Bad Things Come in Threes

February 12, 2013  |  Family, Health, My Life

You know how there is a saying that bad news always comes in threes? Three bad things will happen to break the evilness surrounding a home or whatever that is?  Well that seems to be what is happening in my family.  You see late last month (January) one of my Uncles had a health hiccup.  He was misdiagnosed as a diabetic but in the end he was just borderline and was about to cross that threshold if he didn’t do something about his health and bad habits.  That was sort of a wake-up call for him.

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Two weeks later, I started not feeling too well, I first tried to self-medicate and sleep it off but eventually I went to the doctors where I was told that I might have a bad health condition which might or might not require surgery.  Well after constant follow-ups and numerous second opinions it has been decided that surgery is the only option to treat me and thus my trip to New York was cancelled in favor of surgery.

At the same time, my older Uncle fell sick and was diagnosed with kidney stones but while at the hospital since he had some phobia from medical places he was referred to a cardiologist to check the status of his heart and see if there isn’t really an underlying problem which the kidney stone might have sent him to check, you know what they say: your body sometimes sends you text messages through the weirdest things to go fix yourself. (I know they don’t say that actually but that’s what it felt like).  Well after the necessary tests were run it was decided that there was in fact an underlying heart condition which needed surgery ASAP as well.

So in truth, 2013 isn’t really that great of a year for my family and I simply because we were not only hit with one health problem to deal with but a number of them and I am trying to stay positive for the entire bunch but you know that feeling when you just want to crawl under a rock and cry your eyes out or go into that cave and hibernate your troubles away? Well I get that feeling from time to time but in the end I push them away because I need to be strong to battle this out.

I should be scheduling my surgery very soon and I might be neglecting a lot of things (even more than I have neglected them already) but hey that’s the way of life.  I’m just glad it’s nothing insanely too serious, and I really do hope that after they cut me open (and find that lost iPod or iPad) that it will be the end of it and that it will not in fact be something worse that what it appears to be.

I just would like your prayers for both my family and I because although we might put on a tough front and seem as if we could take even the “Hulk” if we could, we are still fragile inside and we need careful handling.

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[Shoutout] Lil’ Owls National Day Tees

February 12, 2013  |  Fashion, Shout Outs

National and Liberation day is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than to dress your little ones in such festive clothes.  Lil’ Owls is a small home business created by an owl lover who is also a mother, she hopes to share her Lil’ Fashionista Owls with you and your children.

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To order and get connected feel free to reach her through the following channels.

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[Events] Elevation Burger Abu Halifa Soft Opening

February 11, 2013  |  Events, Food

I was invited to attend the soft opening of Elevation Burger’s (@ElevationKW) third and latest branch in Abu Halifa on Monday the 11th and since I’m a huge fan of that burger joint I made sure to make it there before the invite simply because well I love the place.  I arrived 15 minutes early and was greeted by the owners and the marketing team who gave me a brief tour of the place and left me to enjoy taking pictures of everything there.

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As with all of the Elevation Burger branches they make sure to use recyclable, reusable materials in their interior designs however since this branch is not located in a mall and does not have to adhere to specific mall requirements they were able to freely put the soul of “Elevation Burger” in it.  The wood used there is recycled bamboo, the tables have some also recycled feature (excuse me for not remembering every details simply because I was starving when I saw the delicious burgers being made).

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Batting Practice With La Vida

January 29, 2013  |  Health, My Life

It seems that this past week was my version of having a batting practice with life.  You know the feeling when sometimes you feel that life is throwing balls your way as if its trying to play a rough game of ‘Dodgeball’, well to me it feels that way right now.  But I won’t let that stop me, the best way to deal with those balls, is not to dodge them really but to grab your own insane metal bat and brace yourself to not only hit a home run but to tackle on the next ball and the one after it.

You have to work hard, you have to stay positive and if you do… then you have a shot at a Silver Lining  - Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook

I may have received some disturbing news about my health, but at the moment it’s all a rough possibility (shhh, I’m in denial so let me have it hehe) but I might not be as sick as I am led to believe.  Taking the first step and attempting to solve the problem is the hardest but at the same time the easiest.  Today we have a more advanced knowledge of medicine than let’s say 20 years ago and there are lots of things that can be solved with either medication or surgery that weren’t before.

I might have been living with this condition for a long time now and it has remained dormant except for certain moments where I thought it disguised something else, another problem which was easier to deal with but right now it looks as if I was given the right pair of prescription glasses in order to see that it wasn’t as minor as I have thought before and that steps need to be taken to solve it.

I cannot come out and say what the condition is yet, because I would like to be 100% sure of everything, I would like to have a battle plan, a play-book of some sort to help me not only slam-dunk (yes I realized I went from dodgeball to baseball and now to basketball, what can I say I like sports :P) the balls that life keeps attempting to slam in my face but to be a better person about it.

2013 is becoming more of an enlightenment year for me, one to overcome health struggles on the personal side as well as the family side.  But I’d like to say one thing to life, “BRING IT ON!

