Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project – Lebanon party was a blast!

It finally happened! The exchange party took place at “The Warehouse” Zalka, formerly known as “Galerie Vivre”, and it was nothing less than a blast!

I reached there at around 10PM, two Thai girls greeted us at the entrance before we made our way inside where almost everyone was fascinated by the the red lanterns that created a nice ambiance.

An hour later the place was all packed while people were still pouring in! The warm music ended at around 11:30PM I think, and a traditional Thai dance was performed by two girls, which marked that the party has officially began!

… and DJ Madjam quickly got the people in the mood.

By 12:30AM, everyone was wearing these Thai flower necklaces.

Definitely looking for the next party if there will be a second nightlife exchange! And now I leave with this video that I recorded while Madjam was performing. (I actually recorded several videos but my phone was behaving weirdly and for some reason I ended up with this one only!! Quite frustrating!)

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Lebanese blogosphere weekly link roundup (2010/11/28)

16 New links for this week’s roundup.

See you next week!

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Fishing and falling roses at Ain El Mrayseh on the independence day

Thanks to global warming, the weather on the independence day in Beirut was just awesome! Warm temperature and -almost- clear blue skies made it perfect for a walk at Ain El Mrayseh.

Fortunately the corniche was not congested with joggers and bikers, but fishers were just everywhere, and standing at the most bizarre places!

… the guys above were actually standing right where sewage water is dumped into the sea!

How can they still eat the fish they get from the sewage water is beyond my understanding, unless they sell them to other people like the man below was doing.

However, I seem to have missed a cool initiative by the Lebanese army and Leo Burnett! At around 3:30PM, a military helicopter flew at low altitude over the Manara corniche, releasing thousands of red roses attached to miniature white parachutes, carrying a message “Bihimayat Al Jonoud, Tanmou Al Wouroud”, or “Roses flourish under the protection of our soldiers”. The operation was called “Roses from the Sky” (you can watch a video about it here)

@chaftari from Leo was kind enough to share these photos with me.

I personally had mixed feeling about this operation… what do you think?

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Today’s sunset in Beirut

I couldn’t resist taking a photo of today’s sunset when I saw how colorful it was, and wishing I was out of the office somewhere near the sea with my DSLR.

November usually carries the best times to shoot sunsets in Lebanon, but unfortunately the sun sets so early at 4:30PM nowadays, leaving too few opportunities for employees like me who like shooting photos.

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Got my invitation to the nightlife exchange party!

I just got 2 invitations to the nightlife exchange party where Lebanon and Thailand will be swapping their nightlife habits/rituals!

The event will be happening on Saturday November 27th at The Warehouse Zalka, let’s see how good is the nightlife in Thailand compared to Lebanon!

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Lebanese blogosphere weekly link roundup (2010/11/21)

14 New links for this roundup which coincides with the Lebanese independence day, have a nice day off!

See you next week!

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Happy Adha!

Eid El-Adha is the time for Muslims to recall prophet Abraham’s obedience to god in his willingness to sacrifice his own son Ismail, before god intervened and gave him a ram to sacrifice instead. And so the act of sacrificing an animal later became a ritual for Muslims.

That’s when it becomes normal to see sheep stored at very unusual places in Beirut, like rooftops for example.

… and when it also becomes very normal to see butchers slaughtering sheep in the streets.

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Lebanese blogosphere weekly link roundup (2010/11/14)

15 New links for this roundup.

See you next week!

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Super night clubs in Lebanon can mass mail too!

I just got the below ad in a spam e-mail via “ePublicities Lebanon” promoting “Hot Nurses” nights at the Excalibur Super Night Club!

I was of course shocked when I first saw the e-mail, but then again with all the provocative billboards on our highways, we’ll get acquainted with such ads in no time! And it wont be very surprising if we start seeing them on TV anytime soon… don’t you think?

Anyway, if hot nurses is your thing, you know what to do this weekend!

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Possible way to avoid speeding radars in Lebanon

If this device is too expensive for you, you may want to consider signing up for an account at Trapster, a mobile application that can alert you about nearby radars!

How Does It Work?

Users submit speed traps, enforcement cameras, and road hazards, that then alert all Trapster users in the area. A high-tech version of flashing your headlights to alert drivers of potential road hazards.

I think it’ll be helpful if enough Lebanese users registered, don’t you think?

Thanks to @jadhamdan for pointing me to the application via twitter.

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