Away From Politics

Live Love Lebanon: Try Our Tanning On The Roof While Stuck In Traffic Package

via Yasa
You can’t really blame people if the traffic is going to be that bad everyday from Nahr el Kalb towards Jbeil and vice versa. A good idea though would be to get a pick up and be more comfortably seated in the back, and maybe add a Jacuzzi and a mini bar as well.

Please don't invite me to your wedding.

JasonGI am very happy for couples getting married, but I really hate going to the Lebanese weddings! I don't enjoy parties, the Lebanese zaffe, lousy music, or pretending I enjoy spending time with people I see once in a blue moon. Lebanese weddings are boring, every wedding is more or less exactly the same; The food is terrible, the music is always the same, the conversation is boring!

LBCI Changed Its Logo To LBن

It appears that they’ve done so in solidarity with the Iraqi Christians of Mossul. They also had an interview with an Iraqi Sunni journalist Muslim called Dalia al-Aqidi who decided to wear a cross around her neck in solidarity with her country’s Christian minority.
To be honest, I’d expect Tele Lumiere to do so instead of LBCI but it’s a nice initiative nevertheless.

TEDxBeirut: Suzanne Talhouk Doesn’t Want Us To Kill The Arabic Language

[YouTube]
I just watched this old Ted talk and I wonder if it’s really worth it to love our own language that much. After all, we don’t even talk Arabic but a Lebanese dialect and if any successful book comes out in Arabic, it will probably get translated and become more popular in a foreign language.

Breathe

: Of Hope I
Take a deep breath.

Hold it
Until you can feel its green lime
Bite at the edges of your being.

Now release it
So far that you cannot tell
It was ever yours.

Repeat,
As required.
(Originally posted on May 8, 2005; re-posted on July 24, 2006)

La Maison de la Forêt In Bkassine

Has anyone been to La Maison de la Foret? It looks really nice and the prices are quite reasonable. There are cottages, tents and a nice restaurant but it’s definitly not just 1 hour drive from Beirut! You easily need an hour and a half to get to Bkassine but it’s a very good road.

Footage of Pointure Antelias Robbery

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The report says the thief tried for almost one hour to break the glass and go in and the owner is saying the police should be doing an extra effort in patrolling the streets but I have to ask here:
- How come no alarm went off as he was tried to break the front door?
- How can the police catch thieves without any alarm or alert sounds?
I think the best way is to have more police patrolling the streets and enhancing the alarm systems of all shops and linking them to the police station.

The Air Force Memorial

These things happened. They were glorious and they changed the world... and then we fucked up the end game.
- Charlie Wilson

Eid Mubarak To All!

Picture by Muhanned

Holidays Part 5

Playing backgammon (in a suit) in Mar Elias  I have gone on my annual Trek to the Motherland: I have to replenish my body and soul with energy in order to be able to deal with another year of Lebanon. It is a country of incredible beauty and wonderful people, but the place is a paradox. What you experience in Lebanon in one year, you experience in another country in a life time. The pace of living is so fast, yet so relaxed at the same time, that it drains your energy like no other place. And so I have gone to re-energize.

Extreme Resto-Pub Spotted in Jounieh

What is an extreme resto-pub? How is it any different from a regular resto-pub?
PS: Place looks really nice by the way.

The Loewe Meccano and the Lebanese collective memory

The current Loewe collection includes so many references to Meccano with the new creative director Jonathan Anderson taking the helm (shoes, charms, and a silk scarf seen above). I post this not as a fashion item but more like a social observation. My quest to find that point where personal remembrances become collective memories and hence induce a sense of community and in extenso a national identity will never cease. Note that Meccano made it to my "Lebanon's History Book" project.

Comfortably Numb

: Of Grief IV
Stuff the slices down your throat
And choke on a smile
The end bounces off of a black screen

The line thins between the zenith and the abyss
He tells me my pain is only resistance
"Grieve!" he says, my agony does not suffice
Grieve loss upon loss until you are unaware of losses

Now it's their turn to fall from grace
From the stars, from above
And my turn to put them back up
Where they belong

My laughter sobs
And I become, I hope
comfortably numb
(Originally posted on Aug. 3, 2004; re-posted on July 24, 2006)

Lebanese Basketball Teams Are Pushing For Three Foreign Players Next Season

I’ve heard that the majority of basketball teams in Lebanon, with the exception of Riyadi, are asking the federation to allow three foreign players next season, specially after Ismail Ahmad got the Lebanese nationality. I really hope that this is just a rumor because that’s the worst thing that could happen to Lebanese Basketball.

Why Many Restaurants And Cafes Close Down In Lebanon …

You don’t really have to be a genius or an MBA graduate to conduct a simple feasibility study and see if opening a restaurant or a cafe or any business for that sake at a specific location is a good choice or not. Unfortunately, very few people do that in Lebanon and then they curse their luck when they go bankrupt and have to close down.

