TED BAKER celebrates the new collection in SA



We were introduced to the new  Ted Baker  Spring/Summer 2015 “Pinch Me” collection during an intimate cocktail event on Wednesday 18 November at Stuttafords in Sandton City.

The collection features a fanciful selection of clothing that bursts into life with flashes of bold print, strong textured fabrics and vivid colours.

Ted Baker kleding Spring Summer, Artson Fashion, Haacht


Ted’s womenswear collection abounds with a palette of paint pot tones splashed on clothing and accessories. Punchy pinks, pretty pastels and blink-and-you’ll-miss-it nudes illuminate floral motifs and modern graphic prints.


Ted captures the imagination with the colour-filled elegance of the Cascading Floral and Mirrored Tropics prints which are perfect for summer.


Always a man of mystery, Ted’s head-to-toe tones of creamy mints, striking peach and pastel pinks create colourful illusions. Fantasy meets reality with Ted’s take on sports luxe, complete with metal hardwear, sequins and neoprene. The modern prints with a palette of pretty pinks and pastel shades makes this collection unique and striking.

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About Ted Baker:

Having launched as a shirt specialist of some repute in Glasgow Ted Baker quickly became the place to buy some of the very best contemporary men’s shirting around.

From the beginning Ted has had a very clear, unswerving, focus on quality, attention to detail and a quirky sense of humour, so much so in fact that the first stores used to provide a laundry service for every shirt purchased – something that gained the quickly growing brand the title of ‘No Ordinary Designer Label’. Everything produced under the Ted Baker name has his personality woven into its very heart.

Ted Baker is one of the fastest-growing leading lifestyle brands in the UK.

Follow the conversation on social media, using the hashtag #TedLovesSouthAfrica

Ted Baker is  available at Stuttafords. Happy shopping :)



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Manila among cheapest in Asia to live a life of luxury


Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Living a life of luxury can be a bargain in Manila — that is if you compare it to other cities in Asia.

A new ranking by Julius Baer found that Manila is a bargain market for some luxury goods and services compared to 10 other Asian cities.

By how much? Well, an Armani suit will be a third of the price in Manila than if you buy one in Shanghai — the most expensive city in the region.

Buying a diamond engagement ring is 20 percent cheaper in Manila than average, while a roundtrip business class flight to London and New York costs 11 percent less from the city.

Botox treatment is also cheapest in Manila at $153 or a little more than P7,100 in 2015, 27 percent less than the average price in the region. Getting the procedure in Shanghai costs $1,293 or more than P60,000.

“In terms of specific items Manila is the biggest bargain for an Armani men’s suit, botox procedures, jewellery and high-end luxury apartments… Manila is also an extremely attractive place to consider high-end dental treatment and this has been the case for a few years now,” the report said.

Luxury wine, however, is 27 percent more than average in the city. The report also noted that more items are “increasing than seeing decreases in prices” within the index.

“The most prominent changes are in the items of watches (+10%), hotel suite (+15%), and our luxury car (+28%). This is the second year in a row of continued price increases in the hotel and car sector.”

It noted that the economic rise of the Philippines has been overshadowed by its larger neighbors in the region. But added that in recent years the country “has started taking an exciting path.”

The GDP growth of the Philippines was calculated at 6 percent during the data collection period.

Related: Fitch upgrades PH outlook to ‘Positive’

The report tagged the Philippine city as a “bargain set to shine,” but Mumbai got the crown as the cheapest city to live a high-end life.

“Overall in comparison to other Asia markets, Manila is quite a bargain for both goods and services, being in the bottom 3 cities so this increases its potential attractiveness, hence people can live a life of luxury for less in the Philippines than many places in Asia except Mumbai and Jakarta.”

Here is the list of the list of most expensive to cheapest cities, according to Julius Baer Lifestyle Index city ranking by goods and services:

  1. Shanghai
  2. Hong Kong
  3. Singapore
  4. Seoul
  5. Bangkok
  6. Taipei
  7. Tokyo
  8. Kuala Lumpur
  9. Manila
  10. Jakarta
  11. Mumbai

The study based its ranking by comparing the prices of luxury items and services in 11 Asian cities.

(Editor’s Note: $1 = P46.77)

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Things to do for under R50 in Cape Town

There are so many ways to enjoy what Cape Town has to offer without spending a fortune. Here are 50 ways to explore this gorgeous city for a mere R50 or less.

Original post from : Cape Town Tourism website  http://www.capetown.travel/


Image: St. James train view, captured by Mike Metlerkamp

Cost: R30 for the hop-on, hop-off ticket

The Southern Line Rail Route stretches between Cape Town and Simon’s Town. Besides it being a great way of getting from A to B, it’s also a relaxing way of seeing Cape Town’s varied scenes. The part of the journey betweenMuizenberg and Simon’s Town winds along the edge of the ocean and the views are brilliant. Buy the hop-on, hop-off ticket and stop at Muizenberg for a surf; Kalky’s in Kalk Bay for some mouth-watering fish and chips; and Simonstown for a trip to Boulders Beach for a visit with the penguins.


You can see plenty of birds at Rondevlei Nature Reserve

Cost: R12 entry for adults and R5 for kids

Rondevlei is an unexpected treasure situated within the Cape Town suburb of Grassy Park, about 20 min drive from the city centre. Home to some 256 species of indigenous plants, it spans 290 hectares and has a museum, a network of footpaths, viewing towers, and several bird hides. It is also home to – wait for it – Hippopotami as well as 20 other mammal species, including the Cape Grysbok Porcupine, Cape Clawless Otter and Large-Spotted Genet. It makes for a really great family outing. Don’t forget to pack your picnic.

