[Press Release] Xiaomi brings Redmi 4X to Pakistan in partnership with Smartlink Technologies

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With the launch of Redmi 4X, Xiaomi demonstrates its commitment to the market
One of the world’s leading technology company Xiaomi launches Redmi 4X in Pakistan on Saturday through distribution partner SmartLink Technology. The launch event took place in Lahore on Friday and was hosted by none other than the witty Taimur Salahuddin AKA Mooroo.
Audiences were provided double dose of entertainment with the hilarious jokes of Mooroo and scintillating performances by Pakistan’s leading band Noori and Nescafe Basement band with Altamash Sarver who made audiences dance to their favourite tracks. The stunning Mira Sethi also made a special guest appearance who was all praises for the newly launched Smartphone, equipped with the latest technology in an affordable price.
Smartlink Technologies Marketing Director Ahmed Butt was quoted as saying, “Majority of the Pakistani consumers prefer to purchase smartphones remaining in this price bracket and thus this bracket has always remained a key market for all brands. We have confidence that Redmi 4X will be a hit within its own price bracket, as the smartphone surely outperforms its competition in the market.”
Redmi 4X
Redmi 4X features a full metal body, is the slimmest in design at just 8.65mm of thickness and weighs a mere 150g. Equipped with a 4100mAh battery, Redmi 4X has an impressive standby time of up to 18 days! Bid those dying battery issues adieu! It will be available with a 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, so users can multi-task more efficiently, having more space for their downloaded applications and images. Redmi 4X will be available in the markets from Saturday in black a price of Rs 18,900.

The smartphones will be available offline across the country and online at official mistore.pk and at authorised online sales agents including Daraz.pk and Yayvo.com.

Every Redmi 4X will ship with MIUI 8 which builds in several technology breakthroughs such as being able to clone apps and manage multiple accounts on the same phone. This means that users can have two instances of a messaging app on the same phone that correspond to different accounts, removing the inconvenience of having to log in and out on the same app. With MIUI 8, users can also split their smartphones into two accounts. This means that a different password or fingerprint can allow you to access a different home screen entirely, with independent apps and data. According to their needs, users can choose to merge certain data such as the address book and their call log history.

Key features of Redmi 4X:
• Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 with (Octa-core 1.4GHz)
• 4100mAh battery
• 13MP camera with PDAF; 5MP front camera
• 5-inch HD display
• Dual SIM (3-choose-2 hybrid SIM tray)
• LTE support
• 3GB RAM + 32GB Flash
• Up to 128GB microSD expandable storage
• Rear fingerprint sensor
• Available in Black

About Xiaomi
Xiaomi was founded in 2010 by serial entrepreneur Lei Jun based on the vision “innovation for everyone”. We believe that high-quality products built with cutting edge technology should be made accessible to everyone. We create remarkable hardware, software, and internet services for and with the help of our Mi fans. We incorporate their feedback into our product range, which currently includes Mi and Redmi smartphones, Mi TVs and set-top boxes, Mi routers, and Mi Ecosystem products including smart home products, wearables and other accessories. With more than 70 million handsets sold in 2015, Xiaomi is expanding its footprint across the world to become a global brand.

About Smartlink Technologies
Established in 2016, Smartlink Technologies is a brainchild of a pool of professionals whose strong vision and even stronger conviction paved the way for an exclusive partnership with Xiaomi. We believe in reaching out to both the low-end and the high-end consumers and still give out state-of-the-art and warranted products at the best possible prices. We live in an age where the digital world meanders from smartphones to smart everything – we see it all around us. Smartlink Technologies strives to connect latest technology with modern and innovative sales techniques to change not only how brands are marketed but also how they define themselves.

Get Baby Soft Skin with 3 Ingredients from your Kitchen Cabinet

I took this off a tumblr post but can’t find it anymore so rewriting.

 

1. Mix one part oil with two parts sugar. It can be any oil, I used coconut. You can even use canola oil. Add few drops of vanilla essence for scent (optional).

