THE ULTIMATE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AND SURPRISE

If you regularly follow Ashar and me, you’ve already noticed that we’ve been away for a while, like for 2 weeks, if I’m not wrong. Believe me or not, we’ve remembered posting every single day and missed writing as well. Still, the situation isn’t always the same.

They say every day is new, so here I am back writing on my desktop with my mind’s ideas. To communicate with you and share what my husband and I were up to!

Today was one of the lazy days that I’d prefer not to have around in the future. You know those days when nothing feels good, the brain is in a sleeping mode, and all our body wants is to stretch on the bed for the whole day. But this is the rare day. In the end, I cooked yummy dinner and writing as one of the kids is calmly snoring while the other just jumping around.

Not all days are the same in life, right? We had today, but we had SATURDAY as well that I ADORE entirely! You’re thinking, what was so special? Well, if you read the title, I’m telling you about my birthday celebration in this post. YAYY!!

This happened last Saturday though my birthday was on Sunday. All the credit goes to my adorable husband. Our original plan was to celebrate on Sunday, but our Sunday was a mess. In some other post, I’ll tell you what actually happened to us on Sunday that the celebration did not go as planned.

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My birthday celebration was not extravagant in terms of spending money. We invited no one on my birthday. Instead, we celebrated at home, just at 12 AM on Saturday night to Sunday morning. Just me, hubby and our son blowing candles (that we already had from before) and a home-made cake that I originally made for my son. My husband did not buy me anything but care and time. Though there was something more that I wasn’t aware of on the Saturday afternoon. Don’t worry, you’ll get to know soon; just keep reading.

A week before, my husband asked me, ‘What would you like for your birthday?’ And I’m like, ‘Nothing much, just some fine dine out.’ Obviously, I wasn’t interested in cooking the same food at home. Yes, I love cooking, and my original plan was to bake a Chicken Lasagne at home, but soon I realized that my husband and I must avoid Cheese and Fat for now.

Coming back to the gift, so he asked me to tell him something other than the food, and I go, ‘The only thing I adore is to eat out. Yes, I’m a foody’. I told him to take me to THAILAND.

What? No, don’t get me wrong! I asked him to go to ‘Thailand Restaurant,’ a unique Thai restaurant in our suburb, not overseas!

My hubby noted my request and said, ‘means I have to get something for you I won’t tell you.’ And I go, ‘But I really don’t want anything. I always get the pocket money from you and spends with my wish; why would I bother asking you something special?’. But he’s a good man. He kept what he wanted to surprise me within his mind.

On Saturday, he asked me to go somewhere I was unaware of. He lied that he needs to buy himself shoes. I’m like, ‘but why I’m going, mate!’ He did not answer. I ran up and got ready instantly. I’ve never been that prompt before!

We finally arrived at the Mall, and I asked him at the entrance, ‘Where are we going? The Adidas Store is on the right, not straight’. And he asked me to keep moving. I was quite familiar with the Shopping Centre, so I started getting a vibe of what was going on. Guess what? He was taking me to the HAIR SALON!

YAY YAY! I was waiting for the moment he reveals because I was extraordinarily happy within, but I wanted to be sure. And my guess was RIGHT!

Do you get enough time for self-care? Especially if you’re a Mom, and you take care of the family. Is it hard, right? Due to the COVID-19, I did not have hair color and trimmed done for the past 6 months from the Salon. Though I was dying my hair and trimmed at home every 2 months. But it doesn’t give as finished look as it does with a Salon Dye. So, I had foils plus hairstyling and blew dry. The whole process was so relaxing!

Gifts from the Family

For me, it does not matter how much he spent on my hair foils or whether or not he bought me a designer dress and a branded jewelery. Being his life partner, I’m most proud that he clearly understands my needs without telling him. He knew what I was planning to do for long, and he simply surprised me. This was a sweet little gesture that I could not thank him enough. But this wasn’t the only one; we still had a dine out at my favorite restaurant the next day!

To my husband: 

“I’m so proud of you. I just wanted to tell you in case no one has”.

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A DAY WITH A NEPALESE FRIEND…

Today marked as one of the extraordinary days of my life when I can’t get enough of God’s blessings upon us. It’s not about wealth, nor is the fame. It’s not even about accomplishing targets. I don’t want to keep you overthinking or riddling, but before I tell you why I’m overjoyed, I want to tell you the background first.

