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Tempo November 2013

Tempo November 2013

Cover Story: 42. Creativity.Social Consciousness.Inspired Thinking.

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  1. 1. NOVEMBER2013 CELEBRATING CREATIVITY, COMMUNITY AND HUMAN KINDNESS CREATIVITY. SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS. INSPIRED THINKING. MIRROR IMAGES Mariam and Mahra were twins. Both had dark, brown eyes and long, beautiful, black hair. Mahra was... pg 11 THE ART OF MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY Macro Photography, also known as close-up photography, is used to capture... pg 08 SULTRY SINGER ROUBA ZEIDAN PR guru by day, soul diva by night, singer Rouba Zeidan has a soft clubby style that combines... pg 19 “A TRIBUTE TO THE NATION” A RARE COLLECTION OF PAINTINGS CELEBRATING THE UAE’S UPCOMING 42ND NATIONAL DAY > pg. 16
  2. 2. MANAGING EDITOR Sana Bagersh EDITORIAL COORDINATOR Ajir Shujahi MARKETING DIRECTOR Manjul Abhishek DESIGN & LAYOUT Mark De Castro WEB & VIDEO Subin John Mathew PHOTOGRAPHER Angeli Castillo DISTRIBUTION COORDINATOR Melaku Muluneh EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS: Alma Kadragic Angelique Goldsworthy Azza El Masri Blakniss Cindy Cheung Deborah Mills-Scofield Diji Shujahi Dorian “Paul D” Rogers Dr. DMS Emma Kirkman Leslie Pavlovich Lola Olson Manar Al Hinai Marien Oomen Mugdha Sunil Polimera Rhea Oommen Ruksana Ajir Seumas Gallacher Shahid Saeed Shamma Almansoori Theresa F Weber Tomislav Buljubasic TEMPO GROUP: HOW TO SCAN AUGMENTED REALITY (AR) (POINTATME) 1 Download the app pointatme for free from the app stores (Android or iOS) to your smart phone 2 Run application 3 Scan each page that has the icon and have fun with videos, images, links and lots more. DESIGN BY: ADDRESS: To reach editorial at Abu Dhabi Tempo email: editorial@tempoplanet.com. If you need to find out where you can pick up your copy call: 02 491 8624/25 or check out the list of Tempo distribution points on our website. NOTE TO ADVERTISERS: Advertisers can request brand tagging with all advertisements. To reach advertising: tel: 02 491 8624/25 | fax: 02 491 8626 | email: advertising@tempoplanet.com DISCLAIMER: Tempo Magazine does its best to ensure the authenticity and accuracy of its contents, the publisher cannot accept any responsibility for errors, mistakes and inaccuracies. The publisher reserves the rights of this product and no part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means without the permission of the publisher. MEDIA LICENCE NO. 1/105866/24295 04 05 06 08 09 10 11 12 14 15 16 19 20 21 22 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 notes & cyberchatter / uspace the blog / talking books what’s hot / people calendar phototripping lens magic top ten songs / on your ipod mirror images city bites my style blueprint fashion view cover story – 42: a tribute to nation sultry singer instafame #temposwag Dhabi dames articulate café / youth talk marketplace unleash moxie tamakkan media / women in business the planetarians / doc in the house game hedz / tech talk CONTENTS www. tempoplanet.com elcome to the new Tempo! We launch the fifth year of Tempo- with a major revamp. We offer you a bigger and better Tempo! Tempo now has more content, a greater focus on creativity, innovation and community, as well as a renewed commitment to the environment -you see Tempo now uses fully recyclable newsprint paper to reflect the ideals of Abu Dhabi Vision 2030, towards greater conservation and sustainability. In terms of content Tempo has expanded our pool of writers and contributors. We have more on design, more on music, more on creativity, more on social media, and a whole lot more on entrepreneurship and innovation. Tempo wants to be a source of inspiration, optimism and resourcefulness. We also want to be a positive link that binds the community. Enjoy the new Tempo, and send me your feedback - what you don’t like, and what you want to see more of. In the end our Tempo is yours... Kindness and peace. ED’S NOTE W Sana Bagersh Managing Editor Bagersh@tempoplanet.com Twitter @bagersh “The mysterious voice asked for nothing except Mariam’s beauty.” READ MORE ON PAGE 11
  3. 3. ON “HOW THE COOKIE CRUMBLES” Thank you Tempo - I’m glad someone bothered to review chocolate chip cookies. I just wish you rated Subway cookies higher…I love their chewiness. - Cookie Monster ON “PHOTORIPPING TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY’ Absolutely loved the works of Viktoryia. And thanks for the tips too. - Sania Ali ON “THE DREAMPLAYERS” I was lucky to be at Marina Mall when The Dream Players competition was held. I was pleasantly surprised by the caliber of the talent. I hope those who were amazingly talented make it big! - David R I liked your Dream Players competition. I hope that you will one day organize it for Arab singers. - Mahmood Adam We need more bands performing at The Dream Players competitions. - Armand R. ON “DHABI DAMES” Loved article by Ange Goldsworthy. I come from Durban and this is where the majority of Indian ladies in South Africa live. The descriptions about the sari are funny and yet so true. Keep the creative juices flowing Ange. Much love from South Africa. - Nomfundo Mpati Angelique Goldsworthy, you look lovely in a sari…. you should wear one more often! - Kumud Raj Thank you, Nomfundo! I love the affirmation from Africa and particularly from a fellow poet/writer. Kumud, thank you! Dhabi Dames is a great idea… Thank you, Tempo Planet team! - Angelique Goldsworthy www. tempoplanet.com04 POST YOUR VIEWS AND COMMENTS ON OUR FACEBOOK AND TWITTER PAGES NOTES CYBERCHATTER SPACE Love the fact that Tempo magazine focuses on youth, talent and community. Then the augmented reality and now the Tempo Planet app. Congratulations to the whole team! Great Work! - Asma Ameri I LOVE THE CONCEPT OF AR, IT’S REALLY COOL! - S. Abraham ON “BEING A GREAT BOSS” BY THERESA WEBER All good points that we need to be reminded of occasionally - Kathleen Really good points. I think it’s provocative to think about putting employees first. If you’ve hired well, this is bound to pay back in spades. I think that the final point will likely be the most challenging for many businesses as reviews and decisions are so frequently made based on what has come before not on what might (likely) happen in the future. - Katie I love the article, great tips! However I am not sure employees should come first .I see it as parallel growth .Taking care of the employees is one way of achieving customer satisfaction. - Suha Tabari Superb article – But it is not surprising to read these tips from you, Ms. Weber, given that you “walk the talk” in every endeavor you undertake. Much appreciate this superb refresher course! - John Habib Very good tips. Tip No. 1 (Put customer “second”) gives me pause though; alas, in this hyper competitive economy, sometimes difficult clients need to be put first, even if they might not deserve to be. - John McGowan ON GETTING TEMPO You should consider having more Tempos at Sorbonne University. I can’t seem to get my hands on your magazine, until I drive to town. Frustrating. KHALIPHA + AYMAN B feat. AHMED MEKKI The winners of The DreamPlayers season 6, Khalipha + Ayman B and Ahmed Mekki had a blast while recording their song at the White Cube studios. Khalipha + Ayman B with Ahmed Mekki, students of the American University of Sharjah, clinched the title of the winners of Dream Players season 6 after delivering an outstanding four tracks of rap, all original. SCAN THE PAGE WITH POINTATME APP WATCH THE VIDEO “THE JOURNEY” a short film produced by BrandMoxie, written by Sana Bagersh and directed by Hana Makki, starring Mylene Gomera and Jamal Iqbal shows a conversation between a young Ethiopian house maid arriving in a new country for work, and her older Indian taxi driver. Winner of the Special Jury Award for directing and producing at the Abu Dhabi Film festival. The film has been selected to screen at the Women in Film, 40th Anniversary Event on the 1st of November 2013 at the Paris Sorbonne University, Abu Dhabi. tweet @abudhabitempo www. tempoplanet.comlike us on facebook
  4. 4. www. tempoplanet.com 05 If history has taught us anything, it is that our existence is temporary and that the beyond is frightening because…it’s unknown. In this most recent adventure, world known Professor Robert Langdon is propelled in a chase against time in the heart of Dante Alleghieri's Florence. You might think that the hype on this book is annoying, but it is justified. Although The DaVinci Code remains the best in this series, Inferno is as good (but not better, of course). As history has seen, many works of art have been inspired by Dante's epic masterpiece The Divine Comedy, and specifically the first canto Inferno. Langdon's adventure finds its birth in the lyrical verses of this Italian poem. When Langdon awakes in an unknown hospital in Florence, Italy with no recollection of how he got there and why, and with a very dangerous object in his possession, he finds himself in not only a race for the truth, but also a race to save humanity as we know it. With the help of the beautiful and young doctor Sienna Brooks, Langdon seeks to stop an impending calamity that risks changing everything. Plagued by hazy visions and a temporary amnesia, Langdon finds himself being chased down for something he has no knowledge of possessing and a quest he has no knowledge of accepting. It is of course important to remark that, as a picky reader that judges her books by their ending, I was a bit disappointed. Instead of envisioning an ending that would have left us all speechless, Dan Brown, in my opinion, played it safe by writing an ending with a predictable, almost utopian resolution that made all parties happy. Fast paced and enthralling, Brown's new novel featuring the famous art history professor is a thrilling ride that, like his other novels, succeeds in taking reality to a fictional construct filled with twists and turns all the while unraveling facts and secrets of numerous art works and organizations. TALKING BOOKS A book review by Azza El Masri Azza El Masri is an avid reader