Review: How To Be Single (2016)

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My wife and I have a rule: Whenever I take her to watch one of my horror/action/thriller movies, I have to go to the movies with her and watch romantic comedies/chick flicks. Yesterday was an exception. I asked her to come along to the premiere of ‘How To Be Single’ because Dakota Johnson, Leslie Mann and Rebel Wilson are all in the movie and I am a fan of all three of them, especially Wilson who’s hilarious.

The movie is about four girls, Alice, Robin, Lucy and Meg who all want to learn how to be single in world filled with ever-evolving definitions of loves. Dakota Johnson plays the role of a young woman (Alice) who’s experiencing single life after being in a relationship for a long time, then she meets the “being single” expert and fun-loving Robin one day and her life turns upside down. The plot is a deja-vu but the movie was quite good and very funny. Rebel Wilson (Robin)’s jokes cracked me up and a couple of them were hilarious! (Wait for the LTRP joke) and Alice was fun to watch throughout the movie. Aside from being funny, the movie does make you think about certain things in life whether you are single, married or in a serious relationship.

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One thing I didn’t like though is that it was a bit too long and I got bored at some point. But if you are looking for a entertaining and fun movie to watch with your date or your wife, or need more reasons to stay single this Valentine’s, then I recommend you go watch How To Be Single.

Rating: 3.25/5

Why Is Noah Zaaiter Giving TV Interviews?

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For those of you who don’t know Noah Zaaiter (نوح زعيتر), he is one of Lebanon’s most notorious drug lords and the leader of the country’s most powerful drug family. Even though there are tens if not hundreds of warrants against him, he seems pretty relaxed and has given over 3 TV interviews recently. I can understand a one-time interview with one of the local TVs but when a state-owned TV (Tele Liban) interviews him and he’s giving lengthy interviews left and right, joking around and sending death threats, then something is terribly wrong. Next thing you know he’s running for parliament!

Back when LBCI interviewed the terrorist Fadl Shaker, everyone was outraged and bashed the station for days even though it was a very short interview, not a 2 hours and a half one like Zaaiter.

For those who think that he’s funny and entertaining, keep in mind that he’s a fugitive wanted for drug trafficking, car theft, terrorism, arms trafficking, kidnapping, as well as opening fire at security forces. As for those who believe that he’s “helping” the poor families of the Bekaa through his business, I can understand to a certain extent families supporting him against the government’s incompetence and negligence but it’s still not a valid reason to see him all over TVs.

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How EDZ Brought 24/7 Electricity To Zahle? Full Story + Exclusive Pictures

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How did EDZ (Electricite de Zahle) manage to provide Zahle residents with 24/7 electricity? How were they able to defeat the generator gangs? Where does the EDL stand from the EDZ initiative? Why can’t we replicate the EDZ model all over Lebanon?

I’ve been asking myself these questions for quite some time and I’m sure a lot of you would love to know how EDZ managed to do the impossible in a country ruled by corruption and incompetence. I’ve always wanted to visit the EDZ factory in Zahle as well and I finally had that opportunity on Saturday. Unfortunately, I got really sick the day before but I made sure to pass my questions to my friend who organized the visit and get all the information and pictures needed (Thank u Jimmy!).

PS: It is worth noting that this was the first time EDZ allowed anyone (Gino & I in that case) to take pictures of the secure facility.

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Before I get started, here are 6 things you should know about EDZ:
– EDZ was established in 1927 and is the only company in Lebanon that has a license to produce and distribute electricity.
– EDZ is currently providing 24/7 electricity to over 250,000 inhabitants. Its authority stretches beyond Zahle to include 15 other municipalities.
– EDZ technical and non-technical losses are less than 6% (compared to more than 40% for the EDL).
– Only 15 people in Zahle decided not to subscribe to EDZ (mostly generator owners).
– Collection rate is almost 100% and bills are 30-40% lower than previous ones (with EDL and generators).
– EDZ ensures there’s no water supply shortage in Zahle by providing 24/24 power supply to all water pumping stations.

After listing these 6 key points, here’s how it all started and how Assaad Nakad, the man behind EDZ, pursued his mission/dream and brought 24/7 electricity to Zahle residents.

