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Hello Abu Dhabi ,


I'd like to thank all our readers who petitioned us tirelessly to increase the
frequency of our magazine, and expand our magazine distribution network.
We've done both. We will now come out bi-weekly (every two weeks) and
will be available through an expanded chain that has grown to include all 4 Your Say
Starbucks in Abu Dhabi, the capital's finest malls including Abu Dhabi Mall,
Khalidiya Mall, Raha Mall and Mazyad Mall, not to mention our expanded 5 ShopCall
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reach of hotels, hospitals and businesses.
6 What’s Hot in Abu Dhabi
We have also fine tuned our highly popular handy events pull-out as the
definitive Abu Dhabi guide of what's happening in the capital. For those of
you who prefer your content online be sure to visit www.abudhabitempo. 8 Movie Watch
com, a vibrant site full of information resources and community news,
and then of course there's also our YouTube site of videos of the most 10 My Abu Dhabi
happening events in Abu Dhabi.
11 City Bites
Abu Dhabi Tempo is a community magazine, so it's all about you. Write to us
about your likes and dislikes, along with your wish list of features you'd like 12 People Meter & Meet your Neighbour
to see more of. Write to me personally on bagersh@abudhabitempo.com.
We'd like to hear from you. 13 Making a Difference

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Dear Tempo,

Last month’s Arablish was spot on! Even though I’m


not from an Arab background but having lived in
UAE all my life has helped fine tune my senses to the
variation in dialects of different Middle Easterners.
Filmmakers in the west should take heed of their
apparent loopholes in character development. The
Peacemaker was another movie full of linguistic
errors. George Clooney was wrongly cast in that role!
But that’s another story.
RAISING THE BAR
Heena Majid Education: Teachers who focus on real-life
communications skills hold the key to raising standards
Dear Tempo, of English in the Emirates, according to a department of
Cambridge University. The Al Afaq Model School in Abu
I must tell you, as a student, I found AD Tempo
Dhabi is one example of how student-centered learning
extremely attractive. The layout is young and bright, is successfully working in the region. The girls school
and I love the stories you feature, which happen adopted tests for young learners set by Cambridge to
to be so UNIQUE! I have never seen something raise the learning level of their students in March 2005
like PeopleMeter, and Making a Difference is very and as a result has been able to measure the progress
relevant. I really, really enjoyed Carine Bruyninckx’s of its students and adjust the language programme
story in My Abu Dhabi. Who knew that our own Abu accordingly.
Dhabi could be home to such a fairytale? I have to Photography: Emirates Photography Competition (EPC)
admit, when I saw the magazine as I was leaving my under the patronage of the International Federation of
local mall yesterday, I saw a pile of something glossy Photographic Art (FIAP), has rece0ntly announced that the
and bright, and the avid reader that I am (I’ll read the last date to submit entries for their fifth season is April 15.
labels on toiletries when I visit someone’s bathroom!), Photographers and those interested to participate in
I had to pick it up, yet I had a feeling it might be one the competition must register online. The competition
of those shiny, non-substance city guides. But I was website provides comprehensive information and details
wrong, thank God! It is one lovely little magazine, and on the competition in four languages; Arabic, English,
I have yet to see your website, which I will visit today- French and German. For registration and further details,
worry not! please visit EIP website: www.ephotoc.com
Young Archaeologist Initiative: The Historic
Sana Farooqui
Environment Department launched an educational
Dear Tempo, awareness program for primary schools pupils in Al Ain,
to educate them about the principles of archeology.
I’ve attended many of the ‘free’ events on the Corniche,
and I am astounded by how event organisers continue The program teaches the students practical applications
of archaeological exploration in an artificial field and it
to misunderstand their viewing public. Case in point
imparts an understanding of the various stages of an
the Red Bull concert held on the Corniche in late
archeological process and the types and functions of
March: the main act was Lebanese singer Ragheb all the relevant tools used in such operations. Pupils are
Alama--who is a mainstream Arabic music performer- then taught how to make practical explorations. Sounds
-and the opening act was an Emirati hip hop group, exciting, doesn’t it? Over the past weeks, Al Ain National
Desert Heat. They were both good acts, but for entirely Museum has received a large number of school pupils,
different audiences! Desert Heat were great with the and the program will continue to run till mid-April 2010.
whole urban street dance routine for the younger So enroll young ones in the program and give them the
opportunity to explore… or rather, poke and prod to
crowd, and an older crowd ( some left tired by the
their heart’s content. Hey, at least it will keep them out of
din and some stuck around) for Ragheb Alama. Next
your closets and re-direct the energizer bunnies towards
time, guys, remember that the ‘opening act’ should something constructive and fascinating.
be a smooth introduction for the main act.

Randa A
4 Tempo March 2010
RAGS
ANDRICHES
By now most of you know that J.C. Rags has opened a flagship store in
Marina Mall. Their spring-summer 2010 collection is an interesting
combination of colours, textures and a dapper urban look. Okay
let’s get the obvious out of the way, the designer clothing and
accessories are pricy. How much can it cost to re-create a raw urban
look you might ask? We are no design experts but we’ve been told that
the ‘look’ has to be a cut above the rest. So everything from accessories to
apparel has been designed keeping the new summer palette in mind.
One thing is for sure, you can dress funky, hip and trendy without
looking like you’ve been trying too hard! That’s one promise J.C. Rags
definitely lives up to.

PHOTO-SHOP?!?!
Do you think a shopping mall is just another place to splurge?
Think again! The ground floor of Khalidiyah Mall will be
transformed into an art gallery for a photography exhibition
running from April 1 to April 10 with contributions from
talented photographers: Abdullah Al Ghurair, Abdullah Al
Marzouqi, Abdulrahman Belhaik, Heba Al Mardood, Mariam Al

TEATIME!
TIME!
Mazroui, Moza Alfalasi and Nadra Badri. Check it out guys!

Shop for new Alokozay Tea flavours


This year, the Gulf Food Festival 2010 witnessed the re-launch
of Alokozay Tea. A large crowd of consumers and traders
gathered to taste the tempting new flavours added to the
already popular line-up of refreshing tea varieties.

“Visitors were very eager to sample the varieties of teas. Besides


the brand’s already popular black and green tea, our new
flavors like peach, mint and lemon as well as herbal infusions
like camomile were popular choices with visitors.”, said Ms. Tara
Doddihal, Marketing Manager of Alokozay International Ltd.