Phone: +27 21 706 2404
Email: RondevleiNatureReserve@capetown.gov.za
Website: http://www.zeekoevlei.co.za/
Physical Address: Fisherman’s Walk, Zeekoevlei, Cape Town


Slangkoppunt Lighthouse

Cost: R16 for a guided tour

The bright white Slangkoppunt (Snake Head Point) Lighthouse, situated on the coast in the South Peninsula, is the tallest cast iron lighthouse in South Africa. The internal spiral staircase you will climb during the guided tour takes you up 100 feet from the bottom to the balcony. If the idea of climbing up all those steps gets you a bit nervous, rest assured that the views from the top are entirely worth it. The tour will leave you with all sorts of interesting facts including the reason for South Africa being one of the few remaining places to retain actual Light House Keepers.

Phone: +27 (21)789 2812
Physical address: Lighthouse Rd, Kommetjie, Cape Town


Cost: R40 for kids for a courtyard ride

Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie is the only place in Cape Town where you’ll have the unique opportunity of riding a camel. Kids love sitting some two metres up on the camel’s hump and sauntering around the courtyard. Longer rides through a nearby forest area are also possible, but cost a bit more (R200 per person.) Once the kids have finished their rides, pay a visit to the interesting gathering of shops inside Imhoff Village, The Imhoff Farm Shop has a delicious range of fresh free-range foods, and be sure to visit the Higgledy-Piggledy Farmyard.

Phone: 021 783 4545
Email: Info@imhofffarm.co.za
Website: www.http://imhofffarm.co.za/
Physical Address: Kommetjie Road (M65), Kommetjie


There’s lots to see at Kirstenbosch Gardens

Cost: R50 entry for adults and R10 for kids

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is reputed to be the most beautiful in the world. The experience of rolling greens, splashes of floral colour, shaded streams and the multitude of paths can only really be done justice with a visit. Take a walk long the treetop “Boomslang” (Tree Snake) walkway, picnic under a shady tree and definitely pay a visit to the exquisite Sculpture Garden. The annual Summer Sunset Concerts between November and April are incredibly popular (a bit above the R50 mark, but well worth it.)

Phone: +27 (0)21 799 8783
Email: Kirstenboschinfo@sanbi.org.za
Website: http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch
Physical Address: Rhodes Drive Newlands, Cape Town


Get in some fun rides at Cool Runnings

Cost: R40 for a ride

It’s hard to imagine tobogganing without snow, but Cool Runnings in Tygervalley offers exactly that. The stainless steel track has 17 s-bends, corners and a tunnel. Adrenaline junkies will love this experience, as you get to regulate your own speed and boy can things get speedy if you want! Sleds accommodate up to two people, so the little ones can go with Mum or Dad. It’s also a really popular venue for kiddies parties.

Phone: +27 (0)21 949 4439
Email: ops@coolrunnings.capetown
Website: http://coolrunnings.capetown
Physical Address: Carl Cronje Drive, Tygervalley


There’s fun for all at Bugz Family Play Park (pic: Bugz Family Play Park)

Cost: R30 for adults, R35 for children and R15 for pensioners

This huge play park has both indoor and outdoor play areas suitable for children between the ages of 2 and 10 years. There is a wide variety of play areas and rides such as a choo-choo train, swing horses, water slide, horse rides, quad bikes, free play areas, a tree house and even castle. There is also a regular magic show and Bugz characters who often pay the park a visit. No shortage of fun here! Another popular spot for kiddies parties. More information here.

Phone: +27 (0)21 988 8836
Email: party@bugz.co.za
Website: http://www.bugzplaypark.co.za/
Physical address: 56 Tarentaal Street, Joostenbergvlakte, Kraaifontein


The Company’s Gardens sits in the heart of the Cape Town CBD

Cost: It’s free to visit

The Company’s Garden is situated right in the city centre of Cape Town. It was planted by the Dutch East India Company in 1652 to produce fresh fruit and vegetables for the ships that were sailing along the spice trade route between Europe and the East Indies, via Cape Town. Today it is home to the oldest cultivated pear tree in South Africa, said to have been planted in 1652; a rose garden built in 1929; an aviary with a variety of birds and many other interesting landmarks. It’s also well-known for the resident and perpetually hungry squirrels, so take along some peanuts to feed to them. What’s more the garden offers free wireless.

Tel: 021 426 1357/1218/1768
Email: rory.phelan@capetown.gov.za
Website: www.capetown.gov.za/en/parks/Pages/TheCompanysGarden.aspx
Physical address: 19 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town


The free yoga class is a fun way to get in shape

Cost: Free

Every Tuesday between 18h30 and 19h30 there is a free yoga class at the Cape Quarter in Somerset Road. It’s definitely something to check out if you’re looking for a way to stay in shape, relax or enjoy a different way to hang out with friends.

Tel: 021 421 1111
Email: info@capequarter.co.za
Website: http://www.capequarter.co.za/
Physical address: 27 Somerset Road, 72 Waterkant Street, Green Point


V&A historical walk

Cost: Free – just grab a map and go!

