At one point in their life,a woman will get her first yeast infection and she will go rushing to her doctor,scared , confused and itchy.
Yeast infections are fungal infections,pretty common among women and are caused by the organism Candida albicans and affect the skin and mucous membranes of a woman’s vagina ,they could also affect your oral cavity as well.If you are a mother and have breastfed your baby,you maybe familiar with oral thrush,these two conditions are caused by the same fungus.
Candida albicans is commonly found in our mouth,digestive tract,vagina , skin as well and is usually harmless.The reason for the harmless existence of this fungus is because good bacteria is also present and this ensures a perfect balance is maintained between the candida albicans and the good bacteria .
However some certain conditions do occur which affect this balance and the result is that there is overgrowth of the candida albicans which then results in a yeast infection.
The conditions that favour an increase of the candida albicans could be illness or if someone is on medication like antibiotics .
Antibiotics kill both the good and bad bacteria and the death of the good bacteria causes an increase in the amount of the candida albicans.
The main symptoms of a yeast infection are itching of the vulva and area around the vagina and there may also be discharge.
Left untreated it is possible for the infection to be passed on to her partner or it may end up in a woman’s blood stream which then makes it very difficult to treat.
Normal treatment for yeast infections is a topical cream or oral antifungal medication.
Something you might want to do to ward of yeast infections whether you are on medication or as part of living healthy is take natural yoghurt.
Natural yoghurt contains lactobacillus acidophilus, “a good bacteria ” which is present in your intestines as well as the mouth,vagina and helps provide the good bacteria your body needs to keep yeast infections at bay.
There is no set rule on the amount of yoghurt to take while on a dose of antibiotics but a serving or two a day of natural yoghurt while you are on medication is a good idea.
(A serving of yoghurt is a bout 175 grammes or 3/4 of a cup.)
There is a lot of anecdotal advice on how to treat yeast infections but it is always advisable to seek the advice of a medical professional first .
It is some minutes to 7 pm on Thursday and I am walking towards Soi Restaurant at dusitD2 Nairobi, excited for what I am sure will be a thrilling and fun evening .It is the launch of their dining in the dark experience,part of the #dusitD2moments.
The first dining in the dark experience was held in Paris,France in 1997 and over the years the idea has been taken up by many other restaurants around the world in order to deliver a novel and multi sensory experience to their diners.
The French call it “dans le noir” which in English translates to in the dark.
As the hostess at Soi was walking me to my table ,the questions swirling in my mind were :
What do I expect from my first dining in the dark experience ?
What really happens at a dining in the dark experience ?
What happens when you cannot see what is on your plate , does it really heighten your enjoyment of food ?
Seated with me at Soi the Thai Restaurant are other food bloggers like Susan Wong Editor at Capital Lifestyle,Kaluhi of Kaluhi’s Kitchen,Katy Fentress of Yummy Magazine and Ravneet Sehmi of The Asian Weekly ,we are on our second course , and we are trying to guess what it is on our plates and sharing it with Karim the F & B Director.
We are clearly getting something right guessing from the encouraging response we get from him who though he does not tell us exactly what is on our plates is keenly following the progress of our meal and making sure we are comfortable,that we know exactly where our plates are placed,ensuring we have our drinks and his cheerful banter keep us engaged and relaxed throughout the course of the meal.
Karim has such a delightful and engaging personality , has worked in a number of countries and has a genuine love for great food an interview with him is something I am looking forward to doing.
On our second course I am chewing on something really delicious – a vegetable wrap with a filling of what tastes like pork or is it chicken I cannot tell as clearly I am in the dark (pun intended).
Later after the plates for this course have been cleared, we find out that it was a salad of spicy grilled pork with Tom Yum paste made by the chef whom Karim introduces as Supa Chai .
All food at dining in the dark experiences is served in bite sized pieces ,has no bones and you can use your hands (we got hot towels before this course) . I used my fingers to finish my prawns and egg fried rice with a thick red curry and relished every bite of it.
This course was pretty hilarious because around me I kept hearing prawns being mentioned , I had not yet started on mine and I kept thinking..what are these guys talking about…where are my prawns?!
