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THE ESSENCE OF STYLE

EYE FOR DETAIL

SPOTLIGHTING THE LATEST BEAUTY ESSENTIALS

BEHIND THE SKETCH WE SPEAK TO WORLD RENOWNED FASHION ARTIST MARCANTOINE COULON

BEHIND THE DESIGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH FIRST LADY LAUDOMIA PUCCI

MODEST FASHION

MUSINGS A MODERN FLAIR OF STYLE

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CONTENTS Ohlala

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SUNRISE Mrs Laudomia Pucci Interview Moda Operandi Lookbook

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MOONLIGHT Marc-Antoine Interview Ramadan Previews

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MAY 2018 ISSUE 83

CHAIRMAN Khalifa Bin Mubarak Al Khalifa

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Greg Hughes GENERAL MANAGER

REGIONAL EDITOR Jayne Green

PUBLISHING DIRECTORS Edward Smith Angela Beitz

CONTRIBUTORS Craig Ferriman

SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Helen Houghton

Jyoti Rawat

Hussein Zreik SALES DIRECTOR Samar Kallas Marisela Paesano

Shabana Adam PRODUCTION MANAGER

PHOTOGRAPHY CONTRIBUTORS

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Abshar Kader

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Faras Ghani WEBSITE

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CREDITS IMAGE Chloe Gosselin Pumps

Moda Operandi x Christian Siriano

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ACCOUNTANTS PRINTING PRESS Al Anan Printing Press, Oman

Gigimon Thankachen

ERRATUM The February 2018 issue of Ohlala magazine featured various illustrations of John Nollet hair accessories that are all signed by the French illustrator Marc Antoine Coulon.

Qatar – Dar Al Sharq

DISTRIBUTION TEAM Jayapragash Ganesan Rajesh Abdul Kadar

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SOME OF THE BEST WAYS TO LOOK AF TER YOURSELF DURING RAMADAN: • Drink fluids between fasting times • Once you break your fast, start with something like dates and then try to eat healthily and include wholegrains, fruits and vegetables • Don’t go overboard on desserts, sugary drinks and fried food • Avoid long amounts of time in the sun • Exercise moderately • Rest when you can If you’re abstaining from eating and drinking during Ramadan it’s important to remain focused, stay in shape and eat the right foods when you break your fast. If you’re going to be fasting and also sticking to your normal fitness routine during Ramadan then this is great but can be more difficult. Ramadan can put a lot of strain on those who are only eating when the sun goes down. Exercise and good nutrition are difficult to maintain during the Holy Month, a time when dehydration, decreased muscle mass and weight gain are common amongst people who fast. Whatever your plans are this month it’s important to listen to your body and take care of yourself. Mind, body and soul. Wishing you a blessed Ramadan.


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The St.Regis Doha is renowned as the finest address in Qatar and their Remède Spa have recently launched a selection of indulgent facials by celebrity favourite, La Prairie, which only further supports this claim and our skin is forever grateful.

CAVIAR LIFE FACIAL

PLATINUM FACIAL

Feed your skin with the pure luxury of a caviar-infused face and eye massage. The essential nutrients and intense hydration instantly lift and firm your skin to reveal perfect tone and texture. Skin is left luminous, radiant and silky soft. This facial is suited for all skin types that are starting toshow signs of ageing.

Experience the ultimate rejuvenation treatment with this high performance, pure platinum-infused facial. Using La Prairie’s exquisite Platinum Collection, it incorporates an exclusive anti-ageing facial, along with a stress-relieving back massage, for complete hydration and relaxation. It is suited to all skin types and leaves skin completely rejuvenated with a natural glow.

GOLD RADIANT FACIAL

SWISS ICE CRYSTAL FACIAL

Reveal your skin’s inner radiance with La Prairie’s Gold Standard in anti-ageing technology. Pure golden drops of Cellular Radiance Concentrate, combined with gentle heat and masks to enhance the penetration, intensely revitalise and perfect the skin. Your face will be left visibly smoother, brighter andradiantly alive.

Combat the first signs of ageing and reveal younger-looking, energised skin with this intensely moisturising and nourishing facial. It incorporates an exquisite eye and face massage, using clear and rose quartz crystals for ultimate relaxation. Ideal for skin that needs moisture and nourishment.

For more information please call Remède Spa: 444 60 304 68

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MAKE A SPLASH The leading Canadian lingerie brand La Vie en Rose is thrilled to unveil its latest 2018 swimwear collection filled with fashionable colours, prints and styles.

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s there anything worse than daydreaming about that next moment of bliss, you know the type, where you can feel the sand between your toes and the sun against your face? Only for it to dashed by the follow-up of unease when you think about all those poorly fitted atrocities that we call swimwear lurking in the back of our drawers. Alas, we’ve found the answer to all your wardrobe foes! Well, whether a holiday is coming up or you simply need a new swimsuit for your next beach weekend escapade, make sure to stop by your nearest La Vie en Rose boutique to find the perfect swimsuit. La Vie en Rose is THE swimsuit destination. They have all the trends covered: stylish one-pieces, reversible swimwear, off-the-shoulder frill tops, 70

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and embroidery appliqués, just to name a few. Moreover, let us not forget the wide selection of matching accessories and beachwear that will not let you down. “For every print and solid colour, a variety of top and bottom styles are available. Not only does this multiply the possibilities but it also allows each woman to choose a different size for her top than for her bottom, in addition to selecting the styles that best suit her body shape and personal fashion style,” says John Izzo, Vice President of Design and Product Development at La Vie en Rose. lavieenrose.com


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DESIGNER

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JAYNE GREEN talks to the everso-charming MARC-ANTOINE who is now considered as one of the world’s leading fashion artists. With his glamorous, elegant, out-of-time, sometimes quite cheeky style he displays a great sense of aesthetics and observation, capturing the instant, with an artistic overview.

