Love this City

I’ve picked up a few things I enjoyed and inspired about this city in-between, since I’ve been busy lately.

1LifeCreate

In brief. Last Monday, 19th March, I got excited about this. It was a creative event called 1LifeCreate held at my current church, Common Ground Church in Rondebosch. This is basically an event for Christian creatives to learn, network, share and be inspired. On the arrival in the beginning of the evening, The Kiffness played their sound of catchy and fun electronic music! Also with super cool videos playing in the background. Oh yeah, how can I forget the lovely yummy snack supplied. The best part of the night was the speaker, an artist called Phillip Barlow. He talked about his life’s journey, showcasing his artwork and sharing about his faith. Very inspiring work and artist. Lastly, there was great informative interviews from a photographer and a musician. This summed up the evening, being really amazing and wonderful interacting with the other creatives. I can’t wait for the next one!

Cape Town Carnival

This was my first time going to Cape Town Carnival on it’s third year on Saturday the 23rd March in Somerset Road. It was an enjoyable carnival with colourful costumers, amazing floats and great dancers. And some of the crowd seemed pleased seeing a guy jumping on a trampoline float to dancers moving like flamingos.

This carnival has the potential to rival Rio or Notting Hill Carnival. I’ve had a pleasure to view Notting Hill Carnival back in 2007 while I was in London. It was very colourful Afro-Caribbean carnival, maybe closest thing to Rio Carnival. It had constant floats going, various dancers, each floats with it’s own music or sound and just a great vibe etc. I did compare it with the Cape Town Carnival. This has a long way to go as I noticed, for a example – the floats were delayed, and timing for music & floats were consistent etc. I would love to see maybe few stands for people to see, not just from the big screens. As we viewed the carnival on a block of flats in which we didn’t even know one resident.

Even with these hiccups, I believe it’s still a young event with loads of amazing South Africa culture to showcase. So it’s one to look out.

The Car Guard Song

My latest favourite parody song from the Braaiday creators. I have been enjoying their Eminem & Rihanna parody about the guys who look after our cars – The Car Guards.

Lekker, Language!

The English language is the common language to communicate across, even though there are more Mandarin Chinese speakers. This language varies around the English speaking countries. One of things I love in this country is our version of our language. We have terms, that no one else uses. You start appreciating it too.

I started to notice this while I was in London, when I was around varied communities of South Africans, Australians, English, Canadians and Kiwis etc. When South Africans or Saffas would speak words like china instead of mate etc, to traffic light which we call robots. That was funny at times in a way I would adjust myself from saying these words around other communities. You’d see sketches of a South African in Harry & Paul’s Pik Reading, a gym instructor.

We have some words incorporated with English language from the Afrikaans & Dutch influence, like lekker, a word for nice or good. We have so many South African words that flow so naturally. Surprisingly, there are always a commonly used word for each town or culture.

Lastly, I’ve been loving the viral video called ‘Shit South African Say.‘ It made me laugh and love our version of the language.

RIP: Steve Jobs

I’d like pay my respect to a man who has been an amazing inspiring innovator, Steve Jobs. I first came across the Apple product on the 80s. It’s wasn’t impressed then. But with the years doing graphic design at college I fell in love with the Apple products. Now I use a Macbook Pro at home and iMac at work.  I’ve use even own an iPod Shuffle which I am afraid went to washer by mistake while I was in UK. If you reading, Nicole, that’s what happen to it. No comment. So I am surrounded by his products he introduced to the world. He turned Apple around to an awesome brand and built Pixar to amazing animation company. Thanks and RIP Steve.

Braai Day!

Spring is here, when South Africans start to enjoy their time outdoors. Also it’s a start of the braai (bbq) season!

We even have a day for it called ‘National Braai Day’ held on the 24th of September. This year will be a miss for me, since I am travelling back to KZN. Thought I would share this viral video. Enjoy