Saturday, December 22, 2007

Season'sgreetings from Mac and PC :)

Ahhhh I love Mac vs. PC advertisements. I really just love ads..I should post all the ads I like one day...
For now..Merry Xmas and Happy New Year's

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Eid Mobarak...

Eid Mobarak to all of ya..
Dont you love how all holidays are falling so close to each other, and how we are just so lucky to take Eid, Xmas, and New Years ALL OFF..yay

I always wonder, did people actually cook lam meat on Eid El- Adha back in day?
I alway remember my mom taking the day off and leaving it up to steak house to feed us on this day...

Monday, December 17, 2007

Some eBay age parenting

A Montreal father sold his 15 years old son's vidoe game on eBay for a hefty mark-up after catching him smoking pot...
The father "sold the hard-to-get "Guitar Hero III" video game he bought his son for 90 dollars for Christmas at an online auction, fetching 9,000 dollars."

Would I be pissed if I was this kid!! The idiot could have sold it himself on eBay

Here is the dummest Futureshop/ Guitar Hero ad EVERR...

What holiday ads drive you crazy?

Saturday, December 15, 2007

I just had to say something about that...RIP kiddo

A Mississauga 16 years old female was murdered by her father last week. The instant and most surfacing motive to the killing per many sources is her refusal to wear the ‘Hijab’ or the traditional Islamic headscarf which has led her father to snap...and KILL his own daughter.
This is a case of domestic violence, which always re-occurs in what seems like a peaceful town like Mississauga. It is not a case of oppression of Islamic traditions for women, and most importantly, it is not a Muslim life style issue.
The case is purely an issue of violence against women, and a case of poor guidance toward integration for new Canadian families.
Aqsa was failed by the school system, and by the Muslim community centers in Mississauga to guide her and her family through their ordeal. Our MANY mosques and community centers are failing many young Muslim Canadians by not teaching them how to integrate and interact with this new society to them or their parents, without losing their identity. Aqsa has lived a double life as a Hijabi at home, and as a more ‘Westernized version’ at school. Not being able to achieve a balance of both, has led to clash with her family, just like many young Muslim Canadians. *I have seen this happen in Jordan and Saudi, Idont recall someone being killed over it!*
I am NOT trying to defend the father, simply because nothing JUSTIFIES the killing of his OWN child. I am also not trying to blame our Islamic Centers, as they are always lacking the resources for most similar projects. But I can not help it but think how things would have been different if some kind of counseling was seeked by the school, the family, or the child who was killed.

Monday, December 10, 2007

My rushed version of posts

To avoid writing multipe posts, and to avoid spending more time on my computer, and as I really really need some fresh air, been needing that since Saturday morning, I will put out my rambles in point form...(why is this becomming a trend?)

  • Is there such a thing as coffe rehab? There should be. I have been trying to reduce my coffe consumption for 3 days now. I am down to 6-7 cups a day, plus some tea. Any tips regarding my addition?

  • I have been in a testing/assignmenting process for two days , even after finishing all school related work. boooh

  • This other non-school work is SOOOOO BORING. I change my mind, I take it back, I want to stay unemployed if this is how it is going to be. Orientations were very boring, and above all, too easy to make me bother regarding picking the right choice, or circuling true and false....

  • My mom is YAAAAY

  • My mom is visiting. and on another note, I have to prepare for the ceremoney by doing the following: clean the house ceiling to floor, clean HER car, wash all the beddings, finish the 3 weeks worth of laundry, grocerize (hate hate hate grocery shopping), make sure my clothest is in tip top shape....Ah I thought I am supposed to be vacationing

  • I really really really wanna see some x-mass decorations. I really wanna finish this post and go check out Square One shopping centre. I envy all those worry-free teenagers walking around with their red, white and green coulored shopping bags, so happy about their purchases. I can not go any longer (almost 45 days) without going to the mall.

  • I FINALLY watched American Gangster. Thank you F for making sure I make it on Friday. A PROPER movie review is to follow, but for now, I have to say it is a 6.5/10

  • I want to strat reading my novel. I have been in restoration mood for two days. This means that I fall asleep on the couch the minute; the tempreture reaches 25 c, my brother stop talking to me, or the minute I start gazing at a document that is not displayed on my laptop (i.e. books and magazines).
  • Yes. something like what grandpa Simpson does :(
  • I hate emotional roller coasters. Even the funny ones. I get headaches afterward, which is not good for my coffe addition...

  • I am going to use Areal from now on on this blog. My prof actually penalized me for using TNR instead of Arial on my presentation.

  • I have to go to Homedepot tonight. I hate hate hate Homedepot. But the light fixture which I bought is not going to hang itself. I have been waiting since October 2006 (yes that long) for it to be hanged by itself, or by brother. I give up. I need ligh in the guest room now

  • I exactly have 18 hours to do all of what I said above before mom arrives.

