Category Archives: Kuwait

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.

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.

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.

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.