Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Gone Away...

Missed me? I have been really really really (x 1000) busy over the past few weeks. With my crazy university timings, and this public speaking competition, Speak Up! 2011, at hand, that I told you all about, I have absolutely no time to do anything else.
University is good. There are only few other students, so I get to speak and argue on critical and debatable issues a lot more. People are nice. I've made some more friends. Since I'm doing University of London's (UoL) international programme from one of their registered institutions here in Pakistan, it is really economical and I actually enjoy studying. The institution is the same place where I completed my A' level from, so I know the place and it's people really well, and I'm the only 'old' student here, so I have to do all the teachers' work around the place. I'm doing my bachelors in Development and Economics now, I switched from International Development. This new programme is more competitive and I like my units more.
Speak Up! 2011 starts this Thursday. As I've told you all before in my last post that I'm heading the four socials of this gathering, it takes a great deal of my time and energy. This is what we're doing now:
1. Wild Wild West - dance floor, open mic performances. We'll have wanted posters up every where and our bounty hunters will be making rounds and people have to pay to have their friends arrested, who will be contained in our artificial jail and have to pay triple the amount for their release. They can get 'get out of jail' free  cards by consecutively throwing three horse shoes on a bamboo stick from a distance of 14 feet. Food will be served
2. Beach Party - dance floor, volleyball nets, limbos, bonfire, barbecue
3. Hyde Fart (Talent Show) - opens with two bands' performance, followed by different kind of performances by the participants, and a game-activity-improvisational drama session by an acting company
4. Halloween Party - dance floor, and all the Halloween related things you can imagine.
My job is to lead the socials' team and design, plan, organise, and manage these events, alongside my team.
Much much thanks to Furree Katt for designing the most amazing and wonderful WANTED posters for the first event. I'll upload the pictures for it soon and everyone must see how awesome she is. Her work looks totally professional. It was jaw-drops-to-the-floor kind of work. It is THAT AMAZING. 
It is 4 52 am, and now I'm sleepy. I shall go to bed now. 

Take Care
Russian Bear (that rhymes, haha)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

What's up?

Avete!

Hope you all are doing really really well! I am not. I have been coughing and sneezing like a mad cow.

The past week was busy busy busy with meetings almost everyday. We are trying to collect donations for the flood affected areas of Pakistan and it is a pain to get schools and organizations on board for this project. Volunteers are a bigger pain. They want the certificate but they won't work. What I'm trying to work on is collaboration between various schools and organizations to collect, pack and distribute the donations that are coming in. I succeeded in establishing safe channels for distribution but collection is the main issue, hopefully that will be sorted out this weekend as I'm expecting some response. 

Since I'm also working on the socials for Speak Up! 2011, meetings are being held for that as well. I have to organize four social events which will take place every night after hours of debating for four days.
The first social is a Pakistani traditional Sindhi Kacheyri (people sit around a fire, play games, talk, eat, listen to classical music) setting. It won't be as boring as it sounds. We have called in a band to perform live classical/Sufi music for us, alongside the games we are still working on. 
The second social is a beach party. Dance floor. Loud music. Lights and lasers. Barbecue. Beach games. Go crazy.
The third social is called 'Hyde Fart'. We have called in an acting company for a comedy improvisational play.
The fourth social is a Masquerade - Grand Ball.
Pitch in your ideas please...

Other than this, my university's orientation is tomorrow and it starts on Monday, September 26th. I'm studying B Sc. International Development. It is a three year long programme, hopefully I'll do good in it and get a good job after that. Also, I need your prayers for something. I'm trying to get something for a very long time and I just can't find it appropriate enough for me.  Pray for me. Pray for my health too, while you're at it.


*achew* 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

And so it happened...

So one bright sunny morning evening we, the Karachi bloggers, only a handful of us, finally met.


