Last Saturday I headed off to the Turffontein Racecourse for my very first experience of horse racing! I had a ticket for a special area where I had to dress to a Country Classic theme. It was pretty busy with most of the tables and benches occupied, but not busy enough that you had to wait ages for a drink from the bar. Big plus!
I quickly got into the swing of betting but since this was my first time, and I’m not a big gambler, I kept my bets low.
While waiting for the next race to begin, our group sat at our benched table enjoying drinks, ice-cream, food, and coffee (as it got darker and colder). During each race slot we would then meander down to the fences overlooking the track so we could watch the horses racing to the finish.
The view of the Johannesburg skyline was phenomenal. And we really had the most amazing sunset while the last few races took place.
Oculus was brought out in 2013 at a film festival and was released to the public cinemas in early 2014. This is a psychological horror film about a brother and sister. After a series of supernatural events, the brother is convicted of murder and taken away. Years later his sister tries to exonerate her brother by proving that an antique mirror is responsible for this “crime”.
As much as I end up watching scary movies with my hands covering most of my eyes, I really love them! As this movie progressed I thought how predictable it all was until towards the end when I was left open-mouthed. Definitely a movie to watch with a loved one…so they can “protect” you and you can grip their arms until they turn blue.
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1) Sunset from the pits at Kyalami Race Track
2) See the happiness in small things
3) Not the weirdest thing I’ve seen at an event
4) The sunset from my venue in Kramerville
5) Double hugs for Aunty Jess during the December holidays
6) Moody skies in Hermanus
This film is based on the thriller/espionage novel by John le Carré where a young Chechen, ex-prisoner arrives illegally in Hamburg, Germany with a claim to a fortune held in a private bank. It follows the theme of international war on terror and money laundering, including the difficulty in trying to overcome these elements while dealing with bureaucracy.
I really enjoyed how real this film was… You felt like you were with the team planning and plotting. I loved that Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams kept their German accents throughout the movie. But just like with our reality sometimes, I was left a little disappointed at the end with the anticlimax of the film after all the intricacies and planning. Overall though, an exceptional movie that I’ll definitely be watching again.
But then I found it! Let’s start the story at the beginning though…
After a week or so of looking at cars I decided on one in particular and started the process of finance applications, insurance quotes, and all that other important stuff. After a few minor hiccups, I went to fetch this beaut yesterday. Introducing Duke… My new wheels. My new ride. My new chariot.
I picked him up yesterday afternoon during a mad day of back-to-back meetings every half hour and a surging inbox with quote requests and admin galore. I had had him for only a couple hours when I excitedly drove to Montecasino for the Fifty Shades of Grey premier. I must have been super excited about both my new car and the movie that I didn’t register what level I had parked on. I am a hyper-aware person so I always note the level, whereabouts my car is parked, which cars are nearby, which is the nearest entrance etc. (I am that aware that I notice the nametags of staff helping me at my local shop or petrol station.)
So we finish up the movie a good few hours later and head off to a bar within the Montecasino casino area for a drink before we hug and kiss goodbye and make our way to our cars. And that’s where the panicfun panic started.
I knew where I had entered the parkade. And I could have sworn I parked on the second level. So I walked out on that level and couldn’t spot my new blue car. Then I went to an upper level thinking that was surely where my car was. As the elevator doors opened I peeked outside quickly and couldn’t spot my blue Duke. PANIC. STATIONS. What if my car had been stolen? Could I really have got drunk off a couple small drinks? Could I really be that girl that loses her car in a parkade? I bet the security and cleaning guys thought I was mad riding up and down the elevator.
I went to one level. Then I went to another. Then another. At some point I ended up on a floor I’d never seen before. I also lost track of which set of elevators I was using that I panicked myself further with looking out at every level and not seeing anything familiar. (Please note that the panicked idiot I was didn’t find the view familiar because I was looking at the wall behind which is the main thoroughfare between parking levels which is not where I parked at all.)
I was just about to make that call, and be that girl, and go to parkade management and ask for their assistance when I decided to ask one of the security guys for help. I explained where I entered the parkade and that I went one level up. And by that explanation the security guard told me to go level four. I speed walked to the elevator which I had initially used and jabbed the number 4 button and promised a lifetime of things for me to walk out the elevator and see my new car waiting just where I parked it.
And wouldn’t you know it… There it was. I said a few thank you’s and climbed in.
As you may know my precious little (paid-off) car was stolen in May last year. I managed to get a rental car for a month while insurance paid out. But because I wasn’t permanently employed yet I made the decision to wait before buying a new car. Luckily I was able to borrow a friend’s car that wasn’t being used. And when she did need it again a few weeks later, my father offered me the use of their spare car that was living in Sedgefield. I hadn’t expected to use the car for so long but with starting a new job and waiting for my probation period to come to an end and become permanent, it’s now been several months.
