Jewel in Naivasha’s Crown. 

WORDS :JEANNETTE MUSEMBI

PHOTOS :COURTESY OF INTERNET. 

The drive to Naivasha is by itself an exciting attraction. The roads wind down from busy Nairobi to a cool and sparsely populated area that puts you at once in a holiday mood. If you love taking road trips, this one is definitely for you, as you explore the Rift valley viewpoints that are breathtaking in their beauty and serenity.

 If you are fortunate, you might also run into a pack of baboons as they forage for goodies by the roadside. 

Naivasha town has grown and this is evident from the bustling activity; restaurants, bus stops, filled to the brim and the ever- enticing aroma of barbeque from endless nyama choma joints that decorate the streets. 

On this particular trip, my friend and I are not to be misled by the city’s nightlife, we have a purpose in mind, and that is to get to our destination -Camp Carnelley’s. 

So we squeeze into a 14-seater matatu, joining the 26 passengers who are in there already -they do not know about the famous Michuki Rules down here -and start the journey to the camp. It’s quite unfortunate that the human body is flexible otherwise we would have suffered some severe bruises.

 It’s an adventure trying to loose weight in such an orthodox manner but in truth, if you can travel by private means, go for it. After an-18km drive from Naivasha town, we finally get to camp Carnelley’s. Dusty tired but definitely looking forward to what lies ahead of us. The signboard is quite clear from the road side and getting lost is near-impossible. We walk down a murram road and up head (less than a two -minutes walk) there is a gate that welcomes you to a fairly busy reception. 

A few formalities and right away we are shown to our room(a hut),which happens to be a twin room. Maasai shukas artfully spread on the bed are the first thing we notice,followed by the earth-themed lampshade on a modest wooden drawer. 

There is an electrical socket -thank God-Which means we can charge all our battery-powered electronics.The most exciting thing about the whole stay(for me)was the fact that i could have a hot shower in the bush.The open air shower cubicles,just a few metres away from your hut, run hot showers every morning and evenings so the ‘softies’were allowed a level of comfort in the wild. ​
And speaking of the wild,camp Carnelley’s offers camping facilities.Located right beside the shimmering shores of Lake Naivasha, this is the perfect site to pitch camp with family or friends. It affords a lush camping ground for the ones who want to enjoy starry night skies. 

There is a restaurant that caters to majority of the campers. We enjoyed the small but fully stocked alcohol bar and the hearty breakfast menu that kept our energy levels up throughout the day. The restaurant is very cool and earthy, a welcome solace from the smouldering morning sun that becomes hotter as the day progresses. 


Service is quick and friendly and security is good.The seats are well spaced and there are enough tables. Pet’s are also allowed and this is always a huge advantage for families who like to travel as one entity. 

Overall, the experience at camp Carnelley’s is worth the drive and effort. There are fun activities designed to keep you busy throughout the day, including mountain climbing, hiking fishing. And there’s a lot of space for kiddies to play. 

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Mrs. OBAMAS’ TAKE. 

At times in life we get to struggle a lot but after we’ve got what we wanted, we tend to develop in a totally different angle. 

We at some point feel low that we want to let go what we greatly invested in. There are people we greatly look up to and feel honoured once again. 

For me it’s the Rwandese president Paul Kagame and Mitchell Obama. Not that i don’t value the rest of these great people but in this take i had to put down what Mrs Obama feels every successful woman in the world need to know. 

1.ON RELATIONSHIPS“Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down,and trust your instincts.Good relationships feel good.They feel right.They don’t hurt.They are not painful. That’s not just with somebody you want to marry, but it’s with the friends you choose. It’s with the people you sorround yourself with. 



2.ON FRIENDSHIPS“We should always have three friends in our lives. One who walks ahead who we look up to and follow; one who walks beside us, who is with us every step of our journey; and then,  back for and bring along after we’ve cleared the way. 




3.On those trying times. “When you are struggling, and you start thinking about giving up, I want you to remember something that my husband and i have talked about since we first started this journey nearly a decade ago -something that has carried us through every moment in white House and every moment of our lives-and that is the power of hope.The belief that something better is always possible if you’re willing to work for it and fight for it. 

4.ON COURAGE.“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of it’s own”.

5.ON NEGATIVE PEOPLE. “One of the lessons that I grew up with was always stay true to yourself and never let somebody else distract you from your goals. And so when i hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am. 



