Thursday, April 27, 2006

The camels are weeping...

April 25 (Reuters) - Bombers struck Egypt's Red Sea resort of Dahab on Monday, killing at least 23 people, including three foreigners, in three nearly simultaneous explosions.

"Im fine...anyway Im in Cairo..quite a distance from the resort." she replied nonchalantly from the other end of the line. Sophie, a long time ally :)is one of those who like to disappear without a trace. She called 3 mths ago to announce in a low key manner that she has decided to relocate to Egypt with her boyfriend. Not that i care. Anyway, i thought it was rather abrupt unlike her. I know she favors Europe all this while..strange decision.Is she running from something?
"Listen Sophie..what car rental, cybercafe...and looking for workers..I do not understand your email..."
"It's very simple..anyone who wants to start a business me ok?'s expensive to talk..i have to hang up now..ciao!"
Modern single women are very bold nowadays..i salute the sisters but at the same time, I fear for their well-being.
In Dubai...I have met many young ladies from China and Philippines..came here on their own accord...leaving their loved ones at seek a better future. Mostly on social passes...with limited finances...started hunting for all sort of jobs..door to door...etc Some even landed in the skin trade. And with all these is so perilous.
Sophie..i wonder whether in the still of the night..far away from home..alone.. u ever shed a tear? If u have a friend like her...what will u do?

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The Mighty Paper Clip

What are u doing with your paper clip right now? digging your ear or trying to open a safe..that doesn't belongs to u?lol Please give the humble paper clip some RESPECT!
Do u know:

"The modern paper clip was patented on November 9, 1899 to William D. Middlebrook of Waterbury, Connecticut. Middlebrook invented not just the paper clip but he also invented a machine to produce the paper clip. Cushman and Denison purchased the Middlebrook patent in 1899. That same year Cushman and Denison also trademarked the name "GEM" for their new paper clip."

Last year, I was invited to a eCommerce seminar..there were about 150 participants. Good thing the trainer was interesting enuff a speaker. He started off getting all participants to form a group of four each. And we were given 3 mins to come up with as many ideas as possible on: What else can u do with the simple paper clip? Enthusiasm hit the roof literally...because of the $50 The winning team came up with really outrageous suggestions: dig your ear, hair clip, tie clip, open a safe,clip dollar notes, earrings, weapon...etc
But if you are Kyle Macdonald...think out of the box and turn the little piece of metal (barely 1 inch long) into an international celebrity..almost. And make sure the colour is RED!
"...I am making a series of up-trades for bigger or better things up to my goal of a house. I started with one red paperclip on July 12th, 2005."
I bet many people laughed their heads off then..."What a stupid idea!"
Do you know to date...he has traded a fish pen (first item)...which begat a door knob..which begat a stove...which begat a generator....etc and the latest item traded..listen carefully: ONE YEAR IN PHOENIX (USA) free in a furnished apartment. I believe in no time he will realised his dream house....Reading his adventures makes u feel good and deep down in your heart, there's this rekindled spirit that reminds u once again that if u DARE TO DREAM..NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!

By the way, I have a yellow paper clip...anyone interested to trade? My ultimate goal is an apartment at the PALM If you have any brlliant idea(s) share with us here ok?

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Kiss Me Not on The Eyes

The million dollar question..Will this movie ever be screened in Dubai? That will surely be stretching the OB marker. In any case, it's not a mainstream piece by definition...probably for private screening at some Lebanese clubhouse or just wait for the I have not seen it yet but heard it was excellent. It was directed by Lebanese director Jocelyn Saab. The film explores the sexual awakening of a student of belly dancing and her intellectual affair with a professor. It also touches on issues such as genital mutilation. It caused an uproar when it was first released at the Cairo Film festival last year. I really doubt it will be anything like Basic Instinct I II III or whatever..however, having said that...sometimes..subtlety or innuendo works more effectively in a movie..
I like the provocative title: Kiss Me Not on The Eyes...then where? may I ask?

Saturday, April 08, 2006

The Da Vinci Code

I recognised the ring...the square and compasses! It's impossible! In this part of the world.."Excuse that a Masonic ring?" The elderly man smiled "Yes, it is. I bought it in Hong Kong." I was curious.."So.. are you a Freemason?" He smiled again..
There's Freemason Chapter in Singapore. Several years ago..I wanted to visit the lodge but was denied entry. It all started when I was reading the book :Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln..fascinated with the Knight Templar and Freemason connection. That was way before Dan Brown's monstrous hit: The Da Vinci Code I am looking forward to the movie starring Tom Hanks this coming May 2006...on the 18th perhaps? world wide release.
Do not be alarmed....there's actually an underground group (Freemason) in Dubai...cross my heart! shhhhhhh....I stumbled upon it accidentally. Sorry..can't say much here.
Anyway, will love to hear from those who have read the book..what's your take on its claim? Facts or Fiction? Are u gearing up for the movie? Check out "Angels and Demons"..also by the same author.