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ell us about yourself. What makes you tick? I am a french artist with italian origins. I’ve always known that I wanted to be an artist. Drawing has always been essential to me as well as one needs oxygen to breathe. As a child I was frustrated - I couldn’t find the images I was dreaming of, in the real world. I’ve always had a lot of images inside of me. Making these images real has been the biggest thrill in my life. I am interested in people - their lives, their stories, their weaknesses, their strength. I love to meet people and listen to them, exchange ideas with them. Can you briefly explain your creative process, mediums, etc? It’s always a challenge - while I paint, I have to feel love. My subject has to be the most important person in the world to me. I first draw too many lines on the paper with a pencil, and then I delete most of them. I like it when it looks simple. I use ink. Ink is a dangerous medium - it does not allow a second chance. I like that idea. The most important thing to me is to show how it feels to actually meet the person I’ve portrayed. When you meet people you don’t necessarily pay attention to every detail -skin, spots, wrinkles... When the person is gone you remember the style, the perfume, the personality. That’s exactly what I try to render on paper. Has the French perspective on work influenced you? I feel french, thus my work must look french, I guess. But I also feel italian - it’s an important part of my culture. I hope my work shows both influences. I love unfinished works - they are full of promises. It has to be light and human. I am not interested in perfect technique. I like messy elegance. I can be baroque or simple. People daily undergo various moods. Give us a brief history of who you have worked with up to the current date. I have worked with Ines de la Fressange, Marpessa Hennink, Jean Paul Gaultier, Dior, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Lancôme, Givenchy, John Nollet... I did the french Vogue Colouring Book. I regularly work with the French Vogue. I work each week for the Madame Figaro, each month for Town & Country, Transfuge... What are your plans for the future? Tell us about any exciting news in the pipeline It’s always complicated to reveal what’s in the pipeline. I’ve just


“I first draw too many lines on the paper with a pencil, and then I delete most of them. I like it when it looks simple.�

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CATS OR DOGS? BOTH FAVOURITE SCENT? FRESHLY CUT SPRING GRASS FAVOURITE DESIGNER? I LIKE IT WHEN DESIGNERS LOVE HUMAN BEINGS. IT’S NOT A MINOR ASPECT, IS IT? MOST PRIZED POSSESSION? IF LIFE’S EVER TAUGHT ME ANYTHING, THAT WOULD BE TO REMAIN VERY CAREFUL WITH THE VERY IDEA OF PRIZED POSSESSION. LOOKS OR PERSONALITY? PERSONALITY, DEFINITELY HOT OR COLD? HOT FAVOURITE HOLIDAY? SUMMER HOLIDAYS IN MY LITTLE HOUSE IN ITALY BY THE SEA

done 14 images for the Dior Museum in Granville, I am preparing a couple of very exciting surprises. I like to go where I am not expected to be. That’s where you’ll find me soon... Who has been an inspiration to you and who would you most like to collaborate with and why? I fell in love with René Gruau’s work when I was 4. I also learned a lot from the work of Thoulouse Lautrec, Saul Bas, Degas, Ingres, Klimt... I think you get influenced everyday in various ways. As for the future, there are so many people I would love to work with ! I love challenges. I love to explore new territories. But I do think it’s important to have unaccomplished fantasies. It’s important to have dreams yet to be realised. You’re now considered as one of the world’s leading fashion artists. How does one react to such a title? Although I am quite flattered when you tell me so, I would never think of myself in those terms ! It’s really hard to theorise upon my own work. I am working so hard all the time that I actually do not realise what is going on around me. I never look back. I want what’s next. It’s a peculiar balance between fear and desire. Fashion Week is a really inspiring environment, but, that timeframe is limited. Where do you find your inspiration for the rest of the year? Everywhere ! Ideas are everywhere - in a novel, in a song, in the shadow of the tree in front of your house, in magazines, in the streets... As for fashion weeks, they are very special - you have to be everywhere at the same time in Paris to attend the shows, and when it’s over you have something like three days to create around 50 images. You have to think quick. It’s kind of my olympic games. In between fashion weeks, you can take your time, you can try things. And there are so many things to be tried. So, if a designer has spent a lot of time on a creation, does it take you a lot of time to sketch it, as well? Often the most simple images are the toughest to build. As long as the viewers think it’s easy and quick, that’s fine with me. Sometimes the magic happens your hand obeys your mind, everything is fluid and easy. Sometimes you have to fight very hard until it almost drives you crazy. And you perfectly know it when it does not work like you intend it to. It can be really painful. It teaches you patience, the hard way. What does an average day look like for you? There is not a single day that I have not been frightened to death of what I am expected to accomplish. After a bit of physical exercise, most of the time I am alone at my desk, working or doing research for the next image. I usually put on some music to stimulate me. There are also lots of appointments of all kind during the day. Often I also work at night for fashion events. It requires a lot of concentration from me beforehand. Late at night I answer my messages and e-mails. Your portrait work illustrations are host to a whole accolade of A-list fashion houses and people. Do the people you sketch have to fit select criteria or can someone like ‘me’ be sketched? I’ve always done portraits, everywhere, even on vacation - that’s my way of bonding, that’s my language. So of course I draw all sorts of people all the time. I don’t think in terms of A-list. Anyone is welcome in my world. Tell us an interesting fact about yourself. At night I wear a black outfit and a black mask and I fight crime on the roofs of Paris, under the name of Batman... But shhhh! It’s a secret. @marcantoinecoulon marc-antoinecoulon.fr

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OHLALA Spotlight

FUN BUT FABULOUS! We were one of the first to experience the exclusive tasting and preview of the Ramadan Tent at Fateh Al Khair, The Ritz-Carlton Doha as they unveiled a rich Qatari heritage-inspired theme, hosting a feast of the senses.

