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Behind-The-Scenes with City Lodge + Kevin Ruth Photography


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Aren’t behind-the-scenes the best? 😉 I had a great time snapping away with Kevin Ruth Photography in Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay, as he shot me for City Lodge’s Courtyard Hotel Port Elizabeth, right on the beautiful beachfront. See City Lodge’s facebook here, Twitter here and join them on Instagram @CityLodgeHotels. See more behind-the-scenes snaps here.

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Stay Port Elizabeth: City Lodge Courtyard Hotel


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Lobby area

About

The Courtyard Hotel in Port Elizabeth has 91 suites and studios and it’s located 8 minutes from the CBD and 10 minutes from the Airport. It offers stunning views of Algoa Bay + is a 5 minute walk from one of Port Elizabeth’s premier attraction, The Boardwalk Hotel & Casino.

Where?

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

My Opinion

City Lodge Hotel Group has a beautiful thing going here. The Courtyard Hotel was pretty on the eye, well-run and inviting. The staff were all very capable of making me feel safe, organised and welcome. They truly aimed to give me the best service and insight into the city’s tourist attractions for my convenience and pleasure. I had two dedicated receptionists – Pretty and Roniqu- who were cheerful and professional. A special mention must also be made to Matthews and Thabisa.

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Standard bedroom

I found the room very clean and spacious. A large bathroom offering a bath and shower greeted me, as well as a self-catering kitchenette with coffee and tea making facilities. This was beyond my expectations for a standard room. I enjoyed the full DSTV bouquet and the balcony, overlooking Port Elizabeth’s gorgeous ocean. A thrilling sunrise greeted me when I woke up from a cold South African winter’s night – Thank goodness for the air conditioner to warm me up. I was also pleased with the cosy bed and the extra blanket.

The complimentary drinks and snacks at the fireplace in the hotel’s lounge relaxed me after I arrived to check in following a busy day! Complimentary hot snacks and drinks – alcoholic and non-alcoholic – are available to guests every night between 5pm and 7pm. The sight of their large, well-furnished lobby and seating area was a sight for sore eyes. I loved the modern feel of the whole hotel. I particularly remember how sweet the air smelt when I caught sight of their clean, blue pool overlooking the salty PE sea.

Breakfast offered a delectable selection for guests. There was an extensive buffet for both Continental and full English options. Here’s a tip: Try ordering a white omelette – the chef prepares it superbly.

If you like your Internet access, The Courtyard Hotel offers 60 minutes complimentary Wif-Fi daily. If you’re a health fundi, they also have a gym! For business travel, make sure to use their conference room.

Day Excursions/Activities

Port Elizabeth has a lot to offer the tourist. A day trip to Kragga Kamma Game Park can be organised by the hotel. For R185 you can do a 2-hour safari and the hotel can organise transport for you. If you like wildlife, my other suggestions are:

The Boma Reptile World

SAMREC

Seaview Predator Park

African Dawn Wildlife Sanctuary in Jeffrey’s Bay (about 1 hour outside of Port Elizabeth)

Again, the hotel offers a “kind-cierge” which organises day trips for you.

For an experience at sea, I recommend Jester Cruises. They offer 90 minute cruises through the bay at R150 on Saturdays and Sundays between 3pm and 4:30pm. On Wednesday and Saturday evenings, their braai cruises are R100 more per person and run from 6:30pm-10pm.

The Spa

If you’re anything like me, you would enjoy a true African Spa experience. I visited the Africology Spa – a 5 minute walk from the hotel. The hotel can organise a shuttle for you. This spa experience is definitely a must for the tourist if you need some pampering. I enjoyed a cleansing 35 minute “Majestic Spa Awakening” therapeutic massage. It treated my neck, shoulders and scalp. My therapist, Zola, is a true asset to her craft. Her massage ability is heaven-sent and her God-given ability will leave you asleep on the bed. Enjoy this for R400. During this month of July, they are offering a “Madiba” special, which includes an extra 20 minute foot massage. The spa also offers Hydrotherapy, Grooming Packages and Skin Wraps. For an added R150, enjoy a sauna, hydro-bath or steam therapy. End off your experience with a cup of mint tea in their relaxation room.

