I doubt that we will ever see trains again in Lebanon. Check out some really cool pictures of Riyak train station [Here].
I went with a group of friends to Tawlet Ammiq a couple of weeks ago to celebrate a friend’s birthday. I’ve been hearing a lot about Tawlet Ammiq and I remember posting once a really cool video about it, so I was excited to try it out and see how the day goes.
Tawlet Ammiq or the eco-restaurant of the biosphere is an eco-friendly place characterized by the use of green construction techniques adapted to the climate of the area and the usage profile of the facility. It’s one of the greenest projects in Lebanon as it reduces energy consumption when compared to similar buildings, reduces greenhouse gas emissions by around 85%, recycles over 60% of solid waste and promotes tourism in the area. [More]
In order to get to Ammiq, which is a beautiful village located in the West Beqaa area, you have to take the Dahr el Baydar road and then go right towards Qab Elias once you reach Chtaura [Google Maps]. The road in Qab Elias is not that good but once you reach Ammiq, the road is nicely paved with trees and greenery all around it. Once there, you will drive for around 8 or 10 minutes before you spot a Tawlet Ammiq sign. The venue is 2 minutes away from the main road.
PS: If you are planning to go during the weekend, leave very early specially on Saturday and try to be done by 3 or 4 pm to avoid the traffic on your way back to Beirut.
There’s a small unpaved road that gets you to Tawlet Ammiq but I thought I got lost at first as the venue was really small and not what I had in mind, but then I saw people parking and going down so I did the same. Once you walk in, there’s a table with all drinks on it, mainly beer (961 and Beirut Beer only), juices and Arak then there’s the indoor restaurant. Facing them, there’s a nice outdoor area with tables as well and long chairs where you can sit and tan or just have a drink, enjoy the nice Beqaa view and relax. There’s also a small room with bird paintings in it and some artwork.
We got there around 11:30 am as we were told breakfast is served starting 11, which consisted of small Saj Manakish mixed with cheese, thyme and kechek. There was one guy doing the whole work so we had to wait a bit to get a couple of Manakish but I didn’t mind it as I was enjoying the breathtaking view and having a beer. The place was half empty when we got there, but it was packed by lunch time.
At around 1pm, there’s an open buffet with all sorts of Lebanese dishes and four salads. Everything tastes fresh and the dishes are really good, specially the Chich Barak and Mafroukeh. I loved the tomato jam with the white Baladi cheese and the “kechek akhdar” which I’ve never tasted before. There’s also Kafta, fish and fwerigh.
The dessert buffet was also rich and delicious, and I enjoyed most the Achta Knefe and fruit salad.
After lunch we sat on the long chairs and enjoyed the sun and the view for an hour or so but by 2:30, there was nothing to do anymore. I walked around the venue but unlike the green valleys all over Ammiq, there’s nothing to see or explore. We had a Frisbee with us so we played a bit but that’s about it. I know that it’s an eco-friendly venue but it wouldn’t hurt to have some green spaces around it or at least put some music on to keep us entertained.
All in all, it’s a very nice cozy restaurant with amazing food and a nice setting but I wouldn’t recommend going there to spend the day. Going there for lunch is more than enough to enjoy the venue, the food and the view.
I asked the same question back in August but Ogero was undergoing some maintenance works so I got mixed answers. I’ve experienced slowness on my Ogero connection few times and on my 4G Touch dongle few times as well but otherwise it’s as fast as before. My Alfa 3G/4G data plan is also very quick and the only issues I’ve had were with lines dropping for no reason. This used to happen when 3G was first launched and is now back for some reason.
I think the Telecom Ministry should do a general assessment and let us know what’s happening because it seems the problems are in certain areas or related to specific providers. Did Ogero complete the maintenance work they started? Was the bandwidth increased as needed? What happened to the fiber optic cables? We all deserve to know.
Speedtest from my Ogero 4MB connection
A soldier hurting a man who is missing the lower part of his right leg.
