Monthly Archives: May 2011

Egyptian to fight lion

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I thought nothing could beat UFC’s action but it looks like we are one step away from having gladiators again.

In an unusual move to revive Egyptian tourism, a young Egyptian man has announced he will fight an African lion. Al-Sayed al-Essawy said he bought the lion, which weighs 280 kilograms, for $4,200 and he’ll use only an iron shield and dagger to defend himself… but will kill the lion with his own hands. [Link]

Not even Lebanon’s Chamchoun dared such a thing.

I truly hope the local authorities will stop him from this barbaric act as I don’t see how killing a lion could revive Egypt’s tourism.

There’s even a cheaper way to get a house in Lebanon

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I posted few weeks back on the cheapest way to get a house in Lebanon[Link], turns out there’s a cheaper way that I’ve missed.

Apparently some guy has been building his house on illegal property since it’s the latest trend nowadays in Lebanon. After he finished the first floor, he stopped the construction work. Few months later, he went on a trip and upon his return, he found out that one of his neighbors was building the second floor above him. Turns out the neighbor liked the spot also and decided to build on top of the illegal first floor lol!

This was mentioned during one of Kalam el Nass’ episodes on LBCI with Marcel Ghanem.

Chili’s to open in Gemmayze

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Chili’s Margarita bar will finally open its doors on June 1st in Gemmayze. I heard that the municipality was giving them a hard time which is why the opening got delayed by a few months.

According to Gino’s Weekly leaks, they’ve been ready to open for quite some time. [Story]

Hoping that more bars with awesome food like Chili’s open up to replace the many overpriced lousy-food bars we have now.

Upcoming Concerts in Lebanon

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[Shakira Concert Pics]

We have a very busy summer ahead of us, with Shakira kicking it off early last week with a 20,000+ concert in Biel. Here’s a list of some of the most famous artists and bands performing in the next two months.

James Blunt, June 27, 2011 at BIEL
MOBY, July 5, 2011 at the Port of Jbeil
Scorpions, July 6 and 7, 2011 at the Port of Jbeil
Florent Pagny, July 9, 2011 at the Port of Jbeil
UB40, July 9, 2011 Batroun Festival, Batroun
Thirty Seconds to Mars, July 15, 2011 at the Port of Jbeil
Placido Domingo, July 17, 2011 Zouk Mikael

I must say Byblos International Festival has done a remarkable job this summer.

Thirty Seconds to Mars’ concert was supposedly scheduled for the 16th of July but the date was changed back to July 15th for technical reasons. Funny how NRJ has been promoting the event on July 16th for 2 months urging people to buy tickets and now that all tickets were sold out, the date has changed. You can get a full refund though if you can’t make it on July 15th but they will not reimburse you the fees you pay on Virgin Megastore’s website to reserve the tickets.

Chantal Goya still thinks she’s young and is performing at Biel on June 25th. She’s 68 years old.

To check out the full list of events, check out Virgin’s ticketing box office website. [Link]

5 common things about Lebanese car garages

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I finally found out a decent garage to take my car to but that’s after watched how they were working on my car and other ones for 3 to 4 hours. The dealers’ garages are not an option for me as they are ridiculously overpriced. Nevertheless, after checking out many garages, I’ve noticed some common trends among them:

1- All garage owners are very religious. Huge posters of Jesus, Virgin Mary or Saints’ pictures are found all over the walls.

2- There’s always a second floor inside the garage usually with tinted glass where the boss does business. You feel like you are going up to meet with a mafia’s boss.

3- Most of those running garages are brothers or father and son.

4- Whenever you tell the garage owner you’ve been to that other garage, it turns out the guy used to work for them before “wou ne7na m3almeeno”.

5- There’s always a bird in the garage. Cool garages like the one I go to even have parrots. It’s quite barbaric though to trap the bird in such an environment.

Beirut Garden Show 2011

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The 8th Annual Garden Show and Spring Festival started yesterday at the Beirut Hippodrome and will be open daily from 4pm to 10pm. I went to it last year and I really enjoyed it. Considering we barely have any gardens or parks anywhere in the city, it’s a nice change.