Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Whales & Dolphins Dying :(



At least 80 whales and dolphins have died after beaching themselves on a remote island between the Australian mainland and the country's island state of Tasmania.
It's still unknown why the animals beached themselves. The deaths come a year after 100 pilot whales died on a remote beach on the southwest coast of Tasmania.

Via: 4eco.com
Source: ENN

Grammatikentwicklung

Wenn Sie sich für die Entwicklung des Kinderlernen interessieren, werden Sie diesen Artikel bestimmt hilfreich finden.

“Quit & Win 2004”

After ending a smoking career of almost three packs of cigarettes daily for the past 32 years, Karl-Heinz Evers was drawn from 700,000 participants worldwide in the "Quit and Win 2004" international non-smoking campaign sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), and won $10,000 (€7,500).
"I feel brilliant," Evers said. "After smoking 60 cigarettes a day for such a long time, you feel greatly relieved and much more active. I can ride my bicycle again and can do sports. I couldn’t do all that before because I was really sick."

Isn’t that just great! So to all of you smokers who wish to quit but find it extremely difficult, go ahead and challenge yourselves, YOU CAN MAKE IT!
And if you smoke, but don’t consider quitting, then please do, for the sake of your health!

Monday, November 29, 2004

Thank You Tunisia

Just a note to thank Tunisia and its people for celebrating: “la Journée mondiale de solidarité avec le peuple palestinien”: The Day of Solidarity with the people of Palestine.

On this occasion, Tunisia stresses its call to the International community, for ensuring the protection of the Palestinian people, by acting immediately to put an end to the Israeli actions which are threatening the safety of the Palestinians, thus considered a violation of the international agreements… a call, for which the late President, Yasser Arafat, has devoted his whole life fighting for.
And while Tunisia is pointing out the necessity of fulfilling the Resolutions of the Arab Summit held in Tunis, that call for negotiations to guarantee peace and safety in the Middle East region, Tunisia insists on giving the Palestinian people their rights.
Source: La Presse .

Today, the Tunisian TV Channels have special TV programs about Palestine and the Palestinian Traditions. They will also show interviews with Palestinians living in Tunisia.
I believe that this is a very nice gesture which means a lot to all Palestinians, making them feel remembered and supported. I’m sure all Palestinians appreciate such a day and are proud of their Tunisian brothers and sisters for celebrating it.

Prince Hamza Relieved Of His Title

Last night, and while watching Jordan’s “60 Minutes” News Bulletin, it was announced that Jordan's King Abdullah II has relieved his half-brother of his crown prince's title, saying it was restricting the young prince's movements. Details…

I’m still shocked, specially that there were no clear reasons. But anyway, let’s just wish the best for Jordan and the Royal family.

Friday, November 26, 2004

War & Environment



Via: 4eco.com

Bank For Her!

A study shows 80 percent of women feel they are not taken seriously by big banks, which are still predominately male institutions. On the other hand Women often have different needs and interests than men do when it comes to financial matters. From that point, and applying the philosophy of Virginia Woolf who wrote:” if a woman is to succeed, she needs money and a room of her own”; some women in Munich are applying starting a bank by and for women.
At the Frauenbank, or Women’s Bank, women will get counseling about investments, retirement plans, savings and other financial tools will be done by female professionals, who understand the special needs of women, many of whom feel uncomfortable or underserved in traditional financial institutions. More...

I don’t think it’s a wise thing to do. A woman must prove herself in normal places beside the man and be up to all challenges coming her way. Yet I do believe that there are some places which will work better for women were they limited to females only, again, not because of the fear of underestimation, but because they’ll be more comfortable, such as women spas and beauty centers for example.

NO, BOSS!

A very interesting article that will help guide you to say NO to your boss, without risking your career. Enjoy ;)

