بُكرة الامتحان

قالك زمان عند الامتحان يكرم المرء او يهان. بس خلوا بالكوا بُكره الاهانة هتبقي في وش مصر كلها، اللي الناس ماتت عشانها، واللي عايشين بيحاولو بأيديهم وسنانهم انها تفضل في المكان اللي رجعت له بعد ثورة 25 يناير. بلاش نعك في الامتحان عند قصد، الاسئلة كلها في مستوي الطالب المتوسط، واضحة، وسهلة، وسلسة ومفيش لف ودوران، بس تحتمل اجابتين.

الفكرة هي ان مفيش اجابة صح واجابة غلط. انت ذاكرت، عملت اللي عليك، وخدت قرارك. وانا كمان عملت اللي عليا، كل واحد يكتب اجابته، بس احنا الاتنين واثقين اننا عايزين النتيجة تطلع لصالح مصر واهلها، مش لصالحي ولا لصالحك، ولا عشان حد يطلع لسانه للتاني ويقوله انا اللي كسبت. ده شغل احزاب اختفت وقت الجد. احنا مش احزاب احنا شعب قدرنا نحدد مصيرنا ومسيبناش حقنا وكنا واحد، رغم اختلافاتنا، وبُكره كمان هنثبت ان البلد بلد شعب مش احزاب.  مصدقين ان بكره “في كل شارع في بلادي صوت الحرية هينادي؟”

في اللجنة نحاول نساعد علي قد ما نقدر.  اتأكد ان الكبار يمشوا الأول، ممكن ناخد مية أو عصير عشان لو حد احتاج، لو لقيت حد بيأثر علي حد فهمه حقه، فهموا التعديلات وقله انه لازم هو اللي يختار، لو شفت حاجة مش مريحاك بلغ رئيس اللجنة.  اتأكد ان اخلاق الميدان تبقي موجودة في اللجان.

بُكرة الصبح اشرب قهوتك، واجهز وانزل. قلمك معاك، كاميرتك في شنطتك، صوتك أمانة J

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Published in: on March 18, 2011 at 9:01 pm  Comments (2)  
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Oath of Intention

“Love and kindness will be my greatest talents.

I will have true love, health, wealth, abundance and longevity.

I will know myself, love myself, develop myself and protect myself.

I will continually seek to understand, know and sympathize with my fellow man.

I will strive to cultivate the positive, and will resist indulging in negativity.

I will take without forgetting, and give without remembering.

I will teach others through example, that much can be done will little if you only have the desire.

I will live my dream, not dream it;  live it with morals, and live it with a heart that’s kind and not judgmental, vain or conceited.”

Published in: on January 2, 2011 at 6:04 pm  Comments (2)  
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‪Les Petits Plaisirs de NE :D‬

3ala gherar Les Petits Plaisirs d’Amelie….She enjoys all sorts of little pleasures :D‬

‪- Sloshing in cold water after a steamy shower.‬

‪- The pleasant smell of trees and greenery after the rain.‬

‪- Taking a spoonful of a freshly cooked Molokheya (men el 7alla) while ta2leya is still crispy.‬

‪- Finding money even a coin…in her jeans pockets or coats.‬

‪- Turning on the radio…and accidentally hearing the right song that suits the constantly changing mood.‬

‪- Stumbling across people who can understand her incomplete sentences.‬

‪- A child’s giggle and elderly happily contoured face.‬

‪- An unexpected friendly gesture; from a sincere pat on a shoulder to a warm hug.‬

‪- Devouring a big sized Nutella jar and sipping coffee over a cozy chit chat on a bench across the Nile.‬

‪- The salty taste of a pickled onion after a heavenly piece of basboosa.‬

‪- The smell of freshly baked pastries in the house. Or the way the house smells on Friday.‬

‪- Walking barefoot on marble floors…the open space inside the Citadel’s (Mohamed Ali) Mosque in specific.‬

