Why Valentine?

We celebrate it every year, I celebrate it twice since it’s also my mother’s birthday. But why what should be everyday is marked on a day and named Valentine? Curious me went out to seek the answer then came back home after he realized that it’s the 21st century. I went to use Google and I found out that Valentine’s day has actually a very moving and beautiful origin.

Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly known as Valentine’s Day, began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. The most popular martyrology associated with Saint Valentine was that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire; during his imprisonment, he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius and Legend states that before his execution he wrote “from your Valentine” as a farewell to her.

Saint Valentine receives a rosary from the Virgin, by David Teniers III (Wikipedia)

Saint Valentine receives a rosary from the Virgin, by David Teniers III (Wikipedia)

Quite moving. I wanted to share this not just because it’s Valentine’s day, but to remind everyone to never lose hope in finding that special someone, it doesn’t have to be a partner, it’s a day of love, so share it with everyone around you. Valentinus did to the very last moment of his life. My valentine’s morning was spent by taking my little 1 year and 8 months old nephew to the barber shop, and as you can see, we look happy…

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See… happy!!

 

Happy valentines day, may this day stretch its limits and shelters you for eternity

~ A. H. Amin

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Felix Vs. Jeepers Creepers

Have you ever had that conversation once like a very long time ago and years later you continued that conversation? Well… that is what had happened today. A conversation started ten years ago in 2003 inside a cinema theater in Emirates, and the conversation was put to an end a couple of hours ago while I was in my car waiting for the traffic light to show my favorite color in the streets.

In 2003, me and my friend went to watch a movie called Jeepers Creepers 2, and for those who don’t know that movie (spoilers alert) it’s about a creature that wakes up every 23 years for 23 days to feed on people, who can also fly and has supernatural powers that will dampen the chances of survival to zero.It was alright for a horror survival movie.

The thing that started the conversation was a scene in the movie, where everything happened so quickly my friend thought that the creature flew so fast he broke the sound barrier which caused the window of the bus to shatter (Which was not the case).

And that’s when the conversation suddenly started:-

‘That’s impossible’ My friend said.

‘What?’

‘What just happened was impossible’ He complained again.

‘What are you talking about?’ I gave the movie a timeout to see what was bothering him.

‘He just broke the sound barrier’

‘So?’

‘No living thing can survive that? It is impossible’ He said while he was still looking at the screen, he of course turned to face me when he sensed my look.

‘Are you serious??’ I simply said ‘A creature that wakes up every 23 years to eat people who flies and that’s what you decided is not real?’

He laughed out loud.

‘I know it is a fantasy but if they want to insert something in our world they should at least keep what’s real’

‘The conversation didn’t continue because the creature didn’t break anything except the roof of the bus, which was the reason why the window shattered.

10 years later, at a traffic light. Yours truly was waiting, my car was the first car in the traffic light. I always get some sense of responsibility when my car is the first car in the traffic light. Anyhow, I was looking at a poster of a Watch commercial. I worked for a while as a watches salesman, so I can recognize a Zenith watch when I see one. And the commercial had a famous icon wearing that timepiece, a man who recently fell from heaven into the earth. The one and only, Felix Baumgartner. I picked my phone and prayed for the traffic light to stay red as long as possible.

My friend answered by saying hello. I didn’t say hi back, I immediately continued what we started ten years ago.

‘Remember the movie Jeepers Creepers 2?’

‘Yeeeees??’

‘Remember that time when you got upset because he broke the sound barrier?’

‘Alright??’

‘Remember Felix?’

There was a momentary silence.

‘The man who broke the sound barrier when he jumped… Why?’

‘Well he’s fine and you were wrong’ He laughed and the traffic light turned green.

The moral of the story is… Enjoy the movie and let the scientists worry about Hollywood’s mistakes.

Before I take a break from blogging I want to leave you with a video I’d like to share. It’s called (People are awesome). It is inspiring and provokes the awe in us. It shows people who are trying to be more than just people. The music is good too… Oh Hey! Felix is in there too!

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This is a message…

Hello, my name is Amin.

I am a 21/12 Apocalypse survivor. If there’s anyone else still out there, anyone at all… Let me know and I will find you… I have food, weapons and the latest music. I can provide a shelter with two extra rooms, a balcony with a great view on the flaming world and bullets for the all you can shoot zombies event we held on every end of an ancient civilization’s calender.

I may be your last hope, don’t hesitate to contact me.

End transmission…………….

 

 

A new award for my blog…

Jim Wright, a fellow author, a blogger and a man who shares the same passion I have for history has nominated me for the Liebster Award, as you can see, we both have many things in common, so why not share the same award dedicated for our blogs? Thank you my friend! I really appreciate your kind gesture.

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– Now, before we roll the red carpet, let’s discuss the rules:

  • When you receive the award, you post 11 random facts about yourself and answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

  • Pass the award onto 11 other blogs (while making sure you notify the blogger that you nominated them!)

  • You write up 11 NEW questions directed towards YOUR nominees.

  • You are not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated your own blog!

  • You paste the award picture into your blog. (You can Google the image, there are plenty of them!)

So as you can see, today you’ll learn 22 things about me, have fun everyone:-

11 random facts about Moi:-

1. I was a real big trouble maker when I was a kid and I placed myself in so many predicaments because of that… which explains why I’m not bad anymore.

2. My favorite color is white because, like me, it is a reflection of all the other colors.

3. One of the things I’m proud of is the fact that I was born before my time and when I was delivered I didn’t cry… that’s how they tell me it happened.

4. When I was a kid they hid the fact that I was originally from Iraq, when I found out at the age of 9, I cried because my image of Iraq is Sadam, but it opened my mind and made me realize we are not passports, we are human.

5. If I want to be honest with myself, I’d say I want to accomplish in my life more than I want to get married. But who knows, maybe someone will bewitch me someday.

6. I have a half brother who, not since the last two years, I only see 3 days a year because our vacations never fit, the closest I have ever felt to him was when he called me from Australia after he read my book. He told me ‘I’m proud that the one who wrote this book is my young brother’. He lives where we live now with his wife and adorable kids.

7. Kids used to bully me when I was a kid myself. I don’t know if it was because I was getting high scores or it was because I used to be in the school music band, but once I looked at an old picture of mine and I though ‘I deserved it’.

8. My favorite pet is a cat, I like all pets, but a cat’s curiosity is a good show to watch.

9. I LOVE video games, the ones with a good story in them. I believe they are right now the best form of story telling because you can interact and decide the outcomes. And the soundtrack is always amazing.

10. I love playing football (sorry Americans for the confusion, I meant soccer) and I really like watching matches.

11. My biggest dream is becoming a director and a screen writer… which hopefully will be my next step once I know how to approach that dream.

 

Questions from Jim L Wright

1. What scares you the most, and why?

Being helpless and unable to do something about it. I fear that because I have experienced it before. I have experienced rough patches but this one really stings.

2. What three possessions do you think you just can’t live without?

A pen, my notebooks and my laptop.

3. When sign makers go on strike, is anything written on their signs?

No strikes, no business.

4. If you could be a character in any book you’ve ever read, who would you be and why?

I would be Santiago from the Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo, everything about that boy reminds me of me, even my own mother said that when she read the book.

5. If someone wrote a book about your life, what would be the title?

No matter who you are, it’s not always who you’ll become.

6. Would you prefer to spend life in prison or be executed? Why?

Prison, I hate not to see my entire life through, even if it wasn’t a good ride, death comes eventually.

7. What got you in the most trouble when you were younger?

Fighting with my brothers, we were always on the fight for power… or more attention, I can never tell.

8. If you could be a religious or spiritual leader, who would it be? Why?

Honestly I have no good answer for that, but there is a great great grandfather who was a leader and a poet who always fought for what’s right, I hope I’ll live up to his name.

9. What or whom do you most miss from your childhood?

Ryo, my first friend ever, he was the Kid from Korea who lived right behind our old house.

