The Review

Radisson RED Cape Town – a living artistic explosion

Radisson RED Cape Town – a living artistic explosion

 

The sales guy (Brett Delport – read more about him here) from Radisson RED had been trying to get us to come and do a site inspection for a while already, but we are always so busy.  One of my international clients mentioned how important it is for us to offer some funky artistic hotels for our delegates to stay in and I knew at that point that I had to make it a p

riority to visit the hotel.  Boy was I in for a surprise!!

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect and when I got there it seemed like a train station – busy-ness everywhere!! People checking out.  People going to breakfast.  People surfing the net.  People waiting for other people.  Wow!  What an energy.

There’s no reception desk. No concierge. No port couture.  No anything hotel-ish. No carpets on the floors – just art everywhere you look.  The minute you walk in, though, someone notices you and walks up to greet you with a smile.  Radisson RED is a lifestyle hotel focusing on art and they encourage you as a guest to be yourself.  They accept their guests for who they are. (Wow, isn’t that awesome?).

What struck me was the fact that none of their staff were dressed in suits – they all wore jeans and Radisson RED T-shirts.  The staff had the freedom to express who they are – with their tattoos showing and their spiky funky hairstyles and red sneakers.  (Even the GM kept stalking us). Totally awesome! Vibey! Just the place you need to go to grab a dose of positive artistic energy.

Their conference rooms are on the small side, but they have little details that I haven’t seen anywhere else.  Like a vinyl record player –and they find out what your music preference is and the record is there waiting for you to press “play” and set the scene.  Lego Star Wars characters abound with little personalised messages to inspire your delegates.

Jack Black brewery is a permanent resident (well, so it would seem) with their craft beer available on tap and their merchandise on sale.  Radisson RED believes in promoting local art, local cuisine and local beer (and wine, and well anything else local).

Their rooms are fairly small, but because of their minimalistic approach, they feel spacious.  No room for beige they say (and what a relief!!).  Everything is vibrant – red and white.  With all the little details thought of.  Yes, you get real milk in your fridge instead of those little sachet things that squirt everywhere when you pop them open.  And a smart TV that has all the information you need to survive your stay in the Mother City.

At the breakfast room / restaurant, there is a selfie station where you can take your photo and it is loaded onto their selfie wall.  Pretty cool (especially for all those vain selfie addicted peeps).

Overall, I really was impressed with their fresh approach.  Radisson RED should be Radisson RAD in my opinion.  Everything was fresh, creative, positive and vibey.  I would recommend this hotel any day to our international and local guests. 

And best of all – they are water conscious.  Cape Town is currently experiencing severe drought with level 5 water restrictions.  Radisson RED is doing their bit by creating awareness (there’s a whole channel on their smart TV to show you how you can save water) – and you can ask for a bucket to place in your shower to collect water.  This is used for cleaning of the building.  I think that is really really awesome!

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Read their blog here:  https://www.radissonred.com/blog/

This says it all:  https://www.radissonred.com/

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The Review – Katy Perry’s song “Rise”

The Review – Katy Perry’s song “Rise”

I was driving home today.  It had been raining and cold the whole day in Cape Town.  Clouds made the day seem dark and grey and the traffic followed suit – it was standing still.  Congestion wherever you turned.  What do I do when this happens?  I turn up my music and sing my heart out.  Katy Perry’s song “Rise” came on and as I was singing, I realised that the catchy tune carried an extremely deep and important message.  Don’t give up – no matter what life throws at you, rise above it.  You will survive.

Have you ever actually listened to the words?  Here they are – let them sink in.  Print them out and paste them up on your wall where you can see them every day.  Most of life’s survival techniques come from the state of your mind – if you believe you can do it, you will.  Take some time to grasp the full meaning of this song – it is absolutely amazing!!  If you believe you can do it, you will do it. J

 

“Rise”

 

I won’t just survive

Oh, you will see me thrive

Can’t write my story

I’m beyond the archetype

 

I won’t just conform

No matter how you shake my core

‘Cause my roots—they run deep, oh

 

Oh, ye of so little faith

Don’t doubt it, don’t doubt it

Victory is in my veins

I know it, I know it

And I will not negotiate

I’ll fight it, I’ll fight it

I will transform

 

When, when the fire’s at my feet again

And the vultures all start circling

They’re whispering, “You’re out of time,”

But still I rise

 

This is no mistake, no accident

When you think the final nail is in

Think again

Don’t be surprised

I will still rise

 

I must stay conscious

Through the madness and chaos

So I call on my angels

They say

 

Oh, ye of so little faith

Don’t doubt it, don’t doubt it

Victory is in your veins

You know it, you know it

And you will not negotiate

Just fight it, just fight it

And be transformed

 

