Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Voulez -Vous Coucher Avec Moi?

Photo: Joesbox©

When driving in Lebanon I can’t miss the busy billboard ads everywhere, some stupid ideas that I give it only a second or less... this does not mean I never pay attention..A catchy headline is always effective that’s why I took a picture of that billboard that says :Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec moi? (Do you want to sleep with me ?) ….This Ad makes me wonder if it is a classic for a bed linen or it will turns out to something else? We will wait and see.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Green Water...

Photo: Joesbox©
This is not the first time I post about that lovely quiet place, yesterday I had a lovely day at Adonis river or Naher ibarahim . It is really nice to walk and discover many different species ... Ducks that you can’t miss that swim the river so you can feed them , they were lucky because I had some sandwiches in my car … when they had finished eating they turn their backs and left me alone in that quiet place… Hope you enjoy the pictures..

Photo: Joesbox©
Photo: Joesbox©
Photo: Joesbox©

Friday, June 25, 2010

قالولي اليوم بدنا نكتب بالعربي

Photo: Joesbox©
قالولي اليوم بدنا نكتب بالعربي. أنا ضليع بالعربي وما عندي ولا مشكلي إكتب بالعربي...بس  بدك مين يفهم عربي

مهرجان اللغة العربية

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Say No To Torture


A day to celebrate and support torture victims and stand united against this cruel violation of human rights.
26 June was the day that the Convention against Torture came into force. It was also the day that the United Nations Charter was signed - the first international instrument to embody obligations for Member States to promote and encourage respect for human rights.
The Lebanese Centre of Human Rights (CLDH) Program for that day:
Wednesday 23rd of June:
  Panel discussion with women who were victims of torture, either directly or indirectly as wives, mothers or sisters of victims.
Friday 25th of June:
The Lebanese Centre of Human Rights (CLDH) in collaboration with other NGO’s, is organizing a HUMAN CHAIN in front of the Parliament building (Place de l'Etoile) in Downtown on 25/6/10 from 10:00hrs onwards to “pay its respects to those who have endured the unimaginable” and raise public awareness on these human rights abuses.
Read more on my friend’s Blog chantal

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

"Masmou7 lasek al e3lanat"

My freind Tarek Chemaly made a great project  he has gathered the best and most memorable advertising jingles from the Lebanese archives and put them in a monologue which is delivered by illustrator-copywriter-actress Deborah Phares entitled "Masmou7 lasek al e3lanat" (think Pampa, Top Juice, Paul Jardin, Gelati Cortina, Reovac, Kassatly Chtroura all in one place). you can watch the video and read more about this project on his blog Beirut/NTSC

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

My Blog On Paper...AGAIN!!

On the first issue the Communicate magazine list my blog on the special Blogosphere Page, last week I was told that my blog is listed again on the 3rd issue Copychicken post: you can read the post Here and Here.I would like to thank Communicate magazine for reading and making a special page dedicated for the buzzing blogosphere in Lebanon.
Lebanon’s blogosphere is probably one of the most vibrant digital scenes in the region. Lebanese bloggers are many, dedicated and very very outspoken. At a time where all marketers eyes are turned to social media and online communities, watching intently for direct feedback on how they are perceived, here is what increasingly influential Lebanese bloggers – have to say about the work.
They’re listening and watching there were many reasons to get the Lebanese blogosphere buzzing this month. Lingerie and swimwear billboards all along the coast got vandalized, which certainly caused a stir, as you can see from the selection below: and advertisers also provided ample topics for heated discussion. The high season is certainly starting the hot way
 Better late than never, we finally catch up with Joe’s box. Which a few weeks ago nailed Hawa Chicken and ad agency Publico for their outrageous appropriation of Switzerland based supermarket chain Micro’s TV commercial. Since then news of the plagiarism has crossed borders to reach Europe, not something to be particularly proud of.
 Fellow Lebanese Bloggers listed in the magazine:

Plus961:See Through ads 
Bazella w Riz: Dark Days Have Come

Monday, June 21, 2010

Sun, Sand, Water...

Photo: Joesbox©
It is officially summer time in Lebanon, festival season and of course outdoors activities, my best getaway is the beach in my hometown Okaibe (when I have time), 

Photo: Joesbox©
a long sand beach of 1000 meters where you can meet Lebanese from all over Lebanon , if you don’t want to swim you can play walk run or even have a chat with the fishermen of the town and of course you can take beautiful photos…

Photo: Joesbox©
I forget to mention that this place is free for the public No  fancy beds or purple towels, only Sun, Sand, Water...
I want to wish you all a great summer 2010 & Happy Fathers day! 

