Your Name or Whatever Name, on a Grain of Rice Turns Jewelry, Anyone Interested? + A Mini Vlog

Believe it or not, it is actually very possible to write on a grain of rice! Not sure if anyone here has tried that, and if you have, wtf man? But it is actually a very popular art at the Maasai Market. This past visit I decided to get a friend some crafted jewelry with their name on it, which precisely the purpose of this post.

How this guys write on such a small grain is like a miracle, some of us have very bad big handwriting that writing on a grain of rice sounds nearly impossible right? Well, not for this guys. I guess it’s true what they say, practice practice makes perfect!

Normally what happens when they write on a grain of rice, they put then in this very beautifully designed pieces of glass with some sort of solution in it, I am guessing it’s water, and then close it tight on both ends. You can also chose to have yours colored or not. I had mine colorless.

These are some of the other crafted pieces this guy had on his stand. He had neck pieces, unisex bracelets as well as Key holders.

And he clearly knows how to market himself, speaks even foreign languages lol

Apparently, this is Indian Art, the guy never said how he learnt it, but he seemed very happy to be doing it. I guess that is really what matters, that you’re happy doing what you do right?

I don’t know about you guys, but I kind of think this would make for a very unique gift right?

Also, I thought you guys would enjoy watching this guy in his element writing on a grain of rice, so here’s a small clip I put together. Also, remember that arts post from yesterday? I think you’ll spot a few of the pieces on this mini clip πŸ™‚

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Market Friday- Part 1 | Maasai Market, Kenya.. 5/4/2019

Today is one of those random days. Just woke up and decided to go out and see what the rest of the world is up to, you know, cause I spend a lot of my days on this platform mostly in my compound. Sometimes it can get very boring and demotivating to get anything done. Especially when the energy is abit low, just like the Steem price is currently πŸ˜€

Anyways, I am just from Maasai Market here in the City Center, Nairobi. Yes, Again! What can I say, when I like something I really do. Today, I wasn’t in much mood to capture anything to be honest. This thought did come across this morning on my usual curation shenanigans for the @gtg account. I came across this post by @dswigle about Market Friday’s and decided to head out to create some content. It may not be Friday @dswigle, but it sure was a great concept for me to delve into this Weekend. Seeing that today is Saturday, it fitted right in with the Weekly Maasai Market in my City.

This Market is dedicated to selling and showcasing commodities from one of Kenya’s most Authentic and long preservers of their culture- The Maasai. While I may have shared a little too much on this before, it is always a great experience at this market. I not only find different, unique stuff everytime I visit here, but also rejuvenate my creativity and motivation to keep on creating. Today was not any different.

These are traditional African drums. While most may not use them anymore due to the advancement in technology and all, they Maasai still use them in their day to day life. Like for church or other communal ceremonies. The modernized lot mostly improvise them for home decor.

I also came across this Animal printed Key Holders, not really something I would personally buy, but tourists seem to love such things a lot.

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There were also thse very colorful hand wooven handbags. On Sunday’s you can spot a lot of women carrying those.

Here’s a few more shots from the Market..

These next are traditional Maasai Women working on their beaded ornaments. The do Such a great job. Maasai’s Culture is symbolized by a lot of jewelry and very colorful ones for that matter.

Here’s some of what they make. Mostly work on your head, neck, arms, legs and waist. The also have belts and rings etc

Some necklaces look like this. Of Course they come in different shapes and sizes. Also, if you are really patient, they can so customized orders. You know, like if you prefer to have your name or a loved one’s name written on them. I got one of those today πŸ˜‰

Some of the belts I’m talking about..

Some of the cloth stalls. This are not Maasai Outfits, but they are very popular around here. They are called Dira.

Believe it or not, these are chairs/sits. I am not very sure I’d be comfortable sitting on them, but they’d be cool to go to the beach with. Assuming they are fold-able πŸ˜€

YEP. They are.

Some more wood carvings. This are like salad bowls or soup bowls depending on how you prefer to use them. Some prefer to use them as fruit baskets too.

This is where it gets interesting. The horns are traditional cups. Mostly they are used by elders to drink local brew and in the case of the Maasai, to drink milk in. The artists in this market have also found a way to reduce them to salt shakers or pepper shakers for those who prefer it so. And some small bowls too.

You could use this little baskets to store jewelry or anything else you see fit. How cute?

More Bags and Bead Work//

Let’s call it a blog shall we? πŸ™‚ I have to get home. Been sitting in this cafe sipping coffee as I create this post. Now have to go home. But I should quickly mention, I have a lot more from today’s market escapade so you can look out for that. Tomorrow I will cover more jewelry and mostly art pieces. Trust me, it’s not something you want to miss!

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Spread Love, Not War| Sunday Funday with A..

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Though my feet are still hurting from so much walking and carrying the most heavy baby there probably is in my family, I’d still say we had a pretty awesome Sunday afternoon. Sometimes I can be so random that I don’t even understand where that side of me crawls from.

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Kinda woke up very moody and grumpy today to be honest. Not sure why, maybe it is as a result of so much build up of events, and so, I wanted to do something random and out of the norm. I decided to play my nephews mother(I prefer best aunt ever) and took him out to the mall to play.

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For the better part I just sat and watched him drive away his toy car and race with other kids. I sort of was jealous at how much fun it can be to be young & carefree, not that kids would know, heck, neither did we know when we were at that age, but they really have it good.

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It was also a great time to mingle with other young mums and just marvel at how effortlessly they seemed to be doing their roles. I don;t know how they honestly do it. One week with my nephews feels like an years worth of hard work on most weeks. It takes so long before I can get back to my momentum once he leaves. Especially catching up witj my sleep and resting my bones from all the running around, carrying him around and just basically doing anything & everything he pleases!See? It’s certainly great to be a kid!

