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Do You Know What Happiness Is For You?

It’s been all things Foundation all day, everyday. For that reason, I hope that you’re coming for the walk this weekend 22nd March at Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary from 8:00am.  It’s going to be some good fun, we can really hold it down. Come for it, then let me know if you had a good time. If you don’t have fun, you’re probably boring *joke*. On a serious note though, the one reason I love this #SaveAMum initiative is because I can’t imagine a life without my Mum. I really can’t. She’s molded me. My baby sister and I are mini-her’s.

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I remember when I was growing up, we had our differences. She would deny me permission to go certain places and totally side with my dad on the NO’s. Although she did try to cover me up a couple of times when I fell off the wagon. Or make a big deal if I didn’t clean up my room or help the house-help clean up, to the point of waking us up after going to bed *or pretend to*. She was the morning alarm “Calls out Kawi. Once, twice … Footsteps! That was it,  I would be up before she twists open my door knob because, war!”. She would ask me about school, my dad was worse though, because I had to justify that I was reading and not just busy socializing with friends.

After those wars, she was my bestie. She’s the one I’d run to if I had problems in school, if I had an ache or itch (anywhere…lol), if I just wanted someone to rant to about anything and everything. She would always give me a listening ear. She knows all my friends even without ever meeting some because of all my stories. Through it all, she remains our root. She taught me and influenced the values I hold today. Of course I attribute it to my dad too, but her presence made it easier for him (especially that we’re 2 girls). I would like to #SaveAMum today so that another child can experience this kind of relationship, it’s heavenly.

#SaveAMum, Chase Group Foundation, World Happiness Day

Apparently, today is World Happiness Day. Who knew there was that one day we devote to happiness? These “World Days” never cease to amaze. Well, I’m not the happiest in the brood, but at least I don’t have a reason why I should not have a smile randomly plastered on my face, I’m blessed. No one has clearly pointed out what happiness is yet. Is it a state? Is it a moment? It’s got to be something. When you Google it now, guess the 1st thing that comes up? Yes, Pharrell William’s – Happy. His video shows a picture of happy, I would also be happy if I was in it.

Even if we don’t collectively have an answer, at least we can think of what we feel when we think we’re experiencing happiness. Some of the things that make me get that feeling I would say is “my happy” are:

Writing a blog post

Inviting family and  friends over to hang out or vice-versa

Love, light and peace around me

Accomplishing a goal

Eating delicious food

Good “Upbeat” Music

Beautiful Scenery  (give me a house at a beach front, I’ll be happy forever, promise!)

Lot’s of color on objects

Chatting about everything under the sun

Sharing a good laugh

Catching up with old friends and meeting new friends

Comfort in my space

Problem solving

Selfies

Nothing complicated really even the beach front. As long as these things happen, whenever and wherever they happen, I feel that dash of niceness. However, I think happiness is more internal than it is external and it’s experienced best when it’s felt and shared with others. Happiness can be anything you want it to be, as long as it brightens your soul and it helps you brighten another persons soul.

Signing Off ~ *Kawi*

Week Starter…

We all go through stuff. Yes, we all have issues, doesn’t matter the magnitude they come in, could be the smallest or the biggest but an issue is still an issue. Some similar to other people’s, some that make you feel God just picked you out of everyone else and decided it’s you against the world, some that you would rather just keep to yourself, others that make you want to just retreat and say ‘enough is enough’. What rules despite these issues, is that you’re still alive.

They haven’t killed you. Unless you let them, because you could be alive on the outside but dead in the inside. So just brave them and let them know who’s in control. You always are. That’s what gives you the upper hand. Just that sometimes, you let go of that control role and leave it to the issues and they eat you up. That’s what issues are supposed to do, so they’re doing their job right. How about you? Are you doing yours right? Because you’re supposed to make sure that you manage and control those issues. At the end of the day, you’re supposed to starve them, be strong even when they weigh you down, smile even when they cramp your happiness, raise up and dust yourself even when you feel like you can’t do this any more. You can!

Hence, the phrase ‘what doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger’. As long as your issue hasn’t killed you or you haven’t let it, it’s your way.  The experience is to make you stronger and smarter, so that you hopefully don’t find yourself in the same pit again or if you do, you know how to best handle it.

WATCHING

I have watched a couple of flicks but the one that totally made my day was, Being Mary Jane (Series). What you see, is what really happens. How they play out Mary Jane life, quite the typical girls struggles. It’s a tough world guys, we girls think men have it easier. Maybe not, but to get everything working out for you, you go through stuff and this one captures most.

READING

Chimamanda Ngozi”s – Americanah. Finally and I can’t get over her writing style. I love how descriptive she gets; you feel the presence of the cast, like you’re a fly on the wall. In my book, that’s an absolutely good writing skill.

EATING

I’m in food heaven, and I can never ever complain. We try to make delicious food. Good food can make a lousy day better.

