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FUN | FAMILY | FOOD | FRIENDSHIP | FASHION | FITNESS
the rhythm of your city DECEMBER 2009
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THIS NEW YE
THEin the Capital
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CH Get Ready
NATIONAL DAY WITH
Dance Festival Comes to the Capital & OTHER CELEBRITIES
VOLUME 3 | DECEMBER 2009
rhythm of your city
4 Your Say
Heeello Abu Dhabi !! 5 ShopCall
5 What’s Hot in Abu Dhabi
We've had a wonderful looooong break as wonderful occasions
converged to make these weeks restful and family focused. There's the 6 Shop Call
'big eid' for Muslims that marks the end of Hajj--the Eid Al Adha--and
of course our nation celebrates its birthday with a bang, just as North
7 City Bites
Americans mark Thanksgiving, and Christians everywhere prepare for
Christmas. So much to celebrate all around.
8 My Abu Dhabi & Meet Your Neighbour
The activity volume in the capital pumps up with so much to look
forward to: Fifa Club World Cup comes to town with the Capitala
Tennis World Championship close on its heels. Then for music fans 9 Home Smart
there's The Killers, Creamﬁelds and new year celebrations come alive
with the babe of Barbados, Rihanna. 10 People Meter
Through it all, this is a special time to reﬂect. On what an interesting
year its been; and just how fast time ﬂies. A time to think of how we can 11 Making a Difference
each make a difference in this world in the smallest of gestures.
Do good, stay safe and be happy. 12 Art of the Oracle & Handy helper
14 Alive & Kicking
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Editor: Sana Bagersh, Editorial Coordinator: Kulsoom Zakir, Magazine Designer: Praveen 15 Lifestyle
Prabhakaran, Website Designer: Rizwan Pervaiz, Marketing Coordinator: Ahmad Al-Dajani,
Production Coordinator : Joel Flores Editorial Contributors: Genevieve Colaco, Aicha Diop,
Samantha Davis, Rantan Rave, Randy Parker and Riddhi Doshi. 16 My Style Blueprint
Tempo is a publication of BrandMoxie. Although Tempo Magazine does its best to ensure 17 Trendsetter
the authenticity and accuracy of its contents, the publisher cannot accept any
responsibility for errors, mistakes and inaccuracies. The publisher reserves the rights of
this product and no part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any
means without the permission of the publisher. 18 On the Beaten Path
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24 The Beat with Aich
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Dear Tempo, Dear Tempo,
in A u D ab
I appreciate your magazine for its ‘Making a difference’ I am new to Abu Dhabi and thoroughly confused about
tipping in restaurants. I see that there is a service charge
section. There are fellow men and women around our
city who need help in one way or the other and Tempo’s (which is really quite high) added to all bills but do FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2009
effort to connect us with them is really encouraging. these go to the restaurant or does some of it trickle Zayed Sports City Stadium / Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium
But I also urge readers to talk to people around them down to the server? Most people I know don’t leave a Dec 9 - 19
and ﬁnd out how to help on a personal level. Some tip because they say the service charge is too high and
it already goes to the waiter, but I have a feeling this
families never make their pain public, and they need our
doesn’t always happen. Tempo, can you ﬁnd out for us,
Team & Statistics:
support maybe even more than the organised charities.
Contribute and share your humanity. Thank you Tempo! so we don’t stiff those who serve us well? Al Ahli (UAE)
The team has participated in the AFC Champions League
Amina Rasheed Gum shoes on, Anna. We’ll report next issue. Ed twice and was eliminated in the group stage both times.
Key players: Hosny Abd Rabo, Clederson Cesar, Bare, Faisal
Khalil, Ahmad Khalil and Ismail Al Hammadi. CAPITALA WORLD
Pohang Steelers (KOR) TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP
They were Asia’s ﬁrst club to win the continental Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex,
championship three times including this year. Key players: Zayed Sports City
Kim Gi-Dong, Choi Hyo-Jin, Denilson, No Byung-Jun, Stevo Dec 31 – Jan 2
Ristik, Hwang Jae-Won and Kim Hyung-Il.
