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Look what I stumbled upon that has just made my day:

FTW!!

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Hope it’s made you smile as much as I have 😀

Today morning on my way to work, we passed a car and the driver was really gesturing while they drove which made me wonder, how do deaf people communicate while driving? It must be difficult to fully sign while driving, and since you must keep your eyes on the road, it is also hard to see what someone is signing…. and that ladies and gentlemen was my random thought for today.

Is it just me who is tired of all these Superman remakes?? It was announced earlier this week that actress Amy Adams has been cast as Lois Lane for the latest Superman movie. Is it that Hollywood has movies block or what is going on?? If that is the case, rather than remake movies that have been made over and over again, why not look for a novel and turn it into a movie?!

One movie which I must somehow watch that seems really cool, and whose storyline seems out of the box is The Adjustment Bureau starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. Matt stars as a politician whose life is being controlled by the agents of fate who are referred to as The Adjustment Bureau. He falls head over heels for Emily Blunt’s character, and it turns out that they are not destined to be together, so the longer they keep seeing each other, the more they ruin their lives by the mere virtue of being together.  It seems like one of those against all odds kind of love stories.

The greatest feeling is when you work really hard on something and it materializes and turns out all great, so this is what achievement and fulfillment feels like 🙂 *pat on back* This feels great, being diligent definitely has its perks.

I am having a bad hair week, I have not had the time to go get my hair did for abundance of better things to do 🙂 But today that is my main agenda because it looks so terribleh! I can only rock push back for so long, I know Tyra says we should flaunt our five heads but this is too much :p

I have discovered today that my cellular phone is magnetic! Judging by the number of times it is in close proximity with my head, this is major cause for concern. What effect are these magnetic waves leaving on my head??? I wish it was heat waves, maybe it would make my hair look better and be softer..

I really need like about 15 hours of sleep! These 5 hours I manage to get daily are not cutting it. My days are marred by sufferation, especially in the afternoon, when the eye bugs decide to show their ugly heads.

*End of mindless blabber*

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18 things I need to fulfill ~ My bucket list

For those who may not know, a bucket list is a list of things you would like to do before you kick the bucket. I am currently maintaining a firm handle on my youth and I believe there are still so many things I have not managed to do with my life.

I was telling someone about how I have no goals, I just live for the moment and tackle whatever it is that may come my way. I do not necessarily work towards something, I just work to get the job done. Yes, you may insert your disapproval here.

It hit me as I thought about the contents of my bucket list, will these things constitute what my goals should be??

Coming up with this list has made me reflect on what I would like to do with my life, and what would make me feel fulfilled. So here goes nothing:

