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21 octobre 2010 4 21 /10 /octobre /2010 08:33


Today's Bloggers need no introduction, just bring your coffee from MichCafe and enjoy the topics from Survival First on the difference between Sweden and Lebanon.




Micheline Hazou


– Mich Café –


Fadi Bitar



1- How long have you been blogging? I started blogging three months ago, in mid-July. For a little more than two years now.
2- How many hours per day do you dedicate to the blog? I’m thinking of the next post all the time – looking for ideas, gathering information, preparing pictures or taking them, doing research… The actual writing could be one or two hours a day, but it’s a non-stop process. 

A post for Survival First takes around two to three hours, but I only update about once a week.

For On The Go, I dedicate about half an hour every day
3- Has it been worth it so far? Definitely. It’s so much fun and so stimulating to write about what you want when you want. It makes me look and listen to everything around me in a different way. And the reception to Mich Café has been so overwhelming that I find myself more and more speechless and thankful. Definitely. I got to know a lot of interesting people through blogging, and I’ve developed my writing instincts tremendously.

4- How many page views does your blog get daily?

When there’s a new post, the page views go up, now reaching the 400 mark. Then it goes down gradually, until the next post…  It depends on what I post on that day. The last guest post by Sareen from Ink On The Side got about 200 hits in the first two hours, which was a bit of a record for Survival First. The Sex In Public post on On The Go also got tremendous attention from twitter from the moment it was posted. It also sometimes happens that some posts get almost ignored and get relatively few hits…
5- How many blogs do you have or write for currently? Just the one, Mich Café. At the moment, two: Survival First, and (Survival) On The Go.
6- How many hours do you dedicate to them every day? ---- I’m a very impulsive writer, I hardly ever plan my posts (hence the erratic schedule), and so this is a function of how “inspired” I feel. It can go from half an hour to three hours, but hardly ever longer.
7- Do you think one needs to post daily to be successful? No, I don’t think you need to post daily unless you are micro-blogging or doing it fulltime. No, but it helps. There are lots of blogs that I follow that post at longer intervals, but posting daily definitely keeps a certain momentum going, and that’s one of the reasons why I started the On The Go blog.
8- Is there an ideal posting frequency? I don’t really know. I’m still feeling my way. But to build readership, I think twice a week isn’t bad. For the format of Survival First, it would’ve been ideal to have three posts a week (my posts tend to be somewhat long), I just don’t have the time or energy for that.
9- What is the biggest blogging mistake you did? Quite a few, I’m sure… but that’s for the readers to tell me. I would say not actively promoting my blog through social media from the beginning, particularly in the Lebanese blogger circles.

10- What is the biggest mistake you see in blog designs?

I find black backgrounds impossible to read. Also long paragraphs. I’d have to say a tie between “Too much clutter” and “Not enough identity”. Bloggers sometimes think that by emulating a successful design or throwing a lot of widgets on the blog they can keep people interested. Clutter just makes me run away from a blog.
11- Twitter is a distraction or a good promotional tool? I don’t think a blogger like me can make it without Twitter. It’s the ideal platform to introduce your blog, promote the posts, get feedback and increase readership. You have to keep a good balance. Using it strictly as a promotional tool makes you sound like a TV commercial: people just phase you out after a while. You have to connect with your audience, especially when you’re starting out. Besides it’s a great way to have both interesting conversations and mindless fun.
12- Do you think that any professional should have a blog? No, I don’t. Not necessarily. Although an active presence in social media is becoming a must, and it can be a very powerful tool if used properly.
13- If you could give an advice for a novice blogger, what would it be? Ohhhh! I need all the advice I can get, being a novice myself!!! But, as with everything in life, I’d say: “Go for it!” Take it somewhat seriously in the sense that a blog requires some amount of effort and maintenance before it draws sustainable traffic, but also take it lightly: if it’s not fun for you, it won’t be fun for your readers.
14- What is the secret of your success, expressed in one word? I think it’s too early to talk of success but my posts, so far, have been in one word, heartfelt.


