WHY THEM NOT YOU (PART VI) ADEL KARAM

After my appearance on Hayda Talent with Adel Karam, I am often asked about Adel – what is he like? Is he nice in person? Or is he stuck up? My answer always is: I love him!

Today, I witnessed him answering the questions of the attendees at Director’s Kcut conference – proving to me once more how down to earth he is.

What makes him different?

1- He is a giver

Knowing that stand up is the hardest form of public speaking, giving it a try was so stressful, challenging, and scary. Coming up with a script and standing in front of millions was definitely the hardest public experience I have ever went through.

Adel Karam made it much easier for me. He went through my script, gave me advice of how to say my lines, and even interacted with me on stage when he saw how nervous I was.

2- He is not overwhelmed with fame

Today at Director’s Kcut, Adel explained to the students that all the fame and glory a celebrity gets is nothing but earthly void glory, which struck me to the core. I have witnessed Divas who almost have Godly attributes, thinking they’re better; they’re above, that they rule. That is when they actually lose in life – and that is why Adel keeps on winning: getting more successful, more imitated, and more loved; he has his feet on the ground.

3- He is passionate

Many of us are after being famous, being powerful, and being ‘glorious’. That is not what Adel Karam is after, he is after doing what he loves.

When asked about The Late Night Show “Hayda 7akeh”, he told us that it took Tareck Karam two years of convincing – for Adel to present it. If he were just about the fame and glory, it would have taken Adel a minute to jump to the opportunity – because hey, let me not state the obvious, we both know why. 😉

He also explained that he would reject (and has rejected) an offer from Hollywood if he felt that it contradicts with what he is passionate for…

4- He is responsible and loyal

…which brings me to this: Adel expressed that even if he were offered by Martin Scorcese himself a huge role in a movie, he would only take it if he makes sure he wouldn’t be slacking with Mafi Metlo and Hayda 7akeh

– which means he has huge respect and responsibility to what and where he is at now, that he wouldn’t jeopardize it for anything; not to mention his complete and utter trust in his team and his brother Tareck Karam.

So much respect for that, and Oh, even more respect because he gave Scorcese as an example. *fangirls*


4- He motivates

On Hayda 7akeh, Adel never cares about creating a scoop, instead he makes it a purpose to make his guest feel comfortable and at home.

When I was about to come up on stage at Hayda 7akeh, Adel Karam complimented me a lot and gave a lot of positive energy so I could believe in myself. I know that very few stars do that. 

“Do not believe what you hear about the media. TV Presenters are recruited due to their potential and not due to whatever they have done with a director/producer. TV channels want potential, potential makes them money. You will all make it, I can see it in your eyes. Even those who are from an engineering background, you are here, you are passionate for getting there. That is why you will make it.”
– Adel Karam, to the students of Director’s Kcut

It is easy to be popular, especially if you are gifted. It is hard however, to keep on winning. How is Adel Karam STILL making it big?

He is giving, motivating, passionate, down to earth, loyal, and finally responsible.

Much Love!
M

MOVIE VI: NEIGHBORS II (2016) M REVIEW

You can totally rap up the whole movie by saying Zac Efron is effing hot, and you should watch him strip – almost rocking some Magic Mike moves – but I’ll go further in this. For the guys and men who are into lil’ girls, there is a bit of Selena Gomez there too. It’s not the brightest of movies, but since I watched it, here it is:

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Zac isn’t in college anymore, his gay-best friend is getting married and he has to move out. He finds the perfect refugee: A House where Shelby (Chloe Grace Moretz) and two other freshman girls (Kiersey Clemons and Beanie Feldstein) are starting a cool-sorority “Kappa Nu” that actually throws parties unlike other sororities that can only attend frat parties (organized by guys).

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Next door however, are Zac’s former enermies: the Radners (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne). Those who have seen Neighbors 1 know a bit about their psychology, I’d advise watching Neighbors 1’s trailer, however you can totally catch up if you haven’t.

The Radners are expecting a baby and are trying to sell the house. According to them, there is no way they can sell it with crazy sorority parties happening in the house near them.

Zac starts out helping the Sorority raise money and get big, then he takes the old people’s side and decides on tearing it down with the Radners.

