2011 update

June 24, 2011

It’s been over a year since my last post.  A lot has happened since then. Still in Canada – busy working away, but we now have a little boy who is the joy of our lives.  He is 15 months old right now and growing fast! K and I are growing old! Our hands are full with him running around, he learned to situp, roll over, crawl and walk in the blink of an eye! He busily sucks up all the information that we throw at him and has learned to point and vocalize. Don’t have much time to do much with him around, and the blog is the last thing on my list of priorities.  It’s been a great year, full of fun and awesome memories. Hope that good things continue to come our way. And if you read this K – I love you. Thank you for sharing this with me.


Bounty Hunter

February 11, 2010

Just saw a bounty hunter taking a guy away in cuffs from an apprenticeship college right next to my work… It was bizzare cos you normally see people in cuffs with cops.  The funny thing was the hunter was wearing duck hunting camo – in the city


Craigslist…? in Kenya?!

February 11, 2010

Just found out that  Craigslist.com is now available in a Kenyan flavor!

http://kenya.craigslist.org/

Just my luck to find out after I left…

The site has been a saviour to me since I moved back, I got a job, a car, furniture and apartments all thanks to Craigslist!


Back in Canada….

February 8, 2010

Wow, almost a year since my last post… but I am back in Canada.  Will stay here for another few years hopefully, and then move to where life takes me.


ONAMI – A Tea-totallers Tale.

March 5, 2009

WestGate Mall is the pinnacle of Kenyan Architecture, Chique and Consumerism.

Therefore, it is not surprising to find some of the ‘creme – de-la- creme’ businesses positioning themselves in every nook and cranny of the mall.

One of these , is the newly opened, Onami.

Japanese restaurants have sprung up all over Nairobi, Sushi seems to be the Ugali of the upper crust and Onami seems to be vying to be one of the top restaurants in the country, but miserably falls flat on it’s face.

I walked in there last night with the wife, with no expectations and was pleasantly surprised by the decor and ambiance.  There were quite a few tables occupied –  busy for a Wednesday night.

I just wanted a quick nibble, nothing to heavy so I ordered sushi, the wife ordered some tea, beef and sushi.  One thing we noticed was there was a starters/main course menu and a wine list.  No drinks or dessert showed in any of their literature…

Food came – it was ok, nothing spectacular – quite a bit of rice vinegar in the sushi, and a miniscule helping of prawn in my ebi maki.  Desert, Chocolate Fondant, was the best thing we had there.

The shock came when I got the bill.

Everything else was ok, except that the tea cost Kshs 440(approx USD $ 5.5).  I consider that daylight robbery for hot water with a few leaves in it, so I called up the waitress and asked her what was up…. Her reply was ” I told you guys to share the tea…” Not sure what that meant, I told her that it didn’t justify the price of the tea and if she could explain why it cost that much.  I told her I don’t mind paying for it if the tea was rare, but we really couldn’t understand why it was costing that much.  Compared to everything else on the menu, the tea was almost the same  price  as of the steak, moreoever, there was nothing on the menu showing the cost..

The manager was called and he couldnt answer any of our questions.  He went an got the supervisor, a short bald  guy, to explain what the story behind the tea was… and all he said was he would look into it…. and walked away…. and hung around the place doing absolutely nothing.

Out came the camera and we started taking pictures of the tea and the receipt and he saw it happening.

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This must have triggered some action from him cos he came up right away with a complimentary dessert and said he would look into the bill…. and did nothing…

For me, service in a place is the life and soul.  I could eat in a dingy restaurant and still enjoy the meal if the service was good.

In the end, I was tired of waiting and not in the mood to cause a scene.  I just paid the bill and walked out with a sour taste in my mouth(yeah the vinegar in the sushi was that strong.. ).

Anyway, just goes to show that more than one person has had a bad experience in this place. I really hope that the restaurant is served some Kenyan justice, and is avoided( like what happened to Blue Times and Cosmic etc) and the patronage can spend their monies in other (plenty of) well deserving restaurants around Nairobi.


Canadian gets scammed by 419ers

February 4, 2009
Douchebag in tears…
Douchebag in tears...

Check out this link showing how a Canadian, John Rempel,  got scammed by 419 conmen from Nigeria.

I really thought that people stopped falling for this years ago….

This douchebag must be really stupid..

Big-ups to Windsor Star for pics and story..


Raila – The New President of Kenya?

February 4, 2009

Check out this goof up by CNN, stating that Raila Odinga is the President of Kenya.

Stupid Americans… you think that they’d pay a little more attention with their president being ‘HALF-Kenyan’.

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/01/29/us.iran/index.html