All posts by Arno Hattingh

Arno matriculated from Hoërskool 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.

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

PaarlApp Launch Success

Paarl was introduced to a new interactive guide to everything they want to know last night. The launch of PaarlApp held at Le Bac was such a huge success that I got home feeling more recharged than exhausted, although I didn’t sleep in the three days leading up to the event.

The event was styled as an open networking event and each invitee was asked to bring their business cards. We invited about 150 marketing decision-makers of businesses in Paarl. Current clients (pre-ordered) had expo stands to showcase their product or service while guests could network with each other and the expo stands.
Haute Cabriere PaarlApp
Arriving at the venue each guest received a glass of Haute Cabriere MCC, which they had sponsored for the evening. At around 19:30, Reg from Le Bac introduced the venue and their offerings whereafter I was up for my presentation. In hindsight, I stressed too much about it as it went down quite effortlessly. I really hope someone took a video because I’m proud of that moment.

As soon as I finished my presentation, I put the mic down and turned around to see Ilde from The Boland Showcase (PaarlApp’s official sales partner) already signing a contract with our first paying client. I bought a Yoco card reader so that we could take payments on the evening for signups. For the rest of the evening I simply made rounds and tried to talk to every person – I should probably mention that there were 96 guests – and by the end of the evening Ilde had signed 11 contracts.

PaarlApp Launch Event

I need to thank everyone who assisted in making the event a success, as this event is a clear projection of the future of PaarlApp; Ilde and Johnny from Boland Showcase for organising so much, conversing with most of our sponsors and helping to get invitations out; Reg and Francois from Le Bac for letting us use your beautiful venue, for your motivational words and for the absolutely beautiful canapès (I didn’t have a chance to taste, but I hear so many amazing things) and overall for executing a flawless event; To our sponsors at Haute Cabriere and The Strawwberry King for the welcoming experience; And most of all my mother and the man at my side, WOW, your financial and emotional investments have carried myself, the event and the business to a place where it cannot be anything but a success. Thank you!

Because we can…

To alleviate some of the stress I’ve been having with the PaarlApp launch being 2 days away, Ryno told me this morning; “Let’s go to the beach” And so we did…

“Let’s go to the beach”

But as this was already an impulsive outing, I was hungry as soon as we got into the car, so we planned to stop somewhere on the way to get a snack… Oh no… We came across the Blaauwklippen Market. Quite a quaint market compared to the glorious Root44, but a much more enjoyable experience in my opinion. Where we had Pizza-in-a-Cone for the first time and we weren’t disappointed!


We eventually ended up at the beach – Gordon’s Bay specifically, for no reason..


And then the impulse…. JC le Roux completely-unplanned-but-absolutely-fabulous MCC tasting! What an experience. It cannot be put into words. Ryno had the deluxe pairing which involves pairing each of the 5 MCC’s with a different bite-size snack from maccarons to fudge. I opted for a less risky option (if at all); the Nougat Pairing where 5 different flavours of nougat are paired with 5 different MCC’s. For those who don’t know; MCC stands for Methodè Cap Classique, which is basically the South African version of Champagne – same process, different country.

We enjoyed the experience, ambience and venue so much that we made a booking for the day after Christmas with our Christmas guests..

A look back

I took a look back on the past 5 years today and have loads to thank God for, but I also have one question. In the past 5 years I’ve travelled to at least 5 countries. I’ve allowed at least 5 people to impact my life in a positive way. God gave me someone to love and we’ve unwrapped at least 5 new pieces of furniture (20 to be more realistic). We’ve also slept in at least 5 different hotels, experienced at least 5 different towns and indulged in at least 5 different restaurants. I’ve completed at least 5 training courses, university modules or life coaching sessions. I met at least 5 people who are simply extraordinary. I’ve had at least 5 jobs, each one better than the previous. The list goes on into infinity. I am extremely thankful and 5 years from now I will have had my 26th birthday. But why is it that so many 26 year old people have done absolutely nothing with their lives?!?!