The Importance of the Second – 99.7 RKFM experience

Good morning Kuwait!

If you are just tuning in, you missed the breakfast show with Tee, Acki & George Tarabay and their guests for the morning; Q8FootSoldiers & MyBloogle! (wrapped up in one suited, unruly haired individual known as me).


Yes today we got an opportunity to cross off one item from the bucket list – and that is to be on live radio talking about two topics that are very close to heart – running and blogging.


During the first hour we covered the topic of Q8FootSoldiers, the makeshift running group that sprung up in Kuwait initially as a motivation to get runners to post their stats in Kuwait when they run solo, but then It grew to encompass group running, recipe sharing and an overall healthy approach to an active lifestyle.

The second hour was dominated by blogging; the online version of reality television. How to grab and keep readers attention. We were asked what makes Mybloogle stick out as compared to other blogs that have higher viewership and followers, it all comes down to content. Your content is your key. Post a great article once, and you can follow with a video or a picture and a short caption about why you found it interesting, do that all the time however, and you become a run-of-the-mill plagiarist.

I love running. And blogging. And writing. As a matter of fact, most of the inspiration for my writing comes during my runs, so it is a sort of circle of life, Mufasa fights Scar, Simba rules the pride sort of thing.

The feeling of being behind a microphone live and having several people listen to you is astounding, a strict mental effort had to be in place to prevent the blurting out of “I love you Mom!” on the airwaves. Upon arrival we were given the quick 1-2 in terms of how to talk into the mic; green means talk, red means stop and yellow is held down for coughing (too bad there wasn’t a button to ask for water, my throat was dry and I was parched from yesterday’s 20K run I did to get in the zone for the first hour of today!), which I proved too slow to hit as some coughing fits came faster than others.

What is amazing about being on the radio is that you learn to appreciate the importance of time. At work we all spend the whole day wishing the hours would pass quicker, whereas with the radio, every. Second. Counts. There are timers and gizmos everywhere, on the wall, on the PC, in programs etc. that are perfectly synced in unison to each other.

Every second counts.


I grew up listening to the breakfast show, to get the chance to be a guest on the show was an opportunity of a lifetime that was thoroughly enjoyed.

Thank you George!


The Curse of the #WorldCup Champion #Spain #Brasil #FIFA #2014

It is true what they say, the champions of the world are cursed.

In order for a curse to be proven as a trend, it must recur several times over the course of history.

The Cautionary tale of Champions

Let us go back to the year 1998; the world cup was held in France, and the final saw the returning champions (for the last time) taking on the host nation, Brazil lost that day.

Since that fateful world cup, a new curse, a Brazilian Samba Curse, was cast upon whomsoever would be crowned champion of the coveted world sport of Football, he who wins the cup shall face bitter defeat in the qualifying rounds of the next world cup.

One Cup to Rule them All

It would make sense that the curse be of Brazilian origin as they were denied the feat of winning the cup two tournaments in a row.

Let us look at the stats to support this trend:

France beat Brazil in 98. They failed to qualify and were taken out early during the tournament.

Brazil beat Germany in 2002. They failed to qualify past the 16 round in 2006.

Italy beat France in 2006. They failed to qualify past the 32 round in 2010.

And now, the worst of all affected, Spain. The Matadors. Dealt the worst defeat in World Cup History. Not only were they shellacked by their finals rivals The Netherlands at 5 – 1 to make up for the finals of 2010, they failed to win their second match, alienating them from advancing past the round of 32.

Tis true, fame is a fickle friend.


4th Ring Accident this Morning


this image made me do a double take on the 4th on my way to work today. it happened at the overpass by route 55 (Airport Road), and was witnessed at roughly 740AM.

at first glance it would seem a careless mistake or reckless driving. however, upon arriving at work I found that I had merely witnessed part II of the incident,  as my friend filled me in on part 1.

