Category Archives: Kuwait

The Experience of Selling a Car in Kuwait

Few days ago I sold my car to buy a new one, and the process to sell the car was a nightmare. I started by taking my car to the dealership, and I got a lower price than actually selling the car in the market. When I left the dealer, one of the guys who stand on the streets to buy cars walked up to me and told me the price that I got and my car’s milage. I was surprised, because I wondered how did he know about such details. He told me the dealer called him and asked him to buy the car. I didn’t know that big car dealers deal with the people standing outside to buy their cars. Anyway I took his number and told him I will think about it. The next day I posted an Ad on 4Sale, and I got few messages. Back and forth, I realized no one was very serious to buy the car. I contacted someone I met in the past to buy the car, and he was very interested. He gave me a high price, and I was ready to sell. The moment he came and I told him the places where I painted the car after an accident, he dropped the price a lot. I am fully transparent and have nothing to hide when it comes to any deal. I told him that I will think about it. This guy is very transparent in doing business, so whatever price he commits to, he sticks to it until we finish the deal. I contacted the other guy who was standing outside the dealer, and he told me that he will pay a higher price than the guy I met in the past. I asked him to give me a specific number, he wouldn’t tell and kept avoiding the question. He kept saying that I will give you a higher price, so I said OK let us meet then. When he saw the car he dropped 3,000 KD and told me because of the paint and previous accidents. Negotiation back and forth until we agreed on a price and that he will be charged for car inspection. We took the car for inspection, and the report showed a tiny comment. He said we need to drop the price even more. I told him then I would sell to the other guy, because I will get a better price and that was true. He told me you know what lets stick to the price we agreed on. I told him is that a final agreement, and he said yes it is. I told him that you will deposit the entire amount in my bank then I will transfer the car. He was fine with that even though he doesn’t know me. Sadly we don’t have something like escrow where a 3rd party takes the money and car transfer documents and then exchange them once everything is verified. I heard in Saudi Arabia you can sell a car via Link where you send a link with an amount and car registration info, and if it is paid then the car will be automatically be transferred under the name of who bought it. Back to our topic, he told me to go to the bank to issue a cashier’s check. Before entering the bank he told me that the deal is right in front of me, but to continue he wanted to drop another 500 KD. I had enough by then, so I told him how many times do we agree on a final deal. I told him you know what I am done, and want to cancel this deal because I don’t feel comfortable at all. I told him that I hate dealing with people who don’t stick to their word after committing. He was really surprised, and I felt like no one told him such thing in the past because that is their usual practice. For me it isn’t about money as much as transparency. I told him I don’t care about money, and dealing with such people with such behavior really bothers me. He said you know what if you pay the car inspection fees then that will be my final price. I agreed, and we walked into the bank. He issued the check and I deposited into my bank account. Then we went to transfer the insurance policy, and lastly we went to transfer the car under his name.

From this experience, I wouldn’t deal with these people again because they don’t stick to their word. Their negotiating tactics are terrible and they wasted so much of my time.

Chicken King | KFC Alternative in Kuwait

I have been loyal to KFC since I was a kid, and until today I don’t know any concept that comes close to KFC in terms of taste. The secret recipe of 11 herbs is just perfect. My only issue is the effort I have to put for KFC to taste perfect. Every time I go and wait 20-25 minutes for a new batch, so I eat it hot, fresh, and tender. If there is a long line which is usually during dinner time, I just wait for my turn and it will taste perfect. During dead hours, never get whatever is in their oven, because it will be cold and dry. When I order online, same thing it comes cold and dry. There are good alternatives for KFC such as Naif, and I order their bucket every now and then. The new alternative which I really liked but taste very different is Chicken King. I tried their spicy fried chicken, and I was impressed. The chicken is high quality, it arrived very hot, and the chicken was very tender. Close to my experience when I order a new batch at KFC by myself. The spices taste is completely different, so during my first bite it took me time to process the taste. After the first few bites, I started to like it. Now I am waiting for my next day off to order Chicken King again. I haven’t tried their sandwiches or grilled chicken, so I have no clue what they taste like. I recommend trying the spicy fried chicken at Chicken King. They are available on Talabat and Deliveroo.

