Mission 49- Explore Umhlanga, Experience the New Umhlanga Sands and Visit Natal Sharks Board

Mission 49- Explore Umhlanga, Experience the New Umhlanga Sands and Visit Natal Sharks Board

"Considering I’m a child at heart, I thought I would travel and visit this holidaymakers paradise to see what makes this accommodation a premium vacation experience fit for a child and a successful choice for any traveller needing a hotel that meets all one’s needs."

Recently I decided to redecorate my dining room and the first thing was to change was the paint. There is nothing more 'new' than a room that encompasses the aroma of freshly painted walls so I made my way to my local builder’s accessory depot and whilst walking through the entrance, I started feeling quite intimidated. It was as if at that very moment all the ‘regulars’ a.k.a. Handy Men gave me this look of, “Check what the ‘Ideas Magazine’ brought in”! I could closely resemble the situation to a gentleman’s club where there was no place for any woman down the nuts and bolts aisle. A very friendly male assistant, (let’s call him Joe) walked up to me offering assistance like I was some damsel in distress- I hardly saw any manly shoppers been offered help. Was he qualified with a degree in changing light bulbs or better, a master graduate in selecting paintbrushes? I mean how hard can it be to select paint and a paintbrush? People paint houses everyday!

I walked up to the paint counter, selected a ‘Bali’ green blue-ish colour and proceeded to the paint mixer staff member who asked me what type of paint I would like to use. Huh? I didn’t even know you get different types of paint! I responded with my ‘I know everything about house maintenance’ face and said, “You know... the regular”. Whatever I said must have registered in the decoding process of our communication and I continued to the paintbrush and accessory aisle to get the rest of my equipment.

Standing in front of a paintbrush section is like standing in a baby shop faced with all kinds of products and no idea which one is used for what. At that very instant the shop narrowed in on me... I was the women who denied help, who tried to act ‘macho’ in a commonly known male territory cosmos. Would I need to return to Joe and profess my unknowing ability of home decor conservation? Would I need to come clean and disclose the truth that I, Little Miss Mission Impossible had indeed never painted a wall? Would I be banished from the aisle of nuts and bolts for eternity? Smooth sponge... textured sponge... smooth sponge... textured sponge? It all came down to this very moment when I would have to apologise for not letting ‘Professor Builder Expert’ assist and indeed rescue me from my painting despairs. Sometimes the best of women can admit when they’ve been defeated.

Anyways I eventually got home with all my gear only to find out that the paint I received for the ceiling was indeed Enamel... not the best paint if you’re a painter who tends to confuse herself with a walking canvas. It’s like the mother of all dripping paints. Perhaps they should invent a women’s painting mask for painting ceilings. I just might be on to a genius invention...

Little MMI Painting

It’s been a while since I went on another mission and with all this painting disasters, perhaps now is good timing ;)

Mission 49- Explore Umhlanga, Experience the New Umhlanga Sands and Visit Natal Sharks Board

Umhlanga is situated on the North Coast of Durban and presents a coastline of pristine, clean and beautiful beaches along with an unforgettable holiday atmosphere all year through. The town is located close to the airport and shopping centres including the unbelievable ‘Gateway’ shopping centre. It’s also known for its diverse adventure activities and entertainment facilities.

Umhlanga Sands has been around since hotels in the town started appearing and recently ‘The Sands’ celebrated a modern revamp still keeping its legacy of ‘Kid is King’. Considering I’m a child at heart, I thought I would travel and visit this holidaymakers paradise to see what makes this accommodation a premium vacation experience fit for a child and a successful choice for any traveller needing a hotel that meets all one’s needs.

Umhlanga is also home to the Natal Sharks Board where one can go and observe how they protect the bathers from potential shark attacks as well as their contribution towards shark conservation. I’m also interested to find out what methods they are implementing to minimise shark deaths and how they’re going to upgrade their methods in the future. I think sharks are vital to our oceans and as much as I want bathers to be protected... I want to see the measures others are taking to protect these incredible species from becoming endangered.

I will walk the footsteps of vacationers and become an explorer of Umhlanga... I will become Little MMI a.k.a. ‘The Place of Reeds’ adventurer!

Pace Yourselves

Little MMI