Hidden Gems

Downtown Beirut. No, really. This bit used to be sea. The old quay wall on your right.Some more hidden gems for you, this time right in the middle of Beirut. We’ve got a storm coming up, they say, so people are staying in. The fishermen of the little harbor along the Corniche have pulled their boats out; that usually is a sure sign that this is a strong storm.

Lebanese Daniel Khorassandjian Among The 3 Best Referees At The 2014 WTF Cup Taekwondo Championship in Queretaro, Mexico

Daniel Khorassandjian (first from left)
Lebanon’s Daniel Khorassandjian was among the three winning referees at the 2014 WTF World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships that were held in Queretaro, Mexico last month. Daniel was also named among the best referees back in 2012.

Galette Des Rois, Zlebyé, Armenian Christmas And A Tradition To Waste Electricity

The majority of Christians in Lebanon and around the world celebrate Epiphany tonight and the tradition is to eat the Galette des Rois and some zlebyé. The traditional Galette is filled with frangipane, an almond-based filling, and a slice is given to each person sitting on the table. The one who gets the lucky charm (la fève) hidden in the galette gets to wear the king or the queen’s crown. This year I got a galette from Cannelle and another from Kay (Stop & Shop) and the one from Kay was much better.

Byblos Brims With Culture, History and Life | Magda Abu-Fadil

 huffingtonpost.comByblos – 3d show. Source:Byblos, one of the oldest continuously inhabited Phoenician cities, was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984, thanks to its rich layers of history dating back 7,000 years, according to scholars, Cadmos is said to have introduced the alphabet we use today to the Greeks, who, in turn, gave us the Greek alphabet. A statue honoring him faces the port.

Cheating Reality

When people ask me why i’ve stopped writing regularly, my response is usually “what is there to write about?”. Their universal response is usually giving me this sympathetic smile and say something akin to “I can’t blame you. It’s becoming too dangerous”, and then they change the subject as if attempting to evade a topic of embarrassment to me. I allow them to do this, to have them assume that my silence is out of cowardice, because it’s the easiest and fastest way to end the conversation. The truth is I wish I had the wisdom to not write due to self-preservation, but this is not the case. I’ve stopped writing simply because writing about Egypt these days is like writing another round-up of this week’s most unfortunate events: It’s boring. It’s like tweeting from the Titanic.

(2014 end-of-year lists) – FAREEQ EL ATRASH

I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014… Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release FAREEQ EL ATRASH John Imad Nasr In no particular order: - El P & Killer Mike: Run The Jewels 2 – Black Milk: […]

Shock As Lebanese Student at US University Comes Second In His Class

Lebanon awoke in a state of shock today to the news that a Lebanese student at a US university has come second in his class. The small Mediterranean country is reeling from the revelation, particularly as every Lebanese student at a US or European university has topped his or her class since 1953 when official records began.

(2014 end-of-year lists) – WANTON BISHOPS

I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014… Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release WANTON BISHOPS Eddy Ghossein In no particular order: - Leonard Cohen: Popular Problems – Hamilton Leithauser: Black Hours – Timber Timbre: Hot Dreams […]

A Job Like No Other In Beirut

They need someone to work in the shop without using whatsapp. Good luck finding one!
Via Kriks!

Lebanon To Impose Visa Restrictions On Syrians For The First Time

Picture via UNRWA
Syrians were able to stay in Lebanon for up to six months previously, but this will no longer be possible as any Syrian who wishes to enter Lebanon will have to obtain a visa at the borders. This measure should have been implemented long time ago in order to control the flow of refugees trying to escape the war but it’s better late than never.

The 7 Highly Unprofessional Habits of Retail Employees in Lebanon

I don’t mean to start the new year with a rant but I’m afraid I must. We all know the Lebanese economy has seen better days, so it baffles me that customers are being treated like a nuisance. Yup, it almost seems as though shop assistants and at times assistant managers have left their basic training behind and instead decided to show us how they really feel about our business; not much. In fact, we’d be doing them a favor if we just got lost. If you’re shaking your head and thinking “oh no not MY business” think again. Everyone’s doing it from the largest retailers in the world to stand alone stores.

Will Solidere Really End In 2019?

Update: Solidere’s term was actually extended to 35 years in 2005, so its term ends in 2029 not 2019 as is being said, open to extension. via Karl

2000th POST, 8th year of blogging.

Artwork by Tarek Chemaly

On January 11th 2007 was the first post (it landed many people in hot water, but it also set the tone for the whole blog).

Animal Cruelty Reaching A New Level In Lebanon: Driving With An Animal Tied To The Car

This was posted earlier on BETA’s Facebook page. A Honda CRV is shown near Nahr el Kalb with a pet tied to the back of the car. WTF is wrong with people??

Cool Water Sprout Caught On Camera In Ramlet El Baidah – Beirut

It’s a small water sprout but that’s the first time I see one moving over land.
Check out the video [Here].

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