Ramadan TV specials: BAD, BAD, BAD!

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Here's what I think of some of the Ramadan specials on the Egyptian TV:

Bakkar: Too silly and politicized as usual. The main title song teaches little children that they're more Egyptian if they sing "Biladi" and salute the flag made Egyptian, by force, by Nasser and his fellow gangsters. The gang carried out a series of re-naming to reflect their own political views with no-one really happy with this, like renaming Victoria College to Victory College and Lycée Français Lycée La Liberté.

The people of Egypt never voted to make this the flag of Egypt. The Egyptian flag had been changed two times in the last 50+ years, and Egypt's (official) name once totally removed to be called the United Arab Republic and once changed to the Republic of Egypt and then to The Arab Republic of Egypt (even if this name in particular, and the UAR one, does not make a bit of sense!). Not to mention the whole confusing part of telling kids that they're both Pharaonic and Arab. Is that silly or what?!

Ma2lab.com: What exactly is this show about? Poeple coming on TV and saying their friends are silly, talkative, hurried, or ugly. Who gives a fuck?

Hussein 3al Nassya: Third in the Hussein il-Imaam Trilogy (after Hussein 3al Hawa and Hussein Fil Studio), is much worse and less funny than the previous two, and Hussein seems to need to explain each event taking place throughout the show.

Taxi (Candid Camera): It's okay. Still less funny than previous Candid Camera shows. Today's episode was really funny, though.

Advertisements: Too many 0-900 numbers and too much money to win that you can't really believe it's real. Well, that's okay, but the thing is that in Ramadan these ads are on 200 times an hour.

posted by Matthew Schauki at 10/23/2004 10:58:00 PM 1 comments

The Egypt Blog in the press

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Hmm, well I was excited to see my blog mentioned on an Al-Hayat article on Egyptian bloggers. There's a nice fact in that article that I didn't know of before: Egyptians have their own Egyptianized version of the word "Blogging", that is "Balwaga"!

Blog - blog
Blogging - balwaga
Blogger - mebalweg
I blog - ana babalweg
You blog - enta betbalweg
He blogs - howa beybalweg
She blogs - heya betbalweg
We blog - e7na benbalweg
You blog - ento betbalwego
They blog - homma beybalwego

HAHAHA, this sounds pretty funny!

posted by Matthew Schauki at 10/20/2004 09:07:00 PM 3 comments

The social pressure to fast in Ramadan

Living in a Muslim house, going to a university with a Muslim majority, and walking on streets where most people walking are Muslim. This all works as a great pressure on people who have "Muslim" as a religion on their IDs but don't like/want to fast.

It's funny, though, that the pressure is much less when it comes to the five-time daily prayers or the Friday prayer. Even liberal Muslims who seem to be very open-minded to the fact that everyone is individually responsible for his prayers, still feel some kind of dislike to those who do not fast in Ramadan (even though prayer is much, much more important).

Now if that's the case, isn't it weird that someone might care more for fasting than prayer? Or that those who don't preach for prayer preach for fasting? Does that make any sense? Does my loyal friend care for my own good only when it comes to fasting and not when it comes to prayer (even though, again, prayer is the most important Muslim obligation)? This doesn't make any sense in the world!

The only way I personally see it is that some Muslims are teased when they see a non-faster because they would really want a bite of that delicious-looking and -smelling sandwich but their conscience would kill them if they don't fast too.

Hmm, that's all for now!

posted by Matthew Schauki at 10/20/2004 08:18:00 PM 3 comments

Is tihs sneetcne esay to raed?

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by itslef but the wrod as a wlohe.

posted by Matthew Schauki at 10/12/2004 01:51:00 AM 4 comments

Israelis flock home after Sinai blasts

Saturday, October 09, 2004

From the Middle East Times website.

Thousands of terrified Israelis on Friday fled back across the border from Egypt after a series of deadly blasts in the Sinai peninsula that left scenes of devastation some likened to 9/11.

"We're scared. We no longer need to stay here," said one Israeli woman who had hired a taxi to get her back "to Israel as fast as possible."

Her seven traveling companions had mobile telephones glued to their ears as they tried to reassure worried relatives.

An explosion ripped through the Taba Hilton, a vast hotel between the shores of the Red Sea and the mountains of the Sinai peninsula, late on Thursday, followed by more blasts in two other resorts down the coast road.

Israel's public radio and medics said on Friday that 26 people had been killed in the bomb attacks.

Dozens of Israeli-registered cars packed with holidaymakers queued up at the Taba border point between Egypt and Israel, crossing back into the nearby Israeli resort town of Eilat at an average of five cars a minute.

"There is a plan to send buses to help them evacuate, those who want to," foreign ministry spokeswoman Rachel Shani said, quoted by the online version of ‘Ha’aretz’ newspaper.

Israeli media reported that many tourists were also walking the few hundred meters (yards) from the Hilton to the border crossing, which already had extra staff working to cope with a larger flow of Israeli tourists traveling to spend Sukkot (Tabernacles) holidays in Egypt.

"There was a terrible explosion. In a matter of seconds everything had collapsed, it was awful," said Liron, a 24-year-old Israeli, as she recounted scenes of devastation at a Red Sea hotel left in ruins after the powerful car bomb blast.

"Half of the hotel fell in," she said, her voice trembling. "People were screaming, everyone was hysterical."

Some Israeli media reports likened the scenes at Taba to the events of September 11, 2001, in New York after hijacked planes slammed into the World Trade Center.

"There were whole families who threw themselves out of the windows rather than perish in the flames," one woman, her eyes streaming with tears and her hair in disarray, told Israeli public television.

"I saw bodies thrown into the sea," one firefighter told journalists after helping put out the fire at the hotel, which was built by the Israelis in 1982. "There was blood everywhere."

Resorts dotted along the Sinai's coast, where desert mountains provide a dramatic backdrop for the palm-fringed beaches and blue waters of the Red Sea, have remained popular holiday spots for Israelis since the territory was handed back to Egypt as part of a 1979 peace deal.


posted by Matthew Schauki at 10/09/2004 01:21:00 AM 0 comments

"Don't drink at home!"

Monday, October 04, 2004

I really can't get it! My mother just told me not to drink any alcohol at home. It's weird how she started to care about that lately even though she and her husband (especially her husband) drink at home too (not as much as they used to a couple of years ago though). I mean why the hell can't I drink if it doesn't directly bother anyone? It doesn't hurt anyone's ass if I drink, does it?

She knows well that I'm not religious and that I don't give a fuck about religion or its rules, and if I were to choose a religion at some point in my life it wouldn't be Islam (which strictly prohibits drinking any amount of any alcoholic drink).

She makes it seem as if religion isn't the issue and starts talking about the law and how it's considered a "crime" if you drink at an age under 21. I think she just gets religious every now and then and tries to impose Islamic arbitrary rules on me for no obvious reasons.

posted by Matthew Schauki at 10/04/2004 08:18:00 PM 4 comments