Category Archives: Memorable events and travel

Camay Beauty Products launched in Kenya

As I was going about my typical busy day at work, I received a call from the reception that I had a visitor. At first I was very furious since I was too busy to leave my desk yet there was someone waiting for me. I decided to ignore but five minutes later the receptionist personally came to my desk and told me that there was a man with flowers requesting to see me personally.
I wondered who could that be with flowers, the first thing I noticed was the flowers and the card. The gentleman was doing special delivery for the invited guests to the #scentofwoman launch event at Kempinski on 24th June. The invite did not reveal details but it was so enticing.

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It was a great honor to be invited as one of the guests on such occasions I am always on the other side trying to make sure  that guests are well taken care of. The dress code was Tres Chic, very interesting indeed I had no idea what I would wear but decided to go for a simple blue outfit with a touch of the theme colour which was fuchsia.
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A day later I received another call and this time round they brought me a scented candle and massage voucher at Kempinski. Clearly this was a sign of good things ahead.
The D-day finally came, fast forward to the event, the look and feel of the event was out of this world, and it brought out the essence of the event with pure white couches arranged around the room. A dressing table with Camay products on display, a massage corner with some attractive bare chest men who were on standby for a massage session.

The brand team took the guests through the event’s agenda showcasing a range of products that will be available in retail stores across the country. The brand activation team will also be in different malls engaging consumers on the product.
The beauty brand consists of a body lotion, Roll-on antiperspirant deodorant, Spray antiperspirant deodorant as well as a beauty soap. Camay has 3 distinctive fragrances; Romantic, Pure Refresh and captivation to cater for the varying scents that women want.

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Of all the products I loved Camay Romantic Lotion and Antiperspirant, its scent and packaging is great. However if you are allergic to strong scents you might have a problem with these products. The scent sticks on you for a longer period. I will most definitely check out other products that they have in retails stores.

Camay’s enduring scents are inspired by French fragrances and designed by top perfumers to reflect the latest fragrance trends. Camay beauty products contain a drop of real perfume so their individual scents are designed with top, heart and base notes to deliver sophisticated scent characters for 24 hours, which are comparable to real perfume, to ensure women feel and smell their most attractive throughout the day.
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Camay Brand Manager Victoria Kieti Chesire, said “Camay recognises the femininity of today’s woman while appreciating her attractiveness, confidence, hard work, and achievements all the while bringing out her gorgeous self, and sensuality through the glow of her skin serenaded by moisture and beautiful fragrances a relationship of scent, moisture and skin”

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Casa Bacardi to end in style – This weekend

Casa Bacardi house parties will culminate this weekend with a VIP party for the third winner, Rachael Kimanthi and her friends. This will be the third party in a span of two months.

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Rachael Kimanthi

The first two winners were treated to an unforgettable VIP experience along with their friends, traveling in luxurious limousines to their Casa Bacardi house parties in the heart of Westlands, Nairobi. The revelers enjoyed a fun filled night of delicious eats and famous Bacardi cocktails like Mojito, Cuba Libre and Daiquiri, whilst getting down to hot mixes from renowned DJs such as DJ Dru.

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Dj Dru on the decks

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DJ Dru with friends

“For over 150 years, Bacardi has brought people together through legendary parties and great-tasting cocktails. Casa Bacardi parties’ goal is to create non-traditional events that will dazzle our guests. This year our guests are going to experience a change from the typical night out at a nightclub and truly enjoy parties in a special way.” Said George Cozac, Bacardi Martini Area Manager East Africa.

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Casa BACARDÍ is all about legendary, unforgettable house parties that have the perfect mix of great music, great friends and great cocktails. BACARDI Limited, the world’s largest privately owned spirits company is officially bringing the legendary parties to Kenya.

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DJ on the Decks

 “I would like to thank Bacardi for the amazing experience. The party came at the right time on my birthday thus giving me an opportunity to invite my friends for the celebration; getting to celebrate with my friends in a special way was great, “said Ruth Carol.

2nd winner Ruth Carol (Centre) with friends

2nd winner Ruth Carol (Centre) with friends

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“Winning a party was a dream, I must say that Bacardi team outdid themselves to ensure that we got the best treatment that is only offered to VIPs. I would like to thank Bacardi for the effort in ensuring that we enjoy the night to the fullest.”  Said Patrick Munene.