As far as promotional activities go, Alokozay created quite a buzz with its sampling, give-aways and exciting daily competitions.
The competitions were hosted by Alokozay’s Emcee, Ahmed Faraj Salahat who stopped the passing crowd dead in their tracks
with unique beat boxing performances. Competition winners walked away with exclusive Alokozay gift hampers that consisted
of electronic items and a range of company products such as dates, oil, tissues and of course, tea! Distribution of the fresh new
packs to existing markets has begun last month. Try out the peach flavour, it’s mind boggling and quite frankly addictive; i.e., if
you don’t mind your tea tasting like peaches.

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What's
Hot
Adam Henein’s visit to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo
fueled his desire to become a sculptor with an uncanny
perception of nature and its forms. They say if you
immerse yourself in his craft, it becomes increasingly
impossible to distinguish what was shaped by nature
from that which was transformed by his human hands.

in Abu Dhabi Other highlights of the Abu Dhabi Festival 2010 include
performances by The National Polish Radio Symphony
Orchestra under the direction of one of the leading
composers of the 20th century, Krzysztof Penderecki;
piano recitals by two young virtuosos, Nobuyuki Tsujii
MIDDLE EASTERN and Yundi Li; the first full opera presented at the
Festival – La Boheme performed by the Puccini Festival
ARTWORK AT Orchestra; ‘A Night at the Ballet’ with dancers from the
ABU DHABI FESTIVAL 2010 Bolshoi, Mariinsky and American Ballet Theatres; the
jazz legend Wynton Marsalis; an outdoor concert with Il
20 Mar - 7 Apr, Emirates Palace Divo; multimedia performance Pictures Reframed; Oud
virtuoso Naseer Shamma; and the London Symphony
Orchestra conducted by Maestros Sir Colin Davis and
The visual arts exhibition at this year’s Abu Dhabi Kristjan Jarvi. More on our website:
Festival just got more interesting. An announcement www.abudhabitempo.com
on March 10 revealed the names of two of the most Download a complete list of April Events from 1 - 15 April
distinguished living masters of Middle Eastern art on our webpage
who will be displaying their work in a joint exhibition.
Sculptors Parviz Tanavoli (Egypt) and Adam Henein
(Iran) will unite for the first time to unleash the magestic
beauty of Arabian art forms on local audiences in the
capital.

Parviz Tanavoli is undoubtedly one of Iran’s


foremost artists whose untiring dedication to
art and constant pursuit of enlightenment
through it lead him to set-up the
Saqqakhaneh School (a neo-
traditional style of art
which finds its roots in
Iranian folk art and
culture).

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UFC 112
THE INVINCIBLES ARE HERE IN TOWN!
Apr 10, Ferrari World, Yas Island
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is ready to pack Of course the fan favourite fight of the day will be BJ
a punch this season as former Abu Dhabi Combat Penn vs. Frankie Edgar. For those of you who enjoy
Club Champion (2007), Demian Maia returns to the a good fight, all blood and guts; or even if you are
capital to challenge UFC Middleweight Champion, those who enjoyed watching Brad Pitt’s Fight Club
Anderson Silva in a fight which will be televised live to with loads of popcorn, watch BJ Pen in action! This
the world as a pay-per-view event. UFC is the world’s American mixed martial artsist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
leading professional mixed martial arts organization (BJJ) practitioner is currently the Ultimate Fighting
and offers the premier series of MMA sports events. Championship (UFC) Lightweight Champion. In
As the first ever UFC outdoor fight, taking place on a 2000, he became the first American-born winner of
custom-built stadium outside Ferrari World, Maia is the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship in the black-belt
looking forward to the much talked about night: “As category. ‘Pitt-ed’ (hey it’s not us, the term just keeps
someone who has trained in jiu-jitsu all my life, and a coming up!) against him is Frankie aka James Edgar, a
former Abu Dhabi Combat Club Champion, I am very fiery master of his craft with a purple belt in BJJ.
much looking forward to returning to Abu Dhabi to
We know the guys won’t miss this one and as for the
fight in UFC® 112.”
girls, do go watch ladies, you might get some helpful
self-defense tips!

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16 Apr, ADNEC

Clash of the Titans


Releasing April 2: Sam Worthington is
Welsh superstar; the man with the velvet moves; power joined by Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes
performer; and legendary singer, who else can we be talking for the ultimate struggle for power which
about but Sir Tom Jones? Performing for the first time in Abu pits men against Al-Mighty beings. Perseus
(Sam Worthington) is unable to save his
Dhabi Sir Tom Jones will sing his most popular and loved family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), ruler
songs such as ‘Delilah’, ‘She’s a Lady’ and ‘It’s Not Unusual’ as of the underworld. He then sets off on
well as numerous other foot-thumping, chart-busting hits. a perilous journey deep into forbidden
worlds. Battling unholy demons and
With a career spanning over forty five years, this Welsh singer formidable beasts. His survival depends on
is definitely one of the world’s most commercially successful whether he can accept his powers, defy his
and critically acclaimed artists. We have danced to the tunes fate and create his own destiny.
of his numerous successful collaborations with the likes of
Tina Turner, The Stereophonics and Luciano Pavarotti to The Joneses
name a few. Singer, an electric performer, a musical legend; a Releasing April 16: Who hasn’t heard of the
phrase, ‘keeping up with the Joneses’? This
man who has paved the way and influenced many modern
movie is a social satire about a seemingly
artists like Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson and Duffy amongst perfect family which moves into a suburban
others. neighbourhood. They are envied by
everyone but the truth about why they
Tom Jones Live in Abu Dhabi is an all-seated concert. Tickets relocated is a far cry from their apparent
have gone on sale since March 22nd and fans will surely be perfection. David Duchovny, Demi Moore,
Amber Heard and Gary Cole star in the film.
flocking to see the legendary crooner belt out his popular
and memorable songs in the capital!
Kick-Ass
Releasing April 16: Starring Nicolas Cage,
Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
and Mark Strong, Kick-Ass tells the story

