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Life Updates – July2013

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Wow. It’s been a while huh?

Do check out for some super funny stuff. Well if you have a good sense of humour you’ll be laughing (to me: laughing = smiling hard while reading jokes).

I really think the best thing about living alone can be just bursting out laughing at any time of the day and night or shout and talk to yourself and walk naked and hear funny noises and dance and drink and watch movies alone. See, here’s my story.

I applied to Hyundai Engineering some months back. I knew it was a long shot, being a fresh graduate and all. I really really thought I would never. But, all the same I had a longish diiscussion with the bf about the implications of getting this job. (and by implications, i mean the pro’s and con’s). See, here’s the thing.

The Hyundai Project in Kenya is the largest Geothermal Project in Africa, is one of the largest Geothermal Plant Projects in the world. ANNNNNNND the contractors of the project KenGen, assigned the project to Hyundai and Toyota Tsusho.

That’s pretty awesome right?

No, WAIT, that is NOT the bombshell.

Here it is. The Olkaria Geothermal Plant Project is in Naivasha. Naivasha.

Ok, so for those of you who have gone through the process of moving to another county/town solely for work, you will understand how I felt when I was called for the interview.

I mean, 3 months from the initial application, I was actually called for the interview. I was like.

OK Then

Then, the interview. OMG. Tough. Really tough. I had to talk me way into that project. The power of words. After a MONTH of pushing, I finally recieved confirmation from my boos that I was going to site. Yes, they kept me in their tendering office for A MONTH. 😥 So when I recieved the news that I was finally going to be free, to see the sky, to work on the largest geothermal plant in Africa, I just went, stood in front of the office toilet mirror and did this.


No like seriously.

Me? Get a good job at a good site this soon with a good contractor like Hyundai? Well, here I am Lord. Hallelujah. I was floored. Flabbergasted. Grateful.

Now to break the news to my family.

My dad. “Go for it!”.

Mum. “A-whole-flurry-of-words-that-mean-she-doesn’t-want-me-to-leave-but-she-will-support-me-in-everything-so-I-can-totally-count-on-her.

Sis. “I’m going to miss you.

Other sis. “In school.”

LE BF. “PHEW, it’s tough“. >>>Now the last reaction deserves a whole separate post.

Me: Mixed emotions. Uncertainity. Hesitation(Wasn’t it all I ever wanted though?). Anticipation. Anxiety. Fear. Faith. Hope. Loneliness. It was a whole basket of paradoxical emotions. So confusing. (FYI, I know it’s these damn hormones. Gah! I wish I could tone them down a lil’ bit!)

So, I made the big move last month. It wasn’t easy. I don’t think I ever came across someone who said moving to a new city on their own was a breeze. If there is, he/she is the exception. I think it is the hardest thing I ever have had to do to date. I’ll be here up to the completion of the project. I am already learning so much and the best part of the experience is that I get to meet all these new people. We have people on site from Korea, China, New Zealand, India, Iran and of course, Kenyans from different parts of the country. I love the diversity on the site. the different people sharing their ‘project life’ experiences with me. The grim behind the glamour of this engineering profession that I bow down to. The fortune of projects which is a get money quick lose – lose it faster gig. (Who knew?) I think I have made contact and talked to at least 80-100 different people so far. And I look forward to meeting even more.

I am grateful. Watch this (my) space.

Pray towards your dream and it will come true.


If you are reading this post and you happen to pass by the Olkaria 2 Site in Naivasha, drop me a message. I will be happy to meet you. I don’t bite. Human beings, that is. Also follow my twitter @evabrenda_

Have a great weekend won’t you?


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  1. Good experience to be at the olkaria geothermal power plant!



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