Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Hotel Stay report for Movenpick Hotel, Karachi

For quiet a while, I have been hoping to stay at movenpick hotel, karachi.
They seemingly offered a great weekend package for families which was priced at around US$ 100 / night for 2 adults / 2 children including breakfast.

I booked the room over the phone and requested for early check-in by 12 pm which was easily accommodated as their regualr check-in time is 2 pm.

On check-in the lobby was nice with good security and valet parking for visitors and guests.
My children liked the first look of the hotel.

On check-in i requested for late check out which was also accommodated.

The Room
The room was big with balcony and facing the pool and side of the chief minister house.
It was quiet enough for a family of 5, with 2 children and 1 infant. It comes with tea and coffee making facility and complimentary water bottles.

Hotel Room - Quiet spacious for a family of 5.

View from the room

View from the room - Pool View
The Pool
The pool was good and relaxing and quiet alright.
however, the washrooms by the pool were not maintained and note nicely kept. There was no soap in the soap dispenser and the doors to the change room were broken. It seemed that the washrooms are not maintained regularly.

Hotel Bed.

The Breakfast
The breakfast was grand and scrumptious with a wide variety of dishes including breads, eggs, and other dishes. All in all it was a grand breakfast which was be easily classified as a brunch rather than a breakfast. The selection of rice, mushrooms, fish, chicken and vegetable dishes.

For the price and service this is totally worth hotel to stay and try, specially for the breakfast. This is a nice getaway for your stay in karachi, where you will feel secured and at ease.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Quaid e Azam House Museum, karachi

Quaid e Azam House Museum is located on main sh-e-faisal, just opposite metropole and / or avair tower.

This has been the residence of Quaid e Azam. The building is nostalgic and takes you to pre-partition era.
You can visit the various rooms which were under the use of quaid e azam.
One thing of interest was the the main drawing room, where Quaid-e-Azam used to hold important meetings of All India Muslim League.

Another thing of interest was the dinning room on the first floor which was specifically used by Quaid-e-Azam and Fatima Jinnah specially for breakfast.

This is a must visit place for history lovers and it takes you back in time about the life style of the founding father of pakistan.

Visiting times daily except wednesday: 9 am - 4 pm
Entry is free

Passage to rear entrance

Main building

Rear Entrance Area.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Halal Street Food in Guangzhou, China

On my recent tour to china, I was able to experience Halal Street Food in guangzhou, china.
The food was served by local chinese muslims and mainly consist of roasted / grilled chicken and fish which is served with bread and spicy salad.

This is a must try halal street food dish in china, specially if you love grilled items.
The fish, cost RMB 25 and was amazing, soft, juciy and just as i like it.

The chicken was equally good and cost the same RMB 25.
Bread RMB 2
Salad: Complimentay

Halal Street Food Stall in Guanzhou, China

We tasted this street food near the main guanzhou railway station. The nearest metro station was Sunyanli metro station. Exit sunyanli metro station, take exit C and then walk towards the guanzhou metro station.

 The footpaths is lined with street vendors selling from clothings, glasses, hand bags, children garments, toys etc.

The street specially comes to live at night as it is near to the main wholesale market and many people who are out on business during the day, explore the streets at night.

The street it self is popular among pakistanis, indians and african national as it is near the main wholesale market.

So if you are in guangzhou, you should try the halal street food, 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Halal Food in Canton Fair 2016, Guangzhou China

I have travelled to china several times, but this time i travelled there to attend the canton fair.
Canton Fair is held twice a year. Once in April - May and then second in October.

Each fair has 3 phases, ranging to a vast variety of products.

I have been trying to get the visa in time to attend the first phase as it is relevant to my business type.
However, I was unable to get the visa in time, and hence visited china for the second phase.

View of Canton Fair, 2016, China

View of Canton Fair, 2016, China

The exhibition is huge, spread across several square meters and caters to a wide range of products.

One thing interesting was the availability of halal food at the canton fair food court.
The food was halal chinese food, with some variety of beef and chicked. The food was fine and good for the taste and apetite, though my friend did not like it, but it was good enough for me.

China seems to be having a growing number of halal food options for the muslim visitors.

Food Court with Halal Food Area

Halal Food Counter in Canton Fair, China 2016

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Karachi Airport. The Bad and the Ugly

Karachi Airport is the busiest Airport of Pakistan. On my recent flight from Karachi Airport, I feel that the airport needs major refurbishment, uplift and more easier system.

As I entered the main departure building, my luggage was first scanned by the scanner machines of the Airport security force. After passing that, I was greeted by Custom Officers who were inquiring me with all sorts of questions like my destination, the purpose of my visit, duration of my visit and my profession.

If you are lucky you can pass thru custom officers without having them open your luggage. But if they decide to check your luggage, they will open your luggage on an open type table, infront of several on looking eyes. My luggage and its belongings are very personal and private to me and I do not feel alright to have my bag inspected infront of everyone.

After being done with the customs, I was greeted by Anti Narcotic Force (ANF) who had similar questions as that of custom officials. So if they let you pass thru then you are lucky, else once again you are made to open your bags and having your belongings inspected by the ANF officials.

After passing thru the ANF counter, I went to the airline check-in counter for the boarding pass. I then went to the immigration counter. After passing thru the immigration counter, there was another counter named “FIA Immigration RE-checking counter”. Apparently, here they checked that my passport was stamped correctly by the immigration officer, but yet again these people asked somewhat similar questions as I have been answering ever since entering the airport.

Finally, after passing all these hurdles, I went into the main departure lounge.

Main Departure Area / Gates

The main departure lounge had only two or three washrooms with only two toilets each. There were long ques to use the toilet and need for more washrooms was greatly felt.

Over the years air travel has increased many folds and the need to upgrade Karachi Airport facilities and system is felt everytime I travel.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

National Museum of Pakistan, Karachi

I always wanted to visit this museum, which is location near arts council, opposit DJ college and Tax Ombudsman.

I was visiting there for a some work and had some time, so i thought to visit it.

The place is good, with moderate collection from mohejodaro, gandhara, budha statues, prehistoric to independence day stuff. Collection of different manuscript of quranic verses.

The place is well maintained and kept, unlike for a pakistan heritage site.
Pity the place is not much visited, there were just very few people visiting the museum at that time, however it has something for history lovers, having collection from pre-historic times, gandhara, mohejodaro, dubha etc to partition time.

All in all it was not that bad.