This time, we wanted to explore where macaws are being traded to add more information to our project. At Al-rai area, there are several markets where bird lovers can buy and sell birds, and also purchase their important supplies (food, toys, equipments..etc). So my group and I went there yesterday and had the chance to get to know Osama’s shop, Rare Birds, where he trade his macaws.
When we headed there, many hobbyists were gathered around a small macaw garden, which you can see in the picture below. Again, It was super loud with the noises as there were around 5 shops in the area and each shop contained more than 15 different kinds of macaws inside. (More infos in the final post!)
It was a very lovely atmosphere, people were enjoying and macaws were also enjoying especially cause It’s winter and they love the chilly weather. They were dancing, screaming ..everything! and we FINALLY got to shoot videos of them talking! I realized they literally understand like humans. One of them kept saying my name. Well, It was more like Lalal but yeah… good try. I was so excited that the camera went out of focus. 😀
Also, we had a great time knowing and talking with new bird hobbyists and they all have such great vibes, very energetic and lovable. Speaking of energy, I can’t thank Osama enough for being the most helpful and down to earth man. He was very patient with us and he were such a good guide in video shooting as he has experience in that too. Btw, since his shop has an offer every Wednesday of this January, he sold one bird there yesterday to some guy. I Guess we sent him some lucky charms. 😛
Shaikha is a woman i knew on Instagram three years ago, but I decided to meet her in person for the first time to make this video. She is a 33 year old single mother of a little boy Mohamed who used to have an older brother named Ahmed, but he passed away at age 4 due to asthma that attacked him in his sleep in 2011. As Shaikha said, the two boys were like best friends.. they did everything together but fate has chosen to take one of them and they separated. Fate has also chosen for Shaikha and her husband to separate because she thought it was better for them to continue living their life away from each other. “I prefer for my boy to see me happy alone than miserable with his father.” She said.
When baby Ahmed died, Shaikha had to deal with gossips about the death of her son and how some people thought it was a punishment from God. They also thought sarcastically that she never looked sad about it. She said that she may looks strong all the time but inside of her she is still broken. “I don’t care what people say..I’m proud that I had the chance to raise an angel.” She said. She also said that the only time she would cry on Ahmed is when he visits her in her dreams.. but at the same time she would feel happy that she saw him.
Today, Shaikha lives happily alone with Mohamed who is in grade 3 now. He is a very sweet boy and everyone loves him at his school. His mother always makes sure that he has a lot of friends and she literally does and buys everything for him. Oh yeah, he loves Cheetos btw. I remember Shaikha told me that she loves Mohamed’s sense of humor..He is so funny that one morning he placed a can of Coke on the kitchen table along with a little note that says “Do not drink Coka Cola, It’s poisoning ..but you can drink Pepsi.” 😀
Note: The song chosen in the video is Shaikha’s favorite..It reminds her of Ahmed. Also, the last clip of the video is a real video of Ahmed impersonating Michael Jackson’s dance moves.
While I was looking through Great Big Story‘s youtube channel, I came across this video of a beautiful talented young woman named Mandy Harvey. Mandy is an award winning singer-songwriter. She was majored in vocal music at Colorado State University before losing her hearing at age 18 and leaving the program. The connective tissue disorder that effected her nerves and thus caused her losing the ability to hear never stopped her from practicing what she loves to do, letting the world hear her voice. She sings by feeling vibrations in the floor, and by using the muscle memory of her vocal cords to sing notes.Continue reading “Mandy Harvey – Talent & Motivation”