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Experiencing District Six

January 19, 2017

As a coloured who grew up in Cape Town and admittedly always loved to seek out all the interesting places in and around town,  I am ashamed to say that I only recently visited the District Six Museum. Of cause, while growing up, I have been told many tales of the now almost mythical district, and as I listened to these stories, or rather memoirs, I imagined myself walking through the narrow streets, hearing the laughter of children playing in the streets and eventually felt myself being swept away by the sweet sounds of jazz.

Almost 50 years after the removal of more than 16000 families from the only home they knew for many generations, I decided to, along with my best friend, pay homage to an era and culture once known as the heart and soul of Cape Town.

Nadia and I started our expedition with a hearty Mediterranean breakfast at Seelan on the V&A Waterfront, to celebrate the joie de vivre (joy of life) as they so nicely put it.

 

 

later the morning we excitedly boarded the City Siteseeing bus (our first time) where we were treated to some cool, some funny and some sad facts about our culture rich city. We got to chat to the friendly staff and fellow tourists and although the clouds of mist were fast rolling in as table mountain was being covered by the famous “table cloth,” we enjoyed the cool breeze as we savoured the breathtaking views we so often take for granted.

 

 

Because it’s a hop-on-hop-off bus, we decided to hop off at Charlies Bakery for a sweet treat and obviously to meet Charly’s Cake Angels from the 2011 docu-reality TV series.

 

 

  The District six museum located in the heart of the Mother City, serves as a remembrance to the culture and history of the area before the removals.

 

 

On entering you are solemnly greeted by a large street map of District Six, with handwritten notes from former residents indicating where their homes had once been

 

 

Street signs from the old district tell a heartbreaking story of the lives of the District Six families

 

District Six also contributed mightily to the distinguished history of South African Jazz

 

 

Oh how this takes me back to my early childhood! The games we use to play, the fun we use to have. The things our kids will sadly never know.

 

 

The remains of the slave tree – where slaves were sold and leased at public auctions.

 

 

Continuing our journey around the peninsula

 

 

Just another Summers day at Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens

 

Thank you Wiki for helping me piece together this post and bringing to life my photographs taken during my visit to the museum. I encourage every South African, and otherwise, to visit the district six museum on your visit to the Cape.

Love,

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Dino’s Alive Expo – Cape Town Launch

November 17, 2016

The kids have been looking forward to the Dino’s Alive Expo for a long time, so when the day finally arrived, they could barely contain their excitement. The thunderous roar of the dinosaurs hit our ears as soon as we drove into the parking lot at Cape Gate Mall last night which made the kids, and ourselves, even more excited.

On arrival we were greeted with champaign by the friendly staff, and popcorn, candy floss and photo vouchers for the kids. By this time they were ready to storm the exhibition which gave a fine impression of the much loved (and feared) Jurassic Park.

We were then treated to a tour with the tour guide mostly interacting with the curious little ones asking them all kinds of questions about the prehistoric majestic giants.

There was a light atmosphere which I savoured and so much for the little ones to do and see. In-between cupcakes, mini pizza, mini burgers, popcorn and candy floss, the kids also got to enjoy dino-rides, baby dino petting, digging for fossils in the sand and bouncing around on the dino jumping castle.

Prepare to be taken on a journey to a time where dinosaurs were the rulers of the planet. Tickets are available through Computicket or at entrance 5, Cape Gate. Doors officially open today! You can also purchase your tickets at any Shoprite, Checkers, Checkers Hyper or House & Home branch.

Call: 081 011 1718
Email: etienne@expoafrica.co.za
Website: dinosalive.co.za

 

Here’s a peak at all the fun we had 🙂

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Roarrrrr

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Everything I Never Told You – Book Review

October 10, 2016
Oh wow, where do I start.
The author touches on so many complex topics, ranging from how close family ties can easily come undone, infidelity, depression, pressure, racial identity, racism and sexism. 

