No longer in Kenya (aaah!) but still a Kenyan at heart...
Monday, 10 December 2007
Friday, 7 December 2007
Strange how time passes... I still consider myself young and alive, and most of the time I also feel young and alive, but when you look at the figures, this would have been the time when I was about 11/12 years old, and my parents at that stage looked OLD and DECREPIT to me, so I must also - by definition, be old and decrepit. Well, sorry, I'm changing the rules - it is my life after all, and I can do whatever the hell I please! I will not become old and decrepit, no, I will remain young and vibrant ad infinatum!
I will colour my hair till the day I die, I will use every product available to man to keep the wrinkles at bay (without resorting to invasive surgery), I will keep going out to places where the music is loud, the dancing is carefree and the atmosphere is vibrant. And I will live every day as if it is the last!
My opinion is - bugger age, I will be as old as I want for as long as I want!
Hope y'all have a fruitful weekend now!
Thursday, 29 November 2007
1. Love my hubby even more - Impossible not to do, so check! He makes every day worth living.
2. Go to at least 5 new interesting places I've never been - check! (Kilifi, Lamu Island, Dar-es-Salaam, Kampala & Watamu plus lots more, but it becomes long winded.)
3. Quit smoking - Mmmm, not so much check... But at least I've cut down dramatically...
4. Lose the tube - Ongoing check - lost a total of 9kg and 6 inches around the waist already and still going strong. Looking and feeling a LOT better.
5. Don't lose my temper so badly - Sort-of check. I think I've matured a lot this year, but still lose my rag a little sometimes.
6. Get fit - Check! Hitting the gym-thing three times a week, every week. Can feel it in my energy levels and also in my lower back that use to give me hell, but its no longer painful all the time. (Maybe the acupuncture helped here too.) No six pack yet (Don't think it will ever be) but at least a flat-ish stomach, and I don't drag over my own tracks in the sand with my droopy arse anymore...
7. Grow my career - Big time check! I feel that this year I really achieved a lot, and it has meant a lot for my career growth as well as my personal satisfaction achieved! I've learnt a lot about stuff I've never done before, I've spent time with some of the most dedicated people in their respective fields, and also shared so much knowledge with my staff.
8. Have fun - Another big time check! Had some real fun with my staff - it's a laughing office, and had real fun away from the office. Learnt how to drive a four wheel drive trough mud and went 'playing' quite a few time.
9. Get over my irrational fear of spiders - Miserable failure... Never will get over this one. I still scream like a girl if there's a spider within 400 nautical miles.
10. Love and live more - Big time check! This has been such an honest year for me. Disappointments, yes a few, but mostly I can say that I've really lived.
Now it's time to set my goals for next year. It get more challenging every year...
Hope y'all have had your dreams come true!
Wednesday, 28 November 2007
Monday, 26 November 2007
We're in the midst of the 'short rains' and it seems to not want to end. Today is a lovely sunny day, as was yesterday, but last week was terrible. Rain, mud, cold winds - not very summery... Also visited the Bizarre Bazaar on the weekend and bought the most beautiful handmade teak chest with brass detailing. Had to lug this thing all over the bazaar as it was bought at one of the first stalls we visited. Typical of me - HAD TO HAVE IT THERE AND THEN! I have absolutely no self control when it come to pretty things.
Had lunch at Rangers on sunday, and sat looking out over the national park - life could be worse... Had a lovely lunch followed by a raid on the veranda by one of the resident baboons. He helped himself to some leftovers on our plates and succeeded in getting a British tourist type person at the table next to ours in a total 'tiz'. Could have sworn she was being physically asaulted by this poor creature...
The rest is basically just much of a muchness. Work is driving me crazy and, even thought we are winding down towards the end of the year, seems to be no less than usual. All I'm thinking about at the moment is the 11th when I'm catching a flight to Joburg for a break!
Hope y'all have a really fruitful day now!
Friday, 16 November 2007
Wednesday, 14 November 2007
On Friday last week, the CEO was in the country and came into my office to speak to me. He asked me whether I would be interested in a new project that was started in Cape Town, and would I be willing to move to Cape Town to run this project for the Africa division of the business. We spoke at lenght about what it would involve and to be honest, I'm very interested. He even asked me whether my partner (hubby) would be willing to relocate to Cape Town in order for us to be together - they would endeavour to offer him employment in another division of the company... (Sound a bit like nepotism, but this would be offered to any 'straight' couple that would need to relocate to another part of the country/world.) I'm gob smacked. As all these 'concerns' are running trough my mind, this comes along...
