Friday, February 21, 2014

Papua New Guinea’s Best Food in Port Moresby – Vegetarian and Halal

Papua New Guinea is generally known as PNG. Recently I was asked by my organization to visit Port Moresby to conduct a 5-day training workshop for newly established and the only Women Chamber in Papua New Guinea. The chamber is known as PNGWCCI.

As most frequent travelers use Google, TripAdvisor and Lonely Planet to checkout happenings and things to do in a city, I did the same. I also used facebook to look for Pakistani and Muslim community in Port Moresby and was lucky to find Dr Faisal Qureshi who is a dental surgeon working in Port Moresby.

As a Muslim, I was also looking for restaurants serving Halal Food, or Indian styled restaurants that serve vegetarian curries. The Google search helped me as far as finding an Indian restaurant in a posh hotel in Wigani, about 20 minutes from downtown Port Moresby. I was advised against use of taxies. Taxi drivers here are known to be either drunk or involved in criminal activities. The only possibility to travel in the city is by renting a car through Avis or Hertz and the cost is around $200/day (even if you need a car for couple of hours).

My biggest concern was food. On the first day of my arrival I spoke to my facebook friend who offered me dinner. Name of the restaurant was Tasty Bite and was just across Crowne Plaza Hotel. I was surprised to see the number of customers in that family-run Indian restaurant. I went there every evening for my dinner and became friends with Ameen and Shabana who own this place.

Address is:
Tasty Bite, ANG House, Shop #5, Hunter Street, Port Moresby
Phone: +675 321 2222 – Email:

In addition to Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi minority in Port Moresby, restaurant serves Australians, New Zealanders and other foreigners. They are also open for lunch during working days. Dinner is served from 6:30pm-9pm. Best time to find a nice table is as early as 7pm. I advise to book your table by making a phone call.

They can prepare food from very spicy to mild. I loved their mixed vegetables with cottage cheese, beef kebabas (Halal) and Dal. I was told that they will soon start sourcing Halal Chicken to serve Muslim Community in Port Moresby.

So if you are looking for Best Food in Port Moresby which is Vegetarian and Halal also, try Tasty Bite, you will not be disappointed.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

FoodPanda Brings The Largest Variety of Food Online

What is for Lunch today, is this a question that is raised in your office about fifteen minutes before lunch-time?  Well, in my office this used to be a routine, five days a week question. The reason is simple, people have changed their habits. Most office staff does not bring a lunchbox from home.

Craving for food becomes intense around mid-day and still busy at work, most do not realize that it's time for lunch – and "What is for lunch today" question arises.

In our office, we have solved the issue. Thanks to – a single platform for ordering food online from a variety of restaurants. Chinese, fast-food, desi, you name it.

It's so happened that I was looking at facebook page that has over 300,000 fans and realized that almost every popular restaurant is available there. I asked my colleagues to try with Four simple steps:
  • 1     Go to
  • 2.       Select your area for food delivery
  • 3.       Select your restaurant
  • 4.       Order your food

First reaction from my colleagues was "we are not sure if this actually works!" – But the very next day, there was a strike in Karachi. All shops were closed; there was no chance of getting food from the next-door restaurant. Screaming for food started as usual – I again said, "let's try" – No choice, colleagues agreed to order via this site.

Everyone wanted Chinese, so a selection of Chinese was ordered. Website also provided the total cost of the order. Approximate time for delivery was 30 minutes. Since it was an unusual situation in the city, delivery took 15 minutes more, and our order was delivered in about 45 minutes.

Hot meal, properly packed, with disposable spoons and forks, we hit the dining table and enjoyed our meal.

FoodPanda is certainly added a revolution in the restaurant industry. For Foodies, it provides choices that are otherwise impossible to consider while ordering food. In my office, everyone with a smartphone now has FoodPanda application.

        Did you try – of not, do it soon and enjoy the    experience, a unique experience of ordering food right from your computer or smartphone – there are exciting deals available almost everyday!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Bootstrapping Your Career - A Book for Career Development

This book is For everyone who wants to excel in their career and avail themselves of millions of growth opportunities around them, and for sufferers of Career Stagnation Syndrome, a chronic condition translating into a stumbling block in career development.

Career Development is an on going process. A process that never end. It requires focus, strategy and commitment. 

My Book - Bootstrapping Your Career is based on my over 25 years of experience. It is first of its kind initiative that covers personal stories, moments of frustration and joy and tools and techniques to follow for continuous career growth. 

This is one of the most repeated statements I have heard as a volunteer career counselor. My usual response is: “What is your career objective and how are you searching for opportunities?” There is hardly any proper response to these questions.

My message when speaking at public events: competition is becoming stiffer, so start building a database of potential employers as soon as entering into the last semester before graduation. Without knowing the potential market, how can you market yourself?

The phrase “Dream Job” is another issue. What is a dream job? As a young graduate you are inspired by a youngish CEO of a multinational company, driving a posh car. Without knowing how this chap really reached this position, you wish to be like him. He becomes your inspiration and conception of a dream job. Do you realize that getting into a multinational is one of the most difficult things to do, and you might be wasting your time which could be better utilized in gaining market experience in a smaller company?

Bootstrapping Your Career addresses the most trickiest questions in very humanized manner. Join the facebook page to stay tuned. 

Books is scheduled for publishing in August 2013.