saturday shenanigans two

1ah2ah3ah4This post came up a little late for my ‘Saturday Shenanigans’ series but hey, it’s a BIG improvement from how irregular my posts used to be yes?
(Shameless plug: You can read the first post here).

I first heard about The African Heritage House through an instameet I regretted having missed thanks to so many amazing pictures my favourite Instagrammers posted shortly after. It would have been the perfect occasion to go, because after that it just seemed too far a place to visit. Like I’d have to go out of my way, to MLOLONGO. But once you’ve been working in Syokimau for a month, that’s home base. It’s basically all Machakos county past the airport. And trust me, the trip is WELL WORTH IT.

I visited the house this past Saturday, and it took me about twenty minutes to get there on matatu from South C, and about ten minutes to walk to the house. I haven’t factored in the ten minutes I strayed onto the stunning neighbouring property only to realize I was in the wrong compound!

If you’re using public transport, alight at Solomon Primary School and cross the road. You will see a signboard that reads ‘Alan Donovan’. The house is about 300 metres along this path. I’ve linked the Google Earth pin here for your reference.

I went with my little brother and my friend Magy and we decided to get a tour for 1000 Ksh. per person (inclusive of a beverage of your choice). Our guide’s name was Femi, and he walked us around while playing, on radio, an audio recording in Alan’s voice describing the history and design of the house-museum . I highly recommend this to anyone who goes, the history is just as endearing as the house itself.

You can spend the night at the museum if you wish, but they also serve meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinners on the rooftop or at the pool house). I hope you enjoy the pictures more than my writing! I’m trying something new with the layout of my pictures. I draw inspiration from many sources but my greatest influence has to be Alice Gao (she is hands down my favourite blogger and photographer) and I aspire to tell stories through my pictures like she does! This particular post seems a little ‘busy’ so it could probably change in the next few days.

Toodles! (Remember when this word was a ‘thing’ because of a lady presenter on KTN? I forget her name, I was probably 12 :-D)

this is where i work

I’ve had a long, tiring – but rewarding – day and with only enough energy to edit these pictures, my brain is dead and I just need to shut down. Lol.

A few of you may know that after getting my first degree (Bachelor of Architectural Studies B. As), I took a gap year and worked at a firm called Morphosis for close to a year (okay not really, but 8 months in students’ time is close to a year). Back then, our offices were quite modest – a three bedroom house repurposed into an office (there is a word for that but I can’t really get my thoughts together at this hour). It was great in it’s own way, very intimate, and we made some priceless memories there.

However, I must say I was very excited knowing that the firm moved and I’d be working in this contemporary masterpiece. I mean, in the Kenyan context this building is kind of a big deal. Apparently, it’s not even completely done yet! I’ll be sure to post updated pictures once the interiors are done. I’ll let the pictures to the rest of the talking as I go snooze, I have to go to work in the morning these days.

Ciao!

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PS. I also get to enjoy beautiful sunsets every so often. It’s still quite sparse out here, and I’m loving it.

PSPS. I took these photos on my phone, and edited on Snapseed then VSCO. I need to get Lightroom so I can start experimenting with that too.

#okaybye

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I could make this a regular thing.
You know, posting about what I do during my weekends. I’m thinking of it as a way to encourage myself to put up material regularly on here (well at least once a week). And not only that, I’m on a mission to get out of my comfort zone and ‘do more things’. Put myself out there, and drive myself towards constant growth. I mean, you can’t just be a week older – there has to be more growth than just days added to your age. Right?

When you think of it that way, you have to strive towards being better at the end of every week. And it’s not just about doing ‘more things’, but more of the things I’ve always wanted to be a part of but was too self conscious to put myself out there. So in an attempt to be a better version of myself every single day, I will do more things that challenge my intellect and ultimately contribute towards this vision. A brand new – and better – Fatma Sultan. Lol.

Now to actually talk about what I did this Saturday.
I had an important meeting in the morning followed by a date with my soul sister Lynette which entailed eating sandwiches, MnM choc chip cookies and hydrating at Subway. This is the kind of stuff that feeds the soul. A good friend, some food and some real (life) talk. And as if the afternoon couldn’t get any better, we found out about the ‘Afrika Handmade Gallery 2016’ at Alliance Francaise on our way home so we decided to have a look. Best. Decision. Ever.

The brochure describes is as ‘An artisan and design installation for home and garden’, but I’d put ‘Inspiration to stay creative and get you life together’ on there instead. 😀
A couple of really interesting artists put their work on display and the range of work was diverse and in my opinion, anyone would leave there wanting at least one piece. The work by the ‘Tribal Gallery‘ left a lasting impression on me. I mean, who wouldn’t find furniture made out of salvaged wood from ship wrecks appealing?

You should probably pass on by and have a look, it runs until 16th October. Oh, I didn’t manage to take pictures of all the goodies on display as there was a ‘no photography’ policy for this exhibition.

On our way out, we saw a poster talking about an event next-door at the Goethe Institut. The poster stated, ‘SPACE: A DIGITAL ART FESTIVAL’, and this was interesting enough for us to go have a look.
I must say, it was a completely new experience for me. At first, I wondered why on earth I was in the room with all these people. Because ten minutes into getting all comfortable and warming our seats,  we were kindly asked to get on the floor and participate. And it wasn’t to speak, oh no. In my mind, it was much worse than speaking in public – it was to move around with gadgets that make music according to your movements. I was apprehensive at first, but after about thirty minutes watching how the rest had loosened up I was comfortable enough to swing with the gadget once and go back to my seat. Haha.

This event ran between 4-8th October and the lineup looked really interesting, but clearly I only got to attend this one talk. There was a group of three presenters, and from my understanding they came up with a gadget which produces sound according to your movement. The possibilities that can come up when coding and choreography come together. It is more complex than this short statement but you can read more about it here. It was very liberating to be in such a space where everyone was free to be as goofy as they wanted to! And not only that, seeing these speakers present their idea (that has so much potential) was very inspiring to me. Anyone can do it if they did the work and believed in themselves.

Stay creative, and have a lovely week ahead!