Blogger Of The Week: Tamzin Nel Of Femmegypsy

By: Sandy Nene

  • What inspired the name of your blog?

I initially called my blog “A Contradictory Life” but that is now the tagline. The concept exactly encapsulates what I am and as a result what I blog about. Being a hippy at heart and corporate by qualification I write opinion pieces and share my thoughts on articles I read and topics which I find interesting. I also document our travels on mountain bikes across SA and hopefully beyond. Topics I write about in ‘holistic health’ cover, specifically, interesting allergy-friendly places to eat, making beauty products at home, exercise and having a healthy mind as well as body. I have recently started an online virtual book club and an educational series focusing on the relatively new field of Behavioural Finance too which I hope to specialise in one day in terms of my career. I changed the name of my blog to “femmegypsy | A Contradictory Life” when I went to set up a Twitter handle and realised I had already chosen the perfect handle (@femmegypsy) during matric a few years earlier which I had long forgotten about but what is essentially perfect. I have always been called a “gypsy” by friends and family because of my casual dress code, outlook on life, and possibly my hair which dreads naturally, as well as my tendency to travel spontaneously with anyone and everyone that invites me along for an adventure!

  • How long have you been blogging for?

My very first post was published on the 9th of January 2012 so just over two years :)

  • What difficulties did you come across when you first started blogging?

Frustration with wanting to code awesome features and design related aspects, I still definitely want to do a course on this in the future. I still struggle with getting friends who do not blog to understand what a huge positive impact a comment, share or like has ;) The other obvious difficulty is that with a full-time job and studying towards a qualification which should actually be done full-time I do struggle to make the time to sit down and write.

  • What do you think new bloggers need to know about blogging that most people don’t?

I try and convince everyone to start a blog! Just do it; write about what interests you and don’t view your social media stats as what makes you successful. If you enjoy writing and curating your blog, it is already successful. Most people don’t realise how much time it does take to create an aesthetically pleasing as well as interesting post! If you are writing about what you are passionate about though, this will come more naturally. For example, I will look pathetic trying to post hair and make-up tutorials. Unless people don’t know how to do a simple 5 minute blow dry and how to put on mascara?

  • What would you say has been a highlight of your blogging career thus far?

This is easy! Most definitely all the interesting people I have “met” and all the fascinating lives and adventures I have followed across the globe. The inspiration I receive on a daily basis from blogs of all different genres is honestly the highlight.

  • Who are your favourite bloggers?

I follow and enjoy quite a few but here are the ones that I do not miss a post and may have stalked all the way back to their very first posts:

www.heynataliejean.com by Natalie Holbrook

www.inkedincolour.com by Sash Milne

www.kristenhedges.com by Kristen Hedges

www.kellehampton.com (Enjoying the Small Things) by Kelle Hampton

www.anysroad.blogspot.com by Annika Ziehen

http://moz.com/rand/ by Rand Fishkin

www.indieberries.blogspot.com by Che Dyer

www.seamsandsilhouettes.blogspot.com by Ali Graaff

www.iamdanielleiam.wordpress.com (effigies of me) by Danielle Kylie

www.midlandsmusings.com by Keri Bainborough

www.littleandbunny.blogspot.com (Raising Men) by Natasha Clark

  • Which is the most read blog post on your blog and why do you think people like it?

The most read blog post on my blog is my “Lifelist” page. I think people are possibly inspired by it?

  • What else do you do besides blogging?

I work as a share analyst and a discretionary portfolio manager for high net worth individuals and unit trusts at an asset management firm (basically, I invest money in the stock market). I love to read, travel, mountain bike, cycle, eat out and spend time with friends and family!

  • Where do you see your blog in the next two years?

I hope my blog will contain many more posts that people may or may not find interesting or inspiring. As long as I am still enjoying the writing and researching part of it, it will be where it should be.

  • Do you look at your blog as a business, hobby or as a portfolio?

I definitely view it as a hobby.

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Bloggers On Safari | 1st Zulu Safaris’ Day Tour

By: Nothando Tembe

When fellow Blogger Sandy Nene emailed me to tell me I was going on a Safari tour with 1st Zulu Safaris, around Durban with Durban bloggers,  I was so EXCITED. I have never been on anything like this ever and I have always wanted to go see the amazing creations we have in this beautiful world we live in.

When everyone was present and we took our 45 minutes drive to our first destination, we got time to get all excited about our day, get to know each other more as fellow Durban bloggers and got time to chat about everything Durban and blogging. That drive was the one of my highlights of the day because it’s great to be surrounded by intelligent people and get time to just talk about what we are all passionate about.

When we got to the Lion park – Christo, director of 1stZulu Safaris, told us to get our camera’s ready and windows closed, I was both excited and scared. I have never come across a lion before and I was looking forward to see if they are the same as I always see on TV and magazines. As much as Lions are so scary, I think they are amazing and beautiful creatures, I was just not expecting them to be so BIG. Christo said it was going to be a quick session with the Lions since they can be very unwelcoming, but that day they were very well behaved so we got the best time with them.

