Wednesday, February 29, 2012

On leap years

Today, we all get an extra day. An extra chance to change something, to do something or to say something. Today, all bets are off the table. Today, you go with your gut feeling and follow your instincts. Today is the day you break free and you step out of your comfort zone. Get out, do something brave, do something worthwhile and something selfless. Embrace the world for all it is today, for tomorrow, we go back to the mundane, to the normal. Today is a magical day, and we all need magic in our lives. Fear not, the Earth will still spin the same way it always has tomorrow, but for just for today, imagine if it spun differently. Oh, the possibilities!

Happy Leap Year everyone!

Those were the days...

I woke up with this song on my mind. It is beautiful, sad and true.

"Those were the days, my friend. We thought they'd never end."

All good things come to an end. Especially happy, carefree days...

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

On getting things

from HERE

Monday, February 27, 2012

I miss you

From here

Happy=Good; Angry= Bad

This never fails to make me smile when it is the last thing I feel like doing.

Friday, February 24, 2012

On nostalgia

It is weird. I am sitting here on my couch, all alone. It is very quiet as I don't have any music or the T.V on. The kitchen window is open and suddenly, in comes a lot of noise. People laughing, singing and whistling. For a second, I was transported back to my Montreal apartment. It was snowing outside and warm inside. My apartment was quiet as well, but I could hear the same sounds coming in from the outside. For a second, I felt a calm I haven't felt in years. For a second, I was back home, in my element, where I belong. For a second, I was there... but then again there, is always here with me.

It is weird.

On being anything

From Here

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

On the Arabic language

Arabic, as an academic language, has been a thorn in my back ever since I was a child. I say academically because the written and spoken Arabic are 2 different things altogether. Each area, city and even country has its own dialect, while we all write it and read it the same way.

Having said all that, however, I have to admit that no language is as rich as Arabic when it comes to descriptions. One word can have a thousand different meanings, all relying on where you use them in the sentence. It truly is amazing.

Today, I came across this:

Presence vs. Absence

Translation: The cold presence is much more painful than the absence. Isn't it simple, yet perfect? It could be applied to so many different scenarios and situations, and in each of those, it will still stand true.

It is these little things that remind me of just how wonderful Arabic truly is as a language. I can sit, read and enjoy, and that makes it perfect 


Sunday, February 19, 2012

On Whales

Ever wondered just how big a life-sized blue whale is, and then stopped thinking because your mind just could not picture it?

Well, I have. Plenty of times... since I was a kid. No matter how hard I tried, I just could not imagine it. Then one day, I discovered the internet. Furthermore, on a completely different day,years and years later, I stumbled upon this page. It not only shows you just how large a blue whale is, you can listen to it, AND watch it pass you by. Cool, eh?

When you're done and you click to close the website, you will get a mesage. So, don't forget to click...

Monday, February 13, 2012


from a friend's email

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Game of Thrones 2

When you play the game of thrones, you win or you DIE!

The cold winds are rising... winter is coming!!!!!

Excited and ecstatic do not even begin to cover how I feel.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

I need your help

This post is about appealing to your human side. It is about asking you to help out a complete stranger, someone you have never met before and probably will never meet. It is about asking you to use the blessing that is the internet and help out someone who may be thousands of miles away. It is about stepping up, about contributing, about saving a life.

I have copied the following from the website: Matching Mona The Fundraiser.

"Hello friends, friends of friends and strangers. My name is Ruwayna and I am launching this campaign to help raise funds for a life-saving bone marrow transplant for my friend Mona Abulhassan. 

As many of you already know almost 3 years ago in her mid-20s Mona was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia type T. Since then, she has been defeating, struggling and overcome by this disease and is now urgently in need of a bone-marrow transplant. She has received most of her treatment in Cairo, Egypt but is now receiving treatment in London, England because the necessary drugs are not available in Cairo. Soon, we hope, she will be receiving a transplant. She has no matches in her family, and so the type of procedure she has to undergo can only be performed abroad (Egypt does not do the transplant for unrelated donors). There is no insurance to cover these costs so her family has been funding this through personal savings and grants.

Medical costs are constantly building up and after almost 3 years of treatment, you can imagine what kinds of hurdles those costs have become. I think that as a global community: Egypt, the Gulf, North America, Asia, perhaps even some of you down-under; we can help Mona and her family keep up with the finances necessary for her treatment, and make this journey a little less over-whelming."

 Please take a minute or two to click on it and read through it. Please visit their facebook page to get  a better idea of what the situation really is. Whatever you choose to contribute will help. If you can not give money, then please, help out by spreading the word. Tweet, facebook, google+, blog... anything, just share. If you prefer to send out e-mails and spread the word via word of mouth, then that is great too. Whatever you want to do, do it, but please, do not ignore it. Do not act as if you did not read it. Do not close the webpage and never think of this again. Cancer can hit each and everyone of us. We, as humans, should help each other fight this fight. We need to stand together.

Please. Mona needs our help.

Click Here

Samsung Galaxy Phone

This is an Ad for the Samsung Galaxy Phone, starring my friend Mani.

Well, well, well... what can I say? Let me start off by saying that it always feel good when you see your friends in a youtube video, in a movie, in a show etc. Suddenly, you find yourself with a huge grin on your face and your heart is just filled with love and emotion. Secondly, the phone truly is great. My sister has it and she sings its praises on a daily basis. It is fast, reliable, powerful, and easy to use. The only reason I'm still a blackberry chick is because a) I can't be bothered to transfer contact info and calender info from one phone to the other; and b) the phone is a little too big. It's wider than the Iphone even and thus, it won't fit in most of my clutches. c) Samsung has really turned itself around and has embraced technology, it is not imitating the Iphone, but innovating in its own way.d) I am team anything NOT IPHONE =D

Having said all that I should mention one of its many cool features, its 8 megapixel camera. It is AWESOME! Mani keeps taking pictures of our lovely professors and sending them over to me when I'm in the next class. It keeps us entertained and sane.

Ok, I'll stop typing now, and here is the video:

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

On I think these are all action verbs...


I need to Ctrl+Alt+Esc my life. Better yet, I wish there was a copy of a different life I could install.