What’s growing up been like for you? Has it been a walk in the park (I highly doubt it) or a punch in the face? A bolt from the blue? A kick down the ladder? God, I feel like I can go on forever! I bet it has been the latter three, hasn’t it? This one is about the actual epiphanies that strike you in the process, the real realizations, the important revelations.
1. Growing up is realizing that you’re not ready for life, admitting to yourself that you can be cruel, too and that you’re capable of hurting people.
2. It’s looking back and finding a trail of people that you’ve left behind, some you’ll never be able to run to again
3. Growing up is understanding that you can’t scream “Mother!” Every time something goes wrong, and realizing that she, too, is a person with problems and issues that made her who she is and that maybe, just maybe for once seeing that she, too, needs help.
4. Growing up is failing over and over again until who knows when this train will stop and maybe you’ll one day get to see yourself in a better place, in a better state.
5. Growing up is anxiety, depression and a long wave of panic attacks followed by a brief period of normal breathing until the three hit again.
6. Growing up is trying hard to win that Oscar award for best actor/actress because God only knows how many times you’ve put a smile on your face when all you wanted to do was punch a wall until your arm went numb.
7. Growing up is understanding the true meaning of doubt, if you don’t doubt yourself, if you don’t doubt your abilities, if you don’t secretly see yourself as an imposter every time someone even suggests that you’re good at something, then you’re messed up.
8. Growing up is forgiving those you couldn’t hurt back at the time and those who wronged you.
9. Growing up is letting go, letting go of a past that once upon a time meant everything to you and held you back for God knows how long.
10. Growing up is admitting that you’re human; with weaknesses, vulnerabilities and a tremendous
amount of fuck ups.
11. Growing up is realizing the necessity of the process of elimination; eliminating toxic people, eliminating bad influences, eliminating uncomfortable vibes.
12. Growing up is experiencing the long awaited epiphany that is the idea that you should never sacrifice your comfortableness for someone else’s happiness.
13. Growing up is cutting the last thread that’s been trying to pull you back in for so long, be it a dying relationship or an abusive friendship.
14. Growing up is realizing that you shouldn’t apologize for the things you want. That you don’t owe people explanations for your every step and every decision.
15. Growing up is surrounding yourself with fences, brick walls, iron shields and every single form of protection you can think of until you realize that the only person you’re bullshitting is yourself.
So, stop being too damn hard on yourself. We’re all still growing up.
Um Kalthoum Brought Back To Life
As proud Egyptians in 2020, we’ve always enjoyed reminiscing on past singers of our culture whom are now not amongst us, may they rest in peace.
Egypt is well know for our infamous singers that are truly loved worldwide. You would think that it’s just us but believe it or not, everyone enjoys ancient Egyptian music.
With that said, we are proud to have amongst us one of the world’s well know and dearly missed singers, Um Kulthum. Her unique and powerful voice has stayed with us for all these years, even after her passing.
It’s been 44 years since she left us, but luckily we have many ways we could listen to her melodic songs. The internet has definitely made it way easier to look for whatever you want, especially music. From Anghami, to Spotify, and even Youtube, you name it!
Which is why we are super excited to tell you the amazing news! You actually get to witness a live concert of Um Kulthum! How? Isn’t she dead? Well that’s the thing! Egypt brings to you one of it’s very first Hologram Concerts, and what better way than to start off with an Egyptian Legend, Um Kulthum!
The concert will be held at the Cairo Opera House on the 6th of March in the Grand Theater. Fortunate for us, this concert is in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture to help create a vivid and powerful experience for us to have a genuine feeling of how things were back in the 80’s!
Dr Inas Abdeldayem, the Minister of Culture, is excited to be incorporating advanced technology as well as modern methods to be capable of allowing us to relieve old Egyptian artists. She states that this is a smart tactic that will hopefully attract the younger generation to their culture and history.
The concert will be directed by Jihan Morsi as well as a musical band that is to be lead by infamous Maestro Mostafa Helmy alongside Mai Farouk and Reham Abdel Hakim. These people are well known for performing songs by the legendary Um Kulthum.
Yes indeed this is the first hologram concert in Egypt but it is not the first of it’s kind! Dubai and Saudi Arabia had already initiated hologram concerts, Dubai being the first ever to create such an idea! Rumor has It though that Egypt has had a hologram concerts before but only during the World Youth Forum!
