Tag Archives: Pick ‘n Pay

Sweet Service Award goes to Woolworths Camps Bay; Sour Service Award goes to Standard Bank!


The Sweet Service Award goes to Woolworths Camps Bay, the store with the friendliest service of all that shop at, with a personalised greeting by name from most of its staff, a real community store. Compared to our local Pick n Pay, the Woolworths is an absolute pleasure to shop at. Continue reading →

Sweet Service Award goes to BP President; Sour Service Award goes to Pick n Pay Camps Bay!


The Sweet Service Award goes to BP President petrol station in Sea Point, and its attendant Michael. Since switching to Discovery Insure last year, I have been filling up at this petrol station, and had the luck to be served by Michael on that day. Since then I have always requested him. Yesterday I went to do my monthly fuel up, and he proactively checked the oil and water, washed all four windows plus the windscreen, checked the tyres, and even found a little top for one of the tyres which an attendant at a Camps Bay garage had forgotten to put back on.  What a pleasure to see and tip him each time. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 60 of Level 1, 29 April 2021.


Thursday 29 April 2021, Day 60 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for the unexpected rain overnight, bringing autumn/winter weather, with only 17C today, a chilly bite in the wind; for a productive writing morning, preparing for my client meeting; for a power walk at midday, taking my secret uphill Bakoven route, earning 300 Discovery points, and ending with a shopping stop at Woolies and paying the rates & taxes at Pick n Pay; for my weekly dose of Dinkel rolls waiting for me; for a good meeting at Utopia, celebrating my six month anniversary of working on the brand with a Kir Royale, Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 50 of Level 1, 19 April 2021


Monday 19 April 2021, Day 50 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for the fire having burnt itself out, and for the hard work done by firefighters as well as persons who have helped accommodate UCT students, and who collected and donated supplies for the firefighters, pets, and students❤️; for a fabulous continuous 7 hour sleep; for a fire starting at a homeless structure at Maidens Cove this morning being extinguished very quickly ❤️ ; for getting my writing work done smoothly; for a shopping walk to Pick n Pay and Woolies; for a much cooler day at 21C, and very windy, not good for the firefighting; for a second power walk, having to fit it in before a meeting, choosing two sets of steps, each with 100 steps, one uphill and another downhill, protected against the wind on the paths, but almost blown over on Camps Bay Drive, connecting the two paths, gaining 300 Discovery points; for a productive Camps Bay Ratepayers Association Committee Zoom meeting; for the good service from Charlene Shapiro of CNC Products, dropping off an ordered bulk pack of mini Smarties 💙❤️, and for being happy, healthy, and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 44 of Level 1, 13 April 2021


Tuesday 13 April 2021, Day 44 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for the perseverance in spending almost all day writing the lengthy Review of the new Grand Pavilion, at which Gary Peterson and I ate yesterday; for a quick walk to Pick n Pay to post my SwitchBitch book to TJ Strydom, he writing the Koos Bekker biography; for a quick shop at Woolies, where the Wifi didn’t work, but one of the Manager gave me a Wifi hotspot from his phone 🙏; for a spontaneous small Pedi at Sorbet, having a gap; for early dinner at Anatoli Turkish Restaurant with Katie Friedman, to try its Restaurant Week Menu, running until 2 May; for the surprise in bumping into Jürgen Muess once again at the restaurant (Donoven Hammond Gloy can you believe this?) and for a Facebook Friend Sarie Spryt from the Garden Route dining there too and recognizing me 😱; for getting home just before Loadshedding started; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 42 of Level 1, 11 April 2021


Sunday 11 April 2021, Day 42 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a very relaxed and calm day; for getting work finished, addressing a feedback email which needed diplomacy; for having my cats sharing my bed when I write in it, Minsky being lights out after another late night of gallivanting; for a sleep catch up; for a snooze on the terrace on a lovely sunny 23 C day; for a power walk that I didn’t think I’d have the energy for, tackling the 100 steps of Houghton steps, and incorporating the Camps Bay Promenade, very busy, DJs at Mynt, Caprice, The 41 and Tigers Milk trying to compete for the loudest and best music 😱; for earning 300 Discovery points; for a beautiful sunset; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 34 of Level 1, 3 April 2021


