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hello Abu Dhabi,
Once again the city will reverberate with the sound of international music as
performers from all over the globe converge on Abu Dhabi for WOMAD 2010. I
remember seeing WOMAD over a decade ago in Marymoor Park in Seattle, and 4 Your Say
I can tell you it was great fun over there, and its totally cool over here as well.
Definitely a coup for our fair city! This WOMAD will feature rising stars from the 5 Shop Call
local scene like ABRI, to international ones like Hanggai and LeTrio Joubran.
Audiences will be regaled by music from Spain, Algeria, Iraq, UAE, India, Burundi, 6 What’s Hot in Abu Dhabi
US, France, Mali, Sudan, Egypt, China, Nigeria, UK and Pakistan. What a line-up:
One World, One Rhythm. For those classical music afficionados, there’s Venice’s 8 Movie Watch
legendary Teatro La Fenice in Abu Dhabi Classics, which will unleash the magic
of Italian romantic composer Giuseppe Verdi in full orchestra and with renowned 9 My Abu Dhabi
10 My Fave Recipe
The next two weeks are packed with memorable performances so keep your
daily planner aside, put on your dancing shoes and head to Abu Dhabi Corniche
11 City Bites
to join the party!
Kindness to all, 12 People Meter & Meet your Neighbour
13 Making a Difference
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me want to take up my old hobby again. and mutual understanding between the UAE and Italy.
Thanks to all the artists. Good job! international Calligraphy Competition: Early this month ADACH
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for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA), dedicated to the memory
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Thursday 22ndApril 2010
Abu Dhabi Corniche
performances are as much a spectacle of dance as music. With Time North Stage South Stage Trispan Tent Workshops Activities
in Abu Dhabi
tremendous energy, dancing with as much skill, expressiveness, 18.00
WOmAD event Schedule 22nd April
and thunderous excitement as they drum, the drummers leap, TAKING SHAPE & DOT TO DOT
(18.00 – 19.30)
twist and spin around a crescent of great log drums, made from 19.00
DRUMMERS OF BURUNDI BABYLON CIRCUS
Opening Procession (19.15 – 19.35) (Taste The World) THE MORA BROTHERS Cuba
hollowed-out tree trunks covered with dried animal skins. CHILDREN PERFORMANCE France & SHONA WATT UK
(19.40 – 20.10) (19.10 – 20.10) (19.15 – 20.15)
Faiz Ali Faiz (Pakistan) China
(20.20 – 21.00)
DUBAI DRUMS (Family Drum Circle)
TAKING SHAPE & DOT TO DOT (20.30 – 21.00)
Faiz Ali Faiz is one of the torchbearers of a tradition that goes LE TRIO JOUBRAN AMARITA VARGAS (Workshop)
22-24 apr, corniche Beach
(20.30 – 22.00)
(21.05 – 21.45) (21.05 – 21.45)
back over 700 years, the tradition of Qawwali, the devotional FAIZ ALI FAIZ & TITI ROBIN
22.00 Pakistan France THE BROWN MONKEYS
WOMAD is back! 37 music acts from around the world will music of the Sufis of Pakistan and India. Faiz Ali Faiz’s ecstatically (21.50 – 22.35) (Grafﬁti Wall)
perform on Abu Dhabi shores and regale a multi-cultural soaring vocal style and daring fusions transcend cultural, 23.00
France (Taste The World)
(22.40 – 23.30) Sudan / Egypt
audience with global tunes. Here is a brief history of some language and religious barriers and bring the devotional but (22.40 – 23.40)
FEMI KUTI (Live Art on Site)
of the artists performing in the festival, alongside a series of vibrant vocal music of the Sufi mystics of the Islamic religion to Nigeria
Friday 23rdApril 2010
(23.35 – 00.25)
workshops and other activities to be held along the Corniche:
the world. Drawing on a rich vein of poetic imagery, Faiz Ali Faiz TRANSGLOBAL UNDERGROUND
adds a twist to his music with an inspired fusion of Qawwali’s
Abu Dhabi Corniche
01.00 (00.30 – 01.30) UK
(00.30 – 01.30)
Amparo Sánchez (Spain) traditional notes and scales and the harmonies of Flamenco
Spanish singer Amparo Sánchez has touched many audiences
music, creating a rich, inspirational blend, enhanced by the
with her ability to mix different cultures and types of traditional
folklore songs with Dub, Reggae, Ska, Rumba, Bolero, Jazz,
contrast between the two musical styles.
Time North Stage South Stage Trispan Tent Workshops Activities
womadabudhabi.ae Follow us on:
Cumbia and other musical styles. Amparo has collaborated 18.00
WOmAD event Schedule 23rd April
with a number of different types of artist, including French titi robin (France) TAKING SHAPE & DOT TO DOT
singer and musician, Manu Chao. Thierry “Titi” Robin, is a self-taught musician who has created a 19.00
(18.00 – 19.30)
DUBAI DRUMS (Family Drum Circle)
THE ZAWOSE FAMILY THE MORA BROTHERS UAE
musical world for himself by instinctively assimilating elements Sudan / Egypt
(Taste The World)
& SHONA WATT
(19.00 – 19.45)
(19.15 – 20.10) UK
(19.10 – 20.10)
Debashish bhattacharya (india) in response to his need to express himself. His distinctive, 20.00 (19.15 – 20.15)
One of the world’s most talented and remarkable slide culture-crossing sound blends elements of Oriental and UAE DEBASHISH BATTACHARYA (Workshop)
DUBAI DRUMS (Family Drum Circle)
(20.20 – 21.10) India
TAKING SHAPE & DOT TO DOT
guitarists, Debashish Bhattacharya, continues a thousand Andalucian music, mixing melodic improvisations and light- 21.00 (20.30 – 21.15)
(20.30 – 21.15)
CHEMIRANI’S (20.30 – 22.00)
year old tradition of music, taking his audience on a dazzling hearted rhythmical duels. He brilliantly combines Flamenco Iran / France
(21.15 – 22.05)
musical journey laced with multi-dimensional intrigue, guitar with Arabic oud and the dance music of Rajasthan’s
(Taste The World)
THE BROWN MONKEYS
hypnotic patterns and stunning rhythms. UK France UAE
snake charmers to create a unique sound, drawing a personal (22.10 – 23.00) (22.00 – 23.00) (Throughout Festival)
musical vision from a mosaic of artists from Northern India to SIERRA MAESTRA
tinariwen (mali) Cuba WASEL SAFRAN
(23.05 – 00.05)
(Live Art on Site)
Andalusia, via the Balkans.
