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COULD SHE Be The one… 

*The most intelligent girls are always stressed out* She’s always stressed out, because she has high expectations for herself. No matter how much she gets done in a day, she isn’t happy with herself. She knows that she could have accomplished more, that she could have found a way to be more productive. At the end of the day, she’s always disappointed in herself for not doing more.

She’s always stressed out, because other people believe that she’s invincible. They come to her with their problems, hoping that she can help sort things out. They never stop to realize that she could be struggling herself, that maybe she needs a helping hand.

 They take from her and forget to give.
She’s always stressed out, because she doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing. She acts like she has it all together. She has everyone convinced that she has a good head on her shoulders. But secretly, she’s lost. Confused. Unsure of what she should do with her life.
She’s always stressed out, because there aren’t enough hours in the day. She strives to be the type of girl that balances everything — her career, her love life, her health, her friends, her family. 

But it’s hard to find enough time to go to the gym, get dinner with her date, and get drinks with her friends when she’s working half the day.
She’s always stressed out, because she puts a lot of pressure on herself. She knows what she’s capable of, which is why it’s so frustrating when she ‘fails.’ She has a habit of replaying scenarios in her head, thinking of how she could have handled a situation better, how she could have come out on top if she acted a little differently.

She’s always stressed out, because the future is constantly on her mind. Ever since she was little, everyone told her that she was going to make something of herself, that she was going to be rich and successful. She doesn’t want to let them down. She wants to reach her full potential.
She’s always stressed out, because she has a lot on her plate. There are so many dreams she wants to pursue, so many goals she wants to accomplish, and she doesn’t want to turn down any opportunities. She takes on more than is healthy for one person to handle.
She’s always stressed out, because life sucks. Even if she makes all of the right choices, she still gets hit with problems that she could never control. She still suffers from setbacks. She still has to deal with the horror of being a human.

She’s always stressed out, because the little things matter to her. She wants all of her work organized, all of her friends happy, all of her affairs in order. She wants to come as close to perfection as she can get, which is why her to-do list is never-ending.
She’s always stressed out, because she’s smart enough to see the truth about the world. She understands that people aren’t as nice as they seem, that lies and deceit and death surround her. She’s smart enough to know that it takes effort to find happiness in this world, that she has to fight for it. 

This post was originally done by a WRITERS GUILD MEMBER.

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The Society we ALL live in… 

The experience, the tolerance, the social love of dying We kill ourselves wide awake when in our sleep we’re fighting .(To destroy others) 

But we were born to strive for what we swallow on tv

We starve and morph ourselves into what we are told to be. 

And we spend time with what we call our friends. 

We put ourselves at risk to be the latest gossip trends. 

It’s when we are left alone to ourselves that. We become aware of what we are. 

We see our conscious step out from the corner and every fresh and faded scar. 

We realize we don’t like the shallow life we lead. 

And wonder if it’s too late to correct every evil deed. 

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MY VICTIM IMPACT STATEMENT TO THE SICKO WHO RAPED ME! 

FATHERHOOD. 101

BY :JOSAYA WASONGA

Sometimes i wonder. What you are up to? Are you a church elder now? An opinion leader? Are you in a mental asylum? Are you a respected member of society? 

Tell you what, sicko, when i was a young adult, your indecent assault on my mind, body and soul made me silent my sexuality. Rape was my debut sexual experience and,at times, it messed up a little. I thought the rape was an ‘induction ‘ of sorts and it was, an unscriptural at it sounds, a ‘sign’ from God. 



A good number of men who are rape victims -especially if it was their sex debut -silently wrestle with demons of sexual orientation. And it’s done easy to swing the gay way. 

Seconds after  you raped me, if i had been asked, I would not pick your face from a police line up. You accosted me on a semi-lit road, then raped me in a dark alley, and i was this shy eleven -year-old kid who could not identify you from cain.

Tell me  did you sleep that night after you raped me? And did i sleep that night? Do you really want would now? I am still turning and tossing, and screaming in my sleep, and letting our ear-shattering primal screams, because it was the lomgest sleepless night. Ever. 

