The End of An Era

November 5, 2010 at 12:19 (Uncategorized)

I can’t believe it but its come done to my final blog with regards to the Media Studies syllabus.  I will continue in my future to keep on blogging but it feels strange that this is the final one for CPUT.

If there is one huge thing I have learnt this year, it is the impact of social networking.  I will admit that I was slightly oblivious to the fact that social media is so huge and I did not really give it its full chance – until this year.  This year has been an incredible year to gain so much knowledge on the subject of social media – this through Marian Pike, CPUT and the WTF Conference that was held.  It has definitely turned me into a Social Media addict and I thoroughly enjoy it!

To be able to keep in contact with everyone, create publicity, gain knowledge and teach through this medium, it really is an eye opener which I will continue to learn about.  Here’s to the future of social media!

 

 

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The Last Lecture

November 5, 2010 at 10:44 (Uncategorized)

We had our very last lecture on Wednesday 3 November 2010 with Vernon Chalmers who takes us for Management Practice.  I must say, it didn’t really hit me while we were having our lesson with him regarding Performance Management Systems, it was only afterwards when he said a few words that I realised… wow… this is it.

 

After Vernon Chalmers had said his goodbyes, I looked around the room and realised…. We will never be in this room again.  This really IS our last lecture…. EVER! I started to fill up with nostalgia as I looked around the room and everyone in it and realised that I probably won’t see a lot of my class mates again.  I started thinking of all the memories that had happened during the year, the class quarrels, the laughs, the confusion, the stuffy classroom and all the gossips chats (those were the best).

 

I really had a good time this year and I will always remember the people, the lecturers and CPUT for that matter for teaching me everything that I know today.  Most of all, I will always remember the good friends I made and who I will keep in the future 🙂

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Seclusion, Peace and Harmony

November 5, 2010 at 10:22 (Uncategorized)

I love it when it rains because then I get to go to my favourite place…. The Silvermine Waterfall, just off Ou Kaapse Weg road.  The best time to go is after the rain because then the Waterfall will be full and lush as it slides down the rocky edges of the stones.

The lead up to the Waterfall is quite different, it’s dry, sandy and stony and it feels as if you are walking along a very long dirt road.  However, then you reach the landmark of the sun dial and there it is… the sign to the rocky pathway that leads down to the forest water land of seclusion…… Once you’ve walked down the path way, there is a particular spot on this walk when you reach a handmade wooden deck which is surrounded by trees, flowers and plants. It almost feels as if you are entering a tropical forest (especially if it’s a hot day).  Down that wooden deck is the waterfall.

 

This place is almost too beautiful to describe… it’s full of big trees, trickling water that runs all the way down to a lake at the bottom of the mountain and tiny rock pools. There is an amazing spot to sit and have a picnic right next to the running water and it’s perfect with a bunch of friends.

If you haven’t been there before, you should try and go.  If you are looking for a quiet, tranquil gentle place to have peace of mind and seclusion, this is the perfect place to go.

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Watch This Space

November 5, 2010 at 09:51 (Uncategorized)

Well, tech is basically done and dusted which is a bit sad but I guess as the world carries on, so must we.  This year has been a learning curve for me and I must say, has prepared me for what lies ahead.

After this year I feel much more prepared for the “big bad world” and feel that I have a place as well as purpose.  This year has been tough but worth it and the knowledge and confidence I’ve gained I’ll always use.

Next year will be a whole different ball game filled with work, travel and new adventures… so watch this space for more blogs in the future about how life is going, what I’ve been up to and where I want to go 🙂

 

 

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Take A Chill Pill

November 5, 2010 at 09:38 (Uncategorized)

Today I got shouted at by agency that I am a part of.  I won’t name them in my blog but I only signed up with this particular agency last year and have only managed to participate in one of their “tasks/arrangements” once before due to collage commitment.  Oh yes, let me be clear that this is definitely not an agency in my career field/path, it’s more on the commercial side.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, I received a sms today asking whether I could make it to such an “event” and by human fault, I forgot to reply to them – yes that is bad but I honestly forgot.  Towards the end of the day I received a phone call from them shouting at me to reply and check my messages.  Now, if this was a friend or family member, I would understand but this was a person who I don’t know and she was very rude to me.  It just got me thinking, what if I’d been in hospital the whole day, or something horrible had happened for example which lead me to not being able to reply, what if I was out of the country or writing an exam… how is she to know? She wouldn’t know.

