31/05/2010

Casablanca Morocco downtown...

...where we had a long walk on Sunday...
I took tons of pictures, here are a few of them...


Boys playing football...

Newspapers, books, pens...
and a helpful young boy who helped my husband to find a lock to our door...

These are cool! right?

At the moment no customers but there are many public telephones around the city and I've seen people to use them a lot.
Mobile calls in Morocco are expensive!


I posted about the football fans here. For me these paintings look like masks or uniforms for war not for sports...Is that serious here?

Football heroes...

Left...

Right...There's a tunnel, can you see it? 
That's the way to the airport where I'm heading on Wednesday...

30/05/2010

EDITED version: your WOrds and my IMAges = WO*IMA #69

your WOrds of my IMAge #69:

I hate cleaning!

Anne 
I clean and clean 
but I still feel dirty.

"The Cleaning Fairy Was Here"

Enough!!! 
She threw down her gloves, 
ran to the bath and took a luxurious shower. 
As her hair dryed on her shoulders, 
dampening the little straps of her dress, 
she splashed on fragrance, 
slipped into her favorite red stilettos and 
skipped down the stairs to...........

Now that I've cleaned myself out the door it is time to go get some coffee! 

I'm not a poor housewife far away from desperate..
  
I used to walk like that...before I got sober (-:

Watch out! 
It's flooding!
  
Cleaning... it never endings!

I clean floors only to watch them get dirty, 
then I clean them again. 
I am a modern day Sisyphus.

Remember Earth Shoes? :)

I hide my secret stash of money in my pink cleaning gloves, 
b/c I'm the only one who uses them. 
After I mop, I shop! It's delightful cleaning.

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Thank you all!
WO*IMA again next weekend -
it's going to be from Finland! :)

28/05/2010

WO*IMA #69 = your WOrds my IMAge


you give me WOrds 
and 
I give you an IMAge(s) 

= 

* * *  WO*IMA * * *

my IMAge #69:
 as usual you have time 
till Sunday 6 pm CASABLANCA time
Here's a link to world clock :) 
kuten ennenkin aikaa on sunnuntaihin asti klo 18 Casablancan aikaa

Don’t know what WO*IMA is about?
Every Saturday I give you an IMAge.
You give me YOUR OWN WOrds: thoughts, a quote, a poem etc.
however the IMAge i n s p i r e s you. 
On Sunday I’ll publish your WOrds WITH YOUR LINK.
You can check previous WO*IMA posts to get the idea. 
ps. IF this is your first time here 
please add your blog URL in your comment like http://BLOGitse.blogspot.com,
helps my work, thanks! :)


Have fun!


in Finnish: Et tiedä mistä WO*IMAssa on kysymys?
Joka perjantai/lauantai postaan kuvan johon toivon teiltä OMIA sanoja: 
mietelauseen, runon, letkautuksen jne. 
mitä kuva mielikuvissanne herättää.
Sunnuntaina julkaisen sanat KIRJOITTAJAN LINKIN KERA
Voit tutkailla aiempia WO*IMApostauksia päästäksesi jyvälle.
Huom! sanat tulee kirjoittaa englanniksi TAI englanniksi ja suomeksi.
EI vain suomeksi.
Täällä ei kiinnitetä huomiota kielioppiin tai kirjoitusvirheisiin.
Muutama sanakin riittää jos kieli ei syystä tai toisesta taivu! :)
Tule rohkeasti mukaan!
ps. jos osallistut ensimmäistä kertaa laita kommenttiin blogisi URL, esim. http://BLOGitse.blogspot.com
Se nopeuttaa minun hommaani, kiitos!

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Here in Casa women wear HIGH heels a lot.
BUT they know how to walk with them!
These Japanise women should come to Casa and learn how to walk! :)



susie's big adventure: MTV True Life Video


Is this true or not? Some Saudis say this is not true...
Isn't this real life? 
For these young people it's true life...


27/05/2010

back in time...

...they use still cheques in Morocco. I was surprised to hear that 'normal' bank account is called 'cheque account'.
They don't have online banking here like they had in Egypt (HSBC) or in Finland all the banks do.
You can NOT pay bills online like we're used to in Finland. You can see only your saldos online, that's it.
Oh, la laa.
I'm used to do everything online. Or to pay by card, credit or debit. This is like going back in time when I used to write cheques! oh, boy!
Do you still write cheques?
We haven't heard where our stuff is, still in Barcelona or has it arrived to Casa.
Because all my pens and papers are in the container I played a little bit with my computer...
Here you are,
digital art by BLOGitse :)


26/05/2010

hints and pets...

...is your floor made of stone?

There are different sizes,shapes and colors of felt pads- 
easy and cheap way to protect your floors from scratching 
and 
your neighbors from the noise when you drag your furniture...

