Working/Holiday Day 1/10 @kulula @Gautrain @swellendam1

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Dear friends and family and other interesting creatures, 

I have never been on the Gautrain alone before. @SirNoid dropped me in Rosebank station just before 7am and miss the train as I had no idea I needed to take the train to Hatfield,  get off at Sandton,  to change platforms to get to Oliver Tambo International.  My flight is at 9am. I keep thinking of #BeginAgain and the song Gretta sings about being alone in the subway.

Finally arrived at the airport looking a tad frazzled.  Running to check in,  boarded with but few moments to go.  Just happy I made it.  Perhaps I prefer the the fashioned car ride and the long hugs goodbye. 

Flight was uneventful.  Being late I did not get to choose a seat but sat next to a tiny Asian person and a snoring man. My mind was incredibly busy. Trying to work out how to handle different aspects of my life.  My book was above my head and I found it hard enough getting my laptop in there.  I wasn’t gonna take it out! 

My sis-in-law,  Jenni fetched me.  Road trip with chatter all the way.  I enjoyed it immensely.  Once in Swellendam we chilled on the deck eating chocolate cake drank tea. 

Once it got cooler we moved inside.  Jenni made supper,  I worked,  Dad made a fire. Diner was served.  Jenny showed her parents some very old pictures and soon we were all in bed. 

I wish you chocolate cake,
Wenvhy

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#gratitude #Wenchytude #JoziGem

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

I have been doing really well.  I have worked harder than I should and my body is demanding sleep.  I have been on a very even playing field emotionally and less bipolar than normal. (As if one can turn that button on and off.)

Just in time for my first solo performance as I leave on a jet plane. My first solo flight without my husband working and me wanting a holiday, piggy backed onto one another, together. I am going to miss @SirNoid!

Sometimes it still takes my breath away that I have come relatively far in my chosen field in a short amount of time – Social Media Diva and Blogger…. Personality,  friend,  writer, Power Tweeter,  Media and off course legend!  (Inside joke with @InfiniteComPR)…

I could have done none of this without the support of my husband @SirNoid on every imaginable level.  He doesn’t like the limelight (in which I become alive)  so he is seldom with me at events, but he has given me wings,  financial support and freedom to do my thing.  I think it has been a very selfless thing to do on his part.  Huge gratitude for being at my side,  discussing, offering advice, encouraging – knowing that you can’t hold a moonbeam in your hand and loving me enough to know I come home.  :) Oh and invite him to value weekends :)

My parents and children have been a constant cheerleader squad.  @kylajeanv @KevvieCartman @LJ_Cadger @VictoriaT99 especially has only loved and encouraged… ‘That’s my mom’ is worth more awards anyone can offer. When I am able to share opportunities with them that social media gifts me,  I am so incredibly happy.

In the same vein,  my BFF  @WilhelmNiekerk has been a block of solid bear support.  Quick to judge my garments and in two seconds making me look all better,  Wil has attended many functions with me. He is a man with knowledge and a master at playing a supportive role while equally contributing.  He always makes me shine.  Thank you my friend.

Maybe when I grow up,  I can be a proper Social Media Journalist. *wink* I have SO much to learn but when you surround yourself with greatness,  it rubs off. (I give the best hugs in the business baby!)

I have had lots of help, plenty favours given and received.  I’ve been hurt, I’ve been picked up and together have kicked ass.  I’ve been embraced by a ‘tweet eat tweet’ business.  I have learned all that glitter is not gold and some will only ever smile to your face.

I have met incredible people. I love you all very much and want to thank you.  I am petrified I forget someone! I am desperately trying to acknowledge those who at the core understand who I am, and how best to use my skills in that capacity.  I never have to tone it down.  I am good enough just as I am.

My mentor and friend,  @RichSimmondsZA whom leads and guides. I continue to learn,  kick your ass when you need it as you do mine.  It is a privilege to know you as I do.

@louwbreytenbach @buzpr @ChevePeters @Chris_Verrijdt  @infinitecompr @WesleeLauder @CoLabNetwork @kevinfriedman  @KevinMcLennanZA @theBookofswagSa @FerdiWG @DianiGernandt @sa_artists @sterkinekor @SA_Reviewer_  @LouwMulder @derikvanwyk @mnetmovies @budmarsh_lodge @TheatreOnSquare @JoburgRedBus @JudyDitchfield @helendesbois @NCTParktown @mcnabsenergy @CaseyBDolan … the list goes on and on… About 18 000 long.  Hehehe (cow I am, but I worked for them dammit!)

