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Being a woman sucks…

Don’t get me wrong! I’m not degrading, i’m empathizing!

It sucks being a woman trying to join a gym in Kuwait – for example, if you haven’t noticed, there are gyms on *ALMOST* every street corner in Kuwait. Some are what I refer to as “sweat lodges”, an underground haven for muscle-bound monstrosities where an annual membership can run you as low as KD35 (FOR TWO PEOPLE!).

As you can probably guess, these sweat lodges are exclusively “male-only”.

Said sweat lodges are not the norm, so consider that as just “Extra info”.

Mosey on to Kuwait-gyms.com (link) and you find that an annual membership for a male-only gym can be purchased for as little as 150KD a year.

Women, on the other hand, are dealt the short end of the stick. According to the latest population statistics (yes this took a fair bit of searching coz I like to be thorough with my articles – here), women represent around 38% of the population of Kuwait, and due to this “minority representation”, they are charged an extra KD 100 for their gym memberships, where they start at 250KD.

What makes matters worse is that not all “decent” gyms are represented on kuwait-gyms. I personally know of a male gym that runs you 120KD a year that isn’t on the list. The point this, these “off-sheet” gyms are also few and far between for women, if not entirely non-existent.

The pink tax… It’s real.

Sorry ladies.

JoN Sliders – Bringing the #nojunk Taste to K-Town

At the turn of the 21st century, it has become extremely important for mankind to be wary of what they put in their mouths, with the advent of synthetic foods and flavors.

That however, is no longer a concern with the arrival of JoN Sliders in Kuwait! A brand with no junk (figuratively and literally), JoN Sliders has perfected the slider taste in a process that raises the bar when it comes to natural and tasty.

JoN Sliders uses premium ingredients with Michelin stars chef’s techniques, these special techniques keep the patty fresh & the buns softer, which is culminated in the “love at first bite” of their awesome ensemble!

Last thursday, JoN Sliders treated us to a sample of their delectable delights, they arrived on time (just in time with the rumbling of our stomachs):

What happened next was a euphoria of exquisite tastes, followed by arguments over who gets the first bite. Of everything we tried, here is the scoop of our thoughts:

Appetizers:

Cornflakes chicken: a bold endeavor, too little chicken for our tastes, the initial intrigue was offset by the absence of spices. However, coupled with the infamous BBQ-sauce allows for reconsideration.

Fiery fries: perfect mixture of fries and sauce. Will leave you gasping for refreshments (that thankfully came in the form of delicious milkshakes!)

Cheese fries: more fries than cheese, needs a balance.

Chicken sliders:

The chicken was juicy and fulfilling, to perfection, without the oily aftertaste. The crispy chicken boasted a straight up taste, no frills.

Buffalo: charges out of the box and straight into your senses.

Beef sliders:

Modern: at first glance, the pickles strike you as jalapenos, which leave you chewing carefully, however you are left pleasantly surprised.

Swiss Mushroom: light, no oil. Feels like you can keep eating one after the other.

Vintage: classic taste, touches the nostalgic buds on your tongue. The sweet relish almost puts gel in your hair and a leather jacket over your shoulders.

Maple crumble: FAN FAVORITE! Finally someone understands the concept of less-is-more when it comes to beef bacon on sliders/ burgers! Slapping a slab of beef bacon, although visually pleasing, leaves the eater unfulfilled as the entire strip comes off after the first bite. Here however, the beef bacon is shredded, ensuring enjoyment in every bite!

Shakes:
Vanilla – you can never go wrong with this classic!
Mocha – kid yourself into thinking there is enough caffeine here to keep you going and finish the rest of the food!
Chocolate – need we say more?
Peanut Butter – all time favorite! Feels like a post-workout smoothie!

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Here is a look in full at their awesome, awesome menu:

Beef Sliders
Modern: A taste for the new generation – with the signature JoN sauce!

Vintage: Back from the 60’s
Cheeseburger: Chef’s favorite!

Mushroom: Mushrooms having a party – Beef Slider With A Creamy And Rich Mushroom Sauce.
Maple Crumble: Exotic Roller Coaster ride – Beef Patty Topped With Lettuce, Maple Dijon Sauce And Beef Crumble.

Chicken Sliders
Crispy Chicken: The Crowd’s Favorite. Coarsely Breaded Chicken Breast Patty With Lettuce And Creamy Sauce. The Patty Is The Hero Of This Dish.

Spicy Chicken: Volcano in a Chicken
Buffalo: True American. Feel The Punch! A Crispy Chicken Breast Patty Topped With Spicy Buffalo Sauce.
Fromage: For Cheese lovers. ‘Au Bon Fromage’ The Right Cheese. Crispy Chicken Patty With A Swiss And American Cheese Sauce.

Appetizers
Chicken Cornflakes: Crunch Madness. Crunchy Chicken Wafers. The Perfect Snack Companion To Any Slider.

Fire Fries: Fries on Fire.

