One Fine Outing

It’s been a while since we got active on our blog, so we thought we could restart by posting a few glimpses from our recent outing.

It’s always a gratifying feeling when the country we live in is always aiming to build a bigger and better lifestyle for us to experience. There is always something new here, and that’s the specialty.

 

The day we went for the Colour Run 2015

The day of Colour Run 2015 – 21st November 2015

After a year of wanting to go for the Colour Run – We finally made it.

Last year Shahana had brought up the idea of wanting to go for the event but we missed the deadline ‘cos of so many pending decisions like I had to travel to Qatar and the dates weren’t confirmed and many other tiny issues…

This year, it was a lot better because we got better compaanyyyy :). We got to pull along our mutual-work-colleague who is now our new-found bestie – Ranjeeta and her little sister -Rachna!

We received the Colour Run pack with some merchandise waaayy ahead of the event so it got us some time to feel the excitement for many days that the excitement did turn towards wee bit of nervousness (considering it was our first public run and that saying it includes color!), but it was all well in the end.

We had to be there at 7am as the gates apparently closes by 9.30 am- the thought of waking up early and to drive to a location far away was by itself a mission for us. As dramatic as it sounds, we did make it on time, well 8.30 ish to be exact, ready to face our next mission to begin the race.

Runners were released on to the tracks on batches and we were (safely) the last batch of runners. Although the hype and attraction, we guessed, would have been more for the first batches, we could see the organizers/ hosts did their best to keep up the excitement till the very end.

Colour run

Map of the Colour Run 2015.

To sum it up, as it looks on the map it was surely one colorful event!! We were super excited to go for the run and glad we can tick it off our non-existing bucket list! 😀
Colour runs like these happen in different countries and if you happen to spot one in your place don’t hesitate to sign up for it to enjoy the event!

 

Signing off now,

Us.

Glasgow, Largest City in Scotland

Known for its People, Architecture, Weather, Local Life and History; Glasgow is the Largest city in Scotland. Here are some clicks from our 5-hour self tour exploring Glasgow by walk. Hope you like them 🙂

Argyle Street - Outside Glasgow City Bus Station

Argyle Street – Outside Glasgow City Bus Station

Our Tour Guide - Followed the Old Fashioned Way of using Street Maps to walk our way exploring the Local City Life of Glasgow.

Our Tour Guide – Followed the Old Fashioned Way of using Street Maps to walk our way exploring the Local City Life of Glasgow.

Fountain at Glasgow Green

Fountain at Glasgow Green

People's Palace - Was a Vacation House for the Royals and now a Museum with interesting Life Histories.

People’s Palace – Was a Vacation House for the Royals and now a Museum with interesting Life Histories.

Glasgow Brewery View from Glasgow Green

Glasgow Brewery View from Glasgow Green

Winter Garden at Glasgow Green

Winter Garden at Glasgow Green

The Famous Barras Market - A walk away from People's Palace

The Famous Barras Market – A walk away from People’s Palace

Barras Market of 1920's still in Function - Known for its Traditional Trade of Used Goods.

Barras Market of 1920’s still in Function – Known for its Traditional Trade of Used Goods.

Tolbooth Steeple - Major City Landmark

Tolbooth Steeple – Major City Landmark

Merchant Square - Old Fruit & Vegetable Market

Merchant Square – Old Fruit & Vegetable Market

Merchant Square, Now - An attraction for Dining, Shopping, Street Entertainment and Seasonal markets

Merchant Square, Now – An attraction for Dining, Shopping, Street Entertainment and Seasonal markets

George Street - Walk towards the City Chambers

George Street – Walk towards the City Chambers

Glasgow City Chambers

Glasgow City Chambers

George Square

George Square

Streets of Glasgow

Streets of Glasgow

Climbing up to the peak of the Lighthouse - Just 136 Steps x2

Climbing up to the peak of the Lighthouse – Just 136 Steps x2

View from the Lighthouse

View from the Lighthouse

From the top most point of the Lighthouse

From the top most point of the Lighthouse

~ Shahana

The Ultimate Spaghetti… A Holiday Season Must Try!

It’s not one of the first dishes I have learnt to make yet it’s the dish I make best (in my opinion). It took me while to understand it’s just the magic of mixing in the right kinds of sauces in their right amounts.

