The First Week of January Went Like This: Weekly Recap 2019.

“You know all those things you’ve always wanted to do? You should go do them”

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And so another year begins. Happy new year to all, I trust that this year will be filled with everything your heart desires and nothing but success and happiness wherever you go. I don’t particularly enjoy making new year’s resolutions, after all you have 365 days to be the change you want to see in the world. Whether you start on the first of January or the middle of August, it makes no difference as long as you get the job done. I have a video going up soon about the goals I aim to achieve in 2019, but that has been put on hold until the job hunt bears fruit. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers as this is the year I’m thrown into the working world and trust that I myself am keeping the job seekers in my thoughts at this time too.

The first week of January was a whirlwind to say the least. The year began with a spontaneous adventure to the gym, which was very hard for me personally as I am still learning to love all my curves and edges.

On the second of January I said goodbye to my grandfather as I had planned to leave for vacation the next day. I’ve always hated hospitals and this time was no different. As my grandfather has Alzheimers, he could not remember me but held my hand for the last time. A bittersweet moment that I will remember for the rest of my life.

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They say good things come in three’s. On the third of January, I packed my camera and lenses in for a trip to Montagu with my grandparents (my mom’s parents), mother, brother and dad. I love road trips, it sparks my sense of adventure and gets my creativity flowing (yes, I made a travel diary). I decided that on this vacation, I wanted to explore more and get out of my comfort zone. Not before I got a few shots for Instagram though.

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To be honest, I don’t really remember what happened on the 4th of January. I think I decided to take a break from everything and just enjoy what the resort had to offer. For those wondering, my family and I stayed in the chalets in Montagu Springs. It’s self catering apartments and I loved every minute of it. I’ve grown up staying in hotels and this was so different. Although I did end up sleeping on the couch because I tend to get claustrophobic in dark spaces and the kiddies room is as tiny as a cupboard. But hey, all part of the adventure! I also tried poitjiekos for the first time and I have to say, I loved it! Apparently I’ve had it when I was younger but I really don’t remember having it so it does not count. I also stepped behind the camera a few times, my favourite shots to capture are the unexpected ones.

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The 5th of January brought about somewhat of an adventure. I decided to golf with the boys. On my mom’s side of the family, all my cousins are boys and on my dad’s side of the family, all my cousins are girls. Nonetheless, we made a day out of it. Although I suck at most sports, I did take a few great shots (emphasis on a few). Montagu has an amazing golf course which offers scenic views and a breathtaking landscape, which makes for an amazing backdrop for photos! Although I was in charge of driving the golf cart, that didn’t mean I couldn’t steal my cousin (who is an amazing photographer) for a few minutes to take a few photos.

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The 6th of January was the day we as a family decided to make the most out of the last day we had left. Unfortunately, this would also be the day that my grandfather would leave this world and become one of the angels above, watching over the rest of our family. RIP Pa, I love you. These are some of the shots we took on the day, which you can find on my Instagram

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The 7th of January just meant packing up to go home. If anyone knows me, I am the type of person who loves to sleep on roadtrips, I’m a pro napper indeed. I’m truly grateful that I made it home safely, but it’s time for me to get back to my passion which is writing and creating content. I am currently on the job hunt, so please remember to keep me in your thoughts and prayers.

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Thailand Adventures — Vlog 3: Elephants, Journey to the Phi Phi Islands & Krabi

Happy Saturday my lovely readers!

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I trust that you had a good week and that you’re looking forward to relaxing this weekend. This is my last weekend of my holiday before I go back to campus which starts on Monday, the day before my birthday! I am so excited to be turning 21 and just spending some time with my family and friends.

This post is about my journey to the Phi Phi Islands but before that I actually contracted food poisoning. This is why this particular vlog is so short. Don’t worry, getting sick on holiday has become a common occurrence since I was young already. I also explained in my previous vlog that every time I took out my camera it really detracted from my holiday because I had to make sure I had footage all the time and that I was able to showcase everything and eventually I just took a step back and said I could not do it anymore. I really hope everyone understands and that you’re not upset that not much went on in my vlogs.

I want to do a separate post detailing exactly what the tour was like and what exactly I got up to during my vacation. I’m so blessed and grateful for the opportunity I had to travel and see a different part of the world.

