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Parklife Festival

Parklife is upon us yet again, let’s hope I actually make it past 4pm this time!

The last Parklife Festival that I went to last year in November was pretty rad, and the people I went with were probably also the main reason, but I unfortunately had to leave as I had too much to drink and as my phone had been stolen the Friday night before I could not get hold of anyone and got myself lost (yes, true story). I was also only a tad drunk because I had been sober for a month prior to the festival, so my tolerance level was a joke.

Anyhoo! The line-up for tomorrow looks great, I want to see The Plastics, Matthew Mole, Al Bairre, December Streets, Frank Turner, SHORTSTRAW, Newtown Knife Gang, The Kiffness, Gangs of Ballet, and KT Tunstall. Yes so basically everyone, I want to see everyone.

Check the times of the line-up below.

Parklife Line-Up

Looking forward to ticking another music festival and some more bands off!

Tickets Tickets Tickets

Kissing, So Hot Right Now

We all know what a sucker I am for kissing, I have said it before and I will keep saying it. Kissing is probably the sexiest thing out there that two people can do. When I kiss someone it will either make or break whatever is to happen from that point onwards.

I have not been posting a lot of pictures on my kissing page lately, yes I am a slacker, but I post a lot on my Pinterest kissing board. Eat your heart out at these images. Hot.

Now the reason I am actually blogging about this subject today, instead of the usual post on the aforementioned dedicated kissing page is because, have you seen what is happening out there? Kissing is hot, and it’s grabbing people’s attention, about damn time too.

The Lacoste Ad. “The Big Leap”

From your first steps, to your first race.
From your first scream, to your first speech.
From your first heartbeat, to your first kiss.

I mean hello? That is hot!

The video “20 Strangers Kiss for the First Time”

Okay, so now that we have all watched that and gotten a stupid smile on our (my) face/s, how lovely is this? I loved it, from the second I heard about it, until the very last moment of the clip. And yes, I believe it’s actually a clothing ad. and the “strangers” are all actually actors. I do not care, it’s magical. The song also really makes the whole thing, I want to kiss while it’s playing in the background, so if there are any takers out there, I am looking to get French…

And then, whilst paging around on Flipboard, something I do not often do (not often enough) I discovered this song, I am still trying to decide if I actually like the song or if it’s just the kissing in the music video that captured me. Okay, I do actually like the song”, listen to the words. Oh. My. Gawsh. “I only need you to be French with me”.

Shura – Touch

This new girl that is on the block better have her music available on iTunes, soon.

When he leaned over to kiss me for the first time on his couch I thought my mind was going to explode. And it feels that way every time. And so it should.

We Are One Colour Festival

So with less than a week to go this years “We Are One Colour Festival” is basically here. Yes yes, “we” are all so fed up of the colour runs/walks/festivals/dances blah blah blah. I am not, last year I did not go this specific event because it was on the day that I landed back in SA from my Thailand Contiki Tour (it’s already been a year since then!?). I am so excited for this festival, I do not care that colour events are “overdone”, because in that case 10km races, heavy metal, indie & rock gig, Warrior races are all over done then.

The more things that are happening on weekends the happier I am, I spent 4 years focusing on my career and not having a social life, so the more things available for me to attend and do the better. Especially if I get to meet more people.

That said, I am thinking about going sober again, this drinking BS is not working out for my body, or my bank account. I had just as much fun at Bastille in January when I wasn’t drinking, and actually remembered the songs that sang, something I cannot really say for Ramfest about Biffy Clyro & Foals!

Here’s the line-up for Jo’burg’s We Are One festival:

  • Penthouse
  • Matt Suttner
  • Michael Lesar
  • Maoriginal joined by Oskido
  • Mix n Blend
  • Felix Da Housecat (USA)

If you’re going and manage to survive the Parklife Festival, which I also plan to attend, I’ll see you there! 🙂

We Are One Festival

It’s nearly Ramfest time!

Okay so with Ramfest 2014 only 2 sleeps around the corner all I can say is that I am off-my-freaking-face-excited.



