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Palm Sunday candles, 2014 edition.

I have covered this before, and every year, the selection gets more interesting from a social and anthropological level... 2011, 2012, 2013, and now this! My main regret is not being able to take a photo of a Coca-Cola dressed candle coming from Gladys Shop (which along with Cynthia's candle, Majica and Maia Dibeh and The Little Frog) proves there are now dedicated brands for a vibrant Easter candles market.

Yazan - Gibran - Orphalese

I may not be the first to comment on this lovely piece by talented graffiti artist Yazan Halwani but I could be the first to make this connection. Yazan placed Lebanese author Gibran Khalil Gibran on a 100,000 monetary bill. But few know that the Prophet's city was Orphalese, which stems from "aur" "philis" - aur is aurum or gold, and philis means lover. So Orphalese is the city of gold lovers - or all persons materialistic. Welcome home Gibran!

Daniella Rahme Craving Al Hallab

I love Kasr el Helou but I would be yelling at “Hayete Dad” if he takes me from Beirut to Tripoli after I had just landed.
Cool ad nonetheless. Daniella and Hallab overdose 7elo

In Medias Res - soon at Station Beirut

April 16 - April 18, 2014
Interdisciplinary Art Exhibition

On show everyday from 7pm - midnight
Opening reception | Wednesday April 16th | 7pm

INITIATED BY: Miha Vipotnik
SEARCHING JOE: Tarek Joseph Chemaly

Alina Amer (Performance)
Gabrielle Akiki (Photography)
Osman Arabi (Sound Performance)
Rami Bishara (Installation Art)

Small acts of resistance

In the picture above, four cars are driving the wrong way on a one way street--as you can see by the cars parked on the right. As often happens in Beirut, they are trying to bully the only law-abiding driver coming the right way, to back up and let them through.
But this guy stood his ground. He refused to budge one inch backward and instead forced all the violators to go in reverse, including the lead offender-- a tinted window SUV with yellow diplomatic plates. 

Cafe Nicola: Lisbon’s Tourists Cafe

Nestled in the heart of Lisbon city center, facing the fountain of Praca Pedro, Nicola is as one of the most poplar tourist restaurants/cafe in Lisbon. There’s no way you can miss it, especially that it’s mentioned as one of the famous spots everywhere and even during the open tour bus ride. Here we are, checking it out to see if the place and the food is truly worth all the fuss.

FAIL: Mercedes AMG

The real deal.

Hostesses Need to Fly

Few days ago, I read an interesting article, written by a positive thinking person on how hard is the Hostess job. This woman, serving people of which some are too arrogant, others have the fear of flying or those who are impolite and arrogant. Miss Hostess, touring the world, doesn’t have a minute for herself. She arrives in the morning, leaves back at night or sometimes on long routes spends the night where she can’t even drink or party.

Tsunami Achrafieh: My Second Visit, My Second Enjoyment

Some say the food experience and taste vary between Tsunami in Antelias and Tsunami in Achrafieh, to those I say, I had the same experience at both locations – same food, same quality, same freshness and same generosity. It was excellent.

Obika: Fiumicino’s Mozzarella Bar Serves Good Food

If you’re traveling transit through Italy’s largest airport Rome Fiumincino Airport, I suggest you  stop for a bite at Obika in Terminal D. The first impression was not the best; The place was a mess when we arrived. Dirty tables, dirty cups, dirty menus… Did we make the right decision? Well, honestly, it’s one of the few places I have tried at an airport where you can actually enjoy a good meal.

Absolut Karnival Special Edition: Passion Fruit and Orange Blossom

Introducing Absolut Karnival Edition, a passion fruit and orange blossom- flavored limited edition capturing the transformative energy of Carnival.

My Top 5 FIFA World Cup Songs

The official song for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is out and it’s a horrible one. I can’t believe they picked Pitbull for such a song. Looking back at the old world cup songs, whether official or not, the “Carnival de Paris” is by far my favorite one.
You can check it out below:

H3: And they Call Themselves a Burger Place…

Here we are at a place, discovered by pure coincidence. H3 burgers made us come back for it since large marketing banners on the door write about Time Out and other magazines stating that it’s the best burger in Lisbon.