Food, Cooking

LOOKING FORWARD TO

The Chase Group Foundation Charity Walk and Fun Day happening on 22nd March 2014 at Ngong Forest Sanctuary from 8am. The main aim of the walk is to raise funds to train a midwife and in turn #SaveAMum to reduce maternal mortality. Most mothers in Africa don’t have access to medical facilities during child-birth and as a result, maternal mortality is at an all time high.

Chase Group Foundation, #SaveAMum

Participate by simply registering for the Charity Walk and Fun Day. With KES 1,000, you get a T-shirt which serves as your entry ticket. You can also browse through other merchandise that would be of interest to you, buy and help #SaveAMum. Hope to see you there.

SAVING FOR

This couch I really, really, like really want. I know you’re thinking “girls!” but really, it’s so cosy and , I will get it. I’ll share the pics when I do, I’m that optimistic.

WEEK STARTER…

Even when you feel like you deserve it, don’t forget to say thank you, from the bottom of your heart.

Because, you barely do anything alone, it might seem so, but you don’t. For you to be where you are and have what you have, someone somewhere played a role. It could be that, someone checked up on you, someone encouraged you, someone went out of their way to help you, someone gave you an idea, someone gave you an opportunity, someone made you so friggin’ mad, it made you make a move in your life or someone was just there, looking up to you and they gave you the confidence to pursue whatever it is. There are many unseen actions that need to be thanked.

So, thank somebody today.

Have an amazing week now, won’t you?

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

#Tujuane – A Viewers Perspective

Tujuane meaning “let’s know each other”, is a dating show that’s featured weekly on one of our TV channels. It’s actually a very great idea and probably a first of its kind in Kenya. It brings to light the Nairobi dating scene, staged or not there have been rumors. That’s more or less what happens when the cameras are not rolling anyway, so no problem how they choose to do it.

That’s actually one of the few local programmes I make a point to watch every week, throw in Churchill, Tusker Project Fame, Mother-In-Law, Tahidi High (if I get home early enough) and Wedding Show . I’m supporting local content, that’s my excuse and I stick to it. While I support it, I look forward to a better episode each week, but much to my dismay, it’s almost always the same. An incompatible couple or if they’re almost compatible, they’re too young to figure it out. Usually in campus or fresh out of campus, which has now gotten me thinking maybe I’m being eliminated as a target audience. It’s good to give some feedback from a viewer’s perspective. Being an avid one, it was about time.

Anyhow, if I was to be asked, I would have a few suggestions to add some spice to it, because I mean, I don’t want to stop watching it. Despite its shortfalls, it’s an interesting concept which gives me a chance to throw in some opinions of the couples (or coupling and first dates) on social media, that’s usually fun. Judging others on what, if you’re put on the spot for, you’d probably be worse. Then again, we’ve not. Plus they knew we viewers have our fair share of opinions when they were getting on it.

  • Feature older people too not just youngins; you know working people who at least engage in mature conversations that we ‘slightly older people’ can relate to as well. I think partying, drinking and sex is overrated now, there’s so much more to talk about on the 1st date. We want to hear and see how they handle it too.
  • Really vet the individuals before coupling; Look at their profiles, who they are, what they do, what they’re looking for, their background, their lifestyle, and their beliefs – in detail – even if it means you use some personality tests among others to match them. So that you can match the ‘couples’ appropriately to avoid the couples wasting each other’s time when it’s not necessary and ours too. That can be a total put off from the beginning. Like once you brought a complete Ghetto Guy and a complete Up Town babe – Communicate was so sore. For us viewers, it’s not a sight to behold, it makes you just want to flip channels, to something more beneficial or just hate.
  • Get rid of the lessons; I don’t understand why we have people giving us lessons on dating during the show. What to do and not to do. Isn’t it a bit too late? It makes the couples on the show look bad to say the least. It also makes it looks staged, such that you have new lessons every week. It’s either you have a ‘dating show’ or ‘how to date talk show’. Which you could think of.
  • Revisit the individuals; Find out if there’s anything that developed after the show or that was just it and why and show us that as the show begins. Maybe they tried and it failed or they tried and it worked and now they’re engaged just kidding. Let’s make our own Hollywood here.
  • Give people details on how to get on-board; Maybe the reason you don’t have slightly older people getting on Tujuane is because you wouldn’t find them randomly loitering on the streets. Perhaps, you could have an avenue/channel through which they could apply and make it public so you can have a variety of applicants for you to choose from. Then you can visit them and do your thing after.

Besides that, I see the Kenyan local content is starting to get into making reality shows, that’s a great start. All the best to those looking for love, you shall find it or it shall find you, just a little patience.

Also, support local content, don’t shy off or think it’s shady, these guys are really trying. We should support our own, we’re one ain’t it? If anything, we should fight for more local content to be aired in place of those Mexican programs in the evenings (they have the same annoying story line, real as it is). What about the Kenyan Story? When it’s told, who will share it with the rest of the world? Because if we don’t, no one else will. It’s sad to see hawkers hawk away Kenyan movies or series in the streets for Ksh 100, while we watch some low-budget Nigerian movies on our own local TV, that’s pretty much having double standards. They should give Kenyan content airtime and priority.

