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Fashion & Lifestyle

An Open Letter

to Frank Sinatra

This Awards’ Season is on

Fashion Fire!


Reasons your kettlebell Should be your Workout Buddy!

Special Valentine’s

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The next generation BMW X1 design is now dominated by the “X” gene making it a proud new member of the BMW xRange family. Now available in Egypt, for those who lead a dynamic urban lifestyle, it will conquer the city and take you further. The new BMW X1 is now higher, wider, and with an elevated seating position, giving it much more interior roominess, a larger luggage compartment, and much more convenient driving dynamics. Also, it’s now equipped with a brand new Media System, LED headlights, an interior lights package, electronic parking brake, Driving Experience Control with ECO Pro mode, and a 3 cylinder 1.5L TwinPower Turbo and 136hp engine making its drive not only more pleasurable, but even more efficient. The all – new BMW X1 available in Egypt in 2 different design packages, the X-Line and Sport Line. For more information, please visit your nearest BMW showroom or log on to:


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February 2016

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Ladybird loves Tony Ward Ladybird loves Dior 20 This year’s awards’ season is on ‘fashion’ fire! Hey ladies..Check out what’s happening on the men’s side of the fashion world


34 Plain & simple makeup hacks 36 It’s cold outside Let’s keep that hair radiant

Faces of Egypt

38 Step into the world of Sami Amin


42 Interior styling with pastels and greens

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44 Travel together..Stay together


48 Are you breathing right?


50 An intro into the world of sports psychology 52 Here are 6 reasons why your kettlebell should be your workout buddy!


55 What you need to know about the blood type diet 56 Losing weight without dieting


58 A heartwarming meal to share with the one you love


“Dr. Love, Dr. Love... Again”

Mother & Child

64 Parenting and the misconception of love


66 An open letter to Frank Sinatra

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Fady Hanna

Travel Expert As a globetrotter, he spent the last decade visiting nearly 80 countries and so far the 7 world wonders. Founder of the Facebook Page Travel Delights, he shares his travel experiences and advises for travel planning. Lived in the UK to earn a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, where his passion for travel and adventure has all started. Currently working in the Supply Chain world at Procter & Gamble. For advice, please contact: Facebook: traveldelights Instagram: traveldelights Email:

Haidy Zakaria Poet/Writer She has a special love for all things word-ly. She started The Word Project initiative to promote writing and poetry in Egypt, and works as a College Instructor by day, and MA student by night, studying literature. For advice, please contact: Facebook: Haidy Zakaria

Souraya Hassan

Interior designer / Stylist Since 6 years she is running her own company Binti Home for interiordesign and styling. Being raised in two countries (Dutch Egyptian) she got inspired by her roots and this reflects in a modern arab style for her interiorprojects. On her blog she shares her passion for colour and design, stylingtips for home and travel stories. For advice, please contact : Email: Instagram : bintihome

Contributors Pages: • 34 Plain & simple makeup hacks By Amina Metwally • 42 Interior styling with pastels and greens By Souraya Hassan • 44 Travel together..Stay together By Fady Hanna • 62 “Dr. Love, Dr. Love... Again” By Lauren K. Clark • 66 An open letter to Frank Sinatra By Haidy Zakaria

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Lauren K. Clark

Writer A graduate student at the American University in Cairo, from Atlanta, Georgia. She completed her undergraduate studies at Spelman College. Her areas include anywhere from fashion, beauty, women's studies, travel, and multiple others. She enjoys living and experiencing all of the beauties and essence of life. For advice, please contact: Email:

Amina Metwally

A certified Makeup Artist from Academy Of Freelance Makeup in London “AOFM. “Worked in Corporate for 10 years, quit to pursue a childhood passion. Specialized in Day, Night , Fashion , Natural Beauty and Wedding makeup. Worked with the makeup team on The Maison Yeya fashion show, and currently worka as a Makeup Instructor, teaching basics of makeup techniques.

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The only constant in life is change,” this quote can’t be any truer. If you ask me, I would say that there is absolutely nothing more terrifying in this world than change. There is war, loss, poverty, injustice and many other things that seem more horrible in the world, but when you come to think of it, change is a big part of every agony. If you watch a story about a war zone, you often see the before and after mass, and the change strikes us the most. And in time of loss or grief, the memories of how it used to be hunt the person forever. Even when the change is for the better, our attachment to our current state rapidly takes us to the flight mood; oh hello cold feet... The concept of change is very much linked to the fear of the unknown. Whether the change is for better or worse, what really scares me is the idea of too many variables existing all of a sudden; and of course the more sudden and unpredictable the change is, the harder it’s going to be to adapt and adjust. What puzzles me the most about change is that no matter how many scenarios I think of, change always one step ahead of me, and things takes a turn in the only scenario that hasn’t even crossed my mind. It’s like destiny is playing a game with me, proving its superiority over my thoughts. And speaking of destiny, I believe that change is also the one thing that all of our destinies tend to intertwine over. When you think of it, life is just a rollercoaster of changes; sometimes things force us to change, other times, we change and things around us sort of respond. Either way, it’s so damn terrifying, at least for me. You lecture me endlessly about embracing change and the thrill of jumping into the unknown, but it won’t make it any less frightening. I’m super anxious by default, and I know there are bunch of you who feel the same way..


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here must be something very magical and soothing about growing up in Lebanon, which just inspire fashion designers to do those mesmerizing Silhouettes. Fashion Designer, Tony Ward, is among the Lebanese natives that charm us with their beautiful creations. Following his father’s footsteps, and growing up surrounded by God’s incomparable nature of Lebanon coupled together with his pure love for design and art, Ward studied the profession at L’Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, Paris; and he successfully launched his own label and very first collection in 1997. Going through his Fall Winter 2015/2016 collection, we couldn’t help but fall in love with his delicate lines and the tastefulness in his choice of fabrics. The collection is absolutely stunning! Here are our favorites:



Dior Autumn Winter Haute Couture 2015/2016 Collection

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Dior’s AW couture collection is a manifestation of an artistry collision. For this collection, the current creative direction of the iconic fashion house, Raf Simons, was mainly inspired by the “Flemish masters and their approach to painting.” Through the collection, Simons tried to convey innocence and luxury as two contrasted concepts; and wanted to reflect the ongoing tension between minimalism and the embracement of luxury. Simons was also inspired by history through the years and the change of design influences through the years, and he further explains saying “I have repeatedly been inspired by the gestural quality of Mr. Dior’s Work. The historical impact is pulled back into reality and this, for me, is what makes something modern. The venue, in many ways, is like a modernist, pointillist church; it’s the place where all of these concerns come together.”

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FASHION NEWS Splash – Love For The Planet 6th edition of the Splash Calendar The Splash Limited Edition Calendar - Love For The Planet, takes the fashion route to help raise awareness. The stunning calendar was unveiled by Mr Raza Beig, CEO, Splash and ICONIC at a glittering party at his residence. Capturing and interpreting the very essence of these topical challenges is renowned fashion photographer Tejal Patni and taking the styling to the next level is international designer Furne Amato. Each month takes inspiration from 11 goals ranging from No Poverty, No Hunger, Education Everywhere to Industry Innovation. Each image touches upon grave issues that are highlighted through surrealism. Every month is dedicated to a challenge we have to come together to help eradicate. Lavish sets and props adds to the surrealistic approach to bring this calendar to life. Just to throw light on a few challenges out of the 11 that Splash has decided to advocate is that of Peace which is a powerful image of a woman in a flowing camouflage dress with pigeons flying out stating that a single act of peace is more powerful than a million wars.

Pull& Bear Joins The Star Wars Fever With A Capsule Collection Fashion Star: The Arab Fashion Reality Tv Show Launched To Encourage Aspiring Designers The reality tv show "Fashion Star" was just aired days ago on Dubai one channel, featuring 12 aspiring designers with a dream of launching their own label. The contestants will compete for a chance to win AED 500,000 and feature their designs on Namshi. com, one of the leading online stores in the middle east. The panel of judges is led by the internationally acclaimed Lebanese Designer Reem Acra, who guides the participants throughout the whole process. The program is definitely considered to be a step forward in putting the middle east on the international fashion map. 18 | February 2016

Pull & Bear, the young fashion brand, is joining the Star Wars fever. The brand has launched a capsule collection made up of garments that draw inspiration from the icons of this legendary film franchise. The collection’s T-shirts, sweatshirts and accessories are now on sale in Pull & Bear physical stores and at, the brand’s online store. The prints used in the designs include the famous logo and some of the best-known characters featuring in the series founded by George Lucas, as well as messages that proper fans shall appreciate.


Alicia Vikander in MAry Katrantzou

alison brie in Cushnie et Ochs

Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton

amber Valletta in Balmain

This Year's Awards' Season is On


Leslie Mann in jenna dewan in Zuhair Jennifer Lawrence Monique Lhuillier Murad Couture in Christian Dior 20 | February 2016

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julianne Hough in Kaufmanfranco

lily james in Marchesa


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Marisa Tomei in Zuhair Murad

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Treat Yourself to Some Shopping this Valentine’s We are quite aware that Valentine’s Day is all about love and expressing emotions to your significant other, but what if you haven’t found your other half yet? Does that mean you miss out on all the fun? Of course not! We believe that there is no love more important and valuable than that you give to yourself ! Whether you’re single, married, engaged, or stuck in the “it’s complicated” phase, you should treat yourself to some pampering; and nothing said “I Love me” than some serious shopping.

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The ‘Friends’ Reunion is not really a Reunion After all The news of the ‘friends’ reunion had broke the interned. Fans of the iconic tv show were thrilled when NBC announced that the cast will be reunited for a two-hour special in honor of Director James Burrows. However, there is unfortunately a little hitch; our beloved Chandler Bing, played by Actor Matthew Perry won’t be joining the cast due to other commitments; he will be announcing them instead from London! So it’s not really the “reunion” that we were hoping for after all..

