So I was driving the other day and looked in my rear view mirror and I saw this dude on a motor cycle carrying what looks to be a bedroom dresser. I almost had to look twice because was a pretty funny sight.
You would think he would also be driving slow and not trying to pass other vehicles. On the contrary he was driving quite fast and even tried to pass me. I don't know what I will see next!
I have been seeing it posted all over my newsfeed on Facebook. It has been on the local newspapers. People feel when they read something online with a headline it must be true, such as the headline that Pakistani men are the best looking in the world when in actuality the list was made by an escort dating site and the only Pakistani which made the list was Zayn Malik because he is a well known celebrity. It doesn't actually mean that people anywhere in the world really ranked Pakistan so high. But that didn't stop my friends from bragging and high profile newspapers from running articles posting pictures of other local celebrities they considered good looking.
So imagine my surprise when I saw Islamabad was the second most beautiful capital in the world. Like seriously? It's from a website that lists anything anyone can submit. I can submit a list ranking cities as the ugliest capitals of the world with Islamabad as number one and it might get approved. A quick google search shows many lists of beautiful capitals and Islamabad isn't even ranked on any number on those lists.
Just because something gets shared a million times online and then idiots at newspapers run with it doesn't make it true. The source has to be looked at. It just goes to show how gullible the online world is and how we are quick to forward things we WANT to believe! People all over fail to realize theonion is a satire website yet it's so professionally done people believe it.
We can forgive those who have no common sense but when a civic agency runs with it using public money we know things aren't looking well!
If you are looking for some sort of reliability it's best done by an organization with votes. For example Islamabad was also ranked the second least friendly city in the world. Even CNN ran with that one ! However I don't see my friends sending that viral over Facebook when it's a more reliable posting ;)
Went to see the new Terminator movie tonight. Overall it was quite entertaining. I am still pretty upset they ruined the plot points in the trailers. That was not required but they were hoping to show people that this was not the same sort of movie as before.
So they took mans best hope and turned him into the opposite, the hope for skynet to survive. It was quite an interesting turn.
The only problem with these sort of time traveling movies is you are bound to have a bunch of plot holes and things that don't make sense.
I saw the movie in 3D because it was the only option but practically nothing was in 3D and it seemed quite dark. Its a decent movie to watch if you are free and want to go to the theater and nothing else is playing that you want to see. I give this movie a Yoseph 7/10.
The centaurus shopping mall which was opened in 2013 has brought the first real major shopping mall to Islamabad. Its modern look and climate controlled interior has been quite the change from the regular outdoor markets the city is known for. The popularity of the mall has practically decimated shops in other parts of the city which receive quite a bit less of foot traffic as compared to before.
People in the west do tend to visit malls to window shop or just to get out of the house, but they are potential buyers and you will commonly see at least half of the people walking around the mall with a shopping bag because they purchased something. Unfortunately this is not the scene in Centaurus!
With the opening of the metrobus, it is now easier than ever for those living in Rawalpindi to visit Islamabad. It also coincides with the month of Ramadan and summer which businesses are slow, and people are on vacation, and the most important time of the year for actual shopping as well. Add in a Friday or Saturday night in which people tend to go out for fun or Iftar, and you have a recipe for massive crowding!
So how did Centaurus handle this situation? At first they banned non families from parking in the basement parking lot (meaning if there isnt a girl in your car, park outside). This didn't change much. So they decided to close all the entrances and stick with one entrance outside to make the lines longer so that people were more inconvenienced and would decide to stay home instead. That failed.
What did the great minds come up with to control the situation? They said lets just charge everyone to get into the mall Rs. 100/ (one dollar). This amount would be redeemable against a purchase inside the mall so people aren't coming just for fun. Such a great idea. But this is Pakistan so they were like, how can we take this great idea and totally mess it up? Someone in the corner of the office said, well since we are only trying to exclude a certain part of the poor population from coming in, lets exclude over 30 categories of people ranging from women to foreigners to members of gyms to journalists to anyone who basically looks like they have a job. What could possibly go wrong!
The Islamabad administration recently approved an expensive expansion of Islamabad highway. Adding more lanes under passes and over passes.
This will not solve the problem. Lanes from airport exit up to gt road are badly needed sure. But there are bottle necks where 3-5 lanes become less for a short period of time. That is a major issue. There are people crossing the road everywhere.
To solve the problem they need to find out where most of the traffic is coming and going from. Make it flow smoother. Make alternate routes. They can make it one hundred lanes wide but if they don't manage it properly nothing will be solved.
Then again why do they care to solve people's problems that would leave less work to spend money on.