12 ways tumblr has changed my life

Tumblr is one of my favourite websites. It’s awesome yet horrible at the same time, and I cannot get enough of it. Here are a few reasons why it has changed my life:

Turns out I am not the only loser out here

We all have those moments where we feel like we are not hot enough, smart enough, or perfect, and people on tumblr are not afraid of saying that. Users there are not ashamed of their weirdness or aloneness, it is like one big community of weirdos, what’s not to love?!

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These people are so relatable!

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I need a cat and a dog in my life

I have come across millions of cat and dog pictures, gifs and videos of them doing cute, adorable, funny things. This just makes me wanna get one of my own who I can eventually make an internet sensation. Check out how awesome this cat is, where can I find one like this in Kenya?

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Thanks to tumblr I have a need for things that I could never own

Like these stiletto nails

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or this ring

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or this hair set in the most perfect high bun ever

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I have cravings for food that I can never devour or drinks that I can never indulge in

like this oreo like dessert

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Soco in a can *slurp*

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Tumblr is the best source for gifs!

Yes, that is where I still all my cool gifs from. There is like a gif from every video, movie, show that ever existed. Plus there are dumb gifs like these ones:

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Some of the coolest ideas stem off of tumblr

like this cool game which I MUST try out

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good parenting skills

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interior design

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this bra I would kill to have

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This site also kills my self esteem at the same time

Like seriously, how can there be such gorgeous people on this earth?!

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and adorable, cute babies. I swear I will be so sad when I give birth and my children dont look like this!

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There are so many quotes that I stumble upon

especially the days when I need encouragement about certain things, and I just stumble upon it on my dashboard.

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Tumblring is also a great source of embarrassment

you can just be innocently scrolling through your dashboard then BAM!!! a naked, weird picture just pops up and you have to hurry up and cover your tracks before people assume you surf weird stuff 0_O

It has increased my chances of going to heaven

coz there are so many sinners on tumblr, the blasphemy is on a whole other level. Is it a sin if sometimes I kinda find some of the posts funny?

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This place is plagiarism gold

All the cool meme’s, pictures, tweets, or trends that you see on  twitter, instagram, facebook where all stolen from tumblr, do not let anyone lie to you!

It’s a cool place to ‘meet’ people

It’s nice to know that there are people out there with the same thoughts and interests as you. The Kenyan population on tumblr is also increasing too which is awesome 🙂

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I can go on and on about how much tumblr rocks and why I think it’s awesome, this list may never end.

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Tumblr has brought too much joy in my life, I love it!

 

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6 ways to wear a Leopard Peplum

Leopard Peplum

Ermergaaahd!! I had forgotten how awesome Polyvore is. This is a little ensemble I created over there this morning because I was bored, so I decided to play around with clothes I can never wear.

So we have one classy leopard print peplum top, and here are the different ways in which you can rock it:

  1. This lovely green circle skirt will create a nice layered look when paired with the peplum top, and the bright colour will make the outfit pop.  The deep mustard heels will blend perfectly with the skirt and elongate the legs, and the suede envelope clutch provides a perfect finish to the outfit. This is outfit is perfect for a night out.
  2. Leather is a hot trend right now. This black leather pencil skirt is elegant and can be paired with basically anything. The heels and the lace box clutch create a beautiful ensemble. This is a great outfit for a gala event like an awards show or fashion event.
  3. Brightly coloured skinny jeans are the latest fad, the brighter the colour the better. I think the yellow looks fabulous against the leopard print. These pretty ankle strapped, nude sandalled heels are gorgeous and the shopper bag completes the outfit. You can wear this for a date or to work depending on your dress code.
  4. I really dig how nice shorts look when paired with peplum tops. White shorts, knee high suede boots and a quilted channel bag, the outfit just speaks for itself.
  5. Coral is one of my new favourite colours, these coral shorts are cute and spunky. The yellow wedges and the multi coloured cross body bag add a nice colour blocked touch to the outfit. You can wear this for a random day time plan like brunch or events like blankets and wine.
  6. Golden skinny leather pants, I have no clue where you can find this in Kenya, but I really loved the colour. The blue heels add a pop of colour to the outfit, and I added a black studded bag for some pizzazz.

I think I am ready for my ‘Fashion Blogger’ title :p

Blog <3ing

I needed to share some amazing blogs I stumbled upon on the internet. Whenever you visit a blog, make sure you check out their blogrolls, they may lead you to even more awesomeness.

Meek – N – Mild

Shirley Eniang is a gorgeous blogger from the U.K. Her dress sense is spectacular, her make up is impeccable and she has great style tips and videos. Her facial features are unique to say the least, but I love how well she works with them, and brings out all her beautiful features.

