Recipe: Chocolate Mousse

Who doesn’t love chocolate mousse? I absolutely love it and so does my family. Today I thought of sharing my own tried and tested chocolate mousse recipe with you all. Do try and let me know what you think 🙂

Ingredients:

Cream 2 packs (200ml)
Eggs 4
Butter  75 grams
Cocoa powder 50 grams
Sugar to taste

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Method:
Melt butter over a double boiler, add cocoa powder and mix well. Set aside.
Beat cream in a bowl till smooth and fluffy. Set aside
Separate the egg whites and yolk and beat them well. Then add the beaten egg yolks into the melted butter and cocoa powder and gently fold. Take ground sugar and add in it.
Fold the beaten whites into the cream.
Now gently fold the chocolate mixture into the cream, be careful not to use the beater or whisk, this has to be gently folded till all the ingredients blend together.
Leave it in the fridge over night and let it set. Enjoy the recipe and let me know if tasted alright. 🙂

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You can put chocolate chips, chocolate flakes or shavings, walnuts, crushed kitkat, a cherry or anything you like on top of your mousse. You can even layer it with sponge cake and cream as well. It’s simple yet delicious!

  As they say 😉 

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Signing off

Sonya Ali

Resolutions ~ A Positive Way To Embrace The New Year!

We have reached Mid-January, halfway through the first month and we survived 😉
We wanted to post the resolutions sent to us by our wonderful friends and readers before welcoming 2017 but we decided to wait till mid-Jan to see how focused we are and how much of an effort are we making to achieve our goals, be it big or small.

We have spent the last few days of December in retrospection and reevaluating some of our life choices. New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity for all those who have failed to start making the changes that they said they would make next week, next month, or perhaps when winter starts.

Well, now’s your chance to sit down and prepare a list of important lifestyle changes you want to make, since the majority of people fail to stick to their resolution, we think it’s best you print them or write them on a paper and put them up somewhere where you can see them everyday. Believe it or not this actually works quite well.  If you are looking for effective ways of changing your life for the better, then read on and you’ll be sure to find tons of goals to achieve this year.

  • Get in shape: Losing weight is the top resolution for most people, myself included, and combined with “exercise more” and “stay fit and healthy” it is something that we wish to achieve. It’s easy enough to start an exercise and diet program, but the trick is to find a decent one that will give you steady results and will be easy to stick to in the long run.
  • Start eating healthier food, and less food overall: This is usually an extension of the previous resolution. Switching to a healthier diet can be incredibly tricky when we are surrounded by cheap junk food. However, with a good amount of determination and some basic tips you can slowly develop healthier eating habits.
  • Stop procrastinating: The biggest barrier that keeps most people from reaching their goals is the desire to relax and do something fun instead of working hard. Once you get used to procrastinating it’s difficult to snap yourself out of it, so you’ll need to put in a lot of work to change this bad habit.
  • Improve your concentration and mental skills: Try to improve your focus, for some meditation or yoga can do just the trick or you can program your mind into doing so. It’s not easy, but it can be done.
  • Meet new people: Meeting new people can be beneficial to your mental well-being and help your career, so don’t be afraid to get out there and make some friends. Overcome your shyness, get some knowledge, step out, get to know new and interesting people.
  • Become more confident and take some chances: If you are confident other people notice it, and it is much easier to have your opinions heard, ask people out on dates and get ahead at work. A good dose of self-confidence will help you lead a much happier life overall.
  • Earn more money: Even billionaires are always looking for ways to earn more money, and we common folk can definitely use an additional source of income to make life a bit more comfortable. Fortunately there are plenty of options available, like having side jobs, working as a freelancer or using the internet to your advantage.
  • Reduce stress: They say that stress is one of the biggest killers out there, and it can have a very destructive effect on your relationships as well as your health. Look for ways or people to help you manage your stress and don’t ignore it.
  • Learn to be happier with your life: Even those that are in decent shape, make a good living and have stress under control can still be unhappy. It takes time and patience to learn how to find joy in the little things and not to let problems bring you down.
  • Get more quality sleep: With big TV’s, computers, smartphones, tablets and all sorts of gadgets with glowing lights and beeping alerts, it can be hard to get enough sleep at night. You should be gunning for at least 8 hours of sleep a night, and there are simple ways to achieve this number. (We’ll give you tips on this in our next post).
  • Read more: Books are an excellent way to gain a lot of knowledge on a huge variety of topics, and are also a great exercise for your brain.
  • Become tidier: There are a lot of slobs out there who can’t really get their stuff organized, and a cluttered desk or chaotic home will negatively affect your productivity and even your mood, so it helps to clear the clutter, and lead a more organized life.
  • Learn how to dress with style: The way you dress can say a lot about you, and wearing the right clothes can make you seem powerful and confidence, which in turn can help you land a job, get promoted, and catch the eye of a lovely guy or girl. No matter if you’re male or female, know the dress code and live with style.
  • Spend more time with the people that matter: There is just too little time in this life for us to waste it on insincere, toxic people. We should focus on the people who we care about deeply and who care about us, as this is the best way to stay happy.
  • Get out of debt: You can’t really move forward in life if you are weighed down by debt. The road to financial freedom is a rocky one, but it is definitely manageable with a bit of planning and self restraint. Once you have your debt under control, it’s time to start putting some money aside. A rainy day fund and some extra money that can go towards traveling abroad, fixing up the house or buying a new car are a welcome change of pace.
  • Learn to cook: Cooking is one of the essential skill that every man and woman should possess. It allows you to save money, eat the food you love just the way you like it and impress dates with lovely meals shared under candlelight. If a husband and wife both can work, then I’m sure both can cook too. It doesn’t have to be a one man show. Responsibilities can be shared and let’s not forget that cooking is fun!
  • Go see your doctor more often: Staying healthy should be your top priority, but many people seem frighten of doctors and don’t go to the hospital nearly as often as they should, often waiting for their condition to significantly worsen. Regular checkups are a must, no matter how healthy you feel at the moment.
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    Reinvent yourself: If you don’t feel quite happy no matter what you do, it is perhaps time to make some serious changes in your life. Reinventing yourself can give you a whole new perspective on life and take you in directions you may never have dreamed were possible.