and is always looking for new recommendations! If you want her to review a book you fell in love with, or leave a comment on her book bulletin, then you can reach her on: www.tempoplanet.com/category/ talking-books INFERNO by Dan Brown THE BLOG By Seumas Gallacher ROOLS for Self-Publishing Authors Requesting Book Reviews ...ask the good volunteers to be1. honest... a ton of gooey-icky ‘this-deserves-ten-stars,-not-five’ ratings don’t wash... the reading public’s not daft... ...let the good volunteers know2. that I understand yeez all have day jobs... yeez are not expected to drop everything to prioritise my review request... ...repeatROOL #1...3. ...tell the good volunteers I4. don’t expect an edit... simply an opinion on whether they like or dislike the book (and ‘why’ would be great)... ...underscore to the good5. volunteers that 1-star, 2-star and 3-star reviews are totally relevant and welcome, and if that’s how they rate it...so be it... don’t be shy in saying so... I’m old enuff and ugly enuff to handle these (sniff, sniff)... ...repeatROOL #1 and ROOL #36. ...gently remind the good7. volunteers that posting a review onto Amazon.co.uk doesn’t automatically get posted onto Amazon.com and vice versa...they have to be posted separately... ...LUV YEEZ! If there are any more8. good souls out there who would like to volunteer for this unpaid task (I remind yeez, I am Scottish),please contact me on my email, seumasgallacher@yahoo.com ...here’s the cover page : Follow Seumas on Twitter: @seumasgallacher ...over the years, this ol’ Jurassic has sadly come to understand that ‘common sense’ is not really so common... when human ‘intelligence’ is measured in the ability to tap into a handheld calculator to find out 5 + 3 = 8 (and if somehow, heaven forfend, a mis-type occurs and it mistakenly shows ‘9’, and the tapper accepts that unthinkingly...well, yeez know what I’m driving at)... it spills over into behaviour... that paradigm of how to interact with the rest of humanity... for most of us of a certain age, that means manners, politeness, civility... requesting, not demanding... saying ‘thank you’ at the appropriate times... those of yeez Lads and Lassies of Blog Land who are kind enuff (p’raps brain- addled enuff?) to follow my blog regularly will know that my third crime thriller, Savage Payback, has just been completed and launched on Amazon Kindle... given some of the bally-hoo surrounding the subject of bogus book reviews on Amazon recently, I am keen to do it right, Mabel... I sent out to all-points-of-my-Sosyal-Netwurkin-globe a general invitation for good folks who might feel inclined to do an early review for the new masterpiece... the idea being to have these on the Amazon. co.uk and Amazon.com pages, as well as the Goodreads links if people have those... early reviews are gold dust to an author... the response has been magnificent to date, and I’ve sent the Word.doc copy out to those splendid volunteers already... I’ve sculpted a few ROOLS for myself which are here:
  5. 5. WHAT'S HOT// YOUR GUIDE TO THIS MONTHS’ HOTTEST EVENTS www. tempoplanet.com06 THIRD EDITION OF TROPFEST ARABIA Nov 8 Al Sahil Beach – Abu Dhabi Corniche TROPFEST Arabia announced its panel of celebrity judges representing countries across the Middle East and North Africa, for the third edition of TROPFEST Arabia, the expansion of TROPFEST, the world’s largest short film festival. The TROPFEST Arabia 2013 jury panel features a number of high profile industry figures and celebrities from the filmmaking scene across the region, including: Emirati filmmaker Ali F. Mustafa; Tunisian actress, Dorra Zarrouk; Syria’s popular actor, Basel Khayat; renowned Kuwaiti actor, Khaled Amin and Jordanian film producer Rula Nasser. www.tropfest.com/arabia-en/ DUBAI WOMEN’S RUN 2013 Nov 8 The Meydan Hotel, Dubai The Dubai Women’s Run is a friendly environment for women joggers, yet also supports competitive running. It is up to the women to make the races as competitive or as recreational they want! Medals will be given to all race finishers at each race. Both 5k and 10k races will start and finish at the Meydan Hotel. www.dubaiwomensrun.com ABU DHABI SCIENCE FESTIVAL Nov 14 – Nov 23 Du Forum and Corniche - Yas Island ADSF is a strategic initiative by the Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee (TDC) to inspire the nation’s youth and to get them to participate in science-related hands-on activities. The festival is part of a wider strategy to build a talent base in Science, Technology and Innovation in the UAE. The Abu Dhabi Science Festival (ADSF) returns this year in its third edition with new locations and a wider footprint to host more scientific experiences through a broad array of workshops, shows and interactive exhibits. Alongside the return of blockbusters such as Dig- up-a-Dinosaur, ER Surgery, and CSI Crime Scene Investigation workshops, ADSF will also showcase new science experiences in health, cleantech, astronomy and mathematics. www.abudhabisciencefestival.ae/ adsf2013.aspx CINDERELLA- MOSCOW CITY BALLET Nov 14 – Nov16 Madinat Theatre Souk Madinat Jumeirah The Moscow City Ballet are back again for another two nights of classic entertainment. Founded by the former Bolshoi Ballet soloist and choreographer Victor Smirnov-Golovanov, The Moscow City Ballet is considered to be Russia’s most successful touring company. A striking array of costumes and set designs will add drama to the music of Serge Prokofiev. www.madinattheatre.com DUBAI AIR SHOW 2013 Nov 17 – Nov 21 Dubai World Central The Dubai Air Show is a biennial event that has been attracting visitors for the past 23 years. It began as the Arab Air Show back in 1986 and comprised a small civil aviation trade show at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Over two decades later, the show is a huge draw for all those involved and interested in the aerospace sector. The event connects buyers to sellers from all over the globe. Visitors can see over 130 planes while visiting the show and some of this year exhibitors include Aerolux (UK), Alsalam Aircraft (Saudi Arabia), Gulf Aviation Academy (Bahrain) and Lockheed Martin (USA). www.dubaiairshow.aero ABU DHABI ART Nov 20 – Nov 23 Saadiyat Cultural District Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi Much more than just an art fair, Abu Dhabi Art is a unique platform for modern and contemporary art and design as well as a carefully curated public programme. Abu Dhabi Art is an international platform that aims to create awareness and nurture artistic and cultural interest through selected exhibited galleries. It will offer talks by world art academics, connoisseurs, patrons and leading and emerging artists from all fields of the visual arts. http://www.abudhabiartfair.ae/ After-Race Concert @ Yas Island Abu Dhabi NOVEMBER 1 Al Ain Endurance Cup Racing @ AlKhatem City, Boudthib Endurance Abu Dhabi NOVEMBER 8-9 Europe Live in Concert @ Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium NOVEMBER 22 Masala! Awards 2013 @ Madinat Jumeirah NOVEMBER 28 21 YRS OLD FILIPINO COLLEGE GRADUATE KATHERINE M. MEDINA IF YOU WANT TO ADVERTISE YOUR EVENT AND BE INCLUDED IN OUR ISSUE, PLEASE FREE TO CONTACT US AT: +971 2 491 8624
  6. 6. PHOTOTRIPPING By Shahid Saeed THE ART OF MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY www. tempoplanet.com08 Macro Photography, also known as close-up photography, is used to capture small size objects. It can be broken down into three categories, first is the simple “close-up” in which the subject is less than life-size, second is “macro photography” in which the subject size is vary from normal life-size to 10X life size and lastly there is “micro photography” of images captured with microscopes and that require a greater than 10X enlargement of the original subject. To accomplish the task of macrophotography any DSLR will work, but you will need a specific macro lens since you will be shooting very close to subject. Since the light coming through lens will be minimal a ring flash or macro flash attachment is highly recommended. 1 2 3 TITLE: Vivid Petals of Rose Hip Flower INSPIRATION: To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, there are always two people: the photographer and the viewer (Ansel Adams) TITLE: Ready to fly? INSPIRATION: A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed (Ansel Adams) TITLE: Abstract Background with water droplets INSPIRATION: There are no rules for good photographs; there are only good photographs (Ansel Adams) PHOTOGRAPHER: VIKTORIYA VINNIKAVA SETTING: Shutter Priority Mode THE SHOT: “The macro world is unique and different. It is amazing to see details with the help of a macro lens” CAMERA MODEL: Canon EOS 5D F-STOP/APERTURE: f/5.6 ISO: 100 SHUTTER SPEED: 1/125 sec 1 SETTING: Shutter Priority Mode THE SHOT: “Sometimes it is impossible to photograph a macro subject without disturbing it. In this case lenses with a longer focal length are great help” CAMERA MODEL: Canon EOS 400D F-STOP/APERTURE: f/5.6 ISO: 400 SHUTTER SPEED: 1/40 sec 2 SETTING: Shutter Priority Mode THE SHOT: “Macro subject is very wide. One of the sides - creative abstract backgrounds and patterns which can be found anywhere. This one was captured during a car wash” CAMERA MODEL: Canon EOS 400D F-STOP/APERTURE: f/2.8 ISO: 200 SHUTTER SPEED: 1/320 sec 3
  7. 7. ABU DHABI PHOTOGRAPHERS www. tempoplanet.com 09 Paulo Manalo Amgad Nady Sheri Lal Tariq Nazal Sujith Prasad LENS MAGIC The photographs shown here were taken by the Abu Dhabi Photographers who were given a challenge: photographing animals at the Al Ain Zoo. Established in 2009 by Shahid Saeed, the Abu Dhabi Photographers comprises a group of over 600 photographers based in the capital. The group is run and managed by BrandMoxie, a leading marketing agency in the UAE. To find out more about Abu Dhabi Photographers, visit: brandmoxie.com/ADP
