A Day at the Movies !

I have always enjoyed going to the movies alone, and I don’t feel sorry for myself doing so. Sure, I would much prefer to go with a friend or any other movie enthusiast, but if no one wants to see the movie I want to see, I can still find a pleasure in going by…

Is it for Everyone?

I often see young mothers sitting with their friends and having coffee at any one of the many malls of Western Amman. They would almost always be wearing designer labels while engaging in idle chatter about the hardships of motherhood. In the background and far from the clouds of smoke their ignited cigarettes create, their,…

Nice Girl Has Left the Building!

About a month ago, I was spending my evening in a cafe listening to an acquaintance, talk about her issues at work. The girl was not a friend, a relative, or a colleague even. She was just someone I met maybe twice in my life. Regardless of who she was and in all my good…

The Big L

Posted by dshalabi in 04. Jan, 2013, under society, people, and life in Amman Dear Reader, If you are conservative, traditional, conventional, or too religious, you will not like my blog post. Before moving any further, I even advise you not to read on because you might block me. However, I do assure you that…

Another Year Gone By

Posted by dshalabi in 02. Jan, 2013, under society, people, and life in Amman As we live through the first days of 2013, it is not uncommon for us to pause and think about what we did, what we didn’t do, and what we loved about the year 2012 and what we hated. I ,…

I Am Engaged

Posted by dshalabi in 26. Dec, 2012, under society, people, and life in Amman Dear reader, don’t get the wrong idea from the title you just read on the top of the page! This post is not about my engagement party, my fiancé, nor my great plan for the wedding . I am still single,…

Where do we draw the line ?

Posted by dshalabi in 24. Dec, 2012, under society, people, and life in Amman In our people centered Ammanite society, where we place a high premium on personal relationships, we tend to do everything in our power to ignore the bad and highlight the good in everyone we deal with. Whether we are dealing with…

-The Gaza Camp Diaries 22/12/2012

Posted by dshalabi in 23. Dec, 2012, under society, people, and life in Amman I was thrilled in the morning, when I saw that the sun was up. To me, that just meant that I won’t be soaked while waiting for a cab and that we won’t be walking in mud or sewage water at…

The Right to Remain Silent

Posted by dshalabi in 20. Dec, 2012, under society, people, and life in Amman When I met Um Ahmad for the first time, I really didn’t know that I was about to be sent on a journey of self discovery for myself, my temper, my tolerance, and my expanding list of pet peeves. I have…

— The Age of No Innocence

About a month ago I gave a friend of mine a simple piece of advice. You see, at the time, that person was significantly upset about the lack of consideration of others. Trying to be the voice of wisdom, I said ,” You know what, Just don’t care whether others ask about you or not,…