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Friday, November 30, 2007

Lines from Esibayeni Diaries

Sisi from Esibayeni Diaries, sawubona. Kunjani? Me, ngiyaphila. Kantsi you were at St Michaels, mina I was at St. Theresa, so in a way we are kin. Hope you don't mind me posting this below. I really liked it.

There is no oil, if olives are not squeezed...No wine, if grapes are not pressed...No perfume , if flowers are not crushed...Have you felt pressure in life today?Dont worry ... God is just bringing out the best in you!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Titanic, Pacific Parade

Housem8s and I did another tour of Lilongwe earlier this week. It's amazing what you can find if you look in the right places and make your own opinion. We went to see the house shaped like the Titanic ship out in Area 10, i wish I coulda taken a pic. wonder if the owner would have said yes to his house being posted on the blog. I like asking for permission you know. Anyway, it was really cool. I liked the the house and the owners lodge the "Titanic off-shore Lodge" Very well priced and really dreamy. I LIKE!!
We also went out to Pacific Parade and looked through several shops and restaurants there. I liked The Calabash and Blue Ginger. the grocery store is pretty neat too!
L8a!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving was last Thursday so this post is a little late. Mel and I decided we were too tired to cook anything that night so we decided we were going to eat out. We brain stormed: Steers, Cafe Delight, Chick "o"Rellos. Mel suggested Nandos, and we decided we were going to check out Golden Dragon first and then Nandos because we really didn't want Junk and we were feeling partial to Chinese/portuguese a la Nandos. We found Goldern Dragon closed and Nandos under rennovations...upsetting.
I wanted to take a short-cut to Chick "O"s but ended up on the Area 3 road and remembered that there is a Chinese Restaurant there I had never been to. It's called Emerald and we were pleasantly surprised with their service and food. Impeccable. I commented that we thought we were taking ourselves out but it was actually God taking us out because we ended up at a surprise spot that gave us such a good time. I had sweet and sour, steamed rice, and we got complimentary juicy mango slices. Mel had steamed rice and hot nuts, vegs, and chicken combination, can't remember what it was called. We missed having guys there, tssk tssk. It was a unique Thanksgiving don't you think, no turkey, no football...still fun

Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Chez et al...

What a weekend! So "Emilia" is in Lilongwe, add "Veronica", "Monique" and I to the mix...oh, boy! We all had a stressful week and so decided to do something fun on Friday. We had more fun than we bargained for. I'll leave it at that. for further details email me, Heh! Heh!

It really helped to take it easy this week-end, I'm looking forward to the week ahead. It's still warm but at least there is a lot of cloud cover and the sun isn't beating down on us as it did this past week-end. Plus, we had rain showers last night, all 4 of us run out into the rain as soon as we heard it come down. We slept like babies after that.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Below

I had so much fun uploading pix below of events, people, and things from May 2006- ... the "cross" pic is my favorite of the pix Violette took in Europe. You're good Viol. loved all your other pix too I just love this one most because it so simply centers on Christ! the one where I'm standing in front of kids, I got off my prof's web (tssk, tssk, Thandi!) Trying to give props where there are due. Well, Enjoy!! PS, it's so hot I feel so sleepy....

i promised a bunch of pix










here are pix of people, places and things that God brought into my life (or into my head) this past year and 2006. The Boise ones are in earliear entries. There is more pix to come from Zomba but that will be a little l8a... Enjoy. I guess if you run the cursor over them they'll tell you what they are, I HOPE....

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanksgiving and The Shack

It's Thanksgiving. I sent out a bunch of e-cards this morning, still have more to send. I've no real plans but my friend from Boise who is here might have something planned. We'll see what happens and I'll update you.
Anyways, I have been mapping Lilongwe out. Last night, Mel, Henry, and I went and checked out the volleyball games at the Shack. It was pretty nice watching both the game and the crown there. As someone has said, it's Club Azungu. So it was interesting watching the scene and the activities. Socially I am improving, I'm really glad I'm not stuck indoors watching Big Brother all day long. Grenna is coming over and that will be cool too.

Early Christmas Present







I got a wonderful early Christmas present from my friends in Boise. Boise State memorabilia: A genuine Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Bronco Champions T-Shirt with a complete list of all (our) games last season- undefeated and a genuine Boise State bear. Both from The True Blue shop. I was really excited. I'll get pix l8r for the blog but I'm really excited. So here are some pix to go along with is post of my faves from BSU football team, I had my own pix that I took when the team were paraded to the Capitol building in January by I am yet to locate those...BSU, big UP to ya!! This buckaroo will never forget January 1, 2007. And to Binx and family, Thanks a whole big bunch!!

and a salute to you Codie


Thanx for putting Malawi on the map.

Proud of you Malawi Netball QUEENS


There you go!! Ranked #5 world wide, and to say it's their first appearance at the World Cup

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Politeness?