  8. 8. NOW SHOWING COMING SOON ACTION/VIOLENCE COMEDY/HUMOR EXPLICIT POSITIVE MESSAGE INTERACTIVE PAGE DOWNLOAD THE POINTATME APP AND SCAN THIS PAGE ROSHAN JOHN is a 26 year old Indian photographer who loves music entirely without bias. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ROYALS Lorde R U CRAZY Connor Maynard WHITE WALLS Macklemore & Ryan Lewis TALK DIRTY Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz CHEATING John Newman HEARTBREAKER Justin Bieber WORK Britney Spears ROAR Katy Perry STAY THE NIGHT feat. Hayley Williams – Zedd GORILLA Bruno Mars WHAT'S ON YOUR iPOD? Stairway to Heaven1. - Led Zeppelin Nothing else matters2. - Metallica I’m on the outside3. - Staind Lips of an angel4. - Hinder Twice5. - Little dragon Zombie6. - The Cranberries Kiss from a rose7. - Seal Two Steps Behind8. - Def Leppard Be yourself9. - Audioslave Crawling back to you10. - Daughtry TEMPO MOVIE REVIEWS 1 2 3 4 5 REVIEW: WE’RE THE MILLERS: 3 1/2 STAR “A overall hilarious film” DIRECTED BY: Rawson Thurber STARRING: Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts 1 2 3 4 5 REVIEW: CAPTAIN PHILLIPS: BEST “Tom Hanks looks extraordinary” DIRECTED BY: Paul Greengrass STARRING: Tom Hanks Barkhad Abdi EMPIRE STATE: 5 STAR “A strong moral lesson” DIRECTED BY: Dito Montiel STARRING: Liam Hemsworth, Dwayne Johnson, Micheal Angarano 1 2 3 4 5 REVIEW: THE FROZEN GROUND: BETTER “A Nicolas Cage film is never disappointing” DIRECTED BY: Scott Walker STARRING: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, Vanessa Hudgens Tempo does a rating on the latest movies based on action, comedy, explicit content and positive message. Our trusted movie buff, Shaheer Akbar reviews movies released in the Gulf recently. Follow #TempoReviews on Twitter for more. With lots of much-awaited movies releasing every week, Tempo creates an expectation meter. We asked few movie-lovers what they think of these upcoming movies and this is how the expectation goes. Follow #TempoReviews on Twitter for more. GRAVITY: 5 STAR “A stunning visual film” DIRECTED BY: Alfonso Cuaron STARRING: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney THOR: THE DARK WORLD: BEST “Excited for more Loki” DIRECTED BY: Alan Taylor STARRING: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman REVIEW: REVIEW: REVIEW: www. tempoplanet.com10
  9. 9. www. tempoplanet.com 11 MIRROR IMAGES WRITER: Shamma Humaid Obaid Humaid Almansoori ILLUSTRATOR: Noora Abdulrahman Abdulla Abdulrahman Al Shaikh Mariam and Mahra were twins. Both had dark, brown eyes and long, beautiful, black hair. Mahra was their parents’ favorite and hatred started to grow in Mariam's heart towards her parents and Mahra, so she decided to do something to make her life better. One day, Mariam asked her mother if she could go to the old neighborhood. Her mother’s said no. Then she asked her father. "You are forbidden to go there!” he shouted. That night, Mariam sneaked out. When she reached the old neighborhood, she walked straight past the demolished homes, through the deserted area until she reached a small house made of mud and bones. Mariam slowly opened the door. She looked inside. Two yellow eyes looked back at her through the darkness. “Who’s there?” she asked. Although the house was silent, she suddenly heard an eerie voice in her head. “Do you want to curse anyone?” it asked. Mariam replied quickly, "Mahra. I want you to curse my sister," she said angrily. The mysterious voice asked for Mariam’s beauty in return and she agreed without hesitation. Mariam went home feeling very happy. As each day passed, Mahra’s beauty started to fade. Day by day, the uglier Mahra got the prettier Mariam became. Their parents were so ashamed that they started hiding Mahra away. For the very first time, the parents started favoring Mariam over Mahra. Finally, Mariam's dreams were coming true. That night, Mariam went to bed more beautiful than she had ever been. The next morning, she woke up, looked in the mirror and screamed. She awakened to the face of an ugly, wrinkled old lady, even uglier than her sister Mahra, who she had cursed. At midnight, Mariam ran back to the old house. When she arrived, all she could hear was the laughter of Um Healan around her. “You cursed your sister and freely gave up your beauty to do so and you’ll never get it back,” Um Healan cackled. It was then that Mariam realized her jealousy had cost her everything. “The mysterious voice asked for nothing except Mariam’s beauty.” © 2013 Zayed University Press. All Rights Reserved. SCAN THE PAGE WITH POINTATME APP LISTEN TO THE STORY IN ARABIC AND ENGLISH
  10. 10. www. tempoplanet.com12 CITY BITES: WHERE: KAWLOON WHAT: Hot & Spicy Prawns Soup BUILD: Hot and spicy clear soup with prawns, green chillies, chilli flakes and ginger. COMMENT: The soup delivered fully on its namesake – very hot and very spicy – a little too hot for human consumption. It didn’t register too high on the ‘comforting’ metre. The prawns were yummy and redeemed the soup somewhat, but the soup tasted a tad too corn-starchy. And yes, the strands of ginger, green chillies and chilli flakes delivers a decent dose of zing. RECOMMENDATION: You have a choice of clear or creamy soups, both in vegetarian and non-veg options. RATING: 4 STARS WHERE: THAI EXPRESS WHAT: Tom Yam Kai Soup BUILD: Spicy Thai herbal soup with chicken. Comment: If you’re looking for noodles in this soup, you won’t find them. The soup had chunks of tomatoes and lots of mushrooms, lemon grass, galangal and basil. The herbs were well incorporated and had the traditional Tom Yam flavor. However, the soup was a little too sour for my taste buds; possibly due to the large amount of tomatoes in it? RECOMMENDATION: Thai express don’t offer the variety of soups one usually expects in a restaurant of this type. Adequate at best. RATING: 3.5 STARS WHERE: THE NOODLE HOUSE WHAT: Baksu BUILD: Beef broth with spiced meatballs, shredded cabbage and egg noodles. COMMENT: The soup was more like a beef broth. Very clear soup with beef meatballs (those were yummy!) and egg noodles. Except for the meatballs, the soup felt more like a beef bouillon cube dissolved in hot water. An extra dash of pepper and salt helped a lot but not enough to make a real difference. RECOMMENDATION: Going to The Noodle House for soup isn’t worth it (because of the relatively high cost), best use your cash for other dishes worth trying. RATING: 3 STARS By Diji Shujahi Soup has always been a great go-to comfort food when we are down with flu. But soup is so much more than that – it is a ‘health food’, a ‘diet food’ and a delicious snack! Come to think of it soup is so versatile, healthy and easy to make, it deserves more of our respect! And that’s precisely why we pay it homage here… SPICY SOUPS! SOUP (EVEN) YOU CAN DO STEP 1: Combine: 4 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth 1 cup each chopped onion, carrot, and celery 1 teaspoon each dried basil and oregano 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and 1 bay leaf STEP 2: Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 5 minutes. STEP 3: Add 1 1/2 cups dried egg noodles. Cover and simmer 8 minutes; discard bay leaf. STEP 4: Add 2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast. STEP 5: Enjoy! STEP 1: Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat until shimmering, about 3 minutes. STEP 2: Add the celery, carrot, and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have softened, about 10 minutes. STEP 3: Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Season with several generous pinches of salt and pepper. STEP 4: Add the broth, tomatoes with their juices, lentils, bay leaf, and thyme and stir to combine. STEP 5: Cover and bring to a simmer, about 15 minutes. Once simmering, reduce the heat to low and continue simmering, covered, until the lentils and vegetables are soft, about 15 minutes more. STEP 6: Taste and season with more salt or pepper as needed, then stir in the vinegar. Add the spinach and stir until wilted. If you prefer a creamier texture, purée half of the soup in a blender and add it back to the pot. STEP 7: Sahtain! CHICKEN NOODLE LENTIL SOUP SCAN THE PAGE WITH POINTATME APP WATCH THE VIDEO
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  12. 12. www. tempoplanet.com14 DO YOU HAVE YOUR OWN DISTINCTIVE STYLE? SUBMIT A PHOTO AND A PARAGRAPH ABOUT YOURSELF TO: editorial@tempoplanet.com FASHION STATEMENT: "Style is a way to say who you are” YOUR PERSONAL STYLE: Smart casual yet structured FAVOURITE RECENT BUY: Rainbow jumper from ICONIC - very comfortable and very stylish. FAVORITE STORES: ICONIC, H&M, Pulll and Bear, and HE Mango DO YOU THINK THE UAE HAS STYLE? Yes, definitely! I've seen a lot of unique and stylish people about town. DO YOU HAVE ANY FASHION PET PEEVES? I dislike people who imitate someone else’s style especially when it doesn’t suit them. I believe it’s better to keep your look simple and create your own fashion statement. CONNECT: instagram.com/benzbrooks BENZTER BROOKS CORPIN MANUEL 28 YRS OLD FILIPINO LIFESTYLE SPECIALIST TEMPO'S MY STYLE
  13. 13. www. tempoplanet.com 15 1A 1B 2A 2B MANAR AL HINAI Emirati Fashion Designer RUKSANA AJIR Indian Fashion Designer 1B, Because of the use of velvet that adds a rich texture to the suit yet maintaining its simplicity. 1A, since there was an attitude in the entire look which was modern in its wearability. The contrast blue collar & lapel of the blazer is an excellent mixing of varying scales of colors. Teamed up with a narrow fitted pants in glossy jacquard’s gives the entire silhouette a sharp and sturdy look. 2A, I love how it’s original and mixes different types of fabrics: tulle, and embroidery work, while also rocking one of the season’s hottest trends: embellished collars. I love 2-A, because of its eccentric and beautifully executed delicate details. This piece of couture is definitely worth to hold on for. With its fascinating delicate details in cut out lace, tulle and contrasting gold embroidery makes it anybody’s personal 3A 3B FASHION VIEW// TEMPO’S TO SEE YOUR FASHION BRAND HERE, EMAIL: editorial@tempoplanet.com I PREFER 3-B AS IT IS VERY TRENDY AND CAN BE WORN EVERYDAY THIS WINTER WITH A BEIGE OR BLACK JEANS FOR A CASUAL LOOK AND FOR THE EVENING WITH A DRESS TEAMED UP WITH HEELS FOR A SOPHISTICATED LOOK. 3B RED IS WINTER’S KEY COLOR AND THIS CUT ALSO ACCENTUATES THE WAIST AND FLATTERS THE BODY, AND WOULD LOOK GOOD WORN WITH A PAIR OF TROUSERS OR OVER A NICE MINI DRESS.