A Bird’s Eye View?!? of average teenager Dave Lizewski (Aaron


Johnson), a comic-book fanboy who
decides to take his obsession as inspiration
Mar 29 - Apr 28, Salwa Ziedan Gallery to become a real-life superhero. There’s only
one problem standing in his way: he has
Abu Dhabi – March 29th – The Salwa Zeidan Gallery absolutely no superpowers!
launched the first exhibition for French artist Bo Tasle
d’Heliand under the patronage of His Excellency Alain Death at a Funeral
Azouaou the Ambassador of France. Releasing April 23: Starring Chris Rock, the
movie is based on 2007 comedy about a
The one-month-long exhibit features more than 15 hilarious day in the life of a family that has
works made with China ink and flour glue on recycled come together to put a beloved family
member to rest. As mourners gather at the
paper as part of his latest series entitled “Birds Eye family home, shocking revelations, festering
Vision Inside-Out”. The gallery will also show some of resentments, ugly threats, blackmail and
a misdirected corpse unleash lethal and
his latest sculptures using metal and paper material. riotous mayhem. This is a must watch!
This work is a continuation of the last artistic work
made in Africa where Bo had used the “eagle eye A Nightmare on Elm Street
vision” for the first time. In this series the artist use Releasing April 30: Director Samuel Bayer
various pictorial traditions to create a new form of recreates the gruesome world of Freddy
representation with the human condition still in the Krueger. Hollywood gurus call the movie
a re-imagining of the popular 1984 horror
focal point of his research. classic. Rooney Mara, Kyle Gallner, and
Thomas Dekker, play teenagers who are
“The “eagle eyes vision” remains as this series conveys stalked by Freddy Krueger, a horribly
trials of an eagle’s scrutiny of the artist from the disfigured killer who hunts them in their
dreams. As long as they stay awake, they
superposition of sky views, in essence, representing can protect one another...but when they
omnipotence of vision,” explains Bo, “One can consider sleep, there is no escape.
the work as a self-portrait through the intermediary
of a bird.”
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MyABU DHABI
T: We think it’s fabulous that sculptures art becomes a part of one’s daily life
from the symposium shall be can we truly get influenced by it. This
permanently placed outdoors for the also mandates that we be extremely
public to appreciate and enjoy. Was the selective with regard to the type of art
idea opposed initially? How important we chose so that the influence be of a
was it for you to gain approval for positive and joyful nature.
placement of the artwork outside?
T: What does Salwa Zeidan look for in
SZ: The Municipality was the first ‘good art’?
strategic partner to see the importance
of this initiative and immediately SZ: It is a very simple answer: good
adopted a very positive way of helping art makes you feel good and makes
you wonder how it came about and
us into bringing it about, they did an
speaks to yourself. It touches your
excellent job and helped a lot in many thoughts and questions the minds, it
ways that were otherwise impossible should be very well done and have a
to achieve. They own the public curtain vision or idea. It has to be strong
This month, Tempo sat down for space so their participation in ADISS enough to stop you and tell you a story.
a tete-e-tete with Salwa Zeidan is extremely important and they did Encountering good art has to be a
- Creative Director of Abu Dhabi deliver their part in such a professional pleasant experience for both the eye
International Sculpture Symposium, way. Even artists were impressed with and the mind.
entrepreneur, homemaker, visionary, the high level of organization on the
T: On a more personal note, as a
and innovator. site. The Municipality did a wonderful modern-day Lebanese professional
Tempo: Tell us a little bit about job in developing the site and helper’s businesswoman, how do you manage
yourself. Who is the lady behind the accommodation in such short period time between family, friends and
title of Creative Director of ADISS and of time. work?
how did you get started in this field? T: On what criterion were 17 renowned SZ:To tell you the truth, art takes you
Salwa Zeidan: Well... I started as an artists from all over the world chosen? away from many things including
artist 25 years ago. I have been living Were you personally involved in their friends and family. It is time consuming,
here, in Abu Dhabi since many years! selection? and it needs a lot of attention,
Indeed, I was the first one to open an otherwise it won’t be interesting art. My
SZ: Before we answer this question we
art gallery in Abu Dhabi in 1994. Five life as an artist has been hard, because
years before that I used to organize art have to know that symposium sculptors I’m married and I have family that needs
exhibitions in hotels. are different than other sculptors, in lots of attention. To be able to be good
many ways. To start a sculpture from at both levels, I had to ask too much of
I love this city and I respect its people scratch and finish it in one month is a myself, and this has been the difficult
as I believe that what they are doing great responsibility that many artists part. I don’t want to compromise one
now is amazing and surprising at times
simply do not take on. And so, we are or the other. My route to becoming a
where the whole world is going into
left with few of them that have the successful artist was rather a herculean
coma (artistically). I want to develop
the art scene by introducing something standard we are looking for. One major task, but it was great experience on all
that doesn’t exist, which is public criteria was that each participant levels that eventually got me to be who
sculpture. I have lots of knowledge has to have taken part in at least 7 I am today, and that is why I feel I have
about art and sculpture, and through international symposiums with non- truly earned the titled to be the director
my international relations with artists figurative sculptures. We tried to select of this symposium.
and sculptors I was able to direct this a diverse group of artists from various T: What is your message to struggling
symposium in the best way possible. corners of the globe and managed to artists in Abu Dhabi?
T: Why in your opinion, is an event secure a list from some of the major
SZ: Transform the struggles into
like ADISS necessary at this point countries. By the time we complete the
positive energy that will help you grow
in time during Abu Dhabi’s cultural five to ten year contract, we will surely and evolve, follow your hearts and
development? have worked in artists from every single intuition all the way, be perseverant to
country in the world! overcome all the difficulties that come
SZ: Public art is part of the
development itself. Abu Dhabi lacks your way and see the difficulties as the
We will definitely influence the
this important element called public source of determination to get to their
region with all these sculptures that
sculptures. I was lucky to come up and highest potentials. That is the only way
will be placed all over the city, as we to do great things.
introduce ADISS to Sheikh Nahyan and
are looking at placing sculptures
Zayed University. They were the right
in locations where the public can You have to recognize that you are
people who knew its importance and
walk around them, enjoy them and lucky to be living in a vibrant city where
acted on it immediately.
interact with them. Only when public many people dream to live today.

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EMIRATI CUISINE
Where tradition meets flavour!

So you’ve seen the camels; taken a dhow trip along


the Corniche and you’ve even experienced the
quintessential desert safari. ‘What else there?’ you
might ask. Well, how about treating your taste buds
to some authentic Emirati food? Nope, the Shawarma
doesn’t qualify; you really need to dig into some
delicious ‘hareesa’ and for those of you with a sweet
tooth, ‘aseedat’ is a must try custard. But where?

