I was trying to renew my Civil ID online, and I found multiple websites and most of them were down. I got confused of what to do, and after extensive research I barely found the right site. For Kuwaitis to renew their Civil ID, go to this PACI website. Enter your ID number then the serial number which you can also find on your civil ID. You then have to add a phone number where you will receive an OTP code. For some reason some phone numbers don’t receive it and some do. I used my main phone number but never received anything, so I used another number and it worked. Then you upload your old Civil ID from front and back and upload a digital picture as well. There are guidelines of how the picture must look like. PACI will review the order and will then send you a link to pay around 5 KD or so and then you will receive it from the place they list in the message.
Ufff surprised everyone when they opened their first store in Al Kout Mall. It is the perfect mall to open such a store, because it makes it more exciting. I can’t believe how Ufff expanded from a website to a store in one of Kuwait most popular malls in a very short time. What I like about Ufff is that they keep getting the most interesting brands to sell and distribute. I got a message from my nephew asking me about Ufff store, and I didn’t know how he knew about it. He told me that his cousins went to Al Kout Mall and they all took pictures of the store and shared it on social media. They had a big frame of a Funko where people take a picture of and share it online. It was a very creative idea to keep people engaged with the brand.
My favorite products in Ufff is their mugs, and if you see them in stock. Make sure you purchase them fast before they sell out. This is one of my favorite mugs, and I can’t wait for more Legend of Zelda mugs by Paladone.
I just bought my niece a Macbook Air, and the first question that came to mind is what to buy to complete the package. There are few items that is very important to have for Apple Macbooks.
1- Anker USB C Hub : As you know the Macbook doesn’t have any ports except USB C, so a dongle is required to use normal USB, HDMI, and SD Card. The best one from the ones I used is Anker USB Hub
2- AUKEY USB C Adapter : Sometimes for a mouse only, you don’t need to use an entire hub, so I use a normal USB C adapter to use the normal USB
3- Power Adapter Extension Cord Wall Cord Cable : Apple Macbook Pro and Air come with a short power cable. I prefer to use extension cord which used to come with Apple previous laptops. Now I always buy it whenever I buy a new Apple laptop.
4- Macbook Pro or Air Case : Sometimes a laptop hit a surface and you don’t want the nice aluminum to be bended, so it is very important to buy a case. The one I am showing is for Macbook Air, so make sure you select the one fitting your laptop.
5- Microsoft Ergonomic Mouse : It is important to use a mouse with a laptop and it is better to use an Ergonomic mouse which is better for the wrist for using it for a longtime.
7- Laptop Bag or Backpack: There are tons of options in the market, but I personally prefer a brand called incase. Their quality is superior.
When I was living in the US, it was very easy to buy gold and silver coins & bars online. I was using Apmex for more than 10 years and their finishing is really impressive. I really wish someone bring Apmex to Kuwait and start selling their products. I love Apmex, because their products aren’t just precious metals, they are collectable items. In Kuwait it is totally different where I can’t find what I am looking for online both in terms of precious metals options, design, and quality. I was told that there is a website, but I can’t seem to find it when I search on Google. I personally don’t like to go to AlMubarkeya and go to each store and negotiate. Even though it is an experience, but it is boring and waste of time. Hopefully someone create the Apmex of Kuwait sometime in the future.
Today I was surprised to see Amazon requiring a picture of my civil ID or Passport Info for Kuwait customs. For the ID, they require a picture of both front and back. For passport, they ask for passport number, issuing country, and expiration date. If someone submit an order without supplying the info for 48 hours, the order will be cancelled. It seems Kuwait is becoming more strict with the shipments as I have never seen such requirement from any other country. The only time I submitted my civil ID for shipments is when I opened a Posta Plus Mybox account. It happened once only and they never asked for the information again. I hope that online shopping from overseas doesn’t get any difficult as I rarely buy anything from Kuwait anymore. Below you can see the info they ask for when you try to ship to Kuwait
I finally found the perfect mail forwarding service in Kuwait. I have been using Posta Plus Mybox and Postshipper, but they both slowed down a lot due to the pandemic. I was trying to find something faster than both of them before the corona pandemic. Mybox became less efficient where I don’t see a package notifications so I call them and give them the tracking number after 3-4 weeks from delivery. They tell me the package is already in Kuwait and will be delivered in the next few days. The problem I never saw the notification, and I understand they are going through hard time because of the amount of orders.
