A Quick Craft Beer at Vredenhof Organic Estate in Somerset West (2016-09-17) Photo Gallery | Restaurants 17 OCT 2016

Driving home after having spent a lovely Saturday eating lunch at the beautiful Tokara wine estate, Chantelle asked if we could pop in at Vredenhof Organic Estate so that she could also see their cool play area that I was so enchanted by on a recent visit there with my girls.


I happily obliged, but as luck would have it, by the time we walked through their gates, it was already pretty much closing time. (According to their website, they are open: Tuesday to Saturday from 08:00 to 16:00. Probably should have checked up on that first!)


So no real showing off of this little hidden Somerset West gem to Chantelle then, but at least there was enough time for a quick coffee for her and a craft beer for me (a locally brewed, rather nice Stellebrau Craven Craft Lager if you must ask), while the girls enjoyed the already deserted, Disney-themed play area.

I guess then another future visit is in order?

As always, a handy map, and for more information, refer to my previous post on Vredenhof!

Related Link: Vredenhof Organic Estate | Facebook

Running on the Sand of Strand Beach (2016-09-24) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 15 OCT 2016

Having just enjoyed a rather unexpected midweek getaway in Swellendam towards the end of September, we returned home just in time for first me to fall ill on the Friday, and then Chantelle follow suit on the Saturday. As you might imagine then, the weekend was a bit of an indoor affair, though I did venture out on Saturday afternoon in order for the girls to stretch their legs with some play time at the main Strand Beach, also known as Melkbaai Beach.


If you didn’t know that already, Strand has about 5 kilometers’ worth of white sandy beaches, which is probably why it is such a popular weekend destination then for beach fishermen and rock anglers, and of course holidaymakers come season time!

Melkbaai beach is one of the safer beaches for swimming and fishing, and of course there is more than enough to do in the area, including an Olympic-sized indoor pool which is centrally heated and is open all year round.

Naturally, water sports like surfing, sailing, power boating, paddle skiing and board sailing are also a pretty big thing in the area.


Anyway, the girls and I were just there to stretch our legs for a bit, and so with a Jelly Tots chocolate slab as lure/motivator, I soon had the two of them running up and down the beach and getting rid of some their pent up energy!


As you can see from the pictures that I snapped when the girls gave me a chance, it was actually a pretty overcast day – which was nice in the sense we had plenty of space to ourselves then! :)

(Also, because that’s how these things work, by the next day both of them were struck down with the same illness that was plaguing Chantelle. Poor babies…)

Anyway, here’s a handy map to the beach if you too want to go exploring:

Related Link: Strand

Things to See in South Africa: uShaka Marine World in Durban Travel Attractions 13 OCT 2016

One of Durban’s premier attractions is without a doubt the sprawling 16-hectare large uShaka Marine World theme park, home to one of the world’s largest saltwater aquariums as well as the highest water slide in the Southern Hemisphere!


Opened in 2004 as one of the first phases of the Durban Point redevelopment project, uShaka Marine World comprises of five main sections, namely uShaka Sea World (the aquarium), uShaka Wet ‘n Wild (water slide theme park), uShaka Beach (a beach), uShaka Village Walk (a shopping and dining area), and uShaka Kids World (kids entertainment area).


Entertainment options are almost limitless, with plenty to see and do throughout this amazing place. You can watch the penguins at the Penguin Rockery, be entertained by the dolphin show at the Dolphin Stadium, and laugh at Seals at the Seal Stadium. You can dive with the sharks, snorkel with the turtles, zip about in the Chimp & Zee rope adventure course, soak up the rays on the beach, or get wet on the multitude of water slides in the Wet ‘n Wild section.

Shopping, dining, and plenty of children’s entertainment means that this place is definitely worthy of a full day visit!


The uShaka Sea World aquarium is very impressive the first time you visit (I think that I’ve been there twice already), and visiting it and its magnificently themed salt water tanks is reason enough to visit uShaka Marine World if you get the chance!










