Monthly Archives: February 2014

We Love Cities Campaign.

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Last night I attended the launch of the #WeLoveDurban campaign hosted by I Luv Durban and Ethekwini Municipality. My invite said I was identified as an integral part of the campaign as a social media influencer. The event was held at the Peoples Park Cafe.

Durban has been selected as a finalist amongst 33 other leading cities, for more information check out http://www.welovecities.org/durban.

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This first of it’s kind media campaign will harness the power of social and digital media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Invited were top press, social media influencers, bloggers, micro bloggers and stakeholders to this event. And yes it was ok to be antisocial and tweet away with the free Wifi.

During the campaign the City hopes to make the public aware of the numerous projects implemented by the City to promote and encourage to move to environmentally friendly lifestyles.

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So how can you vote for my awesome city :

1)Vote on the site http://www.welovecities.org/durban.  (1 vote a day so vote everyday).

2)Submit suggestions on website to improve city with sustainability in mind.

3)Upload pics on Instagram with hashtag #welovedurban.

4)Twitter tweets and pics using #welovedurban.

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The city with the most interactions with their We Love Cities webpage will win. So come on all those who love Durban! vote / tweet/ insta your pics and memories.

The winning city will be announced at the end of March 2014.

 

Carrie Bradshaw…

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 All us girls secretly wish we were one of the girls from Sex in the City. Do you really blame us with all those gorgeous shoes, clothing, glamorous life and not forgetting the drop dead gorgeous hunks all set in New York .I recall secretly watching the show as a teenager and loving every minute of it. I loved Carrie’s collection of shoes that would defo feed a small African country and not forgetting her romance with Mr Big. I found these awesome quotes online and decided to share them …

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1.’I’ve spent $40,000 on shoes and I have no place to live? I will literally be the old woman who lived in her shoes!’

2. ‘You and I are so over we need a new word for it.’

3. ‘The fact is, sometimes it’s really hard to walk in a single woman’s shoes. That’s why we need really special ones now and then to make the walk a little more fun’

4. ‘And then I realised something, twenty-something girls are just fabulous, until you see one with the man who broke your heart.’

5. ‘I like my money where I can see it – hanging in my closet.’

6. ‘I’m thinking balls are to men, what purses are to women. It’s just a little bag but we’d feel naked in public without it.’

7. ‘You and I are like that red wall. It’s a good idea in theory, but somehow it doesn’t quite work.’

8. ‘Oh, it’s never different! It’s six years of never being different! This is it! I am done! Don’t call me ever again! Forget you know my number! In fact, forget you know my name! And you can drive up this street all you want – because I don’t live here any more!’

9. ‘Oh my God! Do you know what these are? Manolo Blahnik Mary Janes! I thought these were an urban shoe myth!’
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10. ‘Somewhere out there is another little freak who will love us and understand us and kiss our three heads and make it all better’

11. ‘I will never be the woman with the perfect hair, who can wear white and not spill on it.’

12. ‘When I first moved to New York and I was totally broke, sometimes I would buy Vogue instead of dinner. I felt it fed me more.’

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13. ‘I couldn’t understand a word she was saying, but I felt I had in my possession all the Italian I’d ever need to know: Dolce, Dolce, Dolce.’

14. ‘I will not be the first one to speak. And if he never calls me again, I’ll always think of him fondly, as an asshole.’

15. ‘Beauty is fleeting, but a rent-controlled apartment overlooking the park is forever.’

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16. ‘I’m looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can’t-live-without-each-other love.’

17. ‘I used to think those people who sat alone at Starbucks writing on their laptops were pretentious posers. Now I know: They are people who have recently moved in with someone.’

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18. ‘Being single used to mean that nobody wanted you. Now it means you’re pretty sexy and you’re taking your time deciding how you want your life to be and who you want to spend it with.’

19. ‘They say nothing lasts forever; dreams change, trends come and go, but friendships never go out of style.’

