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Saturday, 7 October 2017

Whale Watching Season in Hermanus | Best Spots & Time of Year to See Whales in South Africa Western Cape June to December

Have a Whale of a Time in Hermanus

Watch the world’s gentle giants of the deep frolic in waters of Walker Bay

Last Update 10 July 2017
Wedged between the mountain and the sea, the quaint hamlet of Hermanus has been rated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as one of the twelve best whale watching locations in the world, and it is often regarded as the heart of the whale route.
This story-book fishing village along the southern coast is, arguably, one of the Western Cape’s most breathtaking destinations and is complemented by a range of fine restaurants, art galleries, boutiques and more. It’s no wonder that pods of whales pack their sunscreen and beach towels, bound for the sheltered bays and coves of Walker Bay. 
Southern Right whaleThis whale is distinguished by callosities (calluses) on its head, a broad back without a dorsal fin and a long, arching mouth that begins above the eye. These mammals often swim close to the shore: if the looming shadow of a big fish at your hotel window leaves you cowering under the duvet, it’s probably real.
Interesting fact: an adult female can weigh up to 80 tonnes. Male Southern Right Whales have, what are arguably, the largest testicles in the animal kingdom: each weighing about 500kg.
Best time to spot them: July – November.
Humpback whaleThe humpback has a distinctive body shape, with long pectoral fins and a knobby head. Curious about their environment, they will approach whale watching boats closely, often sunbathing near the boat for a while. They pass through Hermanus on their way to a scuba diving holiday in St Lucia.
Interesting fact: Male Humpback whales produce complex songs, sometimes lasting 10 to 20 minutes long. These songs are often repeated for hours at a time, and while scientists have not yet figured out the tune’s porpoise (ahem, purpose) some believe it is related to mating rituals.
Best time to spot them: May – December.
If you haven't yet seen the marvel of this mega creature, check out this video performance
Bryde’s whaleBryde’s whales are named after the Norwegian consul to South Africa, John Bryde, who helped set up the first whaling station in Durban. They are medium-sized, dark grey in colour with a white underbelly.
Interesting fact: Bryde’s Whales can reach depths of up to 300m while diving and can stay submerged up to a maximum of 20 minutes!
Best time to spot them: all year round.

You can also spot: Orcas, although sightings are occasional.

LAND BASED WHALE WATCHING: “While sunbathing at a local beach, I can sometimes spot up to five or six whales, just behind the last set of waves,” says a Hermanus Tourism representative.
As Mzansi’s capital of whale spotting, Hermanus offers residents and visitors alike a number of vantage points to spot these deep sea divers. Whether you’re sunbathing along the beach, perched atop the 12-km cliff with its panoramic view or simply waking to an unobscured view of the ocean, chances are high of spotting a giant tail or a breaching whale.
Gearings Point is a popular spot that offers a panoramic view of the bay; viewing terraces at the Old Harbour make it possible to spot Southern Right whales; and spotters can also catch a glimpse of breaching whales at Dreunkrans, Windsor Bay, De Gang, Siever's Point, Kwaaiwater as well as Voëlklip and Grotto beaches.
The Whale CrierWhen Southern Right whales come to the warm waters of Hermanus to mate and calve it is the job of The Whale Crier to alert shore-based whale watchers to the whereabouts of whales, by blowing a message, via a horn made of kelp. A sandwich board around his neck informs visitors how they may interpret codes. For updates on whale whereabouts, call +27 (0)78 1159214, or the whale watching hotline on +27 (0) 28 312 2629.
Whale, Wine and Wors Tour by Wine FliesAlternatively, if you’d like to view these lords of the deep under slightly more adventurous circumstances, it’s worth investigating boutique wine tour operator Wines Flies’  Whale, Wine and Wors Tour .  As the first ‘W’ suggests, guests will get to do some land-based whale watching in Hermanus, which is facilitated by one of the fun-loving company’s experienced and amiable tour guides.  Beforehand though,  tour-goers will tackle the remaining ‘Ws’: Wine tastings at the Middelvlei Wine Estate in Stellenbosch and a boerewors and cider pairing in Grabouw also form part of the experience. 
Cost: Wine Flies’ Whale, Wine and Wors tour costs R650p/p, which includes all tastings, food pairings and lunch. Tours run every Tuesday and Thursday (July to December) from 7:30am-6pm. Phone: +27 (0) 21 462 8011|
African Wings “The biggest advantage of aerial whale watching is that you are able to see the whole whale, as well as its calf,” says owner of African Wings, Evan Austin, “If a mother lies on her back with her stomach on the surface, the calf will try repeatedly to slide up on her stomach, where it will lie between her pectoral fins for a stroke.” On your private, 30-minute flight (max. 3 passengers); you’ll see whales playing, mating and breaching, unaware of human presence. African Wings have been known to spot up to 198 whales, during one 30 minute flight over Walker Bay.
Weltevrede Airfield | Stanford | +27 (0) 28 312 2701
Hermanus Whale Cruises“The best way to view whales is by boat,” enthuses manager, Phillipus May, “you interact with them and are far better informed of their behaviour, which makes for an exhilarating experience.” Your two hour cruise includes cool drinks and snacks, as well as hotel transfers.

