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Wanna Dinner or Go on A Round Trip to Adana?

Dinner in a fancy restaurant with two bottles of wine costs us around 240$ right?
So does a ROUND TRIP to Adana, Turkey with Nakhal and Cie / Wings of Lebanon

Departures of this shopping trip as they call it (since shopping their is so cheap comparable to Lebanon) is every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday.

The fees include:
Air Ticket BEY/ADA/BEY with airport taxes
Hotel Accomodation
Transfers on arrival and departure

Things to do in Adana: 

1- Shop Shop Shop – Malls Malls Malls.
Prices are cheaper, especially the items on SALE;
It is actually a SALE there. 
2- Visit the giant central mosque
3- Watch movies outdoors (we couldn’t do this one unfortunately)
4- Drink Starbucks (American Coffee is for 1$)
5- Eat Kabab
6- Taste the Ayran
7- Visit the old bazar souks

Check out this video by Bilal Hax of our shopping trip there (I was super exhausted super sick with a projecteuron my forhead) sorry about that!  

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🔺Swipe ⬅️ ✈️ A shopping destination trip for $240 includes Tickets- 2 nights Hotel**** airport taxes, airport transportation, & Breakfast! @mayaacra @lebanontimes And myself had to check it out ourselves to believe it! Adana is where most retailers buy their brands at low tax cost, and because of current sanctions, it has become a shopping bonanza… Whether it is shopping for clothes, medicine shopping, or for beauty surgeries, things cost here WAY LESS!! 🇹🇷Don’t miss out on Adana Kabab for lunch & dinner, it’s only the best 😋 We had an awesome stay in @ramadaadanahotel, That provides shopping transportation for it’s guests😍 Book soon with @wings_of_lebanon or @nakhalandcie to get best deals. _______________________________ #adana #turkey #shopping #shoppingdestination #destinationshopping #wol #travelblogger #lebanesetravelers #lebanon #beirut #shoppers #lebaneseshoppers #travel #travelagency #vlog #videoblog #instatravel #lebanese #lebaneseinfluencer #travelmiddleeast #travelvlog #travelvlogger #cntravellertr #cntravellerme #nakhal #wingsoflebanon #fly #samsunggear360 #gear360

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Enjoy it!
Much Love!
M

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A Civil Marriage in Lebanon; Absolut-ly Almost!

A civil marriage happened only 22 km off the Lebanese coast Saturday noon, attended by the friends and family of Tarek Mallak (31) and Anastacia El Hajj (29) – and ofcourse the creators: the advertising agency, Interesting Times, and Fawaz Holding as the distributor for Absolut.

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Instead of traveling to another country to celebrate their wedding, this young couple decided to celebrate its as close as possible to the land where they were born and raised, the land they love – the land that does not accept them falling in love.

The logistics of doing such a wedding is not easily replicable. The boat has to be registered in a separate country that accepts civil marriage, in this case in Cyprus. The minister had to be a Cypriot marriage officer.

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“When you enter international waters, you can then follow the law of where the boat is registered. This was our way of expressing that we all believe it’s high-time we bring civil marriage to Lebanese shores.” stated Rita from Interesting Times.

Coming from different religious backgrounds, these young love birds are the pioneers of An-Almost-In-Lebanon-Civil Marriage without having to lose their civil rights*. The thing is Lebanese people are getting civil married in other counties both ways and legalizing it is a win-win situation to the state and the couples in love. In addition to it being a way to express that Love should know no race, color, gender, or religion, it creates additional revenue to the Lebanese economy and minimizes the expenses of Lebanese couples.

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‘Civil Love’ is a campaign that represents Absolut’s vision for a better, more open world. A world that celebrates human unity, diversity, champions openness, and promotes self-expression. It suggests that the best way to heal division in Lebanon is for the youth of different backgrounds to fall in love with each other. ‘Civil Love’ is the hope for a unified tomorrow in Lebanon.

 

Amen to that!
Keep falling in #Civillove!
M

 

* In 2013, a legal loophole allowed a few couples to marry civilly, but in order to do this, the couples had to erase all traces of their religion from their National Identities which led to a loss of civic rights. This act not only meant that the couples were criticized but it also cost them their right to vote, work in a public office, and meant that their child would be born with the same civic issues. This doesn’t seem suitable for a celebration of love and commitment and since 2013 there have been no civil marriages in Lebanon.

 

15 Minutes of Fame

Saturday was crazy. I joined the NOMAD EXPEDITION and discovered the beautiful virgin lands of Akoura, reached back from Beirut at 7:30 – and I had to make it to Qanat Alfa Alyaum Channel / OSN’s backstage of the show “Baddi Ra2yak” before 8:30 – Top Camera was 9 pm! Yes, basically they did both my hair and my make up in less than 30 minutes! (thus never mind how I looked!)

