January 13, 2009


I couldn’t help but sharing what I thought is a very funny joke.
These are the qualifications needed for a candidate to fill a secretary position

Job Description:

1. Attends meetings with the company president, including night meetings (Sometimes) & Sometimes will be outside Cairo. Takes and transcribes notes, prepares draft of notes on word, Types letters, memoranda, reports, etc., from dictated, handwritten, or other sources.

2. Organizes and maintains files and records, answers telephone related to the company president, Operates word processing equipment.

3. Performs other related duties as required and assigned.

4. Will be responsible about his daily schedule and reminding him everyday.

5. Managing all the office work related to Company President.

6. Working hours from 10:00 – 6:00 & Thursday from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm & (2) days OFF (Friday & Saturday) BUT sometimes working hours will be flexible depending on the work and depending on the schedule of the President.

7. The design of the Forms & Reports that she will be using.

8. Arranging his Desk.

9. Attending with him different Parties and Receptions related to work.


1. Recognized office administration qualifications.

2. Good English.

3. Excellent Computer & Internet Skills.

4. Very well organized person.

5. Looking for Non-Routine & Non – Boring Job.

6. Very Caring about her Boss.

7. Very Very Outgoing Personality.

8. Have Experience in organizing and managing office of her boss.

9. Very Smart.

10. Can work under stress.

11. Can work for long hours.

12. Loves Traveling.

13. Loves Fashion & Very Selective in the style of her cloth.

14. Very High Self Confidence.

15. Very Loyal to her Boss.

16. Very Active & Very Dynamic.

17. Excellent Communication & Interpersonal Skills.

Am I just being paranoid or this ad is about having a girl friend not a secretary. C’mon, parties, loves fashion, caring, confident and loyal!
Can this be only business?!

January 07, 2009

Alexandria … Again

I don’t know if I have become too lazy or time has become so tight. I feel that my days are shorter, my nights aren’t enough and I am always running late for something. I don’t even have time to communicate with the world. I miss my friends and family because I can’t manage to spare a couple of hours to chat, email or talk.

But some how I managed to spare a day. Actually I didn’t spare it; I just did what I am best at doing. I pressed the pause button of my life and put everything on hold to go pay an old friend a visit in my new favorite city, Alexandria.

It was completely worth it. Catching up with an old friend worth more than pausing a day. A good company on the road is everything a one can ask for. The few minutes we took figuring our way in a strange city was worth it. And the few minutes I stood facing the calm sea, and maintain a conversation that I can’t remember any of it was worth it.

The view was majestic. The wide open sea and the cold winter breeze, sometimes I really hope my eyes are a camera so that I can let people enjoy things the way I see them. and as I was enjoying the combination of company and place I spotted a small fishing boat in that large sea and I couldn’t fight the temptation to remark that I would really love to be in that boat.

My friend commented that sea in such a small boat will be scary. And the coward me replied that sea is scary regardless how big the boat is. Then the conversation found its way to other things but my mind didn’t. It just stopped there in that boat in the middle of that sea.

The thought didn’t seem scary, probably because it was hypothetical. But this hypothesis opened a small window for me to wonder. What if I was to get into such a boat, who I would take with me? To my surprise I couldn’t really think of someone. I was puzzled whom to choose. I can’t swim; at least I don’t think I can do in open sea. So will it be wise to take someone who can? What if in the time of need this someone decided not to save me? Will it be wiser to take someone reliable, who won’t at least leave me die alone? Should I take someone who knows the sea? Is an experienced company is the safest company?

Some how that boat managed to carry my thoughts to a sea that’s bigger than the Mediterranean. What if my feelings about that boat are just a mere reflection to my feelings towards life? That boat is me and my life and the big sea is the big world around me. I know I want to get into that boat but something inside is telling me that I don’t want to be alone. Not because I am not brave enough to face the sea but I believe it will always be wise to face the unknown in company. But yet again, who said I was ever wise?

January 01, 2009

My Personal DNA

My personalDNA Report

You are a Dreamer

Your combination of abstract thinking, appreciation of beauty, and cautiousness makes you a DREAMER.

You often imagine how things could be better, and you have very specific visions of this different future.

Beauty and style are important to you, and you have a discerning eye when it comes to how things look.

Although you often think more broadly, you prefer comfort to adventure, choosing to stay within the boundaries of your current situation.

Your preferences for artistic works are very refined, although you vastly prefer some types and styles to others.

Though your dreams are quite vivid, you are cautious in following up on them.

You are aware of both your positive and negative qualities, so that your ego doesn't get in your way.

A sense of vulnerability sometimes holds you back, stifling your creative tendencies.

You're not afraid to let your emotions guide you, and you're generally considerate of others' feelings as well.

You prefer to have time to plan for things, feeling better with a schedule than with keeping plans up in the air until the last minute.

You do your own thing when it comes to clothing, guided more by practical concerns than by other people's notions of style.
If you want to be different:

Your imagination is a wonderful asset, but don't just dream—be bold enough to take action and explore new things!

Consider a wider range of details and possibilities when thinking about the present and the future—don't be too set in your ways.

You are Generous

Your awareness of those around you, along with your nuanced perceptions of the world at large, makes you the GENEROUS person that you are.

You value time to yourself and understand how rich your private world can be—you know that you don't have to go wild to have a good time.

You are excited and energized by ideas and often enjoy things more through observation than through experience.

This tendency gives you an appreciation for different perspectives and opinions about the world.

Being as aware of others as you are doesn't mean you find it easy to trust them immediately—this is something that happens more slowly for you.

Despite this, you are aware of the complexities of many situations and are reluctant to pass judgments on others.

Although you have fewer friendships than some people, those that you have are meaningful and are important to you.

You value spending time alone—it is while reflecting on the world around you that you often learn something new about yourself or begin to understand something that's been bothering you.

If you want to be different:

Given how attuned you are to others' thoughts and feelings, you might find that trusting people more is a way to broaden your perspective even further.

While you know how much can be learned from observing the world around you, remember that much of life can be lived by experiencing it, not just by understanding it.


It is a new year. I am still that very same person who won’t propose a toast for ends and new beginnings. I am a person who worships continuity and despise sudden changes. A new year isn’t really a sudden change. It is a change that most of us wish upon.

But this post isn’t about change. And apparently it isn’t about New Year. But it is sure about a toast. Today is Brad’s wedding. I am a person who would happily adapt the toast custom in Egyptian weddings. Yet again, I am not the type of person who would propose a toast to the lovely bride, or to a happily ever after life. I can’t propose a toast to love, not because I am not a believer but because it isn’t always enough.

If I am to propose a toast it will be to the journey, the road, and the company. May this New Year be the beginning of a wonderful journey, the first step on an endless road and the start for a scared companionship that’s cherished by both of you!

Happy New Year :)