It’s the little things that really count…

Nairobi skyline.

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The past week has been a pretty good one for me; I’ve met three guys who each did one really kind thing for me that I will not be inclined to forget.
I’ll call them my knights in shining armor, because they certainly saved this distressed damsel!

Knight #1: We met at a high-end bar in one of the upmarket areas of Nairobi. I don’t like meeting people, especially guys, in bars. It also didn’t help that I was alone; in my part of the world, a lot of the time when a young woman is out in a bar on her own, it’s hurriedly assumed that she is a “lady of the evening”… Basically awaiting some company… I have perfected my “withering” stare to keep these assuming “gentlemen” at bay!
Back to my knight… Wil was a perfect gentleman, offering me a seat when I opted to stand at the bar after I’d danced myself silly to some good music I’d not heard in a long time, and was cooling off with a light refreshment.
He tried to start conversation with me but I wasn’t forthcoming, mainly due to the conclusion I’d drawn from seeing a lot guys that start conversation with women in bars and/or clubs. He was persistent (though quite gentlemanly about it, if I may say so!), and eventually got me to give him my name, and after a few words of conversation I agreed to dance with him… At a arm’s length of course! I can be quite conservative…
I was having such a good time, but I knew the night had to come to an end, so I proceeded to say my goodbyes. He offered to give me a ride. I said no; it certainly wouldn’t be the right thing for me to leave the club with this guy I just met… What if he was a serial killer?! He read my mind! LOL! And honestly, this doesn’t ever happen to me, and I can’t explain why (probably because I as a little skeptical about the taxi drivers hanging around the bar), but I let him drive me back to my hotel.

We were lost for nearly forty minutes! I should point out that I’d only arrived in Nairobi pretty late the night before, and had not had a chance to take in the guesthouse where I was staying, as I’d had a very busy day from as early as six, til about five that evening, after which I had proceeded to feed myself, and later relocated to this nice-looking bar; I couldn’t possibly remember what my hotel looked like!

We eventually found the place. My battery was dead, but I was fortunate to have the owner’s business card in my pocket (just in case I land into such similar situations! LOL!), so we called him, nd we finally made it there.
Wil came in to have a look at the place, and immediately “decided” wouldn’t be staying there because I wasn’t getting my money’s worth (more on that later), and proposed that I stay at his house. Of course I was not too big on this idea as we’d only just met, so I politely turned him down. He then offered to take me to view another place that provided much bigger accommodation at half the price. I agreed, after all, he had proven to be safe during the night, he wouldn’t “attack” me during the day…. Or would he???

He proved to be a real gentleman, and a reliable and patient person, as he came to pick me up at the hotel, and proceeded to drive me to see some places that he thought were better (and cheaper) than where I was staying. He was right! I decided on a place. He then showed me around the area, which was pretty much in the neighbourhood where he lives; we hang out at his house for a couple of hour. It was immaculate… I watched a couple of movies while he went out to deal with work issues; the fact that he was trusting enough to let me stay in his house, and leave me with his keys while he was out (and our numerous conversations about meeting and befriending strangers) convinced me that he was “safe” enough to hang around. I stayed at his house the entire length of my trip. And it was worth it, because I now know I have a trusted friend 🙂

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Starting Afresh…

So I decided I’d jumped a little ahead of myself in opting to take on my first blogging experience to join in on the rest of the “#oneadayers” and posting something everyday… Alas, I have failed miserably… 😦 Unfortunately (or fortunately) I can blame it safely on illness. I have been plagued by the odd cold, and random fever that tends to come with it, these past few weeks, it has terribly deteriorated my creative ability…

So I start from scratch, (well almost!) and I figure the one a day “task” will come with time, work itself into my system, and I shall be in position to post something on a daily… For now, I’m taking it easy…

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#oneaday, Day 12: You Snooze, You Lose…?

I was finally able to make it to work today… Even though I’m not 100% better, I felt it was worth a try… And boy, did I try!

My alarm is usually set well in advance (couple of days…), and every other day I counter-check  ensure I didn’t hit the OFF button instead of the SNOOZE… See, the thing is, I’m not a morning person… (YAWN!) No matter how early I set the alarm for, I will always find an excuse to “snooze” the alarm a couple of minutes – normally five-minute INTERVALS. And I stress intervals because I do not think one can actually enjoy only just five extra minutes of sleep in a warm bed, instead of getting up and having water pounding down your back in the shower!

