The country is shaking off the Ramadan and summer hiatus and coming back to life. Tempo is in full swing with exciting projects and events.First and foremost is the “I LOVE UAE” competition which is in conjunction with the New York Film Academy Abu Dhabi. We were quiet in summerand then suddenly received an avalanche of calls from everyone who’s just come back from vacation. So in response we have extended thecompetition’s deadline to September 20, so be sure to send in your videos. Hint: poetry and skits can be great for this format. Super hint: Arabicand other languages are great.By the way, we have set up a “UAE greetings page” in www.tempoplanet.com (in ‹forum - tab is on top left), so be sure to write your greetings tothe UAE on the occasion of its 40th anniversary this year.As you know Tempo is a great community supporter, and is especially committed to spreading information about any initiative that servesthe public good. There are various grass roots projects that aim to support the disadvantaged within the UAE and overseas, especially now inplaces like Somalia which great need. Tell us about your fund raisers and we’ll share it with our readers. On the other side of the coin, if you’recontributing money for any cause be sure to do ask the right questions and ensure that the money is really going to those in need. If in doubtchannel your contributions through the large charities such as Red Crescent or Medicin Sans Frontieres, but try not to rule out the communityorganised efforts either, as these go right to the heart of the need, without having to support overheads.Keep giving, keep caring.Sana BagershManaging Editorbagersh@tempoplanet.com letters to the editor 04 18 people calendar MANAGING EDITOR uspace 05 20 art escape at DIFC Sana Bagersh what’s hot 06 22 round table FEATURES EDITOR Alma Kadragic the bottom bottom line 07 24 social meets EDITORIAL COORDINATOR tech talk | game hedz 08 25 doc in the house | live well Sharon Carvalho tempo top 10 songs 09 26 journey of attestation MAGAZINE DESIGN 10 Mark De Castro tempo planetarian 28 just handcrafted WEB DESIGNcity bites | dishes for dummies 11 29 articulate Ricklen Abellera my style blueprint 12 30 media MARKETING COORDINATOR 14 32 Manjul Abhishek cover story just a thought Laskar Laipubam youth talk 16 33 horoscope DISTRIBUTION COORDINATOR time capsule 17 Melaku Muluneh EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORSADDRESS DISCLAIMER Angeli Castillo Shahid SaeedTo reach editorial at Abu Dhabi Tempo email: editorial@tempoplanet. Tempo is a publication of BrandMoxie. Although Tempo Magazine Dave Solomon Layla Ezzedeencom. If you need to find out where you can pick up your copy call: 02 667 does its best to ensure the authenticity and accuracy of its contents,3349 or check out the list of Tempo distribution points on our website. the publisher cannot accept any responsibility for errors, mistakes and Neena Rai Blakniss inaccuracies. The publisher reserves the rights of this product and no Preethi Janice D’Sa Manar Al HinaiNOTE TO ADVERTISERS part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any meansAdvertisers can request brand tagging with all advertisements. without the permission of the publisher. Shamma Al Suwaidi Ahmad SamirTo reach advertising call 02 667 3349 or Alia Youssef Rohith Bhatemail: firstname.lastname@example.org. MEDIA LICENCE NO. 1/105866/24295 Lean Abadi download www.gettag.mobi Scan the QR CODE using your smart phone to your smart phone Published by } run application for Blackberry this is done through BBM click on tag beside each article to have fun with for iPhone download BeeTag or Neo Reader online content, videos & cool tags! www.tempoplanet.com
Dear Ed, Thank you so much for granting my request to pose in your magazine. I picked up a copy of the August issue of Tempo and saw my picture in it and I liked it a lot! Thank you Tempo! - Ismael Gabriele Saballa (Ed- see Ismael in this issue of People Calendar!) Dear Ed, About the ‘I Love UAE competition”: When is the last day to submit videos for the NYFA video competition. When is it the last day to view videos?- Jeldeen Tresa Ed- The deadline has been extended to 20 September because of overwhelming response! And you can view the videos on www.tempoplanet.com. Dear Ed, I love your magazine, it’s awesome! - Mariam Abbasi Ed-Thanks Mariam Dear Ed, I’ve noticed one of your entries ripped content off other sources, is that going to be taken into consideration during the judging process? Alan D Ed- yes, the judges of the competition are keeping a close eye on copying and plagiarism. We need original content…it can be simple, but catchy and with a message. Dear Ed, I take issue with your negative comments in August issue’s Tempo about Rebecca Black…in Rohith’s column and in ‘The Bottom Bottom Line”. Even if Rebecca might not have talent, she still managed to become famous. Right? - Donna Amar Ed- you have a point Donna- let’s