Thursday, August 28, 2008

How about some good news?

Just wanted to refresh the page and get over the recent tragic pet stories. I have a lot going on and busy with many things. It could be shocking to know that I'm pursuing a second MBA specialization to graduate with double majors; that's General Management and Human Resource Management.

As for my visit to Jordan, I met many of my relatives whom I haven't seen for a long while. Many of the kids in the family had grown up and I can hardly believe that the kids I used to babysit are now way much taller than me. Another second cousin who was very annoying has became a very nice teen. I spent three days teaching him English and Arabic preparing him for a qualification exam to get him accepted in a good high school. I have to brag a bit, he was accepted in Cambridge high school and the Baptist school in Jordan.

I attended the wedding of one of my best friends Ghada. The wedding was very beautiful and LOUD. The cake was delicious, and I had the chance to see some of my colleagues. I don't know why our weddings in Arab countries are too loud that you can't hear yourself!

Regarding bloggers, I met khala Faiza Al-Arji twice. She's such a nice lady. I went to her office with my sister and my friend to participate for volunteering work. It was World Refugee Day but unfortunately, they have been preparing for that day for a long time that we only got chance to attend their ceremony. I wished there was something I could do during my stay in Amman.

In an attempt to have an Iraqi-bloggers meeting (which was poorly attended) I got the chance to meet Khalid Jarrar*. We met several times afterwards and I have to list several first here but above all was the experience of the 4D theater (And we thought 3Dimention was the limit!!!). First time to play or let me say carry the cue stick of Billiard and watch Khalid and my sister play the game. I did, ladies and gentlemen, hit a purple ball and forced it to rest in peace in it's final destination, the pocket :D

Speaking of firsts, there was a life changing experience in Amman. I had a Lasik surgery for my left eye and I'm free from spectacles. I've been wearing them since the tenth grade and it became part of my personality, that I was known "the girl with the glasses".

I think that's more than just and update and page refreshing.
That's all for now.

* Who wants me to say that he's funnier than it seems on his blog which is true but I said this would be just a footnote :D

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17 Comments:

Blogger David said...

I am always glad to read good news Attawie. :)

I think it is great that you have decided to have a second major in your MBA. If you need any help with your projects let me know and I'll see what I can do for you.

You must be a very good tutor to help your cousin get acceptance to two good schools. Congratulations to both of you!

I have been to quite a few weddings, but none of them were very loud. However, the cake is always delicious, and I usually help myself to several pieces. :D

What is a 4D movie like? I have been to a few 3D movies where I had to wear funny plastic glasses. I can't imagine 4D. Did you travel back in time during the movie? ;)

It sounds like Khalid is a pool hustler. ;P I used to be quite good at shooting pool. Sadly, I have not done that for quite a while. Let me see now, I know what billiards is, but I never played it. If I remember correctly, there are only two balls on the table and there are no pockets. In the pool games that I have played, there are 15 balls numbered 1 to 15. About half the balls are a solid color, the others have a stripe. A separate white ball, called the cue ball is hit by the stick into one of the other balls. The object is to drop the 15 balls into the pockets around the table. Ok, now you can tell me that you already knew that. ;) If you hit a ball into a pocket, I think you were playing pool instead of billiards.

Sometimes I wish that I could have Lasik. I got my first pair of glasses when I was 8 years old. I have worn contact lenses since I was about 16. The contacts are not too much trouble, but it would be nice to be free of them. Unfortunately, I am very nearsighted, far beyond the safe Lasik limits. Anyway, I am glad for you that the Lasik worked. :)

8/28/2008 11:49 AM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

hahahah :D :D :D

i cant believe you remembered our conversation and actually put that footnote :D :D :D haha very funny!

it was my pleasure totally, nice miss attawie, to meet you and sena, i had such a nice time :)

As for David:

in the ME we call pool billiard, for some reason! :) its pool but we just call it billiard. we only got the name wrong :P
and as for the 4D theatre, its just like the 3D that you have been to with funny plastic glasses, except that in this one there are actual effects, in a rain scene actual water falls on you, in a windy scene air blows in your face! and of course the seats simulate every movement that happens too, we screamed in the scene when the plane fell and the chairs reflected the moment the plane hit the ground. what a shock!

back to atta:P :

i hope that your eye is better atta :) and that your poor nose is better too!

convey my best regards to the family please :)

Khalid*

8/28/2008 4:30 PM  
Blogger attawie said...

