IJGB – I Just Got Back

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IJGB – I just got back.

 

The inspiration for this post can be found here: http://www.bellanaija.com/2013/12/10/are-you-an-i-just-got-back-ijgb-signs-symptoms-cures-of-the-new-jjc/

 

(Please read the comments section. The lolz. Some comments were shady though. Real shady.)

 

What is it? Does it exist? Who cares?

 

I’ll answer the second question first. It does exist. It’s very real. Now I’ll answer the third question. Who cares? People like me dammit. People who just got back! *clears throat* This also applies to those who wish to expatriate and have had that thought lingering in their brains for a while. Now I don’t think I fully fit this category anymore as I’ve been here for 6 months (now 16 months. Boom.) I feel like one of those parents who say their child’s age in months. Le sigh.

 

I’m more aware of my surroundings, how the everyday Ghanaian in Ghana behaves and I know when someone is trying to cheat me (my London Twi always comes to my rescue *hi 5s self*).

 

So what is it? The IJGB first of all means ‘I just got back’ a.k.a JJC or warrever. It’s normally used for people who have returned to the continent after some time away; studying, working etc. Or members of the Diaspora who have moved back for the first time like me. It’s the simmering resentment towards those who have just got back, some reasons which are plausible and others which are just not. Bear with me, I’ll explain.

 

My experience with IJGB syndrome

It’s the lingering stares examining you from head to toe. It’s the shock then almost sudden disdain when you don’t speak with an accent like theirs (I’ve literally had experiences of doing presentations and the participants say ‘Eii’ as soon as I speak. Yeah. That has happened MULTIPLE times -_-). It’s the assumed superiority that they believe you have (My handbag is from H&M not Louis V, chill). It’s people blanking you or mumbling half sentences when you say good morning for no reason whatsoever. It’s the uber defensiveness when you try to teach them something different to what they know. (Side note – I work in an office of women. Just FYI. Yah.)

 

Now don’t get me wrong, when you start any new place of employment you have to prove yourself. That is a given. But this was more than just ‘proving myself’, I’ve had to do that before. It was more of a ‘Who do you think you are?’ kind of attitude.

 

Some IJGBs do have a stink attitude. An inflated sense of self even. I’ve seen some. They annoy me too. They may make reference to their schooling (even though you didn’t ask), or they may complain incessantly about the heat (It’s Africa boo) or just generally be whiny (go and sit in a corner somewhere). But I was careful (even too careful) about making how I comported myself around Ghanaians. I would complain to my peoples back home in London lol.  So why me? *cue violins*

Is it insecurity? Is it the presupposition that I think I’m better? Nah. I came back to help my people. Yes I’m a proud Brit but I’m also a Ghanaian (though being in Ghana has made me realise how British I am. Another post. Te lo prometo). I want to use my skills to help advance education in the land of my parents. *cue Michael Jackson – Heal The World* No but seriously though, I am here with genuine intentions. The curriculum, teaching practices and methodologies in GH are outdated. It’s shocking and we’re ridiculously behind. The UK system has serious gaps but, it doesn’t compare to what’s happening back home. Just. Doesn’t. Compare.

 

I’ve pondered over this for a while. I think it’s complicated and everyone will have their own individual reason or nuance.

 

It seems as though some just can’t reconcile that you share the same surname as them, you can make abenkwan,  you have a foreign accent AND you can communicate in your local language. Almost as if we’re aliens 😦 Now this is not ALL Ghanaians. Some are suitably impressed that you’re flying the black star flag wherever you were born/have lived and are back to lend your knowledge. I’m detailing my own experience and the experience of some ‘returnees’ I’ve come across.

 

FYI, this doesn’t apply to my obroni friends by the way. The “White Saviour” mentality is still  prevalent in Africa so they expect our Caucasian friends to have nicer clothes, to have foreign accents, to have money trees growing in their gardens and so on. It doesn’t offend them. It’s the expectation.

 

So what do you think? Have you experienced this? Am I making it up? (Of course I’m not. Don’t be silly ;-))

 

Until next time…

*I initially drafted this when I reached the 6 month mark so March 2014. Sigh.

