Posts Tagged ‘Beirut’


Yeah, this is one of those sports “fail”s.

This took place during the Presidents Tournament at AUB, it’s the second one they host. American University of Dubai (AUD) and the American University of Beirut (AUB) were playing, and apparently things got messy with a red card.

Don’t ask, just watch :P


Tom and I started TnT in June 2010 to find a mutual space to vent out everything we were feeling and experiencing as two 20-somethings living and studying in Beirut.

Vista de la ciudad de Beirut, Líbano.

Beirut, We love you. But our blog was not doing you any justice. (Image via Wikipedia)

We loved posting almost everyday, especially because there’s so much going on and so much space to talk. We also brought our passions into the picture and ended up with TnT: A Blog About Life and Everything in Between.

Our initial approach to the blog sometimes felt off, especially that the Lebanese blogosphere has so many incredible people putting their thoughts together, so eloquently if I must add. To be honest, we felt that we could’t compete with the attention that all the others could get because maybe our approach wasn’t as authentic as it should be.

There was one thing, however, that seemed to be working perfectly for us: talking about the things we love. For me, that love has always been music, and for Tom, it’s always been basketball.

We stopped blogging for a while because we got so caught up in finishing our undergraduate studies. What happened during that hiatus really surprised us. Though we had stopped publishing anything new, we were still averaging a lot of views per day, and most of those views were coming to the articles we had written about music and sports.

So Tom and I sat and discussed everything. Initially, I resisted because I was trying to establish a separate blog with more flexibility than WordPress. The more I thought about it, though, I realized that even if we got zero visitors, I’d still be happy because I was getting my opinion there and sharing a blog with someone I deeply respect and admire. Tom agreed and we set upon reviving the blog, shortening the name to TnT: Tom and Tal and adding a whole new tag line.  We also changed the design and add bios-(Mine can be found here)

We’re still 20-somethings living and studying in Beirut, but this time around, we’re focusing on the things we know and love-and we’re sure others do too.

And even if we don’t end up being a nationally renowned blog, all that matters is that we’re having fun writing and sharing.


American University of Beirut

That They May Have Life and Have It More Abundantly

After spending the best two years of my life at the American Univeristy of Beirut, majoring in Environmental Health and being involved in so many extracirculars, I will be graduating in June- something I’m having a lot of mixed feelings about. I recently wrote an Op-Ed for Outlook, AUB‘s Official Student Newspaper about my experiences and this post is based on that piece. I’m certain that in the coming months, I’ll have more to add as my undergraduate years come to a close. Here they are in no particular order.

You will:

  • Overnight on projects that will only count for 10% of your final grade
  • study at Jafet, no matter how much you try to resist the idea.
  • Take some classes that are going to very interesting. Others will just make you wonder what the hell you’re doing there.
  • Drink coffee, chew gum, text, BBM, and fall asleep sitting up in class.
  • Pronounce Bathish in the most American accent only to find out its Lebanese.
  • Join some clubs even if they don’t appeal to your interests.
  • Go to events just because there’s a reception afterwards.
  • Run from upper to lower campus under the pouring rain, carrying two bags, an ineffective umbrella, and wearing the wrong shoes for the season.
  • Take advice from random strangers and dispense it on others.
  • Make friends that you will never see anymore.
  • Meet people in the weirdest of ways.
  • Have trouble with registration. (more…)

As a follow-up to my post, A Tale of Two Cities, I have decided to put together a list of things I’ve learned from all the time I’ve spent in Jeddah. I was supposed to publish this post earlier but then decided that since I’m going back to Beirut in a matter of days, now would be the perfect time. I hope you enjoy reading this list as much as I have putting it together. Here it goes!

