Away From Politics

It’s (Almost) Snowing In Beirut

Biel – via Sara Assaf
It’s freezing outside and all of Lebanon is covered in white even Beirut. Check out these amazing pictures from Beirut and its surrounding. That’s one heck of a storm!
Achrafieh Sassine – via Achrafieh Stairs

Obama Outlines His Vision for a Likeable, Watered-Down Version of Islam

Following his recent statements about the US being 'at war with those perverting Islam', American president Barack Obama has now expounded his vision for ‘a likeable, watered-down version of Islam’ that is sure to get the approval of a large number of non-Muslims. In an exclusive interview with our blog through which Obama wanted to reach out to a wide audience of ‘not too Islamic folks’, the president outlined his ideas for a ‘cooler, lighter Islam’, in a bid to galvanise support against the Islamic State.

Six Lebanese Among The Top 100 Powerful Arabs 2015 List

It’s great to see Karl Sharro on that list! Congrats man!
Here’s the list of all Lebanese who made it on that list with their corresponding ranking:

Kicking Off The Day With A Laugh

If you are 99 and your father is still alive, you can pay on credit lol! via Annahar
I compiled these funny pictures from last week into one post.
Classy Driver – Thanks Rachel!
Tripoli kind of love – via Lebanesememes

The Problem With Arabic

Anyone who has put their minds to Arabic will know that the initial major issue is WHICH Arabic to learn, classical or dialect and if dialect, which one. Do you study the written language you can find in books, or the daily conversation Arabic which has no written form?

Who Killed Bruce Lee Pays Tribute To Warda Al-Jazairia

Lebanese indie-electro-dance-rock band Who Killed Bruce Lee paid tribute to Algerian Singer and one of the Arab world’s most famous Divas, Warda al-Jazairi with this “Batwanniss Beek” awesome cover.
Warda died in May 2012. Batwannis beek is one of her most popular songs.

What’s Wrong With Ziad El Rahbani?

I think it’s about time Ziad el Rahbani stops talking about Fairouz or maybe stops giving interviews for good. I can’t believe he came out and said Fairouz is a fan of Qaddafi and Hitler! What’s wrong with this guy? Is he trying to tarnish his mother’s reputation? The sad part is that all media ignored most of the interview and put that statement in their headlines even though Fairouz clearly disapproves of it.

Vintage Arab ads 1968 (Part 4)

Below is the 4th (and sadly last) batch from the 1968 ads found in Annahar newspaper!


Pyrex baby bottles

How one tweet ruined my life

This is the first time I speak about my ordeal with Twitter mobs in public, and I do it with a sense of duty and to raise awareness about the dangers of this kind of online bullying, in hope that we could learn something from this unpleasant episode.

WKBL Just Covered Warda’s Betwannis Bik, and It’s Fucking Epic

Who Killed Bruce Lee are awesome, y’all know that. The boys make it possible for me to enjoy something not purely electronic, and that in itself, is quite the statement coming from me. I love Warda. When I was a little kid, I had a video cassette (VHS!) with a recording of Warda’s “Betwannis Bik” at a live show. I watched it so many times, that the tape was no longer usable by the time I was 9 years old.
So, when Wassim told me what they were cooking up, I was absolutely ecstatic, and this morning, finally, as I was boarding my flight to Berlin, I got the link!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It’s quite the energetic, soulful tribute to a musical legend that has passed on, but will always be in all of our most intimate playlists.

Haiifa MJK the Arab Transvestite On Instagram

No I’m not referring to the actual superstar Haifa Wehbe. Meet @HaiifaMJk on Instagram ,at first you’d probably guess this is yet another one of those hundreds of women in the Middle East obsessed with looking and acting every inch like Haifa, with her signature black hair, bee stung lips, colored lenses, striking curves and seductive demeanor.

Red Bull Jump & Freeze Finally Happening In Lebanon!

I’ve been asking Red Bull for years to organize a Jump & Freeze or a Flugtag event in Lebanon and now that it’s finally happening, I won’t be here to participate in it! I’ve watched Jump & Freeze from all over the world and it’s a lot of fun. For those of you who are not familiar with the concept, it’s as simple as that:
1- Form a team of 3 and dress up in the most creative costume you can find.
2- Make yourself a crazy little vehicle.
3- Slide down the Mzaar slope as fast as you can and pull a cool trick while jumping into the freezing pool.

Vintage Arab Advertising 1968 (Part 3)

Here is the third installment of the 1968 ads I found in Annahar newspaper, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did finding them!


Chahine au carrefour

First Sneak Peek Pictures Of La Crêperie Restaurant Before Its Re-Opening

This is how La Creperie will finally look like – via LBCI
One of my favorite restaurants in Jounieh is set to reopen soon as renovation works are almost complete. La Crêperie is one of Lebanon’s most authentic and beautiful restaurants and has been serving great food since 1968. The restaurant is an 18th Century Picturesque Ottoman House that is owned and managed by the Khazen family and has welcomed several celebrities, presidents, ministers and diplomats.

