This is definitely something unheard of in Kuwait but still refreshing. I’m not sure how effective the campaign of giving flowers to those who violate the law is but it’s a breath of fresh air nonetheless (pun intended). It was part of Gulf Traffic Week 2015 and has ended 3 days ago, no more flowers for you guys.[Source]
The company behind the battery card that fits your wallet I wrote about is back with a better one, the pro version as they call it. It has three times the battery capacity making it able to fully charge most phones for twice the thickness. They also added an additional USB port and is considered to be the fastest power bank charger in the market.
I haven’t got my hands on one but I will very soon. I’m excited because even though this one doesn’t fit my wallet, it will easily fit my pocket and should be able to fully charge my phone once (3,000 mAh battery). Phones with a smaller battery like the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S5 should get up to one and a half charges before needing to recharge the Lithium Card Pro.[Source]
It should be available in Kuwait soon.
Fortunately when it comes to furniture, I prefer seeing it in front of me before buying it. This however, was not the case here. A guy ordered an arm chair from Amazon not knowing it was a kids version, so him sitting on it looked hilarious. Although it looks great inside a kids room, gives a classy feel to it.
It use to be called ‘Boys Arm Chair’, but after this guys photo went viral they changed it to ‘Kids Arm Chair‘, just to be more clear on who’s it for.
A friend just called me through Whatsapp and I was surprised it worked, I thought it would only be exclusive to the U.S right now but it’s not. The voice was clear and now I can call anyone with an Android through Whatsapp (Sorry Apple users, you’ll have to wait once again). I would be very surprised if Telecoms in Kuwait don’t take action to limit or block access to this feature because it will hit their revenue really hard if everyone starts using it.
I’d like to send an invite to everyone but to get an invite someone with Whatsapp Calling enabled has to call you, then your Whatsapp will permanently get the feature and I don’t want to give away my phone number obviously. Try to see if you have a friend with Android that has it and let him call you through Whatsapp.
Two years ago I wrote about BeThink, a Kuwaiti based crowd-funding service and as I had predicted, they closed down because Kuwait is too small to depend on crowd-funding, you need millions to contribute. Kickstarter has over 8 million contributors which is one of the main reasons behind its massive success.
Jarbiha however is looking at the bigger picture, it’s aims to become the Kickstarter service for the Middle East. Although I heard people saying it’s the first in the region, it’s not, Zoomal has been doing it for years. I hope it works out this time around, we have a lot of people with creative ideas but no funding to take the steps of making those ideas businesses.[Website]
Almost every c0-op supermarket I pass by has a ‘London Chocolate’ booth where you normally get sweets that aren’t available in Kuwait. Some of those sweets however have pork gelatin as it turns out. A friend emailed the manufacturer of Ice Breakers, who happen to be the popular Hershey’s on whether if one of his favourite sweets contains pork gelatin.
This was their response:
If you grab one of the Ice Breakers yourself that are in the London Chocolate sector you’ll notice in English on the ingredients it says “GELATIN” but doesn’t mention where it was deprived from. In Arabic however, on the sticker that mentions the ingredients it says “جيلاتين نباتي” – Vegetarian Gelatin.
Here’s what it says in English:
Here’s what it says in Arabic:
So then he asked Hershey’s what are the list of products that you manufacture which contain pork gelatin. They responded by saying they cannot provide a list but can guarantee all their gelatin is derived from pork. Meaning they don’t manufacture anything with vegetable gelatin to begin with.
Things do get worse, when asked if this includes products in the Middle East (GCC Region) just to be 100% sure, they respond by saying all their Ice Breaker Gums and Jolly Rancher Gummies sold in that region use pork gelatin. So this also means it includes the candy that was sold in Kuwait co-ops way before ‘London Chocolate’ section was introduced.
I’m not posting this to attack a brand or company, rather state the facts laid in front of me. I’ve never tried Ice Breaker products, but I’m much more cautious now about buying sweets. If the government can’t properly label ingredients correctly and one has to consult the manufacturer then there’s probably a lot more pork deprived gelatin products in the country.
I can’t think of any other way of reaching 23,000 KD worth of tickets then to have a part time job of purposely over-speeding when passing a camera. Another student in the video is showing the printed traffic violations then showing a total of 725 traffic violations. I’m sure getting a loan from a bank is going to ruin his life.
It was pretty ironic yesterday when I was driving my cat to Pet Zone for showering and cleaning up, BBC radio decides to interview someone who has been composing music for cats for 6 years. I was really excited to see if my cat would react, they played music that calms cats and music that excites cats (that one had bird sounds). My cat didn’t move, but it started turning its face around, recognizing the music.
Not sure if the cat music experiment didn’t work, or my cat because in a cage didn’t bother moving much. Either way, I’ll try to find the full clip of the calming cat music and play at home to see if it works. The music sounds very different of what we enjoy as humans, which kinda makes sense.