Mariah Carey is Engaged

Celebrities are Boycotting the Oscars! Oscars’ 2016 nominations have stirred up quite the controversy over lack of diversity, which triggered an unprecedented reaction from A-list stars calling for boycotting the prestigious academy awards. Many celebrities where astonished that the nominees chosen are mostly white, and due to the rising ongoing racism issues and the “Black Lives Matter” movement spreading against racism, several celebrities, including Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, have decided to take an action. 32 | February 2016

The 45-year-old American singer has announced her engagement to the Australian Billionaire James Paker, after what many is calling a “fairytale love story.” The couple has been close friends since 2014, at time when the multi-Grammy award winner artist was still married to Nick Cannon. What is surprising about their love story is that according to some reports, Carey and Paker are still married to other people, and their divorces are yet to be finalized.

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As girls we sometimes donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the luxury of time to spend hours in front of the mirror to get our makeup done, we all need some tricks to ensure you get your makeup ready and get the look you are looking for. Here are some of the tricks that can be used: 1. Turn your eye pencil/kohl into a gel liner: All you need is a lighter; place the tip of the pencil over the flame for one second then start applying, this can also make it easier to smudged it if needed to get a smoky look.

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2. Make your eye shadow standout with white eyeliner: If you really want your eye shadow to pop, all you have to do is apply white eyeliner over your eyelid then apply your eye shadow; this will intensify the color.

3. Makeup lighting: To avoid excessive makeup, apply your makeup in natural day light. In case itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unavailable make sure the light in the room your are using is white light, as yellow light will always make you feel that the makeup is soft and you will keep applying; you will be surprised with how heavy it is when going under proper light

6. Re-moisturize Mascara: Sometimes we get mascara and before it expires it dries up, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t throw it. Instead, add a few drops of saline solution. This will make it moist and it will work as well as it did when you first bought it.

4. Create natural contouring: It can be difficult to figure out where to put blush or bronzer for contouring. The easy way is to use your eyeliner pencil, or even a makeup brush handle. Place the straight edge directly below your cheekbone to get the right angle

5. Forget getting your teeth stained with your lipstick: After applying your lipstick, put your finger in your mouth or with a rolled tissue. Close your lips around your finger, and then pull your finger out. The excess lipstick will get on your finger, and not on your teeth. February 2016 | 35

Beauty Hair

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cold Outside Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Keep that Hair Radiant

Wash it Less

The Right Cover Up

Daily hair wash is a habit for most people; and hygiene speaking, it's a good habit to have. However, in winter, frequent washing is not preferred as it adds to the dryness of the hair in the cold weather. Also, you should wait till your hair is dry before heading out, because the cold will just add to the damage of a wet moisture hair.

Covering your hair is considered a fashion statement in winter, and it will also protect you from the messy windy weather and rain. Whether you go for casual hoodie, a beanie, a turban, whatever it is, unfortunately it will take its toll on your hair as well, especially if it includes high level of synthetics. To lessen the damage, try to aim for more natural materials that would be less harsh when rubbed against your hair, like silk for an example.

Heat Won't Help Yes we know that any source of heat looks so tempting during the winter season, but it really won't help with the dryness of your hair. Avoid washing your hair with hot water, make it warm instead. Hot air blow dryers and sizzling hair strengtheners would add to the damage of your hair especially when exposed to the cold weather afterward.

Frequent Trimming Now this is an easy trick; sometimes no matter how many precautions you take, split ends will still win leaving your hair looking tired and damaged. So throughout the winter season, frequent trimming and getting rid of those damage split ends would help you maintain a fresher look during the cold season.

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Save Some for the Summer All women love to invest in their hair, and follow the latest styling trends and colors to look their best; however, many of the hair styling techniques, especially those including color changing and contouring include a lot of chemicals, which will further tire our hair particles. So it's highly recommended to stick to maintenance and basic treatments during winter, and save the extreme new looks for the summer.

Argan Oil Argan oil is highly recommended for keeping the hair healthy during cold weather. Due to excessive dryness, dandruff increases, so applying argan oil would maintain a healthier scalp and reduces the itchy feeling.

Faces of Egypt 2- Your designs are mostly known for being authentic high quality handmade products. Where did you learn the technical part? I don’t remember being taught, or taking any courses in that area. I think talent and having a real desire to do something is all you need to learn it. I remember going to the Jews alley just to see craftsmen working and try to gather as many skills as I could, in addition to getting several books to learn more about the craft. 3- One of the common issues that faces designers nowadays is lack of proper craftsmanship . How do you tackle this problem? Well, personally I prefer to teach them myself the proper and specific techniques I want. In some cases, when you hire a craftsman/worker with a prior knowledge, it’s harder for him to adjust his methods to the way I see proper to my design approach. 4- So does that mean that teaching the craft on a larger scale might be an option in the future? Definitely! I’ve been wanting to do it for a while, and hopefully it will be done this year. I want to teach youth the skill and the craft on a professional level.

Step into the world of

Sami Amin by: Noha Kandil

1- I know that you were studying architecture when you first started designing accessories; how the two fields intersect? I consider them as one; both fields belong to the visual arts category. I’ve been sketching even before I enter college, and it happened that when I graduated there weren’t many architecture job opportunities, so I started to take the accessories part more seriously. It’s it was destined to be my path from the beginning. 38 | February 2016

5- Speaking of your design approach, I was wondering if you have a dominant inspiration that impact all your designs? I am mostly impacted by the Egyptian culture with all its history, and since the Pharaonic era is considered to be the longest and most culturally condensed and intriguing, you’ll find many designs inspired by that era as well. 6- What about your latest collection? Can you tell us the story behind it? I’ve always had a special admiration for the sun; I have it as my logo, and even my daughter is named ‘Shams’ (sun in Arabic); so my initial intention was to do a collection solely inspired by the sun, but then I developed the inspiration focus to incorporate the sky as a whole with its elements, including the stars, moon, angels, rainbows, etc. I’ve also been inspired by the Pharaonic sky deity/goddess “Nut;” I’ve always been intrigued with its surreal artistic shape so I incorporated in several pieces.

7- Leather and brass are quite common in all you designs; is there a reason behind? And do you have a favorite? I’ve been using both materials for so long by now I believe I have complete understanding to their nature. I know their properties and how to model them into my designs. Also, one of my main design principles is to use natural materials only.

10- How do you find the balance between satisfying your artistic creativity and meeting the market/customers’ needs? My creation process is independent, I don’t exactly make pieces based on the market. I do however listen to my customers’ needs in terms of usage and practicality; so for instance, if I find that adding more zippers would be more practical for them, I’ll do so.

8- Could the handmade factor be limiting in implementing some of the designs? Not really; the handmade elements give my products more authenticity. Also, handmade products are easier repair, which is something that my costumers really appreciate.

12-What’s next for Sami Amin? Are there any collaborations in the cards? OR Maybe a ready-to-wear collection? I don’t mind collaborations; I think it will be an exciting experience and will add to Sami Amin as a business. I already collaborated with a designer from Paris in doing a bag, which opened my eyes to a simplistic and minimalistic design approach that turned out to be a hit. For the ready-to-wear part, I believe focusing is very important to succeed; it’s just not my thing. Also, hopefully I’ll have more solid presence abroad as well.

9- Since Egypt is your main inspiration, I figure that the instability that we’ve been facing must get to you. As an artist, how much that affects your creativity? The conditions are sadly not so good in the country; however, I try to do my job and role in the society. I try to maintain the artistic nature of my products, and reflect the Egyptian history and culture the best way I can.

13- Do you have an advice for new designers? I don’t think advice is needed here. If he/she has real passion for it they won’t be able to stop; it will be as if their whole existence depends on it. February 2016 | 39

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Styling tip: Create color palettes • When I decorate an interior for a private home I always work with color palettes. It’s good to choose 3 or 4 colors to work with for the furniture, color on the wall or accessories. • To play with the colors you can create a balanced room. In this bedroom I choose a soft pastel color palette with pink, beige, white and camel.


Styling tip: White bench next to the bed • In front of the bed I put a white small bench. You can use this bench when you want to wear your socks or shoes, or you can use it for extra decoration and storage ideas. I put some jewelry on a wooden plate and some scarves in the round basket.

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Styling tip: Use green in your home! • I am a big fan of green. Green gives every room a lively and cozy atmosphere. In this room I put a plant hanger with a copper bowl. Also a big plant next to the bed in a painted terracotta pot. Beside the bed on the small tables in put some small cacti. I like to play with various green for, again, a balanced look.

Styling tip: Small tables Shopping tips: • The beautiful bedcover from fair trade Egypt is a beautiful eye-catcher in this room and a good mix with the plant hangers, tables and decoration from my shop '' Find some unique pieces from Old Cairo with character and mix this with some new design pieces of a sophisticated and personal atmosphere.

• In the living room or next to the bed as a ‘nightstand’. Small wooden tables can be used in different rooms in your home. I like it when the tables are different in height and color so you can create a playful look.

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Travel Together... Stay Together BY: FADY HANNA

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he feeling of being in love is pleasant and having this kind of a romantic relationship keeps you thinking all the time about your “other half ”. Other symptoms for this phenomenon would be an increase in the rate of your heart beats when seeing the one you love and maybe you would stay up all night just thinking about them. All this controls you and becomes part of you; you can’t live without it. All those feelings are true but I can tell you that you can fall in love with traveling too and get quite the same feelings! You can be day dreaming about your next destination or thinking all day long about planning your next adventure. In fact, traveling with your partner specially on adventure trips will give a totally different dimension to your relationship!

Yes, you can really fall in love with traveling and this is not cheating by the way! It has also nothing to do with the loyalty to your partner. Actually, you can get addicted to traveling and still love your partner. It can be in your blood and you can’t help it but travel! You can fall in love with a country, a city or a culture or a combination of those. I believe that couples who love to travel are the best couples ever. Don’t worry if your partner is a travel addict. They also shouldn’t be jealous because you love to travel too. It’s like a pet that you can both fall in love with and if you do, you’ll be loved back by the joy of exploring our amazing planet. So, travel together guys! I urge you to do that for many many reasons, and here are five incentives to get you started:

Having a Common Target

You will have one common target which is exploring and traveling the world together. This will strengthen your connection and communication as you’ll be having a common purpose that both of you have decided to go for! What’s more pleasing than following your passion with the love of your life?

