And they say we must support our local tourism….

Here in South Africa they keep urging us to please support our local tourism.

To be honest I would love to visit all the tourist attractions but with the state of our economy sadly I can not afford it. Not even as a single individual…

On Saturday I had to work at a birthday party at the Two Oceans Aquarium in the Victoria Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town. I was fortunate enough that my entry ticket to the aquarium was included in the birthday package and paid for by my client. I only had to pay for my assistant’s (who is also my boyfriend) ticket.

Very excited to have the opportunity to spend the day in the Waterfront and Aquarium we got up early to beat the traffic to Cape Town. We wanted to make the most of the day. I bought one ticket for the aquarium. The last time I visited the aquarium was in 2012. The price of the ticket doubled in price since then.

I do understand that upgrades, maintenance of buildings, care for animals and plants, salaries and so on costs allot but why can’t they at least give the Capetonians or even South African citizens a cheaper rate. Do they even realize how many South African citizens turn around and leave when they see the entry fees. If they make it affordable for us they will attract much more feet….

Now I am not only talking about the Aquarium but most of the tourist attractions are just too expensive for a family of 4 and when we as blended family go out we talk about 3 adults 2 teenagers and 1 child. A day at the Aquarium for example would work out R870 for entrance, approx R1200 for meals, cooldrinks and snacks. Then there is still parking that needs to be paid for another R40+ and last but not least fuel to get to your destination….. If you add it all up it comes around to over R2200 just for a few hours at the waterfront. It’s shocking and that is why most of South Africans will rather stay at home and spend the money on something they need.

Okay okay enough of the gloomy but true stuff. Let me tell you about our day at the Aquarium….

While waiting for the party to start I took photos of the birthday table and the decorations.

We then headed outside to look at the seals lying in the sun.

Shortly after the party started they told us we can head to the entrance of aquarium. We are going to watch a puppet show…

They did quite a few upgrades to the aquarium. Added a few new exibits and a few are still a work in progress. There were fewer fish in the exhibits than I remembered from my previous visits to the aquarium.

The boys and I used to visit the aquarium on a weekly basis when they were still small and did not pay an entry fee. I got myself a one year subscription and later on I got a family deal and we visited the aquarium at least once a month.

All the photos in this piece was taken with my Huawei P10. I will share my other photos taken with my camera in another blogpost.

Well I must say goodbye for now. Need to go do some editing……

First attempt making cabbage stew

For a while now I was crawing cabbage stew, but had no clue in how to make it or so I told myself.

Mom used to make it and I think I was afraid mine would not be as delicious as hers was. Over the weekend I decided to give it a go and see if I could do my mom proud.

I bought all the ingredients and yesterday I made my first pot of Cabbage stew. I got the recipe out of a Cookbook my mom gave to me when I started cooking in Highschool.

It came out delicious and dad asked me if he could have a bowl of cabbage stew for lunch.

I still wanted to freeze some for another day, but I could only freeze one meal for dad for that days that I can’t cook to make sure he has a hearty meal.

Cabbage, onions and potatoes. Taken with my Huawei P10
The end result. Taken with my Huawei P10.
All that is left over… Taken with my Huawei P10

Wet second day of spring…

It’s raining cats and dogs outside on this lazy Sunday afternoon.

I wanted to work on my website, but my boyfriend and I decided to take it easy today. Need to rest up for the busy week ahead.

Taken with my Huawei P10

Springtime!!!

I don’t know why I thought that today will be any different than yesterday…

Took Armand to maths class this morning and when I got outside it is overcast and cold… Not sunny and warm as I imagined it would be…

But it is 1 September, spring is here. This month I have a lot going on and looking forward to a very busy September 2018.

Busy on working on my website giving it a spring clean and streamlining it. Been neglecting it for far too long. My aim is to launch it within the next two weeks…

It is Matric Farewell season and I have a very interesting shoot coming up next Friday. Must say I am very excited about it.

I am also planning a day out with my dad on 13 September. We are going to the Westcoast National Park. Every year since 2009 I went to the park at least twice a year to take photos. Then my parents and I started making a day of it in 2011. But since my mother passed away in 2015 I/we haven’t been to the park again. While busy working on my website I went through my photos and I got the urge to go to the park again. So I went to my dad and asked if he would join me for the day. The best of all we are going in Sanparks week that means entry to the park is free from 10 to 14 September 2018.

Clivia from our garden. Taken with my Huawei P10.

Spring cleaning Coreen Kuhn Photography website

 

Just like we spring clean and declutter our houses I have decided that my website also needs a spring clean and declutter.

Over the next few weeks I will be working on my site and will also be posting some long overdue blog posts.

It’s been a while…..

Good day everyone,

Well I am back….  It’s been quite a roller coaster ride for me since October 2015.  But I am in a good place now.

Over the past few weeks I started editing photo’s of the last holiday my Mother went with us. Must admit I still get very emotional when I  work on the photo’s. Miss her so much but I know she is watching over me every single day.

Here are just a few of the over 4000 photo’s I took on our trip to Pilanesberg Nature Reserve in July 2015. Believe me there is still allot on it’s way.

 

My Photo someones Quote: #187

 Doen vir ander alles wat julle graag wil hê hulle vir julle sal doen.

Matteus 7:12

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My Photo someones Quote: #186

Time only seems to matter when it’s running out.

Peter Strup

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My Photo someones Quote: #185

The truth is more important than the facts.

Frank Lloyd Wright
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My Photo someones Quote: #183

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.

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