Becoming an Atheist

DISCLAIMER: Before I even begin I feel like adding one of these is absolutely necessary. Highlighted below are simply my personal views, based on my experiences over the last 23 years. I’m not trying to start a debate here neither am I trying to change anyone else’s beliefs, I just thought I’d highlight some of my feelings about religion. Finally, I don’t mean to offend anyone that doesn’t share the same beliefs I do so at any point, while you read this, should you feel offended by something I say, know that it wasn’t really my intention and please just discontinue reading it! I know I may be a little brash when I say some things because I’m extremely opinionated but I also would like to use this blog as a means to vent. Thank you for understanding! 

Let me start by saying I was born into a somewhat religious family. By no means were we like the Christians that go to church every Sunday or the Muslims that absolutely refuse to eat pork. But, I was raised to believe in “a higher power”. And for a majority of my life, I did (to a certain degree). I used to say a prayer every night before I went to bed. Now, when I look back on it, I realize that I used to do it more so when I lived with my parents. They used to have this habit of double checking, by asking me whether I’d prayed, every couple days and I used to hate lying to them (still do!) so I would do it just so I could say “I did, I promise!”. And mind you, my prayers were never along the lines of “I really need a new car!” or “I saw these really expensive pair of sneakers that would look sooooo great on my feet!!”. I prayed for one thing and one thing only.

Please just keep my family safe. 

I ended up traveling to a few countries for school and meeting loads of different people with, inevitably, different views on things. I guess you could say that that got the ball rolling. Also, there’s the Internet, with it’s abundance of resources. All you really need to do is take the time to do the research. It definitely got me thinking, not gonna lie. When you’re born into a family that instills these values in you at such a young and vulnerable age, it’s really really hard to let it go. I’m sure most of you with loving families feel like everything they say is, automatically, 100% right. Due to that, I wasn’t entirely convinced yet and I was still sending those prayers to someone I hoped was up there, listening to every word.

Things really changed when someone in my family suffered a heart-attack. I remember getting that call from Mum, when I was thousands of miles away fast asleep. I remember it like it was just yesterday. I was absolutely terrified. She told me “I just need you to pray hard”. What could I say? Ok, I will pray. Just like I’ve been doing every single day. I was enraged. “I asked for just this one thing, God. This is the only thing I wanted from you.”. That ordeal, I think, is really what lead me to change my views. I started to do more research. Read about religion. About evolution. Lastly, I stopped praying and when I did I waited in anticipation. I waited for all these obstacles to come in my way. For these scenarios, that I’d been praying not to happen, to happen. ‘Cause God was pissed today and he was gonna show it. Days, weeks, months passed by. Things were normal. I won’t say anything bad happened. Sure bad things happened. But, good things happened too. In other words, things were just as they were before. Whether I was praying or not.

It took me a lot of time and deliberation to come to the conclusion that: we the people of Earth are merely just a circumstance of events. Something as insignificant as a prayer is incapable of changing reality. Reality gives in to no one. Bad things happen, good things happen. That is how reality works, it continues to move forward and doesn’t wait for anybody. What reality brings with it is inevitable.

A few days ago I had a really awkward conversation with someone that I’ve never met before. Suffice it to say that this whole debacle about religion started with him commenting on the fact that I may (or may not) have indulged in alcohol and marijuana. It starts off a little something like this:

“you shouldn’t be drinking or smoking weed. what the hell is wrong with you? can’t you have fun like normal people?”

First and foremost, on this planet of ours called Earth, with approximately 7,262,891,840 (as of writing this blog post) inhabiting it, how do you classify someone as being “normal”? 

I mean, seriously. What’s the protocol behind this. Based on what do you determine that someone is normal? The beauty of it is that, in their own way, each and everyone one of us are different. No two people are exactly alike. If everyone on this planet were exactly the same, can you imagine what a fucking drag that would be? It would drive me insane. I don’t think there’d be any variety at all! What if Apple were the only one that were making smartphones? What if the only gaming console you could buy was an XBox? By classifying people as “normal” you’re implying that these “normal” people act/like/think/do things the same way.

