An Egyptian living in Europe but her heart stayed back home. Having some random thoughts about the before and after pictures. Ghawayesh means bracelets. In my context it symbolizes the cuffs of my culture. I don't know if I like them or hate them. Thanks for passing by.

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I started this blog in 2006 as a joke. Now that I look back, I have decided to take it seriously!

26 April 2012

25 April 2012

Joana Zimmer Beating Brian Adams!

 Look into my eyes, can't you see
What you mean to me
Search your heart, search your soul
And when you find me there, you'll search no more
Don't tell me it's not worth fighting for
Don't tell me it's not worth dyin' for
You know it's true
Everything I do, I do it for you

Look into your heart, you will find
There's nothin' there to hide
Take me as I am, take my life
I would give it all, I would sacrifice
Don't tell me it's not worth fighting for
I can't help it, there's nothin' I want more
Ya know it's true
Everything I do, I do it for you

There's no love like your love
And no other, could give your love
There's nowhere, unless you're there
All the time, all the way

Oh you can't tell me, it's not worth trying for
I can't help it, there's nothing I want more
I would fight for you, I'd lie for you
Walk the wire for you,  oh I'd die for you

Ya know it's true
Everything I do, oh, I do it for you

20 April 2012

Waiting to Inhale

The air is missing something

There's a lack of my soul oxygen

It's like your soul isn't around

I'll be here for a while

Please come back safe, and stay near

For I am here

Waiting to inhale

19 April 2012

One Moved Into the Cuckoo's Nest

SoOo0o, if one third of the Swiss have mental problems, should I worry about my own kids? Ha!

But the previous article explains a lot of weird behavior I see around. Now things seem more in the light.

Will see into that later. Tired now.

Kiss kiss.

up to a third of the people in Switzerland have mental problems

Up to one in three has psychological problems

Not alone: up to a third of the people in Switzerland have mental problems
Not alone: up to a third of the people in Switzerland have mental problems (Keystone)
by Patricia Islas,

Psychological ailments are set to become the biggest challenge for the Swiss health service in the next decade.

Inadequate or non-existent therapy will only aggravate the situation, as psychologist Alain Malafosse tells in an interview.

The specialist is not the first person to call for more coordinated research to produce better treatments. Jean-Nicolas Despland, director of the Institute for Psychotherapy at the university hospital of Canton Vaud, is also convinced that one in three Swiss people could suffer  psychological problems without further research.

Last week, the Swiss Health Observatory released a report stating that “it is possible that 17 per cent of the population could be suffering from psychological disorders”.

However, estimates can vary significantly. “A range of studies confirm that between 20 to 30 per cent of the population suffers from clinical psychological disorders,” according to Daniela Schuler of the Swiss Health Observatory, which coordinates the work of cantonal and federal health authorities.

Last September the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology published research on 30 countries, including Switzerland. On average some 38.2 per cent of people in Europe suffer from psychological disorders, the report states.

These figures are no exaggeration when compared to Swiss studies, according to Malafosse. Is it not worrying that 38 per cent of the population is affected?

Alain Malafosse: Of course it is. I can confirm the estimates of the European study. There are very profound studies, such as that of professor Martin Preisig of Lausanne University. It shows that between 30-35 per cent of the population suffers from mental disorders.

Severe pathologies like manic depression – a significant disability – affect five-to-six per cent of the population. This is a serious public health problem. Does Switzerland has enough resources to tackle this problem?

A.M.: When it comes to funding, Switzerland is among the countries making the largest investments in the preventive area.

But better education of primary care physicians is critical because at present, 90 per cent of those who suffer from depression and anxiety have never been to a specialist – or ever sought  treatment at all, for that matter.

One of the biggest problems is that doctors tend not to continue their training after they open their practices.

Alain Malafosse
Alain Malafosse (rts) Despite new research findings, the current therapies are still very general.

A.M.: In medicine, psychiatry has one of the largest shortcomings with regard to care and treatment strategies that are tailored to the individual patients. These are essential.

We lack the knowledge to develop better therapies. Take the study of cancer and heart and circulatory diseases, for example; in comparison, efforts are still insufficient in our research area – not just in Switzerland, but worldwide. Why is this?