‪- Watching kittens clumsily trying to work their way through.‬

‪- Seeing a starfish‬

‪- An Adrenaline rush.‬

‪- Knowing a secret that very few or better no one else knows.‬

‪- Anagram-ing her long drives away…nothing serves perfectly as the new car plates :D‬

‪- Cuddling, watching movies, and sipping hot chocolate in a lazy cold Saturday afternoon.‬

‪- The soft velvety texture of a warda baladi‬

‪- Rinsing seasonal strawberries and inhaling the entrancing aroma.‬

‪- A gentle deep eye contact with a beloved that conveys that she is the WORLD without saying it.‬
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Published in: on September 15, 2010 at 2:06 pm  Comments (7)  
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She digresses

Ramadan Kareem 😀  it is Ramadan that everyone including myself claims eno geh fag2a..I guess it is not fag2a, it is just we were not ready…and generally speaking we are never ready.  A few days later…we will be exclaiming how fast it went.

I’ve been feeling so down since the sudden stop of READ, I’ve been so high on it…had a vision and plans…everyone who contributed to the paper did.  Couldn’t face teams disappointment, as I couldn’t contain mine.  I was disappointed cause I believed, it wasn’t a tough dream..but it wasn’t my dream to fight for although I felt I should have been given the chance to.  

 To ……..:

I hate when you connect on a very superficial level, while I KNOW that you can go a whole lot deeper.  I am tired of trying to get you there, and I wouldn’t really mind if you said you don’t want to…just say it and I will succumb to your wish. 

PS: I want to have memories with you.

Now re. the aforementioned point, why do I need “his” confirmation to act accordingly, I have all the sings that says I need to back off…yet here comes an excruciatingly important question; should I go with “his” words and confirmation, wala with my intuition and feelings!!!

PS: This is a hypothetical question…I don’t want an answer.

“Sometimes when I say I am fine..I want someone to look me in the eyes and say tell the truth”

Movie Recommendation: Inception…the kind of movie that would keep you glued to your seat, thinking and wondering…and will haunt you for days after watching.

Published in: on August 12, 2010 at 11:35 am  Comments (8)  

On beliefs

I believe that God is great, and he is “Merciful”, I read that in the Quran and in many a7adith, yet the yaqeen made it to my heart long time ago through experience.

I believe am neither a good person, nor a bad person but a “jumble of passions, misgivings, and wants”, and if I practiced the required amount of discipline, I can pretty much turn to the wants into a guaranteed source of contentment.

I believe that I need to stop rambling on the Facebook and start utilizing this blog to spill my heart out as I used to do.

Published in: on July 29, 2010 at 10:18 am  Comments (10)  

Podcastinnnnnnnnnnnnng

And I finally made it 😀

It has been in my mind for a while, yet since am pretty much technically challenged fa I kept on postpoing the “Go Live” phase.

Guys and Gals,

I would like to invite you to the Pink Planet Podcast, Triple P is a podcast that offers nothing but good news everyday…well, mesh awi ya3ni, but I will be digressing most of the time about stuff ya3ni.   I have a lot of skills to work on tab3an, bas I really think it is so much fun 😀

Narnoura,

reporting live men 3al kanaba,

The Pink Planet

Published in: on June 28, 2009 at 11:06 pm  Comments (4)  
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Weekend digressing

Been a while and I have so many things to digress, as I am simply in the mood for doing so.

The past few weeks were full of victorious as well as awkward moments, yet lovely and heartfelt instances filled in the gaps.  Torturous mood swings prevailed and the “aroma of a temper lost” made the headlines in my diaries.

