Monday, 15 January 2018

H&M stores in South Africa destroyed over Racist Hoodie!!!


Whilst I try to keep all my social platforms as unbiased as possible, there has been a number of breaking news regarding the whole "H&M racial saga" with an innocent young boy of colour.

Now it breaks my heart to see justice been served through violent means.

It has been reported that all H&M stores have been shut down due to protesters trashing stores in South Africa.

According to the BBC, South African police have used rubber bullets to disperse a mob trashing H&M stores in and around Johannesburg (South Africa's biggest city) after the brand used a controversial picture of a black male child wearing a green hoodie with the term "Coolest Monkey in the Jungle" written on it as shown below, with a picture of another male caucasian model wearing a similar hoodie with the term "Mangrove Jungle, Survival Expert"



Now we all know the issue with caucasians or people not of colour using the term "Monkey" around a person of colour; this has now become a very big issue with people taking matters to another level.

H&M has since apologised several days ago for the image, which ran on its website.


The retailer withdrew both the product and the image after it sparked outrage and allegations of racism on social media.

"We're deeply sorry that the picture was taken, and we also regret the actual print," it said in a statement.

Celebrities such as "The Weekend & G-Eazy" have both withdrawn partnership with the bran over this issue.

Video footage showed activists trashing displays, kicking over clothes rails and shoving mannequins.

South African Police (SAPS) also tweeted about the vandalism, writing: "Several incidents of protests at H&M stores around the province have been reported.
"At the East Rand Mall the protesters managed to enter the shop & stole several items. #SAPS members had to intervene and dispersed the group of protesters by firing rubber bullets."
EFF leader Julius Malema defended the rampage, saying: "We make no apology about what the fighters did today." 
"We are not going to allow anyone to use the colour of our skin to humiliate us, to exclude us," he added.- (source- bbc.co.uk)

The below images were taken from the bbc website.

While consumers in several countries had called for a boycott of H&M as the picture went viral, the mother of the child model has said that she did not find it offensive.
She said the hoodie was "one of hundreds of outfits my son has modelled", and urged people to "stop crying wolf all the time".
Addressing the EFF store takeovers, she tweeted that "apartheid and racism [have] corrupted some so much that this is thought to be reasonable in response to a hoodie with the word "monkey" on it".
More than one celebrity has cut their ties with H&M over the hoodie row.
Singer The Weeknd, who had collaborated with the company, said the advert made him feel "shocked and embarrassed".
He was joined by rapper G-Eazy, who had been due to bring out a clothing line with H&M in March.
"I can't allow for my name and brand to be associated with a company that could let this happen," the musician said.
"I hope that this situation will serve as the wake up call that H&M and other companies need to get on track and become racially and culturally aware, as well as more diverse at every level." bbc.co.uk

What's your take on the above, comment below lets here it, but please note that any racial/prejudice comments will be deleted automatically, this blog does not condone such activity. Thanks for understanding.
Sai- Blog owner



Tuesday, 9 January 2018

National Apricot Day- 9th January 2018

Hey guys, so today is National Apricot day and you know what that means??? You can eat as many as you please. Not only are Apricots good for you, they are also a great source of Vitamin A which is also known as retinol


Celebrate National Apricot Day! Did you know that the word "apricot" means "precious" in Latin? Apricots ripen earlier than most summer fruits, making them a precious commodity every spring.
The apricot tree emerged in China more than 4,000 years ago and eventually made its way across Asia to the Mediterranean. Centuries later, Spanish explorers introduced the apricot to the New World and planted the trees all over the west coast. Today, farmers in California’s San Joaquin Valley produce 95% of the apricots grown in the United States.
Whether you prefer them fresh, broiled, grilled, or poached, enjoy an apricot today in honor of the occasion! Happy National Apricot Day! source-www.punchbowl.com