I write about the things that make me tick, and I hope my passion seeps through my writing.

Oh and success is still way far ahead :)
15- If you could write a post on any blog in the world, which one would you pick? Well… I’m quite happy in my café, but any collaboration with a blog like this one or any Lebanese or regional blog would be great. And I wouldn’t turn down The Huffington Post,  just for the exposure and to get a zillion page views! I would love to be behind the idea of an XKCD or “Cyanide and Happiness” comic. Unfortunately, I can’t draw to save my own life…


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19 octobre 2010 2 19 /10 /octobre /2010 09:56


Winter is here and the air is getting dry

You hands are cracking and you need something to moisturize

Don't search harder anymore... Shea Vanilla Hand Cream from L'Occitane is the answer  



Enriched with shea butter, this limited edition Shea Vanilla Hand Cream nourishes the skin and leaves a soft and delicious scent of shea with a hint of vanilla. It is packaged in a portable size, perfect for a purse or office drawer.


It's soft on the hands, not greasy and leaves a fresh smell all day long.

For those who don't like Vanilla, it also comes in neutral scent.


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12 octobre 2010 2 12 /10 /octobre /2010 11:03


I arrived 10 minutes late to class yesterday, but for the first time I wasn't angry, nor furious, nor stressed, nor annoyed and nor irritated...


All this is because I got lucky to find a nice service (Lebanese way of taxis) also for the first time; he was a young guy wearing a cap and a collar on his neck.

The radio was on, but barely could hear the music, I suspected something interesting and asked him to turn the volume higher.

He said: “Are you sure?? I’m afraid you will be frightened!!”

I replied: “No worries, I like this type of music.”

He said: "Are you sure? You don't look like a heavy Metal fan?!?!"

I replied: "Yeah you are right, I don't look like one but I like it"


And there he was listening to heavy metal songs and he was informing me all the way about new groups and new songs to listen to.

He even told me how he turned his girlfriend from an Arabic music lover to a Heavy Metal fan, and how he's not wearing black not to frighten the customers.   


How cool and rare is that  instead of hichik bichik songs or nagging drivers all the way with horns and looking at the hour every single minute and getting dizzy, I got good music 


I’ll leave you with this song to enjoy


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7 octobre 2010 4 07 /10 /octobre /2010 09:23


First of all, I would like to thank Migheille for her enthusiasm and for encouraging me to revive the Bloggers Face-Off.

Second, I would like to thank the two lovely Bloggers today for showing their support and replying so fast to me, much appreciated.






Ali Seifeddine



1- How long have you been blogging?

Started on the first day of 2009 

My first blog post was on 2009/08/09, I left my blog for a while and recently started blogging again… so maybe a year or so. 
2- How many hours per day do you dedicate to the blog?

Since I’m not the “daily” blogger or a news source, but more of a “moody” blogger, I post when I feel like it, or when I get an idea with a really annoying voice whispering to get out.

So there might be several days where I forget that I do have a blog, and the day I post, I give it 2 to 3 hours.

I dedicate 1-2 hours a day to my blog. 
3- Has it been worth it so far?

Like everything else, it has its ups and downs, but in general it feels good to take that idea shape it into something to display, get recognition, and make room for another one …

Definitely! The blogging experience has been worth it. It has been rewarding personally, and with the comments and feedback I receive, I guess others appreciate it too. It is rewarding when other tell you they “learnt something from you”.  My blog focuses on Lebanon, specifically Beirut, and I feel that through my blog I am making a difference… that’s worth it!
4- How many page views does your blog get daily?

It depends and varies a lot between an average day between 2 posts or the day a post get published… but if I must give numbers I would say around 40 in between posts, and it can go to several hundreds the day I publish a new post. 

It depends. If I do a very “different post”, I will get around 400 page visits. But usually it’s between 200-300 page views.
5- How many blogs do you have or write for currently?

