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5, 4, 3, 2, 1: HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!


Don’t you just hate it when people start asking you about your New Year’s Eve plans… in September!
Couldn’t figure out why I take it so personal, but it annoys me each and every time, even when I DO have plans! (Maybe coz the insecure little nerd inside my head can’t get over the uncool phase, hmmm… maybe)
Please don’t get me wrong, but I think NYE parties are highly overrated, and the prices of some of this year’s packages actually confirm my point of view. It’s sometimes more affordable to travel for New Year than to enjoy a “five course menu” with “open premium bar” in Lebanon!
When you come to think of it, options do not change much over the years. Plans for NYE usually revolve around the following:
1- Oriental Nights: Suitable for “Kebbeh Nayyeh” lovers, who like arak, mezze and half naked belly dancers.
2- Faraya (pronounced Fa.gha.ya): A safe choice: Whether you decide to stay in or go out, it’s always an “In” option. Skiing is a bonus.
3- VIP package: For 500$ or more per person, it includes fat cigars, and ridiculous amounts of silicone and champaign. Highly recommended for show off addicts.
4- Bar Hopping: A common practice in Gemmayze and Hamra, this method is well known for being fun and inexpensive for NYE; it requires no prior planning, only risk you might encounter is heavy rain. Suitable for young and easy going crowd.
5- The House Party: Of various socio-demographic backgrounds, house parties enthusiasts have in common a “cause”: they all refuse to be stuck in an overcrowded restaurant with drunk strangers and bad food.

Of course under each of the mentioned categories, you have sub categories, but then again, it’s simply an overview: I don’t have all day, neither do you!

Just one last thing before you put on your dance shoes: please remember that no matter where you choose to be or what you choose to do on New Year’s Eve, you can enjoy your party but have to keep in mind, at all times, that you owe it to yourself (and your mother) to stay safe and drink reasonably.


Roula N.



One thought on “5, 4, 3, 2, 1: HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

  1. Nailed it Roula!! This takes me back to the old days in Lebanon!!!! Cheers & happy new year…

    Posted by Maggie An. | December 31, 2012, 11:26 pm

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