ANNIVERSARY ISSUE • OCTOBER 2011 ANNIVERSARY PAGE 14 VIDEO COMPETITION BY TEMPO & NEW YORK FILM ACADEMY
Tempo turns two years this month, and what a journey it’s been! We started with baby steps in our first year, but have taken immense strides in our second.The last few weeks have been exceptionally eventful! We wrapped up the “I LOVE UAE” video competition with a big bang, declaring the winners of the contestand talking about ways to nurture our homegrown talent (see the main feature on page 14). With the UAE’s National Day around the corner, Tempo still casts itsspotlight on celebrations of the UAE’s big 40th anniversary; you can see it in this issue’s roundtable with Manar (on page 22) and can check out the outpouringof dedications on our website (www.tempoplanet.com).The “I LOVE UAE” competition showed us two things: how much enthusiasm and energy there is in the community (not to mention boundless creativity), andhow it is possible to get organisations and companies to work together for the larger good. Tempo embraces partnership and exciting collaboration, and we arealways open to big ideas.On the subject of big ideas Tempo launches this month the “Heart and Soul Community Bazaar” which will be held at the One to One Hotel on October 29. Thisis a family event focused on bringing together the capital’s communities on lazy Saturdays once a month, and on getting to know each other. It also reflectsour belief in the principles of recycling and re-using, so if you have stuff you don’t need book your table early, otherwise stop by for fun bargain shopping andto say hello.Tempo looks forward to an incredible year ahead, filled with more community and togetherness.Sana BagershManaging Editorbagersh@tempoplanet.com letters to the editor 04 18 people calendar MANAGING EDITOR uspace 05 20 riding the wave | got phunk Sana Bagersh what’s hot 06 22 round table FEATURES EDITOR Alma Kadragic the bottom bottom line 07 24 social meets EDITORIAL COORDINATOR tech talk | game hedz 08 25 doc in the house | live well Sharon Carvalho tempo top 10 songs 09 26 dedications to tempo MAGAZINE DESIGN 10 Mark De Castro making a difference 28 articulate | just handcrafted 11 WEB DESIGNcity bites | dishes for dummies 29 sudden deception Ricklen Abellera my style blueprint 12 30 media MARKETING COORDINATOR cover story 14 31 tamakkan | social net Manjul Abhishek Laskar Laipubam youth talk 16 32 yank in sandland | just a thought DISTRIBUTION COORDINATOR resuscitation theatre 17 33 horoscope Melaku Muluneh EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORSADDRESS DISCLAIMER Angeli Castillo Shahid SaeedTo reach editorial at Abu Dhabi Tempo email: editorial@tempoplanet. Tempo is a publication of BrandMoxie. Although Tempo Magazine Dave Solomon Layla Ezzedeencom. If you need to find out where you can pick up your copy call: 02 667 does its best to ensure the authenticity and accuracy of its contents,3349 or check out the list of Tempo distribution points on our website. the publisher cannot accept any responsibility for errors, mistakes and Neena Rai Blakniss inaccuracies. The publisher reserves the rights of this product and no Preethi Janice D’Sa Manar Al HinaiNOTE TO ADVERTISERS part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any meansAdvertisers can request brand tagging with all advertisements. without the permission of the publisher. Shamma Al Suwaidi Ahmad SamirTo reach advertising call 02 667 3349 or Alia Youssef Rohith Bhatemail: email@example.com. MEDIA LICENCE NO. 1/105866/24295 Lean Abadi Randy Parker download www.gettag.mobi Scan the QR CODE using your smart phone to your smart phone Published by } run application for Blackberry this is done through BBM click on tag beside each article to have fun with for iPhone download BeeTag or Neo Reader online content, videos & cool tags! www.tempoplanet.com
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SHAMIMSCENEON GETTING A SKIN FACIALSHAMIM: I got to experience the AquaRadiance facial at the Kaya Skin Clinic.Actually, when it comes to my skin, THE START OF A NEW ACADEMIC YEAR:I am usually not that big on facials ADVICE TO FRIENDShowever the aqua radiance facial is By Lean Abadiall about air and water; two essential Living in the UAE, you must knowelements that keep the skin looking that a friend isn’t going to lastyouthful and beautiful. forever. This is a sad truth for many people and especially the youth of today. People leave for differentSo here’s my beauty experience on reasons. Many students, whenvideo….check it out. they reach that age when they begin thinking about college and university, usually consider studyingCAMPUS VIEW By Rohith Krishna Bhat abroad. Also, when people come here from western countries, most of them are bound to be here for only a few years. Along with that, think about how many people try to immigrate to other countries. So there are many situations thatTOP 10 CRASS SONGS OF MY GENERATION usually force people to leave. I love the UAE with all my heart and mind, and I’m sure many of you do too. But the decisions and choices people make are theirs, are in God’s hands. If I left, or if my friends leave theAKA: SONGS THAT INCREASED THE NUMBER OF PERVS I KNOW UAE, I will most definitely miss them, however, I will also most certainly not give up making new friends. And I will not be afraid to open up to, share, and establish new relationships.Crass songs: Those with bad words, racial slurs and themes about women so bad thatour grandmothers would surely have washed our mouths out with soap and antiseptic My advice to everyone starting school or university is to always have hope in new friendships. Manyfor humming them under our breath. This is a list dedicated to the songs we hide in people long to be your close friends, so don’t push them away. Be open to making friends and you’ll seeour iPods ; listen to when no one’s around, yet publicly condemn (like the good little that each person has a special trait or personality, and always keep in mind that there’s no such thing ashypocrites we are). a one and only best friend. Remember, “A gift of friendship is priceless, especially when it comes from YOU.” Have a good beginning this school year! Send me some feedback? firstname.lastname@example.orgNumber 10: Tig o’l bitties by “Your Favourite Martian”| Now I’m 100% sure that most of you Photo courtesy: Ethan Ebenezer, Jared Sawaya, and Tino Mupambo.have never even heard of this song but soon this 2011 web phenomenon will be educating youngminds everywhere about the simple universal truth... Like Godzilla said, “Size Does Matter” (it waseither that or RAWWWW, but I thought I’d go with this)Number 9: The Santa Claus song | Although technically there’s nothing dirty about this song, it’s WHY DO GUYS LIKE SEINFELD ?still a gentle reminder to kids everywhere why Santa only comes once a year when daddy’s away and By Aditya Jainwhy he never uses the front door. It’s not a show which is packed with action like 24. ThereNumber 8: Shake Your Bonbons by Ricky Martin | This was one of golden shower boy’s greatest is no storyline like Friends where the characters evolve. Ithits during the time, teaching kids everywhere that bonbons are not just a tasty French dessert. doesn’t have the bro quality of Entourage. Californication trounces it in terms of nudity. No twisted storylines like Lost.But sadly (read, gladly) this song, like the former Latin superstar, has gone the way of the Taco Bell Hell, even Two & a Half Men is funnier (maybe not anymoreChihuahua tune. with Ashton Kutcher). But when it comes right down toNumber 7: Thong Song by Sisqo | Even though the lyrics are forgotten and the singer finally it, Seinfeld has that indefinable quality that makes it onedeclared black (despite his best efforts to be called a computer software instead) his message about of the best loved comedies of the nineties. Yet, curiouslykeeping your priorities straight lives on. enough, it does not appeal to everyone. Ask a female friend if she likes Seinfeld. Invariably, the answer comes back, “No! It’s just not that funny. I mean I understandNumber 6: The Alice song by Smokie | This is probably every non redneck’s first intro into the the jokes, I just don’t find them funny. It’s kind of lame.” Dozens of other females will confirm their dislikeworld of country music; and it also turned out to be a nifty way of pissing off anyone named Alice . for Seinfeld, and his gang of apathetic New Yorkers (George, Kramer and Elaine). Seinfeld’s polarizing effect can be traced back to the whole basis of the show: it’s a show about nothing. Of course, thereNumber 5: D.K Bose | This song clearly commemorates the spirit of Delhi in all its glory, that, and have been plenty of shows about nothing in the past, but Seinfeld’s situational comedy and exaggeratedit’s a fun way to learn every abusive term in the Delhi handbook in a way that makes you go, so that’s side characters are what keep the show going... from Newman who manages to encapsulate all thatwhat my boss was saying! is evil about the world in just a few sentences, to the Soup Nazi who bans Elaine from sampling hisNumber 4: That’s What I Go to School For by Busted | This was probably one of the most ground Mulligatawny soup for a year.breaking songs of its time inspiring kids everywhere to stay in school and for schools to hire hot I’m sure many of us know a Close Talker, have a few friends with crazy parents, and generally have ateachers. Seinfeld, Elaine or a George in our group. If you know someone like Kramer, well then respect. You clearlyNumber 3: Sutta by those Guys I could never name | Smoking kills and so does this song, have way more adventures than the rest of us. That is what makes the show so amazing. It captures the very essence of everyday life. While we all secretly (or openly) aspire to be Ari Gold from Entourage, webut in a completely different way... this song made by those guys in IIT is still considered sacred by can all relate to the situations and characters in Seinfeld, because we encounter them on a daily basis. Theengineering students all over India. nothingness of the show is actually its best quality.Number 2: Stacy’s Mom by Fountains of Wayne | This song gave a whole new angle to the Guys are generally content with watching shows about nothing; there is no need for the characters tocommandment “Love Thy Neighbour” and gave me hope every time the house next door was up for progress or evolve. We’re happy with the ways things are. And there we get to the fundamental differencesale. between men and women; men enjoy the status quo, while women look towards the future. As guys, weNumber 1: Baby Got Back by Sir Mix a Lot | This rocking song of the 80’s was one of the first really don’t care if Carrie finds her true love in Mr. Big. We have no idea what Gilmore Girls is all aboutintroductions of my generation into the kingdom of perv; teaching guys everywhere that it was OK because all the characters talk so fast. Very few guys have even seen Oprah’s grand finale. Seinfeld is a show which has no future, and that’s just fine by us!to set their sights low.
