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Monthly Archives: June 2011

Al-Marai Spokesperson

I am addicted to Al-Marai juice (here); my fridge is never complete without at least 2 (if not more) of their beverages inside it; I usually tend to go for orange juice with pulp along with their mixed berries. I’ve sampled all of the line, enjoy some more than others and approve of the recent new additions to the family (Pomegranate and Kiwi & Lime).

If anything, I’d say the only thing they are missing is Peach, and then their dominance would be complete.

I want to be the official Al-Marai spokesperson!

Why do I wish to claim such a title? Remember this:

21K later, there is only one beverage that will replenish me.

Ok, take away all the ads on my back (I’m not averse to being any of their spokesperson either!), and the guy in the background, and come on, it sends a nice message right?

I told their guys there after the race the same exact thing, my fridge is never complete without their juice, and after mentioning my undying love for the Orange juice with pulp, the guy hooked me up with 3 (see, I can balance 3 in my hand!).

Ofcourse, I did end up giving them to thirsty policemen, so that also shows how Al-Marai is for all and enjoyed by all.

On a serious note, I think they do outstrip any other juice brand out there, and very well priced, as well as offering a good selection.

The smaller servings of lemon fly off the shelves at lightning speed; last night, whilst restocking @ a local Market, and immediately after a gruelling, intense workout, I was in need for some citric acid. Couldn’t find any lemon!

So what do you say Al-Marai? I’m not a greedy person, I don’t want money, just a lifetime supply of Juice 😛

Bloggers Dilemma

This is my dilemma,
As you see, I’m a blogger
I love to speak my mind,
I say the truth I’m not a lier
When I stand before the mirror,
What will I see?
Who will be staring back at me?
Do I lay low; do I stay out of sight?
Or do I stand up and shout it is not right!
Do I live in fear of what could happen to me?
Or do I do what I want
Coz in the end it will set us all free
Break away from the shackles of archaic slavery
We are born no less than anyone else
We deserve the same rights as those living anywhere else
They can try to scare, they can intimidate
They can do whatever, they can never strangulate
It will not matter for these shackles we will eradicate
The voice of those who long to live
The spirit that will continuously give
We are united in our hopes,
Unified in our dreams,
We live as one when we set to change the world
To fix it at the seams

Losing Weight in Kuwait – How to Take It Off and Keep It Off

On May 6, 2010, the ugly truth was revealed, and CNN posted the following story:

Fast-food-loving Kuwaitis battle the bulge

This is an epidemic of global proportions, and it is not just isolated to Kuwait, albeit in Kuwait, we feel the effects more heavily (no pun intended) than most given the transient orientation of the populace.

That however, is a flimsy excuse as even families and locals are battling burgeoning waistlines.

In the old days, in merry old England, a rotund stomach on a man was much sought after by maidens, as it signified an abundance of wealth. Nowadays however, one can be wealthy and wise, and hopefully trim.

The reason I mentioned the transient population is that, Kuwait is made of mostly expats (2-to-1 with the locals), and let us say that the fair majority are single, or their wives are abroad in their home countries. So, they lack proper home cooked food, and this in turn helps speed up the fattening process, as they rely heavily on the many millions of fast-food restaurants that cater to their appetite.

However, that is also not the case, as families have been shown to have their own clashes with cellulite.

Some even go as far as saying that eating meat makes you fat. Well I know quite a few vegetarians who are obese.
As you can see, I keep coming up with excuses and refuting them. In the end, we are the instruments responsible for our own self-destructive nourishment tendencies.

In a country where the norm has become this:

(I would have used the Khaleeji one, mostly circulated during Ramadan, however I am unable to find it atm, and google is not helping!)

Several other blogs have touched on the calamity that is apparent when one visits any of the millions of eateries around Kuwait; young children, with no visible neck and a plunging waists, standing (and panting) eagerly in line awaiting to place their order.

Do these children not have parents worried about their health? Unfortunately, we have a saying in Arabic:
القرد في عين امه غزال

Roughly translated, it relates to “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” by referencing that a mother will see her child as perfect.