SunnyLikeThis: Walk UAE tomorrow! Fight Diabetes “Abu Dhabi is a wonderful city and I think what
Atlante (MEX) it is doing to promote the game of tennis across
MounaKh @AbuDhabiTempo love Jalal Luqman's They hold the competition's best defensive record of 7 the region is fantastic.” – Roger Federer
work. too busy to go see it though :s goals by Los Potros de Hierro during CONCACAF Cham-
pions League. Key players: Federico Vilar, Gabriel Pereyra, The Capitala World Tennis Championship is back
Christian Bermudez, Luis Gabriel Rey and Rafael Marquez. and six of the world’s top professional tennis
players will be competing for the championship
Auckland City (NZL) trophy. Here is the line-up of tennis superstars:
Star striker Keryn Jordan scored 8 goals in 4 matches in Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga,
the 2008/09 OFC O-League. Key Players: James Pritchett, Nikolay Davydenko, Stanislas Wawrinka and
Ivan Vicelich and Keryn Jordan.Estudiantes de La Plata Robin Soderling.
Abhinav Manmohan: Tempo is probably one of the
best magazine's to come out in recent times with (ARG)
We were a bit disappointed when Fernando
UAE: Keeping The Covenant vibrant colours and catchy themes. Keep up the good
Estudiantes de La Plata (ARG) Verdasco, the world number 8 withdrew from
the event but the announcement that Stanislas
Are you ready to be a part of history? Celebrate UAE’s The ﬁrst team since the tournament's current format was
Wawrinka will be taking his place was cause for
38th National Day with ADACH as they organize the UAEDisaster : IT WAS introduced in 2000 to win the competition after coming
merriment. Afterall, Wawrinka teamed up with
longest traditional seating in collaboration with Ausha really nice, i couldn't walk through 16 qualifying matches. Key players: Leandro
Federer and won a doubles gold medal at the
bint Hussain Cultural Center. Thousands of volunteers for 2 days. 5 km was too Desabato, Cristian Cellay, Rodrigo Brana, Juan Sebastian
2008 Beijing Olympic Games and he will now
from across our capital city will be participating under much for me lol thanks for Veron, Mauro Boselli and Jose Luis Calderon.
be competing against the fellow Swiss for the
the slogan “keeping the covenant...and proud” Don’t
. bringing up the memories
FC Barcelona (ESP) Capitala trophy. Tennis enthusiasts will go wild
miss this chance to profess your love for the land of again : P for sure! Meanwhile Capitala Community Cup
plenty. Do get there on time as the seating will last for Barcelona was the highest-scoring team in the last tournaments (Nov 7 – Dec 5) have kicked off
38 minutes and end with a recitation of UAE’s National Champions League with 30 goals. Key players: Carles
Join our group, just log on to Facebook and search for to engage and attract youngsters towards the
Anthem. Puyol, Rafael Marquez, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Samuel Eto'o,
Abu Dhabi Tempo. world of tennis. And the prize? An exclusive
Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry. session with one of the world’s top players at the
When? Wednesday, 2nd December 2009 at 5 pm
Where? Breakwater - Abu Dhabi Capitala World Tennis Championship. So re-string
By the way you can also tweet with us on TP Mazembe Englebert (COD)
How? With your help and best wishes! those racquets and keep ‘em ready, the ball will
twitter.com/abudhabitempo.com. In 42 years, TP Mazembe has competed in 5 CAF soon be in your court!
Champions League till the ﬁnals. Key players: Robert
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began in Aug City). Determ Julian is a Malaysian expat living in Abu Dhabi. A self- and had a proper meal - fried rice and really good mixed
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the city. This month he tells us about a local restaurant he
ery shoppin e here to stay recently visited: the hoi-sin beef was half decent. Overall, it was still a
masses in ev ks because Curly fries ar good meal, and we were stuffed. About Dh 33 per head,
over petty sn well priced!
Golden Fork is a little eatery in the heart of town which
is really easy on the pocket! After popping by at the
Sheraton for 2 pints each (total of four) of Amstel Lite, Hmmm… located near KFC on Hamdan Street, Golden
which only cost Dh 50, we wandered over to Golden Fork seems to offer something for everyone. So folks do
Fork, for our Chinese dinner. Slurp! We were hungry! pop in for a meal!
“This was my third visit there. The ﬁrst two times were
Russo Ropin’ in Customers! Rodeo Gr
Petit Labelled as the best steakhouse in town by its regular customers,
– An Elegant Rodeo Grill at the Beach Rotana Hotel and Towers is worth a visit.
