Why your Christmas should be a celebration

The Christmas festive season gives us some precious time to spend with friends and family we love and to reflect on the memories, success and lessons we have created in 2014.

Your Christmas should be a Celebration too. A celebration of Life. For it is a great blessing to be alive. It’s also a time to reflect on our goals and to plan the right path to achieve them. Instead of going full steam ahead into the festive season with alcohol and wasted nights, I think its an opportunity to slow down in order to assess where we are spiritually as well. So celebrate faith, family, life and you :)

Take this time to create a bundle of good energy to propel you forward into the new year. Its the time to create love, feel it and share it.

Do not forget to spread Christmas Cheer to the homeless abd orphans. I am delivering goodie bags with Hope Foundation Africa.  ( www.hopefoundationafrica.org) Get involved too!

These beautiful song lyrics by Alexa Vega sums it up:

“Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You”

Christmas is the time to say “I love you”
Share the joys of laughter and good cheer
Christmas is the time to say “I love you”
And a feeling that will last all through the year

On the corner carolers are singing
There’s a touch of magic in the air
From grown up to minor no one could be finer
Times are hard but no one seems to care
Christmas Eve and all the world is watching
Santa guides his reindeer through the dark
From rooftop to chimney, from Harlem to Bimini
They will find a way into your heart

Christmas is the time to say “I love you”
Share the joys of laughter and good cheer
Christmas is the time to say “I love you”
And a feeling that will last all through the year

Just outside the window snow is falling
But here beside the fire we share the glow
Of moonlight and brandy, sweet talk and candy
Sentiments that everyone should know
Memories of the year that lays behind us
Wishes for the year that’s yet to come
And it stands to reason that good friends in season
Make you feel that life has just begun

Christmas is the time to say “I love you”
Share the joys of laughter and good cheer
Christmas is the time to say “I love you”
And a feeling that will last all through the year

So when spirits grow lighter
And hopes are shinin’ brighter
Then you know that Christmas time is here


Wishing you peace, joy, and all the best the festive season has to offer. May this incredible time of giving and spending time with loved ones, bring you joy that lasts throughout the year

Lastly, I have a small request from you ( my Christmas Wish )  It would be so great to be able to join a blog trip to Kerala next year, and I need your support to go. Please click on the link below and give me your support.


Thank you :) Stay blessed.





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Use a ‘Fake’ Location to Get Cheaper Plane Tickets

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The trick to buying cheaper airline tickets

Originally posted on TIME:

This article originally appeared on Map Happy.

I can’t explain airline pricing but I do know some plane tickets can be cheaper depending on where you buy them or, even better, where you appear to buy them from.

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Cedar Isle Auto BMW Track Day – In Pics

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A fun track day for Bmw Enthusiasts was held in Kyalami a short while back. The parade of BMW’s was a highlight, as both old and new cars, in pristine condition, took to the track in support of the brand they love.

Have a look here at Carbontek’s pics.

Originally posted on CarbonTek:


20th November was a day to remember! Cedar Isle Auto BMW put together a one of a kind track day for all BMW enthusiast.

We were there to capture some of the memorable highlights… In particular, the owners parade, having some rare exotic BMW’s in one place was something special!


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Spiritual guidance with Neeta Raga

We live in an era filled with stress and so much negativity that the need for spiritual enlightenment is growing and more people are turning to psychics and spiritual healers for guidance.

Being a very spiritual person, I am intrigued by clairvoyants and psychics who have the gift to channel messages from our guides and angels, and use it in a positive way to assist others. As a young girl, I secretly wished to be such a gifted person and it is this wish that led me to embark on a journey of learning and meeting more enlightened souls.

I have been for a few readings in the past and whilst some readings were right on the mark with details, a select few were totally off the mark. So I am selective as to whom I trust.


Last week I had the pleasure of visiting Neeta Raga,  a holistic healer based in Centurion. My desire to know more, and get affirmation on a few ideas in my mind, led me to seek some spiritual guidance.

Neeta started my reading with a few deep breaths and a little prayer. She explained to me how she reads a persons energy and is able to channel messages from spirit guides. She calculated my Life Path number using Numerology. Numerology by the way is so fascinating. It is an age old science of using the numbers in our birth date to understand how these numbers resonate with our life and the rest of the world. I was so intrigued by the characteristics associated with my life path number, as it explained quite a bit about my personality and life in general.

Neeta shuffled a deck of cards and as the fell, she was able to read me like I was an open book. She first told me that my dad’s spirit was present and guiding me. It was validation that he has been with me through my good and bad times. This provided me with the comfort I needed and left me feeling emotional.


