Category Archives: Pakistan

#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. 

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70th Sooper Independence Day of Pakistan 

There are ways to commemorate Independence Day in style. Some want to do it with flags and buntings, some show their passion for their country through songs and some tries to accomplish something big so that people can remember them for long. This year Pakistan turns 70 years old and definitely calls for a celebration. Social media was abuzz this time with something grand by Peek Freans Sooper and now we all know what it was about. They’ve attempted a Guinness world record on 14th August 2017 in Islamabad. 

Peek Freans Sooper has made Pakistan’s 70th Independence Day a memorable one by registering a Guinness world record for largest Cookie Mosaic Flag in their name. Peek Freans Sooper has become first National brand to break the world record at such scale. Cookie Mosaic Flag was made with specially made Peek Freans  Sooper cookies in the colors of our flag i.e. Green and white. (How I wanted to taste those green cookies). With #SooperHaiPakistan campaign Peek Freans Sooper has made Pakistanis united for the love of their country. 

Pakistan’s flag shaped cookie mosaic was made with 150,000+ cookies measuring 226.51 m2  (2,438.15 ft2) in under 7 hours with the help of so many volunteers and celebrities. From the cricketing legends Younus Khan and Shoaib Akhtar to film and TV stars like Osman Khalid Butt, Hareem Farooq and Anoushey Ashraf lended a hand in making it possible. Biscuit by biscuit, a beautiful looking Pakistani flag was assembled with love and care. 

Peek Freans Sooper has officially broken the Guinness World Records title for the Largest Cookie Mosaic in the shape of Pakistan’s flag made with 150,000+ cookies measuring 226.51 m2  (2,438.15 ft2). Dr. Zeelaf Munir, Managing Director and CEO, EBM and the team with the Record-breaking Cookie Mosaic

Safety and hygiene were given extreme importance and the EBM team ensured that the strict quality standards employed by Peek Freans were followed throughout the process. The record building process was overseen by independent witnesses including a health and hygiene inspector and a surveyorfrom Islamabad.Upon completion of the cookie mosaic, the biscuits were distributed in custom built containers to notable charities across Pakistan. That’s the spirit of freedom and generosity. Nothing edible should go to waste. So Kudos for making it possible. 

Highlights from the Peek Freans Sooper Guinness world record for largest Cookie Mosaic Flag. 

My First #RoadTrip From Beaches To Mountains – Part 1 Reaching Lahore the same day

Go!! Every year to a place you’ve never been before. 

I kinda took this quote seriously few years back when I decided to start saving for trip to North. My first ever Northern areas trip happened in 2009 – after 6 years of marriage and an year long committe savings. That explains how middle class I am. It was kinda our honeymoon too coz we weren’t blessed with kids back then. I still have the diary keeping records of that trip expenses. We were a group of cousins, 6 couples and that American system wala trip was a memorable one. From a lotta for train journey that we bought from Pindi station to a cup of tea at Ayubia we documented everything lol.

After that it is like chutt’ti nahi hy ghalib munn ko lagi hoi. I crave for vacations. Something that has never happened before. The biggest question was how to save money for a trip while living in a rented house and on budget always. Well, we decided to carry on with committee system for savings and made every effort to at least save a salary every year. Then we plan our trip as per available budget and Voila!!

God has been kind and in past 7 years we’ve been blessed with two kids and a car Alhamdulilah. Ever since we’ve bought Vitz it was a dream to go for a road trip up North. Finally we headed to Northern Areas from Karachi this July.  I’ve documented my trip live in tweets on the hashtag #RoadTrip and you must have read my experiences if you’re following me on Twitter. 

Anyway, so it was our first ever road trip and our first destination was Lahore. We were accompanied by Brother in law who is an expert of driving and an avid traveler too. Luckily he was in Karachi and going back to Lahore the same day. So we invited him to give company & tips during the ride. He was like raat tak lahore hongay bus subha 6 bje niklo. Although I was a bit skeptical about it coz Karachi to Lahore is actually 1200+Km and as per Google maps you’ll be needing more than 18hrs to get there if you drive without staying in between. 

We went to pick him up at 5:30am anyway and started my Cinderella ride. A trip that has to end at midnight. Follow this thread to get every detail from fuel to finger licking good dhabba food. 

Karachi to Lahore from 6am to Midnight:

  • Started the journey at 6am from Karachi. 
  • I was accompanied by my husband, brother in law and two kids (4+ & 2+ yrs old). 
  • Kept them engaged with Disney movies on LCD and a Tablet with some games. Some Lays, their feeders and cupcakes etc. 
  • Reached Moro at 11:30 am and it was our first stop for breakfast/brunch at Royal Taj restaurant. Wasted good 45-55 minutes there. Not worth it. 
  • Reached Ghotki at 2pm and entered Punjab at 3pm.
  • Reached Sadiqabad from Karachi in full tank. Refilled the tank after almost 569 km. 
  • Vitz gave 14±Km/ltr average.
  • Next stop was for lunch/dinner at around 6:30 pm near Ahmed pur East. The dhabba was at Jalla Arain and the food was scrumptious.

