When one girl sings vs. When “another “ woman sings

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wx6u_e3x2o]


This video and the video that follows are of the same song “Vola Palombella” (أغنية طيري طيري أو بولا بولا). However, they are delivered differently. In the above video, a cute little girl is singing the song; she is lebanese and her name is “Nadeen Dareefeh نادين ظريفة”. In an Italian contest in 1980, this song won the “Golden medal” for “The best lyrics of a children song”[2].


Nadeen Dareefa, 1980

Unfortunately, the singer that you see below stole this song and published a for-adults videoclip version of it. I copied the following three photos from the personal website[1] of the “thief” singer.

Nadina - Lebanese Singer Nadina - Lebanese Singer Nadina - Lebanese Singer

This was a children song. Therefore, I can not understand why this woman choose this song in particular in order to “ruin” it? Couldn’t she have chosen another song?

I have no objection against the freedom of choice; if a woman freely chosese to dress in a certain way, whether too “conservatively” or too “un-conservatively”, and as long as this doesn’t affect the society negatively, then she is free to do what she likes. But in this case here, the singer above chose a song that was produced firstly to be a children’s song and then made the new video clip of it.

Watch the new version of the song:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7auCWnqSknA]


What is the “hidden” relation between the two songs?

Apparently, they have the same lyrics. Yes, but there is a much more important similarity… But would you believe me?

Nadina - Lebanese Singer  = Nadina

Well… Umm… The two singer are one person!!! The second women is the grown up “Nadeen”. The following is an exerpt of a wikipedia article about this song:

أرادت نادينا إعادة إحياء الأغنية فغنتها باللغتين العربية والإيطالية بعنوان “Vola Palombella” بإيقاع جديد وتعاقدت مع مخرج إيطالي-كندي اسمه سيلفيو بوليو (Silvio Pollio) لتصوير فيديو كليب لها عام 2007 شاهده أكثر من 130 ألف مشاهد على موقع يوتيوب.

Nadeena wanted to revive this song so she sang it in both Arabic & Italian by the title of “Vola Palmobella” with a new melody and she made a contract with a Canadian director named Silvio Pollio to photoshoot a video clip for it in 2007 which was viewed more than 130,000 visitors on youtube”[2]

In response to what you see above, I found an article which was published in the Lebanese newspaper “Al-Safeer”. The article was entitled, “It is enough for the bird to fly once!!!”. The following is written at the end of the article:

“ماذا لو… أن «طوم وجيري» شاخا؟ مؤكد أن هذا الأمر سيسبب لي، ولكثر غيري، حالاً من الإرباك…”
ولا بد أن تختنق العصافير في الأماكن الضيقة، فمكانها الحقيقي ليس بين دخان النراجيل أو في المرابع الليلية، ولو أن هذه الأماكن تظل جيدة للسهر والتسكع.
وربما، أن طفلاً في داخلي ما زال يرفض أن يكبر، ويرفض أن تتغير الأشياء من حوله. طفل يفضل رؤية العصفورة وهي تطير كما طارت في المرة الأولى.”[3]

“… What if Tom and Jerry became old? Certainly, this will cause me, and many others, a state of confusion.

Birds would likely suffocate in close places, because its real place is  not between the smoke of hookahs or in “night places”, even though these places remains a good place for spending nights and roaming.

Maybe, a small child inside me is still refusing to grow up, and refuses for things to change around  him. A child that prefers to see the bird flying like it did in the first time.


Update 27.04.2012: Because of the good traffic I am getting from the photos of Nadina posted above, here are more photos of the “new” Nadina Zarifeh [4]:












[1] Personal website of Nadina, www.nadina.tv.

[2] Wikipedia, “طيري طيري يا عصفورة”, http://ar.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D8%B7%D9%8A%D8%B1%D9%8A_%D8%B7%D9%8A%D8%B1%D9%8A_%D9%8A%D8%A7_%D8%B9%D8%B5%D9%81%D9%88%D8%B1%D8%A9#cite_note-1

[3] “يكفي للعصفورة ان تطير مرة واحدة”,  http://www.sawtakonline.com/forum/showthread.php?69445-%D9%8A%D9%83%D9%81%D9%80%D9%8A-%C2%AB%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D8%B5%D9%81%D9%80%D9%88%D8%B1%D8%A9%C2%BB-%D8%A3%D9%86-%D8%AA%D8%B7%D9%8A%D9%80%D8%B1-%D9%85%D9%80%D8%B1%D9%91%D8%A9-%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%AD%D9%80%D8%AF%D8%A9

[4] Two Facebook pages called “Nadina Zarifeh”, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nadina-Zarifeh/17398618468?sk=photos & http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nadina-Zarifeh/184166074942082, retrieved 27.04.2012

Is it necessary to get a high average in University?

Tomorrow… Wait… I need to know what time it is right now. Is it before or after midnight? It is after midnight. Time is 12:33 am.

Today, I have an Islamic Culture exam at 11 am. Instead of studying, I went to bed at about 12 o’clock. I couldn’t sleep. Here I am writing a diary entry.

Let me put it straightforward: I don’t care what marks I am going to get! I am only interested in passing university! Yes, only getting an saverage above 60! Speculate what you want, I am not studying anything but Medical courses.

On Monday, I am having the final exam of the Horticulture course taught by Dr. Sa’ed Ewas. I have a Clinical Psychology exam on Tuesday. What should I study, Elective courses or Medical courses? I will study this elective course only on Sunday! I want just to learn Medicine! Screw the marks!

My marks are:

  1. Islamic Culture: 43/50. How much will I get in the final exam? I totally depend on collecting the questions before doing the computerized exam. Students who enter first, will give us the questions they got. I will wait till 1 o’clock to do the exam.

