China Town Market is back this weekend at ZEN GARDEN!

It’s back! Hurrah, cue the Chinese music!

The 2012 China Town Market will be hosted at Zen Garden on Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd September.

Zen Garden’s beautiful gardens and terraces will be transformed into live cooking stations serving up some gastronomic delights, where diners can interact with chefs & customize dishes according to their preference.
I hear their Bamboo kitchen team will be cooking hot noodles, soups, dumplings, & wok favorites throughout the day. Guests can come in and eat as much as they like for 3000/- only.

The food market will be open for dinner on the 1st of September and again for lunch on the 2nd of September 2012.

There will be entertainment for the kids throughout the day, as well as a live band for all to enjoy!

As with all things Zen, this is going to be a spectacular & unique event in Nairobi!

Art and beer festival this weekend!

I am always looking for something fantastic to do on weekends that’s fun, unique and cool- which is why i love blanket’s and wine and religiously follow Muthoni on social networking sites to find out what she will be up to.

Anyway my favouritest ex co-host and good friend Jaymz Kiama called me up last week and set a date with me. It’s been a while since ‘Hot Source’ but let me tell you, my love for this man is paramount! He told me I had to be at ‘The Art and Beer Fest’ this weeknd.

He had me at art  and beer-and throw in some quality time with friends and music and it’s the perfect plan right?

The Art and Beer Fest aims to be a mirror to Kenyans and visitors to the country by providing a platform where they can see and celebrate local art in all its genres and learn more about themselves and the surrounding.

The event is also a platform for the artists and creatives to showcase and interact with art lovers about their art and view on society and earn from it.

The event doubles up as a charitable event aimed at supporting and raising awareness towards social progress with our focus on Children Rights – Education and Wellbeing.Cool beans right?

The event is set to be held at Race Course Grounds, Ngong Rd on Saturday 10th from 12pm to Sunday 11th, 6pm and will include local brewers and microbrewers, a bikers’ procession, motor vehicle art jobs, body art, tattoos and piercings, any Kenyan made products exhibition among others activities. There will also be an award giving ceremony for Homegrown Heroes Award and my source tells me there will even be camping groundds for those who plan to spend the wole weekend there!

Sounds terrific and i definitely will be there. Check out their website for more info:

http://www.artandbeerfest.com

Advance Season Tickets: 2000

Season Tickets at the Gate: 2500
Sunday Only Tickets: 1500

VIP Tickets: 4000

Tickets will shortly be available at Dormans, Brew Bistro, USIU, & Strathmore

It’s so gonna be worth it:)

The Art and beer fest, kenya


Say “Cheese”! The Cheese Tasters Club host ‘Cheese, Wine and a Movie”!

I have loved ‘Casablanca’ since I was a little kid and had somewhat of a weird crush on Humphrey Bogart.

Maybe it’s the way he said “here’s looking at you kid”

Anyway…if you are thinking of a cool night out with some wine, cheese and total Zen then head to:

I mean what better way to spend a Thursday evening than with a glass of KWV wine, some amazing Brown’s Cheese canapés, and the classic movie Casablanca.

Sounds perfect to you? Then show up to the Cheese Tasters Club- who present a tasting event just for you!

Wine, Cheese & Movie.

Bliss isn’t it?

Fancy some pop-corn during the movie? They have that covered too with pop-corn AND ice-cream stands filled with different toppings to tickle your taste buds.

Join them on Thursday March 8th @ 6:30pm for a romantic event not to be missed!

Time: 6:30pm.

Venue: The great outdoors at the serene Zen Garden.

For reservations email info@zengarden.co.ke or call 0721.811.876

See you all there!

Fox Theatres and East FM host the premiere of Mere brother ki Dulhan

East Fm and Fox Theaters proudly hosted the premiere last Friday of ‘Meri Brother ki dulhan’ and what an event it was!

East FM hosted a competition on air and encouraged couples who won tix to the film to come dressed as brides and grooms and they could stand a chance to win a weekend package to Lake Elementaita. You can bet all of them showed up decked out in their spiffiest attire and just for that walked away with Spa packages from Aromatics Spa.

