October 30, 2012

Dying To Be Perfect: Liposuction Can Kill You!

Before Photoshop she is still beautiful but with darker skin, a much larger physique, with uneven skin color, lumpy and bumpy thighs.

 Yes, this is a real pic of Kim Kardashian! She was quoted before saying, "Yeah, I have cellulite and so what!" But she and her clients still have it Photoshopped because perfection sells and cellulite doesn’t.  Her weight constantly yo yo's up and down. Regardless, she is still beautiful at any size.

 I returned to Kuwait from vacation yesterday and received the tragic news that my childhood friend had died this past Saturday.  I haven’t seen her in years but we kept in touch thanks to the Internet.  We were planning a girl’s beach weekend for our reunion and now that will never happen.  Our mutual friends informed me that she had died from complications following liposuction surgery.  Apparently she had a serious infection from the operation and they were unable to save her. 
We are the same age and were born just a few days apart.  She was way too young and beautiful to die from an unnecessary surgery.  Her sweet smile, amazing sense of humor and never ending love for her family and friends will be forever missed. 
The first thing that came to my mind is why? Why would such a beautiful girl like my friend want this procedure when she was already very attractive and happily married? Well, it doesn’t surprise me when women are constantly fed lies about the current standard of beauty. Many of us look to celebrities and models for our inspiration yet forget they have tailored designer clothes, Spanx, makeup artists / hair stylists on call 24/7 and most important of all the best photographers and Photoshop.  Basically it takes a small village to give them that perfect appearance that many women seem to strive for at any cost.  Their standard of beauty isn’t real but it sells billions in products and plastic surgery. 
I’m thankful that I grew up with a Mother who is strong and doesn’t let her incredible beauty define her. She taught me that personality, faith, sense of humor, education, charity and manners are what really matters.   That the outer surface beauty will always fade in time.  She has never had plastic surgery or any other treatments like Botox or fillers.  She credits sleep, healthy living, happiness and lots of water but I know it is also genetic.
I do not think there is anything wrong with women having plastic surgery or anti-aging treatments because it is their choice and right. However, I do have a problem with how some magazines flat out lie to us about what celebrities look like.  It’s a warped standard of beauty that doesn’t exist and can sometimes contribute to an unnecessary death.
If you do decide to have a cosmetic procedure it is important that you know the risk involved and do your homework.  Pick a board certified surgeon with years of experience who keeps updated on the latest techniques and trends.  The doctor should work in a state of the art facility and will most likely charge more than the others.  If you go bargain shopping for a plastic surgeon you are risking your appearance and possibly your life. 
Here are some pictures I found on the internet [Google images] that no words are needed because they speak for themselves.   
Madonna still looks amazing for her age but she doesn't look this amazing.

Jennifer Love Hewitt

Jessica Alba ~ look at her hips and thighs in the real pic to the left. Still gorgeous but not perfect.



October 24, 2012

I'm Traveling to...


Germany <3
 
Happy Eid everyone and may God bless Kuwait. 
 
All comments and emails will be answered next week when we return.
 
Thank you!
 
 

"GulfRun 8" January 2013 Race Car Driver Hamed Al-Ghazali Teaser

Geaux Hamad! <3

Once again, Expat and the City blog is supporting Kuwaiti race car driver, Hamed Al-Ghazali, at GulfRun 8 January 2013 in Bahrain.

Hamad's race car teaser:

"Assembled in Japan, imported from the States, driven in Kuwait, built in the UAE to lay the smack down in Bahrain #ThePowerOfRed"

You can see our last post for GulfRun 7 [here].

October 23, 2012

Top American Makeup Artist in Kuwait

Model (left side) and Makeup Artist Jackie Aina (right)

Have you ever had your makeup professionally applied in Kuwait? What do you think about the local makeup and beauty trends? Some local women look flawless but it only takes one trip to a Kuwaiti mall or wedding to see that many women wear makeup that is not putting their best face forward.  Natural beauty should be accentuated and not evaporated. 
The exciting news is that Kuwait now has an authentic, gorgeous, professionally trained and experienced Los Angeles makeup artist.  Jackie Aina is truly a top makeup artist who stays constantly updated on the latest trends and techniques.  She has worked with women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds.  Jackie is highly capable of taking you from that gorgeous natural look all the way to the dramatic for every special occasion. 
You can view some of her professional work below from her portfolio.  Jackie is currently residing in Kuwait and is accepting bookings for all events and occasions.  Please check out her website [here] and her very popular makeup tutorial YouTube channel [here]. 

Jackie Aina is now accepting booking inquiries for the month of November for all events and occasions.  Click [here] to send your booking request now.

-Bridal, Bridal Trials, and Bridal Party services

-Brow Shaping and Sculpting

-Photo shoots

-Makeup Lessons

-Makeup Parties

-Personal Makeup Shopping

-Prom, Dance

-False Lash Application and Lessons

You can also check out her portfolio's amazing before and after photographs [here].




