New Beginnings

“Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well” – Buddha 

New beginnings, what does this mean for you?

It happened during my travels in Thailand when I closed the door to my past, a past that used to be my life, my everything. It was the hardest thing to do and took around 13 months! Now when I look back, I realized that I had to go through this breakdown as it created the woman I am today.

I decided a life of new beginnings because the obvious was in front of me: to live or to go down. I won’t go into detail as I’m sure you know what I mean. So for the sake of my loved ones, my health and my future, I decided to LIVE AGAIN!

Today, I’m still in the transition period between old and new. Sometimes accompanied by pain and disappointment, lately more excitement! I look forward to walking through the door leading to the next stage of my life, where the light shines through and where flowers are blooming just for me. I promise myself to live a conscious life, take that what I’ve learnt from my past and make this new phase in my life the very best one! Bearing always in mind that everything eventually has an end.

The most important lesson learned: “The condition of my personal relationships, is a direct reflection of my degree of self-love.” 

This post is dedicated to my family and friends who supported me through the most difficult time in my life. Thank you 🙂

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My First Solo Flight

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Ever since I can remember, I wanted to become a pilot. As the years passed my career steered me into the business world and engineering.

At the age of 35, I became seriously ill and it was then when I decided turning my dream of flying into reality.

I vividly recall studying in my hospital bed, sick of chemotherapy and how I never gave up. Today I am an airline pilot in business aviation and ambulance flying. I’m licensed to fly various airplanes in different continents and I’m enjoying every moment of my dream, now my reality.

What was the most thrilling experience during my first solo flight?

When my instructor informed me: “I think you are ready” (just like in Avatar, the movie when Neytiri told Jake he was ready to become a Matakaya). I replied: “Ready for what?” “Ready for take off!” he commanded.

The instructor never gave me a chance to answer as he was convinced I could do it. And so I took off and flew along the traffic pattern (a mere 5 minutes!)) around the airport. I went through my checklist, radio communication and just as I was about to downwind to the airport I realized (WTF!) now I have to land this thing alone! Within a second my adrenalin hit an all time high and blood pressure pumped to the maximum. I could hear my heart beating through my headphones as I was ticking off checklist for the approach, keeping track of procedures, proper radio communication and flew the plane in the requested speed and configuration.

As I was turning into final approach for landing and thank heavens I could see the runway in front of me, it was then that I kept my focus and confidence together and said NO to anxiety and uncertainty building up my head.


I can’t explain or describe how it felt that day. That feeling follows me till this very day as I’m flying around the world delivering either patients or high profiled guests to their destinations. The feeling of flying creates a beautiful balance in my life that is filled with gratification, exhilaration, gratitude and the mere fact that I know that I’m capable of living my dream!

 My message to you: “Don’t allow an illness or anything of that matter to make you realize you should reach for your dreams, you just never know… Go and do it now! 

The story of Rony Vogel 

Replacing Sugar

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The body breaks down carbohydrates slower than sugar itself. One gets a sugar high from sugar and a sugar low as energy levels deplete faster than sugar substitutes. A ‘moderate’ intake of refined sugar can be an acceptable part of a healthy diet. Too much sugar in the diet can contribute to various health problems.

The process of where sugar binds with protein until they become non-functional is called glycosylation. All our cells in our bodies contain some protein but when protein attach to sugars they cannot function effectively.

Collagen makes up about 25% of our bodies protein content and when damaged from glycosylation or when oxidation occurs, it breaks down the collagen making skin lose its elasticity and skin becomes more vulnerable to sun damage. The skin becomes saggy, dehydrated and eventually wrinkled.

Large quantities of sugar compromise our immune function resulting in a rapid increase in insulin production and bruised capillaries. It also leads to production of more sebum in the skin that contributes to acne as well as inflammation throughout the body.

The good news is that sugar can easily be replaced with fruit and vegetables. A great way to start the day is to drink first thing in the morning, a warm glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice, a touch of honey and a teaspoon of olive oil to neutralize overnight acidity levels. Drink this every morning, cut down on the sugar, up the exercise and fresh air. Drink plenty of water and you’ll see a difference in your mood, health and skin! One life, live well and enjoy!

Outdoor Festivals

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Open your mind and give rise to the light! Vortex organizers believe that commercialization of the trance scene worldwide diminished the message of what trance essentially teaches.

