Lucky Louie

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A quote from a recent episode of Lucky Louie I watched.

When does CPR become necrophilia?


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Very Funny Ads

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Very Funny Ads is a website filled with funny ads from around the world. I like the idea and how it was implemented but so far the ads I watched weren’t that funny. Going to watch a couple more though. [Link]


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Emmy Award Winners

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Jack Bauer won best actor and 24 the best drama series but Sopranos didn’t win anything! [Winners List]


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Dunkin Donuts Opening on Tuesday

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Dunkin Salmiya

Q80-Chill Girl just posted that Dunkin Donuts will be opening this Tuesday the 29th of August at noon time. She was even lucky enough to attend the pre-opening. For more information and pictures click [Here]

note: Picture above by Moey, more of his pictures available [Here]


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Review: Al-Ghader Shawerma

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Al Ghader

On Thursday night k.thekuwaiti and Nibaq picked me up to go have dinner at Al-Ghader in Salwa. Many people were recommending I try Al-Ghader shawerma so I really was looking forward to it.

The place isn’t easy to locate but I will give it a shot. You know the street in Salwa where you have the Salwa co-op, police station and gas station? Well if all of those are on your right hand side and you are driving towards the Fahaheel Expressway, take the last right on this street just before the traffic light. Then, drive straight and take your 6th right. Then drive in a bit until you find Al-Ghader on your right hand side. Here it is on Google Maps.

The shawerma tasted very similar to Badar Al Badoor’s. It had the same taste which I liked except that Al-Ghader was much more stingier. The portion of chicken in the shawerma was half the amount of Badar Al Badoor’s. That kinda sucked since the taste of the bread was over powering the chicken. On a positive note though, Al-Ghader’s garlic tasted slightly better than Badar Al badoor’s but it wasn’t enough of a flavor difference to make the sandwich better. By default they put garlic, pickles and tomato in the shawerma but I had mine just with just garlic. The price of the shawerma is also 250fils. The place was very packed but it wasn’t all on the shawerma, they have a nice variety of food at the place and people were spread evenly across them.

Al-Ghader has good shawerma and if you are located near it then its worth the drive to have it. But, if you have a choice between Al-Ghader and Badar Al Badoor then I would recommend the later since you are basically getting the same shawerma just more of it for the same price. This is why the final score for Al-Ghader’s shawerma is 3.5 out of 5.

update: Since writing this review I’ve frequented Al-Ghader numerous of times and if I was to write the review today I would give it a 4 out of 5.


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Getting a Learners Permit in Kuwait

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Today morning I went with Nat and the mandoob from TriStar to get our motorbike learners permit. I don’t know what mandoob is in English, but he is basically the guy who helps out with government paperwork. Todays experience like most government related work was exhausting, and the terrible humid weather didn’t help.

I picked up the mandoob at 9:30 and we headed to the Hawlly Traffic Department located in Jabriya. First place we went to inside was the typing room, there you give some guys your documents and for 1KD they fill out the forms for you on the computer and then print them out. Once we got the forms we headed into another much larger room filled with chairs and numbered booths. We headed to the very far end where we waited inline to get our papers signed by a high ranking police officer. This guy was very nice, he took a look at Nats form and he was like in English “you want to drive bicycle?” she was like yeah I want to ride a motorbike. He then proceeded to explain to her how driving in Kuwait is not easy and that if you are in a car its really dangerous so you can imagine how dangerous riding a bike is. He was like I could sign this paper for you if you want but I wouldn’t recommend it, she told him sign it please and he did. After that he told us we needed to go to Qurtoba to get an eye test so we left the place and headed there.

Once we got to Qurtoba I was worried I would fail the eye test. My vision isn’t perfect, I wear glasses when I am in front of the computer but I should be wearing them the whole time. Nat also has glasses which she wears in front of the computer and TV so she was worried she would fail too. So we go into the building and give in our forms and wait for our turn. 5 minutes later they call Nats name and she goes in for the test. A minute later she comes out telling me she passed although she made a mistake, her score was 24/6 for her left eye and 6/6 for her right. They called my name next and I went in. I don’t think I have seen an older eye test setup before. You sit in an old wooden school chair on one side of a room with a tall white plastic lamp behind you with the letters stuck onto it. You look ahead into a mirror stuck on the wall, cover an eye and read out the letters. It was really easy since they let me read out the big sized letters so I aced it with a score of 6/6 for both eyes. They signed the papers and we headed back to Hawally.