  • Become more romantic: Romance is often the first casualty in longer, more serious relationships, but it doesn’t have to wither away. A few romantic ways here and there can keep the passion going for decades. It will be fun, even if you’re not the romantic type.
  • Become more social: Being a man, or woman, about town has its perks. You get to have fun, meet new people and find out interesting things, but you can also develop leadership skills and learn to work in a team.

Now let’s see what some of you have in mind for this year, let’s take a look at your resolutions. This is what some of our dear friends and readers have in mind for 2017

15872022_1209924355757436_5048703564056969633_n Mary Imran: “I will simply stay away from all the negativity and try to stay positive all this year.”

11264001_10152904315090060_5522008052993362330_n Talha Zahid:  “I just wanna be a better person.”

15977420_10206020156143097_3459760878927967646_n Sonia Kamran: “My biggest new year resolution is to stay away from negative people! Friends who smile to your face and then insult you behind your back. friends,You think you can lean on them for support, but when you reach for their shoulder, you fall over and hit the ground!! Pain is only good if it teaches you a lesson and I learned my lesson very well in 2016!! These sorts of people have no place in my life anymore!”

15895240_1600092013339560_1395895444334568984_n Maira Omair Rana: “To learn to see things as they are. Accept them as they are. And let go of things I cannot change.”

15894766_10154867926078407_329856759817683250_n Fatim Arbab: “Well I would like to be more humble n grateful. N hope the storm inside calms down:)”

15542340_10157982726315541_6204038492970555847_n Imran Kazmi: “I plan to embrace 2017 with a lot of positivity. My resolution is that I need to quit smoking 😀

15622700_10154588775305358_2370497574544308539_n Maha Dania Kazi:  “I don’t take resolutions too seriously, but I do like to practice mindfulness throughout the year and with each passing year, try and balance things out and not to take disappointments hard and to be proud of how far I’ve come, and count my blessings. Give help within one’s immediate community always feels right, especially those who work for you, and in your home. Be giving. Also, do something different and out of the box in 2017, it can be anything like travel or a project, something meaningful. Breathe in the aroma of roses around one, and not to get too preoccupied with life:)”

Life is too short. Live and Let Live! Be the change you want to see in this world!