Saturday 24thApril 2010
Tinariwen is a band of Touareg musicians from the Sahara 00.00 ABRI (Workshop) UAE
UAE (Throughout Festival)
Desert region of northern Mali in Africa. Formed in 1979, they Algeria / France
(00.00 – 00.45)
hanggai (China) (00.10 – 01.10)
Abu Dhabi Corniche
rose to prominence as the icons of a whole generation of young 01.00
Touareg living in exile in Algeria and Libya. They have become Hanggai, a group of young musicians from Beijing and the
one of the most successful African groups in the world, singing Chinese province of Inner Mongolia have attracted quite
about the suffering and exile of their people and about the Children’s Additional
beauty of their desert home.
a following in recent years with their interpretations of
Time North Stage South Stage Trispan Tent Workshops Activities
traditional songs from the grasslands. womadabudhabi.ae Follow us on:
DUBAI DRUMS PROCESSION UAE &
18.00 PROCESSION ALL
ZAWOSE FAMILY PROCESSION Tanzania
WOmAD event Schedule 24th April
(18.00 – 18.30)
(18.00 – 18.30)
babylon Circus (France) rango (Sudan/egypt)
(18.30 – 19.05) TAKING SHAPE UK & DOT TO DOT UK
19.00 & MALARKY UK (18.45 – 19.30)
An on-stage carnival procession, the surrealistic French AMPARO SÁNCHEZ CHEMIRANI'S
Rango is fascinating collective of musicians and dancers who Spain (Taste The World) THE MORA BROTHERS Cuba
& SHONA WATT & DOT TO DOT
Ska/Reggae punksters, Babylon Circus, carry a message of (19.10 – 20.00) Iran / France
(19.10 – 20.10) UK UK
take their name from an historic and extremely rare type of 20.00 (19.15 – 20.15)
optimism in the style of musical warriors. These sonic rebels MAYRA ANDRADE
“marimba” the “rango” Based in Cairo, they perform trance-
. Cape Verde DUBAI DRUMS (Family Drum Circle)
use the power of the microphone to provide an alternative (20.20 – 21.05) UAE
view of reality. Their music is also a call to put your ‘wallflower’ inducing Sudanese acoustic dance music, originating from 21.00
TINARIWEN COLLABORAITON Mali AMARITA VARGAS
(20.30 – 21.15)
WITH MEHDI & TV ON THE RADIO (Workshop)
days behind and join in the sonic madness led by the band’s traditional ceremonies played on vintage lyres retro-fitted with Algeria USA
(21.10 – 22.00)
(21.10 – 22.00)
TAKING SHAPE & MALARKY
energetic stage antics. electric pick-ups and accompanied by drummers and ritual HABIB KOITÉ
UK UK THE BROWN MONKEYS
(20.30 – 22.00)
percussionists wearing ‘mangor’ belts fashioned from goat (22.05 – 23.05)
horns. DAMIAN 'JR GONG' MARLEY
Jamaica China WASEL SAFRAN
the Drummers of burundi (burundi) 00.00
(23.10 – 00.10) (23.10 – 00.00) (Live Art on Site)
The Drummers of Burundi first took the UK by storm at For more reviews of performing artists, flip over DRUMMERS OF BURUNDI
Closing Procession (00.15 – 00.30)
the legendary inaugural WOMAD Festival in 1982. Their to The Beat with DJ Aich.
Tempo April 2010
magic of the Opera
18 Apr, Emirates Palace
movie Myabu dHabi
Abu Dhabi Classics continues to weave its magic as the heart
of two of Verdi’s most powerful dramatic and moving operas,
“La Traviata” and “Rigoletto” are scheduled to be performed
watcH Young and talented, Fatima Hussain Al t: Do you wish to play any other musical instruments?
Hashemi is a star performer of the Abu Dhabi F: I want to play the violin masterfully and I even took
by the orchestra of Venice’s legendary Teatro La Fenice, with Festival 2010. She chats with Tempo and gives some violin courses in the university but I prefer to play
a line-up of soloists including some of the most beautiful us a rare insight into what it takes to be an
Paper man piano.
voices of our day: Georgian soprano Nino Machaidze, Russian Emirati musical prodigy.
Releasing April 23: A once-successful
mezzo-soprano Julia Gertseva, Mexican tenor Ramón Vargas novelist (Jeff Daniels), constantly attended t: Who is your favorite pianist of our time and why?
and Italian baritone Franco Vassallo. by the imaginary superhero who has tempo: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
been his pal since he was a kid, struggles F: Well, there are many excellent pianists in our time and
to recover what made him great while Fatima Al hashemi: I am 24 years old and was born in each of them has a special mannerism which influences
be noble watching his marriage fail. He derives some
inspiration from his platonic friendship with
Abu Dhabi. I have one sister and two brothers and I am the their performance and adds that special magic to it.
24 Apr, Emirates Palace eldest.
a Cape Cod high-school girl. t: If you could play with them one day, which symphony
Another award ceremony is coming to town but it’s not t: At what age did you discover your talent? Where your would you chose and why?
for sports or movies. Don’t be disappointed though! This the backup Plan parents supportive of your decision to learn music?
time around it’s for a good cause. The Noble Humanitarian
F: I would like to play Chopin’s piano concerto no.1 with
Releasing April 23: After years of dating, Zoe F: I was enrolled in music school very early on in my life so a professional orchestra one day, but my dream is to be a
Awards Middle East is an annual event which recognizes the (Jennifer Lopez) has decided waiting for the
right one is taking too long. Determined that I would explore my talent. Initially, I began playing the conductor of such an orchestra.
achievements of regional philanthropic organizations and accordion and I often took it home to practice. Eventually
to become a mother, she commits to a
for the first time, it’s heading towards Abu Dhabi city. plan, makes an appointment and decides t: How was it like performing for the Abu Dhabi Festival
my parents and other family members noticed my flare
to go it alone. On the day of her artificial 2010 in front of all those dignitaries?
for performance and my grasp of musical notes. They have
“The awards strives to honor the celebrities who use their insemination, Zoe meets Stan (Alex
O’Loughlin) – a man with real possibilities. since tried to support me in all that I do. F: It was my pleasure to play in the Abu Dhabi Festival
platform to create awareness, build knowledge and go above Only to discover that her life is about to 2010 but it was not my first performance in front of large
and beyond by investing themselves in the charities they shift into hyper-drive. t: Tell us a little about the discipline involved in excelling
audiences. I have performed in many concerts in Abu
support.” Janeen mansour, Founder of The Noble Awards as a professional pianist. What is your daily schedule like?