Saturday 3 April 2021, Day 34 of Level 1. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a beautiful sunny day, at 24C, attracting hordes of picnickers and restaurant goers to Camps Bay; for a relaxing day; for a good afternoon sleep after a short night; for a power walk on my secret Bakoven path, gaining 300 Discovery points; for braving the Camps Bay Promenade with hordes of persons, so much so that one could barely walk on the Restaurant pavement; for a spoiling tea and chat with Emma at The 41, dropping off her Easter bunny, with a great DJ, everyone wanting to dance, so we had to make do with dancing in our seats; for a short and sweet shop at Pick n Pay; for a litter clean up walk back home, it looking wild; for a catch up chat with my Alex; for lovely Blokparty music on Kfm; for Minsky coming back home at 10h00, her latest overnight gallivanting, causing me much anxiety 🙀😻; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙

Alex was lucky to be vaccinated with AstraZeneca in London yesterday, as he works with customers face to face 7 days a week. Today he feels very tired and has muscle ache, apparent vaccination side effects.

I found boxes of Corona beer empties in cleaning up today, no Law Enforcement to check on alcohol use. Picnickers just left their rubbish where they ate for someone else to clean. 😡😡😡

A film shoot at the Camps Bay High School is shining bright blinding lights into my lounge, my apartment being directly across the bay. No resident warning was issued. 🥵🥵🥵 (Luckily just finished)

Chef Guy Clark was a MasterChef SA Season 1 finalist and certainly the best looking of any of the finalists. He used to chef in Cape Town and Franschhoek, but now is a consultant chef in Sudan. He came home to celebrate his 40th birthday, and selected Utopia for the special celebration with family and friends last night. He was so amazing in his 5 ⭐️ review which he posted today, understanding what pressure there is on a kitchen in serving all 12 persons at his table simultaneously 👏👏👏.

The traffic jam through Camps Bay has only just ended.

SA Corona Status 1 550 724 cases 52496 deaths 😷🥲 269 102 vaccinations

FitBit 9000 steps 7 km 👣


The Corona Virus Lockdown (Level 5), announced by our President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier to commence on 27 March and to continue until 16 April, subsequently extended to 30 April, lowered to Level 4 from 1 May, lowered to Level 3 from 1 June, lowered to Level 2 from 18 August, lowered to Level 1 from 21 September, and moved back to Adjusted Level 3 from 29 December,  extended to 15 February on 11 January, extended but relaxed on 1 February, and relaxed back to Level 1 on 1 March 2021, is an unprecedented event in my lifetime. I am posting my daily Facebook post to journal this Corona Lockdown Journey, perhaps to serve as material for a future Book.

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 31 of Level 1, 31 March 2021.


Wednesday 31 March 2021, Day 31 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a fabulous cool rain day ☔️, it still being overcast and cool, yet I’m warmed up from my late afternoon walk; for a very busy morning in getting all my admin and writing work done; for a good meeting at Anatoli, exciting to get the Dineplan restaurant reservation system installed and soon ready to roll; for a power walk, with 20 minutes of Cardio and earning 300 Discovery points, lovely weather for walking; for two Gameboard Discovery plays, enabling me to buy a R100 Pick n Pay voucher; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 25 of Level 1, 25 March 2021


Thursday 25 March 2021, Day 25 of Level 1, Day 364 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for another beautiful summer day, again close to 30 C in the city; for surviving the day on 3,5 hours of sleep; for getting my work done in time this morning; for an entertaining hour with Garth Angus of Wagyu Direct, giving him a crash course in Social Media; for collecting my poppyseed rolls at Dinkel; for a good Status meeting at Utopia; for the luck of getting great coverage in Cape Town Etc for Anatoli; for a shopping spree at the Waterfront, wishing I hadn’t; for a less energetic stroll to the Camps Bay Pick n Pay, getting some groceries I had intended to get in the Waterfront; and for being healthy but tired. 🙏💙 Continue reading →