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20 March 2017 » Daily Kenyan

CO/Standard MediaThere is a proverb in my mother tongue that says, “giikaro kimwe kiri ndaa” and that loosely translates to, “if you don’t travel you will die of boredom”. It doesn’t matter how you travel but I guess you just have to move around. Take a cruise ship and sail to the Bahamas and go bask naked on the pink sandy beaches. Take a flight to India and go see Bombay and come back with pepper for us. Take a Jambo Jet flight and to costoand go swim under the salty sea water and fly back...

13 March 2017 » Daily Kenyan

It’s hard to pee with a guy watching you, especially if you don’t know that guy and he weirdly resembles Indiana Jones but without the hat and the shady outfit. Would you pee in front of Indiana Jones? No? I didn’t think so either. Why am I realizing this now? Here is the story. It had never occurred to me that peeing with someone watching is hard for me because, one, obviously, I would make no effort to pee in public with peeping toms all over if I had an option and second, we don’t go to...

06 March 2017 » Daily Kenyan

Wednesdays are very flat days, tasteless as ice, and no feelings to their name. But this was no ordinary Wednesday. I carried a book. I would need one. Reading in public is not my forte but then idling is depressing. John Greene’s ‘Fault in our stars’. A masterpiece of its kind. I needed the book to make time move. Sometimes too, a cultured read is the wall standing between me and insanity. That and prayers. My thumb pressed between pages, keeping the book open. I read in bits. Occasionally, I...

28 February 2017 » Daily Kenyan

I turned 25 on 21st of January. **** I threw a great party. Hit all the right spots for a millennial’s heated night. Weed. Alcohol. Women. A hired ‘DJ’ who’s actually a friend that is trying out DJ-ing as a career. He’s a self-appointed music connoisseur but his taste is still very rusty for a DJ. Everyone knows it but we don’t tell. At his age his ego is higher than a kite. The party was pretty wild. A tapestry of music, dancing and emotional outbursts. People wigged and jigged their bodies...

13 December 2016 » Daily Kenyan

Christmas is here. 2016 is gone. Well, almost gone. In a few days – that we will barely notice pass by because we will be all into celebrating and passing out – it will be a memory. Some will look back at it with sneer for the pain it has caused them. To put this in perspective, last week I asked someone close to me how her resolutions have shaped up through the year and she literally face palmed! She simply said, “At least I am alive Wesh”. And there is the catch. It means she got nothing...

28 November 2016 » Daily Kenyan

I have once not paid fare in a jav. Okay, done that more than once but I’ll just tell you about this one. I was headed to the office, it was a chilly morning and not particularly interesting. You know those mornings you wake up and take forever to get ready. You rummage through stuff to wear and trip over nothing – literally. Like the carpet just goes out of its way to catch your feet and wreck your toes. That’s of course after you’re done lying flat on the bed and contemplating whether you...

21 November 2016 » Daily Kenyan

Last week I was to write about no shave November. I was excited because, first, beard is life – even small beard –, and writing, for me, is an escape. Something that soothes my soul. Something that opens up as art, as a hobby and maybe a passion. A high. So I love times when I pick up my PC in the wee hours of the night, in dead silence, brew hot coffee, get the music going and sail away with words. But then I got caught up in a tornado of other urgent things like traveling the world,...

07 November 2016 » Daily Kenyan

Last week I ate something and my body went all berserk. I am yet to zero-in on the specific food that brought me such anguish because it is hard to know who changed their recipe between the Mutura guy near my place and the outdoor chef at Nick’s – the Koinange Street one.   On one hand it can’t be the Mutura guy because what would he add different? Curry? Onions? More water? More mara? And I know you’d be thinking “What if the meat was bad?” But no. His meat is always fresh. We as his customers...

31 October 2016 » Daily Kenyan

Roots HistorySo how do you know just how vulnerable you are? Like to pain and its brothers? Mi I have a rough idea about my pain tolerance abilities. On the lower end there is zero pain – this is my zone mostly because I know hitting a toe against the table will ache even to the deep of your soul – then on the higher end the limit is at a thuraku biting on my man parts. So, yea, that’s my range sort of. I know the later seems ridiculous but ants will make the bravest of warriors wriggle in pain...

