I am happy now because .... > Day 2 to 4

by Anica 9. January 2014 22:08

Catching up on my 100 Happy Days posts!


Day 2 :A South African Engagement Celebration

One of our friends got engaged recently, and their parents invited us to a celebratory snoek braai. (Side Note: And the snoek was amazing *wipes the drool from her chin*) And I took this bottle with.

Every year we go to the Wacky Wine Weekend in the Robertson Valley. You get the chance to taste a variety of different wines, and of all the wines, this is my favourite> Bon Courage Gewurztraminer Late Harvest. I only share with people I really like!

I only noticed that the photo is blurry now that I downloaded it :/


Day 3: Teddy


My Hubbie gave me this bear a few weeks after we started dating. Back then, he was the softest cuddliest bear I ever had. He is a little worn and his scarf got lost, but he still watches over me when Hubbie  works late. He is just called teddy, but is nicknamed Grumpy Bear. He did not even smile for his photoshoot!

He was on the bed when I got home after a long day on Wednesday, and I sleepily cuddled with him and Hubbie while watching House of Cards.


Day 4: Lunch!

I LOVE watermelon. I treated myself today with a very very large tub and I devoured all of it!


Okay, bye now!


I am happy now because .... > 100 Happy Days

by Anica 6. January 2014 21:30

Just before I left work I stumbled on 100 Happy Days.

The challenge is to take one photo of what makes you happy every day for 100 days. According to the website only 29% of people complete the challenge and usually the reason is due to the lack of time. The question is what makes you happy. Why are we always saying "I will be happy if..." This challenge forces us to say "I am happy now because..."

I have no question that this will make one appreciate the small things everyday.

So, here is my photo for the very first challenge. Taken on my cellphone, because my camera is still in the car and I am too lazy to fetch it in the rain.

Today we installed laminate flooring in our house as part of our renovation exercise. So this is what made me happy today. When I got home the cats were chasing tails around the stacked furniture.


Enter the challenge here!

What makes you happy? Let me know in the comments!


Okay, bye now!


Breaking the silence

by Anica 7. December 2013 11:51

I started my blog shortly before  I was enrolled and overwhelmed by the Web Design Course I was doing through Get Smarter.

I am officially HTML capable. Over the course of ten weeks I learned the basic principles of Web Design and building the website with HTML and CSS.

We were required to build a website and I decided on a personal portfolio website.

The main purpose will be:

  • to display my talents as a writer and ideas person
  • host my blog
  • present my talent as an illustrator.

Working through the modules we were required to design our website on Photoshop.


Here is the colour palette I decided on:


And here are some screenshots of my final website that I handed in.




It could still use some work, and because this was just an exercise I did not upload all my portfolio elements.

Unfortunately this was uploaded to the UCT server, so you cannot view and navigate the site directly.


Now that HTML capable, I bought an awesome template from Wrap Bootstrap. To ensure that I do not disappear again, I will upload and keep you guys updated on my progress. 


Interested in advancing your career? Check out the Get Smarter Portfolio here. They have an amazing range of courses. (I will definitely be looking to do the Graphic Design Course or the SEO course next)


Okay, bye!



Let me tell you more about the books I read > A to Z Book Survey

by Anica 1. September 2013 18:47


The more books I read, the more difficult it becomes to pin down my favourites.

I saw this post from Queen of Contemporary and  I also wanted to sink my teeth into this! The original post was done by The Perpetual Page - Turner.

Turned out to be more than I thought! But here goes.

Author you’ve read the most books from

Terry Pratchett. My sister first introduced me when I received "The Witches Trilogy"  as a twelve birthday present. I have been collecting ever since.

Best sequel ever

Catching Fire from the Hunger Games Series.

Currently reading

Plain Truth - Jodi Picoult (So this is probably the third time I have changed this, since I started the post) I am taking a break from the Mortal Instruments Series.

Drink of choice while reading

Tea! I am such a tea person. As a treat, hot chocolate with extra marshmallows.

E-reader or physical book

E-reader. Now I can read in the dark without the night lamp and no more bending the spines of my novels. And instant access to the latest books! I still collect my favourites as good old physical books.

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school

I reluctantly admit the mysterious , slightly awkward Mr Darcy.

Glad you gave this book a chance

Game of Thrones, even though I loved the  TV series, I didn't think that I would enjoy the books. WRONG! The books are even better (doh) and now I know what is going to happen! Can't wait for the next book in October!

Hidden gem book

 I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern. Without any inclination of what the book was about, I was enchanted, from the beginning to end. Loved it!

Important moment in your reading life

 I have to agree with Perpetual Page Turner. Discovering Goodreads. I have only been on it a few months, but without it I wouldn't have discovered half of the awesome reads I mentioned in this post.

Just finished

City of Ashes- Cassandra Clare.

