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Copter Hunting by Mountain Dew!

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Mountain Dew has always been the drink preferred by thrill seekers across the globe. Until the adventurers don’t ‘Do the Dew’ their conquests are considered incomplete. And Mountain Dew sure likes to keep the seekers busy.

The latest in its long list of adventures is Copter Hunting. Yes, that’s exactly what it sounds like. The hunting of copters! Mountain Dew is bringing a new opportunity for all the daredevils to satisfy their constant craving of adventure.

Since bike riding in Pakistan is already a very daring (read annoying) thing to do, Mountain Dew decided to take it up a notch. Ever since the teaser for the sport was released, crowds have shown massive interest in participating, with girls going as far as trying to learn how to ride a bike, just to be a part of this.

Not convinced? Watch the trailer below and see for yourself!

 

For more info visit the facebook page: www.facebook.com/mountaindewpk

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Lenovo Vibe P1m (User Review)

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Planning to buy a new phone? Are there any specifications you look forward to when making a decision? If you are anything like me, (hopefully not) you would probably spend months (1.5 year to be precise) when choosing a new phone. I have major commitment issues you see, and buying a phone for me is a biggie. When I buy a phone, I usually use it until it begs me to stop. So I have a very hard time selecting a phone I deem perfect, that is unless it comes in a pretty color such as red or orange, (I respect myself too much to go for pink).

Skimmed through the first paragraph? Good choice. Welcome. Let’s talk about the real reason you are here. Lenovo Vibe P1m. The first new thing I got to try out for the year 2016. The phone promises to amaze all tech junkies with its flashy innovative features. Those who appreciate a ‘MediaTek MT6735P 1.0GHz 64-bit Quad-Core processor’ and a ‘5.0” HD (1280×720) IPS display’ should certainly check out the new Lenovo Vibe P1m as it has both of these emm things. (Convincing aren’t I?)

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As for me, my cellphone requirements revolve around taking pictures, tweeting and sometimes calling other bloggers to ask if they are attending a particular event, and if so can they pick me. Hence a phone must foremost have a very good camera. The pictures I take are mostly of food (I sadly do not have a face made for taking selfies). I also prefer a device that doesn’t take too long to load the gazillion tweets I missed, because I didn’t check my phone in the past 20 minutes and Twitter melted down over whatever high horse it is on at present. Calling, for me is the least of my worries, but I assume you people think voice clarity and what not is important too.

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For me Lenovo Vibe P1m checked off all the boxes. It has a great camera (8MP auto-focus rear camera w/ LED flash and 5MP fixed-focus selfie camera. I still don’t take many selfies though). It comes with a ton of space (2GB RAM + 16GB internal storage and 32GB microSD expandable storage) allowing me to download whatever stupid game I am into at the mo, (piano tiles and spider solitare).  Oh and there is a plus point. It comes equipped with a massive battery, an innovative rapid charging function and a physical switch for instant power boost (ask me to explain later).

If you would rather check out a boring site listing all features and specifications than reading this awesome user review, I pity you (BOO!) But fine, I list down some so you can justify visiting my blog.

The cool new features include:

  • MediaTek MT6735P 1.0GHz 64-bit Quad-Core processor
  • 0” HD (1280×720) IPS display
  • 4000mAh battery w/ quick charge and power saving functions
  • OTG charging support
  • Splash-proof nano coating by P2i
  • 8MP auto-focus rear camera w/ LED flash
  • 5MP fixed-focus selfie camera
  • 2GB RAM + 16GB internal storage
  • Up to 32GB microSD expandable storage
  • LTE (4G) 150Mbps (DL) / 50Mbps (UL) data speeds
  • Dual Micro SIM
  • Android™ 5.1, Lollipop with VIBE UI

The phone priced at Rs. 17,900/- comes in two colors Onyx Black and Pearl White (sadly not a fancy name for red or orange).

Follow and engage with Lenovo Pakistan on social media for latest news, images, videos, customer support and regular competitions and prizes.

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/LenovoPakistan

Website: http://www.lenovo.com/pk

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About Lenovo:

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$39 billion personal technology company, the largest PC company in the world, serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to building exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution.  Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smartphones. As a global Fortune 500 company, Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Raleigh, North Carolina.  For more information see www.lenovo.com

 

I went to Hingol Balochistan so you won’t have to!

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For all those suffering from social anxiety, (yes even the ones pretending to be strong), I have news! Last week, I took a step so bold that I surprised everyone, especially my bed! I got off it for a full day!