Dhabi, Dubai, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah.
Furry Vengeance F: At the beginning, I was studying with a private teacher,
The charity organizations among this year’s honourees are: t: Many youngsters today find it hard to juggle studies
Releasing April 30: Furry Vengeance is a Mr. Sultan Al Khateeb. He mentored me during those
Nahtam, The Dubai Autism Centre, Dubai Cares, Friends live action family comedy starring Brendan and musical training. What would be your advice to them?
initial years. After that I decided to take it to the next level
Fraser, in which an ambitious young real
of Cancer Patients Society, Zayed Higher Organization for estate developer, Dan Sanders, faces off
and enrolled in the International Music Institute for two F: If you love something enough, you always find time for
Humanitarian Care and Special Needs, Gulf for Good, Life with a band of angry animals when his years and currently I am nearing the completion of the it. It should never become too difficult to maintain a love
for Relief & Development, and Make-A-Wish Foundation. new housing subdivision pushes too last level (grade 8), hoping to get a diploma from UK. I for music.
far into a pristine part of the wilderness. also take musical training lessons from Mr. Martin Hrsel
The awards trophy is designed by Hollywood star, Antonio Led by an incredibly clever raccoon, the
Banderas with contributions from kids from some of the animals stymie the development and
through the music center in Ministry of Culture, Youth and
teach our hero about the environmental Community Development. My participation in the first
philanthropic organizations he works with. Regional and
consequences of man’s encroachment on UAE International Chopin Competition 2010 bagged me
international artists are converging to the capital to perform nature. Watch this one with kids! the second prize and a plane ticket along with a 2-day
for the gala event. Look up the above mentioned charities hotel accommodation enabling me to take part in the
and see how you can contribute. i love you Phillip morris competition in Kuwait (First Gulf International Chopin
Releasing April 30: When a local Texas Competition) where I got the best Emirati pianist prize and
policeman, Steve Russell (Jim Carrey), turns distinction award. I must say, with these awards and all the
to cons and fraud to allow him to change
accolade, I feel that my practicing has really paid off.
his lifestyle (in more ways than one), his
subsequent stay in the state penitentiary t: How do you cope up with the pressure of studies and
results in his meeting the love of his life,
a sensitive fellow inmate named Phillip training lessons?
Morris (Ewan McGregor). What ensues can
only be described as a relentless quest as F: I am studying in the UAE University. My major is
Russell attempts escape after escape and Architectural Engineering. Trust me, it takes a lot of work
executes con after con, all in the name of to keep on top my game in both these areas of my life. The
love. whole week, I stay in my hostel in Al Ain, keep practicing
both music and try and maintain good grades. While on
harry brown weekends, I return back to Abu Dhabi, so I am never out of
Releasing April 30: Starring Michael touch with my music. Infact, in the break time between my
Caine, Emily Mortimer, Iain Glen, Liam classes, I often practice my training lesson pieces.
Cunningham and Amy Stee, the movie is
about a vigilante in an “urban western” t: What do you like to do in your free time? Do you have
setting. The movie will focus on Caine’s
character, who dispenses vigilante justice
other music related hobbies?
in a crime-infested neighborhood after his
F: Playing piano is at the top of my list, always! (Laughs) I
best friend is killed.
also enjoy drawing and painting. My sister and my brother
r of The Noble Awards love playing the piano too!
Janeen mansour, Founde
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MyFaVe reciPe Plain Jane Lasagne
Method mixOlOGY ClASSeS WhAt A meAl!
At YAS The Noodle Box at Yas Hotel is signing
• Begin by preheating oven to 180°C 23 April, Yas hotel up registrations for business lunches
(375°F). where you can receive a 30% discount
on your meal. What’s the big deal? In
• Then spread quarter of the sauce over Ever tried to mix a cocktail drink and had it
the 30 minutes executives on the run can
bottom of a 30x20cm baking dish . end up tasting like poison? Well, join the club! have the best in contemporary Asian
Fortunately we all have the opportunity to cuisine while enjoying the Yas Hotel
• Take care to spread the sauce evenly.
correct our beverage-mixing-follies by joining a dining experience. The menu, overseen
• Cover it with three lasagna sheets and master mixologist for a class in advanced mixing by Head Chef Taufik Sutisna, offers
a sheets place small mounds of half the ricotta popular Asian dishes such as traditional
9 dried lasagn
and flaming techniques. This sounds like a good
cheese on top. Thai curries, Nasi Goreng, as well as Dim
opportunity to learn about cocktail history and Sum and other Chinese classics. The
a cheese • Pour over one third of the rest of the how to mix the perfect drink for your own cocktail discounted rates are pretty alluring. Try
250g tub ricott sauce along with half the mozzarella
party. Soon you too will learn the difference
between a good drink and a great one!
it out if you are looking for affordable
hotel dining options.
250g mozzarel sliced • Layer with three lasagna sheets and
grated or thinly
the remaining ricotta cheese.
• Spread the rest of the sauce over this
12 cup grated p
cover with mozzarella cheese.
• Add the final three lasagna sheets and
cheese pour in the rest of the sauce.
• Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bake
for 45 minutes. Located in the same complex as Al Mariah Mall, Automatic
Restaurant and Cafeteria offers its diners a uniquely Arabian
fine dining experience... at affordable rates if course! The
restaurant comprises of two levels and an outdoor enclosure
(their smoking section?) furnished with comfy tables and
chairs, and welcoming placement mats which literally read:
FreSh “It is with great pleasure serving you and we are honoured
to have you dinning at Automatic.” Grammatical corrections
PAStA SAuCe aside, we decided to begin by ordering their famous ‘kibbeh’
and ‘homus with beans’. A magnificent side salad arrived
Why not make your own tomato sauce instead of using first with fistfuls of black and green olives, Arabian lettuce
sauce from a can? It’s easy and the taste difference is otherwise called ‘jarjill’, mint leaves, radishes, capsicum,
HUGE! cucumbers, tomatoes, chillies doused in vinger along
The most important thing is to really choose your with ‘khubuz’; all on the house! The kibbeh seemed to be
tomatoes with care. The basic process is this first, you crumbling but thankfully it wasn’t of the rubbery variety you
must plunge your tomato whole into boiling hot water get at other diners. The combination of humos and beans
for a few seconds to be able to peel off the skin; then
remove the seeds of had us licking our fingers long after the kibbeh were gone.