I am, however still waiting for my tent to arrive from the Transkei, still looking for a fully functional blow-up mattress (one that comes with a pomp), still yet to buy all the survival supplies that I need in order to make it through two days of camping and best of all I am still waiting for my ticket to be delivered! This is probably the most essential thing that I am currently missing.

So yes, Ramfest, totally ready for that with only 2 more days to go! Haha

The line-up is beyond pretty freaking epic, and instead of typing all that out, I (the over eager beaver that I am) made pretty little square size pictures with all the bands and artists that are playing.

Friday Line Up

Friday Line Up

Saturday Line Up

Saturday Line Up

This is going to be the first ever weekend camping music festival type thing that I have ever gone to, so yes I am excited. So. Freaking. Excited. It’s basically all I can talk about. The boss even gave me leave on Friday. She is cool, yes.

I have made lists, lists of things to pack, lists of things to remember, lists of the bands, lists of the times, lists for my lists. Lists FTW. Haha

If I actually make it through this weekend alive, and enjoy it, I may consider going to Sowing the Seeds and OppiKoppi this year!

It has been raining since last week Saturday, and I can picture this weekend being a very messy one!

Gosh darn, I wish my ticket and tent would finally arrive!

A Great Saturday!

So this morning I woke up in a state of euphoria, possibly also because I fell asleep in pretty much the same state…

Yes Saturday was definitely off to a great start!

When I eventually managed to peel myself out of my bed I had a shower and got ready to go the Bastille concert, which I have been looking forward to for months. In case you haven’t picked up on it before from my previous articles, I love live music. And I can probably say Bastille were truly amazing in their own right, I don’t even know who to compare them to.

Massive stage!

Massive stage!

The local bands/acts weren’t bad. Matthew Mole specifically blew me away. That young man has got some talent and he seems to be quite a genuine guy when he’s talking to the crowd and performing too. Nice.

Back to Bastille, I now have super stiff thighs, tight pulling calf muscles and hardly any voice left.

I’ve been listening to the Bastille album non stop for two weeks, so it was quite awesome to be able to sing along to most of the songs.

I’m also extremely proud of myself for going to the concert and not having any alcohol to drink. Sober January is going really well!

Yes I can be crazy sober too.. ;)

Yes I can be crazy sober too.. 😉

Had yet another rad day out with my friend Chantal. The chick is awesome and I’m glad to have met her last year!

Chantal & I

Chantal & I

A Chilled One

What a weekend! I had such a chilled, at my own pace weekend last weekend.
On Friday night when I got home I had no plans, in fact I just planned to carry on working on the impromtu decision to dig up half my garden to create a new paved area so that it could be ready to “make pretty” over the weekend.
I then decided that I wanted to go out to Rumors to go watch the last show for the Puma Happy Holidays tour, no chance of me missing out on watching Desmond & the Tutus and Shortstraw if they’re playing in Jozi! Proper groupie love I tell you!
The show was great, absolutely loved it, nevermind the fact that as per usual Rumors was as hot as hell and everyone was sweaty. Now I have first hand experience of jamming and dripping with sweat both in Rumors and also when I was in Thailand, but there is only so much I can take. Only difference is that in Thailand, you are dripping with sweat and it’s an outside jol! Sweat on, party on. Rad night. – Rumors bar is a problem though, they really need to sort their sh*t out. I waited for 30 minutes to be served, only to find out they don’t have still water or Red Bull.
2014 is definitely another year of live shows and music for me! I’ve already got 3 bands down – Beach Party, Desmond & the Tutus and Shortstraw!
Woke up early on Saturday so that I could carry on finishing the paved area in the garden and then went into work to decorate and prepare for the staff party we were hosting for our staff at work. Long afternoon much… Sat in the grass drinking water and a lot of softdrinks watching them party on.
It was great to just relax on Saturday evening and I eventually passed out. Sunday morning when I woke up I eventually wandered back into the garden in my PJs with a cup of coffee in my hand and got cracking on the garden again. I am pretty impressed with the outcome and can’t wait for the plants to start growing.
I went through to meet a couple of my friends at Walkhaven Dog Park out in Muldersdrift, if you have dogs you should seriously take them out there. I can sit for hours watching the dogs running around on the grass with their owners and playing in the dams. I also find it so romantic how some of the couples are walking around holding hands *sigh*. Makes me wish I had a dog… 😉 lol
The rest of Sunday was spent in a very similar relax mode because I was starting to feel the sunburn from all the morning gardening.
Looking forward to the weekend ahead! For many reasons…

