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  • 1. FEBRUARY 2012 THE DREAM PLAYERSknow more on page 12 KICKS OFF! + PLUS GHADA MAAMOUN CARICATURIST page 15
  • 2. 2012 | february issue www.tempoplanet.com welcome editor’s letter My husband and I were invited for dinner at an Australian friend’s house recently. All her other guests were from Western countries. The contents: 04 > letters to the editor discussion invariably veered to a comparison 05 > uspaceof social gatherings between Arabs and Westerners. A few of those present said they 06 > what’s hotwished they had an opportunity to get to know Emirati families more intimately, and spoke 07 > the bottom bottom lineabout how it appeared that Arabs seem to be insular and prefer to stick to their own. I 08 > campus view / game hedztold them that as an Arab-American I often heard the very same comments from Arabs 09 > tempo’s top 10 songs / on my ipodabout Westerners, and how this was an egregious misconception. Imagine, straddling two 10 > my style blueprintcivilisations and hearing the very same stereotypical comments from two peoples about 12 > the dream playerseach other! I explained to the group at my Australian friend’s home that Emiratis, and other 14 > city bitesArabs, are genuinely interested in establishing friendships with people from other lands... 15 > the face of the artistand that they would do this with warmth, kindness, and sincerity, and usually within the 16 > people calendarparameters of their traditions. 18 > youth talk 19 > time capsuleI find it fascinating to see how much all humans, regardless of their nationalities, are so 20 > valentine storiessimilar deep down, and how far we are often tragically divided by the most mundane of 23 > emirati bridethings. 24 > articulate / mum unlimited 25 > just handcraftedTalk to each other, listen well, and be kind . 26 > media 27 > intelligent business 28 > mini minx / just a thoughtSana BagershManaging Editorbagersh@tempoplanet.com ADDRESS To reach editorial at Abu Dhabi Tempo email: MICROSOFT TAG SCANNING GUIDELINES editorial@tempoplanet.com. If you need to find out where you can pick up your copy call: 02 491 8624/25 or check download www.gettag.mobi out the list of Tempo distribution points on our website. to your smart phone NOTE TO ADVERTISERS run application Advertisers can request brand tagging with all advertisements. To reach advertising call: Cover story: The Dream Players have arrived! In case you haven’t caught click on tag beside each article to have fun 02 491 8624/25, fax: 02 491 8626 the bug yet, the Dream Players is a community driven talent event and with online content, videos & cool tags! email: advertising@tempoplanet.com show aimed at promoting talent in the community and giving aspiring performers and artists a platform to showcase their talent. DISCLAIMER Tempo is a publication of BrandMoxie. Although Tempo Magazine does its best to ensure the authenticity and MANAGING EDITOR QR SCANNING GUIDELINES accuracy of its contents, the publisher cannot accept any Sana Bagersh responsibility for errors, mistakes and inaccuracies. The publisher reserves the rights of this product and no part of FEATURES EDITOR Scan the QR CODE using your smart phone this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any Alma Kadragic for Blackberry this is done through BBM means without the permission of the publisher. EDITORIAL COORDINATOR EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS for iPhone download BeeTag or Neo Reader MEDIA LICENCE NO. 1/105866/24295 Sharon Carvalho Angeli Castillo Neena Rai MARKETING COORDINATOR Jan D’Sa Manjul Abhishek Ian Mason Laskar Laipubam Manar Al HinaiPUBLISHED BY: Sarah Widdup MAGAZINE DESIGN Ahmed Samir Mark De Castro Justin Thomas DISTRIBUTION COORDINATOR Rohith Bhat Melaku Muluneh Noura Abdullah Al Noaimi
  • 3. www.tempoplanet.comletters to the editor Hey Tempo, a unique art event in AD! “Bridging the Gap 2012” with Emirati artists Khawla Marri held at L’Atelier Des Arts with Dear Tempo, DIOGIA Studio - Anais A I’m one of those people who make resolutions every single year, but never keep them. I love your “Resolution Keeper” idea. I’m telling all my friends about it. Hi guys, really I love reading Tempo. Keep going guys! - @alsaadi999 - Annabelle Dear Ed, Hello Tempo, January’s Tempo was I thought the story about the Filipino taxi driver was sweet. Keep it real, guys, we need these wicked!!! Love the stories. tempo! - Angus - H. Hassan Dear Ed, The Dream Players was a ridiculous amount of fun, seriously - I’m not just saying that – more, more, more please! Tempo and the entire community need to support getting the word out on DP. Hi Tempo, - Hana Makki Thank you for supporting The Dream Thank you for focusing on film, Tempo. I don’t get that Players! We look forward to seeing you at anywhere else. - Saira our show! - The Dream Players team Happy, happy day! Review out; open day Tempo offices with good finger food. Stuffing myself now - Azza El Masri RESULTS OF LAST MONTH’S U VOTE:u vote Tempo asked our online readers, If you were allowed to use only one of the following, which would it be? This is what you said:QUESTION: 0% 100% 0%If someone next to you in a movie theatre was talkingon their phone. What would be the first thing you do:1. Tell them to be quiet Phone Computer Television2. Tell the cinema attendant to tell them to be quiet3. Move to another seat go to tempoplanet to vote
  • 4. www.tempoplanet.com talking books > By Azza El Masri u space BOOK REVIEW: Mornings in Jenin The Truth? You Can’t Handle the Truth Author: Susan Abulhawa By: Aditya Jain While the world today sets foot on a new year, and new beginnings, Can anyone explain the irrational zeal for honesty in this world? Why Palestine still suffers the condemnation of a war that started in is it that society has an obsession with the truth? The truth must be 1946, that robbed people of their rights, took away their homes, uncovered, no room for deceit here...blah blah. From hearing stories about and brought with it destitution, misery, loss, and bloodshed. The taxi drivers returning large sums of money found in their cabs to well- Israeli-Palestinian conflict had long ago been discarded from the meaning friends advising you to ‘just be yourself ’ when meeting new main headlines, but Susan Abulhawa pulls it right back, bringing people, we are constantly encouraged to be honest with the world. Well along a new and long-awaited perspective through her novel what would happen if everyone went around carelessly blurting out the Mornings in Jenin. truth wherever they went? For one thing, unemployment would increase.Born as a refugee herself, Abulhawa tells the story of the Abulheja family that led a simple life Interviewer: “Relax and be yourself, we just want to get to know you andas farmers in the simple village of Ein Hod, and followed four generations of an established and make sure you’re a good fit for this company.” Be yourself ? Really?? Well,reputable bloodline. The Abulhejas led a life filled with love –of God and of their land – until they imagine the horror if you saunter in wearing khaki shorts, fist bump thewere forced to leave their village in 1948 and flea to Jenin. They settled in a massive refugee camp coffee boy (“hook me up with some karak chai, won’t you”) and startteaming with people who faced similar circumstances, and grew closer to strangers through a discussing whether Wiz Khalifa’s inspiration for his music happened to beshared allegiance to a lost land. Torn apart, only to find ways to fall in love and become reunited bumblebees…again, this family bore the deepest scars the injustices of war could inflict. They grew strongerthrough their resistance and perseverance. Believe me, if you’re lucky you could get away without a shoe print on yourMornings in Jenin is a heart-wrenching story about lost loves, stolen rights, painful historical shorts. No. Do not be ‘yourself ’ under any circumstances, especially as theevents, but, perhaps most importantly, a story about the endurance of the Palestinian nation. next candidate will probably wear a smart suit, greet the interview panelIndeed the Abulhejas emerge as an analogy of every Palestinian whose daily life has been with a firm handshake, make small talk about the weather, how he hadtransformed into a struggle. This novel is absolutely not for the lighthearted: it will have no trouble finding the office, and get the job! Meetings would be fun, butyou sobbing your heart out long after you’ve read the last sentence. Incredibly candid, Susan again, you’d probably be fired.Abulhawa’s story will gnaw at your consciousness late at night and leave you wondering aboutwhat can be done to save an entire nation. You: (out loud) Hmm…I can’t really read the presentation from here, I’ll just pretend like I’m listening. This room feels kind of hot. I think I’m Azz’a el Masri interviewed Susan Abulhawa. Here is an excerpt. Read the entire getting a headache from that perfume she’s wearing. Why was Anil Kapoor interview in www.tempoplanet.com such a moron in MI4? Co-star? No, barely a cameo, I say. I wonder if that What made you write this story? constitutes false advertising… “I had been writing political commentary while working as a biologist for a drug company. When the massacre in Jenin was happening, I decided to use my vacation Your boss: Ahem…ahem…can I see you outside for a second? time to go and see for myself. I didn›t know anyone there or what I was going to do Of course, being in a relationship long enough to get married would be an when I arrived. I just knew I wanted to be there. I was one of the first international impossibility. Honesty would spell out the end of humanity. You’re both at observers in the camp when Israel finally withdrew. What I witnessed was sheer a restaurant, the waiter’s pouring out a glass of wine, and you decide to horror. I had only ever read about things like this before. It was a life changing shove a foot in your mouth, by discussing her best friend. { Author: Susan Abulhawa } experience to see death so close and personal. To smell it everywhere…” You: I think Amanda looked really amazing today. Her: (with accompanying head jerk) Really?album review > By Kera Thompson You: I think it’s that dress she was wearing, I’ve always seen her in jeans, but she looked great tonight. Her: (gripping knife a little too hard; with a silvery laugh) Hmm…I guess I didn’t notice. Listen to me. Do not be honest. Honesty ruins friendshipsSNOW PATROL- FALLING EMPIRES and relationships, and it generally makes daily life a little more complicated than it has to be.Snow Patrol’s latest album, Falling Empires droppedJanuary 10 in the States and debuted at number five on Politicians would never get elected if they were completely honest. Nothe Billboard charts. The U.K. band strays a bit from their president in any country (ever!) has won an election with a campaignprevious five albums, adding a bit of “synthi-groove” to slogan like “You’ll all probably be poorer when I’m through”. Imagine thetheir usually more subdued sound. I’ll Never Let Go, starts the album off right with a memorable effect on international relations if our heads of state were more honest.U2-inspired anthem, but the album’s single, Called Out In The Dark, will have you singing along “Pleasure to meet you, shame your face resembles a turnip”. We would beimmediately. “We started writing songs that were more playful, even rawer than before - we stuck in perpetual war with every single nation.were brave enough to do what we wanted as a band, rather than what convention dictated tous. It was tough at times, we were out of our comfort zone for most of it, but I think it›s given So the next time someone asks you, “Can I be honest?” realize thatus a great album.” says singer Gary Lightbody. The result is something that is fresh and bold, it’s unlikely to be something you want to hear, and for the sake of theyet still familiar. relationship, have the courage to just say “No”.
