The Enigmatic Journey…

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Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it ~Napoleon Hill. That is just a summary of my whole third year experience at Pearson Institute of Higher Education!

2017 marked the year of brutal workload and endless nights of no rest or even a proper meal to eat. I had been waking up early and sleeping late just so that I can accumulate optimum results and preserve a mutual relationship with my 3rd year lecturers. Every module has its perks and difficulties but at the end of the day I gained insight, knowledge and most importantly РEXPERIENCE!

3rd year gave me some perspective of the real world. That time is not your friend unless you put the effort and make the time yourself. I learnt how to use coping mechanisms such as remaining optimistic, I had the opportunity to receive sound advice and encouragement from my lecturers, I made new acquaintances on campus through the various assignments I had which required me to interact with all kinds of fascinating people.  Third year, from my experience, paves a path that leads to intellectual, physical and mental growth. You form connections with people you never knew existed.

Every single day is literally a new page written in a book. Why? Because I had the privilege of meeting new people from all walks of life. My final year has not been bad at all, but rather challenging and refreshing. I’ve come to realise that in life we have to go through hardships in order to taste the sweetness of success and that colossal amount of achievement.

Above all, I’m where I am today by God’s Grace and Favour and much PRAYER.

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Sources: Inspirational quotes Pinterest

Images: by Kimberley Shoniwa & TM Davids

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Pasta RUSH!

Food, glorious food. What a delicacy to have when you’re up and about on a daily basis. As busy bodies, we need zesty, jaw-dropping meals that tickle our taste buds and leave are stomachs feeling satisfied. Below is a mouth-watering eye-pleasing meal that will leave your heart yearning for more, more and MORE!

Bucatini with Winter Pesto and Sweet Potatoes by Marian Cooper Cairns

This divine meal is ready in under 30 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into wedges
  • 1/3 c. plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 c. torn kale, collards, or mustard greens
  • ¬Ĺ c. fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 oz. grated Parmesan cheese (about 1/2 cup), plus more for serving
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tsp. lemon zest, plus 1.5 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 12 oz. bucatini
  • toasted pine nuts, for serving

How to do this?

  1. Preheat oven to 425¬įF. Toss together potato, onion, and 2 tablespoons oil on a rimmed baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper. Bake, stirring once, until potato and onion are tender, 24 to 26 minutes
  2. . Meanwhile, place kale and parsley in a food processor. Pulse until chopped, 4 to 5 times. Add Parmesan, garlic, lemon zest, and juice. Pulse, scraping down the sides as needed, until finely chopped, 10 to 12 times. With the machine running, slowly add remaining 1/3 cup oil through the feed tube. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions, reserving 1/4 cup pasta water before draining. Toss pasta with roasted vegetables, pesto, and pasta water.
  4. Serve topped with Parmesan and pine nuts.

THEN VOILA – YOUR AMBROSIAL MEAL IS SET TO BE INDULGED AND DIGESTED!!!

 

With every meal requires a refreshing beverage that will assist in the tantalising taste of the gourmet food – some suggestions to add to your freshly cooked meal are: 1) Coldrink, 2) Red/White wine, 3) Mango/Guava juice and finally 4) Mineral/Sparkling flavoured water

Sources: http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/g1487/pasta-recipes/?slide=3

http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/recipes/a41068/bucatini-with-winter-pesto-and-sweet-potatoes/

Muscle, Passion & Score!

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By Kimberley Shoniwa

Go boys – Goooooo!!!!! The young men have done it again. Pearson’s rugby team has soared as high as an eagle, kept their heads in the game and remained encouraged by their thirst for victory.¬†

The two rugby teams who were hosted at the university of Witwatersrand – Steinhoff Pearson and Steinhoff Wits Junction – ¬†paved their way through the rugby field with their minds set on winning and nothing else. The 30th of August entrenched the history of Pearson Institute’s rugby team. For the very first time, Pearson’s rugby team qualified for the semi finals as well as the finals.

Wits organiser and coach, Ntsikelelo “Amigo” Nxakana, felt highly impressed by the grand perfomance of his rugby team –¬†Steinhoff Wits Junction – as the boys displayed their intense tenacity throughout the game.

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Most guys got to express themselves on the field…we get to see the guys get an opportunity to express themselves.