Living Back Home Pt. 1 – Work

Ghana is live (fun, a great place to visit, interesting etc.) I can almost guarantee you that coming here on vacation you will ADORE it. Particularly if you are with someone who really knows the place. It has a unique history and culture, laid back vibe, warm and friendly people, some great bars, clubs, restaurants…The list goes on.

But I’m here to talk to you about LIVING here. Not a whirlwind 2/3 week vacation where you know that you’re going back to London, the US, continental Europe *insert foreign location*

Living in GH can be difficult, extremely difficult but it’s also a very enjoyable place to be. You just have to develop some coping mechanisms for the more difficult parts**.

For those wondering, my job in Ghana came about as a result of an internship I did for an education consultancy company who then sent me to Ghana as an employee to manage the education team for a DFID Girls Education Challenge project – Making Ghanaian Girls Great!

I would highly recommend (where possible) securing your job before you get to GH. I’ve heard too many horror stories of people getting jobs in GH then finding out the job doesn’t exist, benefits are poor, not being paid for months on end etc.

Expatriate packages vary from company to company so bargain well well before you get here. You probably won’t get all you dream for but bargain for what is important for you as an individual. Standard things you should be asking for are: accommodation, health insurance, number of flights home (to London/Canada/US etc) and possibly travel allowance. You may also think about living allowance but this is probably pushing it (depending on who you work for).

Get learned (especially older & more experienced) people you trust to read your contract. I have some amazing friends but the truth is not one of them (nor I) were well versed in international employment/expatriate contracts so we didn’t really know what to look for. You don’t want any nasty surprises when you arrive in a place you’ve never lived before.

Companies by nature will do what works in their best interests so really think long and hard about what is important to you. And don’t be afraid to ask for it!

Working culture in Ghana is distinctly different to what you may have experienced. That laid back attitude is very much present in most arenas and can be infuriating when you want things done quickly. You have to exert extreme patience, follow up on everything, and unfortunately you may have to micro manage (initially). My advice is to be firm but fair, take an interest in your staff as human beings (they’re not robots), praise them when they’ve done a good job (cannot overstate this enough!), give them constructive criticism and communicate, communicate, communicate. It will take time (a long time) but the efforts will be worth it when you have a team of staff who were previously displaying poor work ethic that are now regularly going the extra mile and always seeking self betterment as professionals.

Back to the praise part. There is so much power in a simple ‘thank you’ or a ‘well done’. It doesn’t matter what level you are at in your company. No one enjoys feeling unappreciated. So praise them when they’ve done well. Now on the flipside when they haven’t done so well you can use the “2 stars and a wish”/WWW & EBI* format. (Yes, I was a teacher before I came to Ghana. You learn so much about humans). 2 stars and a wish is used when giving feedback to a pupil. It’s very simple. Start off with 2 positive comments and a point for improvement. That way, the person doesn’t start the conversation feeling apprehensive or leave the conversation feeling deflated. It’s all in the language you use.

Until next time folks!

**Dumsor dumsor (lights off/no electricity), taxi drivers (just because), poor customer service (happens everywhere but some Ghanaians have an art for it) etc.

*WWW= What Went Well, EBI= Even Better If…

Living Back Home…

My iPhone photography skills at the top of the Jamestown lighthouse :-D

My iPhone photography skills at the top of the Jamestown lighthouse 😀


Happy new year……y’all. *chuckles* I won’t get bored of this for a while.

So I’m back in big bad Accra, blogging like I said I would. It’s 2015 baby! Despite despising the hype, there is something exciting about a new year starting. Something refreshing. So I hope you’ve all written down some goals. I hope you have a new focus for the year. I hope you’ve consulted with God on what His will is for you henceforth. I hope you’ve started on a new foot mentally and so on….

I’ve decided to do a mini ‘Living Back Home’ series, for those flirting with the idea of coming to live in Accra, Ghana or another African city. I really should have done this during my first first year here but to be honest it would have been a lot of angry ranting rather than a balanced perspective on life in GH. If you have any questions or specific topics you’d like me to address don’t hesitate to reach out and I will happily cover them in a post or two.