The stars and fans came a flocking enjoying fantastic music, mehndi from Dilshad and delicious cuisine from Angithi restaurant.

At the same time we were in search for Kunjan Dholakia’s Dulhan (he hosts Luminaries on East FM every Thursday eve from 9PM, tune in for his wit, he is hilarious!)

It truly was an amazing evening!! Thank you Mehak for making my evening:)

Fox Theatres Mehak Kapila, Asian Weekly's Aazra Premji and Care International's Reshma Aziz Khan

East Fm Seema Sarkar and Kunjan Dholakia

Nagib Kassam and his lovely Fiance

East FM! me, Kamal, Kunjan, allem and Rajesh

deen family

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The lovely Dilshad and her Mehndi ladies

Buddha Relics exhibition in Kenya changed my soul forever….

EN NOTE: This event happened yonks ago but I didn’t have a chance to blog about it…it was pub in ‘The Star’ the week it took place)

 

Despite being born a Muslim my parents have never dictated my faith. I was always guided on the path they knew but never bound by it, making me love my religion. I still remember when my sister decided to “dabble in Buddhism” as my judgemental aunt referred to her passing interest.

My parents happily let her follow her own path to spirituality and she would always try to explain to me the fundamental principles in her calm, patient way. When I couldn’t understand her she would tell me when it was time I would- at which point I sort of wrote her off as somewhat cuckoo.

So imagine my surprise when I heard that a very special Buddhist relics tour was coming to Kenya. I felt I owed it to her soul to take interest. My friend Kunjan had already been and he wouldn’t stop raving about it, so I begged him to accompany me as it was too daunting for the unbeliever in me!

Kunjan explained to me that there was a reason I was going- and I looked at him like he was barking mad. I couldn’t understand his belief that the proverbial ‘HE’ had called me hence my path there was so easy!

Keeping my prejudice to my mind I decided to take a flying leap into Buddhist spiritualism with my heart and it is the single decision in my life I will forever cherish. We were met immediately by Nisha Manek and her brother Raj Manek from USA who had had a hand in bringing the relics to Kenya.

Nisha explained to me that the ‘Maitreya Project Heart Shrine Relic Tour’ was a collection of more than 1,000 sacred relics of the Buddha and other Buddhist Masters touring the world. These relics after their tour will be enshrined inside the heart of a magnificent Maitreya Buddha statue being built in Kushinagar, India.

Funds collected from the tour will go towards building this magnificent shrine/statue.

Which made me ask- what on earth is a relic and why must I ululate in joy to see this? According to Raj, when a spiritual master cremated, beautiful, pearl or crystal –like objects are found amongst the ashes. The Tibetan call these ringsel. These ringsel are special as they hold the essence of the qualities of the spiritual masters. Their inner purity appears in the form of relics. True spiritual teachers do not generally discuss their own attainments but the relics are physical evidence that the teacher attained qualities of compassion and wisdom before death.

It is believed that your most inner wishes are granted when observing the relics in a respectful manner. And you can bet I had a gazillion! The relics provided a unique opportunity to make a spiritual connection with enlightened beings. These masters deliberately chose to leave these relics behind so that we can create the causes for our own happiness. Just by being in their presence you are bound to feel healed, inspired and at peace.

That’s when I met the Venerable Paula. Paula in my understanding had reached the highest plains of Buddhism and while she wasn’t a master she was highly respected. Paula told me that she was still a Christian but she practiced the Buddhist way of life. She had embraced the core values of Buddhist spiritualism into her life and said I could too without feeling like I was cheating on my own faith.

Paula believed that the reason the relics were in Kenya was to spread peace and love. With the elections on the horizon our country needed all the love it could get as if an individual is loved and happy within it is very difficult for them to commit the atrocious acts we saw committed in 2007.

Then came the actual experience. We began the tour by washing the baby Buddha that represented the baby Buddha in ourselves. And as we washed it we were washing away the negative and asking for our hearts deepest desires.

As we moved around the relics in a clock-wise manner I was deeply moved and truly felt at peace and content. It came to point where I was so awed I couldn’t speak.

Visitors could then participate in a Blessing Ceremony where the relics of the Buddha were gently placed on the crown of the visitor’s head as a personal blessing.

