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Most of us love winter weather because it come for very brief period, we love it for the food that we eat and the cloths we wear but Let’s face it – the cold weather doesn’t do your skin any favors. All of a sudden, your hands feel like sandpaper. The cold air robs your skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry and itchy. . So, here are some basic tips for the coming months.

1) Do not use use warm water:

It is very tempting to go for those long hot showers when the temperature is dipping. But if you love your skin, avoid them. Instead, use lukewarm water to shower and wash your face. Hot showers dry your skin quickly, and if you do not moisturise immediately, your skin can develop cracks and winter eczema.

2) Stay hydrated:

Though you might not feel as thirsty during winters as during other seasons, you need to keep your skin hydrated. An easy way to do so is by drinking lots of water. you need to maintain your water intake. You can also install a humidifier to manage the moisture level in your home. This will keep your skin happy.

3) Choose skincare products with value :

The key to healthy and glowing winter skin is using mild products. Choose cleansers that contain moisturisers to avoid stripping your skin of its natural moisture barrier. If you have acne or breakouts, use products containing ceramides, hyaluronic acid, hydration serums, and glycerin to help repair the moisture barrier of your skin.

4) Take care of your skin:

The warm sun rays feel pleasant, but the UV rays can damage your skin. Choose a sunscreen that has titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. Also, avoid going outside immediately after you have washed your hands or after a shower. Wait for the skin to dry because damp skin tends to crack easily in the cold.

5) keep it natural:

Homemade masks and face packs using natural ingredients protect your skin from chemical exposure. Ingredients like honey, jojoba oil, avocado, aloe vera, and banana help in maintaining the moisture level of your skin to keep you glowing.

Well, with all the noise of content war it had to happen Disney has just announced to move over from Netflix and have its own streaming service in 2019. But now the more important question is does Disney fans wont be able to watch their favorite movie on Netflix from then onwards? Partially true.

True because once Disney App take over exclusive rights of Disney and Pixar movie, people in the United States won’t be able to view the likes of Frozen and other movies. However, this won’t affect Netflix users around the world.

Disney said that its new streaming service will be available in different markets but hasn’t shared details of the countries on the list.

One question is why Disney is Launching its Own Streaming App

This has to do with some takeover. Disney has recently bought a stake of $1.6 billion in streaming service BAMTech which makes its ownership increase from 33% to 75%.

Moreover, the company wants to earn more profit by coming in direct access with consumers for its massive content library.

Not only the media giant will have its own streaming service for its content, but will also be launching a separate ESPN-branded streaming service next year. This will host streams from various college sports networks and is a rebuilt of the ESPN app.

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Ramadan Summer fasting becomes a challenging task specially when your city is under a boiling heat wave and going without food or drink for hours can be really a hard work for commoners. This year, Karachi is basked with harsh temperatures, when all we can think about is having plenty of water and other iced drinks. But as a muslim we are also welcoming the holy month of Ramadan which is also falling in the same crunch of heat.

So How do we protect ourselves from extreme heat exposure while summer? how do we cope with this summer fasting without falling sick? And what are the best ways to keep ourselves hydrated throughout the day when our liquid intake becomes zero.

All of these questions are important as we begin to expect Ramadan, and here we try to give some answers that will ensure you have a Even, holy, and healthy Ramadan Kareem.

The all Important Sehri

Most people fall to this misconception that you should eat as much as you can in sehri to keep your self fill for the whole day. quality is always important over quantity, Filling yourself up with too much and too heavy food can be a costly mistake if you are fasting in the heatwave .

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Keep your food light for both sehri and iftar. Do not load yourself up with water. It won’t remain stocked up. Eat some plain yogurt and a few dates to keep yourself from feeling thirsty during the day.

Minimize Sun Exposure

This is one of the most important point and this may not be possible for everyone, but if you can manage, minimize direct sun exposure as much as you can. Even if you are that guy who work in an open field, just understand that you had to take regular breaks to avoid heat stroke. Make sure you wear a cap and sunglasses.