Well, my response was that yes, I would be interested, yes, I would need to discuss relocation with hubby, yes, they should make me an offer and we can start negotiating, and yes, I would not mind all the travel involved, as long as it does not exceed certain pre-set limits...
Wow, don't really know about how this happened, just glad it did! I'll be very sad to leave Nairobi, but will still visit here quite often, so altogether not a bad thing. And, to be honest, there are worst places to live than Cape Town...
Hope y'all have your dreams come true today!
Monday, 5 November 2007
The KCC is a very elitist country club that's not too far from my home. Very posh - don't worry, I'm not a member - too elitist and WAY too expensive for my very tight wallet. Just could not be bothered joining a club where your wealth (or lack thereof) includes or excludes you from society. Anyway, if I walk in there I drop the median age by about 50 points...
Back to Sunday lunch. Last week I invited a few friends to come and have lunch in the garden as the weather is really nice and warm at the moment, and the garden is looking stunning. The lavender bushes are in full bloom, the day lilies have so many flowers in them that the bush is hanging to the ground, bird's a chirpin', squirrels a squirillin' etc etc. Really loverly. Anyhoo, so E offers to make main course on Wednesday, so now I'm down to starter and dessert, and then on Thursday two calls - Ida will make a decadent chocolate brownie cake, and N&A will make a starter. This leaves me with salad and starch - which C&C decided they would bring on Friday. So for my 'Sunday lunch party' I did absolutely nothing, except pour drinks and sit back! We had prawns on sugarcane for starters, a STUNNING butter chicken with cous-cous and spinach, feta and chickpea salad, and the richest chocolate brownie cake with fresh strawberries for desert. Oh, I did make great Kenyan coffee afterwards, so did not just sit on my 'tuchas' all day...
All this talk of food is making me hungry - time to delve into my lunchbox and get out the leftovers...
Hope y'all have a fruitful day now!
Thursday, 1 November 2007
This is a forum that I can share stuff 'without' having to worry about people getting hurt or feeling as if we stab them in the back (and in the process getting it of my own backs) - but it also comes with some responsibility... There is so much 'out there' on the net that can be harmful or bad, but also so much that is good and worth reading/looking at. The bad stuff is unavoidable to an extent - people will always use a public forum to promote their own sick/warped ideas, but the good stuff - that is what makes the blogosphere so worth it. I've made some 'friends' here, people I do not know at all (in person, I mean), but people that have a place in my life. People that will - even if I never meet them, always be part of a time in my life that was both exciting and terrible.
I've been contemplating my 'career move' to Kenya for a while now, and I'm wondering whether this is worth the effort and time spent away from loved ones. (Well, basically, one specific loved one...) The experience has been invaluable, but I'm just wondering in the back of my mind what I've missed. It's been two years now that I've been away from home, and as much as hubby and I chat/text/skype/call etc etc, I still need that contact with him. He is such a wonderful and giving person, but how do you give of yourself over the Internet or a phone? Yes, we discussed this move at lenght before the time, but in hindsight I'm no longer so sure... Just seem so removed at the moment.
My goodness, just reread this post and it is a bit all over the place.
Hope y'all have a fruitful day now.
Friday, 26 October 2007
Thursday, 25 October 2007
My big weakness is food. Yes, I'm a food addict and will sell my soal (not really, but nearly) for a good piece of chocolate cake...It takes great restraint from me to not walk into the chocolate aisle at the local grocery store and just fill a basket with an assortment of Belgian delicacies. So, every morning when I have my fruit smoothie for breakfast I tell myself that it's all worth it in order for me not to look like Demmis Roussos. Never really thought that a moo moo was my thing... (How scary is it that I even know who Demmis Roussos is...)
Back to the subject at hand - In the last two months I've lost a total of 8kg - meaning I look more like I should and not like you could throw me on my side, put lights on me and call me the Goodyear blimp... This was achieved by just eating sensibly and not doing my whole bit of eating when I'm depressed, sad, happy, elated, lonely, with company etc etc. Basically, using food as a crutch. And obviously (Well, not for me) exercise three times a week.
