Let me just preface the first post of my stay in South Africa (well technically second post) with the most badass cat I’ve met. Puddi Tat is a resident pirate of the house we stayed at with Ant and his bros in the scenicÂ town of Fish HoekÂ (id est Fish Corner). Fish Hoek is 30kmÂ away from the hustle and bustle of the city of Cape Town, but the drive to and fro offers such a scenic view of the mountains and False BayÂ that I’d be hard pressed to find fault with the traveling time.
False Bay from a dinner at Harbour House.
Argh, the sheer beauty of this countryÂ justÂ makes me angryÂ for all the years I grewÂ up in aÂ concrete jungle and being deprived of how wonderful it is for humans andÂ nature to co-exist so perfectly. But let’s go back to Puddi, the one-eyedÂ fluffy furball who only wants love:
Apparently, the South African experience is incomplete without a good Braai, so of course we had to have one. It’s fascinating how the variations of barbeque manifest in different countries – it’s obviously taken very seriously here, judging from the hours of prep work in picking out the logs, warming the coals, and then finally cooking the yummy yummy food:
Andy (Ant’s brother) owns a telescope, and why not when you live in a place that throws millions of stars at your naked eye. Apparently the guys saw Saturn! I didn’t, because I am too n00b at peering into the cosmos through an instrument that isn’t exactly the smartest investment in light-polluted Singapore.
… I should warn you that there’s going to be a lot of barely-concealed rage/envy at this earth for being so beautiful in South Africa instead of in Singapore.
I also can’t get my mind over how accessible the mountains are in this country. The Silvermine Wetland Conservation Area was aboutÂ a ten-minute walk away from where we stayed at. Pictures were had when Ottie took me there for a leisurely afternoon stroll.
Outfit photos assisted by Ottie.