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Eidi Collection Effort for Children in Quake-Affected Areas October 15, 2006

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This was posted by mansoor at Karachi Metblogs today. I’m pasting the text below:

One year later, the feelings for the effects of the devastating earthquake of Oct 2005 have somehow ebbed, atleast here in Karachi. The ferver with which people of this city came other on the days following the quake was not seen ever since the war of 1965. However gross mismanagement of funds and donations have left an indelible mark on the people now and have turned up their skepticism on any new effort. This year, we see a lot of appeals for local causes again, but the earthquake effort is not seen anywhere…… YET!

A group of concerned and dedicated individuals, still carrying the scars of the earthquake, have gathered their resources and started a drive to collect eidi donations for the children of the earthquake affected areas. I am proud to be associated with this group, along with Unaiza Nasim and Naila Jaffery, the two masterminds behind this effort, and request all my fellow citypeople to come forward and open their hearts once again and join this cause to bring happiness to the children upcountry, if only for one day.

A donation collection point has been setup at PAF museum (main parking lot) once again, from 10 AM till night, where volunteers would be available to collect, sort and package any donations given to be transported before Eid. Time is of the essense here, as we dont have many days left. I’ll be posting updates to the effort as well as pictures as and when they become available.

Donations required: Books, Copies, Coloring books, Color pencils, Pencils, pens, Toys, Biscuits, Candies, Packaged Juices, Milk anything u feel is for a kid.

 Join hands with us once again, to bring smiles to the faces of children (of the EQ affected areas).

For people living abroad and wishing to lend a helping hand, please contact Unaiza Nasim or Mansoor.

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New shades!!! October 11, 2006

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And yes, now I will be excessively chhichhorfying and tell everyone that I BOUGHT NEW SHADES YESTERDAY!!! WOOHOOOOOOOO!!!!

I bought this in choclate brown, plain metal logo (no rhinestone thingums)!

Impulsive shopping is sooooooo, TOTALLY therapeutic! If only my dad understood this! 😛

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The story of my life? October 10, 2006

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Moby – Extreme Ways

Extreme ways are back again
Extreme places I didn’t know
I broke everything new again
Everything that I’d owned
I threw it out the windows, came along
Extreme ways I know move apart
The colors of my sea
Perfect colored me

Extreme ways that help me
That help me out at night
Extreme places I had gone
But never seen any light
Dirty basements, dirty noise
Dirty places coming through
Extreme worlds alone
Did you ever like it planned

I would stand in line for this
There’s always room in life for this

Oh baby, oh baby
Then it fell apart, fell apart
Oh baby, oh baby
Then it fell apart, it fell apart
Oh baby, oh baby
Then it fell apart, it fell apart
Oh baby, oh baby
Like it always does, always does

Extreme songs that told me
They helped me down every night
I didn’t have much to say
I didn’t get above the light
I closed my eyes and closed myself
And closed my world and never opened
Up to anything
That could get me along

I had to close down everything
I had to close down my mind
Too many things to cover me
Too much can make me blind
I’ve seen so much in so many places
So many heartaches, so many faces
So many dirty things
You couldn’t even believe

I would stand in line for this
It’s always good in life for this

Oh baby, oh baby
Then it fell apart, fell apart
Oh baby, oh baby
Then it fell apart, it fell apart
Oh baby, oh baby
Then it fell apart, it fell apart
Oh baby, oh baby
Like it always does, always does 

Help Pakistan — October 8 (Blog Day) October 7, 2006

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Pakistan Quake One Year Ago

 Have You Forgotten? October 8th 2005

October 8, 2005, changed Pakistan forever. At precisely 08:50:38 a massive earthquake struck the northern areas of Pakistan which devastated the entire country over 80,000 lives perished in a blink of an eye, thousands were displaced resulting in millions of dollars in damage. The entire country joined hands in unison to help the suffering, but even more needs to be done.

In an effort to raise awareness for the victims of the Earthquake in Pakistan we propose to launch a Blog Day, requesting all bloggers to make a post about the earthquake which struck our country one year back by actually asking yourself

HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN?

PS :: Thank you, Dr. Awab Alvi, for bringing this to everyone’s notice.

