Standard Chartered Marathon

We all have a reason for running, what’s yours? Just saw this question on the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon, 2013 Event Info page and there are a lot of reasons that people are giving, my question to you is, what is YOURS? Now we all have our own reasons for running whatever they may be, and for those of you who didn’t know, the organizers and sponsors of the marathon have their own objectives for spearheading this event too which in a nutshell are:stanchart-mara

  • Identify and provide new opportunities for Kenyan athletic talent
  • Raise money to support Seeing is Believing, a Standard Chartered Bank initiative aimed at combating preventable blindness
  • Raise international profile of Kenya
  • Help boost Kenya’s tourism sector and
  • Create a fun event for everyone’s enjoyment

So whatever your reason for running, for all of you that are participating in the marathon on Sunday, hope that you have trained sufficiently and that you are well rested. You are also advised to be at Nyayo Stadium at least 15 minutes before the assembly time. All proceeds from the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon Expo, go to ‘Seeing is Believing’ – Standard Chartered Bank’s initiative to alleviate avoidable blindness.

This event begins at 6:30 a.m. For more information, log onto:

BBQ Live October Edition

bbq live oct editionOkay when researching on this particular event I must admit, my mouth was left all watery and my stomach, a gnawing reminder that the lunch hour was just around the corner. You would have had the same reactions if you had read what all those who intend to attend the barbeque would be feasting on, but first thing’s first.

Ligi Ndogo, Ngong Road is the venue that BBQ live October edition will be hosted on the 26th of October 2013 as from 11:00 a.m. There will be live performances by Scott The Violinist, A Live Band for a little something spectacular and reigning on the decks will be Dj Joe Mfalme, Dj Exclusive, Dj Saint, Dj Purpl and many more.

Hosts to the event will be Solo of Capital FM and Point Blank.

Now to the part that elicited the above reactions: There will be plenty of all choma available: kuku choma, pork choma, nyama choma, mutura, choma sausage and much much more!

Shisha of all flavours will also be available in an ‘Arabian themed’ set up that will be done by Shisha Supreme. There will be loads of fun activities and we could be looking at just about the hottest event this weekend…but let us not jump the gun just yet, the weekend holds many promises.


Robo-GThe Japan Information & Culture Centre (JICC) is the cultural and public affairs section of the Embassy of Japan in Kenya whose mission is to promote better understanding of Japan and its culture by providing a wide range of information, educational services and events to the Kenyan public. To that end, this weekend on the 26th of October, the JICC will be sharing part of its culture with us by screening a movie by the title, Robo G.

The movie is about three employees of the Kimura Electrical Company who are due to present a new robot to an important robot exhibition in the coming days. After an accident in which the robot is destroyed, to save their job and the company reputation, they decide to hire an actor to get inside the remains of the robot.

Okay, I don’t know about the rest of you but that sounds like a rib cracking movie that is worth watching. The film starts at 2:00 p.m. and entrance to the Japan Information and Culture Centre, is absolutely free. For more info, call +254 (0)202 898 000 or log onto:


Nairobi Fashion Market at Ngong Racecourse

Nairobi fashion MarketOn the 26th to the 27th of October go partake in the original discount shopping exprience. Take advantage of this opportunity and go and enjoy a great day of shopping, fashion shows and food at Ngong Racecourse from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets for the event are retailing at Kshs. 300 in advance and Kshs. 400 at the gate. With such prices, you attending the event ,will be akin to you having struck a bargain especially with the discount you are going to get as you make your purchases. NFM is Nairobi’s largest outdoor retail event. With over 100 purveyors of the fashion and lifestyle industry including clothing, cosmetics, jewellery, beauty and skin products, accessories, decor, art, travel, music, books and other lifestyle products. It’s a breathtaking collection of the talent, diversity and freshness in the Kenyan fashion industry

For more information on this outdoor retail event log into,ke

Two Hours of Sunset.

sunset-PosterFinally on this week’s edition of the Newspot, we recommend that you attend Two Hours Of Sunset at Stedmak Gardens (between NPC Karen and Mamba Village, Karen Nairobi)

This event offers you a chance to relax and have fun with family and friends so if this is for you prepare your Kangas/ picnic mat, food, drinks and games to have a truly enjoyable outdoor experience.

To celebrate 50 years of Kenyan independence, the day will end with an outdoor screening of Captain of Nakara – a Kenyan film, against the backdrop of the breathtaking sunset.  This event starts at 12:00 p.m. and winds up at 11 p.m.

charges are from Kshs 600. Adults and children will be charged Kshs 1000 and Kshs 500 respectively, if payment is made in advance and Kshs. 1200 and Kshs. 600 if payment is made at the gate. For children below 5 years, admittance is free. For more information, contact Bryan Waweru: , or call +254 705 664 670.

Have a pleasant weekend and while you are at it, ponder this through, we were created for adventure, not ease.

Written by Maureen Mwangi, a Mvuli Hotels staff member