But, the world isn’t like that.

Everyone is different, no one is 100% alikeSo, what constitutes a normal person? Where the fuck are these normal people, you ask? The answer is they don’t exist. Whether you like it or not, people have their own opinions. ‘Cause some people want a fucking PS4, ok? If “normal” is simply just a one way street, thank fuck it does not exist ’cause I don’t think anyone on this planet could deal with that.

“someday god will take all of that away if you don’t start respecting him. I mean weed and alcohol wtf dude? by doing those things you’re letting your mind go in this place where you can’t realize anything around you. why would anyone want to do that ever? unless they were miserable as fuck, WHICH I THINK YOU ARE. running away from life.”  

Wow.

This guy just told me that he thinks I’m miserable…. and he doesn’t even know me. Well, this might come as a genuine shock to you but newsflash, I’m doing great. I’m making progress in life and I’m living it to the absolute fullest. Does he honestly believe that a joint and some alcohol are going to absolutely ruin me? Two things become absolutely clear to me. One, this guy was without a doubt, insanely religious. And two, he was so set in his ways that he hadn’t even tried to step outside the box and, forgive me for saying this, live a little. All that aside, why would having a cold one now and then and smoking a joint be enough to disrespect God. If that’s really the case and if God knew that people drinking and smoking was going to piss him off WHY DID HE LEAVE IT HERE FOR US IN THE FIRST PLACE?

I proceeded to tell this guy that I didn’t even believe in God anyways so he should just drop this whole thing altogether. What followed was a clusterfuck of disbelief.

“oh my god. are you being serious right now??? i can’t even omg speechless. I don’t even know where to start or what to say. but you listen to this. you’ll regret what you’re doing. big time.”

Honestly, at this point in the conversation, I was so taken aback that I was absolutely convinced that this guy was trolling me. I even asked him. But the more he spoke it became evident that this guy was not kidding. He told me I’d pissed him off (wtf?) and that I was an idiot ’cause I hadn’t looked hard enough…. Trust me, bro. If I’d been looking any harder I’d have practically been conducting cavity checks on 7 billion people. He then posed this question that he thought would most certainly make me rethink my whole life:

“ok, c’mon then tell me…. how do we exist?” 

………. that’s it? I mean what kind of logic is that. We are humans beings that live on planet Earth. We haven’t been able to communicate with any other intelligent lifeforms beyond our planet, in the known universe (YET). So, we’re the only people in the universe. Therefore, this obviously means there’s this guy in the sky who waved his magic wand and from a puff of smoke we emerged. He also grants you wishes if you ask him nicely and you better not piss him off ’cause you wouldn’t like him if he was angry. 

I told him to Google the big bang theory and start from there ’cause there was no way in hell I was wasting my time explaining my views on the matter to some guy that had already shot them down without thinking twice, not to mention someone that I didn’t even know. He followed up with how he thought Google was shit and that if I believed any of that stuff I was helpless. I was absolutely done with this guy. I told him I respected his opinion but it wasn’t gonna change mine and bid him farewell.

Why are people so adamant that they refuse to accept someone who thinks differently? I mean sure, I’ve met many stubborn, opinionated atheists but these people are a minority compared to the number of religious people who try to change your mind. I’m done explaining myself to other people. Would you try to convert a vegetarian? My point is people’s experiences have resulted in them believing in what they believe in. Every human being wants to believe in what’s true, why would someone want to believe a lie? Just as much as you’re convinced about something there’s someone out there whose experiences have led him/her to think differently. Don’t find it surprising at all that people start questioning things like religion. In any aspect of life how often do you believe in something without proof? Religion is based on faith.

Faith by definition is believing in something without sufficient evidence.

Reviewing Elevation Burger (Kuwait)

I finally got the chance to hit up Elevation Burger last weekend.

We were at the Abu Halifa location ’cause there was no way anyone wanted to endure the traffic towards the Avenues on a Friday night. Unfortunately, I didn’t bring my camera and so I didn’t really take any pictures but whatever, I always make everyone I’m dining with feel uncomfortable when I’m sitting there taking a gazillion pictures of our food (and not letting them dig in until I get the “perfect shot”) so I thought I’d let it slide this one time hahaha.

