The Paradox of Reading

Reading a book often evokes a wide range of emotions. At first, you’re reluctant to get too involved with the story, the characters, and so on, but you keep on reading.  Then, as the pages start to even out on both sides, you find myself abnormally intrigued by the characters, wondering where their stories will move next, what will happen to them.

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As the right side of the book becomes lighter, the words on them start to weigh heavier.

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Thirsty for a Drop of Gratitude

If you have running water freely available in your home that is safe to drink and is hot and cold,
you form part of the richest people on earth. One in ten people don’t have access to safe drinking water.
Of the nine people that do have access, four have to fetch it from outside their homes.
50% of the world’s population have access to one of humans’ most basic needs,
but we take it for granted to such an extent that we waste it.

Water. An undervalued essentail resource.

Water. An undervalued essential resource.

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Being on Your Own

On February 16 I went to go watch a movie. But this wasn’t just any excursion to the theatre. This was different. This was the first time that I went to go see a movie by myself, and it was the first time that the thought of going on my own to see a film didn’t freak me out. It was the first time that I was happy to do something, usually reserved for two or more people, all on my own.

Being on your own doesn't have to be a bad thing. Being happy on your own, is a necessity.

If Hugh Glass could brave the American West by himself, I figured I could go watch a movie on my own.

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2016 Resolutions

Let 2016 be an extension of a successful 2015!

This year, I am going to build on last year’s resolutions and the manner in which I realised them. Setting realistic goals that help make your dreams come true is the best way to make sure they happen, and checking on your progress every four months is a great way for staying accountable for them!

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Review of Resolutions

So this year I decided to have quarterly reviews of my 2015 resolutions. Sad to say, they didn’t always make it up to the blog, but I did constantly remind myself of the challenges I set out to achieve, and even though I never wrote them down, it did seem to help, so I’m happy for that improvement!

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Just because I didn’t do it, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

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Friend or Food?

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A woman sells cats and dogs at the Dongkou Market in Yulin ahead of the annual Dog Eating Festival. Some of the animals will be slaughtered for eating at this year’s festival, according to the woman, while the rest will be bought and kept as pets. Zuma Press

This coming weekend China will be celebrating its annual dog eating festival. This has activists up in arms across the globe and for obvious reasons. Many cultures consider dogs to be pets, friends, and certainly not food. This raises some uncomfortable, but necessary questions. Who decides which animals are fit for consumption, why is it acceptable to eat some, but unforgiving to eat others? Why does the dog get saved, but the pig remains caged?

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Happiness in a hurry

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That is what stared at me from a food advert yesterday: ‘Happiness in a hurry’.

We pass hundreds of advertisements a day, they are literally everywhere, in shop windows crowding the street, on the newspaper that lies next to the sidewalk, the back window of a car, on your smartphone, at your office building, on the side of a cereal box… Everyday we are bombarded with people and companies trying to sell us ideas and usually we don’t even really see them. They have become part of the background, a filling for our eyes to ignore, a simple thing that you read and forget about.

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Malala Yousafzai

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Wow. Just wow. Malala Yousafzai, you are a true inspiration.

Never have I read a book that made me simultaneously inspired and distraught by human nature.

I am Malala is a biography style account given by Malala Yousafzai about everyday life in terrorist-ridden Pakistan. The focus lies on what Pakistan was; a promising country with a peaceful nation, and how it is being destroyed by terrorists in the name of Islam. Malala is a fifteen year old girl, demanding education for all children and essentially became an international face uniting against terrorism after being shot by the Taliban. Continue reading

200 Firefighters desperately need our help

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I have just been contacted by a representative from the Stellenbosch municipality asking us to please assist with the 200 firefighters that have been battling the out of control fire in the Jonkershhoek area (between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek).

These firefighters have had no rest for 2 days and are still facing an enormous task in very difficult terrain and bad weather conditions.

Last week they were assisting in the Cape Peninsula for over a week. The have had no rest in between and are physically and mentally stretched to capacity. They are suffering from extreme dehydration and is asking us to provide them with Energade or Powerade or Rehidrate solutions to help them remain physically up to their task.

The have also asked for refresh eye ampules, sunscreen f50, AAA batteries.

And all this after having lost 2 of their colleagues in the last few days. This is an extremely…

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The mountain is calling

This year, I’m making it happen.

I always say I want to go hiking. I always say, we need to go there. I always end up saying it, again and again, but the mountains remain unconquered and the trails remain undiscovered.

Until this year.

I decided that I will go hiking. I decided we should go there. And I’m doing it.

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