Film Review: The Prophet

This is an impressionistic art film of Khalil Gibran’s classic, The Prophet. Directed by Gary Tarn, the film is simply a narration of Gibran’s book, accompanied by moving images of people, places and nature. Narrated by Thandie Newton, the images include clips from from Beirut to New York to parts of Asia. Most of the colour of the film is faded or black and white, and the filming is often shaky, with fleeting moving images of nature and cities, relating to what is being narrated. Watching the film, you are the observer walking through life, and Newton’s soft narration along with the organic filming technique trasports you into a state of mesmerising calm.

It also comes with a dreamy soundtrack.

The Prophet Film poster

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Stress Tummy Tips

If your anything like me and are always looking for ways to flatten your tummy, then you’ll probably want to take in these tips. Exercise and healthy eating, yes that is important, of course – but why is it that all that work still leaves you with that little bit extra! So here are a few tips that should help you de-stress & deflate!

1)   Sleep Earlier, well at least try

2)   Don’t have more than two cups of coffee per day

3)   Take baths

4)   Drink Magnesium

5)   Drink Chamomile tea in the evenings

6)   Make sure to eat green leafy vegetables daily

7)   Oat bran and grains should be part of your regular diet

8)   Miso soup, onions and garlic are good for you! Just eat some parsley after

9)   Pro-biotic yoghurts

10) Have short 10-minute walks after every meal

11) 10 deep breaths in the morning as soon as you wake up

…in addition to healthy eating and exercising, of course 🙂

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Artist: Bonobo

I have been a big fan on Bonobo after discovering his music in 2008.  In fact I was lucky enough to bump into him hanging out at the bar at a London party last summer (the perks of a big city) & after chatting he told me that his new album is coming out in April and that it will be ‘more up beat’ than the last one’ (words from the musician himself!). Lo & Behold April came and went and his new album is out (man of his word). If you’re unfamiliar with his music, it’s an eclectic mix of smooth beats and various instruments.

Another interesting fact about Bonobo (who’s real name is Simon Green) – he often plays each of the multiple instruments in his tracks himself, and superimposes them digitally during production, slowly building up and adding instruments, vocals (many by the talented szjerdene) and melodies throughout each track. Truly, a talented DJ & musician. Great background and day-dreamy type music.

Here are a few of my favorite all time tracks by him, old & new:

For more Bonobo music & remixes, follow him on sound cloud here.

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Science of a Smile

Some facts about a smile include

1) It boosts your mood and immune system

2) It’s a natural stress reliever

3) It’s contagious (well, most of the time)

photo by Rania Zeidan

photo by Rania Zeidan

say cheese?

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The Invaluable Advice of the Berenstain Bears

Growing up, I absolutely loved reading. And I’m sure like anyone, there’s always that series of books that was your favourite. For me it was The Bernstein Bears. Every time I’d buy a new one and add it to my collection I’d get so excited, reading it over and over until I’d near memorised it.  The first of the series was published in 1962 and they are still going on today, even though Jan and Stan Berenstain passed away not too long ago. Just to show that the books are indeed timeless! Not only was it so much fun to hear about the lives of sister bear, brother bear, papa and mama bear, but each book started off with some valuable advice. Below are some quotes that even at 25, hold just as true.

1) On fruit, and strangers:  “You can’t always tell from the outside which are the ‘bad apples’”.

2) On not forgetting your manners and warning us future adults of potential road rage “Please and Thank you, help quite a lot…manners and courtesy are just as important away from home—especially on the road”.

3) On the importance of saving money “When little bears spend every nickel and penny, the trouble with money is – they never have any”.  Same holds true of big bears.

4) On the importance of a proper diet “healthy food is good”. Pretty straight forward there.

5) And the age old honesty is the best policy…”No matter how you hope, no matter how you try, you can’t make truth out of a lie…”

Thank you Berenstain Bears!!!

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Book Review: Anatomy of a Disappearance by Hisham Matar

This is a beautiful novel that flows between Egypt and Europe, written with lyrical prose. Matar is a phenomenal writer who manages to describe profound emotions in little words. It is the story of a young boy, Nouri who loses his mother at a young age. He soon meets Mona, on a beach in Alexandria while alone on holiday with his father. Mona, who is later to become his step mother, is a young and mesmerizing woman, who he feels extremely drawn to. However, after his father, a respectable and influential man in Egypt gets kidnapped while on business in Switzerland, he and Mona are left to piece together this sudden disappearance, changing their relationship forever. However, this is not a mystery novel, albeit the air of mystery is prevalent throughout. It is a journey the reader goes through with Nouri, exploring relationships, the meaning of loyalty, and ultimately life. It is a story filled with emotion.  Each character is so compelling, it is hard not to be drawn into this novel. Consumed with innocence, love and the unveiling of secrets. Matar, who was nominated for the Man Booker Prize for his novel, In the Country of Men, is an extremely impressive writer who does not disappoint in this magical piece of fiction.

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Some Things Never Change

I came across these two pictures on the internet of early 1970s Beirut and I noticed that they look so much like a few pictures I’d taken just last summer. Granted, there’s not much to see in the pictures, but the nature and landscape are just the same. Some things never change.

Beirut 1970s by Anonymous

Beirut 1970s
by Anonymous

Beirut 2012 by Rania Zeidan

Beirut 2012
by Rania Zeidan

Beirut 1970s by Anonymous

Beirut 1970s
by Anonymous

Beirut 2012 By Rania Zeidn

Beirut 2012
By Rania Zeidn

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Gabriela Herman: Blogger Empathetic Photographer

If you’ve ever gone deep into the night hooked onto wordpress, blogger, tumbler, or the like, exploring all the endless possibilities of the internet, you will love this series by Gabriela Hermann, on bloggers. Her photographs each depict a blogger, in deep connection with their laptops. Here are a few of the bunch to get you excited & motivated to write your next post.

By Gabriela Herman

Blog: crushable
By Gabriela Herman

By Gabriela Herman

Blog: fimoculous
By Gabriela Herman

By Gabriela Herman

Blog: soup soup
By Gabriela Herman

By Gabriela Herman

Blog: textbook
By Gabriela Herman

By Gabriela Herman

Blog: foodspotting
By Gabriela Herman

To see more of the series Click Here

However her talent doesn’t stop there, the below photograph, for example, has been my desktop picture for over a year now. Her photographs are clean, crisp and just feel good.

By Gabriela Herman

By Gabriela Herman

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Seeking Single Sock…

…to spend quality time with in cozy bottom Drawer.

The below socks have lost their other half in a dry tumble while vacationing in the laundry room. Has anyone seen their other half?

But I guess that’s the thing with socks. Somewhere between the laundry basket and back to drawer status, a few tend to go missing. Vanishing, never to reappear. To quote Jack Nicholson in Heartburn “Where do all the socks go?”

In order to try and answer this question, I went on a mission to find the other half of each lonely sock, to forever have matching socks on both feet, to have one sock always comforted and wrapped up in their other, identical soulmate sock. I looked everywhere, under the washing machine, in corners of closets, even in other sock inhabited drawers around the house. I managed to find a few…though some just never surfaced. Below are the single socks that have still to find their other half…have you seen them?

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