October 19, 2012

Sunday, October 21st is Early Election Day at the US Embassy in Kuwait

Additions to Tour Kuwait in One, Two or Three Days

We are waiting to check in at Hotel Missoni Kuwait

This post will feature a few additional places of interest that you might want to see when visiting Kuwait.  First you would check out our posts on Tour Kuwait in One, Two or Three Days.  Then you can use this post to supplement / substitute any activities, restaurants, museums or sites you would prefer.

Kuwait Islands:

Failaka

Kubbar

Qaruh Island

Umm Al-Maradim Island


Restaurants / Cafes:




Museums:




Shopping:

The Avenues Mall

360 Mall

Marina Mall

Olympia Mall

Al Kout Mall

Salhia Complex


Activities:

Kuwait Zoo

Camel Racing

Camel Rides

Boat Cruise

Jet Ski rental ~ Near the Kuwait Towers

Aqua Park

Entertainment City

Bowling

Paint Ball Kuwait

Shooting Range

Flight Experience ~ @ 360 Mall off 6th Ring, Tel: 2530 9690

Ice Skating Rink


* This post is a work in progress. We posted it so we can reserve the spot next to the Tour Kuwait posts.  We need to continue other posts while adding to this one. Thanks!


 

October 13, 2012

Tour Kuwait in Three Days

 
I took this driving in the Kuwaiti desert near Jahra. It's like the desert 7-Eleven. ;p

What a fun filled Kuwaiti summer we had working on the Tour Kuwait in One, Two or Three Days. I hope you have enjoyed the posts as much as we have enjoyed exploring Kuwait. 

If you would like to re-post please email us at: expatandthecity@gmail.com

This is our final post of the series which completes the Tour Kuwait in Three days. If you have three entire days to see Kuwait then you will start with Day 1 [here] and then Day 2 [here] and last but not least, Day 3:

Tour Kuwait in Three Days (Day Three):

Why don't you start your day with one of the most delicious and delectable places to eat breakfast in Kuwait? Pay the Cocoa Room a visit and enjoy their new age breakfast. It's located off the Arabian Gulf Street across from Seif Palace at the Seif Strip (the unofficial name of the complex housing Slider Station, Cocoa Room, Pizzeta, Prime & Toast, Burger Hub, Pink Moon, and Milk Café). It should be on your right and the Seif Palace/Diwan on your left.  They open at 8 AM and fill up quickly due to their popularity and decadent cuisine.


We recommend the sexiest pancakes in Kuwait. <3 Red Velvet


Spicy jalapeno scrambled eggs


Now that you've had an amazing breakfast, move on to an international abode, locally known as Dickson House, which overlooks the Dhow Basin / harbor on the Arabian Gulf Street. Originally, this house belonged to a Kuwaiti trader, then it became home of the British Political Agents in Kuwait in the 1900s. The last agent was Harold Dickson, who lived in Kuwait with his wife Violet Dickson. They named their children Kuwaiti names (Saud and Zahra). Harold spent years serving as an agent, and then enjoyed his retirement living in his house. Both Harold and Violet wrote books on Kuwait (Kuwait and its Neighbours and 40 Years in Kuwait, respectively). Even after his death, Violet, or Um Saud as the Kuwaitis called her, continued living in Kuwait until the Iraqi Invasion in 1990. She passed away in the UK, after living 60 years in Kuwait, where she made friends with not only the royal family, but also the people of Kuwait.

Click [here] and you can watch Violet Dickson during an interview conducted in 1964 in Kuwait, and notice how she spoke the Kuwaiti dialect fluently. WOW!



 
 
 


Next head over to the Kuwait National Museum, located opposite Kuwait National Library overlooking the Arabian Gulf Street.

 
It was opened on December 31, 1957, which is considered the first museum in the Gulf. Originally, it opened in Diwan Khazaal in Dasman, moved to Bait Al-Bader in Sharq in 1976, then to this current location in Qibla in 1983. The museum houses the Archaeological Museum, the Heritage Museum, the Planetarium, and the Muhallab Dhow. The Archaeological Museum includes all the archaeological findings from various eras in Failaka Island, which range from the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, the Hellenistic Age, and Islamic era.

 
 
On the other hand, the Heritage Museum, opened in 2003, exhibits a miniature pre-oil Kuwait in its seafaring and trading glory. It shows the old souks, the old houses, café, the school, etc. The locals consider it Kuwait's version of the wax museum. It was established in order to connect Kuwaitis with their past.
 


In addition, the National Museum houses the Planetarium, which provides various shows in English and Arabic. It was established by Carl Zeus's company.


Last, as you will exit the Planetarium, you will notice the Muhallab Dhow not far from the exit. It was originally built by Kuwaiti ship builders in the late 1930s. Sadly, it was burned down by the Iraqi Army in order to wipe out Kuwait's identity. Fortunately, it was rebuilt by one of the last ship builders in 1995.

