I use to be Snow White but I drifted…. my birthday gift WISH list for 13 June.

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Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

My dream birthday list…  turning 14 again:

1. I would love a proper purple handbag in Kevin G Friedman style of exquisite taste,  but not in that darling man’s budget!

2.  A Stuttafords gift voucher to buy Sensai foundation /powder.

3. A purple shawl thingie @VictoriaT99 and I saw when we went to look for school shoes at Woolworths in Rosebank Mall.

4. A stylus.  Exclusive Books has some.  Mine broke.  Don’t ask.  Don’t point at my ass.

5. Purple streaks… Just here and there.

6. Nails and toes with Thembisile Munyai.

7. Sunflowers and/or yellow roses.

8. Afternoon tea somewhere fabulous!

9. Killarney Mall vouchers for massage, eye brows, pedicures,  facialbooks…  Dream,  dream,  dream… .

10. Original Ice Strawberry Daiquiri.

11. Anything from Le Creuset, you guessed it –  in purple!

12. Mint flavoured white ice tea from Woolworths. lol I’m serious dammit.

13. White chocolate.

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14. Cupcakes.  Red velvet.  🙂

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These were baked by my BFF, Will.

Oh the excitement of my birth month!!!!!

I wish you enough,

Wenchy

Another brick in the wall…

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

If my nursery school report is anything to go by,  not much has changed.

I didn’t like playing outside.  I liked reading,  story time,  music time and acting and dress up.  I didn’t like getting dirty and my mom says I use to get out the car and just go to school.  No wave,  no looking back.  At that point at least I could still count,  knew my alphabet apparently quite early and I could name the colours and farm animals.

I was in the Lion class,  which is not a farm animal.  As you know,  here in Africa we let all animals walk around freely and enjoy our backyards as they like. Terrible for traffic and the odd child being eaten.

Primary school, I remember going to enroll with Ouma Chrissie,  but on the day school started, I sommer went alone.  No shoes.  I am  an Afrikaanse meisie,  we don’t do shoes. I still don’t like shoes.  (Love pedicures btw)

In grade one or two I remember a girl’s parents asked that their child not sit next to me as my parents were divorced.  Yes,  I am sure their divorce could rub off on your child. The rest of that year I sat alone.  I remember learning to count with burnt cigarettes which we made huts with later.

I went to school a year early so I was always the youngest. I was desperate to play netball but you could only play in standard one and I was still a year too young. Being very short didn’t help! Eventually I was allowed to play but not outside of our school. I was too young. I settled in with a group a year behind me at school in the end and I loved it very much.

I did just dandy at school and  I did modern and tap dancing in the afternoons. I didn’t like ballet.  Looked very pretencious to me.  I did piano lessons,  drama lessons,  I played every sport available at school and I was on my bike constantly.  I wrote books and drew the pictures to accompany my stories.  Unless a miracle happened,  those pictures must have been terrible. Good times.

I had the same boyfriend from grade two to standard four.  Hey,  not much of a one night stand kinda girl. He did turn out to be captain of the rugby team so I did ok.

End of standard four everything changed.  My father died and I was to go live with my Mammie and my sister,  Rentia in the city. My boyfriend dumped me.

We lived in Hillbrow towards the end of it being trendy.  Some parts were downright scary.  For the first time in my life I had to catch a bus… with Rentia…. to school.  I was petrified off my surroundings and wondered if my Mom dies how am I going to get hold of my Ouma?

My final year of Primary School was strange.  The school was very poor so they would feed us porridge in the morning before school and give us a sandwich at lunch.  Meals on wheels would arrive.  Seriously.  If you said no thank you, they thought you were just being shy! We use to get vegetables on Fridays to take home and occasionally Albany would give everyone a bread!

The teachers were horrid and liked to beat the crap out of you. If you got 11/20, they would snack you with a ruler 9 times and so on. I wonder if it was an Afrikaans thing.

There was one teacher who wanted to save the world (reminds me of @SirNoid in teacher mode) who on weekends would take us out of town to see a cave or a dam or braai at his mom’s house where we could swim…. and then drive everyone back to school.  Bless his heart.

The school had no extra murals but we played baseball on the red sand at break.  Huge culture shock for me as I use to be incredibly driven physically with sport and dancing. Red sand is bloody hard to get out of white socks.

Oh I won Miss….. Beauty pageant that year.  I got fake flowers for a crown and I think some chocolate. My Mammie and sister was very proud.

