Weyay | Kuwait’s First Digital Bank by NBK

I am happy to see digital banks opening in Kuwait. I have used a digital bank in the US, which was very simple to use. Back then I applied to mortgage to buy a house in California, and the only bank that gave the approval was a digital bank. The name of the bank was Bank of The Internet back then and later on it changes to Axos Bank. I loved the experience of a digital bank, because everything was done online. I would like to test Weyay Bank by NBK, and see how different is the experience compared to NBK.

Where To Buy Firewood in Kuwait

Since I bought the fire pit, I was looking for different types of firewood to burn. My cousin who is an expert in grilling uses olive wood for BBQ. I was looking for different suppliers for wood in Kuwait and I was able to find a good one. Of course there are high quality firewood options at Ace Hardware, but it is pricey. I bought a decent type of firewood from Lulu Hypermarket, but it burnt really fast. I was looking for an option that doesn’t burn so fast and doesn’t take forever to burn. I found a supplier called Ministore_ws and they sell the following options

Olive Wood (2.5 KD per 10 KG)

Citrus Wood (4 KD per 10 KG)

Berry Wood (4 KD per 10 KG)

African Wood (2.5 KD per 10 KG)

There are other options such as Beech Wood, Oak Wood, Artificial Charcoal, and Natural Charcoal.

I contacted them on Whatsapp and bought Olive Wood & Berry Wood. They charge a 2 KD delivery charge and they delivered the same exact day. After testing both Olive Wood and Berry Wood, I really liked the Olive Wood, because it burns and stays for a good amount of time. The smoke smells nice as well, so smoking some lamb chops or tikka is great. I also used it to cook chestnut and it was perfect as well. My next experiment will be using a different fire starter. The fire starter cubes doesn’t work well all the time, so I am planing to try Looft Lighter.

Prime 1 Studio is Releasing Guyver 2F

For a moment I was really happy to see Prime 1 Studio releasing Guyver 2 statue. I thought that finally I will be able to complete my collection. Then I saw the letter F after 2. I wondered what does it mean, and when I searched I realized that this is a different Guyver 2 than what I was looking for.

This is a female Guyver that I never knew existed. I did more research and I found out that the female Guyver showed in an OVA in the past. I will still buy it to have it in my collection, because I am a big fan of Guyver. I am waiting for Guyver 2 which showed in the anime, so hopefully they release it soon.

Hectare’s | Best Healthy Veggie Chips For Kids in Kuwait

When I eat chips in front of my daughter, she always come and ask for some. I don’t give her any, because she is almost 1.5 years old and I think it is easy to choke while eating regular chips. Few days ago Hectare’s released the product that we were waiting for which is veggie sticks made from tomato, spinach, and potato. The reason my wife and I agreed to give her Hectare’s chips is because they use the highest quality sunflower oil and it is Non GMO, and Gluten & MSG Free. She loved all three flavors, but her favorite is the cheese. Sometimes she chooses the sweet chili but because it has that kick she stops before finishing the entire bag. I am glad to see a product made in Kuwait with such quality. I started to really care what to feed my daughter, because the stuff I grew up eating had a lot of MSG and other things that I should have avoided.

The reason I also really like Hectare’s is because they are the market leader in terms of innovation. They made other local brands copy them whenever they do something. Hectare’s initiated the concept of creating healthy chips ,Non GMO, and Gluten & MSG Free, and now everyone is copying them. The became the market leader in Kuwait and all other brands became followers. The team behind Hectare’s is quality driven, and they want to shape the future of healthy snacks in the region.

Google Pixel 6 Pro Should Copy Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max Strategy To Compete Head To Head

I have been a user of Google Pixel phones since the very first one. I have always been a fan of Google Pixel phones, but there were always some sort of limitations in terms of specs, storage, and colors. Pixel 6 Pro have changed a lot and it really became a flagship phone, but there are small limitations if solved, it would be the perfect phone. I will share all the comments that I got from friends and family, and a lot of them started to use Google Pixel at one point because of me. This is what Google need to do to compete with Apple

  • More storage options for more colors. Currently 512GB comes in black only, and some people want it in white and gold as well
  • More storage options for all countries. Right now 512GB is offered in the US only and the rest of the world get a maximum of 256GB
  • Sell the 512GB at more stores. Right now it is sold at Google Store US only and not Amazon, Best Busy, B&H, or Target
  • Higher storage. Google should offer 1TB storage option for those who use lots of storage.
  • Offer Google Pixel 6 and Google 6 Pro in more countries. Sadly India and the Middle East won’t get it, which disappointed lots of people.
  • Release more colors for Google Pixel 6 Pro. The 3 options are kind of limited for people to choose from.

Google did a great job with Google Pixel entry price at $599.99, but I saw most people focusing on the Pro. That’s why you see the Pixel 6 is available everywhere, and the Pixel 6 Pro is sold out everywhere. I believe Google should focus more on Google Pixel 6 Pro, because this is what most people want. I recommend Google Pixel 6 for the basic users, but not for people who want a flagship phone.

Google should copy Apple’s strategy to compete head to head. Especially with the new pricing and features, I believe they can win lots of marketshare. I compared both Google Pixel 6 Pro vs Apple 13 Pro Max at 512GB for both. The iPhone is $300 more expensive than the Pixel. That’s why I believe Google can do a lot if they do it right.

