I would have loved such a surprise at my wedding (less dancing for me lol!). Nice one Jad!
I am this month’s geek on Spécial Magazine. You can check out the full interview in their September issue or on their [new iPhone app].
Thank you Joyce!
It appears that we had a Walter White in Lebanon even before Breaking Bad came out. Check out the full story on [Vice].
Apo and his friends spent weekend after weekend chasing girls and raving. But they were curious about the chemicals they were experimenting with. They scoured the web to find out about various combinations of chemicals that made up the pills they were taking, but their interest homed in on a drug that was possible for them to produce. “It was like heaven, ignoring the side effects,” Apo noted when describing his initial impression of meth. “You’re productive, not sleepy, friendly,” he added. A set of insecurities every young adult can relate to.
They started cooking for their friends. It was a cheap alternative to the pricier drugs on the market, and it wasn’t a crowded field. There had been rumors of an Armenian cook who had escaped to Yerevan years before, but apart from that meth was a new phenomenon for Lebanon. Apo told me it took him seven months to master the hang of cooking. They sourced Sudafed from local gym clubs, which sold it as an appetite suppressant. The precursor chemicals, which are hard to source in America, were purchased from the same companies supplying their university laboratories. He and his friends set up makeshift labs wherever they could, but usually in the basement of their parents’ apartment buildings.
One day, Apo and his crew started a cook in one of their parents’ apartments. Half way through the process, everything lit on fire. It was out of control, and fire spread quickly to the balcony. One of his friends grabbed the fire extinguisher to put it out, but the extinguishing chemicals mixed with the meth fumes, blanketing the entire apartment in thick, white dust. Seconds later, Apo’s friend’s mom walked through the door, astonished. They told her it was a university experiment gone wrong. She bought it.
I am just wondering how f***** up you have to be to do such a thing to innocent children.
We are all saddened by the loss but we really need to stop firing shots in the air during funerals or any occasion for that sake because we might kill innocent people with these stray bullets.
Jad Himo is a Lebanese drifter and the winner of the Red Bull Car Park Drift Regional Finals in Dubai last year. May he rest in peace.
Check out the video [Here].
Update: A lot of readers are telling me the sounds heard in the video are due to the “bang bang” components drifting cars have on. I realized that the first time, but the sounds never stopped even after the cars stop drifting so I assumed they were from gun shots or fireworks. I really hope these sounds are coming from the car only, but we can’t be sure.
A lot of people have been asking me about Forever 21 and when it is set to open at City Centre Beirut. Well unfortunately it won’t be opening before mid January 2015 as I was told. I tried to ask about the Cheese Cake Factory since it interests me more than a retail shop but there’s not a set date yet.
I was reading on Liberation that the French are more pessimistic about their economic future than Palestinians, then I noticed Lebanese feel the same.
There’s no doubt that the economic situation is bad in Lebanon, but I doubt that it is worse than Palestine. The countries that are most optimistic about their future economic situation are China, Peru, Vietnam, Senegal, Nigeria, India and Colombia.
Check out the full study [Here].
More than half of Greeks (53%) anticipate economic conditions worsening over the next 12 months, (another 26% expect the Greek economy to remain the same, which, in a nation where the economy shrank by -3.9% in 2013 is hardly a vote of confidence). In addition, 48% of the French expect their economy to deteriorate, as do 46% of Lebanese and 44% of Palestinians. Greek pessimists, however, may be pleasantly surprised: the IMF foresees the Greek economy improving from 0.6% growth in 2014 to 2.9% in 2015. Similarly, while less than half the Lebanese expect more hard times, the IMF forecasts Lebanon’s economy to accelerate from 1% growth in 2014 to 2.5% in 2015. [Pew]
This is terrible news but Jad Himo, the Lebanese drifter who proudly won the Red Bull Car Park Drift Regional Finals in Dubai last year, was found dead on the Matn highway.
Nothing’s clear now but the person who was with Jad told the authorities Jad parked his car on the highway, went down and shot himself.
Jad was only 24.
Alfa posted yesterday on their Facebook page that a Multi SIM is now available for all postpaid and prepaid users. This means that you can use the same Sim as Mini, Micro and Nano. This is very useful and was very much needed specially for people like me who switch between smartphones a lot. For example, if you currently have the Samsung S5 and just bought the new iPhone 6 (or even want to switch to the iPhone 5), you can easily put your Multi Sim in the new device and you’re good to go!
Based on what I’ve read on Alfa’s page, the new Multi Sim will cost 5.5$. I am not sure if Touch have the same but I couldn’t find any information about it on their page.