Category: Travel

A little visit to Boulders Beach

During our trip to Cape Town in June, we introduced Zee to some very well dressed friends. I’m talking about the the cutest little guys in tuxedos you ever will see; the endangered African penguins at Boulders Beach, near Simon’s Town.

Zee loved watching them walk waddle around freely. A stroll on the boardwalk was also a winner with our little explorer. She got to see so many penguins, and spotted a few penguin eggs too.

Oh, and she got to meet a few gorgeous supermodels who didn’t mind striking a pose for the camera – seriously, just look at these two! 👇🏼😀

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

Spotted! Penguin eggs. (Or stones? Either way, we spotted something. 😁) 👇🏼

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

We ate sushi at Willoughby & Co (V&A)… and now we have to move to Cape Town!

Last Monday, we were still in Cape Town 😀, with a day to go before we had to head back home. In case you hadn’t worked it out already (from my previous blog post or my Instagram account), we heart Cape Town. It’s our fave city in SA, and this last stay there was way too short. *sigh*

Sushi

On Monday evening we had gone in search of supper, and found a long queue of people waiting outside one of the restaurants in V&A Waterfront. I didn’t even look at the name of the place, because I wasn’t keen on a long wait. We took a walk one floor up, and a little while later, Shawn (who was quite curious about what it was everyone was queuing up for) looked down and saw that the line was a bit shorter, so we decided to give it a shot. Zee looked down too, spotted sushi (she is her mother’s child) and went, “ooh sushi! Are we going there?” 😂

The clearly popular restaurant turned out to be Willoughby & Co.

Since opening in 1996 Willoughby & Co has offered its guests a full Japanese culinary experience. Head Asian chef, Sam, and his dedicated team have continued to create new and exciting dishes. Through these creations thousands of patrons have been introduced to fusion style Japanese cuisine, for which Willoughby & Co has become world renowned.

We only waited about twenty minutes – while trying the red wine we were offered (just Shawn and I; Zee’s slightly under age for wine) – before being seated. This is us looking pretty pleased about our relatively short wait in the queue.

Sushi

We let our waiter know that we hadn’t eaten there before, and asked what he recommended. Francis, who is charming and knows the menu well, quickly pointed out a popular dish on the menu – the 4×4 (4 pieces rainbow reloaded, and 4 pieces spicy creamy rock shrimp roll). He told us that the 4×4 was the reason there’s always a long queue of poeople everyday. Zee didn’t need any help, she told Francis she’d have her “usual” – salmon roses. ☺️

Sushi

Sushi

The food was fresh and delicious, AND we didn’t have to wait forever for it – how brilliant? The 4×4 was an excellent pick. Thank you Francis! The pics don’t really do the food justice. The sushi pieces are generously sized, and the flavours are amazing. I knew I’d love the rock shrimp roll (and I was right, it was amazing), but the rainbow roll really blew my mind. I’d never eaten such a delectable rainbow roll before! And Zee says her salmon roses were “reeeeeally YUMMY!”

We stuck with sushi for our main, and dug into this sumptuous prawn tempura roll. We were pretty much rendered speechless on the first bite. It was that good! Whatever secret spices and sauces they’re using, it’s working! Every bite is an experience. Seriously, the sushi is so well made, I was a little mad that we’d decided to have dessert before our meal, as I would have gladly ordered and wolfed down more had I not been so full! 😋

Sushi

It’s been exactly a week since we dined there, and I still can’t get over how yum everything was. So now, obvs, we have to move to Cape Town, and explore the rest of the menu. 😁

Oh, the work of art below is what the welcome page on their website looks like. I mean, COME ON!! How do you not start drooling immediately?

Sushi

Willoughby & Co, I’m so happy we found you… we’ll be back.

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Tammymum

​We booked an EARLY morning flight… We’re probably never doing that again. 

