Happy New Year 2012

In 45 minutes (GMT+3), we would celebrate The new year’s eve’s in our hearts, since yet our wasteland for a country isn’t free yet from the pawns of religion and its fanatic prosecutors. As I watch Dubai TV broadcasting live their new year’s celebration at Burj Khalifah, I can’t deny the ache in my heart as we watch in envy.

I wish the whole world a happy new year and may we witness global peace, fortune, happiness and joy. God bless and wish you all the best of luck!!

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Framing Armageddon: Subjective Reality

A couple of hours and the clock will tick to a new world of 2012. The world, as we know it, has gone through many turmoil in 2011. The Arab revolutions held the biggest part of the news. After a quick recap of what happened this year, I’m truly convinced that we are on the right track to Framing Armageddon. This is a new series of ideas and thoughts in my blog that has to do with our pending reality and the current state of the world that I’ve decided to tag and name it as “Framing Armageddon”. I have borrowed the title from Iced Earth’s metal album “Framing Armageddon” and is truly depicting the dark future ahead.

Why am I doing this? Isn’t it out of the general context of this website?

Well, I have given it a thought and decided that such issue has been burning within my soul for the past few months.

Questions of different nature about the divine wisdom, the human cycle of war and the bleak future have been eating me alive.

Its to be noted that some of the posts material could be labelled controversial and offensive since it’s related to politics, religion and humanity in general.

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Immortal Records: Made In Japan by Deep Purple

Till now, Deep Purple has never made any live album that can outlive the ecstasy and power of their record “Made In Japan”. The most famous live album for Deep Purple, this record captures Deep Purple in their prime where the electric force of Ritchie Blackmore, the siren screams of Ian Gillan, the steady vibes of Roger Glover, the bombastic beats of Ian Paice and the melodic madness of Jon Lord conquered Japan in the 70s, the age of Hard Rock and true Metal.

Late at night when it’s dark and quiet, listening to such tracks as Child In Time, Highway Star, Spacetrucking, Smoke on the Water and more would give me goosebumps where you can truly hear the rawness of the recording and the natural interaction between the fans and the band. Sadly, such a record can never be generated again since this particular line-up never seemed to be functioning in the same spirit it was back then on many reunions and will never be again. What you can do is get this record and travel back in time where everything was free, cheap and awesome!

 

Le Méridien Airport Hotel, Dubai

This is another hotel which I have forgotten to post about. Fortunately, since there’s still time to 2011, let me layout this simple post about this hotel.

This hotel is part of Starwood Hotels franchise and associations. I have made my reservation through their official website since I was staying only for night in Dubai and this hotel is right across from DXB. I have noticed in Starwood website that this hotel doesn’t endorse nor award any star points for stays and it seemed weird to me at first. I have requested early check-in since I was arriving at around 7:30 AM from Manchester, UK on Emirates. Also, I have requested  a smoking room since I might need to enjoy a smoke or two after this long flight and the jet lag. The hotel management emailed me back a couple of times expressing inability to accommodate early check-ins since they were loaded on that day but they will try their best.

Upon arrival, I have noticed that there are two entrances to the hotel. The left side is dedicated to short-term stays and are assigned to Emirates travelers. They would be accommodated anytime of the day, according to the flight schedules. My friend who was set on that accommodation tried to extend an extra day but was turned day due to unavailability

I headed towards the right side entrance which is the main entrance of the hotel. After checking-in, I was requested to chill  for an undefined amount of time in the lounge till a room is prepared for my stay. I was truly unsatisfied with that. Other travelers faced the same situation and that eased the situation to myself.

After almost 45 to 50 minutes, I was assigned a special executive room and I was truly glad of this upgrade, since it was truly a pleasant room with two minor objections to it. Its windows were facing the  main entrance to the hotel, so no good view is available. And it was a non-smoking room.

The main reason why I have stayed in this hotel is because of its variety of choices in the nightlife scenes. There are about 4-5 clubs/bars plus sheehsa smoking section aside from 3-4 international cuisine restaurants. I would truly recommend paying the place a visit just for its nightlife and the swimming pool area. Although it’s located right by the airport and a bit far from the city center of Dubai, anyone interested in a one night adventure in Dubai should give this place a try.

Cathay Pacific First & Business Class Lounge, KUL

Last November was pretty hectic for me. I had multiple tasks at work plus some meeting to attend and so. I was almost forced to take up this training program about supervision and leadership skills in Malaysia. I decide to take my favorite Asian airlines for that which is Cathay Pacific! Note that I have never boarded any Cathay Pacific flight before but I’ve heard so much about and decided to give it a shot for review, which will come next after this one!
Now, on the way back from KUL to BAH, I decided to rest in CX’s lounge in the departure side of Malaysia’s international airport. It was a bit crowded upon entry but unoccupied seats can be found easily. Their snacks and beverages section was very minimal and consisted of some dumplings, mee noodles, cold sandwiches and mostly fresh juices and beer.
The seating area is pretty decent and it could offer some privacy at the far left end. English and Chinese newspapers and international magazines are provided at the entrance. A sealed section in the lounge is designated for PC units and some work-related activities. The whole lounge overlooks the tarmacs/departure gates and I couldn’t find our plane there.
At one point, it got so empty, I enjoyed the serenity. Then, all of a sudden, all kinda of people just rushed in! It was the call to go!

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