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No Fault

It was my fault
I wanted you to be my revenge on life
It was my fault

It was my fault
I wanted you to be all that I couldn't
It was my fault

It was my fault
I wanted too much, I wanted too little
It was my fault

It was my fault
I bowed at the knees, I bowed too deep
It was my fault

It was my fault...

It was my fault
I looked away when I bit into you
It was my fault

It was my fault
You didn't bleed when I died at your feet
It was my fault

It was my fault
I keep dying the same way
Again and again and again and again
It was my fault

It was my fault
I turned out to be human, all too human
It was my fault

“ثورة” باباويّة تحت “القبّة” الميلاديّة

المهندس حميد عوّاد* حلول قداسة البابا فرنسيس في سدّة رئاسة الكنيسة الكاثوليكيّة كان حدثاّ “ثوريّاً” في تاريخ البابويّة، فسلوكه ينمّ عن إلتزام عميق بلبّ العقيدة المسيحيّة الأصيلة المرصّعة بمؤمنيها، لا بالجواهر ولا مظاهر الأبّهة المتبجّحة. لقد رفض العزلة في “برج عاجيّ” وشمّر عن ساعديه ونزل إلى معترك حياة رعيّته (بل لم يغادرها منذ خدمته السابقة) واختلط بأفرادها فاتحاً ذراعيه لهم ولكلّ أبناء البشر مثبتاً أنّ الإيمان النقيّ يتمثّل ويتقولب وينسكب بالمحبّة وأعمال البرّ، وأنّ القيادة الملهمة والهادية، أكانت روحيّة أم زمنيّة، تنبثق وتُستحقّ من الصدق والإخلاص والإنصاف والإجتهاد النشط في الخدمة.

Music 4 Sara El Khatib – The Coldplay Covers Edition

Sara el Khatib may have lost her fight with cancer but she remains an inspiration to many specially after her brave Tedxtalk. Sara is still inspiring many and a group of artists are organizing a concert in her memory and to raise funds for children with cancer.
The concert is taking place on December 26 at the Forum De Beyrouth starting 7:30pm. You can find below all the details and book your tickets [Here].

After Restaurants, Supermarkets And Slaughterhouses, Beirut Airport’s Food Storage is Rotten

Health Minister Bou Faour decided to close the food and medicine storage warehouses at Beirut’s airport due to the scary, horrible and unacceptable conditions there. Dirty floors, unsafe storage of the good and expired products (for more than 20 years) were found there.
What can I say? Merry Christmas everyone

Marie Brizard "making off" - Christmas reminders

The emotional significance of this ad will only be apparent to people of my generation, those younger, will only appreciate the fun and wit of the ad. You see, whereas nothing about this ad says Christmas, it was only aired during that time to draw attention to the liqueurs Marie Brizard (at the time quite popular and a big rival to Bols) was selling. One really would feel with the actor who never gets his words right, and then when he does....

Beirut airport has food products that expired 20 years ago!

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Can you imagine how does a food item that has expired in 1995 look like now?! I’m seriously interested to know!
“The minute you walk into the warehouses, you feel like you entered a dump,” Abu Faour said after inspecting the airport along with Transport Minister Ghazi Zeaiter.
The health minister revealed that some of food products still in storage had expired nearly 20 years ago.
“Dates on some foods showed they had expired in 1995,” he said.

A Makeup Look By Yves Saint Laurent


For a promo shoot of my Ivy Says NRJ Radio show, I was delighted to collaborate with the beauty team at Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) who created this day-appropriate soft winged eye and hot pink lip pair on me using some of the latest from the YSL Holiday 2014 Collection.

I Can’t Pay My Mecanique Because I Have Invisible Fines

I went down to the bank to pay my mecanique fees today but the teller told me that there are fines that I have to go check at the Nef3a and pay first . I went to the ISF website to see if I have any pending speed tickets but didn’t find any. I don’t remember getting any speed ticket and I didn’t park anywhere illegal to get parking fines so I am not sure what this is about. I think I’d rather pay late fees than drive to Nef3a during this week.
In all cases, I think it’s about time we make this whole procedure online.

