Archive | November 2006

Graffiti in Kuwait

It’s amazing how we all love to scream out our inner thoughts, feelings, opinion, etc in any way possible. Those of us who are in tune with our inner feelings seem to easily find outlets.

In Tehran, graffiti is a popular outlet for these random thoughts. Political, humorous, cultural, religious, cartoons, poetic, etc are every where you look.

In Kuwait though I have only seen these:


I loved them. Very artistic. How come there aren’t any more?

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An apology to my car

Well I can now officially call myself insane. A few days ago I got into my car and gave it a sincere heartfelt apology. I don’t think I have ever apology to another fellow human being the way I apologized to my car.

The background of the story
I hate my car (correction: I used to hate my car). I just find it truly boring mainly because there aren’t any buttons or gadgets I can fiddle around with. All I can do with this car is drive it!!!! Booooorrrriiiinngg. Well I have not made this hatred a secret. I badmouth the poor thing any chance I get.

Anyway, few days ago I went to see a show (Midsummer Night’ Dream performance at the British Embassy) with a couple of friends. After the show we wanted to go to Salmiya for a cup of coffee. I left my car parked in an isolated parking lot and went with them. Around midnight one of them said, “Won’t it be funny if your car is towed by now”.

Ouch!!! The thought of my poor car being stuck all alone in the middle of a car pound with strangers just broke my heart. I just had to get to it. Boom bang bam around 10 minutes later I saw my car in that isolated quiet parking lot all alone in a corner. I approach it very timidly. I was too embarrassed to look up at it in the windshield. Very meekly I put my keys in and opened the door. As soon as I got in, I whispered out loud, “Sorry, I will never ever leave you alone”. And I meant it.

I will also no longer bad mouth my laptop or imate. I will treat each one of them with the respect they deserve.

Business English Class

The only downside to today was that one of my favorite Business English classes ended. I am so going to miss this class. I mean they were everything a teacher could ask for: motivated, intelligent, active, but above all…….they cracked me up.

On Saturday after we had covered the first and second conditional sentences, I asked them if they use this kind of sentence at their workplace. You know, sentences like, ‘If you deliver the goods today, I will pay 50% in advance’.

So one trainee quickly looked at me and “Yeah, I use it all the time”.

“Great. In what kind of situations?” Of course the answer I was expecting and hoping to elicit from him was that he uses it in negotiations or when making concessions.

“I use it when I need to bribe someone”

Gadgets for your website

Would you look at me. I inaugurated my blog last Thursday and instead of posting my rant and raves, I am filling it up with cool gadgets (pat on my back). Would you believe that I also have to hand in a huge proposal tomorrow that I haven’t even started working on yet? It’s 12:15 am now. I am so fired, I just know it. I think procrastinating is on my list of 100 things about moi; maybe I should also add being a gadget freak? I wonder if there is a help group for people like me?

Anway, I got the code for most of them from: GOOGLE GADGETS

And the others from these sites:

CLOCK LINK

SITE METER

NEOCOUNTER

You know, I have learnt so much about myself since I started making this list. Like I never knew I loved Pacman so much…..and I didn’t know I could perform the dance of joy so passionately. I learnt both facts about myself when I saw Pacman on Google.

Aqua Fire Treatment

I recently got a pension plan from Alico and had to go to the International Clinic for a medical check up. Now the only time I ever read magazines is when I can get hold of free ones 🙂 (I guess I got to add being stingy or frugal as I like to call it to my list). Anyway, I am flipping through a magazine when I come across this article with a picture of a woman lying down on her back with towel on her stomach. My jaws drop, eye wide open and i let out a little gasp. The towel is on fire. Yep, and oh the woman had a grin on her face. Now unfortunately the article was in Arabic so I couldn’t get more out if it. So I came home and googled it. Here’s an excerpt and link to the story:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/12/04/wburn04.xml

Women who want to lose weight are being offered a startling new way to burn fat – by being set on fire.
Would-be slimmers are flocking to a spa in Hong Kong that promises to reduce their waistlines by smearing them with Chinese herbs, dousing them with alcohol and then setting light to them, all for £78 a session.
The spa claims that the intense heat of the fire penetrates deep tissue, increasing circulation and helping the body to absorb the herbal concoction which works to detoxify the body and break down fat.

Unfortunately I could only find this picture:

Well since none of my diets seems to be working, I think it is high time I set myself on fire.

[Ten Minutes Later]

I just realized that apart from skipping that daily chocolate bar, I have not technically been on a diet. So I might put off setting myself on fire for a while.