11 October 2016 » Daily Kenyan

A man will stand on a balcony in an apartment he has recently moved into. In a pair of khaki shorts, rocking the best sandals Maasai guys - we all know they are kuyus from Karatina just doing business in disguise - ever put together and a particularly flashy phone – not Infinix of course – in his grip he will reminisce old memories as a soft wind blows against his freshly shaved signature beard almost reminding him of the tranquil that can become of life. The tranquil that was life in days of...

05 September 2016 » Daily Kenyan

Courtesy of myhealth.co.keOn your way to Eldoret is an old centre called Timboroa. You’ll find it just past Eldama Ravine but before Burnt Forest. The place does not brag. It does nothing to catch your eye. At its heart lies the aura and picturesque of typical upcountry towns. Like others, Timboroa is quiet and secluded. Just enough life to appease its inhabitants and those accustomed to tranquil and occasional boredom. When cruising by in your Bima via the main highway you’ll see the usual;...

30 August 2016 » Daily Kenyan

Courtesy of Ali expressI recently bought a pair of ripped jeans. This happened when I showed up for a look-see session at my clothes guy – all guys know you need to have a clothes guy. Or lady. A lady like Shiku who has a shop at Ronald Ngala and who I stopped visiting once she started selling those shirts that come in batches of a million and every Nairobian seems to have one. I don't buy such anymore since me and my future girlfriend agreed that the only time I can be in uniform is when in a...

22 August 2016 » Daily Kenyan

When I am not writing, I am reading. I look for personal blogs and take peeks into the souls of the writers. Believe you me (my high school math teacher was addicted to this phrase) words reflect souls. You’ll read about Magunga’s visit to the massage parlour and in the end you’ll be like, “Filthy, filthy man! God help him!” On another occasion, say waiting in the Cooperative Bank queue at TRM which is painfully slow, you’ll read about Biko’s view on the askari at the airport queue calling out...

05 July 2016 » Daily Kenyan

One of those hella long days that suck the soul out of you. I am leaning on a family bank ATM door somewhere along Tom Mboya Street. No one goes in or out of the ATM for a while and so I don’t have to move. There’s too much activity around. Concodis shouting themselves hoarse, hawkers sprawling everywhere, young exuberant Nairobians trotting home from work or school or wherever they spent their day, beggars making the best of the rush hour traffic. I notice all these, but I also don’t. I was...

23 June 2016 » Daily Kenyan

Unfrozen by loveWhen I reminisce on high school days the bloodbath that used to precede examination periods comes top of the list.  It used to be admirably crazy! People buried their foreheads in books. Some fell asleep next to books and some used them as pillows – well, I think, hoping osmosis would magically happen and they’d then wake up smarter than Einstein. Few renegades like me are the ones that found time to talk about girls and Chelsea – because both are great anyway. And don’t get me...

13 June 2016 » Daily Kenyan

Ricochet is life!A man can only stand so much. There is that kapoint at which all guys will break. It matter not if they are at the ‘mama-I-made-it’ level or the ‘started-at-the-bottom-and-now-just-a-little-bit-from-the-bottom’ level. They all break. Shouldn’t I be saying we? Yeah, there is the point at which we all break. This is a point where a tailspin ensues. Its odds of happening are low but just like hitting your toe against the table where you’re barefoot, it does. I have seen it happen...

26 May 2016 » Daily Kenyan

The Tale of Spongebob I have this friend, whose name I will withhold. *just in case what I’m about to write comes back to bite me dans le derriere*. We’ll christen him SpongeBob to avoid monotonous pronouns throughout. So SpongeBob is a guy in his mid-twenties that just graduated; lucky for him, he got a considerably good job that gives him a healthy balance between passion and pay. Lucky lass aye? The life of SpongeBob is characterized by ‘millennial setbacks’; namely SINGLEHOOD. He, just like...

26 May 2016 » Daily Kenyan

The Mwitu Hackers I am not going to warn you that this is not another one of my stories and I am not saying that it is a post about Kenyans and their obsession – strong word – with hacking Safaricom for free bundles. So sometime back in 2014 I blogged about mobile data alternatives in Kenya and why at that time Airtel was the better option - in terms of internet services and associated costs. (Actually now Safaricom has 4G and its way cooler than Airtel). In that article I happened to mention...

22 April 2016 » Daily Kenyan

Are you broken too? Picture me in church. The guy wearing a checked shirt with Khaki pants. Of course they’re matching or are they? Let’s settle on I think they are matching. And I have loafers on. Let’s talk about loafers kidogo. I have come to adore loafers recently. See with loafers you can simply slide them on without socks and it is still a kickass, probably outdated, fashion statement. And besides if you wear socks with loafers it looks weird unless you have Larry Madowo’s happy socks....

23 March 2016 » Daily Kenyan

Shisha and Seatbelt Selfies Lately I have been preoccupied with thinking about what to blog about next. Certainly this is a not so fluid process because, being the somewhat perfectionist I am, I tend to over-think sometimes. My over thinking virtue in this case was not good because just like any civilized man can tell you, if you start over thinking about bagging that five star mami then you’ll probably have a better chance at winning the Sportpesa Jackpot. It’s an oxymoron; the focus de-...

29 February 2016 » Daily Kenyan

IntoxicatedDon’t you just love how we fall in love? It’s mysterious. Like the way we fall asleep – slowly then all at once; John Green’s words not mine. Our scathed reality slowly ushers in a fantasy; a lustrous moment that takes our breath away. Literary so if you’re into a plus-size beauty and you want to sweep her off her feet. I am willing to bet that those castle-in-the-sky moments are why people in love do crazy things. Things like staring at each other’s eyes. Well because on a normal...

13 February 2016 » Daily Kenyan

Now that Valentine's Day MattersI don’t remember Valentine’s Day mattering as much as a library at the start of a semester. Well, now it has become a pretty big ‘comb-to-a-Daniella-weave’ deal; because, just like Daniella weaves, Valentine’s Day stresses people and makes many women look bad. Looking good is all that matters to a woman though, after her social media accounts and what people think and say about her *I however would like to be exempted from this generalized statement*… the better...

04 February 2016 » Daily Kenyan

To being Ducks and Goats and BirdsEver thought of yourself as a duck? Floating on still waters in some eerie pond in those ‘Ushago’ neighborhoods? With half-naked boys running around and throwing things in the water to scare you but being used to them you just float there unperturbed? Or probably being a more civilized duck and wading the waters of some tourist resort on rugged hillsides of Naivasha? Having some corky photographers and some old tourists taking pictures of you? Would you even...

15 January 2016 » Daily Kenyan

Who has your back? I have a favorite kind of people. The list is not very long but it is very solid. There’s a criteria that allows people to get into this list. Pretty like the vetting process in government. And sometimes there are reshuffles to the list. I am very free and fair too; I don’t rig people into the list. You somehow have to earn your way in there. What are some qualifications you ask? Let’s roll back a bit. I am in primary school. Life then was really good. Like really fun and all...

07 January 2016 » Daily Kenyan

Netflix is now in Kenya! Yaaay! I know a lot of movie enthusiasts that are really excited by this new development in TV content. So just to bring everyone to speed, I will try and help you wrap your head around what is Netflix and how to enjoy it. What’s Netflix?Well in simple terms Netflix is an on-demand internet media streaming service provider. They allow you to stream TV episodes and movies at a standard fee per month. In Kenya they have three packages costing US$7.99, US$9.99 and US$11.99...

14 December 2015 » Daily Kenyan

Monday is not such a good day. And this has nothing to day with the cliché hate for Mondays that even those peeps whose only job is tweeting all day long hold. I have genuine reasons for disliking Monday and one of them is the uphill task that is writing blog articles on Monday. This is me trying to come up with an article on Monday and the conversations that ensue in my head;  Thinks of a great title as I get inspired by glorious music from Dela (this mama can really sing)Decides to write...

