Category Culture

10 Mauritian habits I lost after moving to the UAE (Dubai)

I was born and bred on the island of Mauritius. It is safe to say that I am a tropical island girl. And yet, some of my Mauritian habits have gotten ‘lost’ along the way… Here, I explore the Mauritian habits I lost after I relocated to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), more specifically in the city that never sleeps – Dubai. 1. Having a flower behind my ear If you’ve

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The romantic Cape Winelands – Anthonij Rupert Wyne Estate

No place gives me as much delight as the Cape Winelands, especially Franschhoek. To me, it evokes feelings of simple pleasures.  A perfect day out to enjoy the tranquil surroundings and the beautiful natural setting. Moreover, Franschhoek is only a short drive from Cape Town, taking approximately about an hour or so.   When Anthonij Rupert Wyne Estate held a romantic film screening & picnic evening for Valentine’s weekend, we did

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Celebrating Chinese New Year in Cape Town

Born in Mauritius in a sino-mauritian family, I’ve been brought up with Chinese traditions. OK, maybe not following every single tradition, but the main thing is that we celebrated New Year twice. There’s the 31st December where we welcome the New Year after midnight. And then, there’s a later date, often in late January or February (depending on the … ahem, moon perhaps?? See, I’m giving away my lack of knowledge

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Cape Town Fringe 2015

Fringe Festivals are popular around the world and exist as a platform for emerging artists, theatre producers and the underground art scene. Not only does it provide an opportunity for talented artists to perform and get discovered and well-known, it is also great for theatre-goers. It’s an excellent way to network with thousands of artists, numerous producers and other like-minded individuals in the creative/ theatre scene. In its second annual existence, Cape

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My musical encounter with a beautiful African Diva

Living in Africa – South Africa to be precise – offers incredibly unique experiences that I have not seen anywhere else in the world. That’s because on this continent, there is a richness in culture and heritage that seeps into food, fashion, lifestyle and even music – all of which is characteristically African. In other words, Africanism (or Pan-Africanism) is showcased in various fields. Today, I will share the story of

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Museum Night Cape Town – the inaugural night

If there is one thing you should do this Thursday 26th February 2015 in Cape Town is: DO NOT MISS MUSEUM NIGHT! Yes, tomorrow evening, championed by The Thursdays (organizers of First Thursdays Cape Town, where art galleries stay open till late) with Iziko Museums of South Africa as the founding partner, museums in and around the Company’s Garden will be open to the public between 5pm and 9pm. You

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Andrei Damane – living proof that Cape Town has got talent!

Sometime in 2013, I went to meet some friends (we shall refer to them as Horse Fishes) at The Piano Bar in the posh area of De Waterkant. We unanimously loved everything about that place – the atmosphere, the delectable menu, the décor, the location but above all, what really stood out was our waiter, Andrei. Maybe it was his good looks, his voice, his unmistakable hairstyle, his confidence or his sense

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5 Tips to make the most of First Thursdays in Cape Town

For those who have been reading my blog for a while now, you’ve probably read my post about First Thursdays in Cape Town and what all the hype is about. If you haven’t, no worries: you’ll find all the useful info in this current blog post. First Thursdays happens as the name indicates on every first Thursday of every month in the city centre between 6pm and 9pm where art

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A 30-day Poetry Challenge

The idea came to me about a month ago. I love poems and have been doodling ever since I was 5. The first poem that rhymed was written for my mother. After I grew up and our relationship was mostly like Tom and Jerry episodes, I don’t think I ever wrote her another poem! (Mom, this is a test to see if you’re seriously reading my blog!). In my teens most

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Drawing Pleasure Workshop with Leonard Shapiro

I had the incredible opportunity to attend a workshop on Observational Drawing with the talented Leonard Shapiro, hosted by GIPCA, over the course of two evenings where I have felt nothing short of inspired, encouraged and fascinated. Inspired because I am in the middle of the 30-day drawing challenge (as well as the 30-day poetry challenge), which is a good break from everything else I am busy doing taking place

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