Monthly Archives: March 2013

Craziness of life…

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Dear amazing followers and readers of my blog, please forgive me for my lack of blogging. Lots has happened i will explain more in blogs that follow. I have decided to take the April blog challenge and hence will aim to blog every day.

I thank you for all your kind words and comments. Passing the 1000 hits mark was a very humbling experience for a new blogger like myself.

Many have asked for my email addy its under contact details verushka.ramasami@gmail.com

Happy and blessed Easter 🙂

Stay blessed

Hugs & kisses

Verushka
Xxx

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A few ago ago, I was approached by Ross Hudgens from Travelstart. Ross asked if I would be interested in allowing them to post a travel blog on my site. I was super excited yet again to be approached by a Travel company as I love adore travelling.So in keeping with my theme of 5 Ross created this lovely post. I hope you enjoy reading this post and earmark some of the sights to visit next time you find your self in Cape Town.

While it is true that you will always find new and interesting things to do in Cape Town, no matter how many times you have visited, first time visitors to the Mother City have the advantage every time.
No traveller will ever forget their first experience of this popular coastal city on the tip of the African continent. The wonder may start once you head out from the airport, or it may begin as you get your first glimpse of Table Mountain’s distinctive flat top. By the time you arrive at your chosen hotel or guest house though, you will very likely have fallen head over heels for the Mother City’s beautiful surrounds.
Just in case you need a little more inspiration, here are some must-sees that will put Cape Town on your list of favourite places.

1) Table Mountain Named after its unique shape, the mountain is more than just a definitive landmark. For those who have made the city their home, it is also a navigation system. One billboard displayed during the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup put it perfectly: mountain on the right, ocean on the left and everything else in the middle.
Take a cable car up to the top on a clear day for a panoramic view, try a full moon hike up Signal Hill one evening or head to Blouberg Beach for picture-perfect images of the mountain in all its
glory.

2) Cape WinelandsComprising the wine growing towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek, the Cape Wine Route offers the chance to savour the Cape’s finest wines. Stellenbosch is the most famous of these towns, and is also one of the oldest towns in the country.
Here you will find many award-winning estates along with boutique wineries, five-star cellars and many excellent dining options – all mixed in with a good dose of historical charm, picturesque views and a laid-back atmosphere.

3) Robben Island Former president Nelson Mandela spent over two decades on Robben Island, incarcerated for speaking out against what was then the apartheid government. His release captured the hearts of millions around the world, and also brought change to South Africa as it entered its first era of democracy.
Visit the Robben Island Gateway Museum at the Clock Tower in the Waterfront, and then take a ferry over to the island itself. You will come back inspired and amazed, with a deeper insight into Madiba and his fellow struggle icons.

4) BeachesCape Town beaches have a bit of an unfair advantage – the city is surrounded by two different oceans for a start. On the Atlantic Ocean side, you will find the beaches of Camps Bay, Clifton (1st to 4th), Llandudno and Hout Bay. The water is chillier on this side, but the beaches are truly spectacular.
On the Indian Ocean side of the peninsula lies the False Bay. This coastline includes Muizenberg, Kalk Bay, Boulders Beach (home to African penguins that join you for a swim) and Simons Town. The warmer waters make this coast great for swimming, while shark diving can also be done here for those wanting a thrilling marine encounter.

5) City Centre Last but certainly not least, we have the City Centre. TIME magazine called it a bit ‘seedy’, comparing it to Miami’s inner city. But for the thousands of visitors who flock to Cape Town ever year, seedy is not even remotely the way this vibrant CBD would be described. Some would call it eclectic; others may refer to it as diverse. A few even hail its historic slash retro vibe.
Talk a walk down Long Street to browse the colourful shops or grab a bite to eat at a trendy sidewalk café in Bree Street. Check out Green Market Square or St. George’s Mall for locally made curios and drumming sessions. Visit the SA Museum and have a stroll through the Company Gardens – if you buy a bag of peanuts, you can even feed a friendly squirrel or two.
These must-see highlights will be a good place to start your journey through the Mother City. But the best part about trips to this part of the world is that you will find myriad other things to see and do along the way too. Every day offers the chance to try new things to do in Cape Town – for visitors of all ages and stages.

