Gaijin Tomodachi Tachiyorimasu (Laura & Troy’s SA Reprieve)

Recently, a good friend of mine returned to South Africa for a brief 13 day reprieve. Laura, along with her fiancé Troy, have spent the last two years abroad in Japan teaching English to the natives. Although they have both been enjoying the unique experience, they, like Dorothy, could not wait to tap their heels
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‘Blast’ from the ‘Past’

I know that a lot of people wonder what they will look like in several years from now, but have you ever wondered what you may have looked like if you had grown up in a different time? Well, the website tentatively known as ‘Yearbook Yourself’, has a rather ingenious solution to his problem. Using
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Erase and… rewind?!

Okay, seriously. How many times am I going to say this?!

I have had an epiphany, of sorts. Well, I am not sure if you could actually call it that, but let us just go with it for now.

Over the last few weeks I have come to the shocking conclusion that I am no longer one of a handful of South Africans to have a blog. Yes, I know, how naive of me *rolls eyes and slaps own wrists*. Where once upon a time, almost four years ago, that statement may have wrung true, it is bewilderingly no longer the case. The feeling, I would imagine, is similar to discovering that one has not one, but several illegitimate children, all battling it out for attention of mother superior.

Consequently, Hans’ Milieu will, for the umpteenth time, be sent to the operating table for some slight nipping and tucking. However, this is not to change the visual style of the blog (although that is not entirely out of the question), but merely to re-evaluate my writing style. As it so happens, I will be reverting back to my original ‘style’ of writing, the personal no hands barred kind. Really, this will be a breath of fresh air, not only for myself, but, most certainly, for you the reader. Subsequently I will make it my goal to breathe new life into this ageing blog of mine.

For the keen eyed among you, you will see a South African Blogger Award badge to the left of Hans’ Milieu. If you click on the badge, you will be taken to the SA Blogger Award website where you can submit a nomination for yours truly. I have already submitted a nomination for myself, go figure, as well as for Louisa and Freddy. For those who have been with Hans’ Milieu for all of these years, I would just like you to know, that I would appreciate a nomination. Okay, that is enough grovelling on my part 🙂

Something else I have been thinking about recently, is how should I end off my blog posts? I have noticed that some people use signature phrases, like Freddy’s “light and love to all”, whereas others just end the post, without any kind of conclusion. Personally, I would prefer to have some kind of signature. Then again, is one really necessary if the blog only has one author?

I do remember, what feels like a lifetime ago, that I used to use the phrase “until the next time Milieu Pals”… Okay… I just had a nostalgic moment. You know what?! I actually still like that phrase and do believe that I will continue to use it.

Anyway, I am off to torture my body now… the perils of the gym await…

Until the next time Milieu Pals! (Ha Ha! I really do like that)!