Friday, December 31, 2004

At This Time Of The Year

So, few more hours and we’ll be starting a brand new year…
As usual, most of us start thinking. Thinking of the past year, thinking of the coming year. Wondering what was the best of last year. Regretting the wrongs we did. Calculating the many goals we’ve missed. Being excited about what the new year has to offer us. Or maybe being a bit scared of what it would throw our way…

Many would go over their sweet-memory album. Pick the photos of those they lost, hang it over their beds, and drop millions of tears to warm up their empty homes…

Many would pick the photos of those who are away, hug them tight, smile for a moment, and then cry for hours, wishing things weren’t the same, hoping the pictures were flesh and blood, and that the world was too small, that no matter how far they’re loved ones would go, they can still see them from a distance…

Many would pick the photos of the little new members added to them. Such photos always help refresh the memory of the time they were kids, when their parents took pics of them at that age. And then they’ll start picturing this peaceful little baby as he grows, and wonder if they’ll be still there to see the pic of his new born son…

Many would pick the photos of things they possess. Things they like. Mom’s vase, grandpa’s chair, uncle’s frame, wedding ring, first anniversary’s pic, 18th birthday watch…
Many others would draw pictures of things they wish to have…and then an old dried up red rose falls from the book on the table. A rose given to them by someone they once loved. A painful flashback of their memory haunts them. If they were the heartbreakers, they’ll grab the rose and cry this (X) a river. If they were the heartbroken, they’ll grab the rose, smell it, put it back with a smile, maybe a tear. They’re still in love… or they decide to throw it out the window… they got over their old love. Now the rose will fall in the hands of someone new, to light their lives with love, or to break their hearts too…

And many would pick their albums, look in, look again, and again, and again… nothing. No pics. Not a single picture, because there are no memories in the first place. They wasted their lives doing the wrong kind of thing. They spent their time with the wrong kind of people. All they cared about was the joy of the moment. They didn’t expect their life will fly by that fast, they never expected to become weak one day. They never thought a day will come when they’re left all alone…not even an album to capture their wasted moments…

At the end of each year, and the start of a new one, many will try to put some goals. Many will just enjoy the clock ticking 12 in the place they’ve been planning to be at many many weeks ago…

Many will witness a big change, many wont. Many will work hard to become better, and many will become lazy and silly enough to become worse.

In the brand new year, many will decide to have a brand new life… but still, in the brand new year, many will choose to repeat their old same life…

Let’s all look for change, fruitful change. Let’s all put goals, constructive ones, and let’s work hard to reach them.
Start your new year with a prayer to God. Begin your new year with a smile, and be sure to draw a smile on someone else’s face.
Begin your new year with a brand new high spirit. Be a peaceful soul that aims at helping others. Try to make a positive change in this crazy world. Because you can’t change the world, but you can change yourself, and that makes the whole difference…

Happy New Year 2005 Everybody! May God bless us all, and may HE grant us good health, happiness and good company.

Between Fireworks Temptation & Tsunami Aid

German politicians and aid organizations are urging Germans to donate the money they'd spend on fireworks to the tsunami victims.
Usually Germans spend a lot of money -- €97 million ($130 million) last year alone -- on rockets, firecrackers, and sparklers.
The 3,000 people employed in Germany's fireworks industry have worries because of this call.
"I think it's unfair that the call for donations has focused exclusively on our industry," said Klaus Gotzen who heads the business association for the German pyrotechnics industry. It would have made more sense to leave it up to people to decide for themselves what they'd rather go without."

Germans have already started to take Agro Action's message to heart. On Thursday, retailers reported less demand for fireworks than in previous years. A department store employee in Frankfurt estimated a 20 percent drop in sales. And a newspaper in Kiel reported how one shop was even prepared to give customers refunds for fireworks they'd already paid for.
But people are not alike: "There's no way I'm going to give up my fireworks," said one young man stocking up on rocket-like devices near Leipzig. "A proper fireworks display is part of New Year's Eve."
For other Germans, it's not a question of one or the other. A father in Kiel, out shopping with his children, said he'd still spend around €10 on fireworks, but that the family would also make a charitable donation, as it does every year.


Thursday, December 30, 2004

Sleepless Nights...

I’ve been having sleeping problems during the past couple of days :( I get home so tired, and no matter how much I try to stay awake I just HAVE to fall asleep for half an hour either at 8:30 or at 10. This half an hour keeps me up all night long. Even if I managed to sleep, I keep waking up in the middle of the night… Anyway, just came across a cute poem that explains what I’m going through these days. Enjoy :)

Night Without Sleep
- by Ellen Bailey -

Have you ever had a night
when you just couldn't sleep?
Even when you're so tired
you could fall off your feet?
You get up for awhile,
and then you lay back down
And just lie there,
watching the clock go round

Have you ever had a night
when you just couldn't sleep?
And you remember that old adage,
"Try counting sheep"
After some time has passed by
You decide you'll give it a try

Have you ever had a night
when you just couldn't sleep?
And you start counting sheep,
even their feet
Since sleep won't come,
you get out of bed
And decide to have some
roast mutton instead

Engraved Oppression

"From forcing a Palestinian violinist to play at a military roadblock near Nablus, to executing a 13-year-old refugee girl in Rafah in cold blood, to engraving the Star of David on the arms of teenage Palestinian boys, to inscribing ID numbers on the foreheads and forearms of Palestinians, young and old, Israel has acted with nauseating criminality and shocking impunity. Despite all this, Israeli academics and intellectuals who have explicitly called for an end to the occupation have remained in a depressingly tiny minority. Moreover, no Israeli academic body or professional union has to date publicly called for an end to occupation and the other forms of Israeli oppression. If this does not define complicity, what does?" Read Full Article...

