I was just 15 years old when I heard the news. Back then, what was news wasn’t really that a bomb went off, but who the target was. That day, I couldn’t watch the news on TV. I was ok with gory images, but I couldn’t bare to see the charred, scattered remains of the man I considered my hero back then. I just sat in my room, put on Tiesto’s “Forever Today” and let my eyes water just a little bit, enough to realize how deep the loss was, but not enough to make my parents suspicious.
On these blog’s pages, I’ve chronicled or tried to chronicle what it’s like to be a Syrian refugee in Lebanon. I tried to cover the uplifting stories, since all the news is heartbreaking, horrifying and tragic.
Egypt’s strong man Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has revealed that he had a dream 35 years ago that one day he will be the President of Egypt. The interpretation of dreams is a favourite Arab pastime, there’s nothing that we love more than analysing night-time revelations. The more complex the dream the more enjoyment we will derive out of it. Al-Sisi’s is certainly a complex and mysterious dream, and who knows what it could really mean.
The Christmas ads are among us, so yes, all the Santas, hot women dressed as santas, santas with hot women in their laps, etc.... But this one caught my attention - simple, effective, not over creative, AND you actually understand what is being sold. Two hands are "browsing" a jeweller's box! Duh, it's an online jewelry store and it comes courtesy of Antoine Saliba. Well played!
If you have any clothes that you don’t need and wish to give away or want to get some clothes and donate them to refugees, show up this Saturday at Biel (“Beirut By Bike” arena) from 11am to 6pm and drop your bag. All the clothes will go to SAWA for DEV & AID and the blankets will go to War Child Holland (WCH in Lebanon).
Even if you have one item to give away, do so as it is the thought that matters. Check out more information [Here].
Foodini is a kitchen appliance that would be able to 3D print pizzas, pasta, burgers and other foods in your home. Stylistically clean, it’s a perfect addition to any any kitchen, be it a home kitchen or restaurant. A great looking appliance matched by its functionality designed for use every day, it helps create sweet or savory cuisine.
If you’ve been to ABC Achrafieh in the past weeks, you probably noticed large triangles on display at L0 level. These are part of a “Triangle to save a heart” campaign that was organized by the Brave Heart Foundation in collaboration with ABC and 12 talented Lebanese artists.
The artists were asked to transform ABC triangle from a simple geometrical shape into a piece of “he-art”, whilst raising vital funds for a good cause, is the spirit behind the success of the campaign. More than 60 million Lebanese Liras were raised on that occasion.
One of my favorite places this year has been SUD,this special Mediterranean restaurant has wowed its guests since it’s opening mid this year. I just spotted their new special menu – Festive Season Menu which starts on December 15 and ends on December 30. I like what I see. The design is simple, yet calls out to you… I will definitely be heading down there soon to try it out. Stay posted…
Syrian refugee children facing ‘catastrophic’ life in Lebanon – via I am Not A Tourist Page
Brrr, the thought of being cuddled up in front of the TV right now is priceless… add to the world’s most expensive TV dinner. Made with vintage champagne, edible gold leaf and “topped” with a pair of lobster tails, white Alba truffles, Beluga caviar resting on mother-of-pearl spoons and a selection of oysters, the Swish Pie by Charlie Bigham costs over $600. Even the salt used to season the dish has been sourced from the Piran Salt Pans in Slovenia.
This sounds like a good New Years eve plan….
In 2013, I was lucky enough to have had the chance to travel a lot. I discovered more than 15 different cities and checked into more than 25 hotels around the world. Each hotel was a unique experience and a step forward to learning more about the culture of every city I have visited. From London to Jeddah, Dubai and Moscow, 2013 was a hectic year filled with excitement and learning. Check below my favorite hotel stays in 2013.
I had kept a screenshot from NowLebanon‘s frontpage last week but forgot why until today. As you can see, they are talking about the Customs General Ibrahim Chamseddine who beat up Al-Jadeed crew, but instead of putting his picture, they put ex-Minister Ibrahim Chamseddine’s picture.
