family – HTV https://htv.com.pk Fri, 16 Aug 2019 11:36:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://htv.com.pk/wp-content/uploads/cropped-iphone-retina-1-32x32.png family – HTV https://htv.com.pk 32 32 10 Ways To Ensure That You Have A Great Family Vacation https://htv.com.pk/lifestyle/family-vacation Thu, 27 Jun 2019 09:38:21 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=45130

Have you ever been so excited for a vacation only to be a little let down by the whole experience? Family vacations can be uplifting, great for bonding and a good opportunity to let go of the rules and just relax sans routine. However, they are also the most difficult to ensure that they go […]

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Have you ever been so excited for a vacation only to be a little let down by the whole experience? Family vacations can be uplifting, great for bonding and a good opportunity to let go of the rules and just relax sans routine.

However, they are also the most difficult to ensure that they go according to plan – and ‘relaxing’ seems to take a backseat sometimes, especially with younger children.

Here are a few little things you can do to make sure you have a great time – pre, during and post vacation:

Plan some highlights and let the rest come together on its own

Sometimes over-planning and under-planning can both backfire. Over-planning could lead to having too much to do, your family getting tired and not getting to relax on the vacation. Under-planning could lead to a lot of time wasted asking “what should we do today?”

Keep a few highlights on your itinerary, like a theme park, an architectural site or a local festival – anything that interests you and let the rest flow.

Simple things like walking along new roads without a destination can sometimes be the most interesting.

Clean your house before you leave for the trip

Trust us, it’s important. It may seem like it has nothing to do with your vacation but no one wants to come home to an untidy house after a good vacation. It makes real life seem all the more daunting.

Clean up, make your beds, empty out your refrigerator (perishables), turn off all important switches, check if the stove’s gas is off, do the laundry – it’ll be a welcoming sight when you enter your cozy home.

Stock up on non-perishables before you leave

Essentials that you may need right away like tea, coffee, a few packaged snacks, frozen meat (keep in the freezer), masala packets and anything that will not have you running to the grocery store the minute you enter your home.

Check the weather forecast at your destination

Once you’ve booked your tickets, there isn’t anything you can do about the weather. However, checking the forecast gives you an idea of what activities would be better suited for the days to come.

For example, if it’s raining, you can decide to go to the museum on that day and keep the beach trip for another day. It’ll also give you an idea of how you should pack, you may not pack for a cold breeze but you might just need a sweater.

Make the journey count as much as the destination

Whether it’s a road trip, a train ride or a flight, the journey can sometimes be as exciting as the trip. For road/train trips, get lots of snacks and activities for the kids.

Make up a game, or learn the lyrics to a new song, or just sit back and put on a great playlist and enjoy the ride.

Get conjoining rooms

If your children are old enough to be in a separate room, then why not consider getting conjoining rooms in the hotel?

Privacy and personal space do not need to be given up on holiday. It works out best for all parties. If budget is a concern, there are many people who now rent out apartment space for a reasonable price.

Keep expectations low and have fun!

The higher your expectations of the trip, the more room it has to disappoint you. Some studies say that the excitement that builds up towards the trip can heighten the expectations too much, when you’re actually there.

So know that your goal is to have fun but don’t think too much along the lines of ‘this is going to be the trip of a lifetime’. Things don’t always go as planned, and that’s a hundred percent alright.

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10 Things That Make Us Desis Happy On The Inside https://htv.com.pk/lifestyle/10-things-that-make-us-desis-happy-on-the-inside Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:49:42 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=42496

Ah, us desi log, we’re easy to please. Here’s a list of 10 things that make every desi happy on the inside 1. Rain in the winter Rain makes us smile. We’ll curse the after effects of the rain, sure. But those little droplets on our windows make our hearts so happy, we’ll be sure to flood social media […]

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Ah, us desi log, we’re easy to please.

Here’s a list of 10 things that make every desi happy on the inside

1. Rain in the winter

Rain makes us smile. We’ll curse the after effects of the rain, sure. But those little droplets on our windows make our hearts so happy, we’ll be sure to flood social media with their photos. After the long, harsh summer, we usually can’t wait for the winter. So rain+winter is the best combo ever.

2. Rain and pakoras

photo: divyas culinary journey

While we’re on the topic of rain, it makes sense to throw in some garma garam pakoras. 

Read: Different types of pakoras you can make on a rainy day

3. Biryani on Fridays

Friday is biryani day and we look forward to it the whole week. And of course, it’s the main reason we go to weddings- biryani is a staple on your shaadi menu.

4. Coffee and Chai at night

Cause we like our hit of caffeine right before bed. Also we took it seriously when we found out coffee is actually good for you.

And we like our coffee beaten, not stirred. Find the recipe for beaten coffee here.

5. Piling into a coaster for a family-style ‘picnic’

One coaster. 57 people. 40 bags. 2 coolers. ‘Extra snacks’. ‘Just in case equipment’. Ready, set, TETRIS.

