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To any laureates/scholarship winner out there - funding question for you

I also know someone who got a scholarship and the funds are paid directly into a bank account on a monthly basis

02 Dec 2013 12:18

How to discourage someone from smoking?

To be honest unless someone has the willpower to be able to stop there's nothing you can do apart from the suggestions from Muzzammil above.

My nan smoked even after having a stroke and my dad was hospitalised and vowed to give up and never could. People who have smoked most of their lives will find it hard but if its a younger person you may have a chance.

You could try showing the person pictures of people who get cigarette related illnesses such as cancer, they are really gruesome.

29 Nov 2013 12:37

Am I entitled to a Mauritian passport?

I'm not sure about your sons but I got my Mauritian passport through my Mum. I can't remember exactly what I needed but I do know my mums Mauritian passport and birth certificate was needed

29 Nov 2013 12:33

Learning French language

I heard there is a language centre in Quatre Bornes that teach French and Italian, unfortunately I cannot find more to confirm this. I suggest you post in classifieds, I'm sure you'll find someone that way

29 Nov 2013 12:31

Where can I learn Korean and Japanese Languages in Mauritius?

I'm not too sure about an actual class or teacher but if you have an Ipad I think you may be able to get an app that can teach you. Otherwise try posing in the classifieds section to see if there is someone here in Mauritius who could give you lessons.

21 Nov 2013 13:06

Can I open a paypal account with a SBM debit card and receive payments?

Unfortunately for Mauritians you need a credit card to make internet purchases, debit cards do not work here like they do overseas for online purchases.

14 Nov 2013 10:52

I'm moving house, where can I buy/get boxes?

I would approach your local supermarket or a big one if your local is very small. Usually the boxes are given away for free, my friend went to Shoprite in Port Louis. Otherwise I would go to local businesses such as that get a lot of stock from overseas as their goods will usually come in large cardboard boxes. Let us know if you are successful.

13 Nov 2013 22:28

Volunteer work in Mauritius or abroad.

I would definitely approach some local churches or childrens organisations here in Mauritius for local volunteering. For going abroad there are far more opportunities and dedicated websites it just depends on what country, you will most definitely need a Certificate of Morality though for volunteering abroad.

11 Nov 2013 21:02

Can i sell items on ebay from Mauritius?

I think that you can sell on ebay but any money you receive through paypal cannot be withdrawn, so basically you will have to spend it by buying something that you can use paypal to pay with, I hope that makes sense. Like Gices has suggested why not try and sell it using an ad there are loads of classifieds free to use in Mauritius

11 Nov 2013 20:59

What do you like most about Diwali?

The colourful lights and decoration, fireworks, food and of course meeting all the family :)

07 Nov 2013 12:51

Do you think the cultivation of pearl oysters is good for our economy or are we putting our beautiful lagoons at risk?

I can' t say for the biodiversity but obviously it's being done for the money that it will generate for the country and the jobs it will create, pearls also take years to form so it will be interesting to see how this will turn out.

01 Nov 2013 12:26

Fig Trees in Mauritius

I didn't even know there were figs here in Mauritius I used to have a huge tree back in England, I miss them :(
If you would like different varieties why not get a permit (I heard it's really cheap) and import the seeds so you can have a larger collection?

01 Nov 2013 12:20

If we celebrated Halloween in Mauritius, what would you dress up as?

There were a few places here in Mauritius that celebrated Halloween with a party, mostly expats though. I personally think I'm too old to dress up but I would have done a dramatic make up look like a burns victim or something gruesome, I think Halloween is a good idea for kids to get creative and dress up how they like

01 Nov 2013 10:58

Where can I buy a replacement charger for my digital camera?

I have found it cheaper to buy from America and get it shipped, all original products too

25 Oct 2013 17:27

75% of the population in Mauritius are in debt, who is to blame?

Like Mike has said one of the issues here is that the Government makes is near impossible to get a good job without a degree and that costs a lot of money that many people do not have. I also find that weddings here are so ridiculous I know someone who spent millions on his first child's wedding, I mean come on, really?

