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Thank you, 2010

Thank you 2010 for the happy moments and the lessons learned. Thanks for making me more optimistic, for making me see the filled half of the cup. Thanks for making me enjoy the good stuff and learn from my mistakes. Thank you for giving me more strength, for making me accept whatever comes and work on making the best out of it. Thank you for making me learn that God always does what's best for me, for making me learn that nothing, or noone, should be taken for granted. Thank you for letting me know that I should only  judge after I try. Thanks for reminding me that I always need to work hard if I want the best. Thanks for reminding me of my duties toward my country and my family. Thanks for making me more independent, for making me think of people's feelings, not only mine. Thanks for making me stronger, for making me one year wiser, for giving me the ability to love deeper, for making me think outside the box. Thanks for letting me do what I love most, for proving to me that …

2011's Resolutions =)

1. To finish my master's ba2a!! 2. To enjoy life 3. To do more housework 4. To keep loving my job =) 5. To have a social life and see more of friends 6. To be more organized 7. To eat healthy food 8. To keep blogging my thoughts =) 9. To read a lot more 10. To do more good

To a Season of Memories.... and a Year of Blogging

Sweet sweet memories... Memories that are added to every year. Memories of many many Christmases, happy memories that make me love what we Egyptians call winter even more. Decorated Christmas trees that sit by windows, by shops and in malls. Christmas carols played everywhere. Red, white and green, the colors of happiness, the colors of love, peacefulness and nature. Thank you my dear Christmas for drawing a smile on my face =).
I've been blogging for a year, and it's been awesome. My first post was about Christmas, about the colors of happiness, about my colorful memories of 22 Christmases. On my 23rd Christmas, I have the memory of my first and favorite blog post to add to my long list. Thank you Google for giving me the awesome Blogger, thank you for giving me the chance to speak my mind, to say whatever I please, to show the other side of me. I simply love you...

Thank you

I've been depressed lately for many many reasons, but God always brought little things my way. Little things that made me enjoy life. Simple things, that make me believe I'm loved. Loved by those around me, and loved by God. Little things like a soft breeze running through my hair. Simple things like a smiling face. Small things like hard working students who really want learn. Tiny things like a call from a friend.
These are things that make life. That make life what it is. That make life as wonderful as it is. That make us enjoy the good of life and live with the bad.I've been granted a lot of these small things this week, just when I was in a great need of them. Today, on the very last day of this very bad, exhausting week, I'm nothing but happy. Oh and grateful too. Grateful to God, for taking good care of me. Grateful to my family for supporting me. Grateful to my friends for being who they are. Grateful to the weather for making me smile every time I walk in the G…

For Everything There's a Season

I wanted to write this on my birthday, almost two months ago, but that's life, at least now I've got the time to write it.....
Birthdays are fun aren't they? For me, birthdays were fun until I reached 20. Until that point, I always had some birthday to look forward to; before I turned five, I was looking forward to using all the fingers of my hand to say how old I am. Before I turned ten, I was looking forward to a two digit age. Before I turned 13 I was looking forward to being a teenager. Before I turned 16, I was looking forward to my sweet sixteen, to being a young lady. Before I turned 20, I was looking forward to the best year of my life. I was looking forward to being an adult, an independent person, a reliable one. I was looking forward to some extra freedom, to a new life, to being wiser, to having more responsibilities. If I know one thing, it's that I was right to look forward to this year, it was certainly the best year of my life .
Then I turned 21, a rea…

La Vie en Rose

I'm not a kid, I'm not a sassy girl, I'm not a blond, but my favorite color is pink. Since when was it OK, to classify people according to their favorite color? If pink is a girlie color, then what's a boyish color? Black? I know some girls who love black...
I keep wondering what's wrong with pink, why do people jump to conclusions about someone just because they love pink too much for them to bear? What's the relationship between liking pink and being stupid? Pink is not a girlie color, it's just a color, just like any other....

