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You Know You Grew Up In The Middle East


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1) You watched Captain Majid. And you wanted to be just like him.

2) You drank Bebsi, Fanta, Miranda, Sun Top, Tang, and Canada Dry.

3) You're STILL shaking the sand out of your shoes.

4) When you wanted fast food you got a shawarma.

5) Bebsi was cheaper than water. So was gasoline.

6) You remember when 80*F was cold, 90*F was cool, 105*F was warm, and 115*F was hot.

7) You know a friend who won a free car from the local mall. Twice.

8) Gulf Countries: Arabic is the 1st language. Urdu is the 2nd. Filipino is the 3rd. English is the 4th. Balad Ash-Sham: Arabic is the 1st language. English and French are tied for 2nd. Egypt: Egyptian is the 1st language. Arabic is the 2nd... musris, seriously: learn how to pronounce the jeem. It's jamah, NOT GAMAH.

9) You know what the Burj Al Arab is.

10) There are no lines at amusement parks. Push, shove, and run your ass off to get the bumper car before the other guy.

11) Airport workers offer to carry your bags for you and you say no.

12) People who DIDN’T bribe got into trouble.

13) There was no such thing as a non-smoking section. Anywhere. Even airline flight crews smoked on airplanes. In the aisles. Beside the no-smoking sign.

14) Your parents told you it was too hot to go outside.

15) You know that 3 people can fit on a motorcycle, 8 people can fit in a 5-seat car, and 20 people can fit in a 12-person minibus.

16) Casio G-Shock: the only watches you've ever owned.

17) You never saw a building made of wood until you came to the USA. Everything was made of cement, brick, and marble.

18) Your front lawn had a rock garden instead of grass.

19) Your parents paid to get you out of military service.

20) You watched BBC, CNN International, and Al-Jazeera... and consider American news to be for entertainment purposes only.

21) Lion Bar and Kit Kat are the greatest chocolate bars of all time.

22) Your mom and sister wore an abaya, even if they weren't Muslim.

23) You and your friends all thought you were gangstas.

24) You or your neighbor had a driver.

25) Most people on the road don't realize there is a speed limit. Neither does the police.

26) There is NO such thing as Israel. It is Palestine.

27) You've been to a gold souk.

28) You got back at your friend by pointing at him and yelling, “Yahood!�? when you were in a downtown Damascus Mosque. Your friend was hospitalized for the worst slipper-beating in recorded history.

29) You owned Titanic, Jurrasic Park, and Star Wars Episode 1 weeks before they were playing in U.S. cinemas.

30) Everyone at school played football aka "soccer". If there were desis, then some people played cricket.

31) Sports stores were always 90% football aka "soccer" gear, and every kid ended up buying a number 9 Ronaldo Brazil shirt.

32) You ate dates all the time and couldn't believe that they are considered exotic to Americans in "Raiders of the Lost Arc."

33) You've smoked sheesha aka argheela aka hookah aka hubbly bubbly but are shocked to find that the pipe would be considered drug paraphernalia in the USA.

34) You know that the Greeks took shawarmas from the Arabs and just renamed them gyros. And you're outraged.

35) You've actually been in a sand storm and you know sand stings.

36) You laughed at how tiny the ants are in the USA.

37) You might not be able to play the drums but you CAN play the daff.

38) You know that bedowins can make random, completely unsynched clapping into something that actually sounds like music. Especially if they are waving a sword around.

39) You rode ATVs, dirt bikes, and jet ski's... when you were 8 years old.

40) You started driving cars on your dad's knee... when you were 4 years old.

41) Top 3 uses for your shahata (slippers): Killing cockroaches, smacking or throwing at your friend, and actually wearing them when the asphalt is too hot to go bare-foot.

42) You or one of your friends thought hamburgers have ham in them.

43) You root for Saudi Arabia every World Cup... and when they are eliminated, you root for Brazil.

44) America is called Emreeka.

45) You could hear the call to prayer anywhere in the city.

46)You wear a jacket inside and take it off when you go out

47)You think that the further you inch into an intersection the faster the light will turn green :lol:

48)You give directions by landmarks

49)You expect gold for every birthday

50)You begin admiring other women's "Designer" abayas

51)You have friends from 50 different countries.

