Want to drive in Lebanon? I have the perfect car for you!

This is a very funny Lebanese ad that sarcastically describes the road situation in Lebanon:

There won’t be any street lights at night but don’t worry, saint Rita will light the road for you!

Just drive on the highway, don’t worry about the pot holes and what not, saint George will protect you!



Enjoy! 🙂


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The 2017 World Predictions – Between reality and illusion, between today and tomorrow

Last year, out of curiosity, I decided to translate the enceredictions of Michel Hayek for the year of 2016. The article proved to be popular so I decided to do a preliminary translation of the 2017 predictions.


  1. I am not a professional translator and I do this as a hobby.
  2. I do not claim the accuracy of the translation below.
  3. I did not translate everything. I skipped many things including predictions of events that are very local to the Arab region and Lebanon.
  4. Please watch the original video with the help of an interpreter if you want to know about all of his predictions.

As Michel Hayek said in his interview, the title of his predictions for the year of 2017 is:

Between reality and illusion, between today and tomorrow

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Funny Commercial [Arabic] – Siblou – Frozen / easy to prepare food

I usually don’t blog about advertisement but I do blog about videos and things that I find funny.

The following commercial is really funny. If you don’t understand Arabic Lebanese, then let me summarize the gist of the commercial.

The lady receives guests and she prepares Siblou in the kitchen so fast. Because Siblou has a variety of frozen food choices, the lady emerges as a different personality based on the food she’s offering. She speaks Chinese for instance when serving the Chinese food. The premise is that the Siblou brand would really taste as if a Chinese cook prepared it! Similarly, she speaks speaks British, French and Japanese accordingly. At the end, she morphs back to the original lady and joins the guests!

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Fawaregh – Stuffed sheep sausages

The stuffed sheep sausages, also known as Fawaregh, is an exquisite dish and one of the most traditional in Lebanese cuisine. Actually it is one of my favorites, but unfortunately I don’t get to eat this dish as often anymore, not after my grandma passed away. No one else took her place to regurlaly cook this delicious but tedious to prepare dish. To be perfectly honest, my aunt took it upon her to prepare this dish for me once a year, as a special treat, when I come back to visit her in Lebanon.
In fact, all the pictures below, except for the first one, are taken at her house last year!

So in short, the Fawaregh is simply stuffed sheep intestines and the usual stuffing are: minced meat, rice, chickpeas and spices.

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The Fawaregh dish reminds me of the Menudo soup from the Mexican Cuisine. Does it also remind you of another dish from your cuisine? Let me know in the comments below.

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Saj bread making

Flat and thin bread and the size of a round case also known as “Saj bread” in Lebanon is my favorite bread.

This is a video I took while visiting Lebanon. Sorry about the wrong orientation, it only lasts for a few seconds. Enjoy!

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First trip to Lebanon: The untold tips and tricks

First trip to Lebanon
First time To Lebanon? The Untold tips and tricks


This week I released my first eBook, part of the PassingTheKnowledge series, on Amazon’s Kindle publishing platform also known as KDP or Kindle Direct Publishing.

What I published is a pocket guide full of tips and tricks useful for your first trip to Lebanon. The contents of this pocket guide is assembled from interviewing various people and from my own personal knowledge while living in Lebanon.

I cover important topics that give you practical idea on what to expect: how people drive in Lebanon, how to avoid being scammed or fall for tourist traps, etc…

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Introducing COMPEL: A command based interpreter and programming language

imageToday I open source and share with you my final year project called COMPEL for my Computer Science degree from the American University of Science and Technology in Lebanon.

I started the project back in early 2006 and worked on it for something close to 6 month while maintaining a part time job, freelance jobs and my part time studies.

Today, 8 years later, when looking back at the amount of work I did and the level of professionalism, I am still satisfied with the COMPEL project.

I hope you will find this project useful! Continue reading