Al Dhafra restaurant near the Mina fish market is an


Emirati eatery which offers both ala carte and buffet
dining (175/per person without sea food). Freshly
baked local bread like Mahala, Khameer and Gabab is
served with Saloona, a Bedouin dish resembling a stew
made from lamb, vegetables and beans. Another must-

EASTER FAMILY
try is the Hareesa. This is a popular local dish; mainly
thick porridge made from a tasty batter of finely
minced lamb, butter and white wheat. For sea-food
junkies, local sea food like fishes, lobsters and squids
from the Arabian Gulf are also available. Whereas the
BUFFET IN TOWN!
Biryani samak would make a delicious meal too! Rice On 3rd April, Assyemtri
and fish cooked in Arabian spices will give you a taste - the contemporary
international dining out
let - is inviting families to
of the original Emirati staple diet. For desserts you come and enjoy an Easter
family brunch priced at
could try the ‘khabeesa’, a sweet dish made of flour, AED 130 (including soft
beverages) and AED 160
nuts and cream. Of course there are other magical (including house bevera
ges). There will be a big
ingredients which make it mind-numbingly sweet but buffet to suit all ages and
tastes as well as childre
the cook wouldn’t divulge his secret recipe! Maybe you activities such as an egg n’s
hunt and face painting.
can taste it and tell us what else is in there that makes So what are you waiting
for? Ask the little tots to
it so delightfully rich in taste and very filling. choose their fave anima
l, dress them according
remember to click lots of ly and
pictures while you enjoy
Another restaurant which prides itself on delivering your Easter family brunch
!
the ultimate Emirati dining experience is Al Asalah
restaurant in Heritage Village near Marina Mall.
The manager, Mr. Zahir will gladly make
reservations for large gatherings and
is quite well versed with the vast
menu. The restaurant offers
different Emirati specials
every evening! So while
today you might be
munching the ‘matrooba’,
vegetable and minced
meat dish; tomorrow’s
special may include the
‘sareed’ fish with boiled rice
and vegetables.

Don’t miss out on the local dining


experience. There is more to Abu
Dhabi then just Shawarmas and Falafel
wraps you know.

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People Meter is an offbeat way to learn more about
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Mohammed Al Disougi

Mohammed Al Disougi is an Abu Dhabi born


resident who studies here and plans to make a life
for himself in this country…

“My name is Mohammed Al Disougi but friends call


me Hamoodie. I'm 16 years old. I was born in Abu
Dhabi but originally I'm from Khartoum, Sudan. My
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Moroccan American was raised here, I think it’s best to finish university
Hospitality Teacher education from Abu Dhabi. Then I plan to look for a
job and stay in the capital permanently.
What first word comes to your mind when I say: “I have lot of dreams that I want to accomplish
in this life time. When I was young, I wanted to
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“To people who come here from abroad,

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Palace and the sandy beaches of Abu Dhabi. If they
wish to have some fun, they can visit the numerous
clubs and Marina Mall.
1) What is your idea of a 2) If you could be one
dream vacation? superhero, who would you “I think that everybody should try different things in
Omar: I like my vacation to be be and why? their life and travel to different places in the world.
in the summer season because Omar: Umm… no idea really! Like here in Abu Dhabi, you get the opportunity to
then I can go to the beach and I wouldn’t want to be anyone learn so much about Arabian culture and lifestyle
enjoy! Once there, I can go else! through interacting with many people, sometimes
for some swimming too.Also, they are complete strangers but you can learn so
Christina: Elektra, because
during night time, I can relax she is swift, powerful, a deadly much from them. This is how some of the myths
with my close friends on the assassin, a force for good, a foe about Middle Eastern countries can get shattered,
golden sand. to be reckoned with, a loyal like the fact that people think that they are too
Christina: Sun, sea, sand, friend, and a goddess draped strict. That’s so not true! My message to such people
sleeping late, feasting, dancing, in red silk. is to come here and judge for yourself.”
and being in love.

12 Tempo March 2010


Making a
Each of us can in his, or her, own way make a difference in our world. Sometimes this can be a simple gesture, and sometimes it
is a kind word. This page is dedicated to the hero that resides in each and every one of us, and to the sharing of great news that
will make our planet a better place for us all.

Abu Dhabi Visitor’s Survey HANDMADE


Results:Some 60% of international
Results:
visitor arrivals in Abu Dhabi are
guests making their first trip to the
emirate, according to an Abu Dhabi
CUSHIONS
Tourism Authority (ADTA) survey, and
87% would consider returning.
“The survey is delivering crucial insights into key
inbound tourism drivers. One of the most important
results was that 86% enjoyed their stay rating their
overall experience as very good or excellent, a
massive 92% said they would definitely, or probably,
recommend Abu Dhabi to others.” said Lawrence
Franklin, Strategy & Policy Director, ADTA.
Here is your chance to contribute towards helping
Future Vision: The Fourth International Heritage
Palestinian women in their efforts to better their
Symposium from 29 March to April 1 aims to discuss situation. THE One has joined forces with Qalandia Camp
the relationship between heritage and education. Women’s Handicraft Cooperative - a non-profit and non-
Twenty working papers will be delivered in the governmental organization, to bring you cushion covers,
symposium with key focus on: lovingly hand-embroidered by Palestinian women in the
Qalandia Refugee Camp on the outskirts of Jerusalem.
• Methods of promoting heritage in curriculum.
As the women can only work on the cushion covers in
• Leading Arab and international experiences in the evenings, each exquisite cover takes two months to
educating heritage. embroider, featuring intricate patterns in an array of colours.
Focus on Youth Basketball: NBA Global Ambassador The cushion covers sold at THE One represent the Ramallah,
Hebron, Beir El-Sabe’ and Beit Lahem areas.
and 18-year NBA veteran Dikembe Mutombo
conducted a clinic on March 11th for 30 promising The proceeds go to Qalandia Camp Women’s Handicraft
basketball players at the American International Cooperative which aims to raise the educational, social,
School in Abu Dhabi. The clinic engaged boys and cultural, health and economic standards of women and
girls aged 13-18 as they took part in drills focusing children in Palestine. This means that these cushion covers
on basketball fundamentals and skill development, are so much more than just beautiful home accessories.
while promoting fitness and the benefits of a healthy They are symbols of the hope that comes from opportunity
lifestyle. and the preservation of Palestinian heritage. Go ahead buy
some and make a difference in someone’s life today!

Tempo’s
EcoVote! ngHand
Helping (aka ‘the Rahma brigade’)

“The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is a leading UK-based charity that
On a missi works to help those that are blind and visually impaired. RNIB has launched several
on to beco
more envir me campaigns to help raise funds. ‘Save Stamps for Charity’ is a recycling campaign which
onmentall
responsib y recruits volunteers to collect used or new stamps, later sold for their value or weight.
le, THE On The great news is that foreign stamps are worth more which means the UAE’s diverse
has introd e
uced 100% population can really benefit this campaign.
degradab We are recruiting volunteers to be Stamp Ambassadors by collecting stamps in their
le plastic b
in its Dub ags home and/or place of work or study. We are especially interested in hearing from
ai, Sharjah
Abu Dhab a n d teachers, students, and offices. If you are interested please email volunteerinabudhabi@g
i Theatres. mail.com with your 1) Name, 2) Mobile Number, 3) Email Address.
Kudos guy Next time you are opening an envelope, please take a few second of your time to save a
s, every bit
counts! stamp, because it could help change a life.”

Viad Cares Volunteer in Abu Dhabi Team


Making a Difference is a celebration of good people and good deeds. Please share with us your ideas, activities and community
‘public-good ‘ stories. Send them to editorial@abudhabitempo.com
www.abudhabitempo.com 13
handyhelper
helper
DETERMIING
YOUR SUIT SIZE
Ever wonder why Hugh Jackman and George
Clooney look amazingly handsome in their Abu Dhabi’s entry for New Seven
designer suits while you can barely pull of stylish Wonders of Nature Bu Tinah Island
in your most expensive branded formal wear? Like deserves your vote!
any expert tailor will tell you: it’s all in the fitting.
“Close your eyes and imagine a wonder of nature. Blue skies,
Find the right size and you can go from being clean water, flamingos flying overhead, corals surviving
dressed like a trussed-up turkey to dashingly and underwater, turtles nesting happily and mangroves growing
ruggedly masculine in nanoseconds! healthy. Now open your eyes and vote for Bu Tinah Island as a
wonder of nature”.

Step 1: To determine your jacket size, wrap a tape The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi is spreading this message
to encourage people to vote for Bu Tinah Island of Abu Dhabi.
measure around your chest from under your arms, Part of the Marawah Biosphere Marine Reserve, the Bu Tinah
making sure it crosses over your shoulder blades Island was recently shortlisted as one of the 28 finalists from a list
of 447 locations across 224 countries in the New Seven Wonders
and the fullest part of your chest. Note down the of Nature campaign.
measurement in inches, keeping the tape measure
The Island: Bu Tinah Island which lies 130 miles west of Abu
loose and parallel to the floor. Dhabi is a core area within the Marawah Marine Biosphere
Reserve, the region’s first and largest UNESCO-designated marine
Step 2: In order to get a relative chest measurement, biosphere reserve.
measure over your arms and around your chest in Marine Life: It hosts a rich marine ecosystem that comprises a
inches and subtract seven from the result. Compare this dense mangrove forest, various endangered species and beautiful
coral reefs that have long survived difficult temperature and high
number with your underarm chest measurement from
salinity. Various species of fishes, seabirds, endangered dolphin
Step 1. The larger of the two measurements and is your and sea turtles are found in large numbers in and around the
.Keep this information handy for your own good. Cut out and save it in a folder
.Keep this information handy for your own good. Cut out and save it in a folder

suit size. For example, if the larger measurement is 42 island which is also home to the second largest concentration of
endangered dugongs following Australia.
inches, purchase a size 42 suit.
The island is also used by many species of migratory birds,
Step 3: Wrap the tape measure around your waist just including great flamingos (locally known as Fanteer), Socotra
Cormorants and Ospreys, as a breeding site and stop-over point
above the hipbones to determine correct trouser size. during their migration from Central Asia to Africa.
Make sure to stand up straight, and please do not suck
Three types of dolphins live in the waters of Bu Tinah including
your stomach in! A snug, ill-fitting suit can be a greater humpback, bottlenose and common dolphins which are widely
tell-tale sign of your holiday weight gain! spotted around the island. In addition, it hosts a large number of
sea turtles including hawksbill turtles and green turtles which
come to breed on its coasts.
Step 4: Now comes the tough part! Begin measuring
for pant length from the top of the inner leg to the Among other reasons to vote for the Bu Tinah Island are its
unique coral reefs which are able to survive amid the harsh
bottom of the leg opening on your best fitting pair environment and high temperature, thus providing researchers
of pants. For the inseam measurement, remember to with a rare opportunity to study them in the view of climate
round the reading to the nearest half inch. If you do not changes that adversely affect several biosphere reserves around
the world.
have a suitable pair of pants to use as a benchmark,
To vote for Bu Tinah, choose one of the available options:
measure from the top of your inner thigh to just below
your ankle. Since suit trousers come in a variety of 1) Within the UAE: send an SMS with the word “BU TINAH” to the
number 3888. Each SMS costing AED 2.
inseam lengths, if the inseam length you require is not
available, you may have to visit your trusty tailor after all 2) Outside the UAE: call the 24-hour international hotline by
dialing +448 721 840007 or +442 033 470901 and selecting the
to get your store-bought pants altered; we hear there Bu Tinah nominee code 7705.
are some great tailors on Electra and Hamdan Street, in
3) Visit the Bu Tinah Island website www.butinah.ae (Don’t for
the Al Markaziyah area. get to watch videos of the island, they are superb!)
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14 Tempo March 2010


UTILIZING THE PARETO ANALYSIS

each change might generate. For example, if you are


Pareto Analysis is a very simple trying to improve sales, your scoring technique will be in
accordance to the profit each change will bring. If you are
technique that helps you identify the attempting to improve customer satisfaction, the number
most important issues to address of complaints eliminated by each change will help you
gauge the improvement it will effect.
and rectify without wasting time
Step 4: The change that scores the highest is the first
and resources over less pertinent one you should undertake. This is the one that will reap
problems hindering process efficiency. the largest benefits for your organization. Keep in mind,
you might be tempted to go ahead with changes which
This can be particularly helpful in might seem more pressing but remember that these will
the workplace as it can assist you in cost you more than they will benefit.

making quick and effective changes Customer Service Centre Example:


in situations where many possible System: A service center failing due to poor customer
service.
courses of action are availabale and
they compete for your attention. Changes that can be made based on customer
complaints:
· Staff training - 35 complaints
· Hiring more staff - 13 complaints
The basic idea behind the Pareto principle is that by · Improving organization and communication system
making a 20% change to the method or system of work (installing more phone lines, workstations etc) - 5
you can eliminate 80% of the issues plaguing the entire complaints
task. So throughout the analysis you concentrate only on
the changes which will give you the biggest benefits. By conducting the Pareto analysis on the above scenario,
the vast majority of problems (66%) can be solved
How to use the Pareto Analysis by training employees and improving their customer
Step1: This step requires that you make a list of all the service skills. Next, the manager may want to increase
feasible changes that can be made to improve a system. office workforce. However, if he had decided to install
Step 2: Group related changes together if your list new phones and workstations as the first change then
seems long. it would have cost the organization a lot more without
providing much benefit.
Step 3: Score the changes on the basis of advantages

Time Management Tip # 7*


Cut down on external appointments. If you
receive a lot of salespeople hawking their
wares, ask them to send you profiles or their
proposals by email so you have time to
evaluate it before committing to a meeting.
Do this only if you believe the visitor may be
of value, and not as a pretext to avoid them.
If you’re not interested, then you should be
direct and honest in voicing this to the party
that requested the meeting.

* Part 7 of a 12 issue series


*Part 7 of a 12 issue series

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Deep Breathing
KICKING Tips on deep breathing
• Exhale slowly so that you activate your ‘relaxation response’
which calms your mind and relaxes tensed muscles.