I had very recently left my safety net, my very comfortable job where I had been for the past four years. The move on my part was extremely nerve wrecking. Completely unaware about the future, I took a leap in the darkness hoping to land on my two feet (and I did, more on that later!) And here steps in the anxiety bit. For a while I was very concerned about being at home. What would my relatives say? What are you doing these days? Oh nothing. (The horror). The worry soon gave way to absolute happiness. I was doing nothing. I was not expected to be responsible for anything, I was answerable to no one (except maybe mum, over where all the food went). All was good. But you can’t hold on to a good thing can you? I got another offer, and well I accepted it (later!).

Being used to lazing around the house all day like a cat, I realized I had forgotten how to human. So when a friend suggested a day out of the city, exploring the wilderness, I thought hey why not. The easiest way to learn how to human was spending time observing them and so i convinced my mum to let me go (I never ask dad, I know he would say no. instead I let him find out once I have left. My poor poor mum, I love you so much!)

The day long trip was to Hingol National Park Balochistan. I told myself I needed to get out of the house, and with that I messaged my friend asking, what I needed to pack for the trip. Cash? Sunblock? An extra pair of clothes? She told me yes on the first two and on the third she asked me if I was planning to strip tease on the bus? (I swear she’s weird). So packed with a ginormous sun hat, tons of sunblock and a water bottle I headed out of the house at exactly 4;15AM. Yes. You read that right A freaking M! That is how early you need to get up to visit this place! The alley cats all hissed in surprise as I made my way to the car ready to be dropped at the bus waiting to take us out to the middle of nowhere.

The trip was one of those organized tours where different groups are forced to co-exist together for a few hours. My group consisted of six people namely me, my two friends, and three of their friends. There was this group of 40 something aunties which we secretly wished we were a part of because they were loaded with goodies, Snickers even! Then a huge family with annoying toddlers. And a couple more too insignificant to remember. When finally all the groups had arrived we began moving. I have trouble sleeping on moving vehicles. So all through the sunrise, till the time we stopped at a café for breakfast I was wide awake. Erm after that too. The café was again in the middle of nowhere and offered us hot parathas and omelettes with tea.

A gazillion minutes later, everyone boarded the bus and headed back on the road. Our first destination was the Hingol National Park, home to the very famous Princess of hope, a rock formation that over the years has been eroded by mother nature to resemble a lady wearing a Chinese hat. See for yourself.

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The route consisted many of a sandy deserts on both sides with a few stray bushes and clay mounds popping up here and there. Soon however the topography changed into something worth actually taking a picture.

Hills, lots of them! Tall short, zig zaggy, the hills had something new to offer. The view and the never ending stories of my friends about trips they had taken in the past, were my constant companions for the next 2 hours or so.

And finally the bus came to a stop. Standing atop an expanse of crumbly rocks was the Chinese lady, or the Princess of Hope. Getting up close meant hiking up 300ft of those crumbly hills. At first I noped my way back into the van, then the prospect of being in there with ladies entertaining toddlers, I decided falling and breaking my neck was a far better option. So up I marched behind my friends, shrieking on every step that I couldn’t, but managed to advance anyway. A lot of help from strangers and friends and I finally was at the top.

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The hike was scarier than it looks -_-

Selfies ensued of course, because pictures or it didn’t happen. A little further away from the hope lady was something that attracted me more, a desi version of the Egyptian Sphinx! Alas I couldn’t take a picture, so here’s one I found on the internet.

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Say hello to the Pakistani Sphinx!

The next stop was the Kund Malir Beach. I have a thing for the beach. Take me to the beach and leave me there (with all the items of my need of course) and I will happily spend my life. Unfortunately the beaches of Karachi are too full of humans and waste and human waste to enjoy much. But this beach, Lord Almighty wow. The clean sparkling blue water and the garbage free sand was a pleasant surprise. The beach was so clean even the sea shells were alive. We pranced around for a while. Yes, more selfies.

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The Kund Malir beach being away from population has very few huts, and most of them have only popped up in less than six months due to the recent increase in tourist trips. And so the particular hut we stopped at was shared by Lord knows how many road trip enjoying humans. We waited a good hour for lunch to be served. The space was limited, the families unwilling to vacate and a few squirmishes ensued. I didn’t mind them, the food was taking ages, might as well get some entertainment. Finally three huge bowls full of Chicken Karahi were propped down in front of with slabs of roti. All of us were too famished to wait for plates and started eating out of the bowl nearest to us. The time was something around 4pm.

