Grew up in Amman in 80’s and 90’s

I got this from an email today and I could not NOT post it, I just have one addition to this, Tom and Jerry , the first fast food, serve yourself resturant, here’s the email:

Grew up in Amman in 80’s and 90’s and can relate to the following:

You watched Al Manahel every time it’s on, and you know what does
“Aqwa men al Shadda, Ahda2 men Al Sukoon” means!

You can recite the theme songs of Jongar, Grendizer, Al Rajol El
Hadidi, Lady Lady, Sally, Adnan Wa Lina, Al Haddaf

You watched: Captain Majed, Sandy Bell (even if you’re a boy),
Judy Abbott, Bell wa Sebastian, Al 7oot El Abyad, Lady Oscar (bass
balash lady, abu el shabaab), Labeeba (who we never tend to know she got hair for hands or hands for hair), Sonbol, Tamtamm, Jazeerat El Kanz, Maymouna, Al Ra7alou El Sa3’eer, Flona, Sindibad, Tom Sawyer

You watched Eftah Ya Semsem, and later on in your life found out
it’s the Arabic version of Sesame Street.

You know the two flavours of ‘Shokalatet Moody’. Yellow and Pink

You bough from Dukkaneh:
Dam3a, Zaki, Double Wheel, Tootoo (Tweety), Raas El 3abed, SB
3elket Ma5addat, Roco, Tiger Chocolate, Shebs Ringo, Askimo, Shukala
3ammar, 3elket Mentaad, Halawani Shebs, Baskoat Marie, Katakeet, Mr Shebs (not CHIPS, SHEBS haha), Petra Ice Cream (the ‘expensive’ one with double layers), the red ULKER chocolate with the cubes.

You know the tune the Cotton candy man does (Sha3r El Banat)

You played Ghommayeh, 6ummayeh or whatever you call it and when you touch the ‘place’ you say “Kummesteir” and ’til now you don’t know what the hell it means!

You know “Al 7ezam El Azraq” and you own at least one VHS or Betamax (â)
by them. WWF wrestling matches

You had a crush on 3aroob Sobo7 (if you’re a boy) with her show “Waqt El Mara7” and if you’re a girl, you had a crush on the always-wearing-a-cap
goalkeeper in Captain Haddaf.

You sang “Happy Nation” and “All That She Wants” and thought you’re dead-on cool!

You drew Fido Dido at a certain phase of your life

You had a pair of big white sneakers, and most of you had Reebok

Atta-Ali and Jabri were the best restaurants in town.

You ate “7alaqaat El Basal” (onion rings) in Funny Bunny

You had a SAKHR AX170 Keyboard and you played on it night and
day. “Masafa” was written next to “Space”.

You had an Atari, and somewhere in your house you still have that
Joystick somewhere in the house.

You know Abu Yousef, and you can at least sing one of the three
songs of his

In the back of your mind there’s a song called “Tgool Ahwak” by an ancient Jordanian band called Mirage

You know that Atta Ali has 46 Ice Cream flavours! Beat that Baskin Robins!

You attended weddings in Jabri, ate Knafeh from Jabri, ate actual food from
Jabri and ate the Nestle-Lion-Imitation Tiger Chocolate (by Jabri bardo!)

You know the tune of “Fares El 7alqa” from Yes3ed Saba7ak, every Friday
morning on Jordan TV.

You thought that “Ya Ayoha El Maleko El Ajal” by that Sofia woman was the
new Anthem for Jordan, haha

You remember the bookshops in Amman celebrating “Al 3awda Ela El Madares” with you buying stationery.

Your family had a workshop in the house, laminating your books’ covers
with what is called “Tajleed Contact”

You took ages to pick the ‘suitable’ name labels for your books

After laminating the books, you go to school with some having
bubbles in them. And you know what you did in class with these

You never called the Jordanian sole channel Jordan TV, it was always “Amman”; and you watched American movies on “3amman El Tanyeh”

“Yahya El Thakaa2!”