And here's why 'an apricot a day, can also keep the doctor away':
  • Good Source of Vitamin A: Apricots are packed with Vitamin A, which is also known as retinol. ...
  • Rich in Fiber: ...
  • Good for Your Heart. ...
  • Treasure Chest of Antioxidants: ...
  • Good for Your Blood: ...
  • Good for the Skin: ...
  • It's Diet Friendly: ...
  • It Strengthens Your Bones: source-food.ndtv.com



Happy Apricotting :-)


Thursday, 28 December 2017

WAGAMAMA FIRECRACKER CHICKEN RECIPE



Wagamama Firecracker Chicken like never seen before.... Try this recipe and you'll never buy from Wagamama again lol...

Who doesn't love a good firecracker meal?? Here are my fabulous ingredients and step by step recipe (as always)  thank me later :-)

Link to my video recipe here-


Ingredients:-
  • 12 ounces of boneless chicken breast cut into strips
  • 4 tbsp of honey
  • 2 tbsp of light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp of ketchup
  • 1 tbsp of Malt vinegar
  • 3 tbsp of sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic & ginger
  • 2 tbsp of Siracha sauce ***note-spicy***
  • Chopped red & green chillies
  • 2 tbsp of water
  • Thai jasmine rice- about 2 cups depending on how many people
  • 2 tbsp of sesame oil
  • 1 white onion
  • 1 big red bell pepper
  • 1 big green bell pepper
  • handful of Mangetout
  • A sprinkle of spring onion
  • A sprinkle of shichimi powder, Black & white sesame seeds ***very important to give that wagamama look*
  • Big bowl to make the marinade
  • Thai Jasmine rice- Measure to your desire
Method:-

Cut the chicken into strips and add into a bowl, add the honey, soy sauce, ketchup, malt vinegar, sweet chilli, garlic, ginger, and mix well.


Now add the Siracha sauce, mix and add the red/green chillies (chopped) and add to the chicken marinade plus a bit of water, drop the whole red/green chillies in and cover with a cling film to marinate for few hours or overnight.



Rice- Rinse the rice in cold water, place in a saucepan, add water salt and leave to boil for 20 minutes


Now add 2 tbsp of sesame oil in a wok or pan & leave on high heat. Add the chicken pcs without the marinade; leave to fry until nicely done by turning occasionally.

Cut onions, red & green bell peppers into big chunks

Now add the peppers above to the chicken, ***remember to add once chicken is done as this needs to be crunchy***, add the marinade, chuck in some mangetouts, leave to simmer for a few minutes.

Add rice in a small bowl & place in the middle of a flat plate as shown below:-


Place chicken around the plate

Carefully lift the bowl

Drop in some spring onions and sprinkle shichimi powder, black & white sesame seeds on top **really important*** and drop quarter of a lime on top (optional).

The taste is amazingly devine guys, thank me later :-)

Monday, 11 December 2017

2 WEEKS TILL CHRISTMAS :-)


Who's excited for Christmas???

This time in 2 week, we'll all be in the party, eating and festive spirit..

I saw the below online and just thought to share,


Merry Christmas to you all...xxx

Friday, 8 December 2017

National Brownie Day- December 8th 2017


Today 8th December is a day to celebrate brownie's and also happens to be a Friday... Yayyyy TGIF, why not indulge yourself and eat a brownie or 2 and tag me on any social media #nationalbrownieday. Make sure you mention saiprojects so I can see your post.

In the meantime, here are 5 food facts about brownies:-



  • It is said that the brownie was created at the Palmer House Hotel during the 1893 Columbian Exposition when the owner Bertha Palmer asked the chef to make a ‘ladies dessert’.
  • The word ‘brownie’ became so popular that soon after the Expedition even Kodak named one of it’s first hand held cameras after them, the little ‘brownie.’
  • Brownies were one of the very first prepackaged food ‘mixes’ ever sold. First appearing in the Sears, Roebuck catalogue in 1897.
  • Fannie Farmer, the First Lady of American Cookery, published the first written recipe for brownies in 1896
  • A popular turn of the century alternative was considered of equal importance, the ‘blondie‘, which used many of the same ingredients except chocolate. Many believed chocolate to be a ‘vice’ on the same level as alcohol and even coffee. source-foodimentary.com

Friday, 1 December 2017

World AIDS Day- 1st December 2017



Hello readers, today 1st December 2017 is World Aids Day, Globally an estimated 34 million people have HIV. More than 35 million people have died from the virus,making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history. Let's stop the Stigma and end the spread of HIV now.




