Andy Carrie On

Dear Andy,

 

I just learnt something this week, “The only thing blocking the path, is the path.” I find that so true. The only thing that has stopped me writing this, has been writing this. I know by writing this, it was admitting that it really is real. This really did happen. You really are gone. You aren’t just going to pop your head around the corner. It’s final. This post has been saved in draft since two days after you left us. Sitting, waiting, wanting to be written. I just could not bring myself to do it.

I happened to bump into Meg very randomly today, and I took that as my sign that it’s time now. She squeezed me so tight, it almost felt like an Andy hug. Those hugs must run deep in the genes hey!

It’s been 8 months since the world was brighter. How has it been 8 months already? It feels like the other day when we were praying through the night that you were going to make it. Praying for a miracle to happen, because how could you not have hope? You’re Andy! You break bones skateboarding, you fall off things, you take chances, and you always get back up. I went to bed hoping that would be the same case. Even knowing your condition going to bed that night, I was still in complete shock when we got the final message the next day. How? It’s Andy.

There was almost a dark cloud of sadness over Durban from that day. It felt like sadness everywhere, as if everyone felt the same way. You couldn’t go anywhere without people talking about you. People that didn’t even know you were talking about you, asking about you and remarking how you sounded like the most incredible person. They were right. Of course you were. You gave so much of yourself to everyone. The loss within us is all so vast. I feel like everyone is less bright, less sparkly and less of themselves without you. You brought so much of everyone out of themselves. You had that ability.

 

The community has lost one of the best. One of the best people, best friend, best photographer and videographer. You had just started vlogging and we were all in awe of how good you were. Whatever you would try you just nailed it. Seeing the world through your eyes was almost better than you going and experiencing it yourself, because how could you ever capture it as well or do it as much justice? Your creative eye was incomparable. I find myself constantly going back to your Instagram and even trying to look for your snapchats. It was such a big part of daily life. Wake up, make tea, load your snapchat with a handful of local favourites and watch the adventures of Andy Carrie. Obviously I never told you that before because you would’ve enjoyed knowing that WAY too much. I still remember the day I met you. There was this ADD 18 year old at my parent’s house. So full of life, vibrant and would not stop talking. Oh ADD Andy. You were always hanging around Bruce and the boys, aka at our house after a surf where you could refuel. You guys could EAT! You were always parking my car in or in my spot when I came home. I secretly think you did it on purpose… Little brother tendencies. Those boys all loved you and really really miss you.

 

I can tell you that it’s not the same being at an event without you there. I miss that light in your eyes that was a mix of passion and mischief. We loved the mischief! Remember that last event in November that we went to together? Part of me wonders if you knew something was up. It wasn’t often that we made plans to meet and go together, but that Gateway event we did. Looking back, having that time together beforehand just sitting and chatting and laughing, really set the tone for the night. I still have our snapchat videos from the event. Oh my word we made the worst face swap in history! How is that even possible? Poor Homaira, having to scold us like a teacher. We really did have the best mischievous night. I loved it. I still have the whatsapps from that night, and I haven’t been able to clear them yet. Thank you, for spending that night with me and really being with me that night. We were inseparable and that was so different to most events where we are all always moving around and catching up with everyone. I really needed that and maybe you knew that, because that was your way. You somehow knew when someone needed something without them even knowing. Again, one of your many many talents.

 

I’ve never seen someone so loved on social media as I have with all of these tributes that came in. It eases the pain a little knowing just how many lives you touched. But dude, I couldn’t go on Facebook, at any time of the day, without there being a post about you. Seriously, I have never seen anything like that in my life, even when celebrities have passed on. It was insane and incredible and so well deserved. You were an enigma. A shooting star. You were really a planet all on its own. You loved with your whole heart. You laughed with your whole gut. You gave everything with your passion. You were basically like the squirrel in ice age getting the nut. You just won’t stop. Ever.

 

Thank you for the memories. Thank you for the friendship. Thank you for the love. Thank you for singing at my wedding! That is a memory that I have in my heart. We all miss seeing your crazy socks, which New Balance you’re wearing today, watching your epic snapchat and Instagram stories, and all of your stories in person. “You’ll never believe what happened!” But we always would. Sadly this time too. I hope you’re happy, I hope you’re at peace, and I hope you’re smiling down at us all as we try to live more like you. I’m so glad knowing that the last thing I told you, was how talented you were. I needed you to know that. Ps. Thanks for “making” me do the Big Rush swing. I bet you were laughing it up! Glad I got to #LiveLikeAndy for an hour. I know you would be proud.

 

Goodbye my creeper, you are missed more than ever.

 

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Love Local – So Whipped

We Love Local, and we support local so we thought we would share some of our favourite local Durban people and products!

 

Today we are sharing a local gem, So Whipped. We chatted to owner Candice Courtney about her delicious business.

 

Tell us a bit about your background in Durban
Durban born and bred babeeee!!! I love my city, love the people! Grew up in Durban North but Durban is so ‘small’ or people are very friendly so you get to know a lot of people from all over Durban. Its the best place in the world!

