footvolley. The sport was created in Rio back in the 60s and is based on beach volleyball but without the use of hands and with a football instead of a volleyball. It’s fascinating to watch and clearly growing in popularity. As our trip coincided with Christmas and New Year, it was always our intention to head to Copacobana Beach for the New Year celebrations. To symbolize peace and renewal, it’s traditional to wear white so, suitably attired, we made our way (along with 2 million other revellers) towards the biggest beach party on the planet. Numerous cruise ships had the same idea as they lined up off shore in preparation for the promised firework extravaganza, adding a further touch of glamour to proceedings. Despite the crowds, spirits remained high and the atmosphere was intoxicating. Never in my life had I experienced such a feeling. A wave of happiness washed over the beach leaving no-one untouched. As midnight approached, more and more people made for the sand until, at last, the sky exploded into a mass of light and colour. Cries of ‘Feliz Ano Novo’ were drowned out by a seventeen minute firework display that surpassed any other I’d seen in my lifetime. It truly was an unforgettable night. From my point of view it was also an emotional one. I’d dreamt of visiting Rio for such a long time I could hardly believe I was finally there; to be there on New Year’s Eve made it even more magical. Understandably, many roads were closed as a result of the Copacabana Reveillon but an army of buses lined up along adjacent beach roads to transport partygoers back home. Because that’s the other thing about Rio, it’s incredibly well organised. Not only was safety a primary concern – hundreds of police officers and life guards watched over proceedings – a throng of garbage collectors waited in the wings, ready to tidy up once we’d all gone home. In fact, this efficiency wasn’t just reserved for New Year. All week we’d seen beach
GEORGIA: YOUR NEW HOME AWAY FROM HOME
or our latest travel destination, we chose Georgia - a gem of a country that is known as the balcony of Europe offering picturesque countryside, contemporary restaurants and a thriving nightlife. Set on the banks of the Kura River and encased by the Caucasian Mountains, Georgia offers an undisturbed countryside and old-world charm with the capital Tbilisi at the heart of the country.
Making Our Travel Plans Enticed by the beauty of Georgia and its temperate weather, we planned our travels during the winter holiday. We chose Qatar Airways to get us to our three-night stay in Georgia. Our trip included travelling from Kuwait to Doha and then Baku airport, finally arriving in Tbilisi nine hours later. While we booked Qatar Airways, we later found out that a direct flight would have been much easier and only about three hours of travel. We were able to secure our visa entry into the country with little hassle and no fee to speak of. Once we arrived in Georgia, we whizzed through customs and found a friendly face in the crowd waiting for us. We had booked Interco Travel Georgia to help with our arrangements and it had graciously sent a driver to meet us at the airport and take us to our hotel.
A Perfect Place To Stay On our ride to the hotel, we observed Georgia at its finest. The weather was good at 2Â°C and we were able to see why Georgia is a jewel to embark upon. We caught glimpses of the city of Tbilisi as well as its residents. The city had a warm and inviting feel to it with older architecture that was stunning in its appearance. After a 40-minute drive, we arrived at the hotel â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Holiday Inn Tbilisi. We had heard this was one of the best and biggest hotels 52
Our First Adventure With so much excitement filling us up from this gorgeous hotel, we knew we had to begin our adventures of Georgia immediately. We had arrived midafternoon and were ready to discover all that Tbilisi had to offer. Our first venture out was a short walk around the area of the hotel and we decided to ask the staff at the hotel where we should go first. They had been so friendly to us when we checked in that we knew they would have good recommendations for us. Upon the Holiday Inn Tbilisi staffs’ suggestion, we headed to the old city. Only a short 15-minute drive away, we hopped into a taxi for the commute, which only cost us 10 Lari (or KD1) for the one-way ride. The taxi was an easy convenience for us as one could be found virtually in Georgia and we weren’t disappointed. The staff welcomed us and we immediately felt at ease with our lodging choice. The room we had reserved was on the 14th floor of this 270-room hotel and provided a breathtaking view of the city below. We had expansive floor to ceiling windows that gave us a scenic, panoramic view. There was something to see everywhere we looked. We had booked an executive suite as there were four of us including the kids who each had their own bed. The room was amazing from top to bottom. There was luxury and convenience everywhere you looked. Fine finishes adorned the room and there was a spacious living area for us to relax in.
everywhere you looked. They offered no hassle and really were reasonable with their rates. We were very happy with our experience in Georgia so far. Once in the old city, we took a walk of the area. It was a beautiful historic city with many of its houses turned into shops and restaurants. After exploring for about an hour, we stumbled upon an Indian restaurant, offering Indian and Pakistani dishes, called the Taj Mahal. Located in the basement of an old building we had a decent meal and headed back to the hotel for an early night’s rest.
Holiday Inn Tbilisi The next morning, we had one of the best breakfasts that Tbilisi had to offer at the Adjara Restaurant in the hotel. It was an amazing spread with virtually anything you could imagine offered. The staff was friendly and engaging and we were thoroughly full and happy after the meal. The room itself was 40m2 and even provided a workspace where we could feel comfortable checking email and looking up additional itinerary plans for our trip. There was a complimentary espresso coffee machine and chocolate treats in the room that helped to give us a pick-me-up after our travels. We were impressed by the modern bathroom and its reinvigorating bath and made a note of the generous amenities that also included high-speed internet, safe, minibar and cable TV. We also found a plush bathrobe and slippers and an ironing board for use later. Everything we needed for our stay had been thought of by the Holiday Inn Tbilisi.
After such a scrumptious breakfast, we wanted to see what more the Holiday Inn Tbilisi had to offer. We met with Mariam from the marketing department and requested a tour. The Holiday Inn Tbilisi had all the amenities we needed during our stay and so much more. www.cpmagazine.net
A Tour Of Mtskheta After the tour, Mariam directed us to check out Mtskheta, the old capital of Georgia. Only 20km away and just north of Tbilisi, Mtskheta is the birthplace of Christianity for Georgia. It was declared a Holy City by the Georgian Orthodox Church in 2014 and is also known as the UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its many historical monuments including the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral.
There was a restaurant, lounge bar, 24/7 fitness center and generous 25m long and 1.4m deep outdoor pool for use during the warmer months. It even included a massage room and sauna as well as several meeting and event spaces. The Adjara Conference Hall was the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest at 220m2. It can accommodate 230 people and set up in a variety of configurations to suit any type of event. There was also a Glass Meeting Room that provided plenty of light with its glass walls. It could hold 50 people at 70m2. Other meeting and event rooms included the Idea Meeting Room, Living Room and Business Boardroom. They each held up to 70, 50 and 12 people respectively, and could be arranged in a variety of setups. All of the meeting and event rooms at the Holiday Inn Tbilisi were available with catering from the Adjara Restaurant in the hotel featuring Executive Chef Irakli Asatiani.
Mariam also told us about the 24-hour room service the hotel offered and we vowed to keep this in mind. There was also a business area in the hotel that we could use to print our boarding passes upon our departure with several Mac computers and a professional feel to it. We really have to say that the Holiday Inn Tbilisi was top notch! While we had booked an executive suite for our stay, we were also interested in seeing the other rooms that the Holiday Inn Tbilisi had to offer. Mariam was gracious enough to show us around and we got to see the standard room, which was fitted with either king or twin beds with pillowtop mattresses. This room was neat and provided plenty of room to sprawl out at 23m2. There was a workspace and a spacious bathroom with a rainfall shower. This was the perfect room for a weary traveller looking to get some rest for another adventure. We also toured a business room in the hotel, which was specifically designed to provide plenty of entertainment and rest for a business traveller. This room was 30m2 and equipped with a living room, rest area and work zone. It was almost like a home away from home. This room also featured a double pillowtop mattress for the ultimate rest space and a contemporary bathroom also equipped with a rainfall shower. A business traveller would certainly get some work done here and feel recharged after a night of rest in this oasis.
The Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is a marvel of the early middle ages and is the second largest church building in Georgia. It was built by architect Arsukidze in the early 11th century and is the crowning and burial location of many Georgian kings. Its stature and beauty will awe you and it is definitely a must-see when travelling to Georgia.
A Scrumptious Place To Eat We departed Mtskheta for the hotel around 3:30pm that day and wanted a good lunch. Mariam for the Holiday Inn Tbilisi had told us of an interesting restaurant to try and we were eager to take her up on her recommendation. We made our way to Barbarestan, which was approximately 15 minutes from the hotel on the bustling Aghmashenebeli Ave.
