AndFarAway

A Blog from Amman, Jordan, Online Since 2004.

Month: August 2007 (Page 1 of 3)

Counting Sheep in the AM

Mauve. Pink. Beige. Blue. Coral. Violet. Eggshell. Yellow. Green. Fuchsia. Azure. Burgundy. Cyan. Peach. Sienna. Deep red. Cobalt. Teal. Gold. Crimson. Lilac. Amber. Tangerine. Tomato red. Desert. Salmon. Grey. Honeydew. Indigo. Plum. Seagreen. Copper. Ivory. Aquamarine. Mint green. Mustard. Sky blue. Purple. Rose. Orchid. Pumkin. Denim Blue. Eggplant.Scarlet. Bronze. Royal blue. Ghost white. Brick red. Olive green. Sepia. Ochre. Cornflower. Chocolate. Black. Burnt umber. Ultramarine blue. Lemon. Tan. Orange. Maroon. Chestnut. Blonde. Ash. Khaki. Slate gray. Lavender. Magenta. Wheat. Azure. Lime. Apricot. Baby blue. Lime. Sandybrown. Pastel pink. Aqua. Cream. Salmon. Jade. Red. Rust. Silver. Ginger.

August 30th

(This post was written over a two day period, so mind the timeline)

I was surprised when my mother told me that my father was coming last night. He’s been out of town for 19 days, his planned visits being cancelled and postponed alternatively every few days. In these 19 peak-summer days, dad has missed weddings, gatherings, dinner outings with family friends, and Friday lunches.

Then this morning as I was driving to the office, it hit me why my dad is here this particular weekend. Tomorrow is the one day a year alongside the day of mother’s birthday that my dad never misses coming home for: the 30th of August is my parents’ anniversary.

My parents met at the wedding of my mother’s friend, Raeda, who coincidentally happened to be my father’s niece. Both in charge of refreshments at that wedding, my parents got married a year later.

Today, it’s been 23 years, 22 of which I’ve personally enjoyed with them. These years were full of lots of love, lots of happiness, and lots of the most wonderful memories. I really do not think that anyone in the world could have had a childhood as amazing as mine. My parents made sure it was both fun and fulfilling. They were supportive and encouraged our personal endeavors and experimentations. Thet let us grow as individuals in whichever direction we felt like growing, and in that way, they cemented our bond as a family. They have made our life truly perfect.

Happy anniversary Mama & Baba. May there be many more happy ones to come. We love you.

On the nature of life…

This video, done in early February, was supposed to be cut into segments and posted consecutively on Wednesdays, but the stream of life continued and not much nagging was done. In May, the issue that Wednesday nagging revolved around came to a much anticipated end.

Today, when I look at this video, I just smile. It’s amazing how the days always manage to pass, no matter how slowly, no matter how quickly. They always pass. There’s always something else to wait for.

Sticks and stones may break your bones…

but words will get you banned “indefinitely”.

The Internet changed my life

Hala:

11:30 AM 
  yel3an abu el internet
  :D
   
 internet has screwed up my life big time
  i wish i can take my revenge on it
   lik ra7 anjan ana i swear to God
 

Personally, I absolutely love the internet.

Negative Thoughts

Even with all my probably-unnecessary attempts at trying to find the brightest side in everything, two issues that are visually constantly springing up have been bothering me.

A chicken shawerma skewer stands empty in a Zarqa restaurant following a government decision to ban sales, which went into effect on Sunday evening (Photo by Hani Hazaimeh)
(photo from The Jordan Times by Hani Hazimeh)

All the closed chicken shawerma stands around town, for one; in the peak of the summer season, with all the tourists in town, with schools and universities off,  when the whole country is summery and is in the “going out mood”. I do not eat chicken, and so my thoughts do not arise because I miss it. I just wonder how many thousands of JDs that made up the direct and indirect incomes of how many thousands of Jordanians have been lost in the past several weeks. How fair is it to collectively punish so many people because of one person’s mistake? I understand that health is an extremely important issue, but I do not think that the issue was handled correctly or justly.

Today, while discussing this topic with a friend, he mentions that he thinks that the main problem was actually the hospital that dealt with the salmonella outbreak than the shawerma vendors themselves. I also agree very much with Khalaf, maybe they should prevent people from drinking water. And maybe they should not allow people to sell liquorice juice on the streets downtown. And maybe they should ban corn on the cob in the little carriages.

The other issue upsetting me is that of ATV. Their ads anticipating their launch on August 1st still cover many billboards around town. They are still in the August issues of most local magazines. It is almost September, and the channel is still not on air. I guess the audio-visual commission keeps asking for more paperwork. Or something.

Urban Review: Cups & Kilos


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Taste   

Style  

Vibes 

Price 

Parking

Staff  

Average Price: All items on are under 3 JDs. Average 1.5 JDs.

We admit it, Cups & Kilos is our favorite coffeeplace in town, beating even international star coffeehouses like Starbucks. Their coffee, in both varieties of hot and cold, is awesome, and they have many just-as-delicious options for people who would opt to stay away from all the caffeine including smoothies and Italian soda (a personal favorite). Plus, we gotta support the local initiatives ;)

We would recommend you try their Caramella de France coffee, Raspberry Italian Soda, and brownies.

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Location: Abdoun / Jabal Amman
Reservations: No
Phone:no idea

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Things I discovered this weekend

That anyone who appreciates Western-style steaks has never had the pleasure of experiencing the tender, savory goodness of Kharoof Ma7shi (stuffed mutton). That Blue Fig is one of the most overrated places in the world. That Ctrl + 8 does wonders in Illustrator.

Spotted at Books

Wein il 7okoomeh?

A couple of weeks ago we were driving around behind Mecca Mall and we came upon this harrowing sight. It is unbelievable that in the 21st century where education is compulsory for all school-age children and is free of charge, gypsy children are roaming in garbage cans. The gypsies have set up a small “camp” a few streets down to where I shot this video. Someone seriously needs to take a serious step to put at end to such things.

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