Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Incoglilo on Giving

Do you help because you're selfish?
Is loving yourself selfish? Could it be related to how much you love yourself? Or do you love yourself more than anybody or anything in this world? Most mothers love their children more than they love themselves. Sometimes a little bit too much. Anyway, that is not the main point of this post. The idea I am trying to present here, is the fact that we do things for others sometimes because we love ourselves. For example, donating, or helping, or giving someone a ride, asking them to be careful in the cold weather, because well if they get sick, it is us who will buy the remedies and take care of the ill person.

I always thought that giving has a big question mark on it. We can definitely relate it to the balance of things in life. How often do you see people give away their life, doctors without frontiers for example, and those who teach illiterate youngsters, they do that just to be a volunteer in some camp somewhere remote from his/her family working just for food and shelter? Some enroll in certain well-known organization and NGOs, we're talking great benefits and awesome salaries, not to forget the amazingly rich experience they will draw at the end of their mission, so are they doing it for others or themselves? Or both?

What about donating money or clothes or toys, are we clearing our minds from any guilt? Are we happy when we know we made someone else happy? The real question is, is it so wrong?

Give when asked, but better to give when unasked
Gibran Khalil Gibran told us about "Giving" in his book "The prophet". That chapter stuck to my mind, and this was probably the only time the Arabic literature teacher was proud of me, because it was a first to participate with a knowledge I had reached due to the fact that I had read the book thanks to my big brother who left the book lying somewhere in the house. Here's an excerpt:

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
For what are your possessions but things you keep and guard for fear you may need them tomorrow?
...And what is fear of need but need itself?
...There are those who give little of the much which they have - and they give it for recognition and their hidden desire makes their gifts unwholesome.
...It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding;
...All you have shall some day be given; Therefore give now, that the season of giving may be yours and not your inheritors'.
...You often say, "I would give, but only to the deserving." The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in your pasture.
...See first that you yourself deserve to be a giver, and an instrument of giving. For in truth it is life that gives unto life - while you, who deem yourself a giver, are but a witness...

Secret Giving
Some argue that giving should be in secret, that I highly respect, and is definitely very hard to accomplish. I mean, how can you give and help others without telling your surrounding of what you did, because after all you feel proud and happy, and your want your family and friends to look at you and be proud of you in return, yet is that the real purpose of giving?

We might think that maybe giving shouldn't be in secret for it might inspire others to do so. Possibly! But it's also possible that these rich people might give a very low percentage of what they have, and that is technically casi nothing to them, and as Jesus puts it The Widow's Gift Mark 12:41-43:

"This poor woman put in more than the rich people did," he said. "Here's why: the rich people still have much money left.  But this woman only had two coins."

Yet again, those who need, do they care where it came from? Isn't the "casi nothing" of the rich folks "casi a lot" for them?

10th commandment
Let's talk about the tenth commandment, which states:

"You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's."

I was talking with a client yesterday, whom is one of the amazing acquaintances I met along this year, and I thank the greater force aka GOD for crossing my path into theirs, and while I was saying that people work hard (in general) to attain a certain position in life which is "having a better life", he continued by saying: "having a better life than the others!" And I couldn't agree more, they say here that people often accumulate money to make other people envious.

We often enjoy possessing things that others do not have. It makes us seem special. So we boast about our possessions.
A reporter asked Nelson Rockefeller, "How much money does it take to be happy?" He replied, "Just a little bit more."

All this reminds me of the sweet revenge, the best revenge is to lead a happy life. This kind of revenge is definitely much better than "an eye for an eye" kind of revenge, it puts us in a whole different level, another caliber, leading a good life which lead others to envy us and thus us having our sweet revenge is a two-sided sword. If we care enough to "lead a good life" in order to have our revenge, than are we really "leading a good life"? Depending on others envy in order to be happy is not a good variable to rely on in a formula. Best would be to change the formula into one that exclude that variable.

That same person, the client I saw yesterday, who is an interior designer, told me that people want to see his house all the time, so they can see his style of work, he said: "I give people the style they asked for, because it is what they need, this is a dose from one of the things in life they need in order to be happy(ier), or not, I don't know, I don't care, but my house, there is no style, I want my house to be comfortable, people see it and tell me, these those old chairs don't go here, I tell them, sit on it, and they do and notice how comfortable they are! I have a vase that my sister gave me, and a statue I brought back from Africa or wherever, these things are sentimental to me and bring good memories, but they don't go together... who cares, I am comfortable this way"

Back to square one
This square is hideous isn't it? So we established that people do things in order to be better than other, the client did things to be comfortable, he had possessions, is he deemed to give them away now? Is this it? Are we not allowed to have anything? Or is it the way we look at them.

Never go back to square one, just step one square prior.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

ليلى يلّي منعرفها ماشي حالا بالمبدأ، يس في كتير لأ

This post is part of

"We Are All Laila" aims at highlighting women's problems and prompting them to draw real images of their own experiences in order to open a dialogue that can lead to changing the ideas of a whole society.

بدي اكتب بالعربي اللبناني ولو راح تاخد معي الخبرية تلات ساعات.

 ليلى يلّي منعرفها ماشي حالا بالمبدأ، يس في كتير لأ.