Hell, i would love to see your face now. I would love to put, not only a face, but also a name to the jerk who violently robbed me off my innocence. 

All these years, i have lived with the weight -both literal and physical -but not your face. 



Ever since you raped me, I have so many questions, and they keep piling up by year. Why me? Did you personally know me? After, raping me, did you still see me around the ‘hood‘? 

Do you have kids? Do you fear for them? Do they even know what type of a father you are? And how would you feel if your little son told you that they were raped? I do not wish what you did to me on your son(child ),or anyone’s baby. But still. How do you feel? The way you feel does not, and will not come close to even how i feel. 

You know what else you did to me? Made me paranoid. That’s what you did. I am overprotective of my ten -year -old daughter. I cover her with protective prayers daily. I asked God that no rape weapon fashioned against her shall prosper. 

Because i lived with the hurtful secret for so long, the evil you meted on me turned me into a man who clams up. I did not know if my father would believe me. 

It was my word against a nameless faceless stranger. So, on that night, when i ran home, and entered the shower and washed away the scum off me, i thought i would wash off every single thought of that evil. 

But I was wrong. I am grown up now, but i have not healed. I do not think that I will ever heal. People heal from repeated bouts of flu; not from rape. 

But, here is one thing that you didn’t turn me into; a rapist. It’s not true that hurt people hurt people. That’s a lie from the devil .



The senseless violence that you meter on me a more sensitive being. And, in my walk of faith, I have had revelation that, if God allowed this rape to happen, He will orchestrate to that, ultimately, all things will work together for good of divine purpose.

 

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THE UNDISCOVERED pocket of delight. 

☺TAKE THE TRIP -WITH THORN MULLI

Have you travelled recently? “my physician asked me during a recent check -up. “Does Kitengela count? “I responded and was instantly meant with a chuckle.

While Doc had her foot on medical ground, there is a general assumption that travel goals must feature far flung areas and cost a fortune to qualifying as ‘real’travel. As such, a majority leader Kenyans sit back and hope for financial windfall or the major holidays to warrant travel. As i would find out, looking outside the box might offer just as much thrill for a fraction of the cost. 

I live in a hamlet located on one of the highest points of the city. As you might already know, the higher you go ,the cooler it becomes and every visitor to my home sure makes a note of how low temperatures go especially in the evening. In need of a break from the chills, I purposed to have a weekend getaway. 

My brief was simple; the destination had to have  weather and environs different from what I am accustomed to. Most importantlyit was vital that the escape not cost me an arm and leg. That is how i ended up in Kitengela in Kajiado County just 31kilometers south of Nairobi. 

I had been through the town before, on my way to border town Namanga ,but had never bothered to stop and explore. Kitengela, as you might know, is a satellite town that mushroomed in the last decade on Kapiti plains where pastoralists herded livestock amid roaming wildlife. 

While it still clutches on the straw of being a wildlife dispersal area, it’s proximity to the city has ensured speedy industrial development resulting to atleast five cement factories, about ten major banks branches and several learning institutions all jostling for space and with residential units. After conducting background research on available accommodation options, I settled on a newbie located on the fringes of the town, The Galaxy Resort and Lounge, which promised value of my lean budget.

 As you exit Kitengela town on Nairobi -Namanga road, the hard-to-miss Tarikiville Mall is your marker. After, approximately 3.4 kilometers from the marker, a signboard indicates left your destination that is less than a kilometre away. 

I booked full-board in one of Galaxy’s deluxe rooms for the cost of 9,800/=.The deluxe rooms have their own designated compound complete with a parking lot surrounded by a perimeter wall fence. 

Upon inquiry, i was informed that families or friends travelling together who book the total eight deluxe rooms earn exclusive use of the complex during the duration of their stay. This, in essence, means that they can customise their visit to the I liking including putting up tents on the manicured lawns to accommodate more members at no extra charge. 

All accommodation has free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, television, tea/coffee making facilities and shaver points. Hair dryers and ironing facilities are also available on request. Each room is also fitted with cable TV, fresh beddings, and state of art showers.

