Cattle Baron: Umhlanga’s foodie joint worth the splurge

Cattle Baron Grill Room at the Pearls Mall in Umhlanga is fast becoming a popular choice for Durban foodies. Besides its innovative and unique dishes, the restaurant prides itself in providing their guests with a 5-star experience. During a blogger lunch recently, Cattle Baron pulled out all the stops to showcase their vast offerings. The…

Fuel price is going up…here are 10 tips to save

Not again! Looks like the petrol price is going up next week. According to the AA, motorists should brace themselves for an increase of 74 cents per litre of petrol and 81 cents per litre for diesel. Susan Steward, Marketing Manager of Budget Insurance, said people often underestimate the impact that their driving habits have…

5 ways to deal with negative thoughts

Sometimes, usually when we are alone, we get in a state of negativity. We probably spend hours thinking about life, our regrets, our peers and their success and other life issues. Being alone with your thoughts can be toxic but it doesn’t mean that you cannot overcome it. After my stabbing last year, I spent…

5 reasons to self love

I hated the way I looked for as long as I could remember. I was teased in high school for having a big nose and being too thin. When school ended, I started eating unhealthy in a bid to get ‘fat’. I did not mind stuffing my face with those greasy cheeseburgers and double thick…

PICTURES: Trends we loved at Decorex Cape Town

Decorex Cape Town, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre until Tuesday, May 1, has some of the most stunning decor ideas for visitors. The 20th edition of the leading décor, design and lifestyle exhibition offers visitors an incredible range of #rhythmoflife features and on-trend design stands. Here were some of my favourites…   Images:…

Would you have plastic surgery?

I read somewhere that “looking fake was cool” . The writer believed that looking unnatural was what society should aspire to be like. While I disagree with their statements, I found that many people are now resorting to surgical procedures to look and feel youthful. Men and women are often not happy with their appearances…

There’s no time to seek approval from others

As a young boy I would wait for my teacher to give me a gold star when I did my homework and aced my speeches. I would also take my primary school teacher’s bag to her car and the class register to the office every day. I was the star pupil, and receiving a “well…

NEW: It’s A Fav

Hi readers😁 Thank you for always clicking on my links. Here’s a new column called Its A Fav that highlights all my likes for the week. Sit back, relax and enjoy the read. 📝✏😊 TV UnReal is back with their third season and I am over the moon. Fans waited for more than a year…

Maybe it’s time you gave your work desk a makeover

Imagine the horror when I get to work on Monday to find my desk an absolute mess. There’s newspaper all over the place, my coffee mug has stains from months before and my motivational frame is just minutes away from falling over. Okay, so maybe my desk is not as bad as it sounds, but…

My night at Ultra

When I told my close friends and family that I was going for Ultra South Africa in Johannesburg, they thought I was playing a practical joke on them. “Ultra doesn’t suit you,” one said. “You at Ultra, never!!!” another said. I brush the negative statements aside and pack my bags for a weekend getaway in…

5 ways to enjoy a 2018

We should be living our best lives everyday, be it in our careers, relationships and personal lives.

What 2017 taught me

This year has been one hell of a rollercoaster ride for me. There’s been good days, lots of bad days and days when I just wanted to block the world out for a few hours. Overall, this year has taught me so much about myself. 2017 taught me: I can live out my dreams I…

Are you a December driver?

It truly is the silly season, the silly season of bad drivers that is. At a time when alcohol is drunk just as much as water, accidents are plenty. In Durban, my hometown, I have seen more than a dozen accidents in a space of a week. The state of drivers on the road this…

Mall crazy

It is surprising how people flash their money during Christmas. I am at a grocery store, paying for crisps and chocolates when I see the man in front of me flashing wads of cash to the cashier. Not only do I think this is foolish, as this is the time when thieves prowl through the…

A slice of Greek living

Whenever I visit Cape Town, I make sure that I take a drive to Langebaan. This coastal town on the West Coast is 122 kilometers away from Cape Town, via the R27.  Despite the scorching Cape sun, I manage to navigate through Cape Town traffic to make it to Langebaan before sunset. Langebaan is on…

Review: Beaucience facial scrub

With someone with sensitive skin, I often shy away from cleansers and scrubs. So when I was sent Beaucience facial scrub to review, I was awfully skeptical.   I’m glad I took the leap of faith and tried it. The facial scrub contains organic white willow bark extract, apricot kernels and essential oils, making it…

Fancy dining with sharks

Clinton Dean attended the Cargo Hold relaunch and enjoyed its fresh new menu Cargo Hold relaunched its famous underwater restaurant recently and had a glitzy event to celebrate its fresh menu. A masquerade theme, the rainy Friday was filled with a great ambiance and food fit for kings. Guests were welcomed with champagne as they…

