Away From Politics

Video Showing Israeli Attack on UN Spanish Peacekeepers In South Lebanon

Corporal Francisco Javier Soria Toledo, a Spanish UN peacekeeper was killed on Wednesday when Israel shelled the borders following a Hezbollah attack. This is not the first time Israel targets UN peacekeepers in Lebanon and Spain has blamed Israel for the soldier’s death.
Here’s the video:

A Short Animated Movie That Depicts Living In Beirut

Check out this hand-draw short movie by Marylin Haddad that beautifully sums up everything we go through in our beloved Lebanon. It’s about a girl called Leila trying to dance in order to survive her daily stressful routines just like each one of us has found a way to relieve himself from all this stress and uncertainty.
Only few days ago, things were relatively calm and peaceful and all of a sudden, we were on the verge of a new war with Israel.

So What Did MP Strida Geagea Really Say?

OTV shared a video two days ago showing Strida Geagea saying “Nchallah ya Rab” when Journalist Denise Rahme informed her about what happened in the South two days ago between Hezbollah and Israel. As it turns out, the video was genuine but cut off and MP Geagea was saying “Nchallah ya Rab ma yisseer shi” or something like that which makes a huge difference obviously.

Deconstructing the Theoretical Currents in Middle Eastern* Food

Deconstructing the Theoretical Currents in Middle Eastern* Food
*By which we mean the food of the Levant**, but we said Middle Eastern to draw you in.

**It’s really Lebanese food that we are talking about, but we don’t want to alienate Syrians and Palestinians.

Where to Party This Techno Weekend

 

Inside O1NE Beirut By SKYBAR: Lebanon’s Hottest Night-Life Venue In Winter

If Skybar is the place to be during summer in Lebanon, O1NE Beirut is the best place to party during winter. What started out as a huge pink round building was transformed into a true artistic landmark for Lebanon and the region. Talented graffiti artists from all over the world came to Lebanon to interpret the theme of music on the 3,000 sqm wall and the outcome is an awesome venue featuring the world’s largest privately owned graffiti wall.

The First Naturalized Foreign Citizen In China’s History Was Lebanese-American

This is a rather old story but a fascinating one and I am surprised I’ve never heard about it until now. It’s about a Lebanese-American doctor called Georges Hatem, also known as Ma Haide or Dr. Ma, who became the first foreigner to be granted citizenship in the People’s Republic of China. He was also the first foreign member of the Chinese Communist Party and Mao Zedung’s personal doctor.

Translated books: The Gruffalo

Although I do OPOL English with my kids I am still trying to indirectly bolster the French they get with their dad. We aim for consistent OPOL-ing, but we do allow ourselves to sing in other languages. Another good way I try is through books. Songs and books seem to work well as an exception to the OPOL rule, without undermining our consistency the rest of the time. It’s a bit like playacting, so it seems alright to transgress, as it were, into the other language, without fear of abandoning the spirit of OPOL.

A New Level of Absurdity for Censorship in Lebanon #SenselessCensorship

At March, we’re used to the impolite and juvenile way the General Security’s Censorship Bureau deals with us. The former chief, upon banning our play satirizing the bureau’s work, made it his sacred mission to go on every talk show in Lebanon and elaborate how “stupid” “childish” “uneducated” and “far from reality” our work was.

A Reminder To Lebanon’s Young Generation of Just How Bad Things Were In 2006

I was surprised to see so many Lebanese excited about the possibility of a new war between Lebanon and Israel yesterday. Taking aside politics and the fact that Israel admitted defeat in its 2006 adventure into Lebanon, there’s nothing good about war and we shouldn’t get too excited about the prospects of a new one. I refuse to live in a basement not because I am afraid of Israel but because I want to have a normal peaceful life and I assume and hope most Lebanese want the same.
In all cases, here’s a reminder to Lebanon’s young generation and to those who forgot already of what we had to endure back in 2006:

How A Lebanese Southerner Reacted To The Israeli Bombings

An Arguile is harmful but it’s definitely better than celebratory gunfire.
[YouTube]

Boubouffe Opening 6 Branches in the UAE!

So, Boubouffe, the shawarma icon in Ashrafieh, has gone through a lot of changes in the past few years. Two years ago, it switched venues and identity, becoming “A Lebanese Brasserie”.
Now, it looks like the restaurant famous for its shawarma wraps, is setting up shop in the UAE. The first of 6 branches is set to open this June in Dubai, with another in Abu Dhabi recently after, totaling to 6 branches by 2017.

Teaching Lebanese News Portals How To Verify A Picture

I’ve spotted at least 3 or 4 old or fake pictures being shared by various Lebanese TVs and news portals ever since the Hezbollah attack on the Israeli convoy. Here’s one of them showing a picture of a destroyed US combat vehicle in a 2013 article.
These pictures reminded me of an old post I wrote two years ago where I explained how you can verify if a picture is fake or not using Google. I hope they make good use of it and avoid the embarrassment.

Do you need a "license" for shoe shining in Beirut?


As seen on Sassine square, not just any "license" (plate) but a German one specifically... oh well, you live you learn. And next time some stuffed up gendarme asks you to show your license, it's right there as big as his ego....

Lebanese Songs Like You’ve Never Heard Them Before

I love how serious both of them are. Action, Brandor Action!
[YouTube]
Full Version:
[YouTube]
Thanks Menaribo

Kill

Kill, kill, kill everything.

