Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Tagged: 6 things to be done before getting 18

Yeaaay! I am tagged again! and again! That's what you get from being a gemini!
Thanks sara & Blue Lue :)

So,حرصا مني على رغبات المدونين الأعزاء , I will treat each tag independently and write down 12 different things I think one should do before getting 18! it goes:

1- Read Harry potter, To Kill a Mocking Bird,Flash w Smash, ElRagolo El Mosta7eel ,Sar7'et el ro3b.. pick a comic that you would love forever.
Books read in teenage years are carved in the memory. They do help one getting "outside" ideas about the world other than those your parents try to put in your head.

2- Be as stupid (as frequent) as possible.As long as you are under 18, you are more likely to be excused for your stupidity. Being a teenager isn't easy.You are almost always angry, emotional and confused. It is okay to jokingly throw a friend in the pool. It is okay to cut your sister's hair while she is sleeping. It is okay to try out mixing ice-cream with fries. It is okay to make fun of your principle and get caught. As long as you are under 18, people would understand. After that, you have no excuse.So be as stupid as much as you can, or you're lose most of your teenage-fun!

3- Decide on your dream job, and your alternative not-so-dreamy job if the first one didn't work out. It should go something like: When I grow up, i'll be an artist like Picasso! People will start telling you انها شغلانه مش بتأكل عيش و ان بيكاسو نفسه مات من الجوع. Your alternative dream job is: Farran.بما ان الفران على طول بيعمل عيش فأكيد هياكل منه

4- Pick a hobby.Smoking is not a hobby. Chatting is not a hobby. Checking you email is not a hobby, downloading movies is not a hobby.Pick a hobby..I regret not having a consistent one since then.

5- You must be able to swim, ride a bicycle, and at least tried driving: My sister is 14 and somehow محدش خاد باله انها مش بتعرف تسوق عجلة..deep down, she feels less than everybody who can drive bicycles. You should make sure that you are able to swim too. If you have a phobia,get rid of it.

6- Read the whole Quraan at least once. Know your main obligations towards Allah. I think this should be done even before reaching 15 or something. But by 18 one should have all his main questions and concerns about Islam and belief answered.
1- Have a perfect escape plan, then ditch it. All teenagers below 18 think of running away. Most of them think of committing suicide. I thought of running away a couple hundred times and my life was just fine. Somehow, being under 18 you feel trapped, and you think running away would solve all your problems, or at least change your problems. If you are going to think of running away then think of a master plan then don't ever try it. You should have it as to laugh about it in your 20s and regret not executing it in your 30s, hope your kids would never know about it in your 40s.

2-Get over your childhood crush. Childhood crushes are cute and funny, but enough is enough!

3-Make a diary(or a blog :)).
Somehow writing makes life easier. It helps one rationalize and even wonder and reflect about their own life. A diary also helps one have a feeling that their life is important and eventful it should be written down. It's good for your self-esteem and your sanity mela7'er (unless you started talking to your diary)

4- Pick your favorite movie as a benchmark. 3ala aymna kan Braveheart. No matter how popular or nerd a you were in high school, we all agreed that Braveheart was the best of all time (FREEEEEEEEEEDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM). Growing up, you will use that movie to see if any other movie measures up, and at a certain point it would be safe and the movie old enough to pick a new favorite movie (currently: The Pursuit of Happyness)

5-Get into a fight. Yes. you have to know how to be confrontational. Even if it means a scar in the forehead that would last forever; you will then learn that you should never be confrontational ever again! For girls: لازم تتخانئي مع واحدة و تشدي شعرها عشان قالت عليكي تخينه

6-El Tazwee3':
This is an integral part of being under 18. So whether or not I approve of it now (بعد لما كبرت و عقلت), it was so much fun.The only catch is not that you might get caught by your parents, but that this habit will stay with you until you are a respectable person who goes to work and still wants to sneak out. So, zawa3'o 3ala add mate2daroh!

Almost every blogger I know is already tagged, so if you are not tagged yet, you are!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

صباحو فتي

من كام يوم, كنت راجعة من الشغل في التاكسي و طبعا الدنيا كانت زحمة جدا كالعادة .المهم واحد في الشارع تجاهل تماما اني راكبة التاكسي و شاورله و ركب. مفيش دقيقة والراكب الجديد "اكتشف" ان الدنيا زحمة و ان احنا تقريبا لسه واقفين في نفس المكان اللي ركب منه و راح قال للسواق:"الدنيا لو فضلت زحمة كدة, أنا هانزل و اكمل مشي". فضل يطأطأ و يتأفف كأنه مش من مصر. و راح قال تاني "احنا امفروض نعمل زي في أمريكا". السواق قاله "أفندم؟". الراجل تاني قال "لازم نعمل زي أمريكا معملت".