Al Baik

Al Baik's Logo

  1. Food, no matter where you get it from, is always great tasting. I’m most partial to Al-Baik, a broasted chicken chain that is deeply associated with Jeddah AND is incredibly delicious.
  1. Wearing the Abayya is not as bad as it sounds. First, you wouldn’t feel like an outsider. Second, you can wear one that’s colorful so you don’t have to worry about conformity. Third, since it covers all your clothes, you don’t have to dress to the nines every time you go out.
  2. Sleeping when the sun comes up is perfectly normal even when you have work in a matter of hours. Day and night have been truly redefined.
  3. Arabic is not the official language, contrary to popular belief. Asian expats don’t speak Arabic, Arab expats have a difficult time understanding different dialects and the locals will only speak in their distinct dialect.
  4. The sheer organization of taxis in this country makes me actually miss the chaos that is Lebanese “service”s.
  5. We’re in the second decade of the 3rd millennium and women still don’t drive, and things don’t seem to be looking up. (more…)

I don’t know if you’ve managed to see this yet but the Lebanese advertisement world finally has a fantastic final product airing on the local TV stations, and it comes in the form of an ad for Bank Audi’s Loubani Card, which and taking into consideration my limited knowledge in the banking world, is a card that solely uses the Lebanese Lira as its working currency.

So what strikes me the most about this ad, developed by Leo Burnett, is the archive footage they were able to retrieve of well-known places like the American University of Beirut (AUB), the infamous Saint Georges Hotel and Yacht Club, the teleferique, the tramway in Sehet El Burj (that’s now known as DT if you want to get all modernized), and the now demolished Carlton Hotel (which is expected to be transformed to, you guessed it, high-rise, wildly-expensive apartment buildings!)

Though its only an approximately one minute ad, I’m sure it’s impact is going to be long-lasting, especially that it gives the older generations a chance to remember the good old days, and remind us “newbies” of what we’re single-handily destroying.

Enjoy! :D


Beirut's Central District (or DT)

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what makes a place a home. Is it having an actual house where you can keep all your things and return to at night? Is it the place where you loved ones live? Is it where in every corner, there’s a fragment of a childhood memory hidden? Is it the place you have a love-hate relationship with? Or better yet, is the place where your ID says you belong to? If the answer is yes to all of these questions, then in my case, I have two homes. Beirut, a city I can never be away from for long, and Jeddah, a city that has always been kind to me, even if I have not felt the same way about it.

To look at it from one perspective, the two cities could not be any more different. Beirut is vibrant, loud, and fast-paced. Beirut is a historical city that is eager to shed this image in favor of evoking comparisons with the greatest cities of the world. Beirut, the charismatic city, is losing its charm, while it’s citizens look on.

Jeddah is not. Jeddah moves at it’s own pace, not caring how anyone views it, never-changing unless it is out of necessity. Jeddah is intriguing. It’s many secrets are well-concealed beneath a dark veil, that even someone who has spent the majority of his live in the city is unable to completely grasp them. (more…)


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That's where I am right now

Hello Everyone! :D

This is just a really quick post to update you readers on my whereabouts.

As you probably noticed, Tom has been taking care of TnT while I was busy finishing up my summer courses, packing, and getting safely to my other house in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

That’s where I am now and will be for the next month. But don’t worry, I will be blogging more often (whether you like it or not :P) about all things random, music, and probably some TV shows that I will be watching in this “break.”

I had a great flight aboard Middle Eastern Airlines (MEA), even though the plane was small and my claustrophobic tendencies started to kick in. The service was absolutely great- I really had no idea flight attendants could be so nice based on my previous experiences. The movie selection was very limited and the screen that happened to be in front of me was blurry so I switched on my iPod and listened to my regular playlist. But otherwise, it as a smooth flight.

Of course, in true Lebanese fashion, the minute we were on Saudi ground, almost everyone turned on their cellphones and Blackberrys, and hence the *dings* started. Let’s just say it’s a miracle the passenger that was sitting in front of me is still alive.

Then it was time to get through passport-control and baggage claim. We had to wait for around 30 minutes for the baggage to arrive, then wait for it be scanned. I was sort of worried because I was “smuggling” in two magazines that contained beer and girl ads which are a no-no here. Its safe to say that they’re still hidden somewhere in my laptop bag.

And after half an hour in the taxi, I finally got home and the night has just begun!

Thank you for everyone for helping us achieve a record of 2000 (yes, two thousand) views in just one month.

Please keep checking back because we plan on upgrading our content and topics as our readership grows.

Best Wishes,

Tal

PS: The internet connection speed is amazing! Ha ha!

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