Affection

Mind, poem, Poetry, Uncategorized, words

She sat motionless, in silence , facing the corner.

They watched through the glass, broken, as they had tried to warn her.


She gazed at the mirror, revealing her reflection. She thought about her family,

And and all their affection.


Her tear-filled eyes gaze down, nothing, no feelings, just the deepest frown.

Her eyes are red, the taste on her tongue is still bitter and stale.

She buries her head between her knees, and there she sits, so weak, so frail.


Her parents get up from their chair, gaze once again at their child that was once so fair.

They walk away, never to return, for their child is broken and unable to learn.

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Passion Is Power

Mind, Poetry, words

Backspace, backspace, backspace,

The first words I just refused to face,

Lets be real, I am here now because its been way too long,

I felt low, read a book and felt something is wrong.

Thrown in the deep end so we juggle each day,

People come and go, they leave they stay,

Fighting for a peaceful day is tough,

The broken commitments, guilt feels real rough.

Passion is why I am here.

I live to write and this is whats inside my brain tonight,

My little battle, my useless fight.

Backspace, backspace, backspace,

Battle over, it already feels better, everything feels so right.

FOLLOW YOUR PASSION

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Photography Tarryn Hardwicke

VISIT CAPE TOWN – 5 Reasons why

Blogging, Cape Town, lifestyle, Photography, South Africa, Travel, world

If you have travelled around the world, you must have seen some beautiful cities. You noticed their beaches or snow, architecture, culture and parties. Did you ever consider coming to South Africa? How about Cape Town?

LET’S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE INCREDIBLE MOTHER CITY…

THE MOUNTAINS AND THE OCEAN

Tarryn Hardwicke Cape Town Photography

Cape Town is special in so many ways because it is an all-rounder due to the fact that you can do almost anything! Let’s start with Table Mountain. This is a view from the air of the cableway which (how awesome is this) gives you a free return ride on your birthday should you bring your ID on the day! Sweet!

Hiking? Check out the routes at http://www.capetown.travel/visitors/see-do/nature-adventure/five-table-mountain-hikes-to-try

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Lions Head by Bloggerinspo - Tarryn Hardwicke

Lions head, another favourite, is extremely popular for hikes and busy each day. Follow Full Moon Hike if you would like to keep up with the Full Moon Hike events that take place each month which should definitely be on your bucket list if you haven’t taken part already. Always remember when hiking at night to stay in large groups for safety and keep the mountain clean!

Surfers paradise! Cape Town has waves, beautiful beaches and talented surfers!

Houtbay is a whole new world! Here you see it from Chapmans Peak which is a total must see.

Tarryn Hardwicke Cape Town Photography

The Houtbay Market runs from Friday to Sunday and is a definite must see!

RESTAURANTS

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Rock Pool Delivering the yummy goods!

Rock Pool Delivering the yummy goods!

The second thing we have to appreciate is our food. This is because we have almost everything. We have the whole world’s selection all in one city. Even on those cold, stay-at-home-and-work nights, we have wonderful access to apps like Uber Eats, Delivery xtreme Cape town and many more!

EXPLORE RESTAURANTS:

https://insideguide.co.za/cape-town/new-restaurants-in-cape-town/

http://www.capetown.travel/visitors/eat-drink/50-restaurants-in-cape-town-that-locals-love

FESTIVALS

Outdoor Festivals are gold and it’s definitely the “weekend away” if you’re looking for a good time every now and again.

The nightlife pumps each day of the week!

STAY IN THE LOOP FOR UPCOMING FESTIVALS AND EVENTS:

Psytrancewordwidemagazine

MyCityByNight

Cape Town Parties

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SPIRIT

Sport! It’s something that drives our country and we have such spirit. It brings our whole nation together in just a moment. It is definitely something to experience as a visitor for some fun and time to feel free!

ART

Lastly, let’s just touch on the art we see all over the city.

Brian Rolfe Art – Adderley Street Wall

First Thursdays CapeTown gives you an opportunity to see what Cape Town artists, as well as International artists have to exhibit. It’s always a vibe.

Cape Town is just paradise, let us never forget how lucky we are in this world. See you soon! ♡

All content photographed and written by Tarryn Hardwicke

Quarantine ~ 10 Cool Things To Keep You Busy

Health, Meditation, Quarantine, world

During this time of an epidemic – COVID-19 we may feel fear, we may feel worry, but let me tell you one thing, we are are all in it together. With multiple areas on lockdown, quarantine can be tough.

Heres some activities to help ease the boredom. We are all going nuts, right?

LETS BEGIN


1. Netflix Party: Netflix Party is a new way to watch Netflix with your friends online. Netflix Party synchronises video playback and adds group chat to your favorite Netflix shows. Wanna party?

LETS PARTY

2. Use Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts and Whatsapp to chat with your long-distance friends.

3. Try out at-home aerobics or yoga videos. Consider downloading a fitness app with curated workout playlists.

4. Take time to reflect: What have you accomplished in the last year? What goals are you setting for yourself in the next year?

5. Make a schedule of all the live watch parties that thoughtful artists are hosting for us! Don’t miss out. A current event:

World Quarantine Festival – Live Stream happening now: Mar 20 at 8 PM – Mar 31 at 12 AM UTC

6. Learn a foreign language! Why not? Sarà divertente! (wait did I get that right?) Download it now on your PC or Mobile!

7. Try moving in super-slow motion. It’s OK to laugh at regular speed.

8. Sleep. Get lots of it.

9. Meditate!

What does meditation help with?

  • Connect with your Higher Self 
  • Manifest your ideal Partner 
  • Receive Joy, Well-being, Peacefulness, Desire and Clarity 
  • Feel Complete Relaxation 
  • Fortify the strength of Love within as well as for Others 
  • Spread Healing Love to the Universe 
  • Intensify an already existing Relationship 

What are the benefits of meditation?

  • Meditation is good for the mind (people have reported greater sense of inner peace, the ability to focus, a clearer mind, higher levels of self esteem, and better decision-making abilities) 
  • Meditation is good for the soul 
  • Morning meditation can help feel more alert and relaxed all day 
  • Improved concentration – A clear mind makes you more productive 
  • Meditation allows us to detach. We learn how to live in the here and now, instead of worrying about the past or future 
  • Better Health – meditation reduces stress level and anxiety 
  • Less bothered by little things 
  • Knowledge of Self 
  • Sit with a straight back. Tend not to lie down, as you will most definitely drift off to sleep.
  • Meditation brings relaxation and peace. 
  • While meditating, we are fully alert and conscious but we are in a state of full relaxation. 
  • Try to mediate in the lotus posture, however you may also do it other ways, as long as your back is straight!

Here are some guided meditations to download and try:

Quiet your mind
Higher meditation – Intro
Higher meditation – I
Higher meditation – II
Higher meditation – III
Beginner – Floating visualisation

10. Time Travel

Get comfy and go back in music time!

1995

See how far you can go!

Stay safe friends and lets continue to fight this together.

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Let’s Talk ~ COCODRILO

dj, interview, music, psytrance

An artist I truly admire, expressing his heart through his music – Cocodrilo from Mexico.

After a discussion with Israel Holon Hisrav he inspired me to compose this writeup, not only as an interesting past, but an inspiration to upcoming artists and music lovers.

He started his way into the music around the year 2001 when he attended a local party where Tower Record DJs performed. One of them played psychedelic trance so since that day it became a passion and a lifestyle.

