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MeetCaptainNicoleChengLengAirSeychellesrst-everfemalepilotSpouseoutoftheHouseTheDiplomaticSpousesAssociationDotheKankanEmergingfashiondesignerKarineDupouylaunchesherownbrandFESTIVALKREOLOctober2011ISSUE01SEYCHELLESQUARTERLYMAGAZINE Kreol2October2011contentsFeatureFestivalKreol.......................................................................................4CaptainCourageousNicoleShengLong......................................8TheoriginalFlyGirlJacquelineCochrain..................................12DiplomaticSpousesAssociation..................................................14HipChick-KarineDupouy..........................................................16CEOFamilyLeiss.............................................................................20LifeIsntaSprintItsaMarathon.................................................24SeychellesTourismAcademy-Thefutureisbright.................28VictoryforSeychelles-8thIndianOceanGames...................32SeychellesNatureOutofthisworld.............................................................................34GoingnutsfortheCocodeMer.................................................36Makeasplash-watersports........................................................38Goinggreenasateen.....................................................................40HealthInaworldoftheirown-Isyourchildautistic......................42Gettingyourchildrentounderstand..........................................44HelpyourkidsunleashtheirinnerVanGogh...........................47EarlyLearning..................................................................................48SocialToloveandcherish-thesecretsofahappymarriage...........50Theboydoesnothing-geeingupanapathetichusband.......52Yourchildthedrugaddict.............................................................54BeautyHaircolourtodyefor....................................................................56FoodandRecipesEliminatewrinkleswiththesesuperfoods.................................58Howtocook-aguidetofoolproofrecipes.............................59450838 Kreol3October2011OctoberEditorGeorginaDhillonCorrespondence73NewmanStreetLondonW1T3EJUKt4402076311299f4402075807166einfofanmmagazine.comwwww.fanmmagazine.comAllmaterialpublishedremainsthecopyrightofRilaPublicatiosnLtd.Nopartofthismagazinewillbereproducedwithoutthepriorpermissionofthepublisher.RilaPublicationsLtd.cannotacceptresponsibilityforunsolicitedmanuscriptsandphotographs.WhileeverycareistakeRilaPublicationsLtd.takesnoresponsibilityforomissionsorerrors.Wereservetherighttopublishandediteveryletter.Allrightsreserved.CopyrightRilaPublicationsLtd.2011ThisisthebirthofanewmagazineamagazineforCreolepeoplelivinginSeychellesandinotherCreolecountriesamagazineforpeoplearoundtheworldtodiscoverlearnaboutandembraceCreoleculture.KreolMagazineisdedicatedtopromotingtheCreolecultureofSeychelles.ThelivelymusiccreativedanceinterpretiveartsrichlanguagehonouredtraditionsandwealthofknowledgeofCreoleSeychelloiswillbesharedandcelebratedlinkingSeychellesCreoleculturewithCreoleculturesofothercountriesaroundtheglobe.ThroughitspagesKreolMagazinewillfeatureSeychelloisrolemodelsspotlightingaccomplishedindividualswhohavedemonstratedsuccessinpersonalcharacterandindustry.YoullmeetCreoleindividualswhoshineasexamplestoSeychelloisCreoleandpeopleinculturesandcountriesworldwideliftinguptheprofileofSeychellesforalltheworldtorecognisehonourandapplaud.KreolMagazinewillhighlightimportantenvironmentalissuesthataresodeartoourregion.ArticleswillexaminetheutilisationofournaturalresourcessuchasprotectingSeychellesecologywhilerespectfullymakingthemostoftheislandsbeautythroughecotourism.ThemagazinewillalsoaddressthedifficultissuessuchasthescourgeofpiracyintheIndianOceanwaters.Itwillexploreoptionsforkeepingtheoceanssafeforresidentstravelersandthosewhoconductcommercewithourregion.KreolMagazinehasbeenbornforCreolepeopleforSeychelloisandforaninternationalaudiencetodiscoverandbenefitfromCreoleculture.KreolMagazinehasbeenbornforyou.GeorginaDhillonEditorfromtheeditor... Kreolfeature4October2011FestivalKreolExplodeswithCreoleCultureThe26thannualFestivalKreolwillsoonblastontothescenewiththecelebrationspreadingoutacrossthethreemainSeychellesislandsofMahPraslinandLaDiguetomakethefunmoreaccessibletomorepeople.Aweek-longcelebrationofallthingsCreoleFestivalKreolhighlightstheculturalcontributionsofCreolelanguagedanceartgamesfoodandlifestyle.AlthoughthefestivaltakesplaceinSeychellesthiscelebrationisnotlimitedtorecognizingonlylocalCreolebutwelcomesandembracesallCreolehailingfrompointsacrosstheglobeaddingarichnessofdiversificationtothefestival.OutlandishlyfunlikeCarnivalinRiodeJaneirobutwithsolidunder-pinningsofculturalunderstandingFestivalKreolcombinesallthebrightcolorsandexcitementofanenormouspartywithamissiontofurthereducationandrecognizeaccomplish-mentsofCreolepeople.ForexampletheKonpetisyonKanmtoleisaneveningofdanceperformance.SeveraltraditionalCreoledancesareperformedtoCreolemusicdemonstratingthetypeofdancestylethatistheelementalformofSeychelloisdance.Theeveningclimaxeswiththekontredansdance.OverattheCreoleInstituteanotherdanceeventwillbetakingplacethegrandballcalledtheBalAsosye.Thiseventstartsintheeveningandcontinuesrightonuntilthenextdayatsixa.m.InadditiontodancingguestswillenjoyacornucopiaofscrumptiousCreoledishesincludingbreadfruitcassavaandavarietyofcakes.IfyoufallasleepduringtheBalAsosyedontbesurprisedifyoureawakenedwithabowlofsouptorefreshyouandcoaxyoubackoutontothedancefloorAndspeakingofdancetwotapdancerswillbejoiningthefestivalallthewayfromLondonandwillattempttocreateaCreolestyleoftapdancingTheyouthgettostruttheirstuffandshowofftheirmanyperformingtalentsintheMomanKreativite.Thisvarietyshowcompetitionshowcasesthemusicdramadanceandstorytellingskillsofthekids.TwoeventswillbeheldthisyearwithoneshowonPraslinandanothertakingplaceonMah.AtthissamegalathatfeaturesallthatjubilanceandmoretherearemoresoberattractionstailoredforthepurposeoffurtheringunderstandingofCreoleculture.AninternationalartcompetitionopentoCreoleyouthagedfourto21isdesignedtodevelopcreativityandincreaseappreciationoftherichvaluesofCreoleculture.Participantssubmittheirworktotheexhibitionandthepiecesarejudgedbyaninternationaljury.Thisyearthecompetitionsthemeisbiodiversity.CreolefilmmakingispromotedatthefestivalandCreolelanguagepoemsandsongsarerecited.AnotherendeavortoshowcaseandsupporttheCreolelanguageistheQuizacompetitioninwhichyouthandadultstudentscompeteinteamstoseewhoknowsthemostaboutCreolevocabularycultureandenvironment.Comeforthefunstayfortheenlightenment.DrinkinthemanyfacetsofCreolecultureinthisannualcelebration.FestivalKreolkicksoffOctober23rdandrunsthroughOctober30th.The26thannualFestivalKreoltakesplacethisOctoberontheSeychellesislandsofMahPraslinandLaDigue.MusicdancefoodartandentertainmentwillsharethestagewitheducationandculturalunderstandinginthiscelebrationofCreoleculture. LOUVERTIRFESTIVALKREOLEachyearthenationalcommitteeresponsiblefortheorganisationofthefestivaldesignatesavenuefortheopeningceremony.TheideaistodecentralizethefestivalandtobringitclosertothepeopleonourthreemainislandsMahPraslinandLaDigue.Thecontentoftheceremonyvariesdependingonthegeographicalandhistoricalsituationandalsothespaceavailableandtheothercharacteristics.TheceremonyisdividedintwopartsFirsttheceremoniesandofficialspeechesfollowbythestreetpartywhichstartsthefestivalwithavarietyofactivitiesonscheduleshowskreoldiscotastingofkreoldishesdancesdominoeskreolambianceinhome.DIMANSKREOLBORLANMERDimanskreolborlanmerisanactivitywhichtakesplacebytheseaside.Thisactivityattractsalargecrowdbetween10.00amand06.00pm.Theprogrammeconsistsoftraditionalwatersportssuchaspirogueandraftraceandcoconuttreeclimbingcompetition.Duringthedayonecanalsoappreciateandbuykreolproductsandtastetypicalandauthentickreoldishesanddrinks.ZENNARTISLEMONNKREOLOFONNAninternationalartcompetitionopentoallkreolofonnyouthagedbetweenfourandtwentyoneyearsold.Theaimofthecompetitionistodevelopcreativitysensibilityandappreciationofthevaluesandrichnessofkreolculture.Anexhibitionofthesubmittedartworkisorganized.Apanelofinternationaljurywilldecideontheartworkstobecompensated.ThethemeproposedthisyearisBiodiversity.KONKOURDISKOURLebutdececoncoursestdedonnerauxparticipantsloccasiondentreprendredesrecherchesencroleetdenfaireusage.Danscecontexteleconcoursdonnelapossibilitdedcouvrirlabeautdeslanguescrolesetdelesparlerdemanireloquente.Lesparticipantsdoiventformerdesquipesdequatreetchaquequipeprsenteraunsujetdesonchoixvisantlducationetlinformationdelaudience.KWIZAquizshowforstudentsandalsoforthesecondyearforadultsparticipatingasteamsfromdistricts.Quizcompetitionisaneducationalactivityopenforallstudentsatalllevel.Itsmainobjectiveistocontinuetoeducatethemembersofthepublicthevalueofcreolelanguage.Thequestionsandanswersusesinthiscompetitionwilltesttheparticipantscreolevocabularyknowledgeandtoalsodiscoverandappreciatetheircultureandenvironment.MOMANKREATIVITEAvarietyshowandcontestamongschoolsfeaturingmusicdancedramaandstory-tellingwhichisverypopularamongchildrenandadults.ThisyeartwoshowswillbeheldonMaheandoneonPraslin.ANIMASYONDANLAVILLavilledeVictoriadsignecommelaCapitaleduMondeCrolophoneestbienanimetouslesjourspendantladureduFestivalpardesmusiciensdanseursacteursetconteursseychelloisaussibienqutrangers.Cesderniersdonnentgotlambiancedefteetgaientlepublicavecdesrpertoiresstrictementcroles.LAKADANSLakadansestlundesplusgrandsspectaclesmusicauxduFestivalKreololesmusiciensetchanteursvenantMauricelaRunionetleslesdesCarabessedonnentrendez-vouschaqueanne.Lesrpertoiresduspectaclesonttoujoursdominsparlesegalamoutia-mougeoulemaloya-malogelesbasesdurythmemusicalpopulairedanslocanindien.Lakadansrservetoujoursdebellessurprisesgardantenhaleinesonpublicdepuis20h00jusquaupetitmatin.MaineventsoftheFestivalKreol BALASOSYEThebalasosyeisakanmtoletraditionnaldancewithbandorhcestra.Theballstartsat20h00hrsuntildawn.Duringtheactivitytheinvitedguestswillhavethechancetodiscoversomeofcreolecuisinedelicaciessuchascassavabreadfruitbananaandothercakes.Atmidnightthesoupisservedtowakethosewhohadfallenasleeptogetbackontheflooranddancethenightaway.TheyeartheBalAsosyewillbeheldatLenstitikrolAuCap.FONLANMALItisafashioncatwalkwhichgavetheyoungdesignersinSeychellestoshowcasetheirlastcollectionofclothes.TheclothesandaccessoriesusedarealwaysfromnaturalfabricsandmaterialsseenonlyinSeychelles.Fashondesignersfromothercountriesalsoparticipateinthisevent.BAZARKREOLItisanartisanalandculturalfaireheldinvictoriaduringtheweekoftheFestivalKreol.ItstherightoccasionaltotasteanddiscovertheSeychellescuisineanddelicaciesbutalsogetthechancetobuyartisanalandagriculturalproductsmadelocally.Attheendofthedaythesmallvarietyshowisorganize.VOYAZKREOLAneveningofKreolliteratureespeciallypoetrywithmusicThisyeartheeveningwillincludeslampoetrybySeychelloisandpoetsfromReunionIsland.TheeventwillalsocompriseofthelaunchingoffivenewpublicationsbySeychelloisauthors.GRANSWARETRADISYONELThisyearthepopularkanmtoledancecompetitionwillbeheldonregionallevel.ThewinnersfromeachregionwillthenparticipateinagranddemonstrationoftraditionaldanceandmusicattheentranceoftheNationalCulturalCentreinVictoria.Theactivitywillalsofeatureothertraditionaldancestraditionalmusicalinstrumentsandotherformofmusic.KOLOKThisyearcolloquiumwillorganisedbyNatioalHeritageResearchSectiononthethemeofcultureanddevelopmentFILMSCINESESELCine-SeselisanassociationpromotingtheproductionoffilmsbySeychellois.ThisyeartheassociationwillprojectshortvideoclipsbyyoungSeychelloisattheBazarKreol.THEATREPresentationoftwodramaperformancesatNationalTheatreMontFleuriwithtitleKwizinyenmadanmandDanpirognanm.VISUALARTSEXHIBITIONAnexhibitionofworksbyanumberofwell-knownandupandcomingartists.ThereisthepossibilityofincludingworksbyaninvitedartistfromtheIndianOceanregion.PROGRAMMESONSBCTVANDRADIOItisintendedthatSBCRadioandTVwillrunanumberofproductionsontheartsinSeychellesandotherCreolesocieties.Thiswillprovideagoodopportunityforcompaniestoadvertisetheirproductsandservicesthroughsponsorship.LANMESKREOLMassiscelebratedintheKreollanguageinadesignatedparishchurcheachyear.OtherparishesandreligiousorganisationsareencouragedtoholdtheirownceremoniesinKreolduringtheFestival.DECORATIONOFVICTORIAKAPITALLEMONNKREOLTheFestivalKreolSecretariatandtheOfficeofthemayorofVictoriaensurethatVictoriaisappropriatelydeckedfortheFestival.Partofthedecorationsthisyearwillconsistofdecorativecraftworksproducedbystudentsinworkshops.ACTIVITIESINSCHOOLSDISTRICTSHOTELSANDWORKPLACESTheFestivalKreolisatimeforalltocelebrateourcultureandidentity.TheFestivalSecretariatinvitesallorganisationshomesandcommunitiestogetintothemoodandcelebrateintheirownway. Kreolfeature8October2011HeadintheCloudsFeetontheGroundMeetCaptainNicoleChengLongAirSeychellesfirst-everfemalepilotPhotocourtesy-RaymondSahuquetGirlPower-CaptainNicoleis7thfromtheleftonthispictureoftheAirSeychellesall-womencrewWomenWhoExcelForwomenlikeNicoleChang-LengfirstfemaleBoeing767pilotforAirSeychellestheskyisindeedthelimitinreachingtheirpersonalandprofessionalgoals.Thesedeterminedwomenhavemuchtoteachtherestofusaboutembracingourdreamsturningthemintosolidreal-worldgoalsandliterallydoingwhateverittakestoachievethoseaims.Womenliketheseworklonghoursstudydiligentlyandrelentlesslyhonetheirskills.Theyinvariablyperformtothebestoftheirabilityand-perhapsmostimportantly-theypersevereuntiltheirdedicationandhardworkpaysoff.LikemostofussuccessfulwomensuchasNicoleChang-Lengoftenfinditnecessarytomakenumeroussacrificesonthepathtotheirgoals.Yettheyaredifferentfrommanyotherwomeninthattheydontviewthetimeandefforttheyexpendpreparingfortheircareersasadutyoradrudgerythrustuponthembynecessity.Rathertheyseeitasaprivilegeanexcitingtimetolearnandgrowandanexhilaratingopportunity