S as in Saudi – over and out. April 25, 2009Posted by Aella in Al Khobar, Bahrain, Bahrain Daily, Beirut, Blogroll, Culture, Don't - just don't, Dubai, Food, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Karlskrona, Lebanon, Life, Manama, Music, Pakistan, Palestine, Pictures, Qatar, Quotes, Saudi Arabia, Saudi culture, Sweden, Tool, UAE, War, Whack, Work.
So. I have for quite some time been thinking about ending my blogging here at S as in Saudi. I have a lot to say but still nothing interesting to be honest. It has all been said. Been bitchin’, going on my rants, praising, celebrating, crying, whining and shit…
I have recently turned over a new leaf and I can see things quite a bit clearer and more focused when it comes to my life. I must say that, the years that I have been blogging here has been some of the hardest yet most interesting years of my life. I finally feel I can focus even if I don’t know exactly where I am heading. At least I know where I am not looking to head.
It has been an interesting journey where I started blogging to record the changes in my life and attitude and ended up a truly different person in a situation in which I never thought I would be in.
So I guess this is the last post here. I will keep the blog online for now and I will come back and hopefully read old posts and comments with a smile. It has been great getting all these comments from people all over the place. Some of you which I got to know a little more and some who only came once for whatever reason. I want to thank you all for your presence.
I will eventually be blogging elsewhere but it will be about a topic that I am passionate about. Who knows, we might meet again.
love to all of you out there
It has to be said December 30, 2008Posted by Aella in Israel, Pakistan, Palestine, War.
I hate Israel with all my being and all my heart. I hate it’s existence and everything it stands for. It is the most brutal nation on the planet and every person living there that claims to be decent should migrate and seek citizenship in other countries. They don’t have any right over this land and never did. People can argue and argue and argue that they built the country they call Israel but it was nothing theft. It sickens me and breaks my heart again and again to see all these innocent people being murdered by the Israelis. Hamas are no angels no and should be held responsible for their actions but should a mother of five daughters have to bury them all because the Israelis are animals? And the Arab nations 🙂 well ah they called in an emergency meeting I heard…for Friday :). That really sounds like an emergency meeting to me. What’s up guys? You busy planning how to spend your New Years Eve(and don’t give me BS that you don’t celebrate it)?
Lebanese goodwill January 25, 2007Posted by Aella in Beirut, Lebanon, War.
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As Chirac is making jokes about the delayed lunch at the international conference that is held in order to raise money to rebuild Lebanon the Lebanese riots have once again begun. This time it started at the Arab University. Apparantly student trading insults which in the end turned out to fights, rocks being thrown and cars set on fire. Most Lebanese channels have been following the conference but NEW TV has been showing footage from the areas of the fights. Fights that are spreading from area to area. Before lunch Chirac said that a total amount of 7 billion dollars had been raised so far. Pretty nice, but what if they put a bigscreen tv in the hall of the conference and showed all the delegates what is going on in Beirut right now. Would they really want to hand out their money or cancel debts to a country full of people with no will whatsoever to improve things. Don’t think so.
Denmark gave Lebanon 3.5 million dollars which I think is quite big of them. When the Danish consulate was burnt down last year the Lebanese army didn’t really lift a finger to stop people. They did a good job in protecting the rest of Achrafie but that was about all they did that day. We can all have our opinions about Denmark after what happened but I still think it’s quite big of them to even participate in this conference.
And here goes the the Lebanese again January 23, 2007Posted by Aella in Beirut, Israel, Lebanon, War.
Beirut is on fire once again. There is nothing that can justify this kind of action. I am so dissapointed that the Lebanese never ever stop this fucking bickering. Cus that’s all it is. Nasrallah holds mighty speeches, Aoun bitches, Saad moans, Jumblatt twirls back and forth changing sides as it suits him, Geagea cries like a baby, but in the end they don’t make any fucking progress at all. I’m so damn sick of it. As if they needed the Israelis to fuck their country up. I can’t see them ever getting on as LEBANESE. Simply beacause being Christian, Sunni, Druze or Shia is much more important.
What is wrong with you guys? You have the greatest spirits in the Middle East, the most beautiful and hospitable people, the most stunning country, the best food, the greatest capital… but you still bitch. Aren’t there any common grounds upon which you can be united? I am seriously sick of you my beloved Lebanese.
Khobar Towers bombing December 3, 2006Posted by Aella in Al Khobar, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, War.
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If you do a search on Khobar you will most likely end up with the story of the Khobar Towers bombings. Naturally not very good PR for Khobar. Kinda freaks people out if they are looking to move here. At Wikipedia the story goes :
“The Khobar Towers bombing was an attack on part of a housing complex in the city of Khobar, Saudi Arabia, located near the national oil company (Saudi Aramco) headquarters of Dhahran. In 1996 it was being used to house foreign military personnel, including Americans. On June 25, 1996, individuals identified as terrorist members of Hizballah Al-Hijaz (Saudi Hezbollah) by the United States, exploded a fuel truck adjacent to Building #131 in the housing complex. This eight-story building housed United States Air Force personnel from the 4404th Wing, primarily from a deployed rescue squadron and deployed fighter squadron. In all, 19 U.S. servicemen and one Saudi were killed and 372 of many nationalities were wounded.”
You can read more about it on Khobar Towers bombing
The attack on Oasis in 2004 is another terrible tale from this city but we’ll take that in another post mmkkkaaaay.
The Children of Qana July 31, 2006Posted by Aella in Beirut, War.
As I was sleeping in my warm bed,
they were forced out of theirs in little pyjamas,
sleepy eyes and with little warm feet they tumbled to the shelter
As I woke up at night to feed my baby girl,
they cried in the dark, dusty, crowded room,
little hands trying to wipe their last tears
to no use at all
As I woke up from the laughter of my daughter and kissed my sleeping son,
they screamed from the noise of falling bombs,
terrified clinging on to their crying mothers
to no use at all
As I made breakfast, watched the sun kiss the rooftops, listened to the cries of sea gulls
they were dug out from the rubble
still in their little pyjamas
still desperatly clinging on and
still in the embrace of their beloved mothers
all with cold feet
Soppy bi*ch July 28, 2006Posted by Aella in Beirut, Lebanon, Sweden, War.
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Listened to one of my old favourites as a child today and it kinda hit me hard…cus of the situation today..
Anthem from Chess
No man, no madness
Though their sad power may prevail
Can possess, conquer, my country’s heart
They rise to fail
She is eternal
Long before nations’ lines were drawn
When no flags flew, when no armies stood
My land was born
And you ask me why I love her
Through wars, death and despair
She is the constant
We who don’t care
And you wonder will I leave her — but how?
I cross over borders but I’m still there now
How can I leave her?
Where would I start?
Let man’s petty nations tear themselves apart
My land’s only borders lie around my heart
Going home July 25, 2006Posted by Aella in Beirut, Lebanon, Sweden, War.
Today we were supposed to go back to Beirut. I´m hurting inside to think that I won’t see Beirut for a long time. And once I do, nothing will be the same.
As I entered the twillight zone last night, I saw images of Lebanese mountain roads, cars driving and the view of Beirut from above. Then suddenly a voice said -They are bombing Beirut! It was so clear and loud that it woke me up. Shook me up.
This isn’t really happening is it?
How can the world just stand by and watch?
I cry once again…