30 September, 2007

Virgin Megastore opens in City Mall - Amman

Yes, finally, it opened last thursday night...

It aint that big, but its big enough .....
Content: Laptops, gadgets, Books, DVDs, and alot of music CDs :)

Prices: not that competitive as i mentioned, the CDs are around 14 - 15 JD, iBOOK is 1071 JD, ipod shuffle is 82 (while its 77 in carrefour just meters away).

The DVDs are from prime, the have Prime's label and as far as it is known around town that prime brings DVDs from Virgin! So i didn't really get it.

but the store is nice ...... and again the Music CDs collection is awesome, the books section was not full yet, but seemed pretty good as well, and might be a competitor to Prime when it comes to the books content on display.

Just my 2 pennies

The Urban public transportation in Amman is changing ... BUT

So in away or another, the 21 new Mercedes buses manufactured by Elba house Jordan were matriculated and started their operation among the CMTC's fleet during the first half of September (The period in which I was out of town).

The buses started operating on new lines as well, which are:
University of Jordan – Wadi Al-Seer (which operates on the following route: UJ – Sweileh – Medical City - 8th Circle – Bayader Wadi Al-Seer – Wadi Al-Seer – Al-Rabahie – New Bader – Belal – Um Al-Osood , serving by this quite an entire new area that has been added to the Greater Amman area for over a couple of years now, and which still suffers transportation problems like the days when those were separated villages).
University of Jordan – Al-Jabal Al-Shamali (Rusaifeh)
Raghadan – Eastern Neighborhood – Salhiet Al-Abed – Al-Mugheirat (this are is in south eastern Amman in case you don't know my dear reader)
Raghadan – Marj Al-Hamam ( operating from Raghadan Terminal – Wadi Al Remam – Middle East intersection – JRTV street – Al-Quds Street – Southern Marj Al-Hamam's intersection with the airport road [where the new Al-Quds Colleague buildings are situated] – Marj Al-Hamam – Alia housing Neighborhood ) which is also a very important corridor that has been ignored from public transportation for good years now.

and even during last week I heard they started operating on the route of (Raghadan – Marka) after the big number of passengers suffering from the small number of rusty Coaster buses moving on this route got stuffed on daily basis.

So far so good .... but! Thats the problem, we always have some BUTs in here.
Buses moving on those routes do not seem to have schedules as promised by the CMTC, and the buses do not seem to operate after sunset, or very rarely in some cases after sunset!

Another BUT, is that some changes are being done on old routes! One example is the very famous Western Circular route (Al-Da2eree Al-Gharbee), which is not operating anymore on a circular route starting someday during last week, and yes without any notice, the route was changed, and the people were leftout in the streets having to take another mean of transportation.

This route now goes from the 8th circle - 7th Circle – Jaber Complex – Al-Haramein Intersection – Jubilee Intersection – University Hospital – University of Jordan – Sweileh intersection ... and backward. Which means it doesnot complete the circle as before from Sweileh to the 8th Circle via khalda's intersection and the Medical City.
One confusing thing was that my self was riding the other day on this route after i took the bus from the UJ area wanting to go home at near the Elba House factory in sweileh, when the bus U-turned from Sweileh circle and parked saying that was the last stop, and the bus had around 30 people in it, including one lady which happened to get in the bus just after meters before Sweileh circle!

So now, in case you are around the medical city are or The end of Mecca street lets say, and you want to go the jubilee intersection or Western Rabie, you have to take 2 buses instead of 1, a bus to sweileh, and from there to take Al-da2eree Al-gharbee, same applies to a lot of young guys wanting to go from the Sweifieh area to Al-Hussein park.
And since the area between the King Abdullah II Street (Medical City Street) and Al-madina Al-Monawarah street is not that far geographically, the CMTC will loose quite a bunch of clients that will use a TAXI instead of riding 2 buses with almost the same price of a taxi. And even more expensive than a ride with a Taxi when talking about 3 or 4 persons together.

One more confusing thing is that the CMTC put some of the buses that used to operate on Al-Da2eree Al-Gharbee on line Nr 2 (University of Jordan – Wadi Al-Seer) which passes through the King Abdullah II Street through which Al-Da2eree used to pass. And with the sticker mentioning the route as “Al-Da2eree Al-Gharbee” still there in front of the bus, and only to be covered with a small sticker saying (Wadi Al-Seer – UJ). Leaving again a lot of people confused as they get in the bus and asked to pay 0.41 JD instead of the usual 0.24 JD, and again confused when the bus driver reaches the University Hospital telling them its the last stop.

