Lifestyle Tips with Kia Johnson

by Kia Johnson

Expresso presenter Kia Johnson lifestyle blog

9 May 2011

Changes


Yet again another gorgeous day in our country and I hope that life is treating you well.

This morning the cast of “Jesus Christ Superstar” graced us with their presence.  Hearing the sweet sounds of what I believe to be one of the best musicals of all time it took me back to my childhood when my Mom and I as avid fans had the opportunity to watch the play three nights in a row.  The sounds that resonated from the set this morning made me truly miss my Mom and with Mother’s Day having just passed I feel a visit to New Zealand is in order.

So besides Mother’s Day it was quite the busy weekend with ‘The Taste of Cape Town’ taking place.  Due to my mad working hours I could only attend Saturday evening and what a stunning night it was.  The most delicious flavours popping in your mouth as you dive into each bite, I simply couldn’t ask for a more perfect night out.  

The ‘Pierneef a’La Motte’ restaurant stood out for me in a big way.  I felt as if I was in a ‘Five Star Bed and Breakfast’ as they had decided to create a ‘mock-up’ of their venue and bring it to the event.  Add the personal touch of P.R. Manager, Mareli Roux, and you are in complete bliss.  Well done to ‘Pierneef a’ La Motte’ for creating that fantastic ambience.

So today marks a change in the transport system in Cape Town.  With the Gautrain having taken off in Joburg, it was just the right time for Cape Town to follow with the ‘MyCiti Bus Service’ assisting commuters in their journey via express between Table View Station and the Civic Centre in the central part of town between 9am and 3pm.  

With this phase in place the next full stopping service will begin on Saturday 14 May and when ‘phase four’ is implemented the service will extend all the way to Atlantis.  With this being a joint venture between all public transport entities I can only see good growth going forward in this wonderful land of ours.  

As always I leave you with a quote, something to positively pave the way on your journey this week.

“Insist on yourself.  Never imitate.”…by Ralph Waldo Emerson

So remember to always stay true to yourself and be positive and everything else will unfold as it should.

Yours in Love and Light…

Kia




Table Mountain Earth Hour

 

25 March 2011
                    
Majestic

As I started my day and completed yet another fantastic morning on EXPRESSO my eye caught a newspaper article from a few days ago.  When I finally got over the fact that I’m quite mad at myself for not having noticed it before, I got quite entrenched in reading it.

The article was about a Polar Bear called “Knut” and the caption read “Berlin in gloom after Knut’s premature death, Was the world’s favourite polar bear killed by the stresses of his ‘unreal’ celebrity-style life”.
 
So I sat thinking to myself where exactly did my passion stem from for the planet?  For as long as I can remember this is how I have been.  And then I remembered some things from my childhood.  My mother is vegetarian, she had been since she was 16 years old, and was always against these ‘kinds of things’.  When I say ‘kinds of things’ I mean things like the circus, where animals are sometimes used to entertain crowds of people and the ‘kinds of things’ like Zoo’s.  My mother always spoke very openly to us as children about the fact that we shouldn’t put these animals in harms way or in an un-natural environment as this is not the way they live and I have to say that it really stuck with me.
 
Now Polar Bear’s have a very long life-span and can live for up to 15 or 20 years.  But ‘Knut’ unfortunately only lived till the age of four which the ‘experts’ are saying could be due to his ‘celebrity-style life’ and I thought to myself how sad, how unfortunate and how embarrassing that it’s humans, its people (which we are) that have done this to an amazing creature.
 
So in essence my passion re-surfacing and feeling stronger than before I bring you to the attention of Table Mountain which is in a few words, simply beautiful.  We sometimes take it for granted when going about our daily lives, driving to and from work and getting involved in the ‘hustle and bustle’.  With amazing scenery and the fact that is sustains life, I’m simply in awe every time I find myself looking at this amazing specimen of life.
 
