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    Living in Islamabad

    by imranthetrekker Written Dec 25, 2012

    Favorite thing: Bonjour from Islamabad,

    Even F 6 sectors seems okay the sectors around Super Market of Islamabad and even G 6 sector opposite to super market, safe and with reasonable prices of apartments and houses .

    Ciao,

    Ayun, Chitral Royal Fort, Lahore Himalayan Bulbul, Islamabad Car on Lowari pass , to Chitral Hindu Kush, Pakistan
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    Florina Restaurant , Murree Expressway

    by imranthetrekker Written Dec 23, 2012

    Favorite thing: A lovely place with a delicious Pakistani cuisine and ambiance for the people in Islamabad and for those who travel to Murree through Murree Expressway .

    It's located some 8 Km from Barakahu o Murree Expressway .

    Enjoy ..

    Florina Restaurant , Murree Expressway Mutton Tikka , Pakistani Cuisine Florina Restaurant Kabab, Florina Restaurant At Florina Restaurant with foreign guests
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    Living in Islamabad

    by imranthetrekker Written Dec 23, 2012

    Favorite thing: Bonjour from Islamabad,

    The sectors like F 6, F 7 are considered safer than other sectors because of the presence of other foreign ex-pats , journalists and better security facilities .

    You'd definitely need a local help in order to rent a house or apartment in Islamabad, even G 6 could be a better location for your stay in Islamabad.

    Keep at least 1, 000 US $ for all that per month in Islamabad, that seems a reasonable budget for you .

    Bien venu au Pakistan ..

    Florina Restaurant , Murree Expressway Towards Chitral Nagar Fort , Chitral River Chitral, Hindu Kush Sethi Houses, Peshawar
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    Cats and Islam

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Nov 30, 2011

    Favorite thing: From Istanbul to Islamabad, and other Muslim cities you will find stray cats are very common. Many people who can barely feed their families will stop and give scraps of food to random cats daily. What gives?

    It turns out cats enjoy a special status in Islam. This respect for these animals supposedly has roots in the prophet Muhammad's fondness of cats (can I write his name without a fatwa against me? please? Thanks!). Muhammad (PBUH) supposedly would cut off his sleeve rather than wake a cat that fell asleep on his clothing. It has been noted that tabby cats have an "M" on their foreheads, which could be the mark of Muhammad (PBUH).

    Muhammad himself had a favorite cat named Muezza. It is said that Muhammad would drink from the same water the cat drank from, and he would even do ablutions before prayer with the water the cat had consumed.

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    Sunrise through the smog

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Nov 14, 2010

    Favorite thing: Pakistan sometimes has daylight savings time, and somethings it doesn't so sunrise can be somewhat unpredictable. Add in the local heavy smog, and the sunrise could also be invisible. The good news is the sun always rises in the east, just like the rest of the world.

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    What am I drinking?

    by Ewingjr98 Written Nov 14, 2010

    Favorite thing: Grab a drink at a local store and the label may not be easy to read since it's written in Arabic script. Don't worry, most American brands are the same colors and have the same logos around the world as you will see when you find Diet Pepsi and Diet Coke. If you read Arabic, you will also realize the names of the drinks almost sound like the original American names (though Pepsi becomes "beebsee" when translated.) Oh, and if you are still confused, just turn the bottle or can around and read the English side of the label.

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    Jingle Trucks

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Oct 12, 2010

    Favorite thing: Most utility trucks in Pakistan are known as "Jingle Trucks." These brightly colored trucks often have decorative chains or bells, which make a distinctive jingling sound while driving, hence their name. The color schemes vary from bright flowers to lions and tigers. A 2005 article from Amherst Magazine online claims that the average trucks customization costs $5000 US, even though the average annual income is closer to $2000 US per person. This article also points out the different styles of the various regions of Pakistan with the Pashtun areas using more wooden designs on the trucks and Punabi trucks having shaped metal and plastics. All parts of the country use a variety of bright symbols including religious symbols, scenery, and occasional patriotic symbols.

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    What is this "halal" thing?

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Sep 11, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Generically, halal just means legal or lawful, but its real meaning is food permissible according to Islamic law. Islam has two meanings for Halal, both types of food that can be eaten and certain ways of slaughtering animals for eating. Halal killing of animals for food is defined as a quick, deep incision of an animal's neck leading to a sudden death with lots of blood leaving the body.

    Haram, or not lawful or permissible, items include pork, blood, and alcohol, as well as foods cross contaminated with the latter, including pharmaceuticals and cosmetics contaminated with animal byproducts.

    Of course, halal and humane are not synonyms. Experts claim halal killing is very inhumane as animals suffer fro up to two minutes as their bloods runs over the ground. Yay!

    This certainly isn't Halal... maybe OK, probably...

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    The Quran

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Sep 11, 2010

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    Favorite thing: The Quran (or Koran) is the central text of Islam and is said to be the word of God as recorded by Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) between the years 610 and 632 CE.

