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Star Wars quizzing and Spec’s 37th birthday 3D neon putt-putt

Last weekend I was knocked down by a cold (not the flu, as I had my flu shot this year), but despite that meaning lots of rest time was required we still got out a fair bit, as you’ll see from the pics below…

Thursday, 25 July 2019: Star Wars quizzing at Exclusive Books

Look at those happy faces! Mum had seen a sign for a Star Wars quiz at the Exclusive Books in Table Bay Mall, so Husband and Spec opted in as a team on Thursday evening. They did really well, coming second out of eight teams! Dad and I went along as their cheering team.
Look at those happy faces! Mum had seen a sign for a Star Wars quiz at the Exclusive Books in Table Bay Mall, so Husband and Spec opted in as a team on Thursday evening. They did really well, coming second out of eight teams! Dad and I went along as their cheering team.
Celebrating their quiz victory with some sushi at Best of Asia.
Celebrating their quiz victory with some sushi at Best of Asia.

Friday, 26 July 2019: Creative Mornings talk, Fat Cactus lunch, boys’ pinball afternoon

Last Friday morning, I started my work day at the latest Creative Mornings Cape Town event at AAA School. Click here to catch up if you missed my coverage of Kurt Minnaar's talk.
Last Friday, I started my work day at the latest Creative Mornings Cape Town event at AAA School. Click here to catch up if you missed my coverage of Kurt Minnaar’s talk.
I was even snapped by the official Creative Mornings photographer, snapping a photo at the event!
I was even snapped by the official Creative Mornings photographer, snapping a photo at the event!
Say cheese! We had our much-awaited team lunch at the Fat Cactus last Friday, walking distance from the office. Even Rod was there!
Say cheese! We had our much-awaited team lunch at the Fat Cactus last Friday, walking distance from the office. Even Rod was there!
Deciding what to eat was tough. In the end I went for this, the Happy Hog quesadillas, with BBQ pulled pork, cheese and chilli pineapple salsa. Yum! Washed down with an espresso shake, of course.
Deciding what to eat was tough. In the end I went for this, the Happy Hog quesadillas, with BBQ pulled pork, cheese and chilli pineapple salsa. Yum! Washed down with an espresso shake, of course.
If all goes to plan for Husband, he gets to leave work a little early on a Friday afternoon. The stars aligned for him last Friday so he got home before me for once, and trotted down to the local pub with dad for a quick beer while waiting on my bus to arrive.
If all goes to plan for Husband, he gets to leave work a little early on a Friday afternoon. The stars aligned for him last Friday so he got home before me for once, and trotted down to the local pub with dad for a quick beer while waiting on my bus to arrive.

Saturday, 27 July 2019: 3D putt-putt, rugby and cake for Spec’s 37th birthday

All in the Kitchen deli was open Saturday morning with a limited menu, so we popped in for the bacon-egg croissant with flat white special.
All in the Kitchen deli was open Saturday morning with a limited menu, so we popped in for the bacon-egg croissant with flat white special.
Seaside Village held a Lego expo of sorts on Saturday, so of course we went along to browse with great interest. The Guardians of the Galaxy set is adorable!
Seaside Village held a Lego expo of sorts on Saturday, so of course we went along to browse with great interest. The Guardians of the Galaxy set is adorable!
As Saturday was Spec's birthday, he stayed over at his parents house for the night. Husband treated him to a round of putt-putt at Glowing Rooms' 3D blacklight mini golf in Milnerton, along with his parents. I wasn't up for the adventure (and luckily had played before) so opted for a nap at home instead.
As Saturday was Spec’s birthday, he stayed over at his parents house for the night. Husband treated him to a round of putt-putt at Glowing Rooms’ 3D blacklight mini golf in Milnerton, along with his parents. I wasn’t up for the adventure (and luckily had played before) so opted for a nap at home instead.
I was feeling a little better later that afternoon so bundled up tight to accompany Husband, Spec and their dad to the local Unimil rugby match.
I was feeling a little better later that afternoon so bundled up tight to accompany Husband, Spec and their dad to the local Unimil rugby match at Theo Marais Park.
We all popped in at Husband's parents that evening for some birthday singing. Love love love the pic of Husband and Bassie in her hoodied tracksuit bottom-right.
We all popped in at Husband’s parents that evening for some birthday singing. Love love love the pic of Husband and Bassie in her hoodied tracksuit top-right.

