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The life of an event specialist, with crazy OCD tendencies, a love for all things sweet, and a #SexyShoes aficionado!


Yoga in the Park


Posted By on Sep 14, 2014 | 0 comments

A couple weeks ago I was invited to a Facebook event for Yoga in the Park. I wasn’t able to attend but made sure that I went this time around. Every Sunday morning a small yoga class takes place at Emmarentia Dam under a tree. I happened to know the instructor today as she has taught me at my yoga studio, and the usual instructor Steven has taught me before as well.

I didn’t have a good yoga experience today. My body wasn’t cooperating with me and I felt like I couldn’t balance or do the poses as easily as I normally can. It could have been the heat. It could have been the change in venue and the fact that I had stones digging into my back and feet. It could have been that I felt self conscious considering the other park-goers stopped and stared. It could also just have been that I was tired and have had an emotionally challenging week. So overall it was a bad yoga day but I still had fun nonetheless.

Definitely going to try and make this class once a month as I think it’ll make for a nice break, out in the open, getting some fresh air, some sun on my translucent limbs and some wind through my hair. I’d think it’ll make a nice addition to my plan of more exercise.

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I Heart Joburg


Posted By on Sep 8, 2014 | 1 comment

The I Heart Joburg music festival took place this past Saturday and it had been something I had wanted to attend since I first heard about it. I was really lucky that a friend of mine works at MTVBase and was able to get a few complimentary golden circle tickets and chose to offer me one! Of course I said yes! Who would ever turn down a free ticket to an event showcasing some amazing artists/bands (some I absolutely love)!

The stage and set were phenomenal and I really loved the heart decal on stage and the hearts framing the screens. And it was awesome to get to sing along to Jason Derulo and see the awesome dance routines he put on; to witness the amazing performer that is Jessie J; to jump to Panic! At The Disco’s songs; and get low with BOB and T-Pain. It was definitely a day to remember!

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My Sky Dining Experience


Posted By on Sep 1, 2014 | 2 comments

My sky dining experience was originally supposed to happen in June, but the weather was not on our side and we had to postpone due to unseasonal rain. We finally managed to reschedule to this past Sunday and although the weather was still a little chilly we all had a lovely experience.

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This amazing experience is organised by Sky Events and is currently situated at the Fairway Hotel and Spa which is at Randpark Golf Club. It is a unique dining experience for anyone that wants to transform an ordinary meal into something fantastic.

We arrived half an hour ahead of our scheduled snack time so we could sign indemnity forms and enjoy some light refreshments. (I think the champagne being served here was to help calm a few of the guests who were getting more and more nervous at the thought of the crane hoisting a specialised table to a height of 40 meters…)

When it was time for “lift off”, we were led down a red carpet and laid eyes on the special table for the first time. Guest seating is on the outside edge with a small table ledge in front of you. The inner section is where the waiters/barmen and entertainer stand to assist with serving. The table accommodates 22 guests per session and each chair is a bucket seat with strapping to keep you in place. We only discovered when we touched down again that the seats could recline! I suppose I’d have freaked out if I’d found that out while I was 40 meters up in the air!

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After a quick safety briefing, plates with cloches were placed in front of us and our crane operator began hoisting the table to the highest point we would go. It took us a matter of minutes to get up and it was a really smooth journey.

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As soon as we were up we were served some drinks and we tucked in when our cloches were removed from our plates. We were served a small selection of snacks – a chicken satay kebab, a vegetable springroll with a sweet chilli sauce, some meatballs, and some deep-fried fish with a tartar sauce. I do think there should have been something sweet served afterwards to end off the meal even if it was only a chocolate, but that’s just my sweet tooth talking.

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The snack time slot allowed us to be up for about 45 minutes which was just perfect as it was a little chilly with the wind. I’m glad the weather hadn’t been on our side previously as we may have frozen going up in the middle of winter.

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To give you an idea of how high up we were, that blue speck with white on top is one of the workmen on the ground.
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This was one of the things added to my list to do this year. See what else I’ve got up to or what I plan to get up to over here!

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How I Met Your Father


Posted By on Aug 30, 2014 | 2 comments

Continued from part 16…

It’s amazing how quickly things can change that leave your life turned upside down and inside out! This next instalment was supposed to feature our glorious honeymoon to Thailand which also happened to be Gary’s first overseas trip (I was super excited to have been able to spoil him). That post would then have been followed by a look back on our first year of marriage, and then our second. It would have featured our adventure in making our new house a home and filling it with a child or two… All the things that were to be but will now never happen…

The biggest thing to have come to terms with is how much things have changed. I lost a friend, someone who I loved unconditionally and shared every piece of myself with. I moved out of the house that promised to bring so many hopes and dreams to fruition. I said goodbye to the doglets that added a different dimension to my life. Through all these losses I also had to conquer a million other hiccups that life dealt me – health issues, drivers license problems, new jobs, a stolen car, finding a place to stay…

When I look back over the last 10 months I see all the obstacles I have managed to overcome. I was forced to find strength through these adversities and am definitely not the same person I was. I’m not sure what the future holds or whether I will get to have a happily ever after. For now all I know for sure is that things are “to be continued…”

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iPhoneography Exhibition 2014


Posted By on Aug 26, 2014 | 4 comments

The entries for iPhoneography 2014 opened a couple months ago and I was most excited to enter my favourite images once again.