2013 “in the bag”

2013, another year that is basically “in the bag”! I cannot believe how quickly times flies (I typed away while sitting on a flight to Mthatha) it feels like just yesterday I was flying home to my parents for my December break and just the other day I was taking off to Thailand, my first ever experience of going overseas.

This year has been absolutely great, so very fulfilling! To sum it up quickly, I have travelled (both overseas and within South Africa), I have met some truly amazing people, also regrettably lost a couple of friendships along the way, and a few have been strengthened. I am healthy, my family and friends are healthy. There have been some unforgettable moments that have occurred during 2013 and of course I was promoted in the beginning of November.

The not so short version of the year gone by…

I’ve been on some hilarious as all hell dates this year, jeez have I got stories! There are some freaky people out there, we live and we learn. 😉

I’ve previously blogged about the first 8 or so months of the year but I’m going to do a quick recap, in no specific order.

This year, I went to Thailand. And let me tell you, even though it was my first time going overseas and this opinion is clearly biased, that place is amazing. It captured my soul and every sense of my very being. It will always be special to me and I hope to go back again one day.

I have ALWAYS had a desire for all genres and types of music, people that went to school with me can vouch for me on that one. But it has always been personal “hobby” and never a career direction for me. During the course of the year I was absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to discovering new artists and music that I never knew existed. I found old music on my laptop that I hadn’t heard in years that I fell in-love with again. And biggest and best of all were the moments that I got to listen to music live, local, international, front row, back row, seated, jumping, running, attending on rooftops, at stadiums, in town and more!

Rihanna was a disappointment but I still love her music, and the fact that I shared that experience with my best friend Linelle made it even more special for me, there is none other like her (especially in that she stays my friend after all the crazy shit I tell her). Red Hot Chili Peppers!!! Oh my gawsh, I have loved them since I moved to SA (not sure why I wasn’t a fan in Zim… probably because I was too busy climbing trees), the Peppers concert was excellent. I bought my GC ticket on the day at the stadium and it was well worth it! Dave Matthews was ok, I didn’t know enough of their music to enjoy it as much as the other groupies, but let me tell you, when he sang “Crash Into Me” I could have melted right through the spot on the floor that I was standing on.

Altj deserve their very own paragraph. Because HOT DAMN. Matilda, Something Good… *sigh* they were amazing. The “In The City” concert this year was “the business”, I had the pleasure of being there with Chantal another friend that I have grown very close to over the last 6 months whom I met through squash.

Squash… I also rekindled my relationship with that bad bay this year! My knees hate me all the more for it.

This year, I fell even more in love with local music. South Africa, you’ve got talent. I could try name all of the bands I’ve seen but I’d be sure to miss one or two out, they ranged from Shortstraw, ISO, Michael Lowman, Desmond & the Tutus, Dan Platlansky, some dude with BOOM in his name, yeah I listened to an Afrikaans gig at an MK session, I watched Fokofpolisiekar at the Barnyard Theatre and let me tell you, if you ever thought you had seen the best when it comes to stage presence, you haven’t, you should make a plan to see these guys when they are next in your area! I went to watch Goodluck’s documentary that they made doing their album through Namibia, just wow. Their new album is one of my favourites for 2013. I also saw Goodluck perform on top of one of Jozi’s buildings that has one of the best views of the city – Randlords. I’ve seen Newton 2nd Law, who are rad! I went to the Fuzigish album launch in town, gone crazy for Facing the Gallows like a proper groupie. The Plastics were pretty cool, I saw them at a Halloween party that I went to, not sure why I do not have their album. Must. Get.

I just cannot include everyone. There is just so much, and if I think back on every moment at each concert, every gig and live session, I can confirm that I was having the time of my life. And given the chance to see all of them live again, I’ll be there, front row, back row, seated, jumping, running, attending on rooftops, at stadiums, in town and more!

