Talabat Pro finally launched in Kuwait. Talabat Pro is the competitor to Deliveroo Plus where you pay 3.5 KD per month and you get free deliveries for orders above 4.5 KD from certain restaurants. You also get 4 free coffees and 1 beverage for up to 2 KD from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. You can subscribe now and get 2 weeks trial to see if it works for you or not. I subscribed already and I chose Chicken King for an order and I got free delivery in the checkout page then I realized that it was the wrong address. When I changed the address, they showed delivery charges in the checkout page, so it seems it isn’t working properly yet. I ended up paying for delivery even though I am subscribed to the service.
I never expected to be interested in trying out new TV brands as I have always been stuck to buy either Sony or Samsung TV’s. About 2 years ago, I needed to buy a new TV for my office and I didn’t want to spend much. Of course I looked at Sony and Samsung first, but then decided to spend less because of the very light use of that TV. That was the very first time where I stepped out of my comfort zone and bought a TV that isn’t Sony or Samsung. The TV I bought was a 55″ TV from Hisense for 99 KD. I was surprised that the TV was excellent, and it was perfect for presenting our powerpoint files. The resolution is great, and it is a TV that can be perfectly used for watching movies. Until today, the TV is still functioning properly without any issues.
Since buying the Hisense TV, I started giving a chance to other brands. Between my home and the office, I tried the following brands
1- LG C1 OLED 77″ (1,500 KD) | This is my favorite gaming TV where the colors and contrast are great and really deliver an amazing gaming experience, but has the worst remote ever. The remote is such a piece of junk that is so laggy and doesn’t always work. The operating system doesn’t compare with Samsung Tizen and Android TV. I personally regret buying LG just because of the remote and operating system, and if I go back in time, I will buy the Sony A90J 83″ which is often at the same price as the LG C1 77″
2- Sony X90J 75″ (650 KD) | This is a really great TV and I don’t have a single issue. Just my first delivery the colors were fading across the TV so I got it replaced and since then I don’t have any issue.
3- Samsung AU7000 70″ (335 KD) | This is the perfect TV for office use because of connecting via Bluetooth for Windows laptops and Airdrop for Macs. This TV we had to change the panel after a year of intensive use at the office, and it cost us 120 KD to replace.
4- Orca Android TV 75″ (240 KD) | Got this TV for the Diwaneya, and it is perfect for watching Netflix and basic gaming. This is my recommendation for Diwaneyas since it is very inexpensive and does the job.
5- Smart Tech Android TV 65″ (135 KD) | This TV has good colors, but the remote works once every 20 clicks. This TV can only be found at Eureka, but I can’t find it recently.
6- Hisense 55″ (99 KD) | This TV good budget TV for basic use as well.
My conclusion is the following.
Sony | The best brand for home entertainment / gaming. I would have chose LG if it wasn’t for the remote and operating system. Of course I would stick to OLED or the new QD-OLED for gaming
Samsung | The best brand for office use because of how smooth it is to connect to Windows and Mac to the TV. It is much faster than Sony TV’s when it comes to connecting to the TV
Orca | The least expensive large size Android TV’s in the market which are perfect for basic use in places such as a none gaming Diwaneyas.
I started to see more Orca, TCL, Hisense, and Skyworth TV’s at Diwaneyas and it makes a lot of sense since they are perfect for most people due to their basic use. It is a different case for gamers where the high refresh rate and deep contrast make the gaming experience much better.
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.
Few days ago my business partner wanted to purchase a Macbook Pro 16″, so we were checking online whether to buy it from the US or Kuwait. There was a saving if we buy it from the US but it wasn’t much. The warranty is worth more than that small difference, so we decided to buy it from Blink. We found the one we were looking for at Blink for 899 KD, so before my partner proceeded with the purchase. He asked his friend if he knows another store that sells it at a discount, so he told him to buy it from Hawali Bin Khaldoun Street (Silicon Valley of Kuwait). He said most people buy phone lines plus a device from the telecom companies in Kuwait. Such deals have a contract for 2 years where the pay the service plus the device over time. They take the device and sell it at Bin Khaldoun Street at a discount to make quick cash. The same laptop that we were looking for sells for 800 to 820 KD depending on demand in the market. It also have a warranty, so it is 10% discount for the same exact product.