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Do you have a dog?
Please train it so that it's not barking all day long when you leave it alone at home...
You are not disturbed of that barking because you're not at home!
but think about your neighbors...

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We have very quiet pets in our Casablanca kitchen.
In Cairo we had huge cockroaches but here we have a zillion of these!

Do you know what these are? Do you know how to get rid of them?

Do you have 'pets' in your kitchen?


25/05/2010

back to basis...

...in Blogger - able to upload pictures again
and in our new home...


Our washing machine's water pipe/hose 
was just hanging there freely...
until my husband fixed it...
this I've cleaned already...
these we found from the filter...


Last night there was a party downstairs. 
At 2 am they started to play music and sing...
finally at 4 am we moved our pillows to living room sofa...
We wake up latest at 7:30
upstairs they start pushing the furniture
and
dogs start barking...


Yesterday about 10 dogs barked more or less the whole day.
Today only in the morning.


We like the neighborhood. It's like a tiny little village in a city.
Houses are really, really close to each others.
It's good we have our own secret language!
Finnish is not very familiar in Casa :)



How's your neighborhood? 

24/05/2010

Blogger and corruption problems...

Not able to upload new photos!
I don't understand WHY we don't get help...
I can't upload pictures at all. The same problem I had in April.
I've changed to 'old editor', back to new, changed the browsers, emptied caches - nothing.
We know Blogger Draft is beta version but it's NOT an answer.
You should NOT publish draft version for masses before the BASIC functions are working.
How long I have to wait?

read my lips - 
how long do I have to wait?
No. This picture is not new...
argh!

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Corruption news from Morocco.

Our friends spent a weekend by the sea, out of Casablanca.
On the way back police stopped them from speeding.
No radar. No document to prove they were speeding.
They were NOT speeding.
But they had to pay 400 MAD (36 euro).
I knew this happened in Egypt but I didn't know it happens here too!

Guess if I want to travel around here by car alone?
I hate it if I can't TRUST the police!
They can do anything if we refuse to pay!
How safe I feel after that story...argh!

Is it fair that this country gets money, help, support from outside 
but is corrupted inside? 

EU wake up!


"With funding of €80 million, the "Programme d'appui à la réforme de la fiscalité" will help to simplify and rationalise Morocco’s fiscal system, focusing in particular on VAT reform.
In addition, two new environmental programmes have been adopted in the field of water and waste water policy, backed by EU funding worth €40 million.
The Commission has also earmarked support to improve the country’s migration management policies."
full article

Another article...

"Most notably, the overdue in-depth reforms of the Moroccan political institutions, insinuated by the Royal Palace on numerous occasions, remain pure discourse. Legal reforms, while valuable in themselves, are being voided of meaning by the absence of the rule of law in Morocco. Some improvements in the area of women’s and children’s rights hardly sufficed to cover up the recent backlash against the free press, civil society and free assembly. Although the European Commission increasingly stresses the features of this structural time bomb in its various writings on Morocco, including undesired effects on key EU interests, these assessments unfortunately do not appear to meaningfully inform EU policy-making. Ironically, the first EU-Morocco summit in Granada, intended to celebrate Morocco’s status as an ‘advanced’ EU partner in the Mediterranean, follows the closure of the pioneer of Morocco’s independent press, the political magazine Le Journal, just a few months earlier. This and numerous other examples indicate that solemn speeches are not enough anymore for a Kingdom that wants to be perceived as ‘advanced’."

I found this from Egypt State Information Service...

"Budget and Phasing of EU-Support Program (2007-2010)
Major priorities:
Competitiveness and productivity of the Egyptian Economy (€220 million)
Sustainable Development, Human and Natural Resources Management (€298 million)
Democracy, Human Rights and Justice (€40 million)
Negotiations are due begin this year on the 2011 – 2013 budget which will provide Egypt with a sum of
€449.29 million in non-refundable grants."


EU seems to have a lot of money to spread around...


23/05/2010

EDITED version: your WOrds and my IMAges = WO*IMA #68

your WOrds of my IMAge #68:

I'll have my spiders old fashioned.

Me and my Spider,we are a helluva strong team!

All my life I have wanted to be Spiderman, 
and now my dream has come true!!

The traffic rules do not apply to spiders

Let's Ride!

I'm used to training wheels in the back, 
but that actually looks like something i could ride and not fall over on!

I do my flying on the ground.

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Thank you all!