• Engage every part of your body when you breathe.


Feel your breath fill your belly and chest. Arch your spine
and back - stretch and feel the energy flow through you!
(Caution: If you are seated on a swivel chair, be careful, it
might overturn. Don’t ask us how we know...ehem.)

• When you are nervous or frustrated, control your breathing


first! Don’t take those ineffective quick short gasps like
you’ve just run a thousand miles. Concentrate on your
breathing – on every single breath; you will never be
overwhelmed by emotions this way.

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During your lifetime, you inhale enough or may not get heart attack or cancer, temporary blocking of the small
air to fill ten million balloons. Like but they all get pulmonary disease. The passages of the lungs, has many possible
heating and air-conditioning, breathing lung tissue is destroyed and is replaced triggers and can be life-threatening.
is something that we take for granted by air balloons trapping air. Take a deep 4) Occupational Hazards: Substances
when it is working. Here is a simple test breath. Now hold your breath and you breathe at work can cause lung
to check your lungs: Climb two flights start breathing from that point, never trouble too. Workers, who are exposed
of stairs without taking a break. If you allowing the lung to completely deflate. to occupational hazards in the air, dust
experience extreme shortness of breath That is how you would feel the rest of like those from coal, silica, asbestos, raw
or have to stop, it is a sign your lungs are your life. There is no cure. Be honest with cotton, and metal fumes, or chemical
suffering at least some distress, even if yourself; a chronic or so-called ‘smokers’ vapours, can develop lung disease.
your heart is at fault. I recommend that cough, shortness of breath and other
you do this test once a month as a way lung symptoms are not normal. Take 5) Viruses, Fungi and Bacteria: It is
to periodically check your lungs and action! crucial to change the filter of your AC
your heart. regularly and to clean the AC ducts once
2) “Shisha” smoking is increasingly a year as moisture from dripping AC
1) Cigarette Smoking: The major cause of emerging as a significant health risk, due condensation encourages the growth of
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary to the sharing of the pipe with someone mould which can then be carried to your
Disease). The term pulmonary refers with pulmonary tuberculosis or TB. lungs creating allergies that later turn
to the lungs. Long term smokers may 3) Triggers of Asthma: Asthma, the into asthma.

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My S t y l e
Scarf: Just Cavali
Tempo spots (Dh 900)

fashionable and
smart dressers
around the city.
Chain: Armani Exchange
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (Dh 150)
(Dh 980)
SPOTTING...
Shirt: Zara
Name: (Dh 250)

Shaf Raisi
Age: 24

Nationality:
Emirati

What do you do (work)?


Belt: Lee Cooper
Marketing Manager (Dh 60)

Pants: Jeans West


Your most valued (Dh 170)
fashion possessions?
Ed Hardy jacket

The One Thing I Regret


Buying:
Disel Jeans
The One Thing I Dream
of Buying:
Classic Ford Mustang
OUR FASHION
Style inspiration: EXPERT SAYS:
Music Shoes: Lee Cooper
(Dh 120) Possibly helped by that
ultra-artsy goatee and
My Style Philosophy: those aviators, you have
I go with the flow managed to pull off the
and I am what I am. skinny jeans and tight shirt
look (on a guy), without
looking any less manly.
That's a feat in itself, dude!

Would you like to be featured on My Style Blueprint? If you do contact: 026673349, blueprint@abudhabitempo.com

18 Tempo March 2010


r e n d
T SETTER
Summer’s here and there is one more thing you need to do aside from buying bucket-loads of sunscreen.
Can’t think of what? We have three words for you: stylish eye protection! Shades are the uber cool way to
stand out in a bleached summer crowd (since most people wear white and all!). Choose the right ones and
your pumped up ‘ttude will blaze a trail through stunned crowds. Choose the wrong ones and… people will
point and laugh. Your choice really!

For Her
Dior
Copacabana
sunglasses

For Her
Chanel Retro
glasses with
black acetate
For Her
Dior Glossy
sunglasses

For Her
Juicy Couture
Almond
brown
sunglasses
For Her
Ed Hardy
Death
or Glory
sunglasses

For Him
Ray Ban For Him
Outdoorsman II
rainbow sunglasses Tom Ford Black
Gold Sun Glasses

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On
By Rantan Rave Arablish
Sweet & Sickly
Corporate Liguistics
Certain international brands ‘transfer’
well into Arabic while others are
linguistic disasters. If you are in corporate
My rant is about juice: why does packaged juice have to be so communications and are looking for a name
sickly sweet? that crosses over into Arabic, keep a few
guidelines in mind.
You may think it's not a big deal, but it is considering that a large
portion of people in the UAE have diabetes and a growing number The most obvious one is to stay away
is at serious risk. It is an exasperating disease because it catches from any word in English that has a ‘g’ or ‘j’
kids while they’re young, and unless you have superhuman sound. The reason is twofold: in classically
discipline (which most adults don’t even have) it is a tough battle! pronounced Arabic there is no soft ‘g’ (as in
‘gate’)—just ‘j’, and the second is that the
The problem is that most people think packaged juice is good soft ‘g’ can be pronounced in three different
for you. Fresh juice is good for you-- with no sugar added (and ways depending on your dialect. ‘Jeep’ can
hopefully consumed immediately after preparation). But most be pronounced ‘geep’ in places like Cairo
commercially bought juice --and that's even those that are fortified or Aden. If ‘Jeep’ was pronounced in the
with vitamins--are loaded with tons of sugar. traditional Emirati or Hadrami dialect it
would be “yeep.” The soft ‘g’ is also a bit of a
There are a few brands of juice that don't have much sugar added. challenge. Your choices in Arabic is to either
But we don't see enough of these fine brands in UAE supermarkets. use “jeem” or the “ghayn” in Arabic—which
Most of the brands we do have here, whether they are apple, means that the “Guggenheim” could either
orange, strawberry, passion fruit, guava, peach, and pear etc, have sound like “jujenhaym” (or ‘yuyunheim
high fructose nectar and concentrates bases that are far too sweet, in traditional Emirati/ Hadrami) or it can
even if they claim 'no sugar added.' Best way to check those labels be written with the ‘ghayn’ to sound like
(assuming they don't lie), and keep in mind that one teaspoon of ‘ghughunheim’.
granulated white sugar is equal to about 4.2 grams. That means
that a cola or juice with 44 grams of sugar is equal to 10 teaspoons
Other examples of the ‘g’ or ‘j’ words…there's
of sugar, and one with 35gms of sugar has eight teaspoons of
Gant which can sound like ‘jant’ or ‘ghant’,
sugar!
and Gloria Jean’s which can either be written
That means that a kid who takes a juice in his lunchbox in the as “ghloria jeens,” or “jloria geenz,’ while
morning, consumes one with lunch, and another at dinner time, Galleries Lafayette would be pronounced
has already joined the queue to becoming a diabetic. And here we “jalleri lafayet” or”ghaleri lafayet.”
haven't even touched on all the other fatty, sugary foods that are
also consumed in the span of a day. I would suggest you steer clear away from
the letter ‘p’ because it doesn’t exist in
And the tragedy in all this? Juice doesn’t need to have so much Arabic. There is only ‘b’ in Arabic. Yes, the use
sugar to make it consumable, or ‘buyable’. Because sugar is an of two more dots under the ‘ba’ is used to
acquired taste (you can calibrate your taste buds with time to denote ‘p’ but is not widely used in all Arab
want more of it, or less of it), consumers are continuously adjusting countries. This means that Popeye, it is often
their palettes to appreciate rising levels of sugar. So here’s the pronounced ‘bobeye’ in Arabic, “Paul” is ‘baul’
idea: how about we reverse the process, and start lowering sugar (which is unfortunate because that also
content gradually until the point that juice (and other foods) can means urine in Arabic), Prada is ‘brada’ and
be appreciated without so much sugar. “Parker pens” is “barker bens.”

