LA Love

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There are some places on this earth that a  majority of the people have them on their dream vacation spots such as Jamaica, Australia,  Maldives and Dubai or a little closer to home New York City and Los Angeles. I knew I wanted to visit LA  and in my head (Insert Wendy William’s voice) I knew that I would fall in love with the place immediately. Well, I was right! I got to visit LA for a weekend last month for a charity and beauty pageant event. After the event was over, the girls and I decided to tour LA- Hollywood walk of fame, Hollywood sign, Rodeo drive and Beverly Hills. The tour bus came in handy as we got to experience all that in about 3 hours.

This particular trip was very relaxing for me because I wasn’t a contestant so I had a lot of free time to tour around before the event started. One of the girls and I took a stroll in Culver City to a shopping complex for a little girls’ time. In the evening, the event started with an incredible performance by a band that was very entertaining. I loved the fact that all the contestants were awarded with certificates as each had fund raised for their charities of choice. Collectively, they will aid in keeping more students in school in Kenya by paying for their education, providing clean and safe drinking water in Nakuru, Kenya, creating more awareness of Sickle Cell disease, Autism and importance of exercise among others. It was a successful and empowering night and I wish all the winners the very best.

LA is such a beautiful city and there’s so much to see. One thing that I loved and found different in comparison to NYC is the space…omg! especially on Rodeo Drive which is like 5th Ave in NYC with lots of shopping spots and designer shops. Some areas had a “Mombasa” vibe to it and the mansions in Beverly Hills were breathtaking. At one point, my friends and I were silent just taking it all in 🙂 We hit the jacuzzi for a bit after we got back to the hotel and packed for our departure the next morning. I guess we must have all fallen in love with LA as the four of us missed our flights home, so we had breakfast at the airport and it was soon time to say our second goodbye to LA. I can’t wait to be back again, LA. 

Dress by Achie Otigo, photos taken using Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

>Favor,

~Angie~

Heading out for the pageant…

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With 2 of the contestants, Marie and Marsha representing the East Coast (New York and New Jersey)2016-05-11_19.44.05

With the crown winner Judy and the runners up Marie and Kate.Screenshot_2016-05-11-19-18-32

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Seeing my namesakes’ stars…Angie and Angela 😉 and who doesn’t like Meryl, she’s a genius at her craft!2016-05-11_20.09.07Screenshot_2016-05-11-19-29-49

Tourists…

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The breeze on Rodeo drive…we managed to catch a glimpse of the place Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman went shopping. What a classic!Screenshot_2016-05-11-19-19-19Screenshot_2016-05-11-19-55-05Screenshot_2016-05-11-19-19-35

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This is what happiness looks like! 2016-05-11_19.48.45

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TRAVEL ESCAPEDE TO KENYA: A FOODIE’S GUIDE.

2016-03-19_19.21.55Who doesn’t love food? I mean good, mouthwatering, scrumptious, sapid, yummy food! Okay, you get it 🙂 If you’re like me, you kinda plan ahead on where you’ll dine especially while on vacation . Weird? My friend and I had planned on a few places we’d try out  weeks before we did. We wanted to create our own Tembea Kenya experience. One of the places that I hadn’t been to was The Oval, so we went for dinner at ArtCaffe one chilled evening and we sat outside. It was beautiful and everyone was courteous, the food was ok however for the lamb stew dish, i would give it a 5/10 on that particular day. Their drinks are amazing though. If you’re looking for a nice place that you can just chill and catch up with your friends over lunch or dinner, try it. 2016-03-19_19.24.28

Another place that I liked was Ocean Basket. If you’re a seafood lover, you’re bound to love this place. My friend had come from work and I had come from a photo shoot one Monday evening and both of us were starving. We ordered a platter for one but it was enough food to serve two or three. The place is spacious, has a good ambiance and is a great hangout for a girls day out or a date.

2016-03-19_19.19.08Finally, the food is here, let’s indulge… (I don’t know why I made that face but happiness was evident after dinner).2016-03-19_19.14.10We loved the hope graffiti background.2016-03-19_19.23.12

If you love kalamari and you like the idea of munching on it while enjoying the beautiful view of Nairobi City Centre, the roof top at Best Western Hotel in Hurlingham is your place to be. It’s also convenient for lunch hour meetups if you’re looking for a more quieter place but close to town.