6.ON MAKING REAL CHANGE.Changing the big picture takes time…. and the best thing to do is focus on the things that we can make in our lives if we’re doing all that. That becomes the collage of real change “

7.ON BULLIES THAT TRY TO BRING YOU DOWN.“When someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level. No, our motto is, when they go low, we go high”.

8.ON FAILURE.“Failure is an important part of your growth and developing resilience. Don’t be afraid to fail “.



9.ON THE POWER OF BLINDING LOVE.“You don’t want to be with a boy who is too stupid to appreciate a smart young lady. There is no boy who is cute enough or interesting enough to stop you from getting your education “.

10.ON TAKING CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE .If you don’t take control over your life and time, other people will gobble it up .If you don’t prioritize yourself, you constantly start falling lower and lower on your list”.

11.ON ENDLESS GROWTH. “The question of what you want to be when you grow up is one you will entirely be answering. 


HAVE YOU FOUND YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE YET? 

BY ROSE ODENGO

To make it in life ,there is the good old beaten path. Go to school, get good grades, get a good job; what some like to call it permanent ,a pensionable job with a couple of benefits. 

This is the path your parents may have followed. It is an ideal way of kick-starting life because it gives you direction. But is that all? Is living your life to the fullest just about trudging along the same path your parents went through? 

The answer is no! James Karundu, founder of passionBiz Academy, a business mentorship and coaching organization, believes it is essential to follow us beaten path up to a certain point. 

“You need to figure out what is the right point to detour to your life’s purpose “.He says. 

Your life, like everyone else’s is an individual path. What you need to do is learn how to distinguish between the beaten path and what Karundu likes to call, your True North. 

The Truth North is what some may call your life’s purpose. But how do you know you were made for one thing over the another? Karundu has a simple formula to help you figure it out in his class 5E’s + TLC. 

1.EASY:Does what you do, or like to do, come easily to you? It could be writing, football ,even understanding the complexity of soil and it’s impact on plants. Bill Gates and childhood friend Tim Allen would spend hours coding as teenagers; soon they created computer code for the first personal computer. They founded Microsoft, which is the world’s leading technology firms, and which has changed how the world interacts and works.



2.EFFORTLESS :Maybe you never struggle doing whatever it is that you do. It is the kind of thing that could take you 15minutes to do, when someone else with lesser skill or knack may take even ten times the effort and time to get it done. 



3.EXCITES YOU :This is your go to, even the sound or the thought of it gives you reason to stay up at night or get up early in the morning. You constantly have new ideas and insights and you keep researching on them. 

4.ENERGIZES YOU :This is the thing that lights fire in your belly. You can’t live another day without engaging in it, be it developing an application, writing, sport, acting.It is endless research and improvement. If what you enjoy doing was taken away from you today, you would be completely empty, Daymond john, founder of FUBU fashion line and co-host of shark Tank, an American reality TV show where budding entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to industry titans, has admitted to his obsession to see people wearing his clothes, even if it was for free. 



5 .EVIDENCE OF IMPACT :When you are so engaged in the hobby or craft you enjoy, there is an impact. Not just monetarily, but also in your community. It you he teaching part time at a local school, or may be organizing a fundraising concert with your music band for a charity of your choice. It’s simply using your gifting to do more than make money. 

6.TALK ABOUT IT ALL THE TIME :You probably annoy people when they see you now. This is all you ever talk about. It could be a new car design, your fascination with the new Engineering techniques, the phenomenal goal you saw Ronaldo shoot during a UEFA championship match. Listen to yourself more closely in conversations because that’s where your life purpose lies. 

7.LOVE IT:If you ramble about it every waking day, you sure do love what you doing. When you love something , it oozes out of you, not just in speech but also how you lead your life. Those interested in sports may find themselves adapting to better eating habits and exercise routines. An engineer may spend more time exploring new innovations ;a writer may spend more time writing and sharing insight with other like minded writers to grow his skill. What you love, you will naturally find yourself  inclined to improve. 

8.CARE DEEPLY ABOUT IT:Whatever you love,you will deeply care for.And this may find you drawn to either creating or being involved in a cause.Erin Gruwell,an American teacher and founder of Freedom Writers Foundation ,an organisation that uses unique and transformative teaching curriculum to improve the quality of learning and prospects in children,used her love for teaching and literature and adapted a new model of learning to disenfranchised students,impacting their lives greatly.This lead to some of her students initially unable to read to read,co-authoring an anthology of their personal memoirs.

