I was preparing a post on the cost of a ski trip in Lebanon but LBCI’s Lea Fayad beat me to it so I will make use of her report as a reference to my post as it has the Laklouk pricing which I didn’t know. As you can see below, the highest ski ticket during the weekend is at Mzaar (around 47$), followed by the Cedars (40$) and Zaarour (40$) then Laklouk (23$).
As far as ski rental equipment is concerned, it’s around $30-40 including skis, boots, ski goggles and gloves. If you include food and gas expenses as well, a ski trip during week days costs around 75$ and at least 90$ during the weekend. These prices don’t include the fees of a ski instructor which is based on the LBCI report around 30$ an hour but I think you can easily find cheaper prices than that specially when you are a group. There’s also a Facebook group called Skiing Society that gives up to 30% discounts on ski tickets, rental equipment and other stuff.
Hiba Tawaji is apparently not the only Lebanese who impressed at the Voice France this year as there’s another 19 year old called Lea Tchéna who also made it to the next round and joined Zazie’s team.
She says she’s half Lebanese at around minute 6. Mika’s reaction is hilarious.
BETA‘s shelter for abandoned and abused dogs in Lebanon is now full due to low adoption rates and no kill policy. As a result, they’ve decided to start a new campaign ” The Expats Pets Program ” to help find loving and permanent homes abroad for these animals, while raising awareness on this forced immigration to encourage local adoption.
I think you are all familiar with BETA‘s amazing work in Lebanon and I’ve shared many of their stories in Lebanon, so let’s spread the word and donate:
– To help them keep these animals in Lebanon
– Or donate to their rehoming program to give them an opportunity abroad.
Of course if you wish to adopt a dog locally in Lebanon or internationally anywhere in the world you can also do so through the [website].
A video was shared earlier by Animal Rescue Lebanon today showing sheep loaded inside a truck with tons of bags placed on top of them. That’s just outrageous but I wonder why didn’t the people who filmed it call the cops? The truck probably stayed for a good half hour on the highway so they could have easily been arrested.
Check it out [here].
Health Minister Wael Abu Faour announced that indoor smoking ban will be enforced, and that the ministry will be raiding restaurants and other enclosed public places to make sure the law is being implemented. The first attempt to ban smoking took place two years ago and failed miserably as the majority of restaurants, pubs and venues are breaking Law 174.
I would love to see the smoking ban law implemented in Lebanon but I believe Minister Abou Faour should take a pragmatic approach and avoid the mistakes that were done before, specially in regards to restaurants serving shisha that are still growing in numbers unfortunately and are the biggest problem nowadays. If we want this smoking ban to really work, it should be done in several phases and over 1 or 2 years to allow all pubs and restaurants to adapt. In fact, if the government had adopted a proper strategy back in 2012, the law would be running smoothly by now.
In all cases, we can’t but support any initiative to cut down smoking in Lebanon so let’s see how things will go this time.
That’s how Victoria Moore, The Telegraph’s wine correspondent, ended her article on Lebanon’s wine industry, on the end of an era with Serge Hochar’s tragic death and how Lebanese wine is booming abroad. She spoke about the obstacles that wine makers are facing recently in Lebanon, and how she was impressed by the energy and commitment of the new generation of producers that managed to double the quantity of Lebanese wine abroad in five years.
Lebanon moved from 12 wineries in 2004 to 40 commercial wineries by 2012 making eight million bottles of wine a year and exporting wine worth $14.5 million. Some of the wineries mentioned in Moore’s article include Domaine des Tourelles, Ixsir, Chateau Musar and Château St Thomas.
Lebanese wine is great and definitely worth trying. I will post shortly a list of my ten favorite Lebanese wine bottles.
You can check the full article [Here].
It may seem hard to believe but these people are demonstrating because Zahle is getting 24-hour electricity soon and their generators will become useless. I think they should be held accountable for ripping off people with ridiculous generator bills all these years.
A car filled with explosives was apprehended by the Lebanese authorities after it flipped due to bad road conditions. The driver abandoned the vehicle on one of the Arsal roads after he fell into a pot hole on and lost control of the vehicle which contained 120kg of explosives.
Every year, I tell myself that driving can’t get any worse in this country but I am proven wrong. Drivers are becoming more violent, more reckless and unpredictable and what happened with Johny is a clear proof of that. The last time I got into a verbal dispute with a driver, it was a 60 year old man who cut me off and almost hit me. I was with my brothers and we could have easily kicked his ass but I just ignored him and drove away because he was with his family and I don’t believe in violence, even though he was cursing at us and broke my front mirror.
Going back to Johny’s story, this poor guy was trying to clear the way for an Ambulance yet somehow ended up getting beaten and rushed to the nearest hospital. The cops were no where to be seen and even though they manage to arrest the assailants later on, it was only for few hours. Luckily no one got shot or killed in the incident but that’s not a reason for the cops not to arrest and jail these people for:
1- Driving in the wrong lane and blocking the road.
2- Blocking an Ambulance which is a very serious charge anywhere in the world.
3- Beating Johny and another driver.
Check out the full story [here].
The person who uploaded this video said he took the film from the store owner and that it happened somewhere in Beirut. I can’t really tell where the crash took place but that was a very close call!
I pulled over to get something from the grocery store and was just heading towards the store when I heard screeching tires. I looked and without thinking I just ran to the store. With respect to the driver, he was a reckless guy driving above speed limit and lost control of the car so he hit the brakes and his car turned and crashed into my car and the ice-cream refrigerators outside the store. Luckily no one was seriously injured.
The store owner was kind enough to let me film his CCTV monitor before he deleted the tape, so i’ll always have this video to remind me just how lucky i was.