Saturday, January 21, 2006

Yousuf (with a mouth full of cake) and I celebrate my 28th birthday together at a Gaza restaurant. The staff surprised me with a cake, the really loud obnoxious Egyptian style "happy berth-day to you" song, and sparkers. I was ready to bury my head under the table (especially given there were several ministers in attendence in election dialogue) Posted by Picasa


Blogger ifyouwillit... said...

Happy Birthday

2:12 AM  
Blogger Roba said...

Cute. Kol saneh o inti salmeh :)

3:06 AM  
Blogger ratttu said...

happy b-day laila!

3:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Dear Laila :-)

9:28 AM  
Blogger Laila said...

Thank you guys!!! I have TO ADMIT i was really not in the mood to go out and was so busy covering the elections, but I really did have fun!

10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A heartfelt Happy Birthday to you, Laila. Your little one is adorable.

4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Laila!!!

5:04 PM  
Blogger Living Away said...

Happy Birthday, dear Laila!!!

5:22 PM  
Blogger Yafiah Katherine Randall said...

Happy Birthday Laila! I hope you enjoyed the cake as much as Yousuf seems to have done.

2:28 AM  
Blogger ratttu said...

hey, I had a look at the parties websites you listed. It was quite interesting. Some unimportant observations...
* Hamas site ( really dazzling - their web-designer is perhaps a little bit too energetic: there's so much text, updates and images flying in all directions, it really gave me a headache!
* dress code: while it seems all other parties go for men with suits and ties, I noticed Hamas is more casual - most candidates are tie-less. I've not seen any in Sheikh Yasin's style traditional dress. And on the other hand, they really went for the baseball cap! That's not very Islamic is it? well it is green I guess.
* I might be wrong but there seems to be a kind of uneasy balance between the Islamic symbols (the flag with the shahada) and the Palestinian national flag, with the latter seeming a bit out of place and second in importance.
* Very interesting to read the interview with Dr. Eyad Seraj on Waad's website ( I've heard about him a lot but never read him.
Thanks for the links!

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday :)

8:15 PM  
Blogger odsea_riyadh said...

Happy birhtday Laila; Inshallah will c u in alquds one day. God bless you and yousef

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

happy birthday laila! you and Yousuf look so cute, mashaAllah! Any plans to visit dubai?


8:04 PM  
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4:20 AM  
Blogger wayfarer said...

Happy Birthday!

5:08 PM  
Blogger Um Zayd said...

Happy birthday Um Yussef!

I have just learned about your blog. It's really interesting to read. I am also raising Zayd in Montreal. I am Tunisian and my husband is Palestinian/Jordanian.

I have a question for you. I am looking for children books or songs from the Palestinian Culture for Zayd. Would you have any suggestion?


8:03 PM  
Blogger tafka PP said...

Kul saneh ou inti salmeh!

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wishing that your son and mine will live in peace one day.

Women alone would be capable of achieving this.

Kool sanneh ou inti salmeh.

11:38 PM  

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