Few days ago my business partner wanted to purchase a Macbook Pro 16″, so we were checking online whether to buy it from the US or Kuwait. There was a saving if we buy it from the US but it wasn’t much. The warranty is worth more than that small difference, so we decided to buy it from Blink. We found the one we were looking for at Blink for 899 KD, so before my partner proceeded with the purchase. He asked his friend if he knows another store that sells it at a discount, so he told him to buy it from Hawali Bin Khaldoun Street (Silicon Valley of Kuwait). He said most people buy phone lines plus a device from the telecom companies in Kuwait. Such deals have a contract for 2 years where the pay the service plus the device over time. They take the device and sell it at Bin Khaldoun Street at a discount to make quick cash. The same laptop that we were looking for sells for 800 to 820 KD depending on demand in the market. It also have a warranty, so it is 10% discount for the same exact product.
The company I work for assigned a task for me to find a 100X stock, which means a stock that goes up 100 times in the next 10 years. It might seem impossible, but it isn’t. The reason I was assigned this task is because my friends and readers are mostly gamers, and some of the gamers are investors as well. Some of my friends were very successful in finding the 100X stock in the past and now we want to find the next one. The trick is to understand what will happen in the future and to bet on new industries. There are ways to make the bet very safe, if there is a backup in case the future doesn’t go as planned.
Back in 2014, a friend of mine who is a gamer and investor told me to get into bitcoin as it is the future of money. I honestly didn’t understand anything about bitcoin, so I told him since I don’t understand it, then I won’t invest in it. He asked me if I believe in the gaming industry and I told him for sure I do. He told me that there is a very safe bet that goes in parallel with both the gaming industry and crypto currencies. The stock is mainly for gaming and will continue to increase just because of the video gaming industry growth. In parallel, if crypto currencies increase a lot, this stock will go up to the moon. I asked about that stock which sounds too good to be true.
He recommended Nvidia Stock, because graphic cards are being used heavily by PC gamers and designers, and in parallel it is used for mining crypto currencies. If the crypto currencies disappear, then Nvidia is already growing because of the growth in the gaming industry, but if crypto currencies boom then the stock will go to the moon.
That was one of the best advices I got and he literally understood what will happen in the future and knew how to make the bet with very high potential to be very safe. Now we have to bet on the upcoming 10 years, and we aren’t sure yet what to choose. This is where I really need my readers opinion to take a decision. We have the following options
- Unity : We think this might be close to Nvidia opportunity because Unity is already being heavily used for video game development, and in parallel a lot of the Metaverse will be developed using Unity. If the Metaverse doesn’t happen, then Unity will continue to be used for video game development
- Sony : Playstation keep getting more popular and with the recent acquisition of Bungie to develop more video game live service and currently there are 10 live service games in development which will make the company much more profitable. Sony will also participate in the Metaverse with their VR2, and we believe the have the potential to lead due to their fanbase.
- Microsoft : Microsoft is already a huge company, but now it is betting on the video game industry much more than ever. The bet is on Game Pass where it might be the next Netflix but for gaming. Microsoft can afford to buy the most popular gaming studios and add them to Game Pass, which make it much more appealing than the other companies. Microsoft will also participate in the Metaverse in various ways such as Microsoft Mesh.
- Roblox : Roblox has an edge when it comes to the Metaverse which is their platform is already focused on collaboration and games built by other users.
There are other non video gaming companies that have high potential as well such as Meta, which is previously known as Facebook. They are the pioneers when it comes to the Metaverse and they changed the company name because of that. They have an edge because they have an abnormal amount of data from Whatsapp, Facebook, and Instagram. They also have Oculus VR for gaming, so everything fits together. Other companies such as Intel, AMD, and Nvidia will be critical because of the importance of their hardware for the Metaverse.
I didn’t include Nintendo on the list even though I am a really big fan of the company. We did bet on Nintendo during the Wii U era when the stock price was really low, and I personally believed that they are a creative team that will figure something out. They also have the greatest IP’s of all time. At this stage I don’t see Nintendo doing something very different that is aligned with the future even though they are using their IP’s much more than ever such as creating a theme park and movies.
Now I really need all my readers opinion, and I believe that we can build on each other’s ideas and come up with something.
