I was browsing Ace Hardware the other day and found these DryNow packs that should come in handy if your phone sinks into water. It’s not cheap, KD 5.450 but definitely worth it if it’s going to save your phone, it’s also reusable which is a big bonus. If you’re thinking of just dipping your phone in rice as a solution, well that doesn’t always work.
I had to finish some work that involved getting an approval from a government sector, I’m not even going to mention what a huge and confusing headache it is just to get a simple task done and how many government sectors I had to pass by, that’s not including the ones that redirected me somewhere else.
What ticked me off the most was when I was almost done and had to pay KD 50, they told me I have to pay it in the old currency so the machine would accept it. The new currency was released 3 months ago, why wasn’t the machine updated at the same time? Why do I have to go through such a hard time because of someone else’s negligence?
I didn’t have any money from the old currency and here’s what I had to do:
- Passed by a close by kitchen store: They had KD 0 of the old currency
- Passed by a close by electronics store: They had KD 0 of the old currency
- Passed by NBK: Even though they were understanding of my situation, they told me they can’t give me the old currency
- Passed by Landmark/Centerpoint: They had KD 10 of the old currency so we exchanged
- Passed by a Baqala: He had two KD 5‘s fortunately, so we exchanged
- Passed by a private supermarket: They had exactly KD 30 of the old currency, we exchanged
All of this just to get through the simple task of inserting money into a machine and getting a receipt. If you want to update a currency of an entire country then for the love of God make sure all government sectors are ready to accept the new currency either before or during the launch, not have people suffer 3 months later.
I was invited back to Oliversan to try their new main courses (you can see the initial review here). What I like about Oliversan is you can order popular dishes from Maki like Essa Maki or from Zee Burger since they are all owned by the same person. Three guys could all be ordering from 3 restaurants all at once.
We tried what I call their mountain crispy salad, this is what it looks like when served, then a waiter crunches it up for you so that all the crispy bits are mixed with the salad. It’s a bit too much for one person so I do recommend it gets shared, the only other mountain salad I can think of is the one at Slider Station.
Their first new dish I tried was the Kung Pao Smoked Salmon, it’s pretty clear they work hard on the presentation. The salmon was cooked the way I prefer it and it’s something I wouldn’t mind ordering again later. Comes with ginger, bok choy, spring onions, peas, carrots, and garlic, drizzled with spicy sauce.
My friend tried their Braised Smoked Short Ribs, which was the second new dish on the menu. I’m not a beef lover much so I told him to try it and share his thoughts. It was pretty good, definitely something worth trying if you like ribs. They come with a special sauce and oolong tea leaves.
We couldn’t not have a burger so fortunately they had mini-burgers. We just had the Classic Cheese Burgers and they tasted good, there are a lot of mini-burgers on their menu but I’m not sure if there are standard-sized ones. For those interested you can read my Zee Burger review here and here.
I had space for dessert but the person with me didn’t. Although he suddenly had a lot of space and appetite when the dessert was set on the table. If anything, this is the number one item I recommend ordering from the menu, it was delicous. The mix of vanilla ice cream with soft biscuit was just right.
A group of Bulgarians in Kuwait secretly installed a small scanning machine on an ATM machine in Salmiya. It would scan and send the credit card information (including the PIN code) of the person using the ATM then send it to Dominican Republic, from there they would forge cards and withdraw money.
Unfortunately most of the people who reported money withdrawn out of their card without their consent were expatriates that make little money like construction workers and cleaners. I highly suggest you cover the screen with your hand when you enter your PIN when using any ATM machine.[Source]
I posted this photo on my BBM where I broadcast new blog posts (add the PIN 7EF24ACC ) and I got so many asking me where I got the shawerma from. When I’m in Dajeej area I sometimes pass by Sultan Center branch there since they have good shawerma.
This time around the shawerma guy asked me if I wanted to try the Iranian bread shawerma and I said sure. They have a custom Iranian bread made to make a shawerma with and it tasted pretty good. I’m not sure if other Sultan Center branches offer this but Sultan Center Salmiya might.
I sat with someone who works at Kuwait’s Zoo and was surprised to find out people buy pets from the Friday Market then take them to the Zoo and ask them to take care of them or set them free from their misery. There are two big problems in this process.
For those that haven’t been to the Friday Market, it has a big area that sells animals, the majority being in small cages, filthy conditions, and no concern about providing food & water. If you really care for those animals you should find a way to force strict regulations on the Friday Market or find a way to shut down stores with animal abuse.
1. By buying pets you are profiting the Friday Market store, which will eventually bring even more pets. So by setting one free, you likely got 3 more pets into a terrible life.
2. Kuwait’s Zoo does not accept pets, they are overcrowded altogether and can’t handle more. Leaving a pet at their door will likely force them to put that pet to sleep
Photo via Kuwait Times
D-Cadou is more or less like an AlShaya gift card voucher except it’s not limited to Al Shaya owned stores. It works by buying a voucher from their [website] then sending the voucher code to who ever you want to gift. That person then goes to an eligible store and gives them the code and buys the stuff they want.
D-Cadou eligible stores include Ecco, DKNY, Nike Store, Crocs, Puma and some others. Although the concept isn’t really new it’s a nice one, I’d like to see much more stores, as they’re mostly sports store right now.
A while back one of my friend’s mother needed a surgery but she needed blood donation and sadly her blood type is rare so we contacted as many people as possible to donate. Fortunately we found a website that gives you contact numbers for those who would like to donate their blood.
Thank God everything went well after that. The website is [www.b-blood.org] you only need is to enter your country, city and type of blood then it will give a list of phone numbers for people who share the same blood type.
Many don’t know this but according to studies published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, blood donors are 88% less likely to suffer a heart attack and 33% less likely to suffer any type of cardiovascular event. Also reducing the amount of iron thus cutting the risk of heart disease specially for women.
Things to do before donating
Eat healthy food
Drink a lot of water
Your system must be free of aspirin for two days prior to donation.
It is preferable that you don’t fast at the day you would like to donate because you should drink a cup of juice after donation to avoid dizziness. If you experience dizziness or light-headedness after donation, stop what you are doing and sit down or lie down until you feel better. Avoid performing any activity where fainting may lead to injury for at least 24 hours.
How to donate blood in Kuwait: visit the Central Blood Bank ( بنك الدم المركزي ) in Jabreya next to Health Science Center (كلية الطب ) near to Mubarak Al-Kabeer hospital
Update: b-blood link is down, their server is having issues.
Update II: b-blood is working again
Post written by Mohammed Dashti
About Guest Writer: Mohammed is a Civil Engineer that loves to travel and meet new people, discover new cultures and sharing knowledge.