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I was a... princess for a day.

This past weekend I clocked another year under the belt. I'm not ashamed of my age. Quite the contrary, I embrace it. I turned...



The serious side of the celebration is that after almost pegging at 18 from cancer and 38 from a heart attack, my age is almost an act of defiance! You have to love (and embrace) bonus time!

I didn't go too large over the weekend though. In fact, the biggest irony is that despite the industry i've been in for the last 20 years ,which is all about glitz and glamour, I prefer low key events. Lunch was with my close friends at a restaurant in Melrose Arch, and then for dinner it was just Nicole and I.

My staff at Smooch Forest Hill also surprised me with a birthday cake...



And my girls baked me a cake. Well, actually that's ALMOST true. They helped mum bake the cake, by licking the icing of the mixer...



Oh, and let me not forget, Tayla-Jean insisted on turning me into a princess on the morning of my birthday...



Speaking of princess, Tayla-Jean and her best friends dressed up yesterday to perform their first ever dance recital on stage at the Barnyard Theatre in Sandton...



She looked so beautiful in her dress. As a dad, I almost shed a tear... because I couldn't be there. While she was at the Barnyard, I was on a flight to Durban for work. As luck would have it, my daughter landed up being too shy to go on stage. She definitely isn't following in Dad's footsteps, but I was nevertheless so proud of my little girl.

As I write this blog I'm overlooking Durban's North Beach. I haven't been here in years. Whenever we come to the area, we always stay in Umhlanga, but this time around I'm at the Elangeni Hotel to give a talk this morning to Old Mutual brokers. I have to say, the hotel has had a major revamp and is fantastic. Well done Southern Sun!

And while in Durban, I just HAD to have curry last night...



YUM!! I'm here for another night before heading off to Port Elizabeth tomorrow, so I think tonight's menu will be curry again!

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