Nxakana was in the rugby zone, cheering his boys and leading them to success. At the same time taking notice of the Pearson boys’ stubborn courage of not giving up but rather fighting until the end.

Well, I think both teams won. Especially MGI…both teams made history today!

Representing the Pearson boys was Huggins MacDonald Mashinge who organised and maintained the Pearson boys’ mental and physical capacity as well as their kit. He managed the team with his zeal for success as he is in charge of sport at Pearson Institute. He simply could not help but lavish his joy on the boys even though they did not quite meet their goal which was sealing the rugby cup prize and coming home with a colossal win. The highlight of the game is that the Pearson boys gave it their all and produced much skill, zest and determination throughout the game.

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I was super proud – I was happy! The atmosphere was awesome for me, because I’ve worked with these rugby guys for the past three years.

Tshepang Moagi, an eager rugby fan and spectator from Pearson Institute, did not hide his utter passion and knowledge for the fantastic game that took place. He went to the stands hoping to see his team create history. Even though the Pearson boys did not make it this time, next year will be a year where the Pearson boys create a lineage of continuous success and history will be marked for the second time!

What I enjoyed most about this atmosphere was the togertherness, the cheerfulness, and the will that they had to fight back. Though we lost, I still enjoyed the game.

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All in all the atmosphere, the scenery, the coaches, the rugby supporters and most importantly the rugby players themselves displayed great ambition and courage and they did not waste time in proving why they were the best teams throughout the rugby games – with Steinhoff Pearson coming in an incredible second place and Steinhoff Wits Junction coming in an astounding first place!

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Lyndon B. Johnson once said, “Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” One lose does not determine the victory to come. The Pearson boys will rise!

How To Beautify Your Home!

Waking up every single day to a feel-good environment both lightens and brightens up your mood. You feel energised to do your daily routine. Life is just made a little simpler in a creative way.

Let’s start off with the dinner table. Be it just for you and your significant partner, or for the family, what makes eating food together and drinking refreshments extra special? Lights, lights, and more lights! How? Take plastic wine cups (any amount), LED tea lights (preferably different colours¬†depending on your personality) and paper shades with patterns on. You’ll also need¬†scissors and double-sided sellotape. Cut out the shades as desired and tape to secure. Place an LED tea light into each plastic wine cup, and assemble as shown in the image below. The voila, your alluring table lights sparkling your all roundtable!

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It’s always backbreaking and annoying to always attempt to look for the remote. Well, not anymore. Give your cushions a brand new makeover. Get a removable cushion case, a cut pocket from a male jean, scissors and/or glue or a sewing kit. Place the desired cushion case on the cushion. Cut out the jean pocket from the male jean, then stick or sew the jean pocket onto the cushion case where desired.

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Now, for the biggest width and height of your house – the walls. Instead of getting the usual family photographs and hanging certificates and awards, it’s always jaw-dropping to stare at something that makes your mind drift off into wonderland. You achieve this by purchasing or creating a desired backdrop…flowers, fountains, people, destinations, cities, etc. You then digitalise¬†them or stick a bunch of wallpapers together and paste it on your wall or get someone to permanently tattoo the design on the wall.

Sources: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/decorating-ideas/g1711/diy-home-decor/?slide=1

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/craft-ideas/how-to/a19133/candle-lampshade-craft/

http://www.californiamarkt.com/usa/4218/contemporary-and-warm-bedroom-wallpaper-design-family-style-by-gillian-lefkowitz-brentwood-los-angeles

Studying Overseas!

It’s daunting just stepping out of high school and then having to make the agonising decision to study locally or abroad. Well, for you who choose to create a new chapter in your life by going somewhere far away from comfort…try considering Bulgaria as a point of departure.

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 What encompasses Bulgaria?

Bulgaria is an uncommon country located in Europe. Being home to the first ever written Slavic language, which is now spoken not just in Bulgaria but also incorporated in the Ukraine, Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Greece and Romania.

Educational information and interests

Bulgarians schooling/learning period runs from September to June. Application for international students should be started on the first few days of September. Bear in mind that it would be advisable to learn Bulgarian just before setting yourself on new soil as most courses are predominantly done in their native language. However,¬† for international students who are not yet skilled or familiar with the language, a one year course in the Bulgarian language also followed by an examination is of great importance. If you already speak Bulgarian, you need to pass the Standardised Test in Bulgarian Level B2. However, some programs are done in the English language. If you desire to study medicine, then you’re in luck because it’s one of the courses done in English.