So, basically, if you are a tourist in Durban, then you should definitely make the effort to spend at least one day at uShaka Marine World!

As per usual, here’s a handy map:

Related Link: uShaka Marine World | Wikipedia

What is Region Locking and How does it Work? Science, Technology & Curiosity 11 OCT 2016

As the Internet makes the world grow ever smaller, the issue of region locking content becomes increasingly annoying. But what is region locking, why does it exist and how is it implemented?


In the purest sense of the term, region locking is literally that – locking content to a set region through either hardware or software restrictions, so as to ensure content cannot be shared across different regions. There are a number of reasons for this currently, though historically this was often due to the different broadcast technologies being employed in various parts of the world. These days though, there isn’t really a technical reason behind this annoying practice of locking content away behind geographically bound doors.

(That said, sometimes region locking can be slightly useful, say in the case of price discrimination, where essentially some areas with weaker exchange rates can get offered the same content at a slightly better price. So good if you are in the cheaper region, but a bit unfair if not.)

Anyway, Linus Sebastian of Linus Tech Tips put together a great video on the subject, doing a good job of succinctly explaining the concept of region locking:

As he says, thanks to the localised content distribution system we currently have in place, the concept of region locking is not going anywhere soon.


Related Link: Region Locking | Techquickie

Things to See in South Africa: Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban Travel Attractions 09 OCT 2016

Current home of the AmaZulu F.C. football club, the 2010 FIFA World Cup purpose built Moses Mabhida Stadium has become an iconic part of Durban’s skyline.


This multi-use stadium is named after Moses Mabhida, a former General Secretary of the South African Communist Party and freedom fighter during South Africa’s Apartheid era.

Built on the grounds of the old Kings Park Soccer Stadium in Stamford Hill, the Moses Mabhida Stadium sports a strikingly clean and elegant design, punctuated by its iconic arch that is representative of a once divided nation finally coming together.


Known affectionately as the hand basket stadium, the Moses Mabhida stadium has a variable seating design, that allows it to change spectator capacity to match event demand. This is achieved through the use of two permanent tiers of seating, with the ability to add temporary tiers if required.


The stadium roof consists of Teflon-coated, glass-fibre membrane which produce a translucent glow when the stadium is lit. These are attached to the arch by thick steel cables, with the ‘roof’ covering around 88% of the seats.


The stadium is primarily a sports stadium, having played host to games for both the 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2013 African Cup of Nations football tournaments. Outside of the local AmaZulu football games, the stadium also hosts the odd T20 international cricket game, and has even been utilized as a venue for the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Top Gear Festival live stadium shows.

It now eagerly awaits 2022, as Durban was awarded the rights to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, which no doubt will add yet another feather in this beautiful stadium’s cap.


The stadium also caters for tourism, offering guided stadium tours, the SkyCar – a funicular that travels up the arch, the People’s Park public space, Segway Gliding Tours, the Sky Walk, which is essentially a walk along the arch, and for those seeking a bit more adrenaline, the Big Rush Big Swing which allows you to swing off the arch itself! (The Big Swing is in fact the world’s only stadium swing, and also happens to be the largest swing of any kind anywhere!)

The Moses Mabhida Stadium has already won a number of awards for its design and innovation, and continues to be one of South Africa’s most beautiful stadiums.




A handy map for if you want to seek out this stadium yourself:

Related Link: Moses Mabhida Stadium | Wikipedia

Pies and Play at Peregrine Farm Stall in Elgin (2016-09-10) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 07 OCT 2016

Situated in the fertile Elgin valley, just past Grabouw, and first established way back in 1964, the ever popular Peregrine Farm Stall is somewhat of a mainstay when it comes to farm stall stops along the N2!


But this is no tired looking old farm stall any more mind you.