*sigh* October 7, 2006

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Yes, it’s Saturday night. And yes, I’m still at work. And yes, I’m a sad, saaaaad person! 😛

Kickass T-shirts.. October 7, 2006

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Kickass t-shirts that I found here. Not all of them are awesome — but most of them are, so yeah. 😛 ummmm yeah, wohi! 😛

FREE!!! :P October 7, 2006

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And I’ve decided to go back into my hole. I’ve switched my cellphone off — will probably sell it too. I am officially “cellphone-less” and “un-contactable” now. YAYYYYY!!! 😛

Blegh-ness — not to be confused with PMS :P October 7, 2006

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I have no idea why I should be kinda depressed right now. I mean, my life’s pretty perfect at the moment — I love my job, I love the hours (it keeps me busy enough to satisfy my workaholic urges), the pay’s okay (nothing to write home about, but it’s okay, given the general journalism-doesn’t-pay-much refrain), I love my friends, everything else is pretty much perfect too.

Maybe all of this is long-forgotten, pent-up-and-repressed teenage angst which has come back to haunt me now that I’m in my twenties. Whatever it is, it is best explained by “Numb” — the only Linkin Park song I’ve ever liked.

And no, I’m not PMS-ed, just blegh-ed. 😛

I’m tired of being what you want me to be
Feeling so faithless
Lost under the surface
I don’t know what you’re expecting of me
Put under the pressure
Of walking in your shoes
[caught in the undertow, just caught in the undertow]
Every step that I take is another mistake to you
[caught in the undertow, just caught in the undertow]

I’ve
Become so numb
I can’t feel you there
Become so tired
So much more aware
I’m becoming this
All I want to do
Is be more like me
And be less like you.

Can’t you see that your smothering me
Holding too tightly
Afraid to lose control
‘Coz everything that you thought I would be
Has fallen apart right in front of you.

[caught in the undertow, just caught in the undertow]
Every step that I take is another mistake to you
[caught in the undertow,just caught in the undertow]
And every second I waste is more than I can take.

I’ve
Become so numb
I can’t feel you there
Become so tired
So much more aware
I’m becoming this
All I want to do
Is be more like me
And be less like you.

And I know
I may end up failing too

But I know
You were just like me
With someone disappointed in you.

I’ve
Become so numb
I can’t feel you there
Become so tired
So much more aware
I’m becoming this
All I want to do
Is be more like me
And be less like you.

I’ve
Become so numb
I can’t feel you there
[tired of being what you want me to be]

Chinese Moon Festival October 7, 2006

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Today (tonight, rather) is the Chinese Moon Festival, Cecil said. I asked him if it had anything to do with mooning, and he gave me a wry look. I wonder why, though! It was a perfectly harmless question. Cecil has a dirty mind! 😛

Okay, lameness aside, here’s what I dug up about the Chinese Moon(ing :D) Festival. Thank you, Google!

I want a moon cake! 😦 Moon .. cake .. is that what falls out of someone’s butt when they’re mooning you? Okay, not. Before Cecil reads this and clobbers me, “I officially take all that back.”

Following are bits that I liked from the Moon Festival waala article that I found ::

The Chinese Moon Festival is on the 15th of the 8th lunar month. It’s also known as the Mid-autumn Festival. Chinese culture is deeply imbedded in traditional festivals. Just like Christmas and Thanksgiving in the West, the Moon Festival is one of the most important traditional events for the Chinese. The Moon Festival is full of legendary stories. Legend says that Chang Er flew to the moon, where she has lived ever since. You might see her dancing on the moon during the Moon Festival. The Moon Festival is also an occasion for family reunions. When the full moon rises, families get together to watch the full moon, eat moon cakes, and sing moon poems. With the full moon, the legend, the family and the poems, you can’t help thinking that this is really a perfect world. That is why the Chinese are so fond of the Moon Festival.The moon cake is the food for the Moon Festival. The Chinese eat the moon cake at night with the full moon in the sky. Here are a few pictures of the typical moon cake.

The picture on the moon cake box.


Moon cakes in the box.


One of the moon cakes in the box.

I want a moon cake! I’m HUNGWY!!! 😦 HMPH!!! 😛

White Noise? October 7, 2006

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It’s so totally, utterly-butterly peaceful outside right around this time (iftar + maghrib) — reminds me of Islamabad. DAMN I miss Islamabad!!!

In perspective, it also makes one realize how frikkin’ NOISY this city (Karachi) is! Incessant, background noise — “white noise,” so to speak. 😛 And annoying to the CORE!

The other day I was waiting for a cab at saddar (somewhere along the road that goes from the Hamdard University Hospital to Merrewether Tower), and I could barely hear myself speak! It’s a wonder Karachi’ites don’t go deaf at an extremely early age. 😛