في ليلى بعرفها اغتصبها ابن زوج امها، واغتصب امها كمان، البنت كان عمرعها 12 او 13، الام أكيد كانت عارفي بس ساكتة لأنو زوجها كان متوفّي وهي ما معها لا شهادة ولا اموال  تخليا تفلّ وتستقرّ لاحالها.في كتير متلها ومتايل.

ليلى تانية بعرفها راحت خطيفة، وقفت مدرسة وشغل، اجاها ولاد عل سريع، وصارت حياتها كلّها لولادها وكل ثانية بتمرؤ وهي ندمانة ومش مبسوطة.

ليلى القرن الواحد وعشرين، صار مطلوب منّها اكتر بكتير، كان كل شيء لازم تعملو من قبل هوي تطبخ، تهتمّ بالبيت، وتربّي هل الاولاد، هلئ صار عندا "كرّير"، يلي هو شي ضروري لتنمية المرأة من الناحية الفكرية والشخصية. وبعد في رجال بتفكرّ انو المرا لازم تكون محضرتلو العشا وقت يرجع من شغلو، حتى لو هي كمان كانت بالشغل، وبدا تنضف وتحمم الاولاد، وتكويلو القميص، وبدا تكون حلوي كمان، لأنّو الحقّ عليا بالأخير اذا زوجها اتطلّع على واحدة ثانية.

ليلى، في كتير ما بيعرفو قيمتك، وما بيعرفو انت يشو عم تمرئي، ويا حزينة هيدا هوي قدرك.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

How I spent my birthday/night

23:58  Parking my car
23:59  Trying to put the umbrella outside through the door to avoid rain
00:00  Did not avoid rain - Ran to the building
00:02  Tried to open the door
00:03  Door wouldn't open, door lock ain't performing its duties!
00:04  Tried to open the door
00:05  Door wouldn't open, door lock ain't performing its duties!
00:06  Door wouldn't open, door lock ain't performing its duties!
00:15  Called bro checked if he passed by... he did, it didn't open either, he tried to call me, didn't have network
00:16  Tried to open the door
00:24  Door wouldn't open, door lock ain't performing its duties!
00:25  Ran to the car with my umbrella open
00:26  Entered the car and closed umbrella while trying to avoid rain
00:27  Avoided rain but umbrella was wet.. didn't avoid umbrella!
00:43  Arrived to my bro's place
01:10  Went to sleep
02:00  Still can't sleep baby crying
03:00  Baby cried, woke me up
04:00  Baby cried, woke me up
06:00  Baby cried, woke me up
07:10  Snoozed alarm
07:19  Snoozed alarm
07:28  Snoozed alarm
07:37  Snoozed alarm
07:43  Got out of sofa, put on same clothes as yesterday and drove to work. 

Saturday, December 19, 2009

A sentence that starts with "Despite your good work..." never ends well.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

your heart beat through my shirt

I can feel your heart beat through my shirt
Just say yes, just say there's nothing holding you back

It's not a test, nor a trick of the mind

Only love

Amazing song for Snow Patrol! To download the song click here

I have a wish, and it is to have a chance for one time to play music for a radio show!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Urgent - Crisis in Copenhagen

With three days to go, the crucial Copenhagen summit is failing.  

Tomorrow, the world's leaders arrive for an unprecedented 60 hours of direct negotiations. Experts agree that without a tidal wave of public pressure for a deal, the summit will not stop catastrophic global warming of 2 degrees.  

Click below to sign the petition for a real deal in Copenhagen -- the campaign already has a staggering 10 million supporters - let's make it the largest petition in history in the next 72 hours! Every single name is actually being read out at the summit -- sign on at the link below and forward this email to everyone!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Why I am not married yet!

Conversation #1:
-"So..." he looked at my left hand ".. are you married?" He asked
-"Nop, I'm not!" I answered
-"Why?" He asked

I stared at him for 3, 4 seconds and replied: "Why are you wearing a flannel?"

That was a real conversation I had with a guy I knew back at school, and yes he was wearing a flannel! (I believe I had more right asking him about his indecency - i.e. wearing a flannel to pecha kucha night, then him asking me why I'm not married yet)

Conversation #2:
-"Hey lilo!" mwah mwah "missed you so much!" hugs.. then he looked at my left hand, then right hand, then he said: "Not married? nor engaged?"
-I answered "No!" with a smile on my face. These were two guys I knew years back during the metal scene. These two were the last persons I thought would ask me such a question!

Conversation #3:
-"I thought you were married ya 7abibte!" The cleaning lady said
-"Oh, because it's a big house?" (it's 3 bedrooms and I live alone in it, so I assumed she calculated the beds)
-"No no... but .. because you're what, 25? I thought you were married that's why!" She continued, insinuating that 25 is a bit old to be still single
-"Oh noooooooo, I am not 25! I'm 29!" (I am still 28, still got 2 weeks, but wanted to rub it in her face!)