Ps: my mom is a really lovely lady. She is not scary at all. However, she is for some reason obsessed with order, and neat houses. Above all that, she has a sense of humour which feeds off stories about her kids. Walking into our house as is, will give her comedy matatrials for a month to come. No thanx, i will do my chorse on a short notice instead.

I miss my mom beyond anything I can describe, I love her too. Above all, I love the goodies she is bringing in her suit case from Jeddah and Amman.

I just realized that you would not have needed to read this if only I can find my cell phone and call someone to ramble out all of this, but I missed my blog. I promise some real articles SOON!

Saturday, December 1, 2007


If anything...this month is the month that was stolen from my life.

I have spent it on my kitchen table with my laptop and endless stacks of papers and textbooks. I have learned so much in this month. I am just not sure where to apply all those business concepts I have accumulated. Fingers crossed Dana would get that job... and see if all of this cramming of information and assignments was necessary...

Missing- was The Black Iris of Jordan blog for almost a week. It was mysterious enough to make me start to think that he was blocked by some authority figure. But then again...if anything he should be adopted by those authorities...

I discovered Yamli today...just one of the greatest ideas coming to live...making life easier for hundreds of Arabic typing literals just like me.... I shall post more about it. I am really curious about who started it and how are they planning to make money out of their online I am sure I will find plenty of entertaining materials about using this applications..YAMLI ROCKS

I am too wiped out by now... This month was a true hardcore work month...I hope that life takes a better turn. December is promising a lot of reconnecting...a lot of learning...a lot of decisions...and maybe a chance to take back life

I need some time apart from my sick laptop

Can’t wait to start reading Love in the Time of Cholera....

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Facebook as a bridal catalogue

I don't know how most of you feel about this, but for me one of the weirdest most awkward things in my culture is bride hunting. Weather you are being approached or asked for "reference" about someone in specific, and most creepy when you are asked to refer someone you know to complete stranger. i have to admit it is the creepiest when you are approached...

I think many Arabs out there are thankful for Facebook as it saves them a lot of effort as it allows a good "preview" of the possible bride to be. If the dude and his "KHATABE" are lucky, the girl would have an open public profile, or at least close picture of her face available for the public. Then, they can through her list of friends "investigate" if their circle of friends and her circle of friends are connected at some point through a common person (a common girlfriend is the best alternative) THEN an opportunity to approach the candidate rises !

I am serious. A lot of moms out there are behind the monitor browsing through the pictures on Facebook for possible candidate who they will contact her to arrange for when they can come over an have a cup of coffee with the family.

For some people, they go the extra step on signing in into their daughters accounts, go through their profiles and their friends profiles and "help" those nice guys out there finding there perfect bride. Their daughter's accounts has got to have some "listed friends" who are recently graduate Arab females, hopefully not yet spoken for and who are not looking to do any post-grad studies. Hey, you can even filter your search at Facebook by region and by university lol

On the other hand some men, do not put there loved ones through such trouble, because, and I quote some random dude from Montreal " It is easier and sometimes easier on the pocket (cheaper) to find a bride from back home and bring her to live here"

Personally, I made my peace with this, and know that there is nothing I can do, I sometimes even give up, and put up a good word for a girl who I knew. But most of the time I pretend I don't know this person and save myself from any future headaches and such

I don't understand, why can't the guys who are looking for a partner just approach those girls. Get to know them, and then maybe start something. I am sure most of them does not even trust someone else's taste in shirts. Why is it alright to marry based on someone else's taste?

This topic has been coming up a lot in my conversations, as my Facebook list of friends was recently investigated.

A universal trend in November

Lately, every single person I talk to, whether here in Canada or back in Arabia is BORED to death.
I usually turn to the Internet and blogs when I give up on my people in real life. But everyone here is either bored, complaining abut the weather, midterms, other people, or general chronic boredom. Facebook is not any better.
I would try retail threpy and pamper myself into a new big black handbag with great metalic detailing, or silver BCBGirls metalic peep toes, but I am so over budget this month already!
Excuse me, but I gotta go stair at the ceiling for a bit before I put a book in my face

*all copy right reserved to owner (Hal Khalaf)

Thursday, November 8, 2007

AND nowww winter starts

The winter season is officially here today...after being pampered all October with warm weather, and relatively warm November (positive temperature)..Today it snowed!
Although I froze to death walking outside today, and I know that I have a long season of bad driving conditions, I was SO excited to see snow again.
Oh, and I visited the mall today, and most shops are playing Christmas songs already! soon pretty decorations are going to be up. I miss winter, but in 1 month I am going to be bitching about it on this same about being bipolar...
Yay for hot chocolate and marshmallows season!