“After that day I started to become a music collector and immediately my best friend had time to buy a booth to play. It was there that I learned to mix electronic music at that time progressive house and trance. In 2003 I started working with a French label – Mandala Records and later meet Dj Dende and be part of Catalyst Records around 2006 where I could collaborate for the growth of the label by placing it on the scene plane. By this time I worked under the name of DJ Hisrav, playing DJ sets and it was during the year of 2007 when I started with the project called “In Lak Ech” next to my partner in crime, Haffman. I have achieved internationalization since 2012 playing in festivals such as Hadra Trance Festival (France), Aho Festival (Brazil), Modem Festival l & ll, (Croatia) Ometeotl Festival (Mexico), Goa Dupa Festival (Poland), Sonica Festival (Italy), Free Earth Festival (Greece), Poison Festival (Mexico), Freqs of Nature Festival (Germany), Blackmoon Festival (Italy) among others.”

Their style is unique within the Psychedelic trance scene and has matured to the passage of auditory and personal experiences over the years.

In 2012 he decided to create the first of his solo projects called Holon after maturing his own sound over the years on the project “In Lak Ech.” Conformed with a hypnotic line of trance music – Insistent, twisted, crispy, full of witchcraft and especially very psychedelic.

He recently signed on SquareLab Music based in France, so after a decade of work and synchronization with trance music, he decided to dive into the depths of time and create a dominant, aggressive and predatory sound with the project called “Cocodrilo.”

At the end, you will become a rapt prey, submerging into the depths of a psychedelic swamp of emotions.

“In 2018 I decided to found New Skulls Records based in Mexico after working and giving production courses for 5 years, and enrolling in the world of education, realizing it is one of the most satisfying activities I have ever experienced.”

This is how my vision was born, which was to form a group of skulls that evolve over time and that are determined to share their message through music.

In 2017, he decided to create his last project called Conami Kode next to Seggae with a more acid touch than the previous ones. He is currently concentrating on the label and in his 4 projects apart from being an active promoter of new musical talents.

~ COMPILATIONS ~

Mexican Vibes V/A Mandala Recs

https://www.beatport.com/release/mexican-vibes-compiled-by-dj-hisrav/933867

The order of chaos V/A Catalyst Records

https://www.beatport.com/release/the-order-of-chaos/260408

Holon V/A Catalyst Records

https://www.beatport.com/release/holon/444973

Holon ft New Skulls Vol. 1 – New Skulls Records

https://newskullsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/holon-feat-new-skulls-vol-1

Holon ft New Skulls Vol. 2 – New Skulls Records

https://newskullsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/holon-feat-new-skulls-vol-2

Holon ft New Skulls Vol. 3 – New Skulls Records

https://newskullsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/new-skulls-v-a-vol-3

In Lak Ech – The Hikury Tales – Album – Catalyst Records

https://www.beatport.com/release/the-hikuri-tales/1453222

COCODRILO

IN LAK ECH

Life’s a Peach

Mind, Poetry, Success, words, world

How easy it is to fall off track.

Do you stay down, or do you come back?

I know it’s tough and at times we feel broken.

Just remember the doors to success, they hang wide open.

Do you step forward or do you withhold?

“Easier said than done,” so I’ve been told.

Take that step, what is there to lose?

You have two options, you just have to choose.

REMEMBER…

You are loved way beyond any star in the sky,

Believe in yourself, just give it a try.

For life is a peach, I tell you no lie.

Ecoteric

Young Sound Driven Student, Ecoteric, Infuses Nature into his Music

Article, Artist, Career, interview, lifestyle, music, musician, South Africa

Young Talent in SA:

 

EcotericEcoteric, a musical project freshly part of Mindspring Music and Technophobia Records.

Launched in October 2018 by Julian Venter, a student of 18 years old living in Johannesburg. He produces music that’s focused merely on the human soul. Ecoteric’s musical genres include Zenonesque and Psychedelic Dub, however, when in the studio, Ecoteric focuses more on the natural sounds and productions of Zenonesque and Dub music.

The young and ever nurtured musical project’s destiny is to enhance all listeners with situated frequencies, with an endless-goal to allow the listener to become more self-aware of his/her emotional soul-baby. Solely music allowing human beings to be at one with themselves and their surroundings, an eternal bond with Mother-Earth.

 

❝The energies that drive us contribute to every magical moment of our existence, and when combined with the right touch of musical enhancements, we find that we all come across, just like our veins, just like the roots of trees connect each other, with love and compassion.❞

– Julian Venter

 Who/what influenced you towards your style of music and music in general? 

Julian: I began making music at the age of 11, I remember being seated in my cousin’s studio, observing him as he goes. Gilles Dice, the mentor, an incredible artist. The man who originally planted the idea of music production in my mind.

I started the music project Ecoteric last year in October because I felt like I had to make deeper music with meaning, emotion and intention. I felt like making a musical style similar to Adama’s. He inspired me to approach a more natural and organic feel and just like that my journey began.

❝Love earth, for she is our mother,
and she loves us.❞

 

Ecoteric lives for the moment of consolidations between people and nature because it is so ever beautiful to have a glimpse at a person and feel the love that person beholds for our Planet.

Tell us about your past/future festivals?

Julian: I had my first psychedelic festival experience when I was 13 years old, I also perform at this event called Mongi Wobble. After that day I knew what I wanted to do.

I had my first performance at Twilight last year November, I played a three-hour dub set at the chill area. At this stage I had already begun to produce my own music and the first ever track I finished as Ecoteric was called “Teria”. This track may get released by Merkaba Music. I then went on to perform at one Jozi Tribe’s events where I played a more progressive Zenonesque set. later on, I simultaneously got in touch with Technophobia Records as well as Mindspring Music, today I’m an artist on both their rosters.

I have been booked by:

Psyclical , even though the event hasn’t been launched yet, Psyclical hosts epic indoor as well as outdoor events.

Connexion NYE Open Air Festival by OneLove Productions

I am also collaborating with an incredible artist from Australia, his name is Gabriel Jack and he goes by the artist name Scionaugh. I have worked with a lot of different artists from around the globe and I have had only great experiences with them. Sarah Leigh Steensma is a driven companion in my musical production lifestyle and I seldom call upon her aid when I want to add extra energy into my music. She writes lyrics and provides powerful vocal material. I recently played a two-hour dark into bush prog set for Elysium Festival.

Upcoming albums and EP’s:

► Teria [Album], 2019 – Merkaba Music
► Leminin [EP], 2019 – Technophobia Records
► Osirus [EP], 2019 – Mindspring Music

Recent bookings:

► Twilight Open Air Festival V14, 2018/11/04 [SA]
► Gypsy-Xmas (Zenonesque Music Gathering), 2018/12/26 [SA]
► Saturn Surfers Earth Day Celebration, 2019/01/12 [SA]
► Elysium Open Air Festival, 2019/04/19 [SA]

Sets:

Teria (might get released on Merkaba Music)

Frequency of Thought Remix

Elysium Open Air Festival Set

Gypsy X-mas Set

What are you currently working on? 

Julian: I have exciting new work coming up such as my multi-styled album as well as my two EPs called “Osirus” and “Leminin” for Mindspring Music and Technophobia Records respectively. One of the many things that excite me the most is that I’m starting a duo project named ‘Shmangle’. This duo-project will have a more driving and progressive, as well as a deeper Zenonesque oil sound. ‘Shamngle.’ It will be myself and Luca Kovacich (Young Padawan) as ‘Shmangle’ and we are in the process of creating a guest mix to feature with Technophobia Records. This will be our first move as the duo.