Double Cheese Fries: Two Layers of Cheese

Shakes: Shots of Awesome
★ Vanilla
★ Mocha
★ Chocolate
★ Peanut Butter

 

The one thing you will NOT find on their menu, as they see no need to advertise it yet we feel it MUST be mentioned, is the awesome, thick, delicious BBQ sauce they add for dipping. Words cannot begin to describe the awesomeness of this sauce, from whence mankind derived the term awesomesauce; so rich in flavor it felt as though it contained dinosaur remains inside (you know like the tar pits?). So thick I initially thought it was a form of dessert!

JoN Sliders can be ordered through Talabat (link), Jeebley & Carriage and can be found on instagram @jonslidersme

The Greatest Race I ever Ran @TMFoundation

It seems fitting to get back into the habit with a regular post I would create, albeit this one is almost a year late.

Lots has happened over the past year, it took the rejection of an article by a magazine to send me in a downward spiral of self-doubt, however, the rut is finally over!

So, allow me to take you back a year, September 2016.

The location: New York City!

I had just recently taken part in my first ever ROC race (Ridiculous Obstacle Course). And on my first voyage across the Atlantic, what better way to mark arriving on a continent for the first time than by adding to my (growing) gaggle of Medals? I sealed the deal with two back-to-back races, the ROC race, and a 5K race called The Heroes Run.

Now, this post is about the latter, not the former, but the full story cannot be understood without a small visit to the first race.

Obviously, it wasn’t a “race” per se, it A LOT OF WATER, and sightings of Power Rangers, superheroes and team participants from the Legends of the Hidden Temple gameshow way-back-when.

Moral of the story, I got really wet, including my ONLY PAIR of running sneakers, but it was super fun!

Fortunately, our hotel stocked ad rags at the front desk, being the well read runner I am, I quickly placed rolled up papers inside the shoes, to aid the drying process.

Race day was quite eventful, it was the day before Eid-Al-Adha, where Abraham envisioned slaughtering his son, so I was fasting. I had checked out how to get to the race location via subway, however damn the New York transit system, I found myself lost. And with no internet whatsoever. Fortunately, I found myself on a road that showed promise of an open wifi connection, I quickly used it to call an Uber (which worked with my current cashless status).

I’d selected this race after countless emails back and forth, the first race I had booked turned out to not give “finisher medals” which was a huge no-no for me, as everyone knows, runners are bling whores, we need our metal baby. So I googled “heroes run medals” and saw a few, so I assumed they were finisher medals.

Boy was I wrong.

I’d also been trying in vain to pay online for the race, using every means at my disposal, 3 different mastercards including a US issued one, all to no avail.

I made it to the race, on an empty stomach, and much to my chagrin, was informed that the run would not have finisher medals, rather placement medals, for 1, 2 and 3, in each category (runners in Kuwait know that the categories are male and female only).

I kept praying to God to be in the top 3…

At the sound of the whistle (or gun, I honestly can’t remember from the adrenaline), I was off, for 1/5KM I was in the lead, I thought YAY! my prayers were answered. Little did I realize I celebrated too soon. No sooner had I thought (this is in the bag) was I disturbed by a surpassing runner. I agreed to secede for second place. No sooner had I thought that, runner #2 took over, all in all, 4 men passed me, and 2 women.

On the run back to the finish line, I was almost caught by two others, at this point I decided to throw down the gauntlet and run like I never ran before. So I did.

The finishers were being congratulated with water and refreshments, I was further downtrodden as I couldn’t even enjoy those (because of the fasting). Atleast the t-shirt looked amazing I thought.

The race distance and timing system were measured and timed by a true pro, who had Olympic events under his belt. Runners walked up to his tent and got a printed receipt with their exact time. I figured, why not. Might as well. No sooner had I received my paper did my eyes bulge out in excitement, for right there next to my name was the number 2!

I was Second in my age category!

Which resulted in this awesome piece of bling-age:

It also helped a lot that the medal had a Super Cool Design!

How to add your son as a dependent born abroad in Kuwait in 8 steps

Belated Happy Father’s Day to all dad’s out there.

In keeping up with tradition, i’ll write a BRIEF about the requirements to add your son as a dependent, if your son was born abroad and came into Kuwait on a visit visa.

Step 1: request your company to type up a request to add son as dependent.

You will also need the following documents:

  1. Work Permit – also available with your company mandoubs.
  2. Original entry visa + copy.
  3. Civil ID copy both you and your wife.
  4. Passport copy both you and your wife.
  5. Passport original + copy for your child.
  6. Attested and translated (if required) marriage certificate.
  7. Attested and translated (if required) birth certificate for child. (FYI: Translation is about 3KD per page and takes at least one day to complete).

Bundle all these papers together and head out to your local residency area; Hawally used to be the roundabout near City Center Salmiya, but has since moved to Mishref. So you head over there first.

