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"The journey is the destination" a new series by Tarek Chemaly

Artwork by Tarek Chemaly

Artwork by Tarek Chemaly

It is rare for me to have unfinished projects sitting idle (I have an obsessive-compulsive streak), so to know that this project was first initiated in 2009 and was left unfisnished is a rarity itself.

Lebanese-Brazilian GP2 Driver Felipe Nasr Scores His Fourth Victory At Spa-Francorchamps

Carlin racer Felipe grabbed his fourth GP2 victory of the season at Spa-Francorchamps today and closed the gap on points leader Jolyon Palmer. Luiz Felipe de Oliveira Nasr is a Brazilian-Lebanese auto racing driver. He is the 2009 Formula BMW Europe season champion and the 2011 British Formula Three season champion. He is also the official test driver for Williams F1 Team.
All racing drivers love winning at Spa-Francorchamps as it’s one of the most beautiful and exciting races. It’s personally my all-time favorite.
Congrats to Felipe and I hope we will see him in F1 soon.

My ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Video

I decided not to take the ice bucket after all and just donate money to the ALS instead. I hope this thing dies out in Lebanon soon enough because most people are now doing it just for fun and wasting water without even spreading awareness or actually donating.
For those interested, you can donate [Here].

FAIL: Beiruting.com posts Pan-Arabia Enquirer Article As Actual News

The article was posted two days ago and is still there.
Thanks Kriks!

Back in Town

Last view of Holland. That rainbow was temporarily.   Not ever will I complain about in the heat in Lebanon ever again! Never ever again!!!  The last three weeks in Holland have amended that problem forever.

Man Cursing On MTV Live

Nice catch by Plus961


After a long hectic season, Summer 2014 is almost over! I’m going to take a little break from work and blogging. I’m really excited about the new content coming up, and hope you’ll return to read in september.
Follow me on instagram for updated pictures: @joesbox #SummerBreak

Summer Roadtrips: Off-Road with Helmets On!

We all love going off-road. Usually, we think of off-roading as either on ATVs, or 4×4 SUVs. But, truth be told, it’s all about the buggies. Incredible machines like the RZR series are lightweight, pretty safe (seat-bealt and steel cage, unlike ATVs) and get to speeds off-road that’d give you goosebumps.

Pop-up Yoga Studio at Heathrow Airport’s SkyTeam Lounge

London’s Heathrow Airport has become the latest hub to offer harried travellers a new way to take the stress out of flying with the launch of a new yoga studio. Passengers flying with SkyTeam airlines out of Heathrow’s Terminal 4 can partake in a pre-flight yoga class as part of a two-month pilot project aimed »more...

Finger Condoms – An Amazing Creation…

The worst moment is: While enjoying some BBQ chicken wings while watching TV and you have to change the channel at some point. Grrr wash your hands because your fingers are too sticky to touch anything? In the mood to get up? I know I wouldn’t be… This is why FingerNaps, finger condoms, are one »more...

Veuve Clicquot Teams Up with Ferrari… The Result?

A match made in luxury heaven: Veuve Clicquot has teamed up with Ferrari to create limited edition Champagne set ‘Veuve Clicquot Maranello’. By limited we mean only total of 20 sets were created and being sold at $10,000 a set. Each set includes three handmade gift boxes containing exclusive Jeroboam of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label. »more...

CNN: Exploring The Secrets Of Beirut

We need hours and hours to explore the hidden gems of our beloved city Beirut. I hope to see more of these videos.
Check it out [Here] and what Zawarib is all about [Here].

Panel to challenge Boutros Road

The Civil Coalition Against the Boutros Highway is hosting a panel and discussion this Tuesday on the battle against the $75 municipality-led project that will cut through one Beirut's greenest neighborhoods. The speakers include architects, urban planners and activists leading the campaign to create a park instead of the 1.3km road that will destroy several historic homes, including one of the last remaining terraced farm in the city. 

HVOB Back At Skybar Beirut This Sunday

Sundays at Skybar are proving to be a huge success and HVOB are coming back for the 3rd time to set the perfect mood for a Sunday evening! I’ve already booked my seats and I am hoping I can make it this time since the past weekends have been crazy.

The Extravagant Junkyard Has Seen the Light…

I’ve been waiting for so long… So long for this unidentified project to see the light. More than six months ago, I had the chance to take a sneak peek into what was to become one of the most daring architectural wonder Lebanon has ever witnessed… The Junkyard is a restaurant built from scraps, metals »more...

Whiskpoon: A 2-in-1 Kitchen Tool

The Whiskpoon is a quirky 2-in-1 kitchen tool that’s smartly (and simply) designed for dual usability. It quickly transforms from whisk to strainer with just a twist of the handle. In one easy motion you can switch uses to save time and the number of utensils to clean!

NoGarlicNoOnions ou une Mise en Bouche Alléchante

Agenda Culturel, Le 21/08/14 NoGarlicNoOnions est un blog créé par Anthony Rahayel, passionné de gastronomie, de voyages et de photographie. Ce dernier ressent le besoin de partager ses expériences et ses passions. Rencontre. L’idée du blog NoGarlicNoOnions est née après la publication de plus de 190 commentaires sur TripAdvisor et avoir reçu le titre de Top Contributor. »more...