The rest of the reading related to my family, my present and a bit about my future. She was able to share not only the good, but also the bad, that needed to be resolved. Neeta provided me with guidance through readings of several decks of cards and explained that ultimately it is up to me to take the correct steps.

With her intuitive accuracy and detail, Neeta has given me clarity as to what I need to do to improve myself and my family’s life moving forward.


Neeta is wonderful! Her reading has been a source of comfort and guidance. I recommend her to anyone seeking guidance and for an enlightening experience. Overall I left feeling better equipped to handle my issues.  I wish her the best and hope to see her again.

A few tips about readings: go with an open mind, write your questions down and listen to your intuition. You will feel it when someone resonates with you.

I really appreciated her honesty and insight.  Thanks again, Neeta.

Some advice from Neeta :

Light candles in your home or space, as this brings awareness of the calmness of the spirit, and scented candles are great for creating an up lifting feeling all round.

When we are not calm we are stressed and that causes all sorts of health challenges for us, take some time to meditate, breathe, centre yourself and this will make every difference in your daily living.

*** Neeta does telephonic readings & my readers get a special 10% discount on readings booked.

Contact Neeta Raga : 0720621972


I look forward to hearing your feedback on experiences you have had. Please also comment on any topics of spiritual healing that you would like to know more about :)

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#PhotoAWeek – Niagara Falls, Canada


Straddling the Canadian-United States International Border and both in the Province of Ontario and the State of New York, Niagara Falls attracts some 12 Million tourists to her majestic awesome beauty each year.

The Niagara is a fairly young river, only 12,000 years old!, a microsecond in geological time. The Niagara Escarpment, which was created by erosion is much older. The glaciers pressed down on the land during the last ice age and laid down layers of sediment, then the slow process of erosion of ice and water ate at the surface of the escarpment
The mighty river plunges over a cliff of dolostone and shale. Niagara Falls is the second largest falls on the globe next to Victoria Falls in southern Africa.

One fifth of all the fresh water in the world lies in the four Upper Great Lakes-Michigan, Huron,Superior and Erie. All the outflow empties into the Niagara river and eventually cascades over the falls.
At the bottom of the falls, the water travels 15 miles over many gorges until it reaches the fifth Great Lake-Ontario. The land between the lakes does not slope at an even grade, but forms a spectacular drop approximately the same height as a 20 story building and this is known as the “Niagara Escarpment” Two billion years ago it was buried under a blanket of ice.

As the years passed, the process of erosion took place, (and still does) five distinct ‘gorges’ were formed-Lewiston Brange Gorge, Old Narrow Gorge, Upper & Lower Great Gorges and the Whirlpool Narrow Gorge.
Approximately 500 years ago the river encountered an obstacle that caused it to ‘split into two channels’, thus Goat Island was formed named after John Stedman whose goat herds froze to death in the winter of 1780). This was the original sediment left from a vanished Lake Tonawanda (an Indian name).
On the eastern part of the island, the American Falls took shape, the Horseshoe Falls, is on the western side, where the river angles some 90 degrees. The water flow on the American side of the falls is much less in strength because of Goat Island, whereas Horseshoe Falls has no obstruction to divert it. It should be noted that a third much narrower falls exists. Over the years these falls have been called at different times; Luna Falls, Iris Falls and is currently named Bridal Veil Falls.
Man has not been able to completely control the flow of the water over the falls, even modern engineers have tried. Much of the water today is fed through underground channels and pipes to nearby hydro electric power stations.

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I Am Light by India Arie

India Arie is one of the  figures of neo-soul music. After being discovered singing in  1998’s Lilith Fair, the Atlanta-raised singer  has created thoughtful music, like this piece that I love : I Am Light.

The words are so empowering and insightful:

I am Light
I am Light
I am Light
I am Light
I am Light
I am Light
I am Light

I am not the things my family did
I am not the voices in my head
I am not the pieces of the brokenness inside

I am Light
I am Light
I am Light
I am Light
I am Light
I am Light
I am Light

I am not the mistakes I have made
or any of the things that caused me pain
I am not the pieces of the dream I left behind

I am Light
I am Light
I am Light
I am Light
I am Light
I am Light
I am Light

I am not the color of my eyes
I am not the skin on the outside
I am not the my age
I am not the my race
my soul inside

is all light

all light
all light
all light

I am Light
I am Light
I am Light
I am Light
I am Light
I am Light
I am Light

I am divinity defined
I am the god on the inside

I am a star
a piece of it all

I am Light

Roll out your yoga mat, light a few candles, and get ready to experience peace and calm when you listen to this lyric video

