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South Africa’s most romantic cities (for single people)

February 12, 2018

A post on South Africa’s most romantic cities is probably not a post that you’d expect to read from a single blogger. Here’s the deal, you don’t have to be in love with someone else to be romantic (you could also be in love with life or yourself). One of the many meanings of being romantic is to have an idealised view of life.

Here are South Africa’s most romantic cities as decided by me and some of the romantic spots for you to visit.

Port Elizabeth

Surely you’d expect me to put the ever so lovely and beautiful Port Elizabeth on this list.

St George’s Park

As I grow my photography portfolio, I fall more and more in love with St George’s park. I almost always choose it when I can. But I digress, my favourite part of St George’s park is the Pearson Conservatory. With its old world charm, it is easily one of the most beautiful places in Port Elizabeth.

It’s probably not the safest to go to on your own. Unless of course, you stick to well-lit walkways or stay in one of the busy areas during daytime. What’s romantic about it, well one sunny Sunday take a walk in the park. Surrounded by beautiful shrubbery, trees and lush landscape (well it was lush before the drought, and even though it’s not as green as it used to be, it’s still beautiful).

Pollok Beach parking lot

Initially, I was hesitant to share this beach parking lot. No dirty thoughts now. Back when I was at university I used to occasionally come here to be on my own. Back then Something Good was still closed and run down, and the parking lot was for the most part empty with the exception of a few misfits and dodgy blokes. The beach at the parking lot was and still is, a moody beauty. At the start of the beach is a beautiful rock formation, which contained a blowhole. For the most part, I stayed in my car or stayed close to the entrance of the beach. But I enjoyed visiting this beach to be alone but surrounded by beauty. I had such a feeling of contentedness when I used to visit it back in my varsity days. These days its safe to visit, thanks to Something Good reopening the parking lot is always full, so it no longer has that feeling of serenity, but the views are still just as beautiful. Also, Something Good makes some of the best coffee, gelato and milkshakes (it’s one of my all-time favourite restaurants).

Cape Town

Cape Town is one of my favourite cities in South Africa. At one point in my life, I even wanted to move there. In my opinion, PE is similar to the Mother City, with the exception of it being smaller, with less traffic and parking (and the average person can afford to buy a house over here). These days I prefer it as a holiday destination, nevertheless I am always on the lookout for Cheap flights to Cape Town. One of my regular sites to check out for them is Travelstart.

Here are my picks on some of the most romantic spots in Cape Town, which puts it on the list as one of South Africa’s most romantic cities for me.

The Lindt shop at the V&A Waterfront

I remember the first (and only) time I went to the Lindt shop at the V&A. It was much like walking into a dream, a sweet dream filled with decadent Swiss chocolate. Eating your body weight in chocolate, which is simultaneously the best and worst thing about it. Nevertheless while wandering around this chocolate shop, I was hopelessly in love, with life. I bought so much chocolate this day guys (mostly as gifts) and the super friendly sales assistant gave us heaps of free tasters. My best friend also got to create his own slab (side note, if you do have a partner and don’t know what to get them for a gift, take them here).

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Kirstenbosch is quite something else. I’ve been to the gardens twice and would love to go again. There’s just a sense of serenity and beauty that puts me in awe of the place. Yes it’s great for picnics with loved ones and all that jazz. But have you sat down on a patch of grass, alone and been so inspired by the beauty of nature. The views, combined with the whistling of birds and rattling of leaves in the wind, put me at peace. With myself, and with my Creator.  If you are in Cape Town for one day and can only visit one place. Forget Table Mountain, forget the winelands, visit these gardens. It is arguably the most romantic place i have visited in the Mother City.

I’ve only selected two cities, but there are many other romantic and beautiful towns in South Africa. What are South Africa’s most romantic cities according to you? Let me know in the comments below.

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This post was created in collaboration with Travelstart. All views are my own.



Banting Tuna and Feta Quiche recipe that is easy to make

February 11, 2018

So today I created this banting tuna and feta quiche recipe after reading my pal Nadine’s protein filled quiche recipe on her blog which reminded me of the banting tuna bake recipe that I shared a while ago. So I combined the two recipes, made a few changes and came up with this banting tuna and feta quiche recipe.

Which made me think that I need to get back into meal planning as it would help me stay on track. Especially with breakfast as most mornings, I don’t have time to make a LCHF friendly breakfast. Because even though I lost 10kg since the start of the year, the last few weeks I’ve been struggling and my weight loss has stagnated. Anyway, that is for another post.

