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FOR THE LOVE OF READING Gill Sherry
’ve always been a reader. I was encouraged to read from an early age and a good book would always take priority over the TV. My favoured books as a child included The Magic Porridge Pot (Paul Galdone), the Moomin series by Tove Janssen and, of course, Enid Blyton’s Famous Five. As I matured, so too did my choice of reading material. My sister introduced me to Sebastian Faulks (Birdsong is still one of my all-time favourites) but I also lost myself in psychological thrillers, the odd romance novel and numerous autobiographies. As a writer, I’ve never been more aware of the importance of reading. Firstly, why should I expect people to read my work if I don’t read the work of others? Secondly, reading is learning. Whether it’s the use of grammar, the structure of a sentence or the imaginative use of language, by reading regularly we are able to expand our knowledge and appreciate the power of the written word. Occasionally, I still stumble across an unfamiliar word and relish the opportunity to search my dictionary for its meaning. Reading also allows us to identify what works on the page and what doesn’t and, perhaps most importantly of all, it stimulates our imagination. I’m staggered when people tell me they don’t read, particularly when they cite lack of time as the reason for their reluctance to enjoy this age old pastime. Those same people, by their own admission, spend countless hours glued to their mobile phones. The fact that they prefer to indulge in petty bickering on Twitter, comment on what their friends had for breakfast on Facebook, or search for a so-called inspiring quote on Instagram is absurd. This endless scrolling eats up hours of precious time and breeds negativity. It is widely accepted that social media is linked to depression and anxiety, particularly in teens and adolescents. The constant pressure bred from staged images, false lives and unrealistic expectations is damaging to mental health. But it’s not just youth who are consumed by social media. Adults too are addicted to the pointless exercise of scrutinising the false lives of strangers, commenting on the posts of celebrities they’re never likely to meet and driven by the perverse need to attract more followers. Over breakfast this morning, I devoured two chapters of a rather captivating novel. I was impressed with the author’s style of writing, the clever way his plot unfolded and the quirky traits of his characters. Of course, I could have scrolled through my Instagram account (yes, I do have one), reactivated my Facebook account (not used for over five years) or read whatever blurb our world leaders were churning out on Twitter. I chose not to, preferring to read something well written and imaginative over the trivial nonsense available online. I shall do the same at lunchtime and, more than likely, before I go to bed. And I shall repeat the pattern tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after that, keen to discover what happens next. Authors can spend years learning their craft. They make untold sacrifices and endure hours of solitude purely for the pleasure of telling their story and entertaining their readers. The very least we can do is read what they’ve written. Rather than encouraging negative thoughts and unnecessary anxiety, a book takes you on a journey of discovery. Depending on the book, it can inspire you to write, to cook or to travel. It can teach you about history, geography or science. It may be humorous, emotional, intriguing or suspenseful. A good book
can awaken your senses and transform you into a wondrous world of imagery that’s so much more rewarding than anything online and, when you consider the time wasted on other pointless pastimes, a book is a healthy and welcome diversion. Of course, it could be argued that books are no less make-believe than the fake stories found on your social media feed. A novel is fiction, after all. However, it is written with your satisfaction in mind and aims to bring delight, gratification and joy. Compare that with those posting their own stories on social media where their intention is to please no-one but themselves. True, a book may be fictional but at least it’s promoted as such; it makes no secret of its content or its intentions. The make-believe we are subjected to by certain bloggers, vloggers or instagrammers (or whatever else they like to call themselves) is fantasy dressed up as reality. To use an age-old cliché, it’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing so don’t be surprised when it bites you. Reading a book is time well spent and, without your phone as a distraction, you have more time to read than you think.
Recommended Reads I must confess, I’m a lover of imagery when it comes to novels. Some authors can transport you to a French marketplace, an African village or a quaint English harbour in just one clever sentence. Their descriptive language and awareness of the senses are key to bringing the story alive, allowing the reader to identify with the characters and become engrossed in the tale. One of my favourite books, based on imagery alone, is A Heart Bent out of Shape by Emylia Hall. Based in the Swiss city of Lausanne, her descriptive language brings the city alive, demonstrated perfectly by her use of metaphor: ‘The Hotel Le Nouveau Monde was wedding cake white, laced with wroughtiron balconies and capped with tangerine awnings.’ The image conjured by this simple sentence is far more beautiful than any photograph taken and shared on Instagram. This is where the minds of both writer and reader combine to produce a lasting picture only visible to those prepared to take the journey. The French Affair by Susan Lewis is equally enchanting. Not only does it describe the French countryside in glorious detail, and the cuisine with mouth watering brilliance, it also includes a surprisingly unexpected twist. Another master of imagery is Carlos Ruiz Zafón. This is taken from The Shadow of the Wind: ‘Dusk fell almost surreptitiously, with a cold breeze and a mantle of purple light that slid between the gaps in the streets.’ Such is my love of books, it would take forever to list my favourites. And of course, you should choose your own preferred authors and genres. It’s not for me to dictate what you read, only to encourage that you do.
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Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa Sponsors AWL ‘Fight Like A Girl’ Event To Increase Awareness Against Breast Cancer Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa launched revolutionary technology for the first time in Kuwait; Water Walker & CACI (Computer Aided Cosmetology Instrument) machines available only at the award winning Talise Spa. The press conference was held in the presence of Ambassador of Japan, Takashi Ashiki and along with Chief Technical Officer of Water Walker, Yasutoshi Tajima and members of the media. Assistant Director of PR and Communications, Yasmine Ismail, along with Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa marketing team welcomed media upon arrival and gave an introductory speech. Post the press conference, media were taken on a tour of Talise Spa to learn more about the revolutionary technology behind the Water Walker & Spa Steed pro, Water Walker & Spa Compact and CACI machines. Targeting the ever-changing fitness and wellness needs of both men and women, Talise spa features special packages and sessions utilizing the Water Walkers. Training in water is perfect to do cardio and resistance training without risking gravity taking a toll on your joints. The temperature of the water can be controlled and is set 2 degrees Celsius less than the human body temperature to aid in releasing more energy and hence burning more calories. Four certified professionals specifically flew into Kuwait from Osaka, Japan to install the Water Walkers as well as gave intensive training to the staff at Talise Spa. The equipment are operated by fully qualified, professional trainers at Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa. CACI facial treatment delivers results equivalent to a face lift without the painful surgical process. The Orbital Skin Resurfacing is used for exfoliation to reveal a healthy radiant look, while Ultrasonic Deep Cleansing technology removes any make-up residue, blemishes or impurities. Its Wrinkle Comb Technology targets deep lines and wrinkles to provide a noninvasive alternative to dermal fillers. The CACI, non-invasive facial treatment works as a "workout for facial muscles", as the stimulating micro currents are applied to areas that traditionally suffer from wrinkles and lines, such as the jaw-line and areas around the mouth and eyes. The treatment also enhances the skins ability to neutralise bacteria and helps to protect your skin from daily damage. Incarnating authentic luxury, Talise Spa, a haven for the mind and body, takes a holistic approach to embody the philosophy of preserving wellness. It focuses on body, mind and spirit rejuvenation with an array of health and beauty facilities as well as spa products. A daily calendar of activities such as meditation, yoga and other healthy lifestyle practices elevates the whole spa experience. Reservations and inquiries about Talise Spa memberships can be made by calling Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa’s direct line +965 2226 9688 or emailing JMBTalise@jumeirah. com
Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa supported breast cancer awareness month by being a golden sponsor to American Women’s League’s ‘Fight like a Girl’, where it was hosted by the resort at Kuwait’s largest venue, Badriah Ballroom. To increase awareness of breast cancer and the need to conduct regular screening, the event was supported by Jumeirah Messilah Beach for the fourth consecutive year in the international Breast Cancer Awareness Month of October. Addressing the event, Director of Sales & Marketing at Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa, Bahaa Malaeb, underlined the commitment of the hotel to undertake such initiatives that not only promote breast cancer awareness but also empower women to address misconceptions and encourage regular screening. Malaeb shared that the hotel’s support to this event is part of its corporate social responsibility initiatives towards this imperative cause and society in general. Several expert doctors and healthcare professionals addressed the event, highlighting the various aspects of breast cancer and different treatment options. Encouraging women in the fight against breast cancer, survivors based in Kuwait presented their inspiring personal stories on their fight against breast cancer. Amongst other highlights of the event, Talise Spa and Talise Fitness Club promoted various offers and activities. The night ended with a raffle draw, where guests indulged in a delicious dinner prepared by the talented chefs of Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa.
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Riviera by Four Seasons introduces the first breakfast menu by the restaurant
Riviera by Four Seasons introduced its first breakfast menu at an exclusive media event hosted by Sebastiano Spriveri, Executive Chef at Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya. “We are pleased to launch the first breakfast menu, which offers more than 30 creations encompassing a variety of the Riviera flavours which are inspired and curated by both Sebastiano Spriveri, Executive Chef at Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya and Chef de Cuisine of Riviera Restaurant, Osama Alakhras. The newly launched menu combines traditional breakfast dishes with a touch of Italian and Arabic flavours to present our guests a memorable experience at Riviera,” commented Didier Jardin, General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya. The menu is created to complement the Riviera guest’s culinary journey with appetizing breakfast options to start the day right. The newly launched menu highlights various breakfast options including a selection of mezzes, pastries, egg-based dishes and dessert selection as well to satisfy the morning cravings. Guests can feast on ordering local dishes such as Riviera’s selection of Manakish, Traditional Foul Medames and Grilled Halloumi Toast, which is served with avocado, just to name a few. The breakfast experience also features egg-based creations such as Black Truffle Scrambled Eggs, Egg Shakshuka and Spanish Egg Tortilla, amongst many more choices. Assorted bakery basket items and desserts selection is also available to indulge in during the morning. Located at The Gardens in The Avenues, Riviera Restaurant now serves breakfast from 9am and until 12 pm daily and continues with serving guests with its à la carte menu until 11 pm daily. Follow @rivierabyfs on Instagram and Facebook to stay informed of all the latest restaurant updates and menu creations. For more information: https://www.rivierarestaurant. com/
Meet your new BFF: Interactive FurReal Cubby Juvi team, consisting of Khaled Al Samer & Khaled Assad, has managed to clinch the title of champions at the Mr. D0ne’s Game On Kuwait Final, beating out 7 other final teams. Mr. D0ne’s Game On, is an E-Football initiative comprising of an E-Sports Competition with a compelling twist that was held in 3 different locations across Kuwait in September and October 2019. Abdulaziz Alshehri, who also goes by the alias Mr. D0ne, is a Red Bull E-Sports athlete and the first-ever player from the Middle East to win the FIFA eWorld Cup. The Saudi Arabian player won what was then the FIFA Interactive World Cup Grand Final in Munich, Germany, in 2015 and has ultimately become an icon of the E-Sports world, acquiring the privilege to be in the company of lifelong legends, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Lionel Messi. With smooth and magnetic skills, Mr. D0ne’s now focusing on developing the profile of E-Football in the Middle East for amateur gaming enthusiasts in the region, starting with MrD0ne’s Game On in Kuwait. The event, which started September 26 had 5 qualifiers in two different locations in Kuwait. Each qualifier registers teams of two to participate in 16 rounds per qualifier event. Each qualifier acquired winning teams who succeeded to the Finals that took place on October 17 at 360 Mall. For the game, the rules are fairly simple, yet full of intensity and suspense: there are 4 players per game, each 2 in a team with one controller per team. The game begins regularly with 2 players; however, the gist is that each team member must tag and switch with their mate within the game when: • A team gets scored on • When a red card is given • At half time Each team is also granted one free switch when the ball is not in play. Teams who end up in a tie would play a Golden Goal round where it’ll lead to a penalty shootout switching players per shoot. Sounds intense huh? 151 teams battled it out in the qualifiers and only the top eight thrown – thirty teams made it to the on-ground National Final, held at 360 Mall on October 17. Mr. D0ne’s Game On in Kuwait is held in partnership with by X-cite by Alghanim Electronics, Quality Net, Playstation 4, Acqua Eva, The Hub, Plamo Con, Gamma Game and 360 Mall. Media partners, Kuwait Times and Scope TV covered this popular event. To find out more about Mr. D0ne’s Game On follow @RedBullKuwait on Instagram & Twitter, and @RedBull on Facebook.