Feeling better, have more energy, looking better, sleeping better and working better!
That's all for now folks, hope y'all have a fruitful day!
Monday, 22 October 2007
Friday, 19 October 2007
So, a seafood dinner tonight with N & A, breakfast with E on Saturday morning, rugby finals (GO BOKKE!) on Saturday eve, lunch with Ida and Budgie (No, he is a human being!) on Sunday, and then hopefully some alone time on Sunday eve, in time for another crazy week at work. As much as I appreciate this from my dear, dear friends, me thinks I will enter next week a little more tired than I depart this one...
Well, for the fear of sounding like I'm complaining with the golden spoon stuck squarely in my gob, I will now sign off.
Sincerely hope y'all have a wonderful weekend!
Tuesday, 16 October 2007
Monday, 15 October 2007
Otherwise, I spent some time this weekend catching the world cup rugby semi finals between France and England, and South Africa and Argentina. I must be completly honest, rugby is not my favourite sport (Cricket is!) but I do love to watch 'my boys' play. And did they play! It was not the 'prettiest' rugby match I've ever seen, but the guys really did use every oppertunity given them by Argentina. Now for the weekend and the final!
Will be planning a trip to SA for a weekend soon. This weekend and next will not be possible, but maybe I can fly down for the weekend after that, even if it's only for Saturday and Sunday. Really just need to be close to my man for a bit. After all, it's only a four hour flight. (Plus an hour in traffic to the airport in Nairobi, plus two hours for check in, plus an hour in Johannesburg to get trought passport control, plus an hour in traffic to Pretoria...)
Hope y'all have a fruitful day, filled with love.
Monday, 8 October 2007
Friday, 28 September 2007
What this post is really about is to wish everybody a healthy, wealthy and wonderful weekend, filled with whatever it is your little heart desires!
A fruitful weekend to y'all!
Wednesday, 26 September 2007
It's been over eight weeks since I last saw my hubby, and the pressure at work is something phenomenal. Life always seems to rush towards the end of a year, and this year, it just seems as if it's gaining momentum every single day. Every waking moment is spent just trying to get ahead of the pile of paper on my desk, and just like it looks like I'm about to gain a foothold, it overtakes me again. Now I know that we are all probably really busy, and that most of our lives we tend to run from one assignment to the other, but it really is getting me down at the moment.
Don't get me wrong, I love what I do (most of the time, at least) but I just feel completely overwhelmed. With the launch of two new products in as many months, the plans for a US$35m investment gaining momentum, and the staff compliment growing by over 200%, I honestly don't know if I coming or going. Yes, yes - do one thing at a time, and just be methodical, but even my usual 'work flow' plan is failing me at the moment. All I'm seeing is me up to my nipples in paperwork... Oh well, at least I'm having fun, right? (NOT!)
Just ranting about it makes me feel better, even if only for a little while. Thank y'all for listening to me!
Have a fruitful day now!
Tuesday, 18 September 2007
Tuesday, 11 September 2007
Monday, 10 September 2007
The one thing that keeps me so devoted to my Dawie, is love. Here is a man that can cheer me up with one word, can make me smile with a look, can read my moods better than any other person on earth, and knows, just knows, where to place his hand while we are sleeping to reassure me he is there...
At one stage our relationship went trough a really rough patch - in fact, it nearly came to an end, but trought love - and heaps of understanding from this wonderful man, we were back on track, and even more secure in each other and in our relationship. He is truly my whole world!
Now that, due to my career, we live apart I miss him every day. I miss that early morning coffee together. I miss the way he lies with his head on my shoulder when we watch tv. I miss his dry sense of humour. I miss the way he makes loving blond jokes when I do something stupid. I miss the way he would come and sit in the bathroom and talk to me when I'm taking a bath. I miss the special way he makes sure everything is just so perfect for me and my neurotic little obsessions with neatness and order. I miss the way he cuddles up to me in the morning when the alarm goes off, and with a raspy whisper says - 'just a few more minutes sweetie'...
I love him so.
It hurts to be apart.
Wednesday, 5 September 2007
Tuesday, 4 September 2007
This is from the Hotel balcony. It is RATHER HOT in Kampala, and very humid as the city is close to Lake Victoria, and basically on the equator, so it is a bit hazy.
