I have had it on my to-blog list for the longest time to do a blog recommendation citing some of the blogs that I love and why. And I will get to that, for now, please see some that I have come across this week and added onto my Feedly/ gone through all the archives to catch up on.
First started in November 2011, Chef Afrik is my African food and travel lovechild. The site’s motto, “Cooking my way through Africa one country at a time”, indicates my pursuit as a Kenyan diasporan to discover the continent of Africa through its food. As well as showcasing food from all over the continent “In the Kitchen”, I also enjoy interviewing people who work with African food, whether as food writers, bloggers or chefs in my “Get to know” series.
Though the original goal was to focus solely on African food, the site has evolved to also include my fascination with African travel. In 2014, I will begin a traveling through the whole continent writing about travel, food and youth culture. I will document my travel preparations here in a series called Eat, Pray, Africa.
This blog is dedicated to people of colour and their breath taking weddings that each one of us admires.
What have you read recently that has captured your fancy?
The group, consisting of former workmates wishing to socialise on a regular basis, refers to itself by the acronym “RASTA” – this is derived from the first letter of each of our names. A distinguishing factors of the common employer lies in the fact that one of the perks is a hot lunch prepared for all employees and eaten at the main office, so it goes without saying that any other social engagement we undertook HAD TO revolve around food and consuming loads of it ….. continue reading
How DO Africans kiss? (Read)
Seth Rogan and Jim Franco’s spoof of Kim/Kanye’s (idiotic) video (Read)
And this here feel good story.
I recently read a friend’s status update on Facebook in vernacular, that translated simply states “Bensouda, go and get married, Uhuru is ours!”
A bit of context, the current Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta is facing charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for his involvement in the Post-Election Violence in 2007 that resulted in the loss of approximately 1,300 lives and the displacement of thousands more. Despite this, he went on to run and win the presidency in the March 2013 Elections. (That is beside the point for this post) Bensouda leads the Prosecution in Uhuru’s case.
I remember in my intern days attending a civil society talk in the lead up to the 2007 elections and that days talk centred around understanding the low number of women in politics and attempting to reverse that trend. A lady that had successfully vied as MP in one of the rural constituencies when asked to offer advice to upcoming ladies said to them that they should always wear a skirt or a dress on the campaign trail and under, to always have a pair of close fitting shorts. Why? Because when defeated, men tended to charge towards her and attempt to humiliate her by stripping her of her clothes and in her nudity, strip her of dignity thus ensuring votes for the male opponent.
What do the two situations have in common? The fact that almost always (and forgive me, this is hyperbole at its’ worst) Kenyan men when defeated in a political argument or wishing to make a point against women will tend to bring up her marital status or the fact that she is childless or something about her appearance in judgment of her character and more often than not, will not do the same for a man that is obviously lacking in similar character. This is double-standards and reveals small mindedness at its worst. So what if she is childless, divorced and not “feminine”? Do we care more or less if he is single, not a father and “not masculine”, probably yes but most likely not!!
So no, Bensouda’s interest in Uhuru is purely legal and, NOT THAT IT MATTERS, she is married and has kids of her own so she is not interested in being a second wife. So please let’s not conflate matters and set aside non-issues.
I LOVE Sara Groves and these are just two of her songs that I love because they centre me and remind me of who God is and what He means to me. Such beauty and honest lyrics.
I frequently blog about spam email I get and that obviously involves clicking on it …. after these two articles, I wont be doing that again EVER.
We all leave some footprint online, lets think about it and be more conscious about what we share and what we don’t. Like in my blogging, I am curious to know what my readers know about me, that I am not aware of sharing. So do share! Also, what sort of stuff would people pick up about you/ what measures have you made to limit this kind of contact?
I don’t typically blog daily (sorry new readers/subscribers but do stick around!) but this month, I decided to have my own Daily Post challenge and see how that goes. I also noticed that a lot of bloggers will do that in October and without even planning, I posted something on the first and the second and then I decided cool, this is what I am going to do. And along the way I picked up a couple of lessons.
For now, I am off to take a bit of a break and enjoy some time off and when I come back, I might be back to blogging twice or thrice at week. Certainly not at the weekend as I shall be off living my fabulous life
I have a 9-year old nephew who gives me such joy and is so delightful and really that best thing that existed before proverbial sliced bread. As I cannot package him and sell him en masse, here is a flavour of him. Also, the mother would have a fit if I placed a picture of him but he is every bit a sugar lump and more!!
What’s the best thing about being a 9-year old?
Learning new and exciting things at school, getting older and new responsibilities
What don’t you like about being 9-years old?
NOTHING [When prompted] … uhm, washing my underwear.
What are you most looking forward to learning?
Science, flying a plane
Describe yourself in three words
Kind, loving, naughty, funny, short-tempered
In ten years I will be …
At University, studying to be a pilot, doing FUN stuff
Dying because I would be separated from those I love.
Most important friendship trait?
Mathematics, Amazing Race, Cycling, PSP, Cricket, Swimming, Playing soccer with friends, eating ice cream
Favourite Food Spaghetti
Favourite Colour Green, Blue, Purple, Black (because he knows I love it too!!)
Favourite Book Cows in Action – Steve Cole
Favourite PSP Game Brothers in Arms D-Day
Favourite Movie Cars II
Favourite Song Bruno Mars Treasure
This boy is too precious and each day there is countless of us praying that he grows up into a Godly young man like Joshua. Thinking back on all his milestones, I also can’t wait to be doing something like this with my four month old nephew and getting to watch as he develops his own personality and grows up strong and TALL as he is bound to be.
I asked a couple of friends and this is a list of things we have learnt in our Twenties that we wish we had known or understood better while we were younger.
I share these with their full knowledge and permission and would greatly love to hear back from you on some of the lessons that “growing up” has taught you.
So I do secretly like to think of myself as a bit of an interior decorator and often drool over different rooms and set ups and below are some that happened to catch my eye this past week.
Hope you have enjoy these rooms as I have enjoyed clicking on them repeatedly!
This post has been lying in my to-do list for a long time and it revolves around two New York Times’ articles that I read a while back. This and this. They largely discuss marriage and how modern day marriages run or might run in order to avoid divorce.
Is it too ideal to expect two people to say “I DO” and mean it for life or would we rather have little cut off points where either party can decide to exit and move on to better or greater things. If yes, is that before the 7-year itch? Every decade or what’s a convenient time to call it quits. If we do accept this new suggestion, what has changed with this generation? We are commonly called the instant gratification generation, is that the problem here or are we the enlightened generation?
Would it help if our parents hooked us up and introduced us to potential spouses? I think, but partly, provided you had the ultimate say and if your parents truly had your best interests at heart and weren’t trying to pimp you out to the biggest buyer/seller. Would that help counter all the divorces and separations, possibly not?
God/ Having faith in God? I don’t know, you do hear the statistic that divorces in the Church are just as high as in the “World”.
I have no answers but will certainly listen.
Decided to update the page just in keeping with the changes around me and the direction I am planning to take this blog.
Since it’s been such a while, I am going to put together random stuff.
I have added a couple of natural/loc styling blogs to my Reader and below see some of the pics that have had me go awwwww!
Moving towns is not easy, least of all one that you have lived in 20+ years and love dearly. The following is a list of things I first compared between the new home and old home. Enjoy and take it in the spirit it is intended.