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My Oriental Experience

Hey everyone hope you doing well ūüėČ

Over the past couple of months, I have done a course in Chinese language and culture. I’m done with my 1st semester and one thing that has fascinated me since i started the course is how rich and diverse the culture is.

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I just cannot have enough of the mythical stories behind the many festivals. The story I enjoyed the most was the Legend of the moon cake-The Mid Autumn Festival. I think their food the food architecture and the scenery is amazing and I am just blown away. And no I have not set foot in China yet.  I am hoping to do that soon or better yet I am going to do that soon.

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I along with my classmates got the opportunity to celebrate the spring festival Chinese New Year in February where i ate dumplings and more dumplings‚Ķ¬† ūüėČ .That‚Äôs the preferred meal during the Spring festival.

I am an African from Kenya, where we have a culture that is equally rich and diverse but I have to say I love CHINA ūüėČ

I like the way the culture is somehow in tune with nature, the zodiac signs with the 12 animals. During the entire course I could not stop thinking about two animals that were mentioned i.e. the Tiger King of the animals and Giant PandaРa national treasure in China. These are the equivalent of Kenya’s Big Five animals. They stood out because in the world today Tigers and Pandas are endangered animals.

According to the WORLD WILDLIFE FUND, Wild tiger numbers are at an all-time low. We have lost 97% of wild tigers in just over a century. Tigers may be one of the most revered animals, but they are also vulnerable to extinction. As few as 3,200 exist in the wild today

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Panda even with their relative lack of natural predators are endangered. Severe threats from humans have left fewer than 1,600 pandas in the wild.Panda-mother-baby

I think these are amazing animals that need our protection fo the sake of future generations.

Cheers To A New Kenya-Transformation is upon us

Yesterday (9/4/12013) Kenya inaugurated  its 4th President His  Excellency Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and His Deputy President His Excellency William Samoei Ruto.

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I am proud to be Kenya,  and I believe  yesterday (9/4/2013)  marked the dawn of a new day for my country Kenya.

We had a free, fair and peaceful election by all means contrary to what critics expected. As always there were aggrieved parties who had their day in court. However, this did not stop the country from celebrating the victory against cheap tribal and divisive politics. One could argue that the election left the country divided but I will quote our Deputy Presidents words ” … very¬† soon you will not notice the difference between those who voted for the JUBILEE team and those who voted for CORD… ” I believe that the new leaders are a vibrant and forward thinking lot that will transform the country.

“Yes I Believe.”

The possibilities for Kenya are endless.

Kenya is an amazing country with a culture that is rich and diverse, beautiful landscapes and scenery as well as an abundance of wildlife.

I like the way Kenyans have come to appreciate the  value of peace and stability .  Long gone are the days when politicians called for mass action to solve political differences. It is now clear in our minds that no one should use our ethnic diversity to divide us.

I am proud of Kenyans for maintaining peace and saying no to politicians who play us like marionettes on a stage.

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“Yes ! Lets keep ignoring the politicians and their incitement¬† because at the end of the day everyone has their own goals, challenges and issues¬† to deal with.”

We have come so far as a country and the road ahead is longer, our unity is paramount to our success. Kenya has been able to pick herself¬† up from the ashes of 2007-8 and¬† I believe the possibilities for Kenya’s success are endless and this is evident by the emergence of a crop of new Kenyans who are aware of the constitution are yearning for a change in Kenya.

I am calling out to every Kenyan to raise a glass, cup, mug or whatever you drinking high up and make a toast to a new Kenya a better Kenya.

Toast.

I AM PROUD TO BE KENYAN.

Medical Tourism- a neccesity in Kenya??????

There is story in the Nairobi Star of¬† Hoteliers in Kenya’s Coast reporting a rise cases in cancer cases among the poor and calls for the further development of¬† Medical tourism.

“I think this is a good idea that would not only benefit the sick but as a way of developing the country’s tourism sector . Lets take a look at medical tourism around the globe and what we could learn from…”

Health tourism

What is health tourism about and where can you get it?

Medical tourism involves one traveling to a foreign country in search of medical services e.g specialized surgeries, transplants etc. Medical tourism/ health tourism also refers to the travels done by a doctor when providing medical services e.g when a doctor from a foreign country comes to treat a specific patient. A lot of countries in the word have embraced this type of tourism and in fact there are medical tourism destinations that are globally recognized for their outstanding services.

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Lets take a look at some of the best.

Australia

Australia is a destination for affordable cardio, neurological and orthopedic surgeries.

China

China has emerged as a leader in medical tourism  especially in stem cell and genetic research.

Malaysia

Malaysia is known for its specialized Eye care center and is a medical tourism hub that boasts of being the most visited medical tourism destination by UK patients, attracting 8.5% of all UK medical tourists.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is widely known for its advancements in dental and cosmetic procedures.  It is one of the best in the Americas.

India

Known for its low prices on medical procedures i.e liver,heart etc transplants. Critics claiming  that Indian medical practitioners are using stolen body parts.

