Saturday, 24 December 2016

How Jambojet's Pricing Works

Jambo Jet's pricing is driven by a goal to sell all seats at the highest price passengers are willing to pay
Jambojet's pricing is driven by a goal to sell all seats at the highest price passengers are willing to pay
Just how much does a Jambojet flight cost?

For many, the launch of Jambojet came with great expectations, that it would now cost the price of a bus ticket to fly.

Jambojet’s introductory prices were not far off,  at about KSh. 3,000 - KSh. 4,000,  which comes to about double to thrice what you would pay for a bus.

Many people, however, feel that Jambojet has not made flying any more affordable, with some stating that even Kenya Airways is cheaper at times.

What’s the truth? Both cases are true. This is how.

Friday, 9 December 2016

A guide to Holidaying in Watamu's Paradise


Taking your first walk on a Watamu Beach in a November afternoon can be a bit misleading. The beaches may look as white as they did on the photos you Googled, but you immediately notice the collection of dead, brown seaweeds that line the water edge.

At times, the weeds can be so numerous so as to require a swept-up-path to the water’s edge. Still, these are not enough to spoil the scenic view of the ocean as you prop yourself to a sunbed under a coconut tree. The sea breeze will waft through with the real ocean smell, not that manufactured "ocean fragrance" that you find in air fresheners, toilet cleaners and laundry softeners.

There are three bays in Watamu, including Watamu Beach, which is the middle bay. In case you need a primer on your Geography lessons, a bay is a bit of the ocean that indents into the land. In fact, the Watamu ones may be referred to as coves, seeing that they may be much smaller than bays.

The names of the various hotels and resorts by the beach are an apt description of the different coves.

Turtle Bay Beach is located on the deepest of the bays and the one most open to the ocean. It’s also where a lot of sailing vessels launch,  and where the Watamu Marine Park is located.

The Marine Park side also hosts the English, or British side of Watamu, with the British preferring the Turtle Bay, Hemmingways and Ocean Sports resorts. The famous Medina Resort is also located here.

The rest of Watamu is dominated by Italians, with their Italian language battling Kiswahili for the title of the most spoken language in Watamu. English comes a distant third, or even fourth after the local languages.

Blue Bay Cove is located along Watamu Beach and is more sheltered than the Marine Park,  meaning the water is calmer.

Crystal Bay, the morning after 
Crystal Bay and Seven Islands Resorts are located on the so-called Crystal Bay and the most scenic and calm of the three. The seven islands refer to a number of small islands, remnants of where the beach once stood hundreds of years ago before giving way to the relentless ocean.

During the low tide, the ocean recedes to the reef and will leave pools of shallow, crystal clear, pale blue and dark blue water, which lends the name to Crystal Bay. Not only is this phenomenal breathtaking, but you have the opportunity to play and swim in the shallow pools left by the ocean in “crystal bay”.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Corruption in Kenya and the Scarcity Mentality

The Daily Corruption Spread
Is the perception of a resource scarcity to blame for corruption? 
A number of resources on the pre-colonial state of the factors of production in Kenya all conclude with similar findings.

There was a lot of “idle” land, probably by design or because of nature. The population was low, and there was a lot of forest coverage in the main population areas.

What is certain though was that there was a lot of disease and pests which affected animals, crops and people alike. This especially decimated animals stocks,  made farming a challenge and in effect, checked the growth of animal, farmland and people.

It was a challenge to farm in forests, and it was even more challenging to rear livestock due to issues like mosquitoes, tsetse flies and the once infamous rinderpest.

Nature probably had her plan for how the state of things would continue playing out. Whatever this plan was, we will never know,  for the colonisation of Kenya rudely disrupted this arrangement.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Why will people buy you alcohol but not lend you the money?

Why do people offer to buy you alcohol
but not to lend you the money? 
Many people have often wondered why some certain person is always eager to buy them alcohol the whole night, but if you ask the same individual to lend or give this money to you instead, they approach this suggestion with more hostility than Trump’s supporters have against Hillary.

It doesn’t make sense, does it? It’s the same money,  coming to the same person (you) and you are even offering to return it, unlike alcohol which once consumed is non-consumable.

This aspect is well covered in the works of Dan Ariely, especially in his book, “Predictably Irrational”.

Suppose, you wanted to move a large piece of furniture and approached your neighbour for help to move the same. Most of the time, they will go ahead and assist you with little expectation.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Why we loved Mixcrate and Where to next?

With Mixcrate gone, lovers of music either have to pony up a fee for a variety of streaming services
or head over to YouTube
There are two types of music listeners: those who listen by artist or by album, and those who listen by top hits. The second lot of us do not care much about what other music made it to an album besides the top 2 hits.


Mixcrate served the second lot of us very well. You could search for a song title or an artist, and you would have dozens of DJ mixes to choose from which contained more than the one hit you searched for.


Listening to music on Mixcrate also meant that once you settled into a mix, you had uninterrupted music for the next one hour.