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THE EDITOR

So What Does the New Year Mean To You? Tony Sidgwick Editor-in-Chief tony@factlive.com WELL, we’re all still here! Not that I was worried anyway. No, definitely not… I hope you all had a brilliant festive season that didn’t hit your credit cards (or your waistlines) too hard… And so, as usual, we move into January looking ahead to the coming year, and what we intend to achieve in it. It’s good to have this mentality when you start a new year, because it gives you fresh goals and new levels of motivation to get things done. For us here at FACT, we’re looking at refreshing the magazine, shaking things up and sprucing up the design a little, as there’s nothing wrong with a bit of self-improvement from time to time! You’ll notice a couple of pages have already been changed somewhat, and you can expect to see more of this in the next couple of months. As you do, we welcome your opinions on what you see, because after all, it’s you lot we’re doing it for! Aside from that, we’re looking to continue supporting all coming

events, new venues, and cultural activity in general to do our utmost to ensure that 2013 is as fun-filled and action-packed as possible. All YOU have to do it read about it, and get involved, showing your support by being there. This year is special, because Manama has been chosen as Arab Capital of Tourism, and there’s a whole year of cultural activities planned to celebrate it, so watch this space for more on that. For now, we give you a brief preview on page 6. This month there’s also a music festival (p.10), an arts festival (p.9), and a comedy club (p.66) to check out, so don’t miss out on those. And in honour of the New Year, and the resolutions that undoubtedly follow, we bring you our Health and Wellbeing guide in the Culture section to help you get into shape, and also our ‘New Year, New You’ guide to freshening up your wardrobe in the Fashion section. Happy New Year to you all, and I hope it’s a great one!

another new member to the FACT team - starting later this month we have a Senior Graphic Designer, Paula, who will be helping us to spruce up the look of the magazine for 2013! Welcome to the madhouse Paula...

part of the judging panel to select Sasha as the winner for 2012. It was a tough decision, but we enjoyed every minute!

sometimes we do get things wrong. In our last issue, in the dining review, we said that the meat selection in

cold meat selection does, in fact, comprise certain types of genuine Italian products that do contain pork.

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s a centre for trade with a recorded history five thousand years old, Bahrain has a rich and vibrant culture boasting influences from across the region, and even the world, making it a great choice for Arab Capital of Tourism 2013. With a museum full of artefacts from as far back as the Dilmun era, over four thousand years ago, and archaeological sites all over the country, not to mention more recent local culture like Bahraini handicrafts, the souks and markets, and even sporting activities such as the various races at the Bahrain International Circuit and the many equestrian events held throughout the year, there’s a whole wealth of experiences to be had by visitors to the kingdom. Following on from last year, in which Manama was chosen as the Arab Capital of Culture 2012 by the Arab League under the UNESCO Cultural Capitals Programme, in 2013 Muscat, in the Sultanate of Oman, will hand over the mantle of Arab Capital of Tourism to Manama. To celebrate the nomination, the Ministry of Culture has planned a calendar of events for the whole of 2013 to highlight the country’s heritage. The year has been divided up into four seasons: Culture Tourism; Sports Tourism; Leisure Tourism; and Eco Tourism.

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barely remember this time last year. Not because I don’t want to but I seem to have lost my short-term memory in the space of 12 months. I am putting it down to being a year older, wiser (Pah, who am I kidding?!) and exhausted from work and life itself. Last year I set myself no resolutions because I knew, deep down, there wasn’t a hope in hell that I would stick to them. The beginning of the year started well, where I was healthy for a few months and consequently felt all the better for it! August onwards was a downward spiral of FACT BAHRAIN JANUARY

eating horrendously and being completely and utterly broke. There is one thing I will say this time round: 2013 will be a cheap year! All this nonsense about moving to the Middle East and being able to save because it’s tax-free… ignore it. After being back in the UK at Christmas, where you can’t even go to the bathroom in London without was far more expensive than I ever anticipated, even though everyone received Zara hugs and recycled cards as their presents. Yes, from now onwards I will be living cheaply. Bring on the ladies’

nights; bring on the free tickets; bring on living off soup and air. hermit. Call me boring, call me a grandma, but there comes a time when the term ‘savings’ should really put into practice. No more impromptu nights of spending BD100 because it has just been payday; No more having a ‘quick look’ around Bahrain City Centre and leaving with bags full of clothes I will never wear; and no more regular post-work drinks at Trader Vic’s (damn, I am really going to miss those cocktails!). Cheers to the New Year everyone!


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Following on from the huge success of last year’s festival, this month sees the return of one of the island’s largest art festivals. The 2012 Art Festival showcased work from over 70 artists from the Kingdom, including renowned names such as Abbas Al Mousawi, Abdul Rasoo Alghayb, Mariam Khalil Janahi, Ella Prakash, Aziz Qasim and Rasha Yousif. In an attempt to bring together talent from across the country, the festival this year has been extended from four days to nine, where a bigger and better response is expected than last year. Art has no boundaries, and to portray this, the artists of Bahrain are being given the opportunity to feature a number of their pieces at the complex. Established and upcoming artists have been invited to showcase their talent as well as sell their work, whether it is painting, sculpting, fashion design, music, photography, calligraphy or pottery. The idea of this year’s festival

is to create an open platform for talent from various artistic disciplines. The objective of the event is to transform the shopping complex into a canvas and create a living gallery with different forms of art that will inspire and captivate all of the visitors. For those of you who are not familiar with the artwork of local artists, this is the perfect chance to cast your eyes over their work. The Art Festival also aims to raise funds through the sale of the art and donate 20% of the proceeds to various charities in the Kingdom. Throughout the event there will be a number of different workshops being held. Artists will provide expert guidance and teach techniques that will help budding artists in their pursuit to follow their passions. There will also be an open photography contest as well as a food carving and cake decorating competition for everyone to take part in. GO: alaaliartfest.com.

