All posts by Hina Safdar

Not a muggle.Social media loving, Tech savy mom of two. Food, Fashion, Lifestyle, Tourism, Karachi, Current affairs, Photography, Movies, Health and education is what I like to blog about.

Bites and Vibes comes to Karachi this weekend 

After the success of first-ever “Bites and Vibes” event in Lahore, Foodpanda.pk is bringing Pakistan’s coolest food market to Karachi. Let me guide you how you can make the most of the event and actually save without compromising the enjoyment and skipping dishes. (Read Pro Tips👇) 

Event Details:

When – Sunday, December 17th, 2017 from 12pm-10pm

Where: Alliance Française De Karachi.

Click here for map of location. 

Tickets: PKR 200 (available at the entrance) 

Musical vibes by:  Shajar and Darvesh

What to Expect:

  • Delicious tasting bites like, 
  • Exotic sushi from Yaki,
  • Live pasta from Del Frio
  • Juicy sliders from Big Thick Burgerz,
  • Brownie waffles from Heaven – The Waffle Bar,
  • Mousse shots from Sugar Pearl, 
  • IcePopco PK‘s frozen delights and 
  • Lots more. 

    Get a bite of all these yummy foods for only PKR 200 each. To pair with the first bite of your favourite food, 7UP will be serving free Margaritas.

    Patari will be there to give you good vibes with their lively tones all day long good vibes all day long and the soulful star performances in evening.

    Hungry yet? Do read terms and conditions below and obey them to make the event a successful one. 

    Portis to make the most out of the Event:

    Go with family and friends and share your meal to enjoy more variety. Say you’re going with 5 friends means you can share 5 plates, 200 each. On American system of course, you’ll just pay 200 but end up tasting 5 bites. How cool is that? Akhir dou sou rupay main aur kiya chahiae? 

    If you have Bank Alfalah cards, you can buy entry tickets for two in price of one. ISN’T THAT A STEAL? 

    Unlike during buffets you don’t have to pay for drinks as 7up will be serving free margaritas. 

    Uber is offering the promo code “BITESVIBESKHI” for a flat 50% off on fare to and from the venue this Sunday. 

    No need to go to SMCH for Delfrio and then DHA for Big Thick Burgerz coz they’ll be there together. 

    Just enjoy. Eat and have fun. 

    *Terms and Conditions*

    1. The ticket must be bought from the ticket counter at the venue and presented at the entrance.

    2. Each ticket is valid for only one entry into the event. 

    6. Entry tickets are applicable for children over 3 years of age.

    7. Not more than one infant in arms or child under 3 can be admitted with an adult per ticket.

    8. foodpanda may use the ticket holder’s image or likeness in any live or recorded video display, photograph or picture.

    Advertisements

    #BlackFriday 2017 – Time to Plan a holiday with mega discounts by Sastaticket.pk 

    If you’re an avid traveler or want to make the most out of discounted deals to enjoy traveling without breaking the bank, you should know about Sastaticket and use it. The much awaited annual sale, Black Friday Sale is scheduled to take place on 24th November 2017 this year. Sastaticket.pk, Pakistan’s premier travel portal, is offering colossal discounts on online flight bookings, hotel reservations, and holiday packages. This news has been met with joyous excitement by Pakistanis who are now counting the days to the launch date.



    Visit Sastaticket.pk on Black Friday 2017 to avail up to 75% off on local hotel bookings, up to 20% off on international hotels, 15% off on international holiday packages, up to 10 % off on international flights and flat PKR 1,000 discount on domestic flights. Pakistanis are advised to keep their eyes glued to Sastaticket.pk’s Black Friday 2017 event when the deals begin to go live on Friday, 24th November, i.e. TONIGHT. 


    While announcing the Black Friday Sale, Shazil Mehkri, CEO, Sastaticket.pk (Pvt.) Ltd. said:


     “We are thrilled to reveal our Black Friday deals for 2017 that guarantee the best rates for hotel reservations and flight bookings. Our aim has always been to make traveling more affordable for common travelers and events like these encourage us further in our pursuit.”


    The already competitive rates on Sastaticket.pk matched with the Black Friday discounts guarantee that all travelers enjoy the cheapest ever airfares and hotel rates this November. Travel is an essential part of the human experience and Sastaticket.pk is enabling the creation of great travel memories. It is true that not everyone in Pakistan can afford to travel due to financial issues or work commitments but this time with so many packages and offers lined up, Sastaticket.pk has travel deals for everyone!


    Based in Karachi, Sastaticket.pk is a one-stop shop for all travel related services. A leading consolidator of travel products, Sastaticket.pk provides reservation facility for domestic and international flights, domestic and international hotels, and holiday packages. 