The third day in Paris, was a visit to Val d’Europe, the big mall and its outlet village situated 40 minutes from Paris. It was already in the afternoon and lunch choices were limited. Kitchens in Paris and in malls, bizarrely in malls, close early. This is something I can’t really understand. A mall filled with people all day long, close their restaurants early?
I don’t know how he was able to pull that stunt!
So, Time announced its person of the year for 2013, and it’s none other than Pope Francis. As an atheist, I think the Pope did deserve the prize, especially since he was going against folks like Bashar El Assad and Ted Cruz on the shortlist (dafuq Time?!)
What can I say we’re wrapping up a great year.
Everyone around town seems to be complaining about the same thing but like most things in Lebanon that’s as far as it goes. This post is not meant to undermine any of the other dire causes that need our attention, but I’ve personally reached the end of my rope with the valet mafia that have introduced an unofficial tax on us and have taken over our streets and claimed ownership of our sidewalks.
Being charitable shouldn’t be a Christmas-only thing, that’s a given. But, it is Christmas, and that means doing something special and going the extra mile to put a smile on a sad face, especially if it’s the face of a young child.
That’s why Gino’s Blog and Live Love Beirut have teamed up, so that with the help of our readers and photographers, we can donate the 1000USD to 24 different NGOs that help children in Lebanon.
This year has been intense with the burger mania, at least for me… After trying so many burgers this year, going back to the best was inevitable. I went to Frosty Palace just to remind my taste buds of where all the good things first started.
We all see those huge “flex” billboards all over. They’re that flexible plastic ads are generally printed on. It’s durable, weather-proof and lasts almost forever. We’ve also seen how they’re reused, especially recently, to cover tents and car parking spots. Waste though, has taken that initiative seriously, and is recycling these flex ads into awesome bags, wallets, furniture and other items and accessories.
Frosty Palace, I admit, is one of Lebanon’s best burger spots, not to say the best. In 2012 Frosty Place launched a limited edition of the “Foie Gras Burger” during Christmas period- a creation that skyrocketed among burger fanatics, like myself.
I’ve been working in social media almost three years now. I have discovered that most of Lebanese businesses are using social media because it is something new, the competitor is there, or because social media is the big thing. But the main focus of all the companies is the number of fans. They might care about the content of the page but most of them don’t know anything about the page interactions…
Clé, French for key as well as the first syllable of the word Clemenceau, the area that hosting this unique restaurant, Clé. Located in the heart of Beirut, the restaurant has an extensive international menu that mixes French and Italian bites with Japanese fusion along with simple palatable twists that have kept patrons coming for more since opening this summer.
Arnaoon Village launched its “Arnaoon Christmas Village” on Saturday 7 December. The Main objective of the “Arnaoon Christmas Village” was to take part of a Humanitarian and Social Act by offering gifts from sponsors and individuals to specialized associations such as SOS Village – Kfarhay for orphans, Akrem Abaka wa Ommak for elderly and Bonheur du Ciel for drug addicts in an event on the 22nd of December known as the “Boxing Day”.
Welcome into the laboratory of a crazy scientist, complete with mysterious gadgets, huge tesla coils, a hatch in the ceiling and a bed where the monster can come alive. And it´s all made out of ice and snow!
Ok so I’m guessing Alexa’s here…or is it Yorgo? Not sure… one thing I’m sure off is the fact that it is extremely cold. The joy of being cozy and all tucked in at home, enjoying on some munchies that we can call comfort food. But did you know that there are some foods out there that actually help turn up the temperature in your body? As already known, hot foods like soups, stews and pies are heavily associated with keeping warm in winter, but let’s high light a few things worth eating a lot off these few days…
Picture via BeirutNightLife
The 2014 New Year’s Eve is only 20 days away and I am sure a lot of people haven’t thought of any plans yet. Luckily though, my friends at Lebtivity compiled 41 nightlife events you could attend on New Year’s Eve in Beirut. You can check them out [Here].
A prototype of a Syrian work horse; they like to deck them out, personalize them, with little things
It seems the storm of all storms is upon is; Alexa. I have heard that one before, last year, with Olga; that one also came out of Siberia, and I’ve got lovely pictures of it.
This is good news for everyone (Except University students)! No school for the students and less traffic for those who work.