The question we discussed was the below:

Do you like to be famous? (from @badera2yak’s twitter) 
| Answers & results were as follows:
– Yes, why not (19%)
– Not at all (28%)
– I don’t aim for it, but I would be glad if it happened (30%)
– I don’t like to be in spotlight (23%)

Screen Shot 2018-05-28 at 4.43.01 PMSince Al Youm TV is a paid television, you won’t be able to watch the discussion online, however I will break down what we discussed below:

  • Fame might sometimes cause depression – especially when achieved quickly. We all know the ’15 minutes of fame’ – generally, what comes fast also goes fast.
  • Fame should not be an aim but a result of hard work and success – or else it might get disappointing
  • Fame in modern society is measured by the number of following an individual (or company) has therefore existing on social media is not only vital but inevitable 
  • Social media also provides a shortcut to fame 
  • Fame is responsible – meaning, every relatively famous individual has social responsibility of increasing awareness to good social causes which he should advocate whenever needed
  • A famous person doesn’t need to get his followers into his house – the panelists explained privacy of a household as “red lines” – however, this is definitely the decision of every famous person – some of them enjoy it (like the Kardashians) some don’t (like Nancy Ajram) 
  • Followers are (generally) not stupid and can sense when a person is genuine or fake – a fake life on social media can be easily spotted; fake profiles eventually cease to exist
  • No matter how strong social media is, traditional tv appearances still have a huge impact on shaping a celebrity’s prestige (media needs celebrities and vice versa)

 

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I am one of the people who added to the 3rd answer. Being famous is never my aim, however success is – if fame followed, I wouldn’t mind it 🙂

What are your thoughts about fame? 

Set A Goal, being famous is not one!
With Love,
M

Don’t Be Perfect! Saint Tropez

I recently collaborated with Saint Tropez, a new store in Zouk, on a look book with my very own photographer friend @kareem_nakkash and the magnificent makeup artist Mohamad Kobrosly @mdk.mua (scroll down)

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Throughout this blog post, you will read some of their empowering taglines – reflecting a culture that promotes a less perfect – more fun/ sparkling life.

Saint Tropez is a member of the retail group holding United Colors Of Benetton and Sisley in Lebanon, being so I directly could predict it is a “credible” brand of good quality. I realized my cognition was right when I checked their collection – perfectly designed for strong, independent, multitasking, and outgoing women, who don’t need a mini jupe to turn heads. Even though all the pieces are noticeably comfortable, the cuts are also very feminine.

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Saint Tropez is an international brand. The style and expression is feminine, sensual yet always “decent”. The sensual identity builds on and gives direction to the feminine core. Price position is affordable, medium-low price level, and this element is linked to the core “value for money”.

As mentioned on their website, Saint Tropez designs are for women, who want to feel fashionable every day. “We create the season’s must haves, the everyday hero and the perfect party look – accessible fashion for all occasions.”

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My favorite pieces are the bohemian red dress, the green and leopard sweater, the black & white outfit, and the white lace shirt.

Go ahead and check out their Trendy/ Comfortable, Strong/ Feminine collection!

 

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Much Love!
M

Le Brio: What A Cunt

I unfortunately missed the premiere organized by Empire on the 5th of March; I got to watch Le Brio last night. The movie theatre had 6 people (including us), I understand it was a Monday – so I won’t judge.

 

Le Brio simply tends to increase your IQ – what every other (probably sold out) movie in the theatres does not do.

 

Synopsis: Neïla Salah grew up in Créteil and dreams of becoming a lawyer. Registered at the great Parisian university of Assas, she confronts from the first day to Pierre Mazard, professor known for his provocations and his slippages. To redeem himself a conduct, the latter agrees to prepare Neïla for the prestigious contest of eloquence. At the same time cynical and demanding, Pierre could become the mentor she needs … Still, they must both overcome their prejudices.

 

Those lucky among us know their dream.

Life is full of opportunities.

Most of us though fear failure, so we live a safe life – then shift the blame onto every human, creature, and stereotype we can find to hide our cowardness towards what makes our souls cry from happiness.

 

If this reality is too harsh for you, try to have Pierre Mazard as a dream mentor.

What a cunt – one that we all need in order to slap ourselves in the face and wake up from our prolonged procrastination.

 

Neila is an Arab, an ambitious one.

Her lips are not bottoxed, her clothes do not reveal her clit, her dream is not gaining followers on instagram – but ofcourse she does not represent us Arab women; she has sex with her boyfriend.

 

So please, make me a favor and do not watch this movie.
(I’m using one of Mr. Mazard’s strategies, I mean go watch it)

Both characters help each other get what they want from life – who needs to toughen up and see that. No one. Duh.

(It’s a must watch) 

Let me know if you need a plus one, I have some friends I don’t feel like hanging out with.

