A Blog from Amman, Jordan, Online Since 2004.

Month: September 2006 (Page 1 of 5)


Is it just me or does everyone in Jordan seem to be suffering from a B12 deficiency these days? Everyone seems to either be taking a course of B12 supplements or knows someone who is. Weird.

On colors and stuff

Roba says:
i love colors
nada says:
i knoooooow
heik yummmmmmm Untitled-1
a7keelik sir
i smell colors
Roba says:
can i blog that?
nada says:
inno each color has a smell
Roba says:
willa 3anjad sir?
nada says:
no mish sir
bas how r u gonna blog the smell
Roba says:
whats the smell of yellow?
its warm..
and sweet
nada says:
no it’s sour
it’s sweet
heik contradicting
Roba says:
nada says:
purple yummmm
o red
num num

Artsy-fartsy question of the day for everyone:
What’s your most delicious color?

The Campaign for Arab Women’s Right to Nationality

Women’s right to equal citizenship is guaranteed by the majority of Arab constitutions, as well as by international law. Yet across the Arab world, women are denied their right to nationality – a crucial component of citizenship. Women who marry men of other nationalities cannot confer their original nationality to their husbands or children. Only fathers, not mothers, can confer their nationality to their children.

The Women’s Learning Partnership joins with regional partners in the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf to call for:

  • Legal reform enabling women to confer their nationality to their husbands and children without condition
  • Full implementation of reformed nationality laws and equal access to these laws for all women
  • ecognition of women as equal citizens in all areas of life

It’s so refreshing and so fantastic to see such campaigns coming out of the Arab world. We seriously need to start working on such reforms. Sign the petition.

While on books…

الفتاة التائهه تنشر كتابها الأول

Don’t you just love it when female Arab bloggers go a step further?
Go Ihath :)

Backwards Forward

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”—Harper Lee, “To Kill a Mockingbird”


It is disgusting how the world keeps going backwards with each passing day. More censorship, more intolerance, more hate, more boundaries, more limits, aaaaah!

What does someone like me do? I just want to live life the way I want to live it, without being preached and without preaching anyone. I want my opinions to be tolerated, and I want to hear out other people’s opinions and ideas. I want the freedom to hold or consider a fact, viewpoint, or thought, regardless of anyone else’s view.

Unfortunately, things don’t look promising. Life all over the world is constantly becoming closer to an Orwellian world, with Ministries of Truth popping around all over the place, controlling information, “rectifying” history to make them conform to “utopian dreams”, denouncing then banishing works of literature from library shelves as “objectionable reads” (“1984” is banned by the way).

Here’s the American Library Association of banned books for 2006:

1. “Harry Potter” (Series) (J.K. Rowling)
2. “To Kill a Mockingbird” (Harper Lee)
3. “The Color Purple” (Alice Walker)
4. “The Outsiders” (S.E. Hinton)
5. “Lord of the Flies” (William Golding)
6. “Of Mice and Men” (John Steinbeck)
7. “Goosebumps” (Series) (R.L. Stine)
8. “How to Eat Fried Worms” (Thomas Rockwell)
9. “The Catcher in the Rye” (J.D. Salinger)
10. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” (Mark Twain)
11. “The Giver” (Lois Lowry)
12. “Brave New World” (Aldous Huxley)
13. “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” (Mark Twain)
14. “Captain Underpants” (Dav Pilkey)
15. “The Anarchist Cookbook” (William Powell)
16. “Carrie” (Stephen King)
17. “Flowers for Algernon” (Daniel Keyes)
18. “The Dead Zone” (Stephen King)
19. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” (Maya Angelou)
20. “Go Ask Alice” (anonymous)
21. “American Psycho” (Bret Easton Ellis)
22. “The Chocolate War” (Robert Cormier)
23. “James and the Giant Peach” (Roald Dahl)
24. “The Pigman” (Paul Zindel)
25. “A Wrinkle in Time” (Madeleine L’Engle)

It is indeed laughable, and even more so as I read more than half of these books as required readings for school. I first read Harry Potter, the first banned book on the list, when I was bored one day and decided to borrow my brother’s 6th grade reading material, Harry Potter, as it looked more interesting than TV. I first read the second book on the list, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, in the 7th grade for my literature class. When I was in the 5th grade, I owned most of the “Goosebumps” series (banned on the list as number 7), which I was introduced to by my English teacher.

