Meet Apo: Lebanon’s Heisenberg

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It appears that we had a Walter White in Lebanon even before Breaking Bad came out. Check out the full story on [Vice].

Apo and his friends spent weekend after weekend chasing girls and raving. But they were curious about the chemicals they were experimenting with. They scoured the web to find out about various combinations of chemicals that made up the pills they were taking, but their interest homed in on a drug that was possible for them to produce. “It was like heaven, ignoring the side effects,” Apo noted when describing his initial impression of meth. “You’re productive, not sleepy, friendly,” he added. A set of insecurities every young adult can relate to.

They started cooking for their friends. It was a cheap alternative to the pricier drugs on the market, and it wasn’t a crowded field. There had been rumors of an Armenian cook who had escaped to Yerevan years before, but apart from that meth was a new phenomenon for Lebanon. Apo told me it took him seven months to master the hang of cooking. They sourced Sudafed from local gym clubs, which sold it as an appetite suppressant. The precursor chemicals, which are hard to source in America, were purchased from the same companies supplying their university laboratories. He and his friends set up makeshift labs wherever they could, but usually in the basement of their parents’ apartment buildings.

One day, Apo and his crew started a cook in one of their parents’ apartments. Half way through the process, everything lit on fire. It was out of control, and fire spread quickly to the balcony. One of his friends grabbed the fire extinguisher to put it out, but the extinguishing chemicals mixed with the meth fumes, blanketing the entire apartment in thick, white dust. Seconds later, Apo’s friend’s mom walked through the door, astonished. They told her it was a university experiment gone wrong. She bought it.

Video From Jad Himo’s Funeral

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We are all saddened by the loss but we really need to stop firing shots in the air during funerals or any occasion for that sake because we might kill innocent people with these stray bullets.

Jad Himo is a Lebanese drifter and the winner of the Red Bull Car Park Drift Regional Finals in Dubai last year. May he rest in peace.

Check out the video [Here].

Update: A lot of readers are telling me the sounds heard in the video are due to the “bang bang” components drifting cars have on. I realized that the first time, but the sounds never stopped even after the cars stop drifting so I assumed they were from gun shots or fireworks. I really hope these sounds are coming from the car only, but we can’t be sure.

Forever 21 Set to Open in City Centre Beirut By January 2015

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A lot of people have been asking me about Forever 21 and when it is set to open at City Centre Beirut. Well unfortunately it won’t be opening before mid January 2015 as I was told. I tried to ask about the Cheese Cake Factory since it interests me more than a retail shop but there’s not a set date yet.

More Racism Against Syrian Refugees In Lebanon

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It is our duty as citizens to report any criminal or terrorist activity, to defend ourselves if someone attacks our family or our home, but coming up with racist pamphlets and beating up random Syrian refugees is unacceptable and shameful. Most of these refugees ran away from Syria from the likes of Da3esh, so stop abusing them and humiliating them that way!

I am all for enforcing security measures given the huge number of refugees in Lebanon, and I am all for doing security patrols and checkpoints and organizing the refugees’ stay and I am definitely all for kicking terrorists out of this country but beating up people in the street and asking them to evacuate within a day or two is just wrong.

It’s no secret that our government’s incompetence has led us to this situation, but municipalities can very easily control what’s happening by recruiting more locals and doing things the right way. The last thing we need is inner violence between Syrian refugees and Lebanese, and given that they’re over 1 million now in Lebanon, we should be more cautious and wise. Terrorists will only make use of this chaos to hide among the innocent refugees and hide weapons and explosives there.

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Lebanese Maan Hamadeh Plays Game Of Thrones Soundtrack in Different Tastes At Beirut Airport

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You all remember the video of the Lebanese Pianist that went viral after he played Beethoven’s Fur Elise in 4 Different Styles at the Prague Airport. Well he’s back in Beirut this time and has decided to play the Game Of Thrones Soundtrack in Different Tastes.

Great job Maan and keep spreading this positive energy through music!

PS: His original video got over 12 million views on YouTube so far.

[YouTube]

Kahwet Leila Opens In Hamra

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I was at the opening of Kahwet Leila yesterday in Hamra. The new branch is facing Piccadilly theater next to Barbar and is the nicest Leila by far! It fits perfectly in the Hamra area and has a vintage feel. Moreover, the garden behind the main indoor restaurant is ideal for relaxing, enjoying some good food and smoking arguile if you want to.

Here are some pictures from the new Leila and the event yesterday. For more info, check out Kahwet Leila’s [website].

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