Rock climbing – Strubens Valley Crag

So I’ve been indoor rock climbing inconsistently for about a year. Towards the end of 2013, we joined the Rockfit gym in Morningside, where we’ve been receiving coaching once a week, also inconsistently. Today the club organised an outdoor climb at the Strubens Valley Crag, west of JHB. The place is right in the middle of this suburb. You drive through the suburb, find this empty lot on Witwatersrand Ave, pay the car-guard R30 and trek for about 5min up a hill till you get to the crag. There were about 12 of us today of all levels. The advanced…
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12 Years A Slave

Watched ‘12 Years A Slave‘ this evening. This film is… intense, powerful, beautifully filmed, difficult to watch… and just stays with you.  I absolutely love the way the director uses the frame to convey so much more than words can. The tight shots, and then the pulling away to reveal the scene and emotions in more context. And the lingering, the holding of the camera on the slave being lashed or almost hung when it’s most uncomfortable to watch. This film left me feeling even more, as people have been treated this way since 6800BC at least and continue to…
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2014 the year of health and fitness

I didn’t make any new year resolutions this NYE. But on the 3rd, I decided that I will treat my body better… and I will get physically stronger and healthier. For me that includes exercising more regularly, being able to run 5K in one go (which I have not been able to do in the past), improve with the indoor climbing and to not consume alcohol as much. At this point I would like to try not to consume alcohol throughout this year…It’s a a little scary and a difficult thing to abstain from especially since alcohol is so ingrained…
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Disconnect

Sometimes I wonder if technology has enabled us to disconnect further from the people in our personal space. I’m a culprit. I find myself using tech to disengage to hide. I guess in a similar way to people who use TV or music with headphones to disconnect from the present.  
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USA to South Africa

I loved this trip to the USA. It had been quite awhile since I’ve travelled on my own. I loved the freedom that comes with travelling, of not making plans, of going with the flow, meeting wonderful people, experiencing new things, of even living out of a suitcase. Having just a few personal items is truly liberating. Not being a slave to stuff AND of needing less stuff and things to be happy and comfortable. This trip was needed for me, this experience, it was for inspiration and to build on my collection of travel photographs. The timing felt right!…
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USA – Day 23 -24 – NYC

28 May – NYC It was raining when I woke up on this morning. I didn’t plan much except to visit the Ground Zero monument (which I didn’t do), the B&H Photo Video store again to see if I should get any camera gear, check out the Frye’s Boot store in Soho and the Superdry store. I ended up buying some gifts for Carol from a random store, a great pair of shoes and some boots from Frye’s. Superdry didn’t have a great range of clothing. I prefer their clothing designs from a few years back. I spent awhile at…
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