May 31, 2009

Say What?

There is no shortage of Engrish here in Egypt. Sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's stupid, this one has gone passed funny into a level of WTFness that has me near frustration. I wish to understand this motto printed on a restaurant menu. WHAT?!


I thought maybe they tried to literally translate something but I can't make any sense of it.

Your needs is our deep?!@%&*(#?

May 27, 2009

Funny Kitty

Streeetch. She seems really long to me.

This is her "Bitch, please." Look.

Crazy fool always does this and chases her tail in other ways.

Kid's Swimwear & Clothing

InshaAllah we are signing up the kids for swimming soon so today after dinner, we went to find Dawood (11) and Zayneb (9) new bathing suits since they had out grown last year's. (Salwa & Safiyah are happy with hand me downs, they are in good condition.)



We had the same problem last year for Dawood's swimwear. All the boy's swimsuits are speedo style. That's what all the boys here wear, but Dawood doesn't like them and neither do we. They are just...I dunno, ick? I mean, there are men's swim shorts, but no boy's. We went to several stores last year and no luck. We ended up getting him some soccer shorts. They have the lining and they dry quick. I don't know why we thought this year would be different. I'm still going to look some more. If we don't find any regular swim shorts/board shorts, he will just wear last year's or new soccer shorts. I just worry that kids at swimming will make fun of him for being different? Not that it would change anything because I won't change my mind and I don't think he will, he's shy. Plus he laughed his head off at one with teddy bears and hearts on it today. A BOYS swimsuit! ::::eyeroll::::

Zayneb picked out a swimsuit similar to this one except it's one piece, not a tankini and the skirt is a little longer. It's apple green with a navy skirt. She really loves it and I'm glad she liked the more modest style. InshaAllah she keeps liking it no matter what other girls are wearing.

The mentality here is very much, let them wear what they want now so when they grow up and have to wear hijab, they will have lived a little. Several Egyptian women have said that to me when I raised concerns about skirt length or tight tops. I realize Zayneb has not developed yet but it would be stupid to have her wear some of the hoochie Egyptian kid's clothes I've seen here and all of a sudden at a certain age expect her to dress modestly or wear hijab. Seriously, halter tops, minis and high heels for little girls and it's supposed to be cute? Maybe it comes down to women wearing hijab out for cultural reasons or because they are "supposed to" here as opposed to wanting to.

My way of thinking is to bring them up and little by little buying more modest stuff. For example, a couple of years ago we stopped getting shorts & tanks for Z and we get capri's and T shirts. They see that I love hijab and they see how I match them to my abaya's and respect it and until now they really like the idea. They still have years ahead inshaAllah but I think it's important to instill a sense of modestly and a love for hijab in them.

May 25, 2009

Caskets


I have always wondered about this, I just want to get some insight. I really don't want to offend anyone and we all have our beliefs so, no disrespect intended and sorry for the morbid topic.

So caskets. I don't get them. I don't understand why, when people die they bury them in a fancy, expensive box, satin lined, with a pillow. It just seems so weird to me. I mean, the person is dead, they don't need soft lining and a varnished cherry wood box, right?

Also, the idea of embalming and open casket funerals seems so...creepy? Embalming is actually pretty gross. Besides, all that formaldehyde, varnish, glue and stuff can't be good for the environment.

Just to touch on what we believe, in Islam we don't allow embalming and the body is washed and buried within 24 hours or as soon as possible. We are buried wrapped only in a white cloth and without a casket if law allows. If not, the simplest wood box is used. To Allah we belong, and to Him we shall return.

I hope I haven't offended anyone and maybe someone could shed some light on the tradition. I know we all have or believe in things that may be difficult for others to understand.

May 12, 2009

Exams

Right now I'm knee deep in studying. I thought I was done with school. It's still completely ridiculous to me how intense school exams are here. We are talking grade school here people! 1st, 3rd and 5th grade. The month is full of exams scattered and they don't even go to school anymore except on exam days. So school is pretty much out but we can't relax yet. NO. There is studying to do. After all the exams, each grade has a day where they get their report cards and the kids are called up in order of grade rank up to top 5, and everyone wants their kid to be one of the firsts. It's all just too much. School at this age should be much simpler and less stressful. I'll be so glad when it's over.

May 8, 2009

This is EPIC

I know this guy, we haven't seen each other for many years. He's really great, a doctor, very sweet. I've known him since I was a kid, I've really missed him

He and I will be reunited soon and it will be wonderful. When my lips meet ....

Ah, forget it...Meet my long lost love..





Ahhh Sweet Elixir. I'm saving it for a treat on a day I can afford the calories. I've never seen it here before so I kinda freaked out when I saw it.

May 6, 2009

This Afternoon

Today we had dinner at The Hard Rock Cafe. I've never been to one, it was pretty cool. The ambiance is nice and the food was good. I had the beef/chicken fajitas! (And I only had a little of the sour cream and half the tortillas)


My BFF, B and I wondered if the items in the glass cases really belonged to the stars who's picture and name accompanied. B was skeptical, but I think yes, I mean, Bono must have worn 3493774 of different hats so it's likely he has many to spare. Plus I don't think they can just say it's his hat if it's not. Whatever, it's a little more pricey than our usual place and the foods not any better but it was fun.

Yea, OK.


Here's a little insight on more of the weird things some people believe.

I mentioned to an acquaintance that we got a cat and she was like "aren't you worried, since you have girls?" (arabic of course) I was like, ummm, why? Thinking, oh great, here it comes. She said "girls who grow up with cats become infertile!" I had to try not to laugh but I was smiling and asked her says who? She just chalked it up to something she'd heard and it's just known. I just told her I didn't believe that and I was not worried. My sister and I grew up with cats and we have 7 children between us alhamdulillah. Oh yea and there are those MILLIONS of other people who also were not affected by this affliction. Oh the stuff people spread around.

May 4, 2009

New Edition to Our Family!

Don't worry, I'm not pregnant!

We have a kitty!! She is so sweet and cute and we just got her today. A friend of E's had to give one away and we couldn't refuse! I'm not sure how old she is but she has to be older than a month or 2 I think? She's an interesting mix, her father was a gray Persian and her mom a ginger cat so she's gray with some light orange here and there.

We had a vote on her name. I thought of Shadow and Dawood wanted Ashley, E said Filfila which is Arabic and it comes from the word for pepper. The girls sided with dad and Filfila she is. It's growing on me. She's really mellow but plays sometimes.

Presenting, Filfila: