Being an Aircraft Mechanic

27 Feb

Last year I decided to finally make a choice in adding to the diversity of my career options. I’m studying to be an aircraft mechanic. It has been a crazy journey trying to decide what path to take. I really wanted to do animation too, so the battle in my head was going on for 8 months trying to decide what to do. Finally “the bing sound popped”, the light buzzed in my head and after loads of prayer and gut feeling, I wanted to be an aircraft mechanic which will eventually lead into me becoming a pilot. Despite knowing nothing about it, I am willing to learn the jacks of the trade. My dream is to fly, over the rainbow so high (you know how the song goes). Since I was a Kid, I knew I wanted to fly. I played with Jet toys (if that’s not a sign, i don’t know how more clear God could have been in showing me what I was born to do and don’t tell me, it was to play with Jets). I was born to fly. Fly away from the traffic, noise and congestion in the city. When your up there it’s like a hole different world of low pressure, sometimes high humidity anyway what I meant to say is its peaceful up there. No nagging noise over you apart from the ATC when you want to descent.

The aviation industry ain’t exactly kind on the women. To be honest sometimes I feel like some men are threatened by women. This doesn’t apply to all men, I admire the men who are beside their women and their careers. I salute you because you’re making the world a better place for women to have the same opportunities and chances in life. Putting the “E” in equality. I’m not feminist but I’m just saying.

First two months of class we’re tough because I had no mechanic experience (I didn’t know what a ratcheting wrench was?). Having my blonde moments in class, but being in a school that’s patience enough to teach knowing that you know nothing is quite a relief. There are those days I’m confused on my direction, then a blinking light in my head comes on, “I’ve wanted to do this for the longest, singing the same song over and over to myself and those around me”. Coming to the states has been a new experience. My mum, friends and family back home plus my dad being an 8 hour drive away from me still makes me feel alone even though I’m around people and in class 8 hours a day from 7.00 am to 3.30 pm. I’ve decided to be writing my weekly accounts of what’s been going on in my life, to keep sane. (I’m not going crazy FYI). Being an aircraft mechanic has its pros and cons. For me the pros outweigh the cons.

It’s amazing what how aviation has grown and what it’s going to become. Who knows, maybe I’ll design the “jetsons” era. There is nothing stopping our mind from seeing far ahead from now. When I think of 2050, I think we’ll have flying cars. Yes… flying cars, I said it. I keep dreaming about it all the time. The james bond movies showed that car that can float on water and drive on land so we make a turbo-charged engine. Well these are a few of the highlights of my past few months. Everyday there something new I learn about the airframe aspect of the plane and I’ll be learning on the Power plant bit soon. You would not believe the amount of wiring that goes into a plane… OMG, let me not start. The part I’m getting to love is the sheet metal part, where you get to fabricate repairs, rivet. It makes me feel powerful, handling the drills, rivet guns. Power to me. I’m much more confident at my skills in riveting than when I started. Not making smily faces on my rivets. lol.

Have an awesome week guys.

Pointless rebrand of the year…

20 Jul

If you wondering where I’m going with this. Well you guessed right, “the rebrand of KPLC”. A topic to be discussed, I just have to bring it up. The questions I have for them are:

1. What we’re you thinking? 

In all due respect, you should spending  money upgrading your “crappy” systems. We’re you guys bored of your money that you thought, “ohh let’s waste it”. My grandma upcountry still has no power. Do something about it. Until the whole of Kenya has power, you have no bragging rights.

2. Who did your rebrand?

I know it’s some agency or wait you did a competition on the newspaper. Just coz my daughter or son paints a stick drawing of me on the fridge doesn’t mean I have to make it a logo. So for the person who did it, we’re you making a mathematical paragon. Or maybe some inverse elephant tasks?  And good choice of colour, bringing out the Kamba in you.

