Archive for the ‘World’ Category

The Australian Open

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I have been keeping a close eye on the Kuwaiti blogsphere and I’m still wondering why anybody hasn’t mentioned anything about the Australian Open. C’mon people. Just because you don’t see sweaty men running after a ball doesn’t mean it isn’t worth watching (not to be disrespectful to soccer fans). Although I don’t exactly watch every single match, but I definitely watch the most important ones and whenever I see myself not doing anything else and there’s a game on. And for your pleasure only, I’ll share with you my favorite tennis players, 2 men and 2 women just so you won’t call me sexist.

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o Won 12 Grand Slams singles (3 Australian Open, 5 Wimbledon. 3 U.S. Open)
o Named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for a record third consecutive time
o European Sportsman of the Year 2007

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o Three-time Grand Slam champion
o Holds the longest winning streak on a single surface in the open era
o Remains undefeated in his career at the French Open, having won all 21 matches

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o Won two Grand Slam singles titles
o She is the fifth-ranked female player in the world
o She beat Serena Williams to take the Wimbledon title at the age of 17 in 2004

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o Ranked third in the world on the Women Tennis Association (WTA) tour
o The #1 Serbian player

Passport To Europe

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These days, I’m following a morning ritual that puts a nice smile on face and a greedy envy in my heart. I simply wake up at 10:30 in the morning, and after my regular “bathroom routine”, I set behind the TV, channel on the Travel Channel, and a bowl of cereal/plate of waffle on my hand. On 11AM, They air a show called “Passport To Europe” that is featuring a lucky bitch named Samantha Brown that goes everywhere in Europe and dine in the best places out there. I die a little bit inside every time she goes to Italy or France, especially. And for your pleasure and mine, I have made a top ten list about the places I’d like to visit around Europe, in no particular order.

Here’s a question: If I am set to travel to all the places in my list in one trip, alone. How much will it cost me (along with expenses and living costs)?

Book Review: The Kite Runner

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This exceptional debut novel (and the very first Afghan novel written in English) by Khaled Hosseini utterly exposes the psychic wounds of an Afghani and his war-ravaged country. The Kite Runner tells a heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between Amir, the son of a wealthy Afghan businessman, and Hassan, the son of his father’s servant. Amir is Sunni; Hassan is Shi’a. One is born to a privileged class; the other to a loathed minority. One to a father of enormous presence; the other to a crippled man. One is a avid reader; the other illiterate.

Yet Amir and Hassan live and play together, not simply as friends, but as brothers without mothers. Their intimate story traces across the expansive image of history, 40 years in Afghanistan’s tragic evolution, just like a kite facing an ever-changing wind. The reader is blown from the last days of Kabul’s monarchy into the slaughter of the Taliban, which turned the boys’ green playing fields red with blood. As we progress through the story, we witness Amir’s immigration to America and his struggle to make a living in the Afghan sector of California. The script then picks a much lighter tune in terms of finding love and sustaining a father-son relationship that either fills your heart with joy or breaks it with tears. And then, suddenly when Amir is in his late thirties, he is called back to Afghanistan and begins a dangerous adventure, which requires not only great physical courage but also a voyage of self-discovery and redemption.

Through well-timed plot twists and revelations, Hosseini maintains a riveting pace that dares the reader to leave his story. The writing style is sparse and simple, yet it packs an emotional gravitation. The story is almost symbolic in its universal truths of love, friendship, betrayal, and redemption. Some characters might not be well-written or don’t have the complexity of Amir’s but that’s totally forgiven, because Hosseini does a phenomenal job in laying down his characters to the reader and then provokes the reader to create the destiny of his characters. The novel is page-turner and hard to put it down especially at the advanced parts where Amir re-visits Afghanistan. The Kite Runner is definitely one of the best novels I have ever read, and I think it will maintain that spot for quite some time.

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Soccer X Comedy

My friend sent me this video the other day and I couldn’t help but to laugh my heart off (yes I chose to say heart instead of ass). Some of the content of this video are simply hilarious and others are literally jaw dropping. Who knew soccer can be so funny?

International Festival Round Two

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Last Saturday we had international festival in our university and as always Kuwait was there and was represented by the KSA (Kuwaiti Students Association). Just like last year, we had many items to grab and food (lugeymat) and the opportunity for people to take their pictures while wearing the traditional Kuwaiti garment. One of the girls provided top-notch “Henna” and everybody wanted to have some including a guy who wanted henna in his leg. We did not have the “fortune-telling tools” so I provided reading their hands (el-kaf) instead, and tell them about their love, marriage, and career by reading the three major lanes on the right hand. I didn’t know what I was doing but I read it somewhere in a magazine on how old folks used to do; I was just having funny. The major international shows that got the most applause were Middle-Eastern belly dance, the Persian group dance, and the Chinese ceremony dance. The festival finished at 10:20PM and then all of us 30 students went to Cheesecake Factory for a celebration. I returned to my apartment at 1:00AM and had a restful sleep. I would like to provide some pictures but all of them were taken with my friends so I cannot show them in respect for their identity.

Armpit Hair Dysfunction

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One of the things that I don’t understand about Americans (and maybe Westerns in general) or in this case American men, is the armpit hair thing. I was sitting in class today and I couldn’t help looking at this guy on the other side of the class who was wearing a tank. He leaned back on his chair and stretched his arms upward and then literally a black forest of hair emerged from his armpits, or to put it in another way, millions of timy black people were like screaming for air (they were really long); I was literally about to puke when I saw this. I mean eww, what the hell is that about? Girls claim that armpit hair is sexy, but I wonder: what is sexy about it? I mean for the God sake if you want to keep it and look “sexy”, can you at least trimmer it a bit; or just shave it entirely.

So word of advice: Keep your armpit clean please.

Preview: Offside

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“Six Iranian girls disguise themselves as boys in order to enter Tehran’s Azadi Stadium to watch the 2006 World Cup Asian zone qualifier between Iran and Bahrain. However, their presence is discovered and they are arrested one by one.”

Check Out The Trailer Here

3/23/2007 (Limited Release)

The 20 Burgers You Must Eat

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The hamburger is a symbol of everything that makes America great, so it makes sense the best burgers are made there. Check the 20 hamburgers you must eat before you die…if eating all those 20 didn’t kill you first.

Click Here For The List

J’aime ce livre

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I picked this book when I was exchanging flights in Amsterdam. I don’t know why I picked it up but regardless of its hilarious title, this is a one deep book that manages to keep a sense of humor while giving you valuable information of France and the French folks. Pick it up when you have a spare time to read or just want to learn about France without getting bored. You might want to know that reading books and novels are my favorite activity in winter because I get trapped inside my apartment a lot…thanks to the nonstop snow we have here.

What is it about?

The French smoke, drink and eat more fat than anyone in the world, yet they live longer and have fewer heart problems than Americans. They take seven weeks of paid vacation per year, yet have the world’s highest productivity index. From a distance, modern France looks like a riddle. But up close, it all makes sense. Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong shows how the pieces of the puzzle fit together.

Half Breed

I know many bloggers who can relate themselves with this guy.


My favorite part was “So like does your mom gets beat?”