A club atmosphere with a dress code of smart casual does present
a mind boggling styling challenge for any fashionista. However,
once you enter through its doors your sense of smell will
overcome all your nervous impulses. Tempo popped in for
a bite and asked some of its customers, some nervous (we
Good News ladies! Ann Russo Petit has setup shop in Wahda Mall. Your search for are not the Spanish Inquisition people!) and some very
unique, affordable and fashionably chic evening wear is over. This trendy boutique obliging, about the food:
carries one-of-a-kind haute couture party dresses and night gowns designed for
it exclusively by Ann Russo and other casual dresses made in France, Italy, Turkey “Their stakes are the best, their beverage list is great too!”- Natalie G
& China. The shop’s manager, Mohammed Jasim told Tempo that the outlet caters
“Wagyu stake is great and the service is excellent, eat the steak or eat somewhere
to women’s demand for classy and elegant evening gowns at affordable rates. The
dresses are tagged at Dh 2500 onwards. What the shop lacks in spatial dimensions, it else!” - Danny M.
more than makes up for it in variety, design and vibrant colour palette of the formal “The meat was a little bland for me but otherwise everything else is lovely!” – Aiman A.
wear it showcases. It is well worth a visit if your closet space needs a dash of grace
and sophistication. Also worth a try are their desserts like the lemon parfait, citron tart, chocolate pyramid, mandarin sherbet
(lemon ﬂavour – they sure love lemons), citrus crème brulee and a delightful chocolate tart. For seafood lovers, Rodeo Grill
provides mouthwatering seafood cuisines as well. Tempo recommends the lobster bisque!
6 Tempo December 2009 www.abudhabitempo.com 7
My ABU DHABI homesmart Heritage Village Everyone has something they do better than anyone else. You have the brag rights and Tempo is
giving you the space, so send us your helpful tips and tricks to making life simpler and richer. Just
make sure its all original and all you!
Omron Khan is the Managing Director of a marketing ﬁrm. He often travels back and
forth between UAE and UK. This is what he had to say about the Heritage Village in
“If you’re a new visitor to Abu Dhabi you may be asking yourself, “Where are the camels?” This month’s picks...
“In the midst of shiny buildings and luxurious shopping malls one easily forgets that Abu Dhabi was
once a desert inhabited by camels and Bedouins. Some tourists may ﬁnd themselves putting in some “ Instead of buttermilk, I use fresh milk soured with a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice when
extra effort to locate places which showcase Abu Dhabi’s culture and heritage. After all, they do need cooking.” – Jenny M.
to feel that they are actually in another country.
“ I store shoes in boxes to protect them against scuffs and scratches and I click pics of each pair
“Do not despair! There is a little slice of history amongst all the glittering modernity in the form of Heritage and stick ‘em to the side of the box to make my last minute shoe hunts easier!”
Village. If you’re a culture vulture like me you’ll enjoy learning about the traditions and lifestyle of Bedouins – Kim Sullivan
in this recreated living exhibition of how the original inhabitants of this land used to live before oil was
discovered. “ When cooking meat, I often shred it to make it seem more than it is.” – Adriana Jones
“OK… so it is a little staged, but once you enter this open-air museum overlooking the Corniche juxtaposed in the “ I never hang delicate items like loose knits. I always fold them to prevent stretching.”
not be tossed
between high rising sky scrapers and Marina Mall, you are certainly transported to a simpler, calmer era. You can stroll Sneaks need thorough – Marium Shabbir
washing machine for
through a traditional market, view the mud brick houses and yes… they have camels too! You can opt for a camel ride or orkout
r a sweaty w
observe falcons in the regular falconry demonstrations. cleaning afte the insoles, “ When buying sunscreen, I always make sure it has an SPF of at least 30 and it is water resistant.”
session. Inst rush – Roma Nath
with a toothb n
brush of dirt lutio
“It’s well worth a visit and don’t worry, the camels don’t bite!”
dipped in a detergent so
eet YOUR MEET.... … Jane Cagais
sneakers with “ I always vacuum seal meat products to make them look fresh and prevent those unsightly
and stuff the
while they freezer burns.” – Rana Noor
It's a ...
Send us your tips: firstname.lastname@example.org
“I have moved to Abu Dhabi from Taiwan quite recently.
It has only been two weeks since I began working here
and I love this place already! Like most people, my quest
for a good job brought me to the capital city and
understandably, I was apprehensive about relocating to
oodThing Eko Friendly
UAE this far away from home.
