Sunday, May 27, 2012

Kuwait Household Exhibition

We regularly visit Mishref International Fair ground. When we don't have anything specific to do we just make a visit.

Dont miss the exhibition on household items which will be from July 9 to 21 at Hall no 4

Spanish Cinema Week,Q8

Yoga for Beginners in Kuwait

Akbar n Birbal in Kuwait

One of my favourite Indian folktale "Akbar and Birbal" was be staged in Baha Amricani Cultural Centre yesterday.....was so happy that the kids performed so well

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Mais Alghanim To Go,Q8

Love to dine at Mais Alghanim? Do you know you can sit and order from your home?

We love Arabic food and when we get the opportunity, we prefer going to Mais Alghanim. Last weekend, we decided to order from Mais Alghanim. But as we went to Fintas for some work, we decided to bring it our self. While waiting for our parcel, I got the opportunity to look at the cooks while cooking. The whole process is sooooo very clean, that I have no words to describe in words. While one was grilling, another cutting lemons, one packing arabic rotis, another making salads etc etc. But everything is done so hygienically that you will feel very good.

We have visited the Mais Alghanim restaurant many times,  but didn't get the opportunity to see the restaurant's kitchen. But since this one at Fintas, is dedicated to parcels for home delivery and we our self went to collect it, I had the opportunity to see them at work from close quarters.

You will find "Mais Alghanim To Go" at Fintas, Salmiya and Sharq. Just dial 182 11 55 for free home delivery.

Plan your summer vacation in Kuwait

Plan your summer vacation in Kuwait. Lot of hotels are giving discounts....

Visit to Kuwait Travel World Expo

Every year we visit the World Travel Expo which is held at Mishref International Fair ground.This year it was held for three days, from May14 to 16.

Travel World Expo is one of the region’s leading travel and tourism networking seminar series. The event, dedicated to unlocking the business potential within the Middle East and pan-Arab region, brings exhibitors together with tour operators, leisure buyers and the industry’s most influential meetings, incentive and corporate buyers. The press conferences, award ceremonies and dinners are a few of the scheduled activities exhibitors attending the event can also expect to experience.

Here are some pictures of the Expo....

Fahaheel Sea-side,Q8

I like Fahaheel, feels its a perfect place to spend a weekend evening. While you shop at Sultan Center for your groceries, order a meal at Canary and sit in the beach and spend a lovely evening with your family.

We do it often and love to go there whenever the weather is nice

Here are some pictures from our recent visit....


Toastmasters International Youth Leadership Program: Public Speaking Courses,Q8

WHENJune 10, 2012 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

WHERE : Better Books & Cafe (Located behind Rashid Hospital, right around the corner from the Titanic building and Sanbouk Supermarket, Salmiya)

FEES : 30 KD

CONTACT PERSON : Dr. Fatema Abbas Kudrati or Anil Lobo
6005-1733 or 9928-3020 or 

KD 20 Fake Notes Found,Q8

Ministry of Interior security men have received reports of fake KD20 bank notes in the market.

According to Kuwait Times report, a Somalian expatriate, working in one of the commercial centers in Mahboula, reported to Fintas police that an unknown person came and bought several different goods with a KD 20 note. After the Somali checked the bank note and compared it to other notes, he found it to be different.

The police checked the KD 20 note and proved the forgery. A case was filed and detectives started looking for the forger, especially as several reports were received about forged bank notes, Kuwait Times reported citing Al-Shahed daily.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Kuwait brings middle-eastern culture to India

Was so happy to read this news.....

A week-long panorama of Kuwaiti culture which opened in the Indian capital New Delhi on May 15 has for the first time brought arts, crafts and performing traditions of the ancient port-nation to India to strengthen people-to-people cultural ties between the two countries.

The culture showcase, presented by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the Embassy of Kuwait will move to Jaipur from the capital before closing May 19.

"The festival is a reciprocal gesture by Kuwait in response to a Festival of India in Kuwait in 2009. Kuwait and India share similar Islamic influences in architecture, tradition, festivals and rituals. The two countries share ancient trade links as well. Kuwait is one of the most peaceful countries in the Gulf region," director-general of ICCR Suresh Goel said at the inauguration of the festival.

"Ties in the contemporary context are more people-centric with a large number of Indian people working in Kuwait and adding value to its economy and social structure," Goel said.

Independent surveys say nearly 600,000 Indians are currently living in Kuwait, a source in the embassy said.

The Kuwait Cultural Week opened with an extravagant exposition of Kuwaiti art, textiles and handicrafts at the Lalit Kala Akademi.