The company I work for assigned a task for me to find a 100X stock, which means a stock that goes up 100 times in the next 10 years. It might seem impossible, but it isn’t. The reason I was assigned this task is because my friends and readers are mostly gamers, and some of the gamers are investors as well. Some of my friends were very successful in finding the 100X stock in the past and now we want to find the next one. The trick is to understand what will happen in the future and to bet on new industries. There are ways to make the bet very safe, if there is a backup in case the future doesn’t go as planned.
Back in 2014, a friend of mine who is a gamer and investor told me to get into bitcoin as it is the future of money. I honestly didn’t understand anything about bitcoin, so I told him since I don’t understand it, then I won’t invest in it. He asked me if I believe in the gaming industry and I told him for sure I do. He told me that there is a very safe bet that goes in parallel with both the gaming industry and crypto currencies. The stock is mainly for gaming and will continue to increase just because of the video gaming industry growth. In parallel, if crypto currencies increase a lot, this stock will go up to the moon. I asked about that stock which sounds too good to be true.
He recommended Nvidia Stock, because graphic cards are being used heavily by PC gamers and designers, and in parallel it is used for mining crypto currencies. If the crypto currencies disappear, then Nvidia is already growing because of the growth in the gaming industry, but if crypto currencies boom then the stock will go to the moon.
That was one of the best advices I got and he literally understood what will happen in the future and knew how to make the bet with very high potential to be very safe. Now we have to bet on the upcoming 10 years, and we aren’t sure yet what to choose. This is where I really need my readers opinion to take a decision. We have the following options
- Unity : We think this might be close to Nvidia opportunity because Unity is already being heavily used for video game development, and in parallel a lot of the Metaverse will be developed using Unity. If the Metaverse doesn’t happen, then Unity will continue to be used for video game development
- Sony : Playstation keep getting more popular and with the recent acquisition of Bungie to develop more video game live service and currently there are 10 live service games in development which will make the company much more profitable. Sony will also participate in the Metaverse with their VR2, and we believe the have the potential to lead due to their fanbase.
- Microsoft : Microsoft is already a huge company, but now it is betting on the video game industry much more than ever. The bet is on Game Pass where it might be the next Netflix but for gaming. Microsoft can afford to buy the most popular gaming studios and add them to Game Pass, which make it much more appealing than the other companies. Microsoft will also participate in the Metaverse in various ways such as Microsoft Mesh.
- Roblox : Roblox has an edge when it comes to the Metaverse which is their platform is already focused on collaboration and games built by other users.
There are other non video gaming companies that have high potential as well such as Meta, which is previously known as Facebook. They are the pioneers when it comes to the Metaverse and they changed the company name because of that. They have an edge because they have an abnormal amount of data from Whatsapp, Facebook, and Instagram. They also have Oculus VR for gaming, so everything fits together. Other companies such as Intel, AMD, and Nvidia will be critical because of the importance of their hardware for the Metaverse.
I didn’t include Nintendo on the list even though I am a really big fan of the company. We did bet on Nintendo during the Wii U era when the stock price was really low, and I personally believed that they are a creative team that will figure something out. They also have the greatest IP’s of all time. At this stage I don’t see Nintendo doing something very different that is aligned with the future even though they are using their IP’s much more than ever such as creating a theme park and movies.
Now I really need all my readers opinion, and I believe that we can build on each other’s ideas and come up with something.
Few days ago I was sitting in Souq AlMubarikeya Square where you find lots of outdoor chairs. People enjoy sitting there while their kids play in the middle area. The weather was perfect and I was sitting there wondering what was missing from that experience. I was telling myself that this experience is missing a cup of tea, but I had no clue where to get it from. 10 minutes later, someone walked towards me, and asked me if I wanted tea. I was really surprised and I told him that I need tea with milk. It took a long time to prepare so I assumed that he completely forgot about me. Later on, he came back with my cup of tea with milk. When I tried it, it immediately reminded me of the best tea with milk in the US. In the US, the best tea with milk is sold at Nubia Cafe in Anaheim, California. It tasted exactly the same, but it cost much less than the US. The guy who served me the tea with milk is called Ayman, and his phone number is 98788351. I have no clue where he gets his tea from, but it is definitely the best tea with milk in Kuwait.
