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Friday, July 29, 2011

Lebanese Cowboys

el rancho (9)From the Marlboro man to cowboy hats and buckles, Lebanese have always loved cowboys…..el rancho (16)           Thanks to El Rancho, they love the cowgirls too.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Beach Party

kefraya (2)In some parts of the world, a beach party means a casual affair with sand and games. Not so in Lebanon as Mexican blogger Maria found out the hard way. Here’s an idea from Chateau Kefraya for your next black-tie beach bash or pool party. Cheers!
*via BeirutSpring

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Great Lengths

braun                  You can get hair extensions……rafam (6)             but so far only high heels can extend your legs…..ritika  (2)                     and maybe certain camera angles.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Back To Black

hilda (14) After months and months of white wedding dresses we were wondering when we would get back to black.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Take Out The Trash

Jeita Grotto is one of the most visited places in Lebanon. This is the only road that takes you there. This is also the road to Jeita Country Club and is a scenic drive as it gives a great view of the Nahr El Kelb valley which divides Metn and Keserwan. Most tourists stop along the way to enjoy the view and get their picture taken with the mountains and trees behind them. Sadly this road is also a makeshift dumping site for construction debris and the occasional washing machine. The local municipalities have posted signs saying that dumping is illegal.Jeita It was shocking to see this truck backed up and blocking a lane as he was preparing to dump his load. I informed the driver that what he was doing was illegal. He made no response but continued.Jeita (2)                    This is his plate #- M332811.Jeita (3)                                 Jeita (4)                                      Jeita (5) Jeita (6)Jeita (7)           The result. The police were immediately informed.Jeita (8)Several days later, I saw this truck and driver. I asked him if he was going to dump any of this here. He explained to me that he collects metal and things and he said it would be a shame (haram) to dump trash here. It seems that this scenic drive to what many Lebanese hope will be one of the new Wonders Of The World is also on the map as a good place to go collect some valuable trash. Haram.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Runaway Success

Beirut Marathon (3) May al-Khalil founder of the Beirut Marathon Association was honored in Abu Dhabi this year. This year’s marathon takes place on November 27th. Get involved! [link]

Friday, July 22, 2011

Alphabet Soup

aubmc (10)We don’t know JCI MAGNET or CAP. We’re waiting on word from ImmWalid or maybe someone on Facebook or a blogger on Lebanon Aggregator to endorse you!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Play It Again, Sam

musar                      Is this what a piano bar looks like?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Lebanese Dreams

reva                 Perhaps she dreams of precious gems…. reva (7)  and maybe he dreams of hotrods and money falling from the sky…….reva (14) or maybe Lebanese dream of 24/24 electricity with no generators or internet that isn’t the worst in the world or roads without tire-busting potholes or having political leaders who really are public servants instead of self-servants or knowing that only the Lebanese army is armed or not being forced to move away to make a living but until then the Lebanese dream of getting another passport from someplace new.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Hands On Approach

zouk    “Your beauty is not a toy in their hands”….thanks for the visual.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Beirut Survival Guide Part V

banana moon (4)                    It’s Friday, time for the beach!mikesport (4)           It seems that all of Beirut has the same idea….scholl (22) Your day at the beach might just be your day sitting in traffic….armani (5)  It’s nice how you can see a preview of the beach and the water…waterfront city                Since it could be dark when you actually get there.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Beirut Survival Guide Part IV

homecity (4)              This is a home furnishing store not a beach resort.mobilitop (4)     Again, this is a home furnishing store not a seafood market. shammasDon’t be fooled, nobody in Lebanon is homeless. Illegal homes, yes. Homeless. No. jamal (2) Parking and “no smoking” rules are strictly enforced. Wink wInk.jamal (8)Do yourself and the rest of us a favor, stay out of this guy’s way and don’t make him play that annoying musical horn.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Beirut Survival Guide Part III

alessandro (14)Sometimes being Lebanese takes a lot of effort. Maintaining the perfect manicure and pedicure with the latest colors. Following the latest fashion trends….ice (14)            Getting through the night in the highest of heels….   scholl                         Finding the perfect sunglasses…..D&G (12) But the best part of being Lebanese is that you can dress once a day.sunglass hut (5)In Lebanon, evening wear is acceptable for daytime visits, the office, shopping, touring and even the beach or pool. Leave those sensible shoes in your closet.guessAnd sunglasses aren’t only for the sun, there are bright lights in the clubs, pubs, restaurants, and malls, not to mention those annoying bright car lights on the highway. If you must remove them for any reason, keep them on your head. You never know when a bright light might appear.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Beirut Survival Guide Part II

cafe super brasil (5)Lebanese food is well known but it’s Lebanese drink that keeps everyone going. The day must begin with Lebanese coffee and perhaps it will be your good fortune to get your fortune told in the bottom of your cup. abu abed (2) Power up your day with Abu Abed’s power drink. Somehow the heavyset guy on the bottle looks like he should be serving up a plate of raw liver.kazouza (2)Quench your thirst with this authentic Lebanese soft drink and if you smoke, grab a pack of Cedar’s cigarettes. cocacolaGrab a Coke and a smile, maybe you’ll win a Blackberry Torch or ….something. almaza (15) A cold beer with your lunch sounds nice. Ordering beer in Lebanon is easy. “I’ll have a beer.” “Almaza?”. Say yes. nescafe (10) Feeling a little sluggish? Nescafe is a great little pick-me-up. An afternoon delight shared with a neighbor. Yum.ksara (4) What better way to end the day? Lebanese wine filled with the goodness from the land….ksara (9)                         and in true Lebanese fashion…..ksara (10)                     the story changes as you go..

Monday, July 11, 2011

Beirut Survival Guide Part I

alfa (7)There are many new “deals” from the local cell phone companies..alfa (5)                                 Deal or no deal?alfa (12) No deals here, we’re still paying the highest rates in the region. FYI: One misscall= yes, two misscalls= no, three misscalls= hurry up, I’m downstairs.albalad (2) Most Lebanese men usually avoid toupees and proudly display their baldness but then they proudly display their chest hair also. nokia Political unrest or anything else that your embassy warned you about never stopped the party in Lebanon and neither does our slow internet.najwa (3)           Billboards. More Billboards. Even more Billboards.