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1745 KM in 2days: Botswana to Namibia road trip

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Lunch stop selfie

1 car… 3 adults…5 kids.. That’s all it took for my family road trip to get underway. I have always wanted to take a road trip with my family, having traveled extensively by myself I really had no expectations for this trip. I was a little scared that it will not go off according to plan, with 5 kids( 4 of them under the age of 10) I

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The night before the road trip

knew it was going to be a challenge traveling with all of them. The one year old basically needed us to have everything of hers, diapers, food, milk, car seat, constant attention and not to mention all her bottles and milton, the 4 year old needed constant coddling and the twin 8 year olds needed a referee to keep them from killing each other every 5 minutes.

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En route to the Namibian border

I am getting a bit ahead of myself, let me back up and start from the very beginning. We started off in Lobatse, Botswana and our final Destination was Swakopmund, Namibia( approximately a 1700 km drive through 2 very beautiful countries) and we planned to make the drive in 2 days, with a layover in Gobabis Namibia which is about 100km from the Namibian border. The plan was to try and make it into Namibia the first day so that we would not have to travel too long the following day and we could enjoy the lastimg20161222145544 remnants of daylight in Swakopmund. We left Lobatse at 5 am on the 19th of December, driving through the beauty that is Botswana, the sky was clear and blue, and what makes this road special is that after you pass Jwaneng you get to experience driving along a high way with wild animals gracefully gracing on the banks of the road since the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is along that road. You can spot different animals from horses, cattle, warthog to Ostriches, Springboks, Foxes, Elephants and

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if you are lucky even Lions( though those usually come out during the night and it is advised that you should not drive on this road at night since there are high chances of

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At the Namibia Border

accidents because of the animals), this was a treat for the kids as they tried to identify the different animals along the road. Spending the whole day on the road like this meant we had to pack food for breakfast and lunch pit stops and along the whole road there are different rest stops with shades and benches for one to relax, stretch their legs and take bathrooms which is exactly what we did. We got to the border around 6pm and the rush to get through everything as quickly as possible was imperative because there were a lot of people crossing that day, seemed like everyone was on their way to the ocean for their Christmas vacations and the Namibian border

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Welcome to Namibia

officials were the friendliest and most accommodating border officials I have ever encountered, they made sure to help everyone quickly and sufficiently with a smile on their face the whole time. For the next 2 hours after crossing the border we were awed by the beauty and cleanliness of Namibia, not a rogue plastic bag in sight, the country is beautiful, with mountains and sand dunes along the sides of the roads, watching the sun set behind beautiful sand dunes was an amazing experience.

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You havent been to Swakop unless you have this picture

After a night spent in Gobabis, driving through the capital of Namibia Windhoek( which is planned beautifully, the buildings cascade down the mountains and sand dunes) and many other cities, we arrived at our destination( Swakopmund, Namibia) at 12 mid day and took the customary tourist picture in front of the welcome sign. Let

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Swakopmund

me give you a brief introduction of Swakopmund. Sandwiched between Atlantic rollers and the Namib Desert, Swakopmund is one of those great traveler way stations along the African road. At once Namibia’s adventure capital and surreal colonial remnant, part destination in its own right and part launchpad for an exploration of the Skeleton Coast and Namib Desert, this is a city with as much personality as it has sea frontage. Like Lüderitz on the south coast, the half-timbered German architecture, seaside promenandes and the town’s pervasive Gemütlichkeit, a distinctively

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Dolphin Park Resort

German appreciation of comfort and hospitality, Swakopmund, especially out of season, can feel like a holiday town along Germany’s North Sea and Baltic coasts transplanted onto African soil. But the city is also thoroughly African and its multi-dimensional appeal means that most people end up staying longer than they planned.We had just enoughimg20161219125823 time to find out hotel which by the way was in the most convenient and breath taking location. Dolphin Park resort sits midway between Walvis bay and Swakopmund which is perfect because its the midway point between where you can enjoy the beach( Swakopmund) and the huge sand dunes( Walvis Bay).

