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20131125_151400 (Medium)As I was driving on Road 30 (AKA Fahaheel express way) heading toward Kuwait City I observed what seemed to be traffic signs placed on the left side of the highway. I didn’t know what exactly they were for, also I noted they removed the speed reducers on the left safe lane and have re-asphalted it to look like a normal traffic lane. I thought they were doing normal road works maintenance, but I learned later that Kuwait Traffic Department now intends to allow drivers to use some of the safe lanes (left ones) on high ways to minimize traffic congestion at peak hours and these signs are used to indicate that safe lanes can be used.

Not to mention that this is a temporary solution at its best, I’ve to say that I had mixed reaction about this initiative. Obviously, increasing number of lanes on Kuwait highways will indeed increase their traffic capacity/volume and hence less congestion and time to reach your ultimate destination, but on the other hand safe lanes are extremely important for the safe passage of ambulances, police cars, firefighters, emergency.. etc. so this may obstruct their normal duties. Also the left lane is way too close to the concrete barrier so a slight veer may cause the cars to hit the concrete and cause dangerous accidents, bearing in mind that many drivers these days are not adequately focused on the road (thanks to smartphones of course). By the way, I also saw them doing the same on King Fahad highway (road 40).

So how do you feel about that?

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IMG-20131203-WA0009 I recently was in bnaid al gar when I spotted this neat little restaurant called Vine Restaurant. Its fairly new and will be opened to the public soon.

DSC_3927I got to have a taste of some of the items that are on the menu,alot of their food is based on tradition Kuwaiti ingredients with a modern twist. For example one of their omelettes has a round shape,based with traditional Kuwaiti spices and beets.

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601055_710186615659615_2102444284_nLearned about this event in Kuwait from City of my Way where participants will get the chance to see Felix Baumgartner, the fastest man alive, as he takes them through his journey to the edge of space and his supersonic jump back to Earth. I’m not exactly sure about thorough details but it looks exciting though.

Where: Badria Hall, Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa.

When: December 11th, 2013 at 4:30pm exact.

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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.

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DSC_4134The Regency hotel has recently added to their list of gourmet food outlets,their very own pastry store which carries a variety of desserts from cakes to fancy,creative cakes.

The Regency Gourmet, as the new store is known, is located inside the hotel adjacent to the lobby. It also carries exclusive flavored Olive oil including the the new tea trend; flower blossom tea and naturally flavored teas.

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DSC_4136What attracted me the most about is is that, I don’t have to to sit and have my sweets at the hotel, I can call and order in advance and it will be ready for me to pick up and leave. My favorite choices have to be the red velvet,Opera Cake and Black forest cake which has to be cracked open like an egg!

The prices are surprisingly reasonable for a place like The Regency Hotel.

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I’m sure you all heard about the tragic death of Fast & Furious hunky actor and star, Paul Walker, on Saturday. He was 40. Frankly, this was a shock to me and I’m sure to all of his loyal fans and will undoubtedly leave a big gap in one of the world’s most successful movie franchises. Apparently, he died after a Porsche Carrera GT 2005 crashed into a light standard and burst in flames near Los Angeles (see below), he was the passenger. 

I can’t really imagine how horrific the accident must have been since the Porsche has turned in a complete wreck, seriously scary. Now who would have ever imagined that his death would be caused by a supercar since he was all about furious and death defying racings in F&F movies. There’s no such a car that can save us from certain sudden death if we’re not always careful, million of things can go wrong at any moment of time. Farewell Paul. Paul-Walker-Dead-2871392

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Following the success of the first Kuwait Yacht Show, which ran for Five fully-packed days in January 2013, they planned for a bigger and even better show in 2014.

The 2nd edition of the Kuwait Yacht Show, to be held from 2nd to 7th February, will bring together a mix of yachts, marine equipment, elements essential to the nautical lifestyle and will include in water shows and activities.

The best of Kuwait’s marine dealers and the finest international brands; all gathered together in one fantastic
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1381963225516Oh well, the proof is in the pudding on this one! shocking to see that a popular food outlet would do such to its loyal consumers and is still operating without having been shutdown by the health inspectors in the area. What’s Baladiya doing? Should we always wait until something really bad happens to take an action?

A reader sent in these images to alert us that Hungry Bunny in Egaila is serving a expired products to their customers. Below images look like they were taking from behind the counter.

Thanks [hbjahra!]

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