LDP Wine of the Week

October 27, 2011

Our Wine of the week is the interesting and vibrant Brampton Unoaked Chardonnay 2011

Tasting notes 

The attractive fresh tropical notes on the nose lead to delicious fleshy peach and white aromas. The palate shows great density and richness well balanced by vibrant fruit purity in the middle and a crisp clean citrus finish.

Food suggestions

The wine will be a perfect companion to a deliciously decant salad of pears and blue cheese.


Stand a chance to ‘Win a year subscription to Getaway Magazine’

October 26, 2011

We are running a great competition on our Facebook page where you can stand a chance to win a year subscription to Getaway Magazine.

Visit our Facebook page to enter this exciting competition

How to Create a Better Work/Life Balance?

October 20, 2011

We lead busy lives with much less time for ourselves than our parents had. The global Credit Crunch and the resulting recession have only made matters worse. The demands on our time are multiple and competing. We’re torn between our priorities. It’s a lose-lose situation and it greatly diminishes our capacity to enjoy life.

Work monopolises our time. With all the electronic interruptions in our lives; work intrudes into our personal life more than ever. It’s impossible to get out to a social event without checking email on your Blackberry every five minutes. One of the first steps to finding balance in your life is to reduce, or remove those intrusions from our personal time.

Set boundaries, if you cannot do your job within working hours, there is a problem and you need to address that. If you commonly work beyond those hours, it will impact on your personal life. It doesn’t make you a bad person, but you must do something about it.

The key comes from time-managing your work-life balance. If you know you have to work late, make it a particular goal to spend time doing something with your loved ones at the weekend. If you stay late at work tonight, then plan a day out with your family on Sunday. If you have to go away for business, then when you return, you should take your partner out to dinner. Any social events that take your mind away from work will help you to return to work refreshed and replenished. It’s not just about spending more time at home; your resting time makes you more effective at work too. It’s all a matter of balance.

Kim Rix suggests that you replace any time you take away from your personal life with something meaningful. Don’t just crash in front of the television at the end of the day! Organise some way to spend that precious time. In our business life, we plan, we organise, and we take action. When questioned by psychologists, people said that they felt happiest when they had an activity, whether it was at work or home. So if you want to enjoy your home life more, activities and events are core to finding balance.

You’ll never be stuck for ideas; there are always plenty of engaging events happening in your local area, you just need to know where to look. Whether you prefer attending an engaging social event such as a fine dining in great company or a stimulating evening at the theatre, you return to work reinvigorated by the personal investment into your social life.

The balance between a satisfying career and a gratifying home life is vital to personal happiness. To do so:

– Jealously guard your private time

– Turn off electronic distractions such as phones and laptops

– Don’t spend your free time vegetating in front of the television

– Invest time in structured social events and activities

– Get a good night’s sleep.

Following these simple tips will help you to enjoy a healthy work-life balance that reduces stress and rewards us personally and professionally.

Read more on ideamarketers.com

Facebook Winner #1: A year subscription to Golf Digest Magazine

October 17, 2011

Congratulations to Louis Schoonraad

Louis has won a year subscription to Golf Digest Magazine.

Thanks for everyone who entered.

Please note that we will run a similar competition in the immediate future.

A Business Traveler’s packing list

October 13, 2011

Packing the right items can make business travelling more comfortable.

Have a look at these items that can make your business journeys a little easier.

1. Back Up Charger(s)

Sometimes, one charger just won’t cut it. If having power for your gadgets is essential, carry both a plug-in charger and one that operates solely on batteries. Sometimes you just can’t scare people away from the airport outlets, after all.

2. Wrinkle-Release Spray

I have an aversion to ironing, so those wrinkle-release sprays are my best travel companion. Spray your clothes and let them hang the night before you need them for best results, and be sure to check the care instructions on your garments before use. These sprays work best for casual clothes–if you have a big meeting or need a crisp suit, you’ll still need to get out the steamer!

3. Back-Up Travel Documents

It seems like a pain in the neck, but if you make copies of all of your important travel documents once (license, passport, green card, etc.) you can store a set permanently in a pocket of your carry-on. Having copies available will save you a world of pain if you lose your identification, particularly when overseas. Leave a set at home, as well.

4. Customer Service Numbers

Keep a set of customer service and emergency contact numbers in your wallet (print them on a business card for easiest storage) in case you find yourself with a dead battery and a delayed or canceled flight

5. USB Memory Stick

Never leave home without a memory stick of some kind. Not only is it great for storing back-up copies of that important presentation, but you can use it to get copies made easily at your hotel’s business center or at a Kinko’s. Look for a version that can attach to your key chain to avoid having one more thing to lose.

Source: businesstravel.about.com

Rule of 72- Easy way to calculate compound interest problems in your head

October 11, 2011

Have you always wanted to be able to do compound interest problems in your head? Probably not, unless you’re a mathematician , but it’s a very useful skill to have because it gives you a lightning fast benchmark to determine how good (or not so good) a potential investment is likely to be.

The rule says that to find the number of years required to double your money at a given interest rate, you just divide the interest rate into 72. For example, if you want to know how long it will take to double your money at eight percent interest, divide 8 into 72 and get 9 years.

The “rule” is remarkably accurate, as long as the interest rate is less than about twenty percent; at higher rates the error starts to become significant.

You can also run it backwards: if you want to double your money in six years, just divide 6 into 72 to find that it will require an interest rate of about 12 percent.

For more info on this ‘rule’ visit moneychimp.com

LDP- Wine of the Week: The Neethlingshof Malbec 2010

October 5, 2011

Malbec is a Bordeaux grape varietal but is one of Argentina most planted/famous wine styles.  South Africa produces a few great Malbec wines and the Neethlingshof Malbec is no exception

This wine has floral and violet fragrances interwoven with oak, spice and dark chocolate on the nose. Rich and full taste with plum and berry flavours, supported by soft tannins.

For tasting notes click here