World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.

WHY IS WORLD AIDS DAY IMPORTANT?

Over 100,000 people are living with HIV in the UK. Globally, there are an estimated 36.7 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
Today, scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. Despite this, each year in the UK around 6,000 people are diagnosed with HIV, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the condition.
World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.

WHAT SHOULD I DO ON WORLD AIDS DAY?

World AIDS Day is an opportunity to show solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV worldwide. Most people do this by wearing an HIV awareness red ribbon on the day. You can order a red ribbon through our online shop, or pick one up in a MAC Cosmetics shop and selected branches of Morrisons.
You can also order a free pack of 100 ribbons to fundraise for the National AIDS Trust. World AIDS Day is a great opportunity to raise money for NAT, which will help to champion the rights of people living with HIV in the UK. Visit our fundraising page for ideas, or contact someone in the fundraising team for more information.
You can list your World AIDS Day event on our events page. Or, if you can’t host your own event, you can find out how to attend an event near you.

BUT WHAT ABOUT AFTER WORLD AIDS DAY?

World AIDS Day may be once a year, but you can still support people living with HIV all year round. Sign up to NAT’s mailing list to stay up-to-date with new developments in HIV, and learn how you can get involved as an activist or as a volunteer.
You can also support our work by donating to NAT. We rely on your support to continue championing the rights of people living with HIV. source-www.worldaidsday.org

“If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.” Arabian Proverb

Happy New Month of December



Happy 1st of December and Happy Advent calendar day; May your December be more blessed than the last 11 months combined...

I found a kindness calendar online which I thought to share with you my readers, please be kind wherever possible.



Merry Christmas.... :-)

My Christmas Wish List 2017


Yes its that time of the year again where we all put our Christmas trees up,  lights on and start shopping for Xmas gifts 🙂🙂🙂🙂

Here are my 2017 Xmas wish list below:-



My New Year’s resolution for next year is to be more organised when it comes to my blogging activities, and what better way to get organised and start the year right than with a brand-new diary/organiser? SO I'll be bagging myself one of these...


Now this should probably not really be on my bucket list as I've already started acquiring most of them, but I thought I would anyways :-) 
I am so into make up these days, it's actually unreal.. I have a new make-up collection and just testing them all out, the great quality and also looking really good with makeup on is very very therapeutic. So here's one of the things on my xmas wish list.. I'm surely upgrading my makeup collection.




Gosh I have a work phone and a personal phone; my personal phone has reached its final lap so I have hinted that I need a new phone; preferably the Iphone X.. I've got great taste right loool..

I'll really like the Mulberry small amberley satchel bag. This bag was first seen on the London Fashion Week catwalk. Inspired by British countryside
I;m into shoulder bags at the moment as its just easy for me to wear round my shoulder to go shopping whilst chasing a toddler round the shopping centre. lol Its a bit on the expensive side, but I have promised myself that I'll always treat myself with a very expensive item once a year. This year already I haven't really bought myself a very expensive item in one go. This bag is £595 but I don't care lol, its Xmas so I'll be treating myself hopefully :-)




What’s on your wish list this year? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter- @saiprojects, snapchat-saiprojects or in the comment below :-)

Monday, 27 November 2017

HARRY WEDS MEGAN. WE ARE HAVING ANOTHER ROYAL WEDDING.


YES YES YES!!!!

