Day 164-Be Your Own Success Story

Catch My Trip

Cape Town

[Monday Motivation]

Sometimes all it takes is a few ordinary beliefs to make extraordinary things happen!

1. Believe in yourself and your ideas.

2. Think big and don’t let fear bring you down.

3. Take the first step and say your ideas out loud.

4. There’s no mountain you can’t climb if you’re up for the challenge.

5. Don’t take rejection personally, but also know when not to take no for an answer.

6. We are not entitled to anything.

7. Learn from your mistakes and move on.

8. If you want something, don’t be afraid to ask for it.

9. Create your own opportunities. Things don’t happen by chance.

10. Know when an idea is worth giving up, but let that be up to you.

11. Think outside the box and apart from the norm.

12. Work smarter, not harder. There are always loopholes and life hacks.

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Twisting the ‘lessons of history’ to authorise unjustifiable violence: the Mediterranean crisis

Idler on a hammock

European Union political leaders have announced that their response to the staggering loss of life amongst migrants crossing the Mediterranean in unseaworthy vessels will be the use of force to smash the so-called ‘networks’ that operate out of Libya to orchestrate the perilous sea crossings. How? On May 11, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini stated that “No one is thinking of bombing. I’m talking about a naval operation,” but two days later, the Guardian reported on a leaked strategy paper for an EU mission in the Mediterranean and in Libyan territorial waters proposing an air and naval campaign. This, the paper said, would lead to ‘collateral damage’. In other words, adults and children boarding or aboard the vessels under attack might be killed. With or without bombs, such ‘collateral damage’ is already a known product of the measures being employed by the EU to push back, deter, and divert…

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Dr. Libellule, director of Sun Haven, a sanatorium for wayward souls, had once visited South Africa (the province of KwaZulu-Natal), where he became enamored with a hazel-eyed, simpering housemaid and, later, after days of debauchery in Pietermaritzburg, the genus Clivia.

Prospero's Island


Clivia miniata var simpering housemaid

Campomanesia lineatifolia

Campomanesia lineatifolia (La chamba, Champa, Perfume Guava) I am quite proud of this small tree from the rainforests of Ecaudor. It’s rare in cultivation.

Campomanesia lineatifolia seed

Here is the seed. What a humble beginning.

Papaya seedling

Carica papaya watermelon This is a Hawaiian variety of papaya.

Hibiscus acetosella leavesHibiscus acetosella flower

Hibiscus acetosella These leaves of this hibiscus are edible. The flower is pretty too.

Morning glory

Ipomoea platensis (Argentinian moning glory) This ipomoea makes a huge caudex. It needs to be pruned often as the vine grows very vigorously.


Cycas revoluta

Sadly, my cinnamon plants are not doing very well. They need to be kept very dry. I’ve lost several already and am struggling to keet the remaining plants alive.

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The Atlantic Ocean’s ‘Best-Kept Secrets’


Now this is somewhere I haven’t been yet – but is definitely on my list.

Thanks to HuffPost Travel.

View of Horta - Faial Island / Azores / Portugal View of Horta – Faial Island / Azores / Portugal

The only thing better than an unspoiled paradise is one that nobody you know has visited yet.

Some people can say they’re familiar with the Azores, a group of nine islands some 800 miles off the coast of Portugal. But by and large, these rugged, salt-sprayed islands are what USA Today calls “some of the best kept secrets in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.”

Picture emerald beaches, dazzling blue lakes, verdant pastures, volcanic caverns, bubbling mud pots, sprawling sunrises and waterfalls cascading deep into ravines (which you can rappel into, by the way). UNESCO designated the Azores a Biosphere Reserve in 2009 for their impeccable preservation. Indeed, the islands make a very good case for…

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We can learn from this: Buhari driven in “Keke Marwa” in Germany

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You’ve gotta love developed nations. They have a way of making life so simple and easy even when it comes to hosting world leaders. Buhari arrived Germany for the G7 summit recently and was driven to the venue in this………


No convoy, no exotic cars, no body guards, no escorts, just a president being driven in a “keke marwa-like” motor. This speaks volumes about how African governments can cut costs and unecessary flamboyance  when hosting similar events.
If this was Africa, you can be sure of bullet – proof convoys on the ground and surveillance helicopters in the air to do the same job that a simple “keke marwa” would have done.




Everyman will have his day.

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He Writes To Me

I feel the tar like ground on my feet, I’m being swept with the tide of all these thousands all dreaming about the moment they sigh and say they are home. My home is far behind, after all I just left it behind. Why am I going away, further away from you? Your hands are still warm in mine, the cold can’t touch me. Whenever we part, I feel like death, because being with you feels like the truest definition of life.

When someone touches your soul it’s not good or bad, it’s like a punch in the stomach without the pain- it’s breathtaking and I needed to breathe, not away from you but with you. I needed to touch your face to feel how real you are again and how I feel we are shaping a future without trying…merging ideas and feelings, feeding off each other’s energy and making…

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