[Previously] Pretty Little Things: Charity Edition

June 24, 2012  |  Events, Previously

Last April on Saturday April 28th to be exact I was invited by the lovely Noaf Hussein from Pretty Little Things Kuwait for their 2nd Exhibition which was entitled “The Charity Edition”.  It was being held in Bait al Sadu which happened to be a perfect spot for the quiet cozy event.  At the exhibition were a small number of GCC Brands who were all united to achieve one goal which is to renovate one of the local orphanages in Kuwait.

The exhibition ran from the 28th until the 1st of May.  Among the vendors there was a FishyFace Booth which unfortunately was still being set up when I arrived hence I couldn’t take part in it, not to mention the catering done by Milk, Munch BBQ, and Solo Churros.  I was also able to grab the latest edition of “Khaleejesque” there and I’m enjoying my 2nd edition.  Fortunately for you guys you won’t have to read a long narrative therefore I will leave you with the pictures of the event and hope you enjoy them too.

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[Previously] Space Junk 3D at TSCK

June 23, 2012  |  Events, Fun, Previously

Earlier this month on June 6th I received an invitation from The Scientific Center of Kuwait to attend the screening of their latest IMAX movie “Space Junk 3D” and being an avid Space fan (I bet you didn’t know that, now did you!) I was excited to attend.

Growing up I was a major Space fan, I am not sure why now but I remember that in High School I dropped Chemistry class to take an Astronomy class and I loved every bit of it, the stars, the planets, the galaxies.  So this movie was more of a treat to me than anything else.  You see this movie simply talks about how the misconception of the whole “Space is so big it can withstand everything” is really not true and that we are technically running out of space in space.  With all the satellites, radars, space stations, and all that junk we have up there some of which is working and some of it is not we are risking ourselves with the amount of accumulated “space junk” any two objects no matter how small or big if they get into each others orbit and collide then they will generate a mess of things that will keep multiplying. In the movie you will learn what is the cause of the accumulating “space junk” and the suggested ways that some scientists or individuals to clean up the mess.  It is truly inspiring!

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[Events] The Last Reef 3D Launch at TSCK

February 20, 2012  |  Events, Fun, Previously

Two weeks ago I received an invitation from The Scientific Center Kuwait (TSCK) to attend the premiere of their latest 3D movie “The Last Reef” translated and narrated by the amazing news anchor Mr. Yousef Mustafa. (Note: Headphones with the English version of the movie are available for Foreigners or those who do not speak Arabic)

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[Events] Khaleejesque Magazine Launch

February 16, 2012  |  Events, Previously

A week ago (February 5th 2012 to be precise) I was invited by the lovely people from Khaleejesque, one of the first online “Khaleeji” lifestyle magazines to unveil their very first print issue at 360 Mall which is now available practically everywhere.

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The event featured printed pages from their magazine showcased in 360 Mall with everyone going around checking out the beautiful artwork/photography and getting a chance to meet with the lovely creators.  I arrived that day early and got a chance to speak to most of the lovely people behind this venture.  I spoke with Fouz Al Sabah one of the main team members and the creative director, and got to understand that they are aiming to release this magazine as a quarterly issue aimed at being more of a “coffee-table” magazine rather than a time-bound magazine you see everywhere.  They want to give their readers pieces which will always be there and have some amazing pictures to go with them simply so you can save that magazine and refer back to those images and well they didn’t fail in that area at all.

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[Previously] The Cutest Baby Blogger at Vinny’s

February 10, 2012  |  Events, Friends, Previously

It has been a while and I’ve been meaning to write but I kept procrastinating and postponing the transfer of the photos from my camera to my computer and when I did, I enjoyed my Instagram shots more than anything else but I’m slightly off topic here.  Let’s start over.

Earlier this year, the blogging team from 7ajidude invited us to celebrate the winner of “The Cutest Baby Blogger Instagram Challenge” at Vinny’s which is located in 52 Degrees in Al Tilal Complex.  So on a Thursday evening of January 5th Lujain, my sister #3 (aka Your Battlefield) and I headed over there to have a lovely dinner with friends and well I can honestly say that they are more like family as well.

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My sisters and I arrived very early, even Dudette wasn’t there yet but nonetheless we took it as an opportunity to walk around a bit and have both sisters of mine get scared from a cat (yes they don’t like cats).  But soon enough Dudette made it and started setting up when we were just walking in.  The place was beautiful and all ours! We monopolized the place to the final extent, Vinny’s had provided us with lovely name badges (not that most of us needed them) but Dudette did the most awesome thing by placing comments underneath each one :P I was known as “The Sabyak Baby with Garfield Touches” (roughly translated as ‘The Tomboy baby with Garfield touches’).

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[Previously] Sumo Time with BEST Al Yousifi

December 1, 2011  |  Events, Previously

Just a short recap, I’ve been posting about events I attended in a short series I’d like to call “Previously” I hope to be wrapped up with all of them during the week so I can move on to bigger fish to fry.

Who: BEST Al Yousifi

What: Grand Re-opening of Al Rai Branch with SUMO

When: October 30,2011 evening time

Where: Al Rai Branch next to Lulu Hypermarket

What Happened:

So previously BEST Al Yousifi invited the female bloggers to get to know us, but that was not the only thing the meeting was about, it was mostly an invitation to their grand opening of their new showroom in Al Rai right next to Lulu Hypermarket.

What was special about this event was that they had flown in a Japanese Sumo wrestler “Yama” for the opening and everyone was in awe of how big he was (but for me I felt he was an okay size maybe I’ve been desensitized by modern day television, he weighed more than 300KG).  I was welcomed by the lovely Ms. Amtar and the marketing team where I was given my name badge and given a quick tour of the place before heading to the temporary location where the bloggers were waiting until our numbers were full.  When there were quite a few of us there, Mr. Abdulaziz Al Yousifi, the President of BEST Al Yousifi welcomed us and gave us a little history about the place and asked for our opinions.  Later on we were shown back into the showroom to meet with the Sumo Wrestler.

