Sunday, November 22, 2009

Kaleidoscopic World

So, for the past 2 weeks I have been eating '7arra2 e9ba3u' for lunch, dinner and even cold out of the fridge for breakfast once. This is what I do best, you see. I fall in love with a dish, then crave it at all hours, eat it day and night till one of two things happen: I either grow literally sick of it, or, I learn how to make it myself. For some reason, when I'm the one cooking, I don't usually feel hungry at allll (great for loosing weight I suppose, haha), I guess cuz when you're in the kitchen, you just sorta get saturated from just looking at the food? Dunno! Anyway, I used to love, love chicken Fatah, then this summer I learnt how to cook it. I was so darn proud of myself. Until I found out that I couldn't eat it - not with the 'before' feelings.

I haven't eaten Fatah since summer although I've made it no fewer than a dozen times. I predict the same thing will happen with Monsieur 7arra2 e9ba3u. I love the tangy, zesty taste of it. I had some for lunch yesterday, and come dinner time I was adamant I'd break the bad habit. Come 10 am (and after dining earlier on a sandwhich) a sudden craze got ahold of me. All I could think of was a bowl of lentils, with pasta and the delicious lemony sauce. I tried hard to resist, but to no avail. I'm beginning to think the combination of lemon, pasta, lentils, parsley and baked bread must form some sort of strong addictive drug, non?
So the other day, I took my little bros to dubai mall for some shopping. I was on the escalator with my 8 and 12 year old bro behind me. When I reached the second floor I saw an expat couple sort of kissing, and I just walked on. However, not two seconds later I hear a loud: "Ewwww, Gross!" and a giggle emitting from a second person after that. I knew the voice pretty well (Ali, my eight year old bro) and the giggler was none other than Omar (12 yrs). I wanted to LOL but didn't, heh.
So, whilst I was leaving an Alumnae meeting held at my Alma Mater, I met a proffessor who although was part of my college, had never taught me. We got talking and she, along with one other person, made me only feel more convinced that my recent decision was 'right'. Don't you wish, tho, that you could always tell whether what you're doing is 'right'? Instead of having these random urges to drop what you're doing and go pursue something else x.x
The Sharjah book fair was great! I got lots of Arabic books (a few English too), but the question is, when would I read them? I'm sort of caught in the middle of all the work I postponed right now..ahaha..

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Bookcount '09

To another year of making new friends..

1)- Secrets of My Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita.
2)- Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie.
3)- عيناك يا حمدة بقلم (الغدير العذب) آمنة المنصوري
4)- Jinx by Meg Cabot.
5)- Gentlemen prefer Blondes & But Gentlemen marry Brunettes by Anita Loos.
6)- سيقان ملتوية لزينب حفني.
7)- Magnetism by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
8)- All Our Wordly Goods by Irene Nemirovsky.
9)- Like Water for Chocolates by Laura Esquirel.
10)- Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson.
11)- حياة كسرد متقطع لأمجد ناصر.
12)- Coraline by Neil Gaiman.
13)- Princess Diaries: Seventh Heaven by Meg Cabot.
14)- Princess Diaries: Princess on the Brink by Meg Cabot.
15)- A Pale View of the Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro.