The biggest export product (yokingly!) of Uganda is bananas, and they are everywhere to be seen! This is a boda - boda. The cheapest form of transport, and used for both goods and people. A bicycle (or small motorbike) with a small platform on the back - these bunches of bananas must weigh a ton!
An informal banana shop next to the road. A local dish called Matoke is made from boiled banana and ground nuts (peanuts) and then mashed to look like mashed potato - very tasty with a local beef stew, or blackbean stew. (Althought, with the bean stew and the matoke, you fart like a machine the next day!)
Sorry, I've run out of time, will have to do some more later!
Hope y'all have a pretty day now,
Monday, 3 September 2007
Spent a couple of days in Uganda last week - Kampala to be precise, and really enjoyed the trip, even if it was for work. After seeing 'The last king of Scotland', and now visiting the country where it took place was a rare pleasure. The history of Uganda still runs deep in the people of the country, and having talked to a lot of people while there, it seems that even after all these years, those events still have an effect on them.
The city itself is sparklingly clean, the faces all smile, and the 'boda boda's' (Motorcycle and bicycle taxi's) are harrowing. Some of these have up to five people on one motorbike! (Three adults, two kids sitting on the tank.) My driver, bless him, had me shooting prayers most of the time. He uses a ooooold Toyota that was certainly still used to transport furry animals to the Ark in Noah's time, and insisted that he was the fastest, smallest, most nimble thing on the road... My nerves where shot! (The glance I got from his side of the car after I screamed like a girl while he was overtaking into oncoming traffic was precious.) I will post a few pictures of my trip tonight when I've downloaded the camera.
The hotel - The Kampala Serena, is worth every Dollar, and the service, friendly staff, restaurants, facilities, in fact everything is top notch. Now, how can I get the company to send me there again and then I get to stay the weekend and go and see the gorillas...
Enough for now - hope y'all have a fruitful day!
Monday, 27 August 2007
I've been a bad, bad boy... Well, not really, but one has this love for 'local' art, and these pieces just caught my attention in a big way, so now, they are part of the collection...
These are by a local artist and he 'makes' them by dropping idian ink on partchment, and then blowing the ink with a straw! AMAZING! The two on the left are called moondancing, and the one on the right is called moon gazer.
In my mother tounge, there is a saying that says 'Hy is met die maan gepla', and this means touched by the moon - basically, he's a bit crazy, so make your own deductions here...
Been really busy the last few days with no chance to really update by blog. We've launched a new product, will be launching a new product in a few weeks, and have a whole new team of people on board that need to be 'initialized' in the company culture. All fun, but real hard work...
Anyhoo, better get back to the grindstone.
Hope y'all are having a sunshiny day!
Wednesday, 22 August 2007
New drugs on the market:
Take 2 and the rest of the world can go to hell for up to 8 full
Suppository that eliminates melancholy and loneliness by reminding
you of how awful they were as teenagers and how you couldn't wait
till they moved out!
ST. MOMMA'S WORT
Plant extract that treats mom's depression by rendering
preschoolers unconscious for up to two days.
Liquid silicone drink for single women. Two full cups swallowed
before an evening out increases breast size, decreases
intelligence, and prevents conception.
When taken with Peptobimbo, can cause dangerously low IQ,
in enjoyment of country music and pickup trucks.
Increases life expectancy of commuters by controlling road rage
and the urge to flip off other drivers.
Potent anti-boy-otic for older women. Increases resistance to such
lethal lines as, "You make me want to be a better person. "
Injectable stimulant taken prior to shopping. Increases potency,
duration, and credit limit of spending spree.
Relieves headache caused by a man who can't remember your
birthday, anniversary, phone number, or to lift the toilet seat.
A spray carried in a purse or wallet to be used on anyone too
to share their life stories with total strangers in elevators.
When administered to a boyfriend or husband, provides the same
irritation level as nagging him, without opening your mouth.
Hope y'all have a pretty day now!
Tuesday, 21 August 2007
Monday, 20 August 2007
Thursday, 16 August 2007
Tuesday, 14 August 2007
Monday, 13 August 2007
So why am I quitting? Besides the obvious reason - it's not good for me, I actually have this all worked out in my mind - should make no sense to another human being, but these are my reasons...