The bloggers who showed up, PROPERLY, are:


Furree Katt
Moonie
Hamza bin Ladin
Ateeq Mughal
Blogger who came late:


Asif Iqbal


Bloggers who showed up biting their nails for ten minutes:


Furby esvee
Aaishah


We met at Dunkin' Donuts and then went to a mall. First we just walked around, looking at different shops. Taking pictures. Going crazy. After that we went to a restaurant in that mall and sat there and talked and talked. Then, we went to a book store and stayed there until they told us to shut up. It was loads of fun, thank you all for coming. Moonie, a huge thanks to you for taking loads of pictures. 


Here are some of them


Ateeq Mughal (left), Hamza bin Ladin (Right)

Ateeq Mughal and his long lost twin brother.

From left: Ateeq Mughal, Hamza bin Ladin, Furree Katt, me, Asif Iqbal

Furree Katt and Moonie showing fright

Hamza bin Ladin and Asif Iqbal

You can't make a bubble face

This man is capable of staying like this for two hours

Bubble Face Productions - Moonie, me and Furree Katt

whatcha looking at?

Me and love of my life 
(picture courtesy: Moonie)

I hope to see more bloggers next time and we'll have even more fun.

Cheers,
Russian Bear

Friday, September 9, 2011

Guten Tag!

Last weekend, Saturday night, I received a call from a friend's mother asking me to take her and my friend, Mashhad, to his orientation next day at his new school for A' level. I agreed and so I went there as his cousin. It was fine, fun. I met some acquaintances. My AS level Psychology teacher is there now, so I met her too and together we said a great deal of bad stuff about the Titans and the Sharks. (Those who know what I mean by Titans and Sharks will either smile as I'm smiling right now or become uber upset at me). 
The same night my friends' band, Quasars, were performing at another friend's place. They were supposed to sing eight songs and they end up singing FIFTEEN songs because the uncles and aunties missed the first few songs.


Anyway... I haven't been doing much in the past few days other than NUDGING ALL THESE KARACHI BLOGGERS FOR THE MEET UP AND GETTING A POOR RESPONSE!


The meet-up is on Saturday, September 10th. If any of you is in Karachi and is interested in coming, e-mail me at russian.gumberoo@gmail.com


And may this fall upon those who back out on the last moment




And if you cannot make it for some reason, fill this and post it on your blog




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I haven't been posting in a while and I really don't have much to say, so I'll just leave you with this random crap awesomeness

You must click on this!

Courtesy: Firebolt1 (Stumbleupon)



Some advice  for all the sad (emo) people out there






More crap awesomeness


It is funny when things like this happen in real life. It is one of those moments when you either want to point and laugh at the idiot, punch them in the face or simply walk away.
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Furree Katt, someday I shall build something like this for you
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I WANT TO VISIT THIS PLACE AND SWIM IN THAT LAKE
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And off I go now ... 


p.s. a video log is coming up soon!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Eid Mubarak

Eid Mubarak everyone! May this eid  bring oceans full happiness and joy for you all. Have fun and enjoy 






All of you have to send me eidhi

Storage Box - Part 2

Here comes Part 2 of the epic series called 'STORAGE BOX'.


Story of a kid, a newspaper seller, who wanted to learn English


See and laugh (Zoom in)


Physicist's and mathematicians discover a way to save time - literally


How to turn an orange peel into a mini flamethrower



Speak Up! For those of you who are interested.
(Bonus: You get to meet me and party with me everyday of this event. A proper post is coming up soon but still check this out)

I WANT THIS!


MUST WATCH - HAWP: Bioshock


HAWP - Street Fighter





bhaaaaahahaha!


Sent by a teacher to her students, for real!

TRUE MOTIVATION!


VIYA, ALICE, SHAGUN OHRI, NOSTALGIC, CRIMSON CORAL, THE OTHER SIDE OF ME, OVAIS, IFRA KHALIQ, MAHNOOR, EZAZI, FURBY ESVEE, AAISHAH, ATEEQ MUGHAL

I NEVER FORMALLY THANKED YOU FOR FOLLOWING ME, THANK YOU! 

And if any of you smoke...

And try to quit smoking, COMPLETELY, because even...


 So off I go now. I have to go a long way in my dreamland

Monday, August 29, 2011

Quasars - Poker Face

Quasars

This past June a bunch of my friends got together to form a band, they named it 'Quasars'. They have performed once at The Second Floor and their next performance is for us, yes! They are performing at the Blogger Meet-up on September 10th. Listen to them and let me know what you think about them.