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tarting this year is the Amwaj Shopping Festival – a monthly event that will kick off on January 5. Organised by Star Events Management, fun activities for all ages. There are currently 50 different stalls, selling a variety of gifts and products, lined up to appear at also be a marketplace where a large number of goods from local vendors will be showcased and sold. For those of you who visited Market338, many of the vendors you love so much will also be making an appearance. Facepainting and henna is available for the kids and there will be regular competitions for you to win some goodies! GO:

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lthough slightly confusing with the seasonal mix-up, one of Bahrain’s largest exhibitions is back this month on January 23 lasting for nine days. Packed with over 700 exhibitors from 20 countries, the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre will be teeming with hundreds of hungry shoppers all taking their pick from thousands of products on sale. Now in its 24th successful year, the exhibition centre will be transformed into a colourful bazaar by traders who have travelled far and wide to bring their goods to Bahrain. The exhibition will be open daily from 12pm-10pm on the opening day – with the other days offering extended hours. GO:

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rought to you by Luxury Events is this musical mash up of six international artists taking place on January 31. Making its mark kind to take place in Bahrain, this line-up, entitled VELD, will be taking place at the Bahrain International Circuit. Fans of electronic, dance, pop and jazz music will get the chance to party along with music from globally acclaimed musicians and this festival promises to be the ‘electronic music highlight of the year’. As well as this, the company hopes it will solidify ‘Bahrain as a cultural music hub for the masses’. and only Basshunter. Infamous for the tracks ‘Now You’re Gone’ and ‘All I Ever Wanted’, number one on numerous charts with a Swedish language song. He is also best known for having the stunning Aylar Lie in his

videos (if you don’t believe us YouTube the videos now!). Another performer to look forward to is none the other than Mr. Sax – everyone has heard of the single ‘Mr. Saxobeat’ with Alexandra Stan. Well, this is THE guy. Born in 1989, this talent has always had a huge thing for music from an early age and has already made his name on the international charts. The only female performer of this event is Clarita De Quiroz, who recently one the UAE Best Singer for the Women Awards 2012. Other performers to look out for are Alex Mica, the man behind the track ‘Dalinda’, a big hit on YouTube, and also Akcent. Otherwise known as Adrian Sina, this guy began his career at the age of 16 as a Club DJ and last year saw him after years of collaboration with other artists. GO: email info@luxuryeventsme.com.


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lthough Bahrain has not quite established itself as being the ‘go-to’ destination for the world’s biggest acts, the tribute acts that come in their place are often as great as the real thing. Towards the end of last year there were tribute acts such as Catherine Perry, who impersonated Madonna and Cher in December, and Vicky Jackson, who tackled the personas of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry in October. Well, after great success, Vicky Jackson is back in style this January 31 in JJ’s with yet another double-act tribute show, this time in the form of Amy Winehouse and Pink. Well-known throughout the entertainment industry, Vicky has been classified as ‘one of the finest acts available’ – this has been proven by the fact her latest show has been booked all over Europe, in the UK and now Bahrain. Vicky has spent hours on end perfecting the moves and mannerisms of Amy Winehouse; this has been aided by her attendance at the Jazz/ Pop singer’s live shows over the past seven years. She has also managed to grasp the distinctive jazz sound of Amy’s live vocals – a factor which made Amy Winehouse one of the most distinctive performers of this generation. Including the classic tracks of ‘Rehab’, FACT BAHRAIN JANUARY

‘Back to Black’, ‘Tears Dry On Their Own’ and ‘Valerie’, Vicky’s show also contains covers that were regularly covered by Amy during her live shows. Having started her Pink tribute act back in 2008, the years of practice have paid off where the R’n’B tracks ‘You Make Me Sick’, ‘Get The Party Started’ and ‘Just Like A Pill’ are just a few of the numbers to look out for. The nonstop rocking tribute show is packed with a selection of songs from five albums, where Vicky pulls out all the stops to make sure the entertainment is truly five star. To make the show even better, she also has the outfits down to a t, where you will sometimes confuse her with the real thing! GO:


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t’s been six weeks of gruelling heats that led to the grand final on the 18th of last month, with twelve finalists chosen to go head-to-head for a shot at the prize money totalling BD1000. And each and every contestant brought their A-game for the everything from Frank Sinatra performed to a packed and rowdy venue, as the audience cheered, booed and applauded the performances throughout the night. However, there could only be five chosen to go through to the grand final, and these were, in no particular order, Kelsey, Sasha, George, Alina and Everley. Notable performances included George, looking the part in his suit, hat and walking cane, who belted out a fantastic cover of Frank Sinatra’s ‘New York, New York’, while Alina, complete with Tina Turner wig, performed a lively version of Simply the Best, dragging an unsuspecting member on the audience onto the stage. But in the end, after much deliberation, head scratching and argumentation between the judges, it was Sasha who took the crown, and the first place cash prize of BD700. She was closely followed by runner-up Alina, and third

place Kelsey, who won BD200 and BD100 respectively. Sasha won the top spot with her fantastic rendition of Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing’, which send the crowd into a frenzy. Following her crowning, she stepped up yet again to belt out an Eminem number with surprising skill, proving she ain’t just about the power ballads! A great night was had by all, and commenting at the event, one of the judges and representative of sponsors A&E Ashley Kingstone, said “I’ve been doing this for six out of the total eight years that Karaoke Idol has been running, and I can without a doubt say that this has been the best Karaoke Idol final I’ve ever seen! All the contestants were fantastic, and it was a really tough competition to judge, but we’ve really enjoyed it!” However, one of the judges, FACT’s very own Tony Sidgwick, will be happy to have his Tuesday nights back for a while… Until next year, karaoke at JJ’s

this for six years, and I can without a doubt say that this has been the ever seen!

Monday nights once again, but you can be sure to catch many of the basis… where else would they have developed such skill and talent? GO:

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any of you may have read our Health Lead back in our September issue. An exercise regime for adults, Predator is a concept created to encourage a permanent change in your style and help you mentally, emotionally and physically. New to 2013 is the Teen Predator Academy, open to boys and girls aged between 10 and 18 years old. Our modern world has unfortunately been shaped by the use of technology; therefore it the younger generations to make a change before the adult ways of life take over. The Academy intends to help kids and teenagers change their looks, physically and emotionally, shape their characters and learn discipline. The program is divided into three aspects: physical, nutrional and training, where sessions are based on the elements of martial arts, combat

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ometimes you just have to try six week programme dates start from something new, so why not try January 16 to February 22; January 19 to something that is fun and healthy? February 23 and January 22 to February At the Royal Golf Club in Riffa this 26. The program costs BD82 per child month, there are a number of events inclusive of all the equipment. and classes worth mentioning that For the older generation, Kangoo should tickle some of your fancy. is now available in Riffa. One of the For the children there is a New Year Junior Programme created to Kangoo is an intense cardiovascular workout that combines dance moves, and turn them into athletes. The TIP running and jumping while wearing (Titelist Performance Institute) Junior unusual sprung footwear providing Performance Centre is an innovative rebound exercise. While it works your approach towards golf improvement; core muscles, it also removes the strain the children will gain strength, speed, normally placed on your back and joints while running. The classes are open to perfect to prepare them for the years everyone: mixed classes are on Fridays at ahead. Every Friday, Saturday or 5pm while the ladies-only class is Friday Tuesday, there is an 80-minute class at 6pm. The class costs BD7.500 per as well as a 60-minute introductory person including the boot hire. workshop for parents and a sample GO: To reserve your place today for your child or lesson for kids on January 11. The FACT BAHRAIN JANUARY

and various cardio vascular exercises including break dancing. The class normally lasts up to one hour and includes an intense yet entertaining workout accompanied by the latest music hits. The second section is a nutrition program that combines all the necessary nutrients for youngsters to learn about and include into their daily lives. Healthy minds mean healthy bodies and this is how the By working on their self-esteem and self-appreciation, the children are encouraged to help shape their personalities, build up the right habits and learn how to be more assertive. This program includes three classes a week of alternating routines, where its ultimate goal is to make sure all the participants learn yet enjoy themselves at the same time. GO:


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elanie Sarginson is one of the island’s bestknown Reiki masters. To those unfamiliar with Reiki, it is a practice, otherwise known as a healing art, that originated in Japan developed by Dr Mikao Usui and works to promote selfhealing on all levels – physical, psychological, emotional and

Melanie places her hands on the recipient’s body, and from the sensation she feels on her hands, she is able to gauge the level of toxins within their body. Although some may argue the treatments make no personal difference, Reiki is not designed to give instant relief and over a

changes can be seen inside and out. Reiki is a gentle healing therapy which compliments medical and other holistic therapies. As well as performing her own sessions, Melanie also offers coaching to try and spread the word of Reiki across Bahrain. She said “If a family learns Reiki, then parents can apply it and teach it to their children and so on…Reiki is a So what happens during a Reiki very subtle energy. I love it and session? Melanie explains that I look forward to sharing the every individual reacts differently experience with others.” to a treatment. It works by GO: channeling energy to the body to enable it to eliminate toxins. training in Jikiden Reiki in Bahrain, following the postresults of a car accident, Melanie went on to train in Japan where she has since been bestowed with the title of Shihan, or Master. After three years, she was awarded with the Jikiden Reiki Institute’s 169th scroll, signifying

Join A Tribe!

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ribal Fitness is somewhat of a growing trend here in Bahrain. Coming up this year is a host of different events, all designed for different ages and

to educate them on the basics of desert survival in February. There is also a two-day Outside Action event taking place in Abu Subh Park in Budaiya, where the Bahrain Parkour Association will come is the Island Health Retreat for down to teach the foundations of adults. Starting on a Thursday night this growing sport. The third event during March and May, people are for the kids is the two-day Beach invited to sample a weekend of and Adventure event in Amwaj. natural movement, food and living Children will learn how to standup paddleboard, experience life-saving natural movement sessions that will competitions and enjoy games on cover the philosophies on moving the beach. Although the above are not also be natural meals for breakfast, taking place in January, places are lunch and dinner to fuel the body. Weekenders will get to enjoy a booking in advance. Tribal classes natural lifestyle through living by will commence from the beginning the light, enjoying quality sleep and of 2013 so make sure you contact minimizing chronic stress. All the Craig Heslop, the Founder and accommodation, food, coaching, Coach of Tribal Fitness to get your activities and ferry trips are name down on the list. included in the package. GO:

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ituated in a warm and pleasant villa in the Seef area, the Maha D’Line aroma and beauty centre is a truly unique option for people looking for some alternative skin and beauty therapies. The concept was originally founded by owner Maha in Istanbul over twenty years ago, and in that time she amassed a wealth of knowledge and a reputation that saw her with regular appearances on TV and consulted by international brands and celebrities. However, it’s a quieter life she’s after in Bahrain, with the current centre a tranquil haven for revitalising treatments for the body, hair and skin. For example, an unusual product they offer that is completely unique in Bahrain is the PH-2, which is a treatment using a special mixture of air to revitalise the body. This is just one of a wide range of highly specialised alternative treatments they offer in addition to lifestyle advice on how to increase health, lose weight and generally feel better all round. They are also the exclusive supplier for the celebrated Paul Mitchell hair care products in Bahrain, a deal that took Maha several years to secure due to Paul Mitchell’s extremely high standards for their supplier network. in your usual spas and beauty centres, and are willing to try something different, of-a-kind centre. GO:

