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on’t be fooled by the name SheFighter. This all-female mixed martial arts center is not watered-down instruction just for women, but rather an experienced group of trainers with dedicated trainees learning self-defense. SheFighter students learn a variety of MMA from basic to advanced self-defense techniques. Founder of the center, Lina Khalifeh, is dedicated to empowering her trainees with confidence so that they can begin mastering the art of self-defense. Lina has had 16 years of martial arts experience, is a holder of a black belt (3 Dan) in Taekwondo, and is a certified trainer of self-defense. On top of having trained both in Canada and the US, she has represented Jordan’s national martial arts team in international competitions. Lina, began her martial arts training at the age of five at her uncle’s center NEED TO in Amman and has not KNOW stopped since. For those who want It was not easy for a young female with no SheFighter’s Kick-Boxing business history to start Boot Camp SheFighter in a country that rarely affiliates women with typically male-dominated sports such as martial arts, boxing, and competition fighting. But in 2010, she decided to give teaching a try in Amman. “At first it was one on one training with a couple clients, then more women started coming to see me so I moved sessions into my garage and set up mats and a

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punching bag,” Lina said, dressed in workout pants and a sweatshirt with the SheFighter logo emblazoned across her chest. She described the most challenging part of the process since the beginning of SheFighter has been convincing women to try out what she is teaching. As her client base grew, Lina moved SheFighter from her garage to renting gym time by the hour. For six months now she has been settled in at her new studio in Amman and her business is in full swing. The studio is professionally laid out with women in mind, and with pink training mats and sparring gloves, the SheFighter color theme is consistent throughout

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the studio. When a class begins, so does the facility’s sound system; music pumps out to get students into work out mode. “We have all types of women here; women who have never tried any sports in their lives and women that love sports,” Lina explains. “My main source of marketing was word of mouth and Facebook,” she grins. Initially, she could not believe the positive response women in Amman gave to the idea of SheFighter and the numbers that have been showing up for training. This is more then just a business for the Ammani entrepreneur. She is passionate about empowering her students inside and out to rise

Hosting workshops in her studio and different colleges, schools, and orphanages around Amman on selfdefense, Lina is speaking up. She speaks to female students about how being aware of harassment and abusive situations can help them avoid these problems in their future. During the seminars she feels that at times, speaking on these issues is hard and awkward in a society that denies the existence of the problems, but also important. For every person that denies what she is talking about, there are plenty more who agree with her message. Scan Here for faceBooK

above and conquer the obstacles of life with confidence. What fuels her are the personal stories of female friends and students who have been abused, sexually harassed, and attacked, and felt helpless in dealing with overcoming these matters in a positive way. Though she feels strongly about empowerment, Lina does not describe herself as an activist, but rather a realist who believes that our society’s issues towards women need to be talked about and dealt with or they will never change. The familial atmosphere at SheFighter’s studio makes for a wonderful place for women to come and relax and train at, even with their children in tow. Classes run all week with a section of each week’s classes dedicated to both adults and kids. “It’s great; we give the children a trainer, and the mothers a trainer, and they train side by side,” Lina says. The self-defense classes at SheFighter are expansive as they range from hand-to-hand defense techniques to teaching how to guard against knives and other weapons. This center also offers intense private weight loss exercise classes where the client’s success is measured monthly. The students’ ages range from four to 70 years old, but the main age group that fills Lina’s classes are women of university age wanting to learn to defend themselves. Students and trainers work together like a big family. One student, Taima Jaber, is taking month-long training courses in self-defense at SheFighter. “I’m confident that I’m able to defend myself now,” Taima explains, “Lina

teaches us to always be strong and not to underestimate ourselves.” When asked if she would be returning for more classes, she responded: “Definitely. Lina is the best and I love training here!” For the future of SheFighter, Lina is looking at possibly building a competition fighting team and franchising to Saudi Arabia. She doesn’t spend her time planning, though, she’d rather live in the moment and revel in SheFighter’s surprising success. “I don’t plan stuff. I just do it; I really just go for it,” admits Lina and her “go for it” mantra permeates all who are a part of the SheFighter family. All she knows is that whatever lies ahead for her and SheFighter, the mission to empower women will endure.

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“mkanneg” Charity Run for SPANA Flashback Adventures and Ithmar are teaming Head to the Amman Marriott Hotel for their popular the lighting of the Christmas tree in the hotel’s up this month to Charity Run! On 7 December, running enthusiasts and those who just want to do a bit of good can participate in a marathon, proceeds of which will go towards SPANA (Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad). For more information, visit www.facebook. adventures.

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lobby on 12 December. Guests will also be able to enjoy their fantastic Gingerbread Village, gluwyn, delicious sahlab, and scrumptious hot chocolate. And throughout the month, until Christmas Day, the Marriott’s lobby will be hosting a variety of choirs each evening from 5:00pm. Additionally, delicious lunches and dinners on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve will be served in the Amman Marriott Hotel’s distinguished restaurants. Call (06) 560 7807 for reservations.

VERB. [Expression] Like a king! Eg. “Husam mkanneg 3al akher!” [Translation: “Husam is kinging it up!”] Get ready for a jolly, magical time! From 13 to 22 December, every night from 4:00pm to 10:00pm at the Zara Center, iJordan — in collaboration with the Jabal Amman Residents Association (JARA) — will be putting on a vibrant festive shopping experience suitable for all family members. This The Art of Christmas Souk, will offer

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Treat yourself and your family this month to some delicious desserts from The Cakery! Flip to p. 14 and 24 to learn more about this local shop.

If you’re in the mood for some art, don’t miss Ghassan Abu Laban’s Observations at The Orient Gallery. Flip to p. 26 for more art exhibitions.

The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation will be screening Broken Hill, tonight. Flip to p. 26 to read more about film screenings.

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Local sportswear store, Champions, is holding an Instagram Competition this month! Flip to p. 14 to find out how you can take part.

Check out Zara Gallery today to see a collective exhibition featuring new talents. Flip to p. 26 to learn more about this month’s cultural events.

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Head to Buffalo Wings & Rings on 1st Circle every Wednesday to catch live performances by local rockers, Empty Chair. Flip to p. 14 to find out more.

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Catch the Alice In Wonderland Ballet at the Royal Cultural Center tonight. Call (06) 585 8649 for more information.

1 You can still catch artist Khalid Wahal’s Jazz exhibition at Dar Al Anda Gallery today before it draws to a close. Flip to p. 26 to find out more.

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To do a little sport for some good join in on the Charity Run for SPANA today! Flip to p. 10 to read more about this event.

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If you’re trying to plan a winter season getaway, log on to www. travelsheikh.com for some great deals.

Gift Market @ Le Royal Hotel. Call (079) 959 3979 for details. Holiday Souq Fann @ Ras Al Ain Hangar. Flip to p. 14 to read more. 9 Days of Christmas @ InterContinental Hotel. Flip to p. 20 to read all about it.

The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation will be screening Letters to Father Jacob , tonight. Flip to p. 26 to read more about film screenings.

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Grab your family and head to the Amman Marriott Hotel today for the lighting of their Christmas tree! Flip to p. 10 for details.

Enjoy a delish dinner tonight with your family or friends at recently opened restaurant Vintage. Flip to p. 19 for more eats.

Be sure to catch the choir Dozan wa Awtar live as part of the 9 Days of Christmas’ activities. Flip to p. 20 for details.

The 3rd Arab Social Media Forum is going on today! Flip to p. 14 to find out more about this event.

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If you’re looking to donate items like shoes, linens, furniture, and books, check out New To You a the thrift store run by the Al Hussein Society. Flip to p. 25 to read more about it

If you’re in the mood for catching a good film, head to Grand Cinemas tonight for the release of Life of Pi. Flip to p. 94 to see more local cinema releases.

Take a ride over to Fuheis today to check out their awesome festive streets line with Christmas lights and decorations. Flip to p. 25 to learn more.

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Indulge in some delish Mexican food today at Fatty Dabs Mexico; make sure to try their yum Arab burrito! Visit www.facebook.com/ FattyDabsMexico for more.

Take a road trip to Jordan’s north today and visit the spot of Our Lady of the Mountain at Anjara. Flip to p. 64 to learn more about this pilgrimage site.

If your kids are looking to get into shape, then check out G.X Gym, a child-centric gym right here in Amman. Flip to p. 22 to read more about this center.

Christmas Bazaar @ Bsharat Church Hall. Call (079) 948 0415. The Art of Christmas @ Zara Center. Flip to p. 10 to read more.

9 Days of Christmas @ InterContinental Hotel. Flip to p. 20 to read all about it.

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Make sure that your tires are up to par for winter’s harsh weather. Flip to p. 58 to learn more about tire maintenance.

Famed musician, Gernot Süßmuth, will perform at the Music Connects Cultures chamber music concert tonight! Flip to p. 26 to learn more.

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Head to the Nabad Gallery to see artist Widan’s Love on Paper exhibition on Sufi love and beauty. Flip to p. 26 to read more about it.

Jordanian Turkish Bazaar @ The Royal Automobile Club. Call (079) 705 7905 for details.

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NEED TO KNOW To find out more about Tatyana Aceeva and to see her current and previous collections, visit www. tatyanaaceeva.com.

Tatyana Aceeva Go sat down with half Iraqi, half Russian, Jordan-based fashion designer, Tatyana Aceeva, to find out more about her current and upcoming collections just in time for this season’s special occasions Go: How did you get into fashion design? Were you always so creative? Tatyana Aceeva: When I was a child I remember my favorite thing to do was to make dresses for my dolls. Eventually, however, I started to make dresses for myself, starting with making my prom dress. Down the line, I finally decided that fashion design is what makes me happy and is the career that I wanted to peruse professionally, and so I did! Go: Where does your inspiration come from for your design? TA: My inspiration comes from different things, from architecture to colors to fabrics to people, and sometimes the designs just randomly pop into my head! Go: How do you decide upon which fabrics and colors you’re going to use for your collections? TA: Usually, I choose one or two dominant colors for my collection and then I come up with color panel that will go with the two main theme colors. Afterwards I begin to select fabrics that are available to me in the colors that I have chosen and then the creative process starts.

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organized and the public was very welcoming, so I believe it’s a step in the right direction. I hope that the Amman Fashion Week will continue to grow and become a regional or even an international fashion event!

Go: Right now you’re preparing for the upcoming Muscat Fashion Week. How does it feel to be the first and only Jordan-based designer to be invited? TA: It is a fantastic opportunity and I am very happy that they have selected the Tatyana Aceeva brand to represent Jordan. I hope I will Go: Last year you participated make Jordan proud! in Amman’s first Mercedes-Benz Muscat Fashion Week is Fashion Week. What’s your organized by the Mayor of Muscat opinion on the local fashion scene? and they are doing an incredible TA: I think it was long overdue; job at positioning Muscat Fashion Amman really needed a fashion Week as the main fashion event SCAN HERE platform that would give local in the Arab world, so I am very FOR WEBSITE designers the opportunity to excited to showcase my Spring/ showcase their talent, and Jordan has Summer 2013 collection in Oman. a lot of talented young designers. As for my experience, I really Go: What can we look forward to enjoyed it! The event was well in your next collection? 12 | DEC. 2012 | GOMAGJORDAN.COM

TA: I am staying true to my esthetics, but at the same time I am introducing a lot of new design elements and techniques, new fabrics, and new silhouettes. Overall, it will be more sophisticated. The colors are very unique, while the fabrics are very lush and rich — I hope it will be a showstopper!

Go: You won "Best Evening Dresses" at the Dubai Fashion Week. How did that great recognition impact your brand? TA: It was a great

experience! The Dubai Fashion Week really gave me a chance to showcase my designs to the regional and international markets and it gave my brand wide recognition. I got a lot of positive and encouraging feedback from that week.


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he Forum will consist of speaking slots and discussion panels on a range of different social media topics, such as Social Media for Corporations; Social Media for Social Good; Blogging, Vlogging, & Viral Videos; Social Media for Startups; Social Media Analytics; and Traditional Media vs. Social Media. Following successful forums held in Jordan and Saudi Arabia, ASMF returns to Amman for it’s third annual event. Attendees of the event will also find out who this year’s winners of the Arab Social Media Awards are. An initiative that aims to serve as an inspiration and reward for Social Media Officers, Designers, Developers, and Community Managers, the Arab Social Media Awards are an exciting part of the event. Furthermore, these awards are an encouragement for all sectors to showcase their social media presence and achievements and be more involved in other’s success stories too! To register for the event, log on to www.arabsocialmediaforum.com today. For further details, also visit www.facebook.com/ArabSocialMediaForum and twitter.com/ASMFnews.

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If you’re looking for live music gigs, head to 1st Circle’s Buffalo Wings & Rings every Wednesday night ormed in early 2011 when vocalist, Kamal, joined an art school in Amman, where he met guitarist, Taifi, Empty Chair is now rocking out each week at the popular Jabal Amman restaurant, Buffalo Wings & Rings. Describing themselves as a alternative rock band with influences from the likes of Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin, Staind, 3 Doors Down, Tracy Chapman, Scorpions, Godsmack, and Lifehouse, Empty Chair put on a great show, ideal for anyone looking for a good night of live music! Head to Buffalo Wings & Rings, 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, at 8:30 on a Wednesday night to check out the band. For more, visit www.facebook.com/emptychairmusic.

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Check out The Cakery this month for their special festive season treats, both savory and sweet

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Champions is holding an Instagram Competition this month! All you have to do to take part in this competition where winners receive a 50 JOD voucher from Champions, is take a picture of yourself with a brand or product offered at Champions and upload it to Instagram @Champion_JO! Log on to www.facebook.com/ChampionsJO today to find out what brands this awesome retailer holds.

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Whether you’re hosting a party this month and need some delicious dishes to serve your guests, or you just want to spoil yourself and your family with some unforgettable edibles, look to The Cakery. Savory food lovers will die for their Puff Pastry with Melted Brie — a rich combination of puff pastry, brie cheese, and jam, baked in the oven (starting at 25 JOD, serving 8 persons). Another irresistible dish is the Spicy Cheddar Cheese Dip that boasts potent flavors of sharp SCAN HERE cheese rich with flavor and texture (starting at 35 JOD, FOR WEBSITE serving 15 persons). Those who want to go big, though, can custom order a Christmas Baked Cheesecake, a Mont Blanc cake, or even a Red Velvet Log from this specialty cake-maker. #34 Hassan Barkawi St., Abdoun, (06) 592 2566, (077) 716 1717, www.thecakery.jo


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unforgettable entertainment! A youinjordan.com organized event, sponsored by Go Magazine, Greater Amman Municipality, Roya TV, SPIN Jordan, eka3, Musicbox, and Landmark Hotel Amman, The Butterfly Effect 2012 Finale Concert is guaranteed to be a fantastic show. What’s more, this is a fundraising event for the Jordan Fund for Performing Arts, an initiative

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or months we’ve been waiting in anticipation for the launch of the new Nokia Lumia 920, set to be the brand’s flagship Lumia boasting PureView camera technology! Not only is this smartphone brilliantly designed — it’s 130.3mm tall, 70.8mm wide, and only 10.7mm thick, with a display screen that’s 4.5" — it also features Nokia’s PureMotion HD+ display: the world’s brightest, fastest, and most sensitive touchscreen! Say goodbye to unresponsive technology and uncooperative gadgets. Moreover, this Windows Phone 8 runs on a Snapdragon™ S4 processor, meaning that it’s

We love all things retro so we simply fell in love when we saw For the Love of Vintage’s awesome offering of authentic Nintendo Entertainment System controllers converted into iPhone and/or iPod chargers! If you’re not old enough to know what a NES is, simply know that this gray and black box once controlled the coolest gaming console around — and now its been given a second life as an Apple accessory. This dock and charger is compatible with the iPod Classic, Touch, and older Nano, as well as with the iPhone 3G, 4, and 4S. To get one today, head to FLOV at #17 Al Batool Center, Ahmad Al-Arousi St., Abdoun. Call (079) 828 0000 or visit www.facebook.com/LoveVintageJO for more. 16 | DEC. 2012 | GOMAGJORDAN.COM

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that promotes the performing arts scene in Jordan while offering grants to individuals and local organizations! Tickets can be bought now at Turtle Green Tea Bar (Rainbow St., Jabal Amman), Musicbox (7th Circle, Sweifieh), Landmark Hotel Amman (off 3rd Circle, Abdali), Cafe KEPI (Paris Circle, Jabal Weibdeh). For more information on the event, visit on.fb.me/T6wxPE.

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Catch the Alice In Wonderland Ballet at the Royal Cultural Center tonight. Call (06) 585 8649 for more information.

Gift Market @ Le Royal Hotel. Call (079) 959 3979 for details. Holiday Souq Fann @ Ras Al Ain Hangar. Flip to p. 14 to read more.

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Be sure to catch the choir Dozan wa Awtar live as part of the 9 Days of Christmas’ activities. Flip to p. 20 for details.

9 Days of Christmas @ InterContinental Hotel. Flip to p. 20 to read all about it.

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Enjoy a delish dinner tonight with your family or friends at recently opened restaurant Vintage. Flip to p. 19 for more eats.

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Take a ride over to Fuheis today to check out their awesome festive streets line with Christmas lights and decorations. Flip to p. 25 to learn more.

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Make Christmas extra special this year with a real tree from Bloomz of Heaven! Flip to p. 24 to find out how you can spread more joy this month.

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Grab your family and head to the Amman Marriott Hotel today for the lighting of their Christmas tree! Flip to p. 10 for details.

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If you’re in the mood for catching a good film, head to Grand Cinemas tonight for the release of Life of Pi. Flip to p. 94 to see more local cinema releases.

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Christmas Bazaar @ Bsharat Church Hall. Call (079) 948 0415. The Art of Christmas @ Zara Center. Flip to p. 10 to read more.

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If you’re looking to donate items like shoes, linens, furniture, and books, check out New To You a the thrift store run by the Al Hussein Society. Flip to p. 25 to read more about it

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The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation will be screening Letters to Father Jacob , tonight. Flip to p. 26 to read more about film screenings.

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Treat yourself and your family this month to some delicious desserts from The Cakery! Flip to p. 14 and 24 to learn more about this local shop.

Local sportswear store, Champions, is holding an Instagram Competition this month! Flip to p. 14 to find out how you can take part.

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9 Days of Christmas @ InterContinental Hotel. Flip to p. 20 to read all about it.

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If your kids are looking to get into shape, then check out G.X Gym, a child-centric gym right here in Amman. Flip to p. 22 to read more about this center.

If you’re still shopping for Christmas gifts, flip to p. 32 for some joyful ideas!

Jordanian Turkish Bazaar @ The Royal Automobile Club. Call (079) 705 7905 for details.

Take a road trip to Jordan’s north today and visit the spot of Our Lady of the Mountain at Anjara. Flip to p. 64 to learn more about this pilgrimage site.

Give the gift of local knowledge this Christmas thanks to books written by local authors! Flip to p. 36 to find about more.

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If you’re still trying to put together your outfit for New Year’s Eve, head to For the Love of Vintage for some unique pieces. Flip to p. 40 for details.

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After the unprecedented success of the original branch on Mecca St., Azkadenya opens a second branch in Abdoun Ideal for celebrating a joyous occasion at or just spending some quality time with loved ones at, fans of this trendy restaurant are now treated to a second spot to enjoy Azkadenya’s funky retro Arabic style. Located in the former location of Bruschetta, head here to sample their tasty menu of Arabic fare with a twist. Falafel sliders, falafel with sun dried tomatoes, pink hummus, sweet and sour eggplant, tabbouleh with lentil or corn are just some of the eats you’ll find on Azkadenya’s menu. For the less adventurous, not to worry, they also have classic dishes like baked kofta with tomatoes, shawarma, lamb chops, sayadieh, musakhan, and others. If you’re not hungry, however, at Azkadenya’s you can enjoy an argeeleh and one of their many smoothies and fresh juices while admiring the venue’s vibrant décor. Sataan Al Hasan St., Abdoun, (06) 593 NEED TO 1513, www.facebook.com/azkadenya

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SPICE GARDEN The newly revamped Spice Garden serves up a joyful selection of international fare The popular all-day-dining concept at the Sheraton Amman Al Nabil Hotel has recently been renovated, though, not just in look as the cuisine has had an overhaul too. The new Spice Garden promises an array of new aromas and tastes, offering food from all over the world like Japanese sushi, Italian pasta and pizza, Jordanian mansaf, French pastries, and plenty more served via live cooking stations and open kitchens. The wide selection will surely be able to please everyone in your party. Plus every Thursday, the restaurant hosts "Seafood Night" where the freshest fish and seafood is available to be cooked to your liking. Zahran St., 5th Circle, (06) 593 4111, www.spicegardenamman.com 18 | DEC. 2012 | GOMAGJORDAN.COM

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JOY, JOY Check out these places for Christmas & New Year’s celebrations The Four Seasons Amman’s merry season will be in full swing this month Starting 7 December, The Foyer Lounge will be serving festive afternoon tea, specialty coffees, and hot chocolate drinks. Vivace’s five-course dinner is guaranteed to be a special way to spend Christmas Eve, while Seasons’ Christmas Day buffet will be a fabulous affair. For New Year’s Eve, Asia and Vivace will be joining forces to offer a five-course dinner, with music and dancing. And, finally, to start the year fresh, indulge in Four Seasons’ New Year’s Day sumptuous buffet. Call (06) 550 5555 for reservations. Sheraton Amman Al Nabil Hotel’s seasonal spirit will shine through with their activities Treat yourself and loved ones to Christmas bites and cookies at the Green Lounge during the month. The hotel will also be hosting a lavish traditional Christmas buffet at Spice Garden and a delicious Italian Christmas dinner at EVOO. They will be ringing in the New Year with special celebrations at Spice Garden. Call (06) 593 4111 for reservations. Celebrate the start of 2013 with set menus at some of EAT Group’s awesome eateries If you want to enjoy New Year’s Eve and/ or New Year’s Day with memorable food, check out Casereccio for Italian delicacies, Umami Asian Fusion for great Japanese, Chinese, and Thai dishes, or Azkadenya for modern Arabic fare. Call (078) 786 0000 for reservations.

VINTAGE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE Housed in a restored old villa off of 2nd Circle, Vintage captures the charm and joy of yesteryear Opening its doors just this summer, Vintage is a welcome addition to Jabal Amman’s culinary scene. Seeking to offer its clients a fusion of cultures, here, among other things, you’ll find fried risotto, chicken roulade, panna cotta, rojo steak platter, veal Milanese, Spanish gambas, grilled lobster, salmon, and steak. Warm, cozy, and decorated with paintings, statues, and even vintage records, you can choose whether to sit in their bar, lounge, dining room, or when weather permits, their beautifully landscaped garden. Vintage even has a non-smoking area for a healthier dining experience and screens to watch those all-important sport games. #6 Abu Salam Al Khallal St., 2nd Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 465 4554, www.facebook.com/VintageLoungeRestaurant

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The name may not suggest it, but aside from all the other goodies they offer, Firehouse Pizza & Grill serve up a great breakfast As they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so if you’re looking for a pre-noon treat then head to the new Firehouse Pizza & Grill and tuck into any of their breakfast options. Variety is the name of the game here; they have different types of bagels with a selection of fillings, as well as a variety of manaqeesh. Firehouse Pizza & Grill even boasts pancakes and waffles with a choice of toppings! But if you’re more inclined towards eggs for breakie, then pick from one of their many omelets or simply go for eggs cooked to your preference with beef bacon, sausage, and hash brown on the side. And you can wash it all down with a delish cup of Illy coffee or Dilmah tea. With a start like that, you’ll be feeling joyful all day long! King Abdullah Ii St., Dabouq, (079) 850 8934, www. facebook.com/FirehousePizzaAndGrill

The recently opened OJ’s promises gourmet dishes prepared in a relaxed and casual environment Sometimes there’s nothing more joyous and satisfying than a hearty sandwich, and that’s exactly what OJ’s specializes in. Their sandwiches — whether filled with steak, chicken, tuna, or meatballs — can be served on either white or brown bread and you can choose to have fries or salad on the side. For the gluten-intolerant, this venue even offers a breadless sandwich where the delicious chicken or tuna stuffing is wrapped in thin rice paper and topped with a Thai dressing! If, however, you’re not in the mood for a sandwich, then you can opt for OJ’s fresh salads, soup of the day, chili con carne, or their plates of either steak or grilled chicken. OJ’s also delivers, so you don’t even need to leave your home or office to sink your teeth into one of their meals. SCAN HERE FOR FACEBOOK Abu Baker Seraj Al Deen St., Abdoun, (078) 773 3339, www.facebook.com/ojskitchen

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he local non-profit organization, Friends of Jordan Festivals, have put together a range of activities for all to experience. The merriment will kick of with the lighting of the Christmas tree at Amman's InterContinental Hotel on 6 December and will carry on for nine days. A Christmas village will be created — with the help of local florist extraordinaire, Alissar — within the shopping arcade of the InterContinental Hotel, where the main feature will be the Christmas market. A variety of charities from all over the country will be invited to have a space at the market to sell their products, raising funds necessary for their activities and create awareness of the good work they do. Plus, within the village, Hamleys and Little Readers will bring Santa’s Grotto to life for the little ones to enjoy. During these nine days, there will also be a range of familyfriendly workshops to participate in at the Christmas village. These

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will include bread baking, ornament making, chocolate creating, as well as, singing, dancing, music, and art workshops. And, plenty of competitions, prizes, and activities for kids like storytelling and puppet shows will be on for even more allaround joy!

To spread even more Christmas cheer, music will be an important part of these festivities. The magnificent local choir Dozan wa Awtar will be performing at the Christmas village and during a public concert. Plus, there will also be performances from

In collaboration with UNICEF, all proceeds from the Nine Days of Christmas festivities will be donated to children’s charities!

internationally renowned soloists, Jordanian Soprano Dima Bawab, French Mezzo Soprano Pauline Sikirdji, British Baritone George Humphreys, and Canadian Tenor Adam Tunnicliffe. The Amman Symphonic Orchestra Symphonietta and a local children’s choir will also join in on this month's festive musical extravaganza. So if you’d like to experience the magic of Christmas, whether it’s buying some presents from local charities, taking your kids to see Santa in his grotto, participating in interesting workshops, or appreciating the wonderful merry music — all in the name of a great cause — take your family down to the InterContinental Shopping Arcade and revel in the celebrations. InterContinental Hotel Islamic College St., 2nd Circle, Jabal Amman (06) 464 1361 For the complete calendar of events visit www.facebook.com/ FriendsofJordanFestivals

Motivated by their loyalty to the Hashemite Kingdom and their love for the arts, a group of successful men and women began this non-profit organization to promote Jordan as a cultural destination. Showcasing the country as one of the best open air museum in the world, rich in history, heritage, and culture, Friends of Jordan Festivals has been behind such great events as the Cirque Du Soleil Saltimbanco event in Amman last summer and the Johann Strauss Orchestra concert in Aqaba last year. If you’re into amazing cultural events and festivals then be sure to keep an ear out for what else this NGO has in store for the residents of Jordan! “Like” their Facebook page today, www.facebook.com/ FriendsofJordan Festivals, to keep up with their events. For more, call (06) 461 3300 or email info@ jordanfestival.org.