WHEN THEDEVILSCAME TOTOWNBy Ayman Bukair DUBAI FASHION WEEK: SPRING/ SUMMER 2012 SEASONWhen word of Duke basketball team coming to the UAE recently got around, all of us bballershere knew we had to head over to Al Wasl Club in Dubai to watch the game. It was the Division Dubai Fashion Week (DFW) has announced the lineup of designers participating in theOne NCAA/ACC basketball team, the Blue Devils, who came along with coach Mike Krzyzewski Spring/Summer 2012 Collections, to be held at The Arena, Dubai World Trade Centre from(Coach K) for an exhibition match against the UAE national team. 20 to 24 October 2011. Leading designers from UAE, Bahrain, Lebanon, Qatar and Egypt are scheduled to take part in the event alongside international designers from India, Pakistan,The University of Duke has been home to one of the most elite teams of all the Division One- London and Australia. The current lineup includes Aarshika, Amber Feroz, Barjis, Cartas,basketball teams in America. They always stir up excitement every time they step foot on the Dabya, Furne One, Jaya Misra, Jelin George, Maisha Creations by Mehwish Afzal, Malakhardwood. They have a solid fan base across the world. But who could have guessed that they El Ezzawy, Mapxencars, Mumbai Se, Meher & Riddhima, Nabrman, Riimple and Mayyuralso have a large band of supporters right here in the UAE! Duke fans chanted loudly for every Girotra, Sakina Mohsin, Shrekahnth, USH DESIGN by Abeer Al Suwaidi, Wafa Al Kathiri andbasket that went in but still, the majority of the crowd was also loyal to the home team. There Zori Couture.was a roaring cheer by the crowd as the home team entered the court to warm up before thematch, and lots of counter-cheering throughout the game. Under the direction of Simon P Lock who was recently-appointed to lead the show, DFW hopes to play a more important role on the international fashion week circuit and followThe tip-off commenced with 6’4 guard Austin Rivers scoring the first two points of the game, the footsteps of the major fashion weeks of London, New York, Milan and Paris. Dubaifollowed by baskets from Mason Plumlee and Andre Dawkins and then others. From then on Fashion Week’s new plans for this year include a complete redesign of the event venuethe Duke squad pretty much controlled the tempo of the game. The scoring was distributed to include new spaces for designers to showcase their collections and a grand openingfairly evenly amongst the Duke players, who showed a high level of teamwork and execution ceremony for the event.of plays. The UAE responded with many effective plays beyond the three-point line to keep thescore as close as possible. The UAE national team was trailing for the majority of the game andkept it very close in the first half. In the end, they fell short, losing by twenty points with a final COMEDY KNOCKOUT: K BROSAS AND KIM IDOL LIVE IN ABU DHABI!score of 66-86. The UAE nationals showed a lot of heart throughout the game and never gave Events ‘R Us is hosting the musical comedy event “Comedy Knockout: K Brosas & Kim Idolup despite the score difference. Live in Abu Dhabi” for the Filipino community on 21st October 2011 at the Abu Dhabi CityAlthough the match was only an exhibition game, there was excitement with every basket Golf Club.Organisers say that the event will feature three hours of non-stop laughter andscored from either side. Both teams are considered professionals in their respective divisions songs that promise to both tickle and dazzle audiences. K Brosas is known as a comedienne,and regions and in their level of expertise, and both teams carried themselves with a high a TV hostess, an actress and also as a gifted singer. Apart from her prowess in impersonatinglevel of sportsmanship. famous singers such as Celine Dion and Britney Spears, K Brosas is also known for her funny interpretation of songs using sign languages. The other big star of the show, Kim Idol, was aBasketballers in the UAE appreciated the Duke-UAE game and we think it will help spark an former host of ‘Eat Bulaga,’ the Philippines’ longest running noontime TV show. He appearedinterest and love for the game of basketball (as it is not commonly played in the UAE). The last in many shows in various countries including Hong Kong, Australia, Dubai and Europe. Atime I attended a basketball game that had me jumping out of my seat was when the ‘And1 well known sing-along master, Kim Idol is a sought-after performer in various comedy barsMixtape’ tour came to the Al-Wasl Club a few years ago. Basketball fans may have had to wait in Manila.a while for the next major basketball event to happen, but it was definitely worth it. (Still I dohope organizers won’t make us wait too long for the next big game). For more information, please contact Kristine- 050-5269750.
• The glossy multi-page menus delivered to your homes? The kind with photos of layered juices, hamburgers and shawarma dishes... I’ve been told that several restaurants are using the same photos; perhaps they come from a shared photo bank, or from the same ad agency. That means that from the restaurant’s point of view, the dishes in their menu are more aspirational (what they want you to hope they are) rather than representative (what they really are). • Did Google’s brief outage of its Google Docs on September 8 affect you? Now, what if, God forbid, a meteor dropped on Google HQ (or say a rogue employee turned off the switch) and you (and half of the planet) end up losing all your mail and valuable data? “Global downturn” could give way to a new term, ’economic armaggedon’. • Heard IBM’s announcement of the next-generation computers out in 2013 which will be 1,000 times faster than what we have today? Then check out Ray Kurtzweil’s theory of singularity... maybe even more freakish than the Google thing. • Anwar sends a message to his bankers: “Stop plying me with credit cards. I don’t want them and I didn’t ask for them....and ohBHS HOME OPENS AT RAHA MALL! yeah, if I give in and use them and they’re all maxed out, don’t complain when you’re out of pocket - remember, you forced yourFollowing the success of its stores in Al Ain, BHS Home has opened its first store in Abu cards on me.”Dhabi at Raha Mall. Located on the ground floor and open from 10 am - 10 pm, BHSHome opened it’s doors to the public on September 11. • Maybe no one has said anything about this yet, but someone should. Kudos to Masafi for their cool line of healthy, lessWith a wide range of products that include cutlery and crockery, linens, cute stuff for sweetened juices (and healthier chips too). Not always easy beingthe kids and decor to suit every taste, BHS home want to be the first place you turn to a trailblazer in a sickly diabetes-inducing nectar juice industry. Trywhen you need to brighten up your home. their pomegranate acai juice. • A super rave: Dubai’s Green Line which has taken the entire lengthSAFE AND SOUND 2011: of the driverless, remote-controlled system to about 75km,IN SUPPORT OF BREAST CANCER AWARENESS making it the longest automated driverless metro in the world (a Guinness World Record). A regional blueprint for progress.Safe and Sound, BurJuman’s breast cancer awareness programme is back every • And the big rant: Katrina Kaif and her co-stars debuted “Mereweekend of October for a line-up of events, culminating in the ‘Pink Walkathon’ which Brother Ki Dulhan” in the capital, but perhaps they shouldn’t havewill take place on the last Friday of the month – October 28. The annual charitable, bothered coming at all. Apparently Miss Kaif was all airs, andnon-competitive event is a 3.6 km walk with sideline activities. The event includes the even worse, the winners of a competition promised time with the‘Pink Book Sale’ on the first Friday of the month with more than 15,000 books donated stars were barely allowed to meet them. Brutal!by the community up for grabs. The entire event’s revenue is being donated towardsfree mammogram check-ups, patient care and other awareness-raising drives. • Tempo is looking for a place to rent. We found out that some realtors advertise incredible deals in the paper as bait. You call andOn Thursday, 13 October, BurJuman will host ‘Cakes for a Cause’ – a bake sale featuring then they tell you the place just got rented out, and then they takedelicious sweet treats from some of Dubai’s leading bakeries such as Kitsch and Sweet your telephone number and say they’ll call you for the next one.Lane Cakes and hotels such as Movenpick Hotel , Jumeirah Beach and Al Maha Desert Not honest, guys! So, if you’re a real realtor, and you have a realResort – much of proceeds donated to the campaign. The annual ‘Pink Survivor Fashion fabulous place (think large and cheap) of say about 250-300sqmShow’ will take place the following Friday, 21 October at BurJuman, with breast cancer (eg. warehouse/ penthouse/ shell+core) then drop me a line.survivors modeling a collection of high fashion garments offered by mall retailers in ashow of solidarity for the campaign’s message and goal. The ‘Pink Walkathon’ will take And that, folks, is the bottom, bottom line.place the following Friday. Write to me: email@example.comFor more information, go to www.safeandsound.ae The Concierge
TECH TALK Shahid Saeed | Talker for the Non-Techies GAME HEDZ Blakniss | Original game head from Atari to XBox!SAMSUNG LAUNCHES NEW GALAXY TAB 7.7 COMICS N’ BOOKS N’ GAMESSamsung is not letting Apple relax and they are turning the heat with the (Don’t you just love words joined by an “n”? They’re just so cute).slimmest phone, the Galaxy Tab 7.7. It’s 7.89mm thick! Packed with two 1.4GHzprocessors, it touts WXGA (1280 x800) resolution on a spectacular Super AMOLED Anyhoo, it’s all the rage to convert and supplement the story (and value) of aPlus screen. What I don’t get is, where in that ultra-slim body did the Korean game through printed material - most delightfully with comics, and books. Wemanufacturer manage to fit a 5,100mah battery? I doubt the 3 megapixel and already looked at the Gears of War novels (see the blog for a review), but there are2 megapixel cameras will be any good and I’ve found that even the very latest more games that have comics and novels you can enjoy in hard copy and digitalversion of the android (Honeycomb, V3.2) isn’t quite up to its standard of iOS formats.in terms of responsiveness and utility enhancing applications. The price andavailability have yet to be announced. Hither are some of the more popular titles:SONY LAUNCHES XPERIA MINI IN MIDDLE EAST HALO - Halo has a series of books by a varietySony has launched the Xperia Mini smartphone in the Middle East. The phone of authors, but Gears of War novelist, Karenis powered by 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 3-inch scratch-resistant Traviss, is now working on the Halo series,and multi touch glass screen, and runs on Google’s Android Gingerbread 2.3. It so if those books are anywhere as good asalso combines with Mobile BRAVIA Engine and 720p HD video recording. It comes the Gears work, they›ll be worth the coin.preloaded with Office Suite and McAfee antivirus software, allowing consumers Traviss, after all, turned the Gears series intoto securely manage