Can you imagine what it’s like to have a bear as your new BFF? Well, expect nothing less from FurReal cubby, the curious bear. He likes babbling, eating, laughing… and snoring! He is a dream companion for your kids' age 4 and up and will excitedly take part in all their adventures. Little chitter-chatter as he is, loves to babble when you speak to him and plays peek-a-boo with you, and even dances from time to time. All a long day of playing, he will snuggle next to you while making sleepy sounds and playing soft music. This Cute FurReal Cubby will keep your children engaging. If you are thinking to buy a new toy for your kids this holiday season, it will be a perfect gift for your young ones. Hurry before it goes off the shelf as Cubby is one of the hot-selling items in Fantasy World right now! FurReal Cubby features more than 100 sounds-and-motions combined. He is delightfully expressive. He moves his head, eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and arms. When he is hungry, feed him his bottle or treat and he’ll make eating sounds. He loves to hug you when you pick him up and hold. He is a cute cubby that everyone will fall in love with. Your kid is bound to have fun with FurReal Cubby, together, who knows what memories they ‘ll make?
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Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa hosts Media Event to its Much-Anticipated Al-Fresco Barbeque Night by the Pool
Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa hosted media personnel and representatives to the ultimate al-fresco dining experience at its Winter Desert Camp Barbeque. The attendees had an opportunity to enjoy a unique evening experiencing the culinary journey prepared by skilled chefs in an open-air setting with live music for entertainment. Assistant Director of PR and Marketing, Yasmine Ismail along with Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa staff, welcomed guests upon arrival and thanked the media for their presence and continued support. She invited them to a memorable dining experience and to enjoy the special evening with the live band, shisha and open-air ambience with the most astonishing view overlooking the Arabian Gulf. Guests savoured the scrumptious BBQ buffet with a variety of freshly cooked meats, seafood along with live cooking stations. To wrap up their perfect evening, guests explored an array of exquisite desserts with ice cream and waffle stations. The evening ended with an exciting raffle draw which was well received by the winners. A number of guests won valuable gifts presented by the hotel. Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa ensured that each guest had a truly remarkable evening filled with warm hospitality, breath-taking culinary journey and ambiance. Winter Desert Camp Barbeque takes place every Wednesday night from 7 PM to 11 PM for everyone to enjoy the lovely outdoor weather. Reservations can be done through Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa’s direct line +965 22269666 or email Jumeirahrestaurant@jumeirah.com
JAEGER-LECOULTRE UNVEILS THEIR SIHH 2019 NOVELTIES AT THE KUWAIT BOUTIQUE
Jaeger-LeCoultre is proud to unveil their SIHH 2019 novelties for the first time in the city of Kuwait, continuing to bring deft craftsmanship and fine watchmaking excellence to the region. Located at the 360 Mall, a premier shopping destination in Kuwait, the boutique invites clients to explore the novelties including the Master Ultra Thin Enamel for men and the Dazzling Rendez-Vous for women. The remarkable Master Ultra Thin line enriches its collection with three new models featuring complications among the most emblematic of watchmaking expertise – moon phases, tourbillon, date, and perpetual calendar. A testament to precision and sophistication, these three new limited editions in white gold and midnight blue enamel complement the Master collection. Capturing the pure essence of femininity, the Rendez-Vous collection has been reimagined this year as part of The Art of Precision theme with elements that fully adhere to the codes of High Jewelry: the addition of a prong setting, a new vision of moon phases, the distinct character of diamonds and mother-of-pearl, and the redesign of Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibers 898B and 925A. The unveiling event was attended by Mr. Ali Behbehani, Mr. Abdulmohsen Behbehani, Mrs. Anfal Behbehani, and Ms. Amthal Marafi and Mr. Nader Iskander – JaegerLeCoultre Brand director Middle-East, India and South Africa.
Announcement of The Sultan Center’s McLaren 570 Spider October Campaign Winner The Sultan Center concluded its ‘McLaren…It’s Back’ October grand draw campaign with a special event that took place at Al Murooj on Thursday November 7, 2019 whereby The Sultan Center announced the winner of the McLaren 570 Spider in addition to hundreds of lucky shoppers who received valuable prizes. The event was attended by The Sultan Center rewards card members as well as the company’s Vice Chairman Essam Al Rifai, CEO Khadija Obla, and senior managers, including a representative from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and members of the media. The evening featured entertaining and engaging activities including live jazz music, a traditional Kuwaiti Ardaa performance, and live competitions with instant prizes while the attendees enthusiastically awaited the announcement
of the grand prize winner. CEO Khadija Obla congratulated Mr. Essam Issa for winning the grand prize by presenting him with the keys to the McLaren 570 Spider. The CEO said, “the rewards program is designed to present The Sultan Center customers with exciting marketing campaigns and always providing a pleasurable shopping experience complemented by the best quality and price.” The October McLaren promotion included hundreds of valuable prizes for customers and was available at all The Sultan Centre locations across Kuwait, while allowing the shoppers to add more points for more promotions and discounts offered by the company partners through the rewards program.
THE ALL-NEW BLAZER: ALL EYES ON YOU I am one of those people whose attention is completely captured whenever Chevrolet releases something fresh. When I learnt that they were reintroducing the Chevrolet Blazer to the market this year, I was excited and curious to see what they had done to this great model whose history goes all the way back to 1969, leaving behind a trail of acclaimed models over the years. For those who might be new to this name, the Blazer was a typical “off road” vehicle back in the day before the SUV hype caught up with us. The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer has been dabbed the trendiest SUV in the market currently, attracting both young and old buyers since it was released. I wanted to get a closer look at the vehicle to see how they had reimagined it. The 2019 version of the Blazer is available in 5 Trims namely: 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, RS and Premier. Coming from a model that has always received immense positive reviews in the past, I wanted to get a closer look to decide whether the vehicle upheld its steady progress as an outstanding SUV. After days of waiting, my team and I finally got a chance to do a test drive of Chevrolet Blazer RS (sport trim) since the vehicle is currently available under different trims. After deciding onHAWWAL the location of the test drive, we set off ON THE COVER: SHEIKHA AL (@shaikha_alhawwal) MAKEUP ARTIST: ANFAL DASHTI (@andash_mua) to have our own first-hand experience of theDIRECTED SUV. BY: JAMEEL ARIF (@jameelarif) PHOTOGRAPHY: FAHAD ALABDALI (@lightbeamq8) RETOUCHING: CPM STUDIOS
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The first feature that caught my eyes on the first look of the Chevrolet Blazer was its striking sleek body design that immediately impressed my quite choosy attention. The Blazer has managed to keep its SUV look physically while still giving it the sleek sporty look similar to those of the company’s top rating sports car, the Chevrolet Camaro. The infusion of these two features makes Blazer stand out from all other SUVs in the market. The SUV possesses a bold and athletic look even from far, with its exterior features carefully designed to reflect Chevrolet’s magnificent modern designs. Physically, Blazer satisfies the appetite of many people who prefer cars with sporty designs while still enjoy a powerful and strong look. It is definitely a car that will have people turning heads in a parking lot full of other SUVs. Its styling is something worth commending for maintaining Camaro’s legendary muscle car appearance; it is simply way cooler than its competitors. The front of the Blazer has Camaro’s lustrous design, with mind-blowingly slim and lowplaced HID headlights placed slightly above the LED daytime running lamps. The open grille between the headlamps works so well in complementing the overall boldness of the vehicle. The hood has been well stylized with the bodyline curving in as it comes up instead of going just straight back, adding to the aggressive yet cohesive look of the SUV. Blazer 24
has nice roof rails that can be fitted with cross bars to make room on the roof, just like many SUVs but still boasts of being shorter, adding up to its sporty design. The rear corner windows have a slim and trim pattern, peaking towards the end to give the car a beautiful floating roof appearance. On the rear end, the SUV does not disappoint. It is a flawless continuation of the overall cool design, with the same slim style of LED lamps. In my opinion, echoing the design and style of the legendary Camaro, the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer made the right decision since it dared the odds and introduced interesting features to the SUV market. It remains the most progressive Chevrolet crossover design theme. Its bold features clearly expressed by a wide stance, a high beltline, tight proportions and sensational sculpting. This, plus a truculent front end is complemented by a prominent character line that running along the side of the vehicle and dramatically goes up at the rear to join stylishly with a splendid roof spoiler. For those who love customization, the Blazer is adjustable to match your color preferences. The vehicle that I got to test for instance, has been customized in Kuwait, to accommodate Kuwait’s favorite color, a finishing of Black. This is therefore another advantage for those who want the freedom to choose how their vehicle looks. Another impressive thing about the Blazer is how the wheel arches are pronounced:
the standard 18-inch aluminum rims are expandable to available 21-inch wheels on the RS and Premier. Overall, the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is overflowing with styling details that appeal to the modern crossover driver. Getting inside the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer’s cabin, it is a clear reflection of the bold exterior theme with sporty cool looks. Just like its exterior, the interior, borrows a lot from the Camaro, and it looks like most of its ideas came straight from that car’s cockpit. If you are a fan of sport cars, especially the Camaro then you will definitely be impressed Blazer’s central stack of controls and oversized circular air vents that look exactly like those of the Camaro. The interior design of the Blazer is crafted to emphasize space and customer customization with a variety of styling choices available for the users for different models. The Blazer has other sporty details including a padded knee area and grab handles on the doors. The finishing and material of the door panels is one feature that impressed me as soon as I got inside the car. There is high quality leather stretching from the armrest all the way to the door. The material used transitions to a softer, glossy plastic as you get inside to the dashboard. The RS trim has an 8-inch infotainment screen and the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 interface. We already know that this system has earned lots of accolades from critics for being user
friendly through its easy and uncomplicated layout, clear graphics, responsive display as well as the popular convenient shortcut bar. In addition to those unmatched features, the system has enchanting elements such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and impressive four USB ports. The 2019 Blazer also offers other high-tech upgrades such as a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless charging, and a navigation system. The premium Bose sound system, which is arguably the best car sound system is also incorporated to the SUV, wrapping up the car’s entertainment system in style. Another interesting feature about the Chevrolet infotainment 3 system is its ability to remember different user’s preferences such as ambient lighting and audio settings. The five-seat 2019 Blazer RS is reasonably comfortable and spacious with the second row boasting of more legroom than the average midsize SUVs available in the market today. The front seats are standard and manually adjustable while the reclining second row seats that can slide to adjust space when needed. In addition to this, Blazer offers luxe options, such as perforated leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats for customers who enjoy a little more luxury. The headroom in the vehicle, which has a considerably low roofline compared to other mid-size SUVs, is surprisingly imposing, especially when it comes with a sunroof. In
terms of cargo space, the 2019 Blazer has a 30.5-cubic-feet hold, expandable to 64.2-cubic feet by folding the second row seats flat. There is an optional cargo management system also, that comes with a cargo fence as well as a floor-mounted rail system, which simplifies tasks such as loading things like backpacks and grocery bags, which I have to say is a clever feature they added up in this SUV. After feeling the exterior and interior parts of the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer RS, It was time to get the real hand-on experience with the car I had already fallen in love with. We decided that it would be selfish to go on a test drive on our own, so we decided to invite our friend, and a member of the national squash team, AlRamzi, to join us and our photography team to do the test drive. We set this for the next day and we decided to take the car all the way to Boubayan Island, located across the new Sheikh Jaber AlAhmad Al-Sabah Causeway. We agreed that this route would be good enough to help us feel test the car’s performance. I could tell that everyone in the team was as excited as I was. We couldn’t wait for the following day. Now, before I get to the experience we had with the Blazer, let me enlighten you about a few performance stats you need to know about the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer. Blazer features a standard 2.5L 4 cylinder
engine on 1LT, and a standard 3.6L V6 engine on 2LT, 3LT, RS and Premier trims. The 2019 Blazer is available with two engine choices for you; 4 cylinder and V6. Both units come with an advanced 9-speed transmission as well as feature intelligent start/stop technology which stops the engine when the power is not required. Using the Traction Select feature available on all models, drivers are able to make real-time adjustments to the vehicle’s driving mode for different road conditions. The RS and Premier trims offer a more state-of-the-art twin-clutch AWD technology that really helps optimize traction for every condition by providing great performance in wet conditions, while providing advanced stability in dry weather. All these technologies brought together mean that the Blazer delivers an excellent balance of performance and fuel efficiency. AWD Blazers come standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine while FWD models can be fitted a with a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine. The Blazer’s 3.6-liter V6 produces impressive 305 horsepower and 365 Nm of torque which is more power than most of its competitors. It is also important to note that this engine is routed via a high-tech nine-speed automatic transmission, pairing the engine and transmission in a nice way. In addition to this great engine performance prowess, the Blazer’s steering, braking, and handling are all made for daily comfort. www.cpmagazine.net
Safety wise, Chevy is known for offering one of todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most advanced safety features, and this is quite echoed by the 2019 Blazer. There are several safety options available for the Blazer such as blind spot-monitoring, rear parking sensors and rear-cross-traffic alert. More advanced safety features like 360-degree Surround Vision camera, adaptive cruise control and forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking are available for the RS and Premier trims of the Blazer. Other safety features worth noting on the Blazer are the Lane Change Alert, Rear Park Assist and a distance indicator. These safety measures integrated to its astonishing technology makes any driver comfortable of and confident of their safety when going out on the new Chevrolet Blazer. After learning all that about the Blazer, it was now time for us to experience the vehicle and decide whether all the features I have explained above are reflected in the driving experience. After settling in the car with my friend, AlRamzi, the first comment we both had for this vehicle was the fact that it was comfortable. The spacious seats as well as the ambient feel of the interior are something worth your time and money. The ignition button I also noted was placed slightly above the usual area beneath the steering wheel, making it more accessible. The interior was generally roomy and quiet, which is quite commendable. Once started, the engine sounded great and boosted our morale as we prepared for takeoff. One thing that impressed me about the blazer was how it accelerated swiftly, with almost immediate thrust and responsive shifts. It gave me the feeling of driving a powerful yet friendly beast, which in a way describes the Blazer. Overall, the ride was splendid, with the SUV handling bumps well, thanks to its suspensions that also worked to minimize body movements and brought about a steady and firm feeling while driving through different landscapes. The ride was steady and smooth even on areas of the road that were twisty, hence complementing the vehicleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outstanding handling and performance capabilities. The drive modes also worked well, changing the vehicleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s features to best handle various conditions. Its sporty appearance is also felt in the ride, working to give the SUV a solid and nimble feel. To wrap things up, I think the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is a great reintroduction to the SUV market and definitely a trendsetter in terms of how it has successfully blended the sporty look of the Camaro with the SUV capabilities to bring a cool and fresh design that has been missing in most SUVs. This one is most definitely going to be a favorite for young people.
