Cinema: GO or Not TO GO

July 31, 2007 at 1:16 pm (Kuwait, Lifestyle, Movies, Personal)

I have never been a fan of ‘The Simpsons’ but If I came acros it on tv, I would leave everything and freeze inforn on the TV until the end of the episode. As everyone aware of the film’s release worldwide (which include Kuwait), Do you think I should bother watch it in Kuwait? I’m not a mall person, I’d rather spend time with my family strolling the beach, go to the farm togother and have quality time rather than visiting the mall like most kuwaitis. So, to go out with a group.. It’s movies time and at the moment.. there is nothing worth to spend money on. Fracture/Harry Potter/ Vacancy/ Stupid arabic movies and a couple of indian movies.. That’s what’s currently available, which is pathetic in a country with over 30 screens… My only option is ‘The Simpsons’ which I know for a fact will be censored and it’s running time will be reduced by 30 minutes minimum…

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On a side note: why did they block a number of torrents sites again ??? and why the internent speeds here is very slow.. I  have DSL (512 kps) and I’m already complaning to my father in a daily basis ..

Tarsheed, slow internet , hot+ humid weather …. It’s too much *_*

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Hostel 2 (2007)

July 30, 2007 at 11:13 pm (Movies, Reviews)

 

After watching the first installment, I decided to be a faithful fan and watch the sequel when it was released. I need to make it clear that I’m a horror fan, but I will try not be biased. I love the genre due to it’s creepy story-lines, so I try to watch any horror movie when it is released.

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‘ Three female college students take a detour from their partying, enticed by a beautiful European woman who promises seclusion, safety and maybe even romance. What they get is a living hell where they are sold to the highest bidder who’s fondest wish is to kill them slowly. Hostel 2 also follows 2 American men who, on the flip side of the coin, are willing to pay to join an exclusive club where a life will end at their hands…any way they like. It’s a story of human monsters and the almighty dollar as only Eli Roth could tell it.’ Written by Paul Nomad of Dreadcentral.com

Hostel 2 starts with the main protagonist of Hostel 1 who survived the killing, hiding in a country home scarred of being caught and killed by the same people who caused him misery and killed his friends. There is no link between Part 1 and part 2 so don’t worry if you haven’t watched the first. Anyway, back to the story, 3 American girls ‘ Beth, Lorna, and  Whitney‘  are on a school holiday in Rome. On a field trip, they meet the model ‘Axelle‘, who tells them about an amazing spa in Slovakia. The girls stay at the same hostel where the first movie took place. Their details are copied and posted online….

 

They were auctioned !!! Inside a deserted factory, lots of people (Mostly tourists) are imprisoned until the hightest bidder/winner of the auction, arrives to Slovakia and claims his /her item. Just to add few slices of pineapples, not only do men bid on this auction, women participate as well. Blame the feminists!!! Inside a chamber, they are tortured and killed. There is no law , it’s a jungle and nobody is safe; not the bidder and obviously not the prisoners/auction items themselves. If the bidder decide to back out, he would be killed and if he didn’t finish off his prey , he will be killed as well.

There are 2 rules inside that crazy factory if you are a bidder;

   1) A Dog-Faced Tattoo

   2) You need to kill someone, if you can’t do it , don’t bid. Otherwise, you are in a big Problem!!!

I believe the reasons behind those 2 rules is that you signed a contract by having the tattoo and secondly you are not going to implicate your self if you decide to report the factory crimes because you have already participated in a crime. 

The movie may seem a horror movie, but it is deeper than that. I thought a lot about the ending which I’m not to disclose here. The fact that people can turn to beasts, animals and sometimes monstors in certain situations is very scarry. You can be provoked by a number of stimulators in you life and you do things that you regret it afterward. But, can you be stimulated by some events that lead you to do somethings that you can not regret because it can be a matter of of life and death?? Can you kill someone to save yourself? will you do it? So many questions that I don’t know how I’m going to answer them because I simply Don’t know !!!

 A lot of people found the movie to be better than the first and I’m one of them. For example, you don’t sympathise with the boys in the first movie, they went to Slovakia because they wanted to party and have, you can’t relate to them. It’s different with the girls; you feel sorry for them, you want to help them but you can’t which makes the feeling worse.

