Okay so on sunday (yesterday), I get up to take a walk from my desk so I go near where the elevators are and I see smoke billowing from across the street, so I go back and tell my co workers about it.  It was written in the papers today.

Anywhooooooooooooo, today, by the end of the workday, when it was getting kind of slow, I look outta my window and I see black smoke! so I go to the opposite end of the floor and took these pics, I’m guessing its a fire, its next to amiri hospital.




When Revenge isn’t really that sweet

I just finished reading Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult.  She is one of my new favorite fiction writers, her books are all page turners (although most of them have to do in one way or another with court cases).  Other books that I read by her were Salem Falls, Vanishing Acts, The Pact, The Tenth Circle.

What I say next might ruin the book for you! So stop reading if you don’t want to find out.

What I am going to say next is just the climax of the novel, although it might ruin a part of it, you could still read the book and its a page turner.
Nineteen Minutes talks about highschools and popularity, and how it could become so hard to fit in as a teen that it leads people off the edge .. basically school shootings.

With everypage that talked about bullying and harrasement of one of the characters I felt the characters pain.  The way she wrote was so increadible that you could just imagine what he is going through.

All of us have been bullyed or known someone who is being bullyed or been the bullier themselves.  So you could relate alot to what the book is talking about.  There is always that one person who gets the most bullying because he or she is such an easy target.    But then I try to think about what the bulliers are thinking when they are harrasing the person, or if they are even thinking.  I mean somethings are funny and could be taken as a joke by everyone involved but there are other things that really are just mean!

For example, this is soemthing I remember for some reason, I mean I don’t consider it bullying because it was funny, bas in one way or another it could be considered bullying.  It was my senior year in high school, I was sitting on one of the benches copying someones Arabic homework and my feet didn’t reach the ground.  One of the guys stole my shoe and they put it on top of the A/C so I wouldn’t be able to reach it.  I got it back at the end, and I must admit it was a funny joke.  But there are other things that I hear about that don’t end up with people laughing.

Another issue that the book talked about is “popularity” there is that one “popular” group in highschool and if you didn’t fit in then well you got picked on.  I noticed we didn’t really have that in our highschool, ya3ni there wasn’t a popularity heirachy like they do in high schools in the US.
I remember when I first met one of my sorority sisters she was a freshman in college and still thought the way a high schooler did about “popularity” and being mean to others.  She was HORRIBLE  I couldn’t beleive it.
We’d be out and she would just randomly say something mean to someone (and we’d have to apologize for her).  I remember one time we were hanging out on the porch of a house and a couple of girls came to hang out with the group we were with.  Then I hear the my friend saying something rude, and the girls replying to her, then all of a sudden I see my friend FLYING towards the other girl, grabbing her by the hair and slamming her head into the door (which was basically glass and wood) she kept on hitting the girl AND LAUGHING while doing it.
I couldn’t do anything because the girl (“my friend”) was larger in size than me, so no matter what I tried to do I would not help.  So the guys had to break up the fight between them.  I later asked her what the hell was she thinking! She’s the one that started it, and shes like yeah but she replied and shes basically nothing compared to me. 
She then went on telling me about how she was part of the “popular crowd” in highschool and she is not taking no crap from anyone.
So i told her to get off her high horse, we’re not in high school any more and this whole “popularity” thing is BS.
She looks at me and is like, “Chirp, there has to be people who are more superior than others, thats how the world is made, there are rich there are poor, there are ppl who are popular there are ppl who are not and if your not then you have to understand that you are a pariah and you will get picked on by those more superior.”
My jaw dropped at what she said, after that incident, and some other incidents that took place, I kind of dropped her as a friend.  I had tried to hammer some sense into her, to make her understand that is NOT how the world works, but I couldn’t and truthfully I could not STAND her anymore.  She was one of the most materialistic (3ad madry 3ala shino half the stuff she believed were lies), she was shallow (and she thought being shallow was amazing), she was just a total fake.  At times we would see her real personality bas she quickly covered it up with her fake persona and I just could not stand it anymore.

