Saturday, December 02, 2006

Ya Ot3et Sama!
(pic, courtesy of arabianEye.com)

Wlak meet kiss ikhtek shou mahdoumeh wala the polite I think you’re cool …
Meet 7abibi arrab nos we nos wlal pretentious so you like hip hop, Spanish rock? …
Meet la i7sob alla makhala’ak welal keep it up and I will report you to someone …
Meet naffekh 3alayha tanjali welal you will have to step to the opposite sidewalk to smoke ...
Meet holel tawoo’ madaaaame baddik yehon mbahhrine walal I’m gonna need you to repeat your social security number …
Meet mafi sle7 3al shatt walal you will need to show your ID at all times and have it visible …
Meet oumi tanor’os yasabiyyeh walal hey what’s up, you need a beer, you’re fine?
Meet eh maba3rif shou baddi ishtighil walal I perfected my resume to match each recruiter’s demands and I have a bitchin cover letter …
Meet you work on proteins, like in steak? Walal so … biotech or pharm?
Meet double parks walal walks in the park …
Meet keis 3ara’ wala Cosmo we Martini … meet man’oushe wala muffineyeh …
Meet ‘re3 3ala 3ein lemraysseh wala thug in a navy shirt having an after work cocktail with his Wall Street colleagues on second ave. on a Friday night …
Meet sitt hoda ghasiletek shou ndaf wala so like.. I went to the gym while I had my clothes in the dryer …
Meet ya albi ya mama wala think about it rationally and have a detailed plan …
Meet bearded guys Che-style with green shirts and lots of issues wala clean shaved dudes with big muscles and lots of career options …
Mar’ad 3anze bi libnan wala meet studio apartment bi nyc wala meet town house bi La Jolla …
La Jolla???
Keef sorna hon?
Wein ar3et jiddna?
Seem to have lost it!!
Where are you authorized to work? Ummm … Lebanon
Where is the country of your nationality? Also Lebanon
The country you were born … Again … Lebanon
The country of your heart? Lebanon
Ouff hal heart shou baddo yil’a …

Tayyeb i see the mood has shifted a little.. At least on the blogs ..
I see laughter and songs and pictures and renewed promises ...
Keep smiling ... mafi a7la minkon when you smile ...
El La Jolla el ... hayda lli na'esneh ...

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you are hanging in there ... that is good!

Anonymous said...

... and the picture is beautiful. Which region is it from?

Mirvat said...

i'm in a great mood today :)
picture is in makmal mountains in lebanon

Ibn Bint Jbeil said...

oh, man, that is just lovely! I read it out loud and then my wife and I read out loud and cheered!

you see? Lubnan does in the end reach down and pull its daughters and sons back up to the mountaintop.

Anonymous said...

wli...hallak r'je3teh...eh heik baddeh yekeh ya 3ayneh.. w heik ra7 yeddal. a7la balad w a7la 3alam. w yel3an abou yalli bi 2oul gheir heik

Kodder said...

baddik bawseh ekheir hall leil (sobo7)
mwah :)

Aussie girl said...

:))))
mahdoomi ktir
I dont have a blog so I couldnt comment on wa7ad esmo Ramz ( I think ramzi bass mghannej 7alo) , he put a post on lebanonheartblogs, ya bayyi choo baddo atel ya bayyi, mech wa7do kamen, anyway I visited ur blog and finally smiled today! Nchala ydall fi chi esmo Lebnen ma3 hal ertet el Lipton w hal cha3eb l ghabi.
cheers

_z. said...

mmmm... missed you bannout.
so it seems we both wrote arabic in latin alphabet, and very similar subjects might I add.

it seems you're back! true there was a sudden november hibernation on so many blogs. and as you state it, blog land is coming back to life...
and we welcome life.. always.
beautiful post mirvat. excelent.

hashem said...

hehe....mni7a ya benet...mni7a...:)

inmotion said...

hibernation??

I been posting like it isn't anyone's business!

:)

I loved this post .. like totally loved it.

thank u !

Maya@NYC said...

:)

Anonymous said...

Yeslamle hal post shoo byfta7 el alb...

I heard my soul mate friend called you? :) You should meet and go over that MEET list.. Bawseele yeha b sharafik w hek 3aboota kbire.. I miss her :( I miss you.. Yalla ta3e laneshrab fenjen hal ahwe yalle tallaj ad ma natar hal jam3a..

Ingrid said...

I should get my new Yemeni neighbour over here to read your blog..I'm glad you're still around but sometimes I don't understand a thing that's being 'said'! ha.
Oh well, c'est dommage. The picture is a refreshing one, not one people associate Lebanon with since last summer's horror. Stay warm in the big apple,
Ingrid

Anonymous said...

Your post makes me want to book my one-way ticket back home now, bi hal takkeh...

Thanks for the uplifting eye-opening heart-warming post :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful picture in deed. When I visited Lebanon, around a year ago, I was shocked of how they were cutting the trees from the mountains to build houses and roads. It really looked like there were no planning whatsoever. Or at least no "green" planning at all.
I did also see there some members of the "Green Peace" which made me at least hopeful that some people do care and trying to do something about it...