💄BEAUTY WITH A PURPOSE …

WITH:EMMA  MWAI-chemically treating your hair often has a drying effect, forcing you to condition and moisturize more. Here are some natural remedies that are kinder on your tresses.

1.COFFEE 

Coffee works great if you’re looking to go darker, cover grey hairs, or add dimension to dark hair. Simply brew strong coffee (espresso works well) ,let it cool, and then mix one cup with a two of cups of leave -in conditioner and two tablespoons of coffee grounds. Leave in your hair for at least one hour. 

2.TEA

Like coffee, black tea can help you go darker, and can as well help cover grey hairs. If you have lighter hair, there are other specific types of tea you can use. Chamomile, for example, is recommended for very light hair. The key is to make the tea, highly concentrated. Use3-5tea bags(or about the same amount in loose -leaf tea) for two cups of water. You can apply the cooled tea to hair alone, or mix with conditioner(as noted in the coffee recipe). If you’re seeking to cover grey hairs, mix with some fresh or dried sage, which helps open hair follicles. Leave in your hair for at least one hour. 

3.HERBS 

.Red hair. Try calendula, marigold, rose hips and hibiscus to deepen our red shade or add a few red highlights. The effects are cumulative -if you keep using the dye regularly, you will notice more colour  .Simmer the flowers in water for about 30 minutes, strain, cool,and then spray or pour on hair. Allow to dry in sun if possible.


 

.Dark hair. Rosemary, nettle, and sage are all great herbs for dark hair. Simmer all three in water for 30minutes, cool, strain, and spray or brush through hair. Allow to sit about an hour. You can also use the rinse daily after your shower. Be patient -it may take several days to notice. 

4.HENNA 

.one of the most popular natural hair colouring ingredients, henna is a powdered form of the leaves that come from the henna plant. To make your own henna hair dye, mix about one cup of henna powder with two cups of lemon juice. You can also add in a tablespoon of vinegar to help release the colour. Allow to sit for about 4-6hours until it thickens. Apply to hair and comb through. (This is messy so be prepared!) Wrap your hair in plastic wrap and allow sitting for hours before rinsing. 

5.LEMON JUICE 

Want a few highlights? Try fteshly-squeezed lemon juice sprayed and combed through hair. Leave on several hours.if you sit on the sun you’ll notice more lightening. Lemon juice works slowly ,expect to repeat applications several times before seeing the results. 

Guide to DATING or MARRYING RICH, successful or powerful WOMAN

MIKE MUSWATI; thiStrangeworld. To peacefully and happily play the role of boyfriend or husband to a woman who is richer and more accomplished than yourself is an art that requires tact and a lot of diplomacy, Mike writes as he tips men how to go about it. 

It’s an open secret shortchanging do not know how deal with . wealthy, powerful and successful. It is widely hat in relation, ships or marriages where the woman . handles the bulk of the financial obligations, the man is always voiceless and at times remains  ‘invisible’. It’s also widely believed that such women are always itching for a megaphone to broadcast that fact to all and sundry. 

That, however ,is never entirely true. Think of TV star Oprah Winfrey and her husband Roger steadman or our very own Lupita Nyong’o and her boyfriend or even Keroche Breweries CEO Tabitha karanja and her little known husband. The million-dollar question is how do you successfully hit on such powerful women and peacefully live in their shadows as a partthout feeling little or being henpecked as those in aforementioned cases? 

A while back, the country teemed with many macho posturing men, but since the advent of women empowerment and other related initiatives, things have changed. The previously tough guys are all now susceptible to the unpredictable female emotional roller coaster. So much that the lucky few men feel embarrassed to be dating or married to women who are more accomplished than men. 

HAPPY, PEACEFUL IN THE SHADOW OF POWERFUL WOMAN

True to form, when preparing this report  ,we tried to reach out for at least four husbands to well-known rich and successful female public figures for tips in vain. Apart from one who ,again, requested anonymity, majority seemingly feeling ‘too small’to be identified as  husbands to successful or powerful women. 

“When you check around, the submissive housewives of you are rapidly being replaced by touch or, in some cases, arm twisting career women. There is radical shift in this previously held status quo most men enjoyed. The secret is knowing your place in the marriage “,says the man, insisting he is a private citizen and sees no need to make news by talking about his private life. 