Barbarestan was everything that Mariam promised with its cozy, family feel and deep history rooted in Georgian food. The meal was delectable and we made a note of the other dishes we wanted to try in another visit. The menu features homestyle recipes that come from Duchess Barbara Jorjadze with a twist on the traditional.
More Exploration During this day, we also ventured to the Georgian National Museum, which is massive with four floors and an extensive array of gold masterpieces. The fee to get into the museum is nominal and you will find yourself immersed in the culture of Georgia the moment you enter. We also visited Mtatsminda Park, an amusement park located on top of a hill. It was a great delight for the kids as there were rides and a view from 770m up – the highest point in Tbilisi. To get to Mtatsminda Park, we took a funicular, but a taxi is also an option. Unfortunately, we arrived at the park too late and couldn’t take full advantage of the view. It would be ideal to plan a visit in summer or earlier in the day. From here we headed to the Galleria Mall. This is a newer mall that sits adjacent to the Georgian National Museum. The mall was decorated for the winter season and featured an array of shops that had virtually anything you could imagine for purchase. After being exhausted from shopping, we went back to our hotel, where we unanimously decided to order pizza from room service as kids eat free when you order a meal. We all agreed that it was the best pizza we had ever eaten and went to bed dreaming that night of pizza pies.
than what we experienced in Tbilisi. But, we still managed to visit the museum located inside the castle of the city. Dinner followed and was arranged by Vakhtang. We went to the Golden Time restaurant within the Vardzia castle. We experienced many Georgian delicacies such as khachapuri and ajika sauce. It was one of the best places we had eaten at so far on this trip.
On To Gudauri Back to the hotel after dinner, where we readied for a new day tomorrow. The next day Vakhtang arrived with a Mitsubishi Delica, which he said was more suited to where we were going. And, he was right as we traversed to Gudauri. This was a skiing resort and a place we were all looking forward to seeing. It was beautiful, as expected, but the skiing resort was not opened yet for the season.
A Tour Of Vardzia We had a big day planned for the next day and was met by Vakhtang from Interco Georgia at 10a.m. He was here to take us on a tour of the country and had a Mercedes Vito van waiting for us. On our travels, we passed through Borjomi, a popular tourist destination because of its natural springs made famous by the Russian Empire. Our destination was to Vardzia, a medieval city inside caves of rocks. We took a speaking guide for a tour of the caves and learned the history and origins of this very ancient city. There was snow everywhere in Vardzia and it was much colder
Vakhtang wanted us to see one more destination on our trip and took us to Kazbegi. Here, we explored the old villages and had lunch at the Rooms Hotel. We loved the hotel immediately and enjoyed our meal of grilled fish. We have to say this was our favourite place to dine at since coming to Georgia and we didn’t want to leave. But, alas, we had a late flight and needed to get back.
We thanked Vakhtang for the adventures and gave our appreciation to Interco Travels. They were professional and are one of the best tour companies in Georgia. We highly recommend their services to anyone looking to tour the country.
One Last Adventure After making sure we were ready for our flight home, we took one last jaunt to see the Narikala Forest. We rode an aerial cable car to get there and were on top of the mountain, but again it was too dark for us to see. We finished our trip with some souvenir shopping and said our goodbyes to the hotel staff when checking out. We loved our short but busy trip to Georgia and are so happy with the selections we made for our travels. The Holiday Inn Tbilisi was perfect and our tour company, Interco Georgia, made our trip even more special. We are looking forward to visiting Georgia again in the summer months and experiencing even more that this country has to offer.
USEFUL INFORMATION Churchkhela
Churchkhela is a traditional Georgian candle-shaped candy. The main ingredients are grape must, nuts and flour.
A traditional Georgian dish of cheese-filled bread. The bread is leavened and allowed to rise, and is shaped in various ways.
Georgian dried persimmons.
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TRAVEL IN STYLE: KENYA Nada S. Al-Muzaini
Have you ever wondered how giraffes live, how long they sleep or what they eat? If you have a once in a life time opportunity to live with them, then Giraffe Manor is the place for you! History: Giraffe Manor is a boutique hotel where it’s all about the long necked, squared designed animal. It’s located South of Nairobi, Kenya, with a spooling 150 acres. Giraffe Manor is a free roaming sanctuary for several endangered Rothschild giraffes. It was built in 1932 by a Scottish hunter and was kept only as a giraffe conservation until the 1970s. However, in 1984, the lodge was opened to the public as a sanctuary and the hotel helped to raise awareness of the endangered species.
Experience (Service & Facilities): The hotel provides a unique experience for guests. They ensure all staff know the guest’s names from the time they escort them from the airport until their departure. In addition, they make sure you feel welcome and safe. Guests are also provided with a questionnaire so the hotel is aware of their preferences. Once settled in at the hotel, they can freely roam around and explore the facilities until it is time to start feeding the giraffes. This great experience occurs during breakfast and afternoon tea. First, from 6am till 9am, you have the opportunity to have breakfast with the giraffes. This is a great chance to meet and be up close and personal with them - so close you can see their beautiful eyes! Later, from 3pm till 5pm, you can have afternoon tea with the giraffes and feed them. This really is the time to treasure those precious moments with these great animals, to take pictures and create memories that will last a lifetime. At the end of the day, dinner is served and then you can sleep under the stars with no noise pollution, just the sound of small creatures in their natural habitat .
The design of the hotel At Giraffe Manor the details are very important. From the interior to the exterior, it makes you feel as if you are living in the 1930s. Each room is named after a giraffe; a nice touch which adds character. The hotel rooms vary from a suite to a twin. The colours of the furniture and furnishings are influenced by the life of the giraffe itself.
Food: Tasting the food in Giraffe Manor is an exquisite and exciting experience for the guests, thanks to the hotel’s well trained chefs. The amazing food is all home-made and the menu for lunch and dinner is based on modern European cuisine with a twist from the Middle East. Of course, breakfast with the giraffes makes it extra special! The best thing about Giraffe Manor is to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience that all guests will treasure for life. www.cpmagazine.net
THE 2018 BEAUTY TRENDS January is the month for cleansing and the start of healthy habits. When it comes to our beauty regimes and routines, we usually start a new year with resolutions about diets and detox that are difficult to maintain. We should always aim for things we can keep and continue throughout the year. Quick fixes are just that - quick fixes - without lasting results. How about starting 2018 with some modern and healthy trends that are affordable and easy to stick to? It’s imperative to do things that make you feel good from the inside as well as the outside. Below, I have listed a few trends to try. VITAMINS or BEAUTY PILLS work their magic from the inside out. You will start to see the results after a few months of use but it is worth it. The best treatment is to combine topical products with complementary supplements, nutrition and exercise. Some of these vitamins are made only for the skin such as the Danish brand Imedeen. Other pills are targeted for skin, hair and nails such as Perfectil Platinum. Others, like Inversion Femme, are made to help with skin and body shape. Of course you have to consult a physician or professional for advice on what suits your necessities.
We’ve all heard about HOLISTIC BEAUTY and how important it is to keep our body and mind in a peaceful state. Our inner ‘spiritual’ beauty can get a little help from oils and aromatherapy products to heal and promote balance and better sleep. Essential oils have been used for years in various cultures for medicinal and health purposes. The particles in the oils come from extracting the different parts of flowers, plants, leaves and roots. They contain antioxidants, antimicrobial and anti inflammatory properties and can be used in different ways. SOIL is a certified eco-ethical range originally from South Africa. They sell 100% certified essential oils, many of which they grow themselves in their farm in Zululand. They don’t test on animals, have no petrochemicals, no parabens, no synthetic fragrances or colourants and their packages are made in recyclable biodegradable glass. Their range includes everything from basil, coriander seeds and clove bud oils, to citronella, sandalwood, peppermint and chamomile oils. The range is wide and difficult to choose from as they all are good and the smells are pure.
