Bluff, Durban – Of friends fishing life & other things

SA Venues accurately describes the Bluff as follows: The headland known simply as “the Bluff” – a thick green belt that has a strong attraction for those who steer clear of the built-up beachside areas of Durban, Amanzimtoti and even Umhlanga Rocks – is a collection of suburbs that cover the stretch from the military base in the north of the Bluff to Treasure Beach in the south. The Bluff also forms the gateway to the South Coast with its many seaside resorts and other attractions.

The Bluff offers stretches of unspoilt beaches with dunes, rock pools plus favourite fishing, diving and surfing spots that provide sport and recreation for the adventurous. Ansteys Beach with its paddling pools and surf spots is popular with the local residents especially the surfers, body boarders and kite surfers.

A dear friend and ex-work colleague let me into his secret a few weeks ago.

Roscoe and I cracked the nod to join him for some good clean early morning fun – coffee, after the “exploration”, from my friend’s stainless steel flask was mandatory.

The sunrise that greeted us from over the Indian Ocean was magnificent.

A few fishermen were already busy on the beach trying their luck to catch Shad, the best bait being Natal Sardine.

Whilst Shad can be caught using Sardine and a unique trace, my friend and I decided to keep our hands clean and use the spoon method.

Roscoe, pictured below, was patient with us (well for 30 minutes or so..). This fishing expedition did not involve long walks, meaty bones or a warm blanket.

We joined a large bunch of fishermen, who were trying both spoons and bait.

It was a hive of activity.

The great thing about fishing is sometimes, if not always, just being at the sea, making an elaborate trace, constructing an amazing trace, smelling the fresh salty air, mingling with good friends,  taking a break physically and mentally, pondering, letting the cold water run through your toes and feeling the sand underfoot.

The fisherman below, “Basil”, was in the action.

My friend below, although going through very trying times right now (times that would make lesser men crumble), was full of fun, optimistic, energetic, encouraging and set a fine example as to what the rest of us should do under such circumstances.

I know my friend as a wise level-headed gentlemen, who I first met in 1989 or so. At that time I heard of his great work accomplishments and my aspirations were then set.

I wish him and his ex-colleagues the best of luck with the challenging times ahead. The good they have done in our community is etched in our history; no-one will take this away.

For all of us I record the words of Mary Anne Radmacher below:

“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen Hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.”

And when a hard day nears its end ““Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.”

Or better still “I will do again tomorrow!!”

A drawing below by grade 5 (standard 3) children, aged 11 years or so, is golden advice to end this post.

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ULTIMATE TURKEY BLT’S WITH DILL MAYO

Global Girl's Blog

 

Sometimes I think sandwiches are just about the most fabulous thing you could eat. I definitely eat way too many of them and could probably cut back, but sometimes they really do make the perfect meal. On Friday night it was rainy and kind of cold out for July, and sandwiches sounded like the perfect comfort food for dinner that night. Sandwiches with bacon, no less.

I had some bacon, some thinly sliced turkey (the only way I like it on a sandwich), tomatoes, and lettuce and some good sourdough bread. So, I thought I’d make turkey blt’s. Then, I remembered I had some fresh dill that I really needed to use up. I decided to try my hand at making a dill mayonnaise. Turns out, it was exactly what the sandwich needed to kick it up a notch and you won’t believe how easy it was!

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Singapore Cuisine Specialties

Singapore Tourism

Singapore cuisine is highly related with their culture.Singapore offers a special type of food experience, we can observe a mixture of Chinese, Indians and Malays food style.Singapore is a small country with a large population.Most of the food ingredients are imported but a small group of farmers produces Vegetables,Fruits and fish.

Favorite Local Foods:

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Hainanese Chicken Rice is a Chinese dish most commonly associated with Singaporean cuisines.It is based on the famous Hainanese dish called Wenchang Chicken.

Chilli Crab

Chilli Crab is Singaporean Sea food.Its a very Spicy dish.Mud Crabs are commonly used for the preparation.

Fried Carrot Cake

Its a famous Singaporean dish consisting of fried cubes of radish cake.Main ingredient is white radish(commonly known as white carrot in Singapore).

Char Kway Teow

Char Kway Teow is a popular noodle dish in Singapore,Malaysia and Indonesia.Char Kway Teow is prepared by traditionally and commonly served on a…

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The Fishermen of Halong Bay, Vietnam

On the Go with Lynne

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru

Fishermen of Halong Bay-

Beautiful Halong Bay. Mesmerizing panoramas of limestone karsts often covered with lush green vegetation. Adding to this backdrop was the ever present fishermen who live on these waters. We were never completely alone.

The put-put of their engines was the first indicator.

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A single boat with Quonset hut and colorful flags passed by our junk oblivious to us watching.

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Oftentimes boats were rafted together. This was home for them and a way of life dating back generations.

