Showing posts from January, 2013

Apartment Building Life: Don't Believe the Hype

Yesterday, I had a brush with the gritty side of apartment life.

After resigning myself to the fact that doing a load of laundry would cost me R12, I went up to the 14th floor of the Broadway apartment building in Braamfontein, to check out the facilities, so I could know exactly what I would be paying for.

What greeted me, was this:

The walls and the lone cupboard in this place are in a terrible state, but at least the machines are in working condition. And they come complete with notices and instructions for use for the tenants.

The notice said that I had to use only the new R5 coins, and a R2 coin to make up the R12. I suppose if a machine is built to take your money, it is built to do so as quickly as possible- sorting through R1 coins and 50c pieces would just be too much work. For the machine. Also, for the person who empties it our and counts his/her profits. Capitalism. *spits*

The notice also informed me that a load in the dryer would cost an additional R12, using the same ty…

New Music: Unofficial "Comeback songs" from JT and Destiny's Child

It seems like 2013 is going to be the year of the "hey, I'm still here" single.

Almost two weeks ago, Destiny's Child announced that they would be releasing a new single, which would be part of their Love Songs album. The album is going to be made up of their most romantic singles, released between 1997 and 2004.

The song makes for some easy listening, as it is devoid of any serious vocal theatrics or an overwhelming club/ dance music beat, which can be heard on almost any of the popular songs by female artists on today's charts.

I must admit that I was a little bored of the song halfway through it (I felt like there was nothing going- nothing to keep my attention), but I'm willing to give it a chance to grow on me. It is Destiny's Child, after all.

Before music lovers had even recovered from the news of a new Destiny's Child single, word came out that Justin Timberlake was going to release a brand new single as well.
I thought "finally!", b…

A Week In Paris (Part Two)

After we eventually met up with the cab driver, we drove to the hotel in silence; half-asleep and, I believe, not fully conscious of where we actually were. I don’t think it was easy for any of us to understand that we were actually in Paris: we’d survived our first overseas flight. (That’s a big thing for someone like me, who is irrationally afraid of anything that is “unknown”, “extreme” or “outlandish”.)
We checked into the hotel- Best Western Le Patio Saint Antoine- without any hassle, and then set off into the streets for our first meal in Paris.
I don’t remember exactly how we ended up at the crepe café, but I do remember that that was the first time I grasped how much of an obstacle language can be when travelling. Luckily, one of the two girls who owned the café could understand a little bit of English, and soon we were on our way back to the hotel with two vegetable crepes, and two egg and cheese ones. I won’t say it was the most satisfying meal I’ve ever had, but it was also not…

A Week In Paris (Part One)

Last December, I had my very own once-in-a-lifetime experience, when I set off for Paris with my family.

I had never been overseas, and I was waiting until I had an amazing job that paid me a jetsetter’s salary before I even looked at flight prices, so I was incredibly excited when my dad gave me the ticket as a gift for my 21st birthday.

Four weeks later, we were at OR Tambo International boarding Emirates flight EK 764 to Dubai. I had no idea what to expect from an international flight, but I was looking forward to finding out. I was also relieved that I wasn’t going on my own after all: my dad, aunt and sister were there with me.

All the “coming-of-age” movies always show a young girl/boy going off to some overseas country alone, to get lost in translation but “find” themselves after overcoming some type of tailor-made obstacle (with the help of a cute local), and make it look like fun, but I don’t think I would’ve wanted it that way.

In Dubai, we struggled to find the correct queue t…

On Repeat: Kid Cudi

This song from Kid Cudi is one of my favourites at the moment. It's like a love song, but for sensitive stoners. Watch the video, and you'll understand:

[Teaser] Versailles, With A Twist

In my last post, I promised those of you that are still out there reading this blog that I would be back with my first "real" post for the year in about two weeks, and here I am now.

Few things make me happier than a steady connection to the internet, that doesn't come with ridiculous data charges (Vodacom, I want answers) and blocked websites. For that, I will always be grateful to Wits.

Back to the matter at hand: the promises I made about sharing the details of an overseas adventure. I've decided to do the posts in a series, because the details of those 9 days in December deserve more than one casual report-back. It will also be a little less tedious to read that way.

So, in the run-up to the first part of the series, I'm going to share with you an article about the palace of Versailles, and the artist who did her part to make this monument to the opulence of the monarchs of the 17th and 18th centuries more accessible to the contemporary crowds.

Joana Vasconcel…

Are You Still Out There?

Hi :)

I'm sitting in McDonald's, using up the free wi-fi that I wish someone had told me about way at the beginning of the holidays - before I lost my sanity.

If you're reading this, THANK YOU. Thank you so much for still coming back to check this page, even though I leave you for weeks on end, without a single post or mini-update.

A lot has happened and as soon as I have real internet again, I'll put it all up here :)

(A hint: some of the stories involve international travel, and a trip to a famous theme park.)

So, please do keep checking back. In two weeks (*fingers crossed*), I'll be back to regular posting.
Expect some changes this year- it's time I stepped it up!

Until then.