Other titles in the list account for some of my favorite childhood reads; “A Wrinkle in Time”, “James and the Giant Peach”, and “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”. I can’t believe that they are deemed of negative influence to children today.

The world seriously needs to wake up, and quickly. Enough with closing our eyes and pretending that if we don’t allow stories to be told, actions that have already happened are erased. Things don’t work that way.

It is unthinkable that we live in this kind of world in the year 2006, and that this is happening in the country that is trying to wage the international war for freedom. Freedom starts at home.

Explore banned books with Google

Books, books, books


I don’t think anything excites me as much buying a new book, and in the past few months, I’ve bought a very large amount, the latest being bought today. So exciting.
Here are some of the books waiting on my shelf for their turn to be read,

1. “Orientalism”, Edward Said
2. “Palace Walk”, Naguib Mahfouz
3. “What is Typography?”, David Jury
4. “Seeret Madinah” (Tale of a City), Abdulrahman Muneef
5. “Pop: Truth and Power at the Coca Cola Company”, Constance Hays
6. “The Best Tables, Chairs, Lights”, Mel Byars
7. “1,000 Greetings”, Peter King
8. “The Historian”, Elizabeth Kostova
9. “Graphic Design America”,

Conversation over Ftoor

Omar: “Roba will read Harry Potter first and I call next.”
Hisham: “No! You can’t call next! I already called it next two years ago! This is the first time you bring it up.”
Omar: “Two years ago is too long ago, I’m reading the book after Roba.”
Gus: “How about I read it second?”
Hisham: “No. You’re too slow. I’ll definitely read it second, I’m the fastest out of you three.”
Mom: “So they released the book?”
Roba, Hisham, Omar, and Gus: “No.”
Mom: “When is it going to be released?”
Omar: “Umm, still no date decided.”

Harry Potter Book 7

Fatwa to Go

Yes, seriously, at least in India.
You can actually order your very own fatwa for as little as $22.
I can think of plenty ;)

+ Moorish Girl

When a dance class becomes a requirement at Jordan University…

The dance hall

The dance hall

Never would I have imagined that one day, I will stand in a circle with some of my colleagues from the department in a backroom in the Sports Complex of Jordan University and well, be taught how to dance.

One two three four. One two three four. One two three four. Can you hear the rhythm?

I suppose that’s one of the good parts about studying fine arts and design rather than just design. I mean, you can’t graduate with a BFA without taking classes titled “Music Appreciation” and “Rhythm and Dance” can you? I’m not sure I became more musically sensitive after last semester’s music appreciation class, and I’m not sure if I will actually learn how to Waltz this semester, but with tri-weekly 2-hours-a-day sessions of dance with a Russian proffessor whose passion in life is “expraissin rhee-tem wid mowment” for 3 entire months, I’m guessing I will learn more than the dance salute we learned today.

So anyway, after 40 minutes of listening to the importance of dance and 60 minutes of practicing our posture, we finished our very first Rhythm and Dance class today, and left the backroom to find that Jordan University had closed its facilities while we were busy trying to perfect our salutes.

20 students and a Russian proffessor were locked in the Sports Activities Complex. Thirty minutes and many phone calls later, a security guard finally comes and opens the doors for us.

Locked in

Locked in

Locked in

Locked in

So yeah, looks like it’s going to be an exciting class. Tomorrow I’m going to buy a training suit that satisfies the professors demands to wear something that “shows muskles”. I don’t own a single training suit. I don’t even own a pair of pants that are not made out of denim.

Pure Mahogany Auburn *UPDATED*


Well, that’s what the tub of dye that I just poured over my hair says anyway.

This is the first attempt since my teenage “crazy” years to dye my hair at home- and even when I do dye it at a salon, I go with natural brown (picture of me with my usual hair color). I guess the shade should be more mahogany then auburn as my current hair color is dark… It’s sort of scary.

So yeah, totally holding my breath as I wait for the next 10 minutes to pass before I rinse the color off. I hope it’s not too dark or too light…



hmm 2080

Results: I love it! :D


I wouldn’t have minded if it was slightly brighter, but this shade is definitely cool. I’m guessing it’ll be a lot brighter in daylight. I think it’s perfect for the upcoming winter season.

For the women interested in obtaining such a color (for future Googling referencing), I used L’oreal Feria Pure Mahogany Auburun, color P55 on brown hair.

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