Alright women, this one’s for your best guy bud(s). An appreciation post for the wonderful platonic relationship that you share with your best dude(s). A thank you to the ones who’re always there to pick us up when we’re down. The ones you can easily cheer up with a couple of beers. The ones you can’t wait to play chess with on the porch when you’re 60. So, yep, boys, here’s to you and to your sometimes, lack of common sense:
1. The Ultimate Cockblockers
Picture this: You’re at some house party that you didn’t want to go to in the first place but got dragged to anyway because all your four friends wanted to go and your internet connection sucks at home because you can’t get yourself to pay that extra 50 bucks for a speed upgrade. You get there, and a few minutes in; you’re leaning on some wall in a dimly lit corner, with a drink in your hand. Suddenly, some dude in a black T, with a remarkable Will Smith goatee starts dancing 3 inches away from you. At some point, he turns to you and attempts to wow you with his moves, while establishing intense eye contact and subtly trying to get touchy. That’s when your best bud so audaciously steps in right in the middle between the two of you, after he’s picked up the signs that you totally want this guy to scram. He completely cockblocks the dude and essentially tells him to f*ck off. Thanks, bruv. I owe you one.
2. You Never Have to Buy Boyfriend Jeans, Oversized Tees or Flannel Shirts
Trying to change up your look a little bit and like, really really wanna purchase that awesome pair of ripped boyfriend jeans that cost around 800 bucks, but can’t because you’re broke AF and the thought of spending all that money on a pair of pants makes you want to cry? No problem! Because you can so easily borrow his pants and sport them around like you don’t got a care in the world. He’ll eventually start yelling at you for not wanting to give them back, though. Just saying. And at some point, he’s going to initiate the talk about how it’s so unfair that you get to borrow all his sh*t, but your stuff either don’t fit or are too flashy for his taste.
3. They’ll Always Give You The Truth as it is
They almost never sugarcoat their words. Not because they’re perfect and they never lie, but because they really don’t know how to to do it. I mean, if they think you look like a chandelier, you’ll know it and if they think you look gorgeous in that shirt, you’ll know it. And If you really should dump that guy’s ass, they’ll be blunt about it. Not that they do not put your feelings into consideration, but it’s just that they believe they should always tell you what you need to hear and not what you want to hear. P.S. there’s a chance you might get offended in the process.
4. Always Late but Always There
My guy best friends are literally always yap yapping about how fast they get ready in the morning or how it only takes them 15 minutes to get dressed before we head out, yet somehow, the geniuses are ALWAYS late to EVERYTHING. As in, we’re literally always living on the edge placing bets on whether the gates will still be open when we get there or not. Not just that, but they’re always on my case for taking so long to put something to wear on. Back to my point: although I’m pretty sure they’ll all be late to their own weddings, if you need them, they’ll be there in a beat. No questions asked.
5. You Never Have to Worry About How They see you
Nope, They don’t like you because you have a great pair of legs or a smile to die for. They like you because you’re you. They love you for all that you are, no matter how annoying or weird you can get. If you text them “Lunch. Now.” and they don’t immediately answer, so you call them up 28 times before you decide to hit their place and wake them up by knocking on their door like a maniac, they won’t think that you’re crazy or that you’re obsessed with them. They’ll open up, curse, let you in and then go back to sleep after letting you know that there’s takeout in the fridge.
6. They’ll go as your Date to Everything
Although you’re the one who’s always saving their ass at that one due to the fact that in Cairo they don’t let dudes in alone anywhere, but they do the same for you without blinking. All you have to do is ask. No date to the wedding? They’ll go with you. Don’t want to go to that party alone? They’ll go with you. Need someone to go with you while you fix your car? They’ll go with you. You almost never have to worry about going someplace by yourself when you don’t want to, because they’re always happy (lie) to tag along. You always have a last minute date/fake boyfriend when you need one.
7. They’re Always on Douchebag Spotting Duty
They almost instantly recognize when a douchebag’s roaming around you. Like, they can so easily tell if someone’s innocently flirting with you or if someone’s been eying you the wrong way for a while. And they don’t hold back. Their radar’s almost always working and if they smell danger, they’re going to do something about it.
