Keep calm coz it’s my Birthday 🎉🎂🎉🎁

Keep calm coz it’s my Birthday 🎉🎂🎉🎁

It’s crazy how time flies and before you know it, age is literally catching up with you. I recently got the opportunity to celebrate my 23rd birthday with close friends. 

I’ve never really been keen on celebrating my birthdays over the past years. Maybe my 21st birthday but it wasn’t that serious. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I am a party pooper or anything of that sort but I just never found a reason, time, energy and resources to make it a priority to celebrate my birthday. 

Although I must say that this year was different. Taylor swift did not make the song “feeling 22” for no reason. I would say being 22 has been one of the best years in my life. We all have that age number that you wish you could have the chance to live over and over again. For me it was being 22. The amount of blessing that God showered me with, truly gave me a reason to celebrate as I begin my 23 years on this earth. 

Being home has really been very sentimental. The memories and the environment gave me the perfect reason to celebrate my birthday here. Inviting my friends to my humble home and sharing this special day really meant so much. 

Nobody ever said party planning was easy. From grocery shopping to cleaning the house, it was no joke. Being a host you have to cater to each and every one of your guests and make them feel as comfortable as possible.  In most African traditions slaughtering a goat,chicken or cow is usually set for a celebration. It could be a wedding, birthday or just a plain old party. In this case I knew that I had to get me goat. Thank goodness for my friends who came in a day early to help with the preparations. ​

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​All in all. Everything fell into place. Food and drinks were plenty. But most of all the vibe was exactly what I hoped for on this day. I am very grateful to have been blessed yet with another year. I pray for growth and blessings to continue to explore and experience what life has to offer.​

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My Maternal Home 🏡🇰🇪🌍

East, west home is always the best. There’s nothing like the feeling of comfort, true existence and peace that you get when your in your own home. They say It’s one thing to live in a house but it’s another to live in a home. All my life, I have had the opportunity to live in different houses but none of them have had the impact like the home that  I was once raised in. 

It’s been over 10 years and the only thing that has kept me close to this house are the vivid memories that I have held onto,from my childhood days. We all have some type of foundation, where your individual roots are bound. For me,this home has always been the base of my roots. The sense of belonging that I got as soon as I walked into the compound, has been a feeling that I have longed for in the many years I have been away. 

When I remember where I have come from, this is the first place that comes to mind. As funny and weird as it sounds, I do believe the man that I am today has been the impact of the time spent and shared memories by loved ones in this house. My dreams, goals and ambition are driven by the values and morals that were instilled in me while growing up here. Even in pure silence, I can still hear the sound of life and feel the warmth of human contact that once occupied this house. 

In the spirit of thanks giving, I am truly honored to finally spend it at my maternal home. At the core where it all started. Surrounded by memories full of love, tears, pain, joy and laughter. 

Happy Thanks Giving.🍴 🦃🍽

When one Door closes, another one Opens!! 🚪🎆🚪

They say that all good things must come to an end. That when one door closes, another one opens. Personally, I can’t believe it’s finally coming to an end. My stay here in South Africa has literally flown by. It was just the other day I was panicking about leaving home and making this big move. Funny how life works. Not only does it force you to grow but self discovery becomes a continues journey with no end destination. My experiences here in South Africa 🇿🇦 will always have a special place in my heart. Initially I didn’t know what to expect. All I knew was that I was in search of something that I still cannot put my finger on upto this date. I needed a change and wanted some type of renewed motivation. I wanted a break from the norm and find new inspiration. The only way I knew to achieve this was to make a drastic change and what better way than to travel half way across the world to a country where nobody knew me and I didn’t know anyone. Truth be told, it was an “Eat,Pray & Love” type of situation and believe it or not, it WORKS!!

The Rainbow Nation has truly surpassed my expectations. I was able to find the things I was looking for and more. From takin on new adventures everyday to lifetime friendships I have formed. Words cannot express the gratitude I have. This newly found confidence, self appreciation and inspiration that I have acquired is proving to be one of the ingredients that I needed to take on the next chapter in my life.Thank you to all those who have supported me in this journey. My family and friends for not only their financial support but their love and understanding that this was something I needed to do for myself. I am grateful to God for fulfilling this dream because HE is the only one who knew how important this experience meant to me. Now that it’s time to move on, I can’t help but be nervouse to what life has in store for me. Being originally Kenyan🇰🇪, I have decided to further this journey to my homeland. Re-kindle old friendships, visit family and relatives. In order for me to move forward I have to remember where I came from and remind myself  the main reason I was put on this earth. 

Please join me in this new adventure as I take on the city under the sun and show you what my mother land has to offer. 🇰🇪🌍☀️

Donald Trump for Presidency👑⚖

With the newly election results, everyone and anyone seems to have an opinion.  I just wrote an article for News7 (http://www.news7newslinc.net/) about the reaction of the elections. I will share with you down below.



