An eventful weekend part 2

Now, for the second part of my weekend journey. We left for Franskraal at 19:00, but due to unfortunate events we only arrived there at exactly 24:00. Wondering why a maximum two and a half hour trip took us five hours? Firstly, the battery of the car I was driving in died due to the radio and inside light being on while we waited for the rest of the bunch to arrive. It wasn’t serious though and just needed a little push to start. Secondly, one of my friends had to be picked up in Stellenbosch and in the dark the driver (and person giving directions) got a bit confused. Thirdly, on our way there the one car got a flat tyre. The friend who’s car it is did not have a jack (ladies, please put the following in your car for emergencies: a jack, a spare tyre, a flashlight, a spanner, a cloth), but luckily the other car did. Unfortunately, the jack did not lift the car high enough for the tyre to be able to be put on the disc, so someone had to literally LIFT the car. Thankfully, we had a very strong male to help us (just a little bit earlier he had still joked and showed us he could lift the car up a little, then he actually had to lift it really high). Oh before I forget, some strong girls helped with the lifting too.

Yes, this was not our night. But it gets worse! When we arrived we opened the windows for fresh air to come in, we packed everything out, we switched on the lights, everyone got a tour and then we ate and started playing Pig-Out. This is a drinking game. And so we started the celebrations of two close friends’ birthdays! I am not going to go into the details as I don’t want to embarrass anyone on the internet. Bed time was at about 5:00.

At 7:00, we were awoken by a male voice asking who would like to go and watch the rugby. There were no volunteers. I think everyone got up at about 9:00 and then one friend realized that his wallet and phone was missing. This was worrying as it was in the house the whole time right next his massive camera bag, about 4 handbags, another camera and a whole bunch of other stuff standing in the living room. So, he tracked it on the computer and we went on a treasure-hunt looking for the goods in a “scary” part of Gansbaai (it’s an informal settlement in Gansbaai, how scary can it be? The worst thing that ever happens there is abalone poaching) and decided to call the cops. Two friends and I decided to stay in the car, but the others went on a hunt in a field where they cornered some guys that apparently were only smoking dope. We suspect that when they saw the cops and started running the phone was hidden somewhere in that field, but not somewhere to be located quickly. Maybe it was underneath something or buried? It was all very exciting to listen to as they had to chase them and corner them while one of my friends was wearing flip-flops and the other stokies slippers (he was also carrying the laptop). Can you imagine what a funny picture that would make?

The rest of the weekend went smoothly though with lots of delicious food, a walk on the beach, nice weather on Saturday, some more Pig-Out, hilarious conversations, some guys having to wear make-up due to a dare and a coin flip, fake tattoos being given to everyone and some much-needed sleeping-in for me on Sunday. All-in-all it was a great weekend-away with a bunch of special friends!

I just need to add that I love my friends and I value them a lot. I can come across as being a bit cold at times and a bit emotionless, so I am stating it on the internet for everyone to see 🙂 without them there are lots of special memories that would not exist today.

And to end… in my pants! 😉 you had to be there to appreciate it.

P.s. I will put the pics up soon…

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September 22, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Holiday. Leave a comment.

An eventful weekend part 1

So, I had quite an eventful weekend! From eating great food at a primary school to getting a flat tyre on our way to Franskraal to going into a sketchy area tracking a stolen phone to great adventures while playing Pig-Out.

It will be too much information and photographic evidence for me to be able to fit it into one entry, so you can expect numerous entries from me during the week.

To start, on Friday directly after work I went through to the school where my mom is a teacher. They were having a food festival where each grade gets a different country and they then need to sell food from that country. 

It was such a lovely idea and the way it was organized was brilliant. And the food I had was delicious! I filled myself to the brim. The various countries and their food varieties were Japan (spring rolls), New Zealand (Pavlova), Scotland (Great Scott! – make your own gingerbread man), France (pancakes, Quiche, chocolate mousse), U.S.A. (hamburgers, cheese grillers, doughnuts), Italy (pizza, spaghetti), England (tea, pastries, cake), South Africa (boerewors/sausage rolls, vetkoek, potjiekos, koeksisters) and there was a Halaal stall too (samoosas, rooties, breyani).

