[Events] Q8Books Relaunched in New Location

October 4, 2013  |  Books, Events

Last May, I read on Mark’s blog that Q8Books, a used books store was shutting down and going out of business.  But luckily for us, a kind hearted and generous person purchased all the books and decided to move the book store to a much larger location in Bayt Lothan (next to Marina Mall).

Fajer the Lawyer (from Mark’s Blog) was the person who purchased all the books, and the one who along with many volunteers brought back life into this humble little bookstore.  The volunteers and Fajer did everything from scraping the rust off of the walls to painting them, building the bookshelves, cataloging the books, packing and unpacking them, not to mention making it lovely and homey.  I was invited last Saturday to attend a private opening and book fundraiser and check out the new location.

Books have been organized by their genres, the place is four times the size it was before and now you and your friends can visit just to chillax on that couch and read a book or hold book clubs and so much more.  The best thing about this store however is that they are allowing local writers to sell their books there with no hidden charges, kind of cool isn’t it?  I will definitely be visiting them again very soon and spending more time meeting up with friends there.  I have many good memories from the first store in my college days why not build on those!

Follow them on Instagram @Q8Bookstore or visit them at Bayt Lothan to see everything there!

[Review] Apple’s iPhone 5s, Is It Worth the Upgrade?

October 3, 2013  |  Apple, iPhone, Reviews

Many of you probably heard (unless you live under a rock) about Apple’s next generation flagship phone which they dubbed the ‘iPhone 5s‘.  It was announced this past September and shipped pretty close to the end of the month.  I personally received my lovely unit this past Sunday and have been using it ever since.  Many of you have asked me whether this upgrade is a must have or a skip for now?  Well I will answer that in this small review.  Nothing too technical will be here and of course nothing too long so let’s get to it.

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What are the major updates with this new generation?

  1. Speed:  The first 64-bit chipset to be installed in a smartphone.
  2. Camera: A new 5-element lens with f/2.2 aperture and a sensor that is 15% larger than the current one on the iPhone 5, as well as a dual-LED “True Tone” flash that will adapt to the existing lighting to provide better colors and more accurate skin tones.
  3. Touch ID: A fingerprint sensor built into the home button which will scan your print and unlock the iPhone as well as authorize iTunes purchases.

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Is Google Chromecast Worth the Purchase?

October 1, 2013  |  Guest Writers, Techie

Google Chromecast has unleashed the biggest shopping stampede since the iPad, selling out within a day of its release and triggering false rumors of shipping delays until October. Homeowners who haven’t placed an order may be wondering whether their family is missing out on the latest entertainment revolution or whether the frenzy is just sales hype. Is Google’s latest technological toy really worth getting? To answer this, it helps to know what Chromecast does, what it doesn’t do, how it stacks up to competitors, and whether it’s a better buy.

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[TV Shows] More Renewals & Cancellations Summer 2013

October 1, 2013  |  TV

Usually when the Summer TV Season ends we await the verdict on some of those shows to see who will be receiving a renewal or a cancellation and right now I’ve got news of some renewals for the Summer shows along with some newly premiered fall shows who get extra seasons.  Unfortunately as with most renewals, there has to be a few cancellations.  So who got to be renewed this week, let’s find out.


MISTRESSES, one of ABC’s summer drama shows has been given the green light for a second season.  In the first season we met four women who were best friends but each had a secret life and secret fling.  One who was a Doctor slept with her dying married patient because they were both in love, another who believed her husband was dead moved on skeptically and found a new man when technically she was still married to her husband.  And another who had a fling with a co-worker while being married and trying to get pregnant with her husband and surprise surprise she becomes pregnant and we don’t know who the father is.  In short, it’s one of those soap-opera type shows and although it didn’t have insanely high ratings but for the summer season it did quite well.  It’s coming back and we will see what happens to two of the ladies who ended up in dire circumstances.

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Stella, I Mean Me Getting My Groove Back

September 26, 2013  |  My Life

It seems that the writer’s block mania is about to lift it’s clutches off my brain.  Wait does that even make sense?  Well I don’t necessarily care.  I think deciding to blog mostly about my passion and stuff I absolutely drool over is insanely better than trying to make time to blog about events I’m invited to.  Don’t get me wrong, I like those events if only for the meeting new people and socializing with old friends but sometimes it just gets too boring and everyone just starts writing about the same thing and that makes me feel as if I’m a robot and not a person.

How are you loving my “Fall TV 2013 Preview” series, I find myself enjoying the writing aspect but wanting to write less and less in terms of descriptions of shows.  But I just can’t stop myself.  I have an over-talkative brain and thus it translates in my posts.  You see me rambling on and on about something and before I know it, I’ve written at least a gazillion words and most of which are just jibberish from the nether regions of my useless brain.

The key point is I’m starting to love myself a bit more.  I should feature more personal posts though to go in between the Gadget-y and TV-Shows-y ones.  Like how right now I’m reliving a period of my life when I had recently graduated from College and was on the Job Search market and being used by my parents as the Family Driver.


Six years ago I drove around everyone and didn’t get paid much for it, I got a job later on and I was left alone.  Now I’m back in that position but wait until Sister #3 comes back from her vacation in NYC she’ll take over the driving duties.  I gave a good 5 years to them and I have paid my dues hehe.

But one thing I’d like to add, TRAFFIC IS A REAL WITCH! Seriously what the hell is wrong with everyone and why the hell are our roads so full every single freaking hour of the day.  Please, I just want a traffic-less afternoon.

In other news, I miss going to the movies and I need to go catch a movie very SOON!

Amazon Unveils New Kindle Fire Family

September 26, 2013  |  eReaders, New Products

Amazon announced their newest additions to the Kindle Fire family with the new 7″ and 8.9″ Kindle Fire HDX as well as lowering the price of it’s Kindle Fire tablet.  So what’s new in this next generation?


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[Fall TV 2013 Preview] Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

September 25, 2013  |  Fall TV 2013, Preview, TV

The series I’ve been waiting for has finally premiered, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.! I know I could’ve seen a pilot episode early last summer but I chose to wait it out on this one and I am glad I did.  I fell in love all over again with Agent Coulson and the S.H.I.E.L.D. team! And I think it’s got a great path ahead of it.  It’ll be fun to see how the series progresses along as the season moves forward.  I just hope the chopping block keeps away from it.


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