Life Happenins’

Happy New Year!

Yesterday, I got some amazing noodles at Canton Snacks. (They open as early as 8am in the morning so you can eat noodles all day!)


Today I hit up Two Rivers Mall for their Lunar New Year event. It was delightfully cheesy and reminded me a lot of the cultural festivals in the Midwestern United States! They had stations for learning calligraphy, learning chopsticks, trying on historical costumes, etc. Everyone looked like they had a great time.

At the Chinese knot station, I had trouble assembling the knots and a friendly Kenyan helped me out. I was really impressed ’cause he spoke amazing Chinese!

I didn’t expect Nairobi to host any kind of Lunar New Year events so this was a charming surprise my first weekend back in Kenya.

Harry, Brian, and I just finished our trip to the Great Barrier Reef. We went on a fantastic liveaboard with Mike Ball Expeditions.

While Harry wrote a wonderful post (with amazing underwater photography by Laurence), I captured the moments through doodles.

For the dives, the entry to the ocean was jumping from a rather high deck. It was quite alarming at first.

leap of faith

I also had trouble with buoyancy control and nearly fell on a potato cod.


Over time, my dives went a lot smoother. I saw lots of marine life and even caught a glimpse of the last of the minke whale migration!

whale hello there

Towards the end of the liveaboard I did my first ever night dive. It was very surreal using a flashlight to uncover animals in the dark.


I’d highly recommend Mike Ball Expeditions if you’re considering diving in the GBR. Since I was newer to diving than Harry or Brian, a dive instructor generously accompanied me on almost every dive. Everyone was super friendly and helpful and I definitely improved my diving skills.

Brian recorded a lot of underwater videos. I’ll link to them when he uploads them.

Kike (“KEE-kay”, Swahili) likes to lounge in the sunny spots of our yard.


Recently I learned she can hop the fence.

Now I imagine her off to all sorts of adventures in the neighborhood.