Another trend this year would be ANTI-AGEING MAKEUP. Consumers are going to be looking to achieve radiant skin. Skincare is very important as it is the base for a beautiful complexion. Bases with anti-ageing like No 7 Lift & Luminate Serum Foundation or Healthy Mix Foundation & Powder from Bourjois are highly recommended. Another favourite is the luxurious brand Sisley. Their new foundation Peach Sisleya Le Teint Fluid Foundation, Anti-Age is worth the high price tag. 58
SHORT HAIRCUTS. This year is going to be the year for boyish crops, wedge shaped and jaw length haircuts. The styles are easy to take care of with high technology products such as the brand Alterna Haircare. Their Caviar Infinite Colour Hold shampoo and conditioner are truly the products to put on your hair. They are expensive but worth the money as they are made without sulfates and with pigment protecting antioxidants. This combination will keep your colour from going down the drain. One of the best leave-in conditioners with heat protection that I have ever tried is Kerastase Resistance Ciment Thermique Glacage ThermoSeal. Also, this medium control wax aerosol hairspray will give you texture and a tousled look with a lot of volume.
This year we are looking for REAL PRODUCT RESULTS WITH REALISTIC PRICES. We want brands that focus on results rather than fancy luxurious packaging and big budget advertising (this cost gets passed to us consumers!) such as Philosophy and other skin care favourites such as Origins.
NUDE NAILS & GLITTER are going to be big this year. Look for good quality ones such as Givenchy Le Vernis beige mousseline no.2 and the glitter ones from O.P.I.
DECEMBER JANUARY 2018 2017
NEW COLLECTION BY: DALA MARA
Photographer: Rashid @rashidpvg Model: Georgia @georgia_canavan Designer: Dala Mara @dalamara_official
Model: Lena Goroleva @lena_goroleva Photo and retouching: Katerina Malkovskaya @katerina_malkovskaya Make up and hair: Pashkovskaya Veranika @pashkovskaya_makeup Photographer: Rashid @rashidpvg Model: Georgia @georgia_canavan Designer: Dala Mara @dalamara_official 62
DECEMBER JANUARY 2018 2017
DECEMBER JANUARY 2018 2017
Photographer: Rashid @rashidpvg Model: Georgia @georgia_canavan Designer: Dala Mara @dalamara_official
DRESS FOR SUCCESS IN 2018
with Carla & Marie
A New Year, a new you! Does this sentence sound familiar to you? Many of us take on new challenges to begin the year on a good foot. We join our local gym, start eating healthily, sign up to hobbies we forgot we even had, and so the list goes on. But what about fashion? Believe it or not, the way we dress says a lot about ourselves and, even if subconsciously, it sends a clear message about our character and personality. So, are you ready to start creating outstanding first impressions by dressing for success this 2018? Credits: Photographer: Arsan Hassan (IG: arsan_photography) Model: Alex Masoud Image Consultants: Carla Otero & Marie Auffret (IG: thestylistes) Makeup Artist: Edna Trogen (IG: edna_trogen) Modelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wardrobe: Massimo Dutti Carla & Marieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wardrobe: Maje (IG: majeofficiel) Location: Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
COLOUR DOES MATTER The power of colour is universal and knowing the meaning each colour has can help you decide which impression you want to create when dressing for success. For instance, red means energy and power, blue represents stability and creates the feeling of trust and loyalty, whereas purple reflects creativity and imagination. The question is, how do we apply this colour knowledge to our clothing? Let’s begin by looking at our businessman, Alex. A colour analysis was carried out in order to identify which colours suit him best. By placing warm and cool fabrics near his complexion, we learn that Alex is a conclusive ‘winter’. In other words, cool shades like blue, white, grey and black are his optimal colour palette. These colours will certainly influence our colour choices when searching for his perfect look. Furthermore, take a closer look at this table to discover the meaning of Alex’s garment colours. GARMENT SUIT SHIRT TIE BELT, SHOES & SOCKS
COLOUR grey white blue black
MEANING security, reliability, formal and intelligence simplicity, precision, peace and balance peace, tranquility, trust and inspiration formality, elegance, style and control
MEN GROOMING Men grooming is not about spending a fortune on tons of different products, it’s about ensuring you don't let yourself down with unsightly hair or untidy nails. It is simpler than you think if you apply our six men grooming tips, which all men should know about: 1- Visit your barber every four weeks to keep your hair tidy. Don’t wait until you feel you need a haircut. 2- Find your scent that suits your personality, which should be subtle and not too obvious. 3- Keep that smile on track by investing in an electric toothbrush, which is proven to reduce plaque by 11%. Don’t forget to also use a mouthwash after you brush. 4- Scrub your face once a week to eliminate dead skin from your face. 5- Shave or trim your facial hair, including sideburns, moustaches and beards. 6- Don’t forget those nails by cutting them once a week before you realise they are too long. www.cpmagazine.net
SUIT UP IN STYLE ‘The devil is in the detail’. Have you ever heard of this? In other words, what gives your look that extra bit of polish and style are the small details, which many people may quickly disregard as not important. I’m sure you can’t wait to discover what they are, so let’s dive in! •POCKET SQUARE: It adds that extra level of polish but make sure it doesn't match your tie in either pattern or fabric choice. •TIE: Firstly, your tie should coordinate with your attire and should just reach the waistband of your trousers, or be slightly shorter. Secondly, your tie should always be darker than your shirt. And last but not least is the knot. In our opinion the most refined and elegant is the Windsor knot. If you are unsure about how it’s done, check it online. There are so many videos that teach you exactly how to do it. Let’s not forget the tie dimple, which is the hollow beneath the tie knot, it gives a sophisticated appearance to your finished look. •VEST: If you're wearing a vest, always keep the bottom button unbuttoned. That said, plenty of men break this rule but are still able to pull off the threepiece beautifully. •BELT: Make sure it’s thin and the same colour as your shoes. •WATCH: A wristband watch gives an elegant, all-time classic touch to your business suit attire. •SHOES: Should be polished, shined and matching your attire. •SOCKS: Choose a colour that coordinates with your suit (usually black, grey, brown or dark blue) and make sure they are long enough not to expose your skin when you sit down. 68
IMPRESS WITH YOUR SUIT KNOWLEDGE It is well known that a suit is the most easy-to-wear item that can fit many occasions; a formal dinner, every day office wear or even a wedding. It seems like a simple task to just buy a suit from a department store. The truth is there is a difference between a regular suit purchased without much thought and a perfectly fitted suit purchased and styled thinking of all possible details. The latter will certainly set you apart from the crowd! If we’ve left you intrigued, keep reading to find out everything you need to know about how to dress for success when wearing a suit: SUIT JACKET: The most important feature of a suit is that it should fit perfectly, especially the suit jacket. Let’s analyse each component: •Fit: In a well fitted jacket there shouldn't be any gap between the jacket’s lapels and the shirt. The shoulders should lie flat from the collar right where your shoulder bone ends. Your jacket should be just long enough to cover your pants zipper and butt. •Buttons: For formal business attire, opt for a double-button, notched lapel jacket. For a more casual trendy look, opt for a single-button peak-lapel jacket. Always unbutton your suit before sitting down, or you risk ruining it. The top button of a two-button should fall at or above the navel. •Sleeve Cuffs: These should be exposed about half an inch. For a harmonious look, try to match the visible cuff length to the amount of collar that is visible at the back of the neck. •Lapels: A detail not many men know is that the width of the jacket lapels should match the width of the tie. In addition, thin lapels are more modern whereas wide lapels are more traditional. •Vents: Double vents, as opposed to a single vent, in the back of the jacket are more modern and fashionable. This choice also gives you enough room to do that effortlessly casual ‘hand in pocket’ thing. FIT & BREAK OF SUIT PANTS: •When it comes to your suit pant, the 'fit and length’ come first. It is a personal style choice based on preference, aesthetics and body type. The choices are simple: skinny, slim or regular fit. Why don't you try them all and see which suit you best? •The Break: Let’s clarify that the ‘break' of the suit pant is the fold or creasing of the fabric above the bottom of the front of the leg, where the pant meets your shoe. There are two types of pant break: ‘No Break ‘ hem, where the pant leg just kisses the top of the shoe, sends the message that you are modern, care deeply about precise tailoring and aspire to be a fashionable gentleman. The second option is the ‘Slight Break' which features a slight fold at the bottom of your trousers. This choice states that you understand that fit is everything and you desire to be contemporary but not too trendy.
THE SHIRT: As a rule, the simpler the better. You can’t go wrong with a cotton shirt in white, off-white or pale blue. Whether you go with or without cufflinks is entirely your choice. Just make sure you avoid bright colours and logos on your shirt to keep that timeless elegant overall look. Do you now feel ready to ‘Dress for Success’?
