Life is a series of choices. Every step is a choice, an option, a decision. We try our best to make these choices based on what we know. What we pick may not be based on what is right and what is wrong, but what we believe in our minds and hearts. Whatever we do decide, we have to compromise. It is always one or the other.

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Eid Mubarak

Ramadan is over. It’s like it started yesterday. This has been one of the most eventful months in a while, many of these events I cannot share, not now at least.

I have not been around much, for those who expected me so, I apologize. I have had some time to reflect on so much and especially the path I wish this blog to take. It is not all too clear but I hope it will be soon.

For now I wish you all a pleasant and lovely Eid.

P.S. Posted using the worspress app on my new iPod touch.

Windows Application – Fix your Area Codes

Based on an idea by MJKout who also provided the numbering data, I’ve completed creating windows application which will modify your Windows Address Book (not your Outlook Address Book).

You will need the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 to successfully get this application to work.

I have a web installer up, you will need to use Internet Explorer to install it by going to the following web address.

Install from: http://apps.oneortheother.info/areacodes/

NOTE: Please back up your contacts before attempting to use this program.

I have tested it using my Sony Ericsson w850i and the PC Suite included with the Phone and it is working flawlessly. If you come across any problems leave a comment below.

If you are using Microsoft Outlook then export the contacts to the Windows Address Book, use the program, the re-import them into your Microsoft Outlook.

UPDATE: If you want to convert contacts in Microsoft Outlook you can use Wataniya’s Microsoft Outlook Contact converter.

UPDATE 2: For a MAC OS X version you can download a Contact Converter written in AppleScript by G.

UPDATE 3: Another AppleScript by MJKout is available on his website, go check out his Kuwait Numbering Plan Changer.

Erasing the Social Class Lines

RL000657Many of the expatriates in Kuwait, are in the lower income segment of Kuwaiti society. What this means is they can not afford many of the luxuries we (Kuwaiti citizens) entertain ourselves with. We see them everyday, everywhere, and it is not easy not noticing the difference between a relaxed well-dressed Arab, and a tired foreign low income worker.

There is one place where these social classes disappear, and that is currently at the mosque. We all stand in lines, before God and pray, together. We are equals in front of God. I was sitting pondering this today and thought, “Who are we to not see others as equals, when to God we are all equal?”

To my left, was a man, from an African country. He was dressed in rags, and seemed a little dirty, probably from working out in the sun during the day. On my right, was another man, who was also from an African country. He too, was dressed in what seemed to be an old, somewhat torn, colored (signifying home casual attire) Dishdasha. I, on the other hand was wearing a clean white Dishdasha, had also applied some musk and incense oils before leaving to the Masjid.

Socially, the difference is obvious, but I didn’t think of it that way, at least I don’t anymore. It took some time to get used to. It was always an us-them sort of thinking. It was easy to think of the foreign workers as less, especially in our society. Growing up and seeing how servants are treated, how supermarket workers are sometimes scolded, you grow to think that that is the norm.

I learned to change that within myself. It took time, but it is changing still. I had always thought and considered that these men around me, were probably better people than I am. For all I know, they could be working really hard, and yet, be doing such great things, maybe not on a grand scale but still, great things nonetheless. They could be supporting a huge family, taking care of a stray pet, donating money, putting smiles on other’s faces.

Usually it is only what we see that we think about. There is a whole world out there, one which we do not really see but exists in people’s lives that means much more to the current world we live in that we take for granted. 

So, What happens to the Rooster?

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After the sun set, and we were sitting to eat. Somehow the issue of the chicken and the rooster came up; how we always only have chicken for lunch, or in sandwiches, but we never have rooster.

So the question was asked: Whatever happens to those roosters? And to our own shock and disbelief — it turned out that when roosters die, they become chicken!

You may say, “But, that is how it is, it is normal!” However, I would say, “Why does the male rooster die to become a female chicken? Isn’t that just wrong? It is wrong, very wrong.”

And there you have it folks, that is what happens…

…to the rooster.

Mario Bros Room

smroom1 Isn’t this the coolest design ever? I found it through, toxel.com who got it from geekologie.com who got it from http://antoinettejcitizen.googlepages.com/home.

Contemplating Blogging

Thinking on a Mountain I know I’ve been stagnant for quite a while now. I haven’t been updating here as much as I have liked. For reasons that a little but escape me.. . Now, for latest list of random thoughts.

I was going to write about random thoughts, but something dawned on me while I was preparing the list. There are things that I prefer not to say, because of anticipated comments I’m bound to get on them. No, I don’t have a problem saying what is on my mind, but I tend to mostly avoid the obvious post, yielding the most expected comments.

I have been talking with a friend about this issue, and have a few times decided to close off comments, or just keep them as a comment (without needing a reply) on each post. But… one day I decided to put up that poll on the right, just to get a feel of how many people feel that comment replies are important.

I’m quite surprised that there is about a huge 25% of you who would feel offended if I (or on any other blog, the author) did not reply to your comments. I’m used to replying though sometimes I cannot be bothered.

As far as content goes. I’m hoping to freshen up, with content that comes really from within, though I don’t know what type of content it will be, but it will be deep.. probably.

My question now for you is, if you are a blogger; Do you write for yourself? Or do you write for others (your fans readers)?

Reserved, going to add something here later.