26.10.11

10 things our kids may never know about

1- The agonizing squeak of a US Robotics modem connecting...

2- The audio tape… and how to unblock it with a pencil...

3- The mobile phone with its extendable antenna...

4- The TV that perfectly functions with 2 antennas (and even sometimes a fork), a button for each channel (or a disk), and with no remote control… So at every ad, you have to get up from your sofa, head to the TV, and change the channel...

5- The encyclopedia's concept and Encarta CDs… Thank you Google! 

6- The watches with imbedded calculators … And 12 useful buttons… 

7- The tedious effort of closing car windows with manual handles…

8- The film cameras… Especially the 110 camera films …

9- The infamous “Ras El 3abed” … Maybe “Tarboush Ghandour” will also have its glory…

10- The ball inside a computer mouse. And the expertise in opening the mouse from time to time and cleaning the ball!


15.10.11

Bhebbak Ya Lebnan

Yesterday, I prepared a Lebanese night in Fribourg, with a women's association.
Every month they host a country & invite people to eat while the host presents her country.

This night was really magical for me, 40 people I don't know subscribed for the Lebanese night! Can you imagine? 40 people I don't know!
It was a success. With the help of some friends and Jack, we prepared 10 "kebbé bel saniyé" platters and a huge "taboulé". Were also present, the "hummus" and a bowl of "laban w khiar" (yogurt with cucumber and dried mint).

We served "arak" of course and for dessert I bought some "ghreibé", "maamoul" and "halawa", since didn't have time to prepare a proper dessert.

People were very interested by everything, asking questions, asking me why I have blue eyes, how come my hair is blond, why I ended up here, and if it's safe to go to Lebanon...

Then it was dinner time, everyone was excited to try the food, and everyone was shocked by the huge amount of parsley in the "taboulé".
Down here in the supermarkets, "taboulé" is a "mutant" mix of "bourghol" or sometimes even "couscous", peas, ham etc... and they dare to call it "taboulé"!

Everyone loved the food, they started clapping hands for me, and thanking me for this wonderful dinner, and I was thinking that if these people are that happy with only "kebbé" and "hummus", what if they went to Lebanon & saw our large buffets and 40 "mezzé" platters.

After that I presented Lebanon, I prepared a very nice presentation about my beloved country, beautiful pictures, I showed all the good things, and then came the slide with Feyrouz and the music started.
I started shaking, I swear, I presented Byblos (the 2nd love of my life), Beirut, Baalbek, it was normal, but when I heard Feyrouz's voice and I saw the Lebanese flag on the wall, I had tears in my eyes, and I said to myself: "don't be a fool and cry now...".

So I held my tears and continued my last slide:
"... whether we are in Lebanon, Switzerland or Brazil, we Lebanese are generous, helpful and friendly. We will invite you to sleep over, even if we don't know you and found you lost on the streets. We prefer having a house full of friends than a pocket filled with money. We are the Italians of the Middle East, or should I say the Italians are the Lebanese of Europe!".

I was on a cloud, happy that I shared all of this with these friendly strangers all smiling, and I didn't hear everyone clapping, I was transported to Lebanon, and the only thing I was hearing was: "Bhebbak ya Lebnan, ya watani bhebbak...".

Finally as everyone was leaving, they all kissed me (yes all the Swiss people!) and they told me that their next vacation will surely be in Lebanon.
It was a great night, I was so proud to be Lebanese. I was so happy to show the good side of Lebanon.

For all of you back there, try sharing on your blogs the nice side of our country, and believe me there is a lot to talk about.

We all know that it's hard to live in Lebanon and getting harder by the minute, but do you think you can survive somewhere else?

3.10.11

Where do Lebanese Movies go now?

Our movie industry is a disaster. In the 21st century, we’re not capable of producing more that 1 or 2 movies a year… and 95% of them remain local… while in the 70’s we had one of the best movies industry in the middle east.
It’s very weird actually… especially that Lebanese people are born actors. Our society teaches us acting since our childhood.

At 7 we all played Javier Bardem in Biutiful and faked sickness, headach or stomach problems to avoid school… some of us even got hospitalized for that…

At 12 we all killed our grandma 10 times to avoid exams, and faked sadness and tears. Even Manuella and Maria didn’t cry that much in the 3000 episodes of their Mexican series.

At 15 we all played Joey Tribbiani (from Friends) when it came to girls... we all acted like experienced and professional pick up artists in our 1st experiences… “how YOU doin?”

For their 18th birthday, most the Lebanese parents offered their sons the driving license. And since then, most of us became more credible on Jounieh’s highway than Vin Diesel in the Fast & Furious…  “ … don’t worry baby, a real driver knows exactly what’s in his car”… right…

At 22, some were Don Corleone when it came to talking about their jobs… yes, at 22, they already were the godfathers, the bosses in their enterprises…

At 28 we all played Nixon when talking about politics. Most of us surpassed Anthony Hopkins in his 1995 movie.

So… with all the experience we have in acting, Lebanese actors are less then amateurs… watch 10 minutes of any Lebanese series you mum watches, and you’ll see it by yourself. .. Sorry Mum…