Movie tickets giveaway result

Few days ago I announced the second giveaway on +961 sponsored by CineKlik offering 6 movie tickets for the premiere of “The Losers”, all what you had to do is to post a comment and share the giveaway on Facebook.

Just few minutes ago I asked @vipwoody on Twitter to randomly choose the 3 lucky winners, and they turned out to be Dany Awad, Abed Salam, and Gilbert Rahhal.

The snapshot below shows how it went:

Giveaway winners

Congratulations to the winners, I have just e-mailed you the result and how to collect your tickets.

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Lebanese blogosphere weekly link roundup (2010/06/20)

It’s Monday again! And I’ve got 15 links for this week’s roundup

See you next week!

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Overdoing the World Cup 2010 – V

I was surprised to see this image of a German flag with a Nazi swastika in the middle on Chroniques Beyrouthines blog a while ago. According to the author, the image was taken in Bteghrine. I would have understood if it was put there to make a political statement… but for the World Cup? Come on!

Flag with Nazi Swastika in Lebanon

Apparently Germany got irritated, and its foreign ministry protested to the Lebanese foreign ministry because of similar flags.

الخارجيّة الألمانيّة تعترض

بعثت وزارة الخارجية الألمانية، عبر السفارة في بيروت، رسالة إلى وزارة الخارجية اللبنانية، تلفت فيها الأنظار إلى الأعلام الألمانية الموجودة في الأسواق اللبنانية بمناسبة كأس العالم، وبعضها يحمل الصليب النازي. ورأت أنّ الأمر يعدّ إساءة إلى الديموقراطيّة وحقوق الإنسان ودولة ألمانيا الاتحادية.
وأشارت الرسالة إلى رفع لبنانيين مهاجرين إلى ألمانيا هذه الأعلام والشعارات، ما دفع الخارجية الألمانية إلى الطلب من الدولة اللبنانية العمل على إزالة كل هذه الإساءات.

Source: Al Akhbar newspaper

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Giveaway: 6 tickets to watch The Losers premiere


Thanks to for sponsoring it once again, +961 is holding a second giveaway! This time CineKlik were generous enough to grant me 6 tickets for “The Losers” premiere next Wendesday June 23rd. So this time we will have 3 winners instead of 1, and each one will get 2 tickets.

Entering the draw is pretty easy, all you have to do is to leave a comment on this post and click the Facebook Like button on the top.

Three lucky readers will be chosen at random on Tuesday night and announced in a separate post, they will also be contacted via e-mail to be informed on how to claim their tickets (so make sure you’re using a valid e-mail when commenting).

Update (June 22nd 2010, 10:01PM):

Comments are closed, will publish the name of the winners in a while.

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é Café at Eddé Yard Jbeil

I went to é Café at Eddé Yard Jbeil upon the recommendation of a friend back in March for the first time, and have fallen in love with their food ever since!

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Passing by the old souk of Jbeil, there’s no way you can miss é Café and the barbecue placed outside their kitchen. The place consists of a beautiful outdoor area and a cozy interior space, offering 2 small french and italian menus, in a very nice ambiance. However, you wont need to check on their items because you will know what to order the minute you start watching the chef grilling mouth watering pieces of entrecote!

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The entrecote will be grilled to your taste (I recommend medium well) right in front of you. Once done, the chef will place it on a bed of grilled onions and potatoes, accompanied with a sauce containing butter and some other things but tastes good anyway, and a bowl or rocca salad with balsamic vinegar, all tasting very good!

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When done, your experience will seriously be incomplete if you don’t order their Gauffre au chocolat! Ignore any other topping mentioned in the menu, and go straight for the dark chocolate, it just tastes like heaven!

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The staff at é Café is very friendly, and it’s impressive that their service was very timely each time I went there. If you plan to visit the place, then I recommend you go there on a Saturday night during summertime as the old souk is now packed with outdoor pubs and bars, and gets crowded with people on Saturdays creating a nice atmosphere.

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A stand againt ESSA and the new Lebanese E-Transaction law

Via Social Media Exchange Beirut:

We need you to ACT NOW to stop the E-Transactions law.

Tomorrow, Parliament is scheduled to vote on a new E-Transactions law that could have terrible implications for the Lebanese economy and for professional and personal privacy. To date, private sector and civil society have not been allowed to comment on the the law.

