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See ya, 2014.


HAPPY GADAMN NEW YEARS! As per tradition, I like to do a little roundup of the year that was. Here are some of Girl With A Bum’s 2014 moments – the ups and the downs.

I kicked off 2014 with a champagne bottle to the head and 7 stitches for good measure. 


I started a new job at a kick-ass digital agency. Then changed jobs again to go corporate like a real sell-out.

I began dating a rad guy. Then that rad guy and I decided to part ways. Only good vibes there. 

I saw one of my oldest friends walk down the aisle. And cried like a baby.

Got my nose pierced and my foot tatted. And cried like a baby.


imageAnother year of saying hello and goodbye to new house mates. And seeing a Facebook feed brimming with engagements and pregnancies.

Did a fair share of dranking, smoking, dancing and late nights. 

Drank a LOT of Steph Weiss while I was at it.

imageHad a few epic weekends – staying at the Elangeni Hotel, Midlands meandering, missioning to Mantis and Moon, tanning in Umdloti and dancing at Rainbow Jazz Lounge.

Got sucked into Neknoms, Ice Bucket Challenges and “No Make-up Selfies” like I did Bitstrips in 2013. Can’t help it, occasionally I follow the crowd.

My hair went from long to short, to blonde to purple to grey to brunette again.

Continued blogging while laughing that the acronym for my blog is GWAB.







Adopted my baby Church.

Festivaled it UP at Ramfest, Kendrick Lamar, OppiKoppi and Parklife.

Took up swimming for a few brief, yet glorious months.

Wrote an article about my spirit guide, Ewok.



Found out that a beloved “internet friend of mine who had tragically died of cancer” – was actually all a Catfish by a crazy, crazy girl. Rallied up a group of other girls affected by the scam. (More coming soon!)

Got a personal trainer with Boss Lady Lauren. Man, those 5am wake up calls!

Had a local newspaper steal my content and publish it without my permission. Went through a series of arguments and fights, only to be further let down by some really awful people.

Was lucky enough to be a bridesmaid for a beautiful friend of mine


My body briefly gave up on me and I was in and out of the docs for blood tests and medicines. Then I got better because I am strong like Mother Russia.

My mommy got very, very sick and retrenched but bounced back because she IS Mother Russia. 

We found a lovely home for our beloved piggy, Molly.


We said our final goodbyes to our family home as well as my awesome digs. I then said hello to my dream flat.

I said another very hard goodbye to my second mom/domestic executive of 18 years as she retired to her home in the Berg.

Lived through a teeny tiny earth tremor and the MRP Tear Gas Incident ‘14.

Went to, and fell in love with the Transkei for the very first time.


Learnt how to NaeNae. Sort of. 

Sold some shiz at a market. Promised myself “never again”.

Fell irrevocably in lust with Black Math. 

Wore a sari to Halloween, for no good reason. Thus beginning a casual chain of events.


Lost tragically and suddenly, my very beautiful aunt. 

Saw dear friends leave for Dublin, Jozi, Amsterdam and Germany. More goddam goodbyes. Made some pretty epic new friends too.

Turned well old – hello 25!


So, plans for 2015?

Travel in the slow lane (occasionally)

Travel, in general.

Love deeply.

Eat thirds.

Weekend Getaway to Mei Pen Lai

Last weekend the boyfriend whisked me away for a spontaneous night’s stay at the beautiful Mei Pen Lai. While at first glance it may seem we spent an opulent evening at an Asian resort, our destination was actually a lot closer to home…

Mei Pen Lai is a sweet little beach house in Umdloti, owned and managed by a travelling legend called Rory. He may greet you in a speedo, he may greet you in a straw hat and hippie pants – either way he is a special human being to cross paths with.

Beautifully asianesque and exotic with the beach on our doorstep, we really did feel like we were having a rendezvous in Thailand. Paul had a great surf, we had the best dinner of our lives at Bel Punto’s and the shops were just a walk away to grab some beers and coffee.

If you’re looking for a mini holiday that comes with sun, sea, surf and speedos then check into Mei Pen Lei for the weekend.

Click here for their Website

or call 031-5682415

Reese’s Pieces

A very dear friend of mine just celebrated her birthday in style. This tiny thing is a big homemaker so naturally when she told us we would be having a High Tea, we knew we were going to be treated to no less than her own unmatched culinary and baking skills.

Set up outside on a warm sunny day in Umdloti, Reese had gone above and beyond to make this the quaintest darn tea party since Mari Antoinette was telling others to eat cake. 

And eat cake we did.And cupcakes and quiches and Oreo pops and gold dusted brownies. Mattresses and scatter cushions decorated the front lawn and white balloons bobbed against the ocean wind. A bit of Cuban lounge music on play and I felt like I was having a holiday in some plush Mediterranean resort. After eating myself silly I retired to the deck for a little hazy afternoon nap.

That my dears, is how you live life.

Thanks Reese xx

J xx