After the movie , i was thinkning deeply what will I do, if I was in their shoes? How far can you go to avenge yourself? Would you kill somebody so that you can feed the fire inside you? How about hatered? The motto of the movie is ” In each one of us, there is a beast” and I do believe that when the time/ settings become appropriate, we might turn into vicious creatures, we can be murderers if we were pushed to the limit, and that what terrifies me.

 

Questions arised:

– Can a movie like this affect tourism? and will you reconsider visiting a contry after watching a gore movie like this?

– How will you avenge yourself if you were kidnapped and tortured like the actersses in this movie? and How far can you go in the pursuance of your own vengeance?

Memorable quotes:

Lorna: Would you like a smint?

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Axelle: As my father always says, “nozdrovja”, to your health!

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My Rating: 6/10

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Dancing Competition: Japan Vs Korea

July 29, 2007 at 10:19 am (Entertainment, Humor, Music, Video)

2 teams, defending their country’s honor. Just kidding!!! 

Each team consists of backup dancers of their respective countries. Hence; the title,’Japan VS Korea’.  This show  is similiar to these mainstram shows that are shown on MTV, and so the usual formula of 2 teams competing and chalanging each other with their dancing skills is induced here. I’m not a fan of these shows, but I enjoy entertainment to a certain degree.

I’m astonished with the korean men’s skills.. They are so good… Maybe, because I haven’t seen anything like this before.

Check the video; and be warned it’s 9 minutes long !!

One thing I need to warn you of, is the presence of presenter Sarina Suzuki,, She’s so annoying and loud. God !!! Sometimes, presenters need to stand behind and watch, rather than giving their pointless input.

Who do you think is better ?.. ^_^

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Kuwait!! I’m here!!

July 28, 2007 at 2:01 pm (Personal)

I’m in Kuwait now,, Glad to be with family, Love the feeling ..

To a breakdown of my journey:

– I left my flat at 6.30 AM (GMT) as I was so worried about my luggage’s weight, and I was afraid that I might deal with paying excess charge.

– 6:55 AM: Reached Eithaad Airways counter in Manchester Airport. Their counters are deserted of passengers!! , It’s a good sign !! I went to one of the unoccupied ladies and finished in less than 4 minutes.

– 7.10 AM: After a long wait due to security reasons, I was able to enter the passenger’s lounge.

-7.12 AM: 3 hours until my flight and I don’t know what to do!! There are few occupied seats and some duty free shops. I had to use my time unwisely moving from one shop to another and returning back and forth.

I was so bored. I couldn’t call anybody as it’s very early and it’s rude, even if I was too desperate to do something meaningful (eg, calling someone).

Some of you, might ask why didn’t you go to your departure gate and read/eat/do anything rather than walking in circles until the departure announcement. Well, the problem was that they didn’t provide us with the gate number , so I had to wait with my fellow passengers until the gate number was announced on the screen.

8.20 AM: Still, no sign of the gate number on the screen, I had already bought some chocolate from one of the shops , so here goes another round in the shops.

8.30 AM: Now I was able to call anybody I want. It’s a week day and everybody are on their way to work or had already reached their workplace. I called 3 people and left voice messages (Long ones) for another two.

8.55 AM: 5 minuted until the announcement of the gate number. I met a nice Bahraini woman who was doing Masters in communication. Mash’allah!! … She was called ” Madeena “.. ‘City’ in English. She said it was a common name in Bahrain. I didn’t know that!

9.00 AM: Finally the gate number was announced. I marched to my gate, then I’ll able to sit down and read my book. Gate 29, Here I come!!

9.25 AM: Hungry and unable to function, I wasn’t able to read my book with concentration and was easily distracted. 5 minutes later, and the gate opened, Thank you God!