  • 5. www.tempoplanet.comwhat’s hot > Gourmet Abu Dhabi Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival 8th-23rd February | Various Locations in the Capital 16-24 February | Dubai Festival CityAbu Dhabi’s annual event for the refined foodie kicks off its fourth year on the 8th Music lovers take note! Dubai Jazz Festival’s 10th anniversary promises to be oneof February with a glittering gala opening. Gourmet events will be hosted at various smooooth musical smorgasbord. You may want to double-mark your calendar becausevenues across the capital, such as the new Hyatt Capital Gate, the ever-fabulous of some of the major international acts lining up to get you grooving to their tunes.Emirates Palace, and the luxurious Shangri-La. This festival of food is a combination The Jazz Festival has a new, grassy venue this year, near the Al Badia Golf club in Dubaiof innovative cuisine and local culture, with some of the best restaurants in Abu Dhabi Festival City. Big names such as James Blunt, James Morrison, Jason Mraz and Joolshosting their own culinary events. International chefs are expected to pay homage Holland (legend!) are among the scheduled acts, with a host of other musical offerings.to the region’s history, and add a sprinkling of modernity to classic dishes. As well There will be a total of 27 concerts to pick and choose from throughout the nine festivalas the opportunity to dine on a wide selection of gourmet food, there will also be days, and two huge weekends of main gigs. Detailed information on the festival can bemaster cooking classes. the final night of the gourmet calendar will see the Abu Dhabi found at www.dubaijazzfest.com.Gourmet Stars awards dinner, which will recognize the most significant contributionsto the industry. The Bride Show | 8-11 Feb | ADNEC Getting married? Know someone who is? Maybe you just love fashion and beauty? Whichever it is, you may find something feminine and sparkly to make you go ‘oooooooh!’ at this year’s Bride Show. With loads of major fashion and beauty brands exhibiting, this show has the bride-to-be’s wish list covered, and for the slightly nervous among us, will include marriage counselors on site to offer advice to ladies about to take the plunge. There’s even a day just for the girls, with the Friday of the show being declared a ladies only affair. If walking the exhibits tuckers you out, head to one of the fashion shows for a breather, and look out for entrants into the Abaya Design Awards – one not to miss. Fashion show times can be found on the event website (www.thebrideshow.com) so you can plan your day. Ripe Market Every Fridays | Desert Garden Centre, Khalifa Park WWE Raw® World Tour 9-11 Feb | Zayed Sports City This is not strictly an event just for February, but hey, what better time to start perusing a market than when it’s not too hot! Fancy some lush organic produce? TheRight after all that fru-fru and vanilla softness, here’s one for the boys. It’s big, loud, “Ripe Market” famers market at Khalifa Park may just be the place to get locally grownand coming to Abu Dhabi. It’s the WWE Raw® World Tour, and it’s all spandex, fighting and extra fresh produce, direct from the supplier. As well as all that organic goodness,excitement, and will present big names such as John Cena® and Kane®, to battle it out organizers promise artisana focused activities to entertain the entire family. Localin the ring (and probably outside it too) for your entertainment. There’s a live event artists, crafts-people and cooks will come together to showcase everything fromeach evening starting at 7pm, with doors opening at 5.30pm. Match cards, information preserves, to baking and boutique food items, to toys, handmade stationery and fairand tickets can be found on Zayed Sports City’s website – www.zsc.ae. trade crafts. The market runs from 9.30am to 1pm every Friday.
  • 6. www.tempoplanet.com • Borders is opening up in Abu Dhabi Mall, and there’s another branch that appears to be doing well in Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates. So how come Borders is closing down in the US and other countries, and sprouting up over here? There must be a story there somewhere. • A couple of quirky incidents with Mawaqif machines on the Corniche facing CBI Bank . Concierge was trying to print out tickets and noticed the writing on the machine screen was completely flipped. Maintenance time? • Do you sometimes meet someone so special that you Romeo and Juliet: Live it, feel it, love it wish you could clone more of them? The Concierge feels compelled to thank a wonderful government employeeSky Events Management announces the return of the award-winning British theatre named Saif Ashour Mohamed Al Katheeri, an Emirati whocompany Shakespeare 4 Kidz with their entertaining and critically acclaimed adaptation works at the Ministry of Labour’s branch in Mussafah. Saifof “Romeo & Juliet”. is what everyone who works with the public should be: “Romeo & Juliet” will run from Sunday 26th February until Friday 2nd March 2012 at exceptionally polite, sincerely helpful and totally empathic.the Jaheli Theatre in Armed Forces Officers Club & Hotel the main sponsor for the eventwith two shows during the day for schoolchildren, Tickets for this will go on sale at And another huge plus: he treats people with humanity andthe BoxOfficeMe, Timeout, Virgin Megastore, TicketingCo and through the organizer’s kindness. Thank you Saif for making life easier for others.website www.skyevent.ae. • The Concierge ordered a cup of hot chocolate from DunkinThe show has already toured the UK and Middle East to much critical acclaim. The Times Donuts recently and found out quickly that this is not anewspaper has hailed it as “The Number 1 Show for kids” and What’s On Stage advises drink that you drink, but rather something that you scoop‘If your child gets the chance to see one of their productions, do not hesitate. It could out in big globs and swallow. Concierge went back to DD andbe the start of a lifelong passion,’ as the show has made a strong impact on its youngaudiences everywhere. For more information about the show please visit www.skyevent.ae was told that the chain lives by their product pledge thator call 0503376335. “if you put a spoon in the hot chocolate at Dunkin Donuts it stays where it is.” This is not Concierge’s same definition of the drink, but we won’t say more for fear of sparking the ire of chocolate lovers who clearly eschew drinking their hot chocolate. • The capital says goodbye to the photo exhibit experiment at Manarat Al Sadiyat. It was fun while it lasted, and we still don’t know where to hang those huge posters. • The Bayti chain always appeared to be one of those organic Big Boys Toys brands that had its own sense of product range and style. 9-11 February | ATLANTIS, The Palm Recently Concierge visited the “new and improved Bayti”Got a hankering for some high-octane entertainment? Then you may be interested in and was disappointed. Guys, we say, if it ain’t broke, don’tBig Boys Toys! Held at the BIG venue that is Atlantis, this BIG show brings together all fix it. But if it is a little broke, don’t go out and destroy itthose manly pursuits, as well as few sensible lifestyle sections to balance out all that completely either. Which we segue to…macho madness. • We still think Imagenation is much better branding thatBit of a petrol head? Muscle cars, concept vehicles and motorsport are some of the Image Nation. The first is pretty unique, cool-sounding andvroom-vroom sights to behold, and even the off roaders get a look in, with dune innovative. The second is well… not, not and not.buggies and quad bikes sizing up next to their road based brothers. Technologyfeatures large, with gadgets and gizmos aplenty, but if you’re a bit more rough andready, the extreme sports action will do the trick in the Adventure Zone. There’s also a That’s all for today. Send me your rants, raves, gripes and grumbles.relaxation zone – complete with exercise, health and grooming, or fashion. This eventruns from 9-11 February. More info at a. (Ladies, fake moustaches are optional; you don’t have Write to me: concierge@tempoplanet.comto be a boy to go!) The Concierge