 

Finally around 5;30 all of us were herded back onto the torture chamber and off we went to the next destination, the Nani Mandir, an ancient temple located high up in the hills in a cave. As much as I wanted to go home, I braved the situation (what choice did I have?) and arrived at the temple.  Mind you I hadn’t had much sleep all during this time. So while the crankiness in me tried to find a way to surface, I made use of my camera and took a walk along the path leading to the temple. Picturesque as it was I really wished I was home comfortably tucked in my bed. This was the longest I had been away from it in days! Anyway I followed the crowd up to the cave, met the Swami jee who shared the history of the temple and finally the trip was coming to an end. Not really, no.

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Now came the worst part. The hours long ride back to civilization. During the 4 hours maybe more, I tried sitting in hundreds of different positions hoping to find one comfy enough to let me sleep, but nope.

Hours later, full of sand in places I didn’t know were a part of my body, dirty, with a numb and sore behind and very hungry I reached Karachi. Never had I been so happy to be here.

I am an ungrateful, spoilt daddy’s little brat. So while I complained at every corner, and wished I was home all along, I secretly enjoyed every minute of it. Oh and it all cost Rs. 2,500/-!

Interested in taking the trip? Leave a comment and I’ll connect you with the organizing team.

Lots of love!

Say it with Pepsi!

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While technology is yet to discover a way to let you slap people virtually, it has begotten Emojis or emoticons that let you express your true emotions in your physical absence. Conversation in the 21stcentury is conducted mostly through typed messages we send one another via text or other means. And while we can describe how we feel using words, but ‘ain’t nobody got the time for that’! That is where these emojis take the cake.

Did someone share a not so funny joke with you? Has someone been messaging you nonstop? The answer to both is a simple emoji. Just send one back; that constitutes as a reply relieving you of your obligation to respond, with words. Emojis now come in all shapes and sizes. There is one for every emotion, and they aren’t restricted to simple smiley faces either. They represent tons of new things such as bloody footsteps that I assume you send someone when you are having thoughts about murdering them and then walking away from the crime scene. Or a game console, indicating that you are a ‘player’!

But while the emojis save us from saying what we feel when we aren’t present within close proximity, what does one do when one is out of words in the company of (yikes) other humans? Social convention expects you to laugh out loud at other people’s jokes (no matter how lame) and be glum when someone shares a sad story. But when you have to ask permission from the parents to go on a fun trip with friends, to tell a crush how you really feel, social convention wants you to shut up. HA! Now you don’t have to follow it anymore!

Whenever you are at a loss of words, for any reason whatsoever, you now have a way of being heard without saying anything. How? Why with Pepsi of course! For all us suffering from social anxiety, and yes even you confident ones, Pepsi is introducing its limited edition cans and PET bottles featuring some of our most favourite emojis!

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The ‘#SayItWithPepsi campaign was first launched by Pepsi Canada in June 2015 and became an immediate hit! A wide collection of fun and expressive Emojis was introduced on special edition Cans & PET bottles,encouraging people to make and share their own stories by ‘saying it with Pepsi’.Fun videos, cool merchandize, great activations to an exclusive customized keyboard (available for iOS & android), Pepsi has found the best way to use Emojis in the real world!

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The successful #SayItWithPepsi campaign in Canada kick started the Emoji movement spreading across to other countries like the USA and Thailand. And very soon something similar can be expected from Pepsi Pakistan!

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I for one am extremely excited for that! I absolutely hate someone asking me for a sip of my Pepsi, and now I can buy a bottle that could perhaps say ‘people get your own’. They are after all telling us to ‘Say it with Pepsi’! Fingers Crossed.

Want to know more about #PepsiMoji? Check out the following:

https://twitter.com/PepsiCanada/status/622151018709516288

https://twitter.com/PepsiCanada/status/622064534178545665

https://twitter.com/PepsiCanada/status/622177838888652800

Celebrating Pakistan’s love for tea! (Guest Blog)

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by Fatima Naqvi.

Every nation has its own charm, something that brings people together and makes them one. One could think of a thousand things that serve as a unifying factor for Pakistanis, such as, our passion for cricket or our ability to rise above any crisis that we are faced with. Although these are true, but one single factor that brings Pakistanis together is our undying devotion to tea (chai).  In fact, it would not be an understatement to say that most Pakistanis would readily pay for a cup of tea with their souls if cash ran out. As much as it is our weakness, it is also our strength.

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Chai is synonymous with all things wonderful, the warmth of home, the love of family, the laughter one shares with friends, and of course the lifesaving cup of chai that gets one through work on Mondays.   For a Pakistani, chai is the first thing we think about once we wake up. Some prefer it strong, others prefer a light milky flavour, but everyone needs it!

