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10 09, 2013

Mini me is off to Whimderlust!

By | September 10th, 2013|Categories: Europe, Israel, Mykonos|Tags: |

What is this term "Whimderlust" I refer to? Out of all the travel jargons, this is a first I've heard this too. My baby sister invented that word a few days ago for her blog, creating a fusion between traveling on a "Whim" & "Wanderlust". Hey, who knows if it'll end up on the Webster [...]

17 03, 2012

Happy Nowruz!

By | March 17th, 2012|Categories: Iran|Tags: |

  Happy Persian New Year my friends! I wanted to share with you a short documentary I made 2 years ago in my Documentary Filmmaking class at UCLA, on Nowruz (Iranian New Year), meaning "the new day" the celebration of the start of Spring, with my good friend Sherry's family in Aliso Viejo. Nowruz is a [...]

23 02, 2012

Healthy, Vegan Afghan Food:: Spinach Bolani

By | February 23rd, 2012|Categories: Afghanistan, Los Angeles|Tags: |

          Oh my. What a discovery today! I parked my car at Westwood Village for a quick errand to Verizon for my Blackberry. I glanced out to the street and realized that Farmers Market was going on. I strolled out through the crowds of UCLA students and noticed the Middle-eastern stand [...]

9 02, 2012

Live Fast, die Young..

By | February 9th, 2012|Categories: Europe, Los Angeles, Middle East|Tags: , , , |

Bad Girls do it Well.                     I'm rocking out to M.I.A's latest hit "Bad Girls". Catchy beat & a visually exotic music video filmed in Morocco, the #1 country currently on my To-Travel list. Her latest controversy was her middle-finger at the Superbowl half-time performance with Madonna [...]

24 01, 2012

Bravo’s new show: “Shahs of Sunset”

By | January 24th, 2012|Categories: Iran, Israel, Los Angeles, Middle East|Tags: , , , , |

The Persian Version of Jersey Shore I'm sitting here in Westwood "Tehrangulous" watching the newest reality show, "Shahs of Sunset", the hometown of UCLA & a huge Persian population. How convenient as I nibble on 'Sangak' (a wheat-sourdough flat bread known to be Iran's national bread) dipped in 'Most o'Moussir' (yogurt with shallots) and 'Ghormeh [...]

5 11, 2011

Hello Afghanistan

By | November 5th, 2011|Categories: Afghanistan, Middle East|Tags: , , |

A beautiful insight look into a country we know so little & limited about. Hello Afganistan, I hope we can meet soon. With Love, Jackistan

26 10, 2010

Music & Imagination taking me back to the Middle East:: Rant.

By | October 26th, 2010|Categories: Middle East|Tags: |

I stumbled across this music video while listening to other Sarah Brightman classics "Phantom of the Opera", "Its a beautiful day" and "Time to Say goodbye". I am absolutely mesmerized by the beauty of this music video & am instantly transported through my imagination back to the Middle East. The mystique in her astonishing opera [...]

9 06, 2010

Camping in the Bedouin Tents in Negev Desert

By | June 9th, 2010|Categories: Israel|

Who are the Bedouin tribe people? I'm still not all clear of their history. But they are known as a small population of Arab people who are the wanderers of the desert. They stick with their tribal traditions, are strict Muslims, roam the desert with their Camels and Goats. Most are not really educated. A [...]

30 05, 2010

Istanbul to Celcuk

By | May 30th, 2010|Categories: Turkey|

At 9 pm we board the overnight bus to Celcuk in Izmir, south west of Isntabul. The bus was filled with about 20 American college students which sandwiched us in the front and some local Turks behind us.. both parties would NOT shut up throughout the night! The seats werent that comfortable and with their non-sense [...]

26 05, 2010

Party in Taksim Square (Beyoglu)

By | May 26th, 2010|Categories: Turkey|

After some hookah & gettıng to know one another among our group upstaırs - 2 brothers ( Seyıt 26 & brother 36) who are almost done openıng a hotel down the street also called Second Home but more suıte style for students. Also a hostel worker named Hakan who theyre good frıends wıth.. and a [...]