Small Car Plates Coming Soon?

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Not really a reliable source but the local super cars account @super_cars posted the image above stating that we will soon be getting small car plates.

Not sure if many people are aware of this but a lot of super cars don’t have room for a license plate in front of the car. So super car owners end up putting their plates inside the car over the dash or somehow finding a place to stick the plates on the front bumper making the car look ugly.

Small plates are available for situations like this in some other countries like Dubai (pictured above) so it is believable we could also be getting them soon as well.


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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

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You’d think the most stressful part of reviewing a Ferrari would be the part where I take a Ferrari out that isn’t mine, on roads which are in terrible condition, surrounded by people who can’t drive yet are all too busy on their phones and then try and bring the car back to the dealer in one piece. Instead, what really stresses me out is trying to find a place to shoot the cars. It’s so hard finding a nice clean backdrop for a shoot which I haven’t abused already like my favorite strip of road in the desert or the rooftop across from Mayar Complex. I can’t keep taking pictures in the same spot so I don’t take out as many cars out as I’d like. With Ferraris, it’s even more difficult since instead of having the car for the weekend like with most brands, I have to instead pick up the car early morning and then drop it off in the evening before they close. Sounds like a first world problem but when car dealers lend me a car, they’re hoping to get nice photos taken in return and I want to keep getting nice cars so I need to keep taking nice shots. With the Ferrari F12, this was the first time I was allowed to keep the car overnight so I decided to try something new.

The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta I picked up is part of the Ferrari pre-owned collection. It’s a 2016 model and had done around 6,500km when I picked it up. It’s the model the preceded the new Ferrari 812 SuperFast which I’m hoping to pick up sometime this week. The F12 has a 6.3L V12 engine producing 730HP making it the fourth most powerful Ferrari road car produced to date. That sounds crazy except then you find out that the F12 is actually meant to be a daily driver and you’re like wtf?! It’s got an insane amount of power, too much power for our fairly short and unexciting roads, but it also has all the comforts and luxury features you’d find on a high-end luxury car plus a large trunk in case you need to drop a friend off to the airport or pick up a few items from IKEA. It’s really why I had my eye on the car a couple of years ago.

At one point before getting my Lotus I was actually checking out the F12’s in the secondhand market. I really wanted the 4 seater Ferrari FF since it would have been the perfect daily driver, but since there weren’t any used ones for sale I started looking at F12’s since they were also meant to be great daily drivers. For the short time I had the F12 last week, I did find it very comfortable and pretty quiet when the windows rolled up. Yup quiet, the exhaust sound on the F12 sounds fairly normal when driving around like a normal human being and the cars sound proofing really helps isolate you from all the sounds outside the car. It’s really only once you lower the windows and get aggressive with your driving does it start sounding like the fourth most powerful Ferrari road car ever produced. I always like that good and evil side to cars, it makes the car more bareable to live with over the long run. Another thing I really loved about the F12 is the minimal interior and the fact you can’t see the stereo. The stereo is usually one of the first things in a car that quickly gets outdated, by integrating the sound system into the main car interface which is in the drivers dashboard next to the large RPM dial, there isn’t anything anymore to get dated. Even the car’s interface graphics have been kept to a minimal I presume to keep the car looking good for a very long time. I think it works.

Since I was able to keep the F12 overnight, I decided I wanted to try some light painting for my photo. To light paint a car you need to take it to a fairly dark area, then take the photo with a very long shutter speed while you paint the car with a light source, in my case a flashlight. What this allows you to do is keep the location around the car dark and moody, but get your car nicely lit. I ended up driving around close to midnight looking for an interesting parking lot to shoot the car before settling on the spot above. I think the shot came out pretty good for my first try at light painting. I actually think I could have light painted the top of the car slightly more but I only noticed that later once I got home and it was too late to do anything about it. If you want you can check out the photo of the car normally exposed without any light painting, click [Here]

After spending time with the F12 I can’t wait to take out the Ferrari 812. Actually while writing this post I realized I really want to take out the Ferrari FF and I think they have one or two pre-owned ones available so I might ask Ferrari if I could do that. For now, if you’re interested in checking out their pre-owned collection, you can do so online by visiting the Al-Zayani website [Here]


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Things to do in Kuwait this Weekend

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An incredibly packed weekend with lots of things happening. Hopefully I managed to add everything but in case I missed an event, let me know!