Conversation #4:
(post edited, I just remembered this conversation!) That was summer 2007.
- "How old are you? 26? You should be married already!" - Cousin's husband said
- "hmmm... don't get it, why?" I innocently asked.
- "You've got only like what... 10? 11 years where you can have children!!" He continued

And then you should've seen my face! My biological clock was ticking, only 11 years, how will I make it? how will I get married, have intercourse, get pregnant and have a child within 11 years? This is just too little... god *I cried*.. god please, have mercy... (Ok, no I didn't do that, my brother actually jumped in and told him to f*ck off)

I am still single, I am 29 years old, the reason why I am not married (answering the people who look at me with pity in their eyes 'cause am still single) is (pick your favorite):
- I am just butt ugly
- I burp and fart and that ain't lady like!
- I am a lesbian
- I nag too much that nobody wants to marry me
- I can't have children
- I am abnormal
- I am so f*ckin' stupid and boring, even zuzu ibba doesn't wanna marry me
- Nobody ever proposed
- Nobody loves me
- I am too smart and too pretty and too sexy that many men feel intimidated by me and can't handle me.
- I was waiting for you all my life.
- In reality the guy I love died, a dragon came and bit his head off

Seriously, what do people expect from me to say when they ask me "why aren't you married yet?"

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Soldier of Love

I found it!

For you!

Sub-Consciousness Analysis

I had several weird dreams last night. The first was about a friend of mine, who got married last July (no children yet), anyway I saw her and a daughter who's called Celine (or something close to it), and her daughter was very cute and smart. So I sent her an sms today telling her about it, it turns out she's pregnant.

The second was about Liam Neeson in Taken, there were rooms with no ceilings all beside each other, so in total we can say it's a very long rectangle, but the floor was a garden, with some plants and a lot of snow. Anyway some guy told a little girl (9 - 10 years old) to play in the second room, then Liam Neeson comes to get her, the girl has vanished. Apparently the first guy's partner hid her. So Liam Neeson decides to search for her in the last room, the other guy (who had a large wooden stick in his hand) tells him: "What's your motivation?" Liam (eh first name basis), says: "If I don't find her in the last room, you can shove this stick in my a$$" (Naughty Liam eh?), so he goes and finds his girl, and then beats the hell out of the guy with the stick.

The other dream was that my boyfriend parked his car beneath my building, he had a convertible car, beige leather seats, and it was black (a dream indeed :P), anyway some people started bashing some of the car (in a very girly way), and I started yelling all the way form the balcony at them. Then we went down, I saw it, fixed it, was too easy to fix. This dream has no meaning, does it?

Ok been a long time since I saw my friend or spoke with her, and been a long time since I saw the movie Taken. How does my brain function? No Idea!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Too much too little

Sometimes things appear to be enormous in your head, so important you feel you want to share with the world, but you're too tired to do so, so you go to sleep and wake up the next day to find them to be very insignificant.

Who cares right? You just have to say what's your mind, at least on your own blog. My blog is very important to me because sometimes I think I changed too much to find later on I always had it in me, and other times I would be afraid I am still the same and haven't evolved to find out later on that I have.

I went to Anathema concert 2 Saturdays ago, and attended to a local band's performance 2 nights ago. All I can say is that metal is still in my blood. I thought I left it on my hard-disk and focused more on my new liking, jazz and blues... to my surprise, I still get chills and my adrenalin increases when I listen to metal and rock. I like it, it makes me feel alive. But I have a regret of never joining a band. I know I don't have the greatest voice in the world, but it's "listenable" and well.. I feel so happy when I sing.

The other thing that was on my mind was my recent diagnosis with TMJ disorder, Temporomandibular joint disorder... still can't pronounce right. I am sharing this because I think many people out there got it, but they're always wrongly diagnosed. I just want to raise awareness about the subject. It's not just the jaw or the joint, much more pains are related to it. I identified with too many symptoms, and the doctor guessed everything just by looking at the x-ray pictures, didn't have to tell him anything. He knew about my neck and shoulders pain, my headaches, eyes pain and ears, migraines, the electric pain I get above my right eye, my bones pain, lower back and leg, lack of concentration, intolerance with direct light and loud sound.

On one side I am happy to find out there is a reason for many of my aches that no one was able to explain, also happy there is a treatment, the down side? It's costly. Several thousands of dollars! But am going for it. If that makes me a normal person again, then what the hell. Plus, the state doesn't remain the same, it gets worse, so I want to avoid clinical depression and more illnesses.

Norah Jones changed her style, I don't get why. I mean she explained why, am just pissed cause I liked her old style.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Our Fun(d) Raising project! Care to help?

Ok so, with no more introductions, some friends and I have been working on this project "Fun(d) Raising"; look at the banner on the right, yep, that right, the pink one?! Yep so, it's non-profit of course, we're doing it to collect toys for kids who aren't fortunate enough to get a gift for Christmas!

What can you do? You can donate toys, or attend the events we're organizing in which we get to raise the money which we'll use to buy gifts!

The first event is set, check it out here. If you can come and bring your friends that will be awesome, for those who aren't in Lebanon, yep you guessed it, let your friends who are in Lebanon know about this!

I am really counting on my friends, without them, I will be bowling alone probably!

p.s. If you see me looking like shit, it's because I'm literally working and studying and freelancing and spanishing and fun raising and ... argh! So eh, don't tell me I look like shit, LIE!!

Monday, November 09, 2009

Be Water

Bruce Lee's words: "Be formless... shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle; it becomes the bottle. You put it into a teapot; it becomes the teapot. Water can flow, or it can crash. Be water, my friend..."