    Of Crazy Sales and Black Friday in Pakistan 

    If there is one thing that makes me crave to buy designer lawn or pret wear, it has to be the magical word SALE. That’s how middle class I am. While going for shopping with my mom in my childhood, I use to wonder why the shops at Tariq Road has these buntings and banners mentioning Sale while it means to sell literally and we are here to buy anyway. Khair!! Samajh aa hi jaati hai time k saath.

    Sale means discount and a good sale will become crazy if brands offer flat off of more than 20-30% on any occasion. Like the infamous Agha Noor and Sapphire sale where we have seen women fighting and even breaking the glass door to enter the shop. Both the brands has a history of offering flat 50% off on numerous occasions(which is great btw as a consumer). No wonder Sapphire is the pioneers of such in season huge discount wali sales in Pakistan. The rest of the brands soon joined the bandwagon. 

    Agha Noor sale madness. Picture by @Rabeeyah

    The most important question is, How fruitful these sales have been for the consumers or brands themselves? From consumer’s perspective I want to admit I didn’t know about Agha Noor as a brand at all before that Glass breaking video. So it worked. For Sapphire, they were the pioneers of fast fashion and flat sales. So a thumbs up here too. Great marketing but did the consumer got benefit of it? Of course!! Hundreds of women got their hands on clothes that won’t fit them or they literally don’t need from the sale and resell it on various pages of Facebook. It is  a win win situation for both public and brands. 

    Recently, Khaadi opens doors of their largest store at Lucky One Mall with an irresistible offer of flat 40% off for 40hours and the hell broke loose. Hats off to the management that there weren’t any fights like Sapphire sales and door breaking entries like Agha Noor but the crowd did manage to make it look WTH. Pakistan’s biggest Mall with Khaadi’s largest store ever attracts the biggest crowd from the largest city of Pakistan and it is the moment Jis ne Gulshan ki Sarrkon pe breakain lagwa di. It was a crazy sale but public gets the most out of it. I am sure Gulshan and surrounding areas main now aunties have Khaadi clothing for the next 5 years stocked up.

    As a consumer I just love these sales because iGhareeb. Never got the courage to be the part of instore madness. Obviously I don’t want myself to be filmed by the brands and then sharing it as a huge success video all over social media mocking every women. If you’re offering a crazy discount, expect crazy crowd. DEAL WITH IT. MANAGE IT. Instead of contemplating and demeaning customers by posting videos. If the brands can put a cap on pieces to be sold per person, then they might be able to decrease rush during crazy sales but then again, Pakistani Awaam has jugarr for everything. Online sale is what I am comfortable with and love to shop. The problem here is out of stock and gone with the wind kinda items. The pieces that you like won’t be available during sales or the order did not get through as happened with many, many a times. Brands need to sort things out too. 

    • So, Do I ever have something worthy from the online sale?
    • Yes. It was tough but yes, worth it. Yaaay!! Thanks to Bonanza Satrangi, Khaadi, Sana Safinaz, Daraz, Yayvo for the best sales last year. 
    • Do I ever want to be there in store during crazy sales? 
    • Well, Tbh yes, I want to but I couldn’t. Don’t want to die in a stampede. Allah maafi. 

    Black Friday, The Western Sale phenomenon has made its way to Pakistani market with the debates over Friday being called black or white and lots more. Keeping it aside, it is for consumer’s benefit that every brand is now offering discounts be it by the name of black Friday or white Friday or blessed Friday etc. All hail daraz.pk for bringing the concept of Black Friday sales to Pakistan and making it big. Black Friday deals by most of the brands are already live or announced for the coming weekend but shop smartly guys. 

    https://twitter.com/HariMirchein/status/932916631101206528
    Tips to make the most of Sales:

    1. Subscribe to the newsletter of your favorite brands to get first hand knowledge of any sale. 
    2. Have Insomnia. Yes!! Because every online sale will begins at midnight and you’ll have to be checking it at a lightning fast speed. Warna miss. 
    3. Always look out for promotional vouchers or codes etc and payment partners. ECommerce sites like Daraz and Yayvo offers multiple payment options with additional discounts. 
    4. Save enough lol. Warna online shopping resist krna Barra mushkil hai boss. 
    5. Play it safe. Always double check prices and credibility of the website/brand you’re shopping from. 
    6. Start following me (hinasafi) and hashtag #SaleAlert on Twitter coz I post about sales often. Do share what you think about sales in Pakistan specifically black Friday. 

    Happy Shopping and Saving!! 