Sunday, August 28, 2011

Furree Katt, I Love You

And I'll always love you.

Are you casting asparagus on my cooking?

Arrr! So I went back to THE KITCHEN yesterday to make iftar. This time both my ma and sister were not home.


*all the ants of the house gives a standing ovation for the mess I make for them*


I made pakoray, sandwiches, French fries, fruit chaat and juices!


Pakoray: Ma made the batter, all I had to do was dip potato slices and onion rings in it and  fry them :) 


PAKORAY!


Sandwiches: 
1. Take K&N's chicken breast fillet and slice them into thin strips.
3. Boil them
2. Make your chicken covering
...a. take some mayonnaise in a bowl
...b. add pepper, salt and oregano
...c. slice some green chilli and add it
...d. add red chilli powder
...e. add cream cheese
3. Dip your chicken strips in the batter
4. (Optional) boil an egg, cut it into small pieces and add it in the batter
5. Heat your non-stick pan and pour a little bit of olive oil in it
6. Put all your chicken strips in the pan together and add all the remaining batter on top of them
7. Fry it all for 4 - 5 minutes
8. Spread them on bread
9. Put another piece of bread on top
10. EAT IT!


p.s. my personal recipe!


French Fries: Everyone knows how to make French fries! I'll just tell y'all a bunch of interesting stuff about them


Potatoes were originally being fried by at least 1680 in the Meuse Valley of Belgium. Locals would eat small fish with their meals, but when the river was frozen over, they cut potatoes lengthwise and fried them in oil to use as a substitute. Ergo they should be called Belgian Fries!
Lengthwise-cut-fried-potatoes were introduced to the U.S. when Thomas Jefferson served them in the White House during his Presidency of 1801 - 1809
One of the early references to 'French fried potatoes' was in 1894 in O. Henry's 'Rolling Stones': "Our countries are great friends. We have given you Lafayette and French fried potatoes."
French fries are not called "French fries" in France. They are known as 'poninws frites' (fried potatoes). And the potato itself is known as the ponone de terre, or 'earth apple'


Fruit Chaat: Furree Katt told me to cut apples, bananas, guavas and grapes and mix them together in a bowl. She also told me to add pepper and squeeze some lemon it. I just added some orange juice to it and om nom nom nom!


Juices:
1. New 'Pineapple and Orange' Tang
2. Mixture of Grape and Strawberry Tang with lemon squeezed in it


Did you know that the banana 'tree' is actually not a tree but a giant herb with banana being a fruit of this herb? And that the bunch of bananas sold in the market is actually known as a 'hand' and each banana in it is called a 'finger'?
Did you know that there are over 8000 varieties of grapes worldwide? Also, that they are a laxative if you eat too many?
Did you know that strawberry is not a  fruit but that it is a receptacle? And that if they are consumed in right proportion they can fill in almost 20% of human body's daily folic acid requirement and 140% of Vitamin C?
Did you know that a pineapple is ripe when one of its top leaves can easily be pulled out? And that one cup of pineapple has about 135 calories and 33% of the RDA of Vitamin C?
Did you know that orange is a type of berry, hesperidia to be exact? Also, that the bigger the navel in the orange, the sweeter it is?
Did you know that quercetin is found only in the apple skin and that it has more antioxidants and fiber than the flesh? And that there are more than 7500 varieties of apples grown in the world?
Did you know that guava seed range between 100 and 500 per fruit? Also that it produces toxic chemicals in its leaves that prevents the growth of other plants?


David Tudor said, "Performance is very much like cooking: putting it all together, raising the temperature."


Curly Howard


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Saw these pages on Facebook and found them funny and thought I'd share them here


1. Always be yourself. Unless you can be a penguin, always be a penguin.




2. To everyone feeling depressed, here is a picture of a happy goat.



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Well, it's too early in the morning to write anything else. Now


Saturday, August 27, 2011

If music be the food of love, play on

After two weeks of trying to add a playlist here, without taking any help from anyone, I finally succeeded! 


