Land Cruiser on Two Wheels in BMRCQ8 Event

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Last Weekend BMRCQ8 had a special driving skills competition, which involved drifting mainly, however a team from the UAE (Bazooka Team) surprised us with their 2 Wheel abilities on a Toyota Land Cruiser, it was quite interesting to see how much control they had of the car, and how easy they got it on two wheels and back!

 

Blogging in 2016

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Its been tricky for me to find time for blogging this year, as I’m not investing as much time as I used to in blogging and updating my instagram feed, due to taking on some personal business projects and working on some of my own hobbies as well as relearning some web development t00ls  as Its been quite a while. Unfortunately some might say blogging is dead, I say until search engines stop indexing websites, blogs will never die as unlike many other platforms blogs provide searchable content online, and our posts are here to stay as long as we pay our hosting fees and those google bots work their way in indexing our tags, categories and content.

Therefore I thought of associating some of my personal hobbies (Car mechanics/electronics), key learning’s of web/app development into my blog posts to generate new and hopefully interesting content, as well as trying to get back to reviewing some new interesting cars that came out this year. I’m also currently restoring a 2000 Ford excursion, so you might find a couple of posts on that subject matter.

If you have any suggestions or content you would like to share as a review, or interesting things in Kuwait, please feel free to contact me using the (Contact) Page.

 

AmazonGlobal Shipping to Kuwait experience

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Buying through Amazon and only paying a small shipment fee is everyone’s dream.  Amazon are now providing international shipping via amazon global for some eligible items.  Meaning what used to cost over 20 KWD to ship to Kuwait from the states would only cost around 20 USD. 
I tried them out last week when I ordered the Asus Zenpad 8 Z580ca.  Its a small 8″ tablet available on Amazon.  When you select your shipping address to your home Kuwait address you will see a notification that amazon provides global shipping to your destination such as shown below :

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As you can see it only costs $17.13 to ship to Kuwait. I tried it, they shipped through Aramex directly to Kuwait without requesting any additional charges as Amazon states it covers import and duty fees. It does take longer to arrive especially if there were delays due to aramex, but you cant beat the price! I would recommend you try to change the delivery address to Kuwait before you ship to check out if they offer amazon global shipment for your order.

A Replacement for the Note 10.1 2014

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I’ve been looking around for an upgrade to my note 10.1 (2014 Edition), i’m keenly looking for a dependable tablet I can use for note taking as well as stream Netflix and other platforms onto, as well as being lighter than the current note 10.1 I have. I waited on Samsung for quite a while now, i’m going to give them one more month but so far i’m in the research phase and i’m thinking about the new Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0.

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Size wise I believe that 10 inches is the way to go, Harmon/Kardon quad speakers are a great addition to any device, there’s only 50 Grams difference in weight, the 2013 model Samsung however has a higher resolution and up gradable storage as well as a battery that’s 2000MAh larger. Hmm ;/ I think with the same price group.

The other option I was looking into was the Asus Zen Pad S 8″ which is a more understandable upgrade as it comes with 64Bit dual channel 4 GB Ram, Andriod L and a 2K resolution 8in screen, although it only has an 8 MP camera, its not a main feature i’m looking for in a tablet.

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The 64 GB version of the Asus Zen pad costs around 90 KD, however the Stylus costs another 20 KD or so and its wifi only :/

Another main disadvantage of the Zen Pad is that it doesnt’ have the latest Andrioid Marshmellow, which is a downer especially when aiming to buy a new tablet. I guess I’ll wait for an extra month or so and decide. Hopefully Samsung would have something out by then.

One of the best Mobile Phone Car Mounts – Ram Mount with X-Grip

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Mobile phones are becoming larger and larger, my old phone mounts were starting to become too small, put a cover on the phone and you can’t fit it onto the holder anymore. So I decided to try Ram Mount’s X-Grip Large mount.

According to many reviews I first tried it with the PanVise dash mount for my FJ cruiser as shown in the following photograph (Courtesy of Fjcruiserforums.com).