We’re the revolution. Be the change that you want to see around you. Since you can’t change others, the least you can do, is change yourself.

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

 

Friday Snippets

Of discovering the bliss behind leave days. When it’s not because of exams or because of a function but just because you deserve to sit back and do a little bit *modesty* of nothing. Then I discovered that these blissful days do end and you’re back to the usual cycle of life. But boy am I glad that I am in that cycle because there’s someone who wishes that they had something to do, something that will enable to them to make a living. Many at times I want to whine about work and things that I can do but not doing, then I think of the person who wishes to but can’t. Then I turn my whining into thanksgiving.

So goes with many other things in life. There are people who would do anything for what you have but you keep trashing yours every other day, while others keep praying for your kind every other day. Be thankful for what you have. I know it’s never enough, but it’s better to thank God for what you have now and work towards making it better. It feels more rewarding that way, at least for me it does.

Thankful

Thank God Its Friday

WATCHING

Lots and lots of movies, series, just name it. Comes with being on leave, the couch wants us back to work, to get a breather. These were my favourites because they either left me wanting more or in awe (like, how can a movie be this good).

Red Widow (series), about a woman whose father is a tycoon in the drug business and is married to a guy who becomes part of the business. Only for him to be killed later because he was about to reveal all the guys involved in the business including his wife’s father. As the widow, she takes up his debts with another tycoon and has to now play business partner and mother to 3 children. Intriguing.

Broken City (movie), a cop is charged with murder but deemed ‘not guilty’ with some undercover evidence that would jeopardize his freedom temporarily missing. He then starts a firm for tracking people which of course takes up all his time and the wife is an actress (hehe, you can figure how that goes). The mayor suspects his wife is cheating and gives him the job to get all the details and it gets dirty because the wife realizes and tries to give him a counter offer but it’s to late.

Trance (movie), about hypnosis. This guy who auctions these expensive paintings and is an addict to online gambling starts seeing a psychologist who hypnotises in order to help you get over your problem and after a couple of sessions, they start getting closer and an affair brews. Scratch that, he gambles too much and owes a big chuck of cash to which he makes a deal with some thugs to pay off his debt and in return he steals an expensive painting for them. But then, he plays them and forgets where he put the painting. Then of course they’re advised to see a psychologist to help him remember, and guess who he chooses, the woman. It’s twisted, it plays with your mind because … hypnosis.

Devious Maids (series), say drama and accents, Spanish (Latino) accents in one sitting – ah-mah-zing! It’s basically about spoilt maids in the houses of their masters. How they’re treated, the gossip, the speculation.

Now You See Me (movie), about magic things. Where an FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of magicians who pull off bank robberies during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.

Ice Man (movie), he’s married, a father but he’s also a cold blooded murderer. He slits throats, shoots and is still the loving husband and daddy to his family. The authority finally catch up with him but the in between, worth the watch.

LOVING

Leave. In my 5 years of working, wow 5 years (from 2009 to now, it just seemed like the other day), I have never really had a genuine leave. It was usually because I have a exams, or I have a function but just to sit and chill. Nah. This was an awesome first and definitely worth the take. Just a week of bum mode. Now it’s sadly over.

LISTENING TO

Sara Bareilles, her music is beautiful and soulful. Check out the link.

READING

Want to start on Paulo Coelho’s – The Winner Stands Alone.

Managed to hack the #3books1month challenge, but considering that I only read them on my way to and from work, that was quite a challenge:

  • Paulo Coelho – Brida; About this lady called Brida who is trying to find herself and identify her soul mate. I like how Paulo Coelho writes on his view of life, it’s mostly how most of us see it but are not able to express it. Aren’t we all in search of our purpose and that one person who connects with us.
  • Danielle Steel – Big Girl; About family, some of people are accepted so easily into the family, others have to fight to be loved.
  • Lauren Weisberger - Devil Wears Prada – Don’t I love how she writes. I feel like a fly on the wall, I could picture her life from her writing. If I were to start writing, I would do something of this sort or the Elizabeth Gilbert Kind.

EATING

Food, most of which I have whipped up, of course except for the grilled chicken we happily got from Galitos. Well deserved.

French Toast, Chicken, Rice, Mashed, Liver

Yummers!

LOOKING FORWARD TO

This weekends pork plan, but it’s always about the people. Great company right there and of course good food *read pork* to go with that.

SAVING FOR

Again I say, either to becoming entrepreneurs or to BIGGER pay checks, this looking forward to pay-day business, I don’t fancy. Besides that, I’m saving for a couple of things that if I began to mention them I’ll feel broke we don’t want that do we now. Let’s hope I get them all soon enough.

PLANNING FOR

The next leave days. This is what it has come to. Now that I know how sweet leave is, I am definitely going to be planning my leave days.

