Dodo Says

My dear friend, we’ve enjoyed precious moments together. We had one great friendship that made many envious of it. People always tried to warn me, and I thought they were judging you without really knowing you. Something made you special, something made you stand out of the crowd to be my true special friend. You had a great personality: responsible, funny, wise, loving, caring, spontaneous, crazy, and very crazy. Your priorities were different. Oh, you may be wondering if I mean that you’ve changed. Well, yes, you have. And you’ve changed a lot. Or if you believe that you haven’t changed, then it means one thing: your personality that I loved and cherished was not real. Was it a disguise to win my friendship??? Really am not sure. Were you playing a certain role? Or did you really change? Whatever the case was, I would certainly love to see you back in the personality that best suits you, the one you had when we enjoyed a close friendship.

If you don’t cherish our precious moments, never mind. But I wish you choose the right track for you life. Don’t go running without a clear direction. Really, my dear friend, I would love to see you achieving your goals and succeeding in life. But, again I say, choose the right track.

Well, no am not a photographer, and not willing to be. But I have a smartphone (yeah still using that N8), and it has a great camera, so why not take photos of nice stuff I come across? Here’s a bunch:

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No, I don’t watch TV. No, I have very little information about current TV shows. Yes, I spent much of my time surfing internet and social networks. And since am a big fan of  Wael Kfoury’s voice and songs,  yes, I liked his page on Facebook and followed him on Twitter. The mentioned social networks, informed me that he was shooting an episode with Asala Nasri. (oh she hosts a TV show now?? really?? she has a degree in journalism or any related field?? – ok time to search google ==> wikipedia; no mention about her education)

Ok, whatever, let’s watch the episode. Oh, but on what channel and when? From Wael’s Facebook page I was aware that the show is named “Soula”; searched Facebook pages and found her, liked the page and posted on their timeline asking for info about the date and timing of the episode; till now, no answer.  So there was no way to know except for Wael’s page on Facebook.

Then came the day, me on the couch, TV on, waiting for the episode to begin. The show begins with Asala sitting down and talking and talking, all I could hear was “ana…ana…ana” (arabic word for me) so she was talking about herself not introducing her guests. Then came in Wael with music composer Bilal ElZein. She welcomed them and started to chat. And here’s how it went, she asked questions and once the guests start to answer she interrupts to talk again about herself (“ana laman kenet b london” = when i was in London ; “ana kenet 3end el couffeur *not coiffeur* = when i was at the hairdresser ; bla bla bla). Dear Asala, please note that you have to hear what others have to say especially that they are YOUR guests and YOU have asked them a question.

Ok cut the talking and start singing. Finally Wael is singing, am happy. Oh NO!!! Come on!! She holds her microphone and starts singing Please no :( .  Now just to prove to you how awesome is Wael’s voice compared to hers, he was holding the mic with a big distance from his mouth, and still his voice was clear whether for high or low musical notes; but for Asala, the mic was very close to her mouth, and her voice really was disturbing.

Now, let’s talk about the band playing the music during the show. I think my little 5 year old sisters play better than them! No, it’s not exaggeration. Wael was asking them to play specific musical notes, they couldn’t. And it was obvious that he was upset, cause his hand was on his face hiding his disappointment.

Another guest on the show was singer Abir Nehme. Wow what a lovely voice!

An hour has passed and there on the screen was “to be continued”! Oh so there’s part two of this “lovely” episode?! Cool.

After one week, it’s time for part two, which was worse than part one. And especially with Asala trying to eat an apple with the mic on. Moreover, Abir was talking about the history of the music for the song “Li Beirut”, Wael asks her to sing it following special musical notes and he asked Asala to join them. Asala answered “I don’t know what you’re talking about, and by the way who sings this song?” Yes, Lady Asala doesn’t know that the awesome Fairuz sings “Li Beirut”!

