Movies Showing in Kuwait this Weekend

Post by Mark


Screenshot from T-34

The movies below are now showing at Cinescape, Grand Cinemas and VOX:

New This Weekend:
47 Meters Down Uncaged (5.3)
Angel Has Fallen (7.0)
El Chicano (5.2)
Fantastica (4.7)
Ready or Not (7.3)
Sheep & Wolves 2 (4.8)
T-34 (6.3)

Other Movies Showing Now:
Aladdin (6.5)
Avengers: Endgame (9.2)
Crawl (6.6)
Dora and the Lost City of Gold (5.9)
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (7.5)
Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (6.5)
Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood (8.4)
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (7.1)
Spider-Man: Far from Home (8.2)
The Angry Birds Movie 2 (6.8)
The Art of Racing in the Rain (7.2)
The Boat (6.3)
The Current War (6.2)
The Lion King (6.2)
Toy Story 4 (9.0)

The movies below are also now showing at the Scientific Center IMAX theater:

Movies Showing Now:
Amazon Adventure 3D (6.6)
Backyard Wilderness 3D (8.4)
Fly Me to the Moon (4.5)
Galapagos 3D (8.6)
Oceans: Our Blue Planet (7.4)
Volcanoes 3D (6.6)

Numbers in brackets refer to the IMDB rating at time of publishing.

2019-08-22T08:43:46+03:00Aug 22, 2019|0 Comments

LDK Game – Retro Gaming Console

Post by Mark

If you’ve been reading my blog for a long time you probably already know how nostalgic I am which is why I also love old video games. Over the years I’ve posted about a variety of game consoles including ones that allow you to play old video games like the Pandora and Dingoo. LDK Game is a console I recently picked up and I’m so in love with it!

Firstly just a bit of background. My first game console ever with the Coleco which my parents got in me in the early 80s. Since then I’ve gone through everything from the Sakhr MSX2 and Commodore, up to the current consoles like the PS4 and Switch. My favorite console ever would have to be the Super Nintendo followed closely in second by the Sega Dreamcast.

The LDK Game is a pretty tiny portable unit that plays nearly every console from the 80s and 90s including a lot of games from the original PlayStation. For such a small (and cheap) game system it just blows my mind how well it does playing some of my favorite games. Out of the box, all you need to do is plug the unit into your computer via a regular USB cable and it will then show up as an external hard drive. You can then just drag and drop the games (roms) onto the unit in the proper folders, so SNES games in the SNES folder and PlayStation games in the PlayStation folder and that’s pretty much it. You then just launch the games using one of the many built-in emulators. If there is a missing emulator (like the MSX or Coleco one) you can then just download them and install them easily. Currently, I have games from the following consoles running on my LDK:

Coleco
DOS
Gameboy
Gameboy Advance
Mame
MSX
NeoGeo
Nintendo Entertainment System
Sega Game Gear
Sega Genesis
Sega Master System
Sinclair
Sony PlayStation
Super Nintendo

In addition to the above, I also have Doom, Quake, Wolf 3D and Duke Nukem 3D installed. I really have 90% of my favorite games ever running on this tiny console.

All the games I have installed run flawlessly. Older consoles like the NES and Gameboy obviously run flawlessly on many other systems but I used to run into issues running some SNES games on my previous game consoles. I don’t have that issue here, and not only that, somehow this unit can run PlayStation games. Not all of them mind you, 3D intensive games like Tekken run but aren’t playable on this but 2D games like Castlevania, NBA Jam and Mortal Kombat Trilogy run perfectly, and games like Ridge Racer, Tony Hawk 2 and GranTurismo seem to also run really well. Another surprise was the fact that it also ran DOS games. I managed to install some really old games like Prince of Persia, Test Drive 3, Captain Comic and even the original Need for Speed and they all ran flawlessly. Oh and even sprite intense NeoGeo games like Metal Slug and Mars Matrix run without a hint of slowdown.

The screen has a 4:3 ratio which means you can play old games without having awkward black bars on the sides like you do when playing old games on your new TV. The sound is also fairly loud because there are two speakers on the back but you can also plug in your headphones if you prefer. The LDK has 6 buttons, four on the front and two shoulder buttons which means you won’t have issues controlling SNES or PlayStation games.

