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Tempo April 2012
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  • 1. THE FIRST MAGAZINE IN THE APRIL 2012 REGION TO USE MOBILE TAGGING THE WIDEST CIRCULATED YOUTH FOCUSED MAGAZINE IN THE UAESOCIAL MEDIA blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah know more on page 12 + PLUS RUNNING WILD PEETA THE PASSION OF ART FAIRY TALE MAGIC
  • 2. contentswww.tempoplanet.com ed’s note:0405 letters to the editor uspace 12 We receive so much feedback from you, our06 what’s hot readers, about what you want to see more of in07 the bottom bottom line Tempo, and what you want us to throw out. We love your letters and are always thankful for the08 tech talk / game hedz feedback, both positive and negative.You see, we09 tempo’s top 10 songs / on my ipod know that you wouldn’t write to us if you didn’t10 my style blueprint care.12 running wild peeta14 city bites So we gathered months of feedback and decided to send Tempo back into the garage for a tune-up.15 the passion of art We’ve tweaked the design and the look and feel,17 people calendar and hope Tempo is more entertaining and pleasing.18 youth talk19 time capsule We’ve also been tinkering with our website www.21 planetarians tempoplanet.com to make it easier to read and more user-friendly to navigate. Have a look and23 fairy tale magic send us your comments and ideas. Drop me a line24 doc in the house / campus view personally and I promise to respond.26 social media: policy not policing27 tamakkan knowledge hub The one thing that we’re not changing is the28 articulate / just handcrafted Tempo editorial formula. We are still steadfastly ‘community’ and remain unabashed in recognizing30 mini minx / just a thought groups and individuals who are interesting and make a contribution to the wonderful tapestry of humanity in the UAE.14 15 Be kind, live well and keep up the tempo! Sana Bagersh Managing Editor bagersh@tempoplanet.com MANAGING EDITOR Sana Bagersh SUPERVISING EDITOR EDITORIAL Ian Mason CONTRIBUTORS FEATURES WRITER Angeli Castillo Alma Kadragic Neena Rai EDITORIAL Jan D’Sa COORDINATOR23 Manar Al Hinai Sharon Carvalho Ahmed Samir MARKETING COORDINATORS Rohith Bhat Manjul Abhishek Azza El Masri Laskar Laipubam Shahid Saeed MAGAZINE DESIGN Blakniss Mark De Castro Shamma Al Suwaidi DISTRIBUTION Dave Solomon COORDINATOR Melaku Muluneh Justin Thomas ADDRESS To reach editorial at Abu Dhabi Tempo email: editorial@tempoplanet.com. If you need to find out where you can pick up your PUBLISHED BY: MICROSOFT TAG SCANNING GUIDELINES copy call: 02 491 8624/25 or check out the list of Tempo distribution points on our website. download www.gettag.mobi NOTE TO ADVERTISERS to your smart phone Advertisers can request brand tagging with all advertisements. To reach advertising call: 02 491 8624/25, fax: 02 491 8626 run application email: advertising@tempoplanet.com click on tag beside each article to have fun with online content, videos & cool tags! DISCLAIMER Tempo is a publication of BrandMoxie. Although Tempo Magazine does its best to ensure the authenticity and accuracy of its contents, the publisher cannot accept any responsibility for errors, mistakes and inaccuracies. The publisher reserves the rights of this product and no part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means without the permission of the QR SCANNING GUIDELINES publisher. Scan the QR CODE using your smart phone MEDIA LICENCE NO. 1/105866/24295 for Blackberry this is done through BBM for iPhone download BeeTag or Neo Reader
  • 3. letters to the Post your views and comments on our facebook and twitter pages anks for Hey Ed, th rians. he Planeta featuring T more grass We need is, tives like th roots initia ols ping scho and I’m ho ceHello Tempo! I was an intern for your ities embra Dear editor, I was touched by the story on the and universamazing magazine last year! Loved working dra M. orphanage in Tanzania, and also about the British this - Santhere, learned a lot and definitely got a lot School Al Khubairat drive for Zambia. Sharingof experience too. Well, this is a stop motion such stories really helps to motivate us allfilm I came up with, not so long ago. It was a - Mathew N.college project :) Hope ya’ll like it! :D Cheers BrandMoxie was- Nyurka Fernandes proud to host Hi Tempo, I dont always agree with your the launch of choices for Top 10 songs in the UAE - Imagenations filmHey Nyurka, we’re so proud of you ( "Give me all your luvin?" - Madonna... Really?!!) club, Bopcorn &and we wish you the best of luck But Im glad youre doing the Top 10 in the Sawaleef, at itswith University! - The Tempo Team UAE...coz no one else is doing it - Brian D. Innovation@Work Hall. TEMPO’S SHOUT OUT: “WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE MAGAZINE?” Follow them on twitter: @ BopcornSawaalef Well, the articles are interesting I loved the story on and Tempo is like a home for The Dream Players!! everyone to get noticed! :) - Kera Thompson - Jason D’souza The fact that anyone with talent can find their place in Tempo :) - Simone Carvalho u vote RESULTS OF LAST MONTH’S U VOTE: Tempo asked our online readers, If you had a super NEXT power, what would it be? This is what you said: MONTH’S QUESTION: Do you like the new size of Tempo magazine? INVISIBILITY 10% 10% Yes X-RAY VISION No 20% SUPER STRENGTH 60% SUPER SPEED go to tempoplanet to vote04 | www.tempoplanet.com
  • 4. u space occasions and everyday use, as well as accessories and decorative items. Paris Avenue is the window to TALKING BOOKS By Azza El Masri the world for these designers. INSPIRATION AND PARTNERSHIPS There are two - the first one is a nod to my father, God bless his soul, who used to have a fashion boutique, but I was too young to be interested in it. The second reason is to pay tribute to the art of Book Review: French living and to all the artisans who love their The Fault in work. I take this opportunity to thank all those Our Stars who surrounded me, helped me and encouraged (Dutton Books, 2012) me - my family, my friends and my wonderful Author: John GreenENTREPRENEUR FOCUS collaborators. THE ESSENCE OF PARIS AVENUEIN THE ZONE WITH… I wanted a cosy place where everyone would feel at What’s worse than losingMeet Houda Cassim, Francophile Fashionista home. It is not only a boutique but a gallery where someone to the death-gripsHouda, a Saudi entrepreneur with a strong you can admire objects, and read, smell and feel the of cancer? Being diagnosedFrench influence, has poured her love of Paris and soul of Paris avenues. with a terminal cancer yourself.everything Parisian into a new boutique she has setup called ‘Paris Avenue,’ located in Khalidiya. Houda Most of the items available are chosen from Introducing John Green’s newest materials and handmade in small workshops.chatted to Tempo about her inspiration and her Some of these items are unique. The workshops I masterpiece, “The Fault in Ourdreams. deal with respect labour rights, demand freedom Stars”.A SAUDI IN FRANCE of association and compliance with local laws,I am a Saudi national. I studied architecture at and prohibit child labour, forced labour and FINDING THE BEAUTY OF LIFEEcole Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris, but due to discrimination. Despite the miraculous surgery thatfamily reasons I had to stop my studies and started buys her a few extra years, 16-year-oldworking for my embassy. Having lived for several FORWARD LOOKING Hazel’s cancer has always been terminal.years in Paris, I have been imbued of French culture, With God’s help, I will consider opening more Then she meets Augustus Waters, aand I appreciate a lot of the French know-how in stores in the UAE and in the GCC region. I also have other projects in mind, not in the fashion field 17-year-old ex-basketball player, at amany fields. I knew this was something I had to do but still related to French living. Paris Avenue is Cancer Kid Support Group and her lifewhen I moved to the United Arab Emirates. located off Zayed First in Khalidiya. takes a beautiful, tragic and funny turn.BRINGING PARIS TO ABU DHABI For the first time, Augustus coaxes herParis Avenue is a concept store themed around into savoring the beauty in her life.the discovery of new designers. It is dedicatedentirely to those creators of art for whom To find out more about Paris Avenue CHARACTERS TO LOVEelegance, originality and quality go together. I offer call 02 635 4030 Narrated by Hazel, “The Fault in Oura large selection of handbags and shoes for major Stars” will grip readers with the deep and realistic perception it describes. Heavy with philosophical meaning, this novel succeeds in absorbing you right shortly after. He told me all about motorcycles, his favourite hobby, and how much he wanted to have a into the lives of its main characters to social life again. the point of feeling like you’ve become part of the book. It raises fundamental FORMING A SOCIAL GROUP questions that every teenager asks After hanging out a couple times, we decided to themselves yet adds a sense of gravity start a social group for adults with special needs. for those who haven’t much time left. The aim of the social group is to find adults with mild-moderate cognitive or physical disabilities and create an exciting environment for them to feel LAUGH AND CRY welcome and be accepted for exactly who they are. John Green, acclaimed for his previous MEMBERS WANTED: novel “Looking for Alaska”, mixes Special needs group formed ABOUT THE GROUP comedy with tragedy so perfectly that By Jenna Bolduc The group has started as a meet-up group through you’ll find yourself not knowing whether www.meetup.com. It is free of charge - the only As a newly-arrived special education teacher costs will be for the activities we do. In particular, to sob or laugh. It’s the kind of book in the UAE, I quickly became aware of the lack we urge the guardians of group members to attend you’ll want to have a notepad close at of organizations for children and adults with the first meet-up. hand while reading to jot down all the exceptional needs. beautiful, perceptive quotes. But more However, more members – at least 3 or 4 – are than just notes, you will find yourself FIRST MEETING needed to commence the proposed regular events writing out half of the book because of Last year, I met a wonderful woman with a such as dinners, bowling, movies, plays and going to its touching realism and the perceptions 21-year-old son who has exceptional needs. the beach. of young adults and their feelings. They are expats who have lived here for about two years. She told me that her son is bored and stays at home every day because there are no MORE INFORMATION For me, “The Fault in Our Stars” is the opportunities for him. She said he sits around To find out more or to register someone as a best book of 2012 so far. It’s powerful the house and waits until she returns so they group member, visit www.meetup.com/Social- and life-changing; electric, sharp, funny can travel to the mall or go outside to ride his group-for-Adults-with-Exceptional-Needs but tragic. Read it - trust me, you won’t beloved Harley Davidson bike. I met with her son regret it. www.tempoplanet.com | 05