 The feeling of a Kenyan home is rife with the onsite restaurant specialising in Kenyan dishes including the all too popular kienyeji chicken. While i moaned at the size of their swimming pool that was rather elfin, I especially  enjoyed the rather intimate lounge where a resident band plays. As I watched the sun set, I spotted somewwildebeest foraging close to the resort’s perimeter wall. 

Keen to sample the towns nightlife, owing to its innumerable taverns, picking a single spot was rather daunting. I eventually settled on club 411 that seemed to be everyones choice. It didn’t disappoint with its three floors of entertainment and sizeable crowd. 

After a night of dancing cured by a lazy Sunday, I was happy to note that the escape to a satellite town matched the much sought after thrill of out-of-town experiences. With Kitengela out of the way, I am drawn to sampling what the other satellite towns -Kiserian, Ngong, Kikuyu, Ruaka, Ruiru and Ruai-have to offer

TOP PLACES TO VISIT IN KITENGELA

  • MAASAI OSTRICH RESORT-If you love nature and some good meat,this is the place to visit when in Kitengela.The road leading to the resort and you may need a four wheel drive to get there.
  • ROLF’S PLACE-The scenic beauty,great cuisine and their relaxing spa and sauna facilities makes this a good place for a quick getaway.
  • KITENGELA HOT GLASS-If you want an escape from the hustles of town life,make a trip to this place filled with art,calm and quiet,nature trails and animals.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • -31 Distance in kilometres between Nairobi town and Kitengela

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FRIDAYS’ DOSE AT EKKLESSIA📖.

Each and everyone got deadlines to meet, place or rather destinations to go to and make change but for we writers, it’s not different. Mondays are boring, Tuesdays are a bit interesting as we move on throughout the week. We crush on Wednesdays and unveil our Throwbacks on Thursdays but our Fridays at Ekklessia, we party hard on books. 

While the ‘REST ‘get absorbed in TRIBEKA, we all assemble at the National Museum. We talk about books and also get to know each other, at first you may expect old men all covered in white beards but when you cross on the other side at FORD HALL, you’ll be surprised to find beautiful young ladies and budding gentlemen.

 And who is the brains behind the Ekklesia?  Well,have our very own jovial C. E.O and founder Mr.Gabriel Dinda,who has been able to gather this young minds from far and wide all with a common goal which is “Writing for change “.

On this particular Friday,17th in 2017 at noon. I arrived at our usual place but to my surprise. I just couldn’t spot any of any of our members, i inquired about the venue and was told to go down to the amphitheatre.Too bad, our room had been occupied but just for a day. 

As Africans, timing has always been our biggest challenge and while the waited for the rest. Mr.Gabriel had a challenge concerning each member being a president for about 2minutes.But how was this going to happen? It was just but a teaser,for us to comment about the presidents speech on state of the nation. 

We were all seated forming a curve and fortunately or unfortunately i was to speak second, just after the first speaker who was actually Mr. Martin who takes really nice shots for our FRIDAYS sessions. 

He never had much to say and thereafter we had a number of six speakers who carried the days flag just before our guest came in. But this one particular lady caught my attention when she shared with us some information from a book she had read on‘RICH DAD AND POOR DAD’. Well,we all want to be rich, we want money, real money but looking at our countrys state.

 It’s so troubling, the wage bill has gone so high,that means any child born as from ‘anytime ‘will have a debt of eighty two thousand Kenyan shillings to clear.Christ Heavens!!! 

She also captured on how everyone wants to be employed after school yet big firms like Royal Media services and KQ were trying to cut down into the numbers so that there would be less manpower and also financial cost. How sad. 

THE BIG MOMENT 

At about 2:20p.m.,we had our guest Miss Wanjiru Kariuki a fashion blogger and image consultant who left her job for writing and women empowerment. 

She talked about personal branding and how to stand out in whatever you good at. Especially in this first tech-world, one ought to build themselves in whatever you doing she said. It could be photography, baking, singing, poetry and many other activities people engage in. 

With music, most individuals will only invite you for gigs when they see whatever you are doing is great. We tend to know what our goals are while engaging in this activities but keep in mind what you want to impact in whether big or small. 

“We all have God given abilities and talents but it’s upon us to decide and become better people in what we do “,.She insisted.