10.00AM: My seat location was excellent as I wasn’t bothered if it was an aisle/window seat. The person who sat next to me was a 10 year old boy, travelling on his own to visit his family in AbuDhabi. Mash’allah he was so polite and bless him, he enjoyed talking (He was a bit talkative) and telling me about his ambitious dream to be a magician in the future. His old dream to be a rapper, why did he like 50 cents and etc.? His favourite movies? how he take care about his teeth? His dream to move to Abu Dhabi and to start a family there (So young to think about these things)? I think I treated him like a young brother/son.. whenever he had to go the toilet, he would put his food tray on mine, I was encouraging him to eat and like any other boy he wasn’t keen on the plane’s food. Although I didn’t sleep as I intented to do, I managed to sleep for an hour which was an achievement considering the circumstances, bless him.. The boy was talking and pointing at this and that, asking question, but it was fun. In the other hand, I met a girl who was doing medicine, she heard me talking to ‘Amir-The boy’ about dentistry, and Subhan -Allah it turned out that she knew a fellow Kuwaiti students who are doing 4th year medicine who I know. I didn’t expect that!!

8PM (GMT +3): We reached AbuDhabi,said goodbyes to both Amir and Aneesa (The 4th year Medic) and parted our ways, each to his/her respective way. Due to the fact that I didn’t have money as I didn’t want to exchange British pounds to USD/Emarati Durhim’s, I found a seat and continued reading my book. I didn’t think it was a good idea to look at the duty free shops as I didn’t want to carry anything with me.

Believe it or not, I sat there on my chair reading for the next 6 hours. Well, let’s say that, 3 hours were for reading purposes and the other 3 were observational. I witnessed the arrival of an Indonesian Team (Consists of old people) and one of the few women who were there, shocked me with her striking resemblance to Amilda Marcus (The previous first lady of the Philippine). Another Kuwaiti man with long hair and his wife (Shorter hair than him) who wasn’t dressed appropriately. There was this Funny Emarati’s couple; the husband was dressed in purple jeans and shirt, his wife was wearing what looks like 6 layers of Aabaya(3abaya) which I assumed to be very heavy. 10 minuted later, I see the same couple, but without the Abaya and the Nigab.. She was wearing yellow skinny jeans with a matching top. Another Kuwaiti man had a fight with one of Etihaad Airways’s staff because she refused to provide him with a free accommodation. It was interesting to observe so many people and see how colourful the airport can be with so many nationalities and races.

1.20 AM( GMT+3): Boarding the plane to Kuwait, I’m on way to my beloved hometown. I sat next to a Kuwaiti man and continued reading my book, who assumed I was British.. I was shocked ??  and with my Hijab as well. ^_^ (Found it funny).Due to the undergoing construction in AbuDhabi Airport, we were taken in a bus to our aircraft. Half an hour later, we are still waiting for another set of passengers who were late .. They were shopping in the duty free area!!  I can’t believe how some people can be so inconsiderate and show up when “The final Calling” is announced. Why bother? Miss the plane, it’s easier for you and quicker for us.

2.30 AM (GMT+3): The plane took off after the delay. I wasn’t thrilled, my parents said that they we going to be in Airport by 2 AM so with the delay, my poor parents had to wait for an extra hour to see me.

3.30 AM`(GMT+2) Kuwait, I arrived .. My parents and my younger brother were there.. Oh, I missed them so much..

Glad to be finally in Kuwait…

…. About Etihaad Airways: I would recommend this airways for their excellent service, friendly staff and for their tasty food. An enjoyable ride that was disturbed with the long waiting hours. Would go with them again, but I will hope in the future, they would consider reducing the waiting time.

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Happy Birthday, Hessa

July 26, 2007 at 11:19 am (Personal)

Today I turn 23 years old. and guess how would I spend the day?? I have ptients in the hospital so no celebrtions or cke for the day. I’m thankful for all these nice wishes form friends and to my fellow readers.. Thank you…

Tomorrow, I’m flying to my Beloved Kuwait and I can’t wait to see my parents and family members.

As a side Note; I’m getting old >_<   ..

Happy day for all of you

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Stress, Luggage’s and flights

July 25, 2007 at 6:49 pm (Personal)

 

In the last few days, I was tired, stressed and out of place, emotionally and physically. My trouble is called Flying, I hate everything related to planes. I start to feel nervous a week before my flight, I worry about my weight allowance, I feel that I didn’t bring enough gifts and presents for family member and friends. Although I spend loads of time, energy, though and money in finding gifts for each person, I feel that they won’t like it. My mother always says that the thought counts, not how much did I spend on this and that? I know that I sear, but I want to see happiness in people’s eye. I like to give rather than Take.

