Monday, November 30, 2015

What Terror has done to us...Strathmore

Today, someone died, in a scenario that could have been avoided.


Someone died while trying to run away of a terror situation that never was.

Today, someone went to work, never went back home, because of a terror Drill.

what is a terror drill if the outcome is the same as the real deal, like an actual terror attack?

Tell me why, an institution of higher learning...one of Strathmore's caliber, did not follow the required protocol to conduct a security drill.

Universities are the 'headquarters of reason' they ought to do things the right way. why the shortcut? Just because the police are security officers does not mean they are qualified to conduct drills. There is a disaster management agency in Kenya, one that would have helped in a jiffy had they been approached.

It absolutely irks me to know students are nursing injuries from a terror drill. you see, a drill should not have casualties, there should be no death in a drill situation..


The 'drill' was for a good cause, but poor planning brought disaster.

It all boils down to the government, and the security of the country as a whole. How did we get here? The Strathmore university incident brings into perspective the issues that are crippling the nation wih insecurity at the top, albeit corruption is quickly catching on.


I am angry, hence the two posts today that talk about the same thing. But just like every other individual out there, I am tired, tired of insecurity, what is happening to the world? I mean it is bad enough that our planet is slowly dying, which is our fault by the way, but why are we killing each other as well?

It is imperative that people embrace love for one another, there is enough Earth to go around, rather than  focus on hatred, we must embrace love. tolerance, peace.  let us focus on making the world better for the children.

Love is all we need. Well, and better leaders.

peace and love

Climate Change...Why we should start caring

For the most part, Climate change has been more of a phenomenon than a reality. We read about it in books, journals, newspapers ..but this channels of communication have been unable to have our attention long enough to make us care.

Perhaps, and this is just a thought, it is because the projections that Earth will be inhabitable in the future seem so far away that we opt not to care, cause we won't be there? Have we become so uncaring? So selfish that we do not care for the future, for others that will come after us, for our children, and our children's children?

Today, Part of China's population has to stay indoors because the air outside is hazardous. How ridiculous is that? That you have to stay indoors for fresh air! That, my friends, is an oxymoron. That is not how nature intended it to be. What makes it worse is that, it is our own doing, it is all our fault. it is our fault that the air is not breathable, it is our fault that the ecosystem is slowly dying. It is our fault that WE are dying.

Strathmore University, Nairobi. What have we learnt/



Strathmore University in Kenya conducted a terror drill today, to see how prepared the institution was in a terror situation. Sadly, the drill did not go as planned, as it left several student's injured and even some members of staff from what I gather.
That aside, what have we learnt from this botched operation?

Kenyans are living in fear, we are practically walking on egg shells. This therefore means it is imperative that students are trained properly on how to react to a terror situation prior to conducting drills to 'test' their preparedness. did Strathmore do this? we might never know

use drill experts to conduct a drill..why, tell me why, cops conducted the drill? it doesn't make sense...you know what else doesn't make sense? using live bullets in a drill...I'm sorry, but that is just plain stupid! from someone that has watched final destination, I know a million ways how that would have gone wrong.

we need training...granted, a terror situation is one in which panic is guaranteed. However, what we need is not terror drills, what we need is training to the people on what to do in a terror situation. That video on Youtube is clearly not working.  Find drill experts or a security company to train employees, students and staff members on what to do in a terror situation. business opportunity for the business minded out there.

The security situation is one that should be addressed once and for all! We cannot have students seating in class with fears of a gun crazed individual storming in and pumping bullets mindlessly. Something clearly needs to be done. I hope this somewhat sheds light on the situation as it is, the fear, the uncertainty, the need for security.


To my Strathmore compadres, I really hope y'all are okay...


peace and love

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Pope is in Kenya

Hi guys!!

The Pope is here...in Kenya and maaan are we excited!!

We've had two pretty influential visitors this year and we are flaunting it.

As a kid, I remember how excited I would be when we expected guests.. I mean, forget about the actual day, the week leading up to it...all that was talked about was the guests... what would they eat? what will the kids (us) wear? you gotta look good for the guests.

Here, I have a countdown of how the week is spent;

Day 7: laundry: every single item of clothing in the house is cleaned. Mind you, there was no washing machine. and no cleaning lady aka mama nguo.  Torture!!