Sunday, 28 July 2019: Ou Meul breakfast, Reload coffee break

It was the Winteriest day on Sunday so we sat inside at the new Ou Meul Bakkery in Melkbos (where the farmstall used to be). See Husband's eggy toast and my toasted banana bread, as well as our coffees - a flat white and honey-nut latte, respectively.
It was the ‘Winteriest’ day on Sunday so we sat inside at the new Ou Meul Bakkery in Melkbos (where the farmstall used to be). See Husband’s eggy toast and my toasted banana bread, as well as our coffees – a flat white and honey-nut latte, respectively.
Husband decided I was in need of a Reload coffee treat early Sunday afternoon so we popped into the Parklands branch for a flat white and peppermint-choc latte. He was right, it was just what I needed!
Husband decided I was in need of a Reload coffee treat early Sunday afternoon so we popped into the Parklands branch for a flat white and peppermint-choc latte. He was right, it was just what I needed!
Trying to keep warm with the doglets in the lounge on Sunday afternoon.
Trying to keep warm with the doglets in the lounge on Sunday afternoon.
Strawberries, choc cake and ice cream with coffee for Sunday evening dessert at Mum's.
Strawberries, choc cake and ice cream with coffee for Sunday evening dessert at Mum’s.

Wednesday, 31 July and Thursday, 1 August 2019: CEM Africa Summit at CTICC

The 8th CEM (Customer Experience Management) Africa Summit took place on Wednesday and Thursday at the CTICC. See some of my favourite moments here, and click here for my overview of how government is reducing red tape in the experience economy.
The 8th CEM (Customer Experience Management) Africa Summit took place on Wednesday and Thursday at the CTICC. See some of my favourite moments here (yes, that is Darth Vader bottom right), and click here for my overview of how government is reducing red tape in the experience economy.
Always big smiles when I run into Chantel Botha of BrandLove at the CEM Africa Summit!
Always big smiles when I run into Chantel Botha of BrandLove at the CEM Africa Summit!

That’s all, folks! Husband has since caught my cold, so we’re going to take it easy again this weekend…

Autumn 2017 and Husband’s parents arrive in Cape Town

It’s been another longgg week with Husband playing the role of Marvin (click here if you’re not sure what that means).

We’ve finally had a fair sprinkling of rain though, and the weather’s definitely nippier than usual so I think it’s fair to say that Autumn 2017 has arrived in Cape Town. If you click through to my blog post from this week last year I said the exact same thing, so at least I’m consistent)…

Friday, 17 March 2017: Work farewell at Fat Cactus

Espresso milkshake at Fat Cactus
We tend to hold any work farewells or special functions at the Fat Cactus as it’s walking distance from our office, so that’s just where we went last Friday for our editorial assistant’s farewell. I had the espresso milkshake you see here.

Saturday, 18 March 2017: Autumnal Chocolat breakfast, doggy beach walk and local rugby supporting

Cold Belville
This is what the weather was like when we set off for breakfast on Saturday morning. Cloudy, cold and in need of coffee.
Cappuccino at Chocolat in Bellville.
Luckily that’s just what we had at Chocolat in Durbanville – we were headed somewhere else when we saw it’s facade and decided to pop in. I’m so glad we did.
Food at Chocolat
Look at the pretty gold-framed bunny art inside, the proteas in silver teapots, Husband’s Tabasco sauce-drenched eggs benedict and my strawberry-topped Nutella-peanut butter French toast. Delicious!
Doggie beach walk.
Later that morning it was time for walkies at the beach, which was surprisingly empty. Note Husband, happy doggies and sea birds.
Dogs at beach
Lots of happy moments during the walkies, including Bassie being off leash and Bertie swimming in the sea. Both were tired and happy to get back home.
Union Milnerton Rugby Club at Theo Marais Park
Much later than evening, after a few weekend adminny chores, we went to Theo Marais Park to support Union Milnerton Rugby Club (Millies) against Brackenfell (Brakkies). It was cold enough for coffee and Husband had to go retrieve the ball when it veered towards the cricket side of the field.