A section devoted to the maritime history of the country featuring replicas of ancient schooners and diving and trading vessels drew visitors. The sturdy boats with multiple white sails were crafted in wood.

Miniature boat crafting is an important cottage industry in the country.

"Kuwait had different types of ships used for a variety of purposes like travelling, diving for pearls and fetching drinking water from Iraq and Iran. Large trading vessels sailed to India for business in wood, spices, timber, rice and textiles. Ships are vital to our nation`s maritime heritage," Talat-al-Sultan, who is heading the Kuwaiti media delegation, said.

He said, "Several marine clubs along the coast keep the traditions of diving and rowing alive by teaching enthusiasts and conducting diving competitions."

Diving for pearls was an important occupation of ancient Kuwait.

An exhibition of contemporary art exhibiting works by leading artists showed a perceptible Indian influence in art and idiom.

"We have integrated several Indian artistic traditions in our culture. Kuwaiti artists and filmmakers who visited India have brought back Indian influences to Kuwait and blended it with Kuwait`s traditional art," Kuwaiti Ambassador Sami M. Al Sulaiman said.

Sulaiman said, "The Kuwaiti cultural week was meant to be a bridge between Kuwait and Indian society."

"The two countries share excellent relations politically and economically. But we cannot forget culture. Kuwaiti citizens have been living in India for more than 100 years - for trading. They have integrated with the Indian society."

The ambassador, a self-proclaimed Indophile, is fond of Indian classical dances like Kathak and Odissi.

Another attraction of the festival was a concert by Kuwaiti TV band - one of the country`s oldest all-man television band which has been performing both in the country and abroad since 1978.

At a concert Tuesday, the 16-member band attired in the customary "dishdasha" sang traditional sea and folk music to the beat of hand drums and a lyre-like string instrument.

"Three different genres of traditional music form the basis of the country`s Spartan musical history. The Khammari is a slow music with heavy beats while the Samri is sung by a man and a woman. The Sot, a male music, is sung at the time of pearl diving on the coast with the musicians seated in a group. It is mostly vocal music. The Gadri is the devotional music," Habib Al Yahyouh, the leader of the Kuwaiti YV Band, said.

The band endeared itself to the audience with a Bollywood track, "Bol Radha Bol Sangam..." that it sang as a chorus.

"We watch Bollywood movies which are very popular. Ties between Kuwait and India date back to more than 400 years," Yahyouh said.

YogSense Session,Q8

Meditation & Positive Thinking Talk At Sadu House,Q8

WHEN : May 20,2012 @ 6-8pm

Entry Fee : Free

WHERE: Al Sadu House

Nutrition Course For Kids At The Young Doctors Academy,Q8

The Young Doctors Academy invites all 7-8 year olds to join their nutrition course with their nutritionist this month! Learn all the basics, and learn to create healthy breakfasts and snacks. Pure hands on, interactive, fun! Register via email or by calling The Young Doctors Academy today. 
Phone: 9789-1140

Photography Contest By The Historical, Vintage n Classic Car Museum,Q8

The Historical, Vintage & Classic Car Museum is organizing their 2nd Automotive Photography Contest at the Museums Main Exhibition Hall. 
Participation in the competition is open to all photographers in Kuwait. To register, kindly visit the Museum’s headquarters, fill in the participation form, and submit your photos during official working hours (9am to 12pm & 5pm – 8pm). For further information and details kindly contact the Director of Library, Mr. Fadel Al-Oraier. View competition rules and details below.

Contest Categories
Contestants can participate in any of the categories of the competition:
1 – Best Photo of a car
2 – Micro Photo of the Car
3 – Black and White
4 – People’s Choice – voted on by the museum visitors

Competition Rules and Regulations
- The last day of participation and competition to provide the photographs is on Saturday 2nd of June 2012
- All images will be participating in the competition Showroom Home Museum
- Will display images from 3rd to 19th of June 2012
- On Wednesday the 20th of June 2012, will be announced winners of the competition and awards are presented to the winners and award
- The winning photos will be displayed in the pictures in the museum
- Participation is open to all photographers
- Participants must submit a copy of at least one image and at most three images to join the competition
- The size of images in which the participant 50 x 70 cm (Portrait or Landscape)
- Submit pictures printed on (Foam Board) thickness of 10 or 5 mm
- Provide a copy of participated images on a CD-ROM with “high-resolution 1500 × 23000 pixels at least”
- No details should be printed on the images or any information or watermarks on the images to ensure a fair judging and equality for all participants
- Substantial changes of the image in not allowed, but minor touchups are ok
- Winners will be selected by a panel of judges who are qualified and specialize in the field of photography
- The Judging decision is final and may not be discussing their final decision
- When you participate on the competition may be granted Museum ALL Copyright of the images submitted, and may not reclaim any rights
- When participate on the competition, you acknowledge that the images are your work, and you own the full copyright of them
- When participate on the competition you agree to give your name as a participant or a winner to all forms of the media
- The museum will present the award for the Best Next Picture if you cannot be contacted
- The museum keeps the right to cancel the competition at any time and without prior notice to participants
- The museum keeps the right to change the dates of the competition at any time and without prior notice to participants