1-     Schizolax-10mg is where I portray the personal side of me with all its contradiction from deep seriousness to provoking sarcasm (thus the title )

2-     Macateeb blog : which is currently invite only and on hold . it was an attempt to attack openly subjects that I avoid in schizolax such as Lebanese politics, and known figures…

3-     A professional design blog joining several creators as authors, that will be launched soon, and will be the façade for the business I’m currently founding >> [ abstract ]

N.B: when [ abstract] blog is launched, I’ll be forced to give away my mask #confession

Just one... “Seif And His Beiruti Adventures”.
6- How many hours do you dedicate to them every day? Review – 2 1-2 hours a day. I guess Twitter is a second blog now that I think about it (I spend an immensely large amount of time there).
7- Do you think one needs to post daily to be successful?


Define successful? And it depends on the genre of posts.


I don’t deny that being omni-present helps self-exposure,

And daily posts for news blogs, or directories are a must.

Then again, you see posts that offer “resources” to receive a constant wave of page views disregarding post frequencies


When it is a design blog or even “moody” blog like in Schizolax you can always stretch the interval of time between posts without getting self-kidnapped for a long time. 

No. However, for new blogs, I think a post a day is good to build a good amount of “solid” followers. But quality is more important than quantity.
8- Is there an ideal posting frequency?

Again, it depends on the genre of blogs

I try and post something each day… but with school it has been a bit hard lately. I space my posts now, usually post once every two days… my page views stay consistent.. 
9- What is the biggest blogging mistake you did?


To link between Schizolax and macateeb, thinking that I will get the same quality of readers ,which led to a big misunderstanding … which led to putting macateeb blog on hold


P.S: you might be amazed how tribal some comments or mails get. And for the record when I say tribal I’m not referring to hate mails, those I tolerate, but cheering uncivilized mails, where everyone thinks he got your point, and that you belong to its party and describes “graphically” what “we” will do to counterparts … 

The biggest blogging mistake would definitely have to be in my early posts. I was unsure of my blogging topic, and what I would be talking about. I was very “all over the place”. That’s the biggest mistake for any blogger, not knowing what kind of content they want to provide to their readers.

10- What is the biggest mistake you see in blog designs?

When the “design” is so messed up and far from being clean that you have to look for the posts between meaningless graphics and useless widget Each blogger has his / her own design preferences, I guess you can say. As long as there is an archive, category list, and a search button I am ok. 
11- Twitter is a distraction or a good promotional tool?

In a way , It is both

But if you want other tweeps to bother and get distracted by your promotional tweets and follow your links, you will have to accept the distraction resulting for following tweets.
Hands-down it is an amazing promotional tool. I suggest it to any new blogger.
12- Do you think that any professional should have a blog? Not necessarily a blog , but definitely an online identity and a promotional tool , and use them wisely Yes I do. It’s a good way to relax, a good way to get word out, express opinions, and really advertise yourself.
13- If you could give an advice for a novice blogger, what would it be?

Do not try to copy other bloggers, eventually you will be tired of portraying others and the whole purpose of putting yourself out there would suffocate.

Create your own identity , it will be appreciated by readers, and above all you would be true to yourself

Know what you want to write about. It’s super important. Without knowing what type of blog you want or what your “focus” will be on, you end up hurting your blog and it’s popularity because the readers won’t know what to expect, or what they are “coming back” for.
14- What is the secret of your success, expressed in one word?


Success ??? ( you’ll make the cute blogger with the nice picture in the next column mock me , seriously ;)

I can’t talk about success… but I can talk about satisfaction. I am satisfied of what I posted till this day and still growing and since I blog for fun , or in more precise words, I think out loud, I have all the time in the world to grow …

I don’t know about success…I still am fairly new, and other bloggers are far more ahead / advanced than I am. But success in everything, especially writing, comes with “dedication”. 
15- If you could write a post on any blog in the world, which one would you pick?