  • 7. www.tempoplanet.com campus view > tech talk > Rohith Bhat Shahid Saeed | Talker for the Non-TechiesMe versus my mom: The (war) room situation What’s new?The winter break has come to an end and I once again I have to relearn the fact that BLACKBERRY BOLD 9790the day does not begin at 11 am. Like Dracula, I too hate the day. Why can’t school The bold 9790 is new because it has the Blackberry 7 OS,start at a more respectable time… like… never! But anyway, I regress; apart from a touch screen and contemporary design that make it athe happy thoughts of facing quizzes, assignments and seeing my professors’ totally different device. It has a powerful 1GHz processor,faces again, I have to endure the post vacation battle of the generations. This is 768MB RAM, 8GB internal memory, expandable memorywhere my Mom (after nearly a month of carefully avoiding my room) decides to pop MicroSD up to 32GB and with regards to connectivityin for a visit to my room. She comes armed with an artillery of cleaning supplies there’s Wi-FI (b/g/n), 3G , GPS and Bluetooth.and invariably breaks into tears at the sight of the nuclear wasteland I call “myroom”. The phone comes with a 5MP camera that has a single LED Flash and VGA video recording. It may have smaller screenIt starts out simple enough: my mom insists on wailing about the clothes on the size as compared to Bold 9900 but it has a longer-lastingfloor, the unfinished assignment under the bed, and the sandwich on the ceiling battery with 5.2 hours talk time and up to 18 days of(oh come on like you’ve never done it!). I faithfully follow the Ostrich theory and standby. You should be able to buy it from all major mobilehide under the blankets with the hope that what I can’t see and pretend not to outlets across the UAE.hear can’t hurt me! Unfortunately the bloody bird turns out to be wrong every timeand after merciless being poked and prodded by a broom I graciously decide to‘participate’ in the cleaning activities or, as I like to called it, in the destruction of my SONY HDR-XR150Efortress of solitude. Being from different generations, my mom and I have a slight The Sony HDR-XR150E is small in sizedifference of opinion when it comes to what constitutes “clean”. While my mom and comes with an attractive price; abelieves that clothes belong in the cupboard folded and colour co-ordinated, I on pretty good follow-up to the CX100.the other hand believe that piles sorted in orderly piles of “dirty,” “marginally dirty” It comes with 120GB internal memory,and “not dirty” constitute adequate dressing efficiencies. To give you a sense of and has a MicroSD card slot.what I’m against, my mom is of the opinion that even my books should be in order;alphabetised, by author, on the shelves. I concur with her that books are sacred, It is equipped with “Exmor R” CMOS sensor built for superior low light performance, 1080iand that is precisely why I think they should be kept as far away as possible from Full HD video recording, 3-megapixel still images, “SteadyShot” image stabilization withthe eyes of mortal man! an active mode and 3-way shake canceling. Other specs include Carl Zeiss 25x Optical Zoom Lens and 300x Digital zoom with less distortion, a 2.5” slim LCS with wide viewWe debate the various aspects relating to the cleanliness quotient of my living angle, iAuto and Quick AF. Not a bad deal for what it costs.area while she shrieks and screams at the rat in my room which I politely insistis a valued roommate. She insists that I should clean the sandwich off the ceiling NEWS & GOSSIPand I in turn try to explain that the sandwich is part of a performance art pieceexperiment I’m working on called “sandwich sur le plafond”. She is not amused, Ultrabooks Dominate CESand insists that I remove the bio hazard sign from my door and I, to be honest, At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show there was a good showing of ultra-thin laptopsdon’t remember how it got there in the first place. But no matter how compelling with powerful specs widely dubbed “ultrabooks.” Indeed, they seem to be the hot newmy arguments are, how sound my reasoning (if it ain’t broke don’t fix it) and how thing. Asus, Samsung, Hewlett-Packard, Acer and Lenovo are just a few of the companiessoulful my rendition of ‘Oh Danny Boy’ (during which my rat usually breaks into debuting ultrabook models.tears of empathy), the end results are always the same: the clothes get folded,the books are arranged and the rat is made homeless. And now, although I do If you listen in to analyst talk, however, ultrabooks aren’t necessarily a marketplaceappreciate the extra walking space and the lack of toxic odours in the room, I can’t slam-dunk but the price is more reasonable than they used to be for comparable PCs.seem to find a single thing! Palmsecure - The Key For Your Laptop Long before “face unlock” on Android 4.0, Fujitsu developed an even more intimate method for secure user identification: your blood flow. my fav app > PalmSecure is a technology that’s actually been around for a few years now in Japan, and is in a number of business applications ranging from health care to banking. My favourite app is the Abu Dhabi Sports Council app for iPad. I like sports and this app helps me to see all current and upcoming sports events in the UAE. I can also read the latest It uses a biometric authentication system that reads your news in addition to viewing pictures and videos. The special palm vein pattern. It works only on veins with an active thing about this app is that it has both Arabic and English blood flow. Pretty cool stuff. { Muhammad Hassan } interfaces which I can select within the app. Follow me on @shahidaasi
  • 8. www.tempoplanet.com View the #1 SONG IN THE UAE Hansel Punnam, 26 year old music enthusiast loves the kind of music that sounds incredible while driving and anything that’s electronic and rock. He detests pop music and soft romantic songs. 1. Stereophonics - Maybe Tomorrow 6. Kanye West - Power Sexy and I Know It - LMFAO 2. Teddybears - Lil’ Red Rooster vs The Robodog 7. Deadmau5 - Professional Griefers 3. The Knux - Run Ft. Kid Cudi 8. Example - Dirty Face We Found Love - Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris 4. Bloodshy & Avant - Little of your time 9. Plan B - Stay Too Long 5. The Dewarists - No I.D. Required 10. Kavinsky - Nightcall (Alcala Remix) The One that Got Away - Katy Perry Without you - David Guetta ft. Usher It will Rain - Bruno Mars Ours - Taylor Swift Marry The Night - Lady Gaga Jessie J - Domino International Love - PitBull ft. Chris Brown Pressure - Nadia Ali1. We Found Love - Rihanna Featuring Calvin Harris 1. Domino - Jessie J2. Set Fire To The Rain - Adele 2. Mama Do The Hump - Rizzle Kicks3. Good Feeling - Flo Rida 3. Titanium - David Guetta Ft. Sia4. It Will Rain - Bruno Mars 4. Antidote - Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party5. Sexy And I Know It - LMFAO 5. Good Feeling - Flo Rida6. The One That Got Away - Katy Perry 6. Dedication To My Ex (Miss That) - Lloyd (feat. Andre 3000 & Lil Wayne)7. Ni**as in Paris - Jay Z Kanye West 7. Levels - Avicii8. Rack City - Tyga 8. Kiss The Stars - Pixie Lott9. Young, Wild & Free - Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Featuring Bruno Mars 9. Troublemaker - Taio Cruz10. Turn Me On - David Guetta Featuring Nicki Minaj 10. Paradise - Coldplay
  • 9. www.tempoplanet.commy style blueprint Name: Elaine Kimchi Age: 26 Occupation: Freelance artist and full time gamer! Fashion Statement: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure FAV BUY OF THE PAST MONTH: ARAGORN’S RING OF BARAHIR FROM LOTR SHOP. Which is your fav store in AD? Top places to shop in AD? Lulu super-hyper-drive-discount market. Isn’t that where all the kids go these days? Not me. My favourite stores are back in Auckland, where I grew up and they are The Paperbag Princess and Recycle Boutique which are both second-hand stores where I sold and bought clothes, I haven’t really come across a shop like that around here. The “vintage/thrift” shops I found here basically have label bashing and/or overpriced goods. Does AD have style? I could probably tell you if I had X-ray vision maybe? AD has a sort of Edo Japan charm about it. The shadows are safe though, I checked. Do you have any fashion pet hates? Personally, I would rather run bare foot than in running shoes, but then again I could say that about any shoes. My fashion pet hate is probably fashion pet hates. You should have fun with fashion, even if it looks funny, I despise rules and boundaries with just about anything. Freedom of expression is so scarce these days I wouldn’t want to limit anyone when it comes to dressing themselves.
