CAMPER now in Kuwait

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CAMPER

I just found out today that CAMPER is open at The Avenues. Its been open for a month now but due to the fact its in a very concealed location I didn’t find out about it until now. I passed by it and was disappointed to see such a poor collection of mens shoes. Most of the popular models weren’t available and according to the salesman they won’t be getting any more models for the time being. CAMPER is located in Avenues Phase 2, under the new food court, right under the new Johnny Rockets that opened there.


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Girl Spinning on Escalator Railing

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Someone should try this at Sultan Center or the Airport and then send me the video to post! [YouTube]


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Plant Sense

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Plant Sense

This looks like an interesting gadget. Plant Sense is a device that will help you monitor your plants and in case it finds a problem it tells you how to solve it. The device comes in two parts, one plugs into your USB port and the other into your plant. Once the device gets the readings it uploads them onto the Plant Sense website where using a bunch of algorithms it can either recommend what plant you should grow or if you are already growing a plant it will tell you whats wrong with it and how to treat it. Yes its geeky but in a cool way. Costs $60. [Link]


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How to make Amazon display prices in KD

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Amazon in KD

I found out about this cool trick from SomeContrast back in February and its made my shopping experience on Amazon much more convenient. There is a script that works with FireFox that converts the prices on Amazon from US Dollars to Kuwaiti Dinars and then displays it for you right next to the original price. That saves you the hassle of trying to calculate how much an item costs in Dinars every time you find something.

I got the instructions for installing the script also from SomeContrast. Make sure you are using FireFox then do the following:

1) Install Greasemonkey
2) Install Amazon Local Currency Script

By default it will convert US Dollars to Israeli Shekels… you need to change that from the menu to Kuwaiti Dinars by entering the initials KWD. And thats it, pretty simple but practical.

Thanks SomeContrast!


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Dead Bats

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Dead Bat

I just saw two new Fasttelco ads and I think they are of really bad taste. The one above shows a dead bat bleeding while the other one shows a bat screaming in pain as it crashes through a window. These have to be the most horrendous ads Fasttelco have ever released. Check them out on ads2blog.com [Link]

Update: I just got an email from someone at Fasttelco telling me these ads were never and would never be released by them and that they were never approved. Ads2Blog have also updated the original post stating that the ad was done by an Art Director and “were never meant to see the light nor get published”. I guess that makes a lot more sense now. Its good to know Fasttelco haven’t completely lost it.


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My lift kit nearly here

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dpg kit

Back in February I posted about the upgrades I am planning to do for my Wrangler. In case you missed that post I am planning to give the Wrangler a 3.75 inch lift so I can fit 33 inch tires. Soon after that post I purchased the 5 tires from Hankook and ordered my black steel rims from the US. Then after that things kinda slowed down since I ended up traveling a lot and I decided to order the lift once I was back in Kuwait for a while.

Last month after coming back from Munich I placed an order for my full lift kit from DPG Offroad (pictured above) but since they didn’t have all the parts in stock I hate to wait a month for them to get the parts. Today I got an email informing me that all the parts are in and my kit is ready to ship. Tomorrow I will be contacting DHL here in Kuwait since they will be picking up my lift kit from DPG in the US and ship it to Kuwait. They offered me the best rate plus they would pick up the package from DPG themselves which is really practical. Hopefully I will have my lift by the middle of next month and then have AutoTech install it for me. I can’t wait!


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Ugly Maserati

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Maserati

This picture of the Maserati was taken in the UAE. If I was Maserati I would take the car back and give the owner back his money. [Link]

Thanks A&B


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Textamerica is gone!

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This is the worst news ever and I can’t believe I just found out about it. A long time ago (like 6 years) before I started this blog I used to MoBlog. Basically I used to take pictures with my PDA, a Sony Clie UX-50 back then and upload them onto this site called TextAmerica. I had hundreds of pictures there ranging from my random lunches to interesting places around Kuwait. I actually preferred the pictures I had taken for my TextAmerica blog more than the ones I did later for my Miskan.com project because I felt they were more natural and random.