The dining in the dark experience at dusitD2 will be happening on the 1st Thursday of every month, officially it begins with the first dining in the dark experience on the 8th of this month (be sure to make your reservations early).
We had a connoisseur of Asian food on our table and she got the third course which was chicken wonton soup right on the first few seconds of this course .Wontons are little squares of dough and can be filled with chicken ,pork,shrimp or vegetables the edges are brushed with some water and crimped to seal in the fillings ,they are boiled and served with soup.This course was delightfully delicious and got rave reviews from everyone at the table and I remember getting surprised then disappointed when I started scraping the bottom of the bowl with the soup spoon and finding that the delightfully delicious soup was over!
Wontons can also be served deep-fried or baked with a sauce.
Would I do it again ?
A definite yes , the dusitD2 will be offering a new menu for each dining in the dark experience in the coming months and with 2 new chefs ,diners will be getting some really great things on the menu.
My suggestion when you are making your reservations would be to go for the experience as a group ,either as a family,a group of friends or with your colleagues from work ,that way you get to share your experience through out the course of the meal.
Overall ,it was a great experience and I would definitely go back.
It had me paying more attention to my food,I remember trying to use my sense of smell to try to guess what was on my plate every time we got a new course and deliberately taking longer to chew my food and getting thrilled with the burst of flavors on my palate through out and I realized how powerful our senses are and how little use we make of our other senses when enjoying food.
“Art when used well is a powerful , creative force that can change how we see ourselves,the world around us and how we respond to the challenges life throws at us.”
Art has been with us for millenia,for as long as we have had human beings on earth ,we have had art and an appreciation of art is a skill that is as a result of exposure.
The art scene in Nairobi has become very vibrant and this activity is what is attracting global attention to the city’s art scene.This vibrancy has been fuelled by a burgeoning and educated middle class as well as the high number of expatriates who live in the city who have beome very appreciative of the talent that resides in the city and its environs.
With no distinct home-grown art event ,the pop up trend has created an opportunity for artists to showcase their work to an appreciative local and international audience .
dusitD2 has filled this lack of a home-grown art event with the pop art gallery exhibition held at its upmarket location on 14,Riverside Drive.
The art exhibition held every last Saturday of the month has a children’s corner which runs concurrently with the exhibition and is a partnership with Capital Kids club and offers an opportunity for children to get art lessons while parents enjoy the art work from very talented artists.
Kenyans are not avid consumers of art and through this collaboration with Google Kenya ,dusitD2 is offering Kenyan artists the space to exhibit and sell their art as well as promoting an appreciation of art which offers an opportuity for artists to earn a living through the sale of their work.
On this particular Saturday the artists whose works were on display were:
- Ssegujja Godfrey
- Victor Binge
- Katanu Kay
- Ronnie Tindi
- Jak Katarikawe
- Sam Githui
- Louis Chvetsova
I was very taken by the work of Katanu Kay which incorporated Kitenge fabric ,of particular interest to me was her work Euphoria 2 . We stood in front of that painting talking about art , what inspires her and in that half hour I forgot she was just 1 month shy of her 20th birthday and that she had been exhibiting for just 2 years and a month . Thanks to the exhibition,which attended last year for the first time, her work had found its way to art collectors in South Arica,Nigeria,the US and Australia.
Euphoria 2 is as a result of a meeting with a lady who after seeing her work on Euphoria 1 asked for an exact copy of that particular piece.Katanu ,however does not do replicas of her work and asked if she could do something different ,the client agreed and the result is Euphoria 2.The two pieces ,Euphoria 1 & 2 are inspired by the same thing ,a celebration of Katana’s African heritage and culture. It is her desire that through her work people take every opportunity to embrace being African and to celebrate it.
She is a graduate of the BTEC Art and Design program at Brook House school and is headed to SCAD where she will be pursuing her studies in Fine Art & Interior Design which she wants to pursue up to PhD level.
Art for Katanu is a channel that she uses to express herself , her ideas and it is a platform to share these ideas with the world.She would love that through her art people are able to ask questions,explore ideas and think outside the box of what society terms as the norm and that through this we develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of each other.