Tsunami Videos

Just found some GREAT videos of the Tsunami Disaster that hit South East Asia at Austin’s Blog.
They are terrifying, but one must see them to know how blessed one is to be alive, and to know how much the victims need our help.
And please try to help in any possible way… They need us!

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Walking In The Rain

It’s been really cold the past few days. Going outside my home is a nightmare. It’s really windy, and I feel my whole face is about to break like ice! And no matter what I wear, I always feel cold :(
Anyway, I try to keep myself warm by drinking a lot of hot drinks, mostly Coffee and “Sahlab”. “Sahlab” is a drink that tastes somehow like a milk desert! It’s white, and tastes so out of this world. It’s served with drops of coconut and a bit of cinnamon topping :) It’s well known in the Middle East, and I bought the material with me from Jordan, but I ran out of it. The last “Sahlab” drink I had was last night :(
As usual, my appetite goes crazy in cold days, so basically my life these days revolves around eating and drinking a lot of caffeine, which by the way has no effect on me anymore. Not to forget the loads of work I have to do… aaah, don’t wanna even think of this! It’s the year's closing, and seems like employers remember EVERYTHING in the last week of December!

I remember last year I was sick I thought I’ll never recover anymore, but the reason was that I had to go for my French course after work, meaning a lot of effort, and little rest, which really destroyed my immune system and turned me into an easy catch for the many diseases of the hundreds of people I meet daily at work, in the bus, in the institute and while visiting!
This year, thank God, it’s better. I still work a lot, but it’s all between my job, home, and my in-laws’ place. So no big chance of catching illnesses like last year. But still, the weather is so cold, and humidity makes a 9 degrees weather feel like –9 !
I hope my family in Jordan are fine, I know it’s cold there too… just wonder how my bro & sis in Canada are managing to live with winter in their part of the world!

Ok,let me get back to work. Hope all of you are in great health and are not suffering from cold as much as I am :P
And let’s just hope my umbrella will be strong and brave enough to keep open against the heavy rain and the terribly strong winds…

Help Victims of Southern Asian Earthquake Survive The Catastrophe

Islamic Relief has launched an appeal to raise €1,000,000 for the affected population. An initial €200,000 has been allocated for relief intervention in the region and to help rehabilitate victims of the disaster. A further €20,000 of emergency aid will be sent to affected people in Sri Lanka.
IR representatives in Sri Lanka are performing needs assessments, and staff from Islamic Relief's headquarters will fly out within the next 48 hours to form an Emergency Response Team. IR staff from Indonesia are leaving for Aceh to assess the situation, and Islamic Relief's partners in India are on their way to Chennai.
The victims of the disaster need medical supplies, tents and sanitation facilities, please donate generously.
Donate Online, or Make A General Donation by cheque or Bank transfer.
Or CALL Islamic Relief.
If you would like Islamic Relief to call you, simply text your name and telephone number (including international dialing code) to:+44 777 999 8877
You should receive a call from Islamic Relief within 48 hours. Please specify a preferred time you would like to be called (in GMT). You can also email your number to Islamic Relief.
Islam Online has also provided a number of help organizations for you to choose the easiest way to take part in helping humanity.
Do anything, whatever you can. Imagine yourself in their situation, wouldn't you need any help no matter how little, to be able to survive!

Monday, December 27, 2004

Katastrophale Flutwelle in Südostasien

Das ganze Ausmaß der Katastrophe in Asien nach dem schweren Sumatra-Beben und den gewaltigen Flutwellen ist noch nicht abzusehen. Die Zahl der Opfer der Flutkatastrophe in Südostasien steigt immer an. Viele Menschen werden noch vermisst. Weitere Opfer werden durch Seuchen und Versorgungsengpässe befürchtet.
Die Vereinten Nationen warnten vor einem möglichen Ausbruch von Seuchen. Es könne die schlimmste Naturkatastrophe der jüngsten Geschichte werden, weil sie so viele dicht besiedelte Küstengebiete betreffe. Mehr…

The Deadly Tsunamis

Thousands of people, both citizens and tourists have died because of an earthquake that hit the coasts of the Indonesian Island “Sumatra” resulting in very powerful Tsunamis that hit not only Indonesia but also India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and other neighboring countries. The earthquake is considered the strongest to take place in 40 years.

Besides the huge number of deaths, the Tsunamis left thousands dangerously injured and caused hundreds of thousands to lose their homes.
Many people are missing. And efforts are still eager to save the ones left to be saved and find the many reported missing people.
Other than the loss in souls and property, disease has a big chance of spreading!

The news broke so many hearts, those who lost loved ones and those who simply felt the size of this natural disaster. Many “after shots” are expected, mostly somehow as strong as the first. More tsunamis are also likely to form, but not as high and strong as the first ones… hopefully.

Let’s all pray things wont get worse, and the situation will remain under control.

For full coverage in English Click here and here!
For Arabic Click Here!

Friday, December 24, 2004

Environmental Quote...

"Why do people give each other flowers? To celebrate various important occasions, they're killing living creatures? Why restrict it to plants? "Sweetheart, let's make up. Have this deceased squirrel." ~The Washington Post

Sleeping Beauty…

The other day, after work, I went to get a cab. I waited for almost an hour. The weather was so cold, it was getting darker and darker. And when I almost lost hope, I found a taxi approaching me. I stopped it, got in and told him where I was heading to.
Frankly, I couldn’t but be shocked for the size of his eyes. He had unusual tiny eyes. Never saw eyes smaller than his. We drove to the main highway, and 5 minutes later, while I was trying to enjoy the sight of raindrops falling on the street, I felt the car moving rapidly to the extreme right! I freaked out! We were about to hit a passing car, I suddenly looked at the driver, only to find out he was in deep sleep! I woke him up, and shouted at him to take care, since we were in a highway. Thank God we didn’t have an accident. Anyway, I realized after waking him up that he had normal eyes, it was just him ABOUT TO SLEEP that he couldn’t keep his eyes wide open!
I kept watching him to make sure he’s awake! But no use, it happened again… twice! I asked him to pull over, but he refused and apologized every time I woke him up. Anyway, I wouldn’t have any other cab in the area we reached, so I kept talking to him to keep him awake till we reached the place I wanted.