people. As a Next we ordered the ‘sheesh tawook’, basically grilled chicken
h serves 4-6
“This easy -to-make dis r kids, this qu
ick each tomato as much as you can before processing
pieces and some grilled laham (meat) with thyme. These
ther with fou them to a ground up consistency. Store your sauce
single working mo menu. Sometimes I in the fridge, covered with a thin layer of olive oil and came with a delicious Lebanese garlic sauce and spicy bread
on my dinner even take it
recipe is often r variation. I use within a week. For quick marina sauce sauté garlic, garnished with mint leaves. Quick thinking with all that
n or beef fo b i. Friends
add chicke r in Abu Dha
add your home made tomato sauce and some fresh garlic! Our order served four people well under Dh 100 and
ies so popula basil. Toss sauce with al dente pasta and fresh ground
one dish part
even though each dish was generously proportioned to feed
nature dish!” parmesan, and voila, you’re in pasta heaven!
call it my sig two, none of us left the eatery waddling like penguins. Pay
them a visit, you won’t be disappointed.
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Demand: The Abu Dhabi Water
& Electricity Company (ADWEC)
utilizes a program called @RISK
from Palisade Corporation to
help forecast water demand until
2030. Since the city relies almost
completely on desalinated seawater
for its potable water requirements,
planners have been using various programs to
forecast as accurately as possible the demand for
water and electricity across the emirate. So now you
know exactly how precious water is and what efforts
are put to produce it. Conserve. Conserve. Conserve!
Your neigHbour helicopter tour of Abu Dhabi: As a means to
Mohammed Abu Shakil cater for corporate clients and Abu Dhabi’s growing
iT Consultant Recreation Manager
tourism industry, Falcon Aviation has come up with
Meet Mohammed Abu Shakil, a Bangladeshi office a 30-minute guided island tour which promises to
1. What first word comes to your mind when i say: assistant in the capital who really loves his new provide ariel rides for both residents and tourists so
home… that they can get a bird’s eye view of the capital. The Recent research indicates that besides relieving
mechanical bird taking six passengers on their tours problem backs, yoga can heal in other ways. It can
Magic Smile Magic Wand is Falcon’s Eurocopter EC130. A tourist terminal will
“I came to Abu Dhabi in June of last year and so far be opening beside Marina Mall. As if we need more
provide medical relief to people suffering from
Skill Opportunity Skill Ronaldo it has been an exciting journey. Originally belonging respiratory problems like asthma; fatigue, heart stress,
reason to go shopping!
earth Save earth Water to Chittagong, I never thought my search for a job blood pressure problems and even something as small
High esteem High Clouds will bring me so far away from home. This city is a Children’s Stories Forum: This is an initiative as a pain in the wrist. But where can we get classes? Sure
launched by Abu Dhabi Municipality recently to
good place to be in right now. I get to see so many you can join regular ones inside health clubs but what
develop children’s reading talent and to instill a love
events I would have missed had I been back home. if you could do in under the sky in open air? Elmarie
for reading into their minds, thus making reading a
habit that will help create a generation of farsighted Grobler is a registered instructor hailing from South
“To me, Abu Dhabi is a clean, safe and friendly city intellectuals. The programme targets students of Africa. She is a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance and
with many good hearted people. I admire that both public and private schools between the ages of guess what? She is giving yoga lessons at Rotana Park
people follow rules and regulations here. Initially, 5 and 9. They run from 9 AM until 12 PM on the first
Hotel in Abu Dhabi for Dh 450 a month (beginners and
I feared being rejected because I only knew how Thursday of every month. It is aimed at developing
the early reading skills of young ones and opening advanced sessions). You can contact her through email:
to speak Bengoli well and my English was not very email@example.com
doors to the world of knowledge.
good. However, my office colleagues are really
encouraging and now I dedicate most of my free
2) if you could have one to go, beautiful beaches, time to learning English language. I think I am
super-power, which one beautiful people! getting good at it. (aka ‘the rahma brigade’)
would it be and why?
Salman: The power through 4) Name three electronic “I love exploring the city so I often walk along
which I could make world a items you can’t live without. the Corniche or visit the countless malls with my
peaceful place because what Go green People in Haiti still need your help and they need it now! Communication
Salman: Only and only my friends. My favourite one is the Marina Mall. I have a
we need most these days is a laptop! also been to Al Ain to see cultural sites and learn Purchase t work! systems, air, land, and sea transport facilities, hospitals, and electrical
peaceful world. furniture networks have been damaged by the earthquake. Many countries have
Alistair: Easy - phone, laptop more about the heritage of this region. It is all very stores tha from
Alistair: I’d like to be a healer,
without your health, you have
and iPod, all essential in this fascinating to me. and refurb sell vintage responded to appeals for humanitarian aid, pledging funds and dispatching
nothing. But then again, lets be
day and age.
Yes, there hed pieces. rescue and medical teams, engineers and support personnel. Join MSF (UAE
honest, everyone wants to be “Sometimes, especially around holidays, I really miss the Meen re many in chapter) in the effort to raise funds. Log on to their website www.msfuae.ae
5) if you could star in one a
able to fly!
movie which one will it be my family. One of my five brothers lives with me in Madinah area and and click on ‘Donate now’ to contribute.
and which character would Abu Dhabi. He is employed at a reputed bank as an only will th t
but it will is save money
3) if you won a free ticket you play?
to any location in the world,
office boy. The three in Bangladesh are employed as
a What your donation can do?
which destination would you Salman: That would be “Mr. well. We all try our best to contribute to our family’s workstati lso give your Dh 125 can save one patient from cholera.
choose? Why that location? Bean’s Holiday” and character financial well-being. In the past, when we were on a uniq
Salman: I’d choose Vancouver,
would be Mr. Bean (Rowan together, all of us had a lot of fun. Pretty soon I will ble feel. e and Dh 450 can help vaccinate 100 people against measles or yellow fever.
Atkinson). Dh 950 will provide one medical kit to treat 800 patients for three months.
Canada because it is my dream visit them and tell them more about my new home,
destination. I love the place! Alistair: Has to be any Indiana Abu Dhabi.”
