Tuesday, February 26, 2008

You Can't Run and You Can't Hide !

Okay this is basically a "venting" post. I will state the obvious and will discuss the main topic everyone around me is talking, sorry, complaining about these days in Cairo... TRAFFIC. And no, I am not talking about the 2000 Oscar-winning movie. I WISH!

Traffic in Cairo has become absolutely ridiculous over the past few months. No amount of jokes, complaints, swear words, sarcastic YouTube videos and possibly suicides, are sufficient enough to describe the horrifying state of traffic in this ancient city.

People are losing their minds, wasting hours of their waking lives, going crazy on other people around them, returning to their homes in a miserable state, hating their jobs because of the time it takes them to go and leave from there... and that's just naming a fraction of the damage done.

This is coming from someone who luckily lives only a 15-minute drive away from her job, however; my social life has been reduced to almost non-existent because of the so-called monster: the ME7WAR!

I have tried to outsmart it so many times, and almost 98% of my attempts have failed. No matter when I leave my house, weekdays or weekends, early mornings, really early mornings, middays, afternoons, nights... there is no hope. And the thing is, once you're on it, you're trapped. There's no way out. I had no idea one could get claustrophobic on a freakin' bridge, let alone the constant traumas from daily near-death experiences and helping people get out of their crushed cars in the dozen accidents you see on it everyday.

And whatever the hell happened to normal cities that have normal rush hours? Here we have rush days, rush afternoons and rush nights. Let's just call it a "rush week"!

I just wanna second the statement made by that funny guy on YouTube who talks about the traffic and how there's no way to avoid it, regardless your point of origin or destination. I must disagree with the infamous phrase "you can run, but you can't hide" to simply state that when it comes to traffic in C-Town, "YOU CANNOT RUN NOR CAN YOU HIDE"!
Here are the videos to make up for me depressing the hell out of everyone :)



Friday, February 22, 2008

"Seed-less" Rotterdam

So I came home late after a long day out, and of course the first thing I did was check today's results of the Rotterdam Open to see how Nadal did, only to shockingly find out that the Spanish ace and the tournament's number one seed had handed his second round opponent, Andreas Seppi, a perfect birthday present as he lost to the unseeded Italian, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4!!

Seppi, who turned 24 today, had ousted 2004 Rotterdam champion, Lleyton Hewitt en route to his unprecedented win over Nadal.

Nadal's upset was one of many that took place on Thursday, as the tournament's 2nd, 3rd and 5th seeds were all sent packing today. Second-seeded Nikolay Davydenko fell to France's Michael Llodra, third-seeded David Ferrer slumped against German qualifier Mischa Zverev, while the number 5 seed, Tomas Berdych crashed out to Croatian giant, Ivo Karlovic.

The massacre of the seeds on Thursday, left the tournament without a single seed in the quarterfinals as Mikhail Youzhny (4th-seed), Andy Murray (6th-seed) and Marcos Baghdatis (8th-seed) had all suffered early first round exits.

I have one thing to say... What the heck happened today??!?!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Llorando

I watched the Prison Break season 3 finale this morning. It's a shame we're not gonna be seeing anymore episodes this season despite the strike being over. The last few episodes of season 3 gave us a taste of what Prison Break was all about in the first season and just when it started to pick up, they're cutting us off!!!

I must say the song they played at the end of the season finale (episode name: The Art of the Deal) really moved me. Although I didn't understand it when I heard it (since I don't speak Spanish), it made me feel very sad and I knew the song was there to reflect Michael Scoffield's feelings over Sarah's loss.

The second I finished the episode I was online looking for information about the song. It's called Llorando (Crying) and it's performed by the artist Rebekah Del Rio. The song was previously featured in the David Lynch movie "Mulholland Drive". Check it out:



Here are the lyrics for the song:

Yo estaba bien por un tiempo,
volviendo a sonreír.
Luego anoche te vi
tu mano me tocó
y el saludo de tu voz.
Y hablé muy bien de tu
sin saber que he estado
llorando por tu amor (x3).
Luego de tu adiós sentí todo mi dolor.
Sola y llorando,
llorando (x3).
No es fácil de entender
que al verte otra vez
Yo seguiré llorando

Yo que pensé que te olvidé
pero es verdad es la verdad
que te quiero aún más,
mucho más que ayer.
Dime tú qué puedo hacer
no me quieres ya
y siempre estaré
llorando por tu amor (x2).
Tu amor se llevó
todo mi corazon
y quedo llorando
llorando (x5)
por tu amor.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

The Acomodador - The Point of Giving Up

I am currently reading the Paulo Coelho book, The Zahir. I must say I was never a huge fan of the Brazilian author, however, I have recently developed a newly-found interest in some of his books.

There are several issues the book discusses, and last night, one of them kind of stayed with me. It was a chapter about freeing ourselves from deterring events in our lives, to continue our quests in achieving our goals.

The book discusses the 'Acomodador' or giving-up point, which Coelho quotes its description from the book 'Magical Practices in North Mexico' as follows:

"there is always an event in our lives that is responsible for us failing to progress: a trauma, a particularly bitter defeat, a disappointment in love, even a victory that we did not quite understand, can make cowards of us and prevent us from moving on."

This happens to all of us whether we're trying to learn a new instrument, language or sport, or whether we're pursuing a dream and lose our path along the way. There's always a time where our progress starts slowing down and a point that discourages us from continuing what we started. Think of how many projects or tasks you've started, and failed to complete? How many sports you started learning and stopped for some reason or another?

According to the book, to avoid such discouragement "[one] must free himself from the giving-up point and, to do so, he must review his whole life and find out where it occurred".

Obviously the ability to power through the giving-up points in our lives, makes the difference between those who achieve their goals and those who don't. However one might argue that if a single event can deter us from reaching a goal, then maybe it wasn't the right goal in the first place. I believe this is the argument of the weak. I myself have trodded down similar paths of thinking, but the truth is, there is always a reason behind our choice to quit what we're doing or fail to progress in a task or quest, and it is rarely because we discovered that our dream isn't quite what we wanted. We just convince ourselves that we don't want it anymore, or that it isn't feasible or whatever lame rationalization we can come up with.

Once we analyze our past and identify that event or the acomodador that halted our progress, we should put all our effort into freeing ourselves from that moment whether by saying it out loud to someone else, writing about it, letting go of it, or finding a solution for it, so that we can continue the pursuit of our dreams.

May God help us all identify our acomodadors and have the strength to go beyond them.

Cheers!

Monday, February 4, 2008

My First Post

It's funny how I resisted doing this so many times before. Although I believe blogging totally suits me. I recently realized that my ability to transform my thoughts into words has somehow been compromised. I don't know whether that is because my thoughts are becoming more complicated or whether my verbal skills are diminishing, however I decided that blogging would be a step towards recovering my ability to express my thoughts.

The Cairo-Angola semifinal in the African Cup of Nations starts in 10 minutes. It's amazing how an entire country of 80+ million souls has that one common passion... Football! It's amazing how the result of today's match can affect the mood of so many individuals regardless how crappy their lives can be. A victory today can make their day a little bit better. So let's hope for a win :)

If you guys don't like sports, you'll probably find most of my posts absolutely insignificant.

Okay, I have 4 minutes till the match starts. I'll wrap this up.

Cheers!