One further confusion is Line number 1, this is actually University of Jordan – Raghadan.. but during the last weeks I mentioned that the new line between the new northern terminal and Al-Mahatta terminal was given also Number “1” !!! on the new buses operating on it... despite the fact it has a completely different route!
This is pretty confusing because there is quite a good number of people who notice the line number 1st, since its big, and because both routes pass by a the same street at a certain stage in their movement!

On the other hand, the CMTC claims to be launching back an e-payment technique for collecting the buses fees, using pre-charged cards, just like Asia Transport Co had before. This will be through the turkish kentkart, and the charging will be, according to the CMTC available at a lot more venues than it used to be before (only in Raghadan and the Hashemite University).

More news will be available, as available.

My only hope for now is to have the new buses will maintained and preserved, because the CMTC has quite a bad history when it comes to buses maintenance ever since it was “Al-Thelal”, and all of us can remember the terrible state in which the brand new buses of the airport express became, right before Sarya Express took over the airport's route. And all of us can currently see the bad state in which Asia's DAEWOO buses nowadays after they were joint into the CMTC, and even the brand new Mercedes buses for disabled people were turned into a miserable state.
And as my friend fayez said, "The time came when we are afraid from the bus company's way to deal with the buses, rather than being afraid from the people riding into them!".

Update: http://nasimjo.blogspot.com/2007/11/blog-post.html

Love has no privacy, and its powers have no limit

They call it “Privacy”, Oxford's english dictionary defines it as follows:

priv•acy /'pr{I}v{shwa}si; NAmE 'pra{I}v/ noun [U]
1 the state of being alone and not watched or disturbed by other people: She was longing for some peace and privacy. * I value my privacy. * He read the letter later in the privacy of his own room.
2 the state of being free from the attention of the public: freedom of speech and the right to privacy * She complained that the photographs were an invasion of her privacy.

Nowadays' people use tools to gain it, be it by checking that checkbox that they don't want their phone number to be available in the phone directory, be it that the increase their on-line's profiles security to the maximum on MSN, yahoo, facebook , or other moder online people cooking books.... Or whatever other tools the todays' modern people use ...

Excuse me, But .... anyone ever heard about feelings, anyone ever heard about god's welling and force to empower your love powers to get to the you or you or you ...

I know, I know, call me psycho, call me stupid, call me ........ call me sticky smelly cat ... call me whatever you want,,,,,, but I am nothing but , Love-based human being.

I can't do anything in this life unless i love it, I cant eat something unless i love it, I cant sit on a chair unless i love it, i cant talk to a person unless i love him or her, i cant kiss a lady unless i love her (no, its not being in love with her you stupid shallow reader, differ between loving somebody, and being in love with somebody), I cant ride a bus unless i love it, I cant write a line of code unless i love the idea and logic setting behind it, I cant write this post write now unless I'm loving the music playing in the background , the machine I'm writing it on, and the OpenOffice software I'm currently writing this post on..

and when i love something or someone , I do with my soul, heart, mind, hands, lips, feet, and all of senses. I Love, then I exist ... because I'm a human being, and the mission god gave me in this life is to love, I love you god for this mission you gave me, I'm keeping it even though your other creature human being do not seem to love loving!

And here is my story...

Well, just before starting my story with this someone whom i so-called “loved”... at the beginning of this post (23:12 Saturday the 29th of September, 2007) I wanted to listen to David Vendetta's “Bleeding Heart”, I turned the radio ON to Play 99.6, simply because i thought they would be playing it in a short while, and there it was, after a couple of songs and at exactly 23:27, My room's radio is booming “What would my life be ... living in your arms ... we will never knowwww”.... No I dont know Play's play-list, probably there is a machine selecting those hits, right now, but Its just that i love this song, and its NOT the 10th nor the 20th time I love to hear the song and i turn to Play 99.6 and hear it right away, ... see what does love mean!

Back to my story,

She's a SHE, met here ever since the 1st days of Uni back in 2002, never cared about her looks (though she's breath taking beautiful), but i always cared her mind, her soul, her behaviors, thoughts, and passions.