hope this is a stepping stone for RB to sustainable celebrity. The “I Love UAE” competition is a creative and fun way to show UAE’s true beauty. Thank you for the feature - the video is now up on www.shamimscene.com and it’s called Let’s TALK blogs! August issue was the first time DANA JOULANI I read the magazine and I found the articles interestingSHAMIM SCENE ALVIN BRYAN Great job on the new issue! I’ve Thanks for publishing only seen snippets at the my post about moment. I’ll grab a copy soon. Dani Shay! More power LYNN AGATHA BEAROSE KARMEL VELARDE QUESTION RESULTS OF LAST MONTH’S VOTE: Q: What are you doing this summer? WHAT FORM OF SOCIAL MEDIA DO YOU USE THE MOST? a) Facebook b) Twitter d) My Space e) Others 69% 23% 8% OF YOU WERE WORKING OF YOU WERE AWAY OF YOU WERE TAKING c) Google + ALL SUMMER ON HOLIDAY SOME TIME OFF AND Go to tempoplanet to vote CHILLING AT HOME
KNOW YOU’RE GETTING OLDSent by Arwa Darwish (‘this one is circulating via BBM”) “I LOVE UAE” COMPETITION Billy Stewart goes to the American Community School, Abu Dhabi Windows XP was I heard at my school that there was a video making competition and I already love filming and editing videos. I try to take every opportunity to make a short film when there is a contest, released TEN years and I make videos for my YouTube channel whenever I have an idea. Then when I heard that ago, in 2001! the first prize was a course at a film school and a camera, it motivated me even more. The basic idea came from my friend Adam (who is the actor in the video). His idea was that The “new” Millennium is more than a decade old! we would use snapshots of different locations in the UAE, and we could manipulate them… like in the Iron Man movies: We could jump into the Pierce Brosnan last acted as snapshots and then be in the snapshot and walk around James Bond nine years ago! in them. This idea was a little more complicated so we decided to have flags he could move around instead of snapshots of different places. So right before summerIt’s been 10 years since 9/11! began, I filmed it with Adam behind my house. Over the summer, I edited the video, and now it’s done!The Matrix came out 12years ago and Keanu Shabari Shankar goes to the Abu Dhabi Indian SchoolReeves is 46 today! Watch the videos I decided to participate in this competition is becauseMother Theresa and Lady Diana have been dead for 14 years! of my love for UAE! I was born in the UAE and I have spent 16 years here. So, I share a strong attachment to this place. Besides that, I love singing,Macaulay Culkin is 30 today! ( “Home writing and composing songs and I felt I should be expressing my love for this countryAlone” came out over 20 years ago.) through a medium that I am really passionate about.Terminator 2 is 20 years old! (Edward Furlong who This music video came about because of the support and encouragement from my band mates, friends, teachers and, most importantly, my parents. The main idea behind this videoportrayed kid John Connor is 33 now) was to capture the beauty of our country. I tried to express my love for this country and I’m really thankful to Tempo for providing such a wonderful opportunity to show my love for thisSean Connery is 80 years old and retired! amazing country. The youngest Spice Girl is 35, the oldest Tempo Video Feature: Cruzin’ In The Heat Backstreet Boy 39, Gwen Stefani is 41, and Madonna 52! Formed in 2002, rappers Desert Heat is made up of two Emirati Brothers, ‘Illmiyah’ (eel- mee-yah) and The first Harry Potter book ‘Arableak’, who share the goal of being the first truly came out 14 years ago! Arabian voice of Middle Eastern youth. Desert Heat primarily rap in English, but the majority of their songs contain some Arabic, adding nothing but The first season of F.R.I.E.N.D.S aired 17 years ago! originality to their music. Kids whom you remember The highlight of Desert Heat’s music is that they in their diapers are posting never use any negative vocabulary or profanity their pictures on Facebook! in their lyrics. They believe that to make good rap music, you don’t need to curse, which is quite a challenge for the group, but it is also what keeps them going. From early on, Desert HeatJurassic ‘Kids’ born in 1993 can legally drive focused on writing lyrics, expressing what life is like for an Arab in the Middle East, and thisPark is and vote this year! video is no different – Cruzin’ is a story of a summer day in the Emirates, where the brother are out and about in Dubai and eventually ending up at a barbeque with friends etc. The hitolder than Bryan Adams’ cult song “Summer of 69” was released 26 years ago! features upcoming R&B artist Tiny’o (Hassan Shams), and may just be this summer’s anthem.Justin Facebook has been around for To view this video, go to www.tempoplanet.comBieber! seven years! Check out Shamim’s behind the scenes of the Cruzin’ video and interview with the boys on www.shamimscene.com TO CHECK OUT THE VIDEO...
