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Saturday, March 31, 2007

It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago. And since my best friend is in Boston these days, she sent me my gift in the mail. She thought that one card would never be enough, so she sent me two whole books of them (love you, shosho :**). They were both compiled by Frank Warren.

In the introduction of the first book, he wrote:

"The PostSecret project found me in November 2004. I printed three thousand self-addressed postcards inviting people to mail a personal secret to me, anonymously. I handed out the cards to strangers and left them in public places to be discovered. From all those invitations, about one hundred artful secrets found their way to my mailbox. I thought that was the end of the project. But to this day I continue to receive every kind of secret from around the world.

I share this collection of over one hundred thousand self-made postcards with people on the web (www.PostSecret.com), in books, and at two travelling art exhibits.”

The books contain the postcards that people sent to Warren over the years, artistically made to tell their secrets. Trust me, you will be surprised when you read them. Not becuase some secrets are really weird, but rather the fact that you may find your own among them. We go about our daily lives, carrying our secrets and thinking we are the only ones in the world. While, in fact, there are at least one person out there who shares your secret. I've personally related to a couple of secrets in the first book, although I wouldn't call them all 'secrets' of mine.

It is improtant to notice, though, that the word 'secret' is not exclusive to 'guilt'. It doesn't only include those wrong, guilty and shameful doings you've done or still doing. It is also applicable to fears, insecurities, hidden love or even hidden grief.

I've enjoyed reading the first book and I'm looking forward to reading the second. In the meantime, I've decided to give his website a quick look. It turned out to be a blog where, every Sunday, he publishes the postcards that people sent him. In fact, if you want to listen to Frank Warren personally in a radio interview, just click here.

(You can also right-click on the link and just save it to your computer.)

Hmm.. I think I might send him a card.....or a dozen lol


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Thursday, March 29, 2007
بكل حزن وأسى

يا جماعة.. لاحد يروّج إشاعات .. وعلى قولة وزيرنا "حامي الديار":
"أقول حق اللي يطلقون الإشاعات على جابر المبارك أن يزيدوا تعاطي ما يأخذونه من حبوب."

(أنا أقول خسارة الإسم بس)

طبيعي ... طبعًا.. هاهاها
(وزير.. تقدر تقول له لا؟؟)

(حسافة ، ما لقيت لقطة "سليبه حاد")


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Saturday, March 17, 2007
الصديق الصدوق صادق الوعد
قاومت وبشدة نشر قصيدتي المفضلة جدًا لأبوالعلاء المعري ، ليس لشيءٍ إلا لأنني قد نشرتها سابقًا. ولكن الشافعي لا يقل حكمة وبلاغة :)

إِذَا المَـرْءُ لاَ يَـرْعَـاكَ إِلاَ تَكَلُّفـاً
فَـدَعْهُ وَلاَ تُكْثِـرْ عَلَيْـهِ التَّأَسُّفَـا

فَفِي النَّـاسِ أَبْدَالٌ وَفِي التَّرْكِ رَاحَـةٌ
وَفي القَلْبِ صَبْـرٌ لِلحَبِيبِ وَلَوْ جَفـا

فَمَا كُلُّ مَنْ تَـهْوَاهُ يَهْـوَاكَ قَلْبُـهُ
وَلاَ كُلُّ مَنْ صَافَيْتَـهُ لَكَ قَدْ صَفَـا

إِذَا لَمْ يَكُـنْ صَفْـوُ الوِدَادِ طَبِيعَـةً
فَلاَ خَيْـرَ فِي خِـلِّ يَـجِيءُ تَكَلُّفَـا

وَلاَ خَيْـرَ فِي خِلٍّ يَـخُونُ خَلِيلَـهُ
وَيَلْقَـاهُ مِنْ بَعْـدِ المَـوَدَّةِ بِالجَفَـا

وَيُنْكِـرُ عَيْشـاً قَدْ تَقَـادَمَ عَهْـدُهُ
وَيُظْهِـرُ سِرًّا كَانَ بِالأَمْسِ قَدْ خَفَـا

سَلاَمٌ عَلَى الدُّنْيَـا إِذَا لَمْ يَكُنْ بِـهَا
صَدِيقٌ صَدُوقٌ صَادِقُ الوَعْدِ مُنْصِـفَا


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Monday, March 12, 2007
I got me some lovin'
All this talk about love has made me hungry; hungry for ‘love’ ;) So, I headed to my favourite man, Baskin Robbins, and asked him for some ‘love potion’. And so I indulged myself in ‘white chocolate and raspberry ice creams swirled with a raspberry ribbon and loaded with raspberry-filled cups and chocolate chips’. I was mesmerised to the point that nothing in the world around me mattered. It didn’t even matter that it was cold and raining that day. I was in love. Ah! Sweet, sweet love.

And it’s all true :) My sweet Mamloo7a Q8ia didn’t believe me when I said that Basking Robbins has a seasonal flavour called Love Potion #31. So, I’ve made an effort this time to take a picture of the flavour’s name and my sweet, delicious, yummy ice cream cone *MmMmMmm…am drooling already* lol

Trust me, it can be found in Kuwait. But you have to keep asking for it. It IS seasonal.

PS. Please excuse my lousy mobile phone cam. That's her best :/
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Sunday, March 04, 2007
What if...
Has anyone wondered before what if Romeo married Juliet? And what if Antar married Abla? Or Jameel Buthyna married Buthyna?

I remember discussing this with my best friend once, but, given my notorious lack of memory, I can’t remember who brought it up. Most probably she did.

So, what if all these legendary lovers got married after such strong, flaming and ‘miserable’ love stories? Do you think they would’ve loved each other till death did them part? Or would they finally see their differences and admit that it wasn’t more than lust or the love for the unreachable and forbidden?

Or maybe they did love each other sincerely but in different times than ours, where I, personally, don’t believe love exists. And if it did, I am pretty sure it won’t last, unless ‘death did them part’ a couple of years after they got married!

I know, I do sound very pessimistic and skeptical, but hey, so far I haven’t seen but ONE love story that managed to hold for years years even after the married couple became grandparents (الله يتم عليهم ويحفظهم يارب). Oh, wait! There’s another love story, they are not grandparents yet, but I think they are still in love after more than 20 years of marriage (هم الله يتم عليهم يارب).

I’m sure I am biased when I say this, but it looks like men are not capable of an everlasting love :P Or maybe their love is different than that of women’s? I believe we, women, think of love as a whole, you either have it/take it/offer it all or NOT. From what I’ve seen so far, men would love their wives, but can also love other women and, why not? Marry them!


وَإِنْ خِفْتُمْ أَلا تُقْسِطُوا فِي الْيَتَامَى فَانْكِحُوا مَا طَابَ لَكُمْ مِنَ النِّسَاءِ مَثْنَى وَثُلاثَ وَرُبَاعَ
النساء 4

Is NOT a proof that it’s OK for men to ‘love and marry’ more than one woman! There’s more to that Aya, ya know!

فَإِنْ خِفْتُمْ أَلا تَعْدِلُوا فَوَاحِدَةً أَوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُكُمْ ذَلِكَ أَدْنَى أَلا تَعُولُوا
النساء 4

Hmmm… I think I’m drifting off here. So back to our big question:

What if those legendary lovers got married? Would it hold? And Why?

PS. For all the wanna-be shrinks out there, this post is not based on personal experiences :)


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