  • 5. LAIDBACK LUKE5 April, Flash Forum, Abu DhabiAfter proving to be a massive hit with the crowds at Creamfields Abu Dhabi 2011, the Dutchdynamo Laidback Luke returns to the capital on 5 April. With his fusion of hyper drive housestep & ghetto jack trance bass, he’s sure to whip up a frenzy at the FLASHForum. Supported by local DJs Mister Outlaw and Immaculate Touch(Chad Punk and Stew Magoo), this is a club night not to be missed.Laidback Luke chatted to Tempo about his upcoming gig – theinterview can be read on www.tempoplanet.com MIDDLE EAST FILM MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION® BAZAAR AND COMIC CON THE DREAM THE 20-21 April, Mina Seyahi Hall, 14 April, Café Arabia, Abu Dhabi PLAYERS IS Dubai International Marine Club GOING DREAM PLAYERS The region’s largest pop culture and The Make-A-Wish Foundation® United MALL-SIDE! 19 April, entertainment festival is back. The Arab Emirates does some awesome Al Wahda Mall, Middle East Film and Comic Con work, and this is no exception.Vendors, Abu Dhabi is the place to meet celebrities for artists and artisans are invited to autographs and photos, buy exclusive participate in a fundraising arts and merchandise and loads of cool stuff crafts bazaar on Saturday 14th April from some of the world’s largest from 10-4pm at Café Arabia, Abu Dhabi. After successful performances entertainment companies, watch Support the cause and help them put a at the Innovation@Work space, classic sci-fi, anime, superhero movies smile on a child’s face! The Foundation, The Dream Players will take its and gain exclusive previews of the under the Chairmanship of HH Sheikha next show to the newly-expanded summer’s biggest blockbusters. Sheikha Bint Saif Bin Mohammed Al Al Wahda Mall on 19 April from Nahyan, is dedicated to granting wishes 6.00pm- 8.00pm. Be a part of the Gamers compete in the Gamezone to children aged 3-18 living with life and try out the latest video game coolest community talent show in Abu threatening conditions in the UAE. releases, take part in art, cosplay Dhabi and cheer on the incredible talent and gaming competitions, and join in More info: being discovered in the UAE! workshops and panel discussions. mel.raymer7@yahoo.co.uk More info and registration: www.thedreamplayers.com Ticket info: www.mefcc.com06 | www.tempoplanet.com
  • 6. THE BOTTOM BOTTOM LINE Lighting up the skyline I passed by the Abu Dhabi breakwater and realized that there was something quite spectacular about the skyline. And then it occurred to me, that it was the huge UAE flag that’s next to the Abu Dhabi Theatre. The flag, which I’ve heard told holds the Guinness record for the largest flag in the world (can anyone corroborate this?) looks absolutely stunning, and it’s all because of the lights at its base. Now the flag projects to the heavens and carries a sense of historical purpose. DUBOMEDY TURNS 4! Nipping smoking in the bud Is anyone aware of the growing problem of 1 April, 7.00pm and 9.00pm smoking among the young? If you have any doubt DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai then go to the public parks where kids hang out in the evening and you’ll see groups of preteens and April Fools Day (1 April) is an appropriate day to celebrate Dubomedy’s 4th teenagers lighting up casually and passing out fags birthday bash. Renowned international comedian Aron Kader (Axis of Evil, LA’s as if they were gum sticks. I saw a young boy who Comedy Store, Arabs Gone Wild & much more) returns to the UAE after a three looked like he was 11 or 12 lighting up, and I was year absence, and his live show in Dubai is sure to match his previous sold out hugely tempted to walk up to him, yell ‘idiot’ in his shows . face and take away the cigarette. But I didn’t. Joining Aron will be Mina Liccione and Ali Al Sayed along with two students from Health craze bandwagon Hurray for all the health clubs that are popping the Dubomedy Arts School to be nominated by Aron based upon their ‘end of up everyday throughout the UAE; it gives all of us workshop’ performance. less reason to gripe about why we can’t exercise. The health clubs who get marks are the ones that To join the comedy workshop, email LOL@vivadubai.com are clear about their offerings and transparent about their prices. Amna writes to me that she Show info: LOL@vivadubai.com or www.dubomedy.com went up to Fitness First to ask about their prices Ticket info: www.ticketingco.com or 050 927 3621. and was told that the girls at the counter couldn’t VIP tickets: AED 250. give prices, and that she had to first talk to one of Regular seating: AED 175. their interviewers/reps and that they needed her number and would call her back later to give her an assessment etc etc…. not cool, guys. Getting the word outEMIRATES KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL If you’re a film aficionado, there is a recent event that you should have not missed but probably5-8 April, Heritage Village and other locations in Abu Dhabi did. This is a documentaries film festival focusing on women that was held in Abu Dhabi in March. It was brought to the capital by The Women InThe Emirates Korean Film Festival celebrates the best of Korean cinema and culture from Film group (kudos Michelle Nickelson) and held5 – 8 April. This year’s festival will introduce the politics of North and South Korea through outdoors at Heritage Village. It was an incrediblethe eye of the lens. setting with many unforgettable films. The only thing missing was an audience… what a shameThe world of Korean anime opens up during Saturday’s family friendly day at the Heritage only a small number of people knew about theVillage, along with Korean fashion, food and fun. A festival highlight is the annual platform of event… if only art authorities and corporateeducational workshops by award winning filmmakers. benefactors supported worthy artistic events with funding for marketing.Festival info: http://www.wix.com/ekff2012/ekff# In support of film Thank you New York Film Academy and US Ambassador Michael Corbin for the invitation to the short film competition “The UAE Through Your Eyes:Your World,Your Future.” Five movies were shown at the ambassador’s residence. Tempo was especially happy to see Daniel Malak, a rising star from the Tempo-NYFA “I Love UAE” BE THE FACE OF SMASH! competition, win this short film competition. And a Tempo shout out to Image Nation who Send a photograph of yourself to smash@liwastores.com along with the answer to "Why launched its new social film club - Bopcorn & should you be the Face of Smash!?" The winner will be the Face of Smash! and will receive Sawalef - at BrandMoxie’s hip innovation space in a voucher worth AED 400 to spend at any Smash! outlet, and will be featured in Tempos Nahyan Camp. All pretty cool stuff. My Style Blueprint. The chosen entries will be uploaded to the Smash ME Facebook page. 3 runners up also Write to me: get gift vouchers. So enter today and get your friends to Like your pic! concierge@tempoplanet.com The Concierge www.tempoplanet.com | 07
  • 7. EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS tech talk Shahid Saeed | Talker for the Non-Techies Follow me on @shahidaasi LATEST NEWS THE NEW iPAD Social Media Demographics Apple has unveiled its third iPad, restoring its technological lead over rivals in the tablet stakes. More than 66% of adults are connected to one The new iPad has impressive retina display upgrades or more social media platforms, but who exactly to 3.1 million pixels, giving it the range of 2048 x are these people? This infographic, created by 1536 which is more than an HDTV resolution. It Online MBA, breaks down the demographics: has Apple’s new A5X processor with quad-core • 57% of Facebook users have completed some graphics, said to be four times the pixels of iPad 2. college and 24% have earned a bachelor’s or CANON EOS 5D MARK III master’s degree. People aged 45 and older Canon has announced the latest addition to its The camera is upgraded to 5 megapixel with 1080p world-famous EOS range with the launch of make up 46% of Facebook users. There is HD video recording and 4G LTE - I don’t know why the new EOS 5D Mark III which builds on the also gender split, with women using Facebook a tablet would need that much faster data speed but performance of the legendary EOS 5D Mark II. more than men - about 57% of Facebook it sounds great. With the Dictation feature, you can users are women. now write an email by speaking. It features a 22.3 megapixel full-frame sensor, up • 59% of Twitter users are women. to 6 frames per second shooting, 14-bit DIGIC • Pinterest has the heaviest gender imbalance, It also has the smart covers previously supplied 5+ processor, 61-point AF system and 63-zone with 82% users being women. with iPad2, and the battery life is up to 10 hours per metering, a huge native ISO range 100-25600 • Google+ is occupied by men (71%) and charge which is also a good sign. expandable to 102400, advanced AF system, about 50% of Google+ users are 24 or 1920X1080 full HD movie, highly accurate younger. exposures by iFCL metering system, 3.2” clear • LinkedIn have an even ratio of men and view TFT fixed LCD screen, dual card slots CF women, and 49% of over-45s use the site to Type 1 and SD/SDHC/SDXC. connect with other business professionals. • Most people use social media to stay in touch The Mark III is faster and more responsive and with friends and family, and more are doing so features the tools to adapt to everything from while on the go - about 200 million Facebook studio photography to creative videography while users check their Timelines from their mobile producing results of the highest quality. devices every day. game hedz Blakniss | Original game head from Atari to XBox! MASS EFFECT 3... game are more cut scene than anything else - only Pretty sweet. Just make sure you have an EA How’s it going, Game Hedz? I trust you›ve done the after about 45 minutes of game play does the full account so the game outcomes can be synced. right thing and got your hands on a copy of Mass RPG experience kick in. Effect 3. If you haven’t, you’ll be cursed with two left This game does great in continuing to show how thumbs...or something like that. We’ve been playing NOTE OF CAUTION: if you import a saved iOS and other portable devices can provide a great through the game (not finished yet) and can see the character, you can’t choose gameplay mode - you gaming experience with near console level graphics get Role Playing Game mode (RPG) by default. and gameplay. immediate impact of larger scale conflict and story that makes for a density of interdependent missions ...AND A MORE! Get it, and keep fighting to save the universe! and pivotal relationships. Big news! You can play a Mass Effect prequel on iOS! Without the universe we can’t enjoy chocolate...and Can I get a “wuhoo”! I love chocolate. You might experience the temptation, like I have, to backtrack and change a choice to see the differing outcome, like putting Jack and her students on It’s called Mass Effect Infiltrator, and you play Randall MY FAV APP the frontline. I chose a support role for them, but Enzo, a Cerberus operative with a conscience My favourite app is Real Football 2012 for iPhone, wonder if choosing frontline duty would put Jack who is now fighting for the Alliance (supposed iPad & Android devices. This is a fantastic touch game back on the Normandy. We’ll see. Otherwise, it’s good guys) and intent on taking down Cerberus and very easy to play for anyone as it has difficulty rolling on nicely, though the beginning stages of the (Cerberus is a dubious organisation that is working selection options. against the good guys in the main game).You are You can play in practice, exhibition, league and cup trying to recover important alien-related data from mode; select your team, level, time, ball and when you a research facility and pass it on to the Alliance. are off the ground, push the goals to win the match; share results on Facebook; and get your rewards It hasn’t been widely publicised but it does exist, I in coins, cash and experience points. Later, you can promise, and it’s pretty cool. With similar controls use all the rewards to buy more stuff from the store provided within the game. as Dead Space and Shadowgun, you can shoot from cover, vault, switch weapons and use biotic skills Everyone must try this app - it’s free to download pretty seamlessly. and heaps of fun. This story occurs simultaneously with the Mass Effect 3 storyline, and the outcome apparently by Shajeel Malik contributes to the console game’s storyline! 08 | www.tempoplanet.com
