Do We Really Understand Pop Culture? | An Analysis of How it Influences Our Lives

Have you ever stopped and think about why you are wearing the clothes you are wearing right now with your friends? Or why you download music that you thought was cool after hearing it in the radio the other day? Or maybe why you learnt to play football or dance salsa even though they both aren’t even from your country? The reason is quite simple: it has become part of popular culture. You would only know about a lot of things it because it is popular, but again, what is it? Read more to find out! Continue reading “Do We Really Understand Pop Culture? | An Analysis of How it Influences Our Lives”

Tomorrow’s Travel to Tulip Country

A canal in Amsterdam. Courtesy of Google Images.

I’m ashamed that I couldn’t think of a better title; cheesy alliteration is cheesy. It’s already half past ten and I’m already supposed to be in bed so I could wake up early tomorrow for my flight. I’m a little low on creative juice right now so please bear with me.

So I told you all last March that I will be spending my Easter/Spring holidays in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. I am actually really super excited about this, not only because I get to go to a new country to add to the list of countries I have visited, but also due to our trip’s itenerary. Only a few days ago, I found out that not only we are going to go to Amsterdam as a family, but also we are visiting Brussels in Belgium for a day tour! Wonders will never cease – I’ll be adding two countries to my list now!

The our general itenerary is like this:

Tomorrow – Flight from Cairo to Amsterdam-Schipol, arrive, check in hotel, do some sightseeing in the evening

Friday – Visiting the Rijksmuseum, Friday prayers in a Dutch-Turkish mosque and taking a cruise in the canals

Saturday – A guided day tour of Keukenhof, a place where lots of tulips are grown in the Dutch countryside

Sunday – A guided tour of Brussels from Amsterdam, including a 3 hour bus trip, visiting the Grand-Place and other Belgian landmarks, return to Amsterdam on the same day

Monday – Flight back home to Cairo

Mind you, I don’t exactly know the details in terms of schedules. I trust that my parents know what and where we should be going, because it was really their idea to visit Amsterdam in the first place. I kept suggesting to go to St. Petersburg, Budapest or Vienna but my mother really wanted to see tulip flowers in full bloom in spring. Turkey is another tulip country, it was the country that originally passed on the flowers to the Dutch anyway, but having visited the country twice already, my parents would like something else for a change.

I have all my stuff ready and packed for tomorrow. I printed a sheet of Dutch phrases ready just in case, even though many Dutch people can speak English. Maybe I should print a French phrasebook too, because I haven’t polished up my French in a very long time. Hopefully, I will write up a great big article or two about this vacay with lots of pictures just like Antalya for y’all to enjoy. I won’t be able to take my laptop with me. Although I’m a little hazy about our activity schedule, I know it will include a whole lot of sightseeing and walking about so I have no time for blog updates there. I will, of course, remain available via social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram providing that the hotel has a free and reliable WiFi connection.

I believe that this whole trip will be a blast, just like the trips I had before or maybe even better! I pray for a safe flight tomorrow. See you after five days!

All About That Pace! – Parody of All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor (Lyrics and Full Version)

Watch the promotional video with the abridged version of the song on my YouTube channel:

Official video description:

Two weeks ago I travelled to Cyprus for a week-long event known as Challenges Week. My friends and I went along to complete our Duke of Edinburgh International Award by going on a hiking expedition there. All in all, it was an experience I will never forget because so much drama happened and we learnt so much about each other!

During our 3 day hike, I decided to sing songs to pass time and forget about the pain and exhaustion we were going through. For some reason, the song “All About That Bass” came up in my head and stuck, so I decided to make a parody of it based on the whole camping and hiking experience. The lyrics of “All About That Pace” are truly based upon what we all had gone through in the trip. We did actually get lost on our first day and thought it was like hell on Earth, but the Gold Team had an even worse time by getting lost more often than our Silver Group!

This video was premiered on the Challenges Week Assembly at school on 17th of March 2014. It is a compilation of many of the photos taken during the course of the trip. Credits are mentioned in the video.

The full version of the song will be uploaded soon here in my channel. Please give a like, comment and subscribe to my channel for more fun content!

The song “All About That Bass” is owned by Meghan Trainor and her team of producers. In no way am I claiming any of the music material as mine except for my parody lyrics and voice. Please do not report or make claims of copyright infringement as there are many covers and parodies of this song on YouTube.

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Cyprus: An Island of Unforgettable Accomplishments!

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The awesome guys from the my Silver Team. From far left: Danny, Me, Misbah, Stewart, Aasir, Matteo and Holly. Photo credits go to Mr. Upton.
The awesome guys from the my Silver Team. From far left: Danny, Me, Misbah, Stewart, Aasir, Matteo and Holly. Photo credits go to Mr. Upton.

Yesterday and the two days before yesterday I posted about my little escapade to Antalya, Turkey. I must be the luckiest globe-trotting expatriate in the world that month. Within less than a week after returning from that holiday, I travelled to Cyprus for a week-long expedition trip organised by my school! Luckily for me, I had already written about some my experiences for my school’s newsletter, so why re-invent the wheel right? Here is what we all did back then: Continue reading “Cyprus: An Island of Unforgettable Accomplishments!”