Away From Politics

3as3us Saves Youtube

Hahahaha! I’ve had enough of that ad popping up on every Youtube video I watch as well.

Refugees In Lebanon Facing Bitter Winter: Here’s How You Can Help

The United Nations has run out of money and announced that it is suspending its food programme serving more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey. It’s really quite pathetic that the UN cannot secure $64 million to support the refugees for the rest of December. In all cases, this means that winter will be even harsher for refugees in Lebanon who are already struggling to make a living.

Leila Abdellatif Irresponsible And Unacceptable Statement Against Domestic Workers In Lebanon

I don’t know why I had the curiosity to read domestic Leila Abdellatif’s latest predictions but while I was scanning quickly through these stupidities, I spotted this statement and thought it was worth mentioning simply because a lot of Lebanese do follow her and believe in what she has to say. She’s basically warning Lebanese families who might think that their domestic workers are up to something to install cameras and she warns of “crimes”.

Omar Boustany speaks to head hunters (ISIS excepted).

So Omar Boustany is looking for a job and head hunters should take note.... Well, since he took the concept of "head" "hunting" to its limits it is safe to assume he was not addressing ISIS in the process... Hopefully that is.

A Christmas Tree Made Out Of Tires In Bcharreh

That’s a really cool tree. It’s good to see Lebanese making good use of the tires and not just burning them and polluting.
Via Rana

Secret British Squad Saved Ras Baalbeck from an ISIS Massacre

A £150,000 watchtower built in 17 days, just in time before a major attack on the Lebanese border by terrorists, has saved the Christian town of Ras Baalbeck from an “ISIS” massacre. The tower was constructed at high speed by a secret British team of ex-soldiers and engineers. Ras Baalbeck is home to a population of around 5,000 people who are mostly Christian.
Here’s what British ambassador Tom Fletcher had to say about this:

An Old TV Interview With Sabah From 1975

The interview was done with a Syrian TV.

تحية للشحرورة In Memory of Sabah

(رصاص،حبر وألوان رقمية Pencil, ink and digital color)

"Ask but me about love / Do not ask those who are happy"
In memory of Sabah

نشرت في  صحيفة السفير -ملف "صوت وصورة"
الاثنين 01-12-2014

النص من أغنية "روح على مهلك" كلمات فتحي قورة/ألحان منير مراد/ فيلم العتبة الخضرا 1959

Lebanese Red Cross Workers Denied Entrance To A Beirut Mosque

This was posted earlier today by Abdel Rahman Ali who works for the Lebanese Red Cross. His co-workers came to present their condolences but apparently weren’t allowed inside the mosque because they were wearing the Red Cross uniform (because of the cross). I am pretty sure this is an isolated incident as Red Cross workers were never denied entrance anywhere in Lebanon and are respected by all.

In Memoriam: Mark Strand, 1934–2014

The Remains

I empty myself of the names of others. I empty my pockets.
I empty my shoes and leave them beside the road.
At night I turn back the clocks;
I open the family album and look at myself as a boy.
What good does it do? The hours have done their job.
I say my own name. I say goodbye.
The words follow each other downwind.
I love my wife but send her away.
My parents rise out of their thrones
into the milky rooms of clouds.
How can I sing? Time tells me what I am.
I change and I am the same.

Ivy’s Holiday Makeup Must Haves from Beauty Concept

No matter how much makeup I accumulate, I can’t seem to ever have enough. It could be five parallel degrees of one shade of blush or lipstick, but I’ll convince myself that they’re not the same, and end up with them all. No complaints there.

The Pink House

From the balcony of the Pink House  
Everybody  in town is talking about the Rose House after this post“The Rose House is opening up its doors? Have you seen it?” is the news. 

