Away From Politics

Colonel Beer: Batroun Has its Own Beer… Coming Soon

Resilient. Pioneering. Innovative. These are just some of the words that best describe Lebanon’s entrepreneurial landscape. And Jamil Haddad, the latest entrepreneur to emerge from this world, fits the description entirely.

The Real Story Behind The Semi-Naked Man In Beirut’s Protests

He was arrested under no charge, but under the command of the General Prosecution, and swallowed a light bulb in his prison cell before he got released and transferred to a hospital.
Here’s the original story in case you missed it.

Adel Karam For President

Via @AdelKaram9
I like Adel Karam but I’ll never vote for him as president. He’s not serious enough for the job lol!
Anyway let’s see what he’s up to next Tuesday.

1 Million Syrian Refugees In Lebanon

Yesterday, the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon officially passed the 1 million mark according to the UNHCR. Lebanon has now become the country with the highest per-capita concentration of refugees worldwide.

Is Farid (Chehab) "unique"? Yes you "bet".

My recent post regarding the crossing over of some figures from advertising to environmental consciousness was hailed by some, and not liked by others - and for a reason - I was mentioning specific people, including Farid Chehab, the honorary chairman of Leo Burnett MENA.

Beirut River Crocodile Captured

via LBCI
I am not sure if it’s the same crocodile they’ve spotted before, as I heard that there may be more than just one.
Update: Check how big that crocodile turned out to be lol!
Update2: Jason from Animals Lebanon just told me the crocodile measures 130cm.

Beirut: The Last Home Movie (1987)

I had posted about this movie back in 2010 and couldn’t find it anywhere in Lebanon. It’s a documentary that sheds the light on the fancy living of the Bustros family in war torn Beirut, and how “the biggest problem faced by the Bustros family was that the chandeliers occasionally vibrate from the distant explosion of bombs and artillery.” [NYTimes]

Stop Brand Bashing on Social Media

Sometimes I feel like doing some public brand bashing like most of people do on social media but i won’t, and not because I work in social media and always deal with different brands.

Lebanese Civil Defense volunteers Have Every Right To Protest

I am not for implementing the new wage scale proposed by the Unions but fire fighters have every right to protest and block roads. These men have been working and risking their lives for years for a miserable $200 monthly nothing in return. I don’t think it’s too much if they turn them into full employees and finance a much needed restructuring of the Civil Defense units and branches.
Civil Defense volunteers are not government employees who take bribes and do nothing all day. They volunteered to save lives and should not treated that way. If a salary increase is not feasible, they should be at least equipped with the proper tools to do their job.

The Miracle Machine: Make Your Own Wine at Home

We have heard of  machines that brew beer at home but what about brewing your own wine? The Miracle Machine is the world’s first affordable accelerated winemaking device for the home.

The Grandparents Frame by JOHNSON’S Baby

My brother and sister-in-law live abroad and just had a baby girl a month back. Ever since, my parents who are now grandparents ask me almost every day if my brother sent me any new pictures or videos of the baby. I taught them how to use Skype on the iPad but the picture is not always crystal clear because of the internet connection, and it’s a hassle to regroup pictures from different sources in one place, so this Grandparents App is a really nice and simple idea.

Let’s Have Some Sushi Cupcakes

Have you heard about the edible cupcake wrappers made from Nori seaweed? Traditionally these wrappers are made from paper or plastic, but things are changing… you can now eat the cupcake and the wrapper with it. I am not sure seaweed would be a good mix with cake, but I can imagine some rice and raw fish on them, some vegetable maybe?

Edible Water Drops: Yes They Exist…

If you’re an advocate for saving the environment, then these edible water drops may help play a part in avoiding the ever-growing pile of plastic water bottles in landfills?

Hamburger Gourmet: A Book to Have if You Love Burgers

Reflecting the recent trend for burgers of every stripe and description, Hamburger Gourmet is a colorful book that takes you from the beautiful simplicity of a classic beef burger to the burgers made of everything from chicken to quinoa.

Lebanese Kid Hits His Mother On Future TV

WTF is wrong with this kid?

He is not in need of (Syrian) laborers

"He is not in need of laborers - and thank you".

The World’s Tiniest Sushi – On a Single Rice Grain

Fine dining may have a tendency for skimping on portion sizes, but Tokyo sushi chef Hironori Ikeno has shrunken his craft to a whole new level of tiny. Mr Ikeno, who appears on a video by Reuters, has spent 13 years perfecting the art of scaling his sushi pieces down to a single grain of rice.

Half Naked Man Spotted At Today’s Protests In Beirut

Am I human? Am I Lebanese? I’m an ass. Picture via LBCI
The Syndicate Coordination Committee organized a general strike today in protest against the failure to refer the new wage scale to parliament for approval.

