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  3. 3. www.tempoplanet.com06 notes & cyberchatter07 uspace08 what’s hot 14 Change is good, they say. But at Tempo we believe change is exciting and necessary! The publishing industry is09 shine like a diamond transforming our lives completely as people go online for10 tempo’s top 10 songs / whats on your ipod information, entertainment, community and shopping.11 game hedz / tech talk Tempo magazine has from the day it launched in October12 my style blueprint 2009 been blessed by an amazing following - of readers and contributors. It continues to celebrate those who create and13 what’s in your bag build, and champion those who strive to make a difference.14 cover story: happy hamdoon Weve been distributing 40,000 copies of Tempo through malls, coffee shops, universities and schools, but weve16 youth talk also been a victim of our success: running out of copies17 people calendar before the end of each month. Under great pressure to18 the joy of the written word increase our print run, we have decided to take a more responsible, meaningful and dynamic route: we have21 time capsule taken our expansion online, with the launch of22 shooting star www.tempoplanet.com!25 doc in the house / remixing rumi Feedback has been incredible - our readers love it. Tempo26 tamakkan stories are now being viewed by the entire planet....and27 the planetarians while before we were getting feedback mostly from Dubai, Al Ain and Abu Dhabi, we are now also getting comments28 media from as far away as Brazil, Egypt and Korea!29 horoscope Yes, we will continue to print and distribute Tempo as30 the colour of now before, but now you can also reach us easily online through your PC, tablet or mobile phone. Embrace the future, cherish The Planet.18 22 Sana Bagersh Managing Editor bagersh@tempoplanet.com MANAGING EDITOR EDITORIAL Sana Bagersh CONTRIBUTORS FEATURES EDITOR Ahmed Samir Dr. Alma Kadragic Ayman Bukair EDITORIAL COORDINATOR Azza El Masri Ajir Shujahi Blakniss MARKETING Dorian ‘Paul D’ Rogers DIRECTOR Manjul Abhishek Dr. DMS30 DESIGN & LAYOUT Mark De Castro Emma Kirkman Ian Mason PHOTOGRAPHER Angeli Castillo James Lloyd DISTRIBUTION Saif Nasir COORDINATOR Melaku Muluneh Shahid Saeed DESIGN BY } download www.gettag.mobi to your smart phoneADDRESS run applicationTo reach editorial at Abu Dhabi Tempo email: editorial@tempoplanet.com. If you need to find out where you can pick up your click on tag beside each article tocopy call: 02 491 8624/25 or check out the list of Tempo distribution points on our website. have fun with online content, videos & cool tags!NOTE TO ADVERTISERSAdvertisers can request brand tagging with all advertisements. To reach advertising call: 02 491 8624/25, fax: 02 491 8626email: advertising@tempoplanet.com Scan the QR CODE using your smart phoneDISCLAIMER for Blackberry this is done throughTempo Magazine does its best to ensure the authenticity and accuracy of its contents, the publisher cannot accept any BBMresponsibility for errors, mistakes and inaccuracies. The publisher reserves the rights of this product and no part of this for iPhone download BeeTag or Neo Readerpublication may be reproduced in any form or by any means without the permission of the publisher.MEDIA LICENCE NO. 1/105866/24295 TO ADVERTISE IN TEMPO, CALL: 02 491 8624
  4. 4. POST YOUR VIEWS AND COMMENTS ON OUR FACEBOOK AND TWITTER PAGES Tweet@abudhabitempo Like us on Facebook RESULT OF LAST M Al Shamsi @ MONTH’S VOTE: MajedAlShamsi @ AbuDhabiTempo Thank you for the continuous support! I am intrigued! An Emirati paper quiller. Azza E.@aetheawesome My grandmother used to The new @AbuDhabiTempo Tempo asked if you could site is up and running! And its do this a long time ago, construct the perfect gorgeous! Take a look: now I come here to UAE Valentine’s date, www.tempoplanet.com what would be her/his and a young girl is paper quilling!! Wow – I feel like overriding quality? Great to see such motivational people involved in helping taking up quilling. 71.5% INTELLIGENT and inspiring children of -Angela Joy the community! (on Henry Bennett feature) -Lara Alan 14.5% ATTRACTIVE Hey guys, FUN FACT 14.0% FUNNY Love the new website format – big up Tempo !! The longest -Craig Young published word in THIS MONTH’S the English language QUESTION: Thank you for the review of a popular basic staple of the is 1909 letters long and it refers to a Do you believe the Oscars subcontinent. It is reviews on foods like this that makes distinct part of DNA. this year represented Tempo special. Now I got to get international themes me some DOSA! adequately? -Sara Salam Name ten body parts which 1. YES have only three 2. NO DO YOU HAVE A BIZ SUCH AS letters. A COFFEE SHOP, CAFÉ, HOTEL ETC THAT CATERS TO THE TEMPO CROWD (THE COOL 18-35, UPWARDLY MOBILE TO VOTE hip, rib DEMOGRAPHIC)? IF SO, YOU MAY QUALIFY FOR A TEMPO Eye, ear, lip, jaw, leg, arm, gum, toe, GO TO STAND. CALL US ON 02 491 8624 Answer: TO FIND OUT MORE! tempoplanet.com TO ADVERTISE IN THE WIDEST CIRCULATED YOUTH AND COMMUNITY FOCUSED MAGAZINE IN THE UAE, CALL: 02 491 862406 | www.tempoplanet.com
