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New Ideas to Spend Your Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s is around the corner, and the same question pops out every year: What will we do? Whether you’re looking for something out of the box, or some wallet friendly ideas for your partner this year, we got your back. After all, Valentine is all about celebrating these unique emotions that bring two hearts together. Which can be translated in many ways, try these:

Authentic Nile cruse

No, No, I didn’t say a fancy dinner on a five stars boat.  I’m talking about the little traditional boats (folouka). Why not sneak away with your beloved away from the city noise and enjoy a romantic Cairo night during a Nile cruse just for the two of you. Maybe you can have a bottle of Champagne and strawberries on board.

Extra points: you don’t need reservation for this kind of boats. However, you can arrange early with the sailor to decorate the boat with roses. And definitely you need to arrange the music list ahead, or have your favorite collection on a flash USB.

Local Valentine’s

If you’re still getting to know each other, or you have been together for few years now, Valentine’s evening could be a great chance to open up and talk more. Why not do so when you’re taking a romantic walk by the Nile (or the beach if applicable). Walking together relieves tension, and helps you to open up and talk freely, which should bring you even closer to each other. It’s also winter time, so why not go local and enjoy some hot hommos drink ( Hommos EL Sham) or some grilled sweet potatoes. Come on, and try something different. Love is all about creating unforgettable memories, isn’t it?  You can always pick a flower from a tree or buy her just one flower. You’ll find plenty on people selling flower in the streets on this day.

Plus : this idea is super wallet friendly!

Classic picnic

The idea is not very common nowadays, a classic style picnic, though it’s always fresh, unique, and affordable.  All you need is a box with a small rug in it, some cold sandwiches (or any finger food you prefer), some drinks, and as many candles as you can get. Spot a nice quite place near the Pyramids or the Azhar park, somewhere in nature. Lay down the rug, lit all the candles (you can arrange them to a heart shape), and invite your lover to a romantic picnic at night where you start by counting the stars.

Bond with nature

Modern cities have huge impact on us; why not drift away back to nature. If you like the idea, try to take it to another level. Hit the road with your beloved to some nature get-away. You can spend the day, or treat yourself for a whole night of nature love. Don’t feel lock up in Cairo, there are different great places an hour drive away from the city. Try Fayom or Ein Sokhna, for example. Pick what suits your budget. You can also try El Hammra eco-lodge. It’s located midway between Cairo and Alexandria in Wadi El Natrun. It’s a great idea to let nature charms do its magic to your hearts on this special day.

Have you thought about Foot massage? 

If you’re married, why not relive your own (Se El-Sayyed) version. A foot massage is a fabulous way to pamper someone special. Arrange to have a romantic scene at home. Send the kids off to their grandma. Dim lights (or lots of candles),and good aroma with chilling music (you can get from sound cloud ). After a light dinner, bring a washtub (whatever available at your house, preferably wood or copper); fill it with warm water, and few drops of fragranced oil. Don’t forget to throw some roses on the washtub. Have some towels around. Make sure you’re wearing something naughty and start foot massaging your love. There are many videos online to show you how to do it like a professional.

Extra: if you feel like extravaganza night, you can upgrade your lover to a full body massage session. Just make sure you have enough massage oil and warm fresh towels.

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Egyptian Museum in Tahrir to Host Two Temporary Exhibitions

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Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Anany has announced that two temporary exhibitions will be held in the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir in light of the 150th anniversary of the museum’s establishment.

The exhibitions will launch on November 15 and will revolve around education and caches in ancient Egypt.

An inspection tour will also take place among the celebrations with the attendance of Minister of Antiquities Khaled el-Anany, some of the ministry’s leaders and well-known public figures.

Earlier on November 12, the Chairman of the Chinese Consultative Council and a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Wang Yang visited the museum along with the rest of his party.

All of whom were very impressed by the magnificent  display of the ancient Egyptian civilization, and were intrigued to learn about Ancient Egypt and the history it holds.

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Ashraf Hamdi’s ‘A Voice Note’ Returns With Another Heart-warming Story

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Director/ Writer Ashraf Hamdi strikes again with the release of his latest VN14: “Only If Time Was..” and after one year of fans waiting around for another voice note, Hamdi didn’t disappoint and delivered an outstanding piece different than the others but still holds the same magic that we all fell for.

