Monthly Archives: September 2011

Chinese: the third language of Lebanon

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I stopped by an IBL ATM last week and noticed something weird… I’m not sure what percentage of the Lebanese population speaks Chinese, but having it as one of the 3 choices in an ATM seems weird. I’m sure it’s Chinese coz I Google Translated it and got the exact same writing. I wonder if the ATM company uses Google Translate as well

From Google Translate

LMFAO no longer coming

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I just read that LMFAO are no longer coming to Lebanon due to threats they received from some fanatical extremist Christians who think their Extremism is the voice of Jesus. These extremists think that the guy featured in the LMFAO music videos is dressed like Jesus.

That is by far the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. If they have their reasons not to come, let them give us some eligible ones, not some nonsense Christian Extremist death threats. The FB group that is behind calls for boycotting the event barely has 250 likes and 1 page of comments and stated they did not threaten anyone.

Mazda 6 for sale

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I woke up to what sounded like a truck crashing into a wall. I wasn’t too far off; it was the sound of a truck breaking the concrete wall of our building, knocking over an electricity pole, crashing into the parking lot, totaling 1 car, damaging another one and bending the gate of the building.

The driver jumped out of the cabin Indiana Jones style right before the crash. Thankfully no one was hurt.

HSBC closing down branches already?

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HSBC has embarked on a major global restructuring program that will include its operations in Lebanon, a banking source told The Daily Star Friday. “HSBC branches in Lebanon will eventually witness some restructuring as part of the plan set by the administration in London,” the source said. [Daily Star]

This piece of news came out two weeks ago and it seems they’ve already started closing down the Verdun branch.

Sawaya & Moroni

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This store caught my attention as I was walking through Milan’s streets. When I mentioned its name to my dad when I got back, he told me that the Sawaya guy (William Sawaya) is a Lebanese and a good friend of his and that he has started this business some 30 years ago.

Going through their website, it looks like they are well established in Italy and in the World. They’ve even been assigned to design trophies for FIFA events. [Link]

PS: I did not notice the old guy/girl in the picture until later; he/she pretty much says a lot about fashion in Milan and how people dress.

Back to Lebanon

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I got back to Lebanon two hours ago coming from Milano. Watching my first ever F1 race was just amazing, the sounds are way better than what you hear on TV and the whole experience just great. The only inconvenient, even though I’ve lost two or three pounds, is the amount of walking you have to do, and I am not saying that out of laziness. I had to walk everyday over 4 hours around the Monza Autodromo to get from the bus to my seat and back, so If you are not used to it, don’t even think of going to Monza.

I leave you for now with this picture where Sebastian Vettel, the race winner, is waving at me thanking me for my support. (Picture taken from my seat at the Parabolica turn)

Autodromo Nazionale Monza

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I will be leaving in few hours time to attend my first ever Formula1 GP, the Italian Grand Prix!

This edition will be the 82nd edition of the Italian GP and will take place at Autodromo Nazionale Monza, also known a La Pista Magica. This is my 2nd favorite Grand Prix after the Belgium GP (Spa-Francorchamps).

I will be sitting at the very famous Parabolica corner, which you can see below. I might not have access to any internet there so I won’t be posting for a couple of days.

I will be taking a lot of pictures and videos which I will upload once I get back.