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A Lebanese Archive by Ania Dabrowska

Diab Alkarssifi’s lost archive of Lebanese and Arab photographs is brought to light in a new book by Ania Dabrowska.
"When artist Ania Dabrowska started working with Diab Alkarssifi, a homeless Lebanese man in London, she made a startling discovery. He was a compulsive photographer with a hoard of unseen pictures from his homeland" Via: The Gardian
I am big fan of vintage photos, and following Arab image foundation activities since 2009.
Can't wait for the book launch!
This great work is supported by Book Works and Arab Images Foundation. 

Rare Video of Lebanon’s Most Beautiful Places in 1921


Those 11 minutes of absolute beauty are guaranteed to make you smile in these dark, dark times.

 

Clarisonic Plus Review and My Head to Toe Facials


I’ve been blessed with good combination skin with the infrequent outbreak of a crude pimple here and there but I do have a reoccurring black head issue which I haven’t been able to get rid of for some time now.
You see a couple of years back when I was prepping for my big day; I did the amateur’s mistake of signing up for a facial at a relatively well known beauty spot (which I shall not name) but which seemed quite professional.

Enough selfie's already people!


I don't think i need to give you a definition of a Selfie! the selfie is everywhere instagram, facebook, twitter...! it is even named as "Word of The Year".
I have never taken a slefie, in fact I have taken only two, but some people's life isn't complete until they take a selfie of everything they have done during the day: 

On a Shoe, and Not Much Else

One of the tiny waterfalls  When I was pregnant with my son, I didn’t know what name to give him. And then I went for a walk on the beach with a Lebanese couple and their children. They had a son named Adrian, about 11 years old. And he was playing in the surf. With his new basketball shoes, brought in from the States by his dad who had been on a business trip. The dad must have warned the child a hundred times about those shoes. ‘Be careful, those are expensive shoes. Be careful, those are new shoes.

Diab Alkarssifi and Ania Dubrowska: A Lebanese archive


Image: Diab Alkarssifi


Image: Diab Alkarssifi

Balaa Pothole ranked 11th most Amazing Waterfall in the World

Balaa Tannourine cavesImage: glamroz.com
The Baatara gorge waterfall (Balaa gorge waterfall) is a waterfall in the Tannourine, Lebanon.
The waterfall drops 255 metres (837 ft) into the Baatara Pothole, a cave of Jurassic limestone located on the Lebanon Mountain Trail.
Discovered in 1952 by French bio speologist Henri Coiffait, the waterfall and accompanying sinkhole were fully mapped in the 1980s by the Speleo club Liban. The cave is also known as the “Cave of the Three Bridges.”

"All of Me" cover by the Lebanese Luciana Zogbi

I am a big fan of  John Legend, and this song is my favorite so far. 
You can now listen to this song by a Lebanese/Brazilian singer Luciana Zogbi, I like this cover but sure it is not better than John Legend's original .
You can check her youtube channel for more songs [Here]
or join her facebook page [Here]
Lebanese talent is all around the world! All the best to Luciana.

Something Is Brewing In Lebanon, And It’s Not Beer According To VICE

I usually enjoy reading Vice’s articles but this one is not very accurate to say the least, unless they know something we don’t. Lebanon has been the Middle East’s next ticking bomb for 3 years now yet things are still relatively under control. I don’t know if it’s just me, but things have improved lately from what I’ve seen and getting ammunition and new weapons to the Lebanese Army will only help stabilize the situation.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope things will improve further.

Roberto Merhi Makes His F1 Debut With Caterham

Roberto Merhi was not yet confirmed as a Caterham F1 driver but he took part in the Monza free practice session and got faster lap times than his teammate Marcus Ericsson. Merhi is currently second second to Red Bull protege Carlos Sainz Jr in the FR3.5 standings with three rounds remaining. He is a Spanish driver of Lebanese origins.