  • 8. 1. We Are Young - Fun ft. Janelle Monae 2. Stronger - Kelly Clarkson 3. Glad You Came - The Wanted 4. Set Fire To The Rain - Adele 5. Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye ft. Kimbra 6. Starships - Nicki Minaj 7. Turn Me On - David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj 8. Take Care - Drake ft. Rihanna 9. Wild Ones - Flo Rida ft. Sia 10. Part Of Me - Katy Perry 1 Earthquake - Labrinth ft. Tinie Tempah 1. Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye 2. Starships - Nicki Minaj 3. Elephant - Alexandra Burke ft. Erick Morillo 4. Next To Me - Emeli Sandé 2 Lego House - Ed Sheeran 5. Wild Ones - Flo Rida ft. Sia 6. Titanium - David Guetta ft. Sia 7. Hot Right Now - DJ Fresh ft. Rita Ora 3 Stronger - Kelly Clarkson 8. Turn Me On - David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj 9. Love Me - Stooshe ft. Travie McCoy 10. Paris - Jay-Z & Kanye West 4 Part Of Me - Katy Perry 5 Get Yourself Back Home - Gym Class Heroes Phoebe Jaspe, a 20 year old film making student who is ft. Neon Hitch currently a digital content creator in an oil/gas company loves chillwave, homesick ambient sounds laced with modern/electro pop, psych-folk, post-punk revival, nu gaze 6 Starships - Nicki Minaj and witch house. 1. Twin Shadow - Castles in the Snow (Com Truise remix) 2. Holy Other - Touch 3. Stumbleine - Sun Bleached 4. Marques Toliner - Deep in my Heart 7 Drive By - Train 5. 6. Twin Shadow - Slow (Van Rivers remix) The xx - VCR 7. Toro y Moi - Talamak 8. James Blake - Wilhelm Scream 9. Neon Indian - Polish Girl 10. Washed Out - Feel it all Around 8 Wild Ones - Flo Rida ft. Sia 9 Hot Right Now - DJ Fresh ft. Rita Ora10 Sorry For Part Rockin - LMFAO View the #1 SONG IN THE UAE www.tempoplanet.com | 09
  • 9. Name:AhmedMohammedAbusaraAge: 204th year Civil Engineering student atAbu Dhabi UniversityFashion Statement:I am forever a lover of fashion. Somepeople are quick to say that I am notinto fashion, but we all have style withinourselves, whether we are open torecognizing it or not.Clothes are a part of our daily lives so whynot make a statement with your clothes?Your personal style:Funky, fun, bright,sometimes sporty,comfy, suitableandstylish.Fav buy of the past month:A t-shirt from Armani Exchange.Which is your fav store in AD? H&M is myfavourite store. There are a lot of places but Ithink the best places are Diesel, Zara, H&M andPull & Bear.Does AD have style? Of course it has style!I think that people here are much more stylishcompared to other countries in the region.It’s a multicultural city so you can see the styleranging from a kandura to jeans and a t-shirt.Do you have any fashion pet hates? Idon’t like people wearing unmatched colors inthe same outfit; outfits with glitter and shinydiamonds; and I don’t like shoes with long necks. MY FAV THINGS10 | www.tempoplanet.com
  • 10. cover storyBy Sharon CarvalhoRUNNING WILD PEETASOCIAL MEDIA THE RECIPE FOR SUCCESSWild Peeta is a home-grown success story with an ambitious plan to roll out their unique brandof restaurants across the globe. Mohamed and Peyman Parham Al Awadhi, the brothers behindWild Peeta, tell Tempo how social media and the community have been critical to their growth.Getting started of between 50-70% for small businesses menu; a really good hearty soup, our gourmet not making it past the 3-5 year mark. It’s shawermas and our signature drinks. ForAs with any invention or idea, it comes out of not easy being an SME in the UAE because instance, our coffee is from a brand calledopportunity.You see something that doesn’t there is no legislation for small businesses. RAW that sells organic fair trade Dubaiexist and you fill that gap. For us, it was Being grouped with big businesses is not roasted coffee. In terms of our cold drinks,creating the first brand of gourmet shawerma. fair because they have more money and we make our own and we’re a big fan of tea-We saw that there were tons of regular resources at their disposal. We believe that based drinks.shawerma shops but not one that had gone unless this is addressed, we won’t see enoughbeyond the norm. That was about 12 years small businesses entering the market and we Passion brings happinessago and it’s been a hell of a journey since then. stand to lose some amazing ideas that small businesses can bring to the market. It’s simple Wild Peeta has changed our livesLearning curves - does the UAE only want imported brands? tremendously. For one, it showed us how Does the UAE not want to see local brands resilient we can be. We came in to this with aIt took so long for the idea to take shape and local ideas? small budget and so we had to find innovativepartly because of fate and partly because of ways to achieve what we wanted to. Forthe lack of funding. Back then, there was an Meeting expectations most, moving from a paid job to this is notabundance of ways to find financing for cars easy but for us, we didn’t think much aboutor houses or other such items but there There’s a lot of hype that surrounds Wild it. It was just hell, yeah! And even though it’swas nothing for those that needed money to Peeta. Sometimes it works for us and other extremely challenging to be a small businessstart a business. 12 years ago, the business times it doesn’t. How it works for us is that in the UAE, we have never been happier. Weenvironment in the UAE was not geared for everybody always wants to go to Wild Peeta. believe that happiness comes from doingstartup businesses. Then, eight years ago, How it works against us is that sometimes, something that you love, have passion for andwe went and met the Sheikh Mohammed expectations are extremely high and we have believe in deeply. Plus it helps that there areEstablishment (now called Dubai SME), to remind everybody that we’re still new. We 10,000 people encouraging us and keeping usexplained everything to them and since then, are a small business that’s only been around grounded constantly!they’ve been huge supporters of Wild Peeta. for three years and we’re trying to make theWe are now in our third year of operation best of the means that we have. Next, the worldand it has been highly turbulent because ofthe many learning curves we’ve faced. Being different I think today, more than ever, we know that Wild Peeta has the potential to be in everyStart-up challenges Two things that you notice when you walk major city in the world. It makes us feel that in to the outlet are: one, the food and two, there’s no such thing as impossible. ImpossibleWe tested a lot of things. As a small business, our followers. We make everything in our was when they said that man couldn’t fly oryou are able to have an idea and test it out kitchen by hand, with fresh ingredients and couldn’t be in space! We feel that man can doand you learn from these tests. The statistics no preservatives. We don’t own a deep fryer! anything, so why not? Why not have a brandfor a startup business are really poor in the Everything we get is from the Middle East created in the UAE and exported to everyUAE. They say that there is a failure rate and we put all of that together to create our country?12 | www.tempoplanet.com
  • 11. QUICK Q’s WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO10,000 followers... and growing COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT SEE WILD PEETA IN 5 YEARS?Our social media followers have been a huge We have all sorts of events happening We would like to have a handful ofpart of our lives even before we opened the at Wild Peeta. There was a Dubomedy outlets in the GCC. We have a target;outlet. We invited them to help in the decision comedy event, we celebrated Social we’re looking at a certain number ofmaking. We asked them for advice about the Media Day, and clubs like the Dubai outlets and a strong base in the GCCdrinks we served and the layout of the store Anime Club and the Twitter Book Club before moving out. Every day we getand almost everything. We figured that the meet at our outlet. Wild Peeta is like a contacted to open up Wild Peetamore people we asked for advice, the better focal point, an opportunity to connect outlets across the Americas, Asia andwe would be. Over three years, we have built all these people in the UAE. Europe but we aren’t going to do ita following of over 10,000 people and these until we have a solid foothold in thearen’t random people. We grow our followers, These are all community initiatives and GCC.have conversations with them and take time we don’t want to take credit. The onlyout of our day to involve them with Wild thing that we do is bring them together. WHAT WOULD YOU DO IFPeeta’s life and, in the process, these 10,000 We create opportunities for the people YOU WEREN’T RUNNING Apeople feel like they are a part of the Wild to share. RESTAURANT?Peeta existence. We’re just grateful that the community We really don’t know but runningCustomers are everything has adopted Wild Peeta and considers a restaurant has definitely taught us it their own. It would have tougher if that life is too short to do anythingPeople tend to ask us why would we want to the community hadn’t got together. that you’re not passionate about. We’dinvolve 10,000 people in our decision making travel. We love travelling and we’dprocess. We think that it makes us better SUCCESS OF SOCIAL MEDIA travel all the time if we didn’t havepeople and it makes Wild Peeta a better the restaurant. One way that we’vebrand. We’re doing this for ourselves and Wild Peeta’s social media influence managed to incorporate travellingour customers and if we don’t listen to our ranks among one of the highest in the is by launching Peeta Planet. Peetacustomers, why do it? UAE and it’s growing among the Middle Planet is our way of fusing social East. media, travelling and television. It’s us travelling around the world but guided The result of having such a strong by our followers. Our followers tell us influence is that brands look to us the best places to go and we go there! as partners to try to engage the community. WHAT IS THE WILD PEETA MOTTO? For instance, Sony got in touch with us to collaborate and we look forward to Local. Social. Fresh. more such collaborations. www.tempoplanet.com | 13