I started 2015 knowing it would be the year that I stepped out of the limbo I’ve been living in the last year and become a grown up again. I would buy myself a new car. I would find myself somewhere more permanent to live. I would sort out vehicle and household insurance. And generally just sort stuff out.
Well I got a phone call this past Sunday from my dad that has set the wheel in motion…he’s asked for the car back by the end of February as he and my step-mom are wanting to drive down to Sedgefield and leave the car there. Of course my first reaction was to panic because HOW CAN I POSSIBLY FIND THE RIGHT CAR IN A MONTH, and OMG NOW I REALLY HAVE TO START BUDGETING PROPERLY AGAIN. But truth be told, I’ve been putting away a set amount every month to get used to a car repayment, and because of this I know the maximum amount I could spend on a monthly installment. And because of this wonderfully technological society we live in, I had a few (read over 25) options by this past Wednesday. Organised is my middle name…
I promptly invited myself over to my sister’s house that evening so I could bend my brother-in-law’s ear since he knows a thing or two or three about cars. He told me which of my options were good, which to discount immediately, and which I should just test drive for fun. The main decision in my car choice is something that will have good fuel economy, something that’ll be big enough to suit me in a few years time, and something that fits into my budget, obviously!
I’ve narrowed down the options and seen a couple of them already (and will be seeing them again tomorrow with Mr Man as a second opinion). I think I’ve already made my decision which means I’ll probably have a new car by the end of next week… Oooooh! The excitement!
Last Friday afternoon I left for a weekend away in the Drakensberg. My bag was packed. My iDevices were charged. I had a bag with drinks and snacks for the drive. I was ready for a weekend away!
Last year around July I attended a Tsogo Sun event where I came first in my round and ended up winning a weekend away at any of their hotels in the country. The only “problem” was that I had to use it within 6 months of winning it which proved problematic with starting a new job and going into the busy event season. Since I spent my Christmas break at the coast I had to think of a hotel closer to home so no flight costs would have to be paid – close enough to drive to, but far enough to be a proper weekend away. Hence the easy decision to go to the Drakensberg Sun!
We arrived around 21h30 on the Friday night after taking forever to get out of Joburg because of Friday traffic and stopping in Harrismith for dinner. The only drawback from arriving while it was dark was not being able to see the rolling green hills around us, but the starry night sky seen from the sunroof was incredible!
On Saturday morning I opened the curtains and was greeted with a misty view, just as the weather man had predicted. On the bright side the drizzly weather meant we were going to have a completely different experience on the canopy zipline tour I had booked for later that morning.
The canopy tour is located on the same premises of the hotel which made it really easy to find. It would have been lovely to walk the short way through the grounds to get there but I was worried about the rain and how wet and cold we may be after the tour so we took the car. (We needn’t have worried though as the drizzle dried up by the time we were finished and we were given the most attractive rain suits to cover our clothes.)
This canopy tour was so different to the other tours I have been on (Knysna and Polokwane). Not only did we experience a true rain forest experience because of the drizzly weather, we also didn’t have to use our gloved hands to control our speed when approaching the landing areas. This made it more exhilarating and you could take a few moments to look around you and take in the view without worrying about speed. It was also made that much more special because our group was made up of two guides, myself, and Mr Man…a private tour.
After huffing and puffing my way up the gajillion steps from the last platform, we made our way back to the hotel where I lounged in the bath for a little while before heading back to bed for a quick nap. (Weekends away and canopy tours make you tired you know.) Upon getting undressed I noticed my sneakers… You have to know that it was a good canopy tour when your white shoes look like this. Either that or the rain suits didn’t do their job properly.
After my little nap I headed over to the spa for a relaxing full body aromatherapy massage. Definitely a must on a weekend away! And then we headed to the bar for some pre-dinner drinks and enjoyed a lovely sunset from the patio.
We checked out on the Sunday morning and headed up the road in the hopes of visiting the Raptor and Reptile Centres. Unfortunately our city mentality had us assuming that there would be card facilities available to pay the entrance fees so the closest we got was the front gate at each centre. A little deflated, we then decided to head on home but stop at one of the many battlefield heritage sites along the route. We ended up stopping at Spioenkop and walking the self-guided trail. Amazing views, but at that height I was also closer to the sun (this is my excuse) so I got quite burnt in the 30 odd minutes we walked around.
There were many mass grave sites and many of these crosses, most just simply saying “Here lies a brave Burger”.
It was an amazing weekend away! The Saturday seemed to go on forever which is unheard of when you’re away for such a short time. Perhaps it was the relaxing surroundings. Perhaps it was the early morning start. Or perhaps it was time spent with a lovely guy where I made the most of every minute…