The Phantom of the Opera and Nelson Mandela Square

I had such an excellent day yesterday. It started with me meeting my friend for breakfast at Ciao Baby at Cedar Square and it was great to just relax, chat and catch up as we have been so busy lately and phone calls, emails and SMS’s only go so far. It is just fabulous and good for the soul to hang out with your best friend.

In the afternoon I met my cousin and her family at Nelson Mandela Square which is linked to Sandton City shopping centre. It has many restaurants as well as the Sandton library and Michelangelo hotel that overlook the square and the bronze statue of Nelson Mandela.

In the evening I went with my mom, cousin and friend to The Phantom of the Opera at The Teatro at Montecasino and what a magnificent production. I have seen it before but I couldn’t remember the story so it was like watching it again for the first time. I loved it and the phantom, played by Jonathan Roxmouth, was simply superb! I had goose bumps through the whole performance of The music of the night. Not only did Jonathan sing this with so much control and emotion but his acting matched his velvet voice. I was extremely impressed. We ended the evening with coffee and dessert at The Meat company. We each tried something else, crème brulee, chocolate mousse, malva pudding and fridge cheese cake. Their desserts are absolutely divine but the mousse was extremely rich and the malva pudding very sweet but what a phenomenal evening!

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Movie and lunch at Cedar Square Mall in Fourways

I watched The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movie today at Cedar Square Mall in Fourways and what a phenomenal movie. It is a feel good movie with a star-studded (mostly British cast including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy) about adventure to a foreign land, tolerance, acceptance and life lessons learned. I thoroughly enjoyed it and the film was packed with brilliant laughing moments as well as sincere and affectionate ones. The experiences of the retirees in third world country India reminded me a lot of Africa, over crowdedness, animals in the road, crazy taxis and busses with little regard for traffic rules but filled with charming people. After the movie we had late lunch at Ciao Baby Cucina where I had one of the best coffee shakes ever. It was a great day and what I love about Cedar Square is that it is never so busy, is open and spacious. What a fabulous relaxing day!

Dinner in the sky

My friend was telling me about this new craze for people to have dinner in the sky while suspended 50-100m above ground. She took her husband for his birthday at Cedar Square over the weekend. They have these all over the country and you can book it online via Computicket. I love mother earth and I am not fond of heights so I don’t understand why people would want to do such crazy things. You can also do corporate events and meetings but honestly! I would be utterly useless, given you are able to get me up there and probably only after you have given me lots and lots of drugs.