Away From Politics

Ayia Napa’s Senior Frog’s Coming To Beirut

I am sure every Lebanese who traveled to Ayia Napa has been to Senior Frog’s. It’s the best place to kick off the party there as it’s always crowded and there’s always live entertainment. Well guess what? Senior Frog’s is coming to Concrete 1994 in Sin el Fil, Beirut for two nights on November 21 and 22.
Regular entrance tickets are at 45$ and 55$ (65$ at the door) and VIP tickets are at 100$.

Halloween Events & Parties Happening This Weekend In Beirut

Here are some of the Halloween events and parties happening in Beirut this weekend. If there are other events that I have missed out, let me know and I will add them. Too bad no one has organized a Zombie walk in Beirut yet but there’s the Halloween night ride which is close enough.

Update: Walid Joumblatt Is Tweeting Himself

For those of you still doubting if it’s really Joumblatt tweeting, His Excellency Tom Fletcher, among others, “confirmed” in a tweet the authenticity of Joumblatt’s Twitter account. If you think about it, his tweets do sound like him.

NDU Should Not Have Canceled the Elections, but Learn from AUB

Yes, that’s in NDU, not a zoo somewhere where a piece of meat was thrown into a holding area with dozens of carnivorous animals. The difference here is that this is a university campus, not a zoo, and the animals are actually loyalists of Geagea and Aoun, two of the warlords Lebanon was never really able to get rid of. It’s so embarrassing that the supposedly “educated youth”, still have so many testosterone-crazed baboons that often spend over a decade in universities to be the “representatives” of their political macho men, ruining any chance of meaningful political reform at an early stage in hopes they’ll graduate knowing how to run a proper political campaign and elections, far from the norm their leaders outside campus set. Watch more of the fight here:

Ghadi The Movie To Represent Lebanon At The Oscars

This is great news for Lebanon as Ghadi is the 11th Lebanese movie to make it to the Oscars since 1978 and will be competing against 80 other entries in the foreign language category.
Check out my review of Ghadi [Here].

Lebanese Bushra El-Turk, Hind Hobeika And Bahia Shehab Among BBC’s Top 100 Women Of 2014

Bushra el Turk: British-Lebanese composer for London Symphony Orchestra
Three Lebanese women made it to BBC’s 100 Women Of 2014 list. The list is aimed at highlighting inspiring figures from around the world and part of the BBC’s pledge to better represent women in its international coverage.

World Cup 2018 Logo Unveiled

The 2018 World Cup will take place in Russia and the logo is supposed to represent Russia’s heart & soul. I think it looks great specially when compared to the previous two World Cups logos. Now let’s wait and see what Qatar comes up with in few years time, assuming FIFA will allow them to still host the World Cup.


Sukleen Treated Sleiman And Will Be Taking The Necessary Actions

via Sukleen
I am very glad to hear Sleiman is in good health and I hope they arrest the person who assaulted him soon. In case you missed the original story, Sleiman is a Sukleen worker who got assaulted and humiliated in Dekwaneh two days and it didn’t take long before the story went viral.

Bellboys are not just for hotels: Gandour gets a new logo.

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And the saga continues, during the last 18 months so many Lebanese institutions have rebranded, Crepaway changed its selling line, whereas Matta,

7ki Jelis Does The Bra Cam Experiment With Myriam Klink

7ki Jelis reproduced the Nestlé FITNESS bra camera initiative and fitted Myriam Klink with a pink bra embedded with a hidden camera and asked her to walk inside a mall and see how many times her breasts are checked out. I liked the original experiment as it’s a smart way to raise awareness on Breast Cancer but I think Myriam Klink is a bad choice. Also, I don’t understand why the video says that she’s stripping or “tzallatit” which means getting naked which she’s not.

How To Use Brown People To Illustrate A Story About Overpopulation

Yesterday a report was published by the National Academy of Sciences warning that even major wars and catastrophes won't curb population growth. Good news, you might think, we are resilient as a species but of course that's not the version that the media will go with. Naturally it's too good an opportunity to miss for another round of scaremongering about human population growth.

Giveaway: 10 Avant-Premiere Tickets To Watch INTERSTELLAR: The Movie Event Of The Year

I am pretty sure a lot of movie fans are eagerly waiting to watch Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, so here’s your chance to win avant-premiere tickets and watch it before anyone else. This $165M movie, starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, is set to be a front runner in this year’s Oscar race and has been rated 9.5 on IMDb so far.
The Avant-Premiere is taking place on November 3 at VOX Cinemas BCC starting 7:30pm. In order to get in the competition, you have to answer the below:

Gandour’s New Logo

Gandour is changing its old logo and switching to the new one above. The bell-boy was also present in the 1940s’ logo along with the flag but he is becoming the primary focus now.
I’ve never really paid that much attention to Gandour’s logos but I like the new one.
PS: The new logo was designed Mash Creative and SocioDesign.

From Beirut to Dubai by MamaRowana

So here I am 1 month after writing my last piece about Lebanon not being my ‘happily ever after’ story. Since then, I left Beirut to the states to visit my family and to be a bridesmaid at my best friend’s wedding. Shortly after, my family and I took the big step to relocate to a new country, to a new city we could call home. This place is drum roll….Dubai (cue ‘eyes rolling’).

Lebanese Pot Farmers Vs. Da3esh

Who would have thought? Da3esh is actually uniting Lebanese factions in certain areas. I’d love to see pot farmers smoking weed and fighting alongside the Lebanese Army against terrorist groups in the Bekaa.