6. Playing antakshari in above mentioned coaster.

Everyone’s a singer. A bad singer. But who cares, right?

7. Going on a road trip to ‘gaoon’ (any village) and indulging is desi food goodness.

Lassi! Parathas! Saag! Picturesque background!

8. When guests don’t finish all the cheese samosas

We’re all staring at that plate of samosas and hoping there’s some leftover when the guests leave.

Also read: Throw a family style party on short notice

9. Shaadi waalay ghar

The lights, flowers, music, people and the infectious energy is pure happiness!

Public Service Announcement: Please stop putting these items on your shaadi menu

10. Playing family cricket in great mausam (weather)

We don’t really  know all the rules, but playing shoddy cricket with the family is pure love.

Are there any desi things you would add to this list? Let us know!

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Why Sandra Oh At The Golden Globes Straight Up Made Us Cry- Twice https://htv.com.pk/lifestyle/why-sandra-oh-at-the-golden-globes-straight-up-made-us-cry-twice Mon, 07 Jan 2019 08:24:08 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=42193

Sandra Oh, also known fondly as Christina from Grey’s Anatomy, hosted the 76th Annual Golden Globes along with Andy Samberg of SNL and Brooklyn Nine-Nine fame. Even though the two made an awesome pair and hosted a fun-to-watch ceremony, Oh stole the show with two outstanding moments. The first was when she took a minute […]

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Sandra Oh, also known fondly as Christina from Grey’s Anatomy, hosted the 76th Annual Golden Globes along with Andy Samberg of SNL and Brooklyn Nine-Nine fame.

Even though the two made an awesome pair and hosted a fun-to-watch ceremony, Oh stole the show with two outstanding moments.

The first was when she took a minute to be real amidst the fun-host duties:

“If I could take this moment here in all honesty, I said yes to the fear of being on this stage tonight because I wanted to be here to look out into this audience and witness this moment of change,” she said. “And I’m not fooling myself. I’m not fooling myself. Next year could be different. It probably will be. But right now, this moment is real. Trust me, it is real. Because I see you. All of these faces of change, and now, so will everyone else.”

She made this speech in reference to racial inclusion at awards ceremonies which is not always present. But this year, to her, marks a change in that particular discourse.

The second moment was when she won a Golden Globe award for her role in Killing Eve. At the announcement, her ADORABLE dad gave her a standing ovation while looking out at the sea of people in the audience. She went on to thank her parents in Korean in her speech. Asian families everywhere understand this moment of significance and we couldn’t help but shed a tear.

Basically, Sandra Oh ruled the Golden Globes this year!

Read: Here’s the list of all the winners at the Golden Globes 2019

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How to Spend Quality Family Time – A Few Ideas https://htv.com.pk/relationships/spend-quality-family-time-ideas Wed, 01 Nov 2017 10:14:40 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=29014 family time

We all know how busy life can be, and how hard it can be to make time for family activities. Nevertheless, it is important to take some time off from your routine for your family. Here is a list of some fun activities that you can do to bond with your family! 1.      Take a […]

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family time

We all know how busy life can be, and how hard it can be to make time for family activities. Nevertheless, it is important to take some time off from your routine for your family. Here is a list of some fun activities that you can do to bond with your family!

family time

1.      Take a Trip

It doesn’t have to be someplace far and expensive, you could just take your family out for a long drive or a farmhouse for the weekend. It will be a change of scenery, and you wouldn’t have any of the city distractions. Some good music and snacks can be just the thing to have fun and catch up on each other’s lives.

2.      Do House Chores Together

In our society, there is a wide misconception that all the house chores have to be done by the woman of the household. This is a very outdated idea and burdensome idea. The husband and kids can also chip in, and use this time around the house to connect with each other. Remember happy family, happy life!

3.      Plan a Cooking Weekend

Since weekends are usually the time when most of the family is free, you can use this time to make at least one meal together. Some families these days are so busy, they hardly have time to eat at the same time. So even if cooking is not your best department, you should make sure to have a nice family dinner every weekend!

4.      Watch a Family Movie

These days cinemas are a great way to relax and catch a good movie with some popcorn. There are some pretty good movies or comedies that you can watch with your family and catch dinner later on. It gives you something interesting to talk about and if the idea catches on, this could become a monthly tradition!

5.      Go To the Beach

Karachi faces some pretty intense heat in the summers, which is the perfect time to plan a beach trip with your family and friends. If you’re not comfortable going to a public beach, try other beautiful beaches like Sonmiani, French beach and Gwadar. They are relatively secluded.  You can also find numerous water sport activities down there which is an added bonus. Don’t forget the sunblock.

6.      Help Kids with Their Homework

This is perhaps the best way to show your kids that you care. They especially crave your attention when they are young, and time is the best gift you can give them. Take part in their school projects and lend a hand in their homework. This keeps you updated about your child’s academic life as well!

Try out some of these new ideas and go have some quality family time!

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