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Where is the spark?

On 03-02-16 got featured as a ‘local talent’ on a local radio station @QFradio2. I was asked to come and had time to read a couple of my poems with the listeners of the QFDRIVESHOW . As I was quickly going through the poems to find something worthy of being read on air, I began having certain thoughts on what emotions were the ones that I used to feel and those that prompted me to write poetry. It was a natural flow because of a spark of imagination.

Where is my spark now?

Is it because that I am much older to when I used to write poetry? Is this a natural process that as when you grow up, you tend to lose the thought process since you are bogged down by more responsibilities and have to have more practical thoughts to sustain daily life than creative ones..

I am not happy that I can’t write poetry anymore and I do want to restart…….maybe I shall soon.



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Premium Al Rabeeh Clinic

I’ve been lazy last year and did not visit a dentist and failed miserably at keeping up with the recommended bi-annual dentist visit. So at the beginning of the year, I got on to my feet and went for a dental check up to the clinic named above since it is near to where I live. Now, the clinic name specifies the word premium although I fail to understand the ‘premium’ element in it. Maybe, it’s much better compared to their regular clinics but when compared to some other local clinics, it fails to live up to the name.
There is no water dispenser in the male waiting area although there is a toilet. The urinals are shaped very weirdly, designed to ensure spilling quite a bit on the floor or you will risk splashing yourself with your own urine. Yep sir, choose your lesser evil.
Now, why I’ve mentioned the water dispenser is because during the evening time, the appointment system becomes void. I’ve had two instances both with prior appointments, first time I had to wait a total of about 45 minutes, the second time, I was late (I admit) but had to wait for over an hour to see the dentist.  I am guessing someone sitting in the
waiting area for this long would want water by now.
I managed to ask the dentist when I saw him eventually, on what the solution is to this waiting time to which he’s recommended coming on non-busy times, I followed his advice for my appointment yesterday and I saw him straight through.

Have you faced the same issue with other clinics in Doha? ( not the toilet or water dispensers but having a massive waiting time despite having an appointment)

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The Kid with a bike

I participated in a competition to win a pair of tickets run by @qfradio on tueday. The tickets were for the Wednesday night screening of The Kid with a Bike and guess what? I did win! I couldn’t get any of my friends to come and see the movie with me so I decided to give one of the tickets away. After asking about 5 people finally managed one to find someone who hadn’t bought the tickets already and wanted to see the movie. No exchange of cash was involved in this transfer J. What was good to see was that the guy was extremely happy. It made my day…umm.. no actually, it ended my day well because it was already night when I handed over the tickets.

About the movie:
I felt the theme of the movie #KWAB is about coming to terms. This includes kid realizing the truth about his father. How the foster mother sees her relationship with the kid. The kids’ realizing that he has done wrong with the crime he commits and is devoid of any revenge when he himself becomes a victim of revenge.
Thanks to @dohafilm for bringing this movie down to viewers in Doha. If you haven’t watched the movie yet, I would recommend you to go ahead and see it. Tickets and showtimes are available on

P.S: Kids with their stubbornness sure are annoying.

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The Ketchup Song in the toilet

You know what confuses me the most? Rest rooms! and in particular their wash basins. Sometimes the faucet is automated, sometimes the liquid soap dispenser is and at other times nothing except the paper towel dispenses automatically. As a result, as soon as I enter the washroom, in order to check whether automated dispensers exist, I begin to perform the steps to the ketchup song.


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Eid Mub rayak?

Ramadan is over and so is the commercial aspect of quenching peoples wallet in the name of religion.
It’s simple, being in an Islamic country. Over the entire period in Ramadan, Sohour and Iftar buffets are regular offering in all types of food joints. The only Islamic thing in them are the names of the meals.
If it isn’t for corporate events, most people who attend these are people who are not even fasting. Instead of eating normal quantities, people tend to over eat (weight gain is very common in Ramadan due to this).
Most of the Sohours also are a showcase competition on how much skin can be exposed and limits pushed.
So what if the pubs can’t be frequented during Ramadan, we will ensure that the Ramadan tents will have the same atmosphere by our tobacco consumption through cigarettes and sheesha. Is there a direct relation with enclosed specialized gathering set-ups and sheesha?


First Day Ramadan

Saw two interesting things on the first day.
Some Koreans in a car with sun shades, newspapers and bags around them as to not to let anyone see them eating.
Second one involves a person while in rukoo, his agaal fell and dangled because of getting entangled with his ghatra you know what it reminded me of ?

A tire-swing

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