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[Vlog] WanneBe Dragon Monster

[Vlog] WanneBe Dragon Monster

One of the things I really love to do is go to various holiday and flea markets to while away the time, and get some inspiration as well sometimes. New York never disappoints in these areas, as you might expect.

I went to the Union Square market this morning and came across a nice little stall that sells special dragon monsters. Special because their background story is very nice and very inspirational too. Watch this video to discover more!

Please take the time to comment and give me feedback if you would. Oh, and go to http://facebook.com/MahmoodsDen and like it!

Many thanks and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours!


A&W Cruisin’ for a Cause

The A&W Canadian restaurant chain did something wonderful last weekend by launching a fun event for the second year to help the MS Society of Canada by launching an innovative event which invites people to bring their classic cars to their local A&W. A good strategy to generate interest.

A&W also pledged C$1 for every Teen Burger they sold. With that, they raised C$400,000 last year! I expect that they will probably raise more this year. By all accounts and by what I have witnessed myself, the afternoon was a lot of fun with a lot of people turning up to support the cause.

Good work!

We should emulate this idea in our part of town too. Anybody want to help me organise such an event in Bahrain?



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I’m officially on holiday!

Will be back on the 2nd day of Eid, so that makes it almost 6 weeks….

Places we’ll visit: New York, Victoria, BC and Toronto.

Yeah baby!

If you wanna meet, drop me a line and I’ll see what I can do…


Off to New York!

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I decided that I really needed a break this afternoon. So I booked a flight to New York!

I’m taking Arif, my son, with me to have some long-overdue quality father/son time.

We’ll be in NY for just 5 nights and back next weekend.

Keep an eye on our Flickr accounts!


Vlog: Rome’s trip

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A return to vlogging? Well maybe, thanks to having the video capabilities of my brand-spanking-new iPhone 3Gs it might re-become a feature!

Regardless, I hope you enjoy this clip. The videos were recorded by the iPhone, the pictures weren’t, they’re the result of my almost new Canon EOS 50D. You can view those pictures in higher resolution on my Flickr stream if you wish.


Hellooooo Ramadhan!

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Quick note to wish everyone a very Ramadhan Mubarak.

I hope that everyone through this special month will think of his or her neighbour, family, acquaintances, the rest of humanity and even perceived enemies with a little more benefit of the doubt and do good to each other.

Just like these two little critters who graced us with their presence yesterday afternoon near San Juan Island when we quickly sneaked into the US of A territorial waters to see them! 😉

Orcas off San Juan Island


On Holiday!

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I’ll be on holiday and a deserved break for a little while with the family. I’ll be checking in from time to time but for all intents and purposes, I wish to dedicate that time for the family, we haven’t had a holiday together for quite a while.

We’ll be off to Bonny Scotland first and then to Victoria, BC, Canada.

I wish you well my friends, and thanks again for your continued friendship.



Island Fever

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I’ve got to get off this island for a few days. I haven’t travelled for a while now and am fully in the throes of the dreaded island fever. I owe it to myself to chill a bit and rejuvenate and what better way of doing that jetting off somewhere nice, relax by the beach or lake, go visit nice museums and garden centres and sleep late and do all that with your family around you?

So I’ve decided. Unlike my usual thing of staying put during the Eid holidays, this time I am determined to get the hell out of Dodge for a few days. I’ve considered several places so far including Thailand and the Seychelles (no, I won’t consider any Arab country, thanks very much) and the arrangements must be on a reasonable budget for 4 or 5 days.

Do you have any suggestions or experiences that we might consider?


Happy Festive Season!!

Happy Festive Season!!

Happy Festive Season!!, originally uploaded by malyousif.

Christmas is here again, and these are part of the tradition in our household, gingerbread cookies!

These were made, baked and decorated by my daughter Hanan.

We wish you all a very happy festive season, and this time, all three great religions celebrate their own happy occasions almost at the same time: Christmas, Hanukkah, Eid Al-Ad’ha and New Year!

May God bless you all.



(you HAVE to sing the title of this post in a Madonaesque voice, do it again, go on, do it in a loud voice so everyone can hear you in the office!)

A reader sent me an email asking for the upcoming holidays for the private sector a few moments ago and although I am not an official information service, the question prompted me to dig a bit. I fortunately remembered that one of my Bahrain Young Businessmen Committee’s colleagues at the Chamber of Commerce (thanks bu Abdulla!) already did just that in listing the forthcoming holidays from now until the end of January 2007; I guess to show the number of days off we will suffer as business owners, and for private and public sectors workers to look forward to and enjoy!

Here’s the list:


Count them. We will have half a month’s holiday in just 5 weeks, how good is that? I am sure you will be even more surprised if you thought of the holidays in this context – especially if you are a business owner – over the full year, add to that the productivity lost in Ramadhan for instance, and it is a wonder really that we are still in business!

Why couldn’t we just adopt the “Bank holiday Monday” principal and just have two or three long weekends in the year, and a good 3 or 4 days for the “big” Eid and be done with it? The long weekends for us would be a day off on Sunday regardless of when the occasion falls, and as far as Eid is concerned, well, we can’t control that, but in any case, the government should most definitely stop this “compensation” business. If a holiday falls on a weekend or coincides with another holiday, why should we have to pay for it?

Long holidays are pretty boring anyway, so we – business owners – are doing our employees a huge favour by allowing them to come to work and exercise their brains and talents rather than laze around all day at home picking their noses or suffering hang-overs!

Happy holidays! 😀

Update 14 Dec @ 0741: corrected the Ashura holidays entry, thanks to Yonis for spotting the error.