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GHAWAYESH غوايش



An Egyptian living in Europe but her heart stayed back home. Having some random thoughts about the before and after pictures. Ghawayesh means bracelets. In my context it symbolizes the cuffs of my culture. I don't know if I like them or hate them. T



Updated: 2018-01-02T06:09:12.986-08:00

 



الرأي الهباب في وصف الحجاب

2017-07-09T14:26:26.861-07:00

الأسبوع الماضي لاحظت تغريدة لفتاة غير محجبة تشتكي من نزول المحجبات للبحر بملابسهن، وطبعا تلقت هجوما عنيفا من باقي المغردين لتعديها على حرية الآخرين بالنزول للبحر كما شاءوا.لي عادة تويترية أقوم بها في الخباثة متأثرة بطبعي كأخت كبرى، هي أنني إذا لاحظت تنمرا جماعيا على مغردة، أقفز لمساعدتها بتقنية "بص العصفورة"، أو في حالتي أدعوها "بص أم رجل مسلوخة"، فأدخل لكتابة تعليق لا غبار عليه، ولكنه يمكن بسهولة أن يُفهَم خطأ فيلفت له الانتباه ويصرفه عن المغردة الضحية.وفي حالتي، دائما وأبدا يُفهم كلامي خطأ! 👅دخلت ووضعت تعليقا يقول: "النزول بالبحر بالملابس يعرضك لخطر الغرق عموما، فهي ليست مسألة مضايقتك، بل هناك خطر أن يبتلعهم البحر".هل ذكرت محجبات هنا؟ هناك من ينزلون البحر بملابسهم من المحجبات وغير المحجبات والرجال أيضا، وكلهم معرضون لخطر الغرق، وكلهم يجب أن يعرفوا هذه المعلومة.في أقل من ربع ساعة تلقيت كما محترما من الشتائم، وكلها من محجبات…بعد ٢٠ سنة من استعمال الإنترنت للتواصل مع الشرق أوسطيين، وبعد تطويري لعلم "الزومبولوجي"، تعلمت أنه لا داعي لشرح أي شيء فُهم خطأ من جانبهم، فأنت إذا تحدثت عن شيء هم غير مبرمجين عليه، سيأتون لك بجيش عرمرم يسب لك سابع جد ويتحدث باستفاضة عن الوصف التشريحي لوالدتك. هؤلاء هم الزومبيز منذ بدء الإنسانية، مستحيل تقدر على تهدئتهم أو إقناعهم بشيء منطقي، فلماذا تحرق دمك وتضيع صحتك في اللاجدوى؟ولكنهم تمكنوا من تذكيري بظاهرة تضايقني كثيرا، ألا وهو كم الشتائم اللانهائي الذي أراه في إنستاجرام تحت صور النجمات والشهيرات غير المحجبات، طبعا من قِبل المحجبات. فقررت استفزاز العقول قليلا. كتبت تغريدتين نصهما: "المحجبات عندهم إحساس دفين بالغيرة من غيرالمحجبات، وبيحاولوا يخفوه بأفكار زائفة مثل:احنا أحسن عند الله إلخ.لو تتكلم، تظهر أخلاقهن الحقيقية""تنفتح بالوعة الشتائم لأنها مقتنعة تماما أن الرب يساندها ويبارك بذاءاتها. هي في الحقيقة بتطلع الغيرة والحقد من تلك الحرة السعيدة الشجاعة."وذهبت لأنام وأنا أعلم أني سأصحو على حفرة من الجحيم-- فأنا خبيرة في الزومبولوجي.وبالفعل، صحوت لأجد ما لن تجده أم لهب في جهنم… المشكلة البسيطة هنا هي أنني عندما أجد غضبا من شيء قلته، أستمر في قوله، بل وأزيد من صب الماء على الزيت المشتعل لينفجر أكثر.التغريدة سافرت شرقا وغربا ووصلت للأردن (مثلا)، حيث لأول مرة أخاطب مجموعة كبيرة من الأردنيين في وقت واحد، واجتمعت الأغلبية الساحقة منهن على تفنيد كلامي بقولهن أنهن لا يغرن منّي لأن شعري "ليفة جلي"- يعني سلك مواعين.😆أما المصريين فطبعا التزموا بعادتهم المهذبة الشهيرة بمناقشة الوصف التشريحي لأمي، و[...]



Surprise

2014-11-10T14:58:15.741-08:00

The almost-there feeling is just so exhilarating.



Happy Giraffe

2014-09-03T09:22:25.220-07:00

Today I felt like a happy giraffe.

The end. 



The Chicken VS The Eggs

2014-08-25T11:52:00.183-07:00

So when you're afraid of eggs..

Would that make you a chicken for eggs?

Terribly eggy situation coming ahead.

May the Holy Pan have mercy on my poor vulnerable soul. 



Goldfish Letter

2014-08-24T01:21:00.898-07:00

Dear Goldfish,

I am writing you this, blub, letter to express how much I missed you.

The aquarium felt so empty, cold, and dark without you. The fact that you're back makes the sun shine through the ocean, and the algae seem greener.