In November I stopped drinking for the beginning of the month as I was cycling the 94.7 with my Dad again this year. Need to try this again (the drinking thing); it requires such strong willpower to do.

I started a new job in the beginning of November, which has proven to be very exciting and as challenging as I had hoped it to be. This is something that I am looking forward to continuing in 2014 and look forward to giving it my all. There is nothing else that I would choose to be doing when it comes to my work and what I love about my current position is that every day is different.

And last but not least of all, probably most precious of anything that has happened in 2013 over all, my relationship with my parents has just grown from strength to strength and they are definitely two of the most important people and role models in my life, without them I would not be who I have become today.

2014, may it be just as wonderful as this past year has been and may I be able to save enough to visit a few more countries overseas and to cross more items off my very long bucket list!

To all my family and friends, wishing you all the blessings that you deserve, be safe and be healthy.


It’s all going to be about me…

I’ve decided that I am going to be selfish and start concentrating on myself. What I want, what I need, what I feel and the type of people that I should be surrounding myself with. I need to figure out my own direction in life, focusing on my interests, and what makes me happy. I can’t live off what I think I need, especially if I’m going to look for it from other people or try find it from my job.

I need a sense of my own self-satisfaction. I need to be more confident in the person that I am. I love reading, I love music, I love going to the movies, I love exploring, I love learning new things, I love people and I love my family.

Here is the big one, I’m not going to freak out over men, not worry every second about not having one, nor am I going to read into everything they say or do. I do not a need a boyfriend to define me. I just need me. I am the person who I want to be at this point in my life. I need to stop worrying about what others’ might be thinking of me. People notice me a lot less than I think, which also scares me because I worry about being invisible and irrelevant, I love being noticed for the positive. I also need to realize that it is okay to not always be happy and to allow the tears to roll when they need to.

Life doesn’t always turn out exactly how you plan it, but that is okay. Things change all the time. Jobs change, careers change, people change and I am constantly changing. It’s called life. A man won’t like me just because I want him to, nor will someone who is just looking for an easy hookup miraculously want a girlfriend, especially in such a scenario.

While I’m still trying to figure out what will help to fill the void that I have been feeling for the last couple of months, I am going to try relax more and do the things that bring me pleasure while making sure I become a well adjusted adult, this includes with starting by ticking things off my Bucket List. Patience…, something I am not gifted with, that’s all I need.

Less was more in 2012

This year has been great, the great part is that it is ending soon. Even though it wasn’t that bad of a year. 

January – came back to work after a phenomenal holiday at Umngazi River Bungalows, was happy at work and where I was at in my life. Fell in love with Jo’burg and started meeting new people.. I found the balance. Or so I thought I did.

February – I bought myself stacks of lingerie for Valentines. Yes please!

March – discovered how disgusting the interwebs can be and quit the Twits (and other social media platforms) for 7 days. Read more about that here.

April – seriously contemplated moving overseas for a year or two and then was convinced otherwise. Career kids! It’s all apparently about your career. April was also a highlight for me in terms that I was indirectly called a ‘slut’ by one of my good friend’s boyfriends. Yip, you read that correctly. I actually have a good giggle when I think back to this, because it clearly shows that he doesn’t know me at all, however they are still my friends nonetheless – we forgive people. Oh and my car radio was stolen in April. Bastards.

May – work & Kenton on Sea with the folks. I may have had a crush on someone this month. Whatever.

June – who could possibly forget the month that I wrote my Citi Golf the ‘Blue Beauty’ off? *Le sigh* Or the kisses that followed right after the accident!! 😉 This is where it all turned around! Car accident = new car, love my little Renault Clio (Red Rhino)! I also started going back to gym this month, with the notion that I was going to enter the 94.7 cycle challenge! About a week after mentioning this to my cycling Dad 🙂 he entered the two of us into the race! Never would I have imagined being in tears on a highway 5 months later!

