>Egypt the Uprising A 5-star Read

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Today is a major milestone for me, Egypt: The Uprising has received an Amazon review and a 5 STAR rating!

The book has been described as 

A fast-paced read, riddled with adventures and trials and problem-solving.

Reminiscent of “National treasure”, this young adult book has a little of everything for reader – sibling rivalry and love, family dynamics, young crushes, loyalty, magic,fabled creatures and beings, strange worlds and journeys. 

National Treasure? Hmmm, funny my husband used the same reference.  I thought it was more along the lines of the Da Vinci Code 😉
What do you think?

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>The Cairo House

>I reviewed The Cairo House on Blogcritics and the review is featured on Seattlepi

I have always been intrigued by autobiographies and memoirs in our culture. How many women can actually retell their lives in all honesty and truth without having Fatwas issued against or without getting disowned by their family?
For the already controversial, a bellydancer with a sex tape or an actress who lured a famous politician, I suppose it is easier. But for the rest of us, the ones who appear so harmless and innocent to all those around us, it is a different matter.

The fictional autobiography is nice; many things can be left unsaid. Yet still, there is a liberating power in saying everything like it truly was. I feel like it is a first-rate cathartic experience.

But then again, who am I to know. I have never written a memoir– at least not yet!

>Philips Avent Express Steam Sterilizer Review

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No matter how long a woman breastfeeds, eventually, you start bottle-feeding. Everyone knows that bottle sanitation is essential, but everyone dreads the ‘let’s fish the teats from the boiling pot scene.’ It looks rather prehistorical—not to mention that it is very time consuming.
If you make up you mind to buy a steam sterilizer, the Avent express is an excellent choice. As its name suggests, it’s fast. It is also very user-friendly, you don’t even need to read the manual to operate it.
It takes six Avent bottles, and comes equipped with two of them, and depending on the package you need, you can get it complete with a breast pump. They even took care of the residue building up in the steamer by providing sachets for de-scaling (along with instructions.)
Is it worth the price? Yes, every penny!

>Avatar: an uplink into nature

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Article first published as Avatar: an uplink into nature on Blogcritics.org

In this age of technology, we are increasingly isolated from nature. As we sit here, behind our flat screens and laptops, we use Avatars to represent us in our ‘virtual’ lives. We uplink ourselves into the World Wide Web to lead a parallel life. A cold, barren, life. We have abandoned our physical selves to lead a parallel ‘dream’ life.
“They have killed their mother,” said Neytiri. And she is right. As the human ‘invaders’ were leaving Pandora, they were hailed off as “returning to their dying world.”
This narration in the final scene has sent shivers down my spine and brought tears to my eyes. Indeed, the whole movie has created insatiable yearning to reconnect with nature, a desire to weep over the lost rain forests and the extinct species everywhere.
This is really what sets Avatar apart from all other ‘epic’ movies set in parallel worlds. It is that poetic sweetness and romantic connection back to the ‘roots’.
I could write an essay analyzing all the quest elements in the movie that could make my grade 12 English teacher proud! Avatar has definitely got something for everyone: the graphic lovers, the romance seekers, and even action fans. You can even view it as a literary masterpiece emblazoned with clever allegories and vivid symbols.
Bottom line: Don’t miss it !!

>"Twilight: new moon" and the case of the disappearing ratings

>Where I come from “saga” is good!
But apparently that is not the case worldwide!!!

Let me explain… On a beautiful afternoon, DH and I were set out to watch Avatar, but the 3-D machine wasn’t working in the Golden Stars Cinema. So we were left with either 2012, awlad el am “the cousins”, or t twilight new moon. Since I’ve sworn off arabic films, and hubby has sworn off disaster Apocalypse movies, we were left with Twilight. I remembered reading “the Twilight saga” somewhere; so I thought that it might be interesting.

Little did I know, we were about to watch a ridiculous, boring, kiddy, cartoon-like depiction of a pathetic story! The only reason anyone can sit through it is if you find that vampire dude hot; and well let’s just say you’d either be a pedophile or really really young.

This movies should come with a warning for adults, much like the rated R is meant to deter the youngesters; there really should be a rating of NFA16 (Not for anyone over 16)!

>DVD player

>So my DH and I finally got that Philips  DVD3260k so that we can watch movies on the couch instead of sitting on the PC……
But guess what, we can’t play any of our DVDs *wrong region code*! Well, guess it doesn’t pay off to be a goody-two-shoes and buy original CDs. I was quite upset. After all that anti-piracy preaching, how dissappointing!

So, I just kept the faith and searched the glorious world wide web and TATA: Found the answer here: http://www.videohelp.com/dvdhacks/philips-dvp-3260k/9657.

ALL in ALL: It’s a great little user-friendly player, but remember you gotta break the region code!

>Hairdressers in Zayed

>This is it in a nutshell:

a) The so-called “La Fayette”: They charge too much for a shabby job. The best out there is called ‘Hala’ , not too bad, just not for what they charge.
ADVANTAGE: Veiled section, not too crowded
DISADVANTAGE: pas tres “a la mode”, you can’t get the latest hip and happening cut there–yet they charge as much as the salons that do
RATING: 2/10 (unless you’re veiled then it becomes a 6)

b)”Zakaria Ghoneim”:
ADVANTAGE: conveniently located in Dandy mall–get a manicure right before shopping! SOME–and i repeat some– of the staff are very friendly and they really know what they’re doing.
Also, a ‘veiled’ section is available.
DISADVANTAGE: Very high staff turnover. As you start to feel comfortable with a certain person over there, they just disappear on you!  Can be packed at times, and you can not reserve ahead.
RATING: 6/10

c)  Kriss:
That’s the real 10/10 round here. Very professional excellent cutting, colouring, styling. You can reserve ahead. Only downside is that there is no veiled women section.

So there you have it… my 5 cent worth on dressers in my neighborhood