The Magic Eight

Image by Mark E Dyer

Image by Mark E Dyer

Gjoe tagged me for the Eights meme so here are my eights.

A few interesting tidbits about eight:

  • Eight (; accounting ; pinyin ) is considered a lucky number in Chinese culture because it sounds like the word “prosper” or “wealth” (發(T) 发(S); Pinyin: ). China took advantage of this by beginning the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Beijing at 8 seconds and 8 minutes past 8 pm (local time) on August 8, 2008.
  • Eight ( hachi, ya?) is also considered a lucky number in Japanese culture, but the reason is different from that in Chinese culture. Eight gives an idea of growing prosperous, because the letter (八) broadens gradually.
  • The Japanese thought eight ( ya?) as a holy number in the ancient times. The reason is less well understood, but it is thought that it is related to the fact they used eight to express large numbers vaguely such as manyfold (やえはたえ Yae Hatae?) (literally, eightfold and twentyfold), many clouds (やくも Yakumo?) (literally, eight clouds), millions and millions of Gods (やおよろずのかみ Yaoyorozu no Kami?) (literally, eight millions of Gods), etc. It is also guessed that the ancient Japanese gave importance to pairs, so some researchers guess twice as four ( yo?), which is also guessed to be a holy number in those times because it indicates the world (north, south, east, and west) might be considered a very holy number.
  • In numerology, 8 is the number of building, and in some theories, also the number of destruction.

8 Things I’m looking forward to:

  1. Next trip to Alexandria
  2. Lulu learning to walk, talk and then going off to school
  3. Ice skating
  4. A good cappuccino
  5. The perfect pedicure
  6. A massage
  7. Thursday
  8. A wedding

8 Things I did yesterday:

  1. Went shopping
  2. Made potato salad
  3. Called my mother
  4. Decided not to do the laundry
  5. Did the dishes
  6. Fixed someone’s computer problem
  7. Fell in love with a book
  8. Watched Robots

8 Things I Wish I could do

  1. Learn how to cartoon
  2. Bungee jump
  3. Drive a race car
  4. Make latte art
  5. Somersaults, splits and cartwheels
  6. See the Northern Lights
  7. Open a community center
  8. Glass blowing

8 Shows I Watch:

  1. Gossip Girl
  2. Ugly Betty
  3. The Mentalist
  4. TED ( it is a show to me)
  5. Little Mosque on the Prairie
  6. Family Guy
  7. The Simpsons
  8. A bunch of random cooking shows

8 Things I Love:

  1. Family
  2. Friends
  3. Coffee
  4. The beach
  5. Handbags and shoes
  6. Books
  7. Unexpected good news
  8. Kindness

Tagging 8 Bloggers:

  1. Lujee
  2. Karmi
  3. Asoom
  4. Brownie
  5. ze2red
  6. Farah
  7. dr-invisible
  8. Shimaa Gamal

I am tagging a bunch of you who have been here before and left comments and I am a nosy nosy nosy person and would love to nosy into your lives. :-)


  • At 2009.05.20 15:58, ibhog said:

    interesting info! the photo pick is very nice too ..

    btw Lujee was the one who tagged me, and I was the one who tagged Gjoe :d

    P.S. looking forward to your reply concerning iCommit.

    • At 2009.05.21 13:21, jessyz said:

      Seriously? I must have spaced out, I always try not to tag people who have already been tagged.
      Sorry for spacing out on that too, will get right to it. :-)

      • At 2009.05.20 22:04, Brownie said:

        ok i am going to satisfy ur curious side and i am going to do it, i love tags so thanks a lot :)

        • At 2009.05.21 13:32, jessyz said:

          heheheh great!

          • At 2009.05.21 04:35, asoom said:

            I’m not good with tags but inshallah I’ll get around to this one.

            Ok what book did you fall in love with?

            • At 2009.05.21 13:33, jessyz said:

              I am not sure if my choice of book is embarrassing or depressing, but it’s called Toddler Taming.

              • At 2009.05.21 08:31, asoom said:


                • At 2009.05.21 09:28, inas said:

                  you allways surprise me i really miss my 7asalla daughter i thing you are not a 7assalla any more you have opened the bank please as a special request right a blog on this subject.

                  • At 2009.05.21 14:01, jessyz said:

                    I think I should.

                    • At 2009.05.25 17:32, Karmi said:

                      I’m loving your list. But I wouldn’t want to drive a race car. I’m a coward like that.