Some Proverbs

<'Elle 3ala rasoh batha ye-hasses 3aleha>

Literal translation: A person with a wound on his head keeps touching it..
Hidden meaning: A person is likely to point to his/her own weaknesses..
Applicability: When somebody's acts expose what he/she is trying to hide.
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<3ala kad lehafak med regleak>

Literal translation: Stretch your legs as far as your quilt (blanket) goes..
Hidden meaning: Do not do what you cannot afford..
Applicability: When extravagancy is unaffordable.
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<'Elle fat kadimoh tah>

Literal translation: Lost is the person who forgets his/her past.
Hidden meaning: Remember what you were before bragging about what you became..
Applicability: Criticizing those who want to be disassociated from their roots.
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<Labbes 'el bousa tebka 3arousa>

Literal translation: Dress-up a stick and you get a doll.
Hidden meaning: Make up (cosmetics) can make the ugly quite pretty.
Applicability: Don't be fooled by appearances..
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'En kan habibak 3asal ma-telhasoush kolloh>

Literal translation: If your friend is like honey, then don't lick all of it!
Hidden meaning: Do not take advantage of the sweetness of a dear friend!
Applicability: Criticizing a person who abuses the generosity of a friend.
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<makedroush 3al Homar kedrom 3al barda3a>

Literal transalation: They couldn't beat the donkey so they beat the saddle!
Hidden meaning: Be fair. Blame the source of the problem.
Applicability: Inability to see the real problem and the real evil.
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<malekyoush fi 'elward 3eib kalom ya 'aHmar el-khaddein>

Literal translation: They found no wrong with roses, so they said it is red!
Hidden meaning: People will disagree with you no matter how perfect you are.
Applicability: When people criticize just for the sake of criticizing.
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<ya dakhel bein el-baSala we 'eshret-ha may noubak 'ella Sannet-ha>

Literal translation: Oh you getting in between the onion and its peel, you
want get anything other than its bad smell.
Hidden meaning: Mind your own business
Applicability: To advise somebody you gets involved in a dispute when he/she
shouldn't.


<TabbaKH el-sim dawa'uh>

Literal translation: A cook tastes his own cooking, even if it's poison.
Hidden meaning: One gets the results of one's own actions
Applicability: To comment on somebody who suffers from his/her wrong acts
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<3aKluh fi rasuh ye3raf KHalasuh>

Literal translation: He has his own brain, he can solve his own problems.
Hidden meaning: Don't get into others' own business
Applicability: To advise somebody not to intervene in somebody else's business

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<el-3a'l zeena>

Literal translation: Having brains make a person look good.
Hidden meaning: Wisdom is beautiful; foolishness is ugly!
Applicability: To praise a wise man/woman
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<el-salaf talaf we el-rad KHosara>

Literal translation: Borrowing is bad, and paying back is a loss.
Hidden meaning: None
Applicability: Advice given to discourage borrowing
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geh yekaHalha 3amaha>

Literal translation: In trying to put make-up around the eye, he blinded it.
Hidden meaning: Instead of fixing it, he messed it up even more!
Applicability: When somebody, trying to fix a situation, causes more harm
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<eb3ed Habba tezeid maHabba>

Literal translation: Go far, you'll be loved more.
Hidden meaning: The far-away friend is loved more
Applicability: Comment on somebody's love for a far-away friend
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<'a3ma we beygur mekasaH>

Literal translation: A blind pulling a cripple.
Hidden meaning: None
Applicability: To criticize people whose claim to know it all when they are
missing the basics.
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< el-kezb ma loosh reglein >

Literal translation: Lies have no legs.
Hidden meaning: Lies will be discovered
Applicability: To comment on the fate of a lier
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<ekfi el-edrah 3ala fummaha, teTla3 el-bent le `umaha>

Literal translation: Place the pot upside down, and the girl will take after
her mother.
Hidden meaning: A daughter will grow to be very similar to her mom
Applicability: Comment on the physical or character resemblance of mother and
daughter.
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<al-Toyoor 3ala ashkaleha taka3>