1. I hate the smell of smoke on my clothes! (BTW - have never smoked in my own house or car - cannot stand the smell of it!)
2. Dawie and I are saving for a long, expensive holiday - We worked out that between the two of us, we spend nearly R1400 ($200) per month on smokes, and if we save this money, we can take a trip to a favourite holiday spot next year December. (Holidays are cheaper in SA) We've opened an additional savings account for this purpose, and will be depositing the money there every month. This is our incentive...
3. Smoking has become a hassle - no smoking areas, no smoking in public places... Now it's a 'schlep' to go for a siggie...
4. It controls my life, instead of me controlling it!
There is surely a lot more that I can say here, but these are the main reasons. I refuse to be controlled by a smelly, expensive addiction any longer. (Self talking to self!)
Now, y'all keep your fingers (and toes) crossed, cause this is going to be a battle - but it's still SO worth it!
Friday, 10 August 2007
Thursday, 9 August 2007
Pass law - for those not familiar with SA history, was a law whereby all black people had to carry a pass to enter 'white' areas, and if they did not have this pass, they would face arrest and imprisonment. What this basically meant, was that to work in the 'white' areas, you had to carry a silly little book with you giving you the right to be there...
Now that Apartheid has been abolished - thankfully, I would like to use this day to celebrate women in general.
So here's to you girls! All my dear female friends, and even the one's I don't know -
Wednesday, 8 August 2007
I'm just taking a little stab - so don't take me too seriously, but the weather is really getting to me. At one stage in my life I was transferred to Cape Town (Picture above of Table Mountain from Bloubergstrand - taken in summer, so this is about 20H30 at night) by a company I used to work for. In the beginning, this was very exciting, new city, chance to make new friends, very active gay lifestyle etc etc, but then the first winter came along. I do not mind cold weather, but if this is accompanied by rain and sleet, and everything remains damp and mouldy, I get a little upset. In fact, at that stage I gave them an ultimatum that if they did not take me back to Johannesburg, I would resign... Obviously, the rip roaring laughter from the HR department could be heard by human and animal alike...
Cold gray weather is fine if I have a chance to stay indoors and don't have to drag (pun intended) myself to the office - dressed like an eskimo hell bent on not making a single piece of flesh show. Sniffling, dribbling, miserable 'not so little' me.
As you can see, did not really have much to say today, so decided to keep you busy with a whole load of 'bollocks'.
Hope y'all have a wonderful, fruitful day!
Tuesday, 7 August 2007
My life has not always been a bed of roses, but to be completely honest, the good times far exceed the bad memories, and bad memories have faded with time. The sadness has passed but the lessons remain. In fact, I bear no grudge towards another human being, and even thought some friendships have fallen by the wayside for whatever reason, I feel no ill will towards these people. I am truly blessed.
I hope your days will also be filled with good memories, smiles and laughter!
Ps: Started quiting smoking this week and going a bit crazy at the moment! Went from a pack a day man to just 5 a day, and really battling at the moment... Keep your fingers crossed! Plan is to be on zero by the end of August!
Monday, 6 August 2007
This weekend Estelle spent Friday and Saturday night at my place, and we watched a few movies, ate a bit (a lot, actually!) and just had a good time. Saturday afternoon Elize joined us, and had a 'girls' afternoon. This basically means, we put on face masks, did heat packs, cooling eye patches, pedicures, manicures, body exfoliations, etc etc. Really rediculous, but it was fun. Used every product in our arsenal, and also went out a bought a few extras... What is really fun about this is that we drink a few bottles of wine, and then follow this up with a meal. Saturday was Oso bucco made in red wine and tomato with steamed basmati rice. (It's still a little chilly here, so nice 'comfort' food is on the menu most of the time.)
Sunday I watched a movies called Gray Matters - a bit silly really, but a good 'coming out' story for our 'thesbian brotheren/sisteren'. I have a lot of really great gay female friends, and love spending time with them - so you gals go and rent this movie now, see!
Just read trought what I've written and it's a whole bunch of hog wash. Trying to write something inbetween all the work, emails, phone calls, instant messages etc etc. Not working really, so going to stop rampbling now. Need to do something here when I have more time to concentrate on what I'm doing. Maybe it's true what they say - a man cannot multi - task...
