Oliza Chat

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Oliza Chat

There are lots of service providers in Nairobi. Lots of restraunts, night clubs, banks... In fact, every need you will want to have sorted has been catered to by hundreds of establishement, leaving you with the to choose which one you prefer.

 

 

 

The freedom of choice is a great thing, one that should be celebrated. However, sometimes it can boarder on overwhelming. Sometimes you will need help making a choice.

 

Say for you are looking for a place to take your significant other out on Valentine's day but find the choice to pick one, just one restraint in a sea of restraints a bit overwhelming, Oliza Chat will come to the rescue.

 

All you need to do is send a text or message via whatsapp specifying whatever you are looking for. Want a Chinese restaurant that opens till late? Want an Italian restaurant that offers wine tasting? Whatever you have in mind, tell us and we will go through our comprehensive database of the city's restaurants and get you one that best suits your needs. And while that is pretty good, the best part is that Oliza Chat will not cost you a shilling, Oliza is your friend when you are in need.

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Your City Made Easy

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Your City Made Easy

Cities are called cities for a reason; they are expansive. They hosts numerous numbers of people, and with great masses comes establishments seeking to cater to these masses. It seems perfect right? Yes, until you are just one individual attempting to experience a huge city. It is far from an easy task.

 

 

At Oliza, we are in the business of seeing to it that your city becomes easier to access. That it bends to your will. We aim to make your city easier for you. We do this in a few ways, and let you choose which one best suits your needs at a particular point.

 

UlizaOliza is especially a channel we are proud of. This recommendation service enables you to sift through your city's inventory of establishments and visit the most amazing ones that cater to your specific needs.

 

While UlizaOliza is great and runs on Facebook and Twitter, we understand that not everyone feels at home on social media and have established Uliza Chat. Allowing you to use simple methods (texts messages via SMS and whatsapp) to get solutions to not so simple problems. So devoted are we to ironing out the creases in your life that we do not burden you with a fee as far as use of Uliza Chat goes.

 

While finding services and products you really need is pretty convenient; Oliza understands that there is no greater convenience than getting value for your money. We have thus devoted an app that allows you to get the best possible deals. O-charge is a deals and discount vouchers mobile app. That not only gives you redeemable points, it also allows you to track what outlets have ongoing deals.

 

At Oliza, we are committed to unearthing the problems you face transversing your city so we can ease them for you, making your city easy.

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#TravelStokeKE

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#TravelStokeKE

The feeling you get when you experience something new and you feel like everything in that moment was serendipitously created just for you. Pure stoke.

Going out to see the world is a very nice notion. So are bucket lists; writing down all the places you want to travel to, all the sites you want to see and the marvels that you dare not die before you have witnessed. It is all very exciting until you are done listing and are attempting to approximate costs. It is then that you realize that while travel is supposed to be exciting, that excitement could easily lead to bankruptcy.

 

At this point you could tear up that bucket list and shelf your travel dreams. You concluded that a life full of shelved dreams is not much of a life. So stick out with those travel dreams seek ways to achieve them.

"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”― Augustine of Hippo

Where are you going to get all this money? Maybe if you started a travel blog and offer to review hotels and getaways for a free stay, you just might  hack it. But blogging is a fulltime job..and when you are not traveling, you do have a life. So what do you do?

 

Checking out Oliza is the only decision that makes sense. Oliza will offer you destinations that cut across your dreams. While those points you have been accumulating on OCharge will see to it that your skinny budget is just enough for you to see the world.

 

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How much do you pay for your makeup?

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How much do you pay for your makeup?

The matte lipstick trend is a hit and you are probably not the only one interested in jumping on it.  But while it is trendy, the good quality matte lipsticks are pretty expensive.

 

 

The average price for a quality matte ID lipstick is KSHs 1,500. While the creamy ones go for as low 500. When you are thinking of a switch from creamy to matte, the doubling in prices can be uncomfortable. That is just when you are interested in just one tube of lipstick. But one  tube of lipstick is never enough. Buying four tubes of lipstick could be crippling to a budget. The only thing that can salvage a budget like that is vouchers and discounts.

 

At Oliza, we know this and are constantly looking for the products you are interested in via UlizaOliza and offering you deals on OCharge, so you can come to us and look good without breaking  the bank.