“However, once I came here I realized that Abu Dhabi is
G Products in UAE
so culturally diverse that I instantly found people from
my homeland in the Philippines. Now I have a couple Have you ever wondered where you can ﬁnd eco-friendly golf balls in UAE? How about
of friends who I can go out with on weekends and on biodegradable toys, colour pencils made from recycled newspapers, sun jars that store
special occasions. sunlight, handmade Nepali paper or renewable cellulose loofahs? By now most of you must
be wondering (with raised eyebrows no doubt) whether these products actually exist! They
do and they are available in Ekotribe, a company which offers environmentally friendly
“Taiwan was a nice city to work in but people there rarely substitutes to a wide range of products. Their product list includes: solar powered totes,
spoke a word of English and it was difﬁcult for me to bamboo kitchen ware, eco-friendly shower heads, green books, BPA-free water bottles, and
bridge the communication gap. I do not face such reusable shopping bags etc of superior design and quality which on disposal get absorbed
problems here as almost everyone in this city knows into the environment. Showcasing products from brands like Illume, Totally Bamboo,
English. I am learning a few words of Arabic as well! Preserve, Tucker Bags, Planet Pixies, Ecominders and many other designers, Ekotribe
provides environmentally safe products for a better lifestyle. They even plan to open an
“I do miss my family back home. I have a one year old online store: www.thegreenecostore.com
Jane Cagais is a server in an upscale coffee shop in Marina kid and a husband both of whom I dearly love. I hope to
Mall. Tempo joins her for a cuppa as she tells us why she bring them here some day so that I can give my son a Catch them in the capital next year during the GreenBuild World Summit in ADNEC
calls Abu Dhabi her new home... better life and my family a better future.” (May 24 - 26). Meanwhile visit: www.ekotribe.com
8 Tempo December 2009 www.abudhabitempo.com 9
PEOPLE METER Making a
People Meter is an offbeat way to learn more about Each of us can in his, or her, own way make a difference in our world. Sometimes this can be a simple
our community and its people who come from gesture, and sometimes it is a kind word. This page is dedicated to the hero that resides in each and
every one of us, and to the sharing of great news that will make our planet a better place for us all.
different backgrounds, cultures and walks of life.
This month, we invite Sara Svensson and
Ramadina Macusang to participate in
TIME FOR SOME Volunteer in
Quick Questions Abu Dhabi
a) If you could be one
celebrity who would you be?
Sara: Michelle Obama
CHARITY Putting the Facebook phenomenon to good use is an Abu
Dhabi based volunteering group called, Volunteer in Abu
Dhabi (no points for guessing that one!). Founded by Lola
Lopez, the group has more than 750 followers who receive
Ramadina: Elizabeth Taylor Abu Dhabi Mall Winter Charity Arts
and Crafts Fair direct posts on their Facebook page whenever someone
posts about a volunteering opportunity. Joining the effort
b) A hidden talent you The Nobel Prize winning humanitarian are Ryan Rowe, Suparna Mathur, and Volunteer coordinators:
possess? organization, Médecins Sans Frontières Soﬁa Diop and Mame Diop. From recruiting volunteers for a
Sara: The talent of secrecy. (MSF) is the driving force behind many diabetes walk on F1 race track or sorting through books for
charity events. This time around a second a charity sale, Volunteer in Abu Dhabi is the fun volunteering
Ramadina: I love to dance and I do hand book bazaar is being organized on organization with a serious goal:
it well! 11th December so that mall goers can
buy books at bargained prices. MSF is Volunteering can help you ﬁnd your emotional feet, re-discover
Sara Svensson Ramadina Macusang renowned for its efforts towards
c) What is your worst fear? lost faith and heal wounds. The joy of giving and helping those
Swedish Philippino rehabilitation of victims who suffer at in urgent need will ﬁll you with warmth and a joy beyond
Sara: Losing my loved ones and the hands of calamity (both natural and... expression. There is no feeling in the world quite like putting
ignorance. man-made). It will also hold a tombola shoes on a child who has never had any.
Ramadina: To be alone. where lucky shoppers will win prizes! The
What ﬁrst word comes to your mind when I say...? unlucky ones will still go home satisﬁed as – Lola Lopez
they will know that they have contributed So if you wish to volunteer and have no idea of where, when
d) If you could be president of your to a worthy cause. and how; join their group and make everyday count!
country for a day, what would you
Colour Rainbow Colour Life
Music Hajen Music Magic Sara: Call my brother and two sisters
Bag Travel Bag Silent Lady to join me for a Presidential
Tempo’s (aka ‘the Rahma briga
House Future House Fulfilled Breakfast and hire ecologists for
future planning projects.