Before the start of Ecoteric took place, I began two aliases which still exist today. The first would be Eopal. Eopal is my downtempo African tech alias. This music project is part of Suid Tronica Records. It would be my psytrance alias, although I haven’t quite settled with a proper launch for it, I am planning on putting together an EP and involving powerful artists from both South Africa and around the world.

 

 

What are your future plans in the beautiful world of music?

Julian: I am planning an Australian visit as Ecoteric, I will be going there and performing at various events as well as at Australia’s traditional Bush Doof Gatherings. This tour would only happen once I have prepared myself, until that day, I’m grinding!

I have a certified and completed mixing and mastering course with lead singer Justin Swart from ‘The Amblers’ behind my name as a music producer. Justin Swart is also the founder of Olive Productions. I also have the future possibilities of being booked in Sweden, Brazil and Israel to perform as Ecoteric.

Catch Ecoteric on IG and FB!

Cardboard Village - Boom Festival 2018

How Can We “Grow” Architecture Part I

Architecture, Article, Change, design, Environment, Furniture Design, music festival, Sustainability, Sustainable Design, world

GROW

Can we grow architecture?

This is a powerful term and can be implemented into all forms of design, however today we focus this word around architecture and how it can be implemented.

Reduce – Reuse – Recycle – Grow

As designers it is important, especially in this decade, to pay attention to creating structures that include eco-friendly, sustainable methods, while still mastering the incredible aesthetics. In this article, we look at ways of improving living at a better cost while focusing on sustainability — reuse.

Discover some creative, interesting natural building materials that can be used to create the perfect eco home:

HEMPCRETE

Have you ever heard of HempCrete? This material is much like concrete, only it is made from the inner fibers of a hemp plant. Hemp is a fast-growing and replaceable plant that, mixed with lime and water, can be used to create thermal and biocompatible walling. This results in a strong lightweight material which is fireproof, waterproof, and well-insulated.

Take a look at the use of HempCrete in Cape Town

MYCELIUM

100% natural, Mycelium is a building material of the future. It incorporates the root structure of fungi and mushrooms. This is then used to grow around other natural materials such as straw in form or cut up corn stalks and hemp, and then when dried over a couple of days, it results in the creation of strong, durable, lightweight bricks.

CARDBOARD

Cardboard, incredibly popular in the design world, grants designers no limit. As with everything, it has its pros and cons, but could it be utilized to construct a building? The answer is yes.

The sky is the limit

Cardboard can be protected from weather conditions effectively with the use of breathable, waterproof film. Finished with wooden cladding boards, it can be ultimately weatherproof. It is a great way for an architect with the aim to construct according to sustainability, cost, and approaching urban areas.

Cardboard extends itself even more in a creative way of fulfilling many design elements by its use for interiors, objects such as architectural models, tents, even fashion – the sky is the limit.

Ever popular party in Portugal, Boom Festival had outstanding eco-friendly approaches throughout the event. From well-designed luxury cardboard tents (known as the cardboard village) to compost toilets and use of solar energy to power the event. Below is a link to the Cardboard Village and view more of their approaches here: Boom Festival Environmental Approaches

Cardboard Village - Boom Festival 2018

Cardboard Village – Boom Festival 2018

Another great example of cardboard housing is the “Wikkelhouse” in Amsterdam by Fiction Factory. There are many ways in which sustainable design can be implemented, don’t be afraid to “go green.”

It’s the future.

Cape Town Fire - Snapped by Tarryn Hardwicke

Cape Town Areas Up In Flames

Cape Town, Fires, news, South Africa, Video

Cape Town Fires 07/02/19

Just after the recovery of the Lions Head/Signal Hill fire, Two more broke out in Cape Town today under high-temperature circumstances. The flames grew larger by the second and resulted in Kloof Nek Road being closed off.  Below you can view the flames being watered down by 3 firefighting helicopters.

View from Camps Bay beach:

 

 

 

 

Photography Tarryn Hardwicke

Design for Change

Architecture, Cape Town, Change, design, Sustainable Design

Architectural Design, amongst all other types, has the ability to be “life-changing” and better yet, able to change the world. Many designers often focus on aesthetic features and generating some form of income.

Design falls into two categories: aesthetic design and problem-solving design, although problem-solving design can still be aesthetically pleasing. 

AESTHETIC DESIGN

This refers to how we think and feel about a product or design. The first impression plays a big role here when something is nice to look at therefore aesthetically pleasing. A common example of aesthetic design is certain high heels and their visually appealing style, opposing to the endless pain women go through wearing them. As someone once said, “beauty is pain!” 

Below are the three categories of aesthetics:

VISUAL AESTHETICS

This is visually appealing design consisting of elements such as colour, pattern, shape, balance and texture. Humans are very visual therefore designers often aim to create things that are beautiful and nice to look at.  

MATERIAL AESTHETICS

These are the materials used in the design with elements such as texture, weight, comfort and shape. This refers to the sleek design of the new watch you just bought or your new jacket that you shouldn’t have bought, but couldn’t resist. 

SOUND AESTHETICS

This refers to the sounds of the design. For example comparing two different speakers. Another example is the start of the engine of a car. You will hear the difference of sound. 

PROBLEM-SOLVING DESIGN

In order to solve problems with any form of design, you need to have a strong understanding of whats happening around you. Following social media, the news and conducting research can help gain some insight. Some of the main topics to target with design (for change) are:

HOMELESS

In the past, designers have creatively approached homelessness with design strategies to supply shelter and housing. How can you as a designer approach this? 

NATURAL DISASTERS   

Think of ways to act after a disaster. For example, there was an earthquake resistant school designed in Thailand. Prevent fires by designing communities surrounded by fire breaks. 

ENVIRONMENT

How can we conserve the planet with design? Think green design, recycling, sustainability. Solar powered designs have become a very effective approach. 

CRIME

Crime is a global issue. Architectural design can be utilized to create safer environments. Cities can be designed in ways that are better for surveillance. 

Think bigger remember that your idea could change someone else’s life. Collaborate with other designers and address social/environmental issues. Create projects. Design for change. 

The Yoga Room

A powerful, tranquil space | The Yoga Room

Article, Blogging, Cape Town, Health, interview, lifestyle, Meditation, Mind, Yoga, Yogi

Clouded walls with glossy, fine golden lines spiraling around each other, the interior of  The Yoga Room creates a comforting and safe feel as you walk in.

Situated up in Vredehoek, the studio opened doors in July 2017. Suited for all levels, no matter where you’re at, the small classes are created to fit each yogi. I spent some time here during Celebrate Spring with 30 days of Yoga by Yoom. It involved some dedicated early mornings, of which now have become a healthy routine in my life.

I spoke to Elsa van Niekerk, the founder of The Yoga Room, about her goals with regards to the studio and asked her to invite us a little into her background.

The Yoga Room

E: It is just over a year old and I love what it is growing into. I wanted to create a smaller, more intimate yoga space in Cape Town and offer authentic yoga, i.e slow it down a bit, allow space for meditation, breathing, just being. My aim is to make it as inclusive as possible and it’s wonderful to know that many of our clients started doing yoga here for the first time. It really is a studio that caters for all shapes, sizes, and ages. Our teachers are also very experienced which allows us to focus on individual attention and guidance. It has been a great experience so far to build this studio right in the heart of the community.

