Blog Baladi Made in Lebanon Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:52:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Is It Possible To Change a Picture’s Caption On Instagram? Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:48:18 +0000 anal

A friend was showing me how some Instagram account uploaded a picture of Amal Alameddine and George Clooney and wrote Anal instead of Amal, which is quite hilarious. However, I looked back at the account and the name was correctly spelled even though some of the comments were still laughing at the mistake and asking them to fix the name. As far as I know, the only way to change a picture’s caption on Instagram is by deleting it and rewriting the whole thing but then it will show under all the comments not at the top.

The first picture could be fake for all I know, but I want to check if there’s a way to edit the picture’s caption that I am not aware of.


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Couple Fighting In Hamra Street Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:23:15 +0000 [YouTube]

I don’t really know what’s happening but it’s quite surprising that no one intervened to stop the man.


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Hello Kids! Here’s How You Give Them The Finger Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:23:26 +0000 IMG-20140929-WA0006

Spotted in Dbayyeh.

Thanks Chahe!

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A 24 Hour Gym In Beirut Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:19:02 +0000 IMG-20140929-WA0023

I don’t know if Goodlife Fitness is the first 24 hour gym in Beirut but that’s the first time I hear about one. Goodlife Fitness is opening in a couple of weeks in Ain El-Remmaneh, Aley, and Jal El Dib.

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Four Great Achievements Of The Lebanese Army Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:52:11 +0000 ary

Most Lebanese, if not all of them, love and support the Lebanese Army. We trust our soldiers because they’ve united the country around them, they’ve protected us from terrorists despite being under-trained and under-equipped, and they’ve prevented a new civil war from erupting on several occasions, despite all the politics involved. Having said that, TV host Faisal al-Qassem’s attack on the army is a cheap and sleazy one but we shouldn’t have reacted by storming al-Jazeera’s offices. A nice reminder of what our army has achieved throughout the past ten years is the best way to silence Qassem:

1- Prevent a new civil war in Lebanon:
Lebanese are divided on almost everything except the Lebanese Army, because it is the only side that is capable of calming things down and is the only institution Lebanese trust. Even though politics have created obstacles for the army, they’ve always managed to diffuse the situation and bring back peace whenever and wherever there’s trouble in Lebanon.

2- Keep things under control in the 2006 war:
The Lebanese Army did not engage directly with the Israeli army back in 2006, but instead helped control the situation internally by providing aid to civilians, and keeping order in all the cities, noting that almost 1 million Lebanese had to relocate within the Lebanese territories during the July war. Despite all that, 49 soldiers were killed by Israeli airstrikes.

3- Defeat Fath el Islam in 2007:
The 2007 battle between Fatah el Islam and the Lebanese Army was one of the fiercest battles since Lebanon’s civil war and the LAF emerged as a winner against all odds. Our troops were under equipped, had to cnovert UH-1 helicopters into bombers, and were up against highly trained and heavily equipped terrorists yet they’ve managed to take control of the camp after more than three months of heavy fights. This victory was praised regionally and worldwide as few armies were able to confront and defeat terrorists the way our brave troops have done so. The death toll was a heavy one though, as 155 commandos and infantrymen died.

4- Prevent Da3esh and Jubhat al Nousra from entering Lebanon:
The battle is still ongoing against ISIS and other terrorist cells coming from Syria but the Lebanese Army has the upper hand now and is working day and night to keep these groups away from Lebanon. Let’s not forget as well the work they’ve been pulling all around Lebanon, in coordination with other security forces, to catch terrorist cells and prevent future bombings.

These are only four achievements, but they are more than enough to silence anyone criticizing the army, whether in Lebanon or abroad. Last but not least, here’s one of the many songs that Lebanese artists have sung in support of the Lebanese Army. I don’t like them usually but I am sharing this one benkeyé bi Al Qassem.


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DiminBeirut: Premier League Clubs as Lebanese Religious Sects Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:21:28 +0000 alex

Here’s a funny post on how Premier League Clubs can be seen as Lebanese Religious Sects. Manchester United are compared to Sunnis, Liverpool to Christian Maronites, Arsenal to Druzes, Christian Orthodox to Everton, Shiites to Chelsea etc ..

Check out the full article [Here].

Sunnis- Manchester United
Always present with big, huge numbers of followers. But only really dominated the local scene since the early 90s. Blamed by many for having corrupted the local arena, credited by others for having revolutionized the modern game. Have had the most wealth for the last 2 decades, but events since 2005 have weakened the purse strings. Currently rumored to be in debt. Current owner considered to be risking his life if he ever comes back to Old Trafford. Have looked nervously at their noisy neighbors for a few years now who have recently surpassed them. February is seen as a very dark month in their history, due to a tragedy which is remembered annually.

