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According to an article I found on Forbes, President Obama is keen to getting rid of the American Penny. His argument is that there are over 6 billion people who have phones, so why not go on with making payments through their mobile phones? It won’t be much later till all physical evidence of both paper money and coins will be a thing of the past. Payments for virtually everything will be done through fingerprints or mobile phones.

There’s an NFC chip inside most mobile phone chips that can transmit banking and payment data when placed near certain card readers. According to forbes.com, “a debit card, a mobile phone can display interactive payment details. And, instead of the credit card application process of filling out paperwork and waiting for the mail, using a mobile phone to pay requires only the download of an app and linking to bank details. PayPal president, David Marcus, calls it Money 3.0.”

This notion has started in Kuwait through a company called Borolo. Basically, all you have to do is go to a Second Cup or a Coffee Republic and they’ll give you a sticker to place on the back of your phone and voila! This feature is only available for Viva users for now, but soon this notion will be widespread in all shops and telephones. Also, what’s amazing about this is that it doesn’t need to be a smart phone! Even if you’re using an ancient phone and have no cash on you, you can still have yummy coffee.

If you pay your phone bill at the end of every month, it just adds to the overall payment; and if you recharge your phone, it deducts from your credit. You don’t need to pay anything extra for a subscription. What do you guys think of mobile payments? Are you with or against it?

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Superstar Ragheb Alama began the first journey of his new fragrance Le Grand Amour in Kuwait today. A number of press and bloggers were invited to the Sheraton to attend the press release for this very alluring fragrance, which was then followed by a lunch with amazing food.

The women’s perfume named Le Grand Amour of big love, (El Hob El Kibeer, like his famous song), has a very rich aroma that is keen to make anyone who gets a wiff of it fall in love instantly! This fragrance was made for the everyday woman who wants to be attractive without trying to hard. The smell isn’t overpowering but it’s just enough to get attention! I absolutely adored it the second I tried it.

I loved Ragheb! He was so down to earth and funny that it showed why he’s been so successful throughout the years. I, of course, was fan girling. He does so much to give back to everyone who looks up to him, including building schools for the less fortunate and all his efforts with UNESCO. Everyone attending got a bottle of his new fragrance which I personally will cherish forever and ever.

With valentines in a couple of days, boys, go out and buy a bottle for your lover (or your mommy, I know I will!). I guarantee you she will be head over heels in love with this gift!

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Apparently all women in Iran that are to play for the National Team need to go through mandatory gender tests to prove that they are actually women and haven’t undergone any gender changing operations. These “random” checks have been issued after loads of different “women” four of which are members of the national team were found to have gone through gender changing surgeries. They varied from men who had not yet gone through with the gender change surgery, or were suffering from sexual development issues.

Iran has legalized gender change operations according to a Fatwa, or religious ruling, pronounced by the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Medical examiners will turn up unannounced at training sessions of teams playing in Iran’s women’s premier league, as well as those playing in the indoor league, known as footsal.

Ahmad Hashemian, head of the Iranian football federation’s medical committee, said “Those unable to prove they are female would be barred from taking part in the women’s leagues until they underwent medical treatment”

I thought this was pretty funny considering how strict Iran was and how proper everyone there is. I didn’t know sex change operations were legal in Iran, and I’m sure a gazzillion other people didn’t either. Anyway, I thought I would share this with you! Lemme know what you think.

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This flyer basically sums up the whole event taking place tomorrow (Friday and Saturday). This to That will be taking place at the Al Americani Cultural Center located on the corner of the Arabian Gulf Road and Al-Shuhada Street, by the National Assembly Parliament building and across the road from Youm Al-Bahaar. Anyone interested in architecture can learn so much about how it’s evolved through the years. Registration can be done through www.thistothat.eventzilla.net.

Date:
Friday, February 14th/12:30AM-7:00PM
Saturday, February 15th/10:00AM-5:00PM

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Due to popular demand our favorite knee shaking, heart wrenching, tissue grabbing, flu is back! Are you all as excited I am for all the vaccinations and quarantines that we’re all gonna have to deal with all over again?

