Tuesday, July 31, 2007

I can feel it

I don't usually get sick very often, but after the exhausting vacation that I had, I feel like garbage, I'm tired all the time, my throat hurts, I have a runny nose, my back aches, my head is constantly spinning, I really hope its just the flu or maybe my withdrawal symptoms. (don't ask from what, cause if your not smart enough to figure out what people do in Ibiza, you're not smart enough to be reading this blog)

Anyways, I'm going to nap for a bit on my desk, if you guys have any suggestion on fast remedies, please let me know ASAP.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Riches to rags

The Mac Dad will make you Jump Jump
The Daddy Mac will make you Jump Jump
Kris Kross will make you Jump Jump

Kris is the little playa wannabe in the middle (how sad)

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Hold On !!!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Thursday, July 26, 2007

The Simpsons

i'm not a die hard fan of the simpsons, but i really want to go see the movie - which has been showing in kuwait since yesterday. we tried to watch it yesterday but the time slot we wanted was fully booked.

i checked out the entry on imdb and it has an amazing score of 9/10; the only movies with a better score are the shawshank redemption and the godfather (both 9.1).
not all episodes of the show are great, but no one can deny that it's a smart show in general, with many hidden puns and subliminal messages.

Some amusing facts about the simpsons:
  • It takes 6 - 8 months and costs about $1 mill. to make each simpson's episode
  • All the Simpson's characters voices are done by only seven people (homer, itchy, grandpa, krusty are all done by one person)
  • The Simpsons first aired in 1987 (20 years anniversary this year)
  • Milhouse's middle name is Mussolini
  • Homer's e-mail address is ChunkyLover53@aol.com
  • Characters' full names: Lisa Marie Simpson, Bartholomew Jojo Simpson, and Homer Jay Simpson

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Quick escape

i just discovered that august 11th is a holiday (isra2 & me3raj), so there's going to be a nice little 3-day weekend in mid august. i'm contemplating these options (in order of preference):

- taking a quick escape to beirut
- staying put and relaxing as much as possible
- visiting a friend in dubai

what's everyone else doing ?

Monday, July 23, 2007

Deodorant pills

[... Scientists in Brazil claim to have come up with a perfume in pill form, which can be used like a deodorant. After 10 months of research, doctors from Ceara Federal University created the perfume pill.

They say people who take it three times a day will smell sweetly 24 hours a day. Scientists told Jornal Hoje: “You won’t even need a deodorant with this pill.” The first batch of the pill smells like lavender ...]

rest of article

the idea of smelling like lavender or jasmin all day sounds sweet ! but having to take the pill 3 times a day is a bit much

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Poor patch-up job

snapped in salmiya: an interesting attempt to rename a pharmacy which - i'm going to venture a guess here - used to be named Hilton Pharmacy.

in arabic they moved the dots and turned it into Hilbon. and in english, they turned into some word with a greek letter in the middle of it.

copyright issues much ?

Saturday, July 21, 2007

My new toy

it's the bulkiest phone i've had i think, but it's got lots of features. and the camera's good (5mpx) which is cool because i don't own a camera.

and i can't wait for my 1st video call :->

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Top 5 Arab Cities for Single Young Professionals

Inspired by Laialy_Q8's post on the Forbes list of the best cities for young professionals, I decided to create the same list for best Arab cities for single young professionals:

Top 5 Arab cities for Single young professionals:

  1. Dubai

  2. Amman

  3. Manama

  4. Cairo

  5. Kuwait

* I would've loved to put Beirut on this list, but under the current circumstances, It doesn't even come close.

(this list is purely my opinion, if you have any objections, screw you)

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Words of wisdom

There was a one hour interview on CNBC with Warren Buffet, the second richest man who has donated $31 billion to charity Here are some very interesting aspects of his life:

1. He bought his first share at age 11 and he now regrets that he started too late!

2. He bought a small farm at age 14 with savings from delivering newspapers.

3. He still lives in the same small 3-bedroom house in mid-town Omaha, that he bought after he got married 50 years ago. He

says that he has everything he needs in that house. His house does not have a wall or a fence.

