Showing posts from June, 2011

The problem with LinkedIn

I used to admire LinkedIn. It served a purpose, had a solid business model and meant recruiters could easily find me and contact me. LinkedIn had the amazing advantage of doing three things that could seemed contradictory at first glance but worked in its unique ecosystem:
Provide me with a convenient place to host my resumeAllow me to contact recruiters and peersDo so without being an addictive platform like Facebook or Twitter (my personal opinion)
Basically, the sweet thing about LinkedIn is that you could just create your profile and only log in when absolutely necessary such as when you changed jobs or earned a new qualification. LinkedIn had a definite purpose and everybody was using it the way it was meant to be utilized: as a platform to connect recruiters and prospective candidates and to allow professionals to grow their networks and showcase their skills.

Then, things changed. People started using LinkedIn as a way to get in touch with key executives to sell their products o…

Your guide to the Mutual Aid Mauritius

When it comes to Mauritius and finances, one of the organizations to absolutely know about is the Mutual Aid Association Ltd. The Mutual Aid is a civil service that was set up in 1983 to provide loan facilities to those who need money for various purposes. It has rapidly grown in popularity thanks to its great rates when it comes to loans (which is not that surprising when one considers that all the banks in Mauritius exist purely to make money off your unsuspecting soul).

The Mutual Aid Association is also great when it comes to pension schemes since all the insurance companies in Mauritius exist solely to coerce you into signing contracts that basically turn you into their slaves. In fact, a lot of people have also taken to signing up for the Mutual Aid Retirement Saving Funds and it has probably become their most popular service (this is just an assumption; I'm not sure if there are any official figures).

This is understandable when you take into account its figures. According …

The meteo in Mauritius is a hassle

Note: this is a follow-up to my recent The meteo in Mauritius post. Read it!

The weather conditions in Mauritius remain a hot topic, which is always a trend at this time of the year and should be for the next 500 years. And by 500 years, I obviously mean forever.

The good news is that it actually rained this past week. As usual, the Mauritian population was however told that the situation is still a hassle and that Mauritians should be extremely careful with their water consumption. Note that this applies only to normal people and is not effective with hotels, hostels, friends of politicians, and crooks. Whoever can point out the difference between the latter two wins a cookie, but you'll need to buy it yourself.

The fact that water is such a big issue has of course resulted in tons of debates on the topic with everybody chipping in with his own advice. The Central Water Authority is as usual inept at dealing with the situation. As an example, no less than 267% of the rain that fell …

The death and revival of football in Mauritius

Just kidding folks, Mauritian football is actually pretty much dead. And by dead, I mean it has had its soul ripped out and put away in a very secure location that pretty much everybody involved then forgot about. Subsequent efforts to find it, which involved incredible feats such as sitting down and doing absolutely nothing or even standing and still doing absolutely nothing, ultimately failed. The death of football in Mauritius eventually joined the famed ranks of #deathoffootball on Twitter alongside Manchester City and Carlton Cole's career.

Deal with it

However, the great news is that I can use this wasteful post to list the best places you should check out for insightful football coverage. You can use these to catch up on great football articles by both professional writers and those who do it for a hobby. If you want quick news and updates, you can check out the usual suspects such as BBC Sports, Skysports, and Mirror Football (my personal favorite).

Phil McNulty
Phil McNulty…

Fast food in Mauritius

Note: this is a follow-up to my Mauritius recipes post. While reading the first article is not necessary to read this new one, you are highly encouraged to do so. Everybody's doing it, and you'll feel left out if you don't.

Fast food in Mauritius comes in many forms, but I'm going to stick for super fast food in our case. This includes the usual suspects Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonalds, and pizza shops such as Pizza Hut, except I'm not going to cover pizza shops because there are too many of them. I am aware that other snacks that sell noodles, fried rices, and any other food that's prepared in around 10 minutes (or 30 minutes at peak hours) are also technically fast food, but that's something I'll leave for another post, if ever I'm inspired again on the subject.

When it comes to quick fast food, the two major brands are available in Mauritius:
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)McDonalds (...McDonalds - I was going to stick to Donalds as a shorter term, b…

Your Mauritius guide to Mauritian recipes

One of the things tourists most look forward to when traveling to Mauritius is of course to taste the infamous Mauritian recipes, which are said to be extremely delicious and unique. With so many different cultures available in Mauritius, it is obvious that this is also visible in the styles of recipes available and tourists won't be disappointed (unless they really enjoy being nitpicky). With unique Mauritius recipes that include Indian food such as the chicken tikka masala, Chinese recipes such as roast duck, to name only a couple, there's a wide variety of styles available and something for every possible taste.

Given that the Mauritian population is composed from people from various other countries, it makes sense that the recipes are not entirely original. Many extremely popular dishes are lifted straight away from other countries, but do have some variations thrown in. They are thus not entirely the same as the original recipes, but someone who's already tasted a biry…

The meteo and climate in Mauritius

If you're looking for further information about the meteo in Mauritius, your best (and only) bet is to check out the official Mauritius Meteorological Services website. This will probably be mainly of use to travelers who intend to come to Mauritius and people who are bored at work, as the majority of the local population probably does not really give a damn about the meteo due to its predictability most of the time.

The main Mauritius Meteorological Station and head office is located in Vacoas and is responsible for providing the weather forecast for Mauritius, Rodrigues, and Agalega. However, the website seems to be mainly focused on Mauritius. There is some information about the meteo in Rodrigues and Agalega, but most of the content is only about the climate in Mauritius.

It however provides a wealth of information such as:
the current weatherwhether any tropical cyclones are about to hit Mauritius (hint: looking less and less likely, unfortunately for those who always welcome th…