Thursday, November 1, 2007


I have always wondered what is Rachel Ray's secrete. I mean the woman is always over happy, over cheerful, strangely excited about the smallest things (weird really), and she always have an appetite for what she cooks as if she has not ate it before.

I am watching the woman on TV now, and I think that she is always HIGH on something while taping the show. Just observe how she is always craving the food.

What do you think is up with here?

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

I love

the aroma of fresh Ben Al-Amid coffe grinds that have just been delivered from Amman.

I cant even put the bags I received in the freezer, because I want my house to smell like Ben Al-Amid coffe. Too musch s associated with its reviving smell :)

Monday, October 29, 2007

Axis of Evil...

Axis of Evil is a comedy tour consisted of three Comedians of Middle Eastern backgrounds, Palestinian, Egyptian and Irani. From the name of their group/tour you can tell there are tons of George Bush, US airport security and Arabs jokes. I am only familiar with the Egyptian comedian Ahmed Ahmed who was featured on Micheal Moor's DVD Fahrenheit 911. The rest are just as good!

He is sooooo true about the cussing in English. I don't get when people tell me it is okay to say the big F. Mainly because it is the most used English word (kinda true). I don't think you should use English as an excuse to swear in inappropriate settings and around the wrong people. It is not a good excuse!
LOL at Strabakeees...

The Axis of Evil are coming to Amman. They are performing on November 17, 18, 19 at Court Yard.
Not a single show in Canada in 2007.


I hate accounting with a passion. I hated it so much that in years 1 and 2 when I had to take it I took revengue by memorizing everything in the book just to get that IN-YOUR-FACE-accounting-course feeling. I have to admit, I get sick by looking at simple balance sheets and income statements. Now, in four year, after a year and a half of no accounting, my prof thought it might be fun to live the old days. He thinks it might be good to do some pro-forma financial statements, and probably make it worth some marks, not so much though 10%
This should not come out of a fourth year business student, so shoot me!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Go back in time...cyber space time

Do you have a website that you like but it does not exist? Do you miss the old layout of a website but can't enjoy it anymore because the website is updtaed?

For those who answered YES, you should try the Wayback machine from the Internet archive website. I like to use it to track the development of websites from the day they started up to now. I love to observing how far web development have come along, and how e-commerec has changed website layouts and functions.

You may not be able to access all buttons on your selected website as some links will not be funtioning, and it takes forever todownload pages with some graphics...
This is how sad did the Hotmail page looked like WAY back in 1996. I think Internet time should be calculated like dogs or cats years. An Internet year prbably counts for 5 normal years.What do you think? I think 5 is more than enough!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Kool, kidz friendly e-banking :)

I came across this kids online banking website the other day, it is part of ING Direct Bank, one of the largest virtual banks in the world. I thought some of the readers might like to introduce it to their children. You should, this portal is educational and fun :)

Planet Orange is a website which advocates financial literacy and teaches children the importance of saving and financial planning at an appropriate level for their age. ING Direct got the inspiration to start this portal from customers’ emails requesting information on how to teach their children about financial planning. According to ING Direct this website supports its vision of “leading America back to savings”. Planet Orange acts as a resourceful tool for parents, teaches and children and young adults to realize the need of learning and discussion the topic of personal financing which opens the door to personal financing education at homes and at schools.

The winner of Financial Literacy Award website has a children-friendly design and layout that introduce users to a fun, simple, yet very educational experience. It also offers a level of sophistication that connects with parents and teachers.

The website has a dynamic structure and allows interactivity through two main characters, Cedric and Amy, who guide the user to different sections (continents) of the website. In each section, children are faced with a financial situation similar to what they could face in life such as unexplained loss of money without budgeting.

Just a thought: Why did not I have something like this growing up? I was so bad with personal finance as a teenager to the degree that my dad had to set down and have a talk with me about my debit card usage. His exact words were: "Dana, baba, ATMs are different from a Pac-man machine or a video games where you play and win redeemable coupons. You see baba, you don't win the money, truth is I WORK FOR IT."

3arabi mkasar...broken arabic

This is what happens to kids who move between an Arabic speaking nation to an English/French one (my beloved Canada) and back to Arabia again in less than 4 years!

A message on Facebook from sister #1
how ru ?
sistarr u forget u has a family in za desaert livin iam talkin like ma bio teacher no serizly iam startin to loosing all mine english so calle me or ill stop talkin english.SERIOSLY I MISSED HOW IS ZA NORTH POLE (she means toronto) ZA DESERT IS HOT AND BORIN (she means Jeddah) NO NOT JUST HOT I CAN FRIES EGGZ ON THE HEAD OF ME ...CALL IAM LOOSIN MINE MIND.

