"Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May" is a poem by Robert Herrick. This poem portrays our existence on earth, and that people age as life goes on, and everything becomes boundless. Herrick here urges people to take advantage of youth and energy while they may! The poem is in the genre of carpe diem, to seize the day.
Friday, June 29, 2007
Zahra (of http://kuwait-style.com/) tagged me to post a picture of my favorite shoes! Heehee... this was a tough one.. I was standing in front of my shoe boxes (YES! I keep the boxes and sacs of almost every shoes I buy) and didnt want to pick, I love them all.. but then I thought.... if I had to pick I would go with this one! Why? hmm ok because;
1. I have had this shoes FOREVER! It is still in pretty good condition (after hmm what!! seven years maybe!! WOW!! Just realized that)
2. Its fun, its stylish, its funky, and VERY comfortable to walk in..
3. The color is so beautiful... bright orange, gold, and see-through orange heels ;-)
4. It matches many of the outfits I have
5. I have the matching purse to go with it too
Check out Kuwait-Style.com
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
George Carlin on age.
IF YOU DON'T READ THIS TO THE VERY END, YOU HAVE LOST A DAY IN YOUR LIFE. AND WHEN YOU HAVE FINISHED, DO AS I AM DOING AND SEND IT ON.
George Carlin's Views on Aging
Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.
"How old are you?" "I'm four and a half!" You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key
You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.
"How old are you?" "I'm gonna be 16!" You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life . . you become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony . YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!
But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed?
You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.
But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!
So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.
You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!
You get into your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30 ; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; "I Was JUST 92."
Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. "I'm 100 and a half!"
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!
Saturday, June 23, 2007
I got there at 10:40pm.. my number was 93, and the number on the screen was reading 86 or 87... I thought about it for a moment and decided to wait a while.. I really did not want to drive all the way to Salmiya.... and guess what???? I got to see the doctor an hour later!!!! Not because he was taking too long treating others, but because irresponsible patients come and barge in because they cant wait and they are or with someone who is sick!! I mean come on!! Aren't we all!!
What I dont get is why the doctor accept to jump between numbers and give those losers priority over us! It is so annoying! and guess what I got for medication? Panadol and some other Chlorophena-something!
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Solicitor: Good evening, how are you?
Me: Fine.. who is this?
Solicitor: Is your mom at home? Or your dad?
Me: No!!! Who is this?
Solicitor: I work along with others on the campaign for rationalizing the consumption of water and electricity.... whos in the house now?
Me: This is my sister's house.. what is it? (I was getting agitated at this point)
Solicitor: OK I will talk to you about it sweetie.... how old are you hun?
Solicitor: OH!! OK!! hahaha (silly laugh).. OK so you tell your sister we call... basically I am going to advice you on the usage of electricity and water at home.. people should start conserving energy, the A/C ideally should be set at 25 C during the day... (blah blah she started giving me statistics... then I had to interrupt her, I was watching a movie and she was annoying me...)
Me: I will let my sister know.. right now I have friends over and I cant be on the phone...
Solicitor: oh.. hmmm ok! thanks anyways
Me: Yeah thanks... bye
OK so what are they trying to do here... Kuwait is one of the richest countries, and still doing rolling blackouts! This is insane.. and specially during these hot summer months! I am not saying waste energy and leave your lights on or your water running.. I am saying this is Kuwait! We have the money to build a new efficient power plants.. I mean come on!! If not.. the royal bestowal/decree that was given to Kuwaitis twice in the last five years... why not use that money for the good of the people and their country!!! I mean I didnt mind the money at all, I actually liked it, but sometimes when you think of it.. outside the box you wonder why!!
They also can increase the electricity prices (I WOULD LOVE THAT) because its really cheap and people dont care less!! With higher prices, I bet they will be more cautious!
Many options we have, MANY!! But all they think of now is to have rolling blackouts and having people calling you about it!! And 25C during the day!! In June-July-August!! Yeah right!