Work Diaries ( 13):The accountant & I

Since our company is a branch of an international company, every month I have to do 4 different types of financial reports to be sent to the mother company. As for the local issues like tax control for example, we hired a professional accountant who comes twice a month. He was so busy this month, so he decided to make the biggest mistake of his life: sending his assistant!
At 11:00…
Acc.: Hey, Eman, there is something I want to ask you about.It’s a really complicated matter, it needs another hot cup of coffee to be really awake and find a solution. Can I have some more coffee?
I: Sure. (I bring her coffee) Here you go your coffee. So what is it?
Acc.: You see, this bank statement shows that the amount 1500 TND was withdrawn for some equipment maintenance, but in your office financial report, I can see only 1000 Dinars has to be withdrawn... Hmm, I like your coffee… Can you please explain! (giving me a wise look)
I: Well, there are 2 invoices for the same maintenance company, one is dated Oct.25th, with the amount of 1000 TND and the other is dated Oct.26th, with 500 TND. (I turn on the file documents to the following invoice), aha, here’s the Oct.26th invoice. We decided to give them one cheque instead of two, that’s the whole thing.
Acc.: I really really like your coffee… Why does it say Oct.29th on the bank statement?
I: Obviously the company withdrew the amount on the 29th.
Acc.: why’s that?
I: How would I know, maybe it was their only free time. And what difference does it make anyway?
Acc.: It makes a difference!Now I’m confused. When should I register the payment? On the 25th, or 26th, or 29th?
I: Whenever you want, the point is, you should register the whole amount in October that’s all.
Acc.: Ah, I’m all mixed up. What should I do?
I: What’s the big deal, just REGISTER IT!
Acc.: But they are 2 payments in one cheque!
I: SO WHAT! Just register the amount! If you like, make a note beside it explaining that this amount is for 2 invoices for the same company.
Acc.: No no, that wont do. I have to think really well, can I have some more coffee please? (I bring her MORE coffee)
Acc.: You know, I don’t feel like working, let’s gossip for a while. You see, I have problems with my boss, he gives me so much work…
I: Excuse me, I don’t think that’s possible, we both have work to do and we both need to meet our deadlines. I’d love to chat with you in our lunch break though.
Acc.: OKAY! But what should I do about the cheque problem!
I: There’s no problem. You know what, why don’t you consult your boss!
Acc.: Yeah, great idea.
(after making more than 4 personal calls, she finally decided to call her Boss) Eman, my boss wants to talk to you on the phone.
(I take the call from my desk, after explaining,he thought her call is ridiculous.) Register it on the date you choose, he said there’s no problem as long as it’s registered in October.
Acc.: How can I do that? No I can’t, this is not right, this is so wrong.
I: I told you there should be no problem, and your boss did the same, so why the hell are you making a big fuss out of nothing! I HAVE WORK TO DO, PLEASE DO WHATEVER YOU WANT!
Acc.: I don’t know what I want, you must help me!
I: I just did, you wont listen.
Acc.: Coz I don’t like your solution.I’ll figure it out myself.
I: SUIT YOURSELF.
Acc.: I want more of your coffee, it’s delicious.
I: I swear to God I HAVE LOTS OF THINGS TO DO! Go to the kitchenette and get your coffee yourself.
After 5 minutes…
Acc.: My coffee didn’t taste like yours, can you please make me some coffee yourself!
(I go make her MORE coffee, can’t be rude, after all, she’s not here everyday)
4 hours later…
I: so how is everything going?
Acc.: not good, nothing’s right. I’m so confused, so upset. Don’t know what to do with this maintenance company payment.
I: (trying to control my temper)You’ve been in this office for a WHOLE DAY, you have a folder full of documents for a WHOLE MONTH, and you insist on stopping at this ONE DOCUMENT!
Acc.: I’ll have to think more, so I’ll come back tomorrow and we’ll work it out together.
I: I really did my best to help you, I have nothing else to offer. So do whatever you like, but leave me out of it.
Acc.: Oh, still 30 minutes for you to go, what about another cup of coffee!
I:!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Handy der Zukunft … Persönlicher Berater!

Wissenschaftler haben laut „New Scientist“ jetzt ein lernfähiges Handy entworfen, das genau weiß, was sein Eigentümer unternehmen wird und entsprechende hilfreiche Ratschläge geben kann.
Das System nutzt eine von finnischen Forschern entwickelte Software. Die Gewohnheiten des Besitzers werden über Gespräche, Textnachrichten oder Weckfunktion protokolliert. Durch Ortsbestimmung über Sendefunkmasten bemerkt das Handy zudem, mit wem der Besitzer wann und wo unterwegs ist.

Klasse!

Quelle:Focus.de

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Lesson Of The Day

“Choose your attitude, don’t let your attitude choose you”. Mo , our fellow blogger.

Freedom Now!


palestine_child
Originally uploaded by AquaCool.

Freedom Now is a campaign to free Palestinian Child Political Prisoners.
"Children of 16 and 17 are treated by the military as adults, contrary to international law," Professor Kay reported. "Palestinian children once arrested are subject to torture including severe beatings, exposure to extreme temperatures and forced into extreme positions. They are blindfolded, shackled and put into detention centers in military camps or in settlement outposts where the Israelis force them into signing confessions and attempt to recruit them as collaborators. They are almost always sent on to prison."

This is unfair, this is so cruel. Get Involved. Sign Petition NOW!

Via: Sabbah's Blog

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Cute Penguin


penguin 3
Originally uploaded by AquaCool.

This is one of mom's creative homemade products: The vegetable penguin! Isn't it just sooooo cute :) She made it and took pics of it to send them to my sweet little nephew in Canada.
I simply love all her artistic creations, not to mention my love for penguins.
Anyway, just thought I'd share it here :)

Leave Muslims Alone!