So…for our Urdu/Hindi YouTube Channel, we had this in mind from way before, to throw some videos around MultiCulturalism in Australia, since our channel is mostly about the Australian lifestyle, Visas, Immigration and Travel. We were excited to start with a strong community because our subscribers and viewers may have high expectations surrounding our content. We have multiple friends from different backgrounds and corners of the world here in Sydney, the largest city in Australia. And large communities are based here for a long time. A few of those communities are Punjabis, Sikhs, Nepalese, Bangladeshi, Indians, and don’t forget, our Pakistanis

First thing first, we contacted a little over 3-4 people from different backgrounds and asked to participate in our video. The aim was to include people from diverse backgrounds and record their reaction to Pakistani food, opinions, and experiences in Australia.

That sounds like fun, Isn’t it? The plan was to record the video on a single day and throw it on the channel in parts. By this point, both my husband and I couldn’t wait for my friends to respond. 

Now, it’s already been three days, and by far, no one responded. I was nervous about whether my husband and I are fortunate enough to achieve what we want. Inevitably, people loved our idea, but the only main issue is how much a person is comfortable being a part of a YouTube Video. 

I’m quite a camera-shy. Means whenever I’m supposed to talk in front of the camera, I tend to mix up my ideas, get confused, and above all, I get anxiety. I call this behavior as ‘Camera Anxiety’ in my words. My husband is lucky not to have this problem at all. I’m insecure with how comfortable he’s on the camera often lol.

Anyhow, I’m learning as the day goes, to overcome my fear of the camera, and I hope that one day, I’ll defeat my anxiety and become more confident, enthusiastic, and entertaining in a video. 

Coming back to the participants, I can completely understand their concerns. YouTube, being a public and free platform where millions of videos are watched every single day! We believe that it requires just one video for a creator to achieve not million then thousands of subscribers and viewers, but for that, they might have to keep posting videos consistently. I’ll come to that some other day when I’ll talk about How to Grow YouTube Channel in a different post.

What if one of our community videos go viral? What if they bring endless views to our video. So, the consent of participants is a must.

After five days since contacting friends, I got one confirmation. And that was from a NEPALESE friend!!

Yass!! The first community video is going to be along with my beautiful and honest Nepalese friend, Unisha. Both my husband and I were on Cloud nine. We were excited about the recording day, and we began planning our activities, challenges, and games for the video.

As of now, we’ve recorded the video, and we’ll publish once we finish the editing.

My whole point of telling you this story is not to promote our YouTube Channel, nor to tell you how our day went, but to inspire you with the power of exploration. Today when we shot our video, both me and the hubby were extremely glad to learn a new culture, a different country, and the different personality traits of people with diverse backgrounds. My Nepalese friend told us quite a lot about Nepal, the people, and its Culture, and she shared her experience as a Nepalese Student in Australia.

Since the outlook, we looked forward to gain immense knowledge about Nepal by exploring our friend’s thoughts about Australia.

Both of us also realized how important is the diversity of our society as a whole. Learning about different backgrounds provides a great deal of flexibility and support for each other! Exploring various backgrounds opens our minds, expands our thoughts, and creates a flexibility towards our actions and beliefs. Learning a new language to creating a strong bond with our fellow countrymen is fascinating in so many ways!

I hope that my Nepalese friend learned quite a lot about Pakistani Culture. My husband and I are quite confident that the whole Pakistani and Nepalese community will be entertained after watching our video.

So my post comes to an end now. Again, I hope that my post helps you learn the importance of diversity.

“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”
― Maya Angelou

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COPING WITH A BUSY SCHEDULE…PRODUCTIVITY LESSON

How do you start your day? I’m specifically asking about the first food you eat or drink in the morning. There are many options: A Glass of Water, a Coffee, a cup of Green Tea, an orange juice, or maybe a fresh fruit or an energy drink. Some of you prefer not to have anything at all until lunchtime!

But I have no choice other than having a full hot Mug of White Tea, the first thing in the morning. You know, Caffeine! According to ncl.org, the consumption of Caffeine is so widespread that 85% of the total population in the US drink at least one caffeinated beverage per day. It’s the world’s most consumed beverage. But why do people need Caffeine every day? Because this ‘pick-me-up’ beverage does wonders when it comes to coping with your tight routine and keeping on toes throughout the day. Ok, so you have to work hard in life.