*evil laugh* 


I have added a number of my favourite songs, I doubt any of you would share the same music taste as I do but it will make me THIS happy *spreads arms wide open* if anyone does. 


Also, you can suggest me songs which you want me to add in my playlist, I shall not niraash disappoint you, for I will add all the songs that you will suggest, unless it is by Ladygaga, Britney or someone like that.


Cheers!

Friday, August 26, 2011

 Four months from now, about the same time, I found life.

Blogger Meet-up - Karachi

'Ello!


We've been planning a blogger meet-up for quite some time now and here is the final plan
*claps and cheers* 


We are meeting on September 10th at The Second Floor and this meet-up is held under PeaceNiche, people who run The Second Floor (T2F). We are to gather there at 6:00 pm sharp. We can also eat and drink over there while we talk, they have this nice little kitchen where they make delicious food for our tummies. At 7:30 pm my band, Quasars, is performing over there, so we'll listen to them then.


For any further details e-mail me at russian.gumberoo@gmail.com


Hope to see a good response
Cheers!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Invictus

In the summer of 2002 I started reading a lot of poetry. One of those struck me in my head and helped me through many a tough times, helped me achieve many things. A taut and liberating piece of writing. It became a source of inspiration, it motivated me. I wrote about my life here, here and over here. These posts don't tell everything about me but they would give you a good idea about me. Most of you might be thinking "how can a poetry do that?" but let me tell you that simple words have amazing strength in them. We read so many 'inspirational' things here and there but how many of us think about them? How many of us implement those 'suggestions' in our life? A month after I read this poem our school re-opened and we had this Independence Day Function. By then I had never actively taken part in anything that was on stage and one of my teachers asked me to take up the role of Ranger in the Little Red Riding Hood play my class was doing. I told my teacher that I will get my parents' permission first and will let her know then. I remember coming home and reading that poem and it took me an hour or so of reading it again and again before I could let go of my stage-fright. I said yes to my teacher next day and when we did that play we even got the 'Best Performance' award, the whole cast got it. That day onwards this poem has helped me find motivation to do a lot of things.

Here it is:

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.


In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.


Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.


It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul. 


Invictus - William Ernest Henley (1875)

And here is a short note about the author:
At the age of 12, Henley fell victim to tuberculosis of the bone. A few years later, the disease progressed to his foot, and physicians announced that the only way to save his life was to amputate directly below the knee. It was amputated when he was 17. Stoicism inspired him to write this poem. Despite his disability, he survived with one foot intact and led an active life until his death at the age of 53.
- Source: Wikipedia

Those of you who watched Clint Eastwood's movie about Nelson Mandela titled 'Invictus' (the same title as that of the poem) must have heard this in the movie. It is said that Mandela was inspired by it when in incarceration. In the movie they show it when Mandela sends South African Rugby Team to visit the prison he was contained in. Good movie, must watch!

That's all for now, hope you like it and get it's meaning and that it might be useful for you too.

Cheers!

Storage Box - Part 1

Hola People! I will be posting a bunch of random stuff from all over the internet. I hope you like it.


The first light of morning sun spilling out across the clouds that cover a sleeping world.
(Open the link. It is an interactive panorama, so check the whole thing out)


When you're in your twenties


(Press spacebar to switch into full screen mode before you start exploring)


Pardon the explicit language


HAWP Puzzle Quest - It is about colour blindness and it is funny!

HAWP The Dark Knight

Funny marriage proposal







And I shall end this post here with a song


Dream Theater - Wither


Enjoy!


And HI to all the new followers! Thank You. :)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Found a cook inside me!

Heeeeeeello!


Today my sister had to go for iftar somewhere and my mother wasn't feeling well, so the kitchen was in my hands. You would think that being a 'mard' (male) I wouldn't have liked it but no, I was like "mwahahaha! all the things I wanted to do" :D


So, I started making drinks first. Four different kind of juice were made:
1. Pineapple-Orange Tang
2. Grape and Strawberry Tang mixed together with Olfruit Cocktail juice
3. Grape, Strawberry, Orange and Lemon Tang mixed together, with extra lemon squeezed into it. Half of this was poured in another bottle and
4. Pomegranate Syrup (not grenadine, could not find it) was added and the bottle was filled with 7 Up. 


