Just listen: W Tmayali (Sway)

Have a break! Turn off the TV, and don’t listen to the news for the next 5 minutes. Instead, play this YouTube video, that’s one of my favorite Lebanese music. It’s called “W Tmayali” (“Sway” in English) from an album called “Sabah”  (“Morning” or “Sunrise” in English) and it’s composed, written and arranged by Nadim Mohsen.

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Lebanese civil war – The lighter side

We got used in Lebanon to jokes circulating over e-mails after big incidents, remember Fateh Al-Islam and the 2006 war jokes?

This time I thought there will be no jokes circulating since it is serious, and Lebanon is about to fall off the cliff, but hell no! We the Lebanese are always able to make fun of the situation AKA “وضع, ALTHOUGH this time the “joke” is on Lebanon and all of us.

I leave you now with some of the one liner jokes I have received over the last few days. (I am sorry if you can’t read Arabic).

خبر عاجل: أعلن الله (سبحانه وتعالى) انسحابه من الحزب
حزب الله يعلن إقتحام مبنى محطة سبايس تون و يجبرها على وقف البث لأنها تثير الحساسيات الطائفيه عند مشاهيدي المنار الصغير….
خبر عاجل: يستنكر حزب الله الاعتداء على تلفزيون المستقبل و يتهم السلطة
ادارة سوكلين تقوم بحملة نظافة تحت شعار ” النظافة من الايمان” و تشكر ملشيات المقاومة الاسلامية على مساهمتها
تبث قناة أنيمال بلانيت حالياً وثاقي عن إنقراض فصيلة فهود طريق الجديدة
مطلوب موظف لتلفزيون المستقبل يقول وششششش
عناصر حزب الله تشتكي من نوعية الدواليب لانها لا تصدر دخانا كثيفا و تحمل الدولة المسؤولية و تطالب السنيورة الغير شرعي بالتنحي
ميليشيات سعد الحريري تسيطر على مدينة ملاهي في بيروت و هناك مناوشات للسيطرة على قسم الأطفال في المكدونالد
خبر عاجل: إحتراق تلفزيون المستقبل بعدما نسي الشيف رمزي اللبن أمو عل النار
بيان صادر عن المعارضة: إذا تحت الشتي و حتلّينا بيروت … أيه كيف لو مشمسة.
خبر عاجل : فرقة الإسراء تسيطر على مسرح سوبر ستار و تقوم بأداء أغنية بري يا احلى قمر
تشكر قيادة الجيش الجهود التي تبذلها ملشيات المعارضة في حفظ الامن
حركة امل تسيطر على جميع مكبات سوكلين الخضراء و تدعي على من يرمي النفايات فيها
خبر عاجل جداً: نادي الانصار يسلم ملعبه لفريق العهد
فريق سوبر ستار يسلّم نفسه لفرقة الولاية النشاديّة
النداء يتجدد و لكن من عناصر حزب الله عن نقص في البزر الإيراني
مصادر صحفية تقول انّه لا تراجع عن القرارات الحكومية ونائلة معوض تقول انّ بنات بشري لا تتراجع
قيادة حزب الله تطلب من الجيش تسليم سلاحه حفاظا على امن المقاومة و السلم الاهلي
قوى المعارضة تستولي على وزارة التربية و تزور شهادة بروفية لسليمان فرنجية

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Give peace a chance

This photo you see above is shot by my friend Antoine Khater from All Day I Dream About Photography (ADIDAP) and titled “Give peas a chance”, he took it nearly 1 year ago on May 22 2007.

Antoine is another Lebanese blogger who feels disgusted of the current situation in Lebanon. For that he launched a campaign today to give peace a chance in Lebanon, and he’s calling to spread it across the Lebanese blogsphere, non-Lebanese blogs are also welcome to join! All we have to do is to copy a little piece of code into our blogs to add a ribbon on top of the page, and the ribbon will remain there until violence is stopped in the street of Beirut and Lebanon.

I hope keeping the ribbon will be for a VERY short period of time. If we were blogging back in the 1975 we would have kept this ribbon for 15 straight years!

Anyway, here is the code that you should insert in your blog (preferably in the header of your blog):
<script language=”javascript” src=”http://www.adidap.com/LebRibbon.js”></script>

I look forward to see it on other blogs as well, we are no more than bloggers and I don’t think we can demonstrate in the roads against war, and we don’t want to do that in the first place, but the least we can do is to unite and express our rejection for what is happening.

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Ras El-Nabeh today

I live in Ras El-Nabeh, where clashes have been raging for the last 2 days, and thanks god today is relatively calm and under the Lebanese army control. But still, I didn’t go to work in fear of not being able to come back! Yeah feels like being under siege!

