2007 – 2008

2007 is almost over. wow. It has been quite an eventful year. I look at my calendar and I find many events, turning points, happy moments and sad ones too.

Let’s take a look at my previous list.

  1. I didn’t start a masters degree.
  2. I took the DELF exam (B2), but I didn’t take the DELE yet.
  3. I don’t practice Aikido anymore (not even rarely!).
  4. I bought my first DSLR (yay!), I made my first exhibition, mmm I didn’t mention this on my blog, but it was held in el sakiat, I was so happy about it, the only drawback is that I had a terrible flu! btw a photo of mine is exhibited in the exhibition held in Diwan Heliopolis! So I guess I’m satisfied with the photography accomplishment in 2007, yet I’m eager for more…
  5. Now, let’s get back. I didn’t study history or philosophy, but I started to read more about history, yet I need more.
  6. “Travel more”, well, I didn’t go to most of the places I wanted to see. I passed by Helwan observatory, but it was after their working hours, I wonder where I put the contacts of their PR guy!! And I went to El Hamra in Wadi El natroun. But the best trip is of course the HIKING in el Galt el Azraq!
  7. I didn’t learn how to dive
  8. same for para sailing
  9. I’m keeping up with cycling and golf, but not with the frequency I would like
  10. creating a good photo portfolio,,,, mmm, I didn’t do that exactly, but I started to have a big collection, yet I want to classify them and diversify it
  11. No Tai CHi for the time being, I can’t even remember the last time I did it!
  12. Reading, that’s something that will never end 🙂

i addition to this list, 2007 witnessed major life changing decisions. Even though I changed my career in 2006, it was within the same company and the same circle (at least sort of), but in 2007 I made a huge career shift. It is still a bit scary, but I’m getting more comfortable elhamdlelah. I had a couple of other critical decisions, some of which i didn’t take yet! 😉

I wanted to write in this post my 2008 list, but frankly I have no idea how things are gonna be like.

Definitely I will be reading more, and will be traveling more, i will also try stuff that I didn’t do before, and will meet all sorts of people. Insha allah I want to improve my photography, but that’s another story.

Frankly, i don’t know what to add in this list. Perhaps it will come eventually…



Nahr el 7ayah

يا سكني, كثير من هؤلاء الناس الذين نراهم يمضون من حولنا في نهر الحياة, دهستهم الحياة من قبل, مرة أو مرات. لكنهم انتفضوا ليواصلوا المسير. فالحياة طيبة برغم كل شئ, و برغم أنها في مثل تلك الحالات تغدو مثقلة بذكرى اللحظات الأليمة… تغدو مفعمة بالشجن.. و الشجن حزن جليل. و الجلال أعلى مراتب الفتنة.. يا سكني.
محمد المخزنجي – تلك الحياة الفاتنة (من مجموعة قصصه أوتار الماء)
I have heard of Mohamed el Makhzangy, and a friend of mine suggested this collection, yet I was very reluctant to read it. Awtar el Ma` (the strings of water)! what kind of name is that! But I can’t deny, I read only the first story and it’s written beautifully…

The River bus

Today I decided to use the public transportation. I wanted to go from el tahrir to el giza, and it was at the peak of the rush hour, and I was not in the mood to get a taxi, and was in need for a change so I had a walk till Maspiro and waited for the River Bus (el autobis el nahri). I know this is not the Bateaux Mouches, but I wanted to try it anyway.

Tab3an the walk to Maspiro was a bit awkward. I’ll ignore discussing the things I heard, this is not the place, I just walked without even listening. On the other hand, I discovered that this area is sort of a low budget entertainment facility. I pass by it by car almost every day, and I know how crowded it can be, especially on holidays, but I didn’t even think about paying attention to the small details there, the music played, the weird names on the feloucas,, etc.

El mohem

I went to the waiting area, it was surprisingly clean, not wow, but acceptable. I got myself a Pepsi can from the cantine, and waited while reading few articles I had. Before sitting, I asked one of the guys when will the bus arrive, he said “soon”, I replied “aiwa, ya3ny emta?”, He replied “in a couple of minutes”. I got the hint, and decided to ignore the time calculations and go back to the old egyptian way of dealing with time, and just don’t care if it was 10 minutes or half an hour. And I didn’t look at the clock till I arrived to my destination 🙂 So I don’t know how long I waited (maybe 20 min), and how long the ride took (perhaps 15 min).

The seats’ leather was not torn, but the place was smelly, well,,, not very smelly, but “mekamkem”. So I decided to go to the open area. There I found the wooden chairs not very clean, so I decided to stand during the journey. But I didn’t mind. The view was beautiful, so I didn’t really care about standing for a couple of minutes.

Now, let’s see about the people who took the ride with me. First of all, it was a bit empty. We were only 10 or 15 on board, and perhaps only 4 used it as a mean for transportation, the rest were either university students using it to have fun before going to Cairo unviersity, and there were some couples standing in the corners.

The journey was beautiful. Generally when I take a feloucca, we go from the side of Maadi, that’s why I am not used to seeing this part of the city from this angle. For example, there is a huge palace that was previously the council for the revolution meetings مجلس قيادة الثورة , it’s immense. I wonder why it is not reopened as a touristic cafe or something, and the location is just right. It would be a great hit. One of the most beautiful places that I really would love to see it the small cafe on the tip of el gezira, the one in Sofitel el Gezira, lovely lovely atmosphere. I wonder if it is too pricey or acceptable. I was also surprised to notice on Kasr El Nile bridge a drawing of two Cobras (I don’t what it means though).

On a final comment, will it be possible one day to use the River buses more decently? will there be regular touristic “clean” river bus service? will i ever be able to go from down town, zamalek, dokki to Maadi using this service?

I don’t know if I would do it again, but I really enjoyed it 🙂

There is so much hidden beauty in this city…

Sokkar Banat

I can’t believe how great this movie is! Unbelievably amazing! I laughed out loud, I cried, I mean really cried! I enjoyed every moment.

It’s just too feminine. Very intimate. The colours, the acting, the music, the montage, the dialogues… wow

A friend of mine said “it’s like a celebration of the female”. He was so right…

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(….) a romantic comedy centered on the daily lives of five Lebanese women living in Beirut.Layal (Nadine Labaki) works in a beauty salon in Beirut along with 3 other women. Each one has a problem: Layal has a relationship with a married man, Nisrine (Yasmine Al Masri) who is no more a virgin, will soon be married, Rima (Joanna Moukarzel) is lesbian and Jamal (Gisèle Aouad) is worried about getting old. Rose (Sihame Haddad), a tailor with a shop next to the salon, is an old lady who devoted her life to take care of her older sister, have found her first love.

way to go Lebanese movie industry 🙂

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