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Submitted by msameer on Mon, 02/07/2007 - 6:31pm

Strong sun, dark clouds, blue clear sky, thunder, lightning, green areas. All together at the same time.

Got the keys!

Submitted by msameer on Fri, 29/06/2007 - 2:31pm

Got the keys for my new apartment in Helsinki... :-)

فيه ايه يا عم ؟

Submitted by msameer on Tue, 12/06/2007 - 10:13pm

فيه ايه يا عم ؟ فيه ايه يا عم ؟!

ايه يا عم مالك ؟
و الله بندفع فوق ال 30% ضرايب
و بادفع فوق ده 22% VAT على كل حاجه بعد كده.
وبندفع ترخيص علشان نتفرج على التليفزيون

و عندنا شركات برضه بتطلع عين الزباين...

و بعد ده كله جاى تقولى النت رخيصه ؟ ياخى ***!

Why is it hard...

Submitted by msameer on Sat, 12/05/2007 - 10:27pm

* 1 month since I quit smoking.
- Do you want to smoke again ? Yes.
- Are you going to smoke again ? No. I hope I can resist more.
* 3 months in Finland.
- Do you have new friends ? No.
- Did you know anyone ? No.

= Why is life that hard ?

So yesterday.

Submitted by msameer on Wed, 14/03/2007 - 12:00am

* A month since I've been here in Finland and started working for Nokia
* I've got my creditcard PIN code in the morning (From the nordea bank suckers). At last they accepted my application but they decided to send the card to the wrong branch. 7 minutes on the phone to convince them to send it to another branch. It takes them also 2-3 days to send it to another branch!
* My debian.org account has been created and NOW I'm at last an official Debian Developer (Technically, this happened on the 14th. An hour ago ;-))

1st fullday, 2nd day at Nokia.

Submitted by msameer on Tue, 20/02/2007 - 7:23pm

Nothing to say. Nothing real yet. I'm still alive. I'm not that OK. I got lost 2 times when I was coming back home today. This is the 2nd time for me to come home and the 2nd time to get lost. I moved here yesterday. Over.

... And back to the hotel!

Submitted by msameer on Sun, 18/02/2007 - 3:57pm

Now I'm back at the hotel. Coming back wasn't that easy but it was easier than going to myhome. I still can't find any landmark near my home but identifying a landmark near the hotel is easy (The Nokia research center building).

I missed the bus at 15:44 (It passed just in front of me but I didn't wave to the driver. Don't ask me how). But I took the 16:14 bus. 30 minutes in this cold!

The problem is that I can't see the bus number except when it's very near to me that waving to the driver will get my ass kicked by him. I decided that I'll wave to any bs passing by when it's 16:14 and then check the number!

So, I'm cold, a bit tired and hungry but I feel GREAT!

I really like it here :-)

Hello World from home!

Submitted by msameer on Sun, 18/02/2007 - 1:47pm


Yes, It wasn't easy to reach my new home but I've done it!

I'm now posting this from my home with my 1M Cable connection.

The suckers here (Weho ISP) are blocking port 25, probably because of spam. But who cares ? I managed to bypassit but that's a different post.

Now I have to try and find the shopping center and then go back to the hotel. I guess I'll just go back!

Where did the bus stop go ?

Submitted by msameer on Sat, 17/02/2007 - 3:26pm

And I was supposed to move today. I thought that I should take the bus to Espoo where my new place is, buy food and keep it in the apartment and install the cable modem I bought yesterday, take the bus back to Helsinki, take a taxi with all my bags back to Espoo.

It's a bit complicated I know but I didn't feel like moving my bags and then not being able to find food or coming back to Helsinki. At least, here I'm in he hotel, the office is within a walkable distance, I have internet, I somehow know where the market is and I know where I can find a restaurant.

So how do I reach the bus stop ? Easy, there's a tunnel after the Nokia building. Just walk through the tunnel. I kept walkng until I found nothing. I kpt walking for 45 minutes until I was eally tired without anything.

I was very frustrated and I wished I can go back to Egypt. I realy had a bad feeling.

Now you gotta love people. A friend I haven't met except once helped me a lot.

Now here's the bus stop:

The tunnel outlet is on the right side.

The problem is that no one told me that it's immediately after the outlet so I kept walking until I found myself in a strange place (The street above the forests):

I turned right and walked, nothing. I found myself near the hotel so I decided to go back!
I'll try again tomorrow because we'll have no sun after an hour or so (Yes, I had to wear my sun glasses today!).


Submitted by msameer on Fri, 16/02/2007 - 4:26pm

I've seen my new apartment today. It's more of a studio with a bathroom and a kitchen.
Tomorrow I'll have to move from the hotel to it. I can stay for a few days but I'll be paying tax for that so I need to move.
I need to move mythings alone.
I need to go buy food alone.
I need to discover my way from home to the office and from the office to the home (Bus 106 buy so what ? I somehow know where the bus stop near my home is but still!) alone.
Tomorrow is the weekend. I have to be at the office by Monday.

Damn it. I know I must pass by this but this is hard...