THINKING OF

The finality of our words. You really get what you ask for, not necessarily now, it could be later, and much more later for some. Most of the things people become is what they confessed some time. In one way or another you really work towards that which you really want, not necessarily in the conventional way, sometimes it comes in the unconventional way.

You don’t have to be in an office seat to get where you want to be, you could do your thing in your own little way. Or surprisingly, the world could sometimes pull its resources for you to achieve it whatever it is you’ve always wanted. I’ve seen it and read it. Tell me how my 90 something year old grandma could be finally going to the States to visit family? She always said she’ll go visit her son and grand children, and she will. The finality of our words.

Reminds me of Chris Daughtry’s – Home lyrics,

Be careful what you wish for,
‘Cause you just might get it all.
You just might get it all,
And then some you don’t want.

To more laughing, living and loving. Let your weekend be nothing short of interesting, blessings!

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

Friday Snippets

Thank God It's Friday

Thank God It’s Friday

I don’t have so much to say, one of those weeks. It’s been a good one all together though, with a few leave days that were spent in school clearing et al. That bit was not amusing. How was yours? Mine:

WATCHING

Temptation, more like ‘not happily ever after’. I love Tyler Perry’s movies because they are a reflection of what happens in real life. The good lesson here is stick by your 80%, the 20% that looks phenomenal, most of the time *or in this case* isn’t. Wait, do you know about the 80:20 rule in life aka Pareto Principle? Google.

Admissions, gah! Admission to Princeton Uni is such a complex one. Story is based on the admission of students to the university and of course there’s some love in the air and some rule breaking. Worth a watch.

Dead man down, well-oh-well, a guy faked his death, then joined the gang that killed his family and he’s threatening the gang lead. Then while at it, a woman who wants to seek revenge corners him. Definitely worth a watch.

21 and over and hangover 3, stupidly funny comedy. Okay, they didn’t like totally crack us up, just a few laughs here and there but we still managed to watch them to the end. Ever watched project x? if you liked it, you’d like the former.

LOVING

The fact that I am finally Graduating. It’s been a long time coming, not quite, but finally! Campuses are not places you want to live in unless you’re the nutty professor.

LISTENING TO

Silence. Kidding. Nothing at the moment though, re-watching a movie in the background so that I don’t concentrate on it while doing this post.

READING

Blogs! There are interesting people on here. Here, here, here and there, among others. Sometimes I find myself being linked from one blog site to another, next thing I know I’m somewhere on the internet I can’t remember…lol so there’s too much to read.

EATING

Some mouth-watering lamp chops with cheese and mint. A random dinner plan at Peppers thanks to the boyfriend. One year down the line, this tummy has got to be fed with yummy foods. The greens on top make it look almost ‘very’ healthy.

Lamp Chops

LOOKING FORWARD TO

Graduation *woop woop* not as excited as I think I should be but let’s see when the day gets here. Maybe that’s where the spark is.

SAVING FOR

When’s pay day again? LOL this relying on a salary is not a cool thing. To side hustles and becoming entrepreneurs I’m serious.

PLANNING FOR

What next? Yeah, sounds vague but I choose to believe that now I will have lots of time, hopefully, I should think up of things to do then. As in no more school or things related for now.

THINKING OF

How one year has just been whisked away? I have dated for one year people. Hehe I know, I know. I feel like that should be in my resume already, now that my friends didn’t have so much hope in me. Was I that unserious? I remember his cousin brother was giving us 6 months to affirm that we’re seriously dating. Thank God I found my cheesy mate. You know that guy that every girl would want for herself, yeah that guy … to many more.

To more laughing, living and loving. Let your weekend be nothing short of interesting, blessings!

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

FREE Medical Check Up – Thika Road

With our lifestyles changing every other day, we need to be sure that our body is also taking that change positively. You can be sitting on your desk, making your daily work or school rounds or just chilling and enjoying life and thinking that your body is fine. That you’re in tip-top shape. That’s you thinking. Thinking doesn’t mean that it actually is. Just because you haven’t experienced some pain here or some itch in some awkward place there doesn’t mean everything is okay. It’s important to have your body checked by a medical practitioner. You know to have a second opinion that your health is clean and crisp. You cannot rely on your feelings alone.

With that in mind. It’s recommended that people have medical check up’s annually, sometimes half-yearly or quarterly depending on your lifestyle or your preference. Rithika Medical Centre, which is a new clinic has realized this gap and seeks to make sure that you have health in check done every so often. Do you live along Thika Road? Even better for you. You should have this medical check up as part of your Sunday plan. It could be before or after church for those of you who go, for those who sleep in, you have the afternoon to do so. Happening this Sunday 14th April 2013 is a FREE medical check up by the specialists at Rithika Medical Centre between 8:00AM and 5:00PM.

Medical Check Up

Check up details. Ps: This is a scanned copy!

