From Philadelphia to Cape Town

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I originally came to Cape Town, South Africa, for the first time in 2006 and then returned in 2015. Coming from Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Honestly a lot of Americans just aren’t very well educated in the affairs of the African continent. I can’t tell you how many of my countrymen refer to Africa as a “country” ! Anyway, ignorance set aside, I myself, was not sure exactly what was in store for me. Would there be lions roaming the outskirts of the city ? Was there electricity available everywhere ? I had pretty much resigned myself to the fact that Internet access would be almost impossible. I have to laugh at myself when I reflect on how ignorant I was at the time.

Cape Town International Airport was recently awarded the prestigious award for best airport on the continent and is extremely sophisticated. On arriving and proceeding through the immigration formalities at the airport, I knew my conceptions of what to expect were totally incorrect. Driving into the city, I saw no lions, no zebra or elephants. My taxi driver was friendly and very knowledgeable of the city, pointing out landmarks and interesting things to see along our drive from the airport to the hotel.cape town accomodationThe Twelve Apostles Hotel was breathtaking. An award winning 5 star hotel, recently voted the fourth best hotel in Africa, set against the backdrop of the Twelve Apostles mountain range. Boasting over 70 rooms and suites this boutique hotel is perched in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overlooking the pristine Atlantic Ocean, where incidentally, I did watch whales later on, while sipping a glass of Cape wine, the Twelve Apostles is truly a luxury 5-star hotel. I checked into my Superior sea-facing room, put my bags down and freshened up. Then I tested the internet connection. Blazing fast fibre optic internet, what a relief. The room was scented with the aroma of freshly cut indigenous flowers and just oozed style and comfort. Then I realized it had been more than 8 hours since my last meal on the flight over from Philadelphia, so I decided to investigate the hotel’s culinary offerings.

I entered the Leopard Bar, the African sun, was burning a fiery orange, sank slowly in the afternoon sky over the Atlantic. I had decided to try out the “Tea by the Sea” on the recommendation of the concierge. I settled into a comfy reclining lounger and awaited my afternoon snack. Oh my word, what a spread! Finger sandwiches, Chocolate brownies and Cream scones along with all the rest of the goodies that make up the “Tea by the Sea” platter. I got stuck in, enjoying a refreshing cup of Earl Grey tea.

Contented after my meal and feeling comfortably lazy, I gazed out at the Atlantic, sky on fire, excited about what delights the morning had in store for me.

One Night in Bangkok

Traveling in Thailand for the first time is a thrilling experience. I decided after some careful deliberation to fly with the Thai National carrier, Thai Airways. I don’t regret the decision at all, what a fantastic airline. Great Food, friendly staff and most of all, comfy seating arrangements (probably the most spacious of all the airlines I’ve traveled with recently). After arriving at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, I managed to get myself into a taxi relatively easily and headed into the bustling city to find my hotel, check in, shower, and rinse off the grime of being cooped up on an international flight for twelve hours. I was in the city primarily to find Bangkok wholesale suppliers of clothing and footwear for my funky fashion outlet in Philadelphia, but I was determined to have some fun while I was there.

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I was booked into the Baiyoke Sky Hotel, the tallest building in Bangkok, boasting magnificent three hundred and sixty degree views of the city. The hotel is conveniently situated in the center of the Pratunam shopping district. The area is perhaps one of the largest shopping areas in Bangkok for wholesale clothing suppliers. A maze of lanes and alleyways, bustling with traders selling all sorts of commodities, from coca cola served in clear plastic carrier bags to stir fried noodles deep fried in large gas heated woks fixed to the sides of motorcycles. The Pratunam shopping district covers several city blocks and is home to shopping meccas like the Platinum Shooping Mall, Indra Centre and Pantip Plaza. Exploring this area for the first time can take some getting used to. The maze of sois and lanes are vast and its very easy to get lost, not to mention that after 10:30 in the morning, the place is packed with tourists and shoppers from all over the world, seeking wholesale suppliers and trying to snap up a bargain. A day on the markets in Bangkok is exhausting and can leave you feeling quite frustrated. As a first time explorer, I wish I had known about the Thailand Wholesale Guide. These guys have condensed fifteen years of experience in sourcing wholesale suppliers in Bangkok and Thailand and made it available to everybody.

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The information shared in the booklet these guys offer is invaluable. It’s not often that you are able to buy fifteen years of experience in your field for such a low price. After reading the’s book, I feel really excited about my next business trip. I feel empowered with some really neat tools in sourcing and negotiating with wholesale suppliers in Bangkok and Thailand.

Unfortunately I only discovered this fantastic resource towards the end of my short stay. Feeling somewhat defeated by the wholesale markets in Bangkok, but also encouraged after reading the thailandwholesaleguide, I packed my bags and headed off to Suvarnabhumi to catch my flight home. All in all, Bangkok is a thrilling city and definite gem for those looking buy wholesale goods for their business.

Airport and Hotel Psychology

Many people don’t understand the difference between a psychologist and psychiatrist. In layman’s terms, a psychologist is a qualified medical professional who consults with you over a period of time and may use a variety of modalities (Freudian, Jungian) to address your difficulty. A Psychiatrist on the other hand, is a qualified medical doctor who specializes in conditions of the mind and is able to scripts for prescription drugs, where a psychologist is not able to.

