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BEAUTY 32. Acne

46 75. Wild With A Winter Leapord

ENTERTAINMENT

16. Kuwait Kicks Off The 2019 Red Bull Car Park Drift Series

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FOOD

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TECHNOLOGY

23. The Jumeirah Friday Brunch

66. Cool Gadgets

50. A Culinary Experience In Valencia, Spain

TRAVEL

34. Bonus Miles - Dream Destinations For 2019 38. The City Guide

61. The Most Read Books In 2018 62. Writing Movie Wrongs 63. Top Music Charts 64. Movies Releasing Soon

REGULARS FEATURES 12. Rising From The Ashes 19. Detox Your Mind To Achieve Your Goals In 2019 20. The Lone Drone 44. Two Things You Should Focus On Instead Of Social Media

FASHION

10. From Here And There 68. Top Picks By Yasmeen AlSalem

74. Bye Bye Blue Year

FITNESS 14. Find Your Why

INTERVIEWS 24. Chadan

40. Sandra Carina 46. Inés Benavides 52. Eman Jamal

22. In Permanent Pursuit Of Perfection

76. CP Journal

58. Aiman Nour

78. Homework for Grownups

70. Gauri Mehta

80. Horoscopes



‫ تطرح حقيبة‬Bally ‫عالمة‬ ‫ الصغرية‬Cathy

ALYASRA FASHION UNVEILS THE RENOVATED KENZO STORE AT THE AVENUES MALL

‫ بصيحة هذا املومس إىل مستوى أعىل من األناقة واألسلوب‬Bally ‫ارتقت عالمة‬ ً ‫جماال‬ ‫ الصغرية اليت تنضح‬Cathy ‫ فكشفت النقاب عن حقيبة‬،‫العرصي‬ ً ّ ‫وتتوفر بنوعني من‬ ،‫ سنتم‬15×11.5 ‫ الصغرية حبجم‬Cathy ‫ تأيت حقيبة‬.‫ورقيا‬ ّ ‫الرباط جيعالهنا مثالية خالل النهار والليل عىل‬ ‫حد سواء إذ تتمتع مبسكة علوية‬ ‫ ورباط كتف‬،‫مصنوعة من سلسلة عريضة متنح إطاللة جريئة وملفتة لألنظار‬ ً ً‫جلدي جيعل منها أكسسوارا‬ .‫أنيقا ُيكمّ ل إطاللتك اليومية ويزيدها أناقة‬ ‫ الصغرية بأربعة‬Cathy ‫ حقيبة‬2018 ‫شتاء‬/‫ ملومس خريف‬Bally ‫تضمّ مجموعة‬ ّ ‫ألوان ونقشات‬ ‫ حقيبة جلدية باللون األسود تزدان باخلطوط الثالثية‬- ‫ممية‬ ‫اليت حتمل بصمة العالمة وحقيبة جلدية بنقشة جلد التمساح (مصنوعة من‬ ً ّ ‫علما أنه متّ تزويد‬ ّ ‫كل من هاتني‬ ،)‫(متوفرة باللونني األحمر واألسود‬ )‫جلد العجل‬ ‫ املصنوعة من‬Cathy ‫احلقيبتني بقفل عىل شكل ثقب املفتاح إىل جانب حقيبة‬ .‫مخفي‬ ‫صوف اخلروف األسود واملزوّدة مبشبك مغناطييس‬ ّ

Alyasra Fashion, the regional fashion retail leader, announced the grand reveal of KENZO’s newly renovated store at the Avenues. The celebratory event took place on 12 December 2018 in the presence of local media members, fashion and lifestyle influencers, and customers. During the event, guests were drawn to the new layout, exquisite decor and features of the newly renovated store. The store’s meticulously designed fixtures brought out the colorful shades of KENZO’s ‘Holiday Capsule’ which featured a unique dragon theme. As a trend-setter in the world of fashion, the new KENZO store concept aims to connect local ambiance with the realms of creativity, technology and the future. The innovative space will feature works of local art inspired by local architecture and uses indigenous materials.

Roberto Cavalli SS19 Unveils Men’s Eyewear

Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa Adds to its Extensive List of Awards Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa’s General Manager, Savino Leone, has received five esteemed awards from Haute Grandeur. The awards received were in recognition of Kuwait’s idyllic resort’s thoughtfully personalised services provided holistically as a hotel and in the amenities available. The awards were specifically in recognition of Jumeriah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa as the best luxury hotel in Kuwait, while its Talise Spa was recognised as the best spa in Kuwait. Salt restaurant received the best seafood/international cuisine award, whereas Pepper restaurant received the award of best steakhouse in Middle East, Kuwait, and Olio restaurant received the award for best Italian cuisine in Kuwait.

Roberto Cavalli has long honored women with designs that exude radiance, sensuality, confidence and poise, especially in its extravagant and bold eyewear styles. For the first time, the designer brand unveils a new line of men’s eyewear in its latest SS19 collection in addition to its glamorous eyewear for women. While the women’s pieces stand out with femininity and flair, the men’s style features a square-shaped design with metal details and a snake pattern on the temples. The glasses are crafted to perfection using metal and sheath in acetate. These menswear styles include a more minimalistic pilot style with subtle hints of the brand for a more signature Roberto Cavalli look.

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‫إطالق مولتون براون احلدث‬

AMY ADAMS WEARS CHLOÉ

Actress Amy Adams wore a bespoke Chloé pleated silk crepon dress and bespoke belt to the Los Angeles premiere of the film, VICE.

‫افتتح أول متجر مولتون براون أبوابه يف الكويت خالل حفل إطالق خاص أقيم يف‬ .‫ املرحلة الرابعة‬، ‫ يف مجمع األفنيوز‬12/12/2018 ‫ حرض سعادة سفري السفارة الربيطانية يف الكويت مايكل دافنبورت‬، ‫خالل هذا احلدث‬ ‫ امتأل املتجر بالعديد من األشخاص ذوي النفوذ وضيوف كبار‬.‫مع ابنتيه املحرتمات‬ ‫ استمتع الضيوف الرائعني باملوسيقى احلية الهاربانيه و‬، ‫ خالل هذا احلدث‬.‫الشخصيات‬ ‫ مت تعريف الضيوف السعداء‬، ‫ عالوة عىل ذلك‬.‫تضمنت املقبالت واملكرون واملرشوبات‬ ‫بالعالمة التجارية الفاخرة امللكيه الربيطانيه ومجموعة متنوعة من املنتجات املعطره‬ ‫ كانت الليلة جميله وخرج كل ضيف‬.‫ فضال عن جتربة تدليك اليد املرحيه‬.‫للجمس واجلمال‬ .‫مرسوراً حبقيبة هدايا رائعة من مولتون براون‬

The look is finished with Chloé Emoji earrings. Inspired by the Spring Summer 2019 collection, the evening dress illustrates the couture savoir-faire of the Chloé ateliers.

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Eberhard & Co's ageless classic, the Extra Fort Automatic set the standards for the modern chronograph. With its elegant lines and dynamic persence, this graceful timepiece with a sporting pedigree, grew to typify Eberhard & Co.'s ongoing relationship with the world of motorsport. The 40mm Extra-fort Automatic (time and date functions) has an automatic mechanical movement protected by a durable steel case, which is waterproof to 50 metres. The case back is fixed with six screws, and features a screw-in crown, while the dial is protected by a domed sapphire glass.

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Eman Alawadh

RISING FROM THE There was a day in middle school that changed me forever. I was in my social studies class at my school in Toronto and had just spent twenty minutes venting to my teacher about how unfair and unjust the world was. I don’t remember what started the conversation, but what he told me still rings in my ear today. “Are you finished complaining and pointing out what’s wrong with the world?” he asked. I stared blankly at him. “Yes, but someone should….” “Stop right there,” he said. “Who is ‘someone’? If you’re going to sit there and complain about the world, why don’t you be the change you want to see?” “Me? But I’m only one girl!” “One person is all it takes.” I remember being silent on the drive back home after that lesson. I was so frustrated! I was complaining about big global issues and my teacher wanted me to do something about it. The thought was intimidating. Ever since that day, whenever I see something I don’t like, I ask myself, “what can I do to make a change?’ It is that very same thought that led me to my first general meeting of Soroptimist Kuwait. I had joined many other local and global societies in the past, all of which (to me) mostly fell short in their implementation and action plans. But my first

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meeting with these ladies took my breath away. I can say for sure that it was the first time in my life, of all the places I had been, where I stood in a room full of professional and educated women whose only goal was to empower each other and others within the community. You could feel it just by sitting and observing the women in the room. By the end of the night these women became my sisters and I am forever in awe of the accomplishments we are able to achieve together. Soroptimist Kuwait is a branch of Soroptimist International, which works with international networks and partners, such as the United Nations and its agencies, the Commonwealth, and the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, to ensure that the needs of women and girls are represented in global policy and agenda-setting. For almost a century, Soroptomisits globally have been working to Eliminate Violence Against Women (EVAW) and girls and ensure women’s participation in conflict resolution. They have participated in several efforts including building shelters, aiding victims of violence, providing counseling services, lobbying for improved prevention programs and policies as well as raising awareness. In Kuwait, Soroptimist has successfully carried out the ‘Orange Campaign’ since 2016, which aims to generate awareness on gender based violence. Through this campaign, Soroptimist Kuwait has developed a yearly survey for both genders to measure this phenomenon with over 700 participants in 2017/2018. The results of these surveys have been published in the form


of educational brochures that display the data and educate the public on the UN’s definitions of violence. That, among many other actions taken under the EVAW initiative, which was led mostly through social media, having been supported by men and women together, ended the year 2018 with the ‘Orange Pledge’ to help raise women from the ashes of violence. It is disappointing when people undermine the importance of such initiatives. The fight for women’s rights globally is the core of all the changes that we aim for within our local and global communities. The subject of violence against women is a conversation that involves every member of the community, men and women alike. We need to raise boys who understand and respect the rights of women and girls who know their rights so that together, they will grow into men and women who bring equality and security to the world. In the movie Pay It Forward written by Catherine Hyde, we see how the actions of one person, however simple, can cause a ripple effect in changing a community. That is what we need to implement ourselves on an individual level every single day. In the movie, the main character, Trevor, is faced with an interesting assignment: to think of something to change the world and put it into action. Trevor conjures the notion of paying a favour not back,

but forward - repaying good deeds not with payback, but with new good deeds done to three new people. Trevor's efforts to make good on his idea bring a revolution not only in the lives of himself, his mother and his physically and emotionally scarred teacher, but in those of an ever-widening circle of people completely unknown to him. Like Trevor, we can bring change to our communities by doing simple deeds that speak up against violence. The first step is to raise awareness of the definition of gender based violence and break the silence on its existence. There is so much we can do to protect and empower women close to us by advocating for the creation of resources and shelters through our government to provide safe asylums for those who are affected by these crimes so that we can help them heal and build empowered lives. So many women suffer in silence either because they are afraid, have nowhere to turn to or, more shockingly, are unaware that they are subjected to abuse for lack of awareness. In 2018 Soroptimist Kuwait has achieved its goals in raising local awareness on the issue and aim to begin a year of taking action in 2019. Join us in breaking the silence. Like Trevor, start with your own circle of people. Do one thing each day that can improve the situation of girls and women. No action is too small. When our women heal, our communities will prosper.

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ImanMetwally

FIND YOUR WHY Do you ever wonder, why? No, it’s not a song. It’s a purpose. Do you ever wonder why you do what you do? What gets you up in the morning? What gets you to bed looking forward to tomorrow? What gets you through the day, through the ups and downs and all the unwanted and unpleasant obstacles and struggles? Your why is lying somewhere deep inside you waiting to come out to help you perform at your best, even in your darkest moments. Your why is your anchor that holds you strong and keeps you focused and true to yourself and the people around you. I am Iman Metwally, a full time working mom who has been in the fitness field since a young age. I have always loved fitness and never thought of any other career to choose. Year after year I never contemplated quitting this filed and I didn’t know why! I listened to many people speaking about changing and creating better lives. These all seemed great to me, but it wasn’t what I was feeling deep inside me. I know I was doing that as a result of my work but was that my why? So, I decided to take the step and ask myself why I do what I do. It took me a while to discover and find my true why that anchors and helps me to stand for any obstacle and overcome any struggle. It took me a while to discover that I do what I do because I enjoy helping people and seeing them shifting from one place to a

better place through my guidance. I aspire to inspire people and help them believe in themselves and the various talents and skills they possess. One of my greatest feelings ever when it comes to work, and life in general, is empowering people to believe in themselves more and more each day. I am knowledgeable, strong and very passionate but that’s not why I am where I am today. I am where I am today because I am a patient human who believes in others and their capability to develop. I am where I am because I enjoy helping others and see them reaching and grabbing big opportunities. I enjoy giving and that’s the purpose behind my why. It’s that time of year when people will be looking to write down their New Year’s Resolutions and I encourage you to start the year thinking and finding your why. Let it be your anchor and support, the bridge between your reasons and your goals, and the fuel to better and more successful years ahead. In the New Year, I hope you feel and understand the multiple dimensions of success which, incidentally, will be the topic for my next article. Happy New Year, Middle East! Be kind and authentic to people and yourself.

Iman Metwally

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Kuwait Kicks off the 2019 Red Bull Car Park Drift Series SIRBB CIRCUIT TO HOST THE NATIONAL FINAL

Red Bull Car Park Drift is once again back to Kuwait! The global qualifiers will be kicked off from Kuwait, moving from one city to another, with the series final hosted in Istanbul later in the year. Only a couple months since Lebanon welcomed elite drifters competing for the 2018 King of Drift thrown at the Red Bull Car Park Drift Series Final, Kuwait is ready to rev-up its engines for the local qualifiers of the 2019 series on February 1st at Sirbb Circuit. In celebration of eleven years since the first ever Red Bull Car Park Drift event in Lebanon, drifters will be competing to clinch the crown of the Kuwait 2019 King of Drift. Having hosted a successful adrenaline-filled Series Final in 2017, Kuwait is, no doubt, in the position to impress thousands of drifting and motorsport fans alike. Red Bull Car Park Drift is organized by Basel Salem AlSabah Motor Racing Club and is sponsored by Falken Tyres and Platinum Gym. Over 2,500 spectators will visit Sirbb Circuit on Friday February 1st, to witness throne-thirsty drifters go head-to-head for the

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coveted title. With only one drifter from each participating country, Turkey will welcome the 2019 Kuwait King of Drift at the Series Final where he will compete to claim the Series Final throne. Kuwait’s drifter will face a fierce challenge for the King of Drift title, competing against drifters from twelve other countries that have participated in the series. The 2019 will be kicked off in Kuwait on February 1st and the competition will continue with qualifiers in Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Algeria, Mauritius, Tunisia, Morocco, Turkey, Georgia and Jordan. The competition, first hosted by Red Bull in Lebanon, is back providing drifting amateurs and professionals with the opportunity to highlight their skills and compete for the crown, while capturing the crowd’s attention. Last year’s final in Lebanon witnessed an exciting turnout, with Lebanese drifter, Oliver El Kik, securing the King of Drift crown after a stellar performance.


