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The Not So Small Things to Appreciate During and After this Quarantine

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We understand how this quarantine must be affecting your mental health, it is hard after all not being able to embrace the ones you love. Social distancing has surely taken its toll on all of us, but one thing this quarantine has blessed us with is the power of gratitude.

Gratitude and appreciation to what we have at the moment and to what we once had but had taken for granted! This quarantine has given us the time to reflect on ourselves and many things in our lives, it has made us discover hidden talents and allowed us to see the beauty of the not so small things.

We have narrowed down some of the things you should appreciate more during and after this quarantine, with the hope that it gives you hope…

During the quarantine, appreciate:

That You Have A Shelter and A Home

Appreciate the fact that you have a house and a family that makes it home, appreciate that you can afford to stay at home without any worries. We all need a safe haven and we’re all lucky to have one.

Your Family

Appreciate the quality time that you finally get to spend with your family! We have all become so busy with our lives and it isn’t slowing down for us to enjoy some quality time with the family. But this quarantine has blessed us with the opportunity to strengthen the family bond and appreciate their existence even more.

Yourself

Yes, take this time to appreciate yourself and work on your goals. Only if you feel like it! If you don’t have the will and power in you, that’s okay too. But try to take advantage of this time to reflect on all of your choices and make sure that you’re on the right track. If you have doubts, don’t be scared to take a reroute.

Your Hidden Talents

We have all certainly discovered new things about ourselves and dug up some hidden talents, what did you discover? That you’re a talented chef? Or maybe that you can dance or sing? It might be as simple as discovering that you’re good with Tiktoks!

Your Mental Health Capabilities

Yes! Appreciate your mental health capabilities and that it’s helping you stay sane during this tough and stressful times. Others are drowning in overthinking and anxiety, so be thankful for having the power over your mind.

Now, time for the not so small things that you should start appreciating more after this quarantine is hopefully over… 

Social Gatherings

Remember that outing you didn’t feel like going to? Or that family gathering you ditched to stay at home? After the quarantine is over, take the time to see all those you care about, feel the bless of being able to hang out, hug them and just enjoy the feeling of safety and security.

Human Touch

Now, when you see someone you haven’t seen in a while, you run towards them, you open your arms and then you suddenly pause, stop and remember that you can’t even handshake them! We’re currently denied from expressing life’s simplest signs of affection, so when this is over, we should appreciate the human touch even more.

Your Job or School

Having something to wake up to every morning is a bless, having a purpose in life is worth waking up to even if some days, you feel like staying in, remember that feeling you have now and appreciate the beauty of having something to attend to everyday.

Every Single Profession

From the incredible doctors who are currently risking their lives for our own, to the delivery men, the customer service, the cashiers! Every profession matters and from now on, you should appreciate them more and never think less of anyone’s else profession…

Your Favorite Hangout Spot

We often go out and we never realize how precious are our usual hangout spots, we think that it’s boring having to go to the same place, when all that actually mattered is having a place to gather in with our loved ones. So don’t think routine is boring, routine can be comforting at times.

To cut it short, appreciate every handshake, every hug, every kiss, every meal out, every cinema night and every time you step out of the house feeling safe and not paranoid.

After all, we truly are blessed in so many ways ‘and it shouldn’t have taken us a pandemic to realize that…’

 

 

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Samira Said Drops Latest Hit With International Music Marvik El Nabulsi!

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Arab music’s Diva Samira Said just released her long-awaited hit ‘Ott W Far’ with international music producer El Nabulsi and it’s taking the music scene by storm!

The first child of over 18 months of work, and it is the mutual appreciation and respect between the superstar and El Nabulsi that allowed them to take innovative steps with the latest hit.

Drawing inspiration from K-Pop, Reggaeton and RnB with Rock undertones, El Nabulsi has been able to explore and experiment with this track bringing together an entirely unique sound. The subtle and unorthodox approach taken in all aspects, from lyrics, production and even styling intends to make a statement, which is nothing strange for the superstar.

In line with Samira’s style of powerful, independent and charismatically sassy energy, a highly anticipated product that is under her perfectionist eye, ‘Ott W Far’ is a fiery tale of the confrontation of infidelity, Samira’s energy manifests in a powerful and resonant statement in a spirit of defiance in the face of such an act.