I learnt that Online profile is quite important today, since one will ask for your CV but later on you might wait for long but the job wouldn’t be forthcoming. They just might have checked out on your online profile and discovered something was ‘weird’ somewhere. Which completely put them off and went for another candidate over you. 

Voluntary work has never been easy, and most people want cash before putting any effort in whatever they do. This is not always an easy decision, but you can easily network when you volunteer. 

We later had an awesome presentation from Bulimo.A gifted poet though he said no snaps! I was not shaken at all since we ought to respect everyone’s personality. 

After that, Miss Kariuki insisted on consistency, this means that one has to have a plan in order to achieve readership. Comparing oneself with another person will never take us, anywhere because you can never be your friend or even your neighbor. 

Credibility is key to going far,she said but completed by telling us to note a few questions which included ;WHO ARE YOU?

 WHAT YOUR GOALS ARE..WHAT ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT…WHAT’S YOUR ONLINE PROFILE… HOW OFTEN DO YOU NETWORK  AND HOW UNIQUE ARE YOU.

 Questions came in and thereafter we had a chance to ask but a few though personally, i never has any since i got some knowledge on branding and that’s how our FU’RAHIDAY ended. A successful one. With great value addition. 

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*Great safaris don’t get more epic than the Taita Hills experience! 

TAKE THE TRIP :WITH JEANNETTE MUSEMBI. 

There’s something exhilarating about locking eyes with a lion on the prowl, hearing the bellow of an elephant or catching the ripe, musky whiff of sun-baked earth after a sudden downpour. An African safari trip is a story teller’s dream. A few days immersed in the sights and sounds and smells of the bush can deliver unexpected experience, stirring instincts you perhaps didn’t know you had.


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Kenya’s big-hitting wildlife destinations -Maasai Mara, Amboseli, Tsavo -have perfected the art of safari. From fun-filled, no-frills trip to ultra-luxurious escapes and everything in between, they cater for all tastes. But as they say, there are destinations that are’more equal than others ‘not because of the attractive packages on offer, but the experience one takes home after it all. 

One such destination is the Sarova Salt Lick Lodge located in the heart of the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary. From Nairobi, you will spend a mere 5 to 6 hours on the road, as you take in what this great landscape has to offer. A quick stop-over at Emali  had me surprised at just how the countryside is developing. 

Here, a newly constructed Nakumatt supermarket awaits you to stock up for the long journey ahead. And what about the the spanking new SGR(standard gauge railway) project? It is indeed a sight to behold! This part if the vision 2030 development agenda scheduled to be completed in 2017 is truly shaping up, and very soon travellers will be able to connect to the region with so much ease. 

I hadn’t been to Sarova Salt lick Lodge before ,but i was pretty amazed by just how magnificent this place was, especially as you access it through the now -developed Voi town.A warm welcome and fast check in at the Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge was all i needed to forget the weariness of the journey. 

We later proceeded on a short drive to the Salt Lick Lodge and the rooms elevated on silts and built across two-levels offered a breathtaking view of the Tsavo plains. I don’t think there’s any other destination in Kenya that looks quite like this. 

  •          BY THE NUMBERS :5-6hrs;How long it takes to drive to Sarova Lick Lodge from Nairobi.
  • 2017-Year when the standard gauge railway will be completed.

    The unique architecture of this lodge affords an experience like no other. The view of the elephants is beyond description. Just spectacular! This is because the water hole overlooking the lodge serves as an attraction to the game, bringing them much closer to you.And believe me, watching an elephant drink water at less than six feet away is as surreal as its gets.

     The rooms,which come with ensuite bathrooms, are on three levels with double, twin or triple beds depending on your preferred occupancy. For daytime excursions, you can enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives and view  or photograph the drives and view or photograph the diverse array of wildlife with you sanctuary. Join me next

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    DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO BEST. DON’T JUMP AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY. 

    • About theredbreast. 
    • Copyrights reserved :This post was originally done by Redbreast. A great writer and blogger. 
    • Posted on October 28,2016.

    Blue labyrinth, complex problem solving concept
    Why don’t 99% of people have what they want in life?
     Well, because 99% of people DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY WANT! Sounds incredible doesn’t it!? But if the majority would know what they want right here and now,there would be nothing to discuss,right?