A text from sister #2
I earlier told her ed3eele because I have a midterm. and tell mama to make Du3a
She replies as I was receiving my exam booklet:
"I hope that everything you ed3eed for yourself comes true"

The first one was joking and being silly, the second one was not :S
However, the first one insists on saying EJLEYING instead of washing the dishes, because it is easier to use one word. She thinks it is a perfectly good verb, just like argeling !

Do you have any words like that? you know a cross between Arabic and English, that you think are perfectly usable?

I hear the following occasionally

Shabater (chapters)
Bashalshel (from SHELLE)

Isam's bald head=Buddah

This is halirious...Although Isam might kill me when he sees this. Good thing we will not see each other in a LONG time :)
As for Ibrahim, he is few steps away from Isam. HAHA (evil smiley)

Isam in one of his Buddah poses, yata2amal
!brAheM says:
7a6een temthal la 3esam 3endko b canada?!!
Dandoon... says:
ha? no! lesh?
!brAheM says:
ur pic
Dandoon... says:
Dandoon... says:
thats actually in amman
!brAheM says:
Dandoon... says:
fe hada2ek el hussein
!brAheM says:
aah..fe 3amman elo kteer tamatheel
Dandoon... says:
OMG... this buddah thing really looks like 3esam
Dandoon... says:
LOL you are always funny ibrahim

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Who takes notes at university anyways?/سخرية القدر

I thought this is funny and should be blogged. Isam's university stories were a source of laughter in the family. I just hope the family does not see this. Mainly because now my poor memory is one of their sources of laughter.

Isam: hows everything
Dandoon: i discovered today what does so5reyat al kadar mean exactly
Dandoon: AH 3esam..i have an open notebook midterm tom and i lost my notes
Dandoon: it is the only cousre that i took notes for everysingle class in it
Dandoon:i lost all my class exercises with them and past quizes...kol shee
this has never happened to me since elementry school
Isam:ya 7aram
Dandoon:ya whatever
i dont care about the notes..i just wanna know where the binder went
Isam: mnee7 me de3te inte in the process
Dandoon:i took notes of half of the materials so far
Dandoon: ok mashe make fun of me. why do i tell people too man!
Isam:come on !
Dandoon: 3njad...i hate taking notes...but i did for this course...i ususally do mini stick notes on the text..ta3abee DA3. it is kinda funny
Isam: sorry i dont know what it feels to lose a notebook.i never had one
Dandoon: LOL
Isam:in all UNIV i bought 3 notebooks
wa7ad sar daftar she3er
wa7ad sar daftar tricks
o wa7ad konna ana o basel ne3mal 3aleh el fantasy games taba3oon el football
Dandoon... says: HA?
Dandoon... says: 3esam i am gonna blog this about you. go on explain the last one ...
Isam:blog the whole thing
Dandoon:i am gonna...i am lacking interesting materials for that space
Isam says:fantasy games is when u have a competition
and u pick a team of ur own ... and try to score as much points depending on how the players u picked did in the actual it ?
Dandoon: huh..sound like fun
Isam:IT IS ... MAJOR
Isam:i've been playing the Champions league (sth in europe) for 5 years now hoping to win ANYTHING.never did :(
Dandoon:lol m3lesh...good luck with hocky baseball...bascket ball...whatever other sport you are into
Isam:just football for now
Dandoon: now type so5reyat al kadar bel 3arbee
سخرية القدر

The next day I walked out of my midterm, got into my car and drove home. I completely forgot about my afternoon class, and only remembered it as I was reaching home :S

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Abood hearts donuts

My little brother is doing his IGCSE exams. He thinks the best part about it is that recently opened Krispy Kreme Doonuts in Jeddah is near his testing center. For him this is an exam that he is actually looking forward for.

I love you Abu-Karsh
Good Luck on your 3arabi exam :)

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

And I thought I was lazy...

This conversation actually happened in my class last Thursday.
US: Sir, can we talk about our midterm, we are really confused regarding the material included in the test.
Prof: Sure. When is your midterm anyways ( my eye brow is half way through an arch)
US: next week! on Thursday!
Prof: NEXT WEEK. Well we have not covered actual chapters materials to carry a midterm. We have to do someting aboot this (yes he says ABOOT).
I have to mention that last week was week 6 of the program, we should have covered 5 chapters by now. We only covered 1.5 actual chapters. The two hours lecture is spread between talking about his adventures in some deserted university in the Pacific and another deserted university in BC, as a professor.
US: at this point some of us were about to freak out,,,most of us were about to burst in laugh
Prof: well, I guess a take home exam would be a good idea
US: we've never done one before. What would be the format?
Prof: I will let you know soon. I just thought of that now!