So what makes it such a national favourite? The truth is that chai is a part of our origin and history. Our love for chai goes back to the time when Pakistan was created. Families have passed on their authentic and unique methods of brewing the mix the right way; some mix the milk and tea, some leave them separated and others just use tea bags, but wherever one goes across Pakistan they would definitely meet a friendly face over a cup of hot tea.

Everyone remembers getting together at the neighborhood’s favourite Quetta Hotel for doodh patti and as if by magic, cups would line up as the circles around the tables grew bigger and the laughter grew louder. The cups of tea would accompany hot parathas, especially when we talk about hotels in Nathiagali Pakistan, their welcome aroma wafting through the crowded café. The life of a metropolis does not let anyone complete their days without a hot and holy cup of tea. When driving home from work sons and daughters would await the one simmering in their mothers’ tea pot ready to remove the stress of a tough day in the stroke of a single sip. Nobody ever takes just one.

The fine art of making chai has been learnt by our Pakhtun brothers. Almost all Pakistani’s will say that they have never had chai like the one they tasted at a Pathan hotel; people swear by their chai they make and how the extra cinnamon makes the experience simply divine. It is also interesting to note that the different regions of the country have their own unique chai styles. For example, Kashmiri chai, which is pink in color, is a popular choice and often served at winter weddings. The warm aroma of Kashmiri chai is an excellent reason to visit the country, along with the breathtaking views.

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I can safely say we are chai people. The offer of tea is a mark of hospitality and the national slogan for guests is, ‘Chai lenge ya thanda (Do you want tea or a drink?).’ We might not realize the extent to which chai has a role in our lives, but it is only after we sit down to wonder that we would realize just how different and boring life would have been had we been missing a hot cup of chai.

Explore the love of chai with traveling and pamper yourself while staying in Pakistan best hotels!

One Nation, One Dream, One Direction (The other one).

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foodpanda.pk, the leading online food ordering marketplace has launched a social media campaign to celebrate the spirit of Independence Day 2014. Check out all their Independence day special deals and discount on their Facebook page.

The campaign has been enticing people to participate in a range of competitions by commenting, sending pictures or by answering poll questions. The competitions are live till tomorrow, so if you haven’t yet participate there is time to try your luck. You can win free meals (who wouldn’t want that) along with movie tickets (or that). The winners will be announced on 14th.

Earlier, the leading global food marketplace ran a similar campaign for the FIFA World Cup which was successful and was met with positive feedback by social media followers. A pre-event campaign had garnered over 800 percent growth in interaction on its Facebook page.

Recently, foodpanda managed to successfully raise $60million for its plan to establish itself in emerging markets. Two of the group of companies who invested were Rocket Internet AG and Falcon Edge Capital, which shows that the company is commitment to growth and improving customer service.

Currently, foodpanda maintains a strong presence in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Rawalpindi with its food ordering mobile app being #1 in the ‘food and drinks’ category on Apple’s App Store and #12 in ‘lifestyle’ category on Google’s Play Store. It’s also available for download on Windows Store.

Nueplex Cinemas – A whole new world.

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With the cinema going culture finally thriving, movie theatres all over Karachi have started cropping up. Hopefully this would allow more people to catch latest movies as soon as they are released without the need to hound cinemas for booking much earlier.

So when the news of another movie theatre opening in Karachi hit the stands, it was welcomed like Nawaz Sharif was in Lahore after elections (in a good way of course). The more the merrier.

Nueplex Cinemas, housed on the second floor of The Place, (opposite Creek Vista) aren’t just another addition to the existing movie theatres. The cinemas have been designed by cinema architects Mesbur & Smith from Canada ( I didn’t know cinema architects existed).

Anyway, the impressive cinema having 5 theatres has around 1200 seats and are home to three of the largest silver screens in Pakistan. Fitted with the latest 3D technology as well as custom designed sound systems (mumbo jumbo meaning a lot of money was spent on it) the cinemas are all set to make you used to watching your most anticipated movies in style, provided you are up for a very long drive.

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The official launch party of Nueplex cinemas was arranged by Catalyst PR and Marketing and was quite the affair. You can tell yourself from the pictures below. Four different movies were being screened in the all the theatres and the attendees could go see any they liked (with complimentary popcorns of course).

I went to see Pacific Rim in 3D. Will be reviewing the movie in the next blog post as I think it deserves its own entry.

The theatre was everything you hoped it to be and more. Plus Bilal Maqsood of Strings sat a row below me (the popcorns were the only thing stopping me from squealing like a fangirl).

Verdict: whether you live near Creek Vista or not, you have to visit Nueplex cinemas solely for the experience at least once.

For more information visit their website: www.nueplex.com

Or join their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NueplexCinemas

Pictures Courtesy (Catalyst PR)