Out of curiosity, I was checking how Kuwait is doing in the recently updated Corruption Perceptions Index 2013, and it truly depresses me to tell you that things are getting worse. I recall our last year’s ranking was 67/177, while the new ranking is 69/177 (see above). Also according to the Transparency International Oreganization, we are the mostly currupted country among the GCC countries. Sadly I can relate to this worsening ranking in more ways than one.
Seemingly, most of the curruption is ocurring within the public sector (administration, political) and it’s daylight clear that so far we’ve done nothing (or at least not enough) to fight it back. Well, I remember reading news about Kuwait intention to appoint an anti-corruption chief and to set rigid Anti-corruption penalties that can go up to 7 years in jail, but nothing as of yet.
Looks like the heavy rain caused many flooding issues around Kuwait. I posted about expected flooding in Kuwait due to inadequacy and/or failure of storm water drainage systems in Kuwait. I received tons of photos from readers about water flooding around Kuwait including South Surra area, Ahmadi Hospital, Kuwait Airport, Qurain area…etc. However what drew my attention is the short video for a flooding inside the Avenues Mall due to the overflowing drainage caused by the heavy rain, I’m surprised because it’s relatively new. This tells us that there are underlying issues in the design and construction, this is bad. Proper engineering for various projects including mega ones is an essential aspect and overlooking it would cause numerous troubles. Problem is most owners only focus on the aesthetic/architectural aspects of buildings. I hope the contractor is willing to fix this issue for the Avenues.
I am shocked and enraged by what some people have been posting on social media sites and mobile apps in respect of the Arab and Africa Summit that is currently going on in Kuwait. Images like the one above have been going around and I find it disgusting that some people have no shame in displaying their ignorant and rudeness to the guests of Kuwait.
Where is our respect? Where is our hospitality as a nation if we can bluntly call the guests of the nation such? Kuwait, we can do better than this!
I was really saddened to read about the horror that befell three runaway maids recently in the Friday edition of the Kuwait Times. Two of them were sold into prostitution by their fellow national and the other caught a cab that unknowingly to her, took her to the notorious Jleeb area to be sold by the cab driver under the pretense that he was taking her to her Embassy.
This is nothing new to hear or read about in Kuwait, on several occasions we have spotted runways maids outside my home in Jabriya looking for help or directions to get their embasssies (this act alone makes them vulnerable to untrustworthy cab drivers or to passerby motorists who can easily take advantage of them).
As we all know there are various reasons why a maid may runway but what is being done to make sure that stories like that in the Kuwait Times are at least minimized? Where are the police that are supposed to be making sure that everyone is safe?
While I was at Salhiya last night I spotted guys sporting t-shirts with mustache (AKA shanab) sketch on them which reminded me of Movember (Mustache & November); its the time of the year when Men grow their mustaches to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other male cancers and associated charities. Well, actually I was thinking whether to maintain my mustache and goatee combination or should I just shave it off to zero guard and sport a whole new look. It’s been years since I tried the clean shaven look.
Travelling back in time, specifically 80s and 90s, would take us to an era when Kuwaiti Men used to wear their mustaches long and thick and would never dare to shave them off no matter what. I remember shaving your mustache back then would simply put you under a colossal embarrassment, actually many young men were put under constant pressure from local society if they happen to lack facial hair even if its due to their physiology because its viewed as a significant sign of virility, maturity, and health. Personally, I think this was a kind of bullying in a way.
Today, I see Kuwaiti society has drastically changed and so did social standards and culture. Men thesedays have more freedom to shave off their mustaches to zero guard and can still be considered to look great and be perceived as Manly. So times have clearly changed.
I tend to think that growing facial hair nowadays is more of a fashion and lifestyle oriented rather than trying to prove masculinity. So this finally brings us to the question, would you shave off your mustache? Or would you prefer to keep it trimmed at all times? Ladies you are also welcome to put in your 5 cents (or fils).
A reader forwarded this shocking snapshot with snippet stating that he saw a TV reportage on Al Shahed TV channel last night showing a very congested cell at Assima traffic department. Inmates are literally laying above each other, WTH! The cell is not only too small but also lacks any form of hygiene. Truly heart breaking and depressing to say the least.
The authorities must take immediate actions to address this inhumane condition.
I received horrific photos for a stabbed young man in his twenties at Marina Mall who according to the sources was immediately pronounced dead. I’m not sure about the exact details and motive but this is totally insane. I’m getting really sick hearing about gruesome stabbing crimes every now and then! Yes fights do happen, but they don’t have to end up with stabbing whatever the reason or cause is. I’m concerned that we have a young generation that was raised to perceive killing and taking souls as an easy way to resolve everyday conflicts!
See more pictures and read more details about the crime here [link]
Since many of us are now walking about with a pro digital camera we most probably don’t know how to fully utilize, here is an exciting opportunity to actually learn what we can do with these pricey gadgets!
Q8 Expats photography Club will be having a workshop on Star Trail & Light Painting Photography; the concept is pretty simple. You keep the camera rolling for hours. It takes pictures of stars at preset intervals. Finally, you stack all the images and you get a sky filled with circular lines
To capture perfect Star Trails, you need to understand: 1. Focusing 2. Composition 3. White Balance 4 in. Single shot vs Stacking
BONUS: Since you will be out in the dark and the cameras wont be disturbed, you can also do Light Painting Photography. But yes, you need to carry a spare cam for that. Below are the mentioned gears you will require to get the best results;
1. DSLR 2. A sturdy tripod 3. Cable release / intervalometer 4. Extra batteries 5. High capacity memory card 6. Torch / Lights / Flash (for light painting)
There will be some refreshments but you are free to BBQ if you want!!!
Some useful tips: 1. Make sure your car battery is in good condition 2. Wear boots as the desert is unpredictable 3. Bring a chair / mat to relax as its going to be a long night
Gathering Point: The Sultan Center on 4th Ring Road @ 4:30 PM Final Location is somewhere on Road No.. 70