14 November 2015 » Daily Kenyan

Barbershop 'Tings' Whenever I start writing this awesome stuff that I write here I often get this urge to start off with this line. I am Wesh, Peter Wesh – you’d get this if you watched enough James Bond movies. And then continue say superfluous things about me. Like I can play the guitar over at the back of my neck like the late professor Okumu used to do. Any-who how are you? How’s life over there? Is it raining? Yes? That’s a good thing. And speaking of rain, it really rained heavily this...

06 November 2015 » Daily Kenyan

Are you chasing the wind? Ever thought of going for a hike? Climbing up on hills and hanging your feet off a cliff as you take in the cold breeze and not think of your purpose in life for some time? Well I know I have. I often think of going for a road trip all the way to Merueshi – lovely place by the way – where all I care for is the incessant sounds of Maasai cattle. I want this – no, I actually need this – to escape the fast pace of Nairobi - to go away and confirm that I am still on my...

28 September 2015 » Daily Kenyan

Can We Be Young For Longer?           There are many kinds of young in this city. Let’s begin by placing them in two broad cohorts. It’s lucrative to start with Young-good and young-bad but that is pretty much judgmental (which is not among my long list of virtues and vices for that matter). So let’s go with the ‘dumb-me’ kind of young and the ‘smart-me’ kind of young. The ‘dumb-me’ young is founded on the premises of confusion, misdirected-energy, bloated-ego, and loads of bewilderment. A...

23 September 2015 » Daily Kenyan

Where's The Worth In a Bachelor's Degree?Not all days are busy. Some days I spend idling in the office. Days like today. Mostly my thoughts do wander and I like it. I also find time to read blogs. Kenyan blogs are my type; especially personal blogs. On a normal blog-athon I pass by Biko Zulu’s, Ciku Kimani’s, Njoki Chege’s, Mark Maish’s, Magunga's, and Savvy Kenya (though she seems she collapsed her blog). Biko is my ka-local of personal blogs though. I actually fins personal blogs insightful....

15 September 2015 » Daily Kenyan

What Do They Teach In Driving School?  I am tempted to refer to Kenyan drivers as queer but I won’t. It is not right to bundle people into such an undesirable generalisation. Sadly it is partly true that Kenya has odd drivers. The legitimacy in such an assertion is even clearer when you live in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.  In Nairobi you would be lucky to travel in a Matatu and have subtle thoughts to yourself. Matatus are chaotic to say the least. I am going to ignore the little hell that is...

31 August 2015 » Daily Kenyan

Dancing In The Rain  Let start this one by reminiscing our childhood. Well mostly mine but I am sure you will relate. It has been a long many years and it’s amazing how some of the events of my childhood have stayed with me. It’s true how they say some things stay with you for life. Even the silly things do – mostly so. Remember how school used to be back in the day? How our tiny versions were full of life and immeasurable exuberance? I miss those times man. I really do. Not that I have grown...

10 August 2015 » Daily Kenyan

Living In The Moment Life has always and will always unfold in the present. A good thing I must say. However, there is a dark side to this given the way life will slip some of us by because we are never on the present. So often I have seen friends allow the pleasurable moments to slip away, allowing time to go by unobserved, unseized, unappreciated – you name it. And this is not a good thing. Let me give you a little background of why I am blogging about this. So a few days ago I am at a...

16 July 2015 » Daily Kenyan

The Chronicles of manning up 2 Now before I get too excited and jump off to my college life, I must calm down and acknowledge a special figure in my life. My mama. Yeah, I never understand how hard it is for some men to simply acknowledge and appreciate their mothers. I mean, I love my mother and she’ll probably read this but even if she does not, she knows and I will keep telling her. Anyway, to bring us back to manning up, I wish to sum up my acknowledgement to this one statement: mama has...

