In a Nutshell

The other day, I was having coffee with friends and the popular topic of wasta (Connections) came up. In our society there is no working environment free of this feature. We can even confirm that not everyone in any workplace is there for their own merits, or their skills. Whether we are talking about the…

Binging

Yesterday was a really cold day in Amman, the wind was howling, the rain was pouring, and the walls were even chilled in our house. It was one of these days that commanded will power for one to move from his or her seat, let alone  go out. So, after doing some work in the…

The Chapter is Closed

This year is the year where I am cutting down on my activities. It is the year where I am closing certain chapters in my life. This is not because these chapters are bad but it is rather because certain pursuits in my life have run their course. One such chapter is Toastmasters and my…

Reflections

As I go about my day to day life, I learn that there is some merit to the statement “Put Yourself first” and this really contradicts the other popular statement “Go the extras mile for others” So, this mixed messaging really makes me wonder should we be selfish or should we go out of our…

Resolutions

Tomorrow marks the last day of 2017, a time where many of us take a few moments to reflect on what we want to achieve in the 365 days to come. Some of us pull out the list of resolutions, and because we are especially hopeful at this festive time, we place everything we failed…

Society Has Chosen

Let’s admit it, free choice is not a luxury we have and the only time we can enjoy such a concept is if we have layers of thick skin and an impeccable ability to dodge criticisms from our friends, loved ones, and most importantly from our immediate family. The only other way we can speak…

Shallow

No matter how hard we try to hide it, and how emphatically we say to the world that we are deep human beings, we all do have a part of us that is shallow. This is the superficial part of us that is obsessed with image, status, power, and things as opposed to brains, intellect,…

Who’s Keeping Score?

Dear reader what I plan to talk about today is a controversial topic, so if you are sensitive person and your opinion of me is a direct outcome of your agreement or disagreements with my thoughts then don’t read this post. Now that we clarified this point let’s move on. If you have been following…

The Beginning, the Spicy, and the Memorable.

Many people don’t realize that Amman is a hub for great restaurants and hangouts. Of course, this is great news, especially since the seasons are changing. Eating out may be a great way to spend those colder days and longer nights this city is known for during winter. If you are a foodie and you…

10 Things to Love About the Fall

As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, we welcome a new season in Amman. The summer traffic dies down, the tourists go home, and we, the locals of this city, go back to our day to day routine. Let’s face it, as we bid the summer farewell, many of us suffer the…

Another Year

Tomorrow I grow a year older, and so I figured that this  is a good time for me to evaluate what I did well and what I need to work on for the next 12 months. This year, I think I learned one of the most valuable lessons anyone can learn. I learned to stand…

Are We Really an Image Based Society?

I always found social media the ideal platform to study human behavior. After all, it is the one place where people can display their hopes, dreams, desires, as well as the obnoxious facets of their character freely. Look at it this way, if you say something outrageous in real life, someone around you will probably…