featureKreol9October2011toexpandtheirpersonalandprofessionalhorizonsastheyworkonmakingtheirdreamscometrue.Andthatisoneofthemostimportantingredientstotheirsuccess.RoleModelforWomenNicoleChang-Lengisafriendlybutconfidentyoungwomanwhoispleasedwithheraccomplishmentsyetdoesntcravethespotlight.InfactNicolesdisarmingsmileandopenunassumingmannerwhichmakehersoendearingaretheverytraitsthatmakeitsodifficulttovisualizeherascaptainofahigh-poweredBoeing767jetlinerandcommanderofits10-membercrew.Yettheresheis.ThoughsheadmitsthatherjobisachallengingoneNicoleisthrilledwithhercareerchoice.Sheinfactbringsastyleandperspectivetoherdutieswhichisrarelyifeverseenamonghermalecolleagues.Sheexplains...Itrytotakecareofeveryoneespeciallymyothercrewmembers.ImayevenmotherthemalittlebitandIthinkthatisoneofmymainstrengths.Itrymybesttomakesurethateveryoneishappyandthattheyarecomfortable-andIbelieveinmostcasesitismuchappreciated.ToillustrateherstyleofcommandCaptainChang-Lengsharesthefollowingstoryrecalledrecentlytoherbyoneofherco-pilotsWhilestillflyingtheinter-islandroutesontheTwinOtteraircraftandinaveryverybadstormonedaywehadapregnantladyinthecabintravellingalone.SheseemedveryillateaseandIaskedtheFirstOfficertogotothebackandsitwithherandholdherhandandmakesureshewasOK...WedidnotcarryanyothercrewmembersontheTwinOtterssohewastheonlypersonavailable.Thisismaybeunconventionalbutfromawomansperspective-andmanyotherwomenwillprobablyunderstandthis-Ithinkwebringwithusamaternalinstincttowhateveritisthatwedo...weenjoytakingcareofothers.Andthismorecompassionateelementaddsanewdimensiontothetraditionalpilotsrole.APassionforAviationForthisaccomplishedpilotwhohasdedicatedherselftotheaviationindustryformostofthepast14yearsbecomingSeychellesfirstfemalepilotandthefirstSeychelloiswomantopilotaB767jetatAirSeychelleswerethenaturalresultofherhardworkandtenaciousdeterminationtosucceed-aswellasherloveforflying.OnbeingaskedwhoinfluencedhertobecomeapilotNicolereplieswithsomethingakintowonderItsamazingbecauseIdidnthaveanyoneinfluencingmetojoinaviationatall.IwenttoboardingschoolintheUKandevenmyteachersthereallhadmegoingtoUniversityCollegeLondontostudyMedicine.Sonoonehelpedatall.ItwasjustsomethingIwantedtodo...andIknewIcoulddoit.SoeventuallyIdid.MymumdidntbelievethatIcoulddosomethinglikethisandIthinkshereallyonlyfullyrealizedthatIhadachievedsomethingquitespecialwhenIgotmycommandoftheBoeing767after10yearsofflyingItwasonlythenthatIthinkshefinallybreathedasighofreliefAboutthewaysheandhersiblingswereraisedsheaddsWearethreegirls-threesisters.Myparentstaughtusthatwehavetodowellatschooland...standonourowntwofeet....OnceIjoineddomesticitwastheAirSeychellespilotswhoactuallyinfluencedmealotandwhosaidYesyoucandoit.Youwilldoit.Wellhelpyoustudy.Herearethebooksthatyouneedtostudyfrom.Soitwastheywhoactuallyreallyreallypushedmeon...IthinkifIhadtosayIhaveanybrothersitwouldbemymalecolleaguesbecausetheyhavelookedafterme.Ihaveworkedhard.Imstillgoingtoworkhardbecause...Imstillverypassionateaboutaviation.NationalHonourAsmuchofanhonourasithasbeentoreceivehercaptainsbarsawardedduringaceremonyheldatAirSeychelleson21August2007-thiscapableyoungaviatrixenjoysthesatisfactionofknowingthatshehasfullyearnedthathonourherstripes.AssheputsitIhaveworkedhard.Imstillgoingtoworkhardbecause...Imstillverypassionateaboutaviation.IstilllookforwardtogoingtoworkandIcannotbelievehowluckyIamtofeelthiswayaboutmyjob.Iwisheveryonecouldhavethatsatisfactionintheirwork.Commandtrainingisoneofthemostintenselearningexperiencesandpsychologicallydrainingtimeinapilotslife.Itsnotjustaboutonesflyingskillsbutacombinationofeverythingfromdecisionmakingtocrewmanagementandcommunicationskillsleadershipstylesmanagementofextremelystressfulsituationsetc...ItsverytoughmentallysoonceIstartedthataspectofmytrainingIbecamedeterminedlyfocused.Ididntreallyhaveanyhiccupsalongthewayitwasquiteasmoothflowforme 10October2011althoughIdidhaveveryverybadweatherintheSeychellesthroughout.Therewasalotofheavyrainandstrongsouth-easterlymonsoonwindsbutImanagedtogetthroughallthat.SoIdidnthaveanytrouble.EventuallywhenIdidpassallthephasesoftrainingandnumeroustestsmycolleagueswereallveryhappyforme.AsSeychellesPresidentJamesMichelstatedinamessageofcongratulationswhenNicolefirstreceivedhercommandThroughyourhardworkperseveranceandtenacityyouhaveproventhattheskyisthelimitWeareimmenselyproudofyourachievementwhichisamilestoneforourcountry.UnconventionalCareerPathNicolesaviationcareerwithAirSeychellesbeganin1997asaTwinOtterco-pilotontheairlinesdomesticroutes.In1998sheadvancedtothepositionofpilotoftheairlinesIslanderaircraftfollowedbyTwinOtterpilotthefollowingyearandB767FirstOfficerontheBoeing767forInternationalFlightOperationsin2001.AftertakingtimeofftobecomeamumtoHarryNicoleonceagainresumedhercareerclimbearningherairlinetransportlicensein2006andcompletingtheBoeing767commandtraininginearly2007.Shesaysofherdecisiontogobacktolong-haulflyingafterthebirthofhersonItwasstillagreatloveofminesoitwasautomaticthatIwentbacktowork.StillasshedescribesitItwashard.Itstillishardtoleavehim.Heseight-and-a-halfyearsoldnow.IwasstillbreastfeedingwhenIlefthim.AndIwouldcomehomeandbreastfeedagainandIusedtocarrymylittlebreastpumpwithmesothatIcouldstillbreastfeedmysonwhenIcamebackhome.MyspeciallittlebagwhichIusedtostoremybreastpumpinmademymalecolleaguesverycuriousandtheystartedtoaskallsortsofquestionsItwasquitefunnytoseetheirreactionswhenItoldthemwhatitwasIthinkwhenyourcareeroryourworkissomethingthatyouvelookedforwardtoandyouveworkedsohardforyourentirelifejusthavingachilddoesntmeanyouhavetogiveitallupandbecomejustamum.ItsyourownidentityisntitItswhatmakesyouyou.AndIknowitshardformysonbutIrememberwhenIgotmycommandHewasonlyfivebuthewassoproud.Soyouknowitswhatmakesthemloveyouaswellwhatmakesthemrespectyou.HestilltalksaboutthatdaywithsuchfondnessandprideAFlighttoRememberThemomentousdaythatpilotNicoleproudlyacceptedherfour-barcaptainsdesignationwasonlyeclipsedbythethrillofhermaidencommercialflighttwodayslateron23August2007.DuringthatflightNicolecommandedanall-femalecrewontheSeychelles-Mauritius-Seychellesinternationalroutewith239passengersandthreeinfantsonboard.HerFirstOfficeronthedaywasherbestfriendLishadwhichmadeitallthemorespecial.Thecaptainlatersaidthatherall-femalecrewwereaswell-trainedasmentohandleanysituationthatmightariseincludingsecurity.TheB767toucheddownatSeychellesInternationalAirportrightonscheduletoheartyapplausebothinsidethecabinandout.Anhonorarywater-cannonsalutepresentedbytheairportsfirebrigadewelcomedtheflightasittaxiedtowardtheairportterminalandaspecialreceptionheldintheairportsSalonValleedeMaiCIPLoungehonouredbothcaptainandcrew.CaptainChang-Lenghasdescribedtheentireexperienceastheclimaxofherthenten-yearcareerwithAirSeychelles.Photocourtesy-RaymondSahuquetOnboardofAirSeychellesflight featureKreol11October2011AfterthesuccessfulflightNicoletoldSeychellesNationTheflightwentquitewelladdingIfeltresponsibleandIwantedtomakeitagoodflight.Teamworkonthegroundandonboardhelpedalot.Underhercommandthatteamworkhadsucceededinmakingtheinternationaltriponewhichshedescribedasaflightgonejustasplanned.Weareimmenselyproudofyourachievementwhichisamilestoneforourcountry.SecondHistoricFlightInMarch2010CaptainChang-Lengmadeyetanotherhistoricflightonceagaincommandinga10-memberall-femalecrewincommemorationofInternationalWomensDay.Itwasanaptreminderofallthatshedaccomplishedasafemaleembracingathoroughlymale-dominatedvocation.Yetwhenaskedwhatshelikesbestaboutall-femalecrewsNicolerevealsaperhapssurprisinglypragmaticperspective.ActuallyIdontthinkanall-femalecrewisthebestcrewtohave.Ithinkitshouldalwaysbeamixedcrewbecausethenobviouslyyougetbothsidestothestory.Andalsobecauseweallknowmenarephysicallystrongerthanwomen.Bothgendergroupsbringdifferentqualitiestocommercialaviationthatismuchneededtoprovidegoodbalanceandalsomuchappreciated.AmixedanddiversesetofcrewwillalwaysworkbestinmyviewplusIthinkourpassengerspreferitthatway.BalancedPerspectiveOnestorywhichperfectlyillustratesontheonehandjusthowmuchawomancanaccomplishandontheotherthatheraccomplishmentswontnecessarilymakeherinfallibleortheguysobsoleteisthisonewhichNicolerelateswithcompletecandourFormyfirstflightintotheFalklandIslandsthewindwasblowingagale....ourengineerwassittingintheflightdeckforthelanding...AfterIlandedinthatreallyreallystrongwindhesaidtomeNicoleyouvedonethebestlandingsofaroutofalltheguysAndthatwasjustawesome.EvenIwasquiteastonishedAndthenIwentoutoftheaeroplaneonthatdaybecauseeveryonewantedtotakeaphotoofmebecauseithadbeensuchasmoothlanding.IstoodontheopenstepsandInearlygotblownoverthesidebecauseIdidntrealizehowheavyandstrongthewindwas.Andluckilyoneofthemalecabincrewatthedoorgrabbedmyarmandpulledmebackintosafety.Nicoleinfactenjoysanexcellentworkingrelationshipwithhermalecolleagues.Aboutthatrelationshipshestates...Withallmymalecolleagues-evenothercaptains-Ivenevereverhadanytrouble.EvenwhenIwasafirstofficerandtheywerecaptainstheywould...leadme...downthegoodway-teachmebyexample.Iwillforeverbegratefultomycolleagues.Becausethereisnospiritofcompetitionbetweenthembothsheandtheyenjoyaprofessionalrelationshipwhichisbasedonmutualrespect.AWordofAdviceforWomenCaptainNicoleChang-Lenghasagreatdealforwhichtobeproud.NonethelesssheisrefreshinglyunaffectedbyalltheattentionshesreceivedforhernumerousaccomplishmentsandthatsjustonemorewonderfultraitthathasmadeAirSeychellesCaptainNicoleChang-Lenganinspiringrolemodelforwomenwhodreamofsuccess.AboutthedifferencebetweenherselfandherfellowSeychelloiswomenNicolesaysIwasntbroughtupcompletelyinthiscountry.Ithinkmymindsetisalittledifferent...Ijustwishthatgirlsgrowingupinthiscountrysawthattheycoulddowhatevertheywantedaswell.InreferencetothedisproportionatenumberofwomenwhoopttobecometeachersinSeychelleslikelybecausethatswhatsexpectedofthemNicoleaddsIfyouwanttobeateacheryoullbeanexcellentteacher.Butifyoudontwanttobeateacherandyouareforcedintoteachingyouwillnotbeagoodteacher.Thesamegoesforanycareerorvocation.HeradvicetowomenissimpleIfyouwanttodosomethingdontshyawayfromit.Justgooutthereanddoitandtryitatleast.Haveago.Youmightnotsucceedbutatleastyoucansayyouhadago.Goget.Godo.Dontletapregnancygetintheway.YougetpregnantSowhatHaveyourbabylookafteryourbabyandthencarryonPickupwhereyouleftoff.WomenWhoPursuetheirPassionWomenwhoembraceNicolesstraightforwardphilosophyoffollowingtheirheartsandpursuingtheirpassionwillbeingoodcompany.ThatsexactlywhatNicolehasherselfdoneandshedoesntintendtoquitdoingitanytimesoon.IvebeenlinecommanderfornearlyfouryearsnowandInowfeelthatIneedanewchallenge.TrainingotherpilotsissomethingIwouldlovetodoandwithnearlytenthousandhoursofflyingexperienceandnearlyfourteenyearsonthejobIthinkIllhavesomethingtosharetoosheadds.ThejobisstillreallysatisfyingbutIdliketobegiventheopportunitytobringadifferentperspectivetothetrainingoftheyoungercrews.Nicoleissimplyunstoppabletheperfectexampleofjusthowmuchwomencanaccomplishwhentheyrefusetogiveuptheirdreams.Sheferventlyhopesthatotherwomeninspiredbyherexamplewilldaretobelievetheyhavewhatittakestomakeitinacareerwhichtapstheirfullpotentialandtrulybringsthemjoy. Kreolfeauture12October2011HerfosterfamilywasverypoorandlivingconditionswereverybadforJackie.Shehadwantedtorunawayfromherimpoverishedhomeandjointhecircusbutneverdid.ThroughoutherlifeshehadaloveforthecircusandwhenshewasanadultrodetheleadelephantintheopeningoftheRinglingBrothersCircusinMadisonSquareGardens.WhenshewasinthethirdgradeJackiewasmentoredandtreatedkindlybyherteacherMissBostwick.WhenMissBostwicklefttheschoolJackiequitandneverreturned.Althoughsheonlyhadathird-gradeeducationJackiecontinuedtoreadbutshehaddifficultyspellingandwritinglegibly.TheoriginalFlyGirlJacquelineCochran featureKreol13October2011Jackiebeganworkingattheageof8shestayedinthehomesofwomenwhohadrecentlygivenbirthandcaredforthemandtheirfamilies.Whileworkingintheirhomesshelearnedhowtocookanddevelopedatalentforpreparingexcellentmealswhichshecontinuedtodothroughoutherlife.Attheageof14shelefthomeandmovedtoMontgomeryAlabama.Sheobtainedajobasanoperatorofapermanentwavemachineinabeautysalon.WhenshewastwentyyearsoldshemovedtoNewYorkandworkedfortheAntoineSalon.ShetravelledtoMiamiBeachtoservethecustomersofthesalonwhowinteredthere.In1932JackieCochranstartedtakingflyinglessonsatRooseveltFieldonLongIsland.Whenshebegantakingthelessonsshesaidabeautyoperatorceasedtostartedandanaviatorwasborn.Onthethirddayofherlessonsshesoloed.Sheobtainedherlicenseintwoandahalfweeks.AfterreceivingherlicensesheboughtaTravelairplaneandbegantakingadditionalflyinglessonsfromTedMarshallaNavypilot.In1934shereceivedacommercialpilotslicense.InthesameyearsheenteredtheMacRobertsonRacefromLondonEnglandtoMelbourneAustraliaa12000mile-race.Theprizewas50000whichCochrandesperatelywantedtowin.Althoughshedidnotwintheraceshewonthefirstleg.In1935shefoundedtheJacquelineCochranCosmeticCompanywithafactoryinRoselleNewJerseyandanofficeinNewYork.Themoneysheearnedfromthissuccessfulbusinesshelpedfinancetheracessheentered.In1935sheenteredtheBendixwhichwasacross-countryracefromLosAngelestoClevelandOhio.Nowomenhadevercompetedinthisprestigiousrace.CochranandthefamousaviatrixAmeliaEarhartweredeniedtheirinitialapplicationtoentertheraceonthegroundsthattheracewasformenonly.CochranprotestedshesaidIcantgiveup.IfIconcedeonthiswomenwillbebarredfromracingforyearsmaybeevenforever.ShesucceededinherprotestandanagreementwassignedthatallowedCochranandEarharttocompeteintherace.Cochransplanehadmechanicalproblemsduringtheraceandshehadtowithdraw.Earhartcameinfifth.AlthoughCochrandidnotfinishtheraceshehadwonavictory.BecauseofherwomencouldnowcompeteintheBendixrace.CochranlaterwonfirstplaceinthewomensdivisionoftheBendixand3rdplaceoverallin1937andfirstplacein1938.BecauseoftheirmutualloveforflyingEarhartandCochranbecameclosefriends.On11thofMay1936CochranmarriedFloydOdlumandtheyhadahomeinCaliforniacalledCochran-OdlumRanchanapartmentinManhattanandanestateinConnecticut.Cochranfinallyhadahomeofherownthatshelongedforasachild.ShealsoestablishedanorphanagenearherNewYorkapartment.In1937CochranflewfromNewYorktoMiamiinarecord-breaking4hoursand12minutes.In1939shesetanewaltitudeandinternationalspeedrecordandbecamethefirstwomantomakeablindlanding.ShereceivedtheCliffordBurkeHarmonTrophyastheoutstandingwomanflierintheworldin19381939and1940.In1940shebrokethe2000kilometerinternationalspeedrecord.DuringWorldWarIIshewaspartofWingsforBritainanorganizationthatferriedAmericanbuiltaircrafttoBritainandbecamethefirstwomantoflyabomberacrosstheAtlantic.ShereceivedtheDistinguishedServiceMedalforherservicesduringtheWar.In1943shewasappointedtothestaffoftheUSArmyAirForcesanddirectorofWomensAirforceServicePilotsWASP.In1953shebecamethefirstwomanpilottobreakthesoundbarrier.Between1962-64sheestablishedsixty-nineintercityandstraight-linedistancejetrecords.Shealsosetnineinternationalspeeddistanceandaltitudejetrecords.In1971shewasinductedintotheNationalAviationHallofFamewiththewordsToJacquelineCochranforoutstandingcontributionstoaviationbyherdevotiontotheadvancementoftheroleofwomeninallofitsaspectsandbyestablishingnewperformancerecordsthatadvancedaeronauticsthisawardismostsolemnlyandrespectfullydedicated.In1975shebecamethefirstwomantobehonouredattheUSAirForceAcademywithapermanentdisplayofhermemorabilia.JacquelineJackieCochrandiedon7thAugust1980.Onthe9thMay1996inIndioCaliforniatheUnitedStatesPostOfficeissuedtheJacquelineCochranstampinthedenominationoffiftycents.ThestamphasherpicturedinaviatorgearwiththewordsJacquelineCochranPioneerPilot. 