documents and email instantly while on the move. Xperia a series of bestselling books. (Hard copiesis designed to provide social media integration with improved user interface to and ebooks)allow the display of up to 16 Apps on the home screen. MASS EFFECT - a series of novels existMORE DATA WITH (DU) for Mass Effect, written primarily by DrewDU has introduced the new recharge option that gives you easy and affordable Karpyshyn, with the next one due out theaccess to data on your mobile. “More data” gives you data upon recharging on end January 2012 (by William C. Dietz) -the go while in the UAE. It is similar to previously available recharge options around the same time of the Mass Effect“more credit & more time”. To avail this facility just dial *131*, the card number, 3 release date. But there are also graphic BATMAN: ARKHAM CITYfollowed by the # and press the call key to recharge. “more data” gives you a novels out there courtesy of Dark Horse.variety of data bundles that depend upon your recharging amount e.g. AED 100 (Hard copies and ebooks)brings you 750MB for 30 days. WARCRAFT - yes for you Warcraft junkies,HOW TO LIMIT 3G DATA USAGE ON ANDROID AND SAVE? you can get the comics! But you probablyAre you facing problem of big bills (overage charges) from your mobile network already know that - that’s why you’re adue to data usage? Don’t worry there is the solution. The app Onavo Lite for Junkie. (Hardcopies and ecomics)Android tracks data consumption and provides users with tips based on theirmonthly data usage patterns. Onavo Lite helps you control your 3G data and BATMAN - course there has always been amanage your data plan to avoid overage. The app is free and simple to use. steady flow of material from the Dark Knight, but there are two arcs of comics courtesy of SAMSUNG NEW GALAXY TAB 7.7 DC that were written specifically to fill in the gaps between the first and second parts of the Arkham game series. (Hardcopies and ecomics) PORTAL 2: LAB RAT UNCHARTED - yes Drake fans, you can watch him climb, shoot, and smoulder in word form. But you will have to wait. The first work of fiction isn’t released yet, though there is a behind-the-scenes book written Follow me on @shahidaasi by Nolan North (voice of Drake) due out this fall. (TBA) MY FAV APP ASSASSIN’S CREED - a few of these out My favourite app is Instagram. It’s a photo app that helps you already with the next title due in November. enhance your photographs and then post them on Facebook (Hardcopies and ebooks) and Twitter. I like this app because of the extra features it provides that normal camera apps don’t have. I’m outta real estate so check out other titles - Tempo reader Ankit Lodha like Bioshock, Dead Space, Portal 2, and Deux Ex! DEUX EX
View the #1 SONG IN THE UAE GIVE ME EVERYTHING Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer TOP 10 SONGS by Simone Carvalho A 16 year old high school student who loves photography and the LIGHTERS | Bad Meets Evil ft. Bruno Mars arts and cannot stand heavy metal music. MOVES LIKE JAGGER | Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera 1. Lost- Coldplay 2. Dream on- Aerosmith IN THE DARK | Dev 3. Oh Hum Dum/ Say My Name- The Cheapmunks RAIN OVER ME | Pitbull ft. Marc Anthony 4. 5. Far Away- Nickelback Power- Kanye West STEREO HEARTS | Gym Class Heroes 6. Imagine- GleeLAST FRIDAY NIGHT | Katy Perry 7. Turning Tables (Acoustic version)- Adele 8. I Feel Pretty/ Unpretty- GleeHOW TO LOVE | Lil Wayne 9. Your Body is a Wonderland- John MayerNEXT TO YOU | Chris Brown ft. Justin Bieber 10. Poison and Wine- Civil Wars SET FIRE TO RAIN | Adele All About Tonight | Pixie Lott Moves Like Jagger | Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera All Fired Up | The Saturdays Collide | Leona Lewis and Avicii Someone like you | Adele Stay awake | Example Moves Like Jagger | Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera Heart Skips a Beat | Olly Murs ft. Rizzle Kicks Pumped Up Kicks | Foster The People Feel So Close | Calvin Harris Party Rock Anthem | LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett and GoonRock Jar of Hearts | Christina Perri Super Bass | Nicki Minaj Party All Night (Sleep All Day) | Sean Kingston You and I | Lady Gaga You Need Me, I Don’t Need You | Ed Sheeran Lighters | Bad Meets Evil ft. Bruno Mars You Make Me Feel | Cobra Starship ft. Sabi Give Me Everything | Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer Last Friday Night | Katy Perry
BREAST CANCER AWARENESSWHEN POLO AND PINK COMBINEBy Sharon CarvalhoBreast cancer is a disease that affects one in eight women and when Carrie McNeil realisedthat only 30% of cases were detected in the early stages, she knew she wanted to dosomething to raise awareness in the UAE. So she decided to bring her love for sports andher desire to make a difference together, and organise an event called Pink Polo. Carrie McNeilA fan meeting a Pink Polo player Carrie McNeil with visitorsTEMPO: Tell us about yourself. TEMPO: What makes Pink Polo different from other breast cancer awarenessCarrie: I’ve always had a great passion for sports. I was an elite athlete in my youth and programmes?in my career I spent 10 years in the field of sports marketing. In the UAE I used to work for Carrie: I wanted to make Pink Polo a fun, family event. I want the community toan agency involved with Etihad Airways sponsorships managing brands like Ferrari F1 and be able to talk about breast cancer and not treat it like the taboo that people thinkChelsea Football etc. Recently I started my own business, Scott & Scandi, which is all about it is. I want it to be a platform to allow not only companies but individuals to feelevents designed to give back to the community. I also manage the marketing for Ghantoot comfortable enough to support the event, talk about it, and spread the word. I decidedRacing and Polo Club with HH Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan as the patron of the property that the event would be like a day out with the family. It would definitely be aboutand the Polo Team. raising awareness about breast cancer but apart from the polo game, it would feature picnic grounds, free children’s activities, pony and camel rides and even an award forTEMPO: How did Pink Polo come about? the guest dressed in the most striking pink outfit of the day! The event also got ourCarrie: I learnt from living in the Emirates about the Islamic tradition of giving back to the sponsors to raise awareness among staff and clients.community and I kept trying to figure out how I could do this in a creative way. I knew I wantedto do something different and that I didn’t want to just raise money, as so many other charities TEMPO: How can our readers make a difference?do this very well. I wanted to create awareness about this important issue but do it in a manner Carrie: I guess the most important thing would be to increase awareness about thethat was fun. It was while doing some research that I came across the shocking facts about disease. Whether it be feeling free to talk about it or encouraging your mother, sisters,breast cancer in the UAE. That was when I decided to launch ‘Pink Polo’. cousins, best friends etc. to get themselves checked. Another point would be to not be scared of the situation. In 80% of the time, lumps found are non cancerous, so it isTEMPO: Tell us about ‘Pink Polo’ always better to get yourself checked out and be sure.Carrie: Well, once I knew what I wanted to do, I approached Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club The shocking fact is that one out of eight women suffers from breast cancer and thatand Health Authority Abu Dhabi. They liked the idea and that got me speaking to sponsors and only 30% of cases are discovered in the early stages here in the UAE. The point is thatindividuals and, in turn, helped spread the word about my campaign. We ended up finding early detection can save up to 98% of cases and the only way to catch it is to keepreally good support from the community within Abu Dhabi and found committed sponsors checking.as Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank and Abu Dhabi Airports Company as well as internationalsponsors such as Estée Lauder, among others. Thanks to our the patron, HH Sheikh Falah Bin We hope to see as many as possible join us at the event on October 29 at the GhantootZayed Al Nahyan, the event could feature its main attraction, a polo match including both Racing and Polo Club. The event is free so please spread the word to family andinternational polo and Emirati polo players, at the Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club. friends!
JEWELZ By Dana Joulani CUPCAKES Cupcakes with an essence of Arabia Jewelz is a charming boutique and a cupcake café that offers a vast variety of drinks and desserts that will most certainly attract every age. Jewelz gives an original twist to their cupcakes, desserts and drinks.The idea took the owner, Manal Al-Binali, two years to implement. Unlike other By Sunita Carvalhocupcake places, this one is based on an Arabian concept with the cupcakes namedafter jewels in Arabic, and a logo that juxtaposes Jewelz and Jawahr, to give AbuDhabi its first authentic Arabian-inspired cupcake place. INGREDIENTS (For 2 people) 1 tomato- sliced 1 capsicum- slicedThis ‘cupcakery’ offers a selection of original flavors of cupcakes such as green tea 1 onion- cut in ringsand chai along with honey frosting. It also offers a variety of cookies and petit fours 8 mushrooms- slicedin different colours, along with cakes and reusable trays filled with desserts for 2 sausages- sliced (skip if you’re vegetarian, obviously)birthdays, gifts and casual events. The cupcakes are offered in three different sizes: 2 eggsregular, medium and small. Their signature hot chocolate is brought to you in ateapot of hot milk and a stick with a perfectly cut chocolate cube at the end of it so DIRECTIONScustomers can customize their drinks to their own personal preferences. • Fry all the ingredients individually except for the eggs. • Put all the fried items in to a pan large enough to snugly fit them all • Crack the eggs over them in such a way that the white of the eggsJewelz’s reusable trays come in four different colours and are filled with petit fours, connect all the food.mini cupcakes, chocolate truffles and anything else you might like. You can pre-order • Cover and cook till the eggs are done to your likingyour trays or get one that’s already prepackaged. You can re-fill the tray and even, get • Serve with bread for breakfast!this, modify the colour of the dessert to match the colour of the tray.Jewelz is located in Al Moroor Road amid banks and schools which makes it accessible RATING SCALE:for passers-by, students, and business people. Their prices are quite reasonable,especially when compared to many other pastry shops, while the ambience is good LEVEL 1: SUPER EASYenough to make it a great ‘hang out’ place. Future plans for Jewelz include opening LEVEL 2: RELATIVELY EASYmore branches in the UAE, introducing chocolate fondue and possibly adding a few LEVEL 3: MEDIUM SKILLS REQUIREDsavory dishes to the menu. LEVEL 4: COOKING SKILLS A MUST LEVEL 5: ARE YOU SURE YOU WANNA DO THIS?