BY: YASMEEN AL-SALEM
MY HANDBAGS PICKS FOR 2018 Nothing feels better than picking up a new bag to start 2018 with.. New Year, New Bag, New start â&#x20AC;¦ Here you can find my bags picks for this season
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MUSIC TOP MUSIC CHARTS 1
What Lovers Do
Feel It Still
Maroon 5 & SZA
Portugal. The Man
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee
Camila Cabello & Young Thug
Cardi B & 21 Savage
Marshmello & Khalid
J Balvin & Willy William
Him & I
Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)
Meant To Be
Post Malone & 21 Savage
G-Eazy & Halsey
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
Sorry Not Sorry
Rake It Up
Eminem & Ed Sheeran
Logic, Alessia Cara & Khalid
Yo Gotti & Nicki Minaj
I Get The Bag
G-Eazy, A$AP Rocky & Cardi B
Selena Gomez & Marshmello
Gucci Mane & Migos
Miguel & Travis Scott
Selena Gomez & Marshmello
Bad At Love
Let You Down
Young, Dumb And Broke
Bruno Mars & Cardi B
Too Good At Goodbyes Sam Smith
I Fall Apart
What About Us
Migos, Nicki Minaj & Cardi B
Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran & Future
BTS & Desiigner
French Montana & Swae Lee
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THE SABOTEUR: THE ARISTOCRAT WHO BECAME FRANCE'S MOST DARING ANTI-NAZI COMMANDO
THEY CAN'T KILL US UNTIL THEY KILL US
by Paul Kix
In an age of confusion, fear, and loss, Hanif Abdurraqib's is a voice that matters. Whether he's attending a Bruce Springsteen concert the day after visiting Michael Brown's grave, or discussing public displays of affection at a Carly Rae Jepsen show, he writes with a poignancy and magnetism that resonates profoundly. In the wake of the nightclub attacks in Paris, he recalls how he sought refuge as a teenager in music, at shows, and wonders whether the next generation of young Muslims will not be afforded that opportunity now. While discussing the everyday threat to the lives of black Americans, Abdurraqib recounts the first time he was ordered to the ground by police officers: for attempting to enter his own car.
A scion of one of the most storied families in France, Robert de La Rochefoucald was raised in magnificent chateaux and educated in Europe's finest schools. When the Nazis invaded and imprisoned his father, La Rochefoucald escaped to England and learned the dark arts of anarchy and combat—cracking safes and planting bombs and killing with his bare hands—from the officers of Special Operations Executive, the collection of British spies, beloved by Winston Churchill, who altered the war in Europe with tactics that earned it notoriety as the “Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare.” With his newfound skills, La Rochefoucauld returned to France and organized Resistance cells, blew up fortified compounds and munitions factories, interfered with Germans’ war-time missions, and executed Nazi officers. Caught by the Germans, La Rochefoucald withstood months of torture without cracking, and escaped his own death, not once but twice.
PRAIRIE FIRES: THE AMERICAN DREAMS OF LAURA INGALLS WILDER
THE LAST BLACK UNICORN
by Caroline Fraser
Growing up in one of the poorest neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles, Tiffany learned to survive by making people laugh. If she could do that, then her classmates would let her copy their homework, the other foster kids she lived with wouldn’t beat her up, and she might even get a boyfriend. Or at least she could make enough money—as the paid school mascot and in-demand Bar Mitzvah hype woman—to get her hair and nails done, so then she might get a boyfriend. None of that worked (and she’s still single), but it allowed Tiffany to imagine a place for herself where she could do something she loved for a living: comedy.
Millions of readers of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls—the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and nearstarvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true saga of her life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser—the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series—masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder’s biography. Revealing the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life, she also chronicles Wilder's tumultuous relationship with her journalist daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, setting the record straight regarding charges of ghostwriting that have swirled around the books.
by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib
by Tiffany Haddish
WHERE THE WILD COFFEE GROWS: THE UNTOLD STORY OF COFFEE FROM THE CLOUD FORESTS OF ETHIOPIA TO YOUR CUP by Jeff Koehler Coffee is one of the largest and most valuable commodities in the world. This is the story of its origins, its history, and the threat to its future, by the IACP Award–winning author of Darjeeling. Located between the Great Rift Valley and the Nile, the cloud forests in southwestern Ethiopia are the original home of Arabica, the most prevalent and superior of the two main species of coffee being cultivated today. Virtually unknown to European explorers, the Kafa region was essentially off-limits to foreigners well into the twentieth century, which allowed the world's original coffee culture to develop in virtual isolation in the forests where the Kafa people continue to forage for wild coffee berries.
CALLED TO CREATE: A BIBLICAL INVITATION TO CREATE, INNOVATE, AND RISK by Jordan Raynor
We were created by an infinitely creative God to reflect his love and character to the world. One way we do that is by continuing his creative work. In this energizing book, serial entrepreneur and bestselling author Jordan Raynor helps artists, entrepreneurs, writers, and other creatives reimagine our work as service to God and others, addressing such penetrating questions as - Is my work as a creative really as God-honoring as that of a pastor or missionary? - What does it look like to create not to make a name for myself but to glorify God and serve others? - How can I use my work to fulfill Jesus's command to create disciples? - Will what I make today matter in eternity?
by Christina Lauren
by Satya Nadella
Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a big-time musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally. Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the actingnot-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realise that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?
As told by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Hit Refresh is the story of corporate change and reinvention as well as the story of Nadella’s personal journey, one that is taking place today inside a storied technology company, and one that is coming in all of our lives as intelligent machines become more ambient and more ubiquitous. It’s about how people, organizations and societies can and must hit refresh—transform—in their persistent quest for new energy, new ideas, relevance and renewal. At the core, it’s about us humans and our unique qualities, like empathy, which will become ever more valuable in a world where the torrent of technology will disrupt like never before. As much a humanist as a technologist, Nadella defines his mission and that of the company he leads as empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.
12 STRONG 12 Strong is set in the harrowing days following 9/11 when a U.S. Special Forces team, led by their new Captain, Mitch Nelson (Hemsworth), is chosen to be the first U.S. troops sent into Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission. There, in the rugged mountains, they must convince Northern Alliance General Dostum (Negahban) to join forces with them to fight their common adversary: the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies. In addition to overcoming mutual distrust and a vast cultural divide, the Americans— accustomed to state-of-the-art warfare—must adopt the rudimentary tactics of the Afghani horse soldiers. But despite their uneasy bond, the new allies face overwhelming odds: outnumbered and outgunned by a ruthless enemy that does not take prisoners. CAST: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Camp DIRECTOR: Nicolai Fuglsig GENRES: DRAMA ADAPTATION TRUE-STORY
DEN OF THIEVES
A Los Angeles crime saga in the vein of Heat, Den of Thieves follows the intersecting and often personally connected lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff's Dept. and the state's most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank of downtown Los Angeles.
It’s the start of a new year at a small suburban high school. Abigail (Quinn Shephard) is an outcast who seeks solace in the worlds of the characters she reads about, much to the amusement of her manipulative classmate, Melissa (Nadia Alexander). When an intriguing new drama teacher (Chris Messina) casts Abigail over Melissa in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Abigail’s confidence blooms, and soon her relationship with Jeremy begins to move beyond just fantasy. Melissa, fueled by vengeful jealousy, begins to spiral out of control and concocts a plot against Abigail. This triggers a chain of events that will come to affect everyone around them, as well as reveal some dark truths. CAST: Quinn Shephard, Nadia Alexander, Chris Messina, Tate Donovan
CAST: Gerard Butler, Dawn Olivieri, Mo McRae, Curtis Jackson, Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson Jr. DIRECTOR: Christian Gudegast GENRES: ACTION THRILLER CRIME
DIRECTOR: Quinn Shephard GENRES: DRAMA
THE STRANGE ONES
Mysterious events surround two travelers as they make their way across a remote American landscape. On the surface all seems normal, but what appears to be a simple vacation soon gives way to a dark and complex web of secrets.
A troubled young man, Briggs (Ventimiglia), flashes back to the demons of his past when his sister is released from her twenty-year prison sentence for the murder of their parents. Briggs must confront his estranged sister and deal with the past, while fighting to protect his future and the life he has rebuilt for himself.