  • 12. city bitesBy Justin ThomasSEVILO’S AT MILLENNIUM:ITALIAN FOOD YOU CAN’T REFUSE The restaurant is one of the last strongholds of genuine face-to-face social intercourse. Sadly though, even here, there are increasing numbers of diners insisting on a side of Blackberry with every meal. It’s heartbreaking to watch a young couple out for a candle-lit meal, both of them stare lovingly into their smart-phone screens, frantically thumbing messages to whoever, wherever - “fa6ooomy: waynich 3yooni?” On what level is the couple actually even together? Physically? Perhaps. Psychologically? Definitely not. More tragic still is when only one partner engages in this behavior while the other partner waits patiently for scraps of leftover attention.Such a scene is unlikely at Sevilo’s, an old- where their Italian chef masterfully prepares Calling it pizza seems a disservice - this wasschool restaurant oozing authenticity. This a medley of traditional Italian dishes and about as distant from the usual fast-food-jointis a place where the food, the chefs, and the guests get to sample everything. This is a nice pizza as a Ferrari is from a Fiat.occasional musicians command attention, concept, not quite buffet and definitely notdiverting diners away from their habitual à la carte. Each dish is brought fresh to the Similarly, the steak was outstanding, equaldigital distractions. table and you can take as much or as little as to, if not superior to, those served at you like. It’s meant to create a homely dining establishments specializing in steak. Mid-Sevilo’s is located within Abu Dhabi’s experience - food like mamma used to make. meal, the Chef and his assistant toured theMillennium Hotel. Not the gargantuan Grand Mamma’s rules too; you get what you are tables on a well-deserved lap of honor. TheyMillennium Hotel resembling a citadel which given and eat it. But there is lots of choice and received authentic heartfelt appreciation fromcasts an ominous shadow over Al Wahda Mamma, being the friendly matriarch she is, all the diners.Mall, but rather the older Millennium Hotel has made all your favorites.on Khalifa Street. This Millennium has a lobby By the time desserts started to pile up on ourwhich is almost identical to that of its sister Nine courses were served on the night we table, I was fighting an almost irrepressiblehotel, the Sharjah Millennium. This slightly dined. First up was a bruschetta with spicy urge to do my Don Corleone impression,disorientated me on arrival as I was haunted vegetables and black olives. The olives were especially as the music wafting through theby surreal feelings of déjà vu until I made the amazing, understandable given that Sevilo’s restaurant was reminiscent of the famousconnection between the Sharjah and Abu is olives spelt backwards, and they obviously wedding scene from “The Godfather” movie.Dhabi venues. harbor a well placed affection for this versatile veg/fruit. Then came pizza - one topped with However, before I could muster my bestI would describe Sevilo’s decor as old-world dry beef and lobster, the other beautifully Brando face, one of my dining companionswoody homeliness with lots of dark wood, be domed by buffalo mozzarella and roasted leaned across the table and, in an impossiblysoft lighting and a distinctly European feel. I eggplant. husky voice, said: “Bonasera, Bonasera,particularly love the little twisted olive trees what have I ever done to make you treatdotted around the place. Next up was, a variety of elegant salads, me so disrespectfully? If you’d come to me followed by durum wheat pasta and hammour in friendship, this scum who ruined yourSevilo’s is unashamedly Italian. When we garnished with a dill sauce. Another pasta daughter would be suffering this very day.”visited, there was live Italian music being dish arrived, tortellini stuffed to bursting with The Thursday night ‘Mamma Mia Serata’strummed on a small wooden guitar-like trout and spinach. This dish was followed by experience is priced at just over 100 dirhamsinstrument, accompanied by a woman with a risotto with saffron and grilled vegetables, per person inclusive of soft drinks, anglorious soprano voice. Those diners fluent then pan-fried tenderloin steak, and finally unbelievably modest tariff for such a first-ratein Italian were mesmerized. All of the lyrics, roasted hammour fillet. I also counted at least dining experience. Indeed, it is an offer youexcept ‘amore’, were wasted on me, but live six different types of dessert, among them a can’t refuse.music has an almost unfathomable ability to powerfully-caffeinated tiramisu.create an enjoyable ambience. I strongly recommend it, but leave your Gluttony and journalistic integrity forced me Blackberry or iPhone at home, and give yourThursdays at Sevilo’s is known as ‘Mamma to eat a little of everything, and quite a lot of undivided attention to the food and yourMia Serata’. This is Sevilo’s signature night, somethings. Of particular note was the pizza. dining companion - they deserve it.14 | www.tempoplanet.com
  • 13. THE PASSION OF ARTLIVING THE DREAMBy Sharon Carvalho To most, art is just a hobby and is not taken seriously. But to some, art is a passion; a lifestyle. It is a way of capturing every moment and being inspired every second. For Nabeel Khalfan Al Mehairbi, art is just that. Nabeel told his story of inspiration and passion to Tempo.In the beginning the Impressionist period is one of the mostI am a 40-year-old Emirati of mixed UAE and recognized and revered. For me, inspirationBritish heritage and I live and work in Abu could also come from an idea, a scene or evenDhabi. Apart from painting, I love reading, an expression on a person’s face.movies and travelling. I also love visiting thetheatre and national galleries. Artistic difference In the UAE, there are not many artists whoI began winning prizes in the UK and UAE are realist painters; for the most part it isfor my art in my late teens. It was then that modern/contemporary works. Here is whereI realised that my drawing skills were above I can offer something that is not seen everyaverage. One day I sat down and asked myself day. It has worked for me and against me.how much this means to me, and from thatmoment I decided to push myself every day. It Overcoming challengeshas not always been easy but was worth every The main challenges are building a name andmoment and since then I have not stopped. having galleries show your work.You have to work hard and never give up.Living the dreamMy journey as an artist has been very exciting. Life mottoI only began taking my art seriously three My motto would be to just enjoy every day ofyears ago and since then I have participated in your life.an exhibition at the Ghaf Gallery, which wasmy first exhibition. This was followed by other Advice for new artistsventures culminating in being documented as The best advice I can offer is that if you loveone of the Emirates Fine Artists in the Abu painting and creating artwork, don’t let anyoneDhabi Music & Arts Foundation database. dissuade you. I suggest that you introduce yourself to the art community, show yourPersonal influences work, market yourself, visit local exhibitionsMy personal influences are artists from the and don’t hide at home, otherwise no one willImpressionist period such as Renoir, Monet know you.and Sisley. They redefined how paintings weremade by capturing a moment on the canvas Books are second to artand understanding how the surroundings I have been lucky with where I work. Booksaffected the subjects. These artists changed are my other passion so you can imagine howall preconceptions on painting standards and, much of an inspiration it is to be working forat the time, struggled to make a name; now the National Library. www.tempoplanet.com | 15
  • 14. 1 2 Simone 3 4 5 6 7 Natalie Cole Atelier Live Kareem K. World Ports and The Bride Show Dubai in Concert Dance Arena Trade Summit 2012 Laidback Luke @ DIEC 4-7 @ Emirates Palace @ Dubai International April Fool’s Day! @ ADNEC 2-4 HAPP @ Yas Arena BIRTHDY Auditorium Cricket Stadium TO MEAY ! 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Ankit Lodha Zainab KhanAPRIL Emirates Skills Tri Yas @ Yas Marina UAE Jet Ski Flea Market The Eagles perform National Competition Circuit tomorrow Championship @ Café Arabia @ The Sevens Stadium t @ ADNEC @ Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi Spor 9am- 1pm NEC tomorrow! Exhibition @ AD 11-12 Breakwater 12-14 National Poetry Writing Monthtempo’s people calendar 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Laveezah Khan Dubai Fashion Week Middle East Film and OLIVER! The musical The Dream Players Fall/ Winter 5th Gulf Film Festival Comic Con @ Dubai Walk for Autism Anushka Abraham @ Madinat Jumeirah @ Al Wahda Mall @ Dubai World @ InterCon Hotel, Gulf Rail 2012 12-23 6pm - 9pm International Marine @ Zabeel Park, DFC 10-16 @ DICEC 17-19 Club 20-21 Trade Center Dubai 7-14 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 ABC Expo Tamakkan Zeeshan Razzaqi CITYSCAPE Community Arts Piscine Middle East @ ADNEC 22-25 Seminar Abu Dhabi 2012 Hug a friend day! and Crafts Souq 2012 @ADNEC @ Mamoura @ Café Arabia @ ADNEC Al Ain Education and 22-25 Auditorium Career Fair 10am- 4pm 22-25 30 April- 2 May 29 30 my april eco pledge my april to do list Osama El Kamel Olympians @ ADNEC Beauty Secrets Show till 30th April 2012 @ ADNEC 30 Apr- 3 May