On the age bit

I missed the annual ritual of posting a happy birthday to me blog post. Since it is better late than never, fa here we go. I turned 31 on May 28th (yaaaaaaaaay)…. I feel as juvenile as ever el7amdolelah, lighthearted and opening up to life even more than when I started my 20s.  That said today (yuppppppppppppppiee…apparently masr gabet gon delwa2ti ) I am not watching the game asl, I just decided to succumb to my extreme tendency to digress and resorted to the tiny laptop.  It is a challenge to type a long post from it by the way, bas this is another story 😀

El mohmem back to our main point el heya “age”.   Today I was sitting with a guy from the IT department working on something keda -I knew he is a 2007 grad- we were chit-chatting about education w keda.  Fa I started telling him about the heart breaking epic of el dof3a el mozdawaga and how we were the last dof3a before the new thanaweya 3amma system.

The guy then said yeah ento men ayam el ta7seen!! (as if ta7seen was the ancient-est system ever), tab3an here yours truly felt like an ancient monument.  I tried to let him know that we actually men abl el ta7seen and the ta7seen thing was the New System.

Quote and note:

“Nobody ever married a book”

Can you see where this is going!!  Tab3an we all know that this is metaphorically speaking ya3ni, the context is eno women with intellects are not men’s first choice for marriage, or ya3ni the majority of men in order not to generalize.  And I will never come around and cave in to the thought.

On Dreams deferred:

I have a dream, a fantasy, to help me through reality

And my destination makes it worth the while

Pushing through the darkness still another mile

Yesterday I was “that” close from getting in touch with a dream of a lifetime.   Yet after a short disturbing encounter at the Egyptian Radio and Television building, I realized that I have always thought of a certain channel to process my dream through, I have waited years and years to have this opportunity, and the minute I had it I came to find that I was pretty delusional.   If I am to cling to my dream then I will have to find out my own conduit.

Currently Reading:

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie.  It is my first for him, I always wanted to read his Satanic Verses but for a reason the idea was pretty freaky, don’t know what the book is about aslan, but the title gives me Goosebumps keda.

Aslan I came across Midnight’s Children while writing an article about the Booker Prize for Read Newspaper.  I got to know that Rushdie’s novel is probably the most celebrated literary work in the history of the booker prize.   It has won the prize initially in 1981, then was selected as the booker of the bookers in 1993.   Later in 40th anniversary of the booker Prize (2008) Rushdie was named winner of the Best of the Booker award for his Novel Midnight’s Children.

I am around the first 200 pages but totally hooked, it is A_M_A_Z_I_N_G.  will probably post a review after finishing it 😀

Apparently the game is over and Egypt  has won 😀

This post should have had at least one liner on each of the below topics:

Flu outbreak

Plague

Elections (Lebanon & Iran)

Yet I am too lazy to write anything about any of them. All I can say is, I genuinely wish that one day we can voice our choices and have a say in determining the future (I know am hallucinating), but again there is nothing wrong about hoping.

Meanwhile, take care and don’t freak out begad.

Have a lovely weekend,

Nerro, Rateeba, and Ensaf

(tab3an you can easily figure out that the 3 of us were writing that post 😉

Published in: on June 19, 2009 at 12:00 am  Comments (6)  
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Prayer for a blueberry girl

Neil Gaiman’s Prayer for a Blueberry Girl.
The type of prayer I would want for my daughter 🙂

Published in: on March 10, 2009 at 9:44 pm  Comments (1)  
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READ!!

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And the baby is finally out!!

During the past few days SMS and phone calls with Dido were more or less about THE BABY.  READ is a newly born newspaper, those who carried out this project  were determined to make a dream come true, to put together a different kind of publication, a newspaper for young people.  They worked hard to present to you “The Only Newspaper for Youth in Egypt”.

READ.

A vivid concise and to the point biweekly newspaper that comes out on stands on Sundays, printed in full color and covers many interesting aspects:

* News of major events and happenings classified by Continent ( Africa – Asia – Europe – America – Australia) + Middle East
* Special focus on citizen journalism through columns powered by Global Voices Online
* Business Specialized Page
* Science & Technology Specialized page
* 2 pages for sports
* 2 pages for performance & visual arts
* Book Fair
* Human interests
* Masryetna:
A page in Arabic language discussing Egyptology and all related topics on Egyptian history & culture

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Where can you get your copy!!
– Read is distributed freely in all private universities
– Read is available free at different bookstores (Shorouk Bookstores – Kotob Khan)
– Read is available free at different coffee shops (Cilantro – Starbucks)
– Read is available at On The Run branches
– Read is sold only for One Pound at Newspaper stands & kiosks.

