Friday, 31 December 2010

New Year's Resolutions- Quick List

Now this is the first time to share my new year's resolutions! A week ago, I was in a meeting and I was asked to write my vision for 2011.

These were the first 10 things that came to my mind and which, now, i consider my new year's resolutions:

  1. GRADUATE!!!!!!
  2. Practice time management.
  3. Expand knowledge.
  4. Learn Japanese. =D
  5. Discover Egypt.
  6. Learn about social entrepreneurship. 
  7. Drive around Cairo.
  8. Change a person's life.
  9. Write more often.
  10. Elect a new president.

Soon: 2010.. Year in Review

Unhappy Forever

I came across this website with tips about productive living and such .. there was that list about ways to stay unhappy forever. Through the long contradicting list i found that i relate to many points mentioned that make my life unhappy to some extent ..

Here are some ways that have granted me unhappiness! 

  • Dwell on things that happened in the past.
  • Obsess yourself with all the things that might happen in the future.
  • Work hard, do your best and then condemn yourself for not achieving perfection.
  • Always be right.  Never let anyone else be more right than you.
  • Compare yourself unfavorably to those who you feel are more successful.
  • Don’t ask for directions and don’t ask questions.
  • Never throw anything way.  Even if you don’t use it, hold onto it.
  • Say “yes” to everyone.  Fill all your time with commitments.
  • Multitask, multitask, multitask!  Do everything at once.
  • Hang out with people who complain about everything.
  • Focus on what you don’t want to happen.
  • Fear the things you don’t fully understand.
  • Always seek external validation before you consider yourself good enough.
  • Never check-up on your health.
  • Never tell anyone how you feel or what you’re thinking.
  • Make sure everything you do impresses someone else.
  • Always put your own needs on the back burner.
  • Believe that, no matter what, you are entitled to things.
  • Just keep going and going and going.  And never ever stop.

For the complete list check 75 Ways to Stay Unhappy Forever

Monday, 11 October 2010

Balivernes Quelconque #3

Randoms of the day

Quote of the Day:  “I will grow. I will become something new and grand, but no grander than I now am. Just as the sky will be different in a few hours, its present perfection and completeness is not deficient.” Wayne Dyer

Video of the Day: Ana Masry

Japanese Chie of the Day: Japanese Game Show :D 

Person of Honor: Ehaab Abdou

Awesome SMS of the Day: "U never 4get!! Ha7ebek aktar men keda eih bs?"  Marwa Eid

Word of the Day: Angst ~ Definition

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Balivernes Quelconque #1

Randoms of the day

Cliche of the Day:  الحكومة تلجأ لـ«الرئيس»: نريــد حلاً

Article of the Day: فى مخاطر التمييز الإيجابى

Quote of the Day:  "When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion, creatures bristling with prejudice, and motivated by pride and vanity." Dale Canegie

Video of the Day: Minecraft Fire :D

Japanese Chie of the Day: Japanese precision! 

Person of Honor: Refaa't El-Gamal

Awesome Act of the Day: "you're more than a sister to me ya Engi Amin :)"  Hagar Haggag

Word of the Day: Hovel ~ Definition

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

False Sense of Pride?

I have made it through the Discovery Program application review stage. (Al Hamdulellah)
One of the application's questions was to mention a difficult challenge i faced and how i dealt with it... and this was my answer ...

"When the word challenge is mentioned, the first thing that comes to my mind is getting my driving license! For me, what I have been through to issue my driving license was a challenge I am proud to have conquered.
Most of my family members and friends (if not all) issued their driving license either through “wasta” or bribery (which they prefer not calling so). I insisted on deserving my driving license, I refused to be part of the “wasta-bribery” problem that is very prevalent in Egypt.
I took driving lessons in which I barely learnt how to drive and of which I had to skip a lot of lectures in college to attend. Not to mention the greed of my driving tutor, this is another prevalent characteristic in the Egyptian society, and the traffic conditions in Egypt as a whole.
However; when it was time for the test, and after about three weeks of tension and stress, I managed to pass the driving test without having to be part of the problem.
Though it sad to say that issuing a “deserved” driving license is considered to be a challenge in Egypt; it made me realize that no matter how things might seem to be messed up, there’s always a right way for everything to be done and which is accomplishable."

After a second thought, it's not something I'm proud of anymore. In fact it's sad. It's sad that i'm bragging about it and it's sad that it is matter to  brag about.
Well ya Engi, you'll have to stop pretending it's an accomplishment! 
Feels like “nothing to look backward to with pride, and nothing to look forward to with hope.”
I don't know...


A Prayer

*{ إِن يَشَأْ يُذْهِبْكُمْ أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ وَيَأْتِ بِآخَرِينَ وَكَانَ اللّهُ عَلَى ذَلِكَ قَدِيرًا }

*Surah Al Nis'aa, Verse no. 133

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Ramadan Random Thoughts #1

  • Eternity is too long for me...

  • Sometimes fierceness is the only way to deal with ignorance...

  • Why do males get maidens (al 7our al 3ein) in Heaven while females don't get something equivalent?

  • I think we're getting very close to the end... I don't know.

The 5-Whys*

Why a blog?
..To record my thoughts.

Why record thoughts?
..To relinquish some of my agony.

Why feeling the agony?
..Some people are never meant to find peace of mind.

Why never find inner peace?
..Because of my insignificance.

Why insignificant?
..I don't know.