Illegally Held Chimpanzee In Lebanon Freed After A Nine-Year Struggle!

Animals Lebanon recently took up the case to free Charlie, a nine year old chimpanzee that was smuggled into Lebanon in 2005 and sold to Animal City zoo, and they finally managed to free the animal yesterday after a court ruling. Charlie is the last known chimpanzee in Lebanon. He will be moved to approved chimpanzee sanctuary where he could get expert care and live with other chimpanzees in a natural enclosure.

Cozmo, Zaitunay Bay: A Casual Mix of Dining Possibilities

I’ve already visited Cozmo before, this trendy cosmopolitan restaurant located in the middle of Zaitunay Bay. On my last visit there, I tried their pizzas and other items on the menu, but this time round, I was planning on trying their sushi, especially that my friend Pedro and I were craving for some.

Aypples and Beenanas

I suppose you could say I was indirectly influenced by Mullarney’s book on the issue of letter sounds versus names. I say indirectly as I remember being taught this way myself by my mum who had read this book, so I am really just repeating my own experience. As with teaching any new skill, you need to make the information clear, simple and bite-sized. It seems to me eminently simpler to teach a child something like the sound ‘huh’ for the letter H, than to teach her the name ‘aitch’ and then have her learn the sound that it makes as a second stage. Even the vowel names don’t match the sounds they make in easy words (m-a-t, not m-ay-t, and p-i-g, not p-eye-g, for example).

What’s Inside The Lebanese Parliament Drawers?

Here are few examples of bills buried in the Lebanese Parliament drawers and that need to be tackled ASAP!
1- Retirement Benefits Bill
2- Civil Status Laws Bill
3- Mental Health Bill
4- Women Citizenship Bill
5- Anti-Corruption Bill
6- Anti-Censorship and Freedom of Theater and Cinema Bill
7- Penal Code Revision
8- Labor Law Revision
For those interested, Gino who first wrote about this gave a brief explanation of every bill.

Safineh By Gab Ferneiné

“Safineh” is a personal project initiated by Gabriel ferneiné, gathering footage through the years of views from Beirut rooftops and specially the Port. Pretty cool video!

Soon Vero Modca store at Station Beirut.

Soon, very soon, Vero Modca will open at Station Beirut in the realm of In Medias Res.

“Safineh” A Video of Beirut from Above, by Gabriel Ferneiné

“Sometimes I forget that Beirut is a Port And it kills me to keep forgetting”.
“Safineh” is a personal project initiated by Gabriel ferneiné, gathering footage through the years of views from Beirut rooftops and specially the Port.
Trash Inc, Nabil Saliba, came along and produced a track to fit with the edit.
Later on, graphical animation tagged smoothly to it and gave a nice taste to the edit.

Safineh from Gab Ferneiné on Vimeo.

Thought of the Day: Love Your Beautiful Country… A Video Says it All

We look to travel outside our country while we live in a gem that just needs some cleaning up around the edges. Together we can make a difference, each and everyone can stand strong and scream out “We want our Lebanon back…” the one with no political side affects, the one that’s always smiling to the world, the one people envy us for, the one that’s free from prejudice, pain and fear…
Many may have already seen this… But I thought I would just shed some light at how beautiful it was and can still be…

In Pictures: Huge Storm Hits Lebanon, Drowns Roads

via YazbekWehbe
Of course it wasn’t a huge storm that hit Lebanon this morning, but if you look at what happened today after it rained for a couple of hours only, you’d think a tsunami had hit the Lebanese shores.
Here are few pictures that speak for themselves:


     SAFINEH from Gab Ferneiné on Vimeo.

"Sometimes I forget that Beirut is a Port And it kills me to keep forgetting". Safineh's footage were shot from Beirut's rooftops that have a view on its port. Very creative video, the music is a bit annoying. Enjoy it! 
Music: Trash Inc. soundcloud.com/trash-inc 
Directed, animated and edited by Gabriel Ferneiné.

Al Balad: Same Quality, Same Taste… A Pleasant Meal

I’ve always been a fan of Al Balad, the first authentic Lebanese restaurant with a twist where, flavors and colors are all mixed together to come up with fine oriental delicacies that you will definitely enjoy. 

