Away From Politics

Sneak Peek Pictures: Walkman Opening Tonight In Hamra

Walkman is a new pub and restaurant created by the same people behind February 30 and Checkpoint Charlie, two of my favorite pubs in Beirut. I love the 80s and Walkman is all about the 80s, so I am looking forward to visiting it.
I will post a full review soon. Until then, you can check further info [Here].

Beyond letters


Can you guess which four Arabic letters these are?

Profiling New Global Fashion Icon: Lebanon’s Amal Alamuddin


The world is smitten by its latest fashion icon, Amal Alamuddin or the new Mrs. Clooney. She’s managed to not only snag one of the most-coveted bachelors in the world but she’s also landed herself in the same ranks as some of the world’s fashion royalty and to get the nod from just about every usually unimpressed fashion editor out there.

Lebanese Detroit Doctor Pleads Guilty To Cancer Treatment Fraud

Almost a year after his arrest, Dr. Farid Fata has pled guilty to 16 counts including health care fraud, conspiracy to receive kickbacks and money laundering. He admitted to administering anti-cancer drugs that were medically unnecessary and filing claims to Medicare he knew to be fraudulent. All in all, Fata’s oncology centers submitted about $109 million in Medicare claims for chemotherapy and other cancer treatments between August 2007 and July 2013.
What a horrible human being!
You can read the full complaint [Here].

Pierre Hachache Answers Dr. Faisal al-Qassem

Check the video [Here] it’s hilarious!

On Religion

The rains have come (by the way) For months on end I diligently post my thoughts on odds and ends, yet never seem to elicit many comments. I get the occasional compliments, which I value tremendously, although I am rather lax when it comes to replying to them (but be advised, I do appreciate it!! . But in general, it is quiet in the comment section: this silence is fine with me: I write for me, and not for others.

Chanel: de Beauvoir feminism and Sartre existentialism


Source: Elle

One of the most insulting ways designer Karl Lagerfeld (creative director of Chanel) defended his use of exceptionally skinny models was to say "its easy to make clothes look good on a human hanger" - the same man finished the Chanel Spring Summer 2015 show today by holding a mock feminist parade with models such as Cara Delevigne, Kendall (formerly with a Jenner family name), or Gisele Bundchen carrying banners with messages such as "history is her story" or "he for she" (a nod to the Emma Watso

Of Amal or Hope

Yasmine is an inspiring young woman who is raising awareness about a very important cause in Lebanon. Domestic Violence.

Domestic violence is still taboo in Lebanon and even worse it is seen as permissible. The woman gets beaten up, she goes to her parents' house, they tell her to go back to her husband and the vicious cycle continues. Partly to spare the family from a "Fadiha" or scandal, partly because well what do you do? where do you go from here? How do you empower yourself?

You are somebody's daughter and now somebody's wife. But you never had the chance to be somebody yourself. Most often than not you do not have a steady source of income and even if you do, you probably have young kids to protect. And it goes on and on in a dizzying spiral.

Is It Possible To Change a Picture’s Caption On Instagram?

A friend was showing me how some Instagram account uploaded a picture of Amal Alameddine and George Clooney and wrote Anal instead of Amal, which is quite hilarious. However, I looked back at the account and the name was correctly spelled even though some of the comments were still laughing at the mistake and asking them to fix the name. As far as I know, the only way to change a picture’s caption on Instagram is by deleting it and rewriting the whole thing but then it will show under all the comments not at the top.

Couple Fighting In Hamra Street

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I don’t really know what’s happening but it’s quite surprising that no one intervened to stop the man.

Hello Kids! Here’s How You Give Them The Finger

Spotted in Dbayyeh.
Thanks Chahe!

A 24 Hour Gym In Beirut

I don’t know if Goodlife Fitness is the first 24 hour gym in Beirut but that’s the first time I hear about one. Goodlife Fitness is opening in a couple of weeks in Ain El-Remmaneh, Aley, and Jal El Dib.

DiminBeirut: Premier League Clubs as Lebanese Religious Sects

Here’s a funny post on how Premier League Clubs can be seen as Lebanese Religious Sects. Manchester United are compared to Sunnis, Liverpool to Christian Maronites, Arsenal to Druzes, Christian Orthodox to Everton, Shiites to Chelsea etc ..
Check out the full article [Here].