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hile many people are reluctant to change, perhaps it is time to take a risk and try something new, so why not start with your food? Organic food, for those unfamiliar with it, is food produced using methods that do not involve modern synthetic inputs such as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Although the farming movement arose in the 1940s in response to the industrialization of agriculture known as the Green Revolution, organic food production has recently reached a peak of popularity. In Bahrain, there are a small number of outlets that are dedicated to the sale of organic produce. Sat in Seef Mall is The Organic Foods & Café, Bahrain’s first family run organic supermarket with a built-in cafe that sells fresh organic and

biodynamic food, supplements, skincare, cosmetics, baby items and even household cleaning products. Starting this month is the Café’s ‘New Year New You’ theme, where the venue will try and help you re-invent yourselves. As well as offering tips to shoppers about lifestyle habits and detoxing, there will be a 101 juicing workshop and healthy cooking demonstrations with the head chef Errin. The workshop is designed to create awareness about alternative ways of eating and to encourage those to make a serious change in their diet. For the little ones, there will also be a Meet the Baker event where they can try out cooking for themselves and learn how organic bread is made. GO:


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very career is often a pursuit of a childhood hobby, and for Hana Tawfeeqi this was exactly that. After being given a 1.3 megapixel camera at the age of 14 by her parents, this young Bahraini spent her time capturing ‘unforgettable moments’ of her classmates and times at school with the belief that “photos are the only way to remember the good times we have.” Having moved on to continue her studies in Melbourne, Australia, Hana actually graduated with a BA in Event Management in 2011, however continued to make the most of every opportunity to improve her photography skills. She told us, “I never took any photography classes, so I spent a lot of time reading photography blogs and analysing work of other photographers that I look up to. I have always thought that photography is something you do for fun. The most important thing about being a photographer is being creative and not necessarily going into the history of it.” When asked about her style, Hana’s answer reflected her maturity and knowledge of the art. “I don’t know if I have a ‘style’, but I do know I tend to gravitate towards silent contemplative subjects and places. I like capturing that moment of solitude in a busy street full of life. I like that look of being in a busy marketplace and finding that

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person, deep in thought, who couldn’t be further away from what’s in front of them. I like streets that are now rarely visited and knowing that once upon a time, main streets, those alleyways were the source of a city’s character and soul, where people used to gather and join in merrymaking. It’s not something I’m good at yet, but those are the things that I always feel compelled to photograph.” She continued, “Personally, I think style pertains more to the subject matter the photographer chooses rather than his technical knowhow. Especially in today’s world of digital photography where any photo can be made to look and feel like any other photo through a little editing, the subject takes precedent over anything else.” Every passion has a meaning, so what does photography mean to Hana? “It’s the quick way for me to get ideas out of my head. For me, photography is everything and

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nothing. I’m not overly interested in the technical aspects; I want to capture the moment by creating something that can outlive me. In that sense, photography is not about me but about what was created. Everybody can take a good picture, but constantly working on yourself is the most important thing, by not being caught in your own style and trying new things to broaden your horizon. Likewise, photography is a means of artistic expression to which each of us gives their individual touch.” Last year saw a number of new photographers appear on the scene. Hana told us “I would say the photography scene in Bahrain is strong, but unfortunately the subjects all seem to be the same, just photographed from different angles, colours and the time of day. There are so many astonishing scenes in Bahrain that should be photographed but haven’t been yet.” Not a stranger to hard work,


Hana Tawfeeqi is a force to be reckoned with. Despite being 22 years old, her portfolio is impressive and would even give established photographers a run for their money. Like others, she has struggled and succeeded – “If there’s a will, there’s a way. I am your work, it needs a lot of love, effort, knowledge, research and networking. Practice, practice, practice! Every photographer should take the time to practice their craft and put themselves and their talent out there for others to see. There are a few quotations that I live by but one that stands out is ‘Taking good pictures is easy. Making very good pictures is almost impossible.’ – photography is an industry full of challenges, where a lot of people give up… trust me, perseverance pays off.” GO:

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BOSE SIE2 Headphones IF you’re out hiking or mountain biking, or something to that effect, a normal pair of headphones won’t cut it. You need headphones that won’t fall out of your ears. You want headphones that’ll withstand a bit of rough and tumble, and adverse weather conditions. And you will, of course, want headphones that sound amazing. Enter the BOSE SIE2 Headphones. These bad boys will do all of the above, and then some, because they also come with the exclusive Reebok armband, which holds your music device in place when you’re exercising, and stores the headphones when you’re not. It even has a separate pocket for your keys. Handy…

Leatherman Wave WE all know what a Swiss Army Knife is, but Leatherman are a lesser-known brand of multitool gadgets that are proclaimed to be more userfriendly and reliable. This particular one is their most popular model. Tools included are: Needlenose pliers; regular pliers; wire cutters; hard-wire cutters; knife; serrated knife; screwdriver; ruler (8 inch/19 cm); bottle opener; can opener; and wire stripper. There’s also a lanyard for wearing it or attaching it to things, and a choice of nylon or leather sheath. And the best part? A 25-year warranty!

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Irix II Headlamp NOW, we know from experience that these things are coolbox in the dark with a torch in one hand, so you only have one hand free, and you end up with a torch shoved in your gob because you need both hands, etc.? Well, once you’ve used one of these, you’ll wonder how you ever did without it! It’s worn on a comfy headband, shining light wherever you’re facing, leaving around for the hamburgers, etc. It’s also weatherproof, with LED lights that are both bright and not power hungry.