The V&A Waterfront, situated at the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour, has a rich and varied history that can be traced back as far as 1654. A great way to discover the stories of this iconic site’s past and its’ 22 landmarks is to do a self-guided historic walk. Simply grab a map at the Information Centre and off you go. And if you get hungry or thirsty along the way, there are plenty of food and drink places to choose from. A stop at The Creamery at the V&A Food Market for a scoop of their handmade peanut butter ice-cream is a must!

Phone: +27 (0)21 408 7600
Email: info@waterfront.co.za
Website: http://www.waterfront.co.za
Physical Address: V&A Waterfront Information Centre
Situated on Dock Road


Riding the waves in Cape Town

Cost: The waves are rad and free too

Cape Town is home to many great surf spots and offers something for every level of surfer. There are numerous well-known and easily accessible surf spots scattered about the peninsula and a few lesser-known secret spots. Get yourself to a reputable surf shop for the insider scoop for all your gear requirements. If you don’t know how to surf, there are many surfing schools in Cape Town willing to get you into the water.


There are many gemstones that can be collected at the Scrath Patch

Cost: From R17 per bag

Did you know that almost half of the world’s gemstones can be found in South Africa? Did you know that you could scratch for these gems yourself right here in Cape Town? The Scratch Patch and Mineral World at both the V&A Waterfront and in Simonstown is a cool way to dig for your own beautiful gems. You get to emerge yourself in all the stones that quite literally cover the floor, then visit the gem exhibitions and shops afterwards.

Phone: (021) 786-2020.
Website: http://www.scratchpatch.co.za/
Physical address: Dido Valley Rd , Simon’s Town

Phone: (021) 419-9429
Website: http://www.scratchpatch.co.za/
Physical address: Dock Rd, Waterfront


Honest Chocolate makes a mean banana bread bunny show

Cost: Almost everything on the menu is under R50

This Wale Street-based coffee and chocolate shop is where you can get handmade chocolate made from raw ingredients and organic Ecudorian cacao with no preservatives or artificial flavouring. It’s also dairy free. You can grab a good cup of coffee with a delectable slice of cake (gluten-free also available) or purchase some of the delicious chocolate products. Try the banana bread bunny chow – a banana bread mini loaf filled with macadamia chocolate spread and ice cream for R48. Click here for more information.

Phone: 021 447 1438
Email: info@honestchocolate.co.za
Website: http://www.honestchocolate.co.za/
Physical address: 64A Wale Street, Cape Town


Promenade Mondays

Cost: Free

This weekly event starts at Queens Beach Parking lot (the last parking lot along the Promenade before you get to Bantry Bay) at 6pm every Monday night and is a fun way to explore the Sea Point Promenade. You will need something that skates – skateboard, longboard, rollerblades, roller-skates or even a BMX – in order to get the most out of this. The event was created in celebration of the lifting of the ban on skateboarding and rollerblading along this area. Click herefor more information.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/PromenadeMondays/128084890690061
Physical address: Queens Beach Parking lot (the last parking lot along the Promenade before you get to Bantry Bay)


The Moonlight Mass is a fun social activity

Cost: Free

On every full moon, cyclists (both professional and social) gather under the Cape Town skies for a casual night ride starting at the Green Point Circle at around 9pm. This event started as a way of raising awareness for cycling safety and is now a must-do social activity in the Mother City.

Click here for more information.

Email: info@moonlightmass.co.za
Website: http://www.moonlightmass.co.za/
Physical address: Green Point circle, Green Point


The Muizenberg Moonlight Meander takes place once a month in the light of the full moon

Cost: Free

In Cape Town, we make the most of the full moon. The Muizenberg Moonlight Meander happens at 6pm on the Saturday closest to the full moon and brings together family, friends and loved ones for a leisurely stroll along the beach by moonlight. The walk starts in front of Knead bakery.

More info here.

Phone: 083 325 7048
Email: info@safertogether.org
Website: http://safertogether.org/
Physical address: Surfer’s Corner (in front of Knead), Muizenberg


First Thursdays in Cape Town. Pic by Lisa Burnell

Cost: Free

On the first Thursday of every month, arts and culture in Cape Town has a late night, with dozens of art galleries and cultural events showcasing the wealth of talent that the Mother City has on offer. The event is completely free, with no structured tour, and no schedule to follow, you are free to absorb it all at your own leisure. To ensure your First Thursday can be catered to your own specific preferences, organisers provide a map and highlights of what is on show. From there it is all up to you.

Email: goodevening@first-thursdays.co.za
Website: http://www.first-thursdays.co.za/
Physical address: Cape Town CBD


Thursday Late is a must-do for all art lovers (Pic: Thursday Late)

Cost: free

Similar to First Thursday, but mobile, this event moves between areas to showcase some of Cape Town’s best art galleries, open studios, retail stores, music performances, and incredible food.

More info here.

Email: goodevening@first-thursdays.co.za
Website: http://www.first-thursdays.co.za/
Physical address: All over Cape Town (keep checking the Facebook event to find out where it will be)


The Putt Putt course offers uo really great views (pic: southerncrossroads.info)

Cost:  R30

Enjoy the views of Mouille Point while playing a round of putt-putt. It’s an entertaining way to get the competitive spirit going and to have some fun with friends and family. From here, you can take the kids on the mini Blue Train, to a maze and the oldest lighthouse in South Africa. The putt-putt course is located along Beach Road. There are two courses so queues will be short!