20. ‘Life gives you lots of chances to screw up which means you have just as many chances to get it right.’

21. ‘There comes a point in every relationship when romance gives way to reality.’

22. ‘After all, seasons change, so do cities; people come into your life and people go. But it’s comforting to know that the ones you love are always in your heart. And if you’re very lucky, a plane ride away.ear. I think you’re done.’

23. ‘Women come to New York for the two L’s: Labels and Love.’

These are just some of my Carrie wisdom which I love 🙂 Yes! Yes! I wish I was Carrie in Sex in the City and yes, I am still holding on waiting for Mr Big to make up his mind and build me a walk in shoe closet 😉

Love is….

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It always baffles me that the English Language has only word to express the word Love yet the Greeks and Indians each have over 5 words each.

We each experience different kinds of love in life…. For me personally, Love manifests itself in my life like this :

  1. Love of my  Family – your first experience of relationships.
  2. Love of my beloved puppy Zara.
  3. Love of my country.
  4. Love of my friends who have become family.
  5. Love of my Religion and culture.

All 5 are so different yet have the common thread of Love binding them together. Love is a verb and is definately more than a feeling. Go out there into the world and Try to be LOVE ! Love does make the world a better place.

This song is so beautiful, have a listen let me know your thoughts… http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qeNRQgzJqt4.

Ciao xxx

Love Actually…

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In keeping with the theme of Love Month  I have decided to share how I met a boyfriend(now ex).

The story starts 8 years ago in London on a dull, gloomy October day. The weather matched my mood. After having a crappy day at work I decided to jump onto the Tube and go west into the City.I found myself at one of my favourite spots in London. Canary Wharf. I needed to think about my work situation while having a Vanilla Latte in Caffe Nero and doodling in my diary. I was in no mood for company. I love Canary Wharf as it has such a buzz of activity around it and not to mention fab spots to eat and shop at AND gorgeous suited and booted men for me to drool at :).

I ordered my vanilla caffeine hit, settled down at a table for two, put my head down and started pondering and doodling. I was totally oblivious to the fact that the coffee shop was super full with patrons also getting their caffeine fix. Suddenly I heard this very manly voice with a hint of a foreign accent ask if he could please share my table. Instantly without looking up, I responded “no, sorry!”. The voice spoke again, “Please, I need to have my lunch and rush to a meeting and the store is full”. At this point I looked and there infront of me, stood the most sauve looking booted and suited 6ft tall guy. I then responded “ok, BUT don’t talk to me”. He pulled out the chair sat down and said “Hi, I am Mr Y ( name withheld) thank you for letting me share your table”. My reply, head still down “I said don’t talk to me”. He chuckled and said “Don’t you ever smile or tell people your name”. At this point I looked up with a smirk and ” I do. Don’t you stop talking?” Mr Y replied, “Wow, you have such a lovely smile. When you smiled, I blushed”. I got all flustered by this strangers words. My diary was now 2 full A5 pages of doodles.

Mr Y got ready to leave. I was rather glad he was going. Before he got up he said “Please do me a favour?” To which I replied “Now what ?” “And maybe “.He said, “Tomorrow, meet me here. Same time, same place, same table please, as I would love to get to know you. In my now coy moment I replied “You wish. Bye! “.

On my journey home, I kept thinking about this booted and suited stranger who invaded my space and my quiet moment. Once I got home, I was rather busy as I had to meet friends for dinner.  The next morning , I kept thinking should I ? Shouldn’t I go ? I took forever to get ready for work , choosing the perfect outfit and getting my hair and make up perfect. I didn’t dare divulge to work friends about the tall dark stranger I met with a slight foreign accent or the fact I was contemplating meeting him after work. All day I was in two minds. After work, I made an excuse of meeting other friends and left. I got onto the Tube still oohing and ahhing. As I approached my stop for home I said to myself, “Live a little ! ” “Carpe diem”, and so I set off to Canary Wharf to meet Mr Y. The thought crossed my mind in case he wasn’t there 😦 oh well I would go shopping and have dinner at my fav Japanese eatery, Wagamamas.