TO KNOW MORE ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING... CYCLE THE SEVEN EMIRATES CHALLENGETHINKING OUTSIDE THE “MALL” AND RAISE MONEY FORBy Alia Youssef A WORTHY CAUSEEid is just over and school is starting! Most of us would either say “No, I don’t wantto go to school” or “Yay, can’t wait to see my friends, but I’m dreading the school Join charity Gulf for Good for a second adventure that involves cyclingwork“. But we can at least enjoy the first few weeks of school when we can hang through all seven Emirates of the UAE (and a little corner of Oman). The routeout with our friends and we don’t have a lot of work to do. starts in Al Ain and will take you on open roads, mountain trails, coastal roads and desert tracks. Staying in a mixture of small local motel and desertSpeaking of places to hang out with our friends, don’t you wish there was a place camp, this challenge will give you an authentic taste of the emirates, beforeto meet up with friends that didn’t have the word ‘MALL’ in it? Well, guess what, the triumphant return to Dubai on the UAE 40 National Day!there is! Yes, that’s right, a place for both guys and girls to hang out and it doesn’t Fitness First, who is sponsoring the event, willinclude the word ‘MALL’ in it! offer free training sessions but no previous experience is needed to enroll. The maximumIt’s Al Forsan International Sports Resort; a new sports and recreation club that number of participants is 25 with a registrationhas many fun and enjoyable activities which are great to do with friends. My fee of Dh 2,200. There is no better way to mixfavorite was the Go Karting that they offer. I went there with my friends and we charity with work out and this fundraiser willhad a BLAST. They gave us suits, helmets, and we even had an instructor that give all proceeds to The Al Manar Charity Schoolgave us instructions on how to drive, safety precautions and so on. We drove for in Ajman which is in dire need of capital.15 minutes, which was plenty, and the track and atmosphere was FABULOUS. You For more informationfeel so free, with the wind blowing, and driving around the peaceful track. It costDh 120, but it was totally worth it! SHERATON’S FIRST INDOOR “SECOND HAND BAZAAR”Another activity I tried there was the archery. It’s difficult, I won’t lie to you, but FOR PAKISTAN AND ROMANIAit was an incredible experience. You get to practice aiming, and you have aninstructor with you the whole time, guiding you on how to use the equipment. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort will host its first indoor Second HandAfter you finish practicing, you can even have a competition with your friends! Bazaar on Saturday the 17th of September in the Arzanah Ballroom. The bazaar is part of the “Road to Awareness 2011” fundraising initiative ofOne thing I would recommend while coming to Al Forsan is to rent a locker to Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Europe / Africa / Middle East which aims to raisekeep your items secure, especially if you’re going Go Karting. Also, wear light US$250,000 for UNICEF’s education programmes in Pakistan and Romaniaclothes, because all the activities are outside. One more thing, children under where millions of children are missing out on their right to go to school.18 do require an adult or guardian to sign a waiver before you can take part inthe sports activities at Al Forsan. So make sure you go with an aunt, or an older On Saturday, 17th of September, the hotel will host a flea market in itscousin, or even an older friend! And don’t worry about the food, Al Forsan has a ballroom, selling unused hotel items as well as enabling private households tovariety of restaurants. sell unwanted items. These can range from electronics to clothes, accessories, small furniture, kid’s toys or general items, as long as they are second handAnd finally, bring a camera and a group of friends and don’t forget to have fun. and in good quality. Visitors will have the opportunity to stroll around theAfter spending time with your friends outside of a ‘mall’ school will probably be indoor bazaar and make bargains. For more information contact thea great experience. Sheraton or email email@example.com.