  • Continued the journey and crossed Multan-faisalabad motorway at 9pm.
  • Third refueling was at Mian Chunnu after driving 955km in two tanks. 
  • By 11:30 we’ve reached Manga mandi where brother in law lives. 

That’s how we managed to reach Lahore before midnight the same day and I kinda consider it an achievement because of traveling with 2 kids. Also, it is important to mention that I was pregnant while on this trip. What’s your excuse of staying away from a Road trip? 

Will follow up with part two of my road trip to cover my lahore experience and Road trip to Naran from Lahore. 

Give your life Flavor ka Daily Dose coz #LifeNeedsFlavor 

Every moment of life deserves to be cherished and I am the type of person who never believed in planning. I like to live it in the moment and enjoy it to the fullest but sometimes you need to boost up a little. Like when you’re with friends the energy is totally different as compared to when you’re with family or colleagues. Fun times needs to be celebrated differently and what better than lays. Instant mood upgrade guaranteed. 

Recently I went to a road trip from Karachi to Northern Areas of Pakistan for the first time with my two kids. The experience was surreal. It has its ups and downs and my mood swings too. Trust me with kids a road trip can be so much fun or a mess. There’s no other way around. Thank God I had an ample stock of lays with me throughout the journey to keep kids munching on while enjoying the ride. Uptill Babusar Top from Karachi there’s no dearth of Lays too. They’re available at every gas station and shop which is remarkable. Afterall life needs flavor and a road trip is incomplete without fighting over the last lays chips in the bag. 

My little one is a fan of masala lays while elder one likes to have French cheese flavour. My daily favourite is Lays salted and for a gathering of siblings I prefer special edition flavours. We seldom get together for tea time, probably once a week and the time calls for special fun filled flavorful evening. So we like to munch on new lays offerings and then discuss life and happenings. Such memorable discussions we had over a cup of tea and Lays. The most consumed flavor so far is yougurt and herb in our meetings. Soon to be beaten by new launches I guess. 

While treating guests on special occasions, I like to serve some wavy Lays or salted ones because of their presentation and different taste profile. During a movie marathon at home, we love to munch on a combo of Salted and French cheese lays with few dips like salsa, garlic mayo etc. There’s a flavor for every moment of life.  

Wondering which flavour we’ll go for our next fun filled meet up? Lays has introduced two new flavours,  Mexican Paprika and Thai chili and both are tempting me. Can’t wait to try them and pick my favourite. What’s your daily dose of Flavor for a life boosting experience? 

A couple landed at McDonald’s on their wedding day and #ImlovinIt 

“Shadi main gueston ko sabse ziada kiya acha lagna chahiae?” 

“Khana!! Ye lighting shigting phool bail sab bhool jaega”. 

(From the movie Band Baja Baraat)

Isn’t it the truth? Desi weddings are all about food in the end. All the guests will talk about shaadi ka khana more than anything else. What about the bride and groom? I was that bride who couldn’t enjoy the food of her own wedding (various reasons including the nose jewellery I was wearing lol). Wedding is the most important day of one’s life and what pity that you don’t gotta eat your favourite meal on the biggest day of your life. Damn!! Heartbreaking.

Times are changing and so does the rituals. What an amazing couple Munawal and Zubair are to break the stereotype of desi wedding food on their wedding day. The bride loves McDonald’s and the groom loves her, so he takes her to a McDonald’s right after their Nikah event. And they went there in their wedding attire. Imagine!! I don’t know which branch it was but wasn’t it surprising for McDonald’s staff or other diners? I am sure it was. I find it so cute tbh. Kinda wedding goals. Oh Gosh!! I was so hungry when I had to travel for 5 hours after my rukhsati and there wasn’t any McDonald’s on the way back then. I am not crying, you are. *wipes tears* Why am I having flashbacks of my own wedding. Kinda regret not going to McDonald’s, perhaps. 

Can I call this a McFairy Tale wedding? Absolutely delicious beginnings.  Imagine gobbling down your favorite McMeal on such an important day of your life. How celebratory. Thank you Munawal and Zubair for thinking out of the box and being so casual about your desires. Such chotti chotti khushyian makes life worth living for. Wishing you a wonderful and McDonald’s filled life ahead. 

*Going to have McFlurry in spirit of your cutesy wedding celebration*