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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.

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!

It’s a Rant Day…

Okay so it’s one of those days. It seems I am being rather “anal” (such a horrible word to use) about everything today.

Firstly, my name… It’s spelt like this, K for “Kitten”, A for well “Anal”, R for “Romance”, E for “Elephant” and N for “Nelly” – KAREN not KARIN or CARIN. Stop it. It especially grates me when my email clearly has the correct spelling on it.

Secondly, people… Telephone numbers, they do not have “O’s” in them, they have “0’s/zeros”, okay? You’re going to struggle to find an “O” on the dialling pad.

I am not going to talk about the fact that I have come across human’s that enter the lift before the people getting off on that floor do so first. Seriously. This one kills me.

Rant over.

NekNomination 2

Okay so I did it, last night after a grueling match of squash (and I had my arse handed to me), I did my NekNomination video.

No I will not be sharing it with you, because yes, it was lame. I shared it on FB, thanked the person that nominated me, nominated 2 more people, left it overnight, and this morning I hid it from my timeline.

All I did was drink a Savanna Light (downed it, very slowly), threw a squash ball into the air and hit it really hard against the front wall and nominated the next two victims. It was fun, for a whole 26 seconds.

The end.

NekNomination 1

Okay so I have been “NekNominated”, and I have been dreading this moment for weeks now. And last night a cutey that I met on Koh Phi Phi that lives in Holland decided to nominate me. This is what I woke up to. Kill. Me. Now.


Whilst I have not really been following any of the whole NekNomination thing that has been going viral throughout the globe nor taken any interest to it, I also feel that being a party pooper is not on, so yes I have decided I shall be taking part in it, this evening, sorry people. It’s like the Harlem Shake, which was also a load of nonsense, and fun. I took part in that too.

I have yet to Twerk, that’ll be the day.

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.


The Mayonnaise Jar

 When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day is not enough; remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of coffee. 

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous “yes.”

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things–your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favourite passions–and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. 

The pebbles are the things that matter like your job, house, and car. 

The sand is everything else; the small stuff. 

‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. 

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. 


Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Play with your children.

Take time to get medical check-ups.

Take your partner out to dinner. 

There will always be time to clean the house and fix the dripping tap. 

‘Take care of the golf balls first; the things that really matter.

Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.’ 

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.

 The professor smiled.

 ‘I’m glad you asked’.

 It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.’

 Today – I definitely needed to read this, thank you Ann x

Birthday Wishes for Someone Special

Today one of the most stunning ladies that I have the pleasure in saying is my Best Friend is celebrating her Birthday!

Tam even though we don’t talk every day and we see each other like 3 times a year if we’re lucky I still have you in my thoughts all the time!

I hope you have the most amazing day (even though you have to work) congrats on the 1st day of the new job today by the way 🙂 follow your dreams my friend!

I wish I could be with you in Bloemies to celebrate and spoil you on this special day.

Balloons for your Bday!

**Happy Birthday**

I love & miss you


Happy Birthday Tam!

The one ‘Single’ Question that keeps popping up…

So here it is. I didn’t want to post something on this subject but I feel I need to let it out now. Not because it bothers me but because people seemingly think it is their business.

The question that a few people have been asking me for quite a while now is why am I single? Is there any right or wrong answer to this? I find that no matter what answer you give there is quite the distaste towards women that are single.

Before I give you my final answer to the “why am I single?” question. Give me a moment to go on about it first.

I have sussed out the general idea from a couple of guys judging from their reactions towards my response when they ask me why I am single.

“She’s awesome, good looking and funny BUT she must be a psycho. I mean if she wasn’t a psycho why else would she be single?” – maybe I don’t want to settle for 2nd best just so that I don’t have to be single?

“She is too career driven and too independent, I want a girl that needs me to be her one and all.” – this one in particular drives me crazy, I mean really. Grow a pair. You’d be lucky to date any woman like this.

“She has a cat.” – oh shite, that is so right… you have Play Station don’t you? I have a cat because I know how to share my love and look after another living creature, you f*ck.

“She’s too forward and chatty.” – look, this is who I am. It really is a big part of me. I am forward, that doesn’t mean I am easy and want to jump your bones. I am also pretty sure I made mention on my ‘About Me’ page of how I don’t have the time for any of this who messages who first nonsense. It’s confusing and leaves an empty void of who does what.

I am sure there are a few other things that go through a guys mind but the above are the few that stuck out to me.

Now the single ‘issue’, why is it such an issue to be single? My friends often say to me, stop looking someone will come along one day when you least expect it. This is true. Thing is, I am not so to say ‘looking’ for someone. Would it be awesome to have that special someone who I would really make my one and all? Yes it would and yes damn I am looking, but I am definitely not prepared to drop my standards or just settle for just anyone.

Another friend recently told me that my standards are just TOO high, are you kidding me?? Oh, I am so sorry I thought I deserve to be with someone that is bloody awesome. Sure, there is no such thing as perfect, I 100% understand that. But out there is the perfect fit for me.


and this!

The guy that can challenge me (both mentally and physically), can make me laugh, is intelligent, knowledgeable, humble, strong, knows how to kiss me till I am dizzy and is honest is the guy for me. Looks are fabulous, and really are a plus factor but at the end of the day are not that important.

Love this 🙂

So the answer to the BIG question, “why is a girl like me single?” – because this is where I am in my life right now, it’s not a disease and I am not unhappy about it. Accept it.

PS – guys, why am I forward? The reason is because none of you know where your balls are and know how to ask a lady out these days. No one said that when you go out on a date you have to end up dating or marrying that person. If it doesn’t work out then it doesn’t. Move on, at least you can say you tried.

Unless you try…

And I can assure you if you have managed to get a kiss out of me you must have done something right because that is NOT something I throw freely around.

That said… where can I find a man like this?

I would eat this right up!

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