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o lead an active lifestyle is beneficial for any child and gymnastics is one of the most beneficial sports for young people, as it allows them to develop their strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, power, agility, and speed. Aside from the physical benefits, gymnastics can teach kids social skills like teamwork, discipline, respect for others, and communication. If you’re wondering, where in Amman can your child take up gymnastics, look no further than G.X Gym. Founded by two fitness enthusiasts, Rima Amer and Gretty Al-Ayed Yacoubian, this traditionally “ladies’ only gym” differs from the other facilities of this kind in the city, as they exclusively offer group exercise classes — you won’t find a treadmill here! G.X Gym boasts four halls for their classes, one of which is the “Gymnastics Hall” furnished with top of the line Gymnova equipment that allows this gym to offer many gymnastics classes for different ages and skill levels. For your really little ones — toddlers from walking age (around

COACH RIMA

Rima Amer heads up the gymnastics program at G.X Gym and has trained the gym’s current eight coaches. She is an exgymnast and is currently an international gymnastic judge who is part of the technical committee of the Asian Games Federation and one of the three main gymnastic judges from the Arab world! 22 | DEC. 2012 | GOMAGJORDAN.COM

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one years old) to three — G.X Gym at G.X Gym, as they are looking to hosts a “Mommy & Me” gymnastics train their students to compete on class. Former gymnast, Shelly a regional and even international Marks, who has 15 years experience level. Their gymnastics program in coaching recreational and follows the American levels system competitive gymnastics, conducts and students are also taught judging these special classes. Lessons criteria and given scores during include stretching, action training. G.X Gym currently NEED TO songs, and obstacle trains their students in both KNOW courses, among other vault and floor gymnastics G.X Gym things making these and will soon expand ballet, karate, and sessions great to include uneven bars well as spinning classes for fun for toddlers and beams. There’s also teens, while ladies can take up Zumba, yoga, Pilates, and moms who the option of personal spinning, war, Burn & accompany them. one-on-one training Firm, Cardio Dance, and more! Moreover, this once a week for the really class is wonderful for serious students. This introducing your kids to facility also has strong ties to others who are similar in age. the Jordan Gymnastics Federation G.X Gym also hosts classes — whose president is HRH Princess called “Fantastic Gymnastics” for Rahma Bint Al Hassan — sending kids aged three to four years old. their strongest gymnasts to try out for It’s at this stage of development the JGF team. that the coaches really focus on Gymnastics lessons at G.X Gym flexibility, balance, strength, and are about an hour long and they are other fundamentals of the sport. pre-paid in either eight- or 12-class While for those who are five years increments. So if you’d like your youngster — whether a boy or old and older (up until late teens), this diverse center offers plenty of girl — to leap into the world of classes for a variety of abilities. this artistic form of athletics, sign Despite the other classes available them up for G.X Gym’s classes for here, gymnastics is the core focus excellent coaching and guidance.

Recently opened at TAJ lifestyle center, Menchie’s is a great family spot to grab a sweet treat The city’s newest frozen yogurt shop, Menchie’s, is a colorful explosion of candy-hued fun with a mission to spread smiles! A self-service joint with more than 100 different rotating frozen yogurt flavors and over 70 different rotating toppings to choose from, it’s easy to create the ideal dessert just for you and your loved ones. Plus, you can even decide if you’d like a normal cup or a waffle bowl to make your Menchie’s fro-yo extra special. This joint even offers non-fat, low-carb, no sugar added, non-dairy, vegan, and gluten-free variations of their treats for guilt-free indulgence. With something for everyone, it’s the perfect place for a healthy and joyful family outing. TAJ lifestyle center, Prince Hashem Bin AlHussein St., Abdoun, (06) 592 5996, www. menchies.com


OUT

THIS IS

JORDAN! Go’s Celine Simon Alaeddin explores the city to plan for the holiday season

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love December! With Christmas and New Year’s Eve around the corner, it’s such a joyous time. Plus, with temperatures dropping here in Amman it’s all about staying warm and fuzzy. To prepare for the season, I need to get a few things in order, including: my Christmas décors for those friends and family get-togethers; presents for my loved ones; and of course making time to give to those less fortunate. These are a few of my choice spots in the capital to get these things done.

DECORATING TIME

Next thing needed are ornaments for the tree; I wanted something different this year, so I headed over to Silsal Bloomz of True to their reputable product offerings, Heaven also stocks the Christmas tree ornaments at Silsal are beautifully crafted in ceramic. Fresh, colorful, modern, and sold in a box set of seven pieces, these are the perfect embellishment for my new real Christmas tree! This year I decided to go for a real Christmas #8 Khlaif Al S Haimat St., Um Uthaina, (06) 593 tree instead of dusting off my plastic one To really pile on the holiday spirit, I wanted for a box of gorgeous 1128, www.silsal.com that’s in the storeroom ornaments. to get my hands on some poinsettia plants to position around the house The smell of the pine that permeates the house really puts me in a joyful Christmas mood, Based in Amman, Transjordan Agriculture so I went hunting for a real tree. I found exactly Solutions have beautiful bright red potted what I was looking for at the amazing plant store poinsettias in a range of sizes, plus they deliver and nursery, Bloomz of Heaven. They have an straight to your house from their nursery, free of assortment of trees at different sizes, so I went charge, when you order five or more pieces! for the 150 cm tall one, which fits perfectly in Six small ones were what I needed to add the my living room. final touches to my #303 King Abdullah holiday haven. II St., (06) 553 1001, (077) 727 2111, www.facebook.com/ www.facebook.com/ bloomzofheaven transjordan for a real Xmas tree. for six plants, plus delivery.

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GIFT GIVING

GIVING BACK

One of the best parts of the Christmas tradition is bringing joy by giving gifts to loved ones My favorite type of gift to give (and receive!) is the edible kind. It’s simple, thoughtful, and almost everyone loves a sweet treat. So this year I’ve planned on gifting delicious goodies from The Cakery. I’ve opted for an order of one kilo each of chocolate chip cookies, almond biscottis, sable cookies, and brownie cookies. Selecting a handful of each will allow me to create multiple unique gift boxes to give away to friends and family. And for the really special people in my life, I’m also ordering up a couple of The Cakery’s fantastic tailormade gift baskets (starting at 35 Total for assortment JOD) that can include home-made of cookies and two gift baskets: jam, chutney, Christmas cookies, Christmas fruit cakes, chocolate truffles, and other fun stuff! #34 Hassan Barkawi St., Abdoun, (077) 716 1717, www.thecakery.jo

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A nice touch that I like to add to my gifts are customized greeting cards Instead of buying bulk Christmas cards, I like to go the personalized route. Custom-made greeting cards can be easily created at fine paper and stationery boutique, Limited Addition. With the help of the friendly staff there, I chose a design and paper quality, and then picked up my Total for 50 cards with unique, ready-made pack envelopes: of 50 cards ten days later. #79 Ibn Khaldoun St., Radwan, (06) 465 3808, www.limitedadd.com

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JOYRIDING

During this season especially, we should all have gratitude for what we have and give to those who are less fortunate Periodically going through the closets in my house sorting through the things I have, but no longer need, is my way of both organizing the household and giving back to ones in need. So I spent a few days gathering clothes, shoes, sheets, pillows, blankets, furniture, towels, books, toys, and kitchen equipment that would better serve another family than mine. New To You is the thrift store run by the Al Hussein Society whose mission is to offer habilitation and rehabilitation to the physically challenged. Here, they accept in-kind donations that are in good condition, which they then sell. The proceeds from these items support the great work that is done by the society, thus this is where I choose to Total cost to give back: donate my things. Al Raydaneh St., Al Rawabi, (06) 582 4758, www.ashrehab.org

FREE

This month, drive the family over to Fuheis for some Christmas fun During the month of December, Amman’s neighboring city of Fuheis really gets into the spirit of things by decorating its streets with lights and trees. There’s nothing like taking a drive there while blasting Christmas tunes for some simple joy! So next time you have a free evening, fill some thermoses with hot chocolate, take a baggy of warm cookies, pile the family into the car, and take a spin around Fuheis.

OVERALL I’ll be marking my calendar this month so that I can attend a fun Christmas concert, proceeds of which go towards a good cause Local musician, Emad Alaeddin, and his band, The Final Wish, will be holding a Christmas concert at Rainbow Theater on 18 December. All proceeds from ticket sales of this event will be donated to the Children of Gaza organization to help those most vulnerable as a result of the conflict in Gaza. This will be a great opportunity to enjoy your favorite Cost for the concert ticket: songs of the festive season while supporting an important initiative. www.facebook.com/ thefinalwish4

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Well, December is probably the most expensive month out of the year for some — it certainly is for me! My total expenditure for this month came in at a rather pricey 369 JOD. But since it all went to things like decorating my home, gifts for others, and giving back, thus in the name of spreading joy, I can easily say that it was all very much worth it! GOMAGJORDAN.COM | DEC. 2012 | 25


OUT DECEMBER

CULTURE SHOCK

A new year is at our heels and Jordan’s cultural capital, Amman, is not showing any signs of waning when it comes to artistic events. Go’s Mike V. Derderian tells us where and when to go out this month UPCOMING & CURRENT ART EXHIBITIONS: ZARA GALLERY

A collective exhibition featuring the works of new talents like Ammar Al-Obaidi will be open to the public on 3 December. It will continue until 24 December. Hussein Bin Ali St., Jabal Amman, 3rd Circle, (06) 465 1433, www. zaragallery.org

THE ORIENT GALLERY

Ghassan Abu Laban’s Observations that opened on 20 November will continue until 20 December. Hassan Fleih AlRawashdeh St., Abdoun, (06) 593 1331, www. orientgallery.net

DAR AL ANDA

Khalid Wahal’s Jazz, a painting and digital exhibition, that opened on 19 November will continue until 2 December. On 3 December an exhibition by Ghadeir Said entitled Creative Chaos will open at 5:00pm. It will stay on display for a month. Dhirar Bin Al Azwar St., Jabal Weibdeh, (06) 462 9599, www.daralanda.com

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NABAD

Artist Widan’s Love on Paper will be on display until 9 January. Her paintings utilize the Sufi concepts of love, beauty, and harmony. Othman bin Affan St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 465 5084, www. nabadartgallery.com

CINEMA

with Mike V. Derderian

LA STRADA (1954) Director: Federico Fellini Cast: Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart Color: Black & White Genre: Tragedy

Fellini always had a way to mirror life through his lens that also caught the macabre and monstrous. ABDUL HAMEED SHOMAN FOUNDATION His 1954 film, La Strada, Part of its monthly Cinema Club activities this tells the story of a girl foundation organizes film screenings hosted by Film Critic Adnan Madanat. sold to a traveling circus entertainer, and it is a 4 DEC. piece of cinema that will leave you shattered and BROKEN HILL broken at the end. 2009/100 min/with The strongman, Arabic subtitles Zampanò, played Director: Dagen Merrill by Anthony Quinn, A sheep rancher’s quickly grooms Giulietta Masina in the role of the son aspires to win a kind-hearted, carefree Gelsomina into his assistant music conservatory scholarship, but to apply and lover. Together, they travel across rural Italy to entertain town folk with a not-so-stellar performance he needs musicians who can play his music. at cheap circus-like tents where Zampanò’s Circumstances lead him strongman act is becoming tired. “Here we have a to form a band with piece of chain that is a quarter of an inch thick. It is prison inmates. made of crude iron, stronger than steel. With the simple expansion of my pectoral muscles, or chest — that is — I'll break the hook,” a confident Zampanò 11 DEC. LETTERS TO FATHER recites his act before a crowd. Quinn’s portrayal of Zampanò, the strongman who JACOB buys Gelsomina from her mother for 10,000 lire and 2006/112 min./with a few kilos of food, is ruthless, while Giulietta Masina Arabic subtitles (who was actually, in reality, Fellini’s wife), gives a heart Director: Klaus Haro wrenching performance as the clownish announcer of With few options, Zampanò’s show. Her gentleness and love shatters like newly pardoned convict a wave on the rock that is Zampanò , with devastating Leila agrees to work effects on her mentality and health. as an assistant to a Fate is less kind to Zampanò whose mistreatment blind pastor. Father of Gelsomina haunts him in the form of Richard Jacob spends his days Basehart’s Il Matto (or “The Fool”), a performer answering the letters who decides to dog the strongman with tragic of the needy, which Leila finds pointless. But consequences. The harder Zampanò pushes Gelsomina, who starts to fall for the merciless selfish when the letters stop, strongman, the harder The Fool pushes his luck. Leila finds herself cast The tragic story written by Fellini and Tullio Pinelli is in a new role. accentuated by a score composed by the one and only, Nino Rota, who composed the music of the first two Godfather films, in addition to other countless classics. 18 DEC. La Strada is 108 minutes of an era that, BLOOD WEDDING unfortunately, hasn’t disappeared completely, as 2009/70 min/with people today are often still exploited and mistreated Arabic and English by loved ones. Through this insightful cinematic subtitles experience, Fellini indirectly condemns the selfish Director: Santosh paths that artists take to achieve their goals, especially Sevan when the only thing they are able to achieve is After long hurting innocent souls who are caught within the very preparations a young female terrorist goes on same limelight they are trying to capture. In the end, what this film is trying to tell us, is that we all have a a suicide assassination mission, but her resolve Zampanò, a Gelsomina, and a Fool within us, but the secret is not to allow one to bully the rest. to complete it is put to

FILM SCREENING:

the test.

All screenings take place at the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation, Al Kulliyah Al Elmiyah Al Eslamiyah St., 1st Circle, and start 6:30 pm.

To see La Strada or a range of other great classic films, swing by 16:9 Widescreen and peruse their broad movie collection. Call (06) 581 1627 or visit www.sixteen2nine. com for more information.

THE GOETHE-INSTITUT JORDANIEN

Music Connects Cultures, a chamber music concert, is to be held on 17 December at the Union Bank Concert Hall. World-renowned German artist Gernot Süßmuth, and a group of students from Jordan, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon, and Germany will perform the evening’s concert, which is the result of a three-day workshop under the direction of Gernot Süßmuth. The concert is held by the Goethe-Institut Jordanien in cooperation with the National Music Conservatory. Abdel Mun'im Al Rifa'i St., Jabal Amman (06) 464 1993, www.goethe.de/jordanien 26 | DEC. 2012 | GOMAGJORDAN.COM


OUT ARGEELEH

Belmondo Café, Mecca St., (06) 553 3021 Bianca Café, Ahmad Fawazi St., Abdoun, (06) 593 5234 Jafra Café, Prince Mohammed St., Downtown, (06) 462 2551, www.jafragroup.com Khuttar Café, Irbid St., Abdoun, (06) 593 9099 Lemon Shisha Bistro, Saed Abdo Shamout St., Abdoun, (06) 593 9371 Macho Picho, Kurdi Center, Fawzi Al Mughrabi St., Abdoun, (06) 593 6989, www. machopicho.com Mijana Restaurant & Café, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 462 0744 Rotana Cafe, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 461 0520 Tche Tche Café, Abu Taweeleh Plaza, Mecca St., (06) 588 5837, www.tchetchecafe.com Zoka Café, Saed Abdo Shamout St., Abdoun, (06) 592 6777

CAFÉS

CINEMAS

Cinema City, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 551 8611, www.meccamall.jo Cine Le Royal, Le Royal Hotel Amman, Zahran St., Jabal Amman, (06) 460 3022, www.leroyalamman.com Grand Cinemas, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 581 8808, www.grandcinemas.com Grand Cinemas, Zara Center, Wadi Saqra St., (06) 461 3260, www.grandcinemas.com Prime Cinemas, Al Baraka Mall, Sa'eed Al Mufti St., (06) 585 8500, www.prime.jo Rainbow Theatre, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (0) 798 228 830

MUSEUMS

Children’s Museum Jordan, Al Hussein Public Parks, King Abdullah II St., (06) 541 1479, www.cmj.jo Darat Al-Funun (Shoman Foundation), Jabal Al Weibdeh, (06) 464 3252, www. daratalfunun.org Islamic Museum, Suleiman Al Nabulsi St., Jabal Weibdeh, (06) 567 2155 Jordan Archeological Museum, Citadel, Jabal Al Qala'a, (06) 463 8795 Jordan Folklore Museum, Roman Theatre , (06) 465 1742 Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Hosni Fareez St., Jabal Weibdeh, (06) 463 0128, www.nationalgallery.org Royal Automobile Museum, Al Hussein Public Parks, King Abdullah II St., (06) 541 1392, www.royalautomuseum.jo

Aunty Hanady’s Cheesecake & Cookies, King Abdullah II St., (06) 535 5025 Bifrost, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 464 1312 Books@Café, Omar Ibn Il Khattab St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 465 0457, www. booksatcafe.com Bunzy Buns, Ahmad Fawzi St., Abdoun, (06) 593 7172, www.bunzybuns.com Café Des Artistes, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (0) 79 657 5184 15 Mohammed Rashid Ridha NIGHTLIFE St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 461 0017 1Ten Resto Lounge, Shepherd Hotel, Zaid The Camel’s B@C, Baouniyyeh St., Jabal Bin Al Haritha St., Jabal Amman, (077) 7 Weibdeh, (06) 465 7881 112233 ChaYi: The Art of Tea, 245 Al Madenah Al 51 (Switch), Sameeh Al Shoumali St., Al Munawara St., (06) 553 3638 Sahel, (077) 515 1515 Cilantro Café, Queen Zain Al Sharaf St., Agave, Qiss Bin Sa’edah St., (06) 463 3030 Abdoun, (06) 592 5009, www.cilantro-cafe.com Amigo Pub, Cioconut Lounge, Al Sha’ab Street, Dabouq, Jabal Amman, (06) 463 3001, www. (06) 541 2484 amigopub-jo.com Chez Hilda, Beerkeller, Le Royal, Zahran St., 3rd Circle, (06) 582 4808, www.chezhilda.com (06) 460 3000, www.leroyalamman.com Costa Café, City Mall, King Cantaloupe Gastro Pub, 10 NEED TO Abdullah II St., (06) 585 9694 Rainbow Street, 1st Circle, Crumz, Mazen Sido Al-Kurdi Jabal Amman, (077) 773 KNOW St., Abdoun, (06) 592 0102, 3333, www.cantaloupe.jo www.goodharvest.com.jo Canvas, Muntazah Circle, The Millennium Cups & Kilos, Rainbow St., Jabal Weibdeh, (06) 463 Hotel in Shmesani 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, 2211 has now launched Sky Lounge on their rooftop, (06) 4649345 Chesters, Le Royal Hotel, a nightspot with awesome Al Zahran Street, 3rd Circle, views of the city. Call Baraka Mall, Sa’eed Al Jabal Amman, (06) 460 (06) 500 4500 for (06) 592 3000, www.leroyalamman. reservations. 5715, www.gloriajeans.com com Java U, Saed Abdo Shamout Cube, Shepherd Hotel, Said St., Abdoun, (06) 592 5726, Bin Hareth St., Jabal Amman, www.java-u.com (079) 985 5955 Juicebangbang, Dubliners, Comfort Hotel Suites, Ali (0) 775 989 416 , (06) 581 2848, La Mirabelle, www.dublinersjordan.com St., Abdoun, (06) 565 6026, www. Flow, Mazen Sido Al-Kurdi St., Abdoun, zalatimosweets.com (079) 978 7777 Old View Cafe, Omar Ibn il Khattab St., (06) Glass Bar & Lounge, Landmark Hotel, Al 465 3516 Hussein Bin Ali St., (06) 560 7100 Paul, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 550 La Calle, #10 Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal 2760, www.paul-international.com Amman, (077) 726 6928 Second Cup, Queen Zain Al Sharaf St., Las Tapas, Bonitas Hotel, Qiss Bin Sa'edah Abdoun, (06) 556 0691, www.secondcup.com St., 3rd Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 461 5061, Segafredo Zanetti, www.bonitamman.com Shamout St., Abdoun, (06) 592 6526, www. The Library Lounge & Cigar Bar, Marriot segafredo.it Hotel, Issam Ajluni St., Shmesani, (06) 560 Starbucks , Prince Hashem St., 7607, www.thelibrary.marriott-amman.com Abdoun, (06) 592 1005, www.starbucks.com Murphy’s House of Rock, Red Rose Hotel, Turtle Green Tea Bar, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Shat Al Arab St., Um Uthaina, (077) 716 5008 Jabal Amman, (06) 464 4813 Oobé, Al Qasr Metropole Hotel, Mithqal Al Vivid, King Abdullah II St., (06) 541 3091 Faeiz St., Shmesani, (06) 566 6140 ext. 3 Wild Jordan, Othman bin Afan St., 1st O Six Gastro Lounge, Canyon Hotel, Adeeb Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 463 3542, www. Wahbeh St., Shmeisani, (079) 994 0606 wildjordancafe.com Queen Vics, (06) 586 4426

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Square Bar, Four Seasons, 5th Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 550 5555, www.fourseasons.com Time Out Sports Bar, Kempinski Hotel, Abd Al Hameed Shoman St., Shmesani, (06) 520 0200, www.kempinski.com/amman Rovers Return, Abed Al Raheem Al Hajj (06) 581 4844, www.roversreturnjordan.com Saluté & Beer Garden, Abdul Qader Koshak St., Jabal Amman, (06) 465 1458, www. jorest.com Seven Barrels, Hisham Hotel, Abu Firas Al Hamadani Pathway 2, Jabal Amman, (077) 977 7708 Shaman, Um Qsair St., Deir Ghbar, (077) 722 7888

RESTAURANTS

32 North, Grand Hyatt Amman, Al Hussein Bin Ali St., Jabal Amman, (06) 465 1433, amman.grand.hyatt.com Abou El Abed Al Hakawati, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (077) 605 5550 Asia, Four Seasons Amman, Al Kindi St., 5th Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 550 5555, www. fourseasons.com Azkadenya, Mecca St., (06) 554 9391 Bistro One, Jabal Amman, (06) 461 7890, www. bistroone-jo.com Blue Fig, Prince Hashem St., Abdoun, (06) 592 8800, La Bruschetta, o St., Abdoun, (06) 593 1513 Beit El Fukhara, Abdallah Ghosheh St., near 7th and 8th circles, (0) 79 714 0250 Beit Shocair, Jabal Amman, (06) 464 4094 Burj Al Hamam, Intercontinental Hotel, Islamic College St., Jabal Amman, (06) 464 1361, www.ichotelsgroup.com 1st Circle, (06) 464 Cafe Burger, 17 Ahmad Al-Arousy St., Al Batool Center, Abdoun, (06) 592 2832 Casereccio Restaurant, Al Qahira St., Abdoun Circle, (06) 593 4773 Casper & Gambini’s, Mazen Sido AlKurdi St., Abdoun, (06) 592 2600, www. casperandgambinis.com Centro Brasserie, Queen Nour St., 4th Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 464 1020 Champions, Marriot Hotel, Issam Ajluni St., Shmesani, (06) 560 7607 Cinco De Mayo, Intercontinental Hotel, Islamic College St., Jabal Amman, (06) 464 1361, www.ichotelsgroup.com La Cucina Ristorante, Princess Alya Bint Hussein St., Abdoun, (06) 593 3355 Deir El Qamar, Sa’ed Abdo Shamout St., Abdoun, (06) 593 4666, www. deirelqamarrestaurant.com Diwan Al Sultan Ibrahim, Iriteria St., Um Uthaina (06) 551 7383, oceanhotel.com.jo

LISTINGS Diwan Shahraya, Le Royal Hotel, Zahran St, 3rd Circle, (06) 596 6511 www. leroyalamman.com Entrecôte Café de Paris, behind Le Royal Hotel, 3rd Circle, (079) 911 9117 Esaki, Al Hussein Bin Ali St., 4th Circle, (079) 717 9888 Fakhr El-Din, Abdul Qader Koshak St, Jabal Amman, (06) 464 1789, www.fakhreldin.com Fatty Dabs Burger Shack, Saed Abdo Shammout St., Abdoun, (0) 79 6075 204 Haret Jdoudna, Talal St., Madaba, (05) 324 8650, www.haretjdoudna.com Al Huwwara Restaurant, King Abdullah II St., Dabouq, (06) 535 4210 The Ivy, Rajai Suleiman Sukkar St., next to Orthodox Club, (06) 593 5130 Kashmir & Al Argeeleh, Hussein Bin Ali St., Jabal Amman, (06) 465 9520, kashmirargeelah.com The Lettuce & The Fish, Saed Abdo Shamout St., Abdoun, (06) 593 3031 L’Incontro, Grand Hyatt Amman, Al Hussein Bin Ali St., Jabal Amman, (06) 465 1433, www.grand.hyatt.com Indochine, Grand Hyatt Amman, Al Hussein Bin Ali St., Jabal Amman, (06) 465 1433, www.grand.hyatt.com Indu, Intercontinental Hotel, Islamic College St., Jabal Amman, (06) 464 1361, www. ichotelsgroup.com Levant Restaurant, Al Mutanabbi St., Jabal Amman, (06) 462 8948, www.levantjo.com The Living Room, Mohammed Hussein Haikal St., Jabal Amman, (06) 465 5998, www.romero-jordan.com La Maison Vert, Abed Al Hameed Bades, Shmeisani, (06) 568 5746 Ne:Bo, Mount Nebo, Madaba, (077) 771 2224 Noodasia, Cairo St., Abdoun Circle, (06) 593 6999 Rajeen Restaurant, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 462 5400 Ren Chai, Mithqal Al Faeiz St., Jabal Amman, (06) 462 5777, www.renchai.com Romero, Mohammed Hussein Haikal St., Jabal Amman, (06) 464 4227, www.romerojordan.com Scenario, Shat Al-Arab St., (078) 720 0002 Sufra, Rainbow St. #28, (06) 461 1468 Tannoureen, Shat Al-Arab St., Um Uthaina, (06) 551 5987, www.tannoureen.net Tarweea, Rabieh, (06) 548 1000 Trader Vic’s, The Regency Palace Hotel, Queen Alia Street, Shmesani, (06) 560 7000, www.tradervics.com Trattoria, AlQasr Metropole Hotel, Arroub St., Shmeisani, (06) 562 0528 Vinaigrette, AlQasr Metropole Hotel, Arroub St., Shmeisani, (06) 562 0528 Whispers, Abdul Rahman Alawi St., 5th Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 592 1850 WOX & Company, Saad Abdo Shamout St., Abdoun, (06) 592 2920, www. woxandcompany.com Yoshi, Mithqal Al Faeiz St., Jabal Amman, 06 464 0903, www.atico-jo.com/yoshi.htm Zaatar w Zeit, Mecca St., (06) 552 9291, www.zaatarwzeit.net

THEATERS

Al Balad Theater, St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 465 2005, www.al-balad.org King Hussein Cultural Center, Omar Matar St., Al-Muhajareen, (06) 473 9953 Royal Cultural Center, Al-Malekah Alia St., Shmeisani, (06) 566 1026

TRANSPORTATION

Alpha International, (06) 581 3300 Hijazi, (02) 710 1760 Taxi Al Mumayaz, (06) 579 9999


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STREET FEATURE

STORES TO VISIT GIFTS CENTER

If you’re in need of fragrances, cosmetics, watches, accessories, or jewelry, chances are you’ll find what you’re looking for at Gifts Center. Make your selection from tons of international brands like Givenchy, Lancôme, Guerlain, YSL, and Ralph Lauren. (06) 553 2404

KALHA

Abdullah Bin Rawaha St. Go headed to the heart of Rabia this month to uncover the bustling area around Abdullah Bin Rawaha St.

