Away From Politics

Gas Prices Might No Longer Drop In Lebanon

Update (20/01/2015): It appears that the government won’t be fixing any prices and the prices will drop by more than 1,000 Lebanese Lira tomorrow.

Ivy Reviews: Yalla 3a2belkon

Forever 21 Now Open At City Centre Beirut

I had posted back in September that Forever 21 is set to open early January and today is the official opening.

#Lebanon Has The Highest Per Capita Concentration of Refugees in The World: 257 refugees per 1,000 inhabitants

The UN announced last week that Syrians have overtaken Afghans as the largest refugee population (aside from Palestinians) as they’ve fled to over 100 countries to escape war in Syria. They are more than 3 million refugees as of mid-2014 with almost 1.1 million registered refugees in Lebanon. Lebanon’s population has grown by nearly 25% ever since the war in Syria began in 2011.

Ready

It seems that Holland experienced its warmest year ever in 2014. We (as in Lebanese) felt that one too: it was the one winter ever without snow. I don’t remember any winters without snow in Lebanon, except that one.  

Reasons for Living—or Not

It often begins with the low light of early spring:
the distant sounds of life on a chilly Sunday;
your reflection in a screen, bigger than it needs to be;
a dog nearing the end of her life, turning away
from food like only a dying animal can.
                                                            The last
to surrender is often the sense of the beginning,
that what might have been can still be. Instead
is a rigid sense of awakening, that this is all there is
and will be: a cold counting of assets, tabulating life,
seeing it on the losing end.
                                        And in the silence
connecting all—bathing you with your own thoughts
and the smelly leftovers of yesterday’s dream—

Nutella’s Controversial Billboard

Picture via Rania el Khatib
People are apparently upset with the above Nutella billboard because it shows Christian names with the English version and Muslim names (Except for Sarah which is not Muslim) with the Arabic one. I don’t know if all the billboards are like this one but I agree that the way the names were depicted in this one is wrong, even if it wasn’t done intentionally. I wouldn’t make a big fuss out of it though but whomever did this should have been more careful.

Isn’t That The Old Elie Saab Logo?

I first thought it was Elie Saab until I re-read and noticed it’s Saba not Saab. However, I’m almost sure Elie Saab had the same logo with the same font and different thickness for the first and family name. Too bad I couldn’t find it online to compare the two as it must have be long time ago.
Spotted in Zahle.

Roumieh Prison’s Notorious Bloc B Had A Barber Shop, A Server Room, A Coffee Shop And Women Clothes

Kalam Ennas showed yesterday exclusive footage from inside Roumieh’s Bloc B and I can easily say this is one of the biggest scandals in Lebanon’s history. A whole building inside Roumieh’s prison that contains an operations room, servers and hubs, a library and a coffee shop, a school to train terrorists, LCD and LED TVs, drugs and women clothes etc …

Beirut Among The 50 Unpredictable And Non-Clichéd Places To Travel To In Your 20s

Beirut made it on EliteDaily’s List of The 50 Unpredictable And Non-Clichéd Places To Travel To In Your 20s and I actually agree on their description of Beirut as being a “great place to eat, explore and party”. Beirut is a great city to visit if you are in your 20s as you could rent a small apartment or stay at a cheap motel in Mar Mikhael, Hamra or Gemayze, explore the city during the day, enjoy the great food we have to offer and party and have fun at night.

Rain

Love the rain. For now. Not much else to add to that.
Bliss Street
Bliss Street

Mia Khalifa #JeSuisCharlie

Charlie Abdo it is lol!

Epic Fail: 2e7zarou Al Takleed = ?

Thanks Barakat!

Fairouz Old House In Beirut To Become A Museum

The old Beiruti house Fairouz grew up in won’t be demolished and turned into a skyscraper. Instead the municipality of Beirut will take over the house and turn it into a museum to honor Fairouz’s career and achievements. I am glad that the house won’t be demolished like Amine Maalouf’s residence and this is the least the municipality can do to one of the most widely admired and respected singers in the Arab world.

#JusticeForYves: Yves Nawfal’s Killer Arrested At Last!

The ISF Intelligence Branch arrested in Brital Charbel George Khalil, who is accused of killing Yves Naufal. They also found the Jeep that was used in the murder. Great News!

Lou3bat al Nissa2 Old Lebanese Movie Trailer

Update: Here’s a [link] to the full video.
Chawki Matta, Houwayda, Rafic Najem and Madeleine Tabbar are in that movie. I saw somewhere in the comments that the guy singing at the end is Sami Clark (Grandizer song) but I can’t confirm. Does anyone know where we can download or buy this movie?
[YouTube]

#shareanutellasawa or #nutellanewname?

After the massive hit that #shareacokesawa was (I know a taxi driver who was paid super handsomely to transport a can from Baabda to Jal el Dib!) which allowed customers to customize their own coke and with whom they wanted to share it.. Now comes #Nutellanewname which... Bummer! Allows people to put their own name on the jar! So basically, the term "me too" has been invented for this campaign which instead of spreading the hashtag #nutellanewname should be #shareanutellasawa.

Where to?

I have changed so much from the person I used to be, something I had always known and felt for the past few years. What has changed is that I have nothing to say, not in writing and not in verbal address. It is almost as if I am empty on the inside, like I have lost who I was, and like I have no memory of things I love and hate, things that make me the person I am.

"No" means... Perhaps?

This year, the March 14th celebrations will take place on the 13th - conveniently, a Sunday - Moustapha from Beirut Spring, has a rule of thumb for knowing if there will be a turn out or not (his mother and her sisters are showing up, first time since 2005).

My Thursday Evening Without Water #BAD2010

Yesterday evening I had a call from my husband listing my 3 options for a dinner meal:
1- I buy something ready made
2- He makes me a quick sandwich
3- I do not eat a thing
This was prelude to him announcing that I can not cook anything at home since there was no water (apparently something is wrong with our water tank) and we have only a couple of water bottles…

Movie Review: The Social Network

I wrote it last week, just as I came back from a special press screening of The Social Network Movie, which will be released on October 28th, courteously provided by the lovely and amazing guys at Cineklik (with no strings attached as usual).

See you all at #GeekFestBeirut tonight

I’m now a Common Folk

Are we finally going to have a proper lebanese e-bookshop?

So far Antoine Online have their heart in the proper place. They are renewing their online shopping site and have signed multiple agreements with international retailers like Amazon to ensure you are really able to get ANY book you want.