(I would watch it again)

 

Keep Walking Jane

After the marvelous Johnnie Walker Lebanese campaign “The Resourceful Don’t Wait” and the great keepwalkinglebanon initiative, Johnnie Walker acknowledges – this time not only our local pain but – women starting this March launching Jane Walker by Johnnie Walker. Eventhough this is an american movement #MonumentalWomen, I am hoping we get those Jane bottles shipped here!

I’m sure everyone can’t wait to drink you Jane! 😉 jane-walker-350-2018

The Johnnie Walker Black Label “Jane Walker Edition” debuts in March to coincide with Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day celebrations. In a multi-faceted attempt to support women in business, culture and politics, the company will donate $1 for each bottle produced to nonprofit campaigns like Monumental Women, a movement to erect a monument honoring America’s women suffragists in New York’s Central Park (there are currently 23 historical statues in the Park, none of which honors a real woman), and She Should Run, a group encouraging women to register and run for elected office.

Ref: http://www.adweek.com/brand-marketing/johnnie-walkers-transformative-jane-walker-campaign-will-support-gender-equality/

So both Lebanese Johnnie and Jane, keep walking 😉

M

Still Wanna Use Uber and Co?

Now that it’s out an Uber driver murdered Rebecca Dykes, a British diplomat in Beirut,  I am beyond shocked – and I feel the need to share this:

Around 6 months ago, I was contacted by Careem, another chauffeur driven car booking service operating in the Middle East, as an ‘influencer’ to promote their service on my social media:

I was riding with around 6 girls to Halat Sur Mer, the driver/ pilot commented that his boss doesn’t know he is a Careem chaufeur, so he doesn’t want to show in my posts. When I asked him where he works, he did not answer which got my girlfriends and I very uncomfortable.

Also, when he first picked me up, I recall he told me that I was more than 5 minutes late, so he turned off the map.

When we reached our destination at around 9 pm, I realized that I had left my wallet in his car. I called the pilot and told him that I need him to bring me back my wallet, he didn’t come back. Instead, he asked me to “order a Careem for my way back” . Not wanting to be rude, I agreed. I spent my whole night without a wallet. At around 1 am, I order a Careem. 5 minutes later it turned out, the pilot assigned wasn’t the same pilot who had driven me there. I cancelled the trip, and tried again. After 30 mins of trial and error, with my girlfriends and I waiting, I called the pilot and asked him to get my wallet right away. 

I called Careem’s marketing representative and apologized saying I don’t want to recommend this service to people who follow me. I deleted all the posts. The marketing rep told me it was my bad that I was late for pick-up, and couldn’t understand that I was actually more worried about the driver “turning off the map” and working “under cover”. 

25520044_10159704269960084_1563505195_nHowever, I still ordered uber sometimes both in Dubai and in Lebanon – since I thought it was an “international standard” service AND valet-fees-free. Now when I think about it; Even though most of uber pilots were nice and friendly, a lot of them were aggressive especially when it comes to “rating them a 5” or making them wait for 5 minutes – and by aggressive, I mean really aggressive. I have a rating of 4.88 on Uber, I had no idea that there was any Passenger rating till a rude pilot once mentioned that we both rate each other in a weird tone.

I also was once charged twice on my credit card for one Uber trip. I tried to contact the headquarters, the only way I could reach them was FACE BOOK MESSENGER – which is ABSURD! They promised a refund, I’m not sure they refunded my money. 

I remember when I was still in school, we had “3ammo George” my friends and I used to call. He was a dad, he was like our dad. We would call him at 5 am, he would get out of bed just to drive us all home. From THAT, to modern apps with complete psychos driving digital natives around the city,  is ridiculous! 

Being talkative and always questioning life, I ALWAYS asked every driver if he is both an Uber and Careem driver. 90% of them told me they were both, Uber and Careem drivers in Lebanon need to have a red plate/ public-driving license – so they’re limited and usually work with BOTH. It was a chance that this diplomat ordered an Uber, it could be either.

The reason I am writing this is to warn everyone, that I was NOW about to order an Uber (even though all of the above) to Mar Mkheyel, now I am just in shock and grateful I am ALIVE!!!!

Order a taxi from real reputable companies, NOT ON THE STREETS (my mobile phone was stolen from one of those once) “3ish ktir shouf ktir”; REAL COMPANIES who are always in contact with their supervisor, on walky talkies, THOSE!! Uber and such are just apps that take around 20%-30% of the fees you pay per ride. Even though they’re trendy and cool, they are simply NOT SAFE!

Or at least don’t ride with them before: 
1- Drivers cannot turn off maps!
2- Drivers are inspected especially for criminal records!
3- A 24/7 costumer service department answers complaints and not Facebook Messenger!

PS: Many UBER drivers were nice and extremely friendly and “fatherly”
Stay Safe Please!
M