Away From Politics

10 Years Later…

I’m alone a lot. I know folks think I’m always at a party or exploring some cool stuff with cool people, but remember, my Instagram is the stuff I choose to share. I live alone. I travel alone. I work alone. Sometimes I watch a movie alone. Sometimes I even go clubbing alone.
Being alone allows you to think a lot. Thinking uninterruptedly because the free WiFi is just 30 minutes at that airport. Thinking uninterruptedly because there’s no smoking area in that terminal (the one that caters for the budget airlines). Thinking uninterruptedly because you’re not worried someone traveling with you forgot something and you need to go back to the security check.

FAIL: Omak For Sale, Lebanese Buses Humor And Whitney Houston Brought Back To Life

via Amer
Here’s a bunch of funny stories that I picked up in the past few days. The Omak ad is hilarious and reminds me of that spa in Achrafieh that was called Ommak or something like that. As for the Whitney Houston article, it was shared by my friend Dyala but I couldn’t confirm yet if it’s a recent magazine or not. The sure thing is that Whitney Houston doesn’t have a daughter called Sarah.

An Oriental Version Of John Legend’s All Of Me

Lebanese music producer & composer Jean-Marie Riachi released a Middle Eastern version of John Legend’s biggest hit ever and one of the best performing R&B songs of 2013/2014 “All of me”. Riachi basically added an oriental twist to the song and it turned out to be pretty cool.
Here it is:
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A Lesson For Every Lebanese Driver Trying To Skip Traffic Illegally

via Yasa
Every day, I see drivers specially those with 4×4 vehicles trying to go from one side of the highway to the other to skip traffic, specially on the Dora highway. Aside from the fact that it’s against the law and considered very dangerous driving, I don’t understand why people are so reckless about their cars in Lebanon. Why would you put your life in danger and drive like an idiot? Why would you wreck your car if it’s a rental? What’s the logic behind that?

To Be Free Or Not To Be: MARCH & ASHEKMAN’s Mural Is Back!

Pic via Ashekman
Update: Here’s the latest and final picture of the mural

Hellofood celebrates Oscars with... Food!


Hellofood has decided to celebrate the Oscars with... food! Films that we remember due to food-related items...
The press release was too good not to be replicated (almost) verbatim!

Lebanese U17 Football Team Crowned Arab Champions!

Lebanon’s U17 national women’s football team beat Djibouti 1-0 and was crowned Arab champions few hours ago! The only goal was scored by Haneen Tamim in the first 10 minutes. Even though this is the U17 team, I think this result is a very important now specially that Lebanon was playing against well prepared and financed teams. We have plenty of talents and a victory like this one is important to bring attention to this young team and all talented athletes in Lebanon.

Lost in the Olive Gro(o)ve

Smoke in the olive grove 
 Got lost in an olive grove this past Sunday. You see, something in the country side attracted our attention; a little white church, it looked a little like a Spanish mission. We weren’t sure how to get there, but there was this one little road that seemed to lead in its directions. Only, it didn’t. The road stopped, but there were olive trees everywhere, and so we figured that if we’d just walk through the olive grove, we’d get there.

Le Bristol’s Sunday Buffet At Achrafieh’s Splendid Villa Linda Sursock

Le Bristol‘s Sunday buffet has been known for years as one of the best buffets in Beirut and is recently being held at Villa Linda Sursock in Achrafieh as the hotel is closed down since 2012 for renovation. The only other Sunday buffet I’ve tried in Beirut so far was the Phoenicia hotel one so I was interested to see how different and special this one is.

Nasri Khattar book launch at Dawaween on February 28th.

After an unfortunate false alarm earlier due to logistic reasons the "Nasri Khattar: Fighting illiteracy with type design" book will be launching on February 28 at Dawaween starting 6 PM.
The official launch invite also includes this intro: "Nasri Khattar is the inventor of Unified Arabic type. He is an architect and a type designer who has dedicated his whole life for the proliferation of Arabic script through the use of Unified Arabic letters that do not change shape according to their position in the word. A visionary work of 30 letter forms that fought their way through the corridors of diplomacy, international business and the minds of Arabs".

Oscars 2015 Red Carpet Best And Worst Dressed

There’s no strut down the red carpet like Oscars walk and you can count on the A-listers to pull out all the fashion stops. Designers from every major couture house all over the world sent in their best gowns but it’s up to the celebrities and their stylists to choose and pair the right gown with the right look that works for them.
So like I do every year, I stayed up and kept a watchful eye for you on the carpet and here is my list of the big hits and misses.

Nezil Ski 3al Cheghel

We all joke about skiing to work or to Beirut specially during storms but this guy did it for real on the Beirut-Damascus road.
Check out the [crazy video].

Week16: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

Zaitunay bay covered in white – Pic by MohammedAjlabi
I think we can all agree that we’ve had enough of storms this year. I can’t wait for summer to come at last! You can follow LiveLoveBeirut on Instagram [Here]. I’m also on Instagram and you can follow me [Here] if you like.

