10 Things I have learnt this week

  1. I relish the early morning silence before the world wakes up.
  2. Sometimes there is nothing better than having breakfast for supper.
  3. If there is any one thing you don’t like about your life then change it – but please just stop complaining.
  4. Sacrifices must be made if you want to pursue your dreams.
  5. Writing a book is harder than I had anticipated.
  6. It’s a blessing to be able to walk out my front door and see Table Mountain.
  7. I can now ‘pick up’ an Italian man in fluent Italian (well, semi-fluent).
  8. It’s impossible to predict the weather in Cape Town.
  9. I’m not as patient as I would like to believe I am.
  10. Rainy weather, a blanket and a good book are still a few of my favourite things.
Books, Life

More Paulo Coelho Inspirational Quotes

  • Every human being has a personal legend to be fulfilled, and this is our reason for being in the world. This personal legend manifests itself in our enthusiasm for the task.
  • One can abandon one’s personal legend for a time, as long as one does not forget about it entirely and returns to it as soon as possible.
  • Every human being should keep alive within them the sacred flame of madness, but should behave as a normal person.
  • Only the following items should be considered to be grave faults: not respecting another’s rights: allowing oneself to be paralyzed by fear; feeling guilty; believing that one does not deserve the good or ill that happens in one’s life; being a coward. We will love our enemies, but not make alliances with them. They were placed in our path in order to test our sword, and we should, out of respect for them, struggle against them. We will choose our enemies.
  • It is hereby decreed that the wall separating the sacred and the profane be torn down. From now on everything is sacred.
  • Everything that is done in the present affects the future in the form of consequence and affects the past in the form of redemption.
  • We are all different, and should do what we can do te remain so.
  • Each human being was given two possibilities: action and contemplation. Both lead to the same place.
  • Each human being was given two qualities: power and the gift. Power directs us towards our destiny; the gift obliges us to share with others what is best in us.
  • Courage is fear that prays.
  • The brave are always stubborn.
  • Suffering has no strength to wound a weary body.
  • A child can always teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.
  • “Your heart is alive. Keep listening to what it has to say”

Is the internet ruining my life…

…or is it adding value? All I know is that the internet is a dangerous murky place and that if you don’t keep your wits about you, you will end up in a black hole that no amount of breadcrumbs will help you get out of. As a natural procrastinater who is easily distracted and doesn’t need much encouragement to prove that Google is not only a noun but also a verb (i.e. a doing word – Eng101) I’ve discovered that I spend way too much time surfing. Not the cool kind with skin-tight wetsuits and long boards.

My daily ritual starts with me checking what I call ‘the usual suspects’ more commonly referred to as Gmail, Facebook, site stats of my blog (nothing gets a blogger salivating more than a dramatic spike in site stats) and the RSS feeds of my favourite blogs. For some of you this may also include Twitter, YouTube, MySpace, Google+ and I’m sure there’s a few I’m not even aware of.

Now imagine a magical land where all your favourite and most beautiful images that you have come across on the internet are all in one place. My days are now spent pinning virtual pictures to virtual boards and I am able to check my profile anytime I want. That’s basically pinterest in a nutshell. Well there’s also the fact that you can ‘follow’ other pinners and they can ‘follow’ you. Any images from someone else can be repined onto your profile or you can just ‘like’ it if you’re too lazy. You are also able to view all the pictures you ‘liked’ on your profile. How cool is that? If that all sounds too complicated, believe me it’s not.

So check out if you are bored, want to waste your company’s time and resources or simply want to put off doing the dishes.

One more thing (using P.S. is over rated and very much in the box thinking) you have to send a request to become a member and only once you get your invite from the pinterest team will you become one of us.

adventures, Books, Life

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

After an overwhelming amount of “likes” for the below picture that I posted on Facebook I thought I’d post something inspirational. It’s scary that so many of us can relate to this or feel the same, shouldn’t we all be doing things we love?


I have been going to the library regularly to check if the book The Alchemist was available but due to its popularity it never was. The weird thing was that after cleaning out some old boxes at home my mom found a copy of this book in our house, apparently it’s been there for months but we were just blissfully unaware. I’ve just finished reading it and thought I’d share some of my favourite quotes. It’s basically a book about listening to your heart and following your dreams and even though a lot of what he says we already know it’s nice just to be reminded.

  • “When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.”
  • “Every search begins with beginners luck and ends with the victor’s being severely tested.”
  • “In order to find the treasure, you will have to follow the omens. God has prepared a path for everyone to follow. You just have to read the omens that he left you.”
  • “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” 
  • “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
  • “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”  
  • “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” 
  • “I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now.” 
  • “Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.” 
  • “Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”
  • It’s not what enters men’s mouths that’s evil. It’s what comes out of their mouths that is.
  •   Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.
  • The world’s greatest lie: At a certain point in our lives we lose control of what’s happening to us and our lives become controlled by fate.
  • Life attracts life.
  • One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.
  • Don’t think about what you’ve left behind.
  • “There is only one way to learn,” the alchemist answered. “It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.”
  • People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams, because they feel that they don’t deserve them, or that they’ll be unable to achieve them.
  • When you possess great treasures within you, and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed.
  • “To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation.”
  • Most people see the world as a threatening place, and because they do, the world turns out indeed to be a threatening place.
  • No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.


10 Things I have learnt this week

1. Sunday morning lie-ins never get old or tired.

2. Arty pretentious people are exhausting, yes we get it, you are all uber talented.

3. Foreign movies with subtitles are cool.

4. Studying for your learners license at 29 is very different to studying for it at 19.

5. Wasabi flavoured chips are awesome.

6. South African rock bands…well…ROCK! Especially if you know the band.

7. It’s easier to stick to a plan (exercise, eating or savings) if you have a buddy.

8. ‘High school’ never really ends.

9. I do not miss driving.

10. I’m glad I quit smoking.


Cape Town is home

So you know how I’m always waxing lyrical about how all I want to do is travel? Well I figured whilst I’m still busy saving every penny I make I might as well be a tourist in my own city. Cape Town is after all beautiful and the best city in the world and it’s not hard to see why.



Sadly not referring to the festival in Germany which actually happens in September. But if you are looking for things to do in Cape Town in October, look no further.

Italian Culture Week

Cape Town International Kite Festival – 22 & 23 October 2011

Africa’s biggest kite festival which is hosted by Cape Mental Health in association with Heart 104.9FM attracts expert kiters from around the world. You can bring your own kite along if you have one.

The Festival  opens from 10:00 to 18:00 each day at Zandvlei, Muizenberg. Entry is just R15 for adults and R5 for children.


6th International Oriental Dance Festival in Cape Town, South Africa 27th – 30th October 2011

There will be a fringe program at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre and Workshop 17 shed next to the Blue Shed Kraft Market. Performances of hundreds of belly dancers all dance levels, from beginner’s to professionals, from all over the world and South Africa. Performances begin at 10am and finish at 6pm on 29th and 30th Oct and entry is FREE of charge!

There will also be a Bazaar where you can buy dancing accessories, jewellery, costumes, food. On Saturday 29th October 2011 they will attempt to break Guinness World Record of “Most people belly dancing simultaneously” Anybody who is able do learn and dance a Belly dance choreography for 5 min, has a Belly Dance jingle belt, skirt or harem pants on is allowed to participate. Participating is free of charge.