I am Kuwaiti but me no Arabic

we have talked about injecting English phrases in our conversations in the Kuwaitish episode, this week we will be talking about just talking English 24/7 and forgetting about Arabic. People are teaching their kids English when they r babes till they grow up in and outside the house which is making them forget totally about their mother language. Is that good or bad? do we need Arabic now or everything is converting to English anyways so why bother? listen us to our show this week to find out the answers

Movie Review: Elf

Will Ferrell did an amazing job acting this movie. it was his third movie after Old School which was his breakthrough even though he’s been in the biz for a while. The movie was released in 2003 during Christmas time. It is a light movie, perfect for family gatherings specially during this time and it will give you and your family a good laugh. Deera Chat Family recommends the movie and please let us know what you think.

The Largest Public Park in Kuwait

London-based landscape architectural practice Scape Design Associates has announced the approval of its concept design for Kuwait’s largest public park built on one of the most expensive land plot for sale in Kuwait and associated Mall of Kuwait, in collaboration with architect Eric Kuhne & Associates.

The park and Mall, with its striking architecture, will comprise numerous retail, recreational and leisure facilities amid a series of contemporary gardens, ornamental brackish lakes, promenades and water features, setting it apart from any other shopping destination.

Situated within a staggering 361,000m2 of parkland (over twice the size of Bluewater shopping centre and its landscape) and featuring more than 7000 indigenous palm and shade trees, the landscape carefully plays on the relationship between Islamic and native desert themes. Human micro-climates via plant associations, shade and wind control are also being created. […. more]

 

Kuwait Metro

According to Al Qabas on the 10th of December, Kuwait Transport ion comity has just approved the plans for Kuwait City metro, below. who will be targeted for this metro? who will use it? are the stops and services shown are efficient? will it solve the congestion problems we currently have? is it going to be another bad investment without study? we touched on these questions this week and we hope the best will come as long as the proper work is being done to get things better in our beloved Kuwait.


Alqabas article:

http://www.alqabas.com.kw/Final/NewspaperWebsite/NewspaperPublic/ArticlePage.aspx?ArticleID=340553

Kuwait doesn’t have an offical website!

if you type in “Kuwait” in your small Google search box, all you find is foreign sites talking about Kuwait! doesn’t the government of Kuwait want to show the world where the country is located, why people would want to come to Kuwait, how people can come to Kuwait, or how would they spend their time there? we believe it is important to draw a little nice picture of our county in the World Wide Web. on the other hand, if you type in “Dubai” , “Abu Dhabi”, “Qatar”, “Bahrain”, you’ll see GOVERNMENTAL sites showing you what you need to know about their country. Hope our ministry of information takes a little step forward instead of going through people’s mails and deliveries for the time being.

1 or 5 lanes, which one is faster?

Dont you hate it when you pick the slowest line in the bank or Co Op. You see other people lined up after you and there almost done whilen you continue to wait, which beg the question: shoild we have one line to role them all? Join us in this week episode to here our take on the subject and please…wait ur turn 🙂

and yeah by the way it is Ali’s Birthday today … HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALI MAN … and the question is how old do you think he is now????

Deera Chat 1 Year Anniversary

December 8th 2006 was the first day myself and Musaed released our first episode, Sushi Sushi Sushi. it was so far a great year and we did the following:

1- Kept on going for a yea; which is a commitment 😉

2- Released 45 episodes with a variety of topics, flavors, depth, and genuinity

3- Branched two more specialized podcasts; Dinar Chat and Movie Chat

4- 2 interviews; Bazaar and Kuwait Times

5- Established a big fan base which we are still having trouble measuring; but we can say it is big becuase of our file transfer which reached ~ 50 GBs a month

Podcasting is fun and we are really enjoying it where we are offering you a new way of listening to topics the way the youngsters see it … so keep on listening to us because YOU are our inspiration. Finally we would like to invite you to listen to the first episode again in case you missed it or in case you are craving for some sushi 😉

what’s up with wearing shades indoors!

it is common here in Kuwait that people wear shades indoors and also during time as well!! Why, Deera Chat guys asked …. and answered in the show … keeping our post light for the lighter yet cool topic this week

Tech Review, Nokia e61i

as you may have heard, i (Ali) just got myself a Nokia e61i and i am LOVING it. i am still not maximizing its features to the fullest because of not being connected all the time. at the first i wasn’t used to the size because the older phone i used to carry was the Nokia 6300 but man after experiencing SOME of its capabilities i changed my mind. I also bought myself a 2 GBs SD card where i am now carrying lots of my work files … WHICH IS GREAT.the apps i downloaded in the phone so far are:

1- Roadsync

i was forced to use this software which uses the activesync feature, SSL accessibility. Many companies block their POP3 and IMAP because of spam and security which limits your choices into syncing to your work mailbox. I’ve used this app so far and it is GREAT where you can sync your mailbox, contacts, calendar and so on. BUT YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR IT.

2- AutoLock

one thing i really miss in my old 6300 is the autolock feature which it is slightly modified in the e61i where you need to put in your phone pin to unlock it. it is a small and easy to use app. highly recommended.

3- Gmail mobile

I LOVE GMAIL and now i am loving it more. Google knows how to MAKE you use their products with a smile. easy to use and saves alot of time in just one click away from your Gmail account

4- fring

i am a big Skype user where i have my brothers studying overseas and this software made it happen. i am not sure why Skype itself doesn’t have its own mobile app yet which is weird. Also the only problem with this app is that it slows your phone ALOT so i tried another iSkoot which was just fine but it also slowed my phone as well so it is has been removed as well. so if you NEED to use Skype with other chatting apps Fring is your solution and if you only need sky i highly recommend iSkoot.

5- Nokia Podcasting:

really nice light software that eases your podcasting habits. one downside is that we couldn’t use the app without going through the getting started manual or getting started demo. Also Nokia’s podcast directory is very limited and in case you are interested in may podcasts, you’ll have to change the search URL manually which is not a one step process. We have to remember the app is still in its beta version, so lets hope they’ll tweak it and add a video podcasting feature to it in the future.

6- Google Search Mobile

this new small software works amazengly on the e61i and so easy to use where you only have to press the ctrl once and small  Google window will pop up over parts of your screen and you get to type in your search term, once your done it will direct you to your Nokia default browser to see your Google Search Results. this software works perfectly for people who Google everything every 2 minutes!

TIP:

one word of advice, do not install a big memory SD card. i had the 512 MB coming with phone and never had any problems but once i decided to sync my working files into the phone with a 2GB memory, the phone started lagging and being slow like hell. i tried to clean it up and use the 2GB without any files in it, but the problem didn’t go away. so finally decided to go back to the 512 MB and everything went back to normal. so do not upgrade the memory unless you need to.

thats it for now the apps now but the only problem i have is connectivity. i am still not sure if i need to be connected at all times and is the price that i will being is worth it. i am currently a Zain customer which they only offer two packages for GPRS services;

1- Standard Unlimited for 13.5 KD a month

2- Super Unlimited for 27 KD a month

i am guessing because of the fact the phone is only capable of maximum upload and download rate of 384 kbps, i will only pay for the 13.5 KD for now and confirm if it can go higher or not and upgrade if needed.

in conclusion, i am just loving the battery live, big screen, easy to use keypad, and almost every. so if you are into being synced to your work email 24/7 and you don’t like or can’t afford the E8, like myself, the e61i is the perfect solution for you.

Ali