Apparently the Ministry of Health has taken the appropriate measures to deal with the issue and make sure it doesn’t spread. The two cases that have been diagnosed have been treated, and although this is usually an easily treated sickness, sometimes it gets complicated and cannot be cured overnight.

According to Kuwait Times yesterday, “these diseases have become more common due to the abundance of certain behaviors and patterns like obesity, smoking, and high blood pressure.” Surveys are being done that look at people’s behaviors socially in order to better understand the causes of the disease. These surveys may take up to 3 months to be done, but at least they’re starting somewhere!

The World Health organization has reported two recent deaths caused by Swine Flu so far.  One case is of a 54 year old male in Saudi Arabia who died on January 14. Another case happened in Jordan to a 58 year old man who was diagnosed on December 25 and later died on January 23. This man became ill after traveling to Britain from November 21st till December 25th. It was also said that this man was with people who resided in Kuwait, which further might have caused the disease to come alive in Kuwait again.

Please be safe, and if you are feeling under the weather, make sure to visit a clinic just to be sure!

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I think it’s really sad how workers in this country get treated on a daily basis. I have countlessly witnessed people abusing domestic workers regardless of if they were the street cleaners or maids.

I’m gonna go on a rant, but I can’t wrap my head around people who have kids and then have their nanny’s take care of them? Why? I understand that some women may be working moms, my mom was, and we had a baby sister to make sure we didn’t kill ourselves while she was at work and clean, but other than that my mom was our mom. My mom took us to parks, my mom fed and cooked for us, my mom was the one who carried us as children, not the nanny. You don’t have kids so someone else can raise them, you have kids so you can give another human being a part of your soul, your life, your everything.

Anyway, not my point. These poor workers haven’t gotten paid for the past 4 months, work in poor working conditions, and get zero respect from more privileged individuals. Imagine what it’s like to be paid, what? like 20 KD a month, stuck in a room with 40 other people and have to be awake at the crack of dawn to pick up other people’s garbage just to send home a couple bills to try and keep your family alive.

It’s sad. Bend down and pick up something, then throw it on the floor again and pick it up. Do that a couple times and see how good your back feels. Someone the age of your father does this for a living. People are so cruel and disrespectful it’s horrible.

Do good, everyone is fighting their own battles just to survive everyday. Be thankful for everything you’ve got, there are millions of people around the world who would be thrilled to have a roof over their heads.

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I am probably the biggest fan of Discovery Mall, and I am absolutely THRILLED that Play Study Zone is now offering jazz classes to kids aged 3-14.

Play Study Zone is a company where you can offer your kids ballet classes, hip-hop lessons, karate, art, and now even jazz dance classes.

Make sure to sign your little ones up for this fun filled event!

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So, we’ve all heard about the deportation laws when someone’s caught speeding and what not, and I’m sure many other, myself included, have taken very lightly to it. BUT to much of my surprise, HUNDRED’s have already been deported in the last month for traffic violations alone, and this has raised many concerns for human rights groups in the nation.

According to telegraph.co.uk, a senior interior ministry official said that as many as 1,258 foreigners have been deported for traffic violations since a crackdown began about a month ago, according to the Al-Anbaa newspaper.

There are new computer systems installed in police cars where they don’t need to stop you to know if your papers have expired, instead they just scan your license plate number and all your information pops us. Fun stuff, ehh?

The Kuwait Society for Human Rights called on the government to halt the deportations describing them as “oppressive”.

“The oppressive measure against expatriates… violates the basic principles of human rights,” it said.

So be safe and make sure you’re all legally driving, please. If you’re gonna get in trouble and get kicked out of the country, at least let it be something worth it, not passing a red light or having expired papers. I know the ministry systems and the process of getting things done here is ridiculous, but it’s honestly not worth it.

Be safe :) x

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