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She has numerous tutorials on her youtube page about hair, makeup and beauty. Check this one out below, a hair bun tutorial. What I loved about it is that it’s simple and doable for some of us without long thick hair.

Our Style Kenya

This is a blog by Joy Kendi, a Kenyan actress, famous for her role in Changing Times.

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I really dig her style, it’s edgy and unique. She is beautiful and knows what clothes will bring out her strongest features. What I love the most about her is her accessories!  She has the most amazing collection of rings and necklaces, there is nothing I covet more than jewellery.

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Gabby Fresh

Gabby is a fashion blogger from America who doesn’t stick to the the norm and completely ignores fashion rules. She is a beautiful plus sized blogger who is confident and does not suffer from body shame. What started out as a hobby for her is now a source of income as she gets sponsored by brands on her blog, and is covered in main stream fashion magazines, she is definitely an inspiration.

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My afro and I

Aisha is a Tanzanian who currently resides in South Africa and her blog takes us through her natural hair journey. Her afro is gorgeous and inspiring, reading through her blog makes me want to cut my hair and grow it naturally.

I like her style, she takes amazing pictures too, but what I dig the most about her blog is her hair challenges. She did 30 hair accessories in 30 ways and now she is currently doing 30 days, 30 updos.  If you have natural hair, this is a brilliant source for inspiration on how to style your hair.

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Attire Club

 

This is a blog for everyone, but it’s main focus fashion wise is men. It has cool handy tips like ‘How to wear a bow tie.’, ‘How to choose the right underwear.’ , and ‘How to shave.’. I encourage my few male readers to take a looksie, I am sure there is one or two things you can learn from here.

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The Bantu Girl

Neema is a Kenyan girl living in America, I just read in one of her posts that she doesn’t consider herself as a fashion blogger, but I think she fits the bill but with some extra perks. She blogs about her life, her interests, prince charming, gluten free and healthy living. I learnt what gluten was from her blog, to be honest I had no idea Kenyans have such allergies, she is also allergic to coffee too, I cannot imagine how she lives.

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I think Neema is gorgeous and photographs beautifully. I love how she always incorporates something African in her outfits.

Thought Catalog

Though Catalog is a collection of various articles by different writers. As the name suggests, the posts on there really give you food for thought on everyday issues like life, love, humor, music, careers, you need it, they’ve got it. Here are some of the articles which I loved:

  1. 23 ways to feel better instantly
  2. Why you shouldnt be so freaked out about your future.
  3. 11 responses to “Why are you single”
  4. 5 things I want girls to wear more of
  5. 10 things Facebook, Twitter and Instagram addicts fear
  6. How we criticise men Vs How we criticise women
  7. 9 Destiny’s Child Lyrics that belong in a self help book
  8. A close reading of 2 chainz lyrics
  9. Girls get friendzoned too, and it sucks
  10. Dont be the other woman
  11. Don’t write about the people you have loved

So make sure you take a second to check out these blogs. Happy Monday 🙂

Afrospired Apparel

I should copyright this title, it would make a great name for a Fashion House, which I will open one day in the distant future.

I purchased some African fabrics last month, and I have been searching the interwebs for some cool designs that I can use to make some fashional clothes. I have stumbled upon some awesome outfits and i thought I should share some of them.

I love this shade of green and the bow adds some pinache

Yes, I like green, and bows. Love her bracelets too

I am digging the design, and the vibrant colors

This jacket needs me in it's life

Simple yet elegant

Totally digging the skirt!

Those colors!

I want!

That Angel Girl has wedges similar to these, I hope she knows if I ever find her wearing them I will rob them from her feet.

I think I will take the blazer too 🙂

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I like the frilly detail

Another design I am really digging

The fabrics used for this outfit, the design, love it!

The layered fish detail looks gorgeous

If there is a tailor who can make me this jacket, let me know!

Look at that back!

Sources:

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In a nutshell, whatever I decide to make will have a peplum design, bows and some frills somewhere. I am just crossing my fingers I find a very good tailor. If you know of any kindly comment with their details. Thanks 🙂

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.

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There are some men out there who put in a lot of time, money and thought into their appearance, and I think I need to appreciate all their hard work and effort to look luscious and gorgeous. You need to know you’re looking hot is not all in vain, my eyes and my vivid imagination really appreciate it 😉

Here are some of the things that men adorn that simply kills me:

Suits

There is nothing hotter than a man in a suit! I do not think it can get any better than that seriously. Men look polished, suave, and very handsome. You can never go wrong with a suit unless you have bought a cheap one, that is not your size, and you keep those labels on the sleeves rather than cutting them off smh. Every man should have a suit in their wardrobe.

Men that drive me mad

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Cardigans and sweaters.

