Showing posts from July, 2015


Don't Leave Your Hair High and Dry

The sun is scorching now and we are sure it leaves you feeling dehydrated! And just like you want to reach for a cooling drink to make you feel better, your parched hair too is looking for a way to get relief from the dryness that the crisp summer air brings on! So what’s the solution? Here are some tips that Sunsilk has shared with Komal's Korner for you to try. - Deep conditioning treatment: There is sun kissed and then there is sun scorched, and the GCC summer more often than not has the latter effect. Your hair can lose its sheen and moisture very quickly in the blazing sun, and become dry, frizzy and brittle. And there is no better way to restore the moisture lost than doing a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week. You can go to the salon for this treatment, or even try it at home, but ensure you treat your hair with ample of moisturizers at least once a week during the summer season - Shampoo less: We know it’s tempting to jump into the shower when it’s

Picnic with Panache

I love a good picnic and what better place to enjoy mother nature than our very own garden city, Al Ain. A good picnic needs good food and even better weather, which is not the case in Al Ain right now. But I was not going to let the rising mercury get in the way of my beloved hobby, so along with my little niece I set out to bring the picnic home. A picnic is not just about going to a particular place, it's about the experience of setting up a mini home away from home. More importantly it's about spending time with the people you love the most. It not 'me' time, it's 'we' time. So my niece and I decided to combine the fun of an outdoor picnic with the luxury of air conditioning. But this was going to be no ordinary picnic because when we do sometime we do it style. First up we decided to set up the tent. After spending hours on trying to find my big camping tent and failing we decided to go with Mini me's (aka my niece) mini tent. I a

Food Review: - Chez Sushi

One of the reasons why I always avoided sushi was due to the lack of chicken options in most places and because of my first and (until now) last experience with wasabi. This happened a few year ago when I was studying in Canada. At a sushi workshop I learnt how to roll a perfect (vegetarian) sushi. After the workshop we celebrated our achievement by indulging in our freshly made concoction. Next thing I know (after following my friend's instructions) I had dipped my sushi in wasabi, without tasting it first. Only a person who has eating wasabi directly will know this feeling of the taste shooting straight up to your head, opening your sinuses and leading to a sensation worse than brain freeze! So as you can guess I had my reservations but I decided to leave behind my 'wasabi fear' and dive in when I was invited to try out their Ramadan offerings.  We tasted two different orders of sushi, both of which were suggested by the Chez Sushi staff. One was custom made as pe

Handbags have become a girl's best Friend

When it comes to handbags, no expense is spared What makes Gulf women happiest? Family of course, but handbags come a very close second according to a latest survey. The new research points out that, for most Middle Eastern women, handbags are the most expensive and pleasurable item on the shopping list, even outweighing the thrill of buying a new pair of heels or a gadget. Handbags are the accessory that these women use the most, and they need to go with every outfit they own, so there is a lot of satisfaction in finding the perfect bag. Shoes were also high on the list, with women getting very excited at the prospect of buying a new pair – and many admitting to showing off a new purchase with friends across social media. Although abayas were also considered a crucial wardrobe staple for most Middle Eastern women, many cited that they needed a complementary high-fashion handbag to finish off the look. Top items giving women pleasure: 1.     Handbags 2.     Shoes 3. 

Tips to ensure strong bones during Ramadan and Summer in the UAE

With Hotels and restaurants offering scrumptious Iftar and Suhoor spreads this Ramadan, it is easy to overindulge and forget the balanced, nutritious diet. Coupled with that, the summer months are upon us and the high temperatures mean people stay indoors and become inactive.  This can take a toll on vital organs in your body and most particularly your bones. Dr. Bhavna Khan, Consultant Rheumatologist, Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery, Dubai outlines some simple tips to follow to ensure that your bones remain healthy and strong during the hot summer months and Ramadan: Ensure calcium intake: An adult requires 1000 to 1200mg of Calcium per day which is essential for healthy bones. During Ramadan, most people do not consume the required amount of Calcium resulting in the body removing the element from bones in order to maintain blood calcium levels. Dairy products are good sources of calcium so include grilled halloumi or glass of fresh laban at Iftar time. Yoghurt with

Place Review: - Vii

I love greenery, which here in the UAE can be truly enjoyed only during the winter with barbecues and picnics at the park. Vii Dubai has combined my love for the nature and great mocktails into a fun greenhouse concept. The place which is partially open air has a renewed feel to it. A see through ceiling now cover the open roof to keep the place air conditioned without obstructing the stars or Dubai's infamous skyline.  The service is very friendly and the menu boast of a variety of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. The good menu on the other hand is short as are most bar eats. Vii is located on the roof of the Conrad Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. Location photos courtesy Vii.

The ABC’s and more of Skin Care

Dr. Nathalie Domloj, Dermatologist and Brand Expert for Fair & Lovely Arabia shares with Komal's Korner the ABC of skin care which starts with the knowledge of your skin, its functions and knowing your skin type and texture.  Dr Nathalie Domloj The skin is the largest organ of the body, 2 to 3 mm thick. It has three layers:  The epidermis, dermis and hypodermis:  The epidermis is the outer-most layer that acts as a protective barrier against UV radiation, harsh weather, microorganisms as well as water loss.  The dermis is the middle layer, made up of fibroblasts that produce collagen and elastin giving the skin its form, shape and elasticity.  The hypodermis is the bottom or deepest layer of the skin which is made up of fat cells and fatty tissue that protects the body from mechanical trauma.   The first step in taking care of your skin is to actually know about your skin type which depends on its tone, moisture, and degree of sun exposure. 

Are the Women in The UAE Safe from eve teasing?

I often tell my friends back home (Mumbai, India) that the UAE is very safe for women. Compared to India it is, becuase of its strict laws but that has not stopped lecherous men from teasing them in public. Yesterday evening I went to a store next to my house in Al Ain and walked down to the basement level to look for something. The moment I walked up this 'brown' man (I say brown becuase he could have been Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi) who works at the store starts singing a Hindi bollywood song which he can easily guess that I understand. I looked at him becuase he was right there when I walked up and turned to the opposite side and walked further into the store. His singing continued, now picking up volume. I suddenly realised I have a few options ahead of me. First, do what most women do, ignore and walk off. Second, complain to the store manager, third, slap the guy (that would be fun) and the fourth which I immediately resorted to, the 'Stare' down. I turned

Food Review - Wingstop

You don't need to be an angel to have wings, all you need is a drive down to one of Jumeriah's latest eatery for wings called Wingstop . This first branch of the popular American chain serves up 14 flavours (13 when I went there about two weeks ago) of chicken wings going from the mildest to the hottest one called Atomic (this one is only for the strong hearted!). They serve up these wings with two options, bone in (aka the wing) or boneless (bone-out). Wings without bones are not really wings now are they? It's like eating chicken nuggets drenched in sauces. So my first suggestion to you go for the bone in, its called chicken 'wings' for a reason. At the tasting I was accompanied by restaurant manger, the company's head of F & B, and the Chef at Wingstop himself, who are all to such interesting and fun people. They even led me in on some interesting facts like where the chicken comes from (UAE and Saudi Arabia), where the sauces are prepared and ho