Lebanon hosted the first ever Red Bull Car Park Drift event in 2008 making it possible for all underground drifters to put their skills to the test, and placed the spotlight on rally champion Abdo Feghali, making him a drifting legend. On a global level, the story of drifting goes back to the 1960s on winding Japanese mountain roads. A bunch of likeminded racers set out to beat their A to B times by exceeding the grip limit of their tires when taking sharp corners. It did not do much to help their racing times but instead evolved into an entirely different discipline. Drifting was born, and a Red Bull manager discovered the sport in 2005, deciding to spark a fire in the Middle East, a fire that still burns to this very day. www.cpmagazine.net

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DrSamarBaqer

DETOX YOUR MIND TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS IN 2019 At this time of the year, everybody talks about setting new goals and writing a new list of resolutions. This excitement about goals starts to fade by the beginning of February. One should wonder about the main reasons behind this kind of failing attitude. Why do we start to feel disappointed very early in the year? What most of us fail to recognize is that we carry blockages in our mind over the years. Those blockages will always slow down our growth. But the good news is, we can cleanse our mind of them and move forward. I will start to identify the main blockages and if you find yourself having two or more of them, then definitely you need to detox your mind. 1-Comparison: Each one of us is unique in his/her way of growth and progression. If your brother loses 10kg in one month and you lose only 3, and you both followed the same diet and workout system, then this is how your body is built and you need to accept and embrace it. 2-Exaggeration: Setting yourself to failure starts with unattainable goals. When you plan for a year, or even 5 years, you need to be realistic. Dream big but only when you know for sure that you can reach the big dream. 3-Open-ended time line: Lacking clear deadlines is just an encouragement to become lazy and postpone actions. 4-Great goals but no tasks: The goal is just a nice dream if it is not attached to a list of tasks and actions that can help you achieve and succeed. I have to lose weight. Great, most of us share this goal but we need to plan and organize our lifestyle to get rid of the extra kilos. 5-Complaining: When we see the dark side of every story, we can never enjoy the happy ending. You need to have a positive perspective and push yourself forward. Complaining leads to depression and selfdoubts. 6-The blame game: Believe me, you are enough. If you keep on blaming your genetics, parents, boss, or luck, then you will never grow and succeed. You are the only one responsible for your own progress. Now that we know the blockages, how do we detox our body and mind from them? Throughout the years I learned my lessons the hard way and I had to do extensive training to change my mindset. Yes, this is the magic word. You need to build a new mindset. If I were to recommend one major New Year resolution, it would be to change your mindset. You need to have a growth mindset that pushes you to accomplish and succeed in life. Changing your mindset requires mainly the following: 1-Determination and discipline: You need to be serious about your decision to accomplish your goals. Major decisions

come with responsibilities. You might have to give up a few fun activities and replace them with learning and development activities. You might not spend money on high end brands or dining in fancy restaurants because you paid one third of your current salary to attend an important online seminar that starts at 2:00am Kuwait time. When you have that kind of discipline, you will find yourself enhancing your strengths and fixing your weaknesses. Invest in learning because you will never know all it takes to become successful. Noone has a secret recipe. You need to create your own recipe of success through the hard work and the learning process. 2-Realistic approach: It is not healthy to lose 10kg from your body weight in one week. In fact, it is dangerous. Setting goals is amazing but you need to be smart about the way you measure your success and set deadlines. If you lose half a kilo in one week, it will still be a success. 3-Continuous affirmation: Negativity and self-doubt are increasingly blocking the success of many people. Keep on reminding yourself that you are strong and powerful. Stand in front of the mirror and look at yourself as if you are a devoted fan. Repeat positive messages to yourself. It will change your mood and it will put you on success mode in a matter of minutes. Repeat this every day. 4-Invest in growth: Talk to mentors. Do not rely on your friends and immediate family. Look for people who had the same struggles but still made it in life. Be around successful people. This is how you should spend your time. Read books, take courses, attend seminars and register for master classes. 5-Health and love come first: This is the most important point to consider. Your relationships with your spouse, kids, family

and friends are very important. They will always be your support and your army to fight for more success. They should know that they are priority. Love can make the journey happier and sweeter. Of course, you need to love yourself first. This starts by taking care of your health. Following a healthy lifestyle that includes healthy food and regular exercise will transform you body and your mind. When you look in the mirror and see your amazing body and your glowing skin, your affirmations will double in power. Keep on training yourself for a future full of success and happiness. Remember that you deserve all kinds of positive outcomes. Manifesting a magnificent vision requires serious work and a strong set of beliefs. Wishing everybody a very happy new year full of growth and success.

Dr. Samar Baqer

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THE LONE DRONE Gill Sherry

We’ve all experienced some form of travel disruption, usually as a result of adverse weather conditions or an unfortunate traffic accident. As frustrating as it is, it’s just one of those things that must be tolerated and overcome. It may involve seeking an alternative route, accepting an inevitable delay or cancelling our plans altogether. More often than not, we’re annoyed by the inconvenience but thankful not to be involved in what caused the disruption in the first place. The major incident at London’s Gatwick Airport last month, however, was a little harder to swallow. By flying a drone directly over the airport, it is alleged that someone deliberately set out to cause major disruption by grounding thousands of flights during one of the busiest periods of the year. Almost one hundred and twenty thousand passengers were affected by the resulting chaos, their flights either cancelled, delayed or diverted. It’s one thing having to suffer such inconvenience as the result of a snow storm, for example, but knowing that someone deliberately set out to sabotage the plans of others is beyond belief. The first drone was allegedly spotted on Wednesday 19th December, forcing the airport to ground all flights. The drone was apparently of a commercial nature, thus substantial in size and an obvious threat to aircraft. There were over fifty reported sightings of the drone in a twenty-four hour period but no clue as to the operator. While airport officials, police and security services were focused on finding the culprit, thousands of passengers were forced to seek overnight accommodation, prepare for a diversion to an alternative city/country, or endure endless waiting inside the airport. Some, having already boarded, were stranded on the aircraft itself as it sat on the tarmac. What gives someone the right to cause such mayhem? Flights were resumed on Friday 21st December after previous attempts to re-open the runway were thwarted by reports of further drone sightings. Whilst some passengers were able to continue with their festive arrangements, albeit late, others had to abandon their plans altogether, the lengthy delay proving too much to overcome. It’s worth remembering that not everyone travels for fun. Some passengers take flights in order to visit sick relatives, attend funerals or help with aid relief in communities less fortunate than their own. At the time of writing, no-one has been charged in connection with the incident. Speculation as to the motive behind the disruption therefore continues. It is widely believed, but not confirmed, that environmental activists were behind the disruption, their intention to reduce aircraft

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CO2 emissions as well as raise awareness of the damage caused to the environment by modern-day flights. It’s true that the carbon footprint of air travel is one of increasing concern (one economy class flight from Kuwait to London leaves a footprint of 1.6 tonnes of CO2) but deliberately disrupting the travel plans of thousands of people is not the way to gain support. Research shows that even those with strong climate change concerns are unwilling to alter their flying habits. If I’m honest, I probably fall within that category myself. But if people think they can change my mind by grounding flights, inconveniencing thousands of travellers and putting lives at risk, they are very much mistaken. Far from gaining sympathy and support, this kind of action will merely enrage and alienate. Safety issues have long been the subject of debate in relation to drones. The exclusion zone for drones in the UK is currently only 1km from airports and there have been several reports of near misses between drones and commercial aircraft. The recent incident at Gatwick highlights the importance of extending this exclusion zone but unfortunately it is of no consequence if someone has the malicious intent to suspend flights and maximise disruption. But what if there was no drone in the first place? Despite numerous reported sightings of the unmanned aerial vehicle, it is now suspected that no such UAV threat existed. Could environmental activists still be to blame, their intention to fabricate sightings in order to cause widespread panic? Or perhaps it was the act of a prankster getting kicks from the publicity received and subsequent disruption caused. Either way, it is far from acceptable and more than a little worrying that the perpetrator remains untraced. The fact that no-one has claimed responsibility could even support the theory that actually, there was no drone at all. And spare a thought for the couple who were arrested and publicly named before being released without charge in connection with the incident. If those caught up in the chaos felt aggrieved by the disruption, imagine how it felt to be detained for thirty-six hours and named and shamed by the press. The on-going consequences for this innocent couple go way beyond the inconvenience of a delayed flight or a cancelled holiday. No doubt people are still recovering from the repercussions of this unprecedented incident. The financial and emotional implications are massive but so too is the threat of a repeat situation. With no clue as to the offender or motive or, in fact, any evidence that the threat ever existed, it’s a subject likely to drone on for a long time yet.



SOCIAL MEDIA: LESS IS BEST Every year, I hear the same New Year’s resolutions. More often than not, they’re made by the same people who failed in their resolutions the year before. Despite their unsuccessful attempts to lose weight, get fit or quit smoking, here they are, twelve months later, making the same half-hearted promises to do something about it. Chances are, by the end of January, their determination will already be floundering. Still, who am I to criticise? I’ve been promising to stop biting my nails for over twenty years but still nibble the ends on an almost daily basis. So, will things be any different this year? Early signs suggest that maybe they will. Surprisingly, there is a new entry in the top ten of New Year’s resolutions. This year, in addition to the more predictable resolutions mentioned above, people are planning to cut down on their social media use. It’s a wellknown fact that social media platforms can influence our mood. In fact, over-use can have a serious effect on our mental health with ‘negative comparisons’ resulting in jealousy, depression and anti-social thoughts and behaviour. Like it or not, constant social media use is bad for our well-being. I must admit, I’ve never been a fan. I have no desire to see pictures of someone else’s dinner, nor to read so-called inspirational quotes, and certainly not to see holiday pictures of people I don’t even know. I’d rather have ten real-life friends than tenthousand virtual ones. I do realise, however, that I am in the minority and that most people enjoy scrolling through posts for hours at a time reading

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fake news, admiring fake personalities and gaining fake followers. Each to their own. But maybe times are changing. I was gratified to learn that people are striving to limit their on-line use and to cut down on the wasted hours spent glued to their various social media apps. There’s nothing worse than watching a group of people engrossed in their smart phones when they should be communicating with each other. Perhaps they should start by abstaining when in company. After all, interaction is so much more satisfying in person than it is on-line. I’m not totally against social media. Amongst other things, it keeps families in touch, helps promote businesses and raises money for charity. On the flip side, however, it can abet insecurities, escalate violence and encourage cyber bullying. It also, without doubt, prevents us from interacting with family and friends and gleaning the countless advantages that come from nurturing those relationships. By staring at a social media app, we are sacrificing eyecontact with a loved one, rejecting a precious smile or dismissing the attention of someone much more important than any ‘follower’ can ever be. It’s about time we got our priorities right. I may not be a fan of New Year’s resolutions but when it comes to limiting the use of social media, I’m all for it. Let’s make this year’s resolution a successful one and give our attention to those who deserve it. Time is valuable, spend it wisely.


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ake your Fridays to a new level with The Jumeirah Friday Brunch. The Jumeirah Friday Brunch is the perfect occasion to catch up with loved ones while enjoying the aromas and flavors of the lavish Italian, Arabian, Indian and Japanese banquet. The brunch offers a lovely grand buffet with diverse and exciting dishes to please all tastes. From freshly grilled seafood, sushi and Holland mussels to local machboos, ouzi or biryani, and the finest steaks and ribs grilled to perfection.

Allow us to put smiles on all members of your family by perfecting your dishes according to your personal taste. Spend the best moments with family and friends and enjoy the sumptuous buffet created by our chefs with live cooking stations, while your kids enjoy our specially designed kid’s activities. From 1pm to 4.30pm, treat your family and friends to the lavish Jumeirah Friday Brunch every Friday at all-day dining Garden Café.

The salad corner offers choices from fleshly diced tabbouleh, Rocca and fattoush to beetroot hummus, mutabbal and an array of internationally imported cheese in the cheese corner. To ensure the personalization of your needs, our chefs are ready to cook your pasta to perfection in the pasta corner with the option of different pastas and sauces. Guests can relish in the sea of choices from the freshest, handpicked seafood selection and mouth-watering grill and steak live stations, while kids can enjoy an array of activities personally created to ensure their happiness. With clowns creating balloons for the kids, dancing games and painted faces for fun, the kid’s corner includes a mini buffet to ensure they are entertained as well as enjoying an array of delicious food such as chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, mini burgers, colourful gummy bears, cotton candy and more. Parents can indulge in their delicious breakfast outdoors while watching their kids enjoying our kid’s activities in the garden. For a sweet finale, guests can relish the carefully planned patisserie and sweet delicacies such as crème brûlée, panna cotta, eclairs filled with impeccable chocolate crème, milk and white chocolate fondue with fresh fruits and marshmallow, along with Turkish and Moroccan sweets for an authentic Arabian ending to the day. www.cpmagazine.net

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CHADAN “The most important thing in any job is to love it.”

As a lifestyle influencer and model, Tunisian-born Chadan is always one step ahead in the fashion world. But what is the secret to her success and what ambition has she yet to achieve?

PHOTOGRAPHY: HAMAD ALAINATI (@7mdphotography) DIRECTED BY: JAMEEL ARIF (@jameelrf) STYLING: CHADAN (@chadan_model)

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Please introduce yourself to our readers.

Hi, I am Chadan, a Tunisian model and lifestyle influencer living in Kuwait with a love for fashion.

Tell us about your education.

I hold a Masters degree in Physical Education.

When and how did you come to Kuwait?

I came to Kuwait 6 years ago for a business assignment.

When did you discover your interest in modelling?

I dreamt of becoming a model since I was young. I tried it in Tunis but my family believed that education should be completed before anything else and therefore refused me the opportunity of doing anything but studying.