I’m Flying To Barcelona For Samsung’s #Unpacked Event & MWC 2015

I am traveling next Saturday to Barcelona to attend Samsung’s #Unpacked event where the much anticipated new Galaxy S6 will be released. The event will take place right before the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2015) which is happening between March 2 and March 5.

Blanc Mais Faisable


 “How’s the road up to Feraya?”

Anthony Hamawi (AKA Overly Confident Man) Explains Saudi Sheikh’s Revolutionary Planetary Theory

It totally makes sense lol!
For those of you who missed it, check out how this Saudi cleric is trying to prove that the Earth does not rotate and how Anthony proves him right.
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There’s An Israeli With Hiba Tawaji On Mika’s Team

An Israeli singer called Sharon Laloum has recently joined Mika’s team on the Voice France just like Hiba Tawaji did a week before. We’ve all seen how people made a fuss out of Miss Lebanon’s picture so let’s hope Hiba won’t face such problems during the competition.

Good Snow Year

Some years are good wine years. Others are ‘long summer’ years.

Rare Footage From 1941 Of Lebanon’s Ski School In The Cedars

Old Picture of British Troops in the Cedars Back In the 1940s – via Old Beirut
Check out this pretty cool footage from 1941 that was shot by the Australian Imperial Forces in the Cedars. There was a storm probably similar to the one we’re having this week and Becharre residents helped dig out the snow to clear the road for the trucks as the supplies were running low.
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It’s (Almost) Snowing In Beirut

Biel – via Sara Assaf
It’s freezing outside and all of Lebanon is covered in white even Beirut. Check out these amazing pictures from Beirut and its surrounding. That’s one heck of a storm!
Achrafieh Sassine – via Achrafieh Stairs

Obama Outlines His Vision for a Likeable, Watered-Down Version of Islam

Following his recent statements about the US being 'at war with those perverting Islam', American president Barack Obama has now expounded his vision for ‘a likeable, watered-down version of Islam’ that is sure to get the approval of a large number of non-Muslims. In an exclusive interview with our blog through which Obama wanted to reach out to a wide audience of ‘not too Islamic folks’, the president outlined his ideas for a ‘cooler, lighter Islam’, in a bid to galvanise support against the Islamic State.

Six Lebanese Among The Top 100 Powerful Arabs 2015 List

It’s great to see Karl Sharro on that list! Congrats man!
Here’s the list of all Lebanese who made it on that list with their corresponding ranking:

Kicking Off The Day With A Laugh

If you are 99 and your father is still alive, you can pay on credit lol! via Annahar
I compiled these funny pictures from last week into one post.
Classy Driver – Thanks Rachel!
Tripoli kind of love – via Lebanesememes

The Problem With Arabic

Anyone who has put their minds to Arabic will know that the initial major issue is WHICH Arabic to learn, classical or dialect and if dialect, which one. Do you study the written language you can find in books, or the daily conversation Arabic which has no written form?
 

Who Killed Bruce Lee Pays Tribute To Warda Al-Jazairia

Lebanese indie-electro-dance-rock band Who Killed Bruce Lee paid tribute to Algerian Singer and one of the Arab world’s most famous Divas, Warda al-Jazairi with this “Batwanniss Beek” awesome cover.
Warda died in May 2012. Batwannis beek is one of her most popular songs.
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What’s Wrong With Ziad El Rahbani?

I think it’s about time Ziad el Rahbani stops talking about Fairouz or maybe stops giving interviews for good. I can’t believe he came out and said Fairouz is a fan of Qaddafi and Hitler! What’s wrong with this guy? Is he trying to tarnish his mother’s reputation? The sad part is that all media ignored most of the interview and put that statement in their headlines even though Fairouz clearly disapproves of it.

Vintage Arab ads 1968 (Part 4)

Below is the 4th (and sadly last) batch from the 1968 ads found in Annahar newspaper!


Perrier


Pyrex baby bottles

How one tweet ruined my life

This is the first time I speak about my ordeal with Twitter mobs in public, and I do it with a sense of duty and to raise awareness about the dangers of this kind of online bullying, in hope that we could learn something from this unpleasant episode.

WKBL Just Covered Warda’s Betwannis Bik, and It’s Fucking Epic

Who Killed Bruce Lee are awesome, y’all know that. The boys make it possible for me to enjoy something not purely electronic, and that in itself, is quite the statement coming from me. I love Warda. When I was a little kid, I had a video cassette (VHS!) with a recording of Warda’s “Betwannis Bik” at a live show. I watched it so many times, that the tape was no longer usable by the time I was 9 years old.
So, when Wassim told me what they were cooking up, I was absolutely ecstatic, and this morning, finally, as I was boarding my flight to Berlin, I got the link!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It’s quite the energetic, soulful tribute to a musical legend that has passed on, but will always be in all of our most intimate playlists.

Haiifa MJK the Arab Transvestite On Instagram


No I’m not referring to the actual superstar Haifa Wehbe. Meet @HaiifaMJk on Instagram ,at first you’d probably guess this is yet another one of those hundreds of women in the Middle East obsessed with looking and acting every inch like Haifa, with her signature black hair, bee stung lips, colored lenses, striking curves and seductive demeanor.