I used to like Portuguese, the way it sounded, until I entered a country whose only official language is Portuguese. Guys… at some point on this journey I found myself watching Hotel Transylvania in Portuguese, Everybody Hates Chris had voice overs in Portuguese, Everything on TV was in Portuguese. Luckily for me the Coke Advertisement with the high school boy trying to impress his high school sweetheart in a maroon school blazer was in English and hearing it play made me feel very at home.
Communication with other people became so bad I downloaded GOOGLE TRANSLATE and spoke only after typing a sentence in English , then I’d try to say it in Portuguese, which didnt help much because of pronunciation, so we ended up just exchanging phones whenever we wanted to say something to each other. (NB. After a while I got better with pronunciations )
Other than the communication totally lost in translation, my journey was fun and it had a lot of activities. The 1st of January was my birthday but because it’s on the first I usually celebrate it throughout January. I thought celebrations were only going to take place in Pretoria when I got back but boy was I surprised. Vicky (my friend, hostess and the only other English speaking person I knew, apart from Liberty and Praise) saw how devastated I was that I was celebrating the year In ‘Portuguese’ lol literally. So she spoke to a couple of her friends and I got to enjoy my birthday to the max, in style.
I thought it was going to be the beach, chill, relax and then life goes on. No… it didn’t happen like that. Late in the afternoon we were asked to join her friends because they were having a braai at their house and me, liking things, was like cool, let’s go. We had taken so many images at the beach I didn’t even want to take the camera but Vicky insisted.
When we got there I was given a chair to sit on and lo and behold they started singing, in Portuguese or English, I think. HAPPY Birthday!!!! They sang. I was shocked, more like amazed but all in all warm inside when I found out that all of that was for me.
But let’s be honest guys… it was easy for them to plan the surprise because I DON’T HEAR A WORD IN THE LINGO! they would talk in front and around me, id hear nada. A good and a bad thing it was because if they were saying something bad, I wouldn’t hear them either.
The day ended well; I was happy, my friends where happy, we had great food, fake champagne, and awesome company. I loved every bit of January the 1st. I think I’m blessed because my birthday is on the 1st. I get to start each and every year in a new and fresh way. Shout out to all Capricorns, especially those with whom I share a birthday with.
Happy New Year
Images shot by IVANDA CHEMANE
The surprise Birthday Celebration/ Cake with the HUGE Candle 🙂
Cutting my Birthday Cake
What else is there to wear at 41 Degrees Celsius ?
I was happy here. It had been a while since I was last by the sea.
Selfies with my Boo… Looking bad Ass like… Dont even think about it!!! We will cut you. LOL
These guys were selfish with their crappy boat. Pic still looks good thou. They should be happy i love photography.
Wading in the water
Checking out our crazy videos or selfies I think… choosing which ones to post on Social Media
Trying to look bad-ass, but couldn’t, was too happy.
I had to taste the cake first then share it. Was delicious. Someone kept making me laugh.. who was it? Oh.. and the cute girl beside me is Mimi.
This was genuine surprise on my face. I wasn’t expecting it. Thanks Guys
THE FACE YOU GIVE: When your boyfriend tells you he was out last night with his boys but your friends saw him at a restaurant with a hoe.. but you calm because you dumped his ass last week , you just waiting for him to find out.
Doing what I came to do in Mozambique; enjoy the fresh sea breeze and chill.
Walking out the water like… Girl BYE!!!
Gisele, Vicky and Me.
Some guys just came to the beach to stare at asses. oh well, i left that pic out. LOL
The gorgeous Ivanda
Você é um natural atrás das lentes e você tem grande talento quando se trata de fotografia por isso, não desperdiçá-la. Espero que você encontre mais paixão nele como uma carreira ou um hobby. Mas eu vou deixar você saber que a cada dia que você se tornou muito bom eo que você estava fazendo e você nos fez olhar surpreendente.
I Hope im saying this correctly.
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