Jones movie; travel, adventure
Alistair: Brazil, always wanted and he always gets the girl! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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handyhelper wHo’s tHe boss?
sun tanning safelY
Skin’s worst enemy is out and about, prowling the streets and
scanning alleyways for those without proper protection. Use a
“A good boss is someone who can effectively colleagues to help you out. Enlist well-meaning and
run a company and communicate with, and helpful HR personnel to assess your productivity in
sunscreen lotion with an SPF rating of below 15 and you might be
its next victim! It will scorch you causing sunburns; age your skin; understand, their employees.” the past month or so (do choose wisely!). Could your
supervisor’s reaction be triggered by your poor work
lead to untreatable cancers of the skin and steal your kid’s lunch Anonymous Fresh Graduate and Job Seeker
money. Okay, maybe you can leave out the lunch money bit but performance or increased absenteeism? Are you prone to
the rest of it is true! The Sun can harm your skin in more ways than over reaction? Sorry, but we had to ask!
Let’s just say this guy will never find the boss of his
one, especially during merciless desert summers. But then again
fanciful dreams. Well, almost never. There are those few
we can’t all be walking around pale-faced, devoid of a healthy Don’ts of Dealing with Fiery bosses!
skin tone. Here are some helpful tips on tanning safely:
cases, almost as rare as a pink diamond, where employees
• Don’t be rude back! It will not help the situation. On
actually enjoy working with upper level management.
the contrary, it will just assert that fact that you are
But your office probably isn’t one of them or if you are
tip # 1: It is best to avoid shaving before tanning.
Application of sun tan lotion, might cause extreme irritation internAtiOnAl one of the lucky few to be blessed with such a boss then
maybe the guy in the next cubicle could use your support
disrespectful towards authoritative figures.
or lead to formation of a rash on the skin.
reCruitinG and advice in dealing with his ‘hellish nightmare of a
• Don’t defy direct orders. No one can lead a successful
mutiny, except for maybe Captain Jack Sparrow. Leave
tip # 2: Use sunscreens which offer protection against UV such thoughts at the door.
(ultraviolet) A radiation and UV B radiation. Both types of
radiation can lead to skin cancer. Yes, this means squinting
your eyes and reading the label on the back.
FAnS!?!? Source of Conflict
Identifying the source of workplace conflict is a good
• Don’t respond with silence. We have to admit it does
sound tantalizing and it might even successfully
place to start. Figure out if your boss is just in opposition
With less than three months until the 2010 World Cup irritate your boss but then you might be judged for
kicks off in South Africa, CNN International is signing up of your ideas, decisions and actions or does his dislike
tip # 3: Don’t just trapes around the city under the midday being childish and unprofessional.
a global army of football fanatics to become ‘Super Fans’. run deeper? The last thing you want is a personality clash
sun! Always go outside at a time when the sun is not at its whereby seniors reject your work out of pure dislike. It is
zenith because then its rays are not too strong. Usually the Tapping into CNN’s iReport community, the network is • Don’t avoid interaction with the boss or abscond from
also important to figure out if this is part of his general
inviting passionate football fans around the world to work. It’s like handing him or her more ammunition
hottest time of the day in these parts is between noon and behavior towards everyone else or if you are his only
submit videos outlining why they should be considered against you.
2 p.m.. target. Moreover, does he influence others around him to
a ‘Super Fan’. Whether they are planning to cheer from
the stadiums across South Africa, their local sports bars think of you in the same manner? If so, you need to take • Don’t quit! Fellow workers might be fooled into
tip # 4: It is a known fact that sunscreens reduce our body’s and pubs or are armchair pundits watching from their immediate action. Read on! thinking that you were not a team player to begin
.Keep this information handy for your own good. Cut out and save it in a folder
Keep this information handy for your own good. Cut out and save it in a folder.
ability to form vitamin D. Just spend 15 minutes under the homes, all they need to do is have a passionate opinion with. And who do you think will issue this memo?
summer sun and your body can produce enough of this about football and record a short video which needs to Self Assessment
vitamin to last you a lifetime. Eating Vitamin D rich foods can be submitted to www.cnn.com/ireport. Evil bosses aside, the problem could actually be you! This topic will be continued in our next bi-weekly issue
help overcome this side-effect of using too much sunscreen CNN wants to hear about the impact of the World Cup in Evaluate your recent work performance, ask trusted where we will let you in on how you too can build a
lotion. Cod liver oil, soymilk, cereals, and green leafy every competing country and the selected ‘Super Fans’ better relationship with your boss. Meanwhile, do email
vegetables are all great sources of Vitamin D. will appear on air on CNN International and online at us about your work-related problems on
www.cnn.com/superfans over the coming weeks and email@example.com
tip # 5: Slather generously. An average UAE resident must months as the world counts down to 11th June.
apply somewhere between one to 1.5 ounces of sunscreen
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lotion on their body. If you use half the amount, you get half
the protection and the privilege to be called ‘leather-face’
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entrepreneurs! Learn to say ‘no’ when office colleagues drop-in
tip # 6: Regardless of whether the day is sunny or cloudy to ask for those ‘little favours’ which suck all
Tamakkan is an entrepreneurship and innovation
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S.P.F. rating of 15 or higher on every inch of exposed skin. footing. If you are a budding entrepreneur in need of can handle, politely refuse and mention your
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summer Hair Care
B eat withAich
• Hair care products, especially those used for styling
purposes, like gels and hair sprays; should not come in
contact with your scalp. They cause dryness leading to a
dandruff avalanche and they also clog the pores on your For all you music lovers out there, it’s finally here! That’s right ladies Born in what is known as Rai city in 1958; Rachid Taha is an
head. and gentlemen, the International World Music Festival (WOMAD) internationally recognized music artist. Originally from Algeria,
is back to entertain city audiences hosting exceptional talent and Taha moved to France at the tender age of 10 with his family.
