Hello, Lovers 😍
Whoever said the best stories start with wine deserves all the goodness n wine this world can offer… Can you guess my December mood? Is it oozing on you? Well, you’ll just have to excuse me coz I’m in a celebratory mood, I even feel like throwing a party to a butterfly just coz it’s beautiful n spreads it’s colorful wings so gorgeously. #OKbye😜.
Am not a huge fun of alcohol merely because it makes me sad once am drunk and that’s the moment I confront people who’ve pissed me off in a verbal diarrhea that will leave you laughing so hard (ask my sister Rose) hahaha. There was once we were out and one of the many people we were hanging out with pissed her off and I took the fight like mine hahaha. Nilitetaaa(I bitched)…n told that person every thing I felt without holding back. I rem even telling them “kila mtu look for your sisters n chill with them n stop being a burden to my sister ” I even chased them from where we were sitted n once one of them stood to leave with a mutual friend of my sister, I again shouted at them to sit down n not enter that car n get their own friends to drop them hahaha. My sister was sitted silently watching me as her other pissed off pals like me were glad someone finally called out those people n when I was done, she just asked if I could take pictures of her n the artist who’s concert we were attending for the first time together. Of course guys made up infact immediately after as we were going home 😂😂😂.
First foward to this random vodka day am out with the hommies n I gave a friend 14 drunk dials!! I honestly can’t rem why I kept calling n calling at 2am n this is someone miles away from where I was. The embarrassment that comes in the morning when you’re sober is what bottled up instead of water. Worst of all he exagerrated how they were 33 dials. I shamelessly said I was drunk n am sorry hahaha but was just bubbling in pride coz he made it look like 33 yet they were 14 meaning he was flattering himself. Also forgetting he gives me those ungodly hour calls and better yet, he’s always sober n just drunk on his thoughts. So no thank you, I will avoid your alcohol treats as much as unless I need to drunk dial someone but for WINE!!! There is a reason son of man turned it from water.
The first time I drunk wine properply was my grad thanks to my bro & dad who kept saying I drink coz 844 system is no joke, hahaha. The ol man had his humor moments. I had too much that I blacked out n wait for it… Puked on myself that night while asleep. I did not even feel my sissy in love change my outfit n spread new sheets coz I had shared a bed with her.(Thank you for cleaning my vomit 😖). I was told I even wanted to pee in the fridge. As I opened the fridge door thinking it’s the loo. Surely?? That was when I started moderating my wine intake too.
When Myra (Queen of Happy People Only) told me she was planning a wine tasting gig at one of the classiest hotels in Kisumu together with a bunch of friends n wanted me in on it, I first flash backed at all my ‘gone wild alcohol moments’ before accepting. I was elated. Plus I had heard of THE SOVEREIGN HOTEL and really wanted to soak in the energy, the vibes that would be emitting that night.
We first had to take poster pics n since Myra is that girl who dares to do, she pitched me as a photographer. Let’s laugh at that first hahaha. I love being infront of the camera but not behind unless am directing my own shoot n framing my shot. Since we are currently up for tasks n learning new fun things, I was like why not? Go Dallah-Slinger 😜. Oh n we didn’t have anyone to edit my photography but we made a poster anyway thanks to androids 😝 and believing in ourselves.
We had some nice poster shots (No,yes? Hahaha,yes by force ) that Mr John Legebeke (sp) really loved n set the ball rolling…
We check in at Sovereign and spruce up abit, of course bathroom selfies n settle down to wait for guests. A part of us is freaking out guys might not actually show up coz you know on FB & IG guys can say anything to boost your ego but when it comes to showing up for you for real, only very few. There was an amazing band soothing us with acoustic sounds of covers from legendary African artists n I loved their shoe game. Sneakers n jeans anyday!!
After about an hour guys started trickling in one by one n soon the room was full. N the part that I can hardly remember other than the chit chat here n there began.
John is a wine connoisseur and took us through how to smell, swirl, sip n hold our wine. I did not even know you should swirl wine before you drink it, app it brings the alcohol up…Yeah, just flow with it.
We sampled wine from different generations and decades and countries and best part was we had food to sample it with. Each sample was accompanied by chadoney and a bite so we taste the difference with food.
To be honest, I couldn’t tell the difference much apart from one which I have forgotten the name. After about four rounds, the room got buzzier, laughter and giggles everywhere.
The wine had kicked in n guys were loosening up more. I walked around with my camera capturing the emotion in the room, guys in their happy element. I loved seeing so many people happy, pleasant n bubbly. I soaked in the moment just feeling the happiness energy all over. The things wine does.
This gentleman is seated at the counter alone and I move over to take his unbothered face then he looks up n flashes a smile. We start random chit-chat of why am taking pics n have to explain to him how my life is set up and I have these amazing readers on my blog who’d love to see the pictures once I blog about this day. He is intrigued that I write and it’s when I find out he works for Nation media group. A-ha! Another radical thinker in the room. He asks where I got my Lion pendant that was resting just above my perfectly hidden cleavage n I realise he just checked out my boobs, shoosh, I quickly say massai market n smile politely removing myself from the awkward moment. He laughs as I go n says ‘you’re an interesting lady Dallah. Nice to meet you’. At this point my cheeks are red, am not sure if it’s the wine or my paranoia with that statement.
The next table I stop at after one guy asked for their pic to be taken had these four white men, am later to learn the owner of the hotel, his son n two friends. I take shots as we laugh n they look to see how the capture is. One of them says ‘but I look so white’ and we all say in unison ‘you are white’ and burst out laughing so hard. Huku am thinking to myself, so white folks too have this ‘eh am so black’ moment that we go through when taking pics n selfies. I get lost in my thoughts for a few secs just marvelling at the thought of how the same we are as humans despite our diffrent pigment. I marvel at our depth of relation and God’s creativity.
A light tap on my shoulder disrupts my train of thought to a sweet smile before my eyes. This one gentleman who was ducking all pics goes ‘I don’t want my pictures taken’. Automatically I jibe in, why? N his friend is quick to explain how he’s working on a project that doesn’t allow him to be on search vibes n he wouldn’t want his pictures online depicting that. (See what labels have done to us sigh!!) N we burst in laughter again. He then goes to ask me what I do n I go on n on again “you see, I love writing and my blog needs pictures and bla bla bla. He says he hates pictures and I shrug telling him he’s weird n further explain how pictures take a moment n feeze it so that we can re-live it again n feel that good feeling we felt in that moment. He is now laughing alot as I go on n on not noticing how am into my zone. I even tell him he should go sit alone in a corner as he is not full of life n might down our moods and energy. He moves closer as if sniffing my cologne as he goes through my camera. I move back and he notices my distance n goes ahead to ask what I think of the wine n salmon we had just been served before, I laugh out loud n tell him I ain’t noticing shit n goes on to tell him in my culture, we just take food with water or juice. We laugh and he says he wishes that was their culture. Then he just goes ahead n says ‘I think you’re struggling to take my pictures coz you like me’ hahaha, yes, he’s now getting smooth n I defensively ans back ‘Oh don’t flatter yourself ‘. We laughed more n his boys joined in on laughing at him as I left the table to more capturing.
I met a lady who wants to start blogging about food & wine. I was so happy coz been trying to discover bloggers in Kisumu esp creative bloggers for a concept am working on and it’s been proving hard. We encourage each other here n there and vibe on blogging and we even plan a shoot with her photographer.
By the time we were starting on red wine sampling, guys were hella tipsy n moving around, the empty bottles broke n we all burst out laughing with guys shouting ‘The party has officially started’ n the rest dear lovers was a ball of good vibes and energy in the room.
I head out, Mr Mc dreamy blue eyes pulls me n says “I like you! I think you’re a pleasant person”, n I blush so hard n defensively utter back ‘bye wierdo, bye person who hates pictures’. His smile yawa!! It was a beautiful one n for a min I got lost in his blue eyes as myra’s voice lingered ‘Bye guys’. I walk away very fast n on reaching the door, I turned back like in the movies n my eyes meet his across the room. He smiles again n I leave. Eh, guys!!! Are you feeling what am feeling? Myra n her Bae are ahead now n keep teasing me how I’ve found a baby daddy. We laugh as they drop me home.
First foward to a week later Myra uploads the pics on FB n Friend requests show up. I scroll through his Boy’s profile to see if I can see his pic n get his name but nothing!! Mmmh, let’s hope I was not geling with an alien coz he seemed way too nice & pleasant. N no, I dont have a crush on a stranger I don’t even know their name.
Happy December lovers. Create good memories and spread good vibes. Make it a December to remember.
NB: MAD PROPS TO JOHN, MYRA & SYLVIA FOR THIS WONDERFUL EVENT!!! And ofcourse the SOVEREIGN HOTEL for the amazing food, ambience & staff. We def coming back for more!!!
PS; Since it’s the end month, instead of my new month ‘Gratitude posts’, I’ll do this one at the end of the month to close 2016 urguably my best year yet.
Thank you so much for passing by and re-living these memories and moments with me.
Love & Light.