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SamsungGalaxyS5I posted last month brief introduce of the latest Samsung Galaxy S5 smart-phone. Samsung released Galaxy S5 early this month (11th of April 2014) to the global market. I was in London at that time and had a chance to hold the mobile. I got an opportunity to review the mobile in detail exclusively from Samsung Kuwait (Wahran Trading Co.).

SamsungGalaxyS5KuwaitThe phone comes with Android 4.4 KitKat operating system and a new version of Samsung’s TouchWiz. Additionally, the Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with  a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM,IR remote, Bluetooth 4.0 BLE/ANT+, 4 LTE and a choice of 16GB or 32GB of storage. The Galaxy S5 got 16MP camera, LED flash, a new advanced HDR mode and post-shot focusing. The round front camera points to 2.1MP front camera and video chatting [more].

You can choose any of the four colors blue, black, silver or bronze. This is the best phone from Samsung I liked. Impressed me with the features of camera, colours, tracking features, display, finger print and lifestyle features. 

You can find the phone available at Samsung Kuwait (Wahran Trading Co.) AlHamra Tower Branch and other branches.

Prices: 

Samsung Galaxy S5 / 3G / 16GB – 199KD

Samsung Galaxy S5 / 4G / 16GB – 207KD

Samsung Galaxy S5 / 4G / 32GB – 223KD

HomeSlicePizzaThis suburb I entered by mistake during my walk in London – Soho. However, at that time it was rainy and windy. So I passed through a small pizza restaurant called Home Slice Pizza to have some lunch.

HSPizzaLondonThey only serve Pizza. I chose to have a slice of margarita and veg pizza. The pizza taste’s so delicious, juicy and I loved the pizza sauce. If are in London on day, please visit HS Pizza and give me your feedback.[Map]

Discover Liverpool

April 22nd, 2014 | Posted by Khalil in Information | Personal | Reviews | Travel | World Life - (0 Comments)

LiverpoolLiverpool is a city were you can relax and enjoy the fresh air. I visited Liverpool when I was a kid. I drove down towards to Liverpool during my recent trip to London. Stayed three days re-discovering the city and meet up my friends.

I took London Euston Virgin Trains towards Liverpool Lime Street. The duration took 2hrs and 15 minutes only. I stayed at Liverpool Indigo Hotel. The hotel is quite good and near to the dock, city centre, shopping area and rail station.

LiverpoolDockOf course, when I arrived to the city, I walked down to the Albert Dock. Lots of things changed, new buildings and of course the museums are still the same. I enjoyed walking down the Albert Dock with my Starbucks Coffee and headset on listening to some music. 

AnfieldThis is the first time visiting Anfield (Liverpool FC Stadium). It was Thursday morning and just the day before Liverpool VS Man. City match. The stadium were full with guests. I waited for hours to get my turn to have a mini tour inside the stadium. The tour includes visit to the field and museum only. 

LiverpoolShoppingLiverpool City Centre is small compared to London. If you are looking somewhere to shop and eat. Liverpool ONE is a shopping, residential and leisure complex. Luxury brands, Cinema, Restaurants and Cafes are all available inside Liverpool ONE. 

I really enjoyed Liverpool specially walking around and breathing-in the fresh air. I think three days is enough to stay in Liverpool to  wonderful area the city.

StarbucksLondonI think there are special moments during the day to pick-up your coffee. During my last trip to London, I usually pick-up my Starbucks Coffee before I have lunch. I love to drink Starbucks Coffee in London because it got a unique taste and cheap price compared to Kuwait. In London Mayfair you can find Starbucks almost in every street.

KuwaitAirwaysFirstClassKuwait Airways posted previously on Instagram some snapshots of how Kuwait Airways new first and business class looks like. The image above of the First Class looks like. Compared to the other airlines, the first class should be segmented in separated seats and this looks like as business class zone. So I dislike it.

KuwaitAirwaysBusinessClassMoreover, the image above is the business class of Kuwait Airways. This even looks like as KLM Premium Economy. How could the business class seats don’t have extra facilities added on. The new flights will be prepared by end of this year.

HotelMissoniCucinaI received a special invitation from Hotel Missoni Management to review Cucina Restaurant new pizza menu. Today afternoon, after I done from work, I went to Hotel Missoni to dine-in for lunch and taste their new pizza. The hotel management welcomed us and explained some of the new changes in the restaurant.

Cucina Restaurant is now changed with new theme and decorations. As well the restaurant is expanded now with extra seats and tables. There is also a private lounge were business/private lunch can be reserved. Personally, I liked the new blue theme and Missoni texture added everywhere.

CucinaRestaurantWe were given a set menu for our lunch. As a start-up I had pomegranate mojito drink. I really liked the drink and haven’t had the same mojito in my life. For appetizer, I had Parmigiana di Melanzane (Eggplant Parmigiana with orange infuse tomato) and Tagliolini Verdi Gratinati (Homemade tagliolini with beef bacon, asparagus and parmesan cheese). I haven’t tried the Parmigiana di Melanzane as I’m allergic eggplants. As for Tagliolini Verdi Gratinati is wonderful and also I ate two dishes and can stop of having  more. What I liked with the Tagliolini is the cheese sauce and way it’s cooked. This would be my favorite dish.