14October2011LaunchedinJuly2010theDiplomaticSpousesAssociationofSeychellesDSAconsistsofthewivesoftheheadsofdiplomaticmissionsinSeychelles.TheorganizationwasinspiredbythemembersexperienceofsimilarassociationsincapitalcitiesrangingfromRangoontoMexicoCityfromReykjaviktoPretoria.TheDSAaimstopromotefriendshipbetweentheoutsideworldandSeychellesandbenefitthepeopleofSeychelles.Itsprimaryroleisfundraisingforcharities.TheDSAsupportscharitiesofSeychellesmainlybydonatingitemspurchasedthroughfundraising.Italsobringshighlightstocertaincausesandgivesthegeneralpublicachancetohelpthroughsupportingitsevents.CharitiesthattheDSAhavebenefitedincludetheChildrensHomesFoundationCHFofSeychellesandtheMotherTeresaMission.TheChildrensHomesFoundationwasformedin2006byNatalieMicheltheFirstLadyoftheRepublicofSeychelles.Itisanon-governmentalnonprofitcharitableorganizationwhichhelpschildreninneedandtheirfamilies.TheresponsibilitiesoftheCHFincludemanagingthePresidentsVillagethelargestchildrenshomeintheSeychellesandsupportingtheotherCatholicchildrenshomes.LydiaForbesthewifeoftheBritishHighCommissionerexplainedthatWehavevisitedthehomesandspokenwiththestaffandchildrentoseehowwemaysupportthem.Wehavedonatedbooksandprovidedequipmentfortheearlyyearspre-schoolprogrammeatthePresidentsVillage.TheDSAhasalsodonatedoutdoorplayequipmentfortheday-carecentreattheMotherTeresaMissionandbooksforthechildrenswardatthehospital.TheDSAalsoprovidedaTheDiplomaticSpousesAssociationFromlefttorightMadhumitaNagLydiaForbesBrigitteBianchin-MignotandTatianaKalinina featureKreol15October2011wheelchairandclothingforelderlyladiesattheMissionariesofCharityandpresentedclothesbooksandtoysattheorphanageforboysandgirls.TatianaKalininathewifeoftheRussianAmbassadorsaidthatvisitingthehomesandseeinghappychildrenandstaffmakingthemostoftheirhomefromhomewasamemorableexperiencefortheDSA.TheDSAhavealsoheldlargefundraisingeventstosupportcharities.TheirfirstmajoreventwasNamasteIndiaWelcomeIndiawhichwasheldattheBerjayaBeauVallonBayResortCasinoinAugust2010.ThiscelebrationofIndianfoodandculturefeaturedafashionshowdanceperformancesandamartialartsperformancefromKerala.Bothadultsandchildrentookpartinthefashionshow.Thediplomaticwivesdressedinsarisfortheoccasion.AccordingtoMadhumitaNagthewifeoftheIndianHighCommissionerTheNamasteIndiafundraiserwassuchacolourfuleventwhereweexperiencedadifferentculturewhichincludedwearingasari.Theeventwasattendedbyover300peopleandraisedarespectableamountforcharity.TheDSAalsoorganizedaninternationalbazaarattheNationalLibraryinearlyDecemberlastyear.ItwasheldatthattimeinordertoencourageChristmasshopping.ThemembershadallvisitedinternationalbazaarsinothercountriesandtheythoughtthattheSeychelleswouldbeagoodplacetoholdasimilareventwithsomanydifferentculturesinasmallspace.Theeventinvolvedamajororganizationeffortbycommitteemembersandothervolunteers.StallsfromthemanycountriesrepresentedincludingFranceRussiaIndiaChinaandEnglandsoldfooddrinksouvenirsandotheritemsfromtheircountries.Showswerealsoheldatthebazaar.ThestallsgenerouslydonatedalloftheproceedstoDSAcharityfunds.TheDSAliaisedwithlocalbusinessesandassociationstobringvarietytothestalls.BrigitteMignotthewifeoftheFrenchAmbassadoraddedthatthoughwehadpublicizedtheeventwehadnoideawhattheresponsewouldbefromthegeneralpublicbutweredelightedbythesupportitattractedandthefundsitraisedthereforeweplantomakeitanannualevent.Thiscolourfuleventwasalsoextremelysuccessful.TheDSAwillsoondecidewheretodonatethemoneyraisedfromthetwoevents.TheDSAwantstoextenditscharitywork.TheassociationisparticularlyinterestedinhelpingchildrenandsupportingcharitiesthathelpthelessfortunatepeopleinthecommunityaccordingtoMrsMignot.Theassociationhasvisitedsomehomesandhasbeenapproachedbybodiesthatwouldappreciateitshelp.TheFirstLadyhasbeensupportiveoftheDSAandsuggestedwaysinwhichitcanbenefitcharities.Accordinglytheorganisationhopestovisitthewidercommunitytoidentifyareasofneedandtoworkwithothervoluntaryorganisationsandcharities.Wewelcomeideasforsmallmanageableprojectsratherthanlongtermorregularsupport.ThisiseasierforustosustainasanewassociationsaidMrsKalinina.TheDSAhasnothadguestspeakersatitsfunctionsbecauseithasfocusedonfundraising.Howevernowthatthemembershipoftheorganisationisincreasingtheassociationisconsideringinvitingguestspeakers.ThemembersoftheDSAadmireothereminentwomenwhohavebenefitedsociety.Mrs.ForbesforexamplethinksthatPrincessDianasetagoodexamplebyfundraisingforcharity.ShepointsoutthatPrincessDiwasahugewell-knownpublicfigurewhoremainedgenuineandcaringthroughhercharitableworkwhichcontinuedinherprivatetimeawayfromthemedia.SincethediplomaticcommunityinSeychellesissmalltheDSAhopestoattractnewmembers.Membershipisopentoallspousesofheadsofmissionandotheraccrediteddiplomatsandhonoraryconsulswhoareinterestedinsupportingcharities.GuestmembersfromthelocalandinternationalcommunityarealsowelcometojoinandsupporteventsaccordingtothewebsiteoftheDSA.TheDSAplanstocontinuesupportingcharitiesintheSeychellesandholdmoreeventsinadditiontotheannualinternationalbazaar.ItsfundraisingforsuchcharitiesasChildrensHomesFoundationandtheMissionsofCharityisveryimportantfortheSeychelles.TheeventsthattheDSAhavehostedhavealsopromotedtradelinkswithSeychellesbyfeaturingproductsfromdifferentcountries.TheimportantworkoftheDSAhasbeenhighlypraisedbytheFirstLadyherselfwhoisavocaladvocateoftheorganization.DuringthereceptiononHerRoyalHighnessThePrincessRoyalPrincessAnneandherhusbandViceAdmiralLaurenceofficialvisittoSeychelles Kreolfeauture16October2011KarineatalentedyoungdesignerfromtheSeychellesrecentlygraduatedfromtheprestigiousCentralSaintMartinsCollegeofArtandDesign.ShehasrecentlylaunchedherownbrandKankanandwantstomakeabigcontributiontothefashionworldoftheSeychelles.Karineansweredquestionsaboutherhistoryandfutureambitions.CouldyoutellusalittleaboutyourbackgroundpleaseIstartedmyeducationattheSeychellesFrenchSchoolbeforemovingtotheInternationalSchoolattheageof14.ItwasherethatImetMartinKennedymyheadmasterandartteacherwhoplayedakeyroleinmyrealizingthatthiswassomethingIwantedtopursueseriouslyasaprofession.HenotonlygavemelicensetoexperimentanddevelopmystylebuthewasalsoinstrumentalinencouragingmetostudyintheUKandspecificallyatCentralSaintMartinsCollegeofArtandDesign.WhendidyoufirstrealizethatyouwantedtobecomeafashiondesignerWellmygrandmotherwilltellyouthatIhavealwaysbeensomethingofafashionaficionado.FromaveryearlyageIusedtoriflethroughherwardrobeanddressmyselfupinallherweirdandwonderfulclothing.IalsodistinctlyrememberwatchingoldmovieslikeGoneWiththeWindandMaryPoppinsandbeingfascinatedwiththeflamboyantandexoticoutfitstheywouldwear.DotheKankanEmergingfashiondesignerKarineDupouylaunchesherownbrandKarineDupouy featureKreol17JANuArY2011October2011 18October2011KreolfeatureWhatdidyourstudiesinvolveIstudiedattheCentralSaintMartinsCollegeofArtsandDesigninLondonmajoringinwomenswear.IwasthereforfiveyearswhichincludedaplacementyearthatIspentworkinginbothItalyandParis.WhichfashiondesignersinspireyouWowwheredoIstartYohjiYamamotoKarlLagerfeldKenzoMatthewWilliamsonAlexanderMcQueen.Therearejustsomany.IfIhadtochooseIwouldhavetosaymyfellowSaintMartinsgraduateJohnGalliano.Hisworkreallypushestheboundariesoffashionanddarestobedifferent.PeoplelikeGallianoarereallyimportanttothisindustry.Theyremindustokeepchallengingourselvesandthatanythingcanbeachieved.WhatareyourfutureplansWellImluckyenoughtohavehadtheopportunitytogetstraightintoitandIamintheprocessoflaunchingmyownbrandhavejustsetupKankaninthecomingmonths.SaintMartinsisadesign-focusedcollegesowewerentexposedtoagreatdealofthecommercialaspectsoftheprofession.SoIreallyfeltthatitwasimportanttogettolearnthebusinesssideofthingsimmediately.Ithinktoooftenpeoplegoofftoplacementsandendupcompletelydetachedfromthenutsandboltsofrunningabusinessandmarketingabrand.Ididntwantthishappeningtome.AsformyfutureplansIwouldjustliketoseethisbranddevelopandthrive.WearestartingwithalimitedrangebutIdlovetoseeitgrowtothepointthatwecanreallypushthelimits featureKreol19October2011alittleandbringabroadrangeofstuffincludinghautecouturetotheSeychelles.WhatkindsofclothesdoyouespeciallylikedesigningIspecialisedinwomenswearsoIhavearealsoftspotforwomensclothing.Itsalwaysfuntodesignclothingwhichyoucanactuallywearyourself.HavingsaidthatIvebeendoingalotofprintingrecentlymorespecificallyt-shirtsforKankan.WearelookingtocomeupwithsomethingreallyfreshandnewintheSeychellesandtrytogetthefashionsceneheremovingandshakingabit.Toanextenttheenvironmenthasalargeinfluenceoverthetypeofclotheswecandesignherebutwearereallytryingtocomeupwithanewtakeonthings.WillyoudesignforaparticularmarketIthinkintheSeychellesyouneedtobequitecleverabouthowyoumarketyourselfandatwhomyoupitchyourproducts.Whatwehaveherearesomanydifferentgroupsandsub-groupsthatexistwithinarelativelysmallpopulation.Theseincludemenwomenoldyoungforeignersandlocals.Soitsimportantwhendesigningtolookforthemesandstylesthatareuniversalandappealtoasmanypeopleaspossible.IwanttomakemybrandaccessibletoeveryonewhilststayingtruetomycorevaluesofrepresentingSeychellesbringingsomethingnewtothetableandaboveallprovidingahighqualityproduct.DoyouespeciallyadmirethefashionsceneofanyparticularcountryItsreallyhardtogopastFranceandItaly.Itsasthougheveryonelivingtherearetraineddesigners.Theyhavejustbeendesigningatahighlevelforsolongthatthepeoplenowtreatfashionasaformofpersonalexpression.ItsraretoseeaParisianoraMilanesewhodoesntmakeaneffortwiththeirclothing.WhetheritstheclassicsimplicityoftheFrenchortheflamboyanceoftheItalianstheyreallconsciousofwhattheywearsotheylookgreat.IthinkJapanalsodeservesaspecialmention.TheEasthasalwaysfascinatedme.TheyhavesucharichhistorywhichisnowbeingexposedtoandinfluencedbytheWest.Iwouldlovenothingmorethantohelpintroducethissortofcross-culturalborrowingintheSeychelles.Imcertainlygoingtodomybesttomakeithappen.Sowellsee.KarinehopestofollowinthefootstepsoftheLebanesedesignerElieSaabwhosestyleissimilartohers.Sheadmiresthewayheexperimentswithcolourhisattentiontodetailandultimatelyhissimplicity.Thesearequalitieswhicharealsoembodiedinherwork.HisworkinspiresKarinewhothinksthatfashiondesignerswerealwaystaughttolookwithinforinspirationandlooktoothersforhowtoexecutethatinspiration.Ultimatelyitsourenvironmentthatwilldefineusanddifferentiateusfromtheotherdesignersoutthere.CheckoutKarinespastandfuturecollectionsatwww.kankan.scwhichwillshowherpastandfuturecollections.ThiswillalsofeatureonlinesaleswhicharenewtotheSeychellesfashionindustry.KarinecertainlyplanstoimprovethefashionsceneoftheSeychelleswithhernewbrandandherplansforitsfuture. Kreolfeature20October2011LovelyandconfidentAngyLeissisanaccomplishedbusinesswomanwithalifelonginterestinfashion.Butfamilyishermainloveasevidencedthroughherself-describedtitleofCEOoftheFamilyLeiss.CEOFamilyLeissBornonLaDigueAngyhadahappycarefreechildhoodsurroundedbynature.ThoughImustsaymymotherwasverystrictsherelates.AngygrewupinatypicalCreolewoodenhousesurroundedbyanairyverandah.Therewasnoelectricityandwaterwasfetchedfromtheriverbypails.Igrewupverypoorhavingtomakedowithverylittle.Fromthesehumblebegin-ningsAngydesignedacareerforherself.RightafterIobtainedmyAlevelsIlaunchedmyselfintobusiness.Iwasbenttobeself-employed.SheopenedasmallshopcalledAngysBoutiqueandhadgreatfuntravelingtodistantlandstopurchasehergoods.Itookmyveryfirstloanof200000rupeesfromtheDevelopmentBankgatheredallmyothersavingsandheadedforItalywhereIwasinsecondheavenclothesshoppingOverloadedIheadedbackhomewithmynew-foundtreasures.ItwasmyfirstofmanytripstoItalyandThailandandmybusinessflourished.WorldTravelerAngyhassincetraveledextensively.ShehasvisitednumerouscountriesincludingGermanywhichsheconsidershersecondhome.ShelovesItalyforitsfashionandfoodbutalsoadoresNewYorkItissovibrantbusyandexcitingshesaysoftheBigApple.Lifeiswhatyoumakeoutofit.Remainingpositiveevenindifficulttimesisveryimportant. Kreolfeature22October2011ForallhertravelingAngyisveryproudtobeapartofthisexcitingeraofaNouvoSeselandforeseesaverymodernandexcitingfutureforSeychelles.Sustainabledevelopmentisclosetoherheartandsheappreciatesthatover50ofSeychellesisdeclaredprotectedareas.WeneedtobeconstantlyawareoftheprotectionofourislandssomethingwemustnotlosesightofAngyurges.MarriageandFamilyLifeAngymetherfuturehusbandAchimLeissCEOofAngelFishBaysideMarinainMahinatelevisionrepairshop.IthrewhimoffhisfeetmusthavebeenmyItaliansummerdress.HeskillfullyextractedmyhomenumberfromagirlfriendonlytogetholdofmymotherHeeventuallyinvitedAngytodinnerservingthemealintheyachthewaslivingon.HewastheperfectgentlemanalleveningalmosttotheendAngyrecalls.Itwassoromantic.ThenhedidthemostunexpectedthingIwasanticipatingapassionategoodnightkissandwhatdoeshedoHepresentsmehischeekTheyfellheadoverheelsinlove.WithinthreeweeksAchimproposedtoAngyonthewhitesandsofBeauVallonBeach.UponheracceptanceheleapedupandranfullyclothedintotheoceanscreamingforjoyatthetopofhisvoiceHeisthebesthusbandandawonderfulfather.Iknowthatmightsoundcornybutthatshowheis.TheymarriedayearlaterinGermany.Atthatfastpacefriendswereconcernedthatthecouplehadrushedthings.ButAngydeclaresitwasthebestdecisionsheevermade.Heisthebesthusbandandawonderfulfather.Iknowthatmightsoundcornybutthatshowheis.WhatIloveabouthimishisspontaneityandgenerosity.Heisaromanticatheartandfiercelyprotectiveofthefamily.WhatelsecanawomanwantTheLeisseshavetwochildren.Angydescribesolive-skinnedandtousled-curledsonKaylanasalovingandgenerousboywho