Vlog#6 – Lunch at the office

20 Jun, '05

Chatting with one of my best friends Rami on the phone about the debacle of the Indianapolis F1 Grand Prix, showing you what I have for lunch, reviewing the GDN and one of my favourite blogs.

Just a normal day at the office.

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  1. 7alaylia says:

    Vlog#6 – Lunch at the office

    Got it to work on Windows Media Player, minus sound. lol. Question for you. I know elsewhere patterns on the, what I would call gutra(head covering, others say kuffiyah or Shemagh), can indicate where the person wearing it comes from. Specific designs seem to go with certain areas. I have friends that can tell based onthe colour and the design where the person comes from. Does Bahrain have a similar color or pattern like this? I notice you wear white when you are wearing it.

    I have a thick winter weight one that was my father in laws, it is a Saudi design, red. I have another one picked up in Palestine, black, with a different design that I am told is a Jordanian design. I can tell the differences, but certainly cant distinguish enough to tell where someone is from based on it. I have also noticed differences with egal. I have seen Kuwaitis with very long tassles on them. I have also been told that to wear the covering without the egal is usual the sign of someone who is extremely religious.

    Just wondering…

  2. anonymous says:

    Vlog#6 – Lunch at the office

    Amusing video. Who knew that watching a man chew on bell peppers could tickle the funnybone. LOL. Or maybe I just have a weird sense of humor. 🙂

    Laura

  3. anonymous says:

    Vlog#6 – Lunch at the office

    No sound!!!

  4. anonymous says:

    Vlog#6 – Lunch at the office

    No sound and the vblog has a hard time starting up.

  5. 7alaylia says:

    Vlog#6 – Lunch at the office

    I had no problem starting it, but I thought I was the only one without sound. I wonder if the others with this problem are using MS Media Player? Does it not support this type of program 100%?

  6. anonymous says:

    Vlog#6 – Lunch at the office

    Don’t use the “default” setting for a media player your ISP offers. This was my problem. Now it all works.

  7. anonymous says:

    Vlog#6 – Lunch at the office

    This guy is a HOOT!!!!!! Only problem is he doesn’t BLOG enough and never gave us part 2 of that wonderfull story he wrote a while back.

    http://www.bahrainirants.blogspot.com/

    Begging for more in Beantown!
    Ciao!
    Bonsaimark

  8. mahmood says:

    Vlog#6 – Lunch at the office

    for those having problems, it’s a quicktime movie, PURLEEEZE download the FREE Quicktime 7 from Apple.

    Here’s the direct link: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/preview/

  9. mahmood says:

    Re: Vlog#6 – Lunch at the office

    I suggest that as the movie is in Quicktime format, use Quicktime to view it. Seeing the picture without sound on this one won’t work.

    As for the ghutra and stuff. it is a matter of personal choice now much more than what it has been before. Although there are differences and one might still be able to tell where a person is from or even which tribe they are affiliated to, now it’s just fashion.

    In Bahrain was have a lot of wannabies. Wannabie Najdi would wear the chimagh (red hash) throughout the year, rather than what we Bahrainis do in that we only wear it in winter.

    The black chimagh is worn mainly by Jordanians and Palestinians, and some of their sympathisers

    Green chimagh is worn by Iraqis

    White is the more general form and is much preferred in Kuwait, Eastern Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE. Oman prefer the turban as do some Emiratis where they use the ghutra to make a turban out of it.

    The Ugal (fan-belt) differ a lot less. The Qataris and some Emiratis prefer the ones with tassles (we call those Lipton Tea Ugals) while the rest of the world prefer ones which are normal, without tassles like the one I wear.

    I have seen over the past couple of years the prevalence of really THICK ugals. I just wonder if they use that for weight training to get thicker necks rather than just something to hold the ghutra in place.

    In Bahrain we have ONLY ONE FAMILY which prefer the multi-layer-gold-braided-ugal, and that is the decendents of the King’s uncle Shaikh Mohammed. You might have read about one of his sons here somewhere.

  10. mahmood says:

    Re: Vlog#6 – Lunch at the office

    Thank you Laura, very kind of you!

    Incidentally, Laura also happens to be my favourite niece!

    I’ll try to keep up the vlogging but not at the expense of blogging, otherwise I might as well call myself “the Jay Leno of Bahrain” and hire a bank of writers to take care of the blog side of things!