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e were lucky enough to get a sneak peek behind the scenes of this years Ramadan offerings at The Ritz Carlton Doha, one of Qatar’s older and most established hotel brands and you know what they say, with age comes experience! It’s that time of year again. Ramadan is coming. Cue a culinary season that’s a highlight in the foodie calendar teeming with stacked plates, infinite iftar buffets and more sweet treats than you can shake a marshmallow stick at. The annual Ramadan tent will be housed, as usual, in the stunning, vast and ornate ballroom. You can expect some live music with musicians playing the oud and cosy tents in the corner for more private gatherings, as well as tables and chairs where families, large groups and smaller gatherings can join together for this important ritual. We couldn’t help but be impressed by the length of imagination that the chefs had gone too. There was a strong emphasis on Arabic food but there were also sections that were international. There was even a section that was specifically and quintessentially Qatari. This iftar is certainly ticking a lot of boxes! You can look forward to Qatari specialities like seafood harra, lamb harris, chicken maklouba and hammour sayadia. Among the Arabic food offerings, the traditional mezze stands out for its excellent hummus including a sumptuous beetroot dip and impressive moutabel and fattoush. The warm breads and rolls were freshly produced in-house and they were certainly very good. The cheese and zaatar manakish were delicious as was the kibbeh. More internationally, my attention was grabbed by the Mexican station offering small but wholesome yummy beef tacos with optional guacamole, salsa and other dips. In keeping with the highly successful and award winning farmers market Friday Brunch that the Ritz offers in Lagoon, there was a healthy selection of seasonal salads to include; Greek, Italian caprese and ceasar. We found ourselves munching on the air dried beef bresaola with unanimous ‘umming’ and ‘ahhing’. The sushi selection was displayed beautifully allowing those seafood lovers amongst us to savour such delicacies. The Indian specialities were the strongest station to represent the Asian part of the world. Street food is the vibe that they are going for here and the pav bhajis were insanely good with the chef dolloping on complimentary chutneys. Be sure not to make a mess when you bite into them! Other sections to look out for include the Turkish stand with some Tavuk doner which are Turkey’s equivalent of a chicken shawarma. The English will be happy to see a roast beef carving station and lamb lovers should make there way over to the impressive hand carved lamb ouzi station. We haven’t even mentioned the sweetest part yet, quite literally. There is seasonal fresh fruit, Turkish ice cream and Turkish delight, Arabic sweets and classic desserts like umm ali. Now, if there is anything that is sure to get all chocoholics in a frenzy, well, it is the chocolate and dessert display showcasing the chocolate fountain glistening as pride-of-place. If you don’t like chocolate, well, it’s awfully fun to look at especially when you see kids’ faces lighting up as they dunk their marshmallows into the flowing fountain! After all, children under 5 dine for free but somethings, like this, are simply priceless. For more information please call +974 4484 8000

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A Sparkling Experience this Ramadan in the newest tent in Doha! Celebrate the spirit of Ramadan and all its traditions in a unique Ramadan setting in Al Masa Tent, Holiday Inn Doha - The Business Park. Enjoy our lavish Iftar buffet with selections of Arabic, Oriental and International dishes and live stations. We also offer distinctive Sohour in a relaxing ambiance ideal for spending time with your loved ones. For a memorable experience, please call +974 6641 5504 and

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For Corporate and Group Iftar and Sohour, please call +974 4408 7577 or email events.dohabp@ihg.com

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ommunity, charity, delicious food: These are some of the things that come to mind for Muslims who celebrate the Ramadan holiday. Approximately 1.6 billion people practice Islam worldwide and join the 30-day celebration. The Holy Month is marked with prayer and selfreflection – as well as fasting daily from dawn to sunset. The onset of the most auspicious festival, Ramadan has brought with itself the most satisfying meal experience for Iftar & Suhoor. Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara invites you to feast with family and friends in a Rakiyat Fort-inspired setting overlooking the sea. This view is truly unparalleled and proves itself as the most wonderful setting during such festivities. Food plays a big role in celebrating Ramadan, with specialty dishes and drinks served during the Muslim fasting month. Explore Ramadan favourites of mouth-watering lamb ouzi and mansaf, makbous and couscous.Sweets are considered part of reviving Ramadan traditions and breaking one’s fast “has to be followed by a dessert,” the most popular being Kunafa, Luqaimat and Atayef. You can savour the sweet delights of halawet el jibn and katayef amongst other arabic delicacies. Unwind amidst the soothing sounds of the live Moroccan band, as the young ones delight in the henna corner, bouncy castle and other family-orientated activities. Brought to you by one of the most iconic resorts in Doha, Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara, these Ramadan special offerings come at an extremely affordable cost. For Iftar buffet, which starts from Maghreb prayer to 08.30 pm, the menu is priced at QAR 250 per adult and QAR 125 per child (5-10 years old) for non-resident guests; and QAR 220 per adult & QAR 110 per child for resident guests. Suhoor buffet would start from 10.30 pm to 02.30 pm at QAR 270 per adult & QAR 135 per child for non-resident guests and QAR 220 per adult and QAR 110 per child for resident guests. With such competitively priced special menus, this meal experience is not to be missed! For reservations or more information please contact: +974 4040 5050 / fbreservations.adoh@anantara.com


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DINING With Ramadan fast approaching, we’ve searched far and wide to gather a list of bountiful feasts offered throughout the Holy Month in Qatar. Four Seasons Hotel Doha