Following a devastating fire in 2014, Peregrine Farm Stall has rebuilt itself with a new focused identity (previously the cafe section was known as the Red Tractor Cafe), making for a fresh, delightful stop just before you tackle the scenic Sir Lowry’s Pass on your way down to Cape Town.


In addition to the classic farm stall, the freshly baked pies and breads from the bakery, and the newly rebuilt, modern cafe, Peregrine Farm Stall have also gone and expanded by erecting the beautiful little Padkos Express food bar, which now overlooks the also expanded children’s play area.


The play area is now dotted with old tractors, swings and jungle gym equipment, with the whole area being circled by beautiful little wooden pop-up shop boxes – making for a great family stop spot if you have small kids like I do.


As you may have guessed, the girls loved clambering all over the old tractor shells, while I made myself comfortable with a nice hot coffee and springbok pie!


Also, a nice bonus is the newly added Everson’s Cider Tasting Room which offers cider tasting from nearby produced (and quite frankly excellent) Everson’s range.


So yes, no wonder then that the newly refreshed Peregrine Farm Stall stop remains being as popular with both locals and travelers as what it is!

They’ve been here since 1964, but just in case you still don’t know where to find them, here’s a handy Google map:

(Of course, if you are looking for something a little more ‘adult’ in terms of experience, then you could always just pop into the gorgeous Pool Room at Oak Valley Estate just down the road!)

Related Link: Peregrine Farm Stall | Facebook

Steenbras Dam and Sir Lowry’s Pass over the Hottentots Holland Mountains (2016-09-10) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 05 OCT 2016

We find ourselves taking the short hop over the mountain to visit the apple rich Grabouw/Elgin area quite often, which of course then means we travel via the N2 national road over Sir Lowry’s Pass and past the Steenbras Dam (Upper) to get there.


On one of my recent expeditions to the area with my girls, I thought it a good opportunity to stop at both the entrance to Steenbras Dam (which is these days sadly closed to the public of course), as well as the Sir Lowry’s Pass view point.

(The girls were of course not impressed with this plan of mine, but I bribed them with the promise of ice cream, so all was good in the end.)


Although still a bit on the low side in terms of water level, thankfully the Steenbras Dam (a reservoir for Cape Town as well as part of a pumped-storage power system) is looking a lot better than what it was just a few short months ago – which is a big relief when you consider just how gloomy the outlook in terms of Cape Town’s water supply for the upcoming season originally was.

(Sure, it’s still not great, but it is a damn sight more positive than the original forecast outlook!)


Anyway, after a couple of minutes of standing next to the car and taking photos of the dam, guarded entrance and pretty tree next to me, I hopped back into the Getz and headed up the road, only to pull off at the Sir Lowry’s Pass view point which is probably only a kilometer or two away from where I had first pulled off the road for the dam.


The girls opted to stay in the car once more, allowing me to take my time strolling around the rather large view point area, happily snapping pictures with my cellphone in pretty much every direction that presented itself to me!


Named after Sir Galbraith Lowry Cole, governor of the Cape in 1828, today’s modern and upgraded Sir Lowry’s Pass is essentially a cantilevered four-lane highway which then crosses the Hottentots Holland mountain range between Somerset West and the Elgin Valley.


As you might imagine, the lookout point affords you a spectacular view of the Helderberg basin… not that you would necessarily say that if you have only ever had my not so great cellphone camera photos for reference! ;)

Lastly, a handy map in case you need a better idea of where this view point actually is:

Related Link: Steenbras Dam | Sir Lowry’s Pass | Wikipedia

Stroll along the Mostert’s Bay Section of Strand Beach (2016-09-09) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 03 OCT 2016

The Strand (Afrikaans for ‘beach’) is technically a seaside resort town on the eastern edge of False Bay, geographically between Macassar and Gordon’s Bay. It’s main attraction is of course the magnificent Melkbaai Beach which is known as one of the best and safest bathing areas in the country.


However, as you head past the Pavillion complex towards the east, you’ll find yourself now walking along first Blake’s Beach and then Mostert’s Bay, both popular fishing and dog walking stretches of the beach area.


