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Le Royal Beirut Spa, A Piece of Paradise

Lebanon is not the most stress-free of cities to live in- and that’s putting it mildly. So every month or two, I make it a point to treat my man and I to a spa day, where we both take a good hour or so out of our busy schedules to turn off our phones and brains and just surrender ourselves.

Cherif: no honor. Said: No sense of humor.


Artwork by Tarek Chemaly

The French police just named two suspects in the Charlie Hebdo shooting while the third turned himself in. I understand the notion or "guilty until proven innocent" when your IQ is so low you forget your ID card in the getaway car, this pretty much seals it.

My Second Article for Kotex’s TheMakeOver.Me


So, I’ve been asked to give some dating advice for Kotex Lebanon again, and after last time’s awesome feedback, I was happy to oblige!
As an eligible bachelor in Beirut, I’ve had my fair share of amazing dates, and disastrous ones. I eventually began to realize that the time spent in my car was the most important indicator of whether or not we’d “click”, and for several reasons:

Charlie Hebdo Massacre from One Arab’s Point of View

artwork by @SabineDaou
We’re a generation with no purpose. We don’t have world wars to fight in, we don’t have an industrial revolution to initiate and the common denominator of all the verdicts on a generation like ours, is: “obsessed with their Facebook profiles”. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth…

Mais ...Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie

(ink and digital color حبر ولون رقمي)

I Am Naji Al Aliأنا ناجي العلي

#Jesuischarlie en Arabe - #انا_شارلي


If you are an Arab and support the freedom of speech and condemn the events of Charlie Hebdo, please support this or share it or feel free to download it.
#Jesuischarlie #انا_شارلي

#JesuisCharlie

The following is the result of 4 essays which have been worked and reworked about Muslims and Europeans and what is happening now after the terror attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in French which left 12 people dead. After deleting evrerything my only words are:

Love is stronger than hate (the title of the 2011 issue of Charlie Hebdo after having their offices attacked by arson).

#JeSuisCharlie

#Allezvousfairefoutre

 

Audi Quattro 1 – 0 Zeina Storm

via Audi Lebanon
Nothing can stop a Quattro.

Annoying Moviegoers !

Smartphone theaters
Movie theaters usually ask you to silence you phone before the movie starts in order to perfectly enjoy the screening and avoid any disturbance to the experience. Most moviegoers usually abide by this which is good. However, another problem that really annoys me and is starting to become more and more recurrent, is people that cannot get off social media and keep using their smartphones while cranking up the brightness to maximum. These people do RUIN the movie experience. Have you lately came across such people at the cinemas?

An Exclusive interview With Mia Khalifa And Almaza’s Take On It

Beirut+TV interviewed Mia live from her house in Florida and revealed the reason why Mia chose this career.
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Meanwhile, check out Almaza’s smart take on this matter:

Almaza on the Mia Khalifa Controversy

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Almaza is as usual keeping up with Lebanon’s heated discussions, but I have mixed feelings about this poster.

Snow! :)

Walking the dog, at 960 meters
I am a snow person. Snow makes me nostalgic. So while Beirut got pummeled by wind and drenched in rain and hail, I made my way up the mountain in order to wake up in a Winter Wonderland. Elevation in Lebanon varies between 3,000 meters (The Cedars up north, with the highest mountain, Qurnat as Sawda peaking at 3,088m) to 0 meters at coastal level, and snow was predicted at 1,000 meters.

(2014 end-of-year lists) – YOUMNA SABA

I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014… Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release Youmna Saba In no particular order: – Billie Holiday: Rare West Coast Recordings – Arvo Pärt: Arbos – Fawzi Sayeb: Taqasim – […]

Lebanese Forces now PROTECTING Syrians


Forget previous animosities, burry the war hatchet (or rater warS - plural). Do not remember the casualties - the dead, the injured (permanently or otherwise). In this harsh winter, the Lebanese Forces are actually protecting Syrian refugees... Look at the photo above!

When It Snowed In Beirut In 1920

This picture was shared on Old Beirut today and shows Beirut covered in snow back in February 1920. Apparently there was an old saying for people who were born in that year in Beirut that says “خُلق فلان سنة التلجة”.

Armed Robbery in Baalbeck Caught on Video

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Gotta respect how quick and professional they are!

Things to Do This Week in Lebanon

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As you probably already know, I’m teaming up with Lebtivity to bring you on Wednesday of each week 10 handpicked events or things to do in Lebanon to inspire your plans for the week.
I’ll try to make the events I choose everytime as diverse as I can ranging from theater plays to restaurants specials and outdoor activities. Below are the the 10 plans I picked for this week.

25+ Pictures & A Video Of The Zena Storm From All Over Lebanon

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I compiled the best pictures from the Zena storm that hit Lebanon today and will be over by end of this week hopefully. I also uploaded an impressive video from Manara that my friend Nader took earlier today and here’s a video from Jbeil, another from Ouzai and one from Raouche.
Here’s the forecast for the rest of the week as taken from LebanonWeatherForecast:

(2014 end-of-year lists) – SERGE YARED

I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014… Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release Serge Yared (The Incompetents) Albums: 1. Hobocombo: Moondog Mask 2. Scott Walker & Sun O)))): Soused 3. Richard Reed Parry: Music For […]

الأجواء Stormy Weather

(ink on paper حبر على ورق)
 

Far-Right Extremist ‘Confused and Upset’ After Realising He’s a Foreigner

A far-right extremist has spoken publicly today of his shock and dismay at discovering that he too is a foreigner. John Smith, 29, from Luton in England, revealed the agony and confusion he has been experiencing since making the traumatic discovery. Mr Smith is a fierce critique of immigration and ‘everything foreign’ as he once put it, and has been active in far-right circles for a number of years.

