Away From Politics

How It Looks Like On The Syrian-Lebanese Borders

I spotted this video of a Hezbollah fighter mocking MP Sami Gemayel’s military plan to better control the Syrian-Lebanese borders. Personally speaking, I think all Lebanese parties are to blame for the situation but if what this fighter is saying is true on how the terrorists attack almost daily, then we are in deep trouble.
I am positive that the Lebanese army can control the borders but it needs to reinforce all the positions and set up watch towers every 1 km if not less. We have to do whatever it takes to keep these jihadists away from Lebanon.

Happy In Lebanon?

I don’t know if this is a new mall or supermarket or both but it’s opening soon at Charcutier Aoun’s previous Zouk Mosbeh branch.

Beirut Is Crazy, Messy, F***ed-up and Fantastic But It Is Not The Real Centre of This Region

I just finished reading the “Why Beirut Really Matters” post that everyone’s been sharing in the past couple of days and I really wish I could agree with everything the author is saying but I would be lying. I love Beirut and I admire Warren’s love for our capital but tiny little Beirut is ANYTHING but the real centre of this region, and definitely “not an indication of where we might, could, possibly even should, all be going, regionally and globally”.

Clementine makes Noise with Adha


Clementine and sister PR company Noise have come up with brilliant Eid el Adha cards.

Interview with the creator of Noteholics

I  recently had a chat with Hadi Radwan creator of Noteholics site about how he got started, how he went about getting traffic to his website and much more…

1- Can you give me some information about yourself and your website ?

The Story Of The Fake Bomb Detectors Still Being Used In Lebanon

Even though the man who sold these fraudulent bomb detectors was sentenced to seven years in jail, some governments and security companies are still using these devices. I’ve been talking about this matter for 3 years now yet only few malls and businesses have decided to drop these useless devices in Lebanon. Luckily enough, we haven’t had any bombings in crowded places for the past few months but that’s not a valid reason to keep using these detectors.
Here’s the [latest] on this story by BBC’s Caroline Hawley.


I went for a walk in the park this morning. I am not going to tell you where it is; I'd like to keep this park to myself in the mornings. It's not in Taanayel, in case you are wondering. (The pictures in this post are not related to the text, btw)

Bassam Zahalan Wins The 2014 Lebanon Red Bull CPD King of Drift

via Biser3a
The event took place today at the Charles Helou station and I was there to enjoy it. Bassam Zahalan was crowded winner, while Kifah Hilal and Mohammad Baalkabki finished second and third respectively. I took a lot of pictures and small videos which I will share tomorrow.
Check out the winning run [Here].

Eid greetings from Arab Museum of Modern Art

A splendid card from the Arab Museum of Modern Art, with a wonderful work entitled "Al Ka'aba" by Egyptian artist Omar el-Nagdi. And with this, best wishes from myself for a Eid Moubarak.

Eid Adha Moubarak

Happy Eid everyone!

Les Angles by Hala Moubarak on 7UPstairs Publishing

7UPstairs Publishing is delighted to share with you Hala Moubarak's first book outing (eventhough she has been published widely previously in print and online this is her first "book" format) concentrating on her trained architectural eye which sees edifices "with angles" (hence the title "les angles"). Hala's Instagram account (from which these works were taken) can be found here.

Tripoli Remembers Robin Williams

He looks more like Georges Clooney than Robin Williams.

Audio Kultur’s Launch Party: Fighting for the Right to Party

Despite the many subjects I tackle on this blog, I pride myself in that my main “area of expertise” and the posts that have gotten most attention over the past five years, were the ones related to nightlife.

Children Causing A Major Traffic Jam In Beirut

If you wanna know why, check out this [video] and spread the message.

Beirut Will Always Be The Middle East’s Party Capital

Everything has gone from bad to worse in the past few years in Lebanon except partying. Every year the parties get hotter and better and that’s one of the few things we can still brag about as Lebanese. Sundays at Skybar, Decks on the beach, Mar Mikhael’s Train Station, Garten, O1NE, B018, C U NXT SAT and other venues made Beirut’s nightlife this summer the best in years and I am positive things will only get better.

Travel Advice

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent me a messagelast week; a travel advice, or rather a change in the travel advice. I cannot quite remember what the previous one was, but I assume the current one is a little more stringent than the last one. And as you can see, there aren't a whole lot of places I can go to these days, according to my government.  

