Coming up this week is Rotary International’s amazing initiative, The Rotary Family Health Days (RFHD). Rotary has formed a fantastic partnership with the Department of Health, Coca-Cola, the CDC and USAID in order to host a series of Health Days (across the world) from 9-11 May 2013. On the days the Department of Health will supply qualified people to do completely free testing, screenings and counselling. Rotary’s role is to give as much support and service as possible where needed during the three days. All Rotary Clubs in the world are taking part in this initiative during these three days.
- HIV Testing & Counselling
- TB Symptomatic Screening
- Diabetes & Blood Pressure Screening
- Polio & Measles Vaccination
- Vitamin A tablets
- 9-11 May
- 9am – 4pm
- Dial *120* 7343 for a site near you. In Port Elizabeth, South Africa, the site for the three days is the NMMU’s Missionvale Campus. You can dial +27 82 5515 845 for more information.
May is one of my favourite months. Last year this time I was getting home from London where I had just done Top Model UK. Here in South Africa, May is the last month of the Autumn season and things are headed for Winter so it’s getting chilly. Good thing I’ll be in New York when it’s the height of Winter here! For May I decided my 3 new things would revolve around spring cleaning.. this is going to be a month of organizing and cleaning out! Here are some of the things I’m going to do:
1. Clean out all my old stuff and give to charity. This includes my old books, textbooks, sport stuff, ornaments and clothes. I just realized I am keeping a lot of my old things and it’s piling up. I am doing a huge clean out this month and I have three charities in mind who I would like to drop my boxes off with. I will keep you posted!
2. Read a book. I have started an incredibly-written novel by Julian Fellowes called ‘Past Imperfect’. I love reading but the trouble is sometimes life runs away with me and I never finish things I start reading. This one I’m determined to complete!
3. Finish another blog I’m creating. I’m working on a new project and I’m going to work extra hard to get it done before the end of the month. Very exciting stuff, watch this space!
Any fun things happening for you this month?
Over the weekend I judged a freeze flash mob at my hometown’s beautiful seaside entertainment complex, the Boardwalk. It was a flash mob as part of the Salvation Army’s anti-trafficking campaign to stop human trafficking. Visit their website by clicking here.
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
My job was to walk around when the participants froze, and award who I thought was exceptional with a prize. The kids who took part were all really great and it was hard deciding which pose was best out of what I saw when I walked around!
It was a thrilling experience and I was pleased with the winner, Mutsa Mahwehwe, who won overall (not just because he was the one I spotted!) He won a trip for 6 to Jeffrey’s Bay. There were also great prizes for other exceptional poses, including the honeymoon suite for a couple at a local hotel, a limo ride to a restaurant for dinner and various meal vouchers. The awards ceremony afterwards saw a lot of excitement as the winners had to re-enact their poses. For more photos from the day click here. To support the church that organised this event (Salvation Army PE Central) follow them on Facebook here.
We all love social media. It’s good for building business, building relationships and for sheer enjoyment. These are the social media platforms I use, literally in order of preference.
1. Facebook. I have a personal Facebook page and a public page for myself as an actress. You can view it HERE. I really had to think about how to use my public page because whenever I did jobs or attended cool industry events I would post about it on my personal page anyway. I tried to only post about my professional life on my public page, but let’s face it, you have more reach with your personal page. I had way more friends than official ‘likes’ on my public page, and I was finding that I wanted to post about my successes on my personal platform anyway. So I’ve always run the risk of not utilizing my public page properly and of being repetitive if i did. Yet I still felt I needed it. Then, to make matters worse, FB introduced the concept of public subscribers to your personal page. This, I soon learned, is the same as ‘fans‘ or ‘followers‘ on your public page. They could follow you personally if they wanted to and you could just change the setting of what you posted to either make it public (for your ‘subscribers‘) or keep it to just be for your actual friends. So you were totally in control of your privacy. And it made it so much easier for you to just update one page. So what was now the point of having a public page at all? It seems I’m not the only one with this dilemma; I’ve read many interesting articles on this and it actually was a problem for a lot of actors, comedians, sport stars and public figures when FB introduced this. Mainly because it split their followers. Some followers would ‘like’ and stick to following their public page, and other followers who were smarter would just subscribe to the public feeds on their personal pages. So now they, like myself, had to repeat everything they said to both their public and personal pages so as to update everyone. That can be annoying for people getting your feed twice if they have you as a friend and have officially liked your page too. I realized that friends and family are the ones you want to tell good news to anyway. So your first instinct is to upload those awesome pictures, announce the good news about a role you got, or shout out about that event your attending on your personal page. But then what about the people who have just liked your public page and don’t subscribe to you personally? They don’t get to see or know about those things. So either way, you alienate somebody. This is not ideal. These famous sport stars, comedians and public figures eventually came up with a way to resolve this by simply joining both platforms into one single, neat page. They do this by absorbing their personal profile page into their public page, thereby creating only one platform. This platform can then act as both their personal and professional realms. And, it has no limits to the number of people that can ‘subscribe’ or ‘follow’ (which is the case with subscribers to a personal page only). This way, they only update once and they can simply change the publicity setting depending on who they want to see it – this applies to check ins, photo albums, status updates and so on. Sound good? Yes, but the only problem is that with this amalgamation, you will lose all your photos and history which you currently have on your personal page. Not nice. If you’re still interested, Facebook gives you instructions on how to do this conversion HERE.