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he neighborhood of Rabia (a.k.a. Rabieh or Raybeh) has a plethora of different outlets, including restaurants, cafés, argeeleh joints, boutiques, bakeries, butchers, photography studio, supermarkets, banks, and so much more! The rows and rows of shops and eateries are concentrated on a handful of streets, and Abdullah Bin Rawaha St. is the main artery of this jam-packed district of Amman. If you’re looking for a bite to eat, there’s a range of choices on this street from fast food eateries to rotisserie chicken spots to Arabic

fare prepared fresh everyday. And for those who enjoy a post-meal argeeleh, if you’re in this area, you don’t have to venture far to find a good one. Shoppers will also be happy to find cosmetics, fragrances, watches, jewelry, mobile phones, sporting goods, and apparel here, so whether you’re shopping for yourself or a loved one, you can easily find something that catches your eye. And if while you’re out you need to take care of some personal finances, Abdullah Bin Rawaha St. is also home to banks, currency exchange places, and money transfer outlets.

So whatever NEED TO you're interested in KNOW doing — whether It’s best to park it's going gift on one of the area’s side streets and take shopping, or a stroll down; Rabia’s looking for sidewalks are a new gadget actually pedestrian friendly! for yourself or a friend, or grabbing a bite to eat, or catching up with friends over argeeleh and coffee, or exchanging and transferring money — head to Abdullah Bin Rawaha St. and hit many birds with one stone thanks to Rabia’s wide range of establishments!

AROUND THE CORNER Rabia Bakeries (Samarqand St., (06) 5513 888) to get your hands on some of their freshly baked goods. Arabic bread, croissants, donuts, rolls, and sweet Danishes are just 30 | DEC. 2012 | GOMAGJORDAN.COM

Want a delish filling meal of hummus, foul, and falafel? Then Kalha hits the spot. Fresh, tasty, and cheap, this popular local brand is one of the city’s favorite eateries for Arabic fare with branches located all around Amman. (06) 552 8890

ADIDAS

Whether you’re looking for some new shoes, training wear, sports equipment, or accessories donning the famous three stripes, you’ll find a great range of Adidas’ collection for men, women, and kids here. (06) 552 8890

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GIFTING Go hunted down some prime places to get your holiday shopping on this month Images by: Omar Alkalouti

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ometimes a spot of retail therapy can really lift one’s mood, especially when the purchasing is being done in someone else’s honor. So in light of the holiday season, here are some top shops to buy great gifts that’ll help you sprinkle a little joy among your friends and family this December. Of course, no one is stopping you from treating yourself as well!

EAZY PICK A new concept from local plant shop, Bloomz of Heaven, Eazy Pick boasts a selection of fun little pots of joy The Eazy Pick kiosk is a burst of color and freshness because the plants they specialize in are the rare, colorful, and sometimes downright kooky flora that Mother Nature has to offer. Think Venus fly traps, vanda orchids, painted callunas, nepenthes, bonsais, cyclamens, blue orchids, cacti, hyacinths, and tons more! These flamboyant flowers and plants come in charming pots and planters making up the perfect gift to bring a smile to someone’s face or to provide your own space with a bright pick-me-up. City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 553 1001, www. facebook.com/EazyPick

WATCHES & MORE A gem of a boutique that boasts big brand-name watches and jewelry pieces at affordable prices The collection of timepieces, accessories and jewelry at Watches & More is an impressive ensemble of brands such as Lacoste, Alba, Sector, Versace, Hamilton, Citizen, Hugo Boss, j-lo, Victorinox Swiss Army, Joop, Continental, Tissot and so many others. But what’s even more impressive are their prices — the store offers big discounts off of the original retail prices every day. So not only can you treat yourself or a lucky someone to a beautiful piece, but what’s more joyful than a fantastic bargain? Um Uthaina Vista, Iriteria St., Um Uthaina, (06) 554 2387 32 | DEC. 2012 | GOMAGJORDAN.COM


EARTHLY TREASURES Mark your calendars for From the Earth’s Christmas Party Sale! From the Earth (FTE) sells high quality locally handmade products that are perfect for Christmas, such as greeting cards, olive wood Christmas ornaments, olive woaod figurines (including nativity scenes), and plenty of gift items. On 14 December, FTE will be hosting their annual Christmas Party Sale at their new showroom, so make sure to check it out to stock up on holiday keepsakes at great prices! And while you shop you can enjoy snacking on tasty treats and reveling in the joyous spirit of the season. FTE has also launched a line of jewelry called Syrian Hope. All proceeds made from this collection will be donated to helping Jordan’s Syrian refugees; if you’d like to shop for a good cause, consider this a great initiative. Plus, FTE was recently awarded the Fair Trade Federation and World Fair Trade certification making them the first fair trade company in the country, so you can rest assured that anything bought from them was produced with the utmost respect for its producers and respective #2, Al Khansa St., Bayader, Wadi Al Seer, (06) 585 7838, www.ftehome.com

CONVERSE This American lifestyle brand is home to the iconic “Chuck” shoes White rubber soles, white laces, a canvas body in an array of colors, a high top cut, and a five-point star badge made the Converse “Chuck Taylor All Stars” shoe one of the most recognizable footwear items of all time. Loved and worn by so many — young, old, men, women, celebs, and the collective — making a gift out of a pair of these classic shoes would most certainly bring joy to the receiver! Pick up a pair from Converse’s recently opened store, which, in addition to Chucks, also has plenty of other shoe options, as well as a big collection of apparel and accessories for ladies, gents, kids, and babies. TAJ lifestyle center, Prince Hashem Bin Al Hussein St., Abdoun, (06) 593 1813, www.converse.com

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BUTTONS & BOWS

This party supplies store specializes in the most joyous of occasions: weddings If a loved one will be celebrating his/her wedding soon, pass by Buttons & Bows for some cute, quirky, and fun gift items. You’ll find pieces like “bride” and “groom” branded bags and toiletry cases, as well as “just married” flip-flops and bathing suits, which they can strut around in during their honeymoon. If, on the other hand, you’re in charge of the bachelorette party, Buttons & Bows also carries fun party essentials like décor items, bridal shower guest books, and “Bride-To-Be” tiaras. And if it’s your own wedding that’s around the corner, here you’ll be happy to find wedding musts, such as cake toppers, ring pillows, flower girl baskets, and special flutes to toast to the happy day. Seqlieh St., Rabieh, (06) 554 0939, www.facebook.com/ ButtonsAndBowsJO

AMINA’S NATURAL SKINCARE Enjoy radiant skin thanks to this brand’s organic skincare line that’s void of chemicals and preservatives Amina’s Natural Skincare was founded by a mother’s need. After not being satisfied with what was available in the market, Amina had to create skincare products for her children who suffered from the skin condition, eczema. Her goal was to produce natural skincare products that would suit her kids’ sensitivities, thus she created a collection of soaps, shampoos, body washes, and oils all made from natural ingredients like olive oil, calendula, chamomile, aloe vera, and rosehip. Fantastic products for both children and adults, log on to her Website today and order up a batch to offer a loved one beauty products with a difference. www.store.aminaskincare.com, (06) 585 8294 GOMAGJORDAN.COM | DEC. 2012 | 33


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WHAT’S ON AT TAJLIFESTYLECENTER Go headed over to TAJ lifestyle center this month to see what they’ve got on offer for the holiday season

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is the season to be joyful! With gift giving and receiving season in full swing, a trip to TAJ lifestyle center is definitely in order. This complex’s choice of outlets gives you a wide array of presents to choose from to spread some joy among your friends and family this month. What’s more, during the month of December, TAJ has gone all out to create a special Christmas atmosphere for all to enjoy. From the Christmas tree and décors in the Center Court to the children’s Christmas Bus in the South Court where kids can decorate cookies and write letters to Santa to Santa’s Den in the North Court where little ones can take pictures with Santa himself, it’s easy to get into the holiday spirit at TAJ.

Prince Hashem Bin Al Hussein St., Abdoun (06) 592 1122 www.tajlifestyle.com

CINEMA

MAGIC PLANET FAT BURGER

TAJ will soon be home to a state-of-theart Cineplex with 16 screens showcasing the latest Hollywood and regional films. With VIP seating options and full concession stands, this will be a cinematic experience you won’t want to miss!

A family entertainment center packed with loads of games, attractions, and rides for all to enjoy, Magic Planet promises to be a top destination for endless family fun whether after school during the week or on the weekends.

GIFTS THAT KEEP ON GIVING

The burger that was voted best burger in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dubai, and Beijing is coming to Amman! Using only 100% pure lean beef, Fat Burger’s famous burgers are available in a “small” 2.5-ounce size all the way up to a whopping “XXXL” 24-ouncer!

You are spoilt for choice at TAJ lifestyle center when it comes to coming up with great gifts for all the special people in your life Sia Home Fashion (06 592 6688) has a colorful collection of flowers, vases, candleholders, picture frames, and other home accessories, while A Piece of Africa (06 593 1235) carries wonderfully exotic items from the African continent. Or if you’d prefer to gift some delicious goodies, then pick something up from the Castania Nut Boutique (079 714 6812). Their assortment of beautifully packaged nuts, chocolates, dried fruits, and other tasty treats make for delicious gifting.


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Established back in 1883, the German brand Peter Kaiser is known as Europe’s oldest shoemaker Renowned for its elegant and classy collections and made with the highest quality leather, you can never go wrong with a pair of Peter Kaiser shoes, whether it’s pumps, sandals, boots, or flats. Plus, most of the shoes at this boutique have gorgeous matching handbags or clutches, making it that much easier to complete the perfect outfit. (06) 592 6030, www.peter-kaiser.de

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If you’re into rustic American food then head to Centro Diner newly opened at TAJ You can now feast on this rustic American diner’s delicious dishes including burgers, steak sandwiches, hotdogs, milkshakes, and desserts. Located on the TAJ Terrace Level, diners can enjoy their meal while taking in Centro’s cool décor that includes celebrity photos and classic cars. This is a great place to recharge during a busy shopping trip! (06) 593 3500, (079) 720 6222

Centro Diner will also be serving up argeeleh to their clients who want that Arabic touch!

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TOY BOX

Toy Box is a new local toy store that will be opening shortly in TAJ. The young and the young at heart will be able to choose from their wide selection of different types of playthings, soft toys, games, and so on for all ages. This boutique will even carry popular gaming consoles such as the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Wii, as well as a large collection of video games!

For the discerning man in your life, check out the handsome collection of pens, wallets, watches, moneyclips and leather goods at Mont Blanc. (06) 593 9195

MARKS & SPENCER

Operating over 700 shops in the UK and Ireland and an additional 300 stores worldwide, this major British retailer has now landed in our city! Fans of the UK’s largest clothing retailer, Marks & Spencer, can now browse their collections here in Jordan, to stock up on women’s fashion, lingerie, and beauty products. Known for high quality and stylish goods, TAJ’s 900m² M&S store will be the go-to spot for the woman of discerning taste. Think brands like Autograph, Limited Collection, per una, and Indigo Collection! www.facebook.com/MarksandSpencerJordan

GLEE SINGING COMPETITION

Over the past two months students have been battling it out on stage at TAJ with their song and dance moves based on the popular TV show, Glee, for a grand prize of 2,000 JOD! The winners of this year’s competition were an Arabic rap group known as the N.J. Guys. Congratulations to them for putting on a great show for all to enjoy!

For beautiful crystal jewelry in the form of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, as well as home décor items, don’t miss Swarovski. (06) 593 9197 For gifting luxury items head to the iconic Louis Vuitton for their leather goods, key chains, scarves, and jewelry. (06) 593 6111 For a medley of funky ladies’ shoes, handbags, accessories, and scarves, take the time to peruse through the merchandise at Rococo. (06) 592 0051 For the newest in fragrances, as well as classic favorites — for both him and her — stop by Vavavoom and Faces. (06) 593 7714, (079) 712 5312 For a selection of natural, effective, and deliciously appealing hand creams, body lotions, shower gels, and home fragrances that draw inspiration from Mediterranean cultures, visit L’Occitane en Provence. (06) 492 0431 For an affordable variety of stylish tees, handbags, accessories, and scarves, make sure to keep a lookout for the Nana B and Bling Bling kiosks. (079) 740 1022, (06) 000 0000


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THE QUESTIONS: NARRATIVES 1 2 Go’s Wendy Merdian interviews six locally published authors, both to celebrate their accomplishment 3 and provide some holiday gift-giving ideas for everyone on your list. They cover topics such as 4 Jordanian archaeological sites, tips for Ammani living, reads for children, and works of fiction, as 5 well as local social commentary… WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO WRITE YOUR BOOK? WHAT SURPRISED YOU?

WHAT BROUGHT YOU JOY? WHAT’S NEXT?

WHERE CAN WE PICK UP A COPY OF THE BOOK?

OLA ELIWAT KAREN ASFOUR n American/Jordanian, Karen is a long-term resident of la is the Jordanian author of Qable Isafar (“Before Leaving”), a book about the tiny O details of being an Ammanite, or, the love and hate relationship you can have with AJordan, a mom, and grandmother. Her first two books, a city. By trade, Ola is a translator and subtitle-writer for films. An aspiring novelist, she Anzeh Al-Azeeza Goes to Petra and Anzeh Al-Azeeza Protects hopes one day to make a difference in the world.

the Forest, combine the adventures of a little goat with Jordan-centric messages of environmental protection. Her husband Mohammad transcribed the rhyme into Arabic and Natalie Hijazi illustrated the books.

In a moment of inspiration I realized I had a story and writing it down would be the best way to document some of the oral history I’ve been carry around. I’ve always been fascinated by oral history, those stories of ordinary people that you don’t find in history books. How well people from different backgrounds received the book. It’s such a joy when someone I don’t know tells me they’re reading my book and wants to hold a discussion about it. It kind of puts things into perspective as I’m still processing the whole “being a published writer” thing. The great support I received from my family and friends, as well as the online community. I realized that many people really believed in me, while others were pleasantly surprised. SCAN HERE FOR FACEBOOK

There’s something cooking up in my mind, but it needs time and lots of work. It’s not easy now that I have to live up to certain expectations, unlike the first time! Readers Bookshop at Cozmo Center and TAJ lifestyle center, as well as through jamalon.com. It can also be ordered directly from the publishing house, Amna for Publishing.

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I was surprised by how well received the books have been; they seemed to have struck a chord. Also, people chuckle when they read my books; I’m pleased that I’ve moved people. It has been my joy to see how many love my books, and that an embassy, companies, individuals, and even local schools have sponsored printing for thousands of copies for underprivileged Jordanian kids! My third book is in process. You can order both books in English or in Arabic from amazon. com, or you can buy them locally at Readers, Books@Café, Hakawati, the Jordan River Foundation, or Wild Jordan.


JENINE JARADAT FADI ZAGHMOUT Jordanian/American, Jenine authored The Book Loft, an Arab-centric adi is the author of Aroos Amman (“Bride of Amman”), a work of F fiction exploring gender and culture published earlier this year. A well- Achildren’s book. The daughter of a Jordanian father and an American mother, Jenine grew up in Kuwait and the US before moving to Jordan, where known Jordanian blogger and Twitter user (@ArabObserver), he is now working on his MA in Creative Writing and Critical Thinking at Sussex University in Brighton.

she pursued a career in the humanitarian sectors. Currently, she’s the Director of Princess Basma Youth Resource Center and the proud mother of three.

For many years I have been blogging about the strong social heritage and rigid gender roles that affect the lives of young Jordanians today. I wrote different short stories and film scripts highlighting these issues, which I then compiled into a book.

The opportunity to meet some great and accomplished women leaders!

My boys love to read, but I couldn’t find books that reflected our lives in the Middle East. I didn’t I am finishing up my masters and want them to think that our way of working on my second book that life wasn’t “cool” enough to warrant anticipates social changes when science being written about, so I wrote them succeeds in defeating ageing. a book!

Kids telling me they loved my book and asking me to write more stories about Raed, the title character, and his friends.

I am still overwhelmed with the amount of strong support this book has generated. Jordanians do read! Getting to know all about the different book clubs emerging here was also a nice surprise.

The second print of Aroos Amman is out; look for it at Readers and Books@ Café now. Soon, though, it will be in most bookshops in Amman. If you are outside the country, you can order it from jamalon.com.

You can find it at Readers Bookshop at Cozmo Center, Hakawati, and Megastore in Mecca Mall. Also, readers can check out the book’s Website at thebookloftjo. wordpress.com.

I was surprised by people’s reactions to the book! I really only published The Book Loft because my children wanted me to and I have been really surprised by how well it has been received!

I think I may have to write a follow up book!

MICAH KEY EDWARD DAWSON nother expat resident of Jordan, Edward researched and wrote ong-term American expat, Micah is the writer behind At Home in A Jordan: Land of Temples, Fortresses and Mosaics. A teacher who has L Amman: A Practical Guide to Living in Amman. He has lived in the Middle East since 1999, however, he grew up in Africa, where he wrote his been working in the Kingdom for a number of years, Edward has had a first novella at the age of 13! Nowadays, when Micah isn’t busy helping his wife raise their tribe of kids, he writes fiction and non-fiction. An editor friend of mine with whom I’d worked before contacted me with a project proposal: write the text for a guidebook for expatriates living in Amman. The sheer amount of information to catalogue and how long it took to do it properly! As I got into the project, I realized how much of a need for a book like this there was. My expat friends all told me that this book would fill a much-needed niche, and they were right. That gave me a great sense of purpose and joy. I’m working on a fiction novel set in England during the 17th century Black Plague, and also shopping around for a few short stories It’s for sale at The Good Book Shop, just off of Rainbow St. in Jabal Amman.

lifelong interest in archaeology, particularly with regard to historical sites associated with the Bible. With a sabbatical coming up, I contacted a publisher offering to write a guide to Jordan as part of their book series on countries associated with Biblical sites. With the drawing of simple maps, the taking of photos and the to-ing and fro-ing of the text between my editor and I, it all took much longer than I thought NEED TO it would. KNOW Sitting down to write in the American Center for Oriental Research Library here in Amman and hearing of people going to places they would not have found otherwise than through use of my guidebook.

Get a peek at a chapter on Amman and the Ammonites from Edward Dawson’s guidebook at bit.ly/ TNKmkz.

My writing and research feeds into teaching and I am hoping to revise an unpublished book on the Arab World prepared for a course I teach to Americans. Locally, we are waiting for another shipment to arrive, but it can be ordered online at amazon.com.


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HEAVEN IN A BOX

Go’s Tamara Seikaly went out in search for Jordan’s ultimate piece of chocolate

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n any language, the word “chocolate” brings a smile to any face whether young or old. There are few foods that will bring about this kind of excitement in people — an excitement that goes beyond just the desire for something sweet. Recently, Amman has witnessed the opening of many new chocolate shops, so Go just had to go out and take a gander at them. You may want to grab a bar or make a nice cup of hot chocolate before you continue reading…

CARMIOLATA Carmiolata is the new kid in town but definitely not a novice in the art of chocolate Sari Carmi’s passion for chocolate began at a very young age watching his mother preparing exquisite confections. His interest in desserts, most especially chocolate, prompted experimentation in the kitchen for new and exciting flavor combinations. After several years of working with fast-moving consumer goods, while still making chocolates for friends and family, the time came to live out his dream of having his own chocolate shop, and continue the legacy that his mother and grandmother instilled in him. Carmiolata offers a wide selection of truffles with various flavors and a variety of chocolates created with 100% Belgian chocolate. These scrumptious creations are guaranteed to delight your senses! This season, add a touch of class to your Christmas dessert table with Carmiolata’s Moonstone Truffle. This white chocolate truffle is rolled in coconut and was created for those seeking an adventurous flavor of creamy vanilla infused with a tropical twist. Try these delicacies once and you’ll surely be back for more. #20 Abdul Mun’em Rifai St., 3rd Circle, Jabal Amman, (079) 594 5942, www.carmiolata.com

KYLE’S KREATIONS

NEED TO KNOW Look for Carmiolata at the Orthodox Club Bazaar on 7 December and at the 9 Days of Christmas Bazaar this December to taste a whole new dimension in desserts!

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Selling artisan chocolates at local bazaars and special events, along with creating custom orders for clients, Kyle’s Kreations is making quite the name for itself Kyle’s love for making chocolates began in high school and has since developed into the special recipes she uses today. After moving to Jordan, Kyle was worried that she would not be able to continue making chocolates due to lack of supplies. Luckily, however, she found a supplier to Jordan of high quality Belgian chocolate, participated in a local Christmas bazaar, sold everything, and Kyle’s Kreations was in business! Here, chocolate lovers can find a wide variety of truffles, as well as gourmet chocolate bars in dark, milk and white varieties, all made from 100% Belgian chocolate. For your Christmas selection, try the sea salt caramel hand-dipped in dark or milk chocolate. The sweetness of the caramel pairs beautifully with the sea salt, and covered in chocolate, it all makes for a dreamy surprise. You can even purchase a Holiday Platter this month that will include a variety of chocolates. kyleskreations@gmail.com, (077) 758 5335, search Facebook for “Kyle’s Kreations”

7AWOOZ 7awooz opened just six months ago, but has already become a neighborhood fixture Owner, Ramona Sawalha, is the chef behind the delicious creations that come out of this cozy patisserie in Jabal Weibdeh. Do not miss her Oreo Cheesecake Truffles and the Hint of Mint Truffle. Both varieties (and they have many others too!) are made with delicious French chocolate that simply melts in your mouth with subtle flavors that leave your taste buds happy and wanting more. Nqoula Ghanma St., Jabal Weibdeh, (078) 801 1180, search Facebook for “7awooz”

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CHERRY TREE PASTRY Amman’s newest pastry shop, Cherry Tree just opened its doors in November The artist behind Cherry Tree, Eman Ammari, is making cakes like you’ve never seen before. This month, try her Milk Chocolate Truffles with Cardamom and Dark Chocolate Truffles with Cayenne Pepper. Chocolate and spice and everything super nice, these truffles are made from the best milk and dark chocolate, while that hint of spice offer your palate a real fiesta. Arafat St., Abdoun, (06) 440 0155, (079) 687 3333, www.cherry-tree.co 38 | DEC. 2012 | GOMAGJORDAN.COM

DATE TIME If you are looking for a different kind of dessert, visit Al Baraka Dates A family owned business with over 12 farms around Jordan, Al Baraka is the leader in gourmet date sweets. Try their one-of-akind Medjoul date stuffed with coffee marzipan and dipped in dark chocolate for a delightful treat. Al Baraka’s dates are grown in Jordan, the marzipan is handmade in their factories, and all is enrobed in only the finest chocolate imported from Belgium. Other varieties of their date sweets include chocolate covered dates with hazelnut, pistachio, cinnamon, roasted coconut, or cardamom powder. If you’re planning on picking some up this month, make sure to order enough because you won’t be able to stop with just one! For more information or to place an order, contact (06) 583 3209 for Sweifieh branch, (06) 554 8064 for Rabia branch, or (06) 581 0316 for Jaber Complex branch. Visit www.facebook.com/ albarakadates for more.


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SMALL BUT POWERFUL

Samsung’s new GALAXY S III mini boasts natureinspired design and intuitive ease-of-use in a stylish, compact smartphone

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he GALAXY S III mini is a compact version of Samsung’s flagship smartphone GALAXY S III. Bringing the high performance, intuitive ease-of-use and nature-inspired design of the GALAXY S III to an elegant, compact smartphone with a 4.0-inch screen, the GALAXY S III mini is an optimal choice for consumers who are looking for more practical smartphones. Plus, the GALAXY S III mini is powered by Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), the latest version of the world’s most popular smartphone operating system! Jelly Bean has fast, fluid, and smooth graphics along with a new Google Search experience featuring Google Now, which brings you just the right information, before you even ask.

RETRO STYLINGS

For the Love of Vintage, has introduced some brand new collections for the season

F To see this innovative GALAXY S III mini, head to the Samsung Electronics on Zahran St., Um Uthaina. For more, call (06) 577 7430 or visit www.samsung.com.

VIRTUAL LIFESTYLE

Wysada.com is a new Website that aims to be the leading online interior design and homeware retailer in the Middle East

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ased in Jordan, with a network of offices in London, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Istanbul, Wysada.com is a members only site that will be offering registered customers with a simple method of purchasing the most exclusive luxury interior products from the comfort of their own homes. The objective is to help people by offering them a convenient and straightforward means of decorating and furnishing their personal spaces. Wysada’s product range includes internationally renowned brands that have been handpicked for the Arab market. Members will benefit from a comprehensive product range, a userSCAN HERE friendly experience, special offers, discounts, flexible payment methods, and delivery FOR WEBSITE across the region. Moreover, the site will offer a comprehensive range of interior design and homeware items covering such areas as, Décor & Accessories, Furniture & Lighting, Bed & Bath, Kitchen & Dining, Kids & Babies, Gifts & Gadgets, and Electrical & Home Appliances, as well as Outdoor & Garden. For more information, visit wysada.com today, sign up, and get shopping!

