It seems Sony is getting much more serious about PC gaming the past 1-2 years. They first released their games on PC, which I never thought that they will ever take that approach. Now they released an entire new gaming brand for PC gaming accessories called INZONE. The first two items they released were headsets and monitors. Local brands in Kuwait didn’t upload any INZONE pre-orders yet, but I will be actively monitoring all websites. I will list the options currently available which are Amazon US and Amazon UK
International Pre-Orders For Sony INZONE (Might require freights forwarding address like MyUS, or Postshipper)
I got to know Herman Miller back in 2009 when I got a call from my family to immediately send 4 Herman Miller chairs from the US. A family member got Disc and the doctor recommended Herman Miller chair to be used. I didn’t ask whether they sell them in Kuwait or not, so I went and bought 4 chairs and barely delivered them to Fedex. The staff were so surprised that we were sending such large boxes to Kuwait via air. I sent them to Kuwait and few days later the chairs were delivered. When I visited Kuwait, I tried the chair at my home and loved it and since that day Herman Miller became my favorite office chair. I used to go to Dia Behbehani store in Kuwait to buy them. I didn’t like the fact that I can’t buy them online like Amazon in the US. Now the option is available online via Dia Behbehani website. I highly recommend this office chair even though it is very expensive.
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.
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
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.
Right now I am heavily researching how to combine connections to get very high speeds. The main reason I am doing this research is because I just moved to my new home and the internet is horrible. Sometimes I get 1-2MB speeds, and can’t even watch a TV Show. The house is in a dead zone, so there is barely any signal. I found out that the roof has the best signal but it isn’t consistent. Sometimes it is good, and other times it is horrible. I have access points across the house getting the signal from the main router on the roof. I have Zain and Ooredoo 5G routers, and each time one of them is better than the other. Sometimes Zain is very fast, and sometimes it is slow. Same thing goes for Ooredoo, so I needed to come up with a solution. I was thinking of merging both routers into one and get higher and more reliable speeds. After lots of research, I found out that people are using Speedify and Raspberry Pi to do so. I saw people combining 8 connections combining DSL, Wi-Fi, 3G/4G devices, and tethered smartphones. Now I want to merge Zain, Ooredoo, and STC so I can always have a stable fast connection at home. This is what I found
The issue is that Raspberry Pi requires coding, and the basic ones in the links above can do that job. From what I read, it needs more coding to make it a solid router that merges all networks into one. It requires some coding so when the Raspberry Pi reboot, it won’t lose the code. Also it requires other coding, so the software runs in the background once it starts. I need to find someone to make it a solid merging router that can sell in the market. If such product is available, I will buy it today.
I just ordered Raspberry Pi from Amazon, and I would like to see how that works. I just need to find the programmer that can make it a fixed router so I don’t worry about any reboot.
Update: I finished programming Raspberry Pi, but Speedify is giving slower speeds than the connection by itself. The speed is less because it is combining using VPN. The closest location is Dubai so we are getting slower speeds by the time it gets to Kuwait.
I just had a great experience at Villa Fayrouz. I always go to Villa Fayrouz Shaab branch, and I love their food and their customer service. Sometimes when I don’t feel like to go, I order via Talabat. Since I came back to Kuwait back in 2016, I have been ordering regularly from Villa Fayrouz. Today was the very first time, I get a missing item in my order. I ordered the Chicken Tawook Combo, and it comes with Chicken Tawook, Hummus, and Fattoush. The order was missing the Hummus, and it is the most important item for me. I contacted Talabat via Live Chat and they told me they have a problem reaching out to Villa Fayrouz. I found Villa Fayrouz number on Google Maps and I called them. I explained that the hummus was missing in my order so the customer service person transferred me to the manager. The manager’s name was Wesam, and he was extremely helpful and professional. He asked if I need anything beside the Hummus, but I only wanted the Hummus. I was very happy of how Wesam handled the situation. The Hummus was delivered within less than 15 minutes, so I was extremely happy as a loyal customer. For me this is the magic recipe for every successful restaurant. Tasty food + great management, and this is how every restaurant should be. Thanks again Wesam for the great customer service.
I wear Jeans almost all the time, but I never found the perfect Jeans until a month ago. I tried so many brands for Jeans, but I was looking for a certain stretchiness that I never found in the market. A month ago, I went to Marina Mall and saw a line for American Eagle. There was a sale where you buy one Jeans and get another for free. I decided to check their Jeans out and see if I like anything. I was impressed by how stretchy the Jeans was, and when I wore it. It is very comfortable. The name of the Jeans is AE AIRFLEX+ RELAXED, and I highly recommend buying it. I was trying to find another Jeans since I buy one and get one free. I checked their website and there was a similar offer, but I get an additional 20% using their app. The price per Jeans after all the discounts was 6 KD to 7.6 KD, which is a great deal. I am used to spend 40-50 KD per Jeans, but that will never happen again.
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.
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.