A.M.: There are various and also sociological reasons; mental illness evokes fear, and the victim is often reluctant to see a doctor. Hopefully, society will become more accepting of such diseases, as has happened with cancer and epilepsy. This would surely be beneficial for the success of therapy.

Exactly the same difficulties exist among the health authorities. And within psychiatry there are also major differences between the various psychological, physiological and biological approaches. All of this contributes to the large research gap. You have announced an epigenetic discovery, which establishes a link between abuse in childhood and stress in adulthood. This could contribute to the development of better therapies for patients.

A.M.: Absolutely. Many psychiatric pathologies are diseases that are simultaneously triggered by biological and genetic factors and life itself, such as very early trauma – even in the womb.

This approach tries to understand how these factors alter the functioning of genes and will have an impact on all psychiatric disorders. Does this mean that epigenetic research will change our understanding of mental health if we can better understand the interaction of the genes that determine and change our behaviour?

A.M.: I hope so. Epigenetics enables researchers and specialists to understand mental illness differently. It is easier to accept that both biological and sociological factors trigger mental illness.

The understanding of epigenetic factors may contribute to the understanding of how all these factors interact. It may also change the way in which specialists evaluate and treat their patients. Based on their clinical and laboratory experience, what is the main concern of specialists?

A.M.: In Switzerland, we are dealing with more and more pathologies that are expressed in impulsiveness and violence. From a clinical and social point of view, this aspect in connection with mental illness has become very important.

In addition there is an even bigger problem: drugs. Addiction worsens mental problems such as delusions, anxiety, depression and personality disorders.

There are mental illnesses that are conducive to drug use, which in turn aggravates the disease. From a clinical and social perspective, this aspect of mental illness has become very important.

13 April 2012

At Least One Good News

.. That make me want to enjoy this.

Quote if the day..

- "OK, it's  bedtime. Now it's time to go back to my hooker." -G

Oh- the joy of bilingual children.

11 April 2012

How Could Anyone Hate Cassie Nabil?

A Screw Won't Fit on another Screw

The title is an Egyptian saying.

So, again, I lost the chance to rent the place of my dreams for my new project. And I'm starting to get convinced that the Swiss really don't like foreigners, as the real estate dude was clearly lying through his teeth while rejecting my application.

Holland, 1999..

I was desperately looking for a new house. Every time I spotted a house of my liking, they rejected me for the fact that it was "too expensive for my income", as I was single, hence supposedly poor! LOL

So my friend Marjon, who's Dutch, suggested a brilliant idea, which was to take her husband along and pretend he's my (rich) boyfriend while viewing those potential homes.

It worked from the first attempt, and I lived for years in the hottest building in the city, with my oh-poor-little-foreign-girl salary. :/

Switzerland, 2012..

Foreign again, seeking a place for my project this time. Same shit, but to the power of 10. OK, admit it, write it on your sites and save your time and ours. "WE HATE FOREIGNERS". "NO FOREIGNERS ALLOWED INSIDE THE SHOP". Stuff like that, you know!

I could have tried the 1999 trick and asked a Swiss friend.

Only problem is, as a newcomer, you can easily make Swiss friends, WHEN THE HELL FREEZES OVER.

Never mind. Off to take my pill of Fuckitol.

Rant over.

09 April 2012

Tomorrow, errr is today already.

Is a very important day, and I'm so nervous I want to burst into tears.

Fingers crossed.

08 April 2012

7 on 7

My baby turned 7. Amazing!

Girl vs. Woman

Call your woman "girl", and she will love you.

Call a woman, who's not your woman, "girl", and she would punch a hole through your chest.

Hope that helps. 

05 April 2012

Step By Step By Daniela Uhlig

Perfection. The perfect lesson in one photo.

Might I be able to be half this good- I can die happy.

04 April 2012

N.'s First Story Ever Told

- "I don't like school. I don't want to go to school."

- "Why not?"

- "I want to go a other school."

- "Why?!"

- "Zachary hits me."

- "Why does he hit you?"

- "Because I hit him."


- "But you shouldn't hit him."

- "Alexander says stop."

- "To whom does Alexander say stop?"

- "To Zachary."

- "But you hit Zachary first!"

- "Alexander is my friend."


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