I know this is way overdue, but…as a token of appreciation for everybody reading this blog, I’m offering a prize. The rules of entry are easy. All you have to do is leave a blog comment (don’t call me, don’t whatsapp me, don’t email me) with a method of how you would like to receive the prize (1,2 or 3 below), then I would collect all the comments, assign a number to them and use a pseudo-random generator to select two winners. To increase your chances, you can also share a post on twitter and Mention me @ahechoes.
However refrain from spamming please and I do get your IP addresses, so do not try to put multiple blog comments using the same IP address. As much as I would love you to tag me on twitter a lot, I would only consider the first mention for each twitter handle (if you have different twitter handle, then I can’t really know right?) .
Each of the two winners would get around 25 USD (rounded up to 2200 Kenya Shillings and down to 90 UAE Dirhams).
I would pay them through the following medium:
1) Amazon.com gift card (not amazon.co.uk)
2) Kenya’s M-Pesa
3) AlAnsari Exchange or Bank Deposit if you are in the UAE
I apologize if none of these are applicable to you but that’s the best I could do.
This will run until 18 November 2013 (12 pm UAE time) In Sha Allah. You can also follow this blog by email, and like my facebook page on https://www.facebook.com/pages/AHechoes/106194199429264
Also, please make sure you mention explicitly which method of payment you would prefer, but do not leave your personal details on this blog. Also note, it usually takes me some time to moderate comments so refrain from posting multiple times at the same time (in case you refresh and don’t see your comment yet). The last time I tried something similar, it failed miserably so for the whole competition to be initiated, I would need at least 5 comments (and/or Twitter mentions) to proceed.
Also note that I will keep this post at a top until the 18th, so new posts will appear below it. For those who visit the homepage to see if there is anything new, you might need to scroll down just a little bit.
So what are you waiting for? Leave a comment below and spread the word.
On the 15th anniversary of Nairobi’s US embassy bombings, people woke up to discover smoke billowing from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. A raging fire swept through the arrivals terminal, which lead to its closure. It took around 4 to 5 hours to reduce the blazing fire to a smolder because some of the fire engines had run out of water, so some of the emergency crew had to manually use buckets full of water to help extinguish the fire.
The good news is that no injuries were reported.
The bad news is that the airport was closed for a while then operation began but has not returned to full capacity. The airport set up temporary tents to offer some of the services then the VIP Presidential Pavilion was opened up to process international passengers.
Of course, on Twitter, the jokes have been plenty. Some tweeps were saying, “Dear US, please do not issue travel advisory, we have no airport anyway!”
Then we joked imagine after all this passenger departure resumes from the main bus-stop! Because apparently that’s what happened with the domestic ‘flights’. Some passengers had to go to their destinations by road.
So if you’ve been following my posts long enough you probably know how in 2009 we got stranded when the Kenya Airways crew went on strike, and how we continuously suffer from delays with Kenya Airways. So this time under the light of the current crisis, the flight I was supposed to be on tonight headed for Nairobi got cancelled altogether. We are currently on standby, imagining them calling us suddenly and saying, “Haraka haraka! Tushapiga ndege starti hapa.” (Hurry, we turned on the ignition here).
I’m just glad we’re not in the airport itself because that would have been totally inconvenient.
P.S. Eid Mubarak to all my Muslim brothers and sisters.