Hope y'all have a wonderful day, filled with love, hugs and kisses!
Tuesday, 31 July 2007
Will be posting more on our fantastic holiday, but for now, just a quick note to say I'm back in my little Kenyan world...
Keep well y'all!
Wednesday, 18 July 2007
Just to make everybody a bit yellow, here is a pic of a sunset over the Crocodile River in the Kruger National Park.
Hope y'all have a wonderful time, and think of me 'suffering' trought a few days of rest, relaxation and utter uselessness...
Tuesday, 17 July 2007
1. My wonderful hubby. The best thing that has ever happended to me. My all...
2. Sunshine - really battle to go for a long period without seeing the sun. Not that I like sunbathing, but seeing the sun, and feeling the warmth on your skin is priceless.
3. A hot shower. Nothing better to get me going in the morning, or wind me down after a long day.
4. A toothbrush - is there anything nicer than having a clean, fresh smile?
5. Body Shop's Body Butter. (No further explanation needed!)
6. Silence - love the sound of silence, that wonderful fulfilling sound of a quite sunday morning in our garden.
7. Family and friends - Who have supported me in the rough times, laughed at me/with me during the silly times, love me for who I am and just in general have always been there for me.
8. Work - As much as I complain about being too busy/not being busy enough/ irritating people/ paperwork/ lack of paperwork etc etc, what would I do without this outlet in my life. Love what I do - end of story!
9. My parents - Which sounds a bit like a repeat of No 7, but they deserve a special mention. Despite our differences, they are my biggest support structure, and love me regardless. And the fact that they accept my partner, and have taken him in as part of their family, is something really special.
10. My children - a.k.a the doggelets, or the puppies or my nunu's etc etc. What joy they bring to our lives, always always there for you...
When I started typing this, I thought it would be things that I could not live without... (I don't really think about what I'm about to post, just start typing really - as you can see most of the time.) Wow, this was a eye opener to me too. Wonder what my therapist would say?
Hope y'all have a really pretty day now!
Monday, 16 July 2007
Friday, 13 July 2007
I've had to change my holiday plans for the end of the month 'cause it coinsides with a vital plan for a division that is moving into our operations at that time, and appartly 'they cannot do it without me'. (He says with just a little chip on his shoulder, btw) At least hubby was able to change his leave plans, and all the places were we are staying is able to change our bookings to a week earlier. Still, work is interfering with my personal life!
Really should not complain too much, after all, if it wasn't for work I would not be able to afford going in nice holidays... Life is a bitch, daaaahlings!
Anyhoo, spending this weekend with Estelle and friends of C & C's that are here from SA, so not too bad. And then on a plane to see 'me husband' on Thursday. All in all, not a bad day. He is traveling for work as well next week, but will be back home by Thursday night, just in time to pick me up from the airport. Loverly!
Now, I hope y'all have a really pretty weekend, and be good!
Ps: Few notes to the comments:
Daniel: Yes, part of the charm of working in Africa is that things have not gone completely 'commercial'. People keep asking me why I love Kenya so much. And my answer is always the same - the people! They are truly phenomenal!
Lewis: I've bought a few soapstone carving there too! Our house in Pretoria and Nairobi covered in African art...
David: Thanks for all the comments! Will share some more pic's as the fancy takes me.
Tom: Pleasure. The 'southern bit' comes from my love for movies. Every time somebody says y'all, I just completely fall in love...
Thursday, 12 July 2007
A 'Boda-boda'. Form of cheap transport. Taken on the road to Naivasha.
Wednesday, 11 July 2007
Where this is leading basically is that I miss my hubby. Big time! When you are so used to sharing a space with somebody, it becomes part of your being. When, at first, I had to sleep alone again at night, I would wake up at night and get quite frantic if there wasn't another 'breath' in the room. It would feel weird to make one cup of coffee in the morning. I would wonder why the toilet seat is down in the bathroom, till I remember I put it down, and Dawie wasn't there to leave it up... *Smile* Strange how we get so used to living with somebody, and how strange it is when that person is not around. We are all (well I am...) such creatures of habit, and rock the boat just a bit, and that world is suddenly all hurly burly. I miss my hubby, that is it really.
Hope y'all have fruitful days.