52)Rain is still one of the most wonderful sounds in the world.

53) You can't answer the question, "Where are you from?" (And when you do, you get into an elaborate conversation that gets everyone confused and/or makes you sound very spoiled.)

54) You run into someone you know at every airport.

55) Conversations with friends take place at 6:00 in the morning or 10:00 at night.

56)Your life story uses the phrase "Then we went to..." five times.

57)You can speak with authority about the quality of various international airlines.

58) You know that it truly is a small world.

59) You are used to being stared at.

60)You're spoiled. You know it. You're VERY spoiled.

61) You got days off school for Christian and Muslim holidays.

62) You secretly wished the rulers of other Middle Eastern countries would die so that you got days off school.

63) Traveling to the states required buying candy, CDs, and Abercrombie and Fitch clothing for your friends back overseas.

64) You're shocked that nobody will pump your gas for you outside the Middle East.

65) If you're desi, idiot people try to impress you with pathetic imitation of Asian languages (:cry:)

66) You expect the confirmation of everything to end with Inshallah.

67) You U turn when it pleases you.

68) Having a gathering means inviting more than 30 people and then paying for all of them.

69) There was no such thing as a non-smoking section. Anywhere. Even airline flight crews smoked on airplanes. In the aisles. Beside the no-smoking sign.

70)You couldn't help but giggle when a couple Americans flying on Saudi Arabian Airlines for the first time nearly pissed their pants upon hearing the Arabic audio recording of the Muslim prayer for travel played on the loudspeakers just before take-off.

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Most of it is so true.

Captain Majid and Saali...two baddest cartoons eva

I take this opportunity to send infinte curses on all those who don't follow queues, have no courtesy for other human beings and honk their brains out.

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So true.. :P :blush:

lol sooooo damn true!! i remember when Sheik Zayed pased away, we got like a week off here.. but it was a sad day :cry: he was soo good!! the markets and everthing were liek closed for 3 days :(

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lol sooooo damn true!! i remember when Sheik Zayed pased away, we got like a week off here.. but it was a sad day :cry: he was soo good!! the markets and everthing were liek closed for 3 days :(

If I'm not mistaken, it was probably 20th of holy Ramadhan. We were in Imambargah, and when they announced the news of his passing away, people even forgot to say ''Inna Lillah'' cuz' they knew what was coming next.. :!!!:

As far as I remember, they merged it with the Eid holidays, so we got about 10 days off.

25) Most people on the road don't realize there is a speed limit. Neither does the police.

What about those shaytan's aka Radars fixed on every other road :cry:

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1) You watched Captain Majid. And you wanted to be just like him.

2) You drank Bebsi, Fanta, Miranda, Sun Top, Tang, and Canada Dry.

Does anyone remember those Sun Top stickers and the book? And how about Tazos :!!!:

4) When you wanted fast food you got a shawarma.

5) Bebsi was cheaper than water. So was gasoline.

6) You remember when 80*F was cold, 90*F was cool, 105*F was warm, and 115*F was hot.

7) You know a friend who won a free car from the local mall. Twice.

^From Panda :lol:

8) Gulf Countries: Arabic is the 1st language. Urdu is the 2nd. Filipino is the 3rd. English is the 4th.

9) You know what the Burj Al Arab is.

10) There are no lines at amusement parks. Push, shove, and run your ass off to get the bumper car before the other guy.

11) Airport workers offer to carry your bags for you and you say no.

12) People who DIDN�T bribe got into trouble.

13) There was no such thing as a non-smoking section. Anywhere. Even airline flight crews smoked on airplanes. In the aisles. Beside the no-smoking sign.

14) Your parents told you it was too hot to go outside.

15) You know that 3 people can fit on a motorcycle, 8 people can fit in a 5-seat car, and 20 people can fit in a 12-person minibus.

16) Casio G-Shock: the only watches you've ever owned.

17) You never saw a building made of wood until you came to the USA.

^So true - until I came to Canada!

22) Your mom and sister wore an abaya, even if they weren't Muslim.

23) You and your friends all thought you were gangstas.