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Cute details at Africology Spa
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Related Links

Other Tourist Spots in Port Elizabeth

Sun International’s Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World

Bridge Street Brewery

Mangiamo Restaurant 

Bocadillos Bakery and Coffee Shop

PE is also famous for its “Stanley Street” which can be compared to the Camps Bay strip in Cape Town. No ocean, but many pretty bars and restaurants. (Hint: Make sure to get a taste of craft beer at the Beeryard in the evening. A small tasting tray is only R25!)

Three restaurants I love in this street are Charlie SuperstarFor The Love of Wine and Salt.

Thank you City Lodge! And thank you to my photographer Kevin Ruth.

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Keys To Good Communication


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Happy Sunday!

Here is a nice devotional for today that focuses on communication. I believe good communication is so important. Here are some key basic principles to get down in your spirit that will help you be well on the way to happy, productive relationships.

Honesty. If you want to get off on the right foot with others, be honest and straightforward from the start.

Tact. It’s important to be honest, but it’s also important to be loving and considerate in your presentation, especially with people who are naturally sensitive or when the subject could be sensitive.

Wisdom. Wisdom is what helps you be tactful. You’ll find a lot of useful wisdom within the pages of the Bible, but you can also get wisdom that is tailor made for each situation by asking God for it. That is promised in the Bible, but you need to ask.

Love. You may not do or say everything right, but if others see that you are motivated by love and concern, little problems or misunderstandings are less likely to become big ones.

Prayer. Sometimes praying together about a shared situation can help things click between two people like nothing else.

Positiveness. Being upbeat usually elicits a like response.

Timing. Knowing when to say something is often as important as knowing what to say. So is knowing when not to say anything.

Approachability. Dictionary definitions of approachable include accessible; easy to meet, know, talk with, etc.; friendly. When someone knows you will take time for him or her, you’ve won a friend.

Attentiveness. Listen to what others have to say without interrupting, trying to hurry them along, or finishing their sentences for them. Nothing opens a channel for constructive dialogue better than being a good listener.

Open-mindedness. People’s opinions and the way they approach problems are as different as people themselves. Letting others express their thoughts and feelings conveys respect and fosters positive, fruitful exchanges. People will be much more at ease with you and more likely to turn to you for advice if they know you will be open to what they have to say, even if you don’t agree.

Empathy. Be sensitive to others’ likes and dislikes, needs, and moods. Put yourself in their shoes. Practice the Golden Rule.

A sense of humor. A little laughter can be just the thing to keep potentially difficult exchanges from getting too intense. Lighten up!

Clarity. There would be a lot fewer misunderstandings between people if they didn’t beat around the bush or rely so much on hints. Don’t leave others guessing; say what you mean. If you’re not sure they understand your point, ask them.

Effort. Sometimes communicating is plain hard work.

Consistency. People who communicate regularly understand each other better and are more likely to be able to work through problems when they come up.

Colossians 4:6 ESV – Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Proverbs 15:1 ESV – A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Psalm 141:3 ESV – Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!

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Success at South Africa’s Regional Business Achiever Awards!


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Tamika Doubell

I was honoured to receive an award as a finalist at this year’s Business Women’s Association of South Africa’s Regional Business Achiever Awards. Held at The Crystal Towers in Cape Town, I was thrilled to receive this recognition of distinction in business as an entrepreneur in the film industry! Skybok is all about connecting the world through video. I look forward to our exciting future doing so. I am very blessed that I was able to turn something I am passionate about into a profitable venture. It’s exciting to have been named in amidst such successful women across the region in all industries. I am proudly South African and marvel each day at our beautiful country and our people. Thank you, BWA! See more of my pics from the event here.

