Archive for May, 2013

My tattoo finished by the amazingly talented Bea at Jaded Ink


… my next session will be to touch up the sides.. my “bells and whistles” session …

Then off to the crossfit  Africa Regionals… (blog to follow).


My plan today was to go and watch the finals, but Erin reminded me we hadn’t had an Erin daddy day in a while… now I cant refuse THAT! !! to the golf course we go, and Erin being Erin, she loves choosing her own clothes, depending on whatever she’s thinking about at the time. Normally golf games have her sporting handbags draped over her shoulder,swinging her club wearing a princess dress or something alike.

Not today.


Today she went for a different look, which, LOL, definately raised a few eyebrows and small smiles at the golf course


She showed me how to keep calm after a bad shot…not that I have them , everything of course is planned. I mean, I’ve spent big money to play golf,I may as well get to experience every part of it.


And of course,Erin loves playing a round with her daddy. It really is an awesome time for me. A great bonding session,watching her running around, picking flowers, raking bunkers, smashing balls.. One of her favourite things is lifting her head so the wind from the golf cart blows her hair…

All in all, a great weekend.

Now to face the week… Sigh!!

For many years I have wanted a tattoo,but have always been too chicken to go ahead with it. In March, CHOC organised a tattoo-a- thon to raise money for cancer research, and I thought…THIS is the opportunity!

So I went ahead and booked my tattoo. Circumstances happened, and I couldnt go to the origional booking, and ended up going today after work.

Now, the decision as to what to have is always a tough one. I had an image in mind, and sat with artist, Bea, who transformed my ideas into a work of art. For me, I felt I needed to choose something that means alot. Not just a design from books. Its going to be permanent, so I gad to have something that represents ME!!

And so the time had begun, sitting on the sterile bed, in cubicle that resembles an isolation unit in an ICU definately put me at ease. Bea’s easy-go conversations placing me at ease, explaining everything as she went along..


The picture traced onto my arm…And…. Off we go! The buzzing started and I felt the first little sting.


I must admit, it really was an interesting experience. Not nearly as bad as I was expecting, just an annoying continuous little sting. But Bea kept me at ease, and we yacked away… Yes, even me (to those who know me well) while she performed her artwork


I have a new found respect for tattoo artists. A profession woven by passion and a artistic gift that has not gone to waste.

A HUGE thanks to Bea at Jaded Ink

Oh, yes… The finished product?


Well, almost finished… Touch up to follow..

This was posted by Phoenixmasonry Masonic Museum and Library – USA

I found it thought provoking and relevant, and felt the need to share:

Alexander, after conquering many kingdoms, was returning home.
On the way, he fell ill and it took him to his death bed.
With death staring him in his face, Alexander realized how his conquests,his great army, his sharp sword and all his wealth were of no consequence.
He now longed to reach home to see his mother’s face and bid her his last adieu.
 But, he had to accept the fact that his sinking health would not permit him to reach his distant homeland.

So, the mighty conqueror lay prostrate and pale, helplessly waiting to breathe his last.
He called his generals and said, “I will depart from this world soon, I have three wishes, please carry them out without fail.”
With tears flowing down their cheeks, the generals agreed to abide by their king’s last wishes.

1) “My first desire is that”, said Alexander, “My physicians alone must” carry my coffin.”

2) After a pause, he continued, “Secondly, I desire that when my coffin is being carried to the grave, the path leading to the graveyard be strewn with gold, silver and precious stones which I have collected in my treasury”.

3) The king felt exhausted after saying this. He took a minute’s rest and continued. “My third and last wish is that both my hands be kept dangling out of my coffin”.

The people who had gathered there wondered at the king’s strange wishes.
But no one dared bring the question to their lips.. Alexander’s favorite general kissed his hand and pressed them to his heart.
“O king, we assure you that all your wishes will be fulfilled. But tell us why do you make such strange wishes?”
At this Alexander took a deep breath and said:”I would like the world to know of the three lessons I have just learnt.

Lessons to be learnt from last 3 wishes of King Alexander…

🙂 I want my physicians to carry my coffin because people should realize that no doctor on this earth can really cure any body. They are powerless and cannot save a person from the clutches of death. So let not people take life for granted.

:-)The second wish of strewing gold, silver and other riches on the path to the graveyard is to tell People that not even a fraction of gold will come with me. I spent all my life Greed of Power, earning riches but cannot take anything with me. Let people realize that it is a sheer waste of time to chase wealth.

:-)About my third wish of having my hands dangling out of the coffin, I wish people to know that I came empty handed into this world and empty handed I go out of this world”.With these words, the king closed his eyes.Soon he let death conquer him and breathed his last. . . .


Remember, your Health is in your own hands, look after it. Wealth is only meaningful if you can share and also enjoy while you are still alive, kicking & healthy. What you do for yourself, dies with you. But what you do for others will live for ever.

Leave the Legacy behind.