It is why she took the very unusual route of incorporating African fabric in her art work – which I thought was such a great conversation starter on her work and what inspires her.
When it was time for me to leave ,I found myself on the terrace of the Soko restaurant thinking about what an amazing point in time it was to be alive,to hear artists like Katana talk about her hope to have her work exhibited at the New York Art Gallery .
Thanks to dusitD2, this is not the last we have heard of this young lady and all the other equally talented artists who have found a space to exhibit their art work as well given an opportunity for Nairobi residents to enjoy local art.Before leaving,I made a quick trip back to the exhibition to have one last look and some pieces had already been marked as sold and set aside which only goes to emphasise the quality of the work on display.
Look out for the next edition of the Pop Art Gallery on the last Saturday of this coming month of February and get ready to sample great art and food .
See you there!
Konnichiwa (hello or good day in Japanese said with a deep bow from the waist)
Last year on May 16,2017 Kenya and Japan signed a cooperation agreement that would see Miniso a fashion brand from Japan make forays into the Kenyan market.Seven months later on December 22nd , Miniso would open its first retail store at the upmarket Village Market shopping complex and barely a month later they would open their second store at the Thika Road Mall .
The two Kenyan Miniso stores all located in Nairobi city join a growing list of the over 2,600 outlets it has globally with its presence in Africa being in South Africa,Morocco,Nigeria,Egypt and Madagascar.Kenyans love the brand already as the few times I have been there the aisles have been busy and the staff are always very courteous and helpful.
Whenever I think of Japan it is the vivid memories of cherry tree blossom season, the geta(the very fashionable wooden sandals) and kimonos that come to mind and sushi,how could i forget how the Japanese gave us Sushi!
Japanese culture intrigues me ,it is so prim and proper ,steeped in tradition yet as a country is so technologically advanced it is mind boggling. Tradition and technological advancement can co- exist we just have to find the balance and African countries are coming into themselves and we have seen an ever increasing appreciation of African culture globally over the last decade.
Miniso brand specializes in lifestyle products and the range of items in their stores range from play dough , nail polish to kitchen saucepan and mobile phone accessories .I found their products favorably priced and I would dare say they will disrupt the lifestyle retail sector with their high quality but well priced items.
As a brand Miniso gives the best of what we appreciate about the Japanese culture,their precision to detail,courtesy(we had an attendant follow us and bring a shopping cart) and a whole new way of doing business .
So there is this little gem,hidden somewhere past Kiserian town about 90 minutes drive out of Nairobi,along the Magadi road,on a private road and next to Ole Polos are the Ol Talet and Ol Oika Cottages.This lovely little getaway is nestled in the beautiful wilderness of Kiserian ,from the balcony,you get a lovely and breath taking view of the Rift Valley and you can see the black winding ribbon of Magadi road as it winds its way to Lake Magadi.
Later in the day,as you sip Kenyan tea or coffee ,it is to the accompanying rattling of the bells on the necks of Maasai cattle, grazing a few short meters down the hill.Across the ridge are the herds of goats dotting the landscape as they make their way up the ridge nibbling on the shrubs and jumping over the rocks that litter the hill.Maybe they will end up on some of our plates over the Christmas season(how sad I think and it almost puts me off eating dinner later).
Ol Talet cottage can accommodate 6 people comfortably as it has 2 double rooms and one room with a double bed,the cottages are self catering and on hand are David and his able assistant who will roast succulent goat ribs to perfection.Each of the cottages comes with a fully equipped kitchen and a coffee maker(best news).There is hot shower in their bathrooms ,very beautiful bathrooms,especially at Ol Talet where the excitement of hearing the curtain of sea shells rattle as I walked in for a cold shower took me to the beautiful sandy beaches at the Kenyan coast.The bathrooms have wide open windows which let in the morning light and you can see the wide expanse of beautiful African wilderness as far as the eye can see.
Ol Talet cottage has 3 bedrooms,one of them with the 2 single beds is located on the ground floor of the cottage while below ground are the other two bedrooms.The cottage has beautiful,tasteful well done decor and as you walk down the stairs to the other 2 bedrooms and shared bathroom below ground ,you walk past a wall filled with African masks and can admire the stained glass window and the tasteful use of African art and craft pieces in the decor.