How did you get into modelling? What do you think is the secret to your success in such a short time? I started modelling about 3 years ago. I believe the secret to my success is my self confidence. I had a goal that I had to reach. That's why I started doing research and reading about modelling. It was most important that I have qualifications. Being known in a short time is because I have a vision to achieve. Also, the most important thing in any job is to love it and I give love from the heart.

Are there any no-goes for you? When do you say, ‘No, I won’t do it!’?

I say no when someone I work with is not professional or doesn't have a proper plan for the shoot. And I say no for shoots that require my looks to be very bold.

Describe your perfect day off when you are not modelling?

My day off is always my perfect day because that's the only day nothing is scheduled and everything is unexpected. I love gathering with friends and going out - and most likely sleeping!

What is your beauty routine?

I do daily gym workouts and also regular sports. I occasionally get a massage, a facial or hair mask treatments.

What do you do to stay in shape?

As well as the daily exercises mentioned above I drink lots of water and eat healthy food.

Where does your self-confidence come from?

It comes from the people who love me, the people who helped me come this far.

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"I dreamt of becoming a model since I was young."

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Name three things on your bucket list? Sky diving, sky diving, sky diving!

What are your best memories since you started modelling?

The best moments are my first photo session, the first time being on stage for a fashion show and first time I was with an international designer, Yousef AlJasmy. Also, the first fashion show where I was the main model for all designers at Sehr AlSharq. This all happened in a short space of time.

Which three songs are you listening to on repeat at the moment? 1.Ma philosophie (Amal Bent) 2.Parole (Dalida) 3.Qanoun Kefek (Asala)

Is there a film that has stayed with you?

Shark Enstein, The Purge and Life Or Something Like It.

Do you have a secret talent? Decoration.

What is your favourite food?

I love everything my best friend cooks, especially tom yum soup.

Which cuisine do you like to share with others? Chinese.

A guilty pleasure? I love chocolates!

What is your biggest dream to achieve? To have my own fashion brand.

How do you feel to be on the cover of our magazine this month? It is an amazing feeling when I see myself on the cover. I'm so blessed to have this opportunity.

Your message for us at CP magazine?

Thank you for your interest. Thank you for the great job. I wish you more luck and success.

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According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne affects more than half of all women between the ages of 20 and 29, more than a third of women between the ages of 30 and 39, and over a quarter of women between the ages of 40 and 49.

glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or sulfur.

Daily routine

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Salicylic acid helps to correct the abnormal shedding of cells. For milder acne, salicylic acid helps unclog pores to resolve and prevent lesions.

Gentle cleansing of the face with soap and water no more than two times a day can help with acne. However, this does not clear up acne that is already present. Aggressive scrubbing can injure the skin and cause other skin problems.

These may be used on top of the skin or taken orally. Antibiotics work by clearing the skin of acnecausing bacteria and reducing inflammation. They are available in creams, gels, solutions, pads, foams and lotions.

Cleansers

Retinoids

There are many cleansers and soaps advertised for These drugs are available as topical or oral drugs. treating acne. They often contain benzoyl peroxide, Topical retinoids clear up moderate-to-severe acne

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by affecting the way the skin grows and sheds. Topical retinoids don't have the severe side effects of oral retinoids, however, they aren't recommended for pregnant or nursing women. Side effects of topical retinoids include redness, dryness and itchy skin.

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Acne Scar Treatments Some adults carry scars from acne. Some relatively aggressive surgical procedures can improve scars, include dermabrasion, several types of lasers and chemical peeling. These procedures remove the scarred surface and expose unblemished skin layers. Dermatologists may also use microneedling to stimulate collagen.

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joseberrocoso 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!’

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DREAM DESTINATIONS FOR 2019

Trying to figure out where to travel next year? Finding the right place to put a pin on the map is never an easy task, even if you’re a seasoned traveller. Whether you’re exploring the world solo or taking a romantic trip with a significant other, travel is arguably one of the best ways to spend your time and money. The start of a new year provides the opportunity to add to your bucket lists of destinations and, in the interest of helping you do that, we have rounded up some of the best spots to visit this new year. So, where to go in 2019? From a few forever favourites to the lesser-known spots to discover, these are the destinations on the Bonus Miles travel hit list.

WILD, WET AND WINDY: FAROE ISLANDS WHERE: EUROPE

Remotely clustered in the North Atlantic Ocean, a rugged archipielago of eighteen mountainous islands erupt out of the ocean in imposing basalt cliffs. The Faroe Islands, translated directly as ‘sheep islands’, is a self-governing nation under the external sovereignty of Denmark. Sandwiched between Nordic neighbours Iceland and Norway, the islands offer vast, untamed and spectacular landscapes that are immediately impressive and undeniably compelling. Travellers are often made small by the grandiosity of the natural environment; the daunting sea cliffs, the unforgiving waves that ripple against the coastline, and the lush green valleys surrounded by steep mountains. The Faroese eat cod and haddock - masses of it - typically prepared in one of two ways. When eaten fresh, the fish is subjected to prolonged boiling (or ‘killed twice’ as some locals put it). The Faroese also preserve fish, though not with such familiar Nordic techniques as salting or smoking. The islands are so windswept that almost no trees grow, and as a result there’s little lumber available either to manufacture salt or to generate smoke. The Faroes remain a relatively undiscovered corner of Europe, mainly because they are perceived as being too far away from everything. In fact, they are just an hour flight from Reykjavik and a two-hour flight from Copenhagen. Not so hard to reach, after all! www.visitfaroeislands.com

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EASTER ISLAND: A WONDERFUL ENIGMA

WHERE: SOUTH AMERICA

There’s no inhabited spot in the world quite so isolated as Chilean Polynesia. A mere dot in the vast Pacific Ocean, Rapa Nui (Easter Island) is a one-of-a-kind destination whose very remoteness lends it unmistakable authenticity and an aura of mystery. It’s high time to come and uncover its secrets! The Rapanui people thrived in their isolation, creating a culture unlike any other. Nearly 1,000 carved stone moai bear witness to this, as do the ceremonial platforms, petroglyphs, cave art and more. The Rapanui also developed the only written language in all of Polynesia. The most photographed site is Ahu Tongariki, where 15 moai stand looking towards the hills – moai face inland as they were guardians of the scattered groups that dwelt on Rapa Nui. Go at dawn or dusk for the best views and photographs. The Hanga Roa harbour is a perfect place to see sea turtles. If you stop by while fishermen are hauling in their catch and cleaning the fish, you can spot the turtles floating just beneath the surface, waiting to snack. If you do have environmental concerns and are up for a bit of adventure (and a workout), you can go by bike, foot, or even horseback. Because some places aren’t accessible by car, going on a horse or by foot can allow you to reach some of the island’s hidden treasures.

MYTHS AND MAGIC IN BHUTAN WHERE: ASIA

Tucked between China and India at the eastern end of the Himalayan chain, it is the most remote and the least touched by modernity country. Bhutan is the only remaining Buddhist state in the region. With less than a million inhabitants and about a dozen languages it is also, arguably, the most varied, both in its terrain and human geography. It is also the ideal place for trekking in a beautiful landscape of sacred mountains, lush valleys, remote temples and fortressmonasteries. Unlike in other countries, Bhutan has a strict limit to its tourism industry in the hope to protect its traditional culture. The tourism industry in Bhutan is operated in line with the principle of sustainability, being environmentally and ecologically friendly, socially and culturally acceptable, and economically viable. As such, visitors are only given permission to enter the country after a trip has been booked with an approved travel agency and the fee (a minimum of US$250 per day, all-inclusive) has been paid in full. Be prepared for a lot of jaw-dropping experiences, like when, after hiking through thin air and up steep slopes, you finally catch a glimpse of the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, a 17th-century meditative fortress whose precarious perch on the side of a mountain makes it all the more formidable. These people are friendly, happy and proud of their heritage, and they will do wonders in helping you understand a country that has long been shrouded in myths and mysteries.

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AFRO-MEDITERRANEAN VIBE IN MOZAMBIQUE WHERE: AFRICA

Mozambique beckons with its ravishing coastline, buzzy Afro-Mediterranean vibe, fascinating tradition and richly infused culture. The main coastline and remote archipelagos offer coral reefs, rainbow-coloured fish, graceful dhows and powderwhite beaches. For over 400 years, the Portuguese colonised Mozambique, leaving a captivating legacy of colonial-style architecture and a flamboyant culture rich in tradition and history. Since the mid-1990s, Mozambique has seen a complete transformation and has blossomed into one of the fastest growing economies in Africa with tourism benefitting enormously. It is now a peaceful nation, easily accessible from South Africa with regular scheduled flights from Johannesburg to the capital, Maputo, or for those already on safari, a quick hop from Kruger National Park in South Africa. This truly remarkable country ticks all the boxes for honeymooners, divers, beachlovers or for the world-weary seeking a heavenly escape from the rat race. With 620 miles of pristine coastline, Mozambique is Africa’s prime beach spot. These ravishing beaches are dotted with historical seaside forts, colonial-era architecture and towns steeped in history, still bearing their Portuguese names. The waters between Mozambique and Madagascar are scattered with enchanting archipelagos which are the setting for a small number of top notch lodges offering their guests ‘Crusoe-chic’ accommodation made from locally sourced materials and with creature comforts that are on a par with some of the most luxurious hotels in the world.

COLOMBIA: A NATURE DESTINATION FULL OF HERITAGE WHERE: SOUTH AMERICA

Combining the indigenous population with the Spanish influences dating from the 16th century colonization, the mixture of African cultures brought by slavery and the more recent influx of immigrants, Colombia has become a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities. Colombia is rapidly emerging from a troubled past and becoming a dark horse in Latin America’s formidable line-up. A great way to fully experience this magical country is to combine its cities and beaches. Enjoy wild Pacific Ocean beaches to the west and tropical Caribbean Coast up north. Explore formerly infamous and now iconic cities from Bogotá to Medellín in between. The capital, Bogotá, is bang in the middle. La Candelaria, its historic centre, is teeming with vibrant plazas, museums and stately colonial architecture. Medellín may have had a gritty past but it’s now a positively thriving and hipster place to be. Colombia’s coffee region is west of Bogotá, home to the modern city of Pereira and authentic Salento, both known for their exquisite coffee plantations and rolling green scenery. In addition to its world-famous coffee, the country also has a great range of cuisine. The food is full of Spanish influence, with hearty flavours and plenty of fresh fruit thanks to its tropical coastal climate. www.procolombia.co

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More ways to love Spanish Latte. Classic

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Rose ‫روز‬

Mocha ‫موكا‬

Salted Caramel ‫كراميل مملح‬

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Borneo, Malaysia

WHERE TO DINE Kedai Kopi Yee Fung

Borneo, a giant, rugged island in Southeast Asia’s Malay Archipelago, is shared by the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, Indonesian Kalimantan and the tiny nation of Brunei. It’s known for its beaches and ancient, biodiverse rainforest, home to wildlife including orangutans and clouded leopards. In Sabah is 4,095m-tall Mount Kinabalu, the island’s highest peak, and, offshore, the famed dive site Sipadan Island.

WHERE TO STAY

Chef Chai

Gaya Island Resort

Nestled among mangroves on Malohom Bay in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, this posh island beach resort overlooks the South China Sea.

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa

Set on an 18-hole championship golf course, this luxe beachfront resort is 39 km from Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

Brass Monkey Cafe & Bar Gayana Eco Resort

On a secluded island, this high-end resort overlooking the sea is located in Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. It's a 6-minute walk from the Marina Ecology Research Centre.

The Pacific Sutera Hotel

This elegant resort is nestled between the Sutera Harbour Marina and the Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club.

THINGS TO DO

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Swim with turtles in Sipadan

To get a deeper understanding of what lies in these waters, book a diving trip. It’s no surprise the site is renowned as one of the best diving spots in Malaysia, and is among the best in the world. Take the plunge for a chance to swim amongst thousands of barracuda, mantra rays, eagle rays and mating hawksbill turtles. There’s also a plethora of sharks, including hammerhead, reef, and whale sharks. If you want to experience this diving paradise, bear in mind that only 120 people are allowed to visit this uninhabited island a day.

Climb Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site

Standing majestically at 4,095m above sea level, Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain between the Himalayas and New Guinea. It is also one of the most accessible, with well-maintained paths, and the world’s highest via ferrata at 3776m above sea level. The mountain is a jungleclad botanist’s Mecca. Not only are there 5,000 species of plants here, but 1,200 varieties of orchids and a carpet of the largest mosses in the world.

Favola Restaurant

Picnic with the Penan

If you are looking for a genuine experience in the jungle with local people, this one is exceptional. The Penan, once a truly nomadic tribe, know exactly how to live in harmony with the forest. You'll need to take a light aircraft flight to Long Lellang, deep in the rainforest and maybe a boat journey in a dug-out canoe.

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Head up river

It is a land of pygmy elephants and proboscis monkeys and traditional tribesmen. Your best chance of seeing the smallest elephants in Asia as well as Borneo’s other beautiful wildlife is by booking a river tour. Cruise along the Kinabatangan, scouring the river banks for monitor lizards, crocodiles, and even orangutans. Turn your head skyward for sightings of hornbills and kingfishers.

Bon voyage!


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Sandra Carina “I can’t wait to provide readers with style advice and inspirations!”

CP Magazine is delighted to introduce its new Fashion Editor, Sandra Carina. The German born Social Media Manager loves everything ‘fashion’ and her experience in modelling and photography means she is perfectly placed to advise on what’s hot and what’s not!

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Please introduce yourself to our readers.

My name is Sandra Carina Khachab. I am a social media manager and model with a huge love for friends, family, fashion and travel. I was born in Germany but live in Lebanon.

Tell us about your education.

I grew up studying at the German school in Lebanon and pursued my Bachelors in Fashion Design and Fashion Business.

How and when did you get interested in modelling?

My interests in fashion, beauty, creativity and photography since I was 14 are what got me into modelling. Keep in mind that it is not my main career but modelling gives me good opportunities and experiences.

What was your first job? How did it feel?

My first ever job was shooting for a clothing line. It felt natural to me.

What was your most memorable shoot?

My most memorable shoot was shooting a music video with two class A famous singers in the Middle East. The video is to be released soon.

What does your role as a Social Media Expert entail?

It entails creativity, understanding business, communication skills and, most importantly, social media management.

What is your beauty regime?

My beauty regime is very simple - getting enough sleep, treating my skin gently and protecting it daily, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and trying to manage stress.

How do you stay in shape?

Due to my high metabolism I am able to control my weight, but I work out once a week with a personal trainer to stay healthy and active.

How would you define your personal style?