Russell Jarvis writes for Travelstart.co.za, South Africa’s leading travel agency.

For more information on fab holidays checkout http://www.travelstart.co.za

Feel Good Friday

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I was approached by the lovely Sue Levy to write another guest blog on her blog. I was pretty surprised and humbled that Sue wanted me to write again and that she liked my style of writing.

So I was a little stumped as to what I would write about but then suddenly inspiration struck early one Sunday morning and hence the blog post was born. I totally loved this post of mine as it brought back so many memories 🙂

Thank you Sue Levy for believing in me and loving my work. Here is the link to this great piece, I hope you enjoy as much as I did writing it please leave me some comments.

http://suelevy.co.za/4096/feel-good-friday

Have an amazing weekend
Ciao
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When I was introduced to the world of blogging, I was not even sure I could write. But then suddenly something was unleashed within me and my blogging started on a Digital blog site. I initially started writing Technology based blogs but from a girls viewpoint.I was very surprised as to how many people were actually reading my blogs and commenting on them.And thus my blogging journey started.

Not long after that the site closed down, I then started playing around on the different sites before choosing this site. I love blogging for the following reasons :

* gives me an online diary that I share

*gives me a spot to vent my hopes, my anger, happy moments and my fears

*an opportunity to be apart of the blogging community

*blogging has given me the opportunity to be a guest blogger

* I love how people all over the world have access to my blog

*has increased my online prescence in social networks

My blog is very personal as it gives a glimpse into my life. I blog about all the things I love and my experiences.
Many blog for freebies I dont. Thank you for taking the time to read my blogs and leave comments it is much appreciated.
Have an amazing week ahead filled lots of positivity
Ciao
X

5 Celebrity Chefs who inspire me

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Yesterday I spent an hour lost in a bookshop.I am totally addicted to books and cannot resist the smell of a new book and turning crisp pages. In my mind I already started compiling a wishlist of books I want. I lingered longer in the cookery section and pointed out to my friend which books I already had.Its amazing how many cookbooks I already own but also how many I still want. I was also able to point out several chefs who I follow and interact with on Twitter.I later told my friend how I wish I had an unlimited credit card to buy all the books I want.

The following are celebrity chefs I admire and would love to own all their cookbooks someday :

1) Jenny Morris – I totally adore this awesome South African chef, who I had the pleasure of meeting.She has a great personality that comes through her cooking.I was pretty lucky to get Jenny to sign her cookbook for me.

2) Nigella Lawson- Nigella oozes passion for her cooking, entertaining and life. Her decadent recipes are not complicated and watching her on TV cook makes one hungry very quickly. I was extremely lucky that my dearest friend bought me my 1st Nigella cookbook. one which I have had my eye on for years 🙂

3) Jamie Oliver – started following Jamie while I was in London due to his Healthy Eating in schools programe. He is down to earth, empowers the misguided youth and makes cooking easy.

4) Heston Blumenthal – this chef really blows your mind with his use of science in cookery. Love how he makes each eating experience asalute to the senses.

5)Bobby Chinn love his food journeys throughout the world

Who are your favourite chefs?
Bon Appetite
X

Ode to Friday……

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How I love thee Fridays? Let me count the ways :

*the promise of getting up late

*the chance to go out and not worry about work the next day

*time for me to catch up my series watching

*quality time spent with my family

*girls days out with friends

*reading time

*going to bed later

*takeaway friday= no cooking

*finish work earlier 6 rather than 7pm

Friday I am so in love with you, I await your arrival each week with bated breathe. You add to spring to my step, the cheeky smile on my face and make me turn up the music. I await your arrival like a lost love like a soldier returning to his love after months of seperation.