Strand is super interesting in that despite it not appearing to be a wealthy area in the slightest, it features a stunning array of beautiful and interestingly designed high-rise apartment buildings which dominate the Golden Mile, Central, and Platinum Mile sections of the iconic Strand Beach Road that stretches the entire length of the beachfront.


I’ve mentioned this before, but the nice thing about living so close to beaches whilst working from home is of course the ability to stretch one’s legs come lunch time by heading out for a sandy stroll – which is exactly what I ended up doing one recent Friday afternoon.


For a change, instead of leaving my phone in the car, I forgot it in my pocket – which now means that I have a whole lot of photos for the blog again!

And of course, a map:

Related Link: Strand

South African Hotels Worth Visiting
[Partner Content] 02 OCT 2016

South Africa is a country that has just about everything a tourist could want. From bush to mountain to oceans, all of which are packed with the best that mother nature has to offer, so there are many places to add to your bucket list. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay on your trip, here are five awesome suggestions.

Toro Yaka Bush Lodge

Meaning “My Dream”, ToroYaka is an elegant safari lodge that is to be found right in the heart of the Balule Nature Reserve, a 38,000-hectare portion of the Kruger National Park. The lodge boasts a modern elegant yet relaxed style, encouraging guests to sit back, relax and enjoy the amazing nature on offer. And we are talking serious nature, all of the African bush favourites can be enjoyed from here, including the hippo and crocodile filled Olifants River which flows nearby. Activities to be enjoyed here include morning bush walks, bird-watching, bush picnics and dinners and game drives. For the thrill seekers among you, there is white water rafting available close by in the Blyde Canyon, as well as abseiling or hiking up to the Mariepskop Rain forest, hot air balloon rides and horseback safaris, all of which come highly recommended in order to truly take in everything this magnificent region has to offer.


Villa Afrikana Guest Suites

With free Wi-Fi and panoramic views of the nearby Knysna lagoon and the Knysna Heads, the Villa Afrikana Guest Suites offers 6 spacious rooms, allowing its clients to experience world-class service in a unique location. Also on site is a truly gorgeous swimming pool that comes complete with a sun deck and a well-stocked library. The rooms, or suites, all feature a neat blend of both African and modern contemporary décor and deluxe bedding. Most rooms have private balconies, where you can enjoy views of the aforementioned lagoon. For those keen on the links, the Pezula and Simola Golf Courses are a mere 15-minutes’ drive away. Make your stay at Villa Afrikana an unforgettable experience and truly fall in love in everything that Knysna and the Garden Route have to offer.


The Andros Deluxe Boutique Hotel

Suitably located in Cape Town’s beautiful southern suburb of Claremont, against the backdrop of Table Mountain, the five star Andros Deluxe Boutique Hotel, is actually a superb Cape colonial homestead that was originally built in 1908. Set in lush, green gardens and its secluded garden pool area, the hotel provides a gymnasium, a beauty salon and an award winning restaurant, all on top of fifteen super-sized suites, complete with complimentary Wi-Fi. In terms of location, things really could get much better. The hotel is just a short stroll to both the iconic Newlands Rugby and Cricket stadiums as well as being within walking distance of the magnificent Cavendish square shopping centre and its stunning line up of upmarket Boutiques, Restaurants and shops.