So remember that every Thursday is VOTE FOR TABLE MOUNTAIN DAY but you can vote any day of the week and as many times as you’d like.  So sms the word TABLE to
34 874
or visit the website on www.vote4tablemountain.com and we could have Table Mountain as one of the seven wonders of the world.
 
Now Table Mountain is also a part of EARTH HOUR which takes place this Saturday 26 March 2011.  It’s a time where businesses and individuals are focused for one hour on showing that we are taking a stand on climate change by switching off our lights.  This I believe creates such a strong statement across the globe showing consideration for the environment and for our beautiful planet.
 
 I leave you today with something personal yet again.  An earth quote to keep in mind as you carry on about your usual daily activities.
 
“Take nothing but pictures, Leave nothing but footprints, Kill nothing but time”…. Motto of the Baltimore Grotto, a caving society…
 
Yours in love and light
Kia



 

Vote for Table Mountain to win

10 March 2011
 
Vote for Table Mountain


Hello Expresso’ians
 
Today is ‘Vote for Table Mountain Day’ and as a Celebrity Ambassador for this auspicious campaign I will remind you every Thursday to cast your vote so that Table Mountain can be one of the seven wonders of the world.  With the richest biodiversity and also being known as one of the 6 floral kingdoms of the world 30 million votes are needed by this year November to make this moment real.
 
So sms the word TABLE to 34 874 to cast your vote or go online to www.votefortablemountain.com 

Vote for Table Mountain
 


As my time draws nearer where I finally start my studies in Nature Conservation (forms are officially sent through! AWESOME!! ) I feel my affinity with this beautiful site becoming closer to my heart.
 
So do your bit, play your part and have a stunning day!
 
I leave you with a few words to hopefully inspire you.
 
“Govern thy life and thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one, and read the other.”…by Thomas Fuller
 

Yours in love and light
Kia





18 February 2011
 
Closures / Roadworks and a few words….
 

It’s Friday and the weekend is finally upon us.
 
With that in mind there are some weekend roadworks to take note of while planning your journey and the U2 concert taking place at Cape Town stadium tonight.
 
So below I’ve included a full list of all roads affected.  Remember to plan your trip and to travel safely.
 
WESTERN CAPE

U2 Concert Event , Spectators attending tonights U2 concert at Cape Town Stadium are urged to arrive early and to make use of public transport

 
Cape Town:
Hans Strijdom Avenue , ROAD CLOSED between Adderley Street and Buitengracht Street from 4.30pm until 2.30am Saturday for the U2 concert at Cape Town Stadium


Cape Town:
Hertzog Boulevard Both Ways, ROAD CLOSED between the Civic Centre and Heerengraght Street from 4.30pm until 2am Saturday for the U2 concert at Cape Town Stadium


Cape Town:
Adderley Street Both Ways, ROAD CLOSED between Strand Street and Hertzog Boulevard from 4.30pm until 2.30am Saturday for the U2 concert at Cape Town Stadium


Cape Town:
U2 Concert , Road closures are in operation around Cape Town Stadium ahead tonights U2 concert - affected routes include Fritz Sonnenberg Road, Vlei Road, Stephans Way, Granger Bay Boulevard and Fort Wynyard Road


Cape Town:
Western Boulevard Both Ways, ROAD CLOSED between Buitengracht Street and Beach Road in Three Anchor Bay from 4.30pm until 2am Saturday for the U2 concert at Cape Town Stadium


Green Point:
Somerset Road Outbound, ROAD CLOSED between Buitengracht Street and De Smit Street from 4.30pm until 2am Saturday for the U2 concert at Cape Town Stadium


Green Point:
Main Road Inbound, ROAD CLOSED between Glengariff Road and De Smit Street from 4.30pm until 2am Saturday for the U2 concert at Cape Town Stadium


GAUTENG
 
N1 Both Ways, WEEKEND ROADWORKS - Both carriageways will be reduced to two lanes between Brakfontein Interchange and the Old Johannesburg Road exit for demolition of the Nellmapius Drive bridge from 9pm tonight until 12pm Sunday

 
GENERAL ROADWORKS:

Bothasig:
N7 Southbound, SATURDAY - Left hand lane closed for bridge repairs at the Plattekloof Road Interchange from 7.30am until 5.30pm
 
Gordons Bay:
Clarence Drive , Lane closures for roadworks between Suikerbossie Drive and the whale look-out point until 9am Saturday - diversions will be in place..
 
