Melting in Beirut

I was driving and melting yesterday in Beirut’s hot and humid weather when I noticed that the indicator in my car is showing a weather temperature of 43 degree Celsius!

We’re used to high temperatures in the 30′s, but 43?! That’s so Dubai! We’ve got no more snow in the winter, and summer is starting to feel like a living hell, I wonder how will it be like in the next few years…

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Dinner in the Sky – Now in Beirut

I got the photos below from the launching of the not-so-new dining concept that was lately introduced to the snobbish people of Lebanon, a dinner in the sky.

This dining experience consists of a 22 guests table that goes up to 50 meters in the air (with the aid of a crane of course) along with three staff members, the waiter, the chef and an entertainer, to enjoy a magnificent view of the city while having your dinner. I’m not sure though if the adrenaline rush will allow you to identify how does the food really taste…

The launch of  “Dinner in the Sky” took place at BIEL on June 11, and was attended by media personalities, celebrities and VIP’s (you know those who have 4-digit car plate numbers). It was held by ALF Events and the food was catered by La Table d’Alfred.

In case you’re interested, you can reserve the whole table for 8 hours at… $15,000 ONLY! So that’s $727.27 per person, ya baleish! Still, their website claims that you can divide the 8 hours according to your taste, so the more people you can get to share the 8 hours with you, at the rate of 22 person per session, the less the cost per person will be.

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Hiking from Rachaya Al Wadi to Ain Ata

A friend of mine introduced me to Footprints nature club back in March and convinced me to go on my first hiking experience with them to cross the hills from Rachaya Al Wadi to Ain Ata.

It took us around 4 hours to finish the 11 Km hike. The hardest parts of it was whenever we had to go down hills, it might seems weird but during a hike you put more energy when going downhill than going up.

I’ll leave you with some of the photos I took, the mountain showing in the panoramic photo is Jabal Al Cheikh which is known for having snow covering its peaks for most of the year.


Starting from the souk of Rachaya Al Wadi


Jabal Al Cheikh


4 hours later, arriving to Ain Ata

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Worrying news from South Lebanon

We’re currently receiving VERY worrying news from the south! From what I’m reading on news websites and twitter, it seems that Israeli soldiers were trying to cut some tree at Adayseh village in order to install some surveillance camera when the Lebanese army stopped them.

Following that, an Israeli tank bombed an LAF base and an exchange of fire erupted between the two on the borders. Now there are some news about Katyusha missiles fired at north Israel… let’s hope it wont get any worse than that!

Via Naharnet

12:43pm OTV: 10 artillery rounds fell in Adeisseh, one of which near a Lebanese army post.
12:40pm Future News: A Lebanese soldier and another civilian were injured in the fighting.
12:38am VDL: The clashes erupted after the Israeli army tried to cut some trees inside Lebanese territories.
12:36pm LBC: Israeli tank hit a house in Adeisseh.
12:34pm NNA: Exchange of gunfire between Lebanese and Israeli soldiers along the border town of Adeisseh.
12:31pm MTV: An Israeli tank fired an artillery shell on a Lebanese army position on the outskirts of Adeisseh.

Via Now Lebanon

12:42    Al-Arabiya: Two Katyusha missiles fired at North Israel
12:31    MTV: LAF base at Aadaiseh village bombed by Israeli tank
12:29    AFP: Exchange of gunfire between Lebanese and Israeli soldiers along border

Via Tayyar.org

12:55  الجيش اللبناني يرد على العدو الاسرائيلي باطلاق قذيفتي RPG ورشقات نارية (المنار)
12:46 سقوط 10 قذائف اسرائيلية على بلدة العديسة بالقرب من مركز للجيش اللبناني (OTV)
12:42 جريح من الجيش اللبناني وآخر مدني في الإعتداء الإسرائيلي على العديسة
12:35 اشتباكات بين الجيش اللبناني وجيش العدو على الشريط الشائك تتمة
12:30 دبابة اسرائيلية اطلقت قذيفة باتجاه مركز للجيش اللبناني عند مدخل بلدة العديسة واصابته اصابة مباشر

Update (8/3/2010 2:38PM):

Via Tayyar.org

14:36  Two Lebanese army soldiers were killed in the Israeli shelling on Al-Aadaiseh.
14:32 A high-ranking Israeli army officer was killed in the shelling and Israeli soldiers were trying to pull him out. (Al-Manar)
14:30 Israeli troops called through loudspeakers on the Lebanese army to halt fire so that they can evacuate the wounded.
14:02 UNIFIL urged Lebanon and Israel a maximum restraint. (Future News)
13:55 Apache helicopter fired two missiles on the hill of Al-Aadaiseh. (NTV)
13:35 Two houses are burning in Al-Aadaiseh village. (Future News)
13:21 Israeli snipers are firing at the Adassieh- Kfar Kila road. (AL-Manar)
13:20 A Lebanese soldier identified as “Hasan Nazzal” and a civilian “Ibrahim Abboud” were injured in the clashes at Al-Aadaiseh. (MTV)

Update (8/3/2010 7:11PM):

The situation is calm again in the south for more than 3 hours now, god bless our soldiers and may our martyrs that fell today rest in peace.

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Lebanese blogosphere weekly link roundup (2010/08/01)

13 Links for this roundup.

See you next week!

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Lebanese blogosphere weekly link roundup (2010/07/25)

16 Links for this week’s roundup.

See you next week!

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Photos from Mashrou3 Leila at Byblos International Festival

I think Mashrou3 Leila is the only underground band to make it that big by performing at Byblos International Festival!

Lynn Bizri was generous enough to share with me some photos she took when she attended their concert on July 9th.

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Lebanese blogosphere weekly link roundup (2010/07/18)

Yet another links roundup to check what Lebanese bloggers were up to during the last week. 14 Links for this round.

See you next week!

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Lebanese beach resorts denying entry to foreign workers

I know you might have seen this video on other blogs, but I am re-posting it here to spread it as much as we can.

Beach resorts in Lebanon are known for denying foreign workers from swimming inside their premises after granting them an entry, but some places have gone a step further by not allowing those workers from even stepping inside!

The video below, taken at the Sporting Club Manara, shows Anti Racism Movement activists trying to get their maid into the swimming pool. The activists are allowed in, but not the maid!

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Nemr Abou Nassar interviewing Paul the octopus

An interview with Paul the Octopus?! Who other than Nemr Abou Nassar can do that?

Last week and during his show, “The Comedy Revolution” on Mix FM, Nemr had the opportunity to get an exclusive with Paul the octopus who was predicting the winner of Germany’s matches at the world cup, and revealed the shocking truth behind his predictions!

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