I hope you wouldn't consider this anything other than a fishy kind of love. Mind you, I don't want to have your little caviars or anything. I just love having you in my waters, so we can have our little daily adventures in finding Nemo and the likes.

I feel safe from sharks and much appreciated. I hang on your strong fin with that fish tattoo (your great granddad?), and feel like I can beat a war submarine.

So happy you're safe and didn't fall into the capture of some evil fisher's net.

Yours Blubbly,

She-Goldfish









The National Smear Campaign

2014-08-21T14:04:42.243-07:00

For some odd reason, every single time I meet a foreigner living in Switzerland, they start to bitch and whine about the unfriendliness of the Swiss people!This special observation is particularly magnified in people from North and South Americas, Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia.. Hey, hold on... Who's left?!!Even a Swiss friend who grew up in Brazil (and therefore has an accent), is complaining! Some weeks ago we had dinner with Argentinian friends and the lady told us horror stories about people treating her badly in shops. Mind you, the lady is filthy rich but doesn't like to look like it. A couple of days ago I was in a bootcamp training with 9 other ladies and our coach, all foreign, and there was a poster on the wall stating the 10 commandments of the gym- which I hadn't read in advance.So, while we were busy training, one lady shouted with a sarcastic tone: "Rule #2 must be for the Swiss!"I tried to figure out what it would be..No Fondue while you do?Yodeling in the class is not permitted? Don't say Chuchichäschtli to pregnant women and children?As the class finished, my curiosity led me to go check out the poster.2- Smile and be nice and friendly to others....I drove back home thinking, I love Swiss people! Do I need to see a shrink now?!![...]



My Culture.. Her Culture

2014-08-18T12:21:40.488-07:00

While airports are a melting pot for cultures; you can immediately recognise Egyptians from the content of their luggage.Some 15 years ago I was walking my way through Milan airport when an older Egyptian lady, dressed in her traditional galabeya dress, stopped me to ask about the way to her gate. She seemed so distressed, and was so far away from her destination gate (and land), and it seemed impossible for her to decipher the boards; because, sadly, she was obviously illiterate.I luckily still had some time before I had to be at my gate, so I took the small effort to carry her massive bag and walk her, arm in arm, to her gate. During that trip she proudly told me about her son who lived in America and that it was her first time to visit him. She cut me like a knife as she said: "It's very difficult to be illiterate."As we arrived, she was so happy and grateful that she gave me an affectionate hug and kiss, then sat down, placed her bag strategically between her legs, opened it, and revealed a massive 7alla (pot), opened it, and there was about a million soba3 ma7shi lying there- each in the size of a full-term fetus. She got one out, and pointed it in my face like a gun."Take this."I froze.Not only did the whole airport start to smell like ma7shi, but also my body is conditioned to produce toxic weapons of mass destruction just by the sight of it, let alone eating it. I could feel my intestines telescoping into each other out of horror.It took me about 15 minutes trying to convince the kind Egyptian lady that I couldn't, shouldn't, and wouldn't eat ma7shi kronb at Milan airport.I said goodbye, thinking, I wonder how many Egyptians are in her situation every day,  only, ONLY, because they can't read. One day, I'll help people like you, nice lady. I can't die before I do my part, even if it takes me 50 years to do it.....Yesterday.On board Dusseldorf-Zurich flight..I have this habit of taking food with me on board any plane, no matter how long or short the trip is. It might be something I learned from my mother, or an Egyptian thing, but you can be sure that Egyptians have food in their travel bags- plenty of it!As we sat on board for the 55-minute flight, my boy was to my right, and a Swiss lady to my left. She was around her 60s, plump, and with a cute smile.There was no sign whatsoever that food was coming. It was 3:30 pm and we hadn't had lunch. Of course I started doing my ritual. Opened my bag and took to making sandwiches for the family (yeah, making sandwiches. I'm Egyptian, I can make sandwiches even in my grave)."Give her one."My inner voice told me."Give who?"I surprisingly asked my inner voice."The lady next to you!""One what?!"I told my inner voice with one eyebrow raised."One punch in the face! A sandwich! Duh!"My inner voice started to get impatient with me."Buddy, she's Swiss! They don't like being talked to and offered things from strangers!""I just have this inner feeling she needs one!".. The inner voice sadly mumbled."I wish I could, and it feels truly unnatural for me as an Egyptian to not offer her a sandwich, but I don't want to bother her! Go fly a kite for now please. Can't you see I'm busy and all this turbulence is causing Philadelphia spread to be all over my forehead?!""Alright then, I'm out of here."I gave my 3 men their food, and sat to enjoy the taste of my sandwich.Suddenly a massive turbulence caused the whole plane to scream of horror. My Egyptian hand (that with a mind of its own), unintentionally landed patting on the arm of the cute lady, trying to comfort her distress; as she seemed super panicky and gasping for air.Literally 10 minutes before the landing, they start to spray us with boxes of ice cream. It was like the delivery to the plane had just arrived or something! #YaomingThe next scene looked like a piece from Hamlet. The lady snatched the box, opened it nervously with shaky hands, and was engulfing the [...]