245 Westcliff Road | New Harbour | Hermanus | Western Cape | +27 (0)28 313 2722
Southern Right Charters“Observing, not disturbing” is the motto of the ‘Miroshca’ – a luxury catamaran, built with passenger safety in mind. Four different viewing levels and outside walking areas provide an opportunity to get up close with curious whales that swim right up to the vessel.

The Whale Shack | New Harbour | Hermanus | C/O Westcliff Drive and Stil Road | +27(0)82 353 0550
The Whale MuseumNoel Ashton uses paintings and scientific illustrations to tell the fascinating story of underwater lives of Southern Right Whales. His daily show, at the Whale Museum, is sponsored by the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
The Whale Museum | Behind Market Place | Hermanus | Western Cape | +27 (0)28 312 1475
The Hermanus Whale Festival
Thousands of enthusiastic visitors come to Hermanus for the annual whale festival, which marks the return of the Southern Right whales to the waters of Walker Bay. This year the event is happening in October and there’s live music, art exhibitions, colourful stalls and food stands.
Main Road | Hermanus | Western Cape | +27(0)21 313 0928
From Cape Town:
  • Take the N2 through Somerset West and Grabouw and travel towards Caledon.
  • After crossing the Houw Hoek Pass (just before Bot River), the road will split.
  • One fork will take you on the N2 towards Caledon and the other will take you on the R320 towards Hermanus.
  • Take the R320 to Hermanus.
  • At the T-junction, turn left and follow the R43.
  • Pass the Kleinmond turn-off.
  • Drive passed Hawston and Onrus and head straight into Hermanus.
Make a weekend of it and have a look at these accommodation options in Hermanus. If you can only stay for a day, here are our must-do tips for a day trip, and for the more adventurous, we’ve got an overview jam-packed with awesome activities.
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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

5 places to experience local food in Kuala Lumpur - The City

5 places to experience local food in Kuala Lumpur.
The City List have invited back Dale and Yana from DYFOODIESONTHEGO who provided us a couple of weeks ago with the fantastic 5 Japanese Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur worth your Money. They are back this time around where they recommend five places to experience local food in Kuala Lumpur, Enjoy!


Restoran Sate KL

Sate at Restoran Sate Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Come here for chunky portions of Satay

Hungry for Satay in the middle of KL City? Make way to Restoran Sate KL, Opposite Menara Celcom where you can find huge, juicy portions of Satay!
Awesome Rating : 9/10
Sate Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Location : 300, Jalan Tun Razak, Au 1, 50400 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours : Daily from 4PM-10.30PM

Valentine Roti

Roti at Valentine Roti Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Come here for crispy and paper thin Roti Canai

" When Roti meets Valentine you fall in love "
Tugged in a small corner along Japan Semarak is this award winning Roti Canai stall.
What makes their Roti Canai different from the others is their fluffiness. It's not an easy task to achieve this as the Roti Canai maker tosses it in the air several times more than the usual. They also pride themself in making their own dough to achieve this.
Their menu is extensive from Roti Planta to Maggi Goreng. This is a place you will never go hungry again and it doesn't cost you much to do that.
Awesome Rating : 9/10                                                           
Location : Stor No. 1, Jalan Semarak, Opposite Menara Celcom, 54000 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours : Daily from 5PM-2AM Close on Sundays

Restoran Meng Kee Grill Fish

Street Food, Jalan Alor
Restoran Meng Kee Grill Fish Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Come here for a wide selection of local Chinese, Thai, Indian food.

