Away From Politics

Lebanese Expats Give Back to Ghanaian Peacekeepers

The Lebanese community in Ghana has offered scholarships to 13 children who lost a parent during peacekeeping operations in southern Lebanon.
Addressing the ceremony, the Lebanese Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Ali H. Halabi, said the significance of the presentation was to honor the sacrifices of the Ghanaian Army and its brave soldiers who gave their lives in various battlefields as contribution to world peace.
Last year, the Lebanese community gave out 23 scholarships to Ghanaian students. There are over 800 Ghanaian peacekeepers stationed in Lebanon as part of UNIFIL.

Ivy Reviews Dubai’s Latest Hot Spot; La Serre Bistro

Whenever La Serre  is mentioned in Dubai, most people quickly associate and compare it to LPM (La Petite Maison) one of Dubai’s most coveted restaurants located at DIFC which I reviewed last year here.

The most epic (anti) explosive sign ever!

Thankfully, the explosion wave that hit Lebanon came to a halt, but it did create quite some replies, the most epic is this one found on a shop on the Jounieh highway - "please do not have explosions near the shop because half of the goods inside are on credit, thank you". Can anything be more willy? Hey it even beat this one which so far was the funniest about the topic!

Epic Shawarmanji World Cup Ads

Shawarmanji has produced videos for the most popular teams in Lebanon, and the Argentina and France fans ones are absolutely hilarious.
Argentina one:

and here’s the France one:

The others are somewhat lamer than these two, but I loved making fun of the “Frenchies” and the word play on “Tevez” and “Messi” in the Argentina fans one. Brilliant.
They have the rest on their YouTube Channel.
Oh, and btw, GO GERMANY!

Bollywood Stars Introduce the “Lebanese Roll” for Dominos Pizza India

Looks like r2a2at, and the five actors and actresses are some of Bollywood’s finest. Who knew? The Lebanese Roll is something big in India =P

A stick from every valley!

As the Lebanese saying goes this is a "stick from every valley", meaning a bit of mix and match.

 The first ad that caught my attention was "Arak Brun" (I am not sure if it's just me but it took me hours to figure out how to read it, again, it could just be me!). "The tastiest Arak.. Just ask your father". Yes indeed, nothing to strengthen inter-generational bonding more than comparing notes over triple distilled arak.

Huawei P6 Review

Firstly, let’s try to get the name right. It’s very hard to pronounce for most us, and after doing some research, I noticed that the general consensus is is that the “H” is silent, and you should pronounce it “Wow-wee.” So, with that out of they way, let’s get to the review:

Michael Haddad’s Amazing New Barrier Broken: Photos Climbing Up and Down Raouche!

You’ve met Mike on this blog before, remember? Well, the inspiration to us all, has done an even more amazing feat. Mike is paralyzed from the chest down, and he climbed all the way up the Raouche rock, then back down, with the guidance and support of Lebanon’s elite forces: The Maghawir.
Thousands of people crowded the seaside promenade to watch, and many tens of thousands more tuned in to LBC’s live coverage, which was really cool cause they had cameras in the air, sea and on land, plus several go-pros and drones flying all over the place.

Ipsos Survey In Lebanon Tips Brazil To Win The 2014 World Cup

The survey was conducted during April and May 2014 in Lebanon and shows Brazil as the favorite to win the World Cup, followed by Germany, Argentina and Spain.
Needless to say, the survey is wrong as Germany is definitely going to win this year

Elie Copter et Alain Terrieur - Moules et Fites on a classic!

Some jokes never grow old or stale! The proof is that they have just been recycled on the Moules et Frites menu (a cozy place in Achrafieh). What jokes you ask? Well, if you look closely on the menu glued on the walls nearby you will find they offer a crepe called "Mr. Copter (Elie of course)" in reference to the old joke "Elie Copter" (in French Helicoptere is the same as its English counterpart). And the second crepe they offer is Dr. Alain Terrieur (a l'interieur - inside - in French).