It’s been less than 24 hours and the reaction to Donald Trump’s presidency win has gotten everybody wondering what the future holds. While the talk of the American election has had the whole world tuned in for months, everybody seems to have an opinion about the newly outcome of the presidential elections. For some Americans living abroad, they have been bombarded with questions to who they thought or wanted to win the election but now they have to answer to what they think of Donald Trump being their new president.

Adam weesly from Canada but visiting South Africa for vacation, is thrilled with the outcome. “I feel like we need to have faith and give Trump the benefit of doubt. Yes he’s said some crazy absurd things which I don’t agree with but right now America needs someone who can recover the economy. I lived in America for 5years and the economy has really downgraded from what it used to be.”

On the other hand trump’s presidency comes as a shock to fellow student Jordan Bernard. Bernard who is a 3rd year student at Wheelock University but studying abroad at Stellenbosch University did not believe that this day would actually happen. “My initial thought was how can a man with no Healthcare Reform no education reform and no foreign policy be elected over a qualified candidate who has dedicated her entire life to civil service…I then decompressed and realized that as a white cis gender male I need to be an ally to the LGBTQI community, to people of color, to immigrants, and to Muslims… the fact that a hateful malicious male can become president shows just how skewed our racist and patriarchal society is and we as the youth need to fight it and fight for the rights of all and show that “love can truly trump hate”. Bernard who’s originally from Connecticut will be heading home in the next couple days now that his done with his semester abroad.

For most South Africans, what does this mean for their country and the relationship with America moving forward? Amos Ndabala a boutique owner in the township of kayamandi, cannot help but be grateful that the election is finally over. Ndabala says, “America is one country that has a big influence and impact to the rest of the world. You would think a village guy like myself would not be interested to whatever is happening outside my town but in retrospect it does affect me one way or another.’’ Although Ndabala might have not had a say to who might be president, he knows that the outcome will affect him indirectly economy wise here in South Africa no matter who becomes president.

Although protests have been sweeping through major cities in the U.S. with the theme ‘Not My President’, here in South Africa, locals are eagerly waiting to see what trumps next move is, now that he has won the elections. Trump officially takes office in seventy days.

The Art of Wine🍷🍾

It’s been approximately 4 months and my taste buds are just one of the things that have evolved and changed for the better. I mean, being the food lover that I am, your taste buds mean everything. It’s one of your major tools needed to experience this life that is full of flavor. It’s like a singer who relies on their voice. Dare to imagine a life where you taste buds are all kinds of messed up or just don’t function. You might as well just give up on life. (I am definitely exaggerating)

Being here in the rainbow nation and living in the land surrounded by vineyards of the Cape Winelands (Stellenbosch), a glass of wine a day is as normal as taking my daily vitamins. Ever since I joined the world of alcohol consumption, I have always fancied the art of drinking wine and being knowledgeable about it. The type of sophistication and class that wine culture brings about is literally my aspirations. Well lord and behold, my wish finally came true hence my blog post for today.

Wine tasting for me has become my newest hobby. Not only is it very affordable here in SA but the atmosphere that it comes with is just relaxing and very calming. Learning the art of wine from tasting, to pairing it, is no different than learning to really appreciate music or art. It takes time and effort to understand wine and even training your pallet to enjoy the different kinds of wine. Being able to break down the different dynamics of wine from the aroma to the diverse aspect of the taste that it comes with, also takes time.

I never used to drink wine as much. In all reality, the only wine that I used to drink was white Moscato brands or anything that was predominantly sweet. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. In fact, as I preferably like to say now, those kind of wines are the entry levels to joining the wine society. Especially if you fancy the art of winery like I do.

Living in Stellenbosch has been a wine education boot camp for me. Stellenbosch which is well known for its viticulture (the science, production, and study of grapes in a vineyard) is one of the larger two main wine growing regions in South Africa. The South African wine industry itself produces about 1,000,000,000 liters of wine annually. It honestly can’t get any better than that.


In no way am I trying to say that I am a wine expert but I have learned quite a few basics. Pairing wine and food, how to swirl wine in a glass, and the difference between taste vs. flavor. Initially, red wine was never an option for me as well as any wine that was typically dry but now I am able to enjoy any kind of wine. Of course I do have some dislikes with certain flavors of wines but it is not like before where I couldn’t handle drinking specific wines.​

​Part of me also believes that when it comes to wine, one has to acquire the taste of it gradually over time. Just like how you would never eat some foods when you were younger but as you grow older, you start eating them. Some people are just not wine fanatics whatsoever and that’s perfectly fine. The same way I am not a big fan of beer.🍻🍺​

​As my time here winds up. I will continue visiting wine tasting farms and enjoy this new hobby to the fullest. We all know back at home, wine tasting can be quite expensive.

