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    There are many joys in this life, but nothing remotely matches that of enjoying your family. You will never feel how much family means until you move away from the warmth of family for many many years. Like I've suffered.

    Yesterday, my father turned 81, all I could do was call and wish a happy birthday. It continues to be painful to be away and miss out on so much. My nephews and nieces are growing, graduating, getting on with life. All with their favorite uncle not being there. (Ok, only uncle, therefore I claim the title nonetheless)

    Luckily, I was blessed with another family that is near. For the past few days I've been enjoying the family life at Mai's family house. Let me just say how amazingly blissful it is to experience this life again after all those years.

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    Stupid things people do

    The holidays, that magical time of year. When people remember they had family and start buying them gifts, the very last minute because they, obviously, care. You can feel the electrifying winds of excitement all over.

    Yes, there are great deals to be had, but not in the last few days! Under the mask of 50% off you will get a horrible deal no matter how you look at it. Why would a merchant lower their profit margins if things are literally flying off the shelves? Think about it.

    Speaking of deals, it puzzles me to even remotely consider why people "think" the best deals are found at the Mall! With so much overhead in malls, deals are at least 500% inflated. Don't take my word for it, look for the same item online and find out for yourself.

    Oh and parking, that's probably what got me so upset that I wanted to write about this whole mad ordeal!

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    My good old blogging days, can't help but join in

    Ahhh, the good old days, they were amazing, Wonderful! Almost therapeutic. They have profoundly changed me. I was a whole other person back then. Although many essential things remained. Many others have changed

    Don't think a minor change isn't worth mentioning. We are all the sum of our experiences and the little minor course corrections we do in our lives.

    I remember meeting so many wonderful people, a lot of friends. I am so worried to about forgetting any one of them that I will not mention them. But you know who you are, I'm thankful to each and every one of you for helping shape the person I am today.

    Trust me, I'm not exaggerating when I say you have helped me.

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    Madness called Parenthood

    Parenthood is a form of madness! I tell you, there's something about being a father that makes you overlook anything and everything your daughter (or son) does. No matter how severe it is.

    It's like being madly in love, only this type of love never wears out. It outlasts everything, including the will to live. As you must have heard so many times about parents willingly offering their life for their children to survive, sometimes even for way less, like providing them a better life.

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    Do you want to be Cool or Hardworking?

    Through the course of my job, I get these opportunities to really make a difference, or "Shine"!

    Here's the situation, I have this pretty complicated daily task. I have to do it, every single morning, like clockwork!

    Knowing that everything that takes too much of my time better be really valuable. So I thought, here's my chance to make a difference and "Shine"

    So, I automated the process, it takes me less than 5 minutes to finish it now (By the way, LinQ is one heck of an amazing tool) but this post is really not about programming, so don't worry.

    Anyway, now that I'm done with my amazing application, which impressed even me. Like, I didn't expect it to be this amazing, and it surpassed all my expectations, now that it's done... I'm faced with a huge dilemma!

    Do I tell my manager about it (And look really awesome and cool)? Or do I enjoy my extra time and use it for something else (while still appearing to be really hardworking since I'm achieving the results)?

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    Arab Generations?

    I'm almost certain someone else has tried to classify the Arab generations before. I mean, it doesn't get any clearer than this. I'm just going to try and classify what I see, feel free to add your own take on what I have.

    I will also try to map them to the well-known recent generations in the west. Especially in the last couple of centuries...

    Anyway... here goes...

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    Pick your fights

    In this life, you'll have many things to fight for, many are very worthy. Others, well not so worthy.

    Take my advice, pick your fight, not everything is worth fighting for. Even some that are worth it, you want to be extremely picky when you engage them.

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    The most idiotic thing you can "go out" to eat is a Salad! I mean, there's nothing simpler and easier than making a salad.

    I'm not talking about having a salad as a side. Or chowing it down at lunch since there was nothing left in the vending machine. I'm talking about actually going to a restaurant and out of all the wonderful choices, you pick a Salad!

    If you're one of the people who have done this idiotic act, you need to stop!

    I did!

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    I know, I know, it's been over a month!

    I can't believe that over a month has passed and I didn't even make a single post! A lot has happened in the past month that I just couldn't find time to write anything. I wanted to talk about so many things but I just didn't have the time!

    So, first, We finally managed to break away and actually, FINALLY, take our belated honey moon! Destination, Vegas Baby! We really had a great time and for a few very short days the hands of time seem to reverse their direction.

    Qwaider Planet has officially crossed the 4 year mark and going to 5 years. I'm not going to bore you about statistics and what not, but it suffice to say that it has lived up to fulfill it's original purpose; to bring readers to blogs and to bring blogs to readers.

    I'm very happy with the results so far. I think many people who are on it have experienced that too. Especially those amazing gems that go unnoticed. On @QwaiderPlanet continues to be also a great success on Twitter with bloggers getting more traffic from all possible sources. (Combined with retweeting by Jordan Blogs and GirlyGator, now some articles are getting tweeted by Author, retweeted by QwaiderPlanet, then GirlyGator then Jordan blogs)

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