Monday, September 27, 2010

Mispronouncing

I have noticed that reporters from CNN, BBC etc. seem to have a great trouble pronouncing Iraq.

People, it's actually ee-rak NOT eye-rak! 

We don't say eye-ran for Iran nor eyes-rael for Israel.. so why eye-rak for Iraq? (just asking)

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Another clip to watch and laugh... it's comedy guys :)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Love it or Hate it?

“A pair of shoes can change your life. Just ask Cinderella.”
 

"Always wear expensive shoes. People notice."

“Funny that a pair of really nice shoes makes us feel good in our heads — at the extreme opposite end of our bodies.”
Ladies! Do you know what clothes are the most flattering for these shoes? Suggestions.. suggestions..

Friday, September 24, 2010

Arabic Pick #019

I wanted to share some of the Arabic words and phrases I've learned over the years. If you are an Arabic language enthusiast just like me, try to incorporate the words or phrases posted here into your daily vocabulary. Have fun!
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Hala everyone and welcome back to "Arabic Pick". In this week, the Arabic word/phrase is...
ArabicEntader.
English:  Wait; Hold on
Say "Entaderi" to a woman.
Example:
Mimi:  Let's go to sleep. My eyes are starting to close.
Jino:  Entaderi, Mimi. Let me finish this first.
Mimi:  Okay, but make it fast!
                ~*~*~*~
Jino:  Alright, I'm done. Yalla, goodnight!
Mimi:  Entader!!!
Jino:  Eh?!
Mimi:  Just kidding, LOL, goodnight!


P.S. I have learned the above words or phrases informally. Arabic speakers, please feel free to correct me. Thanks!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Happy Saudi National Day!

 Happy National Day to all Saudis all over the world especially to my Saudi readers/followers! 


If you are non-Saudi or someone who is completely clueless as to what "National Day" is all about because you don't have such celebration in your beloved country like mine, here's an article to explain what does a National Day means.
 
Today, the 23rd of September, is the National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. National Days are designated dates to mark the nationhood of countries. Usually, this nationhood is symbolized by the date of gaining independence from an external colonial power, as is the case with many countries of the world. It could also be a day on which a country celebrates its freedom from an internal oppressing regime as in many cases around the world too. However, for some countries, nationhood of the nation is symbolized by the birthday of a ruler of that nation and is marked as a National Day.

Our Saudi Arabian National Day symbolizes the beginning of an epic that would end centuries of internal tribal feuds, tribal warfare and blood revenge, isolation, epidemic disease, high infant mortality rate, maternal death, highway robbery, starvation, illiteracy, widespread poverty, religious innovation, etc.

Not too long ago, before King Abdul Aziz Al-Saud embarked on his historic mission to unite the centuries-long desolate peoples and places of the vast Arabian desert into one people of one nation. Anyone leaving to go on a journey to perform Haj, or for trade, was not expected to make it home after his trip because he would most likely die on the way to or from his destination, as a result of disease, starvation or armed robbery. It was to the extent that families would accept condolences immediately after the departure of their traveling members as, back then, traveling represented a great risk.
 
To give a real example of just how life used to be before this county was founded, I am going to tell you this story.
 
A relative of mine, who passed away recently at the age of nearly 110, and an early contemporary of King Abdul Aziz, told us a heartbreaking story – just months before he died. He remembered when he was a young boy means of supporting one’s existence were highly threatened by a long drought in the South Western agricultural regions of this country. Water wells had gone dry, crops had failed for several consecutive seasons, and livestock had been wiped out, forcing adult males – sometimes entire families – to leave their homes in different directions, searching for food. After a long and desperate search with no use, my late relative’s father told his wife to take their son (my late relative and narrator of the story) and go back home while he carried on the search-for-food mission on his own. “As my father started to walk away I kept looking at him until I could no longer see him, and that was the last time I saw my father. We would never hear from him again,” recalls my late relative.
 
