Away From Politics

Even Dogs Wanna Leave: BETA Launches Lebanese Expat Pets Program

It’s no secret many of us dream of a a visa to live and work abroad. Lebanese folks with dual citizenships are often seen as the lucky ones, and even a good catch if you’re looking to get married. This sad reality isn’t just for Lebanon’s humans though, it’s also applicable to Lebanon’s shelter dogs.

The Devil's Anvil: Hard rock from the Middle East, 1967

Can you believe it? The Devil's Anvil, a very very early precursor of world music fused Arabic beats with Western ones since 1967.

acoté Mar Mikhael Review

Mar Mikhael is in a phase where it’s almost saturated in terms of real estate and capacity, just enough to start revealing somewhat more unique concepts to stand out from the rest of the pubs and restaurants in the area. Acote is one of those places, and last weekend, I went there with a few friends to try the newly open gourmet sandwich place right next to Prune.

Why We Don’t Want Weed Legal in Lebanon (YET), Just Decriminalized (NOW)

I have been a very vocal advocate of decriminalization of marijuana in Lebanon for years. If not for my personal appreciation for the plant, for the extremely brutal, vicious, barbaric and sometimes even deadly reaction by Lebanon’s super corrupt judiciary and police force.

After Georges Clooney, Largo Winch Falls For A Lebanese Woman

Cool find by Ralph Aoun from Blog Of The Boss. Read more about it [Here].

Let’s Forget What Fattoush Did And Focus On Bernadette Ojeil For Now

I watched this video yesterday morning even before it went viral and was disgusted by what this judge and her husband have done. What they did was wrong on so many levels and you’d expect them to get arrested on the same day, but then I remembered that MP Fattoush almost did the same thing by assaulting a female employee at the Justice Palace and got away with it, and then his son attacked a journalist few days ago and also got away with it somehow.

Amal Alamuddin is Barbara Walters’ Most Fascinating Person of the Year For The Wrong Reasons

There’s no doubt that Amal Alamuddin is a fascinating woman and deserves to be among the most fascinating people of the year, but it’s not of her very high profile marriage to George Clooney. Honestly speaking, it’s rather insulting and disrespectful to Amal to be named the “Most Fascinating Person” for marrying Clooney only.

“Judge” (Savage Religious Fundamentalist) Bernadette Ojeil Embodies Everything Wrong in Lebanon


Bernadette Ojeil is a “judge” in the mu7asabeh branch of the Lebanese judiciary. Which means she doesn’t judge on court cases with us civilians, but is sort of an auditor that makes sure public spending is ok. Yes, already she’s a joke, given how corrupt and wasteful our public spending is.

صامد وتحية الميلاد Samed's Merry Christmas

(ink on paper حبر على ورق)
"Ho, ho, ho...Bro"

Lamartine Valley and 100 Happy Days

Narrow roads winding in between parasol pine trees, and . . .   I just completed a #100happydayschallenge; for 100 days I had to post a picture of something that made me happy. The thought behind the project is that ‘We live in times when super-busy schedules have become something to boast about.

Sento Nel Cuore Certo Dolore

(ink on paper حبر على ورق)

Winter in Lebanon as not seen on TV

Picture via Al Jomhouria
I am loving these campaigns by LiveLoveLebanon and the Ministry of Tourism. This winter will be one of the best in years. Come visit Lebanon and enjoy it!

A Suggestion To Park Meter Lebanon

I spotted one of the Park Meter officer fining a car the other day and I bought from him a Park Meter prepaid card that you can use on machines. As I was giving him the money, he was complaining on how this car has been parked for more than 2 hours without a ticket and that its driver never showed up. Honestly speaking, I agree with the officer but I wonder why Park Meter doesn’t set up prepaid cards dispensers so that people can buy these cards when needed. Most of the time, people don’t have coins and supermarkets and small grocery stores get pissed when someone asks for coins.

Lebanese Minister of Transportation Wants To Ban #UBER

Update2: Uber Beirut confirmed that these claims are not true and that business is running as usual.
Mustapha shared me with me this morning an article from Annahar stating that Uber will be banned in Lebanon after complaints by the taxi syndicate. Uber Beirut launched back in July and has been offering an excellent service at competitive prices. I personally used it at least 6 times so far and I have nothing to complain about.

See you all at #GeekFestBeirut tonight

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.

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).

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…

"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).

I’m now a Common Folk