  1. To XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX only my very close friends know what this is 😉
  2. To become published be it a book, or an article in a magazine. I would really love to write for True Love as a start and then other globally established magazines like Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire.
  3. I would love to generate revenue from my blog. I guess the first step towards achieving that would be to register a domain. That is pretty easy, but I must come up with the perfect name and address for it first.
  4. I am working on buying a car as soon as possible. The daily commute has been a great inconvenience for me ever since we moved to the burbs eons ago. A vehicle is a very important necessity for me, plus I think it is just the epitome of independence. I can go wherever I want, whenever I want, and be sure I will look good doing it.
  5. Keeping in line with number 4, I must drive on that nightmare of a road known as Thika Road, and I must be a driver on a road trip be it upcountry or Naivasha and ultimately Mombasa.
  6. I plan on opening a store and selling custom made jewellery, accessories and eventually clothes. If I was to dream bigger, I would want to open a franchise in Kenya, then EA, Africa and eventually the whole world.
  7. I would love to travel a whole lot more, and marvel at the wonders and beauty of this world that is supposedly ending. I would love to party in South Africa, go for Mardi gras in Brazil, attend an international sevens tournament in Edinburgh or Adelaide,  attend a concert at Madison Square Gardens, I must go to Las Vegas and BMF. I wish I could be lucky enough to do something that requires frequent travel.
  8. I must attend a football match at Nyayo Stadium, and a premier league football match. Now that I do not dabble in the goings on in soccer right now, the match I choose to attend will depend on the level of hotness of the players 😉
  9. I would like to try my hand at a round of golf. I think I am good at it but I haven’t had a chance to test that theory since I have never tried it.
  10. I must get my picture taken by Jim Chuchu and the guy for True Love, I think his name is David. I somehow must get featured on True Love to be able to get my picture taken by David. As for Jim Chuchu, I hear he does not take portraits anymore, regardless of who you are. I always keep begging my friend to make this dream happen but it seems to be futile. I want him to take my picture so badly, Jim Chuchu if you are reading this, please make this wish come true. Otherwise I will have to result to finding a way to accidentally stumble upon one of his shoots and immerse myself inside it!
  11. I need me a blackberry like really really bad! The need is insane, but clearly not insane enough for me to go out and buy one. Hopefully I will get those jobs where they will give me one for free, or I will win one in some competition (Fat chance) or some man will buy me one (obese chance).
  12. I have always wanted to go white water rafting, it seems like the ultimate fun adventure. Sometime soon I think I will rally up a bunch of my friends and head over to Sagana and have a go at the rapids.
  13. I have secretly been longing to do those star jump things outside malls like Junction, but they are used mostly by kids and I would not wanna make a fool outta myself, because I am sure at that precise moment people I know will emerge from nowhere lol. But I will give it a try once my friend comes home to visit : ) I have also wanted to enter that big plastic bubble outside prestige parking lot upstairs. I think I need to kidnap my nieces and nephews, they can be my golden ticket.
  14. I would love to go all Coyote Ugly and dance on top of a bar. I need to be sober in order to be able to manoeuvre up there, but I need the liquid courage to get up there in the first place, anyhoosmu it must be done someday soon.
  15. This may never happen, but my dream is to meet JayZ. All I can do is pray he will one day feel the need to come to Kenya or East Africa and then I will do whatever it takes to make sure I see him.
  16. I have to go to a casino again. I have only been to one once, and I loved it, and I discovered why gambling is an addiction, but I just need to back there once more and try my luck on the slot machines.
  17. I have always wanted to go on a hot air balloon ride at The Mara or wherever else they have it.
  18. This random thought has just entered my head; I would love to crash grapes with my feet at a vineyard. Are there vineyards in Kenya???

So far these just seem to be fun things I would like to do, you know, the meal I will eat using a big spoon. I wouldn’t say they are things I would feel mortified about if I did not do them before I died, except maybe number one 😉 But I would feel fulfilled and happy if I did these things so somehow I will embark on a mission to fulfil them one way or another.

This was actually a fun exercise coming up with this list, feel free to share what is on your bucket list.

TGIFridays!!

Thank God It’s Friday!!!!

Woop! Woop!!! I cannot wait to catch up on sleep tonight 🙂

I am excited about

getting pampered 🙂

Today I am Feeling

happy go lucky..

My Funky Friday Theme Is

Ten over Ten ~ Naeto C

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The only MC with an MSC, Mr Naeto C, this cat is really talented, and clearly brainy as well. Ten over ten is such a cool feel good track.

This Weekend I

get to kick it with the family, it’s my nephew’s 2nd birthday and I cannot wait to celebrate 🙂

I am really craving

a great pair of black heels, be it pumps or booties I don’t care, I am just in great need.

I wish

he was not getting under my skin, but it’s hard to resist… but I must try!

I hope

my grandpa gets better, he is in hospital 😦

Today’s Inspirational Quote Is

‘Change not the mass, but change the fabric of your own soul and your own visions, and you change all.’

Have a Fantabulous Friday!

21st May 2011 ~ The end of the world??

The first thing that caught my eye this morning on my way to work was this newly mounted billboard talking about how the world is ending on 21st May 2011 by some Christian Radio.

I had already seen this billboard last year near Globe Cinema Roundabout and I rubbished it.

Is this organisation trying to get people to log onto their site by creating mass hysteria? Does it mean if we log in, the world will not end?? I really do not understand what they are trying to achieve with this billboard.

I believe it is a load of crap, but they still managed to freak me out so early on a Monday morning. Judgement day is nothing to joke about or something to try and profit from. The whole concept of the world ending has always been a scary subject for me. I have never even read the book of Revelation in the bible, and I doubt I ever will. I do not remember how I felt about the world ending at the onset of the new millennium, I think I was too preoccupied with K.C.P.E and the awesome New Year celebrations.

I have always wondered what kind of person I will be the day the Lord returns. Will I have lived the life Christ had wanted me to live? We are all sinners one way or another so I am sure I am not the only one with doubts as to whether the bouncers at the golden gates will let us in or freeze us.