2. Twitter. This used to be top of my list, but I’m bored. I’m not gonna lie. Many people will tell you i’m crazy, but unless you have something definite you are tweeting about (I enjoy updating my business one, for instance), it runs the risk of being an online platform for self-loving dilettantes who are captivated by the sound of their own voice. How cringeworthy. I find this with a lot of my actor friends and, unfortunately, I can’t shake the wince when I read some of their tweets. I like tweeting about the news, current affairs, books, charities, good quotes, bible verses, sports updates, travel stories, or actual jobs I’m doing. Read my post on how to use Twitter HERE.
3. Instagram. Gorgeous and fun! For the pictures that don’t make the cut onto Facebook or Twitter. Arty, silly or simply fun pics! I’m enjoying it more and more, see my article on it HERE.
4. Pinterest. Imagine we are all artists or graphic designers and we have massive, creative pinboards all around our bedrooms and studios! Imagine that everytime we see a picture or a quote in a magazine we tear it out and pin it up on one of our boards. We collect all kinds of pictures spanning across all different sorts of topics and are inspired by them everytime we look at them. This is Pinterest. It’s a community of creative minds who love to look at pretty things and share them with the world. This is an awesome online vehicle to advertise, to inspire, to share and to enjoy. I love pictures and you can find some really beautiful ones on just about anything on Pinterest. Go on – try – type in a word HERE. People have some really great ‘boards’ on it (which is where a collection of photos is grouped on your profile) and these boards span across so many different themes. A person can have more than one board. I have a board called “Delish” where I post pictures of delicious foods I see. I also have “Favourite Places & Spaces” where I post pictures of beautiful scenes. I have a nice picture of a place called Sleepy Hollow Farm in Vermont on there. See it HERE. I personally follow the board ‘Chocolate’ by a user named Heidi. See it HERE. There are some tasty pics up on it which she has repinned from other sites she’s spotted them on. I used to really like www.weheartit.com but I’m starting to like Pinterest more. Mostly because of the sizes of the pictures. I look up pics for my blog articles here. It’s fantastic! I also advertise my blog articles on it, for the millions of users who log on and sift through pictures every day. I even added a Pinterest share button here on my blog under every article, so if you see any pictures you like in any of my articles, you can click on the Pinterest button and share it, or as they say, PIN IT!
What about you? What are your social platforms? Do you have Pinterest?
Okay, so when it comes to food i’m no expert. That being said, I do know a good steak when I taste one! I like eating food at nice places with good service, a great wine list and a cosy, festive atmosphere. I recently went to a restaurant here in Cape Town called Simon’s. It’s situated at a beautiful wine farm called Groot Constantia and during the day, the views of the vineyards are heavenly. My mom and I ordered a steak with cooked veggies and our friend ordered the duck. Together we shared a bottle of Merlot and it was the perfect evening. The food there is very good and I can highly recommend it! For dessert we had a cheeseboard. I must say, it’s my new all-time favourite. It got me thinking about some of the best places I’ve been for dinner here in Cape Town, South Africa. If you live here, here’s a list of places I would recommend (I also include some coffee places that offer light lunches because we all love a good coffee and it’s nice to try somewhere new):
1. The Brass Bell along the Main Road in Kalk Bay
2. Top of The Ritz Revolving Restaurant at The Ritz Hotel along the Main Road in Seapoint
3. Aubergine at 39 Barnet Street in Gardens
4. Duchess of Wisbeach at 3 Wisbeach Road in Seapoint
5. Carne at 70 Keerom Street in the City Centre
For light lunch and coffee
1. Jason Bakery at 185 Bree Street in the City Centre
2. Birds Cafe at 127 Church Street in the City Centre
3. Clarke’s at 133 Bree Street in the City Centre
4. Cafe Nood at The Quadrant Square, Wilderness Road in Claremont
5. O’ways Tea Cafe at 20 Dreyer Street in Claremont
How about you? What’s your favourite thing to order when you eat out? Leave a comment below or tweet me at @TamikaDoubell.
