Wednesday, November 9, 2016

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Friday, October 28, 2016

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:35‭-‬36 NIV http://bible.com/111/heb.10.35-36.NIV

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Dear Runners, Supporters, and Friends,

As you are aware, KCR is a charity organization run by a small team of dedicated persons whose aim is to engage the community in sports and support local charities within Kuwait. While our goal is to strive to provide you with the highest quality race experience and facilitate ways to give back to the community, we have unfortunately encountered some external challenges this year which made it difficult for KCR to commit to the initial proposed date of January 25th without compromising our quality. We stand firm on this decision, as KCR we pride ourselves on our volunteer work, on giving back to the community and on providing you with a professional race experience that you will be proud of - as that is what makes KCR unique. If we are not able to deliver what we commit to, then we would rather not give you anything less than what you expect.

Please stay tuned for further race updates and information on new dates.

Please feel free to contact us at anytime

Sincerely,KCR Team


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

500px Worldwide Meetup - Kuwait

Around 100 photographers gathered at the KUWAIT TOWERS to mark the “500px Worldwide Meetup” last Saturday 21st September.
 
The aim of the event was to bring close the photographers from different backgrounds who understand the very common language between them, Photography.
 
The event was hosted by Q8EPC, sponsored by A.A.B Photography World and supported by Red Bull.
 
Everyone had a lot to share about their experience in photography. There were group discussions on Camera operations, Landscape and several different topics. The photographers also arranged themselves to make a logo representing the theme of the event, 500 Q8.
 
The Club aims to hold more meetups and workshops in the future to improve and bring together the photographers.

Official Coverage of the event done by Mohsin Akram and Misbah Hashmi.



Source: www.q8epc.net

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Your Cheat Guide to Coffee

Coffee is absolutely everywhere in our country and I’m convinced that we are probably one of the largest consumers of this product in the world, but, to be honest our coffee cultures has no standards. Unlike our European and American counterparts where coffee has developed into an art with road side caf├ęs littered on every corner and with the advent of specialty brewer bars (usually managed by guys with moustaches –go figure), we are now a far cry away from good coffee with our insistently mushrooming chain shops.

So how come our demand for coffee is so high but our supply is monopolized? Simple, we don’t know what good coffee is and therefore prioritize convenience over quality. There are a couple of front runners in the local coffee scene in Manila and hopefully our soon to open Hatch 22 Cafe & Bakery in Rockwell Makati (Opening 1st week of September) will be one of them. We will be sourcing and grinding our own locally grown beans and serving it to our customers as fresh as can be.

Let me break it down for you.

Coffee beans are usually green until they are roasted to different shades of brown, which in turn affects their flavours and intensity. Green beans can be kept for years without going bad. Once roasted, the beans will slowly lose their characteristics, in a couple of weeks. So even if you buy your whole beans in the supermarket, can you tell me when they were roasted? Well no, so don’t be surprised if your coffee starts gradually tasting worst. My advice would be to buy your coffee whole and as much as possible from the roaster himself, but if this is not possible, make sure you rotate your supply every 2 weeks, and keep it in a ceramic air tight container.

Back to our beans; they will taste differently depending on their country of origin, the surrounding vegetation, the roast intensity, how you grind them and how they are turned into coffee.

Types of Beans: Robusta: Probably the most popularly used around the world. The caffeine content is usually higher than other beans, they are easy to cultivate and are usually

Arabica: Arabica is increasingly preferred nowadays because its taste is more intense and flavourful. They grow at a very high altitude and are harder to produce (hence the price tag). In the Philippines, we only have one bean that has been certified as Arabica. I actually ordered some last week and it is pretty good. For each bag you order they will also plant a tree for you. I called my trees the Great White Oak and The Fat Kid Inside, naturally. check out their site: http://www.hineleban.org/sip-reforest/

Roast StylesCinnamon Roast: The beans are the colour of cinnamon (not the taste), this is usually the lightest bean there is, any less and it would not be ready for consumption. GUIDE [Acidity: very pronounced, Body: Weak Consistency, Aroma: not many, Complexity: not enough time to develop]
Light Roast: Also known as New England roast [Acidity: at its highest, Body: richer but still weak Aroma: more developped, Complexity: increased]
Light-Medium Roast: commonly known as American or Regular roast. This is usually the standard. [Acidity: bright, Body: what you are used to, Aroma: increased, Complexity: peak]
Medium Roast: can be found under City Roast. [Acidity: increased, Body: richer, Aroma: peak, Complexity: peak]
Full City Roast and Espresso Roast: Also known as Viennnese, French Roast (light or full), Italian Roast (light or full) or Continental Roast. [Acidity: decreased, Body: Peak, Aroma: peak but as the beans gets darker the less they come out, Complexity: increased]

Now that you have your beans picked and selected, make sure you don’t ruin them. Grind them in a Burr Grinder (this type of grinder does not burn the coffee like others do), remember that a fine grind is better for espresso whereas a coarse/medium grind is mostly used for brewed coffee. Invest in a good French Press or Drip Brewer for all your brewed coffee needs, and find a good Moka Pot or Italian Espresso Maker for rich and dense shots.
Those are the basics you need to start becoming a true coffee lover. Beware, once you taste a perfectly brewed cup or pressured shot, you will never be able to go back to instants and a mass made cup of joe.

I like infographics. Here is a cool one about coffee proportions.

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- See more at: http://thefatkidinside.com/drinks-2/your-cheat-guide-to-coffee/#sthash.Of88z0PQ.ZgzXLSjO.dpuf

Friday, June 28, 2013

RunQ8 2013


RunQ8 is set to launch November 2nd 2013 and is a 10K race which will start and end at the Marina Mall. Starting this year, FSRI plans to dedicate the proceeds of RunQ8 to its Non-Profit Children’s Rehabilitation Program. The children who come to our program are from all backgrounds, with different medical diagnosis but all of them need long term multidisciplinary treatment. 

We would like to invite you to participate with us in making this event a huge success.

RunQ8
November 2, 2013
Marina Mall
10K
Early Bird Registration: 10KD (first 300 participants only)
Regular Registration: 12KD