Friday, June 06, 2008

Of Cups and Kilos, and Other Stuff

A wondeful place, looks nice, smells nice, good coffee, and strange pricing strategy..

i remember less than 2 years ago, i used to get my flavoured cappuccino for 1.5 JD, few months later it became 1.8 now its 2.20 JDs, that's about 47% increase, WHY!!?

I understand that the whole world is in a price crisis, and that Food and Oil prices are rising, but 47% increase!!? i mean even Taxi's didn't raise their fare for that amount.

it's a rip off, that's what it is!

3 JDs for a hot chocolate cup!?
3 JDs for a Hommus Sandwich!? c'mon, you gotta be kidding me!!

I'm not a Marketing, Management or Financial dude, but c'mon. they are a local brand that doesnt provide service, official place to sit, no WI-Fi, not even Bathrooms!! and their prices are comparable to Gloria Jean's and Costa which provide all that and more (take a look at Costa's Portions).

you know something, the problem isn't with Cups and Kilos, after all they're a free business that has the right to price their items as they see fit. the problem is with the people, people of Jordan I mean; who became so dependent on commodities and who have developed an extreme consumer culture that they don't mind paying large sums of money for "nice" stuff.

Jordanians don't manufacture anything (compared to what we import), we don't grow our food, we don't have much natural resources, our economy is barely holding, but still our school children have cell phones and drive cars, the poor have sattellite dishes, and our children (even the poor children) quarrel saying "Adidas is much better than Nike" or "Motorolla Cell Phones are crappy". Jordanians still go to commercial cool places and buy commercial nice stuff even if they know they're being ripped off!!

Walla 3eb.

*note: a quote from Al Sheikh Al Sha'rawi on the "Grow your own food thingy":

"طول ما أكلك مش من فاسك، رأيك عمره ما يكون من رأسك"

Monday, March 12, 2007

Dear diary…
Today I discovered Charbel Rouhana… exquisite music, artist par excellence!!

Saturday, February 17, 2007

nice warning!

mmm... just exactly, who are we talking about here?

Climate Prediction

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Read more and perhaps take an action here.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007


Question!! Have you by any chance spotted the following ad, hideously glued to walls and street signs?

Well I did, and got really suspicious regarding the curious nature of the ad; no company name, no detailed skill requirements no nothing except a cell phone number and relatively large salary in US Dollars!!

So I called the number, pretended I was an unemployed guy and wanted to know what that job was, simply he said: “translators for the American army in Iraq, you’ll work in military bases, it will not included reading or writing, just talking and conversation”…how nice! They need translators who don’t need to read or write, just talk! Why would they require “conversation-only” translators? I’m thinking maybe the guy lied and it’s actually a field job, or they will be used in interrogation rooms!!

So I played on, and asked about the location, he said its in sweifiyyeh, I asked him to be more specific, he said it’s just around the corner from the 6th circle and he’ll pick me up from there!! WTF!!! HELLOOOO!! 3ammo this sounds veeeeery fishi! An agency with no specific name, nor a specific location recruiting young Jordanian to work with an invading force in the most dangerous hot zones in the world! Luring them with few bucks, using stickers in the street not even a simple ad in a respectable newspaper (personally I never saw an ad in any newspaper, if anybody saw anything correct me please), and not to mention the “pick-you-up-with-the-car-from-there” service!!!

Titan Corporation, a translation company (now owned by L-3 Communications) announced that a total of 199 Titan translators have been killed in Iraq and another 491 have been injured. But in the same time in year 2003 they earned around 112.1 million dollars from translation service to the US army!

I refuse to let our youth be exploited this way, to be sent to die while companies make money and US army roots itself more and more in Iraq.

What is that recruiting company!? Who are they? Is it legal what they do? Need an answer…

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Tagged Again

So I’ve been tagged …again.

Five things no body knows about me…

  1. I’m very good in classic Arabic grammar and vocabulary
  2. I have a mild case of OCD
  3. I use L’Oreal hair gel
  4. I remember things that happened when I was one and a half years old
  5. I hate pranks and practical jokes

Please please no body tag me again!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

La3yoon Omar: Freedom of Expression

the sticker reads: "don't steal ... the government hates competition"

Sunday, December 24, 2006


So I’ve been tagged…

What did I do for the first time in 2006!?
mmm… Let me think…

  1. Started my own blog and posted my first post.

  2. went to Serbia alone (That also includes lots of things that I did for the first time, like waiting for 7 hours in an airport, swam in a lake, drank from fresh mountain river, ate deer meet and saw an old woman with a Goatee)

  3. Watched a horror film in the cinema.

  4. Read 1 book only :( with the pressure of work I didn’t get to read anything other than technical books.

  5. That’s it, my life sucks, I’m boring, thanx rawan for reminding me of this fact!!