Wednesday, 13 June 2018

RECIPE: Spinach and Broccoli Soup

I'm on a mission since April, to put good food into our bodies. I've been juicing and making better choices, which has resulted in Savanna choosing to live almost completely vegetarian, Kelsey is starting to ask for freshly made Veggie juice. Makes me happy!

Unfortunately we all do end up eating convenience foods sometimes - but we're trying to make wiser choices when doing so, choosing water instead of soda for example, or smaller simpler food options.

Tonight Kelsey and I made Brocolli and Spinach soup. I used curry powders, cinnamon, salt and pepper for flavour. And after slow cooking the vegetables and whizzing them up, we added a small dash of fresh cream, parmesan cheese (a half spoon of cinnamon as demanded by Kelsey "to make it perfect") and then we served up. The taste was better than I hoped for being my first time making this soup.

I wanted to look at the goodness inside each of the soup components and it was lovely teaching the girls and reading out the vitamins etc that they'd just eaten.

It was tastier than fancy butternut pumpkin soup! 😂😋 #vegetarian #yummy #soup #recipe

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

MENTAL HEALTH: Living With Depression and Generalised Anxiety

The stigma is still real.

If you have a minute. READ the attached article. It's one of the best descriptions of what life is like with depression and anxiety. 

I'm hard-working, colourful, sometimes fun, sometimes serious, emotionally empathetic, hardy, powerful, anxious, focused and sometimes without warning and often after months of awesomeness... I am very depressed. Like I have been for almost 4 weeks. The last time I was down was in January. So it's been a good run I suppose. 

Seeing people's eyes glaze over, and seeing them distance themselves minutely when I share my apologies for being non communicative this past month. This depro season was triggered when I subluxated both forearms, shoulder, rib and pelvis from H-EDS in the same week. I made two ballgowns sewing mostly by hand, with two dislocated forearms. A bit of depression is understandable really. 

When I am open, and say "it's been a very hard few weeks and I'm still not completely well..." Depression and Generalised Anxiety are awful. Unwanted and often unexpected... 

When a friend or colleague shares vulnerably with you that they're struggling, it doesn't mean you should step back or run a mile. Just be there and support with kind words and a squeeze of a hand. Too often people are so quick to share their #RIPs followed by a slew of depression helpline numbers, but in practical every day settings, people don't know how to act when they find out a friend or co-worker is depressed or anxious.

Spend time finding out. Google what to do, what to say. Get empowered to help those around you who may need it from time to time.

Without warning I will be back on top of things, but for now I don't answer the phone. I am forgetful. I cry. I annoy my family. I create some of my best music and art. I am dark. And you know what? That's ok.

I'm still a fuck'n shining Queen 👑



My name is Wil Wheaton. I live with chronic Depression, and I am not ashamed. | WIL WHEATON dot NET



Sunday, 10 June 2018

Uthando Lwakho live Performance Sandy Bigara







Uthando Lwakho, my original isiZulu Love Song, written for Toya Delazy inspired by her song Memoriam for her departed Mother #RIP www.youtube.com/watch?v=5waHSthGQwM this song is for all people who have to say goodbye, and who cannot be together because of religious, cultural or physical reasons.

UTHANDO LWAKHO

Ooh, Yeah…
Uthando Lwakho, Uthando Lwami,
Uthando Lwethu... Ngunaphakade!
Uthando Lwakho, Uthando Lwami,
Uthando Lwethu... Ngunaphakade!
Ngiphakamisele phezulu sthandwa,
kuze kukhanyi llanga. llanga. llanga…

Choir and Instrumental Ooh oh…

Uthando Lwakho, Uthando Lwami,
Uthando Lwethu... Ngunaphakade!
Uthando Lwakho, Uthando Lwami,
Uthando Lwethu... Ngunaphakade!
Ngiphakamisele phezulu sthandwa,
kuze kukhanyi llanga. llanga. llanga.
Uthando, Uthando, Uthando, Lwe… hold THU!

Ngiphakamisele phezulu sthandwa,
kuze kukhanyi llanga. llanga. llanga.
Uthando, Uthando, Uthando, Lwethu!
Ngiphakamisele phezulu sthandwa,
kuze kukhanyi llanga. llanga. llanga.

Ngani wami, thandekhayo, hlala nami,
Hlala nami, hlala nami… (hold)

Ngiphakamisele phezulu sthandwa,
kuze kukhanyi llanga. llanga. llanga.
Ngiphakamisele phezulu sthandwa,
kuze kukhanyi llanga. llanga. llanga.
Uthando, Uthando, Uthando, Lwethu!

Translation:
"Your love, my love, our love...
Forever!
Lift me higher.
Hold me dear one,
until the morning comes.
I am with you,
Love me,
Stay with me,
Stay with me,
Stay with me"

With thanks to Mpumy Ndlovu for the translation of lyrics in 2014.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

DIARY: Teacher From Hell

Adults, Coaches, Teachers.
Children will never, ever forget a kindness.
They will never ever forget a wrong doing either.

