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East West: South Africans Zabroad travel to Thailand Travel Attractions 08 AUG 2016

Following the launch of their great East West: South Africans Zabroad YouTube travel show, the husband and wife team of Retha and Miguel Sanchez have since followed up their initial South Korea exploration with a move of focus to Thailand, where they interviewed South Africans living and working in both Phuket and Bangkok.

moored boat in crystal clear water on a beach at phuket, thailand

As per usual, it’s pretty interesting to hear how fellow South Africans are adapting to and enjoying the new culture and norms, but of course it is the stunning visuals accompanying these interviews that are the real stars of this show!

Episode 4 jumps to Phuket, where property owner Gert Loubser, holiday makers Nox & Fumane, and Justin & Reinhardt share their impressions and tips on making your Thailand experience unforgettable.

Next up, episode 5 then concludes the Phuket leg of the show, featuring interviews with Louis Baartman, Paul & Nadia, and Tieka van Rensburg. There are also beach excursions and a visit to rural Phuket – as well as a braai!

Leaving the beaches of Phuket behind, episode 6 next explores Bangkok’s temples and floating markets, with South Africans Sally, Matt & Dan thrown in the mix:

Finally, episode 7 sees the second part of the team’s Bangkok visit, interviewing Marce, Mandi & Krige in the process. They take a stroll down Khao San Road, see 1600 pandas and enjoy fancy cocktails at the Sky Bar!

Thailand is a pretty popular holiday destination for South Africans given our relatively weak currency (in other words, it is a more affordable overseas holiday than most!), but having seen all this, I have to say, I wouldn’t mind going for a break there either!

thailand elephant spraying man with water

The team has since taken a short break to walk the famous Camino de Santiago in Spain (which went very well based on their Instagram account – and Chantelle’s Whatsapp chats with Retha!),  and with East West now based in Spain for the next short while, we can definitely look forward to some “South Africans in Europe” tales hitting YouTube pretty soon!

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Visit South Korea’s saucy Loveland Theme Park with Episode 3 of East West Travel Attractions 29 JUN 2016

East West, the documentary style travel show that follows South Africans from all walks of life around globe and depicts their daily lives against the backdrop of their adopted culture, returns for episode 3 with an interview with English teacher Chantal Terblanche in her South Korean surroundings, followed by a look around Busan and then a trip to the popular Jeju Island.

Naturally, a trip to Jeju Island isn’t complete without mention or view of the saucy naughty erotic theme park Loveland… which is exactly what hosts Retha and Miguel do!

Episode 4 of this great web series should be out pretty soon, with the team moving on from South Korea and scouting out South Africans in Thailand next…

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East West: South Africans Zabroad Episode 2 now available Travel Attractions 19 JUN 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed the first episode from the East West team of Miguel and Retha, a web series showcasing South Africans living abroad.

South Africans ZAbroad East West Ep. 2 Seoul, South Korea - YouTube

Pleasingly, the second episode in the series has just been released, continuing their look at South Africans living in Seoul (the capital of South Korea) – this time featuring Cape Town film maker Raoul Dyssell and the man behind South African wine on tap, Tobias Jerling.

Definitely worth watching:

Nice, right? Now hit the subscribe button – I suspect it’s just going to keep on getting better and better!

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South Africans Zabroad: East West Launched! Travel Attractions 04 JUN 2016

If you are a South African with expat friends living overseas, or you find yourself calling another country home far away from sunny South Africa, then you’ll definitely love East West: South Africans Zabroad, a brand new YouTube-based travel show that focuses on talking to South Africans living on foreign soil and showing us just a little of what it means to live outside of our beautiful homeland.

(“South Africans Zabroad” – seriously, how can you not love just how clever that is!)

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Lovingly pieced together over the course of three years by good friends Retha and Miguel Sanchez (the first a South African, the latter a Spaniard), who make it a habit of staying in other countries to teach language, East West interviews South Africans from all walks of life around the globe and depicts their daily lives against the backdrop of their adopted culture.

As the team themselves say, “East West wants to remind our community of that elusive “something” South Africans have – that thing that makes us embrace each other when we sing Nkosi Sikelel’, wear our flag with pride or attempt to make biltong with spices snuck in through customs, organize potjiekos competitions and bazaars with koeksisters and melktert, and being united by the motto: Where there’s a will, there’s a braai!

The first episode has just been dropped onto YouTube and it’s fantastic.

From the description: “Episode 1 of our web series about South Africans abroad. The seasons starts in South Korea where we meet Durban hip hop talent Blessing Majola and partner in rhyme Saul Goode. We enjoy truly South African food at Braai Republic and chat to Chris, Roddy and Louis about doing business in Korea. Korea House, Namdaemun market and Dongdaemun History and culture park is also on the menu.”

How awesome and catchy is that opening tune? Love it!

I can’t help but be proud of these two and their brilliant labour of love, and sincerely hope that everyone will do their best to make this spread like wildfire – because it certainly deserves to!

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