Archive for the ‘Around The World’ Category

I’d call it shower burger!

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

grilled-mikes-burger-crazy

who doesn't love burgers, big juicy burgers... but this, i don't know what to call this! i often read serious eats to check new burger recipes, this one shocked me with its size, i mean how are you supposed to eat this? it's a puzzle, but at the same time a feast to the eyes.

this burger is not one of those made to enter guinness book of records, it is an everyday burger prepared by a guy called mike - if you ever visit cambodia's capital phnom penh, you can try this awesome looking burger and let me know how you managed, because if i ever try this i'd need to shower afterwards :)

for more on mike you can read the article here.

Saudi Benjamin Button??

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

saudi-wives

i read this tragic story on mailonline about this 90-year-old saudi man who paid $17,000 as dowry for some irresponsible parents to wed their 15-year-old daughter! yes, 90 VS 15!!

this story reminded me of benjamin button.. imagine that when the girl was born the guy was 75!! they probably have learned the same things at the same time, like trying to stay clean, eat properly, speak clearly, walk carefully, count their teeth.. a bit like benjamin and daisy when they were kids..

the poor girl barricaded herself in a room and escaped the very night of her wedding and grandpa is sewing suing the parents to get his dowry back!

is this some kind of a trade? how can her parents accept such a deal? beats me...

Finally! UN calls for ban on female circumcision

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

when we were in egypt back in 2003, some friends told me that they were working with the UN on a project to stop FGC/M (female genital mutilation, circumcision) - i was shocked to hear them saying that the numbers are frightening, like 97% of egyptian women suffered from fgc according to UN reports!

all these years and the situation remains the same... it breaks my heart to see these high numbers in africa, where this horrible, brutal and inhuman practice is still considered as part of tradition..

for those who have no idea what FGM means, you can read here.

as for the FGM consequences, the removal of, or damage to, healthy, normal genital tissue interferes with the natural functioning of the body and causes several immediate and long-term health effects - for example, babies born to women who have undergone female genital mutilation suffer a higher rate of neonatal death; end in stillbirth or spontaneous abortion; and in a further 25%, the newborn has a low birth weight or serious infection, both of which are associated with an increased risk of perinatal death.

i wonder what took the united nations so long to call for this ban! for more on this you can read here.

Third wheel’s heartbreak!

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

venice is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and it has been seriously flooded yesterday - i was lucky to visit it back in 2003 where i stood in that same st mark's square and walked across those same streets..

visiting venice was completely accidental - i was in milan for business with an egyptian friend who suddenly decided to reconnect with an old flame, so he tagged me along - we took the train and reached venice quite early and met the "ex" - we spent the morning walking around the city, then we took the gondolas tour in the canals, where i experienced the true meaning of the expression "3rd wheel" - the couple were sitting in the back, while i sat right in front observing like a bodyguard!

it simply breaks my heart to see it in this shape! it's a very romantic city even for third wheelers..

you can read more about the floods here.

Brilliant idea!

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

here's a csr (corporate social responsibility) idea that is different, impactful, creative and meaningful - tamanna is an organization that grants children with critical illnesses their special wishes to give them joy, strength and hope - tamanna has granted kids with more than 970 wishes at the rate of 3 per week, and 8 years old carmen who is fighting cancer, was recently granted her ipad christmas wish in a rather special way!

fantastic idea and brilliant delivery - this raises awareness for the organization as well as hope for the kids, i love it!

Villas on shopping malls roof tops?

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

i came across this interesting article on mail online, showing villas being built on shopping malls roof tops - those villas sit on top of an 8 level mall in zhuzhou china and people never noticed them!

enjoy the article, i'm off to beirut, will be posting from there for a few days.

And we were complaining about Sultan Center…

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

have you seen this? i came across an article on the net about this burger king employee who posted pictures of himself stepping in bins of lettuce!!! thank god it only took 15 minutes to expose the guy who was fired - i think he should have also been grilled (no tomato no onions)..

you can read the full story here.

Awesome shelves!

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

i came across these awesome shelves on the net, one is called hole in the ground and the other tree shelves - amazing!

I’d say he’s damn lucky!

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

i'm sure you read the dentist's story who pulled out all her boyfriend's teeth after he dumped her - i was wondering:

1- the boyfriend has a lot of guts!! i mean did he seriously think he will get away with it? did it not cross his mind that she might not be emotionally ready to see him and give professional advice? did he not think that she might shiver and hurt him during the operation? did he not think that she might at least not make an effort to put him at ease? he's got guts!

2- isn't she cruel and heartless? how could she do this to him? how could she remove all his teeth, his good teeth? some grudge!!! i can imagine her cursing him with every tooth she pulled out!

3- how could she abuse the trust of her patient? didn't she think of the consequences?

thank god she was not a genital reconfiguration surgeon!! she would have definitely cut his balls off and left him wondering... for that, i'd say the guy is damn lucky!

Scary Amsterdam stairs

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

while in amsterdam, i’ve visited a friend of mine who just moved to a new apartment with the steepest stairs i’ve ever seen in my life! they’re so scary you can’t go up or down without making a prayer – if you blink, you risk falling all the way down and kill yourself! Beautiful apartment though...

Amazing street singer in Achrafieh

Monday, July 18th, 2011

i came across this amazing street singer at sassine square achrafieh - this is the first time i see street singer in lebanon and that in itself is a great step ahead and i wish we can see more street singers than beggars - this guy is amazing by how he looks and how he plays the 3oud, not a brilliant voice, but he has what it takes to make you stop, listen to his songs and leave him a generous tip.

i also love his creative sign that says: i want to sing so i can live, i have no job, stop by and listen to a song, i can sing for a little tip - then he signs off with: we can service all kind of parties or events, just call us on 04 712138 - brilliant!

Nice Crepaway ad

Monday, July 18th, 2011

crepaway closed down their achrafieh branch and moved to sodeco - for that occasion, they printed these beautiful tray-mats which you can find in all their restaurants - lovely idea!