There is ongoing work to have a swimming pool ready in 2018.
In the morning,I could not wait to wake up to watch the sunset on the balcony ,while listening to the sweet sound of birds chirping and cast my eyes over what seemed like an unending expanse of breath taking views of the Rift Valley.It is so quiet up there ,you want to spend time just watching and listening to nature as it talks to you and whispers that life is a beautiful thing , we are here for a reason and season and we need to make the best of every moment we have.
When it is time for breakfast,we walked up the hill and to the dining area of Ol Oika cottage where David had set out for us a Kenyan breakfast and amidst the cheerful banter , we heard nothing except the familiar voices of friends.If you live in the city long enough ,the honking of cars,matatus becomes normal,that blissful quietness up there is a beautiful quietness and we did not want to leave,not yet.
I was at Ol Talet, with a group of friends,my chama friends,some of whom I have known since Primary school through high school and over the years we have become business partners and we had a thoroughly great time ,occasionally seeing grey vervet monkeys in the trees that surround the cottage,certainly they must have been curious about us as we were about them.
Before breakfast I had time to look for the fish pond and almost felt like I was on a Finding Nemo Mission.Remember Bruce the nice shark wit his line “Fish are friends not food.”
The cottages have TV and board games incase you are looking for a little more activity,we were happy to just sit back ,enjoy the scenery,strategize on our plans for the next year and each others company.
If you are looking for a place not too far from the city for a quick getaway then Ol Talet is the perfect location,just over an hours drive from Nairobi,leave on Friday evening and drive back on Sunday after a sumptuous lunch.Bookings at the cottages are done strictly in advance.
Very excited to be launching the 12 days of Christmas blog post series and excited to be starting with the bits and pieces that made 2017 truly special for me.
The year was full of surprises,heartbreaks,lessons,challenges overcome and above all miracles from unexpected places.Among the many things that happened over the course of the past 11 months I picked just a few that meant something to me and most seemed to have happened in the second half of the year .
Why the second half of the year had so many lessons in it for me may
partly wholly be due to the realization that I learned to open my eyes to the miracle that life is and to let it surprise me.
You all know Doria Radlan ?
She is the kind of woman I would want to have a long talk ,in a side walk coffee bar , large mirrors antique furniture with movie posters framed on their walls,we would watch people walk by both be wondering where they were all hurrying to .
And we would go back to talking about tolerance for people who do not look like is,talk like us or believe in the same things we do and we would have a blast because she does look like that kind of woman.
That she sports dreadlocks gives her instant street credentials to her being very attuned to the very complicated nature of human beings.
Why am I talking about Doria,who up until last week was virtually unknown?
Because she is soon going to be the mother in law to Prince Harry.
Her daughter Meghan Markle, stars in the hit TV series Suits as Rachael Zane , a part time summer associate in a law firm and is one of my favourite characters on Suits.
The engagement of Meghan to Prince Harry was announced two days ago and the internet went wild.
Prince Harry as you well know is brother to second in line to the British throne Prince William and being a royal watcher I was elated that my favourite character in suits was engaged to this particular member of the House of Widnsor.
Growing up I admired Princess Diana (Prince Harry’s mother) especially for her charity work and campaign against landmines in Africa especially in Angola where landmines had maimed and killed thousands.It was with shock and disbelief that I still remember going to buy the paper for my father and seeing the headline of the Sunday Nation on the morning of August 31,1997 that she had died in a car accident in Paris.
The engagement has to be one of my highlights for the year,I am among the millions looking forward to the May wedding .
And why it is the highlight of the year is because this marriage it will forever change how we view race especially In Europe and that is a good thing.s otherwise,the British press called the very idea of someone of color joining the royal family scandalous.Find out why.
Who would have thought this would happen when royalty purists made us believe otherwise .
Finally I got over my fear of speaking before crowds.
I always wondered how anyone could stand before a crowd and speak,now I know how it feels like .
