Every year in November & December IKEA holds a campaign for Children’s Education around the world and donates 1 Euro for every toy sold in all IKEA stores around the world. The donation goes to Save The Children & UNICEF.
“The projects improve education in Asia, Africa, and Central and Europe. With the funding, our partners help schools become more child-friendly with well-trained teachers for all children, girls and boys, including those from ethnic minorities and those with special needs.“
A couple of weeks ago, we had a small gathering, just 4 mothers (bloggers) and their children. We had light lunch and got introduced to the whole idea of IKEA Campaign to improve education in undeveloped countries.
Our children are blessed enough to have proper education and we are thankful for that. Go to IKEA, buy your kid a soft toy (which doesn’t cost that much) and help another kid get proper education.
A couple of weeks ago, The Meat Company introduced something new to their menu. An Afternoon Tea Pyramid that contains 2 mini beef burgers, 4 mini sandwiches & 8 kinds of desserts. The concept is new to them and they wanted to introduce us to it so we can let the people know about it.
I kinda liked the idea. When you want to have a meeting or a quick break you can always order this dish which is for 2 persons, a fuzzy drink comes with it and you can choose either coffee or tea later on. This dish is served from 12 tip 5 pm.
A couple of weeks ago, I’ve attended the official opening of Hello Kitty Spa, located in the first floor of the 2nd Avenue. To be honest the place was crowded with media & they were very annoying so I didn’t get to explore the place that much or even try one of their services which I’ll try soon nshallah. But to be frank, the place is HUGE. Like really huge, I didn’t expect it to be like that.
For now, just enjoy the pictures, but soon i’ll be posting a review about the services that i’ll try there :)
2 weeks ago, we were invited to the opening of the new Costa Coffee branch which has opened in Miral (After Hilton Mangaf). The event was exclusive and Camel milk was being served only in this store as a change and trying new things. To be frank, I was hesitant because i’ve never tried it before but I’m always ready for new things. And it turned out to be very sugary. They also served dessert from Magnolia Bakery.
There was a band playing old songs, Photo Booth and dinner was served later on in Mayas restaurant. I loved the whole event. The new decoration of Costa Coffee which was modern chic and the atmosphere was lovely even though it was crowded but I didn’t mind that.
Thank you Costa Coffee Kuwait <3
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Well, they came back this season with a better and bigger carnival. The people who are in charge of the Fun Fair Everywhere Carnival organised the event this time in a bigger place. It was held in Discovery Mall Park which was really huge.
The event took place from 12 tip 9 pm but we arrived there around 1pm. Took Juju & my help with me, my blanket, basket and coffee :P What I liked this time was that almost all activities were out of charge, free. So many kids enjoyed their time in the arts and crafts sections. Some games that didn’t cost much .500fils and also some booths offered free of charge activities for kids.
Juju enjoyed her time in the snow pool and colouring. She also enjoyed her time dancing, running around the place and just walking here and there. Also the weather was really cool.
Don’t miss this event when it comes back again. Make sure to follow their instagram account to be up to date with their activities @Funfairkw
Everybody kept nagging on my head to register Juju in a pre-school but I’ve always been hesitant or afraid of keeping her with people I don’t know. I kept on wondering, how will they treat her, feed her or clean for her. I mean these are the most important things that every mother care about and I didn’t want to worry about them all day. BUT I convinced myself that it’s time for Juju to go to school because she started to become shy & she wasn’t like this before and also get scared of some strangers.
I dropped Be A Bee Preschool a visit which is located in Hitteen (near our house) and got to meet the ladies in charge & Juju’s soon-to-be teacher Miss Ama (American). They explained everything to me, the curriculum, things she’ll be doing, trips she’ll be going to, open days, what she’ll start to recognise (like her name) and so on. Also they’ve told me that they offer 2 meals for the kids (Breakfast & Lunch), they even gave me the menu. They change for the kids and keep them clean all the time. The whole place is monitored by cameras and the screen is in the entrance so that every parent can come in and check on his/her kid anytime. I didn’t have a reason to say no, so I registered Juju and the big day came.
Waking her up early in the morning around 7am was a huge hassle, she kept crying and screaming. Changing her clothes was like a fight and I wasn’t in the mood to do that so early in the morning, beside I had my job to hurry to. The first day was miserable, she kept crying inside the nursery and screaming, My heart was aching seeing her like that. I didn’t want to leave but Miss Ama asked me nicely to leave the nursery because it will make the whole situation worse. I told her I want to stay at least for the assembly but she said no :(
I went to my work with tears on my face. I could’t concentrate at all and I had to correct exams. Guess what? I only corrected 1 page because my head wasn’t into it. 2nd day (today) was much better, she cried when she saw the school but I dropped her and went straight to work. I called the school later on and they told me that she stopped crying and that she’s enjoying her time but she does act as if she’s crying sometimes *spoiled* :P
I receive daily reports about her day; what she ate, when did she go to the toilet (change for her) and what time did she take a nap and so on! Also they gave me a newsletter of what they’ll be doing in November. The menu of her food and the schedule of her classes. I’m getting comfortable with the whole idea of Juju being in pre-school :)
This book started with a good beginning but then it became a bit boring, but after a while it becomes interesting. If you have a wild imagination, then you’ll like this book. It’s about Sally & Bernice who got pregnant together on purpose just to have 2 babies destined to be together, they gave birth on the same day and in the same hospital and separated them when they were 3 years old so they can meet after so many years of separation and fall in love without knowing about it, but eventually they know about it.