    Accepting yourself has got to be one of the biggest secrets to happiness and discovering your true purpose in life. But coming to terms with the truth about yourself and what you want – may require difficult situations struggle, and sacrifices. See, not all people might like it because your strength highlights the weakness of insecure people in doubt. 

    And many of these people might be very close. So there might be people and conditions not necessarily favouring your transition. Change is needed, and change almost always brings stress and a feeling of insecurity.
    It could mean:

    • -Pursuing a new career based on what you really want to do
    • -Leaving behind a relationship or person – or a well paid but meaningless job
    • Bear in mind:
    • Not all opportunities are to be taken.
    • Be aware and know your limits, we all have them.

    1. Determine your natural environment? (For a bird it is the air; for a fish it’s water). What happens when a dog in water tries to attack a shark :-)?
    2. Some opportunities are traps.
    3. Usually the best response to provocation is not to fight.
    4. Only focus on the battles you can win.
    5. You fight best in your natural element and environment.

    Don’t procrastinate over things you can’t control.

    Occasionally to something, you need team work – you will not always win alone.

    1. If you want to go fast, go alone – If you want to go far – go together.
    2. Stick to what you do best and FOCUS ON THAT.

    Let me ask you: do you want to dedicate your life to pleasing and do you want to be universally popular? Then you should not find out about your talents nor take any risks and indeed be prepared for a meaningless life.

    But if you are ready to commit, and pay the price for you wishes becoming reality, I salute you and respect you – because your rewards will be much higher than for those who settle to live the life of others in safety, boredom and dissatisfaction. 

    Blessed are you, because as your final moment approaches, and approach it will – you will know that you had the courage to follow the path that was you, despite the sacrifices and hardships endured along the way.

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    SHE’S A Pro’PHOTOGRAPHER. 

     In a country like Kenya where photography is considered nascent.it’s difficult to understand why a young photojournalist would complicate things for herself by choosing even more complex path(photojournalism). These are the creative areas that speak to Lynncy. 

    Photography interests Lynncy because of the aliveness that it gives her, while photo editing to the depths of her thinking and imaginative faculties.

    “I love photography and photo editing because it makes me feel like I am creating at a very physical leve; here iam dealing with live sets and all my senses, but especially the ‘eye‘, she explains. Lynncy’s most notable work was the ‘museum album ‘,by a renowned photographer during the WGke (Writers Guild Kenya) session on a certain Friday. 

    She’s also a personal photographer to enviable credits to her name and unique logo; she does full time photography to a certain Ambassador from West Africa. Which has made her visit a number of countries across Africa.She was once part of the Nigeria presidential press team back in 2015,which made her rub shoulders with the high and mighty of the land.

    Photography, is a very rare specialization and this is what has drawn our attention to Lynncy. Why photography when she could opt for other challenges like working for renowned media house(s) having studied mass communication? 

    Photography is a rare area among many youth who are talented. This is because a good number prefer getting attachment at media houses and move on as anchors or reporters Probably because of the ‘status ‘that comes in handy with being in front of the cameras. 

    Photography in Kenya today is growing with more than ten thousand youths embracing the art quite well. Today, in events you will see young people taking pictures with digital DSLR cameras and If you happen to approach them. Asking whether they produce hard copies, they’ll smile at you and politely say the pics are his or hers for fun and not for sale. 

    Phones can as well be relied on but then,in darkness they can never produce clear images as those you see on magazines or newspaper pull outs. 

    Every moment of our lives is quite important depending on who you are dealing with. Today’s world has changed too with individuals embracing ‘pregnancy ‘on baby bump photo shoots. 

    Black girls too are doing it again,today on social media You will see posts with captions like:#BLACK girls ARE beautiful or individuals with natural black hair both short and long have their pictures taken with the message on embracing the natural African body. 

    Lynncy explains that photography is close to craft but with light and a little smile. But rather than drawing frames, you take a photo of each of the frame. 

