8 movies in a day and a half

Too much, seriously 8 movies is too much in a day and a half.  We were bored, Thursday night, and the weather was not exactly helping and since in Kuwait your going out options are quite limited we decided to stay in and watch a movie, the only problem is my husband got 8, and the plan was to watch 2 or 3 and keep the rest for the next weekend.

We started off with Katkoot, I don’t like Mohamed Sa3d at all, his voice is seriously creepy and annoying to me but hubby thinks he’s funny so I thought let’s get rid of this one to watch the more interesting movies later.  Then we moved on to 3omaret Ya3kubian, I had already read the book and thought it was an interesting how he built the characters and lives of these people around one building, describing the changes that occurred in Egypt over 50 years with a simple metaphor, the movie in comparison sucks.  Yes, it is an all-star cast but there was nothing there, it was just a regular Egyptian movie, good vs evil bla bla bla.  It lost the real flavor and there were lots of parts that were missing in the movie that explained more about the story that were just cut out.   Next we popped in 7arb Italia, we managed to fall asleep half way thru it, so we turned it off and started it later on Friday.  This one was interesting, the storyline more entertaining although a bit unreal for Egypt and lacked better scenery in Rome.

The Arabic movies were finished finally and we could move on to more interesting English movies.

Wesley Snipes was next in The Contractor, I didn’t like this one at all, set in London about a CIA agent who is basically an assasin, it was too I dunno, it just wasn’t my kind of thriller or action move.   The next movie was one I wanted to watch, Die Hard 4.0., I have to confess I am a Die Hard fan, I just like them, I enjoy Bruce Willis being John McLane, and this one sure didn’t disapoint me. Virtual terrorists are having a go at the US of A and are shutting down transportation, Utilities and connectivity, John has to save the country again by killing helicopters with cars and pushing people down elevator shafts.  Pretty awesome effects and the plot itself was pretty convincing.  On a different summery note, Surf’s up was next, this is a lovely movie, slightly childish but very inspiring and cute is the word that keeps popping into my head, those little penguins were sooooo cute.  Back to the cruel world, and the story of a Norse boy left in North America eons ago when it was only inhabited by the Red Indians and how they brought him up as one of their own and his story of finding his path when the Vikings return to kill more Indians, “The PathFinder”.  This one reminded me of Apocalypto but it was an ok movie overall.

And finally the one we were all waiting for Pirates of the Caribbean At Worlds End, yes I think Johny Depp is cute but the movie is funny and actiony and lots of things all at once.

I don’t recommend doing this, because you can OD on movies but it was fun, you also have to add pizza, ice cream and loads of chocolate sauce.

Amr Diab’s new album

Most of my friends always find my “thing” for Amr Diab music quite weird, because it totally doesn’t fit with the rest of my music tastes.  Yes it is true and I confess, but I have a reason.  Growing up, Amr Diab always would release an album in the summer, and it would always psychologically get anchored to a happy summer vacation mood so by default any Amr Diab music just reminds me of the summer and the good days of being young and not caring about tomorrow.

This one is different, this one seems to hit home harder than the others, it reminds me of those summers more than the others and of Egypt and family and friends who are far away.  Especially the song “Tool Mana Shayfak Gambi” which might sound corny to lots of you out there, but it has a different meaning to me, I keep thinking of the little things I used to love about Egypt, and when you are far away you really do tend to forget all of the bad things, those nuisances that made you go home angry and irritated, like double parking, hot & humid weather, rude people in the streets who spit and love shouting obscenities, and many more.  You just tend to have a romanticized view of it, of sunny summers, clear weather, the beaches, having coffee with friends, going to Marina with your sister singing all your favorite songs at the top of your lungs all the way and back,  skipping a couple of hours of work to go to the pool in the summer with your best friend.

Its not about the songs, or a singer or even the music, it is about what they might represent in our subconscious, as memories and feelings.

No I am not dead

I am not dead just feeling like it. I know I’ve been away for some time, and no I was not abducted by aliens, just by my own hormones. The good news is, we are expecting our first baby. The bad news is, the morning sickness has kicked in. Everything seems to make me feel sick, even the foods I like, even Nutella, yes it makes me feel sick and just looking at it makes me want to throw up.  So suddenly my world has gone upside down, from thinking about work and a career, everything revolves around the coming life form, who will most probably become the center of my universe.  The spare room needs to be converted to a nursery for  baby “bobzy” or “fesee5a” as she/he is currently called now until it is really decided  and lots of other things need to be done.  Well I am in shock, but I am happy. EL7amdulla.

The Cay and the Little Prince

The Cay Book coverFor some strange reason I remembered this book called “The Cay” by Theodore Taylor. It is a sad story and inspiring one at the same time. The Cay is the story of Phillip, a boy living on the island of Curacao off the island of Venezuela during World War II. As he and his mother are trying to escape the war and head back to their home in Virginia, their ship sinks. Phillip survives the boat accident only to be trapped on an island with a black man and a cat. The accident leaves Phillip blind. Not only does he have to learn adjust to his blindness, but he must learn to survive on the barren island in the Caribbean Sea. Phillip is also faced with other challenges including a hurricane. I read it as part of a school project when I was in primary school in the UK. It is a story about survival and resilience in the face of adversity. I have always wondered why we never read anything that was inspirational or even thought provoking during my years in the Egyptian Educational system. I even think that “The Little Prince” by the French aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry should be read by everyone.  It is imaginary, creative and might even cause you to do a little bit of soul searching.  The Little PrinceThe Prince is an alien which looks very human like and goes around traveling around the planets, discovering things, meeting people and creatures and learning so many things.  If you would like to read it, here is a link to an online version.  The illustrations are by the author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry himself and I really recommend taking the time to read the book, then thinking for a few moments about how growing up or older has affected you.

More on free antivirus software

After my last post on free software, Tarek commented that ClamWin did not provide real time virus scanning and recommended WinPooch, so I uninstalled ClamWin and installed WinPooch to give it a try.  The interface wasn’t any better than ClamWin and had two very annoying issues.  The first was that the tray icon was a pair of eyes which kept looking left and right and it was freaking me out, the second issue was whenever something came up that needed user interaction, the application would bark.  Yes I mean doggy bark and that was very embarassing at work and even at home it would totally scare me when I wasn’t concentrating that my anti virus was barking.  So I looked around again and installed Comodo.  It looks easier to use and I will be using it for a while and decide if I want to keep it or if I will be going back to Google and asking for another anti virus program.