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Lebanon’s Garbage Crisis From Another Perspective

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“Move to trash” is a nice series of conceptual photos related to the garbage crisis shot by Lebanese photographer Ghaleb Cabbabé. It pretty sums up the image of Lebanon that we are clinging to versus the gruesome reality we are currently living in. Some may say that we as Lebanese are delusional and that things will only get worse, but as long as we are living in this country and believe in it, we should keep hoping and working for a positive change.

Check out the rest of the pictures [here].







Week34: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

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Chouf Beautiful Chouf – by Buddcorp

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Batroun house Batroun house – by Mia Karam

chiah Lebanon thru the eyes of Silvio Chiha

chouwen Chouwen river – by Hassanasser1

dive Fear nothing! By Charbel Bouez

divers 17 divers and helpers raised a 66 sqm Lebanese flag, the largest underwater Lebanese flag, in Chekka, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Lebanese army. By Freakgmb

Hippodrome Hippodrome de Beirut – by Riseabovelebanon

manakish Manakish anyone? By Ppharaon

Week33: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

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Barook Barouk Cedars – by Sarah

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Jounieh festival Jounieh Festival – by RiseAboveLebanon

Harissa Harissa – by Eliasouba

Gazl Le marchand de bonheur – by

Cedars1 Eternal gardens – by Eli.youssef

Baakline Baakline waterfalls

Afqa Afka – by Gilbert Geagea

In Pictures: Eid Mubarak From Lebanon And The Arab World

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65073 A man makes meat pastries ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of Ramadan in Sidon, south Lebanon [REUTERS]

I was checking out Eid Festivities in the Arab World and I compiled some of the best pictures from this year and the past one. The first few pictures are from Lebanon and the rest are from different Arab countries including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Palestine, Iraq and others.

Sources used: [Telegraph], [],[] and [TheNational].

Happy Eid Everyone!

11174385_10152861739571809_9088207280319816124_o Yearly flying lanterns tradition in Tripoli, Lebanon – by Natheer Halawani

65072 Residents walk past traditional sweets displayed for sale ahead of Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of Ramadan in Sidon [REUTERS]

eid-9_2989067k A Lebanese child rides a camel during celebrations marking the beginning of Eid al-Fitr, Beirut, Lebanon Picture: EPA

eid-20_2989047k A vendor sells biscuits during Eid al-Fitr in the port city of Sidon, southern Lebanon Picture: REUTERS

eid-al-fitr-lebano_3378928k Lebanese Prime Minister Tamam Salam attends the Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Mohammad al-Amin Mosque in downtown Beirut Picture: ANWAR AMRO/AFP/Getty Images

52005619 Ramadan in DownTown Beirut – by Nabil Mounzer

And here are pictures from different Arab countries:

65049 Aerial view shows Muslim worshippers at the Grand mosque, the holiest place in Islam, in Mecca during Ramadan [REUTERS]
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Review + Giveaway: Sony QX10 Lens-Camera A Great Smartphone Companion

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The black plastic cylinder shown above is not just a lens but a camera that features a 18.2 million pixel 1/2.3 inch sensor and a 10x optical zoom. The Sony QX10 doesn’t have a screen, mounts directly on your smartphone and is paired to Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile app through WiFi. This pocket-friendly compact camera is meant to complement just about any smartphone and enables users to take high quality and more versatile photos and instantly share them on Facebook or Instagram.

I’ve been using the QX10 for 3 weeks now and I’m quite impressed by the ease of use, the image quality and the performance of the camera as a whole. The setup is quite easy, the camera options are simple and straight to the point yet the most appealing thing is the size and weight (around 100g) of the QX10 and the ability to place it anywhere you like and control it remotely. It’s something that you can really have fun experimenting with at gatherings, outdoor events, parties, street photography and I’m giving away one to one lucky reader :)


I prepared a brief review of the QX10 to help you understand how to set it up, how it works, how good is the image quality and other useful information. Enjoy it and make sure to check the competition details at the end of the post:

Ease of Use, Performance & Battery Life:

The QX10 is very easy to set up and start using. You will find in the box the lens camera, a detachable smartphone mount with an extending arm, a wrist strap, a battery pack and a micro-USB cable for charging and transferring images. You will only need to buy a microSD card but you can already start using the camera without it. The QX10 has three main controls, the power (on/off) button, a zoom and a shutter button. There’s also a small screen that shows you the battery life. I tried the small smartphone mount with an iPhone 5 and iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S5 and S6, Galaxy Samsung Note 4 and LG G3 and it fit them all perfectly. Personally speaking, the ability to shoot without the lens attached to the smartphone is the QX10’s biggest advantage. You can hold it overhead, place it almost anywhere you like and take unique pictures. Moreover, and since the camera has a flat bottom surface (bottom also includes tripod socket), you can easily rest it for long exposures or videos.