In fact, I don't like pink just because it's a nice hue. Pink means a lot to me, there are many reasons why I love it. Pink is the color or happiness. Pink is red and white, love and purity. Pink is somewhere between the warmth of red and the coolness of white.Pink is right in the middle of anger and peacefulness. Pink is strength with the limit of kindness. My favorite color is pink, I love the purity of life, I enjoy spring…

My Very Own Version of Back to School

For 18 years, I've been going back to school. On an autumn day, just like today I'd be enjoying the very last of my summer vacation. On a day like this, I never felt bad or depressed. Going back to school was always exciting for me. Ever since KG and up until my very last year at my dear GUC. Yes, I loved school, no matter how hard it was at times, or very boring at other times.
How can't I get very excited about it? How can't I look forward to buying my new uniform (no matter how ugly it was)? How can it not be fun to receive my new books? How can I not like to go on my back to school shopping quest? How can't I enjoy picking all the new name tags and copybook covers (that's in primary of course =D) ? How can't I be wanting to meet my new teachers and see how they're like? How can't I think of all the new things I'm going to learn soon?
Why would I be depressed if I'm going to see my best friends for eight hours everyday? How can one not want…

Do Good

I learned a good lesson today. To show my gratitude to God and my family, I've decided to share it with the world. And I'm hoping that many will read this, and learn the lesson I've learned.
My father wanted to do a good deed, and I kept arguing with him not to do it, because it was someone else's duty. He told me that I'm letting the evil energy take over me, and I'd be willing not to do something for someone special just because another person wouldn't do it. Unlike me, he always lets good energy take over =). He said he'll do it, and that he doesn't care if it's somebody else's duty.
Five minutes later, the phone rang, and I got some very good news. I was looking for a medicine that helps lessen my migraine. It disappeared two months ago, I had only nine days before I finish all I have and then I'd get a headache that would never leave me for a week. Because that's what happens if I don't decrease my intake gradually. The good n…

Another Egyptian - Syrian Union

Ramadan... The season for Arabic series. What's the relationship between fasting and TV? How could we watch 150 series and shows in Ramadan? This number is enough for a whole year! How could one choose what to watch? Whatever happened to the day when there was el fawazeer, alf laila we laila and one comedy series?
Why would people have extra time in Ramadan to watch TV? Because they leave work, school or college earlier than other days? But don't we leave early to read Qura'n, pray, cook iftar, or even sleep? We leave because people have less energy in Ramadan, not to watch TV! This isn't why I'm writing this, even though it's driving me crazy.
There's one thing I like about the many many series though. It's the fact that there's lots of Egyptian-Syrian series these days. Having Abed Fahd, Solaf Fawakherjy, Gamal Soliman, Taiem Hassan, Eyad Nassar (even though he's not Syrian), and many many more together with Egyptain actors and actresses is very…

Rest in Peace Sweet Memories

I've been working 16 hours a day for four days now to catch an MPEG meeting when yesterday after 12 hours of debugging, I've decided that I needed a break. Having to face the fact that I can't afford more than a five minute break, I decided to listen to a song on Youtube. To cheer myself up and remember the good ol' days, I chose to listen to a Boyzone song. Ten years ago (and when I say that I feel really old), Boyzone was my favorite band along with Backstreet Boys. I've spent long long times of my days listening to their songs and singing them. I knew each and every song of theirs by heart. I haven't missed one of their videos, I was one of those crazy teenagers (whom I loved and still do), who'd spend all her vacation watching MTV and downloading new songs. So back to yesterday, I've decided to watch A Different Beat, one of my favorites. It's a song that talks about humanity and how everyone is equal. The minute I Youtubed Boyzone, I found an en…

Will we EVER Wake up?!!!

Whatever happened to us? All of us, can't we do anything more than watching?? No, this time it's not only Egyptians, it's the whole Arab world, I'm not even sure if I can still call us Arabs. Every single person of US, how can we see human beings killed and not do anything about it?? And they're just not any human beings, these people gave their lives to try to free Gaza!!! What have we done? Yes WE, not only our governments, all of us. Our governments did everything to help Israel  with Gaza's Siege. We the Arabs, didn't approve to this, but what have we done to stop it? NOTHING, absolutely nothing. These people gave their lives trying to break Gaza's siege at a time when fellow Arabs were silent, too busy thinking of which football team will be going to the Worldcup. Haven't we all noticed that we can be, very soon, in those people's place? That people are dying because of OUR silence?
When will we wake up? When will we understand that we have …

The Sweetest of Memories

25.05.2009.... One year has passed, one whole year!! This wonderful day, an unforgettable day, a day that comes once in a lifetime. We were the stars that day, and by we, I mean GUC's class 09. It was like we had paparazzi cameras all around us, a day full of smiles and laughter. A day full of memories, memories of five years, five years that have flown by and without us even knowing. They're bittersweet memories that will last a lifetime. Those memories, the memories of our photo-shoot, will forever be carved in my heart. They're memories of an amazing day, a day to treasure. 
I owe a lot to my beloved GUC, I am who I am today because of the GUC. It's made a better person out of me, a hard-worker, an independent, strong, well educated person. I've learned a lot in these five years, I've enjoyed them at times, hated my life at other times, but all in all, I know that this decision was the best I've ever made in my life.  That day, is one of the many many thing…

