You must remember how I kept begging you all to like my photo, so I could qualify to the final level of my school’s photography contest. Well, it paid off! The winner is declared and guess what? C’est moi!!
Though I’m nothing but an amateur beginner, I was told the “jury” got so impressed by my photos and that I got the highest score! YAAY!
Here’s a sample of my entries:
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For the record, it was an unofficial contest, which means the winner gets nothing, but I feel so happy and proud!
It’s beginners’ luck!
Source: Google images.
A couple of days ago, I stumbled upon the documentary “Man on Wire” about Philippe Petit; the man who spent six years planning for a high-wire walk between the World trade center’s twin towers, back in 1974. It got me astonishingly impressed, not only because of the ablaze persistence he and his team had, but also because he had the guts to break all the rules in order to make his dream come true. That moved me to tears!
The walk was called the “artistic crime of the century”, yes, he was arrested! I do recommend you all to read about it!
“He walked the wire for 45 minutes, making eight crossings between the towers, a quarter of a mile above the sidewalks of Manhattan. In addition to walking, he sat on the wire, gave knee salutes and, while lying on the wire, spoke with a gull circling above his head.” ~ Wikipedia.
“His high-wire performance made headlines around the world. When asked why he did the stunt, Petit would say, ‘When I see three oranges, I juggle; when I see two towers, I walk.’” ~ Wikipedia.
Now the question is, how many of us dare to walk their own wire??
Check out this video, I don’t know why it made me cry!
Check the following photos for a few seconds, and think…
… Then let me answer a few question that must have popped out:
- Why are they dressed like doctors?? They simply are doctors.
- Why are they out in the streets cleaning cars and selling book and tissues? Well, they’re not collecting money for some cause or charities.
To put it straight, that’s how Egyptian doctors protested today against their inhumanely low income! Medical career is one of the least paid in the country. Believe it or not, the protesters claim the money they made today was a lot more than their salaries! Did you know that a recent graduate doctor earns 256 Egyptian pounds per month (less than 40 dollars)?! Need I mention the improperly tough job circumstances??
It doesn’t shock me, for I joined med-school fully aware of the future lying ahead. It’s just a good chance to tell you how I love medicine in spite of everything!
This’s my entry..
I’m asking you guys to vote for my photo to win my college photography contest. To vote, just open this link and like the photo that opens (on Facebook please, not this post).
PLEASE help me win! Thank you in advance!
I remember feeling hesitant before starting the Trilogy, but now that I’m done, well, it’s worth the time! I’m glad I followed my friend Nancy‘s recommendations! As per my review, here’s what I thought of each book:
1. The Hunger Games:
The book is well-written, the plot is nicely tailored, and I got sucked in as if I was there in the “Games” which reminds me of J. K. Rowling’s style. Yet my remarks are on how the author wrapped things up; it left me somehow confused, not knowing what to expect and not sure whether I loved the end or not! Of course I had to wait until finishing the series to draw my full judgement.
2. Catching fire:
Oh oh! So thrilling that you can’t stop reading! I don’t remember a chapter ending without a cliffhanger! It was MUCH better than the first part! I genuinely loved it and couldn’t wait to start the final part!
The last chapter along with the epilogue were so heart-wrenching, that it got me crying! I loved the book, but book 2 was better though..
**SPOILERS** Call me cold-hearted, but I can’t help but feel frustrated that Peeta hasn’t died. It would’ve been more powerful I guess if he or Gale did! Now with this classic happily ever after of Katniss and Peeta getting together and having children, it pretty much reminds me of what I disliked about how Rowling ended Harry Potter! But the last paragraph did touch me..
“My children, who don’t know they play on a graveyard. Peeta says it will be okay. We have each other. And the book. We can make them understand in a way that will make them braver. But one day I’ll have to explain about my nightmares. Why they came. Why they won’t ever really go away.