    The Quran is for sale in many of the bookshops in Kabul, though the copies are often kept locked up in a glass case. I have also seen digital copies of the Quran available.

    http://quran.com/

    The Quran

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    Security Measures in Islamabad

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Aug 18, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Throughout the Capital Region of Islamabad and Rawalpindi you will notice heightened security. Government buildings, the embassy areas, major Western hotels, airports, military bases and more are lined with barricades, wire and armed guards. The "red-zone" is the name of the security area around parliament, the prime minister's house, and other major federal government buildings.

    2008-2009 was the worst year in Pakistan history (other than the partition of India itself). Warnings still persist, cautioning travelers to avoid crowded markets, mosques during Friday prayers, and the tribal areas in general. As of summer 2010, Karachi and Quetta had more problems than Islamabad.

    http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1845732,00.html

    French Embassy

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    Window Washer Boys

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Aug 17, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Probably the funniest thing I saw in Islamabad was the boys washing windows of cars stopped at a light. Our driver takes this same route every day, and the same boys take their dirty old squeegee, smear up his window, then expect a tip. After a few times of this, our driver got sick of it, so when the boys show up he waves them off. They are aggressive, so they go about smearing up his window. He honks, he yells, then he runs his wipers and sprays water. They finally get the point, but they insist on glaring in the windows like punk American kids.

    It was all pretty comical, but it also makes one wonder why these kids were on the street rather than in school in the early afternoon on a weekday.

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    Religion in Pakistan

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Aug 17, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Pakistan is considered about 97 percent Muslim, and the official state religion is Islam, according to the Constitution (though the Constitution does provide equal protection under the law for all religious groups). Small groups of other religions exist including Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, and Buddhists.

    Islamabad has two main mosques: the Faisal Mosque and the Lal Masjid. The Faisal Mosque, when completed in 1986 was the world's largest mosque, but five others are now bigger. This "national mosque" of Pakistan can host 300,000 worshipers at once. Its 260 foot minarets are the tallest in South Asia.

    The Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque, was constructed in 1965 and is one of the oldest mosques in Islamabad. It is home to a large madrassah with Islamist roots. In 2007, after a long siege by the government, the military was sent in to storm the mosque. 100 people were said to have been killed in the raid. Many consider the siege of the Red Mosque a major trigger of the growing militancy in Pakistan.

    You also will see small signs of Islam around the capital city, such as a large number of mosques, rugs that say Allah on them, the call to prayer five times a day, and more. My favorite is the feet washers for Muslims to perform ablutions prior to praying.

    Feet washers for ablution

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    Pakistan Money

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Aug 7, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Pakistan money is called the Rupee. Rupee is also the name of the currency in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Mauritius, Seychelles, Indonesia, and the Maldives. The word rupee come from Sanskrit and means silver coins, and the first monetary unit called rupee dates back to the mid 1500s. The rupee became Pakistan's official money upon partition, but Pakistan's official money was not printed until 1948. In 1961 the money was decimalized with 100 paise to the rupee, though paise coins are no longer printed as of 1994 (note: in Pashto, Dari, Urdu and other local language paise simply means "money").

    Many shops in Islamabad will accept US dollars. They know the exchange rate and usually have a calculator sitting on the counter so they can be accurate. Sure they always round up to make a few extra Rupees for themselves!

    10, 20, 500, and 1000 Rupee Notes

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    Things to do in Islamabad

    by imranthetrekker Written Jun 11, 2010

    Favorite thing: Bonjour from Chitral,Hindu Kush,

    Islamabad, my 3rd home after Chitral and Peshawar.

    Life is normal in Islamabad, there are foreign ex-pats, diplomats, journalists based at Islamabad.

    Due to proper and strict security arrangements it is considered a safer part of Pakistan, well planned with nice cafes and restaurants.

    For shopping
    Jinnah Super Market
    Super Market
    Abparra market

    Parks and gardens
    Damane Koh
    F9 Park
    Shakarparian

    Restaurants
    Shifang Grill
    Pizza Hut
    Papa Salis (Italian restaurant)
    Jinnah Super market

    Books
    Saeed Book bank
    Jinnah super market
    Mr. Books
    Super market

    Bien venu au Pakistan.

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    Shah Faisal Mosque
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    Chinese Visa in Islamabad

    by imranthetrekker Written Dec 18, 2008

    Favorite thing: Bonjour mon ami,

    Humm, pretty long and detailed plan, but if it's the matter of the cost of Chinese Visa in Dubai, then just rely on 2 single entries otheriwse I'd suggest you a multiple entry Chinese visas in Dubai because a German friend got it last year in Islamabad but she'd to wait for more than a week.

    I just put their details here, have a look

    Address: Diplomatic Enclave, Ramna 4, Islamabad, Pakistan
    Tel: +92-51-8255059
    Fax: +92-51-2872708
    Email: chinaemb_pk@mfa.gov.cn
    Website:
    http://pk.chineseembassy.org/eng/
    http://pk.china-embassy.org/eng/
    Consular Office
    Tel: +92-51-8255016

    There're no recent updates about the Chinese visa for travelers or tourists at Islamabad because once they'd stopped issuing the Chinese visa, during the Olympics.

    There's a similar post, I'd seen on the thorntree, where I write as chitralguy.

    Tres bon voyage,

    Imran Schah

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