 

Making matter worse, I can’t sleep. As a result, I have headaches all the time and it’s hard to concentrate sometimes. The funny thing is, tomorrow I have patients coming in and so I need to be clam and relaxed as I’m not going to see them for 6 weeks. I need to leave a good impression.   

 

This time, I decided to shake the system a bit. Well, my functional system. I planned what I need to do which was piece of cake. Due to the fact that we are in our final week, each group wants to go out and have dinner as a farewell gesture before we meet next year. It was nice of them to plan the meal and it will be rude of me not to turn up although it was hectic… Going to restaurants 5 times in last 10 days. I had to order salads and soft drinks sometimes as I don’t like eating out very often.

 

‘Me’ time :I decided to go to a Spa, 3 weeks ago so that I will be relaxed by the time I go home, but it’s hard to find a girls only spa. I saw some flyers but I would going to pales that are far away from and in areas that I’m not familiar with. So, no Spa for me this time. Ensha’allah next time!!!

 

To make it worse, my birthday is tomorrow and I don’t feel like a birthday girl. I just want to reach Kuwait. Less than 48 hours to go … Stay Focus Hessa!

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Nando’s & Kuwait !!

July 24, 2007 at 1:15 am (food, Kuwait, Lifestyle, Restaurant)

Nando’s restaurants are one of the best restaurants that specialize in chicken (Not burgers, Thanks God) around the Globe. Well, that’s what I think anyway! I love their recipes that range from salads to grilled chicken. In addition to veggie burgers to our vegetarian friends. Didn’t I mention their specialized sauces. they vary from very hot, hot, medium & lime + herbs. Love it!  The food is tasty, fresh and pleasant especially under the dim lights with your friends ( A cozy feeling).  I don’t want to give a history lesson about the franchise but what’s bothering me, is that all most of the Arabic gulf countries have Nando’s Branches. That include; UAE, Qatar, Oman & KSA. Where is Kuwait from the list? I understand that the Burger industry is ridiculously escalating in Kuwait but why can’t we have well established restaurants being integrated within our community. It does hurt when my non-Kuwaiti friends talk about Kuwait inability or lets say lack of decent restaurants and in the same time, some Kuwaiti business man announce to the world that he’s opening ‘Hooters’ in Dubai. Well, We had a heated discussion today and I didn’t know what to say about that? They laughed, I was angry but I couldn’t reply because of that headache which wouldn’t go away. I’m thinking too much about my flight and I’m starting to feel agitated which is normal for me before any flights I take. I really hate flying. Anyway, Have you tried Nando’s? and if you tried it, Do you think that it should be opened in Kuwait anytime soon? And what’s your opinions in opening a new restaurants in Kuwait? Do you think it’s healthy attitude/ approach?My opinion is a little biased because I like Nando’s… although I think it’s funny how each country embrace different objects/ things ? In Kuwait, we love Café and restaurants; let’s not forget malls as well. In UAE, huge towers are being built and amazing fascinating resorts. In Qatar, A combination of what Kuwait & UAE are doing.

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iPhone LV Case

July 22, 2007 at 4:00 pm (Expensive Items, Fashion, Lifestyle, Shopping)

After all that anticipation and hype over the iPhone, Designer Company Louis Vuitton introduced this week the specially designed LV case for apple iPhone. Although I don’t see anything special about these cases, others may disagree. It’s an accessory that’s going to sell at 75 KD (nearly 250 USD) for the monogram pattern and up to 350 KD (1250USD) for the alligator version (First one on the left). It is ridiculously expensive for an accessory that is used for one phone brand.

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What’s your body age?

July 21, 2007 at 4:11 pm (Health, Lifestyle)

 

The main question : Are you yonger than your years or aging  before your time?

Start with your actual age.If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the following questions, add or substract years to find your body age.

1- Do you get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise (eg. walking) on most days of the week?

→ YES. Subtract 1 year

2- Are you the correct weight for your height?