 

When did you start your business/craft/brand?
I started So whipped in 2009 in my home baking for friends, it soon grew and we were asked to open at Gateway.

 

Tell us about your business/craft/brand
We are a local, small business, artisan bakery & cafe. We specialize in baked goods, desserts, fantastic coffee, wedding cakes & The home of the WOAHNUT! We try our best to be responsible with regards to the environment & be socially responsible as well. Our Cafe design is 95% made up of recycled, reclaimed, reused, or green. The only things we couldn’t reclaim was our signage and our water tap.

We do our best to train up previously disadvantaged staff by growing them through the business. i.e. we will hire an unskilled person who has a std 7 pass, they first become cleaners, then they work their was through the ranks and are trained to bake, make coffee, do stocktake etc etc.

 

What is your favourite thing about your business/craft/brand?
I LOVE people!!! Also being able to be creative with flavors and design.

 

What would you like people to know about your business/craft/brand?
We make flipping awesome coffee & cake.

 

What do you love about living and working in Durban?
The beach, the people, my family & the culture.

 

How can people support you? 
They can share this post, follow us on social media and come visit us at our Gateway Store.

 

Where can they stalk you on social media?
They can have a stalk here:
Facebook
Instagram
Twitter
www.SoWhipped.co.za

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 Have you been to So Whipped yet? What is your favourite item? (Their cronut is AMAZING)
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Getting to know Jane Weare
If you follow me on Facebook or snapchat, you’ll know how obsessed I am with We Are Food.
Today I get to introduce you to the lovely lady that basically feeds me every day (Please order their chicken soup, you’re welcome).

 

Let’s get to know… Jane Weare

 

What does healthy mean to you?
Everything in moderation!  I have dieted my whole life, and finally found balance in the last 5 years, where I don’t deny myself anything.  But just constantly try to make healthier choices.  I like to challenge myself whereby everytime I make a decision on a meal or treat, I take a second and choose something a little healthier.  So swap that white toast for Rye bread, Medium popcorn at the movies for a small etc.  I think making healthy short term choices, which (hopefully) become long term habits, is the way to a balanced lifestyle.

 

What is your chosen form of exercise?
Currently I torture myself at the gym 3-4 times a week with cardio/weight varying workouts.  My sister and I tag team between the treadmill and weights on the floor, so we constantly keep our heart rate up while doing moderate weights.  As I am getting older I find monotonous cardio does less for me!  So with the addition of weight training 3-4 times a week I have found my weight has remained constant, but my body shape has improved!  I am loving the results!
Then for fun on the weekend I try to get in the ocean at least once for a surf, but this is more for the soul than the body!
 

What does your way of health eating look like?
A green smoothie in the morning, it’s such a great way to start the morning, when I don’t have time to whip up complicated meals. For me personally, if I don’t prepare ahead of time, I fall off the wagon (I am a sucker for temptation!).  So boiled eggs, chicken and veg, soups (from We are Food) are a great, quick snack that is satisfying and healthy!

 

What is your passion project?
My business!  We are Food not only allows me to work within my passion; food!  It also means working daily with my Mum and Sister, Amy, in this family run business.  I never dreamt that one day I could make an income from one of my greatest passions! Everyday I spend time researching new dishes, recipes and ideas, then weekly my Mum and I have fun in our test kitchen trying them out!
 

What does a typical day look like for you?
4.45am wake up call to be at the gym by 5.15!
6.30am leave gym and head home.
7.15am, quick shower, grab my smoothie and head to our factory in Durban North to get the chefs going by 7.30am!
4.30am finish work, and then relax!
And then (I hate to admit it) I am usually in bed by 8.30pm!
 

What would you like people to know about you?
I never had a “real” plan for my future, and battled with self-doubt as to my abilities in the corporate world.  But when I took the dive into following my passion; cooking, suddenly not only did the hard work and late nights (or early mornings) become not only bearable, but exciting,  but awesome opportunities revealed themselves to me!  And the saying is totally true;  If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life!
 

What would you like people to know about your work/business?
We are equally passionate about food, good business practice and our staff!  We want to be a formidable force in our field, whereby things are done properly, we push the boundaries of what is acceptable and run our business on the highest level possible!

 

Favourite workout song?
Our class instructor likes to throw in the odd sing-a-long like Christina Aguilera, or Moulin Rouge classics!  I love it!

 

Favourite exercise and why?
Currently I have been enjoying a really good 20minute stretch after my workout – some self adapted yoga poses – does this count??  I can’t say I LOVE any particular exercise, but I love the feeling of achievement after pushing myself!

 

Favourite quote/advice?
My good friend Erin Phillips who got me into weight training a few years ago once said something so simple, which made so much sense!  “when it starts to burn, and you want to stop, do a few more (reps, steps, another minute), that is the only way you will ever improve”

 

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Kia sets a World Record!

Kia is in the middle of setting a World Record, with the World’s Longest Test Drive! Right now as you’re reading this, they are driving through some amazing parts of South Africa.

