Come with us to Kilimanjaro

How long is your bucket list? Mine is fairly long. I am about to kick one item off of my bucket list :) and thought I would share my next adventure in case you are interested or know anyone who would like to start the new year in such a phenomenal way! My next trip is to Kilimanjaro. I am going with a group of adventurers to raise funds for the PCRF. We will be on the summit on 1.1.2015. We are so looking forward to this adventure! If you would like to join us or know anyone else who does, please check this  site that has the information about the climb, PCRF, a Q&A page and a link to the registration form

The climb is going to be 26 Dec – 2 Jan 2015. The summit day is going to be on 1.1.2015 which is a great way to start the year! Check the site for information about the cause, the fundraising and the tour company.

So what do you say, start the new year on top of Africa and help heal children, who can say no to that? :)




Living the dream

I was born in the eighties, and depending on how you define the eighties, it could mean big hair, flashy colors and pointy shoes. Or it could mean economic recession. Oh wait… all of that is back in fashion, including economic recession…

My father was a university professor and we had a house that looked more like the Congress library, books, books and more books everywhere. I did not like my father’s job. I wanted him to quit his job and open a toy store. “You could make more money and I can play with the toys” I would tell my dad.  Well, needless to say my argument was not convincing. And fast forward to the present time, my family moved to Qatar and I now work at a university. What an irony. I am not a professor however; I work in the field of IT.  I write or buy software that fulfills the needs of our users being faculty, staff or students. The keyword here is “fulfills need of the users”. From a young age I received complements on how I relate to people and their needs and match my responses to the details of a situation. An example that my mother likes to repeat is that one day I got back from school, rang the bell and my dad crack opened the door and jokingly said “this is the wrong house” so I respectfully said sorry and turned around ready to leave…. He quickly stopped me of course. My brother did the same thing a few days later but this time, I pushed the door and said “people inside know me”.

Sometime ago I read this quote “A winner is someone who recognizes his God- given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.” Intrigued by this quote, I started thinking about other talents that I naturally came with. So over the last several years I went back and started experimenting with things: I learned to knit. I learned to swim. I learned to groom and care for horses. I learned to read for enjoyment. From my experiments, this is what I learned about myself:  I love cars so I bought a Mustang.  I love and excel in learning languages so after mastering English; I started learning two other languages French and Spanish.  I love poetry so I took a poetry workshop and started composing. I love to travel so I make plans to visit at least one new country every year. So far I have been to Malaysia, Cyprus, Sri Lanka, UK, US, France, Seychelles, Lebanon, Jordan, Spain and Indonesia. I love the idea of owning a business and my dream is to start one on my own. It may not be the toy store that I wanted when I was little but I have other ideas that I want to pursue.

I read this other quote recently, “The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” This can be a challenge if you are not a morning person and love sleep as much as I do. But I don’t think the author meant it in the literal meaning of awakening but rather in the continuous realization of our strengths, the opportunities around us and our individualities that may have been dimmed by the desire to be like our mother, farther, brother, sister, school teacher, Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey,  or Warren Buffet. You probably noticed that I am a fan of quotes, so here is a final one “You were born an original, don’t die a copy”.  So why fit in when you can stand out. Wake up, be a winner and live your dream!

Hello World, Again

So it’s been over a year since my first Hello World post. I created the blog and then did not know what to do with it. I guess I have to do something first and then I will figure out what to with it. So… here I am posting something. So let’s start with the name…. why the name Boats, horses and Cars? One, it’s because after so many tries with WordPress, this was the only one that was not taken. Second, it is because I like traveling and going places and all of these three, boats, horses and cards can take you places. Of course, you can also get on a plane or a train, but somehow those jumped to my head first and they seemed more romantic :). Plus, people who know me know that I like horses and cars and I’m beginning to find that I have somethings for boats too. So where do I want to go? Everywhere!  I want to travel the world. I’ve been to a few places and in future posts, I will write about them. For now, this I would say, is a good start!