You know three bees: Zeina, Nahool and Sewar el Asal.

“Ayaseeeedi, Romo Yalla Hat”

“Bestek Bestek Bestek NAW, Shukalata Jersey makla el GAW”

You Had nightmares about Abu Shakoosh

You wore “Boat Amigo Bedwi w Betfi”, and walked proudly in the
Jordanian streets

You know “Go Ninja, Go Ninja Go, Go Go Go Go”, Ferkat Sala7ef El
Neenja fee Mat3am Garfields.

You actually saw a Monkey in “7adiqat al Tuyoor”

You know the song “The Final Countdown” as the theme for Dehanaat

(National Paints)

You actually called Abu El Dahab center “El Dobb” cause there’s a big Panda there

You consumed Zeit and Za3tar sandwiches in school that could feed 50 families for 10 years

Your local Disney Land was Mujamma3 Bank El Iskan

Your other Disney Land was Luna Park

You cut your classes in school to go buy Falafel sandwiches from the restaurant next to the school.

You had (and may still have) “Kharabeesh 13, 14, 15 and 16” cassettes.

Your third Disney Land was Da3saan Lel Tarfeeh

Shebs Disco, colored fingers. And Shebs Bitza, rings for your fingers

You watched “Sameed” before school, and wondered how tyres actually taste


12 Responses

  1. Oh my God ! I really went back in time … thank you for the sweet memories from our childhood ,,, you made me smile 🙂

  2. You are welcome!

  3. That is so true!! I feel ancient. You forgot “7ikayat 3alamyeh” 🙂

  4. hilarious… all of them are correct, ta7sheeesh, it’s like i’m reading my autobio.

    very nice keep on

  5. I got it by email today too, and 3-4 blogs published it also, 3anjad el Ordon s3’eereh man,
    keep it up and good luck

  6. Anonymous : yah, “7ikayat 3alamyeh” and when they had Albu2asa2 ( les misérables) story one time, gosh the cartoons were depressing, like Ramie and not finding his mom for the longest time…it was deep…not like now it’s all about collecting 3ilkeh and

    MOA_No1 : that’s how i felt too, espcially eating za3tar, I eat it only bilmonasabat now and only mana2eesh…LOL

    amjad mahfouz : thanks for reading!


    GET THIS! I didn’t live in Jordan in the 90s, but I watched all of those cartoon shows, and I actually used to enjoy them! My parents were obsessed with asking our relatives to constantly supply us with cartoon shows (which were recorded from JTV and other channels, I guess) and Majed Magazines (I used to love trying to find Fadouli el Gharib) so that my brothers and I would learn proper Arabic, of course, at the end, we ended up picking up all of the curse words, such as “Ahmak, tabban lak, ayouha al ghabi” and stuff like that. HILARIOUS!

    Oh, oh oh, and I remember that Michael Jackson doing the moonwalk commercial, I forgot what it was, but you should’ve mentioned that! I distinctly remember those Abou Shakoush stories!


  8. You cad add the major national song of the 80s: batal Al mala3eb orduni” which has never materialised by the way.

  9. Batir : Thanks for reading.

  10. mesh tabe3y ya man….ya3ny 95% men elly 7aketo 2entaba2 ma3y
    bsnseat abu 3awad…o al3elm noron …lol
    laaaaa gad 7áteeeer 🙂

  11. Walla d7iket min albi, 3an jad konna mashateeb, but really it was the best of our days!!

    Reminded me of one add for Daraghmeh (goomi ma3i haniyeh,, wain wain, 3a daraghmeh eltijariyeh tashtareelek a7la fostan) hehe..

    Also reminded me about listening to Rula Malki and Muhannad Jazeerah on the radio!

    Ya zaman elshaglabah!!

  12. HI i just want to add :
    1. Remi bandali (A35uni il tufuleh,and what about 3´asel wishak ya a mar….)

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