When we were about to leave we were told it’s our lucky day because the elephants were around and we can go see them. The first thing that popped into my mind was #Selfie with the elephant (LOL) but when I got there I was a bit terrified because these elephants were so friendly, I was actually quite scared, besides – we were not allowed out the car. I made sure to make the best of my experience by touching them just to feel their skin texture, Pam (Gagasi fm radio dj and bsuiness woman who had joined us) had a banana in her bag and I got to feed one. It was such an amazing feeling.

We then headed to Tala Game Reserve where we spent our time driving around spotting Buck, Zebra’s, Rhinos and a whole lot of different animals. The best part was seeing the Zebra and Giraffe up close. These are such beautiful animals, God really did take time when he was creating them.

Our last stop was Phezulu where we spent most of our time, because everyone was just fascinated, including me, with the crocodiles. I’ve seen a crocodile before, but I have never seen anything like what I saw at Phezulu, those crocs where HUGE, like monstrous. We just couldn’t stop asking questions and our guide was such a funny and cool guy, our tour was so enjoyable. We had a chance to see tortoise’s, lizards and all kinds of snakes. We got a chance to hold one of the “friendly” snakes and even though I was scared, I made sure to make the most of my experience, so I made sure to at least hold the tail (LOL).

Thank you so much to 1st Zulu Safari’s for such an amazing day of exploring and bringing us bloggers together. Poor Christo had to deal with so much noise in the car because we were such a loud bunch, but not once did he complain. If you know you want to experience the same thing with your friends or your family you guys must make sure you go through 1st Zulu Safari’s for the best experience.

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Event: #WhoIsLouis | Turffontein Racecourse

By: Sandy Nene

In a world of droll headgear (red berets anyone?) and a Hollywood cast of Eastern European thugs and Bond-esque assassination plots –we need a new champion. We thirst for a dashing lionheart to lead the way, inspire and elevate us from a sea of fallen heroes.

He’s here! Sound the bugle, raise the flag and all hail the king… Louis the King!

From the sport of kings rises a new breed of winner, who outruns, outsmarts and has the courage to fight for victory. Louis the King is poised to become just the second horse ever to win South Africa’s Triple Crown, earning him a cool R2 million bonus and elevating him to legendary status.

Only one other horse has ever won all three legs of the Triple Crown: the renowned Horse Chestnut stunned the nation when he won in 1999.

Now, having won two legs of the SASCOC Triple Crown, Louis the King has only the third leg – the South Africa Derby on 26 April 2014 – to conquer and establish himself as a true legend.

It has all the makings of a blockbuster drama: The young king intent to triumph in a world of soft-bellied complacency and unmerited gains. He earns his fame and fortune through legitimate victory. His is a story of passion, inspiration and hope!

From humble beginnings (his owner purchased him as a yearling for only R55 000) Louis the King has already earned R2 million in his short career and stands to net his owner another R1 million plus a R2 million bonus if he wins this single race on 26 April.

Glam up and become a part of the action! The third leg of the SASCOC Triple Crown – the South Africa Derby –  takes place at Turffontein Racecourse on 26 April 2014 and you’re invited to an unforgettable moment in time.

Witness history in the making as our hero takes to the track in his quest to wear the Triple Crown!

One race. One chance.

Fast Facts

When? 26 April 2014 at 12:00

Where? Turffontein Racecourse, Johannesburg

Admission? FREE ENTRY and FREE SECURE PARKING

Activities on the day:

The Intercontinental Village:

  • Showcasing entertainment, culture, tradition and food from across the world.
  • Proceeds will be donated to charity.
  • FREE kids entertainment in a safe environment.

Triple Crown Polo Finish:

Last chance to win a VW Polo on the day. Free entry to the competition

Jeremy Loops Concert Review

By: Matthew Robertson

As the end of summer becomes more and more apparent, the Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts draw to a close. On Sunday, the 6th of April 2014, the final concert of the year took place and Jeremy Loops wow-ed an enormous audience with his musical mastery.

On one of Cape Town’s most spectacular day’s, over 6000 people made their way to Kirstenbosch Gardens for what was promising to be one of the best shows of the season. Armed with picnic blankets, booze, snacks and a serious vibe, hordes of Loops’ fans arrived to take full advantage of one of Cape Town’s, surely, most spectacular event venues. The gardens were a vibrant green and looked as inviting as ever, almost in anticipation of what was to come. From as early as 2pm, the crowds had started to gather; people arriving early to ensure the best possible seating spot. Finally, at 4pm, the guards opened the gates and a mad rush of fans exploded into the arena. Once the audience had settled, and the drinks were flowing, Jeremy Loops made the stage.

Debuting his new album, ‘Trading Change’, Jeremy Loops had nearly all of the 6000 people standing and dancing to his incredible talent. “Trip Fox” is one of the songs on his new album and promises to be a fan favourite. With nearly 100% audience participation, the volume of the crowd’s singing was incredible. Jeremy even caught the sound of the audience on his mic, and looped it into one of his songs, live.

He is an incredible performer and comes across as a genuine and sincere musician whose goal is to make the world a happier place. This is one artist who we will be hearing a lot more from, hopefully very soon. Watch out for him in your city!

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