Things to do in Kuwait this Long Weekend

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For those of you in Kuwait for the holidays, below are a bunch of events taking place. If I missed anything let me know in the comments:

Thursday
SnowTown in K-Town
Exhibition: Culture Fair: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
Al Farsi International Kite Festival
Comic Con Kuwait
Decopatch
Cinemagics Rooftop Movie: Jackie
Workshop: Introduction to Astrophotography

Friday
SnowTown in K-Town
Al Farsi International Kite Festival
Comic Con Kuwait
Decopatch
National Celebrations Show Jumping Competition
Food Truck Festival

Saturday
SnowTown in K-Town
Yoga with the 3
Al Farsi International Kite Festival
Comic Con Kuwait
Decopatch
National Celebrations Show Jumping Competition
Food Truck Festival

Sunday
SnowTown in K-Town
Al Farsi International Kite Festival
Decopatch
Concert: Los Rumberos de Massachusetts

Monday
SnowTown in K-Town
Al Farsi International Kite Festival
Decopatch

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For a full list of upcoming events click [Here]

Sometimes events get canceled or have details changed so always double check with the organizers.


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Movies Showing in Kuwait this Weekend

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Screenshot from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

The movies below are now showing at either Cinescape, Grand Cinemas or Sky Cinemas:

New This Weekend:
Black Water (N/A)
Game Night (7.4) ♦
Mission Kathmandu: The Adventures of Nelly & Simon (N/A)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (8.3) ♦
War Commanders: China Salesman (5.4)
Wolf Warrior 2 (6.3)

Other Movies Showing:
Black Panther (7.2)
Braven (6.5) ♦
Coco (9.1)
Den of Thieves (7.2) ♦
Early Man (6.4)
Ferdinand (6.8)
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (6.9) ♦
Kickboxer: Retaliation (5.0)
Maze Runner: The Death Cure (7.2)
The 15:17 to Paris (6.2) ♦
The Commuter (6.8)
The Greatest Showman (7.9)
The Post (7.5)

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

A Beautiful Planet 3D (7.9)
Amazing Mighty Micro Monsters 3D (7.4)
America Wild: National Parks Adventure (N/A)
Dream Big 3D (7.9)
Extreme Weather 3D (6.6)
Tiny Giants 3D (8.0)
Watermelon Magic 3D (7.4)

Numbers in brackets refer to the IMDB rating at time of publishing.
★ is for movies I’m interested in. ♦ implies movie might contain censorship.


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Openings Pushed Back

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The openings of Avenues Phase 4, Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Center and the new pedestrian-only street in old Salmiya have all been pushed back. Previously they were set to open during the National holidays but that’s no longer going to happen.

There were also rumors that the inauguration of Kuwait Motor Town was going to take place during the National holidays but those rumors are not true.

I personally don’t mind since they’re all still expected to open soon and I’d rather they open when they’re ready instead of being rushed.


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Pottery at Dew’s Studio

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Dew’s Studio is a pottery studio that’s located in Salmiya, right off Salem Al Mubarak Street. It’s a beautiful space with hardwood floors and lots of daylight coming in through its large frameless windows. The studio has been open now for around seven months and I’ve been meaning to go there for some time now but just never had the chance to until earlier this morning. Not sure why I didn’t pass by before since the studio is pretty much walking distance from my apartment.

I’ve never done pottery before but I was curious to try it so I booked a walk-in session for me and a friend who actually has a degree in ceramics. In hindsight, I should have gone with someone with zero pottery experience so I wouldn’t look so bad. Wheel throwing was not easy, but it was a lot of fun.

The studio is divided into two areas, the first is for walk-ins and regular members and has seven pottery wheels. The second area of the studio is for professionals, it has a few more pottery wheels as well as two kilns (ovens) to fire the pottery in.