Seemingly, women are now making more money than most men in their lives. As a result, majority have upset the previously enjoyed status quo by men and now stubbornly insists an absolute authority in households. 

“A good number of women are experiencing rapid advancement up the money ranks and this has got many worried. Approaching such a woman for a date is an uphill task “,says Steve Sechere, a city based business man, who is quick to clarify that he’s not married to a rich woman. 

DEVASTATING EFFECTS OF WOMEN EMPOWERMENT ON THE BOY CHILD

Caught up in this tricky situation,most men are left with two difficult options :To hang around and brace themselves for the prospects of being’sat on’or walk out.

“You don’t need to be an economist to know the gap between the rich women and the poor women continues to widen.This is partly because of women empowerment,with no corresponding initiative for the poor men”,says Phoebe Mueni,a nursing student who says she is not very comfortable dating or getting married to a man who earns less than her.

Susan Wanja,a banker in Nairobi ,argues that having more money is increasingly making even ugly women look sexy,just as it has always been the case with not-so-easy-on-the-eye rich men.

“Men will have to do away with their macho tendencies to gel with these rich women who are now in plenty.In their desparate efforts to survive in the harsh economic times,men will soon realise their desparate efforts to survive in harsh  economic times,men will soon realise that their exists no such a thing as’ugly rich woman’as has previously been the case in some instances”,says wanja,adding that we now have many cases of broke men stalking rich women for relationships and even marriage.

A while back ,getting married to a ‘rich man’was fashionable aspiration for most women,while settling down with a ‘perfect woman’was the male equivalent.Interestingly,this is not the case anymore.

“Tables have since turned against men and despite being poked fun at,staying home,taking care of the kids and generally playing the nice,faihful husband is not such an uncomfortable thing after all,especially when you have access to cable TV and some pocket money from your loving wife”,jokes the aforementioned husband to a popular business woman.

“Being married to a rich woman who controls you doesn’t sound like such a bad idea to most men.To a certain Clement* ,a second-hand clothes dealer,dating or settling with a rich woman is much better than being stuck in a dead -end 9-5job where you make peanuts for salary.


MUCH-NEEDED DIPLOMACY AND MANUAL HITTING ON RICH WOMAN

To perhaps peacefully navigate the landmines of dating or living with a rich woman,men need a guid or manual of sorts.

According to Carol Kiiru,a single mother and business lady in Nairobi,there is a mad dash for rich women ,especially in Nairobi where men are less conservative compared to their counterparts in the countryside.

However ,she says ,men interested in ‘being kept’must know what attracts such women.

“At times,the attraction is more than the often talked about looks or bedroom prowess”,says Kiiru,adding that the attraction could be as simple as a body part ,a talent or the man’smile or something the man once said that touched her,giving the perception he is loving and caring.

Rachel Muia,an air travel agent,warns that before going for manicure and pedicure,the first thing a man who is willing to date a woman who is more accomplished than himself is to learn and master his place in the relationship.

“When you want a woman to take care of you,you better understand why she accepted you because behind every rich and succesful woman there is always a peaceful man who knows his place” ,she says.

According to other women we talked to ,there is nothing derogatory about the position of being boyfriend or husband of a rich and highly accomplished woman.

“It is actually a plum position that requires the man in it to be very smart and diplomatic.For instance,the less he speaks,the better for him.Whatever you may be,the public will routinely mistake such a man’s silence with maturity and inner wisdom”,says Christine Wangui ,adding that men who know playing sensitive role properly may not be very smart but at times mistaken for the force or brains behind such women’s success.

When dating such a woman ,many argue that one is expected to maintain high standards of hygiene because this is one of the basic things that generally piss off women.So you can imagine if she is more powerful and has more authority in the relationship,very minor things will tick her off.

“Such men must be properly groomed.They must eat healthy and work out to be fit and look good after they have all the time in the world.As a ‘trophy husband’,your image really matters because you need to look your best to make her friends envious and feel you are not shortchanging her” ,says Wangui.

KNOW YOUR PLACE,NO POWER SHARING PLEASE

According to Rose,a journalist,such men must learn to listen to their women’s daily whining without trying to sound smart by offering solutions because most of such women do not think much of them ,anyway.

