PEOPLE OF THE POINT_ NICK NEL
Nick Nel, otherwise known as Nickster, is the friendly face you see and boisterous voice you hear in the office tower lifts daily. We got to know him a little better this month as he shared his passion for motorcycles and tattoos.
Say hi next time you see him!
Who do you work for and how long you have been working in the Centre.?
I’m a Digital Marketing Manager for Roobix on the 7th Floor and I’ve been working in the point for nearly 3 years now
Tell us about your job and how you started in the industry.
I’m involved in the Digital Marketing Space. I currently oversee a team of digital account Managers and digital specialists who look after clients based in Perth and Sydney in Australia.
I was heavily involved in sales and training in the traditional sense but realized the world of business was moving rapidly towards a digital environment, and that companies who did not transition into that space or learn to adapt from their old traditional marketing and advertising activities would be left dead in the water. It seemed like a very exciting space to be involved in and that’s what got me hooked!
What is your favourite part of the work you do?
Definitely, the people I work with and the unpredictable and ever-changing nature of the industry.
What are your hobbies?
Playing the guitar, riding motorcycles, being tattooed, listening to or watching live music.
Do you travel a lot?
Where did you travel to last (for work and for pleasure)? I have been fortunate to travel allot. The last trip was over to Honk Kong and was definitely for pleasure.
If you could live anywhere else in the world where would it be?
Do you have any tattoos, which are your favourites?
Yes, I have many and they all hold a special place on my skin!
Describe your ultimate Sunday.
An early morning Bike cruise with friends and then home to the family for a day out together ( does not matter what we are doing ) ending with a good movie on the sofa.
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Until next month,
The Point Team x
Valentine’s Cape Town
When it comes to Valentine’s Day people, generally fall into one of two camps.
Either it’s one of their favourite fake-holidays and the most romantic day of the year, or they consider it a made-up day created by greeting card companies to make money.
Whichever camp you fall into the day is almost upon us, and it’s a great excuse to go out and do something you wouldn’t usually do. We’ve rounded up a few ideas to get you started.
Visit the End of the World
Love your partner “to the ends of the Earth”? Take them there! The most southern tip of Africa lies just one and a half hours from Cape Town. Towering more than 200m above the sea, Cape Point boasts spectacular views. Skip the grueling walk from the car park to the lighthouse and take a scenic trip on the funicular. From that high perch, the ocean stretches the horizon, and you can see the Indian Ocean meet the Atlantic.
Ride Off into the Sunset
The Western Cape boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Which is great, until they get so packed, you can barely find space to put down a flip-flop nevermind a towel. For Valentine’s Day, why not make the effort to go a little further and experience a whole lot more. Pack a picnic and head to picturesque Noordhoek. Start your beach experience with a horseback ride along the coast. After you’ve dismounted, find a secluded spot and tuck into that picnic!
Stick to the Streets
Promenades and long walks on the beach, not your thing? No problem! The walls of Woodstock are covered in fascinating works of art waiting to be discovered. Book a walking tour with a local guide and explore a world you’ve only glimpsed. Following an insightful outing find a table at one of Woodstock’s many endearing eateries for a romantic meal.
Waddle Away the Day
Want to see what true love looks like? Look no further than Cape Town’s Boulder’s Beach! Home to thousands of penguins, most of them mate for life, and you can catch a glimpse of their romance only 30mins outside the city. Get up close and personal with some of nature’s cutest creatures while enjoying dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean.
There are almost countless options for you to explore on Valentine’s Day in Cape Town. Whether you decide to head out on an adventure or do something romantic at home, the most important thing is spending it with the person you love doing something you both love.
Until next time,
The Point Team, x
Where To Swim In Cape Town this holiday Season
It’s no secret that Cape Town tends to get more than a little overcrowded during the holiday season, most likely even more so following the recent announcement that the city has once again been voted the “Greatest City on Earth” in the Telegraph Travel Awards survey for 2018. More people in the city means more people on the beach, and that means less space for you! So, where do you go when you want to take a dip but can’t face the jam-packed beaches? Read on!
With great views just about wherever you look, it makes sense that city establishments with access to rooftops would make the most of them, and what better way to do that than with an inviting swimming pool. We’ve rounded up a few of the best.
