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Kasr El Helou’s Ma2loubé

I was wondering if there’s any arabic sweet called Ma2loubé to use for that picture and Kasr el Helou answered that Knefe is also called Ma2loubé so there you go
Speaking of Knefe, I was at Kasr el Helou in Tripoli on Saturday and had one. One of the best in Lebanon!
PS: I made sure no one was hurt in that accident before posting about it.

Whale Spotted Off Coast Of Amchit

I don’t know if I misheard, but someone on board wants to cross over the whale for some reason. Why is that?
This is not the first whale encounter in Lebanon. Some people even spotted dolphins a couple of years back near Tabarja.

via Bikaffe

Coincidence? Education Minister Elias Bou Saab Also Graduated With A Passing Statement In 1987

It seems our Education Minister knows all about passing statements, as he got one himself in 1987 during the war. Speaking of passing statements, here’s a video that went viral and pokes fun of students who never studied and passed anyway. I personally know someone who just showed up to the exams and just wrote down his name and left.
In all cases, I am with the Education Minister on this decision, even though I don’t like it, as the teachers on strike should not have bargained with the students’ future.

Holidays Part 8

Playing backgammon in Basta Tahta

FAIL: Valit Parking

Spotted in Batroun.
Thanks Rachel!

The SerLea: A Double Barrel 9mm Submachine Gun of Lebanese Origin

The SerLea is a machine gun that was apparently designed by a Lebanese gunsmith and veteran of Beirut street battles. The weapon has twin barrels, twin magazines and twin open bolts. There’s a synchronizing device to turn the weapon into a single high rate of fire, allowing each barrel to be fired one after the other, producing a rate of fire around 1,000 rounds per minute. The Los Angeles Police Department showed interest in the SerLea machine gun back in the 1990s but only few units were produced.

Marcel Ghanem’s Storming Intro and His Take On Charles Aznavour

It seems Marcel Ghanem managed to anger a lot of people (not me) during his last show including Charles Aznavour fans. In fact, towards the end of his 8 minutes long intro, He bashed Aznavour’s suggestion to put Iraqi refugees in French deserted villages.

Tabliyet Massaad: Zahle’s Famous Taouk Place Now Open In Gemmayze

Picture via IvySays
I was talking about new food places with Dana (Ivysays) and she mentioned that the famous Taouk place from Zahle Massaad has opened in Gemmayze and that it’s really good! Massaad’s taouk sandwich is rolled and put over the fire to make it crispy, with zaatar with olive oil smeared on top. The sandwich is filled with fries and a lot of garlic and served with hummus, pickles and coleslaw.

Look At His Emergency Fuel Tank

He doesn’t even have a plate number and has a small fuel bottle placed dangerously underneath the car. This thing could explode at the slightest accident!

To Naji يا ناجي

(mixed media on paper مواد مختلفة على ورق)
"I wanted to draw "Ein El-Helwi" (refugee camp) from the road that leads to our house.. But today, Ein El-Helwi is fenced, Naji."

CONFIRMED: Passing Statements Issued To All Grade 9 and 12 Lebanese Students

via Lebanese Memes
This is definitely not the best way out of this crisis between the Syndicate Coordination Committee and the Education Ministry, but the students’ future is a priority as they need the results to enroll in universities either inside Lebanon or outside the country. Personally speaking, I am still against the wage increase requested by the SCC and I really think they should reconsider their demands. While some of them truly deserve a raise, there are plenty of others that are abusing the system.

Fenicia bank, continuity via Chinese whispers.

Fenicia Bank (formerly known as Bank of Kuwait and the Arab World) is emphasizing its heritage with a cheesy ad. I think though not sure that the client is actually old and the "client service" people (just look at the name card in case you did not get it) are young to emphasize continuity? The line is "lifelong relationship" - for a more confusing take, check this on their own homepage. Under the line of "there are things you'd rather not inherit".

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