[Technology] BlackBerry Z10 vs. iPhone 5

January 22, 2013  |  Apple, Blackberry, Techie

Yes many of you will find that I might be committing a felony by mentioning BlackBerry devices on my blog and that I am a sell out for abandoning my beloved Apple devices but you should understand one thing, I love all technology, whether it is an Apple device, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Google, whatever it is, the fact that they are electronic gadgets will interest me and will make me want to try them out, it’s what the device can do to ‘wow’ me is what will influence my decision.

I stumbled upon the above seen video while trolling the internet for my daily ‘technology’ fix and although most of it is in German, you can pretty much get the gist of it.  You see in less than 2 weeks BlackBerry will finally attempt to rejoin the technology world with their newly launched BlackBerry 10 devices and will attempt to battle for their old place in the Cellphone Operating System race which they have lost recently to the existing iOS and Android Operating Systems.  A while back, Bensirri invited me to attend a sneak peak at the new BlackBerry 10 OS and it intrigued me, had me wishing to try out the device but at the same time I just felt that it was a little too late for them to jump right back in.

Their main selling points with the BB10 system is the revamped ‘keyboard’ in which its insanely smart that it will detect what you’re going to write simply by typing the first letter.  Not to mention it’s iOS and Android-like features a ‘Siri’ type of feature which rivals the speed of the iPhone and what not.  There are many features available but none of which are officially announced in regards to the actual BB10 devices to be released but once they do, I will definitely mention them.

My interest is definitely heightened when viewing the video, will this be a winner, only time will tell.  Let’s just hope it’s not another coaster-holder device like the BlackBerry PlayBook was.

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No Longer Living Life as a News Editor

January 22, 2013  |  Random, Work

It is no surprise that I haven’t been tackling my “New Year Resolutions” as well as I have promised myself to, but I always chalk that up to it being the first month of the year and I am in need of a nice vacation time.  It is also no surprise that last week on Wednesday January 16th was the last working day for me as an editor at a newspaper.  It’s like another chapter in the story of my life has been written and closed (for some reason I feel that sentence needs some work but I’m not yet function-able to edit it so I’ll leave you to fix it my grammar fairies).

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It finally hit me today, a mere 5 days after I started my “open-ended vacation” time that I no longer had the jaded view on life I used to have when I was looking for stories to fill my pages.  You see back when I used to edit the Entertainment pages I would constantly look for interesting stories to share with the readers, most of which had to deal with Hollywood and the likes of that.  One of the most disturbing things I discovered about myself is that when a celebrity would pass away or a dramatic thing would happen to them I would jump with joy simply because I now had a lead story to lead with on my page (one person’s misery is some else’s entertainment).  Now that I no longer have to read the entertainment news as a chore or part of my job I stumble across the celebrity death stories and no longer feel a sense of misplaced ‘happiness’ instead I am back to feeling sad for that person and their family because it is a huge loss.

Not everyone becomes as jaded as I have become because of the need to fill the pages but sometimes you reach that extreme.  I know I reached it, and I know that there were days I would be ecstatic with the amount of news I can carry on a page simply because of the mishaps and downfalls certain celebrities had dealt with.  Will I miss this aspect of my job, of course not! I am now back to being a normal human being (if a normal human being ever existed). But I will miss the power I had at the tips of my hands, the power of telling my readers what was important to read and what wasn’t.

Wait, why should I miss that aspect? I still own it here! I can make you read about anything I want you to! And in the upcoming days I promise to bombard you with insane amounts of posts to read, yes some might be of the advertisable aspect but one does have to squeeze those in there to share with you the happenings going on in Kuwait.

Thanks to my little Nada Faris for kicking my bum and getting me to actually look back at my resolutions.  You see I actually wanted to give myself a break until January 10th, since I wanted to churn out 20 posts a month, I thought one a day afterwards would surely meet the quota but now that I’m 12 days late I guess that means I have to pull an all-nighter.

Hello 2013 New Year’s Resolutions

January 1, 2013  |  New Year

It’s about time to set for myself a few New Year’s resolutions, and what better way to do that than to share them with those of you still reading.  I think last year’s resolutions were quite simple and easy to accomplish, at least I’d like to think that they were that way.

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To better evaluate the situation let’s see what were last year’s resolutions and how I accomplished them:

  1. Get braces & fix my teeth. [Already done and in a very short time I will be removing said braces and finally ridding myself of something that held me back for so long]
  2. Lose weight & try to be fit. [Lost a good amount of weight this year and when I came back from the US I dropped in actual shape I hope to continue that this year and go back to my old pre-College weight]
  3. Get a full-time job & start to focus more on my passions [Achieved! But now I'm out of a job hehe, I will dedicate more time for passionate endeavors this year though]
  4. Have more “me” time and reconnect with friends, reading, life in general. [Done but not to the level I actually wanted it to be at]
  5. Get a new car & try to go to Hajj. [Got a new sexy ride but didn't get to go to Hajj this year]

So all in all a 4.5 out of 5 is quite good.  I like that I achieved something in 2012 and it just means I will definitely achieve more in 2013.  So what’s on the list for the new year?

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