If the world really is ending on May 21st 2011, then time is running out and there are still so many things that I have not yet done. Maybe this is the perfect excuse to come up with a bucket list.

Have you watched the movie Yes Man starring Jim Carrey? I always get encouraged every time I watch that movie, I have seen it like almost five times now and each time I vow to become a Yes Woman, to say yes to every opportunity that is thrown my way within a heartbeat.

The problem with me is that I over-think and really analyse everything. I look at a situation, consider all the factors involved and how they would be affected, and basically consider their reactions more seriously than my own.

If the world is ending in the next 2 months, then screw over thinking and other people’s opinions, time to look out for number one and use that energy to seek every opportunity that comes my way. That billboard will become a daily reminder to live my life to the fullest, regardless of whether the world will end or not.

I will write a post on my bucket list once I am done constructing it, feel free to share yours if you have one.

 

 

How Twitter can work for or against you

My relationship with twitter sprung forth in April 2009, next month will be our 2nd year anniversary, I wonder what that bird will get me? Hmmmm

So if you remember this post, I really played hard to get. Twitter seemed so complicated and difficult to use, despite my newly completed IT degree I was just not feeling it. It took me like a month to understand the twitter nitty gritty. As you will read here, I was very faithful to my then obsession Facebook.

I decided to give Twitter a chance, and I slowly learnt the ropes, got new followers, got over the awe of being able to follow celebrities. That right there was what fascinated me the most. I used to go through peoples followers to see which other new celebrities I could follow. Well I got over it since I do not wish to come off as a groupy, so I unfollowed them after realising they do not tweet anything of value. Apart from Alyssa Milano, her tweets are so cool usually supporting a cause or sharing interesting links. RevRunWisdom was also cool, till everyone on my timeline used to RT him, plus it seemed like he ran outta wise things to say so he started recycling tweets so I unfollowed him.

I now only follow celebs who follow back like Carson Daly (if he is still even considered a celebrity), those who tweet back like Alaine and Cecile, people who have random, crazy, cool rants like Kanye West and most recently Charlie Sheen #winning

Wow, I really digressed. Anyway twitter has grown to become a revolutionary social media platform, which I can honestly say has changed my life.

The following are, in my opinion, the pros and cons of Twitter.

Pros

It puts the S in Social

I have met so many people through twitter, some of whom have become my good friends in real life and in cyber space. It has also brought me closer to people I already knew since it provides an avenue for me to interact with them more often. I also got a chance to interact with people I would normally never attempt to talk to due to my own harsh initial first impressions or sordid opinions.

Cyber GPS

Thanks to applications like Foursquare, I can track you down every time you check into a location.

Online Diary

I can share with the world what is on my mind any time I want in 140 characters and in form of twitpics. In my opinion, it is a place to be heard, RT’s and replies are just added wins which justify whatever statements we make.

Ego Boosters

The more followers you have, the more clout you seem to have. I must confess I check my follower count daily. The day I clock 1000 followers I think I will break into a happy dance of some sort. Last time I checked I had 734 followers, so log in and follow J

It is also a great feeling when people RT your tweets, though people have turned it around and used it as a way to reply to tweets. But either way, the more RT’s you get, the better.

Twitter has also led to the birth of trend setters. Trends on twitter are words, phrases or topics that the entire world is twitting about. If you start a trend and it trends globally, then you definitely have rights to have an inflated ego.

It makes the unreachable, reachable

You get to ‘interact’ read as stalk, all the famous people that you admire and spam them with tweets at the risk of looking like a groupy (which apparently gets you hoisted up on the stage to dance with said celebrity, mikefromruai and antoneosoul have restored my faith in tweeter groupyness lol. Maybe there is something to it, who is the next celeb slated to come to Kenya I tweet them to death? )

Savvykenya is also an example of how tweeting influential people can work for you as she got to meet the President of Rwanda Mr Paul Kagame after she tweeted him. Big up yourself mami!

Online Directory

Google may be the answer to everything, but twitter is a close second. Ask anything and tweeps will have an answer for you accompanied by links, telephone numbers. Whatever you need, twitter will help you find it.

Tweeps are like CSI investigators, I remember the time there was a very hot lady pictured on the local dailies for robbery and in no time tweeps had already located her on facebook and sent her friend requests. That kind of creeped me out lol.

