Thursday, February 02, 2006


I was tagged by the charming young ma Whis, so here ya go!

1. Favourite Kenyan Food-

Mukimo wa miji and stew of Mbuzi , carrots and Kenyan salad , the way we make it (small pieces not chunks of cucumber, lettuce American way)
- Nyama Choma na kachumbari
- Fried fish,then simmered with lots of onions and tomatoes and served avec spinach and home made Chips…yummy!
- Githeri”kia mbembe njua”(soft maize):-)

2. Favourite Kenyan Drink-

MuratinaJ kidding, ahh Tusker baridi!!!

3. Favourite Kenyan TV Programme-

I still get a kick out of “Tushauriane” .Where can I get episodes on dvd ?

4. Top 3 Kenyan Hangouts-

Used to be Carni of course, still will be when I get back .- I don’t know any of those new joints ,so this question shall be answered when I land in the republic soon although word has it “Kengele is the place to be!

5. Top Holiday Kenyan Destination-
-Mombasa /Malindi of course,whitesands area has awesome cottages , maneno ya hotel time table siwezani, want to eat when I want not on someone else schedule while on vacation:-)
-Mt Kenya Safari Club -Nyeri
-Nanyuki –awesome place, awesome
-Karatina – My cucu’s place of course!!!!!!!!
- Nyeri – Outspan golf country club & Aberdare Country Club6.

3 Kenyan phrases you use a lot (ati, nini, nani and bilaz DO NOT count)!
-Wacha wewe!!!:-) ( will you stop)
-Tiga wana (stop nonsense)
- Uga( sema)
- Fala! ( Stupid/silly)
- Manze ( I sayJ
7. Three things about Kenya/Kenyans that make you go ‘hmmm’-

Bad behaviour – Muchene, gossip gossip!
-Copy cats! Every house has an identical wall unitJ, sofa and carpet .
- Kenyans who think writing good Queen English or even maiming the hippy American English is something to feel petho for, when you cannot speak Swahili or better yet your mother tongue well ....( Yes I have said it, shoot me!)

8. Three things non-Kenyans say about Kenya/Kenyans that make you go ‘hmmm’

- How long have you been in the US? (What is it to you ? By the way some people use this to gauge you on your looks, you know “you clean so well”J)).
- Where did you learn to speak good English like that?(on the plane on my way here, what do you think?)
- Have you ever seen a lion( Yes, I have one as a pet, infact it has a designated corner in our hut that it sleeps at)

9. Three things about Kenya/Kenyans which non-Kenyans ought to know
- We all do not run!!!!!!!!
- Kenya is beautiful, intriguing , challenging and still evolving country!!!
- There is more to Kenya than Safari and Masaai Mara

10. Complete this sentence: I am Kenyan because......

I look Kenyan, I speak Kenyanese, I have a kenyan name, I adore Kenya , My parents are Kenyan etc.

And finally – list 3 members of the Kenyan Blog Ring you would like to see complete this quiz.

JKE(Especially you JKE)
Cute - Angel


jke said...

OMG! :-))

Poi said...

Mmmmmhh the food is so tangible I can smell it dear girl, what's up with going all irio description? LOL

Tusker huh? I know how thick it makes a stew from experience hehehhe

Ahh tushauriane I'd even forgotten that proggi but twas alright!

Kengeles au sio? tell me about it when you get there

You daily phrases are hilarious :)

Totally agree with you on things that make you go hmmm and things that non-kenyans oughtta know

Hope you are having a happy thursday!

Whispering Inn said...

"Muratina" *thud* ROTFL! Wewe uko funny kumbe?
I see you like many of the things that I like. Very interesting!
Hebu niambie next time you're going to Malindi!

Irena said...

Jke: I'm waiting patiently , no pressure, I'm sure yours will be tantalizing:-)

@Poi: Ati Tusker makes thick stew. Haiya that I do not know my friend:-).Yep I shall surely tell you more about Kengeles Mungu akinijalia(sp).

@Whis: Yes, the real Irene is funny as hell , ask poi...You see, I have mutiple personality, there is the e-personality, the work personality etc.
Of course next time I'm on my way to Malindi, I will H'ola but wait you never answered my question on what continent you are situated:-)

Instigator said...

Hey!Great answers I feel you on the petho about english, much as I can speak all 3 dialects (kenyan english included!) I also take pride in my sheng,swa and venacular!
Mukimo rocks!So does Tusker!Btw:That question of how long have you been here? and Where you from bore me to tears!!!Anyway I can see that I have been tagged so I have to to my part soon.....

Poi said...

Happy Friday, dear girl and happy weekend!

On a different yeah tusker kizee/chali yani makes stew very thick u wanna give it a shot?

Irena said...

JKe: Thxs for accepting the tag and getting tagged.
Instigator: Haiya, we have lots in common, Whis do I see competition. Awaiting to see your tag self Instigator

Whispering Inn said...

Sorry I overlooked your question - North America baby! What, you wanna start su'm'n? lol.