Daily Poetry Assignment: Day 7 – Ballad, Assonance, Neighbourhood

It’s rather surprising how a poet or writer can have short, creative bursts where you suddenly find words flowing out onto the computer keyboard like a waterfall, yet can suffer from writer’s block days later. That’s exactly how I feel right now: I spontaneously was able to create a sing-song ballad-ish poem about a Cairo neighbourhood which I don’t actually live in. For those who don’t know, I live in Cairo, but in a rather posh upper-class section of the city called The Fifth Settlement. Here are where many of the expatriates live along with middle to upper class Egyptians, all of whom want to escape the hustle and bustle of Cairo’s inner city neighbourhoods. I’ve been there and it is absolutely chaotic; traffic’s all haywire, lots of people shouting for some reason and the unfortunate state of the littered streets. However, although this poem applies generally to the inner city neighbourhoods, I find the positives out of that and imagine how it would be like to live as one with the locals. Continue reading “Daily Poetry Assignment: Day 7 – Ballad, Assonance, Neighbourhood”

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015…

2014 – A Year of Change

Looking back at all the events this year that have happened, I realised that have gone through so much. There are always recurring periods of happiness, sadness, excitement, boredom, pain and healing. For me this year was marked with moving to a new country, graduating, entering a new school, saying goodbye to old friends and saying hello to old friends.
I don’t remember all of the events in my life very well. Too many things come and go, so it becomes difficult to keep track of cherished memories. Thankfully though, I am a regular Facebook user and from there I can go through and mark the milestones in my life.

Life events are represented with black-coloured text while blog-related events in dark green.
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Top 6 Favourite Filling Cheap Eats From Around the World

Having travelled to different places around the world, I was able to experience various exotic cuisines and dishes. I enjoy trying out foreign foods, and I enjoy it even more knowing that what I order would not cost me an arm and a leg. In fact, in a lot of places I visit, I would try to find the thriftiest options to satisfy my hunger. Not only you get to save money, but I also get to mingle with the locals, use some of the language I picked up and savour authentic local cuisine.
Here is a list of my top six remarkable foods that would leave a lasting memory of your travels in the country, without busting your budgets!

The Pre-University Life in NCBIS – Part I

Sleepless nights and hot coffee – the staples of a pre-uni student

Right then, let’s get back to business!

It’s been a little more than a week since my last post, and I pledge myself to not let a week pass without having posted anything, no matter how short or long the post may be. I look at my blog with utmost self-pity seeing the gap of time between the Language and Culture Analysis and the ‘apology’ post because not having posted anything defeated the purpose of that post itself, but whatever, I’m just rambling on for no good reason now…
This one will be a short post; a little snippet of how my life is going in my new chapter in life – pre-university. Some might call it ‘college’ but technically in my case I am not studying in a college or uni yet, so I’m going to stick with ‘Pre-U’ or ‘IB’. What’s IB, you may ask? All will be explained below ~

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My Language and Culture – An Analysis

Hello Internet. I know I have been absent for quite a while, so I want to make it up by posting this really in-depth piece of writing about – you guessed it – languages. I know I seem overly obsessed with this, but I suppose it’s part of who I am. 😛 Anyway I wrote this as part of an IB English assignment so I try to explain as much as I could to answer the given question. Without further ado, here we go:

Question: How does your language reflect your culture?

“Referring to your language bank, interviews, notes and knowledge gained thus far through studying language in a cultural context, write a 500+ essay explaining how your language (in all its forms) reflects your own personal culture (which may be a mixture of many different cultures).”

My language is an inseparable part of who I am. It is a complex reflection of all the different cultures and experiences I went through for the past sixteen years.” (Courtesy of wordle.net)

My language is an inseparable part of who I am. It is a complex reflection of all the different cultures and experiences I went through for the past sixteen years.. To better understand how my language works, I need to first give a brief description of which cultures I identify with and where I have been. I usually identify myself as a Muslim, Malay and Malaysian teenage expatriate living in Egypt but I feel like I can identify with so many more cultures. I have lived in Malaysia for the first eight years of my life (in different regions), moved to Oman and resided there for six years, returned to Malaysia to live near the capital city in an international boarding school for almost three years. I believe with so much interaction between people from different countries, backgrounds and communities, that listing all the cultures I associate with is near-impossible.
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