As angry, as scared and as tensed as I was in the taxi, a thought kept me wondering that day. The thought of this old man, and many others like him, who are working so hard, day and night, having no time to rest, no time to sleep, no time to eat, and trying not to miss any client, just to go back home with a loaf of bread, some water, and some vegetables. Or maybe to go pay the rent, or buy medications, or, or, or…
It’s true they’re risking their lives and the life of others, by driving in such a state of exhaustion. And I don’t tend to give them excuses for what they do. But if we all help each other. If we care about people’s health, their survival and their needs! If responsible people care to save the lost money and use it in helping the needy, I’m sure this guy wouldn’t be out struggling to keep driving asleep, risking both our lives. He would be resting at home, knowing that he’ll be up in a while, active enough to drive a car, and that he will get his money in the end of each ride.
But in our time, every one of us is focusing on getting their own money, even if it meant stealing away other’s chances, ruining their hard work, or simply playing blind to ignore their calls for help.

Would there be any hope in making things better? Or will I encounter more and more sleeping beauties?

The Jordan-Israel Agreement

Jordan and Israel signed a long-awaited agreement on Thursday to reduce customs duties on trade exchange between businesses seeking to export to the European Union (EU).
The Professional Associations Council condemned the signing of this agreement and called on the government to stop cooperating with Israel and to “stand firm in supporting Palestinian and Iraqi people,” stressing that the only solution for the crisis in Iraq and Palestine is armed combat.
Source: Jordan Times

I personally think this shouldn’t have taken place. Yes, Israel is an enemy. A country that gives itself the right to kill innocent civilians, scatter families and demolish homes, giving no respect or attention to any international opinion opposing it, is to me, an enemy. And such an agreement will only add complications to the situation.
It might have some tiny little positive outcomes to the Jordanian economy, but I don’t believe it will be a huge reinforcement to the economic development in Jordan nor in the Arab World.
Even if we assume that it will reinforce the economic development, is this development worth this high cost of supporting Israel and sacrificing more Palestinians?!
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think the Israeli economy is used to anything but get more weapons to destroy more Palestinian territories and to sponsor more media to market Israel as a “victim”.
Why is it possible to go for agreements with Israel while it’s impossible to reach Palestinian hospitals, homes, and villages to send the minimum limit of basic medical and nutrition support?
Can’t we reinforce our economy by agreements with any other country but Israel?

Maybe the Professional Associations Council were a bit harsh when they said the only solution for the crisis is armed combat. But they surely have the right to condemn signing this agreement!

Thursday, December 23, 2004


These days I have unbelievable work pressure. Not to forget that my husband and I are having the BUSIEST week EVER.
So we’re not getting enough sleep. We’re working very hard, and we barely have time to eat.
As if that’s not enough, today I woke up with a very weird phenomena. My right hand is as cold as ice, while my left hand is like a burning hell.
Being right-handed, it’s getting on my nerves to use my freezing hand. While typing for example I have to stop every 2 minutes to blow warm air into my right hand, or put it in my suit pocket, or rub both my hands together. Meanwhile, I try to do the opposite to my warm left hand in an attempt to cool it down.

Apparently all my attempts have failed. And I also have no explanation to this. If any of you experienced this before, or have an idea about the causes, please let me know.

I just hate this! Hope it wont last any longer :(

Ah, gotta get back to work…

Mystery Illness Threatens World's Rarest Penguin :(

A mystery disease is killing off yellow-eyed penguin chicks in New Zealand in a fresh blow to efforts to conserve the world's rarest member of the penguin family, a conservation group said on Thursday. The disease killed up to 80 percent of this spring's chick's in the worst affected areas on New Zealand's South Island.

“Homeschooling” In Deutschland

Das Vertrauen in das Schulsystem ist zerstört. Was die Eltern vermitteln wollen, Moral und Nächstenliebe, werde in der Schule nicht mehr ernst genommen. Deshalb gibt es in Deutschland viele Eltern, die ihre Kinder lieber selbst und zu Hause unterrichten, obwohl es wegen der Schulpflicht illegal ist.
"Der Druck ist so groß, dass es gar nicht mehr wichtig ist, was das Kind kann", sagt Dorothee Becker. "Und deshalb habe ich für mich persönlich die Noten abgeschafft!". Keines ihrer vier Kinder besucht eine öffentliche oder private Schule.

Dorothee und ihre Familie lebten 8 Jahre im Philippinen. Nachdem sie zurückkehrten, erlebten ihre 4 Kinder viele Schwierigkeiten in der deutschen Schule. “es habe nur ein halbes Jahr gedauert, bis die Kinder "kaputt" gewesen seien” sagt Dorothee.
"Obwohl die Lehrer sich sehr bemüht haben, aber die Kinder, die Sozialisation in der Schule, haben sie ganz negativ erlebt” sagt sie.
Alle vier Kinder wurden nacheinander krank. Dorothee schob das auf den Druck und den Frust in der Schule. Deswegen beschloss sie, ihre vier Kinder kurzerhand selbst zu unterrichten. Ganz normal von 8.00 bis 12.00 Uhr, am Wohnzimmertisch.
Das einzige Problem ist: In Deutschland besteht Schulpflicht, und Ausnahmen von dieser Regelung genießen nur Kinder von Zirkusfamilien oder Kinder, die lange im Krankenhaus liegen.
Dorothee Becker und die geschätzten weiteren 200 Familien, die diesen radikalen Schritt aus den unterschiedlichsten Gründen gehen, befinden sich in einer juristischen Grauzone. Ihr Handeln ist illegal, und trotzdem passiert es, dass die zuständige Schulbehörde ein Auge zudrückt und diese Entscheidung stillschweigend duldet - vor allem dann, wenn so ein überdurchschnittliches Engagement zu spüren ist.