Beloved Nahr Ibrahim and Chouen Being Destroyed

Greed. Greed characterizes most legislation in Lebanon. It’s never because it’s for the common good. It’s usually to force something upon the country, with one or many of the legislating sides getting a LOT of cash for it. It’s in everything, from sanctioning ads for ministries when your relative owns the ad agency, to forcing people to buy fire extinguishers when there’s only one supplier, who just happens to be also related to those that enacted the law.

The Washington Post’s Failed Nine Attempts To Explain The Crazy Complexity of The Middle East

I don’t really blame them. I doubt that anyone is understanding what’s happening around us. It feels like everyone’s gone mad. Maybe the only way out is to give everyone in the Middle East their own country based on the 317,000,000-state solution proposed by [The Onion].
It’s a fun read nevertheless. Check it out [Here].

Beirut Plus TV: A New TV Station In Lebanon

I have no idea who’s behind Beirut Plus TV but it looks cool. I will ask around see what I can find.


Gebran Bassil Comments On The “Caroline” Video

I am not sure if he made things better or worse by linking what happened to Da3esh. He could have simply clarified the whole situation and apologized from Caroline if she felt offended by what he did.
Speaking of women in the UAE, it is worth mentioning that UAE ranked first in the world for respecting women according to a study back in April 2014.

First Snowfall In The Cedars (And In Zouk Mosbeh)

The picture above was shared by SkiLeb this morning. Let’s hope we will have a decent winter season this year because last year was a disaster. Speaking of snow, I took the below shots on my way down from Zouk Mosbeh. Obviously it didn’t snow in Zouk but the chemicals from nearby industries made it look that way.

First Snowfall in Lebanon This Season!

After am abysmal winter last season, which limited the entire ski and snowboard season to a handful of days, not to mention the more dire issue of drought and water shortage across Lebanon, we really need Mother Nature to be generous this time around.

Ziad Rahbani Is Leaving Lebanon For Good and Moving To Russia

Picture via musicnation
I was never a big fan of Ziad Rahbani. I never liked his plays, his jokes or his views. Some of his songs are ok, specially the ones with Joseph Sakr but that’s about it. He said he’s leaving Lebanon for good but I doubt that Ziad is capable of committing to anything as he wasn’t even showing up to his own concerts lately.
PS: Someone should tell Ziad Russia is no longer communist.

Red Bull Car Park Drift At The Charles Helou Bus Station

The Red Bull Car Park Drift National Final is taking place this Saturday at the Charles Helou Bus Station starting 4pm. The Red Bull CPD is an event I always look forward to and the Charles Helou Bus Station sounds like the perfect location for it. See you all petrol heads there!

The Chase Kaslik Closed For Renovation

I wouldn’t be surprised if it is closing for good not just renovation. Business has been really slow in this part of Kaslik and a lot of restaurants have closed down there. The Chase holds a lot of memories for me as it used to be one of my favorite spots. The salad bar, the pizzas, the desserts and the merry cream during summer were the best!
I will keep checking to see if it’s going to reopen or not.

MSN is back. Seriously.

MSN from the Tanaklogia series by Tarek Chemaly

MSN is back. No, seriously,MSN is back. You know that retro vibe sweeping over everything from fashion to tech-styling (heck, there's even an arcade stand for the iPad called iCade and cassette iPhone cases), vintage clothing has never been more "in" (old school Versace and classic Pucci to name but two), and recup' is all the rage in interior decoration... Hence, MSN is back.
Who knows, the next Microsoft product might just be a newly revamped geocities complete with guestbooks!  

Sick Arguile Skills

Don’t try this at home and don’t smoke arguile at all if possible. If you are wondering why, click [Here].

Revealed: Amal Alamuddin is Wonder Woman.

Artwork by Tarek Chemaly

So now it's been revealed: Amal Alamuddin is the real Wonder Woman. Hollywood casting agents take note (and Mr. Clooney AKA Mr. Amal Alamuddin should get her signed to some top notch agent). This woman - like in the Percy Sledge song - "can do no wrong". Brains: check, education: check, style: check, and the list goes on.

Lebanese man goes nuts in Sydney airport

Old but Gold
Typically Lebanese :)

FASHAL – Driver’s Asleep

Taken by Lori Kh.