^I think we did. . . :lol:, I remember I started using the word "ahh shucks" after every sentence and kids started to copy me, it was the most gangsta' word to say in the school after that; I learned it from my cousins in England back then :lol:

25) Most people on the road don't realize there is a speed limit. Neither does the police.

26) There is NO such thing as Israel. It is Palestine.

30) Everyone at school played football aka "soccer". If there were desis, then some people played cricket.

^Yah baby!

31) Sports stores were always 90% football aka "soccer" gear, and every kid ended up buying a number 9 Ronaldo Brazil shirt.

32) You ate dates all the time and couldn't believe that they are considered exotic to Americans in "Raiders of the Lost Arc."

35) You've actually been in a sand storm and you know sand stings.

36) You laughed at how tiny the ants are in the USA.

38) You know that bedowins can make random, completely unsynched clapping into something that actually sounds like music. Especially if they are waving a sword around.

^:lol:

39) You rode ATVs, dirt bikes, and jet ski's... when you were 8 years old.

^Dune bikes were the most gangsta' thing ever!

40) You started driving cars on your dad's knee... when you were 4 years old.

^:!!!: True, but I was actually 5 :P

41) Top 3 uses for your shahata (slippers): Killing cockroaches, smacking or throwing at your friend, and actually wearing them when the asphalt is too hot to go bare-foot.

^I swear all three are true!

43) You root for Saudi Arabia every World Cup... and when they are eliminated, you root for Brazil.

^:!!!: Yah!

44) America is called Emreeka.

^I still say that when I'm talking in Urdu

45) You could hear the call to prayer anywhere in the city.

^My flat was connected to the Masjid @)

47)You think that the further you inch into an intersection the faster the light will turn green

48)You give directions by landmarks

51)You have friends from 50 different countries.

52)Rain is still one of the most wonderful sounds in the world.

54) You run into someone you know at every airport.

^:!!!: true again!

56)Your life story uses the phrase "Then we went to..." five times.

58) You know that it truly is a small world.

59) You are used to being stared at.

61) You got days off school for Christian and Muslim holidays.

64) You're shocked that nobody will pump your gas for you outside the Middle East.

65) If you're desi, idiot people try to impress you with pathetic imitation of Asian languages

66) You expect the confirmation of everything to end with Inshallah.

67) You U turn when it pleases you.

^I do that here as well :Hijabi:

68) Having a gathering means inviting more than 30 people and then paying for all of them.

70)You couldn't help but giggle when a couple Americans flying on Saudi Arabian Airlines for the first time nearly pissed their pants upon hearing the Arabic audio recording of the Muslim prayer for travel played on the loudspeakers just before take-off.

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1) You watched Captain Majid. And you wanted to be just like him.

2) You drank Bebsi, Fanta, Miranda, Sun Top, Tang, and Canada Dry.

3) You're STILL shaking the sand out of your shoes.

4) When you wanted fast food you got a shawarma.

5) Bebsi was cheaper than water. So was gasoline.

6) You remember when 80*F was cold, 90*F was cool, 105*F was warm, and 115*F was hot.

7) You know a friend who won a free car from the local mall. Twice.

8) Gulf Countries: Arabic is the 1st language. Urdu is the 2nd. Filipino is the 3rd. English is the 4th. Balad Ash-Sham: Arabic is the 1st language. English and French are tied for 2nd. Egypt: Egyptian is the 1st language. Arabic is the 2nd... musris, seriously: learn how to pronounce the jeem. It's jamah, NOT GAMAH.

9) You know what the Burj Al Arab is.

10) There are no lines at amusement parks. Push, shove, and run your ass off to get the bumper car before the other guy.

11) Airport workers offer to carry your bags for you and you say no.

12) People who DIDN’T bribe got into trouble.

13) There was no such thing as a non-smoking section. Anywhere. Even airline flight crews smoked on airplanes. In the aisles. Beside the no-smoking sign.

14) Your parents told you it was too hot to go outside.

15) You know that 3 people can fit on a motorcycle, 8 people can fit in a 5-seat car, and 20 people can fit in a 12-person minibus.

16) Casio G-Shock: the only watches you've ever owned.

17) You never saw a building made of wood until you came to the USA. Everything was made of cement, brick, and marble.

