Monthly Archives: September 2010

Update your facebook status, then commit suicide!

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A student in the United States committed suicide after being caught on tape with another guy. He updated his facebook status and jumped off the George Washington Bridge. [MSNBC News]

I really feel bad for this guy, but i can’t believe he thought of updating your facebook status before jumping off the bridge???

For those wondering why you die jumping off the GW bridge, here’s a picture of it.

Finally on Twitter

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I usually love to stay updated with everything that’s coming up and all knowing that i come from an IT background, but i’ve never convinced myself of subscribing to twitter cause i never saw any use out of it and i honestly still don’t but i was having a talk with Maya the other day and she told me there’s a whole community of Lebanese bloggers tweeting so i said i’d give it a shot.

My username is “LeNajib” since all others are taken. I ask all my beloved country men and women to “follow me”! lool

Lebanese Bloggers vs. Newspapers

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I was reading an interesting article on Beirut Spring on how a recent survey of readers of more than 400 blogs in Lebanon has shown that their numbers are close to the online readership of the most well-known Lebanese newspapers: both averaging 14,000 visitors daily.

It is true that there are some blogs who average a large number of visitors daily such as the BeirutSpring and even our blog but i think those numbers are exaggerated and miss out on a major source of information in Lebanon which are the Lebanese Political sites and News portals. LF website, FPM website, Kataeb website, lebanonfiles.com, elnashra.com and many others are way more visited than the most popular newspapers out there.

Most Lebanese rely on websites that relate to their political allegiance rater than check out newspapers for two reasons:
1- A lot of newspapers are politicized and are dull to read.
2- Political websites and portals are way more updates (by the second) than online papers.

Update: Last but not least, once we started blogbaladi, i looked for as many Lebanese blogs as I could find and i could not find more than 100.

I am as curious as Mark to know where those 400 came from?

Accident on Nahr Ibrahim highway

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Whenever one reads about car accidents and casualties, one cannot but feel bad and sorry for the victims and their families. However, i am starting to have mixed feelings lately specially when i read accidents like the one below.

An accident occurred this morning on the Nahr Ibrahim highway when a speeding car hit two young men who were supposedly arguing in the middle of the highway!!! Rabih Hassan Abbas, 29 years old and Fadi Ali Atallah, 40 years old, were arguing in the middle of the highway when they were hit by a speeding car, killing Rabih instantly and injuring seriously Fadi. [Source]

Are there no more places to fight except the middle of the highway?

Suzanne Tamim's killer gets 15 years only!

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Hisham Talaat Moustafa did not get the death sentence and “got away” with the murder he bluntly committed. It looks like Egypt cannot afford to kill a prominent member of its ruling party. [Source]

Suzanne’s family had already dropped the charges back in May 2010 for unknown reasons and now that the verdict is out, the only victim of this murder is still Suzanne Tamim.

The sentences can still be appealed by the defendants, the prosecutor or Tamim’s family, but i honestly don’t see that coming.

Wrecked cars for sale

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Asshole mentality: I’ll buy a totaled car, sell it for a small profit to a garage. The garage repairs the car and makes it look brand new. Some poor guy buys the previously wrecked car and spends a fortune on maintenance over the years…

There’s a parking lot next to the SNA building in Tabaris that frequently displays wrecked cars. A couple of weeks ago he had a Toyota RAV4 that was a complete wreck: airbags out, windshield broken, axles bent, front part completely damaged and he wanted 20,000$ for it!

His logic: you buy it for 20,000, you repair it for 2,000 and you sell it for 23 or 24,000.

He thought we were serious buyers, so he said: “ntebeh, ana ma bjib gheyr lebneni!” lol!

The new car he’s displaying is an SLK, I’m guessing early 2000s that is completely damaged on the side. Hit by a bus maybe?

I’m gonna ask the guy how much he wants for it on my way out from work.

Phone call from Israel

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I got a weird phone call today. The number was from the UK (+447624100000).
There wasn’t an actual person on the other side, it was a recording basically offering $10 million for any information on missing israeli soldiers.
I’ve always heard about these types of calls but I’ve never actually received one, until today.

10 million is a very tiny number compared to the amount of damage that was caused by Israel (see picture below). I hope people who actually do have this information don’t get greedy and sell out!

Eshtibak

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I was checking out some photos in the Lebanese MMA facebook page when I somehow stumbled upon a link to Eshtibak. Turns out Eshtibak are training courses made up of 5 levels. I only saw pictures of up to level 3 on their website and the picture above is from that gallery. Kinda looks like the magaweer training I used to hear about when I was a kid. A small snippet from their website:

Any man or woman, from different age groups, social status, and physical abilities can participate in Eshtibak courses to gain experience in self defense, and reality fighting skills. Moreover it’s ideal for field professionals working in security services (body guards, and security personnel), military and police forces to enhance their fighting abilities and field combat skills.

Sounds like an interesting way to spend a weekend. Here is their program from their last meet up:

Saturday:
10:00 – Departure from Eshtibak Institute
11:30 – Arrival to Destination, Niha
13:00 – Lunch
15:00 – 1st training session (stand fight and disarming pistol – Military and police expertise)
17:00 – 2nd training session (using and disarming knife and sticks – Kali)
20:30 – Dinner
22:00 – Night Marching
00:00 – Sleeping (All must go to bed)

Sunday:
05:30 – early morning light jogging and morning exercise
08:30 – Breakfast
10:00 – 3rd training session (Ground fighting – Jujitsu)
13:00 – Lunch
15:00 – 4th training session ( General revision for the 1st, 2nd, &3rd sessions)
18:00 – Certificate ceremony
18:30 – Departure to Beirut

For more information and lots of pictures visit their site [Here]

Bistrot 3a rawa2

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Few weeks back, we decided to go to Deir El Amar to visit a friend. We reached the road leading to Deir el Amar after a 45 minutes drive. The road from there was very nice but very badly designed. A lot of blind corners and barely any straights.

Once we got to Deir El Amar, our friend drove us to a place in the middle of nowhere up on the highest point in the city called “Bistrot 3a rawa2″. The place serves Lebanese and European food and has only outdoor tables. Its owner built it by himself during the July war in 2006 as he was stuck in Deir El Amar and had nothing to do. It opens only in summer.

While the waitress was taking our order, i noticed she was typing everything on her Iphone, turns out the kitchen is across the road and they have a website with a mobile application where they take orders and send them without having to visit the kitchen everytime. Pretty impressive for a place that far away from the city.

We ordered mostly Lebanese food, Labneh, Cheese, Chanklish etc …
The food was ok and the service very decent, but what you would love most about this place is how serene and beautiful it is. Music was also very convenient, no arabic or pop songs, just jazz and calm songs.

Last but not least, i advise those interested to try and visit the restaurant in day light in order to enjoy the scenery and have a safer drive.