[Travel Log] The Perks of Walking in the Rain

October 3, 2012  |  Travel Log 2012

Day three of the trip took place and was extremely eventful for me, since I went out close to three times with separate parties hehe, it sounds as if I am travelling with an entourage when in fact I am not.  Tuesday was Doctor Appointment day for D and being that I am still jet lagged or something I woke up at 7:00 a.m. again and not being able to go back to sleep.  I don’t know why that is the case but for some reason it’s happening more often lately.  Anyways our doctor’s appointment was at 2:30 p.m. so by 1:30 p.m. we were out of the house and waiting to hail a cab.

It was raining, and what a beautiful rain it was.  10 minutes or so later we arrived at the doctor’s office and were seen by the surgeon who would do D’s surgery on Thursday.  She was asked routine questions, given some prep-medication and sent on our way.  We decided since we were on 55th street to walk down to Times Square and have some lunch.  It’s crazy how mother is not used to this kind of walking lifestyle and how she sometimes feels its a bit too much.  But in the end instead of heading out to Olive Garden, we decided to go into Juniors as it was closer and they were getting winded (D and Mom).

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[Travel Log] When Starving Have McDonalds

October 2, 2012  |  Travel Log 2012

The second day of my trip started earlier than I thought, since I slept at 8:00 p.m. the night before (Sept 30) I woke up earlier than ever, hell I never woke up that early when I was in Kuwait, the time was 7:00 p.m.  Sleeping on the sofa bed was not insanely comfortable but at least it was a thousand times more comfortable than sleeping on that chair on the plane.  Although we were up early we didn’t end up going out until 1:00 p.m. when Sister #3 (D) arrived with some goodies to bribe us into taking care of her.  I got an iTunes 100$ Gift card and mother got a nice jewelry piece.  Mother being an avid Online-Shopping addict and a Macy’s fan wanted to actually see the store, it’s been almost 10 years since she was back in the US and so our first stop was Macy’s on 34th Street.

Had I been here on my own, I would’ve been out with Sister #4 (N) walking the entire way to 34th Street, but being that I was with D and Mom we took a taxi cab all the way there and spent a few hours going through the different floors.  Being the gadget freak that I am I did not enjoy the endless hours but I kept quiet and let mother browse around while D kept on advising her not to purchase this or that since it wasn’t worth it.  We stepped out and decided to walk around a bit before heading out to have lunch.  While walking I saw my favorite store Brookstone and made sure we passed through.  They have the weirdest and coolest things ever! But needless to say I didn’t purchase anything yet, I have to pace myself it’s easier that way and will end up saving cash better that.

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[Travel Log] A Flight Full of Turbulences

October 1, 2012  |  Travel Log 2012

Sunday, September 30th marked the day of my flight to NYC, and what a busy day it was.  Well not that busy but you know what I mean.  For the duration of this trip  I am going to try my best to log my travels and adventures (like as if I will have any!) The main reason for my logging of this trip is not for you my readers, well it’s a second reason but the main is for my darling little sister Lujain to follow up on my adventures.  You know Lujain right? The little munchkin who follows me everywhere! Anyways so let’s get cracking!

Saturday Sept 29th

The day before my flight was the busiest of them all, I had to head out to my grandma’s house for lunch and to say goodbye to the family although mostly everyone kind of forgot that I was actually leaving the next day but no worries, with all the social media networks we have available you can get connected with everyone anywhere and anytime.  Once I was done with Grandma’s lunch I headed to work (yes I work on Saturdays) I was there to prepare my Technology and Entertainment pages and by 7pm I was pretty much done with work.

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[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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