Anger Fear Anger Frustration
Junk Useful Junk Disrespectful
Ramadina: To take all the The largest ever ar
children and give them a home and my of volunteers Every month a container ﬁlled with clothes, toy, mobile
Art Life Art Life in UAE was mobilize
proper education. d during Formula phones and other items of necessity is sent to Iraq where
Light Healing Light Hope One Abu Dhabi GP. it is distributed to those who need it most. Contact Rasha
Can you guess
Smile Powerful Smile Love the magic number? Al Mukhtar on Facebook for details on collection points
e) Your weapon of choice in a ﬁght? A whopping 800!! located in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. They can even arrange
Concert Manu Chao Concert Daily Sara: Maracas Thanks guys, all yo
ur efforts paid off. for a pickup if the location points are not close to
Time Flies Time Gold Ramadina: Magnum 357
Rules Helpful Rules Tough
Silence Golden Silence Lonliness
Making a Difference is a celebration of good people and good deeds. Please share with us your ideas, activities and community
‘public-good ‘ stories. Send them to email@example.com
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Every letter speaks a thousand words. Welcome to FLOWER
the enchanting world where understanding and
discovering your inner-self is as easy as scribbling Abu Dhabi is hosting so many international events that it is
something on a piece of paper. Graphology is com- only a short while before your hostessing skills will be put to
monly known as Handwriting Analysis and it is the the test by guests visiting from back home or
science involved in producing a personality proﬁle of maybe worse... your In-laws! 'So what?' you say. Afterall, you
have aced all cooking classes, thrown away all unsightly Assertiveness is the ability to make your feelings and are aggressive then you need to ﬁgure out why people
the writer by examining the characteristics, traits and
junk (or atleast hidden it) and the house has survived a rights known to others while making sure that you don’t feel threatened by you.
strokes of his or her handwriting. Tempo gives you a
round of merciless cleaning. But wait! Have you paid encroach on theirs. It is an integral tool in ofﬁce
chance to get your handwriting analyzed by
Graphologist Riddhi Doshi for free! Send in your attention to all the details? For example: How do you plan to communication. Being assertive is about being direct Criticism: You must be ready to listen to and identify
scanned writing samples to place the napkins on the table? If your and honest but most people have to learn this skill as all constructive criticism that comes your way. Don’t try
reply is: 'In a messy heap', then you need to read this next bit! they are either too passive or too aggressive. Both of pleasing everyone at once. Just make small changes in
firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Art of Oracle’ in
the subject line. which are a safety hazard in an ofﬁce environment! your everyday routine, for example: try listening to what
Here’s why... people really want.
Writing sample from a reader who wishes to Do it in Steps • It helps in stress management as you clearly Say ‘NO’: Let go of the fear of disappointing people. You
communicate your views to fellow ofﬁce workers. need to know when to say ‘no’. Colleagues indulging in
gossip want you to join in while you are busy with work;
• It tends to reduce conﬂicts in your dealings with others say ‘no’! Another ofﬁce worker needs a favour and asks
because you present your views without offending you to ﬁnish their 100 page report by tomorrow; say ‘no’.
them. You get the idea, right?
• Your needs are met as per your requirements as Your voice: If you have a different opinion then the
Step 1: Begin with a Step 2: Fold in all the
colleagues know exactly what you want. popular one, don’t be afraid to voice it. Speak your mind
square cloth napkin corners towards the when others ask for your judgment. If they want to
placed on the table with centre of the square. know what your cubicle buddy thinks they’ll ask him!
• People can count on you and this forms the root of
Keep this information handy for your own safety. Cut out and paste on your fridge
its design side facing
stronger, trustworthy ofﬁce relationships.
Analysis: You are very emotional – Your energy levels down.
Don’t feel attacked: Similarly, when people differ from
are good and you can work for long hours – Also your view point, don’t feel ambushed. Conﬁdently state
• It gives you peace of mind and body. You don’t get
have trouble saying ‘No’ – Your speech can get blunt your beliefs with sound reasoning and others will soon
ulcers fretting about ofﬁce politics as you are more
at times – You have the ability to forgive but you understand the way you perceive an issue. Engaging in
focused on your work.
never forget – Tend to adhere to selective listening a war of words never ends with the other party saying,
– Digestion is weak – Sometimes you get a little “Oh I see my mistake, I understand you perfectly now!”
overconﬁdent – You are creative and fond of music Become More Assertive
– Tendency to put on weight is high – Prone to being Assess yourself: Take a good look at where you stand.
cheated. What changes in personality and style to do you need
Step 3: Fold in the Step 4: Flip the napkin
corners once again. over very carefully. Fold to make to get people to take you more seriously? If you
Advice: Write till the end of the page and ensure that
you make the most of all opportunities that come in the corners towards
Management Tip #3*
your way. the centre one last
Be sure to replenish your ofﬁce materials
Step 5: Hold the napkin ahead of time. Manage your stocks and
in the centre with your inventory, reordering ahead of time, so
Riddhi Doshi ﬁnger. Pull out the ﬂap
is a renowned that you won’t waste time in the future
under each of the cor-
Graphologist waiting for stocks to arrive.
ners. You can place the
practicing in UAE napkin in the middle of
& India. To know * Part 3 of a 12 issue series
the dinner plate.
