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Beirut Digital Distrcit Has a New Little Free Library

I went to Beirut Digital District yesterday and was surprised to find that a new Little Free Library popped up there!

In case you’re not familiar to this initiative, Little Free Library is a worldwide movement that promotes reading by encouraging people to take any of the available books inside that box in exchange of leaving another one. I have earlier spotted a similar library in Horsh Tabet public garden and wrote about it here.

Those who work there are definitely lucky for being to able to exchange old books with new interesting reads for free. Hoping to see more of these libraries in public places!

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Things to Do This Week in Lebanon – October 26th 2016


Here are my picks from Lebtivity for this week. If you will be around the north this weekend then I highly recommend you attend Tania Saleh’s concert in Kfifan on Saturday night.

  1. BDD Talks: Stress, Emotions & Healthy Lifestyle – “Ms. Amygdala: The Lady behind all our Problems” with Samer Taher
  2. Skyrocket Your Sales! – Body Language Revealed
  3. Le Carnaval de la Bière – Zouk Mikael 2016
  4. Chantal Goya au Liban – Les Aventures Fantastiques de Marie-Rose
  5. Souk El Tayeb at The Village Dbayeh
  6. Sevine Debut Album Launch
  7. Ibero-American Film Festival – 7th edition at Metropolis
  8. Cleaning day by Colonel Beer
  9. Offrejoie presents Tania Saleh live in Concert
  10. Sunday Brunch at Indigo on The Roof

Make sure to check Lebtivity.com for much more options.

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Watch, Learn, and Abide by The Traffic Law

MTV Lebanon aired a spot on report by Nawal Berri yesterday showing a series of accidents recorded by the traffic monitoring center that happened due to drivers and pedestrians violating the traffic law.

As disturbing as this video is, it is a much needed wake up call to everybody outsmarting others on the road.

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Follow Fadi Bou Karam As He Visits All The Lebanons in USA


Fadi Bou Karam is a Lebanese photographer who’s currently in the US on an unusual yet cool quest to visit all the towns and cities called Lebanon there.

The number of cities he’s planning to visit are 43 and it will take him around 5 months to go over all of them. His starting point was Seattle where he rented a used caravan in order to save on hotel costs, and the closest Lebanon town to him right now is 1 week away in North Dakota. This massive road trip he’s doing should end in San Francisco around March 2017.

You can follow his news and the photos/videos he will be sharing on the blog he set up LebanonUSA.com.

His first post included a cool find from the 1950s about the late president Camille Chamoun who invited the mayors of 7 American towns called Lebanon in order to introduce them to the “real” Lebanon. Back then they spent two weeks touring the country and each one was given a small cedar tree as a souvenir on their way back to the US.

Wishing Fadi Bou Karam good luck in this fun quest! It’s hard not to envy people who go on such long trips by the way as I always dream of doing something similar in the far east!

via @ritakml

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Penalty Reduction on Mecanique Fees Until February 2017


I rarely give any importance to the laws passed by the Lebanese parliament, but I know this one matters to lot of people and that’s why I’m sharing it here.

The parliament authorized yesterday a reduction on mecanique fee penalties for people who have not paid their dues over the past years. The reduction is expected to be up to 90% and you have until the end of February 2017 to benefit from it.

However note that the inspection centers are currently closed due to the transportation unions strike, so you might have to wait a bit before you can inspect your car and pay your dues.

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Things to Do This Week in Lebanon – October 19th 2016


Here are my picks from Lebtivity for this week. Movie buffs can enjoy a couple of film festivals happening this week, the ARTE Film Week and The Russian film festival which will both take place at Metropolis Cinema.

  1. Les Autres Bonnes – Piece de Theatre
  2. Beirut-New York, Book Release by Maya Zankoul
  3. Berytech Meetup Powered by GIST
  4. BDD Talks: Stress, Emotions & Healthy Lifestyle – “Ms. Amygdala: The Lady behind all our Problems” with Samer Taher
  5. KMC’s Pink Promise – Walk, Run & Bike against Breast Cancer
  6. 7e Semaine ARTE
  7. First Russian Film Festival in Lebanon
  8. Re-Mi Bendali In Concert
  9. Movie Night at Memory Lane – Every Tuesday
  10. Pain Free Workshop with Jean Shaar
  11. The Walk of Legends Motivational Firewalking Seminar

Make sure to check Lebtivity.com for much more options.