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Rent a quad bike for a very reasonable price

There is tons of things you could do in Swakopmund, you can take a helicopter tour of the dunes and even sky jump if you are an img20161220144936adrenaline junkie like myself, or if you prefer an on the ground tour you can rent quad bikes and just spend the day cruising up and down the sand dunes or even pay for a camel ride around the dunes if you are brave enough to get on one. If you feel like you have had enough of that you can even take your own 4 whealer and follow the tour guides as they drive along the dunes, going up the dunes in fast speeds( though you need to have experience with driving in the desert otherwise your car might not survive img20161220164206the drive). If you get tired of the scotching heat of the desert you can go and spend a day at the beach swimming in the beautiful Atlantic ocean, Surrounded by the Namib Desert on three sides and the cold Atlantic waters to the west, Swakopmund enjoys a mild desert climate (BWn, according to the Köppen climate classification). The average temperature ranges between 15 °C (59 °F) to 25 °C (77 °F). Rainfall is less than 20 mm per year, making gutters and drainpipes on buildings a rarity. The cold Benguela current supplies moisture for the area in the form of fog that can reach as deep as 140 km (87 mi) inland. Fogs that originate offshore from the collision of the cold Benguela Current and warm air from the Hadley Cell create a fog belt that frequently envelops parts of the Namib desert. If you love surfing then the Swakop Atlantic ocean is the perfect place for you to surf in Africa, historically the rest of the surfing world has overlooked the country’s 1,572 km of daunting coastline.

But in 2008 an expedition by an American surfing magazine changed all this when it img20161221164459revealed a wave peeling for two kilometres along the edge of the Namib Desert. The wave, dubbed Skeleton Bay, was so perfect and cylindrical it allowed surfers to ride deep inside the curl from start to finish.

Word of this phenomenon quickly spread across the globe and today the tubes of Skeleton Bay are as coveted as the diamonds that wash up along Namibia’s shores. Well, by surfers at least, who jet in from as far afield as Hawaii and Australia to pit themselves against the never-ending wall of water.

However, contrary to popular belief, Skeleton Bay was surfed long before 2008. In fact, a group of Namibian diamond divers used to ride it on their windsurfers back in the 1980s. So you can be sure you will catch the best waves in Swakop. The trip was an absolute adventure and the kids had the best time especially since it was their first time to see an Ocean and the desert, 2 birds, 1 stone. And as we were headed back on the long drive back after a week all they could talk about was swimming in the Ocean, riding Camels and quad bikes, and driving through the country in grannie’s car. Not only did they get to experience all of these, they also got to see their first sun rise as we were headed back to Lobatse.

Namibia is definitely one of the best places I have been, the people are beautiful and friendly, the food is delicious, the police love foreigners and they are very welcoming and treat everyone with the utmost respect, the scenery is out of this world and leaves you in awe and there is more than enough to do for all the time that you are there so you would never be bored. If you are the type of person who loves partying, this is the number one party spot, there is nothing like a Bon fire party on the beach and there are lots of night clubs and bars as well as casinos for all your pleasures.

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Meet the Kabomo Clan

 

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Oh To Be Free..

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Have you ever felt like you were born in the wrong place, the wrong era, the wrong time?!? Like the people around you, the people in the space that you exist in just do not understand the workings of your brain, your heart your soul, your every being?

Like you are just not living the life that you should? Like there is a greater purpose and you are just wasting your time with the current life that you are living?

Maybe like, dare I say, you just don’t belong? Cliche I know but I have no other way to put it..

Like you are living for everyone else but yourself, living a lie, day in and day out pretending to be someone that you aren’t just to please the people around you, to make them happy, content, comfortable with the you that you are parading around. Just so they would not feel weary, uncomfortable with the real you. The weird you. The you that you hide from the rest of the world?!

Like anything that you say just sounds wrong, your ideas about the world, people, life are not acceptable?! Even though in your hearts of hearts they feel so damn right?!

Sometimes I feel like i’m losing my mind. Going absolutely bonkers. Just because I feel so trapped, like a tiger in a cage, just waiting for the chance to finally break free and go wild, be me…

But then, then you meet that one person, or you see them on TV, or online, or hear that one song, that just gets you you know? That just describes you to a T.. And then you don’t feel so alone anymore..

Like there could be hope, somewhere, out there in this vast, great, big earth, that you will finally be home.. Finally find your people. Finally live, and not just exist, taking everyday as it comes?… For me that person, that song, that moment was when I discovered Lana Del Rey. And my all time favorite song of hers is  Ride.