Creating Memories Together

Traveling will add some sort of a thrill to your life. It’s not going to be a routine that can be boring at some point. Your life will be more interesting and challenging. You will build memories together that you can never forget!

Learning to be Flexible and Accepting

Traveling shows you that people are not the same. In fact, they are not meant to be the same. You will feel that most people are different than you but at the same time you will start accepting all the people you meet regardless of their looks, beliefs or ethnic groups. You will accept them will all their flaws and the same will apply to your partner.

Educating Yourself

Traveling is the best teacher ever. When you see and experience different cultures and mingle with the locals you learn quite a lot. This knowledge and experience will make you grow together in being an educated couple and of course I am not talking about university or school degrees.


You can be crazy together! You can be a little romantic! You can be yourself! ... You can be free! Traveling gives you all this. So why miss the chance? Why don’t you make the “traveling together” thing a priority in your life?

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LADYBIRD’S You Ask, Experts Answer! 1

Dr. Paul Grin

Pain Management

What does a very sharp pain in tongue mean? It’s Like a sharp needle jab or like I bit a small area hard. It takes 5 to 15 sec to subside with no tingle/ numbness. Doctor’s Answer:

Diagnosis is the key. Sharp tongue pain is usually caused by something obvious and visible like trauma. In some instances though, a discolored or painful tongue can indicate more serious conditions, including vitamin deficiencies or blood disorder. See your dentist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.


Dr. Ajay Acharya Internal Medicine


Dr. Chirag Patel Neurology

Can you get brain damage without having any symptoms at all? Doctor’s Answer:

Subtle brain damage that occurs slowly over time can result in symptoms that are not easily detectable. When a clear neurological symptom exists (e.g. seizure, stroke, odd sensations, weakness, cognitive dysfunction), the brain damage is more obvious and a cause can be further investigated. For brain health, remain focused on having overall health.


Dr. David Voron Dermatology

How do I lose water weight?

How to get rid of dark lip discoloration?

Doctor’s Answer:

Doctor’s Answer:

Watch and reduce sodium intake. Decrease fluid to 1000 cc a day.

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Hydroquinone cream. Application of 4% hydroquinone cream twice daily is sometimes effective, but you should be aware of potential adverse effects.


Dr. Debra Carter Miller Family Medicine


Dr. Natalie Hodge Pediatrics

What is a good diet to lose weight while still eating meat?

Do exclusively nursed babies weigh less than formula fed babies?

Doctor’s Answer:

Doctor’s Answer:

Have one starch per day. No bread, cereal, rice, corn, potatoes. Consume 4-6 ounces of fish, chicken or turkey per meal. Eat one serving of red meat monthly. Protein for breakfast and 2 servings (one cup raw = a serving) of green leafy vegetables per meal. No fried foods. Limit fruits to berries at one serving daily (to replace one serving of vegetables). Use Only olive oil and exclude soda only; drink water or green tea instead, and add vitamin D.


Dr. Doug Mason Podiatry

My finger nails and toe nails are so thin. They split down the middle. What would cause this? Doctor’s Answer:

Genetic issues. Nail issues can be hereditary, nutritional or trauma related. I would not be concerned unless they get worse. Look for changes.

No and yes. They weigh more early in the first six months of life, then typically less by a year of life. More importantly, they then weigh less for the rest of their life. Breastfed babies have lower obesity rates for life, that is.


Elizabeth Stewart Celebrity Stylist

How does you always make your clients look the part in the cold? Expert’s Answer:

“A great hat, I always think, ‘Have many coats—not as many coats as clothes—but have a range of colors.’ You don’t always just want to wear a black coat. I love to have a great red coat, or a plaid coat, or something. You can bring some color and special-ness to your outerwear. It’s really important.”

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Are you Breathing Right?


Breathing through your mouth makes you skip 4 natural filtration steps that air normally goes through when breathing through your nose, which makes you more vulnerable to catching infections.

Signs you're Breathing wrong: • Our breathing is a direct reflection of our stress and anxiety; so if you're going through a stressful time, then take it as an alert to focus on your breathing. • Irregular breathing rate intervals. You will find yourself taking regular frequent deep breaths in between fast breathing intervals. • Irregular heartbeat. Fast rhythm without doing effort. • Frequent yawning and usual tiresome; due to lack of oxygen in your body. • Muscles tension around neck and shoulder. • Teeth rubbing while sleeping.

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How to Breathe right: • Breathe all the way through your diaphragm and stomach, not you shoulders. • Inhale and exhale through your nose. • Take long inhales and exhales for two minutes daily; make it a daily routine, especially when under stress. • Breathe silently; and if you're suffering from sinus you should have it treated for proper breathing.


An Intro Into the World of

Sports Psychology By: JESSIE ABDALLAH

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  ith the fitness trend that is increasing day by day in Egypt, I found that sadly many if not most of the athletes don’t know what sports psychology is. With this in mind I decided to create “MindPsycle;” to be a mental health awareness initiative with the aim of shedding some light on mental health; specifically on the practice of sports and food psychology;as it is my area of specialization after I finished my BA in Clinical Psychology. I think it is with great importance for people to understand and learn more about the mental aspect that plays a huge role in living a healthy lifestyle. In this article I will focus more on the discipline of sports psychology; that is simply just psychology applied to sports.

What is Sports Psychology?

• Sports Psychology focuses on the relationship and interactions between psychological factors and athletic performance. It aims to positively influence this relationship and create the best possible opportunity for the athlete to experience optimal performance levels and achieve their utmost and fullest potential. • Elka Graham, Australian Swimming legend once said, “ In training everyone focuses on 90 percent physical and 10 percent mental, but in the races its 90 mental because there’s very little that separates us physically at the elite level”. • When all else is equal on the field; it all goes down to mental toughness. The athletes who are tougher mentally are more likely to win and succeed in the end.

Who can Benefit from it? • Sport Psychologists must grasp their clients’ personal needs, often as humans before an athlete. It is crucial to understand the athlete’s personality and goals to then prioritize these needs to ensure the best results moving forward; and to be able to enhance their personal wellbeing and therefore achieve their fullest athletic potential.

• Clients’ needs can vary immensely and can stem from a range of various factors. Often these factors can fall under either performance enhancement or psychological wellbeing. Typically therefore, a Sport Psychologist could have two perspectives – a performance enhancement philosophy or a more holistic approach whereby a combination of performance enhancement and psychological wellbeing principles are adopted. • Some of the most common issues clients face are: aggression in sports, anxiety, losing focus, controlling temper, not being able to perform under pressure… and many more. • Clients also vary vastly; from the professional level all the way down to the recreational exerciser. Sports psychology helps professional and amateur athletes: • cope with the pressure of competition • Deal with eating disorders • recover from injuries • overcome problems • reflection on failure • to have motivation, grit and perseverance • keep their focus • stay consistent • enhance their performance • follow their exercise program • achieve their goals • enjoy sports in general In summary, sport psychology is the application of psychological concepts to people in sporting environments. Traditionally this has been through discreet mental skills training in areas such as imagery, concentration, relaxation, and goal setting. With one aim; to achieve our fullest potential and overcome all the obstacles to achieve mental toughness.

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Why your Kettlebell Should be your New Workout Buddy! • It's really simple: Kettlebell doesn't really require a certain level of fitness. All you have to do is to learn the right posture and choose the right weight for your body.

• Two in one: Kettlebell exercises combines cardio training + Strength training.

• More control over your body: Kettlebells is all about toning and repetitions of simple and diversified exercise intervals, which would allow you to have control over your body muscles and movement.

• More Weight Lose: According to experts testimonies, you could burn up to 20 calories in a minute using kettlebell.

• Easy on the joints and bones: Kettlebell exercises don't require any jumping or tough movements.

• Doesn't take much space: Kettlebell is the perfect tool for an effective home workout, as it doesn't consume much space. So no excuse! 52 | February 2016



Here are Reasons


Building muscles make you lose weight faster. Focus more on increasing muscle tissue as it helps burn more calories.

Editorial Features Have you planned your Valentine’s Day yet? Celebrate your love at The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo


AIRO, Egypt; January 2016: Immerse yourself with your loved one at a destination that is the ultimate contrast for a romantic oasis on Valentine’s Day where only romantic and happy memories are remembered. The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo invites you to celebrate this special occasion at its restaurants. The Valentine’s Day offerings are also extended to include unique spa packages and hotel stay for couples. The Italian restaurant Vivo brings to life the authentic Italian cuisine in a luxurious romantic environment with a four-course menu. Overlooking a mesmerizing view of the eternal Nile, the restaurant is a burst of Italian verve in the heart of Cairo. The rooftop lounge Nox offers breath-taking views of Cairo, showcasing the city that never sleeps in all its glory and a selection of five-course sharing dinner.

Pamper yourself and the one you love with a luxurious spa experience. The Spa at The Nile Ritz-Carlton presents the signature treatment: The Peloid Treatment Chamber. This treatment is designed to transport you and your partner into a romantic journey that is tailored to create a romantic bliss to remember. It starts with a full body exfoliation, after which different types of mineral mud are applied followed by a full body massage and a complimentary pedicure. Dreams continue with ‘Cupid’ Package starting from EGP 2750 per night including buffet dinner at Culina restaurant, breakfast and parking. Alcohol is not included. Rates are for two guests, inclusive of service charge and taxes and available for Egyptians and Foreign residents from February 11th until 20th, 2016.


Why Eat This? • Kale, also known as “queen of greens,” is very effective dietary component as it has zero percentage of fat and is very rich in fibers with only around 36 calories total in one full cup. • The healthy vegetable is rich in vitamin K, which helps the body in fighting a range of diseases including Alzheimer’s, blood clotting, and certain types of cancer. • Kale promotes a healthier bone growth and over all body functions. • Vitamin A found in Kale is great for skin, and it also helps improving and strengthening vision. • Kale also includes Vitamin C, which

Super Food...

