TomTom are popular for their GPS with navigation devices. They just announced that Kuwait now includes traffic congestion forecasting live traffic, which is good for predicting where the jam will be. This is great and everything except throughout my entire lifetime here I’ve never met someone that uses TomTom devices. Not only that, Google Maps displays live traffic and car accidents. I don’t see how TomTom will benefit from this investment.[Source]
A cool service by Telfoni I found on Sala6a Blog. If you’re planning on traveling to the UK, one of the headaches you have to go through buying a SIM card and going through configuration. You can actually do that in Kuwait by ordering a UK SIM Card from Telfoni and they’ll get it to your doorstep on the same day, you even pick which call/internet package you want.
According to Telfoni they are a UK mobile operator that is 100% owned by Kuwaiti investors founded in 2013, I guess they work as a telecom wholesale reseller, similar to how Xtra in Kuwait operates. The Sim card never expires and there’s a UK call center that responds in Arabic.
To get your UK Sim Card call 97270313 or visit their [website] to fill the form request. You can pay with KNET and anyone from the GCC can order one.
A few days ago my car decided not to work, and I had no idea what the problem was. I never had to use a winch service before so I didn’t have contact to any. I went and looked at the Waseet newspaper which is where you normally expect to find them and couldn’t find any. Then I remembered a friend mentioned there was a winch app for Kuwait.
I looked for the app, found it, made an account and requested a winch. Minutes after I requested a winch I got a phone call from the driver confirming he was on his way. The good part is you can see on the map in the app how close he is and how long he needs to get to you. I eventually reached the garage and fixed my car.
I was very happy with the service, although he charged me more than average (KD 15). The price isn’t set by the app but by the winch person, so it varies. I highly recommend using the app when your car has a flat tire, engine failure or just won’t turn on. The app is available on both android and iOS.
After waiting over 1.5 years in this Kickstarter project, they’ve finally shipped my 3D printer. It’s kind of funny because it’s like having a newborn where in everything he does is fascinating to you and you keep telling people about your newborn until you bore them to death. I’m having similar results with the 3D printer, the printing possibilities are just endless.
One of the first things I printed was a skull that a friend wanted. It took approximately 15 hours to finish, if there’s anything you should know about 3D printing, it’s that it takes a lot of patience (and I meant a lot). I’m printing a phone stand right now, should take around 5 hours.
There’s a lot of things to learn from this experience, like the types of filaments, temperatures to use, micro resolutions, x and y axis coordinations, slicing programming etc. I’m currently learning how to use Sketch Up which is a 3D software so I can design and print my own stuff. I’m thinking of printing a 3D logo of Kuwaitiful and a mesbah. What would you recommend printing?
Will post a review after using it for at least month.
This is why I have a very hard time trusting beggars in Kuwait, some apparently are far richer than I am. They pick places they know wealthy people pass by. The other day I was stopped next to an ATM machine in Salmiya and asked to extract 60 KD for a beggar’s father surgery.
It’s so hard to tell if it’s true or someone is faking it. A beggar was arrested begging all over Ahmedi claiming he has no home nor money and was reported to police. After being ambushed and interrogated he confessed to 500,000 KD in his bank account.[Source]
He was spotted having a phone call close to a mosque, police were suspicious due to his behaviour and asked for his ID. I don’t think he was involved in any terror activities, rather in Ramadan the women that wear veils who sit next to mosque entrances asking for money increase, he probably wanted to take advantage of that and wore a veil himself.
I know this post is kinda belated since there’s only 10 days left of Ramadan but I wanted it to put this out there for the people like me who want a quick and beneficial suhoor before going to be rather than stuffing themselves with food and hating themselves the next morning.
One easily fills me up, you just pour some milk and have your cereal. They’re organic, gluten free with no refined sugar or preservatives. I only know of one place that sells them, SaveCo. They offer many flavours including dark chocolate and coconut maple vanilla.
I think every Kuwaiti is getting fed up of these terribly executed ads trying to lure GCC citizens to join a service. Frankom posted one yesterday on twitter and people started contributing with other ads they saw. Some of them are so bad you’d think it’s a joke. I’ve been seeing some of them for years and I’m starting to wonder if they actually work, they should, since they haven’t stopped advertising them. If you promote these ads and you’re reading this, please stop.