Phone: +27 (0) 21 434 680
Physical address: Beach Rd, Mouille Point


Green Point Urban Park image by Nicky Willcock

Cost: Free

A unique space in the middle of an urban environment, the Green Point Urban Park is a fantastic, family-friendly place for a picnic, walk, run or for simply lazing around. There is an outdoor gym, a play park, adventure park and outdoor labyrinth. There are different plant species within the area as well as information about them. Access to the park is via Bill Peters drive, Bay Road or Helen Suzman Boulevard.

Phone: 021 417 0111
Email: Patricia.Giliomee@capetown.gov.za
Website: http://www.gprra.co.za/green-point-urban-park.html
Physical address: Bay Road, Green Point


Breathtaking views at Silvermine (pic: Jenny Hallward)

Cost: R40 for adults and R20 for children

Silvermine Nature Reserve is within the gorgeous Table Mountain National Park and offers a variety of things to do. There are braai spots (only in winter), picnic areas and hiking trails that end in stunning views. Just 20 minutes’ drive away from the city centre, the reserve is an important conservation area for indigenous fynbos plants. It’s also a popular spot for bird-watching and mountain biking as well as having a number of sandstone cave systems and rock climbing routes that connect all the way to Muizenberg. You can access Silvermine from Ou Kaapse Weg drive.

Phone: 021 780 9002 (Gate), 021 789 2457 (Office)
Website: http://www.sanparks.org/
Physical address: Ou Kaapse Weg road


Groot Constantia

Cost: Free to enter, R50 for wine tasting

One of the oldest wine producing farms in the Cape, Groot Constantia is steeped in history. This farm boasts fine examples of Dutch architecture and has been producing wine on the estate without interruption since 1685 when Commander Simon van der Stel of the Dutch East Company (VOC) was originally granted the land on which Groot Constantia stands. You can amble around the leafy grounds, do some trail running or take in some wine tasting. There’s an Iziko Museum on site and if you get hungry, the farm has two restaurants to choose from.

Tel: 021 794 5128
Email: enquiries@grootconstantia.co.za
Website: http://www.grootconstantia.co.za/
Physical address: Groot Constantia road, Constantia


Helderberg Nature Reserve is a wonderful place to take a break from urban life (pic: Friends of Helderberg Nature Resrve)

Cost: R20 for adults, R10 for children (3 to 18 years), R10 for students, R10 for pensioners, R10 per vehicle

The beautiful Helderberg Nature Reserve is located in Somerset West and stretches as far as the cliff faces of the Helderberg Mountain. There is so much to do and enjoy here. There is a plant herbarium, Guinea Gift Shop, an environmental education centre, a picnic area, children’s play area and jungle gym, as well as bird watching, hiking trails and walking trails. Keep your eye on their Facebook page for information on amazing guided hikes.

Tel: 021 851 4060
Email: helderbergfriends@telkomsa.net
Website: http://www.helderbergnaturereserve.co.za/
Physical address: cnr. Helderberg Nature Reserve Road/Verster Avenue, Jeep Trail, Helderberg Rural


Newlands Brewery has been brewing beers for almost 200 years

Cost: R50 per person

A National Heritage site, the Newlands Brewery dates back to the early 1800s and has so much history to offer visitors. You can take this all in as well as learn about how the Newlands Brewery makes its eight famous beers on a fun tour of the establishment. The tour includes a beer tasting and two complimentary drinks.

Tel: 021 658 7440
Email: newlandstours@za.sabmiller.com
Website: http://newlandsbrewery.co.za/
Physical address: 3 Main Road, Newlands


The Siprit of the Just Nuisance takes in the Naval Base

Cost: R50 for adults, R30 for children under 12

This cruise takes place in the picturesque sea-side town of Simon’s Town. It takes you around Simon’s Town Bay to take in the historic sites of the area as well as the breath-taking views.

Tel: 083 257 7760
Email: dhurwitz@iafrica.com
Website: www.boatcompany.co.za
Physical address: Town Pier, Wharf Street, Simon’s Town


The River Club is a great place to get in some golf time

Cost: R35 for 50 balls

The River Club Golf and Conference Centre is the perfect combination of leisure and business. Recently acquired by the innovative team who brought you The Old Biscuit Mill, The Woodstock Exchange and the Daddy Hotels, The River Club has had an exciting make-over. It’s the perfect place to practise your golfing swing. There are also restaurants on site should you get a bit nibbly or feel the need for a cool-down drink.

Phone: 021 448 6117
Email: info@riverclub.co.za
Website: www.riverclub.co.za
Physical Address: Liesbeek Parkway, Observatory


The Pipe Track suits walkers of all levels

Cost: Free

One of the least strenuous walks in Cape Town is the Pipe Track. For this reason, it’s popular with families and can be done no matter what your hiking fitness level is. It leaves from the foot of Table Mountain Road and winds along a contour path above the outstanding Atlantic bays of Clifton and Camps Bay, with views right along the Twelve Apostles as far as Llandudno.

Phone:  021 712 0527 (Table Mountain National Park)
Email: tablem@sanparks.org
Website: http://www.sanparks.co.za/parks/table_mountain/
Physical Address: Table Mountain National Park (access via Tafelberg Road)


Art and music lovers will enjoy Alive Cafe (pic: Alive Cafe)

Cost: R20 for poetry nights (with a free glass of wine if you’re reading), free entry on market days, R20 entry for the mixed music nights

This café offers creative nights made up of poetry, storytelling and spoken word, and a fourth-Saturday-of-the-month market where you can grab local food, super juices, natural and organic products, hand-crafted gifts and much more. Alive Café also organises an evening of great music by a handful of local musicians once a month. You can grab a beverage in the coffee shop and stay connected in the WiFi zone.

