I’m Taking a Break

I’m going to be busy for the next couple of days, so I’ll away from the blog. It’s just a short break, I’ll be back Sunday inshalla. Gona miss everyone xoxo

The Buzfairy Blog is Now On Google+

And as you can see, I still don’t have any contacts. I tried searching the names of the bloggers I know, but couldn’t find any. Add me if you’re on google+…. Mine is called “BuzFairy Blog”.

Bloggers Anti-Internet-Capping Campaign لا للإستخدام المحدود

There is a campaign by bloggers to fight the ISP’s recent internet capping procedures. Here are the details:

قررنا انا و الاخوه والأخوات المدونين الكويتيين القيام بحملة ضد الانترنت المحدود , وبما انه زمن الثورات قررنا القيام بثورة انترنتية ضد الانترنت المحدود تحت حجة “الاستخدام العادل ” فنحن المدونين نرفض رفضا تاما القيام بمثل هذه الممارسات اللتي تسلب من المشترك او المستخدم حرية استخدام للانترنت بالشكل المتعارف عليه في كل دول العالم , نحن ندفع في الكويت اسعار خيالية من اجل توفير خدمة انترنت ذات استخدام عادل بكل ماتحمله الكلمة من معنى , فالأستخدام العادل معناه ان يكون الانترنت غير محدود وغيرد مقيد بحجم ما , ولايجب ان افوت الفرصه للحديث عن ارتفاع اسعار الانترنت في دولة الكويت , فالاسعار هنا فعلا خيالية ومبالغ فيها , والمقابل خدمة محدوده جدا وغير عادلة للاسف نحن في زمن الانترنت وفي عام ٢٠١١ لايكاد يوجد شخص في الكويت الا ويستخدم الانترنت , وقد دخل الانترنت في جميع الاشياء سواء الهواتف النقالة والكمبيوترات وحتى الاتصالات اليومية والمراسلات بين الاشخاص , فمن هنا نعلن نحن المدونين الكويتيين عن رفضنا القطعي والتام لما يسمى بالانترنت المحدود

لذلك …

نطالب كل من يملك القرار بالتدخل بأسرع وقت ممكن لوقف هذي المهزلة ، وبناء على كلام النائب الفاضل أحمد السعدون الذي أقر بأن شركات الإنترنت ( غير مرخصة ) فنطلبه و بقية الشرفاء بالإسراع في وقف هذا العبث

هذا مجرد موضوع للتذكير !! وإن لم تتوقف الشركات عن سياساتها واسعارها المبالغ بها ، فسنقوم بكشف كل الأوراقومن له حق القضاء سينصفه بدون شك

I myself am a Quality-Net & Zain Ego client, for a long number of years. I have to say I’m quite happy with Q-Net, and haven’t noticed any capping on my 4 Mbps DSL connection. On the other hand, I hated Zain’s 27 Mbps Ego service for years in Chale, till I finally cancelled it after 4 unsatisfying years; and that was like just a year ago, before any capping ever took place. Therefore I can’t really or honestly say that I’ve been negatively affected by either company, in terms of capping.

I know bloggers are a community, and it is nice to a part of that when the need rises to be collectively supportive. Then again, blogging is also such an impersonal experience. I saw myself alone when faced with that dreadful DHL thing a few months back. I managed to solve it on my own, and it didn’t really cause a serious problem for me. Therefore; I see blogging as very personal when my readers and commenters are involved, but rath impersonal when fellow bloggers enter the pic.

Having said that, I do have to balance the two, the personal & impersonal together. But my decision will always be to genuinely opt helping out the blogging community.

This post shows my support. I hope it helps everyone out. Good luck fighting the ISPs.

Personal note: Mark, Babbleq8, Bananaq8, Kaifan5, Ims85, 6ofaga, and Saudi newvision: you guys & gals are a huge part of what’s good in the blogging community.

I’m Looking For Good Books to Read

      

I’m just about the finish the “Millennium” trilogy, and so I’m looking for some good books to read once I’m done here.

   

I had read “The Jewel of Medina” a couple of years back, so when its sequel came out, I bought that too. I haven’t read “The Sword of Medina” yet, but I really would rather read something else if I could.

   

I still haven’t finished “Last Night at Chateau Marmont”, from the same author as “The Devil Wears Prada”. But only because it’s such a boring book, I don’t think I’ll ever really finish it if I had other options.

   

I’m going to read this new book I got called “How to Read Literature Like a Professor”; if only so that I could finish that horrible “Ulysses” book. I’m unable to read even a few pages of it at any time. So in the absence of any recommendations from you guys, I’ll probably be reading these two books next.

      

I’m looking something like “The Lovely Bones”, “About a Boy”, or even “Deception Point”.

Any recommendations?

My Baby is Getting Washed Today

I haven’t ever gotten any of my cars detailed before, like in terms of shampoo washed seats, carpet, etc…. So I really don’t know if they do a good job here in Kuwait or not.

Anyways, I felt that this particular car, which I fondly call my baby, needed a really good wash. I take her with me through torturous beach and desert adventures. So it’s no wonder that it needs a good scrubbing.

A friend of mine took her to a washing station in Shuwaikh last night. I’m really nervous about the seat shampooing, because I don’t know if it’s going to negatively affect the leather when exposed to the hot Kuwaiti sun. I’m so scared that the leather will crack in the next few months, with Kuwait’s strenuous heat. Or that the carpets would smell of mold. I don’t know what to expect.

I’ll let you know how it goes. The garage needs a whole day to clean it.