Experience the joys of Ramadan with the Four Seasons’ exquisite Ramadan Tent! Located within the Al-Mirqab Ballroom, it showcases a contemporary design influenced by traditional Arabic architecture. Revel in the stylish yet classy ambiance as you enjoy widespread Iftar and Sohour menus featuring traditional Ramadan cuisine and complemented by an array of scrumptious international dishes. Highlights include special Ramadan and Qatari dishes, a Japanese sushi station, a dim sum carousel and lots more! Iftar is served from 6pm to 8pm for QR235 per person and Sohour is served from 10pm to 1.30am for QR270 per person. Alternatively, gather your loved ones and savour a deliciously curated Iftar and Sohour set menu. Enjoy delectable cuisine from the comfort of your private cabana at The Pier, reveling in elevated views of the Arabian Gulf at Shisha Terrace or relaxing in their beachside garden at Arabica Café. Iftar is served for QR235 per person and Sohour is served for QR170 per person from sunset to 3am. If you’re looking to indulge your sweet tooth, make your way to Seasons Tea Lounge and dig into an array of Ramadan treats! Savour your all-time favourite Ramadan sweets along with a succulent menu of traditional Arabic desserts. Served from sunset to 1am. CALL 4494 8600 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION. 80

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CHIC Eats InterContinental Doha The City

Experience an exquisite traditional Iftar buffet in The Square with a delicious variety of Arabic and international culinary delights, including a unique signature Arabic-Mexican station. Take your pick from classic Arabic favourites ranging from cold and hot mezze to fresh seafood and grilled meat and live ouzi stations. Indulge your sweet tooth with their wide range of dessert options including the signature Kunafa as well as a yummy selection of sweet treats and Ramadan juices. Iftar is served from sunset to 8.30pm for QR180 per person. 50% off for children under 12 and children below six dine for free. A true Arabian Ramadan experience awaits you at the award-winning Al Jalsa Garden Lounge. Keep cool during the summer nights as you dine on sumptuous Middle Eastern fare in their covered garden lounge. Treat yourself and your loved ones to an enhanced Iftar and Sohour experience with their secluded majlis, ideal for intimate gatherings. Don’t forget to try their extensive shisha menu! Iftar and Sohour served daily from sunset to 2am (Saturday to Wednesday) and sunset to 3am (Thursdays and Fridays). A la carte and set menu available. CALL 4015 8888 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas

Experience true Arabic hospitality in an astonishing setup with one of the city’s most popular tents, Ramadanak! As Ramadanak returns to the Al Silia ballroom for the Holy Month, enjoy an exquisite array of Middle Eastern cuisine with an international flare whilst relaxing with friends and family in a vibrant yet cosy Arabian setting. Iftar is served from dusk to 8.30pm for QR220 per person and Sohour is served from 10pm to 1.30 am for QR220 per person. Visit the Al Maha Lounge and Majlis as they transform into a casual environment to enjoy traditional Arabic delights! Take your pick from their a la carte menu or treat yourself to one of their lighter, healthier Sohour trays for the ultimate Ramadan experience. Bring together loved ones and break your fast as you enjoy the delicious Sohour tray for QR111 per person. CALL 4448 1234 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

This Ramadan, embark on an Arabian journey with a Turkish twist! Treat your senses with a vibrant atmosphere featuring live Oriental tunes, entertainment as well as décor inspired by a traditional Arabesque street market. Indulge in an extensive culinary experience with a wide array of international, Turkish and Qatari dishes along with an eclectic assortment of carefully crafted desserts. Iftar is served from sunset till 8.30pm for QR195 per person. Sohour is served from 9.30pm to 1.30am for QR195 per person. Experience Ramadan like never before with Sabai Thai’s vibrant and exotic flavours! Treat your taste buds to a delectably different dining experience with an array of unique textures and flavours. Go on a mouthwatering tour of Thailand with the spicy papaya salad, fragrant green curry or wok tossed favourites infused with hints of ginger and lemongrass. Indulge in deliciousness everyday from sunset to 1am. CALL 4492 1555 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

The St Regis Doha

It doesn’t get more indulgent and traditional that the St. Regis Ramadan Souq. Embrace the spirit of Ramadan with a unique food experience accompanied with live band entertainment. Iftar is served from sunset to 8pm and Suhour is 9.30pm to 2am, priced at QR230 and QR290 respectively, inclusive of Ramadan beverages. Shisha is also available at an additional cost. This popular 5-star address also offers Ramadan specials at Sarab Lounge. Enjoy the food selections from a special Ramadan menu and beverages during the Holy Month with a traditional presentation of coffee and tea, available daily from sunset to 2am. CALL 4446 0366 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

Shangri-La Hotel Doha

Get transported to the lively streets and souqs of Turkey with the Turkish Bazaar Ramadan Tent! Celebrate this time of tranquility and giving and connect with your friends and family as you immerse yourself in an authentic Turkish Ramadan experience. Take in the stunning traditional décor as you sample an array of mouthwatering Turkish delicacies and enjoy the vibrant live entertainment. Iftar and Sohour with buffet and live cooking stations are served for QR230 per person. Children aged six to 12 dine for QR115 while kids aged six and younger dine for free. CALL 4429 5000 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

InterContinental Doha

Embrace the spirit of Ramadan and discover an exquisite Iftar and Sohour buffet at Coral! Celebrate Iftar with friends and family and treat your taste buds to a premium selection of authentic Arabic cuisines as well international favours, served on live cooking stations. Or delight in a la carte, traditional flavours for Sohour and pair it with your favourite shisha. Iftar is served from sunset to 8.30pm for QR225 and QR115 for children aged six to 12. Sohour is served from 8pm to 11.30pm. Head over to Gemmayze and feast your senses on authentic Lebanese fare and sensational live music by top performers amidst a vibrant, colourful setting. Gather friends and loved ones for an authentic Lebanese Iftar set menu, served from sunset until 8pm. Continue the celebrations with a carefully curated a la carte Sohour selection and pair it with their refreshing shisha flavours, served from 9pm to 1.30am. CALL 4484 4919 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

