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.

Buying AC for Under 5000 Rupees in Pakistan

Before you take the post headline as a joke let me tell you this is real. With ever rising inflation & expenses it is getting hard to maintain a decent lifestyle with all the amenities but somehow middle class is surviving. I cannot make your day better with money or anything but I can surely inform you about some saving options if you’re looking for buying an Air conditioner this summer.

I was invited by Ezinstallments & Changhong Ruba management to get introduced to their EMI plans & offers recently in 2 events in Karachi. They were generous enough to let my followers & friends buy the items on discount. But first let me introduce you to the brand itself.

Changhong Ruba Pakistan

Changhong is one of Asia’s biggest air conditioner manufacturers. Since 1999, Changhong air conditioners have been available in over 70 countries including Pakistan. Established in 1971, Ruba Group, an electronics conglomerate in Pakistan, has collaborated with Changhong group to establish new innovative brand “Changhong Ruba” for Pakistani market.

Changhong Ruba Air conditioners are made with Gold Fin condenser keeping in mind the humid weather in Karachi that makes rusting of AC outers a headache every year. The Gold fin condenser keeps Changhong Ruba AC’s corrosion free for a longer time.

Ezinstallments EMI plans:

Ezinstallments is a recently launched venture to build buying power of middle class mostly. It offers quality electronics at affordable monthly installments.

Check out their 13 months EMI plan for Changhong Ruba Air conditioner. Ezinstallments offer competitive rates with easy to process orders & home delivery services.

Discount Codes:

If you’re using Ezinstallments for placing order, use my code CHS-01 at checkout to avail FREE PRODUCT DELIVERY & FREE MOVIE TICKETS for Heer Maan jaa.

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Most Affordable Ways to Travel From Lahore to Multan

Thousands of people travel between Lahore and Multan to meet their relatives, attend weddings, visit the famous shrine and tomb of Shah Rukn-e-Alam or just do some business deals but what are the most affordable ways to travel?

There are multiple options which you can opt for such as through air, by train or bus service. Air tickets are expensive so if you want affordable service then Pakistan Railways and different bus services are the available options for you.

If you are among those people who prefer to travel through road then thanks to competition in transportation companies there are many options. Numerous companies provide comfortable and affordable passenger service between these two cities such as Daewoo, Faisal Movers, Bilal Travels and Skyways.

All these services have some benefits, among which Daewoo Express and Faisal Movers are one of the leading services. For Multan they both offer service at affordable rates and with modern terminals, separate waiting areas and premium services during travel.

Both of these bus ervices provide refreshments such as drinks, biscuits and breakfast during the travel. The travelling time is also less in comparison with train because it takes just 4 hours to reach the destination.

The ticket prices of luxurious class of Daewoo and Faisal Movers are Rs. 950 and Rs. 900 respectively. They also offer other class of service for which the prices are lower such as Daewoo which offer ‘Premium’ service for which tickets are available at Rs. 750.

The other affordable option is to cover the distance between Lahore and Multan through train and luckily Pakistan Railways offer multiple passenger train services on this route. These train services include:

  • Shalimar Express
  • Khyber Mail
  • Tezgam
  • Jaffar Express
  • Multan Express
  • Karachi Express
  • Awam Express
  • Shah Hussain Express
  • Musa Pak Express

The ticket prices for trains vary from one train service to another due to facilities and cabin class. The cheapest train service is the economy class of Musa Pak Express and Multan Express for which the ticket prices are Rs. 450.

Tezgam and Shalimar Express are considered to be the most comfortable passenger service at affordable rates. Both train service takes 5 hours and 20 minutes to reach the destination and offer multiple classes for which the ticket prices and fares are as follows:

Shalimar Express:

  • AC Business at Rs. 1,750

  • AC Lower / Standard at Rs. 1150

  • AC Sleeper at Rs. 2350

  • Economy at Rs. 650

  • Parlor Car at Rs. no berth 1450

Tezgam:

  • AC Business at Rs. 1450

  • AC Lower / Standard at Rs. 1100

  • AC Sleeper at Rs. 2050

  • Economy at Rs. 550

So in comparison travelling through bus service you can save your time and cash both. But many find the berth in train to be a more comfortable way of travelling because it gives you more space and time to enjoy the travelling.

School of Leadership & UNICEF Honors Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge Winners from Pakistan

Generation Unlimited is a new partnership established by UNICEF worldwide to help adolescents and young people excel with theri ideas. Through #GenUnlimited Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge, 16 UNICEF country offices focused on identifying, co-creating and supporting solutions that have the potential to deliver results at scale for young people, especially those in the greatest danger of being left behind. In Pakistan, theme for the #GenUnlimited youth challenge for year 2018-19 was Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) as it was quite common for young girls in rural areas to miss school every month which effect theri learning & growth.

School of Leadership SoL partenered with UNICEF for Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge & explored youngsters potential to bring ideas forward in helping MHM. The results of this youth challenge did surprise me with some really fruitful ideas coming out from our young minds. Teams like period bajis and Hygienic Bahali couldn’t be global winners but they surely have made an impact with their innovative ideas to cater to the grave issue of MHM in Pakistan. 5 teama from Pakistan have won a grant of $1000 & mentorship to help boost their ideas into reality.

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Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge Celebration Event

UNICEF has announced 5 winners for Generation Unlimited Global Youth Challenge and one of the winning team is from Pakistan. Definitely calls out for a celebration event that held at Aiwan e Quaid, F9, Islamabad on April 29th & became a trending topic on Twitter. (I gotta know about the event through Twitter earlier).

Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge celebration event was attended by;

  • Minister of Climate change & Environment Ms. Zartaj Gul Wazir,
  • Pakistani swimmer and UNICEF #MHM sports champion Kiran Khan,
  • WASH officer UNICEF, Kiran Khan
  • UN Coordinator Neil Buhne
  • School of Leadership mentor Samia Afridi & Imaad Rizvi

Global Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge Winner from Pakistan

Pakistan’s “The Red Code” team marked its name on the global map of innovative success, and awarded with a seed funding of $20,000.

Mahin, Sana and Sara are supporting better menstrual hygiene with information & sanitary pads for disadvantaged girls and women in Pakistan. The Red Code run awareness workshops and provide women with reusable, cloth pads which are stitched by home-based workers to support self-sustaining micro-entrepreneurship.

Here’s the journey of Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge in Pakistan.

Project “Raaji” By Saba Khalid

The event also hosted launch of a project called “Raaji” of Previous MHM winner Saba Khalid. Raaji is a chatbot which uses Artificial Intelligence and Human expertise to answer questions around reproductive health. Through Raaji they provide girls with easy information accessible through a single application and a non-judgmental environment to talk openly and intend to give easy accessibility to knowledge, professionals and products. Go download the app girls.

Such Youth Challenges channel creative energies of our young generation towards causes that actually bring changes in our society. UNICEF & SoL must continue this challenge and host it for rural community based schools too.

What to cook without Indian Tomatoes?

Haye kiya btaon. Wo bhi kiya din thay jab hum karahi banatay thay kilo gosht main koi kilo timatar daalkay. Ayee haye. Ghee main gosht k sath timatar bhun k jo caramelized flavor deta hai bus kiya hi baat hai us zaiqay ki. Abhi kal hi nihayat lazeez jheenga karahi paka k khai.

Tou hum baat kr rahay hain laal surkh timataron ki. Aaj khabar sunkay pata chala k timataron ki bhi apni qomiat khatray main hai.

Pulwama main hoaye bhari jaani nuqsan k baad bharti jangi junoon timatar gardi tak a pohancha hai aur ab hamain apnay gharon main is jangi jarihyat ka muqabla aisay khanay paka k karna hai jismain timatar na ho.

Wesay ye kesay pata chalay ga k meri kal ki handi main parros se aya timatar tha k nahi? Chalo khair, ye timatargardi tou aaj se shru hoi hai. Aayen Bina timatar k kuch pakaya jaye.

میرے پاس اگر ٹماٹر نہ ہوں تو میں پلاؤ پکاؤں گی. مٹر پلاؤ، کوفتہ پلاؤ، مٹن پلاؤ، بیف پلاؤ، آلو پلاؤ وغیرہ وغیرہ.

دال بھی پکائی جا سکتی ہے. مونگ مسور کی دال اور چاول، ثابت مسور، ارہر کی دال، ماش کی دال وغیرہ.

بیف کی نہار اور پائے ہوں یا حلیم کسی کو سرحد پار کے ٹماٹر پکنے سے نہیں روک سکتے. بار بی کیو کریں گے ہم، پسندے کھائیں گے، کباب پراٹھے، حلوا پوری غرض ایسا سب کچھ پکا کر ہم اس ہندوستانی غذائی جارحیت کا منہ توڑ جواب دے سکتے ہیں.

تو کیا آپ اور آپکی کڑچھیاں اور چمچے اس مقابلے کیلئے تیار ہیں؟ کیا ہمارا ٹماٹر جانتا ہے کے سرحد پار سے ٹماٹر گردی شروع ہے اور کیا ہمارا ٹماٹر محبِ وطن ہے؟

آپ کیا پکائیں گے بغیر ٹماٹر کے؟

#TamatarGardi muhim main shamil hojayen.

#LetsGame Games Emerge conference 2018 – First ever Games Showdown in Pakistan

Long ago there was a saying that, “Parrho gay likho gay bano gay Nawab, Khelo gay kodoo k hogay Kharab” (which loosely translates into = Those who read & write will be the kings & those who only play won’t succeed in life). This Urdu phrase has been the haunting memory of our childhood, 90’s kids y’know. Over the decades things have literally changed & now is the time to say, “Beta khel. Koi game hi bana lay”. Software engineering & smartphone industry has given video & online gaming a new life. It has become a career for many. Pakistan is no short of talent when it comes to gaming industry.

I came to know about the insane gaming Pakistani talent recently when National Incubation Center hosted Third GEC 2018. GEC, Games Emerge Conference is the flagship event of PixelArt Games Academy, a specialized game development training institute founded by Sadia Bashir, a key figure on the Pakistan Games Industry. Sadia Bashir has been working in the Pakistani games industry for the past 9 years and is an Ex-GDC speaker, a Tech-Women Program Alumni, and listed Forbes 30under30. Who else can host such an elaborate Gaming conference than her.

GEC2018 hosted 15+ talks with gaming experts & novices, a Panel Session, networking sessions and a Games Showcase (One of its kind Games showcase for the first time in Pakistan) and Awards.

Dreamnode Studios, Cloudcade, SimPaisa were the major sponsors of the event and deserve a round of applause for rendering support towards gaming industry that has the true potential to generate revenue in digital age.

Pakistan Game Showcase was a first of its kind event that has happened in Pakistan during GEC 2018. An exhibition of the finest and most entertaining games created by Pakistani game developers. It was the opportunity for local game developers to showcase their worth as well as gain gaming insights from the industry giants. This year the showcase featured 5 games.

  • Galaxy Under Attack by HalfByte Studios
  • Dragon Combat 3D by Sablo Studio
  • Hogi’s Adventure by Malistic Studio
  • Shakari by PixelArt Interactive Studio
  • Socialite by Sadia&Haider

Dragon Combat 3D by Sablo Studio won the Pakistan Games Showcase and got cash prize of 30,000 PKR from Dreamnode Studios and Careem Credit Voucher worth 10,000 PKR.