Everybody’s Changing- And I’m Still The Same

On the eve of my 20th birthday, I jokingly told a friend who had messaged me with good wishes that this was going to be the “no pressure but you have to hit all the milestones decade.” By my 30th birthday, I went on, and according to the prevalent standards and expectations of what I…

A More Adventurous Eater: My Very First Sushi Experience

I realize that to a lot of people, going out to have sushi doesn’t require much thought. They get together with their friends and/or significant other and just head to dinner (or order in) much like I would think about going for Italian or steaks.  But in fact, until this very weekend, I hadn’t so…

A Non-Fashionista Goes To A Beauty Convention

I have to admit: I was intrigued by the idea of JamaloukiCon. For the better part of the past week, advertisements for this beauty convention kept popping up on all my social media platforms and on billboards around Beirut. Now, I’ve never really been that fascinated by fashion or the latest trends. I can’t recall…

Happy, Working, Married, Woman.

Every once in a while, an article pops up online that is usually of the kind that makes my blood boil and leaves me infuriated for a while. In most of these case, if not all, these “blurbs” are written by men who believe women cannot or should not be allowed to do something: like…

My Phone Broke Down and I’m Lost

I had plenty of topics on my mind for today’s blog post- until at about 10 AM this morning, as I was deleting an unwanted email, my phone suddenly stopped working. Actually , it went into this weird thing called bootloop, where I could only get to the introduction screen before it restarted all over…

A Night At The Opera

In a previous post, I mentioned that attending an opera was one of the items on my bucket list. Though I love music and the performing arts, I am in no shape or form knowledgeable enough, but have always thought of it as an essential experience any person should have. The opportunity presented itself as we…

Prague: A Summary

For our very first wedding anniversary, Ahmad and I decided to celebrate in the only way we know how: travel. We had been doubtful it would work out because we had spent quite a lot to go to Sri Lanka earlier in the year, but our doubts were set aside when Czech Airlines’ billboards started…

Hello Again

I never know where to start when I’m getting back to the blog after a long and unexplained hiatus. Should I begin by telling you why I pulled off yet another disappearing act when just the last time I promised it wouldn’t happen again? Should I explain how every time I thought about logging in,…

An Afternoon at VRcade

Sometimes the things we do for fun in Beirut can get pretty repetitive pretty fast. We go try out a new restaurant, or we wander around a mall we’ve visited plenty of times before. Or we go to have coffee at the nearest Starbucks. Or we see the same people we’ve known for what seems…

Ahmad the Influential

We went to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story last night. As is usually the case whenever we go to watch action or sci-fi films, I was the only woman in our group. But I was just as excited as any one of them. I mean, it’s Star Wars- how could you not be excited?…

2016 Resolutions Revisited

As 2015 was coming to a close, I wrote down a list of resolutions that I hoped to fulfill in the upcoming year- one which seemed so bright and full of endless possibilities. But now that 2016 is a few weeks shy from its long-awaited ending, I thought it would be a good idea to…

The Miss Lebanon Pageant: Here We Go Again

In 2010, I wrote a blog post describing how I felt about beauty pageants. I could not understand why the broadcaster thought (and still thinks) that extravagant soirees where contestants are in swimsuits and couture brings out the best in Lebanese beauty and Lebanese tourism. I could not understand why there is a need to design elaborate sets,…