LED Toilet Seats

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2012 by Lujayn Ali

Redoing the bathroom- Check out this LED toilet seat from Primrose Bathrooms. Teehee 🙂


Festive signs

In Funny, Random on December 18, 2011 by Lujayn Ali


Aren’t these signs taken from the side of a construction site cheeky! They sure made me chuckle!
Share your fun festive signs!



13 hours, 40 minutes, 22seconds…

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2011 by Lujayn Ali Tagged: ,

…Till my next exam. Please God, help me pass!!


Filter out the Filters

In writing on May 8, 2011 by Lujayn Ali Tagged: ,

First a shout out to all my nanowrimo 2010 writing buddies- without you I could never have done it. A heartfelt thanks to all of you. A special shout out to Leslie who has been an inspiration and a continuous source of encouragement, to Joan for being fantastic at organising the post nano reading material despite me being a bad student and not reading the material beforehand, to Liz with whom I enjoyed many chats and moans over the snow, Marlicia and Tahlia the fantastic mother-daughter duo to whom I wish the very best of luck in their separate and joint endeavours, Von who has been the first to comment on my blog 🙂 and has continued to find and share writing articles on her blog and last but not least Maryam with whom I went out to celebrate the completion of nanowrimo and gave me that much needed kick in the butt when I was about to give up 30K words in.

Second order of business, a bit about what I’ve learned and tips to improve the quality of your writing.

One thing that has always bemused me is the reason behind being told not to use adverbs and gerrunds (ing words). I had been under the impression that different sentence structures was good and that starting with an adverb was the way forward. How wrong I was. Joan explained why. Consider:

Bringing up the hammer she hit him repeatedly in the face.

Now compare with:

She lifted the hammer high above her head. With all her might, she brought it crashing down onto his face. Again and again.

You can appreciate how it makes for a much stronger sentence with more emotion and oomph behind it. So adverbs and gerunds are BAD and this is the reason why! It is difficult to try to rephrase but it pays off with stronger, more vivid writing.

The other thing which I hadn’t thought about but which has now been pointed out is the use of filters. Von very kindly shared this article about filters which you might find useful.  Filters are word/phrases that come between the reader and the action. Here is an example with the filters in italics taken directly from James Thayer’s article; consider:

Betty walked to the kitchen nook and sat on a chair near the window.  She looked out the window and she saw the gray Ford parked under the cedar tree across the park.  It seemed to her, though, that something was wrong with the car.  She noticed that it was tilted slightly, and then saw that the rear wheel was resting on the rim.

This is the same scenario, without the intervening consciousness created by the filters.

Betty walked to the kitchen nook and sat on a chair near the window.  A gray Ford was parked under the cedar tree across the park.  Something was wrong with the car.  It was tilted slightly, and the rear wheel was resting on the rim.

Again, much stronger, more interesting and more gripping. Good luck with your writing and don’t forget to have fun!


Royal Wedding

In Random on April 29, 2011 by Lujayn Ali Tagged: , ,

A big congratulations to Will and Kate. Lovely wedding, lovely couple and great dress.

Wishing the happy couple all the best.

Picture gallery here


How to Date a Med Student

In Funny, General, Medicine on April 11, 2011 by Lujayn Ali Tagged: ,

Great article a friend found on FoxNews. Be warned!


No. 11. They’re expected to know everything. Everything! The name of the 8 billion-lettered, German sounding cell that lives in the depths of your inner ear, the technical term for the “no one’s ever heard of this disease” disease that exists only on one foot of the Southern tip of the African continent. But ask them if your knee is swollen, or what you should do to tame your mucous-filled cough, or why the heck your head feels like someone’s been drilling through it for oil for two weeks straight, and they won’t have a clue. -So true!

Read the full version here


Dettol, No Touch Hand Wash… WTF???

In Random on April 4, 2011 by Lujayn Ali Tagged: , , ,

As you may have already heard, Dettol proclaims to have invented the amazing hand wash system that comes with its own fancy name and- get this- helps stop the spread of bacteria. It works amazingly simply: You go to wash your dirty hands and instead of touching the dispenser (which has bacteria on it), there’s a sensor that spits out the soap straight into your hands whereby you proceed to wash your hands as normal getting rid of the muck that was on it already. Fantastic right?

Well yes apart from one teeny tiny fundamental flaw: Who the hell touches the soap dispenser after washing their hands? Surely just the act of washing the hands stops the spread of bacteria?

In fact it looks like Dettol has now realised this amazing cock up and is marketing it as “Helps stop the spread of bacteria, even as its dispensed.”

Seriously, I’m not making this up:

So unless there is some complex psychological mechanism that connects having a fancy dispenser with washing your hands more often and thereby ‘stops the spread of bacteria’ this is a perfect example of a product that has missed the mark. Badly. Don’t buy it!


Be Like the Flower…

In General, Random on April 2, 2011 by Lujayn Ali Tagged: , , ,

Photographer: Zooz

A beautiful saying I came across whilst browsing the net. Hope you like it 🙂



In Random on April 2, 2011 by Lujayn Ali Tagged: , ,

An old woman gets pulled over for speeding…

Woman: Is there a problem, Officer?
Traffic Cop: Yes ma’am, I’m afraid you were speeding.

Woman: Oh, I see.
Traffic Cop: Can I see your license please?

Older Woman: Well, I would give it to you but I don’t have one.

Traffic Cop: Don’t have one?

Woman: No. I lost it 4 years ago for drunk driving.

Traffic Cop: I see…Can I see your vehicle registration papers please.

Woman: I can’t do that.

Traffic Cop: Why not?

Woman: I stole this car.

Traffic Cop: Stole it?

Woman: Yes, and I killed and hacked up the owner.

Traffic Cop: You what!?
Woman: His body parts are in plastic bags in the trunk if you want to see

The traffic cop looks at the woman and slowly backs away to his car while calling for back up. Within minutes 5 police cars circle the car. A senior officer slowly approaches the car, clasping his half drawn gun.

Officer 2: Ma’am, could you step out of your vehicle please!

The woman steps out of her vehicle.

Woman: Is there a problem sir?

Officer 2: My colleague here tells me that you have stolen this car and murdered the owner.

Older Woman: Murdered the owner? Are you serious?!

Officer 2: Yes, could you please open the trunk of your car, please.

The woman opens the trunk, revealing nothing but an empty trunk.

Officer 2: Is this your car, ma’am?

Woman: Yes, here are the registration papers.

The traffic cop is quite stunned.

Officer 2: My colleague claims that you do not have a driving license.

The woman digs into her handbag and pulls out a clutch purse and hands it to the officer.

The officer examines the license quizzically.

Officer 2: Thank you ma’am, but I am puzzled, as I was told by my officer here that you didn’t have a license, that you stole this car, and that you murdered and hacked up the owner!

Woman: Bet the lying bastard told you I was speeding, too.


Comic Strip

In Comic, Medicine on March 28, 2011 by Lujayn Ali Tagged: , , ,

Working on new comic strip starring Yours Truly and clinical partner, Zooz. Watch this space.