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You can get the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer at a starting price of KD 8,999 at any Chevrolet Alghanim Showrooms, which is the official exclusive auto dealer for Chevrolet in Kuwait. With the purchase of your new Chevrolet car, you can benefit from 24/7 roadside assistance and 3 years/100,000 Km warranty To further explore the all-new Chevrolet Blazer, please visit Chevrolet Alghanim showrooms located in Safat Al Rai, Shuwaikh, sharq and Fahaheel. Visitors are welcome from Saturday to Thursday from 8:30am 12:30pm and 4:30pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8:30pm or call their customer representatives at 1800022. Alternatively, you can visit their social media handles on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube at Chevrolet Alghanim, for updates and other interesting features. www.cpmagazine.net
In this modern world of technology and its sedentary pastimes, it has never been more important to promote the value of exercise and healthy living. Together with New English School, GHARS Bilingual School, Gulf English School and Dasman Bilingual School, CP Magazine is delighted to recognise those students who actively embrace sports and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Encouraged by their teachers, these youngsters know the importance of discipline, team work and commitment as well as the lifestyle benefits of such admirable attributes. CP Magazine would like to congratulate each of the students selected for these awards as well as their schools for supporting this rewarding project.
NEW ENGLISH SCHOOL
At NES we provide all students with the opportunity to participate in competitive sports. This leads to a healthy mindset as they are all keen on trying out. We are very fortunate in that our children love to run around and exercise.
Miss Cockerill P.E. Head of Department Name: Luis Berriel Fentanes School: New English School Class: Year 4.5 What sports do you play? Rugby - Unihoc - Roller Hockey â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Football - Ski - Surf.
When did you first start playing sports? When I was 4 years old.
What has playing this sport taught you? To be a team player and to strive for a goal.
What is the secret to your success? Train alot.
What does this award mean to you? I will be very happy because there are lots of kids doing sports. 32
Name: Joseph El-Habr School: New English School Class: Year 5.1 What sports do you play? Football, basketball, bench ball & athletics.
When did you first start playing sports? When I was 5 years old.
What has playing this sport taught you? Teamwork & fair play.
What is the secret to your success? Positive mind and practicing alot.
What does this award mean to you? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m proud that all my hard work has led me to where I am today, thanks to my teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s encouragements.
Name: Lamar Al-Farouki School: New English School Class: Year 6.3 What sports do you play? Netball, Benchball, Basketball & Gymnastics.
When did you first start playing sports? When I was 7 years old, in year 3.
What has playing this sport taught you? Teamwork, being a team player and self-confidence.
What is the secret to your success? My secret to success is to focus.
What does this award mean to you? It means a lot and it shows me that I tried my best.
Name: Ganna Mohamed Aboushama School: New English School Class: Year 5.2 What sports do you play? Swimming, Unihoc, Benchball & Basketball.
When did you first start playing sports? At 2.5 Years old.
What has playing this sport taught you? Challenges & teamwork.
What is the secret to your success? Continous training, praying & eating healthily.
What does this award mean to you? To keep me looking for more awards.
Name: Adam Zaiter School: New English School Class: Year 5.4 What sports do you play? Football.
When did you first start playing sports? When I was 5 years old.
What has playing this sport taught you? To never give up.
What is the secret to your success? To train hard and work as a team to win.
What does this award mean to you? I am so happy and proud of myself because I am from the top 3 FW_CP_MagazineChildrenAward-02.pdf 1 11/18/19 11:15 AM athletes in year 5. C
Name: Ali Abdullah Alkhawaled School: New English School Class: Year 4.4 What sports do you play? Karate â&#x20AC;&#x201C; kyokushin is my main sport but i play on the school unihoc team and enjoy football, running and athletics.
When did you first start playing sports? At 5 years old.
What has playing this sport taught you? For karate, it has taught me self control, concentration, teamwork and commitment.
What is the secret to your success? Practice makes perfect but there is always something new to learn and improve on.
What does this award mean to you? Hardwork pays off and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to be recognised for my efforts.
Name: Ali Mohamed Elwi School: New English School Class: Year 4.2 What sports do you play? Soccer, Basketball & Unihoc.
When did you first start playing sports? At 3 years old.
What has playing this sport taught you? To never give up, teamwork, patience and practice.
What is the secret to your success? My secret is to learn new things every day.
What does this award mean to you? It means a lot to be 1 of the 3 people in my year group.
GHARS BILINGUAL SCHOOL
As much as we all want to be top athletes and compete with our peers on a level of excellence, we at GHARS focus on the whole person. We encourage our students to eat well, make healthy lifestyle choices and encourage a maintenance system where health and fitness play a major role in our everyday lives. The three main avenues we utilize at GHARS to encourage excellence in sport are in the fields of football, exercise, health and fitness. GHARS does not necessarily want students to be excellent in sport for the competition value, but for lifelong knowledge and understanding that health and fitness is a major goal here in Kuwait. If our students are chosen it would be amazing and something they can value for years to come.
Dr. Denise Tharps P.E. Head of Department Name: Soud Ahmad Alnami School: Ghars Bilingual School Class: 3 BLUE What sports do you play? Football.
When did you first start playing sports? 2 Years ago.
What has playing this sport taught you? How to work hard & how to lead.
What is the secret to your success? Practice.
What does this award mean to you? Keep working hard and training more. 36
Name: Yousef Alaa Al Ankar School: Ghars Bilingual School Class: 6 RED What sports do you play? Soccer.
When did you first start playing sports? Since KG 2.
What has playing this sport taught you? Teamwork.
What is the secret to your success? Hard work.
What does this award mean to you? Achievement.
Name: Yousef Abdullah Al Houti School: Ghars Bilingual School Class: 5 ORANGE What sports do you play? Swimming â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Skating â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Running Competition.
When did you first start playing sports? I started swimming at 2 and half years old.
What has playing this sport taught you? Patience/Flexibility.
What is the secret to your success? I Love What I Do.
What does this award mean to you? Encourages me to try more sports.
Name: Sultan Yousef Ahmad School: Ghars Bilingual School Class: 3 ORANGE What sports do you play? Kajukenbo.
When did you first start playing sports? 2018.
What has playing this sport taught you? How to defend myslef.
What is the secret to your success? Trust Myself And Commitment.
What does this award mean to you? It Encourages Me To Work More On Myself & Pushes Me To Continue In This Sport.
Name: Mohammad Abdulaziz Alholy School: Ghars Bilingual School Class: 6 RED What sports do you play? Football.
When did you first start playing sports? Since I was 6 years old.
What has playing this sport taught you? Co-operation.
What is the secret to your success? Hardwork/support from family.
What does this award mean to you?
It encourages me to complete my football career. C
GULF ENGLISH SCHOOL At gulf english school we believe that giving all of our students the opportunity to lead a healthy and active lifestyle is vital to their development as a student and an individual. As a school, our aim is to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle through the association of healthy food with exercise and to promote a positve outlook on healthy lifestyles and an awareness of the consequences of healthy and unhealthy choices. All of our students have the opportunity to take part in at least one hour of high quality physical education a week; each term all students have the opportunity to take part in intra-school sport through our house games and we also offer a wide range of sporting extra-curricular activities where students get the opportunity to participate for enjoyment or compete in inter-school sport.
Matthew Roach P.E. Head of Department
Name: Adam Ayman Hanafy School: Gulf English School Class: Year 6 YELLOW What sports do you play? Football /Basketball/Swimming/Tennis
When did you first start playing sports? 3 yrs old â&#x20AC;&#x201C; football & basketball /10 yrs old - tennis
What has playing this sport taught you? Teamwork & how to be athletic and healthy.
What is the secret to your success? Talent and practice.
What does this award mean to you? It is an amazing thing to be a part of.
Name: Stefan LukiÄ&#x2021; School: Gulf English School Class: Year 6 BLUE. What sports do you play? Basketball, Soccer, Running, Swimmng, Volleyball & Tennis.
When did you first start playing sports? When I was three years old.
What has playing this sport taught you? Sports taught me to be a team player and be competitive.
What is the secret to your success? The secret is to be dedicated.
What does this award mean to you? It means to me that all my hard work has paid off.
Name: Sara Othman Al Qenaei School: Gulf English School Class: Year 6 SILVER What sports do you play? Football, Basketball & Swimming.
When did you first start playing sports? I started playing when I was 6 years old.
What has playing this sport taught you? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taught me about teamwork.
What is the secret to your success? My secret to my success is to keep on listening to the teacher.
What does this award mean to you? It means a lot to me.
Name: Adin Fadi Shaya School: Gulf English School Class: Year 6 YELLOW What sports do you play? Basketball & Swimming.
When did you first start playing sports? When I was 3 (8 years ago).
What has playing this sport taught you? Teamwork & determination.
What is the secret to your success? Practice & passion for the game.
What does this award mean to you?
Motivation to keep working hard. C
Name: Aisha Yosef Smyth School: Gulf English School Class: Year 6 VIOLET What sports do you play? Gymnastics.
When did you first start playing sports? About 2 years ago.
What has playing this sport taught you? It has taught me leadership and sportsmanship.
What is the secret to your success? Practicing, trying and never giving up.
What does this award mean to you? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m over the moon to receive this award.
Name: Rayan Adel Al-Ghareeb School: Gulf English School Class: Year 6 SILVER What sports do you play? Swimming, Basketball & Football
When did you first start playing sports? When I Was 5 Years Old.
What has playing this sport taught you? It taught me if you listen to your team mate and the coach, you will do it.
What is the secret to your success? Teamwork - focus on your goal and you will get it. FW_CP_MagazineChildrenAward-02.pdf
What does this award mean to you? The award means to me that I trained hard and I got it!.
