Jul
22
2009

Meditation and Reiki programme for July, August 2009

 

“ELIXIR OF LIFE IS ……………… MIND RELAXATION”

How do you relax your mind?????????

With the method called “Meditation” which I can teach you to do.

However, you must want to meditate ………………….

You must make the effort to take that first baby step …….

Pick up the telephone …………

Call me …… Zaida ….. 021 762 4005 …… book your seat for the sessions

in the attached Programme: Programme-July – August 2009

Jun
25
2009

The search for Mej Kirkwood Wildsfees 2009 is on!

 

If you are sexy, feisty, full of fun and absolutely adore the wildlife then this is one competition you HAVE to enter!

The search for Mej Kirkwood Wildsfees 2009 is on!

The event will be held on Saturday 27 June 2009 at 12pm on the Kirkwood Wildlife main stage at the festival in Kirkwood. This is a revamped event and will be much different from previous years, as this year we are looking for single, vibrant, fresh faced girls between the ages of 13 – 24 only!

Exciting prizes are awaiting the winners and their princesses, including the opportunity to meet up with a celebrity judge whom will form part of a panel of 5 high profile judges. Entry forms are available on the websites www.wildsfess.co.za and www.pizzazzmodels.co.za or from pageant organizer Lisa Perino from Pizzazz Finishing School & Modelling Academy on 082 713 3024 or e-mail her on lisa@501.co.za.

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Jun
07
2009

Sunday Times backpage model Imaan Macquena

 

Imaan Macquena Hot to trot indoors and out: Boss model Imaan Macquena was born in Durban and represented her province in hockey and swimming. Nowadays she calls Cape Town home, and has signed up for surfing lessons. Picture: Fanie Nel/fanjam

Jun
01
2009

Reiki focuses on channeling energy through practitioner and client

 

By Vicky Eckenrode
Vicky.Eckenrode@StarNewsOnline.com

<br /> Gloria Spackman of Everything Peaceful performs reiki treatment on Wilmington resident Ryan Shepard, who has been to several different medical practitioners for his chronic fatigue. Reiki is a healing technique of transmitting life energy by placing the hands gently in specific positions either on or above the body.

Gloria Spackman places her hands on a client’s temples and sits quietly without moving for several minutes. It doesn’t look like much is going on, but as Spackman moves her hands around, a hum of energy is working, she said. After years of experience as a reiki practitioner, Spackman said she can feel when she finds a blocked area of negative energy, the kind of patches she said can cause stress, pain and sickness.

“I start at the head. There are hand placements that you use,” said Spackman, who began learning the techniques five or six years ago. “All I do is place my hands on them, and let the reiki energy flow out of my hands and into their body.”

The practice, rooted in Japan, is based on the philosophy that a universal life energy flows through people and has a powerful affect on how they feel.

“What I do and what all reiki healers do is let that life force energy channel through my hands,” said Spackman, who lives and practices in Wilmington.

She became interested in it after family members were dealing with health issues. That got Spackman looking into nontraditional and alternative treatments. Spackman, a high school guidance counselor by day, learned the techniques through The International Center for Reiki Training, reaching the Masters level three years ago.

“Last summer, I took their highest level – the Karuna level,” she said, adding that it means compassionate being.

Now, she leads workshops around town or meets individually with clients who are stressed out or having health issues. Spackman said she often sees clients with headache complaints.

“When I put my hands on their head, I move with the headache pain, and the pain actually moves,” she said. “They can feel it move. They can feel it diminish.”

Back and hip pains are other common complaints, but Spackman said she also sees people with chronic problems like asthma.

“The key is that deep relaxation. That allows the body, the immune system to kick in and help whatever’s going on,” she said.

Spackman points out, however, that she sees the treatment as complementary to traditional medical care, especially for serious health problems.

“I’m not a doctor, and that’s something that they’ll need to understand,” she said.

Ryan Shepard started seeing Spackman several months ago and has treatments once a week.

“I have health issues, and I haven’t really gotten any answers from standard medicine, so I’ve pretty much been going the holistic route,” said Shepard, who lives in Wilmington. “I think it kind of makes you at least do a lot of self reflection and so I think it’s good for that. Hopefully it’ll make me better, but we’re still working on that.”

source: Star News Online Vicky Eckenrode: 343-2339 On Twitter.com: @vickyeckenrode

May
24
2009

More than a million say Lyndall Jarvis is FHM Sexiest

 

Capetonian Lyndall Jarvis voted 2009 sexiest woman in the world FHM magazineBombshell Lyndall Jarvis once described herself as “creepy”. The 25-year-old beauty from Cape Town was actually referring to Laughing Octopus, a character based on her which features in the popular futuristic video game, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.