I feel like water... that is evaporating.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Logical Change

When people nag over a situation, for a long time, and after experience, I tell them to die! Kidding. Ok, I tell them that just as a math formula, you keep inserting the same values for the same unknown variables, you will keep getting the same answer. So the only solution would be, change the value of one of those variables! Sure it's risky, but if you want to see change, you got to change something first.

Although I still didn't form an opinion of whether Barack Obama should have won the Nobel prize, nonetheless, he's a logical guy and here's one of his logical change quotes.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Lebanese Lie and Men don't listen

Lebanese Lie #3 (you can read 1 and 2 here)

So you're invited somewhere, courtesy is you "bring something in your hands", this is the literal translation of the Lebanese expression, which is you take some sweets with your or a gift for the house. When you get there, you give them the gift or the sweet you brought them, and the host tells you: "Oh lashou m3azbe? walaw! el beit baytik!" (which means, why did you go through the trouble of bringing something! come on, this is your house! Tu casa es mi casa!)

However, dare you not bring something in your hands when you pay someone a visit in their house, or else you will get the "ma 3inda savoir vivre, bala zo2, ma bta3rif bil ousoul!" (meaning, she lacks courtesy and social know-how)

Men's oblivious outlook

Many times you hear men say: "why can't a woman just tell us what she wants". I will make it short and straight to the point. 
1- because the woman would like to think that her man can think of ways to surprise her and to actually do an effort of doing something for her, doesn't have to be something fancy, just a new place (or an old one that brings memories), nice decor, good food, just you and her. 
2- and that is why she gives the man hints, but for some supreme out of space reason which I can't understand, men don't hear it. So really, focus a bit, she's telling you in a subtle but obvious way (doesn't take a smartpants to notice it) what she feels like doing and where.

So stop the crap that women don't tell you what they want. Just listen.

Disclaimer: Not talking about my boyfriend here, just men in general!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Why did "Ain't No Smoking 2nite" fail?

If you remember, there was going to be a "Non-smoking night" in Gemmayze in about 35 pubs yesterday October 28th. More here. Being a non-smoking advocate myself I asked several friends of mine about their encounters yesterday in several pubs in Gemmayze and their opinions. They said that most of them had people smoking inside although these pubs were supposed to be part of the "Ain't no smokin 2nite" campaign that was organized by Rotaract.

There were people smoking even in pub-restaurants such as Olio. You would think that they would be busy stuffing themselves instead of smoking.

A friend of mine even told me this: "There was also one pub that had a sign that said Smoking Friendly"

Another friend said only few of the pubs stuck to the campaign, one of them was Berlin. But the others allowed people to smoke.

There are several studies done around the world, in Europe and in the US, saying that banning smoking in public places has decreased the number of deaths caused by smoking! But why should we believe scientists right?

My favorite smoker's argument is this: "Why should I forbid myself from smoking, so what if I die 10 years earlier, at least I would've done something I enjoy!"

So basically, the 10 years prior to that when you have lung cancer is enjoyable?

There is a new article today suggesting that Lebanon must move to ban smoking, Syria did? Are they better than us?

What I don't understand is why do Lebanese people stick to rules abroad, but tend to be anarchists in Lebanon? And anarchist for what? For telling you not to smoke because it endangers your life and the life of the strange people that are beside you and you have no right to bother them?

Smoking bothers me as much as if someone was picking their nose or playing with their toes, so why should I be okay with them when they smoke? Bala 2arafkoun! I don't mind people smoking, I just do when it's a closed place and when I am eating, is it too much to ask for? some oxygen and to actually be able to taste the food?

Congratulations fellow Lebanese on one of your other lousy sense of humanity, logic and respect. Kudos! Ya3tikoun el 3afieh. I am glad I didn't go to Gemmayze because if I did and had found people smoking, I would've probably caused a scene.

Finally, why did those hypocrite pubs sign into this campaign if they were going to act like a cheating newly wed red-eyed husband?

Sign Petition to pass an electoral law to ban smoking in public places here.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

24 October, International Day of Climate Action

On October 24, the International Day of Climate Action will cover almost every country on earth, the most widespread day of environmental action in the planet's history.
Big rallies in big cities and across the globe: mountain climbers on our highest peaks with banners, underwater demonstrations in island nations threatened by sea level rise, churches and mosques engaged in symbolic action, star athletes organizing mass bike rides—and much mroe

Every event will highlight the number 350—a big group photo will depict this important message, at end all photos will be assembled for a visual petition to change the negotiating environment as we head towards the crucial UN Climate Negotiations in Copenhagen in December of 2009

  Check here for an action near you, and maybe you can try and participate or take a picture and talk about it!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Funny people

SPOILER! If you haven't seen it, skip this post and listen to Nina Simone.

So it was almost 1am when the movie ended yesterday, so I thought maybe 'cause I was very tired and sleepy I couldn't make out the moral of this movie.

We all know Adam Sandler likes to give a moral or lesson for people to learn at the end of his movies, and we all know his movies are never the same but there are always a lot of common things between them.

Starts off good, many laughs, audience was cracking up even though I know that many jokes were pretty American and people in Lebanon cannot possibly get them, but that is the power of stand up comedy live if the first two or three made you laugh, and then the jokes are coming out rapidly one after the other, you laugh at them all.