I won’t go into the complete process of describing the place and its staff since I’ve already done so man

Lebanese Reporters Show Support For The Civil Defence Volunteers By Taking Off Their Shoes

The Civil Defence Volunteers went to the sea yesterday and threatened to keep on swimming until the law is passed. Some of them almost drowned and others fainted before the law got approved by the parliament. Meanwhile and in order to show support, Lebanese Reporters from various TV stations decided to share pictures of their shoes.

The Alphabet Sandwich? What’s in It?

Called the ‘Alphabet Sandwich’, DudeFoods has created a mountainous sandwich that 26 different ingredients – one ingredient for every alphabet… yes, A for Avocado, B for Bacon and so on… and there are a few fun add-ons in there like Krispy Kreme doughnut .

The full list of ingredients is as follows:

Aston Martin and Champagne ? A Match Made in Heaven

Would you pay $42,000 for an Aston Martin limited edition… Before getting your hopes too high this is not the price for a limited edition car from Aston Martin… Wouldn’t that be a dream come true… An Aston Martin for $42,000. For this price you will get a limited edition bowl for cooling champagne branded by the British manufacturer.

Britain’s Favorite Take-away Is Lebanese

A Lebanese Diner called The Cedar has won the title of Britain’s favorite take-away, after receiving the most positive votes from millions of reviews of more than 9000 eateries. The Cedar Chef and Owner Sami Khoueiry says all his recipes are 100% home made and approved by his mother.

8 Life-Changing Bills the Lebanese Parliament Buried in Drawers

1- Retirement Benefits Bill
We’re all going to get old. A civilization is only as good as its treatment to its elders. Of course, this doesn’t mean we let our lives get governed by old men in black robes, but it means we make sure our senior citizens have everything they need once they retire, from healthcare benefits and pensions and onwards.
2- Civil Status Laws Bill
The root of many of Lebanon’s problems can be traced back to Lebanon’s dependence on each sect’s personal status laws. This means everything linked to marriage, birth, death, inheritance, etc. is controlled by opaque religious courts with rarely any due process or rational thinking. We need a civil status law to equalize the Lebanese in the eyes of the law, regardless of their faith (or lack-thereof).

Ceci n'est pas un Tarboush

Oh the endless social media dramas! It seems a consumer found a nail in a product by Gandour, namely the Tarboush. The guy - John Kairouz, a trainer in human behavior and a Stanford graduate - plastered it all over the place. Gandour mishandled the whole drama completely both online and even on television bringing less than credible people to justify their case (a "facebook" expert and an insulting lawyer). I think the caricature I just did above completely "nails" it!

Women's roles played by Men!

Commercials tend to show women in provocative poses no matter what product is being sold, so Buzzfeed decided to recreate three of them with men. Via: Adsworld

Apparently the buzzfed team haven't seen the biscoleta silly ad yet !

Blue is the warmest color in Beirut.

It happened before (1, 2, 34 and 5), and here is another example of how Beirut - the uncompromisingly aggressive city - can mellow down and offers one a respite from a bad day with a poetic note.

Dubai The Only Arab City Among TripAdvisor’s 25 Most Popular Travel Destinations In The World

Let’s hope Beirut will get back soon on the tourist map.
Istanbul topped the TripAdvisor list followed by Rome, London and Beijing. Dubai ranked 17th. To check out the full list, click [here].

The Bayrut Express: eco-friendly style

Ziad Dagher is not your usual investor and The Bayrut Express is not your typical fashion store. Almost everything there has a story rooted in environment, recycling, eco-friendliness and - of course - style and fashion too. Dagher is trying to mix between fashion and environment and has managed, in just a few months, to attract a faithful clientele that wishes to distinguish itself while being environmentally-conscious.

Lebanese Parliament Approves The Employment of Civil Defence Volunteers

Civil Defense volunteers protested in a weird way today to claim their rights by swimming deep into the sea in Ramlet al-Bayda and threatening to drown if the parliament doesn’t approve their full-time employment. Some of them were rescued and hospitalized and the parliament ended up approving the draft-law for their employment.