  14. 14. Tempo is pleased to unveil “42: A Tribute to the Nation”, a spectacular collection of paintings honouring members of the UAE’s ruling families. The collection is being completed, in time for the 42nd National Day Celebration of the UAE, which falls on the 2nd of December 2013, and will be showcased during the month of December. The painter of the entire collection is Esmi Pangilinan, one of a small remaining crop of true ‘manual’ art masters - in a world enamored by digital art. He uses pen and ink, watercolor, airbrush and pastels. He agreed to share the paintings here, for the first time ever - with Tempo’s readers. Esmi explained that he wanted to create the 42 artworks to highlight the inspiring legacy and vision of each leader. He uses a style of painting called “Spontaneous Realism” that depicts assurance and stature of each subject. “With the ever evolving world of technology, we should always go back to what makes us human through the reflection of art,” he says. Esmi currently teaches portraiture and sketching at the L’ atelier des Arts in the capital. For more on the December showcase of “42: A Tribute to the Nation” contact: 02-4918625. COVER STORY “A TRIBUTE TO THE NATION” A RARE COLLECTION OF PAINTINGS CELEBRATING THE UAE’S UPCOMING 42ND NATIONAL DAY www. tempoplanet.com16
  15. 15. www. tempoplanet.com 17 Preliminary drawings among the 42 pieces of artworks. Connect: www.facebook.com/sketchingforlife
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  17. 17. www. tempoplanet.com 19 “I spent most of my childhood commuting back and forth grew up between Byblos, Lebanon and Abu Dhabi, UAE, and I enjoyed it! I also spent some time in Dearborn, Michigan and Boston, Massachusetts. Travelling most of my life gave me exposure to different cultures. I went to a French school and eventually studied advertising at Notre Dame University in Lebanon. I also studied music theory and undertook vocal training at the conservatory in Kaslik, Lebanon. MY EARLY INFLUENCES “I have been singing since as far back as I can remember and spent most of my childhood listening to tracks and noting the lyrics so that I could then sing them. I met a few musicians during a visit to a friend’s place and after a good jam session they invited me to join their band that was performing in a club in Beirut. I happily joined and wound up jamming at different clubs around town. It was a very essential mode of expression for me and I slowly became known as the Tracy Chapman of Beirut. I was later introduced to Ziad Rahbani who led me into the world of jazz and who was a strong influence in the most educational phase of my musical career. I abandoned music for a few years before I finally understood that it was my calling and began working on my first album. In the technology that enabled me to produce my album between LA and Abu Dhabi. This would have never been possible 20 years ago! When it came to writing the actual songs, I dug into my thoughts, experiences and pain, and it was almost like healing my wounds in a way. I am very proud of this album and am looking forward to seeing people’s response to it; I’m already getting a lot of positive feedback from all over the world. It is truly heartwarming to see your thoughts go from melodies in your mind, to tracks that are recorded then released for the whole world to enjoy! I love what I do and feel blessed to be able to do it!” process, I established some connections with musicians in LA and eventually got introduced to Joe Kennedy who produced my album. I feel my path has been guided all along… and that the best is yet to come! MY INSPIRATIONS My mother is the first artist I ever met, and her ability to pursue her art with three children and an abundance of responsibilities is my ultimate reference about the endless possibilities in life. I am also inspired by powerful women like Nina Simone, a musician and outspoken activist, who used her music to spread light. I am deeply inspired by pain and emotions…in fact my entire album is based on that! But ultimately, it’s the triumph over pain that matters most to me and that is what I try to convey through my songs. MY CREATIVE PROCESS I’ve been writing songs since I was a teenager and enjoy the process very much. My style of music evolved and it is only in the last few years that I started developing my own sound and genre. I evolve with every song! Having recently completed my first album, “Mama’s Back”, I’m already thinking of ways I can do it differently next time. The most important element in songwriting is the need to have live instruments present in the music. I feel there is a lack of organic instrumentation in the music we hear today and I’m keen on making sure my work includes a variety of live instruments, be it in the studio or through live performances. JUGGLING RESPONSIBILITIES I see my biggest achievement as my ability to juggle my daytime work, with my children, my family and my music - in spite of the pitfalls and the challenges! Life tends to get in the way; for many years I let things get in the way of my dreams but recently I decided that no matter how hard it got, I have to pull through and keep going. Making this album has been such an amazing journey for me and resembles my life in a way. MY BIGGEST CHALLENGES Well being an Arab singing in English is not exactly the simplest way of entering the music business! Whenever I approached record labels in the past, they emphasized the need to sing my mother tongue yet they couldn’t realize that English is the language I speak 95 percent of the time! Having said this, I did write one song in Arabic, called ‘Marrat” and though it sounds like a new genre of Arabic soul, I plan to turn my challenges into advantages. I would like to take my music to people all over the world and break barriers and borders with it! MY FIRST ALBUM Producing this album has been the most difficult thing I have ever had to do in my life. It had added tremendous pressure on me - emotionally, technically, logistically and financially, but it was also incredibly stimulating! This was my first album and I produced it without a record label. This meant that I was involved in every single step. I started discovering music in a different light; hearing every instrument in a song and admiring the amazing SULTRY SINGER ROUBA ZEIDAN By Ajir ShujahiMUSIC PR guru by day, soul diva by night, singer Rouba Zeidan has a soft clubby style that combines an easy infectious jazzy beat with her smooth vocals. The 38-year-old Lebanese singer who says she was exposed into music from a very early age, has managed to create a distinctive style of Arabic and English songs that have a worldly contemporary feel. Rouba chatted with Tempo about her creative journey… SCAN THE PAGE WITH POINTATME APP Listen to Rouba Zeidan’s music
  18. 18. www. tempoplanet.com20 INSTAFAME: ‘Cindy 365 Notes’ are handwritten words and doodles that form a daily dose of self- motivation to/by Cindy Cheung, a freelance graphic designer. Cindy shares her story with Tempo… AN INTRODUCTION TO “CINDY 365 NOTES” “At the beginning of the year, I gave myself a challenge, that every day in 2013, I would write a note of the day and post it on my Instagram and Pinterest account. I could write down anything but there were only two rules: 1) They had to be handwritten words/ doodles that were meaningful to me 2) They had to include a must call-to-action for sometime during 2013.” CONNECT: www.cindycheung.co.uk Cindy 365 Notes
  19. 19. www. tempoplanet.com 21 Bocca Boot Musk Oud by Kilian. Launch of the 5th fragrance of the ‘Arabian Nights’ Collection at Paris Gallery Philips HomeCooker Available @ all leading Hypermarket and Electronics shop Rado HyperChrome Ceramic Plasma Available @ Rivoli Thom Browne Available @ Abu Dhabi World Trade Centre Mall Evita Peroni Available @ Dubai Marina Mall Vince Camuto Available @ Abu Dhabi World Trade Centre Mall CharlotteOlympia Available @ The Dubai Mall TW Steel Available @ Rivoli TO SEE YOUR SWAG OR YOUR BRAND HERE, EMAIL:Follow #TempoSwag on Twitter editorial@tempoplanet.com
  20. 20. www. tempoplanet.com22 LIFE’S STAGED: AS YOU LIKE IT by Angelique Goldsworthy When we first settled in the UAE, I had the strange feeling that I’d stepped onto the set of a new reality TV series. The really scary part was that I was both a central character and head of publicity! This was no nine to nine desk job; it was more like an ongoing Broadway production - with no dress rehearsal. A few years on, I’ve realized that these crazy ideas weren’t that far from reality. The image of expat life portrayed on social network pages has a touch of glamour and adventure. Just after summer vacation or a Yasalam weekend, some of our profiles start to resemble a scene from ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’. Obviously we all know we’re not celebrities, but it could cause confusion for some late night facebook users. We’re not trying to fool anyone intentionally, but we do still put on a good show. Facebook gives us each a type of virtual stage; a blank screen where we can release selected scenes from real life to people in the ‘audience’, aka our ‘Friends’ list (and a few unknowns if our security settings permit). In turn, we gain admission to their ‘theatre of life’. And so, although we might be thousands of miles apart, everyone lives happily ever after, right? Well, eventually. Remember, communicating online takes practice and, like all relationships, “It’s complicated.” Arriving in Abu Dhabi International Airport five years ago, I still remember the shock I felt the moment we stepped outside and the intense summer heat assaulted us. The exotic new foods and aromas, the unfamiliar colours of desert and ocean are experiences we instinctively want to share with friends and family we left behind. I can’t help blushing when I remember my initial excitement at finally being connected online. Photos were uploaded, statuses updated, with the frequency and zeal of a CNN news anchor reporting live from Time Square on New Years Eve… “The temperature 48 degrees Celsius. Unbearable!” I felt compelled to document each amazing moment: A batch of cookies burnt, my first trip to Marina Mall, the joy of finding marmite at Spinney’s… Isn’t it funny how a single object seems to change shape, when you look it from another angle? Just imagine that unassuming soul who logs onto Facebook from a cold and rainy corner of the globe. They scan their homepage for any life-changing quotes or an old school photograph they can tag. Scrolling a little further they see our familiar faces (yet again!) smiling widely from a packed Yas Arena, as Paul McCartney sings in the background. The friend involuntarily grips the mouse tighter. Below the photo, a line from the chorus is posted in the comment box: “Na…nananana…” Scrolling on hurriedly the friend sees an album uploaded with the title in capital letters: ‘BEST TRIP EVA!” Mocktails on the beach in Phuket… amaaaaazing! It sounded familiar, like something from the cover of People magazine. With all the drama and excitement of life, plus all the responsibilities of chief publisher, it’s not surprising that I took a couple of years to see the disconcerting truth. I had been looking through a string of glorious vacation photos and posts by fellow expats, when I had a minor epiphany. As much fun as expat life was for some of us, there were others who might not share our enthusiasm. But life in ‘the desert’ still held plenty of thrills and this girl was not ready to quit the show. Perhaps a smaller stage, fewer spotlights, more authentic characterization…Suddenly I thought of a perfect status update. Unlocking my smart phone, I typed, clicked to ‘post’ and watched as the words uploaded: “Wise Will Shakespeare said, ‘All the world’s a stage…’ But he could have warned us that our parts were unrehearsed!” DIARY OF A TRANSCONTINENTAL EXPAT by “Bateen Betty” A DAY IN THE UK Every morning is the same. First it’s meditative time with my Creator as I sit facing the brighter side of the room, thanking God for His mercies. They say that warm water followed by green tea before breakfast is a good practice. So I drink some. What’s on my menu today, I wonder? Because every day is not the same… My summer months, back in the UK, are mostly spent outdoor, pottering around in my garden, weeding out, watering, trimming and pruning plants, or picking vegetables or fruit for breakfast. There’s so much to do that I forget the time. I then meet up with my friends and ex-work colleagues who want to catch up with me. I love visiting my friends; old and young. One old friend has a typical farmhouse and grows fruit and vegetables. I return with bags full of vegetables and fruit, which I turn into a delicious Thai squash soup followed