“When you are a mwanaume bwege(useless man),the best you should do is gently nod,sigh,pat her back as you hold her hand with the tissue paper ready,just incase tears start rolling down her cheeks”,says Rose,adding that calling such a woman often while at work to wish her a good day is also very important.

“You must be smart enough to vary your timings so that you don’t come off as predictable.When you make one surprise call a day just know to know how she’s doing is much better than a bouquet of roses” ,says the journalist.

Rose says working on your love making skills in of utmost importance for such a man.

“With her power and money,she can easily cheat on you or move on to the next guy.If you are not well endowed ,you had better heavily invest in your other’portfolios’,She says.



HOW TO TACKLE HER PEOPLE AND ASKING FOR POCKET MONEY

Brenda Rono,a nurse,says such men must watch out for their woman’s best friend who will always be hovering around like an evil spirit with lustful intent.

“Such friends are the proverbial forbidden fruit.You hit on her and your goose is cooked.

Also,it is important to brace oneself for such a woman’s relatives and deadly daggers they hide because such types never hide their dissaproval of the skewed nature of your relationship.They always want money from her and you will come off as being in their way”,warns Rono.

Some of the men we talked to had and claimed they have firsthand experience with such women had interesting advice, too.

Some said such men must learn to put on a sympathetic face each time she yells:”This thing between you and me is over”,because it will be said several times whenever things will not be well.

Men willing to be kept are also advised to always praise and massage their benefactors’ ego.

“Always behave as if you do not want anything from her.Act as if your main purpose is to make her happy.This works like a charm when used in the right dosage.She might reciprocate by throwing some pocketmoney your way”,says Allan Lwanga,adding love is rare in this country,but for a kept man,you must come off as one dishing truckloads of it”.

Gentlemen,now that you are good to go,get yourself that rich lady and make her marry you.

If you play your cards well,chances are she will even help you pay her dowry.All the best.

Why men who dress in pink should be ashamed of themselves… 

TONY  MASIKONDE/man about town-HOVERS AROUND THE CITY LOOKING FOR THE DONKEY OF THE WEEK 

Fashionistas would have us believe you can tell a lot about a person from the colour of their shirt.But can you tell how much they earn,or how well educated they are..Or whether they’re likely to have a sneaky office romance? 

A study claims to have discovered that men who wear pink shirts tend to earn better,are better qualified, more confident and get a great number of compliments from female colleagues than their more traditionally shirted colleagues. 

For me this is all brouhaha. I have several pink shirts and almost all my friends earn more than me by a mile.Similarly, in modern reality, my well-to-do friends get more compliments from women, the moment their affluence is decoded. 

But this is not the point; the crux of the matter is, we worryingly have a sharp increase in ‘pink‘men. Now, these are not men in who have a shirt or two of bright pink. No!Pink men are the new genre of men who are so soft and sissy at their sexual orientation is not clear, leaving lots of things to conjecture. 

Men should not jump into the deep end of the so-called modern fashion sense. A man worth his salt should dress like lawyers. Well…not the cost part but the colour aspect. Lawyers dress in dark power suits, as they know impression management matters. 

When they come dressed in black suits, that sort of elicits respect and reference. If you are on death row, do you think a close the judge will pay close attention to a male lawyer in a pink suit and funny hairstyles. 

CHRISTMAS TREE

Boss,if you are on death row and your lawyer comes looking like a christmas tree for the court session,just declare your will and make peace with your maker.Besides,the colour on their clothes,another worrisome trend with this pink men is the fit of their clothes.Some wear very tight trousers that you would imagine they have a big disagreement or beef with the textile industry.

If a man wears a pair of jeans that is so tight such that,his family jewels can hardly breathe,perhaps he doesn’t need them!This invariably takes us back to our initiation suspicion and conjecture.

If you are the kind of man who walks on the street and giggling with girls like sparrow birds,shame on you.Our independence was fought hard and blood was shed to liberate us from the imperialists and this is not the kind of vision that Kimathi Wa Wachiuri had in mind when he led a battalion of tough warriors out of Tetu village into the neighbouring Aberdare forest.

The other kind of’pink‘men are those that have succumbed to feminine power.They have simply let down their forefathers in a bad way and allowed themselves to be a plaything to be toyed around by the women in their lives.

I have witnessed men in restaurants or supermarket aisles take instructions from their partners in a reverend manner,you would think,the instructor has the power of life and death over them.

