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…

  1. 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   
  2. 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 →

Here’s the third in the series Moms Uninhibited, (for intro read here), and what a fabulous lady. My friend Saad’s mother, she has really accomplished it all. I was told my series focused too much on a particular generation, so this interview will fix that. This lady fought to break the glass ceiling when we were in our diapers. 38 years dedicated to an organization! Talk about loyalty! Hope you all enjoy the answers as much as I did; so candid and endearing:

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Asma Yusoof has worked in Marketing & Sales department at the nation’s carrier, Pakistan International Airline (P.I.A), for the last 38 plus years. Mother to two accomplished children, Synara and Saad and grandmother to Talha, 9, and Aaziah, 5, she recently called it a day and has retired as Ticket Office Manager. Her spouse Syed Pervez Yusoof works as Head of Trading at Hascol Petroleum and has been supportive of her working career in every way. There is so much to learn from this dynamic individual. A trailblazer for our generation and for the many women who followed suit, she managed it all back when many women did not venture into the corporate world. She has served as hope and inspiration to many who, like Asma, have dared to go after their dreams. It seems she has the locker combination to the elusive work-life balance. Let’s try to get her to share the secret…  Read More →