Thursday, 29 December 2011

Wish Lanterns

After seeing the film by Disney called 'Tangled' I've been ever so obsessed with 'Wish Lanterns'. I'd like to set a few off at my 21st birthday next year (Oct 6 2012) and one day at my wedding too! What I really love about them is that they're made of 100% biodegradable material so they will bio-degrade in two to three days. I'm very conscious of our environment and the impact we have on it, I think that its important for us to be environmentally conscious in all that we do, and we should try to minimize the negative impacts which we have where ever it is possible to do so. I don't know about you, but I want to preserve our planet for the generations to come.

Wish Lantern history:
"The Wish Lantern is based around the design of the first hot air balloon - The Kongming Lantern - which is said to have been invented by the sage and military strategist Zhuge Liang. Chinese lanterns are claimed to date as far back as the 3rd century AD as a type of signalling balloon. Similar products are also known as sky Lanterns or Khoom Fay." -

You can purchase a pack of 10 Wish Lanterns from amazon for about $35. Link:

Monday, 19 December 2011

Joburg gets recycling laws - Its about time!!!

Joburg gets recycling laws

SIPHILISELWE MAKHANYA | 01 August, 2011 00:29
Johannesburg residents will have to do their own waste separation or risk being fined if proposed new waste-management bylaws are put in place.
The spokesman for the City of Johannesburg, Gugu Mathibela, said the new bylaws, which are being drafted and will be available for public comment in four months' time, will be part of a "carrot-and-stick" approach to help the city meet its obligations in terms of the domestic waste collection standards set by the National Waste Act, which was launched in January.

"National legislation has set targets for waste minimisation and this has implications for local governments. It forces the city to meet its legislative mandate and the bylaw will facilitate that," said Mathibela.

The bylaws will be introduced following the findings of a pilot project by Johannesburg waste management's Pikitup.

The pilot project, which started in 2009 and involved 35000 households, had achieved varying degrees of success, said Pikitup spokes-man Pansy Oyedele.

Residents were asked to sort their recyclable waste, putting paper into orange bags and glass and other recyclable items in clear bags.

Durban and Cape Town have similar waste management projects.

Environmental Affairs spokesman Albi Modise said the department was encouraging the adoption of a new regime in which less waste was produced and cities across South Africa were required to have recycling systems in place.

"There is still a lot of work to be done - in other democracies waste recycling is an integral part of the economy," he said.

Cape Town waste management spokesman Leander van Oordt said the city had similar bylaws effective from March 2009 and was planning to launch a new bin system as part of a three-year pilot programme.

Durban waste management spokesman Robert Abbu said Durban Solid Waste had introduced an "orange bag" system for 800000 households in eThekwini.

"Each household is supplied with one pack of 15 orange bags, strictly for paper and plastic recyclable materials, to last for 13 weeks. The orange bags are put out on the same day as your domestic refuse collection," he said.

Abbu said the recycling programme helped reduce pressure on the city's three landfill sites, one of which had almost reached its capacity of about 5000 tons waste a day.

Joburg Advocacy Group spokesman Lee Cahill said the organisation was "definitely in favour" of a mandatory urban recycling programme.

"Many consumers ... don't realise what a huge effect waste has on the environment. The need for a collective effort to address this issue can't be overemphasised," she said.

"An ordinary cold drink bottle can, for instance, take hundreds of years to degrade, and organic waste in landfills is a major source of greenhouse gases."

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Quote about Life

Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don't and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said that it'd be easy, they just promised it would be worth it. - Unknown

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Shopping Trip

Went shopping with my sister this morning and we got really awesome accessories!

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Tissues and Passport forms

Went to Pretoria today to put up a pin board in my flat and to go to the British high commission to get the forms to renew my passport - boy the security there is beefy! It's like going to the airport!

When we got to the BHC everything had changed and now I cant just hand in my forms, I have to courier them! So there go my hopes of getting this business done quickly! Not to mention that the forms will probably take a few hours to fill in - it's like a book of forms!

Then we went to Pretoria east to take Val, my parent's friend, out for lunch and my dad wanted to go to 'The Karoo' but when we got there the place was like a ghost town, and I don't like the idea of eating in a restaurant where you're the only customer...Anyways the lunch was actually really good, I had the chicken prego!

After a big lunch my body decided it was nap time and seeing as I probably only got an hour or 2 of shut eye last night I was definitely ready for bed! For some reason I couldn't sleep last night, I read 'til 11:30pm and then tried to sleep but that failed to I read until about 2am and still couldn't sleep, anyways hopefully tonight will be better!

I've got a bit of a head cold today so I'm hoping if i get an early night tonight I'll be right as rain tomorrow morning!

On the drive home I saw the most beautiful sunset - that's definitely one of my favourite things about living in Africa!

Monday, 11 July 2011

Meggie's Birthday Tea Party

All the yummy snacks! probably should have taken pics
before rather than after the masses had feasted!
Went to Megan's tea party today, it was a really nice afternoon and it was so good to see people who I haven't seen in over a year - in fact the last time I saw them was at Megan's birthday last year!
I really need to make more of an effort to see them!
Me and the Birthday girl!

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Chocolate and Almond Macaroons

 For sometime now I've been obsessed with macaroons and to be honest I can't even remember what triggered this obsession. Maybe it was in an episode of Gossip Girl where Serena and Blaire were walking the streets of Paris whilst snacking on Laduree Macaroons!

My sister, Chloe, got me a macaroon recipe book for Christmas last year so that I'd be able to try my hand at making macaroons and today was my first time making them - I thought it would be a good idea to make them now seeing as its one of my best friends, Megan's birthday tea party tomorrow!

I've heard that they are quite tricky to make and you need lots of practise in order to get them perfect - and whoever I heard that from was certainly right because they were not easy to make and they've come out a bit cracked...okay maybe a lot cracked but this is only my first attempt.

I made Chocolate and Almond macaroons and I'm going to sandwich them tomorrow with a dark chocolate ganache filling! So they may not look perfect , in fact they look like little turds - LITERALLY see the pictures below, but they should at least taste good!

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

New book

So I seem to be struggling to get to sleep at night so I thought it would be a good idea to get a book to read so that I don't have to sit in bed twiddling my thumbs! I brought 'Angels' by Marian Keyes from  the Readers Warehouse at Broadacres shopping centre for only R60, their books are much cheaper in comparison to places like Exclusive Books so if you're looking for a book and you're on a budget it's definitely a good place to go.

'Angels' by Marian Keyes synopsis:
"We will shortly be landing at Los Angeles International Airport. Please ensure your seat is in the upright position, that you weigh less than a hundred pounds and that you have excellent teeth."

Maggie Walsh has always done everything right. Sensibly. By the book. Thirty-three and married to Garv for nine years, Maggie ‘never did any of that nasty sleeping around business’, as her mother never tires of telling people. She has a good job, is responsible with money and never puts a foot wrong. Until the day she runs away to Hollywood, that is, leaving her husband in the lurch.

In LA Maggie finds that life couldn’t be more different. The primping, preening and partying are non-stop and even the palm trees are skinny. Staying with her best friend Emily, a struggling screenwriter, Maggie starts doing things she’s never done before. Like wearing tights on her head, mixing with film stars – even pitching scripts to studios – and much, much more. Including meeting the mysterious Troy, a man so non-stick he’s known as Human Teflon.

Follow Maggie on a journey of discovery, from suburbia to a suntan – taking in some heartache and lots of martinis along the way – as she discovers what she really wants in life and why she really walked out of her marriage ...