On People and Cities

“Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe”  -Neil Gaiman “The Sandman”

” Cities are not people. But, like people, cities have their own personalities: in some cases one city has many different personalities — there are a dozen Londons, a crowd of different New Yorks.
A city is a collection of lives and buildings, and it has identity and personality. Cities exist in location, and in time.
There are good cities — the ones that welcome you, that seem to care about you, that seem pleased you’re in them. There are indifferent cities — the ones that honestly don’t care if you’re there or not; cities with their own agendas, the ones that ignore people. There are cities gone bad, and there are places in otherwise healthy cities as rotten and maggoty as windfall apples. There are even cities that seem lost — some, lacking a centre, feel like they would be happier being elsewhere, somewhere smaller, somewhere easier to understand” – Neil Gaiman “from an essay for Simcity”

Published in: on August 31, 2008 at 2:12 pm  Comments (13)  
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Snippets from the first Arab Bloggers Meeting in Beirut (from an extremely personal perspective)

– Since it was a very short trip fa I had to leave Rateeba & Ensaf here, they would have made it hard for me. With all the debate, discussions and indecisiveness… you know!! I really wanted to work my trip out.


– I came across different and diverse experiences from different countries, which was really pretty interesting.


– Some bloggers think that as long as you are neither a political blogger/activist nor your name was mentioned in the media you are not a “successful” blogger.


– Some of the participants were amazing, delivered informative presentations, and added a lot to me on the personal level.


– I met a blogger whom I’ve been looking forward to meet for a while, great person and personality.


– I am quite intolerant towards people who speak but never listen, they actually turn me off.


– I came to find that people tend to put a frame/border to whatever they are doing. Why??


– Two gentlemen of the attendance came in the first session with wedding bands on their hands and by midday the bands puuufffffffff vanished 😉 (niahaahaha….am all about PERSONAL stuff, mafish fayda)


– I had two options either to socialize and blend in or to go my way and figure the city out…I actually went with number two and was probably called anti-social. On my defense people socialize way tooooo late for the early me


Disclaimer: these reflections are merely based on my personal impression and judgment, and you may certainly disagree.

Published in: on August 26, 2008 at 4:05 pm  Comments (9)  
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Professionalism and Efficiency

It is when you kick off your workday by sending an email with the subject line: “Saba7o Manga ya Ostaz Ayman ” , insert a wink in the message body, and consequently get the required report on time.


Published in: on August 20, 2008 at 10:52 am  Comments (11)  
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Egypt’s first Medal in Bejing

is Bronze!!!  ya di el fedi7a.

I guess this is a personal achievement for mesba7, but nothing to be proud of “nationally” speaking. My ordinary way of thinking goes like (when you pack and go to the Olympics you  go with the mindset of obtaining a gold or at least a silver medal, no!! and in case you acquired a single bronze medal…you simply don’t jump up and down claiming victory)!!


P.S: am happy for Mesbah, what he did is really awesome, am just totally against alleged victory

Published in: on August 14, 2008 at 12:09 pm  Comments (3)  
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And “I Google You” ;)

I google you
Whenever I’m alone and feeling blue
And each scrap of information
That I gather
says you’ve got somebody new
And it really shouldn’t matter
ought to blow up my computer
but instead….
I google you

Yes, I do. I have admitted it back when I decided to come clean about dark secrets, however it is no longer a secret. Read the whole thing in Nag’s blog.

P.S: for Googl(ing) fans..try this one 😉 quite efficient..3an tagroba ya3ni 😉

Published in: on August 13, 2008 at 2:46 pm  Comments (9)  


I am Coulrophobic.  Yep… I find  clowns scary, their painted faces don’t usually transmit anything to me other than an intense feeling of irritation and uneasiness.  I can pretty much relate that to my constant dislike of  hidden (feelings/emotions/agendas/ etc….).  

Published in: on August 13, 2008 at 2:28 pm  Leave a Comment  


Hello there, this is Little Miss N-consistent (I know you’ve already figured that part out).  I am quite positive that whatever comes out of me doesn’t make much sense to you and is totally incoherent.   But let me tell you something buddy, this is my favorite part of the story.  It helps in evasive maneuvering when necessary, I can always make a very dangerous U-turn at any point in my life and get back to wherever I want. See!!  That’s how I keep myself all alive and perky. 


I am not taking you lightly, on the contrary you might be the most serious thing in my life.  However, I might be taking life flippantly-in a way- (not for granted though), there is a huge difference.  

I am in love with life, yet I know it is not perpetual.  I am only giving the attention it deserves. 

Published in: on August 3, 2008 at 10:54 am  Comments (2)