featureKreol23October2011exemplifiesthetypicalSeychelloisislanderlifestylewithhismellowapproachtolife.LikehismomhehasapassionforcookingandenjoysCreolefoodfishheadsoctopuscurriessaltedfishandchillies.Whenweeatouthealwaysendsupcommentingonthefoodwhetheritwastoodryovercookedortasteless.AndheisonlyelevenTheirfair-facedandblondedaughterAvrilage7eatsnoneofthoseislandspecialties.Sheisverysweetyetpossessesastrongcharacter.ShealwaysknowswhatshewantsAngyobserves.Avrillikeseverythingorganizedandhandlesmosttasksautonomously.SheisverymuchintofashionsaysAngy.Shelovesclothesandmake-up.EversinceAvrildidaphotoshootforaninternationalcataloglastyearshehasbeenfocusedonbecomingamodel.IthinkIwillhavemyhandsfullinacoupleofyearsAngyconfides.ItwouldseemAngyshandsarequitefullnowwithaschedulefamiliartomanymothers.Hertypicaldaybeginsat610amtogetthekidsreadyforschool.OncetheyreoffAngystealsanhourtoreadandsipteathenshemaypreparedinnerorheadtotheofficeforawhilebeforeshoppingthemarketforfreshproduce.ShellreturnforlunchnoshingwithhusbandAchimandthengooutagaintogetthekidsfromschool.FromthereitsMomsTaxiTimeassherunsthekidstotheirrespectiveactivities.Intheeveningcomeshomeworkdutybathtimeandthenafamilydinner.WetrytoalwayshavedinnertogethersaysAngy.Thisisthetimewherewegettodiscussthingsasafamily.Afterdinnerthefamilycoziesupandmamastayswiththekidsuntiltheyarefastasleep.AfternurturingandguidingherfamilyalldayAngytakesalittlerelaxationtimeforherself.SomepeoplesdestinationinlifeisachievementssuccessprogressdiscoveriesandsoonAngynotes.MineisverysimpleREALHAPPINESS.Familyismoreimportanttomethananythingelse.ThisiswhereIfindmyhappiness.Iamdoingthemostdemandingroleofallshesayswithpride.Mylifeisinvolvedaroundmykids.BalanceandPhilosophyBalancinghomefamilyandbusinesscanbetrickywithouttherightattitude.AverypositivepersonAngybelievesanegativeapproachtolifeleadstonegativeconsequences.Lifeisaninfiniteloopthatkeepsrotatingsheexplains.Youjusthavetobepreparedtorotatealongwithit.Shehasneverforgottenthecontributionsthatothershavemadeforthesakeofherwell-being.ThemostpreciousgiftofallisgivingsaysAngy.YoucannotbegratefulwithoutbeingthoughtfulOnislandlifeLivinginasmallcountrylikeSeychelleswheregossiprumorsandjudgingpeopleispartofthedailylifeItrynottojudgeothers.RatherIjudgemyselfandlivewithit.Whatotherpeopledoisnotmyaffairunlesstheyapproachmewithit.AMessagefortheYoungWomenofSeychellesAngyencouragesyoungSeychelloistotakeadvantageofopportunities.Seychellesisaverymoderncountrythereforetheyoungwomenhavealmosteverythingattheirdisposal.Theyshouldmakethemostoutofit.Keepaneyeatleastonthelongview.Neverstopeducatingyourselvesbecauselearningisapleasantprocess.ThegreatersocialillsfacingSeychelloisyouthtodaysuchasharddrugsmakingtheiruglyappearanceontheislandsshoresconcernsAngy.Wemothershavetobeacutelyawarethatourchildrenwillhavechoicestomakeanditisuptoustopreparethemforthosediceyanddifficultmoments.Ibelievecreatingastronglovingandunitedfamilyisthebestrecipeingettingitright.AngysuccinctlysumsuphersecrettoovercomingobstaclescreatingabusinessandnurturingafamilywithgraceandstyleLifeiswhatyoumakeoutofit.Remainingpositiveevenindifficulttimesisveryimportant.FamilyLeiss.FromLefttorightKaylanAchimAvrilandAngy. Kreolfeature24October2011ItsaMarathonLifeIsntaSprintAPassionforFitnessMr.DongChangJeongHonoraryConsulGeneralofSeychellesinSeoulSouthKoreaformerlyHonoraryConsuluntilhispromotionin2010isamanwithamissionaswellasapassionforhealthandfitness.NotonlyisheamarathonrunnerhimselfhealsooverseesthepopularannualEco-HealingSeychellesMarathonmakingitpossibleforhundredsofotherrunnersfromaroundtheworldtoindulgethepassionthathehimselfloves.Thisexperienceddistancerunnershistoryprovidesampleevidencethatheisnonovicetothesport.Duringthe10-plusyearshehaspursuedhishobbyMr.Jeonghasparticipatedinover70marathonsin35countries.Hehasruntheworld-famousBostonandNewYorkmarathonsaswellasracesincitiessuchasLosAngelesBerlinTokyoBeijingLondonandParisanimpressiveresumeindeed.ABitofBackgroundBorninSeosanChungcheongProvinceinKoreain1961Mr.JeongmajoredinPortugeseatuniversitythoughheisfondofsayinginjestduetothetimehedevotedtohismembershipintheAlpineSocietyatthetimethatheactuallymajoredinmountainclimbing.DongChangJeongADiplomat-AthletewhoGoestheDistanceWhetherparticipatinginaraceorplanningonethishonoraryconsulgeneralathletefounderandsponsoroftheannualEco-HealingSeychellesMarathonknowsjustwhatittakestorunamarathonineverysenseoftheword.DongChangJeong seychellesnatureKreol25October2011AftergraduatingfromuniversityMr.JeongbeganhiscareerinthetourismindustryjoiningKoreasthennumber-onetravelagencyAjuTravel.OnthefasttrackforpromotionMr.Jeongrosetothepositionofgeneralmanagerin10shortyears.Howeverthestressofhisfast-pacedcareeralongwithatwo-pack-a-daycigarettehabitandanevery-other-dayglassofwhiskeysoonbegantotaketheirtollcausinghisweighttospiketoanunhealthy95kilograms.OnedayrecognisinghisneedtorecoverhishealthMr.Jeongbeganawalkingprogramme.Graduallyheincreasedhisspeedandeventuallyadvancedtorunning.In1997heranhisfirstmarathon.ManofManyTalentsMr.JeongisamanwhotodaywearsmanyhatsincludingthoseofRegionalManageroftheSeychellesTouristOfficeinKoreaandPresidentandCEOofINOCEANMCformerlytheEco1Project.Yetevenduringtheearlydaysofhiscareerhedemonstratedthissamecreativeversatility.AfterhavingparticipatedintheBostonandNewYorkmarathonswithfriendsfromhisrunningclubMr.JeongfeltinspiredtocreatetheInternationalMarathonTour.Evertheinnovatorin1997hestartedhisowncompanyoperatingtravelprogrammeswhichprovidedtheopportunityforKoreanrunnerstoattendworld-famousmarathonsforthefirsttimeever.AtthetimerunningwasnotacommonsportinKoreaafactwhichcontributedtothegeneralscepticismaboutthelikelihoodthatKoreanswouldbeinterestedintravellingtoothercountriestorun.YetMr.JeongfeltconfidentthattherunnersmarketinKoreawouldexpand.Hisinstinctsprovedcorrectandtodayhisbusinesstransportsmorethan3000runnersperyeartovariousoverseasmarathonvenues.AtaboutthesametimeMr.JeongembracedtheroleofsportsagentandbeganinvitingeliterunnersfromoverseastointernationalmarathoneventsheldinKorea.KenyanandotherAfricanrunnerswereamongtheathletesheinvitedtoruntheSeoulInternationalMarathonin2002.AnActofKindnessPaysOffAnincidentwhichoccurredatthetimeillustratesjusthowseriouslyMr.Jeongviewedhistrust.UponlearningthattheAfricanathletesflightschedulewouldrequirethemEco-HealingMarathonSeychelles Kreolfeature26October2011tostayinSeoulafewextranightsattheirownexpensedespitethefactthattheywereunabletoaffordeventheleastexpensivehotelaccommodationsMr.Jeonggraciouslyopenedhisownhometotherunners.ProvidingroomsmealsandatourofSeoulCityandtrainingwiththeathleteseachmorningMr.Jeongimpressedthemwithhiskindness.UponreturninghomethegratefulKenyanathletespassedMr.Jeongscardalongtoahigh-levelofficialoftheForeignMinistryrelatingthestoryoftheirdilemmainKoreaandthekindnesshedshown.ThuswhentheKenyanandKoreanambassadorslearnedofthesearchbytheRepublicofSeychellesforanhonoraryconsulinSouthKoreaKoreanambassadorH.E.Mr.SukJoLeenaturallyrecommendedMr.Jeongfortheposition.InitialDoubtsThatswhenaKenyanhighcommissionerintroducedMr.Jeongtothen-MinisterofForeignAffairsfortheSeychellesGovernmentMr.PatrickPillay.Mr.PillayisnowamemberoftheSeychellesHighCommissioninLondon.TheKenyanHighCommissionthenofficiallyputMr.JeongsnameforwardforthepositionofHonoraryConsulofSeychelles.AfterreceivingtheletterinvitinghimtojointheHonoraryConsulateofSeychellesinKoreaMr.Jeongwassurprisedatfirstdisbelievingtherequest.HoweverlaterwhentheKenyanAmbassadorKoreanAmbassadorbasedinKenyapersonallytelephonedaskinghimtoaccepttheofferherealisedthattheinvitationwasindeedlegitimate.FirstTriptoSeychellesIn2005Mr.JeongmadehisinitialvisittoSeychellestointerviewforthehonoraryconsulposition.ThoughhehadtraveledaroundtheworldvisitingthemostattractivedestinationshewasdeeplyimpressedbySeychellesnaturalbeauty.DuringhisinterviewheexpressedhisdesiretobethebridgethatwouldconnectSeychellesandKoreafosteringcooperationbetweenthetwonationsineconomicculturaleducationalandotherareas.HealsosharedhiswishtopromoteSeychellestourismintheKoreanmarket.AtthetimeSeychelleswasoneoftheleastknowncountriestoKoreans.Followinghisappointmentashonoraryconsulin2006Mr.JeongconsideredhisprimarydutytobecontributingtoSeychelles.AfterathoroughstudyoftheareahebegandevelopingaplanforsponsoringhisEco-HealingMarathoninthebeautifulcountryofSeychelles.RecognisingthatmanySeychelloisstrugglewithobesityashehimselfhadMr.Jeongrealisedthatrunningandespeciallymarathonrunningcouldprovideavaluablemethodforpromotingahealthierlifestyleforthenation.HethusdesignedafourfoldobjectivewhichheaspiredtofulfillbymeansoftheEco-HealingMarathon.AFourfoldPurposeMr.JeongsfourfoldpurposeforlaunchingtheannualEco-HealingSeychellesMarathonincludedthefollowingaspirations1.ImprovingthehealthoftheSeychellois2.Fosteringunityamongthepeople3.EnticingtravelerstovisitSeychelles4.PromotingtheSeychellesbrandandimprovingthecountrysimageThesefourlaudablegoalshavefueledallMr.JeongseffortssincetheverybeginningsparkinghispassionandkeepingtheflameofinspirationaliveMinistryMeetingHoweverwhenMr.Jeongfirstpresentedhisfourconceptstothecabinetthefeedbackhereceivedwaslargelynegative.Manyministerswerescepticalofhisideas.MembersdoubtedthenecessityandlikelihoodofsuccessfortheproposedmarathonsincetheyconsideredtheSeychellesclimatetoohotforrunning.YetMr.Pillayremainedastaunchsupporterofhisvisionencouraginghimtocontinue.EventuallyMr.JeongpersuadedthecabinetbypresentingBermudaandHawaiiasexamplesofdestinationswheresuccessfulracesareruninwarmerclimates.TheHawaiimarathonattractsseveralthousandrunnersandtheBermudamarathon30000runnerseachyear.CheeringcrowdsonthestreetofSeychellesMr.Jeongsinauguralmarathonheldon24thFebruary2008hostedabout330runnersfrom13nations. 27October2011ParticipationStatsandGoalsMr.Jeongsinauguralmarathonheldon24thFebruary2008hostedabout330runnersfrom13nations.Sincethenthepopularityoftheannualeventhasgrownandin2010nearly1000runnersparticipatedroughly250ofthemfromoverseas.StillMr.Jeonghasraisedhissightsevenhigher.HisplannedtargetforthemarathonsfiftheditionwhichwilltakeplacethelastSundayinFebruary26thFebruary2012istoattractamoresizablegroupof2000runnersandtheirfamiliesenticingnon-nativestovisitSeychellesonfamilyholidayandtherebygivingtheSeychellestourismindustryamuch-neededboost.AdmittedlythisisadifficultgoalbutastheEco-HealingMarathoncontinuestogrowinpopularityamongtheinternationalcommunity19nationsparticipatedin2010thelikelihoodofreachingsuchadeterminedgoalsteadilyincreases.Race-DayDetailsTheEco-HealingSeychellesMarathontypicallyincludes10km21kmhalf-marathonand42.197kmfullmarathonraceseachofwhichisdividedintoseparatemaleandfemalecategories.In2012howeveranewracewilljointhelineupofferingstillgreateropportunityforparticipationintheeventa5.5kmraceforrunnerswhoareunder16-years-oldorage50orover.CulturalEventsandAspirationsInadditiontothemarathonotherculturaleventsaccompanyeachyearsmainathleticevent.ClassicalmusicconcertsanddanceperformancesdinnersfashionshowstraditionalKoreanandCreolefoodandcostumeexhibitionsandotherrelatedeventsencourageculturalsharingbetweenKoreaandSeychelleswithothervisitorsalsobenefittingfromtheatmosphereofculturefestivityandfun.TheEco-HealingMarathonhasgrowntobecomeoneofthemajorannualeventsinSeychelles.YetMr.Jeongsaspirationsdonotstopthere.HisfuturedreamistobuildaculturalcenterinSeychellesthatwillfeatureaKoreanrestaurantadigitallibraryforyoungpeopleandaspacetobeusedforculturalexhibitionsandperformances.HisgoalistomakethecenteraculturallandmarkinSeychellesofferingbothSeychelloisandoverseastravelersanopportunitytoenjoyamorediverseculturalexperience.AFourfoldGoalFulfilledThevariedculturaleventsMr.JeonghasinitiatedbothinKoreaandinSeychelleshavenotonlyfosteredimproveddiplomaticculturalandpersonalrelationsbetweenthetwonationsbutalsohelpedtopromoteSeychelloistourismimprovingthenationseconomy.TherecanbelittledoubtthatinadditiontheyearlyEco-HealingSeychellesMarathonhascontributedtoimprovedhealthandfitnessformanySeychelloiswhilstgreatlyincreasingthistinycountryssenseofnationalpride.Wereonetoaskoneselfinlightofthepositiveresultshismulti-facetedvisionhasyieldedthusfarwhetherMr.DongChangJeongHonoraryConsulGeneralofSeychellesathletevisionaryandplannerextraordinairehasachievedhisfour-foldpurposeforinstitutingtheannualEco-HealingSeychellesMarathononeshonestresponsewouldhavetobearesoundingYesBanquetduringtheclosingceremony. Kreolfeature28October2011TheprestigiousmagazineDestinationoftheWorldNewsrecentlynamedtheSeychellesasthenewglobalhot-spot.Attractedbytheregionspristinebeachesandluxuryresortsmanyfamouspeoplevisitthesebeautifulislands.PrincessAnnevisitedawhileago.TheSeychellesalsoshottoprominenceafewmonthsagowhentheDukeandDuchessofCambridgechosetospendtheirhoneymoonthere.ThetourismindustryisboomingintheSeychellesandmanymorestaffareneededtoworkinthisimportantsectionoftheeconomy.TheSeychellesTourismBoardwhichoverseestheschooloftourismintheSeychelles-theSeychellesTourismAcademySTAhasthereforedecidedtooverseeitsreconstructionsothatintelligentyoungpeopleareattractedtotheindustry.ThePresidentoftheSeychellesJamesMichelunveiledtheplansforthenewacademyinAprilthisyear.PresidentMichelpromisedthestudentsanewacademytwoyearsago.HesaidthatTheconstructionofthenewschoolhasalwaysbeenpartofmyvisionanditisapromiseImadetothestudents.TheplansweredelayedbecauseoftheglobalfinancialcrisisbutnowPresidentMichelisSeychellesTourismAcademy 