Literal translation: Birds of all kinds will end up landing
Hidden meaning: Don't be fooled by appearances
Applicability: Same as english saying "birds of feather flock together"
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<el-markeb elli feeha rayysein teGHra'>

Literal translation: A boat with two captains will sink
Hidden meaning: You can't have to leaders for a group
Applicability: Same as english saying "too many cooks spoil the soup"
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<haza al-shebl men zaka al-asad>

Literal translation: This baby from this lion
Hidden meaning: Kids inherit their parents stature
Applicability: Words of praise for a promising kid (same as english "a chip of
the old block")
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<Ebn el wezz 3awwam>
Literal translation: The goose's (maybe swan's) son is a good swimmer
Hidden meaning: Like father like son (in a good sense)
Applicability: When a son is as gifted as his father in a certain aspect
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<be3eid 3an el-3ein, be3eid 3an el-'alb>

Literal translation: out of sight, out of mind
Hidden meaning: Distance makes one forget old friendships/relationships
Applicability: Obvious
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Ice cream

I love Ice cream so much . Does anyone ask himself about the ice cream history? I get some data from wiki link.
Ancient civilizations had saved ice for cold foods for thousands of years. Mesopotamia has the earliest icehouses in existence, 4,000 years ago, beside the Euphrates River, where the wealthy stored items to keep them cold. The pharaohs of Egypt had ice shipped to them. In the fifth century BC, ancient Greeks sold snow cones mixed with honey and fruit in the markets of Athens.[citation needed] Persians, having mastered the storage of ice, ate ice cream well into summer. Roman emperor Nero (37–68) had ice brought from the mountains and combined with fruit toppings. Today's ice treats likely originated with these early ice delicacies. [1]

Ice cream was the favourite dessert for the caliphs of Baghdad. The Arabs were the first to add sugar to ice cream, and were also the first to make ice cream commercially, having factories in the 10th century. It was sold in the markets of all Arab cities in the past[2]. It was made of a introduced to the west by Arabs, through Sicily.[3]It was made of a chilled syrup or milk with fruits and some nuts.

pumic stone

Feet are hardest working parts of the body, but we rarely make time to give them the attention they need. A weekly pampering pedicure and massage is the answer and will leave feet feeling refreshed and ready for action.

If u have dark underarms or any skin discoloration in ur skin this will work for u .

Things u need:
Antibacterial soap
Loofa
Pumic stone (the black natural one)
Any lotion that contains about 10% alpha hydroxy acid
Rexsol whitening cream
Baby powder

1- while u r taking a shower rub ur underarms with ab soap until it's all foamy leave if for a min at this time rub ur knees (if they r dark) or ur feet with the punic stone not to hard though gently. Then go back to ur underarms n scrub them in a very gentle circular motion. Rinse with water. Using the ab soap helps get rid of the bacteria that causes odor dry the area well then apply the AHA lotion.

2- after half an hour or more apply the whitening cream. This has to be before going to bed.

3- in the morning wash the area thoroughly with soap n water. Dry and dust with baby powder. Avoid using deodorants coz some of the deodorants cause skin darkening but if u really really have to use the ones for sensitive skin.

4- don't use the pumic stone everyday like every other day but try using the loofa everyday.

5- for even better results u can soak in a salt bath or u can scrub the area with lemon and baking soda.

6- don't even think about shaving. U can wax or sugar the area I'll tell u how if u don't know

Any questions? I'll be more than happy to answer :) #END


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Fruits

I like the summer. If you ask me why I do like the summer, I will easily answer you that In summer there are a lot of yummy fruits that I do like.
Water Melon
Apples
Apricots
Dates
Guava
The benefits of Fruits is that they contain Flavonoids As AntiOxidant that protect against Cancer and a lot of diseases.