With a deep breath, I walked into Caffe Nero, and there he was sitting at my table looking at his watch with 2cups of coffee waiting for me. I instantly smiled and got all shy. As I walked up to him he got up pulled my seat and waited for me to sit down. This was the start of an amazing 18month relationship that ended sadly when Mr Y was diagnosed from cancer and kept me out of his world. I cried and threw tantrums as all I wanted was to be there for him. He explained to me on our final meeting that he would never want me to see him suffer or become his widow as I was so young. I couldn’t understand this. It broke my heart into a million pieces. He refused to see me or even speak to me after that final goodbye. To me, I felt my heart had stopped beating and I couldn’t breathe. I had the loving support of a  group of my friends in London who looked after me , bought me biltong, let me sleep over , took over my lessons when I broke into tears , cooked for me and basically helped me through my pain. During this difficult time I realised how much Mr Y loved and cherished me not to see him that way but remember him as the tall dark booted and suited stranger who took my breath away.Till this day I do wonder how he is.. Is he still alive and all the “what ifs”. Having experienced such a beautiful relationship where he taught me about love, life and enjoying Bollywood, this has made me rather picky in men and not willing to settle for second best.

So yes its all true …

Mr Y did exist …

It was Love Actually 🙂

I <3 Me

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In August 2013 I was announced as the POUT Ambassador for Durban. In an earlier post I explained about the organisation and its aims.

I was asked to write a post on “Loving myself” here is the link to the post : http://t.co/rphqWtj8VL.                                   

Do let me know your thoughts….           

Ciao xxx

Zara…

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Last June my life changed when I became a doggy mummy. As a family we have always had pets but never have I been the “parent”.

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Zara was born on the 4th April 2013. She is half Ridgeback and half Rotteweiler. She is brown in colour and totally gorgeous. It was really love at 1st sight and I was totally Smitten with Zara. From buying her doggy treats to a fancy bed and toys – yes yes – I became mummy obesessed. Zara is such a mummy’s girl she loves cupcakes like me! Not real ones, but a toy one which she loves.

Last week Zara went into the vet for a simple procedure of getting spayed. However this has now lead to Zara being taken to the after hours emergency room on early hours of Sunday morning, as she opened up her wound and and caused it to bleed. My brother refused to let me see her and took her to the hospital. On returning home, Nico told me Zara was having surgery done and the open wound was infected 😦 The vet later called to say it was infected, but surgery was performed and Zara was in recovery mode.

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This morning Zara came home all bandaged , huge white funnel around her head and mum has put socks on each paw to prevent her from scratching herself.

Yet again I wish I had my magic wand to make my beloved Zara better.

Get well soon my nunu Zara.

My gran…

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Having ever known only 1 set of grandparents my whole life, both my grandparents are my world. When I was 13 my grandad passed away. My gran always doted on my brother and I cooking our favourite meals and basically spoiling us rotten.

Since Dad , who was her only child died gran hasn’t been in the best of health often landing in hospital. This April, gran turns 80.

On Thursday we had to admit her into hospital again. She is very frail and has an enlargened heart. I have phobias about hospitals ever since dad passed on 😦 Gran has been through so much in her life wish I could wave my magic wand and make her better.

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Get well soon Ma we love and miss you loads.

ciao xxx

February…

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Welcome 2nd month of 2014!

I look forward to all that this month holds. Last month was pretty awesome so I have great expectations of you February. Another chapter to 2014 where pursuing my dreams and goals are given a chance to blossom. And not forgetting its the month of Love, hoping that I do get struck by Cupids Arrow 🙂 I know you will woo me and wow me in your 28 days. So here’s to looking forward to 28days of happiness, love, fulfillment and dreams coming true.

 

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