The writing was kind of strange but I liked it and it was easy to read even though i felt something was strange about it. Loved the characters, all of them except Belion, so boring. The story plot becomes interesting when you start exploring the past life of Bernice & Sally and what happened to them and how they planed all of this. Sometimes you’d feel sorry for Bernice and sometimes pissed at her. So overwhelming. The book was okay.
As you know that I’ve never had a guest writer on my blog before, but when Spencer Blohm contacted me regarding my review of The Maze Runner book and wanted to share his point of view on the matter, I didn’t mind at all. Here’s his piece of writing.
“The new film The Maze Runner opened at the top of the box office charts, but this blockbuster sci-fi film began as a bestselling young adult novel from author James Dashner. As is the case with any film adaptation of a novel, there have been a number of changes. Whether they were for the better or worse is up to the individual viewer but what we end up with is the same story being told in two very different ways.
One only needs to look at the other powerhouse YA series that have made the journey to film to see the varying degrees of deviation from the book. It’s always a source of contention for readers when even the smallest liberties are taken, but clearly those who have seen the Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games, or Divergent (all of which you can watch on demand through providers like DirecTV or online at sites like Amazon Prime) don’t seem to mind that much.
The novel version of The Maze Runner follows Thomas (played by Dylan O’Brien in the film) as he wakes up in an elevator with no memories except his name. As the elevator doors open, Thomas finds out he is far from alone. Now he must find out why he and the others have been sent to the Glade and why they have been locked inside a giant stone maze.
A major component of the The Maze Runner novel is the life the Gladers have made for themselves. These kids have been sent to this mysterious place and have created a whole society, complete with rules, responsibilities and a way of doing things much akin to Lord of the Flies. Generally, these rules are followed and everyone works together to make survival in the Glade easier for the whole.
In the book we are allowed seeming unlimited access to this world. James Dashner not only sets up this wonderful world of survival, but he gives us the time to experience and feel what it is like to be a Glader. The movie adaptation takes this joy away from us. Instead of watching Thomas learning and adjusting to life in the Glade, he jumps from one dangerous situation to the next. Watching the film, I felt almost robbed of this special bond with the Gladers.
Speaking of special bonds, in the novel version of The Maze Runner, a lot of time is spent on the relationship between Thomas and Teresa (played by Kaya Scodelario). They have the ability to communicate telepathically, giving the reader insights into them as characters. Using the new accelerated timeline, the filmmakers were able to completely cut out the telepathic bond between our two main characters.
The filmmakers also decided to change certain aspects of the Glade and maze itself. In the book, the maze and Glade are underground. The sky the Gladers see is fabricated to simulate actual outside sky and weather. The movie has our heroes surviving beneath a real sky, as the maze and Glade complex is located above ground.
Other liberties have been taken with the layout and sectioning of the maze. In the movie we see the maze sectioned off into 8 numbered areas. Each day a different area opens up for the Gladers to explore. This numbered sectioning also helps leads to an easier puzzle for Thomas and the others to solve.
As a whole, the The Maze Runner novel and film versions both tell a great story, each with their own unique vision and style. While die-hard fans of James Dashner’s novel will be off put (and possibly upset) with some of the changes made, those that go in with an open mind will leave happy. For those of you who did like the movie, then you’re in luck because the film for the second book in the series is currently in pre-production and is expected to be released in September of 2015.”
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Last week, Vapiano celebrated its 12 anniversary and we were asked to join them and celebrate it with them. Husband and Juju accompanied me. We arrived there around 7pm. The place was filled with white and red balloons which made the whole atmosphere exciting. Juju went nuts over the balloons :P
They gave us our card, and there was a special menu on our table. We chose some delicious dishes. I gotta admit some were very difficult to pronounce :P We enjoyed eating our food, having a nice chat and enjoying the beautiful music. Juju was dancing and eating at the same time and she didn’t want to leave the place.
I loved my creamy mushroom pasta with chicken and the red pasta with shrimp (as you can see in the pictures) was more than amazing, loved it more than the creamy mushroom one. The Strawberry Mascarpone dessert was heavenly. But didn’t like the tiramisu that much.
Thank you Vapiano and wish you all the best <3