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The essence of clean and cool, the Sentry SS has been created with a deep appreciation for total durability. Timeless style and durable construction make this a watch for the man with discerning taste. The Sentry SS is built to last, with a raised bezel to protect the crystal and a solid stainless steel band. Its 3-hand movement with raised indices and day/date dial are a clean and classic combo.

The new Sentry SS from Nixon is their go-anywhere and go-there-in-style timepiece To see this watch, or more from Nixon, make your way to Time Center, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., or visit www. timecenter.jo

PURE AUDACITY

or those who are looking to funk up their hairdos, luxury statement hair accessories by Dauphines of New York are now available at FLOV. Launched in 2010, Dauphines of New York is inspired by glamorous style icons. Those who are searching for more unique clothing will also find what they’re looking for at FLOV thanks to a collection of Shadowplaynyc now sold at the store. Shadowplaynyc brings the marvels of the universe to its garments; each piece in this label is digitally printed with real images from NASA’s Hubble Telescope! Shoppers who seek glamorous jewelry items instead will be happy to know that FLOV is also stocking the brand Haati Chai, a jewelry line that blends contemporary styles in jewelry making with techniques from India creating a magical combination of pieces rooted in Indian culture. And last but not least, For the Love of Vintage’s owner Yasmin Bseiso has introduced her own collection, petrichor & you! Designed and handcrafted by Yasmin, petrichor & you’s first line consists of necklaces handmade with vintage buttons — a great embellishment to complete any look. Find FLOV at #17 Al Batoul Center, Ahmad Al-Arousi St., Abdoun. Visit www.facebook.com/LoveVintageJO for more.

LIQUID BEAUTY Popular make up brand, Make Up For Ever, has reinvented lipstick with its new line

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ake Up For Ever reveals its new addition to the Aqua Range with their new Aqua Rouge, the ultimate waterproof liquid lipstick that leaves incredibly beautiful and plump lips under the spotlight. Available in 12 irresistible shades (Nude Beige, Rosewood, Chestnut, Beige Brown, Pink Brown, Red, Burgundy, Raspberry, Dark Raspberry, Purple, and Light Rosewood), this very longlasting waterproof lipstick with a dazzling color result provides perfect coverage. Purchase Aqua Rouge today for just 24 JOD from Make Up For Ever at TAJ lifestyle center, Prince Hashem Bin Al Hussein St., Abdoun. Call (06) 592 8016 for more.

Swiss watch and jewelry maker Swatch presents four black & white classics in its Full-Blooded Collection

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he Full-Blooded Collection’s four new watches speak playfully and provocatively, whispering hints of infinite wealth, precious stones, gold, and silver glowing in diaphanous light. Provocations aside, these delightful models are perfectly accessible: the stones are white crystals set on silver, pink gold, or yellow gold bezels that frame — with elegance and an air of luxury — white or black dials with silver and gold highlights. Two models present the watch face framed in white, two in the most elegant of blacks. To see this collection for yourself, visit Swatch on Princess Taghreed Mohammad St., Sweifieh, or call (06) 585 6678 for details. 40 | DEC. 2012 | GOMAGJORDAN.COM


APPAREL

Taj Lifestyle, Prince Hashim St., Abdoun, (079) 712 5303 Adidas Originals, Al Wakalat St., Sweifieh, (06) 581 6034, www.adidas.com Aizone, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 582 37 24, www.ashti.com Avanti, Zara Center, Arar St., Wadi Saqra, (06) 464 3305, www.impac.com.jo BCBG/MAXAZRIA, Zara Center, Arar St., Wadi Saqra, (06) 4620312, www.bcbg.com Biba Boutique, Kurdi Complex, Fawzi Al Mughrabi St., Abdoun, (06) 592 0405 Boss, Al Khair Building, Sharif Naser bin Jamil St., (06) 569 2595, www.boss.com Champions Sportswear, Abdoun Circle, Abdoun, (06) 592 1065 Diesel, Taj Lifestyle, Prince Hashim St., Abdoun, (079) 995 0882 Ermenegildo Zegna, Zara Center, Arar St., Wadi Saqra, (06) 464 3305 www.zegna.com Etam, Wakalat St., Sweifieh (06) 582 8696, www.etam.com Farah Shop, Um Uthaina, (06) 553 8061 Fiordelli, Le Royal, Zahran St., 3rd Circle, (06) Forever 21, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 553 7231, www.forever21.com For the Love of Vintage, 17 Ahmad Al Arousi St., Abdoun, (0)79 828 0000 Gap, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 585 5408, www.gap.com Go Sport, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 582 0965 H&M, Taj Lifestyle, Prince Hashim St., Abdoun, (0) 79 712 5307 Jo Bedu, Baouniyyeh St., Jabal Weibdeh, (06) 461 8144, www.jo-bedu.com Karen Millen, Fountain Plaza, Abdel Rahim Haj-Mohammed St., Sweifieh, (06) 582 3952, www.karenmillen.com Kenny, #18 Astra Building, Islamic College St., (06) 461 0100, www.kennyboutique.com Lavin, Al Khair Building, Sharif Naser bin Jamil St., (06) 566 2444, www.lavin.com The Lingerie Shop, Abdoun, (06) 592 7994 Mango, Wakalat St., Sweifieh, (06) 582 1349, www.mango.com Massimo Dutti, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 581 8227, www.massimodutti.com Maxmara, Building No. 30, Shat Al-Arab St., Um Uthaina, (06) 553 0601, www.maxmara.com Mlabbas, City Mall, Mecca St., (06) 585 2448 OBA Boutique, 17 Ahmad Al Arousi St., Abdoun, (06) 592 0715 Pinkdust, 17 Ahmad Al Arousi St., Abdoun, (06) 592 1401 Philosophi, 17 Ahmad Al Arousi St., Abdoun, (06) 592 0240 Pull&Bear, Wakalat St., Sweifieh, (06) 582 6501 Reebok, City Mal, King Abdullah II St., (06) 581 9178, www.reebok.com Scruples, Cairo St., Abdoun Circle, Abdoun, (06) 592 3490 Vibes, Nakhwa Center, Zein Al Sharaf St., Abdoun, (06) 593 0149 Zara, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 550 2776, www.zara.com Zay, Abdoun Circle, Abdoun, (06) 592 8818

APPLIANCES & ELECTRONICS

AEG, Mecca St., (06) 552 7640, www.aeg. com, www.al-kattan.com Bang & Olufsen, Thaqafa St., Shmesani, (06) 562 7317, www.bangolufsen.com Blinx, (06) 585 2543, www.blinx.jo Bose, Fountain Plaza, Abdel Rahim Haj(06) 582 9404, www.bose.com E-Mart Electronics, Sameh Mall, Madina Al Munawarah St., (06) 550 5500 Golden Mobile, King Abdullah II Ibn Hussein St., (06) 586 3369, www.goldenmobile.com.jo Isystems, Foutain Plaza, Abdel Rahim Haj(06) 582 9504 Leaders Center, King Abdullah II St., (06) 533 3332 LG, Mecca St., (06) 556 0626, www.lg.com Mabco, 3rd Circle, (06) 464 7666, www. mabco.com.jo 42 | DEC. 2012 | GOMAGJORDAN.COM

Multi Vision, Madina Al Munawarah St., (06) 554 2902 PC Zone, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 556 1766, www.pczonejo.com Smart Buy, Al Sahel Avenue, 7th Circle, Sweifieh, (06) 580 9999 Tele Link, Abu Al-Suod Building, Abdel Hameed Sharaf St., Shmesani, (06) 560 7744, www.telelink.com.jo Universal Kitchen, Building No. 250, Mecca St., (06) 553 0200, www.uniersal-kitchen.com

ART GALLERIES

SHOP LISTINGS

Suzy Q’s Gifts & Chocolate, 17 Ahmad Al Aroussi St., Abdoun, (06) 5922890 Sugar Daddy’s, Kurdi Center, Abdoun, (06) 593 3032 Tender Loving Corn, Abdoun Circle, Abdoun, (06) 592 7667 Zalatimo, near American Embassy, Abdoun, (06) 565 6026

FLORISTS & PLANT SHOPS

Alissar Flowers, Mazen Seedo Al Kurdi St., Abdoun, com Bloomz of Heaven, King Abdullah II St., (06) 553 1001 Cacti, Queen Zain Al Sharaf St., Abdoun, (06) 592 2702 Lily, Zain Abdoun Commercial Complex, Abdoun, (06) 5923620 Shams Gardens, Fawzi Al Qawooqji St., (06) 593 3457 Wardati, Abdoun, (06) 592 2442

Adasat Studios, Jabal Weibdeh, www. adasatstudios.com Art Matters, 47 Sulaiman Al Nabulsi St., Abdali, (06) 565 6326 Broadway Gallery, Salah Toukan St., , (06) 581 0280, www.broadwaygallery.com Darat Al Funun, The Khalid Shoman Foundation, Jabal Weibdah, (06) 464 3251 Dar Al-Anda, Dhirar Bin Al-Azwar St., Jabal FURNITURE & HOME ACCESSORIES Weibdah, (06) 462 9599, www.daralanda. ACE, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 582 2224 com Armani Casa, Wadi Saqra St., (06) 569 3031, Foresight Art Gallery, Ibn Al Roumi www.armani.com Street, Um Uthaina. (06) 556 0080, www. A Piece of Africa, Zara Center, foresightartgallery.com NEED TO Wadi Saqra St., (06) 462 6364 Jacaranda Images, Omar Bashiti Hardware, T’la Al Bin Al Khattah St., 1st KNOW Ali, (06) 535 0009, www. Circle, Jabal Amman, For their 20th bashitistores.com (06) 464 4050, www. anniversary Champions Darwazeh Living, 244 Wadi jacarandaimages. Saqra St., (06) 566 6054 com select items like iPhone Everything Kitchen, Ahmad Love On A Bike, covers, boots, jackets, shoes, Al Aroussi St., Abdoun, (06) Mu’thaa Bin Jabal headphones, water bottles, 592 3443 St., 1st Circle, jeans and more at both Exclusive Home, Al Husseini Jabal Amman, (06) their stores! Call (06) Complex, Mecca St., (06) 556 461 4288, www. 592 1065 for more. 1300 loveonabike.com Gizmos, 17 Ahmad Al Aroussi Nabad Art Gallery, St., (0) 79 686 1247 Home and Garden, Queen Zain 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) Il Sharaf St., Abdoun, (06) 593 4858 465 5084 Home and Home, (06) Orient Gallery, Issam Ajlouni St., Shmesani, 586 2622, www.homeandhome.com.jo (06) 568 1303, www.orientgallery.net Home Center, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) Orfali Art Gallery, Kufa St., Um Uthaina, 554 1711, (06) 5526932, www.orfali.net In-Design, Mecca St., (06) 586 3475 Silsal, between 4th and 5th circles, (06) The Linen Closet, Hassan Barkawi St., North 593 1128 The Studio, Prince Mohammed St., Bldg. 89, Abdoun, (06) 593 4504 Midas, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 586 Downtown, (06) 464 6367, 6183, www.midasfurniture.com www.thestudio-jo.com Zara Gallery, Grand Hyatt Amman, 3rd Circle, The One, Zara Center, Wadi Saqra St., (06) 462 0305, www.theone.com (06) 465 1433, www.zaragallery.org Rattan House, Abdullah Ghosheh St, (06) 402 0789 BOOKS, MOVIES, & MUSIC B@C in Abdoun, Fawzi Al Kawakji St., Abdoun, Vanlian, Al Baraka Mall, Sa’eed Al Mufit St., (06) 581 3647 (06) 592 3036 Zara Home, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) Books@Cafe, Omar Ibn El Khattab St., Jabal 550 2779, www.zara.com Amman, (06) 465 0457 The Good Book Shop, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, HANDBAGS & SHOES Jabal Amman, (06) 461 3939 Aldo, Hamra St., Sweifieh, (06) 582 3972, Hakawati, Mecca St., (06) 556 1466 www.aldo.com Jordan Book Center, Queen Rania Al Abdallah Chic Boutique, Al Baraka Mall, Sa’eed Al Mufti St., Al-Jubeiha, (06) 515 1882 St., Sweifieh, (06) 300 5000 Philadelphia Book Gallery, Al-Shahid Wasfi Clarks, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 582 Al-Tall St., Tla’ Al Ali, (06) 551 5861 5054, www.clarks.com Prime Bookstore, Al Baraka Mall, Sa’eed Al Geox, City Mall, King Abudllah II St., (06) 582 Mufti St., Sweifieh, (06) 581 1204 1727, www.geox.com Prime Megastore, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) Kipling, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 556 0313, www.primemegastore.com 585 4338 Readers, Cozmo Center, Al Sahel Ave., 7th Longcamp, Al Baraka Mall, Sa’eed Al Mufti St., Circle, (06) 582 8488 Sweifieh, (06) 581 8998 Titles, off Fawzi Al Kawakji St., Abdoun, (06) Nine West, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 592 4130 581 1466, www.ninewest.com Virgin Megastore, City Mall, Al Madinah Scholl, Al-Shahid Wasfi Al-Tall St., Tla’ Al Ali, (0) Al-Tybieh St., (06) 5502787 79 533 5000, www.scholl.com Steve Madden, City Mall, King Abdullah St., EDIBLES www.stevemadden.com Bateel, Kurdi Center, Abdoun, (06) 593 4431, www.bateel.ae JEWELRY & WATCHES The Cake Shop, Zain El Sharaf St., Abdoun, Abu-Shakra, Luxuria Building, near Abdoun (06) 592 5295 Mall, Abdoun, www.abushakra.com The Cakery, Hasan Al Barqawi St., Deir Barakat Jewelery, Iritirea St., Um Uthaina, Ghbar, (0) 77 716 1717 (06) 552 0300 Jeff De Bruges, Cairo St., Abdoun, (06) 590 Bulgari, Um Uthaina Vista, Iritirea St., Um Uthaina, (06) 553 0319 Jelly Belly, Abdel Rahim Haj-Mohammed St., Carati, Al Baraka Mall, Sa’eed Al Mufti St., (06) 581 6531 Sweifieh, (06) 581 8305 Patchi, (06) Imseeh Jewelry, Shat Al-Arab St., 586 4907

Um Uthaina, (06) 551 1120, www. imseehjewelry.com Kayali Jewelry, Shat Al-Arab St., Um Uthaina, (06) 552 5726, www.kayalijewelry.com Kurdi Jewelry, Shat Al-Arab St., Um Uthaina, (06) 553 0101 Mouawad Jewelry, Um Uthaina Vista, Iritirea St., Um Uthaina, (06) 556 3891, www. mouawad.com Nadia Dajani, Intercontinental Hotel, between 2nd and 3rd Circles, Jabal Amman, (06) 461 2272 Over the Rainbow, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 461 3248 Shawkat Shami, Um Uthaina, (06) 553 4901 Stone, Ahmad Al Aroussi St., Abdoun, (06) 592 7454 Swatch, Princess Taghrid Mohammed St., Sweifieh, (06) 585 6678 Swarovski, Taj Lifestyle, Prince Hashim St., Abdoun, (06) 593 9197 Tiffany & Co., Grand Hyatt, Al Hussein Bin Ali St., Jabal Amman, (06) 462 2311 Time Center, Um Uthaina Vista, Iritirea St., Um Uthaina, (06) 553 2216, www.timecenter.jo

KIDS

BabyShop, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 416 6500 Early Learning Center, Taj Lifestyle, Prince Hashim St., Abdoun, (0) 79 885 5998 Hamleys, Al-Hjaz Building, Mecca St. (06) 551 5020, www.hamleys.com Hana’s Kids’ Furniture, 7th Circle next to Safeway, (0) 79 727 0353 Matalan, Al Baraka Mall, Sa’eed Al Mufti St., Sweifieh, (06) 582 2300 Minimee, Fawzi Al Qawooqji St., Abdoun, (06) 593 2082 Mothercare, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 581 6934 Okaidi, Wakalat St., Sweifieh, (06) 586 1907 Sergent Major, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 586 6906 Tot Care, Mecca St., Mecca Mall, (06) 556 0724 Tape a L’oeil, City Mall, Mecca St., (06) 586 5349 Zara Kids, City Mall, Mecca St., (06) 550 2785

MALLS

Al Baraka Mall, Sa’eed Al Mufti St., (06) 580 8888, www.albarakamall.com City Mall, Al Madinah Al-Tybieh St., (06) 586 8500, www.citymall.jo Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 552 7932, www. meccamall.jo Taj Lifestyle, Prince Hashim Bin Al Hussein St., (06) 592 1122 Zara Center, Wadi Saqra St., (06) 463 7315

PERFUME & COSMETICS

ABC Dept. Stores, Al Baraka Mall, Sa’eed Al Mufti St., (06) 582 5191 Abu Shakra, Abdoun Mall, Umaween St., Abdoun, (06) 592 8060 Bath & Body Works, Taj Lifestyle, Prince Hashim St., Abdoun, (0) 79 712 5315 The Body Shop, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 581 9258, www.thebodyshop.com Crab Tree & Evelyn, Al Baraka Mall, Sa’eed Al Mufti St., (06) 581 8286 Faces, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 585 6213 MAC, City Mall, (06) 550 2824 Make-up Forever, Taj Lifestyle, Prince Hashim St., Abdoun, (06) 554 8790 The Soap House, Yousef Asfour St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 463 3953 Vavavoom, City Mall, Mecca St., (06) 550 2826 Victoria’s Secret, Taj Lifestyle, Prince Hashim St., Abdoun, (0) 79 712 5312

SUPERMARKETS

Carrefour, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 550 5800, www.carrefour.com Cozmo, Al Sahel Avenue, 7th Circle, Sweifieh, (06) 551 0240, www.cozmocentre.com Miles, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 585 3444 Safeway, 7th Circle, (06) 568 5311, www. safeway.com.jo Spinneys, Taj Lifestyle, Prince Hashim St., Abdoun, www.spinneys-jordan.com


HANDS ON HEALTH

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LIVING From nutritional counseling to proactive strengthening, Go’s Rawd Amr discovered what Hands on Health Arabia is offering to Amman’s health conscious residents

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n my way to Hands on Health Arabia, I was expecting yet another fancy gym with the same services and usual deals. As I walked through the entrance into the small open space, however, I was surprised by the slick simplicity and the private atmosphere. I was 15 minutes early; I didn’t think it would be that easy to find the place on the third floor of Sido Al Kurdi’s building behind Zain on 8th Circle. Unintentionally interrupting a one on NEED TO one session, I waited KNOW for Zahran Zahran in Hands on Health is tackling childhood the neat reception obesity with a program area. Fifteen minutes that helps kids to enjoy challenging later, Zahran, trainer exercises in a nonand fitness manager, competitive private or semi-private welcomed me into the environment! office, and we started an interesting session on health and fitness. Obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol are spreading widely, and the Jordanian health habits are in need of drastic changes. That is why Dr. Ibrahim Seksek and Zahran decided to bring the successful Canada-based center to Jordan. Hands on Health focuses 44 | DEC. 2012 | GOMAGJORDAN.COM

HOW TO REACH HANDS ON HEALTH ARABIA If you want to get a personal tour of this wellness center, make your way over there this month. On your way from 7th to 8th circle, take the last right before you hit the roundabout and keep going straight until you see a branch of Starbucks Coffee on the ground floor of the Sido Al Kurdi building. You can also call Hands on Health Arabia on (06) 581 1233 for more or inquiries.


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Body composition: The fat to muscle ratio.

on changing people’s lifestyles to healthy ones. “This is not a gym, this is a wellness center,” I was told. Hands on Health Arabia provides three main services, each of which involves measured numbers with which the center’s experts set target measurements and goals for its clients. Medical check-ups and follow-ups are provided to keep a record of blood pressure and sugar and cholesterol levels; nutritional consultancies provide safe, evidence-based, diet advice; and finally, the one-on-one training programs ensure safety during workouts and guarantees maximum benefit from the training session. Most importantly, all three of these important services are backed up with a kind smile and a patient employee. There are many misconceptions about weight loss and muscle building, and a lot of extreme diets that are circling around, especially the no-carb diet. “Because people like fast results, they jeopardize their health,” says Zahran. He holds, however, that at their center, safety and honest care come first. As soon as you walk into Hands on Health Arabia Wellness Center, nutritionist Zain Fahmawi sits with you, takes your measurements, and takes note of a few indicators to see where you stand. She asks you about your eating habits and calculates a special diet to match your requirements. She makes sure that whatever your habits are, the goal is to alter them slowly, without you noticing that you’re undergoing changes. Together, you set a target for the next two weeks. One misconception about dieting is depending on measuring your weight only, which is a bad idea when you are trying to alter your body shape. Muscle weighs more than fat so it’s actually very possible to drop a dress size without losing a single gram. Another bad habit among dieters

Cardio vascular exercises: To increase the lung and heart capacity.

Flexibility exercises: To reduce injury.

Strength & endurance: Achieved by weight resistance exercises.

is trading diets; food calorie intake and output are different for people. What works for you may not work for other people. After you’re fully aware of where your body stands, you are ready to be handed over to the facility’s trainers. The first thing a trainer here does is ask about your history to learn if you have any previous injuries. For a training program to be complete, it has to include all four aspects of exercise, while focusing on your body type and, of course, safety. An often-overlooked aspect of working out is the need for a rest period in between training sessions. Muscle building occurs during recovery, so it’s very important to give your body enough recovery time. It’s much more beneficial and healthier to rest twice during the week to refill the glycogen in your muscles than to take no breaks at all. If you’re looking for a casual, more private environment to get fit at, with friendly, highly skilled professionals who will help you reach your goals in a healthy, lasting, and refreshing way, Hands on Health Arabia Wellness Center is here for you. Sign up today and get yourself on the right road to good health.

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Hands On Health services include: 1. Private Personal Training 2. Partner Personal Training 3. Patients with Chronic Illness 4. Post-Rehab 5. Sport Specific Trainings 6. Exercise 7. Youth Program 8. Strength & Flexibility 9. Lifestyle & Weight Management Consulting GOMAGJORDAN.COM | DEC. 2012 | 45


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HEALTHY OPTIONS

Go’s Bethany Hartman finds out that, thanks to Good Bites Amman, we don’t have to sacrifice our health for convenience

PALEO WHAT? (079) 853 4729 www.facebook.com/ goodbitesinamman

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hen Rebecca Allen moved to Jordan, one thing she missed was the easy access to healthy prepackaged snack foods. A mother of two, Rebecca wanted to raise healthy eaters so that her children would make good food choices as adults. She also knew that eating unhealthy convenience foods or making poor food choices leads to having less energy, as well as that healthy, wholesome, fresh foods simply taste better. It didn’t take long for her to discover that other busy mothers in Amman were facing a similar issue: how can you please demanding eaters, yet remain dedicated to providing nutritious snack and on-the-go meal options for your family? In response to

that question, Rebecca launched on a wheat-free diet. Make no Good Bites here in our capital in mistake, this is a business that’s September to provide healthy, fresh, committed to creating delicious and conveniently made and foods even for those with NEED TO packaged foods for an special diet requirements, KNOW on-the-go lifestyle. whether that’s grain-free, Each week, nut-free, dairy-free, Good Bites Rebecca posts a gluten-free, or even a delivery upon request for events variety of menu items Paleo diet. Everything or for more than two on Facebook that are from Good Bites is orders from the available for order. made right in Rebecca’s same location! This allows her to use Abdoun kitchen and seasonal ingredients taste-tested by her toughest and inspiring items she critics: her two-year-old twins, finds at the city’s organic farmer’s Henry and Anna, so you can rest market. On top of Rebecca’s assured that these are healthy treats usual creations, Good Bites also for the whole family! Thanks to welcomes custom orders. Rebecca Good Bites and Rebecca’s initiative, has made cakes for parties, catered Amman’s residents don’t have to snacks for playgroups, and provided look any further to find nutritious vacation snack-packs for a family homemade snacks.

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If you’re looking for a way to live more in harmony with nature and your food, perhaps the Paleo diet and lifestyle is for you The Paleo diet, also known as the Paleolithic diet or caveman diet, is all about consuming natural foods — plenty of meat, fish, vegetables, nuts, and fruit, while avoiding most forms of food not in existence in Paleolithic times — to help achieve great health. Proponents of this kind of lifestyle argue that the human body evolved with the food found solely in nature, so keeping to that diet today, and avoiding unprocessed foods, only makes sense. Paleo dieters believe that humans thrive on a diet high in animal fat and proteins and low in carbohydrates, and they look to steer clear of unnatural eats. Additionally, the Paleo lifestyle advocates frequent exercise and natural movements (such as, walking, running, jumping, crawling, and climbing), as well as maximizing contact with nature. If this sounds like the way of life for you, find out more about the Paleo lifestyle at paleodietlifestyle.com.