Enjoy this and Let me know your thoughts :)

i am light

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#PhotoAweek – Blue Lagoon – Iceland

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Set in an 800 year old lava field, the Blue Lagoon is quite possibly one of the world’s most famous spas! This beautiful geothermal wonderland contains 6 million litres of geothermal sea water with an average daily temperature of 38c. The water itself has a shade of milky blue-green and is rich in minerals, silica and algae, all of which have been proven to help treat skin disorders like psoriasis. It is easily to spend a whole day in here! — at Blue Lagoon Iceland. It looks heavenly, a truly luxurious retreat from our daily life.

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Your Guide to the Best Thali in India

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Margaret indulges in Thali food in India. An experience of true indian culture.

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When visiting India—because you should—if you somehow make it out without eating thali, you didn’t truly visit India. It’s this cultural exploration on a plate that summarizes the country in flavors.


Kerala thali on traditional banana leaf plate.

Each region has its own take on it, including anything from fish and curried vegetables to dal and chapati, which makes it all the more important to try it at every stop along your journey. I, perhaps, went a little overboard, coining the term Thali Tuesday to make sure I had my fill of it. I don’t regret a single bite. IMG_0569After becoming a thali connoisseur, I found my favorite style was from the north in the small city of McLeod Ganj and I became a detective trying to find my favorite of my favorite. I narrowed it down and found the two best thalis in town.

To begin, there…

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Experience the Shades of India


Over the past few weeks, media have been entertained in style and glamour with a taste of things to come at the Shades of India Festival taking place in Johannesburg. If all our experiences with TGS Events is anything to measure by, then I have to say that I am super excited to be attending the Shades of India Festival.

TGS Events is hosting the 3 day , The “Shades of India” Festival will take place from November 28-30, 2014 at Montecasino.

 The aim of the “Shades of India” festival is to celebrate Indian culture, cuisine, fashion and entertainment.  “Indian culture forms an integral part of South African history, so we take pride in bringing its traditions and global appeal to all South Africans, and creating an opportunity for the community to grow and develop a strong legacy,” says Shalandra Mallgee , the organiser at TGS Events.

The event creates a platform to stimulate trade and investment opportunities for local businesses to showcase their products and services. The festival caters for all aspects of Indian culture. From shopping, food, comedy, dances, live bands, local vocalists and a Fireworks display

The “50 Shades of East” Fashion show using South Africa’s local talented designers is also a highlight

The highly anticipated Shades of India Festival will feature four days of hilarity – with a comedy jam running from 27 – 30 November, 2014 at the outdoor Piazza, Montecasino. The shows will feature the likes of popular personalities “Peru and Bala – The Farewell Tour”, Sans Moonsamy, Joey Rasdien, Kaseran Pillay, Zakkiya Khan – and for good measure, the tallest Indian female comedian in South Africa, Karmen Naidoo.

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Tickets are available at Computicket. For more info, Check www.shadesofindia.co.za and follow on twitter @shadesofindiasa

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Where is the time for “me”

The busyness of life has left me grasping at strings, trying to find my inner voice.  With an influx of emails, messages, events, work life, family life and friends, where is the time for “me”.

It is times like this, when I am unwell and feeling low on energy that I realize how important it is to schedule “me” time in my diary. For years, I blamed my Aries nature for the busy body that I was. Now only,  through a difficult slow down,  I have come to realize the importance of having time to “just be”. It is the only time one can reconnect and recharge with the inner self.

Some ideas for “me time”

  • Walking your dog, when its just you and nature.
  • Waking up 30mins earlier and spending the time with easy breathing exercises, stretching, meditation or even a cup of tea
  • Utilising your lunch break to enjoy your food or taking a walk or to workout.
  • Massage or pamper time once a week or every second week.

When we go inside ourselves and look within, its the moments to focus on ourselves and just  breathe. 

The things we worry about robs us of our power. Its important to shift our consciousness. The moment we decide to become more conscious in your everyday living, the happier we will become.

Lets take stock, clear the clutter and get back to basics.

YOU are the most important person.

Start being kind to ourselves so that  our intuition grows and we  can learn to make decisions based on what’s best for us.

Be more loving and compassionate with yourself. Trusting ourselves and teaching our children to do the same will grow a generation of leaders and our world will be a better place to live.

 Ready to make “ME” important? I am! Lets do this.

30min rule

When we are able to make our hearts & minds smile, then only can we radiate that love & energy.

I would love to hear your thoughts and progress :)

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