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This Movie is 18+ at Cinemall and definitely targets university students; not a lot of wisdom messages there but here are a few things you might learn from Neighbors II:

  • Zac Efron is hot
  • You should grow up, life is not college
  • Zac Efron is hot
  • When your best friend(s) gets married or falls in love, you don’t have to feel left out – they would still love to have you there (third wheeling or being say, a maid of honor)
  • When you do the right thing, it pays off – sometimes, literally; in money buckets
  • Your cannot control kids, the belong to LIFE (Boom!)

Moreover, this movie shows all the homophobes out there that a homosexual guy can still be (best) friends with a straight guy. It exists and you shouldn’t be so paranoid and narrow-minded about it. Chill, no one’s going to rape you.

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Two, this movie caters to those female college students that are not bimbos and hoes. They Exist. Somehow, college movies always classifies the girls into either lifeless church nerds or straight dumb b*tches. This movie is an Easy-A kind of college-movies that show girls who love to party but don’t need those 7-minutes-in-heaven and tequila-punches kind of parties.

Also, (unlike Hollywood movies in the 90s) the three girls starting the sorority (or is it Sorortity?) are not all blonde; one is blonde, the other is African American and the third one is ‘fine’ looking and overweight. They’re all cool. The blonde is still the dominant leader, but they’re all best friends and there is no bossing around. I love that Hollywood is shifting the 90s stereotypes and being more real.

 

Enjoy the strip!
Much Love!
M

Interesting Facts About Whiskey with Mr. Graham Coull

So, I got the chance (among with 14 other bloggers) to meet the Master Distiller at Glen Moray Himself Mr. Graham Coull, and be lectured about Glen Moray Whiskey and about Whiskey in general.

glen-moray-3Some interesting facts I learned: 

  • Scottish Whisky is only be made in Scotland (obviously but you know)
  • It is made of Water, Grain, and Yeast
  • Kinds of Whisky are Single Malt, Blended Scotch (and Blended Malt)
  • Whiskey is made of beer (Add Barley and Yeast, distill it twice to get Spirit, put it in an oak cask for 3 years)
  • If you mix 2 whiskeys of different ages in the same oak cask, the whiskey takes the age of the youngest (Say you put a 12 year old whiskey with an 18 year old = 12)
  • In Summer, the whiskey interacts more with the wood inside the oak
  • The use of a Narrow-From-The-Top tasting glass is so, so the taste is centralized, the aroma stays in the whiskey
  • No two whiskies are identical
  • To keep the taste of the whiskey, do not add ice (because it is water) Water Cools Down and changes the taste of whiskey
  • There is no specific age for a whiskey to be bottled; it just needs to be ready; different casks mature differently
  • When emptying a cask, Master Distillers keep a couple of liters inside to keep the cask moisturized between two generations.
  • The whiskey is much more intense if it is bottled in a brand new cask used for the first time, 50% less intense if it used the second time, 25% less intense the third time (usually casks are used for three generations)
  • Glen Moray works with 90,000 barrels a year (around 3 million bottles)

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How to Taste A Whiskey:

  • Hold it in the light, to start differentiating different blends of whiskey and their colors
  • Nose it, to know what to expect
  • Taste it

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What We Tasted:

Glen Moray:

The Classic Single Malt (6-7 years)
Taste: Malty Toffee Sweetness
I liked it, but you can definitely taste Barley in it, because it is young

 

The Classic Port Finish (40% alcohol)
Taste: Citrus, Apple, Pear, Cinnamon
I loved this one, I would recommend this whiskey to girls

 

Chardonnay Cask Finish
Taste: Unique, Spicy, Wine Flavor, Candy, Fruit Sweetness
I also would recommend this one to girls and not heavy whiskey drinkers

 

Peated Single Malt
Taste: burned turf, peat smoke, peated vegies
I would only recommend this one to a heavy smoker who stopped smoking and would want to feel some chimney, it’s too heavy I would imagine an oversized man drinking it on his porch while his wife cooks soup

 

12 Years Old
Taste: Sweatness, Dark Fruits, Red Berries, Vanilla, Oak Woody Element, Very subtle amount of smoke
This has more character, probably because it is 12 years old and that is the basic age of whiskey

 

15 Year Olds
Taste: Coffee bean, Cherry, Fruits, Bitter
I like this one more than the 12 year olds, it has more flavor
I would add to it 2 ice

 

18 Year Olds
Taste: TOO STRONG because it is 47.2% alcohol
You will need to add to it water

 

 

 

The KIP Project #NotYourAshta

I was personally a fan of the StillNotAskingForIt campaign that started in June 2014 in America, I am glad something similar is happening in Lebanon.