And then there is a twist, in the middle of the movie you get a clear idea of the lesson that they want you to notice it (it's not about money, and sex it's about family, etc.. remember his movie Click!?), it was pretty obvious. But then, and the dude with the thick voice says it anyway (You're one of the only persons who did not learn anything from a near death experience), they yell, then they fight, then they make up but each continues the life he had before but with some improved things.

I still don't get if there was more to it or not, I donno why.. so if you got it more than I did, tell me what you think.

Oh and the trailer is very different from the movie. The toaster joke didn't even appear anywhere in the movie.

Sunday Music

It doesn't feel like an October Sunday unless you have the flu, taking vitamin C, hearing ugly music coming from the neighbors' stereo, and then you overriding their music with Nina Simone's... not just any performance.


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Maldives Cabinet held a meeting underwater

Why you wonder? Well the beautiful Maldives is being threatened to disappear underwater because the sea water level will rise from now till 40 years. Why might this happen you wonder? because of the recent negative effects of the "man made" climate change.

Can something be done about it? Yes, but we need the world leaders to take action.

Maldives along many other islands and ports and cities might be covered either all of it or parts of it by water (please check this post to know about these extraordinary regions).

President of the Maldives

So why did the President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed (who in my opinion is a hero) call for the cabinet to hold a meeting under water? Well they got our attention didn't they? People should become aware of climate change and its negative effects and learn what the number 350 means and why it is extremely important!

Enjoy more pictures here, wow the Maldives is a beautiful place, it would be a shame if it's gone in our time, and its people to become refugees.

What can you do to help with saving them and yourself? Contact IndyACT (Lebanese NGO), tcktcktck (take action), (international campaign) or simply me and I'll tell you where to go next.

Friday, October 16, 2009

And here is how my day started

While driving to work my stomach started hurting badly I even worried how am I going to even get out of the car and walk to the office, then I felt that am coming down on diarrhea, and I also wondered how am I going to make it to the bathroom, I was so much in pain. Anyway I went straight to the bathroom carrying my lunch box and bag, didn't even pass by the office. Later I felt extremely nauseous the kind where you feel you're going to throw up your soul, I hated it, I unlocked the door in case something happens to me someone would find me, but thanks to my OCD I knew that won't be before an hour till someone actually uses the bathroom in the morning, so I stormed outside with what strength was left in me, and as I opened the 4th door (yes that many doors!) I knew this is it, and bam I hit the floor and the first point of impact was my chin, now it's bumpy.

I don't know if I fainted or not, but I woke up on my own but wasn't able to move. Someone found me, called the security, who called a coworker and they all my colleagues were around me (thankfully they saw me on a chair and not on the floor like a complete idiot)... I hate looking so weak and my blouse was very wet, I was sweating so much...

Something like that happened to me 3 months ago but without the fainting yet with same amount of pain, so I think I need to have my blood tested, this is getting ridiculous.

So my boss and a colleague dropped me and my car back home, and I had a gift with me for my boss as it was boss' day, I gave it to him.

Have a grrrrreat weekend everyone! Mine started early :) bumpy but am better now.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Are you going to do something about Climate Change?

- Don't recycle (it's a waste of time)
- Don't carpool (who needs to restrain themselves with other people in the morning)
- Don't mind fossil fuel, keep it burning (better economy)
- Don't be bothered to end CO2 gas emissions, in fact encourage it (will give you power over other)
- Don't encourage alternative energy (costs too much, bad for economy, waste of energy and human resources)
- 350 parts per million is a joke
- Don't reduce your carbon footprint (the more the cooler you are)
- Don't maintain green trees, chop them off and use their wood (+ they're blocking the view)
- Don't plant new trees (view of industrial factories with gray skies are more efficient these days)
- Don't save water, waste it even when unnecessary (can't you drink oil?)
- Don't try and keep the sea water level from rising (just scuba dive to see the Maldives...)
- Don't miss having refugees, we'll have climate refugees, (now that Palestinians are living happily ever after, we want more to take care of)
- Don't worry about having coral reefs die (it's not like they are important for the eco-system)
- Don't get upset when watching glaciers melt (what good are they for anyway)
- Don't be surprised from "weather" change (1, 2, 3 degrees warmer? It's no biggy, the warmer the sexier)
- Don't keep diseases from spreading (it's fine, only those poor people in poor countries get it, we're safe)
- Don't hope for your country to become carbon neutral
- Don't be sad when you see more species become extinct (dinosaur style)

And most importantly don't have children.

Because if you do have children, in 40 years don't feel guilty when your children look at you with disappointment, with depiction, because they know that you and people like you are the reason why the earth and the world has deteriorated, and especially because you could have done something when the time was right, but instead you were just too lazy to try and help prevent one of the most dangerous and serious "MAN-MADE" crisis... You didn't keep from the negative effects of Climate Change from happening. You were an irresponsible (dare I say human?) being!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Age of Stupid in Lebanon

The Age of Stupid is a new cinema documentary about this enormously ambitious drama-documentary-animation hybrid stars Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite as an old man living in the devastated world of 2055, watching 'archive' footage from 2008 and asking: why didn't we stop climate change while we had the chance?

You can watch the trailer here.

And the great news is: this movie that has been an amazing hit all over the world will be playing in LEBANON

Venue: Empire Sofil
25 / 26 Oct

Tickets sold there.