FAIL: Very Ambitious Hyundai

“When I Grow Up I will be FJ Cruiser”. I really want to know who comes up with these stickers.

Busy? The Yacht Induction Cooker is For You

An innovative kitchen appliance that uses the power of a magnetic field to heat up pots, the Yacht Induction Cooker allows of an automatic cooking system that many people, especially busy ones, will appreciate.

Designed by Lee Dawi this cooker looks futuristic as it sounds.

‘Cut Food’ Mouthwatering Shots of Your Favorite Bites

You’re going to get hungry after looking at these pictures… mouthwatering shots by food photographer Beth Galton and food stylist Charlotte Omnès of your favorite foods cut in half. The series is called ‘Cut Food’ photo series.
Cup of hot coffee, a bucket of pop-corn, packets of mashed potatoes, and sumptuous stuffed turkey… strawberry jam donuts… and more…

Lebanese Parliament Votes On New Rent Law – Old Rent Law Abolished At Last

I really can’t believe it took this long for the parliament to drop the ridiculous old rent law, but they’ve finally done and I think the new law proposed is fair for both tenants and owners. For those of you unaware of the old rent law, it was enacted after World War II and is one of the weirdest laws still in existence, as it gave more rights to the tenants over the owners, and kept the rents at the same fixed price as originally agreed. As a result, there are still people paying 400$ a year for an apartment in Beirut while market rent prices are at their highest level.

Fares Karam El Ghorba Song Stolen by an Israeli Singer

Sadly enough, he got more hits than the original song.

Sidon Teacher Forgot Her Baby For Hours In The Car

Source: DailyMail
A school teacher in Saida forgot her baby inside the car during the day and by the time she realized that, the baby boy was already dead. That’s just terrible news and the mother apparently had a nervous breakdown following the incident.

TeleLiban Relaunching With A New Logo

TeleLiban is undergoing some major renovation and will reopen soon with a new logo and a new team. They are already on [Facebook], [Twitter] and their [website] is under construction.

Lebanese “President” Equates Atheists to Terrorists

The million dollar quote is: “Peace will defeat war. Faith will defeat fundamentalism and atheism.” [0:30-0:34]
Wow… Just wow… The so-called President of the most “open and free” country in the Arab World just equated filthy religious extremist terrorists who kill our soldiers, to me, and people like me: those who don’t believe in his or any god, or any other regressive, counterproductive fantasy that makes people violent, oppressed and uninformed.
Before we begin, allow me to remind our soon-to-be-retired president of the constitution he swore to protect when we was OK-ed as a weak enough president to not upset any of the warring Lebanese factions.

Odds and Ends

Mountains above Beirut Things are warming up in Beirut. Nothing has exploded recently, but car bombs seem to be getting dismantledon a rather frequent base. The pressure is building up. And the overall well-being of people is not ‘well’. And so this is a post about the things we deal with on a daily basis.

Ma T2oulo Mabrouk Ba3ed: Domestic Violence Law Approved Without KAFA Amendments

Via Almaza
When I first read that the domestic violence law got approved without any amendments, I thought the parliament passed the draft-law including Kafa’s remarks without amending it, but as it turns out, they only voted on the original draft-law and not the crucial modifications requested by KAFA. One of the KAFA lawyer went as far as calling the law a “farce”.

Almaza, Al Rifai, Exotica, Himaya and Ksara Show Support to KAFA’s #NoLawNoVote Campaign

The parliament just ratified the law to protect women from domestic violence without making any amendments. Congrats to all the Lebanese!
Update: The law was passed without the amendments requested by KAFA, so it’s not what we were hoping for but definitely a step in the right direction.
Update2: Here’s the statement released by Kafa.

From advertisers to eco-warriors? Ironic.

You see what happens when you finish an illustrious career in advertising? After spending decades raking money selling unneeded things in non-recyclable plastic bottles, advertising high end fashion made in sweatshops, and so on - you end being an eco-warrior. At least this is what Farid Chehab - previously from H&C Leo Burnett (where C stands for Chehab!) - did.

Check Out Kareem Rifai’s Mashkal Flowchart

Believe it or not, I’ve never gotten into a fight in my life. It’s not that I don’t have any wasta or am not strong enough to beat someone up (I played Rugby for two years), it’s just that I don’t like resorting to violence to solve anything.
via Gino

Bugatti Veyron Spotted in Beirut

I thought it was the Super Sport model but it’s the normal one, if we could really call this car a normal one!

Pre-Order Maamoul for a Cause This Easter

Maamoul is the traditional dessert we all lover serving. It’s especially the case during Easter, when many Christian families serve the delicacy to their guests wishing them a Happy Easter.