In spite of the difficulties faced in the wake of the Corona epidemic and the challenges it presents to artists and fans, a collaboration with TikTok allowed fans to enjoy an exclusive online concert for the superstar celebrating the release.

This song being the first collaboration with potentially more exploring both Egyptian and Moroccan styles and vocals, El Nabulsi has large plans for the future, with collaborations with more stars in the Middle East in the works, from Syrian superstar Asaala to Kuwaiti giant Bader Al Shoeibi and more!

Since he entered the scene in Egypt in 2016, El Nabulsi intends to spark new life in a region’s artistry that has always had his appreciation. Step by step, his influence has been felt. From being chosen for the honor of working on the songs for the World Youth Forum three years back to back to working on high level projects with key names in the industry, El Nabulsi stands to be a notably unique influence on the music scene in the region for years to come.

From the mere age of 11, London born and raised El Nabulsi began experimenting with a Sony Acid music production software app that came with his cereal box, El Nabulsi has continued to develop his talents. Always Striving to cross pollinate talent from different genres with the Arab world. Potential future collaborations with artists such as Sherine and Hossam Habib to add to his list, with names such as P. Diddy, Mario Winans, The Sugababes, Tinie Tempah, Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd), Hossam Habib, Sherine, Hamaki, Amal Maher, Tamer Ashour and Esseily. His favored project being “Mosh Hansah” by Amal Maher, featuring Pink Floyd’s Guy Pratt, with his work with Hossam Habib’s album “Faraa’ Keteer” and Sherine’s album “Nassay” being important steps in his career.

Click on the link now to watch the video and tell us what you think!

 

 

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Memory of the City: New Initiative to Document Egypt’s Architectural Heritage

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‘Memory of the City’ is the newest initiative launched by the Egypt’s Ministry of Culture with the aim of documenting the architectural identity of ancient areas in Egypt.

Minister Inas Abdel Dayem said that Egypt’s architectural heritage represent the history of civilizations and the formation of urban life and its development. 

Abdel Dayem further explained that Egypt’s rich architectural treasures are a product of various historic influences that all came together to form the country’s unique heritage.

Abdel Dayem further pointed out that the “Memory of the City” Initiative is a humanitarian and historical message with the aim of preserving the nation’s unique features.

Also worth mentioning is that the “Memory of the City” initiative includes launching a series of books that highlights areas with a great historical value, in addition to setting boundaries and foundations to preserve this rich history.

The series tells multiple stories of buildings, their residents, the community and environment. All of this comes as part of the Ministry’s efforts in preserving the identity of these Egyptian areas and shed the light on their significant part of the Egyptian cultural heritage.

 

 

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New Swine Flu With Pandemic Potential Found in China

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A new type of swine flu has been discovered by Chinese researchers with the possibility of infecting humans and causing yet another pandemic! The study was released on Monday.

Scientists warn about the virus but for the time-being, they say that it doesn’t impose an immediate global threat.

The disease, knows as the G4 virus, is genetically descended from the H1N1 swine flu that caused a pandemic in 2009. G4 nowshows “all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus,” said the study, published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

We know how scary this sounds but Dr. Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University’s public health school, asked the public not to “freak out.”

“Our understanding of what is a potential pandemic influenza strain is limited,” she posted on Twitter. “Sure, this virus meets a lot of the basic criteria but it’s not for sure going to cause a hypothetical 2020 flu pandemic, or even be a dominant strain in humans.”

No evidence has shown yet that G4 could be transmitted from one person to another, perhaps the most promising sign so far, said Carl Bergstrom, a professor of biology at the University of Washington.

“This is not a *new* new virus; it’s been very common in pigs since 2016,” he tweeted. “There’s no evidence that G4 is circulating in humans, despite five years of extensive exposure. That’s the key context to keep in mind.”

However, researchers are warning the public that the virus is rising among large populations and could and could “pose a serious threat to human health” if not carefully monitored.
Transmission of the virus from pig to human could “lead to severe infection and even death,” said the study.
So should you be worried? For the time-being no but no one knows what this could mean for us in the future.

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