Swimming With Sharks in Cape Town

Swimming with Sharks
Image courtesy of SharkExplorers.com

If the thought of swimming with sharks has you excited rather than terrified, you’re in luck. There are many places to encounter these often misunderstood predators, with Cape Town, South Africa being the best place for shark spotting.

As a well-known shark hotspot, the waters of Cape Town’s coastline are home to many different shark species. False Bay in particular is where the famous ‘flying’ Great white sharks are found. These sharks prey on marine species such as seals, which are found in abundance near Seal Island. The sight of a huge Great white launching itself out of the water after its prey is not one you will forget easily. While swimming with sharks such as Great whites is not possible without the safety of a cage, the chance to view these giant creatures in their natural habitat is one that every nature enthusiast should experience at least once in their lives.  Read More

Masterchef South Africa Winner – 2012

Masterchef SA – South Africa started on M-Net and M-Net HD on 20 March 2012. The winner of MasterChef SA will win the richest prize in South African television history, valued at R8 Million.

The final 3 contestant remain, go over to Food24 and vote for who you think the Masterchef South Africa winner will be.

We like to follow the Food24 coverage on the show including profiles on Masterchef South Africa Judges, challenges and weekly eliminations. If you do not have M-net or DSTV you can also follow their  recaps of the Masterchef South Africa Episodes.

The Masterchef South Africa Winner prize includes R250 000 in cash from the show’s headline sponsor, Robertsons; a Hyundai Elantra 1.6 GLS, valued at over R190 000; an all-expenses paid seven day culinary experience in Italy courtesy of official food sponsor, Woolworths, including flights, accommodation and an Italian cookery course.

A couple of days to go to finally see who the Masterchef South Africa Winner for 2012 will be!

Google’s Search Plus Your World for Brands – Are you ready?

Google’s search results are undergoing their most radical transformation ever, as a new “Search Plus Your World” format begins rolling out. It finds both content that’s been shared with you privately along with matches from the public web, all mixed into a single set of listings.

In my presentation I try to highlight what these changes mean to a typical Google User and Brands. I have included tips on what Brands can do with their Google+ Pages to make sure they stay on top of this change as well as how this plays into SEO. You can download the presentation here.

South African Artist Lee Molenaar

Born on the 22nd of May 1979 , South African artist Lee Molenaar spent most of his childhood surrounded by nature.  Imposing mountains, Atlantic and Indian oceans, cosy valleys and the vast silent stretches of the Karoo, all had a lasting effect on the way Lee approaches a subject.  His fascination with observing the passionate love affair between light and atmosphere was born out of the countless hours he spent studying the effects natural light has on its given environment.

1998 saw Lee moving to Cape Town , where after attempting to study interior design at the local Technikon , he decided to follow his passion for painting an become a full time artist .  After a series of collaborative exhibitions, (showing Lee’s paintings and waxwork lighting concepts), trying his hand at commercially farming ostriches and cultivating medicinal herbs for the local traditional healing market,  Lee embarked for London in 2003 to establish himself as an professional artist.

Lee’s work:  Current Collection | Landscapes | Figure Studies | Still Life | Conceptual & Abstract | Sketches

Insports Centurion – Indoor Sports Facility

Insports Centurion offer different disciplines of indoor sport including cricket, soccer, netball and hockey in a team sport environment. The timeslots per game are short, the high intensity of the respective sports allow for a good work out, having a competitive factor as well as a fun element.

Insports offers:

Indoor Hockey – InHockey

Indoor Cricket – InCricket

Indoor Netball – InNetball

Indoor Soccer – InSoccer

To make a Booking or Contact them check out this page 

Pizza – Durbanville – Pete’s Diner in Sonstraal Heights

Pete's Diner - Sonstraal Heights - Durbanville
Pete's Diner - Sonstraal Heights - Durbanville

How many times before haven’t we been disappointed by pizza franchises who just can’t seem to live up to their advertised promises of great-tasting, value for money offerings? Some of them come with ridiculously stacked pizzas at even more ridiculous prices, while others’ pizzas simply just aren’t that satisfying – leaving you thinking “why do I keep ordering from them again?”

