Life Update!!

It’s been a while since I have posted a blog but let’s just say your boy has been busy trying to adjust back to reality. All that traveling definitely got me used to living a certain type of lifestyle that I pray, I will one day get back to it.

It’s exactly 30 days till my graduation and the senioritis has been REAL!! 👨🏿‍🎓(The decreased motivation toward studies displayed by students who are nearing the end of their high school, college, and graduate school careers). Low-key, I have had senioritis since my freshman year of college. This is the one thing in my life that’s actually hitting me way before the finish line. Normally, I am one of those people that reality hits at the actual moment. Funny enough I haven’t truly expressed or told many folks about my graduation except close friends and family. Mainly because I have this thing of not really telling people about anything major happening in my life, until it’s actually happening. I may speak of it lightly but not make it serious enough. This is because I am afraid of jinxing it or getting ahead of myself. (I know I am paranoid like that).

This is such a big deal for me. I can’t even imagine that I am finally so close to the finish line to get my bachelors📜. I am not really a school person so you can only imagine the struggle. The only reason I’ve gotten this far is just because I know the importance of education and this is a ‘plan B’ for me because in my head, I know I want to follow my music and acting career. (Realistically what are my chances though?) For those of you who don’t know, I am a journalism student at Lyndon state college up in Vermont.

Now that I am about to finish this chapter of my life, I can’t help but question and wonder what to do with my life next. Actually in all honesty, I am frieking out and afraid. Like I know the whole routine where one is expected to get a job and jump into the workforce but I can’t help but strongly feel that that’s not my path. It also doesn’t help that I have been rejected in a couple of job entrees.  I know I am meant to do something greater that’s even bigger than myself first, then adult later (Travel, Peacecorp/Americorps, follow my dreams….etc). Then again the question is where do I start, where do I take the first step and how do I know that whatever path I decide to take is the right path.

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All Good Things Must Come To An End.

All Good Things Must Come To An End.

It has been a long eventful 6 months and in just a couple of hours I will be getting on a flight back home.🛫✈️ Words cannot even express the emotions, thoughts and feelings racing through my mind.​

​When I started this adventure, I was running away from the norm in my life. Looking forward to something new and opening myself to new possibilities, friends and most of all, a new dream to live and fight for. The man that I was beginning this journey is not the same man that I am right now as I write this blog.

Looking back, its not as easy and glamorous as it looks or sounds. I have been forced to face my fears, tackle new challenges, spend a lot of money, find myself and even re-evalute my life. Through this process I have been truly humbled. Theres been a lot of tears, joy, laughter and most of all, a closer relationship with God.

As I go back home,  I vow to practice all that I have learnt in the past 6 months and live life to the fullest. The motivation and inspiration that I was all along looking for, has ignited the fire in my heart that was once dying out.Reflecting on the memories, adventures, old friends that I have re-connected and new friendships that I have made along the way, will truly and forever be tattooed in my heart.

Thank you to all those who took the time to walk with me through this journey. See you on the other side.👋🏾✌🏾

Dubai Chronicles🇦🇪✈️🌏

They say it happens when you least expect it. Around this time last year, my friends and I were dreaming of the day we would visit Dubai. Let’s just say the “Sex and the City” movie was not only the source of inspiration but it kind of planted the seed. Little did we know, the universe was listening in on us. Just this past week, we got the opportunity to fulfill one of our travel adventures which was to visit the capital city of the Emirate of Dubai. 

Dubai is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Located on the Southeast Coast of the Persian Gulf, it has emerged as a global city and business hub of the Middle East.

Some even call Dubai the trendsetter due to the many things you can ONLY find in Dubai. It is known for -:

* The tallest building, man made structure and free standing structure – Burj Khalifa

* The world’s only 7-star hotel – Burj Al Arab, Dubai
*The largest mall in the world – Dubai Mall
* The largest water cannon show in the world – Dubai Mall
* The largest artificial islands in the world – Palm Islands (The Palm Jumeirah, The Palm Jebel Ali and The Palm Deira) in Dubai and among many other things.

With the little background of traveling I have had, I’ve gotten the experience of travelling alone and travelling with a group of friends. Although Both adventures are completely different, they  still quench the thirst of the travel bug (The urge to travel and see the world). As much as I have enjoyed traveling alone and learning more about myself, nothing can beat the excitement and fun that comes with traveling with a group of close friends.

We were a total of four when we decided to take on this adventure. Sandra who I met in South Africa 🇿🇦 ,Natalie my best friend, Adam my childhood best friend, and myself. We Couldn’t have asked for a better crew because not only did each of us bring a different perspective and vibe but we also came with different personalities. 

We booked our flights through RwandAir not knowing what to expect since none of us had heard of it before. Not to be dramatic or over the top but when your planning for a vacation, the kind of airline you use normally sets the mood/foundation for your trip. If you come to think of it, your journey for your trip marks the beginning of your vacation.

To our surprise their services were pretty good. I am talking from the look of the plane to the actual presentation of the staff. Ofcourse my favorite part had to be the food🍲. Normally plane food is never anything to look forward to but RwandAir changed the game for me. I like my food to burst with flavor from the first bite and let’s just say the food that RwandAir served, did that and so much more.

 


Don’t be fooled though. Like every good service there is always a downside to it. RwandAir was not the best with keeping time. Our flights were delayed both when we were leaving for our trip and also when we were returning. This is just a precaution to those who might consider to use their airline. But in all honesty, I would fly with them again just because of their food.

We ended up staying at ‘Time Crystal Hotel Apertments’ in Bersha Heights Dubai. You would think that AB&B would be cheaper but in Dubai it actually isn’t. Hotel apartments tend to be less costly because you can accommodate a large group of people and also save costs by cooking your own meals. Although our location was not as close to the city as we would have liked, the use of uber and taxis made it easier to commute everywhere.

When in Dubai, there are just certain things that you have to do during your visit. We had the intentions of checking out the night scene, the desert Safari and ofcourse tour the city. A night out in Dubai is actually very expensive. Not only do you have to pay for a cover fee at the club but the alcohol itself is also quite pricey. Due to the fact that its a Muslim Country, they tend to have strict laws. Things like alcohol are one of the things that are taken very seriously.​

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I personally must admit the desert safari was the highlight of the trip. 

There’s nothing better than when you are speciafically dressed for an occasion that goes along with the theme. Not only does it set the atmosphere but you are completely embersed in the moment making the experience even more authentic than it already is. Being as outgoing as we are, we knew we had to go all out and dress the part with no apologies.

We got a package that included a late night dinner, hookah, camel ride and the best part, desert driving and dune bashing. Personally when vacationing especially with a group, it’s normally cheaper when it comes to doing activities. Most companies even give a better discount the bigger the group. Groupon (

 


Dubai has opened my eyes and raised the bar when it comes to travel destinations. In the words Gustave Flaubert, “travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

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.