The Voice Note tells once again a love story, one that started with a spark but ended tragically, leaving us all in awe. It’s a story that shows chemistry between two but when bad timing interferes and fate gets in the way, it ends differently than one would have expected.

The Voice Note is featuring the beautiful Aya AbdelHamid and Khaled El Zommor with the voice-overs done by Hamdi and Heidy Ahmed and as usual is written, directed, edited by Hamdi. What makes it even more personalized this time, is that the entire music of the episode was composed from scratch and is courtesy of Ashraf El Ziftawi.

That was Hamdi’s first collaboration with a musical composer and he worked along Ashraf El Ziftawi for 3 months and before that they spent a year composing music for other commercials and work.

 

The music wasn’t the only highlight of the short film, but also the song at the end that was exclusively written and recorded for it, making the Voice Note more intriguing and special. 

We spoke with Ashraf Hamdi regarding these collaborations and he told us how unusual it is for him to do such a thing but he loves collaborating with fresh, young talents and shedding the light on their work. 

For those who don’t know, the Voice Note series is the creation of the brilliant Ashraf Hamdi where love stories are told through a voice note. Every Voice Note holds a story and every story was based on a meaningful inspiration.

In his stories, you can find ‘love you didn’t love’ or an experience that you relate to, or maybe a completion of a love story that you didn’t have the chance to completely live.

When asked why the VN14 took so long, his answer was simply that ‘you need to be inspired,” and we are so glad he did. He also revealed that he likes everything in the project to be very personalized, even the cast, he needs to connect with them and love them in a way.

We hope Hamdi stays inspired so we can get to witness more of his magic!

 

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It’s Time You Walk Away When…

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I hold my phone every other second, still, not a single word from him. I toss and I turn, not able to sleep, and I start to wonder, is he okay? What is he doing right now? Has he gone home safely? I’ll text and see. ‘No. Stop it. He’s fine not hearing from you.’ My overthinking begins to tell me.

Why is he okay not asking about me when I’m not? Well, maybe because this is my first sign that I should away.

1- They care less than you do

When your relationship starts getting fragile, it is important that the other person assures you that they have equal feelings. That you’re both in this together, and you will work it out, together. It should never be all on you, you shouldn’t be the only person making the effort. So stop being the quicker person to call, and stop worrying so much. Let them do the call, the texting, let them do the fixing. Because again, you’re in this together, or you’re out, you walk away.

2- They always make excuses not to meet

You want to meet up, go over things, discuss it like adults and come up with a plan, right? But it never happens, right? Because they always seem to find an excuse to get out of it, or they simply can’t do this same conversation again. They say they can’t do this fighting anymore, but when you’re fighting for your relationship, then it’s legitimate and if they can’t do it, they don’t deserve you.

3- They can’t be trusted

Relationships can lack several fundamentals, but one thing it should never lack, is trust. It is what relationships are built on, and once it is taken from the equation, the relationship falls. I’m not telling you to give up the second they do you wrong, but to earn your trust again, they should work hard for it, and this chance you are giving them, should never be taken for granted.

4- They are cold

The way they treat you is cold, the way they respond is cold, even the way they smile back at you is cold. This change in behavior can only be spotted by you, and when you start comparing their responses to the way it used to be, this is when you will get your answer.

Never allow yourself to be with someone, who just doesn’t seem to care anymore. Someone who’s keeping you, because they are being selfish, and not reasonable.

5- They exhibit an error in communication

Communication is a key to a healthy relationship, it’s important for the both of you to know that you’re standing on the same ground, that you both feel and want the same thing. It’s okay to experience some miscommunication, but what matters is for the both of you to admit having this issue; so you can work through it and get past it.

Try to allow the space for each of you to speak their minds, with no interruptions AT ALL. Listening is a key to understanding, and accepting that difference in your point of views, is another key.

I can never really tell you for sure that this is your cue to leave, because at the end, it’s not signs that you should follow, it is your intuition. So what does it tell you?

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