Another prof was asked when he would hand out a specific assignment...his answer was..and I qoute " I will give it to you in a future week". What does that mean, can I ever say I will hand you my work in a future date, what is that supposed to mean?
He also was not sure about the number of chapters we have covered. I sure didnt know neither.

How worried should I be at this point?

Sunday, October 14, 2007


It has been a while since a good mafia/gangster/police movie came out. If you are like me, a sucker for mafia movies...then this is a must watchI am not good at reviews, because I don't do movies justice....but I can say this

Brother disgraces his family, however the father's heart is much bigger than abandoning hope...
Chance arises to to get son back on the good guy's side...opportunity wasted! and son chooses living neutral on the evil side, BUT, loyalty is a metal that only shined when things heated up and family was dangered. Son puts father and brother above all... Its a war between Russian hit-mans and the NYPD

Did I spoil it? don't change your mind, there is a lot I didn't mention...
my rate 8/10

Just anozar joke...

European English :

The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.

As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as "Euro-English".

In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of "k". This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter.

There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f". This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.

In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where! more komplikated changes are possible.

Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling.

Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent "e" in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.

By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v".

During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou" and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensi bl riten styl.

Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.

Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.

If zis mad you smil, pleas pas on to oza pepl

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


I stood by the side of a friend... blindly
I prayed...
I wrote a test...
I broke a new record...
I hurt someone close to me
I voted...for the first time in my life..
My heart ached so bad...I cried..
I fall asleep upsest...and woke up to cry somemore..this time out loud
I prayed..and prayed and prayed....for this to end
I called some one I love...and someone I admire..and told them that..
I am studying an effort to live a better future....
somehow....I still feel very unproductive...I need achivemnets in my life...I am tired of waiting and hanging around....
PS: no idea what am I writing this hear
and one more thing...I am not if you see any grammer and spelling errors..I DONT CARE NO MORE :P

Sunday, October 7, 2007


I was doing some thinking..on the side of doing research, discovering how awesome is Pink Floyd music [no comments plz] and I realized that I will write my last final for this semester on Dec 6.
That is in 8 weeks from today...It is scary to even think about the amount of work I have to finish before I even consider preparing for the finals.
HECK...I just started school!! sho haaad
I really hate first semesters, they are so short and packed with work and holidays which I don't get any days off for. Plus, I have been off ALL summer long ...and its hard to get back to studying mood .....sighssss
I guess I should think about my midterms now..and maybe better focus on my projects due this week....too many Mozilla's windows are open at one time..FOCUS DANA
Wow. this has been the longest I ranted about something without someone interrupting me. mmm, I like this

Friday, October 5, 2007

Marcel last!

Well I am saying at last to many things here...
At last I finally went to a concert...It has been a while.
At last I went to a Marcel Khalife first time..and he really blew my mind!
At last I decided to transfer the photos and videos of the concert to my computer.

I went to his much anticipated concert last Saturday. I gotta say, he is much much better in concert and when his two amazing sons are playing by his side. His son Rami gave the songs a whole new dimension with his beyond belief piano playing. Too bad the quality of my videos are not too great to show that :(
No.... he did not sing Rita and the Rifle ( I really wanted to shout it out to him. Didn't wanna stand out in that way though!)

Enjoy :)

This is Amor Be Esmoke and Montaseb Al-Qamate Amshi

This is Montaseba Al-Qamate Amshe

Be ware of symbolism..

Have you ever wore a piece of clothing or accessory and reflected a statement which you did not realize at the time? Not even once?

Well, I thought I knew it all and never thought I will fall in a similar situation at this point of my life..BUT I did.

Here is the story. Last year I received a gift from my lovely neighbor who has Irish roots.

"It is a traditional Irish ring, it is called a Claddagh ring, I were it, my daughters were it and I thought I want you to have this" She said. " This ring was passed down to me by my mother, and its design reflects love, friendship, and loyalty. I truly feel this way about our friendship, I want you to have it because I think of you as an adopted granddaughter".

I really think it is one of the coolest gifts I received, its meaningful, it has a retro design, it is almost antique, and I love rings!

Recently, I decided to read more about this traditional ring. and here is what I found about the symbolism of it;

The way that a Claddagh ring is worn on the hand is usually intended to convey the wearer's romantic availability, or lack thereof. Traditionally, if the ring is on the right hand with the heart facing outward and away from the body, this indicates that the person wearing the ring is not in any serious relationship, and may in fact be single and looking for a relationship: "their heart is open." When worn on the right hand but with the heart facing inward toward the body, this indicates the person wearing the ring is in a relationship, or that "someone has captured their heart". A Claddagh worn on the left hand ring finger, facing outward away from the body, generally indicates that the wearer is engaged. When the ring is on the left hand ring finger and facing inward toward the body, it generally means that the person wearing the ring is married. soucre: Wikipedia

This ring is like an Irish DEBLEH!
To all those who have possibly seen me wearing the ring lately. I never meant to wear it with the heart facing inward ;)

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Over heard in NYC

I was told about this website today...really entertained me...I think stand up comedians get some of their materials from I am positive!