DASMAN BILINGUAL SCHOOL We have a varied curriculum that includes many sports such as gymnastics, football, basketball, volleyball, athletics, badminton and swimming. All these sports improve the physical and mental shape of our students developing skills like coordination, balancing, throwing and catching different objects, skills that they can use in their daily activities, plus swimming which is a life skill. All this in addition to personal development as humans learning to respect each other, learning to be involved to be responsible to support each other to work as a team, to be a leader all these skills building a stronger, healthier and smarter adult! Healthy lunch boxes are always praised in D.B.S., for our students is very important to understand the benefits of having a properly balanced meal that will help them stay healthy and fit!
Alin Alexandru Simionescu P.E. Head of Department FW_CP_MagazineChildrenAward-08.pdf
Name: Shaikha Ibrahim Al Fodari School: Dasman Bilingual School Class: Grade 5 - Purple What sports do you play? Swimming, Bench Ball, Volleyball, Athletics, Hockey, Horse Riding & Basketball.
When did you first start playing sports? At the age of 5 years.
What has playing this sport taught you? Patience, fun, hard work, challenge, team work, being co-operative, self confidence and respect to coach.
What is the secret to your success? To believe in myself & to focus and believe I’m capable of achieving my goals.
What does this award mean to you? I feel appreciated and honored. It’s a great push for me to achieve more. It proves I’m on the right path and doing what I love works.
Name: Ghezlan Faisal Almajed School: Dasman Bilingual School Class: Grade 3 - Aqua What sports do you play? Gymnastics, Swimming & Karate
When did you first start playing sports? 2018
What has playing this sport taught you? Flexability.
What is the secret to your success? Commitment.
What does this award mean to you? It gives me motivation to be better.
Name: Hind Abdullatif Al-Hendi School: Dasman Bilingual School Class: Grade 5 - Purple What sports do you play? Basketball & Soccer
When did you first start playing sports? Kg/5 Years Old.
What has playing this sport taught you? Co-Operation.
What is the secret to your success? Practice makes perfect.
What does this award mean to you? To have fun and pursue my dreams.
Name: Saud Abdulaziz Abdullah Al Sanousi School: Dasman Bilingual School Class: Grade 4 - Aqua What sports do you play? Soccer/Swimming.
When did you first start playing sports? At age six.
What has playing this sport taught you? I have learned to be fit and healthy.
What is the secret to your success? Training.
What does this award mean to you?
It is an addition to my achievement and is a big honor to have it. C
Name: Anesa N. Powell School: Dasman Bilingual School Class: Grade 5 - Pink What sports do you play? Gymnastic & Swimming.
When did you first start playing sports? Since I was five years old.
What has playing this sport taught you? I have learned to accept losing.
What is the secret to your success? Practice & hard work.
What does this award mean to you? It means a lot to me.
Name: Fuddah Hesham Al-Kemess School: Dasman Bilingual School Class: Grade 5 - Pink What sports do you play? Bench Ball & Hockey.
When did you first start playing sports? Grade 3.
What has playing this sport taught you? To Cooperate.
What is the secret to your success? Practice.
What does this award mean to you? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a huge opportunity and it means a lot to me.
Ultimate Italian Elegance: The Maserati Quattroporte MY19
The story of Maserati’s reign in sophisticated and stylish cars starts way back in 1963 when they launched the world’s first-ever luxury sports sedan. Although they have had a significantly impressive models throughout their 100-year spell, the 2019 Maserati Quattroporte is arguably unrivaled in the way its designers have blended elegance and athletic attitude into this masterpiece to make it the beacon for Maserati’s Italian style and heritage. The Quattroporte has elegantly embraced the virtues that made Maserati the master of Sedan Sports cars. On the outside, the exterior detailing of the Quattroporte is as distinctive and exclusive as its predecessors to say the least. The dominant, powerful nose is impressively carved around the pointed three-dimensional grille to bring about a seductive and aggressive shark-nose effect. This signature grille serves as a functional element of the car’s active aerodynamics, integrating an Air Shutter between the air vents and the radiator. MY19 offers a choice of ten body including two brand new tri-coat colors; the Rosso Potente, and the deep dark Blu Nobile, which is my personal favorite. There is also a choice of nine alloy wheels in six different designs in sizes ranging from 19 to 21-inch and new entries for the MY19 are the 20-inch Perseo and the 21-inch Atlante wheels.
It would be wayward to talk about the exterior of the Quattroporte MY19 without mentioning the adaptive full LED headlights that flaunt the front of all versions of the car. The headlights support several splendid features including Daytime Running Lights (DRL), parking and turn lights, featuring Static Bending Lights and automatic height regulation. The DRLs are horizontal with the headlamps taking a three-blade design to match the signature Maserati wing air ducts. Another imposing feature of the Quattroporte MY19 headlights is the front camera that supports the BiLed Glarefree adaptive high beam which can create a light ‘tunnel’ by lowering the beams to reduce the light shining on vehicles travelling towards you, while keeping all other zones fully illuminated. This allows the driver to maintain high beam without dazzling oncoming drivers. Getting inside the Maserati Quattroporte MY19 feels almost like entering into a luxuriously and exclusive first class lounge with natural Pieno Fiore leather and plenty of room for both the driver and passengers. The three-seat bench offers excellent legroom in the rear, and they feature ventilation and electrical movement, ensuring great relaxation during long working trips. The armrests are fitted with USB sockets and two foldaway cup holders and the seats can be fitted with individual entertainment screens. In a nutshell, the interior delivers streamlined forms, which furnish the dashboard and tunnel with a feeling of lightness. The dashboard itself features various exclusive trims, embossing the refined character of the Quattroporte. The interior is driverfriendly with a 7” TFT display for the analogue
rev-counter and speedometer. The steering wheel is leather-finished and is electrically adjustable to take care of the driver’s height and reach. The lighting inside the Maserati Quattroporte MY19 is remarkable, with an optical fibre running along the dashboard and doors to give the interior a deluxe look. The front and rear ceiling lights incorporate a diffused lighting lamp and two separate reading lights. The Quattroporte MY19 comes with the legendary MTC+ infotainment system based on a highresolution 8.4” capacitive touch screen, with updated graphics and improved Climate Control functions. The Climate control comes with an Air Sensor that prevents toxic gases and polluted air from entering the cabin. The infotainment system in the Quattroporte MY19 offers great interaction as well as compatibility with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring functions. The Siri Smart Personal Assistant can also be used in the car. MTC+ also controls the front seat heating and ventilation, the steering wheel heating and the operation of the power rear sunblind. In the case of the optional rear seat entertainment unit, the Quattroporte offers two 10.2” LCD displays. It also includes an A/V-IN connection for devices such as video game consoles, cameras, video cameras or laptops. The Quattroporte can contain optional WLAN technology that effectively turns the car into a Wi-Fi vehicle hotspot. Still on the infotainment part, Maserati has included Harman Kardon or Bowers & Wilkins Sound Systems as a standard feature throughout the entire Quattroporte range. The audio system uses a 12-channel, 900W amplifier with 10 speakers and a high-performance subwoofer, giving impressive power and sound quality. For those who love customizing their cars, Maserati provides a wide range of personalization options through the GranLusso and GranSport trim strategy. Each trim is has a combination of a vast
range of materials for the customer to choose from, including fine woods, carbon fibre, finegrain extended leather and the new full-grain Pieno Fiore leather. GranLusso trim features luxurious Ermenegildo Zegna Silk interiors, Radica open-pore wood trim on the dashboard and leather steering wheel with wood insert. It also includes additional comfort equipment like power foot pedals, power rear and rear side sunblind, four-zone automatic climate control, heated rear seat, extended keyless entry and Soft Close Doors system. The GranSport trim on the other hand an array of exclusive elements, such as the 12-way power sport leather seats, the sport steering wheel fitted with aluminum gearshift paddles and the Inox sport foot pedals. The MY19 has embraced the Pieno Fiore natural leather, which matches the car’s quality and feel. This full-grain leather is available in black, red and tan color, either with comfort or sports seats, each with a unique stitching pattern. Maserati also offers two brand new High-Gloss interior veneers for the MY19 Quattroporte, the Carbon Fibre Twill, which adds exclusivity to the cabin by conveying the idea of a deep 3D look and the luxurious, wooden Rovere Veneer, which features fine stripes with a brushed effect under the glossy top coat. In terms of performance, Maserati has not gone small on the MY19, with the top-of-the-range Quattroporte GTS flaunting a 3.8-litre V8 engine, the perfect representation of Maserati’s tradition of extreme performance. The engine produces 390kW (530hp) at 6,800 rpm and 650 Nm peak torque from 2,000 rpm to 4,000 rpm. The peak torque figure can be automatically over-boosted to 710 Nm between 2,250 rpm and 3,500 rpm. This engine enables the Quattroporte to reach 100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds and a top speed well above the 300 km/h barrier at 310 km/h. The V8 engine is boosted by two small parallel twin-scroll turbines which provide high performance while reducing inertia. The Quattroporte has two intercoolers, each mounted low and wide of the main radiators to
catch a constant supply of fresh, cool air. The engine operates in Normal, Sport and I.C.E. (Increased Control & Efficiency) driving modes. A 3.0-litre V6 engine is also available for the Quattroporte S and S Q4 versions. This engine delivers 430hp and 580 Nm peak torque between 2,250 rpm and 4,000 rpm and the maximum engine speed is 6,500 rpm. The 3.0-litre Twin Turbo V6 engine has a lot in common with the V8, including same bore dimensions, variable valve technology and very similar turbocharging, manifold and engine block technology. The engine uses high-tumble cylinder heads and four-phase variators. As on the V8, the engine uses an ECU with integral highspeed processors, which handle an array of functions in real time. The V6 also uses an innovative computer system to control the alternator, which monitors the vehicle’s electricity consumption and manages the alternator’s workload to match the need. The Maserati V6, however, features V600 architecture, instead of V900, that makes it unique. The Quattroporte S Q4 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in a remarkable 4.8 seconds while the Quattroporte S accelerates to 100 km/h in 5.0 seconds. The maximum speed is the same for both versions however; at 288 km/h. Another important similarity between the two engines that is probably worth noting is that both of them are developed by Maserati in collaboration with Ferrari. The Quattroporte Diesel engine accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 6.4 seconds, up to a maximum speed of 252 km/h. Thanks to Active Sound technology, the Quattroporte Diesel exhaust produces a characteristic Maserati sound similar to the V8 petrol engine. This is achieved through sound actuators that are fitted near the exhaust tailpipes to accentuate the engine’s most distinctive tones and modulate them accordingly, depending on the driving style. When the driver presses the Sport button on the central tunnel, the sound becomes even more resonant and utterly inspiring for a diesel – reminiscent of that of a V8 petrol engine. Quattroporte Diesel also comes with the benefits of lower emissions and lower fuel consumption, just 7.3 litres/100 km. In addition to the great engines available, all versions of the Quattroporte are fitted with the eight-speed ZF automatic transmission that ensures exceptional comfort, fast gear shifting, optimized fuel consumption and reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). The MY19 Quattroporte is fitted with a redesigned gearshift lever, which flanks an inherent, dual lane shift pattern to provide shorter travel and improved operation. Using this feature, the driver has 50
the option to use the gearbox in either automatic (RND) or manual mode (M) simply by shifting the lever from right to left, while a new ‘P’ button on top sets the transmission in parking mode. The car is set to recognize a variety of conditions, such as whether it is travelling up or downhill, braking hard or driving through a corner, and selects the best gear and the gearshift style accordingly. Touching on the technology used in the MY19, Maserati has done a commendable job to stay at the top of its rivals with this Sports Sedan car. From the Keyless Entry, Soft Close Doors and Power Boot Lid features incorporated in the car to the striking double laminated windscreens, Maserati has left very little undone in designing and developing this icon of modern luxurious sports cars. The Keyless Entry feature enables the Quattroporte to open most of its doors and compartments without necessarily using the key. The double laminated windscreens which are made from acoustic glass enable make the cabin more comfortable since they filter the type of noise that the owner prefers. Technology has also been used to the driving experience of the Quattroporte feel easy and safe. The Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) function is one of those feature meant to make driving the car safer. The feature prevents loss of car control and gives it better performance. The Maserati Stability Program (MSP) is another feature in the car that uses a wide array of sensors for early detection and intervention. If skidding is detected, the system reduces the engine’s torque output and may activate the brakes with finely varied inputs to restore the car’s stability within milliseconds. Other technological features included in this vehicle for safety and quality performance purposes include the Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Active Blind Spot Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Forward Collision Warning Plus, Advanced Brake Assist system, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Rear-view camera with dynamic lines and optional Surround view camera that uses four cameras to provide a clear 360° bird’s eye view of the car on the highresolution display. In order to further enhance high performance, The Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive System has been designed offer absolute safety and genuine all-weather capability in any road conditions. The system has been designed guarantee highest traction, torque, and comfort in all road conditions. In normal driving conditions the Q4 provides 100% of the engine torque to the rear wheels, which also optimises fuel consumption and emissions. In low-grip conditions or in the case of grip loss at the rear axle, the system reacts instantly, transferring the necessary torque to the front wheels.