Sun City Casino Resort

Up in the Rainbow Nation’s Northwest Provence, Sun International’s flagship destination, the Sun City Casino Resort, is an everything you can want resort. Built in 1979, this all in one venue sits just a 2-hour drive from Johannesburg, on the border of the Pilanesberg National Game Park meaning that, although there is no need to leave the site, there are lots of great facilities nearby. Enjoy a round of golf at either of two Gary Player designed 18-hole golf courses, splash in the Valley of Waves, visit the bird aviaries and animal sanctuaries and explore the beautiful surrounding gardens. Within the resort, there are numerous hotels, such as the family-friendly 3-star Cabanas hotel, the luxury 5-star Cascades hotel or the 4-star Sun City Hotel and Casino. The casino offers 24/7 gaming that includes hundreds of the latest progressive slot machines and 43 popular table games, including Blackjack, Punto Banco, American Roulette and various disciplines of poker. For anyone looking to visit the casino during their stay, the best pre-game strategy you can employ, is to get some practise in first. A great way to do this is to invest some time in perfecting your game at an online casino. Most of these offer games to play with either real money or play money so you can sharpen up your skills and develop your strategies with very little risk.


Tsala Treetop Lodge

Down on the southern coast, you’ll find the unique Garden Route boutique resort that is the gorgeously lush Tsala Treetop Lodge. Sitting among some of South Africa’s finest forest canopies, the lodge provides visitors with breath taking bird’s eye views of some of the continent’s best geography, all from a luxurious stilted hut. Said huts all come with wraparound decking, private infinity pools and flat screen TVs. There are10 suites and 6 two-bedroom villas in all and the suites all come with private decks and infinity plunge pools. As for the two-bedroom Villas, they both come with kitchenettes, dining rooms, fully stocked minibars, satellite TV, private pools and a decked outdoor dining area. All this, just 10km from the beaches, bars and boutiques of Plettenberg Bay.


Spring Flower Season in the West Coast National Park (2016-09-04) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 01 OCT 2016

The West Coast National Park is not the best SANParks national park to recommend visiting if you are looking for some big game to spot. However, with the idyllic Langebaan lagoon as its focal point, the 27,500 hectare large West Coast National Park is certainly more public friendly than most, with it being one of the few national parks where you can cycle, jog, braai, suntan, swim in the sea, picnic, swim in a lagoon, or even camp out on houseboat!

(Plus, there are actually antelope and smaller creatures to be spotted, and of course plenty of diverse bird life for the enthusiast).


Spring however is when the park really comes to life, where the annual carpets of colourful wild flowers show their faces and turn the area into an amazing sprawl of delight.

Naturally, SANParks immediately hikes the entry fee to take advantage of this surge of interest in the area, but it is money well spent, believe you me (unless of course you own a Wild Card, because well then entry is free) – if you haven’t yet witnessed the incredible carpeted fields of colour that the private Postberg Flower Reserve unveils come Spring, then you simply have to make a plan for next year.


Capetonians (i.e. people from Cape Town) descend on the park in their hordes, with lengthy queues at the entrance gate quite the norm. (Tip: If you don’t enjoy waiting in queues, you can go the long way around and enter via the Langebaan gate – usually a much less busy gateway into the park!)

Apart from these few weeks in Spring, the Postberg Flower Reserve section of the park is closed to the public, meaning that it remains unspoiled for much of the year. Every year this then pays dividends when the hills literally start exploding with colour as the flower season begins.


Chantelle and I had seen this spectacle for ourselves for the first time last year (we even overnighted in Hopefield of all places!), and this year we were quite eager for the girls to also see this wonderful sight of nature at her best.

Having enjoyed a big family bash in celebration of Cheryl’s birthday the day before, Sunday saw us head out down the N7 and then R27 to Langebaan, where we met up with my Mom and Dad for a day of flower watching.


This turned out to actually be a great plan, because we knew that the girls would probably become bored quite quickly (and thus start annoying each other in the back), so we split them up, with Jessica riding in Mom and Dad’s car while Emily stayed with us (on Chantelle’s lap).


We spent the next couple of hours driving through the park, admiring all the colours and of course getting slightly flustered with all the traffic. As you would imagine, cars were parked everywhere, with pretty much anyone with even the slightest inkling of calling themselves a photographer spilling out to capture as much of the flower covered landscape as possible.


