Saturday, 8 October 2011


Facial profile of Steve Jobs in the Apple logo - a design tribute by Jonathan Mak Long, Hong Kong

When Apple co-founder, Chairman Steve Jobs resigned from his post of CEO in August 2011, Jonathan Mak Long, a 19 year old Graphic Design Student in Hong Kong created a design to honour Steve Jobs in his Tumblr blog - which is to change the bite in original Apple logo by including the side facial profile of Steve Jobs to show that, "With Steve Jobs gone,  Apple is really missing a piece." Jonathan Mak Long told in Skype interview that the image was a tribute to Job's contributions to the world. 'I wanted to commemorate him. He is such an integral part of Apple'.  He reposted this homage when Steve Jobs passed away recently, which attracted a huge response from the public.


I could never love, where I could not respect. - Charlotte Elizabeth Aisse

Friday, 7 October 2011



Flowers and flower arrangements uplift moods and enhance ambience. Here are some beautiful artificial flower arrangement and vases for your home decor. These  colourful blooms exude feelings of playfulness, vibrancy and jubilation through their visual appeal. Available at 'Live Cook Enjoy' Home Center by Ali Abdul Wahab Sons & Co., Shuwaikh, Near City Centre (and close to Tilal Complex). They also have a wide range of home and kitchen furniture, lightings, office furniture and electronic and electrical appliances.


When our son took us to down town Detroit, he took us to this beautiful statue, SPIRIT OF DETROIT. A once thriving city before the 60's faces the adversities of recession and economic low. Yet a visit to Detroit will certainly leave one with wonderful memories. It is a picturesque place endowed with natural beauty and lush greenery, with lots of places of interest to visit. It's the home of automobile giants like GM, Ford and Chrysler. One can only hope of Detroit with a better tomorrow. The sculpture SPIRIT OF DETROIT is something that will touch your soul, especially when you read the inscriptions. Here are some pictures I took.

The inscription on stone behind the sculpture reads "Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."

The 26-foot bronze statue was sculpted by Marshall Fredericks in the 1950s. The statue is of a seated man holding a sphere in one hand and a family group in the other.  The statue's plaque reads, "Through the spirit of man is manifested in the family, the noblest human relationship."


Nothing like a fresh cup of coffee to wake up the senses


Do unto others as you would have them do unto you

Thursday, 6 October 2011



The young children of the VIENNA BOYS' CHOIR from Austria gave a beautiful and memorable musical concert at Maidan Cultural Center on Wednesday October 5, to a packed audience. This concert was organized by DAI in collaboration with National Council for Culture Arts and Letters. H.E., the Ambassador of Austria,  gave a welcome speech and give an introduction to the Vienna Boys' Choir and its tradition.

The choir repertoire included medieval, contemporary and experimental music. There were songs from all over the world, sung by 25  choristers aged between 8 and 14. The choristers dawned white and navy blue sailor suits. The musical rendering included classical composition of Antonio Vivaldi, Tomas Luis de Victoria, Joseph Haydn, followed by a songs from India, USA and Pakistan. After the intermission, choir classics by Zoltan Kodaly, Robert Schumann were presented, followed by folk songs from Carinthia, Peru and Mexico that created much excitement among the audience. Timeless pop songs by Beatles, Abba and Queen were sung. The final rendering was a polka composed by Josef Strauss and Waltz by Johann Strauss. The conductor for the musical Vienna Boys' Choir was Florian Schwarz who gave an amazing performance on the Piano and guided the choristers with perfection.

The Vienna Boys's Choir has been established since 500 years and is one the best known choirs in the world.  There are 100 choristers that live and study at the boarding school Palais Augarten that are not only from Austria but from different parts of World. The students receive education up to the age of 18. They also receive a solid musical education which can turn them into professional musicians.

Here are some pictures I took of the concert.


