Have we been bitten by the Social Media Bug?

May 29, 2010 at 18:00 (Uncategorized)

I never thought of social media as playing a huge part in my life, I always thought, “Hey, facebook, well that’s as involved as I’m going to get” – yes, narrow minded, I know!  I used to try and keep a distance between my personal life and friends to my “social network life” and “social friends”.  Lately I have discovered how important social media is.

During this year we were forced to get involved and at first, I’m not going to lie, I hated it.  It has only been in the last two months that I almost feel addicted to social media.  I have to know what’s going on now, who is online, what is being said and what is happening in and around the big bad world.  It is so weird because I never used to be this concerned (shocking for a PRP) but I finally feel that I understand the social networking world and where it stands. I have been bitten by the social media bug!

These days when I hear someone comment about how useless social networking is I almost shudder because I see my old self in that person – unaware, narrow minded and not willing to discover something new.  I’m so grateful to have become more in touch with my own social networking being! Yes, it can be a huge distraction but at the same time it can be a life saver, a quick means to get information and get involved.  Look out future, here comes social media!

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Winter Comes and Summer Goes…

May 22, 2010 at 11:16 (Uncategorized)

The changes of the seasons bring much adjustment.  For one thing, I start sneezing and my reflexes become slow as my body deals with a much hated hay-fever, but a lot of good comes out of season changes.

The air almost becomes fresher; it is almost like Mother Nature is changing her very own bedding by cleaning off the old and dirty and re-placing it with fresh new covers.  The air is crisp and clean; the trees shed themselves from their old leaves and bring out a newly red, brown and green ambience about them.  The birds who venture from country to country finally make their route back to us again, only to bring sounds of happiness and curiosity.  The change of season also brings in new attitudes, people seem to want to change something about themselves when it comes to a new season, whether it be a new hair cut and colour, to beginning a new fitness regime, change is good for us, it keeps us on our toes and continuously trying to improve or do something different.

If there was no change, imagine how boring things would be.  We would experience the same weather day in and day out, we would have the same hair cut or style forever, the same clothes, the same story to tell.  Change brings in adventure, style and experiences and it always leads to a good story.

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Feelings Follow Behaviour

May 22, 2010 at 11:15 (Uncategorized)

Sitting in the sun on the start of a first day of holiday, relaxing and mindlessly thinking, a sudden craving sets in…. a feeling to create, a feeling to get messy, a feeling for something sweet.  I have a sudden feeling to bake a cake!  Of course, naturally as it is food, my body instantly and almost automatically moves towards the kitchen, I feel my feet moving and I don’t seem to have control over them.  The brain takes over and limbs are flying as I search for ingredients in cupboards…. Luckily we have everything!

As I wait, with a certain degree of patience, for the butter to soften in the sun, I watch with a sense of relaxation, the glistening dew drops falling from the butter… to be honest, I don’t have that much patience so I just shove it in the microwave until it is soft.  I pour the soft, white powdery flour into a bowl and crack the hard shelled eggs into the mixture.  Stirring away I start thinking of how good this is all going to be in the end, a delicious vanilla Madeira cake covered in icing… delectable, moist and tasty!

I pour the rich textured batter into a dish and place it in the hot oven to bake.  While sitting down I realise that this all happened so fast.  One minute I was simply sitting enjoying the heat from the sun, the warmth and the cool breeze in the air, and then the next minute I was busy in the kitchen doing what my mind told me (or stomach?).  My instant feelings to bake a cake where followed by an automatic bodily act to get and create it.  If I followed every feeling would it make me more of an ambitious, go getter person, or someone who follows and acts on insane thoughts? I don’t know… for now, I’m going to go and ice a cake with butter cream icing!

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Let’s Get Moving!

May 14, 2010 at 16:22 (Uncategorized)

It always seems to get the better of us when we least expect it.  Now, I know for a fact that at this present moment in time, we are all suffering from stress.  Stress from tech, stress from tech work, stress from family and friends, boyfriend stress or even general stress from the world.  Sometimes, it even gets the best of us and makes us feel awful.

However, stress can actually be good for us at times.  Not too much of it however, this can lead to bad stress which is damaging to us as people and our health, but good stress is good for us.  After doing some research I found that our bodies actually require small doses of stress, this helps us to prepare ourselves for anything unexpected. Psychiatrist Dr. Lynne Tan of Montefiore Medical Center in New York City speaks about how our bodies use stress as a burst of energy and it basically gives our body a wakeup call letting us know what needs to be done.  Stress can at times be a motivator!

Basically what happens is our body creates fight or flight hormones and when something happens, the body pumps these hormones into our blood stream changing them into adrenaline. This then gets the heart pumping which makes our body more active and our senses sharp.  From here, our bodies are ready to take on any situation!

