ISF Traffic Management On The Zouk – Kaslik Maritime Road

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Every time I am stuck in traffic on the maritime road between Nahr el Kalb and Kaslik, there are assholes who try to go the wrong way, then cut people off and make traffic even worse. I’ve tweeted at the ISF several times before asking them to patrol this road and fine these drivers and it seems they’ve finally decided to do so!

As you can see in the pictures, police cars were deployed along the road and cones were put in the middle of the road. Needless to say, it took us less time to get to Jounieh.

Great job from the ISF! I hope they keep doing it though or just put cones or separators along the way.

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Did The Internet In Lebanon Really Slow Down Recently?

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I’ve been told by a couple of people that the internet is really bad lately in Lebanon, but personally speaking I couldn’t relate to what they are saying as I haven’t been experiencing any unusual slowness. My Alfa 4G connection is lightening fast and I’ve consumed the whole 5GB last month before my cycle ended. The 4MB Ogero DSL connection I have at work is very fast and the only issues we had lately were with our router and Ogero who were doing some maintenance a couple of weeks back. The 1Mb Ogero DSL connection I have at my parent’s house is still decent but I still can’t upgrade it due to the old phone cables. Added to that, I upgraded my Touch 3.9G dongle to the 4G dongle (which looks very ugly by the way) and I’ve been using it in different areas without any issues.

I don’t know about other providers like IDM, Sodetel or Wise but I haven’t noticed any change lately. Of course there’s no more free night traffic but this should rather improve the connection than slow it down.

Don’t get me wrong as I am not saying the internet situation is ideal in Lebanon, but I haven’t noticed any changes lately which is a good and a bad thing at the same time.

Germany Beats Argentina To Clinch Its Fourth World Cup Title!

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At last Germany got its much deserved fourth title!! The final was a very close game and Argentina played very well but wasted a couple of golden chances. Bastian played superbly and neutralized Messi the whole game and should have been named the man of the match in my opinion. Manuel Neuer won the golden glove while Messi surprisingly was named the best player of the tournament.

In all cases, I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time and will brag about it for the next 4 years probably lol! What makes this win so special is that Germany humiliated World Cup hosts Brazil and defeated Argentina to become the first European team to ever win a World Cup played in the Americas.

I can’t wait to get my hands on the 4 stars jersey now!

Post-Wedding Selfie With The Abbouna (Priest)

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I was at one of my best friend’s wedding yesterday and the priest leading the ceremony requested to take a selfie with the couple after he declared them husband and wife. I can’t say I’ve met that many cool priests during wedding ceremonies and I am sure some of them might charge you for taking pictures with them.

Not only the priest was fun but the whole wedding was a lot of fun and the couple (specially the groom) provided most of the entertainment!

Congrats Roy and Jenny and welcome to the married club!

Eat And Pay What You Want At Motto In Mar Mikhael

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There’s a new restaurant called Motto (previously known as Mo’s) in Mar Mikhael where you can eat and pay as much as you want. Motto doesn’t want to stick to famous cuisines and will be serving Thai, Ethiopian, Spanish, Sri Lankan and others. There’s a minimum donation of LL9,000 and the rest is up to the customer to decide.

I couldn’t find any Facebook page for Motto but it’s a nice concept that might work out if the meals are good and the place is clean.

Update: Here’s the Facebook Page for Motto.