I now find myself loving more classic pieces that always stay in style and sometimes switch it up with body-con dresses, slit dresses and crop tops.

How many languages do you speak? Three - English, Arabic and German.

What are some of your hobbies?

Travelling, exploring and learning new languages.

What are your favourite hang out spots in Beirut?

I just love trying new places in Beirut and I enjoy multiple places in Downtown Lebanon. It’s a classy and great area for shopping and dining.

What’s your favourite food? Italian food favourite.

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My favorite book is, What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey. I tend to read books or watch movies that either make me laugh or help me learn and grow stronger.

What are your future plans?

To learn, travel and explore more.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn’t know until you lived through it. Trust your journey, learn, grow, evolve and become.

Tell us something no-one knows about you.

I’m usually never on time! Well, some people do actually know that but I thought I’d share this with you guys!

How do you feel being a member of the CP team? I am honored and humbled to be a member of the team at CP magazine and I can’t wait to provide readers with style advice and inspirations!

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TWO THINGS YOU SHOULD FOCUS ON INSTEAD OF SOCIAL MEDIA John Weiss

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very Monday and Wednesday, I pay a guy to push my heart rate into the stratosphere and turn my muscles into mush. His name is Tyler, and he’s my personal trainer. For years, I worked out on my own. Haphazardly. I’d run a bit here, lift some weights there. I seldom warmed up and frequently forgot to stretch.

When I was younger, this exercise approach basically worked. I built some muscle and stamina. However, as I aged, injuries started to mount. My shoulders became stiff. I gave myself tennis elbow from too many curls. Last year, I finally bit the bullet and coughed up some dough for a twiceweekly trainer. That’s where Tyler comes in. He went over my entire health history, injuries and fitness goals. Then he measured my body fat, fashioned a training plan and we were off to the races. Now, every Monday and Wednesday, whether I want to or not, I’m at the gym. We focus on core training, sort of like CrossFit. After the workouts, I’m exhausted, but it’s a good kind of exhaustion. When I get home, I stretch, shower, and drink lots of water. In fact, I eliminated caffeine from my diet completely. When you pay for a personal trainer, it’s harder to flake on workouts. Paying makes it more of a priority. While everyone else in the gym is snapping Instagram photos or getting lost on Facebook, Tyler is putting me through the paces. Now, even when I work out alone, I always leave my iPhone in the car. What does any of this have to do with social media? Mostly, that there are no short cuts to any place worth going. Social media sucks a lot of time out of your day. It may be entertaining, and it can be helpful to market your business or art. But it distracts you from achieving greater, personal success. Authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan wrote the book, “The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results.” The book drives home the importance of priorities. Some of the points they touch on include:

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lAchievers use a success list, not a to do list. They have a strong sense of priority. lIf you want extraordinary results, you need to narrow your focus. lDo your most important work, your “one thing” when your willpower is strongest. For many people, that’s early in the day. lAsk the question: What’s the one thing I can do that will make everything else easier? Essentially, the authors suggest that in every aspect of your life, prioritize the one thing that is most important. For most of us, social media is probably not what’s most important.


A seemingly invaluable tool

Not everyone agrees with Newport, but I think he’s on to something. When I was a teenager, I dreamed of becoming a rock star or cartoonist. My father urged me to get an education and pursue a reliable, stable career. “Enjoy your cartooning and music, but have something solid to fall back on,” Dad used to say.

Everywhere you look these days, you’ll find online life coaches, aspiring writers and artists, as well as all manner of businesses leveraging social media to promote themselves. Yet, for many of them, the stuff they’re peddling is not that unique or valuable. It doesn’t stand out from all the other noise.

So, I went to college and studied criminal justice administration. On the side, I performed in a rock band and drew cartoons for the campus newspaper. Later, I went to grad school, attained a Master’s degree, and enjoyed a 26 year career in law enforcement.

Apart from mindless entertainment, social media has become a seemingly invaluable tool to promote your business, entrepreneurial ambitions, and creative pursuits.

Technology has removed the gatekeepers of the past. Anyone can create an online platform for their art, music or business. They don’t have to convince agents, editors or investors anymore. Unfortunately, there is no quality control. As a result, many aspiring writers, artists and entrepreneurs have their hearts broken. They spend a lot of money on fancy websites, logos, photos and newsletter services.

My police career taught me volumes about people, responsibility, leadership, and more. The last ten years of my career I served as Chief of Police. I learned tons about politics, community issues, budgets, recruitment, retention, media relations and the fact that it’s impossible to make everyone happy. I don’t know where I’d be today had I tried to become a rock star or famous cartoonist. What I do know is that I developed invaluable skills in my law enforcement career. I honed a strong work ethic, personal discipline, good habits, solid writing and speaking skills, and the ability to delay gratification. The many experiences, skills and abilities I developed over my career helped me become a better writer and artist. Rare and valuable skills are what set you apart from everyone else. You have to create value to get value.

Be like the Mona Lisa

Author and marketing expert Seth Godin wrote a short but excellent blog post titled, “Social media is a symptom, not a tactic.” Godin points out that if you’re doing remarkable work and your organization has “built a social ratchet that works,” you’ll have a significant social media presence. Godin adds:

They launch their websites, post like crazy all over social media, and wonder why the response is crickets. It’s sort of like building a fancy sports car, with a spectacular paint job and accessories. Except the car doesn’t have an engine. Sexy on the outside, but don’t look under the hood. Social media success is a side effect of quality, not the cause. You can pretty your Instagram account all you want, and upload all kinds of lovely pictures on your Facebook page. None of that stuff, by itself, will make your art or business take off. If you want to be successful with your art or business, stop spinning your wheels on social media. Instead, focus on these two things:

Rare and valuable

Produce things that are rare and valuable. Instead of wasting all day grooming superficial stuff on social media, pour your energy into mastering a difficult skill. If it’s not difficult, it won’t be rare. You won’t stand out, and success will elude you.

A better writer and artist

Author Cal Newport’s book So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love argues that following your passion is bad career advice. Rather, you should pursue work that interests you to develop skills and career capital along the way. It’s helpful if the work aligns well with your aptitudes, too.

“On the other hand, if you spend all your time beginning at the end, grooming your social network, tweezing your Insta posts, hyping your tweets–nothing much is going to happen.” To drive home his point, Godin points to the Mona Lisa: “The Mona Lisa has a huge social media presence. Her picture is everywhere. But she doesn’t tweet. She’s big on social media because she’s an icon, but she’s not an icon because she’s big on social media.”

Rome wasn’t built in a day

Recently, I began studying figure drawing with Scott Waddell, a classically trained and talented painter. Also, I’ve studied landscape painting at length with Scott L. Christensen, a master artist. The time, travel and expense of studying with these artists is considerable, but as noted above, “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” I could waste time surfing social media, and paint only when inspiration strikes. But when I upload my artwork on Instagram and Facebook, I shouldn’t wonder why no one pays attention. The solution, rather than trying to endlessly spruce up my website and social media posts, is to put in the hard work. Get up early, or stay up late honing my skills. Seek the best instruction you can afford. Relentlessly practice. Constantly compare your work to better artists, creators or entrepreneurs. Continue to focus on the ONE THING that you need to do to move forward. Are you producing things that are rare and valuable? If not, stop grooming superficial work online and start developing the skills to produce rare and beautiful things. It may take time. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Some of the skills you’ll learn might come from unlikely places. Keep focused on your ONE THING. Get the best instruction you can. Work hard. In time, you’ll start producing rare and valuable work. People will start to notice. And then, maybe your stuff will be the talk of social media.

Before you go I’m John P. Weiss. I paint, draw cartoons and write about life. Thanks for reading!

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“I can’t imagine my life without design.”

Inés Benavides may have a passion for architecture, art and aesthetics, but her talents go way beyond that of an artist. The talented Spaniard not only runs her own interior design business, she also speaks four languages and trained as a mining engineer.

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start for my career and a good way to have the best education. How and when did you discover your love for aesthetics and design? I come from a family with great artistic interests and from a young age I discovered my passion for aesthetics. My parents used to take my sisters and I to museums and art galleries and I started designing and making small pieces of jewellery when I was 15 years old. When did you decide to start your own design studio? How was it at the beginning and what challenges did you face at the start-up stage? In 2002 I decided to pursue my true passion and set up an interior design studio. At the beginning I started designing and selling furniture, which was difficult because nobody knew me. After a few years I had quite a name as a furniture designer and that gave me the opportunity to start as an interior designer. Can you remember your first design project? The first project was, of course, my own house. It was a good way to show my abilities to other potential clients. How would you describe your design style? How varied are your designs? Do you have a signature touch with your designs? My style is eclectic, cosmopolitan, cheerful and modern. I love modern designs but in my projects I also include antique pieces that give spaces a special touch. My signature is this mix of modern and antique.

Please introduce yourself to our readers. I am Inés Benavides, a Spanish designer, married with a 17 year old daughter. I am crazy about architecture, art and design. I have directed numerous interior design projects in Spain and abroad, specializing in urban residential projects, offices and commercial property. I also design and create furniture. These pieces have been shown at international contemporary art fairs, art galleries and public institutions. 48

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Tell us about your education. I studied in French schools in different countries of Europe and America. After school I decided to pursue a solid academic background and trained as a mining engineer in Madrid and Paris. Why did you choose to train as a mining engineer? I was a good student at school, especially in physics and mathematics. I thought if I studied a strong degree, it would be a good

What do you love about being a designer? Where do you draw your inspiration from? Design has been my hobby since I was a kid. It´s my way of living, my passion. I can´t imagine my life without design. My inspiration comes from everything I see around me; my travels, the museums, a beautiful space, etc. What are some of your most popular designs/projects? Tell us a bit about some of them and what you love about them. What’s your favourite and why? It is difficult to choose. In terms of furniture, the most popular is the CUBB, a piece that can be used as a table or stool. My preferred interior design project is always the last one. I put so much energy, work and enthusiasm into my projects, they become my little babies!


Is there anything exciting you are working on at the moment that you can tell us about? I have several projects now, but I am very excited about working on a luxury furniture collection in bronze. What is your philosophy on design and life? My best achievement has been being able to make a living from my big passion - design. When you really love what you do, you become really good at it. And, of course, you have a lot of fun. What is the most frustrating aspect of your job as a designer? And the most rewarding one? Sometimes projects take a long time and you have to be very patient to see the final result. The most

rewarding moment is when my clients come into their house for the first time and they are really happy with the result and very grateful to the team for making it possible. Tell us something unusual that happened in your career. I become very close with some of my clients because, through their houses, I enter their lives. When you enter someone else´s family, there are often unusual situations. Sorry, but I have to be discreet about the details! We have heard that you have lived in many different countries and also speak different languages. My father was an ambassador so I have lived in 7 countries and speak 4 languages. My life in large European and American cities allowed me to

learn about different ways of life, cultures and aesthetics. What is your favourite way to spend your weekend? I love being with my husband and daughter. Anything around them is the best plan. What advice do you have for young designers or architects reading this interview? Be very honest with yourself when you design or when you work on a project. The project will be good only if your stick with your own style. Your message for us at CP magazine: Thanks to CP Magazine for the chance of having my work known in the Middle East. I love your magazine! www.cpmagazine.net

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A Culinary Experience in Valencia, Spain. Carla Otero I have always been intrigued by culinary experiences while traveling abroad, so I thought I’d give it a try and get some valuable cooking skills whilst in my home town of Valencia, Spain. I’m sure you have heard of the so-called ‘Valencian Paella,’ but don't worry if you haven’t as you are going to discover firsthand how to cook an authentic ‘Paella Valenciana’. Just bear with me, as something delicious is cooking at the ‘Escuela de Arroces y Paellas’…

About the Paella School Back in 2013, the Escuela de Arroces y Paellas was created in Valencia, Spain with the sole purpose of sharing with locals and visitors the know-how of how to cook, step-by-step, an original and authentic Valencian Paella. A passionate and dedicated staff take a group of eager students for the day (like myself) through the process of the selection and purchase of the paella ingredients at the ‘Mercado Central,’ then move on to the school to teach a hands-on cooking lesson where everyone gets to cook their own Paella! Personally, I have to give thumbs up to their excellent concept and professionalism, which leaves you with an unforgettable fun experience and very useful cooking skills to impress your friends and family back home!

Interesting facts about Valencian Paella • Did you know that the word ‘paella’ refers to the pan it is cooked in and not the dish itself? • One of the most important elements to a good paella is the rice, hence the importance of selecting ‘Bomba' rice. • The meat (chicken and rabbit) are the key ingredients that will add flavour to the dish. • The Paella is, above all, a social act in which family or friends meet, usually on Sundays, around a fire. • The critical moment in the preparation of the Paella is undoubtedly the end of the cooking of the broth. That is when we are going to get the firmness and texture of the rice, so fire control is crucial. • Tradition says that the paella must be placed in the center of the table so the diners can eat straight out of the pan.

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The 14 Steps Preparation Method

1.Cut the meat, without seasoning, into 50-60g pieces. 2.Chop the ‘batxoqueta’ (lima and green beans) into bite-sized pieces, peel the ‘garrofón’ and grate the tomatoes.

3.Pour the oil into the leveled paella pan and heat the oil on a low heat. 4.Add the chicken and rabbit until well browned. 5.Stir-fry carefully the ‘batxoqueta’,’roget and ‘garrofó’ (lima and green beans).

6.Move aside the vegetables and pour the grated tomato in the middle,

add salt and stir-fry.

7.Add a teaspoonful of paprika and stir to combine with the tomato. 8.Stir all ingredients together and continue frying until the meat is well browned and the vegetables and tomato well stir-fried.

9.Next, pour the water into the pan until it almost reaches the top of the pan. Bring the mixture to the boil. When it starts to boil, add the saffron. Add salt to taste then add the fresh rosemary twig and take it out after 10 minutes. 10.Cook over a low heat for 30-40 minutes. In the event that before this

time the water level decreases below the rivets of the handles of the pan, add water. It is not a problem to take broth out in the case of an excess or adding water, but always before adding the rice.

11.At this point, if required, add the snails. Add the rice drawing a line along the pan’s diameter (‘cavalló’). 12.Spread soft and uniformly the rice with the spatula and place the meat

and vegetables proportionally. Return the mixture to the boil and cook the rice over a fairly high heat for 5 minutes. Afterwards, lower to medium heat and, for the final 4-5 minutes, lower again to very low heat. Total boiling time of around 18-20 minutes. Never exceed this cooking time. The rice must be dry and the grain entire.

13.If the paella came up short of broth, lower the heat to the minimum and cover the top with aluminium foil.