Druzes- Arsenal
While having a rich history themselves, never reached the heights or numbers of Sunnis or Christians- certainly not abroad. Despite this, they’ve always been relevant and decisive on the local scene. Led by a cult like figure whose capacity to keep his club relevant despite their lack of numbers is admired by many. Haven’t had real success for a while.

Thanks Hagop

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How Lebanese Talk With Each Other Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:17:19 +0000 [YouTube]



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Gebran Bassil And The Caroline Video: Scandals bi Samné w Scandals bi Zeit Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:59:35 +0000 [YouTube]

I disapprove of what Gebran Bassil did in this video, and how our Minister of Education laughed at the joke, but it’s quite ironic how some Lebanese made a big deal out of this incident while disregarding the real scandals around them. Any scandal related to gender equality or women respect should be highlighted regardless of the political affiliation of the person behind it. There are still many Lebanese MPs and ministers who refuse to sign laws to protect women from violence and abuse yet barely anyone mentions them.

Moreover, I laughed at the [MTV]‘s attempt at bashing Bassil by mentioning Camille Chamoun and others who held the post before him. As much as I love and admire President Chamoun, he once gave the finger to a foreign diplomat or president if I am not mistaken and got away with it. Even Pierre Sadek mentioned this habit of his in a caricature.

In all cases, Caroline Ziadeh, who happens to be the UN Deputy Permanent Representative of Lebanon, should be the one requesting an apology from the minister as he disrespected her.



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Lebanese Boxing Champion Alaeddine Ramadan Shot Dead In Vancouver Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:08:03 +0000 alaa Alaaeddine is the one on the right

Alaeddine Ramadan is a 20-year old Lebanese boxing champion in Vancouver who was shot dead as he was leaving the sports club. The authorities are saying the shooting was premeditated and Canada’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has taken over the case. Some are saying the likely motive was preventing Alaeddine from winning the Vancouver boxing championship, as the Lebanese boxer had won his last five matches.

Here’s a [link] to the original story.


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How To Carry Six Tires And One Passenger On A Scooter Mon, 29 Sep 2014 04:50:10 +0000 1897792_297128747138629_2737180869119948240_n via BlogOfTheBoss

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Best Pictures From Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney’s Wedding In Venice Sun, 28 Sep 2014 19:37:38 +0000 clooneys

I loved the title BusinessWomenMedia chose for this occasion which was “Internationally acclaimed barrister Amal Alamuddin marries an actor”. Of course Georges Clooney is not just any actor. He’s one of the best actors in the world and has received five Golden Globe Awards as an actor and producer, but the truth is we wouldn’t have heard about Amal in Lebanon if it wasn’t for Clooney.

If anyone knows where their wedding list is, please let me know la na3mil wejbetna :D












geroge-clooney-800x1155 Georges and Amal’s Round-the-World Romance via

PS: All pictures taken from DailyMail

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He Slipped And Fell In The Sea On Live TV Sun, 28 Sep 2014 19:17:54 +0000 [YouTube]



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Dr. Charles El Achi: How America Turned Me From A Lebanese Immigrant Into A NASA Rocket Scientist Sun, 28 Sep 2014 04:49:49 +0000 Dr+Charles+Elachi

Dr. Charles el Achi is the director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA and has led recently the mission to Mars with a rover called Curiosity. He’s a source of pride for all of us in Lebanon and an inspiration to many around the world. In this article he wrote to the Washington Post, he explains how the US has turned him from a simple Lebanese immigrant into a NASA rocket scientist. He argues that the United States is a land of freedom and opportunity, where anything is possible and dreams can and do come true, and where individuals are not held back by the long-standing, ingrained systems and beliefs found in the Middle East, Europe and other cultures, where one’s life path can be limited by social status, wealth, politics and family connections.

He is sadly right as most Lebanese tend to be more successful abroad than at home. The Economist even wrote an article about that matter last year, where they explain how “Business people from Lebanon fare better abroad than at home”.

Read the full article [Here].

My small town of Rayak was near Baalbeck, where tourists came to see the world’s best-preserved major Roman temple. I met quite a few American visitors. Over and over again, I was struck by their open, positive attitude toward life, their attitude that anything is possible, no holds barred, regardless of family background, religion or color. I sensed that Americans were not held back by the long-standing, ingrained systems and beliefs found in the Middle East, Europe and other cultures, where one’s life path can be limited by social status, wealth, politics and family connections.

