Away From Politics

KayTech Has a Rally Car To Serve You Faster

It took me few seconds to realize this is not a car rental company.

Mafimetlo vs Buzz

Mafimetlo actually made the first commercial a bit funnier now lol!

Redrock thinks outside of the unipole

So much for thinking outside the box, now is the time to think outside of the unipole. Lowe Pimo did a beautiful job illustrating the concept of "eco village" for Redrock (from Sayfco). Yes, that's a flock of birds you see protruding from the unipole (don't start shooting as a typical Lebanese please!). Whereas we have seen a lot of elements protrude from unipoles in the past it was mostly top of bottles or hairs of singers, so it's refreshing that such a concept could be executed.

Lebanese Film Ghadi Won The Audience Award At The 19th Busan International Film Festival in South Korea.

Ghadi is one of the best Lebanese films I’ve ever watched and deserves to be awarded. Congrats to Amin Dora!
Here’s my [review] in case you missed it. You can also check this [video] from the Busan International Film which shows director Amin Dora receive his award.

Three Awesome Pictures From Wednesday’s Thunderstorm

Picture by Karim Bechara
LBCI posted more pictures [Here].
Picture by Youssef Rached Doughan

Lebanon’s Biggest Burger At Rod’s Burger In Gemmayze

Rod’s burger celebrated its second year anniversary by making a 65cm wide burger, the biggest ever made in Lebanon. The patty was 4cm thick and weighted over 8 kilos. Around 3 kilos of mayo and ketchup were used as well. The burger doesn’t look that appetizing but it’s a fun idea. I’ve heard good things about Rod’s burger but I’ve never tried it before to be honest.

Breast Cancer Campaign In Lebanon: بتذكرك بكل شي… وهلأ صار دورك تذكرها

Early detection tests for breast cancer saves thousands of lives every year, and many more lives can be saved if women are reminded to take these tests.

Ekhirta Ata3it: MARCH And Lucien Bou Rjeily’s Play On Censorship Was Approved!

I’ve posted about this matter less than a year ago and asked the head of the censorship bureau to look at the bigger image and let the Lucien Bourjeily play pass and be the first one to attend it.
Censorship is wrong as we should be given the right to choose what to watch, read and listen. In case you missed my article, you can read it [Here].

20 Signs You’re Dating An Arab Girl

1. She’s the jealous type. The last time a hostess smiled and greeted you at a bar she threatened to “cut her”

2. The first thing she’ll ask you when she’s sees a pretty girl is “do you think she’s pretty?”

New Berfumes In Town

Thanks Nicole!

Gebran Tueni Foundation Photo Contest

I love and admire Gebran Tueni and I like the fact that the Gebran Tueni Foundation is launching such a contest but they should have done an extra effort and made it more appealing and interesting. There are no guidelines or rules, the contest is way too broad and has no theme, the poster is dull, the contact email is @gmail and the Gebran Tueni Foundation website is outdated and doesn’t even include the contest.

24 Syrian Babies Are Born Every Day In Lebanon

31,000 Syrian babies were born between March 2011 and September 2014 in Lebanon according to this report. This is yet another alarming number for the Lebanese authorities and the Syrian refugees as well. However, it’s never too late to start building proper refugee camps and setting proper guidelines and launching awareness campaigns for all the refugees.

Where Lebanon Stands From The Ebola Outbreak

The Modeling of Biological and Socio-Technical Systems at Northeastern University in Boston published a list showing the countries in which Ebola is most likely to show up. The scientists used Ebola disease spread patterns and airline traffic data to come up with this table but keep in mind that this is the risk of a single imported case, not the risk of an outbreak.

Reducing Working Banks In Lebanon From 72 to 25 (Update: Denied By BDL)

Update: BDL governor Riad Salameh denied some media reports that the Americans had urged him during the World Bank and International Monetary Fund meetings in Washington to reduce the number of banks operating in the country from 72 to 25 through consolidations and mergers. [Source]
How is it possible to reduce the number of banks from 72 to 25 in just five years?

What Liz Sarkisian can teach Amal Clooney

And so it happened, the honeymoon is over. I mean literally. A woman goes to a honeymoon, her husband leaves early to start working again, and she goes back to her career and travels to Athens alone. Sounds bleak doesn't it?
Well, let's put things in perspective a bit.

DIVVY Review

I don’t usually think about a review too much, I just open a new tab and start writing. But, with Divvy, it was hard just placing it in a category to decide how to proceed from there.

