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Sinfonia Cruise To The Portuguese Islands (Part 2)

Monday February 15

I was awake at the crack of dawn!  In a few hours we’ll be on board the Sinfonia.  It felt a bit unreal …

There is a beach cafe with the most amazing freshly prepared, mostly organic food.  They are very environmentally aware and serve meals in eco-friendly containers. We had a great breakfast watching the early morning joggers and surfers. What a delightful way to start the day!

The friendly driver, employed by the apartments, took us to Durban Port and dropped us off at the passenger terminal.

 DSC00051When we took the cruise to Mauritius on board the Melody, we only sailed at 18h00.  That meant we had to wait till about 12h00 before we could embark.

DSC00003This time we were sailing at 14h00 and it meant we could start the embarkation process immediately.  Thanks to our “fast-track” status the process was quick and painless.

We avoided the long queues and by 10h30 we were looking at Durban harbour, enjoying a cold drink on DeBussy Deck 11.

I couldn’t wait to see our cabin. DSC00024 It’s been a dream of mine to stay in a balcony cabin ever since I found out they exist!

Michelle and I fell in love with the cabin the moment we stepped into it and knew we were going to have a great time.



We sailed just after 14h00 and it was great fun to stand on the balcony and watch a helicopter lift the pilot from the ship once we were safely out of the harbor.


Tuesday February 16

DSC00027A spectacular sunrise found us DSC00028not too far from the Portuguese Island.

I enjoyed my first cup of coffee on the balcony and decided  I could quite happily get used to this life 🙂

After a late breakfast we were ferried to the Portuguese Island by 80-seater rubber duck.  We spent a few leisurely hours on the island, watching people play and having a good time.

It was very hot and after lunch we couldn’t wait to get back to the air-conditioned comfort of the Sinfonia.

Wednesday February 17

I could not have asked for a better way to spend my birthday! DSC00038 After enjoying a continental breakfast in the cabin we strolled around and discovered how big the magnificent ship really is.

There are 13 decks in total and they are all named after famous composers.  Our cabin was on Deck 12 called Bizet Deck.

Exploring a big ship is thirsty work and we ended up in the Manhattan Bar to take a load off and enjoy a quiet drink. DSC00039

We had a superb buffet lunch in the the Il Galeone Restaurant – what a spread! DSC00026 DSC00001

Champagne and canapes were an extra treat late in the afternoon and, as I stood on the balcony sipping champagne, I knew I could easily live this life!


After another magnificent dinner we went to see “Romeo & Guilietta” in the Teatro San Carlo – the performers were superb and it was the perfect end to a perfect day!




Thursday 18 & Friday 19 February

Thursday was spent relaxing, eating (what else) and enjoying our last day on the Sinfonia. All too soon it was time to pack …

DSC00046We arrived back in Durban at about 4h30 and disembarked at 6h30.



For the last leg of our journey we took the bus to King Shaka airport and then a flight home.

Obviously we just had to have a last sweet treat 🙂DSC00053

Although it wasn’t a long cruise, it was so enjoyable and I’m very thankful that I got to spend my 58th birthday with my daughter on a magnificent cruise ship like the Sinfonia.

Sinfonia Cruise To The Portuguese Islands (Part 1)

Ever since our highly enjoyable cruise to Mauritius, I’ve been looking for an excuse to go on another one. So, with my daughter Michelle graduating at the end of 2015, I knew what the perfect graduation gift would be!  And, since we could cruise around my birthday, we would have a double celebration.

All the planning for this trip started months ago and to make it different from other trips, I wanted us to make use of as many modes of transport as we could.  What follows is our journey …

Friday February 12

The first leg of our journey started when we were picked up at home by an Uber driver.  After battling through Friday afternoon traffic, we got to Park Station, Johannesburg from where we were traveling on the Shosholoza Meyl Premier Classe Deluxe overnight train.

DSC00001While relaxing in their comfy waiting room, having snacks, we were informed that our train was “lost” but we would be notified the moment it was found!  Michelle and I had quite a giggle, but were rather relieved when we heard our train had indeed arrived and we could board.

DSC00002On board we were welcomed with a glass of bubbly and more snacks!

Soon after boarding we were directed to the dining carriage, where we had a gourmet dinner.  Then it was off to bed …


Although waking up once or twice during the night, I felt refreshed when I got up just after 5h00 on Saturday morning.  We were traveling through the green fields of KwaZulu Natal and the air was fresh and invigorating.

The Green Fields of KwaZulu NatalSaturday February 13

Durban is a beautiful city with lovely beaches, but believe me, it can get very hot and humid.  After another trip with an Uber driver, we left our luggage at the apartment we booked, and went in search of sustenance.

After lunch at a delightful little beach restaurant, we were very happy to get into the air-conditioned apartment and just relax for the rest of the day.

