Pre-gruel weekend

Wow! What a great weekend we’ve had!

I made a point of resting as much as possible for two reasons. First is that we had the PaarlApp launch on Tuesday which was not only exhausting, but also resulted in loads of admin, loading new clients on the app and getting the accounting part updated. The second reason is that Yolanda, my manager at the spa, will be on leave this week and I’m left to run the show.

We certainly made the best of the time we had off together, something we’ve been neglecting for a while. On Friday evening we went to Cape Town with Ryno’s co-workers for a Gin Festival. What a disappointment! After having paid R100pp for tickets, we arrived at the event and to our surprise, we were expected to pay to taste each brand at R80 for the cheapest one. So we quickly decided that there may be alternatives to make the evening more worth while, seeing that we’re already in Cape Town.

I suggested we go to Beefcakes, a personal favourite burger bar known for their (ahem) muscular, toned waiters and drag shows. Another letdown was that the show’s price has gone up with R70pp and one doesn’t have the option of just having a drink – so the “drag show ticket” acts as an entrance fee at R150pp. Luckily the manager heard that we’re there as a corporate team that was disappointed in the gin fest, and allowed us to have drinks without having to pay for the show.

The show was great and I indulged in a “Pink Tea” or two. The ladies in our group opted for nibbles and weren’t disappointed. Afterward we went to Crew Bar where all of us suddenly remembered that we actually needed the night out. We are all so used to working 7days a week and regularly on evenings that we’ve become accustomed to sitting at home on our off days. We’ve all become older than we are and aren’t used to meeting new people or staying up late.

We danced and sang and had a few drinks before we collectively decided to go home. I’ve always been one to take every moment as a lesson and what I’ve learnt from this night out is that a group of people can respect each other enough to make unanimous decisions if they communicate properly, that we should never assume anyone is used to what you deem the norm, and that we should definitely go out more often to stay updated with the prices of our favourite places!

Enjoy the week and be kind xx Arno

Author: Arno Hattingh

Arno matriculated from Hoƫrskool Waterkloof in Pretoria in 2012 and went to study Arts Management at the Western Australian Academy of Arts in Perth. His passion for the arts still remains as he currently works as Logistics Manager at Bakwena Spa in Paarl.

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