Ma’hthoutha & Mabrouka Part 2

We all remember the light hearted comedy we grew up in. Well some of us grew up in them. My wife made me memorize the songs to some of them during our honeymoon, and every time she gets distressed about something I play (sing!) a part of “شهر العسل” a 1978 production named “the honey moon operate” can be viewed on this link

can you guess which part I had to sing?; and the funny must see in Eid “Operate of the poor man’s rug” “اوبريت بساط الفقر”

The funny “Aunti Qumasha” “خالتي قماشة”; at

Can’t forget “To Dad and Mom with Regards”, “الى أبي و أمي مع التحية”,

and “Nanny Muneera”, “أبله منيره”,

and so much more.

What do we have this year, and the last year, and the year before. It is like the Kuwait culture wants to be in turmoil, like our life is full of desperate acts of indecency! What happened to all the jokes? Where are our creative writers? Last year there was a story of a man with daughters he hated, this year a story of a man who loves his six daughters; Wow! What a catch! And what is up with the series having to end in 30 days! Someone let the producer knows that we will live longer, and life doesn’t end after Ramadan, and finally, we would like to laugh during this beautiful holy month. So what I vote for, is for the gracious Hayat Al-Fahad and Suaad Abdulla to give us a Ma’hthoutha & Mabrouka part 2, 30 years later… Now that’s comedy.
Note: English is obviously loosely translated, and here is the link to the old episode:

With the ending:

I hope you enjoyed these links, obviously sorted out from http://www.youtube.com/

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Time off from the kids

Time off from the kids

To those who have kids, planning on having kids, or expecting to be an uncle or aunt, or a Godfather you need to know what to do with them so that you end up with a moment of piece and quiet. Here are the tricks, and the hints you should use in Kuwait:

– Tools: wet wipes, a box of tissues, dry milk, hot water, and a bottle set.
– Barney: make him your friend, he will save your life. Or as my son calls him “I yay you.”
– MBC 3
– Magic planet, Cartoon Network, Discovery Mall, 360 mall, and Souq Al Salmiya
– Football clubs
– Summer camps
– Day Care
– Aqua park, Shaab park, Entertainment City
– Sultan center; they love two things, kids feel they are contributing, and the different colors of fruits and vegetables
– The beach
– IMAX, and Aquarium
– Imaginary characters, but none that can fly, stop cars, or beat up people

If you have more tips, do tell.

Kuwait Mubarek & Iraq

Kuwait was always the center of growth and modernization in the past. It has contributed throughout the gulf region various buildings, schools, and hospitals. It was also the refuge for vacation for various parts of the world. It had one of the richest sea fronts in the world, and had ample opportunity to grow even further. Kuwait probably was the first in building commercial airports, airfield and airplanes, the first skating ring, the first private grocery store, the first innovative outlet or mall. All beautiful and wonderful achievement to Kuwait’s credit, which earned Kuwait the name “The Pearl of the Gulf”, and “The Arabian London.”
With wealth and shift of power, with men being men, with greed and excessive and uncontrolled control, Kuwait unfortunately started to deteriorate and wither as the leaves in the fall, whither and fall away. Unholy men were considered holy, with cabinet officials off to their own needs, and key positions awarded to non-credible individuals. The balance of power started to shift, and the country stopped growing and advancing as the potential it was awarded by law, people, and nature, started to fade, until there was no light.
Thirty years later, Kuwait is struggling from within, like a chick hatching its way out of its egg, or a caterpillar shedding its cocoon to spread its wing and fly like a butterfly would; Kuwait will emerge again. The law of the land is prevailing, the people have better understanding of democracy, the government understand better the mistakes they have made, and the people have not to blame but themselves for the outcome. Aside from the Mishref scandal, and electricity shortages, and the fight for land and licenses and the misdirection of where Kuwait is heading, and the confusion between whether Kuwait is a socialist or a capitalist; Kuwait came up with two positive flares, or beacons of hope: “Thikhir” a team of educated young individuals getting restructured to help build the country, and the “Tanmiya” or re-growth (prosperity) projects such as: The Jaber hospital, the 1st ring road, Fourth oil refinery, Mubarek port and much more.
I believe that Kuwait, Kuwaiti People, Kuwaiti Governments, and Kuwait Royal Family, along with Kuwait democracy all fought for the survival of Kuwait. We are strong and resilient individuals, which understand strength in number, strength in reason, and strength in friends. We fought hard to get where we are, and to get to where we want to go. Port Mubarek is an additional aspect of the planning and growth, as we grow and become stronger, our neighbors will become stronger through us and by us. The fact that a decision is made, is miraculous enough, now that funds are placed, that is a huge improvement to the sector, and credit to the think tanks of the country; furthermore that execution is on its way; my hats off to a speedy progress. You will find the same progress with the other projects mentioned. Therefore I would like all who participated in making these ventures work.
So the question is why Iraqi people are not happy with the new port planning and execution? What makes the new port a disadvantage to them? Do they understand the progress being made? Did Kuwait work on marketing this project to them? Did we spend time and money to sway the individual Iraqi citizens who have seen enough bloodshed in their life, and tired on the battles in and out, how this will promote life in their neighborhood, and how it will create opportunity for them and for their kids, how product can be cheaper, and how the Basra Port and the Mubarek port are one extension of the other! If not, why didn’t the Kuwait PR & Marketing move in that direction, don’t they know that communication should not be kept in the hands of opportunists and politicians after their own score of things?
A bird in the hand is better than ten on the tree. Wouldn’t the Iraqi citizen appreciate that at least we are doing something about it, and moving forward with it?