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Alexandria

I intend to Go to Alexandria for some time. here you have some information about This City ( from Wiki website)
the second-largest city in Egypt, and its largest seaport. Alexandria extends about 20 miles (32 km) along the coast of the Mediterranean sea in north-central Egypt. It is home to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the New Library of Alexandria, and is an important industrial centre because of its natural gas and oil pipelines from Suez.


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Fuul

One of my favourite dish is the Egyptian fuul( beans). There are a lot of ways that one can make fuul. Here are some outlines.
1- Fuul be zeet ilzora ( zea oil fuul)
2-Fuul bezeet ilzayton ( Olive Oil Fuul)
3-Fuul bebeed ( Fuul with Eggs)
4-Fuul belsamna( Butter Fuul)
5-Fuul belsogo2 ( Fuul with something like mensed meat)
... ETC.

Let alone any way of Fuul. You know the nutritional value in Fuul is great.It contains Protein .

I'm going to Buy Some fuul for today.

It's the pigeon nest

Yesterday, I moved to a new flat in cairo. It was such a large flat. I opened the window. It was a nest for pigeon in which their was a pigeon rest on Eggs. She was awesome and kind to her eggs. I hope I can see her happy with her new children.

Dill

Medicinal value - Dill is an herb effective for the treatment of colic, gas, and indigestion.

The black circle behind eyes


Causes of the black circle

Black or dark circles under or around the eyes can be caused by many different factors. The following are the most common causes of those unattractive dark circles. I also added other possible factors such as cold or sinus infection, bone structure and glasses which are not so commonly known.
Heredity
Like varicose veins, dark circles under the eyes are usually an inherited trait. If you have dark circles, there is a good chance that others in your family also have them. The skin under the eye is very thin. When blood passes through the large veins close to the surface of the skin it can produce a bluish tint. The more transparent your skin, also an inherited trait, the darker the circles appear.
Allergies, Asthma and Eczema
Any condition that you have that causes your eyes to itch can contribute to darker circles under the eyes because rubbing or scratching the skin can darken the skin. Hay fever sufferers particularly will notice under-eye "smudges" during the height of the allergy season. Some food allergies can also cause the area under the eyes to appear darker.
Medications
Any medications that you are taking that causes blood vessels to dilate, can cause circles under the eyes to darken. Because the skin under the eyes is very delicate, any increase blood flow shows through the skin.
Nutrition
The lack of nutrients ( e.g. iron, Vit K)in the diet, or the lack of a balance diet, can contribute to the discoloration of the area under the eyes.
Fatigue, Lack of Sleep
A lack of sleep or excessive tiredness can cause paleness of the skin, which again allows the blood underneath the skin to become more visible and appear more blue or darker.
Pregnancy and Menstruation
The skin can also become more pale during pregnancy and menstruation, which again allows the underlying veins under the eyes to become more visible.
Age
If you have a propensity to have dark circles under you eyes, as you grow older, they are likely to become more noticeable and permanent. Excess folds of skin under the eyes will also make dark circles more pronounced.
Blood Circulation
Another cause may be bad blood circulation. Cardio exercise increases blood circulation and may help the dark circles to disappear.
Kidney or Liver problems
The area directly located under the eyes are close related to kidneys and liver, so the appearance of dark circles may indicate problems or weakness in the kidney or liver activity.
Exposure To The Sun
Even in darker skinned people, exposure to sunlight, especially during the summer months, can cause a higher-than-normal level of skin pigmentation (melanin) under the eyes. People get sun tans because exposure to the sun increases the natural pigmentation of the skin and draws that pigmentation to the surface. The same principle applies to the skin under the eyes.
Cold or Sinus Infection
Superficial blood vessels in the skin can lead to dark circles under the eyes. A cold or sinus infection increases pressure on these blood vessels, which makes it even more likely that dark circles will appear.
Dehydration
Dark eye circles could be a sign of excessive loss of water from the body.
Bone structure
If you have deep-set eyes, shadowing contributes to the dark color under the eyes.
Glasses
The weight of the glasses may cause bad blood circulation around the eyes.

