Orz Belaban Leshakhseen

I AM SOOOOOOOOOOOO HAPPY!

I was soooooooooo excited when I laid my hands on the first edition of Rehab’s first published book “Orz Belaban Leshakhseen”, that included the stories she wrote on her blog Hadouta. Not only because she is truly a sweet, funny, energetic, friendly, enthusiastic, smiling girl. She is much more than that. She is one of the people who you’d meet in a social gathering, and even if you talk with her for only 15 minutes, you’ll leave smiling wishing her silently the best of luck and happiness. 🙂

You have to read “Orz Belaban Leshakhseen“. You will like it, especially if you like rice pudding 😉

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When I returned from the Book Fair, I sat down and “ate” her book. It is so lovely. I gave it to my sister-in-law to read it, she finished it and went to el shorouk to get herself another copy!!

During the past few weeks I was pretty busy at work, with absolutely no net access, I checked my mail, my reader, and my facebook and I was VERY HAPPY to see my friend’s book listed as one of the fair’s best sellers!!!!

watch “el 3ashera massa`an”:

Read Ahmed Bahgat’s daily column:

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And there are other links on Daily News and Masrawy and other blogs too 😀

Mabrouk Mabrouk Mabrouk 😀

Moon River

In remembrance of a full moon night in Wadi Degla 🙂

Moon River, wider than a mile,
I’m crossing you in style some day.
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker,
wherever you’re going I’m going your way.
Two drifters off to see the world.
There’s such a lot of world to see.
We’re after the same rainbow’s end–
waiting ’round the bend,
my huckleberry friend,
Moon River and me.

It was BEAUTIFUL!

Keda Reda

If we went to see a movie these days, what will you have in mind?

Arabic: Morgan Ahmed Morgan, El Shabah and Keda Reda. The rest is pretty insignificant.

English: I’d go for The Bourne Ultimatum or Shrek 3.

El Mohem…. I didn’t like Morgan Ahmed Morgan and Taimour & Shafika at all. And I heard that El Belyatcho is not that good. Only el Shabah received few good words, and Keda Reda.

So it was decided that me and 2 girls went to the movie last Thursday right after work. We wanted to go to see it in Galaxy, it was complet! So we went to the Grand Hyatt, and found three chairs on the second row bel3afia!

Ahmed Helmy was maskhara. He did a great job in performing the three characters… The plot was to7fa… Khaled El Sawy was amazing!   (especially in the singing scene 🙂 )

Very recommended (w mesh ana bas elli ba`ool keda)

July 2007 was not my favorite month. But still I discovered  stuff that affected my life in positive and negative parts. I realized many new concepts, and I am very grateful to each and every experience I have encountered.

There are thousands of stuff I wanted to blog about but I didn’t have the time to do it,,,, mmm actually I didn’t have the energy,,,,, la la,,, I didn’t have the will, because if there is a will there is always a way, and time is just an excuse to those who lack a strong will to do the stuff they intended to do.

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We are not born with maps. We have to make them, and the making requires effort. The more effort we make to appreciate and perceive reality, the larger and more accurate our maps will be. But many do not want to make this effort. Their maps are small and sketchy, their views of the world narrow and misleading. – M. Scott Peck

I know that I mentioned this quote before, but I had to write it again just to remind myself of this idea.  I really need more energy to enlighten my path more, so I can truly define what I want to be proud of if one day I turn back and contemplate the years I lived on this earth…

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Remember the movie “Snatch“? There was a memorable scene with Brad Pitt losing a boxing fight. He just had an awful punch that made him hit the grounds. He felt like diving in the water. He looks above him, and sees his oponent standing there, as if standing on the water. So he swims to the surface, back on his feet, punch the guy and wins the fight.

I really want to see this scene again. Hopefully I will find it on Youtube.

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Harassment on the streets is really getting on my nerve. I can’t count the number of times I almost had a fight on the street due to some idiot’s remarks. I don’t know what the summer did to the people on the streets. I always maintained a deaf ear to these comments, but it really bothers me just like a buzzing mosquito in the middle of the night.

The only thing I do if I had to walk alone (especially by night) is to have the walk of a soldier. Looking straight ahead with that look on my face and -if it was by day- wearing sun glasses so they won’t look to me in the eyes. I hate this!

