A day with MAX at the Beach

In a world of digital media, we have forgotten to connect with nature. We have become so busy in our routine life and have no time to explore, to connect, and to understand the beauty of nature.

MAX

Well, finally we devote some time to come to a step closer to nature. We decided to say goodbye to our gadgets for few hours so we can focus and connect with nature. We joined the program MAX by School of Leadership, which held on sunny Saturday at Turtle beach, Karachi. The program attracted youth aged 20 – 30. So, they can relax from the hectic schedule of their busy lives.

MAX

The best thing about the event was that it was being led by the very interactive and motivational trainers namely Umair Jaliawala and Waqar Ali. The purpose of the program was to starch life, come out from the comfort zone, capacity building, teamwork, connect to nature, and to live hundred percent.

MAX

 

The event officially started with the introductory session of Waqar Ali and warm up activities to break invisible bearers. As all were new to each other. So it’s important to know first, so he trainer divided individuals into the group. All the individuals were in teams now.

 

Once the team were made, it’s time for activities. So, the first activity was “The Great Box”, in this all the team members have to jump into the box. The team that completes it in less time will be the winner. In this game, our team won the third position.  After this, Umair Jaliawala interacted with all the participants and shared his thoughts regarding life, and nature. He also advised the participants to read books, at least for 15 minutes a day.

MAX

After that, there were three activities waiting for us; namely bucket challenge, plank game and group skipping.  Everyone gave their best, but in the end, only one team had to win. Well, in the end, the mission of the journey accomplished. Since morning, no one knew each other but in the evening they found new friends with many beautiful and exciting memories.

Picture Source: SOL Facebook Page

An exciting underwater journey with PALS

Life without adventure is like biryani without Aaloo (potato). In a world full of digital media users, adventure is something that leads to freedom, excitement, a step closer to nature and unforgettable memories. Pakistan is a country that is blessed with a wide range of beautiful shorelines. And Karachi is the city of beaches and almost every Karachite plan their picnics to explore the beauty of these beaches.

When we talk about beach then the first thing we hear Samundar me Ziada Aage mat Jana (don’t go far in the sea), but still, many youngsters take it as a statement and ignore it without caring about the circumstances. As a result, many people lost their lives in order to save ones’ life.

Recently, we went to the beach with Pakistan Life Saving Foundation (PALS). A nonprofit organization that is working from 2004, for the purpose of saving lives on the beaches of Karachi. With more than 250 lifeguards from the local community, they have saved almost 5000 people till date.

PALS

They told us about many things which we never heard before. Rip current is the biggest enemy of human’s life and because of it chances of drowning increase. As a result, many people lose their lives while trying to save one friend or relative who is drowning because a majority of people does not know how to swim.

 

Well, our journey started from Sandspit and ended at French beach. As we reached PALS office, sandpit, they briefed about their organization, how they work, tools, equipment and boats among others. They also showed us the demo of saving the life of a drowning person. After having some refreshment, we officially wore our life jackets and moved our way to the main boat which was floating at the centre of the sea. We sit into the motorboat to reach there and once all the members reached, the journey officially started.

As we reached there, people become crazy to the sea the beauty of oceans and the huts that were built at the seaside of French beach. One of the lifeguards asked us to jump into the water. Initially, we were scared but once we realized that it’s Do or Die scene, we jumped into the water with our life jackets. We also saw the underwater marine life with our dive masks. Last but not least, few of us also tried snorkelling which was one of the most adventurous experiences of this journey.

After this, we again sat into the motor boats to enter into the hut where spicy biryani was waiting for us along with mouthwatering chocolate brownie. After having lunch we shared our experience to the team PALS and appreciated their efforts, and yes, clicked the mandatory group photo at the end of this adventurous journey.

PALS

Important things to remember

  • Wear light weighted cloths
  • Don’t go deeper in the sea
  • Avoid rocky area to swim
  • Avoid swimming in the dark
  • Listen to the advice of lifeguards, as they know the beaches better than us
  • Learn to recognize rip currents
  • Never underestimate the power of the sea
  • Obey basic safety tips

Picture Source: PALS Facebook Page

 

A memorial day of Graduate Student

A journey that started from Orientation, come to end on Convocation.

