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Misfits a mix of restaurant, Gin Academy, wine shop, coffee bar, event venue, and work space!


I was recently contacted by Ideas Cartel owner Schuyler Vorster, and invited to experience it. We have never met. I had to Google the directions to find the venue, and was surprised to see that it was the former Beluga, which closed down during Lockdown.

Subsequently I returned to the restaurant twice, for a dinner invitation, and then for an ice cream and gin pairing.

Misfits is a restaurant, entertainment venue, event venue, Inverroche Gin Academy, work space, coffee bar, wine shop, and indoor golf putting area.

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Sweet Service Award goes to Bernard Coppez Optometrists; Sour Service Award goes to Discovery!


The Sweet Service Award goes to Bernard Coppez optometrists, for assisting me in getting an appointment today, to test my script for a new pair of glasses, written by my ophthalmologist, following two eye operations. I was checking the prices of two optometrists, and the waiting time for the checking of the script, apparently a standard procedure, was one week at Riaan King Camps Bay optometrist, its prices going up each time I spoke to them. The  receptionist at Bernard Copper tried her best to find me a 15 minute slot, squeezing me in for today.  Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 146 of Level 1, 23 February 2022


Wednesday 23 February 2022, Day 146 of Level 1 😷

Corona Lockdown Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a beautiful 26C day; for writing a newsletter and preparing for Client Status meetings this morning; for seeing my ophthalmologist at lunchtime, for a check up, and to receive a prescription for new specs for driving; for popping in at Discovery Sea Point a third time in one week, getting one of my three questions answered 🙏😱; for a day of numeric achievement, reaching 1000 followers for newkings boutique hotel, 2000 for Zest, and 2000 followers for my own account, celebrating with cupcakes in our meeting; for a quick shop at Woolies; for posting for clients this afternoon; for a Camps Bay sunset walk; for a call to my German Tourist Guiding client, about to fly to Cape Town, arranging where to meet tomorrow; for two Discovery Gameboard plays today, not having had two plays a week in a month 😱; and for being happy, healthy and free. 🙏💙

To get a Discovery discount for my prescription specs, I have to go to Mellins, which have branches everywhere except in the city centre and Atlantic Seaboard. Claremont will be the closest branch to me. One cannot call a branch directly, all calls leading to a call centre! One has to wait for them to call you. Tomorrow I’ll compare the costs of having the specs made by my usual optometrist in Sea Point and the Discovery-discounted Mellins optometrist in Claremont. 😱

Zest regulars will be happy to hear that waitress Josie Milner is back again.

SA Corona Status: 3,665,149 cases 98978 deaths  31,218,528 vaccinations 

FitBit 7500 steps 5,5 km 👣

LovemylifeandloveGaryslife 💙❤️


The Corona Virus Lockdown (Level 5), announced by our President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier to commence on 27 March 2020 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 2021, extended but relaxed on 1 February, and relaxed back to Level 1 on 1 March 2021, moved back to Adjusted Level 2 on 31 May, moved back to level 3 on 16 June, and moved back to Adjusted Level 4 on 28 June, extended by two weeks on 11 July,  returned to Level 3 on 26 July, returned to Level 2 on 13 September, returned to Level 1 on 1 October,  and the Curfew Curfew lifted on 30 December 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 41 of Level 1, 10 November 2021


Wednesday 10 November 2021, Day 41 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏 

#grateful for a smooth flowing working morning, preparing for two Status meetings; for gaining 2 Discovery Gameboard plays, and 370 Miles, as well as a Woolies R100 voucher; for a successful call to Discovery to assist me in getting the Woolies voucher number as I’d forgotten to add it to my wallet, and for correcting an error when Discovery charged me 900 Miles for the voucher and not 750, as they have done for the past year; for a mini Pedi at Sorbet in The Point Mall, and seeing the Continue reading →