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Driven MBC: Abdo Feghali Crazy Drift At Pit Stop Zouk

This is such a small circuit yet he makes it look so easy. If you like drifting, check out Ken Block’s latest and sickest Gymkhana Seven in the streets of Los Angeles.
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Haifa’s Dress May Have Upset Da3esh

Haifa’s sexy dress has made it all the way to the Figaro website who’s claiming that Abou Bakr al-Baghdadi is upset and wants to blow up Star Academy.
I had no clue ISIS members were allowed to watch Star Academy haha!

So how is Spain?

“So how is Spain?” our friends in Paris asked us all summer. And I didn’t really know what to tell them. To be brutally frank, changing nappies in Spain is quite a lot like changing nappies in Beirut or in Paris. This year will not be the year of discovering Andalucia’s charms. In fact, we did far more of that in just a fortnight, pre-kids, than we have in the ten months we’ve been living here. Hopefully we’ll be freer to do more soon. But apart from this being that awkward stage of family life where naps and bibs and accidents make staying out all day long more trouble than it’s worth, there’s another reason I find that question hard to answer.

Paragliding Santa Over Jounieh Bay

Isn’t it a bit too early for Christmas?
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An Old Picture Of Lebanon’s First Mental Institution (“3asfouriyye”)

The first picture was posted by Qadiman and a recent picture of the mental institution was shared by Simon Assaf in the same thread. The place looks really nice and is somewhere near Hazmieh but what caught my attention were the camels. Why are there camels there?

LIVE FROM NEPAL With flydubai

Sooooo, when the guys at flydubai found out I’ve never been on their airline, they were kind enough to offer me a round-trip ticket to any of their 86 destinations in Europe, Asia and Africa. Nepal was a no-brainer choice. It was remote, peaceful and gorgeous. Also, I’m hoping to find a secret psy rave somewhere in the jungle. But really, the “visa upon arrival” with my Lebanese passport was what sealed the deal.

Week6: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

Amazing capture By Charbel Bouez
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Fury of the sea – Picture via Bjaber

Kidnapping In Tripoli Caught On Tape

That’s pretty messed up. It happened in broad day light in a relatively busy area.
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On Goat Meat (and Butchers)

Today a ‘house, garden and kitchen’ post, as we say in Dutch (which translates itself into ‘simple’ or ‘common’). 
The road to the Beqaa valley was wet and muddy; with total precipitation so far this winter already exceeding the yearly average for this time of year,

Snow Pictures from Faraya, Kfardebian and Ehden

Picture via Al Jomhouria
If someone has any pictures from the Cedars, please email them to me. This is a great start to the winter season!

Via Ehden FB page

Five Things Less Important Than Lebanese Flag Shoes

As you all know, highly hazardous and dangerous Lebanese flag shoes were confiscated two days ago for reasons that I still can’t understand. On another note, here are few meaningless issues that were taking place the same week:

خواطر نابعة من ذكرى عيد الاستقلال

حميد عوّاد* درب الاستقلال شقتّها عزائم أبطال عظماء استُشهد لفيف منهم بدءًا من عهد جمال باشا السفّاح مروراً بعهود سفّاحين جدد متعطّشين للدّم والسلطة والاغتصاب نذروا أنفسهم لإيقاد نار جهنّم. مواكب الشهداء تجلّت خلال محطّات صراع مرير مع أنماط من هؤلاء لصيانة استقلال لبنان والذود عن أرضه وحماية تنوّع ضفائر مجتمعه والدفاع عن كرامة أهله وحريّة قرارهم ورونق وئامهم. قيّض لأشباه “نيرون” ومصّاصي الدماء والسلطة والحرّية والثروة والأمان أن يتلذّذوا بتمزيق أجساد لفيف شهداء “ثورة الأرز” ومعهم كوكبة من ضبّاط ورتباء وجنود جيشنا وقوانا الأمنيّة البواسل، لكن رغم جلل الخسائر الدامغة لكلّ أيّام السنة وخيانة البعض وتخاذل البعض الآخر ما انطفأت شعلة الإيمان بصمود وتعافي وطننا في قلوب أبنائه الأبرار ولا بردت عزائمهم على إنهاضه من الكبوات.

Jet Skiing In The Streets Of Tripoli Mina

The storm Micha didn’t stop Lebanese from having some fun in the flooded streets. Here’s the full [video].

1860 Lebanese Created The World’s Biggest Human Letter

via TimesOfLebanon
We entered today the Guinness book of records by creating the biggest human letter “U” which stands for unity, a unity that is unfortunately as superficial as this record as we can’t seem to agree on anything lately.

Huge Bat Spotted In Tripoli Mina

The news are saying the bat was hurt but I don’t know if they took care of him or not.

Dark

Here, in this dark little space before sleep,
I take a look back at the day, limp with apathy,
and the days before it, the wide
yawning expanse of them...
I glimpse behind the purpose I made for it,
ill-fitting like an older sibling's,
and tenuous like hesitant sunlight...
What else are we to do, with this drudgery
of time making a mockery of us all?
What idols are we left with, now that
family and friends are only two more f-words?
The dark isn't dark enough, I can feel it in me.
It's not still enough, the scratch of my breath keeps it awake...
As if the gray creeping up my temples
wasn't sufficient a delusion of adulthood--
just because I look it doesn't mean I'm ready.