Also like Gices said there is a lot of competition here on who has the most, biggest and best. My neighbour just bought a new van and still has a pick up truck so all my other neighbours are like 'ooh look at him, why does he need both' everyone is competing with each other.

Then you have 4 year olds with ipads that the parent's have no idea how to use, I was at a birthday party the other week and there was a 4 year old and a 5 year old sitting in the corner glued to their ipads, in my days we were playing hide and seek and chasing the balloon, what happened?

There is too much peer pressure and parent's cave in to the children's request, in my day no meant no.

People need to be stronger and not cave into social pressures, I think I may be the only one I know who has never used internet on their phone, I have no need to.

25 Oct 2013 16:55

Working from home jobs in Mauritius

What field do you wish to work in?

14 Oct 2013 21:34

Are the nature parks and shopping places wheelchair friendly in Mauritius?

I'm sorry but most places are not user wheelchair friendly, I have a toddler and using a stroller in most places is near impossible. We went to Crocodile park and could hardly use the stroller, the same goes for Casela, there are a lot of steps and uneven paths.

When it comes to shopping you should be okay in Bagatelle and other large shopping malls but I would check beforehand. As for souvenirs I would have advised either Port Louis or Grand Baie but for a wheelchair user it would out of the question. The best place for a wheelchair user would be Super U in Grand Baie, they have a very good range for a supermarket.

I would have to disagree with the previous answer, as far as I have seen you are highly unlikely to get a wheelchair friendly taxi as they are all standard estate cars but I have seen a few of our UK black cabs serving hotels so keep an eye out for those. The only place I can think of that is wheelchair friendly is Pamplemousse Gardens but then again I could be wrong, it has been a while since I went there.

02 Oct 2013 15:00

Where can I buy earplugs?

I would try the pharmacy

28 Sep 2013 13:08

English pre-primary schools in Mauritius

Please refer to this article for some of the schools and fees you can expect to pay

14 Sep 2013 22:16

I would like to change my name before I renew my passport. What are the procedures?

Did you read this?
You may need to go by deed poll as well.

13 Jun 2013 19:27

Sewing fabric supplier

I have really started to get into sewing but I also need small pieces of scrap fabric for smaller projects. Anyone know of a place that sells offcuts or a bag of scrap material?

27 Oct 2013 12:09

The 13th month salary bonus in Mauritius?

So I have heard of the 13th month where you get a bonus for December (one months extra pay)but what I don't understand is why this exists?

I went to enrol my toddler in a Nursery last month and all was going well until I was told that I had to pay the 13th month before the end of November, if all workers get a bonus surely this should come from the employer and not me. I do not agree with this at all.

02 Oct 2013 15:06

Why does everything here get ruined so easily?

All my pulses contain bugs no matter what brand I buy and I have bought flour three times this month and they all contained maggot eggs. It's so frustrating, I buy some red lentils and the same day I go to open it there is already bugs inside. Same for flour.

It's only here in Mauritius I have found this problem, why is it?

12 Apr 2013 22:19

Is there any women only gym or sessions in Mauritius?

As you may already know Mauritius is not very women friendly, I used to go to the gym daily in the UK and want to start going again. Are there gyms that are for women only or do set times for women?

06 Feb 2013 20:14

Is buying abroad and over the internet becoming popular?

There seems to be scores and scores of people buying from abroad and selling via groups on facebook. When you are buying for yourself you don't seem to experience problems but what about buying bulk? Surely the Government of Mauritius will clamp down on it soon?

16 Dec 2012 12:31

Expos in Mauritius?

There are so many of them and unfortunately I only find out about them a day or two before they start, is there a place that lists them all so I can know in advance. I can't seem to find any website?

26 Nov 2012 22:59

Giving money to shop beggars?

When out shopping yesterday I saw shop keepers giving money to beggars who go into their shop. Why do they do this? The same people go to each shop everyday and they get between RS 1-10 from each shop. I just don't get it.

