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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

What the heck is Twitter?

I have been hearing non-stop lately about how fabulous and addictive Twitter is, so I decided to check it out for myself. Frankly, I have no idea what the big deal is! Basically, all anyone can do is post continuous status updates, like, 'eating lunch,' or 'doing my nails,' etc. Uhhhhh, okay ... AND??? How can this possibly be entertaining or even remotely addictive? I could care less when XYZ is on a coffee break or heading out shopping. I think Facebook status updates are more than enough info on what fellow online members are up to. There is such a thing as TMI! How self-involved are people to sit there and type out what they are doing throughout the day, even checking into Twitter on mobile phones. Does no one have a life anymore - or has the everyday mundane habbits of the average Joe become so fascinating that we are thrilled to learn when he needs to use the toilet! Well, this Facebook addict draws the line at Twitter.

On the homepage, it says that Twitter sounds absolutely ridiculous when we first hear about it (uhh, YEAH), but when you start using it, you realize how fun it is (WHATEVER!!!).

Just FYI to all you users out there, I don't need to know when you blinked, took a nap or used the bathroom!

Anissa has just fallen asleep thinking about the uselessness of Twitter ... zzzzzzzzzzzzz

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Trashy Tuesday

Because of my love with all things Hollywood, I have dedicated every Tuesday to blogging about Hollywood gossip. Now, certain people (read, Kinda and Alyah) will no longer bug me about the blood types and DNA mapping of celebrities!! This is for everyone who's interested in knowing, but can't be bothered to read about, the dirty gossip of the rich and famous. I will be sieving through the trash and reporting the dirt right here, every Tuesday to give you only the most scandalous information!! So, stay tuned and enjoy ...

So, Sunday night was the Oscars!! Okay, let's start with the fashion! My personal favorites were Natalie Portman, Sarah Jessica Parker and Penelope Cruz. Although many disagree with my SJP choice, I thought her dress was just gorgeous. I was also happy to see so many gowns from Lebanese designers: Viola Davis was wearing Reem Acra, Angelina Jolie and Evan Rachel Wood were in Elie Saab and Miley Cyrus chose Zuhair Murad (although I thought her dress sucked!).

In the 'what was she thinking category' we have Reese Witherspoon (YUCK), Kate Winslet (channeling her inner teta), Beyonce (wrapping paper is for presents), Jessica Biel (who looked like toilet paper threw up on her) and Vanessa Hudgens (Halloween was in October)!

As for men's fashion, BORING - a tux is a tux! But, there were many yummy morsels on the red carpet, starting with my fave of the moment: Robert Pattinson (sigh, sigh)! Like a total loser, I stayed up until like 2.20am Beirut time just to see him before going to bed - EVEN THOUGH I WAS TAPING THE WHOLE THING!! Oh well .... Also Daniel Craig, how delicious is that guy?!??!! Everyone else just paled in comparison. (By the by, I read that Natalie Portman was totally making the moves on our very own Edward Cullen and acting like a complete 'pariah' - insert your own insult here!)

My favorite red carpet moment, though, was when the Slumdog Millionaire kids were interviewed by Ryan Seacrest - I will admit, I cried as if I was watching a Hallmark movie!!

And now onto the winners: I really thought Meryl Streep should win for best actress, although I like Kate Winslet. And, I thought Sean Penn deserved his best actor win, although I really wanted Mickey Rourke to get it. I was THRILLED that Slumdog Millionaire won, it was definitely my favorite movie of the whole lot. (FYI: For any of you suffering from insomnia, seriously, just watch The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and you will be out faster than you can say The Curious Case of Benjamin Button!).

Until then, you know you love me. XOXO, Writer Girl!

For all the pics of the celebs mentioned, click on the link below:

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Urban Organization

Anyone on the Beirut streets these days will notice new traffic lights at intersections previously run by fine members of our police force. I was really happy to see the new lights adding some much needed organization to our streets. And also because, does this mean that police officers in this country will actually have the time to protect us - i.e. do their job - now that they don't have to do the incredibly arduous task of ushering cars to and fro?

The above pics show two different lights at separate intersections in Ashrafieh that previously had police guiding traffic.

Well, at least there seems to be one ministry that is actually working - and by that I mean doing something that is beneficial to the people, which is more than can be said about the rest of lot.

Monday, February 16, 2009

A short intro

After much encouragement, I decided to start my own blog and to somewhat continue my old column, 'The Simple Things,' which debuted in the now defunct What's Up? Lebanon magazine in 2004. In the same spirit, I hope to write about life here in Lebanon - the good, the bad and the ugly! Enjoy :)