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THE 80 20 RULE

Wikipedia Page  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareto_principleA very valuable lesson to learn ... In most cases, especially in relationships, you will only get 80% of what you NEED and you will hardly get the other 20% that you WANT in your relationship. There is always another person (man or woman) that you will meet...

DECISIONS DECISIONS!

We as South African expats have numerous challenges to face in the New Year. Sport is one of the areas where we will always be able to hold our heads up high! And one of our challenges comes in the form of a decision. Not the decision whether to watch...

SPRINGBOK YEAR END TOUR REVIEW

For a South African in London, there are not many greater feelings than beating the Poms in a game that they invented. Rugby is the sport, and Twickenham was the setting to round off a tour for the current World Champs, which was shrouded in a cloud of off-the-field discrepancies...

STICKING IT TO THE AUSSIES

What a way to stick it to the Aussies. We woke up in the early hours of the morning to watch Captain Courageous, Graeme Smith, and his relatively young Proteas side do what has eluded the cricket community for more than 17 years. But on top of that, it has...

Labour Remedies

There are many homeopathic remedies that can ease and aid labour. These are not all commonly found in health food stores or chemists though it is possible to buy them over the telephone from many of the homeopathic pharmacies.

WHY ORGANIC MEAT

These days a lot of emphasis is placed on organic foods – it's not just a hype or a new fad, it's a serious business and a worthwhile consideration if you care about your health and the welfare of animals.

IT WAS ACCEPTABLE at the Time

GROWING UP IN SOUTH AFRICA I, like many of you, was born in the 80s in sunny South Africa. Though my memories of this period grow dim I still enjoy the odd recollection. Like climbing into the back of my mom’s white Toyota after school, and struggling to look over...

LOW IMMUNE SYSTEM?

Cold sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex virus. After exposure to the virus it remains in the body and causes a little blister to form most commonly on the lips. These can burn and itch. They then burst and form a yellowish crust. They reoccur when the immune system...

ROCKTOBER Saffas who Rock our World

Expat South Africans live all over the world. They are found in the UK, Dubai, Australia, New Zealand, America, as well as South Korea, Japan and Malaysia. They engage in a multitude of professions, from lifting plaster board on London construction sites to working on the interior design of Porsches....

BEATING PROCRASTINATION

Procrastination ... it's that "I'll do it later" thinking that is the give away. The problem is that it is short term gratification and usually results in a pile up of jobs and longer working hours, as you are less efficient when you procrastinate. We all do it. Even the...

SHINY HAIR Secrets

Shiny hair is up there when it comes to what women want for their hair. It’s a basic requirement of gorgeous locks and our sanity. Dull hair is well, DULL. And it’s so easy to get that salon quality shine at home, that there’s no excuse for any other results. 

TAKE TIME TO REFLECT

How can you move forward if you haven't learnt from the mistakes of your past? Before rushing headlong into the New Year, making resolutions and focusing on new goals, take time to reflect on this year. Take a moment now to look back on 2008 and remind yourself of what...

EXERCISE DURING PREGNANCY

Occupation:  Chartered Physiotherapists In last months edition of SA Promo we discussed the benefits of exercise during pregnancy. Now let's take a look at what you need to consider before starting an exercise regime and what precautions to look out for. Things to consider before you start exercising

MAKING THE MOST Out of Your Physio Visit

Sources:  www.physiotherapy-help.co.ukGood results don't just happen In order for your physiotherapy treatment to be a success you will need to be an active partner in your treatment - so to help ensure you get the most out of your visit to the physiotherapist we have pulled together a 'Top Tips'...

ARE YOU DOING YOUR PART

You’ve just flown economy class from Johannesburg to Heathrow. Your new surroundings are so peculiar, but you’re excited. You descend an escalator and seconds later you feel a strange wind on your face as the Piccadilly train arrives. A quarter of an hour later you see London city for the...

THE GREAT BILTONG Taste Test

Bil (‘rump’) tong (‘strip’ or ‘tongue’) - Dutch origin Ah biltong...South African cultural icon and one of my best-tasting memories of old. There isn’t a South African alive who can’t recollect images of get-togethers, birthdays, and camping trips where biltong was passed around amongst family members and friends. Consider it...

NATURAL WAYS to Help Combat JET LAG

With many of us frequently travelling abroad jet lag has become a part of modern living. However, travelling across different time zones makes us feel sluggish, fatigued and at risk of contracting all kinds of diseases from breathing recycled air. Then of course there is the dreaded DVT (deep-vein thrombosis)...

FESTIVE FASHION

All those parties and extra nights out mean you will need to be on the ball when it comes to fashion but with all that present shopping to do it can be hard to find time to treat yourself. Shopping for dresses sounds like every girl’s ideal pastime but the...

SAFFAS STAND PROUD IN 09

Wikipedia Pageen.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009 2008 was beyond doubt a tumultuous year for South Africa, from falling stocks and crashing markets, to the resignation of our President, Thabo Mbeki. The Xenophobic riots drew worldwide media attention, and once again our reputation as a forgiving nation and newly-built democracy was tainted.

LONELY HEARTS CLUB

Wikipedia Page  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine%27s_Day It’s the day highly anticipated by those in love, and much dreaded by those who are single. Yes, you guessed it -Valentine’s Day is upon us once again. The day has such an immense hype in the month’s preceding it that singles very often become depressed at...

ADRENALINE JUNKIES SA Takes on the World

Wikipedia Page:  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extreme_sports Adrenalin is a hormone that causes all kinds of craziness in humankind. It’s a neurotransmitter that initiates the ‘fight or flight’ syndrome, and is closely associated with exciting or stressful situations. It’s a common occurrence in South Africans, especially when you consider our country’s crime, hectic roads...

A GLOBAL CHRISTMAS DELIGHT

Christmas is truly a global celebration! Although the traditions and foods associated with it vary with climate, culture, country—even calendar—the spirit of the day transcends all such differences. From November onwards, it is impossible to forget that Christmas is coming. Coloured lights decorate many town centres and shops, along with...

MISSION CHRISTMAS WHILE ABROAD

A friend from Amsterdam looks forward to spending time with a South African friend that’s coming over for Christmas, drinking lots of wine to stay warm, ice skating – seeing as this is her first cold Christmas – and just soaking up as much of the Dutch culture over this...

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