Yes,I am shy and would literally break into a sweat at the thought of standing up before crowds to say anything.
But the year started with meeting Joyce Mwangi,getting placed in the same group as we studied the book of John heard me mention that I blog,she wanted to start like yesterday and I told her just write.
And write she did,published a devotional based entirely on the Kenyan National Anthem and she launched it and she gave me the terrifying honor of reading a speech.
It was a really humbling moment for me was to speak at book launch of the Kenya National Anthem Devotional,she writes at His Creation blog.She is doing some amazing work,head over to her blog and find out about what she has been doing and order the book from there,she will ship it to you wherever you are.
As a result of what I thought was a daunting challenge,I got to speak infront of a crowd,I did not stammer,sweat or faint.
Through my writing,and encouraging other women to tell their stories I have given wings to 3 other writers who now have their own blogs.One of them,Joyce Mwangi of His Creation,Grace Muriuki of Godly Marriages are Beautiful and Catherine Mbau of Ripples of Life .
It was not something I set out to do,it just happened and because I am always asking people ,especially women to tell their stories as it is through stories that we learn and experience life,there are 3 more women sharing about some truly amazing things -God’s love and marriages a God intended it to be.
It is my hope to have a blogging workshop early in 2018 and incase you are interested please fill in your details HERE and I will be in touch.
In the fast paced world we are living in right now where when you wake up everyday,there is a newer version of everything and every few hours or so you are updating the applications on your phone,it easy to lose sight of the fact that convenience sometimes makes us self absorbed.
This convenience has made us a little impatient with people and things that do not move at lightning speed,we have come intolerant to faults,imperfections and with each other.Modern technology is giving us convenience but is robbing us of what we need most as human beings-relationship with each other.
After finishing the Black and white photo challenge,that is when I learned that indeed I had taken so much for granted and had not really been taking time to see the beautiful things around me.Seems I have been living life at 120 km/hour and that I had not time to appreciate life as it is , makes me sad because it means that a lot of things were lost to me that I can never get back because I was busy.
You may want to try the challenge and see what changes after 7 days,its worth it.
5.The value of family and friends
God put us in a family and gave us friends that stretch our limits on love,patience,gratitude,kindness,peace,joy and a lot of other virtues.The relationships we have with our family and friends shape us,mold us,challenge us and make us better people(hopefully).
A family is the basic units from which all other social relationships are formed,it is the launching pad to all other relationships we will have in adult hood and the skills we learn in our families determine the quality of relationships we will have with friends and with our spouses eventually.
Can you imagine what a beautiful world we would have if we put families front and centro of government policies,development agendas locally and the global agenda?we might just be able to solve 50% of the conflict we have in the world today.
This year I have known what having a loving family and a group of friends is all about.To my family,my kids,husband,sisters,parents a big thank you for a wonderful year.
Of special mention are the girls from my chama that made my year special:Wambui,Flo,Jackie,Belinda,Mwari,Myl,Njeri,Pat,Sue,Kagendo thank you for teaching me the true value of friendship.May we live to celebrate many more years of friendship.
My friends from my Bible Study Fellowship who are like family to me now.
Kawi and Mukami for being sisters.
Maryanne Waweru Wanyama of Mummy Tales, you are always an inspiration keep telling the stories of the wonderful women you get to meet.
Looking forward to an amazing 2018.
What have been the highlights of your year so far,anything interesting happened to you that you would like to share,challenges overcome,goals achieved?
Black Friday kicks off the Christmas holiday season,time to spend more time with family and it is a time we spend more time shopping as well.In light of this I have decided to work on a 12 days of Christmas blog post series.
Christmas get me excited,I have such fond memories of Christmas from my childhood i literally cant keep still once December kicks in-which might explain my inability to wait till December,1st to post this!
I will do a post on picking gifts for loved ones,a post on being thankful,one on planning for the year ahead,okay..let me stop there before giving too much away.
The holiday season is an opportunity to reflect on the 11 months of the year that have passed and getting down to plan for the new year.
It is time to take stock of lessons we have learned and how we have grown and changed over the past 11 months.
It is a time to let go of past hurts and embrace forgiveness.