Even after all these years, everyone has a passion towards Um Kulthum. Today, she is still considered Middle East’s most admired singers!
We all can’t wait to attend such a historical event happening amongst us. The upcoming show truly gave everyone hope that they have a second chance to finally see the woman who had challenged social norms as well as became a major historical symbol.
Check out the video before when Dubai had done their first hologram concert ever. This is so surreal!
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Mo Salah to Become the First Ambassador for UN Instant Network Schools
Our iconic role model Mohamed Salah has been selected by the United Nations as the first Ambassador for Instant Network Schools, the program that grants refugee and host country students the chance to obtain high-quality online education.
The organization made the announcement on their official website and said that Salah will participate in the UNHCR program by taking part in school visits supported by the program. He will also help in raising awareness regarding the importance of quality education for refugee students.
The program invests in technology that brings the kids closer to the outside world and help them envision their future and plan it out.
There are currently 36 instant school communication networks in eight refugee camps in Kenya, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan, according to the statement.
“I’m partnering with Vodafone Foundation and UNHCR to close the gap between the education available to refugees and their peers living in settled communities,” Salah said in a statement.
“Instant Network Schools is an important initiative that I am proud to represent, which is transforming learning for a generation of young people across sub-Saharan Africa and soon also in my home country, Egypt,” he added.
Hottest Tattoo Artists in Town 2020
Art has been one of the most important things we have been graced with, because if you think about it this way, Art can be expressed in many different ways. For instance, Art can be expressed through a certain dance or maybe even a specific painting, which is why we hold on to it so dearly.
Now, another modern and cooler way people have started expressing themselves through more and more is Tattooing. Tattoo artists have been growing more popular throughout the years because Tattooing can be considered as a painting, drawing, or even just a means of expressing themselves.
Nowadays, everyone is psyched and more interested in getting tattoos, whether it ‘s the name of your mother or maybe even the Mona Lisa, everything is possible! Since there are many people hoping to get inked this year, it’s very important to choose your artist wisely because this isn’t a canvas or even a paper that you can crumple and start over with, this is your skin, and whatever gets inked on it will remain permanent.
Tattoos can be removed through laser surgery or maybe even light therapy, but we caution you, it’s extremely painful!
Egypt is filled with tons of cool artists that can do many things, but beware, not everyone knows what their doing. Which is why we bring to you Cairo’s hottest tattoo parlors in one place!
Chaos Tattoos is one of Egypt’s well know tattoo parlors. It’s located in the heart of Zamalik. The tattoo artist working up this parlor is Adham. He prefers trying to understand exactly what his customers want projected and inked on their skin. He’s done very impressive work which is why his parlor is flooded with customers. Open 6 days a week and with a rating of 5 stars, Chaos Tattoo is a dope place to get inked!
Bigg Triggz Tattz
With 10 years of optimum tattooing experience, Bigg Triggz Tattz is a comfortable place to get your tatt in. Since the parlor is well known, Triggz is open 24 hours a day which is why you can only get an appointment by calling prior to the day you want it done. He specializes in cover ups and highlights, so for those of you who have gone to the wrong tattoo artist and want it covered up properly, this is your ideal place. Bigg Triggz Tattz truly has earned a 5 star rating as well!
The Dragon Tattoo parlor is located in Giza and has a s certain specialty they prefer working on. They specialize in full body works such as alluring designs for the arms, chest, or even back! They’re open 7 days a week and start at 1:30pm. For those of you who are thinking of going nuts this year and getting a larger than life tatt, no one does it better than the Dragon.
Riders Studio is another cool parlor located in Zamalek. What’s quite unique about this studio is that they take serious interest and care in their artwork as well as testimonials by keeping them up to date. Not just that, they also provide piercings, dope hairstyles, and even clothing so it’s considered a one stop destination! Twon, the artist, is given a 4.9 star rating and works seven days a week starting 1:00pm.
Tattoo Egypt Osos
This tattoo parlor is located in a bizarre place called Shubra. The theme or style of the artist is elegant and concise with detail which is super important in a tattoo artist! They specialize in all sizes and styles which is pretty cool as well. Yet another parlor that has earned a 5 star rating! For more inquiries, the parlor is open seven days a week as well but opens up at 11:00am.
There you have it, your ideal itinerary to your town’s hottest tattoo parlors! Check them out and head to their websites for more details on their work and prices as well because bare in mind, prices will vary.
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