Emirates signs deal with America’s Sweetheart amidst its fight for US skies

My Eye on the World:

Jennifer Aniston is Emirates newest brand Ambassador.

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Emirates Airline announced today that is has secured F.R.I.E.N.D.S star Jennifer Aniston as its newest brand ambassador. The actress has reportedly shot a global TV, print and online campaign for the airline in an estimated $5 million deal.

This move by Emirates closely follows rival airline Etihad’s unveiling of Nicole Kidman as its latest brand ambassador, and the parallels between the two strategies can easily be drawn. Both actresses peaked in the late 90s/early 2000s but are still regarded as Hollywood elite. As both UAE based companies push deeper into American territories, celebrity tie-ups like these help them make a splash in the US market where actors are viewed as royalty.

But what real value does adding a face like Aniston’s have to a brand that already enjoys a premium image? In markets where Emirates is already strong such as Europe, Asia, and its home base in the…

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The Men’s Fragrance Bar at Stuttafords

Stuttafords has launched a brand new fragrance concept within their Sandton City store: The Men’s Fragrance Bar.

This is the first of it’s kind in the Stuttafords stores, which allows men to explore male – only fragrances within the comfort of the Menswear department.

Notable guests in attendance included  Miss South Africa, Liesl Laurie and a host of celebs and media.

The Cosmetics Executive of Stuttafords Liz Ferrett is elated with the bar concept saying  “We absolutely love making  men feel uninhibited & comfortable within their metrosexuality; The Men’s fragrance bar is the perfect solution. We’ve created an environment where men can find what scent defines them with confidence with the assistance of our pleasant staff.”  

The trendy new Men’s fragrance Bar features top fragrance brands such as Tom Ford , MontBlanc, Bvlgari, Hugo Boss, Paco Rabanne and other premium brands ensuring  the modern Stuttafords Man has a unique experience and the best selection of fragrances to define themselves with.

The bar is only at Stuttafords Sandton City currently.

Men’s skincare it stocks:  Clinique for men, Clarins Men and  Lab Series

   

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#PhotoAWeek – World’s Edge, Beachy Head in UK

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Beachy Head near Eastbourne is a dramatic and beautiful headline extending 535 feet above sea level. But this area of natural beauty has a darker side. Beachy Head is a well known location for suicide attempts sadly.

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The world’s longest non-stop flight from Dubai to Panama City

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Emirates announced its plans to launch services to Panama City, beginning 1st February, 2016. The new service will be the longest non-stop flight in the world (17 hours 35 minutes in the Westbound direction) and will be Emirates’ first gateway destination in Central America.

Service to Panama City, Panama’s capital and largest city by population, will commence with a daily flight operated by a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft. Service to Panama City will operate through Tocumen International Airport (PTY).

Both a vibrant metropolis and gateway to tropical destinations, Panama City is also the economic and financial centre of the country with the major industries.

“Panama City will be our first destination gateway in Central America, providing a convenient option for our passengers travelling from or through our global hub in Dubai and onward to destinations throughout Central America, the Caribbean and the northern part of South America,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group. “We’re also pleased to be the only commercial airline to offer a daily, First Class service to travellers on what will be the world’s longest non-stop flight .”

“This new direct flight between Dubai and Panama City will connect Latin America with the Middle East, Asia and Africa,” explained Eduardo Fonseca Ward, Consul General of the Republic of Panama, in Dubai. “This link will generate a broader global network with countless commercial and cultural opportunities for the two regions. It has been a pleasure to work with the Emirates teams, who have shared the vision of Panama and Dubai as hubs of trade, prosperity and hope.”

Qantas currently holds the mark for its Dallas-Sydney route, a flight that lasts just under 17 hours.  This new route offered by Emirates confirms Dubai’s title of being at forefront of the worlds emerging markets. The Boeing 777-200LR is one of the world’s most technologically advanced aircraft.

I can definitely handle a 17h35 min flight in luxury. How about you ?

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Food for the Soul

If you carry impatience in your heart then you are alive
If you carry dreams in your eyes then you are alive
Learn to live like the free waves of wind
Learn to flow like the sea does as waves
Receive every moment in life with open arms
Every moment is a new beginning seeing with your eyes
If you carry surprise in your eyes then you are alive
If you carry impatience in your heart then you are alive

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara!

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Gauteng Getaway Show this August

The 2015 Gauteng Getaway Show, in association with MERCEDES-BENZ VANS, is once again set to take place at the TICKETPRO Dome in Northriding from 28 to 30 August 2015 and we are expecting 1 000’s of enthusiastic visitors this year!

Over 250 of the most inspiring travel, outdoor and adventure exhibits
The Gauteng Getaway Show will be showcasing over 250 interactive exhibits which include international, local and African destinations, accommodation, outdoor gear, 4×4 products and accessories, caravans and trailers, camping equipment and adventure activities.

With incredible show-stopping specials and exciting competitions available throughout the weekend, visitors will be leaving with bags full of goodies and inspirational ideas for their next adventure.

Fun for the Whole Family!

