Away From Politics

Epic Ice Bucket Challenge But …

The video is really cool but the purpose should be first and foremost to promote ALS and challenge other people to spread the word, not just shoot a funny video.
Check the video [Here].

Lebanese Jalal Al Abani Is Cycling From Germany To Lebanon

Jalal is a Lebanese student who’s attempting to cycle about 3000km through eight countries in a period of two months. He started his journey from Regensburg in Germany a couple of weeks ago and has entered the fifth country Romania as of yesterday. He will be taking a ferry from Turkey to Tripoli in Lebanon due to the situation in Syria.
That’s a pretty fun ride! I hope he gets home safely. You can follow updates on his Facebook page [Here].

Bala Mokh …

I spotted the video on Lebanese Memes but I can’t confirm that this was filmed in Lebanon. If anyone knows about this video, please report these crazy and reckless people!

Last Seen Today At 18:45: Don’t Text And Drive!

This is the latest awareness campaign by KunHadi on the dangers of texting and driving.

Reviewing Hotels In Lebanon

I think hotels are a great way to get away from the monotony and routine of everyday life. The getaway helps you relax, meet new people and get to know new areas that you wouldn’t necessarily get the chance to visit. On several occasions over the past years, I’ve spent weekends at some of Lebanon’s nicest hotels such as Phoenicia, Four Seasons, Le Gray, Mzaar Intercontinental, Mir Amin Palace, Monte Cassino and others.

Seven Awesome Pictures (+ 1 Video) of Balou3 Balaa in Tannourine

Image by Ralph Azar
Balou3 Balaa, also known as the Baatara sinkhole or the Three Bridges Chasm is a natural sinkhole plunging 250 meters in the mountainside and featuring a 100 meter waterfall between the bridges. It is located in Tannourine. You can go hiking and camping next to the sinkhole and also visit the Tannourine Cedars Forest Nature Reserve.

A7la Fawda …

We are all with the Lebanese Army of course but what does “A7la Fawda” have to do with that?

Uf Chou Laziz’s Ice Bucket Challenge

[YouTube]
The guys from Uf Chou Laziz challenged me and Gino to do the Ice Bucket Challenge.
Challenge accepted

Fighting Da3esh In Lebanon

via MTV
I don’t know how these models are fighting Da3esh by wearing swimsuits and drinking rosé. I shaved this morning. Am I fighting Da3esh too?

A Lonely End To The Only the Lonely Project

[YouTube]
Damaged and replaced stand buttons: 38
Damaged and replaced stand cameras: 19
Damaged and replaced stands: 6
I guess this pretty much sums up this social experiment conducted by Volvo. It’s a very disappointing but expected outcome.
Funnily enough, the trend in Lebanon lately is to report cars or motorcycles breaking the law but it looks like people just like to take pictures and share them on FB and Twitter (and then go break the law somewhere else).

USA: Of "American Exceptionalism" and tarnished brands.


Artwork by Tarek Chemaly

The above artwork was done in the spirit of the Obama "Hope" poster by Shepard Fairey (which itself was subject to litigation by the way), and depicts current Texas Governor Rick Perry in his mugshot.

Ivy Reviews: Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eyes Mascara


When it comes to statement lashes, Lancôme is the authority. I’ve been a big fan of Lancome Hypnose Drama for years but this was my first time trying out the new Hypnose Doll Eyes and I wasn’t disappointed.

Lebanon Tightening Regulations on Foreign NGO Workers

Picture Via LayoverGuide
Foreign NGO workers should indeed apply for a different type of VISA if they are not coming here as tourists, but things should be made easy for them as they are here on a humanitarian mission and are helping us out at the end of the day.
Read the full article on the Economist [Here].

Some of the Finest Artisan Bakers in Lebanon

Bread has always been the most basic and homely of foods. Yet what was once a daily tradition is rapidly becoming a luxury. We’re no longer happy with loaves in plastic bags. We now crave artisanal breads with organic ingredients and rare grains. There’s certainly a market, we’ll pay for quality products, but it really »more...

Arabnet: 5 Mistakes Ruining Your Blog

Published on Arabnet.me By Maysaa Al Ajjan | August 18, 2014 While the first blogging activity could be traced back to 1994 in the USA, it took the MENA region well over 10 years to catch up to this now infectious trend. Closer to home, many tech-savvies in Lebanon have taken to blogging as a fun challenge and found »more...

Check into Your Underwater Room

Located in Pemba Island, Tanzania, the Manta Underwater Room is a room belonging to the Manta Resort. Designed by Genberg Underwater Hotels, this floating glass cube allows guests to be completely immersed in the ocean where amongst the multitude of fish species that swim by, the star of the show is the manta ray. Easily »more...

Steam: Stove-top Tea Maker

Steam is a stove-top tea maker. It brews tea by passing hot water pressurized by steam through stacked kettles. Reflecting upon tea culture in east, Steam has stacking teapots specially designed for tea preparation. Larger lower kettle is filled with water to boil, and then boiled water evaporates into upper kettle, steeping loose-leaf tea blend »more...

SOLOMUN This Friday at SKYBAR

I’m Not A Martyr Movie Coming Out Very Soon

[YouTube]
Here’s the new trailer and the movie is set to be released this fall.
I am looking forward to this one!

