August 2013 Posts

An eye opening video about life with smartphones

Can you imagine your life without your smart phone? Well, if you try, you’ll suffer a lot; not because you abandon a device that connects you to the world in many different ways, but because you’ll see how much the folks around you rely on it in every single aspect of their lives. Would you like to see how the world is going with people and their smart phones? Just watch the video above and see.

Random Photo(s) 3 – Souk Al Bahar

Random Photo(s) 3 – Souk Al Bahar

Dubai Mall, which is taken as the world’s largest shopping mall based on total area. Wikipedia states that “over 12 million sq ft (equivalent in size to more than 50 football pitches), the Dubai Mall has a total internal floor area of 5.9 million square feet (55 ha) and leasable space of 3.77 million square feet (35 ha). It also has a 250-room luxury hotel, 22 cinema screens plus 120 restaurants and cafes. The Mall has over 14,000 parking spaces across 3 car parks, with valet services and a car locator ticketing system.” 

Random Photo(s) 2 – Al Fateh Grand Mosque

Al-Fateh Islamic Center & Al Fateh Grand Mosque is is one of the largest mosques in the world, encompassing 6,500 square meters and having the capacity to accommodate over 7,000 worshippers at a time. Besides being a place of worship, the mosque is one of the premier tourist attractions in Bahrain. It is open from 9am to 5pm and tours are conducted in a variety of languages including English, French, Filipino, and Russian. The mosque is closed to visitors and tourists on all Fridays and other holidays. Text Source: Wikipedia.

 

I took this photo in Jan, 2012. the full res for your desktop if you like is here and here.

 

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Random Photo(s) 1 – Dammam Seafront

Random Photo(s) 1 – Dammam Seafront

Dammam Seafront is known as a recreational destination for the people at the weekend. There are a couple of restaurants there with very good seafood. best time to visit is between November and March or April when the weather is at its best; remember, this is the Arabian peninsula, not Europe!

I know, I know. This photo was taken with a fisheye lens with the extraordinary perspective. for more info about the lens I used, check  Sony NEX VCL-ECF1 fisheye converter 0.62x.

For a full res photo, click here.

 

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Grandma’s wrinkled hands

I kiss Grandma's wrinkled hands

My little head

Becomes a hundred years old.

Ali Darweesh
Alone on the grass I lie

The clouds outdistance me

The birds fly faster away

Alone on the grass I lie

Ali Darweesh
Aleppo, Home Sweet Hope!

Aleppo, Home Sweet Hope!

I have always had that feeling of affinity with my home city; Aleppo. I started to realise how much history this city had when I read about it and went to visit the places I had read about. The layers of history Aleppo has makes it a mixture of present, past and past of the past. Things have changes recently because of the war and the destruction of a big part of the old city.

Why read a book

There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.

Bertrand Russell

Tree of Life

Trees have played and still a crucial part in our lives. I still remember how often I was asked to write essays about tress when I was at school, probably up to the tenth grade. Luckily enough, I managed to find the English version of a poem that I used in one of the essays that I had read in an Arabic Magazine;

This Planet is What?

My own view is that this planet is used as a penal colony, lunatic asylum and dumping ground by a superior civilisation, to get rid of the undesirable and unfit. I can’t prove it, but you can’t disprove it either.

Christopher Hitchens

Desert Herd

Below are some of the photos of trip to the Arabian Desert. That was September, 2012. It was amazing. the full set of photos are in the photo gallery section.

the robe of the dervish

The robe of the dervish

Holds the Earth tight

Turns it; it goes astray

Ali Darweesh
the pottery maker

Dizziness of ecstasy

Hits the pottery maker.

He becomes a vase.

Ali Darweesh

Petra trip (select photos)

I’ve always dreamt of visiting Petra. The photos I’d seen of in my history books, postcards and, at a later stage, online made me yearn to go there. However, it wasn’t as I’d expected it. The trip was exhausting and breathtaking, metaphorically and literally. Now, there will be a post about the trip in details, but for now here is a selection of them. BTW, my Sony RX1 was awesome there. I never regretted any of the $$$ I spent on it.  Love you, RX1.

A Miscellany of Photos of Aleppo

I’ve chosen some of my favourite photos of Aleppo that I took over my several holidays there. I’ve decided not to include date and place info as the purpose of this gallery is not to document but to publicise art and the beauty of an old city that has endured quite a lot recently.

Bab’Aziz – The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul

But where is this gathering? - I don't know, my little angel. But do the others know? - No, they don't know either. How can you go to a gathering without knowing where it is? - It suffices to walk, just walk. Those who are invited will find the way.

Bab'Aziz - The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul

Isn't it sad to go to your grave without ever wondering why you were born? Who, with such a thought, would not spring from bed, eager to resume discovering the world and rejoicing to be part of it?

Richard Dawkins
a brand new blog

a brand new blog

Hello Chaps! This is my blog with new attire. Just thought I would build it from scratch and make it a place for a bit of everything. There will be articles, news, links, images and others about music, technology, gadgets, apps, photography and gear, literary quotes, poetry and haikus, some philosophy and self-development stuff.