WINNERS OF THE SOUGHA CORNER QUIZIn the July issue of Tempo, Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development launched acompetition that was aimed at reviving Emirati heritage through entrepreneurial • Restaurants across the country are geared up for (post-skills development of local artisans. The competition was three questions about Ramadan) re-launches: we can expect more interior revamps,Sougha products and the prize was Dh 1,000 worth of Sougha products from the new menus and possibly more new restaurants as well.Sougha Kiosk at the Central Market, Abu Dhabi. Sougha products are hand made (Hopefully more quality seafood, and more Emirati cuisine?).by Emirati artisans and the patterns are inspired from Emirati heritage. These • Traffic cameras recorded 1,043 speeding violations in Dubaiwere the questions asked in the competition and answers to each of them: the past year, according to news reports. “[…] which police attributed to a rise in the number of the devices on1. What does Sougha mean? the emirate›s roads.” This could mean that the cameras areIn the Emirati dialect, Sougha is the present that a traveler brings back home doing the opposite of deterrence (?) or that the number ofafter his/her trip. speeders hasn’t changed but that cameras are catching more of them…?2. What is Shaira? • S&P, whaat? Who contributed to the subprime mess and creditShiara means tree in local dialect. It is also the name of the Bedouin patterns on crunch by over-rating in the first place? What we need is athe Bedouin weave. rating agency to rate the rating agencies.3. How does Sougha fly? • So 50 Cent pulled out of Dubai’s Shoppiesta Festival last month.Sougha products are now available for sale on board Etihad Airways flights and My suspicion is 50 got tired of everyone mispronouncing histhat is how Sougha flies! name….it’s “Mr Fitty cents” to you. • Beyonce’s four concerts in NYC this past month all sold out inThe winners of the competition were: 22 seconds. Seconds!Ms. Faria Suman • Liam Gallagher might think about showing more leg for hisMs. Razia Yasmeen upcoming concert in Abu Dhabi.Ms. Cynthia Reginald • The Economist’s Big Mac Index is an unofficial (but quiteThe winners were presented with their Sougha products on August 18 at the accurate) measurement of purchasing power parity acrosskiosk in the Central Market, Abu Dhabi. currencies. Concierge proposes ‘the Jones the Grocer Index:’ this sees how many seats are filled at 8pm on Thursday night at JTG to determine the number of expats in town. • Congratulations to Imagenation. With ‘The Help” you bet on the right horse. “The Help” is winning critical acclaim and already receiving serious Oscar buzz. • Back from summer and noticing our spiffy new garbage skips? That’s courtesy Averda, the new company contracted by the Centre of Waste Management to take care of waste in Abu Dhabi. Next step: ‘pretty and green’. • On topic of aesthetics, Anna from Karama wrote in to say the new Lifeline gyms deliver value but she wants them to: “beautify the gym space…anything to make exercising more fun.” • Tempo recently received an invite from a PR company to join them for dinner at Yemen Saeed restaurant near the Immigration building in Abu Dhabi. Indeed a sign of recessionary times (especially coming from a PR agency), but kudos, Yemen Saeed is worth a visit for authentic, “Arabian soul food”. • Praveen in Al Ain tells us to remind all you dog owners out there: scoop the poop! • I was chatting with friends and someone said something of note: “When you hear the news about all the donations going to Somalia, don’t assume that your little bit won’t make a difference. It does. So give.” • A reminder to all: be sure to enter the “I Love UAE” competition. Now’s the time to show your love…and show off your talent. And that, folks, is the bottom, bottom line. Write to me: firstname.lastname@example.org The Concierge
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Fail, and you will be cursed with unending and woeful boredom!SONY VAIO E SERIES NOTEBOOKSSony has launched its new E Series notebooks in the Middle East. This new IOS GAMESseries is built with second generation Intel Core i5 Processors and AMD Dual- This will be quick:core Processors specifically designed to improve the video quality, enhance BACKSTAB is a newish game on the iPad, a swashbuckling, promising pirategame play and extend battery life. A hexagon pattern is embossed into the shell adventure. One word: disappointing. Repetitive, badly portrayed characters, dodgywith screen size from 14” to 15.5”, Nvidia GeForce 410M GPU & AMD Radeon AI. Nuff said. We give it a 5/10.HD 6310 or Intel HD 3000 graphic controllers. The notebooks come with severalapplications and utilities pre-installed; which are designed to launch through Two games to look out for on IOS are EPOCH and SHADOWGUN. Both are third-one touch buttons. The notebooks are widely available in Jumbo stores and person shooters and look great, so far. In Epoch you play a robot blasting its wayleading electronic shops across the UAE with a starting price of Dh 2,495. through an apocalyptic world of...other robots. In Shadowgun you play a grizzled bounty hunter blasting his way through an apocalyptic world to find a muchNEWS & GOSSIP sought after scientist. Ah, apocalyptic worlds where would gaming be withoutGOOGLE PLUS (+) you? Probably stuck at checkers. No release date on either, but slated to come outGoogle’s new social network, Google Plus, is about to launch. The launch date before the year’s end.has not yet been made official, but the search engine giant claims it providesanswers for social media users’ security concerns. To begin with, Google+ does Check gamehedz.blogspot.com for gameplay video and other details.pretty much what all other social networks do, that is, facilitate connections Braap!and sharing. 