Love & Joy, more about this
interesting art form,
Riddhi join her Facebook
group: Art of Oracle
Remember to smile as guests rave about your
new napkin folding skills.
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Pearly Whites! So you must have given plenty of thought to healthy changes you need to make in your life for next year; like giving
up full cream dairy products, going for early morning walks and spending more time with your family than at the
What is the ﬁrst thing people notice about you? No, it’s not the Gucci shoes or the Rolex wristwatch. Although we are ofﬁce etc. Have you thought of resolutions for your home? Yes, you read it correctly; a person’s home is where he or she
sure they have played their part well in helping you make a good ﬁrst impression. The answer is: Your smile. Actually, to spends so much time, and so it makes perfect sense for it to reﬂect their changing attitude towards life.
be more precise, your teeth. You might be a bombshell like Salma Hayek but one look at rotting or discoloured teeth and Let’s welcome 2010 with the latest limited edition from The One.
people will run in the other direction yelling, “Freddy Kruegar on the loose!”
So how do you keep those yummy treats from spoiling your teeth? The answer is simple: Don’t eat them. However, unless
you are a monk of some sort, there is no way that’s possible! Tempo understands your dilemma (actually, most of us are
in the same boat as you). So here are few tips on side-stepping the problem:
Resolution # 5 bl
Remember to rest your back, use Purples, soft ns,
s, golden gree
CHEAP TRICKS TO AVOID
a trendy cushion for support. metallic
llows are the
greys and ye is
‘in’ colours !th
· Use a straw to drink cold drinks and other beverages
(those which will not raise eyebrows on use of a straw, for
example: if you drink green tea through a straw we will be
thoroughly displeased). This way the liquid bypasses your
teeth, lessening surface staining. Resolution # 4
· Drink plenty of water after eating foods that stain, typi- Everyone needs a reminder now
cally those foods with alot of artiﬁcial colouring in them. and then of how much you love
· Mommy was right! Brush your teeth twice a day, everyday.
· Schedule regular teeth cleaning sessions with your
dentist. Experts say that professional whitening can last a
lifetime if you watch what you eat and drink.
· Deeply coloured foods are to be avoided while whiten- Resolution # 3
ing and two days after the treatment. Some major teeth Keep track of time; don’t waste it
staining culprits to watch out for are (hold your breath): on unnecessary things.
soft drinks, red wine, smoking, sports drinks, blueberries,
coffee and tea.
Tempo says: Don’t smoke, stick to mineral water and keep
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An irreverent look at the
idiosyncrasies of language.
UN YTHI T L
By Rantan Rave
Names: Of Nader and Nadia
As multi-racial (of Arab and another
nationality) families become increasingly
common, couples in the relationship are
I went to one of the stores on the top ﬂoor of Marina Mall and they
On the Garbage Soapbox
facing a rather daunting task ﬁnding a
name that will please all nationalities had a sale; really good savings, too (up to 60%). I picked up a pair
involved. So when choosing names for of pants and went to the cash register where an Italian tourist (she
their babies, most are opting for easy, non- wanted to pay in dollars, that’s how I knew) looked quite distraught.
Remember last issue when I talked about the large amount of refuse threatening, certainly non-guttural names
which regularly piles up in my apartment’s garbage chute and that are acceptably Arabic but still universal
blocks access to the lift? Well, let’s stay on the garbage and landﬁll sounding. Enough to be “assimilatable”
She had picked up an embroidered blouse and it had a tag of Dh
topic.... perhaps brainstorm ideas and solutions. Number one: Why into other cultures. The naming tug of war 129 as the original price and Dh 99 as the new price. But the cashier
do we have to buy more than we consume? This one’s easy, think between the couple usually gives way to told her that there had been a mistake, the product had been
twice before buying. Number two: Why do we rush to throw things the choice of middle ground not-too-ethnic mislabeled and the price was actually Dh 149. The lady ﬁnally
if others might need them? The solution is that we clearly need to Arabic names, like Sami, Nadia, Hani, Dana
get into ‘recycle, reuse and resell’ mode. Ideas: let’s do swap meets,
bought the blouse at Dh 149 but was clearly unhappy about it.