Walk-in sessions cost KD20 per person and are two-hours long. In the session, you’ll learn basic wheel throwing technics and get to play with two different clays. This is a good way to try out pottery and have fun with friends, but if you’re serious about getting into it then they offer two courses:

Discover Clay – KD130
– 12 sessions
– Twice a week
– 2 hours a session
– Terracotta clay only
– 2 fired pieces

Explore Clay – KD180
– 12 sessions
– Twice a week
– 2 hours a session
– All clay access
– 8 fired pieces
– 4 walk-in sessions

I had a lot of fun with the walk-in class and I’m going back again next week with more friends. You can actually book the whole space for a private function if you want. If you’re interested in pottery or want to book a walk-in session, you can Whatsapp the owner Nada on 99925028.

Here is their location on [Google Maps] and you can follow them on instagram @dewdrop79


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Comic Con this Weekend!

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Comic Con Kuwait is taking place this coming weekend from the 22nd to the 24th of February. This is the second time Comic Con is being held in Kuwait and they’re expecting 20,000 people to attend. They’ve doubled the size of the venue compared to last year and they’re bringing in some bigger stars including:

Stan Lee: The comic-book writer who co-created the popular characters Spider-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, the X-Men

Michael Fassbender: The actor know for playing Magneto on X-Men as well as having main rolls in movies such as Steve Jobs, Assassin’s Creed, Alien: Covenant and many more

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: Know for playing the character Ser Jaime Lannister, in the HBO series Game of Thrones

David Hayter: Well known as the English voice actor for Solid Snake in the Metal Gear videogames


Video of last years Comic Con (starts 1min in)

Ticket prices start at KD10 and go all the way up to KD150 for the Diamond pass. For more info on this event click [Here]


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Al Kawakeb Ice Cream and Dessert Shop

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Al Kawakeb is an old ice cream and dessert shop in the city which you’ve probably passed by a number of times on your way to Vol.1 or Street (AlMakan) for dinner. The place has been open since the 50s and their display is filled with old nostalgic sweets.

BROWNBOOK have published a great article on the history of Al Kawakeb along with some great photos. I had no idea the shop was that old and I’m definitely going to appreciate it a lot more now that I’ve read this article. So check it out on their website [Here]


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Review: Shure SE215 Wireless Earphones

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Shure SE215 Wireless Earphones

Last month after posting my review on the Bang & Olufsen H5 wireless earphones, I got a message from the audio brand Shure asking me if I’d also like to try their wireless earphones. I’ve been a fan of Shure ever since I got my first pair of in-ears back in 2004, the Shure E2’s, so of course I said yes. A couple of weeks later I got their new SE215 wireless earphones in the mail.

I had a few issues with my H5’s and was curious to see if the Shure’s would solve them. My main problems with the H5’s were the battery life and the low volume level of the earphones. So how did the Shure’s perform?

Battery Life
While the B&O H5 promises up to 5 hours of battery life, the Shure’s promise up to 8. That doesn’t sound like much but in real-world use, it is. With the H5’s I make sure I put them back on the charger after using them for a couple of hours, with the Shure’s I charge them every couple of outings and still have enough juice for a third outing. But what I like about the Shure’s is that if I do run out of battery, I can just charge them using any standard micro-usb cable unlike the H5’s which require the use of the charging station that came with the earphones.

Volume Level
I’m sitting right now at Arabica having my coffee and typing up this post with the Shure earphones on listening to music. I have the music volume at 80% because at 100% they’re just too loud. With the H5’s I would always have the earphones at 100% and wish I could raise them by at least another 20%.

So yeah, the Shure’s do solve my two biggest issues with the H5’s in addition to solving another issue I wasn’t aware needed solving. When you first turn on the Shure’s, you get a voice prompt letting you know once they connect to a bluetooth source and then the voice lets you know how much battery life is left. With the B&O’s I need to launch the B&O app on my phone to find out the battery life which isn’t very practical. Another advantage of the Shure’s is the price, they cost half that of the B&O’s and sound as good if not slightly better.

Shure SE215 Wireless Earphones

With all the positives so far with the Shure’s, you’d think I’d prefer them over the B&O’s but that hasn’t been the case. Whenever I leave the house and need to pick a pair of earphones to take with me, I kept finding myself reaching for the H5’s over these Shure’s. The reason for that is the Shure’s are pretty bulky. The battery pack isn’t built into the earphones but instead is located on the cable so it makes wearing the earphones awkward. On top of that, the earphone wires are too thin making the Shure’s feel flimsy and messy because the wires keep getting tangled up.

