Thursday, June 26, 2008

things i want to do when i go home

a recent facebook wall post i made had me thinking of the random things that i really miss about home. being in a desert metropolis with its utopian facade and ingnorance or indifference towards things like: environment, equality, good shopping, live music, underground culture, any culture for that matter, things that are old and reliable, fast internet, true multiculturalism, public transit, etc. I felt like making a list of all the stuff i took for granted back home. now that i am going back for a couple weeks, i invite anyone who wants to join me in my quest for the little things that make life in canada great.

so far the list includes:

  • go to a good live indie rock show
  • watch squirrels and seagulls in the beaches
  • eat dirty chinese food, probably at kum jug
  • hang out in kensington market
  • drink soju at a good karaoke bang
  • throw a frisbee
  • buy clothes from thrift stores and stores that don't belong to giant retail or luxury chains
  • eat some street meat,
  • go to a house party
  • spend some time with mary jane
  • go to the islands and bike around
  • climb a tree
  • swim in fresh water
  • ride on public transit
  • drink rain
  • spend a good portion of time going between the sun and the shade to feel the temperature difference
  • go on a roadtrip to some random small town (preferrably getting lost along the way)
  • go to a cottage, wake up at dawn and walk through the trees, the morning call of woodland pheasants leading me as the dewy forest floor soaks my shoes
  • eat pork
  • go blueberry picking in sudbury, ontario
  • give lots and lots of hugs and kisses to my grammi

feel free to offer suggestions of other things. this list has gotten me really excited.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Shaikh Nasser dies in helicopter crash

Shaikh Nasser, the brother of UAE President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, died last night in a helicopter crash over the Gulf.

According to WAM:

The Ministry of Presidential Affairs has announced the death of Shaikh Nasser Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who died last night when the helicopter plane carrying him and his colleagues crashed over Gulf Waters.

In a statement, the Ministry of Presidential Affairs announced a three-day mourning during which ministries and government departments will remain closed. Funeral prayers for Shaikh Nasser and his colleagues will be performed at the Shaikh Sultan Bin Zayed Mosque in Al Bateen. President Shaikh Khalifa will receive condolences today at Al Mushrif Palace after the funeral service.

The official website of Saikh Nasser was down this morning.