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Thursday, July 23, 2015

TV commercial shoot

Last week I had the pleasure of being production manager on a TV commercial shoot. It was my first time working with this local production company with an eye for storytelling. Here are some impressions. Looking forward to seeing the ad on TV!

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Crazy Rich Asians

I'm surprised at how much I'm enjoying reading this book. It's already being adapted into a Hollywood movie and with a sequel out the author is busy working on another follow up. This is perfect beach / hammock reading.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Relax @ Nomad Spa

If you've been to the Nomad African Spa in Windhoek - click HERE to vote for them as Best African Day Spa for the World Spa Awards. If you haven't - click on to their website and book yourself a relaxing treatment. You never feel like you deserve a massage until you get one. So just do it!

Day at the Spa

Last week on a Tuesday morning my mother, oldest daughter and I went to a spa. We were all reeling from weeks of upset -- we had a death and subsequent funeral on my mother's side of the family, two of my children had been ill with severe diarrhea and vomiting, I had just recovered from a horrible chest cough and all this in the middle of winter when it's freezing inside and all you want to do is curl up in a ball and hibernate. Besides, I really wanted to treat my mother to something special after breezing past Mother's Day and her birthday without making much of a fuss.

So... after a week of driving past the Nomad African Spa on my school pick up run I e-mailed them for their treatment packages and booked the Ondelela Experience: a 90-minute mother and daughter package of a full body massage and a divine rose water balancing facial. It was just what we needed. We arrived to soft drumming and a welcome song and passed through the small courtyard entrance to a dressing room. We then hung out in the backyard oasis with a dipping pool, hanging chairs and pool loungers where we sipped on tea and sunbathed in the morning light. We laughed at ourselves for taking life so seriously when all we needed was time together and some warming winter sun. And tea -- tea makes everything feel better and we each picked something different from their varied assortment. Once in the treatment room we were calm and quiet and each had a designated wellness therapist treating us.  I felt so deeply physically relaxed afterwards and spent the rest of the day with a rosy gaze in my eyes.

Friday, July 03, 2015

House loving

 (photo via Lonny)

I have friends visiting in 3 weeks and all of a sudden I have an intense urge to finally give attention to my home and garden... OK I get this urge every year - but this time I have a deadline! The funny thing is they're bringing me my copy of The New Bohemians but I can't wait - I'm painting my boundary walls pink and moving plants around! I think the fact that my friend is an interior decorator is making me want to shape up. I'm happy for the push! Here are some links to things I've been thinking about.

The most organised laundry room - seriously with 6 children this woman has it sorted out!
Namibia relevant tips for creating a drought-friendly garden - I'm working on these! 
A place to go to for a little whimsy: Anthropologie - one of my favourite American stores.
And my secret life as an architect - or 'How I wish I was David Adjaye'.

Happy weekend!