Taking care of your wealth through your health. Basically, your health is their concern.

You can have all the money in the world but if you don’t have good health, the money doesn’t mean much. Prevention by all means is better than cure. You get to know your health status and that of your loved ones. Should there be a problem, you’ll be offered a solution. So have no worries, if there’s one thing I can assure you, you’ll be in good hands. Don’t I look healthy and happy? *wink*. Have friends who live along Thika Road? Or can get their way there and you think they could do with a medical check up? Please share the good news with them. Sharing is caring, but sharing something that could save them some money and make sure that their health is in check, that’s caring on another level. Be that friend.

Services Offered at Rithika Medical Center. Ps: Scanned Copy!

Services Offered at Rithika Medical Center. Ps: This is a scanned copy!

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

Upcoming Event: ZIADA Nairobi

I don’t mean to brag, but the one of the female vocalists (Rosie) for Adawnage Band happens to be my desk-mate at work. Yes, I know, I know direct access, you can pass all the messages, like how you’re a big fan and I’ll make sure they reach. Yes, I get the chance to ask her to do for me the start part for Uwezo…uwezo, yes, she can randomly pull those notes comfortably without the, “listen to the words and not the voice” excuses. Now if only that ability to sing could just rub off on me. You know what I mean, I would definitely do a vlog. But it’s not yet happened so I remain a cheerleader.

ZIADA

 A Swahili word meaning to ‘increase or have in abundance’, is a series of revolutionary musical events organized by award-winning Christian musicians, Adawnage and Zidi The Band. While Adawnage and Zidi the Band exist separately as fully-ledged units with outstanding female & male vocalists, instrumentalists and support teams, their paths often intertwine. With similar objectives and vision, they have come together to form ZIADA (a compressed version of the bands’ names) to achieve much more impact together.

ZIADA is committed to changing lives and perceptions. Literally. They’ve lined up brilliant works of photography on the beauty of our country captured by talented, professional and widely celebrated photographers. The photo exhibition will precede the musical event. This event is dubbed to create  a relevant and socially conscious music experience that connects impresses upon the 25-year-old adult to play their part in promoting peace in their circles.

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ZIADA NAIROBI: PEACE EDITION

Nairobi town will get to experience the joyful sounds of hope on December 12, 2012 at the Parklands Baptist Church from 3PM from ZIADA. The event will take on a PEACE theme with the hope of uniting the public ahead of the polls next year. Featuring strong leads and additional home-grown artistes such as the amazing Mercy Wairegi, Nasara the poet, Carlisto and Makena. The worship experience is set to be one whose impact will linger on long after the date.

Date: 12th December 2012

Time: 3:00 pm

Venue: Parklands Baptist Church

By: ZIADA and Number 8

Featuring Artistes: Mercy Wairegi, Nasara the poet, Carlisto and Makena

Entrance: FREE

Adawnage

Adawnage Band is Kenya’s 2011 Group of the Year in the just concluded Groove Awards, for its popular releases, Uwezo and Safari.

Adawnage Band is a vibrant unit of energetic individuals from different established professional backgrounds who have come together with the sole purpose of reaching out to the world with positive, electric, realistic and inspirational music. The Contemporary Gospel Band which traces their beginnings to May of 2008 has as its mission statement ‘Transforming lives through God-inspired music and lifestyle’. The band released its debut album, Safari (The Journey) in December 2010 which comprises of 10 songs and it is a depiction of the journey that the band has taken since they started and the challenges and inspirations they have encountered through their walk.

Zidi, Ziada, adawnage

Breathe, the Zidi the Band’s flagship song won the team the title Group of the Year, in the 2010 Groove Awards.

Zidi the Band is a Christian music ministry, with a mission to ‘Transform and root our generation in God’. The name Zidi, is a Swahili word for exceed and is taken from Psalm 23:5 . In its seven years of existence, Zidi The Band has continued to churn out fresh afro-fusion music targeting young professionals. So far, music from its debut album, Motisha (Motivation) has received generous airplay in local and international stations sold out several times since hitting the stores in 2010.

Off the stage, members of Zidi The Band are pleased to be professional influencers of society in different capacities and collectively as sponsors of the Destiny Children Centre, Mombasa. In addition, partnering in local peace initiatives and music training programs present band members the opportunity to imapact community.

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Are you rooting for peace in our country but you lack a channel through which to promote it? This will be a good one, through photography, music, poetry, spoken word, writing among others. Spread the word and mark your calendars!

Well oh well…

I vouch for peace, always will.

I love the Kenya where I walk or drive freely without fear.

Where I sleep knowing that my family and friends are safe,

Day or night.

Where there is no discrimination,

Tribal or gender related.

To see and embrace the beauty that it holds.

I believe you also do.

Peace is possible.

Not bad huh! Maybe I could try a little poetry *joke*, just felt a little convicted. However, I also think “when the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace”. With that in mind, have a beautiful week ahead and be blessed.