My point is… we always assume things.  We assume people don’t WANT to reply when in actual fact maybe they didn’t receive the message, didn’t have airtime or, ran out of time, or just like me, they honestly forgot to reply.  Instead of “attacking” people, we should rather ask first.  Many people forget to do this which then leaves the other person feeling rather unhappy or annoyed.  I too also need to remember this when someone doesn’t get back to me.

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My Favourite Cat in the Hat book is…. because….

November 4, 2010 at 17:11 (Uncategorized)

I’m going to have to be honest here…. I have never ever read a Cat in the Hat book.  What I do know is that Cat in the Hat is a children’s book written by Dr Seuss.  The Cat in the Hat is known to be famous due to its mysterious, long looking cat who wears a red and white top hat and a red bow.

When asking my mom why I was never read Cat in the Hat when I was little, she told me that she had actually started reading it to my siblings but didn’t enjoy it; therefore the book never came to me as I was the ‘laatlammetjie’.  My mom then changed the book for something more colourful like The Berenstein Bears. I liked these books because each one dealt with a particular theme and I liked the expressions on their faces.  The Berenstein Bears books always provided a valuable life lesson for kids.

Even though I’m not aware of the Cat in the Hat books… I do have one favourite real cat in the hat 😛

 

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Why I Have Conversations?

November 4, 2010 at 16:48 (Uncategorized)

 

I have conversations because I love being around people.  I love getting to know people and hearing what others have to say.  Chatting – to me – is a huge part of life and without it; I can honestly say I would probably be lonely.

After spending time in a work environment where not much conversation took place, I realised then how important it is for me to be around people so that I can converse.  Conversation is about exchanging… exchanging thoughts, opinions, secrets, ideas, information and even for laughs.  It’s a form of communication and a very important one as a matter of fact.  Conversation is about building and maintaining relationships.  We converse everyday whether it be over the phone, face to face or even via social networking (like I’m doing in my blog :P)

I have conversations because I have to.  It is part of who I am and what I like.  It is the social part of me that likes to get to know others, to connect with others and gain the knowledge and information that my mind needs.

 

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Odd Wonderment

November 4, 2010 at 16:11 (Uncategorized)

Why is it that I like the smell of coffee but I hate the taste? I’ve been wondering this for years.  I can walk past a coffee shop and smell the refreshing hint of a coffee aroma but I can’t seem to be able to drink it.

After research I found that the coffee bean, itself, is extremely bitter which makes many people pick up the bitterness within a hot cup of coffee.  Our taste buds are sensitive to flavours and that is why certain essences suit some people and not others. However, with the coffee scent, we cannot smell the bitterness from the bean; all we smell is the infusion of the roasted coffee bean.

Even though I don’t like coffee, I still wish I could drink it; the smell is enough to make you want to eat it.  I do feel as if I am missing out with all the different types: Cappuccino, Caffe Latte, Con Panna, Gelado and Caffe Mocha, and nowadays coffee shops make coffee look so funky, trendy and delicious,  well, for now, I think I’ll just have to stick to tea.





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My Bucket List – 100 Things to Do Before I Die

November 4, 2010 at 14:30 (Uncategorized)

Here it is – the bucket list of my life, how I want to live, what I want to do, see and how I don’t want any regrets.