Here's what's bugging me right now. A lot of people say "yes" to something just to get rid of you, I've done it many times. "Do you want a solar power?" "Oh, yes we do" Six years later, your solar panel is lying idle with enough dust to write "don't clean, seeds planted" while I am using ESCOM power for my house. How do you "develop" me then? You are trying to help me, I'm trying to get you off my back. You know Solar power will make my life easier (read: less expensive) I don't get it. You are coming with your ideas about my life, I have my own ideas about my life, you need my input, you don't think so....Eh, does anyone know what I'm talking about. Perhaps I'm speaking in riddles, someone smart will know what I'm talking about heh heh heh.....

Face Book

After MySpace and Hi5, I thought I had tried it all and wasn't at all interested in getting onto yet ANOTHER social network. Viva invited me to get on FaceBook to look at a pic of hers (I had an idle account) and I must admit, I am quite impressed. FaceBook is secure, easier on your computer's health etc. So I'm worried I'll be hooked now. Alas, any of you out there on my hi5 that are as slow as me and haven't checked out FaceBook yet, COME ON OVER.
T

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Binx and I


Info. about these pix below




pix and all

the pix below are of my first mode of transportation in WA. The bike belonged to Children of the Nations, it was wonderful exercise riding it to and from work. the Pirates are at the Pirates Festival at the Pacific still in WA and then the horses are ambling along the beach STILL in WA. above are some pix from ID: I'm the darkest so it won't be hard to spot me. The one has Binx and I, on whose horse I am atop further down this blog, and then there's the one of Bunko night with the ladies, and the other is with on of my best friends Rhoda. She's from Malawi but lives in AZ and came over to visit me in WA.

Cloudy and Warm







I'm so glad the weather in Lilongwe has changed over the week-end. It's now cloudy, still humid but I don't miss the glare of the sun yet. I did all my laundry so it's good to wear long-sleeves while I wait for the light clothes to dry. Ha, good luck with them drying..... I had a very good week-end. The Presidential Road, the road that leads to State House is behind our apartment, was full of activity on Saturday.



The presidential convoy zoomed in and out of State House, dangnabbit! I didn't count the vehicles, next time...I've watched the convoys in Kamuzu Banda's, Bakili Muluzi's and now Bingu wa Mutharika's time but every time it's like I'm seeing them for the first time. It's pretty much motor cycles, Land Rovers, one Maybach/SUV (or Rolls Royce in Banda's time), an ambulance, an RV and some more cars. I'll count next time and provide a better list. My favorite part of the convoy is the soldiers hanging onto the Land Rovers that are cruising at +80mph!



Another good part of the week was spending it with a new friend, Sika, she's from Seattle and works here in Malawi as a Peace Corp. We watched Seraphim Falls, pretty intense but well directed. Good times.



Well here's a couple more random pix.



Thandi

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Woza Friday


"Woza Friday" is our local equivalent of TGIF. It's been a very eventful week for me in that I have done more things in the space of one week than I have ever done before. It's all good. Life happens, just good to have fun and enjoy. Any prayer warriors out there, please pray for my younger brother, he's been in serious trouble lately so please lift him up in prayer. The pic adding is slow going but hey, at least two in one day- that's pretty good considering how lazy I can get sometimes...

Here's the buckaroo!


Meet Buckaroo Thandi riding on Binx's "Blobs".

Sunny side up

second week in Lilongwe and it's boiling hot, can't complain much coz this means I can wear all the clothes I bought last summer again. Plus, the rain must be coming pretty soon. What can I say abt being back to the work-life, for starters, doing ministry during the week-end is something I will have to get used to.
Used to say, "I live for the week-ends" but for a while there mid this year every day was a weekend and I can do with being busy now. Lilongwe, it's pretty weird being back on my own without Fiskani and Grenna. I feel like I have to map it out on my own see what my personal taste is. Any suggestions anyone out there? What's The Shack all about? I'll probably try that place first for their volleyball and hanging out.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Oopsie!

Well, my first post, it's supposed to be "VAQUEIRO" (sp?) is the root word for Buckaroo....oopsies!

Whirlwind

I've moved for the 5th time in 12 months, they say "A rolling stone gathers no moss" well true dat but "it sure does shine" (thanks Leo for that one) I don't intend to roll too much in the future but I'm sure it's gonna be fun whatever comes. I'm in Lilongwe right now, the capital of Malawi. This time last year I had just moved to Bremerton, WA, from Silverdale, WA. Then moved to Boise, ID, Zomba, Malawi now I'm in Lilongwe, whew. Whirlwind yeah. I'll share some of my wisdoms in due course....

Buckaroo

Yes, I enjoyed living in the "Wild" West, hence my love for the word "buckaroo". I'll school you, "Buckaroo" is the Spanish root word for the American word Buckaroo. (thanks Wikipedia, I believe you Wikie all the time, after all). I'll put some pics here soon.