“It’s a bit creepy! I’m a bit creepy,” she said laughing in an interview shortly after the game’s release.

But this week, Jarvis’s icy blue eyes, golden locks and famous “twins” earned her the coveted top spot in FHM magazine’s annual Sexiest Woman in the World survey. More than a million votes were cast in the local version of the poll.

She beat foxy fellow frontrunners IPL Miss Bollywood SA Gabrielle Demetriades, American actress Megan Fox, Cape surfer Roxy Louw, TV personality Shashi Naidoo and model Joelle Kayembe to the title.

Jarvis inherited the crown from her friend and fellow model, Tracy McGregor. She admitted to dancing with joy after hearing the news.

“I was ecstatic and it was the first call of the morning. What a way to start your day! I did a little happy dance in my living room,” Jarvis said.

Mar
11
2009

What is Reiki?

 

from The International Center
for Reiki Training

A Brief Overview

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well-being. Many have reported miraculous results.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an “attunement” given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” to improve one’s health and enhance the quality of life.

Its use is not dependent on one’s intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.

While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.

While Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures.


Reiki ideals chinese letters

During a meditation several years after developing Reiki, Dr. Usui decided to add the Reiki Ideals to the practice of Reiki. The Ideals came in part from the five principles of the Meiji emperor of Japan whom Dr. Usui admired. The Ideals were developed to add spiritual balance to Usui Reiki. Their purpose is to help people realize that healing the spirit by consciously deciding to improve oneself is a necessary part of the Reiki healing experience. In order for the Reiki healing energies to have lasting results, the client must accept responsibility for her or his healing and take an active part in it. Therefore, the Usui system of Reiki is more than the use of the Reiki energy. It must also include an active commitment to improve oneself in order for it to be a complete system. The ideals are both guidelines for living a gracious life and virtues worthy of practice for their inherent value.

The secret art of inviting happiness
The miraculous medicine of all diseases
Just for today, do not anger
Do not worry and be filled with gratitude
Devote yourself to your work. Be kind to people.
Every morning and evening, join your hands in prayer.
Pray these words to your heart
and chant these words with your mouth
Usui Reiki Treatment for the improvement of body and mind
The founder , Usui Mikao

Reiki classes are taught all over the country and in many parts of the world. If you are interested in learning Reiki, please check the class schedule and contact Zaida Ahmed.

source: www.reiki.org

Feb
06
2009

Talking with Tatum Keshwar in Cape Town

 

Article By: Thamar Houliston

Fri, 06 Feb 2009 08:19

Tatum Keshwar, Miss South Africa 2009 Durban modelTatum Keshwar — the newly-crowned Miss South Africa — is a strong, dynamic and beautiful young woman, who only two months into her reign, has already established herself as an inspiration. Speaking to Tatum I realised that she certainly recognises her role as the new Miss South Africa, but also knows what’s most important — her close friends and family.

Hailing from Durban, the 25-year-old model is passionate about all things local, which is why she’s coming to Cape Town this weekend (7-8 February) for the Cape Town Tens tournament, taking place at Hamilton Rugby Club. Talking about being ‘rooted’, she says that her role-models all rank as strong South African businesswomen who have established themselves in South Africa. Although there’s a long list of local women who inspire her, Tatum says the two she would say who are at the top of her list are Basetsana Khumalo (who she got to spend a little time with at this last weekend’s J&B Met) and Jo-Ann Strauss.

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Jan
09
2009

20 Question with Sam Greyvenstein

 

Sam Greyvenstein FHM Model, salon ownerEvery now and then I do an interview with a male or female celebrity. In fact I have two more in the pipeline that will be published before end of Feb. This month I would like to introduce model Sam Greyvenstein. She is also a fitness fanatic who spends 5 days a week in the gym and the owner of Lime Skin & Body salon in Broadacres, Fourways. Sam is a top 10 finalist for the FHM Models 2009 competition. Be sure to register on the FHM website and vote for her on a daily basis.

Anyway here’s my first interview with Sam Greyvenstein for 2009…

[RT] Sam, please tell my readers what is your claim to fame?

[SG] Haha until I have paparazzi knocking at my door, I cant claim that one 🙂

[RT] What has been your biggest inspiration in your life so far?

[SG] I don’t have one source of inspiration, I try and draw in from different people in my life, each one has different strengths.

[RT] What are you biggest goals for the next 5 years?

