Nairobi, Kenya. 4

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Y’all have heard of Maasai Market, right? Nah? Ok, lemme explain. 🙂

A long, long time ago, a group of Maasai women thought it would be a great idea to sell their art at the country’s business hub, Nairobi. So they set off with their hand-made artifacts, made their way to the city and started selling their items there.

Fast-forward to today. Maasai Market has grown enormously. It’s now a huge open air market that is held at different locations around the city. All depending on which day of the week it is.

Monday – There’s no market on Mondays.

TuesdayKijabe Street ParkPrestige Plaza.

WednesdayCapital Center.

ThursdayThe Junction Mall.

FridayThe Village Market.

SaturdayThe High Court parking.

SundayYaya Center.

Although the goods are no longer predominantly sold by the Maasai, there are still a wide variety of very beautiful, colourful, hand-made cultural arts and crafts to choose from. These include jewelery, paintings, clothes, textiles, shoes, sculptures, bags and a whole lot of other things.

Tip: These markets always target tourists therefore their prices are normally doubled or tripled. So you gotta haggle like a pro to avoid getting ripped off. Hear their price. Offer half of it. And then work on from there until both you and the seller settle on a price you are comfortable with.

Also, it’s always nice to engage them in conversations. You know, listen to their stories, find out if they actually made what they are selling…compliment their work. Just be nice. 🙂

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Always be kind,

Dee.

How To Take: Stunning Pictures Of Wildlife.

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Hey there! 🙂

Hope you are all doing great.

Today, I’m gonna share a few tips with you on how to take amazing pictures of wildlife.

1. Blend In.

Make an effort to blend in with the environment. It will increase the chances of you getting a more natural shot. You know. Since you are not sticking out like a sore thumb in the wilderness.

2. Angle and Lighting.

Most animals love seeking shade under trees and all. This makes it hard to take pictures of them since they may appear darker than they should. So you need to work your way around those shadows. Go to the other side of the animal maybe. Very smoothly though. Then take your shot.

3. Composition tells The Story.

Get as much of the natural habitat as the animals you are capturing into your frame. This lets viewers have an idea of what’s going on without having to say a word.

4. Steady Hands.

Wildlife can be unpredictable. One minute they’re “posing” for a shot and the next they are running away from you. As much as you would love to run after them and shoot, you’re much better off standing still and zooming in. While keeping the camera very steady so as to avoid blurry images.

5. Timing and Persistence.

Those “Magic Shots” don’t just happen. You have to be really patient. Observe the wildlife. Admire them. Enjoy the moment. Take it all in. And take a couple of pictures as you do so. Your “Magic Shot” will be in there somewhere when you finally relax and go through the photos you took.

Always be kind.

Dee.

Nairobi, Kenya. 3

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Hey ya loves! 🙂

On the day I was to leave for school, I decided to take a small tour of Nairobi. All these pictures are of the CBD. There’s so much you can do within the city. Like paddle boat at the Central Park (Uhuru Park). Or climb to the KICC helipad for the most gorgeous view of the city. All for a dollar or two! 🙂

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Also, this is what 25 shillings can get you in Nairobi. 🙂

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Always be kind.

Dee.

What To Wear: On Safari.

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I love safaris. I love adventure. But most of all, I love nature. Just the other day, while studying for my pediatrics class, I drifted off and started daydreaming about the gorgeous mountains in Canada surrounding pretty little lakes, the amazing landscapes in Iceland filled with breathtaking waterfalls, the beautifully sculptured canyons in the USA…

I’d love to see all these places one day.

Ok, now back to this post. There are a couple of things to note when it comes to dressing right for a safari. One: You need to be comfortable. Like very comfortable. Two: You need to blend in with the environment (think browns and greens) to avoid disrupting wild animals. It’s for your safety as well. Three: You need to be well fed and hydrated because safaris are exhausting.

Here’s a breakdown of what you’ll need to wear:

1. Hats & sunglasses

To protect yourself from the sun.

2. Tops

If you’re planning a morning or evening trip, you’ll need to layer up since it’s most probably going to be chilly. Otherwise, a t-shirt will do for the day.

3. Bottoms

Keep these long to avoid scratches and bites.

4. Shoes

Sneakers are the best option.

5. Bags

Just a small backpack to hold your essentials like water and cameras.

Always be kind.

Dee.

Taking Stock: 004

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Making: less smoothies because…winter is coming. Haha 😀 For real though. Now that summer is gone and autumn is half way through, finding fresh fruits in the markets is almost impossible.

Eating: pretty heavy breakfasts lately. Which is a very, very good thing.

Drinking: lots of milk this weekend.

Reading: Craving Yellow, a natural hair blog.

Wanting: a bowl of fruit salad right about now.

Playing: Sugar, by Maroon 5.

Wasting: nothing, I hope.

Creating: a wall collage of my Instagram travel pictures right above my study table.

Wishing: that autumn/winter didn’t have to be so damn cold.

Enjoying: the weekend. A little break from school is always treasured.

Liking: this song.

Wondering: if I should take a trip during the winter holidays or save up for a new laptop. Hmm…

Loving: my mama and papa more and more each day. I’m really grateful for them. ❤

Hoping: the invisible mosquitos in my room would just go away already. I keep waking up with new mosquito bites on my face every other morning. I should probably just buy a different kind of repellant for my room.

Marveling: at how delicate life really is.

Looking: forward to class tomorrow. 🙂 My clinical cycles keep getting more and more interesting. I’m doing Infectious Diseases now. I only have 2 more weeks left and I don’t want it to end. 😦 Also, my teacher is amazing.

Needing: to feel better soon.

Smelling: nothing. I have a cold.

Wearing: my PJs.