  • 15. youthtalk THEORIES DEBUNKED: THE FALL FROM GRACE By Ahmed SamirYou’re wrong.Yes, you are.You think you’re right, and perhaps many completely false! A dizzyingly abrupt fall from grace. And similar fallsagree you are right, but you’re very likely as wrong as can be. Allow me litter the science and history books. The Earth was thought to beto explain. flat, not the spherical structure we know it to be today.In the year 334 BC (or thereabouts), a particularly interesting Then followed another faulty theory: the sun was thought to revolveindividual by the name of Aristotle declared that living creatures can around the Earth, as do all the planets - an idea that was supportedarise from non-living matter (among many other equally interesting by the fact that the sun, stars, and planets appear to circle the Earth,theories); that frog tadpoles seemingly appearing out of nowhere and the physical perception that the our planet is not moving, but ain muddy pools and lakes arose from the sand and water. Or that stable structure, the pivot of the universe. Well, wrong again.maggots appearing on decaying meat arose from the meat itself (not, And even today, scientific theories are continually given aas we know now, the result of the hatched eggs of flies attracted to bashing, proverbially thrown against a wall and smashedthe dead flesh). to smithereens for being inadequate, for being superseded by other more advanced, more thorough evidence. It’s aThe theory was Spontaneous Generation - that is, the postulation continuous cycle of ‘find out, think, discard, think again, findthat life can take form from that which does not contain life. At the out again, repeat’.time, the philosopher and polymath’s theory was widely accepted andgenerally held to be the true origin of thing. Frogs looked like they Doubtless, the continuous process of trial and error, discovery andappeared from the water and mud, so they must be born from them! debunking and right and wrong, is integral to our development as aRight? species, and to our understanding of things – which brings up a very interesting question.Well, wrong of course. With the invention of the microscope and thedevelopment of atomic theory, Aristotle’s theory was completely The question now becomes ‘what do we now know and think isdebunked by the 17th century and regarded as having little base right, but actually isn’t’? What will we discover that will tip the scalesin scientific fact. Aristotle, despite being a lucid thinker, was clearly of belief in favour of new theories, new ideas and new ways oflimited; he didn’t know about microscopic life. His limitations led looking at everything? What are we wrongly convincing ourselves of?him to an incorrect conclusion. The interesting thing about all this isthat something once held to be scientific fact was later proved to be Worth thinking about. EVOLUTION OF SOCIAL MEDIA: By Shamma Al Suwaidi GOOD OR BAD? visit a friend for a few hours? Sounds nice and harmless, right? Well, No. Welcome to the year 2012. up to a point. Consider this. A group of Sometimes I like to stop to get off I can use something that can be both friends are sitting at a table, and instead of the fast moving river of life and take extremely helpful and extremely dangerous communicating face-to-face, they are all a look at it from a distance, where it at the same time. It’s what we human beings tapping away on their BlackBerrys, zoned is in clear view. I observe the lives of like to call ‘social media’. You know, BBM, out and into another world. Not so social. people around me, like close friends or Facebook, the stuff that keeps you connected. relatives, and have a quick health scan Social disconnect on my own life while I’m at it. Make-up or break-up? So are these ‘useful tools’ actually bringing What comes to mind when you think deeply humanity downhill? Seems unbelievable, Finding real friends is... are they actually helping us maintain our but it’s actually possible. Apparently I find that an important aspect social lives, or are they just breaking us apart of my existence is my social life. Oh, and from past friends? I find myself attached to these strange by social life, I don’t mean dragging myself things myself, and it feels like only to visit my annoying neighbors on a daily On the positive side, when you’re in a yesterday we had to jam our friends’ basis in order to maintain our ‘neighborly situation where you can’t meet your friend numbers onto our landlines to contact relationship’. I mean my REAL friends in person, you can always contact them easily them. from all around the world. through a social media channel, and pretty quickly too. You can group chat or even I can’t help but notice how quickly the Well, how do you fit a flight to Brazil video chat with a bunch of relatives that you world is evolving. But here’s the question... and back in 24 short hours? And what haven’t seen in a while. In other words, meet is it evolving in a good way? That’s about spending all that money just to them virtually. something for you to think about.18 | www.tempoplanet.com
  • 16. TIME CAPSULE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT Name: LAITH AL Who in your life deserves a big old thank you? My parents the most, I’ve done a lot of things What’s your current Last SONG syndrome (LSS)? Women And Rock for KARYOUTI in my life that has made them miserable yet they keep giving me support and love so I succeed in my Persian Risk Age: 20 endeavors. If you had to be trapped in a TV show for Profession: College Student a month, which show would you choose? Nationality: Palestinian / Jordanian Have you found your purpose yet? To be as That 70’s Show good a human being as I can be, and to keep the music that fills every day of my life with joy alivePERSONALITY long enough to pass on to future generations. TRAVELYour most valued possession:My gigantic collection of 70s and 80s hard rock and What is the craziest thing you have ever If there is a place, hangout, café, mall orheavy metal music. done? I’ve done a lot of crazy things but if I had to hotel (any place) that you feel at home- pick one that might make people scratch their head which place would that be? Marina MallOne thing you cannot live without: Music. a little, would be from Sixth grade in elementary school, kids would be playing at the football field If today is the last day- where would youThe person who inspires you the most: and I’d pee in water bottles and throw the bottles rush to go? Rainbow Bar and Grill in BeverlyThere are plenty of people that inspire me a great at them. Hills, Californiadeal, but if was just one it would have to be IanGillan of Deep Purple. What is your earliest memory? How old What is your idea of a perfect weekend? were you? My birthday party when I was 3 years Getting a big number of obscure, rarely heardFive things you need for survival: old, my mother held a puppet show just for me of music records and listening to them, picking1. Chips Ahoy Cookies and invited lots of friends to come and watch the out the ones I like best and among other2. Six litres of Water show. Most of us were infants so we didn’t fully things to eat as much junk food as my body3. Monster Energy Drink understand what was going on , but I remember could possibly handle with some friends4. Mp3 Player that day I received my first Power Ranger toy and5. Clothes was thrilled and excited for the next couple of Where in the world have you travelled? weeks over it. Your wishlist of countries to visit. Canada,Where do you see yourself in 10 years? UAE and Jordan … I would love to visitWorking at a large company, probably in their If your life was a book, what would it be Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Greece and EnglandHuman Resources Department. called? Old Played-Out Song. If you suddenly found yourself with a freeWhat is your idea of peace? If given a chance to change your name… ticket to the moon (and back of course),Everyone living in an ideal environment, where Would you? If so, what would it be? would to take the trip? What are thewe mind our own business and do as we please Nope, my name is a pretty unique one. reasons for your answer? Who would youwithout a desire to conquer other people’s take with you? Yes it would be a one-of-a-territory. If you wanted to look absolutely great, how kind experience, to witness first-hand the full would you dress? Jeans, tight polo shirt, brown beauty of the Earth with my own eyes.What item do you keep buying even though boots.you have plenty? Headphones. If you could have personally witnessed If you could wake up tomorrow in the body one event in history, what would youWhat random act of kindness have you of someone else currently living, would you want to have seen? Woodstock ‘69performed so far in 2012? do so? Whom would you pick? I would probablySaving a dog from being crushed by the doors of an pick Lemmy Kilmister, the man is the definition of You can select one person from historyelevator. rock’n’roll. and ask them a question to which they must give a truthful reply. Whom would you select, and what question would you ask? Jimi Hendrix. And I’d ask him what inspired him to create that whole new dimension of rock guitar playing? FOOD FOR THOUGHT What was the best thing before sliced bread? Easy, Unsliced bread would be the answer If you were on death row, what would your last meal be? It would be a chicken Shawerma from just about any place that knows how to make them right. What is your favourite dessert? Tripe chocolate muffin from Starbucks If you could associate yourself with a drink/ snack/ fruit / vegetable- what would it be? Chips Ahoy Cookies www.tempoplanet.com | 19
  • 17. THE PLANETARIANS By Sana Bagersh RADICAL WAYS TO CONSERVE AND REDUCE GLOBAL WARMING In February 2012, Abu Dhabi unveiled a new utility bill for water and electricity that provides customers with more information on their usage such as what the government subsidises, along with an indication of whether usage was within the ideal (green) or greater than the ideal (red). This is a radically innovative idea to ‘nudge’ people out of their complacency and ‘empower’ them (yes, empower them) into making the right decisions. Here are some other ideas that might work. Some are drastic, while others are outright outlandish. But all offer food for thought…1 2 3 4RADICAL IDEA # 1: RADICAL IDEA #2: RADICAL IDEA #3: RADICAL IDEA #4:YOU WASTE,YOU PAY PAY TO BAG IT GROW LOCAL, BUY LOCAL SET GREEN POLICE LOOSEOK, your utility bill shows that the We all have the best of intentions We all know that shipping What if green police prowledconsumption of your family of three when we buy reusable shopping produce (or any other good the streets and slapped a fine onis equivalent to that of a family of bags and pledge to be more for that matter) from far away the spot.You throw garbage into10.You then receive a ‘usage matrix’ eco-conscious. But we always involves a lot of energy cost and the sea, you get fined; you leavethat charges you a certain rate up conveniently ‘forget’ to take the causes pollution, not to mention excess lights on, you get fined;to your ‘ideal’, then anything over bags to the store with us. We the extra preservatives used to you water your garden in thethat is charged at a rate that goes mentally lament our negligence keep the produce fresh. morning, you get fined; you washincrementally higher. and vow to remember the next you car with copious amounts of time around Now, think of what would water, you get fined. And so on.So, say you are charged at the rate happen if it was possible toof Dh 1 per litre up to the first 20 Well, what if we paid for expand farming projects locallylitres for your family, then Dh 2 per forgetting? Here’s the scenario: so that it was possible to growlitres on the 21th litres up to your the cashier asks you if you quality produce locally. Obviously25th litres, and then Dh 3 for the brought your reusable bag.You this would need to be sustainable DO YOU HAVE26th litres up to the 30th litres etc. shake your head and apologise. (but remember we’re alreadyYou get the idea…. (these are of The cashier then pulls out saving more water from Idea #1). YOUR OWNcourse not actual costs per litrescosts but shown here for illustrative paper or plastic (hopefully biodegradable) bags and charges Ideally, the produce grown locally would be organic, or at least it ‘RADICAL IDEAS’purposes). you something; say Dh5 or Dh10 would be grown with measured TO CONSERVE (or whatever) apiece. I’m sure levels of pesticide.Now flip the coin and think: what that would jog your memory next AND REDUCEif you were a family (or businesses)that consumed less that the average. time you plan to go shopping. 7 GLOBALWell, then you get rewarded (andthereby incentivized) with a lower 6 RADICAL IDEA #7: EXCESS TARIFFS WARMING’?per unit charge. RADICAL IDEA #6: SEND YOUR BLOG TO You have a big house, a big car, VIRTUAL OFFICES5 Companies and organizations a big office? Well that means that you need more energy and www.theplanetarians.com resources to maintain your ‘big’RADICAL IDEA #5: introduce truly ‘virtual’ offices to lifestyle. That also means that youCARPOOL AND PUBLIC cut down on commuting. Staff can would be liable to pay ‘excessTRANSPORT work at home and connect to the tariffs’ to help fund other green company remotely. Obviously this programmes, kind of like the wayPublic transport is encouraged, would not work with all types of it works with carbon credits.and carpooling rewarded…for jobs, but it can certainly work forfamilies, company staff etc. Carpool a good many.lanes exist in high traffic areas,and carpool lots offer nominal, oreven free, parking. High tariffs arecharged for second or third carsin a family, while lower fuel costcharges (at the pump, or throughrebates) are offered to families andbusinesses that conserve. www.tempoplanet.com | 21