The great thing about Apple is that Apple knows exactly what colors and storage options people want. Apple products are also available everywhere, and anyone can buy it from anywhere. I think it is very simple for Google to do the same, and once they do, they will take a lot of marketshare.

Our Scrapped NFT Project in Kuwait

Few months ago, a friend of mine called me to work on an NFT project in Kuwait. I got really interested, because it is something new to me and outside of my comfort zone. Even though I have been working on my manga and animation for few years, that was something a bit different. We looked at Bored Apes Yacht Club and when we saw the crazy amounts that each NFT sold for. We decided to jump on board and have fun with this project. We searched for an artist who can deliver our imagination to reality.

 

We found a very talented artist called Nadir112 on Fiverr and his work was really impressive. We told him we want to do something similar to Bored Apes Yacht Club, and that was very easy for him. First we asked to do a Dipodidae, which is a Jerboa. The second one was a Spiny-tailed lizards, which is a Thab. The Spiny-tailed lizards looked like an alien, so we didn’t like it much.

Then we asked him to do local funny characters that people relate to in the GCC. When we saw them, we realized that it will be too focused for the GCC, and we want to be more international.

Lastly we created something more international, but we still didn’t feel that it was really original. We discussed the idea further and we came to the conclusion to scrap the project and think of something completely different. I enjoy being part of different projects outside of my core experience. But this NFT project was really fun when we worked on. The only sad part is that we developed a full engine to create all the different images with setting the rarity of each object layer. We were ready to launch an NFT line with thousands of variations.

Sharingan Store | The Best Rare Figurines & Collectables Store in Kuwait

I rarely go to Rehab Complex these days and if I go, it is for Sharingan Store or Abdulmutalib to fix a device. It is the best store in Kuwait when it comes to buying rare figurines and collectables. Sharingan Store is founded by Jaber Bamsallam, a very respectful and honest businessman in Kuwait. He is one of the people who really stick to his words and do whatever it takes to deliver what he promises. I find a lot of amazing and rare figurines at Sharingan such as Prime 1, First4Figures, Tsume Art, and much more. If you think about selling a used or a brand new figurine, then Sharingan is the place to go. The commission per transaction is very reasonable, and things sells out really fast there. I had few figurines that broke when I was coming back from the US. I gave them to Jaber and he fixed them and sold them really fast. Just never throw any collectable, because you can sell them at really good prices. What I learned is that there is a buyer for everything including broken and damaged items. There are two ways of buying figurines, one is buying whatever is in stock and the other is pre-ordering. I hate preordering because sometimes I wait for few years until they deliver. Most fo the time there are production issues that slows the delivery time, so I stopped ordering unless it is something I really want. Now I buy whatever is in stock, because I get it few days after.

Follow Sharingan on Instagram and check their collectables out. This is the current rare figurines at Sharingan.

Where To Order Nintendo Switch OLED Model in Kuwait

This is the only console that I am reluctant to buy because I have a regular switch model. The reason I am reluctant is because I play mostly on TV, so the screen resolution won’t matter. It would have mattered a lot back when I was a kid when I didn’t have my own TV. I still believe that Nintendo Switch is one of the best consoles of all time.

To order through one of the local stores in Kuwait. It will be available at the following stores in Kuwait:-

Nintendo Switch OLED:-

Xcite (White, Neon)

Best Electronics (White, Neon)

Blink (White, Neon)

Game Store (White, Neon)

Geekay (White, Neon)

Level Up (White, Neon)

AlFuhod (White 1, White 2)

I will update the links to actual listings as soon as they are live, so stay posted.

I am monitoring all sites for restocking so follow me on Twitter and turn on post notification because I will tweet the moment they come back in stock.

How To Save Money on Flights

Before I book any flight tickets, there are two websites I always check to find good deals. The main website I use is Google Flights and the reason I like Google Flights is because once I choose the dates I can see what dates I can change to save in both departure & return flights. For example I set the departure date on Oct 3rd, then I will see that the 2nd or 4th are much cheaper and it shows the exact price. I change the departure date, then I see the cost for each return date. I choose the lowest price one, because sometimes the saving is significant. Another reason why Google Flight is amazing, is because it will take you to airlines websites to book the ticket. The other websites will only show tickets that can be booked through their website. I once missed a very good deal, because I didn’t know that Saudia Airline doesn’t show their tickets on Expedia. There is another website I check just in case which is Skiplagged, which has similar function. I usually check both to be on the safe side.

Hanoverian Chocolate in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) | One of The Best Chocolates Ever

The company sent me to Saudi Arabia Riyadh to look for opportunities, because we believe that it will have the highest possible growth in the GCC for the upcoming years. One of the concepts that got our attention is Hanoverian, which is a very luxury chocolate store in Riyadh. The first picture you see is the amazing chocolate that I got addicted to. The chocolate is called Crepe Dulcey and it is very light and it has a very nice crunch to it. The packaging is extremely luxury and the chocolate box is covered with a luxury cloth bag. I haven’t seen such nice packaging before.

My brother’s friend was the one who sent it to us as a gift, and she told us that their products are extremely popular in KSA. I was able to go and buy for my family today. There was another type of chocolate that I tried at Hanoverian which is the truffle. You can find the truffle at their website. I liked the truffle as well but not as much as the Crepe Dulcey. If you ever visit Saudi Arabia Riyadh, then this chocolate is a must try. Both products were impressive, and I highly suggest everyone to try it out.

Check our their instagram page. Hanavorian