• Use a wide toothed comb with a smooth tip to untangle hair of course some great music from around the ‘spherical-downright- Living in France provided Taha with a unique multicultural
before using a brush. Subjecting your hair to brutal torture lyrical’ globe. I am infected by some of the lyrical fever myself! environment as well as introducing him to different music styles
at the hands of a brush will soon leave no hair behind for Why shouldn’t I be? Armed with a dynamic group of multinational around him such as rock, rai and techno. His early achievements
artists; WOMAD will be showcasing brand new, never-heard- include being member of a band called Carte de Sejour (Green
you to comb. The choice is yours. This is one of those ‘Matrix-
before collaborations while keeping the flow of sensational Card) in the 1980’s before starting his solo career in the 1990’s.
like red-pill blue-pill’ choices. Note: Avoid using plastic rhythms, foot-thumping vibes and the memorable excitement
brushes/combs as they create static electricity. Within good time, Taha has managed to acquire an enormous fan
that is WOMAD.
following after his hit “1,2,3 Soleil” in which he went on to hold
• Using a leave-in conditioner seems irksome to many (at least This year our city is honoured to welcome vibrant musicians such a pumped-up-with-adrenaline concert in Paris with Rai icons
to those who don’t like their hair feeling gooey and damp all as: Rachid Taha from Algeria; Le Trio Joubran from Palestine; Daniel Cheb Khaled and Faudel. It was one of my most favourite concert
day). But you know what they say - a leave-in conditioner is Marley ‘Music Prince’ of Jamaica; and last but definitely not the performances. So don’t miss the chance to watch this fascinating
the equivalent of moisturizer for your hair. We recommend least everyone’s favorite local group, none other than - drum rolls artist at WOMAD.
you use a shower cap to keep the moisturizer from dripping “Send your love”“My philosophy”“Blank notes”; recognize these
into your iphone or blackberry while your texting. The Le trio Joubran brothers have hypnotized many with their hit numbers? Yup, all are chart-toppin’ hits by our very own local
“envoutant” OUD music. These three charming men have band, ABRI. They have not just belted out hits locally but also
• The secret of using conditioner after shampooing lies in transformed traditional Oud music and have harnessed a modern around the world. With their delightfully catchy songs, this Dubai
applying it only on the length of your hair. The roots of passionate vibe from ancient sounds which have recently based band has been performing everywhere from the UAE to
your hair contain essential oils and usually don’t need extra contributed to making Arabic music accessible world wide to the UK and finally to Mumbai. They have shared the stage with
conditioning. people from all backgrounds and cultures. Kudos guys, yours is an some of the music industries biggest names such as, Timbaland,
effort worthy of a WMA award! Joss Stone, Shaggy, Mika, Kelly Rowland, Kanye West and many
• Before taking a dip in the pool to cool off on a hot summer more. After being nominated at the MTV music awards; Hamdam
Moreover this dynamic trio has outweighed the world in the
day, wet your hair so that it soaks up clean water initially (vocalist), Rami (bassist), Julian (keyboardist) and Andre (drummer)
instead of chlorinated water with harmful hair damaging have gained immense fame for being the biggest band in UAE.
chemicals. Remember to wear a cap to the pool and as soon of the Oud and the lute. They control and fully understand the With many concerts on their calendar still to come, ABRI has
as you get out; shampoo and condition! harmonious potential of these instruments and have, as a result, recorded a new album called “Fortress Studio” which will be
explored many undiscovered sounds and introduced them to the released in May. We hope to hear some of the tunes at WOMAD!
Relocating from one part of the world to another is never
• When using a hair dryer, use the cool setting. The hot blasts music world.
easy. Sleep patterns are disturbed, dramatic changes Can’t wait!
of air may seem cosy but they damage facial skin too by
in weather need adjusting to, all clothes and skin care Next up is a performer one can’t forget, let’s jog your memory -
effecting pores and accelerating the aging process. Another “Beautiful”“More Justice “and “Catch A Fire” Yes you got it, Damian
products have to be sorted through to make room for more
important point to remember is to keep the blow dryer Marley is here to make us groove to some reggae beats! Born in
‘geographically-applicable’ items of necessity and we never moving so as to prevent split-ends and roughness of hair. Jamaica, Damian Marley is the youngest son of the legendary
pause to think of the effects such drastic changes in lifestyle Bob Marley. In 1996 he released his first album “Mr. Marley” which
will have on our most important aesthetic feature – our hair. • Stick to the routine of downward strokes while brushing. We was produced by his brother Stephen (trying to keep it all in the
You don’t think it’s the most important? Okay, imagine your realize that huge “bird’s nest” puffs might be in vogue but family… eh?). In 2001, Damian’s album was nominated for Best
life without it! That should put things in perspective. Tempo untangling the horrid mess later on results in unnatural loss Reggae Album at the Grammys. In addition to this out-standing
has put together a definitive Summer Hair Care Guide for of hair and splitting of hair-ends. achievement, this Jamaican reggae artist has collaborated with
some of the biggest pop, R&B and Rap artists worldwide. The list
tourists and residents (who also seem to have quite a number
• Shower with warm water as hot water can irritate the scalp. includes artists such as Nas recognized for his song “Road to Zion”
of queries on the topic). Introduce these tips into your and the holler-back girl herself, Gwen Stefani with her hit single
everyday hair care routine and your lack-luster locks will be • Wash your hair as often as you deem necessary to keep it “Now That You Got It” in 2007.
restored to the former glory of their ‘Repunzel-like’ hay days. clean, but generally for oily hair you should wash it every In his new album “Welcome To Jamrock” Damian collaborates
day or every other day and for dry hair only wash it 2-3 with his brother Stephen Marley and together they mix different
• We cannot stress upon this enough but avoid over-use of
times a week. musical flavors and introduce noise. We’ll have to check this
hair styling products as much as humanly possible! They
one out for sure! The Jamrocker follows his father’s footsteps by
contain alcohol which dries out your hair. • Rotate the brand of shampoo and conditioner which you shining the spotlight on social issues such as poverty, violence etc.
use periodically but try out a small amount on your hair first. Damian is viewed as a new leader of the old school and sees his
• When bathing do not tug at your hair too much. Wet hair album as a bridge between the old and the new generation. With
Sometimes hair responds differently to different products.
breaks off easily leaving those unsightly split ends or worse, songs about love and war, the descendant of Bob continues to
Who knows? You might discover a brand that works miracles
bald patches! give hope to all.
for your hair!