Early morning flight

Last Thursday, we flew to Cape Town (yaaaaayyy!)… at 5:55 in the morning (eeek!). It may not sound all that bad for those of you living close to an airport. We, however, live 160 kilometers from this airport. 🙈

Also, none of us are early risers. Here’s why:

1. Shawn works a whole 6 minutes away from home. Even if he wakes up at 7:15am, he’ll still get to the office on time.

2. Zee gave up her daytime nap at the age of 3 and a half. Seeing as the only time she actually sleeps is at night, I always let her sleep in, in the mornings. Rest is good for her little body and mind, and that’s how I make sure she gets enough of it. Homeschooling allows for flexibility – some days we may start at 9:00am, and others later. It all depends on when my little sleeping beauty awakens.

3. Most nights we get to bed pretty late.

4. I just don’t like waking up early. 😋

Wednesday night

Back to last week… On Wednesday night Shawn and I were so worried we may not hear our alarms in the morning, and would miss our flight, that we barely slept! Seriously – I got in an hour, and he power napped for 30 minutes! 😮

He even got fully dressed for the next day after his shower on Wednesday night. I had dressed Zee after bath time too, so she’d be ready to go in the morning. I couldn’t do the same, as it would’ve meant wearing a bra longer than I absolutely needed to, and that’s just not how I do.

Early morning flight

Thursday morning

So there we were, at 3:00am, packing our bags into the car, and getting ready to leave. Being up that early is bad enough, being up that early in the middle of Winter is just painful. We let Zee sleep, and she eventually woke up on her own anyway. She’s never been up that early, poor kid looked so confused. As soon as she realized what day it was though, the excitement set in. “Mommy, daddy, we’re going to Cape Town!” 🙂

By 3:55am, we were all in the car. Of course, this was the day our gate motor decided to act up. The gate opened halfway, stopped, and made a loud noise. This had happened before, but those times we weren’t rushing to board an airplane! Fortunately, it worked again after Shawn’s first attempt at fixing it, and we could get on the road. It’s now 4:05am. Oh, did I mention that as we were about to leave the house, I’d started to feel nauseous? The gate delay only seemed to make it worse. Awesome.

We’d never used Lanseria International before, so I checked the distance on Google Maps… the arrival time worried me – 5:40am… exactly the same time boarding was scheduled to close. Oh. My. Goodness. The only positive thing I could think of was that I’d at least checked in online the day before. As Shawn drove, I kept watching that arrival time… 5:36… 5:41…5:27… 5:40… Nausea… crazy, crazy, stress induced nausea.

Thanks to my husband’s brilliant driving (high 5 babe), we were finally there, and parked safely in long term parking… at 5:25am (fuel stop included… oh ja, I knew I forgot something – on our already rushed and eventful trip, we almost ran out of fuel too).

A golf cart left with two other people just as we were getting out of the car, which meant we grabbed our bags and started running! The golf cart was on its way back as we ran, so we jumped on and headed to departures. Don’t think we’d ever gone through security and boarded so fast before!

Nausea update: it literally disappeared as soon as we stepped on that plane! Poor Shawn knocked out as soon as he was in his seat – exhaustion and stress will do that to you. I dozed off a few times, but my head kept flopping forward, and I woke up each time with a very sore neck.

As for Zee, our little person didn’t sleep at all! Once we were seated, she told me that she was super excited as it had been “sooo long” (2 years) since our last flight. She was determined to experience it all, so she was wide awake the entire flight. She adored the bright city lights when the plane took off, loved seeing we were in the fluffy clouds once it got brighter, and she was thrilled when we were above Cape Town and she could see the ocean.

So, all in all things worked out okay that morning. And having a proper long first day in our fave SA city was definitely a bonus. Still, I’m not sure I’d book a flight like that again… I mean we’re not morning people, we should embrace that. It was a brilliant, full day in Cape Town though, so maybe we will do a 6am flight again. But probably not. 😉

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Tammymum

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One Messy Mama