4. He drives his own car everywhere and does not have a driver or security people around him.

5. He never travels by private jet, although he owns the world's largest private jet company.

6. His company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns 63 companies. He writes only one letter each year to the CEOs of these companies, giving them goals for the year. He never holds meetings or calls them on a regular basis. He has given his CEO's only two rules.
- Rule number 1: do not lose any of your share holder's money.
- Rule number 2: Do not forget rule number 1.

7. He does not socialize with the high society crowd. His past time after he gets home is to make himself some pop corn and watch Television.

8. Bill Gates, the world's richest man met him for the first time only 5 years ago. Bill Gates did not think he had anything in common with Warren Buffet. So he had scheduled his meeting only for half hour. But when Gates met him, the meeting lasted for ten hours and Bill Gates became a devotee of Warren Buffet.

9. Warren Buffet does not carry a cell phone, nor has a computer on his desk.

His advice to young people : 'Stay away from credit cards' and invest in yourself and Remember :

Money doesn't create man but it is the man who created money.
Live your life as simple as you are.
Don't do what others say, just listen them, but do what you feel good.
Don't go on brand name; just wear those things in which u feel comfortable.
Don't waste your money on unnecessary things; just spend on them who really in need rather.
After all it's your life then why give chance to others to rule our life.

These are his words and I believe that the Arabs are the people that should be listening and absorbing them, since we always seem to live our lives for others to perceive.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Sex candy

All drugs have two names, a trade name and generic name. For example, the trade name of Tylenol also has a generic name of Acetaminophen. Aleve is also called Naproxen. Amoxil is also called Amoxicillin and Advil is also called Ibuprofen.

The FDA has been looking for a generic name for Viagra. After careful consideration by a team of government experts, it recently announced that it has settled on the generic name of Mycoxafloppin. Also considered were Mycoxafailin, Mydixadrupin, Mydixarizin, Dixafix, and of course, Ibepokin.

Pfizer Corp. announced today that Viagra will soon be available in liquid form, and will be marketed by Pepsi Cola as a power beverage suitable for use as a mixer. It will now be possible for a man to literally pour himself a stiff one. Obviously we can no longer call this a soft drink, and it gives new meaning to the names of 'cocktails', 'highballs' and just a good old-fashioned 'stiff drink'. Pepsi will market the new concoction by the name of: MOUNT & DO.

Thought for the day: There is more money being spent on breast implants and
Viagra today than on Alzheimer's research. This means that by 2040, there
should be a large elderly population with perky boobs and huge erections and
absolutely no recollection of what to do with them.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Remembering the 1st post

today iKuwait has reached 10000 hits, so thanks to those of u who think our subjects are worth a look every now and then; and as an hommage to this moment, i would like to re-post the 1st post ever written on iKuwait, back when zed was yazeed:

After Yazeed and I decided to start a blog, I thought maybe the first post should be some kind of intro; so here it is - this blog is the result of a conversation which ended with "why don't we start a blog?" and "it would be fun."

That's all there is to it - it might last a month, a year, a week, who knows.

Welcome to iKuwait.

ps: today iKuwait is 7 months and 3 days old.... and counting ;)

Thursday, July 12, 2007

The next 43 rules of drinking (part 2)

1. Being drunk is feeling sophisticated without being able to say it.
2. It's okay to drink alone.
3. After three drinks, you will forget a woman's name two seconds after she tells you. The rest of the night you will call her "baby" or "darling".
4. Nothing screams 'nancy boy' louder than swirling an over sized brandy snifter.
5. Men don't drink from straws. Unless you're doing a Mind or Face Eraser.
6. If you do a shot, finish it. If you don't plan to finish it, don't accept it.
7. Never brood in a dance bar. Never dance in a dive bar.
8. Never play more than three songs by the same artist in a row.
9. Your songs will come on as you're leaving the bar.
10. Never yell out jukebox selections to someone you don't know.
11. Never lie in a bar. You may, however, grossly exaggerate and lean.
12. If you think you might be slurring a little, then you are slurring a lot. If you think you are slurring a lot, then you are not speaking English.
13. Screaming, "Someone buy me a drink!" has never worked.
14. For every drink, there is a five percent better chance you will get in a fight. There is also a three percent better chance you will lose the fight.