Pros of making this banting feta and tuna quiche recipe

This banting tuna and feta quiche recipe is super easy to make, and in terms of being actively being involved with the cooking is less than 20 minutes. This is why I love baked goods. Just toss stuff in the oven and Bob’s your uncle. It’s also great because it is relatively budget-friendly. I mean there’s cheese in it, but not a ton so that it would burn a hole in your pocket. If you’re following a low carb high-fat lifestyle you know how quickly the cost of meals can add up.

In order to not overpower the feta, I chose using a herb mix to season the dish. However one can definitely play around with spices. A dash of cayenne pepper, paprika and chilli flakes will give it a nice spicy flavour (make like my tuna bake recipe).

If you intend on eating the servings from this banting tuna and feta quiche recipe on it’s own, it makes 4 servings. But if you intend on having it with a side of vegetables or a green salad, will give you 6 servings.

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Beauty Reviews

A System Professionals and Salon Nouvo experience

February 9, 2018

Late last year I attended the Port Elizabeth media launch of System Professional hair products at Nouvo salon in Walmer. I also received a few products to try and I’ll review them at the end.

System Professional products allow dull and limp hair to be reborn and feel like virgin hair. According to the brand, each individual has a hair energy profile that is as unique as our fingerprints (even if you’re a twin). So basically because each person has a different hair profile, different products will work for different people. The products work towards rebuilding your energy profile and this is done through an Energycode mapping.

the truth about split ends

After the launch, I visited Nouvo for to do an energy code mapping.  The consultation for the Energycode mapping is relatively seamless. I was asked a few questions about my hair history (guys I have put my hair through a lot), routine, what I love about my hair, and my lifestyle. My scalp was also assessed, all of this information is put into an app and it gave us my personalised Energycode, which is:

H1 + S2 + S3 + X4L + R6

Based on my Energycode I was recommended to use the following System Professional products: Hydrating Shampoo (R 325.00), Smoothen Conditioner (R 385.00), Smoothen Mask (R 495.00), Liquid Hair (R 895.00) and Repair Perfect Ends (R 495.00). I was given the first three items to use at home. After mapping my hair, I was also given a complimentary wash and blow at the salon (I felt like a million bucks and got so many compliments on my hair).

Although I do not have dry scalp, my scalp is a bit on the drier side, which is why they recommended the Hydrating Shampoo (it does, however, contain sulphates). To help minimise frizz I also got the Smoothen conditioner and mask. These products definitely help straighten my hair, I cannot curl my hair if I used either. The mask also helped moisturise my dry ends a lot, however, it should not be used anywhere near my scalp or else my hair became a greasy mess.

The Liquid Hair and Repair Perfect Ends were advanced treatments, although I didn’t receive them, the stylist used it on my hair at the salon. The Liquid hair is a molecular hair refiller. My hair was chemically straightened, bleached and dyed (multiple times) so the length was quite damaged. The Liquid hair makes the hair feel and look smoother and lasts up to 5 washes. The Repair Perfect Ends is a serum-like lotion that seals split ends (at the time I did this, I had a ton and refused to let go of my length). I was super impressed with the Liquid hair treatment, as I actually had a noticeable difference once the treatment wore off after multiple washes. It gave my hair a sleekness and natural sheen.

I’m close to completing the shampoo and conditioner. I only use a tiny amount of the mask when I use it, so the tub is almost still full. Also, did I mention that it smells lovely?

The products are used by the stylists at Nouvo and can be purchased at the salon.Nouvo is situated at  134 Villiers Rd, Walmer and is a real treat. As an upmarket salon, I feel like they don’t only ensure that their clients look great leaving the salon, they also ensure that they feel great while in the salon. There’s massage chairs in the wash room and they also give amazing head massages while washing This was the second time I went to Nouvo, the first being years ago, probably a few months after they opened. And although the stylists that helped me were different, one thing was consistent, I felt so relaxed leaving the salon.

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3 tips on being less self-conscious to overcome intimidation at the gym

January 30, 2018

We’re all into the new year, new me gig (well most of us at least). So naturally, in the month of January, my gym is fuller and busier than usual. Which I think is fantastic as people are working on their health and body goals. Some people might feel intimidated at the gym, actually I often still do. Mostly because I feel self-conscious at the gym. So here are a few tips that I use to be less self-conscious at the gym.