by Cambodian pumpkin custard for dessert. My guests love the unusual flavours. Sometimes I bake cakes to give away. There’s joy in this kind of giving and there’s always someone in need. Who’ll say no to cake? A DAY IN ABU DHABI While driving on the super highway of Abu Dhabi, I think of my fruit trees in the garden and in the field, where I go berry (blueberry, raspberry and blackberry) and apple picking. Here I buy berries in boxes at Spinney’s or Lulu’s and they’re never the same. Back home the squirrels have a field day with our walnuts and horse chestnuts, but here, I have to pay for them. How different life is here! As I sit in my pristine apartment, I think of my other home where all year round a local farmer’s herd of sheep graze the land and trim the nettles and thistles that grow over the field. In the UK it’s about sweating out in the garden, meeting friends socially over tea and scones, and cleaning my home by myself. In my dear adopted city of Abu Dhabi, I busy myself working at the local Thrift Shop, interacting with people from different countries, and selling donated goods which raise money for community charities here and abroad. I also occasionally assist in a women’s shelter making crafts with other volunteers to help a group of doctors and nurses offer health check-ups. You see, I once used to be a nurse. Once a week, I meet up with our Ladies Fellowship where we gather to help lift up each other’s spirit through praise songs, prayers, reading Psalms, watching videos and Bible study. We are more than friends; we are like sisters. Coming to Abu Dhabi is yet the best thing that ever happened to me, personally, in terms of my spiritual faith in God, which has grown deeper. And I got to know many people from different ethnic backgrounds, different nationalities and different cultures who worship God so passionately. Occasionally on some days, I attend a social network to catch up with friends I met when I first arrived here, and I also make new friends. Sometimes I go on the fun trips within the UAE, but weekends I always spend with family /husband. Life here in Abu Dhabi is as exciting as in the UK. I am doubly fortunate to have two lifestyles and two homes in two different countries and continents. Thank you God! THE DHABI DAMES RUMINATIONS ON HAPPINESS By Marien Oomen Ask any woman and she will say that chocolate brings her happiness. Ask any man, and he will say, happiness is a rising bank balance. Ask your child and happiness is freedom from school. Is ignorance really bliss? It is no coincidence that the happiest people around tend to be those untethered by responsibility. They are usually the young, and most often it is those lost in a world of their own imagination. Once I had some furniture delivered to my home in India. In the state of Kerala, I was informed, there are union workers who made it their prerogative to unload any truck that passes the junction where they sit drinking tea, and smoking cigarettes the whole day. Ten hefty men outside my home came forward and asked for Rs 2000 to unload my furniture. It was a ridiculously high amount for a few pieces. Was I happy? No. The truck people were asked to step aside and the Union stepped in. No one could argue with them. So haggling was the only way around things and we all agreed on Rs 1000. Were they happy? Sure! They got a huge amount of money for doing almost nothing. The unfairness of it all made my blood boil and happiness almost went out the window. But then I was given another perspective. The Union’s forceful way of unloading trucks secured their bread and butter. You just have to give in and be pleasant. In the end it works for everyone. Women all over have such an enormous responsibility on their shoulders to keep the home peaceful, keep their men happy, and their children in good standing. As mothers, we teach our children to treat every human soul with respect and regard the human race with dignity. If our children are abusive to strangers, to animals, or disfigure public places and properties, it really reflects back on the parenting they received from us. And invariably our children always look up to us to be an example to them. Recently two men in their business suits abused a cashier at a money exchange, and I was furious at their crude behaviour. I didn’t have the gumption to stand up for the simple cashier. But now I wish I had. A few weeks ago I was pleasantly surprised to see young men and women from the UAE wearing “ I love UAE’ tees and walking up and down the Champs Elysees. I wanted to greet them saying, “hey, I’m from Abu Dhabi too”. I was tickled pink to see them eating shawarma, and suddenly I felt a connection. COMMUNITY
  21. 21. www. tempoplanet.com24 began. And you Paul, did you originally pursue an education degree? PAUL D: I initially studied creative writing and then switched over to education in the middle of my second year when I realized that creative writing wouldn't pay the bills. Now back to you, what are some of the projects that you have worked on? NASSMA: I worked on a number of interactive projects when I was in Canada, one of which was created for one of the government sectors. I also worked on a game called Hideout! with a group of friends that was later released on Xbox Live Marketplace. I also pitched a show idea that I created specifically for Cartoon Network Arabia that was later developed as our first ever pilot. PAUL D: Congratulations on that! So what were your favorite cartoons as a child? NASSMA: Tom and Jerry, Road Runner, Animaniacs, Batman, Superman, some anime shows, Dexter's Lab, and the list goes on! How about you, Paul, do you like cartoons? PAUL D: Goof Troop, Tailspin, Dark Wing Duck, and Heathcliff. So what do you look for when searching for voice over artists for specific characters? NASSMA: Voiceover artists should be great actors and impressionists. It's not easy expressing crazy cartoon characters behind closed doors with nothing but a few lines and maybe some early concept art. You should be very flexible in trying to portray the right personality the director is looking for but most importantly the artist should always have a demo reel which would help during the casting process, so no one's time is wasted if the director decides he or she is the right fit for the part. PAUL D: What do you think the future of animation will be like in the UAE? NASSMA: I think it’s a very bright future for animation and film in the region. It always takes time and effort to build a PAUL D: Nassma, where are you from originally and how did you make it to the UAE? NASSMA: When I was at school, they used to call me the UN (United Nations) kid. I was born in the UAE with Iraqi, Egyptian, Turkish, Bahraini roots and I developed a strong Canadian accent. I've always thought of the UAE as my home. Abu Dhabi holds some of my greatest memories, friends, and, most importantly, family, so it only feels natural to fly across the world and give back to the UAE through the only way I know how, filmmaking. PAUL D: What’s your connection to film making? NASSMA: I'm currently part of the production/development team at Cartoon Network Studios Arabia. It's a lot of fun and we get to be crazy creatives for a living. There's no better way to put it. A lot of what I do involves serious work though. Along with my team, I'm responsible for developing and producing original kids content that stems from the region and has a unique, fun, Middle Eastern flavor that appeals to international audiences. I also manage production schedules, work on budgets, and whenever I can I get involved in the development writing process. PAUL D: What made you decide to pursue this career? Did you receive a degree in animation? NASSMA: The story of how I got into animation is pure luck. I went into university in Canada as a passionate writer at heart but, soon after, got involved in filmmaking, 3D animation, and game development as part of my degree. Along the way I was told by some very influential and inspiring individuals that I had the true makings of a producer at heart, and that's how my journey thriving media industry, or any industry in general, anywhere in the world but with the amount of talent I've personally witnessed so far and the great support from places like Cartoon Network Arabia and TwoFour54 I can only see it going up from here. PAUL D: What is your ultimate career goal in cartoon production? NASSMA: I have faith in the quality and creativity that can originate from within this region. What better and more satisfying career goal could there be than becoming one of the front runners in helping to shape the industry here - working along with a group of equally passionate and experienced individuals. The big leagues is what most of us aim for, so executive producing and creating world class content wouldn't be so bad either! I'd have to say I'm off to a good start. PAUL D: I think so too. Before we end, let me ask you this, if you were a cartoon character, what would you be? NASSMA: A superhero for sure! Maybe secretly I’ve always wanted to be a villain just for fun, but telekinetic abilities and invisibility would be pretty cool. How about you? PAUL D: I would be a hip-hop poetry super-hero, destroying evil characters with a microphone and positive words! One last question, who's covering the check? CARTOON DREAMS Tempo contributor and award-winning poet, Dorian “Paul D” Rogers sat down for tea with animation producer, Nassma Al Bahrani, to talk about filmmaking and cartoon art in the UAE. NASSMA AL BAHRANI ARTICULATE CAFÉ: > CONNECT WITH NASSMA Instagram: Breeze2Seas Twitter: @NazBahrani > CONNECT WITH DORIAN Facebook: /pauldtheripy Twitter: Pauldtheripy What do I love most about being a new age kid? The change that is unfolding around me. Maybe it’s something that happens with every generation, or maybe it’s exclusive to us young people of the technology age - but it sure as hell is refreshing! When I was younger, remote controlled cars were only for boys, Barbie dolls only for girls, boys had to have the majority of their belongings in blue, and girls in pink. And oh, boys and girls hated each other. I look around now and I see guys, of all ages, in bright pink Lacoste and Hollister tees and girls in military cargos… and don’t even talk about the colour blue – cause it’s all over the women’s section. The entire stereotyping of genders is diminishing, and not just in terms of clothes. Guys are now experimenting in the kitchen and participating in household matters, while girls are running errands all by themselves. Taking a look around the environment in my university, I see girls taking charge - as presidents of clubs, organizational committees, voluntary services and even sports departments – which were solely the territory of the boys earlier. Sights like these give me a happy feeling. Globalization does have its perks. It has helped to evolve our thought processes, it made change the norm and broadened our horizons. The internet may have its drawbacks, but it’s also helped make things easier to achieve. Ask any child these days, boy or girl, what their ambition is, and the replies that you receive may be very broad, and not just the narrow and traditional definitions of doctors and engineers. Whether it is a pastry chef, or a prime minister, young people today have aims, as wide ranging as the number of people on this planet. You’ll say kids have always dreamed big. The only difference now is the optimism that those big dreams can be translated into reality. YOUTH TALK// BOYS LIKE PINK, GIRLS LIKE BLUE By Mugdha Sunil Polimera #ChangeForABetterTomorrow
