5 Lessons To Be Learned From Traveling

Avid travellers have garnered years of experience in exploring the world, meeting new people and discovering foreign culture. Although travelling is often equated to a luxury activity (and perhaps it is!) and boasted about but there’s a lot more to learn from it than just posting pictures on Instagram.

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Here are 5 life lessons that expert travels have to share:

#1: Planning is great but spontaneity can be better
If you’re a type A personality or just a really organized individual, you probably can’t go out without a proper plan in your head. When you travel, though, this has to be minimized. Sure, you don’t want to head out to foreign lands totally unprepared but leave some things for discovery and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

#2: Don’t believe the media; there is good and bad everywhere
We’re often led to believe that places like Iran or Pakistan are ‘dangerous’ but that’s really not how it is. You’ll always find compassionate people everywhere and your best approach should be kindness and respect as well.

#3: Respect the culture
Every community has its own set of values and traditions; when you’re travelling to a foreign land where culture is important you need to respect that. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to go all out and follow the traditions but respecting and acknowledging them is pivotal.

#4: Travelling alone isn’t lonely
People who travel alone are often questioned whether they feel lonely in their trips. Solo travel experts believe that when you’re exploring new places, you’re never really alone.

#5: Distance can speak volumes for your relations
When you’re travelling a lot, you usually don’t see your loved ones back home that often than you otherwise would. Long distance and travelling can reveal the true colors of your relationship with people and help you realize who respects your interests and is willing to stick around even beyond the miles.

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5 Things You Should Never Google

The power of Google search is indispensible in this time and age but is it really safe to search for all your answers online? Not really.

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Google is a gateway to breaching your privacy or even supplying the wrong information; with certain things, this web search platform may not be the best way to find your answers.

1. Don’t Google your symptoms!
Have you ever had a mild fever and cough and Google told you that you might have a nasopharyngeal cancer? Not only is Google a highly unreliable source to diagnose your clinical symptoms but it can also be a major source of stress. Instead, go to your physician the normal way!

2. Don’t give off your location
When you use Google you’re automatically giving it access to your private information including your location. This can be pretty risky and breach your privacy. The best way to deal with it is not to search for things that give a clue to where you’re living.

3. Don’t give off your true identity to Google
As with the location, you shouldn’t be giving Google too much information about your real identity. Making obvious searches that clue into your identity can be dangerous.

4. Don’t Google your insecurities
The internet is notorious in making you feel bad about yourself and asking Google questions about your insecurities will only feed into the issue at hand.

5. Don’t search for shady items
“How to make a bomb at home” might sound like a fun search to do but it’s also pretty suspicious and can land you in serious legal trouble. Steer clear from shady Google searches like these because curiosity killed the cat. Besides you really don’t need to know the recipe of a bomb!

How Can Pakistan Become A Semi Rich Country Like Malaysia?

The past few months have seen a flurry of activity in both the political and economic sphere in Pakistan. The new government has yet to deliver its promise of a Naya Pakistan primarily because of the problems it has inherited. From the price of the dollar reaching new heights and the burden of debts refusing to cease, Pakistan is currently in deep waters in terms of economic stability.
Despite the ever-growing list of problems, there might still be hope for Pakistan to emerge as a semi-rich country like Malaysia.

Although many speculate the CPEC program would help in this process, critics disagree. The truth of the matter is that the success of a country doesn’t hinge on a single factor and definitely not on foreign reliance.

Take Malaysia for example. Mahathir Mohamad played a major part in the part in the development of his country without reliance on Chinese projects although being offered them. Instead, the government devised ways to use the resources available to them (palm oil and tin in this case) and focus on the export of them.

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At the end of the day, it isn’t foreign projects that can help our country flourish economically; it is the government economic and education policies. Pakistan is a country that is blessed with resources and the only way to rise to a semi-rich status is to adequately utilize them for export and trade.

Egg muffins breakfast

High on protein and low on carbs. If you are planning to avoid carbs, then these little beauties willwbe your best friends for a really long time.

They are not only easy to make, they can be simply popped into your freezer and then microwave them for less than a minute to enjoy them later.

Ingredients

  • Pretty much any vegetables that you have in your fridge. I had spring onions, spinach, garlic and tomatoes.