Sunday, 19 March 2017: Pineapple-y Sunday

Limnos cappuccino and Woolworths in Canal Walk
We wanted to break our fast at the Woollies Cafe in Canal Walk first thing on Sunday but got there before they open at 9am, so had a quick pre-coffee at Limnos while ogling their droolworthy cakes. Also seen here: The fritaffle Husband ate, my frosted caramel latte and the healthy orange, carrot and pineapple-y juice Husband braved. That wasn’t the last pineapple of the day…
Moyo pina colada
We decided on a shared pina colada for our Sunday afternoon treat, at Moyo as you can tell from my face-paintings here.
Moyo face-painting
You can see my face-painting better in this shot out of the light (and the icy water our feet were dangling in as we bravely sat at the surfboard tables outside.)
Pineapple pudding
What a coincidence, Mum had made a pineapple pudding for after lupper that evening.

Monday, 20 and Tuesday, 21 March 2017: Husband’s parents arrive

Furniture truck
Husband’s parents arrived at our house on Monday evening, and the truck with all their worldly goods arrived at their new house first thing on Tuesday morning – luckily it was a public holiday so we could go along to help out, though Husband was being Marvin this week so only had two hours of sleep from Monday night’s shift.
Eden Cafe food
Unfortunately Husband’s dad had a bad kidney stone attack during the night so was booked into hospital. The rest of us did a bit of unpacking then decamped to Eden Cafe for a much needed foot-dip in the ocean and tummy top-up. I had a passion-fruit shake, Husband a draught, mother-in-law a glass of wine. She ate the chicken mayo on pumpkin-seed roll while we shared a chicken prego roll that really hit the spot!

Thursday, 23 March 2017: Sea Point event, annual staff meet and Fat Cactus lunch

Sea Point
First thing on Thursday I hopped on the bus to Sea Point to cover the Mediamark In the Know Now media event at the La Vendome Radisson Blue hotel. It was sunny when I arrived but the weather quickly changed and became cloudy cool.
Hot cross bun latte at Rise in Woodstock Exchange
After catching up on emails in the office it was time to walk a block down to the Woodstock Exchange as we’d booked to hold our end of year staff meeting there. I opted for a hot cross bun latte – or a ‘cross burn’, as you can see here.
Chilli con carne nachos grande at Fat Cactus
Then it was time to eat – at the Fat Cactus again, lol. The nachos grande with side of chilli con carne on the right was all mine, a truly huge portion that we’re still polishing off this evening!

That’s all, folks. We’ll be helping the parents unpack and also having a few days off work before my next update, so expect happier, more relaxed faces then. ๐Ÿ™‚

End-of-year work lunches at Cape Point Vineyards and Fat Cactus

We’re so close now that I can almost taste the holidays. Here’s what we’ve been getting up to while waiting…

Friday, 2 December 2016: Bizcommunity’s end-of-year lunch at Cape Point Vineyards, Noordhoek

Cape Point Vineyards.
We were so lucky with the weather last Friday, as our end-of-year office party was being held at Cape Point Vineyard in Noordhoek. What a gorgeous venue! The inside is simply beautiful but the outside area is a clear winner as you have views across to the Noordhoek beach.
Lunch at Cape Point Vineyards
Look at that delicious food! The top shot is the snacky platters brought to the table for all to share, then you can see what I opted for from the choices per lunch course: my beef carpaccio starter, rib-eye mains with tomatoes still on the vine and a caramel-macadamia nut cheesecake dessert. So delicious.
Laughing at Cape Point Vineyards, Noordhoek
I spent lots of time laughing with my colleague Jess, who moved from Cape Town to Johannesburg earlier this year.
Cape Point Vineyard in Noordhoek
Team shot! Lots of happy faces.