Kinds of books you won’t read

Thrillers. As much as I love Stephen King, I am a bit of a light weight when it gets to his books. I read the Dark Half in my teenage years, and after the first few pages of Gerald's Game I had to quit. I read scary stuff, but some of his stuff is too creepy and too horrifying. So I try to avoid stuff that might give me nightmares.

Longest book you’ve read

Les Miserables and I read it before the movie. Loved the movie too!

Major book hangover because of

 22/11/1963 -Stephen King. I totally bought it because 22 November is my birthday.

Number of bookcases you own

Ehrm, so I don't actually own a bookcase...My hubbie promised to build me one. For now I stack them on an old TV stand.

One book you have read multiple times

Only one? I used to re-read my Terry Pratchett collection every year. Because I started young I did not catch all the jokes and references. That's why Terry Pratchett's books are so epic, there is always something new to discover in his books.

Preferred place to read

If I have a pillow and a blankie I'm good. Spot in the sun and I am in heaven!

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” Dance of Dragons - George RR  Martin > That must be the most incredible quote that I have read.

Reading regret

Too many books, too little time! But isn't that the anguish of all readers everywhere?

Series you started and need to finish (all books are out)

Erhm...none at the moment.

Three of your all-time favorite books

Jeez, this is tough...

Wyrd Sisters  - Terry Pratchett

Girl with a Dragon Tattoo Series

Fault in our Stars - John Green

Unapologetic fangirl for

Song of Fire and Ice. Discworld. Lord of the Rings. I think that means I am a fangirl for fantasy.

Very excited for this release more than all the others

 The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring - the sixth and seventh book in the "A Song if Ice and Fire" series

Worst bookish habit

I read the last sentence of the book. Is that weird?

X Marks the spot: the 27th book of my shelf

Snuff - Terry Pratchett

Your Latest Book Purchase

Les Miserables is on it's way :D

ZZZ-snatcher book (latest book that kept you up way late)

The Storyteller - Jodi Picoult. Kept me up until 4 am. I had to stop a few pages before the end because I had to get some sleep...


Doing and finally posting this survey took me way too long!

Now it's your turn!

Let me know and link your post in the comments!



I was born a reader - Kobo Touch Review

by Anica 3. August 2013 17:29

I was the lucky winner of a Kobo Touch e-reader. (Competition details at the end of the post)

From the start I will admit that I received a Kindle Paperwhite for my birthday last year, and it's probably the best gift that I have ever received. So please forgive me if I am biased.


Okay back to the Kobo.



My favourite aspect is the cute character that indicates whether the reader is sleeping or charging. It gives a certain friendliness to the Kobo and makes using it a bit more fun.

My second favourite feature is Kobo Reading Life. It tracks your reading stats from the first time you turn a page. It's pretty neat, I would love to know how much time I spent reading on my Kindle. (If you know how, let me know in the comments!) With Reading Life you also get Awards that incentivises you to spend more time on the reader or to link your account to your Facebook. I am a bit obsessive so I want to get those awards as soon as possible.

The diamond patterned back of the e-reader makes it comfortable to read and quite appealing. On the other hand, the matt finishing quickly smudges which will drive a neat freak crazy. So make sure your hands are clean.

The reading experience is pleasing, changing the settings simple and it is really easy on the eyes. It fits comfortably in your handbag and it won't weigh you down.

Also the Kobo allows a bunch of formats, even CBZ and CBR. That is a big plus!

On the down side, it is not as responsive as you might expect so you might have to turn the page a few times. 

Also the lack of a back light is a deal breaker, but that's personal preference.

These are the technical details > I got them from the Kobo website okay...

Available Colours

Lilac, blue, silver, black, and white

Wireless Connectivity



Freescale 508 Processor

Device Size

114 mm X 165 mm (4.5 in X 6.5 in)

Device Depth

10 mm (0.4 in)


185 g (6.5 oz)


6" E Ink XGA Pearl screen; 800 x 600 resolution
16-level grey scale


2 GB*

Memory Expansion

Up to 30,000 eBooks with a 32 GB Micro SD card


USB, Wi Fi

Battery Life

1 month**

Supported File Formats

eBooks: EPUB, PDF, and MOBI
Documents: PDF
Images: JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, and TIFF
Text: TXT, HTML, and RTF
Comic Books: CBZ and CBR

Pre-Loaded eBooks

15 free previews


10 font styles, 24 sizes


New and improved free Kobo Desktop software

Advanced Features

Library personalization, predictive search, double-tap PDF zoom in, SimpleTurn™ page turning

*1 GB available to store content (up to 1,000 eBooks).

** Actual results may vary depending on individual use.

Final thought:

It is an entry device with loads of features, perfect for the traveller, simple to use and you do not have  to lug around a bag of books.


Okay, as promised, the competition details to win your very own Kobo:

Simply tweet the book's name that you are currently reading with the hashtag #STbooks

More details:




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