Nori • Nori belongs to the seaweed category and is mostly popular as a component in making sushi. • It’s the only vegetable that has been proven to have Cobalamin (Vitamin B12), which is bio-available in humans and essential for the generation of blood cells. • Nori is a very beneficial component for those who want to lose weight due to its richness in dietary fiber. Dietary fiber reduces constipation and keeps you fuller for longer time. • Nori has a very high level of protein; it’s considered to be one of the richest plants in protein, which makes it 54 | February 2016

really useful for cell growth, enzymes generation and muscle building. • The Sushi seaweed is also very rich in iodine mineral, which is important for the efficient functioning of the thyroid gland, the main controller of body metabolism. • Calcium and Magnesium found in Nori helps in maintaining healthier bones. • Iron found in Nori is easily absorbed as it doesn’t contain phytates like most grains and beans. Iron is important for those suffering from anemia, as it helps boosting hemoglobin levels as well as red blood cells.

boosts immunity, and thereby protect us from catching infections as well as against other diseases. Vitamin C also enhances metabolism. • Research shows that Kale actually includes more calcium than milk, which makes it essential for bone strengthening and growth, especially for kids. • Omega fatty acids found in kale keep your brain healthier and protect you against strokes and heart diseases. • Kale is also known for its antioxidant and detoxifying characteristics, which is important for cleansing the body, keeping you in a good health.

5 Word Answer Which foods help in burning fat? Lentils, tomatoes, spices, beans, and grapefruit

Foods for healthier eyes:

Fix with Food

Orange-colored foods like carrots help enhance and maintain vision due to beta-Carotene found in them. Egg yolk and spinach promote healthier eye vision as well due to Lutein and zeaxanthin found in them, which protect us against macular degeneration. Omega 3 fatty acids found in tuna, salmon and fish oil, as well as in nuts, are really useful for people who suffer from dry eyes, and they also protect us against macular degeneration. Citrus fruits protect our eyes from the risk of cataracts. Also, zinc found in lean beef could help us maintain healthier eyes as we get older, because it helps our bodies absorb Vitamin A.

• The Blood Type diet has been advocated by several experts on the basis that every blood type reacts with and digests Lectins in a different way. • Lectins are Carb-binding proteins that can bind to cell membranes and are found in many types of foods; including grains, beans, dairy products and plants. • The theory suggests that if the type of lectins you eat doesn’t match your blood antigen, the substance that causes your immune system to produce antibodies, it might causes health issues. • According to Dr. Peter Dadamo, the one who came up with theory of Blood Type Diet, here is what you should and shouldn’t eat according to your blood type:


What you Need to Know About The Blood Type Diet

• Type O: Eat Meat , fish, vegetables and avoid grains, beans and legumes. • Type A: A plant-based diet is the best for you, and try to avoid beans, wheat and dairy products. • Type B: Follow a balanced diet including meat vegetables, dairy products; try to avoid chicken. • Type AB: You’re lucky! A mixed diet including fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood is recommended.

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Losing Weight Without Dieting Intake vs. Output

If you struggle with sticking to a certain diet, or if you get easily bored with repetitive meals, then you might find the 'intake vs. output' weightwatching approach easier. The 'intake vs. output' indicates that as long as the number of calories you consume is less than the number of calories you burn per day, then you'll manage to lose the weight without needing to eliminate any food component. This approach requires consistency and commitment to daily workout. More calories intake means more time spent at the gym...

Smaller Portions

Now this is one of the oldest tricks in the book, and one of the most successful ones according to many people who tried it. If you don't want to follow a strict diet, then opt for smaller portions in every meal. Serve yourself with smaller platters, and try to eat and chew with a slower rate. With smaller portions you have the chance to divide larger meals to smaller frequent ones. So instead of having three large meals, take five smaller ones per day; this way you'll boost your metabolism as well.

Protein and Carbohydrates don't mix!

This is one of the most talked about methods. A research study has been conducted on a group of people to compare the results between combined diet vs. balanced diet on losing weight, and it showed that people who follows balanced diet ( separating protein from carbohydrates) tend to lose weight more. However, many argue that it all comes down to the fact that protein and carbohydrates are digested in a different way, and combining them in one meal may take longer to digest a meal or even lead to indigestion issues. 56 | February 2016

Make it boring!

Desperate times call for desperate measures; it's time you make food boring! Most of us are guilty of eating without even feeling hungry. Many times we indulge in binge eating because we feel bored, or simply because there is nothing better to do, or because we're distracted with our surroundings that encourage us to eat more. Like for instance, the whole "movies and popcorn" norm, or the "snacks and sodas" rule when having your friends over. If you remove the amusement factor from the equation, you'll save yourself several pounds added to your weight without even noticing.

Seek alternatives

Little things make all the difference, right? Just like how small changes would go a long way for weight loss. Substitute white sugar with sweeteners or honey. Go for olive oil in cooking instead of excess fat and butter. Also, you could opt for whole grain rice and bread; they taste so good, and add less calories to your intake. Finally, please keep in mind that each and every one of these approaches varies in effectiveness according to your general health, level of fats, rate of metabolism among other factors; and each approach has its pros and cons as well. Usually when it comes to losing weight, what works for someone, might not necessarily work for another, and it's always preferable to consult a nutritionist, or do the needed research to understand your body and figure out which approach works for you the best.


A Heartwarming Meal to Share With the

One you Love

Grilled Chicken Cordon Blu Ingredients: • • • •

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin Olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/2 pound triple creme cheese (recommended; Red Hawk) or brie, thinly sliced • 2 lemons, halved • 8 paper thin slices prosciutto • 1/4 pound baby arugula

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Directions: • Preheat the grill • Brush the chicken on both sides with oil and season with salt and pepper. • Grill until well-cooked on both sides. Each side takes around 2 minutes. • Put a few slices of cheese on each breast, close the cover and let it melt slightly, about 40 seconds. • Brush the cut side of lemons with oil and grill. • Cut side down until golden brown and slightly cooked. • Put the chicken on large serving plates, top each breast with 2 slices of prosciutto and some arugula. • Squeeze the grilled lemon on top and drizzle with olive oil.

Red Velvet Heart Pancakes Ingredients: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

4 ounces cream cheese 1/4 cup sour cream 3 tablespoons whole milk 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder Fine salt 2 large eggs 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 1/4 cups buttermilk 1/2 cup melted and cooled butter, plus more for griddle 2 teaspoons red food coloring 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar Maple syrup, for serving

Directions: • Whisk the cream cheese, sour cream, milk and confectioners’ sugar until smooth in a medium bowl. • Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt into a large bowl. • Beat the eggs and granulated sugar in a large bowl until pale yellow; beat in the buttermilk, melted butter, food coloring, vanilla and vinegar. • Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and fold just until incorporated. Transfer some of the batter to a squeeze bottle with a 1/4-inch opening. • Heat a griddle or large nonstick skillet over mediumlow heat. Lightly coat the hot skillet with melted butter and squeeze some of the batter onto it in the outline of a heart or hearts of the desired size. • Fill in each outline with more batter; use a spatula to spread it to the edges of the heart. Cook each pancake until bubbles begin to pop on the surface. • Carefully flip and cook until the bottom is set and the pancake is cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes longer. Repeat with the remaining batter. • Drizzle the cream cheese mixture and maple syrup on top of the pancakes and sprinkle with pecans. >>

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Bakes Penne With Roasted Vegetables Ingredients: • 2 red peppers, cored and cut into 1-inch wide strips • 2 zucchini, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1-inch cubes • 2 summer squash, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1-inch cubes • 4 cremini mushrooms, halved • 1 yellow onion, peeled and sliced into 1-inch strips • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil • 1 teaspoon salt, divided • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided • 1 tablespoon dried Italian herb mix or herbs de Provence • 1 pound penne pasta • 3 cups marinara sauce (store bought or homemade) • 1 cup grated fontina cheese • 1/2 cup grated smoked mozzarella • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas, thawed • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus 1/3 cup for topping • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces

Directions: • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. • On a baking sheet, toss the peppers, zucchini, squash, mushrooms, and onions with olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and dried herbs. Roast until tender. • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook for about 6 minutes. • Since you will be cooking the pasta a second time in the oven, you want to make sure the inside is still hard. Drain in a colander. • In a large bowl, toss the drained pasta with the roasted vegetables, marinara sauce, cheeses, peas, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Using a wooden spoon, gently mix, until all the pasta is coated with the sauce and the ingredients are combined. • Pour the pasta into a greased 9 by 13-inch pan. Top with the remaining 1/3 cup Parmesan and butter pieces. Bake until top is golden and cheese melts.

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Molten Mocha Cakes: Ingredients: • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for ramekins • 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for ramekins and serving • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, broken into pieces • 1 large egg • 1 large egg yolk • 1 teaspoon espresso powder • Pinch salt • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Directions : • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter two 6-ounce ramekins, then dust with sugar. • Place butter and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high in 20-second increments, stirring after each, until melted. Let cool slightly. • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together egg, egg yolk, sugar, espresso powder, and salt. • Add chocolate mixture; whisk to combine. Add flour, and whisk just until combined (do not over-mix). • Pour batter into prepared ramekins. • Bake until a toothpick inserted 1/2 inch from edge of ramekins comes out clean, and a toothpick inserted in center comes out wet; it takes 10 to 12 minutes. • Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack. Run a knife around inside of ramekins to loosen. Invert cakes onto serving plates. Dust with sugar; serve immediately.


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Love & Relationships

“Dr. Love, Dr. Love. . .Again!” Calling In “Dr. Love” to Re-new the Cycle of Love BY: LAUREN K. CLARK


 he cycle of love goes round and round. Starting from one phase, and entering into the next. You got it! Love is not a destination! Getting you from Point A to Point Z, as if it is an end goal. “And the beat goes on..., just like my love, everlasting,” says The Whispers. Love is everlasting-even within relationships, even during breaks, even during separations.