We usually don’t pay attention to every detail on the road like for example, the condition of the barricades on the side; unless you’re me. I noticed that the barricades were banged up pretty hard today.

as it turned out, the driver of the vehicle (with family in tow) had a seizure whilst driving down the road earlier this morning (around 620AM) and was careening haphazardly down the road,  smashing into barricades and other vehicles.

my friend called emergency services at 633am to inform them of the danger on the 4th.

we hope everyone in that vehicle is safe.

by the time I arrived there were cop cars, a fire truck and a fire SUV.


Kuwaiti rental black market

There is a special place in hell for architects, haris’s and tenants that live in Kuwait. The first group deserve to be roasted whole-sale, the middle group on a selective basis and the latter on an extremely selective basis. But to hell with all of them nonetheless.

The reason for our LONG hiatus from the blogosphere is quite simple; Lord Aymz is now a married man. Queue in the congratulations and the cries and tears of all the single ladies out there (lol, j/k).

Now I am faced with a new challenge; finding a rentable location that is decent in Kuwait.

In case you have not noticed, rents have skyrocketed. The average rate in the areas of Hawally, Jabriya and Salmiya starts at 350KD. What is worse is that these “super deluxe” apartments are anything BUT! Unless the intended occupants at the time of design were a family of midgets, the two bedroom apartments are barely big enough to sustain a single person ,much less a “family”. The rooms are barely big enough for a twin bed and a closet, the bare minimum required in a room.

And for that I curse the engineers that designed these hell-holes. For some reason, balconies and bathtubs have been deemed luxuries that expats do not deserve and hence have been annexed from all new buildings. What’s next? Toilets?

Second; assume you are moving in to a building where someone is moving out. Not only is the rent increased on you, but the haris expects a gratuity. And for that I damn them to hell as well.

Now last but not least it’s the actual previous tenants! The former occupants, who in all blatant foolery demand a “leavers fee”, under the guise of selling their useless furniture to you. Some ask for humane amounts, 300-400, but then you find the one gem asking for not 1, or 2, or 3, but 4,000KD to vacate!

And so the search continues.


Why are Races important to Runners?

Given the latest fracas raised as a result of an improperly planned and executed race, a lot of runners, seasoned and new comers, are questioning the willingness to partake in such events that prove to be nothing more than huge disappointments.

However, the feeling of dismay should pass and not tarnish the essence of competitive running.

First and foremost, by competitive I mean against yourself. Running Saturday’s 10K, despite its several setbacks, proved beneficial in a myriad of ways. Most importantly it showed that as a runner I have progressed from my pace 2 years ago, at the RunQ8 2012 edition, where my 10K timing was 48 minutes (and the odd few seconds). Fastforward to 2014, and I find myself finishing the 10K in 46 minutes and 39 seconds. Progress!

Do not get me wrong; I run on a weekly basis, with variable distances, the shortest being 10K; it is only in a race environment that you truly find the drive to push yourself to beyond what you thought capable. And that is why races should never be forgone, for it gives you the opportunity to really test yourself.

Not only that, but the presence of several other sports enthusiasts around you serves as more motivation. There is nothing quite as exquisite as a thumbs up/ high five from a stranger. I had one person yell out “Way to go Lightning McQueen!” to which I replied, “FLASH!”, and that served to propel me forward. Finding yourself surrounded by others that have made the mental decision to drag themselves out of bed and put themselves through the grueling action of placing one foot infront of the other for a distance of 10,000 meters makes one feel right at home. Appreciated and understood.

One of my favorite race day games is called peripheral perception, whereby one uses their peripheral vision (looking out of the corner of your eye without turning your head) to spot hopeful over-takers. Once you see them (or hear them, breathing or slapping the pavement), all you need to do is put a little effort to get ahead, and keep doing so until you drain them. In any setting other than a race, this proves difficult, and that is why it is imperative to go for races.

However, that being said, race organizers are responsible for the well being of the runners. And that means not only replenishing their hydration levels, but also their nutrients.

Running is different from one person to the next; some can run long distances without need of nourishment, others require it on a regular basis, and the lack thereof can be dangerous.