You know the feeling when you’re watching a football game on TV and you’re so excited you’re about to jump into the TV and kick the ball? I had that same kind of feeling when I was watching the show, but always asking Asala to shut up!

 

(Why? part 1)

One of her friends asked her: “so after all these years and all the love you had for him, you simply don’t love him anymore?”

She answered: “Yes.”

They asked: “Why? What happened?”

She answered: “hmm well let’s see. He will always be a special and dear friend, that’s it.”

They interrupted: “You haven’t answered why. Is it that you have finally found out that he is not mature enough? You found out the real him, we’ve been telling you about?”

She answered: “Girls, I haven’t met someone as mature as he is. For all the reasons I have told you before, I still believe he’s an amazing guy. But some of his recent activities, especially online, showed me that he cannot face peer-pressure and that he is a bit of a show-off person. Add to it, am sure someone, and I know who that is, has already told him how I feel about him. If he had shared me the same feelings, it would have been another story. And lately, I have a feeling there is someone he cares for. So, it’s time to move on. That’s it.”

One of her friends, who was very happy, told her: “I should introduce you to my cousin. I am sure you’ll make a great couple.”

She interrupted: “I don’t want to be introduced to anyone, I simply want to taste life without having to care about anyone except for me, my family, and my dear friends. I want to taste life without having to think about anyone or miss anyone.”

They asked: “You miss him?”

She replied: “The weather is lovely today.”

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As my mom says about social networks “metel ka2ano we2ef 3ala el sate7 w 3am ysarekh la ahel el 7ara w ykhaberoun shou sar ma3o” and that’s true. Why? Keep in mind that there is no manual with strict rules about what to post online and what not, it all depends on you and your wish to keep stuff private or not. Now let’s go back to the “7ara” part. As in any neighborhood, there is the closest and friendliest neighbor and there is the most annoying neighbor; so is the case with our online list of friends, followers, and circles. Those lists contain people we know from school, university, work, the “ex”, even people we might not know personally, relatives, etc. So, technically, no one stands on the roof top of his house and shouts his news and updates, then why do we do that online?

Let’s elaborate more. Would any girl put her picture in swimsuit on the roof top of her house? elmante2 bi2oul la2. Then why does she post it on her profile, where most of the people don’t care about her activities? Or, if someone is in a relationship, would they shout and scream in their neighborhood telling everyone that they are in a relationship? also elmante2 bi2oul la2. Then why that status keeps changing or your profile, when your “friends” really don’t care?

Or let’s say you’re out with your friends and your parents call you to ask where you are, and check on you; whether you tell them or not, you turn to  your friends and complain about your parents intruding your privacy; but you check in on foursquare and don’t care about privacy.

If you had a shower, would you call all your friends and tell them? Is showering an accomplishment? Or is it something you rarely do? Then why tweet it?

But, to me, the most irritating online behavior is “tobyeed el tanajer”. “yiii shou helou festanik w lebe2lik ktir” says a girl to another, but in fact she’s so envious la daraje enou farjet el soura lal kel yalli 7awalaye w 2eletloun “bisharafkoun sheyfeen ashna3, w mfakra 7ala shi”. Layki ya “7abibte” fike mata3mele comment, mannik majboura, tsarafy ka2anik mashefti hal post w bala matetzeke. 3anjad enou “tobyeed el tanajer” ktir zeyed hal iyem, khasatan laman nkoun mna3ref enou A mesh ktir metfe2 ma3 B bel 7ayet el tabi3iye, bas byetghazalou bi ba3doun edem el jameheer.

Another irritating online behavior is the double personalities people have, i.e. online they show as someone, and in real life they are someone else. Some show as very smart when they post something online, but in real life they are not that smart. Anyway, after all they had time to google before tweeting, posting or replying. Another group of people are those who we know really well, you know their standards, their likes and dislikes; but all of those disappear when they are online. For example, and this is a real example of someone I know, someone who never curses, but brags online about watching an uncensored movie kalimetou men el zenar w nezil.

