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Why the #Trashtag Challenge Should Become a Trend in Egypt

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Social media challenges that go viral are often meaningless, or lacks a purpose. But this new challenge is one that should actually dominate the social media, globally and not just in the U.S.

The #Trashtag challenge is getting people from U.S to India sharing before and after photos of areas that were filled with trash, before getting cleaned. Thanks to the challenge, countless number of people are getting their hands dirty, cleaning up their neighborhood.

Even though the hashtag existed a few years back, it only took off a viral status, earlier this month when Byron Román shared a Facebook post encouraging “bored teens” to pick up litter.

He posted his own before and after photo showing a wooded area that had been filled with trash now cleaned with green garbage bags lined up on the ground.

This had indeed made a huge buzz on several social media platforms, in which thousands of people from across the globe responded to the challenge. Shares reached more than 331,000 times on Facebook and spread to other social media platforms.

An Instagram account named “trashtagchallenge” was also created; in order to share photos of the various initiatives. And it is looking OUTSTANDING!

“When teens get bored, that’s like the worst thing you can ever have — actually, any person being bored,” Román told Time magazine.

“So, I thought maybe someone will pick up the challenge and do something positive about it … We’re all in this together.”

Imagine if more teens around the globe took on this challenge. It’s not just about cleaning neighborhoods from the trash, but also about the concept of having such a positive trend going viral and encouraging the youth to do good deeds.

Along with sharing photos, social media users are enjoying participating in a challenge that is not only viral, but also serves their communities.

 

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The Different Tastes of Grand Nile Tower Hotel

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In Cairo, we have several ways to blow off some steam, because basically any place that overviews the Nile makes a perfect getaway. But what is even nicer is to have several options inside of one place, and that is exactly what Grand Nile Tower hotel offers.

From a breathtaking view to an exquisite dinning experience, the hotel provides many scenarios for an outing, and caters to each individual’s needs to guarantee maximum comfort.

What follows is a list of activities and promotions that Grand Nile Hotel offers. So in case you’re wondering what to do next weekend, look no further!

1- Sakya Souk Restaurant

The restaurant is an open air terrace with a stunning view of the Nile, offering an enticing extensive menu with a variety of Indian, Italian, Oriental, Mediterranean favorites and a selection of fresh Seafood.

2- Okashi Restaurant

If you are a Sushi lover then spoil yourself on their Weekend Sushi offer, with a tailored unlimited sushi menu for only 300 per person. Or better yet, indulge on some of their alluring taste of Japan at their Sashimi and Tepenyaki stations.

Dinner is served from 5:00 PM till 11:00 PM.

3- Revolving Lounge & Restaurant

Now this is a personal favorite, and I have mentioned it severally as a destination for love birds. The restaurant offers an international gourmet culinary delights with majestic views of the Nile and the city of Cairo, with a set menu for romantic din in every Friday at LE 1500 per two persons with a live entertainment.

4- Chingari Indian Restaurant

Indian food is known for its unique flavors, and the hotel’s authenticity guarantees an even better taste with their variety of special Indian dishes.

5- Fontana Restaurant

If you’re a morning person, then take advantage of the sunny weather by the Nile and have breakfast at the hotel’s breakfast buffet with a perfect view overlooking the Nile.

Breakfast is served from 6:00 AM till 12:00 PM

6- Dukes Sports Hub

Enjoy watching live TV sports including English premier league and Europa league matches, with a wide variety of delicious food and drinks.

7- Delices lobby lounge

Available only this month and April, the hotel offers you a fine selection of pastries with strawberry.

If you like what you see, and I know you do. Then hurry up and call 0223651234 for reservation, and spoil your loved one with a fancy experience at the Grand Nile Tower Hotel.

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Turning the spotlight towards Asmaa and her rising star Lara

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As mother’s day is upon us, we have sat down with the lovely Asmaa Sherif Mounir and her beautiful daughter Lara. The interview was a delightful one, and definitely one of a kind.

We took advantage of the nice weather and headed to Grand Nile Hotel where we were greeted with an incredible view, delicious food and a very friendly staff. Everything was catered to our comfort; which made the interview even more delightful.


The first thing that Asmaa shared with us is their morning routine, she told us that they always have breakfast together, and then they might watch something together. It was then that Lara shared with us a heartwarming story of the time she made breakfast in bed. The 6 year old, made her mommy breakfast, because she wasn’t feeling okay. How cute is she?

She then shared with us the thing that they enjoy doing together which is crafting and making DIYs, and as for Asmaa’s free time, she enjoys listening to music.
We asked her about her feeling when she found out she’s pregnant, she said she got really excited about it, and she even remember the movie she was watching when she found out about her pregnancy, and that she immediately called up her entire family to share with them the happy news.

Having both Asmaa and her daughter Lara inspired us to do a small competition, in which we asked each of them a question about the other one and see who gets them all right. While Lara’s superpower wish would be to fly. Her answer of what superpower her mommy would want was just so witty and smart! She said ‘I would say invisibility, because like you have all this attention and you would like some space for yourself.’

Lara’s favourite meal is fries, and Asmaa’s favourite is apparently duck? Well, at this point, Lara was so tired.

We asked Asmaa how she shows support to Lara, she told us that she gives her own space to dance, draw, sing, basically do whatever it is that she wants. She is always giving her the space to let out her energy; this way she would know what skills she has, and she can then support this talent of hers.

As for the things they have in common is the way they talk, their anger and stubbornness.


Asmaa also revealed to us the reason behind choosing the name Lara, she said that she wanted to give her an easy name, one she can learn quickly and no one would get wrong.

She expressed her enthusiasm about having a baby girl, and told us that she has always wished for one, so she can play with her, do make up together, and basically do together everything girly!


Finally, we asked Asmaa to give a tip to all the future mommies, in which she advices them to be more involved in their kids’ lives and to share every moment with them, also to never rush into things, and to enrich them not with money, but through developing their talents, and creating memories with them that they shall cherish forever.

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An Open Letter to the Moms Who are Also The Fathers

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To the mother who was also a father, who took on a role that wasn’t hers to fill but she did anyway, and excelled at it. The mother who wanted to scream and cry, but didn’t have the time to do so, and so wiped the tear and carried on with her mother/ father duties.

She is a woman who showed persistence, who against all odds raised kids who didn’t sense the void that a father left. She is an incredible woman, who stood against societal stereotypes of single moms and widows.

Stereotypes that often tried to break her, looks of individuals that often sting. Whether they are sympathy looks, or astonishment, they always held questions that she never really wanted to answer.

How does she do it?

She must be miserable.

Poor thing.

Well, she is not. She has beautiful children who make it up for her, and how does she do it? Through the power of a mother. That power that pushes her day by day, to keep going, to not breakdown. But let me tell you this, many times she does, she breaks down, she doubts herself a lot, but what truly matters is that she stands up again, every. single. time.

To the mother who was also a father, a sister and a friend. To all the things you have sacrificed for the sake of your kids, and to all the feelings you have kept inside. One day, your kids will mature, and you will be able to share the burdens you hid. You’re raising the kids, who one day, will help ease these burdens.

I know that it is so hard for a husband to leave you, whether he left on purpose, or passed away. It is hard to maintain his role, but trust me, you can. And I know sometimes you think the worse of yourself, that you can do more and can do better, but trust me, you’re doing just fine, you’re doing the very best you can.

So to the mother who was also a father, Happy Mother’s/ Father’s day. You rock your children’s world.

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