You turned two yesterday. Needless to say it was an emotional day for me. You are such a special boy, not the average two- year old at all. Your poker-faced humor is very heightened for your age. Your personality is brimming with character. You perceive things much better than the average tot. You take us by surprise all the time with your words and mostly your antics.
The first year went by really fast; the Read More →
It’s 2017 guys. And feminism is still a loaded word. To some it’s a way of life but to many it’s still a threat. Since we are all going to get loads of trite quotes every Women’s Day, I thought I should add my two pence.
Here’s one by Maya Angelou. A fantastic woman by all parameters.
You don’t have to change the world. You need to just do your bit. Let each star shine as bright as it can and one day we will get to that diamond-studded sky.
[For a background into the category Moms Uninhibited read here]
There are some people who make you feel like they have more hours in the day. They do more, their children are happy, they maintain the work-life balance and they take care of themselves too. No, they don’t have a magic wand, but they do seem to have a formula (we are trying to steal that here).
Selina (L) Saira (R) – the brains behind SmarTechs
One such dynamic mom-duo is Saira Baakza and Selina Hasan. Besides their roles as full time moms and tending to their homes, they have brought a revolutionary idea, STEM, to Pakistan. Read More →
Gorgeous stretch of sea, Great Ocean Road
I am a sucker for the beach. But I love mountains too. I am one of those really whimsical people who just can’t decide if they want a house by the sea or up in the mountains. And I have always wondered if there is a place on earth that has both together. That was until I visited The Great Ocean Road. People, this place is ALL THAT. It is a huge stretch of the bluest ocean with powder sand beach RIGHT NEXT THE MOUNTAINS. And not just some average mountains. These are rolling green mountains with lush valleys snuggled within. I am not joking I promise. The ocean is dotted with cliffs and creeks. And the mountains have these valleys with rolling pastures and guess what? Rainforests! Yes! And these rainforests are the real thing, with foliage so thick and the green so green your eyes hurt. And air so fresh and pure, you feel each molecule you take in is vacuuming your lungs and making you five days younger. And between this ocean and these mountains runs the Great Ocean Road. I swear I am not exaggerating. You still don’t believe me. If you did, you would leave everything you are doing at the moment and apply for your Australian visa and head to this place to see it for yourself. Please you cannot leave this planet without having seen so compelling a patch of earth. Read More →
Dessert shop display, Block Arcade Melbourne
If you are looking to lap up the real Australian culture, head to Melbourne. Initially the city took us by surprise. We had heard SO much about it and our curiosity was quite piqued. As soon as we stepped off the Airport Skybus and out the station, we gulped in the city. It didn’t quite WOW. But we had been hasty. Melbourne is like that cup of tea with the tea bag slowly infusing flavor and each sip is better than the one before. Try not to drink it all in immediately. Let the city charm you. Melbourne has sneaky ways to make you fall in love with it. It will continue to charm you till you are totally smitten.
Things to do in the city with the little folk: Read More →
Come February and the streets, shops and social media are all sprayed with red puke. Mushy declarations galore, there is no escape from this Day of Love. I feel sad about all the single ones out there cringing and feeling rueful about the ‘one that got away’. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not the Anti-Valentine brigade. In fact I’m one of the greatest opponents of the Islamabad High Court ruling against Valentine. In a country where moral policing is the order of the day, such an inane order is no surprise really. I have secretly safeguarded so many sickly red and white teddies and chocolates for my friends at school and college (handed to me for safe custody for a month or two, away from strict parents of these friends). Read More →
View from the top deck of the Live Aboard ferry
Two days on a ferry with a two year old. In the middle of the ocean. Would you venture? We did. And it was just as insane as it sounds!
This is how the story begins:
My husband is an avid diver. Our vacations are usually beach ones to enable him to clock in some more dives at a new, exotic coast. Since the Great Barrier Reef was very high on the bucket list it was impossible to go all the way to Australia and not dive there. So from Sydney we headed to this small town called Cairns, on the Queensland coast, that gets tourists largely for its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef. But what about the baby? Well the Husband did his homework and found a dive company that allows families with tots.
Of all the 2900 or so reefs that make up the Great Barrier Reef, hardly any are located near the coast. The solution? Catch a two-hour long ferry ride to where you find a suitable reef and dive. So since we had to go all the way with the Toddler anyway, why not exercise the more feasible option and sleep on the ferry for the night? Read More →
Hyde Park, Sydney
There is one thing I have learnt about travel. You can read all the travel guides under the sun, have friends and family give you reviews about the place, glean as much information as possible before heading out, nothing will prepare you for the experience you are about to have. Your relationship with the city is all your own. It’s all about the vibe and how that works with you. Whoever told us whatever about Sydney just didn’t ring true. Our experience was our own. Some friends even told us to skip it altogether because ‘Melbourne just has so much more to offer’. Dead wrong. Yes, Melbourne is cool. But Sydney is just so sexy. Read More →
My baby at the Sydney Harbour Bridge (just a peek at what’s to follow, so stay tuned)
Karachi winters are beautiful. The nip in the air, the friends and family flying down from the world over, the epic winter food, the weddings, the cozy comfort of the duvet, misty morning, endless cups of coffee…
I think my readers are smart enough to realize that I am skirting the issue here to avoid talking about why I have been severely MIA. I have two gargantuan reasons which I shall delineate here…
- I visited Australiaaaaaaa last month! Sydney, Cairns, Melbourne. Whaaaat a place. The beauty that is that country and the awesome people, the food, the vibe. I promise to be more articulate when I write in detail. I returned Jan 6th
- My one and only brother is getting married. My post on becoming a SIL. In a few days. My sister has flown in (two adorable nephews in tow) after four years for just ten days. There is TONS to do everyday. With three boys in the house. People, need I say more?
But I truly miss my sporadic rambling blog posts. And my loyal readers! Love to you all. Regular posting shall resume after 23rd Jan.
For an introduction to this series, Moms Uninhibited, please read here.
Amneh Shaikh-Farooqui is a development professional who focuses on economic empowerment, environment and health initiatives. She also runs a small music and movement programme for young children called Boogie Babies and is a curator for the Women of the World festival in Karachi. Read More →