“Never underestimate the power of dressing well! Dress to impress! Show inner confidence, posture, elegance, femininity, simplicity, and individualism” Describe your personal style: I have an incredibly eclectic attitude towards fashion. I love mix ‘n’ matching to get the right balance between a fashionable, elegant, classic and romantic look while also adding a bit of excitement with a personal touch. The UAEAbu Dhabi resident weather and cosmopolitan scene are definitely a source of inspiration. My philosophy isMargarita Cejudo-Perdomo to never copy looks straight of the catwalk; fashion is down to each individual. Trends are there to inspire you and guide you to make your own statement. Fashion is the language of the clothes you are wearing! Fav buy of the past month: A gorgeous pink and golden bracelet from Aftershock. Which is your fave store in AD? Top places to shop in AD? Being Spanish I trust Massimo Dutti, Zara and Mango’s latest runway trends for much of my work and leisure clothing. Their fitted fashionable lines are always a safe bet. However I also try to venture out to other stores in search of exotic Arabic/Indian inspired costumes. For cocktails or eveningwear I turn to Reiss or Bebe. A tip, invest in colours this season! Remember shoes must always stand out more than the outfit. Use accessories to show you are on top of trends! Does Abu Dhabi have style? Yes it does, but it is rather a melting pot of international flavours. I tried to import my Spanish style but it did not work. Abu Dhabi has its own essence and you cannot ignore it. Blend it into your own fashion personality and you will be a winner! Do you have any fashion hates? Regardless of clothes or occasion there are two important rules to take into account: walking a perfect posture and showing femininity as both reflect on the clothes worn.
“I LOVE UAE” VIDEO COMPETITION A COMPETITION THAT GAVE THE COMMUNITY A VOICE When Tempo and the New York Film Academy Abu Dhabi decided to launch a film competition to celebrate UAE’s 40th anniversary, and give members of the community an opportunity to express their love and appreciation in short videos. The response was phenomenal! The event was held at Mamoura Auditorium and attended by film enthusiasts, industry experts, educationists and members of the public. The winner of the “Me” category was Alina Mustafina, and the winner of the “Me and My School Category” was Shabari Shankar from Abu Dhabi Indian school. Held alongside the awards ceremony was a debate on “How to nurture talent in film making in the UAE.” “It was great fun bringing the community together with educationists and film experts talking about how to nurture talent in film making. I thank NYFA, Imagenation, Abu Dhabi Media Company, Zayed University, British School Al The films were all of an extremely high calibre and the Khubairat and the American Community School for being fair in their judging and decision to award was very hard. I congratulate all the generous in sharing their insight and knowledge. It is through collaboration and filmmakers and the supporters of the event for expressing partnership that we can transform communities and incite positive change.” what they truly love about the UAE.” Sana Bagersh Simon Hunter Managing Editor, Tempo President of the New York Film Academy Abu Dhabi Billy Stewart Saadiq Nujam Daniel MalakFinalist - ME and MY SCHOOL Category Finalist - ME Category Finalist - ME Category ME- (OVER 18 YEARS) ME AND MY SCHOOL CATEGORY WINNER: CATEGORY WINNER: Alina Mustafina, 27, works Shabari Shankar, 16, studies at for Hyper Sun as a journalist. the Abu Dhabi Indian School.
ME- (OVER 18 YEARS) CATEGORY: Alina Mustafina, 27, works for Hyper Sun as a journalist. She has lived in the UAE for three years and hopes one day to become a film maker. As winner of the ME category she receives a 12 week intensive film making course at the New York Film Academy Abu Dhabi. “I work for a community magazine in Dubai and one day we wrote about the ‘I love UAE film competition’ organized by Tempo. I brainstormed with my husband, my friends, my mum and dad and I also spent about three days watching the best short movies from all over the world to get some sort of inspiration but the idea I used was the idea that came to me the moment I decided to participate. My aim was to show people – simple, happy and smiling. I then began looking for a shape to combine all the characters together and I found it in a simple heart. So I shot people who work at the fish market, white collar workers, boxer, artist, Asians, Europeans, and Africans. It was hard to find music as well. AtPanelists and organizers of the “I LOVE UAE” video competition the ceremony my friends and I were really nervous. I was sweating and shaking and when“I was amazed about the quality of the videos from all the young participants. They were the envelope was finally opened and I heard my name, I couldn’t believe it! I was so happyprofessional -grade pieces which showcased excellent storytelling and technical skills, and and kept shaking hands with all the jury members. And I’m going to study in one of thereflected the unique perspective of each director. Educators understand the importance of best film academies in the world!’equipping students with 21st century skills to prepare them for life after school. I washonoured to have been a part of this wonderful opportunity to help further the creativity ME AND MY SCHOOL (11- 18 YEARS) CATEGORY:of young minds in the UAE, and look forward to more film-making opportunities for our Shabari Shankar, 16, studies at the Abu Dhabi Indian School. “I’ve always dreamtstudents”. of being a singer/ song-writer and I feel this is something like a milestone which willJesse Remington, Technology Systems Coordinator, American Community help turning my dreams into a magical reality. My muse and my inspiration for this songSchool Abu Dhabi was UAE. Since I’ve been born and brought up here, I wanted to pass a tribute so I tried expressing my love for UAE through a medium I’m really passionate about and I am really“I was overwhelmed by the level of enthusiasm and passion in all who participated at grateful to Tempo for giving us an opportunity to express our love for this country. I’m alsothe TEMPO-NYFA contest. I applaud their efforts and applaud the leaders in this industry very much thankful to my band members, Sneha, Neha, Saee and Kayan and my school.”who are committed to embrace and nurture talent. I am pleased to see a burgeoning film Shabari put together the video, along with an original song, with her four band mates.community that is brave and willing to get their ideas expressed visually and make the She received a video camera from Tempo and a workshop from NYFA Abu Dhabi for herprocess fun! I made new friends and I hope to see them be part in the efforts of developing school.a motion picture industry in the UAE.”Mohamed Al Otaiba, Head of Imagenation Abu Dhabi“Media doesn’t know an age. Children, young people are always interested in watchingtelevision and learning more about the world. This passion for TV and media, especiallyin film making, starts where everything begins – home. Parents need to strengthen andenhance the child’s interest in the media and the social media. They can do simple stepsto make their children curious about the media. They can for instance, buy them a simple Shabari Shankar receiving her prizes from Tempo and NYFAcamera and download a free editing program on their computer. [There are] simple toolsthat can build a great and new media generation who are passionate about the world ofjournalism and the power that comes from the media”.Mohamed Farah, Project Production Manager, Abu Dhabi Media Company“It was a truly inspirational evening and I am delighted to be part of such an amazingevent.” Judges watching NYFA presentation Hana Makki presiding over the eventMichelle Flemington, Head of Media StudiesBritish School Al Khubairat Abu Dhabi“The I Love UAE film competition empowered many to express themselves creatively. tempoplanet.com’s chatboxTempo did an excellent job attracting a diverse crowd in the ongoing effort to represent Shabz: Oh sure! I’m really thankful to all you lovely viewers and voters out therethis quickly growing and developing city. There is no magic formula for great film or who made my dreams come true. And to my band members whose support keptcinema, but in many of the films we saw glimpses of magic. Please continue to bring me going. I really admire you guys :) :Dpeople together and more magic will happen.” Alan: Competition isn’t only about winning, it is about sportsmanship. ParentsDr. Nezar Andary, Assistant professor of Film and Literature, Zayed University shouldn’t get upset when their children lose!Hana Makki, film producer, and presenter of the event. “What a night! Great to see Alina: Thank you very much everybody!!! I am so happy and I believe that all dreams come true!!! Just wish and do!such fantastic mix of film enthusiasts in one room! There were guys from the Abu DhabiFilm Commission, film producers as well as all the young filmmakers and their parents. I Saadiq: It was a wonderful experience.....well done Alina and Daniel...it was greatpersonally think at such a young age Billy Stewart has found his career, and Saadiq Nujam to share the stage with you people.seriously impressed and sparked all our minds with his mini documentary. Daniel Malek,wow, his cinematography is beautiful. I hope each of the finalists remembers to never Ahmadfalafel: Whoever is judging this competition hopefully is judging it baseddoubt themselves, to be proud of their work, and to keep trying. They have seriously on creativity. Good luck to all the creative videos!impressed.”
I’M A TEENAGER, THINKING:DON’T PATRONIZE ME! THE BIG WHYS OF LIFEBy Ahmed Samir By Shamma Al Suwaidi“Teenager!” The word carries an overwhelmingly negative It’s funny how life always seems to hit us withconnotation, doesn’t it? It’s as though it carries a probablyunintended but nonetheless pernicious assumption that a series of unexpected events; sometimes good,teenagers are “stupid”. In all probability, the word also forms sometimes bad. But they just keep on coming. Wean image in the back of your head of an immature dolt who’s end up thinking, “Is this ever going to end?” eventoo vain and too inept to be taken seriously by anyone. though deep down inside we know it won’t.Why is that? More often than is necessary, I find myself talked down to, People respond to incidents in different ways, and it’s important to keeptaken for someone who is of below par intelligence, and for nothing other in mind that the way we respond to things can either make ‘life’ easier orthan being a teenager! It’s as if the fact that I’m a teenager implies that harder, acceptable or unbearable. Looking at people, you always find themI am too stupid to understand what is said to me and necessitates that I ‘thanking God’ when something good happens in their life. On the othereither not be talked at all, or be given a watered down version; one that hand, when something bad happens, they either end up blaming Him ormy puny teenage brain can handle. And that is something that I contest. cursing themselves for their luck. Why isn’t it possible for us to enjoy what’sVehemently! sweet while we can, and thank God for whatever is “sour” because, whether we know it or not, it makes us stronger and better people if we ‘respond’ toFor the sake of the argument, let’s say that the assumptions are true; which, the situation in the right way.more often than not, isn’t the case. But let’s say that teenagers really aredense and daft dimwits, does talking down to them help? (Note the What breaks my heart is to see people throwing their lives away in responsemasterful use of alliteration in the three Ds) to a tragedy that takes place in their lives, or enter a dark tunnel that they don’t know how to get out of. There’s always a light at the end. It’s just aThe thing is, condescension only exacerbates things. Talk down to someone matter of figuring out. The way I see it, you should ask yourself:long enough and eventually they get used to it. It can only have negativeeffects on the person; and it certainly won’t help them in any way…. Take 1. How did I get here?these two examples: 2. How badly do I want to get there? “What you’re trying to say is...” and “let me see if I can put this in terms Once we realize this, we stop reacting in a way that hurts others andsimple enough for you.” To me, they translate to: “I’m better, you’re inferior. ourselves, and we begin to send out more of a positive reaction that willYou’re too thick to form coherent thought.” leave us feeling better and leave the people around us feeling inspired.This way of communicating is annoying at best, exceptionally detrimental I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason why we react the way we do isat worst. Granted, whoever does that may not necessarily have offending at because as soon as we get hit, beaten down and fall, we ask that ultimateheart, but it’s painful all the same. question “WHY?” Why did this happen to me? Why do I have to go throughSo can we please stop doing that? Please? If this? Why can’t the good outlast the bad? Why can’t life hand me a chocolatenot for maintaining common decency then sundae with hot fudge and sprinkles instead of constantly throwing lemons?for conserving the collective sanity of the The reality of the situation is: there is no answer. You can come up withnext generation! theories of why it might have happened but you will never really know why.#ThingsIWishFor If we had all the answers to life’s questions then what’s the point of lifeFollow me on Twitter or email itself? Would the words “faith”, “hope’”, “wish’”, or “dream’”, hold the sameAhmedSamirSalama@yahoo.com meaning? Contemplate that.