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  23. 23. www. tempoplanet.com26 UNLEASH MOXIE 1. EVERNOTE First help for creative person, it is cross-device easy-to-use app which stores your notes, photos, to-do lists and make it all searchable and accessible from web, smartphone or tablet. 2. CLEAR Nice-looking list-keeping app that is really simple, quick and easy to use, not matter if you are creating notes or to-do lists. 3. CREATIVE WHACK PACK Set of funny cards which should provoke your thinking. It contains 84 interactive creative strategies which should stimulate creative thinking. 4. UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY Well, I have to confess, that this is the app that I created, but I really use it often. Quick intro should be: A help for every creative who needs a guide how to create/reshape/finish ideas with advices & place to store your notes. 5. MINDTOOLS Useful App with lot of content. It’s a guide not only for creativity, but also for other business skills such as leadership, strategy, project management and problem solving. 6. OFLOW Set of more then 100 ways to get you into the creative flow. Also containing notes, reminders & favorites sections with possibility to flag, browse and email favorites. 7. INNOVATE All posts from Innovation Excellence in one app. Other highlighted sections are TED videos, AC Podcasts and FastCompany News, but also other contents are available. 8. THE BRAINSTORMER This funny and nice-looking app combines three spinning wheels with plot/conflict, theme/setting and subject/location. After spinning the wheels, generated combination make creative inspiration very simply. 9. iBRAINSTORM Multi-device collaboration tool for brainstorming which is used like a pinboard with sticky notes and ability to draw. So, ideas can be written and organized as groups and projects. 10. BEHANCE NETWORK This is maybe different then all previous apps… By browsing through the hundreds of galleries, you can be inspired for new ideas and everyone can build up their portfolio as well. First of all, if you don’t have a personal Pinterest account, get thee to a computer. Though the site can sometimes get a bad rap for being a “time suck,” it’s second to none in providing endless amounts of inspiration. Whether you’re feeling crafty, wanting to start a new diet or find fellow Whovians, Pinterest is your one-stop shop. An inherently visual medium, Pinterest is also the perfect place to showcase your products in a fun and creative way. Pinterest works as a virtual corkboard, where you find something that interests you and “pin” it to your boards for your followers to see who will then repin it to their own personal boards, which their followers will see…and so on. So let’s say you run a hair salon. You can use Pinterest to show your best hairstyles. When you’re “pinning” these images from your website, and a follower clicks on the image, they are brought to your site and your traffic increases. Though the demographics of Pinterest still trend towards women, the number of men joining the site is increasing daily. Small businesses can harness the power of Pinterest by posting creative, eye-catching images on their websites that include a call to action. These images can then be “pinned” onto their own boards and then have the potential to be shared by millions. Increased traffic to your website = a higher percentage of potential customers and the ability to sell more advertising on your site. Find some Pinspiration of your own by checking out these businesses who are winning at pinning! www.pinterest.com/westelm/ http://www.pinterest.com/lowes/ hwww.pinterest.com/generalelectric/ POINTATME app from Virtual Mob PAM or Point At Me is a free app that allows users to Point at Magazine print, Newspapers, Digital Signages, Billboards, Print ads using their mobile camera and instantly see the static print come to life! What really sets PAM apart from its competitors is the automated process that gives the company the creative reigns, while serving it in a simple ‘drag and drop’ interface. PAM’s mission is to break the barrier between brands and Augmented Reality technology. They set out to achieve this by combining a CMS platform that allows any company to create their own AR. This is done without coding on the part of the user, and can be accessed by anyone through the free PAM Smartphone app. In this way, the company has significantly reduced cost and increased ease-of-use. PAM’s most obvious suitor has been print campaigns; bringing a fledgling industry into the 21st century and linking it to the digital age. Augmented reality seems to be the way of the future, and PAM contends to be the belle of the ball. UNLEASH MOXIE WITH BRANDMOXIE 10 APPS FOR CREATIVITY PINSPIRATION Using smartphones and tablets is a big help for every creative person and here is the collection of apps that can help in unleashing that creative spark everyone has inside. Apps are listed in no particular order and I’ve choose the ones that I use on my iPhone & iPad: By: Tomislav Buljubasic Blog: 7innovation.worpress.com Store: Unleash Your Creativity Download the app from the iPhone App By: Leslie Pavlovich Innovation Socal Media 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 “ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS TO DOWNLOAD POINTATME APP FROM ANDROID OR iOS TO ENJOY GREAT AR EXPERIENCE”
  24. 24. www. tempoplanet.com 27 TAMAKKAN: JOIN: www.tamakkan.com @tamakkan START OF INNOVATION IN SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT COMPANIES By Tomislav Buljubasic How can any software developer become an Innovator? Is it possible that innovations exist in any software company? Software development in small and middle size companies can be encouraged in the same manner as in big companies. The effort and the time spent surely must be scaled, but the general principle which should bring the innovation culture into the teams can be copied. The target can be that after introduction of innovation process following sentences shouldn’t be heard: “We are here only to do our job and that is all…” “We are not supposed to give suggestions.” “I can have ideas, but no one will care about it.” “I don’t know what to do with new idea and how will care about it.” To encourage new ideas, the process must be build and it doesn’t have to be complex. Let’s start with answering first question that can arise: “Can software developers have ideas?” Well, everyone can, and the ability to have new ideas is really close to everyday work of any developer. Let’s just say that any savings in development, planning, testing process is a worthful idea. “What could be the suggestion in software industry?” Many developers do many small improvements without recognizing that it was an idea that made some savings to the company. Some examples can be: new testing tool which provides more valuable information in shorter time, script for making the working environment or the new mechanism that makes your development process faster or more efficient. “Aren’t the new ideas part of our everyday job already?” To make this visible, whole organization must be prepared for taking care of such ideas, specially lower and middle management which should recognize and evaluate such ideas. This process will add value to any organization, it will give: savings of time = money idea-makers will be recognized improvement in working environment new ideas will be encouraged this will prepare ground for other ideas knowledge about innovators or creatives in the organization In short, introducing of innovation process will give additional benefit through the savings of money, but also in increasing the culture inside the organization and preparing it for next step which should follow – radical ideas that will come from developers. WHAT ANALA BEEVERS TEACHES US ABOUT IDEAS By Lola Olson Innovation Excellence If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you may have heard Anala Beevers, a four year old who’s been recently invited to join MENSA. She’s not only remarkable because of her age, but because she’s in the highest percentile of IQs MENSA has to offer. According to People, Beevers learned the English alphabet at four months old and numbers in Spanish by age one and a half. The New Orleans resident now names capitals of countries across the world without hesitation and has no qualms about her achievements. When asked, “How smart are you?” she’s said, “Really smart”. Her parents admit that their four year old daughter is miles ahead of them and she already has plans to become a nurse when she grows up so that she can help people. It’s clear that Beevers would have quite a lot to teach the average businessperson, but what her story demonstrates is something more that people within large companies often forget. A common acronym used throughout businesses is the HIPPO, or the Highest Paid Person’s Opinion. Many articles warn about the dreaded HIPPO running your company and urge everyone to be wary, but the truth is that hierarchies dominate most of the business interactions we have. And within those hierarchies we’re encouraged to view certain opinions and ideas as more valid or more important automatically due to the hierarchy. And while there are some hierarchies that make sense (e.g. consulting an employee who does factory work about factory work vs. an office employee who’s never done factory work), sometimes power structures are the biggest obstacles to innovation, even when utilising idea software. Anyone looking at Beevers as just a four year old child might immediately write her off. When we picture a “genius” in our heads, it’s usually an adult, sometimes a man, maybe with a clipboard in hand and a lab coat. Very rarely do we assume that a young girl would have what it takes. But perhaps that’s part of the problem that keeps us from finding jewels like Beevers within companies. Our assumption that geniuses come in one flavour and one look actually harms us and prevents us from finding the best solutions. In order to reach a point where a company becomes innovative, they have to be willing to look at all ideas democratically and, rather than factoring in a power structure, they should factor in experience and knowledge. Maybe Beevers doesn’t have the same experiences her parents have in the world because of her age and she still may have a lot to learn, but she has her own experience and knowledge to contribute. Looking at all ideas from the standpoint of what they provide rather than our assumptions about who’s providing them can lead us to find the geniuses within our own companies. And in the end, that’s what creates solutions and drives innovations further. INVESTING IN INNOVATION: A VENTURE CAPITAL POV by Deborah Mills-Scofield Innovation Excellence As a VC investing in technology-related companies, be they atoms or bits, the depth and breadth of the innovation is critical. This is a rather obvious. So how do I define innovation? Innovation = invention + commercialization. If it isn’t viable in the market, if it doesn’t even reach enough of the market to know, it’s a lovely, but it’s an invention, not an innovation – and most of us VCs like the latter more. Take a look at most pitches and usually more slides are on the technology and functionality than sales and marketing. Take a look at most ‘use of funds’ and most of the money goes to product development, with not that much towards sales and marketing. Granted, in the early stages there is a lot of discovery to be done on sales and marketing. That’s ok. We’d like to know the business’ thoughts on how it is going to find out what it doesn’t know. Everyone in the room knows there are a ton of unknowns. It’s ok not to know but a plan for finding out is critical. VCs know there are risks, and we want to know how the business will discover, mitigate and provide contingencies for those risks. Now maybe I’m a bit unusual in what I’d like to see and hear from entrepreneurs coming to our firm for funding, and I probably am. Coming from Bell Labs, I have a passion for technology…but I also know first hand that if you don’t market and sell your ‘stuff’, it’s doesn’t really matter. The Lean Startup Movement has helped some in terms of getting feedback for the product or service but it’s not a panacea for identifying markets, marketing and sales. Even when the markets and plans for attracting those markets are identified and great, effective messages are developed, the gulf between how the startup wants to sell and how customers want to buy can be huge. Unless you have the next iPhone and can dictate the rules of the market, changing customer buying behavior is not easy and is critical. Startups need to test and find the balance between how their targeted customers want to buy and an effective and efficient way to sell. So, after 10 years of being a VC, and loving the opportunity to help companies grow, my advice is don’t neglect marketing and sales. It’s not as ‘sexy’ or as fun perhaps as working on the product or service. It’s usually less tangible, more open to wide interpretation… but it’s critical. You can have the greatest product or service in the world, but if no one knows or cares, then why should I? SME TOOLKIT A VALUABLE RESOURCE FOR ENTREPRENEURS Entrepreneurs in the UAE and the region can benefit significantly from the newly launched SME Toolkit (www.smetoolkit.ae). The SME Toolkit is a project run by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, through a partnership with the Khalifa Foundation. Entrepreneurs, whether new startup, or established business, can benefit from the toolkit resources, which include practical how to guides, business forms, case studies and features. There’s also a global business directory, multilingual community forums and a range of other interactive features. Some of the content is broken down by business specialty, such as legal and insurance, finance, accounting, sales, marketing and technology. The Toolkit also offers advice on how to increase productivity, improve distribution, manage capacity, expand buyer networks and access funding. While the IFC also has a global SME Toolkit, its localised websites, such as the one just launched in the UAE, feature aids that are more relevant to the business requirements of the specific country. @TamakkanKnowledgeBase Blog: 7innovation.worpress.com Download the app from the iPhone App Store: Unleash Your Creativity