Take multiple Showers

That’s one of the best ways to access water during Ramadan. Take multiple showers to refresh yourself and keep cool. Fill up a bucket with water beforehand so that it becomes slightly cooler than the water that directly comes from the tap.

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If you can’t take multiple showers, make sure you refresh your wudhu for every salah. So it gives you a chance to wash your face, arms, neck, and feet multiple times.

Less Physical Action

This might not be possible for everyone especially people who have field jobs. However, but you need to try minimize your physical action and outdoor activities as much as possible. Delay certain tasks until you break your fast so you can at least drink water and eat something if you get tired.

Conclusion

This Ramadan, cut out on junk and fried foods as it will only make you thirstier. Improve your food choices and eat as healthy as possible. Lastly, pray to Allah to help you persevere and keep you committed to Ibada’h during this blessed month of Ramadan Ameen.

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As most of you are well aware by now, Coke has recently launched a new TVC that has added another leg to their Zaalima Coca Cola Pila De campaign. As the Coke vs Tea rivalry is back on with the former upping the ante and clearly looking for a clean sweep, let’s take a quick overview of how well Coke has played its cards this time around.

The new TVC stars two of the most familiar young faces of the current television industry in Pakistan. On one hand we have the gorgeous and well renowned actress Maya Ali who plays the girl next door in the commercial, and on the other we have Ahad Raza Mir, the doctor-turned-heartthrob who’s been electrifying our TV screens lately. As if we didn’t know the two had amazing chemistry, it is more than evident in the way these two have played their roles for the new TVC.

Sticking true to its tagline “Chai Ko Thand Kara De” the new commercial shows how the local concept of having chai in the extreme heat is not such a good idea when you have an alternate as chilling and as cool as Coke. Despite trying his best to impress Maya with a cup of tea, Ahad eventually gives in to his cravings for something chilling given the intense heat after looking at the bottle of Coke in Maya’s hand.

Coke has now upped the ante once more with their latest TVC in the Zaalima campaign.

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Walking up every day is a blessing from god and an opportunity to start your day fresh and with a clear mind. The type of behavior and routine we adopt after walking up can have an impact on our psychological and bodily health. Though your morning habit may seem small to you but it is important to note that even the simplest and smallest habits can build up into a behaviors that can bring health benefits. We are sharing some tips and activities that healthy people do every morning.

Early to rise

Early to bed, early to rise, is an advice that we are hearing since our child hood, remember when the elders use to say waking up early makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. but this advice works its magic if followed properly. So, sleep early, wake up to sunrise and begin with the clear vibes.

Burn calories

Early morning exercise can pay real dividends to your body and mind What could be better than a start that eradicates all toxicities from your body! So, lace up your shoes, head towards a gym or have a run at your home on a treadmill to lose a good stack of calories. Get a little lighter before starting your day so that you can easily take up the load.

A heavy Breakfast

A health and filling breakfast is a major aspect of your day. How on earth is your day supposed to be a good one if you begin it with an empty stomach or with the junk food staples? A healthy breakfast is the building brick of your day as well as your overall health.

Keep yourself hydrated

Water is an amazing natural element. beginning your day with a warm glass of water will add enjoy and you can always make it interesting by squeezing a lemon in it or by adding apple cider vinegar in it to gain better than ever effects.

Reading habit

The definition of health is not only consisting of physical health but mental health as well it contributes to your overall well being. Reading helps you in adopting a positive mindset and ensures better mental health by opening the closed doors of your mind. Wake up early, get moving, have a nice breakfast, stay hydrated, read and gear up to get the game on your side.

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The dhaba chai culture has been widespread across Pakistan, but it holds a divine place in Karachi’s social fabric. The last decade has seen the rise of dhaba culture and reached out to all segments of society. These road side cafes have transitioned from after-work hangout spots, to a place where people from all backgrounds and ages come to relax and enjoy a steaming cup of chai. There is no better way to enjoy Karachi’s breeze than sipping a cuppa under the open sky.

