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30
Nov
10

Tumblr?!

I just signed up with Tumblr! Why? I have no freakin clue!! Check me out at halawaty.tumblr.com – I think I’ll be doing a lot more blogging there…

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10
Oct
08

Egypt: Pepsi Prices Go Up!

Effective of today, Saturday, and after the last time they raised the prices of Pepsi products 2 years back, they’re doing it again…

This time the raise is less, and it really doesn’t affect me, but Egyptians literally live on Pepsi (not Coke) and its products, and to a lot of the middle class / poor people, this is big… it really affects people that buy in bulk…

The system in Egypt is that 2 companies manufacture Pepsi;

Pepsi Egypt and Bughshan (a Saudi company)…

Pepsi Egypt makes the returnable glass Pepsi bottles with all its sizes and varieties, this tastes like shit and is almost half the price of the non returnable plastic bottles and cans (made by Bugshan). The new price raise will affect all, adding 25p to every bottle or can, on all types (returnable and disposable).

So for example 350ml cans are now for 2.15 LE (instead of 2LE or 1.85 in hypermarkts) , and 350ml returnables are for 1.15LE (instead of 1LE – not available in hypermarkets), 2L returnable is for 2.50LE and disposable for 5.50LE…

This raise applies to all Pepsi products in Egypt (except Aquafina water), including:

– Pepsi (Normal, Diet and Max)

– Mountain Dew 😦

– 7up

– Mirinda (all flavors)

Ladies, Gentlemen and Pepsi Addicts, welcome to Egypt :S

10
Oct
08

blog make-over!

I was considering a blog redesign this morning before I went to sleep, and the next thing I know I have a whole new blog!! Yes, its all new, all fresh, and just what I needed right now for my come-back. Within the next few days I will be adding more pages to the blog, and announcing new sections too…

This isn’t the usual face-lifting I always did, this is big! I have restored the evilness of the blog after my friend Khalilson pointed out that the last face-lift was way too happy with the pink and light green colors, so we’re back to red and grey for a while, hope you like it…

And another announcement, Thanks to Rebellious Arab Girl for reminding me, I finally moved to WordPress! I got sick of the blogger, and its not like I can’t design a whole blog for myself, I’m just way too busy to maintain it… so I go with the ready made stuff. I’ve  already had a wordpress account with the name but I never used it, and here comes the time when I actually do. The old blog will remain there, but this post will be the last on it…

So goodbye blogger, although it had awesome features like changing the font without having to edit the CSS or HTML codes everytime (while the heading font is unchangeable in WordPress so don’t blame me for that), and its awesome speed in browsing the dashboard and writing posts… But hello WordPress with all the aweosome widgets and themes, I’m loving it already!

So wait for a new Moey’s Blog Infliktora…

18
Jun
08

Going Back. End of an Era.

With well under 4 days away from me leaving Ukraine forever and going back to Egypt, I am psyched! I can’t wait. I already packed my suitcase and everything..!!!

But again, my usual issue with leaving, is that I remember how much I will miss those folks up here, the best friends I ever had for a long time, if not in my entire life. Wait, no, they are the best bunch of friends I ever had in my life. Especially the ones I was really close to, Patrick, Maisa, and Samy. And by “close” I meant that I was technically living in those guys rooms.

They say you never know the true person until you have lived with them, or traveled with them abroad. Well, here we are, I have lived with them for almost my entire time here, and we are abroad, and not just away from home, we’re in the shittiest country you can ever imagine, Ukraine! Yes, I figure if Ukrainian people ever stopped by to read my blog I would be hunted down and killed, but that’s the truth to me. Kharkov is a shit-hole, and that’s my humble opinion (along with almost everyone here, if not all).

So apart from the whole Ukraine issue, I can’t wait for the moment I get off the plane and smell the breeze of Cairo. They say every country has a smell, and I think that’s true. I know that there is a distinct smell for every country, I remember them really well (although I do have a crappy memory)…

I really remember how Amsterdam smelled, and how Paris, London, and Edinburgh smelled too. And of course, Egypt (the best smell in the world), and Saudi Arabia.
And don’t think that by the smell of Egypt I mean the car exhausts and the pollution of the big city, you can find those in virtually everywhere in the world, take London for an example lol. Or by the stupid humidity that covers up almost everything in Jeddah. No, I meant that this smell is the first thing you smell when you get off the plane. Yep! That one!

