i use a funnel bowl 90 percent of the time. i first stir my shisha using the tongs. i stir it because the juices tend to settle at the bottom. then i grab out pinches while checking for stems. once the pinch of shisha has no stems i put it in the bowl. i know i am finished when the shisha barely meets the rim of the bowl and the bowl is consistently packed althrough out.
here is a pic of the bowl packed:
then here it is with the foil:
no session is complete without these two things, snacks and a beautiful arabic woman: