THIS WOMAN’S WORK…

Gugu / 8 Aug, 2018

By FUNGAI BLAKE When Gugu approached me to write a piece for Logosophical I was taken aback, honoured, excited and slightly intimidated all at the same time. My day hustle involves a lot of writing and I enjoy it but a blog piece was something I had never thought about. Here was a chance to let my creative juices flow. An opportunity to be vulnerable and to take strangers into my confidence, a chance to partake in a somewhat cathartic experience (so please bear with my self-indulgence at times). But where would I find the time? With the many hats…

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ALL THE WOMEN IN ME MATTER

Gugu / 1 Aug, 2018

By KURI MASWANGANYI In a 24 hour day, I can move from a fiery, driven and ambitious business woman to a friend, ready to take on the army of giants with a friend who is going through something, to being a sister cheering on another sister as they break the glass ceiling in their lives to achieve what they never thought they could, to being a mother who collects tears from a broken toe that faced the fierceness of the jungle gym, to being my daughter’s guidance teacher as she grapples with which subjects to choose as she seeks insight…

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BY WHOSE STANDARDS?

Gugu / 25 Jul, 2018

In a recent blog post, the theme of being absorbed by the apparently glamorous, over-the-top, winning lives of others, as presented via social media, came up in the comments section. We all struggle with these images of a seemingly well-lived life. We see people go on no-doubt expensive holidays (often not being aware of the fact that for many of these “influencers’, those are paid holidays), marry the so-called loves of their lives in extravagantly lavish settings and you wonder, “Did they have to sell they kidney for that?”, cos they look like ‘regular’ folk, or always turn up at…

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What Is On The Other Side?

Lulu / 18 Jul, 2018

I have a problem. I fear failure. I know, who doesn’t right? Who truly gets excited at the thought of failing, — and honestly, knowing this allows me to at least give myself some solace that I am not alone. But, unlike team fear motivates me; — the team that feels fear and does it anyway, I belong to the flight club. The team that flees at the first sign of fear. And if I’m being honest, this is just how I’ve been most of my life. Afraid that anything I do will always be less than, or that nobody is going to…

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SOUL UNDER SIEGE

Gugu / 11 Jul, 2018

It’s an ‘easy’ Saturday afternoon and I’m home alone. I’m trying to keep as busy as possible in an attempt to keep a certain familiar but unpleasant feeling at bay. I intentionally do not leave much “unproductive” time during my days because of this very feeling that quickly turns into a pernicious ordeal that strips me naked, threatens to expose me and can be the undoing of me for days or weeks thereafter. I am left a pitiable mess with a mutilated ego, a mangled sense of self-worth and next to no self-esteem. Yes. I have a problem with ‘downtime’.…

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The Not So Six Step Plan

Lulu / 4 Jul, 2018

I can’t be quite sure, because I’m not actually quite there yet, but there’s something about turning the big three-oh that starts to make people think they don’t have their life figured out. No matter how figured out their life could actually be, as soon as they turn 30, that ceases to be true and they suddenly don’t have anything figured out at all. Again, I can’t be sure, I’m 29. The struggle does not belong to me yet. But in about 107 days it might, and I’m concerned because it seems like it’s an automatic switch too. One minute people…

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WHEN IN PHI PHI…

Gugu / 27 Jun, 2018

CLICK HERE FOR PART I OF THE PHI PHI ADVENTURES AROUND THE ANDAMAN SEA Something I thoroughly enjoyed while in Phi Phi is the snorkelling. It is a personal favourite warm waters activity of mine and the Andaman Sea waters are TEEMING with exotic sea-life! I was even tempted to buy a GoPro prior to my departure because I knew what I was in for but hey, money, money, money, money! So I settled with seeing the underwater beauty with just my eyes. Just writing about it makes me emotional. I first snorkelled in Zanzibar and fell deeply, deeply in…

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THEN THERE WAS PHI PHI!!!

Gugu / 27 Jun, 2018

So after my so-so Phuket beach and weather experience, I was headed to Phi Phi with tempered expectations. In as much as I hoped that it would live up to the photos and hype, I had also prepared myself for an OK experience. However, with all that I had read and had seen picture-wise of Phi Phi, I couldn’t help but hope against hope, so to speak. So the further the ferry chugged away from overcast and greyish-skies Phuket, the more that the panorama changed and the skies slowly transitioned towards a bright blue white-cloud dotted canvas. It really was…

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“A Book Is An iPad That Doesn’t Work”

Lulu / 20 Jun, 2018

This is going to be really hard for to me to admit but since the beginning of this year I’ve only read ONE book. One. And it’s really not for lack of trying. I’ve picked up plenty books with the intention to read them in a day, in a week, in max 3 weeks – but with just one book of the plenty ticked off, it’s obviously not going so well. And this, Is. A. Crisis. Simply because this is not who I am. I used to read all the time, to the point my dad once got frustrated at…

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ARBITRARY PHUKET OBSERVATIONS…

Gugu / 13 Jun, 2018

PRIVATE/METERED TAXI HIRE VS. RIDE SHARE OPTIONS: AN INTERESTING PARALLEL BETWEEN PHUKET AND SOUTH AFRICA Uber used to be available until the local taxi mafia/cartels violently shut it down. Grab, a similar ride hailing service, is the other option but only because it has gone into cahoots with the taxi mafia & its rates are apparently 4-5 times what they ought to be/should be when compared to licensed metered taxis.  Also, why did this give me a strange sense of comfort? To know that it isn’t only South African public transport cartels that operate as a law unto themselves? Since…

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