• Competitions galore – ask every stand about their show competitions and stand a chance to win!
• Win spot prizes at Spin & Win in the Kia Adventure Area;
• Specials galore –be the first to receive discounted offers exclusive to the show only;
• Exhilarate your senses in the Travel & Taste Theatre;
• See, touch and feel a variety of tents on display at Tent City;
• Enjoy a cold drink in the Beer Tent and relax to music whilst sharing your travel stories with friends;
• Explore under water life from exhibitors in our new Dive Village;
• Plus plenty of activities for the children in the Kids’ Area outside.

Win a cruising holiday to the value of R100 000 from Cruiseabout and MSC Cruises!

Enter at the show
Win one of two 9-night cruising holidays to Ilha de Mozambique, courtesy of Cruiseabout and MSC Cruises.
The holidays include return flights to Durban, two nights’ four-star accommodation, three days’ car hire and a seven-night cruise to Ilha de Mozambique with all meals and entertainment on board.

Getaway Show teams up with Alu-cab to support stoprhinopoaching.com

Bring all your travel equipment to the drop-off points at the show and you will receive a FREE entrance ticket.
The equipment is going to be deployed via SRP’s partnership with Sanparks, ECI and project Lebombo to selected teams working along the Mozambique border. SRP will be giving us feedback as the equipment is deployed and for more info visit: http://www.stoprhinopoaching.com

HERE IS A LIST OF THE BASIC NEEDS:

1. Canvas tents, preferably in traditional camouflage or bush colours
(although anything helps)
2. Ground sheets
3. Gas bottles, cookers, and lights
4. Chairs, tables, sleeping bags and blankets
5. Trommels
6. Water bottles or water containers
7. Eating utensils – plates, cutlery, etc.
8. Multi-tools
9. Torches
Communication devices – old cell phones, smart phones, etc.

ShopAhead – Shop online, click and collect at the show (including free entrance ticket)

ShopAhead is a brand new shopping platform exclusive to Getaway Show Specials.
Click on the ShopAhead icon on the http://www.getawayshow.co.za website and view over 150 products at discounted rates you wouldn’t find in-store, only at the Gauteng Getaway Show.

Once you have placed your order online before the show doors open, you will automatically receive a free entry ticket to the show. Simply show your proof of purchase at the gates and collect your shopping on the stand of the company you purchased from – as simple as that!

Show Info:
28 – 30 August 2015
TicketPro Dome, Northriding, Johannesburg

Friday 28th August:​ 10am – 6pm
Saturday 29th August:​ 9am – 6pm
Sunday 30th August:​ 9am – 5pm

Price:​
Adults R70 / Pensioners and Students R40 / Kids 12 and under FREE.
Family Pass R150 / Weekend Pass R150 per person.
Skip the queues and book your discounted tickets online at http://www.getawayshow.co.za.

**Mercedes-Benz owners receive ONE FREE TICKET at the gate upon presentation of their Mercedes-Benz Key

#WIN one of 3 double tickets to the show!

1. Simply follow my blog and share on FB and twitter.

2. Comment with your preferred date to visit the show and let me know what you are looking forward to seeing there.

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The time has come

Poetry for the soul. Rumi : The time has come

The time has come
to break all my promises
tear apart all chains
and cast away all advice

disassemble the heavens
link by link
and break at once
all lovers’ ties
with the sword of death

put cotton inside
both my ears
and close them to
all words of wisdom

crash the door and
enter the chamber
where all sweet
things are hidden

how long can i
beg and bargain
for the things of this world
while love is waiting

how long before
i can rise beyond
how i am and
what i am

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Enjoy your day beautiful people :)

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Franschhoek Food & Wine Festival comes to Jhb

The Franschhoek Food & Wine festival will be held in Johannesburg this August. The festival  will showcase top chefs and fine wine producers from the Franschhoek Wine Valley that will entice even the most discerning foodies. This, together with the sounds of the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra as its soundtrack, the Franschhoek Food & Wine Festival is set to become a highly anticipated annual event.

Franschhoek Wine Valley CEO, Jenny Prinsloo says that a large number of visitors come from Gauteng and therefore the time felt right to bring a uniquely Franschhoek experience to them.

“Gautengers aspire to having the best in life and the Franschhoek Food and Wine Festival at Montecasino is the perfect opportunity for our vignerons and top chefs, as well as our artisan food producers, to showcase their offerings,” says Prinsloo.

The chefs for the Franschhoek Food and Wine Festival are:

Neil Jewell – Executive Chef at Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant. Also known as the “Charcuterie King”, Neil’s passion lies in his homemade charcuterie that he prepares with mountains of patience and bucket loads of love.

Chris Erasmus – Executive Chef at Foliage restaurant celebrates organic food from farm and forest to plate.

Michelle Theron – Executive Chef at Pierneef à La Motte. She will showcase the unique food styles and diverse flavours that have been inspired by centuries of cooking, spiced by influences from across the globe, forming the precious ingredients of Cape Winelands Cuisine.

Christiaan Campbell – Executive Chef at Boschendal The Werf promises fragrant fermented breads and slow-roasted meats sourced from the Boschendal farm.

Darren Badenhorst – Executive Chef at Grande Provence is going to push the boundaries of cuisine to take the visitors on a culinary journey of food and wine.

