Capetown by train

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I took some time out of my busy work schedule to explore Capetown by train.It’s a cheap, convenient and really awesome adventure just waiting to happen. I booked the Shosholoza Meyl from Johannesburg to Cape Town in a sleeper compartment. The cost of a single trip is R690.00 which excludes bedding, food or any refreshments. Everything is sold on board at reasonable prices, so there’s no real reason to hassle. The compartments are clean & well maintained.The journey is quite long and there’s often huge delays on the way.If you don’t have any time constraints then this is the perfect way to catch the scenery on your way there. Also meet some fantastic and friendly people.

It’s a mighty long journey if you not keen on making some friends on board, then I suggest bring a book, games or your tablet to entertain yourself.The later trains have wall sockets to plug in your devices to charge them up, although the older versions don’t have this facility since most of them came into service in the 80’s. The breathtaking scenery is to die for you can spend hours looking out your train window at the beautiful landscapes, clear skies and mountain ranges.

This is the route the train takes to Capetown so you have an idea of all the little towns you pass by.Some stops are quite long, you can get off the train and stretch your legs a little.

You won’t be without company, there’s many friends to be made from all over the world.I met Americans,British,Canadians and even a French couple with a cute little baby boy. They renegade you with stories of their travels and all their wanderlust that fellow travellers have. The countries and places that are still on most travellers bucket list. 

This was an epic journey and a once in lifetime experience.I would definitely recommend it.

Let me know in the comments below of your train adventures or if you would like to go on one.

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Welcoming 2017 started on an adventurous note. New Years eve I spent exploring the Nizamye Turkish Masjid Midrand.
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Tantalized the palate with Turkish coffee & SUCUKLU Pide (Turkish sausage pizza). My love for all things Turkish started in London, my Turkish friend Nursel introduced me to her culture & their array of delightful scrumptious food.

Soon after I found myself bar hoping all around the city & eventually settled at the Radisson Blu pool party. It was beautifully decked out, with bean bags & lanterns. While we enjoyed the night sky. The drinks were quite expensive aimed at the rich & famous.
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The day after New years headed of to Haartbeesport Dam. It was my first trip ever, I didn’t expect to be surrounded by the majestic mountains of Magaliesberg.
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What an adventure it turned out to be, we stopped at the famous Chamelion Village. I was in awe from local crafts, to exploring antiques furniture shops & array of restaurants. There is something special for everyone.
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After the Chamelion Village we visited the Van Gaalen Cheese farm, renowned for its breathtaking views, nature trails and incredibly delicious cheeses.
The restaurant on the farm offers a traditional Dutch dishes, there’s a awesome play area & if you feeling a bit romantic you can have a picnic on the grounds of the farm.
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I can not wait for more adventures in 2017. I have had a brilliant start.

Hope you had a good start to your 2017, let me know in the comments how your year started off.

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Hello 2017!!!

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You have been all kinds of wonderful. I reflect on my year, I think about the good, bad and the ugly. This year has really been a melting pot of all of these things.
I have been challenged on my personal & professional life. I have triumphed on those areas too. I have met beautiful people, with beautiful souls. I stopped looking at the superficial, started to see the hearts of people. I have stopped to smell the coffee, really enjoy the aroma. I have made people that I love a priority, stopped making excuses to share my life with them. I have been more honest with myself, I really started to be true to my core. I have acknowledged that there’s many facets to me all interwoven to make me uniquely me. I am so grateful for every blessing that as come my way, even the moments I have lost hope. As I say Goodbye to 2016, I am so excited for 2017. I wait in eager anticipation of what this year will bring. I hope I will soar to new heights, I hope travel will be a prominent  feature.I hope I find love. I hope that I can dance in the rain and sparkle in star lit night. I hope 2017 is all kinds of magical.

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Goodbye 2016

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This coming week there is a fabulous event called Suits & Sneakers be held at the Sandton Convention Centre. I was intrigued by 2 things, the name of the event & that it was a free event.

You want to know what this event is about ?
It’s about developing South Africa through continuous informal learning. This event is usually held twice a year.Business people are invited to share their story of their background and how they became successful . It’s inspirational to listen to prominent South Africans  who fought to be where they are in their success.It inspires young people to never give up on their dreams. If that little snippet of information has intrigued you, then don’t miss this opportunity to network, meet prominent business people tell you their story.