*grins*


Then I started making fruit chaat and followed the instructions provided by Furree Katt. Used apples, guavas, apricots, grapes and bananas. Added sugar and pepper,  squeezed lemon and added some orange juice. There we go.


After that I cut potatoes and made French Fries. *sticks tongue out*


The last thing was to make PIZZA! Made three pizzas. Not the Pizza Hut kind of pizza but still a pizza. I used four slices of bread to make one pizza. Here is what I did:
Take four slices of bread, put them in such a way that they form a big square
Put lots of mozzarella cheese in between them to join them.
Make your pizza dressing (I used chicken, mayonnaise, red chilli, green chilli, pepper, oregano, pizza sauce, garlic mayo and more chicken) and heat it for 4 - 5 minutes
Spread it on the base you made earlier
Top it with more mozzarella cheese
Heat it in oven till cheese melts completely 
DEVOUR IT!


Soon it was time for Iftar and everyone liked all of it :D YAY! I found the cook hidden deep inside of me. I can bake a little too. Also, I make the best omelettes in the entire universe. I am not bragging, okay? I'm just a little too excited 


At iftar, bhai (brother) asked Abu (father) if something happened in the city today, the following conversation took place:
Bhai: did something happen at Civic Centre today?
Abu: what?
Bhai: heard there was a protest against the president
Abu: I don't know, I wasn't in the city
Bhai and Me (together): wait! you were home six hours ago
Abu: *shrugs*
Bhai: *still confused* how is it possible?
Me: *laughing like a hyena, falls off the chair*


Well, it ended well with our tummies filled with yummies and I got to do everything my sister didn't let me do.


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Also, people start responding for the blogger meet-up! Jaldi jaldi


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Keep on smiling and laughing
:D

Friday, August 19, 2011

So Far Away

Never feared for anything
Never shamed but never free
A life to heal the broken heart with all that it could
Lived a life so endlessly
Saw beyond what others see
I tried to heal your broken heart with all that I could

Will you stay?
Will you stay away forever?

How do I live without the ones I love?
Time still turns the pages of the book it's burned
Place and time always on my mind
I have so much to say but you’re so far away

Plans of what our futures hold
Foolish lies of growing old
It seems we’re so invincible
The truth is so cold

A final song, a last request
A perfect chapter laid to rest
Now and then I try to find a place in my mind

Where you can stay
You can stay away forever

How do I live without the ones I love?
Time still turns the pages of the book it's burned
Place and time always on my mind
I have so much to say but you’re so far away

Sleep tight, I'm not afraid
The ones that we love are here with me
Lay away a place for me
Cause as soon as I'm done I'll be on my way
To live eternally

How do I live without the ones I love?
Time still turns the pages of the book it's burned
Place and time always on my mind
And the light you left remains but it’s so hard to stay
When I have so much to say but you're so far away

I love you
You were ready
The pain is strong and urges rise
But I'll see you
When He lets me
Your pain is gone, your hands untied

So far away
And I need you to know
So far away
And I need you to, need you to know
 



So Far Away - Avenged Sevenfold

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I am bored


I am quite bored today. I haven't had my car for the past two weeks and now when my new car came this morning it has to go for tyre change, oil change, tuning and whatnot. 
Anyway, I just feel like sharing these old pictures.


June 2010 - The Citizens Foundation 

























Hassan bhai - Coordinator
Fellow teachers playing with balloons on our way back home
 Me and my students

Trump Card's cat, Ziggy


Panda patting Ziggy

Giving food packs to students of HOPE Foundation


Then Club President

Random
These pictures must be larger than the rest

In a cafe
Frere Hall's ceiling -  work of Sadequain (painter and calligrapher)




Enlarge and see - Math worksheet

Spotted during last month's Polio Immunization Drive

ME
Gotta find something else to do
Bye :D