 

2. Take a bubble bath or a really nice long shower if you don’t have a bathtub.

 

3. Shave your legs, arms and any other areas of your body that you want. If you like waxing, do that before the bubble bath.

 

4. Get out of the shower and scrub yourself with the sugar scrub.

 

5. Use a disposable razor to shave after using the scrub. This is not to remove hair but the dead skin that you have just scrubbed off in step 4. It will look grey and quite disgusting tbh.

 

6. Wash yourself with your favourite shower gel to get the oil off and pat dry.

 

FEEL LIKE A DAMN GODDESS.

7 Reasons why you should add Oats to your Breakfast

We have all heard this at least once in our lives;
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
And yet, when it comes to this meal, most of us are hasty and careless or right out skip it. It’s understandable since mornings are the busiest time of the day and we are just looking for a quick kick of energy that we can get from a simple cup of coffee. So why bother right? Wrong. What we eat for breakfast fuels our entire day and even helps in controlling unnecessary hunger pangs and over eating.
Your standard breakfast should be quick, delicious and nutritious. You should consume a fruit, some dairy products, protein (egg is great!) and a good source of fiber. Here are 7 reasons why you should choose Oats instead of the regular bread options for your breakfast:
1. Oats are loaded with Dietary Fiber
Oats are rich in a specific type of fiber called beta-glucan. This particular type of fiber is known to help lower levels of bad cholesterol.
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2. Oats help lower your Cholesterol
Oats contain soluble fibers that help in reducing the absorption of bad cholesterol in your blood.
3. Regular Consumption of Oats can help lower your risk of Heart Disease
Oats contain a a specific type of fiber called beta-glucan that helps in lowering the risk for heart disease and diabetes.
4. Oats can help regulate your Blood Pressure
Some studies suggest that eating oats is just as effective in regulating blood pressure as taking blood pressure medication!
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5. Oats are a great way to combat Obesity
Researchers believe that consuming oats not only helps in combating obesity but also increases immunity.
6. Low in Calories
If you’re watching your calories, add a cup of these babies to your diet. One cup of dry oats contains just around 300 calories.
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7. Oats are packed with Vitamins and Minerals
Oats are known to contain Manganese, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Zinc and Vitamin E along with others.
So ditch the Quinoa fad and grab yourself a pack of Quaker Oats from your nearest store since the world’s favourite oats are now officially available in Pakistan!
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When it comes to breakfast, no one knows better how to provide a nourishing good start to the day than Quaker. This winter when oatmeal season is in full swing, the world-renowned and beloved brand Quaker made its official launch in Pakistan. 
Oats are a nutrition powerhouse; a rich source of dietary fiber, a good source of plant-based protein and it helps to reduce cholesterol in your body. With these many healthy benefits and more, Quaker Oats doesn’t compromise on taste!
To showcase the delicious and versatile nature of oats, Quaker hosted a brunch at Cosa Nostra Lahore which included a buffet of scrumptious breakfast and brunch foods incorporating oats. The who’s who of the town were there to taste all the smoothies, pancakes, granolas and salads. The admired Chef Mehmood showcased five-star recipes featuring Oats: Oatfully good omelette, Oat Quesadillas and Oat crumbed fish. You can check the recipes on Quaker Pakistan (@QuakerPK) Facebook Live videos. Bellies satisfied with the tasteful food, the attendees had similar parting comments: it was a wonderful and #OatsomeBrunch.
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Note: This is a sponsored story but the facts and opinions mentioned in the piece are authentic.

7 words every new mom or mom-to-be needs to know 


Caring for a baby is a lot of hard work. It is emotionally, physically and mentally exhausting. Especially if you’re a first time mom, you’re stuck with random advice from friends and family and the worst thing is, they all contradict each other! 

The roller coaster ride can be rough because as soon as you’re settling into w routine, your baby starts doing something new. So here is my list of top 7 concepts that you should familiarize yourself with, to make sure you know what to expect. 