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Dublin Girl on Youtube
Hello, Int Core
Hi, is that the demolition place?
It is, yes
Could you help me to destroy my school please?
Just bare with me a second…
Where, what at school do you go to?
I go to a school in Dublin
And you want it demolished?
Do you use a big wrecking ball, or...
how do you knock it down?
A big wreck.. a big ball... what do you mean? hehehe
hehehe... Hold on one wee second please…
How are you - my name is Becky
I have a proposal for ya
Are you the demolition man?
You’re the top boss here?
Go ahead, what’s the tact?
I want you to.. to help me destroy my school
You want it blown up?
Can you blow it up, or knock it down?
Whatever.... whatever whatever you want done
I’ll blow it up, that would be better. (hehehe) Can you make sure that all my teachers are in there when you knock it down?
Don’t know if you’ll get away with that now
Oh no.. Nobody likes them – they give me extra homework on a Friday and everything
Where are you calling from?
What school in Dublin?
The one thats 'bout to fall down
Theres a lot of schools in Dublin about to fall down
And how much would it cost to knock it to the ground?
That depends how big it is
Give me a ballpark finger... (hehehe)... figure
hehehehehehe give me a ballpark figure
hehehe oh Jesus
Is this a demolition company or a joe-k factory?
It’s a joe-k factory at the minute... It’s a joe-k factory...
Listen, are you gonna come and knock my school down or what?
Can you FAX me through a photograph or a site plan, or something
Right, I’ll FAX you through a plan of the school and my teachers names
Yeah – no problem, yeah
And you just make sure that they’re all in the building when you knock it down
You put all their names on it – I’ll give you a page for each individual teacher
When the school falls down, will it make a crash or a wallop?
hehehehe.... It will make a big bang
Sounds good. Oh listen, I’ll talk to you later, top man
Fill your boots man!
ok hehehe Good luck
See you after
Friday, June 15, 2007
Dr. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Non violence, in his June 9 lecture at the
University of Puerto Rico, shared the following story:
I was 16 years old and living with my parents at the institute my grandfather had founded 18 miles outside of Durban, South Africa, in the middle of the sugar plantations. We were deep in the country and had no neighbors, so my two sisters and I would always look forward to going to town to visit friends or go to the movies.
One day, my father asked me to drive him to town for an all-day conference, and I jumped at the chance. Since I was going to town, my mother gave me a list of groceries she needed and, since I had all day in town, my father asked me to take care of several pending chores, such as getting the car serviced.
When I dropped my father off that morning, he said, "I will meet you here at 5:00 p.m., and we will go home together."
After hurriedly completing my chores, I went straight to the nearest movie theatre. I got so engrossed in a John Wayne double-feature that I forgot the time. It was 5:30 before I remembered. By the time I ran to the garage and got the car and hurried to where my father was waitingfor me, it was almost 6:00.
He anxiously asked me, "Why were you late?"
I was so ashamed of telling him I was watching a John Wayne western movie that I said, "The car wasn't ready, so I had to wait," not realizing that he had already called the garage. When he caught me in the lie, he said: "There's something wrong in the way I brought you up that didn't give you the confidence to tell me the truth. In order to figure out where I went wrong with you, I'm going to walk home 18 miles and think about it."
So, dressed in his suit and dress shoes, he began to walk home in the dark on mostly unpaved, unlit roads.
I couldn't leave him, so for five-and-a-half hours I drove behind him, watching my father go through this agony for a stupid lie that I uttered. I decided then and there that I was never going to lie again.
I often think about that episode and wonder, if he had punished me the way we punish our children, whether I would have learned a lesson at all. I don't think so. I would have suffered the punishment and gone on doing the same thing. But this single non-violent action was so powerful that it is still as if it happened yesterday. That is the power of non-violence.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
I have been a regular on Starbucks for so long. I love their Sumatra coffee the best and their Ice-shaken. Their food selection is not bad and varies depending on which country you are in. In those years I would go to Starbucks minimum once per week, and during which I would also go to other coffee shops.. I think it was the fact the Starbucks grew on me! But then I realized.. this isn't the best coffee in the world!! Really!