Obwohl die Becker-Kinder im Alter von 10 bis 18 Jahren zuhause unterrichtet werden, können sie einen externen und anerkannten Schulabschluss machen. Zwei der vier haben das bereits geschafft.
Experten kritisieren bei derartigen "Schulverweigerern" ein fehlendes Sozialverhalten, sowie mangelnde Konflikt- und Durchsetzungsfähigkeit. Dorothee Becker sieht jedoch andere Vorteile: "Sie haben einfach die Freiheit zu lernen. Sie empfinden Lernen nicht als etwas Beengendes, als einen Zwang, von dem man so schnell wie möglich weg muss. Unser zweiter Sohn, der hat einmal nach zehn Tagen Urlaub gesagt: 'Ich lern jetzt wieder!'".

Quelle: DeutscheWelle

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Having A Baby Changes Everything...

All of us know that having a baby changes everything in the life of the parents. Some look at it as a positive change that will help stabilize the family and enhance marriage, whereas others fear that change, considering the responsibility a threat to their life, free time, and love.
I personally think that having a baby could be both positive and negative. It all depends on the timing. And for a couple to reach the right time for a baby, they must be ready to handle the challenge of having a kid. And being ready means reaching a very advanced level of love, trust, maturity and understanding that will make the couple feel secure and stable regardless of any other circumstances. When they reach that level, they'll consider their baby a gift from God, and will feel their life being blessed. They might cry at times, get tired some nights, feel old some days, but in the end of the day, they know, it's worth it. They know, nothing beats a true smile of their own child or a loving look from their baby's innocent eyes. They know, they'll do the impossible just to be there for him all the way as he grows...

Johnson & Johnson's "Having a Baby Changes Everything" advertising campaign has succeeded in providing truly adorable ads that convey a very beautiful message: Before having a baby, you are the center of your universe. Then you have a baby. And the center of your universe moves from you to your baby.
The ads are worth watching. Check them out here! :)
Via: The Journey Starts Here

Monday, December 20, 2004

Tunis Weblogger Meetup Group

My dear husband thought it was about time we have a Tunis Weblogger Meetup Group, which, I believe, is a great idea, thank you MMM :)
So, if you're a Tunisian blogger or someone blogging from Tunisia, please do join the Tunis Weblogger Meetup Group.
I know that there are many Tunisian Bloggers who live abroad, and I hope we’ll be able to gather in this meetup.
Let me also thank Haitham, who told us about the success of the Bahrain Bloggers’ Meetup and encouraged us all to have similar meetups wherever we are :)
Via: Subzero Blue

Friday, December 17, 2004

Dare to Believe...

Everybody Knows:
You can't be all things to all people.
You can't do all things at once.
You can't do all things equally well.
You can't do all things better than everyone else.
Your humanity is showing just like everyone else's.
You have to find out who you are, and be that.
You have to decide what comes first, and do that.
You have to discover your strengths, and use them.
You have to learn not to compete with others,
Because no one else is in the contest of *being you*.
You will have learned to accept your own uniqueness.
You will have learned to set priorities and make decisions.
You will have learned to live with your limitations.
You will have learned to give yourself the respect that is due.
And you'll be a most vital mortal.
Dare To Believe:
That you are a wonderful, unique person.
That you are a once-in-all-history event.
That it's more than a right, it's your duty, to be who you are.
That life is not a problem to solve, but a gift to cherish.
And you'll be able to stay one up on what used to get you down.
~ Author Unknown ~

Chicago Palestine Film Festival 2005

For details click here!
Source: IE


Thursday, December 16, 2004

The Dance Of Nature

Via:Pensées perdues

You can't but be captured by the beauty of this tree which looks just like a ballet dancer hypnotized by the magic of melodies...Subhana Allah!

Eine Sozialstudie

Vorurteile gibt es viele, Fakten weniger. Ausländische Mädchen und junge Frauen in Deutschland sind weit karrierebewusster, als die gängigen Klischees es behaupten. Eine neue Sozialstudie über das Leben von Migrantentöchtern des Familienministeriums ist gespickt mit Überraschungen. Junge Muslimas haben ehrgeizige und sehr konkrete Berufspläne und zählen zu den "Bildungsaufsteigerinnen". Die muslimischen Eltern unterstützen ihre Töchter dabei. In der aktuellen Debatte wird aber die Lebensweise von Migrantinnen als Integrationshemmnis diskutiert. So werden z. B. ihre religiösen Bindungen oder eine starke Familienorientierung als Ausdruck mangelnden Interesses an Integration, Bildung oder an ihrem Lebensumfeld gedeutet. Dass dies von der Realität und auch von der Selbstwahrnehmung junger Migrantinnen keinesfalls gedeckt ist, zeigt die neue Studie. Erstmalig wurden junge Migrantinnen im Alter von 15 bis 21 Jahren türkischer, griechischer, italienischer, ehemals jugoslawischer Herkunft sowie Aussiedlerinnen in Deutschland repräsentativ und umfassend zu einer Fülle von Themen befragt. Die Studie gibt unter anderem Auskunft über Bedingungen des Aufwachsens junger Migrantinnen, die Bedeutung der Familie, Schule und Ausbildung, Partnerschaft und Religiosität.