We were treated to some amazing sights, and explored a bit more of the area than what we did last time around (this time I made sure I had enough petrol before going in!), and after our visual senses were properly sated, we headed down back to the lagoon for a bite to eat at the park’s Geelbek Restaurant.


At least, that was the plan until we quickly realized that perhaps they were simply too busy to actually give good service, and so opted to abandon our table and rather exit the park to grab a now very late lunch from the nearby Beulah Farm Deli instead.

So in the end it was a day well spent, and I therefore suspect that next year we will probably be back again. Though perhaps this time even more prepared to make an even fuller day out of it! (In other words, remembering to pack a picnic basket for a change…)

Oh, and once again, taking pictures of fields of flowers doesn’t really work all that well when all you have is your Huawei cellphone for the job. Nevertheless, I tried my best:

(Oh, and sadly we did see less animals than what we did last time around. Not a big train smash though, so long as you go into the park knowing that animal spotting is not the big drawcard here!)

Related Link: West Coast National Park | Wikipedia | Postberg Flower Reserve

How to Organize Your Tea Towels and Other Kitchen Tools
[Unclassified] 30 SEP 2016

As they say, keeping your kitchen organized is one of the ways you can have a simple and easy life. But why do many people allow their kitchen to be filled with clutter, filthy surfaces, and unwashed tea towels? If you want to turn things around and make your kitchen better, why not try out these following tips:

Tip #1 – Clear your kitchen cabinets and rearrange the content.

Take all the contents of your kitchen cabinets and check what the items you have there. Eliminate the stuff that are not useful, especially all the broken items you have there. When you empty your cabinets, create separate groups on the floor to make it easier for you to put similar items back in the cabinets.

Tip #2 – Put similar things together.

After emptying your storage areas, the next step is to group items that are alike. Put together your baking tools, your tea towels, and others. You can also group the dishes you use regularly, and those that are used occasionally only.

Tip #3 – Store items in clear containers.

Small clear containers are perfect for organizing small items in your cabinets. For example, put your packets of sauces, gravy mixes, and other stuff in individual jars or containers. Doing this will make it easier to find the things you are looking for in your kitchen. For you collection of tea towels, you can have them in the same keeper.

Tip #4 – Put lids and containers together.

It is recommended that you just throw away your containers that don’t have lids. You want to keep only those containers that have lids with them.

Tip #5 – Make use of vertical space.

You may install hooks under your cabinets so you can hang your mugs on them above your countertop. You can also attach a rack where you can keep your Luxura tea towel or your wine glasses. This can surely help save you a lot of cabinet space.

Tip #6 – Have dividers in your drawers.

Drawer dividers are perfect if you want to organize your cooking tools. You always want to have enough space for your other items. But see to it that you do not put all your stuff in there so your drawers won’t look messy.

Tip #7 – Keep a tea towel on your countertop.

Every kitchen needs tea towels. These towels are very useful in so many ways. Luxura cotton tea towels are also available in a variety of colors and patterns, so you can choose what will make your kitchen more attractive.


Lunch at Beulah Farm Deli outside Yzerfontein (2016-09-04) Photo Gallery | Restaurants 29 SEP 2016

Having spent a lovely Sunday chasing wild flowers in the Postberg section of the West Coast National Park with Chantelle, the kids, and my folks, we decided to end off a successful day with a bite to eat. Unfortunately, the Geelbek Restaurant inside the park was a little too busy for our liking, and so we exited the park, put in some petrol at Yzerfontein, and then popped into Beulah Farm Deli for a (very) late lunch.


Interestingly enough, this visit to Beulah came almost exactly a year after we had first discovered it, and there have been some subsequent changes to this quaint eatery that Chantelle so immediately had fallen in love with the first time around.

Most noticeable is of course the fact that the pork charcuterie specialists Eighteen94 CureSmiths have moved out, rebranding themselves as The Flying Pig cureSmiths and setting up shop in Darling instead – though their cured meat is still available in the deli section of Beulah. In their place is now a bakery operated by Brett and Anli Nortier of Rosemead Artisan, meaning that all of a sudden Beulah Farm Deli now sports a lot more baked goods on the menu!