The first time I did yoga was at a gym in London. The class was taught by a woman well into her 60’s – I was fascinated by her energy and walked out of class feeling great.  It took some time to build up a practice though, but now it is a great way to tune into myself. To really get in touch with my mind and body. I did my training in New York at the renowned ISHTA Yoga School where I found my spiritual home – their teaching philosophy of focusing on the individual and drawing from the teachings of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda inspires me.

Physically it’s made me much stronger and being an asthmatic since birth it has helped me tremendously to learn how to breathe properly. I’ve seen countless times at the studio how much benefit people get from being in a calm space, away from the rush of  life, focused on breathing and moving and tapping into themselves

Elsa, what advice could you provide the beginner yogi, or perhaps someone that has never tried it?

E: I realise it’s daunting to start something new and it seems there is an expectation that you need to look or be a certain way to do yoga. But you really don’t need to live a certain lifestyle, chant, say ohm or be able to touch your toes to start a practice. It really is not about that! So my advice would be to find a beginners class and try to stick to a routine, come a few weeks in a row and slowly build up the confidence to get to know the different poses and breathing techniques.

The diversity of our classes – it ranges from Gentle Yoga for the older practitioner to moms & babies yoga.

The Yoga Room

You can check out the class schedule here 🙂
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Unraveled

GET UNRAVELED | Yoom Yogi

Blogging, Cape Town, Health, interview, lifestyle, Yoga, Yogi

As part of the CELEBRATE SPRING with 30 Days of Yoga Challenge by Yoom Wellness, my experience at Unraveled was unforgettable. The classes were strong, vibey and filled with energy.

Situated in Cape Town’s ever-popular Bree Street, Unraveled Yoga provides their own signature style of Vinyasa classes, much needed for the ultimate fulfilling day. Maya Pratt, the founder, gives us some food for thought:

My aim for the studio is to merge the beautiful and chaotic qualities of city life to the essence of yoga – finding your peace/stillness/tranquility within the mayhem of everyday life.

 

Our aim for the Celebrate Spring Challenge was to create awareness around yoga. How has yoga benefited you?

M: As a person, it has opened up a space to be totally present and become more aware of how my body works and moves. I’ve always liked to be active, in different ways, and yoga was a great addition that also brought a mindful component to movement. Now I am an instructor and a practitioner and love finding the balance of enjoying my yoga and being able to share it with others.

 

What advice do you have for someone that has never tried yoga?

M: You’ll never know until you try – pick a studio, pick a class time, commit to it and show up. Do that again and again and you’ll definitely find a sweet spot. Of course, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but love it or hate, you will learn something about your body or about your mind and you can always take that with you.

I regret going to yoga – said no one ever!

You can check out the class schedule here 🙂
Yoom Yogi
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Tarryn Hardwicke Cape Town Photography

For a friend

Blogging, Friendship, lifestyle, Mind, Poetry

Endless laughter, reunited again,

We party like rockstars, you and I girl – fame.

Friendship is like wine, it gets better with age,

With our passion for red, we’d have a whole farm by this stage.

It’s always an adventure, we have been through so much,

Through the toughest moments, we still stayed in touch.

You and I girl, lets conquer, wine glass in hand.

Forever till the end, together we shall stand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tarryn Hardwicke

Live to Learn | SELF TAUGHT YOGI

Blogging, Cape Town, Change, Health, lifestyle, Meditation, Mind, Yoga, Yogi

Loosen up your mind before you loosen up your body.

I am a self-taught Yogi as of 2 years now (and growing) and it has had a powerful impact on my life both physically and mentally. I started yoga during an emotional stage in my life where I was struggling with, okay I’ll be honest here, a break-up, and I felt that I needed to switch off for an hour or two each day.

I had always seen others doing yoga and I assumed it was never for me. Turned out, I was just clueless! There is more to yoga than you know, it healed me and helped me through one rocky road. So grab a mat and listen up!

Yoga is EPIC. Heres why:

  1. You don’t have to practice it alone. Get your pets involved or your friends, get a yoga buddy!SELF TAUGHT YOGI
  2. Insomniac? Me too! Don’t be a night owl. Yoga is extremely calming and helps us relax our muscles. After a few weeks, it can make a dramatic improvement on sleep.
  3. Kick the depression. The practice of mindfulness in meditation is proven to increase serotonin levels and give you a boost!
  4. Back pain can be treated through yoga if done correctly. Please note that professional advice and classes are highly advised for this as back pain can be worsened in some cases.
  5.  Cure that hangover. There are poses such as fish and plow that can improve metabolism and create more balance in the body causing you to feel more refreshed.
  6. Those that suffer from Arthritis can practice yoga to maintain strength and flexibility.
  7. You can yoga it up ANYWHERE. Literally. Tarryn Hardwicke
  8. Health and wellness, in general, is improved. You are guaranteed to start feeling better mind, spirit, and body.
  9. FACT: Dating apps ranked those who mentioned “yoga” in their profiles, most attractive. BELIEVE IT, BABY.
  10. It has the ability to reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol. Stress included. These factor in heart disease.

I began my yoga journey with this lovely lady Adriene

Maybe you too could benefit from her videos, however, I would suggest starting off with classes! I hope that you join this journey, it truly is beautiful.

Tarryn Hardwicke

Tarryn Hardwicke Cape Town Photography

SAWLEAD GROUND in SA

Article, Blogging, Career, interview, lifestyle, music, musician, Travel, Videography

Sawlead Ground is a promising Cinematic Progressive Trance duo from Tel-Aviv, Israel.
Maor Nachum & Ram Erez, both graduates at BPM College, always working hard on fresh tunes, exploring different sounds and genres, taking their music to the edge.

Maor Nachum, currently in Cape Town (sadly not for long) brought heat to the dancefloor at Anomaly’s event Anomaly ft Sawlead Ground Maor Dane Stirrat Brett Aitken Venture last week Friday.

Sawlead Ground has been releasing music for more than 2 years on some of the biggest
labels in the scene – Spin Twist Records, Blue Tunes Records and Alien Records, collaborating with artists such as 4i20, Modus, Unicode and more. Some of their EP’s have reached #1 place on Beatport’s Top 10 Psy-Trance Releases Chart.

Interview by Tarryn Hardwicke

What were the first inspirations that drew you towards making your own music and overall joining the music scene?

SG: As a kid, I went to a lot of trance parties and always imagined myself on stage playing and blasting the dancefloor.

What has ultimately been your most memorable festival/party and explain why?

SG: Definitely, EQUINOX Experience Festival here in South Africa! The production, the amazing venue, the incredible vibe of the people, the togetherness. It’s the best we have experienced. After our sets, we even stayed for the whole festival and just couldn’t stop smiling.

Which musicians inspire you and your career?

SG: Daft Punk, The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Stephan Bodzin, Captain Hook, Freedom Fighters, Modus… the list goes on!

Where would you say that you see yourself 5 years from now? 

SG: Traveling the world, playing and spreading our/my music. I might even decide to live outside of Israel for a bit. Who knows. Maybe I can get an apartment here in Cape Town! 😛

Do you have any advice for any upcoming musicians that are joining the industry? If so, please share it with our readers. 

SG: Think out of the box! Don’t stop exploring, producing and promoting your music. Always make music that you love. Play your music to your closest friends – they are the best critics!