29October2011fulfillinghispromise.Theacademywasbadlyneglecteduntiljustafewyearsago.OneimportantstaffmemberevenremembersatimewhenheremployeeshadtorenovateabandonedbuildingswithsnakesintheroomsandnoelectricityTherewasalsoaproblemwithobtainingresourcesforthestaffandstudents.ThelibrarywasonlytemporaryandthestaffwasoverjoyedwhentheywerefinallyconnectedtotheInternetAlthoughtheSTAhasvastlyimprovedsincetheSeychellesTourismBoardtookchargeofitmuchworkstillneedstobedoneontheinstitution.ThiswillbedonewithfundingfromtheBADEAanArabbankdonationsfromgroupssuchastheSeychellesRoundTableAssociationandraisingfundsfromeventsheldattheschool.TheSeychellesRoundTableAssociationgavetheacademyequipmentworthR200000thisyear.ThiswasraisedataRegattaheldatBeauVallonintheSeychellesin2010.Theequipmentincludedprinterscomputersandprofessionalknives.ThiswillbeveryusefulforthestudentsduringtheirtrainingattheSTA.TheplansforthenewSTAinclude15classroomsalibrarymanagementclassesademonstrationkitchenand30bedsforhotelmanagementtrainingpurposes.Therewillalsobealanguagelaboratoryanadministrationblockandanewreceptionbuilding.ThenewacademywillbebuiltatLaMisereintheSeychelles.Therewillalsobenewcoursesandthequalityoftheteachingwillbeimproved.Theacademywillaimtosupplythetourismindustrywithstudentswhohavethebesttrainingpossibleinthehospitalityandtourismindustry.Theinstitutionwillalsocatertoprivateeventsinwhichthestudentswillobtainvaluableworkexperiencesoitwillincludeahotelvillasandchalets.Afour-yearapprenticeshipschemewasrecentlyintroducedattheSTA.Thisincludestrainingintheclassroomaswellasintheindustry.Studentsstudysuchsubjectsasfood Kreolfeature30October2011productionhousekeepingandfrontofficeoperations.LastyeartheSTAwasaccreditedbythehighlyregardedCityandGuildsofLondonInstituteasanacademiccentrecapableofofferinginternationaltourismcoursesafteranauditofthestandardsattheacademyandthequalificationsoftheteachersandstudents.ThisaccreditationconvincedthelecturersattheSTAthattheyshouldofferaninternationalhospitalitymanagementprogramme.TheSTAhasapartnershipwiththeShannonCollegeofHotelManagementinIreland.SeychellesstudentswillbeabletostudyadvanceddiplomaanddegreecoursesatShannon.16studentswerecarefullyselectedforthiscoursethisyear.Therewerehundredsofapplicationsandonlytheverybeststudentswereselected.StudentsfromtheShannonCollegealsocometotheSTAundertheexchangeagreementbetweenthetwoschools.TheyworkinresortsandhotelsintheSeychellesforthreemonths.ThisvaluableworkexperiencecountstowardstheirstudiesinIreland.TheSTAalsoreneweditscooperationagreementwiththeBeachcomberHotelGroupPresentationofPresidentsCup featureKreol31October2011inMauritiuslastyear.Thiswasoriginallysignedin2007.Lecturersandstudentsweresentforpastrycookingtrainingandfrontofficetrainingduringthefirstagreement.ThenewarrangementwillalsoallowstudentsfromtheSTAtohavepracticalworkexperienceinMauritius.TheSTAwillalsoholdcoursesforpeopleinthehotelindustryalreadywhowillbeabletoundertakefurthertraininginMauritius.TheSTAhasalsointroducedmorenewcoursesrecently.OnenewcourseinvolvedlearninghowtobeatourguideintheSeychellesforexample.Adozenstudentsgraduatedfromthiscourseduringthisyear.Theystudiedmarketingtourismandthehistoryandgeographyofthearchipelagoamongstothersubjects.ThecoursewasdesignedtoprovidenewopportunitiesforthepeopleoftheSeychellestoearnalivinginthetourismindustry.ThetourguideswillinformtouristsabouttheCreolecultureoftheSeychellesanditshistoryandwildlifeasecondcourseisintheplanningstagesnow.TheprincipaloftheSTAFlavienJoubertandhisstaffalsohopetocontinuetoimprovetheperceptionofworkinthetourismindustryofstudentsintheSeychelles.Unfortunatelymanystudentsoncelookeddownonworkingintheindustryasafuturecareer.Theyregardeditasservitudeandhopedtobecomedoctorsorlawyersinstead.Wageswerealsoverylowintheindustryuntilafewyearsago.Howeverwageshaveincreasedandtheperceptionofworkingintheindustryischanging.Oversixtypercentofjobsinthearchipelagoaredirectlyorindirectlybasedontourismactivities.TheindustryhashadtoemploymanyforeignworkersbecauseofthelackofprofessionallytrainedSeychellesgraduates.TherearenowmanynewopportunitiesinthetourismindustryintheSeychelles.TheprincipalofthenewSTAhopestocontinuetoimproveitscoursesandfacilitiesandtosupplyprofessionallytrainedgraduateswhowillwanttotakeupthesenewopportunitiesinthepicturesqueislandsoftheSeychelles. Kreolfeature32October2011FlagsareflyingallovertheSeychellesincludingitspristinewhitebeachestomarkthe8thIndianOceanIslandGames.Therearealsoseverallargescreensinthecitiesshowingsportingeventsforthosewhocannotattendthegamesinperson.Theislandsarefulloftouristssportsenthusiastssportsofficialsandtherelativesofthecompetingathleteswhohavecometothebeautifulislandstowatchthecompetitions.ThegameswerelaunchedbythePresidentoftheSeychellesJamesMichellonAugust52011andrunfromAugust5-14.The8thIndianOceanIslandGameswasoriginallygoingtobeheldinMadagascarbutthefinancialcircumstancesofthecountrypreventedthis.TheSeychellesgladlyagreedtoholdthegameshereinstead.ThePresidentandthepeopleoftheSeychellestakegreatprideinholdingthegameshere.TheyseethegamesasanexcellentwayinwhichtobenefitthecountryandfurtherpromotetheSeychellesasacentreforinternationaltourism.TheyalsowanttodevelopclosertieswiththeirfellowislandnationstheSmallIslandDevelopingStatesthroughcultureandsport.ThiswillmaketheregionstrongeraccordingtothePresident.TheIndianOceanIslandGamesisthemajorsportingeventoftheregionandthemostprestigiousone.IthasevenbeencalledtheOlympicGamesofVictoryforSeychelles featureKreol33October2011theIndianOcean.Thefirstgameswereheldin1979intheReunionIslands.Theyareheldeveryfouryears.ThecountriesinvolvedincludetheMaldivesMadagascarandMauritius.Thegamesincludeafootballchampionshipaswellasmanydifferentsportingevents.Someofthesportsrepresentedarebasketballvolleyballswimmingandbadminton.Therearealsogoingtobesurfingandwindsurfingevents.1800islanderswillparticipateinthegames.ThisisthesecondtimethattheSeychelleshasheldthegames.Thefirsttimewasin1993.Muchhaschangedsincethen.TheSeychellesapeacefulandstablenationisdevelopingprosperityandhasundergonemanysocialandeconomicreforms.TourismisalargeindustryhereanditishelpingtheSeychelloisgrowwealthier.PrinceWilliamandhisbridethebeautifulDuchessofCambridgerecentlychosealuxuriousresortonthetropicalislandsfortheirhoneymoon.ThismademanypeoplemoreawareoftheattractionsoftheSeychelles.ThegamesarepartofasocialrenaissancemovementaccordingtoPresidentJamesMichellinwhichsportplaysanimportantrole.ThismovementisdesignedtodeveloptheSeychelloisnationthroughthestrengtheningofsocialculturalmoralandspiritualvalues.Participationinsportrequireskeepingthebodyandmindhealthydisciplineandpersistence.Itisalsoawayofbringingpeopletogetherinacommonactivitysothattheycancultivatefriendshipsandcontactswithothers.Inthiswayithelpstodevelopsocialcohesion.Itencouragesthebestinpeople.ThePresidentsaidthatthegamesareawayofnurturingtheOlympicvaluesamongtheislandpeoplesandconnectingtheyoungofthesedifferentcountries.Youngpeoplefacesomanychallengestodayincludingunemploymentviolenceanddrugabuse.Encouragingyoungpeopletoparticipateinsportsandprovidingthemwithtrainingisanexcellentwaytohelpcombatthesethreatstosociety.ThePresidenturgedhisteamtowatchoutforthesescourgesandusetheirinfluencetohelptopreventtheirtakingholdintheSeychelles.PresidentJamesMichelalsowishedTeamSeychellesvictory.Hehopedthattheteamwouldgivethebestofthemselvesandshowthebestoftheircountry.ManyofthemhavetrainedabroadnotablyinChinaandtheyareverywell-preparedandtrained.InthelastgamesheldinMadagascartheteamwon35goldmedals.TheSeychellespeopleholdhighhopesfortheirathletesandhopethattheywillwinseveralmedalsinthesegamesaswell.Duringtheirpresentationceremonytheteammodelledtheirnewuniformspresentedtheathletesandshowedthesongsanddancesthatwillformpartofthegamescelebrations.TheopeningceremonyofthegamesheldonAugust5alsofeaturedaculturalshow.ThishighlightedtheCreolecultureoftheSeychelloisaswellasthecultureoftheotherislands.IttookplaceinthestadiuminRocheCaimanSportsComplexatStadLiniteinVictoriathetinycapitalcityoftheSeychelles.Thisstadiumisabletoseat10000people.ThefootballchampionshipwasheldatStadLinite.Thisstadiumandtheotherstadiumsandsportsvenueswererenovatedintimeforthegames.MinisterVincentMeritonwhowastheMinisterinchargeoftheorganisationofthegamesalsoensuredthatthegamesvillagehadfirst-classamenitiesfortheathletesandtheofficialsandvolunteers.Therearealsoregularbusestocarryathletestoandfromsportingeventsandforsightseeing.ThegameswillalsobenefitthepeopleoftheSeychellesafterwards.TheartistswerehousedintheislandofPerseveranceandthegamesvillageisthefirstpartofthe2billion-rupeeprojecttheIlePerseveranceHousingProjectduetobecompletedin2017.Theinfrastructureofthevillageincludes286housesamodernkitchenfacilityandawaterdesalinationplant.AfterthegamesthehouseswillbeallocatedtoSeychelloisfamilies.Themodernkitchenwillbeusedtoprovidefoodforschools.Thedesalinationplantwillhelptoensurewatersecurity.TheislandofPerseverancewillbecomethe26thdistrictoftheSeychelles.Perseveranceisaptly-named.ThepeopleoftheSeychellesandtheathleteshaveshowntrueperseveranceinundertakingtheorganisationofthe8thIndianOceanIslandGames.Letushopethattheireffortswillbewell-rewarded.AstheSportsmanoftheYearGeorgeCupidonsaidVictoryforSeychelles. Kreolseychellesnature34October2011IfparadiseisindeedaplaceonearththeSeychellesstakesamightyclaimastoitsexactlocation.Thisuniquecollectionofcoralandgraniteislandsliesjustsouthoftheequatorandvisitingthisregionisascloseasyouwillevercometoenteringacompletelydifferentworld.TheIslandsarelocatedofftheeastcoastofAfricaintheIndianOceanandtheregionprovidesunsurpassednaturalbeautyandachancetogetawayfromtheeverydayworld.Thenativefloraandfaunaareuniqueandvisitorswhohavemadethejourneyoftendescribeitasaspiritualdestinationasmuchasaphysicalone.ButwhiletheSeychellesareaworldawayintermsoftheirbeautyandcharmtheseislandsareremarkablyeasytogetto.AirSeychellesoperatesnonstopflightsfromallthreeLondonairportsaswellasParisRomeMilanFrankfurtandZurich.Ifyouwanttobookatriptooneofthethisincomparableholidayspotsimplycontactyourtravelagentandgetstarted.Sun365daysintheSeychellesTheweatherisalwayswonderfulintheSeychellesandthereforetheregiondoesnothavethetypicalhighandlowseasonscommontoothertropicaldestinations.HotelpricesdohowevertendtospikewiththehighdemandseenduringthetypicalseasonspopularwithEuropeanholidaymakers.VisitorsbookingatripduringJuneJulyandAugustorfromSeptembertoJanuaryaccommodationhardertofindwithincreasedpricestomatchHoweverthepricesforthespectaculardivetoursdonotriseandfallwiththeseasonsovisitorscanenjoythebeautyofnaturenomatterwhentheymakethejourney.DiscoverAnotherWorldwithatriptotheSeychelles seychellesnatureKreol35October2011EnjoytheGreatOutdoorsVisitorstotheSeychelleswillfindplentytoseeanddointhegreatoutdoors.Withunequallednaturalbeautyfirsttimevisitorswillbestunnedateveryturnbythesheermagnificenceofthisparticulardestination.Hikingtrailsaboundandtheyaretheperfectwaytoseethebeautyofthelocaleupcloseandpersonal.ThedivingintheSeychellesisunrivalledaswellandtheislandchainishometoanynumberofwonderfuldivecentresanddiveclubsthatwillhelpyoufullyexploretheworldunderthesea.SailingisanotherpopularpastimeintheSeychellesbothamongresidentsandwithtouristswhofrequenttheregion.ThelocationoftheSeychellesplacesitwelloutsidethecyclonebeltmeaningthattherewillbesmoothsailingnomatterwhenyouplanyourvisit.VisitorswhoscheduleatripfromOctobertoMarchwillenjoyalovelynorthwesterlybreezewhilethosevisitingfromMaytoSeptemberwillencounterabreezefromthesoutheasterlydirection.AVisittoAldabraThosecontemplatingvisitingtotheSeychellesshouldasktheirtravelagentsaboutbookingatriptoAldabrarecentlynamedasaUNESCOWorldHeritagesite.AsojourntoAldabrarequiresthepermissionoftheSeychelleIslandFoundationtheorganizationchargedwithkeepingthispristinewildernessareabeautifulforfuturegenerations.ButeventhoughapreparinganexcursiontoAldabrarequiresabitofworkyouwillbeamplyrewardedbythestunningnaturalbeautyandcharmofthisone-of-a-kinddestination.PracticalMattersWhenbookingyourtriptotheSeychellesitishelpfultohaveabitofpracticalinformation.Thecontentedtravelleristhepreparedone.TherearethreeacceptablecurrenciesusedthroughouttheSeychellesmakingiteasyforvisitorsfromaroundtheworldtoexplorethisuniquewilderness.ThehotelsrestaurantsdiveshopsandothermerchantsontheSeychellesacceptpaymentintheinBritishSterlingtheEuroandtheUSdollar.ThatmakesiteasyforvisitorsfromtheUnitedStatesandallofEuropetotravelwithoutthehassleofchangingcurrency.InadditiontocashwhichisacceptednearlyeverywherecreditcardsareusedwidelythroughouttheSeychellesaswell.Whilesomesmallermerchantsmaynotyetacceptplasticpaymentsvirtuallyallhotelsandrestaurantswelcomevisitorswithcreditcards.SoifyouarelookingforauniquedestinationforyournextvacationanunforgettableholidayexperienceconsiderbookingatriptothetropicalparadiseknownastheSeychelles.FormanyyearstheSeychellesislandschainhasbeenawell-keptsecretandthatispartofitscharm.Unlikesomanyotherso-calledparadisestheSeychellesprovidestruenaturalbeautyandarelaxingatmosphere.WhetheryoulovetodivesnorkelhikesailorjustenjoythebeautyofnaturetheSeychelleshassomethingtoofferyou.Thisunspoilthavenvacationdestinationwillnotbeasounknownforlongsobookyourtripnowandpayitavisitbeforethewordgetsout.Youwillbegladyoudid. Kreolseychellesnature36October2011TherearealotofreasonswhytheSeychellesareapopulartouristspotbutonepopularfactoristheuniqueandbeautifulfloraandfauna.LocatedintheIndianOceannortheastofMadagascarthisarchipelagoofoveronehundredsmallislandsishometosuchunusualplantsandanimalsasthejellyfishtreetheSeychellesBlackParrotandtheAldabragianttortoise.HowevernonativespeciesofplantoranimalisasfamousasthestrangeandalluringCocodeMer.AlsocalledthedoublecoconutandthelovenuttheCocodeMeriseverybitasexoticandbeautifulasitshomeland.Itholdsthedistinctionofbeingthelargestseedintheworldwithindividualspecimenssometimesweighingupto30kilos.Thenutshaveauniquedelicateandcomplextaste.Onpage122ofinhisbookTheFruitHunterswriterAdamLeighGollneropinesthattheCocodeMerhasamildcitruslikequalityrefreshingandsweetwithearthyspunkynotes.Heconcludesthatittasteslikecoconutfleshonlysexier.Someothershavesuggestedthatitsflavourmorecloselyresemblesbreastmilk.InrecentyearsfoodenthusiastshavebeguntoflocktotheSeychellestoexperiencethedelicateanddelicioustasteofthispeculiarbreedofcoconutwhichcantbefoundanywhereelseintheworld.TheCocodeMerhasbeencastingitsspellonpeopleforaverylongtime.BeforethebeautifulSeychelleswereinhabitedthenutwascarriedfromtheislandsbyoceancurrentsanddepositedinavarietyofplaces.Peopledidntknowwhereitcamefrombuttheystillfoundthemselvesstrangelydrawntoit.TheCocodeMerwashedupinMaldiveswhereitbecamesuchanimportantpartoflocalmedicineandtradethatitcametobecalledtheMaldiveCoconut-anamethatlivesontheCocodeMersscientificnameLodoiceamaldivica.SailorsbelievedtheCocodeMergrewonunderwatertrees.Theyimaginedstrangeforestsontheseasfloorwherethedoublecoconutgrewfellfromthetreeandthenfloatedupward.ThispieceoffolklorecanbeexplainedbythefactthattheCocodeMerbeginsitslifetooheavytofloat.Ifadoublecoconutfallsintotheseaitsinkstothebottomwhereitispushedaboutbydeepseacurrents.Howeverastimepassessomeoftheseedsinnerpartsdecaycreatingbuoyantgases.Thiscausesthenuttosuddenlyfloattothesurfaceasifhavingrisenfromatreeontheoceansbottom.TheappearanceoftheCocodeMerhassurelyhelpedtoestablishitsallure.Thehuskofthenuthasasensualexoticappearancethatmanyclaimcloselyresemblesawomansbuttocks.InfactanoldernamefortheCocodeMerisLodoiceacallipygewhichessentiallymeanspalmwithshapelybuttocks.Theothersideofthehuskhasanappearancewhichcloselymimicsthefrontofawomanspelviswithstomachandthighsclearlyvisible.ThisresemblancewasnotlostinIndiawherethenuthusksweresometimesusedtosymbolizethesacredfeminine.Thetreesthemselvesareequallyimpressiveinappearance.Theyaremassivegrowinguptoa34metres.Theybearlargegreenfrondswhichcansometimesmeasureupto10metres.Incidentallythesefrondsarecurrentlyregardedasthelongestleavesintheworld.AfullgrownCocodeMertreeisasighttobehold.COCODEMERGOINGNUTSFORTHE seychellesnatureKreol37October2011UnlikemanytypesofpalmthereareseparatemaleandfemaleCocodeMertrees.Whileonlythefemalesproducethefruitthemalesproducestrikingandsomewhatphallicdisplaysofflowers.IntheSeychelleslegendhasitthatthetreesuprootthemselvesonblusterynightsandmaketempestuouslovewhennoonesaroundtosee.TheCocodeMerhasalwaysbeenhighlyprizedforitsbeautytasteandreputedhealingpowers.AlthoughsinglenutsoftensoldforakingsransomtheywerehighlysoughtafterbywealthyEuropeannoblemenwhoenhancedthenutsnaturalbeautybyencrustedthemwithjewels.Thenutwasnolesspopularamongscientistswhobelievedthatitwasatruepanaceaandcouldcureanymalady.AlthoughmanyofitssupposedhealingpowershavebeendisprovedtheCocodeMerstillenjoysahealthyreputationasapotentaphrodisiac.Inthepastthesenutswerecloselyguardedandreservedforroyaltyandotherpersonsofimportance.TodaytheycanbeenjoyedbytouristsvisitingtheSeychelles.Samplingthisexoticdelicacywillbeoneofthehighpointsofyourvacation.Foodenthusiastswillloveitsrareandindescribabletastewhethereatenbyitselforinarecipe.SpaloverswillenjoyfacialsandskintreatmentsusingtheCocodeMerwhichissaidtonourishandprotecttheskin.Enjoyersofraritiesandpeoplewhojustwanttodosomethingnewwillfindtheexperiencesimilarlyrewarding.AsmuchasthesepeoplewillenjoytheCocodeMerthoughtheoneswhowillrelishtheexperiencethemostofallarelovers.WhetheryouareyoungandinloveoryoungatheartandseekingtorekindletheflameswhatbettersettingthanthebeautifulSeychelleswhicharesometimescalledtheIslandsofLoveYoucancontemplatealongbeautifulsandybeacheswithyourloverexperiencingtheluxuriousslowandsensualpaceofislandlife.YoucanseetheunparallelledtropicalbeautywhichhasledmanytopointtotheSeychellesasthelocationoftheoriginalGardenofEden.YoucansharetherareandexoticCocodeMerwhichpeoplehavelongfeastedonwithlovefantasysensualityanddivinity.TheSeychellesprovidetheidealsettingtoenjoytheperfectholiday.ExcitingastheCocodeMerisitishardlytheonlythingthattheSeychelleshavetooffer.Therearehundredsofbeautifuluncrowdedbeacheswhereyoucanrelaxandtopupyoursuntan.Therearewonderfuldeep-seafishingtripswhereyoucancatchmarlintunaandbarracuda.TherearebeautifultropicalreefsandatollswhereyoucansnorkelorscubadiveincludingtheUNESCOworldheritagesiteofAldabra.Thereareexcitingboattourstohelpyoudiscoverandexploreoverahundredbeautifulanduniqueislands.Therearewonderfulrestaurantsshopsculturalattractionsandcasinos.NomatterwhatyoulookforinaholidayyoullfinditintheSeychelles.Photocourtesy-RaymondSahuquetPhotocourtesy-RaymondSahuquet Kreolseychellesnature38October2011WaterSportsMakeaSplashSwimmingRecliningattheedgeofabeachgentlewaterscomelappingupagainstyoubathingyouindeliciouslywarmwater.Comedipyourtoeintothesewavesandgazethroughthecrystal-clearwaterstoseethereflectionsoflightbendinganddancingonthesandbeneaththewater.SoonyoullwanttoplungerightinThemostconvenientofallwatersportsswimminginSeychellesisadelightoflucidclearwavespunctuatedwithbrightvibrantcolours.Asyouswimyoumayencountersomefinnedfriendliesandrainbow-spanning.Over900speciesoffishandover100speciesofcoralpopulatethewaters.Hereamundaneactivitylikeswimmingbecomesanexperienceofcompletejoy.ChecksurfconditionsbeforeyouswimandconsiderchoosinganareawithlifeguardssuchasBeauVallonwhereyoucanalsorentabodyboardtoaddalittlekicktoyourswimtime.SnorkellingandDivingWanttogetacloserlookatthatunusualfishthatjustbrushedbyyourlegGrabamasktogetsomeliquidhangtimewiththeunderwaterlocals.Snorkellinganddivingarewatersportsthatbringyoufacetofacewithmarinewildlife.EquipmentisavailabletorentatBeauVallonandotherlocationsthroughouttheSeychelles.Divingdoesrequirecertificationbutanyonewithgoodswimmingskillscansnorkeltotheirheartscontent.CatchaWaveCrystalSee-throughwatersandnocrowdsmakesSeychellesagreatsurfspot.YoumaynotcatchthebigoneherebuttheresalotoffuntobehadcuttingthroughthewavesandridingtheswellsofSeychelles.Challengingconditionscanpresenttheelementofdangerforunseasonedsurferssoonlyexperiencedstrongsurfersshouldwaxuptheirsurfboardsforsuchademandingwatersport.MahsIntendanceBeachisalovelyandpopularsurfingspotforthosereadytoAnseIntendanceonthewavesofSeychelles.SomegoodoffshorebreakscanbefoundatAnsePatateAnsetranslatesascoveonLaDigueandAnseKerianonPraslinandtheislandofMahprovidesnumerousbeacheswithbothbeachandreefbreakstoenjoy.ThebesttimetosurftheSeychellesdependsonhoweachbeachissituated.SomebeachesarebestforsurfingMaythroughSeptemberothersarebestNovemberthroughFebruary.Serioussurferswhodotheirhomeworkbeforehangingtenwillhavethemostenjoyablesurfsessions.SurfingscousinwindsurfingisalsoavailableinSeychelleswithrentalsconvenientlylocatedrightonthesandofvariousbeaches.CatchaFishIfyoureallymeangonefishingwhenonholidayyoulllovefishinginSeychellesso-TheSeychellesIslandsarealivewithavarietyofwatersports.GlidingquietlythroughcrystalclearwavesinakayakrushingacrossaglassysurfaceonwaterskisandmeetingthelocalunderwaterwildlifearejustafewexamplesofthemanywatersportsawaitingvisitorsinSeychelles.YoucouldspendyourentirestayontheSeychellesvacationlazingontheglisteningsandsofthepristinebeachesgracingtheislands.Butthemulti-huedbluewatersofSeychelleslureseventhestaunchestlandlubbertocomejoininthefunofwatersportsinthistropicalparadise.AndtheresplentyofwatersportstoenjoyPhotocourtesy-FabioBastienne seychellesnatureKreol39October2011clean-its-transparentwater.Sportsfishingcanrangefromwadinginanddroppingalinetohiringacharterforthebiggamecatch.Trollfordoradotunaandjackfishorbottomfishforgrouperandredsnapper.Therearealotoffishintheseajustwaitingforyouincludingmarlinsailfishandrainbow-runner.Combinefishingwithacruisechoosefromseveralcharterfishingexpeditionsorrentaboatandcreateyourownitinerary.DorememberthatSeychellesiscommittedtokeepingitsislandscleanandeco-friendlysorespectthenaturalresourcesandtreattheenvironmentkindlywhileyouenjoyyourvisit.BoatingTherearemanytypesofwatercraftavailabletorentfromsmallboatstoluxuryyachts.Whetheryouwantaquietpaddleboatahigh-speedcraftorsomethinginbetweentheinvitingcrystalclearwatersofSeychellescancomealivewiththevesselofyourchoosing.Crewsandsuppliesareoftenincludedinyachtrentalsandyoucansunyourselfonthedeckdrinkinginthesunshinewhilethecaptainsteerstheship.SomecharterboatscomeequippedwithpersonalwatercraftsuchasWaveRunnersforaddedfunandexcitement.CatamaransferrypassengersbetweentheislandsofSainteAnneMarineNationalPark.Visitorscanrenttheirownmonohullsgennakersailboatscatanascatamaransandmini-catsforavarietyofsailingexperiencesthroughouttheSeychelles.Itsafreeingwaytoexplorethemanylagoonsandcovestheislandshavetooffer.KayakingEverwantedtokayakinthehighseasWithayacht-basedkayaktripyoucan.Kayakingintheclear-like-crystalwaterscanalmostseemlikelevitatinginmid-airoveranunderwaterlandscapeandoffersapersonalinteractionwiththewelcomingwatersofSeychelles.Enjoyatranquilkayakexperiencequietlydippingyourpaddleintouncloudedwatersasyouglideovershallowexpanses.Theopenseawithitstestingwavescanprovideamoreexhilaratingchallengeforathrillingadventure.Paddlersmayexperienceavarietyofkayakingcapersdependingonaguestsskilllevelandoceanconditions.Skilledcrewmembershelpholidaymakersmanoeuvretheircraftsandhonetheirskills.GetThatUnderwaterViewWhileStayingDryIfwanttopeekundertheseawithoutgettingwetthenaglass-bottomboatexcursionistheanswerforyouDiscovertheexoticmarinelifeofSeychelleswhilecomfortablyaboardacharteredvessel.Thisboatisfittedwithasectionofclearhullallowingunobstructedviewsoffishandcoralintheso-clean-it-has-to-be-seenwaters.AnexperiencedguidewilldescribetheviewsoyoullgettoknowalittlebitaboutthesebeautifulcreaturesgracingtheSeychellessea.DramaticcoralisalsoabundantparticularlyinthewatersaroundSilhouetteIsland.Similartoglass-bottomboatssemi-submersiblesarevesselswithwindowsinthehulls.SeatingisinthewellsofthehullsabouttwometresunderthewaterlevelsopassengersareactuallyunderthewaterwithoutbeingunderthewaterGazingoutthroughthesewindowsintoliquidspacevisitorsaretreatedtovisionsusuallyreservedforsnorkellersorscubadivers.Anislandlunchisincludedinthesespecialexcursions.Semi-submersiblesvisitingSainteAnneMarineNationalParkofferthechancetohand-feedthelocalfish.High-PoweredFunInanefforttopreservetheecosystemofSeychellesmotorizedwatersportsareprohibitedinmostareasoftheislands.Forhigh-poweredwaterfunheadtoBeauVallonontheislandofMah.Beginningatmid-dayvisitorscanenjoysailingwaterskiingjetskiingparasailingandmore.EversotospeakrideabananaInSeychellesyoucanGuestsclimbaboardastabilizedinflatedtubethatlooksmuchlikeagiantversionofoneofFyffesfinest.Threetotenridersinarowwearinglifejacketsstraddlethetubular-shapedflotationdevicewhichissecuredbyalongropetothebackofaspeedboat.Theboatthentakesoffandwhisksridersacrossthesurfaceofthewaterforaninvigoratingride.TheRelaxingBeachesWillStillBeThereForYouWithsomanyoptionsforenjoyingthecrystalclearwavesofSeychellesinvitingwatersoftheIndianOceanyoullneverbebored--unlessyouwanttobeAfterenjoyingafullandthrillingdayofexcitingwatersportsitsnicetoknowthatyoucanalwaysreturntothatwarmpristinebeachliebackdownandletthewavesgentlylaponyourtoesagain.Photocourtesy-FabioBastienne 40October2011AtHomeWhetheryoustilllivewithyourparentsorarerentinganapartmentorcollegedormitoryofyourownyoucansaveenergyandhelptheenvironmentbymakingjustafewsimplechangesinyourroutine.Turnofflightswhenleavingeachroomandunplugitemswhennotinuse.Turnyourhomesthermostatupordownadegreeortwowhenlesspowerisnecessaryforcoolingandheating.Turncomputermonitorsoffwhennotinuseleavingitonwithascreensaverstillusesalotofenergy.Replacelightbulbswithnewenergy-saverbulbs.Optforrechargeableelectronicsinsteadofusingbatteries.AtSchoolUselesspaperwhenpossible...dontdoodlejusttobedoodlingAlsotakecareofyourschoolsuppliessuchaspensleadpensrulersetc.Eachonewastedmeansmoreplastictobeproducedbythefactories.Optforrefillablepensandleadpenssoyoucanbuyjusttheleadorinkcartridges.Encourageyourfriendstodothesame.Volunteerwithafewofyourfriendstohaveaclean-updayattheschooltopickuptrashplantasomenewtreesorshrubsorpartakeinaspotofspringcleaningwithall-naturalcleaningproducts.AttheBeachBemindfuloftheenvironmentaroundyouwhileenjoyingdaysatthebeach.Ourbeachesarebeautifulandshouldstaythatway.Withalittleeffortteenscankeepthebeacheslookinggreatwithoutmissingoutonanyfun.Takeabinlinerbagalongwithyouandbesuretothrowawayanyrubbish.Pickupfoodyouspillbottlescigarettebuttsetc.aroundyouandthrowthemintheliner.Neverdumprubbishintotheoceanwaters.Ifyouenjoyfishingalongthebeachbesuretocleanupafteryourselfandneverleavehooksorfishinglinelyingaround.Askafewofyourfriendsabouthavingaclean-updayatthebeach.Tidytheareawhereyouusuallyhangout...othersmightseeyoudothisandorganizeaclean-upcrewoftheirownCarsandtheEnvironmentWhenbuyingyourfirstmotordontbetemptedtopurchaseanold-timegasguzzler.Thoughitmightbecooltodriveanolder-modelsportscarandfixitupitsnotgoodfortheenvironment.Trytofindanewercarwithfuelefficiency.Optforsmallercarsifpossible-theseuselessfuel.AlsobuyacarthathasallthelatestsafetyfeaturessoyourcarinsurancewontbesopriceyRecyclingandDumpingEvenasateenyoucanrecycleandlearnhowtodumptrashproperly.Visityourlocalrecyclingcentretofindrubbishwhatitemscanandshouldbeseparatedfromyourregularrubbish.Somewillrecyclecansplasticitemsmilkcartonssoft-drinkbottlesetc.andcardboard.Storetheseitemsseparateathomesoyoucanparticipateinlocalrecyclingawayfromyourmainbin.Dontforgettorecycleyourmobilephonesandotherelectronicsinsteadofmerelythrowingthemaway.Evenifyouhaveabrokentelevisionsetyoumightfindarepairpersonwhoswillingtotakeitforparts.Therearecompaniesthatspecializeinrecyclingelectronicssuchasmobilephones.UsetheInternettofindoutwheretosendyouritems.Ifyoudointendtothrowitawaybesuretodisposeofitproperlynotdoingsocanharmtheenvironment.Ontheflipsidetrytobuyrecycledproductswhenshoppingonlineorlocally.Buyrecycledorrefurbishedpaperinkcartridgesmobilephonescomputersprintersfurnitureappliances......younameitAsyoucanseeprotectingtheenvironmentisveryeasywhenbrokendowninsimplesteps.Youcanmakeadifferencenomatterwhatyourage.Andbesuretospreadthewordtootherteenagefriendsandfamilymembers.AllittakesisalittleeffortandthoughtfulnesstoimprovetheworldaroundyouGOINGGREENASATEENHOWYOUTHCANPROTECTTHEENVIRONMENTAsateenageryoumightbewonderinghowyoucanprotecttheenvironmentaroundyou.Perhapsyouenjoysunbathingonapristinebeachonawarmsummersday...onethatsfreeoftrashdiscardedfooditemsetc.Wellthereareplentyofstepsyoucantaketoensureabetterenvironmentfortodayandthefuture.Allittakesisoneindividualtomakeadifference.Andjustimaginethedifferenceyouandafewofyourfriendsandfamilymemberscanmake.Hereareafeweasywaystoprotectyourenvironment.Kreolseychellesnature 