Right this second, right in front of me, I’m witnessing a very humiliating scene to all Muslims.
Opposite to our building is an embassy, people are all silent, staring at a circle of security men surrounding a woman. They took her to a corner outside the embassy. One is bombarding her with questions, the other is looking around her suspiciously, while the rest are smiling at the embassy employees, and visitors to make sure they’re all satisfied.
What’s the big deal? Nothing, just a request from a couple who came to pick their visa from the embassy, and asked the guards to “keep that thing away”… with “thing” they were addressing a Muslim woman, who was guilty of wearing a headscarf.
The story is being told all over the building, some are complaining, some are swearing, some are giving stupid excuses, and some, like me, might be writing about it now. That’s the best we decided to do.
Did anyone help? Did anyone interfere? Nope, no one, including me. We got used to be humiliated, we got used to seeing injustice, we got used to be afraid. Afraid because we’re separated, we’re not one unit, fear has invaded our souls, our minds and our hearts.
How humiliating!
It’s such a shame, to see these things happening, and I’m pretty sure they’re happening each and every day whether we know of them or not. It’s such a shame to see our brothers and sisters in Iraq and Palestine being killed and humiliated and tortured in front of all people of the world, and we still follow some cheap media lies about “Islamic terrorism” threatening the world.
Why is it so easy to follow lies, to spread rumors and believe some claims we never witness, while we find it so difficult to allow ourselves to react correctly and positively to facts we’re experiencing on personal, national, and international levels?

I really wish people will leave Muslims alone. Enough with the “terrorist” nonsense. FOCUS on the facts. Focus on rescuing what’s left to be rescued, focus on solving root problems.
Wherever I click, there’s an article about Abu Mus’ab Al Zarqawi, hostages in Iraq, Taliban, or , or , or. But no trace of Iraqis being tortured, no more articles about Palestinian homes being destroyed.
As stupid and blind as people may get, there’ll always be some to remind them of the awful acts taking place and open their eyes to the real injustice.
As for now, all I can do is ask you all to please think twice before saying anything, think twice before you spread claims and market some expressions that will make things even worse.
And please… leave Muslims alone!

Overcome Your Flying Phobia

If you’re like me, a fearful flier, then here you go some great tips to conquer your fear of flying FOR GOOD.
I’ve tried everything, nothing worked, lol. Maybe these tips will finally solve my problem ;) Let’s wait till my next flight and see.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Women Seat Belt


women seat belt
Originally uploaded by AquaCool.

Thanks to my dear sis Monia :)

Vorgehen Israels gegenüber palästinensischen Bauern kritisiert

Arabische Umweltaktivisten nutzten den 3. Weltnaturschutz-Kongress der World Conservation Union (IUCN) in Bangkok, um die internationale Aufmerksamkeit auf die problematische Situation vieler palästinensischer Bauern zu lenken. Sie warfen Israel vor, durch seine Siedlungspolitik und den Bau der Grenzmauer Jahrhunderte alte Olivenhaine auf palästinensischem Gebiet und damit die Existenzgrundlage vieler Bauern zu vernichten. "Bäume sind die Lebensgrundlage der Menschen. Stoppt das Entwurzeln der palästinensischen Bäume", konnten die Kongressteilnehmer auf einem Plakat lesen. Die Arabische Gruppe für Naturschutz bittet um internationale Hilfe für ein Projekt, das die Anpflanzung von einer Million neuer Bäume, vor allem von Olivenbäumen, vorsieht. Sie sollen dort wachsen, wo israelische Bulldozer die alten Haine niedergemacht hatten.

Quelle: Islamische Zeitung

Friday, November 19, 2004

Be Yourself...

Why would you want to be someone else
When you could be better by being yourself
Why pretend to be someone you are not
When you have something they haven't got

Cheating yourself of the life you have to live
Deprives others of that only which you can give
You have much more to offer by being just you
Than walking around in someone else's shoes

Trying to live the life of another is a mistake
It is a masquerade; nothing more than a fake
Be yourself and let your qualities show through
Others will love you more for being just you

Remember that God loves you just as you are
To Him you are already a bright shining star
Family and friends will love you more too
If you spent time practicing just being you

-by Ellen Bailey-

“Celebrate Islam!”

Founded in 1995, Astrolabe is the leading distributor and affinity marketer of media and entertainment products that celebrate Islamic values and Muslim culture.
Astrolabe is committed to providing high quality cartoons, documentaries, books, software, toys, and art that reflect the diversity of Muslim thought while generally promoting a positive American Muslim identity through its online store, phone representatives, sponsored events/concerts, convention bazaars, and bi-annual direct-mail catalog.

Take a look at it, it’s really great and provides a wide range of Islamic products for the whole family. I personally loved it.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

10X10: When Pictures Define Time…

10x10™ ('ten by ten') is an interactive exploration of the words and pictures that define the time. Every hour, 10x10 collects the 100 words and pictures that matter most on a global scale, and presents them as a single image, taken to encapsulate that moment in time. Each hour is presented as a picture postcard window, composed of 100 different frames, each of which holds the image of a single moment in time. Clicking on a single frame allows us to peer a bit deeper into the story that lies behind the image. The result is an often moving, sometimes shocking, occasionally frivolous, but always fitting snapshot of our world.
Over the course of days, months, and years, 10x10 leaves a trail of these hourly statements which, stitched together side by side, form a continuous patchwork tapestry of human life.

I think it's BEAUTIFUL!

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Palestine: Dying To Live



Concerned members of the advertising and media community in Jordan have produced a media campaign: Palestine: Dying to live to mobilize public opinion, to open the world’s eyes to the various violations of basic human rights, in an effort to bring forth the plight of the Palestinians to the Western world, in a language they understand.

