It’s that time of year, and there’s nothing like cute decorations and eating lots of food! This year has been hard and there have been more downs than ups. However, the festive season is always a good time to remind us what we really have to be grateful for!
Finally, the first post!
So what is Little Bon Bon?
She is a cute little dolly who loves fashion, dress up and having cute, crazy adventures around the world. She is often accompanied by her best friend Nono! Follow them as they encounter new adventures in high colour and full of sweetness!
“You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself.”
Having literally been thrown to all four corners of our amazing planet, I have come to appreciate over time the amazing world we live in. I had never planned on becoming a nomad. I had preferred to rather be a well-seasoned traveller. However, that was not the plan for me, travel continues to be the inconsistent consistency in my life with welcome and not so welcome surprises around the corner.
One of the unique things people who leave and make home abroad have to deal with are extremities. By this I mean when you live outside of your home and comfort zone, you deal with drama and experiences that are not always mild in nature. Sometimes, it’s as if things that go right can go VERY right, and things that go wrong, go as wrong as they could possibly go!
Perhaps it’s because of all the changes you go through, or how you process change, or perhaps the entire situation of being in a new environment, country or culture. Whatever it is, it has a lot to do with a personal change of ones mindset.
Whether you’ve experienced extreme loss or extreme gains through living abroad, these are all a result of extreme risk. Let’s face it, living abroad is a big risk and an extreme choice to make in the first place.
Let’s also keep in mind…extreme ups and downs can also make you extremely strong!
I love a good massage, and always ensure I get one while on holiday abroad. However, there are various treatments on offer in different countries, as well as different prices. Thus far, Asia has impressed me the most with their variety of spa and relaxation treatments that are in high quality and affordable. In this post, I bring you my own experiences and quest in finding the best Asia has to offer.
Tokyo is full of hot spots, each with a fashion speciality that will spoil the avid shopper and fashionista. I went one Sunday afternoon to check out Harajuku. Harajuku is famous of it’s over top fashion led by Tokyo’s trendy youth with famous styles such as Harajuku girl, the Goth-Lolita and cosplay gatherings.
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It happened to me. My flat got broken into while I was away. The situation could have easily been avoided had I taken better preventative steps to ensure the safety of my home, but I was so busy packing and unpacking for my trip while trying to get a million things sorted before I left. The flurry and excitement of leaving before a trip happens to all of us, and it’s really stressful.
On my visit to Australia in 2011, I stayed in Melbourne city for a few days. The city itself had a real vibrant bohemian vibe to it that was lively and busy. I was staying in the nearby suburb of Fitzroy, which had great trams to reach into the city centre in less than 20 minutes.
One day, me and a friend decided to go out for lunch in Claremont. We couldn’t make up our minds and so chose the old faithful Mugg & Bean.
Mugg & Bean’s food has always been yummy and has never failed to impress thus far. It’s a small cafe/restaurant that offers baked goods, breakfasts and main meals for all times of the day. They beverage selection has always been good, and during winter you can expect to find the most interesting and delicious hot beverages such as the red velvet hot drink.
This was a summers day, so we wanted to get something light yet fulfilling. I opted for the new special Sriracha Salad, that serves two chicken breasts in spicy seasoning with pineapple rings, green peppers, red and spring onion, tomatoes, avo and lettuce. I love the Sriracha spice, it was really delicious and the onions really complimented it overall.
To drink, I opted for my usual fave at Mugg & Bean, a spicy Chai tea latte!
Overall, if you love spicy like me but also want something light, this is your salad!
Check out the website and full menu:http://www.themugg.com/index.php
Cape Town has some of the best offerings in seafood, after all it is a coastal city surrounded by two huge oceans. The Waterfront is one of the city’s most forefront tourist attractions, with millions of tourists flocking to this large mall and entertainment centre every year.
You can find just about any fun activity to do at The Waterfront, but what makes it one of the best places to visit is getting to indulge in it’s many amazing gourmet world class restaurants! Since it’s big renovation, most restaurants offer amazing views and cater for those wanting a more quite and cozy scene.
I preferably love those outside with beautiful views of the harbour and Table Mountain! So for a birthday, we decided to go the evening and dine at Quay 4.
I’ve been all over the world, and I still think South Africa has the best to offer in terms of gastronomical delights, from the produce sold in super markets to vast array of restaurants across the land.
Perhaps, Im just being biased as it’s my home country and quiet nothing does it like food from your native country. However, I will say that each country does have it’s own special dishes that South Africa or any other country cannot replace for all in the world.
In this post, I’ll focus on all the best supermarkets to get your best quality groceries around town.
1. Pick ‘n Pay
Pick ‘n Pay is just another large supermarket that hails supreme among the suburbs. Their produce is really good, and caters for the large family or one person. I especially like their selection of fruits and vegetables, especially their pre-packaged Crisp Summer Lettuce which lasts me a week to make my salads.
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They also have a wider selection of international brands and products, and the best bakery. Their pies are the best and come at best value. The stores are also well-laid out and lit and pleasure to shop in.
Checker has the best meats selection. Their pepper steak beef burgers are a winner. Their white meats are just as excellent, and the spice skewered chicken wings are my fave!
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Checker’s also offers great value for money with an okay setting and environment for shoppers. You can score great deals on snacks here too.
3. Food Lovers Market
Originally starting out as a wholesale grocers called Fruit & Veg, Food lovers still supplies a big variety of groceries at low prices. It now also boasts, ready-made foods, a buffet, a bakery and meat section. It also has an in-house restaurant/coffee shop too.
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The layout since the beginning has majorly improved, making a trip to this supermarket fun.
4. Woolworths Food
Woolworths has been around since the 1930s, and its concept is based on England’s Marks & Spencer and the very same Woolworths found in Australia.
The food from Woolworths is really good, however don’t expect to find bargain deals in these aisles. They do offer a unique range of high quality foods and their ready-made meals and bakery is excellent.
Woolies food focuses on high quality using local produce from South Africa. I love their cupcakes and snacks selection. They offer more unique products compared to others.
Shoprite is where you can get all your produce and various other products at super low prices. Shopping in Shoprite isn’t anything to write home about, but that’s part of their low price strategy. Their aisles are meant for 2 trollies side by side, but in reality only fits one.
Be prepared to get up close and personal with your fellow shoppers while getting those incredible bargains on those amazing goods!
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Note: Shoprite’s prices are really good, so it’s always full especially on weekends and over holiday season. Be prepared!
All supermarkets use produce and goods made and farmed in South Africa. In fact, our selection at mini-marts and supermarkets are the biggest I’ve encountered anywhere in the world and with great value to top it off.