During summer, Cape Town offers many outdoor parties in beautiful, natural surroundings and sceneries. If you never had the opportunity to experience such bliss and unity, better make the effort and add it to your bucket list. Although there are several negativity on the topic, it is really up to the individual to make that choice of responsible partying and surrounding oneself with positivity.

My favorite is Vortex, one of the biggest outdoor organizers who follow these principles:


Is the core of energy found within ourselves when we let go of all or fears. We have a loss of interest in judging ourselves and those around us. We tend to think and act spontaneously, enjoying each moment as we appreciate everything and smile through the eyes, from the heart.


We all long for love, understanding and acceptance. We can only truly give and receive love once we have gained acceptance and peace within ourselves. Our actions of love towards others all stem from the love we have for ourselves.


Is what happens when a group of people, who have peace, experience their love for themselves and each other, creating a oneness within the group.


The attitude you reach because of Peace, Love and Unity. This allows an environment of freedom of choice. You allow yourself the freedom to be yourself as you allow others the freedom and space to be themselves.

See you on the dance floor 2012!

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Flights to South Africa:

Emirates, South African Airways, Turkish Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM

South African Wine

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Cape Town is known as the gateway of the South African winelands. Cultures from Africa, Europe and the East all came together and took part in shaping this rich in colour and diverse in culture wine industry, for more than 350 years.

South African wines are one of the very best, not only for the wine itself but also for its tranquil, picturesque settings where the wine is produced. Most of the winelands are located in valleys between majestic mountains and greenery in a Mediterranean climate. These wine countries offer great wine tasting experiences, cellar tours, top restaurant facilities as well as luxury accommodation.

The wine countries have a rich culture and history. One can enjoy typical Dutch architecture dating way back to the 17th century, lushes gardens, museums, boutique shops and five-star services. Today South Africa can be experienced as a peaceful democracy, a vibrant country of enormous diversity and potential. All this variety reflect in our wines. The wine industry reflects classicism with influences from contemporary fruit-driven styles of the West. This unusual combination makes for wines which are complex yet accessible, sophisticated yet powerful, articulately expressing the unique terroir and people of the Cape.

  • The Winelands consist of several regions: Somerset West, Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, Constantia Valley, Coastal Routes, Little Karoo and Olifants River Wine Routes and much more.
  • Wines to be enjoyed: chenin blanc, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, method cap de’classique, colombard, riesling, merlot, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and pinotage, South Africa’s very own cultivar.

The best decision to make is to get yourself a bottle of South African wine (wherever you live), then close your eyes and imagine sipping that fine wine on a luxury wine estate surrounded by nature, endless green valleys and blue skies. As you open your eyes from the blissful experience, you realize that you simply have to make the effort to visit the most beautiful country in the world: South Africa!


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Being Mindful…

A few weeks ago I experienced a lot of busy-ness as I was preparing for my finals and sorting out my little daughter. My mind was full of calculations, strategies, assessments, thesis and reports. I had to make a change, and found this wonderful information that supported me:

  1. Stop multi-tasking: when you eat, you eat. When you walk, you walk.
  2. Take your time: make your actions deliberate
  3. Do less by prioritizing: it is all a matter of what is important and letting go of what is not.
  4. Plan your schedule and leave enough space between tasks: it takes away stress and gives you a break.
  5. Sit in silence: only 5 minutes of silence and breathing will do you, your thoughts and your body very good.
  6. Focus on the present: stop worrying about the future, or outcomes. Let it go and focus on what you do now.
  7. Be present: listen and talk to others by being completely in the now
  8. Eat to enjoy: savor your food and eat slowly. You deserve this break and take time to digest.
  9. Live your life: savor your life and slow down. Enjoy each and every moment even the stressful ones with deadlines and tasks.
  10. Meditating house chores: put cooking and cleaning into practice of mindfulness. Be present to every task you do and watch your thoughts then change your thought patterns consciously.

During this time I learned a lot about myself, my thought patterns and my insecurities especially on my incapabilities of what I’m currently doing. In fact, if I look at the events now, I am grateful for the challenges because I could locate these habitual patterns that kept me sort of ‘stuck’ in life. Practicing the above will not only support me in achieving that what I want but it will benefit me in the long run to living a mindful, stress-free and productive life. Try it 🙂

If Presented With the Opportunity to Get a Message to a Large Audience, What Would Your Message Be?