Whether you wish to mount the lens on your smartphone or use it remotely, you will need to download the Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile app to connect through WiFi to the camera. The application is also straightforward and gives you the option to automatically store pictures on your smartphone, which is very practical if you want to upload them right away on Instagram for example.


In order to connect the camera to the app, you will need to turn the lens on, open the application from your smartphone and then wait around 5-6 seconds for the connection to be made between the two devices. If you don’t want to wait that long and wish to snap instant photos at a race or event, then you can always leave both devices on all the time but this will quickly drain the battery life of both the camera and the smartphone.

In terms of battery life, I’ve only recharged the camera 3 times in the past 3 weeks but I haven’t been using it heavily. From what I read, you can take up to 200 images before battery dies out, which is more than enough even for a full-day shoot. What you should worry about though is your smartphone’s battery as using the display for long hours will drain the battery even if you’re not using your smartphone’s camera, so keep a battery pack with you just in case.

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Week32: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

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Hammana Hammana house by James al Achkar

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Harissa Overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral – by RiseAboveLebanon

Ehden A walk in Ehden – by GeorgioBassil

Ehden2 Gorgeous Ehden sunset – by Rayudi

Hasbaya Hasbaya – by TracyHelou

Taanayel Taanayel – by Nady83

Zahle Live Love Zahle – by Charbolography

beach Pearl Beach – by Giorgio

Week31: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

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Taanayel Gorgeous Taanayel – by AntonioHab

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ananas Cheers to a great summer ahead – by Nathalieviel

Batroun Batroun underwater – by ChrisKabalan

Church Batroun St Stephan Church – Batroun – by Dany_111

fgreen The Cedars by Ryan

Kroom Ehden An escape from Beirut – Kroom Ehden by Buddcorp

Sail away Sail away – by Dany

Jounieh 2015 Fireworks In Pictures

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Jounieh we arelebanon via WeAreLebanon

The Jounieh fireworks were as impressive as every year yesterday and the traffic to Jounieh in the evening was even worse than last year unfortunately. I was enjoying last year’s fireworks from a prime location, on the rooftop of Monte Cassino but I couldn’t watch them this year so I regrouped some of the best pictures I saw online and on the Jounieh International Festival Facebook page.

I will keep updating the post with new pictures and videos once they come out. If you have any cool pics or vids, I will be more than glad to feature them. Here’s the full schedule for the Jounieh 2015 festivals that kicked off last night with 7 minutes of Synchronized Fireworks along the coastal of Jounieh bay.

Update: Here’s a 30 second time-lapse of the fireworks.

Saturday July 4
Magida El Roumi Concert at Fouad Chehab Stadium

Monday July 6
The Voice Tour Concert at Fouad Chehab Stadium

Wednesday July 8
Jamel Debbouze Stand Up Comedy Show at Fouad Chehab Stadium

Thursday July 9
Johnny Hallyday Concert at Fouad Chehab Stadium

Friday July 10, Saturday July 11 & Sunday July 12
Kids & Family Day
• Street Show Parade, kids playground and special entertainment, bicycles, roller blades, skateboards, for all the family and youth along the coastal area of the city

Wednesday July 15
Jessy J Concert at Fouad Chehab Stadium

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10390051_10100144608820832_8883972551943793764_n via Bassam Karam

11692650_10100144608955562_4625178854343332181_n via Bassam Karam

And this is how the roads looked like yesterday.

10492318_10152851787067096_866265389576570606_n Thank you Sophie!

