WALK OF LIFE # 3: HOW WE MET

Last Sunday, just after we ate our evening snacks, we comfortably lied on the couch and watching an entertaining Pakistani TV show. At the same time, the song ‘Hona Tha Pyar’ (‘There had to be love’ in English), from the movie ‘Bol’ (meaning ‘Speak up’) came across that delighted us!

We met 9 years ago, now happily married with 2 adorable kids. In today’s Walk of Life, we’re sharing our story to you, of how we first met each other. Want to know more of our journey? We’ll share our tips for a healthy relationship in the upcoming blog on Wednesday.

Bringing back memories

We imagine you’re trying to figure out “Why are we telling you about the song in the beginning of this post?” We’ll answer that shortly, but first answer this: Have you ever listened to a song or watched a film, even an old TV show that took you back in the good old days?

This song did precisely the same thing to us.

We later watched our wedding video once again. It’s enchanting and beautiful. It brought back tons of memories when back in the days we used to be younger, vibrant and carefree (though we still are!).

Looking different? Yes, we lost 55 kgs recently. Coming up in detail soon 🙂

Yes! The couple posing in that picture is us on the day of engagement ceremony! Do we look different back then? The truth is that since the past couple of years, we worked days and nights to make the ends meet but at the same time, made immense effort to groom ourselves, personal growth and development.

Love at first sight

Do you believe in love at first sight? When you meet someone at first, you could get attracted instantly, and you probably see a potential to fall for that soul. Your heart and mind speak your feelings. But hold on! That didn’t happen to us straightaway. In fact, our feelings grew by time, as we were getting to know one another.

We met through parents

Our story was pretty straight. Our marriage was arranged by our parents. If we don’t have someone else already in mind, part of our convention is that the parents jump in and choose the prospective spouse for us. It’s even favorable for them.

Meeting one another for the first time at our parents’ home was an entirely unique experience for us. Our parents were distant relatives to each other. Both families accepted each other, but now it was our time for further communication to understand each other.

‘YES!’ We said to each other, and we got engaged just after one week, in October 2010. Our engagement lasted about a year, which was enough time for both of us to get along, especially as we first met only a week ago. We later got married in November 2011.

Best part

We met over 9 years ago and together since then, we’re still learning about each other. And the more we discover, the better we communicate. To be honest, exploring each other’s passions, dreams, and personality is the most exciting part of a marriage.

We hope you enjoyed reading our “Walk of Life” post today.

Don’t forget to learn keys for a joyful marriage in our blog on Wednesday.

Leave a comment if you can relate our story to yourself 🙂

5 TIPS TO TRAVEL WITH A LOW BUDGET

Do you often daydream about travelling and discovering far lands? Or have you been thinking of a life-changing adventure from a long time but your bank balance haunts you and straight away your mind says, ‘Nah, just forget about this!’

For a bit, carrying limited budget hindered us from discovering this fascinating planet. We admire travelling and exploring new places. We love experiencing unique cultures and road trips. We travelled to Naran Kaghan Valley, Islamabad, Lahore and Murree in Pakistan. Further along, we explored Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra in Australia.

Here’s how last year this family of four travelled from Sydney to Melbourne in a little over $900!

1. Plan your trip in advance

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Travelling on a budget can’t happen swiftly, though planning before-hand is the way to enjoy fully! With lack of a plan, you’ll end up wasting time and money after you reach your destination.

We’ve been travelling with a controlled budget from a while since the foremost work we do is to grab a pen, notebook and MacBook.

First, we decide where we should go. Since we travel with the kids, we plan our trip accordingly. Depending on attractions, the next step is to figure out the number of days we plan to stay. Given our budget, usually, a three to four-day domestic trip is enough for us to cover most attractions in the city. Here is a guide which we often used before travelling and is both genius and helpful.

2. Look for different airport options

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Wondering what does mixing and matching the airports mean? Let us explain you.

After planning our trip to Melbourne last year, we looked at the then-current flight rates. It annoyed us after figuring out that the prices were touching the skies, and while we discovered the total travel time by car from Avalon Airport to Melbourne is just 40 minutes. We arrived at Avalon, rented a car there and saved over 50% on flight tickets alone. Crazy fact!