CucinaPizzaMoving to the main course. I chose to try Margherita Pizza (Tomato sauce, Mozzarella and Fresh Basil) and Ortolana Pizza (Tomato sauce, Mozzarella and Grilled Vegetables). The pizza made with fresh ingredients came specially from Italy, made specially with thin dough, natural, healthy and tasty.

Ending with the desserts, I had Pizza Dolce (Pizza topped with Cucina special chocolate sauce, crushed hazelnuts and icing sugar). The dessert is also fabulous with great pizza dough, tasty chocolate sauce and well presented. The chocolate sauce taste similar to Nutella, but made specially by Cucina Restaurant.

Overall, I enjoyed the Hotel Missoni atmosphere and had a great time to review one of the best Italian restaurants in Kuwait. I highly recommend you to try their pizza, appetizers and beverages.

I rate Cucina Restaurant Pizza (10/10), Dessert (09/10), Appetizers (08/10), Beverages (10/10) and Restaurant Atmosphere (10/10).

Location: Salmiya, Gulf Rd, Hotel Missoni [map]

Phone: 2577 0000

ToreroRestaurantInvitationWe received a wonderful invitation from Torero Spanish Restaurant & Churreria to attend the grand opening of Arabella branch. The invitation is designed as passport and boarding pass, as it looks so creative and unique to me.

ToreroKuwaitHowever, on Wednesday night I arrived around 7.30pm to attend the grand opening. The opening started with a speech, then wonderful Spanish flamenco music and finally a draw to win a flight ticket to Europe.

ToreroFoodDuring the event, we were served some Torero appetizers, main dishes and desserts. I chose to have mushroom soup, goat cheese salad and Paella De Pollo. I don’t have any comments of the food taste. But I dislike the dishes presentation, which need to be more attractive and presented to the customers. I rate Torero Spanish Restaurant & Churreria 06/10.

MarunouchiKuwaitMarunouchi is a subsidiary under Grupo Gastro, begin an agent for a couple of very reputable Japanese food suppliers from Japan, Cosmo Japan and Azuma Holding. Grupo Gastro is solely offering you from Japan The Japanese Wagyu, Japanese Blue fin tuna and more high-end japanese foods.

Last night I attend the grand-opening of Marunouchi restaurant. The grand opening started with a classical music, then some cold fresh drinks and short brief about the restaurant. During the night, we were given some Sushi, Salads and Japanese Fried Chicken. I don’t have any comments about their food, but I really prefer if this restaurant could be in much better area and different location. The seating floor plan is not comfortable to dine-in and I prefer to have my lunch/dinner in a flexible area.

Location: Sharq, Mayaza Tower 3

VidaHotelDubaiIn my recent visit to Dubai last week. I stayed in Vida Hotels and Resorts - Downtown Dubai. It was my first time to stay in Vida Hotels and Dubai Downtown. I arrived at 10am in the morning. I checked-in and sat two hours waiting for my room to be free and cleaned. Actually, the hotel is nearby Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and Dubai Boulevard Village.

VidaHotelRoomsAround 12pm, I got my room ready. The room is so fabulous, clean and luxury. I book for a king standard room, which is good for one or two guests. I disliked the setup of an open plan bathroom, with a separate shower and toilet.

VidaDowntownDubaiThis part of the hotel was the most place attracted me. In the ground floor, there is an open swimming pool and hotel restaurant and cafe.

VidaHotelFoodIn the early morning, I had my breakfast in 3-1 Vida Hotel Restaurant. All types of foods are available in the breakfast buffet. I liked the breakfast buffet setup, design and atmosphere.

The hotel designed for intuitive style, convenience, comfort and sensory stimulation. Finally, I enjoyed my one night stay in Vida Hotels and Resorts – Downtown Dubai. I recommend families or businessmen to choose Vida hotel as for the best comfortable place to stay in. I rate Vida hotel 09/10.

DubaiFestivalofLightsEmaar Dubai organized “Dubai Festival of Lights” for the first time ever. To create a witness Downtown Dubai in a new expression of art and light. All the iconic projects in the ‘most prestigious square kilometre on earth,’ including Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall, will have a brilliant new façade of festive lighting, adding to the touristic appeal of Downtown Dubai, already one of the most-visited lifestyle destinations.

The festival started from March 20 and end’s on March 29th, 2014. You can watch the lights activities every evening from 7pm to 12am in Dubai Downtown.

DubaiDowntownI was in Dubai last Wednesday and stayed one day only for some work. However, I stayed all Wednesday morning and afternoon to cover up some meetings. At night, I dropped my bag in the hotel and kept walking down in Dubai Downtown. I haven’t been their since three  years in the Dubai Downtown. During my walk in the downtown, suddenly a showery rain came in the town and I forced myself to enjoy this moment to continue walking down the path.

However, I founded lots of things changed in the town. What can you do a night in Dubai Downtown:

  • Dinner or coffee in one of the restaurant & cafes
  • Rent a bike and enjoy the ride downtown
  • Walk down the town through Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain area
  • Take a ride in one of the fountain boats
  • Visit Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa or The Address Hotel
  • Dubai Boulevard Village

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Two new watches with Android Wear smashed the technology world. Motorola recently announced Moto 360 watch. With this watch you can connect with people. control, track and find the time. From the product description, I think Moto 360 would be effective to use and will smash up the world. Will be available this summer. Find more at Moto 360 website.

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Android Wear is the latest operating system Google (Android) created specially capable for smart-watches. Motorola and LG officially will be using Android Wear for Moto 360 and LG G watches.