Read’s Partners:
Content: AFP (Agence France-Presse) – Global News Agency + Global Voice Online

Grab your copy and let Dido know your opinion 😀

Published in: on March 2, 2009 at 10:33 pm  Comments (4)  
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And we are finally published…Updates

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Beautiful day everyone 😀

here are a few updates on the book;

Check out the Marwa Rakha’s detailed review; I loved it 😉

Also, Akhbar El Adab published a thorough review in their latest issue.

The book is now availalbe at the Kotob Khan, Diwan bookstores, and El Shorouk Bookstores.

Love,

Nerro, Rateeba & Ensaf (still celebrating)

Published in: on January 28, 2009 at 9:52 am  Comments (9)  

Last Night- a night to remember

It was terrific, indescribably awesome. I came home euphoric and couldn’t get myself to sleep till morning, fa now am trying to keep my head up as much as I can.

 

I can’t thank all those who came yesterday to celebrate with us enough, your presence meant a lot to me, especially those friends whose  warmth and soothing faces were gleaming around every corner. 

Seriously ya3ni..without you things would have gone out of control (given that we-Dido & I- started to practically freak out as soon as people started to show up in the Kotob Khan).    

 

In a nutshell,

I love you aktar 7aga 😀

Published in: on November 25, 2008 at 2:14 pm  Comments (7)  
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Bottled Up

I’ve been alienating myself from all, even from my own-self.  The distance is getting wider.  The wider it grow the more comfortable I get, am I really comfortable!! I am keeping a content happy face, don’t want to be judged, don’t  want to spill negativity all around coz you know.. it is contagious. But I did, I gave up to the dark side of me.

 

I am angry, agitated, roasting deep inside.  I am mad at “FRIENDS”,  people I know and others I don’t. I keep blaming them for screwing my plans, parts of my own life, then  I come and relate it all to self, it is not their responsibility, it is my own responsibility, I should stand up for myself and fight for what I want.  I have neither the will nor the energy to fight.  I claim they are not the Real Deal anyway therefore not worth the effort…but after all aren’t  they destroying whatever I am constructing!!

 

I am mad at dreams and aspirations; they don’t seem to come true.  I am disappointed and at some point decided to quit dreaming and be realistic, go with the flow and see what kind of good/bad stuff real world might bring me.  Now am not being impatient, but I am closer to uncertainty.

 

I am totally losing myself, the one I used to be, the one I aspire to become…am currently an image of someone I can’t relate to (emotionally that is). I am mad at me for letting go of the once was me.

Published in: on March 18, 2008 at 12:36 pm  Comments Off on Bottled Up  

Thursday Night

It is almost 7 pm, and am still at the office :S and as they say the night is still young..3aaaa.

Mmmm…me thinks this might be an interpretation of last night’s dream. Asl -kheir allahomag3alo khier- I dreamt that I became a trapped digit inside cell D25 in an Excel sheet (can’t recall which digit I was). I tried hard to find a way out. Alas, my nonstop attemps didn’t get me anywhere other than D25. It was tough, really tough…heck of a dilemma ya3ni.

I kept blaming myself ba2a for not working hard and inhabiting an A10 mathalan ( coz you know, that how things go in the wild world of Excel workbooks. If you are a clever and hard working digit you earn your position in the sheet). Anyways, I spent the whole dream awaiting my salvation in a cut and paste order!!

Yalla, Nino goes back to work and you enjoy the weekend 😀

Published in: on February 28, 2008 at 8:00 pm  Comments (6)