23 Nov 2012 10:31

Where can I buy a top of the range sewing machine?

I am looking to get into sewing and want a sewing machine that does it all, the only place I can think of is Courts, where else may I be able to find one?

19 Nov 2012 13:40

Can anyone recommend a good hotel?

I want to go to a hotel for a few days for a lazy break, can anyone suggest a good hotel that is at least 4 stars with a really good beach? I've seen a few but because there are so many its really hard to choose, any ideas?

02 Oct 2012 14:09

Shopping in Curepipe?

I recently went shopping in Curepipe as I have never been before and I got really ill. All the shops smell of damp and made my asthma flare up, I was really shocked but my cousin who was with me was not affected. Anyone else noticed this?

02 Oct 2012 13:04

Are teabags being phased out?

Everytime I go to Super U they never have Bois Cheri teabags, its the same for another supermarket I go to, not sure if its winners or Tangs Way in Beau Bassin, but they too never have teabags!

Are they going to stop selling them eventually? Anyone else noticed this?

13 Sep 2012 18:56

Looking for a good Indian restaurant in Port Louis?

Can anyone recommend me a good Indian restaurant in Port Louis? I haven't been out for a meal for so long and have a really bad craving for Indian food.

01 Aug 2012 23:06

Foreigners Boycotting Mauritius?

Since the murder trial of Michaela McAreavey a lot of foreigners from Ireland in particular have started to boycott Mauritius, there are even facebook pages with thousands of followers. Do you think that tourism in Mauritius will suffer? Just want to hear people's opinions.

21 Jul 2012 15:01

What would you choose, your looks or body?

Madonna famously said that she knew there would be a point in her life where she would need to choose between her looks or her body. She went with her body, what do you think, would you choose your looks or body?

05 Jul 2012 12:43

Why is Port Louis cheaper than Rose Hill?

I was recently in Rose Hill and decided to do some shopping, as a mother of a young child, they grow quickly, I decided to seize the opportunity and stock up on some 'winter' clothes. I was so shocked at the prices, they were more than Port Louis, in some cases double the price and this was the market! Why is it so expensive there, I just don't get it?

27 Jun 2012 12:01

MyT broadband petition for better service

I came across this the other day through a friend of mine who is also sick of his broadband service powered by Orange/MyT.

It is overpriced, connection is bad and customer support is pretty much non-existent! A petition has been set up to urge them to provide a better service, so far less than 500 people have signed and we need 10,000 signatures! Well I doubt anything will be done even if 10,000 signatures were achieved but I guess its worth a try.

If you feel strongly too and would like to try and make a change then please sign here
MyT broadband petition

23 Jun 2012 15:01

Malaria outbreak in Mauritius?

Is there a malaria outbreak in Mauritius at the moment? I heard that there was but cannot find any official info regarding this? Can anyone confirm this please?

20 Jun 2012 12:35

Looking for a chair for my toddler?

I once saw a funny chair the shape of a hand, I can't remember where though, can anyone tell me where I can buy one?

16 Jun 2012 16:19

Young Talent Time on MBC?

I have always been shocked at the people who take part on this show, especially the young girls and children that take part. Surely it should be illegal, do these people have no family, I think it is very inappropriate for television before 9pm as children can stay up and watch, I find it very unhealthy. Also on tonight's show there was a song that had swearing! Also what do these young people expect to gain by appearing? Mauritius is a very small island and there are not many opportunities for dancers/entertainers so why bother?

02 Jun 2012 22:03

Police brutality on accused murderer in Mauritius

A while back there was a case where an Irish couple were on honeymoon in Mauritius and the newlywed bride was murdered at the 5 star hotel Lengends. Well the accused is now on trial at the Supreme Court in Port Louis, he says that he was beaten and tortured until he confessed. Read the article here

What do you think of this case?
26 May 2012 13:47

TV packages in Mauritius

Its worth a try because like I said my old TV had a built in freeview box that worked when we plugged in the aerial here in Mauritius.