15. Fighting an extremely drunk person when you are sober is hilarious.
16. If you are broke and a friend is "sporting you", you must laugh at all his jokes and play wingman when he makes his move.
17. If you are broke and a friend is "making sport of you", you may steal any drink he leaves unattended.
18. Never rest your head on a table or bar top. It is the equivalent of voluntarily putting your head on a chopping block.
19. If you are trading rounds with a friend and he asks if you're ready for another, always say yes. Once you fall out of sync you will end up buying more drinks than him.
20. If you're going to hit on a member of the bar staff, make sure you tip well before and after, regardless of her response.
21. The people with the most money are rarely the best tippers.
22. Before you die, single-handedly make one decent martini.
23. Asking a bartender what beers are on tap when the handles are right in front of you is the equivalent of saying, "I'm an idiot."
24. Never ask a bartender "what's good tonight?" They do not fly in the scotch fresh from the coast every morning.
25. If there is a line for drinks, get your goddamn drink and step the hell away from the bar.
26. If there is ever any confusion, the fuller beer is yours.
27. The patrons at your local bar are your extended family, your fathers and mothers, your brothers and sisters. Except you get to sleep with these sisters. And if you're really drunk, the mothers.
28. It's acceptable, traditional in fact, to disappear during a night of hard drinking. You will appear mysterious and your friends will understand. If they even notice.
29. Never argue your tab at the end of the night. Remember, you're hammered and they're sober. It's akin to a precocious five-year-old arguing the super-string theory with a physicist. 99.9% of the time you're wrong and either way you're going to come off as a jackass.
30. If you bring booze to a party, you must drink it or leave it.
31. If you hesitate more than three seconds after the bartender looks at you, you do not deserve a drink.
32. Beer makes you mellow, champagne makes you silly, wine makes you dramatic, tequila makes you felonious.
33. The greatest thing a drunkard can do is buy a round of drinks for a packed bar.
34. Never preface a conversation with a bartender with "I know this is going to be a hassle, but . . ."
35. When you're in a bar and drunk, your boss is just another guy begging for a fat lip. Unless he's buying.
36. If you are 86'd, do not return for at least three months. To come back sooner makes it appear no other bar wants you.
37. Anyone with three or more drinks in his hands has the right of way.
38. If you're going to drink on the job, drink vodka. It's the no-tell liquor.
39. There's nothing wrong with drinking before noon. Especially if you're supposed to be at work.
40. The bar clock moves twice as fast from midnight to last call.
41. A flask engraved with a personal message is one of the best gifts you can ever give. And make sure there's something in it.
42. On the intimacy scale, sharing a quiet drink is between a handshake and a kiss.
43. You will forget every one of these rules by your fifth drink.

--Frank Kelly Rich

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

My laptop.. my life

yesterday i turned my laptop on like i usually do, looking forward to surfing and maybe listening to some music. the power light went on and that's about the only thing that did. black screen, no startup beep, nothing. it just completely stopped working.

so later that day, i headed to toshiba to get it fixed on warranty. on my way there i couldnt help but think that whoever was gonna fix it will have access to all my personal files and pictures and everything, and quite frankly i dont know how to feel about that.

not that there's anything super confidential, but i feel a bit exposed and that my privacy could be breached should my laptop fall into the wrong hands.

are we at the mercy of computer technicians ? are we too paranoid about others spying on us ?

the eagles said it best - "we are all just prisoners here, of our own device"

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Socio-professional catagories survey

The most practised sport by unemployed people is basketball.

The most practised sport by unqualified people is football.

The most practised sport by specialized people is bowling.

The most practised sport by managers is tennis.

The most practised sport by senior managers is squash.

The most practised sport by CEO's/Board managers is golf.


The higher the professional status, the smaller the balls.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

3 things

top 3 movie quotes:

1. London? Yes, London. London? Yes! London! Ya know fish, chips, cup o' tea, bad food, worst weather, Marry fuckin Poppins, London!