Easter was awesome, exhilarating, special and delicious. For me, as a Christian, Easter is the true new year. It is the period from Good Friday to Easter Sunday (when Christ was crucified and when he was resurrected). It is the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, culminating in the celebration of the resurrection of Christ (Easter Sunday) on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as described in the New Testament. He died on the cross to pay for our sins and allow us entry into God’s kingdom after death. His resurrection symbolizes the resurrection of all of us after death into Heaven, where our souls are very much alive and immortal in His eternal Kingdom (if we lived as Christians according to His Word). In short, his resurrection symbolizes new life. It sets Him apart from all the other historical figures in those times who claimed to be the Son of God because none of them came alive again after they died. This was a true miracle. Through doing this he proved that what he had been saying all along was true; Every miracle he performed and everything he preached about God and the way man must live on earth was true. It renews your faith, this time of year, and for me it only cements it. You look again at the important lessons of the Bible and the Ten Commandments and re-commit yourself to living the loving Christian lifestyle. Satan will always be around to throw us off track and we need to be strong. Of course we will always sin, no matter how hard we try, because we live in a fallen world. What sets you apart is your repentance and prayers for forgiveness. God guarantees us He will always forgive us if we confess our sins and repent.
Easter is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance which begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts forty days (not counting Sundays). The Sunday before Easter is Palm Sunday, with the Wednesday before Easter being known as Spy Wednesday. The last three days before Easter are Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday (sometimes referred to as Silent Saturday). Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday respectively commemorate Jesus’ entry in Jerusalem, the Last Supper and the Crucifixion. Easter is followed by a fifty-day period called Eastertide, or the Easter Season, ending with Pentecost Sunday. The week beginning with Easter Sunday is called Easter Week or the Octave of Easter, and each day is prefaced with “Easter”, e.g. Easter Monday, Easter Tuesday, etc.
It is a very holy time for me. I really enjoy the service on Easter Sunday, before sunrise on the day of resurrection. The service is very early and I am not usually a morning person, but for this I am! The Easter Vigil is performed during this service. This is the most important liturgy of the year, which begins in total darkness with the blessing of the Easter fire, the lighting of the large Paschal candle (symbolic of the Risen Christ) and the chanting of the Exultet or Easter Proclamation.
There’s something about the lighting of the fire and the candle that makes you feel reborn in a way. After this service of light, a number of readings from the Old Testament are read; these tell the stories of creation, the sacrifice of Isaac, the crossing of the Red Sea, and the foretold coming of the Messiah. This part of the service climaxes with the singing of the Gloria and the Alleluia and the proclamation of the Gospel of the resurrection. At this time, the lights are brought up and the church bells are rung, according to local custom. A sermon may be preached after the gospel. Then the focus moves from the lectern to the font. Anciently, Easter was considered the ideal time for converts to receive baptism, and this practice continues within Roman Catholicism and the Anglican Communion. It is traditional for the congregation to renew the vows of their baptismal faith at this point. The Easter Vigil concludes with the celebration of the Eucharist (known in some traditions as Holy Communion).
The whole service consists of 4 parts:
- The Service of Light.
- The Service of Lessons.
- Christian Initiation, or the Renewal of Baptismal Vows.
- The Holy Eucharist with the administration of Easter Communion.
Here is something interesting I found: The first recorded “Sunrise Service” took place in 1732 among the Single Brethren in the Moravian Congregation at Herrnhut, Saxony, in what is now Germany. Following an all-night vigil they went before dawn to the town graveyard, God’s Acre, on the hill above the town, to celebrate the Resurrection among the graves of the departed. This service was repeated the following year by the whole congregation and subsequently spread with the Moravian Missionaries around the world, including Old Salem in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
So you see then the chocolate eggs are just the cherry on top for me Eggs symbolize the beginning of new life, fertility and abundance. And of course, chicks come from eggs and represent rebirth and springtime. Rabbits are known for their rapid reproduction and therefore also represent fertility and new life. So this is why these are popular symbols at Easter and why we eat them
How about you? How was your Easter? How did you celebrate?
Here is a gorgeous photo I found of the celebration of the Easter vigil at the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris.