Abdullah Al Shalabi, the co-founder of fishfishme recently announced a partnership with Uber, the multi-million dollar funded app that provides on-demand car service. So [fishfishme] would book you a boat and free pick up plus drop provided by Uber free of charge. He posted this hardcore photo of himself and I thought it was pretty cool. Too bad the collaboration with Uber is only available in Dubai.
For those interested you can find more about the offer on their blog [here].
After I posted about fishfishme service, I was contacted by one of its owners to see if I was interested into taking a fishing trip with him and experience the whole thing. I’m not a fishing guy nor do I have any idea how to fish, which actually made me more inclined to accept the offer. We sailed off at around 9a.m in the morning and the weather was just right.
Before you go fishing you need to pass by the fish market to buy some bait, we basically just got a few kg’s of shrimp. There are other options but shrimp is the most popular. It didn’t cost much, the shrimp shouldn’t cost you more than KD 5 in total for a 3 – 5 hour trip. You will also need a fishing line, those are normally provided by who ever you rented the boat from.
Fishing line’s vary in length, material, and weight. The thicker the cord the stronger it is, thick cords are used to catch big aggressive fish like the grouper (هامور). Keep in mind the thicker the cord the more visible it is to fish. Fishing line’s have a small rock to push the cord downwards until it hits the surface. After that you just wait, and wait, and wait until you feel something pulling the cord. I only had to wait a few minutes on the first try.
How you attach the bait on the hook that’s located at the end of the cord is very important. It should be very firm, if it’s not attached properly the bait will either fall off under sea or it will be fairly easy for the fish to bite off without getting caught. The fishing line I used had two hooks so I could catch two fish in one go so to speak. Hooks also vary in size, the bigger the hook the bigger the fish. Small fish are hard to catch with big hooks.
It took me less than 10 minutes to catch a fish on my first try. Sadly the fish was too small so we had to throw it back whilst it was still alive. You can see the metal cone which is what pulls the cord down under sea like I explained earlier. What’s annoying about the cord is if you catch a fish it will tangle up and takes a while to untangle and throw back again. Experienced fishermen don’t deal with that though.
The amount of bee’s at the middle of nowhere took me by surprise. There was an unusually large amount of bee’s regardless of what area we were fishing. So much so that they started disrupting whatever I was doing. I didn’t mind the small ones, but when the big ones passed by to say hi, my facial expression was of distress. I asked about the bee’s and the guy said this is the first time he encounters this issue.
The area we first settled in didn’t get us much, mostly small fish that we threw back or even worse, a stubborn catfish. Then we got a phone call about an area that’s good for fishing at the time. After we moved over there it was just a matter of minutes till I caught my first decent fish. Although that thing looks aggressive on the photo he wasn’t that hard to catch. Had already imagined him on a plate with rice.
We caught a good share of fish, 3 different species. In total there were around 12 fishes and I caught about half of them. I’d say I’ve done pretty well on my first go. The boat we rented from fishfishme service costs KD 45. Boats normally sale between 8am/9am or 3pm/4pm. I did the math and I think it would cost around KD 60 – 70 total for the entire experience, cut costs way less when it’s a group pitching in.
Alas, it was time to eat the fish and it was really good, not sure if it was my subconscious mind forcing me to think that way since I was the one who caught them. I’m definitely willing to do this again with some friends. It’s worth noting fishing needs a lot of patience and depends on luck a lot of the time. My next objective although maybe impossible is to catch a Zubaidi.
Wasn’t convinced when my friend told me Shrimpy had fish kebab because it wasn’t on their 6alabat menu. When I called them to order, the guy said it was available. The fish was pretty good; comes as a meal with soda, bread, fries and coleslaw salad which isn’t necessary. I mostly order shrimp from them but I guess a fish kebab wasn’t a bad idea. Make sure you order extra tartar sauce.
This must be the coolest aquarium out there. On the surface is a 2 inch wide opening, there for you to feed the fish. The fish are entertained by what you put on the table, except if it’s a cat. I think the price of $550(~153KD) is reasonable and they do offer international shipping. They also have a smaller aquarium table for $450(~125KD).[Store]
Update: If you’re looking for a list of Pet Shops in Kuwait I recently wrote a blog post about it [here].
I passed by this place yesterday and I must say this place is better than the Friday Market place by a clear mile. At least here pets are treated like pets, dogs and cats leave the cage every morning to play some tag. The atmosphere is comfy and the pets look like they love it. This place certainly needs more publicity.
The place has two floors, first floor is mostly food and hamsters. These guys just look adorable, we had to wake them up to take some photo’s. I talked to the manager about how they abuse pets in Kuwait and bleach their entire body so people would find them cuter. The manager was really concerned and really wanted to do something about it.
The 2nd floor has all kinds of playful items your pet can enjoy(photo available in the gallery). This is like a mini cat playground, it should keep your pet occupied for a while. I was surprised to find out these only cost 28KD each. Also furniture savers, they help avoid your cat ripping the sofa to pieces.
I didn’t know there was a spray used to spray on something so that your cat/dog wouldn’t even come near it. I wonder what would happen if you sprayed it on the pet itself, I’m guessing a total nightmare.
At first, I thought these were clothing for kids. They really do look like something you would buy for your child, except their for pets. Although it takes forever to get one to wear it the end result does look cute. There are even football t-shirts.
I passed by their birds and they have a decent collection of birds you can choose from. They use to have parrots and different types of huge birds I would have loved to see but they were all sold unfortunately, more to come.
Pet Zone also sells fish, ones I have never seen before. Forgot to ask them what type of fish was this but it’s really eye-catchy. I would recommend passing by their fish section as they have a huge collection of different types of fish.
Mark from 248am drew a map on how you can get there. It’s pretty simple since it’s so close to both the Avenues Mall and Alghanim X-Cite.
Update: I am not Pet Zone nor do I work there, I just posted about them. To contact Pet Zone directly you can call 2471 9246
The only reason I believe this video is not fake is because it was uploaded and shot by BBC. The tune of the video gives you the feeling that something is huge is about to happen, specially when it zooms out to show you the bigger picture. If anyone knows where to purchase original BBC nature/animal related documentaries, do tell.
I always wanted to try a deep fried chocolate snack and I have finally found the place that offers them in Kuwait. Saying they are chocolate full would seriously be a down statement. The place’s decoration had a house like feel to it and the food was tasty. I’ll post a review tomorrow with a dedicated map. The place is for fish lovers but with a twist.