The psychology behind having a hotel conveniently situated close to an airport is obvious. People are by nature always seeking the easiest options, the shortest route to travel, the quickest way to complete a task etc. So having a hotel situated very close to an airport, taps into that psychology –  the psychology of convenience. For many business travelers in town for one night only, it makes perfect sense to stay as close to the airport as possible. Check in, attend a meeting, have dinner, return to the hotel for a nap and then fly out next morning. It keeps travel to a minimum and you avoid the worry of missing a flight because you’re caught in unexpected traffic. On the topic of psychology, traveling away from home continuously, always being away from family, spending a lot of time on one’s own can lead to depression. Depression can creep on slowly and often remain undiagnosed until it reaches a critical point of helplessness. Depression is not uncommon among business professional who are required to move from country to country, airport to airport and hotel to hotel through the course of the year whilst doing their jobs. These businessmen will often put down their lethargy and feelings of fear and anxiety to the stress that they endure as a result of the pressures the experience as a result of their work. They certainly would not be quick to consider a visit to a psychologist.

On one of my trips to Cape Town from Philadelphia, I started feeling uneasy on the plane already, I started feeling an immense anxiety that I could only imagine was the onset of a panic attack. On landing at Cape Town International Airport, I checked into the nearby hotel and immediately searched the Internet for a psychologist. I was desperate and in no shape to attend the meetings I had scheduled for the next four days. I scanned through the search results and settled on Dr Anita Prag, southern suburbs psychologist. Her website was decent and informative and had the testimonials from past clients that set my mind at ease. Never having been to see a psychologist before, and now doing so for the first time in a foreign country only seemed to add to my anxiety. I made my way Anita’s practice in Bergvliet in the southern suburbs of Cape Town. It was a warm and friendly setting and I began to feel that I had made the right decision in coming to see Dr Prag. I found Anita Prag to be a warm, down to earth person with whom I felt quite relaxed in relating my feelings of anxiety I had been experiencing over the past twenty four hours. Anita had a soothing yet reassuring manner that allowed me to open up without feeling embarrassed or awkward. We discussed my career, my work schedule, my medical history and any other personal issues that I was dealing with in my life. It’s incredible how just voicing your fears and concerns to another human being and bouncing some of the sometimes crazy assumptions you may have made, can help. Anita was very good in getting to the underlying cause of my anxiety, which by the way was completely unrelated to work. I really had not expected much from a one hour consultation with a psychologist in a foreign country. After leaving Anita’s southern suburbs psychologist practice, I felt a great deal better having been given a lot of insight into my anxiety and the underlying causes. I would thoroughly recommend anybody away from home, in Cape Town, that needs help, to go to Anita’s website at

I think that as men, we often feel that talking about our feelings and god forbid, go and see a psychologist, shows weakness. We couldn’t be more wrong. We all need help from time to time.

Looking for Affordable Dentist near the Airport ?

There resident dentists in some of the luxury hotels in the proximity to Philadelphia’s airports as well as decent dental practices situated in walking distance to many of the others. There is nothing worse than suffering from chronic toothache when away from home, whether its for business or holiday travel. Toothache will bring even the toughest of the tough to their knees unless treated. Let’s face it, nobody like having to experience a tooth extraction or root canal even at the best of times! There are not many among us that really enjoy visits to the dentist. I get a queasy feeling in my stomach just thinking about the sound of the dentist’s drill. So, what on earth are we expected to do when travelling and we are suddenly hit with searing pain of a tooth that needs urgent attention ? Finding a dentist that you feel comfortable with and trust is the most important thing. It’s normally best if you can get a friend or family member, somebody whose opinion you trust, to refer you to a dentist that they can recommend. This is not always easy when you’re away from home. With the advent of the Internet and the ability to search online with a few clicks, there are ways and means to get pointed in the right direction provided you trust the website doing the referring. Just last week, one of my colleagues travelled to Cape Town International Airport and stayed at a nearby hotel. A day later she experienced debilitating toothache. After searching online she came across a few articles about claremont dentist, Dr Pramond Singh. There were many dentists to choose from but Tiffany, my colleague, liked what the articles had to say about Dr Singh and made an appointment to see him. Even though he was fully booked for that day and had no slots available, he arranged to see her during lunch hour after hearing that she was not from South Africa, away from home and in urgent need of a dentist.

Struggling with the pain and surviving on a diet of pain killers, Tiffany arranged for a taxi to take her from the Airport Hotel to Dr Singh’s practice in Belvedere Rd, Claremont. According to Tiffany her experience with Dr Singh was “world class”. It is not uncommon for travellers from first world countries like the United States of America to expect the worst from service providers in foreign countries. “Dr Singh was a most caring a gentle dentist. Not only did he go out of his way to accommodate me when his schedule was already fully booked, but he also treated me with the utmost care. It’s rare that you find a dentist capable of administering a local anesthetic by injection, without causing some pain. I was concerned that I may need to have the tooth extracted, but fortunately that was not the case. Dr Singh’s dental practice was equipped with all the latest dental equipment and technology. In fact, I think it was better equipped than my regular dentist’s surgery back home. If you are ever travelling in Cape Town and are looking for a dentist based in Claremont, look no further than Dr Pramond Singh. He truly is a world class dental surgeon capable of developing a good rapport almost instantly.

Normally our articles are about the quality of hotels, the amenities they offer, where to make reservations or the best car rental agencies close to the airport. It’s really not often that we write articles about dentists on our website, but Tiffany’s glowing review of Dr Singh deserved a mention.