REVIVING ART AT THE RESUSCITATION THEATRE:STAGING T.S. ELLIOT’S “THE COCKTAIL PARTY”By Sharon Carvalho THE ACTORS SHARON THOMPSON- I’ve been involved with dramatics since an early age and it’s great to be involved with such an enthusiastic and talented cast who so obviously love the “craft”. DEBORAH LOUSON- I play the role of Julia and I’m the older member of the play and cast. This is my first play with Resuscitation Theatre and I’ve been with it since May. This is also my first regular acting part after many years. I acted in plays in university and I had a part in a musical with the Abu Dhabi Choral Group when we did The Music Man in 2009. PRABHATH DHEVINDRA- I play the role of Peter. I heard of The Resuscitation Theatre and heard about this play through a casting call. I auditioned for the part and got selected. I think Maggie is a good leader; she is enthusiastic and full of ideas and I’m really glad to be working with such a wonderful team.Resuscitation Theatre, a group of thespians based in Abu Dhabi,are staging The Cocktail Party by T.S. Elliot on the 1, 6, 7 and 8 of KSENIA GIORNO- I’ve been in Abu Dhabi for four years and acting is my profession.October. Tempo met with the Resuscitation Theatre troupe and its I play one of the four shades in the story. As shades, we just perform, we have no dialogue. We guide the characters through the story and the interesting part is thatdirector, Maggie Hannan, to talk about art, theatre and inspiration. they don’t see us. We’re the magical part of the play, I guess. Each of the four of usTEMPO: Tell us about your background in theatre. represents a different colour and different part of the story and I think that makes theMAGGIE: I grew up in an arts family. My grandmother was an actress, as were my aunt story unique.and uncle. My mother was an opera singer and my stepfather a painter (fine arts, nothouses, ha-ha). From the earliest memories I have, all the games I played with my cousins SHIVA KOJAKI- I met Maggie at NYFA and was impressed with the approach she tookrevolved around making a play, movies or TV shows. My first professional show was at the with her last play, The Seagull, so when she asked me to be part of The Cocktail partyage of 15 in an Off-Off Broadway production of Ionesco’s The Leader. I have a BA in theatre- I agreed right away. What I love about this play is that it’s very audience oriented,dance and went on to a long dance career in Las Vegas, Broadway Tour and international especially the shades who interact with the audience on a metaphysical as well ascabaret. In fact, I was in Abu Dhabi during the mid-eighties and started the Abu Dhabi physical level.Dance Theatre that performed for private functions in a variety of hotels. When I got tooold to dance I turned back to theatre and for 15 years was director of drama and dance in a SIMONE GROBBELAAR- I play the pink shade and my name is “Silene”. I met Maggievariety of schools in the UK. My inspiration for Resuscitation Theatre came whilst teaching through the New York Film Academy in Abu Dhabi, and she convinced me to become aA Level in Crawley. I applied for an “Awards for All” grant to create community projects part of the play. The shades seemed really interesting to me, and the more I delved intothat put students onstage with community performers and so Resuscitation Theatre was the movement sequences and the character itself, the more I fell in love with it. One ofborn. In Abu Dhabi, I taught drama at British School Al Khubairat and I now lecture at the the things I love most about the part, is that it showed me where my restrictions as anNew York Film Academy. actress lies, and with that knowledge, I continually gain more and more confidence.TEMPO: How do you characterize Resuscitation Theatre?MAGGIE: Its purpose is to reinterpret classic texts into modern theatre forms. I love the FATIMA ARB- This is my second opportunity to act with Maggie. The first time waslanguage of the classics, but modern audiences, especially young people, demand the when she directed The Seagull and I think it was pretty successful. One thing I realisedvisual as well as the aural. My background in dance affords me the ability to use movement was that my role in The Seagull was more attached to my reality as compared to myas a metaphor. Resuscitation plays are full of symbolism and metaphor. I choose plays role with this play that is more in tune with my personality.that are still relevant or have important messages. IBRAHIM AL KHUMIRI- I’m a student at NYFA…I play one part of Edward and ITEMPO: What can the audience expect of The Cocktail Party? believe Maggie’s vision of splitting the role made it a very diverse character, sort ofMAGGIE: In this production the audience will be treated to spectacle. They will also like yin and yang, the opposites of the personality. When you’re an acting studentparticipate, as it is in the style of promenade theatre which requires the audience to follow it’s difficult to decide if you like film or theatre more, but through these experiencesthe actors. The audience is not expected to sit throughout the play and instead they may you get a chance to be in both worlds and personally I like theatre more because withstand or lean against the wall. There will also be chairs and sofas. The doors open at 7:30 theatre you are not confined to a screen but you are literally performing in front of anfor drinks and snacks, to create a party atmosphere. Only 50 invitations (tickets) will be audience. It is also an amazing opportunity for me especially since I am an Emiratisold for each performance and tickets most definitely will need to be ordered in advance.They are available from the One to One Hotel reception desk. playing a leading role in an English play.
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RIDING THE WAVE By Simone Castello GOT PHUNK?! By Angeli CastilloT.S. Eliot once said, “You are the music while the music lasts.” And for two Toronto-based Meet Chad Glass, a guy who sleeps by day, DJs by night. Hailing from Harlow,deejays, this is a statement to live by. Sound Pundits is the brainchild of two friends from Essex, Chad started out DJing as a hobby, but was soon able to turn his passionAbu Dhabi, living in Toronto, who hope to change the face of Bollywood music one listener into a profession that has span the past five years.at a time, (along with a keen interest in entertaining and engaging local Torontonians).Each month Ahmed Hashim and Ketan Chhatwani release a podcast online, which theydescribe as “an hour and a half long musical experience.” The path to success came with a lot of effort. Before this, he worked in the travel industry for years, an experience which culminated with him owning his own“It has a clear beginning, middle and end,” says Hashim, who also likens the experience to business with a partner. The business didn’t work out as planned and he soon“riding a musical wave”.In a world where tracks are released by the second, and podcasts realized that there had to be more to life that working 70-80 hours a week andare available for every music enthusiast, Sound Pundits are quite likely to stand out. worrying about making ends meet.Chhatwani and Hashim meticulously choose the music for each episode. They spendthe month doing research and testing tracks. House, progressive and electronic beats But it wasn’t a smooth entry into DJing for Chad, as he was pretty young for theare then blended with the latest from Bollywood, in what sounds like a musical fusion different styles of music he was listening to when his passion for music started.that captures the romance of the east and combines it with the pulse of the west. “Theelectronic scene is huge in India,” Hashim says. “Bollywood music (mostly from movies) “It’s a bit cliché but things were different back then and I think it was easier foris already mixed by local deejays, but they rarely ever leave India. That’s where we come you to be allowed to grow up to be your own person,” he says.in.” As for new music and the music scene in general, he says itThe two admit the name of their venture defines their vision: “Every musician, everydeejay is a Sound Pundit. They create the music, and we combine it together in a way was more appreciated then than it is now. People, youngthat’s fun and easy to listen to.” The two friends credit deejays on both sides of the planet or old, would buy seven or 12 inch vinyl or an LP (album)for inspiring them into this craft. “We feature everyone from DJ Anoop, DJ Dev and DJNYK — who just so happens to be the biggest deejay in India — to Canada’s very own that carried far greater value and satisfaction, whereasDeadmau5,” Chhatwani says. “We’re actually in contact with some of the big names in now you simply load up your Ipod with as much musicthe Indian club scene.” (free or cheap) you want but with stuff that is a whole lotThey taught themselves everything from the art of mixing music, to creating a podcast more generic.online. And their hard work is definitely showing, with listeners tuning in every monthfrom over 80 countries. “People anticipate our episodes,” Hashim says. “We get messagesasking when then next one will be available for download… it’s pretty exciting.” The He says music appeared to be more ground breaking backduo say that deejays send them samples of their work with hope of being featured in an then as technology was alot slower, so a new style wasepisode. However, they’re also constantly on the lookout for new and emerging artiststo feature as well. “We’re moving full speed ahead in classed as quite a big thing; whereas now a “new” style2011 and we have a lot of surprises in store for our is simply a vamped up beat or way of delivering an oldlisteners in the coming months, so we’re asking you to style.tune in… and stay tuned.” You can visit and dance to Chad’s ‘Phunky,’ soulful, electro-tinged, uplifting andYou can check out their Facebook fan page for more twisted dirty house sessions. He is a joint Resident DJ of Relax@12 at Aloft Hotelbooking information and latest news, or visit their playing three nights a week at their rooftop, and is also joint promoter andSoundCloud page for all the latest releases. resident for the Immaculate Touch Pool Parties with Stew Magoo.
