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Getting official documents for visa application ready can be a nightmare.

 

More so if you need them, like, yesterday.

 

Having had to submit a completely new visa application, as I was not allowed to transfer my visa to my new passport, I was faced with getting a radiology report within 2 days.

 

 


The radiology report form that needs to be filled in as part of the visa application.

The radiology report form that needs to be filled in as part of the visa application.

 

Where to ask?

Again, taking to the streets of Cape Town brought me the answer:

It was at our local supermarket where I always have a chat with the staff, that someone from Kenya had experienced the same ordeal and was happy to share this useful information:

 

The UCT Faculty of Health Sciences offers same day radiology reports.

Simply go to their Radiology Department and ask them for the report for Home Affairs. They have the form there and know the drill.

Of course, this service comes with a fee: R500 for what should normally be done for free – but for that, you’d have to wait.

 

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If you are as diligent with your calendar as with your contacts, there’s an easy hack to add birthdays to your Google Calendar:

 

Google automatically shows the birthdays of your Google Contacts address book in its calendar.

 

All you need to do is enable the birthday calendar by selecting it in the My calendars dropdown menu: 

 

In your Google Calendar open the dropdown menu under ‘My calendars’ and select ‘Birthdays’.

 

 

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A biometric passport photo has strict specifications.

A biometric passport photo has strict specifications.

 

When you need to apply for a South African ID or passport, your biometrics are taken at Home Affairs or a Home Affairs equipped Bank Branch.

 

But when it comes to visas or foreign passport renewals, you mostly need to supply a biometric passport photo.

 

Where to take a biometric picture in Cape Town:

 

Cameraland Cape Town: 68 Long Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001 – R50 for a set of standard passport photos.

 

Audiolens V&A Waterfront: S7105 Victoria Wharf Shopping Center, Breakwater Boulevard, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002 –
R70 per set per person.

 

Orms Cape Town: Shop 5, Roeland Square, 95 Upper Canterbury Street, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001 – R80 per set of passport photos.

 

Wizardz Print Gardens: Shop LB6, Gardens Shopping Centre, Mill Street, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001 – R80 for 8 photos.

 

When you download your photos from your camera to your computer, they might just get imported with their original image file name, e.g. IMG_number.

 

For good practices it makes sense to follow a naming convention and rename your pictures with a meaningful description.

 

However, doing this by hand is just an impossible feat.

 

Windows Hack: How to rename your pictures in bulk

 

Step 1: Select all pictures in the folder and press F2. Ensure your mouse hovers over the first file.

Select in the folder all images you want to rename and press F2 while hovering over the first picture.

Select in the folder all images you want to rename and press F2 while hovering over the first picture.

 

Step 2: Type the new name for the first image.

Replace the original file name of the first image with the new name.

Replace the original file name of the first image with the new name.

 

Step 3: Hit the ‘enter’ button and all photos get renamed to the name of the first picture, adding the counting numbers in brackets.

When you click 'return' all photos selected get renamed in consecutive order.

When you click ‘return’ all photos selected get renamed in consecutive order.

 

Done! 🙂

 

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Laughter is the best medicine... Unless you have diarrhea.

Laughter is the best medicine… Unless you have diarrhea.

 

Especially during the cold seasons more people tend to get ill and more people huddle together indoors.

Bugs spread easily and with the rise of the superbug can be dangerous.

Read here: How to prevent a superbug infection.

 

If you do catch gastroenteritis, there’s not much you can do besides treating the symptoms, especially if it’s a superbug and resistant to antibioatica treatment.

To be on the safe side consult a doctor or pharamacist. You can get medicine that helps with the diarrhea, the dehydration it may cause and nausea.

 

You can also try some homemade remedies:

 

How to survive a stomach bug

 

–  Rehydrate, but not immediately after vomiting

It’s important to make up for the loss of fluids caused by diarrhea.
But if you’re vomiting, let your stomach settle first: It is irritated already, don’t put anything more into your belly for at about 1 hour.

