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Panda’s guide to visa free, visa on arrival & evisa destinations for South Africans

Panda’s guide to visa free, visa on arrival & evisa destinations for South Africans

The number 1 excuse most South Africans cite for not travelling isn’t money or geographical location- it’s not having a strong passport. I want to roll my eyes at this but I don’t. I get it- we can’t travel to lots of places without expensive…

How to use social media and stay sane!

How to use social media and stay sane!

In the digital age, social media can be your best friend or your worst enemy; it can grow your business and introduce you to lifelong friends. But it also can leave you feeling insecure & self conscious of your flaws when you’re constantly bombarded with…

Panda’s ultimate guide to Bollywood for Beginners

Panda’s ultimate guide to Bollywood for Beginners

So you want to impress the Indian love interest in your life? Or maybe it’s your desi mother-in-law that needs some buttering up. Well I am going to help you with my ultimate guide to Bollywood for Beginners! I truly did not know how many…

Why I don’t follow influencers or trust sponsored content

Why I don’t follow influencers or trust sponsored content

If you’ve been a part of my Instagram family for a while, you’ll know that I am 100% anti-influencer. With the constant posts that endorse brands, products & trips that were not self-funded, its not hard to understand why I don’t follow influencers. I had…

Truths about being in an interracial & intercultural relationship

Truths about being in an interracial & intercultural relationship

In a race that loves culture, tradition and marrying ‘your own kind’, interracial relationships are still unusual within the desi culture. People look down on them, even sending condolences if a friend’s child marries a non-desi: ‘Oh, what a shame. Hopefully you’ll have better luck…

Planning a trip to Armenia: a must visit gem!

Planning a trip to Armenia: a must visit gem!

The flights, accommodation and activities mentioned in this post were NOT sponsored.  I knew nothing about Armenia before I went there. I know that as a seasoned traveler, people expect me to be well-researched and knowledgeable about all my destinations before I arrived there. But…

Why I stepped back from full-time teaching in the Gulf

Why I stepped back from full-time teaching in the Gulf

After four years of teaching in the Middle East, I walked away from teaching as a full-time career. My partner wanted to continue his career here and I supported him so we have stayed in the region. However, after my third year teaching in a…

Visiting Machu Picchu: A guide for lazy pandas

Visiting Machu Picchu: A guide for lazy pandas

The activities and accommodation in this post were NOT sponsored. It takes a second or two for the sight to reach my brain, even though it is right before my eyes, larger than life. Then I feel my lips stretch wider into gaping grin and…

Panda’s Pick of Asian Food in Dubai

Panda’s Pick of Asian Food in Dubai

Finding a good place to eat in Dubai is a struggle mostly because of the vast variety of options on offer and the fact that a google search will bring up 20 posts with recommendations which have all been sponsored for the writers.  Buying advertising…

Dear United Arab Emirates (Thanks for being there for me)

Dear United Arab Emirates (Thanks for being there for me)

Dear U.A.E,  You and I have been officially together since Thursday, 20th July 2017. You were the only country I had visited before I went to live there and my first impressions of you during my visits here were so misguided. It was only after a…