I am very excited to be starting the series and I hope you are too because I would love to hear from you as well about how your year has been and what you are hoping to do or see more of in the new year,on the blog as well,what kind of stories,posts you would like more of.
Keep checking to see when we kick off and cant wait to share what I have been working on.
If you have been on Facebook for the past 3 months,you might have stumbled on the black and white photo challenge.
The challenge involves posting for 7 days in a row,black and white photos that describe your life with no faces or explanations to them .
My friend Mukami put me up to the challenge and i dived into it with gusto and a theme…no kidding.
Maybe because I love photography and hate how i look in pictures this became a really exciting challenge to do.
My approach to the challenge was to post black and white photos of things or places I found interesting during the day that would make people guess or point out where I was at that particular time.
That is why my first photo on the day of the challenge was that of a door,today as we end the challenge my photo was taken at a cross road on one of the most beautiful university campuses we have in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
I was especially intrigued by the fact that I started out my taking a picture of a door,probably asking people to take a walk with me through the door of my life.Out of the 7 photos, 2 were of nature,1 was taken at the reception of a luxury travel/destination company,1 was of an art piece at a mall ,the other was at an office.
The photos may not have meant much to everyone else but in retrospect i can see how I spent much of my week doing things that i really love and enjoy.And that for me might have been why the challenge was so fun,I got to see,appreciate and really think about the photos I was taking .
Something we seem to really be losing a grip on is that..appreciation,thankfulness or being grateful is something modern life has robbed us of.We are taking too much for granted and not pausing enough,enough to see that we live in such a beautiful country,part of an even more beautiful continent and part as well of the most amazing planet-earth.
As I end the challenge today I would like you to take a walk with me ,down the path called gratefulness.
Have you taken part in the black and white photo challenge? why did you do it and what did you learn about yourself ?
You know the holiday season is here when you start receiving more than the usual invitations for birthdays,weddings and end of year parties and maybe even invitations for Christmas .
If you are hosting any of these celebrations and are planning on doing everything from scratch,you may wan to reduce your stress and anxiety levels by hiring a planner-an event planner.
Hiring an event planner might seem like a luxury but you may be surprised by how much they can reduce the anxiety that comes with event planning .
On this post we thought we might give you 5 great reasons why you might need an event planner this holiday season.
1.Saves you time
A good event planner is a pro at getting things done efficiently and on time.
They will save you the time spent on looking for vendors and suppliers because along with their experience they have with them a network of trusted suppliers and vendors that they have worked with,people they know can deliver on what you need for your event.
And just incase anything unexpected happens,then an event planner will always have plan A,B,C ad infinitum.
2.Saves you money
In my time planning events ,I have found out that there is always room for negotiations and what gives an event planner leeway as well as an edge is their ability to negotiate,they can get you discounts on rack rates and this is because of the relationships they have developed over time with various suppliers and vendors.
It is easier to discuss discounts with people you have had previous business dealing with than with total strangers,leverage on these relationships event planners have when thinking of holding an event.
3.You will get the right people doing the right job
Sometimes it is very difficult to gauge a vendors or suppliers ability to get the job done if you have no experience of having worked with them before.
An event planner due to their diverse network as well as experience with vendors will point you in the right direction on whom you need on your team in order to pull of a successful event.
4.You will have a more successful event
Event planners thrive on details-the little details that everyone else overlooks is what planners get their adrenaline rushes from.Ensuring every little thing is in place and imagining all the possible things that could go wrong and ensuring contingency plans are in place is what makes for a successful event.
As the host of the event,you may not have all the time to worry about all the nitty gritty details of your event,let an event planner do the worrying for you and ensure your event is successful.
5.You can enjoy the event
There is nothing like hosting a great event and you cannot enjoy it because you are busy ensuring that behind the scenes everything flows smoothly.You event forget to eat because you are busy handling all the event details by yourself you have no time to be a great host.
It would be great to have someone that thrives on adrenaline and the little details handle all the anxiety and stress for you,right?
That photo right there,we fell in love with it and it came courtesy of Sonal Shah an event/party planner.You can find her on Facebook.