How El Nashra Translates To Those Who Don’t Read Arabic

via ElNashra
Check out the first three comments. The woman said she doesn’t read Arabic and asked if they could translate it, and whomever is managing that page answers in Arabic. Honest mistake but funny nevertheless!
Thanks Dory’s Wife!

The 2012 Alfa Telecom army line ad

The above video by Alfa Telecom dates back to 2012 but it still works. I admit it's a bit cheesy in the end but the first bit is truly nice with citizens performing army duty. Today it's independence way - or what's left of it - so I guess this prompted them to broadcast this ad which basically adverises as special line for the military.

A (Hot) Nurse’s Prayer?

That’s the weirdest thing I’ve seen in a Lebanese hospital so far.

Google Dances Dabke As Lebanese PM Cancels Lebanon’s 71st Independence Day Celebrations

Isn’t it weird that we don’t have a national Dabke day? We should have one where everyone meets to dance Dabke. That’s one thing we can’t possibly argue about.

Salt Basins of Enfeh

Salt basins bordering the sea in EnfehA little under Qalamoun (yes, we’re still up North with this story: Road Trippin' Part II) you find the salt basins of Enfeh. It is winter now, the slow season; salt is typically ‘farmed’ or harvested during the summer heat, but it is still a pretty interesting place to stop and check out. The mining of salt through evaporation pools is a very old process; we were already doing it while still out there hunting and gathering our food, way back when.

View from the Top Floor of Sama Beirut

 
So, the Sama Beirut tower in the Sodeco region is done construction, and these are 3 photos taken from its top floor by my good friend Elie Koueik, one of the engineers on the project. More to come soon hopefully!
 
See that tiny building with the “SS”? That’s the Sodeco Square “tower”…

Roads For Life Working To Enhance The Quality Of “Trauma Care” In Lebanon

I had the honor to meet Mrs. Zeina Kassar Kassem, the president and founder of the Roads For Life – Talal Kassem Fund for Post-Accident care few weeks ago and I got to learn about the outstanding work this NGO has been doing for the past few years. Mrs. Kassem lost her 17-year old son Talal after he was run over by a raging driver on his way to school four years ago, yet despite her huge loss, she decided to make a difference and start the Talal Kassem foundation to “promote road safety and provide road victims the optimal support for post-trauma care”.

Walid Joumblatt Should Stop Tweeting Random Stuff

It was fun at first but he needs someone to manage his account properly, specially about this flop today. This is a terrible mistake.

Why Are We Lebanese So Easily Offended?

Lebanese flag shoes are being sold at some mall apparently to celebrate Lebanon’s Independence day. I am pretty sure this happens everywhere around the world with all types of flags, whether it’s a national day, a sporting event or any occasion. I remember seeing flip flops and even boxers with flags all over them during the World Cup, so it’s not big deal and it’s definitely not insulting or disrespectful to sell Lebanese flag shoes.
And I beg everyone to stop asking the authorities to censor stuff because this is the last thing we need.

Lebanon Celebrates Its Independence Day

via Kook Kreativ
Lebanon celebrates its 71st independence day tomorrow and some brands and agencies have already shared cool ads and posters. I will be adding more throughout the day but these are the ones that I loved so far.
Volkswagen Lebanon

Banque du Liban Accelerate 2014: 1500+ Participants, 50 Speakers And 25+ Startups Over Two Days

The BDL is organizing #Accelerate2014 and bringing over 50 startup industry veterans from all around the world to put “Blueprints for Success for 1,000 international entrepreneurs, investors, and professionals”. The list of speakers is very interesting and there are a lot of events, talks and competitions to look out for. I just got back from Dubai today so I missed out on the first day but I will be there tomorrow hopefully.

Haifa Wehbe’s Dress in Star Academy

I don’t like Haifa but she can do whatever she wants and wear any dress she likes. Those who don’t like such dresses can switch to Tiji or the Disney channel. Claiming that Haifa crossed the line and disrespected women by wearing a sexy dress is pure ignorance. I wish Arabs (men and women) would react the same way to daily violations and malpractices against Arab women instead of focusing on Haifa’s ass (It looks better than Kim’s ass that’s for sure).

Remember SKYBAR Sundays? Well, Meet O1NE’s Fridays.


 
So, after years of trademark SKYBAR nights, the Beirut rooftop, began to appreciate the evolving audio culture of Beirut’s party animals. With a focus on more underground, music-oriented acts like HVOB, Sunday became the it-night last summer, with the posh club turning into a chillaxed, apres-beach spot with shorts and flip flops on grass platforms and comfortable beds and sofas.

This Weekend is Massive: Uberhaus Presents Solomun at the Bus Station Hangar

This Independence weekend, we won’t be celebrating officially cause there’s no president to preside over the ceremony of reviewing our troops… But, that’s ok, it means roads won’t be closed and you can party as long as you want. It embodies the essence of all that is good in Lebanon: everything is broken, but somehow we manage to pull through it all ok.

How Ford Put The New Mustang On Burj Khalifa’s 112th Floor

I was at the event yesterday and it was pretty amazing, but I was wondering how they moved the car that high. As it turns out, they moved it in parts and assembled it on the top. They couldn’t use a helicopter because the area is too narrow and dangerous for such a stunt.
I will write a full post soon on this whole experience as it was a thrilling one.
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