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On the Worst Day

We all have them – the day you wake up with a pit in your stomach and gloom in your heart. And we each have our own way of coping with those days . . . .

the quad espresso
the exercise binge
your favorite music
the Birkin bag 😉
the shopping blow-out
a 10 km run
headphones!
craft therapy
Skype chats

For me, it’s I Can Haz Cheezburger. No matter how blue the funk, someone has taken a goofy photo and put a caption on it that will make me laugh out loud – and you know how the blues hate laugher! The just run away!

lolcat - nice bwinker jurkface

I think this cat knows Kuwait roads! And this one is my tech support cat!

funny cat pictures & lolcats - Your problems are irrelevant to Technical Support-cat

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October 20, 2007 Posted by | Adventure, Community, Kuwait | , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Tareq Rajab Museum of Islamic Calligraphy

One of the most beautiful buildings in Kuwait is the new – open only since March – Museum of Islamic Calligraphy in Kuwait. I am in total awe of this family, who have an eye for the history and culture of this area, collect it lovingly, and then display it – free of cost – to all who wish to visit.

The TR Museum of Islamic Calligraphy is on the same street as the Dar al Cid, where many art exhibits are held, also under the auspices of the Tareq Rajab family. It is around the corner from the Tareq Rejab Museum.

It is open every day:
Mornings 9 am – 12 noon
Afternoon 4 pm – 7 pm
Friday 9am – 12 noon

We visited recently. The museum is beautiful, and well organized. We wished only that more of the exhibits had explanations; sometimes we would be looking at something very beautiful, but we didn’t know the significance of what we were seeing.

The calligraphy is manifest in hangings, ancient Qurans, quiltings, posters and carved wood. Each item is a work of art. We were fascinated by some of the Chinese calligraphy, and by the video they run showing how calligraphic quills are made, how the paper is prepared, even how the calligrapher prepares for work.

This is the entry to the Museum of Islamic Calligraphy:

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Some examples of the beautiful works on display:

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If you are looking for books about Kuwait, and/or Islamic Arts, the Tareq Rajab Museum has a well stocked little shop with books, cards, postcards, etc. for reasonable prices.

We take all our houseguests to these museums, and every time we go, we are moved by the generous hearts that create these museums and then offer them to the public – free of charge. They give so much to their community. It’s like a little piece of heaven. Visit soon!

October 20, 2007 Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Books, Building, Community, Cultural, Customer Service, Education, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Public Art, Shopping | 17 Comments

No E-mail Day

Productivity at the office is increasingly becoming an issue. The industry giant Intel has introduced “no e-mail days” to encourage Intel engineers to get off their behinds, move out of their cubicles and talk to one another, rather than sending an e-mail to a co-worker just a few steps away. You can read the entire story at BBC News: Technology.

With inboxes bulging with messages and many workers dreading the daily deluge of e-mail, some companies are taking drastic action.

Intel has become the latest in an increasingly long line of companies to launch a so-called ‘no e-mail day’.

On Fridays, 150 of its engineers revert to more old-fashioned means of communication.

In actual fact e-mail isn’t strictly forbidden but engineers are encouraged to talk to each other face to face or pick up the phone rather than rely on e-mail.

In Intel’s case the push to look again at the culture of e-mail followed a comment from chief executive Paul Otellini criticising engineers “who sit two cubicles apart sending an e-mail rather than get up and talk”

October 20, 2007 Posted by | Bureaucracy, Communication, Community, News, Relationships | 7 Comments