Growing up in Lebanon, my views of America were partly shaped by my great love of American movies, and especially westerns. My heroes included John Wayne and Errol Flynn. They represented the American spirit of freedom and boldness, the belief that nothing is impossible, and that in the end, the good guys win and the bad guys lose.

As a boy, I also loved watching the expanse of stars in the clear night skies. Those stars helped inspire me to study hard in school. I was named the country’s top science student, an honor that gave me the opportunity to attend a college of my choice. I chose to study in Grenoble, France. I received a degree in physics from the University of Grenoble, and in engineering from the Polytechnic Institute. When it was time for graduate school, people encouraged me to try for the United States. I had the most positive thoughts about America, plus, I admit, I was rather attracted to the glitter and pizzazz depicted in the Hollywood movies. I applied and was accepted to Caltech in Pasadena.

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Unica Dark Sat, 27 Sep 2014 14:44:37 +0000 unica

Gandour is introducing Unica Dark with this smart ad.

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Ramlet al-Baida: Beirut’s Last Public Beach Might Be Turned Into A Huge Touristic Resort Sat, 27 Sep 2014 10:52:26 +0000 [YouTube]

It appears that some wealthy and powerful investors have set their sights on Ramlet al-Baida and are planning to turn it into a huge private beach resort. This is a repeat of the Daliyeh scenario that saw a lot of people protesting against it but in vain. Moreover, Lebanese Environment Minister Mohamad Machnouk was against fencing the Dalieh but he wasn’t able to do anything about it.

Privatizing Ramlet al-Baida is wrong and should never take place and the Beirut municipality should be the first one to stop this project. I don’t care if it’s for Hariri or Hezbollah or Jumblatt, Ramlet al-Baida should remain a public beach.

IMG_4705 via Sietske

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The Lebanese Army Driving An M113 APC Over ISIS Motorcycles Sat, 27 Sep 2014 07:34:46 +0000 [LiveLeak]

The above video was shared on and is from last week’s battles between the Lebanese Army and ISIS and Nusra terrorists. I am glad they decided to share this video not the one I posted about and condemned.

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48 Hours Around Lebanon With LG Sat, 27 Sep 2014 04:27:58 +0000 20140926_084251

LG is organizing a really cool journey for 10 Lebanese bloggers (myself included) around Lebanon in 48 hours. The journey will include a lot of fun activities like paragliding (if the weather permits it), camping, jet ski, ATV and sightseeing and will end on Sunday night in Beirut. We were all handed the new LG G3 on Thursday to test it out during our trip, and I will be giving away a really cool gadget once I am back so stay tuned!

I will be uploading cool pictures on my instagram so you can follow me [here] to check them out.

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Pictures of George Clooney and Amal Alameddine Before The Wedding Fri, 26 Sep 2014 20:50:58 +0000 clooney

Georges Clooney and his Lebanese fiancee Amal Alameddine are getting married tomorrow in Venice, Italy. Here are some pictures taken today hours before the wedding reception. It is reported that Rande Gerber, Cindy Crawford’s husband will serve as Clooney’s best man, while Amal’s sister Tala will serve as one of her bridesmaids. The wedding will take place in Venice’s luxurious five-star, 79-room Hotel Cipriani.

We still don’t know whether there will be a reception in Lebanon or not. However, I am curious to know if any Lebanese politician or personality is attending the wedding in Venice.





George Clooney, Amal Alamuddin

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Lebanese Ministry Of Public Works Spending In The Past Months Fri, 26 Sep 2014 19:21:04 +0000 spending

Kataeb MP Samy Gemayel posted earlier today a screenshot showing how the Ministry of Public Works has spent its money in the past few months. Assuming this information is correct, it’s quite surprising to see that the least money was spent on the Matn area. Nevertheless, it is really hard to judge based on one list as we need further explanation and information on that matter from the ministry itself.

The ideal of course would be to have all this information available on a website where people can judge for themselves if the ministries are doing a good job or not. Lebanese have the right to know if this money is being spent properly and if any projects are being completed.

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iPhone 6 Selling at $1600 In Lebanon Fri, 26 Sep 2014 11:37:19 +0000 iphone6 Taken from Stars

The iPhone 5s was sold at 1200$ when it first got to Lebanon.

Update: I just got an SMS that you can order your iPhone 6 from Khoury Home for only $999 with a 1-year warranty.

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