2. leave the gun, take the cannolis

3. are you gonna bark all day, little doggy, or are you gonna bite?

New Seven Wonders of the World

The New 7 Wonders of the World were announced during the Official Declaration ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal on yesterday, July 7, 2007 - 07.07.07.

The New 7 Wonders organization is happy to announce the following 7 candidates have been elected to represent global heritage throughout history.

Chichén Itzá, Mexico
Christ Redeemer, Brazil
The Great Wall, China
Machu Picchu, Peru

Petra, Jordan
The Roman Colloseum, Italy

The Taj Mahal, India

Thank you all for voting & congratulations to Jordan and every other country.

Saturday, July 7, 2007


It's the 7th of July 2007

The Number Seven questions and seeks answers to the grand riddle of life. It is a number of magical, mystical maturity. Its character, 7, may be likened to an old man bent over with age or perhaps, carrying a staff or lantern that casts its light into the darkness surrounding it. It is the number of introspection, planning, and inner searching. Through the control, insight and planning that emerges with the Seven we realize that we reap what we sow.

Seven's like Three's deal with magical forces. However, unlike Three's, Seven's deal with esoteric, scholarly aspects of magic. Representative of scholarly activities, mystery, and active seeking of esoteric knowledge. Seven's deal with the activation of imagination, and manifesting results in our lives through the use of conscious thought and awareness. Ruled by Saturn, Seven's can represent impractical dreaming, but with a deeper understanding of the aspects of Seven, you can quite deftly utilize it's magic vibration to your own benefit.

The numbers we all use (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.) are known as "Arabic" numbers to distinguish them from the "Roman Numerals" (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, etc). Actually the Arabs popularized these numbers but they were originally used by the early Phoenician traders to count and keep track of their trading accounts.

A few new definitions

School: A place where Papa pays and Son plays.
Life Insurance: A contract that keeps you poor all your life so that you can die Rich.
Nurse: A person who wakes you up to give you sleeping pills.
Marriage: It's an agreement in which a man loses his bachelor degree and a woman gains her masters.
Divorce: Future tense of Marriage.
Tears: The hydraulic force by which masculine willpower is defeated by feminine water power.
Lecture: An art of transferring information from the notes of the Lecturer to the notes of the students without passing through "the minds of either"
Conference: The confusion of one man multiplied by the number present.
Compromise: The art of dividing a cake in such a way that everybody believes he got the biggest piece.
Dictionary: A place where success comes before work.
Conference Room: A place where everybody talks, nobody listens and everybody disagrees later on.
Father: A banker provided by nature.
Criminal: A guy no different from the rest, except that he got caught.
Boss: Someone who is early when you are late and late when you are early.
Politician: One who shakes your hand before elections and your Confidence after.
Doctor: A person who kills your ills by pills, and kills you by bills.
Classic: Books, which people praise, but do not read.
Smile: A curve that can set a lot of things straight.
Office: A place where you can relax after your strenuous home life.
Yawn: The only time some married men ever get to open their mouth.
Etc.: A sign to make others believe that you know more than you actually do.
Committee: Individuals who can do nothing individually and sit to decide that nothing can be done together.
Experience: The name men give to their mistakes.
Atom Bomb: An invention to end all inventions.
Philosopher: A fool who torments himself during life, to be spoken of when dead

Thursday, July 5, 2007

More google perks

turns out google has a calculator function, so u can enter queries directly into the search box and google will give u the result. it even recognizes things like pi, sqrt, trig functions, factorial ...

i think it's handy because sometimes i'm too lazy to go to start->programs->accessories->calculator

another cool feature is the currency converter; u can just type in something like 500GBP in KWD, and google will do the conversion for u. and if u don't know the name of a certain currency, u can type for example currency of south africa in KWD and it will still work

to check out more features click here

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

The 43 rules of drinking (part 1)