Bring out the bannners welcome Friday time to let go, relax, enjoy and the chance for a new week 🙂
Have an amazing weekends my darlings:-)
Hope you all salute this Friday and welcome him/her in grandeur

All in the name of beauty

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As a woman there are so many painstaking rituals we put our bodies through weekly , some are just pure torture. Why do we torture ourselves ? To make ourselves look better or to seek the approval of a man or is a confidence booster…..

From waxing to threading to sugaring to laser are a few of the torture methods used by us on a regular basis. Beside the pain factor there is the cost factor as well that leaves a dent each month as we not only have to have these treatments but buy products to maintain our beauty.The ancients Greeks and Egyptians used make up . In the 19TH century Queen Victoria publicly declared makeup to be vulgar and improper and only to be used by actors . Now we have definately come a very long way with a large variety of makeup products on the markets varying in prices.

Torture Methods:
1) THREADING – is a popular method of hair removal originally from the Eastern world.It has taken the Western world by storm.This method is fairly quick and painless if done correctly. A piece of thread is used to pluck a row of hair.The perks of this type of removal is that it takes a long time to grow back. In Arab cultures it was seen as a sign that a girl has reached womanhood. I prefer this method over waxing any day.

2)SUGARING – or also known as Persian sugaring was first used in 1900BC although they probably using honey. (Sugar as such only spread to the rest of the world in the first millennium AD from Papua New Guinea. It was not found anywhere else in the world prior to this.)

Sugaring can be less painful than waxing, because the sugar solution sticks to the hair without attaching to the skin. It can be applied at room temperature or heated to a lukewarm temperature therefore preventing burning. Nevertheless there is some risk of skin irritation, sensitivity, and reaction.
I have yet to try this treatment and tomorow will be my first time. I dont like ants crawling around so the thought of ants on me is kind of freaky.

3)LASER – is a method of permanent hair removal its fairly new on the market since 1990.With this technology a light is directed at the hair and is absorbed by dark pigment which then results in the destruction of the hair follicle. This hair removal method sometimes becomes permanent after many sessions. The number of sessions needed depends upon the amount and type of hair being removed. Equipment for performing laser hair removal at home has become available in recent years.This permanent method seems a good idea in the long run but its pretty pricey.

Like everything in life there are some disadvantages.These include
skin inflammation, minor burns, lesions, scarring, ingrown hairs, bumps and infected hair follicles.So yet still knowing this we are prepared to undergo these torture methods all in the name of beauty.

Therefore guys please appreciate all that us woman go through to make ourselves looks beautiful for you
ciao xxx

Blog Update March 2013

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Dear amazing followers of my blog,
Two weeks ago I was approached by a totally awesome blogger Sue Levy.Sue wanted to know if I would be interested in writing a blog post for her. I was totally taken by surprise as Sue went on to tell me she liked my style of writing.This really made my day.So here is the link to the post I wrote for Sue, hope you guys enjoy reading it:

Here is the link :

http://suelevy.co.za/3979/feel-good-friday-by-verushka-ramasami-2/

Ciao for now lovelies

Spring Cleaning

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With the start of a new year and a new month, a much needed Spring cleaning is needed in so many aspects of my life.I have started by leaving behind, deleting and getting rid of all the negative people in my life. These people just use your postive energy and drain you thus making you feel depressed. My new Spring clean has been with my body and eatings habits in 5 weeks I am already seeing the results and loving the new me.

It is very essential to do this type of Spring Clean in our lives from time to time as we carry these extra dead weights around.Thus allowing new opportunities into our life. So here are some tips for this Spring Clean :
1) Delete any contacts off BBM who have not spoken to you in the last three weeks.
2) Giveaway any clothing you have not worn in over 2 months.
3) Throw away any half used bottles of make up.
4) Recycle magazines give them to a school.
5) Spend time focusing on you and your needs.
6) Eat healthy.
7) Laugh more

These are just some of the things I personally have done in my Spring Clean or Life Laundry as some may call it…..So go on dont wait start your Spring Clean…..ciao