Who am I to Judge?

I came back from Tanzania that day, on my first day in South Africa -My heart was pumping, goose bumps, excitements and unfortunately highly expectant. First few days, joy – as fashionable as it is… Elevated my spirit and made me one with the Universe.

Travelling can really tear barriers and transform lives. It destroy fears, decrease doubts, deny negativity and cultivate intuition. Your mind becomes a playground of extra developmental exercises, you learn constantly. Yourself do not, but your instincts drives you.

Your dreams become wider, and your imaginations become wilder. Something like that…

I have represented my self as this black South African Xhosa male to the world. One who is eager to learn, eager to try and fail, and eager to achieve only the best in life. Apparently I was wrong, some of us dream of being seen every Friday carrying 1 litre coke and being a regular ka Spotong.

With all the townships, villages and informal settlement I’ve visited in between the Eastern Cape and North West.

Young families; a man who would do anything to bring food to the table and feed his family. He would rather kill himself just to see his family living happily ever after. Such a government; defining the circumstances of the people living in squalors.

I saw strength, love,  peace and unity that perpetuate petty violence, small crimes and useless jealousy. But beyond that… I saw how far the imaginations of the majority takes them? I met family men whom within themselves; their dying wish, they want to see their shack designed in an “L E” shape – having a dining room and 16 plates “so that when one day when we get visitors – we will be able to feed everyone and the would be a visitor who comes with a car and we have dinner in our “L” shape dining room… All our neighbours shall one day see nna ke mang”. 

So?

My moment of perfection!

“The Colours of My Shade”

Capture the perfect moment in Mbuyuni, Tanzania

I’ve had my moments of perfection, where I knew I was in perfect harmony with all the tunes and vibrations of what I have envisioned I would ever be.

The very most perfect moments of my life – where I would be seating in the street corners busy buzzing alcohol, guns, fights and drugs passing by like plates of food delivered by a waitress in a restaurant. With a community that is filled with substance abuse, I indulged – people that the society has emotionally disregarded. They are zombies because they scare the majority; they are dirt, because they’re offered rejected products and services.

The police man who suppose to protect them – terrorise these “things” and when they don’t; they are never trusted or believed, despite what they could have done.

I have tasted the perfect moments of my life, through understanding the emotions of the discarded, and the emotions of the one doing the discarding.  Risking personal comfort and nays from emotionally draining “do not go there” type of people, friendships that could have been created and lasted long enough for all of us to live in harmony and in peace. I have lost all the wrong people in my life, people that I’ve chased with all my heart for the validation of a sense of belonging – sacrificing my vision and purpose for the people that are doing the discarding, sometimes without knowing they’re doing it. laying myself like a sheep to a slaughterer to demonstrate new possibilities and options beyond what we are comfortable and used to.

With scientifically “proven” illusions, by academics who studied journals about the views and perspective of life written by other philosophers, scientists and practical delusionists.

Malawian Art Street vendors

They claim “Show me your friends and I will tell you who you are”; statements that predetermine that; one should not make friends with a certain group of people, dividing us by social class, style and looks, – dismantling even the slightest possibility that we would one day live in an equal world, without bias views based on our cultural differences: where people couldn’t learn about the cultural lifestyle of the others in this modern society. This close the opportunities for the majority to learn about other people’s ways of living – without first passing judgement at someone they could not associate themselves with from the first place; especially without being aware of the person in depth.

Friendly people of the Kalahari Desert

My moments of perfection, when I touched the gold: the discovery of my heart and the mastering of my emotions; in a world that promotes complacency, I have learnt to emotionally lobotomize – in order  for me to see fully the fruition of the journey to the centre of my God given purpose.

Those who often loose themselves have learnt to quickly find themselves, and discovered ways on how to never loose themselves through trial, errors and tribulations.

When you have been placed in a space of having everything you ever wished for, and given the opportunity to do the things you said you would do, when you get the things you ever wished for.

The road to Phelindaba, Bloemfotein

In those circumstances we often find ourselves in a bumpy ride that proves that, it was never the things we ever wished for, that would have made us do the things we said we would do, when we get the things we ever wished for.  It was a psychological mental disfunction that is perpetuated by reckless un-beneficial societal norms.