A new addition to this sparking culture is the “The Republic” located at Bukhari Commercial Phase-6, the place has pleasant ambiance with cosy outdoor seating and leftist inspired theme. The menu has mouthwatering items to explore along with your Karak Chai, this new joint on the block has suddenly made chai look cool again.
If you are a desi food lover then this place is heaven for you because everything here is cooked in pure “Desi ghee” that you won’t find elsewhere in the vicinity.

For the love of “desi ghee” Popative flew to “The Republic” and interviewed its owner Saad Khalique.

Popative: where did the name comes from?

Saad: The concept behind the name comes from that of having a community — a group of like-minded people who share the same interests as you and hopefully the same taste in food. Haha! That’s what we hope to find in our patrons so that they can feel at home at The Republic and keep coming back to it.

Popative: what makes you different from other cafes and chai places?

Saad: Our tagline is ‘no milawat’ and we stick by that. The Republic sources its ingredients from places that are about wholesome and mostly organic food. We are all about pure, Khaalis food — the kind of wholesome goodness that you can find at home. We also encourage such food vendors to have our patrons sample treats from their kitchen. For instance, the famous beef chapli from The Chapli Kabab House will soon find its way on our menu so stayed tuned to our FB page http://www.facebook.com/therepublickarachi/ for this exciting addition.

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Popative: what else you serve besides regular chai and paraths “The republic special”?

Saad: Our dum qeema samosas, french toast, brick-oven pizza and cheese toast are a hit as are the different kinds of lassi and imli sharbat.

Popative: why do you think this chai culture is important?

Saad: Chai is a very integral part of the Pakistani lifestyle. Be it a visit to a friend’s house or a business meeting, the first thing you are offered is tea, because of our cultural association with it. Chai is a great conversation starter for us, it’s a peace offering when you’ve upset the wife and it’s a pick-me-up when you’ve had a bad day at work. Back in the day, ‘shaam ki chai’ was an important part of one’s daily routine as family members would talk about everything under the sun — from politics to fashion to cricket — over chai and biscuit. The Republic is a reminder of that culture and a way to keep it alive.

Popative: Do you have a free wifi 😛 ?

Saad: Of course! Who doesn’t these days?

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Construction that combines the old and the new, The city of Milan in Italy has its own character and history. When you Arrive at one of the major railway stations in Europe, you can’t help but be amazed by the imposing early twentieth century buildings.

The curved glass roof, the numerous bas-reliefs and sculptures, the travertine stone walls and the tile panels of various Italian cities along with several mosaics can confuse the traveller as to the nature of the edifice.

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Benito Mussolini “The dictator” selected some of the elements we see today. The sculptures of mythical animals or acronyms reminiscent of the Roman. But all does not diminish the remarkable structure. Within the station, a pavilion was built in the 1920s as a lavish waiting room for the royal family.

The world’s most famous opera house, La Scala of Milano, (the oldest is in Naples), is located in the Piazza della Scala, Most visitors do not omit a stopover to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the world’s oldest shopping mall, completed in 1877, it was named after the King of Italy.

The major attraction in the city include Sforza Castle, a 15th-century citadel, which currently accommodates several of the city’s museums including the Egyptian Museum, the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Ancient Art, amongst others.

One of the Museum is also named after the famous resident of the city Leonardo da Vinci The museum of Science and Technology, who lived in the city between 1482-1499; among other works, he was commissioned to paint The Last Supper.

An one-and-a-half-hour train ride away is the city of Verona. One thing that instantly comes to mind after hearing the name of the city are two characters whose story is set here. Despite their tragic end, the city of Romeo and Juliet always seems to be bustling with people who somehow wish to capture Shakespeare’s story.

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The Roman arena that stands in Piazza Bra is understandably a top-rated attraction. If you are visiting in summers, do not be surprised if part of the cobbled street that surrounds the amphitheatre is filled with theatre props as the city’s renowned Opera Festival takes place during this time.

From this now you are only a train ride away to the Floating City of Venice. filled with history at every corner and a step, you feel back in time when visiting it. The city has been featured in numerous films. So, don’t be surprised if it feels instantly familiar!