  • 18. BOSTON UNIVERSITY PRESENTS corporate leadership workshops dubai: 29-30 april | abu dhabi: 3 may The faculty from Boston University’s Brussels campus, in collaboration with the American University in the Emirates and Zayed University, is bringing their world-renowned corporate leadership workshops to the UAE, providing practical examples and international expertise within the context of interactive seminars for mid-career level professionals. The workshops are open to the All participants receive a public with several courses to Certificate of Completion from EARLYBIRD OFFER: choose from, including: Boston University. • Excellence in Project DUBAI: Book and pay before 15 April and Management When: 29 – 30 April | 9:00am to pay only AED 1,750 per course • Presentation and 4:00pm Communication Skills Venue: American University of the Don’t miss this unique opportunity. • Organizational and Team Emirates (Dubai Campus), and the Enrol today! Dynamics Boston University School of Dental Limited places are available. Medicine in Health City Learn how to successfully utilize Course tuition fee: AED 2,500 For more information on the leadership skills to achieve workshops contact enroll@bu.edu organizational goals. Examine ABU DHABI: or visit www.bu.edu/brussels practical approaches and complete When: 3 May | 9:00am to 4:00pm to find out about the graduate projects efficiently. Practice Venue: Zayed University programs offered in Brussels. presentation techniques and (Abu Dhabi campus) communication skills to effectively Course tuition fee: AED 2,500 get across ideas.SUPPORTED BY: SPONSORED BY:
  • 19. Photography by Angeli CastilloFAIRY TALE MAGIC:CHILDREN’S PUPPET THEATRE OPENS IN ABU DHABIBy Hana MakkiOnce upon a time in a faraway desert, there was a sparkling metropolisfilled with people from the lands of the world. Many people wouldcome through; some would stay, and some would go.One such arrival was a lady named Irina. Irina "I used to work with children teaching English CREATING THE MAGICseemed like most people in the glistening as a second language," explains Irina. "During Listening to Irina made me nostalgic for mycity; she lived with her family and enjoyed the one of my classes, I decided to use puppets. own childhood. Creating a performancelifestyle. But if you looked a little closer, you The reaction was incredible. Puppets have an from scratch would have certainly been anwould see a fire blazing right in the middle of amazing affect on children. They mesmerize, inspirational journey at a young age. But it dideach of her eyes. Irina had a secret, one that attract and unleash the imagination." occur to me whether I would have had thewas filled with magic. A magic she was about courage to perform in a prestigious venue liketo unravel to the people of the city; a magic "With puppets I discovered that not only can the Abu Dhabi Theatre,introduced as The Golden Fox, Abu Dhabi’s a teacher inspire a pupil, but the world offirst puppet theatre. puppets opens up the unlimited imagination of "This is where the magic really is – it’s not a child. Naïve emotions are one of the most the child, it’s the puppet," said Irina, with thatTHE CURTAIN OPENS valuable in a creative process." familiar gleam in her eye. "There is no barrier.Irina Kohn is a puppeteer from St Petersburg You see, the child doesn’t see themselves asand an expert in the world of fairy tales. INVOLVING CHILDREN the performer - they can do anything, evenIn the coming months, Irina will open The The children becoming part of the creative mistakes! It’s not them, it’s the puppet. It’sGolden Fox at the Abu Dhabi Theatre and process seems an understatement. Irina’s hard work though, learning lines and managingprepare for a performance of Anderson’s puppet theatre is one of collaboration and the puppet, but by the end, they all transformclassic tale The Princess and the Pea. dedication by each member of the theatre. into professional puppeteers.""I like Anderson. He’s actually one of my "In our first meeting, we look at the script and A HAPPY ENDINGfavorite fairy tale writers," declares Irina. "His discuss the writer and the story elements," Irina Kohn’s passion for fairy tales isstories are always focused upon a search for said Irinia. "We then go on to decide who enchanting and contagious. Her craft inidentity." wants to take on which roles. The puppeteers communicating to children through puppetry choose their own characters, and we take into and theatre is one to be admired and"My first puppet show was actually The consideration what they see and visualize. respected.Princess and the Pea. It was so successful that I We have table reads of the script and it’sthink it would be great to do it again here in always interesting to see how the children I, for one, look forward to seeing the childrenAbu Dhabi." automatically start developing their own of our desert metropolis create their own characters." Princess and the Pea, a timeless tale whichPUPPET PASSION reminds us to always believe in and be who Then the real work begins! The childrenIrina’s passion for fairy tales seems quite we are. become involved in all aspects of the theatreunique. Her knowledge of not only Anderson’s – creating the puppets, the scenery, thework , but classical tales such as the Brothers costumes and the special effects. Irina alsoGrimm, their origins and the morals behind The Golden Fox is inviting children in Abu brings in young musicians whom will decidethe tales is alluring. Listening to her, I felt that Dhabi between the ages of 10 to 15 upon and perform the score.I’d opened up a rich treasure chest, and Irina to come and join. Email Irina atwas holding the lantern introducing me to a "No one is left out. Theres too much work iykhon@gmail.com to discover more.new world – a world occupied by puppets, to do!" exclaims Irina. www.tempoplanet.com | 23
  • 20. EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS doc in the house Dr. DMS | A doc from the Bronx SOCIAL MEDIA FOR NERDS: Couch pervs, it’s not what you’re thinking. There alike (in theory). It’s away from the prying eyes of PUTTING IT INTO MEDICAL PRACTICE is a wealth of forums by doctors for doctors. The the other medical services, nurses, administration subject matter varies from educational information and lawyers. There is a tight connection between to advice from peers (“Had this case yesterday..... medicine and social media. Many doctors what would you do?”) to physician personal Docs need an outlet too have Facebook,Twitter, and other accounts. matters. Social media outlets function like an anonymous However, there is a whole social media scene M&M where we can air our ‘dirty laundry’, and just just for us; sites that require the input of our Private Forums as anonymously, fire back praise or criticism. credentials for verification before we can This is where it gets interesting, and why they need join. Once we’re in, it’s a whole scene for ‘our to restrict access. Many forums talk about you. There are no on-the-spot embarrassing quizzes; eyes only’. “What if I don’t like my patient anymore?”, or “I rather, faceless and nameless comments. wonder if I caused the complication?” and so on. The forums are private. Not for the masses. Upon leaving residency (training), most docs are on their own and are expected to keep learning all the Why not, you ask. I see your point. It might be nice ‘latest and greatest’ treatments, medicine etc. It’s to understand the psyche of your doc, right? Then great in theory, but who has the time to keep up again, maybe not. Maybe you don’t really want to with all that? know how they feel about you, or if they have just made a huge mistake. Maybe they don’t want you to know about it. These sites can help facilitate the learning process, while, at the same time, giving peace During training, there are weekly teaching sessions. of mind to others who may face burnout. There is a fundamental lecture called M&M The medical profession needs folks to stand (Morbidity and Mortality Rounds) where we get together and to help one another. to dissect a case in which a colleague screwed up and try to learn from it. We only face the criticism The Beatles summed it up nicely, “Oh I get by with a of our peers - those who supposedly think and act little help from my friends.......” campus view By Rohith Bhat CINEMA’S LATEST PEST: Like a werewolf slowly changing form under the THE FAN GIRL full moon, so did the fan girl under the influence of sweetie-poo hero (her words, not mine) - from the There are not a lot of things in this beautiful extra long ‘awwws’ at the hero’s first kiss (in this world that I hate. Ok, that’s a complete lie. movie, at least) to the extra shrieks at moments of I’m actually disappointed that 2011 went suspense. by so peacefully. Never again will I trust the good name of internet promises (read I have never been jealous of the hearing-impaired, rumours) of mass destruction. but I was on this day because, sadly, the movie also came with the wannabe director’s cut in the form But in my long list of cursed things – which includes of comments from the fan girl side of the hall. traffic jams, clowns, politicians, flying monkeys and Robert Patterson - a new breed of nuisance has However, the pain was not limited to my ears entered and now contends for the top position alone. The price not to become a cinema hall killer with movie vampires..... FAN GIRLS!!! was paid in blood -yes, blood. When the monster appeared on screen, it was my arm that was gripped We all know them. They are the source of the by her panic-induced talons, and when celluloid squealing noise in the line at the theatre, the reason tragedy struck, it also struck my shirt sleeve in the movie merchandising sells, and why you hear the the mask of an intelligent reader and put on a form of teardrops and boogers. same movie song over and over again on the radio. curious face, will you??) Well, let’s just say it involved I also suspect that they are the reason why none of a map to Inca treasure, a resourceful writer, and a But fortunately all bad things must come to an the hit men I’ve sent out to kill Justin Bieber have friend with evidence to blackmail me with!! end, and after one and a half hours of what I call come back alive!!! Anyway, I digress. Sadly I was seated next to a my application for sainthood, I was introduced to representative of this strange and uninteresting the said fan girl’s better half who gave me the all- Why do I hate them so much? Well sadly, yours race. It started out quite simple – ‘ooohs’ and ‘ahhs’ knowing smile of a fellow victim in Vietnam. truly had the misfortune of sitting next to one in a when the protagonist appeared on screen (name movie recently. Why did I go a movie which attracts withheld to protect the once lightning-marked Next time, I’m just downloading the movie off the fan girls, you ask? (If you didn’t ask, simply assume head) - but things quickly went downhill. web. 24 | www.tempoplanet.com