Half Perfection

2014-08-07T10:52:42.559-07:00

Goddamn perfection.

So effing excited..

Can't wait..



لو على قلبي

2014-08-04T16:48:03.241-07:00

frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/121719431&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" width="100%">لو على قلبي داب في هواك و كفاية ليل و سهر و عناد و يايا جوا عيوني حنين و غرام مشتاق لعينيك قلبي نادالك حن في يوم و تعالا و اهديك روحي بس تعالا يلي بحبك قرب طمن قلبي عليك  بتغيب ايام و لياليو انت ما بتغيب عن بالي و تروح و تسبني عليك مشغول بحلم بعنيك و غرامك و بدوب في هواك و كلامك و لا ليلة يا ليلي علي اطوللو على قلبي داب في هواك و كفاية ليل و سهر و عناد و يايا جوا عيوني حنين و غرام مشتاق لعينيكاسمع مني و عيش مع قلبي زماني ...و ادوب فيي و احبك تانيكفاية عشت كتير من قبلك بحلم بيك تبعد عني ليه طب ما انا قدامك بسال قلبك ايه احلامك لو تتمنى الدنيا بحالها  تكون في ايديكبتغيب ايام و ليالي و انت ما بتغيب عن باليو تروح و تسبني عليك مشغول بحلم بعنيك و غرامك و بدوب في هواك و كلامك و لا ليلة يا ليلي علي اطوللو على قلبي داب في هواك و كفاية ليل و سهر و عناد و يايا جوا عيوني حنين و غرام مشتاق لعنيكقلبي نادالك حن في يوم و تعالا و اهديك روحي بس تعالا يلي بحبك قرب طمن قلبي عليك [...]



Fireworx

2014-08-01T16:17:11.066-07:00

Fantastic night at Mascotte.

Happy birthday, Switzerland.

I love you more than words can tell xx



Mine O'clock

2014-07-29T13:08:15.465-07:00

It's mine o'clock.

Quarter past mine.

I'll be waiting for half mine.





Midnight Thoughts

2014-07-28T14:16:31.737-07:00

It' me, myself, and an X-ray.

An X-ray will never sound the same again.





The Blow

2014-07-20T02:26:17.230-07:00

RIP Barbara, Rob, the boys, Prof. Lange, Mr. Thomas, and all others.

The world has lost such great dreams and plans.

Each and every one of you was so precious for all of us.

I'll never forget you. xx






Massive

2014-07-15T09:53:01.134-07:00

Massive.. And seemingly impressive.

Patience is a virtue, though.





Reminder of The Urge

2014-07-15T09:51:21.895-07:00

Keep resisting the urge..

Focus..

On any thing but that..

Focus..

On not focussing..

Focus..

On the perimeter of the circle. 



Born Again on the 4th of July

2014-07-04T14:56:44.485-07:00

Today we launched our English version.

And we're working on the English education channel.

What a year it has been. I have never thought my life would look like this one day.

Totally, madly, deeply enjoying the ride.

Loving every moment, no matter how the end will be.





School Party

2014-06-28T12:21:50.129-07:00

This year: Meat Balls with cantons' flags.

It rained on us, and while it did, we came closer under our small umbrellas- waiting for the sunshine to come back, and had little lovely intimate chats.

Never thought the rain can make an outdoor party more fun.


And now, back to the drawing board.

Can't believe my program is being stolen by a TV channel.

But that's Egyptians for you.

Blech. 



H as in Rumi

2014-05-20T14:02:54.952-07:00

There exists a field, 

beyond all notions of right and wrong.


I will meet you there.




- Rumi



Happy Birthday

2014-05-04T01:56:16.707-07:00

Dictator, asshole, psycho, who is destroying everyone around him. 

Happy birthday, President Mubarak. 



30 April

2014-04-30T05:27:01.954-07:00

4 years ago. I came here. Never knowing what would come my way.

Amazing ride.

So far.



Coz I Gotta Have Goddamn Faith..

2014-04-17T13:48:23.567-07:00

I am in a state of sheer horror right now.

I am literally panicking and don't know what to do. Or where to go. Or how to be..

All I can do right now is cry when no one is watching.

I want my project to grow.

Please, it's my 3rd baby.

Please. Don't let it go.






Addicted

2014-03-24T15:14:01.997-07:00

Getting so damn addicted

to that brief moment..

Please.. Let it forever be..

And until forever and ever..

I'll be there.. Running in circles..

Trying very hard..

My damn best..

Not to cause

any nuclear implosion..



Woman + Man

2014-03-21T14:47:15.921-07:00

Woman
Man
Woman-man
Woma-n
Wom-an
Wo-man
W-o-man
-Woman
Man
Woman




One..yum.. Two.. yum yum

2014-03-12T14:53:42.425-07:00

So delicious.

Need to cook it more often,

honey and bananas..







Shut Up Your Mouse Obama

2014-03-09T01:10:08.235-08:00

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