There are obnoxious people out there who make me wonder why I should be wasting my time, my energy and my skills doing everything I do everyday - from the minute I wake up in the morning.

As usual, I am rushing this post because it is past my bedtime..but I hope I manage to make some sense in a largely senseless world. Fridays tend to be busy for me because as a real person, with a real life, living in a real world, I have one day off per week (if I am lucky), during which I have to catch up with everything and everyone I missed during the week in one day.

Some joker, and I won't tell you who, has left a message on this blog with the question: if you don't like it (wonderland) so much, why don't you leave.

At first I ignored it. Who would listen to a fool? But then the silly girl in me started to think about it. Why don't I leave?


That's the question.. I don't have the answer for. YET.

The truth is I get a lot of chances to pack up and leave. The last was an offer in a neighbouring country only a silly girl would turn down. It's almost four times my income now..with a lot of perks. But then I think..if people like me who are loyal to the sand of wonderland and its real people leave, who will be left in this place? Do I leave it to the ass-lickers and the creepy crawlies and the fools, who are running us to the ground everyday with their knee jerk reactions.

I know I can't change the world. I also know I can't continue to take things to heart and care about things for much longer, because they are taking a toll on me.

Warda from Oman wonders if it is a mid life crisis while Ba7rania reckons it is a state of never-ending PMS... Sume says I need a break and my grandad says he wants to see me happy - again.

Maybe the answer is in packing up and giving my back to this cesspit..where things go around in a vicious circle and where the sun is never given a chance to shine.


The Joker said...

SBG.. dont get upset at me...
You should have the stomach for critisizm... since you talk down to your fellow wonerladers, calling them a couple of monkies short of a circus, I bet you're strong enough to hold your own.

you know why I said what I said. Since you're easy on the punchline, why does the comeback hurt so much?

SBG, that post was condisending. Im sorry if I hurt you, but thats what it was.

SillyBahrainiGirl said...


SillyBahrainiGirl said...

oops.. it's past my bedtime anyway joker...
u crack me up!

Anonymous said...

SBG: Good to see you're finally considering leaving.

It's easier that it sounds. Here's what ODD did:

1- Packed his bags
2- Said bye-bye to everyone
3- Never came back ;)

It works like magic, and once you're gone for a few months, those worries of 'leaving, staying' won't even cross your mind anymore.

There are certain things in life that just can't be saved.

أبو سنان said...

Dont worry SBG, if you arent pissing some people off you arent doing your job right. What matters is the sort of people you piss off. From the looks of it you are pissing off the right people. Good on you!

Dont let the homar get you down.

The Joker said...

SBG.. no hard feelings....
Most Bahrainis are God fearing, hard working, honest people that struggle to fight another day.
That post makes us look like a bunch of retards drooling in cups! You know how liberal I am, but it doesnt mean I dont get offended..

btw condesending, condescending ha ha.. very funny.. spelling mistake

I have my faults, but I'm not stupid

SillyBahrainiGirl said...

Odd A.. who said I am leaving? I am just speaking my mind out loud!

I hope I am not sending the wrong messages and I know it isn't as easy as it sounds. I can't bear the thought of being away from my family for an indefinite period of time.

Abu one can get me down.. I am already there :)

And Joker..please take it easy. everyone makes mistakes. But this still doesn't make u stupid. Nobody said u were stupid. At least I didn't. I mean, you did.

But no hard feelings...really..
I mean I am not the one who opened this door by suggesting that I leave Wonderland becauseI am not happy about a few things.

It was your smart idea. Thanks ;) I owe you one.. I mean, if and when I really do leave... it will be thanks to your great idea, wisdom and dedication to the human race!

The Joker said...

When I said Im not stupid... I was speaking as a wonderlander. We're not in a perfect euphoria, you might have noticed. And maybe you have the perfect solution for every problem we have. Its possible. But you wont communicate your idea to me effectively if you talk down to me. I would like to have constructive discussions with you. Step down to my level so we can meet eye to eye.

Have a nice day. ;)

SillyBahrainiGirl said...

what does joker want from silly girl?

i have said it plain and simple: "I know I can't change the world. I also know I can't continue to take things to heart and care about things for much longer, because they are taking a toll on me."

what more do u want? i don't want to continue apologising for things which i didnt say or intend... but i don't feel that i talk down to people. i never did.

joker .. please take a step back and take a deep breath and think before u answer me: what have a done to offend you?

The Joker said...

Sorry I over-reacted

sume said...

Funny, I always took your criticism as a sign of how much you cared for your home. It's tough putting yourself out there and speaking your mind knowing you're going to get flack for it.

It's easy to sit behind a screen of anonymity and screech your head off. You have my respect, girl...full stop.

Some people in the US were screaming at protesters against the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq telling the to love it or leave it. That support your country right or wrong mentality is nothing more than blind nationalism. Make a positive post of what you do like about Wonderland. When you get someone calls you unpatriotic or disloyal, point them to that. I dunno, just a dumb suggestion from one silly girl to another. ;)

ES said...

I second what Sume said.

We have taken one little step forward, though, thanks to Ghada Jamsheer whose book you absolutely MUST read:

"Ghada Jamsheer a prominent women's rights activist in Bahrain and heads the Women's Petition Committee, a network of activists demanding the codification of the kingdom's family laws and the reform of its family courts, is on trial for speaking out on behalf of women's rights in courts that hold up shari'a rights." -

'The Executioner and the
Victim in Sharia Courts' is available at Al Riwaq Gallery in Adliya.

ainialyaman said...

Like your cusses! be chauvinistic...

SillyBahrainiGirl said...

thanks a lot.. of course I carry a lot of love for Wonderland. i never doubted that for a second. and it is because of this that i (and all the other bloggers) spend time and energy doing what we do.

Scorpio said...

I went down to the launch party for Ghada Jamsheer's book last Wednesday. It was the first time I'd been to the Al Riwaq Gallery since they refurbished it. Nice to see they've got a bookshop dedicated to the arts.

Unknown said...

Fighting for what you believe in is very honorable. But sometimes I wonder if I would not be better off moving to a country that is more open to the sort of change I want to see happen in my lifetime.

marco said...

Go, open your mind!, but dont forget yours.... ;)

bronxbob said...

Can I give a line from a song the Drifters did some 45 years ago?
Okay, I will anyway....
"Don't go, please stay...
If I got on my knees and I
Pleaded with you,
Not to go but to stay in my arms..."

So don't give up the land, SBG. Giving in will
be telling those you dislike
that they have won.
Of course that's easy for me to say. I'm here, and you're there.
Then there's the other side of
the coin: you can go somewhere
else and just blog away without
fear of censorship; fight the battle from another shore.
You just have to face what is in your heart and mind.

SillyBahrainiGirl said...

thanks Bronxbob.. what you are saying makes sense. also, i am not afraid of censorship because laws are made to be twisted and bend.

I don't want to escape to where there's more freedom and a bigger scope to develop myself and potential because that will be selfish...and I was never selfish. I mean, I can't be. I mean, I stil don't want to be.

I am thinking more of a gap year. Somewhere exotic. or cram lots of places. Lemme see.

You guys are giving me lots of ideas. Thanks Joker once again, for your inspiration.

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