1. Post Partum Depression/Baby Blues

Over 80% of women suffer from the baby blues right after the birth of the baby. It’s exhausting, overwhelming and painful to care for a tiny little human that depends on you, that too with a cocktail of hormones messing up your brain and post delivery injuries. If you feel like crying for no reason, don’t beat yourself up about it, it’s completely natural. But if your baby blues last for more than 15 days and if you start getting thoughts of self harm or harming the baby you should consult with a psychiatrist immediately. 

2. Cluster Feeding

When your baby is almost 2 weeks old, he/she will go on a feeding marathon. If you’re exclusively breast feeding, you will definitely miss out on a LOT of sleep and go through a lot of exhaustion. You will also hear people around you saying that your milk is not enough to satisfy your baby’s appetite and that you should switch to formula. While there’s nothing wrong with supplementing with formula, it’s best for your baby if you can battle it out and get through this time. Your baby is actually doing something called ‘cluster feeding’ which means your baby is developing well and is naturally boosting your milk supply for the months to come. 

3. Colic

Even typing this out gives me shudders. Colic is a terrible terrible thing for both baby and parents. Since it’s such a lengthy topic, I won’t go into it but I would highly recommend you try gas drops, cycling, tummy time to help ease your baby’s pain. 

4. Congestion 

The stuff of nightmares, it is a pain to watch your little one struggle to breathe through a blocked nose. Ease the pain by using some saline drops and the nosefrida, it’s a handy device that sucks out the snot from your baby’s nose without any intrusive method such as the bulb syringe. 

5. Sleep Regression/Growth Spurt

Boy oh boy. Just when your little one is settled in a routine (probably in the 6th) month, you will have to deal with long sleepless nights once again. Because your baby is learning new tricks such as rolling over, trying to sit up and crawl, he/she is building up a lot of energy and by sleep time, is either too excited or too tired to sleep. Sleep regression is often linked with growth spurts that usually happen in the 4th, 6th and 9th month. I found that massaging her tiny legs at night helped calm her down but most times you’ll just have to wait it out. Sleep regression lasts from anywhere between 2 to 6 weeks. 

6. Teething 

Although I haven’t personally experienced this one yet since Samar is in her pre-teething phase, let me tell you this. Invest in a really good teething toy that is easy to grip and made of non toxic rubber. I invested in Sophie the Giraffe that you can get off Amazon for around $10 and it’s her favorite thing in the world. 

7. Separation Anxiety 

Somewhere around the 6th or 7th month, your baby will start to notice when you leave. Sadly, since she has a terrible memory right now, she won’t remember that you always come back. She’ll think you’re leaving her and moving to Russia. This might result in extreme clingy and fussy behavior and a crying session that will make your heart wrench. Don’t worry because eventually your baby will realize that you always come back and this will end only to begin again when she’s a toddler! 

I hope you ladies do some more research on these words and you power through motherhood like queens! 

Happy Parenting 🙂

Favourites from #qhBCW 

Can you guess what time it is? It’s the time when I pretend to be a fashion critic!

In today’s edition of play pretend, I am going to show you my favourite pieces from the Qmobile Hum Bridal Couture Week.

But first, let’s talk about… Brands! So apart from the regular fashion brands who obviously have every reason to be at a fashion show we also had glimpses Sweet Touch, Interwood Mobel as well as Jdot.

Sweet touch kept it hush on social media with just some live coverage on their official platforms. Interwood Mobel created a luxury furniture setup and called it ‘Fairytale Wedding’ and kept the hype down to a few posts by bloggers and instagram fashion reporters but their hashtag #FairytaleWedding managed to trend alongside the official hashtag #qhBCW.

The official sponsors of the show, Qmobile had spectacular coverage online via their official accounts as well as key blogger engagement. It’s interesting to note that even though the official hashtag for the evening was #qhBCW, the bloggers who were engaging with the Jdot brand used an alternative hashtag to tweet about the event that was #JDotAtBCW.

Now that I’ve stopped geeking tf out, here comes the glamour!

