Category: Family

Our. Hiddem. Gem.

Swaziland 2013  (294)Jaden was thrilled when we revealed that we were to celebrate his birthday at the most special place in the world for them – Swaziland.

Getting out into the country is so important for the family. Especially, my lovely wife. All that commuting during the weekly grind takes a massive toll on her.

Swaziland is indeed a hidden gem. But I don’t want to talk to much about it for fear that once discovered it will be over-run by us Joburgers.

Here’s some pics to whet your appetites. Such a wonderful escape.

Till next time


I can still recall the energy and vibe at my last walk through the city of Jozi. Finally got a chance to delve into the so called ‘belly of the beast’ in touring Ponte City.

What a thrilling experience it turned out to be!

If you ever at a loss for something to do on a Sunday, why not drive over to the quaint little village of Hartbeespoort. The Harties Cableway is just stunning and first class, following its recent upgrade.

When you are finished, why not do what we love to do and head over to the Tandoori Kitchen at the Chameleon Village nearby, for arguably the best butter chicken north of Ghazals.

Cableway  (316)

Remember to save a few bucks by buying your tickets online. Also, the venue is also weather permitting.

Caution: It is not mentioned on the website – but do take care if you are allergic to bee stings. There are quite a lot of bees at the top, near the pizza shack.

Find the Cableway atPlot 3, Melodie, Agricultural Holdings, Hartbeespoort.

GPS coordinates: S 25°43’11.6″ EO 27°53’04.8″

Till next time.

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I remember a quote by one of today’s most respected Zen masters, Thich Nhat Hanh.

It goes something to the effect that whenever you look at the palm of your hand, you see your parents and all your ancestors alive in this moment.

You are merely the continuation of all these people.

It is those profound words that makes me very grateful for the wonderful family I’ve been blessed with.

The pillar behind it all is my closest friend and best advisor – my dear wife, CharmaineTogether with ‘The Honorable Jaden Dhani’ and ‘Princess Alisha‘ we really do make the awesome foursome.

My blessings to you and your loved ones.


Respect. Your. Mom.

Found this on imgur. So powerful.

Respect your mum

Respect your mum


My babe had to run errands at the mall so today it was dad’s turn to babysit.

After finishing the craft project with Alisha,   which came out awesome by the way,  I decided to prepare some delicious dhal ghos. Here’s a picture of our craft project.


Our Sunday Project

Dhal ghos is a special soup-like curry of succulent lamb pieces cooked with a mixture of lentils and split peas.


Prepping up

Thank goodness for out electric pressure cooker which made the entire process an absolute breeze. In no time I had the dhal ghos cooked and ready to serve.

Oh yes, Alisha made me promise to mention how helpful she was in preparing the meal. Here’s a shot of her collecting curry leaves and bay leaves from the garden.


Alisha in grandma's apron

Charm made the accompaniments –  poppadoms and sour cream mint salad. Both so good.


Dhal Ghos at Midstream

The entire meal was just glorious. The lamb in that creamy gravy just evaporated in your mouth. The poppadoms adding the delectable crunch and texture to each bite. Rounding off each mouthful was the mint salad with its delightful freshness.

Edit: Wish came true. Wifey sent over fresh waffles for dessert. Yummy.


Job. Well. Done.

Till next time.
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My girls went out of their way to spoil Dad on Worker’s Day. Lunch consisted of a sumptuous array of eats that were a delight for the palate.

Main course was a mouth watering chicken breyani served with the a delicious mix of tomato sambals, French carrot salad,  podina (peanut) chutney and mango pickle.








It was simply delicious. I could not thank my darling wife and daughter enough.

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This is really a hidden gem in Pretoria. I  learnt of it by chance when browsing around Facebook and decided to visit the market one Saturday.

All I can say is – unbelievable. It truly is foodie heaven. The number of delights on offer is enormous. From the lamb shuwama,  roosterkoek, jaffles, dim sum to  korean food. My goodness, just make sure you go there hungry.

The vibe is on the chilled side, and thus is a good place for a family outing.

I loved it !!

Getting there:

My GPS navigator took me there quite easily. Hazel Food Market is situated in Greenlyn Village Centre in Menlo Park, open every Saturday from 08h00 to 14h00.

GPS Coordinates: 25°46”08.41”S 28°15”21.87”E

Just be prepared to be patient for parking. It can be chaotic at times.

Insider Tip:

Remember to walk around the back. There is a lady selling absolutely gorgeous pieces of  silver jewelry at good prices.



The girls were busy setting up the garage and found our long lost Belgian waffle maker packed away in one of the old cardboard boxes. They immediately decided that it would be a awesome idea to round off the lovely breyani lunch with some fresh waffles and ice-cream. (See my previous post about the incredible chicken breyani, the wife made for Sunday lunch – it was to die for!)

Throwing caution to the wind about whether the unit was still working … they rustled up a creamy waffled batter in no time and plugged in the waffle maker.  Low and behold, our 15 year old appliance fired up with perfect efficiency and in no time my baby girl was by my side with a slice of waffle, topped with ice-cream and banana which she prepared herself.

Here’s some pictures of the wafflicious time they had in the kitchen.

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A while back I treated my lovely wife to a romantic escape aboard the Melody cruise ship. We departed from Durban Harbour on a splendid summer’s day.

Here’s a few shots of the trip I found going through my phone. Enjoy.

Days of sheer fun,  fun, fun.

Escapism is sometimes good for the soul ★

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