  5. 5. TALKING BOOKSwww.tempoplanet.com By Azza El Masri BIG QUESTION LANGUAGE QUIRKS FROM LITTLE PEOPLE TEN FOREIGN WORDS THAT DON’T TRANSLATE SO WELL INTO ENGLISH ANSWERED BY By Ayman Bukair SOME VERY BIG PEOPLE By Gemma Elwin Harris Pizan Zapra (Malay) Faber and Faber, 2012 Def.> The time it takes to eat a banana. As a child, did you have the Schadenfreude (German) tendency to ask Def.> Pleasure resulting a lot of questions from someone’s pain or which your misfortune. parents couldn’t answer? Are you still looking for Gigil (Filipino) these answers? Def.> The urge to pinch or Search no more squeeze something cute. because Gemma Elwin Harris is here to set many a mind to rest. Bakku Shan (Japanese) Children between the ages of four and Def.> A girl who appears to twelve from primary schools around be pretty from behind but England asked a hundred questions is not from the front. that almost every parent has trouble answering. With the aid of the NSPCC Pena Ajena (the National Society for the Prevention (Mexican Spanish) of Cruelty to Children) and Gemma Elwin Harris, scientists, authors, Def.> The embarrassment philosophers and more helped answer you feel watching someone these questions to benefit the child, the elses humiliation WATCH THE VIDEO parent and everyone in between. Waldeinsamkeit (German) Some quirky, some charming and some very deep, these questions will shed new Def.> The feeling of being alone in the woods light on many of life’s idiosyncracies, thanks to specialists like Noam Chomsky, Jayus (Indonesian) Alain de Bottom, Gordon Ramsay to Def.> The awkward humor behind a joke delivered so name a few. badly that you cant help but laugh If you want to know the answer to questions like “Why is the sky blue?” Age-otori (Japanese) or “Where do the oceans come from?” Def.> Looking worse after a haircut than before. then this compilation will satisfy your curiosity (it satisfied mine!) and will be a L’esprit de l’escalier (French) great gift to an inquisitive child. Def.> The feeling you get when you think of a smart Funny, educational and straightforward, repartee but its too late. this book is simply a great read. Who cares about your age? Indeed, I’ve spotted Backpfeifengesicht (German) a couple college students carrying a Def.> A face that cries for a fist. copy, so I got one too! This book made me laugh, but it made me a bit sad, and it made me think about the universe: in itsCan you think of any Arabic words that don’t translate well into English? great and wonderful vastness.Send them to editorial@tempoplanet.com www.tempoplanet.com | 07
  6. 6. www.tempoplanet.com YOUR GUIDE TO THIS MONTHS’ HOTTEST EVENTS ZAYED SPORTS CITY 5K AND 10K RUNGULF PHOTO PLUS 2013 March 8 INSPIRATIONAL WOMENMarch 1 – March 8 Haddins Gym – Zayed Sports City OF FITNESSConference Centre, Dubai March 8Knowledge Village THE STORY OF A FORT, LEGACY OF A NATION The ZSC 5K and 10K Runs are Al Bateen Secondary School Up to March 9 presented by Zayed Sports City Abu DhabiThe regions biggest photography and the Abu Dhabi Striders asfestival brings the worlds best Qasr Al Hosn Forty - Abu Dhabi a way to encourage all runners Under the patronage of Generalphotographers and instructors to to get out and get fit. The three Women’s Union, InspireDubai to share their knowledge ‘Story of a Fort, Legacy of a Nation’ is a rich visual poem race series allows runners the Sports Management presentsand experience with the Middle opportunity to track their Inspirational Women of FitnessEast and Africas professional celebrating over 250 years of Emirati history and offering an improvement throughout the year on the occasion of Internationaland amateur photography on a course through the grounds Women’s Day on Friday, 8thcommunity. Alongside the unforgettable combination of music, performance and special of Zayed Sports City, including March, 2013. Laila Ali, four-timeworkshops at GPP2013 will be inside of the main stadium. World Boxing Champion, andlots of other special events and effects. Franco Dragone, the world famous Artistic Director, Breakfast in the clubhouse fitness and wellness expert will beactivities. immediately follows the race. the guest of honour at the event. best known for producing ‘CelineFor more details, visit Dion, A New Day’, ‘Le Rêve’ and most recently ‘The House For more details, visit For more details, visitwww.gulfphotoplus.com www.premiermarathons.com www.inspiresports.ae of Dancing Water,’ had been commissioned to create a unique show that brings the history of the Emirati people to life. In addition to using an international cast filled with dancers, acrobats and gymnasts, Franco Dragone welcomes a select group of Emirati performers to take part in this once in a lifetime showcase. For more details, visit www.QasrAlHosnFestival.aeABU DHABI ELECTRONICS SHOPPERMarch 14 – March 18ADNEC and Atrium HallAbu Dhabi Electronics Shopper 2013 (ADEShopper 2013) touts itself as INTERNATIONAL JEWELLERY AND WATCH SHOW 2013Abu Dhabi’s biggest ever consumer exhibition and sale. The organizer March 14 – March 18states that a large number of electronic retailers and world class brands ADNEC, Abu Dhabiare participating, as a way to tap into Abu Dhabi’s consumer electronicsmarket. With exclusive show offers, bundled deals, exciting competitions JWS is an exhibition with an extensive showcase of exquisite jewelleryand launches of the latest technology products, the show promises to and timepieces from all over the world, and is aimed at the region’sdeliver an exciting shopping experience for all its visitors. ADEShopper affluent consumers.2013 will showcase the hottest gadgets in the electronics world. For more details see Tempo’s special feature on the event by Ian MasonFor more details, visit www.adeshopper.ae and visit www.jws.ae08 | www.tempoplanet.com TO ADVERTISE IN THE WIDEST CIRCULATED YOUTH AND COMMUNITY FOCUSED MAGAZINE IN THE UAE, CALL: 02 491 8624