The chassis of the Quattroporte is another important attribute that works to meet the performance and comfort demands of Maserati buyers while maximizing safety levels. The chassis of the MY19 is 3, 17 m long on the wheelbase at its core. This enables the Maserati to offer exceptional interior comfort and exciting handling characteristics. Despite its rather large size, the flagship Maserati sedan is remarkably lightweight, weighing 1,900 kg in V8 form while the rear-wheel-drive V6 versions weigh 40 kg less. The front of the chassis is built around an aluminium casting, with a reinforced cross-strut which helps deliver outstanding rigidity in every direction, at the same time providing maximum passenger safety for the lowest weight possible. The Quattroporte MY19 has other features for maximum comfort and safety including its Standard Skyhook suspension which are basically a racing tradition at Maserati, carried on by the Quattroporte. Brembo dual cast brakes, which feature fixed-caliper braking technology, are also worth mentioning in the MY19. These brakes have an enlarged swept area, highly efficient cooling, are designed for consistent performance in sport driving situations and are oversized to meet the demands. Other features include the Electric Power Steering and Electric Parking Brake that have both improved the carâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s handling and comfort while ensuring safety for the passengers. In conclusion, the Maserati Quattroporte MY19 has not only continued Maseratiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tradition of unequaled style and performance in the Sports Car industry but also set a pace that its rivals will have a hard time beating. The MY19 is a masterpiece, from its bold and elegant exterior and interior design to the power and athletic performance. To learn more about the Maserati Quattroporte MY19 in Kuwait, contact Maserati AlZayani through 1808010 Or visit their website: https://www.maserati.com/kw/en. www.cpmagazine.net
HĂ´tel Hermitage Monte-Carlo
A cocoon of serenity harmoniously uniting the Belle EĚ poque heritage and modernity
HĂ´tel Hermitage Monte-Carlo is a palace with exceptional heritage, proud of its history, but resolutely rooted in the 21st century. Its architecture is unique in the world, with a building listed as a Historic Monument, part of which is the sublime Eiffel cupola in the winter garden, designed by the master of metallic architecture. Since its creation, the hotel has been renovated and modernised regularly, to harmoniously unite classicism and modernity. Overlooking the Mediterranean, with one of the most beautiful views of the Rock and the Port in the Principality, it enjoy a fabulous location, close to the vibrant centre of Monaco, yet remains a haven of peace for its guests. 52
At the dawn of the 20th century, Monegasque architect Jean Marquet built an upscale and luxurious hotel, a neo-classical edifice amongst orange and olive trees facing the Mediterranean Sea. Eminent designers and artists put their stamp on the hotel’s style. The dining room, named Belle Époque, is one of the jewels of Hôtel Hermitage MonteCarlo. All by itself, it embodies the character and opulence of the establishment. The ceiling is the work of artist Gabriel Ferrier, Prix de Rome and 1889 Universal Exposition Gold Medallist who was inspired by the fresco, ‘Grâces Florentines’, by François Boucher and Jean-Honoré Fragonard. In the 1970s, André Levasseur undertook the room’s restoration, highlighting the pink marble columns, reminiscent of the Grand Trianon, amidst the crystal chandeliers. Another of the hotel’s wonders is the Jardin d’Hiver (Winter Garden). It owes its prestige to the glass conservatory created and erected by disciples of Gustave Eiffel. Its umbrella-shaped structure was emphasised in the 1970s with the addition of pastel tones, gildings and new lighting. The setting and serenity of the venue make Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo a synonym of elegance and refinement.
Its unique universe offers a perfect blend of its Belle Époque heritage and modernity, with 278 rooms, including 54 Junior Suites, 22 Suites and 12 Diamond Suites. All of these exceptional suites offer superb views of the Bay of Monaco and the Mediterranean. The interior design creates a timeless setting with noble materials and minimalist forms, soft and happy colours, bronze and matt gold. The walls are decorated with contemporary works of art.
HIGHLIGHTS: -Three universes dedicated to healthy and authentic Mediterranean gastronomy. -New in: chic brunch every Sunday in the mythical Winter Garden. - VIK service (Very Important Kids): Perfect stay to reconcile parents’ serenity and children’s happiness. - The Hôtel celebrates the end of the year with its famous Christmas tea-times in the Salle Belle Époque. - Directly accessible from Hôtel Hermitage, the legendary Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo offers cutting-edge expertise, between well-being, sport and nutrition. www.montecarlosbm.com www.cpmagazine.net
. مميز. حصري.حلو
.مع أحمد الزامل
Iced AZ Latte
Words: José Berrocoso
“My work addresses the intersection between language and abstraction”
Majid Alyousef is an award winning art and design veteran with a long experience in Arabic calligraphy and typography. His work has been featured in various galleries and institutions around the globe. Beside his interest and mastery of classical calligraphy, he also explores various methods to develop modern and abstract presentation of calligraphy, hence, he co-founded Calligraforms, a radical new movement that re-imagines calligraphy, offering abstract perspectives that draw upon the language of aesthetics, beauty, form and balance. Since early childhood Majid has been especially drawn towards the arts and creative expression. His interest began with drawing, painting and calligraphy. He followed the traditional path set by master calligraphers and was very keen on acquiring the necessary skills and techniques taught by the best. But with time, effort and enthusiasm towards innovation, he began carving his own path and setting his own trademark upon his creative work. He developed a very unique contemporary visual style that pushes the boundaries and transformed Arabic letters into a pure abstract form that can communicate with everyone even those who don’t speak Arabic. Majid has participated in several exhibitions around the world, he taught calligraphy and typography in various art institutions, universities and colleges. He continues to offer his services to internationally reputable branding and advertising agencies, working on award winning projects for design houses and corporate clients.
MASERATI ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR ALL-NEW MODELS TO BE DEVELOPED, ELECTRIFIED AND PRODUCED IN ITALY In line with FCA’s €5 billion investment program for Italy, Maserati announces its innovation plan for production, electrification and autonomous driving technologies. With regards to production, Maserati announces plans for its lineup of new and electrified products at Modena, Cassino and Turin (Mirafiori and Grugliasco). All of Maserati’s new models will be 100 percent made in Italy and will adopt hybrid and battery electric propulsion systems capable of providing both innovation and the high performance embedded in the brand’s DNA. Maserati’s all electric models will combine traditional highly appreciated Maserati driving dynamics together with next-generation battery electric technology, offering unique driving modes, extended range and ultra-fast charging capabilities.
An important step for Maserati innovation is the level of Autonomous Driving. All new Maserati including the updated current models, will offer a range of autonomous driving capabilities, starting with Maserati Level 2 enhanced Highway Assist progressing to Level 3 with hands-off offering close to full autonomy, having the ability to maneuver in and out of lanes or bring the vehicle to a safe stop at the side of the road if the driver is unable to take control of the vehicle.
values. It will be produced in the Modena plant, where major production line upgrades are also underway to accommodate its electric powertrain.
Next up will be a new Maserati utility vehicle, set to be built at Cassino and destined to play a leading role for the Brand thanks to its innovative technologies. An investment of approximately €800 million has been earmarked for the construction of the new production line, scheduled to open at the end of the first quarter of 2020. The first pre-series cars are In 2020, the Company will embark on electrification expected to roll off the line by 2021. and the Maserati Ghibli, produced in Turin, will be the first hybrid electric propulsion for the brand. After many years of success, GranTurismo and GranCabrio remain part of the Brand's roots and The first of the totally new Maserati to appear will these models will herald the full electrification era be the eagerly-anticipated sports car – packed with for Maserati. The totally New GranTurismo and technology and reminescent of Maserati’s traditional GranCabrio will be produced at the Turin production 56
hub, where FCA is investing €800 million. Production of the new models will complement that of the prestigious and continuously improving line-up of current Maserati range: Levante, Quattroporte and Ghibli. With the introduction of various product innovations, Maserati is reinforcing the importance of Italy with regards to its production — particularly Modena, which will also continue to play a strategic role as the Brand’s headquarters. Construction has already begun in Modena on a paint shop, a new feature for the plant, which will be equipped with innovative, low environmental-impact technologies. The design of the paint shop will also allow Maserati customers to watch their car being painted. Finally, Maserati is developing an entirely new customization program for customers seeking a one-of-a-kind level of exclusivity. A dedicated customization workshop will be created within the Modena plant.
The 2019-2021 FCA investment plan for Italy, announced on 29th November in Turin, includes thirteen totally new or significantly updated FCA models and electrified versions of 12 new or existing models, including the Maserati products, the recently announced all-new electric version of the Fiat 500 to be produced at Mirafiori, and a new premium vehicle for Alfa Romeo to be produced at Pomigliano. Maserati S.p.A. Maserati produces a complete range of unique cars with an amazing personality, immediately recognisable anywhere. With their style, technology and innately exclusive character, they delight the most discerning, demanding tastes and have always been an automotive industry benchmark. Ambassadors of this heritage are the Quattroporte flagship, the Ghibli sports sedan, the Levante, Maserati’s very first SUV, and the GranTurismo and GranCabrio sports cars. A range complete as never before, with petrol and diesel engines, rear and all-wheel drive, the finest materials and outstanding engineering. A tradition of successful cars, each of them redefining what makes an Italian sports car in terms of design, performance, comfort, elegance and safety.
“You can tell I grew up with Rock ‘n’ Roll in my veins.”
Zak Musawi is a successful singer/songwriter whose musical inspiration came from his childhood in New Orleans. But in this media-obsessed world, Zak knows it’s not just about music. Image, fashion and social media also play a huge role.
Photography: Hamad AlAinati @7mdphotography Directed by: Jameel Arif @jameelarif Location: House Of X @houseofx_kw
Hi Zak! We last interviewed you in 2012 and it was a very daring photo shoot. How was your experience? Yes, I remember that shoot! Fun times at what used to be the Hard Rock Kuwait. It was great from what I remember. The place was all ours, the photographer was a friend of mine, and I was surrounded by Rock & Pop culture memorabilia.
Now, tell us a little bit about yourself - your background, education etc.
Well, I grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana till my middle school years, that’s when I came back to Kuwait. I attended NES before joining ASK for high school and eventual graduation. Naturally, I headed back to the US for university and attended Loyola University in New Orleans, since it was more like home. But I had to switch uni due to my major in Mass Communication so I attended and graduated from Murray State University in Kentucky.
How did you get interested in music?
Very early on! Growing up in New Orleans, the birth place of Jazz & Blues, you cannot help but be surrounded by it on every street corner and every bar/café in the city. MTV has a huge part in that as well (back when MTV played music videos). Rock ‘n Roll was king back then.
We’ve been hearing a lot about you and your music and we notice you’re starting to gain a lot of attention. How does it feel?
It feels great! This is what I have been working for all these years. It has not been easy though. It takes a lot of time and effort and a lot of sacrifices have to be made. But it was my dream to become a musician just like those I saw on MTV and that’s what had to be done to achieve that.
How has the singer-songwriter scene evolved since you started?
It has grown immensely. I started to do what I do way back when no-one else was doing it. Before Instagram, before Snap Chat and before Facebook! Word of mouth was all we had back then. Now, I notice the musicians are coming out of the woodwork and it’s no longer taboo to be playing guitar. There are no longer looks of confusion or disgust when passers-by see us at an event. In fact, it’s the contrary. I am so pleased to see this happen here. We need it. We need more of it.