etc, that are borderline ‘international’. Indeed
garage sales and more classiﬁed advertising to place reusable items nowadays during an introduction of children
in appreciative homes. Number three: Why don’t we give more to She left the store, and I bumped into her outside in the atrium
by multi-racial families (involving an Arab
others who need it but can’t afford it rather than throwing it away husband) you can predict (with a huge where she was muttering to herself. She argued that the store had
perfunctorily? Solution: Give items you don’t need any more to degree of certainty) that the ﬁrst born may to uphold the cost on the label, and got up saying she would go
charity, but ﬁx them up ﬁrst (be nice) and give it to people who need be a son named ‘Sami’ or a daughter named back and talk to the store manager. I felt sorry for her but not sorry
it. Believe it or not, there are families right here in the Emirates who ‘Sara’. If the couple have a third child, who’s a
are hurting. The big picture: We all need a little realignment on life,
enough to agree with her decision. I thought perhaps if she felt
girl, it is likely she may turn out to be a Nadia,
social responsibility and ethics. Appreciate the virtues of simpler strongly enough about it, that she should just return the item and
Laila, Nora, or Deena. More kids? It gets a bit
living, and stamp out excess when you see it. Right now, our landﬁlls tougher here, but there are still options: how get a refund. Sent in by A. Summer
are brimming and so is my garbage chute. Anyone know where I can about Dania, Dana, Hanna, Dalia, Ida, Iman,
recycle a soapbox? Camilla or Rabia?
is happened to
t would you do if th paying the price
Comments? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org Finding “easy” Arabic boy’s names is much
more difﬁcult because the name pool of Wha st on
easy names is signiﬁcantly smaller. So you? Would you insi gher cost or return
on the tag, pay the
while the ﬁrst born may be “Sami” or “Hani” ,
for subsequent boys names families ﬁnd
they have to resort to a raft of more ethnic the item?
sounding names such as Jamal, Anis, Amir,
Basel (the latter of which is a neutral name in
Arabic even if it is a pompous one in English),
Omar, Nasser or Najeeb.
“Of course they should give it to her at the price on the tag! If she
As these names become overused, and had spoken to the manager before paying, they may have done
the multi-racial marriage phenomenon that.” Dina K.
grows, we may well see an increase in the
crossover ‘genre’ of names (mostly biblical
ones with Anglo, Arabic, Latin, and Greek “Clearly it is a mistake. The lady should decide whether or not she
variations) such as Yousef/ Joseph/ Yorgos, wants to buy it based on the price correction.” F.S.
John/ Hanna/ Yanni, Nooh/ Noah, Issa/Jesus
etc. Interesting times to be sure. Let’s wait
and see... “I think it is all much ado about “In the states, most stores honour the price tags, even if they have a
nothing. She should pick up another mistake on them. There is a prevailing philosophy that the customer
Send us your feedback, questions, or just simply shirt.” Praveen P. is always right. I think some stores in UAE also do that.” Barry S.
tell us about your linguistic (mis)adventures.
Send your stories to email@example.com
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E YOU RE
MUSIC WILL S
San d Land
A Yank in
FIFA Abu Dhabi 2009,
Dear Um Saif, What is it?
I have a problem and I would like to have your input . There OK, I admit my ignorance. I know it is a kind of a
football league but how it works is a mystery to
is a hair salon that I have been going to for a number of me even after an intense Wikipedia session. There
years. I go there for haircuts and herbal facials. The service is a championship here as well as in South Africa in
six months. Which one is the real championship?
is excellent and I really like their beautician. However, lately Also, what about the Big One that happens every
I am not interested in going to the salon as the lady who four years that everyone outside of North America
gives me my facials has hands that smell of onions. I am gets all excited about?
embarrassed to bring it up with her because I know her I am perplexed as this is all new to me. Where I
hands are clean but the stench destroys my herbal facial grew up we have football too, but it was played
by huge guys with helmets on who hit each other
experience. What would you do in such a scenario? Do I hard and often got carried off the ﬁeld in
Brazilian Samba Dancing came to the capital this October bring it up with the manager? I really don’t want to switch stretchers. The strategy is easy to follow and the
scores usually end up as double digits. Only one
on Corniche as a part of Yasalam events. While shaking and salons but I can’t stand the odour either! man on each team can use his foot to advance
‘shimmy-ing’ to its beats, did you think of where this exotic the ball.