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You’ve probably seen all the #NotYourAshta posts recently posted on social media; basically this campaign is to raise awareness about the KIP Project.

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The KIP Project on Gender and Sexuality at AUB is in its second year of gathering and disseminating information related to gender and sexuality in Lebanon, as well as building bridges between different stakeholders working in the field.

On March 31 and April 1, 2017, a two-day academic conference will be held to support the production and dissemination of knowledge related to gender and sexuality issues.
The conference will be centered around the theme of gender-based discrimination and sexual harassment.

“To gear up for our multidisciplinary conference in 2017, centered around discrimination and sexual harassment, we’re preparing an online campaign falling within the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. This internationally recognized campaign begins on November 25 – the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women- and ends on December 10 – Human Rights Day. To get the conversation started and raise awareness, this online campaign which seeks to shed light on the issue of street harassment in Lebanon.”

To know more about the conference and campaign, click here.

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What I want to say is: No Matter What A Girl Is Doing, No Matter How She Is Dancing, No Matter What She’s Wearing, NOTHING IS AN EXCUSE for any sexual harassment, and she still IS NOT ASKING FOR IT. 

We live in Lebanon, possibly the most annoying country in the world when it comes to doing what you love without worrying about people’s judgement and persecution – let alone Sexual Harassment. A liberal girl is often labeled as “Asking For It” even though most of the times, it is not the case.

Rape and sexual abuse/harassment is all around us everywhere we go (definitely on the streets). Because it is a taboo, girls often stay silent and do not share their stories. A person’s psychology and sexuality is often destroyed or disoriented due to such stories.

To know more about the #KIP2017 go to thekipproject.info

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Maya Acra Show Reel

I’ve edited my old show reel like 3 years ago of random university students (senior) projects, here’s a new one: more freaky; of only two projects I’ve done.

Khati2ati Takwa (Anas Arabi Song)
Character: girlfriend
– Bed Time Story (Valerie Yaacoub Senior Movie)
Character: Belle

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What some people don’t know about me is that my main passion is acting. I enjoy playing a character that is so far away from me, or that I have inside me; put myself in her shoes till whatever I am shooting is done.

Playing this girlfriend in Khati2ati Takwa (click to watch) was really daring and different. In the song, Anas Arabi states that he made her a trap, then he fell in it – to protect her from falling. This is a love song of all the destructive love/hate relationships of not knowing what tomorrow holds, of being weak, and still not giving up and not caring… 

She still wants to spend another day with him, let go and enjoy the wind, and dance.. the night away.

Whatsapp Stories? Wha…

So I guess everyone is doing it now?

Most of you know that I am a firm believer and a heavy user of Snapchat, however I do post stories on both instagram and Snapchat. 

I just got these leaked pictures of WHATSAPP STORIES, not sure they are official though, but they seem like a test dummy for a new update.

I personally do not have all my snapchat friends on Instagram – and definitely not on whatsapp, so I do not see this whatsapp update as threatening to my “stories activity”.

Many people I know though, shifted from Snapchat to Instagram stories since it made more sense – they have both their friends and the main pages they follow on Instagram; they wouldn’t be missing on anything (no major FOMOs).

Whatsapp stories would make more sense for those who use Snapchat to check their friends updates; those who are more private.

Probably Whatsapp Stories would target:

  • Private Instagram users who refrain from uploading insta stories  because of the two people they don’t know that they accepted last Monday
  • 30 and above who do not really care about celebrities or follow major news and celebrity/fashion/influencers pages
  • People who never used Snapchat or instagram stories and never really got it “because it’s too complicated”
  • Jealous boyfriends and girlfriends who already change their whatsapp pictures into black and their status into “pimping” and “single” when they’re on a fight

I think it will be less common among the youngsters since their parents and aunts have their whatsapp contacts – and no kid wants his grandma to know he is having fries for lunch at Burger King instead of her Kebbeh.

Thoughts?

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Thank you Ahmad Ki for the leak!

With Love!
M

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