Home remedies for reduce dark circles under eye
  • Mix one teaspoon flour, one teaspoon milk, a pinch of sugar, 1/4 spoon honey and squeeze half lemon juice. Apply it on face and once it is dry, rub the face with wet hands, till the pack in removed.
  • Grate cucumber / potato and squeeze fresh juice out of gratings. Dip two cotton balls in it and keep these cotton balls on eyes. This relaxes eyes and relieves tiredness of eyes.
(Potatoes contain an enzyme called catecholase, which is used in cosmetics as a human skin lightener.)
  • Powdered fenugreek and milk are said to tackle dark circles. Apply a paste of fenugreek mixed in milk on dark circles in the night. Wash off in the morning and watch dark circles vanish for good.
  • Take a teaspoon of tomato juice, a few drops of lemon juice, a pinch of turmeric powder (if you are not allergic to it) and a little flour, enough to make a paste.
  • Apply a mix of milk and honey and massage it into the skin. Leave it on for an hour. Rinse it.
  • Massaging eyes with almond oil is (or with half teaspoon of lime juice) of great help.
(You might develop some oil seeds under eye after applying almond oil.)
  • Apply a mixture of lemon and tomato juice (equal parts) on the black circles 2 times a day.
  • Apply a mix of milk and honey and massage it into the skin. Leave it on for an hour. Rinse it.
  • Massaging eyes with almond oil is (or with half teaspoon of lime juice) of great help.
(You might develop some oil seeds under eye after applying almond oil.)
  • Apply a mixture of lemon and tomato juice (equal parts) on the black circles 2 times a day.
  • Squeeze juice from 1 large orange and 1 lemon. Then cut half of the orange and lemon skin (from which juice was extracted) into pieces and put a couple into the juice. Pour boiling water over and mix up. Add a tablespoon of honey into a pint glass and add juice (which u made), mix up and lay back for the best pint ever!
  • Place pumpkin slices on your eyes and relax.
  • For dark circles around eyes, grind 5 almonds, 1-teaspoon fresh cream, juice of half a lemon, 1/2 teaspoon fuller's earth and 1/2 grated potato, to a thick paste. Apply it around the eyes. Wipe off with cotton wool dipped in warm milk.
  • Prepare 1 teaspoon of milk, plain yoghurt and honey. Mix them together and apply it under your eyes for 30 minutes. Try to apply daily continuously for 30 days to see the results.
  • Prepare some parsley and freeze them in ice cubes. Use the parsley cubes to diminish dark circles and puffiness. Parsley is packed with chlorophyll which helps fade darkness, while the ice cubes reduce the swelling.
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Some Tips and Tricks for Renting a Flat in Cairo

Nothing can be more exciting than living in the heart of a thriving metropolis such as Cairo. Finding and renting a flat is both challenging and easy. Mostly, it just takes a little effort and patience.

Ways To Find A Flat
There are numerous ways to locate a good flat in Cairo. Many of the Egyptian English magazines (found at most hotels) list rental companies in the back classifieds area. These companies can easily find you an apartment and surely have lots of flats in their database. This avenue works, but it might be most costly; either the finder's fee they require or the cost of the flat rent itself. Mostly, they are catering to foreigners so things get more pricey. There are numerous smaller English publications in Cairo which individuals who are renting a flat post ads in. One magazine is called the Maadi Community Times.

