Monthly Archives: August 2011

Lebanese Army checkpoint at Nahr Ibrahim

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I highly respect the Lebanese army but I really wish I could meet the guy who sets up those random meaningless checkpoints from time to time.

Every time I go North, I try to leave as early as possible in order to avoid traffic on the way back. Since it’s Ramadan now, we decided to leave yesterday Qoubayat at exactly 6:30 pm to be in Tripoli around the Iftar time so that we won’t face any traffic. We reached Tripoli by 7:15 pm and all went great until we reached Nahr el Ibrahim road and stopped moving.

I thought to myself it’s an accident but after 42 minutes, we were surprised to see an army checkpoint letting people through without even searching them or looking inside the car.

Knowing that there are more than 4 exits before reaching the checkpoint, and that the Madfoun checkpoint is only few kilometers back, what’s the purpose of this checkpoint?

If there are some criminals or terrorists coming their way, they could have easily parked and waited for the checkpoint to be dismantled or simply use the maritime road.

Beit Beirut

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The municipality of Beirut has initiated a project back in April 2010 to renovate that old house and turn it into a museum and an urban cultural center. [Link]

The house was a strategic spot for snipers during the 1975-1990 civil war.

I am all for restoring old buildings but looking at the state of that building and the amount of time and money it’s gonna take to fix it, I’d rather they destroy it and rebuild it.


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I spotted this at Librarie Antoine and it brought back some good old memories from school.

Even though most students hated it back then, I was a big fan of grammar exams.

Schtroumpf Achrafieh Valet Parking

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It looks like Valet Parking guys are after me these days. After my dispute with Zaatar W Zeit Kaslik’s valet, it is now Schtroumpf Achrafieh valet’s turn.

I was leaving work two days ago around 6 heading towards Jeitawi hospital in Achrafieh and decided to stop by La Cigale to buy something. I parked my car as shown in the picture, as it’s past 5 and park meter is off.

As I was stepping down from my car, the valet guy shows up asking me for my keys. I told him that’s a valid parking spot and I don’t need him to park my car. He tells me this spot is for the restaurant (Schtroumpf Achrafieh) and they paid the municipality to have it after park meter hours are done.

Having heard that, I asked him to call the restaurant’s manager, so he hesitated and was like you have to go see him yourself so I went up and asked Schtroumpf Achrafieh’s manager if the valet’s story is true.

Turns out it’s a big fat lie and they only request politely for cars not to park in the two spots in front of the restaurant. Afterwards, I asked Schtroumpf’s manager, who was very polite and apologized for the incident, to go talk to the scumbag valet they got and ask him to stop harassing people.

All in all, I am happy the manager talked to the valet instantly and I urge all the blog readers to do the same thing as I did and not just give away their cars.