So far the opposition has defeated the Future Movement militia in our neighborhood and in almost every other area in western Beirut. Although this result was expected (to me at least), but I really didn’t expect for the Future Movement militia to fall apart that fast!
Lesson learned: A cat should never mess with a lion.

I am wondering what will the opposition do next, I am pretty sure things will not be over at this stage, but I hope the situation will not get worse.

Oh and by the way I really feel like going out and shooting with my camera, I’m sure there will be a lot of scenes that are worth keeping for history, but I am afraid someone might beat me… Anyway here is a panoramic photo I took today morning from my balcony (it’s made of 3 photos), it shows “Basta” to the left and “Ras El-Nabeh” to the right. Unfortunately my camera is a DSLR and doesn’t capture video, otherwise I would have posted some very interesting sounds from yesterda’s clashes!

Ras El Nabeh
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On the current situation

No I won’t be cursing today, although I really feel like telling those ugly gangsters to go to hell and fight as much as they want there…

Anyway just in time, while I’m hearing RPGs every few minutes outside, one of my friends sent me this set of photos. It goes pretty well with the current situation. Especially with “Blue” being one of 14 March’s colors, and “Orange” being one of 8 March’s colors. (Click on each image to enlarge)

8 March VS 14 March 8 March VS 14 March

8 March VS 14 March

I think this is the only post in the Lebanese blogsphere with a sense of humor today! I’m optimistic by nature.

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FUCK YOU

May 07 Strike

Today I would like to join Tantalus in saying FUCK YOU to each and everyone involved in today’s incidents in Beirut. And to those who launched RPGs I say FUCK YOU twice, since you made additional effort in fucking up the day.

Also FUCK those who try to pretend they’re angels, while we know very well that it takes AT LEAST 2 to start a fight, so it’s quite obvious that 8 March and 14 March are both assholes.

I’m at work now and I still don’t know if it will be safe to go back home or not… Oh that’s one more FUCK YOU to the “wado3” (situation).

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Sexy Lebanese shows

K-Lynn Lingerie holds annual lingerie shows at various places in Lebanon such as Faraya Mzar, Edde Sands, Oceana, and other resorts.

And there’s no way you can miss one of these shows, because as soon one of these shows are held, you quickly start receiving photos of the event in your e-mail and before you know it your inbox will be full of girls displaying K-Lynn’s creations of sexy outfits! 😀

Yesterday I received one of these emails and a couple of photos caught my attention, not because of the sexy girls inside, but because they really made me laugh. Check them out.

Priceless Look
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Priceless 2
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Did you see the look on the face of that poor little kid in red? He’s seem to be just about to explode…

For those of you who were expecting me to display all the photos I received by e-mail, well I didn’t upload them but I will not disappoint you. At the end, I do understand that you might have arrived to this page via a Google search probably for “sexy lebanese girls”!!

You can check a couple of albums by following the links below:

K-Lynn show at Faraya Mzar Lebanon 2007

K-Lynn show at Faraya Mzar Lebanon 2008

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This is Beirut – The mix

I feel frustrated tonight, I have just found that the videos site is not working! This is what you get when you keep on messing with the source code…! I’ll be working on it.

Anyway, I’m publishing today a trance music file for a song titled “This is Beirut”. A small part of the file has been widely spread as a ringtone for cell phones, so for anyone who might be looking for it, here is a download link for the full version.

Update: The videos site is working again!

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Almaza: keep drinking

Using the political situation to make an advertisement is one of the things that I would describe as “حربقة” (Clever in english), or shall I call that creativity..? Check their latest advertisement below.

To those who don’t understand Arabic, the advertisement tells that Lebanese people have been celebrating and drinking Almaza since 1933 and kept on doing that throughout the good and bad times they went through (Independance 1943, Earthquake 1956, Miss Universe (Georgina Rizk) 1971, Beginning of the Lebanese war 1975, End of the war 1990), and at the end they say that in 2008 nothing will keep them from drinking and celebrating (given that the political situation is in deep sh*t).

**By the way, you can find other Lebanese videos like Almaza’s on Plus961 Videos.**

And while searching today, I found another photo of a billboard from their campaign last summer on Lebanon-Update.

The billboard says: “All eyes are on the chair this summer”, knowing that last summer everybody was wondering who’s going to be Emile Lahoud’s successor and become the new president.

I believe they can still use this billboard yet again this summer! don’t you think so?

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Catch of the day

I came across this news article in Annahar newspaper today.

http://www.plus961.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/annahar04242008.PNG

The article is about a campaign launched by the municipality of Beirut to exterminate pests (roaches should be afraid now). It’s quite a normal news.

But notice the attached photo, showing some personnels along with the head of the municipality taking a photo beside the vehicle to be used in that campaign. Isn’t that similar to taking a photo beside a Baygon bottle? I just wonder…

http://www.plus961.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/baygon.jpg

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