  • 10. We had sound checks and run-throughs and we were totally prepared and ready to perform for the live audience and judges. Having the live audience was fantastic and I think, even though made me quite nervous, gave me the confidence boost I needed and loved the idea of getting feedback on the spot. To win was just amazing and it has given me so much confidence and opportunities to go forward with my singing and songwriting. I’m really thankful to everyone who made The Dream Players happen and I encourage everyone in Abu Dhabi who has a talent to audition for this wonderful experience because above all else, it was a whole lot of fun.” Hana Makki, audience member and director said, “In all seriousness, The Dream Players was one of the best nights out I’ve had in a very long time. It’s so great to have everyone not afraid to comment on the talent. I can’t wait for the next one and I know this is going to be huge!”A STAR IS BORN “What an entertaining evening! Dream Players was a really unique event in Abu Dhabi. Each contestant had(AND NURTURED) something to offer: an original song, a strong voice, skill on the saxophone By Sharon Carvalho and piano, and some cool moves. I am definitely coming again,” said Camille Heaton, an audience member andThe Dream Players have arrived! In case you haven’t caught Senior Environmental Scientist with RTIthe bug yet, the Dream Players is a community driven International.talent event and show aimed at promoting talent in thecommunity and giving aspiring performers and artists aplatform to showcase their talent.Once the word was out (mostly social media and word of mouth) the Dream Playerswas inundated with entries. There were singers, drummers, photographers, painters,pianists and so many more talented people! Auditions began early in January andthe entries were whittled down to a final five. It was the toughest thing The DreamPlayers organizers had to do but the top five finally performed on January 19. Now theFebruary event is being organized and the doors are open to submissions!The process is the same every month. The final five contestants get a photo shootand professional ‘Composite Cards’ developed for them. The Comp Card is a professionalresume that is submitted to get performing jobs, while the photo shoot givescontestants a chance to glam up and experience the spotlight.‘When I found out that the finalists got to have a photo shoot a few days before the I was pleasantly surprised by how warm and welcoming the process was at “The Dreamcompetition itself, I was thrilled. It was fun, different and inspiring,’ said Rebecca Players”. Unlike many talent shows, the emphasis is very much on supporting and nurturingMorrison, the winner of January’s The Dream Players. the artist’s career. So you can’t help but feeling part of something wholly positive.”The Dream Players event brought with it a lot of excitement for the contestants, judges - Laurel Moore, singer, saxophone player and participant.and organizers. “I was pleasantly surprised to see so much fantastic talent in AbuDhabi. This is an initiative that should have started a long time ago but I’m glad thatthe community now has this opportunity to showcase their talent and I’m positive that Being a part of The Dreams Players was such a wonderful experience as it was the firstthis is only going to get bigger and better, “said Manar Al Hinai, Dream Players judge, the time I had ever participated in a talent contest. It was extremely nerve wracking but beingcreative designer behind “Lucky Nooni” and the winner of the prestigious Abu Dhabi’s able to perform made it totally worth it. I really enjoyed the night of The Dream Players. ItArab Woman of the Year awards in 2011. was fantastic getting to meet new people and be in a different environment. Overall, it was an amazing, unforgettable experience and watching the other talents inspired me to doThe audience loved The Dream Players’ unique formula, the solicitation of viewpoints more and be better.” - Angela Chingfrom the audience. “I really enjoyed myself at The Dream Players. It is a very innovativeidea and has given artists and performers an opportunity to express themselves andwiden their horizons. I especially enjoyed the time when the audience were asked to Performing at The Dream Players brought out mixed emotions for me. On one hand I wasparticipate in helping choose the winner. A much needed initiative for the community of so nervous that I had to pretend that I was practicing alone in my bedroom just to be ableAbu Dhabi. Keep it up!” said Sahar Abu Omar, a manager at SEHA. to shake off the jitters. On the other hand, being in front of the judges and live audience helped me boost my confidence. I loved the support I got from them and I know that theIn the end Morrison, a 16 year old student at the British School Al Khubairat, stole feedback will help me become a better performer. Thank you The Dream Players for thethe show by singing an original composition on the piano. “The competition was great! wonderful experience!” - Briggett Kylie
  • 11. THE JUDGES Khalid Al Ameri Michelle Nickelson Khalid is a columnist and blogger to various publishers such as Michelle is the President and COO of Mirage Foundations, along The National Newspaper and Sail Magazine, covering areas such with being the owner of MENA Cinefinance Fund, which is the first as youth, education and social development. Khalid is a regular film investment fund from the GCC. She has worked at Warner speaker on areas of youth and entrepreneurship and is also co- Brothers Studio and iBeam Broadcasting. Michelle produced the founder of Abu Dhabi’s latest food outlet “Slices”, which promotes first ever world-premier of a Hollywood film in the Middle East “The healthy eating and education through its various community Last Legion”, starring Sir Ben Kingsley and Aishwarya Rai. She is outreach programs. currently developing the feature film franchise, “Antar the Black Knight”, and is also the Executive Producer of the film trilogy. Kera Thompson Kera Thompson has over 10 years of experience in both the Manar Al Hinai fashion and design industry. In 2000, Kera reigned as Miss Indiana Manar Al Hinai is a writer and a fashion designer. She holds a Teen USA, and traveled the country as her state’s representative. Master’s degree in Diversity Management from England, and The Miss Teen USA competition was aired nationally in which Kera prides herself as being the first Arab to hold a degree in that placed 8th out of 51 state delagates. Now a seasoned professional field. Her writing has been featured in prestigious publications in model, she has gone on to work as both an actor and model in the the UAE such as The National Newspaper, Abu Dhabi Tempo, and international commercial, film, and fashion industries for many Abu Dhabi Week. high-profile clients such as Sony, Yahoo, Nicole Miller, Hilton, and Microsoft. Ms. Thompson has been playing the piano since she She is also the creative designer behind her casual line “Lucky was 6 years old, and has both performed and competed at a state Nooni” which is carried in different boutiques across the region. level. Kera, who is a lover of anything creative represents The In 2011, Manar received the prestigious Abu Dhabi’s Arab Woman Dream Players promotional team. of the Year award.THE PLAYERS Angela Ching is a passionate dancer born in the year of the Tiger. She loves watching talent shows, and has been dancing since birth. It has always been her ambition to be a famous performer, and after moving to Dubai in 2008 was a member of the Filipino Dancesports and Sports Club where she learned to perfect basic dance moves and competed and even became a dance instructor! She is always ready to perform and says: once a dancer you’ll always be a dancer! JANUARY’S Briggett Kylie 16 years, a hyper, all-smiles DREAM home-schooled student of Asia Pacific that has PLAYER been dancing and singing since birth. She started acting workshops and modeling in the Philippines at the age of 13. Briggett has dreamed of performing live in front of huge crowds and wants to make a mark in this industry. Joining The Dream Players will be another stepping stone and an experience Rebecca Moore, has a real passion for writing and singing worth remembering. Despite being a first timer in songs and it comes to her very naturally. a talent show, she’s more than ready to show you all what she’s got! Rebecca is always ready to take part in anything she can do to improve her skills and has taken part in numerous workshops with her school including working with the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra where Laurel Moore is probably best described as a woman who wears many different hats: Artist, Art she participated in writing lyrics, melodies and singing and performed at the Curator, Jazz singer, Saxophonist and Song-writer. Emirates Palace Hotel with them. Rebecca has also taken every opportunity to Laurel graduated with a teaching degree in England perform her own songs at school concerts and is very serious about pursuing in The Arts, and from the earliest age Laurel found what she loves to do. great satisfaction in drawing and music. The Arts seems to take her into a different state of peaceful consciousness - a private, creative place where anything is possible. Can you sing, dance, write poetry? Do stand up comedy? Then you can be a Dream Player! To Vidhya Subramani is a second year participate in the Dream Players, as contestant or undergrad at Heriot Watt University, Dubai. She has been studying classical Indian Music since the age audience member, go to www.thedreamplayers. of 6 and her passion for music has grown stronger with the years. Vidhya has always wanted to do com or email contact@thedreamplayers.com. something more with music. Dream players has given me a wonderful opportunity to take my love for music beyond being a bathroom singer.
  • 12. www.tempoplanet.comcity bites Mawaweel : A rose by any another name > By Justin Thomas ith its origins in Roman Catholic bullied into ordering a grapefruit juice. Wifey submissively acquiesced to his suggestion/threat of pomegranate juice. Awaiting the drinks we turned our martyrology, February the 14th has undivided attention to the menu, trying desperately not to make eye contact become a global celebration of romantic with the scary waiter.love. Feb 14, or Valentine’s Day - if we must - is alsoone of the hospitality industry’s busiest days of At first glance it is obvious that Mawaweel isthe year. If you’re seeking a romantic meal for two, Lebanese to the core, from decor, to music, toor even three, then you may need to book early. My main courses. The word, mawaweel, is Arabic andvalentine’s destination last year was Mawaweel, describes the poetic preamble to a song, thosea Lebanese restaurant on Al-Falah Street, just short spoken verses uttered before the musicoff airport road, in the Medina Zayed district of begins - perhaps the musical equivalent to andowntown Abu Dhabi. appetizer. For our gastronomic preamble (starters) we chose the hummus beiruti, it wasLike most of the city’s eateries, the restaurant had shed its usual decor, in fabulous, the best I have tasted anywhere, and I consider myself somethingfavour of what I like to describe as: “garish ubiquitous redness”. Red table of a hummus connoisseur. We also had the fattoush salad, it too was perfect;cloth, red, heart shaped, balloons, and of course, a red rose at each candle ice cold, fresh, sprinkled - not saturated - with dressing, and generouslylit table. Our waiter, thankfully, did not wear red, he wore a purposefully I’ll- bejeweled with the deepest red pomegranate seeds.fitting black suit, which gave him the air a “night-club bouncer”. For a main course I had the mixed grill, while my wife went for the chicken arayisAfter presenting the menu, he rather aggressively barked the word “Drinks”. - minced chicken with parsley, cooked between two flat breads. The mixed grillThis guy had the unnerving ability to make a polite request sound like was well crafted balance of delicately marinated chicken and lamb in variousa threatening directive. Not in the mood for a fight, I allowed myself to be incarnations; skewered, filleted, on the bone and minced. Of particular note were the accompanying fries, chunky cut, and I suspect fried in good quality olive oil. Delicious. The mixed grill was also served with a compliment of intense garlic mayonnaise; not one for the fresh-breath enthusiast. The chicken arayis was excellent too, and such a huge portion. There was no room left for desert on this occasion, but on subsequent visits I›ve enjoyed Mawaweel’s excellent “mahalabia” - a kind of milk based desert with pistachios and rose water. Our appetites satiated, we began to discuss the “valentine-ization” of the UAE. The conversation drifted to the significance and origins of the rose as a symbol of love and romance. Interestingly, the modern European love affair with roses actually has its origins in the Middle East. A French nobleman, Thibaut IV, the Count of Champagne, is reported to have returned from the crusades with a hitherto unknown red flower - the rose. Perhaps this explains the close connection between champagne and red roses? The Arab world, of course, already had a longstanding appreciation of the rose›s beauty and medicinal properties. Ibn Sina, (Avicenna) 9th century scholar, describes in one of his works how the Rosa Damascena (Damascus rose) was widely cultivated in Syria for use in medicines. The Damascus rose is still highly prized for its aesthetic, medicinal and culinary virtues. No doubt the chef at Mawaweel adds a drop or two of Damascus rose water to choice recipes, especially on Feb 14th.Photo by: Shaikha Al Tunaiji
  • 13. www.tempoplanet.com the face of the artist Ghada Maamoun > By Sharon CarvalhoGHADA MAAMOUN, AN EGYPTIAN CARICATURISTTALKS ABOUT HER ART AND HER INSPIRATION ANDSHARES SOME OF HER WORK WITH TEMPO.Tell us about yourself. I am an artist living in Abu Dhabi with my husband Yasser andour awesome daughter, Talia. I studied art and interior design at a fine arts college inCairo. I worked as an interior designer but I now prefer to follow my passion for art andpainting. I’m especially passionate about caricature, low brow art and pop surrealism. How did you get in to the business? It started two years ago when Mark Ryden’s workintroduced me to the art of pop surrealism. As I read more about this art, I came acrosscaricature by Jason Seiler. Being a fan of both types of art, I started to mix both inmy work. What separates you from other graphic designers? I prefer to be called an artist althoughI do graphic design when asked to. Is there a market for caricaturists? I am new to this field, but in my humble opinion I cantell that people are starting to pay attention to new and contemporary art more than QUICK QUESTIONStraditional paintings. People like to figure out what lies beyond the scene and see the Where would you like to be in five years?‘different face of the same face’! I would love to display my artwork in an international art exhibition.Where do you showcase your work? As the internet is the widest window of all galleries, What is your inspiration?I started a fan page so people can see my art wherever and whenever they are. But we Human feelings, disturbance, sorrow, suffering, love and joy. All aspects of life give mecan’t overlook the importance and joy of seeing original paintings live, so, I am looking good ideas.to participate in art exhibitions, especially those in Abu Dhabi and Dubai that providelarge spaces to artists and are flexible with accepting new mediums of art. So far, I What would you pursue if it wasn’t art?have exhibited my paintings in the Bianco Rosso restaurant in Abu Dhabi and I will If it wasn’t art, I think I would go into politics as it is also about reading people’s mindsparticipate in a show at Café Arabia in February. and revealing their intentions.What advice would you offer aspiring artists? Stick to what you love and have the What is your motto?patience to carry on, and to always remember that there is no easy way to winning. I like “Pain and pleasure, like light and darkness, succeed each other” by LaurenceThey say that no pain means no gain! I also say don’t do what is expected but do what’s Sterne, and “Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking ourinsane! And you must do that which you think you can’t. potential” by Sir Winston Churchill.
