Plea from “Stuff Arabs Like” writers

August 25, 2012

First, I just to say that we, the man and woman behind Stuff Arabs like, are alive. Well, almostšŸ˜‰

I want to apologize that it took me long time to read the recent comments and approve them. But I have my reasons, bear with me.

First, let’s all say congratulations for the female writer “Poky Face” who got married and is now a mother! Congratulations! Mabrook!

Sadly though, she’s not writing here anymore. Which means, I need a female blogger to write here with me! If anyone’s interested, please leave a comment, I will contact you!

Secondly, myself, the male writer Ā (h3rm1ny3w), I had some life changing events too. Contrary to what happened with Poky Face, I actually went in and out of a relationship, among some other life changing situations. But hopefully, I’ll be back on track soon enoughšŸ˜Ž And boy do I have some good stuff comingšŸ˜‰

Now, to answer few of the comments. For those who left positive comments thanking us, I’m glad that you enjoyed the blog. The purpose of this blog is for fun, and only that. I hope we left a smile on someone’s face. That’s what it’s all about.

For those hateful comments, calling us racists or self-bashing: Well, you obviously don’t get the point of the blog. Try to understand the purpose of the blog, and maybe try to let go of some unnecessary sensitivity. Somebody made a joke about your culture? Big deal! get over it. Don’t be offended by stupid things, you’re better than that. If you don’t like this blog, nobody is forcing you to read it. We know we’re writing with the best of intentions.

So people, let me know what you think! write a comment on this post, and let’s hear you outšŸ˜Ž


Arab Men and Women #10: Nescafe

December 21, 2010

So we mentioned Turkish Coffe and Starsucks, here we talk about THEE numberĀ oneĀ beverage consumed in the Middle East: Nescafe !!!

I can safely say that this is indeed a social phenomena ! And I think Nescafe is making hell lot of money from this region alone.

While Turkish coffee was the defacto standard that you expect when someone offer you “coffee”, now Nescafe is the coffee. In any restaurant or meeting, if you ask for coffee, expect to see some form of Nescafe instant coffee.

It’s fascinating, and I tell you I’m one of those addicted to the disgusting taste of nescafe ! not bad at all, and very convenient for a lazy guy like me who don’t want to bother with other types of coffee.

What’s more amusing is that there are plenty of commerically available instant coffee brands in the Middle East, yet the average Arab consumer is so faithful to Nescafe that they even call other brands of instant coffee as “nescafe”.

Well, there’s always a room for one more cup of nescafe now isn’t there ?šŸ˜‰


Arab Men and Women #9: FC Barcelona

December 17, 2010

You’d be surprised how many Arab males and females out there who have FC Barcelona logos on their cars, facebook pages, clothes, and basically everywhere! I have seen toilet papers with FC Barcelona logos on !

A rough analysis of FC Barcelona fans in the Middle East will tell you this:

  • 80% of FC Barcelona fans started watching football about 2 to 4 yrs ago, and have actually no business in football or sports in general.
  • 10% root for FC Barcelona because it’s a strong team now. Those same 10% used to root for Real Medrid few yrs ago when it was winning. Sore losers.
  • 5% have no idea what FC Barcelona is, they don’t know the difference between a goal and a penalty, and they have no idea why they root for FC Barcelona. They just have the logo on their facebook page, and they update the status of their facebook pages with things like “we won”, “Barca 4ever”, whenever they hear there’s a match.
  • 5% are actual fans.

Arab Men and Women #8: Brand Names

December 17, 2010

If you’re visiting the Middle East for the first time; you’re up for a surprise herešŸ˜Ž

Forget what you see on TV about wars andĀ religion; it’s just the stupid propaganda.

If you happen to visit one of the famous Arab cities like Dubai (or Posh Dubai if you will), Beirut, Amman, or Cairo; you will notice a rediculous interest in brand names and fashion in general. Since this is the Middle East, so you should already expect the unexpected.

Just because something is trending in New York, Stockholm, and Paris, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s trending in Beirut and Amman for example !Ā  Typically, you will find a certain type of jeans trending, and at least 95% of the girls (and guys – disturbing I know) wearing the same type of jeans. It’s the cool thing, and everybody will have to wear and if you don’t wear the same jeans then you are a loser – uncool – geek.