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by rantan rave Arablish fU NNaboutg ife
Abu Dhabi or Abudhabi
garlic Breath! or Abou Dhabi?? “I travel in the public buses quite frequently and I think the government needs to be applauded for their
A common, and extremely annoying efforts in providing an economical and convenient means of transport to all. However I do have a complaint.
mistake, we see in the UAE, and this by In hot summer months (which means almost all year round), many labourers also use the bus for commuting
people who are longtime residents of to and from their homes. There is no politically-correct way to say this but most of the time, due to the nature
our fair emirate, is the misspelling of Abu
of their work, they stink! I wonder if automatic air fresheners can be introduced (maybe Airwick or some other
Dhabi. For anyone who has doubts it’s Abu
Dhabi—not Abudhabi. Dubai, Sharjah and brand) to keep the buses smelling nice and also to keep the other commuters breathing! Sometimes I wonder
Ajman are rarely misspelled. But then you why bathing facilities are not provided
see variations in Fujairah, which is often
to the workers on-site to counter the
misspelled as “Fujeirah or Fujaira and then
there’s Umm Al Quwain which is habitually social rejection and embarrassment
spelled as Umm Al Quwein, Umm Al Qaiwain they must face while travelling by
(as spelled by the National Bank of Umm Al public transport. I too wish to have my
‘Qaiwain’)or Om Al Quwain.
discomfort known but then I imagine
The challenge in transferring spellings into myself in their shoes and I realize it’s not
Garlic - we all love it. In marinara pizza, Tzatziki sauce, basil pesto English is that words in Arabic are written right for us to blame them. So, are the
and succulent roast lamb, and we all know that garlic is a super in a different alphabet, so there is no rest of us to suffer silently?”
food with natural antibiotic and cancer fighting properties blah standard spelling in English. Mohammed
blah blah. can be spelled Mohamed, or Muhammed,
or Muhamed, or Mohammad, or Mohamad miss manners
But believe me, all of that wonderful garlic talk goes out of the etc. Anyone in the business of tracking
window when the garlic you’re breathing in is blowing out of registrants for an event knows how difficult
someone’s mouth. And especially if that person is the passenger it is to track by an Arabic name if all you
next to you in an airplane 35,000 feet above ground trip for four have a name without information on how
hours between Cairo and Abu Dhabi. the person spells it.
Forgive me for being indelicate, but the smell was so hideous it There have been initiatives, some by “I feel the same way. But what can we do? It’s cruel and disrespectful to point it out.
drove evil thoughts into my head, like jumping out of the plane, or reputable institutions to ‘standardize’ I have seen some Asians cover their noses when a labourer steps onboard and I
jumping the pilot for an immediate landing. Arabic spellings of names, but such a goal is think that’s just plain rude!”
laughable at best. Imagine being told how robert l.
The man sitting next to me was a huge man, with a sweet to write your name…sorry you’re name is
temperament (he looked in my direction every so often to smile). “I think they do have built-in air fresheners in the air conditioning system. In some
D-u-w-a not D-u-a-a, or its M-a-r-i-a-m not
My reaction was to shrivel in my seat, unable to focus on in-flight M-a-r-y-a-m etc. AC systems, fresh air is taken in through dampers so that the same air doesn’t get
entertainment and hold a perfumed hanky to my nose. The stench
re-circulated. I wonder if they employ the same mechanism in ventilation systems
was so strong it made me sweat, and I spent the whole flight
A person’s spelling of his or her name should for buses.”
wiping my face with icy cold water. Could bad smell be used as
be respected. And so it should be for cities Jay V. Shankar
a torture tool? Me thinks it can. And after that ordeal I believe
and countries. So let›s have one version
there’s a whole science on this waiting to be uncovered. And when “The authorities should take note of this. We had similar school buses back in
of Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah. The only
lunch came?? It was chicken tikka perfumed garlic butter rice and
exception that we›ll see is bound to be Sweden, when a stinker (that’s what we called them) would hop on the bus none of
ratatouille. Needless to say, I felt like purging.
spelling using Latin letters but in another us sat beside him or her. It sent across a loud message! But labourers probably can’t
So after weathering this experience, what is my suggestion? I language, which would excuse (well, almost)
help it. Not their fault I say.”
believe posters that list all those things that you can’t take the French spellings of Abou Dhabi and
Doubai. But other than that, no mistakes s’il Jamie O.
on board with you—like firearms, explosives, sharp knives,
unregulated drugs etc etc, should include a diplomatically worded vous plait. “Why don’t such people lobby for introduction of bathing facilities for construction
recommendation asking passengers to do a quick body odour site workers rather than complain.”
check before embarking. And if you have garlic breath? Well, you get Have any linguistic nightmares to report? rahila badar
politely escorted out of the plane to a specially outfitted detox room Send ‘em in at
where you’re made to air out your lungs in time for the next flight. firstname.lastname@example.org
Send your stories to email@example.com
Send us your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org
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CultureTalk Natural Body art – HeNNa
An Ode to Dust
I Damn Dust! Damn Dust!
In my eyes and in my hair, Makes me have to clean
And other places I dare not each day,
share, And I just ain’t made that
Fouls my couch and fouls way,
my chair, All my efforts to do what
Dear Um Ayman, I’d trade my Kingdom for may,
I am Ukranian and will be marrying an Egyptian man. We some clean air, Is never enough to keep it
Imagine yourself in arid desert under as a hair dye by many people across the Although not for the same purpose!
layers of clothing, surrounded by ‘henna’ globe. Henna is applied on the hooves, paws, are very much in love, and I think we are very compatible. at bay,
plants and without the amenities of and tails of favorite horses, donkeys, and We went to the same university, and we love the same Damn Dust!
Women adorn themselves with ‘henna’ as things. My fear is his family. My husband’s brother has been
latest advancements in technology salukis as method of beautification of the Always filthy is my car, Damn Dust!
a part of social and holiday celebrations nice to me, but his parents have opposed this marriage
like air-conditioning. What do you do? and have done so since the late Bronze house pet. from the beginning, and have told their son, my fiance,
In the summer one can’t Between my teeth I feel
While our feeble minds will probably be Age in the eastern Mediterranean. This Wish to know the different names for explicitly that I am not welcome. They say that I have to
see far, the grit,
gathering dust, our Arab ancestors were early connection between youthful this natural dye around the world? Here become Muslim first. My husband has told me that his I know I can’t win this war, Pardon me if I need to spit,
not so helpless. They crushed some bark women and ‘henna’ has lead to the are some interesting variations: parents will come around and that he accepts me the way I just want to hole-up in More of this and I’ll have
from the right trees and voila! They had origin of the ‘Night of the Henna’, I am. Um Ayman, I want to have a good relationship with a bar, a fit,
invented a natural coolant with several my in-laws, and I want to win their love. How can I do this?
which is now celebrated world-wide by I just had to pick this nit.
medicinal properties called ‘henna’. hindi : mehndi E. S.
adorning the bride, and often the groom Damn Dust!