While Cairo is a huge city, it is very neighborhood oriented. People in a particular area mostly trade with nearby shops. So another way to find out about apartments is to simply find a neighborhood you are interested, and walk about asking shopkeepers about the best apartments to check out.
Bowabs are like doormen. There is a bowab (and his family) who lives in a small room usually in the lobby of each and every apartment building. They are not doormen, per say (they do not open doors). But they act as a security person, errand person and building manager all rolled up into one. They know everything going on in the apartments because they interact with all the tenants. And they are always sitting just inside the lobby or just on the sidewalk in front of the building. Almost always they are wearing a galabaya (Egyptian type robe). If you find a neighborhood which you find appealing, you can literally go up to a bowab and see if there are any flats available (providing you can speak a little Arabic). If there is nothing available in their building, they might know of one nearby.
The surest way to find a flat quickly is to use the services of a semsarr (apartment agent or finder). Semsarr offices are scattered all over the place, and the best way to find one is to ask a local shopkeeper where the nearest semsarr office is located. Once you find a semsarr, tell them what type of flat you require, the area you wish to live in, your budget range, and as many details as possible. The semsarr usually has a list of flats that you can see immediately. Semsarr receive a commission from the landlord, and you are not required to pay them unless they find a suitable flat. There is also no problem using the services of several semsarrs.
The semsarr agent will go around with you to show you the various flats. He will take you into the flats and help you talk to the landlord. Offer to pay for the taxi on each trip. If the semsarr has shown you a number of flats that are not satisfactory, you can figure that they probably aren't going to find you what you are looking for. There is a fine line between being patient and finding something good. Be patient though. It does take time to find a nice flat. But also be alert and use your intuition as to when it might be better to try out another person. Chemistry is also important between you and the semsarr agent. If you feel like they are helping, then keep going.
Never underestimate the value of an Arabic speaking friend or acquaintance. Some semsarr will speak English, but hardly any bowabs will, and even those who speak a little of your language will be difficult to negotiate with.
What To Look For In A Flat
First and foremost, you are going to see a lot of strange and interesting flat styles and decors during your adventures. Initially, these styles might not appeal to you. Look beyond the visual surprise of colors and shapes which you are not familiar with and look at cleanliness, functional condition and practicality. Some flats will have superior charm and style, such as some of the more expensive ones found in the Zamelik or Garden City area. These flats can be very precious to live in.
The flat you will be seeing will almost always be furnished. There is no point in describing the kinds or styles of Egyptian furnishings. They vary considerably.
What you really want to pay close attention to is the following:
  • water heater
  • telephone
  • electrical plugs
  • stove
  • fridge
  • bathrooms
  • washing machines
Pick up the phone and make sure there is a dial tone. If not, inquire about it. If there is nobody living in the flat, it is highly likely that the water heaters will be off. If you feel that you like the flat, ask if you can turn on the hot water heater and make sure it works. There will often be two water tanks; one for the kitchen and one in the bathroom. Ovens will either have inline gas coming in, or will use tanks placed beside the oven. Gas tanks like this are normal and there are many places to have them recharged.
Something often overlooked, but important for foreigners, is the size of the bathtub. Many times you will find tubs which do not look long enough. This is because Egyptians mostly take showers.

Contracts
It is a good idea to ask for a rental contract with the landlord. Most often, the landlord himself will have a contract ready. This is for his own sake. The contract might be in Arabic though, so try to ask for an English one. The semsarr can usual provide one.
Basically, the contract is just like any standard rental contract back home listing names of the people involved, price of the flat, and perhaps the main contents of the flat (like fridge, stove, etc). If you don't know what you are signing, ask for a photocopy first and try to find someone to help you translate it.
In many cases, no contracts are provided. It is just a verbal agreement on the amount. This is often experienced when renting flats near the Pyramids or when renting from private individuals. If you are expecting to stay in Egypt for a short while (a few months), a verbal agreement is fine.
Landlords who do have a contract drawn up may also want a photocopy of your passport. This is normal and should not cause you any alarm. Landlords who follow the proper procedure must go to the local police station to file a few papers stating that they have just rented the flat.
You may encounter a situation whereby the landlord wants to write the contract for an amount that is lower than the agreed upon rent. This happens because he does not want to pay tax on the total rental income. Don't make a fuss. If the amount on the contract is lower, you can just give a little friendly sign that you understand and let it go. Probably this is to your advantage anyway as it creates trust with the landlord. You are doing him a little favor. These things should not cause any concern or worry.


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