 

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Best time to Visit your Hairdresser

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Best time to Visit your Hairdresser

There's something about having your hair done on Mondays. You walk into the salon and the place is practically empty safe for the stylists idling around, doing their nails or just listening to the radio. Walking into the salon feels like you are saving the stylist from boredom.

 

 

On days when I go to the salon Mondays, I feel like I get extra treatment. The stylist takes her time with my hair and actually pays more attention to detail than they normally do on busier days like Saturdays. I seriously enjoy this attention that I get on Mondays and have actually made a habit of having my hair done on Mondays.

 

During my habitual Monday salon appointments, only one other customer walks in. Sometimes none at all! Catering to just one customer in a period of three hours (in a whole establishment) must mean losses for the business owner on these slow days and probably the overworking of staff on busier days to try and make up for the losses made on Monday.


But what if there was a solution to all of these? Oliza is that solution. Oliza is in the business of making deals that make sense to all parties. If you own one of those salons that are forever deserted on Mondays, you could get in talks with Oliza and see about discounting services for people that come in Mondays. Or even people that would love to be serviced at your establishment. The end result is that Olin's offers you (free?) marketing, you attract new clients, break even even on your least busy days and I get company during my Monday salon appointments.

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Time to upgrade your wardrobe.

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Time to upgrade your wardrobe.

Fashion is always changing, slightly elusive, extremely seductive.

It has the power to transform an image and make a social statement.”

If you need any more proof that it is time to upgrade your wardrobe, the rise in the number of fashion bloggers is it. Everywhere you look, there is a fashion blogger cum stylist dressed "to kill". I figure it is good that we have hordes and hordes of fashion bloggers, as this means that even though your fashion sense is seriously lacking, there is hope for you.

In a sea of fashion bloggers, you can find one or two to mirror and help you look better.

 

There is one problem though when it comes to mirroring these fashion bloggers; very few of them wear thrifted items past their starting out year. After they have ‘made it’, they are constantly backed by fashion houses and making enough to buy high end designs. This will probably leave you with a yearning to look good and having a style in mind that you want to mirror but zero finacing. But you cannot give up on your style dreams too easily, not when there are cheaper options.

The cheapest option is going for bootleg merchandise, counterfeit designer brands carpet Nairobi and almost any stall on Moi Avenue can sort you out. Bootleg will always be bootleg.

Even so, bootleg is not for everyone. If you are not feeling bootleg but still cannot afford to buy from whatever store your favourite fashion blogger frequents, look for a store that stocks similar looking apparel but for a cheaper price. You can get the fit of Aldo or Levis at Mr. Price, same desired look with minimal holes in your wallet.

The other option is to thrift. Whatever look you wanted to achieve can be easily accomplished from your localthrift market, if you are feeling adventurous or really thirsty for a bargain: Toi and Gikomba Markets will come through for you. But these markets are not for everyone and should you feel that they are too dusty: it is okay to stick to stalls in the CBD. Some of these stalls post their inventory on Instagram so you should be  able to actually see if they have what you are looking for and save yourself the trip into crowded Nairobi streets.

Alternatively, should you find what you are looking for, you can have it delivered from the stalls to your location at a fraction of the price tag. The beauty of thrifted fashion items is that they barely make up a fraction of the price that your fashion blogged forked. Cheap is not necessarily bad taste.

 

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MakeUp on Fleek

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MakeUp on Fleek

We are living in a time when  beauty is not just appreciated, it is expected. Just look a the number of Make-up tutorials on YouTube

These YouTube gurus look amazing in their makeup, but often, mimicking them sees you looking like a scarecrow. So then the question comes up, how do you get those eyebrows on fleek when your makeup application skills are not?

Getting your makeup done by a professional should be pretty simple but in truth, getting your makeup done calls for having your nails done, your brows threaded and so on… in the end you will be looking for a beauty center and not just a Makeup artist. So how do you go about getting the perfect beauty center for you.

Choosing a beauty center is essentially a matter of quality. Quality services, quality products. In an instance where you have never been to the center in question (why else would you be looking them up?) you can only gauge the quality of service depending on past experiences. Most establishments have social media pages these days and this should narrow the scope of your search.

Once you are online, check out their facebook pages. These are not only littered with information about the establishment but you will also see comments made by customers allowing you to figure if this is the center for you. If the comments are not enough, look at the photos of customers. Search especially for the before and after pics. Do they excite you? Do you think the job done was great? Then that should help you decide if this is the spa/salon/wellness center for you. It is also important to note that these photos are usually captioned with specifics on the products used on the beauty treatments and prices. Consequently, this should allow you to gauge  if the quality is good enough for you. In case they are, see about booking an appointment online. It is not really a good deal if you are going to wait for two hours at the salon before they can start doing your hair.

