The old adage ‘We make plans and God laughs’ made so much sense to me on Sunday. And this time God wasn’t chuckling. He had that table hitting, tummy hurting, rolling on the floor kind of laugh at our plans to go to Kidepo Valley National Park. As you’ve probably imagined, this is about how nothing went according to plan.
‘Oh, you are going to Karamoja?’ They asked. ‘Make sure you pack light. It’s really hot there you know!’ That was last year. And I did pack a little light with a few heavy clothes and I got the shock of my existence. Kaabong, the place I’m at was colder than Kampala and it wasn’t even the rainy season!!!! I tried to pack better this time round but I won’t lie this weather never ceases to surprise me. It’s the rainy season now and gets as cold as 14 degrees Celsius. To you guys who have winter, that is pretty warm. However, I’m a tropical kid, that in my world is the definition of freezing.
I came to Karamoja expecting dry grass and thickets with naked men with spears all over the town. The very thought of it embarrasses me. However, if I were to play the blame game, I’d blame the media for showing us only what they want us to see. What I found here is not I grew up seeing on the television. Okay, a little is true but the negative parts were a little….scratch that too exaggerated. I promised an unbiased version of the Kaabong I’ve spent quite a while in.
This is my favourite hangout spot in this entire place. It’s the offices of an NGO called Mercy Corps. It has the craziest view ever!!! I’m obsessed, literally!! Also the offices have wifi. I’m a city girl!! You can take me out of the city but you can’t take my obsession with wifi out of me. Also, I insist the view is everything.
This is the view. Nothing like the gods must be crazy apparently.
Whoever said that the whole of Karamoja is hot and dry definitely hadn’t been here.
Well I guess y’all already know by now that I’m a medical student. Yeah I’m not going to bore you with how much I’m totally in love with pharmacology. One of the many perks of the programme at my university is that once a year we get to travel to a hard to reach area and actually see first hand the health situation of our country. Wait, this should be more interesting. Anyway, I’m almost three weeks in an underpopulated, extremely hard to reach area – it took us two days to get here – at the upper most corner of Uganda. Yes!! Get your maps out! I’m in Karamoja and making the most of this place.
I plan to show you Karamoja the way I see it!! And come on I’m a dental student so heck yeah I’ll have photos of me in a coat!
This is my Karamoja experience. 😊
Disclaimer: I’m not good at photography. Only my selfie game is strong.
The Oscars were last Sunday. Exactly a week ago. If this was instagram I’d say #latergram but honestly I needed to internalise the fashion. Some stunned, others well..at least they are rich. Some grew on me and others were plain hideous (I’m sorry Nicole Kidman!). So here’s the most talked about fashion and style at the Oscars.
The red carpet darling Emma Stone brought it. If it’s possible to lust over fashion then I have an unending crush on her red carpet fashion. She was the perfect seaweed goddess. The colour was an acquired taste but her style is so versatile, fun and damn-straight bringing it. Definitely one of my best dressed!
Scarlett Johansson’s look has me like that blue and black dress or was it white and gold dress that was going around. Some people loved it but I loathed it. That hideous necklace and the hair. I’m not quite sure which I hated more the hair or the necklace or both. The dress was beautiful and well, I can’t even begin to describe how amazing her body is.
Reese Witherspoon though, absolutely stunned on Sunday night! Ignoring the fact that she had already worn white to the SAG awards, it is safe to admit that white is an amazing colour on her and the black detail had me hooked the moment I saw her. She was dressed like the movie star that she is.
Nicole Kidman’s, well that I’ve spent a week trying to accept but have failed. I have no kind words for this dress. Its outright hideous I didn’t even get the designer name (alright fine, it’s a Louis Vuitton!). What was with the colour, the hemming and the red band that was absolutely out of place?! Definitely one of the worst-dressed that night!
Lupita Nyong’o. I need a moment to take in just how exquisite this dress is. Francisco Costa out friggin did himself. 6000 pearls!!! People how much more haute fashion do we want on the carpet? And her hair and make up? Slay girl, slay!
Movie star moment!
Cate Blanchett is simply not human. She was everything in that Maison Margiela dress. Such simplicity in the makeup and accessories and the dress! The contrast the turquoise necklace made with the black? Amazing amazing amazing!!! She was every bit a movie star in it.
With Jennifer Lopez, well who was surprised? Plunging neckline gold bedazzled dress? The only thing missing was the thigh-high slit and more cutouts. She looked really beautiful but its getting old, especially with her!
Hot momma alert!
So rumor has it (rightly so, too) that Zoe Saldana had twins. If that’s what a body looks like 3 months after then its safe to say that she could be extra terrestrial for all we know. The colour, the style, the fitting was P.E.R.F.E.C.T.I.O.N!!!!
And darling darling Rosamund Pike crowned it all off in that rich red lace number… I don’t know if its the resting bitch face she always has on or it’s the new momma glow but she definitely brought sexy to the carpet! The minimal accessories with her hair in a beautiful updo was everything. The dress accentuated her tiny waist. The slit showed just enough leg. Her best award season look and my favourite dress at the Oscars 2015.
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It’s a favourite pass time especially if you have unlimited wi-fi and a subject you are terribly interested in. It’s hobby but other times its downright necessary. Yes, cyber stalking. It’s an art and science. It’s a new field that you can’t afford to be sloppy at. If you are going to do it, do it right. So this is me giving rules to cyber stalking.
The first and most important. You do not for any reason whatsoever like or favourite the said person’s posts. That is a rookie error and there’s no room for sloppy here. That is evidence that you’ve pried around. It’s basically the same as screaming ‘pardon’ when eavesdropping on a conversation. Rule number two. Be calm. Like really calm. That way you’ll avoid previously-mentioned slipperiness. Here’s what to do especially if you are stalking cute guy or cute-guy-you-liked-and-dated-and-ended-up-breaking-up-with-but-you-still-adore’s current girlfriend. Put emotions aside; this task requires you to be devoid of emotion. Focus is the word. Make sure you don’t have sweaty hands that you’ll blame for errors. If your happen to have them, powder them. Or have tissue nearby.
The third rule of the game is to be in a private place mostly because most people do not understand the art of cyber stalking or stalking for that matter. You’ll be considered a freak which we all know is not the case. But you see, doctors don’t discuss confidential matters in public neither do detectives -which you are at that time- discuss a case in the full hearing of everyone. So here’s what to do. If you have a favourite coffee and cake shop, sit at the corner table where no one will bother you. Or you could do it in your bedroom – all locked up away from the rest of the world. Do I hear someone say mobile data is expensive? Well nobody said privacy came cheap.
The fourth.. Shades!!! Very important mainly because well, detectives always wear shades. This is on because of the cool factor. And everyone feels cool in them and it creates an air of privacy. PS: They should be dark… Nobody bothers anyone with dark glasses. It’s just how the world works. Then for those with glasses…I feel you especially because I belong to this family. But here’s the thing we get away with so many times because we give the impression that we are geeky and serious and don’t want to be bothered especially when we are working on our gadgets. The rest of the world thinks we could be changing the world on our gadgets and so they don’t even think of bothering us. So we are good without shades. 🙂
And lastly and this is very important: you do not EVER write anything down. Not even to show your best friend. If you don’t have photographic memory, create it!!
PS: If the person you are meant to be stalking has nothing on the internet; say has no social media accounts, not even a Facebook account at the very least then they are downright boring. The world has moved too far ahead and embraced social media for one to not be on any. You are better off not knowing anything about them.