HEALTHY CLINICS

FIDIC (The First Dental Implant Center), Biomedix, 50 Queen Zain Al Sharaf St., Shmeisani Abdoun, (06) 593 9497 com Dr. Na’el Abazza, 5th Circle, Al Jumean Dr. Hisham Bustani Dental Center, Building (06) 593 4425 Shmeisani, (078) 819 3441 Dr. Midhat Abdelmalik, Dr. Moh’d Al Dr. Hussam Sleiby- Dental & Oral Surgery Basheer St., Shmeisani, (06) 568 9814, Clinic, Suleiman Al Hadeed St., 5th Circle, www.derma-jo.info (06) 593 0015 Dr. Haytham Abdul Hadi, Ameer Hamza St., Dr. Ibrahim Nashashibi Dental Center, 7th Jabal Amman, (06) 464 0040 Circle, (06) 581 2393 Dr. Ibrahim Abu Ata, Al Khaldi St., Al Khaldi, Jordan Dental Center, Gardens St., T’la Al (06) 463 0333, Ali, (06) 553 8261 Dr. Amr Amr, Al Bader Medical Center, 5th Jordan German Dental Implant Center, Circle, (06) 592 1101 Mecca St., (06) 582 3345, www.JGDCDr. Mohammad Al Baghal , Building No. 46, dental.com Al Khaldi St., 4th Circle, (06) 464 6625 Jumeira Dental Clinics, Madina Munawara Dr. Sae’d Al Barghouty, Hazza’ Al Majali St., St., (06) 556 3710 Jabal Amman, (06) 464 3133 Al Khalidi Specilized Dental Center, Bin Battikhi Specialized Clinics, Mustafa Khaldoun St., Jabal Amman, (06) 464 4281, Khalifeh Street, 3rd Circle, (06) 464 7253 www.kmc.jo Caviar Medical Center, Khald Bin Al Walid Al Massi Dental Implant Center, Queen Street, Jabal Al Hussein, (06) 566 6209, Rania St., (06) 535 0669 www.active-caviar.com Musa Clinics, Mecca St., (06) 552 3678 Dr. Nayef Al Dibes, Abu Hassan AL Ashari Dr. Nabil Asfour, Al Zohla St., 5th Circle, (06) St., (06) 567 0499 592 3250 NEED TO Karmalite Medical Esthetic, Dr. Samer Sunaa Clinic, 26 Na'eb Imran Al Ma'aytah St., Mohammed Ali Janah St., KNOW (06) 586 8024, Abdoun, (06) 593 6677 www.karmalite.com Dr. Thamer Smile Studio, If you’re Dr. Khalil Ghosheh, Zeid 219 Madina Munawara looking for some Bin Harethah St., Jabal St, Tla’l Ali, (06) 556 holistic healing book Amman, (06) 464 2190 an appointment for a 3811 consultation with Sara Dr. Jareer Halazon, Panorama Dental Kabariti, the Homeopath at Queen Noor St., Jordan Center, Princess Sakina Consultations. Call Hospital, (06) 568 4450 Taghrid Mohammed St., (077) 556 1111 for Dr. Nidal Hamad, Zahran , (06) 593 9991 a appointment. St., 5th Circle, Jabal Al Saoudi Al Tebbi, Amman, (06) 592 0202 Suleiman AL Hadeed St., Dr. Hadi Abu Hantash, Al 5th Circle, (06) 592 6663 Sharq St., Jabal Amman, HEALTHY EATING (06)464 4707 Atkins: United Nutritions, Mecca St., (06) Dr. Fawzi Abu Hmeidar, Speciality 588 5449, unitednutritions.com Hospital, Shmeisani, (06) 565 2501, www. Live’ly, 11th Floor Emaar Towers, Zahran speciality-hospital.com Dr. Khaldoun Jayousi, Bin Khaldoun St., 4th St., (06) 551 5771 DNI Nutrition Center, Circle, (06) 465 0666 (06) 585 1188 Dr. Faris Jumean, Abdullah Ghosheh St., (06) Eman Hamarneh Nutrition Center, 585 3525 (0) 79 561 1470 Dr. Shireen Jweiber, Shmeisani, (06) 569 Nutrition Zone, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 5159 Dr. Zaher Al-Kaseeh, Al Khaldi St., 4th Circle, 586 8707, nutritionzoneltd.com The Fitness Clinic, (06) 464 1901 Mecca St., (0) 79 556 6861 Dr. Zaid Kilani, Farah Hospital, 3rd Circle, (06) 460 3555 Dr. Taroob Khoury, Layla Al Khaylaeyeh St., HOSPITALS Abdul Hadi Eye Hospital Shmeisani, (06) 567 8909 Jabal Amman, Abu Firas Al Hamadani St., Laser Care Center, Bin Khaldoun St., 3rd (06) 462 7628, www.ahhospital.com Circle, (06) 463 3956, lasercareclinic.com Al Amal Center, University St., (06) 535 Dr. Ibrahim Mashini, 4th Circle, (06) 593 3000, www.khcc.jo 1755 Al Amal Maternity Hospital, Jabal Dr. Mute’e Mehyar, Sakinah St., Jabal Al Hussein, (06) 567 3155, www. Amman, (06) 560 3030 alamalhospital.com Dr. Alia Nsour, Al Nasser Building, Jabal Amman Surgical Hospital, Jabal Amman, Amman, (06) 464 2377 Dr. Lina Qaddoumi, 6th Circle, (06) 553 5997 3rd Circle, (06) 464 1261 Arab Medical Center, 5th Circle, (06) 592 Dr. Zuhair Al Qasas, Main Street, Wadi Al 1199, www.amc-hospital.com Seer, Bayader, (06) 582 1801 Al Esraa Hospital, University St., (06) 530 Dr. Iyad Reyahi, Building No. 16, 8th Circle, 0300, www.esraahospital.com (06) 586 5290 Farah Hospital, Jabal Amman Mai Zeyadah Dr. Mahmoud Abu Shaban, Zahran St., 5th St., (06) 464 4440, www.farah-hospital.org Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 592 1020 Ibn-Al Haytham Hospital, Musa Al Saket St., Dr. Hameidah Shaheen, Bin Khaldoun St., (06) 520 5555 Jabal Amman, (06) 465 1212 Dr. Ramzi Tabbalat, Abdullah Akkad St., 1st Istishari Hospital, Al Kindi St., Wadi Saqra, (06) 500 1000, www.istisharihospital.com Circle, (06) 465 5562 Jabal Amman Hospital, Al Mutanabi St., 4th Dr. Yousef Salameh, Al Madina Al Circle, (06) 464 2362 Monawara St., (06) 562 1307 Jordan Hospital, Queen Nour St., Shmeisani, (06) 560 8080, www.jordan-hospital.com DENTISTS Al Ahli Dental Center, Queen Rania St., (06) Al Khaldi Medical Center, Bin Khaldoun St., 4th Circle, (06) 464 4281, www.kmc.jo 516 8787 Jordan Red Crescent Hospital, Prince Al Alsalem Dental Clinic, Alsalfa Building , (06) 477 3141 opposite Jordan Hospital, (06) 566 4432 Jordanian University Hospital, Queen Dental Spa Clinic, Al Madinah Al Rania Al Abdullah St., Al Jubaiha, (06) 535 Munawwara St., Um Uthaina, (06) 556 3444, www.ju.edu.jo 0043 Al Rashid Hospital, Irbid, (02) 710 0890 Esthetic Dental Center, Khaled Bin Specialty Hospital, Jaber Bin Hayyan St., Alwaleed St., (06) 566 1802 Shmeisani, (06) 500 1111 48 | DEC. 2012 | GOMAGJORDAN.COM

LABORATORIES

Abdoun Biolab Clinics, 15 Suleiman Hadidi St., 5th Circle, (06) 593 7376 Hanania Medical Center, 13 Khalil Maz'al St., 5th Circle, (06) 592 4385 Medlabs, Al Nasser Medical Complex behind Farah Hospital, Jabal Amman, (06) 461 0553

NATURAL TREATMENTS

The Art of Living Foundation, 6 May Ziadah St., 4th Circle, (0) 79 660 6746, www. Abdoun Physiotherapy, Al Bader Medical Center, 5th Circle, (06) 592 4005, clients. johealth.com Dr. Yang, Abdoun, (06) 592 4028 Dina Slim Center, Abdoun Circle, Abdoun, (06) 592 1037, www.dinaslimcentre.com Physio Medic For Physiotherapy, Princess Basma St., 5th Circle, Abdoun, (06) 593 3114, physiomedic.net

OPTICIANS

Al Khalidi Vision Correction Center, Ben Khaldoun St., Jabal Amman, (06) 464 4281, Optikos Shami, Shat Al Arab St., Um Uthaina, (06) 586 6969, www.optikosshami. com Sharif Eye Center, 4th Circle, (06) 464 4066, www.sharifeyecenter.com

PHARMACIES

Abu Sheikha Drug Store, Akef Al Fayez St., Daheyat Al Rasheed, (06) 516 2971, www. abusheikha.com Amin Shqair Drug Store, Khaleel Al Salem St., T’la Al Ali, (06) 550 2997 Arabian Drug Store, Prince Talal St., Downtown, (06) 462 4051 Bayer Drug Store, Hikmat Center, Al Abdali, (06) 562 1030 Dar al Dawa, Al Rabiyah, Siqilia St., (06) 553 9176, www.dadgroup.com Ferring, Medina Munawara St., (06) 550 1011, www.ferringme.com Hikma Drug Store, Ahmad Al Nsour St., Al Bayader, (06) 585 9442 Husam Nimer Drug Store, (06)5519803 Jordan Drug Store, Isam Al Ajlouni St., Shmeisani, (06) 566 5125, www.jdsco.net Medica Drug Store, Al Vasram St., 5th Circle, (06) 551 6800 Nabih Nabulsi Drug Store, Shaker Ben Zaid St., (06) 569 1681, Nader Group, Al Lozi St., Mokabaleen, (06) 420 0191, www.nadergroup.com Pharmacy One, King Abdullah II St., (06) 541 3026, www.pharmacy-1.com , Gardens St., T’la Al Ali, (06) 551 9380 Rawhi Drug Store, Queen Zain Al Sharaf St., Abdoun, (06) 592 9599 Telegraph Drug Store, King Abdullah 2nd St., (06) 541 1599 Trust Drug Store, Sport St., Al Arjan, (06) 568 0955, www.trust-ds.com

SALONS/BARBERS

Aboud Salon, King Faisal Bin Abd Al Azeez St., 6th Circle, (06) 552 0181 Anis Beauty Center, Al Farrad St., Um Uthaina, (06) 553 5717 Ashraf Co. (Mavala,Poupa), Hussein Snobar St., Wadi Al Seer, (06) 585 8005, Avan, Fawzi Al Mouhrabi St., Abdoun, (0) 77 733 2740 Ayman Shatara, (06) 582 1270 La Cure, Queen Noor St., Shmeisani, (06) 566 4721, www.shoplacure.com Daisy, Sa’ad Shamout St., Abdoun, (06) 592 0686 Emad Bazzi, Abdoun Circle, Building No. 20, (06) 593 4762, www.emadbazzi.com.jo Essentials, Prince Hashim St., Abdoun Circle, (06) 593 5555, www.essentialsamman.com Elixir, Paris St., 7th Circle, (06) 585 5723, Fatenah Salon, Mecca St., (06) 551 2006

LISTINGS Fuad Salon, Shat Al Arab St., Um Uthaina, (079) 559 1020 Haidar Salon, Omran AL Ma’aytah St., Deir Ghbar, (06) 581 1344 Hammoudeh Salon, Abdoun, (06) 592 9080 Joe Raad Salon, Queen Zein St., Abdoun, (06) 593 5060 Jolie Feme, Saed Zaghloul St., Abdoun, (06) 593 5518 Kinda, Abdoun, (06) 593 2876, www. kindacenter.com Lara Salon, Batool Center, Ahmad Al Aroussi St., Abdoun, (06) 592 0095 Maria Salon, , (0) 79 556 8209 Marwan Khair, 5th Circle, (06) 553 5717, Murad Salon, (06) 593 2252 Nivea, Arrar St., Wadi Saqra, (06) 463 2984 N-Style, Abdoun, (06) 593 4934, www. nstyleintl.com Ra’fat AL Saeidi Salon, Sattam Al Hasan St., Abdoun, (06) 593 5222 Raja’I Haddad, , (06) 586 3583 Rashid & Thaer, Wadi Saqra St., (06) 552 5434 Roger Salon, Al Mughrabi St., Abdoun, (06) 593 9954 Rupina Salon, Sa’a Zaghloul St., Abdoun, (06) 592 3163, www.joliefemme.info Sa Scene Hair & Beauty, near American Embassy, Abdoun, (06) 593 3435 Selena Beauty Center, Al Rabiyeh, (06) 553 6050 Steve & Metri Salon, Abd Al Rahman Allawi St., 5th Circle, (06) 592 1099, Style Tec, Al Kindi St., 5th Circle, (06) 566 0690 Abdoun, (06) 592 0777 Tariq Hair Styles, Queen Zein Al-Shouq St., Abdoun, (06) 592 3232, www.tareq.m.com Ten of a Kind, Batool Center, Ahmad Al Arousy St. Abdoun, (06) 592 0095 Toni & Guy, Al Fou’ad Complex, Sa’ad Al Shamout St., (06) 592 2999, www. toniandguyjordan.com

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Al Pasha Turkish Bath, Ali Mahmoud Taha St., Jabal Amman, (06) 463 3002 Anantara Spa, Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea, Dead Sea Road, Sweimeh, (05) 356 8888, spa.anantara.com Club Olympus Spa, Grand Hyatt Amman, Hussein Bin Ali St., Jabal Amman, (06) 465 1234, amman.grand.hyatt.com Guinot Moroccan Spa, Shat Al Arab St., Um Uthaina, (06) 552 6240, (077) 044 1440 Jordan Valley Marriott Spa, Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa, Dead Sea Road, Sweimeh, (05) 356 0400, www.marriott.com Karmalite, Naeb Omran Maaytah St., (06) 586 8024 Kempi Spa, Kempinski Hotel Amman, Abdul Hamid Shouman St., Shmeisani, (06) 520 0200, www.kempinski.com Nirvana Spa, Thaqafa St., Shmeisani, (06) 565 2673, www.nirvanaspajordan.com Al Pasha Turkish Bath, Al-Mahmoud Taha St., 1st Circle, Amman, (06) 463 3002, www. pashaturkishbath.com The Royal Spa, Le Royal Hotel Amman, Zahran St., 3rd Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 460 3000, www.leroyalamman.com The Spa, Four Seasons Hotel Amman, Al Kindi St., 5th Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 550 5555, www.fourseasons.com Spa Amber, Bin Ghazi St., Hai Al Radwan, (06) 585 5070 Spa Time, Barakat Zo’bi St., 7th Circle, (06) 585 0025, www.thespatime.com Zara Spa, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea, Dead Sea Road, Sweimeh, (05) 349 1310, www.zaraspa.com Zara Spa Tala Bay, Mövenpick Resort Tala Bay Aqaba, South Beach Road, Tala Bay Area, Aqaba, (03) 209-0320, www. moevenpick-hotels.com


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on’t be fooled by the name SheFighter. This all-female mixed martial arts center is not watered-down instruction just for women, but rather an experienced group of trainers with dedicated trainees learning self-defense. SheFighter students learn a variety of MMA from basic to advanced self-defense techniques. Founder of the center, Lina Khalifeh, is dedicated to empowering her trainees with confidence so that they can begin mastering the art of self-defense. Lina has had 16 years of martial arts experience, is a holder of a black belt (3 Dan) in Taekwondo, and is a certified trainer of self-defense. On top of having trained both in Canada and the US, she has represented Jordan’s national martial arts team in international competitions. Lina, began her martial arts training at the age of five at her uncle’s center NEED TO in Amman and has not KNOW stopped since. For those who want It was not easy for a young female with no SheFighter’s Kick-Boxing business history to start Boot Camp SheFighter in a country that rarely affiliates women with typically male-dominated sports such as martial arts, boxing, and competition fighting. But in 2010, she decided to give teaching a try in Amman. “At first it was one on one training with a couple clients, then more women started coming to see me so I moved sessions into my garage and set up mats and a 50 | DEC. 2012 | GOMAGJORDAN.COM

#4 Studio, 2nd Floor, #23 Building, Ibrahim Shaban St., 7th Circle (079) 695 7247 www.shefighter.com

punching bag,” Lina said, dressed in workout pants and a sweatshirt with the SheFighter logo emblazoned across her chest. She described the most challenging part of the process since the beginning of SheFighter has been convincing women to try out what she is teaching. As her client base grew, Lina moved SheFighter from her garage to renting gym time by the hour. For six months now she has been settled in at her new studio in Amman and her business is in full swing. The studio is professionally laid out with women in mind, and with pink training mats and sparring gloves, the SheFighter color theme is consistent throughout


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the studio. When a class begins, so does the facility’s sound system; music pumps out to get students into work out mode. “We have all types of women here; women who have never tried any sports in their lives and women that love sports,” Lina explains. “My main source of marketing was word of mouth and Facebook,” she grins. Initially, she could not believe the positive response women in Amman gave to the idea of SheFighter and the numbers that have been showing up for training. This is more then just a business for the Ammani entrepreneur. She is passionate about empowering her students inside and out to rise

Hosting workshops in her studio and different colleges, schools, and orphanages around Amman on selfdefense, Lina is speaking up. She speaks to female students about how being aware of harassment and abusive situations can help them avoid these problems in their future. During the seminars she feels that at times, speaking on these issues is hard and awkward in a society that denies the existence of the problems, but also important. For every person that denies what she is talking about, there are plenty more who agree with her message. SCAN HERE FOR FACEBOOK

above and conquer the obstacles of life with confidence. What fuels her are the personal stories of female friends and students who have been abused, sexually harassed, and attacked, and felt helpless in dealing with overcoming these matters in a positive way. Though she feels strongly about empowerment, Lina does not describe herself as an activist, but rather a realist who believes that our society’s issues towards women need to be talked about and dealt with or they will never change. The familial atmosphere at SheFighter’s studio makes for a wonderful place for women to come and relax and train at, even with their children in tow. Classes run all week with a section of each week’s classes dedicated to both adults and kids. “It’s great; we give the children a trainer, and the mothers a trainer, and they train side by side,” Lina says. The self-defense classes at SheFighter are expansive as they range from hand-to-hand defense techniques to teaching how to guard against knives and other weapons. This center also offers intense private weight loss exercise classes where the client’s success is measured monthly. The students’ ages range from four to 70 years old, but the main age group that fills Lina’s classes are women of university age wanting to learn to defend themselves. Students and trainers work together like a big family. One student, Taima Jaber, is taking month-long training courses in self-defense at SheFighter. “I’m confident that I’m able to defend myself now,” Taima explains, “Lina

teaches us to always be strong and not to underestimate ourselves.” When asked if she would be returning for more classes, she responded: “Definitely. Lina is the best and I love training here!” For the future of SheFighter, Lina is looking at possibly building a competition fighting team and franchising to Saudi Arabia. She doesn’t spend her time planning, though, she’d rather live in the moment and revel in SheFighter’s surprising success. “I don’t plan stuff. I just do it; I really just go for it,” admits Lina and her “go for it” mantra permeates all who are a part of the SheFighter family. All she knows is that whatever lies ahead for her and SheFighter, the mission to empower women will endure.

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ocial Sports Amman (SSA) is a network of local adults and young professional expats living in Amman who get together on a regular basis for competitive sports tournaments and games. These meet-ups also provide an outlet for socializing and friendship, while giving back to the community through the investment in youth sports. The start-up began its first season — still in session throughout this month — with football. First, teams are formed into leagues, then games are organized during the course of the season and played at local international schools in and around Amman. SSA plans to expand its offerings in upcoming seasons; for instance, registration will open soon for men’s volleyball and basketball teams in Spring 2013, with hopes of adding baseball and softball to the list too. Eventually, Social Sports Amman plans to add a women’s volleyball team in Winter 2013, incorporating co-ed teams. They hope to introduce additional sports

(079) 975 0758 ssainquiries@gmail.com www.facebook.com/SocialSportsAmman

JOIN IN Social Sports Amman Watch www.facebook. com/SocialSportsAmman for registration information. Contact SSA via email on ssainquiries@gmail. com or send them a Facebook message. Individuals or teams may register. Subscription fees vary depending on the sport, and include coaches, referees, venues, uniforms, and equipment. For details call (079) 975 0758.

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incrementally if there is enough interest in them. One major priority of Social Sports Amman is to make a difference in the community. SSA donates a portion of its proceeds to rehabilitate public school playgrounds through the nonprofit Mala3eb initiative under Al Jude for Scientific Care. This initiative provides safe playgrounds for kids to get them out of the streets, keeps them safe, and involves them in constructive sports activities. So if you’re looking to get fit while meeting new people and contributing positively to our society, look into Social Sports Amman today.

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ACTIVE BOWLING CENTERS

Kempinski Hotel Amman, Abdul Hamid Shouman St., Shmeisani, (06) 520 0200, www.kempinski.com , Istiqlal Mall, Istiqlal St., Al Nuzha, (06) 566 4212 Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 551 2987, www. jordanbowlingcenter.com Athletic City, Queen Rania Al-Abdullah St., (06) 515 0000 , Jabal Amman, (06) 520 0200, www.racj.com

DANCE CENTERS

Al-Kheir Building, Abdul Raheem Haj Mohammad , (06) 586 2004, www. arthurmurrayjordan.com 17 Almassara St., Abdoun, (06) 592 9914 , 4 Issa Bin Salman St., (06) 583 3361, www.elitedancejo.com , 5th Circle, opposite Four Seasons Hotel, (079) 598 8117 Shahroury Plaza, (06) 585 8649, www. freeway.pro , St., (06) 569 0292, www.pac.org.jo of the Noor Al Hussein Foundation, (06) 569 0292, www. pacjo.org Al Husaini Building, Wakalat St., (06) 581 3071 , 14 Ibn Al Fata St., 7th Circle, (079) 585 5345 Al Husseini Complex, Abdullah Ghosheh St., 7th Circle, (06) 586 8878, www.salidadancestudio.com Abdul Raheem Haj

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EQUESTRIAN CLUBS

Airport Highway, (06) 573 2309, www.facebook. com/alasayel.equestrian , Airport Highway, (06) 412 9444 Queen Alia Airport Highway, (06) 429 1386 Madaba Street, Al Yadoudeh, (06) 412 1881 , Jelad, , (05) 351 4007 , after Sweilieh circle , (0) 79 531 2312, www.foresthilljordan.com Highway, (077) 748 4702, www.alfursanllc.com , Dead Sea Highway, (0) 79 553 3578 Queen Alia Airport Road, near the Madaba exit, (06) 059 1348 Ain Al Basha, (06) 472 8614 , Queen Alia Airport Highway, (0) 77 760 0110 Hussein Sports Club, Sports City, (06) 567 5739 , Airport Highway, (0) 77 744 2222

FITNESS CENTERS

Adam Plaza, opposite of Arab Bank, Khalda Main St., Khalda, (06) 551 3031 7th Circle, (06) 581

(06) 534 7637 19 Fawzi Al Qaweqji St., (06) 586 2404 Abdoun, (06) 592 9669 Dabouq, , Hussein Bin NEED TO (07) 77 620 1300 Ali St., Jabal Amman, (06) KNOW , 465 1234, www.amman. of Abdul Rahman Alawi grand.hyatt.com St., Jabal Amman, (06) 593 , Tropical 8939, www.tempojordan. Sheraton. Al Nabil Desert com Hotel & Towers, Al Deir Ghbar, (0) 79 886 0669 (06) 593 4111, www. sheratonammanalnabil. DIVING CENTERS com , , South Beach Road, Aqaba, Abu Firas Al Hamadani (0) 79 584 3724, www.aqabaSt., Building # 4, (06) 464 diving.com 9049, www.curvesme.com/ Jordan Corniche St., Aqaba, (0) 79 559 2095, www. aqabadivingcenter.com , South Coast, Aqaba, (06) 206 0501, www.goaqabadive.com South Beach Road, Aqaba, (079) 538 1979, www. bedouinmoonvillage.com , South Beach Road, Aqaba, (0) 79 671 2831, www.darnavillage.com , Al Saada St., Aqaba, (0) 79 660 0701, www.diveaqaba.com , Aqaba South Beach Road, (03) 203 1808, www. aqaba-divevillage.com Tala Bay, Aqaba, (077) 943 0969, www.aqababoat.com , South Beach, Aqaba, (03) 202 2323, www.aqabascubadiving.com , Coral Bay Hotel & Resort, Aqaba South Beach Road, Aqaba, (03) 201 7035, www.rdc.jo , Al Saada St., Aqaba, (03) 201 3735, www.aqabadivingseastar.com , Resort and Spa Tala Bay, Aqaba, (03) 205

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, Al Kurdi Building, Abdoun, (06) 592 4499 , Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) , Saed Abdo Shamout St., Abdoun, (06) 592 3828, www. , Mecca St., (06) 585 9924, , 7th Circle, Khalda, (06) 535 6998, 28 Mamdouh Al Sarayrah (06) 554 5756, www. intensitigyms.com , Intercontinental Hotel, Queen Zein Street, (06) 464 1361 , Marriott Hotel, Issam Ajluni St., Shmeissani, (06) 560 7607, www.marriott.com 2 Ahmad Al Dayri St., Abdoun, (0) 79 622 3099 , Abdelrahim Allawi Street, 5th Circle, (06) 592 3400, www. bristolamman.com Al Husseiny Complex, Abdullah Ghosheh St., 7th Circle, (06) 582 9182 , Al Thakafe St., Shmeisani, (06) 568 6672 Tla’a Al Ali, (06) 534 9144

, Le Royal Hotel, Zahran Street, 3rd Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 430 3000, www. leroyalamman.com Khalaf Al Bakheet St., (06) 585 7254, (06) 582 2844

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KIDS CENTERS

Cairo St., Abdoun, (0) 79 520 5010, www. ammanfc.com Abdullah II St., (06) 541 1479, www.cmj.jo Al Maha Plaza, Al Madeenah Al Munawwarah St., (06) 552 1458, www. choice-gym.com , Abdelrahim Allawi St., 5th Circle, (06) 592 3475, www.funfactorykids.com , (06) 554 0850, www.funtasticjo.com Sweifieh, (06)5823975 , City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 582 3700, www.jingosjungle.com , Saad Zaghloul St.,

LISTINGS

Abdoun, (06) 592 5957 , Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 553 6511 , Princess Basma St., Abdoun, (06) 592 5113, www.mygymjordan.com

SPORTS CLUBS Road, (06) 429 0055, www.action-target.com 33 Taqiy Al Din Al Subki St., Khalda, (079) 666 7467, www. ammanaikikai.com , Cairo St., opposite Citibank, Abdoun, (06) 592 7880 (077) 733 6688, www.bike-rush.com , Road, (0) 79 552 0334 Cairo St., Abdoun, (079) 653 4335, www.jordanjiujitsu.com , (06) 573 6177, www.climbat.com , Mecca St., (0) 78 555 2525, www.cyclingjordan.com , (06) 412 5290, www.dunesclub.com Jala'ad near Zai, Al Salt (077) 723 4569, www. jordanadventure.com Khalil Al Sukkar St., Dahiyat Al Hussein, (0) 79 542 3121 King Hussein International Airport, Aqaba, (03) 205 8050, www.royalaerosports.com Juwaideh, (06) 412 6566 Al Kiswa St., Rabia, (079) 564 4402, www.thesourcemma.com Al Sharq St., 3rd Circle, (079) 543 1616, www.tropicaldeserttrips. com 26 Khalil Al Dabbas St., Rabia, (0) 79 557 3036, www.wteo.org

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, Swaimeh (0) 77 900 0202 , Road, Swaimeh, (05) 349 3333, www. alwadiresort.com Queen Alia Airport Road (06) 412 1704, www. ammanwaves.com , (06) 565 2004 , off of Queen Alia Airport Road (06) 429 0306, www.jsc-kart.com


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On 14 December, Cycling4Palestine: Give to Gaza — an initiative that seeks to inform people about the suffering of the besieged people in Palestine and raise needed funds in order to support the country — takes place. This year’s cycling event will gather 200 cyclists from all over Jordan in an attempt to raise money for three select Welfare Association projects in Gaza. Participants will bike 20 km at the Dead Sea to support the worthy cause. For more, search Facebook for “Cycling for Palestine: Give to Gaza” or visit www.wa-youth.com.