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CELEBRATING THE Write your greetings to the UAE on the occassion of it’s 40th anniversary this year. Go to www. tempoplanet.com in ‘Forum’ (tab on the topUAE’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY left) and leave a message and your name.NEXT MONTH’S QUESTION: BESIDES HIGH PAYING JOBS,(ADDRESSED TO EXPATRIATES) WHAT IN YOUR OPINIONWhat in your view can your ATTRACTS PEOPLE TO RESIDE INcommunity contribute to THE UAE?the UAE?send us your views to email@example.com IF THE UAE CAPITALISED ON ITS CURRENT ASSETS, HOW DO YOU THINK IT CAN TRANSFORM H INAI ITSELF 100 YEARS FROM NOW? L RA N A Name: Sharifa Mohammed MA Occupation: Student at University WITH College London There are many things that distinguishes the UAE from other countries. Tax free income, safety, and the availability of a thriving night life attract people to live in this country. Also, the opportunities for entrepreneurs to establish their own businesses are abundant. It is a dream land where anything could happen. I believe the UAE will be a world class developed nation, and a pioneer in the field of renewable energy, with a very diversified and tolerant culture. Name: George Bekhazi Occupation: Research Executive People are drawn here due to the expectation of financial stability as well as personal security for themselves and their families, Name: Mohammed Ahmed along with the fact that the UAE allows them Occupation: Diplomatic Attaché to experience certain luxuries that otherwise might not have been available to them. Many things attract people to live in our country, say for The UAE’s greatest asset is the human capital it instance because income is tax free. People are friendly currently has, both local and expatriate pools. and tolerant, and the weather is bearable (to an extent) in By capitalizing on this asset, the UAE will be the sense that we don’t have rough winters. The lifestyle is able to position itself as a true multicultural carefree and comfortable, and there are different kinds of melting pot with a population working entertainment and living environments that suit people towards the betterment of the nation rather from different classes and backgrounds. than just themselves. One hundred years is a long time away! Anything could happen. Al Ain’s horizon could become a beautiful skyline, and people could be flying and living on clouds. Anything is possible!
Name: Rachel LangeOccupation: CEPA SupervisorI can only speak for myself. When I left my country seven years ago and came here, the UAE was exotic and interesting. Iwanted to interact with different cultures and see another part of the world. That initial attraction is still there, but whatreally keeps me here is the lifestyle. People here prioritize leisure and time spent with friends and family. In my country,people typically work 40-50 hour weeks and get two weeks off a year.100 years from now, I imagine that the world will be less dependent on fossil fuels-- either the oil will have run out, or we’llhave gotten to the point where we just can’t do any more damage to the environment. In either case, the investments thatthe UAE has made in other industries will be what matters. Assuming the nation continues to make higher education freelyavailable to its citizens, the next few generations of Emiratis will be some of the most highly educated people in the world.The cultural investments the country has made, in terms of arts institutions, etc., will have had time to mature and becomeinstitutions rather than trendy novelties. By then, all of the construction on Salaam Street should be finished. Name: Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki Occupation: Analyst/Writer In my opinion what attracts people the most and makes them want to reside in the UAE are a number of factors: one, this country is relatively safer than most countries around the world with low crime rates due to the stability of the country and an efficient police force, two, little or no taxes at all thanks to our budget surplus, three, our friendliness towards other cultures and our tolerance of other religions, and four, overall UAE population is fluent in the English language thus eliminating the linguistic barrier which is faced by most foreigners when they reside in another country. However I firmly believe that what attracts people to UAE is that the country is a living testament to the greatness of one man, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first president of the country. The one asset I truly believe that the UAE has is the Emirati people. If we capitalize on them by investing in the educational system, social development programmes and leadership training, it will not only develop their minds and attitude but will also shape them into a force that will easily make the UAE one of the most developed countries in the world, or, the country that sets the global standards of excellence. Needless to say, if we can capitalize on the Emirati people, then in a 100 year’s time, the UAE will be seen as the kind of country that others would take a 1,000 years to develop into. Name: Shamim Kassibawi Occupation: PR/Social Media Consultant & Video Blogger I know people complain about the weather, however I personally prefer the UAE’s weather to colder climates. The UAE is amazing when it comes to opportunity, and in my opinion that is its biggest attraction. The country gives you the opportunity to achieve things you can never achieve in other countries. Have you ever tried walking down the street and heard the amount of languages and accents? It is amazing how the UAE brings so many cultures together. With the large number of nationalities, cultures, and experiences we have in the UAE, I really feel that if the UAE gives expats and locals the tools and opportunities, we can take this country to new levels. We are already way ahead of the rest of the region and if the UAE continues the way it has been going in various industries such as construction and media then we are bound to take over the spotlight from the rest of the world.
THE DUBAI ROADSTERS CYCLING CLUB Key Person- Wolfi Hohmann Others- Helen Rodd, Ian Thomas, Michael Sagermann, Julio Sanchez The group is open to everyone with the fitness to keep up, and a bike that will allow them to do that. Wearing a helmet, and lights on your bike are mandatory, both for your safety as a rider, and because that is the law in Dubai. There are other (less intense) rides, as well, and those are generally recommended for someone starting out with the club, that is unless you are very confident of your fitness level. Each week, there are several planned training rides, which culminate in the “Friday Morning Ride”, a fast and competitive ride through the outskirts of the city, during one of the relatively traffic free periods of the week. That ride has three skill groups, with each level getting longer and faster. They do either an 80km, a 100km, or 120km ride in the summer, and add 20km to the long group in the winter, for a 140km loop. The pace for Friday is fast, usually between 34- 40km/h average. The Dubai Roadsters Photo credits- Esam Hassanyeh, Jenn Chiam, Gareth Evans and Enrique Klien Cycling Club was established in the late 1990s, but it didn’t really take off untilWolfi Hohmann started a new bicycleshop in Dubai, 10 years ago. His supportto the group came through Wolfi’s BikeShop, allowing the passion of the existingmembers to feed a whole new phase in theevolution of cycling as a sport in Dubai. Theclub now has 150-250 members, referredto as Core Riders, riding each week. You can get in touch with them to find out when they ride next or to check out their pictures through their website www.dubairoadsters.com
DOC IN THE HOUSE Dr.DMS | A Doc from the Bronx LIVE WELL Layla Ezzedeen | Performance Whiz and Feng Shui PractitionerLET’S TALK FENG SHUI BASICSYOU TELL ME WHERE YOUR SKELETON’S HIDING HOW TO FENG SHUI YOUR ROOMTELL ME ALL AND I’LL TELL YOU,” So you’ve cleared your junk and issues (I know you’veANSWERS GOLDFINGER followed all the advice given so far)… Now let’s create the new. When it comes to Feng Shui, you’ve probablyLet me start by welcoming myself back to Abu Dhabi after a great summer heard the famous slogan “move your furniture aroundbreak in sunny Southern California. I was able to spend four weeks asmyself, a normal guy and not having to play doctor. It was so nice to and change your life.” Have doubts? Then try the“switch off” and occupy my time with people watching, skateboarding following:and biking along the beach. But all good things must come to an end, andI like to think in my case, I just put those good things on hold. I swapped 1. Place your bed against a wall (without windows) that does not havebrains and personality for a while. But while away, I got to thinking about a toilet on the other side and such, so that you can see the door andthis column, and I had an epiphany: you guys know about me, but I know windows fully from where you put your head down to sleep. All ofnothing about any of you. these conditions must apply. 2. Do not store anything under the bed – this should have been doneSo far, I have shared many of my doctor secrets, but in the decluttering stage. 3. Don’t keep plants in the bedroom or near your bed if you live in onenow, I think it’s time for you to share with me. And as room.they say, sharing is caring, and that’s why I am here. 4. Place your desk in a similar position as your bed. If both your bedThis is my opportunity to turn the table on you guys and desk are in your room, the bed takes priority. Make sure that atand get to know you all much better. It’s time to make the very least that you see the door when sitting at your desk. Andthis column interactive. no, it shouldn’t face the wall while you’re working or studying – it limits your thinking.Some of you may ask, why? Or, who cares? I do, and I know others do as 5. Keep a plant next to every major piece of electronic equipment andwell. I am not talking about the Mother Teresa type of caring. I am referring don’t keep electronics in your bedroom when you sleep. Visit myto the primordial “I can’t stop watching this disaster”-type of caring, page and look for the cell-phone risk link, by way of example.or curiosity. I know that someone out there has some sort of unusual 6. Keep the toilet seat cover down – the whole thing, boys. Do this andmedical/health question, which needs an answer. Say, ”can I get diseases watch your money grow. Magic? Maybe, but in my business, resultsfrom the toilet seat?”, “is this wart unusual?”, ” is it true I can get fat if I are the name of the game.just drink sodas all day?” etc.... Maybe you never had the opportunity toask anyone, maybe you were too embarrassed to ask, or maybe you were In general, Feng Shui advice is implemented gradually. However, thejust too lazy. Well, now it’s your time. The stage is all yours. No waiting in above suggestions are quite necessary and foundational to the rest of thethe dirty emergency room surrounded by foul odors and crazy people, no process, so implement them all.needles, no rush and no medical bills! Now it’s your time to be heard, andI am all ears, or should I say, we are all ears. Once this is done, take a break; don’t decorate or re-decorate. Give the changes time to set in, just ensuring that your space is clean and clutter-Feel free to ask whatever you like, and I will attempt to answer. Please free. If you have any concerns about how to implement these, give me aunderstand that I will not be able to get to them all, but I will select a few hoot on my Facebook page.“random” inquiries, and answer them as best as I can.And reader(s) please don’t worry, you will not be outed. This will be keptanonymous. So, let’s learn a little medicine and a little about each other.Variety is the spice of life, and Abu Dhabi is a good place to start.Send in your queries to firstname.lastname@example.org Need help? Share your thoughts on my Facebook page
2ND ANNIVERSARY DEDICATIONS TO TEMPO I have watched Tempo grow from a baby to an adult, and am proud to see how large and influential it has become. The biggest boon was when it had completely revamped itself, and I was glad to be part of that. A word out to all you peeps, Tempo’s the ONLY magazine, with a personal touch... Throw in your ideas, share in your thoughts, get involved.. That’s what Tempo is about.. your voice and everyone elses - Ellaine Fatima
