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1, 2, 3 Fly: Finally Paragliding @flylebanonparagliding

I finally did it: Paragliding over Harissa after telling myself I want to for over ten years – wow I am getting old

 

I cannot find the reason of why I did not do it before, but I would definitely do it again.

 

I have answered below some misconceptions about paragliding that I wish I knew before:

 

Misconception 1. It is boring, you just go down the hill and that’s it!

 

Actually, you don’t. The paraglider can move the way he likes, up down left and right. We actually went horizontally all the way to Harissa then stayed on top of the sea for quite some bit.

If you like Adrenaline and you fly with someone as good as Walid Medawar from @flylebanonparagliding you can get your own share of Adrenaline Rush with tricks like the 360 degrees we did.
Still, It is not sky diving. You are floating in space, but you can float the way you like; you can stay as much as you like; and you can go as crazy as you want to go

 

Misconception 2. It is so scary

 

Well, I’ve loved crazy rides ever since I was little but let’s just say that if you ever tried parasailing you might as well enjoy paragliding. But yes, paragliding is much more interesting and ‘free’ – you are not stuck on a pillar

 

Misconception 3. Flying with a professional is uncomfortable

 

It all depends who you are flying with. I flew with Walid Medawar for more than 24 minutes, and I was not bothered at all. On the contrary, I was lucky to fly with him because of his noticeable passion towards paragliding. The fact that Walid still enjoys flying after doing so for over 20 years made me enjoy it even more! He is interactive and caring – and somehow intellectual. I felt safe and in good hands. That is all you should feel when you’re flying up in space right?

 

Of course you are freer when you fly alone if you practice it well, but flying with a reputable paraglider is not bad at all – it actually keeps you company!

 

Misconception 4. The Take Off and Landing might get challenging

 

Just focus and listen. Even though I have wanted to do it for a while, I did not read any blog or book before going paragliding. I just listened to my instructor, and I did not face any difficulties.

In the take off, you just walk then run facing the wind that is blowing you back.

In landing, you just stand up when your instructor counts “3”.

I did both exactly as told & hey! I love it!

 

LESSON LEARNED:

Do everything you want to do before you’re fat, old, and annoying.

Note: Walid gave me a GoPro which took pictures automatically every 5 seconds. Check out the edited footage I took:

Enjoy the winds & the view – and my video 😉

With Love!
M

 

 

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Whatsup with @total? #TotalLibanRallyPaper

Total Lebanon arranged a Rally Paper last Sunday (November 19, 2017) where they invited 5 bloggers (@LeNajib from Blog Baladi, @NourKeirouz #chasingnour, @LebaneseCars, @JimmyGhazal, and myself @mayaacra) with their plus ones to solve the charades.

On every checkpoint, we were handed out a paper with questions about Total Gas Station & General Knowledge, a charade, and a challenge. Watch the video of what happened with Aya & I as we were trying to figure everything out!

Also found on What’s Up with Maya 

 

“7kita 3ala facebook w maraddit” is not a business approach

So is “Ba3atella DM on instagram w ma raddit”
Being A digital consultant, I find it often that people are interested in working with bloggers, digital influencers, or talents. Sometimes directors would find an actress so fitting for a specific role, that they send her a private message.

 

I also hear this often “I sent her a message on instagram and on facebook, she did not reply, she is probably sheyfeh hala”, while on the other hand there are numerous numbers of bloggers waiting for sponsors, for content, and there are so many talented actresses and models feeling unappreciated.

 

What should you do?
– Every blogger/ actress has contact information on their socials: Send them an email or call their personal numbers. Don’t just wait for a message on Facebook. That is you being unprofessional, not them being cocky.

 

– When not getting a reply, send a reminder after 3 days, then another one after 2 weeks.

 

– (If you still did not get a reply and you are still after this specific person) Figure out a medium. Think of a person who would know her personal number or email and contact that person.

– Contact Talent Agents and Agencies for assistance (they usually have contact information of talents)

Tips:

  • The new instagram links you directly to a person’s contact
  • Many professionals have their numbers put on LinkedIn
  • Bloggers that do not have a contact number on their socials probably do not want to be contacted (so if you are a blogger and aiming for sponsors and proposals, put it there!)
  • When signing deals and talking MONEY with the assistance of a talent agent or medium, ask for a meeting for the 3 of you together. Chances are big that some projects do not go though because the “person in the middle” wants a bigger commission or is not transmitting the right info about a specific activity

 

While mostly all businesses exist on facebook and instagram, both are still NOT BUSINESS platforms. You want to raise a complaint, send an inquiry, or ask for a favor SEND AN EMAIL, CALL THE NUMBER, and ASK FOR A F2F MEETING.

Goodluck!
Much Love!
M

Why Them, Not You (Part V) Zeina Makki

Many of us dream of being a lead role in a cinema movie or to direct a good movie.
Zeina is only 25 and she has already played the main character in Bingo, Nesswen, and Habbit Loulou! She has also directed two characters (Liliane Nemri and Takla Chamoun) in Waynon, written by George Khabbaz.

—— > Here’s the link to my latest interview on Lebanese Memes with Zeina Makki:                       https://www.facebook.com/mayaakra08/posts/927513744025537

How did she make it?

1. She majored in what she loved

They say it doesn’t matter what you study in college. However, if you know what you love, do not waste your time studying something else for any reason, do not listen to anyone and major in what you are passionate about.
Zeina studied Radio TV in Notre Dame University Louaizeh and got to know all the know-how of how to direct an actor/actress and how to perform on stage and in front of the camera.

2. She kept herself productive/busy

Possibly because she had already been a ballet dancer, Zeina knew that hard work pays off. Zeina acted in many student films and played a lot of characters before being on the big screen. It was clear she was thinking far ahead, she had a vision.

 3. She sets goals

It is proven that those who set their goals have a bigger percentage to achieve them than those who ‘go with the flow’ like dead fish. During my interview with Zeina, she told me that she set a goal to direct at least one film every year. She is a book worm as well, and book worms usually set goals to read a certain number of books every month. She wants to eventually partake in movies outside the Middle East, and because she knows what she wants, there is a high probability she will get what she wants! 

4. She enjoys her life

It is clear that Zeina does not drain herself with her work, she engages in hobbies that again, keep her busy. She dances, boxes, reads books, hikes, and goes out with her friends – thus keeping her life balanced.

So how did she make it? She knew what she loves, what she wants, and she knew how to get it!

Much Love!
M