Check out this list of 10 things ThisisBeirut has learned about dating in Lebanon. [Link]
I must say I disagree with some of the points mentioned and agree on others.
- Point1 differs from one person to another and needs love to begin with before few of the things mentioned are checked, such as education or social status.
- Point2 is valid even outside Lebanon yet Marina Dbayyeh is a bad example as the action taking place there is most of the time paid for.
- Point3 is mainly due to the girls’ behavior rather than guys. Playing incredibly hard to get and dancing in groups and getting their muscled brother or cousin or friend along with them are not very positive indicators when a guy wants to hit on a girl. Nevertheless, here also girls vary and guys as well.
- Point4 is totally wrong. Not sure if there’s a difference between dating Lebanese or non-Lebanese here.
- Point5 is also valid outside. Only difference is that couples usely move in together.
- Point6 is not really related to dating?
- The sex issue in Lebanon is still a taboo and while all girls pretend to be virgin, all guys have had sex at least 100 times.
- (Point8) That’s because the greatest majority of Eastern European workers in Lebanon work in Maameltein.
- Point9 is also valid almost anywhere not just in Lebanon.
- Point10 is another proof of how messed up and fake many Lebanese women are.
Dating in Lebanon is quite a complicated process and is related to many many factors that don’t come in any specific order. It’s a total chaos and few lucky ones come out with the perfect match.
Tsunami is a Sushi place in Achrafieh that I visited 2 or 3 years back and liked it. I never went back there again since it was impossible to find a parking spot and I hate giving my car to valet.
Nevertheless, I found out by mistake that it had opened near O&C, on the Jal el Dib highway, so I thought I would give it a try. I called and reserved and went there on a Saturday late in the afternoon.
The place looked nice from the inside but it was tiny. Everything was small, the chairs, the tables, the empty spaces between the tables, even the sushi once we ordered them.
The food was ok but portions were tiny and it took a lot of time to get to us. The menu was very varied and there were lots of specialties worth trying. Some of the things I tried was their authentic women’s mistake salmon-based and some banana wrapped makis which were delicious.
However I was still annoyed by how small and uncomfortable the place was. It reminded me of Torinos pub in Gemmayze on a Saturday night.
Overall, I would rather order take out instead of going there again to be honest because of the claustrophobic feel.
It seems to me that someone wants to freak us all out. I didn’t even think of a way that the nuclear disaster in Japan could affect us, but “It is feared that nuclear traces from Fukushimaâ€™s leaking nuclear reactors, heavily damaged in Marchâ€™s devastating earthquake, could have spread to the Mediterranean and rained down on the region following heavy showers in recent days. ” [Link]
According to The National Council for Scientific Research, further analysis of the rain drops are expected to be completed Wednesday before reaching any conclusion.
In January 2011, the Saifi Institute for Arabic Language introduced â€œLetâ€™s talk dirty with Marc,â€ the first Arabic class to teach foreigners Lebanese curse words within a cultural context.
â€œOne of my students came to class one day after cursing an old man, who had called her a bad name. She immediately responded with the typical, â€˜your mother,â€™ and he was apparently dumbfounded. She was very proud of herself,â€ explained Ghazar.
We better watch out when cursing foreigners in Arabic from now on. [Link]
I cannot believe what they’ve done to the street where all the restaurants and pubs in Antelias are almost filled every night. They’ve destroyed the road and almost blocked access from both sides and this has been going for at least 3 weeks now!
You have over 20 restaurants in that street only and 3 pubs or so and it’s been working great for them so far. I seriously don’t know who wakes up in the morning and decides to screw up people’s businesses in this country.They did the same thing to Monot Street for over a year and ruined the pubs owners.
PS: There are no works being undertaken in any other street in Antelias and its surrounding.
I thought it would be just fun and all but it was pretty competitive and some brought along their kids to coach them; that was hilarious to watch kids yelling at their parents. The scoreboard above was my quarter final game against a well prepared candidate. I messed up at first but came back to win.
In all, the 2 days event was really fun and except few sports that were taken very seriously (Mini-Football for example), everyone was having a blast. Also, There was a Chevy Spark event near the participants’ tents where candidates get to drive the Chevy around some cones and try to score the fastest time; some girl got very excited and was driving very quickly when the car spun and stopped an inch before the safety barriers between the track and the tents.
Last night I watched SENNA, the movie/documentary on Ayrton Senna’s rise to fame. It was an incredible movie that focused on his rivalry with Alain Prost, the politics in Formula 1, his personal life and finally his death. Of course I knew who Ayrton Senna was but I never knew how talented he truly was until I watched this movie. Formula 1 in the 80s and 90s compared to Formula 1 today is a completely different ballgame with a lot more excitement and a lot more competition. There’s a lot of great footage of Senna and I know this will sound strange but even though you know how the movie will end, you will still spend the whole time hoping you’re wrong.
The movie is around 2 hours and 40 minutes long but I’m hoping they will release an even longer extended version of the movie in the future since I felt they sped through some of the years so they could keep the movie under 3 hours. I highly highly recommend Formula 1 fans to watch this movie. It’s mostly in English but there are a lot of scenes which are subtitled as well. [YouTube]
Several inmates clashed with wardens after a protest against “transfer and routine inspection procedures” inside Roumieh prison turned violent on Saturday. [News]
I was watching a Basketball game on LBCI when they stopped the broadcast and turned to Roumieh prison to follow up on the prisons. It seems there’s been some heavy clashes between the army and prisons but what caught my attention was that a prisoner actually called LBCI and told them what is happening in the middle of all the action. He had a TV in his cell and a cell phone as well. TVs are maybe available to privileged prisoners but since when are cell phones allowed in jail?
BCG is without any doubt the largest corporate event in the Middle East where employees and executives, local and multinational companies compete outside the corporate world. The BCG is a corporate festival set up to encourage companies to support their employees’ pursuit of a healthier and more active lifestyle.
I haven’t heard about those games until this year and I am going to take part in two events. The games are both fun and competitive, and include added to all the traditional sports old school games such as tug of war, bag race, Three legged race, Chevy and cool games such as Wii Bowling & Tennis.