Everyone was lining up to take pictures with him while a few of our blogger friends attempted to tackle him and bring him down. Unfortunately no one was able to unseat him as the victor.  The awesome thing about the pictures was that BEST was printing out the pictures taken with their photographer and giving them out to the Bloggers instantly (Gosh I miss the good ol’ days of instant photography you would have hard copies of your pictures to look at whenever you want!)

After the pictures we were given a tour in their store which was recently expanded and re-opened for customers making it the largest electronics store in Kuwait! This was my very first time to visit a BEST Al Yousifi store and I must say that I really enjoyed the visit.

Thanks to Ms. Amtar Suhail and the marketing team at BEST Al Yousifi, it was a lovely event and may you have many more successful store openings. And thanks for the gifts as well!

P.S. I’ve been there so far 4 times and counting! I like to spend my salary on electronics! :P

P.P.S. The largest TV was there which was 152″ and was being sold for 183,000KD the price of a house really.  I wonder who would buy that!

P.P.P.S. My ultimate best coverage of the event was at 7ajiDude’s Blog [Link] and PinkGirlQ8’s Blog [Link]

Website: http://best-denki.com

Twitter: @BestAlYousifi

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[Previously] I Crushed IT Real Good

December 1, 2011  |  Events, Previously

Just a short recap, I’ve been posting about events I attended in a short series I’d like to call “Previously” I hope to be wrapped up with all of them during the week so I can move on to bigger fish to fry.

Who: Al Zanki Enterprises

What: Crush It! Seminar

When: October 26, 2011 Morning & Evening

Where: Marina Hotel & Salwa Al Sabah Hall

What Happened:

The big day of learning all about how social media can turn anything into a successful business as long as you knew how to use the power for good had arrived.  And thanks to the sponsors Burgan Bank, the Bloggers who were part of the “Crush It” project were given a free pass to attend the seminar, but that was not all.  Bloggers were also given a special chance to meet up with Gary Vayenerchuk in person and get to ask him questions and get to know him before the seminar. Therefore this is what happened:

The day started off at 11AM in Marina Hotel Meeting Rooms.  We were attending the special get together with Gary and the team of Al Zanki Enterprises which consisted of Ms. Hind Al-Nahedth (lovely to meet you by the way!) and Mr. Khalid Al Zanki (it was a pleasure although didn’t get a chance to personally talk to you).  Gary and Khalid were a bit late but that didn’t matter because when he got there he made sure to give us new material that would not be available in the seminar as we were going to be there later so it was kind of giving us an appetizer before our main meal! Basically we were given advice as to “How to crush your passion” and how he turned his father’s small business into the big business it is today, by having found a “passionate” aspect of it.  It was lovely and we got a chance to take pictures and sign our books (although I didn’t have the book with me and even if I did it would be an e-Book, try signing my iPad :P)

Afterwards, we were given a break and since I had met my favorite blogger girls (oh okay I don’t have favorites but you were my favorites for the day) Swera, Q8Rain, Dudette (from 7ajidude) and I all decided to grab lunch before the big seminar.  It was a hassle trying to decide what to eat especially since we had a vegetarian (ehem Q8Rain) between us and so we finally made a decision to head over to the Avenues and grab some Elevation Burgers.  It was absolutely fun especially since Q8Rain got lost in the way and we waited close to an hour for them to show up but when they did it was party time!

Unfortunately I had to run out on the girls and head into the office prepare my pages and then head back to the seminar.  It was awesome.  I was late though.  The official time to start the seminar was around 5-ish however it actually started close to 6:15pm as people were running late (yours truly included) it was a big turnout, bigger than I had imagined.  I also got a chance to run into ex-colleagues and friends of mine there which was simply AH-MAHZING (those who I consider friends were Ah-Mahzing the others were okay though :P)

The seminar started, Gary told us a brief summary of his life and how he crushed his passion and afterwards we were given a Q&A session with him.  It ran a bit too long because I personally felt that most questions were repeats and applicable to the person themselves but in the end it was beautiful.  Important things that were discussed were the fact that: social media is the big thing now and taking over the role of traditional media; companies should humanize logos and allow for a better method of communication with their customers; customers require value and noto to be considered as just another number; small gifts to say thank you for a customers purchase goes a long way in establishing a long and healthy relationship; don’t quit your job just because you hate it and think it’s time to follow your passion you may never be able to find it but try to work on something you love while having your job; constantly google yourself and your business to see how good or bad you’re doing; take positive and negative feedback with a grain of salt and know that what’s negative could always be fixed from your side; and most importantly do not absue social media as emails have been abused lately it’s not a ‘push’ system for advertising it’s a ‘pull’ in which you pull in the customer’s feedback.

That was not all, in the middle of the seminar Electrozan, one of the sponsors of the event held a draw on an iPhone 4S and an iPod Touch 5th Generation (White) and unfortunately I did not win it was amazing.  Also at the end of the evening our lovely Social Media team at Zainalso held a draw of their own in which the prizes were an iPad 2 (which Mubarak from HiKuwait won), HTC Sensation, and a Blackberry Bold 9900 (which Q8Rain won) and again I did not win any gadget at this event.  It’s a failure, no I’m just kidding.

All in all, it was an amazing event although it went on long but I had fun and learned quite a bit from it.  Thanks to Hind & Khalid for extending us with this lovely chance to meet Mr. Gary and thanks to Burgan Bank for granting us the tickets to attend the seminar.