Sunday, June 29, 2008

Wanted!! is wanted to be seen..

heres is another great looking movie to see.. action!

The Fun Oldies are back!!! here comes THE MUMMY!!!

so I guess this year the fans of the some of the oldies classic series get summer fun new series films.. after we thought that was it those were the last that we will see those characters playing those films.. well we got our wishes.. so Indiana Jones.. the Mummy.. and even Star Wars..

Friday, June 20, 2008

Fun Lilliy Weekend Woman Delight

Fun Lilliy:
Cooks " Pasta Salad à la Norma "
Every one knows that I am a big Rachel Ray fan and like her recipes because they are quick and " figure friendly " as she says and since the weather is hot.. I like salads and pasta salads in particular so this is what I am headed out to buy the ingredients for to try for dinner tonight!

1 pound penne rigate pasta
1 medium eggplant (1 1/2 pounds), cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick slices (I leave on half the skin — I like the color and texture it gives the dish)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus more for brushing
8 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced or torn
2 cloves garlic, grated
1/2 pound ricotta salata cheese, crumbled
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain, then rinse under cold water.
While the pasta is working, heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high. Brush the eggplant with EVOO, season with salt and pepper and grill until tender, 6-8 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes, then cut into small cubes and place in a large bowl.
Add the tomatoes, basil and garlic to the eggplant. Pour in the 1/4 cup EVOO and season with salt and pepper. Add the pasta and cheese and toss to combine.

If you tried tell me how it turned out for you.. Ill give my feed back after tonight..

Places to see before I Die Selection of the Week
Victoria Falls in Zambia

there is also this Video The Victoria Falls from the air
From Times Online
June 4, 2008
The Victoria Falls from the air
Arion McNicoll heads to Zambia to see Africa's largest waterfall up close and from a helicopter

Makes you want to be there right now..

Artist of the Week and every week :) Gustav Klimt xhibition at Tate Liverpool

Picture of the Week:
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Fun Lilliy Women-Issue News Selection " Female assesses masters thesis of male "

Female assesses masters thesis of male
Saudi Gazette Friday, 20 June 2008 Riyadh - For the first time in the history of higher education in Saudi Arabia, a female is taking part in an evaluation of a scientific thesis submitted by a male researcher.
It was the norm at Saudi universities to exclude female academics from discussions involving male students.
However, the English Department of the College of Languages at King Saud University has made this habit a thing of the past, which may usher in a new era. The step was described by academics as “historic,” giving the credit for this development to Dr. Saad Al-Baze’i and Dr. Odah Al-Jahni, both of whom have long been advocates of involving women in scientific debates.
Researcher Ibrahim Azizi earned Wednesday a Master’s degree with a rating of excellent with honors for his study on US-Arab Literature.
Dr. Marsha Qatareya, who took part in the discussion of the thesis together with Dr. Al-Jahni, said, “I am proud to be among the first to break the barrier in the area of discussion of thesis at Saudi universities and I hope this will allow for more events like this in the future.”
Qatareya said she had her reservations for taking part in such a landmark event however with the support from from Dr. Odah Al-Jahni, the department head, and Professor Saad Al-Baze’i gave her the needed push. – Al-Hayat

What can I say.. I guess I have to say " yay ".. I have to keep telling myself "baby steps baby steps"...

This is another article'
Summer camp aims to help young women plan for future
Walaa Hawari | Arab News

RIYADH: With the aim of generating a sense of social responsibility among young Saudi adults, the Summer of Luthan camp for girls has been established at Luthan, the first women-only hotel in Riyadh.

The three-week camp, which begins on July 5, is a new concept in summer camps. Among its many programs include visits to workplaces where women are taking the lead. It will also present workshops to enhance the girls’ knowledge of many aspects of life and to build their self-esteem and confidence.......

I hope that all these efforts are encouragement to do more and more..

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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Fun Lilliy Selection: Thu Night at Home Movie Cinema " BEOWULF "

I had a habit when I was in Canada it was that every weekend unless I was on call I have to see a Movie at the Cinema (or on a DVD if there really wasnt anything to see in the cinema, I had a service for a monthly fee, they send you the DVDs to your mail box and you send it back to them by mail called ) it was nice when I went with my friends or loved one, but it was even nicer when I went alone.. I like going to the movies alone.. no disturbances.. no talking.. no commenting .. just me and the Movie with my Twizzlers Nibs Candy and a large coke no ice.. to me a movie is the best entertainment.. and it was always something to look forward to on the weekend since I was a teenager.. we had a ritual my sisters and I.. every Wed. ( that's when the weekend starts in Jeddah) with the help of our mother we make a big plate of fries and Balilah ( chick peas with cucumber and cumin vinegar its a Higgazy Jeddawi snack) and sit and watch a video movie even if its something we saw before.. it was always a lot of fun.. so now that I am back we restarted our tradition but now with the extended family members who luckily have the same passion we get together on Thu night usually for pizza or take out and watch a movie.. this week I bought the Movie here in Jeddah for the first time from Jarrir bookstore.. I actually bought three, one for the next 2 weeks as well.. so we saw "BEOWULF" it was really captivating and very entertaining.. we all enjoyed it.. so I highly recommend..
Check out The Official Movie Web Site they have entertaing features with podcasts and games.. worth visiting..
the other two movies I bought are:
National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets
Elizabeth The Golden Age

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Sunday, June 1, 2008

This article in Arab News gives me minute hope.. I just hope it wont be crushed again..