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have a huge impact collectively. Even at home, people should be more active by encouraging their parents and family members to take measures to conserve energy. For example, the problem in the UAE is the huge amount of electricity that is being used. Families can take steps to reduce the electricity load and use more fuel efficient materials. IRENA plans to launch educational and awareness building initiatives in the UAE in the coming year.IRENA: The global voice of renewable energyUrging Community Engagement and Involvement To learn more about IRENA and how you can become involved visit: www.irena.orgBy Gauri SinghThe International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was o cially createdin Bonn on 26 January 2009, and mandated by its member nations of 148states and the European Union, to promote the adoption of sustainableforms of renewable energy in the world. The global headquarters of IRENAis in Abu Dhabi, which also hosted the organization’s very rst assembly inApril. Tempo sat with Gauri Singh, Director Knowledge management andInnovation Technologies at IRENA to nd out more about the organizationand to learn how the community and young people can become involved.TEMPO: How would you summarize the reason for the existence ofIRENA?GAURI: The objective for IRENA is to become the leading international centreof excellence for renewable energy and to become a platform for exchange anddevelopment of renewable energy knowledge. Our aim is to create knowledgecentres that are equipped with research, and technical and economic information,as well as renewable resource potential data, that countries can use whenthey discuss their measures and create their policies. We aim to be the turn-toorganization for member countries to access all the relevant information theyneed to make their decisions.TEMPO: Is IRENA achieving this objective? Gauri Singh at IRENA’s April conferenceGAURI: IRENA as an organization is very young. It held its first assembly in Aprilthis year so it’s really only five months old. What’s impressive is that 148 countriesand the European Union have signed the IRENA statue, and 83 countries have IRENA’S Statuteratified the treaty. Renewable energy is being seen as the key solution for • Collect renewable energy related information and knowledge, and analysedealing with the looming problem of climate change. and disseminate current renewable energy practices, including policiesTEMPO: How can the public get involved? and incentives, available technologies, and examples of best operationalGAURI: The problem is that everyone feels that climate change is a huge problem practice.and that there is not much that they can do on a personal level. But young people • Foster international exchanges about renewable energy policy and itsespecially have the energy and creativity to make a real difference. They can form framework conditions.advocacy groups which can help to influence policy makers to take steps to • Provide relevant policy advice and assistance.increase the share of renewable energy in their countries. • Improve renewable energy knowledge that facilitates technology transfer and promotes the development of local capacity and competence.Young people can be empowered by working with larger organizations, and • Promote capacity building services such as training and education.unleash their imagination and creativity towards conservation and promoting • Provide information and advice on the financing mechanisms available forrenewable energy. They shouldn’t feel that they are doing anything in isolation, renewable energy projects.but that they are part of a larger global network committed to tackling this • Stimulate and encourage research (including on socio-economic issues), bychallenge and mitigating climate change. The youth network is powerful and fostering research networks to undertake joint research, development andthis has been demonstrated through many recent events. Young people use deployment of technologies.social media like Facebook and Twitter and this means that they can be more • Provide information about the development and deployment of nationalproactive in their demand to save the future for next generations. and international technical standards in relation to renewable energy,TEMPO: How can our readers make a diﬀerence? based on a sound understanding through an active presence in the relevantGAURI: I think there are many examples where they can make a difference, fora, andfrom small groups of 10 to 20 people to larger communities. What they each do • Disseminate knowledge and information and increase public awareness onto engage on the environment and climate change can appear small, but can the benefits and potential offered by renewable energy.