 

–  Try small amounts first

If you feel nauseous but have appetite, try small amounts of liquid first. Wait 10 minutes to see how your stomach reacts. If the vomiting have passed you can try the same with food.

 

–   Replenish electrolytes

Electrolytes are essential minerals that you lose with the excess fluid from dirrahea. Coconut Water is a great source of natural electrolytes.  If you can eat food, try bananas, watermelon, avocado for an extra boost of electrolytes.

 

–  Combat the nausea

Brush your teeth and scrape your tongue to get that fresh feeling.
Lemon, ginger, chamomile, mint help with the nausea, make a tea and smell the fumes to find out if your stomach can take it.

 

–  Skip digestive irritants

Give your body a rest from dairy products, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, fatty, spicy or sugary foods.

 

–  Eat bland foods and drink clear fluids

Slowly ease back into eating:
Start with bone broth, which is nutrient-dense, easy to digest, and can heal the gut.
Stick to bland foods, e.g. rice, oatmeal, boiled potatoes, crackers and only drink clear liquids, e.g. water, herbal tea, dilluted juice.

 

–  Take a good rest

Treat yourself to a hot bath or a day in bed. Your body is exhausted from the cramps and nutritinal loss. Take a break and look after yourself.

 

–  Recharge with probiotics

Now that your digestive system has been flushed clean, help your gut recover by ingesting probiotics.
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are beneficial for your digestion.
Probiotics can be found in naturally fermented foods, e.g. yoghurt, kefir, buttermilk, pickles not using vinegar, sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, tempeh, kombucha, natto.

 

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This looks like a typical post on Facebook. But check the source first before you share it.

This looks like a typical post on Facebook. But check the source first before you share it.

 

This is a typical post shared on Facebook: Nothing out of the ordinary, everything seems legit.

 

And of course it’s flattering to most parents, as most children go through a phase of liking dinosaurs.

 

Obsession with dinosaurs is the second most common intense interest of children. Yet, the topic feels quite specific, like only applying to your child.

 

So it appeals to a wide audience, who readily share it:

59 percent share an article without even reading it.

 

However, in order to combat internet fraud, fake news, scams and spam, we have to check the content and the source of the stories we share.

 

When clicking on the link I’m indeed taken to a solid looking website with a sound article.

 

But why would this particular source be an expert on this particular topic? Did they maybe just repost this story from somewhere, if so, what is the original source?

 

Clicking on the homepage of this source reveals that this is definitely not what I want to share:

What they call “Alternative News & Hub for All Things Weird & Interesting” looks to me like conspiracy theories and clickbait headlines.

 

To confirm I google the source and what others are saying about it.

And indeed: Wikipedia included it in the List of fake news websites, referencing this article: Avoid These Fake News Sites at All Costs.

 

Even if you agree with the content of a specific article, check the context in which it was posted: It might just be a well crafted clickbait story linking to a really dodgy website.

 

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Familiarise yourself with the anatomy of dog ears to best apply the cleaning solution.

Familiarise yourself with the anatomy of dog ears to best apply the cleaning solution.

 

To prevent ear infections, dog ears must stay clean at all times: How to clean your dog’s ears.

 

You can consult your vet on dog ear cleaning products or you can make your own:

 

Homemade dog ear cleaning solution recipes

 

Vinegar solution: 1 part of vinegar + equal part of water

Probably the best vinegar to use is apple cider vinegar, as that is also beneficial when digested. White vinegar is more acidy and stingy.

The water should be clean, it might be a good idea to boil it beforehand. Just make sure it has cooled down to lukewarm.

You can rev up your vinegar solution by adding a small amount of another cleaning agent, such as baking soda / boric acid / alcohol / iodine.

 

Oil blend: 1 tablespoon of base oil + 1 drop of essential oil

The base oil needs to be light, healthy and gentle such as coconut or olive oil.

The essential oil should have disinfecting qualities like lavender, geranium, frankincense.

Alternatively you can infuse the oil with garlic or add a few drops of sweet almond oil.

 

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