3 Lebanese Women Make it to BBC’s 100 Women List: Who They Are

It’s almost painful to see 3 out of the 100 women on BBC’s 100 Women are Lebanese, when Lebanon ranked among the worst countries in terms of gender equality (135/142), check out BlogBaladi for more information on that report.
But, it’s also amazing that 3% of the BBC’s 100 Women list of 2014, are Lebanese. It’s also doubly amazing because one of them is a scientist, and a good friend, Hind Hobeika!

Lebanon Ranked Among The Worst Countries In Terms Of Gender Inequality

The Annual Gender Gap Index is out and Lebanon has dropped from last year to the 135th spot (out of 142) and suffers from severe gender inequality. Moreover, Lebanon ranked really bad in terms of female political participation, given the low number of women holding public office. Lebanon is the second worst ranked country in the Arab world after Syria only in the 139th spot. Kuwait is the best ranked in 113th spot, followed by UAE (115), Bahrain (124), Egypt (129), Saudi Arabia (130) and Jordan (134).

Of living by proxy or the state of the Lebanese woman

The Global Gender Gap Report 2014 has been published, ranking Lebanon at 135 out of 142 countries. The study shows that women's educational attainment is high, however women have yet to enter the political world and obtain the right to speak and make a difference.
How can a paternalistic society move forward when highly educated women cannot participate in drafting and implementing legislation?
Should we wait for our country men to protect us and give us our rights?
Who decides if I can give the citizenship to my unborn children?
Who decides if I am protected against abuse?
Who decides what the definition of abuse is?

Sukleen Worker Assaulted And Humiliated In Dekwaneh

Assuming the story is true, Sukleen must investigate this incident and report it to the Lebanese Police in order to arrest whomever assaulted this poor old man. If anyone was there this morning and took pictures or a video of what happened, please call and share all the details you have with the Lebanese Police.

Lebanon, Colombia And India Have The Most Public Holidays In The World

According to a survey of 64 major economies by human resources consulting firm Mercer LLC, Lebanon, Colombia And India have the most public holidays out of the countries studied, while Mexico has the least. I am pretty sure Lebanon should be on top of that list since we always get more days on certain holidays like Easter and Adha for example.
Check out the full infographic [here].

Sukleen Worker Forced to Kneel, Cheek Cut in Dekwene

The look in this teary-eyed man’s bloodied face is enough to tell you that something aweful had just happened. I’ll quote what the original poster, Anastacia, had to say:

30 Photos of an Abandoned Theme Park in Lebanon

I love abandoned places. Most times, the tenants leave at a moment’s notice, so, it sort of freezes in time as nature reclaims it and it begins to crumble. This theme park hasn’t been abandoned too long, I believe 2-3 years ago. So, many of you might have memories of going there as children. It’s located near Hammanah, right off the Dahr El Baydar highway towards Mtein.

Tram on Bliss in 1963

How awesome would it be if you could take the Tram from upper to lower campus? From other parts of Beirut? Imagine finishing class and being able to grab a wagon for happy hour in Mar Mikhail…
Photo via /r/Lebanon

Yves Saint Laurent Makeup Step-By-Step Review

A month back, Yves Saint Laurent invited me to their beauty counter at ABC Ashrafieh for a makeover and to test out some of their makeup collection. I was already obsessing over their Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation which I reviewed here back in July so I knew I was in for a treat. Here is the final look. You can follow the steps below to achieve it

"Death Will Come" by Cesare Pavese

Death will come and will have your eyes—
this death that accompanies us
from morning till evening, unsleeping,
deaf, like an old remorse
or an absurd vice. Your eyes
will be a useless word,
a suppressed cry, a silence.
That’s what you see each morning
when alone with yourself you lean
toward the mirror. O precious hope,
that day we too will know
that you are life and you are nothingness. Death has a look for everyone.
Death will come and will have your eyes.
It will be like renouncing a vice,
like seeing a dead face reappear in the mirror,
like listening to a lip that’s shut.

Run For Sarah el Khatib At The Beirut Marathon

The Beirut Marathon Association has opened two extra days for registration for an exceptionally awesome lady, Sarah el Khatib. Sarah was at TEDxLAU this year and delivered an inspiring talk on her fight with cancer, before she died two weeks later. I will be at the Beirut Marathon this year just like every year, and I will be running for Sarah.
For those who missed the deadline and still want to register, here’s a [link] to do so.
For those who missed Sarah’s talk, check it out:

Of change

The one constant you can always rely on.
Everybody leaves one day...

Last Beach Day

 Not much happening these days. After the rain of last weekend, we’re back in sunshine mode. A friend and I decided to enjoy one of the (probably) last beach days. It’s not that the weather isn’t good enough to be on the beach after today, but the beach resorts pack up their furniture, close the bar, and turn off the water. That means that from now on we’ve got to go to the beach Dutch style; on a towel in the sand, bring your own food and go home all salty, sticky and sandy. We’ve become too Lebanese to deal with that.

Sky-Fall Proposal In Jbeil

The drone is a nice idea but what’s up with the dancers?

Lebanese Rodolphe el-Khoury Named New Dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture

It seems I missed out on yet another achievement for a Lebanese abroad, as Rodolphe el Khoury was named the new dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture back in May 2014. El Khoury is born in Beirut and has taught at Harvard University, MIT, University of Hong Kong, Princeton University and Columbia University among others. [Source]