Saturday, 3 December 2016: Breakfast at Company’s Garden, weekend beach walkies and paella at Espana

Eggs benedict at Company's Garden
Saturday was our last full day with Husband’s parents as they were making the long trek back to Joburg the next day, so we decided on breakfast at Company’s Garden in town. Three of us went for cappuccinos, one had a coke, and three went for the eggs benedict while one tried something new: the apple-berry crumble. So yummy, as you’ll see below.
Apple-berry crumble at Company's Garden.
The before and mid. No picture of after as the bowl was clean.
Squirrel in Company's Garden
Bellies full, we wandered around the gardens looking at all the squirrels and pigeons and plants. I also tested out this egg chair, and a squirrel darted back and forth in front of me.
Sitting in egg chair at Company's Garden
Husband joined me for this shot.
Dogs at beach
Next up, a beach visit. Good shot of how the doggies go in different directions at the beach. All the while scrambling over rocks and dipping feeties in the sea.
Dogs on beach
Both looking happy, caught mid-scramble.
Dog at beach
The three males – Husband, his dad and Bertie in a calmer-than-usual moment.
Dogs at the beach
These are two very happy doggies after beach walkies.
Espana Burgundy Estate
For our final dins with Husband’s parents we ate at a firm family favourite, Espana in Burgundy Estate. Here is Husband demonstrating the outside and almost blending in with the decor inside.
Paella at Espana
To eat, we all went for the paella and all ate every morsel. My father-in-law also opted for their cinnamon-sugar pancakes. A lovely night.
Sunset over Table Mountain from Burgundy Estate
The sunset over Table Mountain and the sea from Burgundy Estate is always a treat.

Sunday, 4 December 2016: Greens breakfast and 2016 Christmas trees

Green's, Plattekloof Village
Parents safely on the long road back home, we stopped in at Greens in Plattekloof Village for breakfast. I had the waffle with caramel, banana and icecream, while Husband had the mushroom-spinach benedict. That’s my cappuccino and his breakfast Cola.
Christmas trees.
Amongst some weekend admin I also admired the pretty Christmas tree in a local nursery on the left, put up my own tree that evening and helped Mum decorate hers when we went for dins that eve.

Monday 5 to Thursday, 8 December 2016: Final team lunch at Fat Cactus

Champagne at work
T’was the birthday of one of my colleagues on Friday and as she’d taken the day off we didn’t get to celebrate with her at our end-of-year. She brought in all sorts of deliciousness on Monday so we ‘cheers-ed’ her belatedly then.
Green chameleon
We took a break from our desks for a few minutes of sunshine and spotted a little green chameleon trotting along. See how very green he is!
Fat Cactus Woodstock.
Thursday was our final team lunch of the year. We went across to the Fat Cactus and were back at our desks just over an our later. I went for the pulled-pork soft tacos and espresso shake.

It’s another two weeks of work, then Husband’s brother comes down to stay with us for a few weeks over the Christmas break. Exciting times! ๐Ÿ™‚

Cloudy Malmsbury scenery, OJ for breakfast and new spectacles

Another admin-filled week as we’ve had to present affidavits to replace most of my bank cards, my prescription glasses and even spent the bulk of a day at home affairs applying for a new ID. That said, there were still highlights, as you’ll see below…

Friday, 30 September 2016: #AspirationsReport event and home braai

Sport Sciences Institute in Newlands
I spent most of the day at the Sport Science Institute in Newlands, right by the sweet smelling South African Breweries, taking in the findings of the UCT Unilever Institute of Strategic Marketing’s #AspirationsReport 2016 – click here to find out more.
Braai
The weather was delightful that evening, so Husband braaied some cheese wors for our dins.

