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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

via Yasa
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.

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!

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