So a call to all juice manufacturers: please consider reducing sugar Had any linguistic (mis)adventures lately?
content. Hopefully if it affects your business it will be temporary, Do you have questions or comments? Send
and over time you will add new customers as well. We need them to:
to work together with responsibility, and caring, to bring up a
healthier young generation. Plainly speaking, it’s just the right arablish@abudhabitempo.com
thing to do!

Send in your comments to editorial@abudhabitempo.com

20 Tempo March 2010


N YT HI N G
FUN ABOUT LIFE
“This is really not a big deal but it bothers me just the same when male co-workers in the office place are
inconsiderate towards female staff members just because they believe we are supposed to put up with it. I
know he doesn’t mean any harm but I really get frustrated when a senior level manager in the organization
that I work for, purposely opens my office door every time he passes by. He says it’s for ventilation and jokes
about how I can survive in a stuffy room and that I should really leave the door ajar like the rest of my co-
workers. I just don’t like heads turning
towards me while people pass by. It’s
very distracting and also, I believe
the central AC-s take good care of
ventilation, so I have no idea what
he is complaining about! The matter
seems too trivial to bother anyone with
it and the gentleman in question really
keeps to himself the rest of the time… he
isn’t even from my department! It’s just his
unusual habit that annoys me!!!”

Sameena Abbass

Over to
You
“He needs therapy if you ask me!”
J.L, Abu Dhabi resident
“I can’t believe you don’t find the fact that a guy from another department opens
your office door to check on you, even slightly upsetting! You should find it very
upsetting since he isn’t even from your department. This behaviour is uncalled for
- I say complain to your boss.”
Anusha Rathore
“Do the opposite to him! Go in his room when he is working, stay at the door and
when you leave, shut the door behind you! This will definitely get the point across.”
Zelia Antonio
“If it really doesn’t bother you then put up with it and don’t go writing to
magazines about it!”
Mohd. Hamid
“Not all men are like that first of all! This sort of behaviour is rare. If it happened in
our office, the man would get fired for sure!”
Syed Raza

Send your stories to mystory@abudhabitempo.com


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CultureTalk THE MAGIC OF ARABIC POETRY

“No people in the world of modern poetry since early


6th century. Traditionally
Now that wasn’t confusing
at all!
appreciation of the Nabati
poetic heritage of the Arab
manifest such enthusiastic
works of poetry are compiled In Arabic poetry each line is region to millions through TV
admiration for literary
in a collection of poems known as ‘bayt’ (plural: abyat) and the Internet. As one of
expression and are so moved the most successful cultural
called a ‘diwan’. These can be and is divided into two
by the word, spoken or media projects in the Middle
arranged by poet, tribe, topic halves called ‘shatr’ (plural:
written, as the Arabs. Modern East, it has won the hearts
or the name of the compiler. shatrayn). It is said that the
audiences in Baghdad, measuring procedure of a of millions of viewers tuning
Damascus and Cairo can be Rhymed Arabic poetry
poem has to be very exact. in each week to watch the
stirred to the highest degree is measured in meters. programmes.
Even small changes such
by the recital of poems, only Just like other marvels of
as adding or removing a Here are some common
vaguely comprehended, and engineering...yes, we are consonant or a vowel can types of Arabic poetry:
by the delivery of orations serious! Only you don’t need shift the entire ‘bayt’ from
a tape measure. We learned Nabati: the vernacular poetry
in the classical tongue, one meter to another.
that Meter (wazn) is based of the tribes of the Arabian
though it be only partially Moreover, in rhymed poetry, Peninsula
understood. The rhythm, the on the length of syllables in every ‘bayt’ has to end with
rhyme, the music, produce the Arabic. A popular website the same rhyme (qafiya) Ritha: an elegy • Qasidah:
on them the effect of what explained it as: throughout the poem. Arabic an ode • Ruba’i: a quatrain
has only three vowels which Hamasa: war poetry • Rajaz:
they call ‘lawful magic’ (sihr “A short syllable is a a discourse in rhyme

halal). consonant followed by a can be either long or short
so the mono-rhyme, ‘qasidah’, Malhunah: vernacular
Philip K Hitti, History of the short vowel. A long syllable poetry • Mawwal: folk
which basically means that
Arabs is a vowelled letter followed poetry in four rhyming lines
there is a rhyme on every
by either an unvowelled line of the poem. • Hija: a lampoon • Wasf: a
The earliest form of Arabic
consonant or a long vowel. A descriptive poem • Ghazal:
literature is classical Arabic Celebrating the proud
nunation sign at the end of a love poem, sometimes
poetry. Oral poetry is heritage of poetry recitals is
a word also makes the final expressing love of home
believed to be a predecessor Poets of a Million, a festival
syllable long.” Tardiyyah: hunt poetry
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Automotive Oasis
I recently ventured out of town in search of a place I heard
about and always wanted to visit, the Emirates National
Auto Museum. You see, I have been an incurable gearhead
from a very early age and cars are one of my more healthy
vices!

