A Lonely End To The Only the Lonely Project

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Damaged and replaced stand buttons: 38
Damaged and replaced stand cameras: 19
Damaged and replaced stands: 6

I guess this pretty much sums up this social experiment conducted by Volvo. It’s a very disappointing but expected outcome.

Funnily enough, the trend in Lebanon lately is to report cars or motorcycles breaking the law but it looks like people just like to take pictures and share them on FB and Twitter (and then go break the law somewhere else).

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Lebanon Tightening Regulations on Foreign NGO Workers

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Foreign NGO workers should indeed apply for a different type of VISA if they are not coming here as tourists, but things should be made easy for them as they are here on a humanitarian mission and are helping us out at the end of the day.

Read the full article on the Economist [Here].

New rules now require foreigners engaged in humanitarian work to obtain visas before entering the country rather than alter them once there as used to be the case. Agencies have been instructed to inform the security agency of all foreigners working in their offices, including staff, volunteers, interns, and people visiting Lebanon for training or meetings. Officials have begun visiting NGO offices asking them to comply with the new regulations—or risk their staff being deported.

NGOs say that they want to obey the law, but that the process of obtaining a visa is unpredictable and cumbersome. It costs thousands of dollars, requires much paperwork, and takes months. Smaller organisations say the burden is too much. “If they want me to pay, I don’t mind. Just give me the documents,” says Kris, a founder of a non-profit hostel in Beirut who was recently deported. Kris submitted his residency and work permit applications in December but six months later he was told to leave Lebanon and escorted by security officers to the gate for his flight. [Economist]

Egg-Throwing Kids In Hamra

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20140818_193826 This translates to “The neighbors’ kids are throwing eggs from the balcony”

Yesterday was the first time I visit Hamra in the past 4 months and I enjoyed walking around and taking pictures of funny and creative writings and drawings like the one above, but I was saddened by the substantial number of beggars, specially children and even babies playing on the sidewalks and sleeping on the floor. I walked for around 15 minutes and saw at least 20 children on the sidewalks, some of them sleeping next to a garbage can.

I honestly don’t know why no one’s doing anything about it, because this is really unacceptable and must be handled in a better way. Beggars are one thing and a whole family thrown on the street is another. I am sure there are a lot of NGOs and organizations that can at least help the children and put them in a clean and safe place.

Somehow the above writing didn’t sound that funny after all, specially after seeing all these kids around me and feeling helpless.

Must-Have Breakfast in Lebanon: Zaatar and Jebneh In Tlamé Bread

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If you ever go to Akkar, make sure to try out the Tlamé bread. I don’t know if it’s popular elsewhere in Lebanon, but I’ve never had any in the South where I am from, nor in Beirut or Keserwan. The Tlamé is basically a dough baked in an oven made of clay. It comes out a bit thicker than the usual Man2oushe dough and tastier. You can get the Tlamé bread without any fillings or get Tlamé Manakish. Make sure to eat it while it’s still fresh and hot though as it hardens real quickly.

One of the oldest and most popular Tlamé ovens in Akkar is the one found in Oudeen. It’s on a small mountain road facing the stunning Oudeen valley and has been there for over 20 years. While waiting for your order to finish, I recommend you walk outside and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

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Shots To Go

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My brother spotted these alcoholic shots being sold at Stop & Shop in Adonis. There’s the Texas Ranger shot which contains Butterscotch Schnapps and Vanilla Cream Liqueur, and the Money shot which contains Amaretto almond liqueur and Irish cream. He didn’t pay attention to the price but if they’re not expensive, it’s a practical idea to have them at house parties.

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Kasr El Helou’s Ma2loubé

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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 :D

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.

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