(Image credit : Apple website)
Apple Inc. co-founder, chairman and former CEO, 56 year old Steve Jobs passed away on Wednesday, October 5,  one day after iphone 4S was unveiled. He was suffering from a rare form of pancreatic cancer since 2004. He will be forever remembered for being a visionary, a creative genius and making countless people's lives better through everyday technology. Outside Apple's Cupertino headquarters, three flags;  American flag, a California state flag and an Apple flag  were flying at half-staff.

Steven Paul Jobs was born in San Francisco on February 24, 1955. His mother, Joanne Simple was an unmarried graduate student then and his father Abdulfattah Jandali was a student from Syria. When Joanne gave Steve up for adoption, it was Clara and Paula Jobs, a working class couple from Los Atlos, California who adopted him, raised him and nurtured Steve's interest in electronics.

Steve Jobs - as a young man
On personal front, Steve had embraced buddhism and was a natural food lover. According to New York Times, Steve  holds 313 patents, including a patent for glass staircase. For the record, the actual shares of Apple IPO done on December 12, 1980 was at $22.00 a share. If you bought 1,000 shares of the Apple IPO, your $22,000 investment would be worth $2.9 million today!


An old photo of Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life.- Steve Jobs, co founder of Apple Inc.  (Interview with Fortune, 2008)

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma -- which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice." - Steve Jobs (Commencement speech at Standford University 2005)

"I believe life is an intelligent thing, that things aren't random," - Steve Jobs (In a 1997 interview with Time)

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.” - Steve Jobs (Commencement speech, Stanford University, 2005)

"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life." - Steve Jobs (at commencement speech, Standford University, 2005)

"One more thing ..." - Steve Jobs, Apple product launch June 2011 
(Some of the Apple products were revealed as "But there's one more thing...")

Wednesday, 5 October 2011



I am really fond of bags and when I got myself a lot of bags during my visit to U.S. and then visited my daughter in UK, she was asked me ' Why did you want to buy so many so bags?, you could have got so many other things for yourself". That got me thinking...yeah..I did pick up a lot of bags...but I love all of them. So I decided 'NOT' to buy any bags from UK, and bought myself 'other things'. LOL. Now that was hard...when I think of the wonderful bags I saw in many shops, especially at JOHN LEWIS.  And I also told myself, I shall not shop for bags for 'sometime'. 

When I visited MOSAIC in Salhiya Complex (Kuwait City), I really liked their collection a lot. They've got beautiful leather bags from Germany (Picard), Italy and some from Lebanon. They offer a nice discount as well. Though I didn't give in to temptation, I would recommend ladies who love bags, to visit MOSAIC and explore their collection. Here are some pictures I took of their bags.

Contact Mosaic : 22996437
Location : Mezannine, Salhiya Complex, Kuwait City


Though Love and Hate are extremely opposite sentiments, yet, there is only a thin line between them.  In love, one is  often less critical and judgemental towards the the loved one and an attitude of love fills you with happiness,  peace, positivity and patience .  Hate can also be an all-consuming strong passion like love, however, hatred is a  distressing and destructive emotion, in which, it is likely that the hater would hold or  exercise intense animosity, distaste, dislike towards the person he hates and in extreme cases contemplate harm or revenge.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illumines it.".


For all those who take pictures on their smart phones and post them on the internet (Facebook, photobucket so on...) beware! You are leaving a high tech invisible trail for strangers and hackers to translate your photo (data) into maps which can locate your house, children's school, your bedroom, your favourite restaurant ....Watch this video to know more and then go into the GPS settings on your phone and change the setting, so every picture that you take and post can be safe. (Towards the end of the video clear instructions are given on how to adjust your GPS settings for your and your children's safety.)


'Loose Lips sink Ships'

This phrase was turned out to be a slogan during World War II as part of the US Office of War Information's attempt to prevent the possibility of people giving out useful information to enemy spies. It's also true in our everyday lives, that unguarded or careless  talk can hurt others, lead  to trouble or even destroy relationships.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011


iPHONE 4S (image credit Apple website)
Apple CEO Tim Cook, unveiled iPHONE 4S at the 'Let's talk iPHONE' event on Tuesday October 4, at Apple headquarters, Cupertino, California and not an iPHONE 5 as was anticipated and widely rumoured by media and analysts. Ofcourse some news sites did speculate if it would be an iPHONE 4S or an iPHONE 5. As is the policy with Apple, they never made any prior announcement about what they were to unveil.