By Sharon CarvalhoWhen you step into Sennara at the One to One hotel,you immediately get the sense that this is seafoodrestaurant. Fish nets, baskets, an aquarium and soothingbeach-evoking music puts you in the mood for seafoodin leisurely dining ambience. The entrance into therestaurant might confuse you a little bit (you have to takethe lift up), but once you’re in the restaurant it is spaciousand homey. Sticking with the Lebanese theme, Sennara offers desserts such as Halawet Al Jeben and Mafukeh with Achta along with your more conventional desserts. These might sound like a mouthful but informed waiters make choosing desserts a piece of cake. Basically made of white cheese and stuffed with nuts and sugar syrup, these desserts could easily be too much to handle but the bite size portions make them the perfect ending to a satisfying meal. Small, bite size sugary delights just enough to satisfy your sweet tooth craving.The menu offers a choice of seafood dishes with an ethnic Lebanese twist. Withwaiters at your side to explain the intricacies of the menu, you could perhapsbegin a meal with delicious hot and cold mezze platter or their signature dish“Batata Harra”; crispy fried cubes of potato tossed in finely chopped corianderand chilies, or alternately their “Shrimp Shakshooke” which is succulent prawnscooked in a spicy tomato and capsicum base. A note to the wise: here whenthey say spicy, they don’t mean wimpy-spicy, but the take-it-like-a-man-and-grin kind! Or of course, you can ask the waiter to tone it down a little if you want By Angeli Castillo(a strong recommendation from this reviewer).Sennara offers you a variety and control: choose the fish you want, cooked the INGREDIENTSway you want, and in the sauce you want. The varieties of fish include salmon, 8 cups chopped seedless watermelonsea bass, and lobster to the usual gang of human- friendly sea creatures. You 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juicemay decide to grill, fry, steam or even barbeque your fish! You could do what I Mint leavesdid, and have sea bass grilled with a creamy garlic-lemon butter sauce, and try Icesome batter fried lady fish to make them crispy or, if you prefer a light dish;you could get your choice of fish steamed to such perfection that it melts in DIRECTIONSyour mouth. Puree the watermelon, lime juice and sugar in a blender until smooth. Add more sugar, if needed. Transfer puree to a pitcher and chill until ready to serve. Stir and pour into glasses over ice. Garnish with mint. RATING SCALE: LEVEL 1: SUPER EASY LEVEL 2: RELATIVELY EASY LEVEL 3: MEDIUM SKILLS REQUIRED LEVEL 4: COOKING SKILLS A MUST LEVEL 5: ARE YOU SURE YOU WANNA DO THIS?
Cervil Anne Vileta Reyes is a 28 year old Filipina who has been working as a medicaltechnologist at the Gulf Diagnostic Center for almost two years.FASHION STATEMENT:For Cervil it is all about comfort: “I don’t follow anyparticular style nor see myself as a fashionista. I likewearing t-shirts that are plain or have a simple printand pairing them with my favourite jeans”. I love shopping at Bershka, Stradivarius and Aeropostale because I believe they fit my simplistic style. “I guess the effect of growing up with two brothers is that I’m not into accessorizing or make up. The most I would do is put on lip gloss when I go to work. On the occasions where I need to dress up and wear something formal, I usually pair a black dress with sandals and a pair of pearl earrings.” “I do quite like fashion and read fashion magazines a lot, but I just don’t know if what I read is for me. I see myself as loving my comfort and being way too simple for what fashion magazines have to offer. For me, it’s all about knowing who you are and being yourself all the time.”
PHOTOS AND MODELS WITH A “5 FEET” TWIST By Sharon Carvalho When Vibhu Raj, a free lance photographer based in Abu Dhabi realized that there was a market in providing media and design solutions along with unique events, he got together with six of his friends, each who had a different skill set, to form 5 Feet Productions. He gave Tempo a behind the scenes look into “Fashionova” a 5 Feet Productions project that featured photography, modeling and design, and one that he expects will be held annually and developed into its own brand. Neha GaggarQ: Tell us about Fashionova 2011A: Fashionova is a fashion event with a difference. The idea was that models ofany size and age could participate by getting their portfolio clicked by about 30photographers and then walk the ramp in designer wear. We realized that peoplelove posing for the camera but may be shy because of their size or because theydon’t know what to do in front of the camera. That was how Phase 1 of the eventbegan. Men and women of any age or size participated, learned how to poseand modeled, and were given a fabulous portfolio at the end. The photographystudent were trained by renowned photographer, Binu Bhaskar, on how totake portfolio pictures. This led to Phase 2 which included training the modelsto walk the ramp, and teaching the photographers how to create commercialphotography. Commercial photography covered products, architecture, wildlife,still life, landscapes etcetera. The photographers got invited to the design studioswith their pictures and were taught how to take better pictures. This includedtouch up work, how to figure out better camera settings, lighting for a bettershot, etc. For the models, it was about wearing designer clothes and getting The 5 Feet and Fashionova Team