Our party asked for 2 Elevation burgers and one veggie burger. We decided to go with a side of fries as well. They’re cooked in olive oil so I thought that might be interesting for a change. The ambience is quite nice. It’s a minimalistic set up and it was really well kept. It’s actually 2 floors and it looked like it would be kinda cool to sit upstairs but it was my cheat day and there wasn’t any way I was climbing more stairs than absolutely necessary lol.

We placed our order and within no time we were served. Nice, that was fast as hell. I really enjoyed the beef they used in my Elevation burger, it was juicy and succulent. The buns were not working for me. They just looked unappetizing and frankly tasted like those buns you can buy at your local grocery store. The Elevation sauce, which in my opinion had the potential to really be a great signature sauce with a distinctive taste, I couldn’t even taste. I think if it had had a thicker, creamier like consistency maybe it could’ve had an identifiable taste. But, as it stands, it did not add anything to the burger in my opinion. Also, the caramelized onions I asked for in my burger were non-existent. I really dig a burger with caramelized onions and it totally upset me that there wasn’t any present in mine. Overall, the burger was definitely good, mainly because the beef itself tasted great and really stood out. Was it a great burger? In my opinion, no. I came here thinking that this would take over Smash Burgers position as one of my favorite burger joints but that didn’t happen. Smash Burger has some really nice buns they use for their burgers and the chipotle mayo they use in the Spicy Baja is the shit!

The fries were definitely the worst part of the experience. You could say they were cooked in olive oil but to say they were soaking in olive oil would definitely be more accurate. The fries weren’t that nice golden brown, more like dark, murky brown. The were terribly soggy and lacked any real crispness. Seriously, who like un-crispy fries? Many other reviews I’ve read prior to my visit share the same sentiments but despite the negative feedback I decided to try it anyways ’cause I thought I’d feel differently. Well, I don’t. We didn’t even finish them ’cause we all started to feel a little sick.

The last issue with this place was the veggie burger. The person who ordered it took a bite and immediately realized the patty was ICE COLD. I touched it to make sure and realized it was definitely just pulled out of the freezer and heated on the griddle, although not through out. To me there’s nothing worse than biting into a burger and tasting an ice cold center. I mean sure you guys freeze your patties, that’s cool but no one wants to actually bite into a cold burger. It’s like heading out to the beach in Mauritius and being greeted by snowfall, it ruins the experience. We got a server’s attention, and pointed out the issue, who then proceeded to call out another lady who promptly retook her order and brought over a re-fire 15mins later, when the rest of us were done with our meals. And while the re-fire was much better I could tell that this already spoilt my fellow diner’s appetite.

Overall, the experience was ok. Elevation Burger definitely did not live up to the expectations I had. I had heard so much about it and to be honest maybe I went in there expecting too much? However, that said, I wouldn’t mind trying another branch, perhaps in the Avenues, ’cause maybe it was just this particular branch that wasn’t up to the mark. Maybe the one in the Avenues has better fries! I’ll give it a try eventually.

But before that I definitely need to try out Shake Shack.

// 5 Reasons Why // “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” is one of the best comedies on Earth

Man, some days I really miss the 90’s.

I’ve lived in a few countries these last 23 years of my life and been fortunate enough to visit many more. One thing I’ve learned over the course of my travels is that people around the globe share my enthusiasm and love for one of the greatest TV shows on the face of this planet. And yes, I really mean that, the Fresh Prince really is one of the best TV shows ever.

Here’s five reasons why:

1. The Theme Song

This theme song is, in fact, the shit. If there’s any theme song in the world that one should actually remember and be somewhat capable of singing along to it’s this one, ok? Of course that is unless you missed the 90’s (if you decided to cryo sleep through that decade you made a huge mistake). In that case you people are missing out on an essential part of existing so I highly recommend you start watching the show! Trust me, you don’t even have to sit down and listen to the theme song over and over to get a grasp of it, it is so INSANELY catchy that a couple episodes in you’ll find yourself just rapping along in no time! I mean even after all these years, with everything that has gone on in his life since, Will still remembers it!