A Night at O Monot Boutique Hotel


When it comes to hotels in Beirut, surprisingly your options are not as vast as one would expect from a country that relies so heavily on hospitality. You’d either have to check yourself into one of the usual larger five star suspects or take a gamble at one of the smaller less established “city” hotels with random, less comforting names that may leave you with a very bitter taste in your mouth, perhaps even literally.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF BEIRUT APP

Gebran Bassil And The Caroline Video: Scandals bi Samné w Scandals bi Zeit

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I disapprove of what Gebran Bassil did in this video, and how our Minister of Education laughed at the joke, but it’s quite ironic how some Lebanese made a big deal out of this incident while disregarding the real scandals around them. Any scandal related to gender equality or women respect should be highlighted regardless of the political affiliation of the person behind it. There are still many Lebanese MPs and ministers who refuse to sign laws to protect women from violence and abuse yet barely anyone mentions them.

Lebanese Boxing Champion Alaeddine Ramadan Shot Dead In Vancouver

Alaaeddine is the one on the right
Alaeddine Ramadan is a 20-year old Lebanese boxing champion in Vancouver who was shot dead as he was leaving the sports club. The authorities are saying the shooting was premeditated and Canada’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has taken over the case. Some are saying the likely motive was preventing Alaeddine from winning the Vancouver boxing championship, as the Lebanese boxer had won his last five matches.
Here’s a [link] to the original story.

Best Pictures From Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney’s Wedding In Venice

I loved the title BusinessWomenMedia chose for this occasion which was “Internationally acclaimed barrister Amal Alamuddin marries an actor”. Of course Georges Clooney is not just any actor. He’s one of the best actors in the world and has received five Golden Globe Awards as an actor and producer, but the truth is we wouldn’t have heard about Amal in Lebanon if it wasn’t for Clooney.

LebanonFiles.com Steals Satire Article About “Proof of Life After Death” And Publishes as Legit


It’s sad how “news websites” in Lebanon so liberally steal articles without mentioning the source or taking permission, what’s even more sadder, and actually hilarious, is when they think a satirical article is an actually a serious one. The epitome of what’s sad is that some people actually believe it, and share it…

"Hard Country" by Joe Bolton

"It is, even now, a hard country to live in.

Full summer is invisible fire under cypresses
Dying of thirst,
And you think of the dog days it got too hot
To do much else but sit and sweat
And watch the ground bake till it cracked.

Or, wintering, it could be the New World:
The empty duskward distances
And killing promise of mow.
You still remember the night it fell to fifteen below.
You were sitting at the kitchen table,
Ten years old,
A blanket on your lap and a bowl
Of snow cream in front of you.
Your mother was stoking the stove.
You saw, through the window, the west field
Silvered with snow and starlight. Saw
The figure of your father crossing the field,

USEK student Elio Mechleb take on #bendgate


Image credit: Elio Mechleb - USEK


Image credit Elio Mechleb 0 USEK

Unica Dark

Gandour is introducing Unica Dark with this smart ad.

Ramlet al-Baida: Beirut’s Last Public Beach Might Be Turned Into A Huge Touristic Resort

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It appears that some wealthy and powerful investors have set their sights on Ramlet al-Baida and are planning to turn it into a huge private beach resort. This is a repeat of the Daliyeh scenario that saw a lot of people protesting against it but in vain. Moreover, Lebanese Environment Minister Mohamad Machnouk was against fencing the Dalieh but he wasn’t able to do anything about it.

The Lebanese Army Driving An M113 APC Over ISIS Motorcycles

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The above video was shared on Jalopnik.com and is from last week’s battles between the Lebanese Army and ISIS and Nusra terrorists. I am glad they decided to share this video not the one I posted about and condemned.

48 Hours Around Lebanon With LG

LG is organizing a really cool journey for 10 Lebanese bloggers (myself included) around Lebanon in 48 hours. The journey will include a lot of fun activities like paragliding (if the weather permits it), camping, jet ski, ATV and sightseeing and will end on Sunday night in Beirut. We were all handed the new LG G3 on Thursday to test it out during our trip, and I will be giving away a really cool gadget once I am back so stay tuned!
I will be uploading cool pictures on my instagram so you can follow me [here] to check them out.

Lebanese Ministry Of Public Works Spending In The Past Months

Kataeb MP Samy Gemayel posted earlier today a screenshot showing how the Ministry of Public Works has spent its money in the past few months. Assuming this information is correct, it’s quite surprising to see that the least money was spent on the Matn area. Nevertheless, it is really hard to judge based on one list as we need further explanation and information on that matter from the ministry itself.

The ideal Twitter diet: eat your way to better tweets

As someone who’s on Twitter, I get asked a lot about what’s the best diet to follow in order to tweet successfully. It’s a subject that I have thought about a lot during the past half an hour, and therefore decided to write a guide for people who are too busy to design their own diets. It’s a matter of common courtesy, you owe it to the people who follow you to eat properly in order to keep them informed and entertained. So here we go.