Melissa Bird – Executive Chef at Paulina’s Restaurant at Rickety Bridge believes in using fresh seasonal ingredients, and letting them speak for themselves. Watch this space for vegetarian delights.

The participating Franschhoek wineries that will be on hand to share their premium wines with visitors are:

Anthonij Rupert Wyne , Black Elephant Vintners, Boekenhoutskloof Winery, Boschendal, Chamonix Wines, Glenwood, Grande Provence Estate, Haute Cabrière – the home of Pierre Jourdan , La Bri, La Motte, Lynx Wines, Morena (Franschhoek Pass Winery), Môreson, Rickety Bridge Winery, Stony Brook

In addition to the chefs, wineries and winemakers being on site, French cheese importer Lodine Maske from Fromages de France will also be offering French cheese platters, as well as cheese and wine pairing tips. For those with a sweet tooth, Huguenot Fine Chocolates will be offering the world’s finest Belgian chocolate to tease visitors’ tastebuds with ripe red strawberries, fine macadamia nougat and marshmallows, all dipped in melted milk chocolate.

Montecasino hosts the Franschhoek Food & Wine Festival from 28th -30th August 2015

  • Festival tickets are priced at R150.

Festival Times

Friday 28th August: 18h00 – 22h00

Saturday 29th August: 12h30 – 16h30; 18h00 – 22h00

Sunday 30th August: 12h30 – 16h30Franschhoek%20Food%20%20Wine%20Festival%20POS%2014

For more information and bookings visit www.franschhoekfoodandwinefestivalco.za or www.itickets.co.za

***WIN one if 5 double tickets to this event.
1.Simply follow my blog and share on social media
2. Comment telling me what is your favorite wine and how do you best enjoy it :)

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What we know about Google’s new CEO Sundar Pichai

EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT GOOGLE’S NEW CEO SUNDAR PICHAI

Sundar Pichai was born Sundarajan Pichai. He studied at Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, before moving to Stanford to study materials science and semiconductor physics, but he later dropped out.

He’s breaking new ground
Pichai will be the first CEO of Google who isn’t a white man.

He’s responsible for Google Chrome
When Pichai started at Google in 2004, he was working on the search toolbar (the small little widget in the corner of your browsers) but he was convinced Google should have its own browser. Chrome now holds 32 percent of the browser market on phones and desktop PCs, ahead of Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Apple’s Safari, according to Adobe.

He’s a whiz with numbers
The Pichais got their first telephone, a rotary, when Sundar was 12. And with it he discovered an unusual gift: He could remember every number he ever dialled. “My uncle would call up and say, ‘Hey, I lost this phone number, but you once helped me dial it,’ and I would be able to tell him,” Pichai says. “I wasn’t so sure that was useful.” It is now: Google executives marvel at Pichai’s powers of numerical recall. Alan Eustace, vice president for engineering, says that during a recent meeting, Pichai produced a statistic related to the increase of voice-activated searches. “That’s my area,” Eustace says, “and he knew a number I did not know.”

He’s the best man for the job
“Sundar has been saying the things I would have said (and sometimes better!) for quite some time now, and I’ve been tremendously enjoying our work together,” Page said in a blog post announcing Alphabet. Apart from that, he’s also overseen Gmail and Google Docs (2011), Android (2013) and Maps and Google+ (2014).

He’s much loved within the giant company with over 55,000 employees
“I would challenge you to find anyone at Google who doesn’t like Sundar or who thinks Sundar is a jerk,” says Caesar Sengupta, a vice president who has worked with Pichai for eight years.

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Proudly Indian :) Well done

Source of content : Elle Magazine India

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Women”s Day South Africa

Happy Women’s Day to my fellow strong, beautiful women. This year I would like to share an an insight into the significance of this day in South Africa.

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On 9 August 1956, more than 20 000[ South African women of all races staged a march on the Union Buildings in protest against the proposed amendments to the Urban Areas Act of 1950, commonly referred to as the “pass laws”. The march was led by Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophia Williams.

Other participants included Frances Baard, a statue of whom was unveiled by Northern Cape Premier Hazel Jenkins in Kimberley on National Women’s Day 2009.

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The women left bundles of petitions containing more than 100 000 signatures at the office doors of Prime Minister  J.G. Strijdom. The women stood silently for 30 minutes, singing a protest song that was composed in honour of the occasion: Wathint’Abafazi Wathint’imbokodo! (Now you have touched the women, you have struck a rock.).

In the 54 years since, the phrase (or its latest incarnation: “you strike a woman, you strike a rock”) has come to represent women’s courage and strength in South Africa.

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The bravery of these women has contributed to change in South Africa and we still have many more concerns that need to be addressed by South African women today.

We must fight on for equality, security and access to basic services for all South Africans.

I ask you today as Women : are you contributing to ensuring that our daughters are strong women?

One woman can make a difference, but together we are a force so powerful, we can achieve greatness. My message to you is to acknowledge your strengths and beauty and let us encourage and support each other more.

Source : http://www.sahistory.org.za/dated-event/south-africa-celebrates-first-national-womens-day

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