It was later that they discovered the as well. Women in the family rejoice in a burma : Danbin Dear E.S., Covers my clothes and - randy Parker
benefits of ‘henna’ for the hair and for private ceremony on ‘henna night’ and covers my floor,
Cambodia : Krapeu I sympathise completely. I know many couples in mixed
natural body art. the application of ‘henna’ on the bride is Randy has been a resident
Chinese : tche Kia hoa marriages and I believe that sometimes cultural differences, Intrusive clouds when I
As in the case of cosmetics and other often accompanied by merriment in the if not the familial strains, require a multi-racial couple to be crack my door, of Abu Dhabi since August,
beauty aids, the origin of hair colouring form of song and dance. Some believe French : henné, troëne d’egypte 2008 and works in the travel
steadfast in their commitment to each other. It means that Open the windows, in
can also be traced back to the ancient that there are strong ties between the Greek : Kypros you and your husband have to work doubly hard on your comes more, industry. He has a blog at:
Egypt civilization. It is believed that use of henna and fertility and hence malay : inai marriage. http://expatuae.blogspot.com/
Pisses me off to the core,
‘henna’ was used as a hair dye, by the marriage ceremonies around the world There is no miracle solution; relationship building happens
Spanish : henne
Egyptians, for the first time. Since then, and across different cultures include over time. Even for single race unions. Hopefully the more
the popularity of hair coloring using this plant extract in one form or the Swahili : muhanoni, muheni your in-laws get to know you the more they will like you,
‘henna’ has been on the rise. Being a other. Sometimes even beloved animals as you become less ‘foreign’ to them. I know of a couple
natural hair colour, ‘henna’ is preferred are adorned with the famous dye. of wonderful examples where the ‘foreign’ daughter or
brother-in-law won over the hearts of the spouse’s family,
genuinely and completely.
looking for a trendy a ro u n My advice to you is to try to spend time with your in-laws,
henna Parlor? om An irish
d snapsHot but especially your mother in law (I think that she will
have a lot of influence on her husband, and may be able
Welcome to the artistic world of Markaz Al to do some internal ‘lobbying’ on your behalf). I know
Noqoosh Al Jameela ( Beautiful Henna Design Wish Anyone in England this is premature, but I sincerely hope you establish strong
w is d o m
May there always be work
Centre), based in Abu Dhabi since the early connections before any children arrive. You have to resolve
who reaches the age
for your hands to do;
1990’s. They understand the needs of modern May your purse always the religion issue--your husband›s family will expect the
of 105 will receive a
and traditional women and do everything from hold a coin or two; May children to become Muslim, and you need to be OK about
the sun always shine on
intricate Indian designing, to traditional Arabic your windowpane; May a telegram from the that before committing to this union. Please think ahead--
designing, to authentic and modern fashionable rainbow be certain to follow you don’t want to subject your children in the future to the
designing, to tattoos of all styles. Well, what more
each rain; May the hand of
a friend always be near you;
Queen or King on stresses of grown up problems. I wish you harmony and love.
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lifecoach By Samantha Davis
DO AnD DOn’tS Everyone has something they do better than anyone else. You have the brag rights and
OF mArriAGe 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!
If only it were that easy - compiling a universal list of some
of the biggest mistakes couples make in their first few years Send us your tips: HYPERLINK “mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org”
of marriage so that the rest of us won’t make the same ones
when we get hitched. Unfortunately no such list exists, what
does exist is a basic understanding of why some relationships “I don’t have a tip, it’s rather a suggestion. When decorating
fail and what can other young couples do to avoid the same a room, paint walls last. My husband and I had a worrisome
fate. For those of you who have already committed over five two days right before Easter. We were in a rush to get our
years to marriage; you may want to read these pointers to newly painted guest room furnished in time to receive
clear away those invisible communication barriers which international guests. Nothing went with the almost lemon
still exist between you and your spouse. And last but not the green wall paint that my husband had chosen (men!!). Take
least, if some of you feel that your marriage is the epitome of it from some one who has been there, you can mix paint into
marital bliss, then write to email@example.com any colour under the sun. So go for furniture and fabric first!”
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“To get my kids to eat broccoli I began adding it to my home-made
macaroni and cheese. The taste of the broccoli wasn’t strong enough to make
the dish taste bad. Neither did my kids notice it. Then when they got used to it, I just
the Do’s torpedoes of hurtful remarks to batter
their self-esteem just because you
• Don’t threaten to leave or divorce
your spouse even if you are angry.
added a visible amount!”
mommy Knows best
• Do praise your spouse aloud! Don’t know them intimately. Rather mention The words are hard to take back once “When grilling beef burgers, cook them over a medium flame. Normally when cooked at a
wait till their birthday or Valentine’s it like it doesn’t bother you much and uttered and they reduce the stability high flame, the burgers char in the outside and remain an uncooked mess on the inside.”
Day to appreciate them and tell that you can forgive their folly. Surely, of your marriage to shreds as your hank Z
them how they contribute to your you too will falter some day and partner feels disposable and betrayed.
“This Easter we got a little lazy and painted over store-bought eggs. In the Abu Dhabi heat, my kids’ egg hunt resulted in a
life everyday, every hour, and every revenge as they say is pretty sweet! No matter what you say, some things
rotten smelly affair with adults to blame for tarnishing their special day. Take heed, boiling and blowing eggs out takes some
second. can never be taken back. Be mindful
• Do sacrifice some of your old habits extra work but it’s worth it!”
of what you say when you are angry. bob
• Do admit your mistakes. Usually the to accommodate your partner’s
blame game runs on for days before requests. When you make and oath to • Don’t spend time fiddling with “If you wish to freeze coleslaw for a week, it’s best to keep it soupy (depending upon the water content of the cabbage that you
someone realizes it has got to end. live ‘as one’, compromising old ways electronic gadgets like iphones and are using). Do let it sit in the fridge overnight before freezing. This helps in maintaining its freshness for the next time it is served.”
Why lose that precious time you have is included. It’s a simple choice really; blackberries once you are home. That Salad Queen
together fretting about fault and would you rather wear your shoes to ‘silent’ mode isn’t just for meetings
accountability. If it is your mistake, bed or cuddle up with your loving you know. Let your spouse feel that
admit it and move on! partner? Sorry guys, but your side has they have your undivided attention
the most annoying habits at times! when they are around you.
• Do tell your partner how much you
love them everyday. Every single day! • Don’t make a to-do list of house
the Don’ts chores and nag him about it. Make
Since most people have a tendency to
polite suggestions and discuss
forget, link it to a mundane everyday
activity like taking your morning pills, • Don’t compete with your spouse. with him how leaving something
or reading your newspaper or while Leave your competitive spirit at the undone hinders your ‘homemaking C
door when entering your home. process’. Guys tend to move away
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your spouse. It is best not to deploy the extent of it.
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