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Telecom Ministry Ad

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We are still under the sea level when it comes to the internet. The latest upgrades were more than welcome but there’s still a lot to do before we can start praising our internet speeds and packages.

Lebanese war art

I recently stumbled upon a familiar sight at a Middle Eastern art exhibit in Chelsea, New York. It was a view anyone living in Lebanon during the 2006 war may have seen.

The piece by Ali Cherri was projected on the wall at the center of the gallery:

Is "Achra Abid Zghar" a racial slur?


Achra Abid Zghar! Based on Agatha Christie's book "Ten Little Niggers" which itself is based on the nursery rhyme "Ten Little Indians" (for the American edition the title was changed into "And Then There Were None" just like the nursery rhyme now uses "soldier boys" instead of "Indians").

What To Do When You’re Ripped Off in Lebanon (Fake Sales, Bad Food, Sham Jewelry, etc.)

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I don’t always do this, but the Consumer Protection Bureau in the Economy Ministry in Lebanon does a pretty decent job.
I’ve had the unfortunate chance on several occasions to deal with them, and so have several close friends.
On one occasion, my friend bought a gold bracelet for his girlfriend. A week later, the bracelet got discolored, making it obvious it’s a knock-off. My friend reported it, and a week later, the fancy place in downtown Beirut issued him a check with the full amount he paid including taxes.
In my case, a promoter had lied about the act he was bringing in from abroad. The next day, he was interrogated by the police and all the ticket-holders were reimbursed.

Video of Jounieh 2014 fireworks

For those who missed Jounieh’s fireworks show Friday night, I found the below video of it from MTV Lebanon. (Start watching at the 4 minute mark)
Also, make sure to check these 10 cool photos of the show compiled by Ralph.

Ivy Reviews: La Petite Maison Beirut

It’s true, over the past couple of years Beirut has been flooded with French Bistros, but the same doesn’t apply to authentic French restaurants serving gourmet French cuisine. In fact it may come as a surprise to know that there are a very few restaurants in Lebanon that specialize in serving French chic food, not the usual suspects that we see on almost every menu today and that’s what the renowned La Petite Maison Beirut brings to the table.

Looks Like Beirut.

A lot of lebanese living in lebanon or abroad always write bad things about Lebanon on the internet while foreigners who live here only write up the good stuff; weird right?

A Blessed And Peaceful Ramadan To All!

I wish I could have just wished everyone a Ramadan Kareem and moved on with other posts but given what’s been happening in the past week in Tripoli and before that in Abra, it looks like some people, aside from the terrorists and suicide bombers, are trying to ruin Ramadan for all the Lebanese.

Survivor: Beirut (applications now accepted)


Written originally in 2006 and published in "Getting the News from Poems", these are the rules of Survivor: Beirut as based on the ABC application.

SURVIVOR: BEIRUT
 
Survivor: Beirut (Based on the real application form for Survivor as downloaded from the ABC website)

ELIGIBILITY
REQUIREMENTS

So you've seen the show and lived it between
1975 and 1990 and now want to know how to become a part of SURVIVOR Beirut II.
Here is a breakdown of the selection process:

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Rihanna has an ISIS tatoo, not of the caliphate, of the goddess.


Rihanna has an ISIS tatoo - no, no, not for the Caliphate of The Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria - I mean the egyptian Goddess! Yes, tends to be pretty confusing these days. It's a sad state of the affairs, (unless you remember the tatoo is her thoracic cage and every time she shows it there is bound to be a boob spill-over).

Lebanese Student Jade Bassil Got 20/20 On The French Baccalaureate

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I don’t know how she managed to pull that, but she got 770 over 760 which is even more than 20 over 20. As she said in the report, the electives helped her gain extra points, but still there are exams like the philosophy one where you can’t possibly get more than 15 or 16 (I got 8/20) unless you are a genius!
In all cases, congrats to her and I hope she’ll get a full scholarship at some respectable university.

What Your Drink Of Choice Says About You

What’s your favorite drink to have? It could be a mimosa or a glass of wine. Whatever your deal is, the type of drink you choose can say a lot about the type of person you are. Buzzfeed got together a “A rowdy group of social drinkers and former bartenders” to discuss this very subject. The comments, »more...

From Girls In Bikini To This

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Bring back those girls lol!

Yumi: Sushi and Drinks in the Heart of Monot

Yumi, this special bar/restaurant located in the heart of Monot Street, is not like any other Japanese place around. It all starts with the location, in the middle of a nightlife district where things are casual and laid back. This feeling continues as you enter this casual fine dining space that’s simple and not pretentious. »more...

Guilt Free Chips: Baked Apples

Last Sunday, I spent a day at Bioland Farms. This little piece of heaven nestled in the heart of Batroun mountains where fresh and organic produce from the land are sold. Surrounded with nature, you already feel healthy… As I walked around discovering the place, one item caught my attention: Baked Apple Chips. Bioland’s concept »more...

Holidays Part 1

Playing backgammon somewhere in Zokak el-Blatt  I have gone on my annual Trek to the Motherland: I have to replenish my body and soul with energy in order to be able to deal with another year of Lebanon. It is a country of incredible beauty and wonderful people, but the place is a paradox. What you experience in Lebanon in one year, you experience in another country in a life time. The pace of living is so fast, yet so relaxed at the same time, that it drains your energy like no other place. And so I have gone to re-energize.

'Tropical Lament'

"It rains so long and hard here, I'm remembering
All the rain of my childhood, the pearls
Of hail I'd hold in my hands
After a storm.

This rain isn't going to stop
Until it's made a moat around me,
A grave the shape of a ring.
_________________________This rain
Is falling now wherever she is, who survives me;
It's soaking her clothes through to the skin,
Which used to be all fire.

