International Book Giving Day 2015 in Pictures


International Book Giving Day 2017

So many wonderful stories from International Book Giving Day 2015 have been pouring in throughout the weekend.

I’m overwhelmed with the generosity of so many people, and of the huge reach that IBGD has.

14th February, and in fact the whole weekend, was one dedicated to getting books into the hands of as many children as possible far and wide. Books were given in UK, South Africa, Canada, Cambodia, Nepal, Brazil, Australia, France, Hungary, Cambodia, oh and so many more!

Whilst I will bring you more details on Wednesday, I simply must share these photos with you today …

UGANDA: MCox Foundation presenting this student with her FIRST book. UGANDA: MCox Foundation presenting this student with her FIRST book.

Pictures and Pages AUSTRALIA: Pictures and Pages in Coburg, Victoria

CANADA: The Annapolis Valley Regional Library does a fantastic job of celebrating International Book Giving Day each year by hiding wrapped books around their communities! CANADA: The Annapolis Valley Regional Library does a fantastic job of celebrating International Book Giving Day each year by hiding wrapped books around their communities!

Chris Monroe USA: 1,000+ books to kids at a local elementary…

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Dumb Ways to Die!


This is hilariously sick, and somehow cute!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJNR2EpS0jw

2013’s blogging review!


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,300 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Liebster Award!


I have long  given up on that sort of posts, but when it comes to a nomination from my sweet friend Nancy, I mustn’t  overlook it! 😉  So the rules say the following, and I’m quoting Nancy:

“In order to accept the nomination, I’ll be nominating 10 blogs of my own. Preferably blogs with less than 200 followers, so we can shake up traffic in those awesome, yet-to-be-discovered writers’ pages.

If I contacted you as one of the nominated bloggers, you will be required to do the following:

1. Link back and recognise the blogger who nominated you. Which is yours truly :D
2. Answer 10 questions I’ll be posting at the end of this post.
3. Nominate 10 other bloggers for the award. Come on, spread the love.
4. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer (I know you’re catching up)
5. Notify your nominees!”

I am sorry that I’ll have to break the last 3 rules; it’s been a long while since I last browsed any blogs, so whoever reads this, consider yourself nominated! 😉

As per Nancy’s questions, here I go:

1. Tell us something about yourself that isn’t in your About page.

I refuse to believe that life is unfair. Unfair things do happen, but only because they’re meant to change you in a fair way.

2. What’s one thing you can call yourself good at?

Other than being a bookworm who loves to write? Umm, photography perhaps??

3. Something you are/were once obsessed with?

I’m an obsessive person, so the list is endless. I can randomly highlight my obsession with punctuation and grammar!

4. What is your most commonly used word?

“Mam mam ma”! Which technically is not a word at all, yet it’s what I voice to mock everything and everybody! Mocking is necessary for my well-being! 😛

5. What is the happiest you’ve ever been?

That’s a tricky question! One can’t easily isolate that distinct moment; all the moments you have lived are entangled together to spin your life. (Wise much??) 😛

6. What’s one thing you’ve always been curious about? Or wanting to try/learn?

A bunch of things; skydiving, scuba-diving, mountain climbing, surfing… The sort of things that flood you with adrenaline.

7. If you were writing a novel, what would be the names of the male and female protagonists?

LOL! I have like 4 works in progress, and haven’t yet settled on the names in any of them! When I get stuck , I refer to my characters as “Protagonist”, “Friend 1”, “Mother”, “Bad guy 1”, “Bad guy 2”, etc.

8. What, in your opinion, is the most interesting place in the world? And why?

Antarctica I guess! Maybe because I have never seen real snow in my entire life, and Antarctica is all about snow!

9. What is the most personal topic you’ve thought to/did blog about?

The story of my life, but I’m saving that until my plot gets more intriguing! 😉

10. If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?

I’d definitely make myself less reluctant, if only we had a cure for procrastination!

RIP humanness!


With the utter brutality and frank killing going, there isn’t much to say. I’m not sure what to grief first, my people who die in thousands on a daily basis, my country that has slipped into infinite chaos, or common sense that no longer exists.

This nightmare doesn’t seem to end any time soon, I’m standing helpless and my prayers are all I have.

RIP humanness, RIP Egypt!

Am I dreaming or it’s really my SITS day?!


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 ! :’)

Stats

Total visits today!

Total visits today!

A new nomination..


So Ayesha, the author of the blog Doctoricious!, has nominated me for the “Reader Appreciation Award”.. I’m not posting to brag about being nominated, but I just want thank her for “appreciating” my rambling! 😀

As most of you know, there are rules for accepting such nominations, which involve mentioning few stuff about myself as well as nominating other bloggers, but I really am sorry for having to break the rules. I’m going to save you the headache and of course consider yourself nominated, you all are “appreciated”! 🙂

3 more award nominations!


Within 2 days, I’ve got nominated for “The versatile blogger award” by ALL FOR LOVE AND LOVE FOR ALLGirl Meets World; and Whimsical Abandon.. I really  appreciate it when people think my blog’s worth reading, and want to thank them for taking the time to read my  babbling, but I also want to say sorry for having to break the rules..

I went through this tagging dilemma few weeks back; I tagged 15 blogs, talked about myself, and I honestly am not ready to start this all over again! I hope you guys understand this, and accept my apology.. And by the way, your blogs look interesting! 😀

Happy blogging everybody! 😀

A “Versatile blogger” nomination! :D


When all is said and done… nominated me today for “The versatile blog award”, that  is so kind of a brand new follower! I’m so thankful! 🙂

Here’re the rules of accepting the nomination:

  • Thank the person who nominated me.. Thank you “ellen“! 🙂
  • Include a link to their blog.. It’s up there!
  • Nominate fifteen blogs I enjoy and follow.. Stay tuned!
  • Inform said bloggers about their nominations.. Done!
  • Finally, share seven random things about myself.. And here I go:
  1. Sometimes I think I’m in med. school because of ER!
  2. Though I live in Cairo, crowds still irritate me!
  3. I’m obsessed with buying books; I just can’t resist the scene of any printed work settled on a shelf!
  4. Coffee and chocolate define my passion..
  5. I’d rather walk barefoot than wear high heals.. I can’t stand them!
  6. I’ve always wanted to learn karate.. 😛
  7. I love watching animation movies, and watching “Psych” makes my laugh my heart out.. 🙂

And my nomination goes to..

  1. ASPIRE. MOTIVATE. SUCCEED!
  2. Ayesha Qazi.
  3. Better this way.
  4. cooking-spree.
  5. Dear Optimists.
  6. Different Strokes..My musings!!
  7. h2o by Joanna.
  8. Just babbling.
  9. Lets Untangle.
  10. Patterns of Nature.
  11. Peas and Cougars.
  12. PICTURES IN LIVING COLOR.
  13. Something. Nothing. Everything.
  14. The Pajama Chef.
  15. TheSilentSoul.

Happy reading! 🙂

Guest posting!


I’m guest posting on one of my favorite blogs; “Dear Optimists”. You can check my post here! My 12-year-old sister drew the illustrations.. 🙂