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  • Salami, sausagesor chicken chunks, depdepend on what is available at home. I had turkey salami.
  • 4-5 eggs

Instructions

  • Chop all the vegetables
  • Heat a frying pan and add in a table spoon of olive oil

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  • Add in all the vegetables and sauté for 2-3 minutes
  • In a bowl, beat the eggs with salt and pepper
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  • In a cupcakes baking tray, put in equal amounts of vegetables
  • Add small pieces of salami equally DSC_0007.JPG
  • Pour in egg

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  • Put the baking tray inside a preheated oven at 180C for 15

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  • Enjoy 🙂

Do let me know if you try this recipe.

 

 

Fahad Mustafa – The Man with the Touch of Gold

Fahad Mustafa is possibly the most recognised face in Pakistan. People mostly think of him as the host of the biggest game show in Pakistan and a rising movie star but as he has stopped acting in drama serials for several years, most people have forgotten how effortlessly he has portrayed some of the most difficult roles on Television.

His acting career started a little more than 15 years ago but in a very short span of time, he got noticed by the masses because of his expressive eyes and intense acting. Soon he was working in all the high budget, big projects and was the most sought actor.

Although, Fahad Mustafa has now decided not to act in Drama serials any longer, we do have some of his finest work that we can watch over and over again. These are some of my favourite serials, in no particular order:

1. Kankar: Penned by Umera Ahmed, Fahad Mustafa effortlessly turned in to a two faced charming man. The story revolves around domestic violence and how a woman must stand against abuse in any form. A must watch.

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2. Main Abdul Qadir Hoon: Fahad Mustafa was at his finest in this serial penned by Sarwat Nazeer. The story is about a young man and his journey from boyhood into someone who he was destined to be finally.

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3. Lahasil: Another masterpiece by Umera Ahmed, also starring amazing performers like Nauman Ijaz and Angeline Malik is the story of regret, redemption and self discovery.

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4. Maayi Ni: The amazingly beautiful and talented Samiya Mumtaz stars as Fahad Mustafa’s mother in this beautiful story that shows the beautiful relationshio between a son and his mother.

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5. Mera Saayein 2: Who could have thought there is an actor who can do justice to a role that Nauman Ijaz has been associated with. But Fahad Mustafa proved everyone wrong with his power packed performance.

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Which one is your favourite

DIY Mid Autumn Moon Festival Lantern

Schools these days expect kids to complete projects that are extremely difficult for their age. So, a lot of times, parents end.up.doing those or they hire someone to do it for them.

Last week, my 5 year old.daughter was asked to make a lantern for the Mid Autumn Moon Festival celebrations at her school. As the lanterns started coming in, I noticed the lanterns to be extremely compliand probably too difficult for my 5 year old tpanage even if I helped. Choosing any of those designs would have meant that in fact I would have to do most of the work. That was not something I was willing to do because I wanted my daughter to contribute in a meaningful way in this project.

A search on the internet led me to am extremely simple design which only required paper of different colors, glue stick and scissors. Thats it.

Steps to follow:

  • Take a colored piece of paper, make some design on which woud be easy to cut.

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  • Once done, roll the paper into a cylinder and stick the ends with glue stick.
  • Take another paper, draw parallel lines on it (I drew the lines) leaving a little space on both ends and cut along those lines (my daughter did all.te cutting). We also made holes using a punching machine. My daughter had a lot of fun doing this.

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  • Roll up this piece of paper on the cylinder.

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  • Cut and paste the handle to enable easy holding.

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Actually, I was quite happy with how it turned out and it only took us around half an hour to get it done.

I think I will be making more of these lanterns with the kids, especially for Eid celebrations at home.

Do try these at home with kids and let me know what you think.

 

 

 

The Easiest Vanilla Cake Recipe

So yea, I am new to baking…and cake decoration. Till now I.hav only depended on Boxed cake mixes but I feel I need to learn to make some cakes from scratch before moving on to decoration.

I opted to try our family favourite, vanilla cake, first. I tried a few different recipes of vanilla cake over the last 10 days and the following recipe turned put to be the best.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Simple Buttercream icing

Method

  1. Pre heat oven at 180 C and prepare the baking pan.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Whisk and keep asida.
  3. In another bowl, beat butter till fluffy. Add sugar and mix until combined.
  4. Add eggs one by one and mix well.
  5. Add flour mixture and eggs into the butter mixture, alternatively. Combine them all properly.
  6. Add vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.
  7. Pour into pan and bake for 30-35 minutes (when toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle of the cake.
  8. Let it cool for 10-15 min before covering it with simple buttercream icing.
  9. Enjoy with tea or coffee.

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The recipe is easy and fool proof. The cake came out soft and absolutely delicious. Highly recommended!