Saturday, 1 October 2016: Malmsbury scenery

Cloudy road to Malmsbury
Our first stop on Saturday was home affairs in town… only to find they’d already taken their 100 ID applications for the day. We decided to also try the department in Malmsbury, +-120km away as it was also a bucket list location for us to tick off. You can just see the mountains and roads in this photo dominated by clouds.
Lavender
Lots of pretty lavender, rosemary and other assorted plants add a splash of colour to the countryside.
Palm tree frame
This window frames the natural beauty of this scenery perfectly. This was on our way back home on finding the Malmsbury office just as crowded. We ticked off Malmsbury and decided to try again in town during the week.
Enchiladas at the Village Place Cafe
By then quite tired and hungry, we stopped in at the Village Place Cafe and noticed they had a new menu with intriguing items like enchiladas. Husband tried them, with a filling side salad.
S'mores waffle at Village Place Cafe
For me… well I couldn’t pass up the S’mores Belgian waffle, could I? Delicious. Look at all that ice cream and gooey marshmallow. Yum.
Milkshakes at Wimpy, Canal Walk
After even more admin of replacing loyalty cards and buying a new handbag we treated ourselves to large milkshakes at the Wimpy in Canal Walk. Husband had the banana, I had the coffee.
Dog watching eat
Much later that evening, I noticed a pair of eyes watching me munch some crisps.

Sunday, 2 October 2016: Beachy mornings and cocktail afternoons

Flapjack stack at Bread & Butter
For breakfast on Sunday we found ourselves at Bread & Butter again. This flapjack stack with bacon, cinnamon-fried banana and syrup was truly delicious. Note my cheapie non-prescription sunnies.
Orange juice
Husband, being healthy, opted for an orange juice instead of his usual breakfast Cola. Lol at his face after ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s my cappuccino you can see, Husband had the same Banting breakfast as last week (click here for a reminder).
Blouberg beach
It was beach weather, so we went to the beach. That’s Husband running ahead of me, desperate to dip his feet in the water.
Book at the beach
I was happy to soak up some sun, doze off and read a bit while Husband splashed about.
Rocks at sea
Here is Husband exploring the rocks after his dip.
Pina colada at Eden Cafe.
We stopped in at Eden Cafe in Big Bay a little later in the day. I finally got to have the pina colada I’d been waiting for all week.
Long Island Ice Tea at Eden Cafe
Husband went for his standard Long Island Ice Tea.
Pincushion flowers
Such a pretty floral centre piece at mum’s that evening.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016: Burger Kingย ad premier

Burger King whopper meal
On Wednesday evening, Husband and I were invited to the premier of Burger King’s first ad, fittingly at the newly opened Burger King at Canal Walk (where Joe’s Easy Diner used to be). We were treated to a Whopper meal each. I’ll be writing about the ad for Bizcommunity next week!
Canal Walk palm tree
We had a bit of time to spare between eating and watching the ad (as well as the new Masterminds movie), so wandered around the mall and its perimeter.

Thursday, 6 October 2016: Home Affairs morning,ย Doodles evening

Toast and cappuccino at On the Corner
We had ย a very early start to queue at Home Affairs again, and despite a few system crashes – I had to have my photo digitally taken three separate times – all was sorted and we had confirmation that the new IDs will be ready in a few weeks. To celebrate we decided to eat at On the Corner in Paarden Island. Here’s my peri peri sauce-drenched double-toasted chicken mayo and handcut chips, with cappuccino is handle-less glass cup.
Full on breakfast
Husband went for the ‘Full on’ breakfast – all this and the cappuccino in the above photo for R45!
Milkshake at Doodles
Following a nap and collection of my last few replacement cards we went to Doodles for a late-afternoon treat. Look at my Bar-One milkshake, almost bigger than Husband! Lol.
Nachos at Doodles
We shared the nachos. Just right for both of us and one of the most popular orders.

Friday, 7 October 2016: Fat Cactus family and new spectacles

Drinks at Fat Cactus
Husband met my parents at the Fat Cactus just up the road from work so he could save me some travel time home. Mum is holding up a rib, dad a margarita, Husband a beer.
Specsavers sunglasses
We stopped off at Specsavers in Bayside on the way home to collect my new glasses. Prescription sunnies, too. Silly poser, me ๐Ÿ˜‰

That’s all, folks! Looking forward to a relaxing weekend, hope you are, too.