Google Pixel 6 Pro Will Be My Next Phone

I have been using Samsung Z Fold2 since last October. I really like the fold feature, but I hated Samsung bloatware and OS. I have no clue why I always get a notification saying that an app was shut down for violating security. Until now I have no clue which app is causing this issue because it is all in the background. I tried lots of Android phones, and never faced such issue. The best Android experience has always been Google Pixel, but the problem with Google Pixel they came with very low storage. These days I consider 128 GB low storage for my usage. I need a minimum of 256 GB, and 512 GB is ideal. Google Pixel has a very clean OS, and in my opinion it it the closest phone to an iphone. Now with Google releasing Pixel 6 Pro that comes in 256 GB and 512 GB and a camera that is 4 times the performance of previous cameras. They got my attention, and I really want to buy it. The only issue is how to buy it, because in the past Google Store used to ship to forwarding addresses. Then after Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, they completely stopped. I didn’t buy Pixel 4, but for Pixel 5, they listed it on Amazon. I bought it directly from Amazon, so it was very easy. Now the issue is that most probably, they won’t sell it on Amazon. I am guessing because Pixel 5a, which was released today wasn’t available on Amazon. I believe same thing will happen with the Pixel 6 Pro. My solution is to order it on a friend or family address in the US and they ship it to me, but I hate doing that. I really hope they sell it on Amazon and make the process easy for buyers outside of the US.

Buying Fire Pit in Kuwait

Burning wood using a fire pit and brewing tea using that fire pit is something I really enjoy. Last year, my cousin bought a fire pit and we used it at the chalet to burn olive wood and then used it to grill shrimp. We first burnt the wood and then when it settled, we started grilling the shrimp. My cousin is an amazing chef, so the taste of shrimp was extremely delicious. The experience overall was really amazing, so I decided to buy a fire pit for my home. I went to lots of places, but they were sold out everywhere. I literally went to 5 Co-ops, but they were all sold out. By the end of winter, I found some really nice fire pits at Home Garden, but they were much more expensive than the other ones available in the market.

The price was 250 for the one I liked, but since it was the end of winter so I decided not to buy it. Few days ago, I decided to buy a fir pit before winter starts. Luckily, fire pits are discounted heavily. The one I liked is now selling for 175 KD, so I decided to get it. Now I am waiting for next winter to start using the new fire pit. There are lots of options available in the market, but the nicest designs are at Home Garden.

Don’t Delay Applying For a Free Land / Plot in Kuwait

This issue is one of the issues that I never understood. I would say 90% of my friends who are married never applied for a free land from the Public Authority for Housing Welfare. Most of them complain of not having their own home and about constantly renting and moving from one place to the other.  When I tell them to apply to get a free land. They either reject because they want better locations or they keep delaying for no reason. The problem is that most of them have been waiting for more than 10 years and still didn’t apply because of this hope of getting a land very close to Kuwait City. The main issue is that the free interest loan of 70,000 KD is being inflated big time and it is being inflated more on yearly basis. The value of this 70,000 10 years ago is much more than what it is today. By the time they receive the lands by 2030-2040. The 70,000 KD will be the cost to build 2 small rooms only. The other issue is that lands became smaller where the size used to be 600 meters, and now it is 400 meters. I believe it will continue shrinking over time, so the best thing to do. Is just to apply and secure something rather than constantly waiting for something that most probably won’t happen. It is puzzling when I see most of my friends living at their parents home with other siblings who are married as well and they complain about the house being congested and they still never apply for a free land. My recommendation is to get any land ASAP. Securing something even if it is far for the time being is better than not securing anything at all.

International Mill | Amazing Dried Strawberry in Kuwait

Few days ago, I tried International Mill dried strawberry for the very first time. I literally couldn’t stop, eating one after the other. I was told that it doesn’t contain any sugar so think of it as a healthy snack. At the beginning I thought it is just a dried strawberry, but when I carefully looked at the texture. It appeared to be made into that form and look like strawberry and then they add the strawberry seeds on it to make it look more real. I usually go to Al-Hamra Tower to buy the dried strawberry from International Mill. Today I found out that they sell directly through their website. I also found them on Deliveroo but I was afraid to order because they have a picture of dates for the dried strawberry. I am afraid they go by the picture not the description, so I will avoid them for now. If you ever go to International Mill, make sure to try their products. I really love the quality of their products, and I consider them the best in Kuwait.