As a man there comes a time when you have to hold the bull by the nuts or the horns whichever way you fancy,and put your foot down.

WITH LOVE FROM PARIS 💚❤💗…

WITH :STELLA ADI

Like nearly everybody else I know, paris was right up there in my . bucket list. And when i finally got the chance to visit, it really did live up my expectations. 

Paris living is cheapest in the months leading up to summer. The earlier you make your booking, the cheaper it’s likely to be.I booked my flight and reserved my accommodation way in advance using an online booking service, many of which require no deposits. 

Deciding where to stay can be  daunting.start by making a list of what you would like to experience while in Paris.The city is divided into 20 municipal districts, each uniquely different depending on what your budget is, your duration of stay and interests.

As a first-time visitor, I picked the bustling Latin Quarter. We couldn’t wait to discover the Pantheon,an 18th-century mausoleum where Voltaire and Rousseau are buried.I also really wanted to visit the famous Sorbonne University, the picturesque jardin des plantes, Notre Dame and the Louvre. 

We stayed in a charming a very French hotel called Hotel St-Jaques with the friendly host couple who excitedly narrated to us their Kenyan safari experience many years ago.

 The hotel is on a lively street that hosts many other charming hotels. To save every shilling, scout for online offers while doing your booking. 

The cafés and boutique restaurants are intrinsic to Parisian culture and the best part is that you can enjoy it at pocket-friendly prices. Do eat out at lunch time instead of  dinner as dinner services tend to be more expensive. 

Also avoid eating in overly touristy streets which tend to be overpriced. Instea , venture into the less pricey, more authentic cafés and bistros. Rue Mouffetard is another market street worth visiting for its yummy baked goodies and decadent sweets. 

For a traveller on a budget, there is a lot you can see and do in Paris. Take a tour of the grand La Basilique  du Sacre’ Coeur in Montmarte, enjoy a picnic on the lush lawns of Jardin du Luxembourg, explore the sights and sounds of the bustling street markets and souvenir shops or take it at any one beautiful Parks scattered all over the city. 

Few things are as breath-taking as the Paris landscape from the peak of Eiffel Tower though views from the ground can be just as spectacular.Make a picnic of it at the Parc du champ de Mars or better yet, go at night -view of a lit Eiffel Tower. 

For us,a visit to the remarkable Notre Dame Cathedral was essential.We took the awe-inspiring tour and luckily missed the winding queues which can sometimes go for a few kilometres. Afterwards, on a leisurely stroll back along the swine, we spotted the accordion guy! That was a highlight. 

Museum lovers, you are spoiled for a choice in Paris. Save a few euros by getting your hands on a museum pass which will cover you for 60 sights. 

Also, note that the first weekend of the month, most museums are free. On our first morning there, we visited the Musee’  National du Moyen Ages (National Museum of the middle ages),a step into the medieval times.

For about two hours ,we got lost in the massive collection of remains ,artefacts,craftmanship,and tapestries from another era.

For navigation around Paris,you can walk,take the wide reaching metro or ride in the bus for shorter distances for about €1.50equivalent to Ksh 167/=.

The streets of paris are lined with modern,buzzing shopping stores and quaint little bookshops and vintage stores.Spend an afternoon window-shopping in any of the dozens of antique shops and eccentric market places.

There are also many reasonably priced pubs and night clubs that waive the entrance fee.If you are in Latin Quater,try Le crocodile,their cocktail list is bound to impress you.

Free Paris adventures:

Sail along the Seine-They allow you to celebrate your birthday with a free cruise.

Fashion shows:Not quite the paris fashion week you’ve seen on telly,but for two days a week you can catch the latest trends on the runway from leading names in the industry at the Galeries Lafayette.Reserve early!

Le Louvre:No stay in Paris is complete without a visit to the Louvre.You can see the Venus de Milo,the winged Victory of Samorathrace and the Mona Lisa for free on the first Sunday of every month from October to March.

WHAT KEEPS ME GOING…. 

*Forwarded
New York is 3 hours ahead of California but it does not mean that California is slow, or that New York is fast. Both are working based on their own “Time Zone.”

Some one is still single. Someone got married and ‘waited’ 10 years before having a child. There is another who had a baby within a year of marriage.​

Someone graduated at the age of 22, yet waited 5 years before securing a good job; and there is another who graduated at 27 and secured employment immediately !
Someone became CEO at 25 and died at 50 while another became a CEO at 50 and lived to 90 years. 

Everyone works based on their ‘Time Zone‘.
People can have things worked out only according to their pace.

Work in your “time zone”.
Your Colleagues, friends, younger ones might “seem” to go ahead of you.

May be some might “seem” behind you.
Everyone is in this world running their own race on their own lane in their own time. God has a different plan for everybody.Time is the difference. Obama retires at 55, Trump resumes at 70
Don’t envy them or mock them, it’s their ‘Time Zone.’ 

You are in yours!
Hold on, be strong, and stay true to yourself. All things shall work together for your good. 
You’re not late … You are not early … you’re very much On time!:)👍stay blessed.

You Are In Your Time Zone….🌐

I WANT to have a home with you…

Many people dream of owning mansionattes, driving Lamborghinis,eating at that five star hotel,taking their families on vacation at Copacabana among other things but then it’s not different from owning a home first. 

A journey of a thousand miles definitely begins with a single step. Having a perfect home has never been easy especially with the current trend. Today everyone wants to have a space of their own. 

A place where they can comfortably make merry  without breaking the bank. A place to have dinner with your loved ones while looking at the stars without a hustle. A place where one can have that perfect photo shoot without paying any fee which is not always easy. 

I am one of these individuals who wants this honestly. Not because we don’t have any of these but because i embrace change every time.I don’t want my kids to have fun at the same home, though a ‘cool place’ twenty years later. I want things done differently.I mean change. 

Change of   environment,culture,food , car,clothing and also place.I want to have a garden of my dreams with my family. A special space where my family will experience fun and not just be viewed at a distance. 

I want to have it in my backyard where i can engage my old buddies to stop, sit and also enjoy for a while. This calls for a design that will put my users at the heart of my garden; one that will focus on my needs, comfort and entertainment. 

It’s unfortunate that most gardens in my Hood are only designed for the eyes. The focus starts and stops with the need to make a place neater and more trendy. In fact, my home for example got this heges at the backyard where the swimming pool is and railings besides which got tiles.

This was back then in the 90’s lol! When i was still suckling milk and honey but i believe that I can have a better home with my family. I know that i personally can have a better place.

By creating a place to go and enjoy, as well as have unlimited fun .I can have a truly rewarding space that will make my family appreciate nature for the rest of their lives.

Am looking forward to having a PERGOLA ENGLISH URBAN GARDEN on my front yard. This is where my loved ones will wake up and feel the morning fresh breeze as they will be listening to nature, i will have a small fountain with the statue of Mary a basis of my religion. 

Many would probably mistake it for’idol worship‘but i won’t care on their opinions since we live in a free world. I would make it simple and neat, i would light it at night with lamps and also pray for my country.

 I will feel close to my God at this point since it will always be quiet here. I will remind him to humble me when i become stubborn. I’ll let him know that i appreciate everything in my life he has given me. And have a rosary for her to always pray for us. 

I will want to have GARDEN ROOMS where I’ll divide it just like my house. A good garden where I’ll extend the indoor rooms to my garden. 

Being a woman who loves her family, I’ll consider having an outdoor  dining area by adding a deck or a patio right in front off the kitchen door. 

This is where the ‘boys’will have space and prepare tasty barbeque which will all goble down with a glass of fine wine.As we laugh our lungs out.Will sing a song or two on that hot afternoon and ‘little shara‘my  last born cutie will heartily strum her pink guitar daddy bought on his trip back from Manilla.(The philipines)




COMFORT
has always been my priority especially with family to take care of.My designated outdoor rooms won’t be left behind either  ,this will be here to make sure my friends enjoy their experience in the garden for longer periods.

Shelter from unfavourable weather conditions such as the ‘january scorching sun‘ won’t have a place as i   will provide shelter to my guests.

I know you are wondering how but then i got my answer with me!Softscapes elements(plants),hardscape elements or both could suit my home.This will include shade trees and pergolas plus other screening elements of my choice.

Furnishings also have a role to play in improving the comfort levels within outdoor rooms.I’ll have my carpenter work on the garden seats ,tables as well as places to lie down during those days when i’ll want to give my ‘ass’ a break.

ENGAGE SENSE​;My private space will engage all the places.I had already incorporated elements that appeal to other senses apart from sight.

