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Time, there Isn’t Enough

Time, there is never enough of it. Except when you have nothing to do at work and it’s nowhere near 5pm! Or on a Friday and you’re planning on going away for a weekend, then it’s like all the time you were needing when you didn’t have enough of it just rocks up for an extra 5 hour visit “hiiii”!

Anyway time, it’s nearly my Birthday again, comes once a year that darn day. I love my Birthday, who doesn’t? Yes I’m getting older, well my body is, but I am still young. And I’m keeping my body young by eating healthy and working out. 26, this year. It’s an odd age, neither here nor there really.

So I’ve decided that there are a couple of things I want to do before my 26th Birthday rocks up on my door step on what will probably be a windy Sunday morning. 

I want to run a 5km or even a 10km if I’ll manage, it’s not exactly easy to stay healthy and fit in winter when it’s always so cold. I want to go watch more bands, why have I stopped doing this? Durbs, I’ve decided I have to tap that in July. I want to go swing off the Moses Mabida Stadium, I’ve wanted to do that for years  Not much time left to plan that. I’m doing the 20km “Walk the Talk” this year. Oppikoppi is happening before my Bday too. Eek! I also want to dapple in a little bit of Buddhism. Which probably sounds super strange but I feel like it would be something interesting to explore. 

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

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

Ramfest 2014

A week ago at this time I was busy packing up to leave Ramfest 2014; Ramfest, where do I begin? It was beyond anything I had ever imagined it would be. My mind was blown, repeatedly.

I finally got my ticket on Thursday afternoon and then went to fetch the rest of the camping stuff that I needed from my mate on Friday morning.

And then the road trip out to Witfontein began, might I add that I did not realise how “far” it was…!

Road Trippin'

We arrived at the site and before anything else could begin I opened up an ice cold Savanna… and then another, and then another. Thank goodness for the men that were willing to put my tent up (had I needed to do it myself however, I would have) but I didn’t 😉

Angie and I did a little exploring of the surroundings took place so that we could know where everything was before we got too tipsy and we were set!

Vuvuvultures were awesome, totally loved their vibe! Gangs of Ballet, always been a fave. Practically broke my neck head banging to Facing the Gallows, and look I do not really listen to Heavy Metal at all, but I absolutely love listening to these guys, their stage presence is something else. From this point on everything went South, in other words I was having the time of my life.

Vuvuvultures

Losing our minds to Facing the Gallows (image credit to Tyrone Beynon)

Losing our minds to Facing the Gallows (image credit to Tyrone Beynon)

I loved what I can remember of Foals and Biffy Clyro… yes, what I can remember. What I did in between Foals and Biffy, I have no idea, I presume I floated around like a festival gypsy. I am pretty sure I swayed about listening to Prototype and Heazer at the Olmeca Stage before I then decided to send myself back to my tent. How I managed to find my tent is beyond me, but I woke up in it the next day.

Waking up on Saturday morning was hilarious, partly because I was still drunk. I missioned with Wes to go find the toilets and to go buy much needed coffee from one of the stalls, which was rather unsuccessful, but some friendly (clearly seasoned) festival campers saw us and offered us some coffee on the way past, I obviously looked like I needed the coffee in my leopard print PJ shorts! haha.

After eventually finding food I then decided it was time to sleep again, which was perfect because it started to rain and I was feeling like the dogs breakfast.

When I resurfaced out my tent I was ready for round two, and my mate Chantal had also arrived from Jozi so I had another partner in crime.

We went to the stages to go listen to the bands that were playing, Man As Machine were cool, heard them before, not the hugest fan. Loved Martin Rocka & The Sick Shop, Newtown Knife were good, did a little bit of that festival gypsy nonsense and THEN SHORTSTRAW. I can lose my freaking mind when I listen to them, in fact I did lose my mind. I am a proper groupie for them. I heard Pestroy from a distance, it was their last show for a while.

Shortstraw

It was at this point on Saturday that sh*t really did go South and I floated from one stage to the next, pouring one drink after another into my cup. Trivium, Fuzigish and Killswitch Engage were disgustingly awesome. I blame them for having a seriously swollen throat on Sunday morning from screaming and singing, and for stiff calve muscles from bouncing, a lot of bouncing.

Gone

The rest of the night was spent dancing like crazy child at the Olmeca Stage, how I survived it back to my tent at the end of Saturday is also another clueless one, at least I did not wake up in a ditch of mud. I felt like I had been hit by a bus when I woke up on Sunday morning, my throat hurt, my back hurt, my legs hurt and my head hurt. I believe I had survived and won my first Ramfest.

Chantal and I broke camp down as fast as we could so that we could get home to Jo’burg after we woke up and my lovely car decided not to start, it was a painful 40 minutes before it finally managed to start and I could head back home alone. The road was muddy, my head was pounding, I felt sick, I needed sleep, I needed food, I needed my bed. I was interested in absolutely no human interaction at all.

I WILL BE GOING TO RAMFEST NEXT YEAR. But first, this year, I need to get to Sowing the Seeds and to OppiKoppi, and this time I will know what the hell to pack and expect.

Ramfest 2014 – EPIC! Another bucket list tick!

Ramfest JHB 2014

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.

Ramface

Ramface

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!

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.

NekNomination

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.

Dry Jan from Hell

So this month I have decided to embark on the crazy decision that I usually only make in November, a month of complete sobriety aka “Dry Jan”. I am not going to lie, for some reason doing this in January has been darn difficult! And let’s get real, I am no alcoholic; even though the way I go about it sometimes you would most likely think I am! I have also been told that when I am out and sober I tend to act just “as drunk” as the drunk people around me. This is called having fun, for all those who don’t know… You do not need to have a drink to be a fun person, nor to have a fun time.

I am over “Dry Jan” like a hole in the head. I want to be able to go to a braai and enjoy a couple of ice cold Savannas, I want to be able to arrange to meet up with a friend for after work drinks or a Saturday lunch and ease down to a glass or two of wine. Flip, maybe even a bottle! 🙂

This weekend, I may be going to a braai on Saturday and perhaps even Park Acoustics on Sunday. I am not sure yet, but I am also annoyed because of this restriction I have put in place for myself.

It’s already the 23rd day of the month and I have come this far and not had even a sip of alcohol to drink, in my books that’s pretty impressive. So I am in two minds about the whole thing, “wow, 23 days is great and that’s already proof right there that I have the strength to not drink.” also “I’ve already done 23 days and have come so far, what’s waiting another 8 days going to do?”

The main reason that I usually/or have stopped drinking in the month of November in the past has to become fit for the 94.7 cycle challenge, and I normally stop drinking until the race which is around the 17th of the month and then I have a drink after that. So not even a full month anyway.

I am fit and I am healthy at the moment. Possibly the healthiest I have been since I left Matric.

I’ve also figured out why this is bugging me so much, I have made a commitment to myself, “to not drink for a month” and once I make a commitment to something I stick to it. So there you have it, 8 days more of not a drop of booze to drink I guess it is!

Still not happy…

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.
Rumors
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.
Garden
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
Doggie
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…

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