15 July 2015 » Daily Kenyan

I have been diddled! Pt. 2             So one of the fine days a guy contacts me on WhatsApp. “Sasa Ciru?” he says. Lets pause here first. Ciru is my name and I have no issue being called Ciru. It is the Kikuyu pride in me..Well maybe. However, only chosen people call me by that name, people that are close to me with my family topping the list. So I am obviously intrigued when this guy uses that name. It means we have crossed paths before. Probably we are close. So I replied and we engaged in...

28 May 2015 » Daily Kenyan

I have been diddled!!!! Funny right? Yea I know. Now of this undisputedly tops the list of the funny things that i have had to go through attributing to my stay in the city. I have lost my way in town and that’s nothing, i mean,  at some point, especially when we are green ‘monos’ in  the city  we all have these funny episodes of how we lost our way in town. Personally, I have gone once rotated around town for like 30 min looking for ‘commercial’, (btw why is that place called commercial?) and...

27 May 2015 » Daily Kenyan

The Chronicles of Manning UP Ask me about my thoughts as pertaining to growing up and my answer comes with a tinge of indifference. I definitely enjoyed my childhood. The games we played-maaaan!! Personally I do not see any game played by kids nowadays that amounts to the fun we had back in the days (hehe that statement sounds like we used to play in the colonial era with the Colonial “beberus”). What I remember most- or rather who I remember most as I think back is my dad. He always was, and...

20 May 2015 » Daily Kenyan

Hear the Music Before the Song is OverSo what are you planning to do later today? Can we have lunch? What about the weekend? Can we meet up or its already scheduled? And by the way when are you going to visit your folks? Wait I can bet I know the answer to the last one; you are waiting for the perfect moment right? Now stop grinning (I have mystical powers that can sense your grin). Real talk here. Have you realized how life passes by faster as you age? I am only in my early twenties and I...

06 May 2015 » Daily Kenyan

Nairobi Matatus and the Awfully loud Music. I can talk about music for hours on end. Not the singing part but the sound reproduction part and especially the end product of a sound system. This pretty mush makes me an Audiophile. Now before I lose some of your here let’s talk about Audiophiles. Audiophiles are peeps that care so much about sound and audio stuff than the rest of us (us means you in this case). They are also good at it and can tell what is good and what is not. I happen to be...

06 May 2015 » Daily Kenyan

Save Mobile Data though Easy Measures Okay, I have to admit I use a lot of data on my phone and that is why i am writing this article. That settled let’s get down to it. For starters no one loves spending too much on data especially on their phone so cutting the expenditure down is all we want. And as a by the way, are you annoyed at how costly data has become in Kenya? These corporate are becoming mean by the data. Anyways lets start with the basics of saving data; 1. Switch your data off when...

17 September 2014 » Daily Kenyan

DJ Nakumatt, A Career KickstartedWatch him here DJ NakumattIs it sheer talent or just chance? A question so easy yet so hard. I mean look at at the likes of Bonoko and DJ Nakumatt, does it ring a bell in your mind that this guys might, yes might have talent within them or are they just normal Toms, Dicks and Harrys who got spontaneous chances that placed them on the limelight? Well I am of a torn opinion but I will lean more on the side of talent. Bonoko is currently an infamous radio presenter...

15 September 2014 » Daily Kenyan

OLX, Jumia & their ingenuity;An Era of Online Shopping in Kenya Have you ever bought anything online? I'd expect that to be a no simply because we are just but transitioning to the era of online shopping. Its time you now should think of saving your precious time and money by embracing this new tide. I mean we all have our reservations but that should not hold you back because by the end of this post you should have enough information to get your going and to expel your fears.Olx.co.ke Olx...

11 September 2014 » Daily Kenyan

iPhone 6 And iPhone 6 plus: The Release, The Features and The Rivals I will repeat an earlier statement i had made in one of my posts, "Apple products are good but they are overrated". Such is a random opening statement but true. That aside iPhone 6 is here or rather around the corner and I'm quite sure to the excitement of the Apple family. I have a few friend that love Apple and I am writing this post to bring the information closer to them and every other Kenyan reading this. I am going to...