So there I lay, in the deep warmth of my lovely Queen-size bed, constantly snoozing the alarm, in five-minute intervals, and just warily deciding on what time I waned o wake up… And then it started raining! I nearly wished I was still ill! But then I thought, would I really be enjoying this if I were ill? Definitely not. So enjoy it, I did! I turned my alarm off (no more snooze for me!) and snuggled even deeper under the covers, to await the sound of the final drops of rain on the roof, and the sun on some sun outside my window…

I had an hour! Oh, and what a wonderful hour it was! When I eventually got up, I felt like I’d just rested for a full day! Who ever coined that phrase, ‘You snooze, you lose’? I know I didn’t, and I want another one of those mornings!

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#oneaday, Days 9-10: Ill… Home… Idle… COLD!!!

I was a little too ill to write/type anything yesterday… So I’m compensating, and writing both for yesterday and today…

 I’m not one to get ill, normally, but when the odd bug strikes, I am practically incapacitated! I come down with a fever, get bed-ridden, whine and complain about everything, because I feel sore all over, and just basically wish I were dead! It usually turns out to be a cold…

I’m feeling much better now (if anyone asks!) , though I can’t help but wonder about this; I’ve been through what I believe might be worse; broken bones, migraines (that have also had me wishing I were dead, because my head is pounding so hard I feel it might just explode!), food poisoning, insect stings, and a lot of other potentially life-threatening ailments, but the cold ALWAYS gets me!
I’m always caught unaware (well, who isn’t?), and no matter how much I attempt to pump myself with (prescribed) medication, it just doesn’t seem to go away. Not until it has battered my body into succumbing (and quite possibly admitting) to its “great power”, does it release its hold over me, and take leave of my body. And there I lie, still perspiring heavily, still coughing and wheezing – although a lot less now – and lying o sweat-soaked sheets, smiling wearily at the thought that I have overcome this annoying illness…

Little do I know that the cold just left me, very likely of its own will, having taken all that it needed from my now frail body, and shall be back to attack it again in a couple of months…. Oh, but I stand guard! And I shall be ready!… Or will I??? :-/

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#oneaday, Day 8: Out of my Blogging League…

I still can’t decide just what theme to stick with on this blog…
So I  will continue to write about anything and everything until I can get the hang of blogging… And editing my blog as well…

I pretty much thought it would be something like writing in a diary… And, some might say I’m right, though when I check out other bloggers’ posts, I seem to be completely out of my league! 😦 But I will persevere… I know for sure that I will get the hang of this. One day at a time…

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#oneaday, Day 7: Day 7…

It’s now been seven days since I started this blog, and so far my updates are on schedule… An entry every day. This whole blogging thing is new to me, I still have yet to update my info’, “dashboard”(???), and whatnot. I’m certain I’ll get the hang of it though…

Today was one of those “easy Sundays” for me… Wake up late, large mug of beverage (usually tea, coffee today), and chill in front of the TV catching reruns of The Amazing Race. I must say this is one challenging and entertaining game. And the eventual winners are truly deserving of their prize…

I also did a little bit of cooking, since the maid is away for a couple of days… It was surprisingly quick; while I’m reasonably good at it, I’d rather be eating than volunteer my time to cooking… My mother thinks it’s odd, and wonders how I will take care of my own family when I have one… I’ll probably just let them all starve! 😉

I ended up watching Land of the Lost , which is a really silly movie by Will Farrell (which one isn’t?) where he enters another dimension of the world… or something like that :-/ … I wasn’t paying much attention to it at first, but it was showing, and his constant laughing made me curious about it… So joined in.. It was silly, true, but SO funny! Twas a hilarious way to end my “easy Sunday” 🙂

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Love…

There are very few times when you can say for certain that you are loved… This is one of them for me….
After having had a rough couple of days, I was pleasantly surprised when my one new friend showed up and with a little act of kindness, made everything bad that had happened sort of “disappear”…
It’s times like these that you wonder why the world can’t be filled with more caring people. Imagine how happy we would all be… 🙂

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