14.It is recommended to leave the paella to stand for around 5 minutes before serving.

Valencian Paella Recipe

Recommended pan size: from 42 to 46cm in diameter. Ingredients for 4 servings: • 400g of Bomba rice (if not available use short-grain rice) • 500g of chicken, cut into 50-60g pieces • 500g of rabbit, cut into 50-60g pieces • 200g of ferradura (wide green/runner beans) • 150g of clean ‘garrofón’ (local big white lima bean) • 2 medium size ripe tomatoes • 1 teaspoonful of sweet paprika (preferably smoked paprika) • A few saffron threads, coupé quality preferably • 250g of pre-cooked snails (optional) • 120ml of soft flavoured virgin olive oil • A fresh Rosemary twig * 4 or 5 parts of water for one part of rice

As the team at the Escuela de Arroces y Paellas says: 'The more Paella you cook, the more delicious it will be.’

Credits and Source: Escuela de Arroces y Paellas | www.escueladearrocesypaellas.com | IG: @escueladepaellas

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eman jamal “I love to see the beauty of everything and to embrace it.” Eman Jamal’s passion for photography extends way beyond just taking pictures. As well as handling the photography for various TV projects, she is also an art director with determination, persistence and a strong point of view.

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Please introduce yourself to our readers. My name is Eman. I’m passionate about art in its different aspects, whether paintings, fashion, or photography. I love to see the beauty of everything and to embrace it. I’m a photographer and art director who handles photography for TV commercial projects, along with my job as a photography supervisor at Kuwait University.

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always been attracted to cameras and tones and the ideas behind it. When I used it as a tool to express myself it comes to fashion photography, for example, I also choose carefully the visually. details for every photo including the outfit, the hair and makeup. How would you best describe your style I’ve done many photography projects in of photography? fashion, lifestyle or commercials which Simple and natural with a little bit of have reflected my taste and vision. That has encouraged some companies fashion sense. in the advertising field to offer me the job as an art director for their clients

You are now actively involved in art directions. How did you make this move? Although graduating with a degree in TV direction would naturally prepare you for this industry, I have also been in the art scene for many years. Photography in particular has led to art direction because in my photography I’ve always set the mood and theme, the colour

or projects. Tell us about some of your best projects so far. I’ve worked lately on many TV commercials such as Burger King, Savana, Damlooj, Danish Bakery, Talabat and Elevation Burger. I guess my best


project was working on the art direction of Zain’s National Day celebration song 2018, besides the Ford Alghanim TV Commercial. You are also an artist. What is your style? What materials and techniques do you use? When it comes to art, I like to combine both photography and painting. Sometimes I add extra materials to create mixed media artworks which reflect surreal ideas and thoughts. What have been your keys to success? Determination and persistence. What is your creative process? I always look at the details yet keep it simple. Most of your personal photos are vintage style. Why do you like it so much? Lately I’m really into the vintage theme and style. It attracts me because it is classic and unique. I change my style from time to time to fit my mood. www.cpmagazine.net

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Between photography and video, what do you like more and why? Photography! It’s my passion and the base of everything else that comes after. Why do you think today's generation is so fascinated by vintage while living in the world of innovation and new technologies? They say, ‘what is now called vintage was once brand new.’ I think people are fascinated by stories of the older generation, how they lived, and what represented style throughout the ages. Who were the biggest inspirations for your career? I can’t say it’s someone or something. Everything around me could inspire me. What motivates you? Loving what I’m doing, reaching people’s minds, and having positive feedback.

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What are some common myths about creative directors? That art directors rely on their technical skills and taste to help a team get the job done. In fact, they need to have a strong point of view and vision and they must be able to articulate that vision, creating ideas that are big enough not just to hold a great concept, but great content as well. What five tools do you use most regularly in your work? Camera, lphone, notebook, photoshop software, measurement tape. What would you say are some of the main challenges that you face in your work right now? To maintain the individual taste, style, creativity and originality within the constraints of a brand or client guidelines. Your message for us at CP magazine? Thank you for the lovely interview. I wish everyone a happy and wonderful year full of joy and success.

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What about jazz bands in Riyadh - do you know any?

In the last two years, many musicians and bands have started to appear in Riyadh, thanks to the Kingdom’s opening policy. Actually, I know most of them.

Where is your favourite place in Riyadh to play?

For me, the best places to play in Riyadh are the big events. The Entertainment Committee events, for example, in universities and open areas where I can find more audiences and more followers. I also love to play at the Four Seasons Hotel where the audience knows about jazz and Western music.

Are you going to play internationally?

It is a dream for me to play my music internationally and I have to pursue it. I hope one day I can go for it.

What kind of saxophone do you play and why did you choose it?

There are so many kinds of saxophone. As you may know there is a Soprano, the smallest of the saxes, and the Alto, which is bigger. My favourite is the Tenor, a little bigger than the Alto. I like it because of how it sounds. The tones make it a very fascinating instrument which takes you far away from this world. The Baritone sax and the Bass series are much bigger but no-one is playing them unless in a big orchestra.

How do you see the music industry across the Kingdom?

The music industry in the Kingdom is growing but growing slowly. It needs more time and effort to expand. For example, it should be in school tuition otherwise it will need decades to grow.

Where is the dream location for you to perform a concert?

There are so many places that I dream to play. There’s the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Riyadh. Also the Royal Court, Diplomatic Quarter where I played twice at the Italian Embassy. Generally, every place matters to me. The most important is to play perfectly and to always give the audience the best concert we can.

Aiman, please tell us where you are originally from.

I am from Sudan, from a lovely city located in the south of the central province called Kosti, which lies on the west side of the Nile. It is an amazing place, a place full of fun and kindness. The people there are very simple and humble. They make you feel like someone special when they warmly welcome you.

Where we can hear your music in the near future?

I am playing now at the Four Seasons Hotel in the Riyadh Kingdom Tower. I have a contract with them for one year so I will be playing there many times.

When did you begin to study the saxophone?

I began my music career around 18 years ago. I played flute first of all and after a while, started to play saxophone, let’s say 9 years ago.

Do you have a favourite saxophonist?

My favorite saxophone player is not very well known but he is very talented. He is from Canada and his name is Warren Hill. Also, a friend of mine, Mahmoud Mustafa is another favourite. He is a Sudanese saxophonist.

Do you usually play solo or with a group?

I like to play both ways, as solo or with other musicians. However, playing with other musicians requires more practice in order to find harmony together. It needs lots of effort and many workshops.

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The Most-Read Books in 2018

EDUCATED

by Tara Westover Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag". In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism.

GIRL, WASH YOUR FACE: STOP BELIEVING THE LIES ABOUT WHO YOU ARE SO YOU CAN BECOME WHO YOU WERE MEANT TO BE by Rachel Hollis

Founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite. com and CEO of her own media company, Chic Media, Rachel Hollis has created an online fan base of hundreds of thousands of fans by sharing tips for living a better life while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own. Now comes her highly anticipated first book featuring her signature combination of honesty, humor, and direct, no-nonsense advice.

THE WIFE BETWEEN US

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing.

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen

by A.J. Finn

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

THE SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A F*CK: A

THE OUTSIDER by Stephen King

COUNTERINTUITIVE APPROACH TO LIVING A GOOD LIFE

by Mark Manson

For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F**k positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-allfeel-good mindset that has infected American society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

THE ALCHEMIST

THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ

by Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and soul-stirring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried near the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles in his path. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within.

BEST FICTION BOOK 2018 WINNER STILL ME

by Jojo Moyes

Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She steps into the world of the superrich, working for Leonard Gopnik and his much younger second wife, Agnes. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her new job and New York life. As she begins to mix in New York high society, Lou meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. Before long, Lou finds herself torn between Fifth Avenue where she works and the treasure-filled vintage clothing store where she actually feels at home. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself: Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you find the courage to follow your heart—wherever that may lead?

by Heather Morris

Based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—a love story in the midst of atrocity. In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.

JOJO MOYES

Jojo Moyes is a British novelist. Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist. Moyes' novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004. She is married to journalist Charles Arthur and has three children.

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WRITING MOVIE

WRONGS moviewrongs.com by: JIM WEST

AQUAMAN

Directed by James Wan | Written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, Will Beall, Geoff Johns and James Wan

DC

has tried hard to catch up with the juggernaut that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Following the flops in Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad and Justice League they had some lifeblood pumped back into their veins with Wonder Woman. And now, Aquaman serves the DC Universe well by essentially taking the dark characters and even darker film tones and trading them in for colourful and vibrant characters and scenery. It would be amiss not to note that Jason Momoa is largely the credit for this film’s success. Between his charisma and pure macho man aura, there’s a lot going on in this film that gives just about something for everyone who watches it.

Here come the spoilers. There’s plenty going on in this film and it gets you started right with the love story of Queen Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) and a lighthouse keeper named Thomas Curry. It is a forbidden love that results in Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) being born. His birth results in his mother being executed, a punishment for bearing a half breed son. William Dafoe plays Vulko who promised Atlanna he would watch over and train her son (she believed that one day he would unite the people of both land and sea). We get pulled to present day where we see Arthur, aka Aquaman, save a submarine from pirates. During this rescue he defeats the father and son leaders of the pirate crew. He leaves them behind and the father dies as a result. The son is now driven for revenge and this sets up a Black Manta storyline. Back in Atlantis, Prince Orm (son of the former King and Queen Atlanna) is making moves to control all seven seas to lead an uprising against the surface world.

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His betrothed, Princess Mera (Amber Heard), is against this idea of war with the surface and goes to see Arthur to bring him to Atlantis to claim his right as King. To do so they will need to find the Trident of Atlan, the first King of Atlantis, who has the power to unite all seven seas and control the oceans. The film invokes a feeling of Tomb Raider, James Bond and Avatar (mostly due to the blues). The film jumps locations from the depths of the ocean, to the desert of the Sahara, to a seaside town in Italy. Fight sequences are well done and there is just the right balance of comic relief spread throughout to keep things light. Yet there is just a minor detail that would bring in the climactic scene and the brother versus brother theme better. I would do a side-by-side montage showing the two brothers being raised, one to be empathic and kind to both land and seas, the other to be callous and hateful of the surface world. This would better establish the villain of Prince Orm and lend the climactic scene a better punch than what is delivered. DC did well with the quick establishment of Black Manta but failed in showing us Prince Orm’s convictions and what raised him to have them. I hope this film does well, not only for Jason Momoa’s career, but also for DC to keep building on good films. This film is very good, but easily could have been better with just a minute of history of Prince Orm inserted against Arthur’s upbringing to compare and contrast the two brothers so when they do go head to head, it is greatly enhanced emotionally. Thanks for reading ‘Writing Movie ‘WRONGS’.


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Just before Christmas, she provided an update to fans on Twitter: "I am sober and grateful to be alive and taking care of ME...I would love to set the record straight on all the rumors out there but I literally don't owe anyone anything so I'm not going to. All my fans need to know is I'm working hard on myself, I'm happy and clean and I'm SO grateful for their support."

Paul McCartney Shares New Song, 'Get Enough'

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Lovato was hospitalized following an overdose in July.

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Girls Like You

"So grateful for the lessons I've learned this year," she wrote in a message posted as an Instagram story on Monday (Dec. 31). "I will never take another day in life for granted, even the bad ones. Thankful for my fans, friends, family and everyone who supported me throughout this year. God bless."

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The year of 2018 was a troubling one for Demi Lovato, but the pop singer has a positive outlook for the new year. Lovato shared a message on social media on New Year's Eve, showing gratitude for what she's discovered during her journey to recovery.

Speechless Arms Around You

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Bad!

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Uptown Vibes

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Dangerous

Just a little less than four months after the release of Egypt Station, his latest solo album, Paul McCartney has shared a new song.

Guardian Angel

"Get Enough" was co-produced by McCartney, Ryan Tedder and Zach Skelton and features the Beatle experimenting with Auto-Tune a la Bon Iver or Kanye West. It was co-written by McCartney and Tedder.

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I Love It

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The track begins with a straightforward piano intro before McCartney's Auto-Tuned vocals kick in and he sings "I can't get enough of you." McCartney recently shared the anti-bullying video for Egypt Station's "Who Cares," which starred Emma Stone. www.cpmagazine.net

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MOVIES RELEASING SOON ESCAPE ROOM

THE UPSIDE

DIRECTED BY: Adam Robitel

DIRECTED BY: Neil Burger

CAST: Deborah Ann Woll, Logan Miller, Taylor Russell, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine, Nik Dodani

CAST: Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman, Amara Karan

GENRES: Suspense / Thriller

GENRES: Comedy / Drama / Remake

SERENITY

THE INVISIBLES

DIRECTED BY: Steven Knight

DIRECTED BY: Claus Räfle

CAST: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jason Clarke, Djimon Hounsou, Jeremy Strong, Robert Hobbs

CAST: Maximilian Mauff, Alice Dwyer, Ruby O. Fee, Aaron Altaras, Florian Lukas, Andreas Schmidt

GENRES: Suspense / Thriller

GENRES: Drama / Thriller

THE LAST MAN

GENESIS 2.0

DIRECTED BY: Rodrigo H. Vila

DIRECTED BY: Christian Frei , Maxim Arbugaev

CAST: Hayden Christensen, Harvey Keitel, Marco Leonardi, Liz Solari, Fernan Miras, Justin Kelly

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GENRES: Sci-Fi Thriller

GENRES: Documentary

Follows six strangers who find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to survive.

From the creative mind of Oscar nominee Steven Knight comes a daringly original, sexy, stylized thriller. Baker Dill (Matthew McConaughey) is a fishing boat captain leading tours off a tranquil, tropical enclave called Plymouth Island. His quiet life is shattered, however, when his ex-wife Karen (Anne Hathaway) tracks him down with a desperate plea for help. She begs Dill to save her – and their young son – from her new, violent husband (Jason Clarke) by taking him out to sea on a fishing excursion, only to throw him to the sharks and leave him for dead.

In this chilling dystopian thriller, Hayden Christensen plays Kurt, a vet suffering from PTSD who comes home to an unholy, unruly land. The world is bad, no question - but local street prophet Noe (Harvey Keitel) says it'll get even worse when a catastrophic storm strikes. As Kurt heeds Noe's advice and readies for the apocalypse, he meets sultry Jessica, who also begins to believe. Even as the planet falls apart, Kurt finds his life finally coming together.

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After being paralyzed in a hang-gliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker.