A typical stylish guy should have at least 18 different jeans, and a girl would have double or triple that – depends on her budget.Ā  Believe me, it’s nothing you will see anywhere, because usually a Ā girl doesn’t have to provide for herself orĀ for her family in the Middle East, so basically her budget is her entire salary.

Guys however, depends on their money, and that can be a bitch. So just like the rest of the world, cool and rich go hand in hand here. Diesel, Pull & bear, and so many brands, some of which are actually not stylish anywhere save for the Middle East. And since the whole concept and sense of beauty is damaged (read my earlier posts to understand), so the degree of beauty and coolness is primarily related to clothing in the Middle East.

Speaking of Brand Names, you should also notice that the average (15 to 60) yrs oldĀ Arab citizen usually have the latest cell phone out there. Be it the new iphone(s), blackberry, Nokia, or whatever brand that’s trending – in the Middle East. It doesn’t matter if they don’t use 98% of the features in those “smart” phones, it’s all about the looks, and being cool to attract the opposite sex (now don’t argue and say that it’s for some other holier puporse, there isn’tĀ any otherĀ logical reason that I can think of).

On a personal ranking, I think Beirut & Dubai are the winners for the most over-dressed girls, and I gotta tell you, an eye candy isn’t always a bad ideašŸ˜‰ ; just don’t get dragged to the world of “fashion in the Middle East” because you need a lot of time, money, and plenty of airhead to catch up with the madness.


Arab Men #19: Lebanese Women

August 2, 2010

Arab Men prefer Lebanese Women, at least according to this article on MSN !Ā šŸ˜‰


Arab Women #20: Playing Victims

July 10, 2010

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Your average Arab woman is always the victim !

There’s always an evil guy who had broken her heart ! While this hypothetical guy might be fiction, you’re forced to acknowledge the undebatable fact that she is a victim. How dare you not toĀ sympathize with her heart breaking fiction story ??? Even if you see 100 people dying every day on TV in your home country…you’re still forced to show sympathy to her mystical perpetual sadness !

So if your Arab woman was in a relationship before, it’s always the man’s the fault. She assumes that it’s her right to pick up the phone, call the guy, and yell at him. It’s her given right ! Why, of course, “all girls do that” , is her ready counter argument. Even if she realizes that she wasn’t the right girl for that guy, it’s still assumed that theĀ guy was a player who broke her heart. Bo-friggin-hoo ????

No matter how hard the guy tries, he’s always wrong. He’s always missing one crucial “right” of hers. She forgets that a typical Arab man is expected to be the Jesus of the relationship: financially, emotionally, physically, and mentally.Ā 

It’s a very entertaining idea to her to throw herself in the arms of “feminism”, even if those ideas aren’t remotely related to our society, still, it’sĀ a very nice chance to play victim !

Disturbing pictures on facebook of girls crying & ridiculously sad songs over heart breaking is a must ! Even if she has the most loving husband and the most comfortable & cozy life…she has to be the victim and complain endlessly aboutĀ how unfair Arab men are !

And you wonder why good guys feel very frustrated ? Because they’re blamed anyway. It’s not appreciation that we seek, it’s just the constant complaining is what we’re trying to avoid !

Somebody needs a grip on reality…a comparison between relationships in the Arab world and other societies can spare us a lot of drama.


Arab Women #19: Mama !!

June 18, 2010

Almost every Arab man has to go through the painful experience of listening to his Arab woman talking about her love to her MAMA !

It’s just another attempt of your typical Arab woman to maniefest cuteness ! It is very “cute”Ā of yourĀ Arab girl to express her love to her mother’s food – even if it’s the crappiest most unhealthy food everĀ  – it’s just very “cute” to talk about it.

Of course, there has to be a facebook picture of your Arab woman with her mama, this is a must !Ā 

Cuteness much ?

PS:Ā Ā There’s absolutely nothing wrong with loving parents, but sometimes it’s just too much, specially when it’s cheesy and unreal. It can be a hypocrite attempt to look “cute”.


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