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To be honest, I struggled a little through the first half of this book, but to be fair, I had many other things I needed to focus on while reading this novel – like the upcoming exams among many other things as a working, studying, and homemaking mom of three. 
By the time I got to the second half however, I literally dropped everything I was busy with to finish what should have been a page turner from the very beginning.
“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” For a fleeting moment I think this is going to be another “lovely bones” story, but I quickly realise it is nothing like the dead-girl-trapped-between-life-and-death we fell in love with years ago.
Lydia is dead yes, but unlike Susie, she never gets the chance to say how she truly feels and this novel, beautiful and poised in its writing, describes the events up to this fateful day when Lydia’s waxy and swollen body is discovered at the bottom of the nearby lake.
Half Chinese, half white Lydia is a loner who’s only two friends are her big brother Nathan and little sis Hannah. Although she never tells them this.

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Her Chinese dad, James, hates Chinese food, hasn’t spoken his native language since his move to the states; and wants more than anything for Lydia to fit in. Throughout her life, he pushes her to blend in with the other kids at school who rejects her because she’s so “different.” A Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio was considered quite different, but  James wants Lydia to be popular so she wouldn’t be picked on so much. Like he was, growing up.
All Marilyn, her white American-born mom wants is for Lydia to excel at school and become everything she herself had given up to start a family. And been longing for ever since.

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Has being pulled in all directions at home, having to deal with the pressures and racial remarks from peers at school, and her brother soon leaving for college, finally driven Lydia over the edge?

Everything I never told you, by Celeste Ng is certainly a story you should make part of your reading list this Summer. It sketches a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the unnerving struggles between mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives.

I hope you enjoyed the review 🙂
Love,

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10 most child friendly places to eat in Hout Bay

September 23, 2016

While on our recent holiday in Houtbay, the number one challenge we were faced with was finding (updated) child friendly eateries in the area.

You only realize how truly valuable this information is once you’re a mom of little tots. The very idea of bringing your busy brood into a fancy restaurant with little place to move, let alone run around, while having to endure the stares and snares from fellow diners, is enough to make any parent cringe with panic.

Usually, we just pop in at The Lookout deck for their amazing fish and chips, but mostly for the view. However, this time we wanted to try somewhere different. Little did we know just how incredibly hard it would be to find  good alternatives.

What a relief when we found Scarecrows on the net! So, we punched in the GPS coordinates and off we drove for brunch; only to get there and learn Scarecrows no longer exist and has now been replaced by Massimo’s, which, by the way, was closed this Sunday afternoon. Wonderful!

Tummies rumbling and frustrated, we headed toward our holiday destination, and stopped at the first restaurant we saw. Just as our luck would have it that day, the place was not child-friendly at all – not even a kiddies menu in sight. We ended up enjoying our meals anyway, because hey, it’s Houtbay, and everyone makes you feel so at home here.

I did however vow to find out exactly where all the sneaky kid-friendly eateries are hiding in the Valley and share them with my fellow fab moms. So, here they are!

Spiro’s 

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Child friendly, family Greek restaurant in the heart of Hout Bay with a fully equipped children’s playroom with a full time child minder. There is also a well balanced kiddies menu to make this a suitable family outing where children are well cared for!
30 Main Road, 7806 Hout Bay
Call: 021 791 3897

Earthworx Garden Cafe

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Cute little restaurant for breakfast and lunch. Great play area for kids and milkshakes!
Corner of Valley and Victoria Road, Hout Bay
Call: 021 790 3033

 

Wharfside Grill Restaurant – Mariner’s Wharf

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Although I couldn’t find it anywhere on the website, I was able to confirm that The Wharfside Grill (On the deck) has a very lovely kiddies menu. Although they don’t have a play area to entertain the kids, I as informed that the waiters are very aptly dressed in sailor attire, which I am sure will keep the kids more than entertained. 
Mariner’s Wharf, Hout Bay Harbour, Hout Bay
Call for bookings: 021 790 1100

Massimo’s

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Oakhurst Farm Park, Main Road, Hout Bay 
Friendly Italian owners, the best Pizza on the Atlantic and a play area for the kids!
Call: 021 790 5648

Snoekies

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Arguably the best fish and chips in Town and at a good price! I have been told by a regular with two kids of her own, that this joint also has the best play area she’s seen. 
Quay 4, Harbour Rd, Hout Bay
Call:  021 790 6677

 

Dunes Beach Restaurant

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Well-known as a family friendly destination, and it has a play ground and kiddies menu with lots to keep the little ones happy. 
1 Beach Rd, Hout Bay
Call: 021 790 1876

 