Lessons from 2014 that I’d like to share

Saw this on Bishop TD Jakes' page and rather liked it.

Saw this on Bishop TD Jakes’ page and rather liked it.

Hey y’all (Think y’all is here to stay…y’all. Lol). I present to you some random lessons I learnt this year, professionally, spiritually, emotionally etc. Some are old lessons but situations this year really contextualised it and made it real for me.

In no particular order of importance…

1. Love others. Always choose to act in love. Don’t impose on others. Love them for who they are, flaws and all and be active in that love. Love them hard in prayer when all human means fail. Even before human efforts fail hold people up in prayer. Always.

2. Be patient. Slow to anger. You can rarely take back words and actions spoken in anger. Look at things from the other person’s perspective before reacting. Talk to God before speaking. You won’t regret it.

3. Listen more, talk less. Be measured in what you say. Make sure it holds weight. In the professional arena, church, personal circles…

4. Be diligent. Study and invest on your craft. Whatever it is. Don’t despise the little daily actions that will pay off in the end!

5. Cultivate a frugal trait and making savings and investing a priority. Choose a set amount that works for you. I use 10% of my salary as a benchmark but add more when it’s a light month for example. Nothing is too small and be consistent with it. Unexpected things happen and rainy day funds are always necessary. Also think long term, beyond 5 years. Build wealth. Don’t be penny wise but pound foolish.

6. Love learning. Always be inquisitive. Ask questions. Learn! From experiences, circumstances, people, books…the sources are endless. Learning never stops. Always ask yourself: “What can I learn from this?”

7. Don’t be afraid to dream big! Nothing is impossible. Don’t minimise your dream because you don’t see how it could ever happen. Pray. Seek His will. Commit to Him and do as you are led. Don’t go ahead and then say ‘Oh yeah God, could you ordain that for me please? Thanks!’ Just no.

8. Always try to look on the bright side. Try being the operative word. Life will knock you down. Life isn’t always fair. Don’t sulk about it or become defeated. Focus on the positives, lessons learnt and keep it moving. We have a purpose to fulfil guys!

9. Invest in your health. Don’t take it for granted. People always realise this when it’s too late. Exercise. Eat well. Be healthy.

10. Always make time for people. Relationships are so important. Don’t get so busy that you don’t reach out to people and remind them that you care.

11. Be confident. Know and understand what you bring to the table. There’s a gift placed inside of you, a special space on this earth reserved for you. Some of you know what that is already, some are still finding out. Keep searching and once you find it, own it.

12. I lied. This is the most important point. God was, is and will forever be the Alpha and Omega. That is all.

I don’t believe in new year resolutions. Self development and character refinement should be a constant goal. Not a December/January routine. Set some goals for 2015 (and beyond). I like to do short, medium and long term goals. Don’t let the year pass you by and then when it hits December 2015 you’re wondering where the year went. It’ll give you focus. But don’t just set goals, revisit them periodically throughout the year. Some will change. Some won’t. Key thing is to always remember the ‘why’ behind them. Don’t just go through the motions.

Strategically position yourself for a great year, one that you can reflect on fondly: the good, the bad and the ugly.

Happy new year guys! See you in 2015, where I will blog more regularly. (Cough) xoxo

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As 2014 draws to a close…

To those who habitually blog and post, I salute. I need that discipline for blogging in 2015. Yes. I haven’t blogged since my one year anniversary in September and a lot has happened since then. Mostly personal stuff but a lovely round up to the year.

1. I was on CNN, y’all. (Not an American but felt y’all was appropriate here 😀 ). I featured on Inside Africa talking about my lovely project: MGCubed or Making Ghanaian Girls Great! Check us out! (We’re within the last 5 minutes or so) —->

CNNhttp://edition.cnn.com/video/?/video/international/2014/10/06/spc-inside-africa-ghana-girl-power-c.cnn&video_referrer=

MGCubed on Twitter – https://twitter.com/mgcubedgh

MGCubed on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/mgcubedhome

MGCubed video – http://vimeo.com/90391911

Still don’t actually remember what I said because I still cringe when I see it. I’ll watch it properly one day guys. I promise.

