Thursday, October 30, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Kiva - Lending to the Needy

If anyone is interested in helping out needy people and people of Palestine this is a really great site to donate increments of $25/7.250 KD to those needing a loan which they will pay back over time if they don't run into problems along the way. The screenshot below is from my account, people who I've sponsored and as you can see, several people have already repaid the loan.
Unfortunately the loans made to people in Palestine have become delinquent due to the war and bombings of the country. There are risks involved but it's only $25, not a large amount to fret over. I started off with loaning to 4 people totaling $100 and once I reached $25 in re-payments I loaned to another person. There is Islamic finance which is the main area I donate to and a new area for conflict zones such as Palestine.

 I started a lending team named 'Kuwait for Kiva' unfortunately it didn't spark the interest I thought it would but I'm giving it another chance.
You can find more on their website and you can recommend friends earning yourself $25 to lend for each person who signs up.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sweet Caddy at Safat Showroom

There's a beautiful 54' Cadillac Eldorado on display in the Safat Al Ghanim showroom. It is really amazing, even has the gold package going on.

 And then there is this weird conjoined twin looking wooden sculpture thingy on display.

Complete with seating in the wooden trunk.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Costa Coffee- Got (camel) Milk Campaign

Have you ever wanted to try camel's milk but were too afraid? Costa Coffee is offering their products made with camel's milk (one day only) for their new store launch, Costa Coffee Miral.

Please join us on Tuesday, the 28th of October at our Miral store (adjacent to the Hilton hotel in Mangaf) from 7-9pm. Sip on something new while munching on Costa's freshly baked favorites from Magnolia Bakery and LeNotre.

We have a few more surprises in store for the event –  so we hope to see you there!

The Costa Coffee Family

I've tried it in a dessert while visiting a desert camp trip in the Emirati desert, had it fresh and frothy while visiting the camel farms in Kuwait and a friend brought some chocolate made from camel's milk from Al Nassma store in Dubai. It tastes like a sweet cream, I am definitely interested in tasting it in a coffee version. Here's an article on the new camel craze hitting the markets - link

Guy run over by Saudi stunt Driver

I would've moved but I guess he wanted a real 'close up' which he got.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ice cream machine in IKEA

Almost everyone who takes a trip to IKEA cannot leave without getting an ice cream, for some reason these are the best ice cream cones ever. I haven't been to IKEA in a while, when we went for ice cream I notice a line of people standing around a machine with a ice cream cone picture. I got to the register asked for chocolate and instead of getting our cones, we got tokens.
You are no longer served by the staff, instead you pay and get a token that looks like a watch battery so be careful if you hand it to your small kids. You then wait in line and sit your cone in the machine, put the tokens in and the magic begins. The ice cream is still vanilla but with a swirl of chocolate or strawberry. I want one of these in my house!

They are smaller than when hand served, maybe it's a cost control solution? It reminds me of Vegas, it was so much fun to hear the coins drop, get your hands dirty from handling the money and now you get a receipt, no more sounds of falling coins hitting the metal trays. With the ice cream, it's fun to wait and get it handed to you and they were bigger.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bleach Kuwait

I was tasked with fixing up a company apartment for a manager, I've seen Bleach Kuwait on IG (@bleachkw) and decided to give them a try mainly because they are a newer Kuwaiti owned company. I was contacted by Ahmad who is one of the owners and eventually made an appointment to have someone come out and give me an estimate. They arrived promptly and took a look around, my estimate was 240KD which shocked me at first. It's a 3-bedroom, 2.5 bathroom, kitchen and living room flat.
But it's not my money so I agreed. This is a deep cleaning and when I say deep I mean every tile and grout line was meticulously cleaned from top to bottom. I was impressed by the work ethic of the team, they only rested a few minutes during their 8-hour shift. The total was 12 hours, 4 the first and 8 on the second visit and they cleaned from the start to the finish of their shift.
Starting off with a gift bag from the company complete with slippers.
Scrubbed and buffed the floors of every room

 Supplied their own cleaning items

 Took care of the outside windows
I would like to say they did a really great job and even burned bukhour before they left, great job guys! I was also glad to get a phone call afterwards regarding their services, that's good business practice. You can find out more here or call them 94437726 or 99035060.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Racial Profiling Experiment- HOAX

The video of a NYPD officer appearing to racially profile two Muslim men because they are wearing traditional Islamic clothes has been exposed as a hoax.
Shamelessly seeking to exploit recent tensions sparked in New York City by the choking death of Eric Garner in July, the video was created by two filmmakers hoping to create and profit from viral content on YouTube.
Brooklyn residents Adam Saleh and Sheikh Akbar, who produce shareable content under the name 'TrueStoryASA' released the video entitled, 'Racial Profiling Experiment' over the weekend - duping many media outlets around the world.
Not cool guys!