The coolest thing about the LDK Game though is that it sells for just $56! That’s not a lot to pay for a game console that can basically run ALL the cool old games. In fact, if it only ran Castlevania Symphony of the Night I would have paid $56 to get it and not only does it run it and really well, but I can also play Super Metroid, NHL ’94, Neo Drift and a ton of other games all on the same device. I still can’t believe I can play Symphony of the Night on this! Even the battery life is great running at over 4 hours and because it uses a standard USB port, you can charge it on the go with any battery pack.

I ordered the console from the LDK website and shipped it to my US forwarding mailbox. But, the device ended up shipping from China so if I was to order it again I’d ship it straight to Kuwait or at least my Shop&Ship Chinese mailbox. If you want to get one, here is a link to their website.

2019-08-21T09:32:39+03:00Aug 21, 2019|18 Comments

The 7 Most Instagrammable Spots In Kuwait

Post by Mark

Found this list online and no idea how they came up with it but seems a bit odd to me. Check out the top 7 below:

1. Mutlaa Ridge
2. Al Kout Beach
3. Seif Palace
4. Green Island
5. Liberation Tower
6. Souq Al Mubarakeya
7. Salmiya Palace

I would have expected JACC, Kuwait Towers, Avenues and Al Shaheed Park to be on a top 7 list. I definitely wasn’t expecting Salmiya Palace or Seif Palace. Link

2019-08-21T08:07:52+03:00Aug 21, 2019|11 Comments

The Best Mango Soft Serve in Kuwait?

Post by Mark

Mango soft serve is all the rage right now (well every summer) so I decided to try three of the most popular ones and do a comparison. Here are the results:

#1 Press ( Starting from 950 fils)
Taste: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Looks: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Price: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Overall: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

#2 Pick (Starting from 600 fils)
Taste: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Looks: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Price: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Overall: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

#3 Ananas (KD2.450)
Taste: ⭐⭐⭐
Looks: ⭐⭐⭐
Price: ⭐⭐
Overall: ⭐⭐⭐

A few months ago during Ramadan I was driving by the Press location in the city and noticed a long queue out the door. So I called up a friend and asked them why that was and they told me it’s because of their mango soft serve. I ended up trying it a few weeks later and I’ve been hooked on it ever since. From the three soft serves above, the Press one tasted the closest to an actual mango which is why it’s my favorite of the bunch. Pick on the other hand which is usually my goto soft serve place came second for me even though their mango soft serve is really great, it’s just that Press set the bar pretty high on this one. Finally in third place it’s Ananas, their soft serve tasted the most creamy-ish and the least fruity, even though it came with actual mango pieces and mango syrup all over it

What’s your favorite mango soft serve in Kuwait? Also what else do you want me to compare? Best burgers? Best car wash? Give me some ideas.

2019-08-20T09:55:07+03:00Aug 20, 2019|42 Comments

The Best Hot Dog in Kuwait?

Post by Mark

Since I had a lot of free time over Eid I decided to do a hotdog comparison. My go-to place usually is Shake Shack but decided to try out the Five Guys hotdog and the Johnny Rockets one which I hadn’t had in years. Here are the results:

#1 Shake Shack (KD1.000)
Bun: ⭐⭐⭐
Hotdog: ⭐⭐⭐
Looks: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Price: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Overall: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

#2 Five Guys (KD1.750)
Bun: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Hotdog: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Looks: ⭐⭐
Price: ⭐⭐⭐
Overall: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

#3 Johnny Rockets (KD1.700)
Bun: ⭐
Hotdog: ⭐⭐
Looks: ⭐⭐
Price: ⭐⭐
Overall: ⭐⭐

I had all three hotdogs with just ketchup and mustard. My favorite tasting one ended up being the Five Guys hotdog but in the end, Shake Shack ended up slightly edging out because of the price. Johnny Rockets was easily the worst of the three, the bun to hotdog ratio was completely off and I also thought it was the greasiest of the three.

What’s your favorite hotdog place in Kuwait?

2019-08-19T08:45:24+03:00Aug 19, 2019|56 Comments