2. Moved house! I moved out from the East Legon side ❤ to around the Osu side of town. Currently loving the new neighbourhood and the new appartement *French accent* and a new roommate *swirls*

3. Went to Lagos, Nigeria to witness my beautiful sister-friend get married to her beau. Being a maid of honour isn’t easy but so so worth it. A pleasure to serve ❤ Lagos is an interesting place too. Would defo recommend.

4. Came back to London to wind up the year for Christmas and new year. Christmas was lovely. African girls know what Christmas day means: cooking the WHOLE DAY then not really having an appetite afterwards 😦 #HouseGirlsUnite! Spending NYE in church with Pastor O and some of the people I love most exciting me is an UNDERSTATEMENT. Whoooo! And the sales of course. We can’t forget the sales.

Also…I’ve been discovering some MORE lovely places in Accra!

Nails – Marie Noelle’s Spa (located in Osu near Noble House/Heritage Restaurant)

Website – http://www.marienoellespa.com/

Food/Drinks (cough) – Burger and Relish (Osu. Take Koala Down and follow to the end, it’s on your left). Lovely ambience and the drinks are lovely.

Website – http://burgerandrelish.com/site/

Coco Lounge (Airport City) – Currently in love with this place! Such a cool laid back vibe but swanky with great drinks and a simple food menu. It works! Plus they sing and dance when you order tequila on Tequila Thursdays. An experience.

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/iconhouseghana

Mukase Chic Eatery (Osu) – Mayneee. I don’t know who this lady is but I must meet HER! This lovely lady (who is my friend in my mind lol) has opened a place (currently a pickup/delivery place but soon to be a restaurant I here) and sells some of THE nicest local food I’ve had in GH. And I mean proper local food like garden egg stew, abom….*salivates*. She also has healthy versions (i.e. very little oil and so on) I HIGHLY recommend.

Blog – http://mukasechic.wordpress.com/

Instagram – http://instagram.com/mukasechic_eatery

Out of Town Excursions – Aqua Safari Resort – A super lovely resort in Ada, about 2 or so hours away from the city (depending on traffic of course). Very scenic with beach sports, water sports (jet skiings, paddle boats, a boat cruise to the estuary etc), a grill, minerals (soft drinks) and a lovely beach. Not like Labadi. Labadi doesn’t even count as a beach tbh.

I have vowed to explore more African locations whilst I’m in GH. It just makes sense. Now I have a default travel partner too it makes it all the better. Yay!

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IMG_1715Aqua Safari – Ada…(Top pic – some of my teaching team and I).

Do you know what today is..? It’s our anniversar-ayyy

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Play this in the background as you read for full effect – Tony Toni Tone – Anniversary

I’ve been in Ghana for a year guys. A whole year. I arrived 1 year ago today. It’s been a lot of things. Sometimes I feel like it’s been the longest year of my life and other times I can’t believe it’s flown so quickly.

Some highs

  • Being able to impact people through my work. My teaching team, colleagues, children, government teachers we’ve trained and so on.
  • Watching the MGCubed project come to life and finally seeing the fruit of our labour.
  • Being interviewed for Inside Africa, CNN 😀
  • Chillings – Just exploring Accra and Ghana as a whole with the lovely people I’ve met along the way, new contacts and my peeps from London who’ve come out to visit.
  • Eating grilled akomfem (guinea fowl) and tilapia until my heart is full.

Some lows

  • Ghanaian taxi drivers. Ghanaian taxi drivers. Ghanaian taxi drivers.
  • Accra traffic. Accra traffic. Accra traffic.
  • Seeing people urinate and defecate in public.
  • Being ill 😦
  • The IJGB (I just Got Back) syndrome. The underlying hostility (a lot of) nationals have towards children of the diaspora. It’s silly and just hinders us moving forward together but there is this disdain they have towards us that I can’t quite explain. It eases up after time I guess.