Things progressed, I dunno, might had a crush at a certain time, but what i know is that i fell in love with her at a certain time, and for certain reasons that wasn't to be, I respected her decision, Life went on ... No relation has started, no relation has ended.... My love to her continues, yes that LOVE, the 2002 one .... “Do you still love her?” .. a dumb question ... answer: “if I will one day say that i do not love her, let it be known that i never even did, and all of this was fakeouts, and only then you can call me psycho”...
I mean, love never ends you human beings, who come you dare to tell someone: “I don't love you anymore” ..... Love is progressive, it never ends, its accumulative, it never vanishes, Love is forever, only your fake outs end, finish and get limited ....
Dear David Guetta, your “Love is gone” is a nice song, but even when love is gone, it doesn't mean that it vanished or ended. It is just gone, for a walk maybe!

Yes I do still love her, more and more even, Its been over a year since we have “properly” met, It was always by coincidence in shop or cafe, or a rapid un-planned meetup.

We planned to meet several times actually, but it never happened for several reasons .... but ..... lets see ....

Sometimes in February 2007, we were supposed to meet, it didn't happen, so a change in plans happened, and i went shopping, I was in a mall, at a shop, as i entered the shop (in which we had met before coincidentally) something came to my mind, soul, and heart , saying: .... “you will gonna see her today at 5 PM as set before”!!!!!!!!! after 20 mins of going around that big shop, I look to my left, its her, I look to watch (4:58 PM), I didnt go to her, in a couple of minutes she sees me and says HI.

Oh how much I love you my dear Barry White,....

“Do you still love her?” .. a dumb question.

Call it co-incidence yet again ... ok ... I call it something else!

Anyway, forget about those old fantasies then ....
So we set up a meeting, after I came back from abroad 2 weeks ago, its been over a year now, a lot happened in our lives, enough to talk for 3 nonstop hours maybe. So MSNing .... was this:
Me: “Hmm, I'm pretty jammed after this vacation, time is getting too tight, I guess the week after would be good, how about Saturday the 29th of Sunday the 30th ”.
She: “Ok, Let me checkout with my BF, and ill tell you”
Me: “Ok, No problem, you see what suits you and your boyfriend and tell me, I have no problem with that at all, but I Guess it would be better on Sunday the 30th, wouldn't be”.
She: “I guess so, but until then I'll be checking out and telling you”.
Me: “Deal! Have a nice day .. but don't you forget to tell me :P ” ....

During last week I reminded her on MSN about that, she didnt give me an answer yet. I decided not to annoy her anymore about it, and not even ask... I'll be waiting as she said..

Friday night, I was pretty tired, 1 AM, wanted to go to sleep ... remember the something, yeah the “something” that came to my mind, soul, and heart ... it came again saying: “she is on MSN” ... hell ya ... I just logged off MSN.

I log in, she is ON, (this wasn't the 10th nor the 20th time this happens ... ), I didnt open a session with her, neither she did, after 15 mins the something said “She will go Busy or Away” ... and bingo!!! I got stuffed out, put that handset device away and went to sleep without logging out .... I couldn't sleep, the something returned back saying: “How about a goodnight!” ... it was 2:10 AM, she was still logged, and within 3 mins she logged off!

So, I didnt annoy her, didnt ask her about her meeting ...

Saturday night, I went out to a cafe, (I wanted to suggest that place to my meetup with her by the way, since she likes starbucks, while i dont, and i prefer that place on it). So I went there, it was a family gathering.
So as i got in, the something came back, damn it ,,,, what do you want! The something said : “I just wanna talk to your mind, soul, and heart”, I said: “they're all busy with love” ... the something said: “and they will be happy more if they see what they are loving! Here, tonight!” ....

We ordered, changed 2 tables, and as i wanted to go get my order, I opened the door, and there happened to be a man and a lady looking to the opposite direction for a table, I felt something (I do not look at others my self in case you don't know), but I saw the lady's hair, and sensed something, and after i passed through the door .... Oh my god! Its her!
And yes, there she was, along with her boyfriend :)

“Do you still love her?” .. a dumb question.

Call it co-incidence yet again ... ok ... I call it something else!

They sat on a far away table, I didnt go there to annoy them, and just before leaving, I saw her 5 feet away, looking up to the shop's orders panel, she had that smile, she was blooming, she was in love, I love her when she is like that :) I love to see her like that .. and who doesn't love to see someone he loves being in love!
And no, I made a promise not to annoy her regarding today's evening, and this is how it was, I passed, smiled to her, and she didn't even see me! Just the way i wanted it to be.