10. Grab the book nearest you. What is the first sentence of the third paragraph on page 12?

‘A Russian-made Kilo-class submarine loomed in the water in front of them’ From The Five Greatest Warriors by Matthew Reilly.

11. When did you last write a letter on paper and send it through the postal service?

Three months ago, I wrote a letter for Fran Lewis, an author who agreed to review my book. She and her husband had really enjoyed my book and I can’t wait to share my future works with them.

My nominees are:

1- Yi-Ching Lin

2- Paula Acton

3- Jordan Johnson

4- Adopting James

5- Keli has a Blog

6- Margaret E. Alexander

7- Laurene Alverado

8- Laura Lee Anderson

9- Alice Brooke

10- Ben Rogers

11- Gina Lawless

Questions for my nominees:

1- If they make a movie about you, who would you want to play your character?

2- Have you ever had the same dream or same scenario in a dream? If yes, what’s the dream?

3- What are three things you mostly enjoy doing everyday?

4- If you only have one year to live… what will you do?

5- What will you call your first child, and if you already have one, what will you suggest your grandchild’s name would be?

6- Have you ever had a life changing moment? If yes, care to share that moment?

7- If you got to re-live your life from start, what will you change?

8- You are someone who just discovered a planet, what will you name that planet?

9- Did something unexplainable or impossible have ever happened to you? What was that thing?

10- You just had a middle life crisis… what do you think you’ll be doing then?

11- You walk into a book even and suddenly, you see me… what will you say to me?

The signs

People are sulking around me these days, the news and the speculations with all the protesting that is happening around us is bringing everyone’s spirits down. Some of the people on my facebook friends list post the most ridiculous thoughts and theories and they really appear with no knowledge in politics, real life, religion… you name it. I keep them on my friends list for my entertainment (I know, I’m awful). But the last straw that glided and hit me in the eye while I was reading their posts is how many of them, and even before all the protests have started, think that all these… (( Bad things))… are signs of the apocalypse.

They think that our era is the one that is suffering the most, evil is really now around us. I hate it when people adjust events to make them more than what they are. I’m sure through history those people thought the same way and honestly, they were more entitled to think that way. I’m sure the shock of burning 6 million people because of their faith in the world war was a sign… holocaust should be a sign, right? When a nuclear bomb hit two cities in Japan that could have been interpreted as a very obvious sign that the world will end in the couple of years to come. Now people may see a natural disaster and they will think ‘This is one of the minor signs of the apocalypse’.

I say the moment will happen when it happens, no need to waste our lives and worries over this. When our time comes it won’t be because the last week have rained more than usual. So please live your lives as immortals, and cherish your beloved ones as if tomorrow you’ll die.

And now, I leave you with a little something to smile about.

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Old, new and future brother

I have posted long ago about my brother who went under surgery, Gastric By-Pass to be exact. His overweight did problems to his back, he still uses a crutches to walk. Here’s our progress.

Old brother

 

 

New young brother

 

Future young brother

Hopefully we’ll see Future brother soon and with no crutches.

First of last

Today was my first day in my last term of my senior year… yep, soon I’ll be a writer slash dentist slash Yoga master (Yes… I’m learning Yoga now… I do things like that, learn stuff to say I know them). I found out today that they were saving the best for last… I feel like I need to split my self to be able to accomplish my term’s requirements… Hence the Yoga thing.

They Are asking me to do 40-60 fillings, 4 bridges, 2 posts, 8 root canals, 5 types of dentures, and 40 tooth polishing. All that within 3 and a half month. But wait, that’s not all… we are more than a thousand dentists who are roaming inside what will be known later as an asylum instead of clinics. You think that’s it don’t you… well guess again. I have the worst laboratory in my university, which forces me to seek one outside.

It is as if they really like me a lot that they want me to stay for another year… well sorry to disappoint you all but I don’t plan on sticking around for too long. I may not get straight A’s this term, but I’ll break through, me and my colleagues came a long way to accomplish that.

I’ll try sharing things from my second life in the near future, but now I’ll go and see if I can hit nirvana before I go to sleep.

 

Clinics building… when I look at it I think ‘Where it all begins… is where it shall end’