PHP Department Trip to Sawabi

After our shift Friday night, the PHP department took a trip to Sawabi in order to relax and have some fun together away from the office. We passed the time as we waited for our transport by playing table tennis and, after offering Fajjar Prayer, began our 1 and a half hour journey to Sawabi around 4am. The weather was very pleasant and we quickly forgot that we had just finished an 8 hour shift.

On the way there, the driver stopped at a CNG Station near Ghazi to get gas and we had our first chance to go outside and start taking pictures before we set off towards Sawabi again.

From Left to Right: Talal M, Maaz A and Junaid A

 

We reached Asad K.’s village, Zarobi, around 6:10 AM. Breakfast was ready when we arrived and we relaxed and ate before beginning our preparations for the picnic. There was tractor standing inside Asad K’s house so of course we took some pictures with it.

 

Ajmal pretends to drive the tractor

From Left to Right: Ajmal H, Maaz A, Faisal N, Talal M and Adeel

The River Indus was about a 10 minute drive away from Asad’s home. When we reached the river bank, a cool breeze welcomed us and we were astonished that the temperature near the bank was so much better than it had been at Asad’s home. That day, the temperature was 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit), but at the river it was much cooler and we were totally comfortable.

The river was flowing very fast and when I stepped into the water, the current passed through my whole body. The water was very cold so I left the river almost immediately after entering. After that I was reluctant to go back in, but I got some courage when Asad K., who is very good swimmer, told me that my body will adjust to the cold water after a moment. So I tried again and jumped into the water and found that this it wasn’t nearly as bad.

Junaid A and Ajmal before starting their swimming competition

The most interesting part of this trip for me was that I learned how to swim. I had wanted to learn for a long time and was very excited to have finally have an opportunity. The water current was fast, but we found a place where it was a lot slower and started diving in. Ajmal accompanied me and we swam for about 30 minutes before rejoining the others for lunch.

Our own grill using stones to adjust BBQ sticks over the heat

Maaz enjoying delicious BBQ

While we were swimming, some of the guys had started the preparations for the BBQ. We created our own grill using stones to adjust BBQ sticks over the heat rather than using a BBQ stand and we grilled some delicious, spicy beef. Asad K’s friends also joined us at the river bank and cooked Chicken Karahi (a dish of grilled chicken with lemon and herbs) that was really delicious. We all shared the food and had a wonderful lunch together.After lunch, one of Asad’s friends sang songs in English and put on an amazing one-man show. The guys all started dancing and we all had fun dancing a listening to the music for the rest of the afternoon. When we left river bank, we stopped at Asad K.’s home for 30 minutes before we headed back to Islamabad.

Left to Right: Asad K an Talal M

Adeel S ride on bicycle

Faisal N while taking nap on the trip

Just to give you a sample of some of the fun that went on during the trip, here’s a video of Asad K. leading some dancing:
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Junaid Ali

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11 Comments

  1. Jun at 6:31 PM

    The morning of 23rd June 2012 was very pleasant for me as we had visited Asad Village near Sawabi. At first I was hesitent to go for a trip because of hot days of June but suddenly I decided to go with them. We enjoyed a lot throughout our whole journey. It was my first time to visit Sawabi village and I really enjoyed it. I met many people there and share some good moments with them. The water was so cold so I unfortunately did not enjoy that as I don’t know how to swim ;). I really remembered this trip and all my friends in my life. Thanks to all of my friends who made this trip a really good one for me.

  2. Jun at 9:05 PM

    I can tell you guys must had a lot of fun cos I went to Swabi in the last trip and it’s a fun place to spend some time to relax and party. Asad is a hospitable person and a great dancer too. 😉

  3. Jun at 9:28 PM

    Nice Trip guys. Why did i miss this!!

  4. Faisal Nasim-Reply
    Jun at 6:30 PM

    Sawabi trip was a great success. Places like Sawabi are worth visiting. This trip was actually an overall package of joy, relaxation and mutual zeal to cherish each and every moment of our weekend after a long time of regular office schedule. I appreciate all efforts put in by our department manager to manage such recreational trip and make it a great success by all department people. Cheers.

  5. Jun at 6:30 PM

    Our department’s tour to Sawabi was really amazing, we enjoyed a lot and there was extreme fun right from the beginning of the journey to the end of day. Especially, it was quite good for the brotherhood of the team and more friendly relations among all the trip goers. I personally like tours and I think there should be a trip every month, or at least every couple of months. Cricket commentary there from a native Sawabian was so nice that I will remember it always.

  6. Asadullah khan-Reply
    Jun at 6:32 PM

    It was an awesome trip! We enjoyed as much as we could. In 45 Degree Celsius temperature swimming in in freezing cold water was a real fun. We ate a-lot on the river bank and enjoyed some good dancing in the end.
    Junaid and Ajmal learned to swim in fast and furious cold water. We enjoyed every moment of it

  7. Ajmal-Reply
    Jun at 6:32 PM

    It was my first trip to Sawabi. It is a good place, especially since it is near the Indus River. We started our journey after offering prayer on Saturday and reached their after 2 hours. There we enjoyed our breakfast with the traditional Corn bread with fried eggs at Asad K house. We had a plan for fishing but unfortunately water current was furious and we were unable to. However we enjoyed a lot in this trip because most of the PHP guys were there. We crossed the river; some guys crossed it using boats and some guys swim in river and crossed it. I participated in swimming with our PHP Department Manager Mr. Junaid and I won the race. LOL! 😉
    In short that was a great and awesome trip. Thanks to Mr. Junaid for arranging such a wonderful trip.

  8. Jun at 6:32 PM

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Man! Super Cool Trip.
    We went on our department trip to a nearby town named “Sawabi” (in fact it’s the hometown of our office colleague Asad K). The river water was freezing cold; we enjoyed it a lot by swimming and doing BBQ. The moment l will remember for the rest of my life is that we were near to the river bank and me and Faisal went to a well for bath by cycling in the fields.

  9. Nabeel Ilyas-Reply
    Jun at 6:34 PM

    It was a nice trip. But Alas I missed that. I wish I would be there with them. This company is loaded with fun-time ideas. Love this post.

  10. Nasir Tariq-Reply
    Jun at 6:42 PM

    Awesome trip guys. I am sorry i missed it. But you guys are the coolest. Great initiative taken by Junaid Department Manager PHP. You really know how to lay off stress of your team after a week of hard work. Bravo!

  11. Raheel Khokhar-Reply
    Jun at 7:22 PM

    Hey, take me with you the next time you go.

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