For every invitation.  Every project you include me in,  or suggest me for because I am the right Wench for the job… OH sometimes I am also cheap,  but never easy! I am forever touched and deeply grateful that you welcome signing your name next to mine.

I wish you many followers, awesome projects,  that light bulb moment on stage when it all just comes together! You are all so incredibly gifted in what you do. I am in awe!

I thank you for your time,  as I know you will thank me for mine, and we will never forget it. 

I wish you a spot light.
Wenchy

ps. Tim,  Bee  –  I wish you didn’t die!  Look!  I promised you I wouldn’t live a little life.  We up to sparkles! You rock that underworld… #friendsindeath !

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When a Musical Movie Strikes a personal Chord: Begin Again… and again…

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Wenchy:

My review of #BeginAgain to follow. @caitlinclerk wrote so beautifully I had to share it. cc @sterkinekor @mnetmovies Be you 20, 30 or 40… I have to tell you that heartbreak and heartache feels the same. Your words… You can only fall as far as the floor is so true.

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Sure, he was wonderful – that’s why I dated him for two years. Everybody loved him, and so did I. I have quite good taste and I chose him myself. If he wasn’t a keeper, I wouldn’t have kept him for so many years, but sometimes someone does something so hurtful, that no matter how wonderful they were before, they will never be that person for you again.

Watching Begin Again at Sterkinekor’s Girlfriends Getaway on Wednesday took me right back to that day when I watched the man I loved morph in to a stranger in a matter of minutes. It’s probably the first time I have identified with a character played by Keira Knightley. Usually I find her face too annoying to notice what she does with it, but in her role as the simple and earthy musician, Gretta, she became real to me.

I have been wrestling…

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#CirqueEloizeiD at @MONTECASINOZA

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I took a long time to consider where to even begin writing a review of what is ostensibly a production that can blow one’s mind at so many levels. I was so thoroughly entertained from curtain up to curtain down. Let me start with a great big kudos to Jeannot Painchaud as director and so to the team that made this production happen.

Imagine, if you will an opening scene that reflects the hustle, bustle and sound of a living city, with its maddening rush, the passing of people, strangers in a crowd, pacing, with purpose, the frenetic roar of traffic and sirens.  The urban air is filled hints of menace and adrenaline.

The sounds and movement morph with the passage of time becoming the pulse of the city. That heartbeat becomes the rhythm of an active, thronging, throbbing, metropolis. The musical accompaniment throughout the production is par excellence.

What follows is a sumptuous visual and aural feast that leaves one breathless and spellbound.

You are given an up close and personal view of the culture of dance on the streets. It is an examination of its raw beauty and competitive nature. Truly it is athletic, graceful and forceful. What starts as a street fight becomes a dance off to win the affections of a woman.

Understand though this was no dance extravaganza but so much more.

The feats of gymnastic strength and skill on the planks and suspended at death-defying heights above stage, were to say the least positively mesmerizing. This is not the stuff of a fading circus tent. This is poetry in motion. The viewer gets to study the glory of both the male and female physique as sculptural form.

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In my time I have seen a few trick cyclists. The cyclist on stage was something to behold. I was left alternately gasping and holding my breath. He executed a perfect display of skill, strength, confidence and balance.  Cringe worthy for an audience participant perhaps, who felt they are risking life and a euphemistic limb as party to the display. It had the male audience members instinctively wanting to protect more intimate parts. You have to see it to understand. An added bonus, the selected audience member on opening night was our much-loved local celebrity Alex Jay.

The show was filled with breathless energy.  A trampoline act to have you bounce in amazement. Try to imagine acts of skipping, juggling and hoops on steroids.

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It was the first time I have seen a Chinese Pole Gymnast in live action. No web video comes close to reflecting just how remarkable the discipline is.

I have not even begun to mention just how much the spectacular lighting, staging and projected backdrops add to an already amazing show.  It made for a multidimensional masterpiece.

My first thought leaving the theater was that it was an incredible, not to be missed and unforgettable production. On reflection after the fact I feel even more so. It is truly worth every cent of the admission price.

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Winner of the @JoburgRedBus @budmarsh_lodge #HopOnHeritage is…

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

On Friday, I had the absolute pleasure of doing a @JoburgRedBus #HopOnHeritage tour with some awesome Twitter folks with much gratitude to City Sightseeing. It was a day of true enjoyment and much laughter. I am sure @WalterPike and @SpicedWeasel took especially awesome pictures as I had serious lens envy!

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Listening to the comments around me I felt incredibly blessed to be sharing my view of being a tourist in my own city. Especially once we entered the city centre, so many recalled memories (including me, yes – I am THAT old!). There was much laughter and entertainment by our resident comic @RichSimmondsZA (nutter!) and I absolutely loved seeing @SamanthaPerry smile and who did an awesome #selfie with her @Wakaberry glasses on … as well as @MeeAParkins who preferred the covered side of the bus.