I have read before about the meeting that was held in
the Khadija Bint Khuwailed Center for Businesswomen hosted a lecture by Al-Jawhara Al-Angari, vice chairman of the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR), on the legal, social, political and civil rights of women in Islam.

I was disappointed that I didn't know about it or I would have attended.. but I read before there was a good number of women that attended.. we need more like these kind of lectures.. because women need to understand what their rights really are not just what they have been wanted to only know.. I don't take this as just an article.. it is a call to women...

Plight of Women Gets Deserved Attention
Samar Fatany,

Recent national initiatives increased public awareness among women and addressed misconceptions that lead to regulatory discrimination against Saudi women. The media is also keeping pressure on by exposing violations and outmoded attitudes about women. There is a genuine effort by all to keep the public informed about social concerns and government directives that are influencing change and reinforcing reforms.

The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) should be commended for its vigorous campaign to raise the level of awareness among women about their legal rights. The chamber’s Center for Law and Arbitration launched an initiative to spur research on divorce and custody laws. The initiative included research on three major categories, divorce under Shariah, the rights of divorcees in Islam and the custody rights of children in Islam.

To encourage researchers to participate, a cash award will be offered to the best, and the best nine studies will be printed in a book that will be distributed to the public free of charge. It is hoped that such studies will help bring about solutions for many unresolved divorce and custody cases and address the suffering of many women and children who are victims of injustice or misinterpretation of the Shariah law.

Meanwhile, the Khadija Bint Khuwailed Center for Businesswomen hosted a lecture by Al-Jawhara Al-Angari, vice chairman of the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR), on the legal, social, political and civil rights of women in Islam. Al-Angari addressed unimplemented laws and regulations that favor women and criticized the deficiencies in other regulations. The human rights advocate recommended that a civil family code be distributed with every identity card issued to a woman in order to inform her of her rights.

She then addressed the issue of business representatives imposed on women conducting business in the Kingdom. She said women should take advantage of the legal assistance provided by the Khadija Bint Khuwailed Center. The center, she said, could assist by drawing up specified powers of attorney that do not give absolute power to such representatives.

Al-Angari also urged women to be more active in promoting change. In her lecture, she noted that ignorance about their legal rights and under-appreciation by society are the reasons for the current plight of Saudi women.

The chamber publicized the event well and ensured that many women attended. Transportation was provided from every charity organization in Jeddah. Flyers were posted at colleges and universities along with SMS message and e-mail campaigns. As a result, 600 enthusiastic women showed up and used the opportunity to discuss issues that affect their lives. The lecture was an eye-opener for many women who had lost hope in government or society providing any protection or support.

The center presented Maha Fitaihi, wife of Jeddah’s mayor, lecturing on “Women in Islam.” She stressed the importance of recognizing women as a source of strength and pride, and she said that we should concentrate on building the character of our young girls and women to allow them to serve their country and religion. It is important, she said, to define the true Muslim identity of the Saudi woman so that she can take her rightful place in the international community and contribute toward global prosperity. Women left the hall inspired with a sense of pride in their identity and history.

Meanwhile, in Riyadh a group of Saudi legal and medical experts appealed to scholars at the Board of Senior Ulema and the Ministry of Justice to enact a law that bans child marriage. They highlighted many negative reports about this rural phenomenon and related many instances of abuse against child wives, in which judges citing Shariah law ruled against the victims. The experts urged the launch of an intensive awareness campaign to highlight the destructive effects of this practice. They called for an end to child marriage and stressed that those who indulge in this practice should face criminal penalties.

Arab News recently reported about women being locked up in their homes with their children when their husbands go to work. This practice is always discouraged by the police and Civil Defense officials as most Saudi homes lack fire-escape routes and almost all have iron security bars. Civil Defense officials continuously point out the dangers of such practices and urge against locking any family member or servant in the house. Police remain helpless because they cannot intervene without an official complaint. “If the wife consents willingly the law cannot interfere,” one official said. This is another example of how lack of awareness among women leads them to stay passive and accept such dangerous and demeaning situations — not only for themselves but for their children as well.

These efforts to raise awareness and the extensive campaign to enlighten women about their rights must continue in order to provide every woman with an opportunity to live in dignity. Many women remain resistant to change out of fear of the unknown or distorted views of their culture and faith. It is the duty of every sociologist, government official or employee and every educated citizen, man or woman, to improve the welfare of our sisters, mothers and daughters. We have a responsibility to help our society evolve and recognize the need to support women who may be isolated and unaware of a better way to live. Moreover, our educated and progressive women should accept a greater responsibility to lead by example to remove the suspicions of those who are against modernization and progress. We all — men and women — need to work together to devise laws and regulations that maintain respect and protect women both at home and in the workplace.

— Samar Fatany is a Saudi radio journalist based in Jeddah.

The British Council in Jeddah "International Young Visual Arts Entrepreneur Award"

Just recived this e-mail any one who is intrested I can e-mail you the applications:
The British Council is launching its International Young Visual Arts Entrepreneur Award - IYVAE

They are looking for young Saudi artists who already run businesses in the visual arts sector. Candidates should be 25 – 35 years old, and with entrepreneurial skills and background.

Kindly find attached the application form and more information on the award programme.

The deadline for receiving applications is 16 July 2008