  • 14. February MY FEBRUARY TO DO LIST 5 6 7 Arjun Suria Basheer Sweet Potato Month! Parades DSF 2012 Carnival Omega Dubai Desert Classic 12 @ Emirates Golf Club 6- Ankit Lodha 12 13 14 Hansel Punnam Jun Suarez Gail D’souza s bai Toy lm Du oys Pa ig B , The B s 1 nti 9-1 Happy Valentine’s Day! Gulf Bike Week Atla @ Dubai Festival Cit @ y 9-12 19 20 21 Mehreen Malik Saoud Al-Maamari Nana Christie Dubai Duty Fr Championsh ee Tennis Singapore Takeout World Tour Pet Day! ip Club till 3rd @ The Aviation in Dubai, 18-20 Love Your March 26 Pakista 27 Mid Exhib dle East E itio xclu Trade n @ Duba sive Cente iW r 27- orld 28 Merwin Mathias Dany Jaber Zainab Khan n vs En 29 T20’s 2 gland 3-26 GESS @ Dubai World Trade Center 28 Feb- 1 Mar
  • 15. 1 2 3 4 Adelle Lumalang Alaa Mohamad Alena Amin C Dubai Internation al @ T arpets Boxing Champion ship he A and @ Aviation Club irpo Arts rt Ex Oas dinat Theatre po t is The First Group Ma Madinat ill 5 present Misery @ Dubai World Cup Carnival @ Feb Jumeirah 1-11 Meydan Race Course8 9 10 11 Veronica Davina Lewis Estevan The B ridal S Series @ A how Abu UIM X-CAT World Powerboat Kasabian perform WWE RAW DNEC D Dhabi Breakwater @ ZS World To 8-11 habi @ Abu @ Sevens Stadium, Dubai C Abu ur D 9-11 habiChris Xaviour15 16 17 18 Laveezah Khan Mariam Abassi Mariam Abdul Kareem World James Blunt Op hthalm @ Dubai Festival City @ ADN ology Congre EC 16- ss Dubai Traditional Dhow Sailing 20 Race @ Dubai International Almost, Maine Marine Club @ DUCTAC 14-18 Marlene Vaz22 23 24 25 Richard Brown Saif Al Madani Saira Aslam Go urm et Ab u ional Jazz Grapefruit Month! Dh Dubai Internat ab C 16-24 i8 Jason Mraz Festival @ DF -23 @ Dubai Festival City29 Zeeshan Razzaqi MY FEBRUARY ECO PLEDGE ear!!! It’s a Leap Y
  • 16. www.tempoplanet.comyouth talkSpeaking to my Generation:Save the Novel! By Ahmed SamirReading for many, has become a form of labour. It has gone from being theactivity of choice of the masses to being one that is sidelined and neglected.Why has that happened? Why has the once-loved pastime become hated, andmore so with my generation? Teenagers are reading less and less, and losingthemselves the boundless benefit and enjoyment it brings. Something is The Burqa: Dying Tradition? > By Shamma Al Suwaidiclearly wrong with a generation that values the written word less by the day.Hear me out, guys: not reading is bad…like, really bad! rowing up, I remember wondering about the burqa my grandmother and most of the women of her generation wore.The reason behind that (which I hate with all my being) is that one part of it It was made of a golden fabric that would be tied around theiris due to misunderstanding, one part is because of distraction, and the third heads revealing their eyes and masking their noses and cheeks.is failure of initiation. It was a significant part of our culture that all women embraced.The misleading aspect of it is perhaps the most obvious: How many times Burqas were made in different sizes for different age groups. Thehave you - or people around you - made the association between reading and younger the woman, the slimmer the burqa, while the older she was,nerds? And not reading and being cool? Many of you, I’m sure! It has become a the thicker it was made. It was a symbol of womanhood and beauty.prevalent notion that reading is for the outcasts and the socially inept. And When a woman changed her status from single to married, she wore agiven our need to be accepted within our respective social circles –let’s not burqa, as a means of letting her status known to society.pretend, we all want that – we strive to do what we see as our best ticketto Acceptance Land, where everyone likes you. The herd effect triumphs Some would say that since marriage was very important to women,over most of us: teenagers do, teenagers emulate, teenagers emulate the they used the burqa as a way of flaunting their success. Some wouldemulation, repeat, ad infinitum -- and so reading has been made redundant say they believed it to be beautifying, because it revealed the lovelinessand unwanted, and is slowly being phased out. of a woman’s eyes and smile while masking possible flaws.The second part is a little more elusive. Here the reader is presented with a The death of a tradition is caused by a new generation taking a differentcolourful array of distractions that, on the surface, seem better than reading. route; changing a belief or a custom, and replacing it with a new one.Social media, perhaps most prominently, along with TV and videogames…. Nowadays we find it strange to see a young woman in a burqa, and theEveryone reading this, with little exception, uses these in some form. But sad thing is that what’s keeping the “burqa” alive is an older generationoveruse is when trouble arises. Who has time left to read when the entire day of women. It’s as if a strong force of wind is blowing, and taking with ithas been spent on these black holes that suck up all time? a part of us away and we’re just watching it happen.All that is added to by the fact that many teenagers have not been introduced The death of this tradition causes the death of a skillful professionto writing beyond the often uninteresting compulsory reads we’re given. Who too, just like the end of pearl diving. Burqa makers will not be neededwants to read the boring things we’re forced to read, right? Yep, a near-perfect anymore, because the demand for burqas would decrease to nothing.conspiracy against reading. Evil! We have always tried our best to stick to our culture and traditions,The solution? Find a bookstore, a library, scan the shelves, and yes, just read but due to the constantly evolving world around it, the unbreakablewhat interests you! Trust me; you’ll be spoilt for choice. Heck, start a book protection we used to have around us is slowly fading away.club with your friends, and have them join in! It’smore fun that way. The book and novel has lost The world used to be a sphere full of tradition, a vast wide sea filledits place in many of our hearts. Let’s give it back with a range of different cultures. The fact of the matter is that beautyits rightful place. Save the novel! Act now. never lasts. Just like all beauty, this beauty is beginning to die, like a flower that withers and rots, and all its precious treasures stay lockedFollow me on Twitter or away in a box that’s sealed forever, never to be seen, or experienced.email: AhmedSamirSalama@yahoo.com
  • 17. www.tempoplanet.com time capsule Name: Manal Age: 21 Profession: Student Nationality: Algerian Motto: It’s better to regret the things you did than the things you never did PERSONALITY MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT 17. What’s your current Last SONG syndrome (LSS)? Moon River 16. How can the right music make a party better? What music always play some old school nappy roots or spice girls. do you usually put on to get the party started? Upbeat happy music can make everyone happy and excited, I1. Your most valued possession: My books2. Where can we find you hanging out most? In some random café in Abu Dhabi with a large group of friends3. One thing you cannot live without… Cheese4. The person who inspires you the most: My mother Five things you need for survival: A book, my by Frank Sinatra5. blackberry, my laptop, my ipod and food6. What car would like to own? 2011 Volkswagen FOOD Touareg7. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Leading FOR my own scientific research team8. What is your idea of peace? Love, harmony and9. lots of food Your goal in life? To be happy10. What item do you keep buying even though you TRAVEL THOUGHT have plenty? Books 18. If there is a place, hangout, café, mall or hotel (any place) that 22. What was the11. Who in your life deserves a big old thank you? My you feel at home- which place would that be? The Karak place in mother mina zayed best thing before12. Have you found your purpose yet? Not yet 19. If today is the last day- where would you rush to go? The beach sliced bread?13. What is the craziest thing you have ever done? 20. What is your idea of a perfect weekend? A large group of Gone to university in another country alone at 16 friends in a very small car, singing very loudly while driving to CHEESE14. What is your earliest memory? How old were you? Dubai 23. What is your Running in the rain with my aunt in Belgium, I 21. Where in the world have you travelled? Your wishlist favourite was 4 years old of countries to visit. Algeria, Tunisia, France, Belgium,15. If your life was a book, what would it be called? Luxembourg, Canada, Thailand, Turkey, Oman. My wishlist dessert? For the love of cheese includes: Brazil, Chile, Spain, Italy, Cambodia and Vietnam. Raspberry Sorbet
  • 18. www.tempoplanet.comvalentine stories FEBRUARY IS THE MONTH OF LOVE AND ROMANCE With Valentine’s Day smack in the middle, it’s all about making plans with your Valentine or deciding to sit down with a tub of ice cream and a soppy love story to get over the fact that you’re all alone. In the end, it’s about being able to survive the month, keeping the faith and believing, in the end, that we will all find our prince or princess and live happily ever after. Or something like that. Tempo took it to the streets to find out your views on matters of the heart… A New Year’s surprise Twice a week I would prep up just to see his face, walk past the door and flash a smile that sets my heart aflutter. I was the shy kind; I would quickly smile back the faith? and pretend to work on something. I was the wallflower desk girl and he was ve o r keeping the company’s prize money. His status inding lo was intimidating and overwhelming. Luck brought us a moment where he initiated a F talk, fate led us to bump into each other at the oddest places, and destiny tapped him on the shoulder when he asked me out.Valentine’s Day Baby Love Across the World Six months of laughter, movies on the It has been more than seven years since I fell couch doubled in with (a heck of a lot of )The 13 of Feb 2001, one day before Valentine’s Day. Will in love with D, my high school sweetheart, and popcorn, surprise visits and food tripping.I go through labour today? I hope not because I want at 22 I’m positive we have a very long way to Grief decided to barge through the door,to have a Valentine baby. What better gift of romance go. We are from vastly diverse backgrounds I was devastated when I found out I hadthan a baby in hand? But wait! I can feel the pressure; and it’s safe to say that even our best of to leave the country with my sister. ThatI need to get to the hospital and yes my baby has mates didn’t think we’d make it this long. didn’t stop me from nurturing what wedecided to come to the world. I thought “Oh well! St. had. He said he’d wait for me. Six monthsValentine already made Feb 14 special to the