Fragrant herbs and minty leaves just to make the sorrounding area fresh.Fruits,especially berries will give visitors a taste of my ‘Eden‘.I don’t mean that someone would eat any forbidden fruits from my garden.

Still the sounds of twittering birds or splash of a fountain or waterfall somewhere will forever add a memorable episode in my garden.

Don’t be mistaken, My NATURAL HAIR is awesome… 

The natural look has been trending;  and it seems like more and more young and old individuals are embracing this ‘cool cut‘. 

From fashion magazines to local and international celebrities including our very own Lupita Nyong’o only to mention but a few who are looking good.With short hair.However there are perceptions about natural hair and here is what we think. 

1.IT’S UNMANAGEABLE; Having grown up in my childhood i used to cry when mum wanted to take me to the salon. The reason being ‘pain‘. 

The strong heat from the blow dryer too always sent shivers down my spine,one day my mum travelled outside the country and i remained with my dad who convinced me to try and look like him,but hell no!I wasn’t just going to accept the deal that easily. 

He then took me to his barber who was a well known “hair stylist “and at that point is when i thought i made a personal decision to have my hair cut.

 When mama came back, she couldn’t believe that my dad had cut my long hair she took time to wash,shampoo and also braid into nice lines which made me look pretty.

 But then i was happy just like any other kiddo* i never thought such a decision would trigger trouble between mum and dad haha! Days turned into weeks,weeks into months and years but i still rocked in short hair.

After sometime everyone at home got used to my“new look“.Every morning I’ll wake up,dash off to the shower and come out feeling fresh to begin my day. 

My short hair never gave me trouble, actually i realized it took me like 15minutes to comb and oil it unlike the long hair which could take me decades to style. It was so manageable for me style since i used a mixture of glycerine and water and after combing it! The curls came out naturally which made me prettier.​

I learnt that,whether natural or relaxed,both types can suffer breakage if not properly maintained.

2.PUBLIC PERCEPTION;Some people think they will be treated differently if they go natural.Sometimes back in campus i used to find it hard to walk in the corridors because of the attention i got from the ladies who had’wigs’on till i got used to this.

A year ago,while shopping at galleria i got this young man who stopped me just to compliment how i looked which to me i found’interesting‘.Maybe it was funny but pretty good.

3.MEN HATE IT;Where?Many natural women say they attract attention when they go natural.Men tend to dislike weaves and weaves and love men with natural hair.

I guess it’s the reason as to why my 80year old grandma’ is still with my grandpa.Your choice to go Natural or not should not be based on what others think.Do it because you love it.


4.IT WILL BE STUNTED
;They say natural hair does not grow but that is a’myth’.All hairs grow whether chemicalized or natural.

The fact that natural hair shrinks a lot when washed,does not mean that it doesn’t grow.Many people assume that kinky hair is the strongest,so they run the comb through it not realising they are doing harm to their hair.

Any type of hair requires TLC.The tight curls that make it coil should never be mistaken for strength.The hair should be moisturised regularly.Otherwise,it will break.Infact according to my research with the help of”Marini naturals”it has shown that the tighter the curls the weaker it is.

5.DOESN’T LOOK GOOD;I’ve been seeing myself on the mirror for the last 20 years and everyday i feel young because of my natural hair.

Everytime i see a celebrity rocking natural hair despite their social class i feel great.I mean,class has got nothing to do with how i style my hair at any given moment.Natural hair,just like any other can be styled in a way that suits you.​

6.YOU CUT IT,IT GROWS FASTER;A lie.Cutting or trimming split ends only makes the hair healthier.It doesn’t speed up growth well your genes are the same ‘bad’ones if you are not from that fine lineage.

By the way natural hair is curly and when you stretch it.It appears longer.Relaxing it only removes the curls and straightens it,making it appear long.Relaxing also reduces its elasticity.

Making it vulnerable to breakage.Braids are the best protective style.If you wold love to protect your hairline ensure they are not too tight and avoid leaving them for too long.


7.WHO SAID IT’S UNPROFESSIONAL
;From top Chief executive officer(s) like Wandia Gichuru to teachers as well as my learned friends(Lawyers) in this country rock natural hair.

As long as it’s tidy,well to me it is professional.Whether you wear locks or not.Hygiene and cleanliness is A PERSONAL ISSUE!!!