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

Celebrating 50 Years of James Bond Films

Global James Bond Day is being celebrated today to mark 50 years since the world première of Dr.No which introduced author Ian Fleming’s suave, sophisticated secret agent to people. The franchise went on to produce best-selling Agent 007 films and making legends of of actors (source).

Credits

“My name is Bond … James Bond!”

Remember the infamous phrase? How we all looked for ways to rhyme it with our names, but of course it never did. Always been excited about 007 classics from back in the day before I even figured it all out. Talk of being influenced by the right people. Now, I’m a Bond girl so to say.

The 22 previous James Bond films have seen six actors play the title character (from  Sean Connery in the first official film Dr. No in 1962, who played 7 sequels before passing the baton to the  5 others who have played the role after him. And from the look of things, they have achieved paralleled success if not more: George LazenbyRoger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and finally Daniel Craig,  who stars in the most anticipated movie of the year ‘SKYFALL 007′  to premier later this month.

Also ten different car brands piloted by the MI6 spy. But one facet that has remained since the beginning of the franchise is Mr. Bond’s signature drink: a vodka martini, “shaken, not stirred.” But for the 23rd installment, Skyfall, Bond will sip on a less potent potable. He’ll be drinking a Heineken (source). I know the Heineken guys now have every reason to brag, and there goes your punch line to Malt guys. I know it’s been a back and forth battle…lol

Advertising Age that Britain’s best known secret agent is going to change the habits of a lifetime and drink beer in the new Bond film, Skyfall. Heineken has struck a deal for a Bond campaign. There will be a new Heineken ad tied to the Bond film and Bond will reportedly be shown drinking Heineken in at least one scene in the movie itself (source).

James Bond ditches vodka martinis for Heineken

I know you’re wondering, now that Skyfall 007 is premiering, when does it happen in our neck of the woods after that breathtaking trailer? Well, the premier here in Nairobi is on 25th October 2012 at the IMAX theatre. That’s for the chosen few but at least the movie is finally out yeah! See you the following week at the cinemas.
Just that am not a beer person, otherwise I would have joined the Heineken bandwagon and be one of the cool kid on the block.  On that note, they should come up with a yummier version of it. Don’t miss out on the film though! You never miss out on 007 films, that’s a sin *serious face*.
Forgot to ask, for a friend though. Are they serving free Heineken at the theaters?
Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

Once in a Blue Moon

You know one of those things you usually say but have never really figured out if it’s actually in existence or not. That’s “once in a blue moon” for me. In my very broad and far-fetched imagination, I’ve always thought there’s a blue moon…hehe don’t judge. I  have never seen it, I know it’s usually kinda yellow or orange or hell yeah that colour, but I believed there’s a blue moon until now when I’ve just watched, “Smurfs”. Again, thou shalt not judge or think less of me, it’s a genuine belief *self-disclaiming much*

I usually have a list of my favourite movies of the year immediately after I watch them and today, “Smurfs” makes it to the list, right after “Friends with Benefits” and “A Little Bit of Heaven”. I guess by now you’ve figured my kind of movies.I’m a chic flick’ish kind of babe, so if a movie touches my heart and I can re-watch it … it goes up my priority list just like that…it’s all about the story line and how it’s executed.

It got me thinking, what if we used to name each other after our personalities or after we have exhibited certain traits … that’s so awkward, as in they have names like Hefty, Joggy, Greedy, Harmony, Baker, Complementary, Passive Aggressive, Clumsy. So if you’re called Clumsy, they all know you’re clumsy and they excuse you for your misdeeds … then Blondy just crossed my mind…hehe. How cool would that be? It would make everything easier, kind of gives you heads up on what to expect from that person.

I like how they say in the beginning, “As happy and as perfect as life in the smart village is, even sunshine and butterflies must have their dark cloud” … at least the smurfs know what theirs is, Gargamel the evil wizard. If only us humans knew ours, it would be much easier because we would know what exactly we are trying to escape. The smurfs are some tiny blue mythical creatures and as I watched I missed being a kid once again, I loved watching “Smurfs” the cartoon, they were so exciting and singy for lack of a better word.

After watching the movie, this is  what I got it in the end is that. You know those good things (once in a life time good things) that happen to us are like our tini-tiny smurfs. They just come out of nowhere and land in our lifes, they could have chosen other people, but somehow, they choose you. Sometimes, if not most of the time, we fail to see the big picture when those smurfs come into our life’s … we miss them because we are worried or afraid of things that maybe make sense at that time but can’t be left to work out  for themselves because they weren’t meant to be  barrier to our moment.

Our “once in a blue moon” is that moment and somehow there’s always someone to help us put things in perspective when we feel lost and we aren’t realizing our blue moon. I hope you don’t let yours pass by or brush off someone who’s trying to bring you into the earlier mentioned perspective.

