Huge Bananas (Makemba)

An Interesting Food Review. While in Congo do as the Congolese. Hopefully this can be our Good Friday treat. This Incredible fruit is locally know as Makemba (Swahili) when I asked what does Makemba mean the reply was “Banana”. Go figure. I am writing this post while the food is busy being prepared. I have no clue what to expect. Certainly not the most appetizing looking thing in Gods creation is it? Makemba Pealing Watching our cook peal this thing reminds me of Sugarcane, it is a hard, tough almost unapproachable thing. Starting to be, not so excited for this meal. Interestingly enough the flesh inside is almost solid and smells like nothing. I am not expecting this to taste like a sweet desert anymore, that foolish notion has passed. The way to prepare Makemba involves the very simple process of frying. Mmmm fried bananas, nice. wpid-simg20140418124501.jpg Wow! I didn’t expect that. This stuff tastes just like fries! In fact I am not sure if I could consistently tell the difference between homemade chips or this stuff if blindfolded and asked to identify which is which. Makemba cookedjpg   To make the most of this dish I decided to use Chili Aromat, Tomato Sauce and Mayo. Yep, mayo on chips is awesome!!! I can honestly say that Makemba is a delicious, heavy and fantastically filling side that would quite comfortably compliment most meals. This would even work well underneath a stew or curry instead of rice. I should imagine that Makemba is high calories and energy. Kinda feels like I have just eaten a brick. This will probably keep me going for hours. Tummy is pleased. This was definitely worth the walk to the market. wpid-simg20140418122602.jpg Thanks you for reading this review. Have you any experience with this interesting food? Would love to hear about it.


A walk around a Copper Mine.

Quite an interesting place a copper mine. Being the DRC, the  taking photos is very risky, specially on a mine. The place is scattered with huge machines that are just left to rot where they stand. The reason for this is that it costs more to remove old equipment from this place then to replace the machines back in South Africa. Most companies make their money and just leave their kit on site.74918_1402460946634071_83029581_n

Malachite, this stunning stone is scattered throughout Kolwezi.


One of the pits on the mine, these are simply huge!


This is a core sample from one of our drills, these samples are what the geologists use to determine where to mine and  what the life of the mining will be.


An old derelict, there are many machines like this just rotting in the elements.


A brilliant rock, also an excuse to show off some of my tattoos

A walk in the DRC




I went for an evening walk around the streets of Kolwezi. It is a funny place, people get into trouble for taking photos. I had to take these discreetly. I have heard horror stories of people getting hauled to prison for taking pictures without permission or cash to pay for the problem to “go away”.

It was a fantastic walk…

The Detox – 18Kgs down and counting.

Tired of being a fat guy, much rather be back to my former self. At 39 I find myself being totally governed by pain. As long as I prove to my kids that the older I get the Better I was. They should still think of me as awesome. What BULLDUST! My kids are not stupid they are watching me and how I live. What kind of example am I setting when I dream of the couch?

The Limitations of Gluttony:
Being short and carrying 135 kilograms is a huge strain. Everything is a mission that involves a certain degree of pain. Trying to maintain a decent level of sanity means that everything I do for fun involves satisfying the need to avoid this pain. By design, I am built for consumption and inefficient rest and degrading fast. The acid in my blood and joints are constantly demanding more and more each day. Gout like flair ups almost every night, rendering me useless and pathetic. How could I go from fighting fit at 25 to this fat slob?

Taking control:
This process is totally governed by the simple management of Pain and Pleasure and I believe some divine enablement. Not sure if I could maintain this without God so I give Him ultimate credit, my results thus far are way above the norm.

It is Thursday afternoon and I have just returned home from my tenth business trip this year and it is only March. Spending half my time in Hotels and guesthouses around Africa is the ultimate excuse to never take control. Not anymore! I greet my wife and kids and go straight to the kitchen and it is cluttered and filled with stuff designed to sustain my condition. No!

It’s time to clean up. I start with my coffee machine, beans and all that kit that takes up a meter of the kitchen counter. I find myself getting excited that things are going to change. I hold on to this feeling for dear life. I start to see the pleasure of change rather than being blinded by the pain. This is fantastic! I shift things around and spring clean the cupboards. My kitchen is now dedicated to flow not clutter. It looks great.

Time for a cleanse:
7 to ten days should do it. I am going to alkalize and energize my system. The process is simple, 3 liters of water a day mixed with Wheat Grass powder, raw almonds and cucumber. I start consuming information on balancing alkaline / acid levels and also the concept of eating living food. The next time I look it has been 10 days and I have successfully lived on less than 1000 calories a day. I feel great! I am totally convinced that this must be the way I was intended to live. I mean, I am actually heading towards Divine Health.

It is now day 31 and I am still living on green powder, nuts and raw veggies.I am currently staying in the Katanga province in Congo and yesterday I walked about 9Kms to get some fresh cabbage, cucumber and carrots. Then in the evening I had so much energy that I went out for a 45 minute walk just to burn off some steam. Life is so full of possibilities when there is energy. I could not have done any of this last month. Crap, this time last month the driveway used to make me sweat.

I am not sure how long I will continue this cleanse for but I am pleased to announce that I haven’t had any flair ups for 2 weeks now and my relationships, work and general well being have never been better.

Thank you so much for reading this. I hope to write more on this journey soon.

Divine Health

A concept often used in Christian circles, suggesting that sickness and early death has no place in one’s body. What a fantastic Idea!


1. of or pertaining to a god, especially the Supreme Being.
2. addressed, appropriated, or devoted to God or a god; religious; sacred: divine worship.
3. proceeding from God or a god: divine laws.
4. godlike; characteristic of or befitting a deity: divine magnanimity.
5. heavenly; celestial: the divine kingdom.

1. the general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor: good health; poor health.
2. soundness of body or mind; freedom from disease or ailment: to have one’s health; to lose one’s health.
3. a polite or complimentary wish for a person’s health, happiness, etc., especially as a toast: We drank a health to our guest of honor.
4. vigor; vitality: economic health.

Based on these definitions it is safe to suggest that Divine Health simply means God like soundness, vigor and vitality.

Departure for the DRC

[subscribe2]On my way again


The great unknown.
The journey into deep dark, dark Africa begins. If ever there was a time to depend on the light in me. This is that time.

This is a pretty cool little plane there were only 14 of us on board, it was a 2 hour flight.


Now this! Another story altogether. This thing flies like a bumble bee, banging into pockets of air like a hammer on an anvil.



This was the view from the plane.

I took a photo of the airport at Kolwezi but had to delete it due to the police having a cadenza about me taking the pic. We gave them 15 USD to go away.