I dont believe they dont use any jokes where Canadians are involved! not even our thanksgiving!


The Golden Rule Doesn't Apply to Telecommunications, Lady

Old woman, to woman talking on Bluetooth headset: Excuse me, but are you talking to yourself?

Woman just looks at her and keeps talking.

Old woman: No, seriously! Are you talking to yourself? Because, if you are, you should be nicer to yourself.

--Central Park


NewsFlash: Eccentric Dean of Electoral College Invokes Little-Known Constitutional Provision

Hobo: Attention, attention! I'm playing this saxophone to raise money for my spaceship!

Plays a horrible rendition of "Pop Goes the Weasel."

Hobo: I'm going into space, and I'm taking George Bush with me!

Fellow passengers cheer.

--1 train


My Motto: Binge in Private, Purge in Public

Cashier: What will it be?
Customer: Large bucket, large fries, four Diet Cokes.
Cashier: Is this for here or to go?
Customer: Does it look like I can eat all that here?
Cashier: Chill, bitch... I don't know your life!

--KFC, Brooklyn

Overheard by: pat


The Buddha Was a Tough Kid to Raise

Mother: Don't you ever do that again! [slaps child hard]
Child, calmly: Well, are you happy with yourself?

--Union Square

Overheard by: Miranda


It's Okay-- It's His Job to Stand There

Tourist man: Pardon me, officer, can you tell us where Orchard Street is?
Cop: See that naked Chinese guy?
Tourist man: Ummm...Yeah.
Cop: Walk down to him and make a left.
Tourist man: Um, thanks.
Cop: No problem.

--Delancey & Allen

Overheard by: Isaac


Starbucks: Where Six of One is Not a Half-Dozen of the Other

Employee: Ma'am, can I help you?
Woman: I'd like a half dozen of your chocolate chip cookies.
Employee: We only sell them, like, 1, 2, 3...
Woman to friend: Is she serious?
Friend: She'll take 6.

--Starbucks, Rockefeller Center Concourse


Maybe You Should Get a Job at Starbucks Instead

Customer: I'll have a twelve-inch wheat --
Deli guy: Foot-long, or half?
Customer: Um... twelve inches. Isn't that a foot?
Deli guy: Foot-long, or half?
Customer: I think you're missing something here.

--Subway, Elmsford

Overheard by: Bored Beyond Belief

This happened to me once...except I was on the other end. I was so used to metrics when I moved here. I hated inches and foot.
I remember asking for the 6 you want half a foot maam. Moi: NO. Just 6 inches please with a diet coke!
I sure got some look that day from that little Asian lady.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Why do I wish if it's 1988 again..

I was tagged by Isam :

Why do you wish you were three?
Give me at least 5 reasons. And if you want to tag someone else go ahead.

**I have to note that it was very difficult to remember anything before my first day at kindergarten. Facts might get mixed up. This is as far as I could remember! (age 4-6)

1) People actually avoided disturbing my sleep....ah how sweet!

2) Cerelac...yumm. I think i might eat a little if I had access to children food

3) Some Remi Bendali songs. I felt like a bird every time she sang ' teri teri ya 3asfora'

4) My mom's story telling and singing.

5) Easily excited. No worries. Mommy could fix any problem!

6) Being able to hide under the bed and behind the curtains

7) Love and affection I got a s the first child. I feel lucky when I see that in my baby pictures.

I tag who ever comes across me its good to think about how sweet it is to be 3!

YOU GOTTA DO THIS and let me know so I can readit :)

I tag dandoon.

Grand re-opening!

GOSH it has been along time since I have considered checking on my blog. Well now I have to, since my dear cousin has tagged me :)
I think it is good to be back, older,wiser and strongr balash
Ramadan Kareem everyone!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Growing name it and I will celebrate it

I have been a long while since I have even visited my blog. Not mentioning that I have not wrote anything in here for few months. I can’t point out the reason to that. Well, tonight feels like a time I should come back and document few things, especially on the night before my birthday.

First of all, why on Earth do I lie about my age? It is such a bad habit that got into me. So far my aunts and my little cousins, along with some of not-so-close family friends THINK that I am turning 21 tomorrow.

What I like most about my birthday is that it comes round in the summer. This means I always get to have my family around. Add to that the weekend factor, and it is the best time ever to grow up.