Plus I just got some new smurfy vocabularies. Like “I am smurfully sorry” or “you look  Smurfulicious” … it just sounds smurfully genuine…lol. And a Smurful day to you *wink*

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

Favorite Actresses *Starring —–*

So after our holidays in October were scrapped off — yeah, originally we had two lovely holidays in the month of October (why would they scrape that off?, Man is entitled to holidays, ain’t it?) one on the 10th (Moi day) and the other 20th(Kenyatta Day), so 10th was scrapped I insist , and 20th was converted to Mashujaa day where we celebrate the lives of the people who fought for our independence (why didn’t they place a day like 30th October for that, it would’ve be more appreciative…lol)

In essence, this kind of holidays are spent indoors, save for those who go to the same park to witness the same event only with a different name … that is, it’s the same on Madaraka day, Labour day, Promulgation day, Jamuhuri day…it’s the same EVERYTHING…only the political speeches change to suit the day and climate *read political climate*. I even stopped watching it on T.V.

So this holiday fell on a Wednesday *YAAAY*, which makes the week shorter by a day…yeah that’s quite a big deal in a working nation. And it’s in one of my thoughtful instances, I got myself wondering who are my most favorite (preferably 3) actresses. You the know the ones who if I am going to buy a DVD or watch a film and they are starring I would automatically without a second thought, either buy it or go watch it respectively.

So here goes the short list :

Disclaimer :- The reviews supporting the movies “for those who haven’t watched them” are from Wikipedia, yes, I don’t know how to review a movie so I didn’t waste time trying to…lol, the ones I’ve listed are the ones I really enjoyed.

1. JULIA ROBERTS


Pretty Woman : – A romantic Comedy film, whereby the plot centers on down-on-her-luck Hollywood prostitute Vivian Ward who is hired by a wealthy businessman, Edward Lewis, to be his escort for several business and social functions, and their developing relationship over the course of Vivian’s week long stay with him.

Sleeping With the Enemy :- where she plays the role of a woman who escapes from her abusive, obsessive husband. She  then captures the attention of a kindly gentleman.

Pelican Brief :- It’s a Legal Crime Thriller, where she plays the role of a 2nd year law student, Darby Shaw and Denzel Washington as Washington Herald reporter Gray Grantham as they speculate who may have been behind some assassinations.

Erin Brockovich :- drama film which dramatizes the story of Erin Brockovich’s legal fight against the US West Coast energy corporation Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).

Eat, Pray, Love :- Whereby she realizes she is not getting what she wants out of life, and, after a painful divorce, sets out on a journey of self discovery that takes her around the world – Globe Trotting and Soul Searching.

Others :- Notting Hill , Runaway Bride , Duplicity , Valentines Day, Mona Lisa Smile

2. SANDRA BULLOCK


Speed :- An action/thriller film where an LAPD officer, Police Officer III Jack Traven, becomes the focus of a bomber and extortionist, retired Atlanta bomb squad sergeant, Howard Payne. After Payne escapes his first entanglement with Traven, he sets up a bomb on a city bus which Traven boards and must keep moving above 50 miles per hour (80 km/h) or the bomb will explode.

Speed 2 : Cruise Control : – It is a sequel to speed. Where this time, she is trapped on the Seabourn Legend, an out-of-control luxury cruise liner whose navigation computers were reprogrammed by a computer hacker, Willem Dafoe, setting the ship on a collision course with an oil tanker.

Miss Congeniality :- A police comedy film. ( The funny part being where beauty pageant coach Victor Melling (Michael Caine) teaches the tomboyish Hart how to dress, walk, and act like a contestant.)

Miss Congeniality 2 : Armed and Fabulous :- It was a sequel to the above.

The Proposal :- Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) is the executive editor in chief of a book publishing company. Her subordinates dislike her because she is pushy and cold. After learning she is about to be deported to Canada because of an expired visa, she convinces her assistant, Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds), to marry her ——> (Watch it if you haven’t!) – MY 2009 FAVORITE

All About Steve :- Mary Horowitz (Sandra Bullock), a crossword puzzle writer for the “Sacramento Herald,” is socially awkward and considers her pet hamster her only true friend. Even more, Mary has two real fascinations: words and her signature red boots. Because she has never dated anyone long term, her parents decide to set her up on a blind date. —- > (Wololo watch, it’s stupidly hilarious —- Conclusion, ” If you love someone, set him free; if you have to stalk him, he probably wasn’t yours in the first place.” LOL

The Blind Side :- It’s drama sports film. —-> Recommended Watch.

3. KATHERINE HEIGL


Knocked up :- the film follows the repercussions of a drunken one-night stand between Rogen’s slacker character and Heigl’s just-promoted media personality that results in an unintended pregnancy.