It’s going to be a Rain Christmas

Rain Africa revealed their new Christmas range, and everyone is going gaga over it. The new range titled #GiftsfromNature is made from verbena and patchouli. A select few Durban bloggers gathered in the quaint store, taking in the natural scents that Rain is so famous for. In fact, I was attracted to their store purely…

Surf Riders has something for everyone

Surf Riders on the Durban Beachfront is a hidden gem you should visit sometime. I was recently invited to lunch with a group of friends to sample some of the items on their menu. The manager, Samantha Shaw, escorted our table of four to a spot inside. The Durban weather was gloomy, but not the…

The eye serum that keeps me fresh

REVIEW: I am someone who rarely gets enough sleep. I am not sure why exactly insomnia worries me, but often the dark circles are as a result of this. With Clarins Men’s anti-fatigue eye serum, I am left feeling refreshed. So no matter how many late nights I have, wearing it always gives me that…

5 looks I love from Hombre’s Warrior range

Menswear designer, Vanessa Pillay, is a force to be reckoned with and her Warrior range, showcased at this year’s Durban Fashion Fair, shows that she has what it takes to take the international market by storm. Here are some looks I totally loved and how it can be incorporated to daily looks: Look 1: This…

Savoury doughnuts, veg corn dogs, Durban Street Food Festival has it all

If you do not have anything planned for tomorrow (September 25), I suggest you head down to The Pavilion Shopping Mall for the Durban Street Food Festival. Taking place this Heritage weekend, hundreds of people flocked to exit 5 on Pavillion upper level, a car park that was converted into the venue. For real foodies,…

My toffee obsession 

REVIEW: Fancy some toffee, Darling Sweets new range is all the hype. Clinton Moodley tried some. For anyone who knows me,  they know that I have a sweet tooth. Every night before either go to bed,  I enjoy a sweet treat. When Darling Sweets dropped off a toffee package for me last month I could not…

The tipping debate

To tip or not to tip, that is the question. Understanding this phenomenon is not hard, but often the actions of the waiter or the level of service received determines what exactly how much a person forks out for a tip.  A 10 percent tip is generally accepted. However after coming across a post on…

Men can be fashionable in Winter  

Winter fashion guide part 2: MO-T from Mi Casa and businessman Zareef Minty share some of their winter essentials for men.  Novelty Sweaters: Whether it is a cartooned motif or a kitsch retro advertisement, novelty sweaters have been playfully featured on the streets, lending personality to the simplest of looks. The key to choosing novelty…

Author Lesley Pearse spills the beans on writing

Author Lesley Pearse  is in South Africa to promote her new book The Woman in the Wood. Clinton Moodley spoke to her.  Let me start by saying that I am a fan of your work. Tell us about your new book, The Woman in the Wood?  It is set in 1960, when 15 year old…

When all else fails, find reasons to live

Suicide: the one word that can ruin someone’s life, their potential to succeed and go on for another day. Journalists are exposed to suicide regularly. I remember going out on a suicide story on my first day as a journalism intern. We had heard that a 16 year old girl killed herself in her back…

Nickelodeon Slimefest comes to Ushaka

Nickelodeon Slimefest came to Ushaka Marine World this weekend. Clinton Moodley met with some incredible people at the music festival and photographed some of them.

That morning in Port Elizabeth

It may seem trivial to one person, but being a victim of crime is no trivial matter. I am sharing my story to help other trauma suffers get help and live their best life despite what they went through.  A moment can change your life.  Life can be like that. One moment you are happy and…

Social scene: Gerald Wells His and Her fragrance launch

Gerald Wells launched their His and Her fragrance at the Hillcrest Corner on Thursday night. The fragrance took three years to complete and judging by guests reactions, it was worth the long wait. Guests were treated to free styling from the Splush and The Barber stores that is owned by Gerald Wells. Clinton Moodley was…

Your guide to Time Of The Writer 2017

I am so proud that there is an event aimed at writers and giving them a platform to showcase their work. The 20th Time of the Writer Festival is one such event that allows a voice for writers. It will be held in Durban from 13 to 18 March in Durban. This celebratory edition is…

#AlwaysChooseHappiness

Social media has become a toxic mirror influencing who we are and what we do. Here are some stats: *Three million children per month are absent from school due to bullying. *20% of children who are cyberbullied think about suicide, and 1 in 10 attempt it. *4500 kids commit suicide each year. *Suicide is the…

TRAVEL: Wine o’clock

 CAPE TOWN: PART 5 I woke up with a headache, my body floating with happiness. Today was a good day and worth the grogginess I now feel. 10 hours earlier Durbanville Hills Wine Estate was on my itinerary today. The day before, I called the estate and booked a cellar tour and a table at…