Egg-Throwing Kids In Hamra

This translates to “The neighbors’ kids are throwing eggs from the balcony”
Yesterday was the first time I visit Hamra in the past 4 months and I enjoyed walking around and taking pictures of funny and creative writings and drawings like the one above, but I was saddened by the substantial number of beggars, specially children and even babies playing on the sidewalks and sleeping on the floor. I walked for around 15 minutes and saw at least 20 children on the sidewalks, some of them sleeping next to a garbage can.

Taste&Flavors: Finding the Lost Bread… Lebanon’s Finest

Some culinary traditions live on and over the years move on to different parts of the world. In our dear Lebanon, we have been heavily influenced by French traditions, naturally so, look back into history… and some of these traditions have found their way into a number of dishes that have become classics in different »more...

Taste&Flavors: The Best of Artisan Bread in Lebanon

Bread has always been the most basic and homely of foods. Yet what was once a daily tradition is rapidly becoming a luxury. We’re no longer happy with loaves in plastic bags. We now crave artisanal breads with organic ingredients and rare grains. There’s certainly a market, we’ll pay for quality products, but it really »more...

LEBANON: Hosting the Most Refugees Worldwide


For every 1000 Lebanese, the UNHCR confirms there are 178 refugees. That’s almost 1 in 5 people in Lebanon. The report states that Pakistan hosts the most refugees at 1.6 million, but some unofficial figures are even higher in Lebanon, suggesting as many as 1.5 million Syrians, in addition to almost half a million Palestinian refugees (and most recently Christian refugees from Iraq).

Must-Have Breakfast in Lebanon: Zaatar and Jebneh In Tlamé Bread

If you ever go to Akkar, make sure to try out the Tlamé bread. I don’t know if it’s popular elsewhere in Lebanon, but I’ve never had any in the South where I am from, nor in Beirut or Keserwan. The Tlamé is basically a dough baked in an oven made of clay. It comes out a bit thicker than the usual Man2oushe dough and tastier. You can get the Tlamé bread without any fillings or get Tlamé Manakish. Make sure to eat it while it’s still fresh and hot though as it hardens real quickly.

Smoking Bun Mar Mikhael Review

I love places that specialize in one particular item. It makes you certain that that one thing is gonna be definitely worth it. I have a tendency to hover back to these hole-in-the-wall style, small places known for their one item. Places like Artichoke Pizza in New York and Pinky’s Hotdog on La Brea in Los Angeles are such examples. So, naturally, I was gonna try just such a place that opened in my beloved Beirut.

Shots To Go

My brother spotted these alcoholic shots being sold at Stop & Shop in Adonis. There’s the Texas Ranger shot which contains Butterscotch Schnapps and Vanilla Cream Liqueur, and the Money shot which contains Amaretto almond liqueur and Irish cream. He didn’t pay attention to the price but if they’re not expensive, it’s a practical idea to have them at house parties.

Summer Roadtrip Plans: Bkessine


Lebanon’s tiny, but there’s a lot to see which many of us never get to. Most of us live in or around Beirut, and rarely ever venture out except to our hometowns for those of us from the more rural parts of Lebanon. But, years of being a scout and a deep desire to discover every inch of Lebanon has showed me that there’s a lot to see and do, and we never even knew!

Volvo’s Only the Lonely Campaign Stats and Results

Damages

  • 38 buttons replaced
  • 19 cameras replaced
  • 6 complete stands replaced

Stats

  • 2436 people crossed on the crosswalks
  • 1954 people hailed cabs from the cab stations

What This Says
Perhaps, apart from the serious vandalism the stands got, the municipality’s decision to remove them instead of create their own, or ask for more such stands, goes to show you how lonely doing the right thing still is in Lebanon. And, understandably so. Why would anyone abide by the laws (at an apparent disadvantage) when everyone else breaks it ever so casually…
It’s a cycle no one has figured out how to get out of yet, but, who knows? Maybe someday we won’t be so lonely anymore…

Mommies Need Playtime Too by MamaRowana


As a mom, I have one too many a times forgotten about myself. I take my life for granted and shift my focus solely on my kids and my very lucky husband ;). The mommy lifestyle naturally makes us forget about ourselves often and instead we use up all our energy on our kids who consume it quicker than I consume a gin and tonic. We excuse ourselves and say “it’s OK” because our priorities have also naturally changed.

A Day At La Plage


Most of us would make the hour plus long traffic-ridden stressful commute to either Jiyyeh or Batroun to enjoy a serene sun-soaking therapy session by the sea. But if you’re behind on your tan because you’d rather get pasty-white instead of going through the nerve-racking trip, then La Plage is your perfect alternative.

"How to succeed in blogging without really trying" Auditions now open.

Auditions for "how to succeed in blogging without really trying" now open. #freebies on the way out for everyone. No previous experience necessary.

Kasr El Helou’s Ma2loubé

I was wondering if there’s any arabic sweet called Ma2loubé to use for that picture and Kasr el Helou answered that Knefe is also called Ma2loubé so there you go
Speaking of Knefe, I was at Kasr el Helou in Tripoli on Saturday and had one. One of the best in Lebanon!
PS: I made sure no one was hurt in that accident before posting about it.