Phone:  021 788 9010, 071 530 0404
Email: experience@alivecafe.co.za
Website: http://alivecafe.co.za/
Physical Address: 11 Atlantic Road, Muizenberg


Peter’s House offers great value-for-money

Cost: Starting at R25

The first day of the week is a good time to console yourself with a nice big bowl of mac and cheese. At Peter’s House, you can get this for a mere R30 – add some extras for an extra R5 to R10. If you have a sweet tooth, they have R25 waffles on the weekend – plain waffles with maple syrup. You can add some bananas or Creamery ice-cream if you want more. If you’re a bit of a boffin, why not try quiz nights on Tuesdays for R40 per person? So much going on here – there is also free WiFi.

Phone:  021 424 3451
Website: http://www.petershouse.co.za/
Physical Address: 14 Kloof Nek Rd, Cape Town, South Africa


Meatballs of all kinds can be had here

Cost: Starting at R32

This establishment is all about serving good comfort food at a low price. Their specialty is, of course, meatballs. The owner has taken meatball recipes from around the world and whipped up  fabulous selection right here in Cape Town. They pride themselves on sourcing grain-fed meat and free-range poultry and on serving delicious food that everyone can enjoy.

Phone: 071 274 1725
Email: market@webmail.co.za
Website: http://www.yomeatball.co.za/
Physical Address: 77 Roeland Street, Cape Town


Bean There is the palce to go for an amazing coffee fix

Cost: Various

The first coffee roaster of Certified Fairtrade, Bean There is a coffee experience that everyone should indulge in. Just walking past the shop gives you the aromatic aroma of the responsibly sourced coffee that gets brewed there. Pop in for a delicious cup or buy a bag of your own to take home to enjoy.

Phone: 087 943 2228
Email: coffee@beanthere.co.za
Website: www.beanthere.co.za
Physical Address: 58 Wale Street, Cape Town


Enjoy some dim sum at I Love My Laundry

Yep, this laundry (and alterations, ironing and dyeing) establishment also offers up a mean dim sum and other foods at the built-in JOGA JOGA café. You can dine while you wait for your laundry or simply show up with no laundry at all. It’s a great little place to hang with friends.

Phone: 074 992 1481 (Heritage Square), 073 939 7619 (Bree Street), 078 105 6280 (Buitenkant)
Email: ilovemylaundry@timco.co.za
Website: http://ilovemylaundry.co.za/
Physical Address: 59 Buitengracht Street, Heritage Square / 14Bree Street, Cape Town / 50 Buitenkant Street


Get a workout and some fun with some belly dancing

Cost: R50 for a trial

This tribal fusion belly dancing studio offers a variety of classes and is a fun and energetic way to spend time with friends, whilst getting in a good workout. Before you commit, take the trial and have fun!  Tribal Fusion Bellydance is a modern form of belly dance which has evolved from American Tribal Style (ATS) that blends many forms of dance, including hip-hop, breakdance, Egyptian and cabaret. Click here for more information.

Phone: 0787080735
Email: kash@rndc.co.za
Website: http://rhythmnouveaudance.wordpress.com/
Physical Address: Various


The Warrior Toy Museum is fun for all

Cost: R10 per adult and R5 per child

The Warrior Toy Museum in Simon’s Town is lined with dinky toys, dolls, Maccano, model cars, boats, trains, aeroplanes and other miscellaneous toys that all make up a collection of thousands. This is a must-see for all toy-lovers.

Phone: (0)21 786 1395
Email: toymuseum@showcase.com
Website: http://sashowcase.com/Default.aspx?tabid=53
Physical Address: St George’s Street, Simons Town


There is something for everyone at Blue Rock (pic: Kieshe Latoya Delcarme‎)

Cost:  R50 for adults, R40 for children under 16 years, R30 for children under 6

Blue Rock in Somerset West is a great spot for a day out with the family. Your entry fee gets you access to the amazing picnic spots, swimming in the lagoon and the rock jumping facilities. Pack your picnic basket or you can buy food from the restaurant on site. If you are the adventurous type, you can rent some of the sporting equipment or do some cable skiing or participate in a paintball game at an extra cost.

Phone: (0)21 858 1330
Email: info@bluerock.co.za
Website: http://www.bluerock.co.za
Physical Address: Blue Rock Village, Somerset West


Happy Hour at the Foreign Exhange Bar

Cost: Starts at R25

The Foreign Exchange Bar in Observatory is a place where locals and internationals hang out for drinks and lots of fun times. There is everything from beer pong nights to salsa classes. The famed happy hour runs from 17h00 to 19h00 (happy two hours) where you can pick up a refreshing drink from as little as R25.

Phone: 021 4480 083
Website: http://theforeignexchange.co.za/
Physical Address: 92-96 Station road, Observatory


There are so many places to hike around Cape Town

Cost: Mostly free

There are some magnificent free hiking spots in and around Cape Town. Lion’s Head is one of the more popular ones and, although it can get slightly strenuous, it rewards you with an amazing view at the top. You can also do this in the light of the full moon (head torch is still advisable). Platteklip Gorge takes you to the top of Table Mountain and you can either head left towards Kirstenbosch or right to the Cable Station. Newlands Forest is leafy and most of the way is shaded by the trees. This is a shorter hike and there’s a pretty stream along the way if you want to cool down. The hike to Elephants Eye is accessed via Silvermine and will cost an entry fee (but still under R50) and you will be able to take in the amazing False Bay views. Always follow mountain safety rules.


