Aunty Merle The Musical is coming to Johannesburg

Everyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE Marc Lottering’s brand of comedy. You can read about his previous shows that I have written about here and here. From the time he was an up-and-coming young comedian, when I lived in Cape Town back in the day, we have supported his shows, and he never fails to deliver in tickling one’s funny bones! If you are also a loyal fan, you will know that Marc started out doing shows with various characters, and Aunty Merle from Belgravia Road in Athlone (which is just up the road from where I actually grew up, on the Cape Flats) was one such delightuful and colourful character.

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Terrific Thailand – Part 1: Patong

 

Start of Bangla Road – reknown party street in Patong, Phuket

 

Sawadee Ka everyone! That’s hello in Thai.

Let me start off this post by saying that this is NOT a sponsored post at all. I saved, hustled, waited, done my research and eventually we travelled to Thailand earlier this year. I have divided this post into 3 parts as we had the privilege of visiting 3 locations in Thailand. I researched quite a bit and eventually got a terrific deal via Holiday Factory. It was about R12 000 (ZAR) each for the Etihad return flights to Thailand, including all private car transfers and water transfers, accommodation for 10 nights including breakfast, and we stayed in Patong, Phi Phi Islands and Krabi. I paid for the booking in March 2018 and we flew in September 2018.

I am mentioning the costs because:

a) It was a really good deal

b) People always ask me how much it all cost

c) Sharing is caring 🙂

d) Once you do some research online, one can still find good travel packages, in this case it was via Holidayfactory.co.za

 

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COSMO Beauty Masterclass in Johannesburg

The COSMOPOLITAN Beauty Masterclass 2018, brought to you by Clicks, is finally coming to Johannesburg!

#COSMOBeautyMasterclass is the ultimate day of beauty, glamour and fun, and takes place on the 24th and 25th of November at the Mall of Africa in Johannesburg from 9:00am to 3:30pm.

Join the COSMO team for a fabulous day of beauty masterclasses. COSMO’s deputy editor, Noxolo Mafu will host guests as they glam it up with a team of industry experts, including natural hair guru Urban Mimz and makeup-artist-to-the-stars Ntatho Mashishi. Guests will participate in demos and panels and will even get to take home the Clicks-supplied makeup kits at the end of the day. From brows to braids, learn all the tips and tricks in line with the hottest beauty trends.

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Women’s Health Live Festival

October was the start of my return to gym! The long time wasted gym membership debit orders that go off on the 1st of each month, into the gym abyss, has come to an end! Let me back track a little … towards the end of 2015, I needed an operation which, after 3 weeks out of hospital, led to a blood clot, which led to a pulmonary embolism in my lungs, which almost killed me. It took about 2 years to feel like my usual self, although my left leg and foot will never be the same again. Hence, I did not feel healthy enough to venture into a gym. Thank the powers that be, that now I can at least walk on a treadmill for 30 minutes at a brisk level 5! Slowly but surely, I am getting there, literally one step at a time.

Since I am finally on a path to fitness, I am delighted to tell you that on the 10th and 11th of November 2018, Women’s Health (WH) magazine are launching the first ever Women’s Health Live Festival – a weekend of wellness.

It will be held at The Wanderers Sports Club in Johannesburg. Think of it as a Coachella of Wellness – three stages (entitled Trends, Fitness and Inspiration) supported by amazing speakers, fascinating panel conversations and interviews led by the WH editors chatting to cover stars, celebrities, fit family, social influencers and experts who will be sharing stories, experiences, expertise and knowledge.

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Cell C Inanda Africa Cup Polo Tournament

Unpredictable, thrilling, addictive – however you choose to describe the game of polo, the “sport of kings” remains a narrative of history defined as an origin that primarily involves, horsemanship, team spirit, sportsmanship, trust and respect.

I have attended two previous Africa Cup Polo tournaments, and each time was a thrill, as there is an air of sophistication that only polo has.

The 2018 Cell C Inanda Africa Cup Polo Tournament, offers an action-packed day with a display of exceptional horsemanship amongst competing teams from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, with the closely contested and fast paced final, witnessed by a premium audience of 3500+ people annually.

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The Big 5 Comedy Show

Nik Rabinowitz has been announced as the new comedy star addition to the The Big 5 Comedy Show at the Teatro in Montecasino on 27 and 28 July 2018, among four other titans of South African stand-up at the The Big 5 Comedy Show, supported by Comedy Central.

Rabinowitz joins John Vlismas, Joey Rasdien, Stuart Taylor and Jason Goliath for two wild shows.

 The legendary DJ Ready D completes the line up with him performing between changeovers.

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Lottering at The Lyric Theatre

Marc Lottering has always been one of my all time favourtite comedians. He hits the nail on the head with each performance I have ever attended, and I’ve always made sure that, come hell or high water, I make it to his shows when he is in town. So I was “over the moon” to hear that Lottering at the Lyric will take place on Sunday, the 8th of July at The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City at 3pm.

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“Carmen The Opera” to dazzle audiences at Joburg Theatre

I have never seen an opera before, so I was super excited and honoured to be invited to see the classic “Carmen The Opera” currently on, at the Joburg Theatre.

Founded in 2011, Sempre Opera, in collaboration with Joburg Theatre, is proud to announce its upcoming production of Carmen by George Bizet on The Mandela Stage for four performances only on Sunday 3rd, Tuesday 5th, Friday 8th and Sunday 10th June 2018.

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The Capital On The Park Resort

Sandton welcomed the opening of a new hotel, The Capital On The Park Resort, with a glitzy launch event for invited guests last night. This new, half a billion rand business resort on Katherine Street, will offer business travellers a place where they can stay, work and play.

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Starbucks to open in Sandton City

Can you believe that Starbucks launched in South Africa almost 2 years to the day, with their first branch in Rosebank – in case you missed it, read that article here.

Now, after months of planning, Starbucks together with Taste Holdings, will open the doors to their newest store in Sandton City on 26 April 2018.

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