Friday, 29 November 2013

Dance is an expression

This is the longest time I have not blogged since I started this little hobby of mine. I wish I had a proper reason or that life has been so amazing that I haven't had time to blog but the truth is, I have been so incredibly sick and even more so stressed. However next week I will be able to explain more.

Moving on to the actual topic of this post... on Wednesday evening, I went to a contemporary dance show and it really just reminded me that emotions can be expressed through dancing and that is a beautiful thing. My mom really doesn't like contemporary dance - at all and neither did I until I started watching "So You Think You Can Dance" and more specifically, Mia Michaels.

Here are some of my favourites expressions of dances:

And my absolute favourite contemporary dance ever :

All these performances are so moving... do you agree?

Friday, 22 November 2013

Football Friday : South Africa vs Spain - A Dream Game for SA

On Tuesday evening I made my way to the FNB Stadium (Soccer City, during the 2010 Soccer World Cup) this is the stadium where I watched Justin Bieber perform, where Spain became world champions for the first time and where South Africa shocked Spain into their second defeat of the year.

I honestly battled to decide who I would be supporting because Spain is my favourite team and well, Bafana is my Country. So I decided the way any girl would - which shirt looked better and it turned out to be Spain.
Dean's reaction to Bafana's goal
Of course at that time I did not think I was going to get caught on camera at the end of the game and then receive several messages from friends who saw me!
BUT believe it or not, that was not the most exciting thing that happened to me that night - the most exciting thing that happened was Pepe Reina waving at Charne and me! It was an awkward wave - because Charne and I were the only two waving like crazies but it was so worth it because not only is he hot, he plays for Spain and is a Liverpool favourite :)
The game was so much fun and it really helped me feel better because I've been having a bit of a tough time. There was so much eye candy going around, I was so entertained! I even spotted this guy who is so channelling Harvey Spector. 
Anyway, enough with the stalking pictures - I had an amazing experience even though Spain lost.

What's the most exciting thing that happened to you this week?


Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Bucket List - Liverpool FC vs Kasier Chiefs LEGENDS Game

I don't think it's accurate to include this particular game on my bucket list because I would have never thought it would be possible to even watch some of the players I did watch.

On Friday, I mentioned how excited I was and I had no idea how that would only be the tip of the iceberg.
I bought the Liverpool Tattoo when I visited Liverpool in 2010 ~ I knew it would finally come in handy

Last week was rough for me, work was rough and my sleeping patterns were completed messed up and if I thought that was hectic, things only got worse when we almost missed our flight because we were running a little late and the lady helping us well, didn't help! She printed my ticket twice and my dad was left without a ticket then when we finally all had tickets I thought my flight wasn't boarding so I went to buy a book and almost missed my flight. So if you were in OR Tambo on Friday and saw a girl running thought - it was me!

When we arrived at King Shaka International, none other than Kaiser Chiefs (and more so Bafana Bafana) legend - Doctor Khumalo was on my flight and he was nice enough to take a quick picture with me.

Back to the game, I was so psyched on Saturday to see so many Liverpool fans and for the short time it felt like we were all going to see Liverpool play at Anfield. When You'll Never Walk Alone was playing at the beginning of the day, it was definitely a "MOMENT".

Liverpool lost over penalties but the game was played in such a good spirit and there were so many goals it really was a great experience.

When leaving Durban on Sunday evening I then bumped into Liverpool FC legend, Bruce Grobbelaar and I am so happy that I got that opportunity. I was definitely reminded this weekend I am extremely blessed.

Who is the most surprising celeb you have met? Were you at the game?

Monday, 18 November 2013

Motivational Monday

I had an INCREDIBLE weekend but today all I want to share is this sentence I saw at my aunt's house and it really stuck with me - and put things in perspective ... I hope it does the same for you!

Also, because it is Monday I thought I'd share one of my favorite songs at the moment with you 

What are your thoughts on the simple words? And do you like the 1D song?? 

Have a great week!

Friday, 15 November 2013

November Football Fun!

This month is turning out to be extremely exciting (in certain aspects) because a certain person (ME!) gets to watch not one but two teams I absolutely LOVE within days....

I wish I could make this post more "professional" - if there is such a thing for blogs but I simply cannot contain my excitement.

While it is Liverpool Legends which means my Stevie Gerrard won't be in the team I still get to watch Liverpool in my own country and some of the greatest players will be there and I cannot wait. I am also really looking forward to being around people who share my passion for Liverpool. AND my dad bought awesome tickets!!!
A Young John Barnes

Then on Tuesday, I get to watch Spain verse my country and while a lot of people are saying that Bafana Bafana will be whipped, on the two previous occasions in which Bafana played Spain we played really well. Perhaps it's that saying that applies : When you socialise with more intelligent people you will think on their level. Maybe when Bafana plays Spain they realise they are playing the greatest team currently out there and they want to ensure that that they look good doing it?

Either way, as you should know, I LOVE Fernando Torres but turns out he's not coming as he is injured :( I literally had to take a moment to process that when I found out. I love that man and I'm sad he's not coming but as it turns out, there will be some new talent coming along. Also, Gerard Pique, Xavi and Jordi Alba won't be making it which makes me sad BUT Pepe Reina will be coming as will Xabi Alonso and David Villa and how could I forget Cesc Fabregas?