But in the end, it really comes down to the person’s requirements. Are you looking for battery life or style? If I’m traveling then I’m definitely going to pick the Shure’s over the H5’s. But if I’m just going to a coffee shop for a couple of hours to get some work done, then I’m always going to pick the H5’s.

If you’re interested in picking up a pair of Shure SE215 wireless earphones, they’re available on Amazon for KD45 [Here]


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Rowing with Kuwait Pilot Gig Club

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out at sea

If you’re looking for a new fun activity, then you should consider rowing with the Kuwait Pilot Gig Club. Back in April of last year, I posted about them, but it was towards the end of their season and I wasn’t able to try them out. Then a friend reminded me about them a couple of weeks ago so we both signed up for a trial session which turned out to be a lot of fun.

the oars

The meeting point for the trial session was the Nino’s parking lot on the Gulf Road at 4PM, I had gym nearby till 3:40PM and then headed to Nino’s once I was done. I had leg day at the gym which turned out to be the worst thing to do before rowing since I later found out that 90% of rowing involves using legs. My legs were sore for days after!

The trial session is for people who have an interest to row, but have never rowed before and are curious to try it. Each rowboat can take up to 6 people, we were 5, just me, my friend, the coxswain (captain) and two experienced rowers. We started the session off on land with information on the boat and the oars. Once in the water, we were then taught the basics of rowing and how to row as a team. I loved being out at sea and I hadn’t done that in forever because I get seasick so easily. But, I had taken some amazing motion sickness pills (Betaserc) and really didn’t feel sick at all. Rowing wasn’t very difficult, but it obviously will take a number of outings before getting comfortable with the techniques and motions. You do have to be fit and have some strength but other than that, they’ll teach you everything you need to know.

docked

If you’re interested in rowing this is what you need to do. Firstly you have to contact them on 99031123 or gigrowingkuwait@gmail.com and arrange for a trial session. If like me you enjoyed the experience and want to take part in this activity, then here are the prices:

Intro Course
Involves 6 rowing sessions + 1 social row. The cost is KD75 and the course needs to be completed within two months.

Monthly Membership Packages
You need to have completed the intro course and then it’s:

– 4 Rows KD 30/- monthly
– 8 Rows KD 55/- monthly
– Unlimited Rows KD 75/- monthly

Make sure you also check out their instagram account for more pictures and videos @kwt_pilot_gig


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JS Foods New Location

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Last year I posted about my favorite zaatar fatayer which was from a place called JS Foods located inside Sultan Center Shaab. But then Sultan Center Shaab closed down and JS Foods closed down which sucked for me. But, I recently found out they had moved and opened up a new location also in Shaab.

It’s a tiny place that’s fairly hidden, their map link on instagram wasn’t working so it actually took me two trips to find the place. JS Foods is a vegan restaurant that serves gluten and sugar-free food items. I picked up a box of freshly baked zaatar fatayer and they were as delicious as I remember them being. They also have a lot of other items on their menu like pancakes, acai bowls, granola bars, bread and more.

So if you’re interested in passing by them, here is their location on [Google Maps]. They have a cute seating area and they’re open from 8AM to 5PM. They also have delivery. For more info, check them out on instagram @jsfoodskwt


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Things to do in Kuwait this Weekend

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exhibition at Sultan Gallery

This weekend isn’t super busy but there are some interesting events taking place and most of them are free to attend. Check them out below:

Thursday
SnowTown in K-Town
Exhibition: Culture Fair: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
Japanese Movie Night: The Chef of South Polar
Cinemagics Rooftop Movie: In the Mood for Love
Jamstart Band
AMG’s Jazz at Home

Friday
SnowTown in K-Town
BAS 5th International Volleyball Tournament

Saturday
SnowTown in K-Town
Yoga with the 3
Community Table: Khaleej Series
AWARE Desert Camp
Dance Show: Musicality
Cinemagics Rooftop Movie: The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki
Beach Ultimate Frisbee

If you’d like to share an event on the blog [Email Me]
For a full list of upcoming events click [Here]

Sometimes events get canceled or have details changed so always double check with the organizers.


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