8. You Know you’ve got Brothers
They are, in all sense of the word; your family. This means that you protect each other like family but also bicker exactly like one, too. As in, as much as each of you knows that you’d go the distance for one another, when you fight; you really go for it. But at the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter because of how much you truly love each other.
9. They Don’t Always Understand but They do Listen
There’s a misconception that guys are bad listeners but, that’s not true. Some guys are really sh*tty at it yes, but your guy best friend will always listen to what you have to say even when he doesn’t necessarily get what you’re talking about, simply because it’s a subject that they can’t identify with, like: PMSing. However, in time; they’ll literally reach the point where they can detect exactly when your period’s coming up, when you’re pissed off because you’re hungry, when you definitely don’t like someone and so on. Trust me, they’ll have this shit memorized in no time.
10. You’ve got the Male Species Figured out
I only have to say one thing, now: Hanging around guys all the time teaches you everything you need to know about what other guys are typically like when you’re not around. Peace out.
I love you. Thank you for being in my life.
Yasmine Abuelnaga 12 years of success
Why did you choose to remain a home Designer?
To me life is all about taking in and accepting challenges that lead to consistent growth and success. What inspired me to remain a home designer is this challenge of transforming bricks and stones into finalized and fully furnished projects to be enjoyed by our customers. Turning dreams into reality is the essence that I always work upon achieving, and with being a home designer I get to see this essence come to life with every project I complete.
Can we know the daily routine of Yasmine Abuelnaga?
My daily routine revolves around my two main jobs, which is an architect and a devoted mother. My day starts out with early site visits where I examine the work in progress and ensure that everything is being completed and handled professionally. After these visits, I then go to my office, which to me is where all the magic happens. My office is where all the creative juices are released and designs are planned out and adjusted to accommodate to the customers’ preferences. After that I ensure that the implementation process complies with the designs I have planned out by visiting the sites on a daily basis. I also take in any new project proposals and sit with potential customers to discuss plans for their future homes. After a long working day, I then set off to my second job which is being a mother of two. At night my life is devoted to them and their needs, to balance out between my work life and my mom duties.
What are you thinking about when you design a house?
The first thing I consider when designing a house is the personality of my customer. Before implementing and finalizing any designs I need to ensure that it suites and adjusts to my customer’s personality, which is the core of any good design. I believe that every house should resemble its owner, with its unique elements and designs in order to create a strong connection with the customer while allowing the house to embody the customer’s character. This is what creates the true feeling of “home” which is why it is the basis of all my designs.
Do you follow the trend that is happening around the world or do you have your own taste?
My designs are based upon a mixture of both trends in the world with a combination of my taste alongside the customers’ taste as well. I do not base my designs off of global trends as they become less unique and may not accommodate to the desires and personality of my client. I usually use global trends as an inspiration to create unique designs and to think of new recommendations for my clients’ preferences.
how do you reconcile your work and personal life
The hardest part of my job is managing both my work life and my personal life. Even though this remains a challenge, the most suitable solution was to separate my day depending on my duties. I allocate the morning time for work, while the kids are in school or training, then at night I am devoted completely to my family and personal life. At night I focus on my kids and their plans, and I squeeze in any personal things I need to complete. Even though I have succeeded in balancing both my work and personal life, I still struggle to have some alone time, but with every success journey comes a sacrifice that you need to accommodate to.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Growth is my primary focus and goal when it comes to my future aspirations. I have a consistent desire and dream to grow my operations and my business alongside the projects I take. I want to work on a larger scale, while being more recognized across various locations, alongside working with a larger team to increase our scale of operations and our professional capabilities. Through this I also aspire to take on much bigger projects, rather than only residential ones, to help replicate my vision and designs across various different platforms.
How is it possible for you to succeed in the industry when almost every one is a man?
I believe that every woman is capable of doing the same things as a man, especially if she is well respected and highly regarded in her work environment. It may seem difficult entering a field that is dominated by males; however this just creates an even greater opportunity as it allows me to prove myself and to show that women can make dreams happen too. The most important aspect is to be firm, and portray your strong and diligent personality in order to be well respected by your staff and employees.