 
Check out the Sadu House, once you exit Kuwait National Museum, as they are next to each other. The Sadu House opened to the public in 1976 to exhibit the Bedouin art of weaving. The architecture of the Sadu House blends the Kuwaiti with the Indian style quite smoothly. There's a visual showroom that shows a documentary on the history of weaving in Kuwait along with its process. In addition, a gift shop is open and sells books and weaving products. Simply amazing!
 



For lunch, we recommend checking out Mais Al-Ghanim, which serves Lebanese cuisine, such as Kebab, Kefta, Shish Tawooq, Hummus, mashed, garlic, Arayyes, etc. The restaurant has been open in Kuwait since the early 1950s and is conveniently located on the Arabian Gulf Street in Sharq. The building of the restaurant is modeled after the pre-oil era Kuwaiti houses. This is a must visit place at their original location.

Photo Credit: Bazaar Magazine

Next, head to Kuwait's modern architectural marvel, Al Hamra Tower located in Kuwait City. It's currently the tallest skyscraper in Kuwait. Inside Al Hamra you will find an upscale mall, restaurants, cinema, spa, business center and roof garden. Al Hamra is so fabulous that they have the first and only Hermes store in Kuwait along with many other luxury brands.

Above Photo Credit: Al Hamra
 
Kuwait City October 2012
 
Next we suggest you check out Kuwait's fascination with rides and one of it's newest museums, the Historical, Vintage, and Classic Cars Museum of Kuwait. It's located in Shuwaikh Industrial Area, Block 8, opposite City Center.

 
 
This is the first car (above) ever in Kuwait (early 1900's) made in Belgium. It was brought as a gift for Sheikh Mubarak Al- Sabah.

 
Moreover, there's an engine workshop, where you will learn the mechanics of the engine and can watch some instructional videos in the AV showroom.

 
Within the museum, you will see the Car City Museum, where kids can learn driving and safety in a mini version of Kuwait City.

 
Head back to the Arabian Gulf Street to check the sunset in a tranquil walkway in Qibla opposite the Parliament and close to the Sailor's Village. The best place to enjoy the sun setting on the Arabian Gulf.  We didn't make it until after dark but we took the photos of the spacious walkway along the scenic Arabian Gulf.  After dark is the perfect time to see the Parliament all lit up with colorful lights.
 
Another beautiful location to walk along the Arabian Gulf and view Kuwait City all lit up at night is near The Scientific Center walking towards Kuwait City that we featured in our Tour Kuwait in Two Days post.
 


Now that it is time to wind down your trip to Kuwait, we recommend you hit the Arabian Gulf Street straight to Radisson Blu Hotel for three reasons, the Kuwait Maritime Museum (a different one), the Hashemi 2 dhow, and the Mohammedi Dhow dinner experience. Radisson Blu Hotel is home to the biggest wooden Dhow in the world, known as The Hashemi 2 Dhow, which was built in 2000. It has the Guinness Book World Record, and was built to preserve the maritime spirit of Kuwait. It functions as a social function hall for conferences, weddings, and formal dinners.

 
Regarding the Kuwait Maritime Museum, it's on the right side of the Hashemi dhow and exhibits sone rare items of the seafaring world. It also provides books on sale, including books on the construction of the Hashemi 2, as well as the Sons of Sinbad book by the Australian Sea Captain Alan Velliers, who came to Kuwait in a Kuwaiti ship. His trip was documented in this aforementioned book. Below is his picture with the Kuwaiti captain Ali Al-Najdi and his family. Notice that Captain Alan Velliers wore a dishdasha in the picture.



You might notice this ship model. As you can see, it's a Scandinavian Viking ship, which was given as a gift to the museum. A welcoming addition to an excellent museum.


 


 
Now you might feel a bit hungry again so why not enjoy dinner inside the Mohamedi ship and try the Al-Boom seafood restaurant. Eating inside the ship is unparalleled in Kuwait. We recommend trying their fried shrimp, salmon and excellent salad bar.

 
 

Fried Shrimp, Salmon and freedom fries.

Sorry the pics are not great but there wasn't any light and I only had my iPhone 4s.


Have some tea or coffee after dinner in the upper deck diwaniya inside the restaurant for a beautiful view of the Hashemi Dhow.


This concludes day three of our tour Kuwait in three day posts.  We are going to make one more post that will enable you to chose substitutions to the suggested three day itinerary. 

Note: All the museums listed in our three posts are free to enter except for the "Not To Forget Memorial Museum" which is only 1 KD.

We worked very hard on this over this past summer.  We really enjoyed learning more about this beautiful Middle Eastern country that we currently call our home.  If you have any questions about visiting Kuwait please email us at: expatandthecity@gmail.com.

We hope that these three posts will enlighten you on the cultural side of Kuwait and what makes it unique.