42October2011Inaworldoftheirown-IsyourchildautisticWithspecialthankstoTheNationalAutisticSocietyNASherearetheleadingsymptomsthatcanhelpyourecognizeautisminyourchild.Autismisadevelopmentaldisabilitythataffectsthewayapersoncommunicateswithandrelatestotheworldaroundthem.Itisoftencalledahiddendisabilitybecauseyoucantalwaystellifsomeonehasitbylookingatthem.Butforpeoplewithautismeverydaylifecanbeconfusingmeaninglessorevenfrightening.Theycanfinditincrediblyhardtomakesenseoftheworldandunderstandingandcommunicatingwithotherpeopleisparticularlydifficult.Parentsareoftenthefirstpeopletospotthattheirchildisntdevelopinginthesamewayastheirpeers.Therearefiveindicatorsthatareknownasredflagsforautism.Ifyouobserveanyofthesespecificsymptomsyoushouldcontactyourhealthprofessionalimmediately.1Nobabblingby12months2Nogesturingpointingwavingbye-byeetcby12months3Nosinglewordsby16months4Notwo-wordspontaneousnotjustecholalicphrasesby24months5ANYlossofANYlanguageorsocialskillsatANYage.Currentlytheminimumagefordiagnosisistwoyearsbutitcanoccurmuchlater.Becauseautismisaspectrumconditionitaffectspeopleindifferentways.Someareabletoliverelativelyindependentlivesbutothersmayhaveaccompanyinglearningdisabilitiesandneedalifetimeofspecialistsupport.Belowyoullfindseveralcharacteristicssharedbypeoplewithautism.PleasekeepinmindthatsinceautismisasyndromecomposedofsubgroupsdisorderpeoplemayvaryinthesymptomsKreolhealth healthKreol43October20111.LiteralperceptionoftheworldPeoplewithautismtakeeverythingtheyseeandhearliterally.ForexampleifafriendweretoaskWhatsupanautisticpersonwouldinadvertentlyturntowardstheceilingorskyinordertofindtheanswer.Thereforecolloquialsayingssarcasmandjokesquiteoftengomisunderstood.Peoplewithautismperceivetheworldliterallyandtheybelieveeveryoneelsedoessoaswell.2.LackofempathyPeoplewithautismhavegreatdifficultyinunderstandingotherpeoplesemotionsfeelingsorpointsofview.Itcanalsobehardforthemtounderstandfacialexpressionsoreventoneofvoice.Becausetheycannotpickupontheseunspokenelementsofcommunicationtheyoftenmisunderstandwhatpeoplearesayingorfeelingandarecommonlymisconceivedasinsensitive.3.ImpairedcommunicationJustastheyhavetroubleunderstandingotherspeoplewithautismoftenhavetroubleexpressingtheirownemotionsandthoughts.Thisleadstofrustrationandanxietyandinextremecasescancauseameltdownwhentheirsensesbecomeoverloaded.Somepeoplewithautismdisplayecholaliaandrepeatwordsorphrasestheyhaveheardbeforeinordertocommunicate.Forthosepeoplewithautismwhoareunabletouseverbalcommunicationothernon-verbalformscanbesuccessfulsuchaspictureexchangecommunicationsystemPECSorsignlanguage.4.IntroversionPeoplewithautismfindsocialinteractiondifficult.Thismakesithardforthemtoformrelationshipsandcanleavethemveryisolated.Peoplewithautismoftendescribefeelinglikeatouristinaforeignlandsurroundedbystrangersandunabletounderstandorspeakthelanguage.Despiteoftenbeingeagertoformfriendshipstheyfinditextremelydifficult.5.FailuretorecognizesocialcuesAshumanswehaveaninnateabilitytorecognisethenuancesofsocialcuessuchaswhentospeakandwhentostopspeaking.Welearnbyexperiencewhichtopicsofconversationareappropriateandwedifferentiateprivateandpublicdiscussions.Peoplewithautismdonothavethisinnateability.Additionallypeoplewithautismmayhavedifficultyrecognizingpersonalspaceandmaintainingeyecontactastheseintensehumaninteractionsarejusttoooverwhelmingforthem.6.LoveofrulesGenerallyspeakingpeoplesufferingwithautismadheretowhateverrulesareinplaceandwillbeunusuallyconcernedwithnotbreakingthem.7.LoveofroutinesSimilartorulespeoplewithautismpreferroutineandfindunexpectedchangesdifficulttodealwith.Oftenpeoplewillhaveadailyroutinethattheyadheretosuchasstickingtothesamewakingtimemealtimesandthesamemealsthroughouttheirlife.Presentinganewandunfamiliarsituationtosomeonewithautismcanbeproblematicandrequirescarefulplanningsotoreduceanyanxietyitmaycause.8.NoapprehensionofimminentdangerBecausepeoplewithautismlacksocialimaginationtheyareoftenunabletopredictfutureevents.Thiscanmeantheythatareunabletoanticipatedangeroussituationsandcanmakethemveryvulnerable.Childrenwithautismoftenrunoutintobusyroadsbecausetheycannotunderstandtheinherentdangerintheiractions.9.SpecialInterestsOneofthefeaturesofautismisspecialinterestsorobsessions.Thiscouldmeanobsessivelylininguptoysorcolour-coordinatingtheirclosetsbutitcouldalsomeanthattheyhaveparticularhobbiesorspecialinterests.Thesecanincludetrainsmoviesfollowingasportsteamorcollectingitems.Theobsessionsmaychangeovertimeandtheremaybeseveralspecialinterestsatonetime.10.RepetitiveMovementPatternsArmflappingfeetstampingorrockingareallcommonamongpeoplewithautismandarecollectivelycalledstimming.Thisstimmingcanoccurwhenapersoniseitheranxiousorcontented.Diagnosisforautismcanbealengthyprocessandparentsarelikelytoseeanumberofspecialistsincludingpaediatriciansandpsychiatristsbeforeanofficialdiagnosisismade.Forparentsreceivingadiagnosiswillinvolvearealmixofemotionsfromgriefandangertorelieforevenguilt.Bothparentsmayfeelverydifferentlyandcopewithadiagnosisindifferentways.Havingadiagnosiscanhelpexplainyourchildsdifficultiesandprovideaccesstoservicesandsupport.Whilstautismisincurabletherightsupportattherighttimecanmakeanenormousdifference.Ifyouareaparentandyoususpectthatyourchildmayhaveautismdontdelayingettinghelp.Moreinformationandsupportcanbefoundbycontactingthefollowingplaces.TheNationalAutisticSociety393CityRoadLondonEC1V1NGUnitedKingdomwww.autism.org.ukTel4402078332299Emailnasnas.org.ukMinistryofHealthRepublicoftheSeychellesP.O.Box52MontFleuriRepublicofSeychelleswww.moh.gov.scTel248388000EmailMinistermoh.gov.scAutismSocietyofAmerica4340East-WestHwySuite350BethesdaMaryland20814U.S.A.www.autism-society.orgTel18003288476 Kreolhealth44October20113142Teachyourchildrentoidentifywordsorpassagesthatdontmakesenseinasentenceortheprogressionofeventsinastory.Pinpointingtheproblemisthesecondstepintheprocessandstrongreadersdoitallthetime.Proficientreadersknowwhentheyneedtomoderatetheirreadingpaceexertmoreeffortorgobackandreread.Tachstrategiesforapproachingtheproblematicwordorpassage.Forexampleifaworddoesntseemtofitinasentenceteachyourchildtotrysoundingoutthewordasecondtimeandthenrereadingthepassage.Youngreaderswillalsobenefitfrominstructionongeneratingideasaboutwhatthewordorparagraphmightmean.Modelthisprocessforthemasyouthinkaloudaboutwhatthewordlookslikeandwhetheritremindsyouofanotherwordthatyouknow.Youcanalsothinkaloudaboutanythingintheparagraphthatprovidesaclueaboutthemeaningoftheunfamiliarword.Finallydontmakehardworkofteachingyourchildthesetechniques.Yourdirectionshouldntinterrupttheirreadingorcausethemtoforgetearliereventsthatoccurredinastory.Remembermakingsenseofthewholeistherewardofreadingpracticeandthegoaloflearningtomonitorcomprehension.Encourageyourchildrentomonitortheircomprehensionbyperiodicallyaskingthemselvesiftheyunderstandthestorytheyarereading.Somewillbenefitfromhearingfromatrustedadultthateveryonehasdifficultyunderstandingcertainpartsofbooks.Tellthemthattherearetimeswhenyouneedtoslowdownyourreadingstopandthinkorrereadpartsofabook.Whethertheyreawareofitornotstrongreadersconstantlymonitortheircomprehensionoftextsastheyread.Ifyouveeverback-trackedwhilereadingwhenyouweretiredordistractedyouprobablyreturnedtoaparagraphthatyoudalreadyreadbecauseyourinnermonitortoldyoutore-read.Mosteducatorsagreethatchildrenshouldbeexplicitlytaughttomonitortheircomprehensionwhilereading.Fortunatelyyoucanteachyourchildsomesimpletechniquestohelphimorherdevelopmoreeffectivereadinghabits.Instructioninthesetechniqueswillfitseamlesslyintostory-timeoryourusualreadingpracticeroutine.Gettingyourchildrentounderstand 47October2011HelpyourkidsunleashtheirinnerVanGoghYourabilitytodrawmaybebetterorworsethanothersbutthatdoesntmeanyoucantbetaughttodraw.Alogicalstartingpointforyoungkidsistoteachthembasictwo-dimensionalshapesandpictures.Onceyouteachthemtheprocesstheycanpractisetoimproveandmayamazeyouwiththeirtalents.Thereareacoupleofsuppliesthatyoullneedtohaveclosetohandtohelpyourchildlearntwo-dimensionaldrawing.Werecommendyouhavingplentyofbothdrawingandtracingpaperavailableonhandaswellaspencilsandasharpener.Traceshapeswithcarbonortracingpaper.Itcanteachyourchildcoordinationandgivetheminstantgratificationtobuildtheirconfidence.Praiseyourchildontheirworktokeepthemmotivatedtokeeptrying.BorrowaHowtoDrawbookfromthelibraryandletyourchildexperimentwiththeexamplesinthebooks.Workwithyourchildoneachsteptohelpthemimprove.Enrollyourchildinabeginnersdrawingclassifoneisntofferedattheirschool.Someartclassesatschoolsarentfocusedondrawingbutratheroncrafts.Takeyourchildtoanartgallerytohelpinspirethem.Havethemdrawtheirfavouriteexhibitslatersotheycanpractisedrawingfrommemory.Setoutyourchildsfavouritetoyandhavethemattempttodrawitin2-Donpaper.Bygivingcomplimentsonwhattheydowellyoucanencouragethemtocontinueintherightdirection.Dontcriticizeevenconstructivelybecauseitmaymakeyourkidstopdrawing.Yourchildmustbesatisfiedwithhisworktowanttocontinue.Teachingyourchildhowtodrawcansparktheirinterestsintomanydifferentthings.Keepinmindthatitisnotallaboutdrawingbutaboutexpandingtheircreativity.healthKreol Kreolhealth48October2011EarlyLearningProsandConsAsanewparentyoumaintaincontroloveryourbabysearlylearningprogram.Youdeterminewhattheylearnandhowfast.Themostimportantthingtorememberinearlylearningistoteachwithoutpressuring.Anattitudeofallowingyourchildtolearnwhentheywanttoisbestforbothofyou.Unduepressuretolearnonlymakeslearninganegativeactivity.Youhavetobecarefulnottodamagefuturelearningopportunitiesorthebondyouvebuilttogether.Ifyouvestudiedearlylearningprosandconsyouwillnoticetwodifferentviewsfromexpertsinearlylearning.Theexpertsontheprosidebelievethatearlylearningisbeneficialforchildandparentwhileothersbelieveitisdamaging.Afterstudyingbothsidesonlyyoucanchoosewhichpathtofollow.Afterdoingyourduediligenceyoucoulddecidetogiveitachancemakingsureyoureobservantofhowearlylearningaffectsyourbaby.Expertsagainstearlylearningbelievethatayoungchildcanbetooyoungtolearnnomatterthelevelofintelligenceorwhatisbeingtaught.Theseexpertsfeelthatyourbabysbrainmustdeveloptoacertainpointbeforethechildcanbetaughtanything.Ofcourseyoullfindevidencetothecontrarybyreal-lifestoriesofhowchildrenasyoungastwoyearsoldareabletosolvealgebraicequations.Thosewhobelievethatsomeveryyoungchildrendohavespecialabilitiestolearnalsobelievethatasthechildgetsoldershewontretaintheinformation.Inotherwordsearlylearningisawasteoftime.Proearlylearningsupportersclaimthatolderchildrenwhohavenoexperienceinearlylearninghaveahardertimewithretentionandencourageparentstobeginteachingtheirchildrenassoonastheythinktheyreready.Otherwell-meaningexpertsarguethatyoungchildrenshouldbeallowedtoprogressinlearningattheirownspeedwithoutinterference.Theybelievethatlittleonesshouldbelefttocoloringbookstrucksandbabydollsratherthanmoreadvancedlearningsuchasreading.Somefeelthatearlylearningrobsachildofenjoymentatthisstageintheirdevelopment.Proearlylearningexpertsarguethatifyoukeepearlylearningfunandveryvoluntaryforthechildthenearlylearningcanprovidebrainstimulationandanavenueforstrongerbondingbetweenthechildandparent.Ultimatelythedecisionisyours 50October2011Thereareasmanyanswerstothatquestionastherearemarriedcouples.Certainlylongevityisoftenconsideredonemeasureofasuccessfulmarriage.Thereissomethingtobesaidforshowingupandstickingitout.Ontheotherhandbeingsuccessfullymarriedfordecadesdoesntnecessarilymeanbeinghappilymarriedfordecades.Somemarriedpeopledontseemtobeabletostandeachotheryettheystickitoutanywayforthekidsorforfinancialreasonsorsimplybecauseafteracertainagetheideaofchangebecomesevenlessattractivethantheprospectofalifetimespentinmatrimonialpurgatory.Somewouldsaythatprocreationisthebestmeasureofahappymarriage.Certainlyfromthesocietalperspectivemakingbabiesisthereasonmarriagewasinventedinthefirstplace.Childrenarentborncivilizedtheyhavetobetaught.WhatbetterinstitutionisthereinwhichtoraisechildrenthanonewhichvaluesstabilityandwhichatitsbestmodelscivilizedbehaviourAlasforalltheblisstheycanbringtoacouplechildrencannotthemselvesmakeahappymarriage.Thefactisthebestmeasureofahappymarriageorforthatmatterofanon-traditionalrelationshipmodelledonmarriage-issimplythedegreeofhappinessexperiencedbythetwopartnerswhomakeupthemarriage.Thisistruebecausewhenallthesuperfluoustrappingsarestrippedawayamarriageisaprivatematterdefinednotbysocietybutbythecouplethemselves.Thisprivatenatureofmarriageiswhatmakesitpossibleforallsortsofpeoplefromwildlydivergentculturesandbackgroundstofindtheirownindividualizedpathstohappinesswithintheirownself-definedself-containedmarriages.Converselyacouplewhoallowtheirmarriagestobedefinedbytheexpectationsofin-lawsfriendscolleaguessocietyasawholeoranyonewhoisnotpartofthesharedprivatecompactriskcedingcontroloftheirmarriagetootherswhomayhavenostakeinthecoupleshappiness.Fromthebeginningthenatureofallhumanrelationshipshasbeen...natural.Tobehumanistobesomethinghigherthantheanimalsandlowerthantheangels.Thuswhatdefinesahappymarriageisnotanyoutsideimposeddefinitionbutfromtheprivately-sharedagreementbetweentwopeopleworkingtogethertocreateonelifefromtwo.HAPPYToloveandcherish-thesecretsofaCivilizationhaslongconsideredmarriageastheessentialrelationshipthebuildingblockofsociety.Inmanywaystheoverallhealthofmarriagesinasocietyisatthesametimeareflectionofandacontributortotheoverallhealthofthatsociety.Furtheronthepersonallevelmarriageistherelationshipmostassociatedwiththehappinessofindividualswithinthesociety.Brothersandsistersarenotdescribedashappilysiblinged.WhatthenisahappymarriageKreolsocialMARRIAGE