Signing off

Wings & Strokes

Let Mr.Z take you on a ride with #DreamTicket

Mr.Z  a.k.a. Zeeshan Arif Siddiqui talk to Wings & Strokes about his recent travels and experiences. Traveling teaches you a lot, not just about the world but also you may find aspects to your personality that you were unaware of. Traveling is the best way to find yourself. Zeeshan in his earlier promise to enlighten you all about #dreamticket is finally putting it all down into words. He has been very busy lately with exams but the wait was definitely worth it. Read on to know more about it 🙂

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W&S: Tell us about #DreamTicket and how did that happen?

Mr.Z: #DreamTicket is a Dream-Come-True. It is basically a collective ticket(s) to a few (just a few) amazing, adventurous, beautiful and worth-visiting destinations that God has created for us to explore. It is not very often that you get to explore so many places, all at once, best thing is knowing that your trip is sponsored.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank #OriflamePakistan, my side business for cosmetics, through which I had earned enough to spend on this trip, which is why I am always looking for so many young energetic prospects, to brief them about how they can also earn using simple methods and techniques, without any investment.

Thanks to my boss (at work – ZonG) too for having faith in me and my work and allowing me to experience this wonnnnnnderful trip! J

It could have been just the places visited, food eaten and photos taken kinda trip, had it not been planned as I did. Thanks to #Google for I could plan every second in every city in every country visited.

W&S: Tell us about places you visited

Mr.Z: The itinerary included 6 countries – Netherlands (also called Holland), Portugal, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and France.

Specifically speaking about the cities everywhere, in Netherlands I got to visit Amsterdam, Utrecht, s-Hertoghenbosch and Boxtel. In Portugal it was just Lisbon (also called Lisboa). In Spain it was Barcelona, Lloret de Mar, Palafolls and Blanes. In Italy I got a chance to visit Rome, Florence, Pisa, Venice, Milan and Como Lago. Only Zurich in Switzerland and Paris in France.

W&S: What was the most fascinating thing about your journey?

Mr.Z: The most fascinating thing was meeting myself. I had never traveled and visited a lot of places alone before. From thinking of what to do, to actually making the bookings, arrangements and finally experiencing them all was enchanting. I had never thought I could do most of these things.

If I would have to pick one most fascinating thing out of all that I did, it would be Scuba Diving (Deep Sea Diving) near Lloret de Mar beach in Spain. Experiencing the navy blue water, with schools of fish passing you by, touching and literally rubbing the sand at the extreme base of ‘THE’ Mediterranean Sea was a one of a kind experience. The corals, the sea weeds, the cold water and the sight of the giant sea was AMMMMMAZING. What surprises me the most is that it did not make me nervous even for a single second, which makes me believe now to the fullest that I do NOT have Water Phobia Alhamdolillah! J

W&S: Best place according to you and why?

Mr.Z: I would rate #DisneyLandParis in France as the best place during my trip. I believe that growing up in the 90’s, we #The90sBabies, have well absorbed all the Walt Disney characters in our blood. Not only that the rides were amazing, the souvenir shops every few steps away, the costumes, the Disney characters that you get to meet and take a photo with, the photos in the adventurous rides, the food shops, the Disney Parade and last but not the least the Fireworks and Laser Show at day end, these are known to be a signature of #DisneyLand – all were soooo exciting that you would easily get goose bumps and tears in your eyes for having been blessed to experience this in your lifetime.

W&S: Best cuisine you had and where?

Mr.Z: Didn’t get time to try different cuisines as I hardly ever try new food anywhere I go. Plus on this trip, food was not on my priority list and hence I had planned intentionally not to waste much on food (which wasn’t possible since I’m a foodie) J

But so far as what I remember the best I had was in Milan, right next to the hotel where I stayed. It was desi food, made by Muslims from India. They specially made Parathas for me, which were not on their menu and I had those with White Chanay J. I would love to visit them again if ever I get a chance.

W&S: Any life changing experiences during your trip?

Mr.Z: This is a tough question but I would still think of something. I feel nauseous whenever I am travelling (even on the plain roads) lol. But after this trip one thinks of investing in traveling and exploring the world. Alhamdolillah – all thanks to Allah for a beautiful house that we have, which makes me focus on saving for my next endeavors.

Insha Allah I am hopeful that I would win trips soon from the company I am working for and I would love to plan each tiny detail for them again and spend my savings there. This is one life changing experience, as I had never planned of exploring this beautiful wide world earlier.