Postshipper is taking about 7 days to prepare the shipment, but I get it very fast once it is shipped. I was told to use DHL Easyshop, but I never got the chance to try it, because I was comfortable with Postshipper. After trying it for the first time, I realized this isn’t the speed that I am used to. It is abnormally fast and I haven’t seen a service that fast ever. Even MyUS isn’t as fast, so it immediately became my favorite mail forwarding service in Kuwait. Also there is an option for consolidation, but storage is free for 2 weeks only. Unlike Postshipper that gives 60-90 days of free storage. I am switching to DHL EasyShop for the urgent shipments. Postshipper for less important shipments and packages I want to consolidate over 60-90 days. Mybox for very large packages that are even less important.
Update: DHL EasyShop isn’t that great anymore, they take forever to list the package once it is delivered. Sometimes it takes more than a week to show the package in my box. Postshipper is once again the best mail forwarding service in Kuwait.
This has been the case for so many years where Perrier flavored carbonated water packs is the hardest product to find in Kuwait. I literally go from one supermarket to another just to find it. I usually find it in fridges where they sell them per piece, but I want to buy them in packs. There were only two online places where they sell them in packs. Sultan Center and Drops application, and I was so happy until few months ago where I can’t find a single pack online. In Drops application, I can’t find any of Perrier products, which is really sad. Even in supermarkets I haven’t found it yet, so I decided to go to Mishref Co-op where it might be available. This is a real struggle, and someone should get La Croix or Dasani flavored carbonated water in Kuwait. At least someone compete with Perrier in Kuwait, because in the US that was never the case. All products were always available.
I finally found my favorite cake this year. The cake is a Poppy Seed cake from Poppylicious Bakery, and I can’t describe how delicious the cake is. Poppy Seed cake doesn’t sound very delicious, but once you have the first bite, you will be addicted. Poppylicious Bakery really perfected the cake where it is so soft and light. The first time I saw the cake, I said I will only have one small slice. I had the first slice, then asked for a bigger one. I finished the bigger slice then I asked for another one. I really couldn’t stop eating one after the other until it was mental struggle for me to stop. Because the cake is so light, it is easy to eat many slices. I choose the one with iced sugar as a topping, and the one with white chocolate isn’t really my taste. I highly recommend trying the Poppy Seed cake from Poppylicious Bakery, and trust me it is perfect for family and friends gatherings.
You can order from Poppylicious Bakery through direct messaging them on their instagram page
Walid Shaaban founded Back Combined Co (BCC) after working for more than a decade at First United Company. Few years after founding the company, Back Combined became of the most respected companies in Kuwait. Their projects are all over Kuwait, and they build complex and unique projects that very few contractors can build in Kuwait. The are a lot of reasons that Back Combined is rising so fast in the industry. The main reason is that they work with the client as a team not as an enemy. I realized lots of client contractor relationship becomes more of enemies than a team or partners. Also Walid Shaaban is the type of person who never run away from any issue, he will fix it and will find a solution regardless how challenging the issue is. He has a reputation in the market for sticking to his word even if he is at a disadvantage. There is also one great thing about Back Combined where they seek continuous improvement and they never want to stay at the same level. Lastly they constantly research new materials and find ways for customers to save money, and they are willing to take the risk by trying new materials that makes the building process for efficient.
Back Combined is building projects that makes Kuwait a nicer place. Check out the rest of their projects on their website and their instagram page. There are lots of great projects that is worth seeing. If you decide to build a property, considering Back Combined is a must.
When I received the ad from a family member about Zain Unlimited 5G for 15 KD. I thought it was a joke, because I know that the price was 100 KD per month. I told him that can’t be true, I don’t see the package dropping in price by 85%. He asked me to check, so I went to Zain’s website and I was really surprised when I saw the offer. I upgraded my personal router and my home router to that 5G package. I wondered what does unlimited means when it comes to usage. It appeared that there is a cap of 10TB, which is sill a lot. The maximum I have reached so far is 1TB, and my average is between 300GB – 500GB. Most of the usage is because of downloading PS4 and PC games. I honestly think that this is the best deal in a very long time. My 4G speed was averaging between 80 to 120MB. Now with 5G I am getting up to 577MB which is much more than what I need.