You mentioned that you love our Mother City, Cape Town. What has been your most epic experience thus far? 

SG: Cape Town is for sure one of the best cities we have been to! The best experience was at Boulders Beach when one of the penguins decided to taste my Israeli flesh…….:P He did what?!

We love your videography! Please, could you tell us more about it! 

SG: We love being creative and finding the humor in every situation. Through these videos, we can connect with the crowd in a different way showing them another side of us. If nothing else, the film shooting days are sooo much fun! It’s a gas. We do everything from taking footage to editing it ourselves and always add our extra own special touch to the tale.

Do you have any tracks or videos that you are working on at the moment?

SG: We are always producing and thinking about new music and videos. We are working on a series of 2 – 3 episodes (depending on the footage) of the shows we played in ANOMALY & UNDERGROUND SOUND, plus some of our personal experiences from your awesome country. On the music front, we have made a couple of new Sawlead tracks with a fresh vibe. More deep and melodic but still powerful and groovy! We are almost ready to launch those so keep an eye on our pages for more info. SG aside, I’m also starting my own solo project exploring different types of electronic music production with no boundaries. Lately, techno has been resonating with me which inspired a couple of exciting tracks I have in the oven.

WOW! Exciting stuff. Are there any upcoming festivals/parties that we can get amped for?

SG: Yes there are a few parties down the line but cats out the bag… EQUINOX Experience 2019…say no more! 😉

Tell us, what is your SPIRIT ANIMAL  and why?

SG: Probably a dog, absolutely love them and I’m quite a sucker for a scratch on the back of the head 😛

 

 

Welcome to the life of a Designer Pt 2

art, Blogging, Career, design, Environment, lifestyle, Sustainable Design

REMEMBER WHY YOU STARTED

Design is a powerful journey – embrace it and wear your passion. Step out of your comfort zone and stop trying to be perfect. Remember that dreams are never too big.

CONTINUE TO GROW

The world is ever-changing and always introducing the bigger and the better.  As a designer, you can never stop learning. Below are a few pointers on how to stay in the loop with trends, programmes, news, the business!

YouTube tutorials, as well as online courses, are useful for learning new programmes. Alternatively, you can read top design magazines such as VISI, HOW, Icon, Architectural Digest, Dezeen and the list goes on! Following social media is a no-brainer, especially in this day and age and being involved in the design world. Then it’s up to you whether you want to follow or lead!

SET GOALS

Firstly, as a designer, it is crucial to trust yourself and never doubt your capabilities. This applies to all fields of design. Have passion in your career and you will never refer to it as “work.” Secondly, you cannot achieve the desired outcome without setting a goal. It is important to know what you want.

DESIGN AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Part 1 strategised from specifically an architectural point of view. Fortunately, there are other sustainable alternatives such as the following:

  1. Reduce waste. Ask yourself whether your product will be durable and long-lasting, or will it be recyclable?
  2. Choose your materials wisely. Make use of renewable materials such as woods that can be restored by the planet quickly.
  3. Publish online. At this point in time, all eyes are online – you know, the place with all the memes? Print less and get connected!

ATTRIBUTES

As a designer, having a positive perception of yourself is the greatest asset. This helps with overcoming challenges, reaching your goals and avoiding doubt. Remember that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.

 

Wildetecture blog by Tarryn Hardwicke

Welcome to the life of an Architect Pt 1

Architecture, art, Blogging, Cape Town, design, Environment, Sustainability, Sustainable Design

THE PEOPLE

The most important factor is the people that will be using the space that is designed. Each structure has a different purpose. Did you know that Will Wright, the creator of The Sims, originally made the game as an architectural simulator with living people to see how they would adjust to the buildings created? Following this, Maxis and EA Games discovered the idea and it took off.

COFFEE

Treasure it! Long nights and hard work. Every architect enjoys a good cup of coffee. It’s definitely perfect for every scenario such as long nights, meetings or site missions with clients!

PATIENCE

When working on a project it’s important to focus on the present rather than the future outcome, therefore the process will be more productive. Don’t expect things too early.

RULES

Push the boundaries and be spontaneous. We all learn with basic rules such as projects and exams but in the outside world, it’s important to negotiate and explore.

STYLE

When it comes to a personal style, stay open-minded. Remember that clients may request something different and you have to adapt. Notice the word adapt. Your style will always be in your work one way or another.

ENVIRONMENT

We are at a time where sustainable design can always be implemented in some way. Here are a few quick tips:

  • Recycled Materials
  • Eco-Friendly Lighting
  • Use of local materials/sources
  • On-site waste management
  • Building placement
  • Designing buildings with natural light and air-flow

 

Wildetecture blog by Tarryn Hardwicke

Tarryn Hardwicke Cape Town Photography

20 Simple Life Hacks

Blogging, Change, lifestyle, Mind, Success

Life can be made a lot easier simply by doing certain things, should you make the time and effort. It’s important to make the most of every day and be grateful for it. Check out a few points below that may be helpful in adding more light to your life!

  1. Make a bucket list
  2. Do something you have never done before
  3. Look at the stars
  4. Realise that you are amazing!
  5. Set a goal with a deadline
  6. Clean your home
  7. Write 20 things you LOVE about your life
  8. Exercise
  9. Stop complaining
  10. Wake up early
  11. Grow a plant
  12. Focus on giving, less on getting
  13. Find time for yourself
  14. Stop expecting others to make you happy
  15. Learn something new
  16. Travel
  17. Volunteer
  18. Face a fear
  19. Make a new friend
  20. Have trust

If you’re not doing what you love, you’re wasting your time!

Blogging, Career, Change, Success, Travel

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

We finished high school and many of us said: “Yeah, I know what I want to do!”

Some of us, however, felt as lost as we were our entire high school career, if not more. We then had options of A) A gap year to figure yourself out, get to know what you love and what you don’t. B) Parents push you into studies because (well you’re lost as hell) or C) Work immediately

Taking a gap year can be good or bad, depending on the type of person you are. Don’t let the party absorb you, use your time wisely. Travel if you can, and see what is out there. The world is full of opportunities and we won’t know if we don’t push to see them! Why not teach English or Aupair in a foreign country? How about teaching snowboarding in the snow – get those skills on point first people! There is so much to experience. Should you not have the option to travel, start a hobby or three. Find your passions slowly.

Sometimes your parents guide you into something. Sometimes this can work out beautifully but it can also turn out a waste of money or an unhappy career. Remember that everything you do will only expand your knowledge and add to that brilliant CV.

To work immediately after college is brave and admirable. Maybe you’re working towards those savings for your future studies. Network constantly and you will eventually land up where you need to be.

Ask yourself:

  1. What are your goals in life? Career | Health | Friends/family | Bucket list
  2. If there was no limit, what would you want to accomplish?
  3. What are your current passions, hobbies?
  4. What do you dislike?
  5. Are you willing to work hard enough to get where you want to be?
  6. What are the steps that need to be taken in order to achieve your dream career?
SURF | YOGA | LEARN | TEACH | TRAVEL | NETWORK | DANCE | SING | CREATE | DESIGN | BUSINESS |FLY | SAIL | HEALTH

GO FOR IT

PEACE LOVE UNITY 23.06.18

Blogging, events, music festival, psytrance, Travel

UNITY FESTIVAL 5-year Celebrations 

 

“The state of being united or joined as a whole.”