Mountain biking is a great way to get out and into nature

Cost: R30

Great for beginners and group rides, the tracks at Meerendal are flat and easy to navigate. You start with a bit of an uphill, but then it takes you to the first stretch of single track and onto a zig-zagging uphill that can prove tough on novices. There are spectacular views to take in along the way.

Phone: (0)21 975 1655
Email: info@meerendal.co.za
Website: http://meerendal.co.za/
Physical Address: Vissershok Road, Durbanville


There are many places for trail runs in Cape Town

Cost: Mostly free

There are so many places to do trail runs in Cape Town that it’s tough to list them all. You can run the hiking trails we mentioned before as well as try the 5,3 km Devil’s Peak route where you start at the top of Devil’s Peak Estate and run the gravel paths to Rhodes Memorial. Also try the Silvermine routes and Constantia Nek ones (some fees apply). Trail running is excellent for fitness and endurance.


Rhodes Cottage overlooks the lovely suburb of Muizenberg

Cost: Free, but a donation of R10 is encouraged

Cecil John Rhodes is well-known world-wide and was a South African politician and mining magnate in Southern Africa in the late-1800s. At some point, he contributed to shaping both South Africa and Zimbabwe’s political landscape. Once his residence, you can visit the cottage in Muizenberg that is now a museum.

Phone: 021 788 1816
Email: linsell@absamail.co.za
Website: https://www.facebook.com/RhodesCottageMuseum
Physical Address: 246 Main Rd, Muizenberg


A great spot for nature lovers

Cost: R13 for adults, R6 for children

This freshwater wetland is located on the floodplain of the Diep River and has extensive reed beds, a tidal lagoon and flourishing flora and fauna. You can find a wide variety of birds here at any time with over 10 000 individual birds having been counted during the water bird censuses. The Friends of Rietvlei  organisation often host holiday programs such as fishing and other activities that start at around R5. There are various walking trails and places for wet water sports enthusiasts to enjoy themselves – as well as braai spots. Click here for more information.

Phone: 021 444 0315
Email: tablebay.naturereserve@capetown.gov.za
Website: http://www.friendsofrietvlei.co.za/
Physical Address: Rietvlei Wetland Reserve, Bloubergstrand


Aside from the food, one of the best things about Kalky’s is the location

Cost: R48 for hake/snoek and chips

One of the best ways to enjoy fish and chips in Cape Town is at Kalky’s. Locals flock back all the time for the deliciously battered fish and, of course, the amazing location right next to the harbour in Kalk Bay! You can even take your own wine along! Call +27 (0)21 788 1726 for more information.

Phone: 021 788 1726
Email: kalkys@mweb.co.za
Physical Address: Kalk Bay Harbour, Kalk Bay, Cape Town


You can volunteer or simply see how they look after the sea animals

Cost: Between R30 and R50

SANCCOB is a non-profit organisation that aims to preserve and conserve seabirds and other sea life. SANCCOB allows visitors in for a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility where you can get a look at how a seabird hospital works and see how the penguins are treated and fed. If you love what you see and want to to get involved, there are various ways to give back to them too.

Phone: 021 557 6155
Email: info@sanccob.co.za
Website: http://www.sanccob.co.za/
Physical Address: 22 Pentz Drive, Table View


Durbanville has some of the best wines in SA

Cost: From R20

We have amazing wines in Cape Town and Durbanville has a fantastic wine route. Why not drive along the route and choose one of the lovely local farms for a wine tasting and some pairing? There are so many to choose from that you may have to go back a few times to experience all of it!

Phone: 083 310 1228
Email: kjackson@durbanvillehills.co.za
Website: http://www.durbanvillewine.co.za/
Physical Address: Start at Visserhok road


Prins and Prins gives you an up close look at this rare stone

Cost: Free

Based in the stunning Huguenot House in Loop Street, Prins & Prins offers visitors a glimpse into South Africa’s mineral wealth. This independent company is renowned for its distinct selection of engagement and diamond rings, tanzanite and precious stones, and custom designs. The proterty used to be owned by wine merchants and sometimes clients and visitors are still given a glass of great South African wine while enjoying the museum.


Ethipion Coffee Ceremony at Addis in Cape

Cost: R30 for a mini ceremony

Participate in a traditional Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony at Addis in Cape. The experience gives you a glimpse into Ethiopian tradition and feels authentic amongst the traditional Ethiopian furnishings.

Tel: 021 424 5722
Email: celebrate@addisincape.co.za
Website: www.addisincape.co.za
Physical address: 41 Church Street, Cape Town


The Labia Theatre is a fun way to watch great art movies

Cost: R40 per person

The Labia Theatre entices people with its old movie theatre charm. It was originally an Italian embassy ballroom and is widely recognised as the oldest independent art-repertory cinema in South Africa. The theatre screens art movies and hosts various interesting film festivals throughout the year. Go here for great movies that you won’t find in the mainstream movie houses.

Phone: 021 424 5927
Email: labiatheatre@telkomsa.net
Website: http://www.labia.co.za
Physical Address: 68 Orange Street, Gardens


Beach front braai spots at Oudekraal

Cost: R35 per adult and R15 per child

Nestled between Llandudno and Camp’s Bay, you’ll find cosy coves and blissful white beaches peeking from between the huge boulders. Oudekraal has over 40 braai areas, although most don’t have grids, so be sure to bring your own with you! Get there early, as Oudekraal is immensely popular. Call 021 438 9555 for more information.

Phone: 27(0)21 712 7471
Email: www.sanparks.org
Website: tablemountain@sanparks.org
Physical Address: Victoria road, OUdeKraal


Iziko Museums are amazing if you’re interested in history

Cost: Between R20 and R50

There are many Iziko Museums in Cape Town and all offer insight into South Africa’s natural and cultural history. The exhibits range from 700-million-year-old fossils to insects and fish, dinosaurs and wildlife menageries as well as everything space-related at the Planetarium. There are also stone tools dating from 120 000 years ago, traditional clothes from the last century and authentic beadwork.

Phone: +27 (0)21 481 3800
Email: info@iziko.org.za
Website: http://www.iziko.org.za
Physical Address: All over


Cost: Free

For something unique, visit the 100-year-old Southern Right Hotel in Glencairn and enjoy a drink while playing petanque with an amazing view of the ocean. There is no charge to play on one of the three pentanque pistes. Call Andrew Weeks on 082 8848504 or 021 7820314 for more information.

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Married Or Not… You Should Read This Husband’s Story.

A husband gets a shock when his wife asks for a request during their divorce.

When I got home that night my wife served dinner. I held her hand and said, “I’ve got something to tell you.” She sat down and ate quietly. Again I observed the hurt in her eyes.

Suddenly I didn’t know how to open my mouth. But I had to let her know what I was thinking about divorce. I raised the topic calmly. She didn’t seem to be annoyed by my words, instead she asked me softly, “Why?”

I avoided her question. This made her angry. She threw away the chopsticks and shouted at me, “You are not a man!”

That night, we didn’t talk to each other. She was weeping. I knew she wanted to find out what had happened to our marriage. But I could hardly give her a satisfactory answer; she had lost my heart to Jane. I didn’t love her anymore, I just pitied her.

With a deep sense of guilt, I drafted a divorce agreement which stated that she could own our house, our car, and 30% of my company. She glanced at it and then tore it to pieces. The woman who had spent ten years of her life with me had become a stranger. I felt sorry for her wasted time, resources, and energy but I could not take back what I had said. I loved Jane now.

Finally she cried loudly in front of me, which was what I had expected to see. To me her cry was actually a kind of release. The idea of divorce which had obsessed me for several weeks seemed to be firmer and clearer now.

The next day, I came home late and found her writing something at the table. I didn’t have supper but went straight to sleep and fell asleep very fast after an eventful day with Jane. When I woke up, she was still at the table writing.

In the morning she presented her divorce conditions. She didn’t want anything from me, but needed a month’s notice before the divorce. She requested that in that one month, we both struggle to live as normal a life as possible. Her reasons were simple; our son had his exams in a month’s time and she didn’t want to disrupt him with our broken marriage.

This was agreeable to me, but she had something more. She asked me to recall how I had carried her into out bridal room on our wedding day. She requested that every day for the month’s duration, I carry her out of our bedroom to the front door every morning. I thought she was going crazy, but just to make our last days together bearable, I accepted her odd request.

I told Jane about my wife’s divorce conditions. She laughed loudly and thought it was absurd. “No matter what tricks she applies, she has to face the divorce,” she said scornfully.

My wife and I hadn’t had any physical contact since my divorce intention was explicitly expressed. So when I carried her out on the first day, we both appeared clumsy. Our son clapped behind us, “Daddy is holding Mommy in his arms.”

His words brought me a sense of pain. From the bedroom to the living room and to the door, I walked over ten meters with her in my arms. She closed her eyes and said softly, “Don’t tell our son about the divorce.”

I nodded, feeling somewhat upset. I put her down outside the door. She went to wait for the bus. I drove alone to the office.

On the second day, both of us acted much more easily. She leaned on my chest. I could smell the fragrance of her blouse. I realized that I hadn’t looked at this woman carefully for a long time. I realized she was not young any more. There were fine wrinkles on her face, her hair was graying. Our marriage had taken its toll on her, and for a minute, I wondered what I had done to her.

On the fourth day, when I lifted her up, I felt a sense of intimacy returning. This was the woman who had given ten years of her life to me. On the fifth and sixth day, I realized that our sense of intimacy was growing. I didn’t tell Jane about this. It became easier to carry her as the month slipped by. Perhaps the everyday workout made me stronger.

She was choosing what to wear one morning. She tried on quite a few dresses but could not find a suitable one. Then she sighed, “All my dresses have grown bigger.” I suddenly realized that she had grown so thin, and that was the reason why I could carry her more easily.

Suddenly it hit me. She had buried so much pain and bitterness in her heart. Subconsciously I reached out and touched her head.

Our son came in at the moment and said, “Dad, it’s time to carry mom out.” To him, seeing his father carrying his mother out had become an essential part of his life. My wife gestured to our son to come closer and hugged him tightly. I turned my face away because I was afraid I might change my mind at this last minute. I then held her in my arms, walking from the bedroom, through the living room, and to the hallway. Her hand surrounded my neck softly and naturally. I held her body tightly, just like on our wedding day.