The weather was incredibly hot and humid and traffic was a bitch but we got to the traffic department and went back into the big room again back to the nice high ranking cop. He looked at the papers and told us to go to counter number 1. I get to counter 1 show him my papers only to have them rejected. The guy told me because I got my eye test today I needed to come back tomorrow to get the learners permit. I told him why do I have to do that, can’t I just get the permit done today? He was like come back tomorrow. So we were leaving the place when the high ranking cop asks us if we were done. I told him what the guy at counter 1 told us, he seemed irritated at the guy and took out some stamps from his pocket and stamped and signed out papers. He told us we needed to get a 10KD postage stamp and head over to counter 7. We got the stamps and headed to counter 7 where a guy took all our papers and filled them into the computer. He then told us to go get our pictures taken at the far end of the room.

There was a young woman sitting in a small room with a computer, a scanner and a small Canon digital camera attached to a cheap tripod. She told us to sit on the chair in front of the camera and she took our pictures. She then sent us back to counter 7. We got there and the guy started printing out our learners permit on his HP color laser printer. Although all the equipment they were using were off the shelf consumer electronics it was still cool that they were doing this. Finally the guy sent us to office 20, yes office, thats where the highest ranking official is located, we gave him our freshly printed learners permit and he signed it and we were done.

The whole process took around 2 hours and cost us KD11 per person. I am not sure but I am guessing this is the same process for getting cars learner permit. Below you will find some helpful information like papers needed and google map of the locations.

Papers needed for motorbike learners permit:
– 2 photographs, 3×4
– Work permit copy
– Passport copy (picture and visa page)
– Civil ID copy
– Driving license copy (if you dont have it then I believe you are required to do a medical test)

Location Maps:
Hawally Traffic Department
Qurtoba eye test place


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Heat Vision and Jack

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Heat Vision and Jack is probably the coolest TV show which involved a motorbike. The TV show stars Jack Black as a super intelligent renegade astronaut and his talking motorcycle played by Owen Wilson. The show is also directed by Ben Stiller so you can imagine its ridiculously funny. Sadly it never made it past the pilot stage but the good thing is you can find the first pilot episode on YouTube. If you are not going to watch the whole episode atleast watch the opening of the show. [Video]


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Whats in my bag?

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Whats in my bag

Don’t usually respond to tags but I have been wanting to do something similar to this for a while now.

Row 1, Left to Right:
– Latest issue of Campaign ME
– Apple MacBook with Waterfield laptop sleeve
– Waterfield Vertigo bag

Row 2, Left to Right:
– iPod Video with Foof
– AKG K81 headphones
– Two plain pocket sized moleskines
– Purell Hand Sanitizer
– Two Duracell AA batteries
– Canon A530 digital camera

Row 3, Left to Right:
– Two Imation blank CDs
– 4 pens each for a different purpose
– Swiss Army Knife
– Orla Kiely pouch
– Motorola V3x

Row 4, Left to Right:
– Oakley shades
– Ducati keys
– SD and microSD cards
– iPod cable
– Generic USB cable


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The sadest goodbye

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six feet under

Just finished watching the final episode of Six Feet Under and it has to be the saddest and most emotionally charged ending to any TV show. We have been watching Six Feet Under daily for the past 2 months now so we have gotten very attached to all the characters on the show. To finally finish the show and not have anymore to watch feels very depressing. It always sucks finishing a show but it never felt this bad. Now that its over I think Six Feet Under is definitely my favorite TV show ever.


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Full Gear

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Me in my gear

I was tidying up my room today when I found my helmet box and decided to try it on with my bike jacket. When I first tried a helmet on when I was still buying the bike I felt really claustrophobic. Now though I think I have gotten used to it a bit but it still feels a bit strange and awkward.


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