My message would have to be linked to something I think is plausible and relevant for any person, regardless of country, gender, education or age: Love

Most of us experienced this universal warmth and love. As little babies we survived on love. Our birth brought our families together and it is our families who gave us that what we needed. They stood by us while we developed into the persons we are today.

We should focus on igniting that innate feeling of love and then bring it to settle within our hearts. Once its settled, we should realize that regardless of circumstance, we have the ability to feel love within. We should then focus on expanding that love from within ourselves, out to everyone and everything until we all become one. A big bundle of life and love!! Live life and expand love. Live an inspired life of love. Live now in the moment, out of gratefulness as time has been given to us at birth and it will be taken away from us at death.

Spend each minute wisely and you decide with who you want to spend that time. Say yes and say no without explaining yourself. People will understand if they truly care.

My message for humanity is to reach for a world of love, unity and life! Where people are equal, live with dedication, inspiration and are passionate in whatever they do, with a deep-rooted belief in positive actions.

Perhaps my message is unoriginal…impossible….maybe even boring…..I don’t care as long as I live my message everyday with the wish that my actions positively contribute to the world I live in… Peace, always 🙂

Smart Phone Technology, What’s Next?

The future is smarter,  and now we are even more connected

Apps have effectively extended the usage of smartphones yet Apps do have their restrictions. Some operate in isolation, with a limited ability to link and connect. In the future we will see Apps working flawlessly together, providing a wealth of integrated experiences.

Already smartphone manufacturers are working on this integration process. BlackBerry offers an integrated inbox solution where messages and notices from all messaging, IM and social networking Apps are displayed in one inbox. Android users have more choice in terms of sharing content and can program the default App of their choice for sharing.

Apple’s latest ‘Passbook’ is a wallet-style feature for various barcode- scanning Apps (boarding passes, loyalty cards, vouchers etc.).

In the past we would have had several different Apps for each particular purpose, in Passbook we get a feel of how Apps commune in one location. Convenience I say!

Alexander the Great

Alexander The Great by Kirsi Salonen

……….On his death bed, Alexander summoned his generals and told them his 3 final wishes:

1. The best doctors should carry his coffin

2. The wealth he has accumulated (money, gold, precious stones…) should be scattered along the procession to the cemetery, and

3. His hands should be let loose, hanging outside the coffin for all to see!!

One of his generals, surprised by these unusual requests asked Alexander to explain.

Here is what Alexander the Great had to say:

I want the best doctors to carry my coffin to demonstrate that, in the face of death, even the best doctors in the world have no power to heal…

I want the road to be covered with my treasure so that everybody sees that material wealth acquired on earth, stays on earth…

I want my hands to swing in the wind, so that people understand that we come to this world empty-handed and we leave this world empty-handed after the most precious treasure of all is exhausted, and that is TIME.

The lesson for life:

We do not take to our grave any material wealth, although our good deeds can be our travelers’ cheques.

TIME is our most precious treasure because it is LIMITED.

We can produce more wealth, but we cannot produce more TIME.

When we give someone our TIME, we actually give a portion of our life that we will never take back.

Our TIME is our life!

The best present we can give others and ourselves is TIME.

May we have plenty of TIME and may we all have the wisdom to give it away and LIVE until our TIME has come.


When It’s All Said and Done, Will You Have Said More Than You’ve Done?

Life is not short it’s just very precious. What you say becomes your truth. Every minute counts and it is what you do in that minute and not how many minutes you have. When the time has come for us to go, I would want to die open hands: knowing that I did everything I said I would.

Words are faster than actions. Being an air-sign makes me a dreamer and I tend to speak faster than what I should resulting in empty promises to others and myself. But thank goodness, that’s in the past and I am much better now since I made a conscious decision to walk my walk and talk my talk. And my secret: ‘just do it!’

Our actions have consequences and often we hurt others and ourselves unintentionally. We should do everything in moderation, out of respect and love for others and ourselves, our actions will have positive results.

So go out there, and do it. Achieve your goals, spend time with your loved ones, go out with your friends, write your bucket list, whatever it is, when it’s all said and done, you can say, I’ve done it all!!