world; but In our relationship, we’ve had more ups than of frequent skyping and I knew he wasmy daughter has made my world special on Feb 13. I downs (thankfully) and we faced our first worth the wait.felt so silly for not wanting my child on earth before real test when I left for Australia to furtherValentines! my studies. Although I would still be coming I got myself a job in Abu Dhabi again but back every six months, the much frownedThis made me ponder the significance of Valentine’s Day. upon “long distance” relationship was not what I didn’t expect was that distanceIt is there to celebrate love and affection between lovers something we thought was possible. However, was two-faced. It wasn’t the same whenand for them to express their feeling. So our world has we had to give it a go and we’re real glad we did. we met again. He said he missed me andcome to a point where we require a day to actually D is the most kind, compassionate and loving he loved me. And then a few minutesexpress our feelings better… Really? We actually need girl I’ve ever met and that went a long way in before New Year’s Eve, I was at the Coldplaya day to remember to love? It hurt when I read Mother helping us get through those few years. Her concert and I called him readily excited toTeresa’s words that the greatest poverty man faces bubbly, energetic personality tends to rub off exchange greetings. “Happy New Year. Itoday is the lack of love. So let’s do anything to bring on anyone who meets her and in hindsight, lo…,” I started. And his words cut throughback love and affection in people; indeed, everyday it’s probably the main reason I fell for her. D is me: “I’m not attracted to you anymore,must be Valentine’s Day! not only my partner, but also my best friend, we should stop seeing each other, don’t and I trust that is never going to change.Nine years later my arranged marriage came to an end. call me after this.” ‘Every teardrop is aBut the beauty of hope, love, romance, Valentine’s Day The next few years will probably be the waterfall’ was the last song that played inand the message my daughter has brought into the hardest as we try and sort out our future, the background and that’s exactly what itworld for me will remain forever. but we believe we have destiny on our side. felt like for me. Shania Mathews | Age 33 Ali Fasmi | Age 22 Lady Gago
  • 19. www.tempoplanet.com A Turn of EventsTo Believe It was a lovely day. Celebrations going on.. I was to meet this person..She walked quickly, with strong, forceful strides, trying her best Someone I’ve heard who’s jolly and full of energy..to go as fast as possible without drawing any attention to herself. I wasn’t in the mood to talk to someone I’ve never met but definitelyIn her haste and confusion, she ran head first into someone. She heard of before. But I was up for it..peered through her bloodshot eyes, only to see her best friend, hisface set into a mask of concern. One look at her tearstained face Hours later, we’ve finally met.and red nose would alert even the stupidest person... And it’s like we’ve known each other for years! Exchanged laughs, stories, jokes..He grabbed her as she tried to pull away; she struggled violently, hissing under her It was a happy and good-humored meeting.breath, threatening him to let her go. He gave up and let her go, but refused to leave her It sucked out every negative vibes in me.side. He walked where she walked and he sat where she sat. Never saying a word, never I didn’t want the night to end..looking away. After an hour or two, he left her side, only to be back with a tray ladenwith food. He fed her when she refused to eat. This continued throughout the day. Withhim never prying, and her not saying a word. Every time she needed more tissue, he As I left, the memories we’ve shared for just a few minutes lingered..gave it to her, and the tears kept coming. When her head was pounding so hard she I’m glad fate brought us together..could barely walk, he helped her to their apartment, never saying a word. He tucked her That day, everything changed..into bed and sat there, watching her as she drifted off. He stayed by her side that night, Happiest change in my life..watching her as she tossed and turned, occasionally whimpering. He leapt to her side A smile lasted all throughout..when she woke up screaming. He quietly cradled her in his arms and stroked her hair, It was a chapter worth remembering..all the while not saying a word. And the story didn’t end there..He watched patiently as she cried herself to sleep. He sat by her throughout the night, Today we still meet..never asking questions, never saying a word. Only when he was certain that the crying Constant small talks and assuring conversations..had worn her out, and she had finally fallen into a peaceful slumber, did he allow a few ofhis own tears to slip down his cheeks. He didn’t bother wiping them. Her hand lay gently The relationship has developed so much..on her abdomen. As he reached forward to touch her, there was the slight clink of their And in such a short period of time..wedding rings. He carefully placed his hand on her stomach, and prayed for a miracle.He wanted nothing more than to see her tummy grow larger every day, to see her swell Trials here and there but we manage to prevail over them in tandemup to the size of a balloon, to experience constant mood swings and backache. He Distance didn’t even become a hindrance.wanted to hold her hand at the gynecologist’s office during her ultrasound, to see her Tears, mishaps, adventures..belly button flip inside out, to comfort her as she complained about not being able to All spent side by side..see her own feet. Most of all, he wanted to apologize. He wanted to tell her how sorry hewas for giving her the gift of life only to see it being snatched away from her. This may not perhaps be the expected “love” story.. And I know valentines is the season of love..He wanted to show her he cared. He wanted to prove to her that he would be there for But love not only happens between sweethearts or so called boyfriendsher no matter what. He stared out her window, running his hand along her stomach andprayed to every deity, and wished upon every star he saw in the sky, because he know and girlfriends.it was only a higher power that could save him. That could save them both. By some It can also happen in friendships..twist of faith, he had now become a believer, and he now understood that in times like And this is one of them.this faith was the only thing left. That day.. I’ve met my best friend. Mason Franklin | Age 34 The one who stuck up with me despite my stubbornness. The one who kept me standing. The reason I have pulled myself together during my downfalls.Arranged Love I may not be the greatest friend,I had never met her before. My parents set the whole thing up. We walked in to her But this friendship is the greatest one I’ve been in.house and I barely got to say two words to her. But something about her left me It taught me how to look at the bright side of everything.smitten. Absolutely spellbound. And I knew that I wanted to be with her for the rest A turn of events.of my life. We got married and have just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. 25 Happy Valentines to you!years on and I’m still in love with her now as I was then. Maybe even more. Fill this season and the rest of the year with love and happiness! Joseph Victor | Age 55 Wahid Puso
  • 20. www.tempoplanet.comemirati bride: all dressed in whiteNoura Abdullah Rashid Al Noaimi { my personal story }“The loudness of her compressed heartbeats rang in her going through many thoughts and contemplating my decision. Meanwhile theears as she tried to wear a layer of calm serenity. Getting investigation of my potential husband had begun! As soon as I had known everything I could know from family members and relatives, I felt ready toready to be gazed at from unknown eyes as she stepped take the next step and meet him. I, personally, needed to meet him face tointo a distant light like she’s staring at the sun from face instead of depending on the opinion of others. After all, a lifetime will beunderwater. Holding her breath, waiting... anticipating. It’s determined by the words you trust.time to walk down the aisle, dressed in white, entering The word “nervous” is an understatement of how I felt during our familyher new kingdom.” meeting. Thankfully, he passed the test! He got me to loosen up four minutes into the conversation and as we were finally left alone we ended with a fewThey say in every eye lies a story longing to be told, in every oblivious smile laughs. I knew then that we had clicked and that this was meant to be. I thenis a reason waiting to be revealed and with every bride is a potential fairytale accepted his hand in marriage and became an engaged young lady.waiting to be unfolded. I, as a Muslim, have been proposed to by someone whocould be the one I’ve been waiting for, someone I have not seen, met or knew Two weeks later, I was on my way to Europe to find every bride’s most importantexisted. The principle of the arranged marriage is that it requires me to hold asset, her perfect dream wedding dress. Realization of being a bride-to-beonto blind faith by trusting the fate God has set me. It is never an easy task didn’t sink in till I was in that long-trained, full sleeved laced wedding gown.to walk towards utter uncertainty, but then again with every risk comes a Reality hit me as my mother’s tears trickled down her cheeks and a wide smilegreat prize. drew upon mine. I was happy and the purity of it all began to shine through my days, brightening my nights.Some might consider 20 years too young of an age to be thinking about Planning a wedding might be a stressful task but after every decision made,marriage, but each story varies from the rest. I’ve had intense thinking bouts; every dime spent and every thought provoked, comes a lifetime of building along nights of “what if ?” and longer days of imagining many scenarios to new shared life and determining the rest of your days side by side.guide me through my decision-making process. Every girl envisions her dream marriage. All it takes is the right mentality toWhat if I’m not ready to leave the comfort of being under my parents wings? connect your matching dots and indifferences and the rest simply falls intoWhat if his family and I don’t get along? What if we don’t “click”? place throughout time.....and these were the least of my worries. To every reader gazing at these words, I wish you the clarity of mind and heartOn the night my mother told me about the proposal, I prayed to God, asking for to find your way to your match and the right marriage. Hopefully if it clicks,guidance to make the right decision. Later on, I took a week to think it through, love will set in.