Further analysis of your rebrand:

Before


I didn’t like their previous logo/ look but it worked. My opinion is whenever you do a rebrand, it’s either you simplify your logo. Take for example Kenya Airways, simplified their logo and look by using a “calm” font to complement their brand which makes it more inviting. When I see the old KPLC logo, i see room for change. They could have improved their look

After rebrand

I don’t know what this is, but I’m guessing a power station. Looks more like a vector honey comb to me. If KPLC was spending on a rebrand, they might have as well improved on their previous look and added the Kenya Power like they have. There is something in being proud of where you come from even if technology changes. Look at brands like “apple”, they have simply been improving their brand over the time. So maybe since KPLC has been in existence from I don’t know when could have made gold from old.

3. Who else would we turn to for power?

Dahhhh KPLC, so rebranding really won’t make a difference but now come to think of it maybe solar energy is your greatest competitor.

My conclusion rests at, I could go on and on about the shady rebrand of KPLC but the truth is what is done is done. The damage is done. But I must salute on the communication material. Although the logo is the main thing. Looks will change, but your eyes will always remain intact. they won’t move or go anywhere unless of course you do plastic surgery.

I hope this serves as a lesson to all, don’t rebrand unless it’s worth it in the long run.

If you have any comments you would like to share please do on the box below this post. Have an awesome day people.

The information on this post is simply my opinion. If you offended sorry, if you ain’t , good for you. 

 

How to do a straw set on natural hair

12 Jul

How to do a straw set on natural hair.

How to do a straw set on natural hair

10 Jul

How to look like this in one night

My red hair-continuation

 

Things you need for a straw set on natural hair:

You’ll Need

Shampoo

Conditioner

Moisturizer

Setting Lotion

1 Package of Straws

1 package of Bobby Pins 

Wide Tooth Comb

 1. WASH YOUR HAIR FIRST

The first step in doing a straw set for black hair should be to thoroughly clean your hair before the actual straw set process. Because black hair is fragile, you should make sure that you are using the best shampoo possible for your hair type.

2. CONDITION YOUR HAIR

For this straw set, and for basic everyday use, any basic conditioner will do the trick. Using the right conditioner is not nearly as important as using the correct type of shampoo for black hair. *DO NOT DRY YOUR HAIR AFTER YOU CONDITION IT!

3. MOISTURIZE YOUR HAIR

After your hair has been washed and conditioned, you will need to use a light moisturizer. Put a little bit of your favorite moisturizer in your hands and run it through your hair. Make sure to moisturizer your scalp as well. I used motions, oil moisturizer deep penetrating silk protein conditioner. It’s like a two in one (conditioner and treatment)

4. DISTRIBUTE SETTING LOTION THROUGHOUT YOUR HAIR

Spray your hair lightly with a couple of bursts of setting lotion. Remember, the more setting lotion you use the tighter the set, and vice-versa.

5. ARRANGE YOUR HAIR INTO A MANAGEABLE STATE

Take your wide-tooth comb and VERY GENTLY arrange your hair in a way that makes it easy to manage. Make sure that it mirrors the way that you want your spiral curls to fall when you are done. *A wide-tooth comb should always be used on black hair. Use narrow tooth combs for parting your hair only.

My hair divided into four sections

 

6. DISBURSE THE STRAWS THROUGHOUT YOUR HAIR

Grab a straw and about an inch-width of hair and wrap it around the straw in a spiral fashion. Roll the hair up into a tight spiral, then pin it with the bobby pins. Complete this step until you are finished with your entire head. This takes a more than a little bit of time, so you will want to get comfortable. For maximum health of black hair, you should allow your hair to air dry. For a more polished look, you can let your hair dry underneath the hair dryer – if this method is used, make sure to utilize a small but adequate amount of thermal hair protector in step three. When you are completely finished you will have a head full of beautify curls.

How to roll the straws

 

I found it particularly useful to divided you hair in four lines then put straws on each line. Take your time so as not to get tired. I did this myself.

My fully done straw set

You can place a net over your head and sleep. it may a little uncomfortable depending on the tightness of the straws with the bobby pins.For the longest lasting curls and it also depends on your hair type and strength.

After one night only these are the results.

After one night

You can spray some hair sheen after removing the straws and bobby pins. Then open up the curls. This is the amazing result.