Thank you David,

They say I have teacher-ish abilities and that I'm able to simplify complex ideas. I like teaching but afraid to take it as a career. I've always thought "Do teacher get bored with what they have to repeat"!! I guess creativity takes place here.

From my experience, not every wedding cake tastes good :)

About 4D movies,
I kept watching and tried to keep myself out of the movie afraid of my motion sickness issue. But my sis and khalid kept telling me to raise my hand touch the trees. And that's when the fun started.

oh and when rats were unleashed we received kicks on our legs! that was shocking! The rain scene was nice but when the elephant watered us, or was it a spit, i don't know it was freakishly funny.

I used contact lenses for two years I think. not that comfortable. I would put them for couple of hours and take them out.

Hi Khalid,
Yes, nice times indeed. My sight is getting hazy sometimes but they said it would eventually be fine. Still using the eye drops, but a different weird kind. As for my poor nose it's back to normal.

The other day my sis and I played table hockey and she used your trick! and I lost :(

I will. salam to khala Faiza.

8/29/2008 2:30 PM  
Blogger attawie said...

BTW can anyone see my Cbox??
it's not working here
any updates :D other than the shorties?

**runs to eat some shorties**

8/29/2008 2:31 PM  
Blogger David said...

Hello Khalid, I don't worry about right or wrong words. If I could somehow visit Amman, I would be happy to play some billiards with you. :) The 4D theater sounds amazing! I don't think I would enjoy a simulated plane crash though. I think that I would like to experience a simulated launch into space. I wanted to be an astronaut as a kid. :D

8/29/2008 11:21 PM  
Blogger David said...

Attawie, you are welcome.

Regarding teaching, I am not surprised that you have been told that you may have some talent in that direction. You are certainly a very bright person with the ability to learn many things. I did some teaching as a graduate student. It was a lot of work to prepare, and I often had to teach the subject to myself first. However, it was enjoyable once I got over my stage fright. When I began to see the students in my class individually, rather than as a mass of people, I became more relaxed. I had tutored math for several years prior to lecturing, so I was already quite comfortable teaching one on one. When I relaxed, I began to joke around a bit and I made the whole class laugh many times. :) I think that laughter is a good way to encourage students to pay attention and thus they can learn more. All my best teachers had a good sense of humor, so I tried to emulate them. Anyway, let me make a suggestion for you. If you would like to explore the possibility of teaching, ask your department head or dean if you might be able to do some teaching as an assistant to a professor. That way you don't have all the responsibility for a class, but you can give a few lectures and see how it feels. If you are comfortable, then perhaps you can take on even more responsibility later. Even if you don't become a teacher, the opportunity to address an audience would be a good experience for you.

I can't believe you had rats unleashed in the 4D theater! At least they didn't bite your legs. ;) Elephants like to blow water from their trunks. I'm guessing that's what you saw.

Several times I have had the chance to pet an elephant at the zoo. The skin is very thick and rough with many deep wrinkles. There were also many short thick hairs that felt like a wire brush. The elephant had no water to spray me though. :)

I wrote again in the Cbox. Enjoy your shorties! :D

8/29/2008 11:24 PM  
Blogger David said...

Attawie, I have a friend named Mariam who lives in Amman. I told her about your 4D theater experience. She is interested, but she never heard of it. Could you tell me where the theater is located? Mariam has been working with poor children in Amman. Maybe she could take the kids to the 4D theater. I bet they would have a lot of fun there. :)

8/30/2008 10:21 PM  
Blogger attawie said...

About 4D theater,
It's in Mecca Mall, next to Prime Megastore. I think that would be the third floor. It's on the corner.

They had a movie about space coming soon, and other 6 movies. the movie lasts for about 25 or 35 minutes because some people can't handle more than that time.

The rat effect, i think, was blows of air on our legs.

I had an offer in the same university where doing my MBA to teach English for beginners levels but I had to leave to amman and they wanted someone who would be committed. I'll check if I can give it a try and see how does it feel. but generally, I have to stand on the stage almost in each course i'm taking and i've given a lot of presentation to a class of about 50 students.