July – was a busy month, 4th July I BOOKED MY CONTIKI TOUR TO THAILAND (shouty capitals necessary) 12th July Posed in front of a Billboard during 5pm rush hour traffic with my bestie Kools in an attempt to win tickets to Oppi Koppi (in hindsight I realise now that my pampered little behind would not have enjoyed scraping my bits in the bush with rough leaves nor would my feet have endured all those thorns!) 18th July I was interviewed by Donna Rachelson to feature in one of her upcoming books, I then also found out later in the year (December) that part of my interview was aired in front of over 100 General Managers as well as all the Directors of my company at their annual conference! Stick with me, I’ll make you famous 😉 23rd July – 702 WALK THE TALK, and me being as stubborn as I am I decided to do it with terrible bronchitis and nearly landed myself up in hospital. Ya ya. I look after myself now. Danielle also decided to leave me for Ghana this month. It still hurts but I forgive her. Haha.

August – got mother faced at my Birthday Party because someone bought me a Flaming Lamborghini! I didn’t even finish my 2nd glass of wine or my pasta! Next year I will be classy & have a tea party ;), you’re all invited! Hehe. I also went to Pinkie Fest, which started off crap but I ended up jolling with the awesomeness that is known as Dono White and had an amazing time!

September2nd Sept Zwartkoppies Race Track annual Bed Race. I ran last year, and not a f*ck was I going to push that bed again this year… Instead I ran like a turkey all along the race track snapping photos of my TEAM… so I ran it anyways. Haha. 4th – 7th Sept Revenue 201 course in CT (I went, I passed, I got homesick) let’s just be serious, CT is pretty but Jo’burg is my true love. 21st Sept Kings & Queens of Comedy with Sarah… lolling back to that night. 22nd Sept my poor attempt to go party at Wild Waters (Spring Fiesta), I sat for a full 45 minutes outside the front entrance before I all but ran screaming back to the North, Parkhurst & a hottie calmed my nerves ;)! 24th Sept well… that’s all smiles and so was the rest of the month.

October – Daniele returned back from Ghana on the 5th Oct, we collected our Nike RunJozi packs from Rosebank then hit Bloc Party that night like Northern hookers in Newtown (not really but I wanted to say something funny). At the time I remember this was possibly the worst moment of my life, we couldn’t get within 5 meters of the bar, I was wearing sandals at a fecking concert, people were standing on my feet, Sar’s was being threatened by Die Antwoord worshipers, I was being hit on by lesbians, some chick even elbowed my left breast and then Bloc Party came on stage 🙂 *happiness* I also remember being middle spoon that night between Sar’s & Danielle. 😉 how unforgettable. 7th Oct I did the Nike RunJozi 10km with Danielle, and I have been in love with running ever since. We did it in 1hr35mins, and both of us had never trained for it. 12th – 14th Oct #GirlsDurbsRoadTrip went down with Danielle, if you followed us on Twitter over that weekend you would know how much fun we had. Enough said. 21st Sept Shadow Club unplugged live at The Venue in Melrose, awesomeness!

November – all in all it was a great month, I did the Soweto 10km on the 4th Nov and achieved a better time of 1hr14mins. On the 18th Nov with my Dad I completed the 94.7 cycle challenge in 5hrs5mins, one of the most challenging things I have ever done. Never before has my body hurt so much, but I did it. Not once did I push my bike up a hill and after all the pain & exhaustion subsided I have decided that I will do it next year again. 30th Nov LADY GAGA *little monsters*!!!

December – well with much of the month still left to come, so far I can say it has been ok. This year was the 1st year in 5 that I have not spent my Ouma’s BDay with her which was a bit upsetting. Soon soon I will be off to Umngazi River Bungalows for a much needed break.

My article title was less was more in 2012, but looking back at the last 12 months I can say I have had an amazing year and I did more than I thought. Whilst I still do enjoy my work thoroughly I have realised that there is so much more to life, people & being healthy are what matter, and this year I have been privileged to be around some amazing people. I would love to mention you all but I am sure you know who you are, to a few special people that contributed to my growth as well as making my year a great one…

Sarah – we haven’t spent a lot of time together this year but the moments that we did, the long Whatsapp convos & telephone calls. They’ve been awesome, I can’t wait for 2013!