My straw curls opened up

 

Good luck with your straw curl set.

 

 

Transition from relaxed to natural hair

5 Jul

It has been about a month of research since I decided to cut my relaxed hair. For those who don’t know what relaxed hair is (dudes), it is straightened hair. I’m going to be travelling soon and to reduce on my budget I decided to chop off the unnecessary because keeping relaxed hair is a lot of maintenance and in the long run I’m better off keeping my natural hair. So I decided to give it a head start. My aim was to still look sexy with my natural hair as I did with relaxed hair. Doing endless research with my girlfriend google, I found out that you can do a straw set on natural hair.

P.S: Do not cut your hair unless you want to. I did, so I did so. I waited to have “growth” for 6 months.

So have a look at my initial hair:

My hair before cutting and after unbraiding the previous night till 3am.lol

Then i went to the saloon. So I thought my way to transition to my new look, I decided to try out dyeing it red first. So my saloonist cut off some of my relaxed hair, then applied the first die, to neutralize and so that the red die would be very prominent. So we had to dye my hair a golden blonde colour first.

Application of Blonde Colour

My saloonist “Ciiru” kept a shower cup and kept my under the drier so that the colour could catch quickly as she was checking every minutes to see how it was. After that this was the result:

After fully Blonde Colour is applied

She washed it off. And oh my doesn’t hydrogen peroxide stink….lol. Anyway so after washing, I went back to the dryer and then kept the “red dye colour” that I wanted. Same process was applied as for “the blonde” color. And this is the result. So always remember if you have black hair, it is wise if you want a red hair colour to come out, first dye your hair blonde then apply the colour you want..i.e Red, in my case. After keeping the red colour, She washed off the die, treated my hair with motions “deep penetrating” conditioner and washed it off and I was ready to go 🙂

Here is the result for the red colour

Final result I'm a red-head

 

 

 

 

Are we chimps or ‘the Adam and Eve story-genesis’?

26 Jun

An artist's painting of "Adam and eve"

Did you know that Albert Einstein used 10% of his brain. So what happened to other 90%. And what does that say about us. And if Albert Einstein was using 10% of his brain, does that mean some of us (not me) are using 3% or less of our brain. Funny fact of the day.

So let’s say 20% goes towards the body’s maintenance, then 70% is left? Again I ask where does the rest go to? I tend to believe we can achieve anything but the question is? Is it possible that we can’t access the rest of our brain because we haven’t fully evolved and aren’t capable of accessing this 70%?

The Evolution Of Man - According to scientists

My question of the day is: Are humans really descended from apes, or just some humans, like the moron who works in the office next to mine?

Please feel free to answer and comment on the poll below. Don’t you at least want to know where we came from? Maybe aliens think they’re human and we are aliens.

Who is the great Nelson Mandela?

22 Jun

A portrait picture of Nelson Mandela

Who has’nt heard of his story and his walk to freedom. The first black president in South Africa in a nation that had apartheid.  Let’s see where it all began. Nelson Mandela is one of the world’s most revered statesmen, who led the struggle to replace the apartheid regime of South Africa with a multi-racial democracy.

Jailed for 27 years, he emerged to become the country’s first black president and to play a leading role in the drive for peace in other spheres of conflict. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. His charisma, self-deprecating sense of humour and lack of bitterness over his harsh treatment, as well as his amazing life story, partly explain his extraordinary global appeal.

“ In prison, you come face to face with time. There is nothing more terrifying” ~ Nelson Mandela

Since stepping down as president in 1999, Mr Mandela has become South Africa’s highest-profile ambassador, campaigning against HIV/Aids and helping to secure his country’s right to host the 2010 football World Cup.

Mr Mandela – diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2001 – was also involved in peace negotiations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and other countries in Africa and elsewhere. In 2004, at the age of 85, Mr Mandela retired from public life to spend more time with his family and friends and engage in “quiet reflection”. “Don’t call me, I’ll call you,” he warned anyone thinking of inviting him to future engagements.

