Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Cedars of Lebanon

I just discovered this U2 song Cedars of Lebanon from their  album “No line on the horizon” (Feb 2009) it tells the story of the war.Very nice song if you are fan of U2 , Bono is the second international artist who bring attention to Lebanon after chris de Burgh's song ''Lebanese Night''.. Enjoy it

Monday, March 29, 2010

Transformers in Beirut !!!

Walking through the old streets of Beirut I  see old houses destroyed, not by an Israeli invasion nor by the stupid war, but this time by the transformers big machines destroying all the old nice buildings of our history and transform it to a luxury skyscrapers.

Attracted by the high real estate prices, people are selling their land or old houses. Since the government has done little to help landlords who may want to renovate and preserve old structures, the marker demand for such buildings is low.

(Bullet Holes in the Wall. These bullet holes, from the Lebanese civil War).
 For some those walls tell war stories and it is not interesting to preserve them no matter what loses are presented.

In my opinion the destruction of Beirut’s old houses is a loss of our identity, and destroying it means the loss of a whole architectural heritage
Why anyone doesn't do anything about it ??
Whom to blame?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Giant Trunk in the Heart of Beirut!

Last week when driving through Allenby street, I saw a great display in front of a building that grab my attention , in fact it is a giant trunk, announcing the new opening of the famous Louis Vuitton first Boutique in the Best capital In The World Beirut.

Great creative simple window display without any Light effects , without any classic announcement like (opening soon) but the famous monogrammed canvas is the theme of the window display , that shows the brand strength .This brand has its lovers in Lebanon and Beirut is a great place to sell luxury goods especially with the tourist visiting this lovely capital in every occasion.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Two Events One day!

Yesterday I visited the Byblos flower festival ,it was so difficult to take nice pictures in a very crowded place lot of tourists and Lebanese from all over Lebanon celebrating Mother’s day and the Spring! Happy Mother's Day to all moms around the world and Happy Spring.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

La France au Liban

 Hier j’ai eu l’occasion de visiter l’exposition“La France au Liban”a Biel Beirut- ce Salon présente  des produits Français comme : Dior , Chloé, Paul, Pernod Ricard, Moulinex, L’Oréal, Renault, Citroën  qui sont venus pour présenter leurs plus récentes produits. ce Salon, sera ouvert au public du 19 au 21 mars à partir de 16 heure
Téléchargez la brochure

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Communicate wisely!

Lebanese Ministry of Interior is communicating with the Lebanese in a very smart and creative way.
Advertising Agency: M&C Saachi, Beirut
Creative Director: Eli Khoury, Dan Khoueiry
Art Director: Shady Kaddoum

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Bye Bye Donuts! Hello Cupcakes!!!

Few  years ago donuts were so famous in Lebanon you can find it in a special store or even in any bakery now the Cupcakes are so trendy in Beirut  and there is no celebration without cupcakes!!

Last week I  discovered  a special Boutique that offers a variety of cupcakes with different flavors, you feel that you are in a wonderland of cupcakes when you visit that place. this store is a must if you are sweet lover like me! chocolate, lemon and Coffee are my best cupcakes. I will leave you now with nice mouthwatering pictures.Cup N’ cakes- Achrafieh St Nicolas Tel: 01 329416

Monday, March 15, 2010

Martha Stewart is cooking for ZWZ !?!?!

When you say:
Coffee it is Starbucks
Burger it is McDonalds
Man'ousheh deffinetly it is ZWZ (Zaatar w Zeit)

Zaatar W Zeit was first opened in 1999 in Sodeco Beirut. The main aim was to offer the traditional Man'ousheh and pizza. everything is "Aa tari'tak", meaning as you like it. Zaatar w Zeit, is indeed the Lebanese version of McDonalds "

Last week I ordered a simple cheese Man'ousheh and I was choked by the price 5000LBP/ 3.5$ for a simple dough with cheese! you can order the same one in Beirut and maybe taste better for maximum 2000 L.B.P 1.3 $ why ZWZ Man'ousheh is overpriced !!?
Because of the Brand notoriety
The expenses?
The Premium quality?
Is Martha Stewart the Chef ?!?