I decided to go to art school more because nobody else from this school would be going there.  First day of High School my mom walked me in and I cried like a colicky baby.

Loved my time there. Sport resumed,  plenty of madness. Lots of time for acting and creating chaos.  The teacher made me class captain in an attempt to get me to behave!  Haha!  I gave my badge in the same day.  No way am I reporting on other kids.  Sorrrrryyyy!

I met my friend Vicky there when I was 12. Until today I would kill the bull for her and she has slayed a few dragons for me.  Home wasn’t great (to say I hated my then stepfather –  now dead – is an understatement) but I loved school.  Hated holidays lol.

Brief stint at another school when the English and Afrikaans Art schools joined up…. and I decided I wanted to matriculate in English.  Besides, I am not a conformist.  I did not do well with how long your dress has to be and your hair may not touch your collar blah blah.

After visiting various places of education my Mammie and I settled on a private college where you went to school daily,  in whatever outfit you liked.  It was just like regular school,  minus the crap, plus lipstick.  Giving me freedom, I excelled academically.  I loved studying.  I loved trying to find my feet between Afrikaans and English in all the different subjects. History remains my favourite.  Just not ‘Die Groot Trek’. It is also here where my political believes were formed on the pavements outside and my friends of many colours. I also learned that all black men are not terrorists as I was previously taught at school.

We really are not a one size fit all education system,  we never were.

In the end it was so rewarding for me to have made this weird choice.  I matriculated with two distinctions and university entrance with English as my first language and a hatred for rassism. Smarty pants.

I was accepted at WITS University when idiotic me decided I shall marry instead so I never have to see my stepfather again.

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…. and that is where the crap really started.

I wish you enough,
Wenchy

Posted from the second cloud on your left.

2013 – Year End Quiz Answers

Dear friends and other interesting creatures –

I drew this quiz up in 2008… so if you do it, link to me please? I would love to read about your year.

My answers for the past few years to the quiz can be found here:

2012 – Year End Quiz Answers

2011 – Year End Quiz Answers

2010 – Year End Quiz Answers

2009 – Year End Quiz Answers

2008 – Year End Quiz Answers

Here is the 2013 edition:

 I have found it exceptionally difficult to complete this, this year – so I as for your sensitivity and love as you read my words. Just so what I write make sense, as I sit down to write this early in January 2014, if you do not already know, Dion and I separate during December 2013. I will not allow any bashing or disrespect towards him, me, nor the situation – so comments such as those, will be swiftly deleted.

I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world. – Rainer Maria Rilke

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?

  • Dion and I visited his parents in Swellendam and on our second trip took some of the kids along and toured a bit of the Garden Route. I loved the touring part. I loved road trips with Dion.
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  • We also took some of the kids to a work incentive Dion earned to the Kruger National Park. I had not been there in 20 years and it was a fun time seeing the animals and the kids faces.
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  • I ventured into Social Media, head over my comfortable flat shoes and loving it.
  • Attending all kinds of events, premiers, running blog competitions, writing reviews about products, places and productions…  I have truly loved every second.
  • I visited backstage, sat in on rehearsals and saw shows come to live. It is a thrill I cannot adequately described – theatre is magical to the point of lost for me.
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  • I met unbelievable people, both performers and personalities. I learned so much (Thanks @Jodeneza for getting me “started”!), I messed up, I did good, I came far in a short time, I met my Twitter Celebrity @RichSimmondsZA (seriously, it was child like LOL) – and this is only the beginning! I am thankful to all who has given to me as a teacher and a mentor. My gratitude is endless.
  • I did my first Twitter Blanket Drive!
  • I also thank Dion for his support, especially financially as setting up a new brand is not an easy task on money or time.
  • Our Kyle took part in his first body building competition. His weight loss scared me! He has always been fit, always worked out but never have had I seen him that skinny.
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  • My watched my son @KevvieCartman perform on stage – @RIAD_Band. At the first performance I cried more than I could hear. I loved that Kevin and Chris did not just dream, but do.
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  • I met up with an old friend….. @_Denise_Cross_ at a business function. Actually she was my maid of honour at wedding #2 ………..after almost a decade. We had grown so much emotionally yet we knew each other by heart – immediately. Awesome. She introduced me to: “Forever Living
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  • My BFF, @WilhelmNiekerk took me to such a fanTy cake shop for a treat!!!! It was absolutely awesome and far from our usual hang outs – also in price! LOL
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2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

For 2013, I have the following resolutions:

  1. I would like to d0 100, 1 hour workouts at Virgin Active before my birthday in June 2013. This is going exceptionally well.
  2. Read 100 books before end December 2013 – Kindle or hardcopy – keeping track on Goodreads.
  3. I need to lose 25kg by June 2013.
  4. If there are significant life changing decisions to be made. This is the year.