AN A TO B DREAM

Go’s test-driver, Samer Aksoy, took the latest iteration of Porsche’s Boxster, the Boxster S for a ride

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or every petrol-head there is an automotive layman who is their exact opposite. Every once in a while the two cross paths and end up in a heated discussion debating cars, their higher purpose, and their meaning in life. When both sides are stubborn and unwilling to change their minds, the discussion usually turns pretty ugly. As a well-experienced person in these types of spirited conversations, I have created my own sort of mental handbook to refer to during such situations. The first thing people need to realize is that we are all petrolheads to a certain degree; some people just haven’t realized it yet. A person who has not realized the awesomeness of cars just yet would probably say something along the lines of, “Well, I see cars as a mere method of transportation. They take me from point A to point B faster than walking would, plus owning a vehicle is a major perk when the weather is bad!” Upon hearing such statements, a petrol-head’s emotions could range from a strong feeling of dislike towards the speaker to a sentiment of indifference or an urge to reply back, constructively in a storydriven manner that perhaps might even border on poetic. Personally, I prefer the latter reaction. The exact counter argument to such declarations can be single handedly solved by mentioning a specific car brand and its attributes — one that has been around for ages, specializes in sports cars yet has branched out, and has constantly succeeded at being desirable. Such a brand is by no means a mere method of transportation, and if you’ve ever been privileged enough to have actually driven one, here you can elaborate more. The first Porsche I ever drove was a 1982 928; it had a front mounted V8 engine, and to achieve a 50/50 weight distribution, the gearbox was in the rear end. On the road it handled sublimely thanks to its trick suspension that dealt with any corner with ease. It looked great and handled even greater. The next Porsche I got the chance to drive is the latest iteration of the Boxster S. It’s considered the smallest Porsche in the lineup, but only in terms of size, as its character could easily eclipse sports cars larger in heft. The Boxster S’s design is an evolution of the previous Boxster and the Boxster before it. Years ago, Porsche was criticized for not taking risks in their new designs, but one could argue that their design philosophy’s evolution has guaranteed that Porsches always look beautiful. The latest Boxster has surfaces that are tauter, lines that are finer, and light clusters

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that are reshaped to house the latest in lighting technology. All of this combined creates vehicles that are sporty and undoubtedly ready for business. As you’d expect, the Porsche Boxster S sits 1| 1948 was the year in the sporty end of the car spectrum, however, the first ever official it also does comfort quite impressively. Those Porsche car was produced, which was large alloys and sport setup no longer mean a 356. compromise for the sake of enjoyment. This 2| Porsche was named Boxster can be tame if you want it to be, but when the time comes to see how she dances, after Ferdinand Porsche, the founder the Porsche will blow you away! It handles of the company. sublimely and, with each throttle input, the sound of the mid-mounted engine growls behind 3| Porsche originally you adding more to the experience. The car’s wanted to name weight distribution helps the Boxster’s poise the 911 the 901, but couldn’t due to as it feels planted on the road, while the rearPeugeot having rights wheel-drive setup hints that its tail is playful. for the three digit Yes, the Boxster S will take you from point number with a zero in A to point B, and it will do so in the most the middle. amazing and speedy fashion. Plus, depending 4| The only Porsche on if you retracted the cabriolet’s roof or not, — and only supercar you could be protected from the rain, snow, and manufacturer — to sleet, or enjoy the winter weather on your face. win the “Car Of the But that’s not all! Porsche and their latest model Year” award was the 928, which usually goes of the Boxster S is living proof that cars and sport cars are not just mere to sedans and small SCAN HERE machines for getting around hatchbacks. FOR WEBSITE in; they are one of mankind’s 5| The 928’s trick greatest achievements, where suspension mentioned engineering and design blend in the article is together incomparably and most actually called the harmoniously. End of discussion. Weissach Axle.

5 FACTS ABOUT PORSCHE

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TIRED TIRES

Go’s motor head, Samer Aksoy, gives us the low down on proper tire maintenance

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hen it comes to proper car maintenance, people tend to change the vehicle’s oil, brakes, filters, and spark plugs, as these are the parts that wear out quickly, however, there is another crucial part that requires attention yet it often overlooked. Tires are, unfortunately, regularly pushed further than their limits. As the main connection between your car and the ground, good tires are as important as good brakes. The right tires for your vehicle will determine many things. On the fun side, good tires translate into top performance and handling, but, if worn out, tires will squeal and hinder your fun time. On the safe side, tires in good condition means top notch stopping distance and puncture resistance, however, if your tires are weak then you might need to brace for impact! And not only do tires get changed because of wear and tear, they should also be changed according to the weather. Below is a general guide to what to look for when checking your tires.

TIME FOR CHANGE

MAINTAINING YOUR TIRES SIGN

CAUSE

WHAT TO DO

TIRE EDGES WORN ON BOTH SIDES

UNDER-INFLATION

INSPECT FOR LEAKS, ADD MORE AIR

CENTER TREADS WORN OUT

OVER-INFLATION

LET AIR OUT TO MANUFACTURER’S SPECIFICATIONS

ONE-SIDED EDGE WEAR

BAD WHEEL ALIGNMENT

HAVE WHEELS ALIGNED

TREADS WORN UNEVENLY, WITH CUPS, SCALLOPS, OR BALD SPOTS

WHEEL IMBALANCE AND/ OR BAD ALIGNMENT

HAVE WHEELS BALANCED AND ALIGNED

RANDOMLY SPACED BALD SPOTS

WHEEL IMBALANCE OR WORN SHOCKS

HAVE WHEELS BALANCED OR REPLACE SHOCKS

EDGES OF FRONT TIRES ONLY WORN

TAKING BENDS TOO FAST

TAKE IT EASY AROUND THE CORNERS

SAW-TOOTHED WEAR PATTERN

POOR ALIGNMENT

HAVE WHEELS ALIGNED

WHINING, THUMPING, AND OTHER BIZARRE NOISES

POOR ALIGNMENT, WORN TIRES OR SHOCKS

HAVE WHEELS ALIGNED OR BUY NEW TIRES OR SHOCKS

SCREECHING ON TURNS

POOR ALIGNMENT OR UNDER-INFLATION

CHECK WEAR ON TREADS AND ACT ACCORDINGLY

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When new, your tires will have deep patterns on them called treads, after use these grooves start to become shallower. When you reach a point where the tread wear indicators — a bar of hard rubber — appear, this means your tires need to be change immediately. Some wheels, however, don’t have tire wear indicators, in this case you need to measure the depth of a groove by using a typical ruler. Place it into the groove, if it’s 1/16 inch deep then your tire is fine, though, if it’s less, new ones are needed. If the pressure of your tire is dropping it could be either a tire puncture or faulty air valve. In either case the tire will require maintenance, where the puncture is sealed or the valve is replaced. If neither issue is fixable then fresh tires will be needed.


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PETRA MARRIOTT ANJARA SAKINTEPE, TURKEY MALDIVES

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A ROOM WITHAVIEW Go checked out the newly renovated Petra Marriott Hotel famed for its spectacular views of Wadi Musa

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hotel that has graced this area of southern Jordan for well over a decade, the Petra Marriott Hotel has recently reopened after undergoing an extensive full property renovation. With totally refurbished bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as a fully renovated interior, including the hotel’s lobby, lounge, and restaurants, guests of this Marriott can now enjoy the luxury of the most up-to-date amenities. The Petra Marriott’s stylish new look gives guests even more reason to stay at this grand hotel, which offers some of the most impressive panoramic views in the country. Sitting above the Musa valley, thanks to the materials with which it was built, this property blends harmoniously into its surroundings making its visitors appreciate the natural beauty of the area. For those who are intent on visiting the Rose City of Petra, yet want to steer clear of the masses of tourists that this wonder of the world attracts, a night or two at this property is ideal. Environmentally aware travelers will appreciate the Petra Marriott’s new modern bedrooms that are designed with the future of the environment in mind and include digitally managed, super efficient air conditioning systems and energy-saving light bulbs. Every room is also equipped with a unique jack pack technology that utilizes Picture in Picture (PIP) functionality allowing guests to watch television and use the 32” TV screen as a laptop monitor at the same time! These ultra compatible plug-it-all-in rooms by Marriott are fully congruous with the way each guest works, plays, and gets

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NEED TO KNOW The Petra Marriott shuttle services from the hotel to Petra’s site. Guests should simply contact the front desk to book their most suitable time.

REWARD YOURSELF Marriott fans Marriott Rewards

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Marriott Rewards is the brand’s awardwinning frequent traveler program that rewards its members with exclusive membership privileges when they travel! Members can earn points or frequent flyer miles at over 3,600 participating locations throughout the world and redeem points for rewards like free hotel stays, frequent flyer miles, vacation packages, cruises, and more. Marriott Rewards offers users over 250 ways to utilize their points. Moreover, the card can get members exclusive offers like hotel rate discounts, vacation sweepstakes entries, and other travel deals, as well as benefits including priority check-in and no blackout dates so members can choose go when and where they want! Membership to Marriott Rewards is free; simply sign up online today at www. marriott.com/rewards

things done. Moreover, for the business traveler who can’t be out of touch, this property’s Internet has been upgraded with new fiber optic cables allowing super fast connectivity in every room. Guests of the Petra Marriott Hotel will be delighted to find three top dining options on the property, including a casual dining Mediterranean restaurant, Dushara, an open-for-dinner Italian option, L’Affresco, and a relaxed international lounge, Aretas. Whether you choose to dine at the hotel for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, enjoying a five-star meal in unparalleled surroundings with vistas of the Kingdom’s breathtaking desert mountains will be something to remember for a lifetime! Those who are looking to get a little bit of leisure time in while they stay at Marriott’s Petra property will enjoy the hotel’s outdoor pool which sits on a cliff’s edge offering expansive and impressive views. Taking in a sunrise or sunset from this vantage point is a must! And those who are interested in a bit of pampering can also book a massage, a footbath, or a Loofah Turkish Bath experience at the Petra Marriott’s spa. After a multihour session of hamam time, you’ll feel like a brand new person. If you’ve yet to visit Petra, whether you’re a resident of Jordan or just a short-term visitor, this part of the country can’t be missed! So why not make a plan to visit this remarkable arid region and historical site, and book a stay in style at the beautifully renovated and conveniently located Petra Marriott Hotel?

MORE CHOICES A new Marriott property is currently under construction in Aqaba, making that the fourth Marriott-run hotel in the country after the capital’s Amman Marriott Hotel, the Petra Marriott Hotel, and the Dead Sea’s Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa. GOMAGJORDAN.COM | DEC. 2012 | 63


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TOURIST IN YOUR BACKYARD

ANJARA Go’s Omar Alkalouti headed to northern Jordan to visit Anjara, a town where Jesus and Mary were said to have passed through Images by: Omar Alkalouti

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he ancient city of Anjara is located in the hills of Gilead, a few kilometers south of the popular tourist destination, Ajloun Castle, in the north of Jordan. The Vatican designated Anjara as a Millennium 2000 pilgrimage site due to its rich biblical history. It is believed that Jesus and his mother, Mary, passed through the town of Anjara and NEED TO rested inside a cave during their journey between KNOW Jerusalem and Galilee. The cave has been designated by the Catholic Churches of the Middle East as one of the top five pilgrimage sites in the world. And every year in June, over 5,000 pilgrims descend on the city from all over the world. Today, the site has been commemorated with an elaborate shrine, the Church of Our Lady of the Mountain. Upon arrival at the site, visitors are greeted by parishioners and sisters that are happy to share the history of the church and show the grounds. The atmosphere is peaceful and filled with the sounds of kids playing and followers

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praying during mass. The inside of the church is decorated with hand crafted wooden pews and windows of magnificent stained glass. The shrine of Our Lady of the Mountain holds a fabulous display of ancient Roman Catholic-style murals and statues. Detailed murals line the walls, depicting Biblical scenes painted by an Italian artist, creating a colorful experience as you stroll the grounds. The garden behind the church leads to a small grove of olive trees, grape vines, and flowers that line the walkway to a scenic picnic area, a great place to have a lunch or evening meal. From the courtyard, you can view the surrounding hills as they roll across the horizon, creating the stage for a sensational sunset.

LESSONS FOR LIFE of the Church of Our Lady of the Mountain

The children’s home hosts up to 30 orphan boys and girls, while the school is staffed with 15 teachers and serves up to 200 students. The students at this facility are both Christian and Muslim, an integration that serves to encourage the youth of Anjara to embrace cultural diversity and respect for one another. The school was first established at the parish in 1890 with only two rooms. Since then they have built a threestory building for classrooms, as well as a library that is used by the community.

Inside the newly renovated grotto that dates back to the 1930s is the wooden statue of the Virgin Mary holding the baby Jesus. This effigy of Mary made headlines about two years ago when it was said to have cried tears of human blood. The statue is around 150 to 200 years old and is originally from Italy, but was brought from Jerusalem to Anjara for restoration and display. It is covered by rosaries and rings left by visitors who have paid their respects to the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus. This shrine has drawn pilgrims and tourists by the thousands — many of whom wish to see the site of a miracle in person. The city of Anjara is a mustsee in Jordan whether you’re just visiting the country or you’re a local resident. The people in the city are helpful and welcoming and the Church of Our Lady of the Mountain is familiar location and easy to find among the town’s winding roads. If you happen to catch Father Hugo in a free moment, walking the grounds of the parish, be sure to say hello. If he is not busy, you may be lucky enough to enjoy some good conversation and a glass of tea with him.


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SAKINTEPE, TURKEY

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here comes a time when the pace of city living gets to be too much and the soul cries out for solitude. If Sharm and Tala Bay aren’t quite enough of a change of pace to your life in Jordan, and if Lebanon has lost its luster, consider Turkey for a weekend or week break — after all it’s a destination that’s nearly as close by plane! I found the perfect tranquil place at Sakintepe (or “quiet peak”), a small haven of rest nestled in the Bolu Mountains of northwestern Turkey, midway between Istanbul and Ankara. The drive up the hill was like a tour of Balkan-esque Eastern Europe: a land in another time. Sakintepe rests at the top of the mountain, surrounded by national forest lands. The quiet is palpable, punctuated only by the cowbells of the neighboring pasture and the songbirds making their presence known. The stars, likewise, shout out their place in the dark night, looking close enough to touch, as

TIP TIPS Take Wendy’s words of advice if you’re planning a trip to Turkey soon

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Looking for an off-the-beaten-path winter destination to get away from the responsibilities of life to unplug, relax and chill (literally) for a bit? Go’s Wendy Merdian shares a gem she discovered on a recent trip…

the Milky Way presents itself to a chorus of crickets. Sakintepe is an ideal place for a retreat or for a multi-family vacation. Five cabins overlook a green meadow through floor-toceiling cathedral windows. Each has two bedrooms, a loft with two double futons/pullout beds, and the living area is focused around the centerpiece of the cabin: a huge stone fireplace! The décor has a rustic, Western feel, but the underfloor heating and 24/7 hot water make it more like a multi-star hotel than a cabin in the woods. A small kitchenette is equipped enough to feed the family, but if you come with a group there is a large kitchen in the main meeting room cabin to cook for the crowd. For those who just can’t be 100% unplugged, WIFI is also available here, however, there are no TVs. What there is plenty of, though, are books and magazines — perfect for curling up with next to the hearth!

NEED TO KNOW If you’re bringing food for your stay at Sakintepe, stop at the on the way. This place stocks basic supplies, and boasts a decent frozen meats section!

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The large green area near the cabins has an exceptional children’s playground, volleyball net, and fire pit for roasting marshmallows over evening campfires. Chairs, tables, and hammocks are strategically placed near copses of trees, beckoning you and your book and coffee whether for a morning or afternoon repose. In winter, snow-based activities abound with sledding, snowshoeing, and crosscountry skiing. Downhill skiers can even trek to Kartalkaya Ski Resort, 54 km away. In this region, the other seasons offer hiking, geo-caching, picnicking, mountain biking, offroading, vistas of spring flowers, and spectacular fall colors. And adding to the pleasure, a stay at Sakintepe doesn’t cost a fortune. So if you’re in need of a winter wonderland to escape to this year, look no further than Turkey’s snowcapped Bolu Mountains — you won’t be disappointed by this rustic retreat.

A trip to Turkey isn’t complete without trips to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Basilica Cistern, and Grand Bazaar. However, keep note that the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, while the Hagia Sofia is closed on Mondays. If you are looking for bargains on leather goods and carpets, skip the Grand Bazaar. Ask the reception desk at your hotel and they will be happy to oblige with local “connections.” The Istanbul International Bus Terminal across from the Ataturk International Airport has buses departing Istanbul for Bolu daily. For more and to plan wisely, visit www.turkeytravelplanner.com.


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GLOBE-TROTTER

Maldives

LIFE’S SUNNY SIDE Located in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is an ideal destination to escape winter’s cold temperatures and gray skies and immerse yourself in sun, sand, and relaxation

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t less than 300 km², Maldives is an archipelago of 1,192 islands clustered into 26 atolls and is one of the most scenic spots on earth. The capital, Malé, is where you’ll fly into as this is where the international airport is located, but it’ll most likely be a short stopover until you catch your seaplane or boat to reach your final destination on one of Maldives’ hundreds of inhabited islands. With picturesque sandy beaches, gorgeous underwater scenery, and lush beautiful resorts, the Maldives is a great getaway spot for families and couples alike. Plus, everyone is granted a 30-day visa upon arrival, making it an even easier place to travel to.

NEED TO KNOW Maldives’ currency is the , but resorts price services in US Dollars, so there’s no need to change money into the local currency if you’re spending all your time in the resorts.

FOR COUPLES

FOR ADVENTURERS

FOR FAMILY

Known as a very popular honeymoon destination, the Maldives is made for love struck newlywed couples. Plenty resorts here are tailored for couples seeking a romantic retreat — think secluded bungalows built over water, world-class spas, and delicious dining all set in the country’s stunning natural environment. Or, if you’re looking for a location for your special day, there are also many places here that are fully equipped for an idyllic wedding. Only a few hundred of the Maldivian islands are actually inhabited, so for the ultimate sanctuary, it’s easy to find an unhabited island to explore and enjoy for the day.

The Maldives is known as a fantastic dive destination thanks to its clear waters, over 3,000 coral reefs, and thousands of marine species. From reef dives to wreck dives, divers here have loads of spots to choose from, and the best part is: most resorts have dive centers! Alternatively, snorkeling is also a great option to admire the aquatic splendor if you’re not licensed to dive. If you’re looking to enjoy Maldives above ground, night fishing is another popular activity where you can catch barracuda, snappers, and other fish under a blanket of stars. Alternatively, Maldives also boasts great surf spots for those looking for awesome waves to ride. Boat trips can also be organized to get to the various surf breaks.

Since it’s so popular as a premier honeymoon haven, the Maldives is sometimes incorrectly labeled as not family-friendly. This is truly a misconception as the Maldives can be an excellent place for family fun. Many resorts on the island cater to families where the younger ones can enjoy kids’ clubs, water activities, pools just for them, beach sports, and so much more. On certain resorts, parents will also appreciate the availability of family villas so everyone can stay under one roof, as well as daytime crèche and nighttime baby-sitting services to enjoy some quality time without the kids. And, families can also opt for an allinclusive resort for a hassle-free vacation.

Don’t Miss: Spa treatments based on traditional Maldivian healing methods, including ones using the local coconut oil or gandhakolhi leaf or the invigorating sand massage.

Don’t Miss: The internationally renowned Banana Reef for either diving or snorkeling, where you’ll see plenty

Don’t Miss: The Whale Submarine Excursion, which 120 m deep from the comfort of a air pressured controlled submarine.

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Ocean Hotel, Iriteria St., Um Uthaina, (06) 551 7280, www.oceanhotelamman.com Orchid Hotel, Shmeisani, (06) 552 2111, orchidh.com Marmara Hotel, Mecca St., Al Rabiah, (06) 553 0480, marmarahotel.com Le Méridien Amman, Queen Noor St., Shmeisani, (06) 569 6511, www. starwoodhotels.com Al Qasr Metropole Hotel, Al Kharoub St., Shmeisani, (06) 568 9671, alqasrmetropole. com Rama Hotel, Abdallah Ghawsha, 7th Circle, (06) 581 6722, ramahotel-jo.com Red Rose Hotel, Shat Al Arab St., Um Uthaina, (06) 551 2301, www.1stjordan. net/redrose Retaj Hotel, 180 Zahran St., 5th Circle, Um Uthaina, (06) 551 6688, retajhotel.com Regency Palace, Queen Alia St., Shmeisani, (06) 560 7000, www.theregencyhotel.com Le Royal, Zahran St., 3rd Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 460 3000, www. leroyalamman.com Rozana Hotel Suites, Airport Road, Sadeen Amman Hotel, Khalda, (06) 551 4733, sadeen.com Samira Miss Hotel, Al Tal, (06) 560 2773, samiramisshotel.com San Rock Hotel, 6th Circle, Um Uthaina, (06) 551 3800 Sheraton Amman, Al Nabil Hotel & Towers, Al Urdon St., 5th Circle, (06) 593 4111, www.sheratonammanalnabil.com Sorate Hotel Apartments, 6th Circle, (06) 585 8029, sorate.net Al Thuraya Hotel, Al Bayrooni St., Shmeisani, (06) 567 7228, www. althurayahotel.com Toledo Hotel, 37 Al Razi St., Jabal Al Hussein, (06) 465 7777, www.toledohotel.jo Turino Hotel, (06) 586 3944, turino-hotel.com Al Waleed Hotel, Ali Nasouh Al Taher St., (06) 586 4475, rumhotels.com Ya Hala Hotel, (06) 581 2944, yahala-hotel.com

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Feynan Ecolodge, Dana Bio Reserve, (06) 464 5580, www.feynan.com

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Dead Sea Spa Hotel, Salt Land Village, Sweimeh, (05) 356 1000, jordandeadsea. com Holiday Inn Resort, Dead Sea Road, Sweimeh, (06) 349 5555, www. ichotelsgroup.com Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa, Dead Sea Road, Sweimeh, (05) 3560400, www. marriott.com Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea, Dead

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Aqaba Gulf Hotel, King Hussein St., (03) 201 6636, aqabagulf.com Aquamarine Beach Hotel, King Hussein Blvd, (03) 203 2636 Captain’s Hotel, (03) 206 0710, captains.jo Coral Bay Hotel, Aqaba Southern Coastal Road, (03) 201 5555, coralbayaqaba.com Crystal International Hotel, Cornish St., (03) 202 2001, crystal-international.com DoubleTree by Hilton, Al Hammamat Al Tunisyya St., (03) 209 3209, doubletree1. hilton.com Golden Tulip Aqaba, Al Saada St., (03) 205 1234, www.goldentulip.com Movenpick Resort & Residence Aqaba, King Hussein St., (03) 203 4020, www. moevenpick-hotels.com Radisson Blu Tala Bay Resort, Tala Bay, South Beach, (03) 209 0777 www. radissonblu.com Raed Hotel Suites, Al Sa'adeh St., (03) 201 8686, raedhotel.com

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Amra Palace Hotel, Wadi Mousa, (03) 215 7070, www.amrapalace.com Candles Hotel, Wadi Mousa, (03) 215 7311 / (03) 565 1065, www.petracandles.com Crowne Plaza Resort Hotel Petra Forum, Wadi Mousa, (03) 215 6266, www. crowneplaza.com Grand View Hotel, Wadi Mousa, (03) 215 6871, www.grandview-hotel.com.jo Marriott Hotel, Taybeh Road, Wadi Mousa, (03) 215 6407, www.petramarriott.com Movenpick Nabatean Castle Hotel, Taybeh Road, Wadi Mousa, (03) 215 7201, www. moevenpick-hotels.com Movenpick Resort Hotel, Al Seyaha St., Wadi Mousa, (03) 215 7111, www. movenpick-petra.com Petra Panorama Hotel, Taybeh Road, Wadi Mousa, (03) 215 7398, www. petrapanorama.com Petra Rest House Hotel, Wadi Mousa, (03) 215 6266 Sella Hotel, Wadi Mousa, (03) 215 7170, www.sellahotel.com Silk Road Hotel, Tourism St., (03) 215 7222, www.petrasilkroad.com

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MIND YOUR

LANGUAGE Go’s Kymelya Sari took a tour of Ibn Rushd National Academy, Jordan’s only school to offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program

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hat do you think the caricatures are telling us about the people’s reaction towards last night›s reelection of US president Barack Obama?” This is certainly not the question you would expect Grade 1 students to answer, but in Ibn Rushd National Academy, the students begin their day by reading newspapers or discussing current affairs. In another part of the school, older students confidently discuss, in English, the merits of the e-book reader, Kindle. The academy, owned by London-based educational consultancy International Knowledge Centre (INTKC), is a boutique school that caters specifically to parents who are risk-takers, interested in providing something different for their children, and willing to try out new things. If you think this is another marketing gimmick, think again. The only thing clichéd about Ibn Rushd is that, just like any other success story, it had to fight off skepticism when it first started out. Its determination in wanting to offer an international-minded academic program, one that is guided by international research, best practices, and latest recommendations, with a local flavor — by using the Arabic language as the main medium of instruction — was initially met with derision. However, since May 2012, the academy is the first and only school in Jordan to offer the

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NEED TO KNOW If you would like a tour of ’s campus, call (06) 537 7601 or email info@ ibnrushd.edu.jo.

