29 August 2016

The #SouthAfrican Tag

I haven't done a tag in ages and when Melanie from Melanie's Nook tagged me on Twitter to also write a post, I felt that it was a sign. Thanks, Melanie! This isn't a beauty tag but with things going the way they are in our country, I feel that it's important to concentrate on the positives and remember why we love South Africa.

1.   How many cups of coffee do you have per day? What type of coffee and why?
I have 2-3 cups of coffee per day, depending on who I'm with or how my day is going. I love coffee and I'll always have some form of Nespresso, filter coffee, or "machine coffee" from the bean-to-cup machine at work. When I'm out with a friend or running errands and there's a takeaway coffee shop nearby I'll always have a giant cappuccino. In our family coffee has always been a big comfort and a treat. When there was good news and reason to celebrate, we would have coffee around the kitchen table. When there was bad news, we would have coffee around the kitchen table. 

2.  Favorite part of the 7-color Sunday dish?
In our family we didn't do Sunday roasts, we would always braai (barbecue). My favourite part of any braai was always the braaibroodjies (for my English speaking readers: it's basically a sandwich that is toasted on the fire).

3.  What sports team would you spend most of Saturday watching while enjoying a classic South African Braai - Soccer / Rugby / Cricket.
To be honest, I don't watch a lot of sport these days, but if I were spending a Saturday watching some kind of sport and having a braai, it would be rugby. I am a Capetonian at heart so I still support the Stormers and Western Province. On a national level I obviously support the Springboks.

4.  Favorite South African word / + most annoying.
Ahhhhh there are so many cool South African words! My favourite Afrikaans phrase has to be "Ja-nee" (literally meaning "yes no"). I also like "sharp" which could mean many things (usually used as a reply to, "How are you?"). A word that used to be kind of cool but now annoys me is "Eish". It has been over-used, people!

5.  South African treat?
This is a very difficult question... I want to say koeksisters (dough "braids" deep-fried and then dunked in syrup), but I think malva pudding takes the cake for me (no pun intended). Malva pudding is a sweet baked pudding that is drenched in a creamy, buttery sauce and served with ice cream or custard, hmmm!

6.  Which SA DJ rocks your socks?
Oh gosh, I won't say anyone "rocks my socks", but I've always liked Roger Goode and I like Black Coffee as well.

7. Favorite SA personality? Why?
Now that I think about it, there are actually a couple of people in this category. I adore Valiant Swart, Chris Chameleon, and Arno Carstens for their personalities, laid-back attitudes, and of course their music.

Remember, You are beautiful and you were created in God's image for a purpose on this earth.

8.  Favorite Province? Its main attraction?
This is a bit of an unfair question as each province is unique and has their own attractions. I grew up in the Western Cape but I have been living in Gauteng for the past six years. The WC is incredibly beautiful and there's just so. much. to. do! The wine farms and the drives along the ocean are my favourite things. Gauteng is more fast-paced and driven, but there's still beauty. I love the fact that Gauteng is so green. The suburbs of Johannesburg and Pretoria are incredibly green in summer and it's really beautiful. The cities are also bustling with energy and there's something for everyone.

9.  How many South African Languages can you speak?
Two: Afrikaans and English

10. Favorite South African Song?
Hmmm. This is a tough one. I am Afrikaans but I hate modern Afrikaans pop music. I'm not a fan of the "sokkie dansvloer treffer" type music (sort of a redneck barn dance type music). That being said, there is a lot of talent out there and there are many SA bands that I do love. My favourite SA song has to be éVoid - Shadows. It paints a picture of the African bush and I've just always loved the song, no matter who covers it. Another song that I think captures our beautiful country is Johnny Clegg's "Asimbonanga (we have not seen him)" which was re-released after Nelson Mandela's passing. It's a beautifully written song and, although I can't follow all the lyrics, it gives me goosebumps.

11. TV show watched by most South African that's also a must-watch in our family.
We don't watch much TV in our home currently as we both have demanding jobs and when we do get the time to watch something, we watch our own series. When we were very little we would watch "Orkney snork nie" and "Vetkoekpaleis", and "Noot vir Noot" which has been around since forever.

That was my #SouthAfrican tag answers! I hope you enjoyed reading this, I thought it would be nice to do something different for a change. I tag everyone who reads this to also do a post, please let me know when you do so I can go read it!

Until next time!


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