    #SparklingCoutureInfinity – Swarovski hosted International Exhibition in Dubai for the second time 

    Thanks to the designer wear and specially Maria B who introduced us in Pakistan to Swarovski crystals by using them as embellishments in her Lawn collection. Swarovski is the finest diamond imitation (man made gems) that one can get to sparkle like a star. Their Couture collaborations are spectacular. 

    Swarovski, the global leader in cut crystal and fashion jewelry, recently hosted the second edition of the Sparkling Couture exhibition at the Madinat Arena in Dubai. Taking place two years after the first ever edition, Sparkling Couture Infinity, was inspired by the concept of Infinity and the endless possibilities for creativity and innovation. 

    Chosen for their reputation in their respective areas of design, the designers were provided with a specific design brief; they were each given six crystal color palettes and instructed that the base fabric must follow the colors spectrum of Greige, beige to nude. Needless to say, Swarovski crystals were the prime highlights in the designers’ creations. 

    Maria B, Sania Maskatiya, Naushaba Brohi and Sehar Kazmi presented their Swarovski creations at Sparkling Couture Infinity Exhibition.
    Maria B, Sania Maskatiya, Naushaba Brohi and Sehar Kazmi presented their Swarovski creations at Sparkling Couture Infinity Exhibition.

    Ramabhadran Vivek, Vice President Sales, Swarovski, South Asia said, 

    “Swarovski, globally works at building partners, developing craft clusters and keeping the creativity alive. Sparkling Couture Infinity brings this work to the fore and showcases the finest that our designer partners offer from around the world. Inspiring and leading in the fashion industry with distinct offerings, it was a pleasure to host in Dubai once again and I am sure, you will love it as much as we have loved creating it.”

    The event witnessed the attendance of VIP guests, partners and the media among others, who discovered a grand exhibition of intricate creations from across different segments such as, Couture and Modest wear for apparel, Shoes and Bags for accessories, Jewelry and finally lifestyle with Interiors.

    Pakistani Designers at Sparkling Couture Infinity Exhibition:

    Bunto Kazmi created A Swarovski embellished Sari for Sparkling Couture Infinity Exhibition
    Bunto Kazmi created A Swarovski embellished Sari for Sparkling Couture Infinity Exhibition
    Sania Maskatiya's Swarovski piece
    Sania Maskatiya’s Swarovski piece
    Maria B's Couture creation for #SparklingCoutureInfinityexhibition
    Maria B’s Couture creation for #SparklingCoutureInfinityexhibition
    Zainab Chottani's #Swarovski marvel for Sparkling Couture Infinity Exhibition
    Zainab Chottani’s #Swarovski marvel for Sparkling Couture Infinity Exhibition
    Naushaba Brohi of Inaaya showcased her jewelry collection at Sparkling Couture Infinity Exhibition
    Naushaba Brohi of Inaaya showcased her jewelry collection at Sparkling Couture Infinity Exhibition

    Commenting on the exhibition, Andrew Mojica, Managing Director, Swarovski Middle East said, 

    ‘’Dubai, presents the cultural crossroads, where the world meets & it is very exciting for us at Swarovski, to celebrate with our designer partners, the collaborations and mutual passion to push boundaries across geographies. Sparkling Couture Infinity celebrates the workmanship of designers, their creativity and ingenuity in creating path breaking pieces and have a conversation with the audience.

    Highlights from Exhibition:

    Being there to represent Pakistan among international designers will definitely bring Pakistani designers in limelight as well as increase business opportunities.

    #PAKvWXI Live stream – #CricketComesHome with UBL Independence Cup

    PCB is hosting a solid comeback of International Cricket on Pakistani soil, which is an undoubted reinforcement and reconciliation of faith in the ability and competency of the brand Pakistan. It is also an inspiring opportunity to gloat all the critics of hosting such events in Pakistan by launching a successfully rich and stirring event that holds the hearts of millions.

    While the passionately celebrated champion’s trophy hangover is settling down, cricket enthusiasts are completely sold to the compelling joy of having International Cricket touch base with Lahore, once again. 

    With the same energy, dedication and passion, Lahore is all set to welcome the UBL Independence Cup series Pakistan vs. World 11 T20, at Gadaffi Stadium kicking off on the 12-15th of September 2017. The three match tournament that is to be called ‘The Independence Cup’, will re-ignite the spirit of Pakistan’s 70th anniversary, bringing to the field the most explosive and known international players from all parts of the world to play against Pakistan.

    To make the event a phenomenal success like the Pakistan Super League, The Content Company (a subsidiary of Blitz Advertising), Trans Media Group and ITW will replicate the magical experience of witnessing cricket at its best through DRM based exclusive livestream bagging astounding success once again.

    Enjoy the cricket.