  7. 7. Azza Al Qubaisi, artist Pendant designs by Azza Rings designed by AzzaSHINE LIKE A DIAMOND DESIGN By Ian MasonINTERNATIONAL JEWELLERY WHY IS THE AWARD IMPORTANT? WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT It will build the foundation for the local THE INTERNATIONAL JEWELLERYAND WATCH SHOW INTRODUCES jewellery industry, helping to promote Emirati AND WATCH SHOW?NEW EMIRATI DESIGN AWARD designs in the region and cater for visitors to The fact that it’s about jewellery, of course! the country who seek unique local designs that But seriously, it is very pleasing that so manyThe International Jewellery and Watch capture the UAE story, feelings and heritage. exhibitors from the GGC region, more than aShow (JWS) will mark its 21st edition third of them from the UAE, are coming to Abu It is also a great opportunity for emerging Dhabi for the International Jewellery and Watchthis 14 – 18 March 2013 at the Abu designers and artists, especially jewellery design Show. This shows the strength of the jewelleryDhabi National Exhibition Centre. students, to showcase their creations to a panel design industry in the Middle East, and we canThis year JWS will be co-located with of judges and receive feedback on their work. expect many of the items to reflect the localthe Luxury Gift Show and, for the first culture, using locally sourced metals and stones WHY DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED including pearls which are so much part of ourtime, will feature the EBDA’A Emirati IN THE EBDA’A AWARD 2013? regional heritage.Jewellery Design Award. Tempo spoke Jewellery is my life, my passion and my business,with one of the judges, leading Emirati and I want to share this with a new generationjewellery artist Azza Al Qubaisi, about of Emiratis who are as inspired by their culture as I am. ABOUT JWSthe EBDA’A AWARD 2013. It is very important to have a creative outlet for More than 130 exhibitors from over 20THE EBDA’A AWARD 2013 IS AN talented designers and I am confident that we countries will display the latest jewelleryEXCITING INITIATIVE BY JWS TO will unearth some amazing new design concepts and watch designs made from gold, silver,ENCOURAGE NEW TALENT IN THE through the EBDA’A AWARD 2013. diamonds and other precious metals andJEWELLERY DESIGN INDUSTRY. stones. New for 2013 is the Luxury GiftWHAT IS THE VISION OF THE WHAT ARE THE CATEGORIES OF Show, which specializes in extravagantAWARD? THE AWARD? and innovative designer products, objectsThe EBDA’A AWARD 2013 is the first step to We have a category for daywear and casual and concepts for personal use, specialfurther promote the capability of the Emirati jewellery, which is open to UAE nationals and occasions and the home.jewellery market in the region. Our ultimate residents. There is also an evening wear categoryvision is to support the development of Emirati for UAE nationals only as well as a category for Opening hours: 4:00pm – 10:00pmjewellery designers by showcasing the work contemporary interpretation of traditional jewellery which is also only open for UAE For more information about JWS 2013,of winning designers every year at JWS and visit www.jws.aeoffering potential buyers the chance to view the nationals. People visiting JWS will be able toexclusive work of talented new designers. view the winning designs. www.tempoplanet.com | 09
  8. 8. MUSIC View the #1 song in the UAE TEMPO’S MUSIC CHART LETS YOU DISCOVER THE LATEST TOP 10 SONGS IN THE EMIRATE.WHEN I WAS YOUR MAN 1BRUNO MARSSUIT AND TIE (FEAT JAY Z) LAMA DAQQA, a 21 year old freshJUSTIN TIMBERLAKE 2 graduate feels music is a must in her life. 1. Somebody that I used to knowHARLEM SHAKE 3 2. One more nightBAAUER 3. Too close 4. Beneath your beautifulLITTLE THINGSONE DIRECTION 4 5. Blow me one last kiss 6. As long as you love me 7. I knew you were troubleI KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLETAYLOR SWIFT 5 8. Ho hey 9. Sweet nothing 10. 6 degrees of separationDIAMONDS 6RIHANNALOCKED OUT OF HEAVEN 7BRUNO MARSHO HEY 8THE LUMINEERSIMPOSSIBLE 9JAMES ARTHURPLEASE DON’T SAY YOU LOVE MEGABRIELLE APLIN 101. One way or Another (Teenage Kicks) – One Direction 1. One way or Another (Teenage Kicks) – One Direction2. Harlem Shake – Baauer 2. Harlem Shake – Baauer3. When I Was Your Man – Bruno Mars 3. I Could be the One (Nicktim Radio Edit) – Avicii and Nicky Romero4. Suit and Tie (feat. JAY Z) – Justin Timberlake 4. When I Was Your Man – Bruno Mars5. Ho Hey – The Lumineers 5. White Noise (feat. AlunaGoerge) - Disclosure6. I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift 6. Please Don’t Say You Love Me – Gabrielle Aplin7. Locked Out of Heaven – Bruno Mars 7. Drinking from the Bottle (feat. Tinie Tempah) – Valvin Harris8. Daylight – Maroon 5 8. Clown – Emeli Sande9. I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons 9. Suit and Tie (feat. JAY Z) – Justin Timberlake10. Carry on – Fun 10. I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift10 | www.tempoplanet.com TO ADVERTISE IN THE WIDEST CIRCULATED YOUTH AND COMMUNITY FOCUSED MAGAZINE IN THE UAE, CALL: 02 491 8624