16)- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
17)- 2o Fragments of a Ravenous Youth: A Novel by Xiaolu Guo.
18)- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling (reread).
19)- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling (reread).
20)- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling (reread).
21)- Yesterday's Weather by Anne Enricht.
22)- Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
23)- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling (reread).
24)- وقوف متكرر لمحمد صلاح العزب.
25)- The Outsider by Albert Camus.
26)- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling (reread).
27)- The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
28)- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling (reread).
29)- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling (reread).
30)- Princess Diaries, Volume IX: Princess Mia by Meg Cabot.
31)- Princess Diaries: 10 Out of 10 by Meg Cabot.
32)- Why Men Love Bitches by Sherry Argov.
33)- Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan.
34)- Class by Jane Beaton.
35)- Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt.
36)- Jeeves in the Offing by P. G. Wodehouse.
37)- Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro.
38)- Tex by S. E. Hinton.
39)- الصدمة لياسمينا خضرا.
40)- Thank You, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse.
41)- Remember Me?: A Novel by Sophie Kinsella.
42)- Problem Solving 101 by Ken Watanabe.
43)- Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie.
44)- Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse.
45)- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.
46)- Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman.
47)- Much Obliged, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse.
48)- Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella.
49)- About a Boy by Nick Hornby.
50)- Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz.
51)- Jeeves and the Feudal Spirity by P. G. Wodehouse.
52)- Stardust by Neil Gaiman.
53)- Introducing Translation Studies by Jeremy Munday.
54)- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.
55)- The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
56)- A Great & Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray.
57)- Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister: A Novel by Gregory Maguire.
58)- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
59)- The Hunger Games: Catching FIre by Suzanne Collins.
60)- The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee.
61)- Masquerade by Melissa De La Cruz.
62)- Revelations by Melissa De La Cruz.
63)- Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott.
64)- Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott.
65)- The House at Riverton by Kate Morton.
66)- The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa De La Cruz.
67)- رائحة الزنجبيل لصالحة عبية غابش.
68)- How to be Good by Nick Hornby.
69)- عايزة أتجوز لغادة عبدالعال.
70)- The Giver by Lois Lowry.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Remembrance of things past

I was out shopping today, I needed some Anna Sui make up and sport clothes. Didn't find Anna in Harvey Nichols as their website said, but was told to check Paris Gallery in Burjuman. Maybe I'll go there sometime this week since I also need to redeem some Magrudys coupons. Anyhow, whilst I was in Nike I couldn't help but notice some very 80s looking sports gear. I am talking about leopard print leggings and other such ensembles. I have noticed the trend in 'normal' clothese..but sports? Does that mean that the leotard is going to make a come back in gyms? Egad. I have a couple that I wear beneath my regular sport clothes when I go figure skating (keeps me warm, and no skin contact with the ice when I fall), however, I don't forsee myself donning those over printed leggings and leg warmers and going to the gym.
I finished watching Full House. It was a blast. I wish they'd make a reunion movie or something, but if they did, it might yeah, maybe we should just keep FH as it is. I couldn't help wondering what happened to the cast, so I googled em (actually wiki-ed them). Muy intersante.
If I had known that Margaret Atwood would have made it to the Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature (via video conference, but still!), I would have booked a ticket for her session! I had sooo many qs about one of her books The Hand Maid's Tale (a favorite of mine). As it is, I had read in a couple of places that she had withdrawn and didn't think to ask. I went to two sessions tho: Prizes in Translation (hosted by 3 Arab authors) and In conversation with Louis De Brenaires. I loved the expectant air there, the adrenaline rush, the everything. I hope they decide to make this festival an annual event, and inshAlla next year, I think I'll just go live there for 2 days to go to all the sessions. A lot of the authors there were on my to-read list, so next time inshAlla, I'll check the authors' list ahead of time and make a point of reading their books.
Here are pix of some edibles I had mentioned before: the apple-walnut muffins and the chocolate marshmellow ones. I got the recipes from those kuwaiti..m6a7en books (I think they're called that, not sure).
Oversized t-shirts with leggings, headbands, and funky colors - memories of the 80s, I know you're visiting again, but I still miss you!
Shoulder pads - I honestly, swear to God, do not miss thee..