Ali and Lana’s Fairytale Wedding Photos


First, please allow me to congratulate the lovely bride and groom! I’ve known Lana for many years, before any of us had blogs back in AUB. So, it was very moving to see Lana take such a big step in her life after her blog’s and career’s stellar success: L’Armoire de Lana.

Be prepared - The White House is still not ready on Syria

President Barack Obama’s comments last week on how the United States intended to address the presence in Syria of the Islamic State provoked well-deserved incredulity. “We don’t have a strategy yet,” Obama said, pushing back against calls for robust American intervention in Syria.

Topless Women Spotted At A Beach Resort In Lebanon

A video is being shared of two topless women kissing and flirting on a beach resort in Lebanon. The video is being circulated everywhere but I am not sharing it. The resort is very familiar yet this could be a private party in a private spot (or bungalow), so unless they are ok with publishing this video, it’s no one’s business what they are doing.

What’s So Funny About The War In Syria?

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It’s not the first time I see a TV anchor laughing for no reason during the news, but I don’t think it was appropriate from Ameen Abou Yehya, who’s apparently Lebanese, to upload the video of himself laughing since he was reporting tragic news from Syria.

Mabrouk Lana!

Since Lana’s a blogger and a good friend, I thought I write a small post to congratulate her and Ali for their big day and wish them all the happiness in the world. The wedding was grandiose and out of this world, everything was perfect and Lana looked gorgeous in her Elie Saab dress.

Murex D’or 2014 Best and Worst Dressed by Ivy Says

In case you missed The Murex D’or awards last night then let me fill you in as best as I can. For those of you not aware this is sort of like the Lebanese version of the Oscars for both actors, singers and performers. Last year I covered their red carpet best and worst dressed here.
The show was hosted by journalist Paula Yaacoubian and the ridiculously handsome previous MP Misbah El-Ahdab who should seriously consider retiring from politics and pursuing a career in TV. Paula on the other hand, should just stick to what she does best and that’s political journalism.

Ruptures / Wickerpark Festival edition (29 August 2014)

A radio show dedicated to the 4th edition of the Wickerpark Festival in Batroun, Lebanon, and featuring tracks by: Charlie Rayne, Flum Project, How Sad, Mashrou’ Leila, Scrambled Eggs, Youmna Saba, and Z The People & Al Jihaz > Listen to Part 1: ruptures wicker park 29 august (part 1) > Listen to Part 2: ruptures wicker park 29 august […]

Zaha Hadid Architects’ AUB Issam Fares Institute Among The 9 Best New University Buildings Around The World

The Issam Fares Institute For Public Policy and International Affairs was listed among the 9 best new university buildings around the world. The building was created by Zaha Hadid Architects and serves as an international think-tank for Middle Eastern affairs.
I’ve tried hard to look at the building from different perspectives but I still find it ugly. I’ve posted more pictures below and you can check out other university buildings [Here].

The New Golf R: Can’t Block This.

A witty ad by Volkswagen Lebanon poking fun at the latest websites ban.
Jokes aside, Hayde Siyara!
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ASUS Quoting Gebran Khalil Gebran To Promote The ZenWatch

ASUS used one of Gebran Khalil Gebran’s quotes while promoting their new ZenWatch on twitter a week ago. The watch was one of the highlights at #IFA2014 in Berlin.
Here’s the full quote:
“Time has been transformed, and we have changed; it has advanced and set us in motion; it has unveiled its face, inspiring us with bewilderment and exhilaration.” ―Khalil Gibran
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What to do this Busy Weekend

Well, we have two major events happening this weekend: the first is the Wickerpark Music Festival! The second, is Fur Coat at The Garten! Oh, and the Shtrumpf 22nd Beer Festival also kicks off this Thursday!
Schtrumpf Beer Festival Sept 4-14

Everything You Need to Know About Sports and Politics in Lebanon by Rayane Mousallem