Unpacking My 20th Anniversary Edition PS4

I picked up the limited-edition PS4 yesterday from Sony and opened it earlier today. It’s a beautiful console and a great tribute to the first PS ever. Remember you can still claim yours by joining the draw that I started last week.
Here’s what you need to do:
1- Follow SonyLebanon on Instagram.
2- Check the questions shown [here] and answer correctly under the original post not this one.

The Guardian Thinks Byblos’ Christmas Tree Is In Beirut

The Guardian featured some of the most beautiful Christmas trees from around the world and included Jbeil’s tree and its gold-colored iron leaves. The tree is indeed gorgeous but Byblos is definitely not in Beirut as mentioned in the caption.

Pierre Hachahe – Ya Ret

Lol this guy is hilarious and so random!
[YouTube]

An Adoring Profile of a Western Journalist

The room lights up as soon as he walks in. He’s dressed in one of those khaki trousers that have many pockets. They’re brimming with biscuits that he gently distributes to little brown kids when he’s on one of his expeditions. You don’t get to be an accomplished Western journalist without understanding the way to the hearts of the natives after all.

أمنية العام الجديد New Year for Samed

(حبر على ورق ink on paper)
Samed: My wish for the new year is that no one ever writes again a status of:
"Do you know what Homeland is, Safeyyah?*"

* A quote from Ghassan Kanafani's novel: Return to Haifa
* أتعرفين ما هو الوطن يا صفية؟عبارة مقتبسة من رواية "عائد إلى حيفا" للكاتب الفلسطيني غسان كنفاني 

My best sushi experience

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Three years ago I hated sushi. Today, it is one of my favorite type of food. I won’t bug you with the story of how I became a fan, what I will do however, is share with you the best sushi experience I had lately which can be summarized in two words: WOK W.O.K!

The New Yorker On The Myth of Baalbeck’s Megalith

Photo credit: Deutsches Archäologisches Institut.
German Archeologists made an incredible discovery a month ago in Baalbeck when they found right next to the “Hajar Al Hibla” in Baalbeck, the world’s biggest ancient stone block. The stone is more than 20 meters long, weighs more than 1.5 tons and nobody knows yet who ordered a 3 million pound megalith to be delivered to Baalbeck or why it got abandoned.

My Fleeting Manifesto Video! [Notice the Man on the Walker

Fleeting Manifesto is an awesome project by Ryan Abi. It started when our presidential seat became vacant. So, Ryan decided to custom make a presidential seat (more like super-comfortable throne) and take it around Lebanon and put it in public spaces. Random passerby would sit down, and Ryan would ask them a simple question, what’s your name and what’s the first thing you’d do if you were the ruler of Lebanon.

On statistics and the state of the the blogosphere.


First let me start with a few statements:
The internet does not carry a tone of voice, so what appears as sarcasm or humor when I say it, reads like bitterness when written.

LebaneseBlogs 2014 Stats: I Am Lebanon’s Most Prolific Blogger And BlogBaladi Has The Highest #1 Posts in 2014

My favorite Lebanese aggregator [LebaneseBlogs] just released its stats for 2014 and sorted them into five different top lists:
Lebanon’s 20 Most Shared posts on Facebook.
Lebanon’s 20 most shared posts on Twitter.
Lebanon’s most viral blogger.
Lebanon’s most prolific blogger.
Lebanon’s blog of the year.

Lebanon’s New Driving Law To Be Implemented In 2015

We’ve been hearing about a new traffic and driving law for quite some time in Lebanon, and it looks like the authorities will start implementing it as of next year. The new law is designed to reduce Lebanon’s high rate of traffic accidents and will include the points system for drivers, the establishment of traffic schools, a national council for traffic safety and a special traffic unit of the Internal Security Forces. Every driver will start with 12 points which will be deducted based on the severity of the violation. YASA and Roads for Life were among the many organizations who pushed for issuing this new law.

Week9: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

Here’s the story behind the pie – Picture by Tamanna
Don’t forget to tag #Livelovebeirut for the best Christmas pictures from around Lebanon during this month. You can follow LiveLoveBeirut on Instagram [Here]. I’m also on Instagram and you can follow me [Here] if you like.

touch 4G new ad

speedy and amigo
Speedy and Amigo’s previous ad was one of the coolest ads in 2012, and I think it’s great to see touch maintaining their originality in this new one.
via @chemali

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كافيه عم يرعاني

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I can’t believe I stumbled upon this on Facebook!
ِAnyone knows where in Lebanon is this cafe located?