[SG] My biggest goals are for my business to grow, grow in the sense that it will offer various others services and become more of a group, having a hair division, fitness division and nutrition division. I would also like to be as successful as possible in my modelling, especially as it has a limited life span.

[RT] How do you look after yourself, beauty wise, health wise, mental stimulation, etc?

Sam Greyvenstein interview with blogger Ramon Thomas[SG] Well, seeing as I own a beauty salon I think we have the skin care covered 😉 I use Babor skin care products. I am a very active person and try to gym at least 5 times per week, mixing cardio and toning. My time in the gym is also my time to reflect, I do most of my thinking in the gym. I don’t follow any particular eating plan or diet, but I believe in the “everything in moderation” rule! I don’t deny myself anything…. and I have quite a sweet tooth 😉

[RT] What is your current relationship status …and why or how do you like it?

[SG] I have a boyfriend whom I’ve been with for 3 years. I am very much a relationship person, I don’t like being single. Being in a relationship is fun! I love having someone to come home to every night 😉

[RT] What do you find most attractive in a man and why?

[SG] I find a sense of humour, eyes and hands are what attract me to a man most! A sense of humour is important because with out it, life would be very dull. Eyes are important as I can tell a lot about a person by just looking at their eyes, and hands because well manicured hands are a sign that a man takes good care of himself.

[RT] On the other hand, what turns you off the most?

[SG] Dirty hands, smoking and acting like a jock!

[RT] What do you think about opposites attract?

[SG] I think its true to a certain degree, but i think there needs to be some similar qualities, otherwise it wont work.

[RT] What do you think about love at first sight?

[SG] I don’t believe in that. I believe in “lust” at first sight.

[RT] How do you, as a woman, get what you want in a relationship?

[SG] Well communication is key! I would say that I’m fairly low maintenance, so for me, as long as I get food when I want it, im happy 😉 I LIVE for food!

[RT] What’s the worst pick-up line that’s ever been used on you and how did you respond?

I get the, “you have such beautiful eyes” one all the time! Then they start asking if they are contacts so they can touch my face! I just turn around and walk away…..

[RT] What’s the most embarrassing date you’ve ever been on?

FHM model Sam Greyvenstein interview[SG] I was still in my teens and it wasn’t really the date, it was what happened before the date! My dad is a cook and in the winter he had decided to experiment with some cured meats, leg of pork etc. So being Joburg in winter, it was quite cold, so my dad decided to hang everything in the garage above the cars like a washing line. My date arrived to pick me up and the garage door had not been closed…. don’t want to know what he thought of me after that?!

[RT] How do men react when you’re alone vs. when you’re in a group setting?

[SG] I don’t really get people approaching me when I’m on my own.

[RT] How has the feminist revolution affected life for women in the 21st century?

[SG] No comment.

[RT] What kind of relationship issues do you and your girlfriends discuss most often?

[SG] Its never anything in particular, it usually just whatever problem that particular couple is facing at that time. Most of the time its just bad patches, where there is a lot of bickering.

[RT] What suggestions do you have for women listening?

[SG] If you are having problems in your relationship, you HAVE to talk about them. Best thing to do is sit down and talk things through, if you ignore them they will only get worse.

[RT] How should men approach a woman like yourself?

[SG] Just be yourself, don’t try and impress me with rubbish!

[RT] What do you think of Speed Dating and would you ever try it?

[SG] No don’t fancy the idea, wouldn’t try it.

[RT] What do you think of Online Dating and would you ever try it?

[SG] Not for me either.

[RT] What is your idea of the ideal first date?

[SG] Like I said I’m pretty simple, so as long as there is a nice atmosphere, and good food I’m happy 😉

Nov
28
2008

M-Net Face of Africa – Facing Off

 

Oluchi Onweagba nigerian modelM-Net Face of Africa has been mired in controversy since its inception in 1998. Now, on the eve of its seventh leg, Ziphezinhle Msimango wonders whether there is a need for the competition at all.

It’s 1998, and 16-year-old Oluchi Onweagba is selling bread on the streets of Lagos to make ends meet. She has no idea that soon she will land a contract with Elite Model Management in New York, widely regarded as the world’s biggest modelling agency. That, in just five years, she is to grace the covers of magazines like Italian Vogue and Marie Claire, and sashay down the international catwalk in haute couture by Christian Dior and John Galliano. And that, Cinderella-like, she’d marry legendary Italian designer, Luca Orlandi, one day. But, in the same year that she finds herself plying the streets, a friend convinces her to audition for the first-ever M-Net Face of Africa modelling competition in Zimbabwe. Onweagba’s world changes forever.