  9. 9. game hedz tech talk Blakniss | Original game head from Atari to XBox! Shahid Saeed | Talker for the Non-Techies SAMSUNG GALAXY GRAND DUOS Samsung is busy in trying their best to deliver what people need; the new Galaxy Grand Duos a high-end dual-SIM smartphone which is well designed looks clone of Note II and finish of SIII. It has a dual-core Coretex-A9 1.2 GHz CPU, 1GB RAM, 8 GB Internal Storage, 480 X 800 5-inch Standard TFT LCD display, 8 MP rear-facing camera accompanied by LED Flash, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean along with TouchWiz. The phone is a Quad Band GSM with tri-band 3G support, you also get dual band Wi-Fi with hotspot capability and Wi-Fi Direct. It also has GPS with AGPS support and GLONASS, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0 external storage up-to 64GB, Dual SIM card. Grand Duos is priced at Dh 1499 at all major mobile retailers in the UAE. CANON IXUS 510 HSFOOSBALL GOES DIGITAL WITH QUIRKAT The Canon IXUS 510 HS is one ofFriends of Game Hedz, Quirkat, one of the region’s premiere local game the best looking compact cameras; this camera is smaller than a packdevelopers, have a new joint: Pro Foosball. of cards or cigarette box. Image resolution is 10.1 megapixels withYes, no more clunky tables taking up space in your den or office place. 12x optical zoom, which is approx.You can take out work frustrations digitally - and it doesn’t have to be on 28-336mm in a 35 camera at f/3.4Facebook, and no more lost Foosball balls. to f/5.6, and it has 3.2-inch screen, and speed ranging from1/4,00A downloadable game on the Playstation Network (PSN), Pro Foosball is to 15 seconds. Surprisingly theexactly what it says on the can: a Foosball table very nicely replicated and camera has in-built Wi-Fi and canlocated in a series of environments suitable for Foosball playing, or where also record videos 1920 x 1080 atyou’ve always dreamed of playing Foosball. 24 frames per second and 1280 x 720 at 30 frames per second. The IXUS 510 HS is great little camera, available for sale at Carrefour UAE with the price tag of Dh 999 whichWith three modes of play you and three friends can rock it out multiplayer includes camera + 4Gb memory card and camera case.style. You can challenge the AI and the mode I really love is Foos Madness(anything with ‘madness’ in the title has got to be good). Foos Madness letsyou play in multiplicity of crazy and cool scenarios including zero gravity, NEWS & GOSSIPuneven surfaces and with a magnetic ball. LINKEDIN REWARD EMPLOYEES WITHKeep an eye out for it. IPAD MINIS Linkedin employees really felt the love when rewarded hoursOtherwise, this is the month Gears of War Judgment, Tomb Raider, God before Valentine’s Day with the iPad Mini. Chief Executive Jeffof War: Ascension and BioShock Infinite should be colliding with your Weiner surprised the 3,458 full time employees at an all-handsgaming console and/or frontal lobe. Make it so. meeting and revealed that they were all getting iPad Minis. Krista Canfield Senior Manager for Corporate Communications confirms the giveaway and said “We wanted to acknowledge the MY FAV APP } SHERILAL MOHANAN hard work and accomplishments of all of our employees in 2012”. MORE THAN A WATCH CAMERA+ According to a report in The New York Times, Apple is developing a smart watch “iWatch” that would run on the same Are you a passionate photographer who likes IOS operating system that powers iPhones, iPads and iPods. to take pictures using your mobile phone? Now There are many rumours about the functionality of iWatch you can shoot like a pro, with camera+ using your iPhone. like chat-feature Facetime, turn by turn directions The app is packed with many useful features spoken by Siri, Apple’s that your standard camera app doesn’t have “voice assistant”, Bluetooth including touch exposure and focus, a range of connective with iPhone, shooting modes, a photo flashlight, grid view and digital zoom. iPad or iPod to access phone The app is available for both iPhone & iPad and the price is just Follow me on data and much more. @shahidaasi US $ 0.99. TO ADVERTISE IN THE WIDEST CIRCULATED YOUTH AND COMMUNITY FOCUSED MAGAZINE IN THE UAE, CALL: 02 491 8624 www.tempoplanet.com | 11
  10. 10. ENGLISH AGE: 24 MUSICIAN JOSEF HOLMES FASHION STATEMENT: "I’M NOT MAKING ONE" > YOUR PERSONAL STYLE IN LESS THAN 10 WORDS: Somewhere between indie, mod, 60’s and sporty! > WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE STORE IN THE UAE: I tend to head to the malls for the usual things, but Central Market in Abu Dhabi has a great atmosphere and some really interesting shops. > DOES THE UAE HAVE STYLE? It may be work in progress, but it certainly does and I like it! > FASHION PET HATES? I think it looks ridiculous when people go out at night wearing sunglasses! < Angeli Castillo12 | www.tempoplanet.com TO ADVERTISE IN THE WIDEST CIRCULATED YOUTH AND COMMUNITY FOCUSED MAGAZINE IN THE UAE, CALL: 02 491 8624
  11. 11. ABU DHABI EDITIONMOHAMMED KHAIR M. KOURMASYRIAN, 22 | SCUBA DIVER < Angeli CastilloTo view more, please visit angelicastillophotography.wordpress.com CHEWING GUM | PENS | MOBILE PHONE – BLACKBERRY | KEY | WALLET | BUSINESS CARD
