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Archive for December, 2010

A Toast to You , Happy New Year !!

It’s that time of the year where most of us look back and evaluate our actions, reactions, and whether we could have done any better given the circumstances. I look back to remember if anything significant happened and its tough because every event was part of a sequence, part of a series of mini events that seemed only natural at the time. Many of which I would not have ever anticipated of when the year started.

This is the reason we all check out our horoscopes at the beginning of each year in search of what may happen. Most of us don’t keep a log of the “events to take place” and we barely remember if any of them were true, yet we still read them. Its part of human nature I guess to look for hope everywhere. This hope is the fuel for the engine that keeps us striving and living for tomorrow.

I do not usually keep any resolutions, but I know I want to be better in every way, everyday. I look back and see what I have achieved then directly look forward and move on. During 2010 I started this blog and I love it more and more everyday. The ability to share information, to get feedback, to engage with everyone around me, and most importantly make friends from all over the world is a gem. Through this blog and twitter I have managed to enter a world I would have never dreamed of entering. Whoever criticizes social media negatively, is probably doing it all wrong.

I am glad to have met you, during the coming year I plan on enlarging my circle of friends and getting to know you better. There is nothing better than learning from others and yet teaching and sharing what you acquire.

I look forward to 2011, as I look forward to the course of every year. I look forward to getting to know you more and sharing more.

I am blessed to have this space to wish you a safe year, that’s all you need from anyone, the rest is up to you and how you turn each day to your advantage.


Happy 2011!

From My Kitchen: Dessert for New Year’s Eve |Mont Blanc

It’s the end of the year, and tradition calls for that special dessert for New Year’s Eve: Mont Blanc, a dessert made mainly from chestnuts and formed into a mountain shape, thus the name.I already know many of you are staying in or are hosting parties at home, for that I decided to include the link to this recipe to enable you to get the ingredients on time. Remember this dessert should be consumed within one day.

Mont blanc is a French dessert basically with a soft layer of cake with a pillowy mound of chestnut cream, all topped with strands of sweet nutty chestnut puree. It’s creamy, sweet and earthy with 3 different textures in each bite. So for this dessert we will have the genoise (the cake base), the chestnut puree which can also be store-bought , and the chestnut cream laid on top of the cake.

A recipe I cam across and which found really easy is by No Recipes. Just click this link and you will get all the details and instructions to make it just in time for New Year’s!

Bon Apetit and Happy New Year !

Source: No Recipes

Reimagining the Public Pool | Les Bains des Docks

The $29 million Les Bains des Docks aquatic center, reimagines the concept of a public pool. The overall design was inspired by the Roman thermal baths as people can go to congregate in most of the various pools year round. Located in Le Havre, France, it is the brain child of designer Jean Nouvel. On the exterior, the boxy precast-concrete shell, painted gun-metal gray, echoes the scale and simple massing of surrounding warehouses. Only the playful composition of rectangular apertures hints at an interior transcending the ordinary or functional.



Composite Photography by Jim Kazanjian | Photography

Portland artist Jim Kazanjian once worked as a commercial CGI artist for television, fashion, and game production and now channels that talent into composite photography. The beauty in his work is that the composition is so seamless making the photos very believable. Thankful should we be that they are not real images, most of them seem like they were meant for a horror movie.



Hello Kitty Exclusive for Sephora | Makeup

Sephora Beauty Insiders have been treated to a private, two-day event that allows for the viewing and purchasing of the Hello Kitty line, which is exclusively at Sephora.  It will launch officially in-stores and returning online in mid-January. The line is expected to be a hit, I am sure the ladies in Kuwait will be thrilled to get their hands on them!



Obakki Boutique by mgb | Shop Design

Obakki is a luxury fashion brand built on modern style. It speaks to a new generation of women who seek refined, effortlessly cool clothes that reflect one’s individuality and lifestyle. Obakki’s flagship boutique located in Vancouver, Canada, has won the Governor’s General award for its innovative and contemporary design. The boutique is designed by mgb.


Facebook Offices | Office Design

Facebook moved their offices last year out of several smaller locations spread throughout Palo Alto, CA and into one central, 150,000-square-foot building that used to house Agilent Technologies. Many of the building’s original features either remain or have been repurposed for Facebook’s use.The space was designed by studio o+a who took time to interview employees to see what they wanted and what would make their work experience better and more productive. Employees collaborated with designers throughout the entire process to ensure the best product possible. Because of the differing departmental needs, small neighborhoods within the building were created giving each department its own unique flavor and vibe.


L20 Restaurant in Chicago | Restaurant Design

The windy city may not be a vacation destination for those seeking warm weather getaways this season, but it is absolutely the road-trip to take if you are looking for some new modern design.  Dirk Denison Architects of Chicago, Illinois completed L20 Restaurant refurbishment design in 2008 by upgrading the originally class French fine dining restaurant into a contemporary seafood eatery.


Merry Christmas!

Happy Festivus! A Holiday for the Rest of Us !

For those of you who grew up watching Seinfeld, and clung on almost every episode like I did, you will definitely get this ! This is not a cult or anything, I love all holidays but this one in particular cracks me up. Since it December 23, I would love to wish you all a Happy Festivus!

The Story

Many Christmas’s ago, Frank Costanza went to buy a doll for George. There was only one doll left and when he reached for it, so did another man. After struggling for the doll, he thought there could be another way. The doll was destroyed, but out of that, a new holiday was born. It was called Festivus. A Festivus for the rest-iv-us..