Quelle: Islamische Zeitung

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

Inspired by Subzero Blue:
  • I love traveling, but hate flying, and I’m scared of heights.
  • I’m fascinated by languages, love knowing the origins of words, and enjoy linking languages together.
  • I have a history in car accidents. When I was in the 4th grade I had the worst one, in which I lost a friend.
  • I love cooking, and I love eating what I cook more than what others cook.
  • I’m hard to impress, hate arrogant people and can’t stand fake ones. I don’t forget good or bad, but I don’t act accordingly.
  • I love nature, love to hang out in the green, and I need fresh air.
  • I don’t fear challenge, and I never get tired or bored of trying.
  • I try to avoid harming environment or wasting its sources in my everyday life.
  • I’d rather play music than listen to it... and I just hate following musical notes, it has to be spontaneous.
  • One of my wishes is to have my own non-profit organization in which I can help needy people.

  • Wednesday, December 15, 2004

    Environmental Quote...

    "The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river". ~Ross Perot

    Linux 4 Arab

    I think this Linux 4 Arab logo is simply adorable ;)

    Tuesday, December 14, 2004

    A Day In My Life… “Youm Fi Hayati”

    Is a wonderful program I watched on Dubai TV last week. The program can be considered a type of reality programs, a very successful one, and better than many of the silly ones offered to watch people do nothing useful.

    “Youm Fi Hayati” as it’s called in Arabic, is presented by the Egyptian Mariam Ameen, and teaches people to respect each others careers, lives, abilities or even disabilities.

    There are 4 participants in each episode. They’re divided into 2 groups of two. In each group, one of the participants lives the life of the other with all its details for 2 days, yes, whole 48 hours. This offers the participant the chance to know how the life of his partner in the team goes, what difficulties he/she faces, and how he/she manages.
    Of course not all participants succeed in adapting to the life of the other, and this is decided by the audience, who watch the filming of those 48 hours.
    The program is so touching, it makes people know what it’s like to be someone else, makes people thank God for what they’ve got, and work harder to become better. It’s truly moving and a lot of emotions are involved.
    Last episode, a famous journalist had to live the life of an amazingly talented disabled man from UAE. The journalist had to use the wheelchair, was prohibited to use his feet and had to go through the other’s whole life, from his job, to his leisure time hobbies, to his social relationships, everything. It was amazing and sooooo touching!
    And the other participant, a Saudi student had to live the life of a Lebanese man who has a bee farm and is responsible for honey production. It was hilarious, specially with those many bee bites, ouch! ;)

    I just love programs that serve a humanitarian goal!

    You can watch it on Dubai TV every Tuesday at 22: 30 UAE Time (18:30 GMT). Don’t miss it!

    Out Of The Blue...

    The other day, after work, and as I was opening my apartment door I heard this cute little Meow so close to me, and before I could see the source, I felt something rubbing my shoes, and voila, it was this little kitten. I just love cats, but I'm scared of them when they're too close to me and I don't know where they came from. It was really weird to find it there, it was so dark and we live in a relatively high floor. The cat started doing these "trained-pet-movements" which indicated it was owned by someone, i.e. it got lost by accident, or maybe they decided to get rid of it for some reason. It seemed really hungry, and since I didn't trust its cleanliness, I thought I'd just get it something to eat outside. But it didn't let me go, it stuck to my trousers and kept staring in this innocent irresistible way. After around 15 minutes I managed to escape and locked it in the stairs, I ran to get it some milk. It took some milk, but seemed wanting something "better" :P so I spent more 10 minutes chasing it till I locked it again and got it a small piece of chicken. It started eating, but while that it didn't stop looking at me. I had to get inside and prepare dinner eventually, so had no choice but to lock it again. I started cooking on the melodies of those little "meow" it kept screaming.
    When my husband came we found out it was no longer there. We went upstairs and searched for it, hoping its owners found it. But we found it on the doorstep of an apartment, left in the cold. We thought it was the apartment of its owners, so we left it and went back to our place, and before we got there it was with us rubbing its little head into my husband's trousers. Yes, it followed us. It was so cute to be left outside. So we took it inside, we created a cozy warm "bed" for it and put it in our kitchen balcony, which is always warm and has a space for the cat to play. The pics above are of the cat in the balcony. It seemed enjoying the warm piece of cloth and the whole place. We went to have dinner, and after we did, we went to check on our visitor to find it has managed to climb and find itself a spot to hang half its body outside the balcony, so we immediately took it inside before it threw itself and get itself killed. And the chase begun! It kept running in the house, discovering the new place, it grabbed the furniture and started scratching it, messing around with the plants, dolls, and almost everything. We almost went crazy :P But honestly, we enjoyed watching it get familiar with its surroundings. Anyway, it kept scratching till the poor couch almost got ruined, that was when we finally decided to get it out again. So we took it out, this time next to our doorstep, put some food for it and left it in a warm place. It was a very hard decision to take, but we couldn't keep it, specially that both of us will leave to work next time, imagine what it can do to the house when it's left home alone!
    Next morning, we found no trace of it, not inside nor outside the building, most probably someone kept it. And that was our story with the little cat, which came to us out of the blue...