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Oryx Rotana Doha

Take your senses for a ride with Choices’ lavish Oriental Iftar dinner every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Guests get to enjoy an array of mouthwatering delicacies including ouzi, cold mezzeh, shawarma and live mixed grill station all throughout the holy month month of Ramadan. Iftar is served every day until 10pm for QR195 per person including local water, Ramadan juices, Arabic coffee and Moroccan tea. Children aged six to 12 can avail a special offer at just QR75! Alternatively, break your fast with a scrumptious selection of cold, hot, main course and dessert at the Al Nafourah Garden Lebanese Restaurant. The Iftar set menu is served for QR185 per person inclusive of water and Ramadan drinks. Make the most of your Iftar experience and top up with energizing mocktails starting from QR35. Sohour is served a la carte. CALL 4402 3333 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha

Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha

Celebrate this auspicious time with Al Sufra’s sumptuous Ramadan offerings! Guests are invited to break their fasts at the famous Palatial Ramadan Tent, located in the inspiring setting of the Palazzo Ballroom. Dig into exquisite Levantine cuisine along with other delicious dishes inspired by Qatari, Middle Eastern and other cuisines in a joyful yet intimate atmosphere with daily world-class entertainment. Enjoy their Iftar from sunset to 8pm for QR240 per person and Sohour from 9pm until late for QR290 per person. Or experience the joys of the Holy Month in the unique ambiance of Bohemia Lounge as you revel in sharing, togetherness and celebration. Pairing intimate social gatherings with unparalleled culinary offerings, guests get to enjoy a scrumptious traditional Arabic set menu for Iftar and Sohour, everyday from 6.30 pm to 2am. Iftar set menu is for QR240 per person, while Sohour set menu is for QR290 per person. CALL 4035 5555 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

City Centre Rotana Doha

Sit back and relax to the mellow tunes of authentic Arabic music and dine on traditional cuisine at the beautiful Almas Ramadan Tent! Elevate your Ramadan experience with an extensive range of Arabic delicacies, international cuisine, live cooking stations as well as soft beverages. Enjoy live Arabic music entertainment from 10pm until 1am. Iftar is served until 8.30pm for QR195 per person. Sohour will be served from 10 pm until 1 am for QR119 per person (mezze platter and dessert buffet). A la carte Sohour options are also available. Breaking your fast just got a whole lot tastier with Olive Oil’s extensive Iftar buffet! Celebrate the Holy Month with a lavish Iftar feast every night, featuring a scrumptious Ramadan buffet with flavours of the East 84

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Celebrate the true serenity of Ramadan with the Hyde Park Coffee Shop’s decadent Ramadan offerings. Break your fast with friends and family as you indulge in their extensive special Iftar buffet featuring lip smacking traditional cuisine, international cuisine, live cooking stations as well as decadent Ramadan beverages and desserts. Iftar is served daily from sunset to 11 pm for QR140 per person. 50% off for kids aged 6 to 12. Special rates available for groups. CALL 4428 1645 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

The Ritz-Carlton Doha

Revel in the grand setting of the Ramadan Tent in Al Wosail Ballroom and indulge in a truly mystical and one-of-a-kind Ramadan experience. Take in the majestic scene as you gorge on a massive Middle Eastern, international and local cuisine selection along with live music entertainment as well as a Tanoura dancer. Gather with your friends and family in their main dining area or private majlis and feast on a multitude of live cooking stations featuring shawarma, shish kebab, tandoori items as well as a variety of authentic Arabic delights. Iftar is served from 6.30pm to 8pm for QR220 per person. Sohour is served from 8.30pm to 1am for QR220 per person. 50% off for kids aged six to 12 while kids below five dine for free. CALL 4484 8000 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel

This Ramadan, experience the charm and elegance of an extravagant mansion reflecting the rich Qatari heritage with the Turath Ramadan Tent at Al Majlis. Rekindle fond memories of breaking the fast daily with an Iftar meal or enjoy an intimate Sohour along with a traditional live band performance. Dig into the very best of oriental and international palate pleasing flavours as well as live interactive cooking stations. Iftar is served from 6pm to 8pm for QR250 per person. Sohour is served from 9pm to 2am for QR200 per person and QR250 per person including hubbly bubbly. 50% discount for kids aged six to 12 and kids below six dine for free. CALL 4485 4444 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.


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CHIC Eats Hilton Doha

At the Fawanees Ramadan Tent, savour a unique quality of food that includes a tasty buffet spread with over 100 authentic Arabic and international dishes, 14 live cooking stations, 22 main hot dishes and a huge dessert corner along with the freshly made Turkish ice-cream, and stunning decoration. Food is the greatest highlight with a menu designed and executed by the oriental-cuisine-skilled Chefs. A wide variety of Arabic delights and a selection of Western dishes are offered up to please every palate in Qatar. Iftar is priced at QR205 and Sohour is QR175. Early bird discounts for groups of 10 people and more are available until May 10. CALL 4423 3118 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