A few years later, the Kingdom was founded and he (my late relative) decided to embark on a long journey of his own – one that would take him more than a month on foot from what became later known as Asir province, to the newly established capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. There, he joined the security force and served at the royal palace.
 
Having seen and heard what conditions were like in this part of the world only decades ago, and where we are now as a nation, it is rather ironic, let alone ridiculous, that some of us are still debating whether it is ‘Islamic’ or ‘not Islamic’ to celebrate National Day, and would need a ‘fatwa’ to express their love for their country. For many decades, we, as a people of this country, were deprived of the privilege of celebrating our National Day out of fear that we might be violating the precepts of our Islamic faith!
 
For many years, this anniversary would come and go without the majority of the population, especially school children, paying any attention to it. Thanks to our wise leadership and the resort to the common sense, people are now able to at least remember this day and what it stands for, while enjoying a day off school and work, as a sign of respect and gratitude for our nation.
 
The least we could do as citizens of this great nation is to stop for a day every year to remember that our country was founded by the courageous enterprise of resolute men.
 
May Allah continue His blessings on this nation, on its leaders, and on its people. Happy National Day! – SG

What does National Day mean for you? How you enjoy life in your country?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

This Arab Guy Is Just Not That Into You!

"Without a commitment, people will leave you for someone else who is better than you."


What about the other Arab men, how do you really know if they are serious in the relationship? This question is very common to a non-Arab woman who is in a relationship with an Arab man. 

For me, there are so many clues, just don't be so naive. Best clue I can give is:  If the woman is the one who makes effort to call or meet  the Arab guy, especially if he lives on the other side of the world and because he has so many excuses (you know what they say, if there's a will...), then obviously the Arab man is NOT serious about the relationship. Come on, he IS the man so he should be the one coming to you, not the other way around. So, run away girl, run fast, run far!

I've observed that, generally, Arab men don't like to be told what to do or not to do. They do things because they love and want to do it not because they have to do it or you've asked them to do it. They have a high respect to women and their feelings provided that they (women) are not demanding or domineering. They are born stubborn so don't be surprised if they do the opposite of what you tell them to do. (Okay, I said generally, not all, LOL).

Back to the topic, if an Arab man really wants you, nothing can keep him away. If he doesn't want you, nothing can make him stay. And I think this goes to all the men, Arab or non-Arab, all around the world.

... anything to share? bug


P.S. Image above courtesy of Culture & Politics in the Arab World

Friday, September 17, 2010

Arabic Pick #018

I wanted to share some of the Arabic words and phrases I've learned over the years. If you are an Arabic language enthusiast just like me, try to incorporate the words or phrases posted here into your daily vocabulary. Have fun!
 bug 
Hala everyone and welcome back to "Arabic Pick". In this week, the Arabic word/phrase is...
ArabicBukhoor
English:  Incense (The thing Arabs burn for nice smell. It can be very expensive. Good bukhoor comes from Cambodia and 200 grams of it can be sold for AED 10,000.)
Example:
Sometimes, the strong smell of bukhoor gives me headache.

P.S. I have learned the above words or phrases informally. Arabic speakers, please feel free to correct me. Thanks!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Me and My Big Mouth

Just want to brag...

I received an email from CNN. They want to do a skype interview with me as soon as possible to talk about my Global Connections comment. They want to record it and get it on TV. The show goes out all over the world in 180 countries.

It wasn't a scam.

Part of me wants to do it. And the other part... oh well, since I don't want my crappy internet connection to sabotage me.. so I replied with regrets.

Monday, September 13, 2010

What Have I Done?!?

You know what they say, if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. 

Stereotyping Middle-easterners... watch and laugh.

At the airport..

At the swimming pool...