And when I thought I had good tickets for Liverpool Legends vs Kaizer Chiefs.. my dad did better (2 rows better) for the Spain game.

I am so thrilled that I get to visit the Moses Mabida Stadium for a game, which I haven't done before and then I get to go back to the FNB Stadium, to watch the champions of the world!

So.. I will do game reviews next week with loads of photos I'm sure! I'll also be positng on Instagram and Twitter!

What is going on with you that makes you as excited as me? Have you seen any of these teams play? Who will you be supporting?

Have a great weekend and enjoy some good football!!

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Tuesday Thought - Know When to Walk Away

If you hear ant of these lines, he 's definitely breaking up with you. Walk away with as much dignity as you can muster.

1.It's not you, it's me
2. You're such a sweet girl...
3. I just need time to find myself.
4. I'm not ready for a serious relationship, or a casual one, or any relationship.... with you
5.You're better off without me/too good for me/beneath me
6. I'm moving away/don't have a long time to live.
7. I can't see you anymore. This whole thing is just making me ill.
8. If you were slimmer, had red hair and didn't have the deformed toe, I think I could marry you.
9. I think I'm allergic to your saliva.
10.I want to be free to be with someone who agrees with me about things.
11.It's not your fault, I just feel like I don't want to see your big fat face anymore.
12.If I were ready for love, it wouldn't be with you.
13. If you wanted sex more often, I wouldn't need to sleep with anyone else.
14. I find the smell of you off-putting.
15. My ex is haunting me.
This is an extract from my current book, Never Google Heartbreak by Emma Garcia. I am almost done with it but it's really funny and relatable. I actually know people who have heard some of the above mentioned excuses.
Is this extract missing any options out?  Have you heard anything like these or worse? Come on, share your knowledge...

Monday, 11 November 2013

Movie Review - About Time

I went out with one of my girlfriends for dinner and a movie. We wanted to watch this movie but it turned out not to be what I expected and my friend summed it up perfectly - It's two love stories.

This movie is about a guy who can travel back in time in his own life due to some sort of magicness (I know that is not a real word) and he it really comes in handy for him because - simply put - he is a bit of a dork in that endearing way. However, if he didn't have the ability to go back in time he would not be able to make the right kind of first impression to meet the people that he does.

The movie is cute and sweet and like I said, the element of the second love story is the surprising and enjoyable.

Rachel McAdams is once again adorable in the role of leading lady in a RomCom.

I think the important things you can walk away from this movie with are these:

1. If someone does not love you, it doesn't matter what the situation is that you meet them or how you phrase your feelings - they will never love you the way you deserve.
2. If someone does love you, it doesn't matter how you meet them - if it is meant to be, it will be.
3. If you are lucky enough to have your family especially your parents around, you need to maximise your time with them because none of us are guaranteed any time.

While I don't agree with Nadine's view that it rivals The Notebook, it was unexpected in the best kind of way.

Have you watched it? If so, what's your favourite part of it? And if you could relive any one moment... what would it be?

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Soulful Sunday - Just Try

So often people will tell me " Just try it" whether it's a new food, new restaurant or new genre of music. Often I would just say no but in the last couple of months years I have honestly tried to push myself out of my comfort zone.

Whether it was new friends or food I have slowly pushed myself and sometimes it really has paid off with me being introduced to something new and meeting new people and finding new interests but what I really wanted to convey in this post... is that it is completely OK for you to try something new and not like it. I think the most important thing is just putting yourself out there.

While I am not about to go bungee jumping (just yet) I am willing to meet new people... put myself out there... start a blog (which still scares me) and definitely trying out some new music.

Also, I think now that I am well into my twenties I feel like I really want to enjoy my youth and embrace it and as time goes on I slowly make peace with the fact that I am who I am ~ a work in progress.

So I am seriously working on my bucket list and it gives me so much pleasure everytime I cross something off it.  But my point is simple, sometimes you will push yourself and try new things - and not like them but the way I look at it, at least I tried.

When last did you push yourself out of your comfort zone?

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

She's going to make you feel better

With Friday fast approaching - here's a clear message
Hope Ms Rebel Wilson made you feel better whether you were in a good mood or a great one :) Hope this brightened your day!

Lemon Drizzle Cake

I have recently rekindled my love of baking and I haven't really blogged about it but my mom asked me to make her this cake but I thought it wasn't going to be any good - turned out I was wrong! This cake would not have been my usual type of cake to eat but it was really good and it was so easy and incredibly tasty that I can't wait to make it again.
175g (6oz) Flora Regular
175g (6oz) self-raising flour
½ tsp baking powder
175g (6oz) caster sugar
3 extra large eggs
2 tbsps low fat milk
Finely grated rind of 2 lemons
Lemon Syrup:
Juice of 2 lemons, strained
115g (4oz) caster sugar


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Sift the flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl. Then add the remaining cake ingredients and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth.
2. Spoon the mixture into a greased and base lined 19x12x9cm loaf tin.
3.Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 1 hour or until cooked.
4. Take out of the tin and allow to cool on a wire tray.
5. Put the lemon juice and sugar in a saucepan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved.
6. Whilst cake is warm, drizzle the syrup over so that it soaks into the cake.

Have you ever tried a cake like this? If you make it, let me know how it goes?