14 Dec 2013 10:42

Le Val Nature Park Review

What discomforts?

18 Nov 2013 11:44

True cost of living in Mauritius

I've always said that living in Mauritius was very expensive and I don't live beyond my means. I was so surprised by the cost of electricity here, it costs the same as what I paid in England! My food bill also costs the same if not a little more than England too and that's just buying the things that I really need.

There are a few things that are cheaper like childcare it would only cost a fraction here of what I would pay back home but compared to the average salary it is still expensive.

Another thing I rely on most that is also very expensive here is the Internet. I need a really reliable and fast internet connection because I work from home and the price is just crazy.

Another thing I have had to adapt to is TV, all the channels here are useless there's nothing good to watch, I only have a few hours in the evening to wind down and there are no good movies or programs to on.

25 Oct 2013 16:40

Collecting your items from the main Parcel Office when you buy from abroad

You will either be sent a card to pick it up at your local post office or you may have to go to the central one in Port Louis. Either way bring your invoice with you just in case. You may want to call the Post Office every few days because they are a little slow when a package arrives into the country.

11 Oct 2013 17:52

TV packages in Mauritius

Yes it was a TV with a built in decoder bought in the UK

16 Aug 2013 15:16

Domestic violence and abuse

Like mentioned above call 206-3802 for advice and support, if your husband threatens to leave home then let him leave, you're better off without him.

29 Jul 2013 14:27

Collecting your items from the main Parcel Office when you buy from abroad

You could phone them up and see if they can help but like I said you are most probably going to lose your money because it has passed 45 days so you won't be able to get a refund or replacement.

22 Apr 2013 11:29

Collecting your items from the main Parcel Office when you buy from abroad

Well it comes under consumables I would check with customs first, you might need a permit, check before you order

21 Apr 2013 22:35

Collecting your items from the main Parcel Office when you buy from abroad

If it was eBay you should have opened a dispute, you would have been fully refunded. Delivery from China is slow but I have gotten packages in two weeks so its gamble.

21 Apr 2013 22:02

Collecting your items from the main Parcel Office when you buy from abroad

Was is tracked? If it was in February then you may have missed your chance for a refund, you have 45 days to open a dispute with Paypal, they would refund your money. Where was the item coming from? Depending where it was coming from it takes up to 60 to reach here.

21 Apr 2013 21:29

Collecting your items from the main Parcel Office when you buy from abroad

If you pay by Paypal you'll have better protection if something goes wrong. I only use Paypal for online purchases and have never had a problem.

13 Mar 2013 14:28

Collecting your items from the main Parcel Office when you buy from abroad

My friend bought an iPhone from eBay but because it was very expensive he had to get a broker. You shouldn't have problems, what do you mean customs might block it because of network?

12 Mar 2013 18:11

Collecting your items from the main Parcel Office when you buy from abroad

I have ordered many packages from all over the world ranging in price and 95% came to my local post office, I guess I have been lucky.

11 Mar 2013 13:47

Collecting your items from the main Parcel Office when you buy from abroad

I have heard of problems with packages going missing but I have ordered around 30 since the beginning of the year and have received all of them. Its pretty annoying that most sellers on eBay and Amazon no longer ship to Mauritius because of items going missing.

11 Mar 2013 13:46

Becoming an Avon ambassadrice in Mauritius

I agree with you, buying from the UK is easier and cheaper IF you have someone who can send it for you, not everyone is as lucky! I used to think it was Rip Off Britain but now its more like Rip Off Mauritius. Source your products from outside if you can, you'll save loads.

26 Dec 2012 13:44

Getting your car serviced at a well known garage

Yeah here Gices would lose money, in the UK he could do it for free

13 Sep 2012 21:19

Getting your car serviced at a well known garage

Wow that is scandalous, its amazing how this country functions, its a shame they don't have trading standards like they do in the UK, you could sue them for not making the services clear.

