Christmas Decoration At ABC Achrafieh: Magical As Always

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ABC Achrafieh revealed their Christmas decoration last week in the presence of Nadine Labaki and the CCCL children. ABC is “Home For Christmas” this year and the decoration is stunning as always.

Enjoy the pictures and try to pass by and check out the decoration before it gets really crowded in December.

IMG-20151118-WA0032 Nadine Labaki unveiling the Christmas decoration.



IMG-20151118-WA0034 ABC CEO Robert Fadel and Nadine Labaki with the CCCL children.





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Forget The Lebanese Presidency, We Have Juliana Awada Now

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Since no one really cares about not having a Lebanese President anymore, we can all brag for now about the new first lady of Argentina, Juliana Awada, who’s of Lebanese descent because she’s apparently the closest thing to presidency that we will get this year (and maybe next year). Juliana is the wife of the Mayor of Buenos Aires and newly elected Argentinian President Mauricio Macri. She’s the daughter of Abraham Awada, a Lebanese immigrant native of Baalbeck.

On a serious note, why can’t we have a woman as a president in Lebanon? What’s stopping our female politicians from applying or presenting themselves as potential candidates? I’d love to see a female president in Lebanon one day. For now I’d love to see a president though :)


After 35 Years, You Will Finally Be Able To Watch (Not Just Listen) To Ziad Rahbani Plays!

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How many of you have been listening to Ziad Rahbani plays for the past 20 years or more? How many times have you visualized the scenes in your head while listening to the plays? How awesome would it be to actually watch the original footage and put a face to all these voices you have been listening to?

Well M Media is finally making it happen and you will be able to watch two Ziad Rahbani plays in theaters starting Jan 2016. The first play that will roll out is “Bennesbeh Labokra Chou?” and you can already watch its trailer [here]. The plays will be available on [M’s online platform] afterwards along with other movies and plays.


I’m not a Ziad Rahbani fan but I’m really excited about this project, because these plays were all part of our culture and still are, and because the original scenes were recorded in bits and pieces and reconstructing them audio and video took several months of hard work. I have no idea how these plays looked like and a lot of Rahbani fans were too young at the time, so watching the original footage is going to blow their minds away! Two of my friends are already going crazy about it and can’t wait till January.

I am still not sure in which theater “Bennesbeh Labokra Chou?” will be playing but I will have further details next week for sure. Stay tuned 😀

Lebanon’s 72nd Independence Day

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google Google celebrating our Independence day with a doodle

Here’s a nice roundup of some of the Lebanese ads, videos, posters, caricatures about Lebanon’s Independence that were shared in the last couple of days.

DSC لبنان_بدمي via Donner Sang Compter Lebanon

Diwan Food always unites us

Sony Lebanon I love this! via SonyLebanon

Almaza Keef ma kenet b7ebbak, bi beertak b7ebbak. Via Almaza

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Forget Garbage, ISIS & Elections: Lebanon Is Making The Longest Man2oushe In The World Today!

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50 years

Amjad school and Socrate Catering will attempt today to make the longest Man2oushe in the world startig 9am. Currently, the longest pasty measures 15.17 m (49 ft 9.24 in) and was achieved by Fuchsia (Saudi Arabia), in Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia last year.

The last thing we need is another one of those silly records but then again that’s probably the only thing we can celebrate today since we don’t have a president, our soldiers are still captives, Russians shutdown most of our airspace and the Israeli jets are still violating our airspace on a daily basis. I just hope someone will end up eating this 32-meter long pasty.

Oh and the garbage crisis is still ongoing.

Update: Here’s a couple of pictures from the longest Man2oushe in the world taken From Socrates FB Page.



(Updated Anonymous R Denying The Report) Anonymous Reveals List Of Potential ISIS Targets, Including One In Lebanon

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Update: Anonymous r denying the rumors.

Anonymous, the collective of online activists, has revealed that ISIS is planning attacks tomorrow in Paris and around the world and has published a list of potential targets.

Anonymous declared war on ISIS last week following the Paris attacks and this list is probably a result of their hacking. I’m not really sure how serious this threat is and it’s very weird to find USEK on that list but it wouldn’t hurt to take extra precautions.

#BlogWaladi: Are You Guilty Of “Oversharenting”?

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“Oversharenting” (Over Sharing As a Parent) is basically sharing too many pictures and details about your kids on social media. A lot of parents I know are guilty of “Oversharenting” and it’s a major turn off not just for acquaintances and followers but also for relatives and close friends, yet I will never be able to come out and tell them to stop posting too many pictures. In fact, I don’t think it’s our right to tell them what to do 1) because it’s a very personal matter and 2) because you can easily ignore or hide pictures or posts you don’t like on most social media platforms, especially Facebook.