While Goebbels infamously declared Berlin “free of Jews” in 1943, 1,700 managed to survive in the Nazi capital. Claus Räfle’s gripping docudrama traces the stories of four real-life survivors who learned to hide in plain sight. Moving between cinemas, cafés and safe houses, they dodged Nazi officials and a dense network of spies and informants. Yet their prudence was at odds with their youthful recklessness, prompting them to join the resistance, forge passports, or pose as Aryan war widows.

Explores the brave new world of genetic science and the perils and promises for life in the future.

BUFFALO BOYS

A thriller built around a relentlessly ticking clock and a rapidly approaching deadline and verdict. A kidnapping, broadcast live on social media, turns into the trial of a judge who presided over a botched criminal case.

In 19th Century Java, a brutal massacre and the murder of Sultan Hamza by Captain Van Trach and his Dutch soldiers force Arana, Jamar and Suwo - the sultan’s brother and infant sons - to flee the country, bringing them halfway around the world to the American Wild West. After working the railroads and learning the cowboy way of life, Arana tells the boys it’s time to return to their homeland and avenge their father’s death. Back on Indonesian soil, the hunt for their father’s killer begins. Along the way, they meet some villagers including Kiona, the rebellious and beautiful headman’s daughter who Suwo falls for, and soon find out that the treacherous Van Trach still rules the area.

DIRECTED BY: Wilson Coneybeare

DIRECTED BY: Mike Wiluan

CAST: Donald Sutherland, Vincent Kartheiser

CAST: Yoshi Sudarso, Ario Bayu, Pevita Pearce, Tio Pakusadewo, Reinout Bussemaker, Daniel Adnan

GENRES: Thriller Political

GENRES: Action Western


IN JANUARY 2019 SGT. WILL GARDNER

DESTROYER

DIRECTED BY: Max Martini

DIRECTED BY: Karyn Kusama

CAST: Max Martini, Omari Hardwick, Lily Rabe, Dermot Mulroney, Robert Patrick, Elisabeth Rohm

CAST: Scoot McNairy, Nicole Kidman, Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, Sebastian Stan, Jade Pettyjohn

GENRES: Drama / War

GENRES: Crime / Thriller / Cop

THE VANISHING

WHAT MEN WANT

DIRECTED BY: Kristoffer Nyholm

DIRECTED BY: Adam Shankman

CAST: Gerard Butler, Peter Mullan, Connor Swindells

CAST: Taraji P. Henson, Tracy Morgan, Aldis Hodge, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Max Greenfield

GENRES: Action / Thriller

GENRES: Comedy / Sequel

The film follows Iraq War veteran Will Gardner (Martini) who suffers from PTSD and the lingering effects of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which he sustained years earlier when he and his platoon, led by his fellow soldier and best friend, Tops (Hardwick), came under attack. Enduring painful flashbacks to his harrowing combat days and humiliating setbacks in the present, Will sets out on a spirited motorcycle journey across America in hopes of reconciling with his young son and former wife (Röhm).

Gerard Butler (Hunter Killer) and Peter Mullan (“Ozark”) star in this tense, action-packed thriller based on true events. After three lighthouse keepers arrive for work on a remote Scottish isle, they make a fateful discovery: a wrecked rowboat—with a chest full of gold. As a mysterious boat heads toward the island, the three men make a choice that will change their lives forever, ensnaring them in a web of greed, paranoia, and murder.

Follows a LAPD detective who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a cult-like gang in the California desert. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.

A female sports agent has been constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When she gains the power to hear men's thoughts, she is able to shift the paradigm to her advantage as she races to sign the NBA's next superstar.

THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING

A band of young kids embark on an epic quest to thwart a Medieval menace.

DIRECTED BY: Joe Cornish CAST: Rebecca Ferguson, Tom Taylor, Patrick Stewart, Jake Greenlee, Rhianna Dorris, Dean Chaumoo GENRES: Adventure / Family / Fantasy

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1. Panasonic Alpha Luxury Washing Machine: Upgrade the way you perform your household chores with the Panasonic Alpha Luxury Washing Machine. Featuring a luxurious appearance, this washing machine is the result of a collaboration between Panasonic and Studio F.A. Porsche. Combining innovative design and high-quality components, the Alpha Washing Machine comes with a brushed stainless steel body. In addition, the device comes with a beautiful TFT touchscreen display. To eliminate unpleasant odors and mold buildup, the Alpha Washing Machine provides a load opening that separates automatically. Once the cycle is complete, the load opening detaches, enabling natural airflow to pass through the device. To top it off, the Alpha Washing Machine uses a Wi-Fi connection to allow users to load detergent remotely through the smartphone. 2. Anker PowerPort II with Power Delivery and PowerIQ 2.0 USB Wall Charger: With the help from Apple's USB-C to Lightning Cable, this charger can recharge your iPhone X, iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus' battery up to 50% in just 30 minutes. A Wirecutter favorite, this option charges most laptops, any tablet, smartphone, and the Nintendo Switch at the absolute fastest rate with its onboard USB-C or USB-A port. 3.FitBit Charge 3: Understand your health and take action to improve with Fitbit Charge 3 – an advanced health and fitness tracker that uses 24/7 heart rate and personalised insights to reveal what's below the surface. 4.NOKIA 5.1 Plus: Nokia 5.1 Plus is all about the details. Its high-gloss body creates a polished look, while the protective CNC-machined metal camera bezel lends a bold finish. And thanks to the curved edges and the 2.5D shaped glass, the Nokia 5.1 Plus is simply a pleasure to hold. 5.Master & Dynamic MW07 Completely Wireless Earbuds: They feature handcrafted acetate housings, which are available in several eye-grabbing finishes, including a tortoiseshell option that will pair perfectly with similarly-styled sunglasses. 6.Relay Kids Screenless Smartphone (Walkie Talkie & GPS Tracker): A screen-free, water-resistant, one-touch communication cell phone alternative makes it easy to talk to your kids from the free app on your smartphone. It even has built-in parental controls and GPS tracking! 7.Epson SureColor SC-T3130 Technical Printer: Great performance packed into a compact size, the Epson SureColor SC-T3130 printer is engineered to enhance work processes. With the ability to print accurate line placements, it is the ideal printing solution for blueprints, line drawings, graphics, and posters. With the built-in wireless connectivity, print jobs can be sent effortlessly from smart devices. The Epson SureColor SC-T3130 is built to ensure fast printing speeds while delivering accuracy in every print. 8.Marshall Kilburn II Portable Bluetooth Speaker: The Marshall Kilburn II wireless speaker's design is inspired by the company's legendary amps, so it's a great gift for an audiophile. The controls of the speaker include a trio of dedicated rotating knobs for adjusting the volume, as well as the bass and treble outputs. The speaker has a rugged design and an IPX2 rating for water resistance. 9.Incase Kanso Convertible Brief: The Kanso convertible brief by Incase is a great gift for tech-savvy road warriors. Crafted from a tough nylon material, the bag allows users to carry it over the shoulder, as a backpack, or attach it to a carry-on suitcase. 10.Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X. Titanium Watch: The Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X. watch is tougher than just about any timepiece out there. It has been engineered to survive through 130 endurance tests, which include the watch being ran over by an actual tank. The watch is also water-resistant to 200 meters.

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BY: YASMEEN AL-SALEM

LOOKS FROM THE 2019 GOLDEN GLOBES

The 2019 award season officially starts now with the Golden Globes in Los Angeles, California.

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Janell Monae – In Chanel

Lusitania Nyong’o – Calvin Klein

Julia Roberts – In Stella McCartney

Chrissy Metz – Tanya Taylor

Charlize Theron – In Dior Haute Couture

Anne Hathaway – Elie Saab

Emma Stone – In Louis Vuitton

Nicole Kidman – Michael Kors

Rosamund Pike – in Givenchy Haute Couture

Thandie Newton – In Michael Kors

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Glenn Close – In Armani Privé

Gemma Chan – In Valentino Couture

Rachel Weiss – In Celine

Sofia Carson – In Giambattista Valli

Julianne Moore – In Givenchy

Amy Adams – In Jimmy Choo

Emily Blunt – In Alexander McQueen

Sandra Oh – In Versace

Indya Moore – In Louis Vuitton

Kristen Bell – In Zuhair Murad

Cathrine Zeta-Jones – In Elvie Saab

Lady Gaga – In Maison Valentino

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GauriMehta

“My personal idea of style is something subtle, yet bold enough to make a statement.”

Like many women, Gauri Mehta has always been attracted to fashion. But it takes more than beauty to succeed in this fiercely competitive field. That’s where her Business Management degree comes in!

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Please introduce yourself to our readers. I’ve had a heavy interest in fashion all my life and have always had a passion to inspire people to look their best on a daily basis. I started as an influencer four years ago. I’m also currently pursuing a career in fashion buying. I love to share my lifestyle, personal fashion, beauty and healthcare with my followers in the best possible way so they can be inspired. Tell us about your education. I graduated in Business Management. I was always the smart girl with a creative side. Studying management has most definitely helped me maintain that smart side. How and when did you land in UAE? I moved to Dubai three years ago because I was always attracted to glamour, luxury and fashion. With Dubai being the hub of those qualities, I had to end up here. What are you currently doing? I am currently working in fashion buying and have also taken up modelling and promotional assignments. This is a hobby and passion of mine. How did your modelling career begin and why modelling? Modelling for me began when I was picked at university for a beauty pageant which I was secretly looking forward to. What was your first big break in the industry? When I was chosen for Femina Miss India. This opened many big doors for me. What’s one of the most interesting shoots you’ve done? I have always loved shows where I had to dress up wearing interesting and unique headgear. Also, I remember doing the Jack & Jones youth show which had a gothic theme - that was quite fun! I also truly adore photo shoots and ramp walks with ethnic jewellery and traditional outfits. What is your personal style? My personal idea of style is something subtle, yet bold enough to make a statement. I wouldn’t go for very bright colours but instead would like to pull off something neutral and chic. I think makeup plays a very important role. You can make a simple outfit fancy by just doing a smoky eye or a red lip. 72

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How do you keep in shape? I don’t follow any vigorous workout as such. I just try to maintain a low carb diet and stick to some cardio whenever I get time. What’s your favourite snack? I am a huge fan of cheese. Whenever I cheat, it has to be for snacks related to cheese. Your favourite city to visit and to shop? I really think Dubai has anything and everything that I love. I have never really felt the need to go anywhere abroad to shop. How do you combine modelling and being an influencer? Do you ever get overwhelmed by the work? I think modelling and promoting go hand in hand. Modelling has really helped me understand the perfect way to showcase clothes and beauty products etc. It can get a little exhausting at times having two jobs but it is something I truly enjoy and where my passion lies so I can happily manage. What is your favourite healthy snack? I love quick protein bars, especially in all the tasty flavours. They keep me going throughout the day! How would your friends describe you? Outgoing, life of the party, enthusiastic and ambitious. What are some of your hobbies? I love belly dancing. Since moving to Dubai, I have taken up training for belly dancing. I love exploring new places. Every weekend I try to visit a place with a different theme (this is also helpful for my pictures). The best time I have is with my girls. I feel uplifted and lively after meeting my girls. Your message for us at CP magazine? It is great to have a magazine that keeps us updated with ongoing trends and people to look up to in UAE and beyond. I love to keep a track of such things and look forward to being a part of it again soon! Wishing you much love and success. www.cpmagazine.net

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BYE BYE BLUE YEAR HELLO NEW YEAR! Season’s greetings, again! Every year, or new year to be exact, we find ourselves making promises and applying them with intense imagination and determination to realize and fulfill them. We sometimes write them down, or try our hardest to memorize them so that they are our invisible post-ads at the back of our minds, reminding us to push harder, work more and laze less. But little do we know that by the time it’s that second beyond our new year, the magic begins. ‘What magic?’ you may ask. Well, loads of magic! That new year magic that allows us to imagine our best destiny; the magic that aids our dreams to come true; that magical thing that is called HOPE or LOVE. It is a PROMISE, followed by COMMITMENT. Even if we start with baby steps in the right direction we will soon reach our goals in record time. Imagine that! And by spring time of the new year lovely unexpected things start to happen. We are all born with some luck around us before we grow and groom ourselves to a path we have chosen to follow (or was it preordained by fate or fortune?) And whether it’s our career, raising a family or pursuing a level of excellence in our standards, we seem to forget that luck and good fortune play a vital role in all our lives. In the words of the great Julius Caesar, Follow not the path that was ordained by man, but gravel a new one to carry your name and abilities for centuries. It is hard to believe that all has been done and all has been achieved, but this is what most of us think as we allow good ideas to pass us by and be implemented by others. Did you dream up the idea of Snapchat, only to find it realized by someone else? What a waste of your potential. So my advice to you is NEVER WAIT - INITIATE!

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Another example is on-line shopping. This was a rarity ten years ago, but look at it now! It’s a modern-day necessity. This just goes to prove, to each and every one of us, that we should all be inspired by innovations and innovators and get our inspirations to be not only playing a key role in society, but to be remembered as one of the good, maybe even one of the great ideas! There is always room for growth and greatness. As the year was closing and the clock struck twelve o’clock, did you remember or reminisce what was done in the past year that might be mended? Remember, the future looks better than the past, but only if we learn from our present. Bridges will be built this new year. Let’s wish for families united, truths revealed, promises made and realities fulfilled. We have a blank page ahead of us giving us permission and blessings to take hold of it and take advantage of its kind nature; a page that is a white scene, a new canvas for us to paint our destinies and execute our hopes and dreams into a living, breathing, colourful life. So what are you waiting for? More time? Life is for the awake, the alive and the living. It does not and will not wait for you or follow your pace. You have to keep up. Life sometimes is mighty fast, sometimes furious, many times fantastic and delightful. So keep up! Let’s welcome this new year of 2019 with the biggest open arms we can muster and say, ‘COME ON NEW YEAR, SHOW ME WHAT YOU’VE GOT!’ Let’s show this 2019 that we’re ready and able to fly!