Okay so I think I totally went of on a tangent.  Basically what I am trying to say is, do you think that a person who is always bullyed will always hold something against the bulliers? (for example ya3ni  in the book it was the jocks)  Would it make a person more prone to becoming an angry person?
Why do people bully?  Do they have deep issues that they need to deal with or is it just teen stupidity that they grow out of?
When I was really young, my mother had a friend with two daughters, and how I hated those two girls.  They were the roughest girls I had ever met, seriously they did things that were psychotic, trying to drown us in the pool, playing stupid games that got us hurt etc.  I dreaded the day when my mother tells me they are coming over.  I would try to get ouf of  being home, but no can do.  I still don’t like them I dont think I ever will.   I talked to one of the sisters up until a couple of months ago when I finally quit her.
Although not a “bully” any more, she still has some negativity inside her.  We used to be a group of girls that hung out once in a while, but she kept on ruining the friendships between the girls in the group.  Well I noticed that she would call me, diss one girl A LOT and two weeks later she’d be out with the girl she was talking bad about.  She did that between me and two of the girls and finally when she tried with the 3rd one I just comepletly ignored her. 

Anyways, we all remember the Columbine School shootings and the Virginia Tech shootings, what made them tick? What was the straw that broke the camels back that made them do what they did?
Was one of the boys in Columbine really on anti-depressents taht made him do that? 
Did something happen in their childhood?  Did all the mockery build up until one day it just avalanched down?  What could be going through their minds?!


So my friends dog had puppies and they are selling them.

I don’t know how much they are being sold for, you could call these numbers for information 6422217 or 6660712.

The dogs are Pekingese (I think thats how you spell it)



To tell or not to tell .. that is the question.

What would you tell a complete stranger to help them avoid an embarrassing situation?  What would you not tell them?
Sometimes when you think your trying to help someone out, they’re just plain rude and you wished that you hadn’t told them so later on you could laugh at them!
Anyways, one vacation when I had gone to visit my friend in LA, we had just finished shopping on 3rd street in Santa Monica, and we were heading to her car.  We stopped at a crossing, when this lady came and stood in front of us.  At first I did not notice, then at the same time my friend and I had noticed that her skirt was tucked into her under garnments, and everything was in clear view.
So being the “shy” one I nudged my friend and I’m like “TELL HER! MASKEENA HOW EMBARRASSING” My friend looks at me and was like, “I don’t wanna tell her! you tell her, I’m shy” So I think in my head “Yeah shy whatever, only when you want me to take the fall ;p (i was just kidding)”
So I tap the lady on her shoulder, and she looks at me kind of confused, I lean over really close to her (I bet I scared the heck out of her) and I told her, I’m like “Sorry, but I would just like you to know that your skirt is tucked in from the back.”
She thanked me, and tried to remove the skirt from where it was stuck.  Then my friend and I went on our way.
What would you haved one in that situation? Would you have told her? Or let her figure it out on her own?
Have you ever been in a situation like that?

Weekend Tidbits

Last weekend, almost 10 days ago,  I went out to lunch with my cousins in avenues.  While I was there, I saw this girl she was staring at me like she knew me and she did not look familiar at all.  Anyways I smiled at her and continued walking.
I see her later while we were waiting for our table, she comes towards me and shes like “Hi shloonich? 3arafteeeni?”
Me: “tamam il7imdila intay shloonich? La wala asfa ma 3araftich”
Her: “Ana flana il flaniya, intay mo bint khalti flana”
Me: “eee I am”
Her: “Salmay 3ala khalti inshoofich 3ala khair”

The whole time during lunch I was trying to figure out who the heck she was.  I called my mom (who was in lebanon) and she had no idea.  My mom arrived the nxt day and we were at her friends house and I STILL wanted to know who the girl was.  Finally they figured out it was their friends daughter, who I had met less than a month ago at a wedding.

I really need to start getting better with remembering faces!!!

