Beirut in 8-bit

The hoax services that Google announces on each April Fools’ day are more like a tradition, and the Google 8-bit maps service has got to be the coolest joke for 2012. They actually announced yesterday that they will finally be adding support for the classic Nintendo Entertainment System with the launch of 8-bit maps featuring low resolution graphics.

And here’s how Beirut would have looked like on a NES!

You can check here more about Google’s pranks for this year.

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Two Lebanese female athletes qualify for the olympics

Two Lebanese female athletes made the cut to the Olympic games in London this summer. The first is Andrea Paoli, a taekwondo player, who will be the first Lebanese ever to participate in the senior category of martial arts at the Olympics. And the second is Tvine Moumjohglian who will be representing Lebanon in table tennis for the first time in 16 years. All the luck to both of them!

You can read more about Andrea and Tvine in this article by Al-Arabiya, and about the participation of Lebanon at the Olympics throughout the history here on Wikipedia.

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Akho Man2oushe

It would be fun if “Akho Man2oushe” someday becomes a real competitor to places like Zaatar W Zeit and Leil Nhar!

Spotted at Saloumi

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Kimi Raikkonen in Lebanon

Kimi Raikkonen is currently on a short visit to Lebanon for the launching of Lotus Cars in Beirut, and according to this news report, he had a meeting with president Sleiman and announced that he’s willing to put the Lebanese flag on his Lotus Renault car during this season.

The report also mentions talks about building an F1 circuit in Lebanon, but is sounds more like wishful thinking, at least to me!

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Racing and wheelies at Ouzai

Now that the weather feels good for people to go outdoors, the Ouzai road is literally turning into a racing circuit on weekends with tens of bikes everywhere either racing or pulling wheelies. And although it’s a two-way road, some bikers just choose to do their stunts while driving in the opposite direction of traffic!

The video below I shot yesterday shows how does it feel like to drive there with a car on a Sunday.

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Arguileh delivery through WhatsApp

Only in Lebanon?

Via Ayman Itani

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Gap is coming to Lebanon

Gap announced in a press release few days ago that it will be soon be opening the first Gap store in Lebanon after coming to an agreement with Azadea, the group that is well known for carrying famous brands like Zara, Mango, and others.

Gap Inc. also announced plans to open stores in three additional growing apparel markets in 2012:

Lebanon: Gap Inc. has signed a new agreement with Azadea group, one of the largest retailers in the Middle East, to open the first Gap store in Lebanon later this year. One of the main fashion centers of the region, Lebanon provides an ideal environment to introduce Gap brand. Since 2006, Gap Inc. has expanded its presence across the Middle East. Source

I’ve always loved their hoodies by the way, now you don’t have to wait for someone coming from abroad to get one!

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We can now go to Georgia without a visa

After a meeting between our prime minister Najib Mikati and Georgia‚Äôs prime pinister Nika Gilauri, it was announced yesterday that visa restrictions will be lifted on Lebanese willing to visit Georgia, but it wasn’t mentioned when will this decision take effect.

So now we can add Georgia to the following list of countries where Lebanese can go without the need of a visa approval.

Africa

  • Cape Verde
  • Comoros
  • Djibouti
  • Madagascar
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Seychelles
  • Togo
  • Uganda

Americas

  • Bolivia
  • Dominica
  • Ecuador
  • Haiti
  • Nicaragua
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis

Asia

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh
  • Cambodia
  • Georgia
  • Jordan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Nepal
  • Oman
  • Syria
  • Timor-Leste
  • Turkey
  • Iran
  • Yemen

Europe

  • Kosovo

Oceania

  • Cook Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Niue
  • Palau
  • Samoa
  • Tuvalu
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We almost made it to Playboy!

Dominique Hourani claimed in a recent interview in Men El Ekhir on MTV that she once got an offer from Playboy to pose semi naked in a photoshoot and she rejected it. Not sure how true is her claim, but can you imagine the media buzz that a Lebanese model would generate if she ever made to the cover of Playboy?

I already set the video the start at the part when Dominique starts talking about the offer.

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Stars Communications (Amhaz) – Mobile phones at cheaper prices

I bet at least half of those who will read this post already know about Stars Communications, so this goes to the other half. Stars Communications (aka Amhaz) is a cell phone shop in Dahyeh known for its very competitive prices, probably the cheapest you’ll ever find around Beirut!

Some people claim that Stars Communications are able to lower their prices that much because they don’t pay any custom fees for the mobiles they get since they’re backed up by some politician. But who cares anyway when we’re paying less? I already bought a couple of phones from there and never face a problem with them.

If you’re interested to check out the shop, they have two branches, one off Sayed Hadi Nasrallah street in Dahyeh (just go there and ask about “Amhaz”), while the other is at Beirut Mall in Tayouneh and is usually few dollars more expensive than the first branch.

Update:

Seems like there’s a third branch in Verdun under the name of LibanNet. And you may check their latest prices on this Facebook group.

Thank you Amer.

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