Make no mistake, there is a huge difference between every day running and race-day running. Your personal best will always be set when surrounded by a crowd. And the sense of achievement of crossing the finish line is beyond description, well worth the pain.


Top 10 Shortcomings of Today’s 10K #LetsGoForward

The community of Kuwait is no stranger to running events; we are all familiar with the two main organizers – RunQ8 & the Kuwait Charity Run. Today’s race was sponsored by neither, and as such here are the top 10 shortcomings of the race:

1) Did not start on time.

We live in a desert country, the longer you wait to start a race the hotter it becomes, and the more dangerous for runners who are already sweating buckets and dehydrating.

2) No timer at the Finish line.

One of the most exhilarating feelings is to be running towards a finish line where you are guaranteed that your picture would be accompanied by your finish time. For your own reference. A minor detail but still quite important.

3) Inadequate placement of distance markers.

Its quite simple – you have a race compromised of 10 kilometers, it does not take a genius to guess that you should have a marker for every KM that passes, giving people an idea where they are in the race. The only markers available were at 1.5KM (the turnaround for the 3K runners) and the turnaround at the 5K mark.

4) Few and far between water stations.

There were only 3 water stations along the race. Personally, I do not drink whilst running, I was however in need of water to vent off the heat.

5) Understaffed Volunteers.

Lets say a group of 10 people are running together, in the heat, and are in need of refreshment. The water stations had only 2 volunteers. with 2 arms each, that is 4 bottles they can carry and give to runners. Meaning 6 runners would have to either wait in line or stop and get water themselves.

6) The Finish Line was not padded.

A minor detail, but still important.

7) T-shirts. Medal.

The top take-aways from any race are the T-shirt and the Medal. This race however, several people were disappointed that the t-shirts provided were not actual running t-shirts. The medal itself also looked quite disappointing, as was the ribbon to which it was connected.

8) No refreshments for runners

This was NOT a free run. A fee was paid to take part. Yet the only refreshments offered to runners were bottles of water – nothing to help regulate the loss of minerals from the body – no energy drinks, no fruits (bananas for example). Not even juice (which was later found to have been distributed TO the water stations) which brings us to …

9) Juice at the water stations

Guava, Orange & Cocktail. In a box, requiring a straw, being given to runners during a run.

10) Pay for everything.

The aforementioned organizers (RunQ8 and KuwaitCharityRun) provided the best after run refreshments EVER. Everything was FREE; goody-bags were given to help regulate the runners lost minerals containing juice and cookies, the plethora of sponsors were giving away free samples for the runners. This however was not the case today. What made it even worse was the fact that there was nothing given to the runners post-race to aid in recovery except water. Not even banana quarters (as mentioned earlier). There was one stall that had banana’s hanging as a display (which were quite raw), and they started selling them for one KD.. EACH!

It is a well understood fact that if you are organizing a run, you should go all the way and cater to the runners needs. It is not an event you use to draw cash from the runners who paid to participate as well as the sponsors who paid to have their stalls put up. The later were covering their costs by demanding payment from the former. (FYI The Kuwait Charity Run in 2012 had free pizza being made).

As far as races in Kuwait go, this was extremely disappointing as it seemed like nothing more than a reason to raise money for all sides and literally stick it to the participants.

Here is hoping that which ever race takes place next in Kuwait, the aforementioned points will be given proper consideration.

That being said, the volunteers were extremely helpful, and the overall ambiance created by runners was astounding. Kuwait needs more organized races, however the key word is ORGANIZED.


Running into Kuwait’s Fashion Police

The National & Liberation day celebrations have come and gone, and as we all dry ourselves off it is pertinent to recall where and how we celebrated these pivotal days in the history of Kuwait. Most will say they spent it gallivanting up and down the Gulf Road spraying water on anything or anyone that moved.