I must say it was really difficult to choose images this time as I think I’ve taken some beautiful pics since last year. After a lot of uhming and ahing, I managed to narrow my favourites down to eight or so. And then it was the very hard task of selecting the few to submit.

Of the ones I did end up submitting, this is the pic that’s been selected for this year’s exhibition (entitled All Lined Up)! Excitement!

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I’m now wondering whether this would be the type of image that someone would want to buy at the exhibition? Do I want to put it up for sale and risk it not being sold? Do I not want to print it and keep it for myself? What do you think?

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Farm Feast for Singles


Posted By on Aug 18, 2014 | 0 comments

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Yesterday I attended a lovely farm feast organised by Down To Earth for singles. Down to Earth was started by two ladies who wanted to create a special event for people to reconnect to and enjoy the food we eat, while at the same time realising the importance of the quality of produce. They have a lovely mobile kitchen in the form of a truck that allows them to create delicious menus based on what’s in season without being hampered by the venue. I have been on their mailing list for a long time and have always wanted to attend a feast. When I heard about this special feast for singles, I just knew it was a sign that I had to go!

The aim for this special event was to keep the number and gender of guests even, so the proviso in booking your seat was that you had to bring a single friend of the opposite sex along with you. I decided Hans would be my single friend and proceeded to twist his rubber arm into coming with me.

We arrived at the venue at 12h00 and found parking before traipsing down the path to where the tables were setup. The tables were positioned end to end but snaked along instead of being in one straight line. We kept mainly to ourselves in the beginning due to nerves and not knowing what to expect, but we loosened up after some wine and found people that Hans knew and started mingling.

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 The lunch was magnificent and totally worth the cost. We had some yummy canapes on arrival followed by a three course meal. Butternut soup for starters with homemade bread. Chicken casserole for mains with salad and sweet potato mash. And finally white chocolate cheesecake with caramelised pears for dessert. Craft beers and selected wines were available during the entire event and were part of the menu price we paid upon booking our spaces. Score!

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 I really had such an amazing afternoon. I loved spending time with Hans and getting to know some of the people we were seated with. I would definitely go to one of these again and invite all and sundry to join me! Big thanks to Hans for letting me use some of his pics.

This was one of the things added to my list to do this year. See what else I’ve got up to or what I plan to get up to over here!

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Hump Day Happiness


Posted By on Aug 13, 2014 | 0 comments

I headed to Sir James van der Merwe on a Wednesday a couple weeks ago to celebrate the end of one job and the start of another. I had heard so much about this bar located in Kramerville that it seemed the perfect spot to celebrate.

I gathered together a few friends and we met up at Sir James after work. The bar is situated below Katy’s Palace Bar and has the same eclectic style and furnishings – tables with mismatched chairs, old benches, there is even an old-school motorcycle displayed on one of the walls. Wednesday nights are their “open nights” where they have a cash bar and a select menu available. Not being someone to go out for a night on the town on a school night, I was taken aback by the amount of people that were there. It wasn’t after payday. It wasn’t a special kind of day. Yet there were so many patrons which allowed me to indulge in my favourite sport of People Watching.

I left around 9pm and was utterly gobsmacked to see some people getting onto the bar to dance. I never expected such a party to take place on a school night! I’ll definitely be going back every now and then for some after work drinks and snacks.

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This was one of the things added to my list to do this year. See what else I’ve got up to or what I plan to get up to over here!

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Zip-Lining Adventures


Posted By on Aug 4, 2014 | 0 comments

Last weekend I was able to tick off another item on my now infamous list… I went zip-lining in the Magoebaskloof mountains while on a weekend away and it was an absolute adventure.

Hans, Robyn and I were super excited to take part in this canopy tour, to get harnessed up and enjoy the views and the adrenalin rush during this 2 hour tour.

We were taken to the very official looking briefing area along with three other adventure-seekers to be introduced to our guides and given the low-down on how long the tour would take, what equipment we’d be given, how to handle ourselves during each zip-line section, etc. Once the briefing was finished we were kitted up. I managed to get a very enthusiastic guide that, while tightening and securing the harness over my torso, lost his grip and connected his fist to my left cheek bone. It was hard enough for me to see stars but luckily soft enough that there was no swelling or a black eye later.

Once we were all kitted out and harnessed up (which added what felt like another 20kgs!) we walked down what seemed like a million steep steps to the first zip-line point. By the time we got here my legs were shaking from the extra weight and the nervous excitement of the adventure to come.

The canopy tour seemed to be over in a flash even though we passed through thirteen platforms. But I suppose time flies when you’re having fun!

Since what goes down must come up, we had to trek up another million steps from the last zip-line platform to the same level as the main reception building. Going down the steps was a lot easier than going up! It took all the remaining adrenalin energy to keep me putting one foot in front of the other! It was so hectic that I had stiff calf and thigh muscles for THREE days after the adventure. But I would totally do it all over again, and since we each got a “frequent flyer” card that allows us a discount on our next tour, I plan to do another zip-lining adventure at the Magaliesberg Canopy Tour and rope in Hans and Robyn.

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This was one of the things on my list to do this year. See what else I’ve got up to or what I plan to get up to over here!

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