22/05/2010

WO*IMA #68 = your WOrds my IMAge


you give me WOrds 
and 
I give you an IMAge(s) 

= 

* * *  WO*IMA * * *

my IMAge #68:
SPIDER


as usual you have time 
till Sunday 6 pm CASABLANCA time
Here's a link to world clock :) 
kuten ennenkin aikaa on sunnuntaihin asti klo 18 Casablancan aikaa

Don’t know what WO*IMA is about?
Every Saturday I give you an IMAge.
You give me YOUR OWN WOrds: thoughts, a quote, a poem etc.
however the IMAge i n s p i r e s you. 
On Sunday I’ll publish your WOrds WITH YOUR LINK.
You can check previous WO*IMA posts to get the idea. 
ps. IF this is your first time here 
please add your blog URL in your comment like http://BLOGitse.blogspot.com,
helps my work, thanks! :)


Have fun!


in Finnish: Et tiedä mistä WO*IMAssa on kysymys?
Joka perjantai/lauantai postaan kuvan johon toivon teiltä OMIA sanoja: 
mietelauseen, runon, letkautuksen jne. 
mitä kuva mielikuvissanne herättää.
Sunnuntaina julkaisen sanat KIRJOITTAJAN LINKIN KERA
Voit tutkailla aiempia WO*IMApostauksia päästäksesi jyvälle.
Huom! sanat tulee kirjoittaa englanniksi TAI englanniksi ja suomeksi.
EI vain suomeksi.
Täällä ei kiinnitetä huomiota kielioppiin tai kirjoitusvirheisiin.
Muutama sanakin riittää jos kieli ei syystä tai toisesta taivu! :)
Tule rohkeasti mukaan!
ps. jos osallistut ensimmäistä kertaa laita kommenttiin blogisi URL, esim. http://BLOGitse.blogspot.com
Se nopeuttaa minun hommaani, kiitos!

20/05/2010

7 year old girls as sex objects...

"When Beyonce sings and dances to a song called Single Ladies it’s age appropriate and sends a message loud and clear that tells grown women if you’re not getting what you want out of a relationship, than move on.

When seven year old girls slap on satin and lace hooker outfits and dance to Single Ladies,


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it takes on a whole new meaning."
"Totally inappropriate."


I agree!!!


Original article written 17.5.2010 by mama Kat 


I read about this from Jenny's blog...

What's your opinion?
What's the message here?
What about their parents - they are proud of their little girls look like hookers and dance like...you know what. 
New generation ready to be sex objects?

18/05/2010

BLOGitse's Appartement Coming Soon > BACS part 1.


I have always this notebook with me.
Writing, drawing > visualizing helps me to remember...


Our photographs for the residences has been in the company's HR department over one month.
Yesterday we heard our photos are too big! 
They are normal EU size but here they want 
2,5cm x 2,5cm photos - over one month and now they tell us...


I like it when the paper starts looking used...
the notebook has had it's own life - with me! :)

Yesterday we heard that our moving stuff is in Barcelona!
Why? Do not ask me...


My favorite Pentel automatic pencil, 0.9, B leads...


I had to stop my French lessons because of the home hunting. 
I can't concentrate studying until our home problem is totally over 
and I have my daily life back...


SiroKKo :), a Finnish blogger in Algeria, 
gave me the post title, BACS! Thanks!
Just what I needed > waiting agency's call to visit the flat...
ooooh, how I hope everything is okay...

17/05/2010

4 x Casablanca sky...

24.4.2010 at 9:40 pm

8.5.2010 at 8:24 am

12.5.2010 at 7:08 am

rainy morning 14.5.2010 at 7:43 am

I thought it would be much warmer here this time of year...
but no, just about +20...
Actually it's quite pleasant if you think that 
in Cairo it's around +40 right now!

Hope you all have a good week ahead!
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Get well soon Danny!

16/05/2010

EDITED version: your WOrds and my IMAges = WO*IMA #67



your WOrds of my IMAge #67:
-Bon jour, Madame Blogitse, ca va?
-Bon jour, Abderrahim, ca va bien.

-Du thé, Madame?
-Merci.

You can't get rid of me so easily.. 
I'm so happy to see you again, Madame! 
  
Leave your worries behind
and come on in!
Happiness awaits you.


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Thank you all!

14/05/2010

WO*IMA #67 = your WOrds my IMAge


you give me WOrds 
and 
I give you an IMAge 

= 

* * *  WO*IMA * * *

my IMAge #67:
Always smiley and friendly Abderrahim

as usual you have time 
till Sunday 6 pm CASABLANCA time
Here's a link to world clock :) 
kuten ennenkin aikaa on sunnuntaihin asti klo 18 Casablancan aikaa

Don’t know what WO*IMA is about?
Every Saturday I give you an IMAge.
You give me YOUR OWN WOrds: thoughts, a quote, a poem etc.
however the IMAge i n s p i r e s you. 
On Sunday I’ll publish your WOrds WITH YOUR LINK.
You can check previous WO*IMA posts to get the idea. 
ps. IF this is your first time here 
please add your blog URL in your comment like http://BLOGitse.blogspot.com,
helps my work, thanks! :)