Kill the light falling on this page
like a false promise of warmth;
kill the news of a world in spiral.

Kill time, cruel time, ruthless time,
endless time, fleeting time, time
laying at your feet like a bored dog.

Kill hope, lazy hope, easy hope, hope peeking
like misguided blossoms in a snow storm.
Kill this, the need to reach out and touch,
say I am here, and you?

Kill that, the urge to call them, to hear them,
to assure them as only you want to be assured.
Kill it, kill it all, kill the want to live again, kill
the want to die, kill the want to be, to become.

Kill it and remain, not a reminder, just
a hollow shell mistaken for what was,

Catchy Headlines To Make A Pointless And Useless Story Go Viral

I am sure you’ve all clicked on such titles only to find out the story is lame and stupid. I wouldn’t go as far as to say “Journalism is dying” in Lebanon but the amount of pointless and stupid online stories that are being published is increasing dramatically and we are to blame as well as the journalists.
PS: The above titles were all made up so don’t go looking for them

Miss Lebanon National Costume From 2011 Till 2014 At Miss Universe

It won’t be easy for Miss Lebanon to win Miss Universe anytime soon but since we have all these world renowned Lebanese fashion designers, it shouldn’t be hard to come up with a nicer national costume and have a chance at winning the Best National Costume award.

Don't Let Morality Die

When you look back at Auschwitz 70 years later and still feel the guilt of a collective moral catastrophe... 
Don't let history repeat itself...

Can Someone Explain This Article To Me?

I’ve read this story three times and I can’t figure out if the author is trying to be funny or is for real. He’s basically suggesting Bou Faour should go check if the food in Dubai is safe because Myriam Fares got poisoned? Is he seriously doubting the food safety standards in Dubai and praising what we have in Lebanon?
I am not sure if delusional is the right word to describe the author of this article.

How Much Does A Ski Trip Cost In Lebanon?

I was preparing a post on the cost of a ski trip in Lebanon but LBCI’s Lea Fayad beat me to it so I will make use of her report as a reference to my post as it has the Laklouk pricing which I didn’t know. As you can see below, the highest ski ticket during the weekend is at Mzaar (around 47$), followed by the Cedars (40$) and Zaarour (40$) then Laklouk (23$).

Hiba Tawaji Explains Why She Participated In The Voice France

PS: In case the original link to Hiba’s performance is broken, here’s another one. [Hiba Tawaji At The Voice France]

Voila ce que j'ai compris

Eh oui, it takes 21 days to form a habit.
Donc ça se lance. Je lis! et ç'est pas dire que je comprends tout ce que je lis mais bon c'est parti.

-Ce livre devrait me permettre de résoudre le conflit au Proche-Orient, d'avoir mon diplôme et de trouver une femme. 
Sylvain Mazas

Week12: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

Gemmayze by Charbizie
Here are the best pictures from the storm that hit Lebanon last week. You can follow LiveLoveBeirut on Instagram [Here]. I’m also on Instagram and you can follow me [Here] if you like.

Inspire Change

Yesterday I was skiing on the peaks of Mzaar (2,456 meters)

Hiba Tawaji Is Not The Only Lebanese At The Voice France

Hiba Tawaji is apparently not the only Lebanese who impressed at the Voice France this year as there’s another 19 year old called Lea Tchéna who also made it to the next round and joined Zazie’s team.
She says she’s half Lebanese at around minute 6. Mika’s reaction is hilarious.
[YouTube]
Thanks George!

I Am A Friendly Dog But No One Wants To Adopt Me

BETA‘s shelter for abandoned and abused dogs in Lebanon is now full due to low adoption rates and no kill policy. As a result, they’ve decided to start a new campaign ” The Expats Pets Program ” to help find loving and permanent homes abroad for these animals, while raising awareness on this forced immigration to encourage local adoption.

Hiba Tawaji Sings La Bidayi Wala Nihayi And Impresses All Four Judges At The Voice France

Update: Here’s a [link] to the first interview with Hiba after her performance.
Hiba is a great talent and her debut in the Voice was as expected and more. She has what it takes to go all the way so let’s cross our fingers and hope she wins!
[YouTube]

Eating Light At Zaatar W Zeit

After another fruitful shopping day at Dunes Verdun I was craving some Zaatar W Zeit. So I headed down to the food court located on B2 and there it was in all its glory.

A Villa Damaged By Lebanon’s 15-year Civil War Gets A Stunning Transformation

All pictures were taken by the one and only Roger Moukarzel

Horrible Animal Abuse Filmed On Dora Highway

A video was shared earlier by Animal Rescue Lebanon today showing sheep loaded inside a truck with tons of bags placed on top of them. That’s just outrageous but I wonder why didn’t the people who filmed it call the cops? The truck probably stayed for a good half hour on the highway so they could have easily been arrested.
Check it out [here].

Why Aren’t We Mourning The Lebanese Army Martyrs? Sabah? Wadih el Safi?

Lebanon has officially announced 3 days of mourning for the death of the Saudi King Abdullah. I won’t dig into politics and explain why it’s only normal that the Lebanese authorities mourn the Saudi King (they don’t really have a choice) but the question that everyone has been asking is why don’t we ever mourn our own greats? the likes of Sabah, Wadih el Safi, Said Akl and others? Is the Saudi King more important or relevant to us than these legends? I don’t think so.