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Ton Amie Liliane is Coming Back For One Last Performance


If you grew up in Lebanon in the ’80s then Liliane Karam (AKA Ton Amie Liliane) must have played a good role in your childhood!

Back then kids shows were not abundantly aired like today so we used to eagerly wait for them on the available TV stations every afternoon, and among the shows and cartoon series I used to watch at that time “Ton Amie Liliane” was my favorite. I think the only other show that came close to it was “Kif W Leish” with DéDé in the ’90s.

A couple of days ago I came across this cool news on Annahar reporting that she is currently collaborating with her daughter Lara Rain to prepare for a new play that will start showing on time for Christmas on Platea theater Jounieh before moving to other Arab countries and Canada.

So if you have kids, let it be your excuse to go re-live old memories since Liliane will be performing some of her old songs, and it will also be an opportunity to let them get a glimpse of what we used to enjoy when we were young! I personally will get my little kid a ticket once they’re out for sale.

Bientôt, je chanterai cette chanson sur scène pour vous!
Décembre 2016 va être magique!!

A mon ami* …votre chanson préférée, et une des miennes aussi <3

Posted by Ton Amie Liliane on Sunday, October 9, 2016

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Where Does The Extra $1 Go?


If you’re subscribed to one of Touch or Alfa prepaid plans then you definitely buy a recharge card every 1 month or so.

You basically have two ways to pay for these cards, either electronically through mobile carrier websites and bank ATMs, or by physically getting them from mobile phone shops, and I personally always have a problem with the latter!

Everywhere in the world you’re expected to pay the price indicated on the recharge card whenever you buy one, except in Lebanon where you always have to add an extra $1 charge! So you basically pay 39,000L.L ($26) for a $25 recharge card for example, and some shops that feel like being competitive sometimes reduce the price to 38,500 or 38,000L.L.

All the sellers I’ve asked about that extra charge claimed it is their profit margin and that the price on the card is actually their cost price. But this isn’t logic honestly since bank ATMs sell the same cards at the published price and there’s now way they’re not making any profit out of it.

I know that an extra $1 per month is not going to make me poor, but seriously, and out of pure curiosity, who the hell takes it??

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Hala Wardé Selected to Design Beirut Museum of Art


Following an architectural design competition that was launched last year to build the new Beirut Museum of Modern Art, 13 designers were chosen by the jury to compete in a series of rounds and I just read on The Guardian that the Paris-based architect Hala Wardé was selected to design the new museum.

Wardé’s design comprises a 124 meters tower divided into a dozen 12 meter cubes that will house a library, several galleries, exhibition spaces, artists in residence and classes. The museum is set to open in 2020 and will be located on piece of land owned by the Saint-Joseph University opposite to National Museum in Mthaf.

The area there between Mathaf and Ras El-Nabeh is one of my favorite parts in town and the new modern art museum will definitely make it more glamorous!




Photos are all via The Guardian

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Things to Do This Week in Lebanon – October 12th 2016


Here are my picks from Lebtivity for this week. I personally will be attending the Geitawi Car Free Day since my kid is usually enjoying the car free events organized by Achrafieh 2020, if you have kids then I recommend you go too but make sure to arrive a bit early in order not to miss the kids animation.

  1. Discover Rmeil – Geitawi Car Free Day
  2. PechaKucha Night Vol.26
  3. Afternoon high tea with Japanese flute at The Blue House
  4. Puppet Party – “L’Elixir Du Respect”
  5. The Walk of Legends Motivational Firewalking Seminar
  6. Les Folies De Caprice presente Daly Gana
  7. 7e Semaine ARTE
  8. Bikeathon Baldati Jezzine 2016
  9. Sugar the sweet poison.Reduce your sugar consumption workshop
  10. Kids storytime + parents coffee
  11. Flamenco show Pepe Habichuela
  12. Seedstars Beirut

Make sure to check Lebtivity.com for much more options.

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