Thursday, January 17, 2013

Discover Johannesburg

Tourists are hearing about South Africa more and more these days but mostly they hear how beautiful Cape Town is or how hot Durban is or how wild our bush camps are but I think very little people think about Johannesburg as a tourist destination.

Better known to locals as the shorter version of Jo'burg or as the slang word of Jozi, Johannesburg has a lot to offer and I am making it my mission this year to discover the city that I have worked in for almost 20 years and that I truly call home.

Recently I came across, quite by accident I may mention, some really great websites about Johannesburg and was horrified to know that I didn't know about some of these places even though I work a few blocks aways from them!

One such great website is:

There you can discover such interesting things such as information on Exhibitions in the city centre, Art works that give the old buildings a bit of glamour as well as where to go what to do and where to eat. There are such interesting articles to read and a way to "Discover Gold in the city of Johannesburg" ( 

The next website is

This website is unique in that it offers walking tours of the Johannesburg area. Their tag line is after all "Unique Johannesburg Inner City and Soweto Tours and Events and Archaeological Tours" (courtesy of their website). Check them out for what can only be a fun day out.

A very wise women once said to me " we seem to take our vibrant Jozi for granted....go for it, babe, be a tourist in your own city!" and that's just what I plan to do this year. So thanks for that gem Mrs U.C.

So, for any of you who live in this great city that never sleeps, go out there and discover why Johannesburg can be right up there with the best cities in the world and why we should encourage tourists not to just land at OR Tambo airport as a doorway to another South African destination but to linger a little in Jozi and have some real fun!

Till next time,



Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Turning 40!

So, on the 04th February I'll be turning 40! OMG! I nearly freaked out there until I realised what turning 40 has done for me.

Having a milestone birthday really does make one reflect on a life that you have already lived and what is left of the life you still have to live. Some say that turning 40 is the turning point, the time when you reach the peak and everything after that is a downward spiral, or the start of the end of your life.

For me it has been like a rebirth, a kick in the butt to get off my backside and do, do, do! Ive changed my lifestyle from a very unhealthy one to living healthier. I quit smoking in 2012 and started exercising and living healthier and believe me I have never felt better. In fact you can feel young again by simply making some lifestyle changes. I actually feel bad when I over indulge or don't exercise and those things now make me happy rather than irritated that I have to do it. Yes unfortunately I was not blessed with a great metabolism!

Also Ive used the opportunity of making some dreams a reality and I will be travelling to Italy this year! It has been a dream of mine forever and now is the time to make it a reality, I'm as excited as a small child on their way to their first amusement park!  I've also resolved to make a plan to travel overseas at least once a year, funds permitting of course, even if it's just to a great city for a few days.

Trust me, turning 40 is great! It's the start of the rest of your life, you have all the experience to make your life wonderful. I also started this year with a new positive attitude and this helps to make you a happy, healthy person and turns 40 simply into another number that means nothing unless you let it.

Someone said "Life begins at 40" - trust me, in my case I will make sure that this is definitely the case! It's in my hands. I can either be devastated by it or choose to make this the start of the rest of my life. Guess which one I choose?

So here goes to a life filled with new adventures, acting like a teenager with the knowledge and experience all teenagers think they have but now I really do! Here's to living like a soul reborn, like a body reshaped, like a mind free to roam the world. Here's to living and enjoying and grabbing things with both hands and here's to making dreams a reality and crossing off those things on the bucket list.

I still feel 28 anyway, never aged since then and that's how I will continue to live my life!

I'm turning 40, BRING IT ON!!!!



Tuesday, January 8, 2013

VIP Club

As you all are aware I'm a bit of  a brand freak and combined with my love for fine things at great prices I often look out for great bargains on branded merchandise.

I recently came across the perfect website if branded Sunglasses and watches are your thing (as it is mine) at ridiculously reduced prices.

Brands such as Tom Ford, Gucci, Ray-Ban, Diesel, Guess, Burberry, Armani, D & G, Detomaso, Carrera. The list just goes on an on with discounts of 50% or even more off on the iconic brands.

They often have sales and even give additional amounts off regularly.

So if you are in the market for some awesome shades or watches, check out

 This is an absolute must visit website for great bargains, check them out.