I was never interested in reading books until few years ago. It started by buying a book called Rich Dad Poor Dad, which changed my life in terms of investment philosophy. I used to buy physical books, but with time I started to dislike the wait for each shipment to arrive. One day I decided to order the smallest and cheapest Kindle from Amazon, and after using it for less than 30 minutes, I realized that Ebook isn’t for me. I went back to use physical books which I didn’t like, because whenever I see the thickness of the book, I get discouraged. One day, I saw my cousin reading from a very small Ebook, and he was just holding it with one hand. I asked what kind of Ebook was that, and he told me it is Kindle Oasis 1st Gen. I used the device, it was so light, and clicking the buttons made it extremely user-friendly. When I checked it online, the device was pricy, but I gave it a try. The moment I got it, I realized that it is very comfortable to hold, and the battery last for a very long time. Kindle Oasis made reading so much easier and comfortable. All my friends who tried it, loved it so much, and it changed the way they read. Even those who never read books got encouraged to read using Kindle Oasis. It is a device that changes the way you read, and even if you aren’t a reader, you will be interested to read.
Orange County is one of the nicest places on earth, and my two very favorite cities are Irvine and Newport Beach. I have always been looking for the best restaurants to write about, and for the past few years, I found that Mint Restaurant is the best authentic Indian restaurant in Orange County. The Chef used to work at my previous favorite Indian restaurant Tamirend of London, which sadly closed down few years ago. Mint is a family owned restaurant, and they treat all the customers like their own family. The waiters and waitresses are very friendly, happy, and helpful. The restaurant gets very busy on weekends, and you have to wait for 30-40 minutes to get a table, Thank God that they bought the restaurant next to them for expansion. I was told that the expansion will finish sometime in May if they get the permits and approvals on time. Now when it comes to food, they have a lot of tasty items on the menu. Some of the items are on a secret menu, which I found on Yelp. I was using Yelp as my main source to order from Mint, because I like to choose an item from the images I see. I am impressed that Mint sustained a 4.5/5 stars on Yelp for a very long time, and it isn’t usually the case for a lot of restaurants. Mint serves authentic food, and they use real Indian spices, and they also can make the food spicy if you ask them to do so. Here is the following list of my very favorite items on the menu.
- Vegetable Samosa
- Chicken Tandoori
- Chicken Biryani
- Chicken Tikka Masala
- Sikh Kebab
- Qeema (Secret Menu)
- Naan and Cheese Naan (Must eat them as soon as they get them from Tandour)
- Gulab Jamun with Vanilla Ice Cream
Every Thursday we go to the farm, and every time we go, we bring a BBQ box from a restaurant. We tried a lot of them, and until today the best one is Just C Burger BBQ Box. The burger is perfect, the bun is very soft, and the vegetables are always fresh. Their fried onions topping is very delicious and if you have it with their special sauce, it gets even better. The thing I like about Just C is that they never downgraded their quality, they kept the quality consistent for a very long time. Honestly I believe that they surpassed international franchises in terms of quality, and Just C can be an international chain if they decide to expand overseas. During the holiday on Feb, we had a big birthday at my home. I ordered from Carriage and specified a specific time, but they couldn’t make it on time. I was really disappointed at that time, so I called and complained. They were late for 2 hours, so I cancelled the order and got a refund, because the kids were waiting. I thought that their staff and management won’t care that I was disappointed, because this is how it is in Kuwait. In Kuwait, even when I am a very loyal customer for many years, usually they don’t care about pleasing their customers. Surprisingly, the manager called me and sent me 2 BBQ boxes as an apology. I was really surprised, because that never happened to me in Kuwait. I was their loyal customer for a very long time, and will continue to do so, because Just C really take care of their customers.
Thank You !
Real estate in Kuwait has been crashing since summer 2017, and it will continue to get worst in the upcoming months. This time the recession will be worse than all the previous years and I will list all the reasons below.
1- Increase of interest rates : Most real estate investors in Kuwait invested 30% from their pockets and the rest is a loan from the bank. Interest rates were very low for a very long time, so they got used to pay small installments. Now interest rates are increasing, and the installments average per year is increasing.
2-Vacancy : Vacancy has been increasing more than ever, and most renters in the market are expats. Expats are leaving Kuwait due to the increase of cost of living leading to more vacancy. The increase in vacancy is creating an issue for landlords who borrowed money to build their properties, because their expenses is increasing (interest rate increase), and their income is decreasing (increase in vacancy).
3- Cost of Living : Cost of living is increasing in Kuwait forcing expats to leave the country. During the last 2 years, the government increase the cost of gas, electricity, water, and medical fees. There is also the tax on wire transfers for expats, which goes up to 5% per transaction.
4- The Overall Economy : The economy has been going down and the purchase power has been decreasing. The income of restaurants, retail, and businesses is declining all the way. You see retail have constant Sale to get rid of the supplies they have. You also see stores and businesses shutting down and laying off employees.
The problem with the Kuwaiti real estate market is that it is filled with junky properties. There are very few nice properties in the market, and very few properties are well maintained. Real Estate agents are more desperate than ever to sell any real estate. They really don’t like it when someone tell them that the market is crashing, and they always say that the real estate market will appreciate.