A couple of days ago my friend called me and told me to meet her at a coffee place before heading out to our friends house, so I said okay.
While sitting there I saw a guy that looked very familiar, he was kind of far and I only saw him from the side so I was not sure.
When I got up to leave, him and his friend were looking at me like they knew me, and from far he looked like the guy I knew, so I had this HUGE smile on my face, when I got closer and realized that the guy was just staring blankly at me, I finally noticed it wasn’t the guy I knew, I got really flustered and tried to “un-smile” but that did not really work out well.


Went to watch Harry Potter this weekend.  It was not bad, I still love the book much much more.  Every thing happened so fast and the begining was kind of inaccurate.

Also got the book, still didn’t start reading it yet, need to finish another book before it.


Question of the week:  Is it the new thing for girls to walk around wearing short shorts in Marina Cresent?

Shorty wanna be a thug ;)

A while ago I wrote a post called I’m the next BIG thing, and in it I talked about how sometimes it kind of pisses me off when someone i dont know comments on my height if I dont really know them.

Tooomz asked me to go check out a ma3rath with her yesterday, so of course I went with her, and since I was extremly tiered, and I usually don’t wear heels, I went wearing flats.  I was standing with Tooomz and her cousin when another one of her cousins came in.  We were introduced, we said Hi to each other then she says
“OMG your so tiny!”
Now that is the first time I meet the girl, and Tooomz’s other cousin too.  I didn’t really know how to react.  Tooomz looks at her and was like “Thats so rude! she knows shes tiny” (she was saying it jokingly)
Anyways her cousin goes on to tell me how I am really tiny and she would have given me the age of a 10 year old.  So I have gotten 16 and 18, but NEVER less than 16.  10 year old, COME ON, I might be short but other things make up for my shortness to show that I am not a child.  Ya3ni i’m not skinny with no curves or anything.
Anyways .. I wasn’t really pissed off at her, I just got really embarressed.

In the jungle the mighty jungle ;p

This post is going to be made up of 2 different parts, one is an update on my friend case and the other is something that took place yesterday.

I couldn’t think of a title that matches this post, so I put up that song because it has been stuck in my head for two months now.  I randomly start singing it out loud.

Part 1: Update on friend situation

Well since I last posted about it, my mother traveled for the weekend.  I vaugely brought it up in conversation but thats it.  I was talking to her when she asked me when my mom was going to leave and I told her she had left already.  After I get home from work I get a txt msg from her asking if she could come over for “coffee”.  I didnt reply until 2 hours later because I was busy baking and thinking of what to wear and how to plan my time accordinly because at 8 I had plans with Tooomz.
Anyways, I have not been ignoring her, but I have been telling her I am busy, which I kind of am. I have been going out with my mother ever since she got back and I have plans with other ppl too. 
I don’t know if she gets the hint, but she might get the hint that I am a little annoyed by her.
Oh well ;p

Part 2: What happened yesterday

My mother wanted to go look at treadmills and stationary bikes, so I took her to “Go Sport” in the avenues.  While we were leaving we saw a group of little kids, no older than 4 year olds with their maids and a driver, and their parents no where to be found.  While we were walking past them, the driver took one of the girls (he was carrying her) and stared to walk away from the group.  My mother got really worked up when she saw taht, I have not seen her so worked up in so long.  She turns around and asks the driver where he is taking the little girl (he was walking towards the parking area)  and hes like “Laa laa mikhalif” and my mother was like “La mo mikhalif ma takhith-ha broo7ik, ridha 7ag il khadama, laish makhith-ha broo7ha?” so my mother calls the khadama over and tells her to keep the girl with her and with the group and not to let the driver walk with her alone. 
Okay I understand if the mother has 2 kids and takes a khadama with her to the mall to have an extra pair of eyes on the kids, but to just leave the kids with their khadamas ALONE oo ehya ma tadry 3an hawa darhum that is just totally crazy!

Canary has the B EST mshakal falafel sandwiches. 

I want to learn how to speak different languages, Mandarin, Urdu, hindi, Japanese, Spanish, and Italian.  I wanna perfect my French too.   I know they teach Urdu, japanese, italian, spanish and french in khidmat il mojtama3 in Kuwait University.  But where do they teach mandarin and hindi?

 Oh yeah I got accepted into another University in Australia for a Masters in Finance and Business Economics.

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