Special BBQ Chicken wings only in Jalan Alor tastes like the beef satay from China - next to 7 eleven opposite Changkat Bukit Bintang
Visit Restoran Meng Kee Grill Fish if you want to savour good local Chinese food. The other Thai tomyam restaurants around the corner cooks up dishes as equally scrumptious.
Awesome rating : 9/10
Restoran Meng Kee Grill Fish outside in Kuala Lumpur Malaysa
Location : 39, Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours : Daily from 5PM-4AM

Ikan Bakar Bellamy   

Ikan Bakar Bellamy off, Lorong Bellamy Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Come here for grilled fish with local malay side dishes
You know your at the right place once you smell the aroma of the grilled fish. The fish here is wrapped with banana leaves to give it's wonderful aroma and at the same time help maintain the moisture of the fish. We actually fell in love with their marinade above everything else. A good balance of sour and spicy. Their other side dishes are equally good. Have them with a plate of rice with Sambal Belacan at the side. Heavenly.
Awesome Rating : 8.5/10
Ikan Bakar Bellamy off, Lorong Bellamy Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Location : off, Lorong Bellamy & Jalan Istana, Bukit Petaling, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours : Daily from 12PM-4PM

Tugu View Café   

 Tugu View Cafe Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Come here for Kari Kepala Ikan next to a tourist spot
After heading to Tugu Negara if you happen to come by along the fallen warriors path. Don’t miss the chance for lunch at Tugu View Café. Fish Head Curry with some vegetables and Fried Chicken will complete your day tour with a Bang.
Awesome Rating : 8.5/10
Location : Jalan Sultan Salahuddin, Kuala Lumpur, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours : Daily from 7AM-6PM Close on Sundays

*All illustrations provided in this brief is courtesy of dyfoodiesonthego.

Dale and Yana felt in love more than a decade ago over culinary differences and their love for travel. Their passion soon bloomed into their very own Blog on Instagram and recently just launched Facebook account, Dyfoodiesonthego. DY (Dale and Yana) as the Blog’s name represents; both Cooks, Photographs and write individual reviews of Food, Hotels and Restaurants for the local and international scene cohesively. Dale and Yana’s background extends to a multiracial blend of Portuguese, French, Chinese, Malay and Thai descent. Making each and every of that review a more indebt one.
The idea of Dyfoodiesonthego initially came about to relief each other’s pain in deciding where to eat for the day. Which they bet most of us can relate to this. Sometimes even creating unnecessary arguments during the decision making process. That ultimately made them take on the food blogosphere together to give a helping hand back to society. It was a tool for their friends, family and fellow travellers to source for an easier alternative into the best food around the city and the globe. They have travelled extensively around the Asian region and even to further places like  America and Europe to bring you their awesome reviews which is most importantly unbiased. If the food sucks they will say that it is.
As an interesting fact, The Asian Food Channel and the Food Network channel played a major role in their food and travelling blogs start up. It was love at first watch, and they became addicted.
Back then in 2007, before the start of their social media influence. Dale and Yana were actively finding ways on how to up the ante on their cooking skills while exchanging views on new recipes. They soon discovered that writing a food blog could help them further showcase their talents. Soon enough the Malaysia food scene was booming and there was so much to try and discover. Dyfoodiesonthego never turned back since then.
You can visit them via their Instagram account or  Facebook

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Monday, 4 September 2017

Photographer Finds Locations Of 1960s Postcards To See How They Look Today, And The Difference Is Unbelievable

Photographer Finds Locations Of 1960s Postcards To See How They Look Today, And The Difference Is Unbelievable

Not long ago an old matchbook laying on photographer Pablo Iglesias Maurer’s desk caught his eye. Or rather, it was the postcard-like picture on it, of a resort complex built in the 1960s. It got Pablo wondering how the place looked now, and the answer has led him to make an amazing photo series called Abandoned States.
The picture came with the title How to Run A Successful Golf Course, but when Maurer got to the place, it was clear the owner of Penn Hills Resort didn’t follow that advice. He pointed the camera at the decaying building at roughly the same spot and did a ‘5-decades-after’ shot of the place.
Ever since then, Pablo was hooked. He ordered more 60s postcards from eBay and started going around the country capturing these once beautiful buildings that now stand abandoned only as faint memories of what once was.
“The postcards, have their own haze—the places were never as nice as they look. I often struggle to get the two images to line up, as well. But time blurs the difference, and brings everything into focus.”
More info: TwitterDCist (H/T: Bored Panda)


More of the indoor pool at Grossinger’s. The tiled floor was heated, the entire structure air conditioned. Above, beautiful mid-century “sputnik” chandeliers cast a glow on the swimmers below. Below the pool are exercise rooms, a gym, salon and a host of other amenities. The pool has sat vacant since the late 90’s and has fallen beyond repair.
Pablo Iglesias MaurerBill Bard Associates


Grossinger’s outdoor pool, olympic sized, built in 1949 at a cost of $400,000 (about $5 million in today’s market.) Long gone are the private cabanas, changing room and lounges that used to surround it.
Pablo Iglesias MaurerBill Bard Associates


The browns and reds and oranges of this Poconos dining hall’s carpet have turned green, the color of the moss that’s taken its place.
Pablo Iglesias MaurerKardmasters