  • 21. SOCIAL MEDIA: POLICY NOT POLICING By Abbas AlidinaI’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard someone say “we don’tneed a social media policy. Facebook, Twitter,YouTube and other social Abbas Aldina is Director of logicks.networking sites are blocked in the office”. com, a specialist social media company based in Dubai.This type of statement is usually a recipe for disaster. We can no longerbury our heads in the sand and avoid social media in the workplace.Whether you like it or not, it’s time to develop a social media policy foryour organization. Here are 5 tips to get you started: INTRODUCE THE PURPOSE OF THE POLICY The purpose of a social media policy is to protect both the employer and employee in regards to the conversations that occur on the social web. Most employees initially feel that such a policy is 1 an invasion of their privacy. It must be explained to employees that they are now brand ambassadors. An employee who talks about their employer, job or industry to their friends on social media is indirectly impacting the organization’s brand. If employees understand the reason for the policy, they are more likely to abide by it. CUSTOMIZE THE POLICY FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION 2 One size does not fit all. The social media policy that works for another company may not necessarily work for yours. Make it easy Once the policy is ready, for employees to use social media in a positive manner. Provide the next step is to develop specific examples of what to do, what to avoid, and explain the a training program for your reasoning behind it. The social media policy should evolve over employees. time and be a living breathing document. Partnering with the HR or ESTABLISH AN ESCALATION PATH Learning & Development While your social media policy will cover most possible scenarios, departments is a good practice because they may already have 3 it is a good practice to leave a buffer for any unexpected issues or problems. Employees must know how to escalate issues or who to approach for questions. An escalation path will help employees access to resources and a process for rolling out such a policy. determine how to respond in the event of an unprecedented situation. SOME TIPS: KEEP IT SIMPLE • Integrate the policy into new hire orientation to ensure Keeping the policy simple makes it easier for employees to recruits are up to par 4 digest, understand and embrace it . The policy can be as basic as a single page document or a short PowerPoint presentation. A few • Incorporate the social media policy into existing learning organizations have even put together a short video. Some good and development plans examples are Victoria Department of Justice and salesforce.com • Launch a series of informal INTEGRATE THE POLICY INTO THE ORGANISATION ‘lunch and learn’ sessions to introduce the importance of a 5 Establishing the social media policy is the easy part; implementing it can be more difficult. The larger your organization is, the more social media policy challenging it can be to roll out a new policy.26 | www.tempoplanet.com
  • 22. tamakkan knowledge hubPEDAL HARDER:SOCIAL MEDIA LEADSTHE MARKETING RACEBy Ian Mason UNLEASH BUSINESS SUCCESS IN 2012! HOW TO KEEP YOUR BUSINESS PROFITABLE Tuesday 24 April | 6.00 – 8.00pm Al Mamoura Auditorium, Abu Dhabi PROGRAMME: ‘Sales – The Key to Business Success’ by Chris Bradley, Partner in Keyhole. Chris will outline the critical sales process and offer invaluable advice on how to close a sale. ‘Change for Success’ by Simon Blandford, CEO of Vesta Management Consultancy. Simon will discuss how to keep your business profitable by looking implementing change. The Entrepreneur Quiz The return of the popular entrepreneur quiz. Panel Discussion with opportunities for the audience to participate. Plus other exciting and inspiring speakers! Attendance is free but registration is required. To register, call Priya on 024918624 or emailI like to think of myself as a modern guy. But when it comes info@tamakkan.orgto marketing, I have arrived at the awful realisation that I am Visit www.tamakkan.org or search ‘Tamakkan’ for links to iTunes podcasts of previous seminars and other knowledgedecidedly pre-historic. sharing information.As a marketing professional, this equates Twitter vs LinkedIn ‘word-of-mouth’, it just uses a computerto disaster. I was like the proverbial ostrich I am a user of Facebook – though not a good screen and keyboard.with its head in the sand, naively thinking one – but I don’t use Twitter. My social lifethe phenomenon that is social media was a is my own and I don’t want to share every Therefore the power of social media lies inpassing fad - if I stayed buried long enough, aspect of my day. However, I accept that being social. Many marketers boast that theit would pass over and we’d return to the Twitter is an influential marketing tool and the number of ‘Likes’ on Facebook indicates theirtraditional mainstream media I am so familiar clever use of tweets, re-tweets and hash-tags company’s popularity. While this certainlywith. can be a potent communicator if harnessed helps in marketing terms, it is also very similar correctly. to the old ‘hits’ measurement on a website – aDoh! quantitative methodology, not a qualitative I have, however, emerged from the sandpit for one. It adds up to numbers but it does notOpportunity lost long enough to become a convert to LinkedIn, indicate the depth of engagement.Now I am pedalling harder than the Tour and not just in terms of building contactsde France cyclists to catch up, but I am not for future employment (don’t tell the boss). Be active, not passivesure I ever will. I know a wall from a tweet, LinkedIn is also a business development tool. Marketers need to connect with their sociala connection from a twinkle, but even these People who accept connection requests – or communities on a regular basis with offers,are almost archaic now as even newer ask to be connected – understand the nature competitions, information, handy tips and alltechnologies develop. of LinkedIn so using your contacts as business sorts of things that develop a relationship with leads is fair game, as long it doesn’t become the user. It’s so much more than just acceptingMy slowness to catch on is like bypassing a pestering. That’s not the spirit of the game. their click on the ‘Like’ button.whole generation. No longer can marketerssimply talk in terms of television, newspapers, New twist to an old concept The key to unlocking the clout of social Savvy marketers know they need to keep upmagazines and radio. Social media should now media is in the words. Social. Media. Or, in with the latest trends. Perhaps a Tamakkanbe a part of most marketing campaigns, for simpler terms, broadcasting messages to workshop on social media is one way to keepgood reasons. It is cheap, it is targeted, it is friends, and friends of friends, and friends of ahead of the game.measurable – everything a marketing managerwants. friends’ friends, and so on. Engaging with the community is exactly like the old-fashioned In the meantime, I’ll just keep pedalling. Hard. Ian Mason is CSR, PR and Training Manager at BrandMoxie and Tamakkan. Tamakkan offers a range of professional skill workshops and team development events for companies, covering areas such as customer service, social media and communication. Email Ian at ianmason@brandmoxie.com for further details, or call (02) 419 8624. www.tempoplanet.com | 27
  • 23. EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS articulate Neena Rai | An artist with a flair FUNKY CAMELS AND MORE: THE ART OF SITA I first met Bahrain-based Dutch artist Sita Dotinga at Art Abu Dhabi last year. From the beginning, I was intrigued by her very Indian- sounding name, and it turns out that Sita is a Dutch name as well. Not having come across many Dutch artists in the region, I welcomed the opportunity to know her better. Style She also mentions her works are influenced by “the need to be a commercial artist”. Not that I As striking as her work, the tall and vivacious Sita the world around her and her experiences. In her have anything against commercial artists, but I find mostly displays her art in Bahrain. Her style is recent artworks, Arabic elements have popped it refreshing that artists even today paint to share extremely colorful and has layers of depth that one up as well. Being versatile with her medium, Sita their art and want their art to be in many homes can spend some time discovering. Sita had moved paints with watercolours, acrylics and oils. With across the world. In order to do so, they often sell around a lot with her husband before settling in a background in textile art, she has a particular at rates that are lower than market rates. Bahrain where she finally got the opportunity to fondness for textures which can be observed in her focus on her passions. There, she is quite popular latest works. It is my sincere hope that those who have bought for her lovely and often extremely honest (read: Sita’s paintings realize what they have with them. funny) portrayal of camels. Funky camels, funny Philosophy Artists like her are a true gift to the community. camels, grumpy camels and even more camels; she Every artist has their own way of working, and Sita’s This region is blessed to have so many talented has them all. unique way is to take pictures of people and places artists from around the world that bring so much in order to use them later for paintings. She is not joy and diversity with them. Inspirations an artist who paints every day and prefers to paint Often deriving inspiration from nature, Sita likes to with a goal in mind, like an exhibition. One of things paint flowers, abstract and semi-abstract artworks. that I really liked about her is the apparent lack of Follow me on twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/NeenaRai just handcrafted Jan D’Sa | Scientist artiste hybrid A DOLLIE GOOD TIME: NEVER TOO OLD TO LOVE Women are never too old to own a dollie – and a handcrafted one at that! Thanks to local crafter Maggie Tuite, the magic of dollies will never disappear. Maggie has been creating