Step 2: go EARLY. During Ramadan they started work officially at 10AM, however we had to queue up at 8:00AM to get a number to submit our documents. If you show up at 10, you won’t be given a number, and you’ll to come back tomorrow. They start taking in applications by the 10’s, and early, so they start before 10AM.

Step 3: once you get to the counter, the guy will stamp “sponsor came in person” and “to be raised to head of reception”, you’ll find a sign that says Head of Reception, go there with your documents, he’ll stamp “no objection” for you.

Head back to the counter that sent you there in the first place, he’ll take a closer look at your papers and give you another stamp and a signature. He’ll also ask what number child this is, fees for first child are 100KD.

Next you head inside and take a number for “computer processing حاسب الي”.

Step 4: once your number is up, present your documents, do not make my mistake and take a number for new borns, that is a whole other different thing.

So, you present your docs, they’ll print a paper for you with your child’s unified number. At the same time, a request is processed for you to get a civil ID number.

go to the PACI website after two days and check if the civil ID number is issued. Once the civil ID number is issued, write it down and head to the Health office (Behind Mubarak Hospital in Jabriya) to pay 31KD for health insurance. KEEP THIS DOCUMENT SAFE! YOU WILL NEED IT FOR RESIDENCY.

They will give you the grey card as well.

Step 5: head to any printing shop and ask for the health check document, they’ll type it up in your child’s name. Take that sheet and head back to Mishref.

Remember the head of Reception? Go back and see him again, ask him to stand that document for you, he will. You don’t need to go early, later during the day, the crowd requiring his attention will have thinned.

Step 6: take that stamped paper and head towards route 85, right across from the NBK branch there you will find a place called “ports – موانئ”, where you will take this document, along with a copy of your civil ID, a copy of your child’s visitor visa, a copy of your child’s passport and the original.

Here you will need to pay 10KD to buy a stamp.

Once your number is called, present your documents, along with the original passport – they’ll stick the stamp inside and stamp it, then send you to room 8. at room 8 they’ll ask for your child’s age, if they are under 2 months old, you are good to go and skip to the next step.

If they are over two months, they will print a document for you to take to your local clinic – مستوصف where your child received their vaccination. If the child was vaccinated, go there, go straight to the vaccination folks, give them the paper, they’ll sign it (re. CHILD MUST HAVE BEEN VACCINATED) and send you to another office for a stamp.

Step 7: take that paper, stamped by the clinic or if you skipped here because your child is under two months, head to room 4, which is basically the window in the corner of the room where you presented your documents, right behind the stamp machines. Give them the papers, they’ll then take them, thank you and say head back to Mishref for the final fight with the dragon.

Step 8: show up early, between 9:30 and 10. Immediately take a number for 1) Payment and 2) Residency.

go pay the required amount in CASH despite the sign outside saying KNET, crazy I know. you’ll get a receipt, now sit and wait, watch the numbers role.

When your number is up, head to the counter, present your documents along with the paper you got from paying the 31KD for the medical insurance, smile, go outside.

After a while a cop will come out calling names, receive your passport, check residency, check expiry, smile, leave.

 

#Howto #Kuwait – Check whether someone is in Kuwait or Abroad

It has been a long time since our last post, a lot has happened since then; I’ve run several races, gone several places and enjoyed the addition of a new member to our Family (more on that, and him, later).

Off the bat, THIS IS NOT A LEGAL OPINION WEBSITE! What we do here is offer our opinion on certain things, that should not be taken seriously! Now that that is out of the way, let’s get down to it.

Kuwait is a business center – people here are either studying or working, or the grey area in between. Often times, we find ourselves wanting to know more, and the official way to get that information is long and tedious.

How can you tell if someone is in Kuwait or abroad? Suppose you have someone on your sponsorship and they ran away, if they commit any crime, it’s on your head, if they are abroad, it may be difficult to cancel their residency unless you know they are in the country.

So how do you do it? If you ask the people in charge, they’ll say you need to send a mandoub to some Ministry to get a statement of movement of the person, which requires time, lots of it.

Simply, you use this following trick:

(for the following trick you will require the civil ID number of the person in question)

Step 1:

Go to the MOI website (where you check for your driving licence fines)

Step 2:

Click on e-services link

Step 3:

Click on “Violation and Fees Payment Gateway” (link – may not work directly, you’ll need to follow the steps above)

Step 4:

click on “traffic” and enter the CID of the person in question, regardless of whether they drive or not.

Proceed with the search, this will be useful for one piece of information only; the unified number.

Copy it, and click on “new searc” (or go back to step 3, but this time, click on “immigration” for the search (not traffic like step 4)

Step 5:

Enter the number you copied into the search window.

Step 6:

For the next act, you will need someone that reads Arabic, or use Google translate (translate the writing in green). There are three options; either there will be a sentence written stating that “the person is clean” (this means they are IN the country), or “the person is outside the country”, or “the person has the following residency fines”.

And there you have it, you can now tell who is where, and proceed accordingly.

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