Israel

Israel is not only known for its world-famous therapeutic resort in the Dead Sea but for a variety of medical procedures like organ transplants, eye surgery etc.

Japan

Japan is emerging as a leader in the treatment of cancer globally.

Korea

Korea, according to Planet Hospital, is known for its treatments. South Korea has earned a reputation for spinal surgeries, cancer screening, treatments, orthopedic work and cosmetic surgeries.

Mexico

Mexico is  known for convenient and affordable  dental procedures and surgeries like hip replacements.

Singapore

Singapore is known for its world-class medical facilities that offer cardiovascular treatments etc.¬† In 1997 (published 2000), the World Health Organization ranked Singapore’s health care system sixth best in the world and the highest ranked system in Asia.

Thailand

Treatments for medical tourists in Thailand range from cosmetic, organ transplants, cardiac, and orthopaedic treatments to dental and cardiac surgeries. Treatments also include spa, physical and mental therapies. Thailand also offers the controversial sex change surgery.

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Saving the Giants- Do Something Already!!!

Kenya is losing a lot of elephants as a result of their senseless killing that is poaching, the government seems overwhelmed by the increasing cases of¬† wildlife poaching. Just last year the Kenya Wildlife Service claimed that about 275 elephants were killed. This brought about a whole debate between conservationists and the KWS as to exactly how many elephants were killed someone actually got arrested for airing¬† their opinion. The conservationists arguing that the government is intentionally giving the wrong figure. The government also blames the local people who are not working with them to report any cases of poaching. Ex NBA superstar Yao Ming was in the country e few weeks ago and shot a documentary in the Ol Pejeta conservancy that is home to four of the world’s remaining seven Northern white rhinos.¬† The documentary titled¬† “The End of the Wild”.

” I think it is our collective responsibility as humans to take care of the elephants and wildlife in general. Lets stop with the finger-pointing. DO SOMETHING ALREADY!!!!!!”

MORE INFORMATION ON THIS LINKS

http://allafrica.com/stories/201205190436.html

http://www.the-star.co.ke/national/national/76413-nasa-shows-elephant-poaching-on-the-rise

Sex Tourism a Sickening Vice

Earlier this year i got¬† the opportunity to visit Kenya’s South Coast and honestly we have some of the best beaches you will see anywhere.

Tiwi beach-South Coast Kenya

” Yes I know I come from Nairobi City where of course there are no beaches and anything that resembles¬† the Ocean and beach¬† automatically becomes breathtaking.¬† This place is beautiful”

Chale_Island-Soth Coast Kenya
Kenya’s beach safari has a lot to offer to the tourist looking for a unique and unforgettable experience.

” I remember throughout my month-long visit in the coast¬† I visited the beach daily.”

Most of the tourists visiting Kenya from abroad are pensioner looking for to have the trip of a lifetime in their sunset years. On my daily visits to the beach I would see  these old visitors ogling and being overly polite and I just assumed they were having a good time.

I began noticing these young men with monstrous physiques and dreadlocks walking next to very old women. Young girls were also doing the same with very old men. The locals told me that these girls and boys  offer sex for  pay to this pensioners. The saddest part is that this has led to the rise of pedophilia. There have been cases where locals have been caught offering kids to tourists in exchange for money. In the coast province young boys d drop out of school because of the lure of the beach. A lot of them do not even complete basic primary education.

” What are doing to our kids?

“Are we supposed to blame it on¬† poverty, social decay…?”

During low season (March August) when the tourists go back home the young men and women have no source of income, so they turn to prostitution and crime. I think Kenyans as a whole should think very carefully about the negative impacts of tourism.

“The future of our children should be protected at any cost.”

Kenya Tourism More Than Just The Usual

“Hi everyone hope you doing great !”

“You have probably heard about the Maasai¬† and the big five animals from Kenya this is because they are trademarks for Kenya’s tourism. However Kenya has a lot more to bring on the table in terms of attraction. Here is an over view of this over used attractions. ”

Big Five & the Maasai Culture

Wikipedia defines culture as  that which distinguishes life in one group from life in another group; mental content, norms, institutions and physical objects, among other qualities.

” Simply a people’s way of life.”

The most famous culture  in Kenya is that of  the Maasai and Samburu which  is a source of  fascination the world over. The two are almost similar but the Samburu claim that they are  more Maasai .

“Lets just call both Maasai.”

The Maasai  are  pastoralists and are known for their love of cattle in fact myths within their community claim that all the cattle once belonged to them.  Maasai people occupy 27 villages in the north-eastern part of the country. These villages are further subdivided into 3 clusters i.e. the Talek, Oloolaimutia and Sekenani. These clusters are made up of homesteads called manyattas referring to the traditional structure of their houses. The fascinating thing about them is the way they have been able to stick to their traditions and culture despite influence from globalization and westernization.

Here are a few videos on the Maasai culture

Historically Kenya is known for its beautiful beaches and more so for its wildlife (the big five) i.e  buffalo, Lion, Leopard , Giraffe, Rhino.. These big five because back in the colonial times  sport hunting was legal and these five were the most difficult to kill. Priced trophies for hunters.

there is more to Kenya than just the big five,  wildebeest migration , white sandy beaches in south coast.

