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Archicad 15

The excitement of seeing how Archicad is packaged … and going through the installation process is something that many architects (atleast the ones that I know) have never gone through. So when it be that you are part of such a process, then it calls for abit of unsual excitement! And while at it get afew “boyz” to pose with this new toy …!


Color me bad!

The Bo-Kaap is an area of Cape Town, South Africa formerly known as the Malay Quarter. It is quintessentially a Township, situated on the slopes of Signal Hill above the city centre and is an historical centre of Cape Malay culture in Cape Town

I thought I was in Ukambani (a Bantu ethnic group who live in the semi-arid Eastern Province of Kenya ) when I landed in Bo-kaap. Their love for colors is unmatched and so I have this suspicion that the occupants of Bo-kaap are direct descendants of chief Kivoi!! at every stweet you hexpect to ear a ‘igh pitched voice saying “waaacha … we museo?” or some ‘Ngulu Mwelela’ playing somewhere 🙂

Kamba 101:
A FOR HUNDERWEAR (Underwear), B FOR Mboy (Boy), C FOR CEENAKI (Snake), D FOR NDAMBILIU (W), E FOR HEATING (Eating), F FOR Faluamble (valuable), G FOR, NGONJIAS (Gorgeous), H FOR ONI (Horny), I FOR ICCUPS (Hiccups), J FOR NJUIS (Juice) K FOR KLISTOVER (CHRISTOPER), L FOR LEMBO (Label), M FOR MBULO (Bro) N FOR NGILINI (Green), O FOR HOMBIT (Orbit), P FOR FACKING (Parking) Q FOR KWININE (Quinine), R FOR LAIS (Rice), S FOR SONJA (Soldier)

Mutua,Dexter,Nzembi – I found your relations!!


Last Sabbath my family and I spent the afternoon at the world famous Kirstenbosch gardens in Cape Town. At the gardens there is this nice architectural piece that is playing host to an exhibition dubbed ‘untamed’ … a collaborative project exploring the lost balance between humankind and nature. You can find out more here if you are interested

Cape Town Station

Hundreds of thousands come to and leave Cape Town through this very concourse …. Everyday!!!

The Cathedral Church of Our Lady of the Flight into Egypt

In 1926, one of the first acts of Bishop O’Riley, the first South African bishop to be consecrated within her walls, was to authorize Dr John Colgan, then Administrator of the Cathedral, to proceed with an extensive scheme of restoration and renovation. Mr F Glennie, a Catholic architect, presented a plan which, while renovating the Cathedral, preserved its essential character and left it St Mary’s.

The two side entrances were opened, a baptistry and sacristy were built on either side,
forming the arms of a cross; the nave was lengthened and two side chapels added. The whole west entrance was remodeled and the present tower erected over the main porch.
This work was carried out in 1927. But the old building was still St Mary’s.

Camps Bay Villas

South Africa’s beautiful suburb on the Western Cape Coast that is home to luxury houses of Cape Town’s wealthiest residents. Residents here enjoy beautifully designed homes with panoramic views of the Ocean and beach and ofcourse the most beautiful sunsets!! Local life is casual and in the evening residents and holiday makers can be found enjoying sundowners at the many chic sidewalk cafés on the beachfront.

Glen beach Villas,
Camps Bay

Taken from Camps Bay beach

Wescamp Villa,
Camps Bay

These were taken in 2005 Dec with a canon powershot!

Cape Town Nights!

Kumnandi ekaapa … xhosa for “nikupoa Cape Town’ …
Picking up from where we left off last week, this week I bring you Cape Town nights. Cape Town is surrounded by mountains and water … talk of safety. For a photgrapher this means many vantage points into the city Bowl. Today and the rest of this week I bring you images of the city bowl at night. Today we see the N2 and part of the harbour.

N2 Freeway,
Cape Town

N2 Freeway, Table bay in the background
Cape Town

I loved both angles and so … I decided to blog ’em both!

Upside down, inside out! never again!

I’m not sure I always feel like I’m in the seat. Sometimes I’m only holding on by one hand and flying … I don’t know anybody who doesn’t feel that way. I hate finding myself coming through the downhill run with that sort of dazed feeling that we all know … some better than others …

The cobra,
Ratanga Junction

a sidewinder starts like the first half of a traditional vertical loop. When the train is near the loop’s apex it will be inverted and heading back in the direction it entered. Rather than completing the loop in the traditional way, the train rolls on its axis becoming right-side-up while simultaneously turning away from the loop. The result is the train exiting the maneuver almost nearly 90° to the right or left of direction it was entered

The drop,
The cobra

a suspended looping coaster which catapults riders from a height of 34m along 910m of track at up to four times the force of gravity and speeds of close to 100km per hour. Adding to the thrill of the ride is the suspension of riders beneath the track, feet flying free. This ride is not for the faint-hearted.

Upside down,
The Cobra

Nikita 100 [04 of 4]

I recently published my 100th image on my ‘Nikita Chronicles’ album and for the rest of this week I will blog my 16 favourite images from that album; Thanks to all yea who have inspired me thus far and continue to do so through your comments, criticism, models etc 1 love! this is the 3rd of 4 posts:

[13] All I need is 1 mic… 1 mic
Cape Town Jazz Festival,
Green Market square

[14] This train is bound for glory
Ysterplaat Air base,
Opposite Ratanga Junction

[15] Rolling landscape
Western Cape

[16] yellow yellows
Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men or animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright. Its as though flowers have a soul! Sometimes I imagine flowers smelling us back while we enjoy their fragrance …

Company Gardens,
Cape Town

Nikita 100 [03 of 4]

I recently published my 100th image on my ‘Nikita Chronicles’ album and for the rest of this week I will blog my 16 favourite images from that album; Thanks to all yea who have inspired me thus far and continue to do so through your comments, criticism, models etc 1 love! this is the 3rd of 4 posts:

[09] Nyama! Nyamaa! Nyamaaa!
One day mankind will look back in horror at the carnivorous and murderous habits of its predecessors. The eating of animals and other living creatures will seem as barbaric and disgusting to future man as the eating of human meat now seems to the average person. Animal-eating is only one step below cannibalism. But thanks to ya’ll Bougain Villas animal-eaters for a wonderful evening!!

“NYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMA !!!! My taste buds are crying-out-loud hehehe !!!” jenny

[10] I gotta get a truck
Sometimes my wife and I just drive around looking for interesting subjects to photograph. Yesterday we came across this abandoned truck that read ‘photograph me’ all over it Someday I hope to live on a farm and drive down dusty roads carrying our harvest on one such track …

The photos are great, but the track looks terrible… Wes

[11] Shut your beak
I came across these two birds fighting (I assume …I really donno what birds do in this position) and instinctively took out my AK47 and shot what seemed like a ‘beaten to submission’ position … well more like “stay put and “SHUT UR BEAK!!” position (Like Arsenal ….

“I told you what I would do if you mentioned that Royal Wedding once more”!!!! great picture. Expression

[12] A little wine

Elseba Onyango-Oballah: hii ni?
Ans: yu know how yu set up for dinner, candles, wine … and the candle lights u the bottle in a magical way … thts wat u see here