Why Am I Always Sick All The Time?

Yesterday I woke up with a pain in my neck, so I went to see my local clinic Doctor. Since I didn’t have any sore throat, fever, or other problems; they asked me to checkout my teeth. A lot of times, a toothache could lead to a Lymphic gland pain.

I got super scared and called up my dentist. Thank God, it turned out that I didn’t have anything wrong with my teeth.

Anyways, I woke up today with a blocked nose, so I’m kinda hoping that my neck pain is from an upcoming flu session yet to arrive.

Still, I don’t know if that’s a good thing, because I tend to get sick a lot, which ain’t something I like. But at least it’s the Flu, and not something more serious.

I Need Help with Aramex Shipping ممكن مساعدة مع أرامكس

Update: I solved my problem with DHL حليت مشكلتي مع دي اتش ال

محتاجة مساعدتكم، اذا انتوا من عملاء شركة شحن أرامكس. ودي أعرف اذا انتوا مرتاحين من خدمتهم،  اذا أسعارهم معقولة، و أهم من هذا كله: اذا أسعار التخليص الجمركي معقولة

الشهر اللي فات شريت كم شغلة من أمريكا، قيمتهم بحدود ١١٠$ و كان وزنهم كيلو و نص. انا دفعت شحن دي اتش ال بأمريكا (و كان بحدود٦٠$)، و كان كل اللي علي أدفعه هني هو تكاليف التخليص الجمركي… و هذا اللي صدمني. دي اتش ال دفعتني ٢٥ دينار ثمن تخليصها حق أغراضي، و هذا بدون مايحسبون تكاليف الشحن، هالمبلغ كان حق التخليص فقط لا غير

طبعا عقب هذه المعاملة الأولى و الأخيرة معاهم، ماراح أتعامل مع دي اتش ال مرة ثانية. لاهم معتازين شغلي، ولاني معتازة قباحتهم

المهم، نيي للموضوع اللي أبي فيه مساعدتكم… مثل ما قلت، اذا فيكم أحد يتعامل مع أرامكس، تكفون قولولي شلون معاملتهم و كم تكاليفهم. أنا موهامني كم ياخذون شحن، أنا يهمني تكاليف التخليص الجمركي، مثل اللي مكتوب بالفاتورة فوق

مشكورين و ماتقصرون و يعطيكم العافية على مساعدتكم

Unlike many people in Kuwait, I never buy anything online. No matter what. And I’ve always been happy with my decision. I much rather prefer dealing with someone face to face while shopping, someone whom I can figure things out with in case anything goes wrong with my purchases.

Well, if you remember, I had my first online shipment last month, and it was with DHL. It was a disaster.

I ordered stupid silly $5-$10 things for my camera, totaling $110, and got slapped with a custom clearance charge of KD 24.75 (i.e. custom charge of 75%). This is in addition to shipping costs of $60. I didn’t like the charge and I didn’t believe DHL’s justification, and I still think DHL (and not customs) ripped me off.

Anyways, I was wondering if any of you, whom deal with Aramex, faced any problems similar to mine (obviously during this year). Do you have to pay 75% for custom clearance like I did with DHL?

Let’s say you ordered a few things from the States, worth $110 and weighed 1.5 kilos. How much would your shipping be? And more importantly, how much would your custom clearance be?

I would appreciate you help on this. It can’t just be me who has ever had a problem with DHL. I know I’m not accustomed to buying stuff online, and this is exactly why I never do. I got ripped off, had no negotiating powers, and couldn’t even get a decent answer from DHL’s complaints department.

So could you help me out here? Just tell me what your experience with Aramex is. I’ve got a feeling that they’re better than DHL. I keep hearing that all you pay is just KD 1 + 5% fee only on orders over $100 (plus the shipping cost of course).

Thank you so much for your help.

NBK’s New Awards Partners شركاء البنك الوطني الجدد في برنامج الوطني للنقاط

متأكدة ألف بالإمية انه راح يعجبونكم شركاء الوطني الجدد: منو فينا ما يحب غو سبورت و الا الرفاعي للمكسرات؟

للتذكير، بنك الكويت الوطني يتيح لكم فرصة الإستفادة من برنامج الخصومات الرائعة، حيث تحصلون على نقاط تعادل خصم ١٠٪ ٪ من أي فاتورة تتعدى ال ١٠ دنانير…. و المحلات المشاركة أصلا من المحلات اللي تشترون منها كل يوم، يعني إنتوا مستفدين، مستفدين….. يعيش البنك الوطني

و حق اللي عباله إني قاعدة أمدحهم عالفاضي: خل بس يشيكون شكوتي اللي بنهاية هالبوست، بس عشان يعرفون إنني مو دايما راضية عن الوطني… و لكن الحق لازم ينقال فيهم و لول شنو

NBK has just announced the introduction of 4 new partners in their Rewards Programs; the most notable of the new inductions are Go Sport & Refai Confectionary.

Just in case someone gets the idea that I actually endorse NBK’s activities all the way, no matter what, let me remind of my recent total utter dissatisfaction with NBK, just this past week (check the end of my post). However that doesn’t mean that I don’t think there are a lot of advantages of banking with NBK:

http://twitter.com/#!/buzfairy/status/80591722832347136

http://twitter.com/#!/buzfairy/status/80593472238780419

http://twitter.com/#!/buzfairy/status/80593834773450752

http://twitter.com/#!/buzfairy/status/80595288699572224

http://twitter.com/#!/buzfairy/status/80595459277733889

http://twitter.com/#!/buzfairy/status/80595759115939840