The Torch Doha

Ramadan at Flying Carpet is a fun family-filled affair where a premium selection of delectable delights awaits you. Create memorable Ramadan experiences and capture these special moments with an “Arabian Nights” buffet in Flying Carpet. A wide array of mouthwatering delicacies is offered up for Iftar, for family and friends to gather and break fast. You’ll be spoiled for choice with an abundant spread of Arabic delicacies, live cooking stations and signature Arabic desserts. Iftar is served daily from Maghreb prayer to 8pm for QR190 per person including Ramadan beverages. Sohour is served daily from 11pm to 2am for QR160 per person including Ramadan beverages. Experience the warmth and celebration of this blessed time with the special Ramadan a la carte menu at Torch Tea Garden. Take in the stunning views of Aspire Park and the Doha skyline as you indulge in an extensive selection of traditional Arabic delicacies as well as Ramadan desserts and beverages. Make your way to Doha’s trendiest tea lounge and gorge on a delightful mezzah platter, choice of main course, Arabic sweets as well as Arabic coffee and dates. Enjoy all this and lots more daily from 7pm to 1am. CALL 4446 5600 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Doha

Enjoy the warm hospitality of the beautiful Al Andalusia tent, set up on the rooftop. The décor and entertainment will take you back in time to the Oriental nights of Al Andalus. Celebrate the Holy month of Ramadan overlooking Doha’s skyline for Iftar or Sohour featuring Arabic & International cuisine, accompanied by the soothing sounds of the charming entertainment. Iftar is served from sunset and Sohour will be served as a set menu during the weekdays, both are priced at QR180. Shisha is available. Early Bird Offer; book before May 15 and get 20% discount for a minimum of 10 people. CALL 4034 3333 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

Movenpick Hotel Doha

Kick off your Ramadan celebrations with some amazing Ramadan offers at Seasons! Gather your friends and family for a lavish Iftar buffet and avail their special group discounts. 15% off for 10 guests, 20% off for 1120 guests, 25% off for 21-30 guests and 30% off for 31-50 guests. The more the merrier! Iftar is served for QR125 per person inclusive of Arabic drinks, tea and coffee. 50% off for children aged six to 12 and children below six dine for free. CALL 4429 1111 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION 86

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La Cigale Hotel

The hotel provides guests with the opportunity to experience memorable Iftar and Souhour evenings in different outlets, Le Cigalon restaurant will be offering an Iftar buffet with a wide array of mezzeh, salads, traditional and International delights complemented by tantalising desserts. Served for QR210 per person. Shisha Garden is the perfect choice for those willing to break their fast with the finest selection of mezzeh, barbecue, and oriental delicacies and smoothies amidst traditional Arabic atmosphere in a verdant outdoor space kept cool by the advanced outdoor climate control system. Apart from Iftar, La Cigale Hotel proudly continues to bring one of Doha’s finest traditions, the La Cigale Ramadan Tent, with the remarkable touch of its Exclusive Partner QNB and their Valued Sponsors Doha Insurance Group, Doha Oasis, Al-Sadd Exchange and Al-Sadd Travel. Year after year, La Cigale’s tent is considered as one of Doha’s best Ramadan destinations, where the indoor swimming pool of the hotel is converted to a contemporary Ramadan tent with an authentic touch that contains private lounges for those who are looking for a tranquil gathering. In addition to its interior, the exceptional ambience of the venue makes it ideal for family, friends and colleagues to assemble amid a lavish Sohour buffet with a wide assortment of traditional and International dishes, live cooking stations, succulent desserts and a variety of flavorsome shishas. Sohour buffet is priced at QR250 per person. Like every year, La Cigale Traiteur brings a delightful blend of delicacies from homemade Arabic sweets, cakes, and chocolates, to daily specials and Iftar boxes, ready for takeaway or dine-in, alongside an endless selection of gift hampers filled with Ramadan specialties and sweets. CALL 4428 888 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.


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Enjoy the holy month of Ramadan at Delice Restaurant

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Iftar available from sunset until 8.00 pm daily. Priced at QR 99 per person 50% discount (children 6-12 years) Children under 6 years dine free of charge

‫ ﻣﺴﺎء‬٨:٠٠ ‫ا‰ﻓﻄﺎر ﻣﺘﺎح ﻣﻦ ﻏﺮوب اﻟﺸﻤﺲ ﺣﺘﻰ‬ ‫ رﻳﺎل ﻗﻄﺮي ﻟﻠﺸﺨﺺ اﻟﻮاﺣﺪ‬٩٩ ‫ﺑﺴﻌﺮ‬ ) ‫ ﺳﻨﺔ‬١٢-٦ ‫ )اšﻃﻔﺎل‬٪٥٠ ‫ﺧﺼﻢ‬ ‫ﻃﻔﺎل دون ﺳﻦ اﻟﺴﺎدﺳﺔ‬£‫ا‰ﻓﻄﺎر ﻣﺠﺎﻧﻲ ﻟ‬

Iftar Buffet

For more information, please contact us at +974 4007 8888 or visit www.ezdancurve.qa/offers

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CHIC Eats Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara

At the stunning Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara, indulge in the most satisfying meal experience for Iftar and Sohour with a Rakiyat Fort-inspired setting overlooking the sea. Sample an array of Ramadan favourites including lamb ouzi and mansaf, makbous, couscous as well as sweet delights halawet el jibn and katayef. Unwind with the soothing sounds of the live Moroccan band as your young ones delight in a henna corner, bouncy castle and so much more! Brought to you by one of the most iconic resorts in Doha, Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara, these Ramadan special offerings come at an extremely affordable cost. Iftar is served from Maghreb prayer to 8.30pm for QR250 per adult and QR125 for kids aged five to 10 (non-resident guests), and QR220 per adult and QR110 for kids aged five to 10 (resident guests). Sohour is served from 10.30pm to 2.30am for QR270 per adult and QR135 for kids aged five to 10 (non-resident guests), and QR220 per adult and QR110 for kids aged five to 10 (resident guests). CALL 4040 5050 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