I cant wait for that day when i’m finally free of all these flippin, ooh hell we are all adults here, fucking shackles.. And I can freely from the society, from the expectations..free to be me… 🙂

*sigh* I know I must sound like a blabbering idiot, but I just wanted to let out my feelings in an environment that I know I won’t be too harshly judged for my craziness and all around oddness..

Lets Trade Places..

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How about we trade places for once, for a day, even just an hour!

This is how I sometimes feel about being a girl in a relationship. I want to trade places for once, I want my boyfriend to feel how it is like to be his girlfriend, how it is like to be a girl period!

The waiting for calls, the loving too much(I believe women always love more than men in the relationship).

The going out with my friends at all hours of the day for however long I wish without a care in the world, not even bothering to let him know I’m good, i’m still alive, or simply that I wont be home till late..

The constant ogling at random “hot” guys that pass about just drooling because they are so fucking gorgeous.

The power switch, so that I now have total power and control over the relationship and how it is going to go and how decisions will be made..

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Let us be the ones who dress slouchy and still be sexy as hell, while they have to where tight clothes and uncomfortable heels just so that we can whistle and say demeaning things to them in order to grab their attention. Then call them sluts for dressing sexy and for the simple fact that we cant have them..

I mean just for hour hour, i’m sure he wouldnt survive being me. This is the thing about men, they are sometimes( not all the times) very inconsiderate of their women’s feelings and most of the times take us for granted because they simply believe we will be by their side for ever.. While on the other hand they want, no, expect us to be all over them, and grant them every wish under the sun, not to mention know when they want to be with us and when they dont want to be.. as if we some sort of mind readers!

Lol, so I just say, lets trade places just for an hour, and see how that affects them. 😀

International Women’s Day

A woman is beauty..

A woman is strength..

A woman is power..

A woman is hope..

A woman is love..

A woman is the future..

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Today is International women’s day, International Women’s Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day, is marked on March 8 every year. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political and social achievements.

In many parts of the world women are abused, treated like second class citizens  raped, and just plain disrespected and not loved the way they are supposed to be.

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On this International Women’s Day let women embrace themselves in multiple identities and complexities. Each of us embodies many realities all at the same time. The same woman who may be raped is also a mother, a professional worker, a migrant labourer, or…. None of our issues should be singularised although there are times they need priority.

This said, it is time in 2013 to recognise us as a sexual class across the globe. Women as a sexual class inhabit the diverse politics of living in a female body with its many colours, races, genders and classes. As such this sexual class is not unitary, but rather poly-versally united.

International Women’s Day started in the early 1900s – mostly by Socialist Parties to recognise the paid “work” of women. The Soviet Union was famous for its rhetoric of “sexual equality”, while demanding triple days of labour from its women. Today, women across the globe work for wages as teachers, soldiers, civilians, warriors, doctors, nurses, medical-aides, lawyers, paralegals, domestic labourers, cooks, sex-workers, chefs, janitors, migrants and more.

 

These women are also daughters mothers, sisters, wives, partners, single, gay, straight, trans, rich, poor, middle class, slum-dwellers and homeless – while struggling and achieving – with cancer and without cancer; with AIDS and without AIDS; disabled or fully abled; in war zones and not. They come in all colours and design. No woman is ever simply/singularly female, but it is always of consequence that she is.

Common struggles

Women – in all their cacophonous variety have enormous potential power as labourers, child-bearers and child-rearers, and sustainers of everyday life. Patriarchy and misogyny struggle to control and contain this power.

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If women were not as powerful as they also are sometimes powerless, we would simply be ignored. Instead, we are wrapped in blue cloth from head to toe, we are kept away from education, we are controlled to use right to divorce and right to control our bodies – abortion and contraception – only because those who dominate us fear our potential power and creativity; glass and cement ceilings keep us curtailed. You do not bother oppressing those who do little and are only capable of less.

Women are bound together by what they share, and also often pulled apart by their differences. Yet, there are common struggles: against sexual violence, for daycare and child-care supports; against unequal pay and for an end to sexual ghettos. Commonality does not require sameness.