trained to walk the ramp by Ajay Ashok. Phase 1 shoots happened on 22 and 23July at Lighthouse Studio, Dubai and on 29 and 30 July 2011 at the MillenniumHotel, Abu Dhabi and, because of immense demand, another shoot took place on19 August at Lighthouse Studio, Dubai.Q: Binu, tell us about yourself and your experience with Fashionova2011.A: I am photographer but I also consider myself to be an artist. I have a degreein photography from Melbourne and I participated in a number of commercialshoots over there. But over the past six or so years I have been focusing on myart. It was through my art shows that I met Vibhu and the 5 Feet team. I haddone quite a few shows in Dubai and I started workshops which wer more aboutconnecting photography with art. Through these workshops I talked to the 5 Behind the scenesFeet team and they asked me to train the photographers for Fashionova. I wasdelighted to do it because I like the energy of the 5 Feet team. They are keento bring something new to the market and I hope it works out for them. I wasonly here for the first phase and I won’t be here for the fashion show but I haveenjoyed my time with the models and photographers. PHOTOGRAPHERS Firoze Edassery- every element of the workshop was superb. Binu Bhaskar backed with the 5 Feet Production team made it informative and entertaining. Binu has the ability to communicate complicated lighting, composing and Angel Drake framing concepts with incredible ease. We had a good shoot at Light House with models who were trained equally well. It was worth every Dirham! I learned a lot about studio lighting and portfolio shoots and I had a great time having met Sophia Mehrass great people. Nelson Davis- I am an amateur and I’m happy I got the privilege to learn from the best in the industry. The way the workshops were organized and how the knowledge was communicated was great. The workshops have helped me take my photographic interests to a new level. MODELS Vimal Vijayan- Fashionova was a great experience. It gave me the opportunity to work with highly professional people and share their experiences. It was fun and exciting. I think it’s good for aspiring models who want to learn about the fashion industry and for photographers who want to learn different concepts and techniques.Ajay, what was your role in Fashionova. Reshma Khan- When I heard about Fashionova I jumped at the opportunity because I have always wanted to get my portfolio taken by professionalI am a fashion choreographer and model trainer. I’m here to style the shoots and photographers. I am extremely glad I did. They taught me how to pose andtrain the models on how to walk the ramp with grace and confidence. I loved the corrected my expressions and now I have photographs that make me do a doubleidea that men and women of any age and size could participate in this event. take to make sure they are mine!It helped reach out to those that may never be models but can learn how to beone through these workshops. It helps by increasing self confidence and helping Sheetal More- Fashionova was not only about learning but about having fun.them develop a positive attitude about themselves. It is also an experience they I got the opportunity to interact with professionals from the industry and I amwill never forget. thankful to 5 Feet for organizing this event.
SOCIAL MEDIA: WHERE IT STARTED THE GLASS SLIPPER …ANDTHE LEGACY OF TEENAGE CAVEMEN WAITING FOR PRINCE CHARMINGBy Ahmad Samir By Shamma Al SuwaidiSocial media sites are everywhere, just as the words “Facebook” and “Twitter” The concept of the “glass slipper” is a familiar one to all ofhave become synonymous with the hordes of their fervid users. I am by nomeans an exception; I’m as guilty of over-using social media sites as the next us. We all grew up on Walt Disney, and it has left its markguy! And in all likelihood, everyone reading this is a user of social media in some on most of us. Every story in the children books we used toform, so we can logically conclude that social media is here to stay. read, or the movies we used to watch delivered a certain Why are they so popular among us teenagers? What makes us gravitate to them message that implanted itself in our subconscious mind.in large numbers? The explanation is very simple. We are social beings; and I want to talk about Cinderella because it was the story Ihard-wired to stay connected. loved the most. It made us believe that one day our ownEons ago we gathered together, by default. We lived and hunted in groups; special prince will find us and carry us away to ‘lala land’always together; always connected. It was in our every interest to be together as where everything is hunky dory.our survival depended on it. Boog the caveman, for example, thought nothingof staying connected with his mates Ta and Gog. They were always a stone’s What the story failed to tell is was that along with love comes pain. And it’s notthrow away (literally). In terms of social circles, we lived in tiny communities. just the stories that mislead us; it’s also our upbringing along with our innocentWhat’s very significant is that, in those cavemen who were lucky enough not inability to know the difference between fiction and reality. We believe that loveto be mauled to death by saber tooth tigers only ever lived a few years past is forever and that it has no boundaries.adolescence; they had very short life spans. For the most part, all cavemen wereteenagers! (How cool is that?) Now comes the follow up question… is it our fault? Can we be blamed for pursuing love and looking for forever? For having this deep desire to have thatFast forward a few thousand years, and you’ll find that while our modus operandi glass slipper fit? My answer is no. We didn’t know then what we know now.hasn’t changed: our need to stay connected remains intact. And it’s exactly that We didn’t know that ‘Prince Charming’ would leave us with a broken heart. Wevisceral need to stay connected to our fellow man that has made these networks didn’t know what our religion begged us to know. And now we pay the price forso popular. The internet has given us the means to, once again, fulfill that need. a mistake that wasn’t ours to begin with.