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Few days ago I had a beautiful dream. I dreamt that I had a triplets! two boys and a girl! They were adorable! One of the boys was slightly bigger than the others, and it gave him the look of a protector!

I told my mother about that dream and she was overjoiced! 🙂 She saw it as a good omen that maybe the wind is bringing me good news.

The funny thing about that dream is that I woke up to the alarm, turned it off and continued sleeping and continued the dream as if I was watching a movie!

The subconscious sometimes just sends us memorable gifts!

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After sending my story “27” to some of my friends,I received one of the sweetest replies from my dear friend Meto (http://tulipinthedesert.blogspot.com). He also sent me a great surprise, a story he wrote 2 years ago in the name of “The Key of Life” which was very similar to mine.

I couldn’t beleive it begad!
I truly loved it. It’s about a two days love story between an Egyptian girl and a guy from Portugal in the 1980’s; and it starts with her seeing him nowadays and remembers what happened 25 years ago! But in this one she is the one who got married and has children, and she didn’t have the courage to say hi, she just wanted to keep this far away memory as it is intact.

Here are two paragraphs I fell for:

It was late and I had to go, he went with me downstairs, we walked through the hotel and we talked but I was not the same person that entered that place two days before, nor was the place the same place. I was a new woman; I was in love with a man that I have only met two days before. A foreigner from a far away place, a man who did not belong to me but my heart and my whole life belonged to him. I tried to keep my sadness to myself, I tried to prevent my emotions from reaching the surface and I tried not to tell him that I loved him, that I want to be with him, that I would be so sad and lost without him, that I loved everything about him, that I loved him. But I could not, it was so powerful and I was so weak and vulnerable, I told him what I felt, I told him what I have been going through since I first saw him, how I became so strangely and powerfully attracted to him, how I suddenly realized that my whole life was revolving around him and how I would be so miserable without him.

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Rodrigo, In my imagination I took him with me to all the places that I liked, I talked to him and told him a lot about my life, I sent him waves of passion that I was sure were powerful enough to go to Portugal but not powerful enough to enter his heart. I waited for the full moon every month to send him messages watching it for he told me that he likes to watch full moons.

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Meto, begad you amaze me!

Letters to my friends: Epilogue

Remember the letters I wrote to my friends? Here are some updates:

A Friend ended up by disappointing me. Another Friend is now far away. A Friend is starting a new life. A Friend is doing fine moving on. Some other friends have not changed.

It’s funny how some people enter your life and some people exit it, and how others stick like “kolla” in your heart for no reason other than they are really special ! 🙂

Outdoors outtings in Cairo

I think I mentioned it before,,,, I LOVE outdoors outtings, I am fed up with the normal cafe me and my friends go to. So we decided that the priority will always be to open air places, we usually go out in Maadi:

  • Villa 55: Our newest discovery in Maadi, it is located in street # 9, in front of Lucille’s, 2 blocs before Macdonalds.. You can’t miss it. It is a villa with a garden. Very pretty furniture. There is a kids corner too. What I like about it is that you really feel at home, or at the family’s place on the north coast (which is even better).
  • Wadi Degla: hiking or cycling in the morning, barbecue, and tea by night. It’s better to have a 4X4, but generally we park the car outside and walk, or we go in with one car filled with all the needed materials (fa7m, shawaia, food, drinks,,,). We went to the other side of the valley, on the side of the canyons,,, great view !
  • Euro Deli: we used to love it, we had many birthdays there, but after a while we didn’t like the service or the maintenance
  • Ora cafe: nice, the owners are actually our friends, so we have some special treatment from the staff, but the food is not wow and on thursdays it gets very crowded with high schoolers.
  • Route 66: great burger, little bit cold by night, and some people don’t like eating on the trottoir, but for me I don’t mind khaless. And when we go like “I will awful after eating the whole burger”, we otder it without the bread,, hehe
  • Beano’s: I don’t know why but I really like Beano’s, maybe its colours, its furnitures, the staff’s attitude, I don’t know. In Maadi they have 2 places, both with an outdoors area, I prefer the one in share3 9, I feel kinda out of Cairo with all the foreigners having breakfast, also when I used to bike on friday mornings with some friends, we used to finish the tour there, so for me it is associated with happy feelings 🙂
  • Felouka: It has been a long time since we last took a felouka (almost a year), however, we truly enjoy the summer breeze.