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WILD WINTER WITH A

LEOPARD Hundreds of thousands of fashionistas, designers, models, students and even mothers are hunting this season for a leopard. The wild print woke up ancient feelings of wild nature in the female sensitive soul; nature of something intimate on a basic level of human feelings. The 19/20 season is announcing a big extravaganza of hunting on most online platforms such as Farfetch.com, presenting to us more than fifteen hundred pieces of ‘leo’ print. Dolce & Gabbana’s leopard print tote bag with fluffy faux fur is the perfect soft winter accessory and the ideal contrast with your black coat. You’ll be a most noticeable wild spot! Another great sample of online hunting is the warm leo blanket by Zara. Sit infront of the fireplace and choose from Net-a-Porter.com and, for a cold Arabian January, try faux fur by Alice & Olivia. These fur purchases show how strongly we are awaiting a real cold winter in the Middle East. For more hot hunting-shopping head to Nordstorm.com, a real Scandinavian wind of fashion that brings more than 70 leo booties to our screens. This time my choice is a classy Moulamax genuine calf hair bootie by Christian Louboutin with iconic red sole. Of course, don’t forget to check Yoox.com. As I always say, from Italy with love. For lovely leo feelings go directly to the shopping page and hunt a short red Valentino dress in which you can dance all night with other fashionable hunters. For the end of my hunting, I would like to bring you to the world of Agent Provocateur for wild dreams in nightwear. In exclusive blush pink silk, look for Catalyna pyjamas in a slight pink shade with an all-over vintage print of leopards. This winter all readers of CP Magazine deserve the best warm feelings in this leo fashion world and I am sure my Max Mara coat will keep me nicely hot in the middle of the desert the same as in a cold European megapolis.

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PRESS RELEASES

Infiniti Al Babtain Impresses Crowds with the New Infiniti Models at Al Murouj

ALYASRA FASHION UNVEILS THE RENOVATED KENZO STORE AT THE AVENUES MALL

Alyasra Fashion, the regional fashion retail leader, announced the grand reveal of KENZO’s newly renovated store at the Avenues. The celebratory event took place on 12 December 2018 in the presence of local media members, fashion and lifestyle influencers, and customers. During the event, guests were drawn to the new layout, exquisite decor and features of the newly renovated store. The store’s meticulously designed fixtures brought out the colorful shades of KENZO’s ‘Holiday Capsule’ which featured a unique dragon theme. As a trend-setter in the world of fashion, the new KENZO store concept aims to connect local ambiance with the realms of creativity, technology and the future. The innovative space will feature works of local art inspired by local architecture and uses indigenous materials. The event featured exclusive Japanese catering, where customers enjoyed specialty sushi and various delicious finger food, all while trying to solve the custom-made live-size dragon puzzle to celebrate the new ‘Holiday Capsule’ in parallel to the new head-turning KENZO boutique. The French brand, KENZO, offers a wide array of ready-to-wear garments for both men and women, footwear, and a selection of trendy accessories. The new KENZO store at the Avenues is now open and is located at Phase 2.

Abdulmohsen Abdulaziz Al Babtain Co. (AABC), the authorized dealer for Infiniti vehicles in the State of Kuwait recently demonstrated the unique features that accompany its new premium INFINITI range, the QX50, QX80 and Q30. Visitors engaged and experienced the models high quality performance blended with aesthetic world class interiors at one of Kuwait’s famous lifestyle destinations, Al Murouj. The new INFINITI QX50 is the world’s first variable compression ratio engine in a production vehicle which was created to fully meet the needs of today’s premium car buyers and to deliver on their desire to own the latest masterpiece of technology. The VC-Turbo engine delivers the strong and convincing performance of a V6 and the fuel economy of a 4-cylinder engine – transforming on demand and based on the input of the drivers. Instantly adapting to their needs, the VC-Turbo lets them harness the exhilarating performance of 268 hp and 380 nm at 4,400 rpm of torque. The QX50 appeals to buyers who require the unique combination of interior space, power, efficiency, hand-crafted quality, and modern design, along with effortless on-road performance. The Q30 which is Infiniti’s signature design is a premium compact vehicle that is popular among the younger drivers. Q30 comes with a double-arch grille with a unique 3D mesh and is powered by 1.6L or 2.0L Turbo engines in a 2WD configuration. For enthusiasts, the 2.0L Turbo is also offered with an optional AWD drivetrain. The 2.0L Turbo engine is a power-horse as it delivers 208hp and 350Nm torque. At peak performance, the INFINITI Q30 blasts from 0-to100kph in 7.3 seconds. Infiniti Al Babtain encourages its customers to continue exploring the advantages of its best in class models in Kuwait by visiting the designated showroom located in Al Rai.

Porsche Macan S launches with new V6 turbo engine

PANERAI ANNOUNCES MAHENDRA SINGH DHONI AS ITS BRAND AMBASSADOR FOR INDIA Panerai, the Italian luxury sports watchmaker, announces its collaboration with Indian cricket icon Mahendra Singh Dhoni as Brand Ambassador for India. An ardent fan and connoisseur of the brand and one of the most respected sportsmen in the world, MS Dhoni perfectly embodies the values of quality, authenticity and passion of the Panerai legacy. “MS Dhoni is a celebrated sportsman, a sophisticated gentleman with a distinctive persona that impeccably resonates the masculine identity of Panerai watches. His sports career is a testimony of class, composure, talent, and commitment that he infuses in everything he does, making him an epitome of ardour and legitimacy. We are honoured to associate with him to represent our brand in India and be a true testament of our characteristics”, said Jean-Marc Pontroué, Panerai CEO.

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Porsche has expanded its range of compact SUVs with the addition of the powerful Macan S. The new model from the sports car manufacturer features a new three-litre V6 turbocharged petrol engine with a gasoline particulate filter. It delivers 354 hp (260 kW) and has a maximum torque of 480 Nm, representing an increase of 14 hp (10 kW) and 20 Nm compared with the previous model. When equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package, the new Macan S accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.1 seconds, which is 0.1 seconds quicker than its predecessor. The vehicle’s top speed is 254 km/h, whilst the fuel consumption (NEDC-correlated) is 8.9 l/100 km. The new Macan S offers all the product innovations of the latest generation Macan model range, including an LED light bar at the rear and the new Porsche Communication Management system with a 10.9-inch touchscreen. New V6 engine with central turbo layout The Porsche Macan S is now equipped with a newly developed 3.0 litre V6 turbo engine. Using the central turbo layout, the turbocharger is located in the inner V, resulting in short exhaust gas paths between the combustion chambers and the turbocharger to ensure outstanding and immediate responsiveness. The new twin-scroll turbocharger provides high torque at low engine speeds. With

twin-scroll technology, the exhaust gas flows are continuously fed to the turbine wheel as separate streams significantly reducing any charge cycle disadvantages. The further-developed combustion chamber geometry with a central injector promotes efficient fuel mixture preparation. In addition to the increase in the power output per litre, from 113 to 118 hp, emissions have also been reduced. Newly tuned chassis for enhanced balance As distinctively sporty as ever, the Macan’s chassis features mixed-sized tyres and Porsche Traction Management (PTM) four-wheel drive, and has been overhauled and optimised as part of this model’s facelift. On the front axle, spring forks made from aluminium replace the previous steel components. The new light alloy design is more rigid and reduces unsprung mass, making the steering on the Macan more precise and improving ride comfort. Newly tuned sway bars also ensure more neutral handling. As before, the Porsche Active Stability Management (PASM) active damper control system, heightadjustable air suspension with optimised rolling pistons and new shock absorber hydraulics as well as Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) are optionally available to improve the model’s driving dynamics and handling even further.


DEAN & DELUCA LAUNCHES NEW RESTAURANT CONCEPT AT MUROUJ

‫ بالعاب نارية مبهرة ومفاجأت حصرية‬2019 ‫"الكوت مول" يستقبل عام‬ ‫ أف أم‬88.8 ‫بالتعاون مع راديو نبض الكويت‬

DEAN & DELUCA, one of the world’s most loved and iconic gourmet restaurants, opened its highlyanticipated second branch in Kuwait at Murouj. The newly opened restaurant features a modern and contemporary ambiance, coupled with a new menu that introduces a variety of artisan-crafted international cuisines, enhancing the customer’s dining experience. The seating style, decor and lighting were carefully designed to ensure that guests are able to enjoy the bright sunshine in the morning, while the cozy atmosphere is reserved for the evening dinner plans. The new restaurant also features a spacious terrace seating area that overlooks the equestrian club. DEAN & DELUCA seeks to thrill customers and challenge their taste buds and imagination. Experience the breakfast menu consisting of a variety of sumptuous dishes like the signature Fatayers available in five different toppings, or DEAN & DELUCA’s eggs benedict choices with a combination of avocado & beef bacon or smoked salmon and sautéed spinach. The main café menu has something for everyone for both lunch and dinner from American classics such as the DEAN & DELUCA Beef Burger made with premium beef patty and Grilled Ribeye Steak made with prime ribeye, to Arabian dishes including a range of grilled platters and DEAN & DELUCA’s delectable range of shawarmas. The team of internationally skilled chefs curated a new menu that’s specifically designed to present a selection of international dishes with an Arabian twist, while upholding the DEAN & DELUCA quality and excellence.

‫ أحد تجارب "مشروع الكوت" الستة والذي تمتلكه وتديره "مجموعة التمدين" الرائدة في تطوير المشاريع المتعددة‬،"‫إستقبل "الكوت مول‬ ‫ حيث انطلقت االحتفاالت من الساعة الثامنة‬2018 ‫ ديسمبر‬31 ‫ العام الجديد بإسلوب عصري ومنفرد يوم اإلثنين‬،‫اإلستخدامات في دولة الكويت‬ ."‫والنصف مسا ًء حتى منتصف الليل في بلكونة "الكوت مول‬ ‫ أف أم من بلكونة "الكوت مول" بحضور طاقم‬88.8 ‫تخلل هذا اإلحتفال العديد من األنشطة والفعاليات مثل البث المباشر لراديو نبض الكويت‬ ‫ إضافة إلى الكثير من المسابقات المتنوعة التي اتاحت فرصة ربح جوائز مميزة النقدية‬،‫عمل راديو نبض الكويت بأكمله وعدد كبير من زوار المول‬ ‫ كما وأعلن "الكوت مول" بدء العام الجديد من خالل العد التنازلي المباشر وعرض آسر لأللعاب‬.‫منها والعينية باإلضافة إلى كوبونات مشتريات قيمة‬ ‫ بموسيقى الدي جي المميزه والحصريه والتي استمرت حتى منتصف الليل‬،ً‫ واستمتع الزوار ايضا‬.‫النارية أضاء سماء دولة الكويت بألوان الفرح‬ .‫والتي أشعلت حماس الزوار إلستقبال العام الجديد ببهجة مضاعفة‬ Erazalat Alseef, :‫استمتع الزوار إيضا بتجارب طعام متنوعة من أحدث المطاعم التي تم افتتاحها مؤخرا ً في المول والبلكونة الخاصه به مثل‬ .‫ كما وقدمت بعض من محالت المول عروض إستثنائية بمناسبة العام الجديد والمستمرة طيلة شهر يناير‬،Shake Shack, Vapiano ,Laila ‫ و يَعدْ "الكوت مول" الزوار بالعديد من المفاجآت‬،‫حازت جميع الفعاليات على إقبال شديد واصداء إيجابية لدى العديد من الزوار بمختلف األعمار‬ .‫القادمة والحصرية التي ستجعل المول ومشروع الكوت وجهة ترفيهية متكاملة لجميع أفراد العائلة‬

RunKuwait 2018 initiative will contribute to offering more than 1,000 free treatment sessions for children with special needs at CERC

Fawzia Sultan Healthcare Network (FSHN) concludes yet another successful RunKuwait race in support of children with special needs. The race which took place on Saturday, December 15th, marks the biggest race in the history of RunKuwait. More than 2,900 participants had registered to the race to support one cause, raising awareness and funds towards the treatment of children with special needs. The RunKuwait initiative in its eighth year raised more than KD 60,900 which is estimated to provide more than 1,000 treatment sessions at no cost for the children treated at the non-profit Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC). These free of charge sessions are in addition to the subsidized ones, which are offered on a case-bycase basis, where up to 90% of the costs are also covered by the center.

The first Molton Brown store opened its doors in Kuwait

During this event, His Excellency the Ambassador of the British Embassy in Kuwait, Michael Davenport, attended with his two respected daughters. The store filled up with many other influential people and VIP guests. Throughout the event, the wonderful guests enjoyed live music performed by a harpist and delightful pass a rounds that included canapés, macaroons and drinks. Furthermore, the happy guests were introduced to the luxurious brand and the variety of products for bath, body and beauty connoisseurs; as well as an experience of an indulging hand massage. Moreover, the night was radiant and each guest walked out pleased with a exquisite gift bag from Molton Brown.

Otto Kurzendorfer takes the helm at The Regency Kuwait The Abdul Razzaq Al Sane & Sons Group of Companies announced the appointment of Mr Otto Kurzendorfer as General Manager for its flagship hotel, The Regency Kuwait in Salmiya district. Reopened in 2009 after a complete 4 years rebuild, this 1981 opened Kuwait landmark beachfront Resort and Convention Hotel offers a majestic lobby of eclectic taste and composition, 203 keys including 50 suites of ultimate luxury and a variety of dining and recreational choices, including a state of the art Ladies Lounge with 2 climate-controlled pools and separate indoor and outdoor dining. Mr Kurzendorfer joins The Regency Kuwait with a well-established career in hospitality management and operation, spanning 3 decades and 3 continents. From humble beginnings in the kitchen, working in prestigious Leading Hotel of the World and Relais & Chateaux trophy hotels such as the Savoy in London and the Munich Mandarin Oriental, building the foundations of his career before attending a German higher hotel school in Dortmund. The following 22 years saw Otto work with global hotel giants, as Kempinski, IHG and Starwood, which included spending 10 years in Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Syria and Qatar before taking his first General Manager role in 2007 in Shanghai. After 6 years in China he returned to Dubai for another 4 years with JA Resorts & Hotels as General Manager of their flagship resort complex which included JA Palm Tree Court and JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel. His recent appointment in Kuwait is described by Kurzendorfer as “a lifelong dream to lead a team in a hotel offering ultimate luxury, European flair in an Arabesque setting. The Regency Kuwait is undoubtedly the crown jewel of Kuwaiti hospitality”. A belief that is supported by the hotel winning the prestigious World Travel Award competition as the ‘Best Luxury Hotel in Kuwait’ six years in a row. “This proves the continuous commitment of the Al Sane Group and the hotel team to achieve and maintain the highest level of guest satisfaction – creating remarkable hospitality born from Kuwaiti tradition” stated Kurzendofer. www.cpmagazine.net

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1. What creatures were first to live on land and fly: Insects; Birds; Bats; or Fish?