So I did some traveling and Israel was my first stop. Beautiful buildings, beaches and – the people. Amongst my many “activities” I had some great fun trancing it up 😉

Unity Festival, hosting renowned parties throughout Israel, threw one day of pure MAYHEM.

A day to celebrate five years for Unity Festival and everything that ties in such as PEACE – LOVE – UNITY – RESPECT – TOGETHER WE ARE ONE

After months of snowballing hype, finally the 23rd of June arrived and festival-goers from all over the world splashed it out at Hamat Gader, Israel, at Unity Festival’s Five Year Celebration.

An incredible crowd flooded the grounds. If I had to use one word to describe it, I would say ENERGY!

 

Ayahuaska kicked off at 9am with a powerful set and the festival began…

LINE UP

I did my very best to snap some vids but when your feet just want to move…

With a powerful line-up of local artists and International, the dancefloor was super pumped. So let’s take a look at who was up on those stages?

AGNETON | GOASIA & M-RUN | Upgrade | Blastoyz | Major7 | Terra | Rising Dust | Astral Projection | Skizologic | Ayahuasca | Eran Gordon | Cosmic Flow | Darwish | Dekel | Kido & Galapagos | Libra | Kobi | Polar Energy | UnderCover & Pettra | Yahel | Dvir Lahav & Jinji

From 9am into the dark, it was non stop exuberance and an experience not to be forgotten.

 

 

 

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There were two stages:

Both stages were cooled with water sprayers (phew) and to cool down, even more, there were supertubes and pools. It was definitely a first, dancing in a pool – epic.

All the stalls were absolutely awesome. Who knew I was going to buy such dope yoga pants at a jol?

Some snaps of the lovely ladies (and guys) who added more colour to the party! Check out Indian Dream to see more!

 

 

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The festival had such high energy, and at 9am!! Israel, you beauty. Thank you to UNITY Festival for creating the opportunity for others to experience this memorable weekend. Congratulations on 5 Years. Thank you to the photographers that provided such spectacular material.

 

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Lee-Ann Olwage Photography - Finding Freedom Inside

Finding Freedom Inside Prison With Yoga

Blogging, Cape Town, interview, news, world, Yoga

I knew I was going to cover Yoga as a topic this week, however, I had no idea I would be blessed with the opportunity to speak to SevaUnite about the Prison Freedom Project at Pollsmoor Maximum Facility in Cape Town.

Yoga and Meditation assist in the relief of suffering and rehabilitates the mind, body and soul. It brings a state of acceptance. This can alleviate the pain of prisoners who have wronged others, or sustained severe trauma.

Men are getting up at 5am to find some space and quiet to practice yoga.

SevaUnite began in 2010, conducting a series of Yoga rehabilitative classes at Pollsmoor Maximum Facility in Cape Town to the admissions centre, male juvenile section and the women’s unit. There is a Mindfulness Correspondence Course also available for volunteers and following this, there’s a Teachers Training Course that they can enrol in, should a passion begin to blossom.

Lee-Ann Olwage Photography - Finding Freedom Inside

By Lee-Ann Olwage

Lee-Ann Olwage Photography - Finding Freedom Inside

By Lee-Ann Olwage

A SevaUnite Volunteer, Shale Tinkler, shares some insight into his journey with the organisation and his own experiences with yoga/meditation.

What role do you play in SevaUnite and how long have you been involved?

I have been volunteering with Seva Unite since mid-2016, teaching yoga to offenders at Pollsmoor.

How can we as the public get involved with SevaUnite?

To get involved as an instructor or by making a contribution towards expenses, contact Seva Unite via their Facebook page or email leela@sevaunite.org. donations of any unused yoga mats are also welcome.

Describe some of your most memorable experiences whilst working with the organisation.

My most memorable experiences mostly involve seeing the powerful impact yoga has had on those practising. Over a 90 minute session of postures, breathwork and relaxation, tense, guarded facial expressions and body language visibly soften and become lighter, more gentle and open.

Some practising have reported that yoga helps them feel more calm & peaceful and deal with anger and stress in a positive way. Others mentioned how they were able to gain deep insight into themselves and their past and gain hope and a more positive outlook for the future.

My very best though, was once, after a deep relaxation at the end of a class when I asked how everyone was feeling. One responded with “I feel like I’m not in prison anymore”. I think this illustrates yoga’s potential, even in physical confinement, to bring about a powerful sense of inner freedom.

Lee-Ann Olwage Photography - Finding Freedom Inside

By Lee-Ann Olwage

What inspired you to start Yoga/Meditation? 

I was introduced to yoga by someone close to me, thinking that it would be a good form of exercise. While it definitely has been hugely beneficial for my body, what really keeps me coming back to my mat are the profound benefits I feel in my mind and spirit. When I practice consistently I feel more peaceful, more cheerful and more connected to those around me and to life itself. Yoga has helped me learn self-discipline and continues to help me learn to know and love myself.

SevaUnite also helps collect unused/unwanted clothing, toys and household items and allocates it to those that are in need.

All photography was done by Lee-Ann Olwagehttp://www.leeannolwage.com/

Check out more info on SevaUnite at http://www.sevaunite.org/

For some YOGA on Insta checkout my personal page: yoga_for_days

I hope you enjoyed this read and have a wonderful weekend! 😀

Tarryn Hardwicke Cape Town Photography

Some quality time with Disco Volante

Cape Town, Career, events, interview, lifestyle, music, psytrance, South Africa

Interview by Tarryn Hardwicke

The future looks promising with  Psymedia | Recess pt.2, Vortex Phoenix Festival of Fire 2018 and more on the cards, it’s sure game. Disco Volante, the collaboration between Critical Mass (Daniel Honor) and Risky Business (Alex Inggs), give us the break down of their journey.

How did Disco Volante come about?

DV: We were big fans of each other’s music and a specific style of psytrance. Before we even wrote our first track together, we were coming up with a name for the project.

What/who inspires you and your music?

DV: It’s more of a feeling/emotion that we want to convey that has come from moments at parties over the years. When we find those notes that bring across that feeling in the studio, we know that we’re on the right track with what we want to play out.

What is your most memorable concert and why?

DV: In SA, probably Masqued Ball in 2014. We had worked super hard for the set and had a perfect response from the crowd during as well as after the set. Overseas would be Metagenesis in Mexico and Crystal Matrix in Portugal.

Do you have anything that you are currently working on at the moment? If so, please tell us!

DV: We’ve just released our 2 track EP ‘Back of Beyond’ Nexus Media. Currently, we’ve got remixes for Shift and Technicolor as well as a collaboration with CoRupt.

What upcoming parties will you be playing at that we can all get excited about?

DV: Off-hand we have Psymedia, Vortex Phoenix of Fire and Seeds of Freedom Festival (Portugal) coming up with more to be revealed along the way.

What has been your favourite part of Disco Volante’s journey?

DV: Getting the opportunity to travel, showcase our music and experience different cultures abroad.

Do you have any advice for today’s upcoming musicians wanting to join the industry? If so, what would it be?

DV: Be prepared to dedicate the next 10 years to reach your goal. There’s no fast-track to success besides hard work when it comes to your own productions. Also, finding your own unique style is the best way to set yourself apart from everyone else.

How has social media influenced your reach and your music in general?

DV: It’s a necessary evil. It would be great to just write the music and perform it, however, it’s hugely important to stay in touch with your fans. Platforms such as Youtube have such a big reach for our tracks in comparison to Soundcloud which helps spread our music around the world.

