Tuesday, February 19, 2008

sharjawies gone silly

"Mannequins in Sharjah shops should be headless and only model "decent" clothing, a Sharjah Municipality circular has stated.

The municipality has urged shopkeepers to abide by a ban that prohibits the display of mannequins with facial features, said a senior Sharjah Municipality official.

"The only clothes on display now should be decent and the mannequins should be headless," said Khalid Al Jaberi, head of market control at Sharjah Municipality"

More here

The GN article goes to say - "it was a religious issue that raised many complaints from residents".

Hmmmmm, I'd really like to meet these residents. Perhaps, passive troubles for the average Sharjawi, 'cause me thinks it's heading the Saudi way.

Monday, February 18, 2008

sing along

Each year, thousands across America audition for an opportunity to realize dreams for fame via the American Idol show. Amongst talented singers, the folks at Idol also extend viewers, those unfortunate set of auditions on national television.

From the current season, my personal pick, is that of Eva Miller's audition gone bad. Though she fell (on her ass) part way thru - she continued to sing & dance away. Vanessa Carlton, probably shall sue - however, this girl displayed some love for Simon, and some heart, given the effort :)


Sunday, February 10, 2008


It was a beautiful Sunday morning. The sun was bright, blue clear skies and slight winter breeze. Thought shall have the car washed, since I've been ignoring it for 3 weeks and all.

Anyhooo, had the car washed and a quick stop at the local starbucks, for a decaff, and voila, it starts to snow heavily. Quite honestly, I was cheesed off, 'cause, after three weeks of rain and snow, I *just* had the car cleaned on what seemed, a bright, sunny morning.

Allow me to express it all via some pictures taken, as I sat thru traffic (and every goddamn traffic light) with the snow, on the short drive back to the apartment.

uh oh! snow!


double damn!

holy F!

......what hurt, the fact, as soon as I drove home - walked into the apartment, this was the view - NO MO snow & the sun's out - *duh*?


*update: captions 've been added to the pictures

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

picture perfect

I came across this amazing photo blog of Basil Khleif. Personally, I think he is quite skillful and has an inherent ability to capture moments that make a difference.

If you have not already, please visit his blog and treat yourself to some amazing pictures of the UAE and foreign shores - it's worth it.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

job description - "mom"

A friend send this to me, it's quite funny and very true actually. I owe my mom a lifetime (and beyond) of gratitude, love, care and support. If it were not for her support and perseverance - my life shall not have turned out the way it is today.

Being a mom, can indeed be the toughest job in the whole wide world. So people - let your mums know the appreciation for everything they do on a daily basis, and let them know they are appreciated :)

POSITION: Mother,, Mama, Mummy, Mumma, Ma

Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an, often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organisational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities. Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.

The rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs £5. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf. Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers. Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks. Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next. Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product. Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.

Virtually none. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you

None required unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.

Get this! You pay them! Offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.

While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and free love, hugs, kisses and smiles for life if you play your cards right.