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Solar Farm Above Beirut River Construction Underway

The plan to build a solar farm above the Beirut River has started. As you can see if you take the Emile Lahoud highway, you’ll notice the steel frames with solar panels being installed on them. Initially, the farm will supply up to 1 MW of power to the surrounding area, and there are plans to expand the project to supply up to 10 MW of electricity, which roughly would supply 10,000 homes with electricity.

Of Dieter Rams, Apple Watch and Moto 360


You don't know Dieter Rams? I can't blame you. He is the design genius behind Braun. Those sleek, beautifully designed, but very useful products, with minimum fuss and a lot of beauty. The Rams 10 design rules are a thing to behold for every person attempting to do anything related to creating a new product!

Polyathlon Des Cèdres 2014: From Byblos Shore To “Qornet el Sawda” in Less Than 24 hours

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This year marks the 7th edition of the Polyathlon des Cèdres & Polyliban and they are organizing two challenges:
The Cedars Polyathlon on the 13th and 14th of September which is a challenge from the Byblos shore to the highest peak in the middle east Qornet el Sawda in less than 24 hours. It includes:
– 3K Rafting
– 2K Swimming
– 95K Biking
– 12K Trekking
The Mountains’ Heritage from the 15th to the 18th of September 2014 which includes crossing 400k North to South to discover our mountainous natural and cultural heritage.

iPhone6 and iPhone6 Plus Will Be Available To Order In The UAE On September 27

I wasn’t expecting the new iPhones to be available that soon in the Middle East but according to Apple’s UAE store, they will be available to order starting September 27th, a week after the official release date. The iPhone6 starts at 700$ and the iPhone6 Plus at around 815$.
As far as Lebanon is concerned, you can expect the iPhone6 and iPhone6 Plus to be over $1000 in the first few weeks, so I recommend you wait a little bit till prices settle.

Supermoon over Beirut

Supermoon over Beirut  Tonight (Monday night)  will show the third and final supermoonof 2014. A moon is a supermoon when it’s full and makes it closest approach to Earth in its orbit. This month’s moon is also known as the Harvest Moon since it falls closest to the autumn equinox.

Rare Footage Of Lebanon’s Most Beautiful Touristic Sites Back From The 1920s

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Beirut in the 1970s via OldBeirut
Nice find by Gino!

FAIL: Selfie Wel Arguile Khalfi

via Saniour
That’s just wrong. Aren’t they promoting arguile and smoking that way? I thought that was illegal.

Defense Minister, Resign.


The current crisis is one of the absolute worst we’ve ever witnessed, and that’s saying a lot, given Lebanon’s extremely painful and horrifically violent history. Here’s a small recap for those of you who still trying to ignore what’s happening.

FASHAL – Epic “I Love You” Van Apology

Taken in Saifi
 

10,000 Followers On Instagram!

PS: I am not a professional photographer, nor do I pretend to be, but I love photography and I am getting better at it.
I’ve been on Instagram for two years now and I already have over 10,000 followers. I’ve worked really hard on getting so many followers and it’s quite rewarding to see so many people liking my pictures. I even crossed the 1000 likes per picture mark two days ago which is quite great!

Video: Lebanon’s Two Goals Against Brazil

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Here’s a video showing the two goals Lebanon scored against Brazil and one showing the fans’ reaction to the second goal. The first goal was quite amazing!
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ايروتيكا| سريرنا غيمة

(١) سريرنا غيمة يختفي فيه الضوء يشتعل به العطر… (٢) تنضج بشرتي بحبك كل صباح اسقي ورودي من قُبلك، شفتاك… نهر لا منبع له… (٣) يهمس عنقك بسر رائحته، فاكتم سره… (٤) يبوح لي عاجك بمخبأ الضوء اسكن به، واتلّمس … Continue reading →

Lebanon Draws 2-2 Against Brazil In A Friendly Game

Lebanon played a friendly game against Brazil’s Olympic team in Qatar tonight and almost beat the Brazilian side. The Brazilians were the first to score but the Lebanese team managed to score twice afterwards and could have easily won the game if it wasn’t for Brazil’s late equalizer (which was an offside by the way). I know that this is not the official Brazilian team, but it’s still a huge achievement for the Lebanese team.
I will share a video of the goals scored as soon as they are out.

Summer is Running at its End

Walking the dogs in the mountains above Beirut
The weather is slowly cooling off, and way up in the mountains, early in the morning or late in the afternoon, you get caught in swirling fog. It is nice cold in the fog. When I just moved here, I thought that the grey clouds in the mountains meant it was going to rain any minute, but it never does.

Sara El Khatib’s Inspiring Ted Talk Before She Passed Away Fighting Cancer

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Sara passed away 14 days after giving this inspiring and brave Ted talk. I wish I had attended the event and met her in person. May she rest in peace and many thanks to TedxLAU for this small and beautiful tribute.

Incredible archive of ancient unseen photographs discovered in Lebanon

Julius Caesar at Place de l'Etoile, BeirutWhile working at a soup kitchen in London a few months ago, I made a startling discovery that revealed a secret archive of photographs from Lebanon dating back for millennia that I am now sharing with the world. A very, very old man approached me and I detected a hint of a Phoenician accent in the way he spoke English and I quizzed him I realised he is also from Lebanon.

