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All expecting mothers are terrified of knowing that they might have a baby with down syndrome. Having a baby later on in your life increases the risk of this happening, but all it is really is in an extra chromosome.

It may make their life a little harder, especially since people are so mean, but they’re still human beings, and being a mom is scary regardless of how many chromosomes your child has. Thought I’d share this video with you, make sure you keep a tissue box close!

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IMG_2802-Small-500x284I was really saddened when I read on the news that historical Khaz’al Palace at Sharq has collapsed during its restoration project. There was one fatality and multiple injuries I heard, so sad. My fellow blogger Tazmania has always emphasized about the importance of the preservation of old and historical monuments and places in Kuwait.

A brief about Khaz’al palace:

“Khaz’al Palace (قصر خزعل) was previously owned by prince Khaz’al Al Ka’aby (شيخ خزعل أمير المحمرة), Mubarak the Great’s close friend. It was built in 1916 at Dasman area and was considered a classy palace compared to what Kuwait had at the time, partly because it was characterized by the Persian style architecture. Also the first ever museum in Kuwait history was held in Khaz’al Palace back in the year 1957.”

24517465320090616We can clearly see the historical significance this palace had. However, I kind of anticipated this tragedy, I mean the palace was totally overlooked and left to wreck for several decades. It withstood the rainy storms, the invasion, the extreme weathering and climate changes until the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters decided to restore in the year 2008. 

I now question whether they have selected a reputable and reliable contractor to handle this critical job or as always they have gone for the cheapest offer, you see restoration of old places is totally different than say building a house. I’d like to pass on my condolences to the relatives of the late worker and I hope they’ll take the appropriate actions.

Thanks [Bu Jwais][Tazmania]



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The following are rare photos taken through the lens of an employee from Saudi oil based company Aramca who visited Kuwait during the period 1947 – 1948. The photos show the beautiful history of Kuwait; the development, the bazaar, the making of dhows, trade, and other popular places and spots around Kuwait.

There is definitely scarcity when it comes to photos about old Kuwait. I’m glad these seldom photos were published after more than 60 years have passed already! Though I wish they were of higher resolution so I could have them printed and framed.

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13761353600157030sdgsg00_mainI never knew the popular vocal group back in the 70s (AKA Boney M) have ever visited Kuwait before! Those who never heard of Boney M, it’s a vocal group created by German record producer Frank Farian. Originally based in West Germany and consists of 4 original members. They were world popular and sold more than 150 million albums.

andalus11I can see on the ticket shown above that they performed the songs Ma Baker, Belfast, Sunny and “The Black Beauty Circus” in Kuwait back in the year 1978 at Al Andalus theater (currently Al Mohalab Mall in Hawally). It’s interesting how Kuwait was culturally “open” back then, while nowadays it’s a lot more restricted.

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20130809_194323 (Medium)Let’s start by saying that I’m naturally a collector, I collect phones, games, books, accessories, and even caps! So you see collecting runs in my blood. I’ll post every now and about one of the stuff that I collect. As I opened my cabinet, I found that I’ve a pile of phones and smartphones that I owned, never knew I had this many! I recall I sold several phones to my friends and shops in Sharq but I still got many.

Now I’ll list list down the phones that I bought/used before:

Panasonic GD30: Officially this was my first ever cellphone. I got it back in the year 1997 if I remember correctly. It had a block-design with monochrome display and supported GSM network

Motorola Startek: This was one of the coolest and most prestigious phones back in the late 90s, it was so slim and so cool to have.

Siemens SL45: This was a cool phone, it was one of the smallest phones in it’s time and it also played MP3 and FM radio.

Sony Ericsson T68i: I remember it was my first ever colored screen phone, it was really special back then.

Sony Ericsson Walkman: I loved the music player and headset on this phone, it was cool for the gym and walkway.

Motorola Razr V3: It was so tiny, so slim and sharp looking. I think it was the slimmest on the market but with very limited capabilities.

Nokia N73: The camera was great in this phone and the Symbian firmware was easy to browse compared to other phones.

