Finally finished

It took me forever and a day but I finally (yes, FINALLY!) finished reading Queen Noor’s LEAP OF FAITH.  It took me this long not because I didn’t like the book but because I just haven’t had the time to sit or lie down and read.  Whenever I get the chance to lie down, it is usually with the lights dimmed as I try and lull Angel to sleep.

I liked this book because I believe it offered a fresh perspective on the Middle East, being that Queen Noor is American by birth.  She was born and raised here but had imbibed the values and religion of her beloved husband as she embraced his faith and convictions in the many years they were together.

While you see from the very beginning that it is a noble attempt at perpetuating the memory of the deceased King Hussein, I couldn’t help but marvel at the pervading sense of immortal love between the King and Queen.  You can feel it from the way the book was written, not only in Queen Noor’s words, but in the way she viewed the life she embraced when she became his better half.

This is not a book for the romance novel fans because while it has its share of romantic interludes, much of Queen Noor’s account of her life with King Hussein attempts to be a historic account of the King’s rein with her as consort.  It is not a scholarly piece of work that can be quoted as a factual unbiased account, but it certainly gives us a different viewpoint in the ever dynamic socio-political landscape of Jordan and its neighbors.

A view of New York

I had resisted the urge to upload my own header images for a while because I was told that it contributed to the increased bandwidth usage which caused my website to “disappear” towards the end of the month.

Today I couldn’t resist as I went through some of the older snapshots I’ve kept — particularly this one which is a view from an upper floor of the American Museum of Natural History facing Central Park.  Truly New York!


Feedback: on Kipling's IF

From one of my “blogfriends”, Lani:  It’s really a very inspiring poem.

Inspiring, indeed.  I remember that back then, in my little world, Kipling’s words saw me through some very trying times as people tried to put me down, pit me against others, challenge my integrity, all to make me prove myself worthy of being a cadet officer.

Looking back now I can’t help but feel silly for going through the whole exercise but the truth of the matter is, it was all worth it.  As we would say, nakakapagpatigas ng buto at nakapagpapatibay ng loob.  I guess the humility that I found and the perseverance I kept myself armed with proved to be good lessons I went back to over and over again later on in life, and even today.