Well that is all I have to say now. I am off to start preparing for my b-day tom.

PS: this blog needs a lot of ‘renovating’ which I will get around this week. Cuz 22 years old Dana is much more organized than now !

Sunday, May 20, 2007


I hate people who ignore the fact that you have to turn off your cell phone-or at least not answer it- in offices and clinics. So unbelievably RUDE.
I was at my uncles office visiting not too long ago ( yes I am nice plus I needed help on a matter) and a client, who looks 26-28 years was in his office discussing a product offered by the bank. This DUDE'S annoying ringtoon broke the constant relaxing almost silent sound of the cold AC - which was my afternoon easier- and my uncles conversation. This made us both look with a raised eyebrow (well only me). I raised my other eyebrow when this man carried on with his conversation, then squeezed my eyes at him to reflect my disapproval (of course he didn't see that as he was really busy) checked 3ammo's reaction (Neutral) and then gave up. I decided to catch on observing clients waiting outside and on tellers counters through the huge glass window.
Last week, I was at a clinic with a friend, and this time, a doctor distracted the conversation/diagnoses to answer a phone call form a friend on his mobile!! afterward he started bragging about the WASTA he has and how it helped his son into engineering school!!!
Thats one more thing I hate. Too much bragging!
PS: I didn't mention WASTA because I think I can live in Amman or Saudi without it. Although I hate it a little

Saturday, May 12, 2007


I have been disconnected and in the country for a week now. Longest time in my life spent offline...I am loving Amman in May...never experienced it before (some might disagree considering the weather we have had this week) bs wallah I am
here is a list of things that cracked me up, raised an eyebrow..or things I have missed this week
  • I miss my family who didn't come to amman yet
  • I miss my cousin 3eso who I miss his Jordan 101 lectures and notes so much
  • I love my cousin who took me to JUST university to spend a night there. IRBID is one of the weirdest places on this planet! All girls dorms are way weirder and dont get me started on the accent. I think I am gonna visit IRBIDITA again this summer. JUST people are pieces of work bs.
  • My God the road to JUST was so beautiful. i LOVE jordan in the spring
  • How disrespectful people can be, answering their cell phones in clinics and offices and before saying EXCUSE ME. UGH I hate those people
  • Endless arageel nights (love)
  • Visiting Wild Jordan ( new place to unwind, love, cant believe I am just discovering that place)
  • ........the list goes on
I miss blogging

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Duct tape forever

God bless duct tape!

There is a deep connection between North Americans and duct tape. Recently I began to understand the laws of attraction to this AMAZING product. I really find it extremely handy and strong, heck you can use it to even bully your little/big brother an tape him to the wall.

I have actually seen cars duct taped!! crappy old rusty cars from the 80s driven by student.

To those who are not familiar with duct tape, it is this fiber based water resistant silvery tape intended to be used in the military as a quick fixing tools, well during the second WW, but now is used manly in pluming and bullying....and amusing people like me.
If I am not mistaken, my parents used it during the gulf war to seal the windows and doors of our apartment against possible chemical attacks. A part of my childhood I don't like to remember!
One more use of duct tape is in fashion. I have seen on TV how they use duct tape on models, under the clothes, to suck tummies and other defaults. Yes..Yes it does work and it holds. The beauty is how it is tailored made to fix what ever default in your body...not like we you have any ;)
ahhh...the endless wonders of duct is does perform is actually called Jesus tape in some parts of the know for the miracles it performs...I am serious

I think I am being overly emotional here..but I think I want to pack one in and take it with know...just to be ready for emergencies during my vacation in Amman (cant think of any now)
What horrible parents this kido has!

Friday, April 27, 2007


Finally I am done exams safe and sound. A555555
Life is good without my exams and without my continuous disappointment in profs, marks, assignment, people from school, and the popular blogging topic Timmy's roll ups. I loved having my cup of goodness today without knowing there is another failure waiting for the last sip to happen...

Although I miss the exams rush ( just a bit).. I am enjoying life again! I forgot how good it it to catch up with friends on things other than GPAs and assignments.

I have missed on so much. I have missed writing up about Jenin and the massacre on this space although I owe to it. plus I awaited April to send a salute to its heroes who made me proud to belong to that old city. Proud to be associated with its history.

I didn't let the world to know how my heart ached for those who died two weeks ago at Virginia Tech..... and how it hurt even more to watch the world's arrogance stance on the value of the Iraqi lives that was lost in the same week.

Many ups and downs took charge of my life in the past two weeks.....made me appreciate all the little blessings even more.

I really don't know why I am posting that. I mean I am not Larry King to explain my absence..right? I guess you have figured by now that i am not even close

maybe this my first step in regaining myself.....