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About BACARDÍ rum – The World’s Most Awarded rum

In 1862, in the city of Santiago de Cuba, founder Don Facundo Bacardí Massó revolutionized the spirits industry when he created the world’s first smooth, light-bodied spirit – BACARDÍ rum. The unique taste of BACARDÍ rum inspired cocktail pioneers to create some of the world’s most famous cocktail recipes including the BACARDÍ Mojito, the BACARDÍ Daiquirí, the BACARDÍ Cuba Libre, BACARDÍ Pina Colada and the BACARDÍ Presidente. Seven generations later, the Bacardi Company is still family owned, and BACARDÍ rum has won nearly 600 awards for quality and product profile. Today, BACARDÍ rum is made in Puerto Rico and Mexico, where it is crafted to ensure the taste remains the same today as it did when it was first blended in 1862.

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Weekend full of fun and laughter at Top Camp in Naivasha

After a long tiring day hiking at Mt. Longonot one of the mountains that is frequented by hikers from Nairobi and environs, my friends and I decided to spend our weekend at Top Camp in Naivasha town. The town which is known for its cool climate and is a haven for both local and international tourists was among the first places to be occupied by white settlers.

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The weather patterns in Nairobi were  tricky making us look out for options on whether we should camp, hire a cabin or return after the hike.  We settled on Top Camp part of Fisherman’s Camp that is situated on top of a hill where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the lake and its surroundings. The Camp which has affordable cabins that can accommodate several groups of people sleeping up to 14people in one cabin is about 20km along the South Lake Road from Naivasha town.

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Having negotiated and given affordable rate for 11 people at a budget of Kshs. 500 per person we had two cabins to ourselves. Each cabin goes for Kshs. 5000 depending with the size and number of people. We were required to come with our own toiletries and beddings since they only offered beds and mattresses. We had an option of either eating in Naivasha town, Fisherman’s Camp or self-catering, we opted for self-catering which was affordable and convenient.

 

On arrival we were welcomed by a friendly host who welcomed us and took us through the dos and don’ts of staying at the Camp. We were informed of other visitors who were around and was very important to respect their privacy.

 

The Cabins which have African touch both on the outside and inside made us feel at home away from home. The camp which is situated on a huge farm has grounds for various activities such as camping, cycling or any other outdoor activities.  The cabins are self-contained with double decker and single beds, well spread with Maasai shukas. The kitchenette has utensils for self- catering, a gas cooker and a small fridge for groceries and drinks.  The bathrooms that are both inside and outside the cabin have hot showers for the lovers of hot water.

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The Camp has a range of cottages and bandas (small chalets) to suit all budgets either at the lake edge on bottom camp, or overlooking spectacular lake views at Top Camp.

Karibu Cottage: Self-contained cottage overlooking Lake Naivasha. 1 double room and one single, Fully equipped kitchen and living room. Situated next to swimming pool.

Kwasi: Self-contained double room with fully equipped kitchen, overlooking Lake Naivasha.

Kitete: Self-contained room with one double and two singles, overlooking Lake Naivasha.

Kasuku Cottage: 2 bedrooms, sleeps 6, Bottom Camp. Kasuku has a fully equipped kitchen, a self-contained bathroom and a spacious veranda. Bedroom one contains a double and single bed and room 2 contains 3 single beds.

 

Initially we were tired after the Longonot hike but after freshening up the ladies took over the cooking chores and the men looked for firewood to light the bonfire that will take us through the night whereas others went to look for food for the evening and morning.  

 

Since there were no entertainment facilities available for example a bar or an entertainment spot and did not have plans to leave the camp, we carried our own music system and drinks especially alcohol since soft drinks were already catered for in the budget.  The rest of the evening was well covered through to the night, music, dances, jokes, laughter etc. Iam an early bird I was the first to throw in the towel at Midnight after dozing off a number of times by the fireplace J the rest went through till wee hours of the morning.

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Those of us who felt reenergized went onto part three of fun times cycling and swimming.  Those interested to cycle had to part with Kshs. 350 which covers half day and Kshs 500 for a full day. Since we didn’t not have plans to cycle the whole day we only paid for the half day and went ahead to swimming where we parted with Kshs 350 having negotiated from Kshs 500 a Crayfish Hotel, since Fisherman’s Camp doesn’t have a swimming pool and thank God the weather seemed to favor us.  This was just total madness, hiking, cycling and swimming in one weekend. But guess what these are things you do once in a while and we couldn’t let the opportunity go then wonder what we went to do in Naivasha.