Just a few moments ago I went to my old Moblog usurp.textamerica.com and realized the whole site is gone. Turns out TextAmerica shutdown in December and I just found out now so i wasn’t able to back up my images and posts! This is depressing, soo many memories and moments which I had captured are now all gone.


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LoFat in the city

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LoFat Now Open

LoFat now have a dine-in branch open and its located in Kuwait City. I didn’t pass by the place but its supposedly near Holiday Inn next to Burger Bar. I wonder if Burger Bar is still open, I haven’t heard about them in a while and I don’t know anyone who goes to the place. Last time I went I didn’t have a good experience. My burger challenge should hopefully continue this weekend, I think I have like 6 more burgers I need to try!

Thanks Ansam!


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First Impression: Sony DSC-W300

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Sony W300

After a very difficult decision I went ahead and purchased the Sony DSC-W300 digital camera. It was a difficult decision to make because the other camera options I was considering were all exceptionally good. I really wanted the Canon G9 for its SLR like features, the Ricoh GX100 for its strange look and the fact it took beautiful film like shots while the Sigma’s image quality alone was enough to tempt me to buy it. In the end though I REALLY needed a camera that I could carry around in my front pocket and I wouldn’t be able to do that with the three cameras I just mentioned. That brought down my choices to the Fuji F100fd, Nikon S600 and the Sony W300. The Fuji’s interface and usability I read would be a problem, the Nikon S600 lacked in certain features and I tried the S700 version at a Nikon dealer and didn’t like the feel of it so my final decision was to go with the Sony. I own two other Sony cameras at the moment, the Sony N1 and the Sony cult favorite the F717. Both cameras really exceeded my expectations and I never had problems with them so it only seemed fair I go with another Sony.

I purchased the camera from a store in Muthana Complex. The Sony dealer didn’t have the camera in stock and they were selling it for KD124.900, Carrefour also ran out of stock on the camera but they were selling it for KD123.900. But, I found a Sony reseller in Muthana who had the camera in stock and I managed to haggle my way and get the camera for KD118 with a 1GB Sony memory stick. The store if you are interested is located on the Mezzanine floor of Muthana between Andalus and the official Sony store.

First impressions so far is great. I’ve only taken shots in my office under the neon lights but the white balance did a good job. I also don’t need to turn on macro mode for macro shots, the camera automatically turns it on for me which is a nice little feature. I also shot inside at 1/30 with fairly shaky hands and the steady shot feature automatically came on to help keep my pictures sharp. The camera turns on and is ready to shoot in like under 2 seconds. Powering down takes around 3 which I actually find annoying since with my older Sony N1 I would hit the power off and then straight away put it into my pocket. Now I need to wait a second or two longer which means I have to change my habit. Other than that the only problem I can see at the moment is with the rear screen. With my Sony N1 the rear screen had a raised border around it which helped protect it from scratches, with the W300 the screen doesn’t have this border which makes it scratch friendly. This will only be an issue for me for the next week or two while the camera still has its “new smell” after that I won’t care much about it.

I will try to take a bunch of shots today in various conditions and post my second impressions. For now though I think I made the right decision. The camera has a ton of features and most importantly it fits into my pocket easily.

FYI: The reason I didn’t purchase the camera from Amazon was because after taxes it would cost me around KD100 then if you include shipping it would be around KD105 which isn’t a major saving. I would rather pay KD118 here, get the free memory stick, have a 1 year warranty and support a local store.

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Update: This is a random shot I took outside on my way back from lunch. You can download the full untouched straight from the camera image by clicking [Here]. I shot this at the 8MP setting and not 13MP.

Update 2: Here is a shot of Nats MacBook Pro’s keyboard. It was shot at 13.6MP in macro mode using iso 1600. I am really impressed, keep in mind this is a P&S camera not a DSLR. The JPG is 4.38MB so its better if you right click and save as. [Picture 4.38MB]


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