Register for FREE:http://www.quicket.co.za/events/21206-suits-sneakers-4

Let me know in the comments if these types of events interests you.

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Suits & Sneakers

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I am trying to help create awareness for an event that a wonderful lady named Louise is arranging right here in Johannesburg called “Wave of Light” . She had lost her baby two years ago , she created this Facebook page in memory of him https://m.facebook.com/InfantlossSouthAfrica/.
This is also the page where the event is shared from.More about the event, it’s at Bright water commons in Randburg on the 15 October at 7pm. This is a global initiative, where bereaved parents,family members,friends will come together at 7pm in all different parts of the world to remember their Angels by lighting a candle for an hour.

Baby loss is a subject that many parents,family members & friends shy away from talking about.It’s such a sensitive topic, many do not even know how to broach the subject. This often makes the grieving process so much more harder for the grieving parents. Every pregnancy symbolizes the hopes and dreams you would have for that child, every pregnancy is remembered. Having another baby or babies never replaces the loss of the baby that you once had. The “Wave of light” is an opportunity to remember those Angels that you still hold dearly in your heart. Children who loose parents are called orphans, a woman who looses a husband is called a widow, a man who looses a wife is called a widower.A parent who looses a child….there isn’t a word to describe them. As we enter into this month of October, let’s stop to think about all those parents that are a grieving the loss of a baby that they might of once held.Those who never got the opportunity to hold theirs.Those who were filled with excitement and Jubilation only to realise this was not going to become their reality.

Each year the 9th-15th October is Baby Loss Awareness Week and throughout the week bereaved parents, family members and friends can commemorate the all-too-brief lives of their babies, knowing that thousands of other families elsewhere in the world will be doing the same. The week also provides a crucial opportunity for people to talk openly about the subject of and raise awareness of baby loss.

The week ends with Baby Loss Awareness Day on 15th October. October 15th is recognised as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day across the world. We would like to invite you to take part in the global ‘Wave of Light’. On this day, everyone is invited to take part in this global event to remember all the babies that have died during pregnancy, at, during or after birth. Simply light a candle at 7pm and leave it burning for at least 1 hour. This can be done individually or in a group, at home or in a communal space. Wherever you do this, you will be uniting with others across the world in honor of those babies who lit up our lives for such a short time.

Wave of light

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Today marks the day that South Africans all across the country celebrate their heritage and diversity. South Africans come together to either have a braai together or some tradtional meal that represents their heritage.

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People will generally dress up in their traditional outfits to commemorate the day. Today is an opportunity for all South Africans to learn more about each others cultures and socialise.

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Wishing all South Africans a Happy Heritage Day. Enjoy the festivities that enable us to appreciate each other in our diversity. We are truly a Rainbow Nation.

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Heritage Day

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A few weeks ago I won a bottle of Argan oil on Beauty Blogger Argan oil competition that was run by an incredible mommy Blogger http://www.Mamameea.co.za. I was super excited when my name was drawn. This little bottle of Argan oil 25ml to be exact is the purest cold press Argan oil you can get.This bottle retails for around R150.00 in South Africa. I believe you can purchase online from http://www.hellopretty.co.za. I have very dry,coarse & curly hair.I need a leave in treatment to keep my hair beautiful,shiny & hydrated.
This little miracle in a bottle does just that for me. It’s produced under fair trade policies it hails from Morocco. I have only used it on my hair so far but it does have multiple uses :
About Argan oil
• High levels of Omega 3, 6 & 9.
• Anti-oxidant properties.
• Nourishes, repairs & protects your skin.
• Acts as an anti-ageing, restorative & healing
solution for many types of skin
& skin problems.
• Repairs damaged hair, replenishing moisture from root to tip.
• Strengthens hair by nourishing and assisting growth.
• Keeps nails strong and healthy and helps repair damaged cuticles.

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For my special readers I have a bottle of Argan oil to give away.Entries will be drawn from a lucky draw.I would like for you to follow me on my blog & leave a comment below telling me why you should you win a bottle of this miracle oil. Entries will close on the 30 September 2016.