LG C1 OLED TV or Sony A90J OLED TV

An employee contacted me from Xcite letting me know that they are releasing the new line of Sony OLED TV’s. Right now Sony A90J is the best OLED TV available in Kuwait since the LG C1 and G1 aren’t available in Kuwait yet. Sadly I can only see Sony A90J 65″, and I don’t see the size that I am interested in which is the 83″. I believe they will eventually sell it, but lets see how much will it be priced at. Now I really want to go for an 83″ OLED TV, but the question is which TV should I buy. I am between Sony A90J and LG C1, and the reason I am reluctant to buy the C1 is because of the warranty if I buy it from B&H. There is this small risk that something goes wrong with the TV then it will be hard to fix. Once I bought a laptop that came damaged from the factory. It wasn’t turning on, so I had to find a place to fix it in Kuwait.

The thing that really surprised me at Xcite is that they priced the A90J cheaper than the US. I checked the price for the A90J at B&H. So if I decide to buy A90J, then I will buy it from Kuwait without thinking. Switch on the other hand is pricing LG OLED TV’s much more than the US, so I would take the risk and buy it from the US. The price in the US is around 630 KD for the GX 65″ and at Switch it is 990 KD. I will choose very soon, so I hope by then Switch adjust their prices to match the US.

LG C1 is a better gaming TV compared to the Sony A90J. I am leaning towards LG C1 much more than the Sony A90J, so it seems in the end I will take the risk.

Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis on Xbox Series S | X

I can’t believe that I am playing on Xbox more than Playstation these days. The only reason I play Xbox is because PSO2 / PSO2 New Genesis. I am enjoying the game a lot even though it is so laggy. The game is much smoother than the previous one in terms of gameplay. PSO2 game is the type of game where I don’t have to think at all, I lay on the sofa and press the controller buttons without thinking. This is more of a game I play when I am really bored. I did pre-order Ratchet & Clank on PS5 but I still didn’t play it. I never played the previous ones, but I decided to give this one a shot. I really enjoy playing Playstation Exclusives, and until now Game Pass didn’t resonate with me. I enjoy playing the AAA games made by Playstation Studios.

My games wish list is the following

  • God of War Ragnarok
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Ghost of Tsushima 2
  • Spider Man 2
  • Red Dead Redemption 3

This is a very interesting generation and I can’t wait for the AAA releases this year.

 

Patty Melt | Secret Menu Item at Five Guys Kuwait

I guess I am always late to catch up with trends. After a while of having my friends telling me to try one of the secret menu items at Five Guys. I decided to give it a shot, even though I was a bit reluctant. The secret menu item is called Patty Melt, which is a patty and other toppings stuffed between a grilled cheese sandwich. I can’t believe that I enjoyed it much much than a regular burger. Even when it comes to delivery, it doesn’t get as soggy as a burger. Now Patty Melt is my favorite option at Five Guys, but make sure to order it in person to experience it right. It is OK when it comes to delivery, but everything in person tastes much better. At Deliveroo, they limit you to add 1 patty only, and can’t do double or triple patties. But when you go in person, you can do whatever you want, for me a single patty is enough.

Method Soap is Available in Kuwait

After 6 years of waiting, my favorite soap is finally being sold in Kuwait. I was really excited when I got to know that Method is being sold at Tons Store. I started using Method soap when I was in the US. When I was younger, the kind of soap didn’t matter to me much as long as it had a good smell. I never thought of the difference between natural soaps and chemical soaps until I got eczema. This is when I started to shift to natural products, even if the smell isn’t as intense but I know for a fact that it is better for me in the long run. I started by using Method soap and I continued to use it until my last day in the US. I stopped getting eczema and felt much better. When I came back to Kuwait, things were difficult once again. It took me sometime to find something good enough, but not as great as Method. Now since Method is back, I don’t have to worry at all. Try Method out and let me know your comments. You can also use TONSFAM code for 10% discount at Tons Store