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While in Eldoret town, stop by the Boma Inn Hotel. It’s perfect for business meetings, dates or family lunches/trips. I loved its color scheme  and the huge, comfy red couch close to its reception area. It has a few dining spots that are different and have amazing views and depending on the occasion, you’re bound to settle with one or two sections.Their buffet menu has a variety of delish meals that cater for the “nyam chom” (roasted goat meat) lover to the vegetarian. I also loved the fact that their lattes were inclusive in the budget friendly buffet meal cost. I enjoyed the vegetable soup and of course the farmers choice sausages and fries, which is a staple meal for me while in Kenya.2016-03-19_19.12.542016-03-19_19.07.522016-03-19_19.10.252016-03-19_19.10.50

What do you do when you’re craving burgers and it’s after 10pm in Nairobi? Don’t worry, I got you, you’ll thank me later. After going from one restaurant to another in search for burgers late at night, I was grateful to find Urban Eatery at the Westgate Mall. They have the best burgers in town! (I highly doubt it was because it was the only open place :/ ) We arrived there at almost 11 pm and their burgers …ulala. You get to pick your condiments, how you want your beef prepared and the food was well presented. Custom food- slap! The burgers were super big and I could hardly finish mine at one setting. 2016-03-19_19.11.36

I hope this will be helpful next time you travel to Kenya and you’re looking for good food joints. Enjoy! Pictures taken using a Samsung galaxy Note 5 phone.

>Favor,

Angie.

Travel Escapade to Kenya: Decade Changes

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Everyone needs a getaway once in a while to recoup, re-strategize and to just relax. On my recent trip, I did just that as well as spending quality time with family and friends. I took lots of time to explore the many places I had never been to. I just wanted to share some of the stuff I got to see and experience and hopefully it will serve as a guide whenever you decide to take a trip there.

One of the best things I loved was Uber! Yes! It made it so easy to travel around the city whatever time of day or night. You need to download the Uber app and as soon as you request a car, you get the car’s registration info, type of car, driver’s name, picture and phone number. You can pick and choose the driver or car you want depending on current availability. All the drivers I encountered were professional and courteous. I got used to hearing, “Please put on your seat belt.” “There’s some water in case you get thirsty.” “What station would you like to listen to?” One of the questions that I did not fancy a lot was “Which way would you like us to use?” Being that I was not very familiar with the different ways to get to my destinations, I wasn’t of much help when it came to that. I definitely give them a 8/10, there’s always room to improve 🙂

Gone are the days where in order to get to far destinations, you had to wake up early to catch the only bus for the day that left the station at 8 am. There are now more bus companies but more options is what I’d like to get to. Nowadays many people own cars as opposed to a decade ago, you can rent a car for the day or 2 and a driver in case you can’t drive or don’t want to. Another option is flying. Local flights have become so accessible to the citizens or “local mwananchi” as they say. There are many flights from the main airport in Nairobi to Mombasa, Eldoret, Kisumu and Kenya Airways has some competition being that there are some other local airlines such as JamboJet and Fly540 that service those routes. In the end, the consumer benefits in terms of lower costs and more options in terms of time of travel. (My Business Education Teacher would be proud since I used a line she loved to use while in High School- Shout out to Mrs. Mureithi).

The scenery in Kenya is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!!! You don’t have to be in Nairobi city to admire this but I learnt that there are more beautiful places outside the capital. One random day, my cousins and I decided to take a drive to Nakuru, Subukia, Nyahururu, Nyeri, Murang’a and back to Nairobi. It was the best trip I had ever taken but I did not know it would be such a long trip. We started out at around 8 AM and got back to Nairobi at 1 AM. I had never been to Subukia and it was such a beautiful sight from the view point once one got to the top. I also got a chance to visit Thomsons Falls. Well, I only read about it in the history books. Although I did not have the time to really explore the attraction site, it was beautiful and I hope to go back someday. On a different note, I was a bit disappointed when I got to Delamere- that yoghurt place-because in my mind I thought it was this big, amazing place. The last time I was there was during a history class trip while in High School and I recall we had lots of fun. I guess either it’s been so long, my mind outrightly just deceived me or people just change :/

Let me know what you think! Photos courtesy of Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

>Favor,

Angie.

2016-03-06_16.37.21We got a free show to see some cows and zebras just a few feet from the road. Welcome to Kenya! Win-win!2016-03-06_16.19.30Finally we got to the Subukia view point. Mmmh just don’t bring your kids to learn from this map! Clearly you know you’re in Kikuyu land 🙂Screenshot_2016-03-06-15-59-00Screenshot_2016-03-06-15-55-51Some of the signs on my day’s travel that caught my attention…Umm…talk about advertising- Only  hotel with spa pool in Africa? Really? …Ok! Let’s go! 🙂2016-03-06_16.28.13Finally we made it to the famous Thomsons Falls!2016-03-06_16.39.51Screenshot_2016-03-06-16-02-43 A traditional Kikuyu lady’s costume…Screenshot_2016-03-06-16-00-16Besides sight seeing, horse back riding is one of the activities available too. I can’t wait to be back.Screenshot_2016-03-06-15-59-50