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Piazza San Marco, is Venice’s only square. The crowds are ever present here, except perhaps in the early morning hours, which is the best time to make your way there.

‘The most beautiful bookstore in the world’ is found in Venice. Libreria Acqua Alta (high water) is named after the periodic floods that occur during winter.

Besides this there are several local art shops, including ceramic and miniature ones, but the most frequently spotted types are the mask shops. But the most recognisable symbol of Venice is the gondola. The black, flat-bottomed boat has been the most common mode of transport for centuries.

The most awaited event of the town went live the moment the Coca-Cola World Cup Trophy hit the grounds of Lahore via a special plane which flew it from Chiang Mai, Thailand!

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The FIFA Trophy made its way to Lahore on 3rd Feb, the special flight was also boarded with with Rizwan U. Khan, General Manager Coca-Cola Pakistan were several celebrities, including cricketer Younis Khan, Pakistan Women Football Team captain Hajra Khan.

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Coke Studio artists Momina Mustehsan and Quratulain Balouch, celebrities Maya Ali and Zainab Abbas, corporate leaders and others.

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Excitement and enthusiasm could be felt in the air of Lahore! Fans were being impatient and restless to witness the Trophy from their naked eye at the CokeFest!

The Trophy was first unveiled in front of some media representatives, national sports persons and other key stakeholders. All the attendees were excited and were given a special opportunity to click photos with Coca-Cola and FIFA ambassadors in front of the special plane.

Later in the afternoon the Trophy was taken to a hotel in an event and was showcased in front of a delegation of key stakeholders, government officials, media, the national men’s and women’s football teams, sports bloggers and influencers.

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Rizwan U. Khan, General Manager of Coca-Cola Pakistan & Afghanistan said addressing at the event said:
“Coca-Cola Pakistan has always been the pioneer in supporting causes that are dear to the hearts of our people, taking the lead and exploring new horizons that no one else has ventured to explore. We all know that in recent years the popularity of football has increased exponentially in our country, transcending ethnic, linguistic and even income boundaries. This sport, incidentally the most popular sport in the world, deserves support for its growth and blossoming in Pakistan too. Bringing the FIFA World Cup Trophy to Pakistan is just the start Coca-Cola Pakistan is making. Plans are already underway for launching a nationwide, grassroots level football promotion campaign, and in the coming weeks you will certainly hear or read about these!”

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Abbas Arslan, Marketing Director of Coca-Cola Pakistan & Afghanistan expressed: “Coca-Cola shares the passion fans around the world have for football. The Trophy’s visit to Pakistan is an extraordinary opportunity for people to take in a piece of football history and share their passion for the sport with each other.”

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The Pakistan national football team’s captain Kaleemullah shared his view, “The Trophy visit is definitely a big achievement and will put us on the map as far as international football is concerned. Events like this are crucial for bolstering the budding talent in our country and will surely hearten many football enthusiasts and young, aspiring players who want to play football in future. The initiative taken by Coca-Cola to bring the Trophy to Pakistan, combined with other initiatives (that the company will announce shortly) can help build a proper, structured platform for football in the country – especially for would-be footballers.”

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The Trophy was then taken to Lake City in the CokeFest where thousands of football enthusiasts welcomed the Trophy with great zest and zeal. The Lake City ground echoed with great round of applause for Coca-Cola Pakistan for accomplishing a huge milestone and delivering as promised as always.

To know more & watch happenings of the event & latest updates on the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola, please visit:
Website: www.fifa.com/trophytour
Official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/trophytour
Official Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/trophytour/
Few facts about FIFA World Cup Trophy:
• The FIFA World Cup Original Trophy remains in FIFA’s possession
• It is made of solid gold and weighs 6.142 kg
• The design of the Trophy is a composition of two human figures holding the globe above them
• The Trophy design dates back to 1974
• The FIF World Cup Trophy can only be held by winners, former winners and Heads of the State
• The Trophy can never be won out right and the winning team only gets to lift the Original World Cup Trophy
• The Trophy is retained by FIFA and the winning team receives a gold-plated replica of the Trophy, engraved with the year, host country and winner of the respective event

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This year is definitely an exciting one for all football fans in Pakistan. Coca-Cola Pakistan did a remarkable job in bringing the FIFA World Cup Trophy to the country for the first time in the history of FIFA Trophy Tours. Now it’s time to expand the horizon of your dreams altogether to a next level!