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O-charge; Airtime Recharge with Benefits

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O-charge; Airtime Recharge with Benefits

Oliza was an idea brought about by the need for quality solutions for everyday problems. The need for a reputable plumbing service, a gardening landscaping solution that still worked even after months in use, a trustworthy watch repair shop and so on. Day to day problems are not limited to just one household, in fact, in every household that faces them, there is another similarity; the need to get value for your money.

When Oliza came up with the Uliza Oliza recommendation service, Oliza ensured that you would get quality services and goods at your preferred prices. However, it is not exactly value for your money if you are not getting a bargain, is it? That is how Ocharge came up.

Ocharge is an airtime Recharge app that rewards users with deals and coupons every time they top up. How this works is that on downloading the Ocharge app, you use it to buy airtime. Consequently, for every unit of airtime that you buy, you earn a certain number of Points. Buy credit worth KSHs 500 and you get let say 500 points. These points are similar in a sense to Safaricom’s Bonga points, Orange’s Ziada Points or even Airtel’s Zawadi points. The same way these telcos use their reward to allow you to get deals on phones, tablets and PCs, Oliza uses Ocharge to get you deals from your preferred brands. Say for instance you have accumulated 3000 Opoints, you can use this points and add onto them a small percentage of the actual price of a meal at your favourite eatery. A deal that would see you save on food expenditure.

 

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What is #UlizaOliza?

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What is #UlizaOliza?

The first time you learn of #UlizaOliza or #AskOliza, you think  "That the concept sounds a lot like a personalised  Google Now or Siri or Cortana" tell us whatever you are looking for and get pointed to it.

While that might be true, it is not exactly right.

Oliza, an adaptation of the Swahili word ‘Uliza’ ,is more of  a recommendation platform than a suggestion platform. With #UlizaOliza or #OlizaChat you are asking someone for recommendations to things you are looking for.

Heard of the popular kenyan phrase "I know a guy"? We are the guy when you do not know one.

#UlizaOliza is about asking. It is about getting recommendations to places, hangout joints, shops and coffee shops that you probably haven't visited yet. Places that your friends do not know about or won’t recommend to you because they haven’t experienced yet.

Uliza Oliza where you could find a certain service in a specific locality, let us know your budget for that specific expenditure. Say for instance you are looking for a leather jacket to wear on a date but have no idea where to get one (on short notice). The ideal thing to do is to ask Oliza. Let us know what you are looking for; size, colour, cut, fit and preferred price tag. When sending  out your query, include your location saying which town you would like to source the coat from and Oliza will give you options of establishments that can supply you with your sports coat, say for instance in Thika.

It should be noted though, that while the Uliza Oliza service recommends places you can get the goods and services  that you seek, that is all it does. Uliza Oliza is purely a recommendation service and cannot be used in the actual purchase of the sports coat for your date or calling the cab, all it does is enlighten you on your choices. So next time you are looking for a hair extension installations and do not know any good salons in your locality; Uliza Oliza.

 

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Free Cake Anyone?

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Free Cake Anyone?

Do you LOVE Cake?? Then we're just going to make your Valentine's Day! We #AppreciateTheLove for Cake this Valentine's, with some AWESOME Deals for you! And the Icing-On-The-Cake (pun intended) is, your cake could be FREE!

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Growing up #AppreciateTheLove

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Growing up #AppreciateTheLove

I have no idea why I did all the crazy things I did. You could say adolescence messed me up, or was it a cry for attention? I do not know, all I know is that I had fun, and a sequence of suspensions in tow. I had been suspended from school so many times, expulsion seemed eminent. I should have cared, worried even but I did not. Well, until this teacher said I had potential and that made me start.

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My Father and I

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My Father and I

Fathers are the stems and spines that hold everything upright when we are growing up. They build, they provide, they go through report forms and scold when you drop out of the top ten. Then you get admitted into Uni and they forget that scolding and boast to their friends about your achievements.

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My Girlfriends and I

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My Girlfriends and I

I love my girlfriends. We slay together, nights outs are really something. As are indoor gossip session, even the impromptu ones that have in their time caused a fight or two. This friendship see through all our lives; we have cried, we have fought each other, we have fought for each other and we have survived crazy things together.

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My Baby Sister and I #AppreciateTheLove

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My Baby Sister and I #AppreciateTheLove

Watching her grow has been grow has been an interesting experience. My small sister started out ad tiny thing howling through the night, turned to a cute tiny human that wanted to follow me everywhere. Before her irritating self grew even more irritating and I locked myself away from her... then bullied her a little, as is expected of big brothers.

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My Boyfriend and I #AppreciateTheLove

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My Boyfriend and I #AppreciateTheLove

I love my boyfriend. It is a loud love, an arrogant one. A love that takes advantage of its privilege and asserts itself, knowing that tradition gives it permission to be in the faces of others. To rub itself, even when the idea is premeditated.

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Appreciate the Love

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Appreciate the Love

Love is a beautiful thing. It does not limit itself to specific situations, but cuts through each and all. Love is a blanket covering all manner of relationships.  Its ability to manifest itself in different contexts is one of the reasons it highly recognised. Yet, funny enough ignored in as important in most of these relationships- taken for granted.

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How to Redeem a Voucher.

You finally found a deal that's just right for you. Isn't that awesome?!

Claiming the voucher is cake walk. Just fill in your details -- name, email address and phone number -- on the form which is there on the voucher page, and the voucher automagically lands at the email address you specified, in a couple of minutes.

This is how the email looks;

Confirm that the details on the voucher are as they are indicated on your ID. You do not want to embarrass yourself as you try to convince the cashier that the voucher was meant for you.

Carry a print-out of this email along with your ID and present them together to redeem the voucher.

Enjoy!

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Tips To Help You Decide What Phone To Buy

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Tips To Help You Decide What Phone To Buy

One would argue that they are our closest companions, Smartphones help us stay updated with events both online and offline through a simple phone call. Which is what makes them indispensable. One daunting question that you can ask yourself is, “Which phone should I buy?” And from the looks of things, unless you make an informed choice, it will only get tougher for you because of the rapid innovation taking place in the industry. Depending on what your budget is, price will play a big role in determining the gadget you acquire, once you’ve figured that out, you open your door to a variety of options, still tricky, but on the bright side, we have you covered…

But before we help you find your phone, you’ll need these few tips to help you find your perfect phone from a ‘technological haystack’.

The Basics

Whatever your position is, it would be wise that you do some research and form your own opinion on a phone. This is easily done in sites like GSM Arena and Phone Arena . This will allow you to find the right features and designs you want or need.

For fashionistas, the type of phone represents their personal style,

To the marketers, it’s a portable window to the world of digital information.

To the Tech Enthusiast, it’s a personal relationship with the platform.

Today’s phones come with a lot of features, some of which, you may not need to use, don’t pay a lot for, you must understand exactly what features and capabilities you’d like to make use to compliment your lifestyle.

Deals, Deals and more Deals!

Special offers can be substantial in making a purchasing decision for a new phone. There are very many deals happening across the divide, from major eCommerce sites to physical vendors. They mostly happen when a phone is trending or when they are having discount sales, be sure to try and search for deals being offered when you are scouting for a new phone. Also, remember that you can also get those great discounted prices from Oliza through a partnership with local vendors.

Service Counts!

Your service provider matters a lot, if you are more into phone features and live in urban areas with readily available wireless networks, then you’d not have a problems with a phone that requires constant upgrades to experience maximum functionality, If not, then get a good data plan or stick to phones that operate efficiently without requiring constant updates.

Pro Tip

Avoid being cheap. An advantage for going for a high end gadget is that its resale value can hold over a period of time in the vibrant secondhand market making it an investment that pays off.

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A Night For The Ladies

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A Night For The Ladies

A great value midweek plan happens every Wednesday night in the party central of the capital at Caramel Lounge. Their cocktail party has a lot of creativity on the drinks and ambiance filled with style and flair. This lounge also offers that and a perfect blend of cutting edge cuisine to complements the otherwise perfect experience.

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The Apparel Style

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The Apparel Style

Take a walk in the streets of Nairobi and you will likely end up seeing a crop of urban and street savvy individuals who are well dressed to say the least. Which draws the conclusion that fashion is on everyone’s mind. Everyone loves clothes, and most of them are very disloyal customers, they shop from anywhere, in its literal sense.

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