I’ll tell them how I survive it. I’ll tell them that on bad mornings, it feels impossible to take pleasure in anything because I’m afraid it could be taken away. That’s when I make a list in my head of every act of goodness I’ve seen someone do. It’s like a game. Repetitive. Even a little tedious after more than twenty years.
But there are much worse games to play.”
However, I collectively am glad I read the series..
Alright, I don’t know where to start! I’ve been awaiting this day for months, who doesn’t love to get featured in the fabulous SITS girls site?! Being overwhelmed with that sum of appreciation and encouragement is just so moving that it made me want to cry!
When I started this blog, it was just an outlet for the ramblings jumbled inside my head. I expected nothing except for few complements. But today, I almost got an arrest when I found 277 visitors in my stats, hailing from everywhere around the globe, telling me they love my style, the blog’s title or the design. I truly am unable to express how blessed and grateful I feel ! :’)
Total visits today!
We’re technically supposed to still be in winter, aren’t we?! Well, either “global warming” has monsterized to thrust its clutches into your soothing chill, or perhaps, the world is just coming to an end! You know, Egypt is meant to be a “warm” zone, but 34ْ C with spring emerging at the horizon is just too much! Sir, what have you saved for summer??!
Today your heat made me feel as if my eyes were replaced by a pair of poached eggs when I walked the street, my brain was on the verge of a meltdown and I wore that crazed look of zombies. I certainly am not the only sufferer, people are going mad out there!
I hope you read my message and reconsider your behavior, maybe you should see a doctor, ’cause sir, we do need you to recover.
Well, I’ve always been such a disoriented, clumsy quitter. I never plan, and when I do, I never follow what I schedule. Few days back, I read a post by Sara Turner titled: 26 Things Before 26, and for a change, I decided to get out of my comfy zone and set the challenge!
Here are 23 things I’d love to do before my next birthday on February 2!
- Finish my novel.
- Win NaNoWriMo.
- Scrub-in: Preferably in an eye surgery.
- Score an A in at least one subject.
- Be among the top 1st 500 students in my class: We’re near 1500, and it ain’t as easy as it seems; I’m now the 617th!
- Reach my ideal weight.
- Finish “Insanity” workouts without twisting any joints.
- Learn to swim.
- Learn another sport.
- Learn to dance.
- Improve my photography skills.
- Earn drivers’ license: I learnt driving 4 years ago and have been delaying applying for the exam ever since!
- Read 20 books at least, including the Qur’an: It would’ve been a piece of cake, if it wasn’t for the medical books I have to read as well!
- Inspire someone(s).
- Speak French.
- Play guitar.
- Bake a successful cheesecake: Since every trial so far has ended with failure.
- Go skating: I haven’t skated for 4 years!
- Climb a mountain, scuba-dive or jump with a parachute: I bet mom won’t let me though!
- Volunteer in a cause.
Join a book club.
- Visit brand new places without travelling abroad.
- Fall in love.. Or not..
I’m pinning the list into my pages’ bar until mission’s accomplished. And for the record, the only thing I haven’t yet quitted is this blog! But it was unplanned at all!
Photography for me has always been mere a click on the shutter button and waiting for what comes. The other day my friend showed me some photos she captured using her professional camera. It got me jealous to be honest, I spent the rest of the day reading my camera’s manual, and astonishingly, I discovered pretty awesome features I never was aware that my modest camera has!
Here’re some photos I shot at college today!
- “Color accent” effect.
“Color accent” effect, same tree.
Same tree, “Super Vivid effect”.
This one’s at home!
Love isn’t something you press a button to get, or a ready-packed thing you give either. It’s not that materialized, magnified, fake delusion of Romeo and Juliet, and it’s much deeper than exchanging presents, or blurting out clichés.
Love is rather simple, real simple; it includes before anything loving everyone and everything. It’s not only about being with “the one”, but also being the one. Love comes in the smallest things, the tiniest deeds. It’s just about knowing how to care, commit, and compromise.
So how do see love??