Bad guys lose eventually!


Few weeks ago, I thought we were heading downhill and that free will has slept, but thank God, it turned out that I was wrong… Egyptians never let go! Ahmad Shafiq (Mubarak’s mirror image) has lost, and though our new president Mohammad Morsi raises lots of debates and controversies, still he came by our votes, which is a brand new experience in Egypt!

Ahmad Shafiq… Source: http://latuffcartoons.wordpress.com

I don’t know where he will be taking us, or if his plans for Egypt are as he promised, but at least, WE brought him and will support him, and if he lets us down, Tahrir square is always there! 😉 🙂

Mohammad Morsi… Source: Google images.

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Eight taxi drivers you’d meet in Egypt!


The Egyptian taxi.. Source: Google images.

I’ve been taking cabs to college for like 5 years, which got me dealing with a wide sector of drivers, and let’s state the fact that Egyptian drivers are quite unique and pretty weird as well! Through my experience, I can tell that a majority of them fit under one (or probably more) of the following types:

  • The moderate: Either remains silent, plays Qur’an, or tunes the radio to any news or entertainment channel.
  • The disturbing: Fairly common and incredibly irritating! He feeds on local songs which are insanely loud and completely tasteless. Astonishingly, 90% of drivers in Egypt are that disturbing!
  • The chatty: Stepping into his territory gives him the right to buzz your head with all sorts of political, sports, and even religious discussions. Whether you remain silent or slip into the debate, he just never shuts up.. never!
  • The greedyAlways finds a way to abuse the “taximeter” and illegitimately increase the fare; he’d pick the longest road to your destination, or would just turn it off and ask for double the fare! You’d have to silently pay him ’cause otherwise, he’d make a scene!
  • The reckless: He’s above the traffic rules; no speed limit, no safety measures, and possibly, no driving licence!
  • The furious: Traffic jam drives him mad; he yells and swears at other drivers and passersby! At some point, you might need earplugs!
  • The psycho: Not so common, but you can’t predict him! One might go nuts only because you direct him to the right road, another might just talk to himself!
  • The too good to be real: Acts like your personal chauffeur; too much respect, and a fatherly tone of voice.. You’d then realize it’s your lucky day! 🙂
You might ask why the hell I would take a taxi, but trust me, you  eventually get used to such madness and after all, you always reach your destination safely.. 🙂

Falling apart!


I’m back! Sorry for acting like I was abducted by aliens, but I’m so overwhelmed.. My schedule is messed up, exams are coming closer, and Egypt is politically on fire, which leaves me with a viscid sense of apprehension, insecurity and absolutely no desire to read or write a single letter!

It agonies to see all your dreams of justice, freedom and a better tomorrow burn into ashes right in front of your sight! SCAF’s beasts kill with no mercy; they’ve recently shot another schoolmate of mine right in the back of his head, while he was saving the injured!

Alongside, they’ve manged to kill our spirits! After all this fighting, after almost winning, people have let go! Most Egyptians now are seeking the easy way; the peace of their minds even if it’s fake, and even if provided by Mubarak’s man who has unexpectedly reached the “finale” of the presidency race!!

Now we’re left with two choices; Mubarak’s regime regaining it’s strength, or being ruled by a political party whose loyalty to the revolution is pretty controversial! And sadly, all the expectations pour into the side of Mubarak’s man, “Ahmad Shafiq“, and people have started to accept the defeat!

I feel quite confused, yet all I’ve got now is praying and praying and praying till a shred of light sneaks in!

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Another dose of questions..


And the cycle of questions keeps spinning.. I never was into this “chain-post” thing, but when people ask interesting questions, you can’t help but answer ! 🙂

Here are Better this way‘s questions..

Source: Google images.

1. What book are you currently reading?

Again.. “A thousand splendid suns”. But if you mean medical books, then it’s “Basics of dermatology”!! 😛

2. If you could live in any country/city in the world, which would it be?

Let me think.. I’ve always wanted to visit Paris, but not that I want to live there. I love Cairo where I live now; it’s crowded and noisy, but I love it! My second favorite place is Abu Dhabi.. 🙂

3. If you had three wishes, what would they be?

Endless faith, endless patience, and endless wishes perhaps??! 😛

4. Blackberry or Iphone?

Neither nor!! What’s wrong with Samsung or Nokia phones?! People blindly follow the trend, but I’ve never been that trendy!

5. What’s one thing that you can do really well?

Writing I guess?? Or If not, I’m a professional procrastinator! 😉

6. Harry Potter or Twilight? (you shouldn’t even have to think about it).

HARRY POTTER!! And yes, of course I shouldn’t think about it; Twilight actually stinks, I’d never like a shiny blood-sucking creature, even if it was “Edward Cullen”!

