Thursday, October 29, 2015

Sweet Somethings - extract

This is my To–Do–Before–I–Turn–30 list:
·        Eat an ostrich egg. Check.
·        Play with a cheetah cub. Check.
·        Swim with a dolphin. Check.
·        Scuba dive in a foreign country. Double check for doing it at night.
·        Skydive. Check, bonus points because I wasn’t scared.
·        Dare to love again. Nah, cross it out. So not going to happen. I’ve learned
        my lesson.
·        Make love on a yacht.
·        ... With a stranger for extra points.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not into one–night stands. The idea of getting close and intimate with someone I’m not emotionally involved with gives me the creeps. I only included it in my to–do list because I was hurt and devastated and not thinking straight.
Getting dumped wasn’t on my to–do list.
Neither was an impromptu trip to Africa.
When my now–ex–boyfriend broke up with me, I simply sold my engagement ring and booked the first holiday package I found. My Before–I–Turn–30 list was born on the long flight towards the Dark Continent.
And now I’m in Africa. The sun is hot. The air is hot. My energy levels are up there with over–boiling. In just two short weeks, I managed to put a big fat checkmark next to five items on my bucket list.

Beats choosing the wedding cake, that’s for damned sure.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Salmon fishing in the Yemen

Not a traditional love story, but a story about what love is and what love is not. Also about the love of fishing, and about the fact that faith can move mountains (or at least make fish swim in the desert).

I read the book and haven't seen the movie yet, but I loved the book so much, the movie's definitely on my to-see list.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Not as good as the original, but a much needed sequel to complete Evelyn's love story. The Sonny and Sunaina drama wasn't necessary, though, IMHO.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Favourite James Bond actor

I've always been a Roger Moore girl. My very first James Bond was For Your Eyes Only, and it became the benchmark with which I measured every Bond ever since: is he suave enough? funny enough? punny enough? are the gadgets as gadgety? the chase scenes as hilarious?

Timothy Dalton passed the test. But when Remington Steele entered the scene, he didn't do it for me. Not back then. Not sure why. Watching him again, though, I realise he's got it: he's suave, funny, punny, with gadgets. Nothing will beat the car chase from For Your Eyes Only, but Pierce Brosnan is a good Bond. He's unlucky with the plots, that's all.