    Monday, December 13, 2004

    Ilkone Islamic Mobile Phone

    A new brand of mobile phones called Ilkone is rolling out some really cool looking, feature rich Islamic mobile phones.
    Among its many features, ilkone's i800 offers automatic precise prayer timing anywhere in the world, an alarm option which can be set to sound before and after the call to prayer (Azan) with actual Azan voice which could be automatically set to silence throughout prayer. It is also capable of establishing Qibla directions from anywhere in the world, automatically pointing towards Mecca, giving full text of the Holy Qur’an approved by Al-Azhar, with English translations. It also provides other features such as Hijri calendar converter and automatic alarm for Sohour Imsak and Iftar during Ramadan.
    Moreover, the revolutionary phone is equipped with GPRS Class 12, giving users the fastest internet connection anywhere in the world.
    Via: Subzero Blue

    Friday, December 10, 2004

    Work Diaries(14): Shoot Me Please!

    I sent an email to our branch in another country. I wrote the following:
    Please ship package by air to (company name) in (country name) as soon as possible.

    10 minutes later I get the following reply:
    Eman, please advise company and country name. Also confirm whether we should ship by air, or sea!!

    Kenyan Environmentalist Wins Nobel Prize

    Wangari Maathai, Kenya's deputy environment minister won Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, to be the first African woman to win the Peace Prize.


    What Israeli Soldiers Do!

    They “protect” Israel. Let’s take a close look at HOW they do it:
    They kill for fun, they kill children, seems like they ENJOY killing children, or perhaps they just LOVE killing children. They also find it amusing to throw innocent children in prison, humiliate people, and attack Palestinian civilians.
    They don’t only kill Palestinians, they also kill peace activists, and more peace activists. You know, seems like Israeli soldiers are ALLERGIC to peace activists. This is without counting the many journalists from different nationalities who were killed by Israeli soldiers!

    Oh, leaders, leaders, leaders! They just LOVE assassinating them! If they don’t kill them like they did with Rantisi and Sheikh Yaseen, they’d isolate them and leave them to suffer, like they did to Yasser Arafat.
    They’re multi talented. Other than killing, they’re pros in destroying neighborhoods, and demolishing homes. They even attack schools.
    To Israeli soldiers, scattering families is a common practice. They also destroy land, love mass arrests, and can’t resist committing war crimes… not to forget their creative wall!

    They are protecting Israel in the most peaceful, legal and positive way indeed! And they’ll go on this way coz there is no one to stop them, and because they convinced the whole world that Palestinians, the ones being killed, tortured, humiliated, imprisoned, thrown out of their homes, out of their neighborhoods, out of their land, out of their country… Palestinians, yes, “Palestinians are the terrorists”!
    But a day will come, when the whole world will see that Palestinians are innocent, they’re victims, not terrorists!

    God protect you Palestine, and may God be with and stand by all Palestinians every step of the way...

    Thursday, December 09, 2004

    Sounds I Love...

    I love the sound of the waves tickling the beach...
    I love the sound of snowflakes kissing the ground in a calm night...
    I love the sound of a stallion’s confident steps across the wilderness...
    I love the sound of raindrops playing their happy melodies...
    I love the sound of tree leaves when they hug each other...
    I love the sound of a teapot whistling for me to pick the boiling water...
    I love the sound of a laughing baby…and the sound of a singing canary...
    I love the sound of a ringing phone when I’m longing for my family’s voice...
    I love the sound of an honest, straight from the heart “I love you”...
    And I just love the sound of a sincere heart praying: God Bless You...

    Tuesday, December 07, 2004

    At War With Islam

    "It is time we admitted that we are not at war with "terrorism." We are at war with Islam. This is not to say that we are at war with all Muslims, but we are absolutely at war with the vision of life that is prescribed to all Muslims in the Koran. The only reason Muslim fundamentalism is a threat to us is because the fundamentals of Islam are a threat to us. Every American should read the Koran and discover the relentlessness with which non-Muslims are vilified in its pages. The idea that Islam is a "peaceful religion hijacked by extremists" is a dangerous fantasy — and it is now a particularly dangerous fantasy for Muslims to indulge."
    Sam Harris, the author of "The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason." and columnist for the Washington Times.
    Via: Subzero Blue
    And MMM comments:
    So it's a war with Islam but not with all Muslims?!
    It's a war with the vision of life that the Koran prescribes to all muslims?
    And what vision is that?
    What fundamentals of Islam are a threat to Americans or any other non-muslims?
    This is all crap and lies.
    I too urge everyone to read the Koran or a decent translation of it and discover themselves how many lies people like this spread about Islam without having any clue.

    Thank you MMM.

    Jordan Post

    The other day I received some cards from my family... I MISS THEM :(
    The first thing anyone familiar with Jordan post would notice, is the STAMP. They came up with this elegant, professional way to label envelopes while saving senders the fuss of hurting their tongues to get a small bright stamp stuck on their envelopes :P The new stamp shows the name of the post office, from which the envelope was sent, the cost, the weight, date and time of sending. It also has this cute Jordan Post logo. I really loved it. Not that I hated the old stamps, but I thought the new one is really professional and modern. Maybe in future they can add a little image or a drawing of a famous Jordanian sight. That would be amazing :)
    Anyway, just wanted to share my excitement. Way to go Jordan post.

