Monthly Archives: October 2010

Smoking kills 5000 Lebanese yearly

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According to Elie Lahoud, head of “Youth against drugs” association, 5000 people die in Lebanon yearly because of smoking.

Percentages of people who smoke in Lebanon are very high, yet the solution is very simple and consists of increasing the very cheap price of cigarettes and secondly of banning it in public places.

Talking to Lady Yvonne Cochrane of Sursock

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Lady Yvonne Sursock Cochrane presided the APSAD, Association for the Protection of the Natural Sites and Ancient Buildings, for 40 years and is still fighting to preserve Lebanon’s heritage, although pessimistic about prospects.

The Sursock palace is one of the most beautiful houses in Beirut, yet is nowadays being surrounded by skycrappers.

Well there are good ministers, but nobody listens to them! [Former Culture Minister] Tamam Salam made a series of good proposals; none of them passed. [Current Culture Minster Salim] Warde said to me, “There is not one of my proposals being accepted. There’s nothing I can do. I’m just sitting there.”

The only hope — I mean it’s a joke — but it’s to do what happened in Dresden, which was completely razed during the World War II. They took the paintings of this Italian painter who had represented Dresden and reproduced the city based on his work.

[Full Interview]

The ladies are angry!

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Women’s Nationality Campaign- Lebanon from Stephanie Issa on Vimeo.

[BeirutSpring]

A string of national demonstrations, including a protest outside Parliament, are now expected, alongside a petition calling for equal treatment of women, the National Gathering for Removing Discrimination against Women said.

Although the group, representing some 60 Lebanese NGOs, has yet to make final arrangements, it has also made plans to meet with President Michel Sleiman and Prime Minister Saad Hariri, as well as host of other leading politicians. [DailyStar]

Although i am a strong supporter of equality in rights between men and women, i believe this whole nationality issue should be discussed more seriously as to its consequences and be restricted to non-Palestinians for demographic reasons.

Pimped SUVs in Dbayyeh

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This is another car show on the Dbayyeh highway with the weirdest looking cars. He has 3 or 4 pimped SUVs, 3 of which are showing in the picture. There’s also a collection of old American “pimpable” cars like the ones you can see below.

The car show even has its own website and is apparently based in North America, and according to the website H. Gregory is the leader in used cars sale there. Not sure though who would buy pimped rides in Lebanon.

Handicap Friendly Ramp?

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I spotted this assumingly handicap accessible ramp outside ChopSticks in Dbayyeh the other day. The ramp is so steep you need to be muscular to climb it with a wheel chair and you could end up on the highway if you lose control on the way down.

If anyone knows someone in charge at Chopsticks, i urge them to forward them this message before someone gets hurt.

A small watch get-together

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Can you calculate the total cost of the watches in the picture above? This is my rough estimate so far…

The first 10 on the bottom are Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronographs, the regular ones cost like $28,000 and the ones pictured aren’t regular so lets say they’re roughly $35,000 each, multiply that by ten, that’s $350,000. On the right you have around 20 Panerais. Say roughly $10,000 per PAM that’s $200,000. On the left you have a bunch of Rolex’s and IWC’s, I can’t tell what they are but lets give them $10,000 per watch and there are 21 watches so that’s $210,000. Add $350,000 and the other $200,000 that gives you a total of around $760,000.

That’s one hell of a party. You can check all the pictures [Here]

FAP, what it really means…

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I visit thechive.com regularly and on more than one occasion I’ve seen a picture of the “FAP” mattress company from Lebanon. At first a friend suggested that it might be funny to people who know the GAP stores.

Today I saw a post on another website (picture above), with the caption “Possibly the best billboard everrrr”. I asked a friend and he told me what it really means.

Ladies and gentlemen, the definition of FAP, from the Urban Dictionary:

- Fap: The onomatopoeic representation of masturbation
- Fap: A sound effect for masturbation used often in japanese comics
- Fap fap fap: The sound made when you jack off

So now that you know what FAP means, scroll back up and re-read the ad.

Update: Eatliver.com always commented on the FAP ad.

Credit to AF for the discovery

Badna Nshouf el film! Badna Nshouf "Chou Sar"!

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A friend of mine and loyal reader to the blog was attending the Awards Ceremony and closing film of the 10th Edition of the Beirut Film Festival that was held at Unesco in Beirut. She emailed me after the ceremony was over informing me that the closing film chosen by the committe was “I am love” by Luca Guadagnino, but the big surprise and the most moving part is when they announced that the movie “Chou Sar” for DeGaulle Eid won the Special Jury Prize.

During his thank you speech and i am quoting, he said that he was astonished to win a prize when no one saw his movie. This is where a lady from the audience stood up and shouted: ” badna nshouf el film”! and then everybody stood up and started applauding!

Chou Sar was banned in Lebanon by the ISF for inciting sectarianism.

Here are the full results of this closing ceremony.

Review: The Jasmine Room

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There is no better business than opening up a restaurant or a snack in Lebanon, however the latest trend is to come up with a very fancy place that attracts customers but serves crappy or average food.

One of them is the recently newly opened Chinese restaurant called the Jasmine Room. It is situated on the Jal el Dib highway and looks very fancy from the outside. I’ve been wanting to try it for a while and finally went there with my gf on Saturday.

Unlike what is stated in this review, it does look a lot like every other Chinese restaurant and resembles a bit ChopSticks! It even has that large rounded table in the middle that rotates so that you can hold like your small buffet.

We were out on a Saturday night and found a table without reservation. The chairs were comfy and the tables were not too close to each others. While checking out the menu, i noticed on the first page set menus for 4, 5 and 6 people. They varied from 200,00LL till 400,000LL or something like that. I don’t know much about food menus but putting such big numbers on the first page of your menu can push customers away.

The menu list was very similar to every other Chinese restaurant, same appetizers (Shrimp dumblings, Spring Rolls etc ..) and hot dishes.

We ordered the following:
- Vegetable Spring Rolls
- A steamed rice bowl with corn (It didnt come with corn but the waitress said she can add corn to it).
- A sweet and sour chicken platter without the green peppers and onions that come with it.
- Noodles with beef platter.

Few minutes later, the spring rolls came and they were not good at all and small as well. The hot dishes then followed and with them came major dissapointment.

- Steamed rice came without corn. They were unable to drop few pieces of corn into the bowl. It is very demanding indeed.
- Sweet and Sour chicken came with the green pepper and onions. The waitress realized the matter as soon as she got to the table, so she apologized, went back to the kitchen, took out the onions and green pepper and came back with it. How did i know that? Simply because the chicken and the sauce smelled like onions and peppers still, but i did not tell her anything.
- The noodles platter my gf ordered was disgusting. Noodles were not well done and they had onions all over them. We asked them to take it back and we ended up not paying for it.

That was pretty much my experience at the Jasmine Room and i am quite sure will be my last one. I thought for a while that ChopSticks is no longer that good, but it is great compared to this one.