  • 21. www.tempoplanet.com articulate > mum unlimited > Neena Rai | An artist with a flair Sarah Widdup | Living the dream, needing the sleepPeruvian Wonder: Happy Valentines YearNazca Art Happy In LoveI have always been fascinated by ancient cultures and often, to have a better Ah February. It’s that time of year when shops are full of wee hearts andunderstanding of them, I travel far to go and study their art. Call it a hobby, cupids, and we all go mad – either buying cute bits of fluff for our loved ones,call it a quirk, call it adventure or whatever else you want, but it is one of the or indulging in some bah-humbugging and renouncing the commercial evils ofmost interesting things to do. Valentines Day.I was in Peru recently. Peru is one of the most fascinating countries in the My husband, bless him, is not a Valentines Day devotee. His keen, blokey eyeworld. Most of us are well aware of the World Heritage Site of Machu Pichu is trained to notice other things – be they mechanical, electrical or have flamesbut what we don’t know is that there are numerous other treasures to see painted up the sides. Hearts and flowers? Not so much. And that’s fine, Iand discover. know this about him…after all it’s been ten years and it’s not likely to change. Changing him has never been on my ‘to do’ list anyway - I’m quite fond of himOne of my favourites is the “Nazca Lines” built between 200 BC and 600 BC. how he is. I’m pretty sure he puts Valentines Day into the “why should I buyOne can describe these lines as ancient art in the desert, spread over 100 stuff just because greeting card companies tell me to?” basket, and frankly I’msquare miles in the inhospitable barren desert plateau of Southern Peru. It beginning to see his point.is an area that does not receive more than 20 minutes of rain in a year. Atthe ground level, you will not be able to distinguish anything much more than I love to do things for the people I love. And in that way, I’m the perfect consumerburrows in the arid soil. But when you view them from an airplane the figures for all the Valentines hooha. Walking through long aisles of strategicallytake on a whole new meaning. placed stuffed animals and sparkly cards, it’s almost as if the retail fairy is telling me that my nearest and dearest neeeeeeed these things. Oh yes, andSpread over the desert are the outlines of the hummingbird, spider, dog, lizard, of course my husband needs a stuffed bear with “I Wuv You” written on it. Hellama, whale, monkey and a humanoid figure named “the astronaut”. was just saying that last week. He’ll LOVE it. Ah, no. No he won’t. He’ll think I’m mad. He’ll be secretly thinking “what a waste of money”. Well, maybe notNo one has ever been able to determine the purpose of this one-of-a-kind art so secretly.form. The 800 straight lines and 300 geometric figures have been called ritualmazes, an astronomical calendar, symbols of various gods/goddesses, and For him, (and as much as I love presents I have to agree), expressions of loveeven extraterrestrial landing strips. are best made by things not bought at the mall. In fact, they’re usually not “bought” things at all. Having a wife who is a loving mother to her childrenEven though geoglyphs have been found in other places like Egypt, Malta, seems to be pretty high on his list of things that prove his wife’s love, much likeUnited States, Chile, Bolivia and other countries, the Nazca geoglyphs, which having a husband who is a hands on dad with his kids is right up there on mine.were made and remade throughout the whole pre-hispanic period are, in I looked at it - looked at how we are together,my opinion, the most impressive, enigmatic, mysterious geoglyphs of all. as a couple and as a family - and I saw it. OurThis is because of their numbers, characteristics, dimensions and cultural entire life is Valentine’s Day. That sounds lame,continuity. but it’s true. The true romance is in appreciating the efforts of your partner, matching them withUnfortunately, the Nazca civilization mysteriously abandoned the desert and your own, and then just being happy. Happy isdisappeared by 800 CE and all we are left with are assumptions of why these the goal. And that’s really as it should be, notlines were built. for one day, but every day of the year. Check out her blog
  • 22. www.tempoplanet.com just handcrafted > Jan D’Sa | Scientist artiste hybridWhen love bloomsIn silkIt’s that time of the year when the air is filled with fluffy lovey dovey stuff….romance, cupid-like activities and burgundy floral bouquets. Talking ofwhich I want to present to you Humaira Khan, a talented floral designer whospecializes in contemporary style floral arrangements. I first came acrossher work when I discovered the concept of silk flowers on the internet. Thistalented lady has lived across the globe; USA, Canada, the UK and now theUAE.Let’s talk a bit about silk flowers. These are artificial flowers devoid of the cheapplastic look often seen at bargain shops. At first sight they actually look likereal flowers. If you search the internet you’ll see that silk flowers are actuallymade of polyester because they retain the shape and colours better than silk,and that also reduces the cost. While the cutting and shaping process of thesilk flowers is automated, each petal is hand painted to give it a more realisticeffect. That is why many modern brides go for silk bridal bouquets. And thebiggest bonus is that they get to keep it forever. Humaira specializes in both silk and fresh floral arrangements. She loves working with tropical flowers such as calla lilies, ginger heliconia, orchids, tulip and anthurium. She says, “I learned flower arrangement techniques when I lived in Texas. At the time, the university offered horticultural courses using fresh and silk flowers and I was hooked on both from day one.” “There is something about working with flowers that makes my heart blossom. The most enjoyable part about working with floral arrangements is when I decorate someone’s house for weddings. The expression and appreciation that I get is what makes me feel great.” If you have a unique handcraft and want to share it with me, drop me a line on info@writedsaign.com Jan D’Sa is the artist-designer behind Janys De. Follow this handcrafting advocate’s trips ’n treats at the Cultural Arts Travelogue.
  • 23. www.tempoplanet.com media > By Alma KadragicEnergy and the Media uring the second day of the World Future Energy companies from the head office – both have headquarters or at least very big offices in the same countries. Their relationship is dominated by ritual – Summit this past month, I had the luxury of everyone knows what is supposed to happen and plays the part. wandering around the spacious halls of the As I worked my way through Halls 5 – 8, I stopped at some smaller less Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center without elaborate stands and got into some interesting conversations. The owner anything specific in mind. of an SME committed to an innovative energy-saving system was critical. The media, he said, cover only the obvious news about energy. They are not doingIf I were still covering news for ABC, I would have been a good job informing the public about new technologies that don’t come fromlooking for key people to interview and companies with the big companies.exciting products that came out well on video. The biggest The history of technology upgrades and innovations shows that manyproblem was getting everything done in time to return to – probably most – come from new companies, from people who figure out something that headquarters would never have encouraged if they werethe studio and produce the piece for that evening’s news working for a big company.program. One of the most interesting sessions at WFES was a roundtable discussionThese days I don’t have that kind of pressure, and as director of a new master’s among 10 people, two discussion leaders from Shell, the rest like me attractedprogram in media and communications, I usually have some time to reflect by the title: Innovation – Only in Technology? We were mainly academicsbefore writing this column each month. When I decided to visit the World although several like me had spent years in industry before moving to aFuture Energy Summit (WFES) this year, it was to see if I could get some university.ideas about the role that media plays – and could play - in making energy Mandar Apte and Hans Haringa both work for Shell International in somethingsustainability a reality everywhere. called Game Changer, a way that one of the world’s biggest companies tries to encourage ideas from outside the box and the company.I started by talking to local heads of some big energy companies and askingthem how well local and international media was covering their industry. As As we talked about the problems that the project manager for a majorone might expect, the comments were mild. The media is doing a good job, drilling platform, for example, could face, it became clear that technologythey said. No one said anything even slightly negative. problems were only the beginning. The more difficult problems could come from resistance by local residents. Any project manager who didn’t spendThe heads of big companies are used to being chased; they control interviews; time informing local media and building relationships could find public opinionin the local market, they come first. International media deal with these retarding and even ending the project.