Thursday
The Kuwait Motor Show
Exhibition: RE_USE
Staging Emotions at Al Shaheed Park
Stitching Palestine – Embroidery Through the Ages
SpongeBob Celebrates 20th Anniversary at Al Kout Mall
Luxury Bazaar
White Expo Night Market
Global Game Jam 2019
The 965 Fashion Outlet
Electronic Gaming & Comic Festival
Carnival Festival

Friday
The Kuwait Motor Show
Exhibition: RE_USE
Stitching Palestine – Embroidery Through the Ages
SpongeBob Celebrates 20th Anniversary at Al Kout Mall
Luxury Bazaar
Global Game Jam 2019
The 965 Fashion Outlet
Alsouq Market
Garden Rendezvous
Concert: Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra
Electronic Gaming & Comic Festival
Carnival Festival
Crossfit Games – Flare Fitness Festival 2019

Saturday
The Kuwait Motor Show
Exhibition: RE_USE
SpongeBob Celebrates 20th Anniversary at Al Kout Mall
Luxury Bazaar
Global Game Jam 2019
The 965 Fashion Outlet
Vinyl Destination
CAP Movie Night: The Story of Qiu Ju
Electronic Gaming & Comic Festival
Carnival Festival
Hindrance Race – Flare Fitness Festival 2019
Crossfit Games – Flare Fitness Festival 2019

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.

Photo by Nelson Garrido


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Movies Showing in Kuwait this Weekend

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Screenshot from Serenity

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

New This Weekend:
Close (5.6)
Dragon Ball Super: Broly (8.5)
Mary Queen of Scots (6.5)
Serenity (7.8)
The Kid Who Would Be King (5.8)

Other Movies Showing Now:
Aquaman (8.2)
Bumblebee (7.2)
Creed II (8.0)
Glass (8.1)
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (8.5)
Mary Poppins Returns (7.4)
Ralph Breaks the Internet (8.1)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (8.6)
The Mule (7.2)
The Super (6.0)
Wheely (4.5)

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

Amazon Adventure 3D (6.6)
Oceans: Our Blue Planet (7.4)
Planet Power 3D (N/A)

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


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Kuwait Motor Town Trailer

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A few hours ago Kuwait Motor Town uploaded a coming soon trailer highlighting the various activities that will be available at the race track. I’m super excited since it looks like it’s finally happening. Check out the trailer above or on [YouTube]


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Audition for the Staged in Kuwait Spring Musical

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This Friday, Staged in Kuwait will be holding auditions for actors, singers, and dancers who would like to take part in their upcoming spring musical. Everyone is welcome to try out for any role as long as you’re over 18. If you’re interested in taking part, here is some info:

Where: SIK Rehearsal Studio, Adan. [Map]
When: Friday January 25th, 2pm – 4pm. (Please arrive for a 2pm start)

What to bring:

– Singers should come with a prepared song that best shows their voice. (Musical Theatre genre preferred.) Please bring a backing track on your phone or USB.

– Script reading will be provided at the audition. Nothing to prepare.

– A simple dance segment will be taught to all auditionees to see how you move. (Please come in comfortable clothes and shoes that allow you to move.)


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Al Sawaber Couldn’t be Saved

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I was watching the video below and wondering if demolition had started on Al Sawaber, or if people were able to save it. Sadly as you’ll see by the end of the video, Al Sawaber couldn’t be saved.


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Where did Kebab Al Hujjah go?

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Does anyone know where Kebab Al Hujjah moved to or did they close down for good?

Update: Turns out they reopened further down the street from their old location. Lunch crisis averted!


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You Can Rent the Kuwait Towers

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Here’s some random information I recently found out, turns out you can actually rent the Kuwait Towers for private events. They’ll close the whole thing off for you and nobody but you and your guests can come in. So say you want to have your wedding there, a birthday party or a private dinner, you can do that. The cost? KD10,000 a day.


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Things to do in Kuwait this Weekend

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There are two cars shows taking this weekend and I’m not gonna be here! The Auto Works Show is taking place at the Kuwait Fair Grounds while The Kuwait Motor Show is taking place at 360 Mall. There are other events taking place this weekend as well so check out the full list below:

Thursday
SADI 2019
European Handicrafts Exhibition
Auto Works Show
The Kuwait Motor Show
Al Shaheed Park Trivia Night

Friday
Friday Run
SADI 2019
European Handicrafts Exhibition
Auto Works Show
The Kuwait Motor Show
Staging Emotions at Al Shaheed Park

Saturday
SADI 2019
European Handicrafts Exhibition
Auto Works Show
The Kuwait Motor Show
Staging Emotions at Al Shaheed Park
Guided Tour: Arab Organization Headquarters

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.

Photo by Nelson Garrido


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