18) Your front lawn had a rock garden instead of grass.

19) Your parents paid to get you out of military service.

20) You watched BBC, CNN International, and Al-Jazeera... and consider American news to be for entertainment purposes only.

21) Lion Bar and Kit Kat are the greatest chocolate bars of all time.

22) Your mom and sister wore an abaya, even if they weren't Muslim.

23) You and your friends all thought you were gangstas.

24) You or your neighbor had a driver.

25) Most people on the road don't realize there is a speed limit. Neither does the police.

26) There is NO such thing as Israel. It is Palestine.

27) You've been to a gold souk.

28) You got back at your friend by pointing at him and yelling, “Yahood!�? when you were in a downtown Damascus Mosque. Your friend was hospitalized for the worst slipper-beating in recorded history.

29) You owned Titanic, Jurrasic Park, and Star Wars Episode 1 weeks before they were playing in U.S. cinemas.

30) Everyone at school played football aka "soccer". If there were desis, then some people played cricket.

31) Sports stores were always 90% football aka "soccer" gear, and every kid ended up buying a number 9 Ronaldo Brazil shirt. haha :lol:

32) You ate dates all the time and couldn't believe that they are considered exotic to Americans in "Raiders of the Lost Arc."

33) You've smoked sheesha aka argheela aka hookah aka hubbly bubbly but are shocked to find that the pipe would be considered drug paraphernalia in the USA.

34) You know that the Greeks took shawarmas from the Arabs and just renamed them gyros. And you're outraged.

35) You've actually been in a sand storm and you know sand stings.

36) You laughed at how tiny the ants are in the USA.

37) You might not be able to play the drums but you CAN play the daff.

38) You know that bedowins can make random, completely unsynched clapping into something that actually sounds like music. Especially if they are waving a sword around.

39) You rode ATVs, dirt bikes, and jet ski's... when you were 8 years old.

40) You started driving cars on your dad's knee... when you were 4 years old.

41) Top 3 uses for your shahata (slippers): Killing cockroaches, smacking or throwing at your friend, and actually wearing them when the asphalt is too hot to go bare-foot.

42) You or one of your friends thought hamburgers have ham in them.

43) You root for Saudi Arabia every World Cup... and when they are eliminated, you root for Brazil.

44) America is called Emreeka.

45) You could hear the call to prayer anywhere in the city.

46)You wear a jacket inside and take it off when you go out

47)You think that the further you inch into an intersection the faster the light will turn green :lol:

48)You give directions by landmarks

49)You expect gold for every birthday

50)You begin admiring other women's "Designer" abayas

51)You have friends from 50 different countries.

52)Rain is still one of the most wonderful sounds in the world.

53) You can't answer the question, "Where are you from?" (And when you do, you get into an elaborate conversation that gets everyone confused and/or makes you sound very spoiled.)

54) You run into someone you know at every airport. :o

55) Conversations with friends take place at 6:00 in the morning or 10:00 at night.

56)Your life story uses the phrase "Then we went to..." five times.

57)You can speak with authority about the quality of various international airlines.

58) You know that it truly is a small world.

59) You are used to being stared at.

60)You're spoiled. You know it. You're VERY spoiled.

61) You got days off school for Christian and Muslim holidays.

62) You secretly wished the rulers of other Middle Eastern countries would die so that you got days off school. :lol:

63) Traveling to the states required buying candy, CDs, and Abercrombie and Fitch clothing for your friends back overseas.

64) You're shocked that nobody will pump your gas for you outside the Middle East.

65) If you're desi, idiot people try to impress you with pathetic imitation of Asian languages (:cry:)

66) You expect the confirmation of everything to end with Inshallah.

67) You U turn when it pleases you.

68) Having a gathering means inviting more than 30 people and then paying for all of them.

69) There was no such thing as a non-smoking section. Anywhere. Even airline flight crews smoked on airplanes. In the aisles. Beside the no-smoking sign.

70)You couldn't help but giggle when a couple Americans flying on Saudi Arabian Airlines for the first time nearly pissed their pants upon hearing the Arabic audio recording of the Muslim prayer for travel played on the loudspeakers just before take-off.

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