Long Term Parking Question

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long term parking

So let me get this straight. Parking your car for five days at the airports long term parking costs KD10 (KD2 a day). Now if I park my car there for twenty days and then lose my card do I also end up paying only KD10? Is that why the parking is always full and there are a ton of cars that look like they’ve been parked there for months?


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5th Ring Road Drama

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Hostage

Yesterday someone emailed me and asked me if I had heard about what happened on the 5th Ring Road and today morning someone at the office also asked me the same thing. What I understood is that a guy pulled out a gun on his wife and they had to stop traffic. Anyone know what really happened? (if there was actually an incident)

Update: Its in some of the papers including Al Rai where the picture above was taken from. Here is the link to the article. [News Article]


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I am in Nigeria, please send me $3000

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My friend had her Yahoo account taken over (her mistake) and now all her friends are getting the following email from her:

hello,
I hope this message meets you in best of health, Pardon my mistakes because I am in a hurry writing this, I had traveled to Nigeria for official purposes, Unfortunately for me all my money was stolen at the hotel where I lodged, I am so confused right now,I do not know what to do or where to go,I did not bring my phone here,I have access to only emails, please can you send me $3000

I find that really funny but on a serious note has anyone ever had their Yahoo email taken over and then had the password reset again by Yahoo?


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My Pirelli Problem Solved

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Z4 at Pirelli

Just an update to my problem with Pirelli. I passed by the main Pirelli branch in Al-Rai today near Ace Hardware. It was my first time there and the main branch is wayyyy nicer than the Canada Dry street one. I chatted with the manager for a bit and he explained to me how they train their employees really well and how customer satisfaction is very important to them. He apologized for the mess up and told me they would replace all four tires with P Zero Run-Flats which are the original tires I had asked for. He was a really friendly guy and the next time I need anything from Pirelli I would definitely go back to this branch and not the Canada Dry one. Glad this got solved quickly.


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Home made Sushi delivery service

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Sushi Kuwait

Some Contrast just posted a link to a local website where you can order home made Sushi. They have a ton of rolls to choose from and they all look pretty good and competitively priced. The minimum amount for an order should be at least KD5 which is very reasonable. You can check out their website by going to www.sushi-kw.com

The picture above was taken from Some Contrast


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Wrangler Alignment

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Jeep Alignment

I finally got my Wrangler aligned today. I was having trouble finding a place that would actually do it since every place I went to forwarded me to another place because of my mud type tires. Today I finally found a place that was willing to do the aligning for me, they were located right at the beginning of Canada Dry street and are called Auto1. They had the Hunter alignment machine which I heard was the best brand and the guy there didn’t have a problem with my tires neither did he bring it up as a problem. The whole process took around 2 hours because they were having problems getting the rear aligned and at one point there were actually 4 guys working on the Jeep. Really great service and the whole thing, front and rear alignment plus steering wheel adjustment cost me only KD25. For regular cars they charge KD15. If you have a lift kit and large tires this is the place to go.


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My experience with Pirelli

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Pirelli

Its been a while since I had a major complaint about anything but my latest incident with the Pirelli dealer in Kuwait is just unbelievable. Its probably the worst experience I have ever had with any dealership in Kuwait.

Two month ago Nataly got a flat tire with the Z4 on her way to work. Since the car doesn’t come with a spare tire I had to leave work and meet up with her on the side of the road and then call a tow truck to take the car to Shuwaikh. I spend a lot of time traveling on work related trips and this incident made me realize its better if I fit the car with run-flat tires so that just in case she does get a flat she could at least drive back home instead of having to pull over in the middle of no where and try to find help.

So I get into the tow truck and instruct the driver to take me to Canada Dry street. We park outside the Pirelli dealer there and go inside and meet a salesman called Usman Ali who gave me the prices of their run-flat tires. I then walk across to the other side of the street and get the prices of the Michellin run-flats. Since Pirelli was having an offer their prices turned out to be much cheaper and I decided to fit run-flats from them. They had two tire threads to choose from and I chose the more expensive sportier ones, the P-Zero’s. After fitting the tires and before I left the place I asked the salesman how fast I could drive when I get a flat, he replies telling me the max speed is 80km/h. That was two months ago.

A few days ago after leaving her gym Nat falls into a deep pothole and gets a flat. She calls me up and I tell she can continue to drive home but she shouldn’t exceed the speed 80km/h.

Today I took my Wrangler and headed out to Canada Dry to buy a new tire for her car. I went to the Pirelli dealer and I gave them my tire size and model and the guy tells me those aren’t run-flats. I am like what do you mean? He was like just wait a few moments until the salesman comes back. When the salesman came back I recognized him as the guy who sold me my tires. So I tell him I need a tire for my car and I give him the size and he tells me they have them in stock. I was like yeah but the other guy said they are not run-flats. The salesman (Usman Ali) tells me they have the same power as run-flats. I was like that doesn’t make any sense you think I am an idiot?? I came in 2 months ago asking for run flats and you sold me 4 tires and I paid over KD400 for them and today I find out you lied to me and sold me regular tires not run-flats. He asks me why I waited 2 months to come in and complain and not 2 or 3 days after I had installed them. I was like are you serious?? What you wanted me to drive to Michellin after installing my tires and have them double check to make sure you installed run-flats for me??? My wife had a flat tire 2 days ago and thats how I found out you lied to me.

After around 20 minutes of the guy trying to convince me that I hadn’t asked for run-flats and he hadn’t told me they were run-flats I realized nothing was going to come out of this and I left. Now I am home trying to figure out what to do about this. I feel cheated! This isn’t a small lie. I told Nat she could drive her car with the flat at a speed of 80km/h which is dangerous with regular flat tires. Not only did the guy put Nat at risk but you could also damage the car and rims driving that fast with a flat. The only thing I can think of doing now is sending out emails to Pirelli and hoping someone in management will try and solve this problem for me. Will post an update once something happens.

Update: Just got a call from the Pirelli manager, I will be passing by them tomorrow to solve the problem.

Update2: Problem solved! [Link]


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12 Year Old McDonalds Burger

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12 year old burger

One of the burgers pictured above is 12 years old can you guess which one? If like me you guessed it was the one on the right then you also got it wrong because the burger on the left is the one dated from 1996. Still looks pretty fresh. [Link]

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Acer Aspire One for KD59

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Acer Aspire One

I am not a big fan of Eureka Electronics but this deal is just incredible not to mention. Eureka currently have a special offer on the Acer Aspire One and they are selling them for only KD59. Thats super cheap, thats cheaper than Amazon cheap. The Acer Aspire One is an ultra portable notebook computer that competes directly with the Asus Eee and MSI Wind. The KD59 deal is on the Acer with the following specs: Intel Atom 1.6ghz, 512MB RAM, 8GB HD and comes with Linux pre-installed. No idea on how many they have in stock but if you want one I am presuming you need to move fast.

Thanks Cajie


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A new My Toy

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My Toy

I was walking around Muthana Complex when I spotted a second new branch of My Toy. The main branch is located on the ground floor and sells Tamiya radio controlled vehicles but the branch I found was located on the Mezzanine floor opposite the store that sells all the cool Japanese robots (behind Andalus). This second branch of My Toy is focused on plastic vehicle models… you know the ones that you glue together. I was always terrible at them since I was always too clumsy with the glue but its good to know there is still market for them.

For those of you who’ve never heard of My Toy. Its one of the oldest toy stores in Kuwait. I used to pass by their store in the 80’s when they were located in Salmiya. Here is a link to their website. [Link]

Update: Forgot to mention but their website has a link to their online store.


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