Back to what I was about to tell you: me and my husband’s BUSY routine. When I say busy, that doesn’t mean I’m Whiny; I love being on toes and having tasks hour by hour. That’s something I’d advocate forever. Even if I have nothing to do at all, I’ll still keep doing something in my mind! And this may happen to you as well often.

For example, when I lost my part-time job about four months ago due to the pandemic, I told myself, ‘Now what?’ Like seriously, I had the choice to find another job for myself, and I did apply for the vacancies even when there weren’t many available due to the Lockdown. But, my caring husband advised me to take a bit of rest since I continuously worked and studied for three years with bits of annual leaves during those years.

Confused Jennifer Robertson GIF by CBC

So I set myself to routine house chores, doing extra work such as cleaning the wardrobes and cupboards more often, and cooking and baking new meals regularly. But that wasn’t enough, so I began spending more time on Facebook groups, making new friends and joining groups that I wasn’t supposed to. I won’t go in detail; the bottom line was that I was riding a bike that was too fast too dangerous because this social media addiction is something! Whether it be Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube. And that’s for nothing in return!

Anyhow, my husband is experienced in keeping me off from this addiction. And likewise, I give him a bunch of respect by listening and understanding him. He asked me to begin something that I admire to do that I’ve been intending for a long time and still holding.

So what was the next thing that hit my mind? It was Blogging! I’ll talk in the later posts about how I started blogging, what the motivation was, and how to start a blog and earn it by working from home.

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So I found out what was desired in my life: BLOGGING. I needed more positive and mentally easing thoughts. Something to soothe mind and soul. And writing tops the ladder. Blogging changed my perspective, my opinions and thoughts. It brought positivity in my life, and, above all, it keeps me so active throughout the day that I couldn’t think of anything negatively. Moreover, my husband took the already-busy schedule to a new level, and that was, that he started our YouTube Channel. Now that’s even more work! Thanks to Editing, Publishing, and Promoting. Recording is just the beginning.

Us preparing the video shoot

Along with all of these, another significant work is studying full-time. Studies don’t trouble me often, though a couple of times triggered anxiety! (If I overload myself with too much study time). Let me know in the comments if that ever happened to you!

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And if you’ve been following me ever since I blogged the first time, just as my talented WordPress friends Pooja G. and Nabeela do, you’ve known that I have two sweet kids. A two-year-old and a 7-year-old.

Every day my husband goes to the gym, exercises at home, and don’t forget, his full-time overnight job.

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And most importantly, everything has to be done by Friday, which means we keep ourselves completely off from work on the Weekends to spend quality time with our kids and other family members.

But how do my husband and I manage all this throughout the week? Do we have some magic stick, or we hang a wonder locket on our neck? No, this all comes down to just one thing: SMART PLANNING, meaning planning ahead for the upcoming week.

Is it possible to keep ourselves consistent with the plan? Well, we all can try at least! I don’t say we stick to it. We’re quite flexible to the changes and unforeseen circumstances. It happens to everyone, of course. Just as this week, my elder son had a minor injury while playing basketball at school, so we had to postpone our planned recording for our YouTube Channel on Monday since we received the phone call from his school notifying us of the incident. Later that day, we planned the alternative day to shoot the recording, which was today.

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At times, the kids want more time and attention from both of us, and other days it’s different. So, it’s impossible to stick to the plan ahead of the time. The only way we’re able to make those targets is to find an alternative time to complete the same task.

A beautiful Reminder:

“The more time you spend contemplating what you should have done… you lose valuable time planning what you can and will do.” Lil Wayne, rapper

So make it your habit. If you want to get organized and you’re someone holding hectic schedules throughout the day with a ton of unfinished tasks, plan from now. Plan in your mind, and if you think you’ll mix up or forget, then get a pen and paper and stick it on the spot, you probably spend the most time at home. Complete your tasks in parts and create a variety of tasks rather than holding just one task for 8 hours! You’ll get too bored!

So that was it for today. Again, I hope that my post helped you in some way or the other.

