A new leaf

It has been approximately a year since I have last written something, be it for leisure or work. Writing is home to me; it is my special way of expressing myself to the world.

Firstly, I need to apologize for being out of sight. I know, every year, I start strong; commit myself to a ridiculous writing schedule and never get anywhere. However, I hope that 2018 will be different. As we bid farewell to this year, I’d like to take the opportunity to reflect and share my thoughts with you. This post will revolve around three words: heartache, contentment, and purpose.

To me, the past couple of months have been revolutionary in terms of both, personal and professional growth (more towards the former though). What makes this year particularly special is that I have lost as much as I have gained. Which made me come to realize that success and failure are very subjective. Consequently, leading me to question my beliefs and priorities in life.

The life of every human being revolves around five aspects: personal, familial, social, professional, and spiritual. Each aspect requires a certain amount of work and can be interpreted in various ways depending on one’s views.

Here’s what I think:

  • Personal: one’s relationship with one’s self.
  • Familial: one’s relationship with one’s immediate family: parents, siblings, spouse, and kids.
  • Social: one’s relationship with one’s extended family, friends, colleagues, and community.
  • Professional: one’s relationship with one’s career and professional progress.
  • Spiritual: one’s relationship with God. The creator of all things.

Now, as you are reading this, you are like DUH YASMIN, HOW ORIGINAL?!?

But bear with me. You see, despite me stating the obvious, we all end up making the classical mistake of only focusing on two aspects instead of all five. And that is not all, some people are even worse off than others when they choose the wrong two aspects to focus on at a given time.

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What does EPC stand for?

EPC can mean many things to many people; to some Europeans it could be: European Payments Council, European Policy Centre, or even European Patent Convention, but to us Engineers, EPC stands for Engineering, Procurement, and Construction; three main activities necessary for the execution of any industrial project.

For starts, the engineering phase usually involves preparing designs and equipment datasheets, dealing with specifications, and preparing “lists”. Lists which contain all the materials and equipment needed for the project and are later used by the procurement department. The procurement department then, purchases everything according to the lists and specifications agreed upon by the contractor (the engineering company) and the client (the owner of the industrial facility). Finally, construction work begins using all the materials and equipment purchased and according to the designs prepared by the engineering department.

But before all that could happen, several steps need to be taken. The first step is the Business Planning Phase, which is done by the client; it involves defining the business opportunity, conducting a technical assessment, and undergoing an economic evaluation, to name a few. The other steps which are done by the engineering company include:


BED, also known as pre-feed is basically a conceptual design done to confirm the feasibility of a project, select technology, refine cost estimate with +/-30% accuracy, and develop process design among others. It typically has a process engineering focus with major equipment identified from an electrical, mechanical, and instrument perspective. Different engineering companies, cover different steps; for instance, Technip’s BED includes: Continue reading “What does EPC stand for?”


Of course I wouldn’t let this month end without saying a thing or two; after all, I did turn 23 eight days ago. I feel more grounded and more stable. Three months ago, I moved to Jeddah with zero savings. I had to borrow cash from my parents to settle my bills and furnish my flat. But I’m happy to report that I am debt free, I paid off all my debt two weeks before my birthday. There is a certain freedom that comes with being an adult and I’m glad my parents treat me like one.

I love sharing my experience, laughing at my failures, and learning from my mistakes. I make a great deal of effort to follow a system, organize my thoughts, and plan my days. Most days, my plans work because I MAKE THEM WORK. I am slightly OCD, I color code my stuff, I get depressed when my apartment is messy, and I constantly refer to a chart to remind myself of my weekly plans, due bills, pending assignments, personal goals, etc. What I’m trying to say is, I am far from perfect and I SUCK AT MULTITASKING.

Yes, I am a chemical engineer, a science journalist, and a cs major [all at the same time]. I got no secret, I just time myself. It has always been my dream to be a journalist, so I write. It was my dad’s dream for me to become an engineer, so I am one today. I want to understand technology, so I decided to go for another major. You can be whatever it is that you want to be as long as you want it enough.

I’m not trying to prove a point or be the exception by taking all this workload on, I am just trying to LIVE THE LIFE I NEED for myself. I will let you in on the “want versus need” talk in a while (scroll down).

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