When was the EDZ founded? What Happened with the EDL?
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Civil Defense Volunteers No Longer Responding To Emergency Calls

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Civil Defense volunteers were distributing this memo on Friday night where they state that they are no longer responding to emergency calls until the government passes the decree and they become full-timers.

I am not sure if this is just a threat or it was really put into effect, but this is a very serious threat given that the Civil Defense is the only firefighting and rescue force covering all Lebanese territories.

It’s about time the government passes this decree once and for all.

The General Security Adding More Confusion To The Renewed By Hand Passports

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First they released a memo that all those who have old renewed passports or passports that include accompanied individuals such as children need to get new passports before the 10th of January, after which they will no longer be considered valid on departure.

Second and after everyone freaked out and spent hours trying to get a new passport, they re-assure us that the General Security will not reimburse for the cost of new passports, and that The International Aviation Organization is not accepting passports that have been renewed by hand anymore.

Third and last, they just released a memo that these same (invalid) passports won’t be confiscated after the 10th of February and that they will never resort to confiscating passports.

I’m lost but I won’t be taking any chances with them. I’m getting a new passport in the next couple of weeks, hopefully for 5 years because some people told me they were unable to renew for more than 1 year.

Elie Iskandar Is Good, Really Good!

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Elie is a Lebanese voice actor, Art/creative Director, character animator/designer, audio producer, writer and multimedia polymath. He’s the guy who was trying to sell his car in an epic way few months back and he just released a new video where he’s impersonating the voices of several Hollywood celebrities and cartoon characters. To name few, Eddie Murphy, Morgan Freeman, Sylvester Stallone, Bane, Batman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Yoda, Smeagol, Obama, Liam Neeson, Marlon Brando, Pickle, Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Yogi Bear, Scooby Doo, Mr. Burns and his old neighbor lol!

This guy is super talented. Check him out!

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We Finally Have A Kickass Tourism Video In Lebanon

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Ever since I started writing on the blog, I’ve been criticizing most of the Ministry of Tourism videos and campaigns because they were bad, but things have improved drastically ever since the LiveLoveLebanon campaign was launched and the below 5-minute video is one of the best tourism videos, if not the best, we’ve had in Lebanon in the past 10 years!

Lebanon looks absolutely breathtaking in this unprecedented aerial footage. You will see the Phoenician Tyr port, Saida’s sea castle, the authentic Shouf, the heart of Beirut, the shores of Jbeil and Batroun, Keserwan’s stunning nature, Tripoli, Baalbeck, the majestic Cedars and others in this amazing video.

The whole thing is just perfect and makes you proud to be Lebanese.

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Lebanon like you've never seen it before. Unless you're a bird.A breathtaking video by Rise Above Lebanon

Posted by Live Love Lebanon on Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thumbs up to the Ministry of Tourism, the team behind LiveLoveLebanon and RiseAboveLebanon!

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#ThisisLebanon

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A much needed reminder of how beautiful our country is. Given how bad the situation we are in, we need such videos almost every day now 😀

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Next time someone asks where you're from, tell them #thisislebanon!(Settings: HD viewing recommended)

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Asking The Wrong Questions

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MTV shared yesterday a chart that showed the Ministry of Public Works spending by area, in order to “prove” that Christians areas are barely receiving 18% of the total expenditure. They picked cities that have a Shiite majority (Baalbeck, Hermel, Nabatieh, Bent Jbeil) and compared them to areas of Christian majority like Matn, Jbeil, Jezzine, Zahle and Bcharreh.

I am not really sure what they were trying to prove, but they failed miserably because what matters here is how this money is being spent and not in which area. I currently live in Keserwan and I am more interested in knowing how these 3 billion Liras were spent because the roads are worse than ever and nothing has really changed in the past year or so. Corruption is the real problem in Lebanon and fueling sectarianism through such reports will only strengthen those who are in charge now.

More importantly, and I think this is the real scandal here, MTV were complaining about the lack of spending in Batroun yet they missed out on the fact that Batroun got almost twice as much as Tripoli, the most populous and poorest city in the north. (Thank you Mustapha for noticing that!)

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