The #KIAWorldRecord started off in Durban, and I was one of the lucky test driver’s! All I can say is that the new Sportage is INCREDIBLE! I have been obsessed with it since I sat in it in Korea last year, and since I need to upgrade to an SUV for the next stage in my life and for Secret Sunrise (so much stuff to pack), I naturally wanted this one. So I’ll be selling a kidney or something to get this amazing car! It is such a smooth drive with so much power, I just enjoyed it so much! I drove from Durban to Hillcrest, and I usually don’t enjoy Field’s hill, but it was such a dream.

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I mean LOOK AT IT!

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The interior is so slick

If you want to catch up where they are right now, you can pop over to www.kiaworldrecord.co.za and there is a live tracker! You’ll also find a ton of pictures and videos from the last few days as well.

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These girls from DYR are my favs

You can also follow along on Twitter and Instagram and follow #KIAWorldRecord as well.

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Gi Jane in South Korea: Day three 

So after a very lavish affair we were all pretty excited for day three of our exciting tour in South Korea!

After our usual croissant breakfast, we were ready to set off on a tour of Kia’s Hwaseong plant. We were SO excited to go see where all of our amazing cars were made. I don’t think I had imagined it would be so big. It was massive. To think this is just one of their factories. This is the second biggest automobile plant in Korea. We were treated to an introduction and history of the Hwaseong Plant and taken on a tour through the production assembly line. It was so fascinating seeing men actually putting in certain parts in the assembly line. They have something like 70secs (if memory serves me) to put their part on before it travels on to the next person. It was super cool! There are also these amazing robots that go around doing certain parts as well. I feel like that is definitely the future right there. Seeing how much care they take with each car, and watching them take each car out and test drive it, makes you so aware of everything that goes into the vehicle we use every day. They have a whole track outside with various obstacles that we could encounter each day and they test each car there. These range from cones to test the breaks, to pot holes to water and so many more. I didn’t expect a lot of them when we were in the back of a car testing it out, which is evident in the video I took! Be sure to watch it on youtube because it is HILARIOUS! I totally had the nervous giggles. You’re then taken on a 3km track which goes around the testing area and it curves on the sides like the Daytona track. We went SO fast I actually felt ill, again check the video for that one! It was so fun going in the cars and testing out the various elements.

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For me a highlight was obviously seeing and sitting in the new Sportage, which launches soon! I have been wanting a Sportage since I was 16, and had decided that this is the one I want. So it was very exciting for me! I am sure you can see by my huge smile. I love the sporty shape and the fact that it’s bum matches mine 😉 It was also cool to see the Sedan cars that we unfortunately won’t get here. They are SO fancy inside with so many features, that for the price of a BMW or a little above, it really puts them to shame! But sadly, we won’t be getting them here.

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We had lunch at the Hwaseong Plant with awesome views looking out over the area. While we were sitting there we started planning a little shopping adventure to town for the Friday because FOREVER21! We kind of mapped out the journey, but I’ll leave that story for Day 5 😉

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After lunch we headed to do the Hyundai Steel Tour. This factory is located in Chungcheongnam-do, Dangjin. We got to tour the factory that produces the steel plate components for Kia Motors, and had an introduction of Hyundai’s iron manufacturing history and witnessed the steel production process. Let me just say, that steel gets HOT! We were quite far away, walking above, and you could FEEL the heat. It was red hot and the heat given off was insane. It made you sweat straight away. It was so interesting seeing how they heat and then cool it with water, and then it gets rolled out and they repeat that until its this looooooong flat metal sheet. Quite impressive!

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Straight from there we went for a special dinner at Samwon Garden. This was a traditional Korean barbecue. Me and cooking meat, not amazing, so luckily the waitress comes around and turns it for you, so that was a help! It was so good though. You end up putting all of your toppings into a lettuce leaf and making a little parcel and eating it like that. I even did a little Kimchee (Kimchi) in some of my parcels! Kimchee (has other spellings too) is a traditional fermented Korean dish made of vegetables with different seasonings. Basically it is their staple food in Winter when the frost would wipe out their crops. They can make it in Summer and it ferments and is ready for Winter. It has quite a strong smell, and can be very garlicky, so many homes would have a whole fridge dedicated to Kimchee. Nation was loving the Kimchee!

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After dinner we headed back to the hotel to chill. I showered, washed my hair and got into my onesie to chill. Then all of a sudden a message on our whatsapp group. Please imagine me in my onesie, with a towel wrapped on my head, in the bed about to watch tv. Oh no, the boys were heading to the mall and I should come, if I feel like it. Obviously it was the furtherest thing from my mind, but then again you are in South Korea. I threw on some clothes and went out with my hair SOPPING. It was against everything we have ever been taught, and I looked ridiculous, but I got a second wind and even did dancer leaps across the zebra crossing. The looks we got were priceless! Sorry boys 😉 We walked around, and saw some amazing shops, Gavin got some coffee (of course) and I got some Krispy Kreme donuts (of course). It was so fun to just get out with the guys and walk around chatting and having a laugh.

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If you haven’t watched the video of day 3 watch it here!

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