What does it take to be a singer/songwriter today?
Technology has changed the game. Today, the singing and the songwriting alone might not be enough. Image, social media presence and fashion play a huge role in defining artists these days. A while back, musicians actually had to have a bit of musical talent, like play an instrument or really have a defining voice to make it. Today, a few apps or programs can create so much with a few finger swipes. In my opinion, it takes a bit of both - real talent and technological help to make it today.
Beyond song craft, what other skills, technical or otherwise, does today’s singer/songwriter need to cultivate?
It’s necessary to ask the inspiring musician what his main goal is, money or critical acclaim? You have to have technical skills in today’s cut throat music business. Most young musicians I see today, spend hours and hours behind a computer or a drum loop machine or some other new gadget. Old-school musicians would spend hours and hours with their beloved instrument, trying to perfect their craft. It’s more intimate that way. But the world is changing, whether you like it or not, and that’s why you need a bit of both. You need technical skills but also, to be the real deal, with real talent to back it up if the computers shut down.
What kind of music do you listen to?
Honestly, nowadays I don’t listen to much! I do enjoy the radio because it gives me a quick idea of what’s hip in today’s music scene, from different new artists to different styles of music. The market is so over saturated with new sounds and artists, it’s hard to keep up. But, I’m a Rock ‘n Roller at heart, so that’s my go-to feel good vibe.
What is your day-to-day life like these days?
Very busy and hectic, but fun! In order to be recognized and hopefully loved for your craft, you’ve got to work, work, work! Most days I’m gigging or playing a show anywhere they let me. Hence why most people say to me: ‘I’ve seen you somewhere, right?’
When you sing in your mind, what do you hear?
I usually close my eyes certain times while singing and belting out loud. It varies from song to song. Some songs I really live each word that is sung. Others, I concentrate on certain notes that to me, must be hit just right to get maximum adoration. Some notes are really hard to hit!
Who are your musical inspirations?
Anyone who knows me knows I’m the biggest Bon Jovi fan. Jon Bon Jovi has changed my life with his music and as I delved more into his personal life, he changed me even more by being the great humanitarian and philanthropist he is. Richie Sambora, the Bon Jovi guitarist was one of the main reasons I picked up a guitar. I never thought I could be Jon, leading a rock band, but I thought, I can definitely be a Richie! Obviously there are many, many other inspirations like Def Leppard, Guns N’ Rose’s and Pearl Jam. You can tell I grew up with Rock ‘n’ Roll in my veins.
If you could perform anywhere in the world, where would it be? I hear Coachella is pretty nice!
Do you prefer playing bigger venues or smaller, more intimate ones? That’s a good question. I have to say, both. Being from here, we don’t have that many big venues to play, so mostly I’m known for my café gigs and more intimate shows. I love them. I get to meet the fans one-on-one; have a real conversation with them, shake their hands and take selfies all night long. But I won’t lie to you, nothing beats the adrenaline feeling of performing to thousands and thousands of screaming fans.
You have just released your new single, how does it feel? What inspired the song? Yes, Nvr Let M3 Go! I’m so excited about this one. It’s a complete departure, musically and lyrically from what I’m known for, but that’s what I love about the song. Every artist has to push his own boundaries and not stay in his comfort zone too long. This song is a collaboration with a young, talented Kuwaiti rapper, EL3MENT. The boy’s got flow and his vibe is contagious. You all will love this one! Nvr Let M3 Go was written probably three years ago. I was very influenced by the emerging Synth and EDM sound in music today and wanted to write something very radio friendly. I tried many times to record it unsuccessfully, but the third time was the charm I think.
What’s your songwriting process? I usually come up with a musical ‘hook’ first, a chorus so to speak. Then I try to put lyrics to it once I believe the music is ready. My process is more organic though. I like things to flow naturally and not force myself to sit down and finish the song. If it comes, it comes. If it doesn’t, leave it for another time.
Do you have any standout/strange/funny gig moments? Performing outdoors, you're always open to the unknown. Not so much funny, but recently I was performing for a VIP dinner event outdoors on a huge balcony on the 14th floor of a high rise building. Needless to say, the wind was not kind to us. Mid-way through the show, the wind picked up and there was flying gourmet food everywhere! People dressed up in their finest clothes ended up leaving with tiramisu all over them.
What are you working on now and where do you feel your music is headed? Right now, I am finalizing my second full length album. Recording, mixing and mastering a 10-track album is quite hard work, especially here where the industry is still in its infancy. Yes, we have studios, but not all studios here are familiar with Westernized music. So finding the right people to work with is essential, and hard to find locally. Luckily, I found amazing people to work with, it just takes longer than usual to get all related parties in one place at the same time. To speak frankly, the internet opened up so many possibilities. I feel my music and the production elements I am investing in are targeting a worldwide, international audience. Nowadays, it's doable to target that with the help of the internet. So I’m going worldwide!
Everybody needs time out. What do you do in your free time? I’m a homey kind of person. If I’m not gigging or playing at an event somewhere, you’ll probably catch me at home, Netflix and Chilling.
How can people find you and follow you online? I’m on most social media platforms so you can follow me on: Instagram, Twitter & Snap Chat - @zakmusawi Facebook - @iamzakmusawi YouTube – Zak Musawi Also, you can visit my website for my latest news and shows at: www.zaklive.com
What advice would you give to an aspiring singer-songwriter? Keep trying! I have been rejected so many times. I almost contemplated quitting this whole music thing and just working at a bank or something. Growing up I wanted everyone to love me and my music but that’s impossible - even the best of the best have haters. So keep practicing and keep perfecting your skill no matter what it is, and always try to perform infront of people who don’t know who you are. Friends and family can be biased, they will love whatever you do. But the general public will let you know if you're on the right course, or far from it.
Your message for us at CP magazine: I can only do a follow up interview with people I love and I love you all at CP magazine! My first ever cover shoot was with you and you never forget your first!
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BY: YASMEEN AL-SALEM
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BLAZER IS YOUR QUICKEST WARDROBE UPDATE Sandra Carina
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THE PORSCHE 718 CAYMAN GTS:
Quicker And More Efficient Than Before. A Porsche Weekend With The 718 Cayman GTS.
Featuring: Arumi Al-Mutawa @arumi.almutawa Brand: Porsche 718 Cayman GTS. @porschecentrekuwait Photography by: Hamad AlAinati @7mdphotography Directed by: Jameel Arif @jameelarif Assistance: Abdullah Shakeel @abdullah_shkl Locations: DHAI COMPLEX @dhaicomplex & BOULEVARD KUWAIT @Boulevardq8
So it finally came, the weekend we have all been waiting for. This time it was a test drive with the amazing Porsche Cayman GTS; everyone was so eager for a chance to feel the experience in this magnificent beast of a car. Simply put, we were all thrilled that the chance was finally here, being the type of people who are always immensely captivated by every Porsche vehicle. Once again, the Porsche Centre Kuwait, Behbehani Motors Company, came through; only today, it was the 718 Cayman GTS model. This is one of those sports cars that oozes both class and style combined with a performance at par with very few ever built. The company was generous enough to give us four days with this elegant beast. We had the opportunity to take the car out for a test drive and write about the experience. First, we made the trip around the Gulf Road and then around the Salmiya area, and it was nothing short from excellent. Ayumi AlMutawa, our colleague, was very smitten and wanted to try this amazing beast the next day. Our photography team, headed by Hamad AlAinati took the opportunity to capture the beautiful experience. On this material day, Ayumi started her day with the car, making the first stop at Boulevard mall to meet some friends at the café. From there, she took it for a morning cruise downtown through the gulf road, feeling the sunset before coming to a rest along the beachfront.
Exterior Design The first mark of elegance was the shiny ‘Graphite blue’ trim on the chassis with its magnificent reflection in the morning sun, which made a pleasant sight to behold on the streets from the oceanfront. This trendy trim is the go-to color to complement the Porsche 718 Cayman GTS sporty outlook, especially in the streets of Kuwait. Also available for the test drive was the silver color. Other colors available for the 718 GTS model include the lava range, chalk, Miami blue, carmine red, the GT silver metallic, grey metallic, blue metallic, racing metallic as well as the traditional white black and red trims in case you may want to try out. The sporty chassis design in the 718 Cayman GTS model is also an improvement from the immediate predecessors. The new chassis features a completely retuned compact model that allows for an even dynamic cornering capability while retaining comfort behind the wheel at the same time. This is made possible with the combination of the Porsche Stability Management (PSM), the reinforced break as well as the multi-collision braking system. The introduction of 72
an optional 718 Cayman S PASM sports suspension with a 20mm lower ride height option also makes the GTS stand out among sports cars of the same design when it comes to maneuverability. Visually, the GTS stands out from the other 718 models thanks to the new Sport Design front apron. As is typical for GTS models, the front light modules and the Bi-Xenon headlights are black-tinted. At the rear of the vehicle, the tinted tail lights, black logos, black rear apron and centrally positioned black sports tailpipes of the standard sports exhaust system give the GTS its unique appearance. Black GTS logos on the doors and 20-inch wheels painted in black complete the side view. This seamless and comprehensive design simply oozes class on the move. Another eye-catching safety feature is the extended assistance systems at the drivers’ disposal. The car, for instance, could automatically break albeit moderately at the exceeding of a preset speed, slowing the car automatically when on a downhill run. The 718 Cayman GTS is further equipped with a warning assistant that monitors traffic with sensors fitted on the mirrors and which alerts the driver of traffic approaching on a blindspot. With such instruments at the driver’s disposal at all times, safety standards are thus guaranteed with this new model
Interior Design The interior of the 718 Cayman GTS is totally on another level altogether when it comes to class and luxury altogether. The GTS models feature Sports seats Plus with Alcantara seat centres. The steering wheel rim, shift lever and armrest are also covered with Alcantara, as is the roof lining in the 718 Cayman GTS. This complements the classy feel and texture as well as the already established luxurious interior of the previous models.
Furthermore, the GTS model boasts of a new Porsche Communication Management system as an additional improvement from the previous models. This new feature includes support for infotainment and connectivity to allow the user to interact more efficiently without interruptions while driving. The components of this system include a mobile preparation to allow for mobile communication and connectivity during a ride. Additionally, it boasts of a range of audio interfaces and a 150-watt audio power Sound Package in a redesigned panel, which enhances the driving experience both for the driver and their passenger â&#x20AC;&#x201D; riding in such a highly interactive and entertaining environment is a plus when it comes to supplementing the luxury inside the car. Even without USB ports as common in most cars of the same type, the GTS model has a connect module with wireless connectivity. Voice control is also availed in the navigational module for interested buyers, thus making it easy to enter destinations when driving. Online functionality is also enabled with the connect plus module, enabling WI-FI and internet access. Thus, journeys seem short even when driving over extensive periods. Moreover, customers would feel comfortable the moment they resume a ride, giving them an experience of a lifetime.
Engine and Performance After a careful examination of the external and internal features of the 718 Cayman GTS, it was time to power this baby up and check out its capabilities. Perhaps the greatest improvement in the new Porsche Cayman 718 GTS is the engine. The powerful rev when powered up and even when on idle hints at a better engine capacity as compared to the predecessors. Just so you get a clue about the 718 Cayman GTS new performance statistics, it is worth noting that this lean sporting machine boasts of a The 2.5-litre, four-cylinder turbo flat engine with a redeveloped intake
duct and optimised turbocharger now delivers 269 kW (365 hp). Fuel economy is well catered for with the flat engine consuming around 9.0â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8.2 litres per 100 Kilometers. This is very impressive considering the high reliability of the gentle monster as soon as it hits the tarmac.