Kenya Big Five

” I am not saying these are boring attractions¬† what I mean is, there is so much more to experience in Kenya. ”

The Maasai way of life has become a symbol of Kenya’s culture however this is not the case in Kenya there is a total of 47 ethnic groups with different languages and ways of life.

Other Attractions

In Kenya we have the Old town of Lamu which was declared a world heritage site by United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO.¬† The city is preserved in the same condition as it was back in the 7th century. Famous for its narrow streets that cannot accommodate vehicles therefore residents either walk on foot or use donkeys. The city is the only true depiction of authentic Swahili and IslńĀmic way of life in East Africa. It still has the same Swahili architecture dating a few centuries back.

There is so much to see and do in Lamu from Dhow safaris, Scuba diving, Donkey races etc plus it is home to 3 Museums .

Another example among the 47 ethnic groups in Kenya is the Kamba tribe a Bantu ethnic group residing in the semi-arid Eastern Province of Kenya. Their homeland stretches east from Nairobi towards the Tsavo and northeast to Embu. They are known traditionally for their art work and artistry.

” The other ethnic groups are equally unique and fascinating.”

You can experience how this ethnic groups live at The Bomas of Kenya a company owned by the government whose responsibility is toPreserve, Maintain and Promote the Rich Diverse cultural values of various ethnic groups of Kenya.

Specialized tourism

These are tailor-made or special interest tours. An example of such a tour in Kenya include¬† is bird watching- Kenya is simple the place to be if you are a birdwatcher because it boasts of having 1,100 species almost 10 percent of the world’s total bird species are found in Kenya. Conferencing, scuba diving, visiting butterfly farms etc. Conferencing¬† is another specialized because many hotels in Kenya now offer conference facilities that meet the required standards globally.

Sports tourism

Kenya is known for its dominance in athletics and it is home to marathon Champions ranging  from veterans such as Kipchoge Keino to the very recent David  Rudisha, Pamela Jelimo, Ezekiel Kemboi etc. Kenya also organizes a lot of sporting events such as  Lewa Marathon, 2007 World cross-country Championship in Mombasa etc. All of which offer a unique experience for both domestic and International  tourists alike.

Adventure tourism

This involves the traveling to remote areas of country or even participating in activities that might be considered dangerous by others. Examples of this in Kenya include traveling to wilderness destinations in Northern Kenya, bungee jumping in Sagana.

These are just but a few of Kenya’s most appealing attractions so in your next holiday try out Kenya for a¬† life changing experience.

Enjoy the read.

The Threatened Wonder

I came across an  interesting  article recently about how arsonists in Tanzania have disrupted the wildebeest migration and i just could not help but frown at how senseless and unsustainable human activities are threatening the environment.  According to scientists and  conservationists humans as the number one threat to the environment around them as a result of their activities i.e poaching, land encroachment, infrastructural development mining, farming  the list is endless. The  Serengeti and Maasai Mara ecosystem has come under threat lately from such activities lets look at a brief case study of this .

Serengeti Mara Highway

In 2005 the government stated that it would build the highway to help ease traffic and develop the country further despite warnings from conservationists and the tourism industry around the world. After debate and declaration that the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization  would strip Serengeti off the title of World Heritage Site, the government decided to redirect the route to southern side of the park.

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Highway set to cut across the Serengeti and in turn though the wildebeest migratory path

The stand-off between the conservationists  and the  Tanzanian Government on whether or not to build the Serengeti Highway that would cut right across the wildebeest Migration path. It makes me wonder whether Tanzania values the 7th wonder . The government says that during the  construction of the highway a gap will not be tarmacked for the wildebeests to pass.

” But that is not the point the animals will die as a result of collisions not mentioning the risk of increased poaching . Isn’t it so obvious?”

Tanga-Arusha-Musoma-Uganda Railway

Railway Across the Serengeti
Railway Across the Serengeti

Recently, as of  January 3rd 2012  China, Tanzanian and Uganda went into an agreement for the   construct of the Tanga-Arusha-Musoma-Uganda  Railway through the Serengeti and in turn across the Wildebeest Migration path. Later that same month the government decided to redirect the railway to the south after global pressure from  conservationists.

Fires In Serengeti Block Wildebeest Migration

The wildebeest migration into Kenya is  has since been slowed down by fires in the Serengeti allegedly  started by people living in the Serengeti area. The animals have tried crossing twice in vain.  Tanzania has declined the allegations that they intentionally started the fires. I do not mean to point a finger but i do not think they are doing enough to protect the migration.
This is just an example of how unsustainable human activities are threatening even the irreplaceable things in life that we need to protect for the generations to come to enjoy. We have the freedom to enjoy this wonder so it is our responsibility to make sure it survives.

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. ”

Abraham Lincon.

Whether it is turning off  water taps  when not in use , switching off the lights, not littering  etc responsibility starts with you.
Stand up today and be a hero for the environment.