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It did however help that the sun was out and the skies were clear, sometimes the universe does conspire to ensure we have the best of our days. How beautiful does this look?

Besides Adrian crying cause he didn’t want to leave, I’d say we had a pretty decent day. Sometimes I feel I need to sacrifice my fresh air in the suburbs to appreciate I don’t have to deal with all the pollution and carbon monoxide emissions in the city center. Today was one of those days πŸ˜€

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The Drought Season is Here…

I have been reading a lot of “spring is here” kind of posts, people get excited by the change in weather, something I feel most of us on my part of the world would not understand. It’s always a tropical kind of weather here, all year long! The closest we come to winter is during the long rain season, and even then, the air is just warm and humid.

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I have never really experienced snow, or been in a country that did, so to see people get excited about Spring kind of baffles me to some extent. I’ll say one thing though, if Spring gets your flowers popping like that, I’d be hella excited as well.

On my end though, we are going through the worst kind of drought we have seen in a really long time. We have one major dam that supplies the entire Nairobi city with water, and as of today, it is only 44% full. Something that causes some sort of alarm.

What does this mean for the average household?

Water rationing!

Which is something most people dread in the city. Sometimes it’s so bad people have to resolve to buying water. I know it’s bad when our garden and compound is as dry and dusty as it is now. I cannot remember the last time I saw nearly all our flowers , grass and trees this dried up.

Only some few of the strongest species still stand,like this one here, which really sucks cause my mum puts in a lot of work on them.

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Water is a basic need, just like food & clothing are, it’s just sad to see some places still struggle with this. Sometimes it feels like it’s mother nature’s way of balancing things out, other times, it just feels really unfair and biased of her.

All in all, the weather man says we should expect some rainfall by the end of April, hopefully things won’t be out of control before then. I am just Thankful and fortunate to be where I am, here, we don;t have to worry as much about it. But I feel for those that are already feeling the pressure of this heat wave.

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To the rest of you,Enjoy You Spring Out There! Keep the Flowers Photos Coming! Totally Love those.

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Exotic Kenyan Lunch| Chicken, Soup, Ugali… With a Quick Recipe!

It’s 1pm, do you know what that means? It’s freaking Lunch Time :))

What are you having for lunch today? Today it felt like a chicken kind of day. If you didn’t know, I am such a huge meat lover, I don’t think I have a fave, I just love it all. Truth is, I don’t think I’d ever survive without meat.

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We call this Ugali…

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You probably are familiar with the chicken and the soup from your part of the world, but are you familiar with ugali? It is basically a mix of corn flour and water.

Quick Recipe..

  • Bring water to boil in a pot
  • Add Corn flour as you stir until it thickens to your liking, cook it for 15-20 mins.
    SIMPLE!

While some people like to add salt and cooking oil to it, this is the original Kenyan way to cook it. You can also have it with steamed kale or cabbage if you wish. I had mine with some chicken and soup. It was super delish.

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We are also big on spring chicken here, it is so much tastier though tougher to chew…sometimes

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The soup is mostly from boiling the chicken,once well cooked, we fry it just to give it more taste. How do you cook your chicken? I like bbq , buffalo & periperi wings on most days as well.

The beauty about food is, you get to experience and explore so much of other people’s culture and their way of life,.. I find it rather fascinating how people prepare their meals across the globe.

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Kenyan Wildlife Experience at Nairobi Animal Orphanage| Imagery Post

There’s just something about being surrounded by wildlife in my low moments that just brings me solace. It’s not something I’d have discovered without this amazing blockchain. I never would have been so interested in photography to the extent of getting out of my comfort zone to go out and do the necessary.

I spent a good part of my past Sunday at The Nairobi Animal Orphanage just mingling and observing wildlife. For those of you that are not new to my STEEM blog, you might recall I visited this place sometime last year and drop 1 or 2 vlogs about it. While I did manage to capture both some photography and video content, this time was solely to take my new canon M50 on a test drive, and I must say, it was rather fun and fulfilling.

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Besides the plenty of lions that seem to have taken over the orphanage, I did manage to capture some buffalo shots, leopards, monkeys, cheetah,warthogs, the ultimately dangerous African Wild-dog, some African wild cats, some birds of some sort , hyenas, and so on..

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Yes, I said dogs and cats, some of you may think that’s not necessary or such a biggy, but trust me, the original African Wild dogs and cats can be extremely dangerous.

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Not Sure why this African dog needs so much water, more like a swimming pool or just it’s way to kill boredom. Whatever the case, it seemed pretty happy about it. This is definitely one of those animals I’d never want to come across with either in the mountains or the African Jungles. There are books, myths and beliefs written about them, the sort you’d hear about a kid and pee on yourself all week. I kid you not.

And of course where there’s a dog there’s a cat. Isn’t that why they call it raining cats & dogs? πŸ˜€

More of the Cat family…

Most of you probably love this kind of print on your clothes right? I can see why, it’s beautiful af.

One thing I gotta say though, the grid kind of made it hard to take proper photos. You totally can’t compare this with taking photos in the open African jungle. Remember those Masai Mara posts I did a few weeks ago? So much better! Also the animals at the orphanage are a bit far from the fence, so without a good zoom lens it becomes hard to get great shots.

I think I’ve done a couple of posts on Buffalos this past year. I had never seen a baby before, they are actually more calm and less angry unlike the adults who are always agitated and ready to strike at any given moment.

I’m gonna end this post here. I’m not a sucker for super long posts, plus I wanna make sure you guys come back for more tomorrow. Do you like the African wildlife or any kind of wildlife for that matter? Leave me a comment below.

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