Happy #Earthday

Public Park - Photographed by Alex Green 2012

Lets think about Earth from different approach today. We know about most of the environmental concerns, from the damage caused by using plastic bags to the mass issue of global warming .. but aren’t we missing something?

Personally, I know more than one very beautiful public park not far from me. my parents has a very beautiful garden in their front yard. but I’ve been always busy to spent some time in there, despite of the fact that I usually spend three hours minimum in one of the cafes everyday! So why didn’t I just do whatever I do in the coffee shop in a much beautiful place, more natural and healthier?

I thought about it today, and I came up with this, maybe because that its free, and available with no effort to make. Don’t we tend to forget about the value of what we have until comes the time that we lose it? Now I know, if I could I would spend more time in my parent’s garden or in the public parks around me. I’m know very grateful that such places are providing unforgettable memories and a time full of joy for entire families for no return.

I guess if we appreciate the green zones around us more, if we promote those places I could I assume that we will have similar impact to raising awareness about environmental issues.

Haapy Earth Day
Enjoy it in Public Parks.

When I Discovered The Turkish Bath

Turkish Hammam "bath" composed by Jean Jacques

So you don’t know when are you going to live a totally experience. As simple as it is, it might be a very joyful thing to test and it help you appreciate a new culture and explore a new aspect of life. It wasn’t on my agenda and I was not looking forward to try a turkish bath, for the simple reason that I didn’t know anything about it. However its the chance and the fact being in the right place with the right people what led me to it.

The Ottoman style hall, helps in relaxing with it proper materials and lightings and the servants available

Basically in a turkish “hammam” you sit in a steam room and a sauna for half an hour to prepare your body for scrubbing with a special tool made of horse’s skins. The scrubbing removes the dead flesh which located underneath the skin, and support the  circulatory, the scrubber told me. and then simply you soap your body with a homemade product  and enjoy a bath in old fashion Ottoman style. Most of the bath is in a public hall made of marble and has kind of small tubs were you can mix the cold and hot water to suite your desired temperature, and you wash your body using old metal utensils. And it doesn’t stop and this end, yet there are more after the bath. When you finish, you put on couple of towels over all your body, relax in the bath lounge and enjoy a turkish tea and hookah.

When I tried it for the first time at one of Sheraton’s hotels in Turkey, it was a maximum pleasure for me, I enjoyed it more than enjoying a pool, or a steamed shower, for me its was like traveling to the past in a time machine, to be inside a book for a while, and to a live a fairy tail about the Ottoman Empire. and God it was relaxing in a way that you feel sometimes that you are the emperor himself. I would say its give you the sense about how those people were living, and if there is a 100 things to do before you die list the turkish bath is on the list. So if you are looking to an excellent turkish bath, you most probably will find one in Turkey, a country that was part of the Ottoman empire.

2011 !

December

I can’t believe that its already December. The world, specially MENA region and Japan will not forget this year, at all! Japan’s earthquake and Arab’s Spring gave this year its fame, not to mention the full withdraw of American forces from Iraq as well as many important events I might already forgot . In fact I can’t wait more to see this year summarizes and best pictures that usually prepared by news cooperations and agencies, I’m pretty sure that its will contain many interesting and must see stuff.

On personal prospective, it was the year that I made very hard decision that changed my life entirely, and I don’t know yet if it was the right one, the only thing I know that I’m facing many challenges that I must overcome and I hopefully will.

I think its time to review what I did this year and write my new year resolution. I may or may not post detailed post regarding this later. However, I would say that this year I went through many real life experiences, participated in workshops, read few books and met new people and made new friends and lost some too.

Last put not least this post is my starting point, where I’m going to see what I did good for me and others, and what I did bad. I will determine what to do – If – I lived for one more year.

Happy December everybody.