Is Education Minister Elias Bou Saab Seriously Asking This Question?

via EliasBouSaab
Update1: Minister Bou Saab denied that he was relying on the poll to decide whether to close or not, but the poll is still up on his Facebook page.
Update2: Education Minister Elias Bou Saab has decided to order the closure of private, public and vocational schools on Wednesday.

(2014 end-of-year lists) – CHARLIE RAYNE

I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014… Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release Charlie Rayne In no particular order: – The War On Drugs: Lost In The Dream – Mac Demarco: Salad Days – Rachel […]

What did the Lebanese Google in 2014?

I couldn’t find Lebanon as a country under “Google Trends” but I remember Executive Magazine once did manual searches on popular terms and published the results, so I did the same exercise with more searches. You can do the same by going [here] and searching up to 5 terms for the past year or more.

ثورة دينية و كده

ناس كتيرة “علمانية” جابتهم علي التايملاين لما السيسي إدي خطاب أن الأزهر محتاج “ثورة دينية”، عشان كل واحد فسرها بطريقته.  بس هم كلهم فهموها غلط الصراحة. عاوزين تعرفوا يعني إيه نعمل ثورة دينية بالنسبة للسيسى؟ يبقي أسألو نفسكم با لنسبة للسيسى يعني إيه تعمل ثورة.
عشان تبقي عملت ثورة، يبقي لازم تقبض علي أعداء الثورة، عشان أي ثورة لازم يبقي ليها أعداء، و القبض عليهم ده أثبات و أنجاز في نفس الوقت. زي القبض علي مبارك كده كان أثبات و أنجاز ثورة يناير كده. و القبض علي الأخوان أثبات و أنجاز تلاتين يونيو.

The Best Greeting Card To Our Lebanese Ministers and MPs

Sakker el Dekkene surprised our MPs and Ministers by sending them a $100 fake dollar bill that says “In gangs we trust” instead of the original “In God We trust”. The aim was to surprise them and encourage them to refuse the bill in order to build a proper country “ملغومة ارفضها تيصير عنا بلد”. Ever since it started, Sakker el Dekkane received over 1600 acts of bribery, which showed that the average bribe per person is more than 1500 dollars a year.

Hidden Gems

Downtown Beirut. No, really. This bit used to be sea. The old quay wall on your right.Some more hidden gems for you, this time right in the middle of Beirut. We’ve got a storm coming up, they say, so people are staying in. The fishermen of the little harbor along the Corniche have pulled their boats out; that usually is a sure sign that this is a strong storm.

Lebanese Daniel Khorassandjian Among The 3 Best Referees At The 2014 WTF Cup Taekwondo Championship in Queretaro, Mexico

Daniel Khorassandjian (first from left)
Lebanon’s Daniel Khorassandjian was among the three winning referees at the 2014 WTF World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships that were held in Queretaro, Mexico last month. Daniel was also named among the best referees back in 2012.

Galette Des Rois, Zlebyé, Armenian Christmas And A Tradition To Waste Electricity

The majority of Christians in Lebanon and around the world celebrate Epiphany tonight and the tradition is to eat the Galette des Rois and some zlebyé. The traditional Galette is filled with frangipane, an almond-based filling, and a slice is given to each person sitting on the table. The one who gets the lucky charm (la fève) hidden in the galette gets to wear the king or the queen’s crown. This year I got a galette from Cannelle and another from Kay (Stop & Shop) and the one from Kay was much better.

Byblos Brims With Culture, History and Life | Magda Abu-Fadil

 huffingtonpost.comByblos – 3d show. Source:Byblos, one of the oldest continuously inhabited Phoenician cities, was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984, thanks to its rich layers of history dating back 7,000 years, according to scholars, Cadmos is said to have introduced the alphabet we use today to the Greeks, who, in turn, gave us the Greek alphabet. A statue honoring him faces the port.

Cheating Reality

When people ask me why i’ve stopped writing regularly, my response is usually “what is there to write about?”. Their universal response is usually giving me this sympathetic smile and say something akin to “I can’t blame you. It’s becoming too dangerous”, and then they change the subject as if attempting to evade a topic of embarrassment to me. I allow them to do this, to have them assume that my silence is out of cowardice, because it’s the easiest and fastest way to end the conversation. The truth is I wish I had the wisdom to not write due to self-preservation, but this is not the case. I’ve stopped writing simply because writing about Egypt these days is like writing another round-up of this week’s most unfortunate events: It’s boring. It’s like tweeting from the Titanic.

(2014 end-of-year lists) – FAREEQ EL ATRASH

I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014… Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release FAREEQ EL ATRASH John Imad Nasr In no particular order: – El P & Killer Mike: Run The Jewels 2 – Black Milk: […]

Shock As Lebanese Student at US University Comes Second In His Class

Lebanon awoke in a state of shock today to the news that a Lebanese student at a US university has come second in his class. The small Mediterranean country is reeling from the revelation, particularly as every Lebanese student at a US or European university has topped his or her class since 1953 when official records began.

(2014 end-of-year lists) – WANTON BISHOPS

I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014… Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release WANTON BISHOPS Eddy Ghossein In no particular order: – Leonard Cohen: Popular Problems – Hamilton Leithauser: Black Hours – Timber Timbre: Hot Dreams […]