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November 14th, 2010

Aziz Ansari

So I’ve been contacted by Aziz’s reps to do a poster for one of his Dangerously Delicious tour stops in Los Angeles. I’m really happy with the outcome and vibe the poster gives. Shout out to Jessica Hische for the Awesome ButterMilk font. Screen printed by hand by Dan at Valhalla studios, they will be available solely at the Orpheum Theatre in L.A. the day of the show.

Go see the show and grab a copy!

Oh and If you are not aware of who Aziz is … watch this.

During my time in Cairo, I’m staying at my parents apartment which is situated right in the heart of old downtown Cairo. A place called “Medan el-Opera” or Opera Square. This is the same building that my dad grew up in under the roof of my grandfather and grandmother god rest their souls. You can feel the history in the air. Unfortunately downtown has become an extremely filthy place, it’s really hard at times to be able to appreciate all the subtle beauty this place in Cairo has to offer amidst the insane crowds.

The Best time to appreciate the living being that is “Wost el Balad” or the City Center, is to head out right before dawn and take it all in. The streets are literally empty, the astounding old buildings with all the details and magnificent sign-age is there and ripe for your eyes to feast on. Which is exactly what I did yesterday.

After walking from our appartment towards the main station “Ramses Station”, I headed West towards “Tahrir Square” where the Egyptian Museum is located amongst many hotels and a huge government building. I encountered a bunch of kids playing the infamous Egyptian version of football, known as streetball. After observing them for a while, they invited me to join them, I couldn’t refuse. Time to polish the old set of skills, a humbling challenge since I was wearing slippers, especially given the fact that most of them were too and they were all really talented. The kid I handed my Camera and keys to was ecstatic, especially when I gave him a quick tutorial on how to use it.

This morning also marked two occasions, the beginning of Eid el-fitr (Celebration of feast) and also the end of fasting the month of Ramadan. I woke up to pray the dawn prayer in the morning with my family and we then all headed together towards the local Masjid (Mosque) to perform the eid prayer. A beautiful tradition that brought back a lot of memories from my childhood, the weather perfectly complimented the mood and smiles on peoples’ faces. This is looking to be a wonderful Friday.

I’ll be heading tonight to my friend Yahyas’ place south of a suburb of Cairo Helwan, called Maadi to spend the night as in the morning we will drive together, with his wife Heba and daughter Alia towards the remote resort on the north east coast of Sinai on the Red Sea, called Ananada, situated between Taba and Sharm el-sheikh. A 4.5 hr drive, I couldn’t be anymore excited.

May 12th, 2010

Back on Track

So between the move to my new place, having no internet connection and catching a nasty cold, I’m back. So much things have already piled up in my ever-growing To-do list.

April 26th, 2010

Well hello West Queen West.

I’ve got a new place! I’ve finally moved into a pretty neat neighbourhood here in Toronto, further West on Queen st. West, an area known as Trinity Bellwoods. I got a nice two bedroom Appartment with plenty of room to spare and as OCAD drilled in me over the course of my Bachelors of Design there, “Idea’s need space.”

I’m extremely excited to start enjoying mornings in the park (one of the biggest in Toronto) which is 2 min walking distance from my place. The area is also home to two of my favorite Toronto establishments, a unique local bookstore called “Type” & an exquisite french patissiere called “Nadege”, which I may do a reportage on very soon.

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