I encourage you all to check it out. It’s in English and French. The photographs in the actual campaign section are available also in Arabic.

Are They Sports?

Last night we were watching “Rocky”, apart of the movie being an extremely exciting one till this very day, it always reminds me of my opinion concerning “sports” such as Boxing.
I never really considered Boxing to be a sport. Just like I never was convinced of the idea of Formula 1, wrestling, motor bike/ cart racing, to be kinds of sports.
To me a sport is an extremely healthy and environment-friendly activity. And I can’t see anything healthy in breaking someone’s teeth, or smashing their skulls, or lifting them up in your arms just to throw them on the ground as strong as you can!
I see nothing environment-friendly in pumping out toxic gas and crashing a speeding car causing fatal injuries!
I really don’t know, they might be fun to watch, but when it comes to me, I’ll never ever consider any of them sports.

Enough With The… “SHIT”!

Israel is filing a complaint against… Jordan pigeons!
Yep, as crazy as it may sound, this is nothing but the truth. Pigeons gather in Aqaba, enjoy their time in the beautiful city by eating and eating. And then they fly to Eilat where they happen to find it the perfect place to get rid of their… shit, leaving the Israelis angry of the dirt covering their coasts.

What can I say? It’s the animal, the animal, the animal instinct ;) Oh, no, let’s get serious, maybe these pigeons aren’t as innocent and spontaneous as they seem, what if they belong to some kind of a terrorist organization?!

Via: 4eco.com

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Belated…

I haven’t been able to blog for the past few days. Anyway, I hope all of you had a great and happy Eid Al Fitr, wishing that we’ll hear better news about our Arab brothers and sisters all around the world, specially in Iraq and Palestine.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Yasser Arafat: Alive In Our Hearts...



"They either want to kill me, or capture me, or expel me. I hope I will be a martyr in the Holy Land. I have chosen this path and if I fall, one day a Palestinian child will raise the Palestinian flag above our mosques and churches." -- Arafat in a March 2002 interview with Al-Jazeera television, while under siege by Israeli forces at his Ramallah headquarters

Today, Yasser Arafat, Chairman of al-Fatah and the Palestine Liberation Organization and elected President of the Palestinian Authority, passed away in Paris from complications stemming from a blood disorder at the age of 75.

I’m speechless, I don’t know what to say, although we were prepared for his death, yet it’s hard to believe that such a great leader actually died.
All I can say is “DAMN YOU”, to all those who made him suffer, who locked him up in the same building for FOUR years, who enjoyed watching without the least feeling of guilt, or the least urge of humanity to give him a helping hand.
DAMN ALL OF YOU who are denying his right in being buried in Jerusalem, and who are happy with the death of a man who had the courage to stand up for his people, who dared to say NO to injustice.
Whether you like it or not PALESTINE is the homeland of all Palestinians, PALESTINE is the HOLY LAND, the land of ALL religions, NOT ONLY ONE. Palestine will stay this way, it will always be the Palestine we know not the one you want the world to forget.

Yasser Arafat will always be the symbol of the Palestinian people, his death will not change this fact and it will not mean the death of Palestine.
Let’s all pray for him, and pray for the people of Palestine…
INNA LILLAH WA INNA ILAYHI RAJI’OUN!

Mordechai Vanunu Re-Arrested

After completing an 18-year prison sentence in April for revealing Israeli nuclear secrets to London's Sunday Times newspaper, Nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu has been re-arrested by Israeli police for passing on classified information to unnamed international parties.
Source: AlJazeera.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Kauf & Hilf

Hier findet man super-schöne Sachen für einkaufen. Die Preise sind billig, und das Geld, das Kauf & Hilf von Dir kriegt, wird für die Bedürftigen ausgegeben. Super! Oder! Du kannst wunderschöne Sachen einkaufen und andere Leute gleichzeitig helfen.
Also, worauf wartest Du? Kauf und Hilf!

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

U MUST CHECK THIS OUT

This is simply BEAUTIFUL. A great Islamic RAP song, yes, rap song, and in Flash animation too. I was waiting for the English and French versions to be ready to guarantee all of you will understand the song.
The song is called: “Dear Sister”, by Ammar. The song is to support all Muslim sisters out there who are going through very difficult times and facing so much trouble for sticking to their religion and its instructions.

Don’t waste more time, check it out NOW and spread the word, you’ll find 2 choices for each version. The High is for DSL and ISDN, with high sound quality (3,4 MB); and the Low for Modem and ISDN, low sound quality (1,8 MB).



To download the song you can go to Ammar’s official website.

Bravo Ammar, you ROCK!