1. If you owe someone money, always pay them back in a bar. Preferably during happy hour.
2. Always toast before doing a shot.
3. Whoever buys the shot gets the first chance to offer a toast.
4. Change your toast at least once a month.
5. Buying someone a drink is five times better than a handshake.
6. Buying a strange woman a drink is still cool. Buying all her drinks is dumb.
7. Never borrow more than one cigarette from the same person in one night.
8. When the bartender is slammed, resist the powerful urge to order a slightly-dirty, very-dry, in-and-out, super-chilled half-and-half martini with a lemon twist. Limit orders to beer, straight shots and two-part cocktails.
9. Get the bartender's attention with eye contact and a smile.
10. Do not make eye contact with the bartender if you do not want a drink.
11. Unacceptable things to say after doing a shot: Great, now I'm going to get drunk. I hate shots. It's coming back up.
12. Never, ever tell a bartender he made your drink too strong.
13. If he makes it too weak, order a double next time. He'll get the message.
14. If you offer to buy a woman a drink and she refuses, she does not like you.
15. If you offer to buy a woman a drink and she accepts, she still might not like you.
16. If she buys you a drink, she likes you.
17. If someone offers to buy you a drink, do not upgrade your liquor preference.
18. Always have a corkscrew in your house.
19. If you don't have a corkscrew, push the cork down into the bottle with a pen.
20. Drink one girly drink in public and you will forever be known as the guy who drinks girly drinks.
21. Our parents were better drinkers than we are.
22. Never talk to someone in the restroom unless you're doing the same thing—urinating, waiting in line or washing your hands.
23. Girls hang out, apply make-up, and have long talks in the bathroom. Men do not.
24. After your sixth drink, do not look at yourself in the mirror. It will shake your confidence.
25. It is only permissible to shout 'woo-hoo!' if you are doing a shot with four or more people.
26. If there is a d.j., you can request a song only once per night. If he doesn't play it within half an hour, do not approach him again. If he does play it, do not approach him again.
27. Learn how to make a rose out of a bar napkin. You'll be surprised how well it works.
28. If you can't afford to tip, you can't afford to drink in a bar. Go to the liquor store.
29. If you owe someone twenty dollars or less, you may pay them back in beer.
30. Never complain about the quality or brand of a free drink.
31. If you have been roommates with someone more than six months, you may drink all their beer, even if it's hidden, as long as you leave them one.
32. You can have a shot of their hard liquor only if the cap has been cracked and the bottle goes for less than $25.
33. The only thing that tastes better than free liquor is stolen liquor.
34. If you bring Old Milwaukee to a party, you must drink at least two cans before you start drinking the imported beer in the fridge.
35. Learn to appreciate hangovers. If it was all good times every jackass would be doing it.
36. If you ever feel depressed, get out a bartender's guide and browse through all the drinks you've never tried.
37. Try one new drink each week.
38. If you are the bar's sole customer, you are obliged to make small talk with the bartender until he stops acknowledging you. Then you're off the hook. The same goes for him.
39. Never tip with coins that have touched you. If your change is $1.50, you can tell the barmaid to keep the change, but once she has handed it to you, you cannot give it back. To a bartender or cocktail waitress, small change has no value.
40. If you have ever told a bartender, "Hey, it all spends the same," then you are a cheap ass.
41. Anyone on stage or behind a bar is fifty percent better looking.
42. You can tell how hard a drinker someone is by how close they keep their drink to their mouth.
43. A bar is a college, not a nursery. If you spill a beer, clean it up. If you break a glass, wait for a staff member to clean it up, then blame it on someone else.

--Frank Kelly Rich

Monday, July 2, 2007

No more 'fags' in england

England smoking ban takes effect - july 1st

other countries where smoking is prohibited in all work and public places as well as restaurants and bars - sweden, norway, italy. denmark is joining later this year and france in the beginning of 2008.

kuwait is joining in 2009. yeah right

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Songs take you places

it's crazy how some songs vividly remind u of a certain time / place / person. u hear a song playing and your thoughts automatically travel to that point of time in the past. or that person. or that particular moment.

in my case these are some of the songs which bring back memories, and they always will - my perogative, yesterday (boyz II men version), should i stay or should i go, joker (steve miller), have u ever really loved a woman, 10 years gone, that's amore (dean martin), glorious...

which song whisks you back into the past ?