The new 718 Cayman GTS engine also boasts of increased torque, delivering up to 420 Nm to the crankshaft at engine speeds ranging from 1,900 and 5,500 rpm. This extra gain would definitely be felt in this new car as it allows the driver to enjoy a better torque at all speeds, requiring less effort on their part to control the car. The increase in performance is made possible thanks to a redeveloped intake duct with greater volume as well as an optimised turbocharger with variable turbine geometry (VTG) and increased boost pressure. Instead of a maximum boost pressure of 1.1 bar as seen in the 718 S, the optimised single turbocharger with VTG and a larger compressor pushes the air into the combustion chambers with a pressure of up to 1.3 bar. This means that the high torque plateau begins even at a low engine speed of 1,900 rpm and remains at the maximum value all the way to 5,000 or 5,500 rpm. During the test drive, the 718 Cayman GTS was also surprisingly fast when it comes to turbocharging reaction times as compared to the previous models of the 718 Cayman. The variable turbo geometry (VTG) in the powerful 718 Cayman GTS engine allows for optimum efficiency in use through adjustable vanes that control exhaust gas steam. This was made possible by the focus on achieving a higher level of engine responsiveness by the manufacturers in tuning the turbocharging process. The vehicle is able to attain such effectiveness with the alternation of two driving throttles in the ignition timing, the Sport and Sport Plus modes. Alternating these two allows the driver to attain maximum torque with ultimate efficiency. Another noticeable feature in the 718 Cayman GTS is the Dynamic www.cpmagazine.net
Boost function. This new function allows the driver to maintain the throttle even when the pedal is released, which allows the driver to apply quick throttle alternations with no decrease in the engine response, as was noticed in the test drives both by Ayumi and me. In addition to the Dynamic Boost function, one will notice that the 718 Cayman GTS is equipped with a Sport Response Button comparable to that of the previous 911 models. This is combined with a Sport Chrono Package with the PDK gearbox located in the middle of the program switch. Additionally, there is a Sport Plus mode, which is used to initiate shifts in the gear to allow for better performance in action. Another interesting development with the model is that the gear in the 718 Cayman GTS is a manual six-speed transmission system as a standard. However, Porsche Centre Kuwait, Behbehani Motors Company, made a point to inform us that there was an option for a seven-speed transmission gear. Surprisingly, the sports beast was found to be excellent with fuel efficiency, even incorporating a system that shuts off the engine as the car coasts to a stop. As far as the engine optimization packages go, it turns out that the 718 Cayman GTS modelsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; developers were keen to enhance its sporting properties to no limits. On the dashboard is installed a program switch with several optional choices. Among the instruments cluster menu available for the driver is the auto start and stop functions, a Sport Response button in the program switch for cars with PDK gearboxes for overtaking maneuvers. Also, there is a feature for a rear spoiler to counter challengers behind the car in a race. The Sport Chrono Package that comes as an option further pushes the racing potentials of this elegant masterpiece of a car.
Verdict The 718 Cayman GTS is no doubt one of the most formidable among the sports cars of the year. This magnificent racing beauty combines both power, elegance, and safety to make any sports car lover's dream come true. From the super comfortable interior, the elegant beauty and quality of the exterior, and the excellent performance parameters incorporated in designing as well as the efficiency and sporting capabilities, this car oozes pure class and luxury like no other. The customization options available with this model as well as the efficiency it affords the user again proves just how much the Porsche company cares for its customers as well as its mastery of the client needs as it has always done over the years, and which make it the go-to company when it comes to luxury sport cars.
The 718 Cayman GTS is one investment that is more than a car, and by all parameters at its level. For all the cents it might cost, there is no doubt your value is guaranteed with this acquisition. Whether it is for regular travel and use, sporting and racing activities, or luxury engagements, this is one car you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like to miss in your collection of luxury masterpieces and will be for a long time to come.
AL THUMAIRI SOUQ
TRADITIONAL SHOPPING TOUR IN THE HISTORICAL PART OF RIYADH
If you ever visit Riyadh, the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, try to find time to visit Al Thumairi Souq. Here, you will find traditional Arabic clothes, hand-crafted fine carpets and, of course, Arabic gold jewellery. This authentic and old souq is located in the historical part of city, by Masmak Fort in the Al Diraiyah area.
negotiation for the best choice and best price. Definitely, you will return there again and again. There are small and beautifully decorated carpets which are an excellent choice for a unique gift from the Middle East.
Women’s fashion is all around and you can find bright Jalabiyas. A great choice is Jalabiya Shop number 10/14. The next shop These little cosy streets are dramatic when the sun goes down sells Moroccan motifs and the next sells decorations, while the and a slight desert dust is in the air. Small shops welcome you to smell of Arabian perfume is everywhere in the dusty air. discover 100% pure pashmina colourful scarves – a reminder that the desert winter is slowly coming around in the Arabian region. These days in Riyadh the abaya fashion line has become so colourful! A pure Arabian abaya is a great memory from your Exploring the souq can often bring a big discovery. For example, travels in Saudi Arabia, a souvenir from the heart of the desert – in the heart of Saudi Arabia in the local market, salesmen are and it is no longer only in black! speaking the Russian language! Carpet shop number 13 has a wide selection of antique carpets, kilims, silk carpets, Afghan Small souq streets will host you with the lovely taste of hot carpets, Persian, Caucasian and Turkoman carpets. You can Arabic coffee and sweet sticky dates. While drinking coffee, you spend time choosing your favourite carpets with an enjoyable can discover another part of the souq – the Gold Market with 76
bracelets, necklaces and rings with bright shades of 24 carat gold. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impossible to only choose one item! Six bracelets look dramatic on the wrist and show you enjoyed the real Arabic style of shopping! A recommendation for the nearest hotel stay is Four Points by Sheraton in the Imam Faisal Turki area. On the way to the hotel you can discover the district of fabrics. Many shops have a vibrant selection of pure silk or organza and many other beautiful fabrics. Stop by Alkatri of Fabrics Shop and you can create your own collection for the next fashionable season. Travel in style and always discover new places to explore, such a Thumairi Souq in Riyadh. www.cpmagazine.net
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR EYELASH EXTENSIONS Riyadh based Professional Lash Maker @starlashes_riyadh gives CP Magazine readers the most important recommendations about how to care for and save your extended lashes. Lash extensions are beautiful, practical and popular. It’s convenient to wake up in the morning and not waste time painting on mascara – something that requires a lot of attention! Extended eyelashes need correction only every 2-3 weeks (although they forbid you to sleep on your tummy) and they look awesome, making your eyes visually larger. However, in order for eyelashes to serve you faithfully, you need to properly care for them.
So what do you need to know about the care of extended lashes?
5. For washing, use only water-based gel products.
Basically, in the first 24 hours after your eyelash extensions, avoid direct contact with water (this may dissolve the glue or ruin the durability). In the first 48 hours it’s not good to visit a sauna or a solarium. Also, forget about anything associated with high humidity and temperature. After 48 hours you can swim, bath or visit the sauna as much as you like!
6. Do not curl your eyelashes with eyelash curlers - they will break!
These are the rules for daily care of extended eyelashes: 1. Avoid lying face down on a pillow while sleeping. 2. Do not use mascara. False eyelashes do not usually need tinting. But if you really want to, choose a water-based mascara which must be applied from the middle of the eyelashes to the tips. A waterproof mascara will only harm your eyelashes and solutions for removing waterproof makeup can completely dissolve the glue. 3. Try not to touch your lashes with your hands and do not run your fingers along them. This can cause your extended eyelashes to break, be damaged or fall off. 4. Do not use oily cosmetics or those which contain oils. Oils are the main enemies of the glue on which your extended eyelashes are held. If oils do not dissolve the glue, they will significantly weaken its resistance.
Life hacks In addition to the basic rules for the care of extended eyelashes, there are also methods contributing to the preservation of the appearance of eyelashes, which are essential to know: Use a micro-brush for your eyelashes, this can come in handy to maintain the appearance of the glue. A brush will help eliminate bonding between each hair and assist in fluffing-up your eyelashes. But use it carefully without affecting the eyelash growth line (where the glue is). You can use special tools that protect eyelash glue from negative environmental impact. Use special nutritional tonics to strengthen and maintain the health of natural eyelashes. These are available for purchase and very easy to use. With a thin brush, you can gently apply the product along the line of eyelash growth. And, of course, do regular eyelash extensions on time! www.cpmagazine.net
PRE-OWNED FERRARI 488 SPIDER: THE PERFECT BLEND OF CLASS AND VALUE
Featuring: Fatma Al-Othman @othmania Brand: Ferrari 488 Spider @ferrarialzayanikuwait Photography by: Hamad AlAinati @7mdphotography Directed by: Jameel Arif @jameelarif Assistance: Abdullah Shakeel @abdullah_shkl Outfits: Fitness VS Fashion @_fitness_vs_fashion Makeup & Hair: View Studios @alrumaihbeauty @view.studios
They say that the cars we drive say a lot about us, and nothing says rich and cool louder than a Ferrari. There is really no need to get into details about the thousand-and-one reasons why a Ferrari should be your ultimate dream car. Last week, as usual, we had a chance to test drive a car; only this time it was not just any other car but a Ferrari! Unlike other test drives, this one was unique since the Ferrari that our friends from Kuwait Automobile & Trading Co. had invited us to test was pre-owned. Fatima, a colleague of mine agreed to accompany us to this rare experience. The dealers agreed to lend the car to us for the day and we took off to the highway together with the crew. The car we were going to test was the Ferrari 488 Spider, which is one of the models under the ongoing history of open-top v8 sports cars by Ferrari.
This beast delivers 670 cv at 8,000 rpm with a specific power output of 172 cv/l, maximum torque of 760 Nm in seventh gear and a throttle response time of just 0.8 seconds at 2000 rpm in third gear. The Ferrari 488 Spider has an enticing exterior design with a fully electric retractable metal roof that folds away in 14 seconds and at speeds of up to 30mph. Our test car had been fitted with an optional titanium exhaust to add to its already bold feel. Inside the two seat cockpit, the Ferrari is stylish, with most of the controls such as lights, wipers, indicators, suspension adjustment and starter button and all located on the steering wheel itself, reflecting the style of a Formula One car. The car has two digital screens, can display almost everything from your speed to the navigation and stereo info by switching between the various menus. The separate air-conditioning controls are located in the centre of the dashboard making them very easy to access.
Before I share my experience and verdict on the pre-owned Ferrari 488 Spider, I feel it is important that I share a few facts about Preowned Ferrari cars. For a long time, most people have shied away from buying new Ferraris due to the price, while others have their concerns when it comes to buying preowned ones. There is a lot to be afraid of when buying a pre-owned vehicle since there are some dealers may sell defective cars to unsuspecting buyers. With Ferrari however, they have stepped in to guarantee their customers that they should have nothing to worry about when they purchase a pre-owned Ferrari car. Apparently, buying a pre-owned Ferrari from their official dealers in Kuwait and other countries has been improved so that customers can enjoy deluxe services and benefits that will guarantee utmost security and peace of mind. Those purchasing Ferraris registered within the last 14 years will now enjoy technical inspection by the skilled Ferrari technicians at Kuwait Automobile & Trading Co, Roadside assistance of up to 24 months; covering the cost of parts and labor for major repairs, a presale preparation of the exterior and interior as well as a 24 month warranty period. To get your mind at ease, a
Ferrari Approved car undergoes a hundred and ninety individual checks before being licensed. This is to guarantee the buyer of a maximum Ferrari experience. My experience with the Ferrari was outstanding. The engine of the car did not disappoint during the test, delivering a blistering performance together with high revs, sharp responsiveness, strong acceleration even at high speeds and my favorite part: The seductive soundtrack which makes the 488 Spider sound exactly like a V8 Ferrari should. The basic driving position of the 488 Spider is comfortable and still offers great visibility for the driver which to me was exceptional given the fact that it is a low and wide mid-engined car. For a preowned car, this one was is definitely in a class of its own, and there is not even a tiny flaw in the carâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appearance or performance that would set it apart from a brand new one; in my opinion, driving a pre-owned Ferrari car is just as comfortable and lucrative as riding a brand new one. For full details, about these and more benefits, contact or visit Kuwait Automobile & Trading Co.
GENERAL KNOWLEDGE QUIZ
1. Which is the largest country in the world which has no permanent river systems?
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2. Which city was Odysseus trying to return home from in Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey?
3. Who was British prime minister at the outbreak of the Second World War with Nazi Germany? 4. Which famous singer starred as Argentinian first lady Eva Peron in the 1996 film, Evita?
5. In which modern-day country is Mt. Ararat, the rumoured landing site of Noah's Ark? 6. Uther Pendragon was the father of which leader from British and Celtic legend?
