In a traffic jam on Lion’s Head…

Last night, myself and a bunch of beautiful friend-people decided to take a hike up Lion’s Head…

My beautiful friend-people, Table Mountain (background) & I.

Now if you’ve ever been up Lion’s Head you’ll know that the best time to take the trip would be on a night of the full moon.

That way you watch the awesome Cape Town sunset as you ascend. And when you get to the top, you can stare in awe at the full moon shining off the water in the bay.

Last night, this was hardly the case. Although we did see the sunset and did catch a glimpse of the full moon (through the mist now and again) , we were pretty much in the clouds most of the way back… and in the rain!

Thanks to Danika for the pretty pics (and for clearing up the spelling of ‘queue’!) @ Nicole: Much love… it was great having you there Ms Intuition!

The sun setting on Camps Bay

Did I mention the queue on our way up AND down!?

The rest of the hikers coming down while we make our way up... Notice the queue?!

It took us between 19:30 and 11:30 to climb up and down. Does anyone know what the average time is? Something tells me it shouldn’t have taken more than 1h3o min.

It was an awesome experience nonetheless and I’d do it again any day!

Due to the fear of boredom we resorted to singing and dancing in the rain during our stroll down the mountain! Haha. Amazing how some people always make the most of a seemingly unpleasant situation.

This quote by Tim Robbins pretty much sums up what I gathered from the experience for myself…

“Our lives are not as limited as we think they are; the world is a wonderfully weird place; consensual reality is significantly flawed; no institution can be trusted, but love does work; all things are possible; and we all could be happy and fulfilled if we only had the guts to be truly free and the wisdom to shrink our egos and quit taking ourselves so damn seriously.”

And here's to the misty moonlight shadows ("moooon shaadow, moon shadow").

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Tat[too] much?

The process of deciding what want to embellish my skin with has been going on for the past few years. Now I’ve finally found a concept that I could fall in love with. I say ‘could’, because I’m not totally satisfied with any proposed final product yet.

I started out with an idea and I thought I had it down. Then I started drawing and the possibilities became endless. Feels as though I’m back at the start. Ever feel that way? blegh

Could just stop being so petty and get it done, but then I’ll miss out on the journey of finding things for it to entail. The journey is more enticing to me. It has to be a work of art. I wouldn’t just want to slap any old image on.

Hopefully it gets done before I die. lol. Imagine that fail.

Attempt 2 at the key

The things I am sure about, is that the heart locket must be unlocked and that the key must have all the symbolism it can hold. Oh and detail. As much as possible. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.

INdepenDANCE

A dancer is proud, she is confident in perfection and she expresses herself with her entire body.

Independence, to me, is a dance. To be a great dancer takes perfection and dedication and lots of streeeeeetching. The more subtle your body the easier you achieve movement with commitment.

My favourite genre in dancing is contemporary dance. Please watch this video from my favourite show, So You Think You Can Dance, for a lil taste [or else you won’t understand what I’m talking about].

5 Times goosebumps :D. I love that most contemporary pieces are performed barefoot. It’s so natural and inspiring.

It’s a dance focussed on performance and movement execution. Lately I’ve considered it to be a lot like the crux of my personality; Forever adaptable to the pace of the music, executed with passion and purpose.

I crave to dance. I crave independence.

My Top 200 achievements

According to thefreedictionary.com an achievement is something accomplished successfully, especially by means of exertion, skill, practice, or perseverance.

Achievements are things that people can be proud of.  If achievements come pouring in for you, then congrats on all your hard work.  You probably fuel the occasional “WOW!”.

Achievements are the things that have given you an extra cut-above-the-rest. For many people achieving something new may come by surprise, well most things I’ve achieved have. It’s all in making the right decision at the appropriate time. Living in the moment.

Anyway, here are some of the most significant achievements in my life thus far. Some may just be here, because I was proud at the time and others, because they made me happy:

  1. Spice Girl in Primary school play (That was major for a lil girl back then. I was Posh Spice.)
  2. Awarded the “Best Hairstyle” award in Gr.7.
  3. Awarded the “Social Butterfly” award 3rd year PR.
  4. Matric Certificate (Yes, I finished school, and I loved it!)
  5. Senior Council member 2006 ( Big job in a school of  1500!)
  6. Global Forum Solutions Team member 2010 (Rubbed shoulders with some of the most influential business people in the world. Worth the brag!)
  7. Survived Septicemia March 2009 (Hint: it’s not an event, it’s an illness.)
  8. Worked at Kodak Photographic store for 2 years.
  9. Learned how to manually operate an SLR Digital camera.
  10. Graduated with my Public Relations Management Diploma.
  11. Accepted to continue my studies on Btech level.
  12. Accepted to study Film and Media Studies at UCT (Wonder what life would have been like if I had taken that path.)
  13. Accepted to study Public Relations Management at CPUT.
  14. Danced and acted in 3 school plays.
  15. Choreographed and taught dances to Gr.8 kids for a concert.
  16. Successfully applied for an internship at Springleap.com.
  17. Worked at Springleap.com for a year.
  18. Completed my dancing exams until Final Grade level (Still want to go further!)
  19. Managed Cafe Latino coffee shop from time to time. (I love being the boss 😛 )
  20. Managed a stand at Rocking the Daisies 2009 and Easter Vortex 2009.
  21. Sourced and managed entertainment for CANSA Parow Relay for Life 2010.
  22. Helped raise over R80 000 for CANSA.
  23. Cheerleader in Highschool. (Contrary to popular belief the BHS cheerleaders work their asses off to control a crowd of 1500 learners.)
  24. Winning Interschools Singing Cup.
  25. Winning Intercolours Singing Cup.
  26. Took part in the first Twitter lecture online in 2010.
  27. Travelled to New Zealand and experienced it’s beauty in 2007.
  28. Danced non-stop for 9 hours (and it hurt, but it was worth it) at Lockdown V in 2010.
  29. I realised that this is going to take forever.
  30. I realised that I could be using this time to achieve #31.

I’m not going to share my other 170 achievements, because I’m not sure they’re totally legit ( like the Spice Girls one ) and because there isn’t much you can take for yourself by reading about my achievements.

Try writing your list… it’s not easy. Makes you wonder how you managed to stay on the planet for so long and only do so little :/ Then again, maybe ‘achievements’ is too much of an academic word.

Let’s rather write a list of our “Top 200 Happy Moments”. I prefer not to be too serious 😉

The lil’ things…

Following my last blog, this one may seem strange, nearly contradictory.

I found the conflict to be within me though…as I reached for a lil’ bowl of chocolate cluster crumbs on my desk.

I’m not a chocolate fan, I’d rather eat olives or egg-plant ,but there’s something about a rare treat makes me love life even more.

It may possibly be that the more I have of something the less I like it. On the other hand, I’ve loved olives all my life.

Life’s dimensions have got me entertained. For the first time in a while I enjoy my own company.

What motivates me?

Motivation is like love, it comes in different forms to people.

I’m not a lover of all material things, just some of them. I enjoy relaxing and I’m at peace mostly in natural surroundings, but still I’d have to say my vice is money.

In up’s and down’s money has been more prevalent in the good times. Sometimes I begin to wonder whether money makes the good times great. Then, there have been amazing times when money doesn’t even feature.

I’m only human. And you have to agree with me, money does make life a whole lot easier generally speaking.

People. Anyone who knows me personally would know that people motivate me. Not through persuasion, but actually just by being around, to be able to relate to, or not relate to. You fascinate me.

Experience is the next thing. I’ll admit to being wary, but I enjoy experiencing new things.

A random road trip to nowhere is my latest happy thought.

Oh ja, and I think this is adorable…

teehee

The 10 most unexpected consequences of being online…

1.) Making contact with people you forgot existed: You have a friend request from Jan-Blom Paapendorf :/ WTF? Turns out he was in school with you  from Sub-A until Matric. Really?

2.) Developing a phobia: You might develop a social phobia and become embarrassed or afraid of people judging you.

3.) Realise the magnitude of impact your voice can make: Once you try your hand at blogging or simply updating your Facebook status, you will begin to see the effect that your words and thoughts have on those who pay attention to what you say.

4.) Carpal tunnel syndrome: Yea, being online…or being in front of a computer for too long at a time can totally mess with your nervous system. Check this out.

5.) You get side-tracked: Famous excuse among students. HAHA! One minute you’re researching some hard-core facts and the next minute you realise you’ve been browsing a bunch of non-sensical bs for over an hour!

6.) Stress: A result of getting side-tracked by being online.

7.) You become insensitive: It’s so easy to say “NO” over the net. You won’t hear the sigh on the other side and the other side doesn’t see your evil smirk. Easy peasy.

8.) Suddenly you become really busy: Being online opens so many new channels for opportunity that you may find yourself grasping at things faster than a soccer mom at a shoe sale.

9.) Face to face communication FAIL: You lose your ability to stay integral. Being a social butterfly, in the true sense, doesn’t come as naturally as it did before.

10.) Learning even more about your best friend: It’s easy to learn more about friends through sharing stuff over the net. This is probably the best consequence of being online.