Honestly, I’m a little less excited about the place than the first time we experienced them. To me they’ve lost a bit of that sense of being hip, a sort of place that would sit perfectly in somewhere trendy like say Obs (Observatory) in Cape Town, and have instead embraced a more practical, West Coast farm stall eatery approach. Nevertheless, the interior remains ‘interesting’, and the food and coffee were perfectly good.

(Of course, I could be talking rubbish because Chantelle still seems to like it very much. Plus, the place seems to be very popular with both the locals and travelers alike!)


Anyway, after a pleasant sit down bite to eat, refreshed and ready for the road (it had after all been a very long day of driving), we said our goodbyes and headed back down the R27 – because if you live in Gordon’s Bay like we do, then you still have quite a long road ahead of you in order to get back home! :)

The deli itself is essentially right next to the more well known West Coast Farm Stall. I’ve submitted the location to Google Maps, but it might not be showing up for everyone just yet. Nevertheless, here is the map as it currently stands:

Related Link: Beulah Farm Deli | Rosemead Artisan

How to Tell If a Girl Wants to Be Kissed
[Unclassified] 27 SEP 2016

Probably, the toughest part of every first date is the moment when you should say goodbye. Romantic dates should end with kissing, right? But what if she doesn’t feel like it and your kiss will just scare her off? Or what if she does feel like it but you fail to notice? Before you go for a kiss you should quickly analyze your date and decide whether there was a connection between you two. If you think that you managed to get her interested in you and melt her heart, have a closer look at her by paying attention to small details. Russian Brides Dating Site has prepared the list of subtle signs signaling your woman might want you to kiss her.

Couple kissing

Communication. First of all, review your date and gauge the level of her interest in you and your conversation. If a girl doesn’t initiate topics and seems rather indifferent, it means she is not that interested in you and consequently in a kiss. What’s the solution? Just say goodbye without kissing her. But if she seems to be having a great time with you, she expects a goodnight kiss.

Touching. Watch your date’s reaction when you touch her accidentally or on purpose. If she doesn’t take her hand away or doesn’t step back from you, she likes it. This is the sign that she will not push you away when you lean in to kiss her. If she tries to keep a safe distance between you during the date, it’s better to end your first date without kissing.
Eye contact. Now, let’s get to the part where you stand in front of each other at the end of your date. Pay attention to how she looks at you. If she maintains a steady eye contact, then suddenly shifts her gaze to your lips, and then looks you in the eyes again, she’s ready to be kissed.

Lips. Apart from looking at your lips, she’ll subconsciously start licking and biting hers as if preparing them for an upcoming kiss. This isn’t a surefire sign since she might lick her lips just out of nervousness. You should look for other signs to be sure she wants it.

Submissive looks. If a woman feels man’s superiority, it will make her behave in a girlish way. Her body language will communicate her inner state: she’ll lower her eyes and then look up at you in a charming or flirtatious way. It means that she likes you and she is ready to surrender in your arms.

Primping. Another sign that your date is ready for a kiss is her attempts to appear more attractive to you. For this, she will adjust her hair, primp her clothes, or play with her accessory to get your attention. She may also touch her face and even apply some lipstick in front of you.

Distance. One of the best ways to understand whether a woman doesn’t mind kissing is to test the waters first. People have their personal zones where they let only those people who they are comfortable with. Kissing means penetrating all zones and becoming intimately close. To know that she is ready for such closeness, just move forward to her. If she doesn’t step back, she’s OK with that proximity. Then, step back and watch her reaction: if she makes a step forward, she’s romantically drawn to you. Lean in and go for a kiss.

Play at Vredenhof Organic Estate in Somerset West (2016-09-03) Photo Gallery | Restaurants 25 SEP 2016

Having been tasked with entertaining ourselves for the day while Chantelle treated her mother with a birthday high tea at the Mount Nelson, the girls and I stumbled across a great little find in the Somerset West area – Vredenhof Organic Estate.


