Massive fire and smoke cloud

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There is a massive fire burning somewhere down south of Kuwait. I could see the smoke column as far as from Bayan palace, till i teached Avenues the smoke cloud got thicker with wind blowing towards Airport /Farwniya side. Hope its not the Kabd tire fire again. Please let me know if you know about it.

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7 days and 7 Nights

Thought it was not going to end, I mean I have had major surgeries and have recovered in less than 7 days, but this seemed unending. The pain in the stomach and rumbling gasses  showed no sign of ceasing even for a minute. It was (is) like a mighty river gushing down my large intestine followed by thunderous sounds of gasses that followed. Finally on Tuesday after having taken no liquid through my mouth for 7 days, the colonoscopy  sigmoidoscopy happened (third time lucky) and I was let go from the hospital. The doctor said “it doesn’t seem like a tumor, my be fibrosis”. But whatever the case My faith is on God, I for one believe that cancer is defeated, though I haven’t heard from doctors officially this is my faith. I can’t take it no more. Now that I am back home waiting for Wednesday to come with a confidence that God has altered cancer’s path and the biopsy result will be benign. Wait for me to announce  it officially.

While I was in the hospital noticed several cases that were terminal and some of them who just diagnosed with cancer. One of the terminally ill  patient is a Pakistani National, though I picked up a fight with him over a chair (as chairs are scarce at HMJCS) later we became friends. He too has colon cancer and doctors told him that there is nothing they can do anymore. It was depressing to watch him sit on the chair on the corridor and lost in thoughts. It must be really hard when the family is in Pakistan and he is facing cancer alone. I pray to God that He makes way for this child of His.

Another case is of an Egyptian national who is just 34-year-old and has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Though he looked confident that this is just a small disruption of his normal life, on the second day he grew more serious as Doctors explained to him  what he is about to undergo. Upon discovering that  I am a colorectal cancer patient he tried to get as much information from me about the disease and the changes in life, though I tried to explain much, as I haven’t had anything to drink for 7 days my throat was drying fast and I am not sure if we crossed the English language accent barrier.

One thing I liked about the hospital is the utmost care taken by the staff, though racial tensions remain between staff (which are visible sometimes) no stone is upturned when it comes to treating the patients, only that citing a doctor is a rarity if not for the routine rounds.

So that’s it for now, I will keep you my readers updated about the latest. Meanwhile still no lead on my expiring residence, but that is a minor issue, I know God’s hands are not too short to grant wishes of his faithful.

Thick Fog cover over Kuwait

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What an incredibly foggy day!! Could barely see 20 meters at 5 pm, had to cancel an important meeting at Mangaf, couldnt risk driving all the way and back with such low visibility. Nonetheless traffic was even more dangerous with reckless drivers zigzagging through the slwo traffic. Hope not many accidents happened today as most people opted to stay indoors.

Why I will never Shop at City Centre again

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Remember the last time I wrote about the honest employees of Sultan Centre? Such customer service is hard to find, I say this espcially after meeting a disrespectful employee of City Centre Salmiya.

My wife wanted to buy a suit, so we head to Souk Salmiya, after browsing few shops we enter City Centre. My wife liked couple of suits so she wanted to try, surprisingly the trial room was closed. So we request the a lady worker who bluntly said, “the trial room is closed because of promotion” .So I ask her “if the suit does not fit/like can we refund” she says “No refund only exchange”

So I asked the gentleman who looked like supervisor at the section “can you make an exception and open the trial room only for a while” . He refuses saying “if we open for you we have to open for everyone, but you can refund” … “NO REFUND SIR” shouts the lady from the back.

So I went to the City centre “Manager” who was kind enough to escort us to the trial room and “ordered” Mr Imran to open the trial room, guess what??? Imran somehow sweet-talks the manager and sends my wife to the store room, which is a “glass door” and SHE HAS TO CHANGE UNDER THE STAIRCASE WHILE MEN ARE WATCHING FROM OUTSIDE”

We just stormed out of CityCentre, we have never been insulted by any one like this before. What a shame!! A leading business centre asking a woman to change dress under the stairs in front of everyone!!! I wonder if Mr Imran would allow his sister or wife to change dress while men peeped from outside. And what kind of store manager City Cenre has who is incapble of making his subordinates obey him??

This is the last time I visited City Center, they seriously need to take lesson from Sultan Center employees on HOW TO RESPECT CUSTOMERS.

The reason IKEA Kuwait restaurant is awesome

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Agreed you don’t want to visit again because the menu is limited to very few dishees and there is no hope that something new will be added anytime soon. But the IKEA restaurant is one of my favorite places to lunch/dine peacefully.

For starters it’s a non-smoking area, so unlike the food court of The Avenues you are not chocked with the secnd hand smoke of some imbecile. And the place is really quite, with soft music playing in the backdrop. The staff is incredibly polite and the restaurant is sparkling clean. The price is very reasonable and the “limited” menu that I mentioned before is of high quality. Did I mention they have free wi-fi? So if you want to spend a quite afternoon with someone or by yourself (which is the reason I am blogging) this is an ideal place.

Oh.. P.S: don’t let your ego stop you from cleaning the table after the meal.

Hoodlums dancing at 2am in Salmiya block 10

I haven’t been sleeping well since my termination, last night I woke up to a noise coming from across the street. Some men were dancing and honking incessantly at 2 am. And worst part is they were playing Tunak Tunak by Daler Mehndi. Was able to grab a shot before they left. The video is grainy, but what worries me is security in Salmiya Block 10 is slowly deteriorating with thugs robbing people during day light, how safe are we? There has a to be one police station for each block or at least police patrol at night. 

WTH happened to Avenues Phase 1?

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OK i have been out of the country for couple of months, if you remember my Grand avenue review I had advised to avoid visiting the Avenues Mall on weekends. Looks like people to it seriously (#JK). So here I am today on a Thursday, first I was shocked to see the empty lanes, next I found parking so easily, third a sore site of a shop which is shut and finally “where is the crrrrrrowd????

As I had said before Avenues is competition within, since we are not a tourist nation this was bound to happen. I hope unlike Marina Mall which didn’t care about the diminishing footfall, The Avenues Mall management will “try” to bring back footfall to phase 1 .. like seriously.

Arab Times Prints the “F” word

Hey I am back in Kuwait after my surgery and the first cycle of chemotherapy which went haywire because of some diet issues. Anyways without going into further details, I was heading to KCCC to check on the plans to continue the remaining sessions of chemo. Since KCCC is very bias to English reading people (hence does not provide English newapapers at the waiting lounge) I grabbed my favorite newspaper on my way… and was shell shocked (not really) to read the “F” word printed in the sport section.

Honestly… I so desperately want to be a proof reader at Arab Times.. like seriously!!

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