It’s that time of the year, May where the Upfronts (conferences where most TV Networks announce the renewal/cancellation of their shows) take place and we figure out the actual fate of our beloved shows. This year it seems that most networks chose to end shows (allowing us to grieve with a series finale episode) or just plain cancel shows during the season or after the season order was fulfilled. I am saddened by many cancellations this year some of which are: Body of Proof, Don’t Trust the B in Apt 23, Happy Endings, Made in Jersey, Partners, Emily Owens MD, 90210 (just a tiny bit), 1600 Penn, Animal Practice, Go On, Guys with Kids, Smash, The New Normal, and Up All Night. The rest of the shows basically had it coming they weren’t really strong in their premieres and they had recycled stories on.
So let’s get cracking as to who got cancelled by whom?
Earlier this month I was sent three new pizzas from Pizza Hut via Kout Food Group, Pizza Hut had launched a new trio of stuffed crust pizzas with weird yet delicious flavors.
They have introduced the following three stuffed crust flavors:
- Volcano Stuffed Crust: Comes with two kinds of cheeses – mozzarella and tasty cheddar cheese oozing out of the golden crust.
- Crunchy Stuffed Crust: Comes with creamy mozzarella cheese topped with crunchy cornflakes.
- Spicy Stuffed Crust: Comes with creamy mozzarella cheese coated in chili spice with even more intense spiciness sprinkled on top.
Earlier this week I received an invite from the lovely people at Gloss Salon promising me a get-together event with Michael Shaun Corby, Hollywood Hair Stylist and Global Creative Director of Alterna Professional Haircare. Michael has worked with many celebrities such as Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, were some of their early celebrities and now they have a more mature celebrity following such as Reese Witherspoon, Katie Holmes, Jennifer Aniston and more.
The meeting was a nice cozy one with the attendance of the salon owners Ms. Noura and Amwaj Al Bahar along with fellow blogger PinkGirlQ8. We were able to chat with him a bit and get to know him more and I unleashed my insane questions (not really that insane) but one of the things I insanely enjoyed was the advice I was able to get from him and he was really down to earth.
Around two weeks ago on April 9th I received this surprising gift from Harvey Nichols (Grand Avenues) which happened to be the Thursday/Friday Bag. This canvas bag is there to help you travel fashionably (even geeks enjoy fashionable things) from place to place with a nice bag to stuff your stuff in. I personally always use canvas bags and the small foldable cloth ones whenever I can to transport my stuff and this one helped a lot when I wanted to stuff my laptop, camera, iPad, and purse in it.
Harvey Nichols located in the Grand Avenues now has the entire collection of Thursday/Friday bags which you can purchase. Thanks Harvey Nichols for this lovely surprise and I guess someone knew I’m a huge fan of the color red, loving it!
This past Wednesday (April 24) I was invited to attend the official opening of the Samsung Electronics store in Al Hamra Tower, you may have visited the other branch in the Grand Avenues however they are not run by the same company. Al Hamra Tower is being run by Wahran and thus this opening featured the attendance of the Korean Management (unfortunately I do not have the names of the individuals however feel free to enjoy the images below).
The Samsung store is reputed to be the largest Electronics store in Al Hamra tower featuring Samsung Electronics (whereas the Grand Avenues is mainly focused on Mobile Electronics). If you are looking for a brand new Samsung Series laptop, Samsung camera, mobile phones, tablets, etc then be sure to visit them in the Al Hamra tower on the Mezzainane level (right across from Magnolia’s Bakery).
The Korean Samsung Management with Al Hamra CEO Mr. Al Othman
When in Kuwait, do as the Kuwaitis do…
Samsung Electronics opens daily in Al Hamra Tower.
The day has finally arrived, and since 2013 has been a poor year for me to begin with I was extremely happy this past Wednesday (April 17th) when I visited my dentist’s office at Bayan Dental (@BayanDentalKW) to get my braces removed. Ten days earlier Dr. Sharma (my dentist obviously) had shown me the light at the end of the tunnel, everything had been progressing smoothly and I no longer needed the braces.
That Wednesday morning I woke up energetic and extremely excited that I would have my teeth back sans any metal but at the same time I was worried about the pain it would be to having them removed. Heading into my appointment I get in that dreadful chair and await the removal process. To say that it hurt is an understatement, in order to remove your braces the dentist has to remove the bonding agent which is kind of like cement so he was pulling and tugging and at some point I felt that my teeth would come out and land in his hands thankfully 15 minutes later he was done and I had to go to my cleaning appointment to get the remaining cement/bonding removed.
