lebanese

A trip to the Cedars – I

north lebanon cedars

To be continued tomorrow! (I have tons and tons of work these days, so will post bit by bit rather than not posting at all…)

I consider myself very lucky to have a friend like Nadine and I wish her the best for the year to come in Montreal. Now it’s back to reality with the start of another working week… Good thing we have music to give us back the good memories. We listened to this during our road trip, and I, to  certain extent, identify with the lyrics.

Enjoy, and most importantly, be yourself––no matter what they say! ♫ 😉

Briefly in the elevator

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The guy managed to tell me his autobiography from the ground to the 14th floor. It was interesting and I felt it’s really a Lebanese superpower to be able to converse deeply with anyone you face, in any situation, at any time!

Today’s song is Tarzan Boy’s Baltimore. This tune is full of positivity! Have a great day/weekend my darlings! 🙂

The kissing predicament

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Seriously! It’s the same story EVERYTIME! How am  I supposed to know if it’s one or two or three? You always end up having to throw a “oh hehe I give 3 kisses Lebanese style!” or “oh! hehe you want to greet Lebanese style?” I guess it’s better to just stop greeting people completely 😛

Oh!! First post of 2010 😀 HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU MY DARLINGS, love you so much 🙂 And because I do, here’s a song (that I absolutely adore)  dedicated to you to start your year with 🙂 Kiss Me, by Sixpense None The Richer – it’s a classic!

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Déjà vu?

1-beirut-september-11

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-surprise-surprise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3-not-again

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4-panic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5-israel-lebanon-war

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6-war-started

 

 

 

 

 

 

7-end-of-conflict

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8-lebanese-panic

 

I know, I know. The reason why we can panic so much is because we see terrible events from the past repeating themselves in a very, very stupid way. (Human are supposed to learn from their mistakes). But since I think we will be having a lot of surprises soon with the cabinet’s mission impossible, I decided to take things lightly, and not to panic unless things get REALLY messy. Which, hopefully, optimistically and idealistically will not happen. Keep it positive! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

Stop the referee

1-lebanon-basketball-day

 

 

 

 

2-bill-anyone

 

 

 

3-where-is-everyone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4-referee-cheating

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5-referee-cheating

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6-what-is-fuss-about

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7-china-lebanon-basketball

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8-foul-lebanon-china-basketball

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9-referee-cheating

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10-boy-who-cried-wolf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11-boy-who-cried-wolf

 

 

It’s not the first time Lebanon loses a basketball game. And it’s not the first time that we “accuse the other of cheating”. Yet, it is the first that the cheating accusation is valid. Watching the game from an objective point of view, it is impossible not to notice how the referees were biased. It is sad, because this was a chance for the Lebanese basketball team – that I have been following for oh so many years now – to excel and prove its strength. The situation reminded me of the story of the boy who cried ‘wolf!’ In fact, the Lebanese tend to use the “the other cheated” excuse in all kinds of situations, be it in sports, politics, you name it. Click here for the story of the boy who cried ‘wolf’. And talking about wolves, a friend linked to Shakira’s new video clip “She wolf” on Facebook. What exactly does she think she’s doing? Oh God what pop singers would do to get attention! With all those thoughts, I wish you all a great week 🙂 See you soon!

High as a heel

1-wake-up

 

 

 

 

2-last_sha3nineh

 

 

 

 

3-sha3nineh

 

 

 

 

 

4-lunch

 

 

 

 

5-home

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I look at high heels as just another form of woman mutilation that has as aim the reduction of their power and control, a bit like a modern ‘chinese foot-binding’ (to those of you who don’t know what foot binding is, it was a custom of keeping women’s feet as small as when they were born by binding them.  Click here for the full story). OK, I’m exaggerating, must be the pain effect. But what is sure is that next sha3nineh I will be wearing a jogging outfit. Fits the occasion perfectly.

The kamikaze phenomenon

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2-calculations

 

 

 

 

3-just-do-it

 

 

 

 

3-victory

 

I’m sure all of you courageous chauffeurs who drive on the Lebanese highway witnessed at least once the “kamikaze phenomenon”. I can’t believe people find it logical to cross a highway when there is a bridge few meters away. Also note that I chose to put the rather “happy ending” of this phenomenon on the blog because we don’t want any martyrs in here, but unfortunately this phenomenon usually ends rather sadly.

RESPECT THE ROAD PEOPLE!

Where are the lebanese parents?

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where-are-the-parents

 

I can’t stand it anymore to go to public family places and see this “maid” phenomenon. This modern slavery should be abolished. Since when do kids need constant stranger nannying when their parents are perfectly healthy? Unfortunately, the mothers seem to be more interested in their own sex-appeal rather than taking care of their children, and the fathers seem to be more interested in making loads of cash to spend on showing off  their fellow citizens. This aspect of our society saddens me very much.