A #GirlfriendsGetaway With @NocturnalWenchy And @sterkinekor At @RosebankTheZone

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Last week I got to have a Girlfriends’ Getaway with Ster Kinekor thanks to the ever fabulous Nocturnal Wenchy!

20140910_IMG_192009_edit We were joined by several social media users of the female persuasion including Jenty, and it was really cool to be able to catch up a little.
Girlfriends’ Getaway is for girls only. No guys allowed. So if your man is completely anti-anything resembling a chick flick, grab a gal pal or two and do the Girlfriends’ Getaway.
Ster Kinekor provided us each with popcorn and a Coke, and we each got a very girly although uninspired goodie bag. Bubble bath and tampons?!? I could have done with something a little more entertaining or glam…

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So here’s me seated with my popcorn, which – true to form for me – I successfully spilled as I sat down. Every time.

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The movie we got to see – Begin Again – actually surprised me, in a good way.

A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.

Here’s the trailer for you:

I was quite blown away by the sound track for one thing, and I will definitely be acquiring it for myself as soon as I can.
Not having read anything about the movie beforehand I was honestly expecting a RomCom, and there are times in the movie when you really do believe you know how its going to end. But very cleverly, and without any jarring or non-sensical plot twists, it pulls off a surprising ending. Well… it was for me, I don’t know if anyone else guessed how it was going to end… 😀
There was love, and lots of music, and some laughs, and even though the end kinda felt like they’d run out of time and they had to say a whole lot very quickly, I would absolutely recommend seeing it.

The next Girlfriends’ Getaway is on 8 October if you feel like a bit of a girls-only night: “Gone Girl“.

Ooh, and, as an added bonus, my Glugster got to go and see a movie while I was having a girls’ night out thanks to movie ticket vouchers from Ster Kinekor! As I don’t drive at night my sweetheart husband usually takes me to this kind of function, and he then has to go home and wait till its time to pick me up and this time he didn’t have to!

~~As per my Ladybloggers pledge, I must state that I was gifted with a ticket to the movie and it was suggested that a review of the movie would be appreciated.~~

Its Turbo Time!

Our guide-dog-puppy-in-training Lennox and I were invited by HP and NuMetro at Montecasino to watch Turbo on the big screen in 3D!

turbo_ver3_xlgAnyone who knows me knows how I LOVE a 3D movie! I love how it looks like the images on the screen are close enough to touch, and I twitch and duck as things coming flying at me during the movie. My Glugster and my knucklehead love to watch me watch a 3D movie and laugh at me as I reach for things and jump in my seat!

There was a brief presentation from HP on their printers and workstations, and I was very impressed to find out that Dreamworks – the creators of many of my favourite movies like Shrek, Madagascar, How to Train Your Dragon, Megamind, El Dorado, Over The Hedge and Kung Fu Panda – is HP powered!
And I’ve only ever used HP laptops myself and both of the printers I have at home are HP.

Lennox was as good as gold and everyone was very happy to see him! we even had our picture taken with a giant Turbo!

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I had made sure it would be okay to take him with me, as is the SAGA puppy walking protocol. He didn’t make a sound and we headed outside every hour or so to ensure he didn’t have an “accident” inside the movie theatre.
When the movie started, I thought the noise might be an issue to start with, but he went to sleep for about an hour! When he woke up he was a bit fidgety, and there was loads of popcorn on the floor to tempt him, but I gave him a hoof to chew on and he settled down again.

I LOVED the movie! It was funny, the voice cast was phenomenal, the animation was awesome, and even though the story line sounds ludicrous its allowed ‘coz its an animated movie!

~~as per my Ladybloggers pledge, I must state here that whilst I was gifted the movie tickets, I was not paid to write this blog post, and all opinions contained herein are mine and mine alone~~

#MTNDKR Thanks To @AyobaMTN! The Dark Knight Rises In Luxury!

In case you were wondering – THIS is how you are supposed to watch a movie! Leather recliners, loads of space between movie goers so you can’t hear the people next to you chewing or talking, divine dinner platters and wine, with popcorn, M&Ms and Coke for afters!

Okay we didn’t have platters or wine… but you SO can if you go to Ster Kinekor’s Cine Prestige at The Zone at Rosebank! My Glugster and I will totally be doing our date nights there from now on! We shared a huge loveseat with no armrest in the middle, each with our own seperate side TABLE! The cost of the ticket and the cost of the platters per person makes it a perfectly reasonable night out, IMHO!

So how did we get to experience it for the first time? Well, remember when I told you how I had been invited by MTN to see The Dark Knight Rises on the big screen? Tuesday night was the night! I am so very glad I decided to put some make up on and dress up a wee bit for our night at the movies! When we arrived we were interviewed briefly on camera, and then we had fun with a photo booth of sorts where we could don props from the movie characters!

