Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Sights and sounds

Hi wananchi. I was on leave for the last week, spent the days sleeping, tv, and a couple of hours daily working on a report that's due. Wanted to try a different line to the blogs so here goes:

This is Kigen, son of my female workmate. I was holding him a couple of hours after his birth. His name means "He who was eagerly awaited for". He'd taken his sweet time, 10 days, before coming out of the comfort zone. I vibed his dad and asked how he was feeling that he had a first born son. He said the feeling is too deadly such that he can't explain. I figure I'll give the same answer in AD 2015.

This one is in honour of the slightly "under 18" chile in my life with pink braces. The small sis of number one contender, and a fresher at USIU. After two dates and lots of phone calls, I declare her a sawa chic. A lot of interesting vibe (I'm a good listener) makes her a friend to keep if possible for a lifetime.

The picture is naan bread. My date this weekend, lawyer friend from campus, just hanging out and catching up. We went to the Indian food joint at Prestige plaza, totally spontaneous (we just shukad a no 4 bus after passing prestige, ati let's try there). She ordered buttered chicken, I had 'methil' chicken. Too deadly. I accept that we only live once, so make the most of it and do such stuff. It hurts the wallet, but has a nice feeling esp when being appreciated by the chic!!!!

This is the book that I've just finished reading. Very deep, the main lesson I got was about finishing well in this life. The key elements are:

- They had perspective in everything which helped them focus
- They enjoyed intimacy with Christ, and experienced repeated times of inner renewal
- They are disciplined in the important areas of life
- They maintained a positive learning attitude all their life
- They had a network of meaningful relationships & several important mentors in their lifetime.

Now I've started reading Capitalist Nigger (my 5th book of the year) - inspiration to all blacks to rise from mediocrity. So far, it's deadly.

See you at AFLEWO this Friday!

Monday, September 04, 2006

5 dates in 10 days

Well the title speaks for itself, considering it was with different chics. And with 3 more lined up in the next 2 weekends, plus others still pending, one might feel obliged to state that their social life is on the up and up. Truth be told, while the stats are impressive, one question keeps popping up, 'how come you are still single?' It seems I'm bila feelings, or playing hard to get. I kinda like my freedom, makes me open to making more friendships bila pressure. How long will this last? Typical jamaa like me should get married in their early 30's, having settled careerwise, car, house etc. I still have like 7 - 9 years left so enjoy the fun, shall we? Met ex-chic version 2.0 jana in town, who was with her best friend. I was introduced as the jamaa who's tupad the chic, (ok, I think I recall that it was her who...), then asked when I'm taking her out, and reminded of her birthday next month. Handfed me chocolate in the process. You see why freedom is important?

My finances (read what is in my wallet/ATM, coz my stocks are looking good, and the wheat harvest was bumper) are in a mess, considering that it's the fourth day of the month, this is inexcusible. Unfortunately too many people have been on my case asking for help. I'm not the best at saying no to this kind of thing, especially if the reason is legit. Unfortunately, this has left me bone dry and considering dates, birthdays, and one of my colleagues giving birth jana, I'm hard pressed to explain what I do with my money. Statistics indicate that I'm better renumerated than 72% of Kenyan households and majority of world population. The facts on the ground are different, especially that apart from stocks, I don't have furniture, let alone a car under my name. I think I need a refresher on the Personal Finance seminar I went to as part of my introduction here at work. Balance is key but he who lends will be refreshed.

One interesting argument I've been having with a workmate is about taking risks. I believe risks should be calculated (explains somewhat why I'm single) in order to get a best return with minimal cost. Investing in stocks is one of those, it's considered high risk, but people are making a killing! One says, if you don't study the 'rules' of the game, no wonder one gets hurt. For my colleague, he advised me not to apply for an EFT transfer for Scangroup refunds, terming it suicide. Turns out, the refund hit my bank account early last week, but as for him, his stock broker is still giving him the runaround for his cheque. Truth be told, while I applied for the EFT, I did it seriously halfheartedly, but turns out it paid off. Read Paul's tip on the same.