11 September 2014 » Daily Kenyan

Airtel or Safaricom Data? Value for your Cash  Recently Safaricom changed their Data plans (they have actually done this a couple of times since I last blogged about this in 2014) and the scale might actually be tipping to their favour. But I still think Airtel is the preferable option. We are in the 21st Century and data is becoming more of a basic need than a luxury. According to itnewsafrica.com67% of the mobile phones sold in Kenya are Smartphones and given that people are always on their...

05 September 2014 » Daily Kenyan

Of Smartphones and their SecurityThis is going to be one interesting article to write; reason being it is inspired by the spirit of Nairobians. Now to begin with allow me to ask, exactly how safe is your smartphone? I believe you know phones get stolen, but after that will the thief have access to all your data or will they throw it away out of frustration in accessing the same? This are some of the important issues every single person owning a smartphone needs to ask themselves. Let me narrate...

05 September 2014 » Daily Kenyan

Smartphones Versus Kenyan YouthThere is this old saying that goes "Old habits die hard" and true to that is the habits that I see among my peers and how they use their Smartphones. I could take you back to that time where owning a phone was prestige when few people had it and they were adored, however let me just pick the part where "the one with the best was the best". This is what has extrapolated to the current generation. You can easily agree with me that everyone tries to own the best of...

04 September 2014 » Daily Kenyan

Cloud Computing in KenyaAs usual, I write based on experiences I have as any other Kenyan youth. However my perspective will often differ because I get drawn to unique aspects of life that are often ignored. Today I woke up with the urge to look at how far Cloud Computing has gone in Kenya. Have we embraced it? Have our Small and Medium sized Enterprises opened their eyes to this cutting edge technology? Now I am a Tech enthusiast and I am not going to assume everyone is, so lets start at the...

06 June 2014 » Daily Kenyan

I know a couple of peeps who will be in total disagreement with this post. Regardless i have to say that Iphones are just exaggerated phones. First of all it is possible to get a phone with the same or even better functionalism as any Iphone out there at a way cheaper price or an equal price for example the Samsung galaxy brand or the HTC brand. I will not go into these details because that is a whole post on itself.Now recently Apple Inc acquired Beats by Dre, the infamous premium headphone...

06 June 2014 » Daily Kenyan

I know a couple of peeps who will be in total disagreement with this post. Regardless i have to say that Iphones are just exaggerated phones. First of all it is possible to get a phone with the same or even better functionalism as any Iphone out there at a way cheaper price or an equal price for example the Samsung galaxy brand or the HTC brand. I will not go into these details because that is a whole post on itself.Now recently Apple Inc acquired Beats by Dre, the infamous premium headphone...

24 May 2014 » Daily Kenyan

Okay so what exactly is Forex trading? Forex trading is simply abbreviated as FX. It is an online market for trading currencies. It is more of an "over the counter" system. Also Forex is not located in a specific place. Yes it does have the headquarters in London but that is not where the trading happens. This is as opposed to the Stock Exchange Markets that have physical locations. Trade items are currencies. Strong currencies all over the world are traded here i.e. the US Dollar, the Canadian...

24 May 2014 » Daily Kenyan

Well this is a topic that has been revisited a hundred and one times. I had read this in other Blogs but i never really thought it was true until i gave it a try. Online writing is an investment i came to find out. Just like every other job you need resources, most importantly capital and  labor. I can never exhaust the places you should put your capital and labor in as regards to online writing because the sites are endless. However  the options are broadly categorized into SEO writing or...

23 May 2014 » Daily Kenyan

Is blogging all about money?Ask this question to any average tom out there and the most probable answer you will get is an "I don't know look". Besides this group there are those that believe blogging is for money and surprisingly they are the largest group i have encountered so far; Get a good site to start a blog on, write about what people love and create a constant traffic in the process and then earn from advertisement hits on your site. This may be true but is it the reason why people...

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