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A CELEBRATION TO NEVER MISS…

Do you know how to celebrate special occasions during the lockdown? Since March this year, everything has changed due to the pandemic. Our everyday life isn’t the same anymore. We’re now getting accustomed to so many new habits and changes that we’ve never thought of before, like I’m studying online from the past six months, though I’ve never had to experience this, and online learning was a taboo for me a while ago.

EID DAY 2020

One of those changes is the way we celebrate Eid (a major Muslim festival) this year. This weekend, we were very busy with the joyful activities of Eid-ul-Azha. However, we’ve been unable to visit many people’s homes since the government is raising restrictions again in New South Wales, after the sudden rise of virus cases in the State of Victoria.

But this is Eid, the day that occurs just once in a year, and we don’t want to miss a single opportunity in making a unique and memorable day. Everything is essential, from special Eid prayers and new dresses to flavorsome food and exchanging gifts.

Eid brings back a bunch of memories from childhood. I remember back in the days when I was a teenager, I used to visit every house on my street to get a glimpse of animals they’ve got to sacrifice. The brown goats were always my favorite (they are too innocent by face) and those attractive white cows with black polka dots all over their body and a large black mark around one of the eyes. Not only were the animals the exciting stuff, but the noise of children that used to echo everywhere in town when someone brings a cow from the farm into their home. Childhood is indeed the most joyful time of everyone’s life.

So we had Eid on Saturday, just two days ago. I was both excited and fearful. It’s exciting because it’s a celebration day and a day to sacrifice for the sake of God and protect our wealth from evil eyes. But fearful because we’re trying our best to keep social distancing, and Eid is all about meeting with the loved ones.

Anyhow its all about how we manage to do certain things and adapt to certain situations. So, my husband and I decided to invite only brother and sister on the Eid day rather than inviting many other friends (we missed them so much!).

Eid day is incomplete without having a luxurious feast, which is usually to serve a beef or mutton meal to the guests. I was more interested in frying a liver for my guests. Though I had to accept that I always messed this one up, I overcook this particular dish. Share me a recipe of the beef liver in the comments, please.

After discussing for long, my husband and I decided to make a meat Lentil soup (aka Beef Haleem), especially for the Eid. Beef Haleem takes about three to four hours before it gets ready for serving. I was a little freaked out with this one too, as I’ve never made a Beef Haleem in the past (though my husband is an expert). I gave it a try, and to my surprise, everyone loved the way it was cooked in just three hours! I could see my guests licking fingers and mentioning all the good things about Haleem. I felt so relieved, so calm. But my husband did look at it as well before serving, so it was a stress reliever at the same time.

Not only Beef Haleem, but I made another famous food as well. After all, Eid is our Cheat day! Meaning, we allowed ourselves to what whatever we like, and we crave for.

BEEF HALEEM WITH GREEN GARNISHINGS

Anyway, we spent the rest of the day talking and making giggles and laughs all over. It was such a pleasant evening. The day ended with my friend’s WhatsApp call, telling me all the great activities she had throughout the day.

Life teaches a lesson everyday life is itself a great trainer. It trains us for many things that we’ve never considered learning before. As the human proceed to maturity, he trains himself in a certain way. It’s all about being able to and accepting to learn. So what I learned with trying out new meals on the Eid day is that we all have to face the fear at any stage. Coming out of a bubble is a tough work, not being able to come out of that bubble puts ourselves into more trouble anyway, because when the bubble bursts at some stage of life, we find ourselves helpless and alone. So start facing your fear from today. If you’re aware of your weakness, face it, and try to cope with it.

Here’s a reminder for all of us:

“You don’t have to be great to start, BUT you have to start to be great” –ZIG ZIGLAR

I hope this article gave you something to learn.

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Sweet ‘n’ Sour Chicken Manchurian with Fried Brown Rice

So, it’s the weekend. You’ve already worked five days, and you’ve been putting your best efforts to maintain your fat intake and exercise. You’re bored of cooking the same curries and daals (lentils) daily. Why not try this delicious sweet ‘n’ sour, hot Chicken Manchurian with the flavourful Brown Rice.

The Dish:

I used to believe Chicken Manchurian as the traditional Chinese cuisine in the past, but since I learned cooking and understanding different cuisines, I began having doubts.