Blendz! Great for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just a nutritious snack in between meals.. or maybe just for fun and/or to lift up your mood and energy! If you like bland, tasteless, ordinary, and boring smoothies, then dont read further!!!!!
Check out Blendz! The dreamland for your taste buds!
Blendz is located in Dar Al Awadi - basement.. they offer a wide range of juices, snacks, and smoothies! Something different and unlike any other juices/smoothies you've ever tried in Kuwait! They are the experts and they have a wide selection of blended juices made of fruit, veggies, chocolate, and more (that is of course with the option of boosting it up with vitamins and minerals).
The tiny store environment's screams fun and friendliness, the store owner is so sweet and creative, and the employees are all so friendly and ready to take your order with a big smile.. The menu is so inviting! You hold it up and look through it and sometimes get puzzled! What should I get! ITS ALL GOOD!!!
Those smoothies are too good to be true, I mean to enjoy something that much and that can actually be good for you in the same time! Yes! They have a wide range of healthy smoothies too!!
I personally LOVE their Tropical Twister.. it is THE summer drink for me ;-)
If you want to enjoy a cold refreshing summer drink in this hot weather, then you should give Blendz a try! Check out their menu, and if you want to make changes to your drink, or create your own.. No problem at all :-)
I give it TWO THUMBS UP!
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Electronic Kuwaiti Yellow Pages - Restaurants
Usually my friends call me to recommend restaurants to go to, or just call me and say: "I am in X restaurant, what is good to order here" I am like their restaurant switch board/Guru ;-)
Sometimes I would be sitting in a restaurant with bunch of people and no one wold hold their menus because they are waiting for my recommendation(s) ;-)
This is one helpful site, I love it!
For the yellow pages main guide, go to..
Electronic Kuwaiti Yellow Pages
These last couple of days I was carpooling with my sisters to work.. and unlike how when I am alone driving or with the driver, where I sit quietly and hardly have something to talk about, I am chatting and talking all the time with them.
We talk about work, weather, shopping, family & friends, life, switching & picking radio stations, and whatever we see on the way... like road signs!!
Earlier this morning the sign of Sharq got my attention! In Arabic it reads Al Sharq! It really sound odd since its Sharq and not "AL" Sharq. I am used to say my grandparents and parents lived in Sharg (Yes, with G even and not Q and without AL)!
That is one sign of many, that annoys me when I pass by, like the extension of Gulf Road when you go south. Gulf Road changes first to Blajat Street and then to "Cooperative Road"!! OK so, why Cooperative and not Al Ta'awon? Cooperative Road sounds funny to me!! And why not Khaleej Road!?!!? I mean worldwide the street names wont get translated into other languages!! Its a name! I dont say my name in Breeze in English! I am still Ansam, in all languages!!!
And how about Amr Ibn Al A'sse street? That is how they spelled last time I checked it out! It is much better than how it was spelled in the past "Amr Ibn Al Ass"... it sounded like Amr, the son of the Ass!! Now with the "e" added to the end of the Ass, between now and then it is vandalized and the "e" is removed one way or another.. it is so annoying! Why not just spell it differently? Why not Amr Ibn Alahs or something like how it is spelled on Wikipedia Amr Ibn Al-Aas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amr_Ibn_Al-Aas)!?
After all its just a name, and Amr Ibn Al-Aas is such a famous Islamic icon and should be respected!
