#ReelOnHai – Beautifying Karachi through art and Recycling 

There is nothing better than to giving back to the community and what better way than through art. Karachi needs a lot of effort to beautify every nook and corner of it being the biggest metropolis. It is a pleasure to see brands stepping up for the cause and executing campaigns like #ReelOnHai in a really beautiful way. It was a mix of Re-cycle, re-use and artwork. The end result was so eye catching that you can’t stop looking at it.

Last year in July, Pakistan Cables and Karachi Biennale Trust signed an MoU to collaborate on a public outreach project, Reel on Hai. Through “Reel on Hai” project, the Public Outreach Committee of the Karachi Biennale Trust invited artists, designers and architects to transform and recycle giant empty cable reels (provided by Pakistan Cables) into pieces of art. For the project Pakistan Cables provided 100 reels and now these reels have been installed at over 35 locations across Karachi including KU, IBA, KPT, churches, schools etc. 

It was a beautiful sight all over Karachi when artists have worked on site to engage the local community through this project. Each unique work engages the community and people were able to realize how important art and Recycling is. 

Pakistan Cables summed up the journey of Reel On Hai project in a coffee table book titled, “A reel on Karachi”  and it was launched on 13th December in Karachi. If you’re an art enthusiast or love Karachi, you should have a look at it. A free e-book version of “A Reel on Karachi” is available at Pakistancables.com. Download the book and see for yourself how our artists have worked tirelessly to give Karachi some beautiful looking installations. It is our duty now to take care of this and don’t let the reels fade with time.

I would love to have one of these gorgeous looking art pieces turned upside down to be used as a coffee table or garden decor. What say?

Thanks to Pakistan cable, KBT and all the hard working artists for contributing towards a better looking Karachi. No need to dump empty reels now. Beautify them to beautify Karachi. 

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#FitHongiMein – Of post partum healthy diet and detox 

Remember that cabbage soup diet that I have posted earlier? Apparently it has been quite famous for weight loss around the world. I must confess that I did not like the idea of having it every single day but considering the results, I was definitely intrigued. It was challenging to see if I can eat that regularly and then I got pregnant and ditched the plan lol. 

A couple of months ago I have given birth to a beautiful baby girl alhamdulilah and since then all everyone expects from me is, “Pait k liaye kiya kar rahi ho?”,”Belt use ki?”, “shru k hi months main pait andar hogaya tou hogaya warna motapa naseeb main hai” etc etc. Although it wasn’t my first baby but the pattern of advises was exactly the same. Who doesn’t want to be fit? Of course I wanted to be physically and mentally fit but the problem is an infant who is EBF and you’re the only source of nutrition in first 6 months. It is already hectic to take care of kids and home while living alone. 

So, my struggle during postpartum days wasn’t really about losing weight but staying healthy and energetic. Having two elder kids of the ages 5 and 3 makes me feel lethargic and drained. Doing household chores, taking care of infant, spending sleepless nights with her then getting up for the school of elder one and so on. All this hassle was taking toll on my health. I needed something to boost my energy levels without any harmful effects  for the baby. Nursing moms need to have a good diet and healthy foods due to which you can’t really focus on calories but definitely you need to have nutrient rich diet with detox drinks. 

So, I started consuming a cup of Tapal Green tea early in the morning with some honey and cut down white sugar gradually. Tapal green tea with Catechins not only aids in reducing weight faster and in a healthier manner but also helps regulate metabolism and the best part is it comes in various different flavors. Apple cinnamon and tropical peach being the exotic flavors and current favorites of many. 

What’s your tips and tricks to stay healthy and fit during post partum days? Do share in comments. Always remember that U need u so be there for yourself. Eat healthy, drink healthy and detox. 

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: Shajie 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.

    Portips 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.

    #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!! 

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