Few days ago I was sitting in Souq AlMubarikeya Square where you find lots of outdoor chairs. People enjoy sitting there while their kids play in the middle area. The weather was perfect and I was sitting there wondering what was missing from that experience. I was telling myself that this experience is missing a cup of tea, but I had no clue where to get it from. 10 minutes later, someone walked towards me, and asked me if I wanted tea. I was really surprised and I told him that I need tea with milk. It took a long time to prepare so I assumed that he completely forgot about me. Later on, he came back with my cup of tea with milk. When I tried it, it immediately reminded me of the best tea with milk in the US. In the US, the best tea with milk is sold at Nubia Cafe in Anaheim, California. It tasted exactly the same, but it cost much less than the US. The guy who served me the tea with milk is called Ayman, and his phone number is 98788351. I have no clue where he gets his tea from, but it is definitely the best tea with milk in Kuwait.
For the past few months I have been addicted to chocolate strawberries with caramel from La Fraise. After coming back to Kuwait, I couldn’t find really good chocolate strawberries. I tried from multiple places, but nothing was worth mentioning. Back in the day, my favorite chocolate strawberries were from Godiva in California, but when I moved to Kuwait I couldn’t find what I was looking for. Now La Fraise is exactly what i was looking for, and I am eating the ones with caramel only. My friends liked the ones with Kinder or Flake, but I wasn’t a big fan. The thing with La Fraise is that it isn’t only tasty, but also it is very convenient to eat. The chocolate doesn’t break like most chocolate strawberries, so it is much easier to eat. Next time I will make a special request to remove calyx and cover the entire strawberry with chocolate to make it even easier to eat. I highly recommend trying La Fraise, so try it out and let me know what you think.
My friends and I just reserved Starlink Satellite Internet by SpaceX for 30 KD. The deposit is fully refundable, so I am not worried about not getting the money back. I will keep it mainly for emergencies or if I ever go to a remote area. I believe I will eventually need it when the shark bites the internet cable again. I hear that it happens all the time and that’s why we get slower internet every now and then. Until today, I am not really sure if the shark story is real or not. For Starlink, I heard that the speeds are reaching 200 MB and the sky must be fully clear. That eliminates half of the year in Kuwait due to dust storms. I am a big fan of Elon Musk and I believe that he is shaping the future. Starlink basic is available in Kuwait, but Starlink Premium isn’t. The cost of the service according to The Verge “The base Starlink service costs $499 for the hardware and $99 a month, Starlink Premium will cost $2,500 for the antenna, and $500 a month”
My delivery should be sometime in 2023, and once I try it out, I will definitely review it.
I have been a big fan of furniture design pieces for a very long time. Every few months I go to Mena Casa at Creative Design Center and see their new collection. The thing I like the most is that they always keep changing the furniture inside the showroom, which gives them an edge over the competition. The most popular furniture brands can be found at Mena Casa such as Bonaldo, Cattelan, Porada, Natuzzi, Arketipo, Fiam, and Alfdafre.
Currently I am in charge of a project, and yesterday we closed a deal with Mena Casa to furnish the entire project. I always deal with Nour at Mena Casa for all our projects, and he really understands our taste. When we first met Nour, he showed us the furniture pieces in the showroom, and we told him about the ones we liked. Since then he got a full idea of our taste, making it much easier for him to suggest the pieces that we are mostly going to like. For this project, we also worked with Yara to work on the layout and to choose the furniture colors and materials. She did a wonderful job, and she really understood the overall design that we like. The experience with Nour and Yara was amazing, and we finished the entire project in two meetings only. The reason we always shop at Mena Casa is the following
- They have amazing brands
- Professional management
- They have a huge inventory and can have the option for next day delivery for in stock items
- Very fast delivery for custom orders (3-4 Months)
- Very fast response when we ask about order tracking
- Great prices for full projects (House, Tower, Office..etc)
- Their White glove delivery is perfect, they never damaged anything inside our projects.
For this month you can get a discount for orders so it is the perfect opportunity to buy furniture from Mena Casa.
I am writing this article after learning things the hard way. Few months ago, I bought a new TV and thing I regret the most is not checking it properly before signing the receiving document. I basically turned the TV on and I turned a movie for 10 seconds and it seemed good to go. I signed the document and I didn’t use the TV for few day thinking it was working perfectly. Few days later, my wife turned on an old cartoon called Flouna on Shahid. There was a scene which was mostly white, and this is when I saw some black spots where there is no colors at all. The size of the black spots is as good as a 100 fils. I didn’t see it because most of Netflix movies are dark, so the faded color was easily missed.
