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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Happy New Year 2013!

January 1, 2013  |  Holidays, New Year

It’s official, 2012 has ended and 2013 has just opened its doors to us, a blank page in a brand new book, a new beginning, a new story to tell! I can’t believe we’ve survived the Mayan Apocalypse and more!

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Now if we were living in China or the Asian part of the world 2013 will be a lucky year for all of us, since they believe that 13 is a lucky number but then again others think that the number 13 is bad luck.  I personally feel that 2013 will be something in between, a mix sort of, the good and the bad; the lucky and unlucky but mostly lucky!

Happy 2013 readers and may you have an awesome holiday! I know I’ll spend most of mine asleep, no no I will actually try to wake up and have a New Year breakfast outside (although breakfast might be at around 11-12 lol I’m lazy like that!)

[Reflections] The Year 2012 in Review

December 31, 2012  |  My Life, New Year, Reflections

Many of you will notice that every year at around this time I get out my paper and pencil to jot down the good, the bad, and the ugly of the year we are about to bid good-bye.  And well this year I am choosing to forgo the pencil and paper (save the environment and all that jazz) and will type them up for you in a neat little list.

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It is quite hard to list all the things you’re thankful for, or you wished never happened this year but I’ll get one thing out there in the open before I attempt this list.  2012 was an okay year, it wasn’t insanely bad (personally for me) but it wasn’t an insanely wow Oh My GOD kind of good.  It was there.  I am choosing to enjoy each year as it comes by and living life to the fullest or to whatever limit I can without bothering others.

Now that my declaration is out of the way let’s list all the good things of this year.

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Happy Bah Humbug Day!

December 25, 2012  |  Holidays

It’s that time of the year where holidays get evaluated by how much money you spent on that special gift, unfortunately Santa wasn’t good to me this year as I haven’t seen any new gift well other than that Artist Doodle Man that Father seemed to have purchased for himself but when he thought my “keychain” gift from Houston was lost and so he decided to give it to me.  I don’t blame him really, just Lujain, my little sister, whom lately has been getting most of the gifts (bah humbug).

Merry Christmas

It’s been a lovely morning really, what with all that rain and I can’t believe how much it poured.  Is it wrong that I am more in love with rain than the next person out there, one thing I love to do when I hear it raining is to grab a book and just sit down and read it whether it’s on my comfy chair in my little cozy library or it’s cuddled up in bed all warm and cozy.  I also seem to get a craving for some hot chocolate what with the chill that comes with that rain.  Mother hates the rain but only because she worries a lot and about everything, if we are outside driving she worries about our safety; if we are home she worries about leakages and the whatnot.  It’s crazy really but I find rain so soothing I just want to go outside and re-enact “Singing in the Rain”.

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