She still didnt contact me regarding tonight, and no, “the something” didnt come yet to tell me ,,,, the something doesnt tell me those stuff .... but what i know is, that if we'll happen to go there tonight, I wont annoy the table she had that special time in last night with her boyfriend, my loving limits end there.

It wasn't the 100th time I have feeling about who or what i love, it wasnt the 200th either ..... and i know i will still be feeded by my Loving powers for the rest of my life, like I've always been.

But what i do not know is, when i'll be a victim of those love powers my self, oh dear god, I'm tired of loving everything and everyone, my loving mind, soul, heart and senses are getting tired. They are in need to be loved as well .... I want to be loved .... sometimes I wish .... I better not wish that ..... I'm just wondering how is it to be loved .... is it really how some people feel, when you love them and they just ignore it, or is it like feeling to be loved ?! I told you i dunno how is it to be loved! Eh ... can't you get it!

And though I'm now hearing IIO's "is it love" in my earphones ... what I can say is ...

"It´s crazy the spell you have me under
I know it can´t be but i´ll always wonder
What would my life be, living in your arms?
We will never know"

26 September, 2007

الملك يحسم الجدل > لا قيود على المواقع الالكترونية

Via A Petra News article, available here , here, and an exclusive table talk available here via Ammon News, which has been holding quite a unique position launching a camping against the electronic media censorship in jordan.

يعني في مسؤوولين ما بيجوا إلا بالبهدلة ... و من قلة حياهم ما بقبلوا بأقل من بهدلة سيدنا

خدلك هالنمرة مثلا:
ولم يؤيد الحكومة في متابعتها للمواقع وان يكون القضاء سبيلاً لوقف حراكها الا مدير الاذاعة والتلفزيون فيصل الشبول .

مش قلتلكم مبارح هاظا البلوغ مكيف، الرجاء إغلاق الباب بعد الدخول...
سلمت يا أبو حسين

24 September, 2007

و تطبيق المطبوعات و النشر على المواقع و البلوغرات و الكمنتات

هذا و من جانب آخر، أعلن مساعد مدير عام دائرة المطبوعات والنشر نبيل المومني ان كل المواقع الالكترونية والصحافة الالكترونية اصبحت تخضع لرقابة دائرة المطبوعات والنشر ، التي ستقوم بدورها بالاشراف على هذه المواقع ومتابعة التجاوزات التي تصدر عن المواقع المسيئة.

كما أجانا من المصدر

و بقلك إنو تعليقات القراء هدف الرقابة ....

أيضا كما أجانا من المصدر

هذا و أدعوا كل من السيد جميد دوت نت و جاد ماظي و الأنسة روبا العاصي يخففوا العيار بلاش يبيعوا مدوناتهم زي الــ آ تي في.

ملاحظة هامة جدا: هذا الموقع موقفه ثابت، و ليس كموقف العبدلي. واللي مش عاجبه يطلع بالدائري الغربي اللي صار إلتفافي بدل دائري

أما السادة الكومنتاتورز. خوذوا راحتكوا . البلوغ مكيف

(بيع الــ (آ تي في

و بس بـأبو 10 مليون ... يا بلاش


وصلنا عبر الرياح في هذا الصباح

و هاي عالبيعة كمان من شباب المحبرة

19 September, 2007

a Nice group on facebook entitled ... "Garaftoona ya Orange"

with pretty nice stuff :) just as the following :)

pretty nice ha :)

18 September, 2007

Back to Jordan

I'm Back to Jordan,
just came on sunday dawn, so for those who didnt know, yes, i wasnt in town..

one thing that i mentioned as i got in town is Zain's camping, its like, they are a life provider not a telecom provider! what the hill!

I dont need all those crappy stuff and ads that ur making my life better, because you wont make my life better with your screwy customer service, nor with expensive rates and old style policies!

so let orange and zain keep crappy adds in town, while umniah is continuing to provide service-oriented ads and the best service, rates, offers, and even quality (in both technology and services to be honest with you, in jordan, and even the region). and continuing to break the 1 million active subscribers record.

anyway, ill be publishing out a series of posts soon, to fillout the 2 weeks gap that i had.

so keep pinging :)

11 September, 2007


YES! romanian women DO rock :)

More than the romanian car it self :)