None of the above can justify the overpricing of a simple Man'ousheh! when this item should be reachable by all social classes, it is like you are paying 5000L.B.P for a pack of Lebanese bread khebez instead of 1500 LBp. 1$
Compare it to similar products from the most reputable companies this Man'ousheh is overpriced… Why you can have a great knafeh form the best palace of sweets premium quality for maximum 3500L.B.P ? knowing that the ingredients and the preparation for a knafeh needs more effort and time than a Man'ousheh , or a pain au chocolat from chez paul for 3500 LBP…??

Personally  I am not convinced by this price and will boycott all ZWZ products until the management will review their marketing plan ,not because I can’t afford this 5000 L.B.P…. but for the Principle!!

Meanwhile I will take the advice of Rita Khoury and try a delicious Man'ousheh Zaatar for 1000 L.B.P or a Cheese Man'ousheh .for 2000 L.B.P in Ain al Remene Thanks Rita!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Dancing for the Yellow!!!

Last week I posted on my blog about the Yellow competition in citymall, the winner is announced . It wasn’t me unfortunately ..The picture was taken by a cell phone with a lot of creativity, in my opinion she deserve it!  Mabrouk ! Congratulations on your Creativity!!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Leo Burnett & Exotica are missing chances!

I just Knew that this campaign was for (Valentine) and not (New resolution for 2010)

Every time Exotica bombard Lebanese with great billboards Ad for every occasion, very smart and creative campaigns , I was looking forward to that brilliant ideas on every occasion but  this year I was disappointed !! From Christmas 2009 to Mother's day Leo Burnet and Exotica are missing chances to impress the Lebanese with great and smart ideas , what shocked me the most was the first Mother's day Campaign (for the Good Or Bad) I was asking myself: "What are they trying to sell here?" a plastic surgery?
So what’s the Message? It is bad to have a big nose !?!
"What are they trying to sell here?"
Exotica's point of view:

“well just based on the fact it is creating controversy & difference of opinion is in itself a success to us. Thank U !”
On the other hand I was impressed by the effort Exotica and Leo burnet made, when driving home I saw another new campaign for Mother's day to replace the first one ! That prove their professionalism and they listen to what the customer wants...

The new campaign in my opinion is not smart or creative at all but it is another very classical Ad for Mother's day....or it is here to correct the first one...
Hope the new 2010 occasions Leo bernet and Exotica will bring us some more special fresh and unique ideas!

Friday, March 5, 2010

For Car Lovers

I am not fan of American cars, but i like this car so i took some photos to share it with you , the SRX- Luxury Crossover (2010) the agent is Impex in Lebanon and the price is 80.000$, you can see that car in ABC Achrafieh.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

DOGVILLE finally in Lebanon!

DOGVILLE is a 2003 philosophical drama and mystery film written and directed by Lars von Trier DOGVILLE and after the success in Lebanon is back and it is located in Achrafieh, I spot it last week  But the stars of DOGVILLE Lebanon aren’t Nicole Kidman nor Lauren Bacall but Dogs and cats!!! Yes Dogville is a Pet shop!! Weird ! !

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Yellow is the color....

Last week samer karam said on Twitter that Pikasso is giving away a YELLOW Fiat 500 for the best yellow-themed photo at City Mall. Yesterday I went there for more details so I visited a pikasso yellow booth  and I have received a stamp that allow me to enter the competition to find any yellow object in the Citymall between 26th of February and the 7th of March. It was so easy to find that yellow object but I was searching for something unique .. so I took three nice pictures and download it here.
Good Luck for you all.

Monday, March 1, 2010

From scratch to a great Picture...

I took those pictures two weeks ago in the Lebanese mountain  and I wanted to share it with you..Actually those are not a photograph but  a 3d visualization made by a real professional hard worker 3d artist Wassim Alam.He made this project using Maya and 3d Max that  provides ultra realistic 3D computer images with techniques that surpass quality standards in the industry. Today it is not enough to have just a computer model, you want it to look real, use it for impact presentations and to display the quality of your work, if you are a professional and looking for something real? Wassim will help you wassim.alam@gmail.com tel: 961 3 675236