A Lebanese Archive by Ania Dabrowska

Diab Alkarssifi’s lost archive of Lebanese and Arab photographs is brought to light in a new book by Ania Dabrowska.
"When artist Ania Dabrowska started working with Diab Alkarssifi, a homeless Lebanese man in London, she made a startling discovery. He was a compulsive photographer with a hoard of unseen pictures from his homeland" Via: The Gardian
I am big fan of vintage photos, and following Arab image foundation activities since 2009.
Can't wait for the book launch!
This great work is supported by Book Works and Arab Images Foundation. 

Rare Video of Lebanon’s Most Beautiful Places in 1921


Those 11 minutes of absolute beauty are guaranteed to make you smile in these dark, dark times.

 

Clarisonic Plus Review and My Head to Toe Facials


I’ve been blessed with good combination skin with the infrequent outbreak of a crude pimple here and there but I do have a reoccurring black head issue which I haven’t been able to get rid of for some time now.
You see a couple of years back when I was prepping for my big day; I did the amateur’s mistake of signing up for a facial at a relatively well known beauty spot (which I shall not name) but which seemed quite professional.

Enough selfie's already people!


I don't think i need to give you a definition of a Selfie! the selfie is everywhere instagram, facebook, twitter...! it is even named as "Word of The Year".
I have never taken a slefie, in fact I have taken only two, but some people's life isn't complete until they take a selfie of everything they have done during the day: 

On a Shoe, and Not Much Else

One of the tiny waterfalls  When I was pregnant with my son, I didn’t know what name to give him. And then I went for a walk on the beach with a Lebanese couple and their children. They had a son named Adrian, about 11 years old. And he was playing in the surf. With his new basketball shoes, brought in from the States by his dad who had been on a business trip. The dad must have warned the child a hundred times about those shoes. ‘Be careful, those are expensive shoes. Be careful, those are new shoes.

Diab Alkarssifi and Ania Dubrowska: A Lebanese archive


Image: Diab Alkarssifi


Image: Diab Alkarssifi

"All of Me" cover by the Lebanese Luciana Zogbi

I am a big fan of  John Legend, and this song is my favorite so far. 
You can now listen to this song by a Lebanese/Brazilian singer Luciana Zogbi, I like this cover but sure it is not better than John Legend's original .
You can check her youtube channel for more songs [Here]
or join her facebook page [Here]
Lebanese talent is all around the world! All the best to Luciana.

Something Is Brewing In Lebanon, And It’s Not Beer According To VICE

I usually enjoy reading Vice’s articles but this one is not very accurate to say the least, unless they know something we don’t. Lebanon has been the Middle East’s next ticking bomb for 3 years now yet things are still relatively under control. I don’t know if it’s just me, but things have improved lately from what I’ve seen and getting ammunition and new weapons to the Lebanese Army will only help stabilize the situation.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope things will improve further.

Roberto Merhi Makes His F1 Debut With Caterham

Roberto Merhi was not yet confirmed as a Caterham F1 driver but he took part in the Monza free practice session and got faster lap times than his teammate Marcus Ericsson. Merhi is currently second second to Red Bull protege Carlos Sainz Jr in the FR3.5 standings with three rounds remaining. He is a Spanish driver of Lebanese origins.

Ali and Lana’s Fairytale Wedding Photos


First, please allow me to congratulate the lovely bride and groom! I’ve known Lana for many years, before any of us had blogs back in AUB. So, it was very moving to see Lana take such a big step in her life after her blog’s and career’s stellar success: L’Armoire de Lana.

Topless Women Spotted At A Beach Resort In Lebanon

A video is being shared of two topless women kissing and flirting on a beach resort in Lebanon. The video is being circulated everywhere but I am not sharing it. The resort is very familiar yet this could be a private party in a private spot (or bungalow), so unless they are ok with publishing this video, it’s no one’s business what they are doing.

What’s So Funny About The War In Syria?

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It’s not the first time I see a TV anchor laughing for no reason during the news, but I don’t think it was appropriate from Ameen Abou Yehya, who’s apparently Lebanese, to upload the video of himself laughing since he was reporting tragic news from Syria.

Mabrouk Lana!

Since Lana’s a blogger and a good friend, I thought I write a small post to congratulate her and Ali for their big day and wish them all the happiness in the world. The wedding was grandiose and out of this world, everything was perfect and Lana looked gorgeous in her Elie Saab dress.

Murex D’or 2014 Best and Worst Dressed by Ivy Says

In case you missed The Murex D’or awards last night then let me fill you in as best as I can. For those of you not aware this is sort of like the Lebanese version of the Oscars for both actors, singers and performers. Last year I covered their red carpet best and worst dressed here.
The show was hosted by journalist Paula Yaacoubian and the ridiculously handsome previous MP Misbah El-Ahdab who should seriously consider retiring from politics and pursuing a career in TV. Paula on the other hand, should just stick to what she does best and that’s political journalism.

Ruptures / Wickerpark Festival edition (29 August 2014)

A radio show dedicated to the 4th edition of the Wickerpark Festival in Batroun, Lebanon, and featuring tracks by: Charlie Rayne, Flum Project, How Sad, Mashrou’ Leila, Scrambled Eggs, Youmna Saba, and Z The People & Al Jihaz > Listen to Part 1: ruptures wicker park 29 august (part 1) > Listen to Part 2: ruptures wicker park 29 august […]