Nombulelo Mazibuko model Face of Africa 2000

In 2000, 16-year-old Nombulelo Mazibuko, a schoolgirl from Khayelitsha, wins Face of Africa, lands a 150000 contract with the Elite agency, and goes off into New York’s sunset. But, barely two years later, she’s sent back to South Africa — the agency thinks she’s too fat. Mazibuko returns home and leaves the modelling world behind for an office job.

Botswana’s Kaone Kario, 20, who won the competition in 2005, says, “I flew in a plane for the first time because of Face of Africa. I think it does so much for this continent. But what you do with the exposure you get as the winner is up to you.”

It’s been two years since Kario won the competition.

She’s now based in Cape Town and almost all her modelling jobs are in South Africa.

“Personally, I’ve tried the international modelling scene and I don’t prefer it,” says Kario, who claims she battled racism at European castings. “It’s so tough when you arrive at a casting and people are shocked that you’re actually black.”

As part of Face of Africa 2008, 12 girls aged between 18 and 22 are in Dar es Salaam for the competition’s model bootcamp. It’s early November, and they are learning sundry modelling ‘how-tos’ — from working the ramp to the complexities of international income tax, which a model working overseas must master sooner rather than later.

Yet, as this effer- vescent gaggle of girls rehearse for their very first catwalk experi- ence at Swahili Fashion Week 2008 in Dar es Salaam, it seems most aren’t considering the unthinkable: This competition may not make their dreams come true.

“My friends encouraged me to enter and I listened to them,” says Tanzania’s Helen Ambrose, 19, in Swahili. She speaks through a translator — she doesn’t understand any English. Ambrose, who stopped her education at the end of primary school to find a job in Tanzania’s flourishing tourism industry, adds: “Winning would mean an education, and the opportunity for me to uplift other girls from my community.”

Three days later, her hopes are sunk when she’s voted out of the competition and the gold dust disappears in a poof. Another girl, also faced with the disappointment of being eliminated, steals money from the bags of her fellow contestants. She says she wanted to use it to pay for her brother’s school fees. The organisers may not be proud of this incident but, still, perhaps it provides an instructive insight into how the competition seems a magic bullet for only a few — rags to rags, if you will.

When the first Face of Africa competition was launched in 1998, it captivated girls across Africa. In it, for the first time, they saw the chance to show the world their wares; and a direct passage to international runways was at their fingertips. At this time, the only black high-fashion models were either born in the West, like Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks. Or, they were even rarer, like Alek Wek, who moved from her native Sudan to London in 1991, and was subsequently discovered at a fleamarket.

Regardless of the brouhaha around some winners vanishing into an abyss — in spite of the brave new world one might associate with the competition winner — Onweagba, who is at the bootcamp, counters: “Each Face of Africa winner has been unique in her own way, and each has had her own level of success.

read the entire article on the Sunday Times website.

Oct
23
2008

The Model Millions reality show shutdown

 

The Model Millions SABC3 weekly South African reality tv showThe weakening Rand and global economic downturn has contributed to further delays in the production of local reality TV series The Model Millions. The series will be taking a two week broadcast hiatus as it repositions itself to cope with the ever-fluctuating exchange rates.

According to Wayne Kyle, Executive Producer for The Model Millions, the sudden fall in the value of the Rand has had an impact of over R9m on the budget of the series and forced the producers to scramble to hedge the series’ finances and raise additional sponsorships. “As recently as last week we lost a major funding source from the United States as a result of the economic chaos in that country. Luckily we have managed to secure additional sponsorships and hedge our international transactions but it has unfortunately impacted on the production and put us behind on deliverables to the SABC.” explains Kyle. We have been forced to request some changes to the schedule from the SABC to accommodate the production timelines in the form of a two-week break in broadcast. This will allow us time to get things back on-track and running smoothly, Kyle added.

This means that the next time that viewers will be able to see the local series is the 19th of November. There will be no broadcast of the series on the 5th or 12th of November as SABC3 brings viewers the scheduled cricket action in the Model Millions slot on Wednesday nights. But Kyle has promised to keep viewers constantly updated via SABC3, the Model Millions website and their Facebook Group. “We’re not going anywhere”, Kyle says. “We are determined to bring the South African public the full series even if it means that it will only end in January. We have had great support from the models, hosts, presenters, crew and the viewers and look forward to delivering an even bigger and better series in November. We will also spend this time implementing changes to the series based on viewer feedback including possible revisions to the competition mechanic.”

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