We become lazy, because our minds are trained to receive without effort. It is these various factors that govern our world and our immediate communities.

“Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well- warmed, and well-fed.” – Herman Melville
South African Khoi-san

When we have learnt to walk the walk and talk the talk, we would find ourselves in a sense of true perfection, that is not driven by external perceptions. When everyday we become the best that we can become, we adopt the culture of attaining the highest form of happiness despite any barriers of circumstances. Over anything, even through a “boring” song, you will still find happiness that overlays and scream joy in your heart.

When we start living free without fear or favour. Without cultural misconceptions and different backgrounds or circumstances. When we start to see beyond what a person wears, and what a person drives, smile, laughs, looks, speaks, fails, succeed or whatever the case may be: you will often discover bits of yourself in everyone of them; because we are one – despite social class, race, gender and or status.

Local Beer in Nkhatha Bay, Malawi

My moment of perfection has been the moments of developing within me a deep well searched individual that is devoid of judging another neither by the visible qualities the society has subconsciously thought me to validate them by.

I have learnt to do the things I wished I would do, before getting everything I wish I could get. I am now getting the things I wished for, because I have been doing the things I told myself I would do, when I get the things I wished I could get.

Your moment of perfection will not be fixed and never shaken, but this also means even before you reach your moment of perfection – while you are ducking and diving from the bullets of harsh circumstances that are brought forth by the society that judges you;  if you start by doing the things you wished you could do, when you get the things you wish you could get.

You will always find your moment of perfection, and if you are fortunate enough, you will learn to keep that moment, preserve it and share it with the world through selfless sacrifices – that are often misunderstood by the society.

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Friends we made in Kadoma, Zimbabwe
People of the great Zimbabwe
People of the Northern Cape

How Rwanda is leading the world through Innovation.

No tragedy is so great, so vast that human ingenuity and resilience cannot give rise to a better future.” – Paul Kagame

 

Friday, April 7, 2017

International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Rwanda Genocide.

As we are joining hands with Rwanda in commemoration on this day Friday, April 7, 2017. I would personally like to acknowledge and reflect on the exceptional development efficient and effective strategies of Rwandan government administration.

Rwanda has attracted a lot of attention over the past 5 years, earning a reputation of one of Africa’s fastest growing airline. As the IOSA certified airline and member of IATA, RwandAir flies to about 20 destinations across the continent and the Middle East and very soon targeting the European and American market”

Now Rwandair Express pitch offered in economy class, business class, and first class and also the in-flight enjoyment proposed by the company such as WIFI, earphones, broadcast film, broadcast languages, individual screens, magazine, on board shopping. Technically disrupting the commercial global Airline Industry and leading the world through new possibilities in the pool of creative innovations.

Looking at the fact that in 1994 Rwandan government administration was in havoc before and just after the Rwanda Genocide which claimed at least over 800 000 lives.

 

Paul Kagame as the first African leader in history to address the
AIPAC mentioned in his speech “No tragedy is so great, so vast that human ingenuity and resilience cannot give rise to a better future.” he said. “The survival and renewal of our two nations testifies to this truth.” while speaking about the relationship between Rwanda and Israel.

Looking at the disruptive strategies that the Kagame administration is demonstrating in Africa.

We can really be assured that Africa can be transformed by Africans for Africans through innovation, education and not conforming to the standards brought forth to Africa by non-Africans.

Azania will be re-united, the boarders will not stop true African development by Africans who understand better the issues of our African heritage.

@bayekeniSA #JustEpic #UnderstandingAfrica

7 Best Smart Apps I Use When Travelling.

The best smart applications I use when travelling.

1. Maps.ME  

“I’m never getting lost now, even if I don’t have internet connection. 
This Navigation App is totally Offline – No Internet connection required. Save money on roaming charges. Worldwide All Countries, all cities. The entire world is in your pocket – even the smallest islands! Really Fast Zoom-in and zoom-out smoothly. The map never freezes or becomes a blank grey square. Very Detailed – Enjoy a high level of detail! Discover thousands of points of interest.
Download Link: http://maps.me/en/home
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Breakers Resort, Durban SA

