31/05/2018 ChandreBo

Consider yourself more of a traveler and less of a tourist? Want to immerse yourself in the arts, crafts and culture of Bali? Then Ubud is a must-stop on your adventures.   For many, Ubud is considered the cultural home of Bali, and is the literal home of one of the Balinese Royal Families. The town is surrounded by workshops specializing in wood carving, silver smiths, textiles and art. My personal favourite, the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is also in Ubud. This town has plenty to see, more to buy and amazing foods to eat. The main streets are full of…

18/04/2018 ChandreBo 1Comment

Kuta was the first stop on our Bali trip. It was also the closest stop to the airport! After 24 hours in transit, we didn’t want to travel much further, so we didn’t. We spent our first few days in Kuta just recovering from the flight, swimming and getting our bearings!   What you need to know about Kuta Kuta is probably the most “touristy” part of Bali. Perhaps because it is close to the airport, great swimming beaches and big malls. Kuta was definitely the most ‘modern’ and built up of the areas that we visited. This is where you…

23/03/2018 ChandreBo 2Comment

If you’ve kept an eye on my instagram account, then you will be keenly aware of the fact that I recently returned home from Bali. The trip was a massive surprise for my 30th birthday from my super-awesome-amazing husband, and two beyond fantastic friends. Mauritz and I went to Bali for our honeymoon (we called it our Balimoon) three years ago. I literally set our wedding date so that we could have a two week honeymoon and be back home for Mauritz to celebrate his 30th birthday with friends and family. When he booked our honeymoon he decided that he…

20/02/2018 ChandreBo

We aren’t really “weekend getaway’ people. Perhaps because over the last few years we’ve spent weekends writing postgraduate dissertations, raising puppies or working on our “fixer-upper” house. After working straight through December we decided that our January wedding anniversary would be the perfect excuse to rest our weary bodies for a weekend and head off a mini-adventure.   1. Know what you want from your weekend We wanted to relax, reconnect, and have a glass of wine and go for a run in a pretty setting. Usually we are up for the adrenaline fueled, adventure type pack your sportsbras kind of…

14/02/2018 ChandreBo

You can’t fight it. Valentine’s Day is everywhere. Whether you are single, dating or married there is no denying that people, restaurants and shops are telling you that something needs to happen. Be it buying lingerie, a meal, or cocktails for a single’s event.   If my husband actually brought me flowers on Valentine’s Day it would probably start snowing in Johannesburg in the February heat. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that he isn’t romantic. In fact, in his case its quite the opposite. Which is why we don’t make a big deal about Valentine’s day. We never have….

16/10/2017 ChandreBo 4Comment

October is breast cancer awareness month. I know this because I’ve seen it sprawled all over my social media in the last few days. So I figured that this month was a good time to talk about boobs. I see a lot about cupcakes and high teas during October, but I hardly ever see links about  breast exams. Or how to do your own breast exam. I’m sure that by now we all know that breast cancer is a thing. But do you know how often you should be doing your own breast exams? When and how to do it? What to…

11/09/2017 ChandreBo 2Comment

Meeting people that inspire you to take risks and go for your dreams can change the course of your life. That is why I’m excited to publish another post about a strong woman who is both smart and talented. Once a Pretoria musician and student performing in her home town and in Johannesburg, Ebeneze relocated to Cape Town two and half years ago where she carries on as a singer/songwriter. We recently got together to chat about what inspired her to make music. And how she manages her life as a muso and  a veterinarian in Somerset West. What got you…

30/08/2017 ChandreBo

Let’s be honest, when you have wanderlust in your veins, your pockets are usually empty. Flights, accommodation, car rental, meals and activities all cost money. I’ve had friends ask me how we are able to afford to travel as much as we do. There are two things that make our travel possible. Firstly, travel is a big priority in our little household. We are always planning and saving for the next big adventure. Even if that means not going out as much, or not buying those designer jeans I’ve been drooling over for the past year. Thank you instagram ads. Secondly,…

13/07/2017 ChandreBo

George Ranch Historical Park was the last stop on our Houston adventure. After all our artistic, educational and cultural pursuits of Houston we wanted to do something with a big more cowboy flair. Studying trip adviser brought us to George Ranch. Situated about 50 km outside of Houston. We were ready for cowboy fun and a taste of life on a ranch in Texas.   The Ranch George Ranch is a type of living, functioning museum of four generations of the same family. The first generation came down from Arkansas in 1824, and were of the first settlers to set up…

05/07/2017 ChandreBo

After making my locket this weekend, I was reminded once again of the first few weeks of marriage. After your wedding you get asked two questions: 1. How is married life? This is usually followed with 2. What are you going to do with your wedding dress? Almost every single time.   Nearly two and a half years later, and somehow I still don’t know what to do with my dress. I was emotionally ready to part with my dress until we moved. My dress had slipped off its hanger inside its dress bag and because of the slip I had to…