Year 1 reflections

  • Ghanaians think it’s normal to call you for 20 seconds. Not to say anything in particular but to just check on you. The conversations normally go like this:

Ghanaian person: GM, how are you?

Me: I’m fine thanks and you?

Ghanaian person: By His grace.

Me: *waits a while* Okay, have a great day.

Ghanaian person: Kk.

The End

 

Alternative conversation

Ghanaian person: Hello sis, how are you?

Me: Hey! I’m good thank you. How are you?

Ghanaian person: I’m also fine.

Me: How’s work, life and everything?

Ghanaian person: Kul.

Me: *waits for reciprocal question* *waits a while then closes Whatsapp convo*

The End

 

I think it’s sweet that they’ll check in with you but also annoying at the same time.

Some other reflections…

  • Ghanaians really don’t understand foreign accents. Like they seriously don’t. They’ll nod at you then ask someone what on earth you just said. Le sigh. Even if you speak slowly. It’s best to just write down what you want to say on paper. Or learn a local language. Whatever works for you.
  • I arrived here with a chip on my shoulder about how I would live life here. That I didn’t want to be a part of those ex pat circles where a lot of people have nothing in common a part form the fact that they work in Ghana and they’re foreign. I wanted a more authentic experience *scoffs* Yeah right. Fact of the matter is that by virtue of my birth country and my upbringing I am different. Not quite English and not quite Ghanaian but a happy medium of the two: a British Ghanaian. So yes I do have to shop at Koala and malls because I don’t want typhoid ever again or any more infections for that matter. And yes trotro isn’t a mode of transport that I use on a daily basis. I basically take taxis everywhere. And yes I go to places like Niobe Spa and Santoku because in £ terms these places are excellent value for money. But I do understand and can communicate in Twi (the language of my parents) and my favourite dish of all time is banku and okro stew. Perks.
  • Ghanaians can sometimes get comfortable very quickly and try to take the mick. Over familiarity can be an issue so be friendly but not too friendly.
  • The notion of building long-term relationships (in terms of business) isn’t very widespread. Many people would rather cheat you once and never see you again.
  • Ghanaians can make a joke of almost anything. Example: Putting Castro’s head on a tin of pilchards/sardines that say ‘Made in Ada’ at the bottom. Smh. See link: http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/former-sunderland-striker-asamoah-gyan-4317996
  • Ghanaians take hierarchy extremely seriously. I have people my mother’s age even my grandmother’s age calling me ‘Aunty’ or ‘Madam’ simply because of my position in the company. I was brought up to respect my elders and always refer to them as Aunty or Uncle so it’s just so awkward.
  • Ghana is Ghana and isn’t changing for anyone so either you get used to it or…you go home.

So in Ghana I remain until further notice.

Final words from my #MCM – Emmanuel Adebayor to sum up everything.

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Whole 30 challenge

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Since being in Ghana I’ve really struggled with eating healthily. If you know anything about Ghanaian cuisine it’s mostly centred around starch. Starch and some more starch. So combined with my work schedule…blah blah *insert other excuses* I fell into the trap of eating what was convenient and naturally not always the healthiest.

So as I was trawling through Instagram I came across 2 Ghanaian ladies doing the Whole 30 challenge. I was intrigued.

So what is the Whole 30 challenge? (Taken from their website)

Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition (like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies or fertility issues) that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms may be directly related to the foods you eat – even the “healthy” stuff. So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you?

Strip them from your diet completely. Cut out all the psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the “reset” button with your metabolism, systemic inflammation, and the downstream effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn once and for all how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day to day life, and your long term health. The most important reason to keep reading?

This will change your life.

We cannot possibly put enough emphasis on this simple fact—the next 30 days will change your life. It will change the way you think about food, it will change your tastes, it will change your habits and your cravings. It could, quite possibly, change the emotional relationship you have with food, and with your body. It has the potential to change the way you eat for the rest of your life. We know this because we did it, and tens of thousands of people have done it since, and it changed our lives (and their lives) in a very permanent fashion. (Need convincing? Just read some of our stunning testimonials.)

