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Meet Apo: Lebanon’s Heisenberg

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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.

Video From Jad Himo’s Funeral

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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.

Forever 21 Set to Open in City Centre Beirut By January 2015

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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.

Lebanon Among The Seven Most Pessimistic Countries About Their Economic Future

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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]

Lebanese Jad Himo, Winner Of The Red Bull Car Park Drift Regional Finals in Dubai, Found Dead

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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.

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Multi Sim At Last!

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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.

Where Did All The Traffic Go In Nahr El Kalb?

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I have no clue what was going on this afternoon, but there was absolutely no traffic between Dbayyeh and Nahr el Kalb. The road is always packed there and I pass by it almost everyday at the same time, yet for some unknown reason the roads were empty today. One of my friends told me that it’s due to some army checkpoint on Charles el Helou but still something was not right.

I posted the above picture on Instagram and everyone was as surprised as me, so if any of you knows what was happening please do tell!

iPhone6 and iPhone6 Plus Will Be Available To Order In The UAE On September 27

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I wasn’t expecting the new iPhones to be available that soon in the Middle East but according to Apple’s UAE store, they will be available to order starting September 27th, a week after the official release date. The iPhone6 starts at 700$ and the iPhone6 Plus at around 815$.

As far as Lebanon is concerned, you can expect the iPhone6 and iPhone6 Plus to be over $1000 in the first few weeks, so I recommend you wait a little bit till prices settle.

I followed the #AppleLive event yesterday and it’s great to finally see an iPhone with a big screen at last. The Apple Watch is nice but it looks big to be honest and expensive at 350$. There’s even more expensive edition that has a watch case crafted from 18-karat gold. Something tells me this edition will sell big in the Middle East.

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If you are an Apple fan, my friend Jad posted everything you need to know about Apple’s new products [Here]. You can also check AbsoluteGeek’s post [Here].