Among the articles of concern are:

  • Article 92, saying anyone providing online services must apply for a license. Result: More paperwork, more bureaucracy, more delays, less revenue.
  • Article 82, allowing for the warrantless search and seizure of financial, managerial, and electronic files, including hard drives, computers, etc. Result: The government has pre-approval to seize your company and personal assets and information, without cause.
  • Article 70, establishing the Electronic Signature & Services Authority, a new regulatory and licensing body with practically unchecked powers. Result: Another agency, who can make or break your organization at their whim.

More on why you should stop the vote.

We may need some regulations on doing online business in Lebanon. But, unless the key stakeholders can comment on the law, it will be one-sided, flawed, and dangerous to the economic prospects of Lebanon and the privacy of your daily life.

ACT NOW! Many deputies are rallying against this law but want to hear your voice. Ask your MP to postpone the vote on the E-Transactions Law, pending a public review.

Here are quick and easy ways you can help:

  • Call your Member of Parliament and urge them to postpone the vote, pending a public review period.
  • Forward this message to your colleagues, family, and friends—anyone who uses the Internet will be affected!
  • Post on the Facebook Pages of your MP, calling on them to postpone the vote, pending a public review period.
  • Join the Stop This Law Facebook Page.
  • If you’re a journalist or blogger, consider writing a short post highlighting the potential pitfalls of the law.

You may check other bloggers’ take on the matter on the following links:

Independence ’05
SMEX Beirut
The Identity Chef
Maya’s Amalgam
Sara Hilal
Trella’s Blog
خربشات بيروتية

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Lebanese blogosphere weekly link roundup (2010/06/13)

It’s Monday, the time for our weekly dosage of blog posts! Today’s roundup consists of 12 links.

See you next week!

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Amethyste Lounge – Phoenicia Intercontinental Beirut

One of the most fascinating places I have ever been to lately, that’s seriously without any exaggeration the newly opened Amethyste Lounge in Phoenicia Hotel.

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To those of you who still don’t know about it, Amethyste is a new outdoor bar and lounge that was launched on May 13th with a fabulous opening that started at noon and lasted till midnight.

Amethyste Phoenicia Intercontinental Beirut

So I got the opportunity to go there with a group of friends two weeks ago and had a blast! I honestly don’t know how to describe the place, and I hope the photos I included do justice to it, Amethyste is just unique and different than any place of the same category.

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Your world will be painted purple the minute you step in, even the pool water turns purple when it’s dark (due to the lightning of course), and the color is guaranteed to make up your mood if your going there after after a long day! Just the way a real lounge should be. And to complement that, chill out music is played all the time.

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The food is good, nothing tasted new to me, but the presentation is EPIC! Some plates are served in a theatrical way, for example the salad we ordered was brought in a jar, to which the waiter added the sauce and shook it like a cocktail, then put it into our plates. On the other hand, grilled meat comes to your table on a small barbecue! (yes with coals and everything)

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Cocktails are… you guessed it right, good as well! I think I can easily write another post about their cocktails because they have a wide variety to choose from, they actually have a separate menu for these.

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The staff is very friendly, our waiter was very helpful explaining to us about the items in their menus. What is really remarkable though is that they are cooperating to make podcasts and publish them on their blog! And I hope they continue doing it, the first episode featured Grant Collins and a guy named Haytham showing how to prepare the poolside Margarita.

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Surprisingly, and believe it or not, Amethyste is NOT overpriced. Their menus along with the pricing are available online for you to check, The Pool Menu, The Cocktail Menu, and The Main Menu.

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Lebanese blogosphere weekly link roundup (2010/06/06)

Between the elections, the freedom flotilla, and the world cup 2010, the Lebanese blogosphere had a lot to talk about! And so I’ve got you 16 links for this week’s roundup (overdose?).

See you next week!

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The new Beirut Waterfront

On May 16th, Solidere announced opening of the new Beirut Waterfront to the public as the first bicycle lane in the city. According to The Daily Star, the lane would start at the Beirut Souks on Tripoli Street and pass through Patriarch Howayek Street in the direction of Beirut’s new maritime front, through Allenby Street, and back to the starting point.

Before getting too excited about it, access to the waterfront will be granted on Sundays only from 10 AM to 8PM! And that’s why I’m having mixed feelings about it, I’m glad we finally have a public space away from the pollution that we got used to, but opening it on Sundays only is sort of disappointing, why can’t they keep it open everyday?

Soliders is acting like someone who invites you over to his house, but then tell you beforehand that he will be kicking you out at 8PM.

Anyway, hoping we get a permanent access to the waterfront, I leave you with this cool video of the place made by Rawad El Hoyek.

New Beirut Waterfront from Rawad EL HOYEK on Vimeo.

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