  2. Horticulture: 43/50. The worst mark I can get in the final exam is 25/50. The exam is a fifty truefalse questions. 43+25= 68! So what?



p>In the future, will I regret not caring to get marks? I don’t see why I will!

God, good evening

Good evening,

I don’t know what name to call you? Jesus? God? What about Allah? Shouldn’t I not forget Jeovah? It is really complicated! Every religion call you by a different name. I wish it is only a matter of name! They also differ in their understanding of you. For example, did you come down to earth? Is it as Chrisitians says, “You took flesh form!”? Can it be possible that you, at a certain time, left your thrown up there in the place called heaven? Is it possible that you care enough to come down to Earth? Why for? Aren’t you supposed to be the most supreme and the most high? Why would you then give a chance to a bunch of humans to physically see you? If it is true that you came down to earth, no matter when, I have to admit to you that I will be mad at you.

Do you know how much troubled I am? I am always… well, when I am in trouble, think of you. Could it be possible that you are really listening to our prayers? Do you really care what we humans want? If you can control the earth and every thing in it, will you respond to the requests of talking animals searching, most often, for personal pleasures? If you really listen to us, then you know that most prayers are about wealth, success, cure from a disease, good luck… etc. Don n’t you get bored of such selflish age-long requests? If I am not wrong, no matter what you did, you will keep listening to such prayers. First of all, such kinds of requests are inumberable. Secondly and most importantly, what is the limit to human’s ambitions? There is absolutely nho limit! They always need more! The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence! Isn’t that correct old chap?

Can I ask a question, I know that it is a personal thing, but I am just curious. How old are you? At school, Christian teacher taught us that you have no beginning and no end. I can understand the no end thing, but when did you started. “Substanec can not be created or destroyed. It changes from one form to another

There must be a god

My first proof for the existence of God:

Goal for living… The reason why to get up every morning. The reason that will make you leave your bed. Simply without God, my life is empty. No matter if I had everything; money, fame, friends, relatives, success, scientific degrees, brand new gadgets, a beautiful wife… Without you, I am nothing. I have no reason to live. I have no aim for my life. You are my aim.

To serve you. To be your image on earth. I am a representative of your on earth. I want your presence in my life to reflect on my relations with my fellow human beings. This is why religions are for. Not to boast that you have the best holy book and that you have the best teachings… True religion lays in your life, in your actions, your dealing with others, your goals in life.

We want to get up, but we can’t.

To you is my shelter, t

A prayer to me, salvation of people

The sitting in the souls of people have lengthened

Help me you mighty, help me you

We want to get up, but we can’t

Help me you might, help me you

Happy Independence day

Jordan: Happy Independence Day

Today, may 25th, is the 62nd anniversary of the independence of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

I wish my country all prosperity and advancement. I hope that, when next year come, all of our fuel problems, by the help of the oil rock, will have been solved.

Jordan might not a huge or rich country. But, I am sure that it is rich in the goodness of its citizens. Having all the money of the world isn’t as important as being the way simple Jordanians are. If you want to know what I mean, why not come and visit Jordan? “We should be like you!” A Canadian volunteer once told me envying what he experienced of the generosity and kindness of many Jordanians.

All in all, most people in the world love their countries. In my opinion, one must be faithful to the country where he was born. After all, an Arab poet once said:

بلادي وإن جارت علي عزيزة

وأهلي وإن ظنوا عليّ كرامُ

Trying to bring a suitable translation:

My country, even if it was unfair to me, is dear.

My family members, even if they thought badly about me, are benevolent.

Egyptian vs. Iraqi Professors

I am perplexed. the following question has been occupying my mind for the previous weeks. Currently at as a first year medical students in the second semester, I am taught by 3 Iraqi doctors, and 2 Egyptian doctors. The method of teaching of the 2 groups is 180 degrees different.

Iraqi doctors explain only using PowerPoint presentations without any additional papers explaining the material. On the contrary, Egyptian doctors give, in addition to PowerPoint presentations, hand-outs explaining whatever was explained in the lecture. As a result, I don’t have a problem when studying for a subject taught by an Egyptian doctor because I already have the material which I know, 100%, that questions would come from. While in subjects taught by the lovely Iraqis, we are constantly told: “The power Point slides are not enough. You must study on the books which I referred to.” You can’t imagine how this simple answer could cause hardship while studying books containing many pages which most of which are not necessarily in our level as first year students.

“When I was a students like you,” Dr. Hani Azawi said on anatomy lecture on Tuesday (I know hundred 100% that he talked about ‘Abdominal Aorta’, I can’t be sure of any other thing until I listen to the recording.), “I used to skip lectures with doctors who used to give us papers. There is no learning if you don’t search and find the information yourself.” Is it logical?! To be neutral, his point of view is some what logical. However, it needs a lot of hard work.

The Chinese Ten Commandments

I printed this article from a post I found in some forum back some years ago, I could only find the first page of this article.It contains only 3 commandments, only the title of the forth one appears on the paper.

  1. The good skills of life: Don’t mock the others and thier rosy private dreams especially those whom you think to be less than you, from the simple and good-natured people. For the statue of your servant at God’s higher and more prestigous than you and than most of the most important of people, and you might get their intercesion at the doom’s day and dont’ belittle the value of the dreams for the world without it is a dry and boring journey no matter how beautiful the reality is.

  2. The good skills of conversation: Think long and deduce long and speak little and don’t diregard all what you hear but store it because it is of certainity that you will need it in teh future.

  3. The good skills of apologizing: Don’t hesitate to apologize to those whom you committed wrong against them and look into their eyes and say the word : “Sorry” so that he would read it in your eyes while he is listening to it by his ears.

  4. The good skills of dealing: [Text missing…]

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