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On behalf of Tom and myself, we’d like to wish all our readers a blessed and happy Eid Al Fitr and hope that everyone enjoys this occasion with their families and loved ones :D

The video below is a lovely advertisement brought to you by Zain, a telecom operator in Saudi Arabia and some Gulf countries, and this has become a sort of tradition for them to come out with a song/ ad for every Eid, mostly targeted to children, but enjoyed by adults too. For those of you who don’t speak Arabic, the tune is about how giving only enhances the spirit of the festivities.

Enjoy! :D


Beirut's Central District (or DT)

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what makes a place a home. Is it having an actual house where you can keep all your things and return to at night? Is it the place where you loved ones live? Is it where in every corner, there’s a fragment of a childhood memory hidden? Is it the place you have a love-hate relationship with? Or better yet, is the place where your ID says you belong to? If the answer is yes to all of these questions, then in my case, I have two homes. Beirut, a city I can never be away from for long, and Jeddah, a city that has always been kind to me, even if I have not felt the same way about it.

To look at it from one perspective, the two cities could not be any more different. Beirut is vibrant, loud, and fast-paced. Beirut is a historical city that is eager to shed this image in favor of evoking comparisons with the greatest cities of the world. Beirut, the charismatic city, is losing its charm, while it’s citizens look on.

Jeddah is not. Jeddah moves at it’s own pace, not caring how anyone views it, never-changing unless it is out of necessity. Jeddah is intriguing. It’s many secrets are well-concealed beneath a dark veil, that even someone who has spent the majority of his live in the city is unable to completely grasp them. (more…)


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That's where I am right now

Hello Everyone! :D

This is just a really quick post to update you readers on my whereabouts.

As you probably noticed, Tom has been taking care of TnT while I was busy finishing up my summer courses, packing, and getting safely to my other house in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

That’s where I am now and will be for the next month. But don’t worry, I will be blogging more often (whether you like it or not :P) about all things random, music, and probably some TV shows that I will be watching in this “break.”

I had a great flight aboard Middle Eastern Airlines (MEA), even though the plane was small and my claustrophobic tendencies started to kick in. The service was absolutely great- I really had no idea flight attendants could be so nice based on my previous experiences. The movie selection was very limited and the screen that happened to be in front of me was blurry so I switched on my iPod and listened to my regular playlist. But otherwise, it as a smooth flight.

Of course, in true Lebanese fashion, the minute we were on Saudi ground, almost everyone turned on their cellphones and Blackberrys, and hence the *dings* started. Let’s just say it’s a miracle the passenger that was sitting in front of me is still alive.

Then it was time to get through passport-control and baggage claim. We had to wait for around 30 minutes for the baggage to arrive, then wait for it be scanned. I was sort of worried because I was “smuggling” in two magazines that contained beer and girl ads which are a no-no here. Its safe to say that they’re still hidden somewhere in my laptop bag.

And after half an hour in the taxi, I finally got home and the night has just begun!

Thank you for everyone for helping us achieve a record of 2000 (yes, two thousand) views in just one month.

Please keep checking back because we plan on upgrading our content and topics as our readership grows.

Best Wishes,

Tal

PS: The internet connection speed is amazing! Ha ha!

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(For our dear friend Moudz, who was a major force in helping us start. Here you go buddy :) )

From Moudz:

I am very excited to announce that Mind Soup was nominated for Bloggers Choice Awards ’10.

Mind Soup has been nominated for three categories: Best Blog Of All Time, Best Blog About Stuff, and Best Pop Culture Blog.

For the first category, we need around 450 votes to be in the lead, while we need 300 for the second and 100 for the third.

We would really appreciate your votes, so help us out if you can :)

Note: Link to post is here:

http://moudz.blogspot.com/2010/07/vote-for-mind-soup-for-bloggers-choice.html



I’ve been trying to write this post since TnT started out but it has been incredibly difficult.