السواق راح موطي صوت الكاسيت عشان حس ان الراجل هيقول حاجة مهمة. استطرد الرجل قائلا:"عملوا ايه في أمريكا؟ هما كان عندهم ولاية زحمة زي عندنا كده بالظبط, الولاية دي تبقى ولاية نيويورك(خدت بالك من ولاية دي؟).راحوا حطوا فوق كل شارع كوبري.. يعني يبقى الشارع ماشي كده والكوبري ماشي فوقيه بالظبط. عشان كدة سموا الولاية ولاية نيو -يورك..نيو يعني جديدة و يورك زي ايه زي مصر الجديدة كدة.عشان بقى عندهم مدينة جديدة بس من فوق.مش احنا عاملين كوبري أكتوبر و فرحانين بيه!! لااا هما خلاص حلوا مشكلة الزحمة دي من زمان.. لازم نعمل زيهم يبقى فوق كل شارع كوبري, ده كده يدوبك يكفي الناس دى كلها."
طبعا أنا كنت ماسكة نفسي من الضحك بالعافية!بس غالبا كنت فاتحة بقي من الازبهلال.
لكن السواق الفطن سأله طب يعني لما الناس تطلع الكوبري, لما ييجوا ينزلوا بقى, ما هيبقى في مشكلة في المصب برده". رد عليه الراجل بشجاعة"و أنا ايش عرفني, أنا مش مهندس" يعني كفاية قوي انه فكرلنا في الحل اللي عايز ينفذ بقى يبقى مع نفسه.
عامة هو الراجل عندو حق في ان احنا لازم نعمل كباري أكتر من كده...بس أنا صدمت من درجة الجرأة في الفتي..

والله أعلم

Saturday, February 09, 2008


I'll take a break from the following:
- Gtalk and MSN
- Facebook
- TV

The reason? They are all getting on my nerves, one way or another, not to mention the tremendous amount of time wasted on them. The duration? As long as it takes.
I was thinking of switching my mobile off too. But instead, i'll just be selective on the calls i answer.
I was also thinking of pausing on finishing the 100 years of solitude book.It is getting grumpy,solitary, old and painful.I have enough pain in real life on that matter.But instead, i'll finish it as soon as possible to get it out of my system, and get it over with.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Good Morning

Dad wakes up on a phone call,finishes it and tells me to hand him the news paper (which I was reading). Then..

Dad:Hateely el naddara w e3meleely el shaay.
Me: 7adher
So I go fetch him "el naddara" first .

Dad: Eh dah! ommal feen el shay?!mesh oltelek e3meleely shay?
Me: Baba, being a gemini doesnt imply that I can be at 2 places in the same time.
Dad: :D. Tab matnseesh te7oteely ma3aah el bo2somat.

Me: el shay ya baba..
Dad (reading): Tab 7oteeh 3ala el sofrah.

5 mins later:Dad still reading the newspaper.

Me: baba, el shay talleg.
Dad: alla! mesh tendaheeny?
Me:I did.
Dad: Tab mesh tetamenny enny omt?
Me: :)
Dad( reading me a part of the newspaper): التواضع شيء عظيم, لكن ليس لدرجة الاعتراف بأن هناك من هو أعظم مني

Me: dah anees mansour?
Dad: Bayen keda.

Dad: Rambo nezel! The same old crap..over and over again..mafeesh 7aga gedeeda nezlet..kolloh nafs el araf..
Dad: yaah..da7na hanle3ab bokra Cote De'voir essa3a 10: 30...Ya Rabb ne7'sar!! (My dad hates soccer and specially the chaotic commotion in the streets after the "stupid victories" as he calls them).

P.S.: We have this conversation almost every morning, with the difference of the things he reads me from the newspaper.

Saturday, February 02, 2008


A Grandfather & Granddaughter

I took this picture today in the club.Can you see the loving smile on the old man's face? He stayed like this for almost half an hour, and even when he was up to stroll around, he couldn't take his eyes off her.


The following is a selection of quotes I heard from not so famous people.

"A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, but she does. A woman marries a man expecting that she will change him, but she can't."

"If I could take back time, I would work on networking and building relationships with people. It's who you know not what you know."

"If there is anything you do in this life in which you don't take Al-A7'ra into consideration, then it is plain garbage ."

"It is only when you try to change something you get yourself enemies. If you choose to be neutral, a follower, then the only enemy you got is yourself, which is more dangerous."

"What's more difficult than being poor, is feeling poor."

"It's not a bad thing to work hard, but working hard in doing something you like is the right thing."

"Any studying material can be done in exactly 24 hours."

"Egyptians don't follow the weather news. That's why you always find them wearing clothes that don't consistently match the weather."

"What do you call a person who speaks only one language? An American" (That might be a famous quote)

"The worst thing in marriage is the disillusionment. Damn Cinderella."

"It's only crowded from 8 to 8."

"TV is one of the worst inventions. Or maybe its just left in the wrong hands."

"Its amazing how stupid people can be.They can be so stupid you think they are doing it intentionally"

"Egyptians don't solve their problems. They work around them.They have this unimaginable capacity to adapt to any given circumstances. They never stop complaining though."

"Being overweight adds at minimum 5 years to your age."

"The most important part of your life is how you end it. Just like in the movies."

"Everybody has his or her own test in life. And this fact is far more fair than what it may seem. "

"I think somehow, a person's name is inflicted on their personality,even if their name means absolutely nothing."

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again,expecting a different result."

"Its a funny and a mysterious process how things get their names."

"If someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, you don't have to lie. Just don't answer it, even if they repeat their question."

"As strange as it sounds: having fun is hard work."