The Disappointing Claims Of Mrs. Arafat

"Let it be known to the honest Palestinian people that a bunch of those who want to inherit are coming to Paris trying to bury Abu Ammar [Yasser Arafat] alive," Suha Arafat said. "I appeal to the Palestinian people to be aware of the scope of the conspiracy. I tell you they are trying to bury Abu Ammar alive. Abu Ammar is well and he is coming back to his homeland."
I’m so sad to hear the wife of the Palestinian leader say this, whatever her motivations were, such claims are so wrong and show disrespect to both President Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Delegation which went for the Paris visit, and as usual, only the Palestinian people are the ones to pay.
Palestine is going through a very critical phase now, and I pray to God to be by the side of the Palestinians and make things go smooth. And I’m sure, such claims, from a person so close to the president, aren’t making things easy. The Palestinians are upset, and feel insecure now.
Hold on dear Palestinians, you’ve made it through many difficult times, and you’ll make it through this time as well…

Sources: Al-Rai, Guardian Unlimited.

Family Album



Via: 4eco.com

Monday, November 08, 2004

The 6 Stages Of Grief

So what after the elections?! After the elections people go through The 6 Stages Of Grief

Via: Je Blog

Friday, November 05, 2004

Just A Joke ;)

Here's a quick joke to cheer you up. Enjoy...

Employee: I want a day off work.
Employer:Want a day off work?
So you want a day off. Let's take a look at what you are asking for. There are 365 days per year available for work. There are 52 weeks per year in which you already have 2 days off per week, leaving 261 days available for work. Since you spend 16 hours each day away fron work, you have used up 170 days, leaving only 91 days available. You spend 30 minutes each day on coffee break which counts for 23 days each year, leaving only 68 days available. With a 1 hour lunch each day, you used up another 46 days, leaving only 22 days available for work. You normally spend 2 days per year on sick leave. This leaves you only 20 days per year available for work. We are off 5 holidays per year, so your available working time is down to 15 days. We generously give 14 days vacation per year which leaves only 1 day available for work and I'll be darned if you are going to take that day off!

Work Diaries (12): I think in… English

The other day I got an invitation to a Ramadan night party from a hotel our company dealt with only twice in the whole past year. The great thing about the invitation is that they considered me -and not the manager- the company's official representative.
Anyway, the invitation was for one person, so I called to cancel since I can’t go at a late time alone. To my surprise they said: no, we’ll make an exception for you, you can bring your husband with you.
Anyway, we went, it was last weekend. At the entrance I was shocked that they recognized me, and knew my last name as well! I introduced my husband, got a nice bag stuffed with things, but didn’t find it really appropriate to start checking what’s in it immediately, so I just smiled, got an envelope, smiled again, and was asked to pick a piece of paper with a number on it from a basket to be counted in for the night’s tombola.

We entered, the place was amazingly beautiful, decoration was out of this world, and the whole atmosphere was comfy. There was this band, candles everywhere, some people scattered here and there, and no one I knew. The tables were filled with appetizers and we were served tea, juice, more sweets and more delicious things all night long.
Anyway, my husband and I checked the bag, it was stuffed with brochures and samples from CLARINS, one of the party sponsors. I got a set for facial care, and a full-size product for body care. As for the envelope, it had an invitation for 2 people to play bowling in the bowling section of this fancy 5 star hotel :) Ah, what a great surprise. Made me love my job ;) I really love bowling.

Anyway, few minutes later, I saw the first familiar face, it was a former coworker and her boyfriend, and obviously she didn’t want me to see her, she avoided me, but I saw her and I’m blogging about it, lol. I find this so typical of ladies. If you don’t want to be seen in public, then it’s something wrong, why do it in the first place if you’re gonna spend the whole night on your nerves fearing you’ll be caught?
Anyway, we kind of liked the idea of having the whole yummy table to ourselves, but soon enough I spotted the woman who works next door. I told my husband, he remembered her, it was the same woman he met in a market once, the one I keep telling to speak Arabic, but insists on French. She’s a nice person actually, but could get really annoying when she insists on speaking French. I hate this. Arabs should speak Arabic, but people became obsessed with the false fact that speaking a foreign language will make them sound cool and educated. Anyway, between all those people, she saw us, so she came running, and sat beside us. We chatted a bit, it was nice, but during the whole conversation I was wishing she’ll finally stop speaking French. She got out her mobile phone, and took a pic of us, after showing us the pic, she was like :
She (1/2 Arabic, ½ French): You know, all my thinking is in English.
We: hmmm (in our minds we were like: you liar)
She (French): Even my mobile settings are English coz my work and my clients all speak English.
I: (WHATEVER!)
She (French): I can’t. This is me, I think in English, and I find it easier and more practical that I do so.
We: (that’s so obvious, specially that you didn’t utter one English word)
She(French): I don’t like French, English is the best. I THINK IN ENGLISH and I just love it.

Anyway, the first round of tombola was up, and our number was among the first to be withdrawn :) We got a beautiful decorative wooden piece, with an amazingly beautiful decorative table cover, and a delicious smelling scented-bag for decoration as well. A beautiful set that suits our home colors PERFECTLY :)

We listened to more music, songs, a comedian who made me laugh like crazy although his jokes involved many Tunisian words used in the village accent not the city, but still I enjoyed myself. A famous singer came, amused us with his weird multi-cultural dancing, and his feminine moves. At 12:50 a.m. we were totally sleepy. We went back home with big smiley faces :)
It was really nice.

