• Cruising on the MSC with a parent
    I have been on an MSC cruise ship before about five years ago.It was a weekend cruise aboard the MSC Opera.So when an invite popped into my inbox with an invitation aboard the MSC Sinfonia for five days with my plus 1 , there was no way I was going to say no.The cruise was going to the Portugese Islands and the new stop Pomene in Mozambique. The choice of who I would travel with was not difficult as Mum had not been on a cruise before so this was the perfect opportunity.Last year 2017 was a difficult year for the family with us losing my Gran so a week-long cruise seemed the best treat for Mum away from it all.Travelling with a parent is rather different to travelling on your own or with friends.The arranging of the trip , planning and preparing was left to me. One of the biggest lessons I learnt about travelling with Mum was patience and preparation. PRE MSC departure preparation: […]
  • Airport Hacks & Tips to make your journey much easier from King Shaka International Airport
    King Shaka International Airport is my local airport which I fly from.I love airports as I get excited about catching flights and meeting loved ones at the airport.Blame the movie Love Actually for putting these emotions and thoughts into my head. Before the new airport ,the old airpornt was literally ten minutes away from home.Often we would find ourselves at the airport saying goodbye and welcoming friends and family.Sometimes we would just go to the airport of a meal or coffee and to watch the planes taking of and landing.As a child I fondly recall standing in my garden watching the planes soar and trying to figure out which country the plane belonged too.   King Shaka International Airport is situtated to the North Coast of Durban city centre.It has been in use since 2010 and there has been an increase in the number of International flights that leave from the airport.Currently […]
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  • Mauritius proudly waves her flag and celebrates her 50th Independence Day
    While on my cruise in the middle of the Indian Ocean ,I received and invitation from Mauritius  Tourism inviting me to join them for the 50 year Independence Day celebrations.I was gob smacked and I have various ties to the island besides family, my brother had his destination wedding in Mauritius.Admist dodgy wifi signal I managed to respond and early Saturday morning I found myself on route to the island for this rather epic celebration. Travelling with me were members of the media which includes print ,radio ,online and TV.We were the largest media group invited to the celebrations and it us no surprise considering : 1.The short flight under four hours. 2.South Africans do not need a visa. 3.Mauritius and South Africa have very strong ties. 4.South Africans are in the Top 4 of visitors to the island. Port Louis – Mauritius Saturday was a long day and I was still floating after […]
  • Ootrey provides fantastic online service
    I have been wearing glasses now probably for more than 25 years of my life. Over the years I have had some pretty interesting glasses and most of the time my choice of glasses was determined by the factor of money.Last year I had an eye test done and opted to just get new lenses put into my old frame as it was cheaper than getting a new pair. As much as I love my glasses I felt after four years I needed a new look. And then enter the team of Ootrey offering me the opportunity to collaborate with them. I was over the moon as I had seen this local company online and seen them work with local bloggers. Who are Ootrey ? Ootrey can best be described as an online optician that offers one services in the comfort of their home at an affordable cost.The company is locally based and does not have a branches all over the country thus making service personal and really efficient. The word Ootrey is […]
  • Dehumidifier to the rescue ! Humidity be gone
    The Durban weather over the last few months has been extremely uncomfortable. Since moving back home in 2010 from London, I have been really struggling with trying to cope with the weather. I seem to also find myself now suffering from sinus and allergic to dust mites which leave me with hives. During the warm weather, I cannot live without having my air conditioner and fan on but this also means the electricity bills pile up.And the Dehumidifier entered my life. At the start of January the team from GMC Aircon asked me to review a Dehumidifier unit. First I said yes and then started to research more about using a Dehumidifier in the home and the importance of having a unit in the home. What is a Dehumidifier ? It is a household appliance that reduces the level of humidity in the air usually for health and comfort reasons or to eliminate a musty odour. Humidity is the amount of water […]
  • The Ultimate Saving Guide for a great financial year
    As I get older my spending habits change, and I start to worry about things like investments, retirement annuities, stocks and shares, funeral policies and owning a home. This adulting business is rather stressful but my goal for 2018 is to adopt an attitude of saving and do some adult things. It has dawned on me that my mum will not be around forever, and that I do need to secure my future and know that  I am financially stable. It seems like overnight I have grown up and there is so much I need to do and stop doing. Private Property asked me to think about my financial goals and tips for 2018, and here they are. Current Financial Situation: 1. I have my own car and this year I will finish paying off my car loan. 2. I own one credit card which I recklessly used a few years ago,but well  the last three years I have been paying off what I owe and have stopped using the card. 3.I own one […]
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  • 2018 Goals,Dreams and a sprinkle of magic
    And just like that 2018 has arrived and the first week of the month has ended. I head back to work this week so I thought this was the perfect time to write this post.The festive season is always a difficult time of year especially if you have lost loved ones as the “empty chair” is more noticable.The New Year becomes even more difficult for our family find out why here. So with the start of a New Year ,one becomes hopeful and rather positive with resolutions and changes one feels will benefit them.I personally do not like the word resolution but prefer goal instead.I startedf this last year. The magic of 2018 Everyone who I have crossed paths with the last few days of the new year seems very positive about the year ahead and have almost a switch in mindset putting their health and well-being as a priority.Some time ago I wrote a post about an Empty Cup and why we need to […]
  • 2017 a bittersweet year
    A few years go I came across a round-up of the year post by a fellow blogger Nafisa.After reading it I thought it would be a good idea to do my own round up which you can read up here : 1. 2016 2. 2015 During the festive season I often spend time reflecting on the year that was and planning for the new year.Like the title of the post suggests 2017 was defo a bittersweet year filled with highs and lows.During 2017 I made formed several new relationships with brands both locally and internationally and I look forward to these developing in the new year.But looking back now I am grateful for each lesson and blessing that arrived on ny doorstep as I look back now.So grab a cup of tea/coffee or some wine and walk through 2017 with me. 2017 the year that was…. What did you do in 2017 that you never did before ? * I became more vocal about what I wanted and stood my ground after years of […]
  • Top 10 posts of 2017
    The life of a blogger is not one that is glamorous and fun always.There is so much that goes into writing/preparing a post before publishing.As a blogger some of the greatest moments are : 1.When your blog posts are shared. 2.Getting comments on your blog. 3.Collaborating with brands and getting  sponsored /paid work. 4.Invites to be apart of media trips. My blog over time has evolved with my different faces.The Spicegoddess journey has been one filled with all sorts of highs and lows.Some highlights include taking the 30 Day Blog challenge I still can not believe I wrote a post every single day and continued for another 30 days.There have been days due to work constraints which meant getting 4 posts out a month was a total challenge for me this year.And the last few months have not been very easy for me with so much happening in my life but through it all I plodded on.My blog for me is […]
  • Hawaii Travel Guide – places to visit ,food and culture
      When one thinks of the word Hawaii,images of paradise come to mind and an island rich in culture and history.As a child growing up I watched so many TV shows set on the island of Hawaii that it was only right that this island make it onto my travel bucket list.The more I travel it seems the more I learn about life from travel. Each of the six major islands which constitute the island of Hawaii have a distinct personality of their own. There is no other place on earth where can feel and sense the aloha spirit than in Hawaii. With more active volcanoes than anywhere else and home to the one and only Royal Palace in the entire USA, this island is indeed is like none other which is why it should be on top of your bucket list. From the spiritual beauty of the hula, to the glimmering oceans in the background, supplemented by the friendly and happy locals , Hawaii Beachfront homes make […]
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