The usual white lie of “its just puppy fat, it will turn into height later” is thrown about casually.

So, the younger generation have found sanctuary in fast-food restaurants, given absent parents etc.

What about my generation?

Desk jobs, working 8~5, heading home, collapsing in a heap, ordering out for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Greasy meals heavy with artery choking HDL’s and trans-fats, deep fried in days old oil not fit to be lubricant for a Model T.

At least before, as kids, we used to have activities, we used to go downstairs to play; football, عنبر, hide-and-seek. We used to do errands; wash the car, go to the bakkalah to get stuff, take clothes to the dry-cleaners, throw away the trash. Nowadays however, there are no empty areas for children to play, as the capitalistic fat-cats have completely taken over all areas to build their ominous monstrosities, cars occupy every other empty area; everything is done for us; the Hariss takes care of the trash and washes the car, the dry-cleaners will come right to your door to take your clothes as well as deliver the ones that are finished. Bakkalahs, even bakkalahs have delivery boys, and it is not an uncommon sight to witness people driving up in their cars, honking their horn, and refusing to take the 5 or 6 steps to get into the bakkalah.

We have become a society overcome by the idea of ease.

Once in a while, a person will look at themselves in the mirror, feel utter disdain, commit to a gymnasium for a month and either one of the two following scenarios will prevail:

a) they lose the weight and stop going to the gym, only to put it back on again.

b) they give up and stay at home.

What most people do not realise is; there are easy ways to lose weight.

I do not believe in diets. I do not weigh my foods and accurately measure 0.5 grams of cheese and balance it on 1.2 grams of smoked turkey mortadella. I do not do “serving size”. I believe in this mantra: Moderation in all Things, and all Things in Moderation.

We have to start injecting exercise into our daily routine.

So these are my steps:

1) Forget taking the stairs, instead when you are at work and feel tired, go to the nearest staircase, just walk up and down one flight of stairs.

2) Park farther away from your destination, those extra few steps will do a world of good. (preferably not in the heat ofcourse)

4) Drink green tea.

5) Reduce the sugar you take in your drinks, or do as I did, and cut it out all together. I am 25 and have been drinking sugarless since I was in my 2nd year at university (I was 17 at the time). I didnt do it at first out of any commitment to losing weight, I was a bachelor and ran out of sugar, too lazy to go downstairs and buy any, so after finishing all those packets I’d picked up from Starbucks that were lying around the house, I was forced to go sugarless. And I found it was not bad at all.

6) Cut out fizzy drinks from your diet. They are not “essential” or packed with nutrients. Their consumption is a force of habit (take it from me; remember in Kuwait back when the Pepsi truck would go door-to-door and you would exchange crates for 1KD? [the 90’s,, sigh] I averaged 2 bottles [330ML] a day, one for lunch and one for dinner. Ever since January 2011 I have quit cold turkey and have not looked back since). Go for juice instead; if you feel juice is also fattening, merely cut it with water.

7) Eat brown bread. Sure it is hard and tends to fall apart, but it is a healthier option than white.

8) Reduce intake of rice and bread. It is most difficult, but you can do it.

9) In the morning, add a teaspoon of Apple Vinegar to a glass of water, and do so before every meal. Apple vinegar has numerous health benefits, so much so infact that I add it to my salad and spray it on any plate of food (simply punch a small hole through the lid and it serves as a cool dispenser).

10) Eat more fruits and vegetables. Especially those fruits rich in citric acid.

11) Reduce cooking with oil, and reduce consumption of fried foods, opt for grilled instead. If you go out for Chello Kebab (Iranian Kebab @ Mubarakiya in Kuwait City) Do not indulge with the Irani bread, just eat the meat (Atkins!).

12) When ordering out, and lets face it, we all do at some point, request your burgers etc with “No Mayo”.

The points above are simply short-cuts that you can inject into your daily routine that will help regulate your weight. The most important thing however is self motivation. It must come from within.

Contrary to popular belief, overweight people are not inactive, nor are they slow at sports. Trust me, my cousin outran me in a race, and I jog on a weekly basis, and he’s overweight! Still.