On Monday while reaching out for the office keys, I met the woman next door and she was like: Bonjour Imen, comment vas tu? Il est froid aujourd'hui, n’est-ce pas! Ton mari est très gentil. Ah, je ne peux pas porter des chaussures! mes pieds sont ………. blah blah blah………you think in ENGLISH alright !

No Hard Feelings :)

For the first time in my life it’s been around 2 months since I last checked my email accounts! Oh dear God! I’ve just realized this last night.
After work I’m extremely busy doing something, and the only free time I get is a few minutes break during my work day. But unfortunately checking personal emails at work is restricted, I have no access to any of my personal email accounts.
So if any of you sent me an email and didn’t get a reply you know now that it’s because lack of time and not because of ignorance.
I apologize for this, and promise to do my best and check my emails as soon as I can :)

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Preacher VS Lions

A 46-year-old Taipei man was bitten in the leg while trying to convert a lion to Christianity. Details & video…

Via: Jalan-Jalan

Bush Re-Elected!

So Bush it is. Wont act shocked, him being one of the candidates already prepared us to the fact that we might face more 4 years of “democracy”, “war on terror”, and “freedom”.
I wont go on listing the consequences of this election, we all lived it the past 4 years, we already know the scenario. So I haven’t got much to say in this regard. I will certainly be affected, just like the whole world would, but unfortunately I didn’t have the chance to make things different, I don’t have the right to vote. But I would like to congratulate all those who had that right and used it to vote for Bush… Congratulations on a decision you took, a choice you made. One of the reasons you chose him is his “ impressive success in his war on terror”, I wonder if you really care about your sons and the youth of your country! Because your Bush seems to be planning for a bigger show, “war on terror 2”, “war on terror 3”…. And he will definitely need more and more American blood to fill the spaces.
Did you ever think of that! Or is the lives of thousands of Americans worth nothing to you!

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Wednesday, November 03, 2004

It’s Winter Already

I can say that winter in Tunis started officially –and finally- last night.
It’s raining, weather is pretty cold, and the sky is cloudy. Ah I missed winter. A great saying I usually remember every winter is: “in winter people are cleaner, they don’t smell, and they all look more elegant because of the jackets”, this is what my sisters used to point out in the beginning of every winter :)
Yet the problem in winter is this overall lazy atmosphere, the increased car accidents, floods in some parts of the world, and last but not least, my powerful urge to EAT :D
It’s not weight I care about, never cared about this actually, because to me the person is valued with his/her deeds and character, and the value makes me see them attractive or not. It never was looks. And whoever evaluates me through my looks is a shallow person to me.
Anyway, again, the problem in me loving to eat is that I feel like eating those meals that need long time to be prepared. And I don’t have much time, so I have to wait for weekends to cook what I really feel like eating, but in weekends I feel like being lazy after a busy week of hard work and stress. But I always manage somehow :D.
I love winter, as cold as it is, I consider winter to be a “warm” season, coz it adds a tasty flavor to homes and staying at them.

Today, I’m starving, but well, at least I know I’ll be eating what I want in around 4 hours, unlike the poor people who will be smelling delicious smells from our kitchens wishing they can have a bite. The problem is, no matter how much we try to help, the world is full of poor people that we don’t know they even exist. And I thank God for Ramadan, besides all its health related benefits, its spiritual value, and its psychological positive effect on the poor people, it really awakens our conscious and reminds the ignorant of the forgotten poor people. Isn’t Ramadan such a bless!

Mourning Sheikh Zayed’s Death

After a long struggle with illness, United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan has passed away at the age of 86.
The Emirates’ top decision-making body, the Supreme Council, declared that starting Wednesday, a 40-day official period of mourning would begin. It also announced that all government offices would close for eight days and private sectors will be shut for three.
Under the UAE constitution, Vice-President and Prime Minister Sheikh Maktum bin Rashid al-Maktum, ruler of Dubai, will act as president until the federal council, which groups rulers of the seven emirates, meets within 30 days to elect a new president.
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a son of Sheikh Zayed, will automatically take over as ruler of the capital. Official sources expect the council to elect Sheikh Khalifa as the next president of the oil-rich federation and Opec member.

Sheikh Zayed was a ruler who was profoundly loved by his people. He was a people’s man always. He always followed his ancestor’s tradition of close interaction between leaders and their subjects. Every day he would receive his compatriots, sons and brethren, with unfailing amity. He never closed his doors to them, and always emphasized the fact that democracy throughout the history of this nation means normal daily coexistence between the ruler and the ruled, their meeting as one family with no attempt at acting or sophistication. The open-door policy adopted by Sheikh Zayed, despite his growing responsibilities and occupations, never changed over the years, whether as Ruler of the Eastern Province or as Ruler of Abu Dhabi, or even after his election as UAE President.

Sheik Zayed helped transform seven backwater Gulf states into the world’s ninth largest oil producer and a high-tech commercial crossroads of gleaming skyscrapers. Not to forget his overwhelming accomplishment in turning desert into oasis through investments in agriculture, building roads and bridges, setting up facilities and providing services, telecommunications, health and education.