  25. 25. Theresa F. Weber WOMEN IN BUSINESS: Dr. Alma Kadragic MEDIA www. tempoplanet.com28 Year 2013 HOROSCOPE The National Association of Women Business Owners or NAWBO was founded in 1974 and moved its office to Washington D.C. soon after. It was instrumental in the 1970s and 1980s in lobbying Congress for women business owners to be treated the same way as men business owners. This seems obvious, but it wasn’t at that time. First, since businesses are registered at the state level and the 50 states are quite different in some of their legislation; in many states women could not sign any financial transaction from a mortgage to a business loan unless the documents were co-signed by a man. Second, when government agencies compiled statistics, they forgot about women owned businesses. It’s still possible to find 30 year old versions of statistics where women’s companies are dismissed as being small and involved only in crafts like making jewelry and ceramic objects. What began as HR 5050 (originating in the House of Representatives) acquired a majority of votes there and was also passed by the Senate before coming to President Ronald Reagan for the signature that would make the bill the law of the land. On October 28, 1988, he signed with representatives of NAWBO at his side. That’s the background behind the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Business Act commemorated at the NAWBO Women’s Business Conference or WBC in Miami last month. Although I started my first company in 1990 – just two years after passage of the Women’s Business Act - I had no idea about the legislation that made it possible. The organizers of WBC wanted to make sure that the 500 women attending the conference learned about the Women’s Business Act and the role of the pioneers from NAWBO who lobbied for passage of the Act throughout the country and in Washington DC. They decided that the 45 speakers and panelists at WBC would each be interviewed at least a month before the conference. NAWBO members were asked to volunteer to do the interviews Forbes recently released its list of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Business." The list was intriguing as the top 10 women represented the fields of IT, food, chemicals, defense and finance. Ages ranged from 38 to 60, with IT execs the youngest and food execs on the other end of the spectrum. Here are the top 10: Ginni Romety1. (56), Chairman, President and CEO of IBM, a 102 year old tech giant. Indra Nooyi2. (57), Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo, the largest food and beverage company in the US, expanded beyond the soda business entering fast growing categories like yogurt and hummus. Pepsi today boasts 22 billion dollar brands. Ellen Kullman3. (57), Chairman and CEO, Dupont, a chemical giant over 200 years old. Marillyn Hewson4. (59), CEO and President, Lockheed Martin, world’s largest defense contractor, a global aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technology company. Sheryl Sandberg5. (44), COO, Facebook, an online social networking service. Irene Rosenfeld6. (60), Chairman and CEO, Mondelez International, a multinational confectionery, food and beverage conglomerate, Kraft’s former global snacking business. Patricia Woertz7. (60), Chairman, President and CEO, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), American global food- processing and commodities- trading corporation. Marissa Mayer8. (38), President and CEO, Yahoo, a multinational Internet corporation. Meg Whitman9. (57), CEO, HP, a multinational information technology corporation. Abigail Johnson10. (51), President, FMR (Fidelity Investments), mutual fund giant with $4.3 trillion in assets under administration. The list made me think…how are women in the Middle East region doing? In reviewing "Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women in the World in 2013", only two women in the Middle East were listed. Lubna Olayan (58), Deputy Chairperson and CEO, Olayan Financing Saudi Arabia, was ranked #92. The Olayan Group, a Saudi conglomerate, was founded by her father 66 years ago. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi (67), who was UAE’s Minister of Foreign Trade at the time, was ranked #67 out of 100. Sheikha Lubna is a trailblazer having been the UAE’s first female minister. Now that her portfolio has changed since her appointment as Minister of International Cooperation and Development, it will be interesting to see where she ranks next year. At the Global Clinton Initiative held in New York in October 2013, Sheikha Lubna during a discussion about female decision makers in the global economy noted the importance of incorporating more women into management roles. However, she disagreed with quotas “because companies, organizations and entities will start placing women as window dressing, where they’re not effective. I’m a firm believer of putting a woman consciously in an organization and supporting them to succeed.” She is right. By supporting women, not imposing quotas, women can rise in business. In the UAE, according to a report by Al Masah Capital, women own or run about 30 percent of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). With 70% of the UAE’s growth due to the SME sector, that is a significant contribution. Women are also receiving considerable financial support. According to Hussain Jasem Al Nowais, Chairman of the Khalifa Fund, women were awarded 35% of the SME projects they funded this year. An Arabian Business poll of the 100 Most Powerful Arab Women in 2013 awarded 25% of the places to Emirati women. They were a mix of political, social and business figures. As the number of women owned and run businesses in the UAE increases, the UAE will likely have more businesswomen represented not only in regional rankings but in international rankings as well. PROMOTING WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS Alma Kadragic speaking at NAWBO Conference in Miami. Photo by Jennifer Ohl WORLD’S TOP WOMEN IN BUSINESS by phone, email, or Skype. I volunteered as well, but in the end I didn’t do any interviews; instead I edited all of them into a common format of 300-350 words. The interviews became a major part of marketing the conference to potential attendees and sponsors. Links to groups of 10 interviews appeared on the email messages NAWBO began sending every few days to its huge list of members and supporters around the country and overseas. NAWBO partners with The International Alliance of Women so several women business owners from South America and the Caribbean attended. However, I didn’t see any from Europe, the Middle East, or the Far East. On my panel about doing business internationally, the focus was the Americas – I was the only one who had experience in Europe and the Gulf. Unfortunately, some of the interviews were never published because we learned too late the cutoff point was September 15, less than three weeks before the opening of WBC. If I have the chance to do it again, I would start the interviews earlier – summer vacations were a problem – so that edited versions could begin to appear six weeks before the start of the conference. It should also be possible to record each interview in video as well as text, something like mini-TED presentations to download from the NAWBO website (www.nawbo.org) or a special conference site for a brief look at the speakers and panelists. They were the reason why most of us attended WBC. ABOUT THERESA WEBER: Theresa Weber is Co-Founder of Alexandria Consulting Team (ACT) LLC an international management consultancy. Terry is also editor of the daily e-newsletter: MENA #WomeninBusiness Forum You can follow her on twitter @ TheresaFWeber and @ACT_LLC ARIES There will be solutions and there might also be significant earnings as well, but the risk and the stress will be high. You’d better ask for advice from the people close to you and, when the case, from specialists. TAURUS Financially, if you depend on others or if others interfere with your business, it’s time you took measures. Beware of the communication with the people around you! GEMINI Gemini will have the biggest possibility of achievements during this month. And these achievements will not actually be indicated in financial conditions. To get over it successfully, you’ll need calm, rest and discipline. CANCER You’ll have a lot of strength and initiative, and your actions seem to be oriented towards grand objectives. Don’t rush to decisions and statements! LEO Complications will fade away at the end of the month. Look to the future with optimism! Things will fall into place. VIRGO You will be very likely to fall in love; however, the current relationship might provide satisfactions as well. Don’t rush, don’t take risks, be careful about communication! Follow Alma Kadragic on Twitter: @almakad
  26. 26. Dr. DMS A doc from the Bronx DOC IN THE HOUSE Emma Kirkman Conservation and Sustainability THE PLANETARIANS www. tempoplanet.com 29 Since the UAE sits right on the Arabian Gulf, it’s not surprising that we see our fair share of drownings. However, when I first arrived here, I was shocked by this. Surely most people can swim, since they live near the water, right? WRONG. Another early observation was the interesting swimming attire. Without fail, every day at the beach, you can find a nanny / some guy in jeans trying to swim or paddle in the water. Next to them, will be some very covered women, in what appears to be daywear, also in the ocean. Clothes are heavy and restrictive when wet and don’t make for a leisurely “dip”. Add in the panic factor and the ever- present ocean current, and the result is a bad mix. I know that modesty is an issue- this is not the place for that discussion. Drowning is defined by the World Health Organization, as “the process of experiencing respiratory impairment from submersion/immersion in liquid”. Worldwide approximately 500,000 deaths a year are related to drowning. Toddlers and older teens are at greatest risk. Not all drownings are in pools / lakes / oceans. In fact, many infants drown in household bathtubs or in large buckets! What happens when someone drowns? The submersion triggers breath holding, panic and a struggle to get to the surface. Air hunger sets in, leading to an involuntary gasp, which results in aspiration of water directly into the lungs. Once water gets inside the lungs, they no longer function as nature intended them to do. How badly affected the lungs will be is directly determined by the quantity of water inhaled. It doesn’t take much to really affect the lungs. The strangest case I have seen was that of a hotel lifeguard who was found, face down in the pool he was guarding. So what can we do? First and foremost know your own limits. It’s no shame if you’re a weak swimmer- most people are. Respect the ocean and the lifeguard’s warnings. If you have kids, get them a few swim classes to learn the basics (its exercise and its fun). Never leave infants unattended in bathtubs. The risk is real and totally preventable. Lastly, as the old saying goes “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Save yourself the headache and the heartache. Be careful. As much as we talk about reducing our carbon footprint and saving the planet, we often don’t talk about how much this can cost your pocket to do so. It’s one thing to try and reduce your carbon footprint and your impact on the planet, but what if it costs you more than you currently pay - then why do it? Hopefully the suggestions below will help in saving YOU money, while saving the planet as well! PUT DOWN THE TAKEAWAY MENU Not only does your delivery driver burn fuel bringing you your food, but in this region we waste a huge amount of food that has been flown in from around the world to reach our shelves and menus. Instead of ordering delivered food each lunch time, why not make your lunch at home and bring it in. Not only will you be using less fuel, but you will also be reducing the waste from packaging and disposable utensils that will be going straight in the bin. Who knows, your leftover vegetable soup may become a new favourite! CRUISE CONTROL IS YOUR FRIEND Whilst there are a few of us who drive at 140 kmph on the Sheikh Zayed Road, you can save fuel, and money, by using cruise control as much as