The spice we use in the Chicken Manchurian recipe makes it different from the authentic Chinese food. Chicken Manchurian is an Indo-Chinese cuisine and most popular for lunch/dinner time.

The Nutritions:

The recipe I’m sharing with you is full of nutrition and vegetables. Not only this recipe involves a negligible amount of oil and ghee, but also it will leave a flavor in your mouth even after you serve with the brown rice.

I prefer using Brown Rice over White Rice due to its nutritional benefits. A brown rice is a raw form of rice, basically, so it contains all the essential nutrients such as fiber, vitamins, and minerals, which the White Rice lacks due to its processing. According to Healthline, Brown rice is a whole grain, and the whole-grain foods are believed to reduce cholesterol and risk of stroke and other heart diseases.

The Choice of Meat

I’ve always used Chicken for cooking a Manchurian at home, though you have a choice of meat: Beef, Mutton, Prawn. If you’re cooking the Manchurian for the maximum health benefits, Chicken is the best and easiest option to choose from.

A Vegetarian Manchurian is also highly recommended. The Manchurian sauce and the whole cooking process are the same for both Chicken and Vegetable Manchurians, apart from the vegetable balls. I’ll share my recipe for Vegetarian Manchurian some other day. If you’re interested in learning how to make a Vegetable Manchurian, I’ve found an easy recipe here.

So, without wasting any more time, let’s begin the recipe:

Chicken Manchurian with Fried Brown Rice

  • Servings: 3-4
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The flavoursome Indo-Chinese Easy to make cuisine


Cuisine Type: Indo-Chinese
Course: Lunch/Dinner
Diet: Non-Vegeterian
Meat choice: Beef/Lamb/Prawn
Equipment: A Stir Fry Wok, A Fry Pan, A cooking pot for rice

Ingredients

    For Chicken Marinade
  • 1/2 kg Chicken Breast Fillet (small pieces)
  • 1 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Ketchup
  • 1 tsp Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli Flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese Salt (Ajinomoto)
  • 1/2 tsp Vinegar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp Cornflour
  • For Manchurian Sauce

  • 1/2 tsp of Olive Oil
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (finely chopped)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli Flakes
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Ketchup sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese Salt (Ajinomoto)
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Cornflour
  • For Fried Brown Rice:

  • 1 1/2 cups Brown Rice
  • 1/2 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp ginger and garlic paste
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese Salt (Ajinomoto)
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 egg
  • Vegetables for Sauce:

  • 1 1/2 Medium size Capsicums (Diced)
  • 1 Onion (Large Dice)
  • Vegetables for Fried Rice
  • 1 chopped capsicum for Fried Rice
  • 1 cup Spring Onion
  • 1/2 can of Corns
  • 1 cup of Cabbage

Directions

  1. First, mix all the ingredients in chicken pieces and keep in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  2. Pan fry until evenly cooked.
  3. To prepare Manchurian Sauce

  4. In a stir fry Wok, add olive oil and chopped garlic and stir for 30 seconds.
  5. Add all ingredients for sauce (except Cornflour) into the stir fry wok and mix evenly.
  6. Add fried chicken into the sauce and mix 1/2 cup of water. Boil well.
  7. In a separate cup, mix cornflour and water well.
  8. Add liquid cornflour into the boiling sauce and stir well until it appears dense.
  9. Add capsicums and onions into the sauce and leave on low flame for 5 min.
  10. Garnish with spring onions.
  11. To prepare Brown Fried Rice

  12. In a pot, mix olive oil and ginger garlic paste for 1 min on low flame
  13. Add pre-boiled brown rice in the pot and mix well.
  14. Fry vegetables and scrambled eggs separately in a pan for 1 min on high flame and add them to the rice.
  15. Add ingredients for rice into the pot and mix well.
  16. Cover on low flame for 10-15 min.
  17. Serve hot.

Tips

  1. Leave marinated Chicken in the fridge for at least 30 minutes for the best crisp.
  2. Do not overcook chopped garlic or ginger garlic paste.
  3. Fry every vegetable in a separate pan.
  4. Absorb any moisture from the vegetables into the tissue to avoid sogginess.

I hope you try this recipe and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Why we changed our Blog’s name?

Did you notice the changes visible on our blog right now? Wondering the reason behind the changes, the color theme, the font styles, and most importantly, the change of name?

