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Reverse bucket list

Some of my favourite travel writers have started a list called a ‘reverse bucket list’ of awesome and extraordinary things you have done but did not have on your bucket list. There were so many moments in my life where I did something and later said “why was that not on my bucket list?” This list is also some kind…

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Diary of a Guji Girl: It is time to move on

This month marks exactly two years since I completed the manuscript for my debut novel, Diary of a Guji Girl. A lot has happened since the “guji girl days” for me personally but more so for the world we live in. If I wrote about my character Amina now, her life would be a lot different than it was in…

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Travelling in a time of a weak rand

The South African economy has definitely seen better days and this has had a direct consequence on the working class’ ability to explore the world and travel on holiday. By the working class I mean people who work hard to get by and save every extra dime for any added luxury. For those of you that are swimming in a…

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Opinion: journalism and the boys club

  Throughout your journalistic career, did you ever feel like you had to minimize your feminine identity and act like “one of the boys” for the sake of your career? This was a question posed to me by a Masters student from UCT as part of her Masters Thesis. My initial response was “no, I still like makeup and stuff”.…

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Seychelles: When I went to Paradise

Seychelles. It was definitely not on my bucket list. Have you ever ruled something out even before you are exposed to it? That was me with island holidays. I always said it was not my thing and that I need adventure and adrenaline or charm and history in my travels. But when it comes to travelling, I learnt, don’t rule out experiences…

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Musings on entrepreneurship

  We are taught that the best way to make a living is to go to university, get a degree, get a job and move on. I have found, during interactions with people my age, that few have ambitions to become entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship is not part of the broader pop/street culture in South Africa due to an array of reasons- some it…

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Awethu Art- better blogging: My presentation

Naeema from Awethu Art contacted me to do a presentation on how to monetize a blog based on my experiences with Diary of a Guji Girl. Awethu Art is a cool arty/writers collective started by Aslam Bulbulia and this was the second blogging event held at Industry Bakery in Greenside. The event brought a number of various types of bloggers…

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The year of saving

In 2015 I achieved a lot financially. But I also confirmed the age old saying that the more you earn the more you spend. I traveled to four countries, traveled across the country extensively for work, promoting my book and leisure.I ticked many things off my bucket list like free falling, hot air ballooning, yachting among other things.I set up a…

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