W&S: Advice on how to make the most of a trip for aspiring travelers and how to plan it?

Mr.Z: I would say traveling to beautiful places to relax from the busy routines that we have, “DOES NOT” mean that we have to waste time sleeping there. Every minute in every city in every country should be planned and strictly followed. I believe that is the best how one can make the most of a trip.

For cheap flights bookings, there are a lot of websites. My personal favorite has been www.skyscanner.net. I had also explored a lot of websites to check the accommodation bookings and expenses. In this regard I liked www.booking.com the most. For the activities and places to visit in any part of the world I searched Google and also apps like #Triposo and #TripAdvisor. Not only that they would tell you the amazing places to see, things to do, things not to do, language, temperature, currency, even the electricity voltage by default and the socket shapes in those countries.

Thanks to Google for easy online bookings for the theme parks, activities, museums, etc. which saves us a LOTTTTT of time for not standing in the long queues anywhere we go.

I made a file and captioned it #DreamTicket and filled it with all my tickets, booking passes, hotel bookings, flights tickets, boarding passes, museum tickets, theme park tickets, water sports activities tickets, trains tickets, buss tickets, etc. This gives you a feeling that you are well-prepared and also lets you know about the spare time slots you have for the things to do, that you actually get to know once you are there.

W&S: Which place do you think is vastly overrated?

Mr.Z: I believe #Switzerland was vastly overrated. I happened to visit #Zurich. It was beautiful, people were nice and polite, roads were clean, buildings were great BUT I could not find natural beauty there as we had always thought about since our childhood listening to the word SWITZERLAND. Perhaps that’s because such places do not exist in the main cities but in the suburbs and I did not get time to visit the suburbs.

After all you make an image of every place that you visit, before you visit it. So Switzerland was totally not what I expected it to be like, but still it was a visit of a lifetime – an experience of a kind. J

W&S: Most memorable moment during your journey?

Mr.Z: Most memorable moments were a few – hard to define just one. I made some new friends. There is someone I met in Amsterdam, who was an English teacher in Ireland, but was basically from Brazil and we became very good friends.

I happened to meet a professional song writer and singer in Lisbon, Portugal, who was visiting there from NYC. It was a great time exchanging ideas with him too.

I never knew I could do Scuba Diving easily. But my instructor in Lloret de Mar was one amazing person that I’ll always remember.

Made a new Muslim friend in Barcelona, who was visiting from Paris but was basically from Morocco – that I happened to meet again in Paris. Isn’t it amazing? Making a new friend and getting to meet the same person twice – both in different countries – during the same trip???

I also happened to meet a caricature artist in Florence, Italy and it was fun getting a caricature made in just 20 minutes.

Happened to meet and befriend another artist in Zurich, Switzerland who made a charcoal portrait of me – that too for free. The person ranks among the Top 100 Artists of Europe and is constantly exhibiting his creations in one or the other museums or galleries in Europe every now and then.

W&S: Traveling teaches you to….?

Mr.Z: I believe travelling teaches you a lot of things, if you think about it

Being thankful for the AMAZING food that we get every day at our home.

Being amazed at the beautiful creations of Allah that we get to explore while travelling.

Getting to know different cultures, people, their nature, their food, weather, their history, their historical places and monuments, etc.

Also it teaches us to compromise on certain things. Since we being from Pakistan are definitely not treated very nice at some parts of the world, hence, allowing us to feel great once we come back to our homeland as a First Class Citizen.

You can find Zeeshan on: –

Instagram:            https://www.instagram.com/zeeshsiddiqui/

Facebook:              https://www.facebook.com/zeeshan.arif.siddiqui

Snapchat:              ZeeshSiddiqui

Thank you very much!

From The World Of Fashion!

What is fashion?

We asked people and this is what they had to say about it…

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Natasha Zafar:
 Anything that makes u feel yourself.

 

14908417_10209061262422579_7646506527321110497_n   Mehr Ispahani: Fashion is a prevailing style, especially in clothing, hair, makeup, footwear, followed by people and that becomes a fashion statement.