Describe yourselves with a meme.

Disco Volante Meme

HAPPY FRIDAY

 

Cafeen Eggs Benedict

Who makes a good Eggs Benny in Cape Town?

Blogging, Cape Town, Food, foodie, reviews

I spent a few weeks on a small project eating my all-time favourite breakfast – no complaints here – to find Cape Town’s finest places when it came to making a good Eggs Benedict! Not only did these restaurants serve an ultimate Eggs Benny, but they topped it with presentation and outstanding service.

Each place had their own unique touch and style and created a “homemade” Eggs Benedict and that’s what I loved most. If you are looking for something different then each place will be able to suit your benedict fix!

Cafeen

41 Third Ave, Claremont, Cape Town

Cafeen Eggs Benedict

 

Cafeen Eggs Benedict

Situated in Harfield, Cafeen serves a monster Eggs Benny served on an English muffin with hash browns, bacon and poached eggs topped with hollandaise. Feeling adventurous? Grab a milkshake – I definitely suggest the Ferrero Rocher. While you await your order you can view all the beautiful antiques that surround you or indulge at the candy corner after your meal! One word – toodamnyummy.

The Company Gardens

15 Queen Victoria St, Cape Town

Enjoy a delicious Eggs Benny surrounded by nature itself in the Company Gardens, in CBD. Choose your pick between bacon and a hash brown or go florentine! This was a nice choice for enjoying the outdoors and look on the bright side – you get to enjoy a nice post-stroll through the gardens!

Hemelhuijs

71 Waterkant St, Cape Town

Hemelhuijs Eggs Benedict

Hemelhuijs Eggs Benedict

I loved Hemelhuijs because they were unique in so many ways! Firstly, the dish was extraordinary! The bread was fresh and sweet topped with poached eggs and greens with perfectly done hollandaise and sided with an artichoke. The service was on point and fast and the inside of the restaurant was spectacular.

Truth Coffee

36 Buitenkant St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

Add some Salmon to the mix! Truth Coffee makes a mad Eggs Benny with Spinach and Salmon on sourdough topped with famous hollandaise sauce. Surrounded by finely dressed staff with great attitudes and a beautiful scenery it’s definitely a win-win situation.

I had no choice but to share my findings with the world and I hope that you can BENE-fit from this! 😛

Happy Thursday!

 

Tarryn Hardwicke Cape Town Photography

Lessons Learned

Blogging, Poetry

“Lesson learned, forgive and forget,”

I keep telling myself – don’t be upset.

Life has a habit of teaching us ways,

Leaving us lost or broken for days.

Sometimes it’s trust that’s torn to a point its unreal,

Something that can ruin any future attempt to feel.

Maybe it’s different and it’s just something small,

You lost direction, you’re scared, you fall,

No matter the lesson, thick or thin,

What you decide to take from it, comes from within.

Spring Tide Cape Town Tarryn Hardwicke

I do not Sleep

Blogging, Poetry

Sleep, so much I lack,

Welcome to the life of an insomniac.

Dreading the moment the day turns to night,

Another battle I begin to fight.

Tossing and turning, an active mind,

My imagination now unwinds.

If I’m lucky I get some rest,

A few hours or so, not the best.

Nightmares are real, my world is deep.

Some nights I fear to go to sleep.

Insomnia dear friend, tonight we meet,

Without you, I’d be complete.

Tarryn Hardwicke Cape Town Photography

Get Real Takes Their Second Event To The Next Level 05-06/05/18

Cape Town, events, lifestyle, music, music festival, Nightlife, reviews

We arrived at GET REAL Ft. Hot Bullet, Plastic Robots & More, located at Cape Town Ostrich Ranch, an outdoor venue just outside of Cape Town. We couldn’t have been blessed with a better day. Sunshine lit up the grounds and that’s where it all began.

Leading up to the event there was a lot of hype – social media was epic. There was a massive crowd involved in the marketing of the event on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp and use of email. The Get Real Team really did a great job in getting the word out and creating an awareness about the event in advance.

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Tarryn Hardwicke Cape Town Photography

I think we can all agree that the everyone looked absolutely incredible. If you weren’t there, check out Full Album – GET REAL for more photos. The music really had that crowd moving. The acts on stage were outstanding and mixed and matched dance, fire and disco vibes.

So there was the Main Stage and Tiki Beach Bar. It became dark and the visuals so intense! The lighting and cartoon/geometric screens were something I saw everybody zone into. I loved the vibe at Tiki Beach bar because it had its own theme, was constantly pumping and the palm trees just gave me that tropical feeling. The Main Stage was also a win because of the visuals, live acts and the lighting. Both stages had a grand line-up.

The Line-up

The line-up at GET REAL included both local and international DJ’s which had the crowd in memory lane after mixing up some classics. Below are the links to find their music in case you missed it!

Hot Bullet

Plastic Robots

HEADROOM

Strange Loving

DEAN FUEL

 

Dane Stirrat

 

Das Kapital

 

Mogey vs KHORD

IKon

Minx

https://www.mixcloud.com/minxdj/

 

TommyV

 

Two Tone

https://www.facebook.com/twotonedjs/

 

When it came to time to eat or drink, you were spoilt for choice! Between the two stages, there were multiple food vendors each with something unique and different. YUM! I gulped down my pizza way too fast to snap a photo – sorry not sorry.

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Have a great week!

Tarryn Hardwicke Cape Town Photography

Surfs Up, It’s Spring Tide!

Article, Blogging, Cape Town, Environment, South Africa, surfing

All swimmers and surfers in Cape Town were warned about the Full Moons Spring Tide on Monday the 30th April and its powerful rip current. As a content creator, I grasped this opportunity and started capturing the tide.

For those of you who don’t know, Spring Tide has nothing to do with the season Spring, it is the alignment of the sun and the moon with the earth. The ocean is pulled back and forth by a gravitational force. This creates the tides.

Spring Tide Cape Town Tarryn Hardwicke

Upon my mission to capture some waves, I came across some incredible surfers taking full advantage of the moment.

LOCATION: Long Beach

Longbeach was warm and vibey and cars were pulling up by the minute! For these photos the following items were needed:

  • Canon 1200D
  • Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothie
  • Canon 100-400 4-5.6 L

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

 

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

LOCATION: Inner Kommetjie

Inner Kom was the next stop but first, it was VITAL to grab some snacks for the sunset.  For these photos the following items were needed:

  • Canon 1200D
  • Salt Lays and Cadbury Marvelous Creations Jelly Popping Candy Slab
  • Canon 70-200mm 2.8 L IS
  • Canon 50mm 1.8

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Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

I couldn’t have chosen a better way to spend my Monday. The talent out there is real. Who knew the Spring Tide would bring such magic.

Big thanks to my partner in crime James Van Hinsbergen for joining me on that mission and to all of you in the water.

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town sunset

 

 

Tarryn Hardwicke Cape Town Photography

Psymedia | Recess pt.1 – Bringing The Heat

Article, Blogging, Cape Town, events, music, Nightlife, reviews, Uncategorized

Psymedia | Recess pt.1 hosted at District 20/04/18

Psymedia, supported by Olmeca Tequila & Red Bull.

I think it’s safe to say that Friday was an unforgettable event. I attend these events for the love of the music and more importantly the incredible memories that are made. As the saying goes “Events end, but the memories last forever.”

