7ayet el jagal so3be …
Our electricity minister probably had a party back home and decided to switch off the EDL to power up his house lol!
Nevertheless, Mabrouk to the Tunisians!
Here are few nice illustrations done by Maya Zankoul for the Global Journal on domestic workers in Lebanon. The last one is sadly true but hilarious.
I was googling on countries that have no government and it appears to me that Lebanon might be on its way to beat another Guinness Record, the country with the longest period of time without a government, if they manage to beat Belgium which have been without a government for more than 200 days now.
And you dare say that our politicians are not doing anything!
Danielle from ThisisBeirut had her family over during the vacations and her grandfather wrote a small note describing his visit to Lebanon which i found very true. He also stated that Lebanon reminded him a lot of Trinidad and this is honestly the first time i heard that, so it would be interesting to have someone share his/her experience if he/she’s been to Trinidad.
â€œOur Lebanese experience was fascinating. In many respects it was as I had expected and in others completely different. The history of any country is interesting but I feel there is no comparable â€œspaceâ€ that can have had a more tumultuous past or a more varied cultural inheritance. Being physically â€œpresentâ€ in some of the areas where thousands of years of great civilizations have gone before is truly humbling. The relative proximity of the Mediterranean to the snow capped mountains and the Bekaa valley was hard to grasp until the experience proved it so.
My greatest interest was in getting a truer sense of the social and cultural reality of todayâ€™s Lebanon and its people. Not least to place modern Lebanon in its rightful context in the region as a whole. In that search I must confess that the time available was never going to be enough. I got some insights from those I met and enjoyed reading the local news and listening to television coverage that was relevant to the region and not obsessed by US electioneering. My learning from this will lead me to look and listen with a more open mind in the future.
The food we enjoyed was exceptional and the hospitality and welcome were incomparably warm. Still I am left with the most compelling impression being that Lebanon is, above all, contrast. So that there is opulence alongside destitution, antiquity alongside â€œglitzyâ€ modern, sophistication alongside parochialism, tolerance alongside extremism, erudition alongside backwardness, grandeur alongside squalor. Similar contrasts exist in many small societies that are made up of varied ethnic, cultural and religious traditions and backgrounds. I got the feeling that the contrasts are deeper, and their resolution a greater challenge, in Lebanon than in many other places that I know or have visited. Hopefully the vibrancy of the education system and the evident confidence of investors in the economy will contribute to a future that fulfils the present promise.â€
Pardon me, ladies. Have you seen my poles? A bunny sloper “accidentally” skis into a photo shoot featuring Miss World Top Model 2010 Luna Ramos of Venezuela (left) and Miss Venezuela 2007 Adriana Pena at the Lebanese ski resort of Kfardebian. [Day in pictures]
Venezuela Top Model 2010 and Miss Venezuela 2007 Adriana Pena were performing a photo shoot at Faraya Mzar yesterday. Click here for more pictures.
I don’t know about you guys, but I just filled my car just in case it gets ugly tomorrow. We don’t have a government any more and there are scheduled riots tomorrow during the day.
Update: Scheduled riots are for the 10th of february, my bad, but gas prices are expected to increase considerably, that’s why you guys need to fill up.
Spotted in front of Phoenicia Intercontinental
Gulf guy 1: OK OK, listen to this! I’m getting a BMW M6!
Gulf guy 2: No way!! That’s amazing!
Gulf guy 1: I know! But I’m still debating on what color I should get it!
Gulf guy 2: Please don’t tell me you’re thinking of getting a classy color like black, dark blue or silver! You gotta stand out man! Innovate!!
Gulf guy 1: Exactly!! Man btefhamle rasse! That’s what I was thinking! But I couldn’t make up my mind! I always wanted a gold colored car, but the pearl color reminds me of home… I’m soooo lost!!
Gulf guy 2: Man! I got it! What if I tell you that your car can be the color of your dreams AND match your Louis Vuitton socks and underwear?
Gulf guy 1: Dude, if you can make that happen, I’ll give you my blackberry / pearl colored Range Rover Sport!!
Gulf guy 2: Listen to this… You get the gold color on top, and the pearl color at the bottom!
Gulf guy 1: (Almost having a heart attack at this amazing revelation) You are a genius! I’m gonna look like a real douchebag, uh I mean player riding this car!!
Notice how many times the commentator says “ikhtalat el 7ebil bil nebil”.
Last Christmas I got my 78 year old Grandmother a laptop. I figured that you see older people using laptops, so why not her? She’s extremely smart and sharp. So for the past year she’s been using the basic functionalities, like writing Word documents, playing solitaire etc.
She’s been telling me that she wants to try the internet for a while now. So for Christmas this year I got her a MOBI. For those of you who don’t know, MOBI, according to their website, “residential and corporate users high speed Internet connection anytime, anywhere“. “high” is an overstatement and I’m not sure it should be included in that sentence since the connection is only 512 Kbps.
I thought it would be very easy to install and use, Plug & Play type of thing. Not at all! The installation of the software is pretty simple, but what you have to do after that is very complicated for the average user. The instructions are not clear, at one point I was asked to enter a code, I couldn’t find it. I called the MOBI hotline and they said that the code is sent by SMS to my mobile phone. At no point during the entire installation process was I informed that I should expect to receive an SMS!
So much complication for something that is supposed to be extremely simple to install and use!
In certain countries (like in the middle east i.e.) sex toys are taboo and their shops are forbidden, so the point was to create a sex toy hidden in an element that could be sold in the shop front of a home accessories boutique. [Source]
It would be interesting if someone got caught in the next few weeks smuggling sex toys in a bedside lamp.
I haven’t been to ABC Mall in Achrafieh for quite a while before i went there last Friday. I wasn’t planning on having dinner there but then i spotted WaterLemon. I don’t know why but i had totally forgotten about this place even though i absolutely love it!
I grabbed a quick dinner there and it was as good as ever. We ordered a mozzarella tart for starters, a pasta salad and turkey & cheese panini. Everything looked so fresh and tasty. I was lucky the panini was available as they change menus every season.
What i love most about WaterLemon are their fruit cocktails and how cool the place looks. Too bad it is only open in ABC Achrafieh cause i’d rather not go than get stuck in Achrafieh’s traffic.