For almost 2 and half years our blog has been running smoothly with no down time to mention. But, unfortunately, we were hacked 2 weeks ago, the hacking was contained and we were back online. Things, however, weren’t as smooth as they used to be, we encountered some errors, and readers have been emailing us and complaining about things, so we decided to install a fresh new version of the software (wordpress.org) and change hosting companies. A fresh start. Then import all of our files that we already have backed up. We’ve done all that now and we’re back. The blog is fresh and shiny as ever with no errors no more!
We couldn’t have survived this without Nasser‘s help from Blog37.
Avatar producer, Jon Landau told MTV that director James Cameron is going to write an avatar prequel. The prequel won’t necessarily be transformed into a movie, but rather be a full fledged novel that’ll go into each character’s history in depth. In a way, James Cameron is trying to lay a foundation for the movie. Or maybe a foundation for sequels to come?
Jon Landau interview:
“Jim is going to write a novel himself, not a novelization – and there is a distinction. A novelization basically retells the story of the movie. Jim wants to write a novel that is a big, epic story that fills in a lot of things. [We] won’t have time to do [these stories] in the movie, or maybe in sequels, so the novel will give a foundation for the world. It would be something that would lead up to telling the story of the movie, but it would go into much more depth about all the stories that we didn’t have time to deal with – like the schoolhouse and Sigourney [Weaver’s character] teaching at the schoolhouse; Jake on Earth and his backstory and how he came here; [the death of] Tommy, Jake’s brother; and Colonel Quaritch, how he ended up there and all that. I don’t think Jim has ever written a novel before, but his first step of writing a script is often in a novella format, so this is just expanding that, and I think that he’ll be very adept at it.”
Have you ever scared your parents to death by getting lost?
I did. Twice.
The First time:
1984 In Turkey.
I have no recollection of this incident coz I was only 2. They told me that they were sitting in a big garden and all of the sudden they couldn’t find me. They scanned the whole garden and went to it’s edges trying to find me, with no luck, and after some time, they found me at near the place where they were sitting originally, but behind some trees. I was sitting on the ground and throwing little pebbles at something that made a sound. They said I was totally transfixed on the sound that I did not notice I was alone.
The Second time:
1987 in Brighton, England.
I was 5 and my brother was 9. He and I were at an amusement park at the beach and we ran out of money. The apartment wasn’t very far away, so my brother came up with a brilliant idea. The idea was: I should wait at the park, alone, while he runs back to the apartment and get some money. He pointed out the white building where our apartment was located to assure me that it wasn’t that far and that I should wait, so I agreed. He asked me to stay near the giant ‘ball pit’, you know the big pit with lots of little plastic balls in it (like this one), and I did, I waited for him to go to the apartment and back.
I waited for what seems like an eternity (you know how kids are) but I was getting bored. I dug my hands in my pockets, maybe to find something interesting to play with, but I found a couple of pounds, so I thought “why not play inside the ball pit rather than wait for him outside and be bored?” So I went in, I played for a long time and I was again getting bored, and my brother wasn’t here yet.
I got out of the pit, and waited outside for a little bit, it was getting darker and I was losing hope and I remember thinking maybe he forgot about me. So I raised my head and saw the white building and decided that maybe it’s not that far for me to walk back alone. Yeah! why not. But on my way I found my dad and uncle near a food stand buying some food, and they took me home. I remember thinking “Oh my dad is there, what a coincidence, let me go to him instead of walking back to the apartment alone.”
Now, what really happened was: My brother came back and looked around for me but couldn’t find me, so he got scared and went back to the apartment and told everybody that he had lost me. My father and uncle got freaked out and went out looking for me. My mother who was in the shower got out and put something on and went looking for me with her hair still wet. A major freaking out occured while I was playing inside that ball pool. And when I saw my dad at that food stand, turns out they weren’t there buying food (Duh!) they were asking everybody in that amusement park if they came across a little 5 year old boy.
This is was our location in Al Somman, It is 3 hours from the Kuwaiti borders and it was chosen and arranged for by our great friend Mishary (a different Mishary). They have professional people in Saudi who get paid to take care of everything (They bring the tents, rugs, dig a toilet *Yikes!*, and you know, make it happen). The trip was from wednesday (I went on a thursday coz I couldn’t take a day off work) to saturday. It was worth it and we had plenty of fun. Take a look at the pictures and compliment me on my amazing eye and photographic skills *sarcasm* Read the rest of this entry »
I was just told that the Bvlgari shop in AlNassar tower was fully robbed yesterday at night. My cousin is saying that he’s hearing that the robbers cleaned the whole shop. Police are there now investgating the robbery and lifting the finger prints.
Rumor alert: The tower’s security were asleep when the robbery took place.
We were in Al Somman a couple of weeks ago and one of my friends got his car stuck in the sand on top of a hill. We got bored up there, so Bo9ale7 went to the kitchen and brought this round thing and Skied. It went wrong every single time Read the rest of this entry »
I was in Al Jabriya earlier today and happened to pass by the new Early Bird branch. I saw the owner, Bianca, outside and she told me the opening is on Monday and that it’ll have the same working hours as the one in Fahaheel; Monday to Saturday from 5am to 3pm and off on sundays.
Me and ½ cream milk were having dinner at Johnny Rockets in Salmiya. We were sitting on one of the tables next to the bar when we saw a lady coming in and start talking to a guy on the bar. We were pretty sure the guy did not know her, he was in a bit of an awkward position. We did not pay any attention and continued enjoying our rocket burgers… till we heard the word Blogger!
All of our senses came to life and we found ourselves trying so hard to eavesdrop you’d think somebody’s life depended on it!
Yeah turned out we were sitting next to Moey (Hi Moey)
My friend was at harrods yesterday and he took the picture above. It is of apples with heart shaped birthmarks on them for Valentines.
Harrods have commissioned farmers in france to grow these specially customized apples to bear heart shaped imprints on them. The apples will be sold for ₤3 each, and all the proceeds will be donated to a children hospital.
Are you wondering how did they do it? Are you thinking genetic studies and huge amount of money spent? I was thinking the same thing, but I was way off, coz all they did was, the french farmers that is, they placed a heart shaped sticker on the apples during cultivation.
Yeah I don’t know why Somecontrast got hacked and what was behind the hacking but thank God the hacker did not delete our database and none of our files were damaged. And thanks to our good friends Nasser & Hamad from Blog37 we were able to get the site back and running.
We wanted to get Somecontrast up and running as soon as we can, but us being the illiterate bloggers that we are when it comes to programing and coding and the likes, we were helpless. But thats behind us now. We’ve recharged and we’re back with a vengeance!
Thanks to all who asked and emailed us. We appreciate each one of you. We missed you guys.
My friend and I wanted to buy good pillows for some time now but we didn’t know where to look, the best we could do was IKEA, all my pillows are from there and I wanted something different. We went to a couple of places before deciding to go to Tilal complex, and thats how we came across The Bed Boutique.
It has a big collection of bed pillows and they’re so diverse. I use the word diverse because before going to The Bed Boutique, we were at The American Mattress, and their collection was disappointing. All of their pillows were kinda the same, the pillows doesn’t differ much and their prices were exaggerated.
Back to the Bed Boutique. They have a little room where you can try all of their pillows while having lots of privacy. The room is tiny and has one king size bed. The sales person actually encourages the customers to kick back and relax in that room and use it as long as they want, and take their time to decide which pillow to go for. I tried multiple pillows before deciding on their Tempur pillow.
The Tempur pillow I got is called Symphony, and it’s for KD44. It’s not cheap. You can get it online for KD30, but it’s heavy so I don’t know how much you’ll end up saving after paying the shipping costs.
It’s my 3rd night using the pillow and I’m enjoying it so far. It feels like a memory foam pillow at first, but it’s not, it’s different and much more comfier. You have to try it out if you’re looking for a pillow.
The Bed Boutique is at Tilal complex, Shuwaikh.
Phone # 22256172
Sometimes I just want to take a knife and rip my tonsils out with my hands and slit them off.
I’ve been sick on and off for over a month. It started with my birthday, and I’ve been having throat pains for a month now. I think I had 7 days without pains throughout the past month. i’ve gone through many strepsils and Chloraseptics and the damned thing isn’t going away!
Since I was little this throat thing have been my thing. I wanted to get rid of the tonsils 2 years ago and I went to a prominent Kuwaiti doctor, forgot his name, and he gave me a bunch of meds, but nothing helped. I remember him saying:
1-you gotta keep your nasal passages clear by using a drop (contains cortisone), you can’t have them blocked, coz thats when you get sore throats, when you overuse your mouth for breathing.
2-You’ve got to know how to sneeze, and thats by avoiding harsh exhales (I don’t know how he said exactly, but it was something along “latishla3 bala3eemik wenta ta36is”)
He didn’t do much. He then told me that even if we decided to remove your tonsils, that won’t solve the problem, you’d still get sore throat if the cause wasn’t totally your tonsils. Whatever thats supposed to mean.
I didn’t use any antibiotics till yesterday, I had to.
I might go to another doctor and see what I can do with my tonsils.
The charity single ‘everybody hurts’ By REM was rerecorded to raise funds for the victims of Haiti earthquake, and it features Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart, Michael Buble, James Blunt, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, Susan Boyle, Leona Lewis and many others.
“The estimated release date is 7 February, with proceeds going to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and there’s already talk this could become one of the biggest selling singles of all time.” – BBC
I didn’t know there was a different ending to the Titanic movie. I just saw it and thank God the director, James Cameron, decided not to go with it, coz it would’ve ended the movie on a totally different note.
One of my best lenses fell (along with the camera.. Gasp!) on the cold harsh asphalt outside our house, and pieces of little things rolled out of it’s little body.. Poor little thing. I’m over dramatizing by the way coz I’m gonna throw it away and buy another one just like it. ThankGod nothing happened to the camera, coz it fell along with the lens, very tough camera! Mashallah.
This is the last picture I took before the fall. Isn’t it just captivating? 😛
This lens is the best investment I’ve made when it comes to buying things for my camera. I think it’s a great lens for 2 reasons: First because it’s really cheap compared to the other lenses, secondly, I love this lens coz it makes dull pictures look good and makes me look like a great photographer, not that I’m not, but yeah it makes me look even better 😛
I loved it and I’m gonna buy a new one just like it. it’s $99 and I highly recommend it.
It was announced that Avatar is now the top grossing movie of all time, right? Well it isn’t.
The above list is of the real top grossing movies of all time. Why is it different? Because it takes the inflation factor into account and re-stacks the the movies according to that. [interesting link]
Although Avatar is not updated into the list yet, it was reported that it just passed Titanic, and you can clearly see where Titanic rank on the list above. So yeah, it’s got a long way to go before it topples Gone with the Wind; the real top grossing movie of all time.