Comics on Ceramics by Maya Zankoul

If you like Maya Zankoul's drawings like me, or like drawing, or like drawing on ceramics, or feel like doing something different than movies or dinner or drinks, then check the poster for more info on the location and time!

And you can check Maya's post about it here.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Ain't no smokin 2nite in Gemmayze this Oct 28

35 pubs and restaurants in Gemmayze street are participating so far in the Rotaract campaign "Ain't no smokin 2nite". The event will take place on October 28th.

The below poster was designed by a fellow blogger Maya Zankoul

You can check the facebook event page here.

Thursday, October 08, 2009


I just feel like I want to lay on the grass for 2 or 3 hours without anyone bothering me and without hearing a single noise.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Tripoli Trip-oli

Sunday, October 4th, a tweetup at Tripoli was born. Attendees were @sdarine, @MayaZankoul, @dashkoun, @larazankoul, @Beirutspring, @sunkentreasure6 and a friend, @ghassanb, @DanyAwad, @azzi, g, and yours truly.

The idea behind this tweetup was born after many of us Tripolians (trobilsiye) met on twitter, yes twitter I tell you (my newest addiction), and agreed on meeting in our city of origin. And luckily for us, more people joined.

The day started at Kasr El 7elou of Al Hallab. I, shamefully confess, that I broke my diet. I... ehhem... I love Znoud El Sitt. After I reluctantly didn't inform the waiter of my choice to eat them, @Beirutspring heard me and said, didn't I hear you order Znoud El Sitt, so I felt encouraged and ordered them.

After we ate, and talked, and @azzi tweeted some live photos, we went straight to the port of Tripoli (El Mina). We hired a boat, yes it was all for us, and went on a trip near the Islands of Tripoli, sadly the Palm Island (aka Rabbits Island) was closed. But @sdarine and I happily saw a turtle swim and disappear beneath the boat.

I didn't know that the water in Lebanon can be so blue until yesterday.

And this appeared to me like the New York City, Staten Island, but not much skyscrapers.

Afterward we went to an old part of the city of Tripoli.

And went straight to the old gold market (souk).

Then walked our way towards Khan El Saboun. And this is when the world of soap emerged, I was mesmerized by the beautiful scents.

And more soaps.

It was a short day because most of us had obligations to do, but it was really fun and enriching to meet the fellow twitteres. Moreover it brought so much memories to me, as I had spent months from my childhood there when there was a war in Beirut. Back then this old souk scared me, I didn't like it, but yesterday I saw it from a whole different perspective.

I think Tripoli is one of the cities in Lebanon that are so promising yet very underrated. It has one of the biggest ports in Lebanon, but I'm sure it can be much more depended on if the representatives of Tripoli in the parliament work on this. It can boost their economy, as well as on the Tourism level.

Check Maya Zankoul's post about this trip here.

For more photos check here

Friday, October 02, 2009

On the note of the negative effects of Climate change...

..these are 10 places to see before it's too late, take from

The ice sheets melt fast, the sea levels are rising, and the increase in storms and flooding becomes a serious issue. As scientists expect the sea level to rise around one meter (3.3 ft) by 2100, the global warming warnings sound more and more catastrophic. With such an increase in water levels many coastal areas around the globe are said to disappear under the waves.

Whether you believe all these climate change talks or not, it is worth taking a few secs to check out the list of the most immediately threatened places in the world...just in case.


1. The Maldives

The Maldives, the beautiful island country considered by many the paradise on earth, is the lowest country in the world being only 1.5 m above sea level on average. Therefore, it can be submerged by 2050/2100 due to the significant rise in sea level.

The Maldives. By muha...

The Maldives. By Photo-SG


2. Mt. Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak of Africa, is rapidly losing its glaciers. Since 1912 the ice cap covering the top of the mountain has lost around 80% of its ice. The scientists predict that the ice on Kilimanjaro will be gone by 2015/2050.

Mt. Kilimanjaro. By Picture Taker 2.

Mt. Kilimanjaro. By Stig Nygaard


3. Alexandria. Egypt.

The city of Alexandria, an ancient Egyptian hub and the country's largest sea port, is said to be inundated by 2100. The Nile Delta is subsiding by around 5 mm (1/5 in) per year. Also, other towns located in the Nile Delta, such as Arish City, Matruh City and Port Said, are under the threat from rising sea level.

Alexandria. By Argenberg

Alexandria. By mighty stina


4. Tokyo

Tokyo is only one example of many coastal cities at risk due to rising sea levels, violent storms and flooding. The city's temperatures increase five times faster than an average global warming rate and the annual mean temperature has risen by about 3°C (37°F) over the past 100 year.

Tokyo. Odaiba. By Timo Nurmi

Tokyo, Kachidokibashi Bridge. By Ian Muttoo



5. Great Barrier Reef

The most catastrophic scenario envisages the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef system in the world, to collapse within twenty years due to the high concentration of carbon dioxide in the water. The scientists predict that as the water gets warmer and warmer, the coral ecosystems around the world will start disappearing by mid-century or earlier.