Panvise Mount FJ Cruiser

Photograph Courtesy of FJCruiserforums.com

The Main disadvantage however was the fact that the whole Ram Mount solution would attach to the panvise mount which is fixed using the stereo faceplate screw (Just 1), the weight of the phone + flexibility of the RAM mount only meant that whenever there is a slight vibration the phone would shake.

So I decided to remove the mount from the PanVise mount and attached it directly to the middle faceplate as shown in the following photographs :

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This made it more stable, the AC vent is not blocked and the Emergency Flasher button is also not blocked, the only thing that is covered is the rear defrost, which we rarely use in Kuwait anyway. I attached the base using heavy Duty 3M double face tape and so far its been quite stable.

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The mount I purchased can be found from Amazon here. You will also need a double socket arm and a mounting base with 1 inch ball. Another option is to use a suction mount with the same setup.

They might be available with Ram Mount’s local reseller Q8Mount (but I haven’t checked).

 

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I’m sorry for any inconvenience, i’m currently in the process of migrating my host, it might take up to another 48 hours for the blog to return to 100% working state.

Have a nice day!

Update 14/1/2016 : 

Done with the website migration.. Thank you for your patience. Hopefully this upgrade will get me up to speed as I migrated to a more stable hosting platform. I will try my best to improve my posting frequency as I tend to have time but loose focus quite quickly and move from one thing to another. Planning to get back to the reason I started blogging in the first place, to share knowledge, review products and services as well as providing something useful to society.

I’m into DIY, and i’ll try to write more on that, and some of the tools I use. 

 

Kuwait Champions Challenge Exhibition – 18 December 2015

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After quite some time off blogging, there’s no better way to get back except with a strong subject, and this post is about the Readiness of the Jaber International Stadium in Kuwait and the Kuwait Champions Challenge Celebration that will take place, after years of structural issues and the question if it would ever be ready, Friday the 18th of December will host a Celebratory Challenge, between a select number of International players and Local Kuwaiti players!

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We had the privilege of being invited by Sheikh Mohammed AlAbdullah AlSabah – Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, and were given a tour of the premises. My first impression left me speechless due to the huge structure and architectural masterpiece that I saw. The level of advancement in terms of the technology used in the Stadium and Camera system, screens and goal systems was also very impressive!

The Event being held would be the largest entertainment and sports event of its kind taking place in Kuwait, bringing together Kuwait’s all-star players and the Football Champions Tour on Friday December 18, 2015 in the prestigious Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium in the State of Kuwait. Led by Fabio Capello Participating players include (The list is prone to change – Gathered from @JaberStadiumkw :

  • Ronaldinho
  • David Beckham
  • Zambrotta
  • Shevchenko
  • Pirlo
  • Lehmann
  • Carragher
  • Omar Abdulrahman
  • Mohamed Aboutrika
  • Steven Gerrard
  • D. James
  • Deco
  • Alessandro Nesta
  • Salgado
  • Figo
  • Gianluca Zambrotta
  • Robert Pires
  • Del Piero
  • Carles Puyol
  • Paul Scholes

The Kuwait Team players Participating:

  • Bader AlMutawaa
  • Abdulhadi Khamees
  • Yousef Nasser
  • Fahad AlEnaizi
  • Mohammed Jeragh
  • Fahad AlAnsari
  • Abdulaziz AlMeshaan
  • Talal Nayf
  • Mesaaed Neda
  • Fahad AlHajeri
  • Hussain Hakem
  • Abdullah AlBeraiki
  • Khaled Ibrahim
  • Amer AlMaatoug
  • Khaled Alresheedi
  • Sulaiman Abdulghafour

Kuwait Champions Challenge

 

Here are 3 different locations from within Jaber International stadiums, nearly all the seats are good seats with minimal percentage of blind spots!