2. The show NEVER gets old

I don’t know about you but there are plenty of comedies from the 90’s that when re-watched in 2014 frankly don’t garner the same reactions they used to. I think our perception of what is funny evolves just like we do day by day and it is inevitable that what used to have you in fits a few years ago may not even be capable of bringing a smile to your face today.

THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO THE FRESH PRINCE!

I can guarantee you that in every episode of this show, at some point or the other, you will find yourself gasping for air ’cause you’re laughing so hard. I can’t tell you how incredibly well the show has aged and their jokes are so witty and sometimes just plain silly that you can’t help but enjoy yourself.

Exhibit A:

3. Great characters

I really like how well drawn out the characters in the Fresh Prince are. Each character that had a significant part in the show had their own persona which really allowed viewers to identify with these people. Even in this day and age these characters are so relatable you could find people that exude similar personalities within your own circle of friends! I mean c’mon, I’m sure most of you know that one spoilt brat who always gets what she wants. Bonus points if her name happens to be Hilary.

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4. Carlton’s Dance

‘Nuff said. 

5. It’s for everyone

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There are so many shows out there today that are targeted at specific audiences and that’s alright. I recently made the horrible mistake of watching an episode of Game of Thrones with my family that featured an incest sex scene and suffice it to say that it was extremely awkward. This is the biggest reason I’m so fond of the Fresh Prince. It is truly one of those shows that’s got something for everyone. Kids will burst out laughing at Carlton’s antics while the older demographic will never feel left out ’cause there’s plenty to keep them entertained as well. Besides being a fun watch there’s so much that kids can take from these shows. I can’t count the number of times that I’ve seen or heard something off of the Fresh Prince that has in a small way influenced my thoughts and the way I go about things (Dancing tips from Carlton NOT included). Really, this show brings the family together.

Anyways, Christmas is in a couple of months so if anyone would like to make mine special this is most definitely a win.

The Dark Side of Instagram

For most of us the Instagram we know is dominated by selfies, people’s lunches and not to forget strategically composed bikini shots that include the lower half of a chick’s body (great view of thighs is VITAL) and the sun and sea in the background (book on her tummy is optional).

That is until you delve into the Insta-ghettos.

cannibal_q8 is an Instagram account that belongs to a local Kuwaiti. I read about him first off of 248am. He’s been posting a series of REALLY gory videos on Instagram and for some reason his account hasn’t been shut down yet. To give you an idea just how messed up this maniac really is, I read that he posted a video of himself skinning a LIVE rabbit with, get this, his TEETH.

I think it’s safe to say that I will not be watching any of his videos. Reading about them was enough to make me cringe and I’m unashamed to say that I just don’t have the cojones to actually watch them.

There’s a rumor that the authorities are on the lookout for him but honestly, the way I see it, if they really wanted to nab the a-hole it could have been done really quick ’cause he supposedly flashes his ID in one of his videos (again, I haven’t watched ANY of them, I’m going off of what others have said).

As of this morning, he’s got about 17k followers and to be honest, that’s what really hurts. I can’t imagine why these people would want to watch what this guy does. It really makes me wonder what the situation would be like years from now. Imagine the possibility of a world where morals are out the window and atrocities like this are actually considered entertainment by the majority.

I don’t believe in karma but I hope this guy gets what he deserves.

Goodnight.

Beginner motorcycles

I haven’t always been a motorcycle guy to be honest, always been more of a car person. All of that changed when my Dad bought his BMW K1200 GT.

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The one in the picture is not his but it looks exactly the same. It’s a sport touring bike, really good for long distances. I’ve only ever been the pillion rider but the seat is extremely comfortable! Being on a motorcycle is just an amazing feeling, super exciting and really gets the adrenaline pumping. And this is coming from someone who hasn’t even ridden a damn motorcycle! It’s a lot more personal than driving a car because it almost feels like an extension of yourself as you’re on the twisties, flowing with the bike around corners. Not to mention you become a part of a great (for the most part) community of people.