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Each one of us spent  Kshs. 3200 which Catered for Transport, Accommodation, Park Entry fees, Guide fee, Food, activities (Swimming, Hiking, Cycling).  What a BUDGET FRIENDLY WEEKEND PLAN!!!!

Things to Note:-

  • Top Camp has self-catering option alternatively you can eat at Fisherman’s restaurant or Naivasha Town.
    • Gas cookers and utensils available
    • Carry your drinks (alcohol and soft), alternatively you can drink at Fisherman’s bar or Naivasha Town.
    • I will not recommend  using the road leading to the camp at night since it looks risky because of the rough and rocky path and bushes around
    • There is an option of lighting a bonfire
    • Guests are requested to leave the cabins by 11.00am to allow other visitors.
    • There is the camping option if not interested in sleeping in the cabins.
    • One is required to come with own beddings
    • Amenities include toilets and bathrooms that in each cabins and others outside for those camping.

Apart from social activities, companies prefer having recreational activities such as team building and gateways in Naivasha.  Along the shores of the lake you will notice Budget friendly hotels such Crayfish, Hexagon Farm Lodge, Triple Eden Naivasha Hotel among others on the opposite side you will notice green houses with agricultural activities taking place.  Some of the attractions around Naivasha include Hell’s Gate National Park which is known for hiking, bird watching, camping, rock climbing among others and Crater Lake. Other activities include Boat rides, Mountain biking, Swimming, and Horse Riding. The town is also known for its agricultural produce such as Vegetables, fruits among other vegetables.  

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Flavia Murugi’s Rainbow Book Launch

“What is a rainbow forms and the destruction that was to be never becomes?”

I got an invite recently from a friend, I knew through my hiking group Kwea Milele. She was launching her second book (Rainbow) at the same time launching her other projects that are in the pipeline. Well.. well she kept on reminding us to come dressed in rainbow colors which was the theme of the day.

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I looked through my wardrobe for anything that would look elegant with all those colors. Remember Rainbow colors are a combination of Red, Purple, yellow, blue, orange etc.  Clearly one needs so much efforts to pull it off without looking like a clown.

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I opted for a  mint green drop sleeveless dress with red clutch bag and shoes.  At first I was not keen on this trend but having tried it out I must say, this is a must have in your wardrobe. The dress brings out elegance and comfort with the fun and freshness of a long and shorter dress combined.

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Typical Kenyans arrived two hours later since the event could not get started with only a handful people. Eventually the room filled up and Flavia started her presentation. Flavia left employment  at the age of 28 to start a journey that is aimed at inspiring people especially young people based on her real life experience. How many people would leave employment and venture into such at  a young age? I highly doubt me included. This is the age we want to to work harder get promotions, go back to school for further studies, think of settling down, saving to go for trips etc.

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The book is written based on her real life experience beginning with her grandmother’s generation through to her, the content of the book has stories that no one would want to share especially if it is family related because we are scared of the judgmental world. She had to come out in the open and share her stories as a way of letting those suffering in silence to  find ways of how they can share their experience and learn from each other.

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During her presentation she mentioned something that was a wake up call for me. One statement she made that kept me thinking all through and felt touched, “there might be some dark clouds which means  that there all is not going as planned but do you have an idea what is beyond the dark clouds? there is sun shine that will be brighter than you ever thought, hence do not dwell on the dark clouds but dwell on the aftermath.”

I like her energy, vigor and optimism in all that she is doing that eventually she will fulfill what her late mother never ever fulfilled.

Don’t you think this is Inspiring?

This is the Summary of the Book  (The Rainbow)

“Clouds are considered a sign of rain that is to fall. In our daily lives sometimes our background or history can be used to determine the fate of future generations. The clouds of circumstances and especially negative ones can be used to predict a rainfall of destruction. But what if a rainbow forms and the determination that was to be never becomes?

The book is an inspiration of the fact that God’s promises to us are the Rainbow of the covenant. He makes with us maybe just like He did with Noah. The Rainbow can definitely influence circumstances to the better, dispel history and yes give room for change.”

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The book which is 44 pages and written in simple  and understandable real life scenarios  is retailing at Kshs 500.

Please like her page to get insights on her projects and details of how you can find the book.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Flavia-Murugi/496265693743424

Pre- Mt Kenya hike – Kijabe hike in pictures

 

This was the last hike before  going to Mt. Kenya over Easter holidays http://nakhulokhaimia.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/memorable-trip-during-2013-easter-holiday-mt-kenya-we-came-we-saw-we-conquered/

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