Angsana flying sky high

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October 29, 2010 – Yuki is slightly shorter than me. And she speaks with an accent. Its one from South East Asia which I only manage to place when she says pountedly that she is from Thailand.

Yuki is my masseuse for the evening ladies and gentlemen, and the brand name of the product she will use for that noble task is known as Angsana.

The name may not ring a bell, unless you have been to one of the several Angsana Spas around the world and been lucky to have partaken of the signature offering. The Angsana Massage, at the Angsana Spa – seven stories high at the Sankara Hotel – was my treat for being a good girl the past few months or so.

I could see the traffic, I could see the hustle and bustle that I am sure the matatus were creating, but I couldn’t hear it. Made me feel like a demi-goddess, but literally it was thanks to sound proof glass, some dodgy instrumental asian music coming out the speakers, and the scent of orange and lemon zest slowly infiltrating the space in the room, I was ready for my crucial massage. It was the first time in a long time that my phone was going to be off for a little more than an hour – of its own accord – but I was ready for it.

Sankara has a host of massage rooms, each with a unique name. The lighting at the lobby of the Spa is part of the treatment. It sets your mind in a cool calm place that has you itching to have your muscles kneaded. As is my business, I try to recapture this moment for the website by means of a photo (insert indian accent here), but they tell me its forbidden. The only thing I am allowed to photograph is the Angsana Spa sign, which doesn’t look too good in the dim lighting.

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It doesnt end there. The spacey-ish corridor, has been caked in marble walls. Bamboo shoots and African sculptures dot the stretch that leads to the fountain (yes they’ve got one) in the confines of the Spa. Water runs down some of the walls, but since I cannot share what I see I want to hurry on to the next experience… The room theme is white and dark brown.

There is a red and black sarong that I am shown in the cupboard; white flip flops for my tired feet and candles to light the room. The horizon over westlands is getting dark and so the candles emit just a little more light every five or so minutes. As I lay face downwards, the burning zest is directly beneath me. At that precise moment, my mind is tired, and so is my body. But Yuki has an hour and some to fix things. And for a small aka short girl, she can pack in a punch when she needs to…

When the 100 minutes of involuntary oohs and aahs were over, I was emotional enough to think about turning back time.

Perfect relaxation in a city of chaos. How does that even work?!

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  • Saki

    Good start. But you better change your name to Paul Paul or Mwangi Mwangi!!!!!

  • Guest

    Your style is reasonable and not the sycophancy and brazen Raila Odinga worship we were used to reading from Miguna Miguna and Ngunjiri Wambugu. Raila Odinga’s greatest undoing is his villagemates and sycophants who have their heads stuck so deep inside his arse they have no mind of their own. 

    • Bailjo

      @abb249055208c7af4d35568e422dfd63:disqus Kindly civil in your reasoning…why are you spewing these uncalled for, irresponsible, reckless insults? Please sober up and give meaningful contribution to PM’s well reasoned article.

  • Your article is well reasoned and the message on the kenyan middle class abdication of its duty is on point and true.However, your boss and his inner circle have been part of that problem that you so well describe.He has used the poor to his own benefit,used the poor to drown out the voice of the middle class by being the loudest and making it seem like the voice of the majority.It is quite ironical that you choose to work for him and yet you seem to have a very good understanding of what the real problems are. 

    • Peter

      Great.. I wish this article can be published four times in a month for this great message to sink into people..Great

  • Jimmyouko1

    Most emerging economies like Brazil and China are as a result of positive mindset and hard work of the middle class.The middle class are the ones who can pressurize the rich to pay more taxes and donate more so that the poor can be elevated to either middle class status or graduate them to live at a better,fair and reasonable standards.The middle class are the ones who work the hardest and therefore should have a united formular in order to bring development in Kenya.The rich only like to oppress,exploit and rule ruthlessly so that they can accumulate more wealth.Therefore,the middle class should come up with ways by which a local mwananchi can live better by encouraging hard work,assisting the poor and weak,pressuring the government to erradicate poverty and also inventing ways by which the middle class can take over from the rich so that the country can be run well and the wealth gap equalized so that it will be in favour of everyone.But this can be achieved by electing future government leaders who have the right credentials,have great love
    for the poor and weak,who also have a great vision and who are willing to make every person to be rich in Kenya.Vote wise.Vote right.

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