The movie was simply AWWWWSUUUUM! There’s no denying that I am a huge fan of movies adapted from comic book stories and I have seen all the Batman movies several times. The newest one had a portrayal of Catwoman that I rather liked in that she wasn’t some crazy lady pretending to be a cat, and there was a glorious twist towards the end of the movie! I also liked the way they managed to seamlessly follow on from the last Batman movie without having to spend half the movie on flashbacks. Action, a laugh or two, intrigue, cool cars and gadgets- it wouldn’t be a Batman movie without all those things! Go and see it! You will not be sorry!

Ooh and here is a look at the theatre!

This is the love seat, with tables on either side and no armrest. They have double seats like this that have an armrest and a side table in the middle, and there are single seats with their own side tables as well. To the left there you can see how much space there is between the seats as well so you and the other patrons are FAAAAR apart!

And the theatre is a small one, it only holds 50 people!

Thank you MTN! I loved the theatre and I loved the movie!

The Knucklehead Has A Lizard!

No- I’m not being obscene- he actually has a pet lizard! A bearded dragon, no less!

My son has been asking (read- hinting, begging and pleading) for a snake, lizard or spider since he was in pre-school, but I always said no because I knew who would end up taking care of it (since he was a little kid), and an exotic pet is an expensive pet.

Then ExMi mentioned on Twitter that although she hated herself for it, the bearded dragon she purchased about a year ago needed a new home.

It was like magic! Have you seen “Despicable Me“? You know when Gru says: “Light bullllb.” It was like that!

I hadn’t been thinking about it or anything, but I knew in that instant that the lizard, named Mojo, was meant for my knucklehead. I didn’t say a word to him though- I would never have heard the end of it, and had things fallen through and Mojo hadn’t come to live with us, I would have been nagged endlessly because it would have meant I’d said yes in principle! I did discuss it with my Glugster of course, and we agreed that it was all good as long as the knucklehead understood that the lizard would be his responsibility.

ExMi and I went into negotiations, and a week later I went to fetch Mojo from her house. I only told my knucklehead that he was getting a very early Christmas present the night before I collected the lizard.

Mojo has been renamed Spike (I know, I know, not exactly original), and he has taken up residence- in his terrarium- in the knucklehead’s bedroom. When the knucklehead came home to find the lizard in his room, he spent the entire evening rearranging furniture, preparing food, and watching and talking to and cuddling Spike. And as is typical with the knucklehead, I was summoned to the room several times to see what the lizard was doing. There are big plans underfoot for plants, a bigger terrarium, and leash training! Is that even possible?

The knucklehead couldn’t be happier.

Jock of the Bushveld!

Last Thursday night, we were invited to attend the premiere of Jock of the Bushveld in 3D!!

My Glugster and I were attending as blogger ambassadors for Kitty and Puppy Haven and we were treated to a proper glitzy event let me tell you! There were several SA celebrities mingling with the masses too- Lady Lea, Carte Blanche’s Derek and Devi, Ashley Hayden, Lew Geffen, and Lew’s daughter Ya’el Geffen- who single-handedly organised the whole event! We were served some fabulous wine and we got to nibble on the most divine finger snacks- single serving sushi rolls in little bamboo boats with pipettes full of soy sauce and little springrolls and wraps, and cheezy bread sticks I could happily eaten a dozen of! I got to meet some of the Quirk Stars too, and I got such an awesome introduction I think they may have thought I was paying Snowgoose!! My face was on fire I was blushing so much!

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Then it was time to go in and watch the movie, and we were given water, popcorn, Coke and jelly babies (or Astros) to nibble on during the movie!

Before the movie started, there was a short presentation on behalf of Kitty and Puppy Haven, and with a whole lot of donations made from members of the audience there was almost R20K raised for Kitty and Puppy Haven right there and then! It was awesome!

Then it was movie time!

I do love 3D movies, and whilst there were a few moments in the movie that seemed a little, erm, flat… (I dunno what the movie terminology would be) and the story has been considerably adapted from the book to make it kid friendly, I rather enjoyed it. I loved that I was able to identify the birds in the movie- the animation was that good! This flick is a proudly South African production, with a stellar international cast and the kids in the audience loved it! All around us we could hear the kids asking questions about the story and squealing with laughter!

After the movie, a few of the guests were lucky enough to be able to claim prizes for the lucky tickets they found on their seats, and we were given goodie bags sponsored by Hills before we set off for home!

Many thanks to Hill’s Pet Nutrition South AfricaLew Geffen Sotheby’s International RealtyQuirk and Kitty and Puppy Haven for an evening with a difference!