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They say that true love, never dies. Some would debate the possibility of loving more than one person, simultaneously. Being with a present love, while past and future loves take hold of your heart (or maintain their place in its chambers). For those in relationships, love is about change—with the hopes of knowledge and improvement. Learning more about your partner; discovering new things about yourselves, and using that to make a more fruitful bond in the relationship.

“Mr. Right,” is one step away from turning a temporary, problematic reality, into a long-term nightmare. Patience is the anecdote for this phase. And is it really all that troubling? What if the heart were to turn another angle? Seeing it as a time to reflect, observe the status of your relationship, improvements needed to be made, and where you want to take it from there... a possibility, you think? Is this really a “dead” phase, or a time to get rid of the dead weight; bringing new life into your relationship?

It is also about re-invention of oneself—because change is all about creating something new; adding creative ways to extend the relationship. And just as the cycle of personal growth, relationships go through their phases. Of course, at the beginning, things are great. . .flowers, chocolates, love birds, and the beauty of Cupid’s arrow dangling between the two of you. Everything about them turns you on. Then reality sets in. Those nuisances that you thought were so cute, are now nightmarish, pet peeves, that irritate you. And then the real work begins. Support, caring for each other, intimacy, health, work, and maintaining your own betterment become part of the phase.A concrete deal-which served to understand the dynamics of change; and how adapting to change can serve the longevity of a relationship.

Moving on... So, now, after the “dull, suffocating, stuff,” is out of the way, and the two of you can get back to a more steady and enjoyable phase of your relationship, you begin to use the learning phase to assess how the relationship has grown. Becoming a physician to assess the proper diagnosis for you and your partner, ensures that you notice beautiful wonders about them. All the things you noticed in the earlier stage, becomes obvious in this new one. Which means that you not only know new things about your partner, but you know them better. Which means, a better relationship! In a way, it is as if you are creating a new relationship. You went through your previous relationship blueprint. As the new physician, you understand that you have a better doctor’s note, the next time he “gets the flu,” “has the stomach cramps,” or has simply taken a case of “fatigue.” He begins to notice these “changes,” in your reaction towards him. Therefore, he too begins to “discover,” and create new, healing techniques that makes you feel better. The process of the new Doctor’s Plan can be slow and steady! But it is slow and steady, that heals the space. So, let’s go over this new prescription for the new relationship.

Then comes the phase, where you begin to feel if the two of you are truly meant for each other. You have those down moments, and resent having gotten into a relationship to begin with. Mood swings, hostility, resentment, and even the temptation to cheat, come into play. And while you are observing all the “wrongs” of your partner, your imaginary PRESCRIPTION NEW LOVIN’ • 1 dose of liquid listening • 2 tablets of IMMEDIATELY dishing out the truth, even it if hurts • A couple of ointments for emotional wounds that may occur during an argument • 2 hours of rest and laying in each other’s arms after going through any type of argument • 3 love-making tablets to be taken with meals, that way you satisfy the two “appetites” • 1 hour of talking, looking into each other eyes, and just noticing the breath of life inside each other • Spend 4 minutes of listening to each other’s heart beat; see if you all match, or complement each other in rhythm • Spend time smelling the air that the two of you breathe, and getting

in tuned with each of your sensory (Note: This can take as long, as you need it to. It is up to the two of you.) Instructions: Please note that taking the prescribed treatments are based on the incidents that occur. The prescribed medication should be taken immediately after any arguments. Certain dosages (or treatments) can be decided based on the decision of the couple. That would be relevant for the 3 love-making tablets. Those below the prescription of 3 lovemaking tablets are also based on the decision of the couple Important Note: The prescription is only a remedy for arguments, and cannot be used for any other relationship illnesses.

So, now that the foundation for the new phase in a relationship has been presented, it is great to observe the magic coming from it. Learning from the past, makes for a more loving present. Ah! Growth is in the air! And love comes crawling in. Like the caterpillar who becomes larger (and more beautiful), by shedding its skin, love can, and does, get better with time and change. Never think that the transition phase is void of life. On the contrary, it is preparing for a better life. . .or a better LOVE LIFE! Also, love is never stagnant! Romantic movies that we constantly see do not show the whole picture. There is attraction, a spiritual connection, and then a process of growing the love between the two of you. Allowing you to revisit Dr. Love. . .again, and AGAIN! February 2016 | 63

Mother & Child

Parenting and the Misconception of Love


here are a lot of misconceptions around the meaning of love among young kids; misconceptions that might determine their future relationships and understanding for their partners. Unfortunately due to the conservative nature of our culture, many Egyptian parents tend to convey the notion of love as a taboo to their kids, as if it’s wrong or forbidden. Some parents do it unintentionally to protect their kids, others do it to protect themselves, or what they refer to as their “honor,” especially with girls. No matter what their motive is, the outcome is sadly the same; an outcome of an entire generation who doesn’t know the first thing about the true meaning of love.

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give to your child, it won’t be enough to teach them the true meaning of affection. In order to teach children the true essence of relationships and love, they need to observe that firsthand through their parents. A child who grows up witnessing a dull marriage will probably grow up thinking that this is the norm. Another aspect to look at is over-protective parenting, and how many parents shield their children from love. Many children, thanks to their parents, often confuse innocent love with sexual attributes, and this is mainly because they were raised with that notion carved in their head. Many children, boys and girls, grow up, again thanks to their parents, thinking that they have to fight their feelings, or even worse feel guilty that they had them in the first place. So now they are left with two options, they either discard their feelings and bury them down, or they act out and give in to the excitement of doing what is forbidden; and unluckily both scenarios don’t support a healthy love notion. The first category will grow up used to piling up their feelings inside; too afraid to speak their minds. While the others will crash head first into a wall of heartbreaks, unmet expectations, and God knows what else, as they didn’t find the necessary guidance they needed to control their feelings the right way.

After their first born, married couples divert all their affection and attention towards their child, which is normal at early stages, but unfortunately many lose their way afterwards. The spark of their love fades away as their child grows with a burden of responsibilities. Parents often forget that the best way to teach kids in their early years is to lead by example, so no matter the amount of love and attention you

The rate of divorce among young generation is very high these days, which serves as a definitive proof that there is something seriously wrong with the way we perceive love and commitment. Between the “prearranged marriages” parents enforce on their children, and the “spur of the moment marriages” that young couples jump into, there is a wide range of commitment issues and misconceptions that sadly end what could’ve been a happily-ever-after stories. We believe that the solution to this rising issue lies at the core of parenting. We need to teach our children about love early on; kids should grow up witnessing healthy marriages that set the right tone for their future commitments. Parents should teach their kids to embrace love and understand it rather than fear it; they should teach them that love is a formula that includes balanced potions of heart-felt feelings and realistic thoughts. Only then they could have the chance to have a healthy partnership with their loved ones.

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DECODING EGYPT.... BY: Haidy Zakaria

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An Open Letter to Frank Sinatra Dear Blue Eyes


y now you must know that your songs have been used for about every other holiday, but with the upcoming love festivities of good ol’ Valentine’s, your tunes are played more than ever. Of course, to those who do not know your full discography, Fly Me to the Moon and Strangers in The Night are the only two songs that would be put on repeat when people break out their red on red outfits and glitter and hearts and flowers and velvety filled candies and all the mushy, goey stuff that they exchange on that holiday. (barf) I know you’re probably sitting on a cloud somewhere with your hat slid to one side, a cigar in hand and a drink in the other, knowing all of those things already. However, allow me to direct your gaze to the way us Egyptians do it. We love to put our own “touch” on things and normal red hearts and pretty flowers won’t do. When it comes to music, might I tell you that you have competition; not all Egyptian couples listen to your velvety voice but some of them enjoy more the 1990s works of Amr Diab and maybe Hani Shaker if they were feeling a bit extra mushy. The food does not have to be in a quiet, candle lit place with a violinist serenading the lovers, we would be very happy with a good hearty meal at very busy restaurant, in a mall…on a weekend…with all the other red infused couples and all the other glittery candies and mushy flowers. (you know, so we can compete on who is wearing more red or has prettier gifts or which couple hold each other’s hands tighter, that sort of thing) Now, I don’t know about the other places, but over here -usually- valentine’s day dinner ends in some sort of fight, and I can bet you anything it’s about the present -or lack thereof-. You see, over here, Valentine’s day stopped being about loving someone, or showing your other half that they’re important to you, and started being about what you can show off to your friends on social media. If the night doesn’t end in a picture of say A.Them holding hands B.The girl pretending to be shy and covering her eyes while surrounded with roses and gifts or

C. A picture of them smiling at each other in a “candid” way and a caption that includes “#backbone/#theone/ #mysoulmate” it was a failure and the fight commences. Hey, I’m not saying that it’s not nice to get a gift or show the world (the entire literal world) how much you’re loved by your partner, but that shouldn’t be the point of it all. We have another 364 days in the year and we pick one February the 14th to go all out on a the color red and have a nation run out of glitter and have to import more from our good friends in China. I think you would agree with me when I say that a single flower on a random Tuesday (especially Tuesday, everyone needs some lovin’ on Tuesday) would be far more loving than a 5000 pound gift that would be left in a drawer somewhere for the rest of its measurable life. So, this month, as I listen to Fly Me To The Moon (because it’s literally my favorite song of all time), I’ll try to avoid the color red and velvet cupcakes and do good by your music. Love, Haidy

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The Best, The Top & The Must Do

YOUR GATEWAY Rixos Launches second brand-new Resort in Sharm El Sheikh: “Rixos Seagate Sharm” Rixos, the fastest growing luxury hotel chain is proud to announce the opening of the second luxurious Resort in Sharm El Sheikh. Located 5 minutes from Sharm El Sheikh Airport and 15 minutes from City Center Naama Bay/Mercato, the new resort has a diverse variety of rooms, suites and Villas with private Pools. Rixos Seagate Sharm includes diverse collection of international and Mediterranean cuisines offered by its different restaurants, prepared by the Rixos Michelin star chef. Moreover, the hotel features business facilities as well as hot-Jacuzzi on Beach Cabanas, Mixed Royal Spa, and Ladies Only Spa with massage rooms, Turkish bath, and a special ladies only pool as well as a luxurious gym. The resort also features a shopping gallery with international brands as well as a promenade shops with the aim to promote Egyptian local products.