CAST: Alex Pettyfer, James Freedson-Jackson, Emily Althaus, Tobias Campbell, Owen Campbell, Gene Jones DIRECTOR: Christopher Radcliff
CAST: Milo Ventimiglia, Rachel Melvin, Amanda Aday, Bonita Friedericy, John Billingsley
CAST: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes
DIRECTOR: Charles Moore
DIRECTOR: Sebastian Lelio
GENRES: DRAMA THRILLER
GENRES: DRAMA THRILLER
A FANTASTIC WOMAN The story of Marina, a waitress and singer, and Orlando, an older man, who are in love and planning for the future. After Orlando suddenly falls ill and dies, Marina is forced to confront his family and society, and to fight again to show them who she is: complex, strong, forthright, fantastic.
When a woman and her son mysteriously vanish, FBI agent Daria Francis (Amanda Schull) is dispatched to the small town of Devil’s Gate, North Dakota to investigate the number one suspect: religious fanatic Jackson Pritchard (Milo Ventimiglia), husband and father of the missing persons. But when Francis and local deputy Colt (Shawn Ashmore) arrive at Pritchard’s foreboding property, they discover much more than they bargained for lurking in the basement.
DIRECTOR: Clay Staub
Stratton, a Special Boat Service operative for MI6, and his American counterpart Marty, scope a laboratory complex in Iran in order to intercept deadly biochemical weapons. This most complex of missions goes spectacularly wrong however and in the mayhem Marty is mortally wounded. Stratton knows his trusted friend isn't going to make it. Back at base Stratton is summoned by the big boss at MI6. She has received intel that a former Soviet operative - Barovski - has gone rogue. Thought to be dead for the last 20 years, it is believed Barovski has plans to take revenge on his former paymasters by using stolen chemical weapons. From hereon in, Stratton and his team must draw on all their training and experience to race against time and stop the unimaginable happening. CAST: Austin Stowell, Connie Nielsen, Dominic Cooper, Thomas Kretschmann, Tom Felton DIRECTOR: Simon West
GENRES: THRILLER HORROR SCI-FI
GENRES: ADAPTATION ACTION THRILLER
CAST: Milo Ventimiglia, Shawn Ashmore, Bridget Regan, Amanda Schull, Jonathan Frakes, Javier Botet
MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE In the epic finale to the Maze Runner saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.
CAST: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Sangster, Rosa Salazar, Ki Hong Lee, Dexter Darden DIRECTOR: Wes Ball GENRES: ADVENTURE SEQUEL FANTASY
THE 15:17 TO PARIS
Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter's feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne). James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.
In August 2015, ISIS terrorist Ayoub El-Khazzani boards train from Brussels to Paris. El-Khazzani is armed with an AK-47 and enough ammo to kill more than 500 people, but three American friends refuse to give in to fear. Together, they avert a mass tragedy.
CAST: James Corden, Rose Byrne, Daisy Ridley, Elizabeth Debicki, Margot Robbie, Domhnall Gleeson
On an isolated stretch of land 50 miles outside of San Francisco sits the most haunted house in the world. Built by Sarah Winchester, (Helen Mirren) heiress to the Winchester fortune, it is a house that knows no end. Constructed in an incessant twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week mania for decades, it stands seven stories tall and contains hundreds of rooms. To the outsider it looks like a monstrous monument to a disturbed woman's madness. But Sarah is not building for herself, for her niece (Sarah Snook) or for the brilliant Doctor Eric Price (Jason Clarke) whom she has summoned to the house. She is building a prison, an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts, and the most terrifying among them have a score to settle with the Winchesters... CAST: Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook, Angus Sampson, Finn Scicluna-O'Prey
DIRECTOR: Will Gluck
DIRECTOR: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
DIRECTOR: Clint Eastwood
GENRES: ADAPTATION ANIMATION FAMILY
GENRES: THRILLER MYSTERY SUPERNATURAL
GENRES: DRAMA THRILLER TRUE-STORY
CAST: Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, Jenna Fischer, Judy Greer, Ray Corasani
COOL GADGETS TECHNOLOGY
The coolest products curated especially for you
CANON EOS M100
Koogeek Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip
Canon’s faithful might have been hoping for a full-frame mirrorless cam, but the fiesta EOS M100 is here to tingle the snapping tastebuds of a very different crowd. Thanks to its pocketable dimension and DSLR-style APS-C sensor, its autofocus is locked on replacing your smartphone for everyday photography. With Wi-Fi and NFC also on board, it’s certainly a step up from its predecessor, the M10. And while 24MP may not be enough resolution for the hopefuls who wanted something to rival the Sony A9, it’s a damn sight better than your smartphone camera.
Live in the ultimate smart home when you have the Koogeek Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip. With six different points of power, this power strip is smarter than it looks. Compatible with Apple HomeKit, the Power Strip is actually connected to your home’s Wi-Fi network. This means that you can achieve total control over your devices even if they’re not smart home devices. With the Power Strip, you can set schedules as well as timers. Using the app, you can decide when electronics turn on and off. In addition to this, you have the intelligence of Apple HomeKit. This extends the functionality for more thorough scheduling and control. Plus, you can use Siri and voice command so you don’t even need to pick up your smartphone.
Instax Share SP-3 Wouldn’t it be convenient if you could instantly print your photos as you capture them? Now you can with the Instax Share SP-3. This compact, square-like device is the latest addition to the Instax Share series of printers. Like the artsy photo format we’ve come to love on social media, photos that come out of the SP-3 have a 1-1 aspect ratio. The square photo is popular among smartphone users and with this smartphonecompatible printer users can easily print out their carefully-curated square photos without a hitch. It boasts high-speed printing in just around 13 seconds, 800 x 800 dots resolution, and photo customization via the Instax Share app.
Millerton 6-Port 8A USB Charging Hub Crafted with a powerful 8A output, this 6-port charging hub can refill battery simultaneously on your devices, whether it’s a smartphone, tablet, or laptop. The Millerton 6-port 8A USB Charging Hub’s heavy duty matte black outer shell guarantees long-lasting use. Users can also expect an over-all protection for their gadgets as it features a multiple charging safety system that prevents over-charging, over-heating, and short circuit issues. This device automatically detects charging current for connected devices. It’s time to say goodbye to your numerous travel adapters and say hello to this portable, convenient, charging solution.
Sony WF-1000X - In-Ear Headphones The Sony WF-1000X in-ear headphones are completely free of wires and are basically just buds that fit snugly in the ear. It has a no frills design but packs industry-leading noise cancelling technology and a 6mm driver, allowing it to deliver dynamic sound despite its miniscule size. The headphones come in a sleek case that doubles as a charging dock. The pair will automatically power on and connect to the last device they were paired with when taken out of the case. On a full charge, it guarantees up to 9 hours of usage. For a better music-listening experience, this 1000X headphones is compatible with the “Sony Headphones Connect” app through which users can customize sound to their liking.
BOSE SOUNDLINK MICRO This pocket-sized Bluetooth speaker is the perfect travel partner. Pop it into your backpack, or indeed your pocket (yes, it’s that small), and you can take it anywhere with you. That includes for a quick dip as it boasts IPX7 waterproofing meaning it will survive a dunk or two. And don’t let its small stature fool you, the Micro is actually mighty, producing richer and louder audio than its rivals and it even has a builtin mic for speakerphone calls, handy when you want to answer the phone pool-side.
Pictar One Capturing picturesque landscapes through your smartphone is now possible with this awesome camera grip from Migg. Tagged as the best iPhone camera grip, the Pictar One gives you the functions of a DSLR camera in an ergonomically designed lightweight body. You can now take pictures like a pro through its five external buttons that enable users to tweak the camera’s aperture, exposure, shutter speed, and zooming options. Powered by an ultra-sonic system which is more battery-efficient than Bluetooth connectivity, this camera grip seamlessly connects to your iPhone via its own dedicated app. It also comes with a cold shoe mount and a universal tripod adapter which are compatible with most monopods, tripods, and detachable camera flashers. In case you’re wondering, this phone accessory has a removable 1/2 AA battery that can last from four to six months. Adding this to your mobile photography arsenal is truly a must
Ember Ceramic Smart Coffee Mug Keep your brew the perfect temperature all day long with the Ember Ceramic Smart Coffee Mug. Although it looks like a typical mug, it’s far from it. Coming with a connected coaster, you can even adjust the exact temperature of your beverage. The Ceramic Mug also connects to the app on your smartphone or smartwatch. When you set the mug in place, the app will instantly alert you when it reaches your desired temperature. In addition, you can also use the app to remotely adjust the temperature to perfection. In addition, you can change between Celsius and Fahrenheit for the ultimate precision. The Ceramic Mug and app also let you save presets for all your favorite drinks. Finally, this intelligent mug holds a full ten ounces which is perfect for tea and coffee just as you like it.