 

At the end it was truly a soul shifting and moving experience, and while I may not have changed faiths, my spirituality grew a bit more diverse and varied.

For more information on the Maitreya Project visit www.maitreyaproject.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rare Budhist relics exhibition at SSD this weekend

I have always been fascinated Budhism and it has nothing to do with my favourite rock band-Nirvana!

My sister Shahin used to always teach me Budhist principles whenever she could and i recall having numerous books and Budha statues in our house not because they were fashionable but because she truly believed in this great religion.

So imagine my surprise when i found this out:

A precious collection of sacred relics of the Buddha and many other Buddhist masters is currently touring the world.

This is a rare opportunity to view these relics, which were found among the cremation ashes of Buddhist masters. They resemble beautiful, pearl-like crystals.

Buddhists believe relics embody the master’s spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom and are deliberately produced by the master at his death. Visitors often report experiences of inspiration and healing when in the presence of the relics.

While some are inspired to pray for world peace and to develop their inner wisdom, others are overcome by emotion as the powerful effects of the relics open their hearts to compassion and loving-kindness.

The relics are clearly visible inside display cases that encircle a life-size, golden statue of the Maitreya Buddha.

Visitors may participate in a Blessing Ceremony where the relics of the Buddha are gently placed on the crown of the visitor’s head as a personal blessing.

According to Buddhist scriptures, Maitreya will be the next Buddha to bring teachings of loving-kindness to the world.

Eventually, the relics will be enshrined in a 500-ft/152-m bronze statue of Maitreya Buddha that is being built in Kushinagar, northern India.

How amazing an experience is this??

It will be held on:

Dates               8, 9 &10 July 2011

Times              Friday: 6pm to 8pm Opening Ceremony

                        Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 7pm each day 

Venue             SSD Temple, Lower Kabete Rd, Nairobi, Kenya


 

on Entry is free.

‘The Feria De Sevilla’: A celebration of Spanish Food and Dance a raging success.


Picture this:  Exotic food, stunning culture, elegant dancing and wonderful people.

Sounds like your kind of an evening? Then you should have been at ‘The Feria De Sevilla’: An evening of solidarity, friendship and joyful time organised by the Spanish speaking community in Kenya, held at the Goan Gymkhana.

Being ignorant the only thing I knew about the Spanish was the flamenco, Paella and of course their World Cup winning football team.

So it was with slight trepidation that I descended on this event and I have to say I was totally blown away with their kindness and hospitality.

From the minute we walked in I was amazed-and it had nothing to do with the stunning people. The Goan Gymkhana had been transformed and I actually felt like i was in Spain. A groaning table laden with Spanish delicacies, Lebanese and other cultural cuisine formed part of the welcome wagon at the entrance.

Bandas had been transformed with fairy lights strewn across them and adorned with Spanish decorations. Spanish music floated out from the dance floor and across the pool as Alfonso manned the Paella station.

The warmth and hospitality of this lovely community emanated from the Lovely Leticia, one of the organisers who warmly welcomed us and began to explain the point of this event.

“It is to celebrate our culture, friendship and solidarity with other communities. Plus 50% of the proceeds from tonight will go towards projects in Thika and Turkana that are meant to benefit the communities there.”

She then lead me to the cuisine and my stomach quietly thanked me. The food was Organised by Jimena Vallejo and Silvia Ojeda and it truly was a gastronome’s delight. Each family had brought some delicacy or other resulting in the multi-cultural cuisine.

Rows and rows of mouth watering Spanish delicacies awaited us like

I was so used to eating just Paella that I had no idea that there were more delicious Spanish dishes than this.

But it didn’t end there. A Russian salad, platters of humus, Guacamole and even samosas awaited the less adventurous.

After all this I barely had space to sample the dessert, so after a quick salsa spin and a flamenco lesson, I was ready to try the cheese cake and triple chocolate.

Alfoonso cooking up a storm!

I indeed got home content, all danced out and I have to applaud the Spanish speaking community for taking the pain and time to preserve the common trunk of Spanish cooking and culture.

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stunning!!

pub in The STAR: 9 May 2011

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