‘Cause when, when the fire’s at my feet again

And the vultures all start circling

They’re whispering, “You’re out of time,”

But still I rise

 

This is no mistake, no accident

When you think the final nail is in

Think again

Don’t be surprised

I will still rise

Eddie the Eagle (Movie) – Review

Eddie the Eagle (Movie) – Review

I watched this move almost by mistake… it’s not the type of movie that I would normally watch.  This comes from a combination of boredom and having the freedom to watch anything I want to.  My friend and I were looking for a movie to watch while my husband watched his 6th game of rugby for the day (we had watched enough rugby to last the rest of the year).  The real motivation behind watching this movie was because Hugh Jackman was in it – he is really HOT!  Little did I realise that this movie would blow me away.

Based on a true story about Michael (Eddie) Edwards who had a dream to be an Olympian.  Since he was a little kid in leg braces and he seemed to be the most unlikely candidate, his goal in life was to participate in the Olympics.  He never gave up on his dream and as one option after another became a dead end, Eddie kept pushing to find his opportunity to participate in the Olympics.

This is a story of real courage, determination and perseverance.  Eddie didn’t care what people thought about him.  He didn’t care that he was the most unlikely athlete.  In his heart he had a dream to be an Olympian and that’s all that mattered.

After overcoming all the obstacles, Eddie participated in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary (yes, the same Olympics as the Jamaican bobsled team from the movie Cool Runnings).  He came 73rd out of 73 ski jumpers, but he was the happiest and proudest of them all.  Even the number one ski jumper commented that he wished he could be as happy as Eddie was even though he was in last place.  For Eddie, all that mattered was that he had fulfilled his dream – he was an Olympian and no one could ever take that away from him.

The move is a little corny in places, but what really made it special is that it wasn’t a Walt Disney created feel-good movie.  This is based on a real story that happened, and it goes to show that if you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything – just don’t give up.  Don’t care what people think.  Create your own opportunities.

When you feel discouraged and think that you will never be able to achieve your dreams – you won’t!  Because you believe you won’t!  When you are tempted to lose faith, remember Eddie the Eagle – he really did it.  He never lost sight of his dreams.  And he was really really happy to be last – because his goal was not to win, but to participate in the Olympic Games.

Here is an interesting quote from an interview with the real Eddie Edwards:

“Only the Eagle could launch off a mountain and plummet like a dead parrot. “I was a true amateur and embodied what the Olympic spirit is all about,” he [Eddie] says. “To me, competing was all that mattered. Americans are very much ‘Win! Win! Win!’ In England, we don’t give a fig whether you win. It’s great if you do, but we appreciate those who don’t. The failures are the people who never get off their bums. Anyone who has a go is a success.””

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/whatever-happened-to-eddie-eagle-britains-most-lovable-ski-jumper-180949438/#BSXlV5GcODKHsHqA.99

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“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.” – Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the Olympic Games

You can read an interesting interview with the real Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards here:  https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/mar/28/eddie-the-eagle-film-olympic-ski-jumper-interview-michael-edwards

Watch the movie trailer here:  http://www.historyvshollywood.com/video/eddie-the-eagle-trailer/

You can be whoever and whatever you want to be – so what are you waiting for?

The Review – “the little book of HAPPINESS” by Lucy Lane

The Review – “the little book of HAPPINESS” by Lucy Lane

A few weeks ago I was browsing through Loot.co.za (I am an avid and enthusiastic on-line shopper) and imagine how excited I was to find this little book.  I just had to buy it.

Loot took about 2 weeks to deliver it, and when it finally did arrive, I was not disappointed.

What’s great about this little book is that it is tiny – it fits in the palm of your hand and weighs next to nothing.  So you can carry it around with you wherever you go.

The book is filled with quotes and short reminders for busy people on how to stay happy and stay focussed on being happy.  Here’s a short excerpt to whet your appetite:

“SIMPLE PLEASURES ARE BEST.  Savour the everyday things that you enjoy.  Focus on anything you like – hugging your pet, drinking a refreshing juice or smelling the food you are about to eat.  Give yourself time to notice these agreeable things and life becomes full of plentiful small pleasures.”

Take it with you when you travel, when you go to work, or when you are going for a walk.  These short reminders will prompt you to focus on the positive and happy things in life and not let the negativity get you down.

CLICK HERE TO FIND IT

About Me

My name is Carolyn Melnick, better known as Caro (or Crazy Caro).  My claim to fame is nothing extraordinary.  I am a mom, a wife and an employee.  My life revolves around making sure that my kids get what they need and trying not to neglect my husband too much (which is no mean achievement given the crazy job that I have and the amount of travelling I do).

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