Week30: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

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Jounieh Flying over Jounieh – by Sara el Dana

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Beirut Flying over the parliament – by Micho el Khoury

sunset Beautiful sunset – by F.Rostom

Ehden In love with Ehden – By Eli77

Dbayyeh Dbayyeh sunset – by JoseDaou

Cedars A walk in the Cedars forest – by Sacha el Aref

Busy From the sky – by Antoun Hayek

Ramadan In Tripoli Through The Lens Of Natheer Halawani

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D7K_4826-001 Another mass iftar held by a bunch of activists and well-doers in town. The iftar gathered people from both religions to share iftar on a same table in a one-of-a-kind event where everybody contributed to the table. Mosques and Churches announced Maghrib prayer, the time to break the fast, in an out of this world audio-visual scenery.

I was finalizing this post with my friend Natheer when I heard about the terrorist attacks in Kuwait, then in Tunisia and France as well. It’s quite tragic to hear about such unfortunate events during Ramadan and on a Friday, a holy day for Muslims, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families & friends.

These terrorist attacks unfortunately remind us of the two blasts that shook Tripoli back in 2013 killing over 40 innocent people, but Tripoli and its people defeated terrorism by promoting peace and bringing together its residents. One example is last year’s mass Iftar at Se7it el Nour where Mosques and Churches announced Maghrib prayer together and everybody took part in preparing the food.

Tripoli is a beautiful city, and Ramadan in Tripoli is a very special time of the year. That’s why I asked my talented friend and photographer Natheer Halawani, who happens to be from Tripoli, to share some of his best Ramadan pictures from the past couple of years. I hope you enjoy them and I wish all my friends in Tripoli and all over Lebanon a peaceful and blessed Ramadan month!

D7K_1496 A curious child busy exploring the tiny world at his feet instead of performing prayer as advised -most probably- by his father or whoever that brought him over to the mosque, during a mass prayer known as ‪Taraweeh‬, performed every Ramadan eve after the last of the 5 main daily prayers. Taken in Ash Shukr Mosque.

D7K_1276-002 Vivdly colorful ornamets are one of the most eye-catching Ramadan attractions, with warm lights and islamic symblos more than often. Taken in Mina.

D7K_1416 The Minarets of a newly-built mosque in Tripoli. Taken in Mina.

D7K_1595 Muslims grew a fond habit of listening to the Quran Reader of a the mosque prior or after any major prayer. Taken in Ash Shukr Mosque.

D7K_1606 Elder Muslim resting after a lengthy Taraweeh prayer, the Ramadan-exclusive prayer that could extend to an hour or two in some cases. Taken in Ash Shukr Mosque.

D7K_2575 Adult males wrapping yet another fasting day in the coziness of a local, yet very famous, roadside coffee shop playing cards and smoking shisha/arguileh. Shot in Mina, Roumiyyeh Cafe.

D7K_2682 (2) The inside a traditional Ka’ak and bread bakery in the old alleys of the town during the month of ‪Ramadan‬. Musims find a pleasure having Ka’ak filled with cheese and grilled by the bakery’s wood-lit over over Suhoor, the act of eating a snack before sunrise when fasting begins. Taken in Bab Al Ramel.

D7K_4545 Child praying by himself behind adult males in a mosque. Taken in Tawjeeh Street.

D7K_4581 Elderly man with the help of a younger male removing the post-Taraweeh praying mats that were spread out in the street, local mosque being not able to accommodate any more worshipers. Taken in Mina.

D7K_4768 Worshiper performing Isha’ prayer behind an Imam in one of Tripoli’s biggest mosques.

D7K_4783 The Grand mosque, otherly known as one of the town’s pillars and most renowned landmarks. The mosque’s court looking empty as worshipers are inside busy performing their night prayers.

The all-time-famous Saha w Hana iftar, the Mass Iftar event that closed down the main roundabout in town, the one that happens to be the city’s south entrance, for a very good cause. The iftar managed to bring together a lot of people, whether muslims or not, for an event that provided iftar for orphans and poor individuals and families from all over town.

D7K_4867-001 Shot taken from the roof of a 13-story building during the mass iftar held at the Groupy Roundabout in Mina. Attendants of both religions insisted on lighting candles in both shapes of a cross and a crescent, in an unplanned move by the organizers. This turned into an attraction through the night. Taken in Mina.