Doha Marriott Hotel

The “Kan ya Makan”* tent invites families and friends to experience unforgettable evenings in traditional Arabian settings. As dusk falls each evening, come and enjoy a sumptuous buffet featuring all the favourite picks for Ramadan: delicious Middle Eastern specialties, authentic Qatari dishes and a variety of International choices. The professional chefs are excited to offer you a mix of live stations serving juicy shawarmas, tender grilled meats, fresh seafood, sushi and other mouth-watering surprises.For the sweet ending, you may indulge on the decadent spread of traditional and contemporary sweets accompanied by fresh Ramadan beverages. To top that off, and to keep little ones entertained, the team of professionals will take kids on a fantastic break in the spacious playground filled with creative toys, puzzles, cartoon stations, interactive games and much more! Iftar is served from sunset to 9pm for QR180 per person; QR90 per child aged six to 12, and free for kids aged below six. Souhour takes place from 9pm to 2am for QR100 per person; QR50 per child aged six to 12, and free for kids aged below six. CALL 4429 8888 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

Mondrian Doha

Embracing the hotel’s first Ramadan in Qatar, culinary delights will evoke the senses this Holy Month with its One Thousand and One Arabian Nights inspired Ramadan Tent. Hosted in Mondrian Doha’s 2000sqm Moonstone Ballroom, the Ramadan Tent is a blend of the Qatari spirit where traditional elements are effortlessly synced with the modern and worldly. Pastels, golds and ornate settings will transport diners to the mystical wonderland at the Arabian Gulf. In keeping with the extensive bespoke work of Dutch -designer Marcel Wanders, the influence of the Ramadan Tent stays true to inspiration from the beauty of local patterns, ornate Arabic writing and historic souks. The essence of One Thousand and One Nights, a collection of Middle Eastern folk tales and stories, has also influenced the design of the space, which is detailedorientated and complex, with a number of facets, levels and layers. Diners can expect Middle Eastern cuisine which is at the heart of Mondrian Doha’s food and beverage, such as a selection of the finest dates including Ajwa, Anbara, Safawi, Majdool, Khudri to start the proceedings of Iftar, followed by traditional hot and cold Mezzes, Manakish, live 88

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stations, mixed grills and the finest selection of international traditional dishes finished off by traditional and contemporary desserts. Iftar will be served from sunset until 7.30pm. Guests can continue the food fair with Mondrian Doha’s exquisite Ramadan Tent and enjoy Sohour where family and friends can tuck into an abundance of sharing dishes including classics such as Chicken Harees, Chicken Machboos, Lamb Mashkool as well as a grandiose selection of desserts, drinks and juices. Sohour will be served from 9pm to 2am. CALL 4045 5555 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

W Doha Hotel & Residences

The Great Room transforms into the Sultan Tent to offer live food stations, an extended Arabic buffet, live Ramadan band (traditional Arabic instrumental music); shisha menu and lots of great quality time! Iftar is served from sunset to 8.15pm for QR230 per person. Sohour takes place from 9.15pm to 2am, for QR285 per person. Free for children below six; 50% discount for children below 12; Price includes free flow of soft drinks, Ramadan juices, water, Arabic coffee and Moroccan tea; 20% discount will apply for SPG card holders – Iftar only. CALL 4453 5000 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

TWG Tea

This Ramadan savour a new three-course tea-infused Iftar meal, precisely created along with the best Arabic traditions. There’s a choice of delicious Turkish Style Chicken Kebab or a light TWG Tea Organic Salad to break your fast as a starter; tender Confit of Chicken Thighs, rich flavoured Moroccan Lamb Meatball Stew or a classic Wagyu Burger for a main course and a signature dessert from the TWG Tea Pastry Trolley of your own choice, accompanied by TWG hot or iced tea. Share the experience of tea-infused cuisine with your family and friends for QR99 per set at TWG Tea Salon & Boutique at Mall of Qatar. CALL 4017 4877 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha

Have an unforgettable and exceptional Ramadan experience at the exquisite Wanassa Ramadan tent, featuring private majlises, an unlimited buffet of freshly prepared delicacies, Ramadan beverages and live entertainment. Iftar is served from sunset to 9pm for QR210 per person and Sohour is hosted from 9.30pm to 1.30am for QR160 per person. CALL 4419 5000 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.


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DIVA Drives

FERRARI

THE MASTERPIECE FACTORY. THERE AR E SPORTS CARS AND T HE N T HE R E I S TH E FERRARI 488 SP I DE R.

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s avid car enthusiasts and seasoned test drivers, we at Ohlala have the privilege of spending quality time behind some of the finest wheels on offer. Every once and a while however, we get to experience something truly magnificent, something a cut above the rest. Although our intentions are not to instil jealousy into the hearts’ of our readers, the following statement may achieve just that. This month, we experienced the Ferrari 488 Spider and it was even better than we could have imagined. The Ferrari 488 Spider marks a return to the classic Ferrari model and she looks fantastic! It would be a daunting challenge for any sports car manufacturer to produce such a flawless work of automobile art. It is obvious the exterior design is completely performance orientated, with highly efficient aerodynamics that still manage to retain the pure lines synonymous with the Ferrari brand. The sculptural flanks are key to its character with the large signature air intake scallop divided into two sections by a splitter, paying homage to the original 308 GTS. A dual grille opening characterises the front of the vehicle which directs air into the two radiators. A double front spoiler is also present for aerodynamic reasons. The bonnet itself has a pronounced, raised central section and two side channels. These channels have two functions. The first is to make the car’s appearance sportier in nature and the second is to direct air from the two hidden vents in the bumper. A blown spoiler dominates the rear of the vehicle, along with the large air vents present to further improve aerodynamics. The new exhaust tailpipes add to the sense of power and performance exuded from this masterful creation. All in all, it would be extremely difficult to build a better looking vehicle.

