Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Decision to Protest in Canada…

On the 18th of November 2011 tens of thousands of protestors were demonstrating against the delay of Presidential Elections beyond April 2012 (wanting the Military to go back to their Barracks).

After the vast majority left, the Army and Police forces went in full force and attacked the protestors. The result after 3 days of clashes (till yesterday) was 33 dead and 1700 injured.

One significant video showed policemen (some in civilian clothes) dragging dead/unconscious bodies and piling them at the corner of the street in a pile of garbage.

This video (among other ones) infuriated me (and I am sure thousands if not millions of Egyptians).
I then decided to do the only symbolic thing I could do from where I am... I went and peacefully demonstrated with my family outside the Egyptian Embassy in Canada.

A Sign direct to the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (being the ruling council in Egypt which for sure ordered the attack on protestors) states: “My brother is NOT to be thrown in the garbage!” (a symbolic statement indicating that all Egyptians are brothers, and treating my brother like this is unacceptable).

Mood: Praying, and Hoping for the Best

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Upcoming Parliamentary Elections in Egypt – GO VOTE!!

The Voting:

Starting last week the Egyptian government opened a site for Egyptians aboard to register themselves for the next Egyptian Parliamentary elections voting process (from their current location, i.e. Canada…etc).

To date, only around 167,000 (Egyptians Worldwide) have registered online. This is nothing compared to the 7 million Egyptians living abroad.

One might argue that most of them (eligible for voting) will just show up on the day of the elections in their country of residency, and vote.

Yet, I believe we need to encourage each other, and register NOW!!

Link: http://www.elections2011.eg/  

Parties To Vote For:

Someone might come and say: “Wait a minute ya rewesh, I don’t know whom to vote for or which party to choose from!”.

Well, I came across the below site created by a German media company for the Arab Human Rights organization. Mainly, what it does it ask you 29 questions about various topics and your opinion about each one of them.
After you finish the survey, it will match your opinions with the Political parties which match your opinions (to a great extent).
Not only that, it also has a section that will give you an idea about each party, and whom are the icons within it.
Try it, it is useful…

Link: http://egypt.electionnaire.com/  

The Coalitions:

FYI, some of the voting parties have created coalitions. I found the below image on Facebook (in Arabic) which explains the various pacts/coalitions.

Hope this was helpful.

Mood: Eager to vote!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Canada: Trees, Toast, and Thighs...

So about 4 months have passed since I immigrated to Canada, and oh my oh my oh my… have they been eventful!

Let me start by saying that immigration is nothing like a mere move to another country to work (i.e. Egyptians whom go to the Gulf states to work…etc.).

Life as you know it is totally different out there (or here is more like it now). Things like mobile phones charges, bills, filling gas, getting insurance for you house, and many other things are not the same.

Trivial things you might think, i have to differ. Believe me, when you move to a new country and have to figure out how on earth will you and our family (if you have one) will live here… it is overwhelming.

Let me start by stating that Canada is one of the most beautiful countries I have been to (I have been to a few). God has blessed it with stunning scenery. Not to forget that you actually do experience all 4 seasons of the year.

At some point, one of my friends asked me about the first things i noticed in Canada… and I said: “Trees, Toast, and Thighs”! and I meant every word.

The Trees:

Everywhere you look around there are trees, in their beautiful colors and shapes.

And oh Lord it is even more beautiful in autumn out here. I feel that I am in a beautiful wallpaper or antique wall picture… it is amazing.


The Toast:

One of the good things out here  is the food variety (for the likes of me whom LOVE food big time).

One discovery (or even revelation) i came across was toast bread. It smells so fresh, feels so soft, and tastes so YUMMY!

Egg and cheese on Toast...yummy!
The Thighs:

Arriving in Summer here one could not but notice the amount of THIGHS all over the place! I mean this country is like the “Hot Shorts Haven” or something lol.

All over the place you’ll see beautiful, fit women (and men - not that I look at those :P) in hot shorts. It sure is something anyone WILL notice.

It seems because a lot of people here walk to get around, many of them are fit and have strong toned legs (a bit of generalizing here, but what the heck).

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I do not understand how they remain fit with all the food options around them. This is one challenge I think I will fail in… miserably :(

First impressions on Canada: I love it… love it…love it… can I go on?.... yeah, this is my blog so I will… love it… love it… love it.

God bless this beautiful country!!

Mood: Cheerful :)