Last wednesday, I had dinner with 3 of my closest friends in Miami Chicken and as soon as I walked in I heard an indian accent… Being the talkative person that I am, I introduced myself: " Hi, my name’s Hind which means India by the way and I love your country, I am planning to go there someday, I mean soon. This is a great place." *Big smile*
The man looked at me with wide eyes and said: "Are you moroccan?". I said yes and he replied: "But your english is perfect.". I smiled and I thanked him.
Then he asked one of the boys behind the counter to give me 2 chicken wings to taste and I chose my meal.
The meal was great, the design of the restaurant is amazing with so many pictures of New York, Istanbul and Morocco and worlwide watches. I simply had an awesome time.
And that’s how my friends, you can get some free food.
I totally recommend you to check Miami Chicken if you’re in Rabat. It’s in Avenue de France, Agdal. A few steps from Venezia Ice.
Before I dive into my top ten movies of the year, let me give you a little bit of background information: I am a HUGE movie fan. I watch about 10 movies a month and a movie has to be awfully bad for me not to like it.
If a movie makes me laugh, cry, cringe, scream or hide my eyes behind my hand palms, then I will appreciate the effort and talk about it 24/7 with family members and close friends.
With that being said, you’ll find 10 movies in the list below, movies that made me experience all the emotions above. It wasn’t easy to pick 10 out of about 110 movies I’ve watched this year. But I DID IT after all and I hope you enjoy my rant.
Make sure to share some of your favorite movies in the comments below or in my facebook page.
Guns, explosions, New York and Jason Statham being Jason Statham… What else could you possibly ask for ?
2. Life of Pi
Everybody already knows this: Something magical occurs every time americans and indians work together *Cough* Slumdog Millionaire *Cough* and this movie is no exception to that rule.
I named by teddy bear after Ted. The end.
4. Silver Linings Playbook
These two are my Favourite with a capital F: Crazy, messed up, most flawed characters I’ve ever seen !
5. Where do we go now ?
This is a mesmersing musical comedy about lebanese women trying to keep the peace in an isolated village populated by equal numbers of Muslims and Christians… I only have respect and admiration for the beautiful writer, actress and director Nadine Labaki.
17 Countries. 343 Days. 6237 Photographs. One incredible journey.
"After I quit my job last year, I packed a bag, grabbed my camera and bought a one way ticket to London. 17 countries later, I put together this time lapse video of the many amazing places I came across."
On any given day, you may find a guy cruising the streets of Casablanca, Dakhla, Paris, Italy, Spain, Turkey, San Francisco or New York with his camera strap wrapped securely around his wrist and ready for action… If you walk by him, tell him Hind says Hi
Meet Amine Benboubker, a self proclaimed: Thoughtful, Genuine, Sensitive, Passionate and In love photographer, film maker and a good friend that I call Mr Bee.
When I first discovered his photographs back in august, I realized I came across someone’s work I highly admired and I remember spending hours looking through his Flickr’s portfolio, Facebook Albums and website diary shouting things like: ‘OMG look. at. that !’ or ‘That. is. AMAZING!’
It’s actually simple… Sometimes you are lucky enough to accidently come across an artist you instantly fall in love with and,trust me, that is EXACTELY what will happen to you once you finish reading this post.
Join me now for an interview with Amine Benboubker where he shares his thoughts on how he became a photographer and not just any photographer. He’s honestly one of the very few ones I met with eyes and ears that capture the mood in a fraction of a second and freezes moments that will stuck with you for a good amount of time…
Now, on to the interview…
Hi Amine, welcome to According to Hind and thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.
1. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself ?
Hey Hind, thanks for having me over for this interview.
My name is Amine Benboubker, I’m a 24 year-old boy living between Paris and Casablanca and who happens to love photography to a point where it became a part of who I am and what I do for living.
Like any other Moroccan living in France, I came here for a reason: Studies and I’m happy to tell you that I’ve recently graduated and started working here.
2. When did you first realize you wanted to be a photographer?
I’ve always been interested in arts in general and photography in particular.
When I was young, I had the tendency to write down important moments of my life in order to keep track of them when I would grow old. One day, I’ve decided to stop all this because I was afraid someone would find these notebooks and read everything about my life.
This phase pushed me into photography. I started saving all these moments on film (and digital cards nowadays), showed them to everyone but kept the true meaning to myself. It’s some sort of a secret garden where I’d be the only one holding the key.
Time flew by and I lost this habit, of taking photographs, mostly because I was getting ready to finish high school, move to France and graduate a few years after.
In 2008, while I was talking to Emanuel Sa, a dear friend, about photography, I explained to him how I would like to reconnect with this beautiful world and he suggested I buy a dSLR, since film is seriously outdated. I hopped on the Canon wagon and started snapping right away. My instincts were still there, even after all these years of abstinence and I was happy to learn again, share my work and get critics.