This however is how me and 2 friends celebrated the day of the 25th, by running 25KM on the Gulf Road, at risk of bewetting:


Running 25KM on February 25th

Every special day deserves a special outfit, and I saw it fit to break out the running costume I’d planned to debut at RunQ8;


The fully functional 'Flash' costume!

Yes ladies and gentlemen; a fully functioning flash costume that serves a proper aid to running – being compression wear.

Now, we were not spared the water fray. On the contrary,  we represented moving targets. However even the police took their turn poking fun at us; it all happened at the intersection of 3rd Ring Road with the Gulf Road, my friend and I were waiting for our other friend to catch up when suddenly we were approached by cops (me specifically) who asked a) what are we doing & b) what was I wearing.

At this point I would like to draw your attention to the fact that I was not the most ridiculously dressed person on the Gulf Road at that time.

The officer paraded me before his friends where I had to try to explain the concept of compression running gear. In the end I understood the cop mistook me for impersonating this character made popular on Melody Hits TV:


I can see the striking resemblance …. it is uncanny. He then asked about the lightning bolt on my chest, and I tried explaining the concept of the Flash, only to end up saying:

I’m Harry Potter.


A Sporty celebration on Feb 25?

25KM run/cycle on the Gulf Road this Tuesday? Join us!

The holidays are approaching; and for all those “left behind” (due to a multitude of reasons such as delayed booking and lack of proper funding); why miss out on the fun?

We (so far mostly just me) are planning a 25Km run/cycle from Marina Mall to souq sharq and back.

The roads will be packed; there will be danger lurking in every corner with water guns everywhere.

There will be no medals or tshirts, just a guarantee of a good time (albeit wet!)

So if you’re interested, do let us know via here.


Kuwait’s Rat Infested Beach Front!

Kuwait is slowly facing a rising endemic that is poised to threaten all fun activities on the beach front from Salmiya to Sharq; and that is the presence of street rats on the beach front.

not this type of street rat!

not this type of street rat!



Disease carrying rodents.

As a runner/cyclist in Kuwait, I enjoy spending most of my sports time on the Gulf Road. Last month, whilst running the stretch from Marina Mall to the 3rd Ring Road on the island in the middle of the Gulf Road (the one being decorated with white stones), I was shocked to find a tiny mouse running alongside me! At first I wrote it off as a single occurrence, crossing the street to the other side only to be greeted by its larger, greyer cousin – the rat, amongst the rocks near the beach.

Rat infested beach

Yesterday night however, whilst cycling the route above, on a busy Friday night with people picknicking (and some illegally BBQing) along the beach, I came to know of the rising problem that is the rats. I am not sure whether people were just oblivious, or chose to ignore them, but in the garden area near Fridays, a rat ran by my bike, attempting to climb over it! Which lead me to yell out obscenities in astonishment amidst the family friendly area.

What really was bewildering was how everyone went about their activities without a care in the world! Families dined, children played, lovers frolicked in a disgusting display of public affection in the shadier areas, and all the while, the rats ran amok.

In the end, we have no one to blame but ourselves for this; for it is the people’s inability to clean up after themselves that sprung these disease ridden rodents out. It is through our refuse that they find their sustenance, and multiply at exponential rates.

Litterers should be heavily fined, and the area should be under more constant supervision in order to enforce such laws. The only police car in the area was parked near Green Island, where people had proceeded to park on the sidewalk despite sufficient parking spots being available.

It is time to act before it is too late.


Gulf Samsung users beware – your phone could be French @SamsungFrance @SamsungMobileME

The saga continues…

After having contacted Samsung ME regarding the issue with my phone being upgraded to ver. 4.3 despite the software not being released yet for the regional market,  I am left baffled with the response as follows:


I purchased my phone directly from Al-Babtains showroom located behind the Police Station in Kuwait City (close to Dar Al Awadi), when I initially contacted Samsung USA via their live support function, I was told that my phone model was specific to the Gulf Region.

Therefore, Gulf users who do not wish to endure the same ordeal I am currently going through; do not update your firmware when requested by Samsung! There is no update for the Gulf region yet!


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