Friday, January 23, 2009

An Island Again

There is something especially remarkable about reading a well written history book. Oh, you must know the feeling. You find it hard to come back to reality. You walk around for days wishing desperately for a time machine in your basement. You look at things and say “Gosh, that would have been different in so and so’s time”. I have spent the past week reading the story of Taj Mahal and have been so mesmerized by the Moguls’ realm that its all I can talk about for the time being (my family members, who were genuinely interested with the tidbits of info I gave them every now and then have been reduced to ho-humming now). The book follows the Moguls’ rule in India, since Babur first ruled and down to Aurangzeb, whilst giving special emphasis on Taj Mahal, that majestic architecture of eternal love.
When I was younger I used to read this series called ‘The Royal Diaries’, and they were basically historical accounts of different monarchies written in diary form for younger readers. I loved them because they were so fun to read and A Teardrop on the Cheek of Time instantly reminded me of those books. Let’s see, did you know that there have been accounts that mention Shah Jahan (the ruler who built the Taj for his wife) intended to build a similar mausoleum for himself across the river from Taj, only he wanted it to be black? Also, during the British rule of India, a lot of the garden plans were changed, and a lot of the precious stones used to decorate the Taj were looted?
Back in uni, I took a humanities course and we covered India, Persia and Andalusia. That course was one of my favorites and one of things I remember is that I first came across Ghalib and Tagore there. Anyhow, the title of the book “A Teardrop on the Cheek of Time” is actually a line from one of Tagore’s poem about the Taj. I highly recommend this book to anyone remotely interested in history. Whilst I can’t judge its historical accuracy, it’s a very enjoyable read. There was an amusing mention tho, of something as ‘a rule in Islam’ that clearly any Muslim would know it wasn’t. I’ll post that quote when I remember it.
Other than reading, I’ve just come back from a week in Malaysia. We visited Kuala Lampur and Portajaya, their new capital whilst sightseeing around the city. It was my first time there and although the weather was a bit humid, it was great to be able to walk around watching their celebration of the Chinese New Year and just admiring mother nature..and their streets. God, they were so orderly and clean. One Malayan lady told me I hadn’t seen the dirty part of the city yet, but still, I really loved the parts I saw mashAlla. It was just so heartwarming seeing the Muslims there. I mean, I don’t recall seeing this many Muslims in a non-Arab country before; and seeing the Muslim ladies and men there, in their headscarves and Malayan clothing just gave me goose bumps, know what I mean?
There is a slight chance of us going to Taj Mahal in the next couple of days and I am just praying that everything would go according to plan this time x.x
I'm so craving kushari now. My Alma Mater's kushari to be exact. Oohhhh, how I just loved it!! *stomach grumbles*. Does anyone have a good kushari recipe?

Saturday, January 03, 2009

10 Honest Things

I've been tagged by karamilah and chinese-eyes and libero anima (thanks you guys!), and I have to write 10 honest things about myself then tag others. 1,2,3, Go!

1)- Whether its what I'm going to wear tomorrow, or what movie to watch or even which college and major to choose, I seem to never be able to make a decision! I applied to three unis, got accepted then didn't know where to do. I didn't know WHAT to study cuz I liked so many different things. The other day I went to make an abaya and I couldn't decide which color to have for the trimings (the lady managed to talk me into grey lace with pink borders and now I'm just not so sure..)

2)- I Love books. I just love reading and have always had a book with me ever since I was a little kid. I also love writing. And cooking. And baking. And I definitely, definitely love eating.

3)- I get mad about ten times a day (3a9abiya 'shway') but I don't show it. I rarely show my anger to ppl unless the circumstances are really over the top.

4)- My favorite season is winter. I love it when it rains, or snows. I like walking outside when the weather's freezing. I don't get cold easily (my ac is a source of annoyance to my family) but even when I do get cold, I still enjoy it immensly.

5)- I'm a sport loving gal. I like playing karate, tennis and figure skating. I go for random gym and yoga classes. I hope to always have the time for at least one sport.

6)- I dread big social events. And I've found out that the ones I dread are the ones I have fun at the most. So that's kina a good thing for me.

7)- Nothing beats hanging out with a friend over coffee. Unless shopping is involved too.

8)- When I was a kid, I used to think my brother was my twin. He's 11 months younger than me (ok, y3ni almost a year), but I made him got to nursery when I was in KG and I only realized we weren't twins when my mother broke the news to me sometime after that.

9)- I day dream a lot. And procrastinate eva so much. I go through contrasting periods of times where I plan and make use of all the time management skills on earth, and then through times of staying up all night, frenzied, doing all the work I should have done.

10)- I love languages. I hope to one day be fluent in several.
I tag: Kath, Spring-Blend, Elhazard, Sadoya, Miracle, Natsu and everyone else that wants to do it!