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My Life in Africa

June Greetings


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This past couple months has been very busy. On the Skybok front, we filmed a few awesome places to add to our database of online video profiles. Scoot over to our blog here and read about them. This includes work not only showcasing places here in Cape Town, but also work done at the Durban Travel Indaba. Read about it and see pictures here. I’ve done some voice work at my favourite studio, West Beach Studio, which is run by music producer Frank Smuts who also happens to be one of South Africa’s top triathletes! I did an awesome interview with Grootbos Nature Reserve who recently hosted me to blog about their 5-star luxury resort. Check out the interview here and read my article on the place here. Concurrent to that, I did an interview for HotelsCheap.org on what to expect when travelling to South Africa – read the interview here. On the PR / Social Media Management side of things, the RetroAfrika Bioscope has received some stunning news regarding their digitally remastered 1980’s South African film Joe Bullet; that it’s to be premiered at the Durban International Film Festival in July this year. Check out their press received here and their gallery of behind-the-scenes at the Waterfront Film Studios here. Up in Johannesburg, The Art Meets Fashion event took place at Constitution Hill and showcased some stunning work by local fashion designers and artists, following in the footsteps of its partner event up in New York. Read about my involvement as an ambassador for this cause here. International collaborations to strengthen ties between South Africa and the rest of the world in order to move us forward in the global arena in any and all creative spheres is something I feel passionately about. I feel we have a pool of undiscovered talent here. Modelling wise, I did a great hair shoot with Sarah Keogh who is an asset to her craft and always produces strong images. I’m looking forward to the BWA Awards (Business Women’s Association of South Africa) in which I’m a finalist in the category of “Emerging Entrepreneur” and whose ceremony is at The Crystal Towers here in Cape Town this week. On the blogging front, an exciting enterprise coming up is a campaign I’m taking part of with City Lodge Hotel Group, where there is talk of sponsoring me to travel to their hotels around the country and blog. Looking forward to a busy month ahead with lots of different projects! Hopefully I can provide you with some entertaining stories 😉

What have you been up to? Are you in the film industry here in SA? 

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Successful Rotary Family Health Days for District 9370!


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Running from April 2 – 4 2014, Rotary International together with the Department of Health in South Africa initiated 3 days of free community health checks + testing. Many add-on services partnered in order to provide a complete array of health testing. The aim? To promote a person’s basic human right to healthcare. It took place across 140 sites in South Africa (Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Kwazulu-Natal, Lesotho, Gauteng + Northern Province). Simultaneous testing was also occurring in Nigeria, Kenya + Uganda. Below are some photographs from District 9370 as they rolled out their health days!
Uitenhage, in the Eastern Cape, was the official launch site of South Africa. Between this site + the site in Nelson Mandela Bay at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, we tested close to 3000 people between the 2 sites over the 3 days. Offering services such as testing for blood pressure, HIV, TB, audiology, optometry, dental, cervical, kidneys + cholesterol, there was also de-worming, family planning, measles vaccinations, vitamin A injections, diabetes, blood glucose testing + prosthetic hands for the disabled. Everyone was afforded the same opportunity to become empowered with their state of health. Where there was a need, patients were referred for the correct treatment + help. The beauty of the health days is that all the health services have been combined so that families can be seen as a unit – mothers + children can get tested together. This curtails travelling expenses + loss of valuable work days. I worked as Social Media Manager for the Eastern Province of South Africa, providing updates on the developments of the Family Health Days at the sites. View all the photos at this awesome link. Support the official facebook page of the Rotary Club of Algoa Bay here. Join the Rotary movement globally here. Join me on Twitter here. Let’s connect on Instagram here
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South African In: Capri


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Capri Italy

The Isle of Capri on the south side of the Gulf of Naples off the coast of Italy. About an hour ferry ride from Naples, this tiny Italian island is the beautiful summer playground of the world’s rich and famous. Here you’ll find glamour, sophistication and a touch of exclusivity in a stunning setting. Noteworthy landmarks are the “Marina Piccola” in the south (the little harbour), “Marina Grande” on the east (home to the ferries, hydrofoils and private yachts), the “Belvedere of Tragara” (a high panoramic promenade lined with villas) and the limestone crags called “sea stacks” that project above the sea (the Faraglioni). Not to mention the “Blue Grotto” (Grotta Azzurra) which is a famous sea cave on the coast of the island!

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