 
To ease you into the weekend I’ve included a quote from Mahatma Ghandi who’s principles in life I admire.  He says… “Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well”….
 
So be well and have an amazing weekend.
 
Yours in love and light
Kia


 





Expresso presenter Kia Johnson talks about the U2 Concert


17 February 2011                                                              
Soul Searching
 

This morning on EXPRESSO I heard the beautiful sounds of supporting act for the U2 concert, Amadou and Mariam, which touched my soul and has me on a slightly spiritual journey for today.
 
This spiritual arising brings me to a topic that’s very close to my heart for as long as I can remember.  However most of us are only now realizing that the environment needs to be protected even though, I feel, it should have been done sooner, but as the saying goes, rather late than never.

Now for as long as I can remember, as a young kid and now as an adult, I’ve always loved nature and as everything dawns upon us in this day and age we are starting to fully understand the concept of the “chain of life” and knowing that if we are to continue in our daily lives ignoring the signs, plant and animal life will be eradicated and this in turn will affect our lives.
 
At least I can say thank goodness for the human spirit. With our colourful combination of personalities and souls there are those out there that care for this planet which is why I decided to join forces as a Celebrity Ambassador with Fiona Fury’s VOTE FOR TABLE MOUNTAIN CAMPAIGN where we hope to have 30 million votes by November 2011 to have Table Mountain declared as one of the seven wonders of the world.  Being a floral kingdom and showcasing the most beautiful fynbos it’s an honour to try and create a difference in this amazing country.
 
So shrug off your ‘city-life’ thinking and be a part of something greater and take care of what we have in this world.  I leave you with a personal environmental tip and also a quote that has me thinking ‘out of my box’ today.

Expresso presenter Kia Johnson talks about Table Mountain

 

Environmental Tip:
So reduce your paper usage.  It’s something easy and simple.  Where you can, don’t print and unnecessarily use paper and if you want to make notes try to re-use paper as it saves on money as well.  So cut down and live a better ECO life.

 

Kia Johnson Expresso presenter encourages recycling



A quote for the soul:
“Life is a pure flame and we live by an invisible sun within us”…by Sir Thomas Brown
 


Time for me to sign off and enjoy this glorious day. 
 
Yours in love and light…
Kia






Expresso presenter Kia Johnson gives road closure advice


10 February 2011
State of The Nation


So I’m back and today is a busy day as we have the official “State of the Nation Address” happening tonight.
 
To help ease your travel time into the CBD (Cape Town) I have included the road closures and times for today:
 
 
WESTERN CAPE

CAPE TOWN:
State of the Nation event , Road closures will be in operation through the CBD area from 4pm - the Presidential motorcade route will be closed from 5.45 pm until 7pm and will include the inbound carriageways of the M3 Upper Freeway, M3 De Waal Drive and the N2 Eastern Boulevard


Parking Restrictions , Parking restrictions are already in place throughout the CBD area ahead of tonights State of the Nation Address - motorists travelling to the CBD area are advised to allow extra time to find parking


Plein Street , ROAD CLOSED between Barrack Street and Roeland Street from 11am until 10pm for the State of the Nation Address event


Hertzog Boulevard Inbound, ROAD CLOSED between Oswald Pirow Street and Heerengracht from 4pm until 8pm for the State of the Nation Address event


N2 Eastern Boulevard Inbound, The Strand Street off-ramp will be closed from 4pm until 8pm for the State of the Nation Address event