The former president had made few public appearances since largely retiring from public life. In November 2010, his office released photos of a meeting he had held with members of the US and South African football teams. In late January 2011 he was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital for what we’re described as “specialised tests” with the South African presidency reminding a concerned nation that Mr Mandela has had “previous respiratory infections”.

Raised by royalty

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (Xhosa pronunciation: [ xoˈliːɬaɬa manˈdeːla] ; born 18 July 1918. He was born in 1918 into the Xhosa-speaking Thembu people in a small village in the eastern Cape of South Africa. In South Africa, he is often called by his clan name – “Madiba”. Mr Mandela set up South Africa’s first black law firm with Oliver Tambo.

Born Rolihlahla Dalibhunga, he was given his English name, Nelson, by a teacher at his school. His father, a counsellor to the Thembu royal family, died when Nelson Mandela was nine, and he was placed in the care of the acting regent of the Thembu people, chief Jongintaba Dalindyebo.

He joined the African National Congress in 1943, first as an activist, then as the founder and president of the ANC Youth League. Eventually, after years in prison, he also served as its president. He married his first wife, Evelyn Mase, in 1944. They were divorced in 1957 after having three children. Mr Mandela qualified as a lawyer and in 1952 opened a law practice in Johannesburg with his partner, Oliver Tambo.

Mandela’s Key Dates

1918 – Born in the Eastern Cape

1956 – Charged with high treason, but charges dropped

1962 – Arrested, convicted of sabotage, sentenced to five years in prison

1964 – Charged again, sentenced to life

1990 – Freed from prison

1993 – Wins Nobel Peace Prize

1994 – Elected first black president

  1999 – Steps down as leader

2001 – Diagnosed with prostate cancer

2004 – Retires from public life

2005 – Announces his son has died of a HIV/Aids-related illness

2007 – Forms The Elders group

2010 – Appears at closing ceremony of World Cup

Together, Mr Mandela and Mr Tambo campaigned against apartheid, the system devised by the all-white National Party which oppressed the black majority.

In 1956, Mr Mandela was charged with high treason, along with 155 other activists, but the charges against him were dropped after a four-year trial. Resistance to apartheid grew, mainly against the new Pass Laws, which dictated where black people were allowed to live and work. In 1958, Mr Mandela married Winnie Madikizela, who was later to take an active role in the campaign to free her husband from prison. The ANC was outlawed in 1960 and Mr Mandela went underground. Tension with the apartheid regime grew, and soared to new heights in 1960 when 69 black people were shot dead by police in the Sharpeville massacre.

Life sentence

This marked the end of peaceful resistance and Mr Mandela, already national vice-president of the ANC, launched a campaign of economic sabotage.

 Only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts” ~ Nelson Mandela

He was eventually arrested and charged with sabotage and attempting to violently overthrow the government. Conducting his own defence in the Rivonia court room, Mr Mandela used the stand to convey his beliefs about democracy, freedom and equality.

“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities,” he said.

“It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

In the winter of 1964 he was sentenced to life in prison. In the space of 12 months between 1968 and 1969, Mr Mandela’s mother died and his eldest son was killed in a car crash but he was not allowed to attend the funerals. He remained in prison on Robben Island for 18 years before being transferred to Pollsmoor Prison on the mainland in 1982. As Mr Mandela and other ANC leaders languished in prison or lived in exile, the youths of South Africa’s black townships did their best to fight white minority rule.

Hundreds were killed and thousands were injured before the schoolchildren’s uprising was crushed. In 1980, Mr Tambo, who was in exile, launched an international campaign to release Mr Mandela. The world community tightened the sanctions first imposed on South Africa in 1967 against the apartheid regime.

An article on the London Herald of his release

The pressure produced results, and in 1990, President FW de Klerk lifted the ban on the ANC, and Mr Mandela was released from prison and talks on forming a new multi-racial democracy for South Africa began. Huge crowds greeted Nelson Mandela’s release.

Slum townships

In 1992, Mr Mandela divorced his wife, Winnie, after she was convicted on charges of kidnapping and accessory to assault.