Danielle – I can honestly say that you have been a strong pillar of friendship for me this year; our email that we sent whilst you were in Ghana is 46 pages long on word and 15 email threads long. But it doesn’t stop there, we have had some great times together and I am sure we will have many more! Perhaps in the New Year I will change a few names and words on that email and turn it into a short story 😉 I quote…

“Dearest Danielle, Please accept my sincerest apologies for the delay in you not receiving this email, I see now how I have been so selfish this past week in not allowing you tearful moments of laughter, herewith follows my much anticipated he-mail.”

At this stage I am actually considering printing the email out, heading to the beach with a bottle of wine this holiday and sending it out into the ocean after reading it! 🙂

Khulile – you remain forever a true friend and I love you dearly. I do think that you were sent into my life to teach me how to be more patient, how to love & how to enjoy a great cup of coffee. Thank you for listening to me when I needed it most. PS. I am prepared to pose nude in front of a billboard to win tickets to Oppi Koppi next year (at 00:00) with only a flashlight & no audience. Even if we don’t win again, I will at least know that we had a blast trying!

B – The last 3 months of my year have been absolutely amazing, your company has been enjoyed, the times spent together have been fun and I believe people do not cross your path without reason. You have challenged me to question things, to keep fit, to read more articles, love more kinds of music, made me want to go out more to discover different places (especially in Jozi), cherish my friends and inspired me to travel overseas a lot more. Above all you have made me realise not to take life too seriously. 🙂 xx

2013 – I will seize every possible opportunity that comes my way.


A ‘lil takkie squeak time & a good vent …

I am really in the mood for a good party. I haven’t been out since April, the night a good mate of mine’s boyfriend told her not to go out with me because I only try to get lucky – nice hey?

People that really know me well enough know that this is most certainly not the kind of person I am.

Sure I have a bit of naughty streak in me and I tend to let it out on certain platforms when I really shouldn’t 🙂 and yes of course I know how to have some ‘good fun’, but that doesn’t mean I am always out to get lucky.

Casual… sex, benefit buddies? No thank you – if it’s working for any of you that’s great, no judgement from me at all. Whatever floats your boat and tickles your ‘pansy’, I’m all for it.

I love to kiss (as you may have already picked up if you have seen my ‘Kiss of the Day’ page before. Kissing is sexy enough for me, and I can assure you if you kiss really badly nothing is going to go any further – ever. If the kissing is good and I if I like you enough maybe I’ll let you tickle my ‘pansy’ sometime!

The kind of party action I like!

Now I am seriously off topic here 🙂 !! Tonight on my way home from gym I listened to some really ‘oldish’ tracks that I used to absolutely love when I was still in High School. All I can think of right now is just going out and having a fabulous and care free party! No judgement, no expectations and no worry about driving home.

Here are a few of the ‘old favs’, they just don’t play them anymore and it’s a pity.

ATB – Don’t Stop; do people even remember this song?

Bob Sinclair ft. Steve Edwards – World Hold On; brings back some really amazing party memories with 2 of my best friends

Brandy – Aphrodisiac; whatever you want I got it Pappi, can you imagine the moves to this – sexy!

Busta Rhymes ft. Estelle – World Go Round; I used to freaking love Busta Rhymes

Busta Rhymes ft. Pussycat Dolls  – Don’t Cha; Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was HOT like me! 😉

Daft Punk – Around the World; Daft Punk – ‘nuff said

Diddy ft. Keyshia Cole – Last Night; I am picturing sex me eyes across the dance floor 😉

Eve ft. Alicia Keys – Gansta Loving; “I just wanna rock you all night long”

Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean – Hips don’t lie; would be great if I actually had hips to swing

Lumidee – Never Leave You – Uh Ooh; SERIOUSLY… no words

Missy Elliott – Get UR Freak On; uh yeah, on the dance floor, hopefully soon!

Sean Paul – Get Glue; “well I don’t really care what people say”

Mary Mary – Real Party; go ahead and just listen to this song!

Mary Mary – Shackles

& on that note… take your shackles off my feet so I can dance 😉

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