Following: Adam. How does one have such amazing style, tho?! Check him out. You’ll see what I mean.

Noticing: that I have gained a little weight. 🙂

Knowing: that what I do actually makes me happy. I’d do both medicine and blogging for free, but somebody has to pay my bills, right? 🙂

Thinking: of making myself some hot lemon water to help with the cold and sore throat.

Feeling: happy and grateful for my blessings.

Opening: wish I was opening the door for a delivery of a huge bouquet of fresh flowers.

Watching: Blackish! Why did it take me soo long to learn about this one?! 😮 Hands down, the best comedy I’ve ever watched since Friends. Yeah, it’s that good.

Giggling: smiling at the thought of finally putting this post up. 🙂

Always be kind.

Dee.

How to Take Perfect Travel Photos.

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There’s only so much you can physically leave with from your travels. And I think that’s why photography was invented! 🙂

You see, pictures are not only personal memories that will last a lifetime, but also make amazing stories that you will be able to share with friends and family for a pretty long time…like your grandchildren will also sit down to listen to them one day.

And that’s why you need to make sure that you capture as much as you possibly can in each frame. Below are a few simple guidelines that should help you do just that:

1. Where?

Outdoors definitely. Hotel rooms and bathroom selfies don’t make for interesting stories at all. Scout for locations that make the best, authentic and beautiful backdrops. Someone should be able to tell where you are from what you’ve captured.

2. What?

Now, this refers to the atmosphere and subjects/objects that you’ll be capturing. Try to include as much as you can in your frame so as to compliment the main subject.

3. When?

I personally love pictures taken in the middle of the day because that’s when natural light is at it’s best. Sunrises and sunsets are also good for those who love playing around with the concept of light and shadows. I don’t like the in-betweens though.

4. Who?

For those travelling solo, as I do most of the time, you’ll need to ask someone to take a picture of you. That’s after you’ve spotted the location, background and all that jazz so that you can quickly let them know how you want the picture to appear.

5. Click!

Now watch me whip! Now watch me nae nae! 🙂 I couldn’t help myself… 😮 Have fun at it and don’t forget to take in and enjoy every moment!

Always be kind.

Dee.

In My Camera Bag.

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I recently purchased what I love to call my “photography starter kit”. Every thing I bought was carefully thought of and I’m really proud to have. I do tend to use my phone more than my camera to take pictures though because it’s way lighter and more convenient.

I thought it would be a good idea to share with you what I currently keep in my camera bag:

1. Sony NEX-3N.

With a 32GB memory card and a fully (I try to keep it that way) charged battery.

2. 18-50mm lens.

This is the lens that came with the camera. Also came with a UV filter.

3. Samsung Galaxy Grand 2.

Like 80% of my entire gallery is shot on this little device. If only they made good quality DSLR cameras in this size…

4. JOBY GorillaPod.

I got the small one for my phone since I tend to use it more. I wouldn’t use it with my camera because of the heavy lens.

5. Selfie stick with bluetooth.

I have to admit that I’ve never used it for any of my pictures, yet. I have a strong feeling that when I do finally use it, I’ll try to modify it to a tripod and mount it to some base rather than hold it myself. 🙂

6. Power bank.

This portable charger is, again, just for my phone since it’s my most used device and the power runs out faster than the camera’s.

Always be kind.

Dee.

5 Simple Ways To Edit Pictures.

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Did you know that you could take a simple picture with your phone, then edit it, and make it look like it was taken by a professional photographer using some thousand-dollar DSLR? Oh, yes you can!

Thanks to picture editing, you can work magic on your photos to make them look a million times better. I usually use Picasa to edit my pictures. It’s a free software application that allows you to manipulate your images in a good number of ways.

Before posting my photos online, I normally polish them with the very simple edits below:

1. Crop the picture.

To make sure you only have the necessary elements within your frame.

2. Adjust brightness.

Photos originally appear a little bit too dark and need just a bit of brightening up to bring them to life.

3. Add saturation.

This is a sent-from-above effect. Throw in a little concentration here and there and your pictures will look heavenly.

4. Reduce warmth.

Looking red in photos is not a thing. I’ve been guilty of this before, so believe me when I tell yah, it ain’t a thing.

5. Use filters, sparingly.

This one’s subjective and is based on your preference. Try out all the filters out there and decide which ones make your photos look amazing. 🙂 Don’t overdo it, though.

Always be kind.

Dee.

Finding Your Passion.

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You know that time when you are about to sit for your final exams in high school and there’s this big decision you have to make on what you want to be for the rest of your life? Yeah, that time. That time when you are expected to choose between being a lawyer, or a writer, or a firefighter. And feeling that you have to do that and only that for the rest of your life.

Well, that moment is overrated. That choise you make, is overrated. And as much as you feel like you know what you want to do for the rest of your life, trust me, you don’t. And you probably won’t for a while. And that’s fine.

You see, this is how it works. When you get to college or university, you grow. Your mind expands. Your imagination broadens and so do your interests. And you find yourself in love with things you didn’t know you even liked. Like I have with photography, and blogging, and travel. Things that make me wake up at night wondering when morning will come so that I can get up and keep doing them.

Point is, don’t feel like you have to decide on what you want to spend the rest of your life doing when you are still a teenager. Dang, not even in your early twenties. Keep your mind open. Try new things. Find out what excites you. Ask yourself if you would still do it even if it was for free. You know, just because you enjoy it. Would you spend hours just to make sure that you give your best at whatever it is? Now that, that is your passion. And you shouldn’t give up on it. And if you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. It’s never too late. Be driven by your happiness. Not acceptance by society. Not easy ways out. And definitely not money. 🙂

Always be kind.

Dee.