10 (Other) Problems Every Girl Will Face This Summer

Recently, a blogger exposed a list of 20 problems every girl would face this summer - almost everything was there: From monokini tan lines to choosing between rosé wine and champagne or settling the question of holidaying in Marbella or Mykonos. At the end of the exhaustive run down was the question: Have I missed any?

Beirut/NTSC taking all questions seriously attempted to think of what indeed could have been missed.

Pipp copycats Lala (UPDATE)

Is nothing sacred anymore? Not even roasted chicken? When Lala chicken opened its Kaslik branch it put a sign saying "mich min ma hawwa sar chawwa" (not everyone who fans a bbq becomes a roaster"...

Laziz scores big with Captain Majed

So we're already in the Mondial season and most of the ads don't have balls (pun intended). Just flags upon flags upon... flags and all the uncreative gimmicks everywhere. Then out of left field (bummer, another pun!) comes Laziz with this beautiful interpretation "whomever wins you are our hero" in reference to Captain Majed. People nothing can be more manga than this, or pop-culture dipped! It's truly out-of-this-world-cool.

Ruptures (30 May 2014) -full show-

Friday 30 May 2014, Radio Lebanon 96.2FM (8-9pm) 1. Alain Bashung (Léo Ferré cover) 2. Bertrand Cantat (Léo Ferré cover) 3. Noir Désir (Léo Ferré cover) 4. Wild Beasts 5. Neneh Cherry 6. Fuck Buttons 7. Tools You Can Trust > Listen to Part 1: ruptures 30/05 (part 1) 8. Scrambled Eggs 9. Who Killed Bruce Lee 10. […]

Khoury Home mobile section app-roved

Well, it's a tough brief so I am cutting them some slack.

20 Problems Every Girl Will Face This Summer

1)      When you’re invited to 6 weddings, 4 of which have groups of mutual friends. Which means you actually have to go out and buy 4 new gowns.

2)      When it’s sunny and nice all week but cloudy on the weekends. Bye bye tan.

3)      How exactly are you supposed to wear your new designer sunglasses when it’s really cloudy?

طابة اوقاتكم

!مع اقتراب المونديال.. طابة اوقاتكم

#OnlyTheLonely: Awesome Stuff

I absolutely loved the videos. They capture life in Beirut so perfectly, and in a visually yummy way.
Here’s a few cool videos of theirs:

Anyone who’s ever fought for a noble cause in Lebanon know they’re going to feel lonely while the rest are just stupidly chanting for some political crap.

FUCK DA VALET! Park in parkings. Stop making us feel lonely for not blocking the roads while waiting for thugish valets.

Just obey the damn lights, come on. We can start a conversation maybe at a red light!

The Weekly Leaks: b018′s Train Station Mar Mikhael Opening Soon!

So, the rumors are true. The beloved Mar Mikhael Train Station is becoming a legit venue.
Nestled between a handful of derelict water towers, hangars and locomotives, a lounge complete with good music, barbecues and great cocktails is opening up shop in the old train station at Mar Mikhael.

Ruptures / El Rass & Munma special edition (19 May 2014)

Two years after their first recorded collaboration, the immensely successful Kachf el Mahjoub / Unveiling the Hidden (for the Ruptured label), Lebanese artists and musicians Mazen el-Sayed (El Rass) and Jawad Nawfal (Munma) released its long-awaited follow-up, Adam, Darwin and the Penguin, in May 2014. A few days before the launch concert of the album in a popular […]

Ruptures with guest Yasmine Hamdan (26 May 2014)

Ruptures had the pleasure of welcoming Lebanese singer Yasmine Hamdan in the studios of Radio Lebanon, for an in-depth interview revolving around the renowned vocalist’s past and current projects. Listen to Part 1: ruptures yasmine hamdan 26/05 (part 1) (Yasmine Hamdan / Yasmine Hamdan / Nick Drake) Listen to Part 2: ruptures yasmine hamdan 26/05 (part 2) (Yasmine Hamdan / […]

"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

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…

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).

See you all at #GeekFestBeirut tonight