If you enjoy the vlog, please feel free to give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel so that you can be part of my little family. I genuinely enjoy creating content for my readers and viewers and due to the fact that I have more time on my hands this semester, I really want to create more content for my blog specifically. I upload YouTube videos every Friday.

Want to see what I get up to for my 21st birthday shenanigans? Feel free to follow me on Instagram or Snapchat: just_deeanne. I’m always active there. I have also been posting a ton of photos from my trip which you might not see on the blog.

 

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Thailand: Everything a Thailand tourist needs to know.

“We travel, not to escape life, but for life not to escape us”

For my 21st birthday I decided to trade in the classic Cape Town bash for a few stamps on my passport. Thailand has always been on my bucket list and for me to have ticked that off is something I will cherish for the rest of my life. Instead of a laid-back vacation I asked if we could do an island hopper package in which I was fortunate enough to explore the islands of Phuket, Phi Phi and Krabi as well as Koh Poda, Koh Ghai (better known as Chicken Island), Koh Tub and Koh Mor.

I have seen most of what this beautiful island has to offer and have made my fair share of memories. Due to this, I have gained quite a bit of knowledge and do’s and don’ts regarding this beautiful country. If you’re looking for more general information or simply just doing some research for your next trip, you’ve come to the right place!

GENERAL FACTS:

Capital of Thailand: Bangkok (I was unable to explore Bangkok as this was not part of my package but if you are able to go then I would suggest doing your shopping for luxury items such as make-up, clothing and other things here as these are not available in the local areas. I did not do my homework and I was dying to go to a Sephora!)

Currency & Exchange Rate: Thai Baht. This was extremely friendly in terms of the South African Rand which is always a bonus. I would HIGHLY recommend not exchanging your currency at the airport but rather within the city as I have found that you lose out so much more at the airport.

Visa: A visa is not required for stays shorter than 30 days. Only a passport is needed.

Electricity/Plugs: Thailand uses 220V AC electricity. Power outlets most commonly feature two-prong round or flat sockets. Take note South Africans as our 3 point plugs are of no use here and due to the fact that I did not have an adapter, I did not have a blowdryer.

Weather: November to February is the popular tourist season and summer in Thailand. This might be unpleasant if you do not like busy tourist seasons and the beaches tend to be a lot fuller. March to April is hot as well. May to October is Monsoon season and it tends to rain, however when I went it was July and it was so nice and only rained once or twice late afternoon towards the night so it did not put a damper on my holiday at all.

Language: The main language spoken is Thai although most people do understand English.

Greeting: Traditionally, you would greet a woman by saying “Saswasdeeka” which is pronounced sa-wah-dee-kah and you would greet men by saying “Saswasdeekrap” pronounced sa-wah-dee-crup. It is of extreme importance that the difference is heard in pronunciation as men find it disrespectful if you greet them with the woman’s greeting. A greeting is usually accompanied by “The Wai” which is the traditional greeting gesture which consists of a slight bow with both palms pressed slightly together similar to a prayer stance.

Thank You: Manners are of extreme importance. The same rules apply with the difference between men and women. To say thank you to a woman you would say “Kap kun ka” which is pronounced khap-coon-caah and to say thank you to a man you would say “Kap kun krap” pronounced khap-coon-crup

Country Income: The main source of income for Thailand is tourism, secondly fishing and thirdly cashew farming.

TOURIST ETIQUETTE:

Keep Calm: Losing your temper in public or displaying negative emotions in public is frowned upon in the Thai culture.

Respect: This has been mentioned before but I cannot stress this enough. The Thai culture pays respect in a hierarchical fashion which means that respect is first paid to the elders. The higher the social status of someone, the more respected they are.

Cover Up: As a sign of respect, always cover yourself when going to holy places. This includes covering the legs and shoulders. No cleavage.

Feet: Your feet are considered to be the lowest part of your body and the least clean. You should never point with your feet or have your feet higher than someones head. It is therefore extremely common in the Thai culture to remove your shoes before entering someones home. I went to a nail salon and was asked to leave my shoes outside as well as in the temples

Photography: Always ask before taking photos of someone.

Table Manners: Fork to be held in the left hand and spoon in the right. Only pour drinks when the cup is less than half full.

