Monthly Archives: October 2010

Man kills brother over parking space

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The National News Agency (NNA) reported Friday that a Lebanese man, identified as Nafez Tarabay, killed his brother, Kanaan, in the Jbeil town of Blat after the two men quarreled over a parking space.

Nafez Tarabay fled the scene, said the NNA, adding that an investigation is underway.

Lebanese authorities cordoned off the area. [Source]

Heated electoral battle between Maronite Monks

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The Lebanese Maronite order of monks elections were held few weeks back and there was a fierce competition between two prominent groups of monks, each affiliated to competing Christian parties in Lebanon. Elections were very tense and close and the Patriarch Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir had to interfer personally to put and end to this non sense. Even the Vatican interfered and received officially the results once they came out.

The results came out today at noon and Father Tannous Nehme was elected as president of the Maronite monastic order.

Can someone remind them that they are monks for God’s sake!!! They should be peaceful and praying and serene, not holding electoral battles!

Stuck in the middle

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I was parked under the “Marche du Pont” bridge in Adonis waiting to pick up a friend when i spotted this man trying to pass the deadliest and the busiest of highways in Lebanon. I am talking here about the one that gets you from Beirut to Tripoli.
This highway causes God knows how many casualities every year in the area between Kaslik and Adonis yet there are people still willing to die trying to cross it, and unsurprisingly the government and municipality and concerned ministry still have no plans of building a bridge allowing all those coming down from Adonis to cross safely.

What is funnier is that elections every year in Jounieh are very close and witness very high participation rates. Maybe Nathaly’s agency and Mr.Zalzali should apply for a fashion show there, maybe then they’ll build her a bridge.

Crêpes à GoGo

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Crêpes à GoGo is a new place in town that does only crepes. It opened few weeks back in Gemmayze street and its price list is very reasonable and ranges between 2$ for a simple chocolate crepe to 4-5$ for adding several ingredients. I have no clue if it is a local place or is related to the Crepe a Gogo place in Toronto, Canada.

I am a big fan of crepes (I don’t like pancakes though) and my favorite place for crepes is Crepaway. However, My favorite crepes are my mother’s.
We just ordered 4 crepes, so let’s see if they turn out to be good.

Delivery number: 01-570887

Update: We ordered 2 nutella and nuts crepes, 1 kinder and nuts crepe and a dark chocolate crepe. They were decent but a bit too small. I like Crepaway’s crepes better.

Popular firearms prices in Lebanon

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Here’s an approximate price list for the most popular firearms in Lebanon, according to an anonymous dealer.

M4, M16 and K47 rifles are among the most popular firearms entering Lebanon, the paper wrote.

“Today, prices are going up where the M4 with a launcher was being sold for $12,000 an M16 [for] $1,500 and the Kalashnikov [for] between $750 and $1,000,” said the dealer.

No mention of RPG’s whose sale I read and posted about is booming.

Update: According to my anonymous friend, RPG prices depend on the quality and the type. RPG 7s were around 600$ two months ago but now their prices have gone up. A Chinese AK for example that was sold at 700$ is worth 1200$ today.

Tawoule bala zaher

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I had some time to kill before my dentist’s appointment yesterday, so i asked a friend to meet me at Saniour Antelias to play backgammon for an hour so that i don’t have to go back home and get stuck in traffic.

We got to Saniour and asked for a backgammon board but it came without a dice. I informed the waiter and he confirmed that they come with no dice and that people get their own pair of dice with them.

Is it that costly to get few extra pairs of dices for the customers? Next time i go there, we will generously donate Saniour restaurant 12 pairs of dice on behalf of BlogBaladi.

PS: We ended up using my friend’s backgammon game on his Imate to generate numbers.

Where can I go without a visa?

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I was reading an article posted by Mark on and it mentioned something that surprised me. How many countries do you think you can enter using your Lebanese passport? 2? 5? 10? nope! 32!

I think not many people know this. Here’s a list of the countries.

Africa: Cape Verde, Comoros, Djibouti, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Togo, Uganda

Americas: Bolivia, Dominica, Ecuador, Haiti, Siant Kitts and Nevis

Asia: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Georgia, Iran, Jordan, Laos, Lebanon, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Oman, Nepal, Syria, Timor-Leste

Europe: Kosovo, Turkey

Oceania: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Tuvalu

How about a nice Christmas break in the Federated States of Micronesia? It’s warm that time of year.

via Lebanon News