UAE owes Sheikh Zayed its rapid development, the stability and the economic progress.
Sheikh Zayed was a good man and a wise leader. May his soul rest in peace, and may God forgive us all.
“Inna lillah, wa inna ilayhi raji3oun”.

The Beheading Of Koda

A group led by Al Qaeda-ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi showed the beheading of the 24-year-old Japanese hostage Shosei Koda in Iraq while he was lying on top of a US flag in an Internet video.
Japanese officials confirmed on Sunday that the body and severed head of a man found in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad was that of Mr Koda.
The video showed the hostage, who was wearing a white T-shirt, kneeling with a US flag laid out behind him. Mr Koda's hands were tied behind his back and three masked men dressed all in black stood beneath the group's banner. After reading a statement, the men grabbed Mr Koda and put him on the flag before sawing off his head with a large knife and holding it aloft and placing it on top of the corpse.
Source: abc news online

This is really disgusting ! Innocent people are being killed every day. STOP WAR!

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Egyptian Hieroglyphic Name Translator

Wondering how would your name look in Egyptian Hieroglyphic? Stop imagining and check it out NOW!
It’s pretty cool. I loved my name in hieroglyphic, it’s so cute :)

Via: Jad

Retten Sie die Bedürftigen !

Ramadan ist der Monat des Fastens, der Besinnlichkeit und der Wohltätigkeit, da jede gute Tat vielfach belohnt wird. Im Ramadan verspüren wir Muslime am eigenen Leib, was es heißt, Hunger und Durst zu haben. Unser Glück, ausreichend mit Nahrungsmitteln, Wasser und sonstigen Annehmlichkeiten des Lebens versorgt zu sein, ist gleichzeitig eine Prüfung Allahs, um unsere Freigebigkeit angesichts des Elends der bedürftigen Menschen dieser Welt zu testen. Millionen von Kindern, Frauen und Männern haben keinen Zugang zu sauberem Trinkwasser oder ausreichender Ernährung. Für sie ist jeder Tag ein Fastentag, denn sie haben keine andere Wahl. Doch Sie können diesen Menschen durch Ihre Ramadan-Spende helfen.

In den Nachrichten hören wir immer wieder von Kriegen oder kriegsähnliche Zuständen. Die daraus entstehenden Folgen für die Bevölkerung werden jedoch kaum vermittelt. Oft sind nicht nur die ursprünglich vorhandenen Erwerbsmöglichkeiten, sondern auch die gewohnten Familienstrukturen zerstört, da die Männer getötet wurden oder in Gefängnissen sitzen. Die alleinstehenden Frauen müssen ihre Kinder, Enkelkinder und Waisen, die sie bei sich aufgenommen haben, versorgen. Medikamente und ärztliche Behandlungen können sich nur wenige Menschen in Krisengebieten leisten. Vielen Bedürftigen erschwert der bevorstehende Winter ihre Not noch zusätzlich, denn sie haben unzureichend isolierte Behausungen und kaum Decken gegen die Kälte.
Muslime helfen verteilt im Ramadan Lebensmittelpakete an die Bedürftigen in Aserbaidschan, Bangladesch, Bosnien, Burundi, Irak, Kenia, Kosovo, Palästina, Tschetschenien usw. Die Pakete sind gefüllt mit Mehl, Zucker, Nudeln, Reis, Öl und was sonst gebraucht wird.In einigen Krisengebieten, in denen “Muslime helfen” tätig ist, haben sie zudem so genannte „Medical Points“ eingerichtet, wo Kranke kostenlos behandelt werden und Medikamente erhalten. Auch hier soll im Ramadan weiter Hilfe geleistet werden. Zusätzlich möchten “Muslime helfen” auch in diesem Winter arme Menschen mit genügend Heizmaterial versorgen. Die Winterhilfe ist besonders für jene gedacht, die zu alt oder krank sind, um sich ausreichend mit Brennmaterial zu versorgen.

Im Jahr 2003 konnten “Muslime helfen” dank zahlreicher Spenden mehr als 430.000 Menschen allein mit Lebensmitteln versorgen. Helfen Sie durch Ihre Spende, dass auch dieses Jahr wieder so viele Menschen unterstützt werden können!
Spenden Sie jetzt!

November 2nd… Monia’s Day

While the whole world is excitingly waiting for the results of the US elections to be announced today, I’m here in my office thinking of my little sis Monia who will be celebrating her birthday today November 2nd. Yes, Amani & Monia have their birthdays so close to each other.
It's true I was a kid when Monia was born, but I still remember her cute baby face, and when she got a bit older I remember her cute blonde curled hair, and her big green eyes. They tell me I got really jealous of her when she was born coz she took all the attention from me. How selfish a kid I was :P I think my sis Amani was the only one among us who never felt jealous when any of us was born. She’s great. And well, why feel jealous if she’s got the looks and the spirits that could keep all eyes rolling around her!

