I write, talk to people, tweet and Facebook. I don’t watch TV. I socialize with friends occasionally … and with strangers, always. I don’t do the whole “Let’s go out to a fancy restaurant” thing every other day anymore because it’s simply boring (and wasting money is not entirely fun when you’re making it). I used to take walks for hours in England and China, two countries where I lived in for around a year each, but it’s a nuisance in Cairo. In the distant past I took Aikido and kickboxing classes. Then moved to Ashtanga Yoga. Now, I’m all about Kung Fu.
I love the taste of chocolate melting in my mouth and I drink only fresh juice — and this partly defines me. I mind read, and I have a third eye.
My best friend is a prince, he comes from a planet called Asteroid B612, which has three volcanoes, a sheep and a flower. I have a Voice, it speaks to me and it lives in my head. (bits and pieces of Pakinam and Voice conversations seep into my Twitter account @pakinamamer)
I shuttled all the way to China in 2012 to learn Kung Fu. Yup, just for that. I lived for months on the largest Kung Fu camp in the world, secluded in Lao Ta Gou inside the Shaolin Temple, and I blogged about it here.
I’m a journalist and writer, a comic book nerd and a fan of the moving picture (and moving lights as my sister would say mockingly). I love animals (and cats) to death, and I feel guilty about eating meat. But not guilty enough that I can turn vegetarian for life (I start and stop, then start again).
For the observer, a writer’s job can look ‘boring’; much of the work happens inside the head. You see, I observe, I think (or I think I do), I ask questions, I watch and wonder, I judge, I care or don’t and walk away. I type on my laptop, I browse the internet, I take pictures click click click. I work the phones, and field report for feature stories. When I feel lucky or adventurous I travel.
When I’m not being ‘boring,’ I explore the world … and in my good moods, I’d like to think I can save it.
p.s. I realize fully that the blog’s name translates to الرسائل الباكينامية … Enjoy.