In other words, women, in all their inter sectional diversity and individuality, must be recognized as a sexual class across racial and economic divides, with shared interests in order to be treated with full humanity. The women in Tahrir Square and in the streets of Tunisia demanded their human rights for themselves and all Egyptians and Tunisians alike. Their female bodies spoke of their sexual status, while they claimed their poly and universal rights to occupy the public streets. They chose not to be defined simply by their sexual status, but to claim that women’s rights are human rights.

Embrace women and girls – their bodies, their labor  their love, their “civilian” suffering in war, their hauling of water, their gathering of wood, their amazing creativity, their planting of trees, their protection of the environment, their stand against fracking, their fight to maintain abortion rights and other reproductive freedoms, their bravery in public and private spaces – anywhere and everywhere across this globe.

The Passion of Dance fine art ballerina portrait oil painting Drew Jacoby of Lines Ballet

For more on International women’s day you can visit this site.

http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

To This Day..

This is the most powerful, beautiful, most inspiring and saddest thing i have ever watched. I just wanted to share it with everyone because i feel it needs to be seen by the millions. So i will let the video speak for itself.

World Aids Day!!

As I wake up this morning i make it a point to let everyone know what today is. I have realized that it is in the society that i live in that no one care about educating themselves on this crucial matter, they live life( ignorantly thinking it does not concern them) day to day having unprotected sex, selling their bodies for not more than 20 buck even some of the doctors attempt to use the same needle on different patients *gasp*! So here is my little piece of encouragement and enlightenment for all who might be oblivious to this matter.

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World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1 each year around the world. It has become one of the most recognized international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.

UNAIDS took the lead on World AIDS Day campaigning from its creation until 2004. From 2004 onwards the World AIDS Campaign’s Global Steering Committee began selecting a theme for World AIDS Day in consultation with civil society, organisations and government agencies involved in the AIDS response.

Themes run for one or two years and are not just specific to World AIDS Day. Campaigning slogans such as ‘Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise’ have been used year round to hold governments accountable for their HIV and AIDS related commitments.

It is such a shame to see that the people around me, people in my environment do not even know the symptoms of AIDS, they do not even know it is contracted, they just believe its a disease for homosexuals(yes still on that train) or for bad people, or even for non-Muslims(i live in a Muslim country, Malaysia and i’m surrounded by Arabs, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and of course Malaysians). It even hurts me more when they stupidly believe only Africans have AIDS( I mean what kind of fucked up ridiculousness is this!!).

Anyway, on this day i hope we an all learn a little bit more about this pandemic and educate as well as protect ourselves.

The Safety Of Our Girls Is In Our Hands..

I lie on my bed with tears in my eyes. I want to cry not just for me, but for the horror that i see in the world. How can it be so hard to be a young girl in the planet that we live in? Has the world not evolved and changed at all!? It pains me.

I read all these articles on the news ( BBC, CNN, Yahoo, MSN live and just general news casters) talking about young girls, as young as 13 years old being killed and called whores because some old perverts decided to rape them, Its a shame how in some parts of the world if a girl is raped she has to hide it for the fear of being shamed and chastised even though it was not her fault.

An example of the terror thats ripping through our communities is the story below.

A father of a teenage girl who was gang-raped by eight men poisoned himself after a video clip of the attack was passed through the family’s village in India.

The 16 year-old girl, from Dabra village in Hisar, north India, was subjected to the horrifying ordeal on September 9, after apparently rebuffing the advances of one of the men.

The Dalit family had tried to keep the assault private, but days later when footage shot by one of the attackers was shown to villagers the girl’s humiliated father, Krishan, killed himself.

This is not the only shocking story of a kind, if i list them out you would feel like killing all the men in the world just so that our little girls can be as safe as imaginable possible. Their innocence is stolen and can never be retrieved again.

Little girls are our future, women make the world a better place, and with all these little girls being tortured, raped, sold into sex slavery, kidnapped, murdered for standing up for their rights, with so many situations clipping their wings, what kind of future do we see for our planet?!

I have a poem from my other blog called Little Girl that explains my fear, and sadness much better than i can articulate here.

Today i suggest you nurture, hug, help just 1 little girl in your life to show them how much they are loved and to put a smile on their face.