Nano Smart Water Dispenser Enjoy the best tasting water possible when you have the Nano Smart Water Dispenser. This convenient machine delivers your water at the optimal temperature in just seconds. Nano is environmentally friendly and efficient. Complete with a capacity OLED touchscreen display, simply tap Cold, Hot, or Room Temperature to begin. You can also slide your finger up and down the screen to choose the volume of water you need. The machine instantly adjusts its temperature settings and pours crystal clear drinking water. It’s perfect for making tea and coffee or hydrating after a workout. Nano features a high powered yet energy efficient heater. For cold water, it features a thermo-electric unit for extremely quiet functionality.
Divoom Timebox Is it a clock or is it a box? Actually, it’s both. True to its name, this youthful speaker-slashsmart alarm clock makes your mornings “va va voom” with its 121 full RGB LED lights that deliver thousands of vivid colors, right in front of you. Protected by an anti-scratch front cover and an isolation bracket, the Divoom Timebox is truly built to last. You can even unleash your creativity through its userfriendly mobile app that enables users to build their own designs with customized animations. The highlights of the product are the smart alarm system, professional sleep aid, and social media notification which are essential for the daily grind. Encased in its matte UV coated housing is a 5 watts full-range speaker with passive radiator and is powered by Digital Sound Processing technology. It may be small but this box could give you supreme calls and music on-the-go. www.cpmagazine.net
Steve Madden ushers in Autumn Winter’17!
PRESS RELEASES Step Up Your Eye Game This New Year with Ermenegildo Zegna Eyewear SS18
This New Year, step out of your comfort zone and invest in bold colours, prints and patterns from Ermenegildo Zegna’s Spring/Summer 2018 eyewear collection, produced and distributed by Marcolin Group. The styles gracefully blend together luxe and high quality materials such as titanium, wood and leather to combine a fresh modern touch with the brand’s traditional style, keeping with the seasons trends and the brand’s identity. From light brown to a dark havana colour palette, these will ensure you begin the year looking as charming as ever.
This fall, the dangerous beauty of iconic blondes like Debbie Harry, Nancy Spungen and Caroline Vreeland and the fearless originality of men like Sid Vicious, Andy Warhol and our very own Steve Madden have us feeling empowered, charismatic and awake. 70s glam is back and we’re wearing dark metallics, glitter and sky high platforms that elicit optimism and strength. We’re nostalgic about the days of grunge in plaid and loafers, standing for love in military inspired camo and nickel, and celebrating the excess and glamour of eastern culture with outrageous prints and embellishment. This Fall, Make Trouble with Steve Madden. 70s FEVER: The grit and glam of disco fever is back and we’re reimagining the glamorous 70s with dark metallics like the PIERA, platforms like the GONZO AND GLORY and exotic skins and fur. The guys are channeling the 70s with polished lace up oxfords like the ELVIN and CANDYD. URBAN IMPACT: We’ve been struck with grunge nostalgia. Cherished preppy favorites like loafers and plaid are getting toughened up this time around. Loafers like the LYDIA and RAINBOW are equipped with brilliant platforms, and slip on sneakers like the GILLS, GUSTO and PLUTO are ready to hit the NYC streets. We’re packing the necessities in the BWILMA, a chic new backpack from our accessories collection. SM guys are wearing street style sneakers like the ORMISTEN, DEFSTAR and BIONIC. OFF DUTY: Our strength and determination are reflected in military inspired looks featuring camouflage, combat boots and cool nickel hardware. We’re all about the lace up bootie, as evidenced by these three favorite versions, the FLAME, LAURIE and OFFICER. Guys are wearing the military trend with cool fall boots like the HIGHLINE, PALAZO and LOREN. EASTERN DREAMS: Inspired by the thoughtfulness and elegance of eastern design, our fall collection features prints, embroidery and embellishment of eastern influence, like the STARDUST and AVENUE booties and the BFAITH over the shoulder handbag. The CROWNEREY and CACHET are adorned in embroidery and metal accents, for the guys looking to make a serious style state¬ment. Revamp your shoe closet this season with Steve Madden’s fabulous AW’17 collection available at The Avenues- The Mall & Sama Mall, Fintas.
Oris continues its mission to conserve the world’s oceans and to bring change for the better with the Oris Clipperton Limited Edition It’s widely accepted that more people have scaled Mount Everest than have stepped foot on Clipperton Island, the world’s most isolated landmass. The uninhabited atoll sits in a zone known as the ETP, or the Eastern Tropical Zone, approximately 1,100km south of the tip of the Baja Peninsula, on the west coast of Mexico. The nearest landmass is 945km away. But despite its remoteness, the French-owned island and its unique ecosystem are under threat because of illegal commercial fishing and pollution. Its waters are a critical migration corridor for a number of threatened species of shark and pelagic, and several endemic species, on land and underwater, call it home. Earlier this year, Oris announced its sponsorship of The Clipperton Expedition, a ‘citizenscience’ expedition led by N2Pix, specialized in underwater imagery and expeditions owned by Canadians Michel Labrecque and Julie Ouimet. The Oris-sponsored expedition took a group of scientists and conservationists on the arduous 80-hour journey to Clipperton (it’s only accessible by boat) to raise awareness of the
vital role Clipperton plays in the migration patterns of these species, to gather data to help develop existing shark migration theories, and to effect lasting change that will preserve Clipperton’s ecosystem. Oris is now following this up with the launch of the Oris Clipperton Limited Edition, a diver’s watch based on the brand’s Aquis series. A percentage of funds raised by sales of the 2,000 pieces produced will go towards the protection of our ocean in upcoming initiatives. Last year, a French ministerial order created a 12-nautical-mile Marine Protected Area (MPA) around the atoll, but the ambition is to secure an extension of the MPA to 100 nautical miles and UNESCO World Heritage Site status for Clipperton.
KARL LAGERFELD INTRODUCES “KARL IN NEW YORK” HOLIDAY 2017 CAPSULE COLLECTION KARL LAGERFELD is pleased to announce the Karl in New York holiday 2017 capsule collection. Karl Lagerfeld and his famous feline, Choupette, head to New York City to celebrate the festive season in Manhattan. As the concrete jungle transforms into a winter wonderland, the pair enjoy sightseeing in the Big Apple — from ice skating at Rockefeller Center to shopping on Fifth Avenue and riding in iconic yellow taxis. The collection will be available globally at KARL LAGERFELD stores, select wholesale partners, and online at KARL.COM. Graphics depict Karl and Choupette keeping warm in hats and scarves as they ice skate and sip hot chocolate. In the background is New York’s skyline, with metallic details that mimic the city’s twinkling lights. Colourful appliqué patches of NYC taxis are topped with glittery accents and pearls as the cab’s headlights. The ready-to-wear offering combines casual essentials with classic eveningwear styles, for a mix-and-match effect. For daytime, there are plush sweatshirts and hoodies, distressed denim, graphic tees and cosy cable knit sweaters. For elegant holiday festivities there’s a fringed bouclé skirt and jacket set, a sleek white tuxedo blazer, and a shimmering pleated skirt. Accessories feature shoppers, shoulderbags, a camerabag and minaudieres with both sophisticated and playful finishes. Embellishments include cat-shaped pearls, leather patch appliqués and metallic threading inspired by snowflakes. Soft accessories range from passport holders to key chains, gloves, a scarf, phone cases and cashmereblend beanies.