And when we decide to rebel and go out of Maadi, we go places like: 

  • The horses stable: One day we were out of ideas, so we called the guy in charge, explained that we will come, but won’t ride, we’ll just sit and drink tea, I love this place (it was featured in Mostafa Shaaban’s movie “Ahlam Omrena”), the place is clean and the horses are beautiful !
  • Il Pennelo: either in Mohandessin or in Heliopolis, it is really nice, we’d go there, paint, have some laughs and enjoy it. It is not really our type of outdoors, in Heliopolis you are overlooking a busy street, in Mohandessin you are in between some buildings, but it’s ok.
  • Trianon: it opened a branch in Giza, infront of Sheraton El Qahira, right after Gold’s Gym. It’s not bad. Little bit pricey for a normal cafe. Great view. The ambiance didn’t really touch me though.
  • Khan El Khalili: a couple of times we went to Khan El Khalili, very noisy, very touristic, bas aho, taghyeer.
  • Pause Cafe: In the airport mall, there is a nice cafe. It is not wow, I will think twice before going all the way to the airport to sit in a cafe. The exceptional thing about it is its atmosphere, it will feel like being on the north coast, if u like the crowds at Marina, you may like this place. For me I prefer quiter places where I can have a normal conversation with my friends.
  • Cilantro Nile City: generally Cilantro is not bad, but there is nothing new, Cilantro 3 years ago is the same Cilantro today. The Nile City branch has an advantage of having a view on the Nile from Imbaba’s bridge, but it is not outdoors,,, mmm maybe I should take it off my list.
  • Toot Express / Tres Bien / Queen: These are not really an outting-place, we have our drinks or sandwiches in the cars, but it’s okay, when we are 3 or 4, we don’t need anything more than that.
  • Clubs: Nadi El Yaght, Maadi, Gezira… It may sound old fashioned, but one of the greatest places to hang out quietly and enjoy some quality time are the clubs we used to go to when we were kids. When there are friends who are not members we get them tickets (15 or 20 LE), it is not that costy because the food prices in the cluba are WAY less than outside it.

Finally, it’s not about where to go out that counts, it’s with who you go out. El ganna men gheir nas ma tendass. Ekhtar el rafiq qabl el tariq. I can feel happy in the desert with the right people, and I can feel miserable in the midst of a beautiful scenery.

Enjoy!

Aikido with your spouse??

In an Aikido forum I found a discussion about whether a couple can train together in the same dojo (=training place). It was from a man whose wife asked him if she can join his Aikido class because she would like to become more involved to what he does for fun. There were many responses to this post, some said it was a recipe for disaster and others said it was a great idea. Some even told their stories. I found some interesting replies,, Masalan..

“Met my girlfriend at aikido, we’re getting married in a year or so. I’m her aikido instructor, off the mat she’s my girlfriend, on it she’s my student and we are very sensible about separating the two.”

That’s impressive! For those who don’t do martial arts, the status of the instructor (sensei) is quite unique. He should be treated with the utmost respect. So when it comes to having a sensei as a husband, this can be very delicate.

“I can’t imagine a better experience than practicing aikido with your spouse. I started Aikido with my wife about a year ago, and we have been having a ball! … It is almost like having a training partner around everyday. Cooking together, or any daily life stuff, becomes so much fun when aikido is stirred in the mix. I will often be attacking her with a wooden spoon etc., or she will go to hold my hand and end up applying yonkyo.”

“Aikido has made a lot of our conversations, and actions a lot smoother, learning to get off the line and blend is a good thing, especially with your spouse! However….. We have a different relationship than most couples. We are quite happy being together in very small spaces, we have lived aboard a boat and sailed over half the planet for the last 12 years.”

I would LOVE to experience this 🙂 Playing around with Aikido at home can be so much fun 🙂 me and my friends sometimes do this at cafes or at the club, and people would stare at us, but it is just so much FUN, Imagine how it would be if you’d share this with your partner !! And as for sailing together across the globe!! I would definitely LOVE that!

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