I take it #4 was accomplished. 😦

For 2014 I have the following resolutions:

  • To live authentically. To thy own self be true.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes! My cousin Marlize gave birth to miracle baby Miya who arrived a couple of weeks early.

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4. Did anyone close to you die?

I claim the father of my nation as my own so yes, our Madiba died.

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5. What countries did you visit?

South Africa.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?

  • A greater maturity on many levels.

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory?

13 January 2013 & 20 December 2013.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Stepping into that first meeting on my own.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not defining my own worth.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Yes.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Dion bought. I received. Thank you.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

My sister Rentia. She has done her best to be dignified under tremendous illness and hardship. She is our Braveheart…. like a drum baby don’t stop beating….

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

It was a year of many behavioural disappointments, my own and others.

14. Where did most of your money go?

I did not earn very much money, so the money Dion earned went towards our living expenses and the trips we made.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Watching Starlight Express (Jo’burg Theatre) unfold and being part of it on so many levels. It was incredible. I will never forget the emotion, the pride, nor the excitement. Ever. Loved it!

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16. What song/album will always remind you of 2013?

I am the Starlight as sung by my friend, Bonginkosi Mthombeni

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

•Happier or sadder? Obviously I am not dancing the cha-cha!

•Thinner or fatter? I am giving up on this one. Love me or leave me. I’ve had it. I do my best and that has to be good enough.

•Richer or poorer? Poorer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of in 2013?

Been financially more successful…. “Do something you really like and hopefully it pays the rent. That is success” -Tom Petty – I claim those words for my future.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Feeling anxious. Keeping silent when I wanted to scream.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

My son Kev cooked lunch. 🙂 Thanks my boy. I at least had two of my kids with me – I couldn’t care if it was Christmas or a regular day. Any day I have any of my kids with me is like unwrapping happiness.

21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?

Finally work stuff!

22. Did you fall in love in 2013?

No – I loved, but I did not fall in love.

23. How many one night stands in this last year?

None.

24. What was your favourite TV program?

Homeland.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

No. Hate is no longer part of my life. It belongs to yesterday.

26. What was the best book you read?

      Chbosky, Stephen

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Emeli Sande.

28. What did you want and get?

A closer relationship with my parents.

29. What did you want and not get?

30. What were your favourite films of this year?

The Hobbit – both of them.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 40. It was nothing like I imagined but it was a very happy day.

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32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Seeing more of my kids, hugs, kisses, love, cupcakes, cocktails… need I go on?

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?

I have no concept of fashion. None.

34. What kept you sane?

Zanax helps me pretend.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Janice Honeyman and Bernard Jay from @joburgtheatre. This year was a life changer and sitting with them at the same table, not once, but TWICE!! – no words. Only awe. Oh the rest of the #newmedia team ain’t bad either.. *smile*

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36. What political issue stirred you the most?

Zuma. He does enough stirring all on his own. *sigh*

37. Who did you miss?

My kids. All of them. Always.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

I made some unbelievable friends this year – OUSTANDING INDIVIDIUALS, but there is one young man whose dedication, pure love and conviction for his craft truly just spoke to my heart, @LouwBreytenbach from @LALTH_JHB. I am so proud of you my dear friend. You are a great friend, an amazing performer, an outstanding teacher and well…… I will love you for a thousand years. #friendsforlife1-IMG-20131116-05308[1]

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.

You never know how drastically your day can change from sunshine to sunset.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year?

“Clown” (Actually read the words, line for line)

I guess it’s funnier from where you’re standing
Cause from over here I missed the joke
Clear the way for my crash landing
I’ve done it again
Another number for your notes

I’d be smiling if I wasn’t so desperate
I’d be patient if I had the time
I could stop and answer all of your questions
As soon as I find out
How I can move from the back of the line

I’ll be your clown
Behind the glass
Go ‘head and laugh
Cause it’s funny
I would too if I saw me
I’ll be your clown
On your favourite channel
My life’s a circus circus
Round in circles
I’m selling out tonight

I’d be less angry if it was my decision
And the money was just rolling in
If I had more than my ambition
I’ll have time for ‘Please’
I’ll have time for ‘Thank you’
As soon as I win

From a distance my choice is simple
From a distance I can entertain
So you can see me
I put make-up on my face
But there’s no way you can feel it
From so far away

I wish you enough,
Wenchy

WOULDN’T IT BE NICE? Ticket give-away for #BoysintheBand @joburgtheatre

Boys in the band press release

Boys in the Band celebrates the world’s greatest hits from the most iconic bands of the 20th century! The show features four of the most talented, versatile, handsome and hip young guys in the entertainment industry today and is backed by their own sensational band, The Players.