Anyways, I’m sure you’ve heard that most people advise to get started off with a 250cc-300cc motorcycle. In some countries you’d be forced to start of with lower displacement motorcycles after you first get your 2 wheeler license. I believe it’s usually a little under 50bhp but I could be wrong.

Here in Kuwait there isn’t any such rule and once you get your motorcycle license you could pretty much go out that same day and pick up a 1000cc motorcycle. No wonder you see so many squids on the roads here. There’s a lot of irresponsible riders who think not wearing protective gear (not even a helmet!) compensates for their incredibly small genitalia.

So, to a certain extent, I kinda agree with countries enforcing these laws however, maybe they shouldn’t make it a necessity to have a certain number of years in terms of riding experience to get a full license. Some people learn quite fast and get bored even faster because of it.

These license restrictions have really opened up the market for these “beginner” motorcycles though and you could get a used one really cheap nowadays. I’ve looked at a few and have narrowed it down to 2 bikes that I think would make for a good starter for me.

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Of course the Kawasaki Ninja 300 had to be in the list! It’s got a little more of a kick when compared to the 250’s and not to mention it looks fucking sick! Reviews I’ve read/watched have all agreed that it’s one of the best bikes to learn on, extremely nimble and agile when it comes to corners and it inspires confidence in new riders. Personally, if I chose the Kawasaki, I’d have to have it in this gorgeous white. I’m personally not a fan of the Kawasaki green but I do see when of them of the roads so they obviously sell!

The second bike I’ve been looking at is the Honda CBR500r:

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Personally, I really LOVE the look of this bike too. It’s a higher displacement, a little under 500cc, and it’s perfect for those looking for a little more grunt than a 300. I believe it’s a little bit bigger in terms or size as well so for those that are bigger built (like myself) this might be the ideal choice. At the end of the day however, we’re all different so I would highly recommend you test ride both of these bikes before you make a decision. From what I’ve seen/read/heard this bike has extremely comfortable seats as well. For those of you who are looking to be a little bit more economical about your motorcycle purchases it might definitely be a better idea to go for this. Not everyone would be willing to shell out money again in a year or so to upgrade their ride and it would certainly take you longer to outgrow this when compared to the 300.

As it stands right now, I think I’m leaning a bit more towards the Honda. I love the aggressive styling of the Kawasaki (I think the Honda is sexy as hell too!) but I feel like it would be a better idea for me to get a slightly larger bike and I’d like to own my first bike for a while at least before I consider selling it. Once I’m ready, I’ll either go in for a Yamaha R6 or a Suzuki GSX-R 1000. I think 600cc would be more than enough for me, I don’t think I would ever need the kind of power that a liter bike possesses but hey, I thought my iPhone 5s was perfect until a couple days ago so who knows haha!

Anyways, if I want any of this to actually materialize, I better start with getting my license first!

Keeping it in the family

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“An hour later, one of the brothers returned to the police station bleeding from his head, as the fight renewed between the wives back home, which in turn renewed the fight between the brothers”.

Hahahahahahahahahahaha

Besides the situation, which on it’s own is quite hilarious, the way this article is written really adds to the humor. And I’m pretty sure that wasn’t intentional!

I think I may have exhausted all my laughs for the day.

Much lulz, guys. Much lulz.

Obligatory Introduction?

Hello, Internet.

I like a lot of things. I may have one too many hobbies. So, I don’t really expect this blog to head in any particular direction. I guess I’m trying to say that I’ll blog about anything.

I currently live and work in Kuwait. Besides my day job, I’m also a freelance audio engineer and producer. I like making music in my spare time.

Other days I pull out my camera and become that guy who’s always taking pictures.

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Oh, yeah. THAT guy.

I love food. So yes, this also makes me that guy that takes pictures of his food. Double whammy.

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I guess you could also call me tech savvy too?

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And though it may not be perfect all the time, I love living life.

I’m K and I’m a walking clusterfuck of interests.

Welcome to my blog!