THEN THERE WAS PHI PHI!!!

Gugu / 27 Jun, 2018

So after my so-so Phuket beach and weather experience, I was headed to Phi Phi with tempered expectations. In as much as I hoped that it would live up to the photos and hype, I had also prepared myself for an OK experience. However, with all that I had read and had seen picture-wise of Phi Phi, I couldn’t help but hope against hope, so to speak. So the further the ferry chugged away from overcast and greyish-skies Phuket, the more that the panorama changed and the skies slowly transitioned towards a bright blue white-cloud dotted canvas. It really was…

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ARBITRARY PHUKET OBSERVATIONS…

Gugu / 13 Jun, 2018

PRIVATE/METERED TAXI HIRE VS. RIDE SHARE OPTIONS: AN INTERESTING PARALLEL BETWEEN PHUKET AND SOUTH AFRICA Uber used to be available until the local taxi mafia/cartels violently shut it down. Grab, a similar ride hailing service, is the other option but only because it has gone into cahoots with the taxi mafia & its rates are apparently 4-5 times what they ought to be/should be when compared to licensed metered taxis.  Also, why did this give me a strange sense of comfort? To know that it isn’t only South African public transport cartels that operate as a law unto themselves? Since…

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WHEN IN PHUKET…

Gugu / 13 Jun, 2018

[CLICK HERE FOR THE SCENE SETTER REGARDING HOW IT IS THAT I CAME TO TRAVEL TO PHUKET] I arrived in Phuket on a Saturday evening and as I exited the airport terminal to meet my transport provider who was to take me to my accommodation, was greeted by the thickest most smothering blanket of humidity I have ever breathed! I mean, if it were possible to drown in the atmosphere, this is certainly what almost happened here. And of course, you read about the humidity of Thailand, but NOTHING can ever quite prepare you for it! IT. IS. HUMID! And…

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THE JOURNEY TO PHUKET

Gugu / 13 Jun, 2018

Thai, Thai! Maaaan!!! Thailand was EXCEPTIONAL. Or rather, my trip to Phuket and the Phi Phi Islands was exceptional! I generally don’t like to say I’ve been to X country if I have only visited one region or city. Even within a city, as a tourist, your time in a place is limited and you only get to see/get a feel of/experience a small locale thereof. So, even with Phuket, which is an island to the south of the mainland of Thailand, I can say I only experienced a small portion of its south-west coast. Southern Thailand consists of the…

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‘FEMINISM IS’ BOOK REVIEW, PT. II

Gugu / 30 May, 2018

[CONT’D FROM PREVIOUS POST. CLICK HERE FOR PART I] EXCLUSIONARY OR INTERSECTIONAL? I find this perhaps the most relevant discussion of feminism to contemporary South Africa. The socio-political public discourse in our country has reached a stage where it has become clear that the chasm (economic and mental) between white and black South Africans is only widening. This has often been showcased through persisting racist attitudes and perturbing incidents. Beyond superfluous window-dressing, it doesn’t seem that bridges have been built in the time since the heralding of the democratic dispensation. Instead, resentment and indignation has deepened on both sides. Ours is…

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‘FEMINISM IS’ BOOK REVIEW, PT. I

Gugu / 30 May, 2018

What an astounding book! I am thrilled by it and the depth of thinking of the people whose essays comprise it. The majority of the essays are by people who identify as women. A really interesting dialogue and exchange is also captured in the book, where one of the contributors turns things upside down, so to speak, and forces the reader to think deeply about the usefulness of gender and gendering and the attendant power structures. Through their essay, we are compelled to question whether feminism applies outside of the bounds of gender binarism and if so on what grounds? Altogether, this collection…

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How Do We Define and Articulate Gender and Roles in the 21st Century?

Gugu / 16 May, 2018

I make it a point to create my best culinary items for my son. One, because I know he loves food and secondly because his appreciation of my efforts makes me happy. Very happy. Recently, I cooked a dish whose recipe I’d recently discovered and had intended to make soon enough. I think I’m pretty mean in the kitchen but I can also easily admit that I’m probably as lazy as they get in that department. Pretty paradoxical, right? Honestly, during the December/festive period downtime, which is when this incident occurred, my laziness trumps most other life activities & I’m…

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Do You Know Where You’re Going To?

Gugu / 2 May, 2018

People stay in places for all the wrong reasons. People settle. People rationalise their fear-fuelled decisions by factoring in things like earnings and comfortability (familiar places, faces spaces and routines). Money can weigh you down. The fear of unemployment or not enough money can lead people to forsake their dreams and even numb their ability to dream. Needing to maintain an already “established” lifestyle can make you debilitatingly cautious. Our fears can make those who take incredible and awe-inspiring risks to see their dreams come true seem un-human or “special”, as though they were endowed with some special ability by…

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Logos+Philosophical

Gugu / 25 Apr, 2018

Starting a blog. Wow. The technical aspects of it definitely present a steep learning curve if you do not have any basic website building or coding skills. If you go the route of buying/registering a domain, it is DEFINITELY a steep learning curve. I had to familiarise myself with acquiring and activating SSL certification, double-check that the URL to this site was pointing to the correct domain servers AND set up a branded email and configure it to ACTUALLY deliver mail (because even though I THOUGHT I’d set it up all right initially, a series of test emails were just…

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