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We left from Gold Reef City and got off at Stop 11 in Braamfontein to have coffee at Double Shot. We walked across the road for lunch at Eight Six for some lunch and cupcakes.

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@WilhelmNiekerk and I posing with a cupcake… as one does.

It was truly such a fun and HAPPY time. It was wonderful to see everyone smile and enjoy themselves after the gloom reports of the weather. Well, since I always take the weather with me, it was sunny but crisp and fabulous!

@Budmarsh_Lodge joined in our most fabulous endeavour and offered a prize of one nights accommodation at Budmarsh which includes a six course, fine dining experience prepared by Executive Chef Chris Tustian, a delightful breakfast and a night away at my favourite weekend get-away in Magaliesburg valued at R3500 to the contestant who interacted with Budmarsh the most.

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Our wonderful day out of the office with thanks to @Stuttafords_ZA, @McNabsFeelGood, @DoritosSA, @Budmarsh_Lodge, @JoburgRedBus and @Wakaberry.

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The winner for the absolutely amazing night away at Budmarsh Lodge prize is:

Señorita Trouble

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Congratulations darling!!!

I wish for you to experience being a tourist in YOUR city!

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Wenchy

@TasteOfJoburg @PicknPay @Montecasinoza September 2014

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

After announcing record numbers for last year’s event, Pick n Pay Taste of Joburg is back at Montecasino Outdoor Event Area this September. Budding gourmands need look no further for a feast of the senses with an array of spectacular offerings from twelve of Joburg’s top restaurants.

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Festival Director, Justine Drake says that she is delighted to be part of such a large scale culinary experience that includes the multicultural mix that is Joburg’s food scene. “Every year we are blown away by the large crowds who attend the festival to taste the best dishes Joburg restaurants have to offer. Our sponsors and partners always do a fantastic job supporting us and have the same vision for what is certainly the highlight of Joburg’s culinary calendar.”

All those looking to visit Taste of Joburg for the first time can expect to be wowed by the “Pick n Pay Wine and Canapé Experience”, the “Robertsons Butcher’s Block in association with Big Green Egg”, “The Rekordelig Premium Cider Lounge”, the “Lindt Chocolate Experience”, the “Castle Milk Stout Lounge” as well as the “Pick n Pay Fresh Living Chef’s Theatre”, and experience why Taste Festivals have become such a global gastronomic movement.

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We’ve been running this event for eight years and the challenge each year is presenting the experience in a different and dynamic way. I believe that this year’s festival will again deliver an unforgettable experience, one that will thrill and delight Joburg foodies with its unique mix of food, drink and entertainment. It’s definitely sensory alchemy in action. The large crowds who attend the festival to taste the best dishes Joburg restaurants have to offer. Our sponsors and partners always do a fantastic job supporting us and have the same vision for what is certainly the highlight of Joburg’s culinary calendar.”

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With thanks to glorious sponsors, I have tickets to giveaway to join in this culinary festival. Whoop!  Please answer this question and leave your answer in the comment section. Please do make sure you enter the correct e-mail address.

WHERE is Pick n Pay Taste of Joburg take place this year?

I wish you enough,
Wenchy

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@sterkinekor @the100ftJourney Women’s Month giveaway!

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Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

“But women- this I will never understand- they are touched by the oddest things”
Richard C. Morais, The Hundred-Foot Journey

I had the absolute delight to attend a ladies coffee morning at the new  with amongst others   at  Sandton City. (I wonder if I will ever get use to people I admire so greatly, actually knowing my name. #humbled).

We were spoiled to gorgeous cakes, coffees, glitter, colour, laughter, flowers and much anticipation to watch  in the comfort of the superior experience, which is #CinePrestige. It is quite an experience.  I loved it. It is colourful and spicy. Exquisitely unfolds to a backdrop of dreams, embracing what we do not understand and being who you are.

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I am thrilled to bring to my readers an awesome gift from SterKinekor. I would love a copy of the book being an avid reader and knowing the beautiful aroma the movie left behind. The gift will make absolute sense once you have enjoyed watching The Hundred-Foot Journey.

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1x consol jar
1x apron
1x salt and pepper grinders
1x Eastern spices
1x wooden spoon
1x The Hundred Foot Journey novel
1x double tickets

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Please answer the question in my comment section. The competition winner will be announced on 31 August 2014 when women’s month draws to a close.  Which actress plays the role of Madame Mallory?

I wish you to embrace the unknown,

Wenchy