dollies off and on for a number of years but has been involved in it full time for nine months. She calls her creations Dollie Day Dreams. Creating a Dollie dollies dressed in abayas and adorned them in “I try to create the fond memories that girls jewels. Once she starts to create, the doll comes to Get Your Own Dollie have of their first doll within the concept of my life and that’s when Maggie bestows the doll with work,” says Maggie. “I make the basic form from Find out more about Dollie Day a name. either wire, cloth or, most recently, old-fashioned Dreams on Facebook at https://www. wooden clothes pegs. From there the magic begins, The Final Touches facebook.com/dolliedaydreamsdubai depending on my mood. The doll may be a wild “No matter what the doll is made from, she funky one or a sweet one with perfect hair and will always end up with a hand-painted face and subtle make-up.” sometimes with false eyelashes,” says Maggie. “The face is left until the end so I can match the make-up The wire and cloth dollies are always made to sit with her style.” Jan D’Sa is the artist-designer like a dog and will adorn any shelf or chair they of Janys Dé mixed media feel comfortable in. For her cloth dollies, Maggie “I love hand-painting the eyes which are then (www.janysde.com). meticulously cuts, sews and stuffs them even decked with long eyelashes. I firmly believe that the Follow this handcrafting though they take a longer time. Her main source eyes are the window to the soul and it’s so true advocate’s trips ’n treats at of inspiration comes from flowers in the garden, a in these particular dolls.” However, Maggie does the Cultural Arts Travelogue piece of colored fabric or memories of the places not like taking commissions. “I feel they inhibit my (www.culturalartstravelogue. she has lived in. For example, she has made local creativity and that doesn’t work for me,” she says. com) 28 | www.tempoplanet.com
  • 24. horoscopeAries: Romance flows freely in your life this month. It always does atthis time of year. There could be some real surprises along these lines.Persons could step from the shadows with flowers for you. Personsyou had never considered romantically before could pursue with vigorand vise versa.Taurus: The home front is looking so right this month. Anyimprovements you have made or are working on pay big dividendsduring the first half of this month. If there are things that you wouldlike to change regarding you abode, this would be the right time toundertake that effort. The results will be very satisfying.Gemini: This will be an interesting month for you as the emphasis ison communication. There could be a flurry of information coming yourway. The problem is Mercury is retrograde for the month.You may haveto triple- check that information before releasing it to others.Cancer: Your money is highlighted this month. It’s all good news,though.You may be feeling the effects of a budget put into place monthsago, thus resulting is a surplus of funds. Also, changes that you couldhave made at the personal level bear meaningful fruit during this two-week period of April.Leo: You’re bubbling with energy this month with the Sun and Mars inyour 1st house of self. The energy last for three weeks and it’s a goodtime to get out there and do the projects you’ve been thinking about.During the month, there could be confusing signals and signs comingfrom your Committed Other. Postpone taking action on joint moneymatters until after the 11th.Virgo: Normally, this is your month for taking it easy, but April findsyou dealing with a behind the scenes well spring of energy that must bedealt with or there could be consequences to your health that wouldbe hard to diagnose. Seek ways to alleviate the pressure. Also try toavoid overindulging in food or drink during the last half the month.Libra: Activities with friends sweep you through this April with funat every turn. Short trips during the first two weeks could find youin lovely surroundings. If you must travel, make sure you triple checkeverything before you leave with Mercury retrograde all month.Scorpio: The career sector is jumping with activity and excitement thismonth.You may be thrust into the limelight over your accomplishments.There could be major advancements and pay increases from ideas andhard work you have put forth. Traveling for business or transactions ata great distance work best on the 17th. Double-check all the figuresbefore agreeing to anything though.Sagittarius: Now is a good time to consider increasing yourknowledge at the higher education level. Perhaps embarking on a newpath of enlightenment or just a reading really thick book. Travel isfavored as well, but with Mercury retrograde it’s advisable to triple-check you plans, schedules, and itinerary for mishaps that could catchyou by surprise.Capricorn: Joint money, taxes and insurance will hold your attentionfor the first two weeks of the month. Good news could be comingyour way, just when you needed it the most. Careful planning may berequired to stretch funds after the 21st, at a time when you feel the pullof the open road and the need to get away from it all. If traveling is onthe agenda, remember to triple-check everything like schedules, planestickets and reservations.Aquarius: Personal committed relationships dominate your life forthe first three weeks of April. Renewed romance and enthusiasm couldfind its way back into this area. If you’re not in a committed relationshiplook for happiness to come through your business partners. Rememberto acknowledge them for all they do in your behalf. It will pave the wayfor the remainder of April.Pisces: Your job scene is hopping with action and fun this month.Youcould get a raise or a promotion, or both.Your health should be in tip-top shape so get out of the house and move around. This would be anexcellent time to start a new diet or exercise plan. www.tempoplanet.com | 29
  • 25. EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS mini minx Angeli Castillo | Making minutes out of molehills FROM TRASH TO TREASURE: Sculpting for a living care of the front end of things while his partner CREATING NEW FROM OLD It wasn’t as easy as it sounds to get into sculpting. works the other way around and they manage to In fact, Alexander didn’t discover his love for it make ends meet. Alexander’s dream is to create Have you ever had a childhood obsession until he learned about the huge pool of talented an excellent piece, mass produce it and sell it with collectibles? Bottle caps, Pokemon fellow sculptors in the Philippines. When asked if worldwide. cards, baseball cards, action figures? One sculpting is hard, Alexander replies “it’s not hard man not only had such an obsession, he but it takes time.” It seems a lot of time indeed; the Good advice turned it into a fulfilling career. whole prototyping process takes about 2-3 months Alexander didn’t just get to this point overnight. His depending on the size. But once done, the proudly advice is simple. “Practice! It’s not something you Man with an obsession Pinoy duo teams up as caster and painter and are can learn just by reading or watching videos.You’ll Meet Alexander Allan Arevalo, online marketing and able to finish about 10 pieces per month. get ideas from it of course but you need to train art director of Halimaw! Sculptures, a business he those hands.” shares with his partner and producer Jay Sia, who is Still collecting based in the Philippines. They create custom-made Collecting is something everyone subconsciously “Study anatomy too if you’re doing human statues of all sorts and sizes, but a majority of their does. “I think pretty much everyone has something sculptures; proportions are important. Did you work is based on Marvel, DC and characters from that catches their fancy and collects if they have the know that a perfect human body is 8 heads high?” video games which you can find in the upcoming extra cash to spare,” says Alexander. Statues are Middle East Film and Comic Con. Alexander’s stress busters; he finds it relaxing to come home at the end of the day to a room full of A hobby becomes a business collectibles he is fond of. His wife loves them too Growing up, it seems AAA never out shed his since it encourages him to stay at home. To find out more about fascination and love for collectibles. Just like any avid Halimaw, their works and their collector, it started out with toys as a little boy but Alexander’s dream appearance at the MEFCC, log it didn’t stop there - it just got more expensive as Being his day job, sculpting gives Alexander the onto http://www.dtoycollector. he grew older. He then decided instead to create freedom to choose his working hours. It may seem his own sculptures which his friends saw and asked a little strange for his team to be in the Philippines blogspot.com/ for replicas. Everything else is history. while he’s here in the UAE, but it works. He takes just a thought Manar Al Hinai | A Khaleeji girl who overthinks a lot and loves to write SOCIAL OR ANTI-SOCIAL? THE REAL IMPACT OF NEW MEDIA There are a lot of articles out there about how social media has affected marketing and business performance. But many tend to overlook how social media is actually affecting our written and oral communication, or daily communication with each other. Changing communication Unique language their friends; however they would all be typing away Email, SMS, BlackBerry Messenger, Twitter and other Another way is using different words or on their BlackBerry devices and barely talking to social media communication tools have caused such abbreviations to refer to something. We no longer each other. an irreversible impact on the way we write that it say “See you later” when we want to write a would definitely anger our English teachers who message, but we opt for the shortened “c u l8r”. Final thought spent hours teaching us basic grammar and how to Others would rather say “dat” instead of “that”. This gets me to thinking, is social media really write in full sentences. No, they are not spelling things incorrectly; rather helping us become more social people, or perhaps they have come up with a whole new language that anti-social disconnected robots? Impacts of social media no one can judge to be wrong or right. The social media has impacted writing in two ways. One way is that writing is now more concise. When Sharing feelings Twitter first came out, and we signed up, many of us However, I think the greatest impact social media were annoyed by its 140-word limit. I thought “how has made is on people’s communication with each on earth am I supposed to report an event using other. Some people do not open up to their best 140 characters?” But now I realize that Twitter friends when they are down, but would rather share has been the greatest tool to teach me how to their feelings with their 300+ followers on Twitter. What do you think? summarize the essence of a subject.You don’t need Sit around in any café or a restaurant and just look Follow me on Twitter: a whole essay to cause a movement or a change. at the people around you. Many will be sitting with @manar_alhinai 30 | www.tempoplanet.com

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