    On Islam II

    This is the second article of, it’s called A religion under suspicion. It’s a bit more neutral towards Islam. But still, it’s somehow limited to personal experiences of people who are not happy with their Religion, Islam. Again, I always encourage mentioning all point of views, whether positive or negative. But when it comes to Islam, I’ve noticed that the discussion revolves around the negative opinions mostly. And what I’m doing here is an attempt to change that and a chance to list the positive opinions as well.
    • “The fear of the Muslims living here (in Germany) grows bigger with every assassination attempt by Islamic fundamentalists”… I totally understand such a reaction, but why do Muslims have to understand such sentiments and yet be blamed for having a problem in accepting the west when most of what Muslims see is the torture of Iraqis, the monstrous treatment of the Guantanamo prisoners, the unfair treatment of Arab students and passengers in the west!
    • They mentioned some personal stories and statements of people who are from Turkish origins, one caught my attention. It’s the statement of a girl who is recalling her headscarf “hijab” experience. She said: “I remember how I cried when I was forced to wear hijab. I was a kid but they treated me as a woman. They always say Hijab preserves innocence, I believe it labels little girls as sex objects”… Again, it’s so wrong and biased to quote only negative opinions, specially if the links are made to provide information about Islam. Anyway, I know what people think of hijab, and a small post can’t refer to all reasons of wearing hijab. Let me limit my comment to noting that there’s a timing for hijab, Islam doesn’t force little girls to wear it. Also when it’s time, conversation is a must. She has to know the reasons and be well prepared, and the way to convince her must be kind and loving.
    • Commenting on the same little girl story: “If this girl were a German cow instead of a German kid, she would’ve been protected from Islam’s influence. Although the Federal Constitutional Court approved the slaughter of sheep for Muslims, cows are excluded”… so Islam’s influence is a threat? And it is wished that the girl would’ve been a COW to be protected?! And then they pretend to be neutral and fair! Even if we disagree with the father forcing his little daughter to wear hijab, that’s not enough for us to misjudge Islam and start posting information on the net about its “influence”, this is really unprofessional!
    • “Usually it is violence that reminds the Germans of the fact that over three million Muslims live here”… why is that? Are Muslims good for nothing but fitting this bad picture spread about them? Don’t they invent? Don’t they work? Don’t they pay taxes? Don’t they teach? Don’t they buy? Don’t they sell? Don’t they produce? Don’t they help in any way? Aren’t they neighbors? Aren’t they friend? Aren’t they employers and employees playing their role in building a healthy society?
      I think it’s so unfair to forget all good things of people and remember only the bad acts of some who do not represent them in any way!
    Again, I hope any references would be fair and neutral enough to mention both negative and positive opinions, to quote both fundamentalist and moderate Muslims, tell the story of those who love and those who hate Islam. Let history, facts, and minds have a fair discussion to defend this religion.
    And on a side note for all non-Muslims and Muslims who have negative feelings towards Islam: learn about the religion, pick the right and responsible references. If you think Islam is that bad, and if you believe Islam is the worst religion, then why waste your time mocking it, fighting it, and criticizing it. Save yourself the efforts and be whatever you want to be. No one is forcing you to become Muslim. Lead a happy successful life, and leave Muslims lead their happy successful lives too.

    Save Them...

    War on terror? Yeah right, up till this very moment I’ve seen NOTHING but pictures of destruction, torture, humiliation, fire, bombings, smoke, burnt bodies, funerals, and blood.
    War has never been the solution for anything at all, and the so-called war on terror is nothing but war on innocence, on environment, and on civilians.

    Here you go another picture of another fatal consequence caused by war!
    Depleted Life!.
    Thank you Jalan-Jalan.

    Monday, December 06, 2004


    We went to the movies on Saturday and watched “Tito”. It was awesome.
    The movie is staring Ahmad Saqqa and Hanan Turk and directed by Tariq Al-Aryan. Again, Egypt is proving its ability to compete with high international movie making standards.
    Other than the great effects, professional production, and amazing actors, the theme was just great.
    The movie discusses the life of "Tito", who symbolizes all poor children, that found themselves growing in the streets, surrounded with poverty and difficult life circumstances, having no one to guide them, help them or love them.
    Again, Bravo Egypt for another really impressive movie.

    If you haven’t seen it yet, then don’t waste more time. The movie is great.

    Friday, December 03, 2004

    The Grumble Family

    A cute poem I thought I’d share here with you… enjoy :)

    The Grumble Family
    There's a family nobody likes to meet;
    They live, it is said, on Complaining Street
    In the city of Never-Are-Satisfied,
    The River of Discontent beside.

    They growl at that and they growl at this;
    Whatever comes, there is something amiss;
    And whether their station be high or humble,
    They are all known by the name of grumble.

    The weather is always too hot or cold;
    Summer and winter alike they scold.
    Nothing goes right with the folks you meet
    Down on that gloomy Complaining Street.

    They growl at the rain and they growl at the sun;
    In fact, their growling is never done.
    And if everything pleased them, there isn't a doubt
    They'd growl that they'd nothing to grumble about!

    But the queerest thing is that not one of the same
    Can be brought to acknowledge his family name;
    For never a Grumbler will own that he
    Is connected with it at all, you see.

    The worst thing is that if anyone stays
    Among them too long, he will learn their ways;
    And before he dreams of the terrible jumble
    He's adopted into the family of Grumble.

    And so it were wisest to keep our feet
    From wandering into Complaining Street;
    And never to growl, whatever we do,
    Lest we be mistaken for Grumblers, too.

    Let us learn to walk with a smile and a song,
    No matter if things do sometimes go wrong;
    And then, be our station high or humble,
    We'll never belong to the family of Grumble!

    -unknown author-

    Tahir Rashid

    Tahir Rashid is a very talented poet, songwriter and singer.
    "My style of writing might be very different to a lot of the poets and lyricists as I do not compromise on what subject I want to write and I try to convey my feelings as openly as possible." He says.
    The main influence for his poetry is this world in itself. World events, situation of the people and the different phases he has gone through in his life.
    Other than his spiritually/religiously subjected poems he's also working on a hip hop album on which he will be performing with some other fellow artists.

    Via: Subzero Blue

    On Islam...