Casio Protrek Carbon Fibre WE’RE so when we saw this Casio Protrek with a tough resin unbreakable, we were sold! However, it does get better too, as the screen is sapphire glass crystal, making it highly resistant to scratching, as well as being solarpowered so that heavy use doesn’t drain the batteries. And by heavy use we mean having the compass, barometer/thermometer and altimeter on the go at the same time. But then, you’d only really need all that if you were climbing Everest!

American Red Cross FR600 FOR the real hard-core campers out there who like to live it a little rough, then this is truly one handy piece of kit. This solarpowered radio recharges itself in the sun, but can also be handcranked to provide power too. It features an FM radio, alarm clock and LED torch, but probably the best thing about it is that you can also charge your phone from it! How many times would that have come in handy when you’re without a power outlet and your phone’s dying? It’s probably not one for the casual camper, but if you’re a real action-man who likes to spend days in the desert, then for this kind of price

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competitors a run for their money, but still got a way to go.” simple design with great viewing angles.”

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Very impressed

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on point.”

come out again, ahead of the curve in connected cameras.”

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“The Porsche Panamera GTS is a wolf in a clothing…”

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k, ok, I know the phrase is “A wolf in sheep’s clothing”, but no-one could ever say that the Panamera is ‘sheep-like’. For starters, it’s got a Porsche badge, and there’s nothing sheepish about Porsche. However, it’s also got four doors, four seats, and plenty of room for luggage or shopping, so one could be forgiven for thinking that it’s just a friendly family sedan that can go fast when it wants to, much like the friendly family hound. And if you were talking about the Panamera V6, you’d be correct. However, this car is different – the Panamera GTS is much more predatory, hanging round at traffic lights waiting to take down other unsuspecting sports sedans. It’s not often that I’m initially indifferent to a car, but am then completely won over purely by the driving experience, but Porsche manages it time and again. They did so with the Cayenne S, and now they’ve done the same with the Panamera GTS. Don’t get me wrong – I knew it would be good, but I was just surprised by how good it was. FACT BAHRAIN JANUARY

The problem for me with the Panamera is the same one many people have, which is the shape. I’m really not a fan of the profile of the car, looking rather dumpy as it does at the back. It has to be said that there is a reason for this, though, which is to give the rear occupants more headroom. However, other fourdoor coupes have managed this without looking like they’ve put on weight. I do have to admit that I am a sucker for this car’s colour scheme, though! The angry red with the black alloys and trim just looks fantastic, almost sinister, and gives you some hint as to the wolf hidden under this four-door disguise. The Panamera GTS sits at the top of the model’s naturallyaspirated range of options, so it’s basically as high as you can go before you’re in Turbo territory. What that means is that you get a naturally-aspirated 4.8l V8 putting out 430hp and 384lb-ft of torque. And let me tell you, it is one of the best sounds I’ve ever heard come from a V8! It’s a deliciously deep and throaty growl that just makes you want to plant the


accelerator time and time again. The problem is that you don’t get to do that very often – you seldom have enough road – because the Panamera GTS is fast! And not just fast for a four-door sedan, but fast for any car! It’ll do 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds, and 80-120km/h in just 3.2 seconds. And if you keep it floored, it’ll take you on to a top speed of 288km/h, which is almost 180 miles an hour! That puts the Panamera GTS right up there in the region of some supercars we shan’t name right now. The school run never looked like so much fun… The GTS sits a little lower on its suspension than other models, around 10mm, but can be lowered even further at the push of a button for some real hooniganism. It also boasts the Sport Plus (which I absolutely love) and Sport Chrono package. The Sport Plus is an option on lesser models but comes standard on the GTS. At the push of the button, the personality of the car changes completely, turning it from a well-behaved daily drive into a snarling, growling racing

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machine, with higher revving gear ratios, a quicker throttle response and firmer suspension. It is SO much fun you’ll be tempted to leave it in that mode all the time… Until, that is, you hit the first pothole, or find yourself refuelling it twice a day! And the phenomenal thing is that, despite its racing aspirations, the GTS will get an impressive 23mpg on the highway at normal cruising speeds, which is incredible for an engine like this. Fuel efficiency is also improved by the Auto start/stop function, which subtly shuts down the engine when you brake to a halt in traffic, and starts again instantaneously when you take your foot off the brake! It happens so seamlessly that you’ll barely even notice it, though you can switch it off at the touch of a button if you wish. So what you get with the Panamera GTS is essentially a four-door supercar that disguises itself as a family sedan by day. Most people will enjoy driving it just as much as a Porsche 911, but you can carry two more adults in the back, as well as their luggage in the boot! It’s a car you can drive every day, taking the kids to school in the morning, and ferrying three colleagues to a meeting in the afternoon.

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However, it’s also a car you can then whisk off into the desert and spend a few hours just… driving. Just happily driving, lost in your own little Porsche-inspired reverie. It’s simply a sublime car to drive, handling with a poise and precision you wouldn’t expect from a car this size. Like the Cayenne, it defies the laws of physics, feeling as light and nimble as a much smaller vehicle, and gives you some insight into the technical wizardy by those boffins at Porsche. There aren’t many cars in the world that can give you the best of both worlds like that. I challenge any average Joe to tell me the difference between driving the Panamera GTS and a 911 Carrera 4s (there is no 911 GTS)! You’d have to drive it pretty hard to feel the difference in the cars’ lengths and weights, so good is Porsche’s engineering and suspension systems, like the Porsche Active Suspension Management and allwheel-drive system. And I absolutely love the interior of the Panamera. It envelopes you, and wraps around you like a cocoon, until you feel like you’ve become part of the car. The seats are figure hugging, and yet comfortable, holding you in place as you put the car through its