Parental airport returns and colleague’s Mexican (Japanese) goodbyes

This week has been a super busy one, mainly because I’m on leave next week soย had quite a bit of work to tick off my to-do list, then its Easter weekend and before you know it we’re in April! A quarter of the year gone! It’s hard to believe. Here are the past week’s highlights…

Saturday, 12 March 2016: Driftwood breakfast and parents airport pick-up

Coffee at Driftwood Cafe
We woke early and dropped the car off at the nearest car wash then trotted across to the Driftwood Cafe. I had this pleasing cup of coffee as part of my R25 breakfast.
Breakfast at Driftwood Cafe
Husband buttering toast to go with his bigger-than-mine breakfast.
Mum and dad's plane taxiing along the runway
We’d been tracking the parents’ planes through an app on Husband’s phone so timed our arrival at the airport pretty well. This was their flight from Joburg taxiing along the runway…
Watching plane disembark at Cape Town International Airport
We watched them disembark from the viewing deck before dashing down to the arrivals hall.
Sad dogs on couch
The doggies were very keen to see Granny and Grampa again, see their sad faces when I asked “Where’s Granny Grampa?”
Eyeball window display
Later that day we were at Tyger Valley Shopping Centre. I couldn’t help snapping a pic of this eye-catching window display at Identity.
Hot-air balloon mall display
Such a cute ‘hot-air balloon’. Husband snapped me sipping a McDonald’s caramel latte beside it. Yes that is Rey from Star Wars looking at it jealously over my shoulder and photobombing me.

Sunday, 13 March 2016: Breakfast at Rusty Oak Bistro

Rusty Oak Bistro buffet breakfast
We read up on the Rusty Oak Bistro at Ruslamere through Zomato and decided to try them for breakfast. Husband opted for the hot buffet – and promptly toppled the pepper grinder onto his first plateful, teehee.
Large cappuccino at Rusty Oak
My rather large cappuccino, just delicious
Waffles at Rusty Oak Bistro
I went for the waffle topped with berry and bacon bits – ahem, and got the double. And finished it all. Kept me full till we got to Mum’s for lupper that eve (note my fancy Roo shirt from the parents’ trip).
Heart fountains at Ruslamere
The pretty outdoor area at Ruslamere.
Raspberries and coffee icecream.
Much, much later, at Mum’s that eve we had raspberries with her homemade coffee icecream. Goodness me it was delicious. Washed down with a delightful pink wine.

Thursday, 17 March 2016: St Patrick’s Day work events and celebrations

Lightsabre lights in FCB building reception
I started my Thursday at an exclusive presentation at an agency walking distance from the office. Just love the multicoloured light-sabre type lights that hang from the reception area of the FCB/Hellocomputer building in Woodstock, and the little window near the ceiling. This picture does not do it justice.
FCB wall art Skrik vir niks
Walking to the lift I saw this interesting wall art – which I later found out was printed by Husband! Tis a very small world.
Coffee at FCB
There was time for a quick cup of coffee before the presentation began. Note my stripy pants did not match the stripy carpet.
Clouds over Lion's Head
Lots of pretty clouds about on my way to the bus stop after work that evening. There’s a definite chill in the air these days – the start of autumn so soon?
Guinness for St Patrick's Day
We were just too tired to head out anywhere after work for official celebrations, but Husband had a Guinness in St Paddy’s honour.

Friday, 18 March 2016: Fat Cactus farewell to Meg

Farewell Megan!
My colleague Megan (two down from me in this pic, she was in most of my pics from last year’s Loeries blog post) is jetting off to teach English in Japan in a few weeks, and as most people are on leave next week we had a brief farewell at the Fat Cactus across the road from the office today. I was sat at the ‘espresso milkshake’ end of the table ๐Ÿ™‚
Espresso shake at Fat Cactus
The Milkshake Queen strikes again! These are the espresso shakes in question. |I almost had another.

That’s all, folks! I’m going to use the next few days to switch off, reset and recharge my batteries. Hope you have a wonderful long weekend!

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