1. Travel around the world

2. Travel with a good friend around Europe

3. Get married

4. Have children

5. Find a styling job that I love

6. Get a tattoo

7. Sit in the cockpit of an airplane

8. Buy my own big house

9. Sky dive

10. Paraglide

11. Road trip with good friends

12. Do the Argus Cycle Tour

13. Cook a fantastic meal for a group of friends on my own

14. Own a golf car – which ever one is the latest when I get there

15. Learn how to speak French fluently

16. Be able to produce a stunning professional wedding cake

17. Lean how to ride a motor bike

18. Own a black Labrador

19. Take my parents on a trip

20. Own a really nice expensive camera

21. Take a photography course

22. Take a loved one to a day spar

23. Grow my hair very long

24. Go gamble and party in Los Vegas

25. Learn how to snorkel

26. Learn how to scuba dive

27. Learn how to sing properly

28. Help someone who really needs something

29. Climb Table Mountain

30. Visit The World of Birds and Monkey Valley

31. Learn how to snow board in Switzerland

32. Join the gym

33. Go wine tasting in Stellenbosch

34. Find the perfect shade of lipstick

35. Go visit a Zoo

36. Finally travel around South Africa

37. Visit the Kruger National Park

38. Visit the Addo Elephant Famr

39. Go paint balling

40. Have a huge walk in cupboard in my bedroom

41. Be a mother

42. Have my own herb garden

43. Have my own big garden with trees and flowers

44. Learn how to make cocktails

45. Make the ultimate delicious smoothie

46. Ride a camel

47. Go strawberry picking

48. Become very fit

49. Learn how to surf – in a shark free zone

50. Be able to tan without buring

51. Back pack around Europe

52. Visit Amsterdam again with my boyfriend

53. Sit in a Jacuzzi

54. Do more camping

55. Buy a recipe book and make every dish

56. Watch the band Paramore live

57. Watch the band Foo Fighters live

58. Go to Rocking the Daisies

59. Learn how to Tango

60. Try Ratanga Junction rides…

61. Be able to support myself one day

62. Live on my own

63. Go to a live rugby game

64. Visit the Cape Town Stadium

65. Go in a hot air balloon

66. Conquer my fear of heights

67. Jump off a waterfall into a rock pool

68. Do a beading class with my friend

69. Go do a pottery class with my friend

70. Learn glass blowing

71. Visit Hawaii

72. Go tobogganing

73. Learn how to play guitar

74. Dye my hair blonde

75. Go rock climbing

76. Learn how to make jewellery

77. Be a mentor or guide to someone

78.  Work for Big Concerts

79. Find the perfect brand of Chai Tea

80. Live in a fancy place like Camps Bay for a while

81. Learn yoga positions like the back of my hand

82. Have a tranquil place in my own garden one day

83. Own a black berry

84. Become a success

85. Learn to enjoy coffee – it just smells so good!

86. Master photoshop

87. Have a huge bunch of friends when I’m older

88. Have a house with a deck facing the sunset

89. Live by the ocean one day

90. Become a granny

91. Be the best mom ever

92. Spend a night in a really expensive hotel

93. Do something stupid like, getting married again (once I’ve got married) in Vegas

94. Make a flop free chocolate cheese cake

95. Be able to have time off work for my kids one day

96. Decorate my entire house

97. Own a flat and rent it out

98. Go mountain biking

99. Keep a close group of friends

100. Live my life to the fullest that I can

 

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The Ugly Truth

November 4, 2010 at 13:04 (Uncategorized)

Chatting to a friend of mine the other day left me feeling rather shocked and speechless.  You see, my friend is a pre-school teacher of ages 2-3 year old children.  She loves her job and enjoys looking after the children and creating lessons of interest for them.  However, what she told me was quite unbelievable.

As she went over to one of the kids to check on their colouring, the child told her to “Piss off”!  Now I’m not sure about you, but having a 2 year old tell me to “Piss off” would be quite a shock.  I started thinking though, where does a 2 year old pick this up? How do they know? And then I realised… it’s the parents!

What parents forget is that a child’s mind is like a sponge – anything you say, they will remember and more importantly – repeat!! How do you deal with this? Well, my friend put the child on the “peace mat” which is kinda like a naughty chair but without negative connotations (good idea).  This still left me thinking though, that parents should be so much more careful with what they say around their children… it may backfire!

 

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