Sunday, 11 July 2010

What Is It With The Twilights ?

I've come to hate being in a holiday lately because of the many many things I ponder owing to the plenty of time I have + the prevalence of my pickiness << Oh snap .. looks like somebody is gonna rant ...  AGAIN !!

Yeah whatever , one of the things that I can't quite figure out in any way is this Twilight phenomenon ! can't really tell what is so special about it !! why all people are so sucked into the love of this story ?? I mean , in all seriousness guys , and with all all all the respect to the writer , all the fans and the twi-hards or what so called , I think it's the cheesiest sleaziest story I've ever known ! There are a million movies out there which are just pointless and lame , but I don't care . What makes an enigma for me is why specifically this movie ??? is it really worth it ????? I need some reasonable answers please ! last but not least , excuse my messed up mood and bitter rant !

Friday, 2 July 2010

That's Me .. The 'Lecturer'

Inspired by the lovely Fadiosis

I've never been a teacher before , I nevertheless can see clearly how difficult teaching is . It might be the hardest job ever , but only for those who have a clear conscience , those who are bearing in mind how critical and sensitive their position is , and who are ready to shoulder some responsibility ; shaping minds , changing attitudes and lives , and standing for role models .

Teaching is getting harder and harder especially under the circumstances that we are living nowadays like students' resistance , teachers' irresponsibility , and stupid educational institutions' policy and systems !! In order to be a good teacher , you have to be a wise , dedicated , knowledgeable , strong , and resourceful person takes a lot ! Hence , we don't come across so many good teachers !!!! and because I'm sick of that , I've decided that when I'm to become a teacher , I'd rather be a good one .. and that's what I will do insha'allah :

  • Preparation is of a major importance for me . I will never accept unprepared students in my classes .
  • I will never ever ever ever take up MEMORISING as one of my techniques .
  • I'll have EXTRA reading materials . I'll be demanding my students to read and to do assignments on them .
  • YES .. I'll be a pain in the ass doctor .
  • I care nothing about attendance . If you want to attend you are the most welcomed , and if you don't for sure I'm not to blame eventually .
  • Though I don't care about attendance , I won't accept any late students , and I respect each student who shows up and be always on time .
  • Exams-oriented-mentality students' conversations piss me off . I'll never ever allow any exams conversations in my classes . Drop this and keep that , and the what will we have in the exam* questions are completely FORBIDDEN .
  • Seminars .. I really can't see why our universities don't have seminars !!!! Anyways , I'll work my best to have my students a seminar once in a while .
  • Office hours are crucial . When I become a lecturer , I'll be sitting my butt on my chair all the time I have office hours .
  • If you care to enroll on my class .. go ahead , and if anybody wants to drop FEEL FREEEEEEEE !

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Arabic Coffee

The very first thing I ask for when I wake up is coffee , it awakens me and puts me in the mood right away when I take my first sip . It's my headache killer , for I usually have headache when I get up , but it goes immediately when I drink or even smell Arabic coffee . It's what accompanies me in my nostalgic nights , and what makes our family gatherings taste unforgetable . When I get really moody , depressed , or exhausted .. all what I need is one hot smooth cup of Arabic coffee , and it's all away !

On the other hand , and in order to get a longlasting pleasure of a cup of coffee , you have to go through a few steps like preparation 'roasting , grinding ....' , cooking , and SERVING coffee . I'll be tackling only the serving stage ' Mubasharah' in this post , I'm not going to go through the others because (1) I'm not a cook (2) serving is a really hard tiring process .. it requires a lot actually (3) it's one of the traditions that have been obsolescent and no longer taken up by most people especially the young generations ; us and the ones to come (4) I always miss up at serving coffee !!! Ok now .. shall we learn some rules :D :D

-First and most importantly the server 'Qahwaji' :

  • S/he should remain standing and observant to every guest in case anyone is done with his coffee , or wants more .
  • At some cultures , he should keep silent .
  • Should start with the old people and then start with who is sitting at the very right of the room all the way he goes to the left .
  • S/he should hold the Dallah in his left hand and the cup 'Finjan' in the right one in order to pour and then hand . (as shown in the pic)
  • The server should neither fill nor pour a little coffee in the guest's cup , for it'll be considerd rude .
  • Should be respectful to anyone who says s/he doesn't want coffee though the guest shouldn't say so .

- For the guest :

  • It'll be considered impolite if you say you don't want coffee . Have at least one Finjan .
  • You can't drink coffee while you're leaning . Adjust the way you are sitting and have your cup .
  • If you are done and want more , just extend your cup .
  • If you are done but you don't want more , shake your cup , or simply say 'Bass' which means enough .
  • DO NOT blow into your cup if your coffee was hot .. never !

That's all I know . Hope it was of a little benefit .
Off to have a cup ;)