    “It is simple but could be tedious moving around with a kit carrying different lenses. On certain occasions, people may want to stop and take your phone number or even email address the moment they see you with the gear. But my greatest joy is to deliver perfect shots, edited and on time. Every time i see people say thank you for the beautiful shots is what puts a smile on my face”,Lynncy explains.


     

    While emphasizing on the need for resilience and patience because a lot of professional photography is done on miniature scales.And so attention to detail is important, but Lynncys’ dalliance with photography didn’t start recently. 

    While attending her cousins graduation in 2014,she never had a ‘proper phone ‘ to capture the moments since it was a long time ever since her family had been together. While people made money from photography, she thought otherwise. This experience completely changed everything and that’s how she embraced photography fully. 

    Lynncy is currently a student studying investigative journalism at the university, a choice she attributes to her understanding mainstream media which was her choice from an early age. 

    “Growing up, i loved watching News and also keeping up with the current trends in Kenya and other parts of the world. Identifying several media outlets and its anchors as well as reporters too saw her interest in media grow day after the other. 

    I would probably be doing hospitality and tourism had i not stand firm by my career choice as my mum wanted”,she chuckles.

    “Today my family greatly supports my career at all angles,and that’s what has propelled me to the person i am today”.

    Lack of enough information about the fields artists want to get into,she says is what leads to the stagnation of many artists. She is however quick to add that their is no formula to guaranteed successful start. 

    While she acknowledges that it’s important to have gone through school without aptitude, imagination and unending practice to a photography school may not be really what you require to become a good photographer. 

    “I have official training skills in photojournalism but on top of that i add on what i got by interacting with other photographers, online tutorials, attending photography workshops and above all researching. For anyone who knows how to research, there is a lot of information available”,Lynncy concludes.

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    MAGNIFICENT AMSTERDAM 

    TAKE THE TRIP :WITH WANGARI MACHARIA 

    My trip to The Netherlands was a memorable one. I was definitely concerned about the weather as region is known to have terrible winters but was quickly assured that it was summer-time. Regardless, I packed some warm coats and Jerseys. 

    I was flying Turkish Airlines with a four-hour layover at Istanbul. I was a bit apprehensive as i was transiting through Atarturk Airport, which had experienced a terrorist attack just weeks earlier. I said my prayers and was ready and the trip. At Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), I got comfortable on my window seat and braced myself for six-and-a-half-hour ride to Istanbul.



    My seatmate was an elderly Caucasian man. I learned that he was Norwegian while his wife was Kenyan and had come for holiday. He was a long-serving doctor running an aid project in Africa. As we enjoyed our chicken stew and rice, he continued to share hilarious tales that spanned more than sevenddecades of his life. 

    He completely oriented me about Netherlands and Norway before we decided to take a nap. I woke me to breathtaking scenery of Istanbul from a bird’s eye view. I took a snapshot of the gold plated landscape as the sun shone down the panorama. 



    The weather was sizzling hot but i was enjoying it, given i had left a freezing Nairobi. We finally landed at Atatutk Airport, Turkey’s biggest Airport and Europe’s third busiest .There were Turkish signs everywhere and the airport personnel spoke very little English. I also noted a few black people at the airpor , for most were locals.

    The Ataturk airport is filled with restaurants, boutiques, book stores are coffee shops. It’s the kind of place you want to come when you really want a shopping experience. Before long it was time for me to take a long walk to my boarding gate, which was miles away in the vast airport, for my flight to Amsterdam. 

    Schiphol 

    My flight to Amsterdam was short and sweet. In only three and half hours we were landing. I could see Netherlands signature gigantic windmills swinging on the vast greenery ranches laced with white sheep. Most of the landmass lies on top of water which is approximately 100 feet above sea level. 



    It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the enormous Schiphol Airport, one of the biggest and busiest in the world. The most iconic place was the meeting point, a gigantic three-dimensional cube with a red and white checkerboard pattern. It’s a sculpture also fitted with seats where arriving passengers can sit as they wait to be picked. 

    I was picked and driven to my hotel. I stayed at a great hotel tucked away in a wooded area, far away from the Airport. The reception was beautifully endowed with historic snapshots of people and events. The entire place had a red carpet and amazing wall paintings. Overlooking my room was a vast manicured park with metal outdoor seats, an ideal place for a writer. 