For now it's iPHONE 4S,  which actually looks identical to it's predecessor iPhone 4. Don't be disappointed on to see all the great features what this new model has to offer.

* The new model 4S has an improved 8 megapixel camera with F/2.4 lens.

* HD video recording

* Extended battery life that offers 8 hours of talk time and 40 hours of music listening!

* iPHONE 4S will run on the latest iCloud and iOS-5 operating system with 200 new features

* "Siri," a revolutionary voice-controlled personal assistant.

* Apple added its dual-core A-5 chip that offers faster graphics, for gaming

* It has  a new wireless system that will intelligently switch between its two antennas, providing a "better call quality."

* It’s a worldphone, that will work on just about any cellular network around the world, both CDMA and GSM.

Personal Assitant 'Siri' enables you to talk to the phone. It will answer your questions, it knows who you’re sending messages to, where you are, and even knows who your wife is, as Apple’s Scott Forstall said.  You can ask it for directions, currency conversions, restaurant recommendations, and you can hold down the home button and tell your phone “Remind me to call my wife when I leave work today,” and it will do it!!!!!

The iPhone 4S, which will go on sale on 14 October and will be available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB in both black and white.

CEO Tim Cook at 'Lets Talk iPhone Event', at Apple Inc. HQ, Cupertino, California on October 4


Tim Cook with Steve Jobs

iPhone 5, from Apple Inc., will be unveiled today, by new face of Apple, CEO Tim Cook, in a matter of several hours in the United States, at 10am, pacific time in Cupertino, California, USA, in a special event. iPhone 5 is expected to break Apple's all previous launch-day sales records.  In August, Steve Jobs, suffering from a rare pancreatic cancer (neoendocrine cancer) stepped down from his post as CEO and endorsed Apple's Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook as his successor.  Steve Jobs continues to function as Chairman of the Board.  Tim Cook, is a Duke Business school graduate with great deal of industry experience, fitness enthusiast and he is also considered a sharp businessman.  

The iphone 5 will be considered "improved," not "different." The new iPhone will have a faster processor, higher resolution camera, and a new voice command system called "Assistant." It is also expected to work seamlessly with Apple's new iCloud service and should come with Apple's new iOS5 operating system.

To read more on iPhone 5 release and updates, visit International Business Times online Here


Model-actress, Liz Hurley, 46, got engaged to former Australian Cricketer ace spinner Shane Warne. Liz Hurley was previously married to businessman, Arun Nayar; they were divorced in June 2011. She has a 9 year old son Damian from Steve Bing.

The 42-year-old Warne split from his wife in 2006, with whom he has 3 children.  Warne is believed to have proposed in Road Hole restaurant at the Scottish exclusive Old Course Hotel in St Andrews in front of VIP guests on Friday. Liz Hurley sported a beautiful sapphire engagement ring with two diamonds worth £30,000. Shane Warne looks completely different with his new sleek and slim look after losing 22 pounds.

Liz Hurley and Shane Warne
Shane Warne : Before and After his amazing weight loss

Liz's engagement sapphire and diamond engagement ring

The couple with Liz's 9 year old son Damian

Liz Hurley with son Damien in light blue t-shirt and Shane Warne's daughters and son (extreme right)


GUERLAIN has introduced their latest perfume 'SHALIMAR PARFUM INITIAL' that represent  desires, joy and sensuality. The bottle looks nice with blue stopper and blue tassel on the neck of the flacon.  The fragrance is warm pink in colour.  Shalimar Parfum Initial fragrance comprises of orange, bergamot, rose, jasmine, vetiver, patchouli, vanilla, white musk and tonka.  The fragrance was composed by Thierry Le Vasseur, Guerlain's  in-house perfumer. I found it to be a combination of oriental and floral, a different sort of fragrance..Try it out for yourself and see what you think!