When will it finally drown me?
Sometimes, remembering her hips, I feel afraid.
Sometimes I'm afraid she's gone—
That memory and music are all that's left of her.

But I'm tired of the rain's dark harmony.
I'm tired of everybody telling me:
Lift yourself up, never go down!

Ramadan Kareem

Wishing you all a blessed month! Do you remember this Ramadan series from the ’90s by Abbas Chahine?

beIN Sues TeleLiban For Airing World Cup Games

I am sure the issue will be settled somehow soon but it looks like beIN wishes to humiliate us some more before the World Cup ends.
beIN Sports has filed a lawsuit against the state-run Tele Liban for airing the World Cup games for free and without permission, TL announced on Saturday evening.
“beIN decided to sue the nation’s television channel TL over airing the World Cup matches,” sports analyst at the state’s network Ali Alawiyeh announced right before the Brazil-Chile game kicked off on Saturday evening.

“Bouss Ma Tkhafsh” Or The Henna Lipstick

I was checking out Lana’s blog and I saw this post about a lipstick called “Bouss Ma Tkhash” or “Kiss and Don’t worry”. Apparently it’s a lipstick that our mothers and the older generations know about and that you can use to kiss around without leaving any marks. I asked a couple of friends I know and they laughed and told me it was pretty commonly used back then.
Needless to say, I am not interested in it but I thought the story and the nickname were funny and worth sharing.

George Basha – Casting not all black and white

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Mr George Basha, of Lebanese descent, described his difficulty watching Underbelly episodes that feature Lebanese characters performed by people who aren’t Lebanese.
"We’re one of the biggest multicultural countries in the world; let’s start showing it that way," he said.
The next Point of View forum is in August and will explore "myth making versus real stories" with filmmaker and academic Karen Pearlman.

Extending my best wishes to our Muslim brothers and sisters as they observe RAMADAN’s rituals and fasting

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إخوتي الأعزّاء وأخواتي العزيزات، بمناسبة حلول شهر رمضان الذي تتألّق فيه وتتجلّى لدى المؤمنين فضائل التقوى والعفّة والإحسان والبرّ والصبر وصفاء التأمل ونقاء الضمير وذروة التواصل، أهديكم أحبّائي تمنياتي الطيّبة بالإبتهاج بوهج النعم المتجلّية خلال هذا الشهر الكريم والتزوّد بخميرة من البركات الدافقة والنهل من فيض الإلهام الهادي والمسدّد للخطى. كما آمل أن يساهم هذا المسح الروحيّ في انقشاع الرؤية واستدلال الحلول للمشاكل الشائكة لتثبيت السلام والأمان والاستقرار في وطننا الحبيب لبنان. رمضان مبارك.

ISIS, Islam and the human soul

Twitter dwellers were treated recently to a YouTube video of ISIS virtue and vice inspectors (“Hisba”) roaming the streets of areas under their control in Syria, lecturing shop owners about mannequins and Friday prayers, preaching morality the way they understand it, and then bulldozing Shia shrines.

A year ago Sharp Lemon also did Ramadan too!


Following what I just wrote about Anthony and No Garlic No Onions, Sharp Lemon chastised me for disregarding their effort last year. Point taken Patrick (Chemali, but no relation!).

I Am Driving A Lotus Tomorrow!

I am joining the Lotus car owners in Lebanon for a ride tomorrow from Beirut to Warde in Kfardebian and I will get the chance to drive one of the cars (Lotus Evora) which is pretty awesome!
I will be posting pictures on my Instagram [LeNajib] so follow me for updates!

No Garlic No Onions teaches everyone how it's done! (UPDATE)


What did just happen? A blogger - and a dentist at that! - just came up with the most interesting, captivating and brand-centric Ramadan ad. Yes, Anthony from No Garlic No Onions just wished everyone a Ramadan Kareem in what is - advertising and branding wise - a stroke of genius.

How to Recreate 36 World Cuisines With 3 Spices

Designed by the people at Data Dial and published by Kit Stone, this is an essential guide for any lover of cooking. You don’t need to struggle through recipe books to recreate your favorite cuisine – this graphic shows you the minimum you need to make a dish taste completely exotic. Be sure to share »more...

Meet the Lollypop Men

Lolly sticks. Boring aren’t they?  Why not turn them into little animated figures with lollipop heads? Meet the Lollypop Men Mold. This ice lolly mold by Just Mustard makes 4 figure-stick shaped ice pops that add more fun to your summer days. Includes one mold and 4 reusable sticks.

Ramadan Kareem from Beirut/NTSC


I thought this gigantic daf (tambourin) found in the window of a mosque downtown with the inscription "the full moon is upon us" was quite a fitting greeting for the beginning of this holy month - may it be a blessed one for those observing it. 

Jounieh 2014 Fireworks

The Jounieh fireworks yesterday were even more spectacular than last year and I was at one of the best spots to watch them all on the roof top of Hotel Monte Cassino, which is a new boutique hotel right next to the Casino du Liban. I posted a couple of shots I took and you can find below more pictures taken from the Jounieh Festival Facebook page.

Ruptures (21 June 2014) -full show-

Saturday 21 June 2014, Radio Lebanon 96.2FM (8-9pm) 1. Angel Olsen 2. Black Keys 3. Mashrou’ Leila 4. White Trees 5. Beck 6. Damien Jurado 7. Ramly > Listen to Part 1: ruptures 21 june (part 1) 8. Youmna Saba 9. Wild Beasts 10. Timber Timbre 11. Wake Island 12. Metronomy 13. Damon Albarn (feat. Brian Eno) 14. Neneh Cherry 15. Yasmine Hamdan > […]