I can’t wait, I really can’t!!!

One more thing, to everyone that I know here in Ukraine, this is the last week for me here, and just in case we never meet again, Stiffy, Hind, Inder, Canada, Shasha, Tooks, El Gordito, Chio, Kelly, Dardour, Loushyy, Aman, and everyone else I know here, you guys were the best. Thanks for making this not as shitty as I expected, I have no idea how I would have survived here if it weren’t for you guys.

17
Mar
08

The First Real Metal Concert In Egypt. Its Vader!!



This is about one of the greatest Death Metal bands in history. One of the only few bands that was able to sustain and remain ON FIRE for as long as 25 years. We’re speaking about the famous Polish metal band VADER. The best selling European Death Metal band ever.

Vader, touring to celebrate their 25th anniversary, will stop by in Egypt, for a first time performance! The progress is great, from the government banning metal music a few years ago, to now, when real international bands are performing in Egypt!

And, opening for them will be 3 great bands, Nervecell (all the way from Dubai) as well ass Dark Philosophy and Worm! Isn’t this amazing!!

Just like Tiesto and David Guetta came like a gazillion times for techno/house fans, Craig David for RnB fans, and others whom have been making the best concerts in the region, its time for Metal fans to get something..! And its April 11th of this year. It will be huge!

Plus, this gig is organized by a friend of mine, Ahmed Gamal! I seriously applaud Ahmed Gamal and Sammy Sayyed for their work on the metal scene in Egypt so far!! Egypt Metal Gates, Music Gates, and Metal Accord are simple amazing you guys… Its worth mentioning that Sammy Sayyed is the Vocalist for the band Scarab (formerly HateSuffocation) one of the best Metal bands in Egypt, and have performed in this years Dubai Desert Rock Festival ’08.

Oh, and by the way, the flyer above is the official flyer for the event, and is designed by MEEEEEEE!! 😛 (what do u think??)

Too bad I won’t be able to make it to this concert either, as I am still stuck in Ukraine. I can’t love this country more!

14
Mar
08

Support Bloggers’ Island!

Once upon a time, a rebellious different blogger had a dream that she took to the next level. You browse the internet and see that there are whole islands for sale, for filthy rich people to escape their super luxurious comfortable lifestyle and its hassle, and go have an even more comfortable time away from everything and everyone.

BUT… We, the community of normal people, who happen to have thoughts that might actually be worth reading, decided to blog and and express ourselves on the only channel that we could do that on, easily.

We build, maintain and update blogs (although its obvious that I’m using a template, well I can design one, I’ve made dozens of websites before, but this is just easier). Anyways I’m talking about every blogger. Bloggers have many things in common, they all share the thing of having too much thoughts to be kept inside, being creative, artistic, different, and not everyone is blogging material.


Now back to The story… She had a dream to buy one of those islands and make it a Bloggers’ Island. Weird? Yes. Possible? Yes! This could happen.
Since my Paypal account is always zilch these days because I don’t use it cuz I’m in Ukraine, this is what I can do to help…

So people, bloggers or readers, interested or not… We want you to donate one dollar.

It’s only a dollar. You can find it on the street tomorrow walking to the coffee shop wasting 5 bucks on novelty coffees! If everyone in the internet world donated a dollar, then maybe I can get an island. Then we will have a blogger gathering! Free stay! We would be blog alumnus by then!
–Mona (Rebellious Arab Girl)

So, please support us, and donate you ONE DOLLARS 🙂


(click to donate right from here!)


http://www.RebelliousArabGirl.net

* Now maybe Mona will reserve a little piece on the island for me!! 😀
No seriously, we kinda need this island, especially her 🙂

12
Mar
08

My Starbucks & Snickers. Rumors.