Week15: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

Live Love Beirut – By Jadedjad
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Fierce Yohan – By Hilda_kaa

3 Bad Valentine Ads

I am not sure which is worse, Sushi Ko or Rikkyz’s ad. I don’t even want to know what’s that thing on Moulin D’or lipstick cake.

Décalages (8 February 2015) -full show-

Sunday 8 February 2015, Radio Lebanon 96.2FM (10am-12pm) 1. Stereolab 2. Françoise Hardy 3. David Byrne 4. Laurie Anderson 5. Robert Wyatt 6. Ry Cooder & Manuel Galban 7. Toumani Diabate > Listen to Part 1: decalages 8 feb part 1 8. The Band (live) 9. Otis Rush (prod. Willie Dixon) 10. Solomon Burke 11. John Lee Hooker 12. Bukka White 13. Memphis […]

Brandor Sings A Wael Kfoury Song For Valentine

I’ve already posted about this American guy who’s trying to sing Lebanese songs with his friend, and now he’s back with a Wael Kfoury song.
Check it out [here].

Early Anniversary

To Wojtek

I love you like the simplicity of the air
Like the banality of the life we share
I love you like the pillows on the couch
Like your head resting on my lap
Like hot chocolate after a fight
Or a warm bath right when it was all
About to go down the drain…
I love you like five fifteen years of my life
Like our cat asleep atop the laundry basket
I love you like the wanderlust that possesses you
And like the many lives in many lands
We want to lead…
I love you like the dream I dare to dream again
Like the fear I dare to cherish again
And the certainty I feel
When I’m not too busy doubting our love…

(Originally posted on September 05, 2004)

The horse

Spent most of the day in traffic today. Because of a commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Rafic Harriri’s assassination, downtown was pretty much off limits, and so the entire city tried to weasel its way around it. As a result, everyone was stuck part of the day. I tried all kinds of intricate short-cuts, none of which were very successful as I am obviously not the only creative mind in town, but I got stuck in some interesting neighborhoods. In one of those neighborhoods, I encountered this scene. Love this town, I tell ya.

For valentine's Sushi Ko - miss - Durex - hit!

With every other brand coming up for ads for every imaginable occasion, sometime the results are brilliant, sometimes disastrous. Nothing is more painful that a brand that fakes creativity.
Look no further than Sushi Ko and its inedible ad...

Research credit GHM

And then the world seems a better place when someone sends you the Durex ad via whatsapp...

Not Much Love Across The Lebanese Twittersphere

Twitter uploaded a map showing people saying “I love you” across the world in 100 languages, ranked by Tweets per million population. Lebanon ranked 88th way behind UAE in 4th position, KSA in 11th position and Kuwait in the 24th spot. The two most loving countries in the world are Sweden and Slovenia.
Check out the full map [here].

Vintage Arab Advertising 1968 (part 2)

After the Part I of the 1968 vintage advertising found in Annahar newspaper, here is the second batch:

Admiral refrigertors

US Calls It Quits In the Middle East in Response to Constant Whining

Following its recent withdrawal from Yemen, the US administration has surprisingly taken the decision to call it a day in the Middle East and cut its entire links with the region. The move follows decades of constant whining and criticism of the role that the US has played there, which has made it impossible for the superpower ‘to continue to perform its imperialist functions in a satisfactory manner’.

Vintage Arab Advertising 1968 (part 1)

 Sometimes, I really, wonder if such things happen to other people! There I am innocently returning my borrowed books from the library when right there on the table, was a stack of Annahar newspapers dating back to 1968 some other researcher left behind. Was I interested in the May events in France? No. The Kennedy special report? Guess again! Vintage advertising? Bingo!

Fiat 124 spider

Chef Antoine’s Special Valentine Recipe

Chef Antoine never ceases to crack me up. Make sure to read the small headlines in the video as they are hilarious!
Here are two of them:

And here’s chef Antoine’s “light” Valentine recipe:

Avoiding Valentine’s Day Clichés For Kotex’s

I know a lot of us both in relationships and single are kind of over Valentine’s day. It can feel so outdated at times. So as one of Lebanon’s first online and radio relationship experts KOTEX has asked me to come up with some new ideas that could shake things up a little this V-Day .

What If We Let Kids From All Over Lebanon Fix Our Problems?

Four years ago, the Happiness Heroes helped students from schools all across Lebanon to become socially aware at a younger age and encouraged principals to become more socially responsible and environment-friendly. This year, Picon’s Machrou3 el Jil el Jadeed initiative was launched to empower young Lebanese students, encourage them to serve their community by presenting their creative ideas and showing what they are capable of.

Beards and Eiffel Towers: Reflections on My First Night in Paris

For those of you who saw me live in the past few weeks, you know that my beard has become exceptionally long and bushy. One reason is that, in all honesty, I love my beard. Another, is I wanted to experiment what someone like me, backpacking through Europe with a big beard, would run into.