Photos will be evaluated according to the following:
Innovation – style – lighting – composing – harmony of colors – the center of attention

Over All Winners
1st 1000 KD
2nd 750 KD
3rd 500 KD
Color Category
1st 500 KD
2nd 300 KD
3rd 200 KD
Logo Category
1st 500 KD
2nd 300 KD
3rd 200 KD
Black & White Category
1st 500 KD
2nd 300 KD
3rd 200 KD
-And for the remaining top 50 winners will receive 50 KD.
-There will also be additional winning categories from car marquees, that will be a surprise to the participant.
-People’s Choice Winner will receive a special valuable gift. Competition Photos will be presented to the public at the main exhibition hall, where all visitors can vote of their favorite photo by writing the number of the photo and dropping it in the drop box. The image getting most of the votes wins the “People’s Choice Award.”

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

BSK Swimming Camp

BSK  Summer Camp 24 June to 12 July inclusive. The price, which includes three trips out, will be KD 195. Tel. 2562 1701.

Click to see their brochure HERE

Swim Camp starts from 10June-12July

Monday, May 14, 2012

Flower Exhibition @ The Avenues

Enjoy a wonderful flower exhibition at The Avenues from May 17-20, 2012.

Book Your Ticket for Real Madrid Versus Kuwait

Tickets start from KD 25 – 150 depending on location. Book now through Kuwait Concierge and the tickets will be delivered to you.
Phone: 22969904

Indian Embassy outsourcing center BLS announces Courier service for processed passport

The Ambassador of India in Kuwait will inaugurate the courier service facility for delivering the processed passports to the applicants at BLS Service Centre, Sharq on May 15, 2012 at 1145 am. This new optional service would save the inconvenience to applicants of coming back to the outsourced centres for collecting their processed passports. It is one of the steps in the Embassy’s endeavour to provide better consular services and respond to the needs of the applicants. Procedure and details related to this new service are available on the websites of Embassy of India, Kuwait and BLS International Visa Service Company.

Vayalar Ravi asks Indian workers in Gulf to avail pension plan

Overseas blue collar Indian workers in the Gulf region have been asked to avail benefits of the recently launched Pension and Life Insurance Fund ( PLIF) scheme by India to ensure their financial and social security.

The scheme was launched as a pilot project in Kerala last week.

Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi said the scheme is meant to enhance the social security net and rehabilitation plans of poor Indians working abroad and has several important features.

"Besides providing life insurance cover, the scheme, jointly managed by LIC, UTI and Bank of Baroda, is aimed for workers holding ECR ( Emigration Check Required) passports. It will help them save for old age and provide financial security," Ravi told Times of Oman.

PILF is meant for Indian workers aged between 18 and 50 years who have a work permit or employment contract and whose passports carry the 'Emigration Clearance Required' stamp.

The pension will commence after they cross the age of 60. Initially, a worker has to pay Rs 5,000 to become a beneficiary of this plan. The government will contribute Rs 2,000 from its kitty. If the person is a domestic help, the amount would be Rs 3,000

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Gallery Tilal’s Smart Phone Photography Exhibition,Q8

WHEN : September 23, 2012 @ 9:15 pm – September 27, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

WHERE : Gallery Tilal (Shuwaikh, Jahra Road, Al-Tilal Complex)

Editing & enhancement applications available on smart phones may be used on your photos. Applicants may submit a maximum of three photos. Only 60 photos will be chosen to be exhibited at Gallery Tilal. Photo size for printing will be provided upon photo approval. Please note that this is NOT a competition.

VIA : grapevinekuwait

Monday, May 07, 2012

Chai Dhaha At Sadu House,Q8

We are delighted to share with you the latest venture at Sadu House. Sadu House has started showcasing Kuwait's culinary talents at their weekly Chai Dhaha. The idea is to give these local talents a place to share their foods with the public. This week they will be hosting Breakfast and Brunch!

VIA grapevinekuwait