Have fun!


in Finnish: Et tiedä mistä WO*IMAssa on kysymys?
Joka perjantai/lauantai postaan kuvan johon toivon teiltä OMIA sanoja: 
mietelauseen, runon, letkautuksen jne. 
mitä kuva mielikuvissanne herättää.
Sunnuntaina julkaisen sanat KIRJOITTAJAN LINKIN KERA
Voit tutkailla aiempia WO*IMApostauksia päästäksesi jyvälle.
Huom! sanat tulee kirjoittaa englanniksi TAI englanniksi ja suomeksi.
EI vain suomeksi.
Täällä ei kiinnitetä huomiota kielioppiin tai kirjoitusvirheisiin.
Muutama sanakin riittää jos kieli ei syystä tai toisesta taivu! :)
Tule rohkeasti mukaan!
ps. jos osallistut ensimmäistä kertaa laita kommenttiin blogisi URL, esim. http://BLOGitse.blogspot.com
Se nopeuttaa minun hommaani, kiitos!
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my photos of this weekend here

this man...


...is our new hope for a place to live.
I was going to post this picture without editing
but I noticed this cloud, a shape like a man's face.

We found a flat,
the owner is a man,
we're moving in on Thursday next week...
On Tuesday I'll visit the flat - what will stay, what will go.
We don't need all the stuff there is because we have our
own stuff is coming
-one day-
from Cairo
or from Casa custom
or
where our stuff now is -
we don't know!

This 'cloud man' is a symbol of our new hope to finally settle down here in Casa... 

ps. I'll publish WO*IMA picture later today.
Tomorrow I'll have a blog surfing morning - see you then! 

11/05/2010

I need a break...

...because our home hunting takes all my time and energy right now 
(today the owner raised the rent, 
had a meeting, 
promised to call back when suitable time to visit...
no call...)
I don't know when I'll be back...
at this very moment I miss my life in Cairo, Egypt...


10/05/2010

where to eat...

...in Casablanca, Morocco...
One of our favorite restaurants in Casa is 
District 
near our hotel.


Nordin smiling...

we sit at that first corner table...come and say Hi! if you see me there! :)

Hassan and Youness
These guys make you feel welcome!

Hassan, Youness and Simo
Simo knows how to make tiramisus...yummy!

In this restaurant you get good service with smile.
These guys rock!
ps. you get good (and dangerous) mojitos in District :)


09/05/2010

EDITED version: your WOrds and my IMAges = WO*IMA #66

your WOrds of my IMAge #66:

Without my children
I wouldn't be a mother.
So, it's their day.

My heart is always on my left side, 
even as a rose.

Imagine the world without the love of moms.

Hats off to mommys everywhere!
  
like the petals of a rose
a mothers love unfolds
ever more beautiful
as her children grow...

smiles.

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Thank you all!
Have a great week ahead!




07/05/2010

WO*IMA #66 = your WOrds my IMAge


you give me WOrds 
and 
I give you an IMAge 

= 

* * *  WO*IMA * * *

my IMAge #66:

as usual you have time 
till Sunday 6 pm CASABLANCA time
Here's a link to world clock :) 
kuten ennenkin aikaa on sunnuntaihin asti klo 18 Casablancan aikaa

Don’t know what WO*IMA is about?
Every Saturday I give you an IMAge.
You give me YOUR OWN WOrds: thoughts, a quote, a poem etc.
however the IMAge i n s p i r e s you. 
On Sunday I’ll publish your WOrds WITH YOUR LINK.
You can check previous WO*IMA posts to get the idea. 
ps. IF this is your first time here 
please add your blog URL in your comment like http://BLOGitse.blogspot.com,
helps my work, thanks! :)


Have fun!


in Finnish: Et tiedä mistä WO*IMAssa on kysymys?
Joka perjantai/lauantai postaan kuvan johon toivon teiltä OMIA sanoja: 
mietelauseen, runon, letkautuksen jne. 
mitä kuva mielikuvissanne herättää.
Sunnuntaina julkaisen sanat KIRJOITTAJAN LINKIN KERA
Voit tutkailla aiempia WO*IMApostauksia päästäksesi jyvälle.
Huom! sanat tulee kirjoittaa englanniksi TAI englanniksi ja suomeksi.
EI vain suomeksi.
Täällä ei kiinnitetä huomiota kielioppiin tai kirjoitusvirheisiin.
Muutama sanakin riittää jos kieli ei syystä tai toisesta taivu! :)
Tule rohkeasti mukaan!
ps. jos osallistut ensimmäistä kertaa laita kommenttiin blogisi URL, esim. http://BLOGitse.blogspot.com
Se nopeuttaa minun hommaani, kiitos!


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