DID YOU KNOW? The student to teacher ratio in Ibn Rushd National Academy is about 2:1. It currently has a student population of 35 (KG1 to Grade 4) — all of whom are native Arab speakers — with 15 teachers. As a non-selective school for Jordanians, it does not screen its students and also accepts special-needs children, if the school is able to cater to the latter’s needs. For more information about the school, check out ibnrushd.edu.jo today.


International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP). What makes its achievement even more remarkable is that this school remains the only school in the Middle East authorized to offer the program in Arabic. Despite this prestigious accolade, the skepticism has not abated. The school accepts that its curriculum is not for everyone. Some parents are still firm believers in the didactic, exam-based education, and some parents do not appreciate the creative, openminded, multi-perspective learning

WHAT IS THE

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The academy prides itself on providing an education that molds every student into a multilingual life-long learner opportunities that Ibn Rushd provides. Perhaps even harder to dispel is the notion that a good education has to be one that is in English, a view that is “misguided” the school says. “We have an inferiority complex that is being fed by the so-called international schools. If I want to be a successful businessman, then I need English rather than Arabic. However, all research has shown that for you to have a very good second language, you also need a very strong first language to base your language acquisition on.” Indeed, the school firmly believes that, “we are underestimating our own culture and identity if we cannot communicate and express ourselves

BACCALAUREATE? The

(IB) is a nonprofit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student

for students aged three to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional, and social skills to live, learn, and work in a rapidly globalizing subject areas identified within the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program are language, mathematics, science, social studies, arts, and personal, social, and physical education. For more information, log on to www.ibo.org.

in our mother tongue.” As such, the academy prides itself on providing an education that moulds every student into a well-rounded multilingual life-long learner. Acknowledging that central to any student’s development is, of course, his or her teachers, Ibn Rushd National Academy provides continuous professional development for its staff as well. Rather than importing foreign talent, the school seeks to develop and nurture local educators, mirroring its efforts in providing a learning environment for its students. It receives thousands of applicants, but those who make the cut are hard workers, innovative, take responsibility for their own learning and actions, and are wiling to learn from their mistakes. The school remarks that, “it is the attitude that is important.” Right from the first day they are hired, teachers work closely with the management in ensuring a quality and rigorous education, one that negates the need for outside, supplementary classes. Each year, Ibn Rushd National Academy adds a new grade, thus growing with its students all the way to the IB Diploma Program. While it may take another eight years before it will graduate its first students, judging by the creative art pieces that dot the school’s corridors, there is no doubt that the school is certainly following in the footsteps of its famous Muslim philosopher namesake in challenging and extending the boundaries of knowledge. #22 Yahya Bin Salam, Jbeiha (06) 537 7601 info@ibnrushd.edu.jo ibnrushd.edu.jo GOMAGJORDAN.COM | DEC. 2012 | 73


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CAPTURING BEAUTY Go’s Omar Alkalouti headed in to the heart of Weibdeh to uncover the photographer’s dream that is Darat Al Tasweer Images by: Omar Alkalouti

#29 Kuliat Al Share›ah St., Jabal Weibdeh (079) 920 6666 www.darataltasweer.com

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a gallery hall, studio, classroom including a darkroom, and a library filled with books about photography that the community can enjoy. She currently teaches month long classes three days a week for two hours a day covering everything from the basics of photography to advanced techniques. The advanced courses have a unique range from photojournalism and portrait photography to black & white and fashion photography. “What I love about this subject is that no one forces you to learn photography; you choose to be taught photography,” Linda emphasized as she gave me a tour around Darat Al Tasweer. “When the students arrive to class they are

A

mman has become an noticed that there was a lack of incubator for hobbyists. resources for photographers and a very small community that focused Throughout the city you can find clubs and community on the art behind this craft rather groups ranging from rock-climbing then the professional aspects of the to pottery making. For amateurs trade. “There was no place to grab dedicated to photography, Darat Al a book, sit down, and read about Tasweer invites you in with open photography,” Linda says. She arms. This community of NEED TO decided then to create photography enthusiasts a foundation for this KNOW is focused on one thing: community to grow. The classroom here the art of photography Weibdeh was seats up to six students as Linda believes in and testing its limits. chosen as the best smaller classes so that Darat Al Tasweer, location for her vision students can develop with a more oneor “The House of and, for five years on-one teaching Photography,” was now, she has been approach! created out of the heart creating a photography and mind of photographer haven for both hobbyists Linda Khoury. and professionals alike. “I Linda has been fascinated wanted to pick a location in old by photography since her youth Amman that resembled the Amman when she was given her first I remembered as a child,” Linda camera at the age of 12. As an explains. The walkway into her adult, she worked as a professional building is painted with silhouettes photographer and taught of photographers and cameras photography for several years at inviting the artistic and creative in Al Quds College. A passion that to learn photography. never ceased, her dream of having a When you open the door into community in Amman that focused the first room you immediately on the art of photography came to sense the professionalism that is life in 2007 with Darat Al Tasweer. strived for. The walls are covered in When Linda came back to prints and the lighting in the gallery Amman in 2005 from The Saint gives an intimate setting to relax Spirit College in Lebanon where and view each photograph. Darat she studied photography, she Al Tasweer’s headquarters have

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PASSION

There is no lack of family like camaraderie among the group The group has grown significantly since its start; so far 320 students have come through Linda’s program with many returning to take additional courses. Darat Al Tasweer has become a well-known name amongst the international photography community, as well. The group has even participated and and international competitions with the US, Turkey, and Austria. The future of Darat Al Tasweer looks very eventful with plans for another Image Festival that will last the month of March and many more workshops and new classes being planned.

excited to learn about photography and how to use their new equipment.” After students finish courses they tend to hang around and integrate themselves into the family of Darat Al Tasweer by contributing photos to exhibitions and participating in workshops that Linda organizes monthly. This particular group holds no age restrictions and is made up of an eclectic mix of young and old individuals dedicated to this art. When asked about where she is headed with Darat Al Tasweer, Linda explains, “I can’t predict the future, but I know I am not going back.” Her vision for her group is focused and progressive. She stays committed to challenging her students and encouraging them to let their love of photography lead them.

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COMMUNITY CHARITIES AND NGOS

Arab Women’s Organization of Jordan, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 565 0644 Business & Professional Woman-Amman, Ibn Asaker St., 4th Circle, (06) 566 3013, www.bpwa-amman.org Abdel Hamid Shoman Foundation, Al Kulliyah Al Ilmiyah Al Islamiyah St, Jabal Amman (06) 465 9154, www.shoman.org Care International, Ibn Al Roumi St., Um Uthaina, (06) 552 7921, www. caremiddleeast.org/Jordan HamzetWasel, (077) 786 8298, www. hamzetwasel.com Humane Society for Animal Welfare, Queen Alia Airport Highway, (06) 412 9077, www.hcaw-jordan.com INJAZ, Ibrahim Ayoub St., Al Redwan, (06) 565 7410, www.injaz.org.jo Jordan Environment Society, Shmesani, (06) 569 9844, www.jes.org.jo Jordan Institute Of Diplomacy, Suleiman Al (06) 593 4400 Jordan National Red Crescent Society, As Saada, Madaba (06) 477 3141, www. jordanredcrescent.org Jordan River Foundation, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 593 3211, www. jordanriver.jo Jordan Hashemite Fund For Human Development, Al Madina Mounawara St., (06) 582 5241, www.johud.org.jo Jordanian’s Women Union, Al-Hussein Refugee Camp, (06) 568 7037, jordanianwomenunion.org King Abdullah II Fund For Development, Petra University, Queen Alia Airport Road (06) 582 2820, www.kafd.jo King Hussein Cancer Foundation, Saad Bin Abi Waqqas St., Um Uthaina, (06) 554 4960, www.khcc.jo King Hussein Foundation, Fares Al Khoury St., Shmeisani, (06) 560 6056, www. kinghuseeinfoundation.org Mabarrat Um Al Hussein (MUF), North Marka, (06) 489 2680 MIZAN, Razi St., Jabal Al Hussain, (06) 569 0691, www.mizangroup.jo National Center for Human Rights, 151 Zahran St., Jabal Amman, (06) 5931256, www.nchr.org.jo (06) 534 4701, www.interacademies.net Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, (06) 533 7931, www.rscn.org.jo Save the Children Foundation, Princess Basma Center for Social Development, Jabal Al-Nuzha, (06) 567 0241, www. savethechildren.net United Nations University, University of Jordan, International Leadership Institute Building, Queen Rania St., (06) 533 8167, jo.one.un.org UNRWA, Wadi Seer, Bayader, (06) 582 6171, www.unrwa.org USAID, American Embassy, Abdoun, (06) 590 6117, jordan.usaid.gov

CLASSES ART

Bandak Art, 7th Circle, Wadi Al Seer, (06) 582 4952 Darat Al Funun, Nimer bin Adwan St, Downtown, (06) 464 3251, www. daratalfunun.org Orfali Art Center, (06) 551 0603, www.orfali.net

COOKING

Crafty Cooks, Nakho Building, Shat Al Arab St., Um Uthaina, (06) 554 7103 Noodasia, Abdoun Circle, Abdoun (06) 5936999

MUSIC

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Freddy for Music, Abdoun Gardens, Abdoun, (06) 592 0085, www.freddyformusic.com Ghassan Al-Hejjawi Music Center, Tla' AlAli, (06) 553 1458 iPlay Music Center, Al Husseini Complex, (06) 586 8676, www. iplaymc.jo Life Melody for Music Classes, Jaber Complex, Mecca St., (06) 581 7405, www. lifemelody.net Ziad Alawsi, (0) 79 618 7292, www.alawsi. com

MODELING

Modelicious Management, Building No. 6 Khawarizmi St., Gardens, (06) 562 0849, www.modelicious.com.jo

COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES

Al Hussein Bin Talal University, Ma’an, (03) 217 9000, ahu.edu.jo Arab Open University, Tariq Khalid Bani Mujahid St., Tabarboor, (06) 5630630, www. aou.edu.jo German Jordanian University, Al Jubeiha, (06) 530 0666, www.gj.edu.jo Jordanian University, University St., Al Jubeiha, (06) 535 5000, www.ju.edu.jo New York Institute of Technology, Queen Alia Airport Highway, (06) 5537902, www. nyit.edu.jo Petra University, Queen Alia Airport Highway, (06) 579 9555, www.uop.edu.jo Princess Sumaya Univeristy, Al Jubeiha, (06) 535 9967, www.psut.edu.jo Al Quds College, Airport Road, (06) 579 9020, www.quds.edu.jo Tala Abu Ghazaleh College, Mecca St., (06) 550 9222, www.tagcb.edu.jo Yarmouk University, Irbid, (02) 721 1111, www.yu.edu.jo

LANGUAGE CENTERS

American Language Center, University St., (06) 552 3901, www.alc.edu.jo AMIDEAST Jordan, Nuh Al-Rumi St., (06) 581 0930, www.amideast.org Bell Amman, Marj Al Hammam Bridge, (06) 579 9035, www.bellamman.edu.jo Berlitz, Prince Shaker Bin Zeid St., (06) 566 5393, www.berlitz-jo.com British Council Jordan, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 460 3420, www.

britishcouncil.org/jordan Cultural French Center, (06) 461 2658, www.cccljor-jo.org

NURSERIES

Growing and Knowing Preschool, Al Dahran St., Um Uthaina, (06) 552 5919, www.growingnknowingpreschool.com Iman Early Learning Center, , (06) 592 5945 Jumpstart Preschool, Shat Al Arab St., Um Uthaina, (06) 552 0234 Little Academy, Al Ifthikhar St., Abdoun, (06) 585 8282, www.tlacademy.com

REAL ESTATES

LISTINGS montessori-icme.com International Community School, Naour, (06) 479 0666, www.ics-amman.edu.jo The International School Of Choueifat, Airport Road, (06) 429 1133, www. iscamman-sabis.net Al Ittihad Secondary School For Girls, Waqed Bin Abdullah St., Qotnah, (06) 516 7990 Modern American School, , (06) 586 2779, www.modernamericanschool. com Modern Arab Academy School, Sharhabil Bin Hasaneh St., Al Jern, (06) 566 0091 Modern Educational Academic School, Moh'd Ali Al Ja'bari St., Al Rawabi, (06) 586 5620 Sheikh Al Shuhada Omar Al Mukhtar School, Al Madeenah Al Munawwarah St., Al Tela Al Shamali, (06) 552 2495

Abdoun Real Estate, 10 Fawzi Qaweqji St. Mouhtaseb Complex, Abdoun, (06) 592 0605, www.abdoun.com.jo Abu Jodum, Shmeisani, (06) 566 0701, www.abujodum.com Mawared, Nabulsi St., Al Abdali, (06) 566 SPECIALIZED INSTITUTIONS 5825, www.mawared.jo Aviation Technological Academy, Saraya, Al-Koufeh St., Um Uthaina, (06) 550 Sulayman Al Dukkar St., Khalda, (06) 535 5444, www.sarayaholdings.com 0911 Taameer Jordan, , (06) 588 Ayla Aviation Academy, King Hussein 5558, www.taameer.jo International Airport, Aqaba, NEED TO Tala Bay, Al Ameer (03) 206 4777, www. Shaker Bin Zeid St., KNOW aylaaviation.com Shmeisani, (06) 565 Goethe Institut, #5 Abdel 5700, www.talabay.jo Mun’im Al Rifa’i St. Jabal This December, Tamleek, 4th Circle, Amman, (06) 464 1993, cooking school (06) 461 7851, www.goethe.de will be donating www.tamleek.jo Jordan Academy of Music, a part of their proceeds

SCHOOLS

to a family in need. Call

(077) 755 7744 St., Shmesani, (06) 560 American for details. 4172, www.jam.edu.jo Community School, Mideast Aviation Academy, Dahiat Al-Amir Rashid, Marka Airport, (06) 487 5152, (06) 581 3944, www. www.maa.jo acsamman.edu.jo Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Amman Baccalaureate Arts, Al Rashed St., Aqaba, (03) 201 School, Al Hijaz St., Dabouq, (06) 6201, www.rsica.edu.jo 541 1191, www.abs.edu.jo Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, King Amman Int. School, King Abdullah Ii St., Al Abdullah II St., Dabouq, (06) 541 2682, Rawabi, (06) 551 6931 www.raca-lesroches.edu.jo Al Feker Al Tarbawi Secondary School For Royal Film Commission, 5 Omar Bin Al Girls, Al Shora St., Al Helal, (06) 438 3877 Khattab St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman. (06) International Academy, Sa'ad Khair Street, 464 2266, www.rfc.jo King Hussein Parks, (06) 550 2055, www. SAE Institute, iaa.edu.jo Highway, (06) 579 9071, www.saejordan. International Center for Montessori com Education, (06) 556 1464, www.


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December

GAME RELEASES This month's hottest and most anticipated video games

HANDHELD CONSOLE

GAME REVIEWS Cool new releases from the Vita to the

Words by: Brandon Barron

HAWKEN Platform: PC Developer: Adhesive Games Genre: Action Release Date: 12 Dec. You are a battle mech pilot in the future. Your goal is to destroy your

FLUIDITY: SPIN CYCLE Platform: Nintendo 3DS Developer: Nintendo Genre: Action Release Date: 27 Dec. This puzzle game will have you stumped for a while, but the joy of figuring out a solution is sure to have you coming back for more. Reason to go play it: great as a pick-up-andplay or an hours-long mind challenge.

can imagine. Reason to go play it: The greatness of this shoot-em-up game can be summed up in one word: turrets.

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he Far Cry franchise has taken a genre that is flooded with games and really come up with something unique. In other words, this isn’t any ordinary shooter. You play a well-armed man with a very personal mission: to save your friends from captivity by a tribe of cannibals on some tiny islands in the Pacific. As the game progresses, your arsenal grows and so do your abilities. However, your enemies become all Platform: Xbox 360, the more of a challenge to defeat as PlayStation 3, PC Developer: Ubisoft Montreal you get closer to reaching your goal. Genre: First-Person Shooter Reason to go play it: This game Release Date: 4 Dec.. is being released much later than it was in North America, but only because its creators were tweaking it to make it even better!

STARCRAFT II: HEART OF THE SWARM

Platform: PC, Mac OS X Developer: Blizzard Entertainment Genre: Real-Time Strategy Release Date: Q4 2012 new missions, additional units, and more developed species. This game is sure to cause the energy drink market to skyrocket! Reason to go play it: You need to get accustomed to all the shiny new stuff before your friends do.

HAPPY TIMES

Just some of the happiest games of all time, be it for funny characters, happy Kirby’s Dreamland endings, or cute Platform: Gameboy musical themes This cuddly guy invites you to play in his world like your pillow invites you to sleep!

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Crash Bandicoot Platform: PlayStation 1 The good guy is wacky, the bad guys are hilarious, and the music is totally tubular.

Banjo-Kazooie Platform: Nintendo 64 You’re a friendly bear with a bird living in his backpack. How is that not happy?

Rolando Platform: iOS Chirpy, cheerful music accompanies a welldesigned, simple puzzlestyle game.

JAZZ: TRUMP›S JOURNEY Platform: PS Vita Developer: Egg Ball Genre: Platformer Release Date: Q4 2012 You play Trump, a fantastic jazz musician who uses his music to battle injustice in New a little cheesy, but it’s a great play! Reason to go play it: After a few plays of this game, you’ll be believing in the power of music.

SONIC CD Platform: Nintendo 3DS Developer: Sonic Team Genre: Platformer Release Date: 15 Dec. Sonic’s side-scrolling action is just as fun as it’s always been, whether you’ve been playing for years or never before. Reason to go play it: This isn’t just a game; it’s history! This game was originally on the short lived Sega Mega-CD.


December

BOOK RELEASES

Go’s choice books for this month Words by: Brandon Barron

WHAT GO’S READING

HOME: READ THE TEACHINGS OF DON JUAN Carlos Castaneda University of California Press This non-fiction work documents the events that took place during Castaneda’s apprenticeship under a Yaqui Indian sorcerer. Written in 1968, this text was submitted as his master’s thesis in anthropology. Find it @ Readers Bookshop. Call (06) 582 8488 for more.

Young:

Adult:

GOLDEN/DISNEY Release Date: 11 Dec.

GRAND CENTRAL PUBLISHING Release Date: 11 Dec.

A KNIGHT IN STICKY ARMOR

TWO GRAVES DOUGLAS PRESTON, LINCOLN CHILD

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or generations, children around the world have grown up learning how to read via the timeless stories in the Little Golden Book series. This newest addition to the collection centers on the star of Disney’s children’s show, Doc McStuffins. Like any little girl should, Doc has a bunch of dolls and stuffed animals to play with. Instead of having tea parties, though, Doc McStuffins keeps her toys in tip-top shape as their doctor. This heartwarming little book will be just as much fun for parents as it is for their page-turning kids.

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THREAT VECTOR Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney Putnam Adult Release Date: 4 Dec. Just when it seems that he couldn’t possibly have any more adventure and twists in his future, nowPresident Jack Ryan is up against a glowering threat that could lead to World War III. A major power shift in China has led the leadership of that country to begin a full-on invasion of the island of Taiwan. President Ryan must call on his son, Jack Jr., and his elite team of undercover operatives to see to it that Beijing does not take Taipei. Reason to go read it: Tom Clancy is a skilled craftsman of melding current events, conspiracy theories, eloquent fiction, and nail-biting suspense in each of his novels.

JESUS OF NAZARETH: THE INFANCY NARRATIVES Pope Benedict XVI Image Release Date: 4 Dec. No matter your faith, it cannot be denied that Jesus Christ has made a profound impact on humanity past, present, and future. In his account of Jesus’ childhood, Pope Benedict XVI explores the foundations of that impact. He directly sources his information from the gospels of the New Testament, written by those who lived in Jesus’ time and knew him personally. The Pope also offers his commentary on the story of Jesus’ birth and why it is something so profound to this day. Reason to go read it: This is a great place to start discovering who Jesus was and why his story has changed the lives of multitudes of people.

hey say that after mourning the death of a loved one, a person needs to move on with life. However, FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast has never been able to have that sense of closure since his wife, Helen, passed away in a tragic accident. He discovers that this inability to move on is because she is not, in fact, dead! However, there is a near-ravenous and ultra-maniacal serial killer who is still out for Helen’s blood. Will Aloysius have to mourn his wife’s death all over again?

IMMORTAL DIAMOND: THE SEARCH FOR OUR TRUE SELF Richard Rohr Jossey-Bass Release Date: 11 Dec. At one point or another, we all ask ourselves, “Who am I… really?” Following the acclaim of his book Falling Upward, which explored humanity’s ego and how it’s an obstacle to spiritual maturity, Richard Rohr explores the “True Self.” His concept is that, like a diamond buried deep in the earth, our True Selves, once discovered, act as a catalyst for positive spiritual growth. It is the discovery that is the challenge, but the reward that results is worth the sacrifice. Reason to go read it: Just think about how introspective and intelligent you’ll sound when talking with friends after reading this!

MERRY KINDLE MERRY, Fern Michaels BOOK eKensington OF THE Release Date: 6 Dec. MONTH Andi Evans seems to have it all. She’s a veterinarian, a mother, and the proud owner of a prime plot of land her family has had for generations. In reality, though, her veterinary practice is losing money, her family is falling apart, and her property is being eyed by a sly millionaire named Peter King. But Andi won’t let all she holds dear go without a tough fight. When she puts up opposition, King’s reaction is much stronger than she expected. Reason to go read it: It’s a Christmas themed multi-genre that’s more fun than intense, and its length means it’s not a multiweek commitment of a read.


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December

CD RELEASES Go takes a look at this month’s top releases in music with genres ranging from punk rock to R&B to electro-pop Words by: Brandon Barron

WHAT GO’S LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW

Everybody Wants to Rule the World Tears for Fears Songs from Big Chair

Go Delilah Go

In the Movies [DVD] Oh, the King. Thirty-five years after his death, Elvis’s face can be seen on everything from billboards to t-shirts. Somewhat forgotten, though, are his movie roles as a heartthrob bard wooing beautiful women in exotic locales. Now you can enjoy some of his greatest songs in the context they were written for: on a screen in Technicolor. This DVD is slated for release on 11 December. 82 | DEC. 2012 | GOMAGJORDAN.COM

Wow! Only one month after the release of their last album, punk rock legends Green Day have unleashed the last part of their ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! trilogy. While these albums are to be considered a collection, each has its own unique sound. First it was “power pop,” then it was “garage rock,” but music buffs can’t exactly pin a subgenre on the sound of ¡Tré!. That’s because it’s “genre-less.” With this album, Green Day is allowing their creative juices to flow uninhibited. For punk rockers, the results are sure to be promising. Release Date: 11 Dec. Reason to go listen to it: Because two albums in three months are just not enough.

BRUNO MARS UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX ATLANTIC

Bruno Mars is a versatile music man. Not only has he come out with great hits like, “Grenade” and “Just the Way You Are,” he’s also the creative mind behind songs like K’Naan’s “Wavin’ Flag” and Flo Rida’s “Right Round.” In his second studio album, Bruno Mars brings together his soulful, romancing voice with his thoughtful, catchy songwriting. With songs with names like, “Treasure,” “When I Was Your Man,” and “Show Me,” Unorthodox Jukebox is sure to keep female listeners swooning. Release Date: 11 Dec. Reason to go listen to it: Because this isn’t just a great album, Mars says it’s a peek into his life.

CASH MONEY

RCA

ELVIS PRESLEY

REPRISE

LIL WAYNE I AM NOT A HUMAN BEING II

KE$HA WARRIOR Ke$ha might be ridiculed by many music critics, but she has definitely made an impact in the music world. She’s also taken a genre that was somewhat obscure and made it mainstream, which is something that many have tried, but few have succeeded in. With all the fame and accomplishments Ke$ha has gained, it’s hard to believe that Warrior is only her second album. Fans will be happy to know that the artist’s signature electro-pop sound is only enhanced in Warrior. Release Date: 4 Dec. Reason to go listen to it: Because any artist influenced by the likes of Led Zeppelin and AC/DC is worth a listen.

GREEN DAY TRÉ!

Ride Lana Del Rey Paradise

Lofticries Purity Ring Shrine

Elmo’s Song Sesame Street

Okay, so Lil Wayne isn’t the best at coming up with album titles. In fact, his discography is so full of Roman numerals that it looks more like the lineage of Popes than a collection of works. But the fact that Lil Wayne has enough albums to do that is enough evidence that he is a musician who keeps his fans loyal. Two albums ago, the artist released the precursor to this upcoming album, and it was embedded with what he calls “raw rap,” an Auto Tune-free collection of what hip-hop is supposed to be. There’s no reason to suspect that this month’s release will be anything less. Release Date: 11 Dec. Reason to go listen to it: Because in a world of fabricated, overcommercialized rap, music true to its roots is a great thing to have.

3OH!3 OMENS

PHOTO FINISH

The airwaves are full of poppy tunes that are lackluster. (Not to mention the fact that they’re unavoidable.) 3OH!3 does not fall into that category. This electro-pop duo doesn’t go too deep in lyrics, but their songs are so catchy and original that, once you’ve heard ‘em, you have to listen to more. Omens’ release is at the peak of the group’s career. They’ve truly found their sound, as their last album Streets of Gold proved, and their confidence is making way for new, more bold sound. Release Date: 4 Dec. Reason to go listen to it: Because some pop music out there is still good to listen to.


LOCAL BEATS

MUSIC

HISTORY Music has witnessed a lot of memorable moments, from bands’ first appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show to MTV’s birth to current viral videos. Musichistoryingifs.com has recorded it all in 8-bits

THE FINAL WISH

Go’s Omar Alkalouti sat down with the winners of the Rolling Stone Street to Stage 2012 Competition, The Final Wish, to find out all about these Jordanian rockers Images by:

Go: Where did this group begin? Natasha Dahdaleh:

EA: Since my last name Black

Iris Festival

The Final Wish’s members are...

we’d pick a theme from the Alaeddin story. The chance to ask for the

NEED TO KNOW

To keep up to date with The Final Wish’s goings on, their live gigs, and their album release, “like” their Facebook page at, www.facebook.com/ thefinalwish4.

1964

The Beatles play the Ed Sullivan Show and Beatlemania begins.

that state of clarity and decisiveness that we all wish to attain. EMAD ALAEDDIN: VOCALS AND GUITARS

Go Emad Alaeddin:

IBRAHIM KHRIES: BASS

Go: You guys play some great cover songs; which are your favorite to perform? IK:

1983

Michael Jackson debuts the moonwalk on Motown 25.