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Wardha Saleem

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Faiza Saqlain

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Qmobile Rising Star: HEM

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Aisha Imran

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City Wars Celebrity Roast: The Best of Twitter

 

If you’re on Twitter then you must be aware of the recent nationwide trend that was #OyeKuchKarGuzar. Initiated by MangoBaaz via a flaming hot celebrity roast, the city wars soon took to Twitter and people were quick to defend their cities against the stars of the video; Ushna Shah, Uzair Jaswal and Ali Safina.

Here are some of the most popular tweets from the trend:

Turns out, the hashtag was about Pakistan’s first online movie being released by Djuice Pakistan. It’s a YouTube based movie and you can watch the newly released trailer here:

 

 

 

Three Great Places to Dine Out at in Gulshan 

There was a time when the residents of Gulshan and Nazimabad had to go all the way over to Clifton or DHA for good food. But times have changed and thankfully, a decent meal in an ambient restaurant doesn’t involve a 15 km drive anymore. 

For those of you unaware as to where to spend your money, here are my top three picks for the best places to dine out at in Gulshan e Iqbal.

1. Chop Suey

A beautifully decorated space located near Disco Bakery, Chop Suey serves American Chinese cuisine. Co-owned by the famous Chef Saadat, the restaurant boasts of a unique and original flavour that is not based on ‘ketchup’ like most Chinese restaurants in Karachi. The noodles are home made, the recipes are created by Chef Saadat and if you’re lucky you can spot him in the kitchen keeping a strict check on the quality of the food that goes out. 

We ordered Dynamite Prawns, Tom Yum Gai, Special Chop Suey Sizzling Chicken and Mongolian Beef with seafood rice. The bill came out to be 2700 PKR and we were surprised at the generous portions too! Another positive thing I noticed was the liberty to choose the serving size. The single serving was enough to feed two very hungry people and the family serving would have been enough for four I’m assuming. 

2. Pizza2000

If you are into pizza and haven’t tried Pizza2000 yet, please book a Careem right now and head over to Rashid Minhas Road to try this scrumptious piece of heaven. Located next to the famous Dacca Sweets, this is probably one of the oldest pizza joints in Karachi. Their deep pan crispy crust is full of flavour and their extra stringy extra gooey cheese provides for a mouth watering pizza experience. The best part? A large pizza will only cost you around 500 PKR. It’s cheap enough for you to try Dacca Sweets ka meetha dahi for dessert later. 

3. Big Thick BurgerZ

If you’ve had BTB in DHA then good news for you, they’re now open in Gulshan too! If you haven’t tried them out yet then let me give you a bit of an insight into the wholesome goodness that is BTB. These guys basically make the most healthiest and premium burgers in Karachi. They take the best ingredients like meat from MeatOne, Brazilian Chillies, Malaysian Potatoes and BBQ burgers on a live charcoal grill. They are the only ones in the city to use the charcoal grill and it ensures the smokiest most authentic bbq experience.

The prices are steep at around 500 per meal (including fries and drink) but hey, this sort of decadence comes at a value. I mean, they use a Swiss cheese sauce in their chicken tenders for heavens sake! If you haven’t tried them out yet, do give them a chance. They’re located in the dip shop lane near Bolan Sajji House, opposite Masjid Bait ul Mukarram. 

Are there any food joints from Gulshan that you think are un-for-gettable? 

To the victim 

I’ve been there. The dark pit of depression that leaves you completely and utterly helpless. Useless. Grieving and insecure. Mostly after a loved one has been taken away from us. It’s a terrible place, that pit. It’s dark and cold and lonely. And it makes the best of us take the worst decisions.

Then some day, you notice, there’s a light. And a pair of hands. Wait. Several pairs of hands, trying to pull you up and out of the pit. 

But by now, the pit has become so comfortable. Familiar. Cosy. So we let the light pass and the hands leave. And then everything we do wrong, can be blamed on the pit. And somehow we stop being accountable. 

