Sunday, December 31, 2006
In her red dress she's felicitating,
the poor sandyman who's so petulant
Although he vowed to be vigilant
And now he wonders how to eradicate,
her erotic impact but it is too late
He'll ask her out just to expound,
his untenable position and how he'd found:
that the shortest way to any man's heart
is through, kid you not, his underpants.
Happy new year.
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Although it might look a bit crude, questions here below are meant to be simple and straight forward, and I am sure your answers are going to be even more straightforward and right to the point!.
I am addressing three pioneer bloggers in particular:
- Abu Fares.
- The Syrian Brit.
Whoever might like to join in, you are most welcome!
1- Are you a principled person? Or are you pragmatic?
2- Do you believe in people or in ideas?
3- How good are you in separating what is business from what is personal?
4- Do you have role models? How good are you in following their trajectory?
5- A British saying goes: “Manners maketh a man”, what else do you think makes a man ‘a Man’?
6- Do you believe in taking risk? Do you follow your guts feeling? Has it ever failed you?
7- Have you ever been through a ‘paradigm shift’? if not, do you believe that such process exists?
8- Do you believe in unilateral love? Have you ever been through such experience?
9- How good is your assimilation within your social sphere?
10- Can you name some of your new year’s resolutions?
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
It must be noted that we, humans, tend to take the things we like for granted, that’s why it is harder to recall them when we want to.
One thing I am doing differently, which is to merge those two lists together in one post. I hope I won’t offend a lot of people.
What I like:
- I like: Jogging, although I have not been able to do it as often as I used to, I still think of it as the best work out. A cleansing experience. It puts my mind in an inexplicable state of concentration. I still remember that when I was at school, my brain was in its best shape of performance, due to the regular jogging practice.
- I like: Girls with white complexion.
- I like: People who strive to earn their living. Prophet Mohamed once saw a man with chapped hands, he asked him what was the reason his hands were the way they were. The man said it was because of the tough job he has and which he was compelled to maintain to support his wife and kids. Prophet Mohamed then said: ”this is a hand that both Allah and his prophet like”.
- I like: Girls with tight, pinkish tops.
- I like: Clear pictures. Those who lack self-confidence would prefer the vague picture, so that they can interpret it to their advantage. Even when the picture is clear, they would do their best to tarnish it.
- I like: Orange and watercress.
- I like: Smart girls. I like girls who don’t measure their self-worth by how fast they can get the handsome guy hooked-up. Those who understand how the world functions. Those who set themselves a goal and then contend their way toward achieving it. Even if it is to become a housewife. As far as I am concerned, staying at home and brining up kids is the most paramount thing there is for a woman to do.
- I like: Keith Olbermann of MSNBC, and his show ‘Countdown’.
What I don’t like:
- I don’t like: Folks who sound their horns to get attention of a person they intend to meet, even if this person lives in a multi-story building alongside awful lot of other people.
- I don’t like: Tangerine and coriander.
- I don’t like: People who jiggle their heads left and right as a gesture of approval, while everybody else in the world would node his head in a forward and backward sort of movement to express the same thing!.
- I don’t like: Jockstraps, and all the kindred equipments.
- I don’t like: Loud people in general. I would define a loud person as someone who tries to speak louder than usual, so as to make sure his ‘speech’ falls within the earshot of everybody else in the room. Some of them do it for pure comedy, some do it to grab attention, but some would bugle it, making an a** of themselves.
- I don’t like: High boots for women.
- I don’t like: The smell of the post harvest-season burnt barely field, sometimes aggravated by the smell of the dirty barns or ‘natural’ fertilizers.
- I don’t like: those who try to outsmart me.
- I don’t like: fiddling with other peoples’ emotions. I know of a guy who’s very successful with women. Although he doesn’t look like a ‘God’s gift to woman’ guy. He keeps telling me that the secret behind getting girls to like somebody is to lie to them. “They like to be lied to” he would say, ”they love it, they get addicted to it”. As far as I am concerned, that is the mere definition of sleaze.
- I don’t like: the lack of justice, and those who impede the natural course of justice.
- I don’t like: the York Hotel, and the type of patronage that frequent its pubs and bars. They (I mean those who can) should change the name of the street next to the York, call it anything else rather than Khaled Bin Al Waleed street!.
- I don’t like: “Desperate Housewives” show.
- I don’t like: People who don’t reciprocate. Those who pretend that they don’t understand what you just said, and ask you to reiterate it in a different way or to ‘explain further’. Or they will simply ask you to repeat the last syllable which they ‘haven’t heard clearly’. In the meantime, their minds will be somewhere else, looking for a swift reply.
Friday, December 08, 2006
There is no exact figure on how much is the value of the construction/ real estate market here in the UAE, but some suggest that it is between 300-400 $ billions.
I’ve posted some photos for some of the projects that were exhibited.
This project was of a special importance to me because of its location; my country Syria.
Emaar, the Emirati real estate development company, have clinched a deal with some local development entity to develop this project, I am not familiar with the exact location of it, but it looked lush green from the its model!.
This is not a satellite image, it is a projection of how it is going to look like once the reclamation projects are finished, the work on Deira palm (the furthest one to the right) was adjourned till 2015, I think all the reclamation projects are struggling to prove feasibility, given the exorbitant initial cost needed to reclaim, dredge and keep the earth coherently together.
The Chinese products invasion of Dubai, inside the walls of this market, you can get the cheapest kind of construction material for less than half its average price, however, you may have to compromise on the quality.
When it is hard to take the earth inside the sea, it is sometimes possible to bring the sea inside the land, another 'smart' idea.
There is an uproar amongst ecologists here in the UAE about the possible environmental impact these projects are going to have (or already having) on the 'fauna & the flora' and the marine life of this country.
I am theoretically against the concept of a 'residential tower', while it is necessary to build up office towers in a congested down town, I don't see why a two or three years old child should suffer the trauma of living on such heights, let alone the difficulties of evacuation in case of emergency.
However, some of these towers are really gorgeous.
This tower is being developed by an Indian group, there is no unique style for architecture in Dubai, you may build whatever you like. It explains why it looks like (a fruit salad plate).