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On top of Mount Kniesseh. It's not the highest point in Lebanon, but I find it by far the best looking one.

Da3ek Laundry Detergent

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After Geely’s Da3ess ad, check out the Da3ek Laundry Detergent.
via LBCBlogs

My Article On Gebran Tueni And Social Media

Picture via sdaouk
Since it was Gebran Tueni’s birthday yesterday, and given how much I admire this man and everything he’s done for Lebanon, I thought of resharing the article I wrote about him and social media for Annahar few months ago.

Libans de Reves: Tarek Chemaly x Charif Megarbane audiovisual collaboration


Based on a title which is a part of a sentence by Rimbaud in his prose poem “Villes I” in Les Illuminations, “Libans de reves” (or “Lebanons of dreams”) is an audiovisual diptych between visual artist Tarek Chemaly and musician Charif Megarbane (the talent behind the Cosmic Analog Ensemble) which includes “CocoCommodore” and “Abou el Rish” – a kind of false introspection for a nation that lost sight of itself (assuming it ever had it).

Funny Interaction On Twitter Between LBCI’s Bassam Abou Zeid And The ISF

I don’t think Bassam expected the ISF to answer him but they surprisingly did. In case you missed my post on this matter, check it out [Here].
Thanks Rita!

Growing Quinoa In The Bekaa Valley

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That’s good news but I hope they won’t be watering them with sewers like other crops in the Bekaa. Speaking of Quinoa, check out my favorite Quinoa salads in Beirut.

Surprise Flash Mob Medley at a Lebanese Wedding

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I would have loved such a surprise at my wedding (less dancing for me lol!). Nice one Jad!

صبرا وشاتيلا 2014


(طباعة وحبر على ورق print and ink on paper)
"Is one memory enough to preserve the scene?"
In memory of the massacre of Sabra and Shatila

What Does “Being Open Minded” Mean In Lebanon?

It seems this “business man” has got it all wrong when it comes to open mindedness. Check out the full article [Here].

Koussa Man2our For The Lazy Cooks

I spotted this stand in Tripoli but I’ve seen supermarkets selling them as well. It’s definitely a smart idea but they should cover the zucchini if they wanna sell them on the street.

I am Spécial Magazine’s Geek Of The Month

I am this month’s geek on Spécial Magazine. You can check out the full interview in their September issue or on their [new iPhone app].
Thank you Joyce!

Camaro Club Lebanon Rides For The Lebanese Army

Over 40 Camaros gathered for a ride to support the Lebanese Army yesterday. I spotted some of them on the highway then saw the album they uploaded on their Facebook page. The Camaro Club is one of the biggest clubs in Lebanon, which is quite surprising considering how expensive the car is.
Speaking of Camaros, the only one I’ve driven was a very old one and it used to drift like crazy. I wonder if the new ones are difficult to drive as well.

Meet Apo: Lebanon’s Heisenberg

It appears that we had a Walter White in Lebanon even before Breaking Bad came out. Check out the full story on [Vice].

How To Get Your Loved One* Back …

*Materialistic loved one.

Lahm Bi Hasheesh

A Syrian woman tried to pass a quantity of hashish to an inmate in the Zahle prison after hidding them in meat sandwiches. Last time someone tried to smuggle weed into the Zahle prison, they put them in apricots but they also got arrested.

The Asshole Who Threatened To Slaughter Three Children In a Video Got Arrested

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I am just wondering how f***** up you have to be to do such a thing to innocent children.

Video From Jad Himo’s Funeral

We are all saddened by the loss but we really need to stop firing shots in the air during funerals or any occasion for that sake because we might kill innocent people with these stray bullets.
Jad Himo is a Lebanese drifter and the winner of the Red Bull Car Park Drift Regional Finals in Dubai last year. May he rest in peace.
Check out the video [Here].

Lebanese Lawyers index in Lebanon and Abroad

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LawyersLb.com presents for internet surfers profiles of Lebanese lawyers living in Lebanon or of Lebanese origin but practicing law abroad. With this service we offer information on lawyers and so help surfers to find lawyers online. We urge lawyers listed on our site to review their profiles from time to time and keep us informed about their progress in their careers and law practice so that the information remains always updated.

Soon, a collaboration between Tarek Chemaly and Charif Megarbane.

Based on a title which is a part of a sentence by Rimbaud in his prose poem “Villes I” in Les Illuminations, “Libans de reves” (or “Lebanons of dreams”) is an audiovisual diptych between visual artist Tarek Chemaly and musician Charif Megarbane (the talent behind the Cosmic Analog Ensemble) which includes “CocoCommodore” and “Abou el Rish” – a kind of false introspection for a nation that lost sight of itself (assuming it ever had it).