possible. This eliminates the small accelerations and decelerations and keeps the engine at a constant rate, saving petrol. Even if you don’t have cruise control, if you keep your pace steady, the optimum fuel saving speeds is often between 40 and 90 kms/h. It also reduces wear and tear on your car, which means that your break pads and other replaceable items may not need to be replaced quite as frequently. KNOW YOUR PRINTER Some of us (quite often me) will have an argument with our printer at some stage of the day. But you may get a long with it a little more through a little investigation. Work out which side of the page your printer prints on, and feed in scrap paper the other way up, so that you use both sides. You may end up halving your paper costs and reducing the amount of paper used in your home and office. You can now also buy recycled cartridges online, often from your printer brand who would take the old casing and put new ink in it again, thereby saving the plastic packaging from going in the bin! So, with a little forethought you’ll see that saving your money can also help our planet! THE DROWNING DEBATE SAVE MONEY, SAVE THE PLANET LIBRA You’ll not be exactly resourceful, things will mainly develop by themselves. Watch your back! There are people that don’t really like you. SCORPIO You like intensity and you’ll have it. Be careful what you promise and what comments you make about other people! SAGITTARIUS This month will be a very active month, in which you can advance a great deal. You’ll want to take action independently, to impose your point of view. In fact, you’ll look for power. Refrain from gambling and speculation! CAPRICORN The chances for success will be high, and opportunities will (obviously) come through other people. You’ll have the tendency of being over preoccupied with others’ problems. Make more time for yourself! AQUARIUS You’ll go through a less exuberant month. It’s as if you were forced to face some constraints, as if you couldn’t go where your heart wants to be. Pay your bills on time and don’t take rash financial decisions! PISCES You don’t have to expect too much, on the contrary, you have to fight to grab the chance. Be patient with the others and pay more attention to communication! GET ENGAGED. BECOME A PLANETARIAN. > www.theplanetarians.com > www.facebook.com/theplanetarians > www.twitter.com/theplanetarians
  27. 27. www. tempoplanet.com30 BITS AND BYTES MOST DOWNLOADED APPS IN THE GULF Blakniss Original game head from Atari to XBox! GAME HEDZ TECH TALK Shahid Saeed Talker for the Non-Techies THE WOLF AMONG US! Telltale Games, makers of the Walking Dead game series, are back with a new mystery fantasy called The Wolf Among Us. They’ve referred to it as ‘season 1’ which suggests they’ve invested a lot in developing the story line, and hence, in the short and long term effect of your choices. THE STORY! Set in Fableland - a section of New York magically cordoned off from the ‘real’ world - this small universe is populated by fairytale characters banished from their homeland (wherever that is). Non-human residents (like trolls and toads) must purchase enchantments to maintain a human guise, while the community is policed by none other than a reformed Big Bad Wolf. Despite the fairy tale basis, this is no children’s story. It’s a proper murder mystery with a very dark side that has you playing the Wolf is the sheriff. Characters start turning up dead and there’s a long list of suspects as everyone has a dubious past - including the wolf himself who has frequent memory lapses. You have choices to make that affect character responses and your reputation, among other things. One gets the feeling that seemingly insignificant choices made now will have major consequences later. The graphic style is exactly like the Walking Dead, as is the gameplay. We have a potential hit on our hands folks. Pick up the first season now for about USD 5 across gaming platforms. Follow me on @shahidaasi WASHINGTON MUSEUM EXHIBITS THE WORLD’S FIRST BIONIC MAN The world’s first bionic man has exhibited at the Air and Space museum in Washington, complete with working heart, lung and speech functions. The bionic man, complete with working artificial organs, synthetic blood and functioning limbs has been built by robotics experts Richard Walker, and Prof Alexander Seifalian of University College London. MY FAV APP: FOODSPOTTING Foodspotting is designed to help you find new restaurants using a visual approach -- the app displays user-submitted pictures of food and dishes at nearby restaurants. The quality of the pictures depends on the user, but the app includes plenty of drool-worthy pics. You can also look up a restaurant by name and see what the food looks like. The app is available for Apple, android, windows and blackberry devices for free. > Diji Shujahi ASUS 750JX GAMING LAPTOP With an updated stealth fighter inspired design, Asus G750JX-DB71 claims to be best in class. A fourth generation Intel Core i7-4700HQ CPU, and Nvidia GeForce GTX 770M GPU with 3GB video memory have put so much firepower in the most menacingly sleek package. It normally comes with 16GB RAM and can be upgraded to 32GB. It also has two drive bays and 256GB SSD and an additional 1TB Sata Drive. The blue ray optical driver can also be converted into a drive bay for more gaming space. G750JX’s 17.3-inches anti- glare, matte 1080p display delivers warm colours and big viewing angles. Built- in 720p HD webcam, 4 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, mini Display/Thunderbolt and VGA ports, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, 3 in one card reader and a Gigabit Ethernet port. The battery life is pretty adequate and can run up to 5 hours, preloaded with windows 8. It’s a bit expensive but a great value for your money and gaming experience. ACER ASPIRE S7 ULTRABOOK At just half an inch thick thickness, the ACER Aspire S7 Ultrabook is a high-end laptop that provides great performance and a good battery life. It comes with a 4th generation Intel Core i5-4200U CPU, Intel HD Graphics 4400, 8GB RAM and 2 64GB SSDs. The ASPIRE S7 has 1080p display, 720p HD webcam, 2 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, VGA, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and Gigabit Ethernet ports and comes with Microsoft Windows 8 preloaded. ASUS 750JX GAMING LAPTOP ACER ASPIRE S7 ULTRABOOK SCAN THE PAGE WITH POINTATME APP WATCH THE VIDEO Spy Camera App for spying MPay App for paying bills & fines BBM from BlackBerry Offical BBM app
  28. 28. ATTENDANCE IS FREE SPACES ARE LIMITED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED Email: info@tamakkan.info www.tamakkan.com PRESENTS SEMINAR PROGRAMME: Research has proven that the culture of a business is formed by its leadership, as well as, maintained and enhanced by leaders enforcing the culture with goals and accountability. Further to this point, over the past 18 months around the world, the #1 Access GE – MGEC Advantage customer requested workshop has been helping leaders develop or refresh their company culture (vision- mission-value implementation). Attend this seminar to: Design or refresh vision,• mission and value Develop implementation plan• to socialize and communicate through organization Create behaviors for each• level of employee to measure for accountability Share an accountability model• for leaders to coach for success The seminar will share principles to enable successful leaders to define and refine their company’s culture. The presenters will also share the tools and principles they have used to coach and mentor employees (and customers) to enable their daily actions to support company culture by setting relevant goals and maintaining accountability. Throughout the presentation the presenters will sprinkle life-lessons the three of them have experienced through their collective 100 years of business leadership experience and the 365 years of leadership lessons from General Electric. IN COLLABORATION WITH MUBADALA GE CAPITAL AND AMCHAM ABU DHABI TAMAKKAN UNLEASHINGYOUR LEADERSHIPTO EMPOWERTHE LEADERS OFTOMORROW Nov 17 | 6-8 pm | Al Mamoura Auditorium PRESENTERS: RON HERMAN CEO - Mubadala GE Capital Prior to joining Mubadala GE Capital in 2008, Ron spent 24 years in a variety of business roles across multiple GE businesses. His last position at GE was the global CEO of GE Equity from 2003 to 2008 responsible for a $6 billion investment portfolio. Ron holds a M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Economics and Computer Science from the University of Notre Dame and the London School of Economics. MARY ROMEO Learning Leader for GE Capital Americas,Access GE team Mary shares revenue and business strategies, industry and operating expertise with key strategic clients. During her professional career of over 42 years Mary has taught for undergraduate, graduate and military schools. She was recruited into the Air Force to design cyclical training for the Command Post in the Air National Guard. Successfully completing that mission, Mary received a Presidential Commission as an MSC Officer to design and execute medical logistics. Having won several medals for excellence, Mary was assigned to a four-year active duty tour at the Pentagon. Her assignment was to create a nationwide Air Force and DOD assessment from the Malcolm Baldrige criteria for US Organizational Excellence. She became an experienced Baldrige examiner and after successful dissemination of the assessment and curriculum, she was awarded a Meritorious Service medal of excellence. Mary was recruited from the Air Force to join GE. Mary holds two Masters Degrees, Magna Cum Laude, in Education and Science Education; she worked on the United States Project 2061 for Science and Math. Mary holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction at Indiana University. THERESA F WEBER is the Acting Executive Director who will introduce the Women Achieve initiative and Women in Business. Theresa Weber is the President and Co-Founder of Alexandria Consulting Team (ACT) LLC, an international management consultancy. Theresa is also editor of the daily e-newsletter: MENA #WomeninBusiness Forum. SANA BAGERSH is the founder of Tamakkan and the CEO of BrandMoxie, a leading advertising and marketing agency based in Abu Dhabi, UAE. She is also Chair of the AmCham Abu Dhabi Women in Business Committee and Managing Editor of Tempo. SETARAH RAFIEE VP, Customer Development and Communications for Mubadala GE Capital Setarah started her career with Mubadala GE Capital in 2011 leading their CRM & Analytics, including the company’s adoption of salesforce.com and the creation of the MGEC Advantage program. Prior to joining the company, she worked for GE Capital in a variety of roles based in the US. Setarah holds a BS in Business Administration, specialization in Finance from The Ohio State University. INTRODUCTION OF “WOMEN IN BUSINESS” INITIATIVE ABOUTTAMAKKAN Tamakkan is an initiative aimed at nurturing entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation. Established in June 2009 by BrandMoxie,Tamakkan is intended to fuel the growth of SMEs and startups by providing access to information and networking. The initiative has steadily grown into a powerful knowledge sharing and training platform with free seminars that focus on best practices and innovative new solutions, in addition to promoting business ethics and greater corporate social responsibility.Tamakkan offers partnership opportunities to corporations and government entities. > www.tamakkan.com ABOUT AMCHAM ABU DHABI AmCham Abu Dhabi (the trademark of the American Business Group of Abu Dhabi) is a member of the global network of American Chambers of Commerce. The AmCham Abu Dhabi mission is to promote commerce, investment and goodwill between the United States of America, the membership, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the UAE.AmCham Abu Dhabi provides a uniquely situated platform through which executives pursue and discuss issues impacting business operation between the U.S. and U.A.E. > http://www.amchamabudhabi.org ABOUT MUBADALA GE Mubadala GE Capital PJSC is a specialized commercial finance company based in the United Arab Emirates, which offers structured financing solutions to help businesses grow and adapt in rapidly evolving economic environments. It is a joint venture between Mubadala Development Company PJSC (Mubadala) and General Electric Capital Corporation (GE) and is headquartered in Abu Dhabi. Mubadala GE Capital offers commercial lending and leasing financing solutions across the GCC & Turkey. For further information about Mubadala GE Capital PJSC, please visit: > www.mubadala-ge.com THIS SEMINAR IS SPONSORED BY SERCO/ JBI

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