The real estate market in Kuwait is crashing and it will continue to do so. It is a buyers and renters market, they are the ones who will negotiate from a position of strength. For those who are renting, you can negotiate your rent, because vacancy is increasing on daily basis.
Kuwait used to be a nicer place back in the 60’s and 70’s, but it is no longer the same. The government is constantly trying to clean up people’s mess. One of the really bad habits I see across Kuwait on daily basis, and it never stops is people feeding pigeons their trash. I can’t believe that people believe that feeding pigeons their trash is a good deed, because without their trash, they think that all pigeons will die.
Pigeons mostly eat seeds, which is very light on their stomach. In Kuwait it is a total different story, you will see people feeding the pigeons fried chicken, oily rice with meat, pile of hummus, samosa, baked zucchini, hareesa, and whatever leftovers they can find in the fridge.
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The problem is that when pigeons eat all that trash, they poop everywhere, because they are not used to eat food that is extremely oily. Their poop becomes acidic and it damages buildings and statues. The poor government send people on daily basis to cleanup the trash that people throw for the pigeons.
I want to personally thank Q8 Needs You for their constant efforts to make Kuwait a more beautiful place.
It has been 4 months since we started blogging in Kuwait. The blog started with an idea of sharing whatever interesting things we see in the market. We are really enjoying blogging even though blogging is not as popular as it used to be, because people switched to Snapchat and Instagram.
We haven’t blogged in the US yet, but we will do so at the end of this month and at the end of July. Can’t wait to cover all the good restaurants and nice resorts.
We will keep you updated until then !
Yoghi is an online stationary website based in Kuwait. They ship to the GCC and the rest of the world, and their shipping rates are very reasonable. One of the items that I really like is Yoghi soft tissue, and it either come in a box of 1 or box of 5. I really like the quality of the tissue, but what I like most is the design of the package. People ask me all the time, where did you get that tissue box from. I have always liked well designed products, and this is definitely one of them.
Buying from Yoghi made our lives much easier at the company, where we no longer have to go to Mirqab and negotiate prices. It is 1 click away from purchasing whatever we need, and if we don’t find a product, we talk to the customer service using the live chat feature and we get whatever we ask for. I also don’t have to remember what I ordered in the past, I just lookup my order history and order the same stuff again.
My favorite part of the website is the search, because it is very fast and superior. I don’t have to leave the homepage and move from one page to the other. Even if I mis-spell a word, it finds the product instantly. The customer service of Yoghi is great, and they are very responsive.
Life is more convenient than ever where a lot of things is shifting online, and finally a place like Mirqab which I really hate to go to have an online substitute.
Try Yoghi.com and let me know what you think
TONS is the most innovative grocery app in the Middle East, and specifically Kuwait. Most of the time I don’t feel like driving to the supermarket, so I order everything online. Most of the apps and websites were very basic, and have a very limited selection of products. When TONS was released, it was a game changer, because they shoot their own high resolution pictures, and write down the nutrition facts of most of the products. There are 2 supermarkets as of now, which are Mishref and Shamiya, and more are joining soon.
The coolest feature in TONS app is the force touch where you can buy everything using one hand. To use the force touch feature, just choose a product and hold your finger until you see the sliding bar. When you push up, you increase the quantity of the product, and when you push down, you decrease the quantity. If you continue to push down, you can delete the product from the cart. This feature made shopping extremely simple, and I have never seen it in any other application in the market.
The most interesting thing is that their domain is www.tons.com which is a very rare domain to have since it is only 4 letters.
When you buy from TONS, they will assign a personal shopper to get all the products and groceries from the supermarket. They handpick the best groceries in the supermarket, but sometimes the groceries in the supermarket isn’t good quality. Overall, I really enjoy using the app, even though there is so much room for improvement.
The most beautiful thing is when I receive TONS bags and have my products and groceries inside them. The demand was very high for TONS that they sold out of all their bags, but more are coming soon.
Update: Tons currently have lots of supermarkets on board such as City Center, Carrefour, Jabriya Co-op , Yarmouk Co-op , Shamiya Co-op , Mishref Co-op , and more
Peach Bay is a very talented Kuwaiti designer based in Kuwait. She design really nice shirts, mugs, pijamas, kids clothing, and more. One of my very favorite designs is the one set as a featured image, I paused my game to be here. It was really cool that Pro Gaming used these shirts at the most recent ComFest event in Mishref. The designer is extremely creative, and she always think outside the box. If you are interested in creating your own design, contact Peach Bay and let us know what you think.
Whats App Orders: +965 96957776
I am a big fan of Airbnb rentals, because you find really nice properties at a really good price. I personally rent my homes in the US on Airbnb, the platform is extremely user-friendly and fun to use. Coming back to Kuwait, I realized that Airbnb isn’t that popular yet, and the apartments have the worst designs. Even the pictures of the apartments are terrible. The pictures seem as if they are taken with an old Nokia phone. Airbnb in Kuwait need some modern and luxury apartments for short-term rentals.