Just as the title started another member of the Royal family is getting married . And yes you could guess right its the ever dashing member of them all. The very handsome Prince Harry, to his girlfriend of a year Megan Markle.




Clearance House announced the engagement earlier on this morning via their twitter feed.


Megan is an American actress of the ever popular series "Suits" she plays a young African American paralegal. She is also involved with a lot charity work, which the rumour has always been how she and prince charming met each other.



The buzz is the wedding will be in spring 2018, so most likely in May as Duchess of Cambridge will be having a baby in April. So good timing for all Brits. We do love our royal weddings in this country.

Prince Harry brings a fresh feel into the royal family just as his older brother did by marrying a commoner. Getting married to a woman of colour brings it into a whole new level.

The last royal wedding was awesome, and I bet getting married to an American Hollywood star is making this one possible for anyone to attend! I hope I get an invite @clearancehouse!

Wishing Prince Harry and Ms Megan Markle a Happy life together. I will keep you my readers posted.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

SECRET SANTA GIFT IDEAS- UNDER $5/£5


OK guys so for everyone participating in the exchange of gifts or Secret Santa as its traditionally called; you probably always find yourself in this same situation every year when the work christmas party is approaching and you have decided again, 10 years in a row to take part in secret santa.

So what exactly is Secret Santa just incase you don't know???? Here's a brief definition from google

"an arrangement in which a group of friends or colleagues exchange Christmas presents anonymously, each member of the group being assigned another member for whom to provide a small gift, typically costing no more than a set amount."

Not only is this fun; this also gives you the opportunity to receive and give pressies and keep them under the tree for that exciting time of xmas morning.. I particularly enjoy partaking in secret santa, it's an exciting time for me to see what people end up getting me. Fingers crossed, I've always been quite lucky to get lots of nice handy stuff...

Now there's always a budget of a maximum of either £5 or £10, so I have been doing alot of research for you guys as I always do 😉 and I have put together a list of great Secret Santa ideas for you to be able to buy within the budget and not having to break the bank.

What I tend to do first is get the person a gift based on a little bit I know about them so here are a few categories that'll help you determine what to get them.

Travellers
College/University students
Workout addicts
Make up lovers
Foodies like me 😄
Coffee/Tea addicts etc
Writer/Researcher just like me; just incase you don't know, I love to write and hate to read lol 😄

Here are a few gift ideas under £5 or $5

Small Whittard Gift Box with Ribbon- £4.51

Perfect for anyone that loves wrapping.. Whether you’re the sort who goes for ribbon, pom-poms and hand-printed paper or more of the ‘quick bit of sticky-tape’ type, this elegant Whittard gift boxes are sure to add a dash of panache

available on  https://www.whittard.co.uk/gifts/all-gifts/small_whittard_gift_box_with_ribbon.htm


Non stick saucepan for a whopping £1 from poundland, I mean it can't get better than this.. This is perfect for a foodie like me but not many people in the office might be too keen on this, but hey ho great idea. available on:- 
http://www.poundland.co.uk/home-and-pet/kitchen/baking-and-cooking/non-stick-saucepan


My number one go to place for the perfect affordable secret santa idea is Asda, I mean they do the best in gift ideas with great value for money. Walmart in the case of you Americans :-)
Have a look:-




All these for an amazing £5 or less available at www.asda.com

Santa claus Mug-£3 from Asda again lol
Milk chocolate Lipsticks- These sweet and tasty replicates of lipsticks from Very.co.uk will be very appreciated by your secret santee in the office.
An ideal alternative to a traditional box of chocolates and for beauty-loving colleagues, who will revel in the combination of their two favourite things.
Bottle of Wine (Any) or Prosecco £5

I love sharing posts like this, so let me know in the comment section if any of these were helpful, and also what you got for secret santa and vice versa.

Have a lovely Christmas and a successful Secret Santa shopping :-)


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***I do not own any of the above images, they were downloaded from various sites***