But her much lighter weight made me sad. On the last day, when I held her in my arms I could hardly move a step. Our son had gone to school. I held her tightly and said, “I hadn’t noticed that our life lacked intimacy.”

I drove to office, jumped out of the car swiftly without locking the door. I was afraid any delay would make me change my mind. I walked upstairs. Jane opened the door. “Sorry, Jane, I do not want the divorce anymore.”

She looked at me, astonished, and then touched my forehead. “Do you have a fever?” she replied.

I moved her hand off my head. “Sorry, Jane,” I said. “I won’t divorce. My marriage life was boring probably because she and I didn’t value the details of our lives, not because we didn’t love each other anymore. Now I realize that since I carried her into my home on our wedding day, I am supposed to hold her until death do us apart.”

Jane seemed to suddenly wake up. She gave me a loud slap and then slammed the door and burst into tears. I walked downstairs and drove away. At the floral shop on the way, I ordered a bouquet of flowers for my wife. The saleswoman asked me what to write on the card. I smiled and wrote, “I’ll carry you out every morning until death do us apart.”

That evening I arrived home, flowers in my hands, a smile on my face. I ran up the stairs only to find my wife in the bed – dead. My wife had been fighting cancer for months, but I was too busy with Jane to even notice. She knew that she would die soon and wanted to save me from any negative reaction from our son, in case we push through with the divorce. At least, in the eyes of our son, I’m a loving husband.

The small details of your lives are what really matter in a relationship. It’s not the mansion, the car, property, the money in the bank. These create an environment conducive for happiness but cannot give happiness in themselves.

So find time to be your spouse’s friend and do those little things for each other that build intimacy. Have a real happy marriage!

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Jozi Comedy at Fire & Ice hotel

Laugh the night away with some of the finest acts in comedy.

Samoka SA presents Jozi Comedy at Fire & Ice Melrose Arch on the 6th November 2015. Be sure to catch your favorite comedians live on stage.

You stand a chance to Win 2 tickets to this Jozi comedy night.
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2. Question: name one comedian who will be performing on the day.
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Karou Charou is back with his one man comedy show

The enigmatic and charsiamatic Karou Charou , bring his blockbuster one man show – Don’t Dalla Wid Da Masala to the Newscafe in Northriding .

This show, which has played to capacity audiences across the country shows Karou at his brilliant best.
Amongst other things, he educates the audience as to why Indians speak the way they do, shares the secret as to why the muslim community is generally wealthy businessmen and shares his woes on being married.

If you are up to enjoying a night filled With a roller coaster of laughs, book now.

Newscafe Northriding

Thursday 29 October

Early bird tickets @ R80-00
Therafter R100-00 p/p

To book email : info@boxofficesa.com


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Jenny and Reza’s Fabulous Food Academy


Unleash your cooking potential under the guidance of culinary gurus Jenny Morris, ‘the giggling gourmet,’ and Reza Mahammad,‘ the Spice Prince’ as they swing open the doors to their extraordinary food academy this November on Food Network, DStv channel 175.

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The specialist chefs take their new pupils on a culinary journey through a range of different cuisines, looking to spark the enthusiasm for food that’s locked within their students. Passing on their knowledge, and teaching with a smile on their faces, Jenny and Reza demonstrate how even the most hopeless of chefs can produce some exquisite dishes.

From the cooking basics, to the intricacies of Mediterranean and Asian recipes, a whole host of delicious spreads are cooked up under the guidance of the celebrity hosts, with plenty of outrageous laughs along the way.

Jenny and Reza’s Fabulous Food Academy premieres on Monday 16 November at 17:00 on DSTV Food Network.

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A few selected members of the media had the privilege of cooking with Reza and Jenny and if the exciting media launch is anything to go by, viewers are in for a real treat.

Enjoy the show :)

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Watch the trailer of Salman Khans new movie : Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.

Watch the trailer of Salman Khans new movie : Prem Ratan Dhan Payo

With Salman Khan and Sonam Kapoor in the lead roles, this Hindi movie is said to be a family drama which is directed by Sooraj Barjatya.

With beautiful music and cast , I am sure this movie will soon break box office records.

Release date 12 November 2015

What do You think?

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Award Winning Comedy with Stuart Taylor

Don’t miss Comedian Stuart Taylor’s hilarious new show ‘BeSpoke’, on for a limited run at the Montecasino Studio Theatre.

It’s an evening of hilarious stories & insightful observations, all in Taylor’s laid back, conversational style.

Book through Computicket



I have 3 sets of double tickets for Thursdays show at 8pm in Jhb
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Bespoke is A must see comedy show which I thoroughly enjoyed.

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You can nap in a sleep pod at these 16 airports

Originally posted on Road Warrior Voices:

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It requires some serious sleep deprivation and a certain level of desperation for me to try dozing off out in the open at an airport. More often than not, I’m too uncomfortable and I fear someone will run off with my belongings. But fortunately for those like me, more and more airports are installing sleeping options that allow passengers in transit to squeeze in some quick, quality sleep.

All these tiny rooms — whether they’re called pods, cubicles, cabs or capsules — provide a spot to snooze with some dignity, meaning not splayed out across three chairs for the gawking pleasure of passers-by. They’re mostly past airport security and all bookable by the hour, which is doubly convenient, plus budget friendly.

The options range in size, price and amenities provided — some even have high-def TVs — though the majority presently operating in airports are from a handful of chain providers like Yotel, which…

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