7. Name one song that could be the anthem to your life right now?

I’m not that into music, so honestly nothing is on my mind now. You can pick any song about moving on and hoping for the best.. 🙂

8. If you could meet any famous person from the past, who would it be and why?

That would be the prophet Muhammad (PBUH).. If he was here, I’d want him to rule the country, for the people in charge now have turned everything into chaos!

9. Favourite movie of all time?

You’ve got mail, also the Arabic-dubbed version of A bug’s life, it’s a lot more hilarious! 🙂

10. If you could spend the whole day doing just one thing, what would it be?

It depends, sometimes I can spend the whole day writing what’s on my mind, sometimes facebooking and tweeting, sometimes just sleeping, and sometimes literally doing nothing!

11. Who in your life inspires you the most?

My mother. 😀

A “blessed” birthday!!


“21 is the age of responsibility. Give it a few months and you will be wondering why you were in such a hurry to get here.” ~ Unknown.

Today I turn page 21 of my life. I never thought of it as a bewitching event! What is so interesting about having more “responsibilities”?!!

However, birthdays are all about greetings, family, friends, gifts and cheerful stuff. And whether I like it or not, getting older is out of my hands, I’d better enjoy the day and have fun. I’m quite aware of this, no weeping.. But wait, what if my birthday is linked to death?! Yes, death and disasters!!

2 Feb, “Combat of camels”… I was born on that date too!

That was last year, people will never forget that very date, not because I was born of course, but because people got killed! I wanted to get over and move on this year, but over 70 got killed in Port Said last night (another nasty act planned by SCAF)!!! Today is literally a tragic day in here, there’s mourning, prayers for the martyrs, and marches against SCAF! How dare I consider the thought of celebrating?!!

Sarcastically, a friend of mine tweeted me this, she’s right somehow!

Translation: “Your birthday causes us troubles every year by the way!!”

“#Feb2” is being hash-tagged on Twitter now, and the Tweets aren’t any pleasing! I wonder, can’t we omit this deathly date from the calendar?!

Scenes (6): Jan. 25th, claquette #2!


“We’re not celebrating! We’re resuming our revolution!”

That was the spirit today! The scene was breath-taking, not only at Tahrir square, which was “stuffed” with people, but also at every nearby street and square, as well as most of the Egyptian cities! People marched everywhere demanding the SCAF to step down and aiming to confirm how absurd any celebration before “avenging our martyrs” would be.. I so longed to be there, but my VERY overprotective mother forbade me to go!

Here are my favorite shots for today:

# Marching in Alexandria!
Source: http://t.co/hpnPUR0s

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# A huge march crossing “Qasr El Nile” bridge to Tahrir!
Source: http://t.co/OCWIIQCU

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# Tahrir today!
Source: http://t.co/6daoj3Ys

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# Tahrir, just before sunset!
Source: http://www.facebook.com/ENN.News

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“The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.” ~ Che Guevara.

Memorizing freedom..


In the memory of Jan. 25th revolution, and restoring the revolutionary spirit of Tahrir square, I re-blog this post… I know it’s been near a month since I last blogged, but it’s a long story, I’ll tell it later on, when I get a chance.. Enjoy the lyrics!

Hey you, the “square”...

Scenes: (5) Students vs. Killers!


As long as authorities keep oppressing, murdering and stealing our rights, all the photos I capture are going to portray marches and protests..

Last Wednesday and the day after, I marched to the Ministry of Defense, protesting against SCAF‘s brutal crimes and killing our colleagues along with thousands of students from many colleges, chanting “Down with SCAF” and demanding them to “LEAVE”!

# Here’s how the SCAF secured the building:

Because killers always hide..

# Girls hugely took part in the protest:

# Random:

A poster for Alaa Abd El Hady, hung over a lamp-post..

I didn't capture this one, source: dostor.org

Praying..

# A video uploaded by one of the organizers:

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The “square”..


Source: Google.

This song; “The square” or “Ya el medan”, sung by the band Cairokee, portrays a common Egyptian perception about El Tahrir square and its role in the revolution. I won’t talk much, I’m leaving you to its plain-spoken, wholehearted lyrics..

# Song description:

“Egyptian anthem about Tahrir Square by Egypt’s leading revolutionary band, Cairokee featuring Egyptian singer/songwriter Aida El Ayouby.”

# Here’s the video, with English subtitles:

Because heroes get shot nowadays..


What would you do if you see a photo of a twenty-something guy, shot in the head, you see his lifeless body lying there then you realize he’s a colleague in your class?

I don’t personally know him, but it feels as if I knew him for long, as if he was my brother! I realize he’s just like me, a medical student who attended lectures, studied for hours, hoped he’d be a successful doctor someday, he probably had an upcoming exam, just like every one of us.. I cried my heart out. I cried till I ran out of tears..

And what was his fault? Dropping what he was studying and leaving his home in that cold weather to protest, to call for what he saw right??!!!

R.I.P Alaa Abdelhadi, we all pray for you. You were a hero, but not your fault that heroes get shot nowadays..