la vie en rose

I feel like I’ve got so much to share! Therefore this post will be in point format, yaani it will be straight to the point 😀 #badjoke

Thursday, 10th November, 2016.

I turned 26, and it feels like I’ve suddenly been catapulted into adulthood. Had a work deadline, and was traveling to Mombasa for Sha+Lon‘s wedding on the same day! Got to Mombasa at around 9pm, slept and then started off early on Friday for Watamu.

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Friday, 11th November, 2016.

I got to Malindi at around 1, and the beautiful couple would tie the knot at 3 pm. Giving me enough time to build up the excitement, attempt at mingling and take pictures.

Dress code: All white.
Mood: Good vibes only! ❤

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Had to leave before sunset so I wouldn’t be too late getting home. It was so beautiful, I didn’t want to leave.

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Saturday, 12th November, 2016.

Had a slow morning. Slept in, then went to greet family in Mkanyageni. Spent the last few hours of my Saturday with my cousins at MN Kafe, sipping happiness and chatting (despite  our communication barrier – they only speak Arabic so I’m sure I sound foolish ‘when try talk arabiyya‘). This badly constructed phrase is how I probably sound in Arabic because I’m not fluent.

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You ask, why ‘La vie en rose’?

  1. La vie en rose literally translates to ‘Life in pink’. However, it would be better translated to ‘life through rosy (pink) glasses’. It’s about a state of bliss when everything around you is a source of joy.
  2. It was ShaLon’s wedding and I love them.And I love love! La vie en rose.
  3. I love Edith Piaf. La vie en rose.
  4. I love sunsets. Something about the changing colours in the sky that inspire a freshness and ignites hope back into my heart. La vie en rose.
  5. I like to edit my pictures with a slight pink tint because it makes me happy. I also read that images with blue undertones are more appealing to the eye, and those with pink have a calming effect.

La vie en rose.

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)

swahili beach resort, diani. mombasa

“..A fantasy tropical paradise where there’s nothing but good; magical sunsets, flowers, lots of fragrant fresh fruit, and (imaginary) live performances from Cesaria Evora, Lianne la Havas and Jessie Ware”.

Take me back already, please?

 

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Well, it’s been a while since I shared  on this space. I get overly critical of what material to put up on my blog, so I tend to slack on my blog posts. If you, however, would like to keep up with my adventures on a daily, feel free to follow me on my Instagram. It’s my happy space 🙂

Between running around for months to complete my final year project (which I’m happy to say I finished and did well alhamdulilah), and a cleansing month of fast and prayer (Ramadhan) I didn’t have much time for fun or recreation. A few weeks in Mombasa at my grandmother’s were more than welcome; I had longed for the sea, it always gives me a sense of renewal.

I can’t find the words to describe how I felt when I got to The Swahili Beach Resort, but I’ll try. Excited. Hopeful. And very much in my own dream world – a fantasy tropical paradise where there’s nothing but good; magical sunsets, flowers, lots of fragrant fresh fruit, and (imaginary) live performances from Cesaria Evora, Lianne la Havas and Jessie Ware.

Prior to the brief evening at the resort, I’d spent the majority of my morning and afternoon with friends and family at Amani Tiwi Resort. Catching up, eating, laughing and taking long, peaceful strolls by the beach. See, the thing about hanging out with loved ones is they get you. Even with your annoying paparazzi habits, they will still tolerate you and even think of more things to do that fit in your description of ‘fun’.
So they suggest, how about we leave early and explore Diani. They (obviously) didn’t get any objections from me.

We first stopped by Congo Beach (will share that adventure in another post) and then stopped by Swahili Beach Resort in time for afternoon tea.
As a (recent graduate) architect, I had been aware of the design of the resort for years; Its characteristic cascading pools and whitewashed buildings, heavily influenced by Swahili architecture, and the designers’ application of symmetry as a theme in design.

What you don’t see is the feeling the spaces invoke on the user, the effect beauty has on a person. The way the spaces flow into each other, the way views are strategically framed to the ocean and public spaces. The smoothness of the floors and walls. The rippling sound of water in the vast (yet unimposing), domed central space. The beautiful furniture and its placement. The urge to want to stay in this space, forever. Ah. I almost had to be dragged out. If there’s anyone thinking of spoiling themselves and taking a trip to Mombasa, this place is a must see ❤

I hope you like the pictures, I took them all on my camera phone and edited them on the VSCO app. Catch up soon?

Fatma.