Waiting those few moments and feeling my teeth with no metal felt weird, it was like a rough surface but at the same time semi-smooth. Half an hour or so after I started my cleaning session my teeth were polished and shiny and looked even better than before and back I went to my dentist’s office after having some X-rays done.
I was given fixed retainers (a thin wire that is bonded to the back of my teeth) on both the uppers and lowers, that way I can’t possibly say that I forgot to wear my retainers or don’t feel like it. They feel weird, being put on the bonding agent tastes bitter and kind of nasty and I hated it. Once they were on you can’t help but run your tongue over them and feel as if it’s something insane but I guess you will get used to it.
How does it feel being brace-less?
Wonderful! I’ve begun to do the cliche things by running my tongue over my teeth and not encountering any wires, but at the same time I’ve begun to feel that they were weird, larger than normal and naked (they are none of the above but it’s an illusion since you’ve pretty much seen your teeth with brackets on them the whole time).
The whole journey took one year and four months (I got them on December 25, 2011) and it was in a way joyous and filled with cool milestones. I lost an insane amount of weight the first month I had them installed and the funny thing is that I kept the weight off (which is great). I had experienced some cold sores appearing on the insides of my cheeks because of the wire hitting them, I’ve had my lips get stuck on the braces, the elastics were painful every time I got a tighter or stronger band. I had to eat my burgers/pizzas by using a fork and knife since I was afraid to bite and I just wanted to avoid that. My deep overbite has been fixed and I have a better face look now (in a way). And well I can actually smile now without being worried that my smile is too crooked or ugly for people to look at.
In a way I have blossomed after this whole ordeal and I can’t help but want to thank a couple of people who were really beneficial to this journey:
- I’d like to thank PinkGirlQ8 and her post about her visit to the dentist to get a crown fixed and how I commented on it and immediately was contacted by Bayan Dental.
- I’d also like to thank Rama from Bayan Dental for being the awesome person who gave me this referral to Dr. Sharma and told me if there was anyone who would cure my fear of dentists it would be him.
- I’d also like to thank Dr. Suboodh Sharma who was amazing from the get-go, I had visited previous dentists and they all told me I had to remove 4 teeth in order to begin the treatment but he took one look at my case and said “Oh wow! This is such an awesome case, I can fix them without removing any teeth, and I can fix them now!” He literally didn’t give me time to breathe because a week or so later I was visiting him to take X-rays and I thought to get molds done but he was like, nope we’re installing them today! He truly is a genius!
- I’d like to thank someone whom you might all know from his famous YouTube videos or Twitter account @L4A who just a few months earlier had taken the jump and gotten braces and I thought if the younger population could do it, then I should get over my fears and jump onboard.
- I’d like to thank Danderma and my friend Salmon who nagged me quite a bit to get them on before that but I kept putting it off because the fear was ruling my life and now you’re one of the first few people who congratulated me on this transformation!
- Finally, I’d like to thank my Family, Daddy especially for giving me that gift and assisting me in achieving this dream of mine even though it came a couple years too late, but it’s better late than never right? :)
Now let’s enjoy the rest of life with a bright shiny smile!
I know this might be a tad bit late since we are now almost on the 4th of April but I was reading through some old posts and I remembered something hilarious. The April Fools tricks bloggers used to pull off back in the day (pre-2010’s) mostly consisted of people quitting blogging, threatening to quit, or staging some other drama piece. Nowadays, no one takes the 1st of April that seriously hehe not many pranks were seen these last few years, and well I have fizzled out in my pranks (not that I had many to begin with hehe!) and it seems that there is no real significance at all.
Back in 2006, I posted that I was quitting blogging, but in the end I came back 5 days later admitting to the prank, but what pulled me in was how tight-knit the blogging family back then how it was a different kind of community one that had every blogger remaining anonymous except to their real life friends and family who read their blog. Company events and gatherings weren’t that popular, the only thing popular was the Safat Monthly Get-Together which was organized by the guy bloggers nibaq, forzaq8, EXZombie, and a few others. It was rare to see girl bloggers attending and well I was as shy as a mouse back then (Don’t be fooled I wasn’t always as cool as I am today!)
I have met many great bloggers earlier on, remember I’ve been doing this since 2004, that means 9 years worth of blogging under my belt and although I’m not as active as I was in my early days I still love it, I still cherish it and wouldn’t quit it for anything in the world. I’d like to just thank every single blogger from the early 2000’s until today (not all of the new ones though there are plenty out there I don’t like!) for sharing your weird writing with us and simply for being you!