From the 8th floor we had an amazing view of Ushaka Marine World as well as Ushaka beach. DSC00004DSC00005






Sunday February 14

When you visit Durban you have to go to Ushaka Marine World.  It’s just one of those things 🙂  They do such a great job of looking after our marine world and educating people! So after a leisurely breakfast Michelle and I wandered over to the shipwreck where this amazing park is situated.

Ushaka Marine WorldI won’t even try to tell you about all the wonderful things you can see, I’ll  let these pictures do the talking:

Don’t miss the next post – The Actual Cruise on board the Sinfonia!

Points To Ponder

The following was posted on the SFI Forum by Manoharlal M from India.  He is a veteran SFI Platinum Team Leader who joined on Dec 18 2011

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We Live In A Sad World

First of all I want to wish everyone who celebrates the birth of our Savior a Blessed & Peaceful Christmas.


It’s at a time like this that I feel especially sad when I realize how many people there are in this world who just want to create havoc.


Why do I say that?


Thanks to certain software I’m able to see how many illegal attempts were made to login to my site.  In the last 30 days there were more than 1000 attempts.  Many from the same people, day after day.


So I ask you, why would they want to do that?


Certainly not to spread goodwill . . .


This left me thinking, if they spent as much time building a legitimate income generating internet business, how would their lives change?


Just a thought …




My TripleClicks ECA Store


In September, just before my 1st SFI anniversary, I decided it was time to up my game and become an E-Commerce Associate (ECA).

So now I am the proud owner 🙂 of an internet store called Eye Want Global Mart!

I started by adding some Annique Health and Beauty products. These Rooibos products are unique because they contain superior extract of Rooibos. A trusted and scientifically proven remedy over the past few decades. Rooibos has many healing properties, including that it is :

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Also, pure Rooibos leaves contain no caffeine and are very low in tannin.
Annique’s products are endorsed by the Beauty Without Cruelty organisation,
Annique’s Safe in the Sun range all have the CANSA Mark of Recognition for preventative sun care.
The company was formed by Dr Annetjie Theron about 41 years ago, so there is a lot of stability and the company  has a proven track record.

I’ve also added cleaning materials which I hope will help South African affiliates because they can do “transfer buying”  That is, instead of buying cleaning materials like washing powder or general purpose cleaner  etc. from another store, they can buy it from the EyeWant store, pay in local currency and earn VersaPoints as well!



Green Eye



My 1 Year SFI Anniversary

When I posted the first post about SFI I could not have foreseen what things would be like a year later!




I’ve had so much fun in the last year and, even better, I am earning steadily increasing residual income every month.


I reached quite a few goals:

I won 2 auctions

I have 182 Knock Out Trivia wins under my belt 🙂

I started my ECA store

I became the E365 champion in my class!


and my business is growing beautifully thanks to my amazing team 🙂


So all in all I’ve had a very good first year as an SFI affiliate.  The only thing I’m sorry about is that I did not find SFI a lot sooner!


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Tamara from Sweden


Some of my amazing team members from all over the world:

Andi from Indonesia


Alma from Hong Kong
Anna from the Russian Federation
Annemarie from South Africa
Biplab from India
Debbi from the USA
Hamza from Morocco
Ivo from Bosnia And Herzegovina
Jacques from South Africa
Lovdeg from the UK
Lynette from South Africa
Marie from South Africa
Michelle from South Africa
Mihaela from Romania
Petar from Serbia
Sylvie from France

315 Days with SFI!


Yes, here I am 🙂 315 days later and going strong!


My team is growing in leaps and bounds and I get very excited every time a new team member joins.  As always, most don’t even bother to do anything (if only they realized what a golden opportunity they are letting slip through their fingers), but those who start, read and ask for help are really my diamonds!  I am taking them to the top with me!


Gen Gen Count EA2 VP Non-EA2 VP
1 (PSAs) 510 5,100 4,577
2 380 2,120 364
3 507 0 2,875
4 1 0 0
CSAs 880 0 638
TOTALS 2278 7,220 8,454


I have a whole lot of badges that I’m very proud of, and the great thing is I’m having so much fun!  I am well and truly on the way to retiring in Uruguay!!


Not long to go and I will celebrate my first year with SFI.  Who would have thought?































































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Becoming a victim of identity fraud is a frightening, frustrating experience. It can happen to anyone at any time.

When most people think of ID theft, they think of stolen credit card numbers. But ID theft is exactly that–the theft of an identity. Stolen identities can and are used to fraudulently obtain medical services, commit crimes, acquire fraudulent documentation, and obtain credit for which repayment will never be made.


As stated earlier, identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the United States, and the most feared. Here are some facts you should know:

  • Identity theft affects one in 20 households, costs billions of dollars every year to businesses and, on average, takes hundreds of hours for a victim to regain pre-theft status.
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    • Account Takeover Fraud
    • Criminal Identity Theft
    • Medical Identity Theft
    • Identity Cloning
    • Commercial Identity Theft


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