Worst NY Times lead paragraph ever

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Epic Ice Bucket Challenge But …

The video is really cool but the purpose should be first and foremost to promote ALS and challenge other people to spread the word, not just shoot a funny video.
Check the video [Here].

Where to Party This Weekend: The Return

After the string of recent bombings and clashes in Aarsal, I felt it was a bit inconsiderate to keep publishing these posts as if nothing happened. But, if I’ve learned anything in all the years I’ve lived in Lebanon, is that life goes on no matter what. Bombs, assassinations, wars, natural disasters, no government, no president, no elections, no electricity, no water, unconquerable traffic, millions of refugees and still life goes on and the show must go on.
So, here’s making sure the terrorists don’t succeed in terrorizing us, and here’s a handful of stuff I think are worth you checking out over the next few days!

NSFW – Cursing man surprises MTV Lebanon anchor

I really don’t know much about the issue that got this man mad but he’s just hilarious!!
Thanks Hani

Lebanese Jalal Al Abani Is Cycling From Germany To Lebanon

Jalal is a Lebanese student who’s attempting to cycle about 3000km through eight countries in a period of two months. He started his journey from Regensburg in Germany a couple of weeks ago and has entered the fifth country Romania as of yesterday. He will be taking a ferry from Turkey to Tripoli in Lebanon due to the situation in Syria.
That’s a pretty fun ride! I hope he gets home safely. You can follow updates on his Facebook page [Here].

Panic buying - Why arming against the Sunnis is a terrible idea

There have been reports recently of Christian villages arming themselves in northern Beqaa, allegedly with the help of Hezbollah. One story circulating this week was that Christian groups in Zahleh had acquired weapons. However, people in the town qualified the story, saying that some young men had been armed to protect their neighborhoods, and in one case had coordinated with Hezbollah located nearby. Nothing more.

Bala Mokh …

I spotted the video on Lebanese Memes but I can’t confirm that this was filmed in Lebanon. If anyone knows about this video, please report these crazy and reckless people!

Last Seen Today At 18:45: Don’t Text And Drive!

This is the latest awareness campaign by KunHadi on the dangers of texting and driving.

Update: New photos inside Saifi dig

Soon after posting about the ruins discovered at the Saifi Plaza excavation, an activist got in touch over a Facebook thread and shared a series of photos of the dig in the months before it was cleared. 

A.R. Hallab challenges three restaurants in the #IceBucketChallenge

kasr el helou
Ice bucket challenge videos have been taking the internet by storm over the past weeks and it was only about time until Lebanese people start doing it. Not necessarily to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) but mostly just for the fun of it!
Along with the individuals who participated in this viral campaign, celebrities and companies are now challenging each other! In the video below, Kasr El Helou (Abdul Rahman Hallab) are challenging Crepaway, Zaatar W Zeit, and Roadster Diner to do the same. And I guess it’ll be quite fun to see those restaurants replying with similar videos.

Why I will NEVER win the lottery

Artwork by Tarek Chemaly

So I got around to admitting it: I will never win the lottery. Never.
Sure, as the saying goes "to win the lottery you need to buy a ticket" something which I have done a grand total of 2 times in my life - at the suggestion of two different people who saw me being "lucky" on those two occasions. The world is full of people whose life was ruined by winning the lottery.

Lebanon by James Lewis

Lebanon by James Lewis
Lebanon on Vimeo by James Lewis.

Reviewing Hotels In Lebanon

I think hotels are a great way to get away from the monotony and routine of everyday life. The getaway helps you relax, meet new people and get to know new areas that you wouldn’t necessarily get the chance to visit. On several occasions over the past years, I’ve spent weekends at some of Lebanon’s nicest hotels such as Phoenicia, Four Seasons, Le Gray, Mzaar Intercontinental, Mir Amin Palace, Monte Cassino and others.

Iraq requires a long U.S. attention span

The reversal suffered by the Islamic State, formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, at Mosul dam has raised exaggerated expectations about the ability to defeat the group. The Islamic State will remain a major headache, even as there is still no comprehensive strategy in place to defeat it. Much has been made of the Obama administration’s military intervention in defense of the Kurdish areas. Only when Irbil was threatened, the argument goes, did Washington deploy its aircraft. That’s only partly true. Turning back the Islamic State in the north was as much a priority for Iraqis in Baghdad and Basra as for those in Kurdistan. And Iraqi special forces were as involved in the takeover of Mosul dam as were the Kurdish peshmerga being rearmed by the West.

Seven Awesome Pictures (+ 1 Video) of Balou3 Balaa in Tannourine

Image by Ralph Azar
Balou3 Balaa, also known as the Baatara sinkhole or the Three Bridges Chasm is a natural sinkhole plunging 250 meters in the mountainside and featuring a 100 meter waterfall between the bridges. It is located in Tannourine. You can go hiking and camping next to the sinkhole and also visit the Tannourine Cedars Forest Nature Reserve.