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My 2012 Highlights

January 4, 2013

…the unforgettable ones

  • A relevant quote: There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning-Author Loius L’Amour
  • Very early in the year, I started teaching Sunday school (5 & 6 year olds) at a Nairobi City church. One of my goals had been to get involved in kids activities. It is mighty fun, fulfilling and has really strengthened my faith.
  • The Karate classes I’d started at the end of 2011 had to come to a stop for various reasons. The discipline and skills I learnt have however proved useful in my artistic, fitness and defense activities.
  •  I hosted an Open Mic at Club City Space in Nairobi and acquired the stage name Emal.
  • I went to my first Open day at Green Park Estate, Athi River. A different lifestyle is what I’d say the estate offers. Managed by Superior Homes, the houses are selling really quick.
  • Got into two relationships that did not quite work for me. Now questioning the purpose of dating. Maybe I will ‘kiss dating goodbye.
  • My friend and I were man-handled by a bouncer at Club Tribeka opp. Nation Center. Justice is yet to be served though.
    • Went to Kampala, Uganda where I stayed at Le Bougainviller Hotel. I loved the French-style food and the serenity. One lesson though, always lock-up your valuables there. I also got to visit one of the museums, the theatre, malls, the L. Victoria beach and even experienced the famous Uganda night-life.
  • I got into online media consultancy work before I (re) joined Bingwa Magazine as Editor for this kids magazine I love so much. The highlights here were the prize-giving at schools in Eldoret & Kakamega and the Storymoja Hay Festival 2012.
    with Bingwa Magazine readers
  • …With my workmate and Bingwa Magazine readers
  • Went for a pool party somewhere in the hills of Machakos and discovered how green and productive the town really was. I also got to witness ‘Ngelani’ where there’s the mysterious flow of water and other stuff against the rule of gravity.
  • I interacted with Joseph Allan Green, an artist whose ‘Legerdemain II’ exhibition/paintings I got to see at the Green House in Adams Arcade. His work and ideas are simply intriguing-very well done and thought out.

    Joseph Allan Green art

    Joseph Allan Green art

  • I tried out some ‘smoking’ strawberry cocktails at Caribana Whiskey and Cocktail Bar. Heavenly was what it was!
  • I joined Pinterest and Instagram; both of which are super awesome ie. great inspiring ideas and experiences for personal and business use.
  • Books I loved: This child will be great (Ellen Johnson Sirleaf), the 50th Law (50 cent & Robert Greene), Diary of a wimpy Kid –Cabin Fever (Jeff Kinney), Lady in Waiting (Jackie Kendall, Debby Jones), Cybill Disobedience (Cybill Sheperd), Every poem tells a story (Raymond Wilson).
  • marshmallow

    marshmallow

    Loved this cute marshmallow from Chandarana Supermarket.

  • This time I did not venture too far and instead spent Christmas with my loved ones. Here’s the tree my friend decorated and lit up every night until yesterday.

    christmas tree 2012

    christmas tree 2012

 

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Morning glories, live matches and plays to tickle

October 12, 2010

This is how my weekend went

Awesome Night, Morning Glory

Friday evening. Was supposed to meet up Casey and go dancing. For some reason, I end up spending a laid-back evening at home, prepared a vegan meal ‘spiked’ with all things super and lethal, a very cool charming person; all the while sampling Stan’s Kenya Debut Album. The night was awesome, morning glory even better.

My first live match

Satuarday 4 p.m. Went to watch the Kenya (Harambee Stars) vs Uganda (Uganda Cranes) game at the Nyayo National Stadium with my gal pal. The queue was so long, we had to use our feminine charm. We ‘cut’ the line and when some people noticed, they were like, ‘Let them pass, they are just kids…’  Suprising because anyone else who was ‘cutting’ the line was being subjected to abuse by both the crowd and security at the gate. Makes sense though, my pal and I are like barely 5′ 1′, we are in our mid twenties but we do pass for high school kids.

A bunch of these four caucasians were however not so lucky. They came straight to the front to ‘cut’ the line (after bribing security) and were booed, abused and pushed around by the crowd. There was such a fiasco as everyone tried to ensure they did not get in. One of the very outspoken women was even secretly asked to shut up and she would also be let in first. She declined. I later heard that plenty of people were not able to get into the stadium and that the tickets had been sold out.

“No water bottles allowed,’ we were informed after the ticket check. So there everyone was trying to finish up their water, soda etc. For some reason, I was let in with my water bottle, my pal, who had a soda bottle wasn’t. Could it be that there’s a high possibility of people using water bottles as weapons?

Just like live music, I really enjoyed this live match. I liked the energy, especially the crowds’ >mwanzo the famous ‘wave’, and how in unison) everyone demanded for some players to play like Blackberry Odhiambo, the groundnuts kids were selling and the soccer skills some of the kids were displaying at half-time.  As for the game, I’m still very disappointed there were NO goals to write home about.

A play to laugh at myself

Sunday 3 p.m. Play at Alliance Francaise. 10 Kenyan Commandments. Promulgation reloaded.

Was once again with my gal pal. Churchill (Dan Ndambuki) and his team are just the ones! Each of those scenes were very typically Kenyan. We loved how the cast just changed on stage (dimmed lights of course). And did I mention how hilarious the narrator was. Loved how he unleashed his ‘Luo’ dance moves on stage.

A scene that caught me off guard n’ I totally loved this: The setting is a certain government office. The civil servants are huko stressing out the people as they waited to be served. One woman had had enough and she just snapped (Translated), ‘Do you think you are the only one’s who can go/act mad?’ She proceeded to demand for what she wanted and got it-leaving everyone at the scene silenced and shocked.

Every single scene did hit a chord and true; we Kenyans laugh that hard when watching such local productions because we are laughing at ourselves, because we have found ourselves in those situations.


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