Friday, April 30, 2010

Arabic Pick #001

Starting today, I will try to post "Arabic Pick" every week (Friday or so)...
ArabicAshofak 3ala khair!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

No, It's Not A Tablecloth!

Me: What do you call that tablecloth around the Arab's head?
My Arab: Ghutra is like the kitchen table cover. LOL
Me: Not keffiyeh?
My Arab: No, we call it ghutra and the small white cap is tagiyah. I don't know about keffiyeh, never heard about it before today.
Me: Whatevz, I will call it a tablecloth.
My Arab: Grr! No tablecloth costs 100 euros and sometimes 200.
Me: Okay, if tablecloth costs 100 euros above, then it's called ghutra! Hahahaha

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

And The Niqab Controversy Continues

Hijab is all over the news these days. There have been numerous items concerning it,  particularly the niqab - the veil which covers the whole face apart from the eyes. What I know about it, is that, it is not a religious clothing - it's traditional (?!) I am not really in the position to say much more about hijab so I asked my Arab and this is what he said...

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

My Arab and I

Just a little teaser...

Meet the people behind this blog. Enter our world. We're expecting you...

Monday, April 26, 2010

Arab Lingo A-Gogo

Did you know that the Arabs use numbers in transliterating or romanizing an Arabic word because - according to my Arab - there are no English letters equivalent for it.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Let's Get Comical (101)

An "in-joke" from my Arab, there are many more so keep checking my blog, here you go...

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Barbie Doll Gets An Extreme Makeunder

Ever wondered how your favorite Barbie doll would look like after an extreme makeunder? Let's take a look...

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Niqab, Ninja Face-Off

Personally, I find it uncomfortable seeing women in niqab walking around. Just can't help but look at them, they LOOK like black ninjas on the loose.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

...And I Say Wake Up World!

Few months ago, while lazily browsing the net, I found a very interesting article, "The Arabs I Know", written by former Aramco Senior Vice President, Frank Fugate, on July 29, 2002, in reaction to the anti-Arab sentiments bombarded by the media after 9/11.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Getting Arabified

Whoever said that the way to a man's heart was through his stomach was definitely a cook. And whoever said that the way to win a guy's heart was by speaking his native language was absolutely a polyglot. LOL

Well, it seems to work both ways but I am trying to follow what Nelson Mandela had once said "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart."

My Arab speaks some European language so I have attended a semi-intensive language and culture course in one of the world's largest schools of the said European language for the past nine months. In that way, I can keep up with him and isn't it cool to speak some European language? I honestly want to continue studying but life seems a little bit hard for me and I don't think it's the smartest thing to do right now.

Having lived and worked in the commercial capital in one of the most developed Gulf country in the Middle East, I still have a little knowledge of my Arab's lingo. Since I do nothing at home for the past few weeks, I am seriously learning the lingo right...

Planning to post a regular weekly Arabic... so keep reading my blog ;-) ✿

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Yalla, Watch and Laugh Out Loud!

Hilarious... loved it!


Well, I guess now you know what you didn't know about Arabs ;-) ✿

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Unleashing the Hoarder Within

I like to get rid some of my "unnecessary"  files so I can free up some space on my laptop and my portable hard drive is running out of memory too, but I am secretly a bit of a hoarder. I hoard too much files like I have this separate folder where I kept all the stuff sent to me by my Arab, all the photos and files I've accumulated throughout our relation like, you know, his e-tickets, his seminar schedules, and all photos taken while he's driving, or in laundromats or bowling alley or running treadmill at a gym, or bought new gadgets, or burned his hands or something else. I don't know but I just want to keep just about anything coming from him, probably because it feels like those stuff are a part of him. I honestly don't want to discard all these files because it has sentimental value to me, I feel like I am with him all those times.

Alright, fess up... what do you hoard? ✿

Friday, April 9, 2010

Racial Profiling

Racial profiling, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as the act of suspecting or targeting a person on the basis of observed characteristics or behavior.
Have you seen or read the news yesterday regarding a diplomat taken into custody after in-flight disturbance? It was about  the "stupid behavior and idiotic jokes (setting his shoe on fire)" of a diplomat, who happens to be a Qatari, on the plane. Apparently, the diplomat has been released and wont face charges.  Some comments on the news say "He is tolerated because the oil is at stake". Come on guys, he has given "clearance" because of the so-called "diplomatic immunity". I don't know much about diplomatic immunity but I think ALL diplomats from every country in the world have it, right?

The guy was a total jerk and what he did was so moronic but the reactions of the people and  the  influx of comments on the news have been blown totally out of proportion. Why? Simply because he is an Arab and it happened in an airplane. I don't think the scenario would have been the same nor the discussion would have been that long if he was a non-Arab

I really believe that the reactions have gone overboard and obviously a case of racial profiling.  Singling out or classifying people by race (or religion) has never been and will never be the smartest method to define people. We all have morons, criminals, or anything of that sort in our countries, don't we? ✿

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Alzheimer is an Arab

We - my Arab and I - often joke that AL-zheimer is an Arab. Why? Because in the Arab world, mostly in the Gulf, they have the prefix "Al" in their last name, e.g. Al-Saud, Al-Sabah, Al-Nahyan, Al-Khalifa, etc.

As my Arab explained to me, AL (which means "the" in English) is usually followed by the tribe name so they can trace their grand grand grand fathers. Not every Arab has AL nor everyone in the Gulf has it, only those who have tribe. And not all tribes are equal, some are more classy. Those without AL usually referred to as "originless" or "invaders".
I am talking about Alzheimer because my Arab forgot that today is MY day, he thought it was tomorrow (8th of April). Last year, he thought it was the day before my real birthday. Imagine calling me on the 6th of April and greeting me Happy Birthday!?! LOL

I was actually thought yesterday was a déjà vu, because his call woke me up, I was thinking he was going to greet me Happy Birthday again on the 6th of April, glad he didn't. Okay, year 2007 he remembered it right because he has the copy of my passport that time. I am sure next year he won't fail. I've told him to just count the letter of his first name (which has 4) and mine (which has 7), then he'll get it.

I was mad earlier but chose to let it go. Just because he isn't good with remembering dates doesn't mean he is unromantic. In fact, he is trying to make it up to me now. I have once read that love is a decision, and forgiveness is part of it. And I do not want to spoil our happiness with dramas and petty things. ✿

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Do Arabs Laugh?

Of course they do, they are human too!

Blame it on the Media and Hollywood movies for the often misguided conception about the Arabs. They never show them doing regular thing like the same normal stuff we do. They always show and portray the Arabs as the people with serious faces  and as the scary ugly group of terrorists, suicide bombers, war mongers and the likes. 

Guys, I will be honest, my Arab looks so serious and he frowns a lot (*LOL* love you baby!) but he has the capability to laugh at himself, at comedy shows, and at jokes about everything. Believe me, he has excellent sense of humor and laughs MORE than I do.

In general, just like everyone else, Arabs CAN be funny. And from what I know, there is a long tradition of comedic theater and cinema, and even comic monologues and impersonations in the Arab world. So they are not new to comedy.

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Here are some "proof" that Arabs can be funny too (courtesy of my Arab)...

Saudi style to combat Swine Flu!
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image by prestonjjrtr

Happy Fools Day everyone!

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The quality of an individual does not rely on his race, it is how he was raised.