Twitter has a great searching tool, which enables you to look up a word and it displays all tweets relating to that word.

Diversity

I remember when I first joined twitter, majority of the tweeps were mostly techies and bloggers, but now every Tom, Wanjiru and Ondiek is joining.

You will find students, fashionistas, radio personalities, TV and movie stars, presidents, MDs & CEOs, dead people like Bob Marley, and different people from all over the world that you get the opportunity to interact with via twitter. It truly is a global platform.

Cheap Marketing Tool

Twitter is a great avenue for product placement and is very useful for spreading the word about a company’s products and services, websites and blogs.

If you want to attract more hits on your website and blogs, you can open official twitter accounts for them, or make use of your personal account and tweet the links to encourage your followers to visit your site.

If you want to promote your products and services, tweet about what you have to offer, post twitpics and offer customer service to your clients by responding to customer queries via twitter. I believe many organizations have not tapped into social media as an essential marketing tool which can be utilised to create brand awareness.

Breaking News

One of the fastest avenues to spread breaking news is definitely Twitter. Most major news agencies have twitter accounts which they use to let the world know what’s going on. Once they tweet, word spreads like wild fire.

Window of opportunities

If you make use of Twitter in the right way it can work in your favour in different ways.

Some people have found ‘love’ via twitter, having been wooed by just 140 characters. Okay maybe they weren’t wooed by simply 140 characters, anyhoo those who have found partners from there can tell us how the magic happened 🙂

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Companies are now recruiting employees from Twitter and some tweeps have been fortunate enough to actually find jobs now that big shots from successful companies are seriously tweeting.

Twitter provides a platform to exchange ideas with other dynamic individuals’ facilitating the development of new software (yule msee), events (wamathai), and campaigns (Feb 28). Etc.

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Hub of activity

Thousands of tweets are posted per second so there is always action. People share interesting links to blogs, websites, and pictures. Every day there are new trends which not only keep you entertained but give you stuff to tweet about as well like #MusicMonday #FollowFriday (which really needs to be revived) #np etc

Twingo

I get cheap thrills from tweetifying words like peeps = tweeps, fam = twam etc etc I love how it confuses non tweeps.

Cons of Twitter

Perv Central

You know what goes down every Tuesday and on twitter after dark. Not to mention the millions of weird people who join twitter for disgusting reasons yuck!!!

Plagiarism

There are so many creative people out there, who tweet cool things but do not get credited for their ‘work’ despite that clearly labelled Retweet button present on twitter and all other 3rd party applications.

It totally sucks when you see someone parading tweets that you took time to think up and they fail to accredit you. I immediately block such shameless shady characters or expose them.

More often than not you will discover people have stolen/copied/borrowed (potaytoe, potuhtoe) peoples ideas and implemented them in various other forms like web sites, newspaper articles, blogs etc.

The most irritating bit is when Facebook gets wind of a twitter trend days later, it is so boring and irritating, and the culprits still do not give credit when it’s due. There are some tweeps who also post peoples tweets as their status on Facebook, so not cool!

Spam and Bots

Thanks to that nifty Twitter search engine, people search for words relating to whatever they value and spam you with tweets. This is mostly done by entities and it is really irritating. There are also twitter bots which correct me if I am wrong are twitter profiles which follow you for mentioning certain words that refer to them, then they unfollow you after a certain period of time.

Twaddiction

I am a certified twaddict (twitter addict) which is a fact I am totally not ashamed of. But unfortunately it preoccupies a lot of my time leading to procrastination, introvertness?, and my phone battery is lousy as a result.

Tweet Beefs and other Duramas

Maybe this should be a pro coz it is just so entertaining seeing people squabble on my timeline. People with differing opinions choose to fight it out on twitter and then guys get on board, pick sides and RT, okay I really think this should be a pro.

There are also occurrences of those unfortunate events when people’s accounts get hacked and the hackers do all sorts of damage using their accounts.

Difficult for beginners

Despite having studied IT, I found twitter really difficult to use and as a result I was dormant for the 1st few months after I joined. All these @, #, RT, were syntax that seemed very foreign to me, and I had no idea where to figure it out from. Learning the ropes, and trying to teach them to someone is a very daunting task, I wish it were more user friendly.

Stalking

Twitter provides various avenues for stalking, via unprotected profiles and foursquare.