PS: i don't blame you if you don't get all the way here. and i don't blame you if you got here and you are bored to death

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Love bites

I am currently giving a shelter for this cat...who thinks that love bites...therefore he wont stop biting me
Seriously, I never thought I would be blogging about pets since I kind of took an oath not to get any after losing my old dear cat. But when you have a brother like mine...everything is possible. This cat will stay with us for three weeks. He already made himself at home and went through all my stuff.
Kitty Diablo is one stalker who wont quit. Although I think I should call him Curious George for he has been through every single drawer in the house so far not mentioning the dryer.
This little creature can provide endless entertainment.... just give him a bouncy ball and a rob....FUNNY
I can write forever about cats. Heck I can write forever about his amusement by the TV or the birds outside the window.
I wont though....I dont wanna become that guy at the Pet Food store.

To him I say


Sunday, April 15, 2007

Personalized reignbow sneakers...and what alarmed me

It all started as follows
ME: Extremely bored, unable to focus on studying my Database Management exam this Tuesday. I was stunned by the wackie pink shoes photo on Roba's blog. I decided to take the test and see the RBKs that reflect my style.

Thank God, I got the same wicked shoes in PINK...I really love them...I actually have shoes in that color...
However, something was more alarming to me than the color of the sneakers and the fact that I have no problem wearing them in public...
I went back to the test and checked if they ask participants about gender before taking the quiz.....AND THEY DON'T... no.
So here is a question for the guys....if you take the test and this was the shoes that reflects your style and personality...would you admit that you like those shoes...just a little bit? would anyone wear them at all?
I always thought males should have a problem with wearing pink. Turned out it is not? ( my bro actually claims that males like pink more than females which is why we [women] wear pink a lot!!!)
What do you think?

Friday, March 30, 2007

Best search engine...reccomended by my bro

This is a conversation that went on between me and my 13 years old bro. More on the setting, I was chatting on the kitchen counter while fixing my cup of coffee and trying to catch up on one of my assignments. Him, well its dinner time in Jeddah 7 hours past T.O time.

Dog Pile!
Seriously, who comes up with those names. Come on, cant you do better than that!
Plus how my brother recommended it. Try Dog Pile, It is the best $#!t. EWW

But aside from how disgusting it is, I have to admit it is so catchy.

anyways this is how the conversation ended..

Eat? Me? thank you not this morning...

ah ...boys

Thursday, March 29, 2007

On obsessions with celebrities

I am late to class…still working on a group assignment. I have another individual one due tomorrow and a lot more due in less than 10 days. All that and I still manage to pay a quick visit to Youtube to cheer myself up. Am I the queen of time waisting or what?

Anyways, I stumbled across this clip from the Jimmy Kimmel show which I have not watched in a while thanks to my hectic schedule these days. You gotta love the guy. I have seen people suffering from unhealthy obsessions with celebrities, but this is by far the funniest I have seen. He is really living his life in the Hollywood hills.

I give you YAYA


Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Thought I share/scare

This video was posted on Facebook by a friend (ironically). I myself am not a believer in the whole "big brother" idea. But I do believe that our personal information is always vulnerable on the net and also AMAZED by how much info do people display on Facebook and how much time they spend on it. THIS MAKES IT ONE GREAT MARKETING CHANNEL.

wont make you read me is the link to the video..

Does what happens on the Facebook stay in the Facebook?

What do you think??

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Golden shoes & now white bag

My new hot white bag.....cant wait to wear it

After surviving Thursday's morning class, which is painfully annoying and boring. I decided to pay the mall a visit, oh how it always manages to clear my head.There I spotted this beauty on sale...and it spoke to I bought it. I thought it would be perfect for the sunny summer in Amman. I can throw everything thing in it and be ready for any situation I might face.

Today, I got the purse out of its plastic bag to introduce it to its new home and match it with outfits. Then it hit me, this bag would be perfect for my golden shoes which I have not worn in a while (due to the sever cold up here) .

The Happy Couple. Mr. Golden Pointy Ballerina (bottom left) and Mrs. White Bag (Right/Up)

I would leave it to your imagination to picture them, but thanx to my ever handy camera..I have a picture of the happy couple. I really want them to get married. What a cute couple!

Together they totally beat my red shoes...

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Procrastinate now...dont put it off

While still ignorant about my old blog's destiny and what happened to it...
now, I do know how much I every thing.. took me more than a month to try to create a new blog. huh...
well now I got it (ma blog)..and I add it to my time-wasting mechanism...along with watching W network...and reading other bloggers ..the list goes on :|
HA...just what I need

Here I go AGAIN

Yaay...I made it...I created a blog again...
well it took me more than a month after my first blog failed (reasons still unknown)
Just Happy to blog to you!