2. Backpackr

I use Backpackr to even plan my next trip with people that are travelling to the next city at the same time as me. This is so fun, you can even meet other travellers from other places in the same restaurants and bars that are both close to you. 
You can discover travel buddies and connect with other like-minded travellers across the globe. Travel the world while meeting backpackers who want to see and do the same things as you do. Find others travelling to the same destination, collect virtual stamps and share photos with friends as you go!
Download Link: http://www.backpackr.org/

3. Trip Expert 

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Mbudya Island
Let’s face it, Trip Advisor usually have reviews even from bitter people, hence we cannot rely on Trip Advisor;  some people complain about everything – perhaps you might miss a great place because of one bitter somebody who was angry at something that didn’t work well for them. Someone who probably started crap with the waitress, then start giving bad reviews about the place where 90% of people would recommend the place.
With Trip Expert: Finally, reviews you can trust. The best travel advice from 70+ leading publications. 

Download Link: https://www.tripexpert.com/

4. Couchsurfing
I’ve been using Couchsurfing for 3 full years now, I hosted great amazing people from all walks of life, and I’ve been hosted in spectacular places by extraordinary people – in various cities in the southern Africa countries. This one takes the cake, I’ve met selfless individuals; people who are passionate and cannot get enough of the world around them. 
Stay with Locals and Meet Travelers. Share Authentic Travel Experiences. (I used Couchsurfing  a lot). 
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Bloemfontein
Download Link: https://www.couchsurfing.com/

5. MyCurrency

With the currency issue, travelling between 3 countries in a space of 4 weeks, you will have to be excellent with your Mathematics skills, otherwise you’ll loose money when you doing your currency change. There are even some Bureau de change that can cheat you in under developed cities in Africa.  Be careful and always use this App to make sure you are getting the correct funds back of the exchange amount.
My Currency is a free currency converter with 180+ currencies and live exchange rates. Your perfect companion abroad or at work. Hold the world’s currencies in the palm of your hand.
Most important features:
✔ Exchange rates for over 180 currencies
✔ Currency charts
✔ Search for currencies
✔ Calculator function
✔ Automatic updates
✔ Available online and offline
✔ Converts to multiple currencies at once
✔ EUR, USD, GBP, CHF, JPY, CNY, BRL, CAD, AUD etc
Download Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.roqapps.mycurrencylite&hl=en\

6. Uber 

Uber has made traveling easy in foreign cities, in this way you can find safety and security with drivers you can trust.
Uber Technologies Inc. is a transportation network company headquartered in San Francisco, California, United States, operating in 570 cities worldwide. It develops, markets and operates the Uber car transportation and food delivery mobile apps.
Download Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab&hl=en

7. WorkFlow Max

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Bongoyo Island
This one is my next favourite, this helps you manage your tasks and be able to work on the road. You can make quotes, track your time, do invoices and manage all your to do job lists.
From leads to quotes, to time-tracking, all the way to invoicing – all-in-one, cloud based job management software is the modern and efficient way to run your business:
A recent survey showed: On average, WorkFlow Max save each of their customers 628 hours of time and $22,000 every year.
Download Link: https://www.workflowmax.com/

Questions and Answers: By a Trusted Travel Expert!

Q: What’s a Trusted Travel Expert?
A: A Trusted Travel Expert (TTE) is a Wendy-vetted destination specialist who arranges and books custom-tailored private travel. Some TTEs arrange small components of a trip (say, a unique one-day guided tour), and some book cruises (filled with special touches), but all of them focus on creating complete itineraries. They solve travel dilemmas, especially when you and your travel companions have conflicting needs and complicated requests. A TTE is a trip choreographer, psychologist, and magician rolled into one. And a TTE is your advocate—your troubleshooter—should something unforeseen happen on your trip. 

Q: When should I use a Trusted Travel Expert?
A: When you’re planning a dream trip and it’s proving challenging or time-consuming—or when you want extraordinary experiences or V.I.P. perks that you can’t get via the Internet—that’s when you turn to a Trusted Travel Expert. For run-of-the-mill trips you don’t need one.

Questions and Answers by wendy Perrin: http://www.wendyperrin.com/use-trusted-travel-expert-faqs/

Bayekeni  Thenga is a Travel Expert certified in SA “Cultures & Lifestyles” and “Lap of Luxury” 

SA Specialist Link: http://saspecialist.southafrica.net/us/en/listing/entry/bayekeni-thenga