15137508_10153981440136720_1777479631099344371_o   Saba Esam Khattak: Fashion is not always outwards. For me, it has always been how I feel about something on the inside, in sync or not with how I am. Following trends is fun, but nothing beats the feeling when you carry something that defines your personality. You walk an inch taller, you play your smile, you let the wind catch the breeze, you enjoy the sun cast shadows on your face. To some, you still might not LOOK beautiful but you wouldn’t neither mind nor care because you FEEL beautiful. And THAT makes all the difference. Fashion says: Me too, style says: ONLY me!!

15338873_10157851381355174_2091753197977272291_n   Zeynab Zafar Ahmed: Fashion is an expression of self, It’s an art. One that can be perceived in various ways and only those who truly understand the language of Fashion, can really appreciate its various forms.

14729376_1214976571859032_5433622015822108169_n  Maha Usman: For me fashion is any trend that makes me comfortable in my skin; something that gives more meaning to my personality.

11949424_10154127504652995_5399186319257303203_n   Ummara Akhter: Fashion is all about feeling amazing by different looks and acceptance in society.

13627177_1122022117841233_7672160129043733649_n   Duria Ali: Fashion is something that’s comfortable and trendy at the same time.

13996326_1677158289269053_2383882902754605448_o   Roger Frances: Fashion is your personality translated into your wardrobe

14720447_1566971713329105_8424067775222942701_n   Taghreed Wasim:  For me fashion is what i look good in, i wont follow a trend just because its THE thing, i will follow it only if I feel it looks good on me !

15241919_1171943206222218_1191616980661588889_n   Mary Imran: It’s the ongoing trend with the present time ..but for me everything I see is not fashion ..everything that suits me is fashion. .

15179099_1183546751731339_1635899874906661286_n   Iyla Hussain: Fashion is an expression of self.

15283937_1471302216231013_867235118825485821_n   Zeeshan Arif: Fashion is everything…that makes u look different…classy…provided you know well how to carry yourself and you yourself are confident that this makes you look great. I would say…everybody who is experimental these days is called fashionable…but one has to consider that decency should be there…ALWAYS!!!

12799250_10153439109878907_3609656072799572817_n    Uruba Khan: Fashion is expressing your mood and culture through clothing. It can be day to day clothing or special occasions but it tends to reflect your personality and mood.

15241201_10154536981850358_2569659834595813498_n   Maha Dania Qazi:  Fashion is a seven letter word like the days of the week. Like each day is different, fashion may be diverse in different parts of the world. Fashion can also be unifying in terms of bringing together people following a common trend. Fashion is fun, frivolous and meaningful. It’s not any one thing.

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Fashion is what you are offered four times a year, Style is what you pick out of that fashion, It’s what you make of it once you’ve learned what to accept and ignore based on what looks good on you.

Fashion is part of our daily lives. Its an ever evolving way of expressing who you are and how you feel today. Even people who claim not to follow any trend, wake up each morning and pick clothes they want to wear according to where they are going, who they are going to meet, what defines or suits them. Its’s always there! The clothes, accessories, shoes, bags etc that hit the market are according to the latest trends of course and we all buy them.

Speaking of fashion, we are bringing on board someone who certainly knows her way around it. She is like a breath of fresh air straight from the stunning valley of Hunza. She has a versatile sense of fashion, is an educationist by profession,  plays football, sings, dances, is fond of dogs and polo matches, loves shopping, a big foodie,  has a contagious smile, and of course who can deny the warmth of her chirpy personality. She is a fashionista in its true sense and she will be speaking ‘fashion’!

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We welcome Farwa Hussain to our Wings & Strokes family! She will be writing about what’s hot, what’s not..style, colors, trends, do’s and don’ts and alot more.

Keep visiting to know about all that the fashion world has to offer.

Signing off
W & S

Recipe: Shawarma

Hey everyone! Our food expert has something special for you all today. Something that is loved very much in Middle East and parts of South Asia. Yes! She is bringing you the classic shawarma.

(Please note that all her recipes are tried and tested so you can be sure of the taste)

Let’s get started  🙂

You will need: 

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Chicken 1 kg boneless
Salt: 1 tsp
Red chilli powder: 1tsp
Red chilli flakes: 1/2 tsp
Black pepper: 1/4 tsp
White vinegar: 2 tsp
Oil: 1/2 tsp

Method:
Mix all ingredients well with chicken (cut into cubes) and set aside for 30 minutes for all the flavors to blend in well. Then take a wok, fry the chicken till its nice and tender.