I've just told Kelsey about a terrible experience that I had at high school, moments before writing one of my June exams in Matric.

A teacher who was kind and loving towards me in public on Sundays during church, and an awful villain towards me from Monday to Fridays (without provocation) unexpectedly called me up onto stage moments before our exam, and lambasted me and embarrassed me for wearing earrings that were not regulation sized. When I quietly informed her that I had worn them for 5 years without removing them she escalated to shouting and belittling me in front of my peers. Before informing me that I would have detention (my first) and sending me back to my desk.

With shaking hands and knees I somehow made it through the exam with tears landing on the pages. Mid year exams.

I made the story funny so that Kelsey would laugh. And then found this woman's page on Facebook.

Five years of hellish treatment from her, numerous hurt feelings and feeling attacked by her words and nastiness... and there she is, smiling and holding grandchildren, sharing posts about dolphin slaughter. I wonder if I was the only one. If something about me absolutely riled her up the wrong way? The way that I sang in choir, laughed at lunch break, danced to class? I have no clue. She didn't know how bad my home life was, how hard it was to get up and smile every day. How we suffered. She just used me as a way to let off steam, or release pent up frustrations. 

I can however say that she altered my way of treating children and teens, always, always show absolute love and kindness to children and teenagers. They never forget a kindness.

I forgive her. But she's still a shit 👌😬😁

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

SHOWBIZ: The StarViking Soiree II

The StarViking: Soiree II
5th May 2018
8pm
St Mary's Heritage Church Gosford 
Presented by Sandy Bigara Arts and Entertainment 
Ticket Link ➡️ https://bit.ly/2HsP9sR

The second of two very different Soiree's, limited seating will be available for this evening's fantasy art music extravaganza! Held inside the beautiful and historic St Mary's Anglican Church building in Gosford this will be an annual event; with the aim to raise funds for Sandy Bigara's touring, community musical and art projects, and financing her work on the central coast and internationally.

Sandy Bigara will perform this second soiree in the guise of her alter ego: The StarViking. Performing original cinematic operatic jazz pop fusion music that took her to number 1 in Australia for two months last year in the online music charts, and to number 300 globally across all genre's out of over 3.5 million musicians on the music platform.

"If you didn't stay till the end last night - sorry but you missed out on something historical! This lady will be doing her thing at the Opera House no doubt one day! Lucky to have Sandy Bigara Starviking at our stage in Gosford. Mind blown!!" – Lou Sawileskij, GM, The Rhythm Hut

The StarViking performs in hand-crafted intergalactic ballgowns covered with thousands of stitched and appliqued crystals, wearing Valkyrie inspired head gear and covered in lights it's an experience! There will be projected displays, beautiful lighting and hopefully some StarViking characters amongst the audience… The Celestial Poet Elijah Stevenson and The Maddonnaii Poet Sam Tracy will be sharing some solar spoken word with us, and the show will be hosted by The Interstellar Storyteller Lindy Mitchell-Nilsson from Long Story Short. This will be the debut performance of a new StarViking called Galaxy. 

Sandy has been performing since the age of 4, in South Africa she was actively involved in choirs as a soloist and competed as an award-winning vocalist with an average of A+ awarded to her from 1991 - 2002. She was awarded the Aria Antiche Award for classical singing by the Italian consulate and the Association Dante Alighieri and was also awarded the Cantata Primus by her State Choir, as the Prime Member overall representing the state of Kwa-Zulu Natal for 9 years. After touring for 9 years nationally and internationally with the State choir, Sandy became a Music and Drama teacher until she launched her musical educational show company in 2008. Her original shows toured to over 1 million children and then from 2011 – 2015 her theatrical musicals ran successfully for up to 35 shows in a month. Since arriving in Gosford in 2015, Sandy has worked tirelessly to become committed and focused on community musical ventures. These annual soirees will assist her in doing so.

The show will be opened by national and international singer Adam Matthew Johnson, and his lovely wife Lea, they are the unique and creative 'Ohana'. Ohana hail from Narara on the Central Coast of NSW. With Adam playing a Hawaiian made Koaloha tenor Ukulele, and Lea playing a custom-made Cajon they make beautiful music together. They travel to Hawa'ii yearly to learn the culture and find new ways to influence their music. Inspired by such artists as Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Jack Johnson, The Kuau Crater boys and John Cruz, they are heavily involved in the ukulele scene in Australia and New Zealand and play both modern contemporary and traditional music. Adam is known on the coast for his soothing vocals and ability to create a new and interesting experience with each song. Ohana is a treasure and we are so happy that they have agreed to open for Soiree II this year!

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

SHOWBIZ: Sandy Bigara Soiree I is almost here!


The first of two very different Soiree's, limited seating will be available for this evening's intimate vintage jazz, popular and light classical soiree. Held inside the beautiful and historic St Mary's Anglican Church building in Gosford this will be an annual event; with the aim to raise funds for Sandy Bigara's touring, community musical and art projects, and financing her work on the central coast and internationally.