The show features such classic tunes as Walk Like a Man, Sherry, Can’t Buy Me Love, Let it Be, Hey Jude, Imagine, Blame it on the Boogie, ABC, Unchained Melody, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Surfin’ USA, Good Vibrations, Night Fever and Staying Alive and also includes medleys of the biggest mega hits the world has known.

Boys in the Band are excited to perform their first concert season at the Mandela Theatre, Johannesburg South Africa.

I have two double tickets to give away! How fabulous is that!

To win tickets to this show, on 1 October 2013, all you need to do is answer this easy question:

1.  Which theatre will #BoysintheBand be performing in?

2. Please leave your answer in the comment section (top right hand corner click on “leave a message”.

3. There will be two winners, each receiving two tickets to dance and sing to the well known songs we all know.

4. Winners will be announced on my blog, tomorrow 28 September 2013 at 6pm.

I wish you enough,

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9 INCHES LONG ISLAND ICED TEA – The final frontier – @Beefcakes_JHB & @TasteofJoburg Results

Hello darlings –

With thanks to you all who love a sensual combination of sticky melon liqueur, for entering WENCHY’S THE FINAL DRAW (reminds me of a cowboy scene, guns pointed, very macho!).

Our generous sponsor has provided me with FIVE double tickets to give away, so today your changes is at its peak! (with an orgy of white spirits on the side).

The WINNERS, chosen by having my Mom (LOL) by selecting random numbers are:

  • Lloyd Loots – two tickets for you
  • Wilma van der Westhuizen – two tickets for you
  • Cindy Kritzinger – two tickets for you
  • Weslee Lauder – two tickets for you
  • Michael – two tickets for you
  • and because Summertime Soda is always Summer in a Glass, a sixth lucky number, to a Mr. Fox.

Please make sure I have your correct e-mail addresses and thank you for visiting my blog, having fun on Twitter, and just being crush mint and lime wedges fabulous!

Tickets will be e-mailed to all the winners next week, with my love and I hope you have a smooth frozen blend of Brazilian Cachaca time at this fabulous event: @TasteofJoburg

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TODAY would have been an amazing time for a frozen flamingo, but alas I will claim same from @Gordon_Grieve on my return from the Cape!

A FROZEN FLAMINGO!’

A smooth frozen Strawberry Daiquiri. Brazilian Cachaca, strawberry extract and strawberry puree

I wish you enough,

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2 Thai 4 Tickets? @TasteofJoburg Ticket Giveaway!

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2 Thai 4 Restaurant was established in 2000 and sis situated in Corlett Drive, Illovo, in Jozi. It is renowned for having the “Best Thai food west of Bangkok” with an extensive menu of authentic Thai cuisine.

The Chef Oya, was born in 1967 in Nontaburi, just outside of Bangkok in Thailand. Oya’s culinary philosophy and passion is a healthier and down-to-earth cuisine, allowing the natural flavours of food to speak for itself. Her favourite dish is stir fried Chicken with garlic and fresh basil. She has been the Head Chef at 2 Thai 4 for the last 10 years.

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To win FOUR tickets to the @picknpay @TasteofJoburg Festival in association with @orbitgumsa taking place at @montecasinofrom  from 26th – 29th September 2013, you need to answer this simple question.

Question: How long has Oya been the Head Chef at 2 Thai 4?

1. Please leave your answer in the comment section of my blog.

2. The draw for FOUR tickets to this awesome event will be drawn, TONIGHT, 17 September 2013 at 7pm.

I wish you enough!

Wenchy

… and the winner of FOUR @TasteofJoburg tickets is: ?

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The Winner of last year’s “Orbit Best Dish” for his “Kudu Wellington” African Pride  Melrose Arch Hotel’s Executive Chef Hanroe Erasmus returns to @TasteofJoburg with his take on international cuisine and transforming it into award-winning dishes with a South African twist.

Breakfast is served from 6:30 to 10:30 Monday to Friday and 6:30 to 11:00 Saturdays and Sundays. Lunch begins at noon daily and continues with dinner until 23:00 in the evening.

