One Billion Rising: V-Day Smart Mob in Lebanon

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ONE BILLION RISING began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. On February 14, 2013, V-Day’s 15th anniversary, women and men will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities across the world as they express their outrage, demand change, strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women.

The One Billion Rising Lebanon team is taking part in this day as they are stepping out and striking, dancing and rising in Beirut Souks at 6:30pm.

[YouTube] One Billion Rising Flash Mob in San Francisco

Here’s the event program:


1• OPENING: V-Monologue -excerpts from Project Unbreakable- to be read and emoted in English/Arabic by playwright/director Lina Khoury

2• The Dance: “Break the Chain” (Smart mob)
This is the One Billion Rising anthem and dance for about 4.5 minutes. We as a group of women and men will dance, inviting the public to join in rising and dancing. A team of men and women will hold One Billion Rising banners.

3• CLOSING: Positive Message (excerpts from Eve Ensler’s poem, Rising) – to be read by Junaline Bañez-Moussi, one of the organizers of the OBR Lebanon campaign.

At closing, we will ask the public to write on a Vision Wall (In Beirut Souks) on what 1 Billion Women Deserve!

I will post the video as soon as it’s available online.

Learn more about it [Here] and join if you can!

Speed Dating at The Mansion on Valentine’s day

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Picture taken from BeirutNightLife

That’s the first time I hear about someone organizing a Speed Dating event in Lebanon. For those interested, it will take place today between 9pm and 4am at The Mansion in Gemmayze. Here’s what you have to do

1- Come dressed in white.
2- Subscribe at the bar.
3- First bell rings: enjoy your 3 minutes date with the first partner.
4- Second bell rings: men move to their right. Women sit still.
5- Game ends.
6- Rate your partners (Interested/Friends Only/Not Interested).

The winning couple (who give each other matching ratings win a special evening at the Mansion including dinner and champagne on the house!

I think it would be cool if they record the conversations taking place in these 3 minutes (with the participants’ consent of course) and upload them on YouTube.

Read more about it [Here].

A Big Yes to a Skydiving Center in Lebanon!

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SkyDive Lebanon are asking for the creation of a skydiving center in Lebanon for three reasons:
1- The weather is perfect for skydiving here (Low winds and blue sky).
2- High demand: Activity is booming and there’s no center in Lebanon and only 5 in the region (as opposed to 69 in France only)
3- A new tourist attraction.


Giveaway: Weekend for two at Pinea Campus

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I’ve had the pleasure to meet the person behind Pinea Campus few months back and I totally loved his idea and promised to visit as well. Unfortunately though, I haven’t had much time lately but I thought it would be great to let the blog readers know more about this campsite and also have a chance to win a weekend for two and enjoy the stay.

Briefly speaking, Pinea Campus is a campsite located in Haitoura, Jezzine and surrounded by a large stone pines forest. For those of you who don’t know, Jezzine is one of the most beautiful areas in the South and among the few to have preserved its forests and nature.

Pinea Campus spreads on a 3,000 sqm land and can accommodate more than 50 campers throughout the summer season. All the tents are of the highest quality and visitors are provided with camping mattresses, covers & pillows and have access to bathrooms and showers. Tents can fit either 2 or 4 people.


Aside from camping, guests can enjoy a lot of outdoor activites such as ATVs, Skeet/Trap Shooting (Tiro), Mountain Biking and Hiking. Out of camp tours can be organized upon the campers’ request. For me, this is the perfect getaway from work and the city and I recommend you all give it a try.


Now the question you’ve all been waiting for: How to win the weekend for two at Pinea Campus?

The answer is simple:
1- Like both [BlogBaladi] and [Pinea Campus] Facebook Pages.
2- Leave a comment on the blog post.

You can also fill the Form on Pinea Campus’ Facebook page and mention BlogBaladi in the Referred By Box to enter another draw that entitles you to win 1 out of 37 prizes on Pinea Campus’ page.

Here’s what the weekend package includes:
– 1 night stay for 2.
– Traditional breakfast for 2.
– 1 Activity voucher for 2. (ATV, Mountain bike or Tiro)

For more info about the campsite, check out PineaCampus’ Facebook Page [Here].

Note: I will be drawing a name on Friday 15 at night. The prize is valid all through 2013.

Can Beirut become a city full of trees?

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Picture taken from Al-Akhbar

I don’t see that happening anytime soon unfortunately as we won’t have any space left to build parks and gardens with all these skyscrapers popping left and right. What we need are more projects like Achrafieh2020.

We currently have nearly 393,000 square meters of green spaces in the 20 square kilometers of the megalopolis of Beirut, where 1.4 million inhabitants reside.

By comparison, for nothing is more telling than figures, a stop in some megalopolises in the world will show the extent of the disaster. First stop in Paris. In the capital of France, there are 5,550,000 square meters of green spaces in the city center, 450 in total, divided among 16 parks, 137 gardens, 274 squares, and eight promenades. This figure does not take into consideration the kilometers of sidewalk trees, a considerable surface area, and above all the two big peripheral woods of the French capital (created by Napoleon III in around 1850), the Bois de Boulogne and the Bois de Vincennes, which by themselves total 18,410,000 square meters. In total, Paris offers 24 million square meters of greenery to the 2.2 Parisians, whereas Beirut offers only 0.4 million square meters of greenery to the Beirutis. [Link]

Read the full article [Here].

Interior of the Lykan HyperSport

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Carscoop posted pictures of the Lykan’s interior taken from a digital brochure they were able to get their hands on.


The Lykan has been launched for over a week now and according to W Motors CEO Ralph Debbas, they’ve received more than a hundred requests from around the world to buy one. Unfortunately and for some reason I can’t seem to understand, they only produced 7 out of which 1 was already sold.

A $200,000 limited edition Cyrus Klepcy watch comes as a gift to every buyer

You can check out more pictures [Here].