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“Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives”. – Alexander Dumas.

 

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Hello beautiful people 🙂

It’s pretty obvious by now what this post is about. I spent an entire day with my sister from another father and mother, Nafisa, after eight years. She moved to the UK after high school with her entire family and we’d always stayed in touch. We’d started off as ‘best friends’ in our second year of high school but quickly chucked that label a few months in when our friendship grew into sisterhood. You could say we’re complete opposites, and I guess that’s what makes us perfect for each other. She always has such great advice, so confident and always stands up for me when I need her most, I love her ❀

She landed in Kenya a few days before I got back from my trip to Bahrain and went to Mombasa to visit her family so we only got to spend one day together, the day she was traveling back to London. I planned out a day full of touristy stuff to do with her for the few hours we’d be together and hope to explore Nairobi more to have a few more activities for next time 🙂

Hope this list gives you some ideas on fun things to do on a day out with your friend(s) 🙂

  1. Enjoy a meal together:

    We had a great healthy breakfast at Brood which was a few minutes away from our first activity for the day. Food puts you in a great mood, and you don’t want hunger getting you cranky and low on energy in what should be a happy and exciting occasion. We had chicken sandwiches on honey oat bread at Brood with some tea.

  2. Be real:

    Talk about life! Ambitions, love, dreams. Listen to each other and exchange ideas. Getting it all out in a day after eight years away from each other was hardly enough but it’s good for the soul 🙂

  3. Do something fun, preferably outdoors 🙂

    Because fun memories last forever. I need to grow my list of fun places to visit in Nairobi, please feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments! I’m that person who discovers a place and goes to it forever. But anyway, we went to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and The Giraffe Center. I’ve written about both places before on the blog, you can find the links below.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
Their website.

The Giraffe Center.
Their website.

Lastly, Ramadhan kareem to all my Muslim readers 🙂
May Allah accept our fast and prayers.

And happy weekend to everyone! 🙂

this one’s for the foodies in the house

Well that’s a long title.

But yes, this one’s for the foodies in the house.

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I had the juiciest burgers with my friend Viola at About Thyme last Saturday on the last day of the Nairobi Burger Festival. We hadn’t even planned for it, it just happened. Life is quite funny in that way; When we plan things they don’t work out, but somehow spontaneity tends to work in our favour! The idea was to have some girl time together and catch up on life. We start off light and then into heavier topics – work, life goals, books, music and TV shows.

What are you reading? What are you watching? How is your heart? Work? Family? Tell me about your dreams. Maybe with time we’ll talk more about money and finances, I just love such real conversations. I digress. Back to my foodies.

I’m salivating just typing this out because I’m remembering my teeth sinking into that juicy burger! Slurp!

About Thyme Big, Beefy, Fully Loaded Bacon Cheese Burgers

Charcoal grilled aged ‘Morendat Farm’ beef burger on a toasted sesame bun with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes & gherkins with a choice of toppings.

Had mine without the bacon of course.

Toppings: Mushroom Swiss

With emmental cheese & sautéed mushrooms

All burgers are served with fries & ‘kale-slaw’ (Ni coleslaw ile iko na sukuma na si cabbage!)

All this yumminess for Kshs. 1,500/-

Downed it with a ‘Very berry’ smoothie which was as good as it sounds.

Want to know how to top off a killer burger? Grab some donuts from Donuts World in Westlands. HEH! Acha tu!

My favourite was the cinnamon one, yumm.

Sema food coma?!

PS. Mama Rocks is still my number 1 go-to burger spot in Nairobi *drool*

new books, who ‘dis?

This should have been a Saturday shenanigans post but I didn’t get to do anything substantial really, just ran a few errands, met my friend Lynette and bought a few things that just happen to make me very happy – books.

(yay!)

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I got three books this time – Originals by Adam Grant, and Rumi; A Spiritual Treasury compiled by Juliet Mabey – from what I believe is Nairobi’s best book shop, Bookstop at Yaya Center, and The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo – second hand from a man selling books on a sidewalk along Moi Avenue.

I’m at a point in my life where I’m continuously craving personal growth on what seems to be, every single minute of the day. I guess I’ve always been this way, just wanting to be better and not knowing how or where to begin chasing these ridiculous dreams like say, traveling the world, becoming a respected artist/ architect, knowing true love et cetera et cetera. And then again realizing that they aren’t as ridiculous as they seem. I guess this is why books have become an escape for me, by reading through other people’s thoughts I get to learn from their stories, and visualize my own dreams (somehow) through their words.

When it comes to films and literature, I seek out material that challenges my wits. In the past few months, I’ve rewatched The Matrix Trilogy, 8 Mile, Frida, and many other films that narrate the stories of people following their dreams or discovering ‘super powers’ just by simply realizing that it all starts from changing your mind set. That we possess immense potential to make our worlds, and even the earth, a better place.

Memoirs have to be my favourite genre of books to read – there is nothing like the rush I get after following an under dog to their success in their own words.

I’ve come across several Paulo Coehlo books before but never really thought to buy them, with the playful covers and not-so-realistic titles like ‘The Devil and Miss Prym’. I had a neighbour called Michelle back at the hostel I’d live in during my campus days, and she had one of his books on her mantel. She said she’d never read it either. I guess the graphic on the cover just never appealed to me and I (ignorantly) dismissed Paulo’s work as fiction, placing it in the same category as the ‘Twilight’ series. I’d read all the books in that series and let’s just say, I got over that vampire love romance phase a few years ago.

In the past three weeks however, I’d keep seeing The Alchemist everywhere I turned. On Instagram, Tumblr and even with second hand book vendors on the street. It’s like the universe was literally shoving it in my face, so I gave in and finally decided to grab a copy. And besides, it was the first time I came across an intriguing Paulo book cover. I highly recommend this book to anyone reading my post right now. It’s a beautiful book, but I rushed through it to get to see how the story ended so I didn’t quite enjoy it as much as I could have.

That’s the thing about life isn’t it? We get something nice and just want to rush through while if we took our time to savour every single moment, we’d have a much wholesome experience instead. Luckily for me, it’s a book that I have by my bedside and I can re-read it over and over again as many times as I like. I finished it in three days (I try to read even a little after work in the evenings and I breezed through this one, couldn’t put it down!).

I’ve known Rumi’s work for years now, but I guess I just wasn’t ready to understand his message. I’d come across deeply profound quotes here and there but it’s recently just began to have a meaning. My friend Magical Rabia wrote this poem for me in my notebook and told me to get some of Rumi’s work, and I’m so glad I did. It’s not the type to be read at one go, at least for me. I think it’s to be read one page at a time, contemplated over an afternoon, and resumed on the next day.

So I guess that leaves me with Originals. I hope I can finish it in a week or two (I’m trying to be generous). Well even if I don’t get to finish it in two weeks, I’ve managed to follow through with my monthly quota of books so yay me!

What are you reading right now? Anything you’d like to recommend? 🙂 ❀