The Homowack Lodge now sits abandoned on the southern edge of the famed “Borscht Belt.” On its lower level, maybe the highlight of the place, a four-lane Brunswick bowling alley. It has seen better days. The resort closed in the mid-2000’s but lived on briefly, first as a Hasidic resort and lastly as the site of a summer camp—one which was forced to shut down after the NY Department of Environmental Conservation deemed it uninhabitable.
Pablo Iglesias Maurer,Bill Bard Associates


Grossinger’s indoor tennis center. The rear of the postcard is an ad for Grossinger’s rye bread, a local staple during the resort’s operation. Resort royalty Jenny Grossinger lays out the pitch: “The fun and fresh air people get here at Grossinger’s really gives them an appetite. They love all of our food – and a particular favorite is our Grossinger’s rye and pumpernickel bread. Now you can get this same healthy, flavorful bread at your local food store. Try a loaf. I’m sure you’ll love it.”
Pablo Iglesias MaurerFPC advertising


Sunbathing and swimming in the Poconos. Postmarked, 1967. “Dear Jonnie: If you were only here, I would take you out for a horse-back ride – or else we could go golfing. Be good until I see you. Dr. Waterman.”
Pablo Iglesias MaurerKardmaster Brochures


The indoor pool at Grossinger’s, which opened in 1958. Elizabeth Taylor attended the pool’s opening, and Florence Chadwick – the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions – took the first dip in it. From Ross Padluck’s excellent “Lost Architecture of Paradise”: “…The new indoor pool at Grossinger’s was the zenith of the Catskills. Nothing quite like it had ever been built, and nothing ever would be again. It represented everything about the Catskills in the 1950s-style: extravagance, luxury, modernism and celebrity.”
Pablo Iglesias MaurerBill Bard Associates


The cocktail lounge of a now-defunct resort in the Poconos. “Peaceful relaxation – healthful recreation,” says the caption on the rear of the card.
Pablo Iglesias MaurerKardmaster Brochures 


The caption on the back of this Pocono resort’s postcard touts this theater as the “resort world’s most modern showplace.” With a capacity of 1200, it remains splendorous even in disrepair. This postcard is also postmarked, and filled out. “Having a lovely weekend here. All pleasure – only exercise is rowing a boat and playing shuffleboard! Nice to be lady-like and not “rushing” about! We will see you soon.”
Pablo Iglesias MaurerKardmaster Brochures 



After a fire destroyed the main building at this resort in the Poconos, a replacement went up in the early 70’s. It is a truly striking sight, a modernist spaceship tucked away deep in the woods.
Pablo Iglesias MaurerKardmasters 


The Mies van der Rohe-inspired “Jenny G Wing” opened in 1964 and was among the last structures erected at Grossinger’s. It was designed by famed architect Morris Lapidus—the man who near single-handedly created the “Miami Modern” look in hotels and, more locally, designed the Capitol Skyline Hotel.
Pablo Iglesias MaurerBill Bard and Associates


Stairs lead down to an abandoned theater in the Poconos. The curtain last fell here sometime in the early 90’s
Pablo Iglesias MaurerKardmasters


On the inside of the matchbook, some text: “Swim n’ Sun Indoor Swimming Pool at Penn Hills Lodge and Cottages. The Poconos’ Finest Modern Resort.”
Pablo Iglesias MaurerUnknown


A residential building at a Poconos resort sits in disrepair. On the back of the postcard: “Dear Bernie – Don’t think we forgot you – but we’re having such a grand time that post cards are a chore! This is the life & the place & the people are grand. We couldn’t be happier or have more fun. See you soon! Love, Lou & Shiela.
Pablo Iglesias MaurerKardmaster


Looking down the side of that same 70’s structure. “Ultra-modern building houses the dining room, cocktail lounge, lobbies and offices.”
Pablo Iglesias MaurerKardmaster Brochures


Abandoned StatesA lane attendant at the Homowack lodge in the Catskills.
Pablo Iglesias MaurerCatskills Institute at Brown University


Postcard caption: “Birchwood is the only resort offering three swimming pool facilities, indoor pool, outdoor pool and lake with beach. Pictured here is beautiful Eagle Lake, at the foot of the Village Green. Here couples enjoy the white-sand beach, chaise lounges, bicycle and row boats, and fish off its shores … Six low-cost all-expense package plans include indoor swimming, airplane rides, movies, bowling, horseback riding, all winter sports and 40 other free activities!” More recently, the hangar at the resort’s airstrip served a different purpose: cop killer Eric Frein made the place his home during a weeks-long manhunt and was eventually apprehended just a stone’s throw from Eagle Lake.
Pablo Iglesias MaurerPlanned Color Post Cards
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