The Beautiful Blogger Award

I haven’t written any thing for the past three weeks because of some disturbing news from back home. My father had difficulties in breathing, every now and then, that lasted about two months and therefore had to go through a Bypass surgery. Alhamdulilah he is doing well now. Also, the situation in Syria is getting very bad while the world is watching at their comfort on TV. My sister’s house in Syria was raided by the Syrian Armed Forces along with other houses in the neighborhood. Luckily, she left her house two months ago because of the situation there. The Syrian Armed Forces vandalized and broke every thing in the house claiming they were looking for arms. My sister was told by her neighbors that men found in the houses were beaten badly.

Anyway, last week I received an exciting comment from the American writer and blogger Jim Wright that I was nominated for the Beautiful Blogger Award. Jim lives in Jordan and became accustomed to its desert, tradition and food. He has some very good Jordanian and Palestinian recipes as well. I highly recommend his Musakhan recipe.

Like all awards, this one comes with some “Obligatory Rules”. They are:

  • Copy the Beautiful Blogger Award logo and place it in your post,
  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog,
  • Tell 7 things about yourself,
  • Nominate 7 other bloggers for their own Beautiful Blogger Award, and comment on their blogs to let them know.

So, here are 7 things about me:

  1. I like reading non-fiction books, trying food I haven’t eaten before and travel.
  2. I like talking about religion and culture with people from different faith and cultures.
  3. I like living in USA but hate being away from my family.
  4. I have a fantasy to live for at least one year in England.
  5. I did my first 11 years of school in Kuwait, I got a Bachelor degree from Jordan, I got a Master’s degree from Malaysia and currently working on my PhD dissertation in USA.
  6. I like living in a multicultural city.
  7. I am the only single person among my friends and it is very embarrassing.

Now, for the bloggers that I like to read there are many. Here are the ones that I read most with no particular order:

  1. This & That
  2. Chez Chiara
  3. WinterSamar’s Blog
  4. Ana Naddoush
  5. Things I Like To Whisper About (in Arabic)
  6. A Tale of Three Beans (She is back!)
  7. Kinzi. (She recently closed her blog but I am sure she will come back. I hope this award will give her some incentive to blog again)

I am very fortunate that I got people to read my blog and comment on my posts. What is more exciting is that there are actually some people who like my blog. Again, thanks to Jim for this award. I am honored!

19 thoughts on “The Beautiful Blogger Award

  1. Congratulations again, Jaraad, the award is well deserved. Thanks for your kind words. I’m so excited Mama Bean is back and hope your award will tempt Kinzi back as well!

  2. Alhamdulillah your father is doing well now.
    we are all praying day and night for the Syrians and hoping this horrible situation will end very soon.

    I guess you deserve such an award for a very nice, versatile, interesting blog, that I enjoy pretty much. 🙂

    1. Thank you. I know Jordanians feel somehow closer to Syrians than others maybe because of the geographic close distance.

      I am very happy you like my blog and I appreciate your kind words.

  3. الله يطمنك على صحة الوالد دائمًا و كل الأقرباء و الأصحاب

    الله يكون بعون إخواننا في سوريا، الوضع يتفاقم للأسف! 😦


    مبارك، جهدك يستحق و الله

    مدونة متميزة و أنصح بها كل فترة لمتابعي المدونات، جددًا أو قدامى. و مش مجاملة 🙂

    بتمنى كنزي على الأخص أن تعود قريبًا!

    و فرصة نخلي سبب الإحراج – – – – يختفي

    1. شكرًا جزيلا على الكلام الجميل والإطراء على المدونه. أخجلتم تواضعنا.
      بالنسبه لموضوع الخجل ايدي بزنارك 🙂 محسوبك داخل على الاربعين لازم انزل على الأردن بأسرع وقت صار يطلع شعر بإذني زي الختايره.
      دمتم بصحة وعافية انت وأحبائك.

  4. الف الحمد لله على صحة الوالد وان شاء الله دائما تسمع عنهم الاخبار الطيبه

    ربنا يكون بعون اهلنا في سوريا و يفرجها عليهم عن قريب

    شكرا جزيلا على الترشيح…عدا عن اني بحب هالشغلات بس ترشيحك بعنيلي الكثير و انك لسا متابع بالرغم من تقصيري الفتره الماضيه

    ان شاء الله باقرب فرصه راح اعمل الواجب 🙂

    1. الله يسلمك ان شاء الله ما بتسمعي الا الأخبار الساره
      مدونتك من المدونات العربيه الي انا دائما متابع على قرائتها. بس ياريت ترجعي وتكتبي زي زمان مش مره كل كم شهر :)ـ

  5. Congratulations and well-deserved!

    Thank you so much for nominating me! I have now done my post, and am proceeding with notifications on the blogs I nominated.

    Haitham–you’d best check out my post too! 🙂

  6. Thanks for the award, and I enjoyed this update from you. I’m sorry your dad was having breathing troubles, but am happy to read that he is doing better now. How sad, too, about your sister’s house and ALL the trouble that is in Syria these days. I really wish there was something we could do to help. It’s heartbreaking and moreso when you know people who live there. (It probably shouldn’t matter, but it does.)

    I always enjoy learning facts about others. Thanks for telling us about your interests and variety of places you were educated. I hope one day you can live in England, and God willing, not be the only single person among your friends if that is your heart’s desire, too! 🙂

    1. Who would thought that one would know many beautiful people when writing a blog. Thank you for your kind words and reading my blog.
      Yes, my heart desires to settle down and my brain believes in miracles. One day, Insh’Allah, I will be writing my posts as a happy married man 🙂
      Who knows, my honeymoon might be in UK. That would be something, isn’t it? Double miracles!

  7. مبروك علي الجائزة وفرصه سعيده امر علي مدونتك لاول مرة بس ان شا الله لي عودة
    الف سلامة علي الوالد

    1. أهلا علا
      سعيد جدا بمرورك وتعليقك. وراح أكون أسعد بمرور آخر :)ـ
      يبدو انك ايضا تكتبن مدونه. مررت عليها سريعا ولكن لي عوده. قريبا.ـ
      شكرا لك

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