    Our friend Soly recommended I take a look at a link, for this, I’m really thankful Soly. I read the articles, and must say that a lot of points mentioned were really misleading. As usual, wrong definitions of Islam, and a very destructive perspective that is spreading annoying clichés about the religion. I believe we ought to know what others think of Islam, and since the articles are in German, I thought I’d post a translation of the most important points, with my personal comments. Taking into consideration the articles’ lengths, I thought I’ll begin with the first, and others will follow later.
    Comments on the article about Islam as a belief!
    • “Muslims don’t speak the same language, they don’t have the same skin color”… Are Muslims the only ones like that? On the other hand, Muslims should be proud that Islam is not limited to one skin color or one culture.
    • “Nothing unites them, except for the strive to fulfill the 5 basic elements of Islam: the proof of belief “Shahada”, the daily prayers 5 times aday, fasting in the month of Ramadan, donating money for the poor “Zakat”, and the pilgrimage “Hadj” to Mekka”… hmm, not so much to untie Muslims indeed!
    • “Mohammad on the other hand, caravan leader by profession…”… the prophet was a shepherd, and there was nothing wrong about it, coz Islam is not limited for certain classes of society.
    • “To the fundamentalists it’s not Islam that should become modern, it’s modernity that should be Islamic, and what Islamic is, is something fundamentalists will only determine”…I agree with you on the fundamentalism perspective, but just for the record, if you know Islam, you’ll be sure it’s a modern religion. On the other hand, your articles are to provide information about Islam and Muslims, all I can see is info about fundamentalists and their opinions! Fair enough huh!
    • “Khomeini said:There’s no fun, no laughter, and no humor in Islam, everything’s prohibited”…if with “fun” he was referring to getting naked, having premarital relationships, cheating on your wife, losing your money in poker, or torturing innocent people and taking pics of them, well, then I’m proud to say, yes, there’s no such “fun” in Islam. But I'm certainly against extremist thinking that prohibits clean,useful and peaceful fun, such as chess, internet and similar activities.
    • “Ayatollah said: Executions in Islam are a blessing of God”… Hitler said:Jews should should be all executed, does that make Christianity a brutal religion that sees executions as a blessing of God!
    • “The Islamic culture area which lies in the third world, suffers from discredited regimes, land fleeing, corruption, unemployment, and overpopulation (approximately 40% of the Arab population is under 15 years old)”… corruption, and unemployment are everywhere. As for land fleeing, I really wish they dig for the reasons before condemning. Answer is war, and their support to injustice. The population is young, something to be really proud of, better than ending up with a threat of vanishing and beginning couples to settle down and have babies like the case in most of the European countries, specially Italy.
    • “since September 11th, Islam has appeared only as an embodiment of destruction and death. All Arabic literature and traces of great Arabic works were buried under the ruins of the World Trade Center, just like 6000 innocent people” … I guess those 6000 are the only innocent ones buried, the thousands being killed for fun in Iraq, the millions that have been killed and are still being killed everyday in Palestine don’t count, for they belong to Arabs and Islam!
    • “Saying that Islam has nothing to do with fundamentalism, is as absurd as saying that Rabbis murdering Yitzhak Rabin has nothing to do with Judaism”… All I can say is, Islam is a moderate religion, and fundamentalism is an extreme, so it has nothing to do with Islam.
    • “Islamic civilization will never get a place it deserves as long as every progressive move and every non-religious move is not accepted and fought in the third world, and its leaders are supporting terror groups”… again, blame it on the terror, and claim the third world rejects progression. It rejects war, it rejects colonization, there’s a big difference.
    There are many other quotes of Osama Bin Laden, Taliban and a lot of fundamentalists, I think the article doesn’t aim at informing as much as showing the side of a group of Fundamentalists, which helps give a very bad reputation to Islam.
    Therefore I ask everybody to always refer to the right, non-biased, well-informed resources before spreading any information. After all, writing is responsibility.

    Thursday, December 02, 2004

    Zwangsheirat im Islam

    “Ehen unter Zwang sind im Islam ungültig”.
    Für Details Klicken Sie hier.

    Ich glaube, dass alle Leute Islam gut kennenlernen sollen bevor sie falsche Ideen über Islam und Muslime verbreiten, denn Vorurteile können tödliche Schaden verursachen.
    Deshalb freue ich mich sehr, dass solche wichtigen Themen diskutiert werden, um die Wahrheit vorzustellen und die negative Eindrücke zu ändern.


    Oddly Enough II

    Seems like these weird climbing goats don't exist in Jordan only. They're considered a touristic attraction in a region in Morocco!

    Thank you Soly :)

    UAE’s National Day

    UAE celebrates its 33rd uniting anniversary (national day) today. On this day we can’t but remember the great man who came with the whole idea of uniting, who worked hard to achieve the peace, tranquility and progress the country has now, we can’t but remember Sheihk Zayed Al Nahyan, may his sould rest in peace.

    Yesterday I was watching a documentary about Sheikh Zayed’s great achievements and a comparison between UAE earlier and UAE today. I must say I was so impressed. The results of late Sheikh Zayed’s hard work are simply breathtaking. And I’m sure his son, Sheikh Khalifa, will continue on the same pace, and will keep the march for an always beautiful, always blossoming, and always progressing UAE.
    On this occasion Sheikh Khalifa said :“We will remain committed to working together shoulder to shoulder with my brother His Highness Shaikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and my brethren Their Highnesses Members of the Supreme Council and Rulers of the emirates.”

    Happy National Day to all our brothers and sisters in UAE!

    Wednesday, December 01, 2004

    Oddly Enough!

    We usually see birds, squirrels, or maybe little cats on trees... that's not in Jordan. Trees in Jordan are challenged ;)
    Via:A Natural Born Musician


    Ab heute müssen Raucher für ihre Zigaretten zehn Prozent mehr bezahlen. Jede Zigarette wird mehr als zwei Cent teurer. Mehr…