How about watching a FIFA World Cup Match? Here’s what you have to do: In order to augment the joy, Coca-Cola is giving 30 lucky winners an opportunity to see the FIFA World Cup Live in Russia in a recently launched campaign.
Below is what you need to do:

First things first: Collect three labels of any Coca-Cola company product.

Next step: Send them to P.O Box Number 13863 or drop them at your nearest TCS dropbox with a copy of your NIC and a valid contact number (very important).

Last and the most difficult part: Start praying to win until the lucky draw!

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Wasn’t it too simple?

One thing to take note of here is that all the submissions to the lucky draw will be filtered and the selected lucky winners will get a chance to win a free FIFA match ticket to FIFA World Cup in Russia or other exciting prizes. If you noticed the repetition of the word “lucky”, so please understand that we think that chanting lucky over and over might make us lucky enough to be the winner.

We completely made this lucky thing up because we can’t get over the pre-excitement of “if I become the lucky winner to go to Russia to see the FIFA World Cup live”. We just can’t stop jumping at the mere idea of it.
Coca-Cola is too compassionate about spreading happiness this year – the lucky winners will be announced everyday over a course of 30 days. So all you have to do is keep your spirits up, keep praying and of course keep trying! You have 30 chances and the probability might work out in your favour! Be persistent, it might be the key to unlock your lady luck this time.

Coca-Cola has already announced a few winners on its social media pages, keep checking, may be the next up in the queue to be announced is your own name!

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The biggest event of the year has hit K-town with not only a buffet of palate pleasers for the attendees to choose from but a star-studded lineup of performers from Coke Studio to up the ante of food festivals in Pakistan. With the tickets for only Rs.400, #CokeFest is a clutter-breaking, routine-shattering experience for the ordinary man stuck in the work-home-work loop. However, if you’re the one intimidated by the magnitude of the event we are breaking down the stalls and the performance schedule for you to pick and choose your time of attendance accordingly.

But first, let me talk to the foodies!

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Food lovers, read this list of stalls at your own risk. We will not take any responsibility for any mouth-watering, stomach rumbling incidents. Are you ready? Scroll down and down to read the long list of eateries waiting for you with piping hot food:

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• Graffodie
• Fry Guys
• Glacier Spoon
• Eat Samosas
• Figaro Grill
• Fit Bite
• Dessertland
• Del Frio
• The Crave Bar
• Coco 9
• Cold Stone
• Chick-o-Cheese
• Bonsai Pan Asian Kitchen
• Bella Vita
• Pan Asia
• Two Guys One Grill
• Wrappite
• Rowtisserie
• Broadway
• Venus Foods
• Potadose
• Pop Up Bar
• Mocca
• Pekhawar
• Kurtos
• Laj Pal Food Corner
• Khausa Khau
• Hey Day
• Ice Pop
• Straight Out A K Town
• Grab Your Meal
• Dip Shop
• Chop Chop Wok
• K-Town Burger
• Potato Factory
• ZA Kabab Center
• Frasta
• Berlin Doner & Gyro

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Where my music lovers at?

This one’s for the music enthusiasts, here is a long, long and rather overwhelming list of performers waiting to make you swoon:

Saturday (March 10, 2018)
Hosts
Sophiya Anjum
Shahzad Khan

Performers:
Quadrum
Vahaj Hanif
Rachel Viccaji
Sahir Ali Bagga
Strings

Sunday (March 11, 2018)
Hosts:
Sophiya Anjum
Shahzad Khan

Performers:
Quadrum
Zoe Viccaji
Nabeel Shaukat
Ali Sethi (screaming!)

Tempted enough? Get your weekend look on and head to Beach View Park, Clifton now to be Coke Fest-ed!

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