[Events] It’s McDonalds celebration of “A Day Offline”

September 28, 2012  |  Events

Last weekend (Saturday Sept 22 2012), I was invited by the people of McDonalds Arabia to introduce their plans and celebrations for their second annual ‘family day’, last year on September 28th it was emphasized that the day would be a “Family Day” in which parents would take a break from their busy schedules and spend time with their neglected children, or even the ones they don’t neglect much.  This year McDonalds Arabia wanted to take it a step further and announced that today would be a “Day Offline” which simply means parents/siblings/everyone would put their mobile phones into the “phone vault” and spend a full day having fun the old fashioned way, remember how we could spend hours if not days without being glued to that computer or mobile?  Well that’s the whole plan.

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Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah Premieres Islamic Art Movie

September 27, 2012  |  Shout Outs

Most of you by now probably know that my father works for the coolest place, Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah (DAI), and well I am so proud to announce this cool event they will be hosting on the 1st of October at 7:00 p.m. at the Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah’s (DAI) al-Maidan Cultural Centre in which the newest documentary “Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World” narrated by Academy Award winning actress Susan Sarandon, will make its debut in the Middle East region.

The showing will be open to the public with free admission to everyone.  The 90 minute film, from executive producers Michael Wolfe and Alex Kronemer, “takes audiences on an epic journey across nine countries and over 1,400 years of history.  It explores themes such as word, space, ornament, color, and water and presents the stories behind many great masterworks of Islamic art and architecture.”

But in the words of my great awesome talented father Abdulkareem Al-Ghadban, who happens to be the DAI Director of Exhibitions and Educational Programmes “We are pleased to be hosting the first showing of ‘Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World’ outside North America, I know the original intention of the film was to share the beauty of Islamic art with people in the west; to give them a sense of our world well beyond the stereotypes.  But the film is equally valuable for viewers in this region.  Periodically we need reminding of our heritage and culture.”  But wait he says more amazing stuff regarding the premiere and how “it is exciting to be screening the Middle East debut of ‘Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World.’ But it’s more exciting to be able to share such a beautiful production with friends of the DAI and with visitors, Monday night will be a very good night.”

So, what are you waiting for? Save the date on your calendars!

When: October 1st, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah’s (DAI) al-Maidan Cultural Centre (right next to Sha’ab Park)

What: Middle East Premiere of “Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World”

When a Sudden Trip Happens

September 24, 2012  |  My Life

I’ve been really quiet lately, not for the lack of information or stuff to write about but simply because I have had a lot on my plate.  There are a ton of posts available on my back burner waiting to be published, well I should get to publishing them this week but the whole point of this post was how ironic life has become for me.

A few weeks ago, I felt a tang of jealousy since I had completed a full year without travelling anywhere, and if you are like me and you have a ton of people on your Instagram account whether they are friends or family, you have probably seen their vacation trip photos plastered all over the place.  I felt a need to get a change of scenary but due to the circumstances of my job I am not able to go on leave or anything so I had to live vicariously through you and you and you.  Yes all of you who left this summer and had an amazing trip!

Lo and behold a week ago, a surprise happened, an emergency arose with one of my sisters (D) who is currently in the US completing her degree, she needed to have emergency medical attention and her usual caregivers (F) and Sister #4(N) were unavailable since (F) is now back in Kuwait and (N) is busy with schoolwork.  So the responsibilities fall back on the oldest sister, moi.

Now, due to the nature of this trip, it’s not going to be a vacation in a sense because trust me dealing with siblings is never a walk underneath the stars, but it will have to do for it since I will be hitting my usual spots New York City and Omaha for the duration of the next month.

Life is certainly crazy, craving a trip, receiving a lovely carry-on handbag from Ali Al-Ghanim & Sons as a gift, and then this suddenly happens.  God is listening to me I guess, in that case:

Dear God, I’d like to win the 500,000 KD from Gulf Bank’s Al-Danah.  Or the McLaren, whichever is easier. Xo xo, Jacqui

Enshalla everything turns out to be fine and the best thing apart from seeing my sisters (I am legally obligated to include that bit because if I don’t I get temper tantrums thrown all over the place) is that I will be in the US in time for the launch of the iPad mini (if all rumors are true it should launch in October) and I will stand in the freaking line at the 5th Avenue Store! Woot woot! But at the same time I will have pre-ordered it LOL! Crazy aren’t I?

[Apple] iOS 6 and iTunes 11 Updates

September 12, 2012  |  Apple, New Products, Software

The software also saw an update and although we already know some of the specs of the next iOS which is called iOS 6 we were given another demo this time running it on the iPhone 5.  The other software which received a brand new design was the iTunes software for both the Mac and PC, it was redesigned and remodeled to feature new things.

What’s new with both iOS 6 and iTunes?

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[Apple] iPod Lineup Updated with New Touch, Nano

September 12, 2012  |  Apple, New Products

The September 12 Apple Event did not stop at the announcement of the latest iPhone, it instead moved on to show the latest updates happening to the iPod line-up.  Of the entire iPod lineup the two devices which received a full new design were the iPod nanos and iPod touches.  The classic remains the same ever since a few years back and the iPod shuffle received a color update now available in 7 new colors for the price of $49.

Let’s get cracking to what’s new with each model.

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[Apple] New iPhone 5 Unveiled

September 12, 2012  |  Apple, iPhone, New Products

The September 12 Apple Event has finally concluded and with it the anticipation and speculation regarding the latest iPhone (iPhone 5) has ended because we finally laid a glimpse on the latest designs.

Granted that nothing has changed from what was previously leaked but now you have a full understanding as to what you can expect from it.  I will give you a summary of the new features unveiled and later on talk about the other products which were updated.

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[Funny] An Apple iPhone 5 Parody

September 12, 2012  |  Apple, Fun

The day has arrived, the one we’ve all been waiting for! Apple will unveil its latest in the next iPhone design at around 8PM KWT time and I for one can’t wait but luckily for you I have something to help you bide by the time.

A friend of mine shared this video with me and I thought what better way to celebrate today than to enjoy it.

“You thought if Tupac could come back from the dead STEVE JOBS couldn’t figure it out? Please!”

“iFhone 5, I’m Mac-Daddy, dead or alive! So just buy, and don’t ask why.. You know you’re gonna get an-iFhone 5″

Thanks 3baid!