So please. If you find yourself in the pit, look up. There are several hands waiting to pull you up. Please grab hold. We need you to walk with us again. 

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Disclaimer: I’m not a psychologist and I don’t know anything about anxiety or depression. This piece is just my own thoughts based on my own experiences and observations. I am in no way demeaning another individual’s pain or generalizing how people cope with grief.

All time favorite Pakistani National Songs

Its 6th September and this is the time of year when we all feel more patriotic.
National songs always give you patriotic and emotions feelings that develop a bond of love and affection to our own homeland.

Here I am listing all of my most favorite national songs if you feel like giving yourself a cheesy defence day today.

“Chand Roshan Chamakta sitara rahay”
I have strong affection with this song as i remember my father singing this for me and I extremely love the lyrics.

Chand Roshan Chamakta Sitara Rahay
Sabse Ooncha yeh Parcham Hamara rahay
Is Jhanday pe Ab Qaum ki Laaj hai
Is Jhanday pe Sab ki Nazar Aaj hai
Jaan se kion na Hum ko yeh Pyara rahay

This song is sung by all time great singer of her time Zarqa a greatest talent of all time

“Hum Zinda Qoum hain, painda Qoum hain, hum subb ke hay pehchan Pakistan, Pakistan”
we all remember singing this all time favorite national song on Independence Day or Defence Day celebrations in our schools.
“Apni Jaan Nazar keru”
Greatest of all time Late Asad Amanat Ali sung this beautiful national song and it is still alive in our hearts.
 “Maaon Ke Dua”
One of the best patriotic song sung by great Aalamgir and all time fave national song in the list.
“Jeeway Jeeway Pakistan”
Originally sung by Shehnaz Begum, of the best patriotic song which gives you real patriot feelings for the beloved country.

Moula”
sung by Vital Signs, one of the best patriotic song sung by them.
I love this one line from this song

Aman o muhabat kay din day dai, hum nay hai lambi raat guzari


“Aay Jawan”
How can you forget greatest of all the time song by the legendary Awaz Band
“Aaay Raah-e haq kay shaheedo”

This song has spiritual and magical effect, madam Noor Jahan sung it during the war of 1965 to rise patriotic feelings in nation and for the support of our soldiers. This year’s coke studio 9 also featured a beautiful rendition of it that was a tear jerker because of how strong the song is and also because it features the late Amjad Sabri. 
“Dil Dil Pakistan”
Sung by Vital Signs, an evergreen classic that almost 4 generations of Pakistanis know by heart

How are you spending this Defence Day? Let us know in the comments. 

#BreakingNews: Rangers to carry out operation against flash mob 

In a beautifully shot video by some college students and sponsored by a clothing brand, Pakistanis on the internet have witnessed the latest horror engulfing our nation: Dancing girls in a public place.

ALi ChauDerY ​from Facebook expressed his anger and fear in his statement: “This is so bad. These girls are from upper class and they are trying to promote West in our Islamic Republic.” 

When asked about the number of street harassment cases in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan directed at non upper class women and what he thinks should be done to prevent them, Mr. ChauDerY appeared to have signed out.

Princes$ AneeLa too had something to say. “I don’t understand what this means but it’s soooooo unnecessary. I get catcalled almost everyday while going to college and that means I should stay in my limits and avoid such public places. Its normal for men to stare at us when they want that’s why we have to pretend to be invisible, not be so bold and dance in the streets.”

JI leaders have also taken notice of the video and urged the Rangers to abandon the Karachi operation and clean up the streets of Lahore instead.
“FIRST they say beating your wife is wrong. NOW they want women to be comfortable doing their thing in the streets. What will you tell me next? The sun is a star?!”

We tried to find supporters of the video for comment but they had all mysteriously deactivated their profiles. One of them refused to give her quote for this piece saying something along the lines of ‘cyber bullying’, ‘challenging norms’, ‘free thinking females’ and ‘fragile egos’.

If you have seen the video don’t forget to post about it using an outrageous status on your social profile to show the West that in Pakistan, we love our status quo.