Billing itself as an organic, eco friendly estate of the Cape Winelands, the estate is run by a Swiss family that immigrated to South Africa from Geneva, Switzerland, settling at Vredenhof in 2002.

Following their belief that processed foods are inherently nutrient poor and that poor food quality is a leading cause of many health problems, they established Vredenhof as an organic farm with a farm store in order to supply locals concerned with their health with good quality, fresh organic produce all year round.


Vredenhof itself is a farm of 27 hectares situated on Bredell Road between Stellenbosch and Somerset West which has been certified organic (complying with European organic standards) every year without interruption since 2004, either by AFRISCO or SGS.

Around 50 different herbs, fruits and vegetables are grown, and you are guaranteed to almost always find something rather unusual being grown out in their fields. Organic seeds are both produced and bought, with sowing and harvesting happening all year around.


Of course, absolutely nothing of the above are things that interest the girls or myself – what we were however interested in seeing was Vredenhof Organic Estate’s absolutely fabulous play area, which simply put, one of the better ones that I’ve seen in a long time. Covered in wall to wall Disney story murals, the play area features wooden castles, walkways, a pirate ship, and even a gypsy caravan.

(In other words, expect to lose your child to their play area for more than just a little while!)


On arrival, the girls and I first explored the lower ends of the premises, playing with the giant chess set, examining the mini golf course, and of course interacting with the pigs, goats, and yes chickens that roam about in the pens.


From there we had a stroll through the rose garden, wandered about the gazeebo, examined the giant stone harp and bucket well water features, looked at the seedlings in the nursery section, splashed in the fountain, admired the art in the art studio, studied the carrots and other vegetables in the farm shop – and then sat down for some coffee, milkshake – and delicious carrot cake.


It was at this point that my kids ran off to play, leaving me to enjoy a peaceful morning of contemplation over a nice cup of coffee.


Also, I took a LOT of photos on the morning – much to the annoyance of my kids of course!

Here’s a handy map if you want your kids to experience this brilliant playground for themselves:

Related Link: Vredenhof Organic Estate | Facebook

Play-Doh Celebrates 60 Years of Entertaining Kids
[Partner Content] 24 SEP 2016

The 16th of September’s World Play-Doh Day marked the 60th anniversary of Hasbro’s ever popular Play-Doh, the modeling clay (which the company prefers referring to as ‘compound’ for some or other reason) that most kids simply can’t get enough of.


Inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998, did you know that Play-Doh modeling compound started out as wallpaper cleaner?

Taken from the Toy Hall of Fame induction page: “Joe McVicker learned from a teacher that kids usually found modeling clay too hard to manipulate. Discovering that the squishy cleaning product he manufactured could substitute, McVicker shipped some to the school. After teachers and kids raved, he offered to supply the product to all Cincinnati schools. More rave reviews followed. McVicker showcased the modeling clay at a national education convention in 1955, and word spread to Macy’s and Marshall Field’s. By 1956, the wallpaper cleaner had become Play-Doh and a year later, the manufacturer offered a softer Play-Doh in primary colors.”

Of course, these four original colours eventually morphed into the 50 or so colours currently available, and this iconic children’s toy is estimated to have sold more than 3 billion cans of compound since 1956!

In 2006, to commemorate 50 years of Play-Doh fun, September the 16th was deemed National Play-Doh Day, and fast forward to 2015, the popularity of Play-Doh expanded this to World Play-Doh Day. (It’s sold in more than 80 countries around the world!)

Oh, and in 2011 it was added to TIME Magazine’s list of “All Time 100 Greatest Toys.”

So yes, there is a lot to be proud of if you are into these yellow tubs of squishy playfulness!  #Playdoh60 #Worldplaydohday

Related Link: Play-Doh SA | Wikipedia