→ YES. Subtract 1 year

3- Are you under stress or pressure on a regular basis?

→ YES. Add 4 years.

4- Do you often eat refined, pre-packaged and processed food?

→ Yess. Add 4 years.

5- Have you experinced three or more stressful events in the past year (Such as divorce or seperation, bereavement, job loss, moving house)?

→ Yess. Add 3 years.

6- Do you eat five or more portions of a range of fresh fruit and veg every day?

→ Yess. Subtract 5 years.

7- Are you vegeterian?

→ Yess. Subtract 2 years.

8- Do you eat oily fish three times a week?

→ Yes. Subtract 2 years.

9- Are you happily married ?

→ Yes. Subtract 1.5 years.

10- Do you smoke?

→ Yes. Add 6 years.

From ‘Goddess: Be the Woman You want to be’ By Elisabeth Wilson

Everybody try it and post yor score and whether is above/below your real age…

I’m going first:

21 was the score which is below my real age … well, by 2. I’m proud to younger than my real age.. so, Who’s going next?

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Restaurant Review: Yo! Sushi

July 20, 2007 at 8:40 pm (Manchester, Restaurant, Reviews)

For over a week, I wanted to go this restaurant/diner with a friend of mine and because of our different timetables, it was hard to find the most suitable time so that we can meet up and have a nice light lunch. Well, we managed to do it yesterday.

Let’s start with the location: It is located in the basement floor of Selfridges’s store in Manchester City Centre. Obviously, the location is not hard to miss, it’s in the City Centre, In one of the most respected stores in the UK, and is next to the Manchester Wheel; one landmark that you need to visit when you are in Manchester. Easy to find and very accessible: Checked. One thing that I found problematic (When I asks friends to join me) is the fact that is located in Selfridges’s so it is assumed (Most of the time) that you need to a budget to be able to dine there. No, you don’t. Yes it’s located in an expensive store but being located in it doesn’t influence the prices that this restaurant/diner offers.

What makes this place a nice place to get together and eat is the nice funky atmosphere. They system works as the follows; every plate has a price, no matter what’s on it. Actually every colour has a price. The cheapest plate start with 1.5£ (0.750 Fills) ascending to 5£ (2.5 KD). The Green plates are the cheapest whereas the grey is the most expensive colour (Which make it a No-No option). Notice the number of plates being used and check how many grey plates are present? Not that many, obviously due to their price tag. Moving to the service; as you noticed, its self serviced most of the time as you pick the food from the food slider in front of you, unless you want a cold drink or a hot soup. The staff were so friendly and very nice with us, and we were entertained by observing the chefs’ preparing the dishes. I took a number of pictures and they didn’t mind at all.

 

Now, we are moving to the most essential feature of any restaurant. That is, quality of food. As you noticed from the name; it’s a Sushi Diner, and as result, they cook different types of Sushi. Some of you might want to know how good the Sushi’s were?? Well, I’m not a sushi person. Yes, I did go to a sushi place and I didn’t eat any sushi so I can’t comment on them. On the other hand, my friend tried vegetarian Sushi and she was pleased with it. I think I need to mention, that in a separate occasion, I went with my dear brother to this diner and he didn’t leave without tasting as many Sushi’s as possible (and It did annoy me, mind you) and he didn’t dislike any. He was praising one and indulging in another, so I would assume they were good. So, what did I try? I tried Chicken Salad which was scrumptious, a squid with garden rocket (I loved the texture of the squid.. Fantastic) and then there was the mouth watering Pumpkin Karaoke[I think that was the name of the dish] (Picture of the dish was taken) … which I loved especially with the hot sauce ,, Tasty. Last but not least; A diet Coke… Well, It was hot outside and I did need something cold. My friend tried The Squid and the Pumpkin after I recommended them, she loved the pumpkin but she was not as enthusiastic with the squid, as I was. She tried some kind of Vegetarian Sushi with Avocado that was OK and Miso soup. After 2 hours of chatting, observing, taking pictures and eating, we paid the bill that was very reasonable … Mine was 10 Pounds (5 KD) and my friend was 12 pounds (6 KD) which was not bad considering the place and what we ate.

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