Strand Street Inbound, ROAD CLOSED between Russell Street and Lower Plein Street from 4pm until 8pm for the State of the Nation Address event


Woolsack Drive Westbound, ROAD CLOSED between Main Road and the M3 Highway from 5.45pm until 7pm to allow the Presidential motorcade to move through the area towards Parliament


Klipper Road , ROAD CLOSED between Main Road and Newlands Avenue from 5.45pm until 7pm to allow the Presidential motorcade to move through the area towards Parliament


Princess Anne Avenue , ROAD CLOSED between Newlands Avenue and the M3 Highway from 5.45pm and 7pm to allow the Presidential motorcade to move through the area towards Parliament


Adderley Street , ROAD CLOSED between Hans Strijdom Avenue and Wale Street from 4pm until 10pm for the State of the Nation Address event


Heerengracht , ROAD CLOSED between Coen Steytler Avenue and Hans Strijdom Avenue from 4pm until 10pm for the State of the Nation Address event


Wale Street , ROAD CLOSED between Adderley Street and Queen Victoria Street from 4pm until 10pm for the State of the Nation Address event


Bureau Street , ROAD CLOSED between Adderley Street and Parliament Street between 4pm and 10pm for the State of the Nation Address event


Spin Street , ROAD CLOSED between Corporation Street and Parliament Street between 4pm and 10pm for the State of the Nation Address event


M3 Upper Freeway Inbound, ROAD CLOSED between Newlands Avenue and Hospital Bend from 5.45pm until 7pm to allow the Presidential motorcade to move through the area towards Parliament


M3 De Waal Drive Inbound, ROAD CLOSED between Hospital Bend and Roeland Street from 5.45pm until 7pm as the Presidential motorcade moves through Hospital Bend to parliament


N2 Eastern Boulevard Inbound, ROAD CLOSED between Hospital Bend and the Strand Street exit from 5.45pm until 7pm to allow the Presidential motorcade to travel to parliament


Dean Street Westbound, ROAD CLOSED between Main Road and Newlands Avenue from 5.45pm until 7pm to allow the Presidential motorcade to move through the area towards Parliament


Newlands Avenue , ROAD CLOSED between Dean Street and Princess Anne Avenue from 5.45pm until 7pm to allow the Presidential motorcade to move through the area towards Parliament

 


Yours in love and light and safe travelling!!
Kia




Expresso presenter Kia Johnson lifestyle blog


1 February  2011

The Love Month


The “Love Month” is here and with it being the 1st February I decided to get my fingers moving on the keyboard with this blog as it’s back to school and back to work which means Normal Peak Hour traffic has started.  

All this dawned on me having gotten stuck in traffic myself yesterday forgetting that if I had left the Cape Town CBD a little earlier and planned my trip that I would have been a much happier driver.  (Note to self )

With that in mind I decided to list some roadworks taking place to make your life a little easier and my intention is to give you important updates on your traffic as they filter through and every now and again a traffic tip will “grace your presence” to help ease your journey to and from work and sometimes over long weekends as it does get crazy on our roads from time to time.


Your Traffic Easing information below:

GAUTENG
INDUSTRIA
Commando Road , ROAD CLOSED between Maraisburg Road and Price Road for BRT construction works from today until the end of the month - local detours will be in operation through the area

INDUSTRIA  

Price Road , ROAD CLOSED between Noble Street and the Fuel Road / Commando Road junction for BRT construction works from today until the end of the month - local detours will be in operation through the area


MPUMALANGA
ERMELO
N17 Northbound, WARNING - A very large SASOL abnormal-load vehicle will be moving through the construction area between Ermelo and Bethal from 7am until 5pm - motorists are urged to avoid using this route today and to take the N11 / R38 via Hendrina


So travel safely, enjoy your journey and remember a smile goes a long way…

 


Yours in love and light……

Kia


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