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My Birthday Wishlist

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I was in two minds about doing this post. BUT then I got told by a friend on Twitter to go ahead. Never have I ever made a wishlist but let me throw caution to the wind.

Cherie Roe Dirkson always says tell the Universe what you want and you might be pleasantly surprised when it arrives on your doorstep.. So I thought what is it I really need/want for my birthday and then the list formed:       

1) A laptop as my current one departed rather suddenly from my world making blogging and working kind of difficult.       

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2)I have always had a keen eye for photography so would love to do a course to enhance my blogging and skills. So I would love to own a Canon professional camera.     

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3)My pretty pink Blackberry(Crapberry as a friend calls it) is a year old but has given so many problems. I am currently lusting for the Electric Blue Galaxy S5.               

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4)A huge box of Lindt Lindor – my favourite choc in the world.         

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5) A new watch , a designer one would be rather fab as I don’t own one but love watches.               

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Yikes just reading what I have written my wishlist could easily be mistaken for that of a guy. Well it also shows the techno/gadget geek girl inside me.

I do love my technology and these would defo up my game in terms of my blogging and I would be able to finally use instagram and see the pics on my TL on Twitter.

So Dear Universe I am putting out there what I would like and need let’s see what April Brings. The 20th April is going to be rather exciting I can feel it already…

After writing this it has made me think that there are definately some things money can’t buy like love, respect, friendship, memories..

So here’s hoping this Birthday brings me all that my heart desires…

ciao

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The #DBNbloggermeet event.

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In January 2014, I was asked about arranging an event for Durban lady bloggers. Having worked on Cookie Swap last year, I do know how much of time, work and effort goes into an event. I sat on the fence until I approached Michelle and Nicola to come on board as part of the team. It was a constant arrival of emails, tweets, whatsapps on a daily basis and now that the event is over I miss it 😦

As soon as we tweeted about the possibility of an event did we get the Durban ladies saying yes and how excited they were. Our next point of business was picking a date and a venue (read about Hashtag).

The team pooled our contacts together and started working on sponsors. Never in my wildest dreams did I think we would have so many generous and amazing sponsors come on board for our event. It was only when we got to Michelle’s house to pack did we realise how much stuff we actually had. And yes it was like an Oprah moment creating 25 bags of treats/gems for our bloggers.

The status quo is that Durban and Durban bloggers are not considered for product launches BUT after this event this weekend I am sure its going to change!  The hashtag #DBNbloggermeet trended in South Africa as well as #LoveYourLenovo.

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The much anticipated day arrived and Durban pulled out all stops in terms of fab weather. Joining us for the event were 3 of our sponsors and Mandy from Kitten Action the charity we decided to support. Our venue hosts, Hashtag were so generous that we were not charged anything for our food and drinks and it was then we decided to support Kitten Action by donating kitten food and R50 per blogger to her charity.

Prior to the event Uber ran a twitter competition and gave away a luxury VIP pick up and drop off to the event. This got all the ladies tweeting and wanting to be spoilt. Little did the ladies know how much spoils they were in for. At the start of event, Mandy told us about the charity we were supporting and how our contributions would help. This was very touching and thank you to all our lovely ladies for supporting especially Shirley who was very generous.

Then Carly and Monique from Lenovo who had flown in especially from JHB to join us chatted to us. Carly explained to us about the amazing giveaway they were going to run at the event and give away their new Yoga Tablet. We were asked to tweet what would we do to win. For once it was not considered anti social as we all were glued to our phones. I will be reviewing the Yoga Tablet soon, so I won’t be sharing any info on the product now. The response and tweets were amazing that Lenovo surprised us by giving away not 1 BUT 2 Tablets.

Brett from Frys Foods joined us telling us about their products and importance of meat free Mondays.

Karen from Philospica Botanic spoke to us about their products and soon to be opening Spa in Durban.

Then it was time for food, laughs and lots more talking and tweeting. Throughout the morning, giveaways were taking place and every lady went away with a gift. And then the most anticipated moment our hidden huge LeCreuset bright orange goodie bags were brought out.

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It was heartwarming to see how excited the ladies were and their squeals of joy discovering LeCreuset goodies. The #DBNbloggermeet was a great event meeting new and old blogging friends.

A big thank you to all our generous sponsors and finally a bigger than big THANK to Michelle and Nicola my Dream Team for all your hardwork and support in making this event a success and a great day for all much love and gratitude.

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Ciao xxx

Cruise mode…..

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imagesCAZFAKLU Last weekend I was approached by a Twitter account as to if I would be interested in writing a blog post .So I instantly grabbed onto this opportunity and decided to blog about my Cruise experience aboard the MSC OPERA….

Here is the link to that blog ……

http://southafrica.to/transport/cruises/MSC-Cruises/specials/mystery-cabin.php

Do tell me your thoughts ??? have you been on a cruise ?

ciao
xxx

New and exciting times ahead

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Over my holiday I was approached by a good friend and asked if I would be intersted in working on a magazine style blog with him.

I was really gobsmacked and immediately said yeah ! The last few weeks have been busy getting prepared and getting guest bloggers onboard.

Last Sunday the blog was launched 🙂 Please check it

Twitter : @themagnifyingg

blog : http://themagnifyingglass.co.za

Facebook : The Magnifying Glass

follow, leave us comments , email us,like !

WATCH THIS SPACE EXCITING THINGS ARE HAPPENING

Ciao

xxx

Winter Writers Course

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In April, a few days before my birthday I got an email from my Union about applications for a week long Writers course. This instantly caught my attention and I was determined to apply for this.

My amazing friends at work all encouraged me to complete this application and send it off on time. A week before the deadline on the 20th May I worked on the application, had friends read it and provide feedback. I mailed my application a week earlier as I was so excited about this and then counted down the days till the 3rd of June when I would find out if I was successful.

All day on the 3rd I kept checking my email for a response.Later that evening when I had given up I got the email saying I was successful . Boy was I over the moon. Such a great experience to improve my writing skills in a week long retreat with intensive writing workshops.

This Saturday was the pre workshop meet which will feature in another post 🙂

This bunny is so excited and looking forward to my week away and the joys of improving my writing skills…..

Blog Guru

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Friday morning while getting ready for work, I got the most interesting BBM message from my friend. My friend happens to be the Head of English at the college that I work in. Her request to me was if it would be possible for me to do a little presentation to the staff in her department on Blogging.

I was pretty gobsmacked and delighted of the chance to share some insight into the world of blogging to others. I grabbed my Tablet made some notes and went off to work pretty excited. These staff members didnt know anything about blogging at all so heres what i shared with them :

# Blogging is an online diary which can be accessed anywhere in the world.

# Some blog sites are free to blog on like WordPress and Blogspot.

# Anyone can blog and you can blog about anything.

# On your blog you can upload pics, links to music, videos.

# Blogs have a spellcheck feature.

# Its a form of Social Media which is very popular and linked to Twitter and Facebook.

I then shared my blog with them and some of my favourite blogs :

# http://www.geewhiskers.com

# http://www.suelevy.co.za

# http://glamorousglitter.blogspot.com

# http://stylesociety.co.za

I could see many of them looking confused but interested writing down notes and telling me they would defo read my blog.
I was so happy I could share my love of blogging with them.This got me thinking maybe I should study something in the field of media.
Ciao for now
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
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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