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Arabic Pick #017

I wanted to share some of the Arabic words and phrases I've learned over the years. If you are an Arabic language enthusiast just like me, try to incorporate the words or phrases posted here into your daily vocabulary. Have fun!
 bug 
Greetings fellow life-form and welcome back to "Arabic Pick". I know, I know it is Sunday but since I do not have any Arabic word/phrase entries for the last two Fridays... here it goes...
ArabicWalla yhimmak.
English:  Do not worry.
Say:
"Walla yhimmak." if you are talking to a man.
"Walla yhimmek." to a woman.
Examples:
  1. Walla yhimmek, girl, be happy.
  2. Alejandros are being bullied at schools right now because of Lady Gaga's song. So whoever's name is "Alejandro", I'm so sorry for you. Walla yhimmak, though. This, too, shall pass...


P.S. I have learned the above words or phrases informally. Arabic speakers, please feel free to correct me. Thanks!

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Thanks to IMAAZH and ChooopaChooops for correcting me :) 

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Knowledge vs. Wisdom

Knowledge is knowing that chili, eggplant, pepper and tomato are fruits;


Wisdom is not using them in fruit salad.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Some threads never fail to make me laugh =))

Just want to share the humor with you because the comments really made my day *LOL*

Topic:  The DOs and DON'Ts  -- How to make a long distance relationship work

Comments:
(1)
dos: end it right now
don'ts: continue the relationship.
I have never seen more time consuming and useless kind of relationships than long distance relationships.
(2)
don'ts:  if it is long-distance relationship, do not trasform it into close-distance one. that might ruin everything:)
dos:  do whatever you want coz' HE can't watch you ;)
(3)
Distant relationship is not a waste if you learn some thing new through it. but thing you need to remember are (before even thinking about finding someone) :
  • you should forget about a beautiful well-mannered prince(ss).
  • you should not expect to see/visit him/her
  • it's a good idea to accept any differences.
you may add more friends
(4)
After having the experience of a long distance relationship, I dont think they work.

HaHaHaHaHaHaHa! Priceless! LOL

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Let the nightlife begins!

Been to a floating restaurant? 

In Dubai, a floating resto is mostly known as Dhow cruise. They are usually queued along the Creek's shores waiting for people to take a pleasurable ride, have some fab on-board entertainment and a luxury dinner.

I've been in Cleopatra Dhow cruise, a two-deck traditional wooden boat sails around the Creek for two hours. It was an enjoyable experience  and very relaxing plus very affordable and best for small groups. They offered a buffet menu which I believe an Arabic (probably Egyptian) delicacies along with unlimited soft drinks and some entertainment, like  a Magic show, an Egyptian Tanoura dance and some funny Horse show.

But what I wanted to experience is, of course, the world's largest floating wooden restaurant -- the Rustar Dhow. Yes another world record from Dubai, UAE! It is a royal boat with three decks made using teak wood and took two years for its completion. It is 51 meters long and can carry up to 400 passengers.
Rustar Dhow - exterior
Rustar Dhow - exterior
Rustar Dhow - exterior
The regal interiors have conventional Arabic style. Live entertainment, delicious cuisines and soft drinks are available.

Rustar Dhow - interior
Rustar Dhow - interior
Rustar Dhow - interior
Rustar Dhow - interior

Also, I want to try the Bateaux Dubai, an anti-reflective glass-shelled boat. This fascinating and looks very high-tech boat is created by Seine Design, France.
Bateaux Dubai - exterior
Bateaux Dubai - exterior
Bateaux Dubai - interior
Bateaux Dubai - interior
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Monday, September 6, 2010

Sheiks and the City

Just to keep your day a little lighter, check this video clip out. Enjoy, and please don't take it seriously, it's Monday!




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Saturday, September 4, 2010

New Hairdo

Ugh! On or before 15th of this month, I really need to get my hair done. The last time I had a haircut was 10 months ago so I'm hitting the salon anytime soon. I want my usual hairstyle -- layered with a side-swept bangs, but longer this time.

What do you think about their hairstyles, fabulous right? And yeah, I know they all look cute! How I wish I look like them. LOL