    BY THE NUMBERS 

               141-The number of art galleries in Amsterdam. 

                1,281-Number of bridges in the city. 

    Cold A la carte

    As i sampled breakfast the following morning. I realised I had to adjust my taste buds. Coffee was the drink of choice, and it was taken black with no sugar. The coffee was quite strong and I kept adding milk and sugar before i could ingest it. The Dutch are known for their love for bread. 



    On the table were all types of bread fruit wheat, including a darker brown type that reminded me of of ‘brown ugali’. Bread is eaten throughout the day and not only for breakfast. I missed vegetables, meat, stews and my favourite Kenyan tea. The sandwiches were accompanied with cheese. 

    The Dutch 

    I learnt that the Dutch are the tallest people in the world, with the average man standing at six feet. Even their women are quite tall as strong-willed. One of my female colleagues who towers over me is considered shorter there. Most people spoke Dutch and only reverted to English while addressing me. Most of my sightseeing was done in the car while being driven to various locations for work. 

    The roads were large and excellent but i found the many intersections quite confusing. Though there were blue signs everywhere, i noticed that people relied on Global positioning System (GPS) to get around. It made driving easier and saved on time. 

    The Dutch seem to prefer dressing in neutral colours such as white, beige, grey and black. Rarely did you see anyone in bright colours. 

    shopping 

    On my last day in Netherlands, i felt i had endured eating enough bread. I requested to to be taken to subway. I was dying to have my favourite meatballs sandwich, but i was disappointed when i only found various salami sandwiches. I opted for a chicken salami, which was more like eating bread with no margarine. And since coffee and juice had grown old, i chose mountain dew soda. 

    The fun bit was going for shopping. I managed to get some electronics and a suitcase for my future trips. And of course some ‘Lego‘for my children. As we were looking for the items I noted a number of boutiques we’re closed. Turns out that most locals prefer shopping online. Will definitely be going back. 

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    TOP TEN RULES… 

    MY STORY :My blogging journey. 

    As a young energetic, practising investigative journalist, a writer, photographer and motor enthusiast, i still have a long way to go but then. Am on the perfect track running my own race. Having been born from a ‘great‘ family, who support me fully is a blessing on it’s way since i got everything i need to make it and also help the rest on the same.




     To me numbers have never put me down, I am my own inspiration but then,i have mentors too who have seen me grow in my writing journey,Mr .Gabriel Dinda,a writer and also the C. E. O And founder of Writers Guild Kenya just to mention but a few have greatly inspired me to “write for change”.

    I am a believer of lense(s)and pen(s) for a better tomorrow and consistency in writing, which is not everybody’s cup of coffee got me thinking of how i can as well encourage people to write daily and also keep up with their style but then, i created ten rules that have enabled me to do this perfectly without interfering with any of my schedules. 

    1.HONE IT CONTINUALLY ;To grow daily and keep a blog lively, and your readers commenting is every bloggers dream, numbers speak a lot. Depending on what exactly you craft on paper. People will buy a great commodity and stick to it, depending on how the packaging is done.

    That’s why companies which make huge profits still maintain loyalty to it’s customers at all costs. It is the same with writing, people will only read your content and have comments both negative and positive depending on what you deliver. 

    2.ALWAYS KEEP YOUR STANDARD HIGH; To build a brand for yourself, consistency is key. There are so many musicians but we all know ‘SAUTI SOL’as one of the very best boys choir ever. 

    They’ve been on top of their game ever since, but i believe they started from scratch and had to greatly invest in time, sweat and energy to get to the top. That means that it’s not an easy task to craft the best, but you can stand out if only you work ahead of the rest. personally, i can’t write like Ngugi wa Thiong’o, i can never be Lindah Ogutu the news anchor for crying out loud but i can make ‘ME’ a brand of my own without being somebody else photocopy. 

    3.ACT WITH INTEGRITY; Being young and keeping up with the first moving world today is one of the greatest challenge i face but then it also makes me work even harder. At times I am normally at home compiling a nice piece and once i get online, i find over 700 whatsapp messages from different groups, online buddies, my close circle and family whom i greatly consider. 