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We notice a lone man in his boat tied to this grey ragged landscape collecting crustaceans. It is food for the table and to sell.

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A cultural and colorful highlight on this cruise aboard the Prince II

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Thailand – “One Night in Bangkok”

Farang for a few weeks.

Sawadee krup; Sawadee ka.

At the risk of using some really old dodge pics; I have gone ahead with this post.

But memories are memories, and scanned low-quality 35mm pics still tell a story.

Let me take you back to March 2002 at the time when I climbed onto an SAA plane from Johannesburg to Bangkok with an odd looking brown army backpack (more like a sack).

I did this trip alone and my best mate, shown below, drove me to the airport playing One Night in Bangkok with a big grin on his face.

Once I landed in Bangkok, I caught a bus to my accommodation in the central CBD.

I managed to snap a pic of the mini-gym below during the ride in.

 

I quickly dumped my sack in my room and then scooted across the road for a snack.

 

After sampling the kebabs above, I walked in and around a large market where I discovered an assortment of counterfeit clothes, shoes, watches, jewellery and other property. The “fake” women were discovered that night.

 

But before I met my first lady boy (Kathoey), I went to watch some Thai kickboxing at Lumphini.

 

After watching some chaps knock the hell out of each other, I went along to explore the infamous or famous Khao San Road.

 

 

The beers slipped down my parched throat with pinpoint speedy accuracy.

The real lady on my right (left) was stalking a German tourist “Mike” who told me that not all the girls were girls.

I found this unbelievable as the ladies in the booze bus / bar behind me looked like real damsels in distress from far.

 

Mike lured me to the rear of the bus where our alcohol induced bravery saw us evacuate the bus.

It was not long before I posed for this pic and the lady with a deep voice and really strong grip gave me a bear hug. Wow!!

 

Mike is below on the right. He liked the Thai women for sure but the other chaps in the pic.. well I am not entirely sure which side they batted for.

 

Mike was clearly a regular visitor to Thailand. He knew all the ladies and made sure that we did not drink alone.

 

The next day I made my way to Wat Pho temple for a top-class massage.

 

 

The night before and activities during the morning that followed were strained across my face.

The chilli based meal in Chinatown really tasted good.

 

To escape Bangkok, I caught an overnight train down to Surat Thani, a springboard to the islands.

 

In Phang Na almost everyone meets Mr Kean. He is famous worldwide.

 

While on tour with Mr Kean, we stayed overnight at Ko Panyi below.

 

Jeanette, who I met with Frank on the tour, kept the Thai boys at bay.

 

I also had my hands full. They loved my karaoke skills (I think it was the English not my singing skills).

 

I also caught the Monks sneaking a Lucky Strike in Phang Na.

 

After Phang Na I spent a few days on the Phi Phi islands.

I am not sure if the Rasta chap below, who had a bar on the beach, made it out of the tsunami in December 2004.

 

Next, I headed by ferry to Ko Somui.

 

My little hut at Lamai Beach.

 

The lady below (across from the Muay Thai stadium) cooked up a real storm for me – the chilli ginger prawns were mouthwatering.

 

Northern Koh Somui.

 

The bar ladies were more interested in selling “massages” instead of alcohol beverages.

 

Northeast Koh Somui.

 

On the ferry from Koh Somui to Koh Phangan I met Chai who was selling accommodation at his sister’s resort at Laem Son Beach.

 

Chai and family.

 

Their instructions were quite precise “we have everything at your service”.

 

Paradise found.

 

Lying in the hammock with a coconut whiskey milkshake was heaven on earth.

 

This was male-bonding at its best – Red Hot Chilli Peppers pumping the tunes off the laptop.

 

Back in Bangkok. i enjoyed the sign on the rear of the chair.

 

Last night in Bangkok. A 7 course meal by the looks of things. Traditional Thai dancing at Baan Thai.

 

Well that was a decade back in time.

I ate so much green chicken curry on that trip! Oh, and so much Singha beer…

I said I would return to Thailand; yes, maybe, one day soon.

Kob khun krup, Kob khun ka!

I Climbed Mt. Fuji !

Breathtaking photos!

life to reset


It was almost a year ago when I first visited Mt. Fuji 5th Station just to look around. I was immediately fascinated with the number of hikers ready to conquer the 3,776m inactive volcano.

I vowed to myself that I shall return on the next hiking season and be on of those that can proudly say “I climbed Mt. Fuji”. This self-commitment was achieved last weekend when I reach the top of Mt.Fuji at around 3:30 am.

Though I usually hike alone, I know that Mt. Fuji hiking was more of an experience to be shared with friends or colleagues. With a group of 7 people (6 men + me), we took the 9:40 am Keio Highway bus from Shinjuku to the start of the hiking trail, the 5th Station.

Arriving at around 12:45 pm at the 5th station (2,305m), the climate was a mixture of fog…

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