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Revealing the beauty.....

Photo: Joesbox©

Many Lebanese are destroying all the old nice buildings of our history and transform it to a luxury skyscrapers  in Beirut other smart investors are preserving those historical houses to welcome all the great events in Lebanon .This is the case of this Lovely house in Zouk area.
P.S: This Great House was Fouad Chehab's Residence.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Stop the E-Transactions Law

Design: Joesbox©
For all internet users in Lebanon you have to stop the E-Transactions law that could have terrible implications for the Lebanese economy and for professional and personal privacy.

Among the articles of concern are:
  • Article 92, saying anyone providing online services must apply for a license. Result: More paperwork, more bureaucracy, more delays, less revenue.
  • Article 82, allowing for the warrantless search and seizure of financial, managerial, and electronic files, including hard drives, computers, etc. Result: The government has pre-approval to seize your company and personal assets and information, without cause.
  • Article 70, establishing the Electronic Signature & Services Authority, a new regulatory and licensing body with practically unchecked powers.
Result: Another agency, who can make or break your organization at their whim. Read more SMEXbeirut   
ACT NOW: Postpone the Vote on the E-Transactions Law.
Join the Stop This Law on facebook
UPDATE: E-transaction law postponed: New battle begins 

Monday, June 14, 2010

Tarte Au Chocolat

Photo: Joesbox©

6 servings
 cup All purpose flour
 ¼ cup Powdered sugar
 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) chilled unsalted butter
½ cup Whipping cream
 ¼ cup Milk
10 ounces  semi-sweet chocolate, chopped +  3 tablespoons butter
PASTRY FILLING FOR PASTRY: Blend flour and sugar in processor. Add butter and using on/off turns, cut in until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add cream; process until moist clumps form. Turn out dough onto work surface. Gather into ball; flatten into disk. Wrap Doug in plastic and refrigerate 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 350F. Roll out dough on lightly flour surface to 11- inch round. Transfer to 9-inch diameter tart pan with removable bottom. Press gently into place. Fold edges over to form double-thick sides. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and chill). Line crust with aluminum foil. Bake 20 minutes.. Transfer   to rack and cool. Maintain oven temperature. 
FOR FILLING: Bring whipping cream and milk to simmer in heavy medium saucepan. Reduce heat to low, add chocolate and stir until melted and smooth. Beat butter to blend in medium bowl. Gradually whisk 1/4 of hot chocolate . Whisk in remaining chocolate mixture. Pour filling into baked crust. Transfer to rack and cool. Bon Appetit :O)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Picture in my Box

You can’t live in Lebanon without capturing photos every day or every second in a vibrant place full of life and memories. Every week I will post a photo of that unique place..Today’s photo is taken in downtown Beirut of Samir Kassir square - Designer: Vladimir Jurovic

Monday, June 7, 2010

Two Scoops..From Italy with Love

As you know I love desserts and I like to try anything new in Lebanon . Last day I wanted to try a nice quality Italian café, Chocolat Milano  downtown Beirut. The shop is so nice and the employee so friendly… It was so hard to choose between different delicious flavors of ice cream  

I went with one I hadn’t had before a dark chocolate  and one that I love: chocolate and  mint ( I love this combination) I sat down in front of the big window showing all the new buildings of Beirut that I love …the taste of the ice cream was great and unique .Chocolat Milano is by far my favorite ice cream if you are in Beirut you have to pass by this place the service is great  and the ice cream ...YUMMY.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Just Do It ...3a Tari2tak!!

Zwz is communicating  the new world cup campaign on twitter and face book as everyone is milking the world cup in Lebanon you can read what I mean on Lilian's blog, for some it is a brilliant idea, in my opinion this campaign is  a Déjà vu...

Allô.... Nostradamus?!?!?

 Last week I when watching the TV a weird show start on OTV , the show is about  A super hero Mike feghale sitting there on his chair  with an hypnotize  television host , receiving calls from desperate or psychologically disturbed people asking questions about their future…She will get married? Will be happy? When the problems will be solved? Will be rich?...And the super hero answer their questions confidently, pretending to have the prediction powers!! I was really shocked to see that in  a Lebanese Chanel,  I am sure Otv is making  fortune  through advertisements, sponsorship, and Telephone calls…from a silly program like this one and LOL but instead of a silly clown we can have some educative creative program that people will watch and be interested to call and take useful information.. when and who can stop such silly people on TV?