Go come out? ND: Rolling Stone Street to Stage 2012 Competition 1999

Sony and Rolling Stone Magazine ND:

SAE in Amman or at

Napster is launched. Music is moved closer to peoples’ fingertips.

Rock of Ages NATASHA DAHDALEH: DRUMS AND VOCALS

Christmas Concert

love to listen to 8tracks.com as well, especially Ibrahim Khries:

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SCAN HERE FOR FACEBOOK

The Final Wish will be putting on a Christmas Concert this month on 18 December at the Rainbow Theater on Rainbow St., Jabal Amman. Tickets are 5 JOD and proceeds will benefit the Children of Gaza charity. See details at www.facebook.com/thefinalwish4

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Psy releases a viral video sensation that takes over the world.


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JOY BRINGING MOVIES

When movies meet music, the result is often happy films and memories

December

DVD/BLU-RAY RELEASES The top movies to own this month

Words by: Brandon Barron THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Director: Christopher Nolan Cast: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway Genre: Action MPAA Rating: PG-13 Release Date: 4 Dec. Unless you were living in a cave for the past decade, you know the story behind 2008’s The Dark Knight, a nearly perfect movie with a villain so sinister it may have killed the actor who portrayed him. But the final installment of the Dark Knight series has definitely made a name for itself. In fact, the only shadows in this movie are the ones Batman lurks in as he contemplates his adversaries. In short, Bane is a deviant foe, Cat Woman is a ruthless love interest, and Batman is as conflicted as ever. Discs will include: A documentary about the history of the Batmobile, a featurette called “The Journey of Bruce Wayne,” trailers, and art galleries

LOOPER Director: Rian Johnson Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt Genre: Sci-Fi MPAA Rating: R Release Date: 31 Dec. Think of a world where time travel was possible. Awesome, right? Well, not exactly… In fact, such a thing would cause the global economy to fall apart! In this mind-bending film, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis play the same man: Joe Simmons. Joe’s job is to assassinate and dispose of people who have been sent to him from the future, but when the man sent to him is his future self, Joe is not sure what to do. Unwillingly, he has literally become his own worst enemy. Discs will include: Cast and crew commentary with stars, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Emily Blunt, and writer/ director Rian Johnson, as well as 22 deleted scenes with optional commentary.

ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT Director: Steve Martino Cast: Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo Genre: Animation MPAA Rating: PG Release Date: 11 Dec. Manny, Sid, Diego, and Scrat continue their adventurous journey in a world that is literally falling apart all around them. The unusual band of friends is adrift on a rather small iceberg in search of livable land. When they finally reach an island, they only run into more trouble with the island’s inhabitants: pirates! As with all the other Ice Age movies, Scrat’s slapstick subplot will have kids and parents alike laughing out loud. Discs will include: “Party with a Pirate!” mode, sing-along mode, and exclusive featurettes, like “Through a Pirate’s Spyglass: Voices Ahoy and Capturing the Crew.”

SAMSARA Director: Ron Fricke Cast: –– Genre: Documentary MPAA Rating: PG-13 Release Date: 4 Dec. Possibly one of the most ambitious films of all time, Samsara took four years and visits to 25 countries around the world to gather the footage for. This is a visual experience like no other, and it is classified as a “non-verbal” film. In Samsara, the filmmakers attempt to capture life’s inspiring, magical moments and vistas, whether they are fleeting or majestic. The desired effect of this film is to bring the individual closer to spiritual selfrealization. Still confused? You just have to see it for yourself to understand. Discs will include: A behind the scenes featurette and interviews with the filmmakers.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965) Director: Robert Wise Cast: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer With some of the most memorable and joyful tunes, this movie/musical goes down in history as one of the most merry of all time.

MAMMA MIA! (2008) Director: Phyllida Lloyd Cast: Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried This story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father is told using hit songs by the popular ‘70s group ABBA. Everybody loves sing-along tunes!

ROCK OF AGES (2012) Director: Adam Shankman Cast: Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin A small town girl and a city boy meet on the Sunset Strip, while pursuing their dreams and the story is told through music by Def Leppard, Journey, Poison, and more!

THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) Director: Victor Fleming Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land full of music and embarks on a quest with three friends to see a great wizard who can help her return home.

TV SERIES

RELEASES If you miss out on episodes because of your busy schedule, or are planning to catch up on TV’s most talked about shows, check out this month’s releases

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EASTBOUND & DOWN: THE THIRD SEASON

CALIFORNICATION: THE FIFTH SEASON

HELL’S KITCHEN: SEASON EIGHT

Studio: HBO Studios Release Date: 4 Dec. Reason to go get it: Kenny used to be a Major League Baseball pitcher. Now he’s a substitute high school PE teacher. One man’s pathetic demise is another’s source of laughter.

Studio: Showtime Ent. Release Date: 18 Dec. Reason to go get it: Hank is a fledgling writer who’s suffering from writer’s block. If only he could use his crazy life and all the nutters that surround him as a muse for his writing…

Studio: Millennium Media Release Date: 4 Dec. Reason to go get it: Watching Gordon Ramsay cuss out aspiring chefs has two effects on the viewer: 1.“I can’t stop watching this show!” 2. “I’m so glad I don’t work for Gordon Ramsay.”


LOCAL SCENES

Go: When I Saw You was shot entirely in Jordan with a local crew and cast. It’s also a film that is Arab produced and financed. How did you do it? AJ: needed. Thanks to the hard work of my team we

Annemarie Jacir

Go’s Tamara Seikaly had the chance to sit down with award winning director Annemarie Jacir

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cademy Award nominee and winner of

Salt of this Sea, Annemarie Jacir recently released When I Saw You Toronto International Film Festival Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

Go: You won seven postproduction awards at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival in Greece. What did that mean for the film? AJ: Thessaloniki Fund

Go: Tell us about yourself. Annemarie Jacir: [laughs] Go: What’s your fave part of making a movie? AJ:

Go: You have made four films in Jordan and have trained a legion of crew here. What do you think of the local film scene? AJ:

insist as filmmakers to work with, to train, and to Go: When I Saw You (“Lamma Shoftak” in Arabic) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, won “Best Arab Film” in Abu Dhabi, and is in the race for the Academy Awards. How does this make you feel? AJ: seen. The actors are terrific, and it tells one

Go: How has your message changed since you started making films? AJ: the postman. 88 | DEC. 2012 | GOMAGJORDAN.COM

NEED TO KNOW in Jordan starting January 2013; for exact theaters and times, check the screenings section of www.whenisaw you.com

Go: When will Jordanian audiences get to see the film? AJ: people will see the film in the theaters here and

Go: Of your own movies, which is your fave? AJ: One of my own? Wow. They’re like children, and I love them all! I made my first film in 1994, but each one of my 14 films is special to me. With all their flaws, imperfections, and broken parts — they really are like humans and you love them for what they are and how they got there. Sometimes you detest them, sometimes you get angry at them, but in the end they are yours.

filmmakers can make another film. And if they balad SCAN HERE FOR WEBSITE

Philistine Films/Lamma Shoftak Company www.whenisawyou.com www.facebook.com/WhenISawYouFilm @PhilistineFilms


Go: Tell us about yourself? Mahmoud Asfa:

Go: How were you chosen for the film? MA:

QUICK CHAT with MAHMOUD

ASFA

Fourteen-year-old lead actor, Mahmoud Asfa, also met with Go’s Tamara Seikaly to talk about his debut in When I Saw You

Go: How did you feel when you watched yourself on the big screen at this year’s Abu Dhabi Film Festival? MA:

Go: Did you cry? What emotions did you feel? MA: Go: What do you do in your spare time? MA: Go: What are your future plans? MA:


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SUNDAY 06:00 - 10:00 The Big Breakfast Show with Lee McGrath 15:00 - 19:00 The Driveback with Leen Halawani

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MONDAY 06:00 - 10:00 Greg Dukeson with The Ultimate Hit Music Breakfast 12:00 - 15:00 Sasha’s Request Fest 16:00 - 19:00 The Home Run with Scott Phillips 22:00 - 00:00 The B-Line with Yazz TUESDAY 06:00 - 10:00 Greg Dukeson with The Ultimate Hit Music Breakfast 12:00 - 15:00 Sasha’s Request Fest 16:00 - 19:00 The Home Run with Scott Phillips WEDNESDAY 06:00 - 10:00 Greg Dukeson with The Ultimate Hit Music Breakfast 12:00 - 15:00 Sasha’s Request Fest 16:00 - 19:00 The Home Run with Scott Phillips THURSDAY 06:00 - 10:00 Greg Dukeson with The Ultimate Hit Music Breakfast 12:00 - 15:00 Sasha’s Request Fest 16:00 - 19:00 The Home Run with Scott Phillips 21:00 - 00:00 The Club rush with Yazz FRIDAY 12:00 - 13:00 The Flashback Files with Fadi of Sugar Daddy’s 16:00 - 19:30 American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest 22:00 - 00:00 The B-Line with Yazz SATURDAY 11:00 - 14:30 American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest (repeat)

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MONDAY 06:00 - 10:00 The Big Breakfast Show with Lee McGrath 15:00 - 19:00 The Driveback with Leen Halawani TUESDAY 06:00 - 10:00 The Big Breakfast Show with Lee McGrath 15:00 - 19:00 The Driveback with Leen Halawani WEDNESDAY 06:00 - 10:00 The Big Breakfast Show with Lee McGrath 15:00 - 19:00 The Driveback with Leen Halawani THURSDAY 06:00 - 10:00 The Big Breakfast Show with Lee McGrath 15:00 - 19:00 The Driveback with Leen Halawani 21:00 - 00:00 Club Play DJ Ayyashi FRIDAY 19:00 - 21:00 Top 20 with Lee McGrath 21:00 - 00:00 Club Play DJ Ayyashi SATURDAY 08:00 - 12:00 The Saturday Breakfast JD 25,000 Show

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14:00 - 16:00 100 SPIN Hits in a Row 16:00 - 19:00 The Zoo Crew Big Drive Home with Hasan & Ibrahim 19:00 - 21:00 The Hot 30 with Luma 22:00 - 02:00 The Juice with Kitchen Crowd TUESDAY 06:30 - 10:30 The Breakfast Espresso with Luma 11:00 - 14:00 The T Show with Tamer 14:00 - 16:00 100 SPIN Hits in a Row 16:00 - 19:00 The Zoo Crew Big Drive Home with Hasan & Ibrahim 19:00 - 21:00 The Hot 30 with Luma 22:00 - 01:00 The Rock Out with Ibrahim WEDNESDAY 06:30 - 10:30 The Breakfast Espresso with Luma 11:00 - 14:00 The T Show with Tamer 14:00 - 16:00 100 SPIN Hits in a Row 16:00 - 19:00 The Zoo Crew Big Drive Home with Hasan & Ibrahim 19:00 - 21:00 The Hot 30 with Luma 22:00 - 00:00 The Indie Show with Zein THURSDAY 06:30 - 10:30 The Breakfast Espresso with Luma 11:00 - 14:00 The T Show with Tamer 14:00 - 16:00 100 SPIN Hits in a Row 16:00 - 19:00 The Zoo Crew Big Drive Home with Hasan & Ibrahim 19:00 - 21:00 The Weekend Warm-Up Mix with DJ Exoda 21:00 - 00:00 The Fix with DJ BeeBee 00:00 - 02:00 VONYC Sessions with Paul van Dyk

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SUNDAY 06:30 - 10:30 The Breakfast Espresso with Luma 11:00 - 14:00 The T Show with Tamer 14:00 - 16:00 100 SPIN Hits in a Row 16:00 - 19:00 The Zoo Crew Big Drive Home with Hasan & Ibrahim 19:00 - 21:00 The Hot 30 with Luma MONDAY 06:30 - 10:30 The Breakfast Espresso with Luma 11:00 - 14:00 The T Show with Tamer

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FRIDAY 10:00 - 13:00 The Late Late Breakfast Show with Laura & Feras 22:00 - 00:00 The Juice with Kitchen Crowd 00:00 - 01:00 Corsten's Countdown with Ferry Corsten SATURDAY 10:00 - 13:00 The Late Late Breakfast Show with Laura & Feras

19:00 - 22:00 Rock Out with Ibrahim

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SUNDAY 07:00 - 09:00 Non-stop Music 09:00 - 13:00 Rob Stevens 13:00 - 19:00 Non-stop Music 19:00 - 20:00 Smooth Grooves 21:00 - 22:00 The Mix with DJ Godfather 22:00 - 00:00 Triple Dee with David Dunne & Andy Daniels MONDAY 07:00 - 09:00 Non-stop Music 09:00 - 13:00 Rob Stevens 13:00 - 19:00 Non-stop Music 19:00 - 20:00 Smooth Grooves 21:00 - 22:00 The Mix with DJ Godfather 22:00 - 00:00 Global Dance Sessions with Brian Cheetam 00:00 - 02:00 Transitions with John Digweed

TUESDAY 07:00 - 09:00 Non-stop Music 09:00 - 13:00 Rob Stevens 13:00 - 19:00 Non-stop Music 19:00 - 20:00 Smooth Grooves 21:00 - 22:00 The Mix with DJ Godfather 22:00 - 00:00 Rock N’ Jordan WEDNESDAY 07:00 - 09:00 Non-stop Music 09:00 - 13:00 Rob Stevens 13:00 - 19:00 Non-stop Music 19:00 - 20:00 Smooth Grooves 21:00 - 22:00 The Mix with DJ Godfather 22:00 - 00:00 Smooth Grooves THURSDAY 07:00 - 09:00 Non-stop Music 09:00 - 13:00 Rob Stevens

13:00 - 19:00 Non-stop Music 19:00 - 21:00 Weekend Warmup 21:00 - 22:00 The Dorm Sessions with DJ Fuzz 22:00 - 00:00 A State of Trance with Armin Van Buuren 00:00 - 02:00 Anjuna Beats World Wide FRIDAY 18:00 - 21:00 Godfather’s Mix reloaded 21:00 - 23:00 Trance Around the World 23:00 - 01:00 Global DJ Broadcast with Marcus Schultz 01:00 - 04:00 Late Night Show with DJ Moh SATURDAY 22:00 - 00:00 Smooth Grooves

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SUNDAY 07:00 - 11:00 Breakfast with Lee Moulsdale 11:00 - 16:00 Raja @ Daytime 16:00 - 21:00 Afternoons with Jean-Paul Hansford 21:00 - 23:00 Classic Rock 23:00 - 01:00 Mood After Dark MONDAY 07:00 - 11:00 Breakfast with Lee Moulsdale 11:00 - 16:00 Raja @ Daytime 16:00 - 21:00 Afternoons with Jean-Paul Hansford 21:00 - 23:00 Totally 90s 23:00 - 01:00 Mood After Dark

TUESDAY 07:00 - 11:00 Breakfast with Lee Moulsdale 11:00 - 16:00 Raja @ Daytime 16:00 - 21:00 Afternoons with Jean-Paul Hansford 21:00 - 23:00 Simply 70s 23:00 - 01:00 Mood After Dark

WEDNESDAY 07:00 - 11:00 Breakfast with Lee Moulsdale 11:00 - 16:00 Raja @ Daytime 16:00 - 21:00 Afternoons with Jean-Paul Hansford 21:00 - 23:00 Totally 80s 23:00 - 01:00 Mood After Dark THURSDAY 07:00 - 11:00 Breakfast with Lee Moulsdale 11:00 - 16:00 Raja @ Daytime 16:00 - 20:00 Afternoons with Jean-Paul Hansford 20:00 - 22:00 The Disco Show 22:00 - 00:00 Godfather’s Club Classics 00:00 - 01:00 All 80s All Night FRIDAY 00:00 - 07:00 All 80s All Night 07:00 - 10:00 Mood Non Stop 10:00 - 14:00 Lee Moulsdale Weekend 14:00 - 16:00 Totally 80s 16:00 - 20:00 Mona on the Weekend 20:00 - 23:00 Raja Otaqui Weekend 23:00 - 01:00 Mood After Dark SATURDAY 07:00 - 10:00 Mood Non Stop 10:00 - 14:00 Rob Stevens Weekend 14:00 - 16:00 Totally 90s 16:00 - 20:00 Mona on the Weekend 20:00 - 23:00 Jean-Paul Hansford Weekend 23:00 - 01:00 Mood After Dark


HEYDJ! Go sat down with HD FM 104.2’s new morning DJ, Zaid Alaeddin (a.k.a. Abu Yousef), to chat about music and the radio biz

Go: How long have you been a radio DJ for? And how did you get into it? Zaid Alaeddin:

Go: What is your opinion on the music scene here in Jordan? ZA:

Go: You actually have a past in the local music scene. Tell us about it! ZA:

Go: What kind of music do you mostly listen to during your downtime? ZA: eight

Go: What would you recommend to someone who’s looking to get into the radio biz? ZA:

Go: Where do you get your inspiration for what you’re going to play and say on the air? NAME 5 TRACKS YOU’RE CURRENTLY ZA: one. My inspiration comes from what is called LISTENING TO 1. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses 2.“Sultans of Swing” by Dire Straits 3.“Rockstar” by Nickelback 4. “Changes” by 2pac 5. “Work Hard, Play Hard” by Wiz Khalifa

Go: Which singer/band/DJ would you love to see perform live here in the Kingdom? ZA: SCAN HERE FOR WEBSITE

Airtimes: Sunday to Thursday, 7:00am – 10:00am Website: www.hdfm.jo

RADIO MEETS RETAIL THERAPY TAJ lifestyle center prides itself on being innovative and fresh, so they’ve has launched “TAJ Radio” Offering customers an ideal shopping experience and keeping visitors to the lifestyle center updated on the latest events and in-store promotions throughout the year, “TAJ Radio” is a mustlisten for shopaholics. Visitors to TAJ will hear a tailor made audio offering that will keep them entertained with music designed to reflect the mood of their shopping experience. “TAJ Chill” plays from 9:00am until 2:00pm and includes soft classic songs combined with soothing instrumentals; “TAJ Afternoons” plays classic hits from the 80s, 90s, and 00s; and “TAJ Nights” brings in a little of the best hits from today into the equation. To listen in to “TAJ Radio” today, head to TAJ lifestyle center, Prince Hashem Bin Al-Hussein St., Abdoun. For more information, visit www.tajlifestyle.com. GOMAGJORDAN.COM | DEC. 2012 | 93


GRAND CINEMAS GUIDE Grand Cinemas’ movie releases for December * Visit www.grandcinemas.com or call (06) 581 8808 for movie times

6 DEC.

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS

Director: Peter Ramsey Cast: Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher Genre: Animation Rating: PG Rise of the Guardians is an epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes — each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs, and imagination of children all over the world.

RED DAWN

Director: Dan Bradley Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Isabel Lucas, Josh Hutcherson Genre: Action Rating: PG-13 In Red Dawn, a city in Washington state awakens to the surreal sight of foreign paratroopers dropping from the sky — shockingly, the US has been invaded and their hometown is the initial target. Quickly and without warning, the citizens find themselves prisoners and their town under enemy occupation. Determined to fight back, a group of young patriots seek refuge in the surrounding woods, training and reorganizing themselves into a guerrilla group of fighters. Taking inspiration from their high school mascot, they call themselves the Wolverines, banding together to protect one another, liberate their town from its captors, and take back their freedom.

13 DEC.

THE PAPERBOY

Director: Lee Daniels Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack Genre: Thriller Rating: R Based on Pete Dexter’s critically acclaimed novel, The Paperboy is the enthralling story of two brothers (McConaughey and Zac Efron) investigating a case involving a death row inmate (Cusack). Convinced by a mysterious woman (Kidman) that the inmate is innocent, the brothers embark on a journey that is filled with betrayal. The Paperboy also costars David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes; The Help), Macy Gray (For Colored Girls), and Scott Glenn (Bourne Legacy).

20 DEC.

JACK REACHER

Director: Christopher McQuarrie Cast: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins Genre: Action Rating: PG-13 Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man, Army Sniper James Barr, says that they’ve got the wrong guy and tells the police to bring in Jack Reacher. Reacher, an exmilitary investigator, saw the news for himself and is already on his way. He knows Barr as a trained military sniper who never should have missed a shot. Reacher is certain something is not right — and soon the slam-dunk case explodes. He teams up with a beautiful young defense lawyer and moves closer to the unseen enemy who is pulling the strings.

LIFE OF PI

Director: Ang Lee Cast: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain Genre: Adventure Rating: PG Director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) creates a groundbreaking movie event about a young man who survives a disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with another survivor… a fearsome Bengal tiger.

THE IMPOSSIBLE

Director: J. A. Bayona Cast: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland Genre: Drama Rating: PG-13 A powerful story based on one family’s survival of the 2004 tsunami, The Impossible stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor and is directed by J. A. Bayona (The Orphanage). Maria (Watts), Henry (McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her.

Based on a true story, The Impossible is the unforgettable account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. But the true-life terror is tempered by the unexpected displays of compassion, courage, and simple kindness that Maria and her family encounter during the darkest hours of their lives. Both epic and intimate, devastating, and uplifting, The Impossible is a journey to the core of the human heart.

LES MISÉRABLES

Director: Tom Hooper Cast: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway Genre: Drama/Musical Rating: N/A Les Misérables is the motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the globe and still breaking box-office records everywhere in its 27th year. Set against the backdrop of 19thcentury France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice, and redemption — a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever. In December 2012, the world’s longest-running musical brings its power to the big screen in Tom Hooper’s sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo’s epic tale. With international superstars and beloved songs — including “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and “On My Own” — Les Misérables, the show of shows, is now reborn as the cinematic musical experience of a lifetime.

eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstance of their separation. All Pat’s parents want is for him to get back on his feet — and to share their family’s obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany (Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.

27 DEC.

ZERO DARK THIRTY

Director: Kathryn Bigelow Cast: Chris Pratt, Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton Genre: Action Rating: R Following the September 11 attacks on the United States, a decade-long hunt began for Osama bin Laden, the head of the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda. The movie follows the efforts of top secret CIA intelligence forces, who rented a home in Abbottabad, Pakistan near the compound where bin Laden was believed to be in hiding. The official code name of the mission was Operation Neptune Spear and on May 2, 2011, a special force of Navy Seals carried out a raid that brought the terrorist down.

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

Director: David O. Russell Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro Genre: Comedy Rating: R Life doesn’t always go according to plan. Pat Solitano (Cooper) has lost everything — his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert DeNiro) after spending

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* These movie releases are correct at the time of print. Please make sure to double-check the releases with Grand Cinemas in case any scheduling changes occur during the month. 94 | DEC. 2012 | GOMAGJORDAN.COM


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Before we go...

OF THE MONTH

Marisa Lerin

Q&A by: Wendy Merdian

the day creating, I always wonder not just how I ended up here, but how I could have missed what is apparently a very important aspect of my personhood! I feel very blessed to have been given a chance to do what I love best, even when I didn’t at first realize what that was.

Go: How did you first get into scrapbooking? What joy did it bring you? Marisa Lerin: When I was a teenager, my family lived overseas and in the summer we would return to the States. I didn’t often have a lot to do because I didn’t have a lot of friends over there so I really enjoyed using the public libraries. Then one summer, my parents took me to a paper scrapbooking store that belonged to friends of my father. After that I spent pretty much every summer scrapbooking. I scrapbooked so much that by the time I got married — five years ago — I had achieved the much coveted place of having caught up on scrapbooking my entire life! The creative aspect of scrapbooking is a real joy to me, as is being able to look back at so many memories. And now, via Pixel Scrapper, I have the joy of doing what I love everyday, trying to make it a successful business, being able to give away what I create, and helping others to find their joy as well.

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Go: How did you discover digital scrapbooking? ML: After I got married, my husband and I moved to Korea for two years to teach English in a small countryside town. The job was very enjoyable, but required quite a lot of “desk

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Go: Your husband, Jordan, has also created a Web-based business, Game Trekking. What does a typical day look like for you both? ML: Well, these days I’ve Nationality: American Age: 27 conscripted Jordan to work for Blog name: Pixel Scrapper me. Lately we’ve been enjoying Blog URL: http://www.pixelscrapper.com breakfast outside on the stoop, and then we head into our home office warming,” meaning I was at my to tackle whatever tasks we have desk a lot with nothing to do. I spent on the to do list. a few months wishing I could bring Jordan built the technical side my scrapbooking in, but then I of Pixel Scrapper, which is a rather remembered that some people do complicated site behind the scenes, it digitally! I started looking into it and he still has about a million and and before long I was hooked. one things to do before it’s where The ability to scrapbook we want it to be. I generally stay on anywhere with no “real” materials top of the community (moderating was a huge boon to a life-long the forums, responding to emails, Go: You’ve lived wanderer, as was the fact that I no and so on) and work on designing longer had to store any scrapbooks so we have things to go on the countries; how when I finished each project. I Website regularly. does a nomadic American stay could look at my pages whenever I connected to wanted and easily share them. Go: What’s next for Pixel Scrapper? home? ML: We’ve had our community ML: Just for the Go: So, what is Pixel Scrapper? forums open for about a month record, I’ve lived ML: Pixel Scrapper is a community now and we’re really pleased with in the USA, Bolivia, site to help people with all aspects how well people have responded Hong Kong, Korea, of digital scrapbooking. We have to them. We have a small, and now I reside thousands of free downloads to committed community, which is in Jordan. Such a growing daily and we can’t wait nomadic life leads help people get started, as well as to see where it goes! Coming up to feeling at home tutorials, and a forum community that can help with anything else. in the next month or two we’ll be either nowhere The site is extremely easy to introducing new people to the or everywhere, I navigate and has simple (and free!) design team, as well as introducing think, and I prefer licensing for commercial purposes. new features that will make to go with the optimistic end of the creative process easier for that statement! Go: What have you learned along everyone who uses the site. Scrapbooking has the way? always been a way ML: Every day I am surprised by Go: If you were stuck on a desert for me to record the fact that I’m an artist. In school island and could access only one and keep track of I always heavily studied math and social media site, which one all the wonderful science, going so far as to study would it be and why? places I’ve lived in physics in college. At the time, it ML: Definitely Pixel Scrapper, and visited. I have seemed to me that that was the because at least then I would few daily reminders most “useful” thing I could do, and have something to do! I of where I come from or where I’ve while I didn’t think art was useless, would also be tempted to say I certainly didn’t think I would have Pinterest, although that might be been except for depressing to look at if I were the pages that I’ve anything to do with it. Every day when I get up and basically spend really stuck on a desert island! made.


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