  12. 12. HAPPYHAMDOON:THE TALENTED MAN BEHINDTHE SUPERSTAR BOYBy James LloydAbdulla Al Sharhan story begins interest grew. Abdullah says, “I felt that the personal website about poetry. I was so excited majority of people do not visit art galleries. On about the project that I sketched and colouredwith a little boy, fascinated the other hand, I was more into art that people the artwork without agreeing on a price. Inby art and eager to express his could bring home. I wanted to be a true nation the end, the client didn’t agree to my price socreativity. Now the 31-year-old artist, but I had to figure out how.” I uploaded Hamdoon to my portfolio on myfrom Ras al Khaimah with a website.” From that point on, Hamdan was Abdulla’s answer came while he was in the copied, printed, pasted and his image can bepassion for drawing and cartoons United Kingdom in 1998. “I was at a bookstore seen on everything from car bumper stickershas a career that has taken him to looking for art books when I came across a book to school bags. All of course without Abdullah’sunexpected directions... that taught animation. Since then there was no permission or licencing consent. going back for me.” For Abdullah this was further validation of theInitially, Abdullah thought that there would be Driven by his passion, Abdullah is now a full popularity of Hamdoon the character, and theno market for his skills. So he opted for a safety time artist and creative director. His most need to develop him into a full fledged cartoonnet and studied Management Information famous creation is Hamdoon, the impishly series.Systems at UAE University. He then worked ina variety of advertising to employee relations adorable young Emirati character that is the star Abdullah now runs Aiyaal Media, in associationpositions in private and public companies. of the popular cartoon series. with twofour54; which specializes in creative content development for youth, kids andHowever, through all the years he always Abdullah says, “Hamdoon was originally a teenagers, such as animation, publishing andmaintained his passion for art. Through nameless boy that I sketched based on a request music. He has also worked on various projectsattending and participating in galleries, his from a client who wanted to use it in his own where he illustrated books for children.14 | www.tempoplanet.com
  13. 13. > ABDULLAHS INSPIRATION Abdullah says that his inspiration comes from the people around him. He says, “I love observing facial expressions of people from different part of the worlds, particularly, kids and elderly people.” He is also inspired by landscapes and spends a lot of time travelling to places that have ancient ruins and picturesque sights. > HIS ARTISTIC PROCESSAbdulla Al Sharhan and team reviewing some drawings When creating a character, Abdullah uses his own process to understand how a character will take shape. He first determines where the character will be used, whether for a feature film, television, a comic or a video game. “This is important because it will define a huge part of the style and the sophistication level of the character. Then I define the target audience and QUICK QUESTIONS: do a lot of research on trending characters,” says Abdullah. Once the concept of the character has What’s the weirdest position been decided on, the artistic process begins. “I do you’ve ever been put in? quick sketches in different styles, then I engage Freelancing for Greetunes my friends and coworkers and even the client to help me decide which option they love the most.” Does Hamdoon have a love interest? > HIS FUTURE PLANS There is one, yes! But you’re going to haveAbdulla Al Sharhan sketching a character Abdullah is at something of a crossroads. Having to find out soon in the coming seasons. produced so many successful projects, he now has many options on the table; both involving Craziest thing youve gotten in his own creations and projects that have been trouble for? offered to him. While he is taking a moment to I got called back by the grocer of the consider his choices his determination remains. shop as a child because he found out that “Once one of these projects gets a green light, I I had stolen a pack of cartoon cards... will commit to it and put the rest on hold,” says Only because I thought he had stolen my Sharhan. Above all, Abdullah wants to continue money first! inspiring generations. He advises young artists to understand their audience so that If you were stuck on an island their creativity is not unleashed in the wrong and you had three things, what direction, and to build experience and develop would they be? skills before embarking on a project alone. Phone and charger, food and water, aaaAbdulla Al Sharhan directing Hamdoon “Last but not least, keep moving no matter what, this is really hard .. pencil and paper? because often you will find the most creative people among those with the most If you were a juice box what limited resources.” flavor would you be? Mixed Cherry Flavor “I LOVE OBSERVING FACIAL EXPRESSIONS OF PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT PART OF THE WORLDS, PARTICULARLY, KIDS AND ELDERLY PEOPLE.” www.tempoplanet.com | 15