AW17 FENTY PUMA By Rihanna II Trainer Hi & Mid Most likely to break the rules, Rihanna returns as PUMA Creative Director for her third season. The latest FENTY PUMA by Rihanna collection takes classic school uniforms and dismantles them. Varsity jackets are reimagined with exaggerated dimensions. Sneakers meet stiletto heels. Preppy meets provocative. Unexpected cutlines, premium materials, and chenille patches abound. Speaking of FENTYxPUMA’s signature oversized look and unexpected twists on PUMA silhouettes, the all-new Trainer in Hi and Mid executions takes the knitted sock sneaker to new heights never seen before. With an aggressive and sculptured tooling, the new FENTY Trainer is more progressive than ever before in both the fashion and function stakes. Featuring IGNITE technology in the midsole, the Trainer ups the iconic Creeper’s outsole game with extra comfort and added support combined with a new on point look. FENTY Trainer Hi 190937 Brand new for Autumn-Winter ‘17, the Trainer Hi has a completely fresh
look hot off the runway. Wowing the audiences at the collection’s presentation in Paris last September, the FENTY Trainer Hi draws design DNA from its sister, the Mary Jane Knitted Heel, boasting both high fashion and athleticism. With athletic sport stripe details on the knee-high sock collar, the new sneaker offering stays true to PUMA’s sporting heritage. FENTY Trainer Mid 190938 As with the FENTY Trainer Hi, the Trainer Mid is versatile and works great with any outfit, also featuring a fully-knitted sock construction combined with the easy-to-wear style of a mid-cut trainer. The FENTY Trainer Mid’s look is finished off with a lace-up construction and detachable branded ankle collar. The new FENTY x PUMA is available in all PUMA store and select sneaker retailers in Kuwait
PRESS VICTORIA’S SECRET AND BALMAIN PARIS EXCLUSIVE COLLECTION, VS x BALMAIN, COMING TO KUWAIT Victoria’s Secret limited edition capsule collection, VS x BALMAIN, designed by Olivier Rousteing, Creative Director of Balmain Paris, will be available in Grand Avenue – The Avenues, starting December 20th. Rousteing also designed the PUNK ANGEL section for the 2017 VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW where the full VS x BALMAIN collection was revealed on Supermodels including Candice Swanepoel, Adriana Lima, Jasmine Tookes, Sara Sampaio and Josephine Skriver. The 22-piece collection includes an assortment of bras, panties, lingerie, t-shirts and handbags. High-fashion product details include tartan prints, custom graffiti graphics, Swarovski® crystals, mesh, studs and sexy straps. Prices range from KD 10 – KD 102.5 Rousteing designed an offering that complements the modern stylish silhouette that Victoria’s Secret is known for, while incorporating Balmain’s instantly identifiable style. The collection builds upon the house’s couture legacy while reflecting the way women want to dress today.
Six Nissan Sales Executives Awarded N-SPEC Certification This Year Abdulmohsen Abdulaziz Al-Babtain Company (AABC), the sole authorized dealer of Nissan vehicles in the State of Kuwait, is proud to announce that six of its Nissan sales executives were awarded with the N-SPEC (Nissan Sales Program for Executives Certification) certification this year and have now been integrated into Nissan’s exclusive certified global sales team. The ceremony was attended by several senior management staff including, Mr. Laurent Pernet, General Manager Automotive at Abdulmohsen Abdulaziz Al-Babtain Company. Also present was Ms. Fatima Zenagui, Deputy General Manager of Nissan Gulf (NGF). Mohamed Fathy, Hussien Bahlevan, Wissam Farag, Mohamed Samir, Rami Othman and Rabie Shibli were commended for successfully completing their certification program courses and passing the assessment conducted by NGF. Mr. Pernet expressed his pride in the certified salesmen and added “In today’s competitive market, customer service has become more important than ever. At Al Babtain, our aim is to surpass the expectations of our customers and that is why we constantly invest in our employees to meet customer expectations”. The Nissan N-SPEC certification is a globally recognized certification course for sales executives, based on the Nissan global sales training templates to upgrade the knowledge and skills of the sales executives and thereby increasing customer satisfaction. Al Babtain Group continues to invest in its employees and their strategic growth through comprehensive training and development exercises. Utilizing the highly developed staff L&D center, the company is poised to introduce advanced skills building coaching sessions to further build its team’s performance.
INJAZ Kuwait Successfully Concludes its “Social Innovation Camp” Workshop INJAZ Kuwait has successfully concluded its “Social Innovation Camp” workshop, held in collaboration with “Zahhab”, a student community that provides all the necessary academic assistance to university students and professors. Held at Al Shaheed Park, on Wednesday 13 December 2017, the workshop has witnessed the participation of 70 students, from different universities, who have enjoyed the workshop and the competitive and enthusiastic atmosphere which filled up the venue. INJAZ’s Innovation Camp’s four-hour workshop is part of INJAZ Kuwait’s series of programs and workshops which aim at helping students to understand the concept of social entrepreneurship and develop their skills to think critically and analytically towards finding the most appropriate solutions to their business challenges. Participants were divided into groups; a specialised consultant was hired to help each of them to compete with the rest of the teams. Laila Al-Mutairi, INJAZ Kuwait CEO said: “Proud of students who participated in this workshop and shared their ideas and innovative projects in a way that reflects their skills and talents. At INJAZ, our responsibility has always been and will always remain to develop youth of Kuwait by providing innovative educational programs that aim to develop their leadership and entrepreneurial skills and help them to turn their creative ideas into genuine business. We would like to thank ‘Zahhab’ for their contribution which led to the success of this workshop, and wish all participating teams the best of luck in their future”. Participating teams have presented their own innovative business solutions to a panel of judges which included Mrs. Laila Al-Mutairi, INJAZ Kuwait CEO, Mr. Mohammad Al Momen, University Coordinator of Zahhab Kuwait and Mr. Abdullah Kamal, Communications & Partnerships Director at UNESCO, where they carefully evaluated each solution presented based on the teams' level of innovation. The facilitator was Mr. Jarrah Albuloushi. www.cpmagazine.net
LACOSTE WOMEN’S COLLECTION
FALL/WINTER 2017-18 Confident. Sophisticated. Elegant. Lacoste’s fall/winter 2017 Women’s footwear collection draws inspiration from The woman who wears it. Embodying the spirit of the brand And staying true to lacoste’s sporting roots, this season’s Collection demonstrates all the attributes of the iconic Crocodile, enhanced with a feminine touch.
KENZO HOLIDAY COLLECTION 2017 KENZO is pleased to present its annual limitededition holiday collection, the perfect pieces to celebrate all the year-end festivities. The women’s and men’s collections of garments and accessories are built on contrasting colors, shiny fabrics and vibrant and gleaming yarns. Perfect for every celebration this holiday season, the fully-rounded collection, offers KENZO customers the chance to find the ideal look for their winter get-togethers.
GAP TO COLLABORATE WITH SARAH JESSICA PARKER TO LAUNCH LIMITED-EDITION KIDS COLLECTION
Gap announce a new limited-edition collection created for GapKids with actor and former Gap campaign star Sarah Jessica Parker. The collection will be available in all Gap stores across the GCC, as well as Gap Middle East online from 18th March, 2018.
GUESS Spring/Summer 2018 Pilot Reborn
If you are on the hunt for a pair of trend-right shades to update your 2018 look, Guess Eyewear’s SS18 collection offers the picture-perfect set of pilot models in different colours and styles to complement your face. Begin your new year with pieces that fall in line with the internationally renowned brand’s identity of sexy, young and adventurous lifestyles. The new daring pilot styles take on a whole new attitude in shades of blue, black, bronze and pink to suit both men and women. Meant for those exploring the world with bold and courageous visions, these latest styles will keep you looking glamourous and chic in the new year.
HLY FUEL FOR YOUR GREY MATTER T N MO
GENERAL KNOWLEDGE QUIZ
JUMBLED WORDS C O E U N
1. Shazam is a globally popular phone app which recognizes and identifies: Barcodes; Music/Songs; Places/Routes; or Food?
2. Zika disease, identified 1947 and epidemic in S America commencing 2015, is mainly transmitted by infected: Water; Mosquitoes; Coughing and sneezing; or Fruit?
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4. What term evolved c.2009-2014 from meaning simply 'relaxing' to a euphemism for sex: Virtual reality; Netflix and chill; TV and pizza; or Harry Potter and popcorn?
5. IHOP refers to which N American-based fast-food chain?
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3. Alphabet became in 2015 the holding company of which vast tech corporation?
6. What term, originally and still associated with bread, refers to products made in sets and computer files containing several instructions?
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7. Which of one of these pairs are Arabic derived/inspired words for a high point and a low point: Zephyr & Nike; Nip & Tuck; Zenith & Nadir; or Boom & Bust?