While your chicken is soaking up the flavors, its best to get your salad ready for filling, here is what you will need:

Cucumber: 1
Orange carrot: 1
Vinegar for dipping.
Cut the cucumber n carrot into thin slices and soak in vinegar for a while.

Now for the mayo sauce:
Egg: 1 large
Garlic clove: 1 piece
Green chilli: 1
White vinegar: 1/2 tsp
Black pepper: 1/4 tsp
Chinese salt: 1/4 tsp
Salt: 1/4 tsp
Sugar: 1/4 tsp
Oil : 1 cup

Method:
Put all ingredients into a blender and blend well. When the ingredients form a thick paste, slowly add in the oil making sure that it helps the mixture get thick and fluffy. Turn off the blender, your paste is now ready for the shawarma.

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Now there are two ways of serving this classic, much loved shawarma. Take pita bread and spread the paste evenly over it. Now mix the chicken with vinegar-dipped cucumber and carrots and roll it all up nicely. Make sure you have butter paper with you to wrap it up before you can enjoy it.

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Another way of eating it is in the form of a shawarma platter. Take chicken, cucumber, carrots and mix them all well. Take a dish and lay out the chicken along with Pita bread cut into halves. Serve the paste with it to bring out the flavors. For those of you who enjoy the flavor of garlic can add a bit more to the paste and please your taste buds.

Hope you guys like it!

Regards

Anum Sohail

Let’s introduce you to our food expert!

Hey my angels! The Autumn season just flew by. We have already stepped into winters and the best way to enjoy this season is to treat yourselves to mouthwatering food. I believe food should always be served steaming hot. Which brings us to an introduction of course.

 

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From this month on wards we bring you Ms.Anum Sohail who is a stay-at-home mom of two beautiful daughters. She is passionate about food and loves cooking. She is known amongst her friends for bringing out flavor be it cooking or baking. She loves experimenting with ingredients, being as innovative and creative as possible.

15135960_10154543466280664_2233793133120082958_nShe is joining our team and will bring you stunning dishes and recipes you would want to try at home. Be sure to watch out this space for more.

Love,

W&S

Indian Fest @ Al Qasba

Yet another day, yet another list of chores to be taken care of. But of course we must take out time to live the life that we all work so hard for. Speaking of which I made my way to the Indian Fest at Al Qasba last night. The weather is beautiful these days and so was the decor. Warm and inviting! Just the kind of thing you need after a long day.

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The trees adorn the traditional yellow, orange and, red drapes. Handcrafted dolls and umbrellas hang from the trees. There are crafts to make, food to eat, performances to enjoy, beautiful bangles at the stalls and of course henna to adorn your hands.

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The handicrafts stall will surely win you over and you won’t leave till you buy a piece for your house.

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The music platform will keep you entertained throughout the evening. Bright and vibrant colors of Rangoli design competition is something to watch while you are there.

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Rajasthan puppetry is a unique experience in itself and of course who can deny the exquisite flavors of the Indian cuisine.

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Yesterday was the first day, but don’t worry you have till the 19th of November to enjoy the Indian Fest. Make your way down to Qasba everyone!
Al Qasba has opened some new cafe’s adding to the whole experience which I’m dying to try. Plus I was extremely happy to see the eye of the Emirates being installed again.

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Qasba looked incomplete without it. The whole Al Qasba experience just got better with the addition of the dancing fountains right below the Eye of the Emirates which I was pleasantly surprised to see. After the Mall of Dubai this is where you will find the dancing fountains!

So I hope that I have given you enough reasons to make your way to Al Qasba tonight. Have a great time!

Signing off

W&S

 

Meet Mr.Z!

With the cool November breeze setting in, we decided to introduce you to someone who is warm and giving to set the mood and embrace the changing weather. He is a workaholic, a businessman, a radio jockey, a traveller, a thinker, an artist, a devoted father, a loving partner and what not! Its not easy to put an ordinary person with extra-ordinary qualites into words. Those of you who are familiar with the hashtag dreamticket know who we are talking about. He is a man of many talents…Ladies and gentlemen, meet Mr.Zeeshan Arif.

Mr.Zeeshan took time out of his busy schedule to tell us about himself, his passion for life, and will be talking to us about #dreamticket in weeks to follow.

