August 24, 1995, that’s the date when Windows95 codenamed “Chicago” was released. I still remember the days when we were fiddling with Windows 3.1. Windows 95 was a welcome change from the Win 3.1 edition which was released in 1992. Windows 95 was a major step for Microsoft, Windows 95 included support for 255-character mixed-case long filenames and 32-bit applications. It also introduced the Plug n Play concept.
I had a habit of writing a daily summary in my diary during my school days. It was fun reading them after so many years. I don’t write anything these days, everything has become online. I spend the majority of the day in front of the desktop or my laptop. I looked up the internet to find a free online personal journal and ended up here. Ohlife is a simple website which helps us to maintain an online personal journal, the sign up is free and takes a minute or so.
Now let me explain how the whole thing works. Once you are done with the sign up, you can configure the settings, basically you select your time zone. The website generates an email every day at 8pm. All you have to do is to reply to that email and that becomes that day’s journal. If you want to add something after sometime, you just reply to the same email. It gets added to the previous entry. There is an option to export your journal as a txt file. The only issue with this online journal is that they are not editable. In a diary you can tear off the paper or spill the ink but here you are stuck with the entry, but that’s how it should be! right?
We had gone for our Friday breakfast in McDonalds a couple of weeks back. We usually go to the one on the Gulf Road. When we reached there, the place was almost packed with people. Some of the guys had come from the beach after swimming and some where lazily going through the news papers. This is a great place to relax, where you can take your sweet time, the place is huge and has a lot of seating.The first floor seating area gives a good view of the beach, but it was already full.
We ordered 2 big breakfast meals and 1 hot cake(my wife is not a big fan of pancakes), all of this came to 2.850KD. If you are coffee people, then you are going to be delighted because you get free coffee refills. This place has a huge outdoor seating area and it would be great during the winter.
If you have travelled via Dubai and if you haven’t visited this place, you have missed out one of the coolest places in the whole terminal. This place is a cool hangout place, and it’s not very expensive. We had been there on our way back and we really had a good time. We sat in their non-smoking area, and it had one of the best views of the runway. The food was awesome and the drinks too…Don’t ask me what we drank and what we ate….hush……hush….
If you haven’t tried it, i would recommend you to checkout the Irish Village. There is a lot of time, if you are transiting on your way to India. This is an ideal place to take a break after all the shopping and walking. We had two drinks and a main dish and the cost was around 8.400KD.
When we purchased our first shoe rack some time back, i had teasingly warned my wife that no shoe rack is big enough for a woman. She vehemently brushed aside my warnings and used to tell that she will only have a few(i still have no clue on what few means for a lady) pairs at a time. She was trying to stick to her decision and our big shoe rack was just fine. But a recent visit to the Payless Shoe Source changed it all.They had a good sale and my wife was like a bull in the China shop. She got some good deals and ended up getting six pairs. All this time, I had the “I told you so” expression on my face. The Sale was too good and I was also pretty impressed with what was on offer. They had some good brands like “American Eagle” selling for 2KD, which normally was selling for 8.900KD. They also have the brand Dexter, which was only available in Sears.
Payless has two outlets, one in the Avenues Mall and one attached to the BHS showroom in Salmiya (next to Sultan Center). My only complaint is that they have limited choice for men, call it gender bias, but if you are a lady, Payless Shoe Source is the place to shop.
Last week, if anyone wanted to catch up with any one from the Indian community, there was an easy option. All they had to do was to drive all the way to the new Lulu hypermarket, Qurain which opened on 28th July 2010. We had planned to visit early Friday morning to avoid the rush, but still the place was buzzing with people, and we bumped into a lot of friends.
The route to Lulu is pretty easy, if you are coming from Salmiya, take the fifth ring and take the Ahmadi Express (Road 40) and keep driving till you find exit no 208. Take the exit and continue driving and you will find a round about and Lulu is just there.
The Qurain city is a new project and the place is slowly developing into a major commercial area. The place already has so many showrooms and it looks like more are coming up. You can find the LG electronics shop and the Electrozan shop next to the Lulu- Al Wahda Mall.