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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.

#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.

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Pakistan aims to be #Measles Free by 2020

After the recent surge in the reported cases of Measles in Pakistan, it was feared that an outbreak can effect kids between the ages of 9 months to 5 years of age. As we all know that there’s no treatment for Measles (خسرہ) and it can be fatal sometimes. Only Vaccination can save lives and that’s why government of Pakistan in collaboration with UNICEF Pakistan started a countrywide Immunization Drive to eradicate measles completely.

EPI(Extended program of Immunization) health workers were mobilized across the country during 2 weeks long Vaccination drive to make sure that every kid in Pakistan gets immunity against measles.

Hats off to the dedicated teams of EPI, UNICEF and our health workers who crossed rivers, mountains & deserts to reach far flung areas defying weather conditions. We owe you guys a lot.

EPI & UNICEF’s Measles Vaccination drive held from 15th October 2012 to 27th October 2018 (Extended in few areas for 2 more days to ensure complete immunization). The teams were mobilized through every means & the message was communicated at every possible platform. At Least I haven’t seen a bigger vaccination drive than this. From schools to hospitals to mobile vans, Measles vaccine camps were established everywhere. EPI workers went door to door to tell people about the availability of vaccine in their area & how they can get it. Measles vaccination was administered completely FREE & in most secure way possible. The vaccine is temperature sensitive & couldn’t be injected during door-to-door campaign due to safety issues. That’s why mobilizing people were necessary. Media played its part & vaccination drive was quite a rage on social media too.

As per reports, a total of 32 million kids were vaccinated all over Pakistan which constitutes about 10th of Pakistan’s population. Better future of our kids depends on being healthy and we should take it as a responsibility to not only vaccinate our kids but educate others about it too.

True Taste of Arabia – Arabic Food Festival at Avari Towers Karachi

Avari Towers has some serious obsession with providing great quality food and it has gained a reputation for it’s food festivals since past few years. If you haven’t been to any of such festival you are definitely missing on the best of the cuisines from around the world prepared by experienced chefs. I have been to quite a few of them, so yeah!! Take my word.

Asia Live at Avari Towers is hosting Arabic Nights themed “Arabic Food Festival” from 26th October 2018(today) to 28th October and it is a buffet of famous Middle Eastern delicacies like Fatoush, Hummus, Kabsa, Shish Taouk, Shawarma, Basboosa, UmmAli etc. You have to leave your Pakistani pallette at home to experience authentic flavors although the head Chef Naim said that he’s giving a little bit Pakistani touch but he don’t want to compromise on authentic recipes & ingredients of Arab delicacies. All the dips & sauces are being made in-house from scratch which will give the diners a unique taste profile.

What to Expect in the Menu?

Well, somethings can be a surprise entry but they are offering delicious & authentic spread of cold mezze, salads, desserts and main courses from Middle East with live music & Arabian Night ambiance.

Cold Mezze

A mezze or meze is an integral part of Middle Eastern cuisine which is served as appetizers but can easily be used with the main course dishes to enhance flavor profile. At Avari Towers Asia Live Arabic Food Festival there’s a wide spread of dips & salads.

Arabic mezze has dips with spreadable consistency & quite rich in texture and flavor. For the appetizers, I highly recommend to have Muhammara (Roasted red peppers and walnut dip), Baba Ganoush (Roasted Eggplant spread) as I just loved the freshness of it. Muhammara had in house made molasses of pomegranate giving it a unique tangy taste profile & walnut grits made it a treat. Baba Ganoush was so refreshing, just like finding a tree in the middle of a desert. Other usual suspects are Hummus, Tabbouli Fatoush etc. Enjoy them all with Arabic/Pita bread & you don’t even need a main course. It is that satisfying.

I would love to stuff my pantry with a bottle of each Muhammara, Hummus & Baba Ganoush for my midnight snack cravings.

Main Course

It is a tough choice, trust me. To have shawarma or Kasba rice or the amazingly tender lamb chops or the exquisite Shish Taouk? Won’t mind the glistening rice, mince & cheese stuffed goodness of peppers, zucchini and Brinjals. Oh!! My my. What a spread it is. What will you pick to eat first?

Shawarma Arabic Food Festival Avari Towers
DIY Shawarma Spread
Farrouj Grilled chicken at Avari Towers
Farrouj
Summac Onions at Avari Towers
Summac Onions were Awesome
Shish Taouk at Avari Towers
Shish Taouk
Stuffed Roasted Bell Peppers
Stuffed Roasted Pepper
Chicken Kabsa Rice at Arabic Food Festival Avari Towers
Chicken Kabsa Rice

I recommend starting with Chicken Kabsa Rice, put some Muhammara & Fatoush with Summac Onions on the side, add Shish Taouk & a lamb chop. Drizzle fresh lemon juice & enjoy the Arabian night while you’re there. Thank me later.

Desserts

Traditional Arab desserts are a labour of love & made in house from scratch by the Internationally experienced Chef Naim his team. He has served for two decades in Middle East &also was the Captain of Pakistani Chefs team during Foodistan competition apart from other milestones of his culinary career.