Local Arts Practitioner Sandy Bigara, owner of Sandy Bigara Arts & Entertainment - Choir Director of the Peninsula Village Choir Umina, the Gosford Community Choir and the new Wyong Community Choir - will be performing a relaxing and entertaining set of her absolute favourite songs. There will be a give away during the show which is not to be missed!

Sandy Bigara has been performing since the age of 4, in South Africa she was actively involved in choirs as a soloist and competed as an award-winning vocalist with an average of A+ awarded to her from 1991 - 2002. She was awarded the Aria Antiche Award for classical singing by the Italian consulate and the Association Dante Alighieri and was also awarded the Cantata Primus by her State Choir, as the Prime Member overall representing the state of Kwa-Zulu Natal for 9 years. After touring for 9 years nationally and internationally with the State choir, Sandy became a Music and Drama teacher until she launched her musical educational show company in 2008. Her original shows toured to over 1 million children and then from 2011 – 2015 her theatrical musicals ran successfully for up to 35 shows in a month. Since arriving in Gosford in 2015, Sandy has worked tirelessly to become committed and focused on community musical ventures. These annual soirees will assist her in doing so.

The show will be opened by national and international singer Adam Matthew Johnson, Adam hails from Narara on the Central Coast of NSW, and plays a Hawaiian made Koaloha tenor Ukulele.Adam and his wife Lea travel to Hawa'ii yearly to learn the culture and find new ways to influence their music. Inspired by such artists as Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Jack Johnson, The Kuau Crater boys and John Cruz, Adam is heavily involved in the ukulele scene in Australia and New Zealand and plays both modern contemporary and traditional music. Adam is known on the coast for his soothing vocals and ability to create a new and interesting experience with each song – he is a treasure and we are so happy that he has agreed to open for the Soiree's this year!

Sandy Bigara's Set List:

Night & Day, Ella Fitzgerald

Summertime, Porgy & Bess

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes, Cinderella

Old Devil Called Love, Billie Holliday

Misty, Sarah Vaughn

Imagination, Dean Martin

Ave Maria, Franz Schubert

Dream a little dream, Dean Martin

Sway, Dean Martin

O Mio Babbino Caro, Rene Flemming

Funiculi Funicula, Frederic Francois

La Donna Mobile, Florent Pagny

Habanero, Georges Bizet

La Traviata (Libiamo), Brindisi

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

LATEST NEWS: Stephen Hawking has died aged 76

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/mar/14/stephen-hawking-professor-dies-aged-76

Rest in peace dear man, you finally know for sure if your theories of life and death were correct... I hope that you are pleasantly surprised, and having more fun than you hoped for! 😘 I send my regards and love to your family, children and grand children. You were an inspiration. Overcoming more than most have to overcome, you did it with style. 

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

YOUTUBE: LETS CHAT Youtube How to get 1000 Subscribers



You need to grow your fan base. There is a time limit in which you have to reach 1000 subscribers and 4000 hours of viewing. There are some big changes happening in the Youtube world. If you make and upload videos then you need to hear this.

YOUTUBE: LETS CHAT The Youtube Creator Studio Policy Announcement





There are some big changes happening in the Youtube world. If you make and upload videos then you need to hear this.

YOUTUBE: How to Get 1000 Subscribers!



Hey guys! 

So we are all faced with the same dilemma, with the new changes to Youtubes Monetization policy we have to have at least 1000 subscribers and over 4000 hours of active viewing in the past 12 months in order to monetize our accounts, this is actually good news! 

The best way to get subscribers is to be actively involved in forums and chats on youtube, twitter, blogger and facebook. You can also gain followers here! 

I will post my youtube channel link HERE. 

If you SUBSCRIBE, select the NOTIFICATION BELL and COMMENT on any video that you choose to watch, I will promise to follow your profile (your profile will appear next to your comment as per usual) and I will do the same. This is a wonderful way to gain new friends and followers. There are so many of us creating content out there - let's support one another! 


FOR COPY PASTE INTO A FACEBOOK POST:

Foolproof method, 3 STEPS to gain those 1000 Youtube subscribers and 4000 hours of viewing that we need, in order to be considered for monetization! This way will work! No more being marked as spam!
If you comment with your Youtube channel link below this status, here are the RULES.
1) If you have SUBBED to anyone's channel in the comment thread then LIKE their commented link.
2) Follow the link to their Youtube channel and SUBSCRIBE, CLICK THE NOTIFICATION BELL and then most importantly:
3) MAKE A COMMENT under one of their videos and tell them you have subscribed to them. DON'T JUST WRITE THE WORD SUBBED it will get you blocked as spam.
4) THEN it is up to them to return the favour by following your profile (the comment will have your profile linked to it) and doing the same.
5) Try to watch as many videos as you can. You might be surprised and find a new page to really truly follow!