My Pet Is A Hippopotamus.

Posted on Jul 06, 2011 in Bing, Nature, South Africa

Everyone has pets. I’ve had dogs, terrapins, fish and hamsters. When we were in NZ, we met people who kept sheep as pets, and for the longest time I wanted a merino sheep at home. The hubby convinced me that it was too cumbersome to send a pet sheep for shearing every year. But recently, I met a couple with a really interesting pet. They had a hippopotamus! Everyone, meet Jessica. Having a hippo pet is the craziest thing ever to do in South Africa because hippos are known to be one of the most deadly animals here. They are temperamental and unpredictable and have killed more humans than any other wild animal here. I watched with nervousness as Jessica swam up the river and came close to the house. They have bad tempers and don’t like to be...

Project 365 : South African Flowers.

Posted on Jul 04, 2011 in Bing, Nature, Project 365 | Shot Of The Day

In winter time in South Africa, when everything goes grey and trees go bare, it is refreshing to see a burst of colour. This is a South African native plant. It’s called the Jade Plant....

Giraffes.

Posted on Jun 24, 2011 in Bing, Nature, South Africa

My favourite animal is the giraffe. Check out those lashes. I bet no eyelash extension job can beat those! Giraffe parents are super cool. Unlike the elephant mommy who guards Baby Jumbo like a hawk and starts throwing a fit when he even so much as steps away a little, the giraffe parents are way more relaxed and give their kids plenty of space. If you spot a baby giraffe, you’ll usually see a mommy and daddy giraffe lurking nearby. The parents don’t panic when landrovers drive by or start chasing us. But then again, if you piss off a giraffe, you’re pretty much screwed. You need Flash to see this! Click here if you are using iPhone/iPad and can’t see this picture.  Those are powerful legs, okay. One kick and you’ll be flying like superman. Or worse, if...

What Is A Safari Trip Like? – Part 2

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 in Bing, Nature, South Africa

Continued from What Is A Safari Trip Like? – Part 1.. Seeing the animals was fun on our safari trip. But the best bits of the trip were the breaks we took in between drives. For morning game drives, the highlight of the drive was the stop we made every day for Morning Tea. It was freaking fun to park in a nice spot, set up a nice table and make hot drinks. On a cold morning, that mug of hot liquid was like heaven. Actually honestly, it was a mug of heaven because of what they added in it. A bottle of Amarula in every mug of coffee. Wahaha! Amarula is South Africa’s version of Baileys. It’s freaking good. I seriously looked forward to that mug of liquid heaven at 9am in the morning. That and some nice...

What Is A Safari Trip Like? – Part 1

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 in Bing, Nature, South Africa

Everyone dreams of going on a safari trip. We grew up watching Animal Planet and reading National Geographic. We’ve watch hundreds of video clips showing animal migration and interaction. Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to see it all in real life? It certainly is. But one’s expectations should be managed and this is what this post is about. I’ll share on what you can expect on a safari trip. What you should be prepared for. What you should be equipped with. And what one MUST do to have a fabulous trip. First of all, you cannot be afraid of large trucks. Expect to get on a large land rover. This is going to be the vehicle that will take you close to the animals.. AND save you when the elephants come charging. If you’re going for a...

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