I ♥ vivofit

I know I have ranted about my vivofit on here before. I’ve also praised it, and that is not something I do lightly.

So on Monday evening, after I tested out my punching bag (finally, it was hung up again!), I realised that the vivofit had died. I was not upset though.

On the contrary, it had far surpassed its expected 1 year battery life. In fact, it lasted just over 2 years on its original batteries. This was after heavy usage during 2015 (during my original epic revamp), and some usage last year.

Either way, the only time I took it off between Jan 2015 and now was for my wedding day. That was literally the only day that I did not use it. As a result, my wrist has been feeling naked now for the last 3 days. I’ve been unable to get to a shop to buy a replacement battery due to exams, and my weak attempt yesterday (popped into Clicks super quickly) did not yield any results.

Frustratingly, looking online has not helped much either. Takealot, Clicks and Loot are out of stock. I can apparently replace the 1632 batteries with 1620s, which Dis-chem has in stock, but it won’t last as long. I may just drive around tomorrow after my last exam in search of the elusive 1632.

Either way, I guess I made a good choice back then.


A selection of what I’m currently listening to

A comment under this video pointed out to me that near the end she sings “all up in my George Foreman” aka all up in my grill. I have listened to this song many times in the 9 years (!) since it came out, and I never once heard that line before seeing that comment.

Basically everything that xKito posts:


Melodic dubstep

Future bass

More future bass

Even more future bass

I can’t stop listening to future bass




And back to the early 2000s


I’m on the prowl for new insurance

I just received my “annual policy review” from my insurer. You know what they can do with the 22% increase to my premium they want to implement from 1 March? For me, a customer of 3 years with no claim history, and needing to add building insurance and increase my current home contents cover?

So now I know that three days of my post-exam honeymoon will be filled with calls to various contact centres, as well as blocking numbers from those same contact centres for the next few months. Joy! Either way, at the end of those 3 days, I’m either going to have my premium kept the same, or I’m off to a new insurer.


Trying out new things: Lindt

The experience: Lindt Chocolate Boutique

The location: Canal Walk, Cape Town

The situation: The title is a bit misleading, since of course I have had Lindt chocolate far too many times in my life. However, this was chocolate bought from the boutique, with the dude prancing around there in his chef hat. It was lunchtime and I was overwhelmed by the amount of chocolate.

The test: A mixed bag – Cappuccino, Almond, Citrus, Hazelnut

The analysis: The cappuccino tastes like cappuccino. The almond is wack – it tastes like almond essence, thrown in with a heavy hand. The hazelnut is nice. The citrus is ah-mazing.

The verdict: Of course I will go back, it’s chocolate. Also, since I can no longer stand the normal chocolate bars (things aren’t what they used to be…), when I do have chocolate once in a while, it will be a few Lindor balls and nothing else.



I was fully intending on starting to blog again on Jan 1, and then January passed in the blink of an eye, so I figured my birthday on 1 Feb was a good a day as any to start, and then that kind of passed…

So now here I am. Welcome to my blog for this year! A quick catch up:

  • Started a new old job on 4 Jan – I went back to Aurecon, but to the Asset Management team as their GIS and Technology specialist.
  • The epic revamp took a back seat. Some shit went down, went offtrack, hoping to reroute soon.
  • We bought a house!!!!!!

I should be resuming my regular posting schedule from this week. I have a bunch of posts planned.


Home Affairs decided my new name for me

I posted on my GIS blog a few months ago about the deal with names. This was after I had heard some stories about Home Affairs unilaterally deciding that women should be assigned their husband’s surname, regardless of what they indicated when they signed the marriage register.

Guess what? The same thing happened to me. I indicated on the register that I would be hyphenating my name, and have spent the 9 months 3 weeks since the wedding parading around as such. So it was a surprise to me when I went to FNB to obtain a bank account verification letter that during the fingerprint check, I came up as Cindy Jayakumar.

I was expecting Cindy Williams, since I still haven’t done my new ID yet, but the FNB lady told me that Home Affairs updates the info as soon as the marriage is registered. Fine, but why then was it not Cindy Williams-Jayakumar? The FNB lady tells me that they always put the husband’s surname.

This was backed up a week later when I spoke to the lady from the SAGC, when she asked me why I wrote my registration exam as Cindy Williams, when all my correspondence was Cindy Williams-Jayakumar. When I explained to her about the ID, she said her daughter went through the same thing this year. When she queried why her ID was issued under her husband’s surname instead of under her original name as requested, she was informed by the Home Affairs guy that she may as well not have gotten married if she was not going to change to her husband’s surname. Charming.

In any case, I have had a change of heart, and by that I mean it was taking super long to write my name out, so when I do go get my new ID, I will accept my new name graciously.