27 Dresses :- Jane Nichols (Katherine Heigl) has been a bridesmaid for twenty-seven weddings. One night when she is attending two weddings almost simultaneously, she meets Kevin Doyle (James Marsden), who helps her home but disgusts her with his cynical views of marriage ——–> (Watch It!!— MY 2008 FAVORITE)

Ugly Truth :- romantic comedy film starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler. Abby Richter (Katherine Heigl) is a morning show TV producer in Sacramento, California. Coming home from a disastrous date one night, she happens to see a segment of a local television show, “The Ugly Truth”, run by Mike Chadway (Gerard Butler), whose cynicism about relationships prompts Abby to call into the show to argue with him on-air. The next day, she discovers that the station is threatening to cancel her show because of its poor ratings ———> (Watching is a necessity, It was my 2nd FAVORITE 2009)

Killers :- It’s an action comedy film starring Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher. The film centers on a young woman who meets a guy who turns out to be a CIA assassin. (Hilarious especially on how clueless she can be!!!)

Others I fancy or like whichever sounds better would be:

Sanaa Lathan

Brown Sugar :- This film is the story of a hip-hop record executive and a magazine editor (who have been friends since childhood) becoming more than friends despite the fact that they’re both involved in other relationships. The story is based on the song, “I Used to Love H.E.R.,” by Common, a story of how a relationship with hip hop connects to a relationship between a man and woman. ——-> CLASSIC, you’ve got to watch it!

The Best Man :- A romantic comedy-drama film , uuuum can’t describe it, but it’s MY ALL TIME FAVORITE..can repeat it over and over and over again.

Love and Basket Ball :- romantic drama film, It is the story of two next-door neighbors in Los Angeles, California who grew up loving basketball and, eventually, each other.

Others : The Family That Preys, A raisin in the sun, Something New

Queen Latifah – *YIKES* did you know she is called “Dana Elaine Owens”?

Set It Off :- action/crime/drama film, which follows four close friends in Los Angeles, California who decide to plan and execute a bank robbery. They decide to do so for different reasons, although all four want better for themselves and their families. (CLASSIC)

The Secret Life of Bees :- Watch It!

Mad Money :- comedy-crime film —-> That you should just watch.

Taxi :- It’s a HAHAHA Funny Movie #Thatsall

Others: The Cookout, Last Holiday, Just Wright

Vivica Fox  and Gabrielle Union

Soul Food :- comedy-drama film, the film centers on the trials of an extended African-American family, held together by longstanding family traditions which begin to fade as serious problems take center stage. Tillman based the family in the film on his own, and Soul Food was widely acclaimed for presenting a more positive image of African-Americans than is typically seen in Hollywood films. (MY FAVORITE CLASSIC)

Two Can Play That Game :- romantic comedy film ——> that you should watch.

Deliver Us From Eva : If you haven’t watched…Watch. The title is a play on a line of the Lord’s Prayer: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

Others :- Daddy’s Little Girls, The Brothers

Amanda Seyfried

Mamma Mia :- musical/romantic comedy, if you like musicals…you should watch it, otherwise…hehe

Dear John : – romantic drama-war film. It follows the life of a soldier (Channing Tatum) after he falls in love with a young woman (Amanda Seyfried). They decide to exchange letters to each other after he is deployed to the war —-> (It’s Woiye Woiye *tears*)

Letter To Juliet :-romantic comedyfilm. Sophie Hall (Amanda Seyfried) is a fact checker at The New Yorker magazine who dreams of becoming a writer, but her boss, Bobby, does not share her wishes. Sophie’s fiancé, Victor (Gael García Bernal), is about to open an Italian restaurant in downtown New York. To celebrate, the two go on a “pre-honeymoon” to Verona, Italy. However, Victor is very enthusiastic about, and busy with, finding the best wines and cheeses for his restaurant and, to Sophie’s disappointment, hardly has time for her. ——-> (Watch it, it’s like a Cindarella Story *happily ever after* but it’s fun to watch.)

Hilary Burton – aka Peyton Sawyer on One Tree Hill (she was my favorite), she’s also featured in “White Collar series – Season 2″

To be honest, I don’t really know the lives of all this actresses outside acting. I neither follow up on their personal lives nor have any particular interest in finding out or researching, unless it’s obviously plastered everywhere on showbiz news/tabloids *macho hayana pazia, meaning, eyes have no curtains literally*. It’s how they act and the roles they are given that get the better part of me.

Their characters in the movies, especially my favorites, to some extent influence me in one way or another … but the most amazing thing about them is that how they exude bubbly-ness, how they are full of life and how they adapt to their roles – It’s all just super amazing.

When I’m sad and I watch either of their movies…it’s an automatic jump-start to a whole new happy bubbly me. Yeah, small things make me happy. They define the kind of movies I would watch because they are all about the same theme ~~ romance, comedy, drama ~~ I’m quite the chiq.

I like movies, that make me go awwwwww, or make me chuckle or laugh to rib aches or if worst come to worst makes me have balancing tears, because I’m feeling sorry for the actor/actress. This is because sometimes I tend to put myself in the place of the actress. So if a movie doesn’t make me feel that way, chances are that I’ve not enjoyed it any bit.

Well, that’s just me in a nutshell.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood ~ Walt Disney

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*