Monks: Never touch a monk or sit next to him.

I still have my hotel reviews which should go up. Would you like a blog posts with things to do in Thailand?

 

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Thailand Adventures Vlog 2: Island Tours & Starbucks

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Hello my lovely readers and welcome back to my blog.

So I have been uploading a few vlogs showcasing my Thailand birthday trip and I would love for you to hop on the adventure with me! This is my second vlog and you can find the first one here in which I jumped on that plane and flew all the way to Thailand.

In this vlog I am still staying at the Sunset Beach Resort and we embark on an island tour around Phuket as well as going to the mall where I try Starbucks for the first time! I also come clean about how difficult it is to move around and constantly film and make sure I have enough footage all the time. Kudos to you, travel bloggers!

Overall, I don’t want to sound ungrateful or try to brag in any way. I just feel that before I had the opportunity to travel overseas, I loved watching travel vlogs and travel diaries and a part of me has always wanted to recreate that for someone who might not have the opportunity to travel at the moment, but could look forward to it in future!

Thank you to everyone who has been supporting my channel. I can’t believe that I started this as a portfolio for myself and to showcase for my journalism career and now I’m nearly at 600 subscribers and 13 000 views. I’m extremely grateful that I have such a supportive blogging platform and that I am able to showcase my work with like-minded individuals.

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Vlog: Thailand Adventures Part 1 — flights, suitcase disasters & room tours.

Saswasdeeka my lovely readers!

I have been away from my blog for the longest time because I have just come back from Thailand! In South Africa, specifically Cape Town, it is tradition to celebrate your 21st birthday as it is considered your rite of passage. Usually 21st’s are celebrated by hosting an event in which you invite friends and family to celebrate and everyone makes speeches for you. I asked my parents if I could trade in a big event for my first international trip instead and let me tell you, I do not regret my decision for one moment. My passport has been tattooed and Thailand has a special place in my heart.

I will do a separate post on the experience itself (as well as do’s and don’ts, customs and culture) but for now I am sorting through all my travel diary footage and travel vlogs. In this particular vlog I travel from Cape Town to Johannesburg, from Johannesburg to Hong Kong and from Hong Kong back to Phuket.

In this vlog I stayed in the Sunset Beach Resort (I will not be reviewing this hotel as I do not have an adequate amount of photographs and I had really bad food poisoning while at this hotel) and my outfit details are listed in the description of the video.

I have just uploaded my second vlog which is scheduled to go up tomorrow. You can watch my first one by clicking the play button down below!

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If you like travel vlogs, make-up tutorials and YouTube tags, I would love for you to be part of my family of 500 by subscribing! I am honestly so grateful for this experience. This is in no way me trying to brag but rather to bring my readers and viewers with me.

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30 Day Blogging Challenge – Day 16: 5 Places I want to visit

Well hello there, look at me hitting you with a late night post (or day, depending where you’re from). So one of the challenge posts that I found absolutely fitting would probably be the 5 places I really want to visit. I’m not going to ramble on so let’s get going!

Paris, France

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How terribly cliche of me, I do apologize but I personally feel like I need to eat a croissant and stare at the Eiffel tower from the comfort of my hotel room. Night walks in Paris under the gorgeous illuminating lights take my breath away just thinking about it. First on the list, in hopes that it will become a reality…

Bora Bora

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How can you look at this picture and not fall in love with this view? I would love to stay in an over-water bungalow and sip on coconuts while watching the sunset go down with the love of my life (Matthew, duh). I’ve always liked the beach, due to the fact that I grew up a walk away from it. But I’d love to tan under palm trees and forgetting about my worries, even if it’s only in my dreams.

Italy

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Known for being the fashion capital of the world, obviously I would love me some Italian leather (faux, of course). I cannot imagine how much weight I would gain from indulging in the most exquisite Italian cuisine. My boyfriend is part Italian so this would be a fun little adventure!

Mexico

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How adorable is Pusheen in that sombrero? Not going to lie, only really want to experience the Mexican food. Taco, anyone?

Disney World, Orlando, Florida

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Come on guys, I’m only 20 and I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go to Disney World. This is the dream, I begged my parents to take me for the longest time but because we live in South Africa, that’s just not possible.

Where do you want to travel to?

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