Not to be Missed Samsung Suhd Takes Home Tv Experience To A Whole New Level Samsung SUHD TV boasts the highest TV resolution using Nano Crystal Technology, which redefines the 68 | February 2016

Must Try H&M Launches its First Conscious Beauty Collection As part of its ongoing ‘Conscious’ campaign, H&M launched its newest beauty collection to further emphasize its movement towards sustainability. The beauty collection includes soaps, shampoos, deodorants and facial masks among other products, all of which are made of an all organic components; and even all the packaging is made from recycled materials.

Did You Know! About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged on yearly basis, making it the 2nd largest seasonal card sending time.

concept of colors with its incomparable details. Samsung SUHD TV is 2.5 times brighter than UHD TVs, and is known for its curvy chic screen design with auto depth enhancer that enables you to watch from any angle with high definition picture. Samsung SUHD TV takes smart technology to a whole new level with its state of the art features, through which you could access your favorite applications and stream your favorite movies and shows online. The Samsung 4K SUHD TV completely redefines the viewing experience with revolutionary Nano-crystal technology – revealing brilliant colors and details you never knew were there. See bolder images with dynamic contrast, and access and play your favorite content seamlessly with Smart TV.

Editorial Features Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski

Gives you an Exclusive taste of European Luxury at The Resense Spa


he Resense Spa at Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski is like nothing you’ve witnessed before! Resense Spa Director, Birgit Marie Solheim comments, “Our New Resense Spa is designed to be more than just a spa, offering instead an overall wellbeing experience. From state of the art fitness, healthy juices to holistic and healing approach, each tailor made wellness journey is unique and personal to the guests.” Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski has managed to bring a true essence of royalty to the busy city of Cairo. At the Resense Spa, you get the chance to relive the classical European era, where you could enjoy a unique fusion of modern and traditional design, art, music, therapies and bathing. From the moment you step foot inside the place, you feel as if you’ve been transferred to a whole nother level of a better reality. It’s like you’ve stepped into a parallel world away from all the hassle of your busy life. The Resense Spa offers you a once in a life time experience, where you get to leave all your troubles behind, and get the royal treatment you deserve. The Resense Spa has combined ancient local healing traditions with the European art of service to create a truly royal and contemporary experience. Inspired by Europe, the spa’s array of services does not simply include treatments, but rather, experiences that achieve your desired result and a little more. The Resense ‘Body Experiences’ are deeply cleansing and created in way that is so personalized, you feel as if it’s made just for you. The ‘Definitive Experience’, ‘The Journey’ is simply a must;

it’s an experience through which you will be able to fully unwind and refresh your body and mind with the ‘4 Tea Polish’ and ‘The Arabian’ traditional Massage that would keep your body, mind and soul relaxed like never before. And don’t get us started on their ‘Facial and Beauty Experiences’. Between ‘The Age Deifier’, ‘The Brightener, and ‘The Restorer’ Facial Experiences, you will look so fresh, calm and radiant, it’s surreal! Moreover, The Resense Beauty Experiences will cater to your essential aesthetic needs, offering you an unwinding odyssey inside out; who thought body scrubs could be so enjoyable! There is nothing beauty-related that you won’t find at the Resense Spa. You will find everything from manicure and pedicure to the full body exfoliation. And for those of you in a rush, The Resense Spa has tailored a number of short, yet effective treatments on their ‘Express Menu’. The very nature of an ‘experience’ though, is that it should be so good, you hope it never ends, so we encourage you to allow some time to appreciate one of the Resense Collections; believe us, you won’t regret it. All the experiences have been paired intrinsically together to provide you with a more comprehensive result and with a longer duration to enjoy it. And to make your experience more special, the Resense Spa invites you to the open lounge to discuss your input and suggestions for an even better tailored experience. So hurry up and clear your schedule for a day; we know you’ve earned yourself some pampering.



Sensuous Chill By the Amazing Yanni Sensuous Chill is the 18th album for the music icon Yanni, who just graced the pyramids’ stage a few months back with his phenomenal artistic presence. The Album includes the total of 17 tracks, with the hit “Desert soul” as the lead track and the first single to be released prior to the full album. Sensuous Chill took a total of five whole years in the making, with tracks that would leave the listeners in wonder.

movie Youth The Oscar nominated movie,Youth, takes you on a journey to the Alps with Michael Caine, playing the role of Fred Ballinger a retired orchestra conductor, accompanied by his daughter and best friend. The film has a dramatic comedy plot, through which it features the two old best friends looking back and reflecting on their lives, while highlighting the struggle against aging and the tension between generations.


The Girl on the Train By Paula Hawkins “Gripping,” “enthralling,” and a “top-notch thriller” are just some of the words used to describe this captivating novel by Author Paula Hawkins. The novel remained for 13 whole weeks at its No. 1 rank on the New York Times bestseller list. The novel tells a story of an observant troubled woman with a vivid imagination, who finds herself in the middle of a mayhem situation she got herself into just by gazing out through the train window.

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Cachimba celebrates its grand opening in Cairo Festival City Cachimba introduced their new menu and a brand new dining experience with live Saxophone music playing at the backdrop. A select group of Cairo’s freshest talents, members of the press and socialites enjoyed the vibrant dining experience of a Mediterranean themed menu with its rich wholesome flavors. Cachimba offers a sociable laid-back environment featuring not only a wide selection of authentic food specialties but also a Shisha lounge, perfect for a fun evening with friends.

The Renowed San-Qi Sushi Experience Landed in the Pool Lounge, Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria at San Stefano treated its guests to an exciting journey into the world of sushi. Chef Karan Bane came all the way from Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai to present San-Qi restaurant specialties to the Alexandrian community at the new Pool Lounge on the Hotel’s 4th floor. The Pool Lounge is the newly addition to Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria culinary scene, overlooking the outdoor pool in a cosy and relaxing atmosphere. The guests got the opportunity to enjoy the taste of Japanese delicacies with “All-YouCan-Eat” energetic dining experience.


Nissan’s locally-built models drive growth in Egypt Sales of locally-produced models are helping to drive significant year-on-year growth for Nissan in Egypt. Despite a 4% dip in overall demand within the first nine months of the 2015 financial year (ending March 31st 2016), Nissan has increased its market share in Egypt by 0.7 points to 10.7% in the same period. Powering this growth is Nissan’s expanding range of ‘made in Egypt’ models, including Sunny, Sentra and Pickup, which account for 85% of Nissan’s overall retail sales in Egypt so far this financial year. The new Sunny sedan, introduced to Nissan’s 6th October City plant near Cairo last year, was joined by the new Sentra in October. According to the Automotive Marketing Information Council (AMIC) 2015 report, Sunny was the highest-selling car in the 1300 - 1500cc segment with a 28% share – almost double its nearest competitor. February 2016 | 71

A Guide to a Very Special

Valentine's Unforgettable Valentine at Cairo Marriott Hotel! The ultimate Royal experience of Al Gezira Palace and the Khedivial Gardens will add charm and extravagant luxury to your celebration this year. Enjoy the finest Italian taste in Cairo at Ristorante Tuscany, with a special designed set menu and the guitar tunes. At JW’s Steakhouse, red roses are your arrival treat and an exclusive experience is sure to satisfy both your culinary and emotional expectations with the violin melodies. Treat your love to a heart-shaped cake or home-made chocolates from the Bakery Shop, and if you want to spice up your night and experience the best Japanese cuisine, there is no better place than Torii Teppanyaki. The ultimate venue for a romantic tête–à–tête is surely the Saraya Gallery at the heart of the Palace, where the superb menu is complemented by candles, flowers and accompanied by piano tunes. Also, the hotel is hosting a party featuring the famous Amal Maher and Wael Jassar this Valentine's just to make your day extra special.

A special Valentine’s Day at Holiday Inn Cairo Maadi Overlooking the majestic Nile River, Holiday Inn Cairo Maadi celebrates the day of love at Le Clovis Restaurant. Treat your Valentine to a 4-course candlelit dinner andsavour gourmet delights while listening to the flute tunes, followed by a live Jazz singer.

LOVE IS ON THE MENU AT RADISSON BLU HOTEL, CAIRO HELIOPOLIS THIS VALENTINE’S DAY The most romantic day of the year is almost here and there’s nothing but love on the menu! Enjoy a romantic five-course dinner for two prepared by award-winning Executive Chef Essam Sayed at the hotel's signature restaurant, Filini. Savour the delectable dishes for only EGP 500 per couple, inclusive of service charge and applicable taxes. Want to stay overnight to ensure the perfect romantic experience? For Reservation Call +202 2696 5656 and ask about the special Valentine’s Day room rate. 72 | February 2016

Plan a Magical Valentine’s Getaway and Celebrate your Love by the Sparkling Shores at Kempinski Soma Bay

CUPID IS READY WITH THE BOW AND ARROW AT CONRAD CAIRO On Valentine’s day at Kamala, the Conrad Cairo Asian cuisine, will be preparing a tailored four-course set menu with a complementary drinks, and gifts will be given away for every couple. It is encouraged to dress in your finest attire because a “Best- Dressed” couple will be chosen at the end of the night. While you enjoy your classic dinner, singer Seham will be blessing the night with intimate love songs. All of that for only EGP 500. Moreover, Oak Grill will offer guests a special four-course set menu while they enjoy saxophone tunes in the background. Oak’s stylish yet sophisticated atmosphere will be set up to create the perfect, intimate night for couples. Price is EGP 600 all inclusive for couples including free parking subject to availability. Stage one is celebrating Valentine’s Day with the most dynamic entertainment that includes a DJ, a singer and a belly dancer! Get ready for a night of fun and dancing, for only EGP 500 per person. Jayda is offering its Lebanese, authentic flavors “A La Carte” with live music featuring the Oriental singer Ahmed Mostafa. Join the celebrations in Cairo’s top Lounge and Bar from 7:30 pm till 10:30 pm for 150 LE minimum charge per person. Atrium is bringing you the one and only pianist Hany Shenouda on Valentine’s Day while you indulge your taste buds on their “A La Carte menu” from 7:00 pm till 10:00 pm.