My personal favourites were South Africa, Japan, Italy, England, France and the Halaal stall. Here are some pictures to give you an idea of how awesome and creative it was.

U.S.A.

Italy flying their flag

South Africa

Boerewors for everyone

French dessert

Cute french outfits

Purrrr-fect

A frenchy expertly rolling my pancake

England's decorated tables

Vetkoek only in South Africa

Scotland's creativity

Make yourself a Scottish gingerbread man

Proudly South African potjiekos

Making the potjie

Yes, I had food from most of these places. I stuffed myself. And I took some take-aways for the road to Franskraal. So, this was the first fun part of my weekend. Stay tuned for the rest to follow later in the week 🙂 it’s going to be exciting!

September 20, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Holiday. 1 comment.

Music makes the world go round

I don’t know how you feel about music. But since I was born, music has played a very big part in my life. Here is an example to show you just how much music I listen to in a day.

I get up in the morning and put on the radio to listen to the traffic reports and the news, but I am listening to music too (and unfortunately the most annoying laughter and chatter from the presenters).

When I drive I have the radio or a CD on.

At work I listen to music on my iPod or on the internet.

When I am at home there is always music playing in my room, be it on my laptop or a CD or the radio. (Except when I sleep, then I need absolute silence and darkness.)

When I go to gym I listen to my iPod or VH1 on the machine.

So, as you can see there is always a tune playing somewhere. Plus when I must have a silent moment there is always a song playing in my head, I think they call it ear-worms? That’s when you can’t get a song out of your head. It happens to me all the time!

What this constant sound of music in my life does though, is it makes me associate certain memories, occurrences and people with certain songs. This is great! But sometimes the music is associated with bad/sad memories and I actually don’t listen to that particular song for a while until I feel that memory hurts less.

One of the interesting things is, we all attribute different meanings to different songs. We don’t all think that one song means one thing. Unless you personally know the artists, you don’t know what he was trying to say. You have your own interpretation and maybe someone else’s. But in the end, art is what you want it to be for you. By analysis of words and emotions it brings up in you, you make a decision as to what you want this song to mean to you.

I wanted to share this song with you. It’s Skinny Love by Bon Iver, but it is the Das Kapital rerub. Skinny Love is an incredible song in its own right – nice acoustic guitar, beautiful lyrics and Justin Vernon’s voice is raw with passion and emotion. But this mix is just awesome! Whenever I feel a bit down, I play this and instantly my head is bobbing to it, I’m humming along and I just feel my mood lift. Take a listen and let me know what you think…

P.s. Thanks to http://www.themostdefinitely.com/ for introducing me to this song 🙂 I found it there. Oh and thanks to soundcloud for the clip. And thanks to Justin Vernon for making sad-love sound so beautiful (yes, this was my interpretation of the song). And thanks to Das Kapital for lightening my mood every time.

September 12, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . Uncategorized. 2 comments.

And this one time… I stayed in a hotel!

Happy Spring day! So, in honour of all things pretty and girly I am posting some pictures of a very chic hotel I had the privilege to stay in. The Colosseum in Century City! It’s a 4 star hotel and it has the coolest wallpaper ever!  I love it! Thanks to the good friend who invited me 🙂

 Please note: I am not a professional photographer and don’t aspire to be one; thus these photos do not look as trendy as I would wish. Enjoy!

Comfy bed

 And yes, the bed was comfy. Soft pillows you sink into and a fluffy duvet.

Soft pillows

Pretty light

The whole suite had modern lighting.

Beautiful wallpaper

This wallpaper blew my mind! I want it!

Mini kitchen

And there was light!

Creative print

Check it out here: http://www.proteahotels.com/protea-hotel-colosseum.html

September 1, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , . Holiday. 2 comments.