It’s a small tworld

You would be shocked to discover who some tweeps are in real life if they maintain different personas on twitter. I got one hell of a shocker earlier this year, as a result, catch me dead at a tweetup, I am too young for any more shockers : )

TMI

People tend to over share on twitter be it in 140 characters or in picture form. I will not deny that sometimes I am a culprit, and I feel nothing but some people push it to the limit. Why should you post pictures of the anatomy of your body? People like some mystery, or did things change and I missed the bus?

We also do not need to know what you are doing each and every other umpteenth minute.

Serial Retweeters

There are some people who retweet every single mention they get, and you can imagine how many these mentions are given the fact that their followers have probably surpassed 1000. They just fill your timeline with irrelevant tweets, this really needs to die!

Braggarts

Social networks have basically become an avenue for everyone to brag about how wonderful their life is, the cool stuff they are doing, the amazing places they are going to, and the influential people they meet. Twitter is no different and I am sure it is difficult to resist twitting about the great things happening in your life. For the rest of the tweeps

Rumour Mongering

All sorts of made up stories spring up on Twitter. People keep ‘killing’ famous people like Dj Tiesto who supposedly died in a car accident, Nelson Mandela who died from I do not know what disease, it’s beyond me why people would start such nasty rumours. Justin Bieber is murdered every other day on cyber space as well.

Lack of authenticity

You can create fake RT’s of supposed mentions, trying to manipulate things and make it seem like someone tweeted something they do not. This can really be misused by malicious people.

Wow this has to be like the longest post I have ever written.

Clearly the pros outweigh the cons, feel free to share any good or bad things that I may have left out. If you’re not on that Twitter tip yet, get with it and sign up. If you are already an avid user, make sure you make Twitter work for you.

Tried and Tested

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As I embarked on my numerous fasts with the onset of lent, I had this feeling that I would face a lot of temptation from all directions. This feeling was precipitated by the fact that every time I resolve not to do something, I end up doing it with even more pomp. Yes, just like every other human being, I am weak. Worst part about it is, there is usually an audience witnessing my fall from grace *hangs head in shame*.

Anyway so the universe is throwing all sorts of things at me, that I am meant to be staying away from.

Last Friday my dad decides he is going to buy nyamachoma (he isn’t Catholic) and it looked soo delicious, resisting was extremely hard but I managed to overcome it.

The man fast is not going as planned either. I have been good, no doubt about that, but I am getting attention from this one particular guy. I wish I could figure out what exactly it is he wants from me, and what I am willing to give. The situation could be complicated, okay, I think it’s a bit complicated but I am just intrinsically an over thinker, but in this case I am positive it will spring forth a situation, be it now or in the future. But otherwise he seems really swell and I am already being surprised with gifts which hasn’t happened in a while so I think I may just bask in it.

Then there is this other guy, whom I ended up seeing today to my chagrin (o_O). There isn’t anything really wrong with him, it’s just that there is  nothing exciting about him. The conversations we have, if I can even call them that, consist of ‘Hi? How are you? Weko? who says that?! Are you asleep?’ #yawn. He is lucky that I am such a nice person, I really wish I was a female dog, I would have just told him to leave me alone or ignored him.

Which begs the question, how do you get these funny dudes off your back?! Think in the lines of How to Loose a guy in 10 days. So far what I have come up with are:

  • Call him and get all up in his face till he gets suffocated and goes running scared. My problem with this is that he may actually like the fact that I am being responsive so it could backfire on me. I am not willing to take the risk.
  • Only speak in baby talk.
  • Throw in the fact that I have a ‘boyfriend’ though I also think this may not work in my favor.

Please feel free to send me more suggestions.

I am also learning that it is best to stay away from people’s boyfriends and exes, though I have no idea how this will be done seeing that everybody is someones ex or significant other. I guess people need to deal with the fact that the world is small, and you cannot control who interacts with who.

Anyhoosmu the only things which I am sure I will totally abstain from during this period are social networks and booze as long as I stay away from certain people which may be tricky.

I have been going for Mass often which is really delicious food for my soul, and I am learning a lot. The things that have stood out for me the most are that we should all try to be as holy as the Lord, and learn to love him with all our hearts, with all our souls and with all our mights.

Sometimes I feel like there is a tattoo on my forehead reading ‘Tempt Me’. I guess for now all I can do is pray for the strength to resist all these things that tempt me.