“It would be a daunting challenge for any sports car manufacturer to produce such a flawless work of automobile art.”

Carefully sliding into the cockpit styled interior, one immediately feels as if they are on the starting grid at a Formula One event. This motor vehicle offers nothing less than the perfect balance of style, quality, functionality and sportiness. The entire layout is driver oriented, ensuring every function of the vehicle is easily at hand and ready to be implemented. A new Sport infotainment system ensures the simple navigation of available features. Only the very finest of materials and craftsmanship can be seen in this sports car. After careful inspection we could not find one feature we would have altered or added. In truth, several articles could be written on the interior of this vehicle alone, but there is no substitute for the real experience. The performance of this car was however the most impressive aspect of all. Our first drive entailed a trip around Qatar. This long and wide highway stretches for miles and we took advantage of the space to put her through her paces. The all-new 3902 cc V8 turbo engine is a scary beast. There is far too much power available to test on any road and we were hesitant to push her to even half of her capabilities. This speed machine goes from 0 – 100km/h in just three seconds and has a top speed of 330km/h! Fortunately, the carbon ceramic brakes are more than up to the task and the impeccable grip on offer ensures one is in control of the experience. Our next excursion was around The Pearl. Considered one of the finest locations in Doha, it was the perfect location to test the Spider’s handling abilities. If we were to provide one word to describe the experience, it would have to be, smooth. Every curve and feature of this car has been designed to ensure a perfect ride. This Ferrari is incredibly responsive and carves through the roads like a slalom skier carves through the snow. She feels light, powerful and capable. It was only once we exited the vehicle that we realised our cheeks ached from the permanent ear-to-ear smile this experience had provided. This car screams success and wealth. If you are someone looking for the ultimate sports car experience, you need not look any further than the Ferrari 488 Spider. www.ohlala-magazine.com

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The Royal Naval Association Qatar Presents St.George’s Day and Royal Air Force 100 A BLACK TIE DINNER WAS HELD TO CELEBRATE AN EVENING OF ENGLISH HERITAGE AND 100 YEARS OF THE RAF AT THE SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, DOHA ON THE 19TH APRIL 2018.

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Do Shine Bright SITUATED AT LAGOONA MALL, PANDORA SHOWCASED HOW THEY CAN HIGHLIGHT EVERY FACET OF YOU WITH PANDORA SHINE, A NEW BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED COLLECTION OF 18K GOLD-PLATED STERLING SILVER. PANDORA IS ONE OF THE MANY BRANDS IN FIFTY ONE EAST’S PORTFOLIO WHO PRESENTS A FUSION OF EXCLUSIVE LUXURY, EXTRAORDINARY BEAUTY AND CHARMING HOSPITALITY THAT EPITOMIZES THE VERY BEST OF STYLE IN THE REGION.

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13th Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition Spring/Summer Collection 25Th-29Th April 2018 HEYA ARABIAN FASHION EXHIBITION BROUGHT TOGETHER MORE THAN 300 BRANDS UNDER ONE ROOF. THE 13TH EDITION OF HEYA SHOWCASED ABAYAS, JALABIYAS, AND GOWNS BY DESIGNERS FROM QATAR, THE GCC AND BEYOND. HEYA ALSO INCLUDED SHOES, BELTS AND BAGS, PERFUMES AND COSMETIC PRODUCTS FOR DISCERNING LADIES.

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‫للخــياطة الرجالــية‬

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MISS Ohlala

OUT OF THIS WORLD Miss Ohlala’s ramblings of why she feels like she is on another planet in lieu of today’s ever changing persona.

There’s no point ‘beating around the bush’ as it is important to get directly to the point, or, so I find myself regularly paraphrasing when I’m in a rather awkward predicament when other people mercilessly freeload their ‘issues’ upon me. I thought I’d signed up with that with my partner, haven’t I been punished enough!? Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got good ears (albeit small) to take on such an ordeal, but, what I find rather questionable is how belittling it is to call ourselves the “supreme human race”, the advanced species of planet earth who choose to use their conscious abilities, that allow them to question and reason, to go to merciless battle with one another, while chuckling at the ‘immature’ ‘barbaric’ behaviour displayed by other animals that we fight so hard to distinguish ourselves from as we mimic them free handedly. It’s sad that the majority of people won’t bother reading this. It’s too long and not discussing turning up or relationship drama or some pointless event that I’ve endured today. I’m talking about something that a lot of us don’t care to question and I’m curious about why that is. Why is it so hard for our intelligent race to actually care about the sustainability of our earth and what we’re actually doing here and where exactly ‘here’ is? Why are we so concerned about who’s dating who, or who decides to swap their gender and why? I don’t care 98

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about how many doughnuts Beyonce can lick and I certainly do not care about committing any “sins”, aka random acts that someone somewhere decided were wrong and that everyone else should think they’re wrong too. I don’t understand why so many of us choose to be ignorant, just to feel safe, and to feel importance. Why we feel the need to project a particular image to the outside world throughout the realms of social media is beyond me. Why do we have this overriding need to impress other people, people we don’t know, and for what? To feel better? I know from personal experience that scrolling through said platforms are a recipe for anxiety. Keep your standardised test results and your straight “A” transcripts to yourselves and as you look them over and feel proud of yourself, remember that those A’s hail from a man-made alphabet, those numbers that make up your scores, belong to a theoretically man-made conceptual system which we have developed to consciously evaluate the world around us. Most importantly, remember that your magnificent transcript and wonderful achievements still don’t answer the who, what, where, when and why of your entire existence. But I’m sure we can all manage to make one up out of laziness. This is why I can’t befriend the average teenager. *eyeroll* So, I suppose what I’m saying is...let’s make a conscious effort to be more present in our actual lives.


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