I never gave this a thought before , so no blog in particular,

But now that you have mentioned it, I think that a kind of collaboration between Lebanese bloggers , exchanging guest posts or even co-writing them could provide all of us with a rich shared experience … so let’s organize “co-blog” week once a year … what do u think ?? <<< all rights reserved :P


Thank you 

http://Trella.org/  – for his topics that I appreciate and can relate to.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/ - I learnt a great deal from this blog! 


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4 octobre 2010 1 04 /10 /octobre /2010 13:24




Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.


AstraZeneca, which manufactures breast cancer drugs Arimidex and Tamoxifen, founded the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the year 1985. The aim of the NBCAM from the start has been to promote mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer.


In 1993 Evelyn Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President of the Estée Lauder Companies founded The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and established the Pink Ribbon as its symbol, though this was not the first time the ribbon was used to symbolize breast cancer. 

In the fall of 1991, the Susan G. Komen Foundation had handed out Pink Ribbons to participants in its New York City race for breast cancer survivors. 

Click here To know more about the Estée Lauder Breast Cancer awareness campaign  

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29 septembre 2010 3 29 /09 /septembre /2010 14:02


This post is dedicated for  @sdarine 


As I was wandering one day in ABC - Achrafieh like usual  I passed by the Givenchy stand and while bombarding Wissam with questions about the products, my eyes caught this unique product.

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Wake-up Skin Make-up Base 

This Make-up Base is ideal before Make-up, it erases any imperfections in the face.

Lovely with it's ultra-light fresh and extremely comfortable texture.

ACTI'MINE is the "Breakfast" energy of the skin that lasts all day. 


The shades



This Make-up Base comes in six different shades to correct imperfections and boost skin's natural luminosity also with SPF 15 to protect your face from the sun:


The illuminating shades:

1-Acti Milk

5-Acti Mango  


The corrective shades

2- Acti Strawberry

3- Acti Kiwi

4- Acti Plum


The Neutral unifying shade

6- Acti Peach


How to use it? 

After applying your day cream, the Make-up base can be used alone or mixed with foundation, but since I'm not a big fan of foundation I prefer it alone. If you don't feel like wearing make-up it will keep your face radiant all day and if you do wear make-up it will hold your foundation or powder all day long. 


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28 septembre 2010 2 28 /09 /septembre /2010 13:47



Water covers 70.9% of the earth's surface and is vital for all known forms of life. 

Clean drinking water is essential to human and other lifeforms.


Over large parts of the world, humans have inadequate access to potable water and use sources contaminated with disease vectorspathogens or unacceptable levels of dissolved chemicals or suspended solids. Such water is not potable and drinking or using such water in food preparation leads to widespread acute and chronic illnesses and is a major cause of death in many countries.

4000 children die each day due to illnesses from lack of clean drinking water.


Water Aid America ,  megree and Bloggers Unite are working together to bring awareness to the impact of lack of clean water has globally. 

WaterAid is lobbying the UN to make water a human right. Why isn't it? Over 1 million kids die each year from lack of water and there are easy solutions to this problem. It's disgraceful. 

We all can make a difference to help, pay-it-forward and spread the cause of WaterAid – A Burden For Thirst. You can help them financially or simply write a Blog about it.

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27 septembre 2010 1 27 /09 /septembre /2010 13:58


Today's topic is Nail care from  ARTDECO 



Why nail care?

Since ever, I had thin nails that break easily and I've tried a lot of brands and none was efficient until I went to Germany and bought the Highly effective special nail polish for immediate hardening of soft, thin nails from ARTDECO

How to use it?

You can apply it on nails as base and then apply colored nail polish, or you can just apply it alone as a treatment from two to three times a week until your nails get the desired hardening result.


I've been using it almost a month now and I can feel my nails are feeling much better 


From the same collection:

- Dry & Brittle nails

- Files & manicure aids

- Whitening & Bleaching

- Artificial nails & nail repair.