Pick Up Your Christmas Ball At Le Gray Beirut To Help Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon

If you happen to pass by Le Gray Hotel next week, go in and check out their Christmas tree in the lobby. They have Christmas balls signed by the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon that you can take in exchange of any donation you wish to give. Once you take the ball and place the donation inside the box, replace it with a plain ball from the wooden basket on the floor.
It’s a simple and easy way to help out children in need during Christmas.

Lebanese ISF Teaching Girls How To Change A Flat Tire

I love how they chose a girl for the picture. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a girl changing a flat tire in Lebanon as there’s always some guy volunteering to do it for her. In all cases, I hate changing flat tires too and I wish someone would volunteer to change them for me.

Hiba Tawaji Doesn’t Need To Go To The Voice

Hiba is a very talented singer but I don’t know if it’s good idea to take part in the Voice, specially after what happened with Aline Lahoud and Anthony Touma. The judges are very random and she might lose out because of that, not because she’s not talented enough.
Anyway, that doesn’t mean that I am not excited about her participation and I will be encouraging her all the way till the end.

The yearly holidays card!


We keep repeating all those lovely wishes, in 2015, may they come true eventually...

Merry Christmas and Marvelous New Year 2015!

«Gloire à Dieu au plus haut des cieux et paix sur la terre aux hommes qu’il aime!»
Chaque Noël nous saisit par une prise de conscience qui attise l’amour, galvanise nos capacités, tout en nous exhortant à confluer nos efforts comme artisans de paix, semeurs d’espoir et partisans fougeux de la justice sociale .
Que Jésus Christ dissipe toute inquiétude et appaise toute douleur en impregnant les âmes de ceux qui souffrent d’une panacée divine.
Que la réjouissance, cher(e)s ami(e)s, règne sur et anime vos festivités à Noël, espérant que Jésus demeure votre compagnon à travers le Nouvel An, pour récompenser votre dévouement et assurer la croissance et la prospérité de vos entreprises.

When life hands you Sharp Lemon(s).....


I can already hear the accusations of nepotism - there he is parading the Christmas card of the "other" Chemali (note, I am Chemaly, and no we are not related) of the blogosphere.. Interestingly both Chemali-y-s had the same reflex.... A vertical card (mine will be disclosed tomorrow). Why? Tell me you are not reading this on your smartphone and you'd be asking the question. Otherwise, you saw it in the "correct" format! When life hands you Sharp Lemon(s) do vertical holiday cards.

Who Wants The PS4 20th Anniversary Edition?

You can still enter the draw to win the PS4 20th Anniversary Edition. Here what you need to do:
1- Follow SonyLebanon on Instagram.
2- Check the questions shown [here] and answer correctly under the original post not this one.
The questions are very easy and the gift is priceless!

Lebanese Consume More Wine Than Beer But Are Not Drinking Enough

According to BBC’s Booz calculator, the average resident of Lebanon drinks a total of about 2.4 liters of pure alcohol a year, making it the 39th lightest-drinking country. The lightest-drinking country in the world is Kuwait with 0.1 liters while Belarus is the heaviest-drinking country with 17.5 liters.

Lebanon Is Getting Worse In Terms of Internet Freedom

Freedom on the Net 2014 is a comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe. Internet freedom is in decline around the world and Lebanon is no exception. We moved from a 45/100 score in 2013 to 47/100 in 2014 which is not a good sign. The three emerging threats according to Freedom House are:

Snayniyeh with M&Ms and Marshmallows?

Whenever a baby gets his first tooth, Lebanese families make a traditional dish called Snayniyeh. It’s usually made out of wheat with almonds and nuts but I’ve been seeing marshmallows and M&Ms as well which is pretty weird specially that Snayniyeh is served cold. I don’t know if this is a relatively new thing but I am wondering who decided to mix marshmallows with it.
I am trying to imagine what Meghleh would taste like if we added M&Ms and marshmallows.