I shared and criticized the video being spread on Facebook not because I care about these terrorists, but because the Lebanese troops should not be filming and sharing such videos, and definitely not committing any of these acts. I wouldn’t mind them bombing the hell out of these criminals but treating a prisoner (with one leg) can only harm the army’s image and won’t do anyone any good.
In all cases, I am glad and proud that the Lebanese Army described the incident as an isolated one and that they will hold responsible every soldier carrying out acts of this kind. Speaking of Arsal, I strongly believe the army should wipe these scumbags all out and don’t stop before the mission is complete. There’s no point of negotiating with these groups and time is on their side not ours.
PS: Why weren’t the billions donated to the Lebanese Army approved yet by our government?
I am a regular reader of LebaneseBlogs and the latest added features just made it better for me as a blogger and a reader. As a blogger, I can now include for example my food posts under the “Food & Health” section instead of having them only under “Society” as that’s how the blog is currently categorized. Moreover, I can edit posts as well on LebaneseBlogs if I need to. As a reader, I am able to sign in with Twitter, Facebook & Google and follow the pages I want (I prefer Follows to Favorites) and like the posts I wish to read later. Added to that, the page looks nicer and loads faster now.
I love the work Mustapha is pulling as LebaneseBlogs is organizing the Lebanese Blogosphere in a user-friendly and smart way and encouraging bloggers to post more!
Check it out [Here].
I am sure it’s fake because the Kaslik branch is always packed lol! (Plus customers are looking way too calm).
Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was declared today as the winner of Afghanistan’s presidential elections. His wife and the new country’s First Lady is called Roula Saade Ghani and is Lebanese-American. Rula and the president met in Lebanon during their AUB years. Let’s hope she will work on improving women’s rights in Afghanistan among other things.
IRAP is one of the very few associations I respect and support in Lebanon. They’ve been working hard to help rehabilitate audio-phonetics and they produce high-end products that encourage people to buy and aid them. Their cookies are available in almost any supermarket and are really good.
They need to work on their website and Facebook page though, as both pages will help them spread their message.
If you spot a small colorful and thought-provoking car in your town in the next couple of weeks, it’s the Sakker el Dekkene car which is touring Lebanon in a nationwide anti-corruption awareness campaign. The “Kabseh” starts on September 10th in Jdeideh, then went to Jounieh, Byblos, Tripoli and Aramoun. Here’s the schedule for the days to come:
– September 22: Sir al-Dinnyeh
– September 23: Halba
– September 24: Hermel
– September 25: Baalbeck and Zahle
– September 29: Jeb-Jannine and Rashayaon
– September 30: Hasbaya and Marjeyoun
– October 1: Nabatieh
– October 2: Bint Jbeil and Tyr
– October 8: Jezzine and Sidon
– October 9: Beiteddine and Aley
– October 10: Baabda
If you happen to be from these towns, don’t hesitate to report any bribes in order to help Sakker el Dekkene fight against corruption. You can simply log in to www.sakkera.com or download the Dekkene’s smartphone Application (search for ‘sakkera’ on iOS and Android). You can also call its hotline: 76 80 80 80.
Based on the below LBCI report, every law issued by the current Lebanese parliament cost us more than 1 million dollars. What they did was compute the productivity of the parliament by summing up the expenses we paid our MPs vs the number of sessions held and laws adopted in the past 6 years.
Here are the numbers as stated in the report:
– Lebanese have paid in tax money their MPs over 400 billion Lebanese Liras ($266 Million Dollars) in the past 6 years (Salaries, bills, maintenance etc ..).
– This amounts to almost $139,000 a day.
– In 2009: 0 sessions were held and 0 laws were passed.
– In 2010: 4 sessions were held and 57 laws were passed.
– In 2011: 5 sessions were held and 69 laws were passed.
– In 2012: 3 sessions were held and 42 laws were passed.
– In 2013: 3 sessions were held and 2 laws were passed.
– In 2014: 2 sessions were held and 48 laws were passed.