Exam Week!!📖📚📝

The weeks are going by way too fast and my final days here in South Africa are quickly winding up. Honestly it’s finally hitting me that I am about to go home. With this week being the start of exams, I am now realizing that my education was the one thing that brought me here. Meaning, I seriously need to pass my exams.

My school experience has been quite interesting. I have gotten to take diverse classes that I know I would not have heard the opportunity to take, back at my home university. Needless to say, I have learnt a lot.  It’s one thing if you learn about something but you’re not in the environment of what you’re being taught. For example, one of my classes that I have been taking is called ‘HIV and Aids from a South African perspective’. I guarantee you, if I took this same class back at home, I doubt that it would have made an impact, compared to me taking the class here, where I have interacted with real life people with real life experiences.

One thing that’s caught me off guard is the style of the exams here at Stellenbosch University. I am not sure if it’s just a Stellenbosch thing or a South African thing but they don’t offer multiple choice in their exams. I guess it’s a privilege for us because it’s definitely changed my style of studying. To be honest I am actually panicking but I am crossing my fingers that all will be well.

In the spirit of exam week, I am not only reflecting what I have learnt in class but what life has taught me during my stay here in South Africa. In the words of John Dewey, “education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

Wish me luck!!

Fat Boy Hiking Tips 📝

With all my hiking experience, I think I have gained the qualification to give some tips on hiking. I mean not to say that I am a pro but kind of share my knowledge to those who like to hike but not necessarily obsessed with it. Let’s be real, hiking is not easy. Especially if you can only tolerate nature to a certain extent.

Hiking is a difficult task and can be very exhausting. If you’ve experienced the body sores after, then you absolutely know what I am talking about. I don’t work out that much or go to the gym so that could be the reason but in the bigger grand of scheme, I am sure there are some of you out there that can relate. Truth be told, I only hike in the name of snap-chat and Instagram 👻📱.We all have different motivations and this just happens to be mine. If you are judging me right now, it’s because you do not share the love of photography and storytelling. From an average guy to another, here are some tips that might change your hiking experience for the better.

  1. First and foremost, plan accordingly.📝. I am all about the spontaneous lifestyle but it’s just never worked out for me when it comes to hiking. Check the weather and get a good idea of the area or the mountain that you will be hiking.
  1. Dress accordingly. By checking the weather beforehand you will know what to wear and carry. Here in Cape Town, the weather is constantly changing no matter the season. They say sometimes you get a taste of all the seasons in one day. So having a warm sweater on deck always comes in handy. And if you go hiking on a good day, a pair of comfortable sneakers will do just fine. (No need to invest in hiking boots unless your one of those.)

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  1. Get a hiking buddy. I have had my share of hiking alone and I tend to mostly focus on the hike and getting to the peak, which I guess is a good work out mission but you sometimes forget to enjoy the nature and the hike. Personally, hiking with somebody always makes the experience fun and worth it. You never know, the bonding that you might share along the hike could create lifetime memories. Besides, who is going to take a dope Instagram pic of you?

 

  1. Make sure all your electronics are fully charged. If you’re like me and you like to document your hikes, having a portable charger becomes your best friend. Also how do you expect to entertain your social media fans? For safety purposes, you need your cell phone too just in case of any emergency.​

  1. Have a good breakfast. If you’re a foodie like me, this is the best day to have all favorite breakfast meals all in one. Your bacon, eggs, pancakes, cereal, toast and coffee. Trust me, you need all the energy you can get and you’re going to work it all out anyways. Also pack some snacks and bottles of water. Keeping hydrated is a must. For my choice of snacks, I prefer packing healthy. For example apples, fruit salad, a sandwich but also a bag of chips would not hurt anybody.

 

  1. Timing is everything when it comes to hiking.🕗 For me the best seasons to hike are either fall or spring. It’s not always too hot or too cold. You also don’t want to hike too early or too late in the day especially if the weather is not consistent. I like to hike at my own pace. With all the photo-shoot sessions and the rest stops that I love to take, you want to make sure you get back in good timing. We all know in order to get a good picture you want the perfect lighting. Also hiking in the dark is not an adventure you would want to partake.​

 

  1. Get yourself a good back pack. You definitely need a handy back pack where you’re going to bring all your stuff. Use a back pack that’s light and comfortable to carry. Furthermore, don’t forget your basic essentials. Sunscreen, sunglasses, painkillers and last but not least bug spray and hand sanitizer.

If you find this tips helpful, make sure to share and comment. We fat boys, Instagram and snap-chat addicts gotta stick together.