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2. The human body's energy chemical is: Cortisone; Serotonin; Glucose; or Blood? 3. A gable or gable wall of a house is usually defined by having a: Front door; Triangular upper face; Bay window; or No windows or doors? 4. Tundra regions of the world are typically defined as having no: Animals; Trees; Water; or Shops? 5. Who created the 1970s persona Thin White Duke, and subsequent brands Glass Spider and Tin Machine? 6.

Grissini are Italian: Breadsticks; Baked beans; Beetroots; or Bananas?

7. The Solanum Pseudocapsicum plant, called winter cherry and Jerusalem cherry, is noted for being very: Poisonous; Tasty; Prickly; or Luminous? 8.

ANSWERS: 1.CHAIR, 2.RAINY, 3.BEHALF, 4.POTENT, 5.CONCUR, 6.STALL

The rain had stopped, and the wind had died down to its usual whisper. In this sentence, whisper means: a. a flash of light

c. a disrespectful act

b. a light noise

d. a successful ending

11. The famous Ancient Roman marble statue 'Venus Callipyge' or 'Callipygian Venus' literally and artistically represents "Venus/ Aphrodite of the beautiful...": Hair; Face; Eyes; or Buttocks? 12. What Anglicized-French word referring to prestige derives from the verb to press? 13. What is three-eighths divided by a half: Three-quarters; Fiveeighths; Five-sixteenths; or One-and-a-half? 14. The motor theft crime abbreviated in the UK to TWOC (hence the slang verb 'twocking') stands for what? 15.

Best-selling Japanese author Marie Kondo refers to Japanese 'Tokimeku' ('spark joy' - literally palpitate) in the life-changing 'KonMari' method of: Hill-running; Cat-training; Decluttering; or Hedgetrimming?

16. Besides humans, the most widely distributed mammals on Earth are: Dogs; Cats; Whales; or Hamsters?

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Who controversially interviewed the on-the-run Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman for Rolling Stone Magazine just before his 2015 capture: Sean Penn; Madonna; Oprah Winfrey; or Judi Dench?

A whisper is the opposite of a shout. When teachers talk about using your outside voice (when you're outside) and your inside voice (for speaking normally), the whisper is even quieter than the inside voice. This word can apply to other sounds too: you could say the wind is whispering. Whispers really do sound a lot like "Psst psst psst" to anyone who can't hear the exact words. You're likely to hear a lot of whispering in the library. whispering, or speaking in a whisper.

ANSWER: b. Psst! When you speak very quietly, so that hardly anyone can hear, you're

18. What sort of sea creatures are fulmars and petrels: Snails; Birds; Otters; or Fish?

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GUESS THE AGE Nil is 23 years 1 month old, Shelly is 18 years 7 months old and Ben is as much older than Shelly is younger than Nil. The age of Ben is ‌‌.

The US Second Amendment (to the US Constitution) protects the rights of US citizens to: Decline to answer questions that could incriminate onself in a criminal case; Keep/bear arms (guns); Drink alcohol; or Drive a car/carriage on a highway?

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Vaquita porpoise 'maw', an illegally trafficked delicacy in Chinese cuisine, priced upwards of $10,000/kilo, is the creature's: Eyes; Tongue; Heart; or Swim bladder?

21. Which three of these characteristics do not feature in a 'mullet' hairstyle: Long fringe; Short sides; Short Front; Long back; Greased and slicked back; or Combed-over a bald patch?

A. 18 years 6 months. B. 21 years 11 months.

slicked back, Combed-over a bald patch

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ANSWERS: 1.Insects, 2.Glucose, 3.Triangular upper face (created by two roof ends - like the flat end of a prism shape), 4.Trees (due to low temperatures and short growing seasons, hence found in Arctic and Antarctic areas), 5.David Bowie, 6.Breadsticks, 7.Poisonous (part of the nightshade family), 8.Volgograd (= Volga City), 9.Tea leaves, 10.Quentin Tarantino, 11.Buttocks, 12.Cachet, 13.Three-quarters (or 0.75 - to divide a fraction by another fraction invert the second fraction and multiply, thus, 3/8 x 2/1 = 6/8 = 3/4), 14.Taking Without Owner's Consent, 15.Decluttering (She is among Time Magazine's 100 most influential people of 2015), 16.Whales (specifically most widely occurring are orcas/killer whales), 17.Sean Penn, 18.Birds (large 'tube-nosed' gull-type birds with prehistoric characteristics and lineage), 19.Keep/bear arms (guns), 20.Swim bladder, 21.Long fringe, Greased and

C. 20 years 9 months.

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JANUARY 2019

9. Chinese Emperor Jing Di's 141BC tomb revealed in 2015 the early use of: Tea leaves; Whisky; Cigars; or Magic mushrooms? 10. Who wrote/directed the movies The Hateful Eight and Inglourious Basterds?

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HOROSCOPES (March 21 - April 19)

(July 23 - August 22)

ARIES

LEO

Welcome to 2019, Aries! After weeks of soul searching, you’re back in your element. Your ruler Mars is home in Aries and ready to hit the ground running. But first, as you enter January, take the time to focus on the big picture, clarify long-term goals and letting go of those you’ve outgrown. Then, as the Capricorn new moon and eclipse align on January 5, you can move ahead with a renewed sense of purpose and direction. On the twentieth, a Leo full moon and lunar eclipse shine a light on a heart’s desire, calling you to take what feels like a risk. Let go of what you think it means to be successful and you can discover the true meaning of success: the freedom to be yourself and be loved for it. The gods, goddess, and powers that be are smiling down on you. Dare to be authentic. Have more faith in yourself and you could hit the bull’s-eye.

(April 20 - May 20)

TAURUS Taurus! As you enter the year, you’re reaching a vantage point and milestone in your journey that’s asking you to clarify your noblest long-term goals. Then, as the Capricorn new moon and eclipse align on January 5, you can make solid progress toward them. You’ve been reevaluating your relationships and they’re drawing you to a new level now - asking for deeper levels of surrender and trust. It’s never wise to trust blindly, but avoid judgment and keep your perspective on what’s unfolding. You’re at the top of your game professionally, The Leo full moon and lunar eclipse on the twentieth mark the end of an 18-month phase of regaining inner confidence, so you can let your brilliance shine. You’re seeing the past in a new light, learning what you need to feel emotionally and financially secure and what drives you to do what you do in this world. You can have what you need and gain a lot on all levels (financially, emotionally, materially, spiritually). Be detached in an evolving scenario. Value yourself, be confident, wise, and humble and you can come out on top.

(May 21 - June 20)

GEMINI Life is evolving on a core level, and you’re stepping over a threshold. But you can’t enter the future with your arms full of the past, so don’t be afraid to cut your losses where necessary. Jupiter entered Sagittarius late last year, and as Venus joins Jupiter this month, your relationships have a lot to offer you creatively, emotionally, sexually, and financially. But first, dig past your surface material attachments to physical appearance, sex, money, success, marriage, commitments - especially those you’ve inherited from society and parents - to ask yourself what will truly matter at the end of your life. Then you can invest in and deepen mutually beneficial connections that share your values. As the Leo full moon and lunar eclipse align in your house of communication, they’re bringing information, shedding light, and offering a new perspective on a situation you’ve felt stuck in. Be honest and you can clear the air and get on the same page with others. There’s real love in your world, at least one friend you can trust. Let go of the past and have faith. You’re already free.

(June 21 - July 22)

CANCER December brought a full moon in your sign, asking you to clarify your needs in your relationships. As you enter January, take the time to discern where you need better boundaries and where you need to lower your guard. A new moon and solar eclipse in Capricorn mark the beginning of a new 18-month phase of transformation, allowing you to deepen mutually supportive, loving, respectful, and healthy relationships that have your back. Professionally, you’re on fire and your work is being recognized. But remain humble and give credit where it’s due. Success at the cost of others is like sawing off the branch you’re sitting on. On January 20, the Leo full moon and lunar eclipse highlight a financial or relationship matter. Let go of power struggles, stay true to your values, and remain detached in an evolving situation. You can have the emotional and financial security you desire, but your greatest reward will be living your best life, following your calling while making this world a better place. That’s priceless. Now more than ever, in giving you will receive.

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JANUARY 2019

You’ve had to rise above your insecurities over the past year, and you’re ready for a new adventure. But first, as you enter January, take stock of your life and release habits, work, routines, or a lifestyle you’ve outgrown. On January 5, a Capricorn new moon and solar eclipse mark the beginning of an 18-month phase of building the life of your dreams. “Work hard, play hard” seems to be your motto this month. But also prioritize your health - mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual – without which you have nothing. On the twentieth, a Leo full moon and eclipse suggest you’re seeing someone or something in a new light. Acknowledge your feelings, but keep your perspective and stay focused on a common goal (and love) you share. As vulnerable as it makes you feel to drop the mask, the real risk would be to pass up a chance to be happy. Dare to be honest, ask for what you need, share the love you feel, and don’t worry so much about what comes back. In the words of Maya Angelou, “Love liberates.”

(August 23 - September)

VIRGO As the year begins, life is drawing you out of your comfort zone. Dig past your resistance and be brutally honest with yourself about what you want, not what you think is expected of you. A Capricorn new moon and solar eclipse on January 5 mark the beginning of an 18-month phase of chipping away the false layers to rediscover your inner child who has always been wise beyond his or her years. As the Leo full moon and lunar eclipse align on the twentieth, find the time to be alone, meditate, go inward, and pay attention to a dream birthing with you. You can create and live a life that fills you with passion and purpose daily, with loving relationships that touch not just your heart but also your soul, but you have to dare to acknowledge it to yourself. Consciously release the past. There’s gold to be mined in the present. You have a treasure at your feet, and a true sense of camaraderie and good times at home. You’re already living the dream. Count your blessings and you’ll see just how fortunate you are.

(September 23 - October)

LIBRA As you enter January, you’re focused on matters of security, home, family, and domestic relationships. What was your childhood like? How was your relationship with your father? What was his idea of security? Confront the past honestly so it doesn’t cast a shadow on all that is hopeful in the present. On January 5, the Capricorn new moon and solar eclipse mark the beginning of an 18-month phase of closing old chapters, planting seeds, and laying the foundation for a new life. Focus on your most optimistic vision and keep an open mind. As the Leo full moon and lunar eclipse align on the twentieth, a social situation is coming to light, and you might be surprised by your feelings and desires. You’re turning a corner in a relationship and can now leave a painful past behind. Be honest with yourself and others. Keep your perspective and you can be liberated to create a more hopeful reality. Friends, partners, and the universe are all listening and you have support. Overcome your pride. Be kind and honest. Ask and be open to receive.

(October 23 - November)

SCORPIO You enter the year on a pensive note. There’s a lot weighing on your mind, perhaps difficult choices, but it needn’t be a painful process. Take the time to clarify goals, and don’t focus on your limitations. On January 5, a Capricorn new moon and solar eclipse mark the beginning of an 18-month phase of releasing false (or your father’s) beliefs, to redefine success for yourself. It will take daily commitment, but you can achieve anything you set your mind to. The Leo full moon and lunar eclipse on the twentieth suggest that professionally you’re ending a chapter and moving to a new level. You’re worth your weight in gold and have a lot to offer this world and your relationships. Success would mean nothing if you didn’t have people and family (blood and soul) you loved and who love you to share life’s ups and downs. As you see the past in a new light, you can find the courage to make necessary changes. This isn’t about success or public image. You have one life and it’s precious. Follow your passion.

(November 22 - December)

SAGITTARIUS Your ruler Jupiter is in your sign, and you’re on a journey of self-discovery this year. As you enter January, Mars is firing up your house of love, romance, creativity, children, and inner child, encouraging you to be spontaneous and take what feels like a risk. You’re older and wiser, but you needn’t lose your passion or curiosity. Stay true to your integrity and you needn’t worry about crossing boundaries. On January 5, a new moon and eclipse in Capricorn usher in an 18-month phase of you growing in emotional and financial security. Dig deep for your values, value yourself, and invest in mutually beneficial connections that share your values. As the Leo full moon and eclipse align on the twentieth, keep your perspective on all that’s unfolding. You’re learning information that reveals a new way forward. You are far from trapped - you have options. Be creative and open-minded and reach for your most hopeful vision. As Venus meets Jupiter on January 22, take a chance on your heart and it could pay off in a big way.

(December 22 - January 19)

CAPRICORN Last year you saw a small dream come true, but now what? As you enter January, you’re coming face to face with difficult realities asking you to confront the past honestly. With a solar eclipse and new moon in your sign on January 5, you’re at the beginning of an 18-month phase of shedding skin to reveal the real you within. Keep asking, “Who am I?” and let the answer guide your actions. As the Leo full moon and eclipse align on the twentieth, you’re seeing a partnership in a new light and realizing your true worth and what you value in your commitments. Remain detached in an unfolding drama. No one else can define your worth or have power over you unless you give it away. Be honest about what you really want - something you hope for, not a distant dream and you can draw it into your life. Even if you can’t see it, you have a fairy godmother and angels working behind the scenes to bring you what you need. Above all, have faith. You’re safe.

(January 20 - February 18)

AQUARIUS Last year brought huge changes professionally, asking you to expand your horizons and vision. As you enter the new year, dig deeper to become aware of what prevents you from manifesting a dream. As the Capricorn new moon and solar eclipse align on January 5, you’re entering a soul search, a journey into the caverns of your psyche discovering the histories of mankind, decaying materialistic values that imprison - like King Midas - as well as spiritual treasures that reveal your raison d’etre. You’re boring a hole through your subconscious (a prison of your own making) to be liberated. As the sun enters your sign and the Leo full moon and eclipse align on the twentieth, prepare to step into the light. You’re seeing your relationships in a new light, and they’re mirroring a truth back to you about yourself. Acknowledge your feelings, and don’t be afraid to ask for what you need. Then let go of expectations of where something comes from and be open to receive. The universe has heard your prayer. Dreams can come true, but first you must dare to dream.

(February 19 - March 20)

PISCES As you enter the year, an old dream is dying, but there are also new doors opening. So what goals, dreams, and aspirations do you want to manifest this year, personally and professionally? A Capricorn new moon and solar eclipse on January 5 ask that you align with a greater vision and altruistic ambition. Your reputation precedes you. Whether this is good or bad isn’t your concern. Not everyone will love you all the time, and there will always be naysayers. What matters is that you practice what you preach, lead by example, and stay true to your values. Avoid comparisons or getting caught up in the rat race. Your talents and abilities are being noticed and will pay off. It’s been a long journey to get to where you are, and you’re turning a corner in a difficult social situation, This isn’t about success but your legacy and gift to the world. Have more faith in yourself and your abilities. And remember that only humility precedes true greatness.



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