Check Out Awesome non-Terrorist Pizza: Domino’s Pizza In Syria

I have no idea how this page is still up and no one reported yet. Check out the last few posts:
Enhanced security in central Damascus restaurants!
The toilets are NOT a place to dispose of inert grenades! We’ve been having issues with this a lot lately, especially with the IS militants.
-Domino’s Syria Team
1 large pizza for every IS corpse in our Damascus restaurants!
-Dominos Pizza Syria team

When Will Assaults Against Journalists In Lebanon Stop?

Picture via Now
This is not the first time that Lebanese security forces assault journalists during an event or a demonstration and probably won’t be the last. I really wish I could understand why a policeman might go after a journalist. Looking at the video, the ISF officers seemed outraged and pissed off but I couldn’t figure out why and I didn’t read any justification of their actions.

More Things Up North

Enfeh village; a collection of home-built structures 

Hide Your Kids! فيديو لسمكة قاتلة تفرم الحديد

There’s nothing new about this killer can-eating fish that has gone viral in the past few days. It’s called the puffer fish and it’s been there for the past 10 years or more in Lebanon. In fact, Saida fishermen exhibited tens of these fish back in 2008 in order to warn the residents of eating them as they are highly poisonous.
I wonder if there’s any strategy set to keep this fish away from our shores.

The World’s Largest Ancient Stone Block Found In Baalbeck!

Photo credit: Deutsches Archäologisches Institut.
German Archeologists have discovered right next to the “Hajar Al Hibla” in Baalbeck, or the stone of the pregnant woman, the biggest known ancient stone block. The stone is more than 20 meters long and weighs 1,650 tons. It was meant to be transported without being cut but archeologists will need to extend the trenches to determine its exact height.
Baalbeck is one of the largest Roman sanctuaries known and has some of the best preserved Roman ruins in Lebanon.

For The Love Of Hummus: All About That Paste

This is the same guy from the “Chicken wings and Hummus” video. I love hummus but I only have it if there’s Taouk or grilled meat. It’s not that great by itself.
via LBC

Lebanese University Students vs Administration

Picture via Marie-José Azzi

The Great Said Akl Has Passed Away

Sabah and Said Akl in the same week. Said Akl was 102.

Hayda El عفش La 2elak?

via Jad
I’ve never noticed that sign at the airport but it’s quite weird that they are using the word “عفش” as it’s not a term we use formally. I know we say “Chellé 3afchak min hone” or “hayda 3afchak chi?” when we refer to someone’s bunch of stuff or furniture. I guess “غرض” would have been more appropriate.

BRGR Co. Opening In Chelsea On December 1

I had the chance to talk recently with one of the Brgrco UK branch managers when I was tasting their new exquisite “Cafe de Paris” burger and I was really happy to hear that their Soho branch is doing really well, and that they are opening soon on King’s Road.
The opening is set for December 1 so if you are visiting London anytime soon, make sure to pass by and grab a burger!

How Long Till The Lebanese Traditional Dekkene disappears?

I spotted this cool post on Al Rifai’s page talking about the Lebanese Dekkene and whether they’ve become an endangered species. This brought back a lot of memories indeed as the dekkene was the only place we’d go to as kids to buy sweets, specially when I used to go to my village to spend the weekend. Buying a Unica and a Bonjus after a football game or getting these potato chip bags for 200 Liras with a Pepsi or a Coke were enough to please any kid back then.

Khoury Home Doing A Black Friday?

For those of you who don’t know what Black Friday is, it’s the Friday following Thanksgiving day in the United States and the busiest shopping day of the year. All major retailers in the US offer crazy discounts and promotional sales to kick off the holiday shopping season. My brother is in the US so every year, I look up Black Friday deals and try to take advantage of all the offers and there are some really amazing deals!

ABAAD Campaign For The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

ABAAD is a Lebanese NGO aimed at achieving gender equality as an essential condition to sustainable social and economic development in the MENA region. Their slogan for this year is “Through violence … Nobody comes out ahead. The ultimate responsibility is putting an end to violence against women” and is being endorsed by President Michel Sleiman.