Third time's a charm

After all, how do you sum up your entire childhood and the closure to it in 500 words?
You see, even though I’ve seen Toy Story 3 around three weeks ago, the movie has had an impact on me and others of my generation like no other. I even walked out of the theater with tears in my eyes, forgetting my actual age for a moment, and allowing myself to be swept back to the time when I actually thought my toys (especially my beloved Minnie) would come to life when I left the house.
The movie in its actuality follows a fairly simple and routine-like plot-line for the trilogy and that is the toys venturing out on an adventure, only to go a bit too far, and have to find their way back home.
But this time around, the movie reflects the inevitable: growing-up, something the older fans (like me) can obviously relate to. Andy is now the one to step out of home bounds as he is going to college, like many of us. The toys are not. And in the midst of the confusion, they end up being donated to the local Day Care Center. That’s where all of the action, the comedy, the heartfelt moments come into play taking you on an hour and a half long ride that you just don’t want to come to an end.
But I’m not here to tell you the story. A lot of websites will do that for you, and even better, I recommend skipping the latest Twilight “movie” to see Toy Story 3 because nothing can compare to you seeing it.
I’m here to write just about how much we underestimate movies like this one. We are always looking for the bigger, the most expensive, and the most high-tech but they more often than one seem to disappoint us in terms of content (Ahem Avatar). But pieces like Toy Story 3 don’t come around everyday. In fact, not since the first and second movies had there been anything like it, and many thought it could not duplicate the success of its predecessors. But it has, and it has charmed everyone.
Especially the ones who watched with wide eyes as Buzz came into Andy’s room for the first time, believing he was an actual space ranger. Or memorized To infinity and beyond, a line that has become more than just a cartoonish catchphrase. Or when Woody and Buzz finally agreed to be friend, promoting You’ve Got A Friend In Me to blast out of the speakers. Or when Woody met Jessy, his female counterpart that you just couldn’t but love.

You've Got A Friend In Me


But that was almost ten years ago. And we’ve all grown up since then. We’ve moved on to more responsibilities, abandoning the days of childhood play and make-believe. The days of watching Toy Story and Toy Story 2 were placed behind us, unless there was nothing else on tv and Disney Channel happened to be airing it once again.
And then the news came out that a third movie would finally come out and we all rushed to the cinemas, clutching our stuffed Woodys and Buzzs, and our hearts and fondest memories, jumping over the long line of children who had not been as fortunate as us to grow up with the series.
We were allowed to go back to those glorious days, even if it were for two hours, but it was something substantial. Otherwise, the last 15 minutes of the movie would not have had us all on the verge of, or in, tears, thinking about the old days and how far we’ve come along.
Sadly, this is the final one and all we have now are just fond recollections of the three films and every emotion we have felt throughout this almost 15 year long journey. And of course, we’ll always remember that our dreams extend to infinity and beyond
PS: In case you’ve missed it, I’ve posted the delightful trailer to the film right here for your viewing enjoyment :)

The Very First One

Posted: 09/07/2010 by TK in Mindless Thoughts

It’s close to midnight and it’s the end of an exhaustive week.
An exhaustive but productive week and certainly a week of exciting events.
It just puts everything into perspective.
Tom and I decided to start a joint blog at around 7 am, just as I was gulping down Nescafe, and thinking of how the day was going to go along.
It’s been a nerve-wrecking month or so.
But things have come full-circle now.
All in the course of one week.
Sometimes you don’t understand why something is happening to you.
Sometimes you have to think about something twice before it begins to make sense.
Being in a bus for long, long hours is my way of exhausting a thought, tearing it apart into tiny, unseen fragments and just thinking things through.
But things make so much more sense to me right now.
What this blog is going to do, I have no idea.
For now,
I’m just going to write.
And wonder why I’m doing so at 11:51 pm, on the verge of falling asleep.
But then again,
This is my first post on TnT