  14. 14. MISSING LINKS HOW I SEE CHANGE By Ahmed Samir By Saif Nasir I miss a lot of things. I miss paying attention to small The change of one’s self or image, not just with people, things, the way only a child can. I miss sleeping in one but also with my surroundings, has always intrigued me. of my two pyjamas with pictures of airplanes printed It’s rather odd in a way, and I find it oddly entertaining. on the chest (a green helicopter and black fighter jet), Change and transformation sparks my mind. I want to try and pretending to pilot them before I sleep. Lying in bed to capture it; whether to have it engrained in my memory allowed me to imagine the tight cocoon of my cover around to be later sketched, or written on a paper or photograph me as the cockpit, albeit one that is horizontal, but that’s (stored with last Christmas’s gift). only because it was so sophisticated. Many times people try to make it a point to show change has no relevance, but to me it offers hope. It’s hope that no matter how miniscule, or immense, change delivers! For instance a bad day can change into a good one. The night’s black shade withers away with the gush of yellow sunlight. Even a fault toward a friend, can be undone, and forgiven. I miss noticing the patterns in tiles, and skipping from white one to white one, and feeling genuine disappointment when the pattern had to be deserted, because the pattern has changed (and nothing can be done about that), or my legs aren’t long enough to reach the next acceptable tile. I miss monitoring my teachers’ toilet-going habits, and, as ridiculous as it was, thinking to myself, “Wow, they’re humans too.” I miss the things I remembered, and the things I didn’t deign to. I miss remembering that Voltron was on at 1 pm on Friday, and how missing that was as unforgivable, and other things of equally unimportance. I miss watching the spiders in fifth grade, and carrying them around in emptied water bottles, and picking them up in my hands, and feeling the accomplishment counterbalanced by fear that “they’re poisonous” or “they’ll crawl inside your body if Reading this people would probably think I’m some optimist but they find an opening”—and I miss how credulous I was, and how that I’m not. I’d say I’m more a realist. I always realize the depth and last especially was believable. magnitude of a bad situation, and it does affect me at times. I personally experienced this in my family: cancer with two of my I miss understanding things. The day I found out about the nature of grandparent and aunt, early deaths by accidents, and more. I have procreation, it was physical education class, and we were separated also lost some friends. During my studies, I was unable to get along into lines of mildly interested ten-year-olds doing jumping exercises. with the others, as they refused to accept that I had different beliefs. A precocious “friend,” designated so because he wasn’t much of one yet and would never graduate to my roughly defined definition All this turned around. of friendship, explained to me about male and female organs. I remember feeling incredulous, and for about a year I remained My grandfather survived cancer. Twice. So did my other extremely skeptical. It seemed too barbaric, certainly something grandfather. My aunt is alive and well. I found friends that are like unbefitting of the joyous fulfillment spoken of it. Time has, family to me, and I’m brought to tears when I remember all the naturally, erased every shred of the incredulity: I learned that both amazingly extraordinary things they’ve done for me. And soon, I’m are true. transferring to my dream university. I miss the time when I didn’t know that childhood would end and I’d The way I see it you can’t really enjoy the good in life, without want to write it a nostalgic love letter to growing up. experiencing the bad.16 | www.tempoplanet.com TO ADVERTISE IN THE WIDEST CIRCULATED YOUTH AND COMMUNITY FOCUSED MAGAZINE IN THE UAE, CALL: 02 491 8624
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  16. 16. Jody Ballard with the cover of her new book The Smell of MudTHE JOY OF THE WRITTEN WORD: BOOK INTRODUCING JODY BALLARDBy Ahmed SamirJody Ballard is well known in the as an artist/writer/psychologist with a tennis need to learn, to be provoked, and to look at thelocal community for her great energy problem: I play tennis 2-3 days a week and adore world from different perspectives. Therefore, the game. I have a very curious mind (yes I am I read novels (my favorite genre is historicaland her many talents: mother, wife, sure we could use a double entendre here) that novels), psychological journals, foreign policytherapist, artist, writer and more. seeks out answers even to the most bizarre of magazines, cartoons, travel journals. I normallyTempo sat down with her for a heart to questions. Currently I am educating myself have two or three things I am reading at a time.heart conversation on her passion about the GCC — everything and anything;for writing… language, culture, history, birds, pearl diving, WHERE DO YOU DRAW local foods, Islam in comparison with other INSPIRATION FROM?TELL US THE STORY OF religions… I draw inspiration from life. I pay attentionJODY BALLARD to people, interactions, nature, everythingMoving here was entering a new section of the YOU WRITE — WHY? around me. All these things inform and inspire‘life’s library.’ It is an understatement to say I I write because I am a storyteller. I hope to me. I listen intently to the stories of others, Iam inquisitive and that I love to learn. I am also entertain and to offer what might be thought find people fascinating and try to make myfascinated by human nature. I was raised by provoking ideas for readers to consider. I write characters as intriguing to readers.a Montana cowboy, so naturally I ride horses because fear does not stop me from writing, asand remain passionate about the connection it stops many people who have a story to tell. I WHAT IS YOUR WRITINGbetween man to his environment. I am a very write because I can. PROCESS LIKE?happily married woman of 32 years and the I believe the research process of writing a novelmother of three happy, intelligent, curious, THEY SAY THE BEST ADVICE FOR is what started me on the path of writing. I lovetalented and loving children. WRITERS IS TO READ. WHAT DO the research and had to stop myself at a certain YOU READ? point and begin to write. I am not a schooledI try to stay focused of all aspects of my personal My hunger to read is insatiable. I believe this creative writer so the learning curve on thewellness. I am frequently introduced to friends comes from a thirst for knowledge and my science of this process has been straight up. I18 | www.tempoplanet.com
  17. 17. JODY INTRODUCES HER LATEST BOOK “THE SMELL OF MUD:” “[I]n 1892 The Sherman Act was repealed by an act of congress. This stopped the subsidy of silver and caused the price of silver to plummet. In Granite Montana which is located From L to R: Paulette Hime, Jody Ballard and Jim three miles from where I call home, a thriving town of 3000 emptied in a matter of weeks. This provided a moment when everyone fighting for survival had an opportunity to change their lives. When forced into prostitution by tragic events or trafficking, people were forced to make life altering decisions quickly. How were these women able to stand back up when having fallen to the lowest place a woman can go. The story is essentially told from the diaries of the House Madam and the nice twist to the story is the voice of a contemporary 16 year old who is coming of age and the diaries filled with colorful stories and references help her frame her own relationships and sexuality.” From L to R: Alysia Stanton, Jody Ballard and Tomhave to force myself to sit down and begin to inspired by Nabati poetry, the novels, The Age ofwrite; it becomes a hypnotic process and I enjoy Endurance and Rags to Riches, and the beauty of AN EXCERPT FROMevery minute. Once I begin and my mind is this country. I knew that in writing this book, I “THE SMELL OF MUD”:carried to another place, the sun can set, my would be further educated about the UAE.husband can enter and leave the room many Today is Sunday, our only day of rest andtimes, my phone rings and I hear it only in the The second book will focus on a marriage which all the young women in my house are sounddistance — I am internally focused. is being torn apart by infidelity; the question asleep. They have become the joy of my broached is: "Can a marriage survive infidelity?" life and the main focus of my efforts andSO IT COMES DOWN We will watch a woman grapple with this energy. I love walking around the house,TO DISCIPLINE? question. I plan to write this book from her POV checking each room not as much for safety,Indeed. I write five days a week with a writer and the clinical notes of her therapist. Lucky but to gaze upon the innocence of theircompanion Seumas Gallacher in the lobby of me, I have worked this issue with couples for faces in sleep. They are all still children inthe Beach Rotana. We meet and write daily for 30 years. their deepest slumber, hugging pillows,two hours, often discussing themes, character tucking hands between their legs fordevelopment, language, and practical issues such comfort or snuggling their cheeks into theas marketing, fonts, distributions. It is a gift to THE QUINTESSENTIAL cooler part of the mattress. Safe and secure,have support in this process. We have welcomed OBLIGATORY QUESTION: ANY their bellies rise and fall slowly with deepmany local authors to our corner and we gain ADVICE FOR ASPIRING WRITERS? breaths completely emptied of the weightinsight and inspiration from them all. and tensions of their lives. Their faces JUST WRITE. EVERY DAY, AND imbued with tranquility are void of sadnessTELL US ABOUT YOUR or fear.” ABOUT ANYTHING. WRITING ISUPCOMING BOOKSMy first book will focus on the legacy of an A SKILL REQUIRING DISCIPLINE, “The Smell of Mud” can beEmirati Grandfather. This is fascinating to me. PRACTICE AND COURAGE. downloaded from Amazon.com.I hope to use personal interviews. This book is www.tempoplanet.com | 19