Qurtoba is still spelled Qurtoba as well as Al-Andalus, and not Cordoba and Andalusia... (although I find those two rather nicer and easier on the ear to hear than the examples mentioned above.. heehee I guess I am just hard to please)
Sunday, June 10, 2007
I was heading to my car in the parking after work, and from a distance I saw an orange cone behind my car and the security guard standing next to it with some papers! When I reached my spot, I saw my car! IT WAS HIT FROM THE LEFT CORNER! The car next to me was even in a worse condition! Damaged from the back, owner is Egyptian.. Then the security guard explained the accident to us;
"A Pakistani guy came and hit both cars, the blue car and then the green (mine)! Let me go get his information for you!"
I was so upset! Then came SS, my colleague, who insisted to help me out (Thanks a million buddy, I really appreciate it) and then came MB, who also wanted to stay but I told her to go home, that its already been taken care of cuz I called OT -my long lost brother ;-)- (Thanks a whole bunch, you dont know how much your help meant to me)
Imagine with the police system in Kuwait, you have to do some paper work at one station and finish up in the other, OT and SS did everything for me while I waited in the car (HOW SWEET) and I only had to go in to talk to the inspector and sign some papers.. (This all took over 2 long hours).. let alone that OT had to stay longer to wait for the papers.
I am so upset though!!! I love my car!
This is such a bad start for my week :-(
B: Best Friend — My sisters
C: Cake or pie — Cakes, cupcakes, and cheesecakes LOL.. Pie comes in second!
D: Dance or exercise — Dancing for exercising purposes :-P
E: Essential Item — Camera, internet, & passport
F: Favorite color — Red, tiffany blue/teal, deep purple
G: Gummy bears or worms — Not a big fan! Will go for sour ones though
H: Home town — Thats where the heart is!
I: Indulgence — Spa, chocolate, food, travel...
J: January or February — same!
K: Kids — Passing on your genes :-P
L: Life — full of surprises
M: Marriage — Celebration of love and commitment
N: Number of siblings —Four
O: Oranges or apples — both
P: Phobias — I have no extreme fear of anything... yet!! (thank God) but I dont like spiders.... eeeeeeeek!
Q: Quote: Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May - Robert Herrick
R: Reasons to smile — Smell of fresh bread out of the oven LOL heehee that is one reason!
S: Season — Spring/Summer
T: Tag 3 people: Zahra, Laydeelay, Confashions
U: Unknown fact about me — I think with my mind more than my heart! One day I will learn to balance the two and be: More Person, Less Robot LOL
V/W: Worst habit — Spending lots of money on Spas! I need to make a budget for that! LOL
X/Y: Your favorite Food — Sushi
Z: Zodiac — Taurus
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Paris Hilton went to prison... to be able to handle it or not to be able to handle it! That is the question!!!
To say the least... she was lucky enough to have a glamorous mug shot (above)
Its bazaar! She went to the Century Regional Detention Facility last Sunday at 10:30pm, where she was transported to the women's facility, hours after she was on the red carpet for the MTV Movie Awards!
She explains that she is trying to face the music and be strong, with the support of the triple F.... her family, friends, and fans!
From accounts, Paris checked in as the "perfect lady"... she was focused, cooperative, and helpful. After getting finger-printed, she was given a jail jumpsuit uniform and a meal. Bon a petit mademoiselle!
Would she be able to handle being treated like "normal' people? She picked to go to county jail (au contraire to pay jail) to prove that she can really do it, and that she dont mind getting treated like everyone else there! Yeah! like everyone else! Blah Blah Blah!
Would Paris come out of jail a different person! Would she learn from this experience!?
Its time for Paris now to be alone, to able to think and reflect!
Well..... Literally alone! Because of her celebrity, she gets a cell all by herself! A bonus? Maybe... but according to Richard A. Hutton, her attorney, “She’s using this time to reflect on her life, to see what she can do to make the world better and, hopefully, in my opinion, to change the attitudes that exist about her among many people.”
What the hell did he mean by "make the world better"? So the world is going to be better because of Paris Hilton thinking alone in her cell!?
He also added, her being alone in jail is not a perk! “If she was an ordinary citizen she would have been placed in the general population. ... She’d be living in a dorm with 30, 40, 50 other women and the time would pass pretty quick,”
“She is really being punished because of her celebrity.”