Review on Argan oil -Siri Azuri

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So those who are following me on my journey, will know that I am 30 something divorced young lady.I am so out of touch with the dating scene it’s not even funny. I am ready to take the leap now & meet someone special. I decided to put myself out there and registered on some dating sites. The first 1 I signed up is Twoo http://www.twoo.com the site boasts about they are fastest growing website to meet people in your area. Yeah I had some responses and have embarked on a few chats. Actually 1 of those materialised into date with a rather well rounded individual. There was no second date, this person was just not for me. I didn’t want to waste his precious time.I knew instantly from meeting him. This site is free to register with them. The second one I registerd on is call elitesingles http://www.elitesingles.co.za this is more of a premium site. There is a fee that’s charged. This dating site is aimed at professional single people looking to date. It has a more upmarket feel, you can feel secure that not every random person is trying to register on it. There are select group of individuals, I also managed to have a few chats on there. 1 of those chats materialized into date or two. This site is more for me, I would really recommend trying it out. The last one I regestired was on Tinder, you can download the app on your phone and register on there. The apps gives you a selection of people close to your area that you can embark on chats with. It’s also free, no charge involved. I saw a few people on it but no one I was interested in.If you like someone you press like if you don’t you press the x for remove he is off your selection.I am not sure if anyone has had success on tinder. It’s a nice concept to try out.

Some guide lines for dating online:
1. Be cautious on who you chat too.
2. Ask lots of questions to the person you chat to.Make sure they are legitimate.
3. Watch out for warning signs, like the person only chats to you late at night or during work hours.
4. If you meeting this person, please meet in a public place.
5. Just be yourself & let your authentic self come out.

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Let me know in the comments below if you tried online dating.

My dating story

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I had the privilege to be invited to the Edcon International Brands Media day SS16 a week ago.

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The event was showcased at the Langham Lifestyle Estate in Fourways.

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I had an amazing time perusing shoes & make up.

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The benefit brow range really caught my eye, my fellow blogger Cassarica from http://www.amazeblog.com was there
to share the experience with me.

So what is the benefit brow range all about. Well there is 7 items that help define your brows like never before.On my picture below Ramon from benefit is using the eye pencil to define my brows and give them some drama.

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I thought there was quiet a dramatic difference with my normal eyebrow & the benefit defined eyebrow. There is going to be a post soon on just benefit brow range so watch this space.

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The benefit brow collection can be purchased at Edgars & Edgars Redsquare counters.

We had so much fun at the event, Cassarica and I even did a series of fun pics at the photobooth.

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Photocredit: Cassarica Nadas

You can follow Cassarica here:http://www.amazeblog.com
Benefit cosmetics SA on their Twitter handle : @benefitbeautysa

Edcon International Brands SS16

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A few months ago I found a painful lump under my left armpit.
It’s was soft and pliable but caused pain every time I touched it. It become increasingly more painful just before menstruation.I was worried something was just not right. I visited a specialist in my area he diagnosed it has auxiliary breat tissue (which is breast tissue in your armpit). I took a step back was quiet shocked by what he was saying, then he googled it and showed me images of women from all around the world that had a lump or lumps under the armpit that looked like mine. I was refered to a breast care specialist and she confirmed that it was so and it happens 2.6% of women in the world. I was astounded by this and did my own research. The mamory line runs from your mid arm through your abdomen and ends mid torso.This extra breast tissue could grow anywhere along that mamory line. So many women have encountered this issue but its not widely talked about.There’s so little information on the topic. I had scheduled surgery on the 16th June 2016, this huge lump was removed. The surgery is relatively easy, I was discharged the same day. The healing takes a few weeks, considering the armpit it quiet a sensitive area.

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That bulge you see in between the breast and the armpit is the breast tissue.

I thought I share on this topic since it’s not a widely talked about subject. Maybe there is some one out there on the interweb that has experienced something like this.

I was grateful that it was just breast tissue and not something more serious.

I would love to know your thoughts on the topic, have you experienced something like this or have you had a loved one who been through a similar experience.

Xoxo

Auxiliary breast tissue

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