ANSWERS: 1.OUNCE, 2.KNIFE, 3.GLITZY, 4.ARCADE, 5.DIVERT, 6.HOIST
8. Cryptically, what garden hut bulb means 'reveal a mystery', or 'provide an explanation'?
TEST YOUR VOCABULARY It had the reputation of being the gathering place for smugglers, gun-runners, pirates, and equally unsavory folk.
9. Barbara Millicent Roberts (1959 - present) from Willows Wisconsin is better known as what iconic figure? 10. First recorded late 1800s, the UK terms gongoozling/gongoozler refer to enjoyably watching: Soccer; Birds; Canal boats; or Paint dry?
In this sentence, unsavory means:
11. According to DC Comics history, 'Nightwing' when younger was: a.
tending to wander
Desperate Dan; Robin; Catwoman; or Bart Simpson?
having a strong influence on others
characterized by energy and vigor
12. Which of these is not a famous computer operating system: Unix;Windows; Linux; or Glytch?
13. In the history of the universe what term refers to immediately after The adjective unsavory was formed by merging un, meaning “not,” with savory, meaning “pleasant, agreeable.” So if it's unsavory, it's unpleasant. First used to describe revolting tastes, unsavory now also applies to just about anything that figuratively leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Mobsters do all kinds of unsavory things to the people that cross them. So you probably shouldn't hang out with such unsavory characters.
14. Breitling, Fortis, Hublot and Longines are makers of: Sports cars;
c. Call something unsavory if it's unappetizing, tasteless, or morally offensive. Curdled sour milk is pretty unsavory, as are the dirty details of the latest political scandal.
15. Panhead, Shovelhead, Knucklehead and Flathead are types of:
the Big Bang: Inflation; Inflammation; Conflagration; or Mastication? Kitchen knives; Watches; or Equine accessories? Harley Davidson motorbike engines; Ice-hockey playing positions; Bottom-feeding lake fish; or USA money slang?
16. What girl's name beginning with A was punningly chosen first when
the UK decided in 2015 to 'name' its storms?
17. Kola, Palm, Pecan and Betel are: African languages; Milking goat breeds; Nuts; or Smartphone operating systems?
Mathematics Riddle If 16 = 11, 25 = 12, 36 = 15, then 49 = ?
19. Which one of these is not a cloud type: Altostratus; Cumulonimbus;
Cirrostratus; or Fluphosoftus?
20. Diacritical marks are symbols for guiding/indicating: Pronunciation; Student grades; Surgical procedures;or Road mending?
D.17 ANSWERS: B JANUARY 2018
ANSWERS: 1.Music/Songs, 2.Mosquitoes, 3.Google, 4.Netflix and chill, 5.International House of Pancakes, 6.Batch (a batch is originally a plain loaf, from old English bacan, to bake, which later referred to baking in volume), 7.Zenith & Nadir, 8.Shed light, 9.Barbie (Barbie doll), 10.Canal boats, 11.Robin (Batman's assistant, aka Dick Grayson), 12.Glytch, 13.Inflation, 14.Watches, 15.Harley Davidson motorbike engines, 16.Abigail (a big gale), 17.Nuts, 18.Wearable technology (they argued over trademarks), 19.Fluphosoftus, 20.Pronunciation (for example accents above letters)
18. The fitness corporations Fitbit and Fitbug, subject of legal actions 2013-16, pioneered: Energy bars; Energy drinks; Wearable technology; or Performance drugs?
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The full moon on January 1 pours love and devotion into your home and family life. There may be friction, but that's only because everyone cares so much. Be grateful. On the sixteenth, the new moon could open a door for you in your career or public life. You'll be the smartest and most responsible, respected, and charming person in the room. Respect your capabilities and grab an appropriate opportunity by the horns. On January 31, a second full moon (and a lunar eclipse) encourages you to be more creative and playful. Forget moneymaking potential, have respect for expenses, then release your inner artist.
The full moon on January 1 suggests that you keep a low profile and enjoy some great, intense, and private time for relaxation. Meditate on big things. Do small things around the home to maximize peace and comfort. Get healthier and better organized with the new moon on the sixteenth. Make a small change in your diet or in how you arrange your wardrobe. Feel better about everything and continue from there. The month's second full moon, on January 31, is a lunar eclipse on the lunar north node. Watch for a karmic turn of events that nurtures and supports you.
During the full moon on January 1, relax and take your time getting your priorities in order. You may hear a lot of advice and suggestions, but you know what's best for you. Keep your own needs at the top of your list. The new moon on the sixteenth invites money and moneymaking opportunities to come your way. That casual conversation you have at the coffee shop could lead to bigger, more profitable things. On January 31, a second full moon (and a lunar eclipse) could turn a negative situation into a positive, nurturing opportunity for all involved.
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On January 1, friends and neighbors are there for you during the full moon. There are also several new friends to make, many of them from faraway places, as the month goes on. The new moon on the sixteenth could expand your world beyond belief. The most unusual interest could burst into full bloom and introduce you to an exciting person or an undreamed-of possibility. Be open. On January 31, the month's second full moon (and a lunar eclipse) enriches your home life. Bond with a family member and see how much you really have in common.
Social life boils over with excitement during the full moon on January 1. You won't need to make any decisions to have a great time, except maybe what to wear. You might want to politely decline a few invitations. The new moon on the sixteenth could make it hard to decide what would be the most fun and fulfilling to do. Jump in at your first impulse and don't look back. On January 31, the second full moon (and a lunar eclipse) gives you time to reflect on those things that matter most to you. You'll see ways to become more efficient and empathetic.
The full moon on January 1 is full of love and romance. Make the most of the holiday season to let more love into your life. You might feel too busy or scattered, but don't overlook someone truly special who could appear now. The new moon on the sixteenth has charm to spare. If there's something you've wanted to say, no matter how difficult, now would be a good time to speak and then hear a yes. At this month's second full moon (and a lunar eclipse) on January 31, you could knowingly or unknowingly make a big difference in someone's life.
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The January 1 full moon shines on your finances and money situation. Make a list of all the income streams and resources that you already have and be pleasantly surprised by what's been overlooked. On the sixteenth, the new moon connects you intimately with a lot of people who want to hear what you have to say. Some may ask favors. Be popular and professional and handle it all with ease. On January 31, a second full moon (and a lunar eclipse) could bring you support and help from a friend or neighbor. You won't need to ask, and it will be freely given.
The full moon on January 1 shines into your career and public endeavors. You are already in the spotlight, so make the most of it. Let the closing holiday events connect you with more influential people. With the new moon on the sixteenth, tackle the biggest project or problem at home and motor right through it. No one can slow you down. On January 31, the month’s second full moon (and a lunar eclipse) impacts your social scene, clubs, and groups. You could join a group that changes everything for you. You could even sit in the chairman's seat and be the guiding light.
On January 1, the full moon wants you to be healthy and happy in all the little things you do day to day. Appreciate something small - a houseplant in bloom or a new coffee mug, and realize, really, that small does not mean insignificant. The new moon on the sixteenth promises you some very rich private downtime. Spend it quietly, alone or with a special intimate few, and have insights that can improve the rest of the year. On January 31, the month’s second full moon (and a lunar eclipse) is packed with love and affection. A soul mate may not appear, but it's possible.
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The full moon on January 1 lets you confront whatever has been annoying you or holding you back. You have powerful allies and partners, some you've never suspected of even liking you. Be strong! Love and be loved at the new moon on the sixteenth. Think and feel great love. A big, positive change may happen to improve or start a relationship. This is no time to be timid or to shy away from radical change. January 31 brings a second full moon (and a lunar eclipse) that could turn around a money matter to increase income and lessen expenses.
Declare your independence and claim more personal space and time under the full moon on January 1. Friends and family have plenty of good plans, but your world will get bigger and richer when you focus on yourself. Friends and neighbors may distract you at the new moon on the sixteenth. Enjoy the social contact and don't worry about draining your energy. You have plenty of that now. On January 31, a second full moon (and a lunar eclipse) could present you with a career opportunity that is fated to improve your standing and reputation. Look beyond your immediate selfdoubts and do what's right.
Start off playfully and creatively with the full moon on January 1. People with grand ideas of what to do and where to go could be all around you. That's great, but follow your own desires. The new moon on the sixteenth could bring a lot of new faces into your social scene. Keep it casual, see what your first impressions are, and maybe pick and choose later. On January 31, the month’s second full moon (and a lunar eclipse) highlights good health, mental and physical. Make it a priority to value and take good care of yourself. You're worth it!