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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! 😀


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…)

I’ve been trying to write this post since TnT started out but it has been incredibly difficult.

Third time's a charm

After all, how do you sum up your entire childhood and the closure to it in 500 words?
You see, even though I’ve seen Toy Story 3 around three weeks ago, the movie has had an impact on me and others of my generation like no other. I even walked out of the theater with tears in my eyes, forgetting my actual age for a moment, and allowing myself to be swept back to the time when I actually thought my toys (especially my beloved Minnie) would come to life when I left the house.
The movie in its actuality follows a fairly simple and routine-like plot-line for the trilogy and that is the toys venturing out on an adventure, only to go a bit too far, and have to find their way back home.
But this time around, the movie reflects the inevitable: growing-up, something the older fans (like me) can obviously relate to. Andy is now the one to step out of home bounds as he is going to college, like many of us. The toys are not. And in the midst of the confusion, they end up being donated to the local Day Care Center. That’s where all of the action, the comedy, the heartfelt moments come into play taking you on an hour and a half long ride that you just don’t want to come to an end.
But I’m not here to tell you the story. A lot of websites will do that for you, and even better, I recommend skipping the latest Twilight “movie” to see Toy Story 3 because nothing can compare to you seeing it.
I’m here to write just about how much we underestimate movies like this one. We are always looking for the bigger, the most expensive, and the most high-tech but they more often than one seem to disappoint us in terms of content (Ahem Avatar). But pieces like Toy Story 3 don’t come around everyday. In fact, not since the first and second movies had there been anything like it, and many thought it could not duplicate the success of its predecessors. But it has, and it has charmed everyone.
Especially the ones who watched with wide eyes as Buzz came into Andy’s room for the first time, believing he was an actual space ranger. Or memorized To infinity and beyond, a line that has become more than just a cartoonish catchphrase. Or when Woody and Buzz finally agreed to be friend, promoting You’ve Got A Friend In Me to blast out of the speakers. Or when Woody met Jessy, his female counterpart that you just couldn’t but love.

You've Got A Friend In Me

But that was almost ten years ago. And we’ve all grown up since then. We’ve moved on to more responsibilities, abandoning the days of childhood play and make-believe. The days of watching Toy Story and Toy Story 2 were placed behind us, unless there was nothing else on tv and Disney Channel happened to be airing it once again.
And then the news came out that a third movie would finally come out and we all rushed to the cinemas, clutching our stuffed Woodys and Buzzs, and our hearts and fondest memories, jumping over the long line of children who had not been as fortunate as us to grow up with the series.
We were allowed to go back to those glorious days, even if it were for two hours, but it was something substantial. Otherwise, the last 15 minutes of the movie would not have had us all on the verge of, or in, tears, thinking about the old days and how far we’ve come along.
Sadly, this is the final one and all we have now are just fond recollections of the three films and every emotion we have felt throughout this almost 15 year long journey. And of course, we’ll always remember that our dreams extend to infinity and beyond
PS: In case you’ve missed it, I’ve posted the delightful trailer to the film right here for your viewing enjoyment 🙂