W&S: Tell us about yourself

Mr.Z:  Hi, I am Zeeshan Arif Siddiqui. I am 31, working for IT Department in a multinational telecom company in Islamabad. Gemini, hence hyper and energetic, a good multi-tasker. Recently completed my MBA Executive, doing CA, have a side business for hand-painted clothing, have another side business for target based marketing and selling for natural cosmetics from a Swedish multinational company, married with two kids, into sketching, oil painting, fabric painting, charcoals, soft pastels, playing keyboard, learning violin, swimming, horse riding – hyper, friendly, energetic, talkative and experimental. 

W&S: Where is home?

Mr.Z:  Home is in Islamabad, Pakistan – Home is where parents are. 

W&S: If you were to pick one moment that describes your entire past life, what would that be?

Mr.Z: One moment – perhaps when Allah blessed us with my beautiful little princess that we call PRINCESS GLOLO aka Aisha Zeeshan Siddiqui. That was December 4, 2014. Although she was our second born (after a son) but I have no clue how come my eyes were all welled up at that very moment when I held her up in my arms for the very first time. A treasure, a blessing – ALHAMDOLILLAH. Felt like I got rich all of a sudden. DAUGHTERS ARE LOVE!!!

W&S: Tell us about your childhood

Mr.Z: Being from an Army background, got posted to various cities of Pakistan – been to almost all the provinces. Studying in Army schools made me friendly and making friends with people quickly became easy, made me confident, and an attention seeker too. 

Used to be all over the stage in the school at allll occasions. Was not mischievous at all, friendly to new comers in the class, apple of my teachers’ eyes and never argued with parents either. Was born after 2 sisters so used to play with them, their games. Was friends with all classmates. . Used to play in the street with alllll the kids in the street in the afternoon, was good at studies too. Made my parents proud ALHAMDOLILLAH. Used to sing at school, and act and play and encouraged everybody else around me to do the same.

A young, energetic, hyper childhood that I absolutely treasure!

W&S: What kind of a student were you? What kind of grades did your parents always expect from you?

Mr.Z: Parents were always strict when it came to grades. But specifically talking about my mom, she has worked really hard on all 4 of us. I used to be among the top 3 if not first (which occurred a very few times). I never studied for a bright future,  but to please my mom since she worked really hard on us.

W&S: Most memorable childhood memory?

Mr.Z: When our younger brother was born – who is 7 years younger than me – and while on our way back from school when the batman (helper) told us we now have a brother. Spontaneously at that very instant I entered into a bet with him worth Rs. 100 that he is joking. J

We did not have the concept that there can be another addition to my siblings. We always thought  that it would just be 3 of us forever. So when we returned home, my Grandma broke the news, and ended up paying him Rs. 100/- since he won the bet. lol

W&S: You are known amongst your friends as?

Mr.Z: “You make things sound so simple” is one comment I generally get. ALHAMDOLILLAH. Sometimes people think I can find a way to make difficult things easy for them. Sometimes they think I can help them solve their problems (be it related to married life, job, studies, office politics or generally the lost faith in prayers)
Some people think I have a lot of links and a big social circle so I can help them with anything they want as I would be able to find a suitable person from my facebook friends who can be of assistance to them.

W&S: You are sentimental about?

Mr.Z: LOVE. I don’t know since when did I establish this but I want everybody around to love me, which is why I am ready to do anything for others. Help them, serve them, at times kill my ego too, but I want everybody to love me.

W&S: As a child, you grew up wanting to be?

Mr.Z: A commercial pilot (which is not very much common) but I don’t even know when I did my F.Sc and why I didn’t even apply for it. After I completed F.Sc I wanted to join NCA but somehow my parents didn’t let me. And it would be pertinent to mention here that while I was in grade 12 I scored All Pakistan 1st Position in Sketching and All Pakistan 2nd Position in Calligraphy, conducted by the Federal Board. But still I was unable to convince them that artists can earn a good lifestyle too.  

W&S: Favorite cuisine?

Mr.Z: Im a fast food lover and I “CLAIM” to be the “BIGGEST KFC FAN IN PAKISTAN”.

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W&S: Qualities you look for in people?

Mr.Z: An amazing sense of humour – and that’s it. I don’t need education, I don’t need class, style, job, age or anything else. (I don’t even enjoy comedy movies since I feel they are unable to make me laugh). So people with a very smart sense of humour are the ones I pick the most. If a person cannot make me smile he is most definitely not staying for a very long time around me.