Nokia N95 8GB: I remember this phone was marketed for it’s massive internal storage memory capacity, you see 8GB was so huge back then. Also I liked the Spiderman packaging, it tempted me to get it.

Sony Ericsson W980: I received it as a gift from a friend but it didn’t last for long with me.

BlackBerry Torch 9800: It was my first ever smartphone when BlackBerry was a big player in the game. Though I never liked it, too many bugs and glitches.

Sony Ericsson T700: Yet another gift and never used it.

iPhone 4: I resisted the temptation for long time before I get into Apple world. This was given to me as a gift and I’ve to say that Apple iOS was the most friendly firmware that I’ve experienced. Also it made internet browsing very friendly especially with introduction of the the multi-touch feature.

HTC ChaCha: I got it but never used it. It was a giveway in a competition that I organized on BananaQ8 blog.

BlackBerry Bold 9900: I bought this phone because I wanted to broadcast blog posts for BBM users. It’s slow and irritating sometimes and it felt really out-of-date when compared to iPhone and Android smartphones. BlackBerry popularity was already declining.

IDEOS XS: I received it as a gift, never used it though. I think it’s from China.

Samsung Galaxy Note II: This is my first ever smartphone from Samsung. It’s bulky and I’d rather call it a Phablet (get it?), but I just loved using it in every aspect. I’m still using it and the only thing that I hate about it is the night photography. [link]

There are a few other phones that I got but these were the ones that I enjoyed using in one way or another. I wish there’s a company in Kuwait that I can donate these old phones to for recycling.

Now what is the best phone/smartphone have you ever used?

Via [Tazmania]

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Today marks the 23rd anniversary for the invasion, a day we all would not forget. The morning of 2nd August 1990 is truly unforgettable, the flames, the shooting, the heavy smoke in the sky, everything. I was only a kid back then and I didn’t know what was really happening until my elder brother explained to me that it’s war. Every year I do a certain activity on this day, I recall I had fantastic tour at “Not To Forget Museum” which brings back the sad memories of the invasion and lovely ones of the liberation through a guided tour with special lighting, sounds effects and narration. [link].

IMG_1413-Small-500x333Last year I paid a visit to “Qurain Martyrs Museum”; a house where the final massacre between Kuwaiti resistance and Iraqi invaders took place, that was on the 24th of February 1990 (just before the liberation of Kuwait). [link]

IMG_5207-Large-445x279This year I’m sharing with you a great documentary video for the Fires of Kuwait in IMAX. The Kuwaiti oil fires were caused by Iraqi military forces setting fire to more than 600 oil wells as part of a scorched earth policy while retreating from Kuwait in 1991 after invading the country but being driven out by Coalition military forces. The fires started in January and February 1991 and the last one was extinguished by November 1991. Read more here [link]

I still remember when the day has literally turned into pitch black, we could not see the sun light for weeks let alone the horrible environmental pollution. Are you aware of any more museums or places that about the invasion? 


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I felt so sentimental when I saw them knocking down Granada cinema the other day, this cinema holds numerous lovely memories that extend long back to the 80s and 90s but we all know the rule of thumb in Kuwait, everything old must go, that is. I remember enjoying many cowboy movies in that cinema and entry was for around 250 fils, it was 100 fils before that.

dances-with-wolvesI read Cinescape decision to demolish the cinema is based on the concept that people prefer smaller cinemas that are located inside shopping malls nowadays. Personally I disagree with that, separate cinema buildings are easier to access and reach than those in busy malls, plus they can serve as a theater for plays and shows. Anyhow, I just wanted to say farewell Grenada cinema and I hope they don’t build yet another shopping mall in the same location.


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20130606_181347 (Medium)I was at Kuwait City this early morning and observed that hoarding was placed all around old Amiri hospital to preserve it. I think they will revamped it to turn into into a historical museum or attraction. This is great because the hospital was abandoned long time ago and when I visited it last summer it was in a really bad shape. I’m glad they are finally realizing the importance of historical buildings and places in Kuwait and are trying to preserve them instead of demolishing them and build new shopping malls. Next is the abandoned Mishref Palace, this place can be turned into an amazing touristic spot.

Check our previous post about old Amiri hospital [link]

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