Sunday, February 26, 2006

To vote or not To Vote

Another weekend almost over and nothing to write about. I have been checking that we are registered to vote on Wednesday. We are having local government elections here in South Africa on the 1st of March. A lot of people are fed up with the current government not performing and not delivering on their promises. They think that their vote will not make a difference, so they are not going to vote at all. This is the reason there is no change. People don't realize that their vote can make a difference.

Here is a nice pic of yesterday's sunset.

Friday, February 24, 2006

The weekend is here...

Yesterday I just caught a glimpse of Table mountain burning again. Strange that I didn't see anything on the news about this. Lately they have been blaming things like this for the power failures here in Cape Town. ;)

Since yesterday, we haven't had a power failure yet and we had to do some work. :( Eskom says that there shouldn't be any other unscheduled power failures again, but I will believe it when I see it. I took a nice pic of the sunset tonight. Hope you like it. Tomorrow I will try and rant on about our internet infrastructure here in South Africa.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Another day in a powerless Cape Town

Well this was the third day in a row that we were without power at work. We had to sit there for 3 hours waiting for the power to come back on. I took some pictures at work of anything I could point my camera at. Got a nice picture of Table Mountain from work. I also took another one from home while there was still some light.

I just wonder what the hell we can do about the power cuts. They are now cutting random areas for random times during the day. Apparently there is a schedule, but our area is not even on the schedule. Even the Medical Research Council's at Tygerberg's power was cut this afternoon. Experiments were screwed and lots of time and money wasted. How can they just cut power of an area where there is a Hospital. That is a life threatening situation... And just sick. I really feel so powerless ( pun intended)

I have to give a shoutout to Derek the Bandit from The Sound Republic. Derek has been a institution here in South Africa when it comes to dance music. Have a listen to his podcast and enjoy some nice dance music.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Still no power in Cape Town.

Another day without power here in the mother city. I got up this morning with everything still working. As I drove to work I was met with non-functioning traffic lights. The traffic was just plain hell. Everywhere the power was down, but at the office all the power was still on. ( Damn I thought.) About 2 hours later the power went out (from 10:00 till about 14:00). The power was cut in most residential areas and our office just so happens to fall in a residential area. :(

Eskom just says that we will experience more power failures for the next couple of days.

Just before we went to Tai-Chi I took some more pictures of an amazing sunset here in Cape Town.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Missing Power

Last night while surfing we experienced some brownouts. They got worse and worse till my PC rebooted and my connection to the Internet failed. So we went to bed. I woke up at 03:30 this morning with the noise of some welcome rain. At this point the power was out already. This morning at 08:30 the power was still out. So I grabbed the cellphone and checked for some related news. Now this is probably the most ri­dicu­lous excuse for a power failure I have heard in a long time: Mist and the residue of the last couple of veld fires has caused the power grid of the whole Western Cape to fail. This was the official excuse by Escom (The only company in South Africa that is allowed to provide elec­tri­city to the public.)

So since there was nothing much to do here this morning we took a drive out to Cape Town to go and take some more pictures. As my luck has it, the mist rolled in from the sea before I even got to town and pictures where out of the question. I did find a picture that I took of Table mountian from Signal Hill.

I just took some pictures after the sun set. :)

Saturday, February 18, 2006

New car coming soon...

Finally I got to see my new car today. Drove through to Stellenbosch to see and drive the new Polo Classic. I am selling my Jetta 3 ( CSX 1995 model) and buying the Polo Classic 2006. I love that the radio now has a standard MP3 playback facility. Spent the rest of the afternoon in Stellenbosch. Had a great lunch at the Dros in the town centre. A place that most people will recommend if you do visit Stellenbosch for the first time. On our way to Stellenbosch this morning, we were stuck in a short traffic jam. When we got the cause, it was a person that was run over when he tried to cross the highway. This is not really the kind of thing you want to see.

The heat wave is still persisting. It was 32C again today.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Nothing to write about... Part 1

I didn't think that it was this hard to find something to write about. Just saw the Coca-Cola Massive Mix add on TV. This should be a great event. The first time that Metallica put their feet here on our soil. (at least to my knowledge) we have been waiting for years to see them here. Here are the bands that are playing: Metallica, Seether, Simple Plan, The Rasmus, Collective Soul, The Parlotones, The Finkelstiens, Prime Circle, Karen Zoid, Fokofpolisiekar, Sitter, Flat Stanley, State Far Better, Spoonfeedas. This will be an all day event that starts at 12:00 in the afternoon. I would like to hear from other people that are also going. Added a picture of Table mountain again. Very nice sun set.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Valentines Days...

Another Valentines day is over. I still don't get the whole thing. If you are not with someone today, you feel more lonely than usual. If you are with someone you are trying to impress them with gifts and being extra nice, but tomorrow everything is back to normal. And in the wake of the day, the shops have bled you dry. Guess I just don't like how the world always twists everything around to make money.
Enough rambling about the bad, the picture was taken this morning. The mist was rolling in from the see and Table mountain was just floating above it. I hope to get some more nice pictures this weekend.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Well another weekend is almost over and still we have not seen a drop of rain. I have added a picture of a nice blanket of clouds over Tablemountian.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Day 2 of the blog and I am still willing to do this...

Here is another beautiful picture just after the sun has set. I just love taking this scene. I will try and vary some of the pictures with something new. Well, today was another scorcher of a day. The heat wave in Cape town has been taking it's toll on us. It will probably not be long before there are more water restrictions again.
If you want a very good view of what is going on here in South Africa you can always pop around to the ZA Show []. Glen and Bridgitte have one of the first Podcasts in South Africa. You can see some more of my pics on their site. I just wonder if anyone is actually reading this?

Just a quick pick of Tablemountian, with a nice sunset. By the way, this is the view from where I live. Posted by Picasa

Well I have finally started my blog.
I have been thinking about doing this for a long time, but always found a reason not to go ahead with it. Well with Picasa allowing you to post your pics directly to the blog, I decided to start sharing my pics with the rest of the world. My name is Leon and I live in Cape Town, South Africa. One of my hobbies is to take pics. I will try and post some of the interesting and nice pictures here. I would like to get some feedback and requests of pictures that I should try and take here in Cape Town. Hope to get some comments soon ;P Posted by Picasa