Valley Farm Stall 

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A place for parents to relax while their children play and have fun. The farmyard is home to ponies, dwarf goats, teacup pigs, bunnies, ducks, geese, turkeys and chickens. Children are allowed to safely interact with the animals under adult supervision.
Valley Road, Hout Bay
Call: 021 790 3803

 

The Lookout Deck

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Sit right above the water’s edge and watch the seals frolick and climb up the stairs of the nearby boats. 
65 Harbour Rd, Hout Bay Harbour
Call: 021 790 0900

 

Bay Harbour Market

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Delicious aromas of braai fish, freshly baked breads and citrus fruits and so much more. You pass a robotic mime drawing gasps from giggling kids as the air is filled with the sound of a township guitarists and a groovy sax …. punctuated by singing seagulls ….
31 Harbour Rd, Hout Bay
Call:  083 275 5586

I hope this was helpful mamas! Please let me now if you discover any other treasures like these 🙂

Love,

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Flora Bay Resort: Our Family holiday slash anniversary get-away

September 21, 2016

This year Lesley and I decided to take all three kids along on our anniversary weekend away and ended up being more excited for them than for us celebrating 6 years of marriage.

To make sure the little ones had as much fun on our three day, two night get-away, we needed to make sure we include all the things they love. First on their list of demands was to make sure we are within walking distance from the beach, thus eliminating mine and Lesley’s usual wine route exploring, and instead we settled for our beautiful Atlantic seaboard. Boy, were we happy we did. We found everything their little hearts desired at Flora bay, nestled neatly between mountain and sea, at the foot of Chapman’s Peak in Houtbay.

This self-service resort isn’t exactly 5 star, but you damn sure get your money’s worth and then some; and what’s more, its an ideal holiday destination for the whole family and boasts a luscious green lawn for the boys to kick some ball, a park and a private beach if the tide is not high. Our kids were this close to abandoning us and moving in for good.

The beach-inspired decor is light and breezy and perfectly suited for the neat rooms all of which are overlooking the bay. You feel right at home from the moment you walk in the door. The linen is clean and crisp and white and we could sleep for days non-stop if it wasn’t for the kids that somehow got it in their evil minds that there will be no sleeping-in on this holiday.

The kitchen is fully stocked if you plan to cook anything in there. The pan non-stick, the fridge ice cold and the microwave small yet powerful. Caution: You may want to take your own coffee along as the three or four complimentary sachets does not get replenished once done. Lucky for us we go nowhere without our Jacobs. However, I wouldn’t be too concerned since the shops and restaurants are just down the road.

The bathroom is right at the front door, but this didn’t bother us at all as it was the first place we headed anyway after a day at the beach. The shower is large, and the water warm. There really is nothing bad to say about the spacious bathroom, other than it did not include a bath.

We stayed in one of three beach front suits – the one with a balcony – this is where I started every day with a cup of steamy coffee and ended those days with a glass of bubbly. The kids loved having their ice-creams there too. There are suits without balconies, so if you are a balcony person such as myself, then you might want to remember this before you check in. The place is a gem and truly has one of the most majestic views in Cape Town.

The master bedroom is upstairs and you literally feel like floating on a cloud while lying down on plush white linen, the sea breeze streaming in and, of cause, the endless ocean view. The kids “room” is downstairs, at the foot of a long flight of stairs. Definitely not ideal for younger kids and although we kept reminding ours about the dangers of falling, they kept climbing anyway and it so became their playground and kept them entertained for hours. We are happy to report no kids were harmed during the making of this holiday.

What we loved most about this arrangement was that Miguel would not sneak into our bed like he does every night at home; maybe because climbing those stairs in the early hours of the morning, while still befell with sleep, must seem like too much of a hassle. Note to self: find a house with a long stairway inside and make kids sleep downstairs.

If stairs is not for your family, flora bay offers many other suits, all with breathtaking views from every angle.

Our first stop when we arrived in Houtbay was Ruggafellas. Not kid-friendly, but their burgers are pretty good.

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I couldn’t get hubby to move from this spot since we arrived 🙂

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On our way to seal Island

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No, they are not actually waving goodbye, like I thought they did

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Where the kids spent most of their time

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Where I spent most of my time!

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Goodnight beautiful Houtbay

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It wasn’t the time alone we were hoping for, but it sure was a memorable and fun holiday!

To Happy Holidays.

Love,

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