In the 4 years journey of the university, many ups and downs came, which made it a roller coaster ride of life. Remembered the first day in university? That face, looking for a classroom, reaching before time, nervous and excited at the same time, and tension of ragging as well. Hope you do, these are few of the things that almost every student face on the first day of their university.

Giving introduction in front of all class, and thinking what impression I left behind, reminds the very first day of university. A room full of students who were Extrovert, Introverts and Ambivert from different backgrounds. They made perception on the basis of dressing, gestures, postures and way of talking, which later appeared to be false. Well, same things continue happening, until and unless they don’t actually interact with each other.

Selfies are the only thing that starts from the one friend and later convert into a group of friends or a couple. A historic fountain of the university was one of the favourite selfie-spot for most of the students. Interacting with seniors was quite difficult but was also exciting at the same time.

SMIU Convocation 2018

So, that’s how this journey officially accelerated. In the journey of four years, three festivals, national and International trips, Ambassador Program, and many high-profile visits amongst many other happenings took place in the university.

After the completion of two years; time ran so fast. Years changed into months, and months changed into weeks and weeks changed into days. And then, finally, a day come which is called “Convocation Day”.

SMIU Convocation 2018

Tears of happiness, smile on faces, aims in hearts, many dreams, and of course phones in hands for selfies. These all things are directly reflected to the student, who spent 4 years of his/her life to an institute from where he/she is officially graduating now. A big day; not only for students but also for parents, guidance and teachers as well. On this day, students wore a gown and cap with an aim to fly it at the end of the ceremony.

 

On one side, students were happy to receive their degrees. So, on the flip side, parents were also happy to see their offspring receiving the degree. Almost every student introduced friends, colleagues and teachers to their parents.

 

Students who were awarded gold and silver medals were the ones who scored the highest and second highest CGPA in their academic journey. They made their parents more proud by being the one from their classes.

SMIU Convocation 2018

 

All the fights, misunderstandings, disappointments, jealousy and ego came to end, after receiving a degree and everyone wished successful career and better future to each other.

China Port – No More New Destination To Hangout

Karachi, the city of lights, the port city of Pakistan, the city of foodies, ex-capital of the country and so on. This city is blessed with many beautiful titles and Karachities are the people who actually made it possible. Well, Karachites recently found a new destination to hang out. It was the 4th day of Eid that Karachites found a new place. Yes, I’m talking about “Pakistan Deep Water Container Port” popularly known as “China Port.”

China Port Karachi

Suddenly the pictures of newly shaped rocks “Tetrapod Rocks” started getting viral. People started comparing it with the scene from the Bollywood film “Munna Bhai MBBS”. Basically, Tetrapod Rocks are used as a wave breaker to control the pressure of sea waves. Most of the countries use these rocks but Pakistan became a bit late to be on the list. And for Karachites, it absolutely something new, exciting and amazing. They couldn’t stop themselves to visit this place after seeing the viral pictures and videos.

China Port Karachi

The bad news is that this place is now officially closed for the public. Yes, on 1st August KPT revealed in a statement that too many people visiting the area which is creating a security hazard. It is very unfortunate that people couldn’t keep this place clean. They turned this place into the garbage. Not only that, in many cases related to snatching, sexual harassment and drinking have also been recorded.

China Port Karachi

Well, I also got attracted by the viral picture the videos. So, I decided to visit this place with my friends to record a vlog. The moment I reached there, it was like I’ve entered the fish market because there was a huge crowd. It was like that the whole Karachi is here. Plus there were many local street food stalls. As Karachites are the foodie and they cannot stop themselves to eat foodstuff.

The moment I saw the tetrapod rocks, I was like how would I climb? Because those were very dangerous and slippery because of the sea and drizzling, but I successfully climbed and crossed half of the area. Only a few people were successfully managed to reach there. I and my friends were also amongst them. Furthermore, you can see in my vlog, and don’t forget to subscribe to my youtube channel and follow my blog.