I have been a contributor since the early days of Tempo. Sana “discovered” me from my blog Abu Dhabi Dispatches that I originally started to keep folks back home informed of my new home. I was so excited to be invited to write a column for the magazine. I have seen a lot of Tempo, to me, is the beat of our changes since then, (all for the best) life! No one chooses it for you, no as Tempo matures and finds its niche one can tell you what it is; you can’t as a unique influence in our wonderful mimic somebody else’s beat; you have to find where your bliss lies city. Nothing else comes close in and only you can find your rhythm content and style. I have fun and great in life. Become one with the rhythm experiences covering events and being and it will take you places you have allowed to sometime speak my mind as only dreamt of. So let go of your the Yank in Sandland. The creative and inhibitions, give in - feel the beat, feel the Tempo! - Kulsoom Zakir hardworking staff has been wonderful to work with and I assure all the readers that you are the reason for all the effort. We appreciate you! Happy second anniversary, Tempo! - Randy Parker Congratulations to Tempo for I started writing for Tempo about 18 completing two years. Look forward months ago because I’m a journalist at to seeing this magazine grow heart and love opportunities to think manifold. Tempo has been a fun, up stories, cover them, talk to people, light and informative read, and wish and write up the results - even though to see more of it - Neena Rai it’s been years since journalism was my primary job. I picked up Tempo originally because the editor Sana Tempo, I’m really happy I’ve found Bagersh was a friend; when she you. You are a great source for the suggested I might write a story or youth to be heard. Tempo is all two, I jumped at that enthusiastically, about the community, which is so much so that I became features It was wonderful working with a editor and then writer of a regular why I love it. It is genuinely about dedicated, passionate and friendly column about media. Where else the community. Love you! Keep could I have the chance to work withgoing and improving! You’re doing a team at Tempo. Sana, you’re a true professionals who are dedicated, fabulous job so far! - Lean Abadi inspiration! I wish Tempo all the best talented, and great people? Tempo is of luck. You guys are the best ;) - unique that way in this market. Venita Subramanian - Alma Kadragic
ARTICULATE Neena Rai | An artist with a flair JUST HANDCRAFTED Preethi Janice D’Sa | Scientist-artiste hybridGENIUS AND SUCCESS BABY STEPS TOWARDS CREATIVE FREEDOMOne of the most common opinions passed about art relates to talent andgenius… we always equate genius with supernatural gift (perhaps peopleare born with it?) or with precocity (a famous example is Picasso).He was exceedingly famous from early on in his career and any paintingcreated by him in his twenties was worth four times as much as thosehe painted in his forties. On the other hand, for Cezanne, the opposite The great England holiday did me good. A temporary return to nature -is true; he was actually a very average young artist who bloomed much walking in the woods, climbing hills and outdoor camping – all have gotlater in life. As a result, the paintings he created in his mid sixties became me in the mood for creating goofy men accessories. Talking of which, here are my favourite handcrafted products created by Artisans of thevalued fifteen times as much as paintings he created as a young man. Yet Emirates members (www.arte.ae) for the UAE gentleman, Cute Camelby definition, he was a genius too… passport covers by Carrie Wareham of Black Sheep Art Studio, the one dirham coin key rings by Colin Roberts of 2R Gallery, and super MarioAnd if you were to ask me what is the difference between Picasso and themed cufflinks by Paul Townsend ‘Beaujangles.’ Photos shown hereCezanne, I would say it had little to do with natural talent but more to were graciously taken by talented ARTE-san, Feroz Khan.do with the support, loyalty and patronage they received from others.Picasso had a twenty year headstart on Cezanne as he was born into art. A bit about my own journey with ARTE: ARTE provided me the much needed outlet to vent my creative frustrations. One thing led to another.His father was a famous artist and an art teacher. He also came from a I went from jewelry making to creative arts feature writing and am onfamily with old money (read patronage, support, easy PR and access to the way towards creative entrepreneurship. That’s how the Cultural Artsthe best galleries). Picasso’s father also used his connections to influence Travelogue was born, an outlet is to celebrate handcrafted adventuresnewspapers to promote his work, to the public and to jury members at art encountered on my travels.contests that he participated in. By the time he was 25, he was thoughtto be a genius! I have since come across several creative artistes who are so scared to take that first step that is crucial to stay ‘sane.’ I know how you feel, I’ve beenCezanne, our other genius, was not a famous artist because he didn’t there (and I’m still there, but taking baby steps forward all the same!).exhibit outstanding talent early on; he was a banker’s son, and compared So, here’s the question: are you a blocked creative artiste, a de-motivatedto Picasso, he had a 20 year late start to his career. He only decided to handcrafter, creative arts professional or arts business owner strugglinggo to Paris at the behest of a friend, who was happy to support him to find your creative path? I’m currently working on a handcrafters/(none other than famous artist Emile Zola). His father (the banker) paid creative arts book series where I will be sharing compiled advice fromfor his expenses most of his early adult life. He was also supported and thought leaders spanning areas of business planning, blogging, finance,encouraged by other famous artists like Pissaro, Degas, Renoir and the marketing, sales, coaching and more.art dealer Vollard. And he had his solo show at the age of 56 sponsored These will be made available for purchase through the Cultural Artsby Vollard. Imagine, 56! Travelogue, along with free white papers and taster podcasts. Is there anything specific that you would like me to address? Write to me atWe believe that matters like loyalty, steadfastness, and the desire to email@example.com writing cheques to support what looks like a failure have nothing to do with “genius”, but, surprisingly Here’s to encouraging and empowering you to handcraft beautiful things, enough it has everything to do with beautiful businesses and super-beautiful it, and Cezanne’s story demonstrates lives. And here’s to ARTE. that. His success was contingent on the efforts of others, a fact that is especially Preethi Janice D’Sa owns a boutique true today. So the truism is that to be a medical arts copywriting business and successful artist, apart from your basic Janys De jewelry line. Join the handcrafted talent, you really do need patronage and advocate’s trips and treats at https://www. Visit Neena’s blog and website ongoing support. facebook.com/CulturalArtsTravelogue
THRILLER: SUDDEN DECEPTIONABU DHABI BASED AUTHOR PUBLISHES HER FIRST NOVEL Judith Price may have over 20 years An excerpt from Sudden Deception: experience in the fields of business, marketing and sales, with six years Chapter One spent on developing and selling 11:12 Zulu Time—CATALINA software solutions for her own MOUNTAINS, TUCSON, ARIZONA. company but her heart was always One week earlier set on becoming a novelist. Tempo sat down to talk to her about her Every successful covert operation has first book, Sudden Deception, and four vital elements. Or so the saying this is what she had to say. went in any military organization. Judith Price Shoot. Move. Communicate. Survive. How long have you been writing? Jill Oliver sighed…survive. She could do the other three easily. The last I have been toying with a novel for over one? Well, that was the game, wasn’t it? The soft rumble of the hemi in fifteen years. But recently, I have been able the Dodge Charger kept Jill company as she raced along the highway. to write full-time. I wrote the majority of The clock on the dashboard read 04:12. Blackness stretched across thethis story while residing in Abu Dhabi, and in North America. early morning sky speckled with stars. Pretty soon dawn would flow over the east mountains like bright lava. Being awakened early in theWhy did you start to write? morning was part of her job. Not something she cherished about herQuite simply, it’s fun. It’s a glorious feeling to create something that I deem to duties as a US Marshall—but there it was.be cool. I particularly like when something comes together. Whether a scene or Shoot. Move. Communicate. Survive.a character discovers something that I never knew existed. As a terrorist profiler for the Special Operations Group, a division of theHow did you find time to write? US Marshall Service, Jill normally exuded self-confidence. Her long jet- black hair hung in a tight ponytail, barely touching her lean, muscularWell I wrote most of Sudden Deception: A Jill Oliver Thriller while floating shoulders, as she swerved the car down the mountain road. Even witharound the Arabian Sea. It was a thirty six footer and while my husband took the hot black coffee in her stomach working to awaken her fully, shenaps or was sunning, I with notebook and pen in hand would lose myself in my wasn’t feeling particularly confident. Something felt wrong.story. I think the most interesting part of writing to me is when my hand movesfast as it collides with my thoughts. When the words splash out on the paper it She was thinking about the case that had been gnawing at her. It was abecomes a magical experience. critical case. The welfare of what was known as the world’s strongest superpower, the U.S., was at stake—even more so than what had beenWhy the thriller genre? reported to the public. She knew the truth.I am very interested in current events and how they shape our global landscape. She had been working on this case for some time now. Today, thereI tackle some big issues that interest me. I hope that even though I am writing finally seemed to be a breakthrough. Therefore Jill didn’t mind beingfiction, I can educate the readers and give them something to think about. Since summoned to Virginia in the middle of the dark night, because latelymy favorite writers are in this genre, it interests me to create suspense. her mind would not let her rest. She had seen proof that Matta Al Jazerra, Al Qaeda’s new number one, had purchased uranium at aDo you always know the whole story, including the ending, when you bargain basement price of $12 million. She had also seen the recentbegin? intel report sighting Matta in Brazil. It was all too close to home for herNever. I usually transform the character as I write and when the plot is achieved liking, given what else she knew.I decide where to end it. It wasn’t yet in the news or released to the public that a former SovietDo you have a favorite character in your own novels? official, now leader of the Chechen clan on Manhattan Island, had beenI love all my characters. I would have to say Leila is one of them because she arrested after a small stockpile of tactical nuclear devices were foundsays what’s on her mind, something that most people in real life struggle with. buried in a New York state junkyard owned by this mobster. This provedRight now I am engrossed in Matthew McGregor as he is a psychopath and a what the Chief of Military Research and Development had stated in aserial killer. I surprise myself that I can give him a voice and he scares the hell high-security brief—nuclear devices had been smuggled into the U.S.out of me. and buried at several locations on U.S. soil. The fact that Al Qaeda and a group of Chechens were working together was even more worrisome.How do you recommend new writers get started?This is a question that I get asked a lot. I believe that everyone has a novel in The pile of folders stacked on the front seat seethed with papers pushingthem waiting. I hope to inspire others by never giving up. I know I have done past its limits. Jill was dressed in her usual blue windbreaker with USthis with a few people and inspiration is my quest in all aspects of my life. MARSHALL branded in large, bright yellow letters on the back. Black fatigues hugged her lean quads as her foot pushed ever so slightly,Where can we find your book? vibrating the 450 horsepower through her body. Jill loved playing withThe e-book can be bought from amazon.com and the paperback will be available the fierce power of the bright red car.soon. The first three chapters of the book are available for free download.