I was in my 2nd year of University and had friends coming home to complete last-minute assignments. Take outs wasn’t an option we wanted something healthy and filling enough to finish those never-ending assignments. Aannd *drum rolls* ‘The Ultimate Spaghetti’ was created.

Since then it’s been my favorite as it’s easy to make and tastes yumm..

INGREDIENTS:

1 packet whole-wheat spaghetti

1 Green Capsicum Sliced

1 Carrot Sliced

2 Celery Sticks

4 Cloves of Garlic Chopped

2 tsp Soy Sauce

2 tsp Ketchup

2 tsp Thai Sauce

1 tsp Hot Sauce

½ cup Cooking Cream

Salt as required

1 tbsp Cooking Oil

2-3 Chicken Burgers (fried or grilled)

METHOD:

Method

  1. Heat a deep bottomed sauce pan. Add oil and saute the chopped garlic in.
  2. Add the chopped vegetables into the garlic and oil. (Can add more kinds of vegetables if you wish. The vegetables can be chopped anyway you like, I prefer them being chopped in Julienne)
  3. Once the vegetables soften, add in the sauces and cooking cream.
  4. Cut the chicken burgers into cubes and add them into the spaghetti sauce
  5. Finally drop the boiled *spaghetti into the sauce and mix on warm heat

NOTE: The sauces already have amounts of salt in them plus I usually add salt while boiling the spaghetti so please be mindful on adding salt.

*COOKING THE SPAGHETTI:

Cooking the Spaghetti

  1. Take 1 packet of wholewheat spaghetti and break into half.
  2. Put it in a saucepan with boiling water (the spaghetti must be completely dipped in water) and add 1-2 teaspoons of salt.
  3. Let it boil on high flame for about 20-25 minutes until the spaghetti is cooked
    (I check by chewing a small piece, if it sticks to your teeth then it’s not cooked yet. Be careful not to over boil it).
  4. Once done drain the water and bathe the spaghetti under cold water. Then add 2 teaspoons of olive oil to it so that they don’t stick to each other.

Tadaa… the Ultimate Spaghetti is ready. I love this dish it’s so easy to make and tastes so good plus it stays for the next 2-3 days if kept in the fridge. Hence, it’s a holiday season – must try! 🙂

~Shahana

Why the trashing, the cynicism and the rude behaviour?

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The world is much bigger than our mind could even imagine.

It may scare us with the abundance of factors that influence people and their behavior – the hate, the love, the criticisms, the racisms, the judgments or appreciation.

You may get completely lost and feel extremely minute when you get in contact with this wider world…

But just  think broader with a general perspective.. aren’t we all biologically at least 5% ( I could say more though) similar to each other – ignore the different factors – colour of the skin, nationality, the ‘I am from this place, therefore I look like this’ factor, the body sizes, the lifestyles, the educational background – anything – just about ANY factor OTHER THAN that we are all humans with one mind, one heart and a body that carries it?

That person who just passed by –  is just another reflection of yourself. That person is made of the same ”materials’, you are made of. Each of us grows a year older the same way you do. Each of us breathes and need the same things you need to survive in the world we are given. Yet, we pass on the slightest negativity of judging and stereotyping one another –  we comment, demean, or pick on one another.

Given that we have a mind of our own, we could take the slightest effort to consider ourselves thankful to even have the capacity to think straight and have conscious thoughts to get us through events that take place in a day or so. Yet..what some of us do/say to one other individual/group of individual is beyond atrocious.

You are as equal to that person next to you. You are as equal to that person you commented on the internet. You are as equal as the person that waiting in queue for the cashier.

We are all equal to each other more than we can imagine.  We (or at least some) just don’t see this only because we utterly refuse to believe this, and so ‘being equal’ APPEARS to be out of topic.

Where you stand now, is where someone stood earlier.. and who you commented on now could be you later. Would you appreciate if you swapped places? Would you show much hatred to yourself? No right? – Then why the trashing, the cynicism and/or rude behaviour.

In hopes to hear of an increase in the no of safe places for people to live in,

I sign out.

(ps : A genuine post on an un-influenced opinion – not intended to harm any)

(pps : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIh2xe4jnpk )