One of the courses i'm taking now is Knowledge Mgt and we're supposed to share knowledge ie tell a story on the stage :) and we're more than 60 student! I don't know what story to share so far but it's gonna have 25 marks of my internal evaluation.

8/30/2008 10:39 PM  
Blogger David said...

Thanks for your directions Attawie. I passed them on to Mariam. She said that she knew exactly where you are talking about. She was quite amused to learn something new about her own town in this way! :)

I didn't realize that you have already had so much experience at public speaking. If you do some teaching I think you will be far less nervous the first time than I was.

Having to tell a story is interesting. I never thought such a thing would be a part of a business class. Well, it is quite true that telling stories was a way to share knowledge in the past before reading and writing were invented. Do you have any idea about what kind of story you would like to tell? I think the best stories have some humor in them, but they also teach important lessons.

9/01/2008 10:10 PM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

i will try to think of a good mandi story **hahaha :D**


btw,

the other day i was telling dad: shoof shgad kha6iyyag taggoor he cants express himself he can say only one word: meaw! poor thing! imagine if you could only say one word?

dad said: if your one and only need is food, then you might also have one word: meaw.

i said: can i start saying meaw then?


hahahahha :D

and then i told this story to raed and he laghued and suggested my only word should be mindeeew HAHAHA :D

9/02/2008 2:11 PM  
Blogger attawie said...

You welcome David :)

Yesterday I had to present a case study and simplify some information about it and elaborate about the problem and answer the question. The moment i stepped on the stage I was smiling and remembered our discussion in here. The course was Performance mgt.

I still have no idea what I'll be talking about!

Khalid, luckily you know that the only word you'll be saying would be "mindeeew". Now I'm all thinking what would be my word? Dolma? pizza? pancake? shorties? 3aaa

nice little story, I would think about it. it would be interesting to share. What would be the word you would want to say if had only one word to communicate with???

3aaa would be a good choice, though :)

A note: taggor is khalid's son i.e. the cat tigger.

9/02/2008 2:25 PM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

hahaha, dolmaeew, pizzaaeew :D :D

to rhyme with taggoor's meaaw :D


2eee taggoor is my son, the cutest cat in the world! :D check him in my profile photo in facbook :)

on another story, i went online to check the prices of the apartments in the new rotating tower that will be built, and i found that they vary between 4-40 millions....DOLLARS! the one bedroom apartments for 4 million dollars? :D ya balash! they are selling each square foot for 3000 dollars :)

thats like.. halgad! **making a BIG sign with his two hands**

:D

9/02/2008 2:37 PM  
Blogger attawie said...

wow
quoting form a friend: o'7thilna kam wi7da qabil ma tikhla9!!!

that's: buy several for us before they are sold out!

and do they sell a single square foot or you have to take the entire apartment :D

9/02/2008 2:42 PM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

hahaha very funny :D

i want two square feet, on the condition that i want them seperated by one square foot, so i can stand up comfortably hahaha :D

9/02/2008 2:49 PM  
Blogger attawie said...

:D
one would be enough for me.

Ask them to place it in the same floor so we'll be neighbors.

9/02/2008 2:51 PM  
Blogger David said...

Do you know any of the 1001 Arabian Nights stories? Maybe one of them has some good lessons for business students. ;)

I have known cats than have many different meows, almost like a language. But, usually I had no idea what the different meows meant. :)

I saw some architectural drawings for that rotating building in one of my magazines. The apartments rotate about a central cylindrical tube. At each floor, the tube has at least one (the drawing only showed one, but I hope there will be more) opening. To exit the apartment, the outer hub must rotate until the apartment door aligns with the hole in the tube. As an engineer who has given a lot of consideration to the safety of the occupants of buildings, I was concerned that the occupants of this building will not be able to quickly exit in case of emergency. The building is quite novel in its design, but I'm not sure it will be safe for its occupants.

9/02/2008 10:10 PM  
Blogger attawie said...

Won't that delay you when you want to leave in a hurry?? I meant to wait for the door to wait until the apartment door aligns with the hole in the tube!

I changed my mind. I don't want my square foot anymore. I have motion sickness anyways. It would feel like living in a car :D

9/03/2008 12:39 PM  

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