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Adda, reunions and catching up…
Working or studying throughout the weekdays can definitely be a tiring procedure. With three days to go till Friday, Star Lifestyle brings to you the perfect solution in planning something new to do, in this well-deserved upcoming weekend. Whether it's spending time at home or getting out of the city, there are plenty of activities that can be pursued and planned beforehand. Every week we shall dig in and try to bring you guys out there something new to do for the weekends. So read on and check out what CAN be done this Friday…
With all the torrential
downpour and the soaring floods in the country, we would not advise
you to go outdoors this week. Eating out can be a havoc for the stomach
with all the diarrhea cases around. So this week plan something to do
at home. Invite close friends and plan watching a movie and a good adda
session. You could even spice up the adda by inviting an old friend,
and doing some catching up. It would be more favourable if it was a
childhood friend and you could reflect on all the juvenile activities
Food has to be a top priority, and this could be a top time to show off those culinary skills to friends and loved ones. Don't try to cook something randomly out of the cookbook, unless you are that talented a chef, and make sure you always have a backup plan, such as the number of a good catering service in case of dire-circumstances. If your cooking experiment goes hay-wire and the soup you just made went blue, feel free to give them a call, and serve the meals telling everyone you innovated and are responsible for the beautiful 'homemade' cuisine.
If movies and adda doesn't work, make sure you have a deck of cards. Adda and catching up over a game of poker or two can surely be better than just sitting around. And do make sure that everyone is participating and is having a good time, as you need the others to think how mighty you are and hence invite you over later for a better get-together.
With all the options open for activities on a weekend, be sure that you relax and get enough rest for the upcoming week. Remember the next holiday is again seven days away…
By Mishel Ali Khan
Check it out
Bata Flex hits the market
people always look for something new. Carefully attending every small
detail, matching the colours of the outfit perfectly to a perfect stylish
ornament and perfume. The fact that is some times over looked by many
is that a stylish comfortable shoe, sandal, or slipper plays a very
important role in fashion. With this important aspect in mind Bata recently
introduced a casual wear collection for ladies which they aptly named
Bata Flex. Its designs coming from Italy is very simple but attractive.
The meaning of the term 'open for public' reaches new heights with the long awaited opening of the Bashundhara City Shopping mall at Panthapath. The largest shopping mall in South-Asia went into operations on the 5th of August, with a promise of bringing a new lease of life into the often mundane Dhaka life. However, the opening left many, if not more, disappointed as the shopping mall showed no signs of going into operation. Not even food stalls were open on the second day (August 6th) leaving some anxious visitors disgruntled.
City dwellers from all over came to witness the marvel of the 19-storey world-class shopping mall. Many left early as others scampered through the giant structure. Surprisingly, the mall that promises so much seemed to be opened hastily. What was the point of opening the mall if none of the shops were open? They could have waited for a better time to truly satisfy the public.
On the other hand, the architecture of the mall is truly breathtaking and does give a sense of being in a foreign land. Bashundhara City promises to offer ample recreational facilities combined with its unimaginable number of shops. A multi-screen movie theatre with digital sound system is expected to screen both local and foreign films. Each of the three parts of the theatre can accommodate 262 people. A bowling and billiard centre and video games will also be there. The mall will introduce ice-skating for the first time in Bangladesh. However, these features are rather disappointingly not in operations yet, but do promise to bring new enjoyable activities to Dhaka dwellers.
The arcade has 1,500 shops including 100 foodcourts, an impressive parking capacity of 1,000 cars, 21 lifts operating round the clock, 65 escalators and central air-conditioning. Besides, there are two gymnasiums, a swimming pool, three movie halls, modern fire-extinguishing equipment, amusement park, bank and moneychanger.
By Mishel Ali Khan
Icing on the cake
Okay, here we go! The guest list is perfect, the decorations are wonderful, the entertainment's amazing, and the food's delicious let's face it…you child's birthday party has surpassed your highest expectations, and you can't help but look smug. The big moment finally arrives, and you send your maid to fetch the cake that you lovingly and painstakingly baked just today afternoon. A hush falls over the table as they look as the cake when it's brought out, and your find your pleasure quickly turn to pain. In your hurry, you'd forgotten the icing on the cake, and instead of looking like a perfect cake; it now resembles a barren desert.
to a perfect party isn't really arduous planning and backbreaking hard
work. Just following a few careful guidelines can be the priceless secret
you're looking for. Firstly start with the planning. Think of a theme
you can use…
A party I have recently been to had a harmless snake show by professional snake charmers, which added a definite thrill. Try holding a séance, or if you're too wary of that idea, you can always arrange a fortune-teller. Just remember warning the fortune-teller to try and predict nice things for everyone (you don't want to ruin the party mood with bad tidings, do you?). When all the hard work's taken care of, take some time and focus on the little things. Think of yourself as an outsider to anticipate your guests' needs. If you intend to serve a late dinner, include lights snacks (light means 'light'…please don't ruin their appetite for dinner!) and 'finger foods', with lights drinks. Position these on easily accessible tables around the room. Dim the lights and have slow music in the background, loud enough to fill the gaps between conversations, and soft enough so that your guests don't have to scream to make themselves heard! Lastly, sit back and relax. Its your party and you deserve to enjoy it.
By Jennifer Ashraf
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