Day 6: since most of the laundry from the previous day is still drying outside, you use the opportunity to clean the house. no, not the usual mopping where the eyes 'reach'.  I mean moving the sofa, and the beds and removing the cobwebs that have taken over since the last visit...

Day 5: salon: the girls are sent to the salon, well, not the salon, but to the neighbors house to get their hair plaited. Nice cornrows or if you're lucky, Lines that meet at the center, 'mosodo' good stuff.

Day 4: If you're lucky, you get to accompany the adults to the supermarket so they can shop for  serviettes (lol) this is the kind of stuff you buy only, and only when there are guests. probably some plates too and a few spoons cause  for some reason, they get lost a lot.  If you are even lucier, you might get a pair of 'ngoma' rubbers or 'Bata' slippers. haha

Day 3: Now everything is in full gear. The few cobwebs you missed on Day 6 gotta go today!! the clothes have dried by now and they need to be folded and organised. the few utensils you bought yesterday have to be cleaned and neatly arranged in the wall unit next to the great wall TV in which you take so much pride

Day 2: market day. Have you ever noticed how guests always visited the next day after a market day. It's like they know....Mind-Blown. anyway, so you go to the market, for vegetables, potatoes, carrots, Rice...you know? the good stuff you never buy when it's just you guys. why did parents do that though? not cool

Day 1: you are up very early. You have to peel the potatoes, and the carrots...the rice needs to be 'picked' the vegetables need to be chopped up. If you are from the highlands like me you know you MUST make mandazi for the tea that will follow soon after the meal. Then, you clean the house one more time, take out your most prized set of seat covers, take a bath, dress to kill, and keep yourself busy Until the guests have arrived.



Good times...good. times.

Anyway, we hope the Pope's visit brings good tidings. And most importantly, we really hope he prays for our dear deluded politicians who only now how to spew slander.
Let's pray.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

SIMPLE CAKE RECIPE FOR BEGINNERS

If you are a beginner , like me, you are probably looking for simple recipes that are easy to execute to build your confidence over time.

if you love cake, who doesn't? you will love this simple cake recipe for passion cake.
the cake is moist, fluffy and oh so delicious.

I do not have a sweet tooth so I always cut down the sugar in most recipes. Doesn't make a difference anyway.
so,here is what you will need
2 cups self raising flour
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
passion fruit pulp (equivalent of 10 passion fruits)
2 tablespoons of softened butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)



method
pre heat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius (375 Fahrenheit)
separate your eggs and whisk the butter with the sugar until you have a pale mixture
add in the egg yolks and whisk. whisk in enough air as this is important in maing your cake nice and fluffy
fold in the flour alternating with the passion fruit pulp.
in a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks and fold into the cake batter
pour your batter into two 9 inch cake pans and bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out clean.

you can accompany this cake with a passion fruit pulp syrup or a butter cream icing.

The best cake ever!!!...accidentally..

So, I made a cake!! Let that sink in for a minute....okay?

Good..so I made a cake, a nice, coffee and chocolate flavored cake..
granted, when I started making the cake I did not have the outcome in mind, you see, I was trying to make a red velvet cake but somehow, along the way, I messed a few things up...and well..let's just say I ended up with a brown cake! lol


Here is what I used

2 cups of all purpose flour
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon pure distilled vinegar
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
2 eggs
1 cup coffee
1 cup of buttermilk (maziwa lala)
A couple of drops of red food coloring
1 teaspoon vanilla essence


here is what I ended up with

I know....not a red velvet cake..I must have put in too much cocoa, but the result was still impressive..I mean, this cake is insanely moist...and that coffee and cocoa combination is so awesome!! so you know..if you want a birthday cake or something like that, holla at your girl, and please be open to any outcome provided its cooked and tastes good.

after all, we are about taste here and not looks, am I right?
 So, go easy with the cocoa and do not brew your coffee too strong as it will ruin the color.

pretty much, sift the dry ingredients separately and everything else in a separate bowl then mix the dry ingredients in in batches.

preheat your oven to 200 (celsius) or 375 farenheit and bake for 30-40 minutes. If a toothpick comes out clean, you are good to go.
see you soon.