Since it’s summer time, I would like to refresh our memories with this great Jdorma TV series which has taken over our hearts in the summer of 1996. I had just arrived to the states, moved to Carbondale, IL. Resided in Ambassador Hall and they had satellite channels, including the International Channel, which dedicated its broadcasting to multi-international programs including Japanese dramas on Sunday nights. I caught half of this show and couldn’t forget it since then. Since I got back to Kuwait, I’ve been searching for this show till I found it torrent-ed at J-TV fansubs group. Kimura Takuya just kicked ass in that show, along a beautiful cast of Ryo, Takenuchi Utaka and more. The Opening is memorable to every Jdorama fan. Till now, there hasn’t been any romance show to match Long Vacation and its been 14 years since its broadcast, can you imagine? Much thanks goes for J-TV fansubs group for subbing this beautiful piece of visual art!
I’ve visited this lounge on my outgoing trip to Austria in Kuwait International Airport and since I carry a business class ticket on Lufthansa, I was admitted to this lounge instead of Dasman Lounge due to designation of certain airlines to each lounge. Of course, the manually made boarding made a trouble for admission, so I cut the shit short and handed them my Priority Pass Card. First impressions? Well, Pearl Lounge is a lot smaller than Dasman Lounge due to space restraints. It can be accessed via a lift or stairs and its located on your left hand side right after the immigration counters. You’ll be greeted by two lovely ladies (yeah, that’s you, Fatima!) and on the left side, there are a couple of cubicles for checking your e-mail and etc. They have a big shelf of books and novels for sale, which is an extra. The amount of newspapers is limited, unlike Dasman Lounge. The couches are fabric, just like the ones you get in IKEA or any other western furniture outlet, unlike the leather couches in Dasman Lounge. They have a full service of even delivering your drinks and needs to your table. The number of seating for tables right by the food buffet is small and the size of the table is inadequate. Upon inspecting the food buffet, I became disinterested since it only had 3-4 main dishes and the rest was pastries and some low grade sandwiches, aside from some soup which I didn’t feel like eating at 11:45 PM. The buffet had a strange fried rice which was edible, average beef stew and some fish and vegetable dishes that I didn’t even bother to try. And they had this overcooked potato cuts which tasted stale and hard to eat. The sweets, fruit and salad bar was very limited to like 3-4 items per category. I’m comparing all of this against Dasman Lounge, which is totally the opposite.
After I took some stuff to my table, I’ve found out that this buffet belongs to the Crowne Plaza chain of restaurants. I started thinking like ”WTF?”. They had a menu on each table which contained items that could be prepared as per order. But then, I didn’t see anyone ordering nor being served, so I didn’t bother. The lounge is equipped with a designated children playroom which was good, and just like Dasman Lounge, only two TV monitors were available for all users of the lounge and only BBC World News was being aired. The good thing about this lounge is the service. I’ve seen an employee handing out a pillow and a blanket for a tired woman who needed some rest, which was nice and admirable. Also, the reception staff was very helpful in pointing me out on how to get my undelivered connecting pass for my trip and that was much appreciated! I would go for another visit to this lounge on the condition that I would see some improvement in the quality of the buffet items.
Since we’ve got this Saturday to go shopping and get some rest before continuing our work here in Vienna for another week, I’ve decided to go shopping plus take some snaps of Vienna, the city of music. These images are taken in the shopping district behind Vienna Marriott Hotel, where I’m staying at. Enjoy!
A true story beyond any funny joke in the history of CIA fuckups. These guys would know any anti-American ant, where its route and what does it eat, but couldn’t predict or even monitor the access of 19 terrorist hijackers into the states, planning for one of the worst catastrophes on the grounds of USA, using 4 hijacked commercial airlines, resulting in the death of more than three thousand civilians in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The problem is that the CIA testified that most of these terrorist hijackers were in a watch-list for suspected relation to Al-Qaeda. Now, correct me if I’m wrong but what the hell is the government was paying you for? what the heck have you been doing all this time? Letting terrorist roam around the country planning to bomb shit, while you were asleep?! Tenet’s downfall didn’t finish yet, till he played the swan song in failure of intelligence about the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, assumed to be existing all these years and in mass numbers readied to be launched at the USA at any time. Then, there was none at all. Or there wasn’t any at all. A public toilet is something a lot more for Tenet and his lovely story of being a professional failure.