It’s pretty clear that ultimately looks doesn’t matter for you, since this is not the first time you see this change. As a valuable follower, you embraced the changes we’ve advised you of on our previous post.

Now this time, we’re quite niching down our blog to inspire people to live a healthy, well, and lively lifestyle. And we commit to keep inspiring you for that because we’re inspired by what everyone calls ‘A healthy body, happy mind’ concept.

Blogging is a dynamic process (those of you blogging must have gone through these initial stages). There’s a constant hunger for passion needed to blog since it demands sleepless nights, immense efforts, and 24/7 attention and promotion. We often relate a Blog with a newborn child, so sensitive and attention seeker that as the blogger overlooks a little, the engagement with the followers weakens.

So, the best advice for a blogger to not get worn out is to write what they love writing. Writing is itself an art, a creation with no crafting material, but a laptop/desktop.

The name ‘Pink of Health’ has officially replaced ‘Bright Minds’ just for that reason. Pink of Health is an English Idiom to say ‘In a Good Health.’ It inspires us, and so if it inspires you as well, then you’re at the right place.

Nothing else has changed; we’re the same and will remain the same. And you will always be our precious follower. We love you for being here and for welcoming all these changes.

See you again,
Ashar and Sana

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10 BEST HUMOROUS DIETING JOKES TO BOOST YOUR MOTIVATION

Burning the fat around your belly and neck takes up massive effort, belief, and discipline. A fair amount of consistency in exercising and nutrition intake is crucial in this process, and while most people tend to try out, a few of them successfully achieve a healthy weight.

If the fear of failure haunts you, remember that it’s natural and you’re not alone! We were one of those who’d give up fairly quickly, so we’re guilty of it. But at times, a little humor made both of us realize why we began to exercise at first. Dieting doesn’t have to be painful.

So in this post, we’ve collected ten funniest jokes about the Weight loss journey that we’re pretty sure will give you some laughter and energy for the rest of the day.

“If you don’t learn to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you’re old.” EDGAR WATSON HOWE

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1. Weight-loss forum

Ever been a participant in a weight-loss forum? I’ve been, and I know how much time consuming the chit chats can be.

2. See Food Diet

When everyone on the fitness community groups, our friends, and even our trainer advise us to add Fish in a Healthy Diet Plan, we See food! (Not a Seafood!).

3. Come on, Mosquitoes!

When I see a mosquito flying all around my room, I get angry! Like why do they suck blood! What’s so impressive about it?

4. Define Calories

When we read the definition of ‘Calories’ marked on the little corner of our mind. 

5. What would you like?

OK, so we’re at KFC because our friends are here. We can’t be lonely eaters all the time! We’re hungry! we’re on a diet!

6. A bag of Chips

OK! So the brutal reality is that we’ve had the bag of chips with 90% of Air and 10% of the actual crinkle Golden Chips! 

7. The Relationship problems

You may have experienced the laziness to exercise quite a few times. Maybe we should build a stronger relationship with our knees

8. Best exercise for Hairdressers

When it comes to hairdressers, we always wonder about their favorite moves in the gym. So, here is the answer:

9. The secret to impress

Ever thought money has the power to impress? 

10. Money problems

When someone’s broke, and blames on everything. Real, running is quite an exhausting work!

We hope that you had that little moment of laugh while reading this post.

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Pot Roast Beef Fillets with Onions and Mint

When it comes to eating a balanced and nutritious filled diet, the home-cooked food is what comes in my mind at first. The logic is pretty straight-forward: Because I have a full control on the quantity of each ingredient. And I love controlling (No matter if its the diet or my husband!)

And when the home-cooking strikes in your mind, remember a mouthful of this melting in the mouth Mughlai Recipe, the Pakistani-Style Roast Beef Fillets with Onions and Mint.

Traditionally called as ‘Pyaaz-Podeena Pasanday’. (I know it’s crazily heavy for a non-native to pronounce), this is one of my favorite summer dinner meals, not just because of its nutritional value and cooking time, but also because of its refreshing flavor, the coolness of mint and a pinch of sweetness of Onions.

Pasanday‘ means ‘Favourite‘ in Urdu, and refers to the prime cut of meat traditionally cut within.

