Monday, January 30, 2012

Chinese New Year: Brightwater Commons

The Annual Chinese New Year Festival at Brightwater Commons was this Saturday and there were plenty of festivities for the whole family. What I love about this venue is that it is family friendly with plenty of space and activities to keep people of all ages entertained.  A stage was erected on the grassy commons as well as shelters to keep people shielded from the summer sun. I bought some cheap and fantastic spring rolls and found a cool grassy patch to sit down and enjoy the festivities.

There was an archery demonstration, acrobatics, martial arts demonstrations, gymnastics, dances, competitions and plenty of games and prize givings.  I missed the dragon dance and some of the cool martial arts stuff (sidetracked by the Sandton sales) but did manage to see a few good shows and go for a walkabout to enjoy the festive atmosphere. There were plenty of stalls selling "year of the dragon" trinkets and a photo exhibition of china. However, I noticed the angry looking rainclouds looming overhead and managed to avoid most of the downpour.  That cut short my tour of the festivities, but I definitely will be looking forward to next year!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

January Happenings

Happy Year of the Dragon to all people celebrating the Chinese New Year!

Brightwater commons is having their annual celebration on Saturday 28 January 2012 from about 9am until 4pm.

Sandton City (where I will be) is having their annual summer sidewalk sale! Starting 25 January 2012 until the 29 January 2012.

For a more chilled out affair, the high teas at the Wescliffe Hotel are always fun.  Check out the view (taken during Jacaranda season in November) :

2012 Awesomeness: Phantom of the Opera

Must see event of the year! The Phantom of the Opera is playing at the Teatro, Montecasino starting 31 January 2012. I already have me ticket! Woo Hoo!!!

The clean streets of Jhb

44 on Stanley: a morning out

I went for a great Thai massage the other week at Zest Studios in 44 on Stanley. I would thoroughly recommend the place.  And afterwards, I went for a little walkabout to enjoy the lovely complex.  Pity I didn't have company, otherwise I would have definately stayed for tea and fresh bread at the superb Volvo Tello bakery. Next time....

Art browsing

Coconut Grove, Montecasino

Coconut Grove in Durban was a legendary hang-out to get the best (and hottest) bunny chow 24/7.  It has since closed down in Durbs, leaving a giant hole in every party goer's heart who now have only local garages to satisfy their post-clubbing munchies.  However, rising from the ashes Coconut Grove has emerged in Monte Casino and still offers some great Durban curries and bunny chows.  I really enjoyed my beans bunny, but G thought the mutton one could have been hotter.  Try it out for yourself:

Odd Cafe, 116 Greenway Street, Greenside

Because every bar deserves its own red phone booth. Pretty cool place for drinks, snacks and chilling with friends.
(t)  011 486 3631

Why have any Ferrari, when you can have a Jamiroquai Ferrari

Because every butchery should have a DJ...

Nagiahs Butchery, Chatsworth Centre, Durban, KZN.