Psymedia held their event at District, a popular nightclub based in Harrington Street that hosts regular events on a weekly basis. Mad drinks specials were on the cards, as you all know, Happy Hour from 21h00-22h00. Not drinking? Grab a Redbull!

Psymedia’s event was 7 hours of Techno / Progressive / Psytrance. Basically pure bliss. I don’t know about you, but my feet were definitely moving! The music was on point from start to finish and there was not a moment that dancefloor was not occupied. What I couldn’t help notice was the strong interaction between the DJ’s and the crowd and this quote just stood out to me:

Music should either move your feet or move your heart.

However, I shall challenge this quote by saying that on Friday night I think the music did both.

The Line-Up

21:00 – 23:00 Sacred Sun

23:00 – 00:45 Geometric Flux

00:45 – 02:30 Dynamic Range

02:30 – 04:00 Deliriant

These were all local artists and were absolutely incredible up there. Check out their SoundCloud – especially if you missed the event! The use of visuals and lighting created a mindblowing atmosphere. PUPIL Visuals

The Party People

Need I say much? The photos tell the story. Uplifting, cheerful and great dancing partners! 

 

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Yoga: https://www.instagram.com/yoga_for_days/

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Colourful Cape Town

Architecture, art, Article, Cape Town, Colour

WHEN ARCHITECTURE SHOWS ITS COLOURS

 

Bokaap, a vibrant and iconic neighbourhood situated at the foot of Signal Hill has unique and creative, meaningful architecture that brightens up the city with its colour palette. Bokaap area is a firm favourite with tourists and architectural history lovers alike.

Where do all these beautiful bright colours come from and why?

Some people say it all began when the people of Bokaap claimed their homes from the council and expressed their freedom in their own way, and this was through architecture. Some say the use of colour is a celebration of Eid within the Muslim community. It is also known to have been to express the Rainbow Nation.

Between 1790 and 1840 the style of Bokaap emerged. Each house has a similar design, a “stoep”, a Dutch or Victorian Style window and Cape Dutch Style door. These homes are required to maintain their facade for heritage and to continue its history.

The beautiful cobbled roads give you a warm feeling as they guide you around the neighbourhood. On a sunny day in Cape Town, you’re in for a treat! Buildings bursting with colour, heritage, and culture, all brought together through architecture.

Cape Town is a gem and forever growing.

Written by Tarryn Hardwicke

Photos by Calvin Drysdale

Tarryn Hardwicke Cape Town Photography

Sustainability and art-chitecture

Architecture, art, Article, design, Environment, Sustainability, Sustainable Design

…and does it change the nature of architecture?

What is sustainable architecture and what is its purpose? Sustainable architecture aims to reduce the effect of buildings on the environment through moderating the use of materials, energy and overall use of space while also taking the future generation into consideration and creating a greener, more sustainable future for society while still creating a paragon!

Human health and the environment (present and future) drive architects towards sustainable design. Architecture differs now during the 21st century than it did in the past. Technology is advancing at a rapid pace which benefits architects enormously when it comes to sustainability.

The two topics under discussion today are, does building in a sustainable manner affect the true art in architecture? Here we look at wasteful buildings vs sustainable buildings and whether in today’s society, waste can be viewed as distasteful. Secondly, we look at the various ways an architect can go greener.

There are many debates over whether sustainable architecture shows its true colours when it comes down to an artistic perspective. Then again, as the world evolves, so does society, and as we evolve so do our views. Perspectives change the way in which we see and feel about certain things due to certain circumstances, such as pollution etc. Sustainable design, done effectively, has the ability to better the future, therefore this is something truly beautiful.

Sustainable design starts with the conscious decision for change.

Use of recycled materials

Reduce the use of volatile organic compounds – Non-toxic materials

Use local materials/sources

Bear in mind energy use and pollution

Integrate vegetation into structures

Make use of natural sources such as sun, wind and energy

Urban gardens

Building placement – structure it around peoples everyday lives

Waste management on site

Solar panels, wind turbines, solar water heating

Designing buildings that encourage natural light and/or air flow

In conclusion, each day designers are initiating fresh ideas and the future looks promising. The design world has boundless possibilities. This article is merely a conjecture.

Written by Tarryn Hardwicke

What it really means to be an ARCHITECT

Architecture, Blogging, Cape Town, design

A R C H I T E C T

Ambitious

Reliable

Compassionate

Hardworking

Innovative

Talented

Experimental

Clever

Technical

Architects are dreamers. They have wild imaginations and unique minds. What makes a successful architect is one that has drive, passion and isn’t afraid to be different.  It takes a certain type of person to pursue this occupation and heres why:

Ambitious people are the ones that have a better chance of succeeding. Having drive and determination fuels your path to success. To be reliable shows that you respect your clients. Having compassion when conversing with clients is vital as you are turning their dream into a reality. An architect works hard to achieve their goals. Architects are innovative and come up with fresh and new ideas while exerting creativity and uniqueness. An architect has exceptional talent and grows more each and every day. To be experimental is to attempt the unknown and learn from mistakes. Architects are clever and extremely technical.

One needs to have optimism, realism or even better – both. Believe in your ability, attempt the unknown, while being prepared for anything. Turning wild ideas into reality while effectively conquering functionality at the same time is talent. When it comes to design, its either in your blood or it’s not, everybody was born with their purpose. One needs to be flexible and have the ability to juggle multiple projects at a time.

Most importantly, LOVE what you do.

Written by Tarryn Hardwicke

 

 

Brought together through architecture

Architecture

Architecture speaks a strong language. Each step of the process has meaning and is interpreted differently by each individual, much like poetry. There is certainly more to architecture than just it’s pretty face. It impacts on society, their emotions and experiences. It transforms and fixes and then there’s the environmental side which is a whole ‘nother story but we will get to that later on.

Today we look at how it can divide and how it can bring together. These are two exceptionally powerful actions depending on how they are applied and under what circumstances. Let’s go into a little more detail, shall we?

The world is always a better place when society gets along and as architects, if this can be achieved then, well, why not? The topic up for discussion is perimeter walls, lower boundary walls or no garden walls at all.

It all started in the ancient times when walls were used for different purposes. Many cities surrounded themselves with enormous walls for protection. Walls were also built on the inside of cities dividing spaces that differed socially for example royalty. Lastly, walls protected civilizations from wild animals.

If we look at civilization today, many of us are still hiding behind these big walls. Of course, there are reasons such as the need for privacy or fear of crime, but it could also be viewed from a completely different perspective. Everything in this world has meaning and is psychologically interpreted by each individual in their own way. For example, a wall separates one space from another as we all know but it also creates the feeling of exclusion, it divides society. A wall opposed to a fence has a completely different psychological effect on the mind, for instance, one can see through it, giving one a sense of knowing what is on the other side. Walls are also built relating back to ancient times, for the feeling of protection. Notice the word “feeling” used in the previous sentence. This is mentioned because a wall creates a sense of safety but is really just privacy.

BRING TOGETHER…

Reduced boundary walls could create a greater sociability in a community which overall creates a tighter knit in society. Neighbourhoods would be inclined to bond and look out for one another. Reduced boundaries and less build would do wonders for the environment. This is where nature can be utilized. Why not create your own “perimeter”? From trees or bushes to large rocks one can go wild.

To conclude the topic, it is definitely a wild architectural view but the beauty of this industry is having the ability to explore perpetually.