ENAM’s founder and curator is a member of the UAE Royal


Family, Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, AKA The Rain-
bow Sheikh. All the cars there are his personal collection and
Dear Um Ayman, many of them sport his multicolor trademark. He is known
to be a very charitable man.
I love my husband and we have a great relationship.
But recently he has been suggesting that I go for In addition to the many well restored classic cars inside the
pyramid shaped museum, there are a few fanciful vehicles
plastic surgery: botox on my face and a tummy tuck. on site that suspend belief! There is an eight bedroom
I was shocked and saddened to hear this because house trailer that is in the Guinness Book of Records, a huge
I am comfortable with the way I look. Um Ayman, Dodge Power Wagon truck, a world globe house trailer, a
what is your opinion on this? real Lockheed L-1011 jumbo jet and my favorite, a three
story tall military Jeep that is so complete in every detail, it’s
Arwa G. surreal!
Dear Arwa,
ENAM is southwest of Abu Dhabi on one of the roads to
You don’t mention your age in your email, but the Liwa. It is a great day trip away from the city and is well
bottom line is that your husband wants you to look worth the drive. The facilities are top-notch and I met folks
more attractive. Now I don’t think there is anything from all over the world there. You will not be disappointed!
intrinsically wrong in his suggestion as long as you Did I mention Admission is free?
keep two things in mind. Number one is that he For more info, directions and preview photos, go to: ENAM.ae
should not coerce you into plastic surgery: after all
your body is yours and it is you that needs to make - Randy Parker
such a decision. And number two, that it needs to
Randy has been a resident of Abu Dhabi since August, 2008 and
be for the right reasons. You see sometimes men works in the travel industry. He has a blog at:
go through a mid life crisis (and have a hard time http://expatuae.blogspot.com/
accepting the process of aging) and want a partner
to help them feel younger. If that is the case then
he has issues that he needs to resolve, and plastic
surgery will not be the answer. Loving your partner
means accepting them however (old) they are. And
as for aging—it is a human dilemma, and we all have
to work through. I'm sure you have a good man and
a good marriage. I sincerely hope this is a small and
temporary hump in your relationship.

*Um Saif has moved overseas and we wish her the


best in future endeavours. We welcome Um Ayman,
she will be replying to your queries from now onwards.
So if you have a question for Um Ayman send it to
umayman@abudhabitempo.com

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Lifecoach By Samantha Davis

Life’s Lessons
It is amazing the pearls of wisdom you can gather while checking forwarded emails in your inbox! The words,
though repeated numerous times, still carry an important message within them. I have compiled a list of life’s
lessons which can stir the soul and help raise your spirits. Remember as many as you can:

15. Take lots of pictures. Someday you’ll be really glad you


did.
16. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t
take no for an answer.
17. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, and wear the fancy
clothes. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
18. Over prepare, and then go with the flow.
19. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
20. Eat healthy.
21. Greed will bury even the lucky eventually.
22. Forgive everyone and everything. Revenge never evens
out, it just perpetuates itself.
23. What other people think of you is none of your business.
24. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.
25. Purposely ignoring the obvious is like walking backwards
toward the enemy.
26. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
27. Believe in miracles.
1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good. 28. God loves you because of who God is, not because of
anything you did or didn’t do.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
29. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
30. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your
friends and parents will. Stay in touch. 31. People deserve a second chance, but not a third.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month. 32. All that truly matters in the end is that you were loved by
those you hold dear.
6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
33. Get outside every day.
7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
34. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone
8. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
else’s, we’d grab ours back.
9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
35. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
10. Make peace with your past so it won’t hinder the present.
36. The best is yet to come.
11. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what
37. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.
their journey is all about.
38. Exercise, daily!
12. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
39. Frame every so-called disaster with these words, ‘’In five
13. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
years, will this matter?”
14. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
40. If you never act, you will never know for sure.
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Everyone has something they do better than anyone else. You have the brag rights and
Tempo is giving you the space! So send us your helpful tips and tricks to making life
simpler and richer. Just make sure its all original and all you.
Send us your tips: editorial@abudhabitempo.com

“My husband used to toss broken electronic gadgets and other junk on
top of our refrigerator. On the weekend, it took me hours to sort it out until
my mother-in-law suggested something very clever. She asked me to place
a large decorative item on top of my fridge (not a basket!) and rest assured
now my husband has to unload his doodads in his tool box since he can’t
deposit them on the fridge any more!” Suneeta M.

“I have three kids and I don’t like spending much time in the kitchen.
Sometime ago I noticed that it takes too much time unloading the dishwasher
if all the items are not stacked properly. So from now on instead of just tossing
everything inside, I make sure I stack similar items together. It also requires lesser
washing loads during the week as this creates enough space for a few extra
dishes in the washer.” Olivia Brackett

“I keep leftovers in marked containers; it is easier to know what you are looking
for when preparing a dish utilizing them. Also, when unexpected company (is
there any other kind?) helps themselves to something in the fridge they are
met with tidiness.” Nina Gonzalves

“Garbage cans will reek even after the garbage is gone in a closed apartment
environment. Most resident suffer with this issue. My trick is to clean the bin
with half a cup of white vinegar and half cup of baking soda to get rid of
strong odours.” Kathy Baumholzer

“Charcoal briquettes or couple of teaspoons of baking soda left open inside


a freezer or fridge will help eliminate odours.” Savi Ramakrishnan

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Funny Quotes
“What do you call 500 lawyers lying on the
bottom of the ocean? A good start!”
Danny DeVito
“The length of a film should be directly related to
the endurance of the human bladder.”
Alfred Hitchcock
“This film cost $31 million. With that kind of
money I could have invaded some country.”
Clint Eastwood
“A James Cagney love scene is one where he lets
the other guy live.” Bob Hope
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Reach for e Sta Tempo Monthly Horoscope

Aries: This month the planets will turn Leo: This month you’ll be super- Sagittarius: Decisions, decisions.
you into a magnet for the attention of charged and ready for the kill. Try Choosing between work and love isn’t
significant others! Those who are just and control that temper and the rest easy but if you utilize your time well,
as sizzling as yourself. should go well. you can make time for both work and
play!
Taurus: With sturdiness, and diligence Virgo: 17th of this month is the best
that’s intrinsic, you may consider time to start taking care of unfinished Capricorn: You’ll get plenty of rest and
starting up a new business of your business. Do not put it off any longer. sleep this month. Work will continue
own. Go for it! but you won’t be burdened by it!
Libra: Secrets of the romantic type will
Gemini: Sadly, this month, if anything turn into an amorous intrigue. Find a Aquarius: Mars will help you erupt
can go wrong, it will! Prepare, be ready, solution to old issues otherwise this emotionally, and get it all out. If
and it’ll be fine. You will get through. fine catch will run away. someone is hurt in the process, you
will get chatty by the end of the month
Cancer: Career-wise this is the month Scorpio: Get ready for a romantic
and sort it out.
to take that leap. Aim for a promotion encounter with what you thought was
or switch jobs, it’s up to you. Just make lost love. Hold on to them. This time Pisces: Let go of the past! This has
sure you are ready for it! the results depend on you. been haunting you for a while, your
pals are right - it’s time to move on.

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