  18. 18. ABOUT ME LIFE MUSIC FOOD TRAVEL Christine Sheryl Sanchez What’s your current Last SONG Age: 20 syndrome (LSS)? Troublemaker by Olly Murs ft. Profession: Student Flo Rida. Nationality: Filipino What was the most recent movie Motto: "Never leave until that made you cry? tomorrow what you can do Les Misérables. or experience today." -Like the Flowing River, Paulo Coelho If today is the last day, where would you rush to go? I would rush to wherever myBASIC INFORMATIONS What random acts of kindness have family is. you most performed?Your most valued possession: What is your idea of a Giving my seat on the bus to oldMy family and friends perfect weekend? people and pregnant women. My idea of a perfect weekend wouldOne thing you cannot live without: be spending the day at the beach The songs that you would wantFamily and friends with my friends. played on your funeral: River Flows In You by Yiruma, If IThe person who inspires you the most: If you could be anywhere in the Die Young by The Band Perry, ThisMy mother world right now, where would you Side by Nickel Creek. be? What would you be doing there?Five things you need for survival: Right now, I think itd be nice to be If your life were made into a book orFood, water, shelter, clothing, books sitting in a café in Paris or exploring perhaps a movie, what would you the Venetian waters in a gondola. call it?What car would you like to own? Growing Up: Third Culture.A ford f-150 or a hummer h2 If you could ask one person from history a question whom would that Three things today have taught youWhere do you see yourself in 10 years? be, and what would be the question? to improve on tomorrow?As a successful and happy person I would like to meet Francois Faith, humility, and Rabelais and ask him what he meant perseverance.What is your idea of peace? by the Great Perhaps.End of hatred and the beginningof love If you were on death row, what would your last meal be?What item do you keep buying even Chicken shawarma, kebabs, lambthough you have plenty? chops, and hummus.Food and clothes! IF YOU COULDWhat random acts of kindness have HAVE PERSONALLYyou most performed? WITNESSED ONEGiving my seat on the bus to old EVENT IN HISTORY,people and pregnant women WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO HAVE SEEN?Three things today have taught you toimprove on tomorrow? I would like to have witnessedFaith, humility, and perseverance how the Taj Mahal was builtTO ADVERTISE IN THE WIDEST CIRCULATED YOUTH AND COMMUNITY FOCUSED MAGAZINE IN THE UAE, CALL: 02 491 8624 www.tempoplanet.com | 21
  19. 19. SHOOTING STAR: MUSIC EMIRATI SINGER MUNEER By Ajir ShujahiIt is not every daythat one meets localtalent that is totallyhomegrown and on atrajectory to stardom.Muneer is an ambitiouswriter-performer whohas set his eyes on bigthing. Tempo caught upwith him…TEMPO: Tell us about Muneer.MUNEER: I am a 28 yrs old singer with anEmirati father and Indian mother. I went toRomania to study medicine but soon foundanother passion. I finished medical school in2011 November, but I don’t practice medicinebecause I have decided to embrace my realpassion, which is music. It started in a karaokebar where I used to go and scream my head off.Gradually I became more serious about singing. Istarted by doing covers on YouTube. Soon thingsstarted going uphill from there. I began singingin bars and clubs with my live cover band inTimisoara, Romania.22 | www.tempoplanet.com
  20. 20. TEMPO: ANY ADVICE FOR ASPIRING SINGERS? Before anybody believes in you, you have got to Excerpt from: believe in yourself and “TURN OFF THE LIGHT” to remember where Muneer, feat. Kaan you came from. Do I was looking for love and devotion everything with honesty I was looking for that kind of love and never give up no (that kind of love) Somebody who can answer my matter what happens. missed calls And most important, Who can be there for me when the take care of night falls your vocals :) MUNEER WATCH THE VIDEOLuck came calling in the form of "Romanias Got and there were problems in family and it was aTalent". Participating was all the motivation very dark period. But I was positive and strongI needed as an artist to seriously pursue my with lots of patience. Obstacles are part of thedream. The famous Latino Romanian band game: if there are no obstacles I think there’s nocalled Mandinga offered to collaborate with success and motivation. This song was composedme in 2011. I got the opportunity to tour the almost a year ago - so you can imagine how muchcountry. During this time I gained a lot of time it takes, and also the importance of keepingexperience and my confidence as a on the right track.performer grew. TEMPO: What are your future plans?TEMPO: Tell us about your debut single. MUNEER: My future plan for now is toMUNEER: Id always envisioned myself as a produce more singles, do lots of concerts, andsolo artist. My debut single is called "TURN OFF to help educate the UAE music industry aboutTHE LIGHT." It’s also features Kaan, a Turkish international music standards. I believe that werapper. The single is a sexy love song. The genre as UAE nationals can make it in the industry,is RNB dance, and it is produced by Trucial and that someone has to take a step…so here Istates from UAE, in collaboration with hahaha am taking that first step. I am looking forwardproduction from Romania. to taking many more steps towards making my dream a reality in 2013.TEMPO: Where does your inspirationcome from?MUNEER: My inspiration comes from all thebest artists out there who made me feel that evenI can do something like them. If you want me to MUNEER’S WEBSITE:be specific, one name is surely Jay Sean. www.muneersworld.comTEMPO: What have been your FACEBOOK:biggest challenges? www.facebook.com/muneersworldMUNEER: It was a big challenge for me tofinish medical school and still keep my feet YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/user/ALOBAIDLIMUNIRalso in for music. It was a big risk for me andthere were moments when I felt like quitting, www.tempoplanet.com | 23