In December 1993, Mr Mandela and Mr de Klerk were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Five months later, for the first time in South Africa’s history, all races voted in democratic elections and Mr Mandela was overwhelmingly elected president. Mr Mandela’s greatest problem as president was the housing shortage for the poor, and slum townships continued to blight major cities. He married Graca Machel on his 80th birthday. He entrusted his deputy, Thabo Mbeki, with the day-to-day business of the government, while he concentrated on the ceremonial duties of a leader, building a new international image of South Africa.

In that context, he succeeded in persuading the country’s multinational corporations to remain and invest in South Africa. On his 80th birthday, Nelson Mandela married Graca Machel, the widow of the former president of Mozambique.

He continued travelling the world, meeting leaders, attending conferences and collecting awards after stepping down as president. After his official retirement, his public appearances were mostly connected with the work of the Mandela Foundation, a charitable fund that he founded. On his 89th birthday, he formed The Elders, a group of leading world figures, to offer their expertise and guidance “to tackle some of the world’s toughest problems”. Possibly his most noteworthy intervention of recent years came early in 2005, following the death of his surviving son, Makgatho.

In a country where taboos still surround the Aids epidemic, Mr Mandela announced that his son had died of Aids, and urged South Africans to talk about Aids ” to make it appear like a normal illness”.

Do get a copy of Nelson Mandela’s Autobiography , “Long Walk to Freedom”.

Long Walk to Freedom - The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

The information has been gathered by various sources such as Wikipedia, his autobiography “Long walk to freedom by Nelson Mandela” and BBC. Feel free to comment on this at the bottom of this post.

Time…time…time is our greatest asset

21 Jun

TIME is our greatest asset

Time is our greatest asset, yet greatest enemy at the same time. So you have to use this asset wisely. Time waits for no man. When an opportunity comes, you grab it and see how you can use to get to your destination. It could be success. So far, my journey is to reach the ultimate success be it in starting my own family, providing for them and my career. You define what your success is, it could be ” being the youngest C.E.O or the youngest millionaire.” The only thing we can’t control is time. Regardless of your shape colour, shape, age or size, time will keep moving on. It doesn’t wait for anyone. I’ve decided to use my time wisely so as to retire early from this “hustling” and start enjoying life and manage the assets I have. i.e. my cute future son, who will become the next “Mariga” of his days. So if I pull the strings right, I may just retire at 40 when he’s career kicks off. Alternatively, make my daughter an “Angelina Jolie” and become her manager like Kris Jenner who manages the Kardashian family. 🙂 We are not guaranteed tomorrow, so live today like it was your last and utilize your time to your greatest ability.

I therefore vow to eradicate the “time wasters” in my life. If it’s a certain friend, or activity that’s stopping you from getting to your goal. REMOVE IT ASAP, or let it waste your time.

We all travel through life and gain experiences that no man can describe. If you had one day to live, what is it that you would accomplish now that you didn’t accomplish then. What is it in life that you would do now that would be different if you could re-live your life?

I’m going to use my time wisely. So if anyone stops me from getting to my goal, the right words to use are “GET OUT OF MY WAY BEFORE I *()*&@%$^ YOU”

Peace and have a lovely week guys.

What’s with men and their skinny jeans??

20 Jun

First off concluded results for yesterday’s poll on “Do you support Gay marriages?”

The results are: 75% say NO , 18.75 % say YES and 6.25% say MAYBE

I have watched for years as men have changed their style from years to years. But honestly, since when did men wearing skinny jeans make sense. Even in the 80’s they we’re hipstars, not skinnies. Do the twins really breath down there? They need air and freedom don’t you think. That’s why I wear skirts from time to time, for my well-being and to get air down there from time to time. So if you feel this topic? As was seen in the following website:

http://thenaturalgirlsguidetobeauty.blogspot.com/2011/06/thoughts-please-men-and-skinny-jeans.html

So if you feel me ladies comment and vote and if you feel me men, please comment and vote. I want to know the “Kenyan mama” and the “Kenyan guy” opinion. I can’t wait to see the result. Good luck on this one.

An example of the famous men's skinny jeans

What do you think of Gay marriages?

20 Jun