So what you get with the Panamera GTS is essentially a four-door supercar that disguises itself as a family sedan.


paces. The centre console is raised, giving the impression that you’re sitting even deeper in the car, with all the important buttons like the suspension settings and Sport Plus all at your fingertips. Even in the back it’s cosy and secure, with two more sports bucket seats separated by another centre console making the passengers feel almost as much a part of the experience as the driver. And it’s all so stylish and pleasing to the eye, from the carbon fibre panels on the dashboard to the red stitching on the leather and alcantara seats and even the red GTS embroidered into the headrests. If a two-door sports car is too impractical, don’t pass over the Panamera. While you might not like the shape of it (although maybe you do), once you’ve driven it you’ll love it as much as I did. It’s why Porsche have this policy of getting people into their cars. The driving experience of a Porsche is utterly fantastic, and it only gets better the higher up the range you go. With the Panamera GTS, you get range-topping specs and features for less, but you also get incredible fuel economy, and the wonderful, wonderful noise of that naturallyaspirated V8.

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“The Passat CC is in real danger of making the Audi A6 look a bit redundant!”

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or me, Volkswagen has always been about the Golf. Yes, I know they make other cars – the Beetle, the Touareg, the Scirocco, etc. – but if I was ever going to buy a VW, it would always be a Golf GTI. Not the R32 – it has to be the GTI. The R32 might be faster and more powerful, but having driven both around a circuit, I can tell you that the GTI is much ‘hot hatch’, and the Golf is pretty much the only hatchback that people want to buy in the Middle East. It’s therefore always been my VW of choice. That is, until now… This, ladies and gentlemen, is the VW Passat CC 4motion, the top-ofthe-range model with a 3.6l V6 VR6 FSI engine putting out 295hp and 350Nm torque. It’s absolutely loaded with features, from a touchscreen infotainment and SatNav system to a DSG 6-speed gearbox and a glorious leather-clad interior. I’d never really noticed the Passat CC before – it’s rather more understated than the Golf or the Scirocco – but I was instantly won over when I went to collect it from the showroom. I love the sleek lines of the car; it does the whole ‘four-door coupe’ thing really well. It might be understated, but it’s elegant – a classic example of clean

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European design, and the 18-inch give it a sporty touch. However, it wasn’t the exterior that blew my mind; it was what was inside that really caught my eye. The interior is super-stylish, with all the surfaces leatherette-clad (leatherette is a very high-quality imitation leather often used instead of leather for ethical reasons) and very cool stitching on the seats giving the Passat a really sporty and premium feel. From the inside, you could easily be forgiven for thinking you were in a more highend brand like BMW or Audi. And the ventilated front seats are always a welcome touch in the blistering Gulf summers, cooling that hot leather surface and helping to ensure your back is as cool as your front when you arrive at that meeting in the mid afternoon! When seated inside the Passat CC, it feels cosy and snug, like you’re cocooned in the driver’s seat. A raised centre console with all the audio and car settings the feeling. Even in the rear, you get a comfortable sense of being ensconced in the car, with two seats. You could seat someone small in the space in the middle with the armrest raised, but it really


wasn’t designed for adults. Having said all this, the sloping chassis means that rear head and legroom is a little cramped. Most people wouldn’t notice, but anyone over 6ft would feel the pinch in a long drive. the touchscreen panel boasting the satnav, vehicle settings and infotainment system, as well as a rear-parking camera. The stereo features Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming, so that you can wirelessly play tunes off of your smartphone if you wish. The speakers are fantastic, with deep and clear sound coming from the premium Dynaudio speakers. I particularly loved the black and tan trim of the model we drove. Finished with chrome detailing and walnut panelling, it gave off a very premium vibe that would put it up there with higher-end brands like BMW, Mercedes and Audi. This is despite the fact that VW is supposed to be a mid-range brand, but realistically, VW falls somewhere between mid-range and premium, and in my opinion closer to the premium end of the spectrum! when you drive the Passat CC. The 4motion model we drove features VW’s all-wheel-drive system, which is technology shared in various forms throughout the VW Group, from Audi to Lamborghini. The upshot is that it handles brilliantly, just as you’d expect from a top-ofthe-range VW. While the ride is smooth and comfortable, the experience is still that of a sports coupe, with massive amounts of grip and excellent poise and precision on the road. There are two different suspension settings – comfort and

sport – and the ride does become car in sport mode, but again that is what you’d expect – you’d be a little disappointed if it didn’t! The 3.6l engine in the 4motion is lively, and really shifts the car when you want it to, though thanks little road noise makes it into the passenger cabin, adding to the h in a commendable 5.5 seconds, and go on to an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h – not bad for a family sedan! The 4motion also boasts VW’s renowned 6 speed DSG doubleclutch gearbox, which is well known for almost seamless gear changes. It’s impressive watching the rev needle drop instantaneously when the car shifts up a gear. However, it’s all let down slightly by a delay of almost a second between tapping the paddle shifter and the gear actually changing when you’re in manual mode, which is a shame. The response should be much quicker in a sports sedan of this calibre. However, as an overall experience, the VW Passat CC is overwhelmingly enjoyable. It’s hugely satisfying to drive, and a very comfortable place to be. And there are other great little touches to the Passat CC that really set it apart in its class. For example, the Auto Stop feature keeps the car stationary

As an overall experience, the VW Passat CC is overwhelmingly enjoyable. satisfying to drive, and a very comfortable place to be.

car’s in drive, and only moves again when you tap the gas pedal. This have to keep holding the brake every time you need to stop the car rolling forward. It’s a little weird at to it, though you can also switch it off too, if