Great Barrier Reef. By The.Rohit

Great Barrier Reef. By Maedi


6. The Columbia Glacier

The Alaska's Columbia Glacier, similarly to all glaciers the world over, has been melting at an increasing rate and it has thinned by around 1,300 feet (390 m) in some places over the last 25 years. Moreover, it is among the fastest moving glaciers around the globe and it is expected to retreat around 9 miles (14 km) in the next 20 years.

The Columbia Glacier. Alaska. By WordRidden

Columbia Glacier. Alaska. By tay-ha


7. Galapagos Islands

Home to amazing wildlife, the unique, remote islands of Galapagos can be seriously affected by the climate change due to their location. As the equatorial waters in the eastern Pacific are getting warmer and the sea level is rising, such Galapagos animals as the giant tortoise, marine iguana and Galapagos penguin as well as flightless cormorant, whose nests are susceptible to flooding, are under serious threat.

Galapagos Islands. Sea lions. By noam fein

Galapagos Islands. Marine Iguana. By mtchm


8. The Netherlands

About 60% of the Netherlands' population and about 27% of the country area are located below sea level. Such low-lying and flat countries as Holland are at greatest risk from the rising waters. To protect the seaside the Netherlands set up huge storm surge barriers - so huge that they can be seen from space.

The Netherlands. By irommanixs

Amsterdam. By MorBCN


9. The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea surface and shores are 1,385 ft (422 m) below sea level - it is the world's lowest point and also one of the saltiest bodies of water with the salinity of 33.7%. In contrast to the low-lying places that suffer from rising waters, the Dead Sea is evaporating, gradually losing its water. The water level is estimated to have dropped by 3 ft (1 m) per year from 1970. 

Dead Sea. By Mr. Kris

Sunrise over Dead Sea. By ePublicist


10. New York

According to the recent report prepared by the scientists of various research centers such as, among others, University of Toronto, the National Center for Atmospheric Research or the University of Bristol, New York may face a much faster rise in sea level than other coastal cities due to the local ocean currents, effects of gravity and water density. Moreover the city, is at great risk of hurricanes and flooding that can occur as a result of melting ice.

New York. By morrissey

New York. By kiki99


Friday, September 25, 2009

The doctor will see you now

Going to the bank, to the doctor, to pay a bill are things that really irritate me. Maybe because a person has to wait, or feel judged by the person in front of you or just the journey to get to that place in Beirut's strawberry traffic jam. Or maybe it's all of them.

I mean here I will be sitting in front of this big shot professor, and I have a ball in my neck, I mean really? He's studied and worked all these years, and a ball in my neck is all I have to offer?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Blog Action Day 2009 - Climate Change

Gear up, prepare your keyboards, set your mind, put the screen in front of you, 15 October 2009 is Blog Action Day and the topic for this year after high demand is Climate Change.

Please help spread the word to other bloggers, let's make it happen.

For more info on climate change, please refer to older posts starting the month of August 2009. Or just check website of local Lebanese NGO, the global 350 campaign, and the actual campaign

Save yourselves! Please help raise awareness about the subject.

Lebanese lie #1 and #2

I am starting a new series of Lebanese lie. They do lie! So here's #1 and #2 (double bill)

Lie #1
You know how many times when you run into an old friend, acquaintance, colleague, you chit chat a bit "Hi, Kifak (how are you), ca va (good)?", "Ana mnih (am fine), inta kif? (What about you?)" etc...
And then when the conversation is getting wrapped up, one of you (the most liar), says to the other:
"Let's do something soon!"
YEAAAAAAAAH RIGHT, soon! Like in 100 light years?

Lie #2
Sometimes you're at a clothing store, trying on some clothes, you put on a white dress for example, with dark wide horizontal lines, that is tight, and you're a pear shaped person, and then the salesperson tells you: "Wow, it's perfect on you! It's beautiful! I think you look amazing"
And then you look at the mirror and wonder, since when is the volleyball shape for woman the trend?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Mobile phone, bad for you!

Ok we've been hearing about this since a long time, we're over it, yes we get cancer from putting plastic Tupperware in the microwaves, not eating tomatoes a lot and exposing our silky beautiful skin to the sun!
YET, this article actually lists which phones emits more radiation than others, and that the phone should not have an Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) greater than 1.6 watts per kilogram (W/kg).

Here you go, the top 10 most radiation emitting phones:
1. Motorola MOTO VU204 - 1.55 W/kg
2. T-Mobile myTouch 3G - 1.55 W/kg
3. Kyocera Jax S1300 - 1.55 W/kg
4. Blackberry Curve 8330 - 1.54 W/kg
5. Motorola W385 - 1.54 W/kg
6. T-Mobile Shadow - 1.53 W/kg
7. Motorola C290 - 1.53 W/kg
8. Motorola i335 - 1.53 W/kg
9. Motorola MOTO VE240 - 1.52 W/kg
10. Blackberry Bold 9000 - 1.51 W/kg

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Mushy Mushy

I once met with my school friend in a Café, and what does a person usually order in a Café? A cake, a cuppa coffee, cuppa tea, quick snack, but I will never forget the look on the waiter's face when my friend asked him for a plate of strawberry. I looked at her and smiled with a surprise look on my face, but his face was different, he looked at my friend as if she was a weirdo, but she was so confident of herself that no one would ever dare reject her demands. And he did get her those strawberries, I enjoyed them so much, I ate more than half of them.