  • 24. www.tempoplanet.comintelligent business > By Ian MasonMake this year of the customer aybe it was the festive cheer, the silly season or even the thrill of a new It was genuinely offered, and showed she cared. Thank you! year, but I have recently experienced a rush of great customer service in Abu Dhabi, some from unexpected sources. By great customer service I don’t Honourable mentions must also go to two other companies we have recently had dealings mean an attendant who smiles like a robot and drones automated phrases with (and I am not personally affiliated with them): Delight International Movers and the like “have a nice day”. That is not customer service. Subscriptions Department at The National. In different ways, they provided a rapid and flexible response to my queries. Both customer service representatives listened, cared andNo, I am talking about genuine, out-of the-ordinary customer service that makes you feel followed through on their promises to deliver brilliant outcomes, and deserve this publicgood about the company, compels you to tell dozens of friends and keeps you returning recognition. They are my new customer service heroes.to experience the brand. I can’t finish without acknowledging my all-time Abu Dhabi favourite which is Frankie’sCustomer service is the simplest and easiest way to increase revenue; your customer is Restaurant at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr. Again, I have no personal gain here, but every time we goalready doing business with you. It is critical to develop this contact into a long-term, loyal there – more than ten times now – the service is unfailingly friendly, efficient, personal andcustomer. What a priceless asset that is to your business! Current customers are more outstanding. Not once, not twice, but every time which is the hallmark of excellent customercost-effective than new customers and easier to maintain... that’s if you look after them. service.Do loyal customers come in an IKEA box? No. What it takes is a bit of C-A-R-E. Care and What’s more, they add extra touches to entice us back again and again. For example, whenattention and a genuine desire to please. Frankly, I am sick of the well-worn phrases that my parents visited from Australia, they inscribed “Welcome to Abu Dhabi” on the plate ofcome straight from the “Customer Service 101” manual. It makes me want to reach for their (knee-wobblingly delicious) chocolate dessert. A simple and thoughtful gesture, andthe nearest bucket. one I will never forget.Excellent customer service comes from throwing away the manual. Sure, there are some That’s why Frankie’s is in my Customer Service Hall of Fame, and I refer to them regularlybasic “rules” but excellent customer service is about bending the rules, being flexible, during my customer service training.listening intently to the customer and giving them what they want, not what the companywants. I mentioned excellent customer service from an unexpected source. I am talking So throw out the “Customer Service 101” manual, and demonstrate genuine care andabout Etisalat. attention to your customers. It might just increase your business.We recently made a new internet connection and had the pleasure of being served by alovely young Emirati lady at Etisalat’s main Airport Road building – I only wish I knew her Ian Mason is a Tamakkan trainer specializing in customer servicename so I could write a praising letter to her manager. She said she was there to help us, and customer relations. Tamakkan offers a range of businessand when my wife expressed concern about e-Life, insisted she wanted us to be happy workshops for companies and individuals, including selling skills,and comfortable and would explain anything we didn’t understand as many times as she leadership, marketing, social media, customer service, projectneeded to. Which she did. After closing time! management and many more. Contact Ian on (02) 4918624 orFaced with complicated plans – and endless terms and conditions – this was so refreshing. email info@tamakkan.org for a workshop schedule.
  • 25. www.tempoplanet.com just a thought > mini minx > Manar Al Hinai | A Khaleeji girl who overthinks a lot and loves to write Angeli Castillo | Making minutes out of molehillsValentine’s Day: Broad Spectrum AntibioticA Dedication Music through the mayhem Ever had that brand spanking new moment where you look at something and realize this could be it…like, the name an awesome band! Well these guys have that name: introducing, Broad Spectrum Antibiotic, Palash Bhise and Joe Exit. A two man band of many talents who realized that living in the same area of Abu Dhabi was just too good of an opportunity to pass up and since they get along so well, what with their knowledge and comprehension of music is “pretty much on the same level.” All that was missing from this dynamicOut of the darkness of the night, the approaching headlights shine with a duo’s master plan was to “record the album and put it out without wastingsoft glare upon my cheek as I sit cross-legged on the balcony overhanging anytime looking for other members.” Good plan, I say.the third floor of my villa. From my birds nest view I watch the nightly Abu Some may wonder while reading this how can a two man band create suchDhabi commuters drive East and West. I pull my pink robe tightly around my mad music? Simple, just add Palash Bhise who is the lead vocal/ guitar playershoulders, as shivers run down my spine from the brisk winter night weather. with the magical powers of Audio Production, thanks to the SAE Institute,A stressful day always draws me to this particular balcony. In this miniature and Joe Exit who plays drums and does the backup vocals while holdingparadise, my own secret hideout, I do my best thinking. magical powers in graphic designing and art. No wonder such a creative force of combination produces musical mayhem.Simple contemplation, such as thinking about my next fashion collection,is easy when I relax to the soothing sounds of late night power-walkers’ Now to the technical part, the production quality of Broad Spectrumfootsteps. Or, I can indulge in deeper meditation when my mind tackles Antibiotic will sound like the album has been recorded at a professionalendless questions about life, drifts into meaningful thought about love, and studio but what a lot of people don’t know is that they recorded everythingmesmerizes me into countless dreams. in Palash’s apartment. Joe, on the other hand, did all the artwork with the help of talented friends such as Martin Sammel and Keaton Goode.Although rush hour has already passed, a blur of speedy automobiles Being fairly new to the scene, this underground band has already madecontinuously pass by. I always wonder where the mass of drivers who pass appearances at gatherings in underground gigs and they are big onby are headed to, what they are thinking about at that very moment, and if supporting fellow bands. Broad Spectrum Antibiotic advise anyone wantingthey are living their dreams. to start or already in the process of being in a band to simply “Believe inIn such a fast paced world today, the dreams we have about love and finding it yourself more than that guy who thinks you can’t sing, while also keepingcan sometimes be erased by the overwhelming responsibilities with which we in mind that he could be very right. Don’t listen to something only becauseare confronted. Too many times people caught up in the everyday hassle miss “people” are into it. The music that selflessly makes you happy is going to beout on life, and before they know it, they find their lives lack joy. there for you during hard times, while most people won’t. So hold on to your music real close and cherish it for as long as you can. ”Life changes and so do romantic relationships. But one thing remains constant If you listen to their music, you will realize that you can’t really put them into- family love. I do not see my siblings as much as I wish to ever since they one or two categories. There are many musical styles collectively giving risetravelled abroad to study, but I do know that to the Broad Spectrum Antibiotic sound. They claim to be an “easycore” bandour bond is great, even greater than that by the which is basically a concoction of modern pop punk and hardcore. What setsKennedys and Osmonds. them apart is that they have electronic elements, unexpected “genre switch” hints of metal here and there, comic gangster rap, American accents, theI am still not sure about many things in my life, whole package. You can get a hold of their album and hear for yourself. It isbut I am confident about one fact: I can always entitled “A Remedy to Suicide” and is readily available on iTunes.count on my family, for they are my Valentine, myfirst love, and not only on February 14, but every Note: Find these guys https://www.facebook.com/BSA.official like their page andday for as long as I can breathe. Follow me on twitter @manar_alhinai let them know what you think of their music.
  • 26. www.tempoplanet.com fun page > horoscopeAries (21 March - 19 April)Tasks for Aries this Month and month are tending to all responsibilities, making others feelimportant, making self important, too, assessing daily all goals, accepting recognition, praise,and acknowledgements with grace. Parents may also need care and chores also need to bedone. Tend to time very carefully.Taurus (20 April - 20 May)Communication with distant people seems necessary and prudent concerning legal matters,finances, and projects related to future endeavors. You are also weaving a new spiritual andperhaps religious sensibility and value into what’s to come. As you provide vital information toothers, be aware of constant changes of plans. Steady now.Gemini (21 May -20 June)Things may be and/or feel secret to you this month. What that could also mean is your gifts area secret mostly to you. While seeking to recognize them, it’s important to tend to finances verycarefully, all debts, and everything you and another hold in common. Accepting what you havenow allows much more to appear later. Praise it.Cancer (21 June - 22 July)You truly seek an emotional stability and balance and you tell everyone what’s troubling you soperhaps it can be found through the advice and care of others. Good try. Sometimes it worksbut not always. About work&endash;back away from anything that’s uncomfortable and/ordifficult. Give it time. Use Right Human Relations.Leo (23 July - 22 August)We’re still working with order and efficiency in the workplace. You’ve sort of become a Virgothese days and therefore the animal kingdom is most important, all those you work with willdepend on you, and you will need to discriminate more than most what new work methodswork best. Drop any sort of therapeutic contribution with others. Just get the work done andthe decisions made.Virgo (23 August - 22 September)Show to others how much you care for them. This will ease some of their wounds in a gentleand assured way. It is most important that you step aside from your own concerns and beginto offer praise and sustenance. Not only will others unfold but you will also. It’s an alchemicaltransmutation of the heart of the lotus.Libra (23 September - 22 October)Do attempt completion of all things on hold and waiting for your attention. Visualize all thatneeds to be done first. Do this over and over and quickly, making pictures in color in your mindof what needs tending. This is a magical process of bring activity into manifestation. Magic isan ancient word for manifestation. Be patient.Scorpio (23 October - 21 November)You need communication with others so you can share your beliefs, ideas, ideals, values, andhow you feel you want to serve. Very short trips here and there would benefit your thoughts.Be in touch with neighbors. Call the family. Chat with everyone and everything. Commitmentsare most important now. Make them with pride.Sagittarius (22 November - 21 December)More ambition assails you. This is good. It’s refining and determining your values (of themoment). As a special exercise so that you can receive even more, think about giving peoplespecial gifts. They can be little offerings. But they will be appreciated far into the future. Expectnothing in return, though the return will be even greater than you imagine.Capricorn (22 December - 19 January)Yes, we’re back to the health issue, which you must finally master, or at least begin, during thistime of the year when it’s dark and often dreary. Should you begin that long awaited healthregime, the Sun will begin to shine again. Perhaps not externally but within. Old conflicts ariseduring the New Moon. Keep walking. Then run.Aquarius (20 January - 18 February)Let’s see if I can find the gift I bought for you. It’s somewhere. Neptune’s in your sign. So you canfeel a bit confusing, a bit foggy, to everyone. Don’t take this personally. It’s astrology. You mayseek more grounding than is available now. Something artistic is best to do/see/be among.Dance.Pisces (19 February - 20 March)You need quietude, a sense of being on inner levels so you can plan and think with no worldlydistractions. While this is occurring financial responsibilities intrude. They need tending withfinesse and a schedule. Do both, inner and outer work. Be conscious with time. It’s precious andit’s flowing by like a swift river. Don’t get in it.