Run The Beirut Marathon In A Wedding Dress To End Early and Forced Marriages in Lebanon

ABAAD and Esposa Beirut are asking female participants in the Beirut International Marathon to participate and run the 10KM fun run in a wedding dress in order to raise awareness on early and forced marriages in Lebanon and the Middle East and North Africa region. That’s a pretty cool and fun idea. I just hope women will be able to find cheap wedding dresses.
You can find more information [Here].

Waynon Movie Trailer

Thousands of people who disappeared during the war in Lebanon and its aftermath are still missing today. The government has done nothing to clarify the fate of the missing persons, and the families are still waiting. Waynon is about six Lebanese women representing three generations, each one still waiting for the man in her life who was kidnapped during the Lebanese Civil War and is still missing.
It will be out on October 30.
Thanks Kriks!

Parenting Fail: Dad Yelling At His Kid For Drinking Nido And Using Too Many Diapers

I hope it wasn’t the mother filming this video.

There’s Nothing Special About Nawal Berry’s Twitter Wedding Proposal

Can someone explain to me why everyone’s talking about this wedding proposal that Nawal Berry has turned down on Twitter? Did anyone bother look at the guy’s twitter account? He’s been active for a month now and most his tweets look like spam. Moreover there’s nothing priceless or funny about his proposal. The only funny thing is that most Lebanese on Twitter were surprised by this man’s proposal and all acted as if religion didn’t matter to them. That’s the best joke I’ve heard in a long while.

British Ambassador Tom Fletcher Worked As A Domestic Worker To Highlight Migrant Worker Rights

Few months back, His Excellency was invited to a formal dinner when he noticed domestic workers were all seated on a separate table, so he went and sat down with them then left the dinner. Today, Tom has decided to fill in the shoes of Kalkedan, an Ethiopian domestic worker, to highlight once again migrant workers rights in Lebanon.

To Our Countries

It’s hard not to shed a tear or two in those deeply moving 8 minutes and 44 seconds. If not for Rihan’s gut-wrenching words, then for Faia’s heart-piercing voice and the medley of song verses and anthems from the Levantine’s absolute best.
I adore my country. I love Syria and Iraq, and some of my fondest childhood memories happened in streets unrecognizable today. I wish I could go to Palestine, and their struggle, for better or for worse, has been ours as well for decades.

One Of The Lebanese Kidnapped Army Soldiers Met With His Family

What these families are going through is unbearable and unacceptable. From one side, the government is barely doing anything to free the soldiers and from another side the terrorists are giving the families false hopes and leaving them anxious and fearful regarding the future fate of their sons.
29 soldiers have been kidnapped for over a month now by al-Nusra Front and ISIS in Ersal.

Fascinating Observations of Life in the West by an Iraqi Anthropologist

Until now there have been very few authoritative anthropological study about the Western World, of which we know very little aside from inaccurate media representations and what we see in TV and film which can be hardly representative of the reality of Western culture. However a major study by Iraqi anthropologist Hassan Daqiq is set to change that. Daqiq spent years living among Western people and meticulously documenting their culture and lifestyle. The result is a rich archival encyclopaedia of the habits and daily lives of Western people.

Hilarious Wissam Kamal: Lebanese Father and Son Driving

This video is so true!
If you haven’t heard of Wissam Kamal yet, like these people, check out his YouTube channel [Here].

Ruptured presents RADIOKVM, album launch at Beirut Art Center

Ruptured presents: A launch concert for Lebanese electronic artist RADIOKVM‘s first release ISSRAR Featuring live music by radiokvm & live video by Rami el Sabbagh [ISSRAR is the first vinyl release from Ruptured. It will be available in a limited edition of 300 hand-numbered LP’s with gourmet jacket]   RADIOKVM Hailing from Beirut, Lebanon, SARY MOUSSA […]

3al Lebnené الطاقة الشمسية

The video may be silly but it cracked me up! Check it out [here].
PS: I don’t know if these guys were stuck in traffic when they came up with this video, but it would be nice to see more vines and short videos posted by Lebanese stuck for hours on the road, specially that winter is almost here and traffic will only get worse.

What Will Happen When Lebanon Becomes an Oil Rich Country

I’ve noticed recently an increased interest on oil and gas activities in Lebanon but I can’t figure out why. Executive Magazine has released a couple of articles lately, the Lebanese Petroleum Administration published an assessment report and the Lebanese Gas & Oil Facebook page has been pretty active lately.