Some time about a year ago (specifically in May) , Masterfoods Inc., producer of Mars, M&M’s, Snickers, Bounty, Twix, announced that their chocolates will not be suitable for vegetarians.

Masterfoods said it had started to use animal product “Rennet” (a chemical -enzyme- sourced from calves’ stomachs) to make its chocolate products. They said the change was due to it switching the sourcing of its ingredients and the admission was a “principled decision” on its part.
–BBC News Website

i didn’t get annoyed at the time, because I’m not a vegetarian, in fact I like calves’ meat.
Why am I bringing this up? Let me ask a question first… What are calves?

The term “Calf” is most commonly used to refer to the young of cattle. A cattle calf is the offspring of a cow and a bull This terminology is also used for other species where the young is called a calf. Those are bison, camels, dolphins, elephants, giraffes, hippopotamuses, moose, rhinoceroses, whales, and yaks.
–Wikipedia

Do you see the words Pig/Pork in this? Because I don’t. Does any of the information above even hint to the use of pork? So now, in March 2008, and I get an email saying that Masterfoods’ products are “Haram” and no suitable for consumption by Muslims because they are using Pork in it… shoudln’t I flip off???

And apparently, for their use of pork, God has punished them and gave us a sign… which is that those new bars went bad really quickly and grew fungus even in their wrapping!!!! WOOOOOOOOW!!!!

Bleaah!!!! You go on circulating wrong rumors about my favorite chocolate, and criticize me when you see me eating a Snickers bar because of some stupid lunatic who started a chain email that has been forwarded to you!! No thanks.

I did buy Masterfoods’ chocolates from Saudi Arabia well through 2007, months after they started using calves’ Renet. KSA doesn’t let in any Non-Halal products by the way.

And another funny thing about that email, was in a list of Masterfoods’ products, try to guess what was on the list… KIT KAT and LION!!! So that big ass Nestle logo on the picture didn’t click in you head before attaching it to the false email, Mr RumorGuy!!!! Some people have reached a level way beyond self-inflicted retardedness!!!

Just like the Starbucks boycotters who believed the rumor that they support the Israeli Millitary… Arabs usually believe everything and anything, and they just go with the flow with any rumor involving a corporate name along with the word ”Israel” or the word “Pork”…

They seriously get to my nerves. I found a note on the Starbucks website operated by AL-Shaya (the franchisee of Starbucks in the Middle East, Turkey and Russia) that states that the rumors are not true. Showed them to people and the response I got was that Al-Shaya was trying to improve their image in the middle east so they wouldn’t loose revenue… So I dug deeper and found the same page on the original Starbucks website that says:

Rumor Response: Misinformation on Israeli Armed Forces Support

You may have heard a rumor or seen a web posting linking Howard Schultz and Starbucks with the Israeli Armed Forces.

These allegations are false.

As the premier purveyor of the finest coffee and with stores in over 37 countries around the world, Starbucks customers are people of diverse ethnic, income and age groups. Our primary focus is delivering the best customer experience. Starbucks is a non-political organization and does not support political causes.

If you don’t believe me, here’s the link: http://www.starbucks.com/aboutus/pressdesc.asp?id=668&rumor=true/

American corporates PROUDLY state that they support Israel IF THEY DO, but Starbucks has denied it. This has been going on for a year and a half now, and I’m sick of it!!

Howard Schulz [who is Jewish, but his] alleged funding of Israel is theoretically not possible, he is the Starbucks CEO (that is chief executive officer – in other words). He DOES NOT control the company’s income, he might be giving money to Israel from his own money, but thats his business.
-moeys.net

The fact that they donated a store to serve the American military in Iraq is that the company is American after all, and it will support its country’s troops wherever they are.

So people please use your heads, and do some research and Googling, before you go on believing everything you hear!! Jeez!!!!

I am a Starbucks fan boy and for me if some one decides to believe the rumors and stop enjoying the best coffee ever, I will not.
And I will still eat Snickers and Enjoy my colroful M&Ms, and not share my 2 Twix bars!!

Stupid people should be eradicated from Earth!!

sources: my brain and (wikipedia) (bbc news) (moeys)




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