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Making a nursery

Covid-19 lockdown had at least one positive effect; because there was so little else to do, I had a lot of time to renovate our baby room. There were three bigger projects I wanted to focus on: a feature wall, a changing table, and some bookshelves. Feature wall We had a nice, clean wall at […]

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Cape Point

In the last months of the pregnancy and several months into the Covid-19 pandemic, many South African activities opened up again but Kim wasn’t feeling up to a lot of physical activity. One of the spots that we enjoy visiting that was easily combinable with late pregnancy is Cape Point, the nature reserve at the […]

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Software I use for work

I work for a web development company and that means that all of my work is on the computer. I like exploring new software if it can help me become more efficient in my work. What I look for There are two main elements I look for when deciding on software to use: How well […]

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Winter Sun Strolls

South Africa went into Covid-19 lockdown quite stringently — for good reason as we’re noticing now, our hospitals are struggling to keep up and I can’t imagine what it would’ve been if we hadn’t slowed it down at first. During the first month, we were barely allowed to leave our homes so when restrictions were […]

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Albums that influenced me most

A while ago I was tagged in one of those Facebook threads to share the 10 albums that have influenced you the most. There’s a lockdown happening during a certain pandemic, so with nothing else on my hands, I spent some time thinking this through and I was able to narrow down the list to […]

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Linking your site to the South African Covid-19 page

Add a link to the South African COVID-19 portal on your WordPress website.

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Eating Cape Town: Lunch & Dinner 🍽️

Most of our family and friends do not live in Cape Town. Moreover, we have a lot of acquaintances and friends of friends visiting Cape Town. In those cases, they often enquire with us what they should do and where they should eat. After the first instalment on breakfast and coffee, let’s move to the […]

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Eating Cape Town: Breakfast 🥓 & Coffee ☕

Most of our family and friends do not live in Cape Town. Moreover, we have a lot of acquaintances and friends of friends visiting Cape Town. In those cases, they often enquire with us what they should do and where they should eat. So in the next few weeks and months, I’m going to put […]

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Garden Route

I’ve celebrated six Christmasses since moving to South Africa, but only half of those I was actually in the country. Of those three, one was filled with wedding prep (we got married on the 28th of December). So we decided to stay in the country and travel around a bit. Garden route We started our […]

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Mozambique

When Kim and I did a road trip about 7 years ago, we went to Barra Beach near Mozambique’s Inhambane. It’s where I learnt to scuba dive, so I definitely have good memories of the place. Adventures In October of 2019, we decided to go there again. We went to Marloth Park first – where […]

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Grid template for Twenty Twenty Theme

With WordPress 5.3, a new theme was introduced: Twenty Twenty. I had been eyeballing this theme for quite a while as it’s an easy-to-use theme that looks great out of the box and is built on top of Chaplin. This latter theme was one of the first to fully embrace the block editor and has […]

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Pee more often!

For quite a while now, I’ve been experiencing some neck and back problems. Both of these are fairly common with people like me who spend the majority of their time behind a computer. I’ve started going to a physiotherapist. Next to the exercises that I was given, here are a few of the other habits […]

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Extreme Makeover: The Homepage Edition

As I indicated in a previous post, I gave a workshop at WordCamp Johannesburg about CSS trends. The focus of the workshop was not on me introducing the trends but on the audience trying these features out for themselves. I created a homepage on a temporary site using the Twenty Twenty default theme that’s coming […]

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CSS trends to add to your stack

At WordCamp Johannesburg 2019, I gave a workshop about CSS trends. This post is a recap of some of the features we talked about. Below my slides, I’ll give a short introduction to each of these features with some examples and resources to explore. Features explained: Animations Variable fonts Variables Grid & Subgrid Media-queries 4 […]

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Orlando

Once a year, Automattic takes a break from the remote life and meets with the whole company in one spot. I took some pics of my amazing colleagues during our week in Orlando, Florida.

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Winter in the mountains

My brother Sem attended a conference near Johannesburg (with “near” being fairly euphemistic there). After his conference, he came down to Cape Town for some relaxed time together. Cape Town We hiked up Table Mountain via Kasteelspoort and Maclear’s Beacon to the cable car. From there we hiked down through Platteklip Gorge. It was the […]

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Franschhoek

The weekend after our birthday party, Kim and I went to Franschhoek. Pretty much all previous times we’ve gone there, we’ve done the wine tram and thats still very highly recommended. This time, however, we were spoilt by our family. Things to do We were able to stay at Basse Provence Country House (Rickety Bridge) […]

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Hiking up Table Mountain

Once a year my team at Automattic, called Sirius, meets in person. Last year we went to Mallorca, but this year my team the long travel down to Cape Town. One of our activities was to hike up Table Mountain. Route We took my favourite route up the mountain via Kasteelspoort. We walked to the […]

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1920s Murder Mystery Birthday Party

Birthday party Kim and I have our birthdays four days apart so we have joint birthday parties. Since this year is Kim’s 30th, we wanted to do something special and organised a 1920s murder mystery. We contemplated for a second to get creative and create one from scratch but ended up purchasing a pack from […]

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Communicating your workweek to team members

I’m currently in London for a meetup with my fellow happiness leads at Automattic. During our get-together, I led a session on prepping our workweeks. In it, I wanted to tackle two challenges all of us face. Challenges The first challenge is to work efficiently in addressing our todos. We have a lot of recurring […]