We always tend to think that stress is bad for us but sometimes it is good for our bodies to have that jolt of excitement, that crazy stress hormone which gets us up and going so that we can take on the world!

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It Is Better To Practice, Than To Talk Alot

May 14, 2010 at 16:03 (Uncategorized)

Being caught off guard is never great… this seems to come from people trying to be more ‘macho’ than they really are.  “Yes I know how to play the clarinet”, “Of course I can speak Spanish” and the best of all, “I am fantastic in bed”!  Lies, lies, lies!

Many people think that by just talking about something, they are able to fool a person into believing that they really can do all of the above.  However, unfortunately many people fall for this too!  I have personally heard first hand of some of my friends making up things when I know for a fact that they are NOT true!  It is easy to do this…. But…. It is not easy to recover from it.

Making up something and talking about it a lot can only lead to trouble.  What happens if – “Hey, we heard you play clarinet, can you quickly play this for us?” – You’re stuffed! Or, “Hey, this guy is from Spain, can you please tell him my name?” – stuffed! And, “Hey, do you want to go to my place?” – stuffed again!

We should rather learn and practice a little, even if it is a bit, than to talk a lot.  Big talkers = not much action.  Practice = perfect.

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Jitters, Fear and Laughter

May 5, 2010 at 15:20 (Uncategorized)

It’s absolutely freezing, we are all hungry, thirsty (like you can’t believe), cold and tired yet somehow, these people are still so friendly.  At least, this was my experience on Sunday night.

I did my first advert shoot ever as an extra in Longstreet for a MTN Ayoba soccer advert, which will be out in two weeks time (keep your eyes peeled), and re-discovered that Capetonians are super friendly.  I was pretty nervous for this, I’m not going to lie, but my boyfriend said it would be fine and we’d be together. It was only my luck that we got split up and I was stuck by myself most of the night. Standing alone by myself I soon fell into a nice group of girls who kept me company for the rest of the night.

We put on this hardcore, don’t touch me or I’ll kill you exterior, but for some reason when we are all stuck in one area for hours doing the same thing over and over again, getting shouted at by the same people, sharing similar experiences and talking absolute rubbish, that hardcore exterior seems to fade away. I don’t know if it was the beautiful surroundings of the intense colours, the brightly shining lights, the flickers of golden confetti falling to the ground, the atmosphere of pure carnival fever or the amusement of the security guards chasing after the street kids that stole some vuvuzelas, but in all honestly, everyone at this specific place and time were all cheerful and smiles.

It was a breath of fresh air to meet absolute strangers and see their each and every individual talent which ranged from circus act talents to flame throwing and acrobats and even to the oddest individuals who simply just made you feel more comfortable by sharing one of their own first shoot experiences.  It made me realise how fortunate we are to live in such a welcoming and friendly place, a place where everyone is interested in what you do, interested in who you are and what our country prides itself on.  This only surfaced a wonder of mine, about how the rest of the world will see us for 2010, what they will think of us, Cape Town… South Africa.  After Sunday night, I am almost 100% sure that the rest of the world will experience the glow and light that South Africa and their people has to offer, they just need to give us a chance.

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Wedding Cake In The Middle Of The Road

May 5, 2010 at 15:16 (Uncategorized)

I must say, when I first read this heading it gave me the grills!! Coming from a family that designs, makes and enjoys decorating wedding cakes, I can appreciate the hard work and effort that goes into it.  Wedding cake in the middle of the road can only mean disaster and a huge disappointment for the creator!

As my gran is a professional wedding cake designer and decorator, I understand what goes into making a wedding cake. The beauty and definition that my gran is able to craft with her own two hands is the true heart and soul of someone with intense passion.  You see, it’s not just about making the cake look beautiful, it really starts with the actual cake… the cake underneath all the decorations.  The actual cake, whether it is chocolate, vanilla, sponge, carrot or fruit cake has to be delectable, perfect and moist, it is the foundation of that cake.

Next comes the marzipan and plastic icing… this is tricky.. I have been going to lessons with my gran and let me tell you… it’s not as easy as it looks.  The hand work, the perfection, the utter craftsmanship that gets put into this is a great deal.  Especially time.  Once you’ve reached this part, then comes the creations of decorations …. Flowers, hearts, circles, twirls, puffs of plastic icing swivels, spots, dots, butterflies, wings, numbers, leaves…. Anything that you like can be created! It’s all in your heart and mind of what you want.

Finally, once the cake has been baked, sealed to perfection, decorated with absolute precision, it is packed, very well into a box and delivered to the people who will also appreciate it and enjoy it.  Creating a cake like this is hard work, time and expensive but… it is also such a pleasure.  To see what we are capable of and to be able to appreciate such a beautiful sight brings joy to everyone and happiness.  I cannot think of anything worse than for those people to experience that wedding cake in the middle of the road.

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