Treat your beloved to a timeless heavenly experience celebrating Valentine’s Day by the alluring Red Sea and surrounded by the picturesque landscape of pools, lazy rivers, waterfalls and lagoons flowing down to an immaculate golden sandy beach. Rekindle your romance with Romantic Delights special offer, which will leave both lovebirds speechless and in awe. Pamper your beloved in every possible way with a series of surprises starting with a bed of roses adornment upon arrival and a savoury strawberry cake. During your stay, spoil your special someone with breakfast inside your room and one romantic aroma bath specially tailored for relaxation and soothing. Soma Bay offers you the chance to experience a romantic candlelight dinner on the beach by the shimmering Red Sea, next to the sparkling pool, or in one of their luxuriously appointed suites. To book this special offer, please visit kempinski. com/en/soma-bay/hotel-soma-bay/specialoffers/romantic-delights.

Celebrate your love with a romantic dining experience, or spa treatment in SOMABAY La Pergola is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic dinner while taking in wondrous views of the Red sea. This exclusive dining venue provides fresh seasonal produce, where you can savor healthy and creative dishes with the perfect wine pairing. You can enjoy an unforgettable evening at Bamboo Shoot Restaurant which presents divine and exceptional inspired evenings of gourmet Asian dining and lavish selection of Far East distinctive culinary cuisine. For Pan Asian fusion delights, and Sushi, the restaurant is set to top all restaurants in the destination. Also What could be more perfect than indulging in a couples’ massage for Valentine’s Day in The Cascades Spa & Thalasso which is recognized as the best in Egypt and one of the largest in the world. >> February 2016 | 73

Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski...Valentine’s day with a glamourous sparkle The palace invites guests to choose from the beautifully designed Valentine’s Day menus created by its expert chefs, with special gifts customised for the ladies. Royal dessert starts from EGP 15,000 and signature desserts start from EGP 5,000 at Romanov, where you can also enjoy the Devour set menu with a variety of dishes for EGP 2,000 per couple. Couples are also invited to dine on an exceptional five-course set dinner among lotus flower tea lights and scattered rose petals. They can enjoy the Love Story menu with sweet ebi tempura with honey and ginger dip, and a special Valentine’s sushi maki roll. Guests can aslo enjoy Valentine’s Day in a romantic Italian setting at Lucca; warming and flavourful, the five-course menu accompanied by the best guitarist in the city. You can enjoy the Royal Valentine package for EGP 3,999 per couple,which offers a minimum one-night stay, buffet breakfast at The State, dinner + one glass of local sparkling wine per person at Lucca, with many other treats. You can enjoy the Suite-heart package for EGP 4,999 per couple. Moreover, the Resense Spa is offering special Duo Massage for Valentines. A 50-minute massage for only EGP 900 and an 80-minute massage for only EGP 1,300 allow you to experience a sensational spa journey. For Reservation Call: +202 2389 9007

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Love is in the Air at InterContinental Cairo Semiramis Hotel Enjoy fine dining and a romantic ambience on February 14 the day to celebrate your love! For Valentine’s Day, bring your dear to a romantic dinner at the Grill restaurant and lounge and dance the night or to Pane Vino for a special dinner with a harpist and a flutist setting the mood. If you prefer to celebrate Lebanese style, join us in Sabaya. Don’t miss out on the Birdcage on this evening and look out for our Rithmo St. Valentine’s special. And to warm you up for Valentine's day, on February 12, Pano vino will be featuring the Amazing Ahmed Harfoush, while Night & Day life will host Yehia Khalil. You could also fulfil your sweet tooth cravings at Café Corniche. Savour sweet, strawberry creations everyday throughout February; and you could pick up all your favorite treats from Café Corniche in the lobby. Their Turkish café and take away also offers a variety of breads, cold cuts, cheese, sandwiches, salads and freshly brewed coffee as well as a selection of teas. Convenient take away service. For Reservation Call: 2797-1818

At Patio, The Dining Hub, It's Never Too Late to Celebrate Valentine's Day! Patio, the Dining Hub, has prepared a three-days festival just for you to spend a memorable Valentine's day. The "Boulevard Bazaar," organized by the elegant dining hub, is a one-of-a-kind event, where the whole family can celebrate the season of love. For the whole three days, the 18th,19th and 20th of February, you get to enjoy a very distinguished bazaar where you can shop for your special valentine's gift; in addition to enjoying a vivid live entertainment and special shows for kids. On the 18th there will be the unique Percussion Show Cuba; on the 19th, Singer Mostafa Hagag will treat your ears to his amazing voice; and on the 20th, you get to feel the amazing beats of Okasha Band. For Reservation Call: 01225555570

How will you Say “I Love you” This Valentine’s Day at Sonesta Hotel, Tower & Casino – Cairo! Spend a memorable night at La Gondola and experience an unforgettable valentine occasion, while enjoying a selection of gourmet Italian choices a house band playing your favorite tunes. If you want it Lebanese style, taste the Lebanese creations at Baalbak. Enjoy a special valentine dinner, an exciting ambiance with live entertainment and Belly dancer. To heat the night up, Sindbad discotheque is having a special night on Valentine’s Day, with special Menu and Special Décor. For a full pampering gift, book the Valentine’s day package that includes one night accommodation in a double room with breakfast, a superb relaxing massage treatment and a delightful romantic dinner at La Gondola, all for EGP 750 per person , inclusive of all service charges and applicable taxes. For Reservations Call: 2264.1111 >>

A Valentine’s Special at Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence STRADA, an urban Tuscan style interior of bright yellows, prepared a delicious four course menu on Valentine’s Day, featuring a rich Italian flavor. STRADA will be in purple theme featuring live entertainment. This February, The Spa & Wellness Center launches two personalized packages to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day in a relaxed atmosphere. “Be My Valentine” features the ultimate body relaxation using Argan oil & Lavender. “So Romantic” gives couples the opportunity to enjoy an astonishing Nile view from the spa’s signature couple’s suite. As well as wonderful gifts when booking one of their famous massages or facials. The hotel also features the most spacious hotel rooms in Cairo, the comfortable luxury accommodations take full advantage of their setting, allowing you to look out on a range of lovely vistas. For Reservation Call: 0235671600

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Spend a Memorable Valentine at the Hilton! Ramses Hilton Enjoy a Valentine's candlelit dinner at the Citadel Grill restaurant and savor an exquisite Valentine's four course menu. Live tunes of violin and flute will set the scene for memorable romantic evening. Only for EGP 350 per person exclusive of service charge and taxes. Make your sweetheart’s day by delighting her with our heart shaped Valentine’s cake; order now from the Garden Court Café. Enjoy the Valentine’s Day romantic room package with a spacious Nile view room and VIP amenities with 50% off on car park Only for EGP 778 per night inclusive of service charge& taxes. This package is available only for Egyptians and foreign residents from 11 to 15 February 2016. For Reservation Call: +202 2394 6902 and for Room Packages call: +202 23947070

Hilton Sharm El Sheikh Fayrouz Resort Surprise your Valentine with an unforgettable four course dinner at the Pirates Bar, including free drink for ladies only for EGP 300 per couple. You can also experience a unique Valentine's day accommodation for EGP 400 per couple. For Reservation Call: +20 69 3600136

Hilton Cairo World Trade Center Residences Celebrate the most romantic time of the year and create memories you will treasure forever. Dine and enjoy 3 course set menu at EGP 390 ++ per couple. You can also Stay over and treat the one you love with breakfast in bed for EGP 950 per couple in a Royal Nile Suite all inclusive service charge & taxes. Room Package available from the 11th till the 15th of February 201, and Enjoy 20% discount on Valentine’s Romantic Dinner. For Reservation Call: +202 25802000

Hilton Taba Resort & Nelson Village Special room rate of EGP 400 per double room, with free upgrade to sea view room with VIP amenities 25% discount on ala carte consumption with a romantic table set-up.

Hilton Alex Corniche Book your room for a well-deserved night and savor your complimentary Valentine's special delights and dinner. To compliment your stay, enjoy a lavish breakfast buffet with a wide variety of the Valentine’s yummiest treats at La Gourmandise Restaurant. This package is for 2 persons and valid for 1 night, starting from only EGP 1200 all-inclusive. Pamper your sweetheart with a perfect Valentine’s Dinner at Santorini Greek Taverna in a warm and romantic ambience while listening to the fabulous lively Guitar rhythms for only EGP 350 per person all inclusive or surprise your lover with a special romantic dinner at Sahar El Laialy Lebanese Restaurant and enjoy the marvelous view of the Mediterranean for only EGP 250 per person all inclusive.

Hilton Sharm Dreams Resort Surprise your loved one with Casa Sharm restaurant dinner including sparkling wine for EGP 300 per couple. You could also enjoy a unique Valentine's Day accommodation, day use with dinner for EGP 400 per couple. For Reservation Call: +20 69 3603040 76 | February 2016

Let your love flourish at Dusit Love is in the air at the Dusit this February. Offering several exciting and elegant experiences, from exclusive room offers to private romantic dinners. For a Valentine’s Day with a view, couples can enjoy a magical romantic dinner under the stars overlooking the lush oasis of greenery and lakes or indulge in an exquisite valentine’s dinner at the comfort of their own room. Surrender to a luxurious getaway and immerse in the romantic spirit at Dusit Thani Lakeview Cairo.