Let’s cook this recipe right here:

Pot Roast Beef Fillets with Onions and Mint

  • Servings: 4-6
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A Fresh and Healthy Mughlai Recipe perfect for a Homely Dinner


Cuisine Type: Mughlai
Course: Dinner
Diet: Non-Vegeterian
Meat choice: Beef/Lamb
Equipment: A deep 26 cm pot

Ingredients

    For Boiling Beef
  • 1 kg Beef Fillets flattened into strips
  • 1 tsp of Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli Flakes
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds (Zeera)
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Haldi (Turmeric Powder)
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger Paste
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Paste
  • For Frying
  • 2 Large Size Tomatoes Diced in pieces
  • 4 Large Size Onions
  • 2 Cups of Fresh Mint Leaves
  • For Garnishing
  • 1/2 cup of fresh Coriander Leaves
  • 2 tsp of Thick Cut Green Chilli

Directions

    To prepare Gravy

  1. First, thoroughly wash Beef Stripes with clean water.
  2. Place the pot on medium to high flame and add Olive Oil and Beef Stripes.
  3. Add Ginger Paste and Garlic Paste and roast the beef on Medium flame for 1 minute.
  4. Add all the other spices in any order: Salt, Chilli Powder, Chilli Flakes, Coriander Powder, Cumin Seeds, Garam Masala,
  5. Black pepper, Cumin Powder.
  6. Stir all the spices and beef well with a wooden spoon until aroma begins to rise.
  7. Pour 2 1/2 cups of Water in the pot and cover on low flame for another 40 minutes or until the beef tenders.
  8. While the Meat is cooking, cut Tomatoes, Onions and Mint, Coriander Leaves and Green Chilli. Keep checking the Beef until all the water evaporates.

    For Fry

  9. Once the water is dried, add tomatoes and stir for another 5 minutes on high flame
  10. Add Onions and Mint and stir for another 2 minutes.
  11. For garnishing, add Coriander leaves and Green Chilli on top and leave the pot covered for 2 minute on low flame.
  12. Serve the Tender Beef Pasanda with Steamed Rice and Soft Naan Bread for a homely weeknight.
  13. Add nutrition with Salad and squeeze Lemon on top for a Zesty evening!

I hope you try this recipe and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR OUR FOLLOWERS

A warm hello to our beautiful followers and readers. We hope you’re staying safe and doing great!

As you’re aware, we’ve been blogging for about three months now, and blogging is not just a hobby, or an incentive to earn in the future, but it’s a way to express ourselves most transparently and in the most raw form. In our blog, we write our personal experiences, and we love to share our ideas, thoughts, and imaginations every week.

Each week we write about what comes first in our mind, whether it’s Travelling, Lifestyle, Parenting, Health or Student life

Lately, we’ve been observing the two topics that spark our interest: Healthy Lifestyle and Travel. We feel as if there’s so much to communicate about both aspects that the list would never end.

Having lost a significant amount of weight in the past couple of years, we’d like to further pass on our transition from an unhealthy, sick, and detrimental lifestyle to a healthy and feel-good body.

Making a healthy lifestyle was a realization, a choice that we made after becoming aware of many health conditions we were putting ourselves at risk while we were obese. When it comes to Travelling-it’s a pure passion. We haven’t traveled the whole world yet, but we’re definitely into discovering the richness of different cultures, traditions, and customs. We appreciate the exploration, regardless of what it takes.

With our current setting, we share our ideas on almost everything related to our life, but, unfortunately, this wide array of topics hinders us from talking more frequently about the topics we’re more expert. We can’t ignore our passion for writing and our ever-emerging thoughts about the Healthy Lifestyle and Travel Stories. We have so much to say about these two.

So we’d like to take this opportunity to inform you that from now on, we’ll niche down our topics to Healthy Lifestyle and Travelling. Both of us want to develop our skills and would love to contribute our part to do something beyond ourselves to achieve the satisfaction we’ve been searching for.

We hope that you’ll appreciate our decision, and you’ll understand the exact logic behind this crucial change. We’d love to see you returning again and again to our blog, and we Thank You from the bottom of heart for the immense love, support, appreciation, and motivation we’ve received from you in the past three months.

Please share your thoughts on this. We’d love to hear your feedback.