This is exactly why Pete’s Diner in Sonstraal Heights, Durbanville is such a big hit with the locals – and I’m sure even some living further away. Situated in the Sonstraal Spar centre just off Langeberg Road, Pete’s Diner is always buzzing with people hungry for their delectable pizzas. Not only do they make the tastiest wood fired pizza I’ve ever come across, but their prices are also very reasonable; and – on top of that – their service is fast and friendly. Check out the menu here

Best of all – from Monday to Wednesdays Pete’s Diner is running a special where you can pick up any two medium (23cm) Classic pizzas for only R75; or any large (30cm) Classic pizzas for R85.

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Horatio Caine

The man the legend Horatio Caine, protector of the innocent, master of all things ridiculous!

Wikipedia on Horatio:

Born in 1957, Caine’s parents named him after author Horatio Alger. Before he moved to Miami, Caine worked in New York City as detective with the NYPD. It was there that he killed the man who murdered his mother: his own father. In 1995, while on the job, he was stabbed while investigating a case in which children were locked in closets while their parents were murdered.

Urban Dictionary on Horatio:

Simply the coolest investigator in Miami, Horatio Caine is more than a man, he is a way of life with five basic rules:

  1. Stand with Hands on hips
  2. Place sunglasses on for dramatic effect, then remove them, and repeat (applicable inside as well as out)
  3. Never fully address people by looking them in the eye, you’re too cool for that.
  4. Have a dramatic pause in your speech.
  5. Shoot first/45 Degree turn/walk out of camera frame

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Easy Paptert Recipe – Lekker Pap Tert Resep

A Paptert Recipe or Paptert Resep that will have everyone coming back for seconds!

When putting a lekker “pap tert” (directly translated: porridge tart) out on the table at a braai don’t be surprised when people ask you what it is, and even getting a few strange looks when this strange combination of words come out.

4.8 from 6 reviews
Easy Paptert Recipe
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
Maize porridge
  • 500g maize meal
  • 1 heaped tablespoon salt
  • 2 heaped tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon dried sweet basil
Filling
  • Sunflower oil and butter for frying
  • 2 packs bacon, diced
  • 3 tomatoes – peeled and chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 pack mushrooms, chopped in slices
  • 4 cups grated Cheddar cheese
  • Fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
Maize Porridge
  1. Pour 1.5 litre warm tap water into a big pot, add the salt, butter and sweet basil and mix.
  2. Add the maize meal and stir. (To avoid lumps, it’s always better to use warm tap water instead of boiling water).
  3. Put the stove plate on low, cover with a lid and cook for about an hour - stirring occasionally.
Filling
  1. Sauté the onion and bacon in sunflower oil and butter until the onions are translucent, add the mushrooms and then the tomato.
  2. Add the sugar, salt and pepper to the mixture.
Layering
  1. Cover a large oven dish with a non-stick spray.
  2. Spoon half the porridge in the dish - even out the surface with a big spoon.
  3. Spoon half the filling over the porridge - evening it out again.
  4. Sprinkle half the fresh chopped basil over, then half the grated cheese.
  5. Spoon the rest of the porridge over the filling (be careful not to mess up the filling - if the porridge is too thick to comfortably spoon over, mix a little water in the pot and stir until it’s fully incorporated.)
  6. Once again, spoon over the rest of the filling, and finish with the basil and cheese.
  7. You could grind a little black pepper over if you want. Put the dish in a 180°C oven for about 15-20 minutes - or until the cheese is melted.
  8. Let the dish stand for about 10 minutes before serving - just to let it set.
Notes
It’s very important that the pap’s consistency is right - you don’t want it runny - then it won’t set easily, but you don’t want it too thick either - then it’s hard to do the layers neatly. Enjoy!

While most South Africans are well-acquainted with maize porridge – or “pap” – as we know it, there are a few people who would rather not have themselves associated with this staple, which I find absolutely disgraceful – as it’s such a delicious – and truly South African dish. But although the pretentious ones see maize porridge as “poor people’s food”, it is getting quite popular.

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Should Social Media be Top of Mind in a Doom & Gloom Economy

social media heroLately I have been hearing a lot of Board Members and CEO’s say “how can social media be a priority when my sales have dropped?” In my opinion, all of interactive marketing (including social) must be implemented in a bad economy. Only pure ignorance and trepidation from old school thinking can make someone believe that social media should be cut when times are looking tough. 99 times out of 100, the “social is not a priority” statement comes from someone that does not understand how social media can be integrated into the business and marketing operations to drive measurable results. A fear of evolution. If you are fearful of learning something new, you should hand it over to someone who isn’t. Continue reading “Should Social Media be Top of Mind in a Doom & Gloom Economy” »