Aquarius January 20 - February 18

Pieces It might get a bit confusing for you, but that's because you tend to put unrealistic expectations, once you resolve that, conditions will be better. Organization and planning is a must! Life: After going through a rough patch the last period, the odds will turn in your favor again. Things will finally be clearer for you to plan your path and reach your goals. Love: Maintaining a relationship might be hard, but always remember the harder the challenge, the bigger the reward. As long as you keep up the passion, you will have every reason to stay. Career: You're more determent than ever to show your true worth, especially to those who doubted you. It's your chance to finally show them what you made of. Fashion Tip: You're a naturally born trend-setter, so don't be hesitant to express your unique self through your style.

Aries You need to control your anxiety. Don't let little things get to you; it will just add to the stress and trigger trouble with authoritative figures in your life. Taurus It's all about effective communication this month. It's time to put yourself and your needs as a priority. Don't fight the urge to stand by and to defend what you believe in.

Virgo You should be extra aware of your surroundings this month, and acknowledge the rising issues in the world. You have a chance to make a real difference in your community. Libra Things might get a big chaotic for Libras this month. There is a lot of things to be done in a limited time frame. You have to stay focused no matter what, and don't feel intimidated from all the responsibilities.

Gemini February is full of energetic aspects for you. Your creative power is at its highest, so make sure you take advantage of that.

Scorpio Your perception of things will determine how you will be affected by the surrounding conditions. Some will lose control in time of challenges, while others will see it as an opportunity for greatness.

Cancer This February, you might face some hard decisions and you'll find yourself torn between what you believe in and what's need to be done; this will trigger a change in your perspectives.

Sagittarius February is offering you the opportunity to get things done. You finally have the energy and drive to finish projects that you've been putting off for long.

Leo You're quite the rebel this month. You'll be overwhelmed with a strong desire to express your opinions regardless what others might think, which might cost you some friendships.

Capricorn Finances is your main subject for February. You have to be smart with the money at hand. Spend wisely and don't fall victim for temptations. February 2016 | 77

Maxim Palace Kempinski, Cairo recently appointed Puneet Singh as its new General Manager. Dalia El Behairy unveils the secret behind the “Spoon Challenge” In coordination with the American University in Cairo, under Supervision of Cairo Governorate, Abraj Misr Contributes in Development and Restoration of Lycée AlHorreya School in Bab El Louk. Through an interactive system to ensure getting authentic products, Egypt’s Military Production and Supply launched the 1st anticounterfeiting Media Campaign. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) launches in cooperation with the Egyptian Federation of Industries (EFI), the 2nd ILO/FEI CSR conference at the American University in Cairo, during which the first CSR book in Egypt was launched. 78 | February 2016

Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa welcomed Saudi Prince Mansour Bin Muqrin bin Abdulaziz during his recent visit to Egypt, to open King Abdella Square in Luxor. InterContinental Cairo Citystars Hosts Ice Age Live Team in Egypt Emirates airline marks key milestones in its 30th year of operations, increasing positive impact on the economies and communities it serves. Madaar Real Estate Development Launches “AZHA”, its first residential resort development, the enterprise’s first highend residential resort development.

Hilton Zamalek has been recognized by Cristal International Standards and received three honorable certificates. Huawei Officially Launches Y6C to Penetrate the Local Market through souq. com for Only 999 EGP. OLX Egypt proved to be the biggest market place for cars sale in Egypt, announcing astonishing 88 million visits over the course of only 11 months. MED-EL opened its first rehabilitation center in Egypt for children who undergo surgery for MED-EL cochlear implants.

Majid Al Futtaim Lays Foundation for City Centre Almaza as the 3rd City Centre in Egypt and the 14th in the MENA Region. Mobinil Sponsors“ibTIECar 2015” Competition Encouraging Innovation And Creativity Among Youth.

Conrad Cairo Hotel announces the appointment of Wolfgang Maier as the new General Manager.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2016 L’ORÉAL-UNESCO FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE LEVANT AND EGYPT FELLOWSHIPS ARE NOW OPEN Beyti launched a new initiative to provide clothes and healthy juice for people in need, in cooperation with the Egyptian Food Bank and the Egyptian Clothing Bank.

Adidas Football Celebrated Messi's fifth Ballon d'Or won with the launch of their new campaign “I’m here to create”, a celebration of his most jaw-dropping moments in football.

Chivas Regal creates a new design for its 12 Year Old expression that reinforces the heritage of this iconic Scotch whisky.

Our Wedding Carnival Launches Season 4 Sponsoring 20 Brides. Soha El Torgoman was appointed as the New General Manager for Ramses Hilton and Hilton Cairo World Trade Center Residence.

Shell Lubricants Egypt welcomes Egyptian Steel Beni Swef Plant as a new strategic partner. Mirinda crowns its “Battle of the Flavors” Champion and announces beautifying walls and streets in Egypt as part of its campaign’s Corporate Social Responsibility Organizational Consultants (OC) has announced the appointment of Salah El Din Aloui as its new General Manager. The Prime Minister witnessed the announcement of the best 100 companies in Egypt on 27th of January, 2016.

Sonesta St. George Hotel Luxor Hosted the Chinese President

ROMA’S EGYPTIAN WINGER MOHAMED SALAH UNVEILED AS PEPSI’S BRAND AMBASSADOR AND STARS IN NEW AD TO AIR IN EGYPT AND MENA Samsung electronics Egypt started the construction phase of 2 pedestrian bridges in Al Azhar street and Ramses street, the project is expected to be finalized by Mid 2016.

Sonesta St. George Hotel Luxor Hosted the Chinese President

The Arab Thought Foundation conference returned to Cairo in its 14th edition and honored outstanding Arab personalities at the Semiramis InterContinental Cairo.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) and Uber have put travelers on the fast track to valuable rewards with their global partnership. Adidas launches “I GOT THIS,” its newest campaign to connect with active women February 2016 | 79

On Spot InterContinental Cairo Citystars Hosts IHG Business Rewards Launching Party InterContinental Hotels Group has recently launched IHG Business Rewards program. InterContinental Cairo Citystars hotels, Semiramis InterContinental Cairo and Holiday Inn Cairo Maadi hosted a special event to introduce the new loyalty program to their corporate partners. The Event was held in Al Saraya Ballroom at InterContinental Citystars where guests enjoyed the outstanding jazz performance of Ahmed Harfoush. Guests were welcomed by Simon Stamper, Director of Operations, Africa & Area General Manager, InterContinental Hotels Group Cairo Citystars and the commercial team leaders of InterContinental hotels in Egypt.

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On Spot Americo Lozano Art Exhibition

Paolo Sabbatini, Director of the Italian Cultural Center in Cairo inaugurated the “A Beautiful Banquet at The Prince’s Table” art exhibition by renowned artist Americo Lozano. The event was hosted in association with Ultrapremium Absolut ELYX, and Guests enjoyed the Sublime Absolut ELYX cocktails, especially developed for this occasion. The exhibition will be held until February 11th at the Italian Cultural Center in Zamalek.

The Batter Half & Co. Holds an Exclusive Chef’s Table Tasting Event The Batter Half & Co. held its very own exclusive Chef ’s Table featuring a selection of new desserts to be added to their new dessert menu. The event took place at “The Lobby”, a new all day dining place by The Batter & Co. opening soon. A select group of food bloggers got to try six of the Batter Half ’s new desserts. The tasting started with a date cake topped with toffee, caramel sauce and a scoop of ice cream.

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On Spot Somabay: A Rock destination in the making! The Dire Straits Experience rocked Somabay Red Sea, for the first time in Egypt in what was probably the best concert ever, singing their iconic hit songs: Sultans of Swing, Money for Nothing and Brothers in Arms. Everybody was truly amazed and the response Somabay acquired from the audience was incredibly miraculous. Dire Straits has the most amazingly loyal fan base from all over the world. It has been so great to revive the band spirit while every member rocked their instruments as if they were many limbs of one body. Moreover, it was fantastic to have a diversified crowd from all age groups transforming Somabay marina into the ultimate party arena.

Unforgettable New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve at Mall of Arabia with Superstar Nicole Saba In the attendance of more than 90,000 guests, Mall of Arabia welcomed the New Year with Superstars Nicole Saba and Mahmoud El Esseily. Guests enjoyed the night with the melodic beats of their favorite singers. The mall extended its normal working hours and opened its doors till 2am to host its guests on that special night.

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On Spot Cairo Marriott Partnership with RiseUp Summit 2015 As part of Marriott International initiatives of the Spirit to Serve the community and aiming to support Gen Y and entrepreneurship, the Cairo Marriott Hotel proudly partnered with RiseUp Summit 2015. The Rise Up summit is the region’s top annual event for connecting entrepreneurs and innovators to local, international investors, media, support organizations, knowledge, customers, mentors and partners. For their third year in a row, this year RiseUp welcomes more than 3000 attendees.

JW Marriott Hotel Hosts A Passion for Fashion Event for the JW Charms Ladies Society! In the spirit of promoting and supporting a creative Egyptian generation of talented designers, JW Marriott Hotel Cairo hosted a spectacular ceremony for the JW Charms Ladies Society “A Passion for Fashion Event.” The event took place at Tutankhamun grand ballroom under the glistening chandeliers and glamorous surroundings for 500 of Cairo’s Socialites. The ladies enjoyed an impressive fashion show featuring the groundbreaking designs from the Italian Fashion Academy in Egypt. The remarkable show was followed by a dinner that was prepared by the skilled culinary team of the JW Marriott Cairo.

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On Spot New york glamour at Tiffany & Co. Tiffany & co. hosted a glamorous event with the society’s prominent figures, showcasing the latest collection.

Al Ahram Beverages Hosts Gala Dinner in Celebration of Three of its Finest Wines Winning Esteemed International Wine Awards Al Ahram Beverages’ Grand Marquis Red, Ayam White and Ayam Red Reap Eight Prestigious Wine Awards from Three Countries Al Ahram Beverages Company hosted a gala dinner today to celebrate winning international wine awards from three different countries for the first time. Three of Al Ahram’s finest wines, Grand Marquis, Ayam White and Ayam Red reaped a total of eight prestigious international wine awards.

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