Join a group class

Group classes are fun, especially for people who don’t know what they’re doing (read me). Also, they’re generally really tough and if you’re feeling self-conscious, nobody will notice you because they’re all dying from the intense workout. You’ll feel great afterwards, well at least I always do. The classes I enjoy the most at Virgin Active are shape, Pound and spin.

Visit the gym at a quieter time

At my gym peak is generally before 8AM and from 4PM till about 6PM. Midday and late night, it’s rather empty, especially in the winter months. If I go to the gym on a Saturday I almost always do weight training. This is because I’m super self-conscious about doing weights, but because the gym is almost empty on weekends, I feel more comfortable.

Get a personal trainer

I used the services of a personal trainer in my preparation for the Two Oceans Half Marathon last year, and if my finances allowed, I would sign up again in a heartbeat. In my experience, personal trainers push you so hard, you can’t think about being intimidated by anyone else in the gym. Plus they show you how to use the machines and how to correctly execute exercises. Unfortunately, their services do not come cheap.

Aaptiv, a nifty app that combines playlists with trainer lead fitness instruction (think having a personal trainer in your phone while listening to cool songs), shared these useful tips on how to overcome some of the common causes of gym intimidation.

The app is pretty cool and is available on the App Store and Play Store. This post is not sponsored, however I have used a 30 day trial from Aaptiv.

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Paying my debts with Andy Stanley’s Enemies of the Heart

January 30, 2018

On Sunday 19 November 2017, whilst seated in 12 C on British Airways flight BA 6240 from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg, tears streamed down my face as I clutched onto my copy of Andy Stanley’s Enemies of the Heart: Breaking Free from the Emotions that Control You. The seat next to me was empty, and the man in the window seat was captured by the views outside. The man seated across the aisle from me had however noticed my tears and was visibly uncomfortable. I decided it would be best to stop reading Enemies of the Heart, I didn’t have the energy to explain to my co-workers why I was crying should my eyes still be red once I got off the plane. The book hit me where it hurt, my heart.

Andy Stanley Enemies of the Heart book review

I had started reading the book a few days earlier and at the time of my trip, I was still in part one. Stanley had been describing the symptoms of a sick heart, both in the physical and emotional sense. He made parallels between a physically sick heart and an emotionally sick heart. This enables the reader to understand that just like when your physical heart is sick, if your heart is spiritually and emotionally sick, you need to treat it. Damage to our hearts makes us numb, it affects our relationships with our friends, family and God. And my heart (was and still is) so sick. His words touched me and moved me to tears. Tears that fell uncontrollably as I silently swept them away with my hand. I put the book down and decided to read the book when I was ready. Thanks to life as we know it, I wasn’t able to read the book in a while.

In the first part, Stanley introduces us the four emotions that make us sick: guilt, anger, greed and jealousy. In the second part, Stanley gives us an understanding of each of the emotions, comparing them to a debt that we owe. He explains the power that these debts hold over us and that unless we “pay them” they will continue hold power over us. We experience guilt when we feel like we owe someone else, anger when someone else owes us. We are greedy when we feel that we owe ourselves and we are jealous we feel that God owes us.

In the third part, Stanley provides us with methods to make our hearts stronger and pay our debts. This is done through confession, forgiveness, generosity and celebration. You’ll have to read the book to learn more. The last part of the book is discussion questions. Truth be told, I haven’t yet worked through them, but give me time.

The irony is that later in the book, Stanley explains that we can’t wait until we’re ready or until our hearts are stronger, to work on making our hearts stronger.We can only make our hearts stronger by working on them. There’ll always be something to be guilty, envious, greedy or jealous about.

I feel like I read this book at the right time. I shouldn’t have read it on that trip. Recently an incident happened at work that made me feel so guilty (even though I am not the one would caused it, due to my position I felt at fault, because if I had been aware of the contents of a document I didn’t have, I would I been able to stop this incident from happening). I felt so guilty that I couldn’t sleep or eat. With Stanley’s advice fresh in my mind, I took the advice of the book and I confessed. More than once, and to more than one person, and I felt so much better. I definitely intend on trying the rest of the advice Stanley gives and working through the discussion questions.

If you are a Christian (or are open to reading Christian books) and you feel like your heart is heavy, I would most definitely recommend this book. It can be purchased at Christian booksellers such as CUM Books.

Images via Pexels.