So yes, the answer to today’s question was indeed, African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel.

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Thank you for entering, and enjoy your four tickets to #TasteOfJoburg @TasteOfJoburg!!!!

The winner of today’s competition is: Jonathan Kerkstra (@JonoBKirk)

Congratulations, enjoy and please provide me with your e-mail address. Your tickets will be e-mailed to you on the 19th!

I wish you enough,

Wenchy

… drum roll please…… @TasteofJoburg Winner!!

Hello my friends,

971276_575002289212773_448661658_nThe winner of the Taste of Joburg competition is Santina Botha!! She has won four tickets to the festival being held between 26-29 September 2013. Tina, I will be in touch with regards to your tickets. Enjoy! Please send us pictures of you having fun at the festival!

Don’t despair, another lucky person will be eligible to win tickets for the festival in the next few days.

So, keep an eye on my blog!

I wish you enough!

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@TasteofJoburg Festival – Competition!

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Hello my friends,

Don’t miss this year’s @picknpay @TasteofJoburg Festival in association with @orbitgumsa from 26th – 29th September 2013!

With thanks to the sponsors, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to have four tickets to the 7th Annual @TasteofJoburg Festival to give away!

Over the next couple of weeks I will be sharing some information on the restaurants and their fabulous chefs with you. Twelve of Johannesburg’s stop restaurants will present signature dishes in an unbeatable alfresco gourmet setting – fabulous! There will be additional tickets to win in the weeks leading up to the taste sensation of the year!!

For more information and bookings visit www.tasteofjoburg.com or www.itickets.co.za

Festival times:

  • Thursday 26th September: 18h30- 22h30
  • Friday 27th September: 18h30- 22h30
  • Saturday 28th September: 13h00- 17h00; 18h30- 22h30
  • Sunday 29th September: 12h00- 17h00

Competition Details:

  1. The winner will receive four complimentary tickets to the @TasteofJoburg Festival.
  2. The winner needs to follow @NocturnalWenchy and @TasteofJoburg on Twitter to be eligible for the draw.
  3. Please leave the answer in a comment on this blog post.
  4. The winner will be drawn on Thursday, 5 September 2013 at 6pm and will be announced on my blog.
  5. Comments will be made public after the draw.
  6. The winner needs to answer the following question correctly: When does the @PicknPay @TasteofJoburg Festival in association with @orbitgumsa take place?

I wish you enough,

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Don’t look, just walk! – Miss @Jodenecoza :) #JoburgCityFest @JoburgCity

Hello darling friends,

Oh wow! Yesterday kicked off the @JoburgCity #joburgcityfest and I was privilege to attend two very funky events with vibe…and a touch of class, laughter and beautiful people. I love everyone crawling out of the suburbs and embracing the inner city of Jozi.

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Late morning, @SirNoid and his kids, Douglas and Jenna and I attended “Market On Main”. I have been wanting to go there for ages, so this was a great excuse. @SirNoid is not a lover of markets but I think even he saw this one was a winner as he mentioned going back sometime. I hope SOON!

You won’t believe the amazing selection of superb food and drink! I settled on a raspberry and pineapple crusher and a trio of tiny prego rolls: one steak, one chicken and one mushroom. It was delicious! Dessert was a honeycomb cheese cake. Served in tiny portions but delicious. Quality ingredients makes for a taste sensation.

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The Market is very busy, so I suggest if you see something you like buy it immediately! We also got to see this seasons MasterChef competitors walking around. Really an awesome market – open every Sunday!

Late afternoon I met up with @Jodenecoza and some of the #newmedia #dreamteam (friends) @ChevePeters @SelloCR @ohgodknows & @dliebo at the landmark establishment of Randlords.

We were on the very top deck from where you can see forever. The Nelson Mandela bridge, the trains that immediately reminded me of #StarlightExpressSA (last week at @Joburgtheatre! Emotional…) and knowing my fear of heights, it took Chevè to get me to go up and Sello to get me down!

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The sunset was amazing!

@dliebo was very special in making sure @jodenecosa and I always had something to drink. It was incredibly awesome to attend a function as a social media guest. I am in awe that I have finally found my nugget of gold.

The #JoburgCityFest will be running the entire week! Watch the press for random updates or visit JoburgCity for daily events.

I have hit my sweet spot. Only took 40 years!

I wish you enough,
Wenchy¸.¸.  ҉¨