My dear Monia graduated from University of Jordan (Industrial Engineering) last semester, and is still looking for a job. I keep telling her not to rush things, she’ll regret these lazy days she’s enjoying now :D I really wish her the best of luck in her life, she deserves it. Such a kind loving heart.
I miss hanging out with her so much. Unlike her serious looks, Monia is a person with a great sense of humor. With her smile, straight from the heart, she makes anyone’s day. I really miss her.
When I went to Jordan I tried to catch up with her and make up for the time we spent apart, but I still feel I didn’t spend enough time neither with her nor with anyone else.

I wish her a happy birthday, and hope that this year will be the start of so many happy events in all fields of her life. She deserves it, she’s such a beautiful person inside out.
Happy Birthday Monni and 3o2bal 100 saneh :)

God I hate being away from my family…

Monday, November 01, 2004

Amani’s Birthday

Yesterday was my beautiful sister Amani’s birthday. I was so unlucky I couldn’t meet her when I visited Jordan as she and her family moved to Canada.
This is her first Birthday away from family, I wish somehow we’ll gather and it will be the last time I miss their birthdays.
When my brother came for his 3 day visit to Tunis, he told me that Amani is handling her new life and her new environment so bravely. I was so proud to hear that. I know it’s so difficult for her and her husband to start over a whole new life, find a new home, find new jobs and make new friends. Not to forget their 2 adorable kids who can keep all Canada busy :) But Amani and Ahmad are brave enough to succeed, and I’m so happy for them.
I miss her like hell. In Jordan I avoided passing by their home, and during my 3 weeks stay, I didn’t step into their whole neighborhood. I was afraid I’ll be so depressed. I miss them all so much. She and her husband were so much fun. They had their own style of doing everything. They’re so great and we all enjoyed being with them.
Yesterday when I heard her voice on the phone I was thrilled. I even got to hear the voice of her little baby boys fighting. They’re being so naughty, but they’re so cute, may God protect them all. They’re such a wonderful family.
Can’t wait to see them. Don’t care where, just want to see them.

The funny part of last night’s phone call was when I asked Amani about Ramadan in Canada. I was feeling sorry for her assuming that Ramadan has no taste in their part of the world. After her reply, I felt sorry for myself :P
She told me that they have everything, Ramadan sweets (atayif), middle-eastern cheese, makdous, and to those who live in Jordan, can you imagine that they sell “ta7ina & jameed al kasee7” in Canada?! LOL! I couldn’t hold my laughs when she told me. I mean, we’re in an Arabic country and we don’t have all those middle-eastern delights :P

Ah, Amani, I wish you and your family the best of luck, great health, and the top of happiness.
And I want you to know that you become more beautiful with every year added to your life. Happy Birthday and 3o2bal 100 saneh :)

Work Diaries (11): breaking the record!

Today is November 1st, a day to remember, because today I BROKE THE RECORD! Yes, just like today, one year ago, I went for my first day of work in my current job. It means, I’ve been working for this company for a whole year, which is the longest work period I’ve ever had up till now :) In Jordan, I had 3 jobs, the last two were the longest, 9 months each. And I would’ve most probably stayed for as long as it takes in my last job if I wasn’t leaving the country.
In Tunisia, and before I completed my first year of residency, I found a job, but after getting my first month’s salary the work stopped for budget problems, leaving me “jobless” again. 4 months later I got this job. So far, so good. It’s tiring, stressing and not related to what I usually love doing, but I thank God for it.
This job I have now is really weird, as stressing as it is, it’s been offering me so many chances to have fun. I’ve been invited to so many great events, I’ve been introduced to so many interesting people, and to be honest, I must admit that with all his nagging and his difficult work moods, my boss is considered one of the very respectful and helpful managers.

Work helped me develop a clearer picture of the Tunisian culture, and introduced me to so many details that I would’ve never known if I didn’t have a daily contact with different kinds of the Tunisian people.
Sometimes I just wish I’d be home relaxing, taking care of our home, and getting enough sleep. But then I say, this is the age of exhaustion, if people don’t get tired when they’re young, how would they survive their old age?! I have to play a positive role in building our future, as long as there are no other bigger and more important responsibilities for me to handle, such as children for example. So I always say, let me do my best, before I have something bigger to take care of .
As for my personality, there’s no doubt that I became stronger now that I have a job. Each day brings me new challenges and offers me more surprises. Each day is an adventure. I didn’t know Tunisia, and I had no friends, I was so lonely and felt my life is being wasted with me sitting doing nothing. But I never gave up hope, and I took a decision to succeed wherever I am. Because a successful person is successful regardless of the surroundings.
Being the only employee (along with the cleaning woman who comes 3 times a week) with the boss showing up occasionally, I must say that I always feel lonely. Not to mention the sad fact that our company has very strict regulations leaving me no chance to check my email, or surf any entertaining or shopping websites. But thank God I can always blog… for the time being that is :P And with the piles of files I have every day, blogging is not that easy! But I force myself to take breaks every now and then.

Having no one in the office to celebrate my 1st year work anniversary, doesn’t mean I will miss this occasion, I’ll celebrate with my dear husband :)
Anyway, I just hope my new year at work will be better, and that a miracle will happen to make me love what I do now, or else I’ll have to find another job where I can break this new 1-year- record ;) Wish me luck…