Forever 21 Set to Open in City Centre Beirut By January 2015

via Gino
A lot of people have been asking me about Forever 21 and when it is set to open at City Centre Beirut. Well unfortunately it won’t be opening before mid January 2015 as I was told. I tried to ask about the Cheese Cake Factory since it interests me more than a retail shop but there’s not a set date yet.

More Racism Against Syrian Refugees In Lebanon

It is our duty as citizens to report any criminal or terrorist activity, to defend ourselves if someone attacks our family or our home, but coming up with racist pamphlets and beating up random Syrian refugees is unacceptable and shameful. Most of these refugees ran away from Syria from the likes of Da3esh, so stop abusing them and humiliating them that way!

Lebanese Maan Hamadeh Plays Game Of Thrones Soundtrack in Different Tastes At Beirut Airport

Picture via AlJomhouria
You all remember the video of the Lebanese Pianist that went viral after he played Beethoven’s Fur Elise in 4 Different Styles at the Prague Airport. Well he’s back in Beirut this time and has decided to play the Game Of Thrones Soundtrack in Different Tastes.
Great job Maan and keep spreading this positive energy through music!

Fake Lebanese Guy Goes Crazy At The Office

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We’ve all seen office rage videos on YouTube and that one looks fake to me. Nice try though and too bad they wasted a laptop in the process.

We Give the Scottish Independence Referendum the Middle East Expert Treatment


These days, everyone is talking about the Scottish Independence Referendum, especially when they’re not talking about ISIS. But sadly nobody has managed so far to explain this complicated topic in an easy to understand manner. So we commissioned a panel of Western Middle East experts and asked them to apply their unique approach to the subject with their customary disregard for cumbersome nuance and the stifling requirements of accuracy. The result is this fascinating article.

Kahwet Leila Opens In Hamra

I was at the opening of Kahwet Leila yesterday in Hamra. The new branch is facing Piccadilly theater next to Barbar and is the nicest Leila by far! It fits perfectly in the Hamra area and has a vintage feel. Moreover, the garden behind the main indoor restaurant is ideal for relaxing, enjoying some good food and smoking arguile if you want to.
Here are some pictures from the new Leila and the event yesterday. For more info, check out Kahwet Leila’s [website].

Lebanon Among The Seven Most Pessimistic Countries About Their Economic Future

I was reading on Liberation that the French are more pessimistic about their economic future than Palestinians, then I noticed Lebanese feel the same.
There’s no doubt that the economic situation is bad in Lebanon, but I doubt that it is worse than Palestine. The countries that are most optimistic about their future economic situation are China, Peru, Vietnam, Senegal, Nigeria, India and Colombia.

Lebanese Jad Himo, Winner Of The Red Bull Car Park Drift Regional Finals in Dubai, Found Dead

This is terrible news but Jad Himo, the Lebanese drifter who proudly won the Red Bull Car Park Drift Regional Finals in Dubai last year, was found dead on the Matn highway.

Multi Sim At Last!

Alfa posted yesterday on their Facebook page that a Multi SIM is now available for all postpaid and prepaid users. This means that you can use the same Sim as Mini, Micro and Nano. This is very useful and was very much needed specially for people like me who switch between smartphones a lot. For example, if you currently have the Samsung S5 and just bought the new iPhone 6 (or even want to switch to the iPhone 5), you can easily put your Multi Sim in the new device and you’re good to go!

Back to front - How Jabhat al-Nusra might fare in the anti-Islamic State campaign

An interesting subtext of President Barack Obama’s campaign to “ultimately destroy” the Islamic State (ISIS) is what it will mean for the rival Jabhat al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria.

While ISIS has alarmed most countries, the Nusra Front has played its cards carefully. It has not imitated the barbaric behavior of its jihadist counterpart; it has focused on Syria, even if it ultimately seeks to create a Muslim caliphate there; and it has maintained collaborative relations with Syrian rebel groups, unlike ISIS, which has sought mainly to overpower them.

FAIL: Chanel 50%

I am pretty sure Chanel wouldn’t think of advertising with a cheap poster on the back of a pullman.
PS: Nafez al Masri is a clothing shop in Tripoli

KunHadi And Almaza Joint Awareness Campaign

It’s a good move but Almaza can do better in terms of wordplay.

Geely And The Da3esh (Da3ess) Trend

I don’t think this was a smart ad by Geely, knowing that the “da3ess” slogans are being used to support the army.
Via Jad

Geely plays insensitively on double-entendres


Photo credit: Georges Najm

Let's recap the facts: ISIS (or da3esh as it is commonly called) is one of the most serious geostratgic threats on Lebanon and the region at large - the way they interpret the Islamic codes and teachings is at best, barbaric, not to mention them kidnapping Lebanese armed forces members after fierce battles whereby they tried to expand to the Lebanese territory.