7. Reloaded and Revolutions were the second and third movies in which series by the Wachowski siblings? 8. Which Germanic people from northern Europe sacked Rome in
ANSWERS: 1.ABIDE, 2.CLOAK, 3.HERMIT, 4.SOOTHE, 5.DEFINE, 6.OOMPH
455 CE, giving their name to a modern word for an individual who destroys or damages property?
9. Luzon and Mindanao are the two most populated islands in which
TEST YOUR VOCABULARY
South-East Asian nation?
Can it be treachery that you fear again, after the gods’ great oath I swore for you?’. In this sentence, treachery means:
10. Which Zach Snyder movie of 2006 is a fictional depiction of the Battle of Thermopylae between the Greeks and the Persians in 480 BCE?
the act of turning as if on an axis
an act of deliberate betrayal
11. Wilhelm Röntgen discovered which form of electromagnetic radiation in 1895, now regularly used to visualise hard structures within the human body?
a loud and disturbing noise
the act of physically harming
12. Which German word is often used in English to mean pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune?
The noun treachery comes from the Old French word trechier, “to cheat.” Many a corrupt government or dictator has been accused of treachery: deceiving the people and abusing their trust. Greed is a common cause of treachery — with the promise of wealth, people can be tempted to betray their country and even their loved ones, as new celebrities find out when their best friends sell embarrassing secrets to the tabloids.
13. Tarsiers, Galagos and Guenons are animal groups within which
ANSWER: b. Treachery is trickery, cheating, and deceit, like the treachery of your former friend who only stuck around until he stole your girlfriend and turned the whole grade against you.
14. Which major Russian city lies at the head of the River Neva on the
wider Order of mammal?
Gulf of Finland, an arm of the Baltic Sea?
15. Who was the pilot of the Apollo 11 command module, remaining
in the craft whilst Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin descended to the moon in the Eagle lander?
16. Which British actor starred in the romantic comedies Notting Hill, Love Actually and Four Weddings and a Funeral?
A river flows west to east and on the way turns left and go in a semi-circle round a hillock, and then turns left at right-angles. In what direction is the river finally flowing? B. South
18. Apart from the USA and Canada, which is the only country in mainland North America to speak English as its primary language?
19. Which religion was founded by Siddhārtha Gautama, the son of a 20. Ian Lazenby and Timothy Dalton were the 2nd and 4th men, respectively, to portray which international secret agent?
ANSWERS: 1.Saudi Arabia, 2.Troy, 3.Neville Chamberlain, 4.Madonna, 5.Turkey, 6.King Arthur, 7.The Matrix, 8.The Vandals, 9.The Philippines, 10.300, 11.X-Rays, 12.Schadenfreude, 13.Primates, 14.St. Petersburg, 15.Michael Collins, 16.Hugh Grant, 17.Stephen King, 18.Belize, 19.Buddha, 20.James Bond
Shining and The Shawshank Redemption?
local chief in modern-day northern India or Nepal?
17. Who wrote the novels that inspired the movies Misery, Carrie, The
HOROSCOPES (March 21 - April 19)
(July 23 - August 22)
As you enter November, the sun and retrograde Mercury are in Scorpio. You’re uncovering hidden information and reevaluating important financial, personal, and intimate relationships. Your ruler Mars is in Libra and Venus is in Sagittarius early in the month, highlighting international connections, long-distance relationships, or the need for balance between freedom and security in connections. This process peaks with the Taurus full moon on November 12, bringing huge choices and enticing opportunities, and at least one that’s worth exploring. As long as you don’t compromise your values, you won't go too far wrong. A leap of faith will be rewarded. Mars enters Scorpio on the eighteenth, Mercury stations direct two days later, and the sun enters Sagittarius two days after that, ushering in a dense, transformative, and liberating period of astrology through the end of November.
(April 20 - May 20)
TAURUS You’re in a new relationship cycle as you enter November and in the process of making deeper discoveries and reevaluating relationships and events that began to unfold in October. Life is evolving profoundly, as are you and your relationships. You’re learning your desires and needs for greater intimacy, security, support, and teamwork, and making valuable discoveries. Keep the channels of communication open and you can reach a deeper understanding. The Taurus full moon on November 12 puts you in the spotlight, with growing demands on your time. Lucrative opportunities are arising, relationships are healing and changing, and you have emotional and financial support. As Mars enters Scorpio on the eighteenth, partnerships are heating up, and you’re learning important information that turns things around. But avoid making any life-changing decisions until Mercury turns direct two days later.
(May 21 - June 20)
GEMINI You’re in a healing process as you enter November. Your ruler Mercury is retrograde and traveling with the sun in Scorpio, so this is a chance to reevaluate your daily habits, health, routines, work, and life, allowing you to experience deeper fulfillment daily and bring about a powerful transformation. With Venus in Sagittarius and Mars in Libra, your creative, financial, romantic, and sexual relationships are highlighted. You can deepen bonds with teamwork, freedom, compromise, and space to grow. The Taurus full moon on November 12 is a time to move inward for introspection and to rest, reflect, and recharge. Mercury stations direct on the twentieth, bringing forward movement in a work project or area of your life that has felt stalled. Pace yourself and listen to your body and then you won’t break down.
(June 21 - July 22)
CANCER October marks the beginning of a new cycle that sees you growing in a sense of inner peace, harmony, and security. Family and domestic matters are calling for your attention this month. This is a chance to confront the past honestly, make peace, and leave it behind as you create a new future. What does security mean to you? What was your childhood like? Were you encouraged to reach for your ambitions? Did you feel safe? As the Aries full moon aligns on October 13, a professional situation comes to light asking for careful balance with a domestic situation. Avoid passiveaggressive behavior, keeping the peace to maintain the status quo, or rebelling for the sake of it, and become aware of the patterns you don’t wish to repeat. This is a turning point in your life of feeling a deeper sense of belonging and security, allowing you to make choices you can live with as you chase your passion and highest goals.
You’re in a Scorpio new moon cycle, growing in your sense of security and belonging, emotionally as well as with family, and finding a sense of belonging in the world. But with Mercury currently retrograde, it calls for a conscious confrontation with the past, insecurities, childhood trauma, and/or painful experiences that have shaped your expectations. Then they won’t overshadow your present and all that is hopeful and blossoming. With Mars in Libra and Venus in Sagittarius (approaching Jupiter), you’re in an extremely creative phase and becoming aware of your true desires. Believe in yourself and your creative vision, and dare to have honest, heartfelt conversations. As the Taurus full moon aligns on November 12, a professional situation comes to light. What do you need to feel appreciated, respected, and recognized? What do you need to feel comfortable and confident and let your inner light shine? This is not just about success. It’s about your authenticity, too.
(August 23 - September)
VIRGO With the sun in Scorpio, November brings you to a new communication cycle, but with your ruler Mercury currently retrograde, you’re revisiting conversations from last month and learning previously hidden information and reevaluating recent choices, decisions, and beliefs. Mars is in Libra and Venus is in Sagittarius, and it comes down to your values, what security means to you. Consciously release resentments and perceptions, and keep the channels of communication open. Then you can learn a deeper truth and make informed decisions that bring about a transformation. The Taurus full moon on November 12 reveals the road ahead. Be honest and you can renegotiate arrangements so they offer you greater security and freedom. Mars enters Scorpio on the eighteenth, and Mercury stations direct two days later. The truth about something is finally sinking in, and you’re ready to move ahead with a deeper understanding of recent events.
(September 23 - October)
LIBRA As you enter November, the sun and retrograde Mercury are in Scorpio, and you’re in the process of reevaluating recent developments and important personal and financial commitments. Who calls the shots in your life? With Mars in Libra and your ruler Venus in Sagittarius, it boils down to clear, honest communication about what you want for yourself and in your relationships. This begins with honesty with yourself about what you value. A situation peaks with the Taurus full moon on November 12, allowing you to get back in the driver’s seat and make choices that work for you and all you care about. As Mars enters Scorpio on the eighteenth, followed by Mercury’s direct station in Scorpio two days later, commitments are deepening. When the sun enters Sagittarius two days after that, you’re ready to have honest conversations about what you want.
(October 23 - November)
SCORPIO Happy birthday, Scorpio! You’re in a personal new cycle this month, evolving, shedding skin, and revealing yourself. With Mercury currently retrograde in your sign, you’re in a process of redefining yourself and your identity. And with Mars in Libra, this is likely a process unfolding beneath the surface, marking a deeply introspective phase even if on the surface you’re moving about life as usual. As you acknowledge secret desires, subconscious fears, and relationship patterns, you can make conscious choices moving forward. This situation peaks as the Taurus full moon aligns on November 12, bringing one-to-one relationships to light. Acknowledge your feelings and desires (especially the hidden ones), at least to yourself. Once Mars enters Scorpio on the eighteenth, followed by Mercury’s direct station two days later, you’re stepping into your power and ready to make definitive moves. The sun enters Sagittarius on November 22, and two days later Venus meets Jupiter in Sagittarius and Mars opposes Uranus, bringing unpredictable developments and major breakthroughs in personal and financial commitments. Remain detached and you can attract what you desire.
(November 22 - December)
SAGITTARIUS Life is evolving behind the scenes as you enter November. With the sun and retrograde Mercury in Scorpio, move inward for reflection, meditation, and solitude, and immerse yourself in your spiritual practices as you prepare for a rebirth at the end of the month. You’re transforming at a soul level, becoming aware of subconscious thoughts, ideas, desires, fears, and perceptions. You're attracting attention, making connections that can help you further your ambitions and manifest your dreams. But move slowly while Mercury is retrograde. You’ll have more clarity about where you stand once the sun is in your sign. This process peaks with the Taurus full moon on November 12, highlighting your health, work, daily routines, and life. An opportunity could be everything you’ve hoped for and more, but it will require real-life changes. Release what isn’t working, and take things one day at a time as your next steps are revealed. Any health issues that arise now are a signal to slow down so you don’t break down.
(December 22 - January 19)
CAPRICORN Your social circle is expanding as you enter November, ushering in a whole new world of possibilities and opportunities to make your dreams come true. But with Mercury currently retrograde, you’re learning the deeper layers of a story that began to unfold in October. Move slowly until Mercury is direct, and avoid jumping to conclusions. Also, if there have been misunderstandings, you can clear them up now. Allow time for situations to heal, evolve, and release any resentment. With Mars in Libra and Venus in Sagittarius, a professional situation is heating up. It will call for diplomacy, but don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself when necessary and have faith in your brightest vision. This process peaks with the Taurus full moon on November 12. This presents you with huge choices, the implications of which you may see only in hindsight. But trust a knowing in your gut—your intuition—and have faith in yourself and your abilities. There will always be naysayers, but if you aren’t afraid to fail, you could surprise even yourself by what you achieve.
(January 20 - February 18)
AQUARIUS You’re in a new professional cycle as you enter November. But with Mercury currently retrograde, you’re in a phase of reevaluating your ambitions, professional situation, and recent developments, and learning the deeper potential in situations. There may even be second chances at something you thought was a missed opportunity. You could be traveling, exploring opportunities at a distance, migrating, considering higher education, or dealing with immigration or legal matters and red tape. Your social life and circle are widening, bringing exciting and enticing connections. Still, move slowly as you explore your options while Mercury is retrograde. A process peaks with the Taurus full moon on November 12, asking you to uproot any insecurities that prevent your progress as you step boldly toward your goals. What do you need to feel secure (emotionally and financially) and confident? Remain grounded and humble and you can resurrect a (professional) situation while deepening your sense of security.
(February 19 - March 20)
PISCES The sun and retrograde Mercury are in Scorpio as you enter November, and you’re on a journey with winding roads and detours, reevaluating beliefs, ideals, and what you thought you knew. This is a process of rediscovering faith in yourself and in a greater power that sustains you through the peaks and valleys of life. At the highest level, this a spiritual journey. The wisest are those who say they don’t know. Be humble and open-minded and embrace a process of exploration. Only then can you avoid pitfalls and be guided. An intimate relationship is evolving profoundly, and there are tremendous opportunities to expand your career. Surrender to a process, let go of power struggles, and you can restore a balance of power. As the Taurus full moon aligns on November 12, you’re learning information and revealing the road ahead. While Mercury is retrograde, move slowly as you explore your options and expand your vision of what you think is possible. This is a chance to renegotiate financial and close commitments so they offer you greater freedom and security.
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