I love the whole collegiate look. Cardigans with a nice shirt, topped with a tie or bow tie always looks snazzy. You can wear it with a t-shirt as well and some fitting jeans, not too snug though.

Cardigan worn with a tie

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For a nice formal look, invest in sweaters especially for the working class men. Be it plain, striped, multi coloured, argyle, you can never go wrong.

Waist coats

Every guy should have at least one waist coat in their closet. It is a cool piece of apparel which goes with almost anything and still looks cool.

It’s an easy way to jazz up your plain shirts and tees.

I am not a fan of 3 piece suits though, I dunno why it just looks a bit strange when the blazer comes off..

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Leather jackets

First up, I am personally on the hunt for a leather jacket. Those things are like uber cool! And how hot do men wearing them look? Especially when they pop their collars??

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Sunglasses

These handy accessories not only shield our eyes from the violent rays of the sun, but they make anyone stand out and look stunning!

I find avatars particularly look very nice on men, and old school shades as well. The key thing is to find appropriate sunglasses which suit the shape of your face in order to frame it well.

Ian Mugoya that is all!

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Watch

Last year, I noticed that this guy who really used to jazz me had a nice watch. Ever since then, I am no longer jazzed by him, but I am now kinda obsessed with men’s watches. After I have sufficiently surveyed a man’s physical appearance, the next place I will look at is his wrist. I like watches with big faces, and classy straps, it just tells me a lot about the man. Do not ask me what 😉

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Hair

I love hair, playing with it, stroking it, styling it, be it my own or other people’s hair. I like men with long hair, be it cornrowed or a big fro that just makes you want to dig your fingers into it. I think men with dreadlocks look really cool, I also dig the whole shaggy hair thing. The clean shaven look is also hot and I usually cant help but want to rub such heads. This depends though, on if the guy has a nicely shaped head or not.

Beckham, one of the most stylish dudes ever!

Suspenders

We’ve always viewed them as fuddy duddy and urkelish, but recently suspenders are suddenly cool and fashionable! I love how men look in them, and I would like to think of them as a modern day leash which you can use to steer or punish the man wearing them. I can’t explain, I can only demonstrate 😉

Chuck Bass can gerrit!

Hats

Not every one can pull off hats. I like baseball caps, marvins, fedoras, beenies, it looks really cool.

Kid Cudi

Shoes

I am one of those rare girls who do not first look at a man’s feet to check out his shoes. I will only notice them if they are very nice, or very wack.

And yes, I like supras I do not know what people have against them, maybe the guys they’ve seen just aint wearing them right..

Even Stevens has really come a long way

I like the loafers. Is it me, or is there like a Gucci explosion in Kenya right now??

Tunics

Tunics

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I really dig the whole tunic look, open chested with some african necklaces and the sandals, looks very swanky!

So for now those are some of the things that kill me when I see them on men, so if your reading this, just conform already and give my eyes a treat 😉

If you’re a dude looking for some fashion advice check out The Urban Gentleman

Dance-O-Mania

Remember when dancing was simple and fun,  when it was all about this 😛

The running man

A month or two ago, Oyunga Pala wrote an interesting article on the Saturday Magazine about women today and how they dance. It really cracked me up because he was spot on. Dancing has become so provocative and sensual to put it politely.

It’s all about shaking, grinding, gyrating, daggering, wibble wobbling, jerking, migingo, Lord knows what else. I blame Jamaica and their negative influence on us Kenyans who do not know any better. Damn their great music and awesome but outrageous dance moves. Visiting Jamaica is on my bucket list.

The phenomenon that is known as bend over is the one that has caused the most ripples in the Kenyan club scene. I am sure you have noticed the euphoria that song elicits whenever any DJ plays it.

I was in shock when I first saw the video on you tube, I doubt any mainstream television station here has played it, correct me if I am wrong. But if the cleavage of the women in this maphilipino soaps are blurred, and words like gay, condom are censored, I doubt they can air this video where people are emulating the missionary position as a form of dance.

I must say I have succumbed to all the hype of that song bend over. The excitement it creates is just insane, especially women, it seems to drive them wild. They just automatically bend over and shake. It’s very entertaining to watch; soon Bendover Thursdays will become a tourist attraction I believe. And it’s getting crazier as weeks go by.

Personally I prefer daggering than bending over, it’s way more fun and less degrading, especially if your daggering a guy :p Daggering is being the person at the back while someone else is bending over.

Guys have gotten really good at shaking by the way, you would be surprised at how low some men can go ; ) So if you are a dude, do not feel shy, make like nike and just do it! Bend over  as long as it’s for a girl not a guy because as much as I get extremely jazzed at seeing guy on guy, two men dancing to bendover would just be wrong!

Despite the immorality this bendover song elicits, I still think it’s a fun song, if danced responsibly, so always remember:

Deuces,