A bachelor’s degree takes approximately four years in Bulgaria. There are three levels to the higher education stages – bachelor, master’s and doctorate. The good news about attempting to study abroad is that if you passed high school well then you automatically qualify for university, or other higher levels of education.

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Sources: https://www.educations.com/study-guides/europe/study-in-bulgaria/

Images: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_education.html

http://www.operationworld.org/BULG

https://www.vesti.bg/bulgaria/obshtestvo/chestvame-130-godini-ot-syedinenieto-na-bylgariia-6042181

http://home.bt.com/lifestyle/travel/food-and-drink/bulgaria-could-be-your-cheapest-holiday-option-this-summer-7-foods-you-should-eat-when-you-arrive-11364198621823

 

The prodigious Mini Cooper

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The mini Cooper is by far one of the best cars ever to be invented – well, in my opinion it is. Why? Due to it’s petite structure and aesthetic demeanour.

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The Mini Cooper can be located way back by the original Mini by BMC and designer Sir Alex Issigonis in the 1950s. Commonly known to be due to a fuel shortage, and the intensity for more efficient city cars, the Mini Cooper was specifically developed and designed as a two door, 4 cylinder engine car by BMC, and featured a monocoque outer covering. The first Mini Cooper, or Mark I, was tied to BMC’s other famous brand names such as the Morris Minor and Austin, and was launched in 1959. In the 1960s, the popularity of the compact and distinct Mini Cooper led to it taking on its own distinctive identity, with the Mark II Mini adding a new sparkle in the later part of the decade.

Mini Cooper is an exquisite car for women and those people who are simple yet stylish, as well as those people who always have something new to discover about them. The Mini is an ideal eye-catcher. Not too expensive and just the right car to explore and have a great time travelling

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Sources: http://www.bmwblog.com/2012/07/05/the-history-of-the-mini-cooper/ 

Images: https://www.the-t-bar.com/69-cool-wall/41504-cool-wall-mini-cooper-1960-s

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/goodwood-revival/11815001/Driven-1966-Mini-Cooper-S.html

https://www.s2ki.com/forums/car-talk-non-s2000-174/saw-new-mini-clubman-today-1165450/

ALLURING LATVIA

Latvia is one of those countries that are hardly recognised in this day and age. There’s a lot to this miniature country. Especially pertaining to its arts and culture.

 

Situated in Eastern Europe and bordering the Baltic Sea, between Estonia and Lithuania. Riga is its capital city hosting 2,165,165 since 2014.

Culture

Commonly known as ‚Äúthe singing nation‚ÄĚ. Most people in Latvia have had some experience in the singing field as well as folk dance groups, which gather together for the Song Festival, including several singers.Folk songs are Latvia’s hallmarks. The Latvian folk song Daina is one of the distinguishing features of Latvian culture. There are three important elements of these folk songs including tradition, literature and symbolism. The Daina is an entity of oral art and is a significant symbol that has both shaping and revolutionising Latvia‚Äôs national identity for the last two centuries also including melodies. Latvians are quite strict when it comes to the greeting and initialising of relationships. The terms “kungs” for a man and “kundze” for a woman are greatly important terms when addressing people.

Art

The Lat¬≠vian art scenes encapsulates¬†the Nordic and poetic theme. Con¬≠tem¬≠po¬≠rary Lat¬≠vian artists¬†are in¬≠ter¬≠ested in cap¬≠tivating the Zeit¬≠geist and ex¬≠plor¬≠ing what encompasses their country’s¬†art such as¬†asbe¬†paint¬≠ing, sculp¬≠ture, video, and pho¬≠tog¬≠ra¬≠phy. What sets these Latvian artists from the world’s artists is their post-so¬≠viet, pro-West¬≠ern, and apo¬≠lit¬≠i¬≠cal art. Thus, re¬≠vis¬≠it¬≠ing his¬≠tory and re¬≠flect¬≠ing on what is present and past. The more emotional artists use more graphics in their art.

 

Sources: Images https://ich.unesco.org/en/RL/baltic-song-and-dance-celebrations-00087

http://www.commisceo-global.com/country-guides/latvia-guide

http://www.latvia.eu/node/2725