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The Global Competitiveness Report: Lebanon Infrastructure Ranked 127th Out of 144

According to the 2013 Global Competitiveness Report, Lebanon ranked 116th out of 144 in terms of basic requirements, 125th out of 144 in terms of institutions, 135th and 32nd (out of 144) in terms of macroeconomic environment and health/primary education respectively.

Against Approving The Wage Scale Draft

via Al-Akhbar
I am glad the wage scale draft submitted by the Syndicate Coordination Committee did not pass yesterday, not because the banks and economic committees’ arguments convinced me, nor because I believe the current system is a just one, but simply because it’s not the right time to approve such a bill.

Old Footage (1958) Of The Beirut International Airport

[YouTube]
The quality of the videos is quite impressive!
There are more videos to check out about Lebanon [Here].

FAIL: Allah Ye7meek (الله يحميك)

Allah ye7meek indeed because that so-called camouflage on the back of the car ain’t gonna protect you from anything.

FAIL: Tourist Information At The Beirut – Rafic Hariri Airport

I wonder how hard it is for the Ministry of Tourism to spell-check Lebanese cities. Hamra is spelled differently twice, Achrafieh three times and Broummana is misspelled.

Idiot Of The Day

He’s wearing a helmet though. He obviously cares about his safety.
Spotted by Ahmad Kurdi via Yasa

Telecom Ministry: Higher And Cheaper Internet Speeds Within A Month

Picture via MayaZankoul
Lebanon’s Telecom Minister Boutros Harb is promising faster and cheaper internet speeds within a month as well as unlimited plans. He’s also talking to the Wall Street Journal about fiber optics and implementing Law 431, which would allow free competition in the telecom market and stop the duopoly led by Alfa and Touch.

Bkerke Website Hacked

The website is back to normal now.

Lebanese Civil Defence Volunteers Rescue Woman On Verge Of Suicide

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Post by Civil Defence volunteers.

The woman was identified as being an Ethiopian domestic worker. The Lebanese Police should investigate on the reasons why she was throwing herself off the balcony with the owners.
Great work from the Civil Defence guys!

Douaihy Easter Ads

What does the XO game have to do with Maamoul and is this E-store supposed to mean Easter? I really hope not. On a positive note, I got a Knefe from Douaihy on Friday and it’s still one of the best out there.

Taken from Douaihy

Nadine Magazine Spot On Cover Page And Headline

The woman on the front page with her panties showing told the magazine she will succeed without compromises.
I believe you

Answering ReThinkIsrael’s BuzzFeed Article: The 13 Delicacies That Are Israeli .. Aren’t Israeli

Picture from Al-Abraaj
ThHank you Rumzz for writing this. Read the full article [Here].

On April 13: The Lebanese Civil War Mentality We Need To Get Rid Of

When I first saw the announcement above, I wasn’t really sure if I should laugh at it or criticize it, and as it went viral and Lebanese started commenting on it, I noticed that few people were actually defending whomever posted this announcement and saying that this is the reality we live in. I wasn’t surprised to hear these comments to be honest as sectarianism is still infecting our society and has been on the rise lately mainly due to the Syrian conflict, add to that increased racism against Syrian Refugees.

The 'ghabir' (damage expert) and the tow truck driver I was going to write this amazing post about a fantastic hike in Mazraat el-Chouf, an absolutely beautiful region, especially now that spring has started full-force. But I wrecked my car on the way up there, and had to come down riding the cab of the tow truck. The airbags didn’t even go off; yet the entire front of the car is in pieces, and it was leaking some gruesomely smelling liquid. I should be thankful for all the things that did not happen.

According To BuzzFeed: Hummus, Halloumi Cheese, Cactus Fruit, Falafel, Shawarma, Labneh, Kibbeh and Baba Ghannoush Are Israeli Delicacies

This BuzzFeed article by ReThinkIsrael is so ridiculous and disrespectful to international cuisines that I don’t know where to start. The author could have simply stated there are things you could eat in Israel, but to claim that these are Israeli specialties is just too much. Moreover, how can you claim that a fruit is specialty?

Fashionable Candles for Palm Sunday

This doll is part of an art exhibition at the Beirut Souks done by Cynthia’s Candle. The candles on display are supposedly the world’s tallest Palm Sunday Candles which I hope no one will consider buying for their children. I remember when I was a kid, I had to carry my younger cousin’s 1 meter and a half candle for a good hour just because he was too little to hold it.

On Changing Times

Jesuit priests at the St. Joseph church for the memorial service, a portrait of Van der Lugt in the background I went to a memorial service this afternoon in Ashrafiya.

First Impression: PZZA.Co At The Beirut Souks

Yesterday was the soft launch for The PZZA.Co Italian restaurant so I passed by and had a late lunch there. PZZA.Co is a gourmet italian concept brought to you by the same people behind BRGR.Co, which is by far my favorite burger place in Lebanon. PzzaCo is located right next to Brgrco at the Beirut Souks.

A New Idea For Wedding Planners In Lebanon

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I wonder how much the priest would charge the couple to sing a song for them.

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

[YouTube]
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



IN MEDIAS RES
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

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:
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

[YouTube]
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:
[YouTube]

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.