Friday, 23 February 2007

Recent chocolate trips :)

A work colleague got this as a gift from M-Net. She was kind enough to share! "OOOOH, Priya, this is your lucky day, girl!" she shouted from her desk. I could not agree more. I love the support I get for my addiction.

These chocolates were but a few at The Sister Person's house, another self confessed choco-holic.


Tuesday, 20 February 2007

Every robot, a story

In South Africa we are blessed to have mini markets at all major intersections: from clothing hangers, to people taking the rubbish from our cars for a bit of money, to the guy holding a board saying he has 12 children to feed but no job.
This past Saturday, after attending the Audi Fashion Week, one such guy held a cardboard with thick black writing.
I try not to read these boards, for it always makes me sad.
Then my eyes unwillingly whizzed though the words:
(For those that are not familiar with the state Zimbabwe is, thanks to their president, Robert, refer to the link)
I sat still for a semi second and then to my fellow passengers: "Guys read that guys board! It is so funny!"
Hastily I tried to locate my purse, but the robot illuminated green into the car quite suddenly and we were off.
I wanted to give him something... I really did.
In his own way, he is standing up for the people of Zimbabwe, because quite apparently their President is not.

Monday, 19 February 2007

A moment

YAY! I am testing my Internet connectivity at home, a mere dial up, and this is my first post from there. Its been a battle, I can assure you.

In with the old

Completing high school at the beginning of a new century (ie 2000) was the thing that dreams are made of.
An end of an era, a new beginning of a bright epoch and a world to discover.
Tick tock....tick tock...
Seven years have gone by, seven years of scantly keeping in touch with just a few of our friends, and seven years of the dreaded adult life.
Suddenly it is the February 12, 2007.
And in my Inbox a mail from one of them millennium graduates.
Subject line: Hello Peeps
And, surprise surprise, there are other addresses. Other people from the Class of 2000. Not many, just half.
A conversation begins.
A wonderful madness is born.
Thanks to both Eleanor Masher and Moe Chothia.
Beyond swapping the who's married news, it feels like we are in Maths or English class again.
Just that it is over e-mail.
And no teacher hounding us to keep quiet. :)
Other old class mates are slowly roped in.
As memories flood the mind, a web of nostalgia is spun.
Another time, another place, the same people, new memories made, old ones mulled over, laughed at, old teaches to bitch about and work is thankfully side lined.
Currently my Yahoo folder for Class of 2000 stands at 934 emails.
I salute you all for that is an achievement in itself.
And the conversation continues.

Friday, 16 February 2007

The Year of the Fire Pig

Happy New Year everybody.

The Year of the Fire Pig -- also called the Fire Boar -- greets us on Feb. 18 and stays until Feb. 6, 2008. This year ends the 12-year cycle of Chinese astrology that started with the Year of the Rat. The Year of the Pig always brings completion, finishing in grandeur and perfection.
Connecting with the energy of the Pig brings you opportunities for growth and expansion. Especially if you were born in the Year of the Rabbit, Sheep, Tiger or Pig -- those signs are definitely in for a great year.

I take every chance to celebrate. *chuckle*

Information copied and pasted from here

And the predictions for me, from the Year of the Dog are:

Mantra: I am loyal to my destiny.
2007 Predictions: You've felt out of control in the last few years, but in this Pig year you gain power and control over your life, finances and business.
Famous Dogs:
Brigitte Bardot
Candice Bergen
David Bowie
Kate Bush
Naomi Campbell
Jamie Lee Curtis
Sally Field
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Ava Gardner
Michael Jackson
Sophie Loren
Shirley MacLaine
Liza Minnelli
David Niven
Sydney Pollack
Elvis Presley
Claudia Schiffer
Slyvester Stallone
Sharon Stone

I-Ching Readings for Dogs: Hardworking Dogs love to dig in and get things done. Daily habits help Dogs stay centered in their quest for balance and harmony. If you are a Dog, the I-Ching ritual is the perfect way to stimulate your strong intuitive instincts while feeding your need for routine. Toss the coins now.

Wednesday, 14 February 2007

V does NOT stand for Vendetta today

Romantic Love becomes a mass onslaught of a red and white blur of teddies, cheap plastic roses, their expensive real counterparts and heart shaped chocolates.
In order not to be crushed and swept away by it, I surrender, I give up and I raise the white flag (and to show my sincerity, it has a little red heart in the center).
So, in the 'spirit' of things, HAPPY V DAY to one and all.


The Sister Person sent this message this morning:
Love is a bird, you hold it tightly, it dies. You hold it lightly, it flies, you hold it nicely, it shits in your hands. Uh!!! So forget Love, it is better to FLIRT... Happy Valentines Day.

Methinks she has issues with love. Poor girl...

Monday, 12 February 2007

Happy Birthday Frosty Baby

My darling Frosty Baby
Okay, so not exactly your birthday.
Rather the day you came into our lives...way back in 1992,
Giving us so much more than we could ever have given you.
Then you were called back to Doggy Heaven.
And you are not here for me to give you that special treat I always do on the 12th February.
But in my heart you shall live, and be terribly missed
And forever loved.

Wednesday, 7 February 2007

One night in India and one morning in Johannesburg

Look cars on the road at sunrise! (Alright it is not the most visible, but the cars are at the bottom, in the dark) Don't people ever sleep?!

This mornings sunrise on my way to work. It almost made the wake up worth while.
Yesterday, Feb 6, I had this conversation with my mummy:
Mum: Do you know what date it is?
Priya: Yes, uh, its the 6th of Feb.
Mum: And what was the date yesterday?
Priya (Suspecting that she is becoming senile, I answered with that question mark look) That would make it the 5th of Feb, mummy.
Mum: And do you remember what day that is?
Priya: (Still with the question mark look deepening my forehead wrinkles, the penny finally dropped and sank) Oh, that was the day I was conceived!
Why she remembers this, and why I know it, fails to reason.
But I guess that one night in India, at my aunt's house and on the floor, nogal, must have been special.
It's puke-my-guts-out-gross meets some odd sense of sweetness.

Thursday, 1 February 2007

January ended on a wild note

The Health Breakfast that looked so very pretty, so much so, I did not want to eat it.

A King cheetah (due to the more prominent black area) sticks its tongue out at me. The cheek!
A wild dog poses for the camera.

I spent some time yesterday with cheetahs, wild dogs, ostriches and a host of other animals at the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trust. They help with the breeding and research into these animals to ensure their continued survival. They deserve more than a pat on the back.