3. Book the accommodation wisely

Did you know that lodging often holds a major part of the expense in your trip? When you’re planning to travel with a small budget, finding the cheapest accommodation without compromising on the hotel services is the best bet for you.

For example, we found cheaper deals by booking our hotel on a weekday instead of a weekend. We’re not sure of the reason behind this difference, though it always happened with us. And we observed that the hotel rates are most expensive on a Sunday.

For our trip to Geelong (nearby Melbourne), we booked Airbnb for the first time. Initially, we were slightly hesitant, though we had an amazing experience at our host’s accommodation. The house was tidy, and all the services we asked for were present in the accommodation. As a first-time customer, the most satisfying part was receiving a 50% off from Airbnb.

4. Explore latest deals

Another generous way to travel with limited bank balance is to explore the present deals. There are various websites where you can quickly find impressive deals for many attractions, hotels and accommodations, though we’ll recommend you a few we’ve experienced so far.

We saved over 50% on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel since we bought the tickets through ‘Experience Oz‘. Undoubtedly, their customer service was excellent, clear and concise, and the whole process from payment to delivery was hassle-free. ‘Groupon’ is another great app to find cheap deals, as we booked The Wheel of Brisbane through this site. You can find more deals Here.

Similarly, we booked Sea World Resort in Gold Coast through Booking.com. The deal involved 4 theme parks, resort accommodation and breakfast. We saved over 50% on this deal compared to the actual price.

5. Get hotel breakfast buffet

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Ever thought how inexpensive it would be to get a breakfast buffet rather than having one outside? We’re sure there’s nothing fancier for you than getting ready for an unlimited breakfast buffet!

If you’re travelling with family or friends, getting a breakfast buffet will add value to your trip. We experienced both, since in Melbourne we didn’t grab the breakfast buffet deal at the hotel we stayed, and ended up spending big bucks on different snacks to fill our tummy for the rest of the day!

In contrast, our morning breakfast buffet in Sea World Resort Gold Coast was super tempting and fine. We’d feel full and satisfied for the rest of the day after having one. It surely added value to our trip.

Final thoughts

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”

John Lennon

So, you shouldn’t hold your dreams to live a life-changing experience and plan from now. The earlier you book for a trip, the better and cheaper deals you’ll get. Choose your destination according to your budget and follow our valuable tips to endure your travel dream.

We hope that our blog post was helpful to you.

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WALK OF LIFE # 1: OUR BLOGGING JOURNEY SO FAR

As it has been almost 3 weeks since we published our first blog, we thought there’s no better time to update you on our experience with the blogging so far. After the exact 6 days from today, we’ll celebrate our 1-month anniversary blogging! We’re so pleased to make it till here, we’re blooming!

We were afraid

The idea of starting a blog was somehow intimidating to us, especially the view of sharing our life to you and many! Although we didn’t select this move right away, and to be honest with you, it took incredible effort and dozens of hours on researching the questions in our mind: ‘What should we talk about and for what reason? Is it going to be helpful in any way?’

We were doubtful

At first, we were uncertain whether anyone’s going to relate itself or not, or if many people care about what we’re writing. We kept dwelling for many hours and we reviewed our thoughts often, though the other side of us was passionate about writing, sharing and communicating. Let us tell you our little personality trait: We’re ‘optimistic souls’. So, in the end (though it was the beginning, you know!), we thought: ‘Really! do we care? Isn’t that natural for us? Nah forget all the fearful thoughts and let’s begin what we desire! Hence, putting all the anxiety aside we finally stepped up.

We’re working hard

While you get to see the reflection of our life every week, we’ve been putting enormous effort every day into our blog to give it a great shape. No pain, no gain!

We’re learning

Blogging is a journey, a learning process we must say! Every day, we do heaps of research, we get to understand the needs of individuals to learn about our niche. We already knew what we want to address, yet we were unaware of a specific niche. Considering we were going to talk about topics like lifestyle, health & fitness, wellness, travel & tourism, parenting, homemaking, family, self-care, even our hobbies, foods and beauty, on our blog. We called it ‘lifestyle blog’. Special thanks to Erin Gobler‘s helpful post that cleared our doubts.

So this is our journey so far. I hope you stay safe, take care and lots of love 🙂