Personally speaking, I’m always worried that I might be oversharing pictures of Brian and I try to keep the pictures to a reasonable amount (3-4 times per month) even though I have that urge sometimes to share all the pictures I have of our little bundle of joy.

So how can you tell if you are over-sharing your children on social media?

If you look online, you will find a lot of quizzes and articles that help you figure out if you’re guilty of oversharenting but I think they are all useless because people always comment nicely on baby pictures, so it’s kinda hard to convince a parent who think his baby is the cutest baby in the world and is reminded by everyone on every single picture about that, not to share more pictures.

Nevertheless, here are few things that I’ve learned as a father that could prove helpful:

1- If you love sharing pictures of your child, don’t post more than once a week unless they are part of an album.

2- Be selective about your pictures, choose the one that best describe the moment and write a nice caption. Not all baby pictures are cute, and a lot of intimate pictures should be kept as private.

3- If you want to share a lot of pictures, use Whatsapp. I set up a whatsapp group for family members where I share all the pictures that I take of Brian. Whatsapp groups are non-intrusive and very practical.

4- Alternate between social media platforms when posting baby pictures. Share a picture on Instagram during one week and another on Facebook the following week. This is mostly useful for those like me who manage a Facebook page and profile.

5- Try to include yourself in your baby pictures. It makes them more personal and more relevant to your friends and followers.

6- Make sure you are taking the proper measures to ensure the privacy and security of your family members before sharing pictures. Make sure that you don’t reveal too much details about your kids that might make them vulnerable to predators, pedophiles, thieves, etc. This is a very important and sensitive point.

7- If you are not comfortable with sharing your baby pictures in the first place, don’t do it. There’s nothing wrong with keeping them private and it saves you a lot of hassle.

All in all, the biggest problem is that social media makes oversharing way too easy but it’s not that hard to follow certain guidelines and share safely and moderately.

If you are wondering if you’re taking too many pictures of your kids, check out my previous [post].

Will Lebanon Shutdown Its Airspace Or Not?

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Update: All flights will take off on time today but might take longer than usual, few airlines cancelled scheduled trips to Beirut.

Lebanon received an official memo from the Russian navy asking to shut down its airspace for the next couple of days but Transportation Minister Ghazi Zeaiter stated that Lebanese authorities have refused so far the request. MEA also assured that all its flights will take off at scheduled times on Saturday and that some flights might take longer than expected due to a change of routes.

Nothing is clear yet but Lebanon’s air traffic will probably experience some disruptions over the next three days due to the Russian military drills in the Mediterranean Sea.

Bringing air traffic to and from Beirut’s airport to a complete halt is disastrous to say the least, and we should refuse this request at all cost. I guess Putin can wait a bit longer before sending all these terrorists to God :)

The Lebanese National Anthem Set As a Ringtone For All Mobile Users

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alfa Alfa set up a huge Lebanese Flag to celebrate Lebanon’s independence

Try to call anyone on their mobile today and you will notice the national anthem playing as a ringtone. This was set by the Telecom Ministry and both Alfa & Touch to celebrate Lebanon’s independence. It’s a nice move but I hope it won’t last more than 1 day because it gets annoying especially if you make a lot of calls during the day.

Speaking of celebrations, Fairouz will celebrate her 80th birthday tomorrow, one day before Lebanon’s independence. In case you missed it last year, here’s a [beautiful animated video] about Fairouz.


How To Enable Google Traffic View In Lebanon

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The “Traffic” feature on Google Maps shows current traffic conditions on highways and roads but it is not available in Lebanon and several other countries. I always thought that Google didn’t have enough data to activate this feature but that’s not the case apparently. In fact, Google has enough data as it uses crowd-sourcing from people driving around and sharing their location, pretty much like Tari2ak works, and my friend Rita el Khoury figured out a work-around to activate Traffic view in Beirut.

Here’s what you need to do:
1- Open Google Maps. If you try to activate Traffic in the left menu for Lebanon, you won’t be able to.
2- Scroll to a nearby country (like Turkey or KSA for example), where Google Traffic is available and activate it.
3- Once you see the colored roads, move back to Beirut et voila! You will have Google Traffic for Lebanon.

I tried it this morning and it was pretty accurate and useful.


What’s great about this work around is that it will keep on working even if you exit Google Maps or restart the device. However if you try to click on the Traffic option while over Lebanon it will stop.

PS: If your Google account is not set up for Lebanon, you can activate it directly and it should work. My friend just tried it.