W&S: Would you call yourself an introvert or extrovert?

Mr.Z: I talk a lot so people would perhaps judge me as an extrovert. But I don’t generally tell people how I feel about things. I keep my stuff to my imaginary world and I enjoy details in my imagination.

W&S: What do you do in your free time?

Mr.Z: I talk! 

W&S: Favorite vacation spot?

Mr.Z: There is no one spot that I can call my favourite. Perhaps it depends on the company. Murree for now since many years as I love wandering on the main Mall Road. For food I love Lahore. Recently got a chance to visit a bit of Europe, loved Amsterdam.

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W&S: How would you describe your signature look and what is it about your style that sets you apart?

Mr.Z: People keep telling me that they don’t even recognize me in my different photos. They think perhaps its different people who don’t even look alike. But since recent years facial hair is my signature look and a thick beard and thick moustaches perhaps set me apart.

W&S: Your favorite song of all time?

Mr.Z: Aa bhi ja from the Bollywood movie Surr has been my favourite since many years both with regards to the melody and the lyrics. Touched me back then, touch me to date too.

W&S: What did you grow up listening to?

Mr.Z: Jennifer Lopez, Diana Ross, Junoon, Vital Signs, Awaz, Fringe Benefits, Heptones, Whitney Houston, Enrique Iglesias, ABBA, Ace of Base and a bit of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

W&S: Your favorite movie of all time?

Mr.Z: If Only (a sweet romantic movie) – A must must must see.

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W&S:How long have you had your beard and would you be willing to shave it off for a million dollars?

Mr.Z: The beard is with me for about 3 years now and definitely I would shave it off for even half a million. Lol People tell me I look younger when I have a clean shaven face.

W&S: What’s your take on selfies?

Mr.Z: People who don’t take selfies are the ones who do not easily accept change. I believe we have to move on in life with time, accepting changes and enjoying every bit of it as it happens. Things change, people change and even times change. One should be able to stay HAPPY “INTENTIONALLY” and I believe this is a way to go about it. I am a selfie freak – probably take at least one daily. 

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W&S:What do you think is vastly overrated?

Mr.Z: Switzerland – lol. People might not believe me but trust me it is. You’ll know it when you get there, since as far the sceneries, and beautiful landscapes are concerned its “THE SAME” as Pakistan, not better if not less. 

W&S: Most memorable moment during your journey?

Mr.Z: Most memorable would be the Lights and Fireworks show that starts at 8:30 pm every day at the main (pink) Sleeping Beauty Castle at DisneyLand Park Paris. The mesmerizing 20 minutes that brings your entire childhood in front of you, gives you Goosebumps, brings tears to your eyes with happiness and an extempore that I was uttering time and again for Allah blessed me this opportunity to save enough and goto this magical place and experience my childhood dream.

W&S: What is that one thing you wish you had designed?

Mr.Z: The beautiful and magnificent Tower of Pisa. 

W&S: How long have you been associated with Zong?

Mr.Z: Joined in April 2012, so it’s like 4 and a half years now.

W&S: Tell us about being a Radio jockey.

Mr. Z: Radio is something like I never actually planned on doing, despite being told a lot many times by a lot many people that I SHOULD since I love to talk a lot and since I am very fond of keeping my company into me whenever I am around, but honestly, had a phase in life when I was down and wanted to keep myself busy. That is when I started the hand painted clothing business, MBA Executive along with a full time job and my regular live morning shows at Power 99 FM before work. I used to go there from 7am to 9am and then to my regular workplace at 9am. Used to keep me extreeeeeemely busy and tired at the end of the day but perhaps that is the best remedy when someone is down. You don’t get to focus much on the office politics.

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 W&S: Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

Mr.ZI’m sooo blank when it comes to this question =/ I don’t want to think about it but if the current scenario remains the same or at least similar, I would be working in ZonG. And FM 101 too..would be having a 3rd kiddo insha Allah. Would be excelling a bit with Aesthetics (the side business for hand painted clothing) might have done another degree too by then, probably MS or something, I plan on completing my CA too and will be buying another car..insha Allah.

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Mr.Zeeshan will be talking to us in weeks to come about his passion for traveling, all the places he has visited and of course #dreamticket.

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Signing off

W&S