Poor Paris, she will be left alone in a cell all by herself... thinking of a way (or ways) to make the world a better place.. and being alone by herself may make the time drag on!
Also, watch (if interested) Paris Hilton getting dropped off at jail video
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
A friend of mine bought a new fridge for his house. To get rid of his old fridge, he put it in his front yard and hung a sign on it saying: "Free to good home. You want it, you take it." For three days the fridge sat there without even one person looking twice at it. My friend decided that people were too untrusting of this deal. It looked too good to be true, so he changed the sign to read: "Fridge for sale $50." The next day someone stole it.
They walk among us.
One day I was walking down the beach with some friends when one of them
shouted, "Look at that dead bird!" Someone looked up at the sky and said, "Where?"
They Walk among us!
I used to work in technical support for a 24/7 call center. One day I got a call from an individual who asked what hours the call center was open. I told him, "The number you dialed is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week." He responded, "Is that Eastern or Pacific time?" Wanting to end the call quickly, I said, "Uh, Pacific."
They Walk Among Us!
My colleague and I were eating our lunch in our cafeteria, when we overheard one of the administrative assistants talking about the sunburn she got on her weekend drive to the shore. She drove down in a convertible, but "didn't think she'd get sunburned because the car was moving."
They Walk Among Us!
I was hanging out with a friend when we saw a woman with a nose ring attached to an earring by a chain. My friend said, "Wouldn't the chain rip out every time she turned her head?"
I explained that a person's nose and ear remain the same distance apart no matter which way the head is turned.
They Walk Among Us!
I couldn't find my luggage at the airport baggage area, so I went to the lost luggage office and told the woman there that my bags never showed up. She smiled and told me not to worry because she was a trained professional and I was in good hands. "Now," she asked me, "has your plane arrived yet?"
They Walk Among Us!
While working at a pizza parlor I observed a man ordering a small pizza to go. He appeared to be alone and the cook asked him if he would like it cut into four pieces or six. He thought about it for some time before responding. "Just cut it into four pieces; I don't think I'm hungry enough to eat six pieces."
Yep, They Walk Among Us!
Maki is one of the restaurants I like to dine-in in Kuwait! I like their sushi, their food (although I see it as junk food sushi), their locations... not their service :-( Its a dilemma! I like the good food/sushi, but I don't get the best service all the time! arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!
This may sound normal.. because excellent service on daily basis is hard to maintain! but it's a must strategy to be followed in order to maintain customer loyalty.
I will have to say.. the best Maki service and attention we would get is from Rajab :-) Tawfik... and I think Ahmed (not sure of his name)... they are absolutely fabulous! There are also more of their friendlier staff that I don't know their names... but those three people always put a smile on our face no matter what.. specially Rajab! I think everyone I know thinks he is the best of all Maki staff.
About the unfriendliness.. here are some few flaws to their services:
1. If we reserve a table for six, we usually get one table for four but with six squeezed-in chairs.. and when we complain they say they're packed! Which I really hate.. why even let us come in when you don't have enough room!
2. Bad mood of some waiters... like some of them would tell us while ordering.. "Isn't that enough? its a lot of food!" OK! Yes.. I am gonna eat all of it and take leftovers home.. which brings me to another point...
3. Last time I asked for leftovers.. the waiter asked me, "Could you please gather them all in one plate for me!" I was like, "You want me to do it??" and I got upset and told him that I don't want them anymore.... it felt like I was begging for it! Its rude!
4. There was this one time when we were discussing tipping when the waiter jumped in and said, "There is a cover charge which is only for the table but its not a tip!"... hmmm did I ask your opinion?
And many many more.... the question, would I still go to Maki? Of course I would.. I am one loyal customer despite those recurring incidents... why? I love their sushi and food.. and I like most of their older staff.. and its really worth it. I just hope they do something about their employees' attitude problems!!