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I highly recommend Umm Ali (Puff pastry based gooey warm goodness you’ll never forget), Baklawa & Basbousa in case you can’t resist, Try them all like me. Ah!! My sweet tooth was in heaven.

Arabic Food Festival Avari Towers is a buffet for Rs2700+Tax per person. Kids from 5-10 years will be charged half. For any other query or bookings you can join the event Avari Towers Arabic Food Festival or dial 111-282-747.

Honor8X – Smartphone with style and specs

World’s leading smartphone brand, Honor, unveils the latest smartphone of their X-series in Pakistan last week in association with Inovi Technologies. The Honor8X – lustrous blue beauty is a device with all the necessary specifications that the tech savvy young crowd wants. Truly a smart-phone it is.

After successful launch of Honor 10 earlier this year, Honor Pakistan again managed to impress with Honor8X. The launch price of Honor 8X in Pakistan is Rs. 35,999 only. For the specs offered, this is pretty much accessible for most of the smartphone geeks out there.

Honor8X was launched at a star studded event at Dolmen Mall, Clifton Karachi. It was a great mall activation to facilitate consumers & smartphone geeks to have the first hand exclusive experience of Honor8X phone. I personally love such live interactions to experience the device itself. The event was attended by Ambassadors for Honor 8X including, The sibling duo Mehwish, Danish Hayat, renowned fitness enthusiast and entrepreneur Nusrat Hidayatullah and Irfan Junejo.

Honor8X Specifications

Honor8X boasts a 6.5-inch Notch, FullView Display with a 91% screen-to-body ration and chip-on-film (COF) technology along with other features like:

  • 6.5” full-view display
  • 128 GB internal storage
  • 20 MP AI dual-lens rear camera with super night shot photography
  • 3750mAh battery with Honor’s intelligent power – saving technology
  • New Kirin 710 chipsets (first ever in an Honor phone)

Overall, it is a beautiful sleek device that is definitely going beyond limits to be a style statement for its finish & feel. The AI technology not only optimizes the camera results but also helps in noise cancelations while on call to improve voice quality as well as eye comfort mode helps prevent eye fatigue due to blue light radiation emitted from screen. With trubo charging & such specs, what else one can ask for? Ticket to Mars? Go, see the phone & experience it yourself.

For more information, please visit

Honor Pakistan Official Web Store: http://www.hihonor.com/pk/

FB: http://facebook.com/honorpakistan

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/honor_pk/

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/c/HonorPakistan

Easypaisa introduced QR based Fee payments for students

As a student I remember wasting hours in queues to pay for my fee via banks. When I got admission in Malir Cantt college about two decades ago, it was required to make a payorder of the annual fee amount from the nearest bank branch & get it deposited with all the admission related documents. I wasn’t prepared for this (Btw there wasn’t any centralized admission policy back then & you have to check every college you liked & filled admission form of, for admission lists & stuff).Anyway, dad accompanied me to the said bank branch & said, “Go, get your pay order made”. I was like, WHAATTTT?? I wasn’t being told HOW TO MAKE A PAYORDER in any subject of matriculation. I can’t do this. He said, “This is the beginning of your practical life. Go to the counter, ask & learn”.

Anyway, dad accompanied me to the said bank branch & said, “Go, get your pay order made”. I was like, WHAATTTT?? I wasn’t being told HOW TO MAKE A PAYORDER in any subject of matriculation. I can’t do this. He said, “This is the beginning of your practical life. Go to the counter, ask & learn”.

That’s how I learned my first ever bank interaction. Baad main barri khwariyan kaati fees jama karanay ko. Qasam se. Thank God my kids won’t be going through all this because of digital & cashless payment solutions. I personally use Easypaisa the most because of its convenience, flash offers & secured online gateway.

I am so glad that with an aim to equip the youth of Pakistan with First of its kind Cashless Digital Payment System, Telenor is revolutionizing how you pay your college or university fees. Telenor Microfinance Bank, through its Easypaisa mobile payment and lifestyle platform, has announced its latest initiative to equip universities and colleges with state-of-the-art QR payment systems.

Through the system, students will be able to make payments using their Easypaisa mobile app which will scan the QR code and deduct the money from their mobile wallet. In addition, many students will also be able to benefit from a variety of Easypaisa related discounts and offers as a result of using the app.

This initiative is the latest among a string of different programs and projects that are geared towards revolutionizing Pakistan’s financial system through unique technological systems and platforms. It aims to not only create a more financially inclusive environment by giving youth access to digital payment solutions but also help Pakistan grow its financial infrastructure.

“It has always been our aim to extend formal financial services to every Pakistani.” – Shahid Mustafa, President & CEO, Telenor Microfinance Bank.

“By offering QR payments via our app, at universities and colleges around the country, we are delivering on our commitment to bring greater ease and access to our customers. This is another step in making it simpler and more convenient for the vast majority of Pakistanis to manage their financial needs.”

I hope this will help students in saving a lot of time to concentrate more on studies kyunkay PARRHAY GA PAKISTAN TOU BARRHAY GA PAKISTAN.