(Even if it’s just to post pictures of our cats) So the message I’d like to send to women all over the world is a direct and clear:The teenager of today has, virtually at least, achieved the highly coveted status those who still have that child in them who believes in the idea of love like I do:of being a global citizen; one whose circle of communication isn’t bound by it’s not about having the right foot to fit the right shoe, and it’s not about livingterritory. The Borg (the alien race from Star Trek) comes to mind. Plainly put, in a real pessimistic world either; it’s about that inner child that must not die.they are a race of cybernetic organisms that are all connected together through That inner child needs to have hope and needs to wish and dream of brightera central network called the “Unicomplex”. The similarity is uncanny. Come to tomorrows.think of it, the idea of the Borg was probably a metaphor for us as a race and theway we’re taking in technology. A dear friend of mine once told me to believe. And that’s exactly what I’m going to tell you. But don’t just believe in love, believe in Allah.With all the technology we’re using, we are still staying true to the primalhuman and our teenage cavemen ancestors. And Believe that Allah has the ability to turn your fantasy into reality so hold onof course there’s also the fact that it’s free, a good to that faith with both hands and never give up. In a world of lies and deceitway to kill boredom and, well, totally awesome! and negativity, we all need faith and to know that it can take us to the highestNow, please excuse me; I need to tweet… mountains and deepest oceans. And maybe even to the land where ‘Prince#WhySocialMediaIsPopular Charming’ awaits us just around the corner.Drop me a line at: Open to feedback, email@example.comAhmedSamirSalama@yahoo.com Follow me on Twitter
Name: TOUFIC ISSAA FREEZE FRAME OF MY LIFE: SEPTEMBER 2011 Age: 21 Profession: STUDENT Nationality: LEBANESE Motto: LET YOUR COLOURS SHINE My most valued possession would be my new amazing professional camera You can usually find me hanging out at Mugg and Bean, Ohio cafe and Special Cafe I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT THE GOOD COMPANY I HAVE Lady Gaga inspires me the most because of her artistic and amazing performances A typical day in my life would be wake up, brush my teeth, check my emails, have a small breakfast, clean my room, do some chores around the house, take a small nap, cook for mum and dad and then see my peeps I would like to own a Volkswagen Beetle Five things I cannot live without are Friends, Gummy Bears, Parents, Strawberries, Music My earliest memory is when I was four years old. I remember watching my favorite horror movies which are Freddy Kruger and Bram Stock Dracula If I wanted to look absolutely great I would wear a nice buttoned up shirt with a cardigan. Pair that with jeans or nice slacks with a nice belt and mocasins along with a nice watch that matched the outfit I would love to be stuck in an elevator with Lady Gaga and least like to be stuck in an elevator with George Clooney I would play Hip Hop and RnB music to get a party started! Avril Lagine –Smile is my last song syndrome If I could be trapped in a TV show for a month it would be Glee email us : firstname.lastname@example.org want us to time capsule your life? THE MOST RECENT MOVIE THAT MADE ME CRY WAS MY SISTERS’ KEEPER My idea of the perfect weekend is chilling at the beach, going to a nice restaurant and watching a good movie with friends and loved ones I have been to Greece, Switzerland and Canada and I would love to go to Bali, Hawaii, New York and Greece again. If I could be anywhere in the world right now it would be Canada I love the Summer season the most! My favourite dessert is Blueberry cheesecake If I could be any drink/ snack/ fruit / vegetable, it would be a colourful cake but with a bit of sweetness.
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ARTESCAPEAT DIFCAN ARTISTIC OASIS AMID AN URBAN JUNGLETempo took a stroll recently in DIFC Gate Village and was thoroughly invigoratedby the art gallery scene that is integrated throughout the business park. Weloved the urban planning and use of space, and the way the art provides a visualand spiritual reprieve in the high-octane financial environment. The art galleriesat DIFC not only nourish the business community around it, but are open to thepublic, offering a vibrant calendar of art and culture events throughout the year.Indeed, the galleries host numerous events, including exhibition openings,launches and corporate receptions.Tempo went snap happy as we strolled throughthe galleries, and here we present some of the artthat caught our whimsy. Some are showcased aspart of exhibits indoors while a few are located inthe landscaped outdoors.The art galleries at DIFC include ARTSPACE, Ayyam Gallery, Cuadro Fine ArtGallery, Opera Gallery, The Empty Quarter, The Farjam Collection and XVA Gallery.DIFC tells us that they are expecting to open up more galleries very soon. Formore details of the exhibitions go to DIFC’s website www.DIFC.ae.