For the past few months I have been addicted to chocolate strawberries with caramel from La Fraise. After coming back to Kuwait, I couldn’t find really good chocolate strawberries. I tried from multiple places, but nothing was worth mentioning. Back in the day, my favorite chocolate strawberries were from Godiva in California, but when I moved to Kuwait I couldn’t find what I was looking for. Now La Fraise is exactly what i was looking for, and I am eating the ones with caramel only. My friends liked the ones with Kinder or Flake, but I wasn’t a big fan. The thing with La Fraise is that it isn’t only tasty, but also it is very convenient to eat. The chocolate doesn’t break like most chocolate strawberries, so it is much easier to eat. Next time I will make a special request to remove calyx and cover the entire strawberry with chocolate to make it even easier to eat. I highly recommend trying La Fraise, so try it out and let me know what you think.
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.
I have been a big fan of furniture design pieces for a very long time. Every few months I go to Mena Casa at Creative Design Center and see their new collection. The thing I like the most is that they always keep changing the furniture inside the showroom, which gives them an edge over the competition. The most popular furniture brands can be found at Mena Casa such as Bonaldo, Cattelan, Porada, Natuzzi, Arketipo, Fiam, and Alfdafre.
Currently I am in charge of a project, and yesterday we closed a deal with Mena Casa to furnish the entire project. I always deal with Nour at Mena Casa for all our projects, and he really understands our taste. When we first met Nour, he showed us the furniture pieces in the showroom, and we told him about the ones we liked. Since then he got a full idea of our taste, making it much easier for him to suggest the pieces that we are mostly going to like. For this project, we also worked with Yara to work on the layout and to choose the furniture colors and materials. She did a wonderful job, and she really understood the overall design that we like. The experience with Nour and Yara was amazing, and we finished the entire project in two meetings only. The reason we always shop at Mena Casa is the following
- They have amazing brands
- Professional management
- They have a huge inventory and can have the option for next day delivery for in stock items
- Very fast delivery for custom orders (3-4 Months)
- Very fast response when we ask about order tracking
- Great prices for full projects (House, Tower, Office..etc)
- Their White glove delivery is perfect, they never damaged anything inside our projects.
For this month you can get a discount for orders so it is the perfect opportunity to buy furniture from Mena Casa.
I am writing this article after learning things the hard way. Few months ago, I bought a new TV and thing I regret the most is not checking it properly before signing the receiving document. I basically turned the TV on and I turned a movie for 10 seconds and it seemed good to go. I signed the document and I didn’t use the TV for few day thinking it was working perfectly. Few days later, my wife turned on an old cartoon called Flouna on Shahid. There was a scene which was mostly white, and this is when I saw some black spots where there is no colors at all. The size of the black spots is as good as a 100 fils. I didn’t see it because most of Netflix movies are dark, so the faded color was easily missed.
Trying to return or repair the TV in Kuwait is a pure nightmare. Companies try to resist as much as possible and some try to delay it until the 14 days get passed, so it can’t be returned. I called within the 14 days, but it took more than a month for them to come. It was extremely difficult for me to get the company to come and check the TV. When they checked the TV, they thought that the TV was working perfectly, so I pulled a Youtube video that is mostly white color and this is when they saw the faded colors. They tried to convince me that it is OK, and not a big deal. I insisted that this is a brand new TV, and I won’t live with that many spots with no colors. They took the TV for repair
My recommendation is to test the TV with the following Youtube vidoes. If everything is working perfectly, then you can sign. This will minimize the issues, and will let you avoid the nightmare of returning or repairing the TV in Kuwait.
Black, White, and Colorful Background Video [My issue showed in White Background]
This is where you will see any faded colors or dead pixels.