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Ashar & Sana

WALK OF LIFE # 7: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A STUDYING BLOGGER

Did you wonder where the heck I was in the past couple of weeks? If you’re a student and write blogs, my situation will undoubtedly connect you. So, I was preparing for my college exams. I, just like many other bloggers out there, work my fingers to the bone to keep the blog running, and growing and as a full-time student, it’s double the work. What I love the most about blogging is the flexibility it offers to manage the time, since I’m a boss myself.

There’s a misconception that blogging is a piece of cake to make money, lying on the couch and glued up with the laptop. Let me clarify that in the right way, IT’S PLENTY OF HARD WORK, and eventually, it’s so worth it. In this post, I’ll throw some light on the blogging life of a student to present a glimpse of the challenges and deadlines we cope with every day.

7:30 AM

‘Mom! You just broke my sweet dream!’ 

That’s what I hear every day in the morning. My 7-year-old is a Year 1 student who’s most grumpy in the morning since he’s returning to school after three months of Quarantine. All my effort goes to keep myself from yelling at him in the freaking cold weather outside, and so I learned to take the things smoothly and gently with him. 

I drop him at his school.

8:30 AM

I usually return home after facing the jam-packed roads during the School zone hours! If you ever visit Sydney, you’ll observe a freaking annoying traffic congestion every other day. The best tip to reach the destination on time is to leave home as early as possible.

8:45 AM

I sleep! Yes, there’s no surprise because I’m a Night Owl and not a morning person. Fact! I enjoy the peace of working in darkness since my concentration levels are the highest.

12:30 PM

Wakes up and completes the oral hygiene and grooming. A shower is a must to make the day fresh and glowy. My husband looks after my Toddler while I continue my skin-care routine (Blessed that he’s super-caring!). 

1:00 PM

We make our breakfast quite late since my husband works overnight. Usually, a Hard-boiled Egg, with two slices of Toasted Bread and a strong cup of White Tea, is enough to fill the entire day. We eat simple, and there’s a logic: We’re calorie-conscious of keeping our weight maintained throughout. 

1:30 PM

After completing the breakfast and afternoon Prayer comes the time to perform daily house chores. Tidying the room and the lounge is a must to keep oneself active (See my post here). 

Planning the dinner can become ridiculously tricky because deciding what to cook every day takes time and brainstorming. Here’s the simple trick I follow: I cook something that I haven’t made in the past couple of weeks. 

2:45 PM

Time for my son to pick from school. My Father-in-Law is a gentleman to look after this part while my husband and I work on our blogs, edits, and researches.

3:45 PM

My son returns home, so I cook Nuggets for the hungry schoolboy! 

4:30 PM

I listen to the pre-recorded lecture on my uni’s online portal to prepare for my tutorial class at 5 PM. One of the perks of online learning is that no work is left behind since I can comfortably attend classes anywhere at home, even while cooking, and while changing the bedsheets! 

Don’t judge me, though! I learn, as well. 

5:00 PM

While my husband looks after my son for his online religion lecture, I attend the online class. 

7:00 PM

I’m ready with all my plans ready to execute for what to cook! Then follows Ayaan’s homework time. 

8:30 PM

The delicious home-cooked meal by the world-class Chef is finally ready to serve! What I love about cooking is that it brings joy and happiness to people’s faces. 

9:30 PM

I tidy the Kitchen after completing the meal. Cleaning and organizing the Kitchen is the best advice I’d give to someone to eliminate the growth of pests and the formation of a weird odor at home.

10:00 PM

My study time starts from here when the boys are sleeping peacefully. Typically an hour and a half of revision each night is plenty to prepare for the finals. I like to study in chunks every day to prevent backlogs and piles of assignments, though my total study time differs during the finals and significant assignments. 

12:00 AM

In the next three hours, I spend my time doing the best-loved work of writing a blog post, editing, social promotions, etc. It’s when I speak for my heart and get going with my passion.

Final thoughts:

Managing your time as a full-time student is crucial, so if you’re studying and thinking of starting a blog, make sure you have an organized routine in mind and try to find the balance within the responsibilities rather than overdoing a specific task. The typical life of a student blogger may be slightly different than mine, so if you have tips for managing your time to study and blog, comment in the box below. 

I hope you loved reading this post today. 

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Are you a Morning Person or a Night Owl? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.