Another very crucial point that I believe a women is better at, specifically in my field, are the very small details that truly make a difference. There are some aspects in interior design that are very small that only women usually notice, which makes us further excel in our job. To me these small details are everything in order to deliver the perfected finishing to the projects handled, which makes women just as great, if not even greater, than competitors in the field.
What do you recommend to anyone who wants to change their house?
I recommend that anyone who wants to change their house to not simply follow or copy the trends or designs of another house that they find appealing, instead they should focus on their personal preferences and ensure that their personality is embedded in the designs chosen. If anyone disregards this aspect, the connection between the house and its owner will be lost as it will not resemble their true character.
Who are the influenced people in the life of Yasmine Abuelnaga?
I am influenced by everyone around me; therefore I also try to leave an influence on those I cross paths with. I try to ensure that I influence every customer I work with, every team member, and every individual I come across while helping them embrace and be proud of who they are as individuals and expressing their unique qualities in their daily lives. I also work to influence the lives of my customers ensuring they are experiencing maximum satisfaction and comfort in their new homes, while turning their dream home into reality. I also leave an influence on my loved ones to ensure that they are always following their dreams and working hard on achieving them, always teaching them lessons I learned throughout my long journey to reaching the point I am at today. I also constantly encourage them to always be proud of who they are and what they’ve accomplished and never lose hope on achieving their dreams.
ABU ‘MALEK EL FABRAKA’
ABU’s latest hit causes a tropical storm this summer!
The fresh wave of Summer brings pop prince ABU’s latest album ‘An El Awan’ onto
our shores. The latest track ‘Malek El Fabraka’ recently released, saturating us with
fresh and vibrant summer vibes to enjoy the sunny season! Setting the pace for the
rest of the seven track Album, with each subsequent track being released in three to
four weeks one after another. The next song to be released after ‘Malek El Fabraka’ is
set to be the bombshell ‘Maleket El Helween’.
Written by Mahmoud Salah, composed and distributed by Meno, ‘Malek El
Fabraka’ in Abu’s eyes has “a new lyrical style than what came before it. The thing I like
most about the song’s lyrics is the message, that we all live in the era of make believe,
everyone making everything up. Feeling realistic, it’s about someone who was in a bad
place in his life, as he discovers the person who hurt him and took the decision to cut
them out, and that ultimately he could overcome his pain. We somehow get stuck in
relationships and we feel that there is no way out or that we don’t have other
alternatives and I wanted to tap into that”.
This is the second lyric video Abu released after previous hit ‘Hateegy’. He has a
new concept when it comes to releasing clips as he stated “I plan to be adding some
variety to the album, in which not all tracks will be released with music videos, some will
be animated and some will be interesting lyric videos or visually exciting pieces of
content”. His developed style, desire to delve deeper into the soul and turmoils of love
show a unique progression in Abu’s style, with only more layers to be uncovered with
his new album
EL KING MOHAMED MOUNIR EL EKHTEYAR 2
A ripple coursed through the hearts of Egyptians as we all watched Al Ekhteyar 2 while the emotionally moving ‘Dhalin’ by the King Mohamed Mounir played. A piece mourning the brave ‘Oasis martyrs’ who lost their lives in service to their homeland. Captivating the emotions of millions across the country, capturing their feelings of regret and sorrow and transforming it into a song manifesting the pride and resilience of a nation.
Mounir drew upon the talents of those he knew would be necessary to bring justice to the piece’s subject matter. The captivating song that brought the king to tears during the recording, is a product of favorite poet Nasr El Din Nagy, the artist behind the moving lyrics and was composed and arranged by the remarkable Ahmed Farhat.
Delivering a piece that the King intended to remind us of the strength and spirit Egyptians present in the face of adversity. Exemplified by the Egyptian army’s heroism in the fight against terrorism. Mounir’s words echo the chant within the hearts of all our countrymen, “Glory to the martyrs and long live Egypt.”.
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