Monday, April 14, 2014

Erosion of Human connections

This topic has been well written about, but people don't want to address it. Yet here I am again. I'm talking about real Human connection, not just WhatsApping, facebooking, tweeting etc.

More and more I've noticed people around me slip further away, and they don't realize it, that it's becoming worse and worse. It's adding more misery to the Human condition. We text all day, post all night, at the cost of going out and meeting people... Close Human contact.

Only divine light, I notice in all this is Meetup.com. On that platform people actually meet later. Good people come together. Heck, even on Tinder to some extent.

To personally address this I've started to associate with people who actively want to spend time and engage with each other, not just facebook friends.

Let's slow down this erosion of our collective Humanity.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Squash shoes in the United Arab Emirates

Squash shoes aren't easy to find in the United Arab Emirates. Either most popular outlets don't carry them or have one or two models.

In my quest, I came across two places that had some. The Sun & Sand Sports Factory Outlet but unfortunately the Sun & Sand Sports Factory Outlet didn't have my insanely large big foot shoe size 48. The brand they had was just Nike, but wasn't expensive.

Then, thanks to a search on Amazon I came across a Japanese brand called ASICS. Fortunately asics has a strong presence in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. ACICS store in Dubai Mall.

Now I finally have my Squash shoes (happy face). The ASICS Gel-Blade 3 Squash and Badminton shoes.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

My Review of Hush Puppies Venture - Men's - Shoes - Black

Originally submitted at OnlineShoes.com

Stride comfortably down your career pathway in the Venture oxford from Hush Puppies. The soft leather lining is naturally breathable for corporate comfort. The profile is suited for business applications, crafted with waterproof leather to maintain attraction.


I would buy these shoes again and again

By Muzammil from Ajman, United Arab Emirates on 10/19/2011

 

5out of 5

Sizing: Feels true to size

Width: Feels true to width

Pros: Durable, Classic Design, Stable, Good Cushioning, Comfortable, Breathes Well

Best Uses: Casual Wear, Business Casual, Going Out, Date Night, Work

Describe Yourself: Conservative, Comfort-oriented

Bought my first brown colored pair of Ventures from Karachi, Pakistan. Have been looking for the same in black ever since.

Man these shoes are so well fitting if you have large or wide feet (mine are 11.5 wide, left foot slightly larger). Airport friendly metal detectors don't go off when you pass through.

These shoes taught me about shoe sizing, prior to buying these, I used to feel shoes were either too loose, or snug, because I have wider feet, these models make variations for wide or extra wide feet.

I will definitely buy another pair in case Hush Puppies stops making them (I hope not). Sadly they are not easily available all around the world.

(legalese)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Mini-review - Victorinox Swiss Army Men's 241424 Dive Master 500 Chrono Black Dial Watch




Amazon's service - 3/5

This was my first Amazon transaction, after placing an Int'l expedited order, and being charged, there was no activity for two days, then it was quickly shipped and I got it a day before in the United Arab Emirates, according to Amazon's delivery estimation. Considering its price and int'l shipping request. I was expecting the item to be shipped the next day, not two days later.

Watch mini-review - 4/5

Haven't had the watch for too long, but I had already tried the watch in a store, so I knew how it felt and looked on my wrist, before buying it from Amazon.

Subjective Pros
1. If you have thin wide wrists like me, in my opinion the chrono model with the additional crowns compliments my kinds of wrists better.
2. It does feel heavy, but I like heavy watches, best to get the bracelet sized from a reputed watch dealer, because the crown will slam against your wrist bone, if you shake a bottle or something yes it will hurt. Get it sized to fit for comfort!

2. Band/braclet doesn't pull any hair, very smooth.

Subjective Cons 
None

Objective Pros 
1. Solid construction, quality build.
2. Bracelet/band has full and half links for accurate sizing.

Objective Cons 
1. The dark PVD (physical vapor deposition) coating will scratch, not too much but eventually it will, you don't have to baby it. Read around, PVD coatings are known for getting scratched, high end Italian luxury watch maker Officine Panerai's CEO also said this.

2. The night lume on the hourly time markers isn't bright enough for me.

Suggestions

1. Would like to see an automatic with chrono and titanium.
2. PVD care and more general watch care instructions should be prominently mentioned in the manual.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Malaysia vs U.A.E.

Originally posted on ArabianBusiness.com. Pretty much sums up why the United Arab Emirates is not the right place to build a long term future for the average investor.

With greetings from Malaysia
Posted by Saeid on Saturday 17 July 2010 at 10:28 UAE time
http://www.arabianbusiness.com/592749-dubai-mulls-new-visa-plan-to-lure-entrepreneurs

We left the UAE two months ago and already have a SDN BHD(equivalent of a LLC) in Malaysia.

It costs 2600 Dhs to start a business in Malaysia. Another 8000 DHs/ year for hiring two resident Directors. You will be the sole signatory of the company and will hold 99% of the shares. The other 1% can belong to who ever you want, even some one in another country. If you buy a shelf company which is what we did, it takes roughly 2 hours. And you're ready to go.

After getting your residency, you can be one of the Directors and when your spouse gets hers, then she can be the other. It will then cost about 400 Dhs a year to renew your license.

There are no employee visa issues here. There are plenty of Malays, Chinese and Indians who are looking for work. And they have great work ethics.

The retail space rentals are very cheap here. You will not make as much money as you once did in the UAE. But even in the UAE you will not make what you once did.

You will not have to have a place of business, such as an office, a shop, a warehouse,etc. You can work right out of your home if you need to and then expand as time goes on. The residential rental fees are very cheap too.


If some one is looking for employment, they should still consider the UAE, as there still is a job market there. But as an investor or a Start Up, I think South East Asia should be considered seriously.

As some people have suggested recently, Singapore seems like a great place too.

Another thing I can tell you about Malaysia, there are rules as to how things get done here. They have been in place for years, they make sense, and they don't get changed over night.

All that aside, the most important thing is, you will be respected as a human being.