Author Archives: Tonito

Tonito Returns… Albeit briefly!

It has been a very long time since I last blogged. Too long in fact, but over the last year changing circumstances in my life has made blogging very, very hard (I’m not sure one can stack very, but oh … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Making my mark!

On the 7th of May 2014, just over twenty years after the birth of democracy in South Africa, I voted for the first time in a South African election. It was a proud moment for me as for the first … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Home Improvements

This week is going to be a big one for Raquel and I as we will be moving into our new house, but before we do, there is a mad rush to get the little improvements to the house, one … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Winter is coming…

Having had a nice decent summer, suddenly Jozi’s evenings are getting chillier so much so that sometimes you feel the need to wear a jumper or sweater, so much so that the other day during a night out a friend … Continue reading

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One year of Jozi

A year ago Raquel and I were driving from my hometown with both our cars filled to the brim with the little possessions we had to start our new life in Joburg. I think under normal circumstances we might have … Continue reading

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Mariachi Mario’s Makeover – Part 1

Mariachi Mario is a Lego figurine I got a couple of weeks ago, however soon after his arrival, his twin Mariachi Jose joined us as well, leaving us with a little bit of a predicament as to who is who. Mario … Continue reading

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Discovering Jeppestown on foot

Last weekend a friend of ours asked us if we wanted to join her for an urban walk in Jeppestown in central Jozi’s. We’ve been to the Maboneng Precinct a couple of times already but we usually only stick to the … Continue reading

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Photo of the Walk: Urban Walking

Last weekend Raquel, I and a friend did an urban walk in the Maboneng Precinct which is in Joburg’s inner city, something which both of us have wanted to do for a while and never really made time for. Fortunately our friend … Continue reading

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Fishing for a (Lego) dream

This little Eskimo was the first Lego minifigure Raquel got me while we were dating. This fellow has travelled with me from London to Beira, Mozambique to Conakry, Guinea and now permanently resides in Johannesburg, South Africa. With a growing … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Itchy feet!

The other day, while watching TV, Raquel looked over and told me that she misses travelling. We haven’t travelled since our trip to Cape Town in September last year and that was only a couple of days. Either way, there … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Human Rights Day

Human rights day in South Africa is celebrated today as remembrance for for the Sharpeville Massacre in which 69 black South Africans were killed by police for protesting against the pass laws (read more here). I’ve decided to add a … Continue reading

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Language Fail – Episode 6: The time I was addressed by my price…

Translating can be a difficult task especially when you have no training in the skill and I found that out the hard while working for my previous company when asked to translate meetings for non-English speakers.

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Middle Earth in a Jozi garden (Lego style)!

I think you might have noticed that I have been photographing Lego a lot lately, but I’ve been pretty inspired with a few things I’ve found online and on instagram, especially the Legographer series by photographer Andrew Whyte and instagrammer that_toy_guy. So I … Continue reading

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The fall of the Burj Khalifa!

I was bored at home waiting for a football match to start, so decided to play with some the Lego figurines I have and my Lego Burj Khalifa… All I can say I had fun playing with Lego and you … Continue reading

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A late Valentine’s Balloon trip over the Magalies Valley

Raquel and I have a particular Valentines tradition which entails that every year we alternate who organizes Valentine’s Day and associated gifts. I get a lot of frowns from people who think I’m not being romantic enough, but our arrangement … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Just a lot of hot air!

This weekend Raquel and I finally used my Valentines Day gift (I’ll explain later) which was a hot air balloon ride over the Magaliesberg which now completes our trio of long standing bucket list items of aerial travel by aeroplane, helicopter and … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Lego Nation Army

I love Lego but that does not mean that I want my house to be decorated with Lego all over the place. That is until I saw this brilliant sculpture at House on Fire Studio in Swaziland. It’s awesome and I … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Urban Tranquility

This week’s photo comes from Irene Country Lodge in Centurion. It’s an extremely tranquil setting in which the green fields and the man-made lake on the grounds lulls your senses into submission, making it believe that you are far off … Continue reading

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Language Fail – Episode 5: The time I asked for the wrong thing around the dinner table

Meeting your in-laws is always a big deal and making a good first impression is extremely important and can define the relationship for its duration. That’s why when I met Raquel’s family I was even more polite than my usual self and … Continue reading

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The only real failure is the failure to try – One year (and bit) in South Africa

I’m a sentimental fool and I enjoy celebrating ‘versaries’, be it yearly, monthly or weekly (I did not write anniversaries as I don’t want to annoy the Grammar Nazis among you with more mistakes!)

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