Archive for the 'Family stuff' Category

Taj Mall opens: the (still dusty) crown of Jordan’s shopping?

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

   The opening of a major mall in Jordan in this post-financial-crisis era is certainly an event to watch. We live in very different times compared to, say, 2005, when we were awash in Gulf money and grand real estate dreams. Can developers and retailers pull off another mall in a market were people are [...]

Shopkeepers from hell: How Amman takes out the fun from shopping (and what this says about us)

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Shopping in Amman often can be an unhappy experience. In many shopping situations, one has to deal with one of the following traits (or a combination of them): unfriendliness, ignorance, rip-off, lack of empowerment, arrogance and sheer stupidity. Take, for example, the latest shopping incident my wife had to endure. Around a week ago she [...]

Egypt’s Revolution. My Revolution.

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

I’ve been glued to Twitter for the past 16 days. Too many thought racing through my head to think clearly. A total emotional roller-coaster. My generation’s first revolution! All that I can think of right now is that everything in this region, in our lives, need to be rethought. I am part of the 1989 [...]

Amman memories: a teenager and a bookstore

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

I’ve been noticing that as I grow older, I’ve been generally thinking more about the people, places and events that made me who I am today. Maybe its the nostalgia that comes with age, although I do not consider myself nostalgic at all. I am also aware that looking at these things in retrospect might [...]

Arabic children books (again): force feeding your kids trash

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Back to one of my favorite things to rant about. Arabic children books. I’ve been helping out a little with teaching my 2nd grade kid with Arabic reading. Now don’t get me started about the official curriculum for Jordanian second graders. But I will say this much: the design is horrible. And I’ve been comparing [...]

Jordan’s Universities: watching as we destroy our future

Monday, October 4th, 2010

I am the product of the Jordanian educational system in the late 1970s, 80′s and early 1990s. Not everything I learned came from the schools I attended, of course. There is family, friends, private reading and travel. But I can still can confidently say that I got an adequate education, with moments of great education. [...]

Agave blooms after 18 years in Jordanian village

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

In 1992, my mother planted a little Agave Americana in my parent’s farm in the Jordanian village Aluk, 25 km north of Amman. Over the years, this agave grew and grew to a degree where my parents started thinking of removing it. Agaves have very sharp spikes that can give you nasty pain and can [...]