Trying to return or repair the TV in Kuwait is a pure nightmare. Companies try to resist as much as possible and some try to delay it until the 14 days get passed, so it can’t be returned. I called within the 14 days, but it took more than a month for them to come. It was extremely difficult for me to get the company to come and check the TV. When they checked the TV, they thought that the TV was working perfectly, so I pulled a Youtube video that is mostly white color and this is when they saw the faded colors. They tried to convince me that it is OK, and not a big deal. I insisted that this is a brand new TV, and I won’t live with that many spots with no colors. They took the TV for repair
My recommendation is to test the TV with the following Youtube vidoes. If everything is working perfectly, then you can sign. This will minimize the issues, and will let you avoid the nightmare of returning or repairing the TV in Kuwait.
Black, White, and Colorful Background Video [My issue showed in White Background]
This is where you will see any faded colors or dead pixels.
Finally Virgin Mobile is going to launch in Kuwait. It is really nice to see an MVNO network in Kuwait. I have been using MVNO networks in the US for more than 8 years, and it is really convenient. The convenience is because I use an MVNO network that uses different telecom companies so I have access to more towers than sticking with one telecom company. Virgin Mobile numbers start with 4 and the reservation has started already at their website. I don’t see really impressive numbers yet, so I am guessing that these numbers are usually obtained through connections.
This is the very first time I ever buy from a website that I couldn’t find any info on. Usually before I buy from any website I check their TrustPilot, and read the reviews. Things were a bit different when I saw ByeByeSplash on Instagram and saw that this is the product I need to buy. Basically it is absorbent mat that is placed outside the shower, and it dries out fast after getting wet. I decided to buy even though I was extremely reluctant to do so, because this isn’t the way I do things. I visited their scammy website which is byebyesplash.com it kept showing me that people are buying it from a different countries live and it showed few people buying from Kuwait. I wasn’t convinced, but decided to buy few for the house. When I made the purchase, I waited a week or so to get the tracking number. I never got it, so I contacted them via live chat. They sent me a dummy tracking number a day later. For more than a 10 days, I clicked on the tracking number but it never showed any info. The tracking number was made up by them and it wasn’t in the record of the delivery company. I started to contact them every 2 days, but they stopped responding. Now I am fighting to get my money back, so let’s see how it goes with them
Just buy a similar product directly from Amazon
My family have a gathering every Saturday, and today’s meal was steak. Most of the family members wanted Entrecote sauce and fries with the steak. My cousin who is a really great chef gets the raw fries and sauce from Relais Entrecote, which is at Salhiya, Murooj, and Avenues Gardens. Some people get confused with the other Entrecote, which is at Al Hamra, Al Fanar, Avenues, and 360 Mall. Friends and family always get confused between the two, and some think that the sauce has changed, but they don’t know that they are two different concepts looking almost the same. Anyway, I went to Al Hamra branch of Entrecote because it is next to my home, and I asked to buy raw fries and sauce for 10 people. The lady told me that she can’t sell me the fries but she can sell me the sauce. I asked for 10 small 8oz containers, so she asked her manager to take my order. He freaked out when he heard that I asked for 10, and told me that he can only sell 1-2 max. I told him that at Salhiya they sell whatever number I ask for. He called the HR to ask for the maximum number that they call sell, so the HR told him to sell a max of 3 containers. They made it such a big deal like I am buying their secret recipe, so I said you know what let me buy the 3 and go to the other branch. I bought 3 containers and went to Al Fanar branch, and when I asked to buy 9 containers, the manager freaked out much more than the one at Al Hamra. He said I can’t sell more than one container. I said you know what let me stick to Relais Entrecote and make my life much easier. I went to Salhiya branch, and I bought both the raw fries and 10 container of sauce. Relais Entrecote was much easier to deal with and much more flexible. So if anyone wants to buy their raw fries and sauce, go to Relais Entrecote at Salhiya, Murooj, and Avenues Gardens. My cousin uses the Relais Entrecote sauce with the Wagyu tomahawk, and it is really amazing. I highly recommend it, because it is a very unique experience having Relais Entrecote at home. Try it out and let me know what you think.