13 Sep 2012 18:54

Avon Mauritius

There are only two official head offices in Mauritius one found in Port Louis and one in Curepipe.

31 Aug 2012 11:21

Domestic violence and abuse

How sad, I too find Mauritius to be terrible in these matters, the police force in Mauritius is indeed a joke! I'm sure there are women shelters that can help her move out and re-build her life, may be you could try finding more information on that?

18 Aug 2012 19:59

Le Val Nature Park Review

Now that we are entering the summer months, the days are getting longer and the weather warmer, the perfect combination for a day out with the family. So this week I went to Le Val Nature Park found in Cluny in the South of the island of Mauritius. Photos from the park (Click on the thumbnails to see a bigger version of the photos) Finding it wasn't very easy as we took a back entrance through a private road; many of the locals advised us that it was the shorter route but it took us a good 2...
27 Oct 2013 04:00

Fake MAC cosmetics gaining popularity in Mauritius

For a while now I have seen people selling MAC make up online here in Mauritius, but as far as I am aware of, it's not available here so how come many people boast that what they have is real? Well let me tell you, most MAC cosmetics sold in Mauritius are dupes/replicas so are FAKE. So many people are buying from groups and Facebook pages but I cannot understand how people can be so naive, MAC is very expensive but is supposed to be the holy grail of make up though I disagree with this. I hav...
08 Jul 2013 04:00

La Friandise Birthday Kids Cake

A few months ago I started organising my two year olds birthday party; of course the cake was at the top of my list. When she turned one we had a cake made by La Friandise in Port Louis. It was a standard rectangle cake with her name on it., it was really nice and tasty so yummy. This year however I wanted an animal cake as my daughter really loves her animals. Some private bakers are asking way too much so after asking around my cousin told me that La Friandise also do non-standard cakes, all y...
10 May 2013 04:00

Salon International du Livre

As you may have seen, the International Book Far Mauritius (Salon International du Livre) started on Thursday 7th March until the 10th. As I didn’t have time during the week, I decided to go on the last day, Sunday. l was so shocked to see how many people there were; it was chaotic! I never usually go out on the weekends for this reason - there was so much pushing and shoving, no-one has any manners. Well I was interested in looking for some children’s learning material and cooking books. T...
16 Mar 2013 04:00

Crocodile Park review

A few days ago I decided to go to La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes also known simply as Crocodile Park. The last time I went was eight years ago and since then I’m older and more mature with an interest in animals and plants, I decided to go back again with my young daughter. Crocodile Park is situated in the south of the island in Rivière des Anguilles and although there are directions on their website which is clear and easy to follow, finding the place was not so easy once we were close to...
26 Dec 2012 04:00

Grand Bassin, Ganga Talao

Grand Bassin also known as Ganga Talao is the most sacred place for Hindu’s in all of Mauritius; it is 1,800 feet above sea level and found in the Savanne district near the mountains. There is a large lake that is actually a crater of a volcano underneath it and due to this there is lush vegetation surrounding the lake. There are various Gods located there but it is mostly dedicated to Lord Shiva. There is a larger than life Shiv statue at the height of 108 feet that stands near the entrance ina...
23 Dec 2012 04:00

Setting fire to vacant land

It is the second time on just two days that I have witnessed vacant plots of land being set on fire by uneducated people! Next to my house there is large plot of land that has yet to be developed into houses, surrounding all sides there are houses built. After a few months of living at my new property the grass and trees were very overgrown so I decided to call the council. They said they would send someone round the next day, no-one ever did. A few days later I called yet again and they said th...
20 Dec 2012 04:00

Asian International Trade & Cultural Expo (AITCE)

As you know there are many asian expo’s on all the time but this one is the first to come to Mauritius. I thought it may be an interesting day out as in the last one I went to in Trianon I got some major bargains! This time round however I was very disappointed. Parking was horrendous! There was no organisation and people just parked where they liked, there was even a truck that decided to block off half the parking area! Anyway its looks very big in the outside but when you get in is an...
18 Sep 2012 04:00