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you want to. Then there are things that you don’t see, like the Intelligent Crash Response system which unlocks all the doors and kills power to the fuel pump in the event of an accident, improving safety, and even the Brake Disc Drying feature, which automatically dries the brake discs after you’ve driven through a puddle to improve their performance. It’s technology like this that really sets the VW apart in its class, and is the reason why it has won several safety accolades. To summarize, if I was presented with a choice between an Audi A6 and this Passat CC, I’d have to go for the Passat, and that’s saying something, because I’m a big fan of Audi. The only reason you’d spend the extra BD5000-odd for the Audi is for the badge on the front! And let’s face it, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a VW badge either. I’m not sure what VW are playing at, to be honest. They’re because their levels of quality are way above your average sedan or hatchback. They offer features and levels of luxury that put them more up in the realm of premium brands like Mercedes and BMW, but they don’t claim to aspire to that segment. I think they’re just happy with ‘exceeding expectations’, and the Passat CC 4motion is a great example of that.

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Wooden Swing Set MADE from wood and spunpolyester, this Swing Seat offers the chance to escape from your hectic schedule. Grab a book and swing yourself into some peace and quiet.

Gazebo DESPITE the fact the festive season is over, you sometimes don’t need to have an excuse to have a party. Going for a steal, this 3.5m by 3.5m art steel gazebo is a shade substitute and means you can be outside if the heavens decide to open.


New Loo Rodeo Bar

THIS Rodeo Bar, part of the Weave Collection, is an absolute must for a chance to share some food fresh off the barbeque. Simple yet stylish, everyone needs to realise that no house is complete without a bar.

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Weber Spirit IF you don’t already have a barbeque, then shame on you! This Weber Spirit is an ideal addition to every home. Women, stand clear, there is an unwritten code that this is not your domain. Men challenge your cooking skills, take over what is rightfully yours and attempt to create some masterpieces!

ADD a splash of colour with these Juliete indoor and outdoor cushions. They come in orange, green, blue, red and pink and not only add variation but that extra dose of comfort.

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SHOO FEE MA FEE

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A relatively new addition to Lebanese cuisine in Bahrain is Shoo Fee Ma Fee (literally translating as “What’s up?” in Lebanese). The place is a light, spacious and airy venue in the bustling Block 338 district of Adliya with comfortable and modern décor with a pleasant outdoor courtyard as well as an outdoor terrace upstairs. Shoo Fee Ma Fee serves up a range of classic Lebanese dishes with a modern twist, but what makes this place really stand out is the quality and quantity you get for your money. Despite the fact that it’s a nicely decorated venue with fresh and tasty food, we shared two starters and two mains with a couple of soft drinks, and the bill only came to BD10.9! To start off with, we ordered a portion of hommous topped with beef shawarma meat, and a very classic dish, the baba ghanouj. The hommous was fantastic, and enhanced all the more by the delicious shawarma meat mixed in, which went down very nicely with the warm, fresh bread that is

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regularly brought to the table. The baba ghanouj was also good, but we ended up adding a little bit of squeezed lemon juice ourselves to give it a little more of a citrusy tang. For the mains, we had the shawarma feren, which is a dish of chicken shawarma meat baked in a dish with slices of tomato, onion and potato, which is a truly unique way to each shawarma meat as a main dish. Though it was very nice, with juicy and tender meat, one piece of advice would be to order some tahina sauce to go with it, as it would really benefit from that creamy garlic flavour. However, that is just our personal preference! The bayed with tomato fukhara, which is fried eggs on top of a bed of chopped tomatoes in special spices, which was also very good, but perhaps better as a breakfast choice! Overall, the meal was thoroughly enjoyable, and for this price, we don’t know anywhere else where you’d get the same level of quality. The staff were friendly and attentive, and knew the menu

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well when we asked about various dishes, so that only added to the experience. In short, if you haven’t already paid Shoo Fee Ma Fee a visit, we thoroughly recommend it!


Something Special at the Movenpick GET ready for a delicious Swiss Gourmet feast starting from the 6th until February 21. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 7pm onwards you will get the chance to sample the varied delights of classic Swiss cheese fondue. Make sure you save some room for the bourguignonne, the with French fries and a range of yummy sauces. There will Also new this year is the chance for a group of eight to 12 of you to join the chef in the kitchen. Whether it is a friend’s birthday or you just want an excuse to have a party, get some friends along and learn how to cook the Penne Al Dente or mixed grills. Prices start from BD19 (without drinks) and just BD3 extra to have a welcome drink and some soft drinks thrown in. GO:

Magical Meals at Maki First Year Anniversary at Cucina Italiana AFTER loyal diners as well as other Bahrain foodies to come and join in the celebration with a three-course feast for just BD13. You will get treated to a complimentary dessert, a welcome drink or a signature cocktail. If you bring your business card, dinner and a bottle of bubbly for two! The restaurant is also putting on special cooking classes with Chef Fortunato (date TBA) at BD10 per class – BD100 if you book for 12 months in advance. Once the classes Cucina Italiana Apron and a recipe book. There is also an Italian Brunch every Friday (10.30am-3pm) for BD16 net including a welcome drink and beverages) – kids go half price! GO:

KNOWN for its innovative menu and great reputation, Maki, situated in the World Trade Centre, is starting off the year by giving all its diners an experience to remember. The ‘15 Magical Moments’, which will start at the beginning of the month, gives guests the chance to taste 15 courses of various staple favourites from the restaurant’s bountiful menu. to spicy, lush and sweet, there is an ample choice of inventive dishes, all coupled with complimentary wine pairings to complete the whole experience. Being offered for just BD15 per person, this deal is a steal and is guaranteed to keep you full for the day. If you are looking for really great sushi, then look no further and make sure you call for your reservation today. GO:

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ining out isn’t just about the food; it is about the atmosphere, the service, the dÊcor and, of course, the person in charge of creating your meal. Cucina Italiana, which has been open for a year this month, sits in the hustle and bustle of Juffair. Despite this, on entering the restaurant, you are automatically greeted with a homely welcome, impressive hand painted artworks on the walls. Over the past year, under the watchful eye of Christophe Marziale, General Manager of the Bahrain Family and Leisure Company, Cucina Italiana has become more than just a restaurant; it has become a regular hot-spot for locals and regional travellers, a new contender to the brunch family on the island and, above all, one of the most authentic Italian experiences in Bahrain thanks to the cooking skills of Chef Fortunato. As we entered Cucina Italiana, instantaneously despite the kitchen being located at the back of the restaurant. Once sat down beneath the infamous Al Pacino and Marlon Brando carved into the very walls, we were told that the special dish we were being treated to was an exclusive preview of an addition to the restaurant’s 2013 menu. Named Cernia Alla Pazza, the dish consisted of fried hammour on a bed of risotto topped with clams, mussels and prawns in a tomato and of fried basil leaves. Presented on a generously sized plate, the dish was almost too attractive to spoil! However, with the fresh smell of parsley, basil and seafood, we

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sampled it for all it was worth. Immediately the moist texture of the hammour melted in our mouths, while the sublimely cooked risotto acted as a perfect partner. Each of the mussels and clams were cooked to perfection, and the well seasoned and complemented all the ingredients. Chef Fortunato Giordano told us the secrets behind the dish, “Starting need to sauté onions in olive oil, then add the raw rice to make sure it glazes. Then you add vegetable stock and let the rice absorbs all the is al dente and you add a handful of Parmesan and a touch of lemon zest and juice. The secret behind cooking a perfect piece of hammour is to place some butter and olive oil in a pan until golden brown, before adding the hammour dusted in doesn’t dry out.” And how right he was! This was The Cernia Alla Pazza dish will be available for others to sample on the celebration of the restaurant’s January 15, as well as delicacies such as Insalata de Polo, Linguine con Pollo and Tiramsu. Chef Fortunato is a man from ‘the deep south’ of Italy, full of

energy and constantly wearing a beaming smile on his face. “I started working as a barman and a waiter, and then one day the chef asked me to come and help him in the kitchen. From that moment on, I never left! I fell in love with cooking and decided to carry on my studies in Cambridge, England. “My cooking has taken me to many places. I have worked on a cruise liner and I have worked in China, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar and now in Bahrain.” When asked about his favourite type of food, he replied, “I really love Mediterranean – it is very simple food but delicious all the same.” Christophe explained to us the importance of Italian cuisine. “In Italy food is always a family affair and this concept is passed down through the generations. It is also always about ‘slow food’, and there is even an academy in Italy just for this. Italian food is the perfect example of simple, delicious food that can be created in the space of 15 minutes. That’s why it’s one of the best.” And Chef Fotunato is spreading the word as well, offering aspiring chefs and even dedicated amateurs experience and learn some of his skills in monthly cooking classes that will last throughout the year! GO:


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and vegetables a day. We also all know that vegetables in all the major supermarkets in Bahrain are generally overpriced. This is largely down to two charge a premium because they know most of their shoppers would rather get all their shopping done in one place rather than traipse all over Bahrain looking for individual items. Secondly, a lot of their items are imported from other countries, making them more expensive the further they’ve come. Vegetables and fruits from Europe, for example, are some of the most expensive. However, now there’s a new option for people living in and around Budaiya – the Bahraini Farmers Market. Under the auspices of the Ministry of Municipalities and Urban Planning Agriculture & Marine Resources Affairs (try saying THAT after a heavy night out!), the market brings fresh local produce from farms all over Bahrain together in one pleasant location offering

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everyone freshly grown produce at local prices. Taking place in the idyllic Budaiya Garden every Saturday from December 8, 8am to 12pm, near the Budaiya police station, the farmers market isn’t just a shopping trip, but also a nice day out too. See shoppers and market sellers relaxing around tables in the shades of the trees as the hustle and bustle of the market day goes on around them. Get great deals on locally grown produce ranging from tomatoes and lettuce to herbs and spices, content in the knowledge that your purchases are supporting an industry that provides a living for many low-income Bahrainis. At the very least, it’s an experience to see a commercial tradition that is still practiced all over Bahrain, only perhaps in one of the best locations in the country! GO:

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LIKE the bamboo which bends in the wind but does not break, its remarkable flexibility allows it to accommodate the forces of nature, and its strength ensures that it will not snap when gentle coaxing turns to powerful gales. This is only a fraction of what yoga can do for your body. Flexibility, among other things, helps with the prevention of injury, especially as the body ages. With strength, your muscle tone improves making your body look better, giving it a better posture and giving the body the power it needs for life’s physical demands. By stimulating the liver and activating the thyroid gland and several other processes, yoga also promotes weight reduction. The physical benefits of yoga are innumerable and have shown in many cases to help in the prevention and cure of diseases. Not that you should go and pay a visit to your local yoga teacher instead of your local doctor, but you may be surprised how helpful it can be as a supplement to remedies you are already using. When it comes to yoga, strength and flexibility is not limited to the body, but also extends to the mind. Time spent in different yoga poses, which at times can be perceived as uncomfortable, forces you to start looking at what you see as discomfort in a different way. You begin to be able to relax and breathe deeply and allow whatever is happening to just be. This is a very important skill to have in life. We can’t always change what we don’t like. When you can relax and soften your mind and body as things you do not like happens, this is when you have stepped closer to mastering life. You can change the way you interpret what is happening around you, just as you change the way you interpret the sweet discomfort when you stretch in your next yoga class. There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so - William Shakespeare GO:

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