Kreolsocial52October2011InyourrelationshipareyoutheonewhomakessurethereisenoughmoneyforfoodandrentDoyoufeellikeyouvebecomeyourmansmotherMeanwhileyourmanactsasthoughthereisnothingtoworryabout.Beforeyoubecomeutterlydisappointedconsiderthesuggestionsmadebelowtounderstandthesituationandperhapsfindsuitablesolutions.Notcareer-drivenTodaythenumberofwomenwhoaredriventoachievesuccessintheircareerssometimesoutweighsthatofmen.Forinstancesayayoungcouplemeetandfallinloveincollege.Theyhavesimilarinterestsenjoytheirtimetogetherandeventuallymarry.Heneverreallyholdsdownajobbuthiswifepursueshercareerandsoonsheisearningfivetimesmore.Theproblemsbeginwhenthemanseesnothingamisswhenhiswifeisshoulderingtoomuchresponsibility.Hislaidbackattitudewhichappealedtoherwhentheyfirstmetisnowaconstantsourceoftension.Intimeshebecomesfrustrated.Althoughmoneydoesntbuyhappinessitsnavetothinkitdoesntmatteratall.Itisworsewhenyoukeepbudgetingwhileyourmanhasnofinancialgoals.Ifyouhavesuchdifferentapproachestospendingandsavingmoneyyoumustworkoutthefinancialissuesbetweenyou.Otherwisehisapathywillintimecreatetensionbetweenyou.Furthermoremakesureyoudonotgetintothesituationwhereyoubecomefinanciallyunstablebecauseofhisrefusaltocontributefinanciallytotherelationship.ExcuseafterexcuseSomeoftheexcusessometimeswronglyclassifiedasreasonsmengiveforalackofambitionincludethefollowingTheysaytheyhavenostayingpower.Thisistrueofmenwhogetfiredfromalltheirjobsbecausetheygetangrywiththeirbosses.Theyinsistthatworkmustbeenjoyableallthetime.Thismeansthattheyquitthemomentthejobbecomesevenslightlystressful.Theyinsistthatlifeismoreaboutbeinghappythanacquiringmoney.Theyenjoystudying.Theseareperpetualstudentstheypursueoneuniversitycourseafteranotherandrefusetoearnaliving.Theyneedtimetobecreative.Thesemenwillinsiststhatifyoustandbythemforyetanotherthreeyearsorsotheiryetunwrittennovelwillbepublished.WhatdoyoudoifyourecognizeyourmaninanyofthedescriptionsaboveMyadvicewouldbetosithimdownandexplainjusthowmuchofaproblemyoufeelthisisbecominginyourrelationshipsayspsychotherapistGeilaJanssen.Trytofindoutifthereareanyissuesdrivinghislethargyforworkandlifesuchasdepressionorasensethathesinadequate.Ifhedoesadmittobeinginalowstatethencounsellingandsomeself-helpbookscouldprovethecatalystforchangeandgethimmoving.Butifheseemstotallyhappywithhardlyworkingandspendingplentyoftimeathomeandhetreatsyoulikeyouretheproblemmaybeyouveoutgrowntherelationshipandnolongerhavemuchincommon.LazyineverywayThelethargyyourmanfeelsfromhavingnoambitioninhiscareerwillspilloverintohiseverydaylife.Thiswillbecomeabiggerproblemifyoureanorganizedperson.Forexamplesayhesdecidedtoorganizeapartyforyourbirthday.Howeverwhenthetimecomeshesjusttoolazytodoanything.Atthelastminutetosavethesituationyouareforcedtoorganizeyourownbirthdayparty.Indeedyouwontbealoneinconcludingthathetakesyouforgrantedheisalsoself-centredandcompletelyoblivioustothefactthatyouhaveneedstoo.Honestlyalthoughmenareencouragedtosharetheiremotionsandbothpartnersareequalsintherelationshiptheexpectationthatmenshouldcontributefinanciallytothehouseholdstillexists.Ifthefinancialimbalanceinyourrelationshiphasbecomeunbearableforyouusethesuggestionsmadeabovetoredressthebalancebothfinanciallyandemotionallyandhopefullyyouwillfindhappinessonceagain.Themandoesnothinggeeingupanapathetichusband52 53October2011 Kreolsocial54October2011YourchildthedrugaddictTherearecountlessarticlesaboutovercomingdrugaddiction.Howeverdrugaddictiondoesnotjusthaveanimpactonthelifeofthedrugaddictitcanalsotearlovingfamiliesapart.IsamemberofyourfamilyaddictedtodrugsIfsoyouaredoubtlessfeelingsadandfrustratedaboutthesituation.Drugaddictionisnotaneasyproblemtosolvebutdonotlosehope.Therearethingsyoucandotohelpadrugaddictinthefamily.DoNotEnableDrugaddictswilltrytoacquiremoneywithwhichtofeedtheirhabit.Itdoesntmattertotheaddicthowtotheyobtainthemoneyaslongastheygetit.Henceitisnotunusualforanaddicttoaskafamilymembertogivethemsomecash.Drugaddictsalsotendtolearnexactlywhattosaytopeopleinordertogetsomemoney.Forinstanceanaddictmaytellyouthatheorshehasnomoneytobuyfoodorpayrent.Donotbefoolednevergivethemmoneybecauseifyoudotheywilldefinitelyspenditondrugs.Ifyouwanttoprovidefiscalhelpsetasidesometimetotakethemshoppingforgroceries.HideYourValuablesWhatmattersmosttodrugaddictsistheirabilitytoobtainthedrugsatanycostthereforemanyaddictsstealmoneyorvaluablesfromfriendsormembersoftheirownfamily.Ifthereisadrugaddictinyourfamilyyouwouldbewisetoensurethattheycannotaccessanythingvaluablethatyouown.Considerpurchasingasafeifyoudonothaveoneandkeepyourcashandvaluableslockedaway.SupportGroupsTherearesupportgroupsforpeoplewithaddictionproblems.Twelve-stepprogrammessuchasNarcoticsAnonymousandAlcoholicsAnonymoushavehelpedmanyaddictstogetcleanandstaythatway.Trytoencouragethedrugaddictinyourfamilytoattendsupportmeetings.Iftheydothisitmayhelpthemtorealisethatthereareotherpathstheycouldtakeandtheymayevenfindhopeforabrighterfuture.RehabilitationCentresSometimesjoiningasupportgroupisnotenoughtoencourageanaddicttostopusingdrugs.IfregularsupportmeetingarenotworkingconsiderencouragingthemtogotoarehabilitationCentres.RehabilitationCentresprovidecounsellingandsupportmeetings.Theyalsohavestrictrulesandregulations.PatientsatrehabilitationCentresundergoroutineurineteststoensurethattheyarenotusingdrugs.Ifthepersonmanagestogetcleanandsoberatarehabilitationcentreitmightsavetheirlife.DoSomeResearchIfafamilymemberisaddictedtodrugsitisinyourbestintereststolearnasmuchasyoucanabouttheiraddiction.Findingoutmoreaboutthespecificdrugaddictionmayhelpyoutounderstandbehaviourassociatedwiththedrugsintakeandsymptomsidentifyingsomeoneundertheinfluenceofdrugs.Itwillalsobeharderforyourlovedonetodeceiveyouwithhalf-truthsandoutrightlies.SavetheLecturesWhenyoucanseethatsomeoneyouloveisruiningtheirlifethetemptationtolecturethemaboutthedangersofwhattheyaredoingcanbeverystrong.Howeveryouwouldbebetteroffsavingyourbreath.Anaddictdoesnotusuallylistentotheopinionsofothersbecausetheyarelostintheiraddiction.Lectureswillnothelpadrugaddict.Whatsmoreactionsinvariablyspeaklouderthanwords.Ifyouwanttohelptheaddictinyourfamilystoptalking.Insteadtakestepsthatwillhelptheaddictimprovetheirlife.Forinstancehelpthemtofindanapartmentorajob.Theymaynotkeepthejobortheapartmentbutatleastyoucansayyoutriedtogivethemhope.SeekHelpAddictsdamagetheirownphysicalandmentalhealth.Theyalsotendtohaveanimpactonthehealthofthepeoplethatlovethem.Stresscanleadtoallkindsofphysicalailments.Italsotakesitstollonyourpsychologicalwellbeing.Thereforeyoushouldconsiderjoiningasupportgroupforthefamiliesofaddicts.Thereyouwillmeetpeoplewhoaregoingthroughthesamething.Youmaybeabletohelpeachotherfindideasandsolutions.Youwillalsobeabletotalkabouthowyoufeel.Psychotherapycanalsohelpthefamilymembersofdrugaddicts.ProvideLoveandSupportIfamemberofyourfamilyisaddictedtodrugsdonotrejectthem.Feelingsofbitternessandresentmentarenormalinthesesituations.Howeveritsimportanttofocusyourangerontheaddictionratherthantheaddict.Donotmakethreatsorgiveupontheaddictinyourfamily.Insteadkeepremindingthemthattheyarelovedandcontinuetoencouragethemtogetthehelptheyneed.CantheykickthehabitWithahelpinghandfromyouyestheycan. socialKreol55October2011 56 beautyKreol57October2011Haircolouraffectsawomanspersonality.Herentiremoodcanbechangedbysimplylighteningdarkeningchangingorboostingherhaircolour.Everywomanknowshowabadhairdaycanaffecthermoodnegativelysoitsimportantshechoosesahaircolourwiselyandthatshestaysontopofitsmaintenancewhethershescolouringitherselforhavingitcolouredatasalon.Awomancanchoosepracticallyanyshadeshelikesandsometimesadramaticchangefromtheusualcangivehertheliftsheslookingfor.Well-maintainedhaircolourthatenhancesawomansskintoneandcomplementsherwardrobecolourscanaddalookofyouthfulnesstoawoman.Heruniquecolourchoicecanbethatfinaltouchtohersignaturelook.Ontheotherhandtheresnothingworsethanawomanmissingoutongreatyounger-lookinghairbecauseshesafraidofcolour.Mosthair-colourproductsusedasdirectedaregentleonhairandarenaturallookingifappliedcorrectly.HaircolourtodyeforMaintaininghaircolourisimportantandcrucialelementofaconfidentwomanscharmoffensive.Haircolourthatisfadedrootsthatareoverdueforatouch-uporhavingthewronghaircolourshadealtogethercandiminishawomansoverallappearance.Noonewantstoberecognizedbytheirbadhairorhaircolourgonewrong.Therearehair-colourblundersallthetimeandtryingtorepairthemquicklywithmorehair-colourcancauseprematuredryingandbreaking.Over-processedhairwilllookdullandlifelessandseembeyondhopebutthereisacureforeventhebiggestofblunders.Scientificallyformulatedproductsavailableattopsalonsareavailableforwomentousedailyathometooandareespeciallyeffectivetobeusedwhenyouneedaquickfix.Thebesthair-restorationproductswillberichinvitaminsandmineralshair-restorationsun-protectingUVabsorbersandloadsoffreeradicalquenchingantioxidants.Eventhemostdamagedhaircanberestoredintosilkyandsleeklookinghairinnotimewithadailyregimeofqualityhaircareproducts.Torestoreover-treatedhairbuysalon-qualityhaircareproducts.Shampoolessperhapsusingadryshampooifnecessarytogiveyourhairabreak.Washandconditionyourhairwithhighqualitysalon-ratedproductsanduseprotectiveswithheatshieldsthatwillalsoprovideasolidbarriertotheheatofhairblowersandflatirons.Trytowaitatleasttwoweeksbeforeaddinganewhaircolour.Whenyoudomaintainitwithproductscontainingcolourprotectives.Finishyourregulardailystylingroutineswithagoodqualityhairserumappliedinasmallamountgentlyfromroottotiptoaddgentlyshineandprotection.Yourhaircanhaveshineandlustrelikethehairofyouryouthnomatterhowmanytimesyouvecolouredyourhairifyouusetherightproductsinbetweencolouring.Contactahigh-qualitysalonfortherightproductstouseathometohelprestoreandrejuvenateyourhairortomaintainalreadygreat-lookinghair. Kreolfoodandrecipes58October2011EliminatewrinkleswiththesesuperfoodsNobodylikeslookinginthemirrorandseeingawrinkledfacestaringbackatthem.Itisaninconvenienttruththatasweageourskinlosesitselasticityandleadstolinesdevelopingparticularlyaroundtheeyesmouthandontheforehead.Theselineswillbecomedeeperandmoreprominentaswegetolder.Noonecanavoidwrinklesbuttherearestepsyoucantaketominimizetheappearanceoftheselineswithoutresortingtothesurgeonsknife.Avoidingsmokingsundamageandexcessivealcoholintakewillallhelptokeepyourskinyouthfulaswillkeepingwellhydratedandadoptingarigorousskincareroutine.Butontopofthesehealthylifestylechoicestherearethreeskincarefoodsthatcanhelptominimizetheappearanceofwrinkles.BrazilNutsAllnutscontainvaryingamountsofvitaminAwhichhelpsthedevelopmentofskincellsandhealthyfatsthathelptoproducecollagenandmaintainskinelasticity.Brazilnutsalsocontainseleniumwhichisamineralknownforitseffectontheskin.Seleniumincreasesskinelasticityandcandelaythesignsofageingontheskin.Somestudieshaveshownthatitcouldalsoneutralizetheeffectsofsundamageandpreventskincancer.Brazilnutsalsocontainzincwhichcanreduceskincellinflammationandincreasecollagenproduction.SalmonSalmonisrichinproteinwhichisneededtorepairbrokenskincellsandOmega-3fattyacidwhichtheskincellsrequiretofunctionproperly.Omega-3isanessentialfattyacidthatmaintainsthestructureofthecellsensuringthatnutrientsareabsorbedandwasteproductsareremoved.BlueberriesBlueberriesarepackedfullofvitaminsandnutrientsthatcanfighttheappearanceofwrinklesontheskin.Theycontainpowerfulantioxidantswhichneutralizethefreeradicalsthatcandamageourskinandseveraldifferentnutrientsthatcanhelpyourskintoregainitselasticitybyproducingcollagen. foodandrecipesKreol59October2011CorianderChutneyGalinhaCafrealchickenmarinatedandfriedBackgroundGalinhaisPortugueseforchicken.ThisrecipeisbelievedtohaveoriginatedfromAfrica.ItbasicallymeansgrilledchickenalthoughinGoaitisfriedinsteadofbeingcookedunderthegrill.PrawnPulaoIngredients2cupscorianderleavestightlypacked1cupfreshgratedcoconut4greenchilliespeppers1mediumonionchoppedfine12inchpieceginger4clovesgarlic13tspcuminseeds1dessertspoonsugar1dessertspoonlemonjuiceSalttotasteMethodBlendalltheingredientsinablendergrinderaddingatablespoonofwaterifnecessary.NoteIfcorianderisnotavailablemintleavescanbeusedoramixtureofboth.Thispreparationgoeswellwithsaltedbiscuitsorasaspreadforsandwiches.IfitisliquidizedslightlyitcanbeusedasadipforFrenchfriespakorasorcroutons.Ingredients1largechicken1and12kgjointed6greenchilliespeppers1and12inchpieceginger10clovesgarlic1tbspcorianderseeds1tspcuminseedstspgarammasala12tbsplemonjuice3tbspoil2mediumonionschoppedfine4largetomatoeshalved6mediumpotatoesboiledhalvedMethodGrindtoafinepastethegingergarlicandallthespicesinthelemonjuiceincludingthegreenchilliespeppersandhalfchoppedonionsaddingsalttotaste.Massagethegroundspicesintothechickenpieces.Jointthechickenandapplythegroundspicestothechickenpieces.Marinatethechickenfor2hours.Heatoilinapanonmediumflameandsauttherestofthechoppedonion.Frythechickenturningoccasionallyuntillthepiecesarebrownandwellcookedapprox.20mins.Inaseparatepanheat1tbspoilandfrypotatoesandthenverylightlythehalvedtomatoes.Servethechickenwiththefriedpotatoesandtomatoes.Ingredients450gbasmatiricewashedandsoakedforhalfanhour250gprawnsshelled4greenchillies12tspturmeric2tsppoppyseeds2tspginger-garlicpaste2smallpiecescinnamon4cloves1bayleaf3greencardamoms8peppercorns1onionslicedAhandfulofcorianderleaveschoppedAhandfulofmintleaveschopped1tspgarammasala12tspoilSalttotasteMethodGrindthefollowingintoafinepasteonionmintpoppyseedsgreenchilliesandturmeric.Applytheginger-garlicpasteandmasalapastetotheprawnsandsetasideandaddtheprawnsandfrytilltheoilseparates.Nowaddthericeandfryalittle.Putinwarmwatersaltandgarammasala.Cooktillriceistenderandkeepoverlowheattillthewaterdries.Servehotsprinkledwithchoppedcorianderleaves.HOWTOCOOKGUIDETOFOOLPROOFRECIPES