Where to find it?


ARTDECO is a German brand, but you can also find it in Lebanon and more specifically in ABC - Achrafieh, not sure if there's other branches.


But to note also that it's much less expensive in Germany, so if you have someone coming from abroad don't hesitate to ask them to bring it to you!!


You can follow them on Twitter and on Facebook


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23 septembre 2010 4 23 /09 /septembre /2010 10:42


I received a text message yesterday from  ABC informing their clients about the arrival of the new Teint Miracle from Lancome, but as usual I ignored it and deleted it.


After class, i didn't really feel like heading home directly so I decided to pass by ABC - Achrafieh see if my friends are there, and while walking in L0 I passed by the Lancome stand where they were introducing the new Teint Miracle for the customers. 




I'm not a Lancome customer but I was always attracted to it because of Julia Roberts, she's beautiful, sweet with a natural look.

And since I started a beauty section on my blog I stopped by to check the new product:



So i started asking the lady what's so special about it and how miraculous is it??

First, if you don't know by now it's the new "Fond de teint" by Lancome and it seems that it's made to be light on the face as if you aren't wearing anything. You can even put it on your eyes, it won't harm your skin, plus it has SPF 15 so it protects your face from the sun. 


How it works??

It absorbs the light and reflects it back, that's why your face is shiny all day long 


It's available in 20 shades depends on every skin. While applying it to me she used the shade Ivoire 2C and she mixed it also with a Serum Genefique  that hydrates more the skin and removes any sign of wrinkles specially on the forehead. Then she applied  Effacernes which is available in 10 shades, she applied the shade Clair II on my eyes, and to make the look more natural and brighter she added liquid concealer to the nose.

And as final touch she added the  Blush Subtil Rose Fresque  



I couldn't get the Lancome girls take a better picture then this, it seems they are very good with Make-up but not with photos :P


Hope you'll find this post useful! 

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22 septembre 2010 3 22 /09 /septembre /2010 15:19


After coming back from my holiday i've been really full with positive energy and somehow i was using it on Make-up!




So why is it on Make-up?


I always heard the guys in Lebanon saying that Lebanese women wear a lot of make-up, Europeans don't!

Well I've been in Europe and I saw with my own eyes that European women DO Wear Make-up EVERY single DAY!!

But the thing is they wear it in a moderate way and without using the flashy mashy, light bulbs colors!!

So on this point I agree with you guys... But i still insist Europeans wear make-up but in a simple way!! 


OK so I was wearing make-up everyday in Germany  and since i got back but in a different way, especially after that I visited the  Givenchy stand in  ABC Achrafieh and the guy there was really helpful and gave me a lot of handful beauty tips, and it seemed really working with me because i was really getting good vibes from the ladies around me   so i though why not sharing things with you.


My love for Givenchy started when i saw Liv Tyler in that very irresistible Red Lipstick  "Rouge Interdit"



Don't you just love this color?? 



Today i will start with The lips


If you have small lips or one lip thinner than the other, i think it's preferable if you draw a contour from the outside of the lip to give it more volume.


If you want a vibrant color, then it's a good idea if you color all your lip with the contour and then apply the lipstick or the gloss.


Now to go back to the title, what to choose Gloss or Lipstick?


To answer this question, first it depends on the style and on the age of the person, some consider gloss for teenagers and young girls and Lipstick for adults.


You can check this interesting article by Psychologies magazine    "The great lipstick/lip gloss debate" 


As for me i think it doesn't matter with age, it depends on the mood, the occasion and the clothes you are wearing.

For everyday use i think gloss is perfect but if you have a special meeting at work you can wear Lipstick and add a thin layer of gloss to make it more alive!


So what do you think Ladies? I would love to have your feedbacks?

And Men also, don't be shy!! what do you like more on your girlfriend/ fiancée/ wife??



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