I had the privilege of being a judge for this years #AUSGotTalent show at the American University of Sharjah this week and oh what a night!

Not only was I blown away by the many talented students at AUS (singers, breakdancers, musicians and even magicians!) but there were a few events that made it an evening I will never forget.

Firstly, I met a girl (who has asked to remain nameless) who DOESN’T OWN A MOBILE PHONE AND DOESN’T USE SOCIAL MEDIA! She lost her phone about a year ago and just realized the freedom she felt by not being ‘connected’ and ‘reachable’ all the time, and now she’s lived a wonderful happy and liberated life for a year! I was so inspired by her because I really feel like we have become so enslaved by our phones, chats, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – whatever it is – that we often miss out on the ‘here and now’. I have noticed that I sleep much later than I plan to simply because I get into bed and get on my phone. I think I will try and take at least a weekend of being ‘phone-free’ and see how that goes.

Speaking of that new Social Media Culture, the second thing I noticed last night was the change in the way we capture the moment. Last year I was also a judge at AUS Got Talent and after the event, several of the students came up to take photos. You know that feeling of asking someone to take a photo for you and worrying that they won’t have the proper photography skills and not get your good angle? Well there seems to be no need to worry about that anymore because last night, no one asked me to take a photo with them. Instead, they came up to me and said “Sheena!!! Selfieeee!!!” and would throw one arm around me and stick the other arm out with their smartphone at the end of it and *click* – moment captured and ready to be shared and tagged on the world wide web! After experiencing this I just had that dreadful “#Selfie” song playing over and over and over in my head… if you haven’t heard it, here you go:  (listen at your own risk :P).

And finally, the moment that will forever make me crack up whenever I think of 50 Cent!

My friend was walking next to me and she could feel this guy staring at her. She glanced at him from the corner of her eye and said to me: “I think that guy is checking me out! Or maybe I know him…” She then turned to get a better look at the perpetrator and burst out laughing. I looked over to see why she was laughing at the guy and realized that it was because it wasn’t a guy at all – it was a CARDBOARD CUT OUT of 50 Cent! Maybe you just had to be there, but I thought it was hilarious! My abs still hurt from laughing about it and I giggle every time I look at the picture of Hemani with Fiddy:

aka the weirdo who was checking her out...

Hemani and Fiddy…aka the weirdo who was checking her out…

Overall, a great event and I can’t wait to be a part of it again next year! Well done, AUS! You really do “got talent”! 🙂


STUPID WOMAN!!!!!!!!!!!

I feel SO bad.

You know those situations where you say something and the wrong person hears it and it all gets misunderstood?

Well that happened to me yesterday – with a complete stranger – and it made me look like a total meanie! (meanie is not really the word I would have used but we are keeping this blog rated G right?!)

So here’s how it all went down:

I went to meet some friends in Souk Al Bahar, and I was late. When I got there, they were complaining to me that I kept them waiting in the heat so I had to explain that the reason I took SO long. I was waiting AGES in the parking lot for this woman to perform her 18-point-turn-reverse-park into the spot next to me, and when she finally managed to complete this seemingly challenging feat, she proceeded to swing her 4×4 door open and BASH it into my little Toby (that’s the name of my car).

Now – as I’m sitting there explaining this whole story to my friends, there were some people who kept walking by our table to take photos of the Dubai Fountain, and one lady accidentally bumped into my arm as she was passing by. The unfortunate thing is that she bumped into me JUST as I was finishing my story with a dramatic ending, yelling “STUPID WOMAN!!!!”

Of course, I was referring to the woman who hit my car with her door, but this poor lady was so flustered and taken aback because she thought I was yelling at her and calling her a stupid woman. I tried to fix it and said “Oh my goodness! Nooooooooo! Not youuuuuuuuu!! You aren’t the stupid womaaaaaaaaan!!”  but she backed away with a look in her eye that was part fear, part sympathy because I’m sure she thought I was crazy.

I don’t know if she believed me that I really wasn’t talking about her and I still feel SO bad.

So – to the dear sweet random lady who bumped into my arm accidentally yesterday – if you’re reading this – I promise! It wasn’t you! I’m sorry and I’m not a horrible person!! Promise!!

Yes… I am face palming right now.

What I wanted to do after yelling “STUPID WOMAN”
Unfortunately I had to use my hand to palm my face instead.

Movies Make Me Jump!

Uff!! I had the most embarrassing moment at the cinema last night!

I went with a date to watch this awful movie… well I shouldn’t say that cuz I’m sure some people enjoy this kind of thing – but for me, suspense, thrillers and scary movies just make me feel like I’m gonna have an anxiety attack!!


“The Grey” was all about wolves and survival…and there’s one part where it’s all quiet and then this wolf jumps up out of nowhere, and I actually SCREAMED in the cinema! I jumped like a mile and full out SHRIEKED!!!!!

I kinda killed the moment  cuz everyone was laughing. The people in front of me even turned around to look at me – it was absolutely mortifying!

I’m just gonna watch Bollywood movies from now on – all that happy, warm fuzzy, dancing around trees – that’s more my scene.

A movie that has most people on the edge of their seats and me jumping right out of mine!