Am sure there are so many other examples/situations. Please share them.

 

It all started the moment the doctor told my mom that she’s bearing triplets. Yes triplets! And they are the 3Js: Joyce, Joelle and Julie. So how has the last 4 years of our lives been since my sisters saw the light? Allow me to explain.

It’s amazing how one moment changes your whole life, your goals, and your plans. Even before welcoming the girls we had to go through a lot of changes; after all, their coming was not planned nor expected, it was the most beautiful gift we’ve received, and this gift needs to be taken care of. I had to quit university, and take care of mom especially when she was hospitalized for one month before giving birth. Then came the moment we’ve all been waiting for: the moment when the doctor said “the mom and kids are good and healthy, mabrouk!”

Talk about sleepless nights since then; yes, sometimes 48hrs pass and we don’t get one hour sleep. Oh caffeine, thank you so much for doing your job back then! Coffee, tea, chocolate, coke, was what we mostly consumed. Let’s do some math here: 3 babies, you have to feed each one every 3hrs, and change diapers, plus laundry, sterilizing milk bottles etc. Full-time job! That’s how we spent the first six months.

If you think with time when they grow up things get easier, you’re mistaken. Each phase has it’s own troubles and blessings. No more sleepless nights, thank God; but you have to train them to eat by spoon, train them to walk, potty training, sleepless nights hit back when they’re sick. We were always (and still are) on the watch so they don’t fall, or chew on hazardous stuff, you name it. And with all our efforts to stay cautious they locked themselves in the bathroom, they fell off the bed, they locked mom outside of the house, they broke the table’s glass in the living room, etc. That’s why we’ve done some “re-decoration” to our house: the living room is a playground, the kitchen is messed up, the bedrooms are crowded, and the walls are filled with my sisters’ drawings.

But all those troubles fade away by a single hug or kiss from my 3Js. Or when I’m at work and they call me to tell me “I love you”, my day moves smoother.

Life when there’s kids around is a whole different world. You work more to improve your personality. You need to be strong, cause they count on you. You need to be patient, cause they need to grow up and learn new stuff. You need to be a good teacher, cause you never know when they ask you something. You need to speak the truth, you can’t lie to a kid. All in all, you must set a good example, cause you are their role model, and they look up to no one but you.

Every day holds a new adventure with my sisters. Every day holds a new experience. Is it worth it? TOTALLY!

“A friend in need is a friend indeed” We all have that friend in our lives and have played that role as a real good friend to others. Yes, friendship is vital for life. And with such a friend in our lives we are proud to point out and say “that’s my friend that I count on”; even God was proud to reveal to humankind His friend “… Abraham my friend…” Isaiah 41:8

But the real friend is the one that lasts, right? Not the one who just turns around and leaves for the most stupid reasons. And believe me, you never know exactly if your friend is really a friend until you face troubles. Let’s say you had a little misunderstanding, and it felt bad, as if the world ended; but because you have a strong relationship, you were able to solve that little issue. The beautiful thing is that after such an incident your friendship is now stronger than ever before, and yes your world is back to life.

But there’s this type of friendship that’s really confusing. There’s this friend you really really really love, but… Let’s elaborate more on this subject. That person is always ready to help you, would never let you down, always there to cheer you up, shows you how special you are, and you try to do the same in return. That person is the one you care about the most, and one thing you know for sure you never want that person upset or bothered. So far so good? But at times, when you just need to talk to him/her, they are not there. Sorry, allow me to rephrase that last sentence: they are there, they exist, but they ignore you. How do you feel when that happens? You start to question everything, and all those memories you shared. You even blame yourself, and wonder if it’s something you have done that bothered them. Ask them if there’s something wrong? Well you’re somehow sure what their answer will be, and you know it’s not going to solve matters at all. Fight for that friendship, or let time solve it? I absolutely have no idea.

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