Monday, September 14, 2009

There are four types of sex for each person

There is your phenotype, which is what you look like, your psychological sex, which is what you feel like and which usually the same as your phenotype and related to how you have been brought up.

There is also your gonadal sex which is whether you have ovaries or testicles and your chromosomal sex which is what combination of x or y chromosomes you have.

I have been following the Caster Semenya story, she's an 18-year-old "female"  world champion in 800m from South Africa, the woman (or man?) has improved dramatically in only few months and wins by a big difference, she also looks like a man, which led many people to think she's a man in disguise, however, her mom swears that she has been born a girl!

Anyway, the IAAF decided to run gender tests on her, and upon the results, i.e. if she's male, she will be disqualified. So the results won't be in for another couple of weeks.

You can read more here.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


So I got to Hamra, all proud of myself and my car for not failing on me. Parked it, gave 3000LL for the parking guy and the keys, also all proud of myself for becoming familiar with him, the parking fees, how the whole system works, him directly knowing till which hour am staying...
I walked towards the building where our client's office is, and then suddenly I stopped and put my hand on my mouth and stayed like that for at least a minute.
I had forgotten it at home, with all the updates that I'm supposed to deliver to him.
Then it hit me, luckily, I had a copy of the delivery on the company's network, so I called someone (discretly, so they don't find out about my stupidity) and told them to send it by email.
Then I noticed that the security guy was starring at me like am some kinda lunatic

Sunday, September 06, 2009

I told you so

How many persons are afraid to make retroactive decisions just so they don't hear the I told you so?

Friday, September 04, 2009

My Dany, 3asfour bil id, wala 3ashra 3al shajra

I think I was one of the last people who knew about your death. I am sure all my friends avoided being the messenger and after knowing that I had just lost my best friend 3 weeks earlier. But one poor girl came to my house, but no, she didn't tell me the whole truth, she said you were in a hospital and that I should call someone to check it out.
So, the naive me, the illogical me didn't connect the dots to the i's, so I called, and my friend on the other end, didn't even bother to make in introduction or sooth his tone or anything after I asked him in which hospital you were he just said the following two words: "Dany mét"

I don't remember anything after this. I know mom told me not to go to your funeral, and honestly? I did not want to go, I did not want to see another body being taken away to the grave, I knew I wouldn't be able to take it.

2 days earlier, we were at your premature birthday party, I didn't want to go, I was still mourning, but I went after you insisted and insisted and lectured me about life and celebrating those we love and who love us and bla bla bla. You were supposed to take me back home that night, but I had found a ride. And that night we danced too, cause you saw I was looking like a gloomy goth so you took me to the
dance floor and we danced, of course I barely moved, but only if I knew, I would've moved much more and hugged you much more.

None of our common friends dared to even tell me you were in the hospital, no one! They didn't even give me the chance to go say goodbye. The next night you died. How did you die? You had a car accident, you weren't fully awake at 3 or 4 am.

Few know that you had asked me out 10 months earlier, I remember I panicked, I couldn't believe my ears, my best friend? So being the mature person I was 10 years ago, I stopped talking to you for a month, but then we were okay again. I will never forget how you used to wear your hair and clothes and then how you changed... I know why you changed. I will never forget that sport red and white and blue jacket, you looked so good in it, you were hot. And not only that, you were so funny, and so skinny and tall! My Dany.

2 years ago I think, we went to a barbecue and during that night someone had a video for our last day at school, and... you and Najla appeared from no where, we were all in that video, I chocked, I had missed you two so much, 2 of my favorite 3 persons back then. Funny, there was one shot, you talking to me, and me seeing the video camera and trying to escape the frame, and you kept following... I didn't
know what you were thinking back then, clueless, ignorant me.

Between brackets, I still dream about you, you know, like we're a couple or something.

I know, by now you would've been this handsome man, definitely successful, and definitely and chick magnet. I am just sad your mom and sister and your family had to lose you, and especially to lose you this way, a car accident? A car accident ya Dany? One night you were partying, the next you were dead? To all young men out there, DRIVE SAFELY, call a cab when you're tipsy or drunk.

Anyway, just wanted to mark this day, it's been 10 years Mr Jujitsu. And I just wanted to say hope you're resting in peace.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Ziad Rahbani on Light FM with Tangui

I have been thinking and thinking on which language the interview will be in, and ta ra ra ram.. it's in French. It's the first time I hear Ziad Rahbani speak in French, I thought he will say stuff like "vous voulez de la neige"

I love it! I love him

Monday, August 31, 2009

What is your logic exactly?

We decided yesterday to go on a picnic in one of the most spectacular places in Lebanon. Kannoubine Valley (located near Bcharre in the mountains of north Lebanon, just before the Cedars) also known as Kadicha Valley, was our chosen destination. It is a beautiful place as you will see in the photos below.

But what I couldn't make out and get through my thick skull is understanding how do these group of people think and process things such as leaving their f*ckin garbage behind?

I mean, here we are bi ekhir ma 3ammar rabna, in the middle of nowhere, there is no municipality (not that it's a valid reason), where people go on purpose so they can be in the nature, far from the city noise and its pollution, near fantastic landscapes, and then here comes their garbage? Inno who do you expect will clean after you? Are there like magic elves who live in the forests that we don't know of and whose job is to clean after dirty people?