The One Who Knows it All

I've been given a job at my beloved GUC to teach, I only took it because it felt bad to not take a chance. I really hated that job and I didn't want it at all, but I was always sure that God gave me that job for a reason. Now I know the reason, now I know that this job was one of the best things that's ever happened to me.
I'm so grateful for putting me in the place where I fit best. Thank you so much God, thank you for choosing the best for me. Thank you for guiding me to do what's best for me. You're the one who knows it all, you know what I'm good at, you know what fits me, what will make me happy, what will put my life in place. I'm so proud of myself for believing in taking chances, for trying before hating , for making the right decision, for taking the right path. Thank you God for loving me....
During this semester, I was supposed to teach my students, but I've also learned a lot from them. They've taught me to love life, to laugh a lot (e…

Our Own Little Worlds

I come from a family that loves the environment and cares about mother nature. Being part of that family, I made sure to take part in  Earth Hour. We stayed home, turned off all the lights and took a stand against climate change. This was not only about climate change though, this hour was amazing in many different ways. Of course, it felt good to know that you're doing something to save planet Earth, and it felt even better to be a positive person. To feel that something is going wrong and actually do something about it rather than just keep complaining. In fact, I would really love to do this more often, be positive and do something I mean. I'm one of the most positive people in this country, but living in Egypt, that doesn't make me "that" positive.
In Earth Hour, we turned off the lights and refrained from using any electricity and we sat in the candle light for an hour. We sat there, with no TV, no laptops, no cell-phones, just nothing. There was nothing to…

على اسم مصر - صلاح جاهين

على اسم مصر التاريخ يقدر يقول ما شاء

أنا مصر عندي أحب وأجمل الأشياء
بحبها وهي مالكة الأرض شرق وغرب
وبحبها وهي مرمية جريحة حرب
بحبها بعنف وبرقة وعلى استحياء
واكرهها وألعن أبوها بعشق زي الداء
واسيبها واطفش في درب وتبقى هي ف درب
وتلتفت تلاقيني جنبها في الكرب
والنبض ينفض عروقي بألف نغمة وضرب
على اسم مصر
مصر النسيم في الليالي وبياعين الفل
ومرايه بهتانة ع القهوة .. أزورها .. واطل
القى النديم طل من مطرح منا طليت
والقاها برواز معلق عندنا في البيت
فيه القمر مصطفى كامل حبيب الكل
المصري باشا بشواربه اللي ما عرفوا الذل
ومصر فوق في الفراندة واسمها جولييت
ولما جيت بعد روميو بربع قرن بكيت
ومسحت دموعي في كمي ومن ساعتها وعيت
على اسم مصر
أنا اللي اسمي حتحـور .. أنا بنت رع
مثـال الأمـومـة ورمـز الحـنـان
تفـيض حـلمـاتي وتمـلا الـتـرع
وتسـقـي البـشـر كلهـم والغـيـطان
نهايته يا مصر اللي كانت أصبحت وخلاص
تمثال بديع وانفه في الطين غاص
وناس من البدو شدوا عليه حبال الخيش
والقرص رع العظيم بقى صاج خبيز للعيش
وساق محارب قديم مبتورة ف أبو قرقاص
ما تعرف اللي بترها سيف والا رصاص
والا الخراب اللي صاب عقل البلد بالطي…

Mariam Saleh, Teaching Assistant, German University in Cairo

I believe in taking chances.....
I've been saying these words everyday for as long as I remember, but when I got a chance I didn't take it. God has given me a chance, a chance that I'm not sure if it's a good one, and I said no on the spot. I've said I hated something without even trying it. I didn't even want to take God's gift, I'm glad I woke up in the right time and I've learned from my mistake....
I've learned that I can't judge something or some one without knowing. I've learned that I'm supposed to think before I let the words come out of my mouth. I've learned that I have to listen to others and not just to myself. I've learned that God might give you shortcuts to get to what you've planned for yourself easier or faster. I've learned that your plan doesn't always  have to go on the same route you want it to go, but you still can reach your aim.
I'm not saying that this is the best thing that's ever ha…