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Key things to have in mind :

  1. No Bags (whatever sizes) are allowed, make sure everything you take with you you can fit in your pockets
  2. There are 3 different checkpoints, expect airport level security checks.
  3. Tickets + Civil IDs used for booking have to be with you, your ID has to be with you all the time!
  4. No Camera’s are allowed
  5. Gates open from 2 – 6 PM
  6. There are busses to transport you from the parking to the stadium, just remember the color of your parking area!
  7. Please avoid bringing young infants as the weather is cold and there will be some walking involved

For More information about the structural changes that took place to Jaber AlAhmed International Stadium, make sure you have a look at the following video  :

A Special Thank’s to Sheikh Mohammed AlAbdullah for inviting and personally guiding us around the stadium, and to Omedia for delivering the invitation! #WeWillPlay !

Android 5.1.1 Now Out for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)

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Yesterday I received an update message on my Note 10.1 (2014 Edition). I got the tablet back in October 2013 when I was in the States, and always loved it, however in the past couple of months you’d feel that the device was not being able to perform as smooth as my other devices, and so was a little neglected, and basically used as a remote for my samsung Tv.

However, downloading the new update changed how I felt about it, although a little large in size (Update around 950 mb) and requires at least 4GB available memory, I ended up formatting my Samsung after installing the update as it just froze!

Now its got the Lollipop 5.1.1 update, I sure hope they maintain the update pace, and even better send us out a new Note 10.1 device with better hardware.. We’re ready for it!

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Bye Bye Aramex, MyUS Borderlinx, Hello Amazon Global

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I’ve been using mail forwarders since 2003, starting with Aramex, then Borderlinx and settled with using MyUs in the end (which i’m still using), however Amazon now have entered that market and are allowing global shipments at very good rates. What would usually cost at least $45 at myUS to ship Kuwait is according to Amazon global going to cost a mere $18.18.

 

Here’s an example of something I was thinking of getting:

Huawei watch from Amazon + shipment

As you can see, it states $18.18 shipping and import fee deposit (which you will get refunded if was less than the estimate) to kuwait.

When I took the item dimensions and used the MyUs calculator :

My US for 0.29

With MyUs the minimum shipping cost to Kuwait was $ 38.86 thats excluding the customs fees which you have to pay.

In order for you to ship to Kuwait, you have to add and select to ship to the Kuwaiti Address in your amazon shipping address book.

Time to try Amazon Global Shipping. I’ll update you when I receive a shipment from them, perhaps i’ll try something cheaper first hehehe..

 

The Mercedes Benz GLA 250

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Last month I had a chance to try out the new Mercedes Benz GLA 250, the car reminded me a lot of the A250 in terms of performance, but being a crossover made it a lot more suitable for our road conditions and general driving atmosphere in Kuwait.

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The GLA is powered by a 1991 cc Turbo Charged engine that produces  211 HP with an active 4Matic all wheel drive  system. Its also equipped with Active parking assist and offroad comfort suspension. The power it produced was quite impressive and when the turbo kicked it would literally feel like you were about to take off, it shocked me the way it took off the first time.

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The interior was very modernistic in styling, although it was a small car it was quite spacious and had a spacious rear boot area, the kids loved the rear and with the panoramic roof, it made it seem even more spacious.

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Unfortunately it was a little too warm to try it out in the desert back then, but I was promised it would’ve been be an amazing experience.

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The only disadvantage or things you have to get used to is that the view angle was too small, as both the front and rear windows were small in size, but its something that you would get used to pretty fast, and that there was some wind noise at high speeds, which you usually wouldn’t expect, but being a crossover and with small roof rails, I guess it was a must.

Overall It was an impressive ride, and as I said earlier for the state our roads are in at the moment, its the perfect fit, its not too high or too low, and doesn’t underperform. Again the AC was very good as with almost every Mercedes I’ve driven lately.

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The GLA Crossover is at the 14500 KWD price range, and is available from Mercedes Benz Kuwait – Abdul Rahman Albisher & Zaid Alkazemi Co. for more information you can visit their website or call them at 1833-111.

 

For more photos of the GLA, please have a look at the following album :

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