Wednesday, 26 July 2017

WHAT UP STALKER (CAPE TOWN, GIRLBOSS, DUNKIN DONUTS, BLACK LIVES MATTER AND MORE)

In the month of July I've posted a total of not one but ZERO blogposts! *Queue the crickets*




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WHAT'S UP WITH "WHAT UP STALKER"?

Back by popular demand! I loved the feedback I got from my previous WHAT UP STALKER post back in June and decided to make it a monthly segment on the blog. This post will feature a little bit of everything - a diary of what I've been up to and what's going on in my life, reviews of movies/books/series/pretty much anything that's caught my attention lately and a little update on what's going on in the world. It's pretty neat.


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LIFE UPDATE

To start off let me give you a little update on why I've been away. Even though blogging is my favorite thing ever even I need a break from it sometimes. For the past month I've been traveling pretty much all the time (Traveling and being very lazy wherever I went!).  During that time I was able to record a few videos for YouTube as well as get some inspiration for blogposts. You can also read about some of the adventures later on in this post!


WHAT TO EXPECT IN AUGUST/SEPTEMBER

Firstly, you can expect some awesome youtube videos! I plan to stick to travel videos for the most part but I'll definitely dabble in other things now and then.



At the moment, I'm reviewing the BRAND NEW Neutrogena Visibly Clear range across my social media but most of the updates are on my Instastories so for the month of August you can expect loads of updates with my thoughts.

As of the first week of August I'm starting an 8 week fitness challenge which I'm also going to be posting a lot about on my social media (Gym selfies for days!). I'm dubbing this challenge "Road to Daisies" since at the end of the challenge is the coolest music festival ever - Rocking The Daisies! Getting the ultimate Daisies bod will be my motivation. 




I'm also going to get back to doing what I do best (Well, what I hope I do best) - blogging. I've decided to keep my blog name but my new dilemma is deciding what direction to go in in terms of content. Current affairs will definitely remain my main focus however I will branch out a bit more. 

With August being Women's month here in SA, I plan to post women-centric content for August and that will be my theme throughout the month. Do you have any idea's for a theme for September? I was thinking of a South Africa theme since Heritage Day is in September - thoughts?


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QUICK BOOK REVIEWS

Last time I did movie/series reviews, this time I have a couple books reviews to share because we all know that Readers Are Leaders (or readers are just bored people who have nothing else to do during their semester break). 

FASHION IS FREEDOM by Tala Raasi


Firstly, this book caught my attention because Tala Raasi is absolutely slaying on the cover. Basically, it follows her life from growing up in Tehran, Iran, being detained and being subject to 40 lashes after wearing a mini skirt to her new life as a fashion designer in America. 
Now this book isn't the most well written but it's an easy, simple read. I had mixed feelings about the protagonist and did at times find her a little whiney and ungrateful. But one thing is very clear, she's incredibly determined and this determination was very admirable and made up for her shortcomings. Would I recommend it? Depends, if you have an interest in fashion then yes.


#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso


I watched the Netflix series of this as well and I must say, the book is so much better! This book follows Sophia Amoruso from her days as a broke college dropout to her starting a vintage clothes eBay store to being the millionaire founder of clothing store Nasty Gal. Yeah that escalated quickly. The book is interesting, funny and at times kind of crazy but that's just Sophia's life for you. The book has lots of awesome little motivational quotes and makes you want to go out and make stuff happen. Also, Sophia is totally badass. Would I recommend it? Definitely!




CURRENT READS

EVERY MAN IN THIS VILLAGE IS A LIAR: AN EDUCATION IN WAR by Megan Stack

This book follows journalist Megan Stack who, not long after 9/11, finds herself in Afghanistan and Pakistan on a work assignment. Soon after she travels to Iraq, Lebanon and a whole bunch of other middle eastern countries in a time when their politics are anything but stable. Her account of the events really got to me and seeing the events unfold from her eyes is quite interesting. I am, however, not a big fan of her writing style. It's sooooo descriptive that it makes me want to jump off a bridge. It's an average book overall. Would I recommend it? Only if you already know a lot about the middle east and have an interest in military policy and wars.


THEY CAN'T KILL US ALL by Wesley Lowery


The story of Black Lives Matter through the eyes of Washington Post journalist, Wesley Lowery. The story begins with Michael Brown's death in Ferguson on 9 April 2014 and follows Wesley reporting on police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement for the next year. As someone who doesn't actually know much about Black Lives Matter this book is my saving grace! I've learnt so much about the movement already and I just can't put this book down. Wesley's writing style is the bomb dot com. Tbh there's not much else I can say about the book other than that you HAVE IT READ IT. Would I recommend it? Definitely!




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LEKKER CHOW IN KAAPSTAD

I was in Cape Town for a few weeks and I thought I'd mention a few food related things I experienced (Full blog post coming soon).

CHARLY'S BAKERY - I've been meaning to go to Charly's for the longest time and somehow every time I went they were closed! I finally managed to try out a treat there and I was so disappointed. I ordered a cupcake which was about R60 and it tasted so bad I threw it away. Damn. THUMBS DOWN.

OLD BISCUIT MILL - I went to the Old Biscuit Mill for the Neighborhoods market (Which I'd previously been to in Joburg) and it was so amazing. They had loads of yummy treats and just an overall good vibe which made me so happy. THUMBS UP.


EDEN ON BIG BAY - I'd never heard of this cute beachside centre in Table Bay before but I was quite pleasantly surprised. They have loads of cool shops and restaurants and I ate crocodile for the first time at Moyo's! THUMBS UP.



DUNKIN DONUTS - I've previously had DD in Dubai and had such high hopes for this one. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT EVER. That is all. THUMBS DOWN.

BASKIN ROBBINS - I've also previously had Baskin Robbins and the Cape Town branches didn't disappoint! Best ice-cream ever! THUMBS UP.




WISHLIST (Places I didn't get a chance to go to that I'm definitely going to next time) - The Creamery, Crumbs 'n Cream, Truth Coffee, Hudsons Burger Joint

As you can see I did more eating than anything in Cape Town. #SORRYNOTSORRY

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That brings us to the end of this super random blog post! Hope you enjoyed it and let me know about any random thing that comes to mind in the comments.

Go forth and slay,
xoxo
Asha

ALSO READ: WHAT UP STALKER (LIFE UPDATE, QATAR, NETFLIX, WONDER WOMAN AND MORE!)

4 comments:

  1. #girlboss !!!
    I'm heading out to buy it now!
    Hahaha love this post!


    XOXO
    Chermel

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  2. I loved your book reviews and I'm looking forward to read those books. THanks for this post

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  3. Just by seeing the banner of your blog you have captivated me. I am glad to come across someone who is as wanderlust as I am. I would definitely watch your videos hope they are as great as your blogs.

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  4. Good to hear from you once again after a long time. You have a good sense of humour and i love reading your articles. Thanks fr sharing few more.

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