MEDIA COLUMN DO WE HAVE A FILM INDUSTRY IN THE UAE? By Alma Kadragic“We don’t really have a film industry here,” said premieres, more shorts from the Middle East than in the past, and the first ever submission from Kosovo.Ali Mostafa, director of City of Life, the first fulllength feature film by an Emirati, at a recent talk One of ADFF’s major contributions to developing the film industry is the SANAD fund which started last year with USD 500,000 to help Arab filmmakers duringin Dubai. Mostafa knows what he’s talking about the development or post production phases of their work. Three Egyptianafter struggling with financing to make the film filmmakers received the awards this year. Others may receive SANAD grants in early 2012.and censorship once it was done. Only thanks toa last minute decision by HH Sheikh Mohammed Moments after the Abu Dhabi Film Festival ends on October 22, the 3rd Doha Tribeca Festival opens on October 25 with the world premiere of Black Gold,bin Rashid Al Maktoum was City of Life shown at the Middle East’s first big budget extravaganza. Produced by Tarak Ben Ammarthe Dubai Film Festival in December 2009. with Quinta Productions and the Doha Film Institute, it’s the story of two emirs who fight over the oil or black gold recently found in the Arabian peninsula.Two years later, Mostafa is working on his next feature, a road comedy titled Antonio Banderas and Freida Pinto are the big name stars in the productionFrom A to B, meaning from Abu Dhabi to Beirut, and has plans for a third directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud and filmed in Qatar and Tunisia.film which he calls “major” later in 2012-13. But if there is nothing new fromMostafa in the three big film festivals that open in the last quarter of this year, During five days from October 25-29, Doha Tribeca, the shortest of the threeworks by other Emiratis will be featured, as the baby film industry struggles to festivals, also screens the fewest films, 40 this year. Doha Tribeca also supportsget past the crawling stage. the development of the local and regional film industry with programs to assist young filmmakers who benefit from the link with the original TribecaThis month the first of the big three opens, the 5th edition of the Abu Dhabi Festival in New York.Film Festival (ADFF) to be held at the Abu Dhabi Theater, Vox Cinemas at Not yet a film industry? Maybe not, but definitely growing and on the way.Marina Mall, and a new outdoor venue at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Hotelfrom October 14-22. The Fairmont will also be the site of ADFF’s headquarters Last of the big three is the oldest, the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF)during the Festival. from December 7-14 now in its 8th year. Filmmakers from Asia, Africa, and the Arab world submitted more than 1400 films for consideration in variousThe films to be shown at ADFF have been announced and can be seen on categories. Only 36 of them will receive awards.www.abudhabifilmfestival.ae. One of them is Sea Shadow from the Emiratifilmmaker Nawaf Al-Janahi because the film was financed by Imagenation, DIFF’s development program is Enjaaz which distributes up to USD 100,000part of the Abu Dhabi Media Company. to Arab filmmakers either from the Middle East or anywhere. This year 110 entries came in from 17 countries. Twelve films have been shortlisted, and theADFF received more than 1500 entries for its Short Film Competition from winners will be announced during the Festival as well as the next group ofwhich 31 films from 23 countries were selected. They include five world shortlisted films.
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A Khaleeji girl who overthinks a lotYANK IN THE SANDLAND Randy Parker | Captain America in Exile JUST A THOUGHT Manar Al Hinai and loves to writeTHREE TYPES OF PEOPLE THE END OF THE WORLD, ORI CAN LIVE WITHOUT THE BEGINNING OF THE END?We all know them, the people we come in contact My friends and colleagues keep referring to 2012 as the year that willwith during our daily lives that make our day mark the end of the world, or at least the beginning of the end…turn for the worse. The ones, who through their Hollywood has produced numerous pictures featuring the event such asbehaviors, make us ashamed to be a part of the 2012, Deep Impact, and The Day After Tomorrow.human race. I do not pretend to be perfect by any Somehow these movies have ended up on my “favorite movies” list.means, but it seems some go out of their way to I love science fiction, and how authors’ imaginations play with andbe annoying. weave anticipated events occurring in that horrific year. I am also interested to know how people react to these kinds of movies.SPITTERS Recently, I have been receiving many BlackBerryNothing worse than witnessing a public spitter. Not only do they do it on a messenger broadcasts from friends and relatives,sidewalk I share with them, the act is usually announced with very loud nasal with a video link of a western college professor, whoand throat noises before the pavement deposit is produced. I am not a queasy has predicted the recent earthquakes that struck theperson by nature but this tests my resolve. USA. In his video he stated that “2012” was all a media game, a false date, and rather that the world will faceQUEUE CUTTERS major natural disasters this year, in September 2011, aNormally, the ticket system works quite well in the UAE. You know, take a day after my sister’s birthday.number out of the machine and sit down and wait your turn. When this Though he provided scientific proof, alongside images of how thesystem is not in place, some people seem to have a misguided belief that planets will be aligned on the day of the events, I do not fully believetheir business is much more important than yours and will attempt to take his theory, because at the end of the day only God knows. Still, he stilltheir place at the front of an otherwise orderly line. Bad idea as me and others got me thinking.in the line may take umbrage at your self-importance and bodily harm to youbecomes a very real possibility. Whether the end of the world is this year, or one hundred years from now, we should appreciate life and enjoy it. We should overlook theBAD DRIVERS past, its pain, and all the negativities, and live each day as if it is our last.Yes, the ones who cut across three lanes of traffic to make the Mussafah exit.I don’t mind if your level of self-preservation is lower than mine, but please Do good deeds, laugh, pray, and be content with whatdon’t put me in survival mode every time I go out to get a dozen eggs. Trust God has given us. If we take a look around and seeme, your home and family will still be there if you get there three minutes people’s sufferings in war zones and famine areas, welater. You are playing with your life and mine; it’s just not worth it. Also, learn realize how truly blessed we are, and that is more thanhow to park; I am tired of having to get into my car through the passenger enough reason to be happy.window! So dear readers, enjoy your week, I realize the UAE is a melting pot of many month, and year, and help those in cultures but some things are best left back need. And remember that a smile is a home. It is not easy but we all need to great remedy. get along. I am an easygoing guy and just think with a little more awareness of those (P.S. September 2011 came and went around us, things can be much better for without the arrival of Armaggedon, so us all. remember this next time you get that Visit Randys blog on your smart phone ominous BB message.) Follow me on twitter @manar_alhinai
HOROSCOPEAries (21 March - 19 April)Slow down this month. There are just too many irons in the fire for your own good. There isalso the danger of getting caught daydreaming, as a new romantic interest could enter yourlife around the 11th. Be wise and keep things turn down to a low simmer. All is not as rosy as itappears. Be mindful of communications from those around you.Taurus (20 April - 20 May)Your career is in full blossom this month and there is much activity there. Be careful about ittaking too much time away from you home life. It could be doing damage you are unaware of.Shore up financial leaks this month and double-check your budget for errors. This will avoid apossible nasty surprise.Gemini (21 May -20 June)You must be on guard this month to avoid getting or giving the wrong impression to anyone.Consider others motives carefully before making decisions. If possible, postpone any big decisionuntil next month when your thinking is clearer. Mid way your career could get a boost. There isalso the possibility of traveling for business reasons.Cancer (21 June - 22 July)You’ve already started to look at those tax returns and things should be looking very good.Jointly held finances are in fine shape, however keeping a daily grip on things is advised. There ismuch activity on your job as well this month. Be careful not to overdo things and cause yourselfsome irritating illness.Leo (23 July - 22 August)Romance and marriage seem to be on your mind this month. If you’re already committed toanother, concentrate on bolstering that relationship by showing your more sensitive side.If single, there could be a new someone who, while very intriguing, they may not be all theyappear to be. Mid way your focus changes to jointly held finances and taxes. A raise could be inthe offering this month.Virgo (23 August - 22 September)There could be a tendency to overwork the first two weeks of this month, and that could lead tosome health issues for the remainder of the month. Slow down and take things in stride. Also,avoid gossip in the workplace. Concentrate on your home life. Make an effort to spend time withthose who look to you for answers and comfort.Libra (23 September - 22 October)The Sun lights up your house of romance this month. There could be more than oneopportunity for romance. There is something of a warning here, though. Things maynot be all that they appear, so be wise about your heart this month. Be careful withyour words as they could get you into trouble. Take the time to think things throughvery carefully before you speak. Commit to nothing until next month.Scorpio (23 October - 21 November)The home front has your attention this month. Pressure from your career could createproblems but someone may be making mountains out of molehills just to create adiversion regarding your attentions. Keep a close eye on your finances this month. Amajor setback could come your way, if you’re prepared; you can short circuit the eventin its tracks.Sagittarius (22 November - 21 December)Two areas can create problems for you this month. If you know where they are coming from, youcan do something about them. First, take good care with communications of all kinds. Secondly,there could be a showdown regarding your committed other. Be ready to listen to what theyhave to say. You’ll be spending more time at home. This will seem like a vacation from all thathappens this month, as you will feel very safe there.Capricorn (22 December - 19 January)Your finances are under fire this month. Watch your incoming as well as your outgoing cash.Trust little of what you hear and be careful about revealing secrets regarding your own financialposition. Also, be careful not to over- work or extend yourself physically beyond your limits.Aquarius (20 January - 18 February)While you have been spending the last month dreaming about what you want, now is the timeto make the dreams come true. You shine this month and draw people to you. Be wise in wordsthat come and go between you and those committed to you. You could encounter someone whocatches your eye romantically.Pisces (19 February - 20 March)October is your down time month. Unfortunately, demands from your career keep you busierthan you would like to be. Remember, you eat an elephant one bite at a time. Mid way, theenergy begins to flow back into your life.
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