Salon des Animaux

Yesterday there was yet another event in Mauritius, yes it was Salon des Animaux in Rose-Hill held on the grounds of a school called St Mary’s. Organised by the MSPCA there was a dog show, beauty contest, dog grooming and more. It was the first time I have been to this event and I thought it would be a nice day out. I think it started at around 10am I got there for around 12.15 but it was nightmare, the roads were packed! Like you know Mauritians are not very courteous, so there was a bit of a s...
17 Sep 2012 04:00

TV packages in Mauritius

You will find that in Mauritius you get only 3 TV channels as standard with an aerial. Unfortunately only two are watchable, the third channel is really random with football most of the time plus it only broadcasts from mid afternoon. When I moved to Mauritius from the UK, I was stuck on two channels MBC 1 and MBC 2, luckily MBC 1 screens an English film once a week and they have some of the programs from the UK. Heroes, CSI, Hawaii Five-0 and Desperate Housewives are just a few of them. Jus...
28 Aug 2012 04:00

Piercing baby's ears under one

Another age old debate is whether or not you should pierce your baby girl’s ears. If you go on forums you will see people slating mothers that have chosen to do this saying it is child abuse and it's wrong etc. Honestly though, have you ever seen a child under 10 who hasn’t had her ears pierced? People are too quick to judge nowadays and shouldn’t be so mean, too many strangers interfere in other people’s lives, they should back off and keep their opinions to themselves. When I had my little...
03 Aug 2012 04:00

Mauritius Glass Gallery

Whenever I drive through Phoenix, I always see the Mauritius Glass Gallery (MGG) so one day I decided to go there. Unfortunately they do not have a website so I will try my best to summarise my visit. I went end of May and was surprised to be the only one there. There is a large car park when you arrive with the main entrance clearly marked with blue signs welcoming you in all languages. Before you enter there is a tariff guide that is the same for tourists and residents, entrance fee is Rs50 (£...
09 Jul 2012 04:00

Shani Temple in Mauritius

Since MBC have started the programme Shani Dev on MBC Digital 4, many people have come to know about the god of justice Shani. Although there are many other gods to choose from, Shani is also just as important. Surprisingly there is only one Shani temple in the whole of Mauritius; it is located in the south of the island in a place called Rose Belle. If you are coming from the north then make your way down south and follow signs to Rose Belle. Once you have entered Rose Belle, there will be ...
05 Jul 2012 04:00

Mauritius Aquarium Review

There is a fairly new Aquarium in Mauritius situated at Pointe aux Piments on the North West of the island. I thought it would be a nice family day out, so decided to go. It was a little hard finding it as there is poor signage to get to Pointe aux Piments. I found the best way to get there was to follow signs for Balaclava beach. When we arrived, it was a little late, just past 1pm and we found a lady just opposite the aquarium place selling Mauritian food so we decided to eat first. This was p...
13 Jun 2012 04:00

Becoming an Avon ambassadrice in Mauritius

Unfortunately in Mauritius there are not many part time jobs or flexible jobs and if you manage to get one, you are one of the lucky few. Many countries around the world have many opportunities to work part time but in Mauritius, I haven’t yet come across any. Avon is an established cosmetics company that has branched into jewellery, lingerie and toiletries; you can buy pretty much anything from the health and beauty category of Avon. In the UK however, Avon is affordable and you can get the bas...
10 May 2012 04:00

MyT TV Package review

After relocating to Mauritius and finally moving in to my house, I badly needed a reliable internet connection and more choice in TV channels. When I was in the UK, I had the choice of Virgin or Sky, both of them offering good service at an affordable price, movies everyday and also a wide variety of programs to watch. When I signed up to MyT I knew that the majority of channels would be in French but I was prepared for that as I would have to start learning it anyway.Unfortunately unlike Englan...
21 Apr 2012 04:00