Of Escapism...

I yearn to come back.
I yearn to escape.
I yearn to abandon my name.
I yearn to renounce that brand social media has invented.
I yearn to speak and not be judged.
I yearn to be anonymous again.

Strict Swimming Pool Rules 3al Lebnené: Mamnou3 el Boumba!

Spotted in Zahle. Thanks Rachel!

Sunset

: Of Grief III
One more night
tumble from grace:
I abandon my senses,
scatter over the gutters
and pray for sleep...

In corners dank and
pungent I find them,
lurking behind my smile.
Throw them across the horizon
that they may cease to be...

Why don't you come
out of your darkness?
Shine once more
like the dying sun!
I curl into a lie and roll...

They cry, but we never hear.
They recede further
into memory;
and in it we drown
behind them...

Do you hear screaming
when it's hoarse?
Do they still rise
like the moon

Three Lebanese Families Killed In The Air Algeria Crash

At least 20 Lebanese nationals were on board of the Algerian flight AH5017 that went missing on Thursday between Burkina Faso and Algiers. Here are the names of the victims as compiled from MTV and Naharnet:

Beirut Beer: A New Beer In Town

Picture via NGNO
Beirut Beer was launched by Kassatly Chtaura few days ago but I haven’t had the chance to try it out yet. I’ve seen their commercials though and I didn’t like them. In fact, they sound a lot like the XXL and Buzz commercials.
I will update you on the beer once I give it a try. It’s a nice looking bottle that’s for sure.

Grief

: Of Grief II
And now I grieve their lives
Like I grieved my grandmother
Piece by piece
I put them to rest
I kill them all over again
Just to make sure
They're no longer breathing.

And then I go to sleep...
(Originally posted Jul. 14, 2004; re-posted on July 24, 2006)

FLOAT on Monday!


So, Float has been one of the highlights of the past 3 summers in Beirut. First year we were like 50, then the second year like 150 and last year more than 400 folks showed up. It all started with the guys at Beirut in the Mix, and at first it was just friends and friends of friends, and it still is!

El azra2 ghab/Dominant rouge series by Tarek Chemaly


...And for everything else there's Mastercard (Tarek Chemaly)


Bathhouses by the river (Tarek Chemaly)

Solet Tapis - I see dead logos


Remember Haley Joel Osment from the Sixth Sense fame and the line "I see dead people"? Well, I guess I am someone who keeps seeing dead logos. I think (I am seriously not sure) that Solet Tapis did a logo change...

Cry

: Of Grief I
(To Ahmad)

Like an autumn, Tired of the heat.
Like a streetlamp, Bored of its corner.
Cry, In every tear, A star, a name, a pair of eyes.
Cry, For us, Those who have dried.
(Originally posted Aug. 4, 2005; re-posted July 24, 2006)

Weighing in on the Blue Gold Project and Lebanon’s Imminent Water Shortage


What Water?
Privatizing our water? I’m sure it’d make a lot of people gasp in shock. But, wait a minute, I’ve never, in my entire life in Lebanon, gotten a single drop of water from the state run water company. Not. A. Single. Drop. Every house I’ve lived in, we either had an artesian aquifer (beer 2ertwaze), or bought cisterns of water.

Jon Stewart Brilliantly Sums Up The Israel-Gaza Discussion

I love Jon. I adore Jon. Him and Stephen Colbert are arguably my ultimate idols. The comedic gold he crunches out 4 times a week always blows my mind away. The nice thing about The Daily Show, is that it’s not mindless toilet humor (for the most part =P), but it’s also extremely insightful, super-well-researched political, economic, social and cultural analysis.

Watch Me

 : Of Fury IV
Watch me dig my hole again
Ever deeper
In it I will bury the whole world.

Watch me tear the sunshine
Once more
And stick it in your heart.

Watch me smear every smile
Off every face
Till nothing remains
But amalgamated lips.

Watch me drown again
And again
Laugh me all the way
To the bottom.
(Originally posted on Sept. 6, 2004; re-posted on July 24, 2006)

Forest Frequencies 2014!


Imagine this: a venue located in a gorgeous green area surrounded by mountains on three sides, and a view to the Mediterranean on the fourth. Two large stages with dancefloors. A chillout area. A market. Dozens of tents. Away from the bustling city and coastal heat. All that, for four days brought to life by over 50 local and international talents that span the spectrum of mainly electronic music.

PRESIDENTIAL NAP TIME

FASHAL – Taffeh El 2azan… Oh Wait…


When you see it… Thanks Ralph!

Petition against importing water


Concerning the recent rumble by the Lebanese government to import water from Turkey, when we actually have a water management problem and not a water shortage, please join me in signing this petition on change.org against such a money-wasting decision an in favor of a better management scheme!