Program Rules

Yes: Eat real food.

Eat meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed. Don’t worry… these guidelines are outlined in extensive detail in our free shopping list.

No: Avoid for 30 days.

More importantly, here’s what NOT to eat during the duration of your Whole30 program. Omitting all of these foods and beverages will help you regain your healthy metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation, and help you discover how these foods are truly impacting your health, fitness and quality of life.

  • Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc. Read your labels, because companies sneak sugar into products in ways you might not recognize.
  • Do not consume alcohol in any form, not even for cooking. (And it should go without saying, but no tobacco products of any sort, either.)
  • Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa. This also includes all the ways we add wheat, corn and rice into our foods in the form of bran, germ, starch and so on. Again, read your labels.
  • Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either. This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin).
  • Do not eat dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep’s milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream… with the exception of clarified butter or ghee. (See below for details.)
  • Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it’s out for the Whole30.
  • Do not try to re-create baked goods, junk foods, or treats* with “approved” ingredients. Continuing to eat your old, unhealthy foods made with Whole30 ingredients is totally missing the point, and will tank your results faster than you can say “Paleo Pop-Tarts.” Remember, these are the same foods that got you into health-trouble in the first place—and a pancake is still a pancake, regardless of the ingredients. 

One last and final rule: You are not allowed to step on the scale or take any body measurements for the duration of the program. This is about so much more than just weight loss, and to focus on your body composition means you’ll miss out on the most dramatic and lifelong benefits this plan has to offer. So, no weighing yourself, analyzing body fat or taking comparative measurements during your Whole30. (We do encourage you to weigh yourself before and after, however, so you can see one of the more tangible results of your efforts when your program is over.)

All the necessary info to take part is free. You don’t have to buy any nutrition packets or supplements or anything. Plus they also have some really helpful forums where you can ask questions til your heart is content. 

The biggest challenge for me was the sugar (big sweet tooth), alcohol (no wine :-(), no grains (no oats, eku egbeemii, hausa koko, no rice, no bulgar wheat, no pasta – even brown?!). The rest didn’t really affect me, dairy makes me want to vom.

I’m on day 21 and going strong. So far I feel fantastic, my energy levels have increased, I feel lighter and I just feel better. It’s difficult to explain but when you’re only putting healthy wholesome food in your body you just feel your best. I’m not even craving bread or rice believe it or not. Naturally when the 30 days are up I will of course have bread, rice and pasta again during my lifetime but it will be limited. I would definitely recommend trying the programme. It’s given me a new level of discipline. And it’s also made me realise that Haribos are evil. Below are some examples of what I’ve been eating. I’m not really consistent in my picture taking. Some other stuff I eat include yams, sweet potato, grilled chicken breast, more fish, more salad etc.

Boiled ripe plantain and spinach stew.

Boiled ripe plantain and spinach stew.

Grilled tilapia and salad with meko (onions, tomatoes and peppers)

Grilled tilapia, kontonmire and salad with meko (onions, tomatoes and peppers)

Phillipo's grilled tilapia and salad!

Phillipo’s grilled tilapia and homemade salad!

Scrambled eggs, red onions and tomato with black pepper.

Scrambled eggs, red onions and tomato with black pepper.

Pan fried beef fillet steak (seasoned with ground fresh herbs, black pepper and garlic) in extra virgin olive oil and a cucumber salad.

Pan fried beef fillet steak (seasoned with ground fresh herbs, black pepper and garlic) in extra virgin olive oil and a cucumber salad.

Beetroot. carrot, apple and ginger smoothie. Divine.

Beetroot. carrot, apple and ginger smoothie. Divine.

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Egg salad for breakfast.

Egg salad for breakfast.

My fake Spanish omelette - eggs, red onion, sweet potato chunks, a few strips of the pan fried beef from last night's dinner and salad!

My fake Spanish omelette – eggs, red onion, sweet potato chunks, a few strips of the pan fried beef from last night’s dinner and salad!