    But the thing challenge is that reading all this is impossible. The worst comes in when we meet in open forums and they probably think I got a “price tag “and i just don’t want to associate with them when in real sense I am doing what i need to. Missing dinners at friends place,changing environment month in and out and also missing my family members which i really do is at times depressing but then worth it, when you know exactly what you handling. At times i have to comply with these, which requires imtergrity. 

    4.GRIT YOUR TEETH AND FORGE AHEAD; Everyday to me is a brand new platform to make change (s). A while ago, people used to tell me how blogging is “hard”and it required specialized skills and capacity to own one.Every time my tutor came in class and asked how we were doing with our blogs, I’d hide, and bury my head in the sand, I did this because guilt was eating me up from the inside. 



    It felt so odd of me.But then, on one of the classes, he threatened those without blogs on getting zeros on the final class if we couldn’t adhere to it. This shook me greatly and the following day had my first story on Boniface Mwangi(a photojournalist) and got a round of applause from my classmates which made me even write more stories. I learnt that in life, we have to “STOP “listening to what people say in order to be the best. 

    5.KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE PRIZE; While doing my first post, everything was a mess, half badly attached pictures, poor alignment of my work and so many grammatical errors. Today i can sit down, sip a cup of coffee and converse with other writers like Speranza(My favourite blogger) Since I’ve mastered the art of good writing. 

    I really don’t need people to follow up on what i actually do for now, but i can speak what i believe can bring change. I sometimes switch off my phone and any other “disruptive elements “and just read what others have written to acquire more knowledge in what they do as well as photography. 

    6.YOUR WORD IS YOUR BOND; Have you ever talked to a 20 year old who replies Like a 50year old ?This is probably what ‘most’people think of me.In my first year in campus, i never talked much, i always came to class on time and only left when my lectures were over.

    This surprised most of them, i familiarized with the environment around and today still when i speak people take me as a very serious person. And even laugh sometimes when they say…..“Lynda hapendi ujinga”...At times it’s good to know your lanes, when to act funny and when to act as a boss! Be true to yourself and people will give you the respect you deserve. Speak goodness keeping in mind that people don’t forget”shit”!

    7.WHAT IS YOUR EDGE ;I speak greatly of good stuff ,i try as much as possible to scribble in the morning when my energy levels are high. I then get friendly editors who read and correct my grammar, perfect clear shots from high megapixel cameras from my photographer… Ooh yes, i got one by the way. Who never disappoints in order to stand out. 







    It’s impossible but with great support system you can. Others will simply say i got the so called’Good connections’and that’s why i got everything easy. Now that’s their opinion which is completely non of my business. What people don’t know is that you need to properly organize yourself and also have friends who want to see you shine. All this is very possible since i believe in positivity. 

    8.IT’S ALWAYS ABOUT THE READER; Whom in this case is like your client, think of yourself as a Chief executive officer in your writing company. Build a brand in your writing, let people consume what you want to put on the table.



     Let people appreciate your art and at the end you’ll surely earn it. You may spend sleepless nights editing, attaching photos and comparing notes from one writer to the other but when your moment of glory comes you’ll gladly grab the royalties. Don’t imitate, speak your mind but don’t be abusive, it’s only a fool who doesn’t accept criticism. 

    9.WORK WITH WHAT YOU HAVE; I believe 20million people in my country (Kenya) can afford a 10shilling pen and piece of paper to bring change. You doing have to compete with anybody in this race,the most important thing is that you got to have the ‘eye’.Change will start with me and never a million people. Try as much as possible to read as many books as possible, once in a while cheat on Facebook by reading a book. 



    10.SEEK A MENTOR; In school, people find it hard to believe that am serious, the other day when someone read my blog, he said “I can’t believe you can write nice stuff Lynncy, i think you only write when you are normal “.This made me laugh my lungs out. To me life has never made me “serious “as they say. I mean why should i, when i got it “ALL “.Don’t be mistaken though… I too believe in getting or having a mentor.

     But don’t do everything he does because he or she could try bungee jumping  and later have them break their spine when you could comfortably seat on the couch and enjoy some Netflix