dance originated? Do you know what ‘Samba’ actually means? Dear Molly, Molly S FIFA seems to be what I recognize as soccer. You
Alright, ease those frown lines, Tempo has the answers for you know, the game in which a bunch of players in
Since you value this woman’s work it would be unfair to hurt shorts and adverts on their shirts randomly run
right here! around a huge ﬁeld after a speckled ball for a very
her by complaining to the manager. The best solution to this long time. If you are lucky, you might get to see
malodorous riddle is to talk to her discretely. That’s what I one or two points made. Only one man on each
Samba is derived from the Portuguese verb ‘sambar’ – so it quite team can use his hands to advance the ball.
literally means to ‘dance to rhythm’. The dance has African and would do. Take her aside when she is on a break and inform her
of the issue, even if it is upsetting for her. It is more important I opted for the sports package on my very
European roots. If you feel slightly liberated while performing expensive local cable TV, I wish I hadn’t. I have six
for you to tell her the truth than to save hurting her feelings. I channels of soccer games 24/7/365. I’d rather
those body-shaking, buttock-jiggling dance moves it’s because
am sure she will recognize in the long run that you might have watch paint dry. Don’t even get me started on
you are vibrating to the rhythm of a dance practiced by former Cricket!
saved her job. If she doesn’t, no matter; know that you did the
slaves who migrated from Bahia in northeast Brazil. Through right thing. Your advice will also serve you well as aromathera- - Randy Parker
the decades, the dance was integrated with other regional py is an important part of a good facial.
dances like Polka, Xote, Lundu, Maxixe and others to become the Here are some hip and happening Randy has been a resident of Abu Dhabi since
dance classes around town: August, 2008 and works in the travel industry. He
urban dance of Rio de Janeiro. Don’t confuse it with the Rumba has a blog at:
though! Rumba is a dance with more Afro-Cuban inﬂuences. African Dance: The Club, ADCB Building, TRENDSETTERS SHOP http://expatuae.blogspot.com/
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the European form of the festival, later absorbing elements
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let’s put a brake on Samba Theory 101 and move on to Building (Corniche), call: 02 626 2533 donated to the Simelela Rape Centre in Cape Town through the Elton John
practicals! Are you up for a fun, hip-shaking and belly-wriggling AIDS Foundation. The proceeds will enable the clinic stay open 24 hours per
dance session right here in Abu Dhabi? day, and thus provide access to a life saving treatment which needs to be
administered within the ﬁrst 72 hours of exposure to HIV.
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By Samantha Davis
Any real relationship has its fair share of conﬂicts and disagreements. In itself, conﬂict isn’t a problem but handling
it correctly can make or break a relationship. All it takes is a little bit of effort on your part. It’s all about effectively
communicating your views to the other party which can lead to a more favourable outcome. Here are a couple of
points to keep in mind:
1. Listen Carefully: When in an argument, try to
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grasp what the other person is saying instead of
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mistake then own up to it. This might cause the
thinking of your next retort. It is tough, but effective �������������������������
other party to respond in kind and admit their folly
communication is a two-way street! You can only
explain your side well if you try to really understand
as well. Afterall, it takes two to Tango. ��������
other’s point of view.
5. Use “I” Messages: Refrain from saying things
2. Focus on the Present: Now we all know the
kniving, underhanded techniques we sometimes like, “You are responsible for this mess,” begin
statements with “I” like, “I feel frustrated when this
use to get one-up on our opponents when in
a heated debate, for example: reminding them happens.” It sets a less accusatory tone and helps
the other person understand your point of view
of the past. Don’t! It is no use digging up past
events and mistakes. Sure, history might repeat rather than feeling attacked. ���������������������
itself, but it will get you nowhere in terms of �������������
settling the issue at hand.
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about knowing when to take a break. If you feel �������������������� �
that you are moments away from physically
3. Show Empathy: Don’t get aggressive when
attacking the other person then it might be a good
someone comes at you with criticism, listen for the
point to take a time-out and get your mind to calm
other person’s pain and respond with empathy for
down. Have lemonade or Kitkat.
their feelings. Also, it might not seem like it then but
what they say might be true. Leave room for self-
assessment later on.
Enough talk about settling debates. How about sparking some? Here are the
results of two opinion polls conducted on our website. Do you agree or disagree?
Tell us why, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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feel the rhythm
Launched to Raise 6 reasons to visit us:
in the Capital Environmental
Just when you thought Abu Dhabi couldn't be more abuzz with
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, , , HE. Majid Al Mansouri, Secretary General
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Now they are about to show Abu Dhabi, what all the fuss is believe Shaheen’s World will help themdo
about. You don't want to miss this live performance as Brandon, that.”
Dave, Mark and Ronnie Jr. take the stage on the lawns of the
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