Nor is it taboo to be overweight. Its a condition, not a disease.

The reason we fear obesity is because it can lead to severe health problems down the line, with cholesterol, blood pressure, knee problems etc.

In conclusion, a commitment is necessary to take off the weight, and following the steps above will help keep it off.

So, as a friend of mine said, we must all:

Commit to be FIT!

Chance meetings in the Blogosphere – Blog Cafe aka Better Books

Serendipity – Good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries.

We truly live in a world without borders.

Recently, well, prior to my vacation a weeks ago, I had decided to embark upon an adventure that would take me to the most “hip-&-happening” place to hit the Kuwait scene, right behind Al-Rashed Hospital on Amman St.

Yes, thats right, I’m talking about Better Books Cafe, right here:

Now, I’d originally gone there to meet a friend, and was surprised to run into a friendly face from work, there to toast with the toastmasters, but it seemed the night was young and truly full of surprises.

My first impression was that of a kid in a candy store; so many books, so little time! The facility of reading the books right then and there was previously unheard of, and being served tea or coffee as well… HEAVENLY! Not to mention the nostalgia factor that kicked in when I saw the cushions on the floor (which I strenuously resisted the temptation to relax on), reminiscent of my old school’s library.

So, I asked the charming patron of the bookstore-come-cafe if they had an inventory list of all the books they were displaying, as going through them, despite being an adventure in itself, would be a tremendous task! She asked me to leave my email address and they’d get right on it.

(I do not think I will be viewing that list tho; as sifting through the books is like searching for a buried treasure buried in treasure!)

The last surprise of the evening came when I handed over the list with my email added to it to the friendly patron’s (I wish I were good with names, I’m sorry!) colleague? Assistant? Business partner? Who was categorising the books and entering them into the database.

Upon inspection she asks, who’s email is this? (pointing @ mine), I sheepishly raise my hand. She asks, “you’re lordaymz, the blogger?”

Hehe, small world, turns out, she too is a blogger! So it occurred to me to redub the Bookstore Blogosphere Cafe, where bloggers can meet-&-greet, relax and whatnot.

Z, SW, I am hesitant to thank you online for fear of revealing your identity :S suffice to say it was really nice to tie a face to the wonderful writings I read 🙂

Keep up the great work!

And bloggers, head on over to Blogosphere Cafe for ‘inspiration’. For it is literature, in all its kinds, that is both a window into the past, as well as a guiding light toward the future.

Stay calm…stay calm…STAY CALM!

By “worry management expert” Denise Marek!

A list of tips and tricks to help us wiggle our way out of the jaws of worry:


1-Stop the “What Ifs”—The outcome of your mistakes is not as bad as you think; it’s the “What if?” that causes unnecessary worry.

2-Ditch All That Stuff—When your home (or workplace) is a mess, it causes mental clutter and anxious thoughts. Declutter and only keep items that you need, use or love.

3-Just the Facts, Ma’am—Challenge your assumptions. They are often wrong, and negative assumptions are unfounded if you don’t have all the facts.

4-Make More Mistakes—If you’re not making enough mistakes, you’re not taking enough risks!


Get a Second Opinion—Talk to someone else for an unbiased view of the situation, but don’t get your second opinion from a negative person.

5-Rock Your Worries Away—The motion of swaying back and forth can calm your body and mind when you’re stressed. So let’s get rockin’!

6-The Truth and Nothing But…—When you’ve had a breach of integrity, acknowledge it and make amends; don’t let it erode your inner peace.

7-It’s Okay to Look Foolish—Stop obsessing over what others think; no one ever died from embarrassment. Really!

8-Don’t Give Up—Never judge your success by your first effort. You need to make a last three attempts.


Be a Warrior, Not a Worrier—The next time a worry comes up, ask yourself: Will it really matter 12 months from now? Move on!

Imagine spending the next week not worrying about looking foolish, making mistakes, or spending excess time on matters that won’t mean squat a year from now. 


Doesn’t that make you feel CALM already?

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