Spots in Lebanon, especially basketball and football, are highly politicized. We all know deep down “El 7ekme 2ouwet”, “Champville Aouniyeh”, “Riyadeh Mustaqbal lal Hariri”, “Amchit lal Ra2ees”, etc.
The problem is, the level those sports reached, especially Basketball, was impressive. Lebanon’s national basketball team and clubs have performed brilliantly on many international occasions in the past decade or so.
Sadly, politics ruined it last year, and made FIBA boot Lebanon out, crushing the dreams of the players and fans, because Michel Aoun and Michel Sleiman were bickering like stupid children, and the players and fans played along…

AUB’s IFI Among Business Insider’s “9 Best New University Buildings”


Zaha Hadid’s design of the brand new Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs has had mixed reviews here in Beirut. Many students saw it as an eyesore in the upper-campus part that includes the iconic Bliss and Fisk Hall. But, it grew on me. I like it, I think the contrast between the other four buildings around the Green Oval is nice. And, from this angle, it looks pretty awesome. I haven’t been inside yet, but I plan on doing that next time I visit AUB.

Review: BEYt Guesthouse

Two weeks ago while in Lebanon I stayed at a guesthouse called BEYt. They’ve been open for nearly a year now and I found out about the place by chance on my last trip there while visiting a small bookshop (Play BEY which belongs to them) and overhearing the owner talk about it. The guesthouse was located on top of the bookshop on the main Mar Mikhael street and when I got a tour of the place I knew I would be staying there on my next trip, which is what I ended up doing.

FAIL: Muffins Anyone?

Spotted in Verdun.
Thanks Marwan!

Bugatti Veyron Ran Out Of Gas In Down Town Beirut

via WhatsupLebanon
I don’t know if it broke down or ran out of gas, but that’s not a sight you see every day.
via LebaneseCars

GCR: Lebanon Among Best in Education, Absolute Last in Trust in Politicians + More Numbers


So, the World Economic Forum published its Global Competitiveness Report, and Lebanon got some interesting number I’ll highlight here:

The Top-Ten Single-Digit Numbers of All Time

Even before it was published, this post has been described as 'the ultimate listicle', 'the defining new media article' and 'silly but accurate' by major news organisations and well-known pundits. The buzz surrounding the anticipated publication of the post created waves of excitement on social media and other similar clichés usually used by SM types. So what's the fuss about?

Lebanon: No Longer My Happily Ever After Story by Mama Rowana


Our leaders, Mafioso’s and “governments”all deserve to be put in the thinking corner! They need to publicly acknowledge what they have done with Lebanon for the past few decades was and still is wrong. It is what we would expect children as young as 3 to do. You’d think if a child can acknowledge mistakes and apologize then why can’t our self proclaimed “leaders”do the same? If only it were that simple.

FAIL: Who Wants A Crap Salad?

Thanks Rana!

An Untold Lebanese Refugee Story

Someone recently forwarded me an article from the Anti-Racism Movement’s website, about a new, apparently unofficial, policy to stop renewing the residence permits for the children of migrant workers in Lebanon. Here’s a clip from the piece:
Since early this summer, the General Security had decided, without explanation or prior warning, with no new decision or decree, to no longer renew the residency permits of many migrant domestic workers who reside in Lebanon with their children, most of which have been born and raised here all their lives.

Doing the #ALSIceBucketChallenge For Centuries

We have been doing the Ice Bucket challenge ever since “Kebbe Naye” was invented… The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone’s head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research. It went viral on social media during July–August 2014. In the US, »more...

Mercedes Benz Publishes 48 Hours in Beirut


Hannes Thornhammar dropped by Beirut recently, and wrote up a piece on Mercedes-Benz’s mb! website.
Here’s the intro and final thoughts from the piece you find here.

Have You Heard of Edible LEGO Bricks?

Japanese artist and designer Akihiro Mizuuchi has created edible chocolate LEGOs – making everyone’s childhood dream come true. The bricks, which are made of milk, white, dark and strawberry chocolate, are fully functional. To create the pieces, molten chocolate is poured into precisely measured molds, which are then popped out once they cooled. The artist »more...

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Picture taken in Chekka by Rana