The Rooftop Pool Deck at The Cape RoyaleLocated in the heart of Green Point, The Cape Royale’s Rooftop Pool Deck boasts amazing views over the city and the Atlantic Ocean and offers sun loungers and couches for guests. The Zenith Sky Bar serves up delicious cocktails throughout the day and night, and there’s sushi, noodles, and tapas for the hungry!
Harald’s Bar & Terrace at Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore
Commanding views over Table Mountain, the inner city, Woodstock and beyond, Harald’s Bar & Terrace on the 11th floor of the Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore is the perfect place to dip your toes and enjoy an ice-cold beverage. If your visit falls over mealtime, you can dig into a variety of tasty treats including burgers, pizzas, and snack baskets. Open from 10:30 – 23:00 daily there’s no need to rush in early to get a seat and no need to leave as soon as the sun sets.
RED ROOF Pool + Bar + Grill at Radisson RED
Located just around the corner from the V&A Waterfront, the RED ROOF at Radisson RED exceeds all expectations of a hotel bar. Set on the 9th floor, it boasts an inviting pool, a full bar and kitchen, and ample shaded seating for all-day lounging.
You’ll also find plenty of viable options closer to the ground if you know where to look.
The Pool at The Cape Milner
Drink in gorgeous views of Table Mountain as you dangle your legs in the cool waters of the pool at this Tamboerskloof-based hotel. Loungers and umbrellas are set out around the pool, and the on-site restaurant serves up delicious grub.
Boasting not one but two pools, The Glen Boutique Hotel is a superb spot for a summer swim. Nestled in the heart of Sea Point, this hip and happening hotel has it all; cocktails, food, pool seating, and boutique shopping, it’s where Cape Tonians go to be seen. It’s the perfect place to catch up with friends and catch a summer tan.
Whether you’re looking for your perfect summer spot or want to escape the madness of Cape Town beaches for a day or two, there are plenty of options to choose from – the trick is finding the one that works for you!
Enjoy the festive season and stay safe in whichever waters you decide to wade in.
Until next time,
The Point Team
Winter Warmers: Soups
With Winter on our doorstep, we can think of no better dinner than a delicious warm soup with some fresh bread to accompany it. In this post, we look at 5 soups to suit everyone’s tastes, from beef to beans and even a vegan option or two. With all this variety, we are sure you’re bound to find your new favourite, here!
First and foremost is the well known and loved, Butternut soup. We like to pair it with a fresh, crispy roll and toasted pumpkin seeds for garnish. Bonus, this soup is vegan too.
Serves: 4-6 people
Cooking time: 1hour 30 min
Find the recipe here: https://healthyblenderrecipes.com/recipes/spiced_butternut_squash_soup
Second on the list, is a winter warmer that is as legendary for its taste as it is for its cold-fighting capabilities. There is no better dish when you’re under the weather and we love it served with noodles rather than bread.
Serves: 10 people
Cooking time: 1hour
Find the recipe here: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/the-ultimate-chicken-noodle-soup
Tomato soup isn’t always the first choice but we think it might have something to do with not finding the right flavour combination. Next time try a grilled cheese with this classic soup, we guarantee that this will make your taste buds dance. If you prefer a vegan version, swap regular cheese for your favourite vegan brand and presto, you have a great flavour combo at your fingertips!
Serves: 6 people
Cooking time: 1hour
Find the recipe here: https://www.blissfulbasil.com/dreamy-vegan-tomato-soup/
For those who prefer a rich and hearty winter warmer, this delicious beef soup will tick all the right boxes. Perfectly paired with a freshly baked loaf or some delectable dumplings, but more importantly, a delicious glass of red.
Serves: 8 people
Cooking time: 1hour 50 min
Find the recipe here: https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/best-beef-soup/2b97b987-4495-471d-8439-5c49c9259b3d
Last but surely not least, we had to include the comforting and flavourful bean soup. We love this option just as it is; no garnish or sides needed. The best part is that this soup only takes fifteen minutes to prepare, so you will have dinner done before you can say “Supper is served”!
Serves: 4 people
Cooking time: 15 min
Find the recipe here: https://www.food24.com/Recipes/Old-fashioned-bean-soup-20091103
Soup doesn’t have to be boring or bland, try one of these scrumptious soups for dinner and wow your friends and family.
The Point Team x