  11. mahmood says:

    Re: Vlog#6 – Lunch at the office

    You need one of two things my friend:

    1. Viagra, and/or
    2. get Quicktime!

  12. anonymous says:

    Re(1): Vlog#6 – Lunch at the office

    I knew you would get the humour in that nugget I dropped!

    ciao!
    Bonsaimark

  13. anonymous says:

    Vlog#6 – Lunch at the office

    Mahmood I am on a reducing diet too. No fun at all. If you do eat bread make sure it is whole wheat, and eat brown rice (more nurtrients then white rice). Lots of fresh fruits and surprisingly almonds are not a bad choice if you love nuts. take heart us persons in our age group (early 40’s) are on the same boat. If you must eat sweetened yogurt, a little honey and vanilla is great.

    Glad to know your reducing diet has not reduced your spirit one bit.

    -pamela
    missing her pasta.

  14. anonymous says:

    Vlog#6 – Lunch at the office

    dude, keep the vlogs coming.
    “i’m lovin’ it!”

    nomadicarab.

  15. 7alaylia says:

    Re(1): Vlog#6 – Lunch at the office

    [quote]

    As for the ghutra and stuff. it is a matter of personal choice now much more than what it has been before. Although there are differences and one might still be able to tell where a person is from or even which tribe they are affiliated to, now it’s just fashion.

    In Bahrain was have a lot of wannabies. Wannabie Najdi would wear the chimagh (red hash) throughout the year, rather than what we Bahrainis do in that we only wear it in winter. [/quote]

    Thanks for the response Mahmood. “Wannabie Najdi”, I got a kick out of that. What would someone want to be Najdi? I have met a lot of Najdi that want to be something else! LOL! As for the thiab, I find the thob maghrebi to be really comfortable wearing at home.

  16. mahmood says:

    Re(2): Vlog#6 – Lunch at the office

    I must confess that I started wearing the thobe because I was getting fat. Of course once I did start wearing it, there was not belt to make me feel that I am getting even fatter! So it’s dangerous and a blessing at the same time.

  17. 7alaylia says:

    Re(3): Vlog#6 – Lunch at the office

    [quote]I must confess that I started wearing the thobe because I was getting fat. Of course once I did start wearing it, there was not belt to make me feel that I am getting even fatter! So it’s dangerous and a blessing at the same time. [/quote]

    Well, you wouldnt be the only one. It is a common held belief here and in the places I have been in the Middle East, that many women suddenly decide to put their hijba/abaya one when they start to gain weight. Hence, not for piety, rather for image control. It is a stereotype, but there is some truth to it. For me it is great when I get home, take a shower and slip the thobe on. It is comfortable around the house.

  18. anonymous says:

    Vlog#6 – Lunch at the office

    Mahmood, your lunch looked very tasty. But with regard to putting on weight in this region (I’m in ABu Dhabi) there are factors other than the temptation of the unconstraining dishdasha or thobe.

    A major culprit is the wide-screen flat panel television monitor.

    Everyone’s buying them, they’re the ‘must have’ toy!

    And in every café they’re set to display a 4:3 picture in 16:9 format. Which makes everybody look, well, fat! Sub-conscious modification of the ‘self-image’ I’d say. Inevitably you get used to it. I watched the UAE football final between Al Ain and Al Wahda in a café. The fat guys from Al Ain won! Si I guess that’s okay…

    Malcolm, Abu Dhabi

  19. mahmood says:

    Re: Vlog#6 – Lunch at the office

    I’ve got one of those at home Malcolm and I know what you mean. Talking to the engineers at Bahrain TV, there doesn’t seem to be any migration plan to 16:9 in the foreseeable future (as long as they live anyway!) So why I bought it really is not to watch broadcasts, but DVDs!

    Having said that, the last time I watched TV was the Canadian Grand Prix over two weeks ago. I don’t miss it any more, especially that we insisted on having only one single television at home, so that at least the kids would see each other (even if they don’t speak to each other!) when they’re watching TV.

    Tell you what, the only way to lose weight is hard work, no matter what anyone else says. I’ve lost 2 inches (from the stomach you understand ;)) and 5kgs. So I’m pretty chuffed with myself.

  20. anonymous says:

    Vlog#6 – Lunch at the office

    I love your video blog! We have linked to it on blip.tv and it is perfect proof of the beauty of video blogging. Can’t wait to see more.

    Dina
    New York

  21. mahmood says:

    Re: Vlog#6 – Lunch at the office

    thank you very much Dina! I’ve created a new WebLinks category for Vlogs and I shall reciprocate the link here too.

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